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  • Tweezers, putters, fine food and boozy fun in San Francisco

    LA Times
    29 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    A lot goes on in San Francisco's Mission District, which is a historically Latino neighborhood south of Market Street. Eating and drinking, especially. All kinds of eating and drinking.
  • They're back! 'New' Eastern Air Lines makes first revenue flight

    USATODAY - Today In the Sky
    29 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    For now, the 2015-reboot of Eastern will focus on charter operations.         
  • Hey Air New Zealand, what happened to my Skycouch?

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    Christopher Elliott
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Susan Crookall books an Air New Zealand Skycouch — three seats across in economy class — for the marathon flight from San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand. When she doesn’t get it, she wants the airline to compensate her. But should it? The post Hey Air New Zealand, what happened to my Skycouch?...
  • The Best Summer Music Festivals in Europe

    Intelligent Travel
    Lisa A. Walker
    28 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    The summer season is kicking into high gear for much of the world, and that means sunshine, exposed toes, and the blissful sound of live music washing over open-air crowds. If you’re hoping to follow your ears to your next vacation destination, but haven’t yet found a festival that calls your name, we’ve got a list of some of our favorites to help you plan your escape. So read on, check your calendar, and start packing your bags. It’s time to get outside and enjoy! > Roskilde Music Festival (June 27-July4, Roskilde, Denmark) Why go: Of Europe’s three mega music…
  • What Would You Tell Your Eighteen Year Old Self?

    Adventure Mummy
    Carly
    3 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    I’ve seen a few of these types of posts in the past and this particular post on things you wish you knew when you were eighteen got me thinking about what I would tell my eighteen year old self.  I thought also it would be fun to ask a few friends what they would say […] The post What Would You Tell Your Eighteen Year Old Self? appeared first on Adventure Mummy.
 
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  • The Curious Case of Fudge

    Robert Reid
    29 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    People like to debate the differences between “travelers” and “tourists”—and whether such distinctions exist or even matter. I listen to them sometimes, nodding at the points being made. And then I change the subject to fudge. Because, at least in America, wherever you roam, you can only go to one of two kinds of destinations: those with fudge, and those without. That’s significant, because nothing else—not even DIY T-shirt shops—is a surer indicator that you’ve arrived at a commercialized strip bent on selling you stuff you didn’t think you needed or wanted. You…
  • The Best Summer Music Festivals in Europe

    Lisa A. Walker
    28 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    The summer season is kicking into high gear for much of the world, and that means sunshine, exposed toes, and the blissful sound of live music washing over open-air crowds. If you’re hoping to follow your ears to your next vacation destination, but haven’t yet found a festival that calls your name, we’ve got a list of some of our favorites to help you plan your escape. So read on, check your calendar, and start packing your bags. It’s time to get outside and enjoy! > Roskilde Music Festival (June 27-July4, Roskilde, Denmark) Why go: Of Europe’s three mega music…
  • Insider’s Guide to Durban

    George W. Stone
    28 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama sighted Durban’s harbor in 1497. It’s now home to Africa’s busiest cargo port and 3.5 million residents who can trace their roots around the world. Here’s an inside look at how to make the most of your time in South Africa’s third largest city. > What to See: Explore the city’s anguished history during apartheid at the KwaMuhle Museum, located in the erstwhile Department of Native Affairs, where policymakers drafted the Durban System of racial segregation that laid groundwork for the national apartheid program. Interactive…
  • Family-Friendly America: 8 Places to Add to Your List

    Megan Heltzel
    28 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Each spring, thousands of bloggers and entrepreneurs flock to the Mom 2.0 Summit for a weekend of workshops and networking. This year, I joined in on the fun to see what this travel-savvy group had to recommend when it came to outstanding kid-friendly destinations in the United States. Here are eight places all across America to consider adding to your family-travel bucket list: Allison Waken, the Phoenix-based blogger behind All For The Boys, is a big advocate for finding adventure—and opportunities for experiential learning—wherever you live. In Arizona, she loves taking her…
  • I Heart My City: Elizabeth’s Atlanta

    I Heart My City
    27 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Elizabeth Jarrett has a special love for Atlanta, Georgia, and the people who live there. Deeply entrenched in the Georgia capital’s creative class, Elizabeth is a founding member of the Collective Project theater company, hosts the Natural Selection variety show, works as a gallery curator, and runs Common Ground, an organization focused on strengthening communities through the arts. Her passion earned a ticket across America with the Millennial Trains Project in 2014, where she studied public art in city stopovers along the way. Atlanta, comments the born-and-bred native,…
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    The TSA Blog

  • TSA Week in Review: 53 Firearms, Inert Tank Projectile, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    22 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms, 42 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. This firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at RDU. Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a
  • TSA Travel Tips: Memorial Day & Summer Travel 2015

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    19 May 2015 | 10:29 am
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  • TSA Week in Review: 57 Firearms, Live Smoke Grenades, Bear Mace and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    15 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    57 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 57 firearms, 49 were loaded and 16 had rounds chambered.  750 rounds of 5.56 caliber ammunition and two military smoke grenades were discovered in a checked-bag at Tucson (TUS). A container of bear spray was detected in a carry-on bag at Anchorage (ANC). Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in
  • Response To Judicial Watch Press Release

    TSA Blog Team
    13 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Earlier this year, when a Transportation Security Officer noticed something did not seem right with the passenger screening process at an airport checkpoint in Denver, supervisors were notified and an investigation was initiated.  At the time, I stated that the alleged behavior of the employees involved was egregious and intolerable and I stand by those words. Our workforce is held to the highest
  • TSA Week in Review: 43 Firearms, $100,000 Watch, Machetes & More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    8 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    43 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 43 firearms, 38 were loaded and 14 had rounds chambered. This loaded antique firearm was discovered in carry-on bag at RDU. $100,000 Watch - A gold Cartier diamond encrusted watch was left at the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) security checkpoint. A TSA officer spotted the watch and turned it into the TSA lost and found location. The
 
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • USS Arizona Tours Limited to Boats For Now

    Britt
    28 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Visitors hoping to tour one of Hawaii’s most popular and historic attractions will have to keep their distance–for now. Wednesday, the floating The post USS Arizona Tours Limited to Boats For Now appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Move Over Waikiki: Make Way for Waimanalo Bay

    Britt
    26 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    It’s only about 45 minutes from Waikiki Beach, but Bay Beach Park has been one of the best-kept secrets on Oahu for The post Move Over Waikiki: Make Way for Waimanalo Bay appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Forget Route 66 – Hawaii has Route 99

    Bruce Fisher
    19 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Considering the rich history to be discovered along highway Route 99 (also known as Kamehameha Highway), from Wahiawa in Central Wahiawa and The post Forget Route 66 – Hawaii has Route 99 appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Surprise Hawaii Vacation Plans go Viral

    Bruce Fisher
    16 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    There is nothing quite like a real surprise, and when that surprise is a trip to Hawaii for your 50th wedding anniversary, The post Surprise Hawaii Vacation Plans go Viral appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Locally-sourced at Hawaii Mission Houses Social Hall & Cafe

    Jamie Winpenny
    15 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    A new restaurant has opened at the Hawaii Mission Houses Museum in historic Honolulu. The Mission Social Hall & Café is the The post Locally-sourced at Hawaii Mission Houses Social Hall & Cafe appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • 17 reasons NOT to visit Spain

    Ana Bulnes
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    1. You don’t like crystal clear, deserted beaches. Besides, they’re probably so remote you can’t even get a phone signal. Photo: Tommie Hansen 2 . Mountains? Not really your thing, either. You have to walk (and you get tired), it’s always cold, and those lakes you come across are too freezing to swim in. Photo: lugarzen 3. You’re not at all interested in a country with so many architectural wonders from a Muslim past. So what if they’re World Heritage Sites? UNESCO won’t change your mind. Photo: julianrdc 4. You don’t understand why everyone is so fascinated with Gaudí.
  • The human toll of Qatar's World Cup

    Matt Hershberger
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    FIFA FINALLY GOT HIT IN A SERIOUS WAY this week for their past misconduct when they were hit with a federal indictment in the United States for fraud, bribery, and racketeering. No one who is familiar with FIFA is surprised: allegations of corruption against FIFA are not remotely new. Allegations of corruption have especially centered around the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a country that is notorious for being both way too hot in the summertime to play soccer in, and for having an absolutely appalling human rights record. There have been reports of slavery-like conditions among the migrant…
  • 13 images show Oregon is the best

    Kate Siobhan Mulligan
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    MOST OF US make plans to hit the road during the summer, but there are plenty of reasons to consider the off seasons. Oregon is no exception. Head over in June and you’ll just precede the crush of tourists looking to kick off the summer in early July. There’s more reasons to hit up Oregon in June than we can count, but here’s our top 13! 1. The surf’s still up with a few final spring storms, but many breaks are calming down enough for beginners. Surf's up by Alex B on 500px 2. There’s still some snow on the peaks, despite the increasingly mild-to-warm…
  • 18 things everyone from Galicia has to explain to out-of-towners

    Ana Bulnes
    29 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Photo: juantiagues Haz clic para leer este artículo en español. También puedes darnos un “me gusta” en Facebook! 1. How should I eat this? In front of you, on the plate, goose barnacles. Once you accept those weird sea hooves are actually eatable, the shyer ones will discreetly look around to see what locals do and try to imitate them as well as they can. The rest will look at the plate, and then look up and ask the question. This might also happen with oysters, small crabs, and other marine delicatessen. 2. The night is warm, why don’t we sleep on the beach? What time is it? If…
  • Where is your spirit from? [QUIZ]

    Morgane Croissant
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Featured image by Daniel Ramirez.
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • KEEN City of Palm Sandals ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    20 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I’m a walker. Anytime I land in a city, the first thing I do is walk and walk and walk. Next to running, it’s the best way to experience the smells and soak up the culture and vibe of a new destination. When I was in New Orleans last week, I spent a lot of […] The post KEEN City of Palm Sandals ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Bhutan Yoga Tour for Women Announced

    Beth Whitman
    12 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    I first went to Bhutan in 2008. AND I first led a tour when I went to Bhutan in 2008. It seems crazy now, diving into a destination and (what I didn’t know at the time) diving into a what would become a new business all because of that trip. But that tour hooked me […] The post Bhutan Yoga Tour for Women Announced appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • What’s My Job?

    Beth Whitman
    4 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    It seems so cut and dried to me, what I do on a daily basis. But I’ve picked up from several conversations lately that some people don’t understand exactly what my job is. For example, I mentioned to my neighbor that I was going to Maui with my writing colleagues from the Expedia Viewfinder Blog. […] The post What’s My Job? appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • This Month Win Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Underwear from ExOfficio

    Beth Whitman
    1 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    ExOfficio started in Seattle just before I moved here. I feel pretty fortunate about that fact because with them being in my backyard, I’ve been able to get to know them pretty well over the years. There probably hasn’t been a trip I’ve taken when I haven’t packed an ExOfficio item. I can say that […] The post This Month Win Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Underwear from ExOfficio appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Mountain Khakis Cora Dress ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:26 pm
    How much does this dress say summer? A lot! This is the new Mountain Khakis Cora Dress, part of their spring/summer line that’s just come out. While I was on Maui these past couple of weeks, I had a chance to test out this lovely dress. I found the Cora to be quite versatile because […] The post Mountain Khakis Cora Dress ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
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  • Top 3 Royal Caribbean Going, Going, Gone Deals

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

    Rich Tucker
    28 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Every time we are at the beach and strong storm starts brewing, I start looking for waterspouts.  It is a strange obsession of mine. Out of hundreds of storms I’ve been in at the beach, I’ve only witnessed one waterspout.   We did get a photo, but it was not a very well formed waterspout. Yesterday, I came across a Cruise Ship Waterspout video in my Facebook Newsfeed. So, I did a little searching and found a couple more cool waterspout at sea videos. Cruise Ship Waterspout Videos Now this is a well formed waterspout.  How would you like to look outside your balcony and see…
  • Underwater Bar Video in Cozumel, Mexico

    Rich Tucker
    22 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I just came across something new to do for your next cruise to Cozumel, Mexico: The Underwater Bar in Cozumel.    It doesn’t look like there is any drinking going on underwater… not sure if that is even possible. I doubt that you will see the Underwater Bars popping up in the United States Doing shots and then going underneath the water seems like it may be a too much of liability for here in the States – so your next cruise to Cozumel may be your only chance to checkout an underwater bar. So, for your next cruise to Cozumel do you think you’ll be looking for the…
  • Regent Seven Seas Amazon Adventure Cruise

    Rich Tucker
    21 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Are you looking to end 2015 with a luxury cruise adventure?   The 25 night Regent Seven Seas Amazon Cruise round trip Miami is one of most unique cruise itineraries of the year. On top of an amazing itinerary [see below], the all-inclusive luxury amenities make it a wonderful value. All-Inclusive Luxury Amenities:  FREE Roundtrip Air Up to 60 FREE shore excursions [some mentioned below] – Free Excursions can be can be reserved NOW…and space is limited. FREE Unlimited Beverages including Fine Wine and Premium Spirits FREE Open Bars + in-suite mini-bar replenishment daily FREE…
  • Norwegian Dawn Runs Aground in Bermuda

    Rich Tucker
    19 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    The Norwegian Dawn lost power while departing Bermuda.  Due to the power loss, the Norwegian Dawn ran aground in the channel bed. Rachel Hansen, a passenger on board the Norwegian Dawn has been sharing images and tweets via her @Rachel_Hansen12 Twitter Account. Here are some of Rachel’s tweets with images: Norwegian Dawn Live Reports from Onboard:   Multiple images of the team inspecting the damage: Picture of the inspection team, the captain said we won’t be moving for a while pic.twitter.com/mWi6jXmLTz — Rachel Hansen (@Rachel_Hansen12) May 19, 2015 Divers getting…
 
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • A Holiday in Pollensa, Mallorca

    Karen Bryan
    27 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    i think that Pollensa, in the north-east of the Spanish island of Mallorca, is one of the best places to stay when taking a holiday on this Mediterranean island. The narrow streets of the town of Pollensa have a medieval feel. The 13th century ‘Our Lady of the Angels’ church, built by the Knights Templar, is […]A Holiday in Pollensa, Mallorca Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Photo Tour of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Marseille

    Karen Bryan
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I had planned to visit the Museum of Decorative Arts in Marseille prior to our trip to the city. My interest was further piqued by posters and flyers dotted around the city of the ‘Pop Art Design’ exhibition by Hubert Le Gall at the Museum of Decorative Arts, which runs until 6 September 2015. The museum, which […]Photo Tour of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Marseille Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of Ahaleena Buffet in Park Royal, London

    Karen Bryan
    13 May 2015 | 11:21 pm
    I knew from looking at the map and talking with our son who had previously stayed at the Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal that there wasn’t much to do in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. When I did a search for restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, the Ahaleena Mediterranean Buffet appeared. I […]Review of Ahaleena Buffet in Park Royal, London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Islington Museum in London

    Karen Bryan
    6 May 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Islington Museum is located in St Johns Street, beneath Finsbury Libray. Exterior of Islington Museum I’ve always been a bit confused about the location of the boundaries of the London borough of Islington. I didn’t realise that its southern border reaches down to the City of London. Information board at the entrance to Islington Museum […]Islington Museum in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Adventure Days in the Future

    Karen Bryan
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Experience days website Into the Blue has done some crystal ball gazing to see the type of activities which could be on offer in the next fifty to one hundred years, What about a retro space shuttle flight? The space shuttle was the first reusable spacecraft, which launched using a detachable rocket and fuel tank. The front […]Adventure Days in the Future Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
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  • Starwood Card Makes It Easier to Earn 25,000 Point Bonus

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Link: Starwood Preferred Guest (Personal) Link: Starwood Preferred Guest (Business) Years before I became a full-time traveler and learned to use travel hacking to pay my way around the world, I had only a couple of credit cards. One of those cards was the Starwood Preferred Guest by American Express, and I used it religiously. Years later, I have many other cards, but I continue to use this one every day. The card just made a big update to make it easier for people to earn the initial signup bonus of 25,000 points. You used to earn some of the points upon signup and the rest after completing…
  • “Make Your Dream Trip a Reality”: Week 5 Recap (Upgrade Your Dream Trip)

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    Every day for six weeks, we’re teaching people how to “Make Their Dream Trip a Reality.” You can watch each lesson for free on the day it’s broadcast, or you can purchase the whole course and have access anytime. This was our fifth week (already?!) with the in-studio audience and the thousands of people who participated online. We’ve come so far! And we’ll be back again after the weekend for our last week where we’ll bring it all together. Here are a few photos from this week: Goals for Week 5: “Upgrade Your Dream Trip” For the five daily lessons this week, we…
  • What Remains in the Quest for Literary Permanence

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    From Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher: I am always taken aback when students confide in me that beneath their desire to write lies a quest for permanence. It’s odd but touching, I think, that even during this disposable age, while consigning great mountains of refuse to landfills and to atolls of plastic in the Pacific, these young would-be novelists and poets believe that art is eternal. Au contraire: we are in the business of ephemera, the era of floating islands of trash, and most of the things we feel deeply and inscribe on the page will disappear. Is art eternal? Surely most…
  • “I am capable of more than I imagined”: On the Road with Elizabeth Glanzer

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself After experiencing many travel misadventures around the world, I love hearing other people’s “silver linings” stories. This one (and other stories, too) comes from Elizabeth Glanzer in Los Angeles. Introduce yourself! I’m a therapist and work with teens and young adults who feel misunderstood and out of place. I study psychoanalysis and neuroscience every chance I get. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. For me, it pulls everything together and shatters blind spots. People, culture, art, and…
  • The Habit of Giving

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Happy Memorial Day to all in the U.S., and happy Monday to everyone else. Today I made a small donation to a cause that inspired me. It wasn’t really because of the holiday, it didn’t cost me much, and I won’t miss the money. Yet, I still felt good after I pushed the button that finalized the commitment. Notice how selfish this sounds: It felt good to give! I was the one with the benefit. But this is how it works. The more you give, the better you feel. Giving is a habit. You cultivate it the way you would for any habit—you simply do it, repeatedly. Give it a try. See also:…
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Untouched Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    29 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Mahalo to Brad Dennis for sharing this colorful sunset photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Along with his photo, Brad shared these comments:Just returned from the beautiful Islands, Kauai, Maui & Big Island. The attached is an iPhone 6 photo that is untouched in any way. No wonder we keep returning.With postcard-perfect sunsets like these, we agree with Brad that there is absolutely no wonder why many of us return to Hawaii as often as we can.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: May 27, 2015

    Sheila Beal
    27 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Waimanalo Beach on Oahu– Dr. Beach announced the 2015 list of America’s best beaches. Oahu’s Waimanalo Beach took this year’s top spot. See this link to view a Google map of Waimanalo.– As we all know, it’s super important to wear sunscreen in Hawaii. EWG issued their 2015 guide to the safest and most effective beach and sport sunscreens. You can see the top-rated sunscreens here.– Marriott Vacation Club is hosting a sweepstakes for a Hawaii vacation including roundtrip airfare for two on Hawaiian Airlines and five nights accommodation in a…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Makalawena Beach on Hawaii Island

    Sheila Beal
    22 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Mahalo to Ralf Benayad for sharing this beautiful Hawaii beach scene with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Ralf said, “A chain of secluded beaches can be found on the westcoast of the Big Island – here it’s the amazing Makalawena Beach.” With pale blue waters and lovely white sand, it sure is a beauty!Happy Aloha Friday!—Email subscribers: we published an article yesterday with recommendations for what to see and do on Oahu over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, we barely missed our publishing deadline and the article did not get issued via email yesterday. You can…
  • Honolulu, Oahu Memorial Day & Weekend Events for 2015

    Sheila Beal
    21 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    If you’ll be on Oahu for Memorial Day, you’ll find some great opportunities to honor the spirit of the day. Here, we’re recommending Memorial Day events as well as things to do and see over the weekend with a significance towards honoring the intent of the holiday.— Events on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 —Honolulu Mayor’s 66th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at PunchbowlThis service is held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is also more commonly called Punchbowl. This event features local military dignitaries, local JROTC, military…
  • Best family and kid-friendly hotels in Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    When you’re looking for a great Hawaii hotel for the family vacation, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices. In general you can’t make a bad decision as most Hawaii hotels make great vacation bases whether you are looking for a romantic trip for two or a family fun vacation.When planning a family vacation to Hawaii, we think one of the most important aspects to consider is to find a hotel that offers safe and fun water sports. In this list, we’ve put an emphasis on hotels situated beside sheltered ocean swimming spots and/or have outstanding pools.So…
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  • Treasure Hunting in Tallahassee

    MarvelousMiniMama
    26 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    Most people recognize Tallahassee as a fun college town and the capital of Florida, or perhaps a pit stop along Interstate 10.  I thought much the same until recently, when I decided to grab my kids and my mother-in-law and stop to explore all the hidden treasures that this area has to offer.  I was more than pleasantly surprised! Tallahassee’s location makes it a great place to take your family for a long weekend; it’s close to Florida beaches and not far from the Georgia and Alabama borders, so vacationers from neighboring states can easily travel there for a getaway. Tallahassee has…
  • South Padre Island’s Beautiful Birding Center

    RollingMama
    21 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Far, far away at the tip of Texas, lies South Padre Island (SPI). This laid back beach community on the Gulf of Mexico boasts the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center www.southpadreislandbirding.com.  The fifty acre complex, next door to the convention center, is a serene escape for humans and a lovely stop for the hundreds of birds migrating from northern Central America and southern Mexico. One of nine World Birding Center sites located throughout the Rio Grande Valley,  the SPI Center is a stunning five story structure with sweeping views of Laguna Madre, beaches, dunes, and the…
  • Hot Deals in Houston

    RollingMama
    4 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The fourth largest city in the country, Houston, is filled with hot deals for the summer.   Go to www.visithoustontexas.com for more information and discounts. Hotel ICON Hotel ICON Houston’s luxurious Hotel ICON invites you to “Discover Downtown” with exclusive, value added components on Friday or Saturday night stays.  With the Discover Downtown package, you’ll enjoy overnight accommodations, breakfast for two at the LINE & LARIAT  and receive insider perks at the GreenStreet District (a short walk from the hotel) including a $25 Spare Bucks gift card good…
  • Beau Rivage Entertainment Lineup 2015 @BeauBiloxi

    CajunMama
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    We just got the lineup for the amazing headliners at Beau Rivage in Biloxi! Beau Rivage Resort & Casino’s 2015 entertainment calendar is full of exciting headline acts for every taste. Whether it’s the biggest comedy stars or iconic legends, the 1550-seat Beau Rivage Theatre showcases incredible artists from every genre. Additional acts will be added regularly throughout the year. Please check beaurivage.com for entertainment updates. All headline shows are in the Beau Rivage Theatre. Tickets for select performances are on sale now and can be purchased at (888) 566-7469 or…
  • Road Trip with @Enterprise Rent-A-Car {plus giveaway}

    CajunMama
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    It’s that time of the winter where cabin fever has surely set in and many families are itching for a road trip adventure. Here in Louisiana we’ve just celebrated the Mardi Gras Carnival season, which is actually a family friendly experience. With Mardi Gras season over, it doesn’t mean the end of Good Times, it’s only a prelude to the springtime festivals and fun happening all around Louisiana. With just a few weeks left of winter, we’re chomping at the bit to get out of the house and take a winter road trip. While my family loves to take road trips in our own…
 
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    Vagabondish

  • Phiaton’s BT 220 NC Wireless, Noise-Cancelling Headphones Are a Traveler’s Dream

    Mike Richard
    25 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. On the continuum of amazing travel gear inventions of the last century, it goes: (1) airplane Wi-Fi, (2) free booze on international flights, and (3) noise-cancelling headphones. The exact order is debatable, but the actual list is concrete. The problem with many noise-cancelling headphones is their portability … more specifically, their lack of it. Which is where Phiaton’s new BT220 NC earbuds come in. They promise: Improved sound quality and range with Bluetooth 4.0 apt-X Technology: Increases digital streaming efficiency and improves…
  • Bucket List Travel: Experiencing the Northern Lights in Canada’s Wild Yukon Territory

    Mike Richard
    23 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. On the continuum of amazing, bucket list-worthy experiences, seeing the Northern Lights ranks high for just about any traveler. The magic and otherworldy mystique of the eerie Aurora Borealis is one of the most fascinating natural phenomena on earth. It’s no surprise that the farther north one goes, the better the chances for witnessing a truly spectacular display of the lights. Scandinavia, Alaska, and Canada all come to mind. So I reached out to the folks at Adventures.com — a premier provider of outdoor and adventure related tours…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Traveling Obsessively (Part 2): 6 Tips for Planning Your Trip Like a Boss

    Mike Richard
    14 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Free martinis, fold-flat massage seats, and Champagne bubble baths at the hotel might be the norm for Warren Buffett and the 1%-ers, but the rest of us are lucky to survive our trips without having a complete meltdown. With pay-toilets on the airplane, $30-a-day hotel Wi-Fi, and this lady at the check-in counter … these days, travel can royally suck. But it doesn’t have to. You just need to retake control of your travel destiny. Call it: “being a Control Enthusiast“. In this three-part series, we reveal our favorite tips for…
  • Photo of the Moment: Staring Down Annapurna, Nepal

    Mike Richard
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Mike Behnken The post Photo of the Moment: Staring Down Annapurna, Nepal appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 5 Extreme Outdoor Adventures in Southern Africa

    Mike Richard
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. “What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?” It’s a question that so many people ask me. Before their mouth stops moving, my immediate answer is almost always “South Africa!” It’s wild, metropolitan, adventurous, cultured, historical, and breathtakingly beautiful. (Just look at these pictures. No, seriously!) In short: it’s a haven for adventurous travelers and I’ve partnered with Expedia on this post to reveal my top reasons why. If you’ve never been, here are five reasons why you should drop everything and hop a…
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    Adventure Girl

  • 8Great Florence Shopping

    Nardia Plumridge
    20 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Far from being just the Renaissance capital of Italy, Florence is also a powerhouse when it comes to fashion. Like cutting edge yet elegant style? Read on Adventure Girls… 1. Shoes VIAJIYU – opened in 2013 by sassy American Nicole Still, this bespoke shoe company specializes in flats and makes shoes to order: you choose color, trim and details to create a one-of-a-kind style for the chic city traveller. http://viajiyu.com 2. Jewelry ANGELA CAPUTI – a Florence institution, Ms. Caputi opened her Oltrarno workshop and store in 1975. Her bold and contemporary resin statement jewelry pieces…
  • 8Great: Ways to Make the Best of Barbados

    Lavanya Sunkara
    19 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Barbados is more than just bumming around on a beautiful beach sipping rum punch. This Caribbean island is brimming with excitement, from surfing the famed waves of Bathsheba to snorkeling with sea turtles and exploring the island on safari. Any adventure girl can appreciate a getaway that makes her heart pump, pushes her limits, and satisfies her taste buds. There’s no better destination than Barbados for those seeking exciting quests of all kinds. Where: Barbados is the easternmost  island in the Caribbean, stretching 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, and made up of soft coral limestone…
  • Travel Gets Great with American Express Platinum Card Benefits

    Stefanie Michaels
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I’ve really come to rely on the travel benefits the American Express Platinum card offers, since in an average year I’m on the road more often than not. Here’s my overview of what’s offered with the card for travel! You don’t have to pay for those pricy airport lounges anymore, because the card comes with the Airport Club Access Program for access to over 700 lounges worldwide, including complimentary airport lounge access to The Centurion Lounges. The new San Francisco Centurion Club is one of my favorites. There’s a wine bar, restaurant and comfy couches I cozied into with my…
  • 8Great Ways to Make Magical Memories at Disney World

    Kirsten Akens
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Disney World’s not labeled the most magical place on earth for no reason. Everywhere you turn there are opportunities for experiences like no other, even if you’re just standing in line waiting to get on a popular ride. We’ve got a roundup of eight ways to find joy at Disney where you might not think to look. 1. Special Events: From the springtime International Flower & Garden Fest in Epcot featuring character topiaries, a butterfly garden and specialty food, to the summertime Star Wars Weekends with actor autograph sessions and Padawan Mind Challenges in Hollywood Studios, Disney…
  • 8Great Golf Destinations for 2015

    AdventureGirlMGR
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Spring has sprung and golf season is here. Whether you’re looking for golf destinations that offer casinos, world-class spas, nationally ranked courses or family-friendly activities, here are 8Great options for 2015: The Canadian Rockies The majestic Canadian Rockies golf courses offer striking views of towering peaks and turquoise lakes. The panoramic beauty of The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course will take your breath away. Guests experience luxury accommodations as the hotel is home to the award-winning Willow Stream Spa. Golfers revel in the magnificent course layout and the…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Ait Ben Haddu, Morocco – Photo

    chris2x
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ait Ben Haddu in southern Morocco is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a Ksar or walled town that was built by an official of the king (who was Jewish, which […] The post Ait Ben Haddu, Morocco – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Southern Morocco – Episode 468 Kasbah Reflection – Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco – Daily Photo Travel to Morocco – Episode 397
  • Travel to North Carolina – Episode 461 Transcript

    chris2x
    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    transcript of Travel to North Carolina – Amateur Traveler Episode 461 Chris: Amateur Traveler episode 461. Today, the Amateur Traveler talks about a destination whose scenery you loved in the movie the […] The post Travel to North Carolina – Episode 461 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to North Carolina – Episode 461 Travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Western North Carolina – Episode 345 Travel to the Outer Banks of North Carolina – Episode 151
  • Travel to Southern Morocco – Episode 468

    chris2x
    23 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    This episode of the Amateur Traveler talks about the recent Amateur Traveler trip to southern Morocco. 9 of the 10 people who joined me on this trip also join me for the […] The post Travel to Southern Morocco – Episode 468 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Morocco – Episode 397 Marrakesh, Morocco – Episode 41 Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421
  • Live at TBEX Europe 2015 – This Week in Travel 188

    chris2x
    19 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s many guests at the TBEX Europe 2015 travel blogging conference Stephanie Yoder […] The post Live at TBEX Europe 2015 – This Week in Travel 188 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Live from the NMX Conference – This Week in Travel #158 TBEX North America Live Keynote – This Week in Travel #141 This Week in Travel Live TBEX 2012 Episode #117
  • Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America – Episode 460 Transcript

    chris2x
    18 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    This episode of Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America – Amateur Traveler Episode 460 Amateur traveler episode 460. Today the amateur traveler talks about glaciers and fjords and also tango as […] The post Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America – Episode 460 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America – Episode 460 Cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica – Episode 180 Travel to Chile – Episode 247
 
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  • Flying or Falling in New Zealand

    Allyson Huey
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I wished they had asked if we were ready before the plane thrummed to life and began moving. Everyone cheered and I raised my fist halfheartedly as we lurched forward. We had an appointment 12,000 feet in the air. I shifted in my uncomfortable bright orange jumpsuit and reviewed the simple instructions over and over again in my head. As the wheels left the ground and we became airborne I realized I had forgotten to use the bathroom. I did my best to inform my bladder that it would just have to wait. I had more issues to worry about, like whether I would live through the next half hour.  The…
  • Bravery and Vulnerability in Honduras

    Amanda Walkins
    29 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Bravery is too often confused with adventure and action. Too often, people diminish their own bravery because it might lack the drama of scenery. Bravery is in fact a simple notion: you show bravery when you do something you thought you couldn’t do. For many, bravery is tapped into when limits are pushed, which of course could mean traveling and putting yourself into an unfamiliar situation. Traveling forces you to question yourself, to see through a new perspective, to feel uncomfortable and to find comfort in the unknown. New places and cultures awaken something inside of us. But bravery…
  • Trinidad at its Height

    Anastasia Gouveia
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    “So who’s older?” the dreaded question. Everyone asks, and it would be fine if we were twins or something, but we’re not and I happen to be a whole year and nine months-yes I’ve counted- older. And when I tell them they seem so surprised, just because she is a little thicker and taller, they all assume she’s older, really I shouldn’t be angry anymore, she’s taller I have to accept that, but I’m still upset. And it’s not just that, all the boys in my year have suddenly been taking growth hormones or something because they have all shot up and are a good head or two above…
  • To My Lovely Mexico

    Diana Chavira
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    To My Lovely Mexico I have been very blessed because my parents have given me the opportunity to travel with them. I am not talking about extravagant places like Peru or Australia because my mom has a theory; in order for me to appreciate my own culture as much as others, I have to first know my country and know my culture and how rich it is because it is very different from state to state. That is why my parents decided to travel in Mexico first. Do not think I haven’t gone out of Mexico because well I actually have; I have visited places like Orlando, Canada, and Los Angeles to name a…
  • Meaning Through Music in Bulgaria

    Elena Michelle Wornom
    28 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    When at age 10 I asked my parents if I could have a guitar, I never would have guessed that I would be playing for audiences around the world. Traveling has been near to my heart for a long time now. My parents are travel enthusiasts and made sure that I got every opportunity to travel that they could provide. I grew up in the States but my travels have taken me from Asia to the UK. My dad’s best friend is a professional classical guitarist. I can still remember the first time I heard him play.  In reality, I had been listening to him play since I was born. It was not until one night…
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  • A relaxing Princess cruise goes up in smoke

    Christy Wood
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    You know the bumper sticker that asks, "Where are you going when you die? Smoking or nonsmoking?" The post A relaxing Princess cruise goes up in smoke appeared first on Elliott.
  • Consumers say “no” to increases in government fees and taxes on air travel

    Charlie Leocha
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This is a letter that was sent to all members of the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding calls to increase fees on airline passengers. Let Congress clearly hear, “We don’t want any increases in airport, agriculture inspection or customs and...
  • Japan Airlines doesn’t let a passenger go hungry

    Andrew Der
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Who would have thought an airline meal gone awry would reveal the over-the-top care of a Japan Airlines (JAL) flight attendant? The post Japan Airlines doesn’t let a passenger go hungry appeared first on Elliott.
  • Hey Air New Zealand, what happened to my Skycouch?

    Christopher Elliott
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Susan Crookall books an Air New Zealand Skycouch — three seats across in economy class — for the marathon flight from San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand. When she doesn’t get it, she wants the airline to compensate her. But should it? The post Hey Air New Zealand, what happened to my Skycouch?...
  • Want to fix a consumer problem? Don’t forget the persistence

    Mitch Lipka
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It can be challenging to fight for your rights as consumers. There are no guarantees of winning, and the fight can be frustrating, to be sure. The post Want to fix a consumer problem? Don’t forget the persistence appeared first on Elliott.
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  • The Power Of Student Travel

    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    They may work, hold internships, participate in exchange programs, or visit family; but, as often as not, they are travel ing for the sheer joy of it.
  • Complex Airline Loyalty Programs Breed A New Crop Of Travel Consultants

    26 May 2015 | 5:58 pm
    It used to be that saving up 25,000 award miles almost guaranteed a passenger a free domestic plane ticket. In an era of stingier loyalty programs and fewer cheap award seats though, it’s getting extremely difficult to put those 25,000 miles to good use. As a result, some passengers have turned to external help to find their ideal award tickets.
  • Israeli Government Suspends Palestinian Bus 'Segregation' Trial

    20 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Israel has suspended new rules that would have had the effect of separating Palestinian and Jewish passengers on buses travel ling to the West Bank.
  • Private Jet Travel By The Numbers

    15 May 2015 | 12:06 am
    Private-jet travel has long been synonymous with luxury, but in recent years it’s become something else: big business.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel : Are We There Yet?

    10 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    By jumping through hyperspace, of course, as Asimov himself explains in Foundation: Travel through ordinary space could proceed at no rate more rapid than that of ordinary light… and
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Teen Singer Mozart's Speech at NAACE Conference to UK Educators!

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

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

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

    Soul Travelers3
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    Stunning Sunrise PhotoAs we springforward and enjoy spring break, this stunning photo of a sunrise warms the heart with spring As we spring forward and enjoy spring break, this stunning photo of a sunrise warms the heart with spring colors! I love sunrises and spring so hope it brightens your day and week. Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. KraftSunrise and QuotesMorning Inspiration Quotes and sunrise Related articles Chinese New Year in Asia 农历新年 春节 Snow and Ice Closes Dallas Down! Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented Child
  • Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented Child

    Soul Travelers3
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented ChildThere are challenges when you are raising a musically talentedchild and they just increase when  There are challenges when you are raising a musically talented child and they just increase when you do it while traveling around the world and as parents without any musical training. It's truly understandable why she is the first child since Wolfgang Armadeus Mozart to do extensive world travel with a violin and piano as it is no easy feat, especially with parents who are not musicians!If you look closely at this photo…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Topic of the Week: Island Air is Shrinking

    CF
    29 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Yep, I’m still traveling. I will be slower at approving any flagged comments and responding to any emails. I’ll be back as usual on Monday. ————– Little Island Air is getting littler. It is pulling out of Kaua’i entirely (leaving Hawaiian as the only airline flying interisland service there) and eliminating the Honolulu to Lana’i route. Remember, Island Air was bought by Larry Ellison, the man who owns most of Lana’i, so that’s a bit strange to see. Is this the beginning of the end for Island Air? Or is there some semblance of…
  • Mesa Makes It Harder to Choose Long Beach (Trip Report)

    CF
    28 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m still on the road, so how about a report of the last time I took a trip? This was from earlier this month when I went to Phoenix. As a reminder, I will be slower at approving any flagged comments and responding to any emails. I’ll be back as usual on Monday. ————– Are you tired of reading trip reports? Well I’m tired of traveling. But alas, this is the busy season, and only two days after returning from Boston, I was off to Phoenix for one of my favorite conferences, the Phoenix Aviation Symposium. Since my brother, who lives in Phoenix,…
  • Let’s See How Well You Know Your World Airports

    CF
    26 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m still on vacation, so it seemed like a great time to put another airport quiz up. I will be slower at approving any flagged comments and responding to any emails. I’ll be back as usual on Monday. ————– In January I put together a quiz to see how many domestic US airports you could identify by terminal silhouette. The feedback was great, so I’ve taken it international. Fair warning: this one is a lot harder. Below, you’ll find 12 silhouettes of airports around the world. See how many you can get right, and talk about it in the comments.
  • Why Doesn’t Southwest Fly Redeyes? (Ask Cranky)

    CF
    25 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m on vacation all this week, but that doesn’t mean I’m leaving you hanging. I have new posts ready to go on the usual schedule this week, including today’s post about the lack of redeyes on Southwest. I will be slower at approving any flagged comments and responding to any emails. I’ll be back as usual next Monday. ————– I think it’s time for another Ask Cranky question. This is one that I’ve been asked a lot over the years, and now I have a real answer. This particular one comes from an Atlanta-based traveler who is…
  • Cranky on the Web – Bounty for Hacking Airplanes, Avatar Again, Media Mistakes, More

    CF
    23 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m on vacation through next week, but that doesn’t mean I’m leaving you hanging. I have new posts ready to go on the usual schedule, including today’s round-up which is pretty full. I will be slower at approving any flagged comments and responding to any emails. I’ll be back as usual on June 1. ————– Should airlines offer bounties to hackers who find security flaws in avionics? – tnooz I haven’t written about the airplane hacking story because it’s still not clear what’s happened. But I was asked to comment…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: The Difference Between A Hurricane Watch & Warning

    PeterGreenberg.com
    29 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: The Difference Between A Hurricane Watch & WarningWe’re approaching an important time of year for travel. No, it’s not just summer vacation. It’s also the 2015 hurricane season. The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1... Read More...The post Travel Tip: The Difference Between A Hurricane Watch & Warning appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Peter Greenberg Investigates Multiple Uses of Propane

    PeterGreenberg.com
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Peter Greenberg Investigates Multiple Uses of PropaneIt’s one thing to say you have a viable alternative energy source. It’s quite another to make it available to the public in a widespread, affordable and accessible way. Peter... Read More...The post Peter Greenberg Investigates Multiple Uses of Propane appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Where You Can Find Across-the-Board Summer Travel Deals

    PeterGreenberg.com
    28 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Where You Can Find Across-the-Board Summer Travel DealsWhen you’re looking for travel deals this summer, keep an eye out for promotions that involve an entire island, hotel chain, or resort brand. These can give you options you... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Where You Can Find Across-the-Board Summer Travel Deals appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: What You Should Know Before Traveling With a Credit Card

    PeterGreenberg.com
    27 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: What You Should Know Before Traveling With a Credit CardTraveling with a credit card can have some unintended consequences if you’re not careful. Here’s how to properly prepare before you embark on an international trip. One of the first... Read More...The post Travel Tip: What You Should Know Before Traveling With a Credit Card appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Radio Guest List–Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica–May 30, 2015

    _darra
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Radio Guest List–Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica–May 30, 2015This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show comes to you from the Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This brand new hotel has taken over... Read More...The post Radio Guest List–Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica–May 30, 2015 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
 
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Redding, California: Things to Do

    Nancy Brown
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you visiting Redding for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in the Shasta Cascade region of northern California. When I want to escape the crowds and tourists, my favorite getaway is spending a weekend on a houseboat on Shasta Lake. If this is a […]
  • Review: Naughty Girls Guide to Las Vegas

    Nancy Brown
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I was asked to review “Naughty Girls Guide to Las Vegas” by Sienna Sinclaire I was very excited. You see I love Vegas! I love everything about Vegas and if you love Las Vegas like I do, then this book is a must read! I have to admit that there are a number of […]
  • Conejo Valley, California: Things to Do

    Nancy Brown
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you visiting Conejo Valley for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in this Southern California region. When I have a visitor from out of town, the first place they want to see is The Ronald Reagan Library, but I also take them hiking in […]
  • Go Everywhere Travel Clothes

    Nancy Brown
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a travel writer, I’m in the fortunate position to have companies send me products, clothing and footwear for review. Some things I love, while others I can do without. Rarely do I review the same brand more than once, unless it’s truly unique or I find something new to write about. Such is the […]
  • Fairfield, California: Things To Do

    Nancy Brown
    8 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you visiting Fairfield, California for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do while in town. When I have a visitor from out of town, the first place they want to see is Jelly Belly or the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, but I also take them to Suisun […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast

  • Unplugging during your Hawaii Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    26 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Unplugging from the internet during you Hawaii Vacation may seem like a far fetched idea in this day and age.  However, you The post Unplugging during your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Maui’s Best Pools and Aloha Attire tips

    Bruce Fisher
    5 May 2015 | 7:02 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered where the best pools are on Maui, then today we got you covered! I tell you all about The post Maui’s Best Pools and Aloha Attire tips appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Should Wailuku Maui be part of your Hawaii Vacation plans?

    Bruce Fisher
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Today we answer a question from Paul Miller who is headed to Maui and wanted to know whether he should include Wailuku The post Should Wailuku Maui be part of your Hawaii Vacation plans? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Tips for traveling to Lanai

    Bruce Fisher
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Today I offer up a few tips about traveling to Lanai. A few days ago I was treated to a overnight stay The post Tips for traveling to Lanai appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    If you’re traveling to Hawaii in the near future and don’t know what know what foods you must try………. you’re in luck!! On The post Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015

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

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

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

    Benjamin Barber
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Easter is almost here and that means it’s time for another Easter Brunch roundup! We’ve got an awesome selection of menus to choose from, so let’s dig in. While you’re on property, don’t forget to sign up for Jackpot Patrol, you Read More ... The post Easter Brunch 2015 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Crazy 4 Poker℠ | Game of the Week

    Benjamin Barber
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Poker fans get ready for some fast paced action!  Crazy 4 Poker pits the player against the dealer in a 4 card showdown for big payouts.  Much like it’s brethren Three Card Poker℠ and Four Card Poker℠, this title delivers quick hits Read More ... The post Crazy 4 Poker℠ | Game of the Week appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • The "A" Team's Final Assembly — Livingstone, Zambia

    29 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    The "A" Team's Final Assembly - Livingstone, Zambia Livingstone, ZambiaRolling power outages likey due to Africa Freedom Day coming up - long weekend so grid is overtaxed Janine's Story: Today was a time for reflection with the team in an outdoor meeting space under a huge tree....I am really going to miss the incredible scenery of Zambia. We met with the intent to try and absorb the experience we had over the last three weeks, thinking about what can be done in the future of community development work and global health and what is transferable that we can take to our work back…
  • Our first 3 nights in London — London, United Kingdom

    29 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Our first 3 nights in London - London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom Where I stayed Royal National Hotel London What I did British Museum LondonWe arrived at our hotel at about 8 Wednesday morning which was the royal nation its location was really good 2 min walk from the Russell Square underground, we dropped out bags off and went to the information desk where they were lovely and we decided on getting a buy 1 day get 1 day free hop on hop off bus ticket. This bus tour was great we got to see all the tourist spots like Big Ben, Westminster's Abbey, Tower bridge, London Eye, Harrods…
  • Let's visit Shanghai — Shanghai, China

    29 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Let's visit Shanghai - Shanghai, China Shanghai, ChinaShanghai. 23 million people. It's big. But most of the tourist sites are concentrated around/not far from the BUND. So it is very easy to go around. I really had a great time. I started my visit by going to the Yu Yuan (or Yu garden) and the old shanghai streets that surround it. I spent more time there than I intended. But I don't care, it's just me. I really enjoyed the garden, it was huge with lots of pass and building, and ponds and bridges and weird shaped doors and dragons on the walls. Very cool. In the streets around, you just…
  • More east coast fun — Noosa Heads, Noosa Heads

    29 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    More east coast fun - Noosa Heads, Noosa Heads Noosa Heads, Noosa HeadsWe arrived in the city of Brisbane from Surfers Paradise in the afternoon and, instead of exploring around the city, we decided to relax for a few hours in our hostel's hot tub and swimming pool. After an amazing chilli con carne that we all cooked together we decided we'd have a fairly quiet night. A quiet night that involved three jugs of beer, a few cocktails and eight litres of goon between us. The boxes of goon are getting even cheaper and we can now purchase four litres for less than £6. It's almost as cheap as…
  • csr racing hack cydia ios 8 — Buffalo, NY

    29 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    csr racing hack cydia ios 8 - Buffalo, NY Buffalo, NYYou will discover a number of main techniques where a participant can also add to the precious gold sites. Which means they are really monitoring to secure happenings. The resource actually works to give you unrestricted profit and older as well as a supply of gasoline to fuel you into domination and triumph. CSR Racing Hack captures the very best of pumping levels of competition in the match that is sure to provide you the excitement. The greater amount of situations you succeed, the greater amount of awards offering precious metal csr…
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  • 10 Classic Leaning Tower of Pisa Photos

    Fraser
    26 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Pisa’s famous bell tower has been leaning since its construction began in the 12th century. For all we know, this tower would have toppled years ago had it not been for the valiant efforts of fearless travellers doing their part to hold it up–and snapping a photo while they’re at it. Naturally, TravelPod members are eager...
  • How to Write a Great Travel Blog

    Fraser
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    So you’re all set for your next big adventure: the tickets have been purchased, your itinerary has been carefully planned out (or not!), and your new luggage is just waiting for you to start packing! On this trip, you’d like to keep a great travel blog to share your adventure with friends, family members, and...
  • 10 Hilarious Photos From Salar de Uyuni

    Fraser
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia is not only home to the worlds largest salt flats, but apparently also to the world’s largest concentration of travellers taking wacky perspective shots. Something about the light, the endless white salt deposits, and perhaps a fair bit of tradition has made the forced perspective photo a required activity for visitors to...
 
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  • Summer Travel Tip #4: Memorial Day Weekend

    Anne McDermott
    21 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    This is the fourth in our ongoing series of vacation planning tips; see the complete list below. Some of these tips will save you frustration. Some will save you money. Summer Travel Tip: Memorial Day We’re starting to see warnings at airports across the country. Let’s spell it out: Get to the airport early if flying Memorial Day weekend. The reason: 2.6 million of us will be going to the airport that day and there will be lines everywhere – to park the car, check a bag, go through security. When to Go to the Airport How early is early? Southern California’s John Wayne…
  • 10 Vacation Destinations Even Teenagers Will Love

    Rick Seaney
    20 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Rick Seaney loves to share travel tips – in a weekly column for ABC News and bi-weekly reports for USA Today and Fox News. He recently began contributing to Good Life Family magazine where the following column first appeared in the May/June 2015 issue. Looking for something a little different this year? Check out these cities and regions. All of them offer an irresistible combination of year-round fun and excellent airfare value plus they’re fun for solo travelers, couples, families and yes – even teenagers. Click the city to find the best deals. See other links for…
  • We Found $75 Tickets to Europe. Here’s the Catch

    Rick Seaney
    19 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Last Friday, we spotted a Dallas-to-Moscow flight with base airfare of just $75 round-trip. Again, base airfare. The total ticket price that passengers actually pay includes surcharges, taxes and fees but even with all that added in the total was still a bargain at $420. What you need to know about such fares, and how to find them. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney says deals appear without warning. $75 Europe Ticket Rises to $420 This particular $420 ticket (the price has since risen) was available on Lufthansa flights in September and October. We spotted it in FareCompare’s vast and…
  • Fee-rocious Summer? Maybe, Unless You Read This

    Rick Seaney
    18 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Did you hear the one about the airline that isn’t charging a fee? It’s true. Southwest recently launched a bunch of international flights but as is the case with its domestic fares if you change your mind about flying, there is no change fee. Billions in Fees In 2014, airlines took in more than $6 billion in fees so there’s no point wishing them away. Expect a fee-rocious summer but remember that most of these fees really are optional. It’s up to you and depends on how you pack, where you like to sit and more. Fees to Watch Out for This Summer Seat fees: Many airlines…
  • 10 Cheapest Destinations for Flights in June, July, August

    Anne McDermott
    13 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you need a little inspiration for the upcoming travel season, this will help: U.S. and European cities that are not just good deals for summer but fun destinations. Some have the additional virtue of being stunningly beautiful. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on more ways to save. Ready to go? One last thing: Click the city to find the cheapest flight. Other links have information on attractions, restaurants, shopping and more. 10 Cheapest Global Destinations 1. Boston Boston, Massachusetts This great American city is not just cheap, it’s a treasure trove of history. Take a walking…
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  • 25,000 Alaska Miles for Checking Account, TSA Hanky Panky, and More

    Gary Leff
    29 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A collection of interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click. Continue reading 25,000 Alaska Miles for Checking Account, TSA Hanky Panky, and More...
  • Alaska Airlines Was Shocked When Delta Partnership Unraveled

    Gary Leff
    29 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    The airline's CEO shares that Alaska Airlines was 'shocked' when their Delta partnership unraveled. Now competition is making them better. Continue reading Alaska Airlines Was Shocked When Delta Partnership Unraveled...
  • Why You Shouldn’t Cheer the DOT for Increasing Lost Luggage and Denied Boarding Compensation

    Gary Leff
    29 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    The Department of Transportation has increased compensation limits for involuntary denied board and lost luggage. That's being hailed as "Flying Just Got Better: New Rules Hold Airlines Accountable" when it's nothing of the sort. It's just... inflation-adjusting, as required by law. Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Cheer the DOT for Increasing Lost Luggage and Denied Boarding Compensation...
  • Hilton HHonors Solves the Biggest Problem With Their Promotions

    Gary Leff
    29 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    Hilton extends 'Double Your HHonors' for June through August, but with a major twist and improvement... all hotels are participating. For the coming quarter, at least, they've solved the single biggest problem with HHonors promotions. Continue reading Hilton HHonors Solves the Biggest Problem With Their Promotions...
  • IHG’s Limited-Time 70,000 Point Credit Card Bonus Ends Sunday

    Gary Leff
    28 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    The limited-time 70,000 point signup bonus for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card ends Sunday May 31. Continue reading IHG’s Limited-Time 70,000 Point Credit Card Bonus Ends Sunday...
 
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  • Kyoto shopping recommendations 2015

    Esme Vos
    28 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Just back from Japan with the latest Kyoto shopping recommendations! Here’s where to shop in Kyoto for Imabari towels, makeup brushes, organic skin care,  tea, incense and room wear.(1) Iori for Imabari towelsOnce you have used Imabari towels, you’ll never go back to your old towels. I was converted to the famous towels from the town of Imabari where making towels is a 100+ year tradition. The towels are lightweight and extremely absorbent. They come in a huge variety of sizes and in beautiful designs. Warning: Imabari towels are addictive! I found a small shop in Kyoto that…
  • Market House Hotel Tel Aviv near Jaffa flea market

    Arnon Kohavi
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpushim) has transformed itself in the last few years from a treasure trove of antiques, hand-made and second-hand items into a trendy area of shops, galleries and restaurants. Many of the old Arabic houses that were standing in ruins for many years have been renovated, and late last year on Beit Eshel Street, a new 44-room boutique hotel was opened called Market House. It is part of the Atlas Hotel Group (which also includes Art+Hotel, Melody and Cinema Hotels), known for interesting designer hotels in Israel at reasonable prices.The Market House Hotel Tel…
  • Why Uber succeeds: taxis, breach of trust and democracy

    Esme Vos
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    I started using Uber only this year, after becoming so fed up with taxis in many cities I’ve lived in and visited around the world. Let me explain my conversion as simply as I can. When I get into a taxi, I expect all of the following: (1) clean passenger seats with functioning seat belts; (2) air-conditioning; (3) a courteous, honest driver who helps me with my luggage (doesn’t need to speak English, but it helps); (4) credit card machine that works; and (5) a trunk (or boot) that is free of debris and the driver’s personal effects so that my luggage can fit in.
  • The Nadler Soho: still my London favorite

    Esme Vos
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    The Nadler Soho remains my favorite hotel in London. I wrote about The Nadler in 2013 and on a visit to London two weeks ago, I had a chance to reevaluate my earlier review. The good news is The Nadler Soho is even better this time around. I found the staff more attentive and helpful. The chocolates that they provide in the room come from Paul A. Young, a local chocolatier whose shop is close by (if you have not tasted his chocolates, go down there and buy a few for yourself). The rooms are still quiet and spacious, with firm, comfortable beds. Wi-Fi is free of charge and fast, without…
  • Casa Leto Boutique Hotel St Petersburg

    Arnon Kohavi
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Centrally located, next to the State Hermitage and St Isaac’s Cathedral, Casa Leto in St Petersburg is a small, exclusive, family-owned boutique hotel providing excellent accommodation and friendly service. The rooms have a classical style and evoke the atmosphere and grandeur of old St Petersburg. With high ceilings, plasterwork and original antiques, it often serves a location for fashion and film shoots. Casa Leto is located in one of the most desirable locations in St Petersburg, a few minutes walk from Nevski Prospect and the Hermitage museum. St Isaac’s Cathedral,…
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  • Mallorca

    Tony Wheeler
    29 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Why had I never been to Mallorca before? I finally got around to it with a bunch of friends, we all had a great week there, staying at the Hotel Son Paulo up in the hills at Orient. We never went near Magaluf, the package tour centre often referred to as Shagaluf. ▲ Although we did fly there with easyJet, the airline of choice for Shagaluf visitors. Great views of the Pyrenees as we crossed Spain and great views of Mallorca as we circled the island before landing. This view of Palma is actually on departure. ▲ We did visit Palma a couple of times, this is inside the wonderful Cathedral.
  • Walking Broadway – New York City

    Tony Wheeler
    3 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    In New York recently I set out to walk Broadway, it’s the one street which runs the entire length of Manhattan. ▲ So I took the subway down to South Ferry. ◄ It was an expensive trip, I put my credit card into a Columbus Circle subway station Metro Card machine, it charged my card US$10, but no Metro Card came out. So I put in US$10 in cash and got a receipt to say the machine had taken my 10 bucks and wasn’t going to give me anything. Twenty bucks down and I hadn’t even started walking.           ◄ From the South Ferry stop I looked across to the Statue…
  • Around the World in 50 Years

    Tony Wheeler
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    When I got off the plane in Nauru during my travels for Dark Lands I immediately bumped into Albert Podell. There aren’t a lot of reasons to go to Nauru, if you aren’t unlucky enough to be a refugee who has become entangled in Australia’s Pacific Solution and has been shipped to Australia’s Pacfic prison camp for an indeterminate time with an uncertain end result. I could guess that Albert was there because he was on a quest to set foot on every country on earth. At the time he had just eight countries to go and I listed those eight in a ‘just 8 countries left’ blog.’ Now he’s…
  • Poor Kathmandu

    Tony Wheeler
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    In the 24 hours since Nepal was hit by a huge earthquake I’ve been waiting for news from various friends who either live there or have Nepal connections. Over the years I’ve added up more than six months of my life in Nepal – lots of days on lots of trekking routes interspersed with many visits to Kathmandu. Coincidentally I was in Kathmandu in 1989 when the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta tremblor hit San Francisco, yesterday’s Nepal quake was 7.8. In those pre-internet and email days I remember getting the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle faxed to a friend’s Kathmandu office.
  • Parking on the Cycle Path

    Tony Wheeler
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Three mornings a week in Melbourne I ride about 6km along this cycle path to the gym. Yesterday I came past this point on my way to the gym, but when I came back after my 30 minute session someone had parked right in the middle of the path.
 
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • 11 Obvious signs you studied abroad in France

    Pete Meyers
    28 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Nostalgic for your days abroad? You know, that semester or two when you lived (and studied a bit) in a country far removed from your home campus, parents, and perhaps significant other. It’s a time of self-discovery, new tastes, new languages, and new options. If you have been lucky enough to count yourself among the more than 17,000 American students who study abroad in France each year, perhaps you’ve returned with some of these tell-tale signs of a semester or two abroad… Related: 12 tips for studying in Paris. 1. You dressed better than any other time during your college…
  • 5 affordable and reliably sunny breaks from London

    Alex Robertson Textor
    26 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    As this cool spring lingers well beyond its welcome in London, it’s time for a warm and affordable break. There are two ways to plan a holiday getaway from London to a place with near-guaranteed heat and sun: the independent route, which is the EuroCheapo way, or a package holiday. To help independent travelers think about how to launch themselves to the sun from London, we’ve reviewed the least expensive return airfares from the capital of the UK, along with recommendations for independent, non-chain hotels in five dependably sunny places: Gran Canaria, Sharm el-Sheikh, Larnaca, Antalya,…
  • Paris: Escape the crowds at these 20 overlooked attractions

    Bryan Pirolli
    26 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Looking for new ways to enjoy Paris? Perhaps it’s your second or third visit, and you just want to do something a bit different this time. Or maybe it’s your first visit, but you just want to avoid the throngs of tourists lined up around the Louvre, Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower. Whatever the reason, once you’ve booked your cute and affordable hotel, it’s time to think about ways to really explore the city. Each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements has attractions, museums, and gardens that are too often overlooked. Here’s a list to keep handy when you’re…
  • The 10 best budget hotels in Paris for 2015

    Tom Meyers
    21 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Looking for a great, affordable hotel in central Paris? We’re rolling out our “Cheapo 100″, listing the best budget hotels in Europe, and we’re kicking things off by announcing our top 10 favorite hotels in Paris. The hotels below have been selected from our list of recommended hotels in Paris because we believe that they represent an exceptional value. This is determined by examining several criteria, including: • Location: Would most travelers consider this location to be convenient? Can you walk to popular sights and a good selection of restaurants from this…
  • Copenhagen: How to use bike share as a visitor

    Craig Nelson
    18 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Copenhagen (along with Amsterdam) is known as one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. There are as many bikes as citizens in this Scandinavian hub. Another thing Copenhagen is famous for? Very expensive prices on everything from restaurants to taxis. However, you can still find some deals. For example, exploring the city by bike doesn’t have to cost a fortune for a tourist. With the city’s new bike share program, Bycyklen, it’s possible to get around like a local for only a few Danish crowns a day. Before the new bike share system launched in 2014, visitors…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • 9 Hidden Toxins in Homes and How to Get Rid of Them

    Dawn Head
    29 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Hidden toxins in homes? We’ve already eliminated the lead paint and asbestos… are there still more toxins? Sadly, yes! Over the last several decades there has been an increasing awareness of them. These toxins in homes reside in our everyday products, in everything from our food containers, pillows, toys, cleaning products, furniture, and more. With… Read more The post 9 Hidden Toxins in Homes and How to Get Rid of Them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • ToothPick.com’s Healthy Access Initiative Seeks to Improve Lifestyles

    Alice Benny
    29 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Healthy Access is an innovative new program developed by the people behind Toothpick.com. Normally, users visit Toothpick.com when they need to schedule dental appointments. However, developers realized that dental hygiene is just one indicator of overall health. This motivated them to look for other ways that they might help their customers improve their health for a… Read more The post ToothPick.com’s Healthy Access Initiative Seeks to Improve Lifestyles appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps For Enjoying Long Journeys

    Alice Benny
    28 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Bags packed- Check, travel guide and documents- Check, Smart phone-Double Check!! Cruisers Apps – Triple Check!!! Long journeys can be thrilling but if there is no other distraction, such trips can be extremely boring. Here are ten exciting Apps essential for travelling. and cruisers apps. You can also check out our list of 10 Awesome Green iPhone Apps… Read more The post 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps For Enjoying Long Journeys appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • What Do Go Green Products Mean

    Alice Benny
    19 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Go green. Most of everyone would have come across this phrase in one form or the other. How many people actually understand what going green means? Learn more about go green slogans, go green facts and go green products. So what do Go Green Slogans and Go Green Products Mean To put it in simple… Read more The post What Do Go Green Products Mean appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Are BPA Water Bottles Dead?

    Greg Head
    12 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Have you heard about the chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA) which is used in the manufacture of plastic and resins? There was a controversy regarding the presence of the said chemical in various products like water bottles, feeding bottles, and soda cans as it was reported by different organizations that BPA can cause various health problems… Read more The post Are BPA Water Bottles Dead? appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • This Fake Ad for 'airbnb EXPRESS' is the Funniest Travel Video You'll See All Day

    Scott Kearnan
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    You know the old saying: There’s truth in jest. And perhaps never (never!) has that adage been more true than with this quick but hilarious clip that landed in our inbox, courtesy of the folks at the “digital comedy network” Above Average. The knee-slapping skit is designed as a commercial for a faux service, airbnb EXPRESS, that cuts right to the best part of that sharing economy service: the quick and easy ability to rifle through a complete stranger’s possessions and mercilessly judge-slash-mock them. Don’t act like you don’t know what we’re talking…
  • How To Not Be a Travel Douche: A Personal Tale of Encountering Awfulness

    Charyn Pfeuffer
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ve probably encountered douchey travelers. They're pretty much a fact of on-the-road life. But last weekend, we encountered a couple that needs to be called out for their all-star lameness.
  • Bath: Gazing at Gowns at the Fashionable Fashion Museum in Bath

    Janice Tober
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
  • New York : How To Get Last Minute Tickets To The Governors Ball

    cmb
    29 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    After being hailed the best festival of 2014, The Governors Ball is returning to Randall’s Island Park in NYC on June 5th-7th with a line-up that includes Friday headliners Drake, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Chromeo and The Decemberists. On Saturday, DeadMau5, Björk, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Flume will take the stage with The Black Keys and Lana Del Rey closing things out on Sunday.
  • TSA Has Been Losing Hundreds of Security Access Badges All Over The Country

    Omri
    29 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    There are small TSA screw-ups, like screwing up a PreCheck procedure. There are big TSA screw-ups, like publishing classified info in the dumbest way imaginable. And then there are the screw-ups that make you sit up, kind of tilt your head sideways, and ask yourself how anybody could be so bad at their jobs. A TV station in Texas did some digging about possible security vulnerabilities at DFW and found what might be generously described as a total clusterfuck: "lost and stolen airline uniform shirts, an entire FedEx pilot's uniform, missing TSA badges and even a federal flight deck officer's…
 
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  • Check-Out Folio: Where to Stay Mod in Milan

    juliana
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 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 · SOMETIMES, LUXURY ISN'T THE BETTER OPTION · 10 NEW HOTELS FOR BALI · 5 NEW AND RENEWED MILAN HOTELS TO TRY · ALSO: FAIRMONT COPLEY PLAZA DOES SICK KID A SOLID. CHARGES · NO CHOCOLATES ON THE PILLOW (IF YOU WANT GOOD SLEEP) · KHLOE KARDASHIAN'S FREAKY HOTEL ROOM · A LOOK BACK AT HORRIBLE WIFI STORIES · ALSO: ANTI-VIEWS SUCK.
  • Dear Old Dad Might Like Park Hyatt's Latest Offering

    kjb
    29 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    It’s time to head back to Hallmark for a card, as Father’s Day is right around the corner—June 21 if you need to set a reminder. This might be the year to skip the tie and socks and upgrade the offering to dear old dad thanks to the folks over at Park Hyatt. This year Park Hyatt is teaming up with Bono—you know, the one from U2—to launch a book called Sons + Fathers. The book is full of sweet stories shared between fathers and sons, including moments from celebrities and other famous fathers, like Paul McCartney, Bono, and President Bill Clinton. Jay Pritzker, the…
  • CA: Whoa. This UFO Hotel May Land in the California Desert, If You Help Pay for It

    DesignMinder
    29 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    To the fans of all things extraterrestrial, this one's for you. We kick off this special edition of Funky Friday by saying this may be light years away (aka, not gonna happen,) but if your network of SciFi buddies pitches in, you may just see the opening of The UFO Hotel.Is anyone surprised? We figured it was only a matter of time before there would be a close encounter of the hotel kind. Except that this kind involves some home grown alien crowd-funding. The UFO Hotel is the brainchild of Luis Ramallo, UFO enthusiast and owner of popular road stop Alien Fresh Jerky in Baker, California.
  • Los Angeles: Independence Day: A Look at The Hollywood Roosevelt's Revamped Guest Rooms

    DesignMinder
    29 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    It comes as no surprise when we hear of Hollywood icons reinventing themselves. No, we’re not talking about stars of the silver screen, but rather an iconic hotel that has catered to them for the last 88 years--The Hollywood Roosevelt.As we told you last month, the new owners of the hotel, David Chang and Goodwin Gaw, reclaimed management of the hotel, turning it back into an independent property that's now a part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection. (Meanwhile, former management company, Thompson Hotels, just announced their new Hollywood hotel yesterday.) To go along with…
  • Kandy: Check Out OZO Kandy, Sri Lanka's First Millennial Hotel

    juliab
    29 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    When we first heard about a “new Kandy hotel,” our hearts sank. This could only be the launch of a new millennial or ravers place, surely? And then we realized that Kandy is actually a place in the middle of Sri Lanka, and it was all going to be OK. OZO Kandy is actually the first hotel to open in Kandy in 20 years (and the last international brand in 35 years). It has 122 rooms, which look rather budget chic – small but well done with local-inspired artwork over the beds and crisp materials and colors.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Bolivian Fast Food: The 4 Must-Try Junk Eats

    Viator Travel Team
    28 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Just because the “golden arches” are nearly non-existent in Bolivia, it doesn’t mean Bolivians don’t love their fast food. After all, Bolivia is the land of the potato and Bolivians sure know how to cook up a batch of crunchy, salty French fries. But their love of fast food doesn’t end there. From fried bananas done three ways to papas fritas topped with greasy sausages, Bolivianos know how to to whip up tasty fast food. While traveling in Bolivia, be sure to check out these four must-try salty snacks: Salteñas Salteñas, photo by Rodrigo Galindez, Flickr. This…
  • European Destinations to Escape the Crowds This Summer

    Viator Travel Team
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Visiting Europe during the summer has been one of the quintessential traveling experiences since the Grand Tours of the aristocracy in the 1600s. Since then, the popularity of many European cities has exploded, so much so that it’s relatively difficult to find uncrowded European destinations in summer. While Paris, Rome and London remain the heavy hitters, there are a number of lesser-known places just as worthy of visiting throughout the continent. Sicily, a truly picturesque place. Sicily, Italy Sicily, sitting off the Italian coastline, is the largest island in the Mediterranean. With a…
  • 10 Great Summer Family Road Trips with Kids

    Viator Travel Team
    26 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Summer is approaching, which means it’s high time to start planning—and booking—your summer trips. Our advice: Slow down and enjoy the journey by road-tripping to and through your favorite destinations. We’ve researched a number of family-friendly road trips around the country. Here, in no particular order, are our favorite 10. Ferry boat in the San Juan Islands The San Juan Islands Number of days: 4-5 What to do: The San Juan Islands, about 90 minutes from Seattle, comprise an archipelago characterized by steely waters and verdant conifers. Four of the islands are accessible by car…
  • Save 10% on TripAdvisor’s World’s Top 25 Landmarks

    Viator Travel Team
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Lists covering the world’s top attractions or travel destinations are nothing new — magazines, guidebooks and TV shows put them out every year. The jet-setting editor or TV host can be helpful, but sometimes you just want to hear what fellow travelers are out there doing. The TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Landmarks Awards do just that. With a mix of religious sites, ancient cities, engineering marvels, modern-day skyscrapers and humbling memorials, this list spans five continents and 19 countries to bring you must-see landmarks for all interests. And to help you experience the…
  • More Than a Layover: Lima in 24, 48 or 72 Hours

    Viator Travel Team
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Museo Larco in Lima, Peru For many travelers, Lima is nothing more than a layover city or on-the-way stop to Cusco and Machu Picchu. The truth is, treating Lima solely as a stopover would be a mistake. With its contemporary museums, colonial architecture, immense culture, endless archaeology, green spaces, food scene and window into the life of the 10 million people who live there, Lima has something for everyone, even if it’s for as little as 24, 48 or 72 hours. Lima in 24 Hours If you are coming to Lima, the place to see and be seen is Miraflores. This centrally located neighborhood…
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • In Tokyo, A 24-Hour Seafood Shack That Shakes, Rattles, and Rolls

    Brian Spencer
    29 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Trains gliding onwards to and from Yurakucho and Hibiya stations shake Uomara Honten like a baby wagging a rattle, not that anybody cares, not that anybody really notices. Here in this restaurant-within-a-railway-arch, in a part of fancy Ginza more gritty than glammy, cast-iron skillets sizzling with fresh Tsukiji seafood balance the stench of wispy tobacco clouds, the red faces of soused salarymen, teetering on worn wooden stools, spotlighted by naked light bulbs dangling from black cords. Strips of white parchment, hanging from the ceiling, scrawled with red-and-black Japanese-language…
  • Swimming To a New Appreciation of Mexico

    Sheila Scarborough
    27 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    It was dark and quiet. Inky, your-rods-and-cones-can’t-help-you-here dark, with only the sound of our breathing and a teensy watery swish as someone moved her foot a centimeter. Our Río Secreto guide Paulo had turned off the lights (after checking to see if anyone thought they might freak out) so that we could see what total darkness and silence is like. I’ll say this….it draws you inside your own head and makes your senses vibrate with awareness. We were seated in a small circle, waist-deep in beautiful, cool, clear water, experiencing a Mexico that is far removed from…
  • Music Music Music

    Mike Gerrard
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’m enthralled. In a display case in front of me is the last guitar Elvis Presley ever played on stage. It’s a Martin D-28 and he used it at the Market Square in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977, just six weeks before he died. He’d played the guitar every night of what would turn out to be his final 56-night concert tour. Alongside this historic guitar is a video explaining how it was lost for a while, then found again, identified from records, and restored to the state it was in when Elvis last played it. This meant leaving the
  • In Tokyo, A Bowl of Udon That is Famous

    Brian Spencer
    22 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    When I say that these udon noodles are famous, what I mean to say is that my father-in-law still talks about them, without prompt occasionally, some two years after he slurped his bowl dry. When I say that this eight- to ten-seat soba/udon stall, located within the compact maze of yakitori joints and izakayas clustered in what’s known as Piss Alley, just outside Shinjuku Station—one of the most wonderful train stations in which you will ever step foot—is famous, what I mean is that rare is the occasion that one walks up and takes a seat without first suffering a
  • A Whiskey Rebellion: Chattanooga Craft Spirits

    Sheila Scarborough
    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Along with the growing worldwide interest in craft beer and “farm to fork” seasonal cooking with as many local ingredients as possible, there’s also a lot of activity around craft spirits – artisanal makers of hard liquor like bourbon, whiskey, gin, etc. Even beer-crazy Wisconsin has distilleries popping up (check the link for one that specializes in Hmong rice spirits.) At the risk of sounding like a booze hound, this is a trend that I’m happy to embrace. Similar to my approach to craft beer – I don’t know much, but I know what tastes good to me…
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Goldie on Phuket, Thailand

    Goldie on Phuket
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The DJloves Phuket so much he moved there – and the Thai island is providing plenty of inspiration for his new career as an artistMe and my wife Mika were married in Cherngtalay temple on Phuket island eight years ago. We used to come back every year and eventually thought, why don’t we live here? So now we do! We built a wonderful house, wrapped around a beautiful tree, with art and recording studios, and moved here six months ago. It’s near Kamala beach – a phenomenal place. Continue reading...
  • Holy nights: camping in a church

    Rachel Dixon
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Churches Conservation Trust is opening places of worship to overnight guests … and, yes, they can even ‘get up to what their consciences allow’ Related: 15 pitch perfect UK campsites It was dark and chilly, and I was lying in a sleeping bag on a narrow camp bed. But I wasn’t in a tent, tipi or yurt – I was in a church. That’s because I wasn’t camping, nor even glamping; I was “champing”. Related: The best garden B&Bs, cottages and campsites in the UK Related: Ditch the camping stove – these sites have food trucks, cafes and even bars Continue reading...
  • Vivid: the top five vantage points to see Sydney's festival for the Instagram generation

    Brigid Delaney
    28 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    The harbour is awash with glorious light displays during the Vivid festival. But where are the best places to see them from? Continue reading...
  • World view: horseback fishing on the Belgium coast

    Bruno Vigneron
    28 May 2015 | 4:17 am
    Oostduinkerke, on the west Flanders coast in Belgium, is the only place in the world where the 500-year-old tradition of trawling for shrimp on horseback can still be seen. It was once practised extensively across the Flemish North Sea coast, but now only a few fishermen still ride into the sea – on draught horses – to spread their nets and trawl at low tide. They then take their catch to the beach to sieve the shrimps from crabs and fish. To see a video of the horseback fishermen, click here Continue reading...
  • Explore Dr Evermor's fantastical creation The Forevertron – video

    Guardian Staff
    28 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    This video from Cindy Laveck shows the creation of The Forevertron, a 300-tonne scrap metal sculpture built by Tom Every, AKA Dr Evermor, a former industrial wrecker. The sculpture, housed at the Art Park in Wisconsin, features a glass capsule for Dr Evermor to board when he eventually transports himself back into space. Every has been building fantastical creations out of scrap metal since 1983. To see the video in full click here Continue reading...
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Storify: Eurovision 2015

    Maria McKenzie
    29 May 2015 | 3:32 am
    Our self-confessed Eurovision devotee, Chris Zeiher, spent a week in Vienna touring the beautiful sights, indulging in some fine coffee, and getting the low-down from the front row at Europe’s favourite singing contest. Here’s what he got up to… ‘It was a week where we witnessed a Swedish singer with an animated army, a Latvian songstress and a Lorde-loving Belgian. To kick it all off, Conchita flew over the audience, no glitter or sequin spared. Not only was this the 60th anniversary contest to be broadcast live in 43 countries across the world with an estimated…
  • Storify: Paris vs. Barcelona #LPChat

    Maria McKenzie
    27 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    In our latest #LPchat, we teamed up with Lonely Planet writers, Sally Davis and Nicola Williams, to put two European champions head-to-head: Paris and Barcelona. From insider tips to mouth-watering snaps of your foodie adventures, you brought plenty to the ring. So much so, we couldn’t just let them slip under the radar, so we’ve rounded up the highlights here. [View the story “LPChat: Paris vs. Barcelona” on Storify]
  • Join us on Twitter for USA road trip week

    Maria McKenzie
    11 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Have you ever been tempted to jump in the car and see where the road takes you? Perhaps driving along the open road is your go-to travel style, windows down and music turned up high? With the launch of our brand new Road Trip travel guide series, we’re getting our travel plans into gear! Join us this week on @lonelyplanetusa as we team up with Roadtrippers to round up some top road trippin’ tips. Six editions of our new Road Trip series will also be up for grabs – more details on the competition below. We’re also hosting an #LPtakes5 Twitter chat with Roadtrippers co-founder Tatiana…
  • LP Pathfinders: top posts from April 2015

    Emma Sparks
    7 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Arco de Santa Catalina, Antigua, Guatemala. Image by Justin Foulkes / LP Traveller magazine From Oman’s equivalent of the Grand Canyon to the festivities of an Indian wedding, our Lonely Planet Pathfinders are never far from an adventure. Here are some of the best stories we’ve seen this month. Photo essay: cycling through Central America – Amanda Zeisset Amanda and Antonio spent a year cycling around Central America – an area full of jewels for all kinds of travellers. Check out some of the highlights of their trip here – including a piglet road crossing…
  • Lonely Planet Kids: bugs and butterflies colouring competition

    Emma Sparks
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Image courtesy of Natural History Museum, London. This month we’re partnering with the Natural History Museum in London for our creative challenge, and it’s one that touches on a subject close to any LP Kid’s heart: creepy crawlies! Follow the instructions below for the chance to win a family ticket to the Natural History Museum’s stunning new Sensational Butterflies exhibition, or a bundle of LP Kids books. THE TASK Download and print out our Bugs and Butterflies activity sheet. Colour it in, making the picture as bright and colourful as you like. HOW TO ENTER There are…
 
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    LandLopers

  • Joy of Flying – Photo Series

    Matt Long
    29 May 2015 | 3:08 am
    The powers that be behind the weekly photo sharing event FriFotos decided that FLYING should be this week’s topic, a great one in my opinion. Flying can take many different forms though, including the ones I’ve shared in this post.Hot air balloon in Queensland, AustraliaFlying over GreenlandBangkok AirportSouth Africa from the airBrand new Cathay Pacific 777-300ERLondon from the airGreat lounges make flying more tolerableSmall scale flying in South AfricaView of the Great Barrier Reef flying overheadFlying over Napa ValleyFlying can be quirkyHot air balloon ride in SpainFlying…
  • What Is It About Australia?

    Matt Long
    27 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Every year, survey takers ask Americans a lot of questions, from how much money they make to their favorite kind of car. They also ask them a lot of travel questions, including one that I find perhaps the most interesting. “If money were no object, where would you like to travel to on vacation?” For years, the number one answer has been Australia. It’s an interesting fact if you think about it; this penal colony turned Western power half a world away is where Americans dream about visiting. Not Paris, not a Caribbean island, but Australia. After three trips to the Land Down Under, and…
  • Sydney Opera House & City Skyline

    Matt Long
    27 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    The post Sydney Opera House & City Skyline appeared first on LandLopers.
  • My 5 Favorite Experiences In Croatia

    Matt Long
    26 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    If you’ve even spent a brief amount of time exploring my site, then you will have no doubt noticed my love affair with Croatia. I’ve visited a couple of times and each visit, and every new experience, seems to be better than the last. Like any place though, there are certain things I enjoying seeing, doing and eating more than others, so I thought today I’d share my favorite experiences in Croatia – for now at least. 1. Sunset in ZadarIf you spend any amount of time in Zadar, someone will at some point tell you of a famous quote associated with the city. In May 1964, Alfred Hitchcock…
  • The Impressive Hraunfossar Falls in Iceland

    Matt Long
    26 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    The post The Impressive Hraunfossar Falls in Iceland appeared first on LandLopers.
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    Indie Travel Podcast

  • Four full days in Estonia… The Estonia Podcast

    Craig and Linda
    29 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    I’m just so excited about Estonia right now… We’re already planning a return trip this year, if we can get an apartment booked. What’s so exciting? The people, the history, the energy and a cost-to-value ratio that blows much of Europe out of the water. To listen to this Estonia podcast, hit play below or find episode 299 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Episode 299! Can you believe our next episode is number 300! If you’d like to take part, record an audio note on your phone and send it to linda@indietravelmedia.com. We’ll be answering the question,…
  • Ghost Stories of Tallinn

    Craig and Linda
    29 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    I so enjoyed our guided tour of Tallinn, Estonia with Andrew that I wanted to share a few more of his stories that we were able to in the Estonia podcast. So here’s two of Tallinn’s ghost stories, told on the street (so sorry about the traffic noise) just meters away from my hotel door. Andrew at the Cat’s Well You can find Andrew at Est Adventures. Craig travelled through Estonia with Jayway Travel as part of the #jaywaybaltics trip (see posts on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, you name it). More details on our Baltics page.
  • Estonia in 11 amazing Instagram photos

    Craig and Linda
    14 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I was recently in Estonia, one of the Baltic countries just below Scandinavia and west of Russia. I had an amazing time with a great group of people, but I’m sure you’re just after the Instagram photos… Old Town Tallinn Tallin is one of those cities that is gorgeous from almost any angle. A photo posted by Craig and Linda (@indietravel) on May 8, 2015 at 2:07pm PDT Have I mentioned how beautiful Tallinn is? Those city walls, those gorgeous towers! I love it. A photo posted by Craig and Linda (@indietravel) on May 5, 2015 at 11:28pm PDT Ah Tallinn… As pretty by night as…
  • Celebrate Semana Santa in Spain – episode 298

    Craig and Linda
    9 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    To listen, hit play below or find episode 298 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Dozens of people streamed past our hostel window, all heading in one direction. We’d thought it was a sleepy village when we’d arrived on foot earlier in the day, but now everyone in town was out in the cold, hurrying through the the narrow streets towards the centre. We joined them. The cold numbed our bones and we shivered as we stood at the side of the road with everyone else, waiting for something to happen. Finally we heard music in the distance and slowly, slowly, a procession arrived: a small…
  • The benefits of travelling with family

    Linda Martin
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    When we started travelling full-time back in 2006, we weren’t too worried about leaving our family behind. It didn’t matter that we were going to the other side of the world: we could always keep in touch by phone and email, and we’d be back in three or four years — it was no problem at all. Maybe it’s part of getting older, but over the past few years I’ve really started to value my family. I’ve become better friends with my sister and brother, and I’ve been making an effort to make regular phone calls to my mum and dad. They, and Craig’s…
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  • The Next Generation of Travelers

    Pam Mandel
    29 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    Me, crossing a river in Ladakh, 1982 (ish) I figure people like Maureen and Tony Wheeler would think I’m soft. Those two are the founders of Lonely Planet, the ubiquitous (and now completely changed) travel guide company. I relied on one of their earliest guides — India, 1981 — to get through travels in that byzantine labyrinth of a country back in 1982-83. Maureen and Tony did the trip without a guide, documenting The Hippie Trail, a truly epic overland adventure that went from London to Istanbul, across Iran and Afghanistan, and ended in Bangkok or maybe Goa. Reading Paul…
  • In Which I Go to Trinidad and Am Troubled by a Sandwich

    Pam Mandel
    24 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Gorgeous Maracas Beach I was on a press trip to Trinidad and Tobago. Nearly all of my expenses — flights, hotels, meals, including this damned sandwich — were paid for by Trinidad/Tobago Tourism. “You gotta have the bake and shark.” “Have you had a bake and shark yet?’ “The bake and shark is the best sandwich I’ve ever had.” Upon hearing that I was bound for Trinidad, many people instructed me about this sandwich. And they were correct; the bake and shark is a damned fine sandwich. You get bake and shark at Maracas Beach on the island of Trinidad.
  • Things I Liked About Trinidad and Tobago

    Pam Mandel
    17 May 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I was on an all expenses paid trip to Trinidad and Tobago. Christiana, the woman who leads the tours of a chocolate plantation on Tobago. She’s in her 70s, tough as barbed wire, and funny. She walked the grounds barefoot, a huge machete in hand. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean. We went swimming out past the break here — the water was up to about my collar bones — and the sand was so fine. Sadly, Buccoo Reef is bleached and almost dead, though glass bottom boats still take visitors out to see what few bright fish are still there. They should stop doing that. Grilled…
  • Rocked, Lobster

    Pam Mandel
    13 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    I’m on a press trip to Trinidad and Tobago. Nearly all of my expenses — flights, hotels, meals — were paid for by Trinidad/Tobago Tourism. The bay looked very flat from the shore so I threw caution to the wind and joined the group when they boarded the glass bottomed boat to the reef. Thing is, out at the reef, the boat rocked and swayed and pitched. I tried to keep breathing and hold my breakfast down. The reef wasn’t much to look at anyway, which is a great pity — when you’ve seen a living reef, one where the coral is pale and the fish have vacated for a…
  • I Quit My Job to Travel the World. Multiple Times.

    Pam Mandel
    10 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    1983. It was not my first trip abroad, I’d been an exchange student and then, after I graduated high school, a kibbutz volunteer. While in Israel, I met a boy and we traveled some. When I ran out of money, I went back to the US. I worked as a stocking clerk at a cheap fashion shop for 20 somethings. I quit after three months to go to England, meet up with the boy, and then to travel some more. I was still living with my parents, I was probably earning just over minimum wage. 1986. I was working in the box office of the local symphony orchestra. I liked my job a lot, my boss was…
 
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Sorry Kids, but Costa Rica is No Bargain

    Tim Leffel
    28 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • The Deal of a Lifetime is Coming in One Week

    Tim Leffel
    25 May 2015 | 5:43 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!
  • Mexico’s Diversity on Display in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere

    Tim Leffel
    20 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
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  • Why I Live Abroad

    Tim Leffel
    14 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
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  • Cusco, Peru on a Budget (Takes a Little Work)

    Tim Leffel
    10 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Arranging a home swap: are there any security measures we should take?

    Home Base Holidays
    29 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Q: Are there any security measures we should take when arranging a swap? As everything is done on e-mail can we reassure ourselves everything is bona fide? Are there ever any 'scams' and is there any way we can avoid them? – Millie C. A: Home Base Holidays has never had any scams reported involving home swaps (only a couple of ‘too good to be true’ New York city rental offers a few years ago that fortunately were reported and blocked before any members lost money. Note: we don’t accept rental only listings and no money changes hands with a direct home swap). Take your time before…
  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    In this issue of the Home Swappers travel newsletter: Featured home exchanges: Sea view home in Crete, Greece & stylish home swap offer in London, England. Home exchange trip report in Galicia, Spain Home exchange Q&A: non-simultaneous home exchanges Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Check out previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive newsletters as published. Related articles Live like a local - April home exchange newsletter - Travel the Home Exchange Way Live like a local - March home swap newsletter Home Swappers:…
  • Maximise your opportunities to find a home swap you’ll love

    Home Base Holidays
    19 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    “We have just returned from a holiday in Ludlow, a beautiful town in a stunning English county. This wasn't a swap but a rental because Ludlow is a town I really wanted to visit but I hadn't managed to secure an exchange. And here I come to the point of this piece: with home exchange you won't always get exactly what you think you want. Sometimes, if there's somewhere you really want to go, you may have to holiday by more conventional means. Sometimes you may go somewhere you'd never really considered and will have a fabulous time. So what if you've listed your home and seem to be getting…
  • Visit Edinburgh on a budget - tips & ideas

    Home Base Holidays
    15 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is one of Britain's most exciting tourist destinations with a fascinating mix of ancient and modern architecture, plenty of insightful museums and galleries and stunning scenery in a priceless setting. Edinburgh, also called "the Athens of the North", is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a great variety of fine restaurants and shops and numerous sights and attractions. But despite being such a great place to explore it is also one of the most expensive places in Britain. That’s why we create this budget-friendly guide to discover Edinburgh without…
  • No points, no restrictions – arrange as many home swaps as you wish

    Home Base Holidays
    10 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Q: Do I get points for letting someone stay at my apartment? - Jane C, Melbourne A: Home Base Holidays does not operate a points system (as such systems seem unnecessarily complicated). Q: How long are these points valid for please?  So if I cannot use up all the points I get in one year – how long do they last before they expire? A: As there are no points, there is no expiry date. Q: Can I do more than one house swap a year?  Does this change the pricing or costs in any way? A: Once you have paid your one-off six month or one year membership fee, you are free to arrange as many swaps as…
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    Rick Steves' Travel Blog

  • Last Stop in Genoa

    Rick Steves
    28 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    I’m always thinking about how Europe looks so pretty in people’s photo collections, video clips, and even in their memories. But I like the gritty and candid dimensions of Europe that are simply unpolished reality, too. Here’s an impromptu clip of me sharing my last, lousy lunch in Italy while changing trains in Genoa. Two minutes later, I was on my way to France.
  • The Latest from the Cinque Terre

    Rick Steves
    27 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    The Cinque Terre is my favorite stretch of Mediterranean coastline. On this two-month research and TV production trip, I gave myself one day off, and I slotted it in right here. Unfortunately, cruise lines are now stopping in La Spezia (the gateway to the Cinque Terre), and their thousands of passengers are congesting these otherwise peaceful towns. When the cruise ships are in, mid-days can be miserable, both in the towns — like Vernazza, pictured here — and on the trails. But if you’re out early (before 10:00) or late (after 17:00), there are no crowd problems at all. Enjoying a…
  • Chores on the Italian Road

    Rick Steves
    26 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    I’ve been on the road for nearly two months now, and I’m in a great work groove. Even the little chores are fun. Tour guides know that when you’re in Europe surrounded by tourists binging on chocolate, cakes, and gelato, you learn extreme portion control. While I rarely indulge in an entire ice cream cone, I do sample gelaterie in every town as part of my research responsibilities. And I’m getting pretty good at taking selfies — even while enjoying a little spoonful. For me, one of the small delights of travel is getting a haircut. While it used to stress me out because of the…
  • My Mug On a Van in India

    Rick Steves
    26 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    My niece Nicolina is adventuring in India right now with her Hearts of the World project, bringing art to poor children across the country. I couldn’t be prouder of her — and I couldn’t be more tickled by this photo she sent me from the road. Reading the story behind this painting made me smile. It’ll make you smile too — check it out on Nicolina’s blog. (Just scroll down a few posts to “In a Pinch.”)
  • Al Stewart’s Biggest Fan in Rural Tuscany

    Rick Steves
    25 May 2015 | 4:01 pm
    My dad was a piano tuner, and in my travels, any time I see a piano, I have an urge to play it or hear it played. At Il Canto del Sole agriturismo, Luciano showed me around his farm while his son, Marco, attentively followed, seemingly fascinated by my work as a guidebook writer. When we came upon the family piano, I asked Marco to play. Oblivious to how horribly out-of-tune the piano was, Marco sat right down and belted out Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat.” Coincidentally, that’s one of my favorite songs, and I’ll be seeing Al Stewart in concert in Everett, Washington, next…
 
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    Daily Catch

  • 3-Ingredient Cocktails in a Breeze

    marisaspyker
    29 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    Crafting a resort-worthy cocktail at home can seem like an art form: a splash of this, a twist of that; before you know it, you’ve rounded up enough booze, bitters, and other bottles to leave half the beach population in a cocktail haze (hey, maybe that’s your plan). Sometimes, all you want is a quick cocktail for lazy beach days or impromptu gatherings, and that’s where these no-fuss, three-ingredient drinks come in. Pick your favorite, and then keep the spirit and mixers (if non-perishable) on hand. Just add a little ice (and, if you like, a garnish) and you’ll be sipping fresh,…
  • Beach Music: Vacation

    Susan Hall
    29 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    View of the Day: Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii Photo: @giekatz via Instagram
  • From the Beauty Closet: An Amazing Face Oil and a Multi-tasking Heat Shield

    rachaelburrow
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Everywhere you turn, there’s a new beauty product, a new trend, a new line. It’s hard to know which products are actually worthy of your time and money. Here are two I’ve been using that are worth the commitment. Image courtesy of manufacturer As someone who has always had an oily complexion, I was skeptical of using a face oil when they emerged on the market. But, finally, I gave in, and let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised. Contrary to the popular belief that a face oil will make your skin shiny and greasy, I’ve actually seen the opposite. These products work by giving…
  • Coastal Living is Doubling the Design in 2015!

    ellenmcgauley
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s an exciting year for Coastal Living: we are set to introduce two showhouses this summer and fall! We’ll be bringing you a dynamite pair of beach homes, packed with coastal design ideas and inspiration.   Cinnamon Shore, Mustang Island, Texas; photo by Eddie Seal The first—set to open in mid-August—is a new home in Cinnamon Shore, Texas. Nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes and located on Mustang Island, the “new urbanism” community is a favorite coastal getaway for Houston and Austin residents, offering a simpler way of life. Our 3,500…
  • Suitcase Crush: The Quartermaster from Ebby Rane

    TraceyMinkin
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Travel Editor Tracey Minkin I’ve owned a small gray carry-on suitcase that has spun through airports with me from Beijing to the Baja, and I’ve always been faithful. But I’m ready not only to cheat on that suitcase… I’m ready to break up with it forever. Because I’ve fallen in love with The Quartermaster by Ebby Rane, a sexy little carry-on that I consider the most beautiful–and beautifully designed–small suitcase ever. Exhibit A: Right? That’s a hard shell and leather trim, and it’s available not only in this perfectly creamy…
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  • Ctrip down for 12 hours following cyber attack

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    29 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    China’s biggest OTA saw its app and website services disrupted starting at 11.09am Thursday following a cyber hack. While Ctrip is still working to revert all damage caused to its servers, the company lost $1.07 million per hour due to the cyberattack.
  • Expedia introduces US spanish language site

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    29 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    Customers will be able to easily access Expedia.com in Spanish by visiting Expedia.com/Espanol on their computers or mobile devices. Expedia customer service also offers 24/7 assistance in Spanish.
  • Lastminute.com takes on new meaning and life with global ambitions

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    29 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    As far as names go, you couldn’t get better than a name like lastminute.com. It’s one of the legends of the dot.com era, founded in 1998, and thus when it came onto the market, Bravofly Rumbo Group snapped it up and for a song.
  • How far in advance should you book your hotel room?

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    29 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    New research from hotel comparison site trivago.co.uk shows that in general, hotels should be booked approximately one month in advance in order to find the lowest prices.
  • Omni Hotels adds flexibility to mobile booking with courtesy hold

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    29 May 2015 | 12:06 am
    In a reflection of how mobile is increasingly being used to research travel plans in advance, Omni Hotels & Resorts claims to be the first luxury hotel brand to offer a 24-hour courtesy hold for reservations made through mobile devices.
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  • In The Parks: The 60th Has Arrived at the Disneyland Resort

    Norman Gidney
    29 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    It’s a gigantic Disneyland Resort photo update today for you.  With the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration now fully underway we can see, mostly, the special treats that were created or held for the occasion.  In this…The post In The Parks: The 60th Has Arrived at the Disneyland Resort appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Fab News: Universal’s New Volcano Bay “Theme” Park

    Shelly Valladolid
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Aloha! I know I usually only serve up the news on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I’ve got some big theme park news for you that just can’t wait. Volcano Bay Universal has just announced their…The post Fab News: Universal’s New Volcano Bay “Theme” Park appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Cobra’s Curse

    Amy VandenBoogert
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Busch Gardens Tampa is putting a new spin on family thrills. This week, the park announced their newest coaster, Cobra’s Curse, which will be a new take on the spinning coaster genre. The new ride…The post Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Cobra’s Curse appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Yesterland: Alpine Gardens

    Werner Weiss
    28 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Welcome to Alpine Gardens, a quiet corner of Yesterland. According to your park guide booklet, the name of the souvenir stand here is Souvenir Stand, offering “a large selection of Disneyland mementos.”   Read the…The post Yesterland: Alpine Gardens appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Fab News – More Sanderson Sisters and Star Wars

    Shelly Valladolid
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Wow! It’s been a really busy week! And a short one, too. Don’t worry, it’s almost over. Here’s some news to help get you through to the weekend: Holidays with the Sanderson Sisters Yesterday, Walt…The post Fab News – More Sanderson Sisters and Star Wars appeared first on MiceChat.
 
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  • 11 great reasons to visit amazing Oman now

    Candice Bain
    29 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    The Sultanate of Oman is a country of dramatic landscapes, endless coastline, rich history and friendly people. Enjoy the luxury hotels of the laidback capital Muscat, hike a mountain or escape into the Empty Quarter. This little known gem on the Arabian peninsula is just waiting to be discovered. With ambitious plans to grow tourism […] 11 great reasons to visit amazing Oman now is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 11 great reasons to visit amazing Oman now appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 of the most luxurious hot springs in Costa Rica

    Zach Smith
    29 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    There is something truly exquisite about a hot spring: luxuriating in water heated by a volcano feels as primal as it does magical. Nowhere is this experience more transcendent than in the hot springs of Costa Rica. From rustic, rocky pools to high-end spas, the hot springs of Costa Rica have the healing powers and […] 4 of the most luxurious hot springs in Costa Rica is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 of the most luxurious hot springs in Costa Rica appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 3 Summer hikes in the Alps

    Rebecca Taylor
    28 May 2015 | 3:34 pm
    The snow is melting, most resorts are now closed for skiing, only a few resorts can sustain the activity all year round. What am I going to do now that I’ve packed my ski’s away? Well, to be honest there’s a lot to do and see and the Alps provide a superb playground for summer […] Top 3 Summer hikes in the Alps is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 3 Summer hikes in the Alps appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 of the best things to see and do in Paraty, Brazil

    Fabio Mendonça
    28 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
    The hectic pace of life in Rio can leave visitors in need of a little rest and relaxation, and thankfully there are ample opportunities to recharge the batteries within just a few hours’ drive of the city. Rio de Janeiro state is packed with beautiful beaches, quiet fishing towns and well-preserved rainforest, and one of […] 5 of the best things to see and do in Paraty, Brazil is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 of the best things to see and do in Paraty, Brazil appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 5 safari hides

    Rose Hipwood
    27 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The safari hide has become very popular as the skills of the amateur photographers who travel to Africa are becoming better and better. This breeds a desire to get as close to the wildlife as possible, without disturbing it. A safari hide is of course the best way of doing this and there are some […] Top 5 safari hides is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 5 safari hides appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • 12 Years Of Travel: Jawfish With Eggs, Derawan, Indonesia

    Chris Mitchell
    28 May 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Indonesian Borneo has several islands with some great scuba diving – there are plenty of surprises waiting underwater Jawfish with eggs, Borneo 2 June 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: Jawfish are one of my favourite sea creatures – they live in vertical tunnels dug in the sand and peer out over the top with their huge eyes and slightly mournful expression. Approach them quietly and slowly and they will let you come quite near without disappearing in a flash down their hole. This particular jawfish, though, was a real surprise as it’s the first time I’d seen a jawfish…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

    Chris Mitchell
    21 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in Thailand. This coastline is similar to the rugged coastline around my home town of Plymouth, which brought hundreds of ships to grief in the days before lighthouses and lifeguards. There’s a savage beauty to this coastline that I’ve not seen replicated anywhere else in…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: To The Lighthouse, Exmouth, Australia

    Chris Mitchell
    14 May 2015 | 4:49 am
    The tiny town of Exmouth in West Australia is most famous for being the home of whale sharks, but the surrounding bush country is just as rewarding Oka 4-Wheel Drive Truck, Exmouth Outback, Western Australia 17 May 2007, 8 Years Ago This Week: Exmouth is one of those places that took hold of my imagination: I visited there in May 2003 while I was backpacking around Australia and was fascinated by this tiny township that was in the middle of nowhere halfway up the vast Western Australian coast. I went there the first time to go snorkelling with whale sharks, and the second time was very…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Port Eliot, Cornwall, UK

    Chris Mitchell
    7 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Living abroad means being a tourist in your own country when you go home – and seeing everything again with new eyes Port Eliot Gardens, Cornwall 13 May 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: This picture feels quintessentially English to me: the colours and the sunlight (on one of the few days England gets any). Taken in the gardens of Port Eliot, a beautiful stately home in Cornwall and home to Robert Lenckiewicz‘s circular mural masterpiece in the Round Room. What Is 12 Years Of Travel? I'm publishing a photo each week during 2015 that was taken in the same week sometime in the previous…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Banda Islands, Indonesia

    Chris Mitchell
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    It’s hard to imagine the sleepy Banda Islands were once the cause of decades of bloody conflict between warring colonial nations Banda Islands, Indonesia 2 May 2009, 6 Years Ago This Week: It was on this trip I fell in love with the Banda Sea, a huge swathe of ocean belonging to Indonesia that is dotted by a few islands and still-active volcanos whose remote, largely untouched coral reefs make for fantastic scuba diving. On a ten day steam across this stretch of water, only accessible to smaller boats a few months a year, all the cliches about it “being a small world” and…
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  • Adventures in Silence: A Vipassana 10-Day Meditation Retreat

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

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

    Audrey Scott
    4 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    By Audrey Scott This is the story of why I went to Switzerland with my mom. It’s also a handy little Switzerland-by-train itinerary with recommendations and tips along the way.“Isn’t it hard to have your daughter so far away?” Angie, my mom’s friend from Basel, asked during our visit there.“Sure, but it’s kind of in the family. It actually began with my grandmother. She was from Basel,” my mom responded.The story dates back to 1911, when my great-grandmother, then a young woman, fell in love with and was engaged to a young man, my great grandfather. Instead of…
  • A Train Too Far? A Day Trip to Poland

    Audrey Scott
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    By Audrey ScottThis is a story about going to Poland for the day, and the joy of deliberately infusing adventures into our everyday lives. Starting our adventure, morning in Berlin. Two large Tyskie beers kept us company as we waited for pierogies, savory Polish dumplings, to arrive at our table at a brewery restaurant in Szczecin, a town near the Polish-German border. Only hours before, we had been having breakfast in what was once West Berlin. I considered the history of this region. For decades, freedom of movement in this part of the world simply wasn’t a concept. Borders not only…
  • Haiti Trekking: A Beginner’s Guide

    Audrey Scott
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    By Audrey ScottPic Cabayo, towards a slice of Haiti’s Caribbean Sea. The sounds of konpa, Haiti’s version of merengue meets jazz, floated from the kitchen to our spot on the front porch. We sat around a large wooden dining table, fleece jackets zipped up, our hands cupped around mugs of Haitian hot chocolate flavored with star anise, cinnamon, and Haitian bergamot lime rind. It was impossible not to be caught up in the unexpected moment. The crackling musical improvisations hearkened to a bygone era and punctuated the cool, dark stillness around us.The men in the kitchen called it…
 
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  • Packing light when traveling with kids

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

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

    Jamie Pearson
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Sure, I could have visited this region with a like-minded adult, enjoying the scenery, the quiet, and the many nice Riesling wines, but what would be the challenge in that? The post Visiting the Rhine Valley with kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
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    Kayt Sukel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    My kid has always loved the water. Even as a wee one, he'd throw himself headfirst into any body of water, mud puddles to oceans, without a second thought. The post Snorkeling! appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • Avoiding bat guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge

    Kayt Sukel
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Ever wanted to kayak under one of the world's largest urban bat colonies? Here's your chance. The post Avoiding bat guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
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  • Style monitor: where to shop in Tulum

    Amelia Mularz
    29 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Picture it: you’ve landed in the bohemian epicentre of Mexico’s Riviera Maya and you have a full moon party to attend but you’ve left all your embroidered peasant tops at home. Fear not! Tulum has its fair share of chic boutiques for the free-spirited traveller. The opportunity to sip mezcal cocktails while lounging on white sand is always reason enough to lure me to Tulum, but the added incentive of checking out two of Mr & Mrs Smith’s newest hotels solidified my plans. How could I resist a stay at The Beach Tulum with its swim-up rooms and daily yoga? I also…
  • Coqui Coqui Merida, Mexico: hotel of the week

    Laura House
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    We love a healthy dose of arts and culture with our spot of sun, don’t you? Then head to Coqui Coqui Mérida in the gallery-packed cultural capital of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. STYLE PORFIRIAN PIED-À-TERRE SETTING SUN-SOAKED COLONIAL CALLE WHY THIS WEEK? Few locales will have you off exploring ancient Mayan sites one day and surveying the works of famous Mexican painters and sculptors (housed in a former archbishop’s palace, no less), the next. Oh, and turning in for the night at a Belle Époque-beauty of a bolthole with just one decadent suite. Right now you can extend your…
  • Spirit guide: Edinburgh’s best gin bars

    Kate Weir
    26 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Of all the gin joints in all the towns, in all the world, we love Edinburgh‘s batch of one-track-minded bars the most… The city may be better known for its honey-hued whisky, but the new dram about town has swapped its ‘mother’s ruin’ rep for delicate botanicals and inventive mixers to become Auld Reekie’s most intriguing tipple. Here’s our pick of dens to get your G&T fixed in… HEADS & TALES Best for Tutored tastings and clandestine corners Don’t miss The Rutland Hotel-affiliated bar shares underground quarters with the excellent…
  • QT Port Douglas, Australia: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Dust off the togs and dive into tropical territory: with the season of sun-drenched days and balmy evenings upon us, QT Port Douglas is complementing its prime poolside by rolling out the green carpet for Moonlight Cinema sessions under the stars. STYLEMIAMI SPICE SETTING TROPICAL QUEENSLAND GARDENS WHY THIS WEEK? Port Douglas’ wet season has moved aside, and to make the most of newly mild evenings QT’s sprawling lawns are playing host to Moonlight Cinema soirées from 2 June (including brand-new blockbusters like Jurassic World and Ant Man). If that’s not enough, Carnivale shakes off…
  • Stockholm’s most daring modern art galleries

    Kate Weir
    21 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Stockholm‘s modern art galleries like their exhibitions brazen, with controversy-courting photographers and pop provocateurs keeping this hip short-haul destination’s cutting edge razor-sharp. We’ve scoured this Scandi style hub to compile an at-a-glance guide to the shows worth eyeing up. FOTOGRAFISKA 22 Stadsgårdshamnen, Stockholm, Sweden 11645, (+46 (0)8 5090 0500) Exhibitions at art nouveau gallery Fotografiska, by Stadsgården wharf – ranging from Roger Ballen and Vee Speers to Martin Parr (from left, above) – aim to challenge viewers. Whether probing South…
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  • 9 Things I Learned While Driving Across the United States

    NomadicMatt
    28 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    After 12,000 miles and four and a half months on the road, I’m home. My epic book tour across the country is over, and I fell in love with the United States all over again. I think the United States is an underrated destination. Travel across the United States feels more like visiting a collection of micro-countries, each with its own identity. While some basic ideas and principles resonate across the states, each region has its own unique cuisine, geography, identity, and culture. Life in rural Nebraska has little in common with life in New York City, which has little in common with the…
  • The Travel Slump (And How to Deal With It)

    NomadicMatt
    25 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    The slump. It happens to us all. After months on the road, you wake up one day and feel a little off. Travel doesn’t seem as exciting as it used to be. You’re bored, tired, and uninterested. You start to think, “What’s wrong with me? I’m seeing and doing amazing stuff every day. Why don’t I love it anymore?” This is the slump — and it happens to us all. When you first set out, travel is exciting and new. You’re meeting different people from around the world, experiencing new activities, trying different food, and exploring exotic lands. But one day you…
  • 21 Amazing Restaurants From My Road Trip Across the United States

    NomadicMatt
    18 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    In the past five months, I’ve driven over 12,000 miles on my cross-country book tour. I visited over 40 cities and ate hundreds of meals of varying quality: some were good, some thankfully very forgettable, and others of “OMG I can die happy now” quality. These meals — whether in a high-quality sushi restaurant or a hole in the wall — showed me how delicious and diverse the food in America is. After all those meals, here are my top 21 favorite restaurants in the United States where you can get delicious, high-quality, and affordable food. If you’re road-tripping across the country…
  • How to Travel Around South Africa

    NomadicMatt
    13 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This week she talks about her recent trip to South Africa When I started planning my South Africa trip, a lot of questions went through my mind: Is a country that big easy to travel around? Is it expensive? What is even possible? The resources I found online were vague, negative, or simply nonexistent. But after traveling through the country…
  • 7 Things I Learned While Driving Through the American South

    NomadicMatt
    11 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    The American South has a mixed reputation in U.S. popular culture: it’s home to sweet tea, greasy but delicious food, country music and the blues, friendly and helpful people, and beautiful and diverse landscapes. However, it’s also supposedly filled with guns, racists, bigots, and rednecks, and it’s the subject of other negative stereotypes. The first time I visited the South was in 2006 on a road trip across the United States. As a liberal Yankee, I wanted the negative stereotypes to be true and my beliefs to be validated. Instead, I found an incredible region of helpful people, a…
 
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  • Help STOP This Timeshare Bill From Passing In Florida

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    28 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    We received this today from our friends at the Florida Timeshare Owners Association and want to pass it along:IMPORTANT AND URGENT!The information provided below is from the office of my District's State Representative, Greg Steube.The proposed revisions to the Florida Timeshare Act, having now been approved by the Senate and the House, are now being sent to Florida's Governor, Rick Scott, for either his approval, or his veto. Once he receives the bill, HB453, he has up to 15 days to either sign the bill, or veto it. Many timeshare groups, including ours and the National Timeshare Owners…
  • All Star Guest Blogger Reviews The Cliffs at Peace Canyon

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    22 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    Before I commence my review of The Cliffs at Peace Canyon I would like to give a few reasons why RCI members should consider a visit to the Las Vegas area. The first reason is obvious ie for the gambling in the numerous casinos on the strip and nearby. This may be the main reason why numerous people come to Las Vegas but it certainly is not for me as I have now visited twice for multiple other reasons. Another reason why people should consider visiting this city is for the top rated shows which are too numerous to mention here in my review. The high end shopping at places…
  • Timeshare Owners Deserve Better

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    4 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    On Wednesday, April 29th, the Florida Senate unanimously passed HB 453, which contains language that significantly shifts more power to timeshare developers and further limits rights that timeshare owners currently have.The bill originated in the Florida House of Representatives by Eric Eisenaugle was replicated by Senator Kelli Stargel.   According to Lobby Tools.com, the bill(s) “Revises provisions relating to timeshares, including amendments made to timeshare instrument, public offering statements, release of certain escrow funds, written advertising materials, real estate…
  • Five and Almost 10 With...Perry Newton

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    Perry is with AZURE Resort who I had the distinct pleasure of meeting during the recent ARDA Conference.What was your first job in timeshare?OPCWhat was the greatest lesson you've ever been taught?Treat people the way you would like them to treat you.Where is your favorite vacation spot?Turks & Caicos, PeovoIf you could change one thing about timeshare, what would it be?Create a universal resale market value.What is your favorite color?AZURE Blue of course!Thanks Perry!Want to be included in this blog?  Just drop me an e-mail at lisa@timeshareinsights.com.Lisa Ann Schreier, The…
  • Why The Timeshare Industry MUST Focus on Ownership

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    I came across a site with this edited for brevity only copy:Endless ChoicesNo matter your destination, we will have a great selection of inventory for you. Are you bringing the whole family, or is it just you and your spouse? Not to worry! Unit range from studios all the way up to three-bedroom suites. Each resort also offers its own unique amenities, so it is easy to find the resort that offers the best options for you. Finally, you have the ability to choose a different place every single year. Don’t settle for one vacation–save money and travel the world. Upscale FeaturesWhen…
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  • Peru: Andean Women's Culture

    29 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    A Sights and Soul travelling woman in Peru. Peru: Seeing Andean Culture Through the Eyes of Women By Max Hartshorne To many people, South America is a mystery that they may never unravel. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Louisiana: NOLA Jazz and Heritage Fest

    29 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    The second line, Kristian explains, is the line of people behind the first line of mourners. They follow the band to enjoy the music and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air. Margie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Colombia: Gliding Above San Gil

    28 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Paragliding over the beautiful countryside of San Gil, Colombia. Andrew Marston photos.Paragliding in Colombia By Andrew Marston With next to no instruction, save for "run when I tell you to" and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Republic of Georgia: Tbilisi is Easy

    27 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Georgian Woman. Jerry Diakiw photos.Georgia on My Mind Not peaches, Not Atlanta, instead, the country By Jerry Diakiw  While I have always had 'Georgia on my mind' as a country to visit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Morocco: Atlas Road Trip

    27 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    The High Atlas mountains in Morocco. Leslie Patrick photos. A Moroccan Road Trip Across the High Atlas By Leslie Patrick Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • PHOTO: Tropical Fruit Stand near Trinidad, Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Tropical fruit stand near Trinidad, Cuba lets customers sample the fruits before buying. Just some of the choices were mango, papaya, guanabana, custard apple, apple bananas, bilimbi, and guava. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, to learn how to have an authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 5 times, 5 visits today)The post PHOTO: Tropical Fruit Stand near Trinidad, Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Girl Celebrates Quinceanera (15th Birthday) in Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Girl poses for photos in the Central square of Trinidad, Cuba, as part of her Quinceanera (15th birthday) celebration. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, to learn how to have an authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 35 times, 35 visits today)The post PHOTO: Girl Celebrates Quinceanera (15th Birthday) in Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Garlic Sellers in Trinidad Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Men in Trinidad Cuba, sell strings of fresh garlic to local businesses. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, to learn how to have an authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 65 times, 65 visits today)The post PHOTO: Garlic Sellers in Trinidad Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • The Art of Cuban Culture

    Barbara Weibel
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    His real name is José Fuster, but in the hood he’s known as the “Picasso del Caribe.” It was easy to see how he got the nickname Picasso of the Caribbean. From the top floor of Proyecto Fuster, I gaped at acre upon acre of art that Fuster had created, using millions of multi-colored ceramic shards. Giant campesino surveys the compound at Proyecto Fuster As a young man, Fuster had studied the work of Picasso, Gaudí, and other contemporary artists in Europe. Upon returning to Cuba he bought a small wooden house on the outskirts of Havana to use as his studio, and began…
  • PHOTO: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba

    Barbara Weibel
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba is surrounded by exquisitely restored colonial homes that are hundreds of years old. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, and arrange for your own authentic Cuba experience. (Visited 59 times, 59 visits today)The post PHOTO: Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
 
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    28 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Yes, because only testing to post after a domain move so far…Filed under: Travel
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  • Is Nepal safe to visit in 2015?

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    26 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The people of Nepal say thank you for your help and welcome everyone to come and visit Nepal! Can I visit Nepal this year? Yes! Nepal is open to tourists! Much of the tourist and trekking infrastructure is up and running again. Hotels and restaurants in the tourist quarter of Kathmandu known as Thamel are open, likewise in Patan and Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan. The latter were not even affected by the earthquake in April 2015. Friendly smiles waiting for you in Nepal Should you cancel your trek to Nepal this year? I’m getting countless emails from people saying they…
  • The best guidebook to the Kathmandu Valley (updated)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    20 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
     The evolution of travel guidebooks continues (updated) The latest edition to my Nepal guidebooks has been updated to include 2015 earthquake details. Unlike my guidebook to Kathmandu city, this guidebook is for the entire Kathmandu Valley region. The Nepalese tourism board are encouraging tourists to come back which will help Nepal recover. And, I agree. Right now it’s the monsoon season. But come September, October, November and December you’ll get the best weather. This guidebook will help you plan ahead! There is no other place like the Kathmandu Valley on earth. It deserves…
  • Nepal struck by a second major earthquake (Updated)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    12 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Namche Bazaar before the earthquake A second major earthquake has shaken Nepal On Tuesday May 12th (12:35 local time), just over two weeks since the first earthquake, a second major (7.3) earthquake hit Nepal. The earthquake struck in Kodari about 22 kilometres southeast of Zham in China along the Nepal border. Areas such as Namche Bazaar and Everest Base Camp are also directly affected. It was 83 kilometers from Kathmandu city which suffered more collapsed buildings and fatalities. Shocking images from Dr Lalit flying over Namche as big #EarthquakeInNepal happens today…
  • Nepal’s surviving temples: good news

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    11 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Bhaktapur Durbar Square after the earthquake – nearly all of it is untouched Most of Nepal’s temples are still standing The last few weeks have been burdened by the dour and devastating news from Nepal and the 7.8 earthquake that hit it on April 25th. I’ve written about it and spent countless hours helping, searching and trying to do what I can to help. Now, nearly two weeks later the dust has settled. Aid is getting to the remoter villages. Utilities are being restored. Damaged buildings are being taken down safely. There’s finally good news filtering in. Last week I…
  • Nepals 2015 Earthquake, lest we forget – how to help

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    3 May 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Today there is aid and shelter. But what will this woman do in 6 months? The killer earthquake that hit Nepal is still causing damage Yes, the title is correct. On April 25th 2015 Nepal was struck with a 7.8 earthquake that has so far killed 8,000 people with a final number expected to be over 10,000. To give this some scale, 8.1 million people were directly affected – just under one-third of the population. This tiny country that is home to the world’s tallest mountain and some of the friendliest people on earth has been devastated. In less than a week after the earthquake…
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  • Breakfast at Snowberry Inn: Cream Eggs Recipe

    Donna Hull
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Alan and I appreciate a bed and breakfast that serves a hot breakfast. That’s why we build extra time into our boomer road trips for enjoying a leisurely morning meal. And that’s what we found at Snowberry Inn in Eden, Utah when Innkeeper Andrea served up her delicious cream eggs recipe. On a road trip to Utah, we chose to go off-the-beaten-path rather than stay at a nondescript motel when our driving day ended in Ogden. The scenic route through Ogden Canyon introduced us to an area of Utah that we didn’t know much about. And Snowberry Inn looked especially inviting after the…
  • Exploring Spain’s Forgotten Pueblo, Chinchón

    Nicole
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As I’ve said many times before, Spain is a veritable treasure trove of travel options. The Iberian Peninsula has indeed been blessed with an incredibly diverse landscape, from its beautiful extensive coastline to the lush greenery found in the north and rugged plains to the south. And of course, like any country, Spain’s major tourist-filled cities as well as its many off-the-beaten-path pueblos have their own intriguing identities. Of course, Madrid, as the capital city, is quite popular for its own distinctive personality, one that blends a defiant hold on the traditional while…
  • Exploring NYC’s Fabulous Food Halls and the High Line

    A Guest Writer
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Everyone knows that New York City has some of the most diverse culinary options in the world. However, with so many mouth-watering options at your disposal, trying to decide on where to go can be overwhelming. Today’s guest writer, Judy Freedman from A Boomers Life After 50, is here to point us to some of NYC’s best food halls as well as take us on a relaxing stroll along the incredible High Line. Walking the Highline with the Empire State Building in the distance As a native New Yorker, who left the big city for Southern New Jersey more than 30 years ago, I always like to come…
  • News for the Week

    Nicole
    23 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    Utah’s Highway 189, just southwest of Heber City Have you been keeping up with Alan and Donna’s road trip adventures this week? They have been reporting from the road in Utah on Instagram, Twitter and at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook. Due to some unforseen circumstances, however, they had to change their plans mid-trip. As they say, flexibility is the true traveler’s best friend! Stay tuned to see where they ended up. Our May theme of California Road Trips has been quite popular. In fact, we’ve gotten a lot of  great road trip photos shared by our readers…
  • Exploring the White Pocket

    A Guest Writer
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    If anything piques our travel radar, it’s exploring the many off-the beaten-path travel destinations located throughout our incredible National Park System. Today’s guest writer, Bill Haskamp, is here to tell us all about one of the most remarkable and isolated sites in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, the White Pocket. By way of introduction, I’m an early boomer who was born and raised in Minnesota. My parents had very itchy feet, so my sister and I were introduced early in life to road tripping. My job after college entailed a lot of travel, and despite long hours,…
 
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  • Create Camp is Coming!

    Christine Gilbert
    29 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    After the huge success of our first “Hell Week” — I received emails from people asking, “When’s the next one?” Well, here it is, coming this September to idyllic Tossa de Mar, which is north of Barcelona on the Costa Brava coast. After some reflection, I decided to change the name… it wasn’t a hell week so much as a create week, so Create Camp was born. What is Create Camp? The week-long workshop started because my workshop students asked for it. Last November, as we finished a Blog Brilliantly workshop in Barcelona, everyone said:…
  • Keep Your Job, Travel the World & Change Your Life (aka The Documentary is Here!)

    Christine Gilbert
    23 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    The film is here! The film is here! The film is here! If you’ve followed this blog since the beginning (the very first post was on April 26, 2008) then you might remember this site’s tagline was once: “Quit Your Job. Travel the World.” A little context: Tim Ferriss’ NYT best selling book the 4 Hour Workweek had just come out a year earlier; I was one of the first people to do take his advice: Drew and I sold our house, saved like mad for a year, and took the big, scary leap to living abroad and working for ourselves. The first two years were cushioned by our…
  • The Conversation: “I Want to Do Something Else”

    Christine Gilbert
    19 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The coast of Lloret de Mar.   Drew and I were reunited two weeks ago, in a scene that was less climactic then we both imagined. It had been three months apart, and as the date approached I wondered how the kids would take it. The exact conversation with my two-year old, Stella: Me: Daddy is coming in four days. Stella: Yeah four days. Daddy is coming in four days? Me: Yes! What are you going to do when he comes? Hug him? Stella: Yes hug him. Me: And give him a kiss? Stella: Yes give him a kiss. Me: What else? Stella: I am going to punch him in the face. Me: Wait, what? You’re…
  • European Residency for Americans (Free) Ebook is Here!

    Christine Gilbert
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:34 am
    This project is massive. It’s the first big step in a long process for many of us, and I hope it leads to more transparency and less headaches for Americans (and other non-EU citizens) who want to stay long term in Europe but aren’t sure how. The ebook is 123 pages long, covers 27 European countries and I suspect it will only grow as you give us feedback and we collect more case studies. To download it, simply sign up for my monthly newsletter here: Subscribe to our mailing list indicates required Email Address You’ll receive the latest newsletter which has the link for…
  • The New Getting Things Done: Getting Stuff Started

    Christine Gilbert
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    This is about my upcoming workshop, something I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s a theme that has come up for me again and again. I’m a blogger, but I’ve also crowd funded a documentary. Then we traveled around the world interviewing two dozen people across five continents. I’m a blogger but I’m also a writer. I came up with an idea for a book, got a literary agent in NYC, sat down and wrote a proposal over four months, then sold my book idea. Then we traveled to China to learn Mandarin, to Beirut to learn Arabic, and to Mexico to learn Spanish.
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  • Hands-on Colorado: From distilling to cheese-making and more

    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Inspire creativity, feed your crafty soul, and savor hands-on experiences in Colorado. Whether strumming a handmade mandolin or pressing goat milk cheese, savoring homemade sausage or spinning hand crafted yarn, learn a skill and create a craft in mind-expanding workshops all across the state. Discover the art of the craft and gain appreciation and knowledge for a handiwork in Colorado
  • Hiking, Snorkling, and Diving on Kauai by Patrice Raplee

    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Emerald green vistas, canopies alive with birdsong and the pungent scent of tropical flora draw hikers to explore Kauai Hawaii’s abundant hiking trails. The trail topographies vary from coastlines, valleys, ridges and jungles. With trails to suit everyone, here are some of the best trails as well as helpful information on restaurants and lodging
  • How to Be Safe Online When You Travel

    23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer and travel just go together, but when you roam you still need to be mindful of online safety. Don't bring home unwanted bugs or let hackers burrow into your cell phone or computer. Here's PrivateGiant's Internet security privacy tips to keep travelers safe when they roam.
  • The Best of Granbury Texas by Neala McCarten

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Not only does this Dallas Metroplex town exude friendliness, undeniable charm and range of accommodations, but it also makes a great home base to tour the area. Read more about the top five things that make Granbury a great place to visit.
  • The Keys to Miami (or vice versa): There is more to this region than a shaker of salt by Matt Robinson

    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    While many think of big ears and long lines when they think of southern Florida, there is a lot more to do and see, especially for older "kids." From art and beaches to dining and dancing, to marveling in the truly "awesome" wonders of nature, the region between Miami and Key West can make for a great road trip or series of trips.
 
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  • All good things are 3 – 3 guides for €3!

    Lena
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetLet summer vacation begin! Starting now, you can get our 3-Guides Package, which will let you can pick any 3 travel guides of your choice from the tripwolf app, for €2.99, instead of the regular €9.99! The offer is only valid until the end of Sunday, so strike while the iron is hot! Have Fun! […] The post All good things are 3 – 3 guides for €3! appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 5 tips for better vacation pictures: This is how to get the best out of your pictures

    Kathi
    24 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetArticle translated from German version. Hand on your heart: How many times after a wonderful trip have you sat at home, annoyed that your photos couldn’t capture the same emotions you felt at that time and place. How many times have you shown friends and family your vacation photos and said with a twinge of […] The post 5 tips for better vacation pictures: This is how to get the best out of your pictures appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Explore London’s most extraordinary sights

    tripwolf
    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    TweetLondon is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Every year over 16 million tourists visit the British capital. But if you want to get off the beaten path from the usual tourist spots such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or the Tower Bridge, your first stop should be www.couporando.co.uk, where you’ll find top-notch […] The post Explore London’s most extraordinary sights appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Vienna off the path from the tourist traps: 10 spots you have to see

    Kathi
    17 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetThis article has been translated form the German version.   Who makes the best ice cream in town? Where can you really let your soul free? Which areas are popular, and where do you find the perfect souvenir for friends or family? Today we’ll introduce you to 10 highlights off the beaten path from the […] The post Vienna off the path from the tourist traps: 10 spots you have to see appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • From door to door with Uber. € 20 voucher for your first trip in Vienna!

    tripwolf
    17 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    TweetIt’s your first time in Vienna? During your stay, you can get from point A to B during without all the worry with Uber – get to the airport or be chauffeured in comfort to the Eurovision Song Contest.     We’ve teamed up with Uber to give our travelers in Austria a voucher for […] The post From door to door with Uber. € 20 voucher for your first trip in Vienna! appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
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  • The Spirit of Old Vallarta Still Lives on in this “Accidental” International Resort

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

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

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

    27 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    From Presidio National ParkMost cities have parks inside them.  But San Francisco is a city inside a park.   And an 80,000-acre national park at that.  Along the coast, in the bay, on the other side of the bay, and even right through the heart of the city, San Francisco is surrounded and cut by a series of national parks and monuments that have preserved the beauty and history of the area. Today, you can see an island prison that was once home to the gangsters Al “Scarface” Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.  You stroll the wooden deck of a century old sailing…
  • Around Northern Italy by Train

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Varenna has train service.  From here you have to take a ferry to Bellagio. The Italians are many wonderful things – but slow, safe and sane drivers, they are not.  Italian highways resemble race tracks more than roads, and cars can be expensive and a hassle in the country’s ancient, pedestrian-oriented cities. The solution is to tour Italy by train.  All the grand stops of Northern Italy are 2-3 hours apart by rail.  Italian train cars are efficient and comfortable and many seats come with tables and power outlets so you can catch up on emails as you zip through the…
 
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  • 70 Facts About My Invisible Illness You Might Not Know

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

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

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

    Carrie Kellenberger
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    If you saw me in December 2014, then you’d know that I had been battling an autoimmune flare since mid-July. December and January were my worst months, although the month of July also ranks right up there for being completely miserable. The doctors weren’t sure how to bring my inflammation levels down, and I was acting as a guinea pig while they tested out the right combination of drugs to bring my system back into a state of normalcy. (Well, normal for me. Believe me, it’s not anywhere close to normal normal.) The only problem, though, was that I had a massive reaction to…
  • Happy Year of the Goat! Another Chinese New Year in Taiwan

    Carrie Kellenberger
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:53 pm
    It’s the Year of the Goat.  We are celebrating our ninth Chinese New Year in Taiwan. Well, technically it’s our sixth if you count the times we left Taiwan for a beach vacation, but you know what I mean! Additionally, I’m two years into my first full zodiac cycle in Asia. I moved here in 2003 and saw the completion of my first 12-year zodiac cycle last year. 13 years ago, SARS was just getting started in China when I moved there, and 12 years ago, it was drawing to an end. Interesting, huh? Anyways, today is Chinese New Year’s Day. The Year of the Goat officially…
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  • Canarian Day 2015 in Lanzarote

    Jules
    29 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    It’s the Día de Canarias on Saturday 30th May and this weekend is packed full of traditional Canarian events to celebrate the formation of a parliament in the Canary Islands. Arrecife: You can enjoy Canarian Day in the capital with a tapas and wine fair in the Parque José Ramírez Cerdá for €1 per taste from midday to midnight. There are 25 stalls at the tapas fair offering tapas, cheese, wine, beer and much more for a local gastronomy experience. There will be performances from the Parrandas Los Labradores, Los Buches, Los Encontrados and Tebete, plus El Golpito, Chimia, Gurfines del…
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 1st & 4th June 2015

    Susana
    28 May 2015 | 11:43 pm
    There will be only one movie in English shown next week on Monday the 1st and Thursday the 4th of June: Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife at 19:35 The Longest Ride remains. After an automobile crash, the lives of  read more »
  • Lanzarote Restaurant Review, El Navarro

    Jules
    28 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    We were dining out with friends and they wanted to eat at one of their favourite restaurants in Lanzarote before flying back to the UK. El Navarro is No1 on TripAdvisor for Costa Teguise, it was our first experience, we hadn’t dined here before. Our timing was lousy as we didn’t get to meet Ramon, apparently he’s just retired and left the restaurant in the capable hands of his daughter Irache and her husband who is the chef. There is a photo mounted on the wall inside the restaurant of Ramon running with the bulls on the mainland, we understand that his front of house personality will…
  • Seat Ibiza Manrique Sol 2015 Edition

    Jules
    28 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    A ceremony was held in Haría yesterday evening to celebrate the launch of a new special edition Seat Ibiza. César Manrique painted a limited number of vehicles for the first edition of the Seat Ibiza in 1987 which were named after the artist as the Seat Ibiza-Manrique-del Sol and presented at the Barcelona motor show. The distinctive design has been recreated on the current edition of the Seat Ibiza and  read more »
  • Communion Offers From Chevere JR

    Miguel
    28 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Our friends at Chevere, the artisan jewellers, have two offers running currently: Communion Rosaries These beautiful hand crafted pieces are designed as communion presents and use Chevere’s signature silver and locally inspired stone.   The offer is a  read more »
 
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  • The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

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

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

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

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

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

    Lauren Mack
    28 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    When a regular meal simply won’t do, why not conquer a culinary challenge this summer? You don’t have to be a professional eater to attempt these tasty feasts of strength. From hamburgers to chicken wings to doughnuts, there are plenty of palate-pleasing alternatives to sitting down for a simple meal. Dig in – if you dare! Kookamonga Burger Challenge at Kooky Canuck, Memphis, Tennessee, United States Kookamonga Burger Challenge (Image: Jay Adkins – Memphis, Tenn.) Kooky Canuck owners Lana and Shawn Danko were inspired by a burger challenge they encountered on a family trip to…
  • 9 Unexpected destinations where the party never ends in North America

    Jessica Padykula
    26 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    There are quite a few places across the U.S. and Canada that are known for their party scene. Las Vegas, Montreal, New York City and New Orleans come to mind, as well as Austin and Los Angeles. But those aren’t the only spots where you can stay out late and have fun. We’re sharing some lesser-known party spots in North America well worth checking out. Toronto, Ontario, Canada Paul Bica, Toronto via Flickr CC BY 2.0 Often overshadowed by Montreal, which is world-renowned for its party scene, Toronto is no slouch when it comes to showing people a good time. Diverse neighborhoods, a…
  • To tip or not to tip: A guide to tipping in the US

    Lauren Mack
    26 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Tickets reserved? Check. Hotel room purchased? Check. Cash for tipping? Uh… When it comes to budgeting for tipping while traveling in the U.S., figuring out when and how much to tip isn’t always as straightforward as booking a trip. During a vacation, there are typically a dozen or so folks encountered who provide services to make your trip easier and stress free. From flight attendants to hotel housekeepers to restaurant servers, the list seemingly goes on and on. It can be overwhelming determining who, when and how much to tip. We turned to Peggy Post, director, author and…
  • How to speak Hawaiian: The language of the Aloha State

    Amanda Festa
    22 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    If you’re not one of the 8,000 people worldwide who speaks fluent Hawaiian, not to worry. Learning a new language can seem intimidating at first, especially when one of the eight consonants resembles a reversed apostrophe. But learning a few words and phrases is always a good idea when traveling somewhere new. And we’re here to help. Whether you are looking forward to surfing the state’s well-known waves or taking in the area’s Polynesian culture at a luau, this crash course in the language of the Aloha State will prepare you for your next Hawaiian adventure. You…
  • Where you can use your student ID for travel discounts this summer in North America

    Lauren Mack
    21 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Savvy students seeking ways to save big on summer travel need look no further than their wallets. The student ID card is more than just a form of identification; it’s a ticket to hundreds of discounts at a variety of destinations. From museums and shops to fast-food chains and theaters, student discounts range from a few dollars off to nearly half-off admission, activities and goods. Not sure if an attraction or business offers a student discount? Be sure to ask. You might be rewarded with an unexpected travel discount this summer. Shop ’til you drop at a discount Stay connected on…
 
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  • Next: Heading to Emilia Romagna, Italy

    Lola Akerstrom
    29 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    I'm heading back to Italy once more next week and specifically the region of Emilia Romagna with BlogVille this time around.
  • Open Studio Calls and The Intimacy Project

    Lola Akerstrom
    27 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Awhile back, I launched my intimacy portrait project which is a personal project I've been wanting to work on for a long time...
  • Snapshot: Wonuola Lawal

    Lola Akerstrom
    24 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Wonuola Lawal is a photographer born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her love of photography started off as a hobby where she would capture things in her environment for fun but it has progressed overtime to something she takes seriously...
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  • Travel South Korea on $30 a Day

    admin
    26 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Between Samsung, bullet trains, “Gangnam Style,” and the ridiculous neo-Seoul from Cloud Atlas, it’s easy to fall into the erroneous idea that South Korea is an expensive country. It’s not. It’s very, very cheap—if you know what to look for.Korea was, after all, a poor, underdeveloped country until very recently. The peninsula’s southern postwar half survived the 1950's and ‘60s by being frugally innovative; you can still see this in its food (e.g. budae jiggae, literally “army base stew,” which is an inexpensive and ubiquitous spicy broth filled with green…
  • Hitchhiking Tips for Central Asia

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]The sun shines behind a rocky mountain range whose peaks are so grey and jagged they look like the fangs of an elder dragon. These teeth are charred from centuries of vehement fire reflux, and forgotten along a decaying, asphalt colored gum. You have been waiting for long, silent, solitary minutes, so much that you start feeling lost at the side of this unknown road. Then, all of a sudden, a reflection blazes far ahead in the depths of your sun-blurred vision. It’s coming nearer, zooming along the dragon’s jawline. Instinctively, you raise your right arm before realizing it’s a…
  • For Women, Staying Home is as Dangerous as Traveling

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    [section]When I sat down to write this article, I thought that it was going to be a piece about how traveling abroad as a woman, and with children, is as safe as staying at home. I thought I’d be pointing out all of the obvious things; that people everywhere have children, that family is often a benefit when traveling because kids are an international ice breaker and a heart level connection where none other might exist. I was going to write about how, with a few basic precautions and a few notable exceptions, it is quite safe to travel, as a woman alone, anywhere you want to go. And it’s…
  • 6 Secrets for Diving Deep into Japanese Culture

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Which phrase best describes your style of traveling?[  ] Scurry through sites, snap photos of temples and sushi conveyor belts, lodge in pricey digs, and bolt home before achieving any meaningful interaction with locals.[  ] Toss away security blanket and parachute into a new culture.Half the trick to genuine DIY indie-travel lies in cultivating a sense of adventure, but in the particular case of Japan, it'll pay to bolster your gumption with street-smarts.Here's an anthropological cheat-sheet on how to crawl under the skin of this tradition-steeped society and experience the…
  • 5 (Selfish) Reasons to Travel With Your Kids

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    13 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Spend a few minutes Googling big time family travel, and you’ll quickly turn up a myriad of articles touting the benefits of taking your kids out of school for a year (or seven) and hitting the road. A dozen or so of my travel-blogging-mom friends will sell you on the idea with photos of our children riding elephants in India, SCUBA diving the Great Barrier Reef, and hiking to mountaintops instead of car pooling on Monday morning. [/section] [banner type="red" subscribe="hide" description="hide" title="Wanna learn how to travel long-term as a family?" button="Sign up for our free…
 
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  • Top 5 Places to Visit to Learn About Danish Culture

    Ashyln Molly
    27 May 2015 | 2:59 am
    Rich in its intellectual and artistic heritage, Denmark’s old-fashioned charm exists, in part, because of its cultural history. You’ll have the chance to traverse thousands of years of history in mere hours and gain a deeper, more authentic appreciation for the Danish culture. To get the most out of your vacation itinerary plan, immerse yourself in the cobblestone streets and stunning architecture as you become acquainted with the coziness and contentment that pervades their culture—including their untranslatable word, “hygge.” In getting back to the Danish roots,…
  • Places to See in Kullu Manali

    Ashyln Molly
    27 May 2015 | 2:40 am
    Nestled in the Himalayas, Kullu is a valley gifted with nature’s charm and scenic beauty. Splashing rivers, water streams and lofty mountains with finest of slopes make it a place perfect for adventure sports. It has numerous temples and is therefore, called the “Valley of Gods”. Celebration of Dussehra is in itself a prime attraction of the valley attracting many tourist every year. The main attractions of Kullu are highlighted below: Raghunath Temple One of the prime tourist attractions of Kullu is the Raghunath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ram, one of the most…
  • Top Places in Peru

    Ashyln Molly
    25 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Dubbed the “Land of the Incas” because it was once home to the expansive Inca Empire, Peru was conquered and colonized by Spain in the 16th century. As a result of its rich history, Peru today is packed with archaeological remains and colonial architecture. Add in the country’s spectacular natural beauty, and the product is an outstanding travel destination. An overview of the best places to visit in Peru. Machu Picchu One of the most beautiful and impressive ancient sites in the world, Machu Picchu is the undisputable nr 1 among the top tourist attractions in Peru. The “Lost City of…
  • Top Tourist Attractions in Peru

    Ashyln Molly
    23 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    Peru is one of the great centers of ancient civilization. The Norte Chico civilization already flourished along the Pacific coast as early as 3,000 BC. Many other civilizations such as the Moche, Chavin, Chimú and Nazca would follow, leaving behind fascinating ruins and artifacts. The most famous ancient ruins in Peru were built by the sun-worshiping Incas who emerged in the 15th century and would form the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. You do not need to be a history buff to enjoy Peru however. Other popular tourist attractions in Peru are some great natural wonders. Huacachina…
  • Explore Bangalore delightful destination

    Ashyln Molly
    22 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Bangalore, Capital of Karnataka, is at present Asia’s fastest growing cosmopolitan city with huge demand from technological giants worldwide. With rapid development ‘The Garden city of India’ boasts now of also being ‘The Silicon Valley of India’. A delightful destination, the city of Bangalore is beautifully decorated with parks, gardens, lakes and fountains. It also serves as a perfect stopover for some very beautiful places nearby including Mysore and the Jog Falls. While in Bangalore, you can visit the Lal Baug Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan or just take a…
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  • The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    28 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Best Rooftop Bars in the World? I was wondering if there was a good list somewhere. These typically tend to be the best places to take photos because most are open-air, which means you don’t have to shoot through a window. When I visit new cities, I’ve started looking these up more and more, rather than observation decks. Those are often too full of people and too brightly lit, which can cause very annoying reflections! Daily Photo – Atop the Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach What an amazing place this is! Dubai can be unbearably hot for several months out of…
  • Visiting the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    27 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Snapchat Article Here’s a new article entitled 8 Travel Bloggers You Should be Following on Snapchat. The Venice Biennale This was my first time to visit and it was not at all what I expected. Honestly, I had no expectations at all, but I knew a bit about it. For those that don’t know, this is like the Olympics of the art world, or like the Grammys, Tonys, or Academy Awards. It happens every two years in Venice. Many countries have their own permanent buildings that sit dormant for most of the time except for these occasional grand exhibitions. Daily Photo – Japanese Pavilion…
  • Robot Trey in Vietnam and Critiquepocalypse!

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    26 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Follow Robot Trey on Snapchat: “TreyRatcliff” Okay, this is probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done. But I keep doing it, so that probably says something about me. I’ve recently been cracking myself up by using Robot Voice to analyze the world around me. It’s kind of addictive and I have several of my friends doing it now too! Haha… Anyway, I’m just now leaving Vietnam, and here are a few 24-hour highlights that I uploaded to YouTube. The way Snapchat works is that I think it stores the latest stuff for 24 hours and then it goes away. You have to hold down your…
  • Hendricks in the Four Seasons Dubai

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    25 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Interview on Epic Mirrorless I recently did an interview over at Epic Mirrorless all about my switch to mirrorless. Enjoy! Daily Photo – Hendricks in the Four Seasons Dubai This place made me the most epic gin & tonic ever! First, they only use Hendricks, and second, they infuse it with all sorts of things… they have all kinds of condensers, flames, tubes, hoses, and, well, it all looks like a huge chemistry experiment. It was quite an enjoyable night of taking photos, editing photos, and exploring G&Ts! Hendricks in the Four Seasons Dubai Tweet m Photo Information Date…
  • Bee Harvest Family Time!

    Trey Ratcliff
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Thanks again Jim Pollard! Thank you, my friend Jim, for taking these photos. Everyone be sure to go out and check JimPollardGoesClick.com to see more of what he does! He says he never really takes family photos like he did with us for the day (his wife Vicky does though). He does weddings, and he’s amazing at them! Bee Harvest Day with the Ratcliffs Here we are on one of the harvest days… I don’t share a lot of family photos, but thought you might like to see! All in all, I think we got about 100 jars of honey! Thanks little bee friends!
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  • The Best of Rock Climbing in Croatia

    Jessica Festa
    29 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    I’m confused. Did something just happen? Suddenly, I feel a warm liquid begin to drizzle down my face, into my eye. Instinctively I wipe it away, and notice my hand is now covered in dark red blood. Which is also now all over my shoes, shirt, sunglasses and camera. I feel no pain at all — aside for the mortal embarrassment at having already injured myself on a climbing tour…before the climbing even begins. Who walks into a giant fallen tree the size of a spaceship without seeing it? Apparently walking and talking can be a dangerous combination for some (raises hand shamefully). Once my…
  • Indian Cultural Celebration of the Buddha

    Mariellen Ward
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA was a prince in India more than 2,500 years ago. He lived in a city called Kapilavatthu in the foothills of the Himalayas and was a protected youth, never allowed to venture beyond the palace walls. But one day, curiosity drove him out, into the streets and the market, where he saw the realities of life: sickness, old age, death. This was enough experience for him to realize he wanted to be free from suffering, and to help others find a way to be free, too. He left his family and became a wandering ascetic, looking for answers. Eventually he gained Nirvana, or…
  • Kosi Valley Retreat & Nature Walks in the Indian Himalayas

    Mariellen Ward
    28 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Imagine walking and trekking among the Himalayas, the mightiest mountain range on earth. Fascinating and daunting, wreathed in religious mythology and mountaineering lore, the Himalayas are without a doubt one of the most spiritually exciting, wildly adventurous, spectacularly beautiful and deeply serene places on earth. While mountaineers and the spiritually inclined have long been drawn to the Himalayas, you do not have to be an athlete or an ascetic to enjoy being among these mighty massifs. I was invited by Walk to the Himalayas (WTH) to stay at their Kosi Valley Retreat in Simkholi, in…
  • 5 road trips from Toronto you should do this summer!

    Jim Bamboulis
    27 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Are you hungry for a NEW weekend getaway from Toronto this summer? Here are 5 road trip adventures around Southern Ontario that you should take while the weather is hot!
  • The Ultimate Culture & Adventure Guide to Sedona Arizona

    Renee Blodgett
    27 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Sedona Arizona isn’t an unknown destination for Americans who are seeking a combination of luxury, wellness and spirituality — in fact, despite the fact that it’s become more commercialized over the years, it remains a romantic and spiritual-seeking getaway for people who love the outdoors. My most recent trip in February certainly wasn’t my first, but each and every time I’ve taken the time to relax in Sedona over the years, I’ve had a positive experience. Could it be the magical red rocks that surround the entire town? Could it be the quirky things you…
 
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  • ACE of M.I.C.E. Releases Post-Show Report

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

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

    Business Travel Destinations
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The meetings, incentives, conventions and events (MICE) industry  in China has continued its journey of prosperity and growth. CCMIT show organizers explain that in a post expo era, China has seen an increasing number of marketing events, corporate annual meetings, incentive travel and incentive team activities which have become the momentumfor MICE. As a result, the practitioners in MICE industry are demanding a platform for communications and learning, in order to present more outstanding events with a limited budget to meet theirends of brand building, customer relationship maintenance…
  • The International Eventex Awards ReOpened For Entries Until January 30, 2015

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

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

  • Mushrooms

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

    12 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    Sometimes I receive cards that have no particular significance apart from being pleasant to look at. And this is one of them. It's title is "Summer" and that seems fair enough, it does look summery - and today was the warmest day this year here.  Very appropriate.It was sent from Belarus where it was 19 degrees C (66 F) at the time of sending.
  • The Stuart Highway

    11 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    John McDouall Stuart was the first explorer to cross Australia from south to north and back again.  He followed roughly the route of what is now the Stuart Highway which stretches from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in Northern Territory, 2,834 km or 1,761 miles.  This map of the route was sent to me earlier this year.It passes through and near some interesting places such as the Woomera Test Range (no stopping), Alice Springs,I don't know if you can read the inset Danger notice, because even the larger scan doesn't show it well. It reads Danger: unmarked holes.
  • Peace and Freedom

    10 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    When I first thought of the theme of "peace", I thought of a dove but the only stamps cards I could find were Christmas ones, and I've posted them before when the theme was birds, I believe.Then I thought of the rose called "Peace" but all the roses I could find had other names.  I was sure I had a card of that rose but no, I didn't.So, I'm left with a set of stamps and stamp cards, not my favourite designs, which were issued in 1995 under the title "Peace & Freedom".  It's something of a conglomeration of anniversaries though I suppose they are all linked in a way to…
  • Alice

    8 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Alice in Wonderland, by George Dunlop Leslie, 1879.Since it's Mother's Day tomorrow in many parts of the world, I thought this picture of a mother reading to her daughter might be appropriate.  This is, in fact Leslie's own daughter, Alice.The picture hangs in the Royal Pavilion, in Brighton.  It is one of the 54 tiny pictures of women reading on the postcard I received last December.This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.
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  • Savouring Majorca’s Unique Flavours!

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

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

    Brandy
    15 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    International or long-haul flights are not just more tiresome than domestic flights, they also require more preparation. For travellers who have never spent more than 2 hours in the air, long-haul flights seem pretty intimidating. Timely and well-planned preparation is they only key to getting the most comfortable flying experience and reaching the destination in a good mood. For such long trips I recommend to try cheap first class flights or business class for your comfort. These simple tips will help you prepare for a long-haul flight and enjoy every minute of your trip. Opt for High…
  • Five things that British people love

    Brandy
    1 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Every nation has its idiosyncrasies. Here are five things Brits love that set us apart from the global crowd. Tea You can keep your lapsang souchong and your frou frou fruit infusions. What Brits want is a proper brew. We want it strong, we want it milky and we want it in a mug. Tea is so important to our way of life that the Girl Guide movement designed a badge to measure a Brownie’s competence in making it. Traditionalists will tell you to use a teapot – china, pottery or stainless steel – but modern life requires a swifter approach. A quick dunk of the bag directly into the cup is…
  • 7 Reasons Bali Is the Ideal Travelling Destination

    Brandy
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    What’s so special about Bali? If friendly locals and great food doesn’t impress you, what about great value for money, astonishingly picturesque nature, and a rich cultural heritage? No? Oh, come on. How could you not want to visit these landmarks and destinations? Source: Online Pumps Supplies Sekumpul Waterfalls Hidden in Bali’s awe-inspiring, verdant jungles, Sekumpul Waterfall is an amazing natural water source. You can reach it by trekking through this beautiful scenery. On your way, you will see interesting fruit trees and pass local settlements. There are roughly…
 
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  • Nintendo Partners With Universal Studios

    Sue Lobo
    29 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    Recently Nintendo has partnered with Universal. This may mean some changes for Universal Orlando that many visitors may be excited about. Here’s what we know about the partnership so far. Nintendo Partners with Universal Studios – How It Happened Executives at NBC Universal proposed the idea of a partnership to Nintendo in April 2014. The proposal was very thorough and discussed things like theme park attractions and well as other ideas. It took a while for Nintendo to warm up to the idea, but they gained more confidence in the possibility of developing a partnership after…
  • Visiting the Galapagos Islands

    Sue Lobo
    28 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Galapagos Islands: Visiting the archipelago of Galapagos Islands is, for most, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You’ll see species of animals that don’t live anywhere else on earth, and you’ll also become a part of the living history of the still-forming islands; as the older islands in the group recede into the waters, new islands are forming from giant underwater volcanoes. Contact your travel agent to book your trip to this amazing destination. Espanola (Hood) Island is a major nesting site for marine turtles and is often also used by transient colonies of sea…
  • Some of the Most Terrifying Roads In The World

    Sue Lobo
    27 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Driving on any road can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s a little difficult to navigate. Not all roads are a straight shot with smooth payment. In fact, some roads throughout the world have uneven payment, harrowing turns and steep inclines. Check out our list of Some of the Most Terrifying Roads In The World, (if you are brave enough that is.) Red Mountain Pass, Colorado If you are afraid of heights it is not a good idea to go driving on this road. At its highest pint it’s 11,000 feet up in the air. One wrong turn and you will find yourself sliding down a mountain. Even…
  • 10 Best Island Party Beaches

    Sue Lobo
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Conde Nast Traveler recently came up with their list of the 10 best island beaches for a party. Ibiza, Mykonos and Negril did not surprise us, but the fact that 3 beaches in Thailand made the top 10 did. We recap the list of 10 Best Island Party Beaches, but make sure and read the complete article at CNTraveler. 10.  Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece 9.  Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica 8.  Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia 7.  Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii 6. Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand 5.  Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand 4. Cala Jondal Beach, Ibiza, Spain 3.  Haad…
  • Memorial Day: Thank You to our Military

    Sue Lobo
    25 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Although many think of Memorial Day as the official start to summer, we ask that you please take a moment to reflect on the meaning of this holiday, and the grave sacrifices that others have made. Thank you to our military and veterans for all the sacrifices you have made for our rights and freedoms.  Our thoughts go out to fallen soldiers,  those who have lost loved ones who have served, and to all our soldiers and their families currently abroad.     The post Memorial Day: Thank You to our Military appeared first on Atlas.
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  • Graffiti Street Art - Love It or Hate It?

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

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

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

    14 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Travel with disabilities is a challenge but, according to expert Candy Harrington, one that can be overcome with the right preparation.
  • Empowerment Through Travel: 10 Ways

    9 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Empowerment through travel means using travel as a method of self-improvement. Here are 11 ways travel can empower you.
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  • PARQUES NACIONALES DE AMERICA DEL SUR

    26 May 2015 | 11:49 pm
    El numero de Parques Nacionales de America del Sur supera los trescientos, sin incluir reservas naturales y santuarios protegidos. Aqui la lista completa por pais.
  • SOUTH AMERICA NATIONAL PARKS

    23 May 2015 | 11:43 pm
    If you are a Nature lover, the following list of South America National Parks will put you in contact with both the full list by country and the most relevant too.
  • SITIOS ARQUEOLOGICOS EN AMERICA DEL SUR

    16 May 2015 | 11:58 pm
    El numero de sitios arqueologicos en America del Sur es muy abundante, aqui vamos a introducirte a los mas relevantes y mejor preservados del continente.
  • ANCIENT RUINS OF SOUTH AMERICA

    14 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Ancient ruins of South America is a review of the most important and best preserved archaeological sites in the continent, including the oldest in the Americas.
  • ARQUITECTURA COLONIAL EN AMERICA DEL SUR

    6 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    A traves de Arquitectura Colonial en America del Sur intentamos introducirte a los mas importantes y mejor preservados sitios historicos del continente.
 
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    Wild Junket

  • A Story on Living with Nomads in Mongolia

    Nellie Huang
    29 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    “T olooo!” Cheers! We clink glasses, and gulp down yet another round of airag, local Mongolian firewater prepared by our host. It’s barely 10am and we’re downing alcohol strong enough to knock us out for the rest of the day. It’s rude to reject their kind offer though, so I glug down the feisty-tasting liquor and pray it’ll just cure my hangover. Our host Dawar laughs when he sees my face contort as the strong liquor slithers down my throat. His wife, Altan, heads straight back to the big tank of airag and prepare to refill the bowl, while their two daughters giggle coyly and…
  • Photo Essay: Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert

    Nellie Huang
    26 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    A s the wind blows, I hear faint music in the air. The whistling tune is a hypnotic and eerie one, and it seems to echo out of nowhere. I’m standing on the top of the highest sand dune in the Gobi Sand. So where is the music coming from? “From the sand,” my local guide Amaraa says. “They call this Khongoriin Els, singing sands in Mongolian.” A beautiful name indeed. Here on the top of the dune, the sand takes on a soul of its own, whispering in high pitch while dancing with the wind. While the music plays in the background, my eyes are distracted by the view before me: A…
  • #AdvTravelChat Recap – Best Adventure Travel Destinations

    Nellie Huang
    21 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Yesterday, we held our first ever Adventure Travel Twitter chat #AdvTravelChat and thanks to everyone who participated, it was a huge success! I had so much fun sharing experiences and swapping ideas with fellow travelers. It was truly inspiring, hearing the stories and seeing photos from other adventurers. Based on statistics, over 250 people took part, reaching over 2.8 million accounts. It’s pretty amazing considering this was just our first chat. Since this was so well-received by the adventure travel community, we’ve decided to make it a weekly affair – so please join…
  • Join Us on Our First #AdvTravelChat on Twitter!

    Nellie Huang
    18 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    I am very excited to announce that I’m joining forces with my friend Laurel Robbins from Monkeys and Mountains to launch our first ever #AdvTravelChat. Join us this Wednesday, 20th May, 6-7pm London time and 1-2pm New York time! The chat is all about adventure travel. Each month, we will have a different theme and we’ll ask 10 different questions based on the topic. For this first chat, we are discussing DESTINATIONS: dream destinations, best countries for trekking, top dive sites and best destinations for urban adventures, and much more. The most creative and inspiring tweeter…
  • Is the Romance of Flying Gone?

    Nellie Huang
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    As a full-time travel writer and blogger, I travel a lot and spend almost 70% of my time on the road. Flying is by no means a mode of transportation for me. Sadly, I’ve become a jaded flyer these days. It’s become a way to get from one place to another. I don’t bother chatting with fellow passengers, and I don’t even look out the aircraft window anymore. But it wasn’t always like this. Flying over the Himalayas enroute to Bhutan My First Flight I remember the first time I flew. I was eleven and my parents brought me to Perth, Australia, for a family trip. The sheer idea of…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • 10 Far-Flung Karoo Towns For Fabulous Festivals

    Wanda Coustas
    28 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Send to Kindle If you’ve ever looked at a map of the Karoo (the Groot and Klein Karoo) you may have noticed that it occupies a huge chunk of central South Africa. It stretches from Alexander Bay on the West Coast, encompassing the bulk of the Northern Cape, all the way to the Free State towns of Smithfield and Cookhouse on the Karoo’s eastern boundaries, whilst its southern borders are dotted with Route 62’s well-known towns from Robertson through to Uniondale. Its towns...
  • 6 Favourite Second Hand Fashion Shops In The Southern Suburbs of Cape Town

    Wanda Coustas
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Send to Kindle There is no accounting for taste, and what one person thinks of as worn and worthless is easily someone else’s treasure. Never more so than in the mother city where second-hand stores flourish. If you are a bargain hunter, or love vintage, Cape Town is full of ‘gently used’, ‘nearly new’ second hand goods’ stores. The more obvious of these lie in the city bowl (Second Time Around, Glitterati) frequented by those after a more reasonably priced,...
  • Drive the Seven Passes of the Garden Route

    Wanda Coustas
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Cape Fold mountains that rise out of the land like the quills of a porcupine on the Garden Route, unassailable for years by farmers who toiled on farms in the Klein Karoo, are riddled with routes, many of them forged by rivers along which wagons filled with produce battled the mountains to market. A route known as the 7 Passes explores many of these. Drive or cycle the beautiful old route; a road forged under the guidance of Thomas Bain. Bain fashioned the road along with...
  • Twee Riviere’s Belfry Kitchen – a reason to visit the Langkloof

    Wanda Coustas
    18 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Send to Kindle It’s not terribly important that you pay for your meal at the Belfry Kitchen, a lunchtime café in the little town of Twee Riviere in the Langkloof. Things work a little differently at the Belfry (pronounced Belfree), which resides in the Old Post Office cum dealership store as you enter town, although when you first step over the threshold this isn’t immediately obvious. On the contrary, at a glance it closely resembles a trendy boulangerie that would not look out of...
  • 8 Things you’ll find in De Rust that you won’t easily find elsewhere

    Wanda Coustas
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Klein Karoo town of De Rust lies on Route 62 wedged between the Swartberg and the Kammanassie Mountains. Most people know about the Victorian village because it won Small Town of the Year in 2011. It lies just outside Oudtshoorn and serves as a ‘spillover’ space for those who attend the annual KKNK (Klein Karoo Nationale Kunsfees) and the KKK (Klein Karoo Klassique), but still value peace and quiet. Others know about De Rust because it lies at the southern end...
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    Velvet Escape

  • Incredible views from a plane window

    Keith Jenkins
    29 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    It’s one of my favourite things to do when I fly: watching the scenery that unfolds outside the plane window. As soon as the plane takes off, I’ll turn on the flight tracking on the entertainment system and just gaze out the window. During my travels around the world, I’ve had the opportunity to see (and photograph) some of the most amazing plane views. They never fail to inspire! This inspiration is sufficient reason for me to book a window seat whenever possible. Six years ago, I launched a series called ‘Plane Views‘ to feature the photos I’ve taken from…
  • Spectacular Table Mountain views

    Keith Jenkins
    14 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    The Table Mountain as viewed from Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront Whether you arrive in Cape Town by air, rail, road or sea, it’s the first thing you’ll notice: Table Mountain. This flat-topped mountain, at 1,085 meters high, is Cape Town’s most iconic and photographed landmark… and rightly so. Its presence can be felt all around the city and it also influences the city’s weather! My first sighting of the mountain was a memorable one. I was flying in from Amsterdam and as the plane approached the airport in the evening, I noticed a vaguely-lit mass below. It…
  • Sabah – where I was born

    Keith Jenkins
    7 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Sunset in Kota Kinabalu. Sabah is a Malaysian state that occupies the northern corner of the island of Borneo. Blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands, and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests, Sabah is a nature lovers paradise. Sabah is also the home of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,095 meters, the highest peak in Southeast Asia; the orangutans; and some of the most stunning diving sites in the world. I was born here, in the state capital Kota Kinabalu to be precise, but my family moved to Kuala Lumpur when I was still a small child. My earliest memories of Sabah are of my…
  • Re-living childhood memories at Miniatur Wunderland

    Keith Jenkins
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Miniatur Wonderland “Let’s go Keith!”, my Mum said sternly as she pulled on my shoulder. “Wait! There’s a plane approaching! There! Can you see its lights?”, I retorted, determined to see the plane land. “Just a few more minutes!”, I pleaded. My Mum sighed. “Ok, then. One more. And after it lands, we’re going home!” This happened every time we went to the airport to send my Dad off or pick him up. I was about seven-years-old and my fascination for airplanes was immense. As soon as we arrived at the airport, I would make a…
  • Blown away at the Cliffs of Moher

    Keith Jenkins
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    The Cliffs of Moher The car trembled as I pulled into a parking spot. The wind was relentless. In the distance, I saw people braving its force, taking one step at a time as they made their way to the cliffs. I opened the car door and it blew wide open. My road map of Ireland flew out the door like it had been sucked out of a vacuum. “Right! This is going to be a bit of a challenge!”, I thought as I stumbled out of the car to chase down the map. It wasn’t my first time in this part of Ireland. During my student days, I backpacked (yes, I was once a backpacker!) around the…
 
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Legoland in Florida – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    28 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Legoland in Florida is the perfect theme park to visit if you have kids younger than 12 years old. The best age is around 9 years old, which my oldest was at the time of us visiting. My 3 year old also had a blast but wasn’t able to do all the rides. Which was fine by him. My favorite part of all was the art. Lego art isn’t something I have ever paid any real attention to, but it’s so unavoidable when visiting the park. And, truthfully,…
  • Visit Savannah Georgia – Quick Tour – Video

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    26 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Savannah, Georgia will not only captivate you with its beauty it will simply blow you away. Discover all there is to do and see in this gorgeous, history filled, southern city. Visit Savannah Georgia – Quick Tour – Video
  • Sharing the Trail: Know Your Hiking Etiquette

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    24 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids A number of outdoor trails are available to locals and visitors of Jackson Hole. However, just as while skiing, it’s important to be mindful of others and exhibit respect. Photo by: Larry Johnson The Trails Are Meant to Be Shared While driving on the open road, it’s common sense to adhere to larger vehicles. For example, if you’re a cyclist, you wouldn’t want to play ‘chicken’ with an eighteen-wheeler truck. The same logic applies to hikers.
  • Glam Vacations: Pamper Yourself Perfectly in Mont Tremblant

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    24 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids If you are after a bit of me time and want to pamper yourself with a host of different indulgent experiences from spas and massages to fine dining and retail therapy, Mont Tremblant can provide the perfect venue. Your first task when planning your pampering timetable is to sort out somewhere nice and relaxing to stay by searching something like Mont Tremblant accommodations, and once that is done, you will be spoilt for choice on what to do while you are…
  • Hershey Amusement Park – Tour in Photos

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    24 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Hershey, Pennsylvania is much more than just chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. One of the best amusement parts in located here as well. Hershey Amusement Park! What was really great about this amusement park were the roller coasters. They have nine huge ones. However, they also had great ones for younger kids that will give any adult a jumpstart to their heart. Without a doubt the most fun of the trip were the roller coasters. Loved their measuring…
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  • Piano House - Chisinau, Moldova

    28 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    May we just move in, please? This super-sleek, one-storey residence is rather close to a perfect minimalist house.   It fits in its surroundings and manages to appear like a real home for real people although it also reveals its  cool, sophisticated character.   Located in residential suburb, about a 15-minute drive away from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, the 264 square-metre (2841 sq.ft.), three- bedroom house centers around an inner courtyard that also has a swimming pool.   Glass, wood and concrete are the main materials used in this house, affectionately called the…
  • Oak Pass House - Beverly Hills, California

    25 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Build a massive house made of concrete in the middle of a grove of 130 beautiful protected old oak trees and you have an ugly disaster in your hands.   This scenario sounds likely but it was elegantly avoided in the Oak Pass Main House that Walker Workshop designed for a private client in Beverly Hills, California.   The house sits on a 3.5-acre site at the rim of a canyon, which is why the fantastic views were the main consideration of the house plan.   The ornate oak trees provide a contrast for the hard edges of the low-lying house - a delicate balance not easily achieved.
  • Rainbow Chapel - Shanghai

    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Imagine any city as if it were the human body and think of all the crucial aspects of it which keep us living. Within a city you could consider the people to be the blood; the thing which circulates constantly and gives life. Transport systems are the vessels which allow that blood to move and public infrastructure is the brains of the operation which facilitates the growth and movement of blood cells. Equally important though is that essential organ called the heart. From a geographical sense, the centre of the city is considered the heart however more importantly it's the spaces within a…
  • Voodoo Ray's Pizza - London

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s yet another example of the worlds of food, design and architecture colliding as this clever modern adaption of the pizza parlor has forever changed the way people grab a slice. Maybe it didn’t seem possible that this experience could be revolutionized yet a collaboration between Voodoo Ray’s and London based design consultancy firm Brinkworth has done exactly this. The collaborative effort these two entities have come up with is mouth-watering both aesthetically and in taste. In every sense of the word Voodoo Ray’s is iconic. Just as a pizza is modular and has an…
  • Asia de Cuba - New York

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's Asian cuisine engineered by a Cuban born and raised chef done with a Latin twist. It speaks true to the character of New York City as its innovative, appeals to the senses and runs the fine line between sophisticated and whimsical. There's a representation through the food of one man's dream to make it big in New York, this man being chef Luis Pous but more importantly it holds a much larger significance within a unique social context.  The menu is exquisite and genuinely original. From black bean & plantain empanadas to ginger & papaya marinated palomilla, there's something…
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    Man Tripping

  • Cool Guy Trip Ideas for a Father and Son To Do Together

    James Hills
    27 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
    With Father's Day coming up - but really any time of year - it's important to think about some cool ideas to do together as a father and son. While some of these ideas are better for dads to take their kids, and some are better for adult relationships - one thing is constant. That universal constant is that these are trips that will provide an opportunity for a father and son to bond outside of the normal day-to-day experience. Conversations will happen, skills will be learned, hugs will be had and at the end of the experience both parties ...
  • Five Romantic Getaway Destinations I Can Go With IHG Rewards Points

    James Hills
    22 May 2015 | 8:46 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IHG Rewards Club . All opinions are 100% mine. One of the few nice things about traveling for business is being able to rack up some serious reward points that I can figure out how to spend on my own. While the idea of using them to head off on a guys weekend with the boys is appealing, it's important to also take care of the homefront and spend some time with the wife as well. Luckily, between now and September 2, 2015, IHG Rewards is running an awesome deal where ...
  • Clear Lounge "Underwater Bar" - Yet Another Reason to Visit Cozumel!

    James Hills
    20 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
    At one point in time I dreaded visiting Cozumel - it was just boring unless you wanted to sit at a bar and drink all day. Over the years though, I've started to appreciate this Mexican tourist island for what it is. Now there is another attraction that just opened up and may actually be worth spending some of our tourist dollars for the sheer oddity of it. It's as if the owners thought, "hey, Cozumel offers some great opportunities for diving and it offers some great opportunities for drinking - so why not combine the two in a safe ...
  • San Diego's Bacon and Barrels Festival 2015

    James Hills
    20 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Once again, the the San Diego Bacon and Barrels Festival was one of the best food and drink festivals in San Diego.  The thing I love about this festival is that it has a GREAT balance of food (bacon-based!) along with not just beer, but beer, wine, and craft spirits from all over the West Coast. Plus there is great music and fun people to enjoy it with! Some of my favorite this year included ... Bacon, ham, and crispy pork skin sandwich from Rubicon Deli ! This mountain of bacon was getting ready to top off some ...
  • Tips Every Man Should Know about Buying a Car

    James Hills
    18 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Buying a new car can feel like stepping into a minefield for any guy. There's a lot of money at stake and if you don't know exactly what you're doing, you could end up paying more that intended for something you don't absolutely love. Luckily, help is at hand. We've taken some tips from car experts and put together this car buying guide. We're always looking to share advice too, so if you have a favorite tip we'd love for you to leave it as a comment at the end! Consider the Total Annual Cost When you're searching for a ...
 
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    The Travel Tart

  • Riding a Farting Animal – Camel Style in the Sahara

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    29 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Ever wanted to know what it feels like to ride on an animal whose flatulence is transmitted from your backside to your head? Probably not, but wonder no more! Here is another offbeat camel experience! It’s not exactly what you’d expect from a camel ride in Morocco, and an overnight stay in a tent in the desert! What it’s like to ride a farting camel in the Sahara Desert! My barely roadworthy minibus had successfully negotiated through the Moroccan movie town of Ourzazate, passing through the Drâa Valley and Zagora. One of the interesting road signs that I added to my…
  • Short Haircuts – or a Shit One?

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    25 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Haircuts. We all need them at some point, even if you like the shabby kind of look that makes you look sort of homeless. Except for some of us who become folically challenged later on in life (I’m not that far away). And there’s nothing like trying to communicate to a barber or a hairdresser in another language that you want a short back and sides when you are probably asking them permission to fondle your nipples instead. I’ve managed to get by using sign language and using the words ‘short’ and ‘long’ whilst pointing to the correct area – I…
  • Fire Danger Rating Sign! But It’s Too Late!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    If you’ve ever travelled in rural Australia, you might come across the odd Fire Danger Rating sign which indicates the likelihood of a fire occurring in the general vicinity that day. Australia’s vegetation has evolved to be pyrophyllic (fire loving) because for the most part, it’s an arid country and the bush has adapted to fire over the millenia where the continent dried out. In fact, many plants need fire for seed germination and it’s an essential part of the regeneration cycle. Of course, large bush fires in Australia make world headlines because they can be pretty…
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    Part Time Vagabond

  • Photo Envy: Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere

    Chris
    19 May 2015 | 8:40 am
      I first caught wind of Gary Arndt when I started following his blog Everything Everywhere, just after I opened shop here at Part Time Vagabond. At the time, his travel photography grabbed me less than the impressive list of placed he’d already traveled. Today, Gary’s work has improved dramatically, and his exploits around the world are myriad. I admire both his travel photography and his love of the world and all its cultures. The post Photo Envy: Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere appeared first on Part Time Vagabond.
  • 4 Things Successful Travelers Just Don’t Do

    Chris
    13 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    I haven’t been traveling much of late, thanks in part to the planning and launch of our newest Photography Workshop, but I have been keeping up with the trends in the travel blogosphere. And I have to say, some of it disturbs me. From whinging about “all the stupid, fat tourists!” to crying about less than 5-star accommodations, I’m seeing way too many travel writers bitching and moaning about their all-too-privileged lifestyles. Thankfully, there are some wonderful writers and photographers out there who seem to relish each and every day of their travels without so…
  • Chasing The Light

    Chris
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    If you’ve been following me on any of the PTV social channels (Twitter, Facebook, Google+), you may have noticed that one of my passions—aside from travel—is photography.  I love the ability to see things that others don’t, create images that others can’t, and capture the light others miss. It is that love, the love of beautiful imagery, that I have always enjoyed sharing with others. Photography is such an important part of travel, too. Think about your last vacation; did you return home with beautiful photos that you were excited to hang on your wall as fine art? Or…
  • Google updates Snapseed; Mobile travel photographers rejoice

    Chris
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Travel photographers and smartphone enthusiasts should be very happy today: Google has finally released a major update to it’s popular mobile photo editing software, Snapseed. The app has a completely new look and feel, though many of the features will still be familiar to users of previous versions. I took the app for a test ride this morning, and I have to say, while I’m not crazy about Snapseed’s new interface, it’s still a really good improvement over previous versions, and some of the new features are welcome additions. Mobile photographers will certainly…
  • 11 Uniquely New England Airbnb stays for 2015

    Chris
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    NNew England has always been a place travelers come to because of its charm. Whether it’s a trip to an inn on the coast, or a camping in a mountain getaway, New England as a region has one of the most varied landscapes available to travelers. But what makes New England a place worth exploring is its unique places to stay. Since the inception of Airbnb and other crowdsourced lodging sites, finding a unique and fun place to stay has never been easier. So I took a look at the Airbnb website to search out the most unique lodgings available in New England. Connecticut Stamford boat –…
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    Jet Set Smart

  • A NIGHT OF INDULGING!

    28 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Talk about a night of fun!!!  Well that's what this mama got to enjoy a couple of weeks ago for an event called "Indulge" at The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I got a fabulous invitation by the stylish and adorable Corine from Complicated Mama to join her and Sheila from Pieces of a Mom to a "Moms Night Out" filled with shopping, drinks and food.  I was in heaven!!! The Mills at Jersey Gardens was recently taken over by Simon (who happens to own beautiful malls all over the country) and got a face lift that is worth checking out!  The Mills at Jersey…
  • NEW JERSEY BLOGGER BRUNCH AT TALULA'S

    4 Apr 2015 | 4:29 am
    Blogging is my shot at entrepreneurship.  It's my ideas, and my hard work that always go into what you see and read here.  It's the same thing for Talula's in downtown Asbury Park, New Jersey-- a fairly new restaurant that opened it's doors only five short months ago, and has been serving up great farm-to-table food ever since. Talula's entrepreneurs haven't been able to do too much advertising yet, but instead rely on word of mouth to promote the restaurant.  That is why I picked Talula's as the spot to host my first New Jersey Blogger Brunch. In attendance were…
  • FASHION FRIDAY: HERE WE SNOW AGAIN!

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    It's the first day of Spring today and Old Man Winter is preferring to stick around!  That's right...more snow today!!!  When will it end?  We snapped these pictures a couple of weeks ago and I didn't know if I would ever post them because the weather was warming up and it seems Spring was coming, but with this forecast...I thought why not?  At least it's supposed to warm up tomorrow!  These are also the first pictures I've posted on the blog with my new bangs.  I wanted to do something different and thought I'd give them a shot.  I'm not too sure how long…
  • LAKOTA WOLF PRESERVE

    10 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    (Photo Credit: TripAdvisor.com)Imagine getting up close to wolves, foxes and bobcats to see how they live in the wild?  Maybe it's because the PBS show Wild Kratts has been such a hit in our house, but I think it sounds pretty cool, and it's something we've been wanting to do with the boys for awhile now.  The Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, New Jersey is the only wildlife preserve of its kind in the state.  The preserve is owned and run by two people who have raised and cared for the animals themselves.  At the preserve you get to go on an educational tour and stand on…
  • A GETAWAY TO CRYSTAL SPRINGS

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    Last week we packed up the car and headed away as a family to Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, New Jersey.  We wanted to take Richie skiing for his 4th birthday, and we picked Crystal Springs Resort because it's not too far away, and the mountain and resorts are very close to each other with a shuttle bus that takes you to and fro. Mountain Creek is where you ski, and then there are a couple of resorts to chose from nearby- Minerals Resort and Spa and Grand Cascades Lodge.  We stayed at Grand Cascades Lodge.  Minerals Resort and Spa is what they consider more of a "family…
 
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    Breathedreamgo

  • Hotels in Delhi: My top choices

    Mariellen Ward
    26 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    Relaxing tea in the lobby of The Rose in Hauz Khas Village Hotels in Delhi: Accommodation, hotel and guesthouse options for women and travelers to Delhi, India DELHI IS A VAST, teeming megalopolis. It’s the capital of the world’s largest democracy, India, and one of the most historical cities on earth. Old Delhi is a warren of bazaars, New Delhi is a planned city on a grand scale, and suburbs like Gurgaon and Noida sprawl in every direction. Delhi is a city that is daunting to most visitors, and for good reason: it’s huge, traffic-clogged, noisy, polluted … and one of…
  • Everything you need to know to visit Canada

    Mariellen Ward
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. Photo Credit: digitaldust via Compfight cc Visas, insurance, food, snow and more: A resource for everything you need to visit Canada from India CANADA IS ONE of the world’s most desirable tourist destinations. The second largest country on earth, Canada is blessed with abundant natural resources and wildlife, four distinct seasons, dynamic cities, culinary delights, pristine wilderness regions, and more outdoor adventures than you can shake a paddle at. If you are visiting Canada from India or other countries that require a Visa to Canada, read this…
  • Mount St. Helens: Rebirth of a sacred land

    Mariellen Ward
    18 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Spirit Lake appeared from the mist on Mt St Helens. Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S6 Hiking the tough terrain of Mount St. Helens on the 35th anniversary of the volcanic eruption NEAR THE TOP of Mount St. Helens, where the 1980 volcanic eruption blew the top of the mountain off 35 years ago today, the barren rocky landscape was streaked with rivers of hard, black basalt lava flows, and cloaked in thick grey clouds. It was eerie, very calm and there were no visible signs of life. You could easily mistake this for a devastated region. The May 18, 1980 eruption was the deadliest and most…
  • Photo essay: Celebrating the Buddha in India

    Mariellen Ward
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India. Photo essay of the Buddhist Conclave 2014 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA was a prince in India more than 2,500 years ago. He lived in a city called Kapilavatthu in the foothills of the Himalayas and was a protected youth, never allowed to venture beyond the palace walls. But one day, curiosity drove him out, into the streets and the market, where he saw the realities of life: sickness, old age, death. This was enough experience for him to realize he wanted to be free from suffering, and to help others find a way to be free, too. He left…
  • The best Indian food in Delhi

    Mariellen Ward
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    Two magic words: Indian food. A guide to the best dishes, street food, desserts and restaurants in Delhi, the food capital of India WINTER IN DELHI is sometimes affectionately called Dilli ki Sardi (after a very popular Bollywood song). Locals love the cooler temperatures and the excuse to get out the sweaters and indulge in rich, warming foods. Dishes like sarson ka saag, missi roti, masala chai and gajar ka halwa. I’ve lived in Delhi on-and-off for 9 years, and spent the past winter in the city, which was recently named “Best Destination For Food/Drink in India” by Lonely…
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  • Experiencing Uniquely Singaporean Chats with Viber’s “Singapore Lah!”, “Singapore Shiok!” and “Fun in Singapore!” Sticker Packs

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    22 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Emoticons add a lot more colour to our text messaging conversations but there is only so much an emoticon can convey. Singlish is a unique local “slang” where it will be hard pressed to find emoticons which convey expressions like “bo jio” or “sian”. Attempts to text Singlish will typically be overruled by the autocorrect function like in these mrbrown’s examples – When I type “shiok”, I don’t want “shook”. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised with Viber’s introduction of three new uniquely Singaporean sticker packs. Viber, a mobile…
  • Top Things to Do when Visiting Las Vegas

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    22 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Las Vegas is regarded as a city where dreams come true, but there is much more to Vegas life than sticking, twisting and getting married. No matter whether you are heading to Sin City on your own, with a partner or with the family, there are plenty of activities on offer in this great city; make sure you have your itinerary planned and tickets ready for visiting the best Las Vegas attractions below! The Strip Any holiday to Las Vegas must consist of a visit to The Strip. Technically The Strip refers to the area of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue to the north and Russell Road to the…
  • Money-saving Car Rental Tips

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    13 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    When you’re travelling for vacation or business travel, expenses can add up pretty quickly. For a lot of travelers, renting a car may seem like an essential that is based on their daily routine but renting a car can add a steep increase to your travel bill. The liberation of having a car can seem freeing at the start, but if you have plans on driving that car into a major city center expect high stress, gridlock, and parking nightmares. If you know you’ll need a car for at least part of the trip, write down a quick cost value breakdown comparing the total cost of renting a car (including…
  • Review of Asus ZenFone 2 – Monster Performance with 4GB RAM & Fun Photography with Pixelmaster Camera

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    12 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    ASUS had recently launched its 2nd Generation ASUS ZenFone (ASUS ZenFone 2) with specs that are comparable to high-end models from other well-known smartphone brands and at a very reasonable price. Don’t be confused by the ASUS ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 already in the market – they were named for their screen sizes i.e. 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch and they were the 1st Generation ASUS ZenFone. One thing to note is that there are three ASUS ZenFone 2 models with 2GB RAM, namely ZE500CL, ZE550ML and ZE551ML. These models retail at $249, $299 and $349 respectively. Another important point to note is…
  • New England: Experience the Best Seafood in the States

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    2 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    New England is famous for many types of food but Maine is renowned for its lobster and other seafood. A New England boiled lobster is delicious served with melted butter; a cracking tool and a narrow fork are provided to deal with the mechanics of eating one. A classic lobster dinner will usually include clams and is served with corn on the cob. The restaurant shacks on the shore have family seating and with their views of the ocean are recognized as being the best places to enjoy the local seafood. Picture credits: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kentar0h/ In the Greater Portland region,…
 
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Thwarted … Again (a Ragnar Trails Tale)

    JoAnna
    13 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Many moons ago, when we were still living in the Midwest, I read about this crazy overnight relay race that traveled along the Mississippi River. I came up with a list of runners (they were all family members), but not a one showed any real interest in this crazy scheme. It wasn’t until we moved to Las Vegas that my wild idea resurfaced, this time because I discovered such a 24-hour relay race was being unveiled in the very city I lived in. One thing led to another, and before long I ended up as captain of our first Ragnar Relay team for the very first Las Vegas race. The team consisted of…
  • Prom Happened (and Other Teenage Tales)

    JoAnna
    3 May 2015 | 7:07 pm
    I woke up the other morning and it was May … and I have no idea how we got here. Every year flies by, but this one has truly existed in a time warp. I can not believe it is May already. This means a lot of truths are hitting us square in the face: The school year is almost over. Months are becoming weeks and will soon be days. And Ane, our beautiful girl from Norway, will soon be boarding an airplane bound for her home country, and Cory and I will be back to being a live-in family of two. Last night was prom, and Ane and her girlfriends invited me to take their photos before the big night.
  • What Spring Brings in Las Vegas

    JoAnna
    3 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Flowering trees in our Las Vegas neighborhood. This year, we had a mild winter, and we’ve had an even better spring. The days have been sunny and warm – not too hot or too windy, though we could use a little more rain. It’s been a great season for running, regardless of the time of day I make it outside, and I always encounter lots of folks out walking their dogs, jogging or cycling. And the wildflowers have been in full bloom, which adds a colorful dimension to the sometimes dreary desert landscape. It’s a cyclical thing, so we’ll have bright yellow flowers on the bushes one day,…
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    Fili's World

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum : Springfield Illinois

    Fili
    22 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Illinois is very proud of its affiliation with Abraham Lincoln and the capital city of Springfield offers many attractions related to the beloved president. Together with a short visit to the Illinois old state capitol building and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, I also visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated to the tragic life of the president, his rise to power, his time in office, and finally his assassination at the Ford theater. If you’re expecting a dull museum filled with boring insignificant historical descriptions, you’re in for a…
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve : San Diego

    Fili
    18 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Torrey Pines is a natural reserve in San Diego offering spectacular ocean views, gorgeous hiking trails, and a unique opportunity to enjoy coastal nature at its best well-preserved moon-like mountains next to a long stretch of beach and all sorts of wild life. It’s got a little bit of everything for anyone, and all within a quick drive from the city. Some people are just that lucky.   South of Torrey Pines there are even spot for wind-surfing, and if you’re up for it – nude bathing…     About Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve from their website: Torrey…
  • Forest Park : Saint Louis

    Fili
    17 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Though I didn’t spend long in Saint Louis, I managed to visit some of the highlights like the famous Saint Louis Gateway Arch and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. To start off my day, I went for breakfast at a boat house next to a small lake in the lovely Forest Park, home to many of the other Saint Louis attractions – the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum and others. It was a gloomy day, but that just added to the special atmosphere.   After filling up, it’s time for a stroll around the park……
  • Tequila Daytrip Tour from Guadalajara : Mexico

    Fili
    16 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    It doesn’t take long in Mexico to realize that Mexicans can really drink. Lots of famous Mexican alcohol you probably had before, usually softer sweetened versions of the real thing you’ll have in Mexico. There are Margaritas, ofcourse, the Mexican beers (the most famous internationally is Corona), and there are the much stronger Mezcal and Tequilas, which some associate with either cocktails or dead worms at the bottom of the drink. Anyhoo, a daytrip excursion from Guadalajara is the small town of Tequila, surrounded by fields of blue agave plant used to make this highly…
  • Long Beach and Seal Beach : Los Angeles California

    Fili
    15 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Los Angeles has some wonderful beaches, and Seal beach is a prime example for a great beach not too far away from town. In my last conference visit to Long Beach I found affordable accommodation between Long Beach and Seal Beach, and a morning visit strolling down the beach I discovered a desolated quiet stretch of beach with spectacular photo-ops. If only I had a better camera with me… But still, I think you’ll agree how beautiful it all was. The though of going back into a conference room for the day was very painful, but it’s a great way to start the day and re-energize.
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • What to do this Memorial Weekend

    Reno Tahoe USA
    22 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The first long weekend of the season is here, Memorial Weekend! With summer peeking out from around the corner it is the perfect time to explore the “Biggest Little City in the World” and its fantastic surrounding areas. Friday evening, relax at the Reno Street Food- Party in the Park! Enjoy gourmet food from 25 different [...]
  • JetBlue Connecting NY & Reno: What To Check Out During Your Stay

    Corie Cartano
    8 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    JetBlue is coming to Reno Tahoe! Starting May 28 there will be a non-stop flight available from Reno, at the Reno Tahoe Airport, to New York, at the JFK Airport. Currently the flight is a featured deal on JetBlue’s website here for a special starting price of $149 for one way. The schedule for the [...]
  • Golf Courses Open at Incline Village

    Corie Cartano
    6 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    The sun has come out and the courses are reopening, come spend some time on the green! Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe offers two unique golf courses, the Mountain Course and the Championship Course, for golfers of any skill or budget. The Mountain Course recently opened on May 1. This 18-hole mountain layout course is [...]
  • Top 10 Reasons to Check Out the Reno River Festival

    Corie Cartano
    1 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    The 12th annual Reno River Festival will be in downtown Reno, May 9 and 10, at Wingfield Park. This weekend festival brings together water sports and other outdoor fun to downtown Reno. This year, the drought has lead to the cancellation of the kayak races, but the event is making up for it with more [...]
  • Make Mother’s Day Special in Reno Tahoe

    Corie Cartano
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    Mother’s Day is May 10, which is just right around the corner! Moms are one of the best kinds of people out there so it’s important they have a special day dedicated to them. If you’re still unsure what to do with your mom on this special day, Reno Tahoe has plenty of options. Special [...]
 
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  • Ruby Princess Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    20 May 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Ben Souza and his wife just returned from a four-night Alaska sailing on Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess. This was a special sailing that started in Vancouver, BC, stopped in Ketchikan and ended in Seattle, Washington.  Ben gives us a bow to stern Ruby Princess review, leaving no stone unturned.  Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on:  Norwegian Dawn grounding in Bermuda Drowning aboard Norwegian Gem   Celebrity Cruises new Caribbean overnight itineraries  Disney heading back to Miami, NYC and Galveston  Speculation of Carnival Corp. upcoming announcement in NYC
  • Carnival Liberty Review + ShipMate App

    cruiseandblog
    14 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Carrie McLaren and her family recently returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Liberty that went to St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. On this show Carrie gives us a full Carnival Liberty review, leaving no stone unturned. Mike Jirout is the creator of ShipMate App., an awesome smartphone app that lets you get excited about your cruise vacation. Recently Mike added a fare watch feature that allows you to monitor your cruise fare regardless of who you purchased it through. Some listeners have saved over $150 per person and have gotten that returned as an on-board credit.
  • MSC Divina Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    6 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Howard just returned from a seven-night Bermuda cruise on MSC Divina. But not only was it a Bermuda cruise, it was a Bermuda cruise spent in the MSC Yacht Club - MSC Cruises’ ship within a ship feature. Hear this full MSC Divina review.  Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy has Cruise News on: Norwegian Cruise Line charging for room service Norwegian Sky goes all-inclusive alcohol in 2016 MSC Divina returns to MIA Cunard’s Royal meet up Cruise port in New Zealand turns down Ovation of the Seas Princess puts 2017 new build in China 
  • Carnival Dream Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Tiffany and her husband just returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. Tiffany drops in to give us her Carnival Dream review, leaving no stone unturned. She covers her pre-cruise thoughts, embarkation, first impressions, stateroom, food, entertainment and how the sea days were. Stewart Chiron The Cruise Guy has Cruise News on: Majesty of the Seas cancels MIA cruise  Anthem of the Seas Carnival swaps more ships Carnival increases Faster to the Fun price Carnival Vista preview video Brady Bunch Mom aboard for Dancing with the Stars: at Sea
  • John Heald Talks & Celebrity Solstice Review

    cruiseandblog
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    We caught up with Carnival Cruise Line’s Senior Cruise Director John Heald about the latest happenings at Carnival. John chats with us about: Carnival room service charges Carnival LIVE concert program Moving Carnival Magic to Port Canaveral Carnival Pride goes back to Baltimore And gets personal about his weight loss journey Ship Review Don Bucalo gives us a review of his sailing his seven night Alaska sailing from Seattle aboard Celebrity Solstice. As a first time Alaska cruiser, Don gives his thoughts on: the adventure, the ship and what he did in Alaska. Don leaves no stone unturned on…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Accommodation for long-term travellers and digital nomads

    James Clark
    28 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    I often get asked how I go about finding accommodation for longer stays so I have compiled this list of accomodation resources. For short stays (anything up to a week) I usually use Agoda or Airbnb. The purpose of this article is for short-term apartment rentals (1 to 3 months) suitable for slow-travelling long-term travellers and digital nomads looking for a working base. For long-term stays (like a one year lease) we are getting into expat territory, but you could still use some of these tips to find a place. I have listed below useful accommodation sites and I will update this as more…
  • Nomadic News: 24 May, 2015

    James Clark
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Crib notes from 8 years remote working – Veteran hobo Chris Kirkland on running a business while living the nomadic life. Why I love living in Siberia – Henry Turner at theguardian.com. The statistics from two years traveling the world – Jimmy Dau’s record keeping is almost as impressive as the all the places he visited on this RTW trip. Visiting salt pans in Petchaburi, Thailand – By Kevin Revolinski. A billionaire’s advice: Don’t intern at Goldman Sachs.
  • Phu Quoc Travel Guide

    James Clark
    20 May 2015 | 12:13 am
    Travel Guides > Vietnam > Phu Quoc Travel Guide Phu Quoc is an island of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Cambodia. It’s Vietnam’s largest island, covering 515 sq km (199 sq mi). To compare, that’s about the same size as Phuket in Thailand, which is 543 sq km (210 sq mi). Despite its size and paradisiacal qualities it gets no way near the amount of visitors of other islands in Southeast Asia, though word is getting out. At the moment Phu Quoc feels like one of those places that you should see before it changes. There are some grand development plans on the…
  • On the trail of Mad Max in Namibia

    James Clark
    16 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    Visiting the filming locations of Mad Max: Fury Road in the Namib Desert Mad Max: Fury Road heralds the return of the Mad Max franchise thirty years after the third film was released. While the Mad Max world is still set in a post-apocalypse Australia, there is a new Max (Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson) and a new filming country (Namibia). Fury Road was filmed in the Namib Desert near Swakopmund, Namibia. It was originally going to be shot near Broken Hill in Australia until heavy rains turned the usually-barren landscape into a carpet of grass and desert flowers. Excellent news for farmers,…
  • Nomadic News: 10 May, 2015

    James Clark
    10 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Taking on Tokyo: The nomad’s guide – By Chris from tokyocheapo.com. I quit my high-paying job as a lawyer to travel…and it’s not all sunshine and rainbows – Good perspective on the popular “I quit my job” theme from Jodi from legalnomads.com. Cost of living in Cape Town – johnnyafrica.com. 8 reasons why Santa Cruz is an awesome city to live in – By Raphaël Harmel. Do you want to open your own hostel? – The highs and lows from someone who has done…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Dallas joins CityPASS for big-time fun

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

    Dan Patterson
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    It takes willpower to keep your gaze away from the magazine stands filled with celebrities and juicy gossip. People want to know what is going on outside of their idol's latest movie or music video, but you can only get so much from the pictures and articles in magazines. However, for many years, there have been stars willing to expose their lives to the public. These famous figures allow fans to watch them right outside their window! Animal all-stars have been soaking up the spotlight in a variety of cities throughout the nation. From the Dallas Zoo's Golden Girl Elephants to Myrtle the…
  • Win 4 Dallas CityPASS Booklets!

    CityPASS
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    We are pleased to announce that Dallas, Texas, is joining the CityPASS program on May 15. A Dallas CityPASS ticket booklet will save visitors 41 percent off combined admission to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, a choice between the Dallas Zoo and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and a choice between the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. You can WIN four Dallas CityPASS booklets by entering our giveaway! Click here to enter. Dallas CityPASS will be the second CityPASS program in Texas, following…
  • A View from the Top - What Can You See from North America’s Tallest Buildings?

    Dan Patterson
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    What is it about looking out on the city from a sky-high vantage point that we love? It lets us be a spectator of the space we live in. We can see the streets, and the people streaming through them, like lines in a book. For once, we’re able to behold something immense and complex like a city, right in front of us. In this article, we’ll be walking you through some of the best attractions CityPASS has to offer, and what you can expect to see when you get there. So take a deep breath, step in the elevator, and ask the operator for the 100th-something floor, because we’re about to look at…
  • 10 Cool Things to Do in Philly

    Deston S. Nokes
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    If you visit Philadelphia, you know the first things your friends will ask: Did you see the Liberty Bell? It’s easy to find, just across the street from Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. But there’s so much more to the city than just a cracked dinger. The next time you’re in Philly, here are 10 memorable, fun activities to help you fall head over heels for the City of Brotherly Love. 1) Pay homage to a founding father: One of the top Philadelphia CityPASS attractions, Franklin Institute explores the legacy of one of our nation’s most brilliant…
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    A Traveler's Library

  • 3 Secrets for Planning a Unique Road Trip

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    As I explained earlier, we have a habit of going somewhere that is a detour from our original destination.  In this case, today, as this hits the Internet, I’m on my way to Florida. But after three days there for a wedding, Ken and I will fly to Atlanta and launch a road trip to three southern states I’ve been wanting to check off my list of state’s visited: Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. Additionally, we’ll be spending time in Tennessee and passing through South Carolina. As I was planning the trip, I was doing my usual frugal searches for hotels, and my usual…
  • EXCLUSIVE Travel Memoir Excerpt: Careening Around Cairo

    Edie Jarolim
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    It is not every day that we get an exclusive look at a future best-selling travel book! I am delighted and privileged to re-introduce A Traveler’s Library contributor, Edie Jarolim, who shares with you excerpts of a chapter from her work-in-progress, a travel memoir you won’t want to miss–Getting Naked for Money. EXCLUSIVE to A Traveler’s Library The following is an excerpt from Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All.  Please contribute to the Kickstarter campaign that will allow the book to be finished and published (see badge at the end) I…
 
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Exploring World-Famous Buildings

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

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

    MsTravelingPants
    9 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I moved to Kauai in late 2013. However, since relocation, my scuba gear remained in my adventure toy closet. That was until this Spring. I couldn’t pass up this adventure travel opportunity, but I needed to dust off the gear and my skills. After a brief refresher course with Seasport Divers in Poipu and gear check, I was ready to take the plunge back into scuba diving. Most of my diving previously had been in the Caribbean in Cozumel, Bahamas, and Florida. I understood that my Kauai dives would be much more challenging with far cooler waters, perhaps rougher seas, and around sixty feet.
  • How to Conquer Crete in 12 Days

    MsTravelingPants
    4 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Just like you, I have a bucket life of travel destinations. At the top of my list is Greece. In fact, I’m planning a trip this September to celebrate the launch of my second book, With New Eyes. Excited, I have already begun investigating the best beaches, water activities, best tavernas, historical walks, and more. To check my results and find other  travel info and tips, I always contact someone who knows the area. Please enjoy my travel writing peer, Nikola, and his recommendations on Crete with, “How to Conquer Crete in 12 Days!” Opa! Your Guide to Where to Stay and…
  • Adventure Travel Combo Oahu – Kayaking and Hiking Kailua

    MsTravelingPants
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Adventure travel seekers… Here’s an aloha adventure travel combo on O’ahu for you. Recently, I ventured off my small-town feel island of Kauai to the big city of Honolulu for a business trip mixed with pleasure. As a local author, I attended the TEDxHNL event at the University of Hawaii. After which, it was time to indulge in some pleasure: sunbathing at Makahas with mimosas and an sunset stroll along Waikiki Beach with Diamondhead in the distance. However, no trip is complete without the needed a dose of adventure. With my PIC (Partner In Crime), we headed to Kailua for an…
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  • Fair Oaks Farms “Sizzling Day of Bacon”

    Jessica Nunemaker
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Where do you find the agritourism business that is said to be the only pork education center in the nation focused on transparent pig farming? At Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana. This small town, an unincorporated community, holds a booming “edutainment agritourism” venue that’s always growing, changing, and providing more things to do for visitors from around the world. Pork Education Center Grand Opening Fair Oaks Farms is More than Award-Winning Cheeses It’s been a big project! But that’s the way they do things at Fair Oaks Farms. It’s all on a…
  • Images: Spring Run Farm in Lowell

    Jessica Nunemaker
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sometimes it takes a little extra car time to get to a great destination. That’s the case of Spring Run Farm in Lowell, Indiana. It isn’t that it is particularly far away from the downtown and all of its antique shops, just know that it this country shop is away from the downtown–and will provide you with a great scenic trip on the road! Spring Run Farm has been in business for quite a long time. They have been selling beautiful home decor and a smattering of antique items since 1989! That is potentially longer than some of my readers have been alive. So, yes, they have it…
  • Eagles Bluff Overlook Park in Cannelton

    Jessica Nunemaker
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Eagles Bluff Overlook Park in Cannelton, Indiana Eagle Bluff Overlook Park in Cannelton, Indiana is one of those parks that I’m not entirely sure you would discover on your own if you didn’t already know it was there. What a fun discovery! For a look at the Ohio River like none other, you have got to visit this pretty point. Cannelton, Indiana Park Eagles Bluff Overlook Park in Cannelton, Indiana Long known simply as “The Overlook,” this park has certainly come a long way. It is now a well-maintained park complete with charcoal grills, picnic tables, and two shelter…
  • Triple Chocolate Scones Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Triple Chocolate Scones Recipe This recipe for Triple Chocolate Scones is so good! It’s really packed with chocolate so I would recommend this one as more of a snack with tea and coffee than breakfast. Although, I must admit, we’ve done both. Coffee lovers in particular will enjoy these scones with a cup of good, strong coffee! There is espresso powder included in this recipe. I subbed in instant coffee granules with easy success. However, you will not taste a coffee flavor; it just brings out the chocolate. It’s only slightly more time-consuming than the other scones…
  • Gluten-Free Snacks? Here’s Our Pick

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    little Indiana received samples of the items listed below in exchange for an honest review. Opinions remain mine and mine alone. Gluten Free Snacks Bakery on Main Granola We have dabbled in gluten-free items, my husband and I. We went a whole month last year without ingesting gluten–and it was so, so hard! It wasn’t hard just because I adore bread sandwiches, as in bread topped with bread, or because I continued to make the typical family-friendly foods that our kids are used to, but because gluten-free snacks and meals sometimes lack that certain something. Wait, I know what it…
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    traveling greener

  • The Facts About Electric Cars

    Tony
    29 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    With so much misinformation uttered about electric cars and so many claims and counter-claims put forth about their environmental friendliness, it’s important that if you want to enter the market for an electric car, you have all the information and all the facts. It’s a fast growing market in developed nations, with thousands of plug-in and all-electric vehicles sold in the United States alone every single month. And there are compelling reasons why electric cars are proving so popular, given their value both to the individual driver and to the wider environment. Efficient Transportation…
  • Very Nice, A Trip To The French Riviera

    Tony
    28 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Planning a holiday to somewhere romantic in Europe is nothing new. Neither is picking France as your destination. Picking Nice over Paris, however, that’s uncommon right now.   Nice is the anti-Paris in many ways. Its coastal location saves it from the sometimes drab grey skies of the French capital.   Even in winter, the weather can stay calm. It usually goes ten years between snowfalls too.   Not to mention Nice doesn’t suffer from a smog problem, due to all the traffic Paris has.   Nice is more about contemporary France. It is something you have to live in the…
  • Green Tourism in Sicily. Best Activities

    Tony
    22 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    With the rise of awareness for the preservation of Sicily, eco-tourism has been introduced in the last couple of years in the aim to promote the richness and the heritage of this beautiful land while leaving lesser carbon footprints as compared to commercial tourism. In the light of this new development, people are realizing the importance of responsible travel that provides fresh, interesting and more memorable experiences while preserving the earth. Sicily is perfect for experiencing green tourism and when you are itching to travel there, staying in a villa in Sicily is one of the best ways…
  • A Day (and Night) in Dublin: Top Things to Do and See

    Tony
    21 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Dublin is known for its vibrant, distinctive, and colourful personality which attracts visitors of all ages to this fascinating city. If you are in Dublin, whether only for 24 hours or for an entire month, you should know that the city has plenty to offer when it comes to cultural and historical attractions, entertainment, dining options, and more. Some of these attractions and things to do are obvious (such as enjoying a refreshing pint of Guinness – a must-try for all Dublin visitors), whilst some are not-so-well known. The trick is striking a nice balance between enjoying the popular…
  • Voluntourism: Holidays That Make A Difference

    Tony
    10 May 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Over recent years, voluntourism has had a lot of negative press. Which is unfortunate, considering the good that you can do, giving up a few weeks of your holiday to help the betterment of others and the environment. You only need to do a quick Google search, in order to find horror stories about voluntourism, but if you choose the right company and pick the perfect project, you can really help impoverished areas of the world. Choose Your Project Wisely Rule number one of voluntourism: choose your project with care. Some projects are created without the permission of the community, in order…
 
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    Plum Deluxe

  • How to Plan for Your Future Dream Home Now

    Andy Hayes
    29 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    Home buying is a hot dinner party conversation topic these days — whether it’s for your first home, trading up to something better, or buying an investment property. Regardless of your situation, planning for your dream home is a little daunting; everyone has an opinion, the market is always changing, and for many, real estate transactions are the biggest investment you’ll make in your entire life. Here are four things you should know to ensure your feet are on firm ground when planning for your future dream home. 1. Know Whose Advice & Opinions Matter As we’re on…
  • Ditch the Bear: 4 Artisanal Honeys We Love

    Andy Hayes
    28 May 2015 | 1:23 am
    Although our Plum Deluxe tea mugs might suggest otherwise, honey is one of the best sweeteners for a cup of tea, baked goods, or pairing with cheeses and charcuterie. But, don’t reach for that plastic honey bear on your grocery shelf — there’s a reason why it’s so cheap it seems too good to be true. Filtered and processed, many of those honeys aren’t even really honey; instead, they’re full of fillers, antibiotics, and trace heavy metals. That bear isn’t sounding so cute, eh? Instead of buying this “fake” honey, choose purveyors who are…
  • Just Brew It: 4 Ways to Make Loose Leaf Tea Without an Infuser

    Carrie Keplinger
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Alright, you just brought home some loose leaf tea (or maybe received your first Plum Deluxe tea club order) and you can’t wait to make a cup! But hold up — you totally forgot to pick up a tea ball at the store. Or maybe you’ve lost all your mesh infusers. What to do? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered! Here is how to make loose leaf tea without an infuser. Cup It This is the easiest way to make loose leaf tea and is especially good if you want to read your tea leaves afterward. Simply put your tea leaves directly into the cup, pour in hot water, and steep! Drink…
  • A Relaxing Weekend Getaway: Manzanita Beach, Oregon

    Andy Hayes
    22 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    There is no hiding my love for the Oregon Coast, one of my favorite places on Earth. Previously I’ve highlighted the best experiences to enjoy on the Oregon Coast as well as a specific trip, a weekend getaway to Pacific City, Oregon. Pacific City is on the south Tillamook Coast; today, let’s explore some of the small, quiet towns of the north Tillamook Coast. Our base for the weekend is Manzanita Beach, a place I’d love to retire to someday soon! Slow Down in Manzanita Although a popular town to visit, the bulk of things to do in Manzanita exist on a single street —…
  • Start With Sunshine: An Herbal Tea Smoothie to Brighten Your Day

    Carrie Keplinger
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but sunny days make everything seem better. On days I need a little extra sunshine in my life, I like to whip up a special smoothie with berries, Greek yogurt, and our Sunshine In a Cup herbal tea. Shiny, Happy Goodness Okay, what’s so special about this smoothie? Let’s start with the tea. Hibiscus is high in Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and beneficial minerals and can, according to a 2008 study by the USDA, help lower blood pressure. Calendula contains anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to have wonderful benefits for the skin as well as…
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    J The Travel Authority

  • A Rooftop Retreat in New York City

    Jeanine Barone
    29 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    You think you know a neighborhood, until you don't. Every day, I commute back and between Manhattan and  Queens via an express bus, a bus I board in the Herald Square neighborhood. Most non-New Yorkers know this as the home of Macy's, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. It's one of my least favorite hoods, hardly one that would be considered charming. So imagine my surprise when I found out that a scenic rooftop bar was steps away from my bus stop. The Hyatt Herald Square is home to "Up on 20," a small astroturf-walled venue with prime views of some of New York's iconic sites, most…
  • An Innovative Portuguese Restaurant In New York City

    Jeanine Barone
    28 May 2015 | 9:53 am
        Chef George Mendes of Aldea fame, the Michelin-starred Portuguese restaurant in New York City, recently opened Lupulo -- the name translates to "hops" in Portuguese -- a restaurant distinctly different in terms of its design and menu concept. While Aldea is fine dining and more traditional cuisine of Mendes' homeland, Lupulo has a  contemporary decor with traditional touches, and the same can be said for the cuisine.     An immense oval bar sits smack in the middle of this expansive space that's suffused with natural light. Portuguese blue and white…
  • Iceland - A Country Where Writers Are Revered

    Jeanine Barone
    22 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Do you consider yourself a writer? Maybe you have a brilliant idea for a book and you've been jotting down notes on Post-Its and hiding them from family members for fear they'll laugh at you. Or you secretly write poems, scribbling them on napkins and jamming them in your bag, hoping they won't fly out when you're on a date. You're not a writer, after all, because you didn't get a degree in creative writing or you've never published anything, right? And if you attended a cocktail party and told anyone you're a writer, would they ask you what you're working on, or would they ask what's your…
  • Gear Review: Fun Travel Notebook

    Jeanine Barone
    18 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Wreck This Journal is the journal for the non-journal writer. The traveler who wants to record their experiences and impressions, but becomes anxious when confronted with the blank page. The person who maybe takes themself a little too seriously. Who thinks that their days of being inquisitive and spontaneous are in the distant past. This is the book that will inspire you to be playfully creative like you were when you were a child. And, instead of valuing the book as a revered tome where dog-earing or, heaven forbid, adding margin notes would be sacrilegious, here you're encouraged…
  • Travel Photo Greeting Cards For Every Occasion

    Jeanine Barone
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    To some of us, sending a greeting card seems so 19th century. Oh sure, you send a greeting card for the end-of-the-year holidays, maybe. But for the other occasions that touch those around us -- birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, a promotion, sickness, death and more -- we resort to showing a sense of intimacy or connectedness by what we have at hand: text message or e-card. What if, instead, you sent a friend or relative a physical card, one that exuded specialness because of the dramatic image on the cover as well as the message you handwrote inside? Try it sometime and see what reaction…
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  • It’s as Easy as Riding a Bike

    Jen
    20 May 2015 | 7:43 pm
    “It’s as easy as riding a bike,” she said. We had spent the last twenty minutes strolling from the streets of the Old Market in Omaha, Nebraska to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.  The plan was to walk across the bridge so that we could stand in two states at once. The bridge crosses the Missouri River and connects Omaha, Nebraska to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Smack dab in the middle of the Missouri River is the state line and it is celebrated by a plaque that highlights this line on the bridge. We were about to arrive at the foot of the bridge when my sister was distracted by…
  • 6 Reasons To Visit (or move to) Omaha, Nebraska!

    Marissa
    18 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Hello from Marissa, Two Kids’ East Coast Editor! Did you see the announcement that I am moving to Omaha, Nebraska!?! If not, now you know! In about a month I will be digging up my roots in Newport, Rhode Island and relocating to the grand city of Omaha, Nebraska. Now you can call me the Midwest Editor! Omaha? you ask. Grand? I would be remiss if I did not admit that I had the same reaction. We tell people where we are relocating to and they have the same reaction…Oh. Omaha. Why? In our case, we don’t have much of a choice.  My husband’s job sends him where he is…
  • 5 Things to do in Newport, Rhode Island

    Jen
    3 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Over spring break, we flew from Denver to Providence, Rhode Island. Marissa, our East Coast Editor, has been living in Newport for the past year and is getting ready to head to Omaha, Nebraska for their next tour. I not only needed some serious sister time but I also wanted to see a part of the US that I haven’t seen before. We made all sorts of tentative plans to take lots of day trips but in the end we just decided to stay close to Newport. There certainly was plenty to do. Despite the sometimes cold and rainy weather, we spent much of our days wandering around Newport, stopping in…
  • Copper Mountain in the Summer

    Jen
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:56 pm
    When we first moved to Colorado, we moved in November. Smack dab at the beginning of winter. Did I mention we moved from Florida where winter is like four days long? One of my friends told me that people come to Colorado for the winter and stay for the summer. I have found that the longer I stay here, the more I love winter. I love to go to the ski towns but we still haven’t visited the ski towns in the summertime. This summer, I hope to spend a lot of time exploring the mountain towns in the summer and Copper Mountain is one of them. Copper is amazing in the winter time and I can only…
  • 5 Things to Love about Aventura Clothing (and a Chance for a Discount Code)

    Jen
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    When I find a piece of clothing that makes me feel comfortable and looks decent, I usually buy it in every color they have. Capri pants that don’t make me look like or feel like I weigh 1000 pounds? I will take them in khaki, black, and navy blue. T-shirts that fit my shape? One in those seven colors please. To be honest, I don’t really have any fashion sense and will always look for comfort over look. Enter Aventura Clothing. I was introduced to Aventura Clothing by a friend and ambassador about a year ago. I fell in love with the brand both for what it stands for and how it…
 
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  • Denali, Alaska for cruise visitors

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    28 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Take the time to explore more of Alaska For a lot of people who take an Alaskan cruise vacation a land tour is a must. For those that are either embarking or debarking near Anchorage should consider an optional land tour for total immersion. There are a couple of options for people who want to […] The post Denali, Alaska for cruise visitors appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Top 6 ways to explore West Sweden and Gothenburg

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    27 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Port Buzz: Cruise tips for those visiting West Sweden and Gothenburg There are a couple cruise options for visitors calling on Gothenburg, Sweden, which is Sweden’s second largest city – and the largest port in Scandinavia. The first option is a port of call from cruise lines like Princess Cruises on their Baltic and Scandinavian cruise itineraries, […] The post Top 6 ways to explore West Sweden and Gothenburg appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Azamara Club Cruises Cruise Global, Eat Local

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    22 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Cruise Global, Eat Local New program: Azamara Club Cruises’ Cruise Global, Eat Local program provides guests with access to beloved local restaurants. Azamara Club Cruises is different from their competitors. The Cruise Global, Eat Local program is one of the ways the boutique cruise line stands out. Every effort to help cruise visitors connect to the […] The post Azamara Club Cruises Cruise Global, Eat Local appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
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  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    29 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Summer in the Caribbean, sure it’s hot but so are the hotel rates and the lack of crowds. If you are thinking of an island escape this summer this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up gives you some good options. Check out the best hotels on Aruba, the top attractions on Montserrat, maybe sip on some Topper’s Rhum in St. Martin, or maybe a roundabout trip to Cuba. Whatever your fancy there’s a beach and rum drink with your name on somewhere south. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up U.S. travel to Cuba jumps 36 percent since thaw in relations: The dramatic rise was seen in the number of…
  • Kenny Chesney Costa Sunglasses Giveaway!

    RumShopRyan
    26 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
      Kenny Chesney Costa GIVEAWAY! Summer is here and it’s time to break out the flip flops and sunglasses! Wait you need a new pair of sunglasses? I think I can help! I’m giving away one pair of the new 2015 Kenny Chesney Costa Del Mar sunglasses. The contest will run from May 26th to June 2nd. The contest is happening on the RumShopRyan Facebook page and all you have to do to enter is leave your best photo caption on this picture of Kenny Chesney on the beach. It’s a photo of Mr. Chesney rocking some Costa shades as he bikes down the beach. All comments count as an entry…
  • The Summer Fruit Daiquiri: Boat Drink Recipes

    RumShopRyan
    20 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    After one sip, you’ll be flip floppin’ through summer’s gates. Do remember during those long cold gray winter days how much you fantasized about 90 degree days, sunshine and flip flops? Your wait is over! The unofficial start of summer takes place this weekend with the celebration of Memorial Day. That’s right, it’s time to hit the beach, hit the lake, or dive into the pool! It’s summer time! The perfect compliment to a summer celebration is of course a fruitiful rum drink. Obviously right!  This week’s boat drink recipe is just that, the perfect…
  • How to Spend 36 Hours in Anguilla

    RumShopRyan
    18 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    I try to live a life of no regrets, but I do have one. I regret only spending 24 hours on Anguilla. That was the time allowed for us during our Island Windjammers cruise aboard Sagitta. 36, 48, 72, 1000 hours–no amount of time would not have been enough but every additional precious second more would have been a treasure. How does one describe this island that sits just a few miles north of St. Martin? It boasts worlds class beach, luxury resorts, fine dining–but it’s so much more, it’s a feeling that its people give you as your explore. It’s friendliness,…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    15 May 2015 | 4:49 am
    How would you like to be the owner of a quirky little restaurant on St. John? Or how about sip on a new beer with your toes sinking into the Bonaire sand? Would you like to comb the beaches of Rum Cay and turn trash into treasure? You can explore all these possibilities and more in this week’s Caribbean wrap up. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Popular St. John Restaurant Lists for Sale: We heard the rumor about a week or so back, but now it’s official – The Tourist Trap is up for sale. Larry plans on hanging up his apron for good and retiring. So now it’s up to one of you to take over…
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  • How to Add Adventure to Any Trip

    Julia
    4 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    When you think about the term ‘adventure travel’ some extreme images may come to mind: Daredevils base jumping from jagged cliff faces, hurling themselves into the air. Thrill seekers rafting down torrential foaming rivers, darting danger at every bend. Risk takers, with a need for speed, sand boarding down dunes on a quest for their next rush. For many, “adventure travel” is synonymous with such extreme experiences. There are those who have the perception that adventure travel is reserved for adrenaline junkies looking to push themselves to the brink of their physical and…
  • Before You Go: 5 Admin Things to Do Before You Travel Overseas

    Julia
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Before You Go: 5 Admin Things to Do Before You Travel Overseas So you’ve scoured the globe, talked to your peeps and finally decided on where to go for your first big trip. Next step is to plan this bad boy and get all those exciting admin details out of the way for a problem-free vacation. I’m a planner and love to have as much information as possible about where I’m going before I hit the ground. That said, so much of the excitement of travel comes in the unexpected: the detours, the wrong turns, the random wandering and serendipitous encounters. It’s a delicate balance between…
  • My New Book! Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel

    Julia
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    I’m super excited to announce my new book! It’s called  Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel and it taps into my real-life around the world experiences backpacking to over 80 countries, across all seven continents. In this book, I aim to inspire and empower future travel junkies to travel further, play harder, say “yes” to new experiences and channel their inner badass. I share tried-and-true travel tips and advice for the next generation of adventurers. With chapters on scoring cheap flights, maximizing air miles, using the best travel apps, surviving solo travel and…
  • Video: Getting Wild in Alaska With Celebrity Cruises

    Julia
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
      Adventure. History. Wild, rugged nature. A trip to Alaska promises a range of experiences – from visiting frontier towns rich with colorful characters, to spotting wildlife and taking in some of the State’s most spectacular landscape. I was recently invite by Celebrity Cruise lines aboard the Celebrity Solstice to take part in their 8-night Alaskan cruise.  We’re talking float plane adventures, traditional salmon bakes, vintage train rides and some quirky Klondike history, so it was a pretty hard offer to turn down so I eagerly packed my bags and hit the road. My trip began in…
  • New York Times Travel Show Cheat Sheet: Money Saving Travel Websites and Apps

    Julia
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    If you missed my presentation this year at the New York Times Travel Show, or caught the talk and just wanted to refer back, here are a few of the websites I mentioned. These are great travel websites and apps that save you money on flights and hotels; as well as ways to save money by tapping into the shared economy. Money Saving Websites for Flights: -Check out Dohop, Skyscanner, Momondo, Hipmunk, Kayak -Sign up for Fare Alerts -Follow Airfare watchdog on Twitter -Yapta.com (will alert you if there’s a drop in airfare, so you can get $$ back) -Hopper.com (tells you  best times to fly and…
 
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  • Dive In! 4 Splashtastic Indoor Waterpark Resorts in the Poconos

    Zachary Laks
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Zachary Laks/Aquatopia Calling all Northeastern thrill-seekers: the Poconos region is adding two more gargantuan destination resorts to its roster this summer. Newcomers Camelback Resort and Kalahari Resort both boast massive indoor waterparks that push the boundaries of wet-and-wild fun — joining the Poconos’ two existing indoor waterpark resorts that have been serving up excitement come rain or shine for years. The next time you’re looking for massive slides and epic wave pools, these are your options: Aquatopia at Camelback Resort (Mt. Pocono) Opened in early May, Aquatopia…
  • Cleveland Rock City: Visiting the Hall of Fame and Beyond

    Laura Motta
    29 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Laura Motta When this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction airs on HBO on May 31, you’re actually seeing a taped version of the ceremony that took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Why do they tape it? The answer is simple: The actual ceremony is five hours long. That’s what’s great about it. And if you want to attend a ceremony in the future – and have your own Cleveland rock-themed weekend — you can. Here’s how to do it. The Ceremony Eschewing the limits of live network TV, the Rock Hall induction allows every inductee — from Joan Jett to…
  • Harvard Square 101: A Cultural Sampler (Cambridge, MA)

    Gowri Chandra
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Charles Hotel If you’re craving a weekend escape that’s as cultured as it is cozy, Cambridge, Massachusetts just might be the New England getaway for you. Home to Harvard University and known as Boston’s Left Bank (sitting on the Charles River), the city holds a premium on all things intellectual, cobblestoned, and quaint. And, more likely than not, any visit to this part of town will get you in Harvard Square, the hub of the neighborhood. Here’s your cultural sampler to this little but very rich slice of Cambridge. There’s an uncanny concentration of well-endowed museums…
  • 24-Hour Flash Sale: $111.11 for AAA 4-Diamond Ft. Lauderdale Hotel

    Kimberly Button
    28 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach To celebrate its one year anniversary, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is having a flash sale. This Saturday, May 30, snag rooms for just $111.11 per night and get a free bottle of champagne when you check in, too. The anniversary sale price, only bookable for 24 hours, is valid for travel through this October 3. It’s a steal considering you’d be staying at a AAA Four Diamond-rated retreat that overlooks Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida. The newly renovated hotel has 240 rooms, boasting a…
  • Vamanos! 7 Spanish Immersion Programs for an Educational Vacation

    Teresa Bitler
    28 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Flickr Maurizio Constanzo Being able to speak the language in a foreign country allows you to interact with locals and experience their culture on a deeper level. If you’re looking to beef up your espanol, try turning your next vacation into a learning experience by enrolling in a full-immersion program at one of these Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Ixchel Spanish School (Antigua, Guatemala) Since its residents speak a very pure form of Spanish with few local variations in pronunciation and vocabulary, the colonial town of Antigua is one of the best places to learn…
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  • Dive In! 4 Splashtastic Indoor Waterpark Resorts in the Poconos

    Zachary Laks
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Zachary Laks/Aquatopia Calling all Northeastern thrill-seekers: the Poconos region is adding two more gargantuan destination resorts to its roster this summer. Newcomers Camelback Resort and Kalahari Resort both boast massive indoor waterparks that push the boundaries of wet-and-wild fun — joining the Poconos’ two existing indoor waterpark resorts that have been serving up excitement come rain or shine for years. The next time you’re looking for massive slides and epic wave pools, these are your options: Aquatopia at Camelback Resort (Mt. Pocono) Opened in early May, Aquatopia…
  • Cleveland Rock City: Visiting the Hall of Fame and Beyond

    Laura Motta
    29 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Laura Motta When this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction airs on HBO on May 31, you’re actually seeing a taped version of the ceremony that took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Why do they tape it? The answer is simple: The actual ceremony is five hours long. That’s what’s great about it. And if you want to attend a ceremony in the future – and have your own Cleveland rock-themed weekend — you can. Here’s how to do it. The Ceremony Eschewing the limits of live network TV, the Rock Hall induction allows every inductee — from Joan Jett to…
  • Harvard Square 101: A Cultural Sampler (Cambridge, MA)

    Gowri Chandra
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Charles Hotel If you’re craving a weekend escape that’s as cultured as it is cozy, Cambridge, Massachusetts just might be the New England getaway for you. Home to Harvard University and known as Boston’s Left Bank (sitting on the Charles River), the city holds a premium on all things intellectual, cobblestoned, and quaint. And, more likely than not, any visit to this part of town will get you in Harvard Square, the hub of the neighborhood. Here’s your cultural sampler to this little but very rich slice of Cambridge. There’s an uncanny concentration of well-endowed museums…
  • 24-Hour Flash Sale: $111.11 for AAA 4-Diamond Ft. Lauderdale Hotel

    Kimberly Button
    28 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach To celebrate its one year anniversary, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is having a flash sale. This Saturday, May 30, snag rooms for just $111.11 per night and get a free bottle of champagne when you check in, too. The anniversary sale price, only bookable for 24 hours, is valid for travel through this October 3. It’s a steal considering you’d be staying at a AAA Four Diamond-rated retreat that overlooks Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida. The newly renovated hotel has 240 rooms, boasting a…
  • Vamanos! 7 Spanish Immersion Programs for an Educational Vacation

    Teresa Bitler
    28 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Flickr Maurizio Constanzo Being able to speak the language in a foreign country allows you to interact with locals and experience their culture on a deeper level. If you’re looking to beef up your espanol, try turning your next vacation into a learning experience by enrolling in a full-immersion program at one of these Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Ixchel Spanish School (Antigua, Guatemala) Since its residents speak a very pure form of Spanish with few local variations in pronunciation and vocabulary, the colonial town of Antigua is one of the best places to learn…
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  • Dive In! 4 Splashtastic Indoor Waterpark Resorts in the Poconos

    Zachary Laks
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Zachary Laks/Aquatopia Calling all Northeastern thrill-seekers: the Poconos region is adding two more gargantuan destination resorts to its roster this summer. Newcomers Camelback Resort and Kalahari Resort both boast massive indoor waterparks that push the boundaries of wet-and-wild fun — joining the Poconos’ two existing indoor waterpark resorts that have been serving up excitement come rain or shine for years. The next time you’re looking for massive slides and epic wave pools, these are your options: Aquatopia at Camelback Resort (Mt. Pocono) Opened in early May, Aquatopia…
  • Cleveland Rock City: Visiting the Hall of Fame and Beyond

    Laura Motta
    29 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Laura Motta When this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction airs on HBO on May 31, you’re actually seeing a taped version of the ceremony that took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Why do they tape it? The answer is simple: The actual ceremony is five hours long. That’s what’s great about it. And if you want to attend a ceremony in the future – and have your own Cleveland rock-themed weekend — you can. Here’s how to do it. The Ceremony Eschewing the limits of live network TV, the Rock Hall induction allows every inductee — from Joan Jett to…
  • Harvard Square 101: A Cultural Sampler (Cambridge, MA)

    Gowri Chandra
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Charles Hotel If you’re craving a weekend escape that’s as cultured as it is cozy, Cambridge, Massachusetts just might be the New England getaway for you. Home to Harvard University and known as Boston’s Left Bank (sitting on the Charles River), the city holds a premium on all things intellectual, cobblestoned, and quaint. And, more likely than not, any visit to this part of town will get you in Harvard Square, the hub of the neighborhood. Here’s your cultural sampler to this little but very rich slice of Cambridge. There’s an uncanny concentration of well-endowed museums…
  • 24-Hour Flash Sale: $111.11 for AAA 4-Diamond Ft. Lauderdale Hotel

    Kimberly Button
    28 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach To celebrate its one year anniversary, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is having a flash sale. This Saturday, May 30, snag rooms for just $111.11 per night and get a free bottle of champagne when you check in, too. The anniversary sale price, only bookable for 24 hours, is valid for travel through this October 3. It’s a steal considering you’d be staying at a AAA Four Diamond-rated retreat that overlooks Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida. The newly renovated hotel has 240 rooms, boasting a…
  • Vamanos! 7 Spanish Immersion Programs for an Educational Vacation

    Teresa Bitler
    28 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Flickr Maurizio Constanzo Being able to speak the language in a foreign country allows you to interact with locals and experience their culture on a deeper level. If you’re looking to beef up your espanol, try turning your next vacation into a learning experience by enrolling in a full-immersion program at one of these Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Ixchel Spanish School (Antigua, Guatemala) Since its residents speak a very pure form of Spanish with few local variations in pronunciation and vocabulary, the colonial town of Antigua is one of the best places to learn…
 
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  • Dive In! 4 Splashtastic Indoor Waterpark Resorts in the Poconos

    Zachary Laks
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Zachary Laks/Aquatopia Calling all Northeastern thrill-seekers: the Poconos region is adding two more gargantuan destination resorts to its roster this summer. Newcomers Camelback Resort and Kalahari Resort both boast massive indoor waterparks that push the boundaries of wet-and-wild fun — joining the Poconos’ two existing indoor waterpark resorts that have been serving up excitement come rain or shine for years. The next time you’re looking for massive slides and epic wave pools, these are your options: Aquatopia at Camelback Resort (Mt. Pocono) Opened in early May, Aquatopia…
  • Cleveland Rock City: Visiting the Hall of Fame and Beyond

    Laura Motta
    29 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Laura Motta When this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction airs on HBO on May 31, you’re actually seeing a taped version of the ceremony that took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Why do they tape it? The answer is simple: The actual ceremony is five hours long. That’s what’s great about it. And if you want to attend a ceremony in the future – and have your own Cleveland rock-themed weekend — you can. Here’s how to do it. The Ceremony Eschewing the limits of live network TV, the Rock Hall induction allows every inductee — from Joan Jett to…
  • Harvard Square 101: A Cultural Sampler (Cambridge, MA)

    Gowri Chandra
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Charles Hotel If you’re craving a weekend escape that’s as cultured as it is cozy, Cambridge, Massachusetts just might be the New England getaway for you. Home to Harvard University and known as Boston’s Left Bank (sitting on the Charles River), the city holds a premium on all things intellectual, cobblestoned, and quaint. And, more likely than not, any visit to this part of town will get you in Harvard Square, the hub of the neighborhood. Here’s your cultural sampler to this little but very rich slice of Cambridge. There’s an uncanny concentration of well-endowed museums…
  • 24-Hour Flash Sale: $111.11 for AAA 4-Diamond Ft. Lauderdale Hotel

    Kimberly Button
    28 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach To celebrate its one year anniversary, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is having a flash sale. This Saturday, May 30, snag rooms for just $111.11 per night and get a free bottle of champagne when you check in, too. The anniversary sale price, only bookable for 24 hours, is valid for travel through this October 3. It’s a steal considering you’d be staying at a AAA Four Diamond-rated retreat that overlooks Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida. The newly renovated hotel has 240 rooms, boasting a…
  • Vamanos! 7 Spanish Immersion Programs for an Educational Vacation

    Teresa Bitler
    28 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Flickr Maurizio Constanzo Being able to speak the language in a foreign country allows you to interact with locals and experience their culture on a deeper level. If you’re looking to beef up your espanol, try turning your next vacation into a learning experience by enrolling in a full-immersion program at one of these Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Ixchel Spanish School (Antigua, Guatemala) Since its residents speak a very pure form of Spanish with few local variations in pronunciation and vocabulary, the colonial town of Antigua is one of the best places to learn…
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  • Dive In! 4 Splashtastic Indoor Waterpark Resorts in the Poconos

    Zachary Laks
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Zachary Laks/Aquatopia Calling all Northeastern thrill-seekers: the Poconos region is adding two more gargantuan destination resorts to its roster this summer. Newcomers Camelback Resort and Kalahari Resort both boast massive indoor waterparks that push the boundaries of wet-and-wild fun — joining the Poconos’ two existing indoor waterpark resorts that have been serving up excitement come rain or shine for years. The next time you’re looking for massive slides and epic wave pools, these are your options: Aquatopia at Camelback Resort (Mt. Pocono) Opened in early May, Aquatopia…
  • Cleveland Rock City: Visiting the Hall of Fame and Beyond

    Laura Motta
    29 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Laura Motta When this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction airs on HBO on May 31, you’re actually seeing a taped version of the ceremony that took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Why do they tape it? The answer is simple: The actual ceremony is five hours long. That’s what’s great about it. And if you want to attend a ceremony in the future – and have your own Cleveland rock-themed weekend — you can. Here’s how to do it. The Ceremony Eschewing the limits of live network TV, the Rock Hall induction allows every inductee — from Joan Jett to…
  • Harvard Square 101: A Cultural Sampler (Cambridge, MA)

    Gowri Chandra
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Charles Hotel If you’re craving a weekend escape that’s as cultured as it is cozy, Cambridge, Massachusetts just might be the New England getaway for you. Home to Harvard University and known as Boston’s Left Bank (sitting on the Charles River), the city holds a premium on all things intellectual, cobblestoned, and quaint. And, more likely than not, any visit to this part of town will get you in Harvard Square, the hub of the neighborhood. Here’s your cultural sampler to this little but very rich slice of Cambridge. There’s an uncanny concentration of well-endowed museums…
  • 24-Hour Flash Sale: $111.11 for AAA 4-Diamond Ft. Lauderdale Hotel

    Kimberly Button
    28 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach To celebrate its one year anniversary, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is having a flash sale. This Saturday, May 30, snag rooms for just $111.11 per night and get a free bottle of champagne when you check in, too. The anniversary sale price, only bookable for 24 hours, is valid for travel through this October 3. It’s a steal considering you’d be staying at a AAA Four Diamond-rated retreat that overlooks Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida. The newly renovated hotel has 240 rooms, boasting a…
  • Vamanos! 7 Spanish Immersion Programs for an Educational Vacation

    Teresa Bitler
    28 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Flickr Maurizio Constanzo Being able to speak the language in a foreign country allows you to interact with locals and experience their culture on a deeper level. If you’re looking to beef up your espanol, try turning your next vacation into a learning experience by enrolling in a full-immersion program at one of these Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Ixchel Spanish School (Antigua, Guatemala) Since its residents speak a very pure form of Spanish with few local variations in pronunciation and vocabulary, the colonial town of Antigua is one of the best places to learn…
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  • Dat Cajun Guy: New Orleans Food Truck in Haleiwa, Hawaii

    Mark Wiens
    24 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The small town of Haleiwa, Hawaii, is located on the world famous North Shore. But going to the beach is not the only thing to do: There also happens to be quite a few fantastic places to eat, like the juicy huli huli chicken on the weekends and the famous shrimp truck. On my previous trip... [Read More] Dat Cajun Guy: New Orleans Food Truck in Haleiwa, Hawaii is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Dat Cajun Guy: New Orleans Food Truck in Haleiwa, Hawaii appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Kaena Point Hike: The Beautiful Western Tip of Oahu

    Mark Wiens
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Along with food and beach, one of the things I love doing most when I’m in Hawaii is hiking. Taking a hike is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Hawaii. The very western tip of the island of Oahu is known as Kaena Point (officially spelled Ka’ena Point). Although it was once accessible... [Read More] Kaena Point Hike: The Beautiful Western Tip of Oahu is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Kaena Point Hike: The Beautiful Western Tip of Oahu appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Polynesian Cultural Center Luau: How to Cook a Pig in an Imu

    Mark Wiens
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve always been a huge fan of natural methods of cooking using heat and utensils all found in nature. Like cooking food in poles of bamboo, or roasting food on a stick over fire. In Polynesia, one of the traditional methods of cooking is in a hot-rock earth oven, using only natural cooking utensils found on the islands to... [Read More] Polynesian Cultural Center Luau: How to Cook a Pig in an Imu is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Polynesian Cultural Center Luau: How to Cook a Pig in an Imu appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Beef Pho in Saigon: Try It at Pho Phuong 25

    Mark Wiens
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), just like with banh mi, you’ll have a hard time walking more than a block or two without stumbling into the next pho restaurant. And sometimes you’ll smell it before you see it. Though it originated in northern Vietnam under the influence of the French, pho is another noodle soup... [Read More] Beef Pho in Saigon: Try It at Pho Phuong 25 is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Beef Pho in Saigon: Try It at Pho Phuong 25 appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Bun Mam: Another Noodle Soup You Should Eat in Saigon

    Mark Wiens
    11 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Before taking my most recent trip to Saigon, I didn’t know just how many different types of Vietnamese noodle soups existed. And even after eating numerous different types of soup, with many diverse flavors, I’ve barely scratched the surface of the variety and possibility of what’s available in Vietnam. Along with pho and bun rieu, another noodle... [Read More] Bun Mam: Another Noodle Soup You Should Eat in Saigon is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Bun Mam: Another Noodle Soup You Should Eat in Saigon appeared first on Migrationology -…
 
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  • Osaka Bang – Best Street Game Ever

    Travis
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is why I love Osaka. I may have to try this out and see if it works :D Related Posts:Neko AtsumeThe Best Ways to Get Around in OsakaBackpackers Guide to OsakaMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiMeetup and Guide App for Japan Travellers
  • Neko Atsume

    Travis
    1 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Just read an article over on Kotaku on Neko Atsume. The game is in Japanese but I have a feeling that Stacey may want to check it out :D Here are the Android and iPhone links. Related Posts:Astro Boy Crossing SignalHigh Speed SushiYummy JapanRobotic Comedy DuoJapan’s Cat Travellers
  • Japanese Gyusuji Curry (Beef Tendon Curry)

    Travis
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    I’m a big fan of Japanese curry…well any curry to be honest. Plus I feel like we haven’t seen a Cooking with Dog episode for way too long. This recipe looks like it’s a bit too concerned about removing fat and I think it takes so long that Francis falls asleep, but the end result looks yummy! Phrase of the day is “rippling jelly like state” :D Related Posts:Eat Curry. Win Money.Here’s how you Make Curry RiceYummy JapanBook Review: My Japanese Table5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In Japan
  • The Shabu Shabu Spirit

    Travis
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    I’ve only been out for shabu shabu once, but from this video I now know that I totally blew it! Related Posts:How to Eat SushiLet Your Dog Take Your Cows for a WalkOne Japan – VideoDancing from all 47 PrefecturesCat Dress Up in Japan
  • Renting a Mobile Phone or Data Sim Card in Japan

    Travis
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photo by Miki Yoshihito A few months back I visited Australia and decided it would be a good idea to pick up a local mobile and data sim card to use in my phone while I was travelling. While transferring from Sydney to Melbourne I walked into the first cell phone store I found in the airport a picked up a sim card from my mobile. Total price was about $40 and it took maybe ten minutes. I wish it was going to be that easy in Japan. The mobile phone and data sim card rental situation in Japan Four years ago when we visited Japan for a two month stay, the ability to get my hands on either a…
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  • Solomeo Brings a Renaissance Fair and Luxury to Umbria

    Claudia Flisi
    29 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Solomeo, a tiny town 14 km. (about 10.5 miles) southwest of Perugia, in Italy’s Umbria region, brings history to life every summer with its Renaissance Fair. For ten days between late July and the first few days of August the handful of streets in this dollhouse village (population: 500) are crowded with more than 15,000 […]
  • A Day with Frederick the Great and Sans Souci in Potsdam

    Cam Hassard
    25 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    When it comes to popular north German destinations, Berlin certainly hogs its share of the attention. Yet to visit Berlin alone would mean ignoring the multitude of equally fascinating locations near and around. One of the more impressive is much closer than you’d think, a conveniently short U-Bahn ride from the capital itself. Welcome to […]
  • Greece’s Mysterious Lichadonisia Islands

    W. Ruth Kozak
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    It’s an overcast, gray October day and the gulls mewling over the sombre sea makes it seem even gloomier. I am standing at the marina at Kamena Vourla, a resort town on the north-east coast of Greece noted for its hot springs. I’m with a group of seniors who have traveled up the coast from Athens on a […]
  • Top Coastal Attractions in Norway

    Guest Contributor
    18 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    First off, the Norwegian coastline is absolutely filled with picturesque villages, the most breathtaking natural scenery imaginable and ancient cities. This coast is spectacularly long—it extends for more than 25,000 kilometers (15,500 miles) from the Swedish border in the south to the Russian border in the far northeast. As great as that sounds, the downside […]
  • A Book Lover’s Tour of London

    Roy Stevenson
    15 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    The English do love to read. And nowhere is this more evident than in London Town’s plethora of bookshops. Although I long ago tapped out London’s most noteworthy tourist sights (and many of a lesser degree) I still schedule a hedonistic day or two of book shop browsing when I’m passing through London. Bookshops are […]
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  • Magnificent Mile Tulips 2015

    TheRoadScholar
    6 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Chicago, IL–The beautiful blooms are back on The Magnificent Mile.  
  • 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 […]
 
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  • Cholamandalam Artist's village on ECR Chennai

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 May 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Cholamandalam Artist's village is a small campus on ECR, near VGP, Chennai. It could be a nice 1 hour stop while exploring places on ECR. On the outside, there's a giant Banyan tree, couple of art works and a canteen. Photography is allowed here. On the inside, there're lots of paintings and artworks. Photography is not allowed inside, for the fear that people may copy the creative work. So
  • The best way to get a Dubai Tourist Visa

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    Dubai as a tourist destination is on my radar since a long time. I am scouting for an affordable deal and as soon as I spot one, I will go ahead with the booking. Flydubai is a new budget carrier that is offering economic tickets to Dubai, but the budget fare includes only 7kg baggage - everything else is chargeable. Dubai doesn’t provide visa on arrival. It is required that everyone
  • Fort Aguada, Goa in Pictures

    Shrinidhi Hande
    26 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Will be publishing some posts from my previous trips. This post will share some photos clicked at Fort Aguada, arguably the most popular tourist spot in Goa (other than beaches). This fort was made popular by the movie Dil Chahta Hain and hence gets several times more visitors that Reis Magos fort. We went there last August and as expected the fort was crowded. Managed to get a few clean
  • SaiVishram Camping Trailer holiday experience!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Holidaying with caravans was on my wish list since long. Had seen them in Europe, where it is very common to see motor homes being pulled by cars heading in and out of town. People drive them to campsites, sleep, cook in them and come back. The idea of caravan or motor homes is non-existent in India. Hardly anyone owns any and they are not available for rent. There was a caravan exhibition in
  • Permaculture: Innovative agriculture at AOL Bengaluru

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    Unknown to many, Art of Living's Global HQ in Bengaluru also has a dedicated area growing useful vegetables and fruits using creative farming techniques. Next to the Goshala, AOL has a small area dedicated to agriculture. Innovative-ly named Permaculture (derived from Permanent agriculture), this is a live example how useful agriculture products can be grown in an otherwise barren land.
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  • Solo Travel Destination: Berlin, Germany

    Tracey
    29 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    A quick trip to Berlin just makes this solo traveler want to return to see more. It is highly recommended as a safe, walkable, fascinating destination. The post Solo Travel Destination: Berlin, Germany appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: After a Long Day of Travel

    Tracey
    28 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Travel accommodations are important. Sometimes the most beautiful sight in the world is a comfortable bed after a long day of travel-like this one. The post Pic of the Week: After a Long Day of Travel appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Accommodation – The 2015 Guide Is Here

    Janice
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Solo travel accommodation - where to stay is one of the biggest decisions a solo traveler has to make. This guide is full of suggestions by solo travelers. The post Solo Travel Accommodation – The 2015 Guide Is Here appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Alone in a Foreign City

    Tracey
    26 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week is by English writer, Storm Jameson, who shares her love of feeling invisible when traveling solo to a foreign city. The post Travel Quote of the Week: Alone in a Foreign City appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Tips: What You Need to Know to Travel Alone

    Janice
    25 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    My top 10 tips and top 20 posts on how to travel alone. This article has, or will direct you to, all the info - all the basic solo travel tips - you need. The post Solo Travel Tips: What You Need to Know to Travel Alone appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • The Accessible Road Trip

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    26 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The Accessible Road Trip For more visit: http://www.alliedmobility.com/ The Accessible Road Trip was originally published by HappytimeBlog - Backpacking around the world - Online Sihanoukville Cambodia Guide
  • Wimbledon Accommodation

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    22 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Wimbledon Accommodation As one of the four major tennis competitions, Wimbledon brings a crowd of tennis enthusiasts to London every summer. There are hotels in Wimbledon London that offer a great location, comfortable rooms with many amenities, and hotel facilities, such as a lounge, business centre, and parking available, as well as affordable rates.   Planning Your Trip to Wimbledon Whether you are traveling to the area for the tennis tournament in the summer, on business, or on holiday at another time, the local area offers a wide variety…
  • Cultural Attractions in Cardiff Bay

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    20 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Cultural Attractions in Cardiff Bay Cultural Attractions in Cardiff Bay Cardiff Bay is the largest waterfront development in Europe and a popular travel destination. When visiting Cardiff Bay, there are a wide range of attractions that appeal to every possible interest. The area offers a number of unique museums, cultural attractions, outdoor activities, and entertainment venues for families and visitors of all ages. Hotels with Proximity to Attractions Travel is easier and more convenient when you select a hotel that is located close to the…
  • Swindon hotels in town centre

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    19 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Swindon hotels in town centre Swindon hotels in town centre Swindon is nestled in the county of Wiltshire in Southwest England. It was a small market town until the Industrial Revolution when the town became a railway town. Today, the town is among the 20 best places to buy property in Britain, according to The Times and boasts among the highest average household incomes in the country. Accommodations in the City Centre Swindon has a thriving economy with businesses across a range of industries, including energy, car production, electronics,…
  • Intra City Transit Options in London

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Intra City Transit Options in London The city of London has a developed an extensive transport network across the city, including both the private and the public sector. According to Wikipedia.org, 25% of London’s journeys are made via the public transport system, while 41% of the journeys are made using private services. Be it by rail, road or air, the public transport options around the city are quick, easily available and efficient. The executive agency for transport in London, Transport for London (TfL), dominates public transport and…
 
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  • A tale of car rental woe with a happy ending

    Andy Jarosz
    27 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    This was not our rental car. Obviously. I loathe every aspect of renting a car abroad. Even the process of booking a car for our recent Sicily trip took far too long; every time I was about to book a car I made the mistake of checking a review site and ended up getting distracted by a stream of one-star ratings from angry customers. In the end I was hooked in by a price of £65 for 8 days rental, and booked a car with Sicily by Car through Holiday Autos, who appeared to have a slightly more favourable (or less terrible) review profile than their competitors. With such an attractive price…
  • Seeing Stonehenge beyond a pile of rocks

    Andy Jarosz
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    ‘It’s just a pile of rocks’. Take a look through the comments on Tripadvisor (or any review site) and you’ll find many visitors who were spellbound by the ancient stones at Stonehenge, and plenty of others for whom it was an overpriced and underwhelming attraction. Just how do different people experience the same place in such a different way, and what factors determine the effect that a place such as Stonehenge has on its visitors? It had been almost 10 years since I’d last driven along the A303 and passed the famous stone circle. I must admit that it did…
  • Reflections on Aqaba and Jordan

    Andy Jarosz
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    This is the final post of the Digital Nomad series with National Geographic Traveller. Our two weeks in Jordan flew by in a highly enjoyable blur. Our Digital Nomad trip was hosted by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), and through our experiences they wanted to communicate three main messages to an international audience: that Jordan is a safe destination to visit; that Aqaba is a city which offers a variety of attractions which can appeal to many types of traveller; and that Aqaba’s position in the south of Jordan makes it a good base to use for exploring the…
  • An oversized lunch in an Aqaba home

    Andy Jarosz
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    This post is part of the Digital Nomad project with National Geographic Traveller. The greeting was warm and unfussy. After a long drive back to Aqaba it was a pleasure to stretch out, sit in the shaded courtyard and do nothing more energetic than sip tea while our host busied herself with preparing lunch. We were at the home of Ghada Al Fayoumi, and were about to enjoy home-cooked bukhari – a traditional Aqaba dish made with rice and lamb, mixed with spices and beans. An initiative is being developed in Aqaba to offer visitors the chance to have a meal in a typical family home. The…
  • Over the edge: our first abseiling adventure

    Andy Jarosz
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    This post is part of the Digital Nomad project with National Geographic Traveller. I try not to look down. The only thing between me and a 20 metre drop into the gorge below is the rope to which I’m attached; but thinking about that isn’t going to help. Instead I focus on trying to move slowly backwards and making my way down the wall as if I was back-stepping along the beach; but the dangers posed by my natural clumsiness are never far away. We are in Wadi Mukheiris, a narrow canyon which starts at around 200 metres above sea level and empties some 600 metres below into the…
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  • Summer holidays to keep the children happy in the UK

    Jack
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s that time of year again - the dreaded six week holiday from school. It becomes your duty as a parent to make sure your little angels are entertained, stimulated and more importantly kept from nagging you about their on-going boredom through the whole duration. Below we have rustled up a few holiday ideas from all over the UK that should keep the whole family happy all summer long - or at least for a good proportion of it! Eden Project - Cornwall The Eden Project is a series of 50 meter high conservatries that contains the world’s biggest inside rainforest. From exotic flora…
  • These festivals make it a summer of music

    Jack
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Europe is a delicious melting pot over the summer months of a huge variety of different and exciting music festivals - from world famous bands playing wonderfully exotic locations to more traditional showcases of local talent and music styles - spending a summer festival hopping across Europe will go above and beyond your wildest expectations. Below we have handpicked a few of our favourite festivals from across the continent to help with you with any plans you may be trying to cultivate over the coming months or for next year: Sziget Festival - Budapest -Hungary Taking place in the sizzling…
  • Hariharalaya Retreat Center in Siem Reap

    Jack
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Retreat centers are a great way to start you on a new path of understanding or to help you remember ways of reconnecting with your higher self. Hariharalaya Retreat Center in Siem Reap is one of South East Asia’s best options if you are considering an intensive course in yoga and meditation. What do they do? Hariharalaya Retreat Center host a range of courses from 5 days to 21 days that take you through a series of steps that help teach you ways of reaching personal inner peace. From daily yoga classes and meditation courses to massage and body language discussions – you’ll be…
  • A weekend in Bologna

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

    Jack
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Lapland is the ultimate Christmas wonderland. From reindeer sleigh rides and ice skating on real solid ice lakes to meet the very man himself who makes Christmas possible - Santa Claus! The Lapland Christmas Resort in Finland is a child’s (and big kids!) dream come true. If a holiday here doesn’t get you in the festive spirit I’m not sure what will. Everywhere you look snow dusted Christmas card scenes fill your vision, with cosy log cabins, grazing reindeers, open lit wood fires and the smell of cinnamon and cloves whirling all around you - Lapland is Christmas in one…
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  • FFF 2015 An Interview With Tony Sullivan

    LanceAround
    6 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    He’s Too Humble to Admit It, But These Two Men Made History. This Blog Post Might Be the First Time You Hear About It. As Mrs. LanceAround and I prepare to sit down with Tony Sullivan for a quick interview, we are interrupted by a woman who asks us to keep her identity anonymous. She turns to Tony and says: “This may be my only chance. This is one of the things about the Florida Film Festival [To LanceAround] You had said he’s similar to Rosa Parks? [She turns her attention back to Tony] I feel like I’m in the presence of someone just like her; someone who made a…
  • FFF 2015 An Evening With Sam Rockwell Featuring Moon

    LanceAround
    2 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    What is the Most Quoted Movie Line of All Time–In Your Family? Everyone who loves movies, has their favorite movie quote. It’s so ubiquitous, the American Film Institute even has a list of the top 100 movie quotes of all time. Number One on the list is, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” from Gone With the Wind. Number Two is, “I’m goinna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” from The Godfather. Not in the LanceAround family! The most quoted movie line in our household was actually spoken by Sam Rockwell. You can hear him make a guess…
  • FFF 2015 Day 10 Pervert Park

    LanceAround
    2 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    A Hard Hitting Documentary That Poses Questions Difficult to Answer Mrs. LanceAround and I decide to end our 2015 FFF by watching the documentary Pervert Park. After 10 days of intense film watching, mostly documentaries, this film provided a powerful ending to a fantastic film festival. This well made documentary centers around a trailer park in St. Petersburg, FL, just down the road from Orlando, that houses people who are registered sex offenders. The range of sex offenses causing someone to be registered are many and varied. One offender was a very young man who was invited to have sex,…
  • FFF 2015 Day 10 Florida Shorts: Best of Brouhaha

    LanceAround
    1 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Our Friend, Lee Karlinsky, Stars in Down the Road Dictionary.com translates brouhaha as, “A noisy and overexcited reaction to something.” Judging from the crowd that was entering the auditorium on this last day of the FFF, there was a lot of noisy and excited reactions. Unlike most festival audiences, there was an energy in this room that felt different. People were boisterously greeting one another from across the room. There was an air of camaraderie. It felt like the TV show Cheers where everyone shouts, “Norm” when the character of Norm enters the bar. This crowd…
  • FFF 2015 Day 9 Do I Sound Gay?

    LanceAround
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Does He??? — Yes, He Does! If you can’t handle the answer, then that’s a question you absolutely should be asking! That sentence sums up the philosophy of David Thorpe, who created this documentary based on the insecurity he felt regarding how his voice and vocal inflections sound. The film was primarily a series of hilarious interviews and media snippets, mostly with gays. It revolved around characteristics that have become stereotypical of gay interactions. It provides amazing insights into some of the psychology behind how people think, act and talk and how these shape…
 
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  • What $300/Night Gets You in NYC For Every Style

    Lara Grant
    29 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Taking a trip to New York City can be costly -- city-priced cocktails, broadway plays, museum tickets, and of course, hotel stays can all add up. If you're looking to spend around $300/night for your stay, but don't want to compromise your style, don't fret! In a city that seems to have it all, this is certainly true as far as the variety of hotels available goes. After scouring the nearly 350 NYC hotels covered on Oyster and plugging in travel dates for June 2015, here are the best properties to match your personality (and $300/night budget).Not looking to spend $300/night? No need to worry…
  • Entourage Filming Locations: The Many Hotels of Vince and His Crew

    Jane Reynolds
    29 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Courtesy of IMBD The highly-anticipated "Entourage" hits theaters next Wednesday, June 3. We can't wait! Of course, often with these things, the movie is never quite as good as the TV series, but we're certainly going to check it out -- and you don't need to pay us $10,000 to do so. As we've been counting down the days to the film's release, we've been reflecting on the many hotels that have made appearances throughout the show's eight seasons. And there have been many, many, many. Take a look at the Los Angeles hot spots where the crew has hung out by the pool, partied at the…
  • 4 Things Female Travelers Should Look for in a Hotel

    Kelly Lewis
    28 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    There are a ton of things to consider when traveling: how to get from place to place, how to balance your budget, how to cover the most ground in the least amount of time...the last thing you want to spend your precious vacation time on is choosing your hotel. But, having a great place to come back to at the end of a long day can make a world of difference, and -- especially when you’re traveling solo -- there are a few things you should think about before you book to ensure you have a safe, stress-free vacation. While we have solo female travelers in mind (studies show that single…
  • What Europeans Really Think of These 16 New York Things

    Kelsey Blodget
    28 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Ever wonder what Europeans really think of New York City? Us, too. Luckily, Oyster has employees all over the world, so we asked some of our friends across the pond to react to uncaptioned photos of these 16 New York City things that define the Big Apple. Many of their takes were pretty spot on. Spoiler alert: "Friends" probably does more for the U.S. reputation abroad than foreign policy ever could. As for street cart hot dogs...Yeah, we know. The Oyster European employees we polled are living in Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Berlin, and New York (our Italian transplant, Rossella),…
  • The 10 Best Hotels in Cape Town for a Romantic Getaway

    Lara Grant
    27 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    With the scenic Table Mountain and gorgeous Cape Peninsula, Cape Town makes for a lovely romantic getaway. But if you're looking to have an amorous vacation with your significant other, you want to make sure the hotel has comfy rooms and charm, and isn't overrun by screaming children. Here are 10 hotels in Cape Town that will be sure to provide an ideal setting for romance. Derwent House Boutique Hotel Both a great value and romantic pick, the Derwent House Boutique Hotel is a small, modern property located in a residential neighborhood. There are only nine rooms -- all simple but…
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  • Swimming With Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef Australia

    Guest Author
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Swimming with the Gentle Giants at Ningaloo Reef Ningaloo Reef on the west coast of Australia is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with the largest fish in the world, the majestic whale shark. Some enthusiasts even say that the waters off the coast of Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef are the absolute best place to meet the gentle giants of the sea.
  • Important Questions To Ask Before Taking A Walking Tour

    Susan Kohlback
    27 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Important Questions To Ask Before Signing Up For A Multi-Day Walking Tour When you travel, wouldn't you love to view the brilliant countryside up close instead of through a smudgy bus window? This is one of the main advantages of taking a walking tour instead of touring by train or bus. But there are many types of tour companies that offer walking tour experiences. What are the important questions you should ask before signing up for a walking tour? Here are main points you should consider:
  • Oceania Marina, Ship Review – Lavish Is Just The Beginning

    Susan Kohlback
    26 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Last week I had the privilege of visiting the cruise ship, Oceania Marina, while it was docked in Boston Harbor for a one day port call. My invitation came from Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), a Boston-based tour company specializing in learning vacations. Road Scholar sets themselves apart in the travel arena by offering in-depth learning experiences, all meals, touring and tipping included pricing, and inspirational travel opportunities worldwide. As part of their Adventures Afloat program, they have contracted with Oceania Cruises to bring the Road Scholar experience aboard a…
  • Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Innkeeper?

    Guest Author
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Have you toyed with the idea of owning a Bed and Breakfast someday? Here's the basics of what you need to be a successful Innkeeper. Move over Lorelai Gilmore and Bob Newhart, do you think you have what it takes to be an innkeeper? I can’t think of any other profession that combines the knowledge from as many different disciplines as innkeeping does. From cook to concierge, housekeeper to historian, gardener to greeter, mediator to marketer the list goes on and on, so to be successful you need to know your limitations and know when to get help.
  • Essential Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Russia

    Guest Author
    20 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Before you travel off to Russia, here are eight important things you should to know. Russia is a huge country with a wide variety of interesting places to visit. The typical image of Russia is the snow covered Red Square, there are warm sunny seasons too. Russia has a wealth of beautiful attractions and places of interest. That being said, it is a different country than anything you’ve seen thus far in Europe, and anyone planning a trip to Russia should be mindful of the following tips:
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. (W. Rogers) — Then, throw the damned shovel in the trash! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    It's going to be fun to see how long the meek can keep the earth after they inherit it. (K. Hubbard) — I give them a week! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Example moves the world more than doctrine. (H. Miller) — Like your mama always told you, actions speak louder than words! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Selfishness is not living as one wishes, it's asking others to live as one wishes. (O. Wilde) — The first is fulfillment. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    The easiest person to deceive is oneself. (E. Lytton) — Because you're the least likely one to suspect yourself of lying. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-28-2015

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    28 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. (W. Rogers) — Then, throw the damned shovel in the trash! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    27 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    It's going to be fun to see how long the meek can keep the earth after they inherit it. (K. Hubbard) — I give them a week! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Example moves the world more than doctrine. (H. Miller) — Like your mama always told you, actions speak louder than words! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Selfishness is not living as one wishes, it's asking others to live as one wishes. (O. Wilde) — The first is fulfillment. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    The easiest person to deceive is oneself. (E. Lytton) — Because you're the least likely one to suspect yourself of lying. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • How to Plan a Cheap Vacation in Sri Lanka

    Randy Kalp
    26 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    For decades the beauty of Sri Lanka was clouded by civil war. The bloody conflict, which ended in 2009, kept the country and its pristine beaches, spectacular temples and ruins out of reach for most travelers. These days, though, Sri Lanka’s stock is on the rise. In fact, Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka as its top country to visit in 2013, saying its becoming one of the world’s “best-value destinations.” With these three simple tips, you can easily maximize your travel budget for your vacation in Sri Lanka. Take a Free Tea Tour To say tea is a big deal in Sri Lanka would…
  • Why I Now Want to Go to King’s Day in Amsterdam

    Randy Kalp
    21 May 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Something happened to me last year in Amsterdam. Well, two things, actually. First, I fell for Amsterdam. It took a return visit to really get a feel for the city, and I really enjoyed our time there. In some ways, it reminds of San Francisco with canals instead of hills. Second, I finally heard electronic music. Let me explain. A joke in the film White Man Can’t Jump is that Woody Harrelson may listen to Jimi Hendrix, but he can’t hear Jimi, because, as Wesley Snipes explains, white people can’t hear Jimi Hendrix; they only listen to him. Well, Wesley, I hear Jimi loud and clear,…
  • The Things We Leave Behind When We Travel

    Randy Kalp
    19 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Everyone writes about the things they take on the road. We all do it—bloggers, magazine editors, celebrity chefs. Why? People like the information; I like the information too. You see, travelers are an interesting species. Some religiously check luggage, others don’t even carry a bag. Whatever their style, though, everybody has a reason for traveling the way they do. I guess I find it fascinating, and judging from the popularity of our posts about packing tips, others do too. But what about the stuff we leave behind? Everyone’s got something or someone they leave behind when the road…
  • Our Favorite American Towns to Drink Craft Beer In

    Randy Kalp
    14 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    We’ve teamed up with Flights.com to bring you our favorite beer towns in America, and what to drink when you get there. There’s a good chance we probably missed your favorite, if so, let us know about the town or brewery in the comments following the story. Having beers with friends used to mean drinking 12 ounces of a watery malted mess like Coors, MGD (do they still even make that?), Mickey’s, or local favorites: Rolling Rock, Iron City or Stoney’s Beer—the trifecta of western Pennsylvania working class beers. On a really good day, someone may have ponied up for a sixer of…
  • A Day in the Life at Sea

    Bethany Salvon
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    We dig sea days. To us, full days at sea are what make cruising such a unique way to travel. For at least one day, you get to experience the big wide-open heart of the ocean with nothing on the horizon but the sun and stars. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, sea days are the times on your cruise when you’re sailing between ports. A cruise ship is like a floating resort; everything you could possibly want is available to you. Feel like lounging the day away by the pool, you can do that. How about a few hands of blackjack? You can do that too. Massage? Yoga? Afternoon…
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  • Vancouver Island – A Nature Lover’s Paradise

    Guest Author
    29 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Our guest author, Leigh McAdam shares her love of Vancouver island, British Columbia, where you can explore the temperate rainforests, go kayaking along the rugged coastline and hope to see bears, orca whales and bald eagles. Vancouver Island dependably ranks as one of my favourite places to visit. I love it for its wild spaces and easy access to nature. Many visitors don’t make it past Victoria, and though it’s a delightful city, it’s the places where Mother Nature reigns that strike a chord with me. Vancouver Island is home to one of the world’s temperate rainforests; it also boasts…
  • How to Enjoy a Great Day in Victoria, BC

    Guest Author
    25 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    In this article, our guest author Robert Tellier shares his favourite things to see in his hometown of Victoria in British Columbia, from a seafood snack by the harbour at Fisherman’s Wharf to a stroll in the rose gardens and the best ice cream in town! Are your travel plans bringing you to Victoria, British Columbia this season? If so, there are plenty of things for you to see in BC’s capital city located on the south shores of Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. Having been raised in Victoria, here are my suggestions for those wanting to take in some of the popular sites…
  • A weekend in Paris, Nantes, Düsseldorf – with BMI Regional

    Heather Cowper
    17 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    As a travel blogger I’m lucky to live close to Bristol Airport, my gateway to countless interesting destinations in Europe and around the world. Flying from my local airport means I can stretch my precious holiday time with long weekends away, knowing that I can fly back into Bristol airport and half an hour later be walking through my own front door. Paris like a local Paris is a city that’s on so many peoples’ wish list, but even if you’ve done the Louvre and the Eiffel tower I highly recommend going back again to discover some alternative things to do in Paris that…
  • Lloret de Mar – sun, sea and so much more…

    Heather Cowper
    6 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Lloret de Mar on the Spanish Costa Brava is a holiday resort that holds a certain memory for many UK travellers. “That’s where I went for my first holiday abroad!” exclaimed my mother, now in her 70s, who visited on a coach tour in the early 1960s when she was a young nurse and Lloret was a pretty fishing village. In more recent years Lloret has gained a reputation as the place for a cheap holiday in the sun and while my son and his girlfriend had both been there on sports tours, neither of them seemed to spend any time playing sport! It seemed that everyone knew of…
  • Sunrise at Stonehenge – inside the stone circle

    Heather Cowper
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:24 am
    The air was chill but the rising sun surprisingly bright as we reached Stonehenge at a much-too-early hour when any sensible person would have still been in bed. Everything around us was still; no coaches, no crowds, not even an open gift shop. This was Stonehenge as you imagine it to be, standing alone in the Wiltshire landscape as if the builders had abandoned the stone circle for us alone to find. But sadly the Stonehenge experience isn’t always like this. A couple of years ago I had visited with my blogging friend Barbara – she wrote about our day here. Although we were…
 
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  • Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration: Check out what the park has in store for its 60th Anniversary

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    29 May 2015 | 10:46 am
      Spectacular Shows Disneyland turned 60! Walt famously said “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” During 2015, the park’s 60th year, much of the growth is thanks to technology. This technology has resulted in the night exploding with light, color, music, and emotion. Here is a look at Disney’s new fireworks show along with some insider tips on where to view them courtesy of Disney’s Director of Creative Entertainment, David Caranci.   Tasty Treats Of course, so much of any…
  • Top 10 Thrill Rides

    Karyn Locke
    28 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    Have you ever looked up at a thrill ride and thought, “No way”? Your kids or husband, however, grabbed you by the arm and gave a little push of confidence that you needed to lock yourself into the seat, hold your breath, and then scream the whole way through, and you loved every second of it. For me, it was the other way around. My daughter had wanted to ride a roller coaster so badly that we drove to Florida to ride it. Once we were in line, I noticed tears starting to well up in her eyes from panic and fear. After a few minutes of singing silly songs and talking her through the queue,…
  • Top Ten Amusement Parks for Young Kids

    Cheryl Eugenio
    27 May 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Who says pint-sized kiddos can’t have fun at amusement parks?  Some parks are entirely dedicated to the younger set, while others offer specific areas for the little tikes. Team Trekaroo sifted through the theme parks and fun lands across the U.S. for younger kids and found the top ten amusement parks worthy of your attention. While these amusement parks may deliver a tamer experience for youngsters, they still offers loads of fun for the entire family. 10. Seussland at Universal Orlando, Florida Characters from the famous Dr. Seuss books come to life at Seussland, the colorful and…
  • New Amusement Park Rides for 2015

    Cheryl Eugenio
    26 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    From innovative coasters using the latest technology to rides featuring familiar classic brandsparks across the United States and Canada have once again outdone themselves with new thrilling and fun experiences this year. So do yourself a favor and arm yourself with this comprehensive guide of kid-friendly amusement parks amassed from the IAAPA (the largest international trade association for amusement facilities and attractions), and get ready to have fun! Here are the new amusement park rides for 2015. USA Alabama Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer, Alabama, opens a revamped version of…
  • Road Trip Tips & Expert Advice – Weekly Digest-5/23/15

    Michelle McCoy
    25 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Road Trip Tips & Expert Advice Saturday May 23, 2015 Jumping in the car and heading out on the road with kidscan be a delight – if youare prepared and know where you are going. LetTrekaroo help you have a great road trip!  2015 Road Trip Week Gear Guide – Everything Your Family Needs to Hit the Open Road Road Trip Itinerary: Touring Route 66 with Kids – Illinois Planning an Extended Road Trip with Kids …scroll down to find road trip…
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  • Baked Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

    cindy
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The other night I made my Easy Crockpot Chicken. Now that there are only two of us at home, that left us plenty of leftover chicken. After dinner as I removed the chicken from the carcass, I shredded it and put it in a container in the fridge. My plan was to use that meat 2 more times that week for dinner. I was so excited to get 3 meals out of one $5.50 whole chicken! if you don’t have leftover chicken in the fridge or freezer, you can easily make your own Shredded Chicken in your crockpot. I’ve been wanting barbecue chicken so I created these Baked Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches. They are…
  • Mako-Surfacing at SeaWorld in 2016

    cindy
    28 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Yesterday I was a guest at SeaWorld Orlando for their media day announcing Mako, their new hypercoaster that will open in the summer of 2016. I am not a big coaster enthusiast, but I know a lot of you are. Mako is going to be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando. Take a look at the announcement video. Pretty cool, huh? Mako is a hypercoaster, this class of roller coaster is known for multiple tall hills and high speeds providing near weightless “air time”. many coaster enthusiasts say that hypercoasters are the essence of the extreme coaster experience. While riding Mako…
  • Beauty Box 5 May 2015

    cindy
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    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 have to be honest, I was less than impressed when my May Beauty Box 5 shipment arrived. It included 2 tools, hand soap, lotion and 1 make-up. When I shared the box on Instagram I said I was most excited about the Coastal Scents Eyeshadow brush, and I was right! I have been needing a new, higher quality eyeshadow brush and now I have found one. This brush works great and…
  • The Father’s Love-A Movie Review

    cindy
    27 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    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. 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.Recently my husband and I settled in front of the TV to watch the movie The Father’s Love. We were looking forward to seeing a movie with a good redemption message. What we saw, in our opinion, was a great concept,…
  • Win it Wednesday 5-27-15

    cindy
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    School is winding down here with lots of graduations this weekend. We’ve been invited to a few graduation parties over the next few weeks and I’m looking forward to going out and having fun with friends. This weekend I also have a baby shower for a friend who is having twins! I hope you have some fun on your schedule, we all need it! 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…
 
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  • Thoughts on the UK General Election Result

    Jane Meighan
    15 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I couldn’t quite muster the energy to write this post in the immediate aftermath of the UK General Election. Aside from the lack of sleep that comes with doing an all nighter to watch the votes come in, I wasn’t entirely sure if we’d got the result we wanted in Scotland. On one hand I was over the moon that the SNP had won an absolute landslide victory in Scotland (56 seats out of a possible 59), but on the other hand we still ended up with a Conservative government in Westminster? More concerningly, it was a majority Conservative government. When your whole country has…
  • While you holiday in the Mediterranean this summer, migrants are dying in it.

    Jane Meighan
    5 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Apologies for the severe tone to the headline of this article, but the unfortunate reality is that it’s true. While many of us in the UK & Northern Europe will spend our holidays in Mediterranean resorts this summer, many migrants seeking asylum will die trying to cross the Med from Africa and the Middle East. And the worst part of it all is that much of it was, and is, completely avoidable. Literally, all our government(s) needed to do was chip into the previous Mare Norstrum search and rescue operations that were being conducted by Italy, i.e. search and rescue missions…
  • Ch-ch-changes! Becoming a social issues blog!

    Jane Meighan
    3 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    As some of you may have noticed over the past year, I’ve not been updating this blog anywhere near as much as I used to. To be quite honest, I’d kind of lost my passion for it. It was getting harder and harder to make a professional income from travel blogging, and to be honest, having to always think about how I was going to monetize this blog was taking the interest out of it! I mean, if the whole point of doing this and travelling the world was to have a more fulfilling life, how can you do that when you’re spending every waking minute thinking about money? I kept…
  • How to beat the pick-pockets in Barcelona!

    Jane Meighan
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    I’ve been in Barcelona almost 2 months now, and despite the larger police presence in tourist areas of the city (which I’m pleased to say does seem to be making a difference), Barcelona is still a destination where pick-pocketing and bag snatching is rife! I’ve yet to come across a reliable source of stats, but I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if this was the pick-pocket capital of the world given how many people I’ve come across who’ve had stuff stolen! With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to give you my top tips on avoiding theft in…
  • How to find a job and get your NIE number in Barcelona!

    Jane Meighan
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    In case you missed a previous post on the matter, I have recently moved to Barcelona. Now, whilst I’m still very much in the ‘settling in’ phase, I’ve already learned a lot about how to get set up here (both through my own trial and error and from talking to other recent expats.) In turn, I thought it would be useful to pass on what I’ve learned so far. That way if you’re thinking about moving to Barcelona too then you’ll have an easier time when you arrive! 1. Getting your NIE number First off, there’s a common misconception that…
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  • Hotel Brand Explosion Difficult to Describe

    Robert Cole
    15 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    Hotel brands differentiate themselves through a combination of physical attributes, service delivery processes and marketing communications that create a unique character in the minds of travelers. If the hotel brand fails to provide insight into the guest experience, what good is it? In many cases, hotel brand descriptions are not helping.Photo Credit: brionv (cc|flickr) Great branding is all about creating a unique and highly defensible consumer value proposition – ideally, one that allows the company to capitalize on extended lifetime customer value. The world’s largest hotel…
  • Hotel Brand Matching Test Results

    Robert Cole
    26 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Matching the hotel brands with its parent top ten global hotel group should not be a difficult task. Asking a group of individuals that are knowledgeable about the hotel industry should make the task simple. In practice, perhaps not quite that easy. Based on an average grade of C- for individuals familiar with the hotel industry recognizing hotel brand affiliations, this must be the grading scale some hotel brands internally use themselves…Photo Credit: PapJeff (cc|flickr) Major hotel groups continuously pitch the strength of their brand positioning when soliciting management and…
  • Match Game – Hotel Brand Edition

    Robert Cole
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Earlier today, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced that it was acquiring Kimpton Hotels & Resorts for $430 Million, creating what IHG CEO Richard Solomons described as “the world’s largest boutique hotel business.” Some questions are not as simple as they look… Like matching 100 hotel brandsPhoto Credit: Duncan Hull (cc|flickr) Despite the hotel business tallying record performance, the opening of new hotel supply continues to lag demand growth. However, this is not stopping the major hotel groups from creating new brands and making acquisitions to expand…
  • PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit Bingo

    Robert Cole
    17 Nov 2013 | 11:10 pm
    Each year, the PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit amasses thirty contestants, each with an opportunity to spend 11 1/2 minutes onstage and pitch their product to an audience of travel industry investors, journos, potential competitors, and the simply curious. If Travel Innovation Summit Bingo catches on, next year we might be able to hire this guy to officiate…Photo Credit: sandwichgirl (cc|flickr) The diversity of products and varied backgrounds of the presenters is wide-ranging. The quality of the demonstrations can be equally varied. In the past some very interesting products have…
  • Getting Rev’ved Up About Hotel Rate Parity

    Robert Cole
    28 Oct 2013 | 8:30 pm
    Hotel rate parity is an incredibly divisive issue, with investigations, litigation and confusion running rampant around the globe. Government officials, class action attorneys, hoteliers and online travel agencies (OTAs) are all engaged in a fight with considerable implications. Hoteliers say accusers of price fixing are spinning their wheels, but regulators believe where there’s smoke, there’s fire… Photo Credit: spwelton (cc|flickr) Hotel brands and OTAs rely on rate parity as the basis for consumer best price guarantees. Lawyers call it Resale Price Maintenance (RPM.) The…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Maifest Chicago in Lincoln Square 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    26 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Filed under: Italy Travel Guides Tagged: Maifest Chicago 2015, Mayfest Chicago 2015
  • Let’s Create a Vino Con Vista Piano for the Party

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    26 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    I found this on Pinterest. This is my next project!!   Then we probably need a matching wine rack.  Filed under: Italy Travel Guides Tagged: vino con vista piano
  • Chicago Festivals 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    8 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder MAY 2015   Chicago Dance Month Through May 1 Chicago Kids and Kites Festival May 2 James Beard Foundation Awards *new event* May 4 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Spring Festival May 7 – 23 Chicago Zine Fest May 8 – 9 Chicago Craft Beer Week May 14 – 24 Mayfest May 15 – 17 Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents Wright Plus Housewalk May 16 Chicago Memorial Day Parade May 23 Navy Pier Summer Fireworks May 23 – September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays Randolph Street Market Festival May 23 – 24 Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival May…
  • Remington’s Restaurant Opening in Chicago on Michigan Avenue

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    Press Release 4 Star Restaurant Group & Executive Chef Todd Stein set to Serve Downtown!   Chicago, IL (April 27, 2015) – “4 Star Restaurant Group has confirmed their new concept, Remington’s, will open to the public on Monday, May 11th for lunch and dinner service.  Located in the historic 20 N. Michigan Avenue building, Remington’s…
  • Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour: Spring 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Image via Wikipedia Experience the World’s Finest Wines! Wine Spectator will be hosting Grand Tour events in the Spring of 2015 in three cities. Attend the Chicago event on Thursday April 30, 2015 at Navy Pier located at 600 E. Grand Ave. Follow this link for more information: http://grandtour.winespectator.com/ http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/html/grandtour.html More than two hundred of the world’s finest wineries will pour one of their best wines at each stop. Select one of WINE SPECTATOR’s Grand Tour cities near you and enjoy a wine tasting you will remember for a…
 
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  • Reader’s report: Sabine and Zadig’s favorite dog-friendly French châteaux

    Mary-Alice
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sabine not only reads Dog Jaunt, bless her, but she also writes a delightful dog travel blog of her own, called Zadigloves and featuring Zadig, her young Westie. We’ve corresponded for years (Sabine has kindly sent me a couple of the scoop law signs I love so much), and we share an interest in the dog-friendly châteaux of the Loire Valley. When Sabine told me that she and Zadig have been working their way through the list of châteaux that will allow pet dogs through their gates, I begged her to write a guest post for Dog Jaunt. Here is her reply, kindly translated by her from its…
  • SHOLDIT travel scarf: Alternative way to stow stuff you’ll need while flying

    Mary-Alice
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s a problem I’ve been writing about since I started this blog: Travelers with pet dogs are typically limited by airlines to a pet carrier and a small personal item (or, more rarely, to a pet carrier and a carry-on), and once you’ve stowed your pet under your seat, there’s typically no room next to her for anything else — so either you spend your flight, especially a turbulent flight, looking hopelessly up at the overhead compartment or you come up with some way to keep your book, your water bottle, your stuff, accessible. In the past, I’ve recommended a…
  • Lummi Island’s Willows Inn: World-class dining, dog-friendly lodging options

    Mary-Alice
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    I’d known for years that the Willows Inn, on a small island about two hours north of Seattle, is a destination for folks who love eating well, and then I learned that it allows pet dogs to join guests in two of its rooms. Sign me up, I thought — this’ll be an epic dog jaunt. Long story short: It is, but with a couple of caveats. Please note that we paid for our stay at the Willows Inn — I will always tell you when someone else has paid for any or all of something I’m reviewing. Willows Inn has a variety of lodging options, but folks traveling with pet dogs have a less…
  • Reader’s report: Oscar the Dachshund in a large SturdiBag (on an Air Canada 777-200 LR)

    Mary-Alice
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    For years, I’ve been sending Dachshund owners to the Sleepypod Air, an unusually long and low carrier with Sleepypod’s usual great design and quality. And that’s what I did with reader Jenny, who dutifully bought one for Oscar, her Dachshund (followers of Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page will remember that Jenny and Oscar are the co-founders of Cheeky Dog Bakery, based in Dublin, Ireland). Jenny liked the Air, up to a point, but felt that it didn’t give Oscar enough room to turn around — so her next purchase was the large SturdiBag I recommend so often. She wrote to…
  • Large, but still workable, in-cabin pet carrier: Teafco Argo Petagon

    Mary-Alice
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Those of you who follow Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page will know that I first saw this carrier in a celebrity shot in the Daily Mail: Julianne Hough was carrying it through an airport, and my eyes lit up because in it was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel just like Chloe. Photo from the Daily Mail Workable in-cabin carriers for larger small dogs are rare. I figured out the bag’s brand and model, bought one, and took it on a flight — and then my life got very complicated indeed, and I forgot everything I’d learned about the Teafco Argo Petagon. I have these pictures to show you,…
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  • FOUND: A Gun Linked to 7 Murders Was Sitting in a British Museum

    29 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    This is an example of a VZ58 rifle, which Irish paramilitaries were supplied with. (Photo: Wikimedia) In February 1992, Protestant paramilitaries killed 5 people in a betting shop in Belfast. The VZ58 rifle later connected to those murders was also linked to two killings in 1988. The people who committed these murders were never found, but the weapon has been—it was sitting in the Imperial War Museum, the BBC reports. The families of the 1992 victims were told by the police that the gun has been “disposed” of. But recently investigators on a “Historical Enquiries…
  • The World's Only Monument To A Horrible Destructive Pest Is In Alabama

    29 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    The Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise, Alabama (Photo: Library of Congress)  In Enterprise, Alabama, there is a statue unlike any other in the entire world: A 13-foot woman in Grecian-style robes holding up . . . a giant bug. The Boll Weevil Monument reigns as the only monument to an agricultural pest on Earth, for obvious reasons. Why would anyone want to honor a blight? Especially one that destroyed thousands of farms throughout the Americas?     The Alabama Historical Association marker for the Boll Weevil Monument, with the Monument in the background to…
  • Corpse Brides and Ghost Grooms: A Guide to Marrying the Dead

    29 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    (Photo: Boston Public Library/Flickr) So you want to marry a ghost. In some societies, it's possible—with a few caveats. Posthumous marriage—that is, nuptials in which one or both members of the couple are dead—is an established practice in China, Japan, Sudan, France, and even the United States, among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The procedural and legal nuances of each approach vary wildly between cultures, but here is an overview of how to tie the knot with someone who isn't quite alive. China: Skewed Sex Ratios and…
  • Surreal South America: Modernist Photography from the 1930s

    29 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    'Soapsuds', ringl + pit (Photo: © 2015 Estate of Horacio Coppola/Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York) The photographers Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola met at Germany’s rigorous Bauhaus school in 1932, a year before the avant-garde architecture and design institution was pressured into closing by the Nazis. After the influential movement was dissolved, the young couple moved to London, and then on to Coppola’s homeland of Argentina. This was the beginning of a fruitful artistic partnership that lasted until they divorced in 1943—and the photos are…
  • FOUND: The Jawbones of a Never-Before-Seen Species of Early Human

    28 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Very, very old teeth. (Photo: Yohannes Haile-Selassie) In the vicinity of three million years ago, in what's now Ethiopia, there lived some two-legged apes that were going through some very strange changes—they were becoming more like us. This is the area of the world where the famous fossil Lucy was found. Now, in the same neighborhood, scientists have discovered the bones of what they think is a separate species of hominin. They named this species Australopithcus deyrimeda. Its bones were found essentially around the corner from Lucy—about a day's walk, National…
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  • The Former Home of New York's Playboy Club in New York, New York

    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    On East 59th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison is a nondescript, grey and slightly dour looking building. Nine stories high and alleviated only with a relaxed and charming Italian wine bar occupying half of the ground floor, the building is as anonymous as it is unassuming. But once, Number 5, East 59th street was so exclusive in its glamorous secrecy that entry was only permitted to those holding a particular key. This key was plain except for a silver and black enameled rabbit head on one side, and an individual number on the reverse, next to the initials NY. Long since forgotten, this…
  • Chisinau Jewish Cemetery in Chişinău, Moldova

    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    In the outskirts of Moldova's capital Chisinau, lies Europe’s largest Jewish cemetery. A little known fact, even for Moldovans living in Chisinau, is that Europe's largest Jewish cemetery can be found in the city. In the end of the 19th century there was a big Jewish community of about 63,000 persons in Chisinau. It accounted for half the population and was one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in the region. But that would all change. Tensions grew in the city and led to massacres of Jews in 1903 and 1905 resulting in thousands of Jews leaving the city in hope for a better life…
  • Tomb of the Unknown Slave in New Orleans, Louisiana

    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Resting next to one of the walls of the St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans is a rusting cross made of thick chains. Medieval metal shackles hang from the length of it, while smaller crosses are planted in the ground around their larger brethren. This is the Tomb of the Unknown Slave. During the grimmest days of the slave trade, a number souls were the victim of violent, criminal deaths, being buried unmourned in unknown numbers, just to be discovered by modern construction efforts.  Installed in 2004, the grim, rusting monument standing outside the church honors those countless…
  • Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, United Kingdom

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The majestic circle of standing stones known as the Ring of Brodgar is part of the larger Heart of Neolithic Orkney, but it sets itself apart thanks to its spare beauty and relative mystery. Created sometime around 2500-2000 BCE, the exact purpose of the ring has never been discovered, but it is likely that it served a ritual purpose of some kind and may have been linked to the nearby Stones of Stenness. Originally there would have been 60 evenly spaced stones, but most of the rock spires have fallen or been lost down the centuries. Today only 27 of the original ring still stand,…
  • Otis Redding Memorial Plaque in Madison, Wisconsin

    29 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The story of soul music legend Otis Redding is a tragic one. A mythically gifted vocalist, Redding would not achieve the pinnacle of his fame until after his death in a plane crash over Wisconsin's Lake Monona. Today a plaque set into a scenic overlook remember the site where he met his fate.  The skies were heavy with rain and fog on December 10th, 1967, but Redding and his bandmates need to get to a scheduled show in Madison, Wisconsin, and Redding, ever the devoted showman would not let the weather stop them. Literally flying in the face of warnings against it, Redding and…
 
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  • Under the spell of Cairo

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

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

    Véronique
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
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  • Shadowland at the Zurich Maag Halle: 20% discount for Vivamost readers

    Véronique
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    14-19 April 2015 Maag Halle Zurich “In 2009, the US dance company Pilobolus celebrated the German-language premiere of their show Shadowland at Zurich’s MAAG Halle, before setting out on a triumphant European tour. In every city in which they performed, the troupe was met with sell-out shows and enchanted spectators. Today, in Europe alone, over […] The post Shadowland at the Zurich Maag Halle: 20% discount for Vivamost readers appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine

    Véronique
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    The 5 stars hotel, Park Hyatt, is hosting a Masters of Food & Wine on March 27th and 28th. The Masters of Food & Wine events exist at the Park Hyatt hotels since 2010. This time for the gourmet dinner the Zurich Park Hyatt invited the Italian winemaker and owner of La Ghersa winery (Piedmont), Mr. Massimo Pastura. Here is the […] The post Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • 4 Things for Car-Lovers to do in PA

    Alex
    13 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    By Kayla Matthews – If you’re a car enthusiast searching for ways to share your engine-love with others or looking for a way to increase your car knowledge, Pennsylvania is a great state for you. Full of exciting avenues for spinning wheels, the great Quaker state is host to events fit for a true car guy or gal. Pennsylvania’s rolling mountains are great for an afternoon drive, of course, but the state holds many more opportunities for enjoying your wheels. Try a few of these on your next visit: 1. Take a Route 30 Road Trip This historic highway got its beginning in the early 1900s…
  • 5 Beer-Enthusiast Havens in Harrisburg, PA

    Alex
    4 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    By Kayla Matthews – Sampling new breweries is a great excuse to travel; or is it that traveling is a great excuse to sample new breweries? For beer lovers, a visit to a new city or region just isn’t complete without trying the local craft brews. Although Central Pennsylvania may not seem like a hopping – no pun intended – place to be, locals know that there are a number of excellent breweries located from Lancaster to Hershey, Carlisle to Chambersburg. For travelers with the time and luxury to visit each brewery and sample beer and victuals, more power to you. For those who only…
  • 4 Unique Ways to See NYC

    Alex
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    By Gwendy Taylor – Let’s be honest; you could live in New York and never see everything that this concrete jungle shrouds in sky scrapers. For visitors, it can be almost overwhelming to attempt to squeeze everything into one trip (no matter how long it is), so I’ve come up with 5 unique ways to maximize sight-seeing in NYC. 1. By Boat (Image courtesy of: CitySights NY) Boat tours are a New York staple, and there are plenty of options to choose from. If you’re looking to make your trip extra memorable, consider taking a brunch cruise on a 1920’s luxury yacht. That’s right—a…
  • Top Five Reasons to Visit Hungary

    Alex
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Jess Singet – Hungary, a country located in Central Europe and bordered by seven different countries, is gaining popularity among travelers recently, but it still is too often overlooked. Although not quite the budget travel destination of nearby countries like Serbia or Ukraine, the prices in Hungary aren’t too bad, and the fun of this country can’t be beat! There are a million reasons why you should visit Hungary, but here are the top five: 1. Budapest Perhaps the most obvious reason to visit Hungary is its capital city, Budapest. Although its location in Central Europe might…
  • Top 10 Christmas Vacation Spots

    Emily
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    by Margo Smith 1. Switzerland Plan to be in Switzerland in time for Advent, which begins 4 Sundays before Christmas Eve. Count down the days until Christmas as you spend about a month in this country of rugged mountain beauty, snow and breathtakingly beautiful outdoor scenes with quaint villages. Take pleasure in a traditional approach to the Yuletide season as you join in with the celebration of these days using candles instead of electric lights and hark back to old fashioned values of gathering around with family. 2. New Zealand New Zealand and any of its smaller islands is a wonderful…
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  • Great Summer Escapes: 11 Lakeside Retreats

    Joy Pecknold
    26 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Summer’s coming soon (at least for the top half of the world), and with it quintessential experiences, one of which is escaping to great lakes. Herein, 11 idyllic properties that front freshwater bodies and offer rest, relaxation and a really good time. THE AMERICAS Quebec, Canada: Manoir Hovey A 75 minute drive from Montreal or […]
  • Trip Tips: 6 Seaside Resorts for Diving Enthusiasts

    Joy Pecknold
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Getting married isn’t the only popular summer plunge to take—there’s also diving. Be it going deep with scuba gear or hovering closer to the surface with a snorkel, herein are six resorts across the globe that aid undersea adventuring. Florida: The Breakers Southern Florida boasts a number of spectacular dive sites, and there’s one right […]
  • Photo Essay: Exploring the Temples of Kyoto

    Adam Nagy
    15 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The former capital of Japan, Kyoto has a wealth of history and beautiful scenery at every turn. Kiwi’s Digital Marketing Manager Adam Nagy spent 3 days in this historic city hopping from temple to temple to document his journey. The view over Kyoto from the Kiyomizu Temple. A Geisha girl spotted in the streets of Gion. The […]
  • Photo Essay: On Tofino Time

    Joy Pecknold
    12 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Disneyland bills itself as the happiest place on earth, but for blog editor Joy Pecknold, Tofino takes the title. Sidled up to the Pacific Ocean on Vancouver Island, it’s a playground for flora, fauna and food lovers, not to mention surfers. Herein, her latest adventure. First things first, to wash off the city stress, wash […]
  • Photo Essay: 7 Days in Tokyo

    Adam Nagy
    8 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    One of the most recognizable cities in the world, Tokyo is an incredible hub for culture, cuisine and nightlife. Kiwi’s Digital Marketing Manager Adam Nagy spent a week in Japan taking in the sights and sounds of this magical city and of course photos at every turn. Waking up to a stunning view at Conrad Tokyo. Catching […]
 
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  • Croatia’s 7 UNESCO Sites

    Jacy Meyer
    29 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Sun, sea, food; there’s really no reason for anyone not to put Croatia on their list of places to explore. But to add to the history and beauty, there are also a number of cultural aspects to the country you’ll want to seek out. Croatia has six cultural properties and one natural one listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Plitvice Lakes Natural Park We recommend including Plitvice on your Croatian itinerary because it is simply amazingly beautiful. Even non-avid walkers or hikers can easily explore some of the park’s lakes, caves and waterfalls. The limestone and chalk have created…
  • 24 Hours in Brno

    Jacy Meyer
    22 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    For a quick city break from Prague, or a stop between Prague and Vienna, Budapest or Bratislava, head to the Czech Republic’s second city of Brno. A roughly two hour drive/three hour train ride will land you in this university town brimming with interesting architecture and a burgeoning food scene. Our first recommendation, if you are interested in architecture, is to book ahead to get a tour of Tugendhat Villa. This Ludwig Mies van der Rohe house is a gorgeous example of modern architecture and interior design. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Brno’s top attractions. Book…
  • The Best of Brasov

    Jacy Meyer
    15 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    With the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains as a backdrop, the town of Brasov offers historic and architectural delights in town, and great access to three of Transylvania’s best castles. The gothic and baroque city center sits under Mount Tampa and is the best place to experience all Brasov has to offer. The main square of Piata Sfatului is where you’ll want to orientate yourself. Here you can’t miss the city’s most famous landmark, the gothic Black Church. Taking nearly a century to build, the black is a result of fire soot from an Austrian army back in 1689. Inside though…
  • Exploring Berlin’s Hackescher Markt

    Jacy Meyer
    9 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    For those looking for a different shopping experience in Berlin, head over to the Hackescher Markt area and the Hackesche Höfe. This complex built by August Endell and with facades dating from 1906 will satisfy you architecturally and provides fun opportunities to window shop. The website claims it’s “Germany’s largest enclosed courtyard area.” Walking through, it does seem much bigger than it appears from the outside. Since its beginning, the complex has been mixed-use: commercial, residential, and cultural. It was host to a number of organizations including a poet’s association…
  • Nida & the Curonian Spit – a day trip from Klaipeda

    Charlie
    4 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    You’ve got to zoom in pretty close on Google Maps to see the Curonian Spit, a thin, curved strip of sandbank in the Baltic Sea that is just 450 yards wide at its narrowest point. On the landward side is the Curonian Lagoon. The Spit is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is divided between Lithuania and Russia – the northern half is in Lithuania and the southern is part of Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea. Most images of the Curonian Spit emphasise the sand dunes and the 4 villages in the Lithuanian half but 70% of the land area is in fact pine forest, filled with…
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  • How to take a baby on a plane: Tips for seat assignments, feeding and diaper change

    Leslie Koch
    4 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Great- now other passengers roll their eyes at YOU! I was the person who always groaned when a couple with a baby approached my row on an airplane. Sitting next to a crying, poopy-smelling infant seemed like the kiss of death. How could I possibly relax and enjoy my infinite entertainment choices (music, magazines, apps) with this distraction? Now that I have an infant of my own, I’ve gotten by comeuppance. Flying to grandma’s house last week was a major source of stress; questions raced through my mind at 3am. Will the baby cry? What will I do if he cries? What if I can’t…
  • How to take a baby on the New York City subway – tips for new moms

    Leslie Koch
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Germs, crazy people and tons of stairs are just a few reasons I hesitated to take my newborn baby on the New York City subway. I’ve been more adventurous than some of my new-mom friends; I took my baby to Target when he was one week old and bundled him up for brisk stroller walks in arctic temperatures. (I envy those moms with Spring and Summer babies). Still, the subway seemed like an insurmountable obstacle until I met Noelia, a new mom who was going on regular subway trips to the New York Public Library and various museums with her newborn. She offered me some excellent advice and…
  • Review: What to expect at Blackout Haunted House in New York City (Halloween 2014)

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

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

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

    Sara McCarty
    23 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    Calanque de Sugiton, Marseille From Provence to the Cote d’Azur, the mild climate, fragrant lavender fields, and crystal clear waters of the South of France have attracted visitors since ancient times. To mark the launch of our programs in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, here are 5 reasons to travel south and soak up all the region has to offer. 1. Ancient Greek and Roman Architecture Marseille, a natural port, was an obvious landing choice for Greek and Roman explorers sailing the Mediterranean. As such it became the gateway for settling in the south, and remnants of such settlements can…
  • How to Tackle Nara

    Sophie
    18 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Todai-ji (temple), Nara With some 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines in Kyoto alone (here’s how to visit one), the city has enough religious monuments to occupy you for a lifetime. Those looking for a short trip outside the city, however, may want to consider the 45 minute voyage to nearby Nara. Within the city itself, six temples, one shrine, and one palace form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Read on to find out how and why Nara is worth a visit. Getting there: Nara is an easy day trip from Kyoto, with trains running direct every 30 minutes from Kyoto station and arriving…
  • Deep Travel at TBEX

    admin
    15 May 2015 | 1:34 am
    Some say I’m just a tote bag, but anyone who’s heard my story knows I’m much, much more. I’m a work of art, a practical object, and the representation of a life-changing concept: #DeepTravel. My journey started in the imagination of my true creator, docent Jose, as he sat by the Ponte Rotto in Rome and sketched me to life. I came to life in a printing studio in a pretty, undiscovered corner of Berlin. Then, I joined Sara and Natalie—and the rest of the Context community, who have been living and breathing #DeepTravel for some time now—and together we travelled to Spain’s Costa…
  • Food Culture of the Italian Renaissance

    Luisa Grigoletto
    13 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    There is a lot more to Italian Renaissance paintings than rotund nudes. One often overlooked theme is food (how else did they become so shapely?). Fresh fruit and vegetables at the market in Venice Sometimes food is the centerpiece, alluding to external factors, such as prosperity, conviviality, natural beauty, or temptation. Other times it’s merely a detail – but details can often be juicy. So we asked three of our docents, all art historians and food experts, to give us a glimpse into what we can learn about 16th-century food traditions and habits by looking at the art…
  • 5 Reasons to Skip the Tower of London

    Emily Knight
    6 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    With over 3 million visitors a year, the Tower of London is one of the city’s premiere attractions, yet this bastion of British history shows just one dimension of London. As Samuel Johnson famously wrote, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. Beyond the classic sites, there are pockets of calm where you can enjoy the city in a new light. To get a Londoner’s perspective, we asked our docents to share where they like to take time out from the hustle and bustle of city life, giving you some good reasons to skip the crowds at the Tower of London. Chelsea Physic…
 
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  • World’s Largest Miniature Circus: Sarasota, Florida

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

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

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

    Traci Suppa
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:51 am
    Carnival Vista We haven’t published an issue of the BIG times in quite a while, but there is a BIG news highlight we want to share! Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s largest cruise line, announced the details of what will be its largest ship, the Carnival Vista, arriving later this year. I attended the press conference two weeks ago in New York City, and was treated to a preview of some of the special—and truly unique—features this ship will offer. Among the BIG thrills you can expect on board: WaterWorks Carnival’s largest water park will include the line’s first Kaleid-O-Slide…
  • World’s Tallest Holiday Inn

    Traci Suppa
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    World’s tallest Holiday Inn, New York City Last week, I was in New York City for the New York Times Travel Show. It’s an annual ritual; I go to get travel inspiration, network, and learn what I can in the trend seminars. This year, I stayed overnight, in the world’s tallest Holiday Inn hotel! It’s downtown, in the financial district, and really close to the “1” subway line. This property is really new—it just opened in October 2014—and was built from the ground up where a parking garage used to stand. It’s more than 453 feet tall, with 50 floors – and my room was on…
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  • Beer Battered Fiddleheads Recipe

    Ayngelina
    23 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    While we haven’t been traveling much, this spring it’s been one of my favourites. I’ve really learned to appreciate Canadian spring and foraging edible plants. It’s been a lot of fun serving new dishes on the Loka Snacks menu like this fiddleheads recipe. What are Fiddleheads Fiddleheads are the uncurled frond of a fern. If you leave it they unroll into a fern, if you harvest it young you can eat it – nature is amazing. The name fiddlehead is because it looks like the end of a fiddle, in French it’s têtes de violon, in Japan it’s warabi and in…
  • 25 Awesome Vegetarian Peruvian Food Options That Aren’t Rice

    Ayngelina
    20 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Traveling through Peru I didn’t think much about vegetarian peruvian food options. I saw plenty of it but didn’t really think much about it until Simon and Erin posted that they weren’t able to try much traditional peruvian food because it wasn’t vegetarian. At the time I was writing about awesome peruvian fish soup, traditional peruvian ceviche and if Peruvian fast food chain Bembos was better than McDonalds. I wish I had better documented eating in Peru, I took the diversity and culture of peruvian food for granted. It’s been a couple years since I was last in…
  • Ramp Kimchi Recipe

    Ayngelina
    15 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    One of the most important rules about foraging edible plants is to respect nature and only pick what you can use. We let nothing go to waste, we’ve been busy with charred ramp pesto and serving beer battered wild garlic but we also decided to experiment with a kimchi recipe and create ramp-chi. What is Kimchi? Kimchi consists of vegetables (usually napa cabbage) that are fermented with garlic, ginger, chili, salt and either fish or seafood sauce. Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, so ubiquitous that instead of saying cheese to take a photo Koreans say kimchi. But kimchi…
  • Beer Battered Ramps (Wild Garlic or Wild Leeks)

    Ayngelina
    12 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Ramps are wild garlic, or more specifically wild leeks. They can also be called spring onion, ramson or wood leek depending on where you live in the world. This spring has been a such a fun hunt for us as we venture out to forage edible plants, and with so many ramps we’ve been experimenting with what to do with them at Loka Snacks. How to clean ramps (wild garlic) First you need to clean them thoroughly. We learned the tough way that it’s best to cut the roots onsite, otherwise you’ll bring home an extra 6 pounds of dirt. While foraging is amazing because the food is…
  • Charred Ramp Pesto Recipe

    Ayngelina
    7 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    We had a great time foraging edible plants, bringing home 20 pounds of ramps which turned into 14 pounds once cleaned. Yes we brought six pounds of dirt with us but I guess that’s tough part of the foraging process. The fun part is deciding what to make with it and I wanted charred ramp pesto. What is Pesto? Most people are familiar with pesto genovese, a traditional Italian condiment using basil from Genoa a city in northern Italy. The traditional recipe is a basic mix of basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan. The name “pesto” is a generic term, just like salsa…
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  • Travel Deals: Turks & Caicos, Montreal and Miami

    Admin
    29 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    We can’t believe May is almost done; and that summer vacation is just around the corner. Where will you go this year to escape school lunches and morning routines?! Here are a few suggestions for deals on right now. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos – Family Travel Deal Looking for the perfect reason to visit the Turks & Caicos for a family getaway? The Sands at Grace Bay is ready to welcome you with their family-friend amenities and unbelievable location on Grace Bay Beach. Right now they have reduced low-season rates, and until December they are offering a special 4th Night…
  • Spa Travel – Not Just for Adults

    Admin
    28 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    CHIANG MAI, THAILAND—The look on my son Ethan’s face is priceless: Eyes closed, droopy smile across his lips, arms limp on either side of the table. Complete bliss. I know that feeling. I have had that feeling. I’ve just never had it next to him before. Ethan, 9, and I are experiencing our first Mother-Son massage. Down the hall his dad and 7-year old brother are having a similar parent-child bonding moment. The experience offered by the Four Seasons Chiang Mai in Thailand isn’t billed as a mother/son or father/son outing, but the introduction of the Angel Bliss massage for kids means…
  • My Nike Life or Why I Keep Doing “Stupid” Things

    Heather
    28 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Why I Keep Doing “Stupid” Things I do “stupid” things. I know it. And if you’ve been reading this blog for any period of time, you know it. I do reckless things. I step off ledges where all common sense would say that I shouldn’t . I climb things. I climb into things. I hang from things. I sign up for things. And I rarely back out. Not because I’m fearless or brave (hello?!?! Have we met?!?!) but because the opportunity arose… and it’s either too late or  I already told millions of people on national television that I was doing it. :) And…
  • Hanging with Pandas in Chengdu China

    Admin
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Let’s continue our look back through our adventures in Asia. We visited Chengdu, China and made some new furry friends. This post originally appeared in The Toronto Star. SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA— “And we’ll be back riggggght after these messages…” It’s what I imagine the foursome in front of me on Jin Li street in Chengdu, China are saying to the camera, but the truth is I have no idea. This is day two in the capital city of Sichuan province and only my family’s—husband Ish, sons Ethan, 8 and Cameron,6— second week in the country and it is becoming increasingly clear that…
  • Celebrate World Turtle Day with These Travel Adventures

    Admin
    23 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Happy World Turtle Day! Every year World Turtle Day shines a light on this season’s oceanfront stars, sea turtles, as they come to beaches all over the world to nest from mid-May to late-August. A variety of hotels and cruises are doing their part to celebrate and protect turtles and their nesting grounds, whether it’s racing tortoises in the Galapagos or sipping a fresh Tipsy Turtle cocktail in Fort Lauderdale. Take a look at some of these deals and features. Colony Club, Barbados SUP dude? For an unforgettable animal encounter, guests will love Colony Club’s stand-up paddle board…
 
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  • Luxury RVing in New Orleans

    Jody Halsted
    25 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Beignets at cafe DuMonde While planning our ‘Big Spring Trip’ I knew I wanted to visit New Orleans for a few days, but the fact that we wouldn’t be towing a car made camping outside the city tricky. Sure, we could have rented a vehicle or even used cabs to get into the city. But, having stayed in the French Quarter last December I knew I wanted to have a similar experience with my family. Thanks to the New Orleans CVB I found out about the French Quarter RV Resort. Located just across the street from St. Louis Cemetery #1 and within walking distance of the French Quarter, it…
  • RVing in Louisiana and Texas – Our Big Spring Trip

    Jody Halsted
    21 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Since buying our RV last spring we have created a tradition of taking a big spring trip. Two years makes a tradition, right? This year we had to travel to Florida to pick up R’Velle from the consignment company that cared for her over the winter before setting off on our trip. Then we set off on a 2000+ mile adventure that took us to a Louisiana plantation, New Orleans, Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Grapevine, Texas, before we turned north for home. The Big Spring Trip – Louisiana and Texas Published by GoRVing A few of my favorite photos from our time RVing in Louisiana and…
  • Fun, Easy Memorial Day Ideas

    Jody Halsted
    20 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I had so much fun appearing on KCWI, the CW station in Des Moines, to talk about fun and easy Memorial Day ideas. I was very conscious of choosing ideas that would be easy enough to have the kids help and quick enough that you could pull them together without much trouble. For more fun, easy Memorial Day ideas, check out my Patriotic Parties board on Pinterest. Follow Jody Halsted: Fun.Family.Travel.’s board Patriotic Parties : Memorial Day & 4th of July on Pinterest. The post Fun, Easy Memorial Day Ideas appeared first on Family Rambling.
  • Camping Supplies: Don’t Forget the Duct Tape!

    Jody Halsted
    12 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    There are a few camping supplies we never leave home without: Tarps – a MUST in case of rain for covering items, creating a dry base, or a makeshift tented outdoor space. Alternate Cooking Method– we always bring a grill (ours is gas, but a small charcoal grill would work as well- just don’t forget the charcoal!) in case of wet firewood, bad weather, or extremely dry conditions. Duct Tape – what can’t this product do? I love this infographic from Fix.com:  25 Uses for Duct Tape on Your Next Camping Trip. Source: Fix.com So..  did they miss anything? What are…
  • Do You Need Travel Insurance for Your Family Vacation

    Jody Halsted
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    “Do I need travel insurance for my family vacation?” It’s a question I receive often, and one that doesn’t have the same answer for everyone as it has to do with risk, as well as figuring out the coverage you may already have. Since the question is on the table, lets delve into it piece by piece. Why You Might Need Travel Insurance for Your Family Vacation It’s helpful to begin by simply pointing out the purpose of insurance, which is to provide you with a form of protection against a possible risk. How Much Risk Are You Willing to Take? This varies from person to person,…
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  • Video: Best Dining Destinations Around the World

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    29 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here are some ideas if you are looking for a vacation destination that also has great food.
  • Vedge Features Modern Dynamic Vegetarian Menu

    Donna Sundblad
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Vedge is a top-of-the-line modern vegetarian restaurant run by Chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby, formerly of Horizons. Chefs Landau and Jacoby are well-known for presenting a number of mid-size plates created with s a fresh approach to cooking vegetables. Presentation is meticulous and the dishes delicious enough that meat eaters might not even realize […]
  • Video: How to Make Lemongrass Chicken Skewers With Light Satay Sauce

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    28 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Do you need any wedding inspiration for your big day? Gee Charman is back in the kitchen to help you add a touch of homemade to your wedding day. This week she shows you how to make delicious lemongrass chicken skewers with a tasty satay sauce dip.
  • Tips On How to Save on Flights from the Man Who Flies for Free

    Donna Sundblad
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Scott Keyes is known as “the man who flies for free” and for good reason. To say he is an expert in this field is an understatement. He currently has booked a world trip that will take him to 13 countries, 20,000 miles and include 21 flights, and he is doing it all for free. […]
  • Video: 30 Ways to Enjoy Nature: 30 Days Wild

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    27 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    This June, can you do something wild every day for a month? 30 Days Wild is The Wildlife Trusts new campaign for June 2015. We’re asking you to make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! Make this the month when you do something wild every […]
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  • Anthony Bourdain On The Future Of Food Travel Journalism

    Matt Stabile
    28 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Tom Hatton, friend of the site, got to recently meet the Anthony Bourdain on the red carpet at the Paley Center here in New York for the Parts Unknown Season 5 premiere. Tom was kind enough to solicit a question from me, which he posed to Chef Bourdain. The question: What is the future of food travel journalism? To hear Anthony’s response to this and his thoughts on sustainable and organic food, watch Tom’s interview above. By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book…
  • Video Travel Guide To Malaysia

    Matt Stabile
    20 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    In this travel video travel guide to Malaysia, I travel to Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, and to Terangganu, the country’s second-largest city. I start off my trip by exploring Kenyir Lake, located just west of Terangganu, which is actually the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia (it’s the size of Singapore). I head to the far end of the lake by speedboat to go trekking into the hilly jungle where I come across a school of hungry fish waiting for eager tourists like myself to provide them with a cheap snack. I then head back on the lake to explore the many…
  • Missing Paris: Running The Paris Marathon

    Matt Stabile
    4 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Seven miles into the Paris Marathon I was content, blissfully lost in the illustrious City of Light. But then I saw the pacesetter and I was hooked. So fanatically attached to the mythical four-hour mark, I missed it all. Focused on the clock, I missed Paris. Well, almost. The day before the Paris Marathon, I visited the running expo in a gigantic convention center. Strolling from vendor to vendor, I stopped at a poster the race organizers had created for the almost 40,000 participants. Alphabetized and running horizontally on the massive poster were the names of every runner. Laid over the…
  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (1st Quarter: 2015)

    Matt Stabile
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 1st quarter (January — March) of 2015 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa scores, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, estimated traffic, inbound Google links and even subjective design criteria. My intention was to create the most objective and accurate list of the most popular travel blogs. Therefore, this list is based solely on the number of visitors a…
  • Feeling Tiny In Colombia’s Tayrona National Park

    Matt Stabile
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    We stood at the entrance to a lush, tropical forest and confronted a simple yet profound choice. Do we proceed on foot, hauling our backpacks in the already thick morning air, or do we pay a local for the pleasure of mounting a time-worn horse? We picked the budget option and started the hour-long walk into Parque Tayrona, a protected stretch of the Caribbean coast in Colombia. The park, which is really a beach cleaved from the outside world by dense forest, attracts a steady stream of foreign backpackers and appreciative locals. But even with nearly 300,000 people per year stopping by, it…
 
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  • Sedona is Seeing Red (Rocks)

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    26 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Photo by Alaskan Dude There are plenty of reasons to make hiking part of a daily activity routine in 2015. The perfect way to jump start a healthy routine is with an unforgettable experience, and Sedona promises just that. There are a few off-the-beaten-path trails that are not only breathtaking, but also range in difficulty for someone just starting out, or experienced pros looking for the next great challenge. These trails offer options ranging from biking and…
  • Memorial Day 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    25 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. You might also enjoyTribute to Memorial Day – No Words NeededPoint Magu: A Tribute of January 31st, 2000Sunday Stories for August 18th, 2013Happy Valentine’s Day 2014Happy Thanksgiving If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.       You might also likeSunday Stories for May 24th, 2015Sunday Stories for March 15th, 2015Sunday Stories for…
  • Sunday Stories for May 24th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    24 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s a holiday weekend and I hope you’re out enjoying life wherever you may be. And it the midst of your celebrations, please take a moment to remember that Memorial Day is tomorrow. This is a time to honor those who lost their lives in service to our country, and to commemorate the day in ways that thank them and their families for that sacrifice. Here’s a couple stories for your reading. Playgrounds for Seniors Popping Up in U.S. It was so much…
  • Waking up on Kauai

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I woke up on Kauai this morning. Very early, before the sun came up. It’s one of my favorite times to sit on my deck and look out at the ocean. It’s quiet and peaceful. The sun slowly slips out from behind the clouds, leaving me to wonder about what the day will be like here on the Garden Isle. You might also enjoyAloha from KauaiTuesday Deal Day: Sunset Golf Cart Tour on KauaiKauai: The Garden IsleChoosing the Right Hawaiian IslandSun & Sand on…
  • Chickasaw Country: 9 Spots Well Off the Beaten Path

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Located six miles southwest of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Lake of the Arbuckles consists of 36 miles of shoreline and 2,300 acres of open water. Lake of the Arbuckles was built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1966 and forms the western portion of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The unusual crystal clear water and deep rock cliffs make it one fo the most popular lakes for trolling, scuba diving and fishing in Oklahoma. Fishing is permitted year-round with catfish,…
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    Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog

  • The Most Captiviating Wildlife Adventures in Yala, Sri Lanka

    Laurel
    28 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    The original can be found here: The Most Captiviating Wildlife Adventures in Yala, Sri Lanka. Please read the original. Everyone goes to Yala in Sri Lanka to see a leopard. But to make the most of your visit, focus on the wildlife that you do see. I guarantee there will be some happy surprises! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Adventure Cycling to the Most Northern Point in Finland

    Laurel
    25 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The original can be found here: Adventure Cycling to the Most Northern Point in Finland. Please read the original. I'm beyond excited to announce my most EPIC trip yet - cycling the Iron Curtain Trail (EV 13) 1600km across Finland! As a bonus, I finish in Nuorgam, the most northern point in Finland and in the EU! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Neuschwanstein: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to the Cinderella Castle

    Laurel
    23 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    The original can be found here: Neuschwanstein: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to the Cinderella Castle. Please read the original. Neuschwanstein Castle is Germany's most famous castle, known to many as the Cinderella Castle. Follow these tips for a fairytale-like visit! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Introducing Exciting New #AdvTravelChat on Twitter

    Laurel
    19 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    The original can be found here: Introducing Exciting New #AdvTravelChat on Twitter. Please read the original. A brand new adventure travel chat on Twitter being held on Wednesdays, by Laurel Robbins and Nelie Huang, two top adventure travel bloggers. It's guaranteed to make your bucket list longer! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • How CurrencyFair Makes it Easy to Send Money Abroad

    Laurel
    16 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    The original can be found here: How CurrencyFair Makes it Easy to Send Money Abroad. Please read the original. CurrencyFair is an international money transferring service that saves you money and transfers your money quickly and safely! It's ideal for expats like myself! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
 
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  • Meet our bloggers: Lottie of Oyster & Pearl

    Anna
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    We’re extending a warm welcome to Lottie of Oyster & Pearl, who’s the latest addition to our fabulous line-up of family and lifestyle bloggers. She’s in great company amongst Fritha from TigerlillyQuinnLucy of Dear Beautiful and Lori of Wild and Grizzly, and over the next year they’ll be getting the insider scoop on the boutique gems in our Kids Collection. How would you describe your blog in one sentence? Oyster & Pearl is like a flower press for memories, carefully collecting and preserving our days with a heavy dose of nostalgia. How did you get into blogging? I started a…
  • Easy Escapes for June

    Melissa
    27 May 2015 | 1:26 am
    Ready, steady, summer! Dust off your flip-flops and grab the SPF15: we’ve found some super-easy, sun-drenched getaways to slot into your June schedule. No need to thank us; all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing. Monte da Fornalha, Portugal – £305.30 per person (7 nights, 17-24 June) Despite being one of the biggest and loveliest regions in Portugal, the Alentejo remains blissfully undiscovered to all but the Portuguese and is miraculously untouched. If you want to…
  • Escape of the Week… Misc eatdrinksleep

    Lyndon
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    We love Amsterdam – a vibrant city of canals, culture, and more famous sites than you can shake a clog at. With this in mind, you can imagine our delight at finding not only a gorgeous central bolthole, but also one with a family-run vibe that makes it feel like staying with friends. This 6-room B&B next to the iconic Nieuwmarkt is ideal for those who want a short stay in Amsterdam and don’t want to miss any of the fun. The beautifully furnished, thematic rooms sit above an informal cocktail bar (the ‘Red Light Delight’ tasted great!) and are surrounded by quintessential…
  • Just Back from…. Country Kids (With the Kids!)

    Anna
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Our Head of Bookings Kate recently spent a blissful week at one of our favourite French family-friendly hideaways. With her husband and 2 young sons in tow (aged 4 and 1), she discovered that sometimes luxury is less about the infinity pool and more about reminding harried parents how to relax. After the ordeal of getting 2 overtired adults and 2 hyper under 5s to the airport with the appropriate amount of luggage, passports and boarding cards, as well as enough stickers, snacks and superheroes to get us through the flight, we were sorely in need of a break. On arrival in Toulouse we faced a…
  • Our favourite recipes… lemon and ginger chicken tagine

    Anna
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    For the second of our favourite recipes, we’re heading to Marrakech and to intimate riad Dar Zaman, set in the quieter reaches of the northern medina. Our mouths are watering so much at the sound of this tagine that we’re already googling the next available flight! Lemon and ginger chicken tagine with olives Chicken with preserved lemons and olives is a favourite on menus across Morocco, but not all tagines are created equal! At Dar Zaman, chef Karima enhances the taste by adding ginger. Ingredients: 2 chicken legs (or slightly more if you’d like) 1 tablespoon of…
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  • Aloha Wellness Center’s Grand Opening Concert in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    One of my favorite parts about living on the Big Island were the remarkable community events that I’d get invited to. Today’s video is a short clip of the Aloha Wellness Center grand opening concert in Hilo, which went well into the night. There was such a great turnout, and Fantuzzi and the other musicians did a fantastic job. In retrospect, I wish I’d shot more video of this event, but I guess I just got swept up into the music. And something is better than nothing, after all. Anyway, enjoy the Aloha Wellness Health Center Grand Opening Concert video: Transcription Fantuzzi: Family.
  • Sudden Downpour @ Uncle Robert’s, Kalapana, Big Island, Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    8 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Today’s video is a followup from the last one. Not long after Epe-e & Uncle Robert’s band gave a stellar performance, the entire night market was hit with an unexpected downpour, so I shot this brief video of the torrent. In the end, this was the only time such a thing happened at the Wednesday night market while I lived there. Anyway, this one’s called “Sudden Downpour @ Uncle Robert’s”: Transcription Me: Well, this has never happened at Uncle Robert’s since I’ve been here. About 8 months I’ve been coming. It’ll let up. For more: There’s more where that…
  • Epe-e & Uncle Robert’s Band sing “Ride Sally Ride” @ Kalapana, Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    In today’s video, we visit one of my favorite places in all of the Big Island: Uncle Robert’s. If you haven’t heard of it, Uncle Robert’s is a piece of private land in Kalapana town on the southeast edge of the island. Owned by Uncle Robert and managed by his children, the venue is used for live Hawaiian music, cultural events, and, most famously, their weekly night markets showcasing the best of what the Puna district has to offer. Of course, the most memorable part of their Wednesday night market is the music, and for almost every week I went there, a man known to most only as Epe-e…
  • Abstracted Patterns of Taco Tuesday @ Cinderland, Puna, Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    Today, we visit the wildest eco-village I ever came across on the Big Island of Hawaii: Cinderland. Established in the year 2000, Cinderland is pretty famous in the Puna district for holding weekly Taco Tuesday free dinners, made vegan and GMO-free. When I lived nearby, I would go every week to witness the rainbow of personalities it attracted from all around Puna. And the dancing. This short video has been tweaked to give you more of a feel of the dance. I call it “Abstracted Patterns of Taco Tuesday @ Cinderland”: Share & Enjoy! For more: There’s more where that came from! Be…
  • The 27-Tongued Nightmare Sea Creature, Big Island Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Our Hawaii adventure continues today with the final video in the Richardson Beach trilogy of Big Island, Hawaii shorts. After making the dangerous jump, we enjoyed sea turtles, hilarious tourists, and exploring the rocky coastline. And we soon discovered a truly bizarre creature nestled under on the rocks, a creature I’ve come to consider the scariest ocean creature I ever saw on Hawaii: the 27-Tongued Nightmare. Share & Enjoy! Transcription Me: Now you gotta touch one of those white tongues. The Lady: Eww, what if it stings me? Me: And tell me if it stings you. Haha, just kidding,…
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  • A Rustic Mast Farm Inn Destination Wedding

    22 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    "Want me to check my doppler radar?" one of the groomsmen offered. "Oh, yes, please!" responded the concerned bride. According to the weather map it looked like the rain was supposed to pass in the next 15-minutes, but it was tough to know for sure. If you live in the mountains the unpredictable weather is something you get used to. With a great deal of hesitation, the decision was made to execute "Plan B" since the ceremony was due to start and the rain hadn't yet let up, so the guests all huddled under the overhang of the barn to watch the couple exchange their wedding…
  • Headshots for Hot Shots — Mini Sessions for Business Owners, Seniors, Musicians, & More!

    15 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    If you're anything like me, you hate having your picture taken. I know that sounds pretty contradictory coming from a professional photographer, but it's true. I do. You can look back through yearbooks from my 6th grade year until I was a senior and you will only find me in two of them. I used to skip school, fake sick, etc. just to get out of picture day because I hated the way that I looked in photographs.9 times out of 10 when I'm creating portraits of people whether it's an individual, couple, or family there's always a comment made at some point about how they hate having their picture…
  • Mama & Me Mini Sessions by Boone Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    8 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Keeping your family healthy and happy is super important to you, and while I've heard that it's the most fulfilling job in the world, I know it's also a full-time job that can leave you feeling depleted on occasion.What happened to the "me" time you've been meaning to take? Did it get put on the backburner again? It's no secret that you're willing to make sacrifices for your loved ones, and the thought of self-care makes you want to roll your eyes as you think, "I wish!" or "It must be nice!"But you know better than to take the little things for granted because the everyday…
  • Abby + Cameron's Mountain Engagement Photography Adventure by Boone NC Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    After the unpredictable Boone weather caused us to reschedule on two different occasions, it was finally time for Abby + Cameron to step in front of my camera.They ventured up the mountain all the way from Charlotte, NC to meet up with me here in Boone, NC for their engagement photos. I’m so glad that we held out for better weather because it was a beautiful day!Since spring is really only beginning to emerge up here in the mountains we came up with an unconventional idea for the location of their engagement shoot. I met the couple at Horn in the West, an outdoor theater and living museum…
  • Mama & Me Short & Sweet Mini Sessions | Boone, NC Family Photographer

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    On those days when you feel overwhelmed and under appreciated and you’re ready to rip your hair out, you gracefully find a way to ‘keep it together’ all while a raging storm is brewing just below the surface.Other days, well, you’re lucky if you manage to change your undies and brush your teeth as you tend to everyone elses seemingly endless needs. It's easy to forget why you do all the things you do for those you love when you're exhausted and worn out beyond belief.You're an everyday hero, and I think ALL mamas deserve medals because I know how hard you work to make motherhood look…
 
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  • Herby Feta Cheese and Spicy Jam on Potato Rosti

    Jack
    22 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Herby feta on potato rosti isn’t a recipe from any particular country; call it a European fusion that involves Greek feta and Swiss rostis. We’ve added it because it’s a stylishly sophisticated vegetarian recipe with a dazzling mix of flavours which looks très chic and tastes even better than it looks. We first saw it years ago in a series of vegetarian recipes called ‘posh nosh for less dosh’ which describes it perfectly. This is a dish guaranteed to impress. Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 35 minutes Ingredients for Herby Feta Cheese on Golden…
  • Moor Than Meets the Eye, Castello S. Jorge in Lisbon

    Jack
    20 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Castello S. Jorge sitting high above Lisbon’s red-tiled rooftops is a shining example of why you can’t always trust what ‘wise’ old locals tell you. But I’ll get to that in a bit. To counter gorging on Lisbon’s gastronomic goodies, we walked the warren of streets that wound up through the Afama neighbourhood of the city instead of cramming onto the famous No28 tram. It’s an interesting walk in itself with plenty of viewpoints over Lisbon. We like castles a lot. Obviously history oozes from their battle-scarred walls, offering a glimpse into the past.
  • Food and Drink in Cape Verde

    Jack
    19 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Halfway house. I confess to going for pure familiarity for our first meal in Cape Verde. It was in a cosy little restaurant at the end of a small passage in Santa Maria on Sal. I took one look at the menu and immediately decided I was having the francesinha simply because I love francesinhas. As Cape Verde used to be a Portuguese colony it was, in a way, quasi-traditional. And it was a seriously good francesinha. It was the following morning before I had my first taste of the one Cape Verdean dish I knew was going to be commonplace, cachupa. Cachupa The famous dish of Cape Verde, cachupa is…
  • Old Values For A New World in Cape Verde

    Andy
    18 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    “My grandmother believed the people in the TV set could see her.” Hetty’s eyes shine as she recounts tales of her grandma. “When the President was going to address the nation she would put on her best dress, take off her headscarf, brush her hair, put in her teeth and sit straight backed in front of the TV. When the President said “Good Morning, Cape Verde,” my grandmother would reply: “Good morning, Mr President” and bow to the TV.” We’ve spent the best part of the last hour traipsing up the cobbled road that winds from the coast, past the cemetery on the hill, to…
  • Ten Scenes of Cape Verde

    Jack
    17 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    I have to confess to being so overwhelmed by Cape Verde I don’t know where to begin – so many thoughts, so many memories of surprisingly lush ribeiras, the bluest waters I’ve longed to dip my toes in and best of all, the generous smiling people. So many experiences, they all jostle and push their way to the front of my consciousness shouting ‘me first, me first’. Before we booked a flight, most of what we knew about Cape Verde was the feedback from many people who had visited Sal – not a lot there, extremely poor people, beautiful beaches. One travel writer even…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Gay Friendly Hotel – Loews Don CeSar St. Pete Beach

    gaytravelinformation
    25 May 2015 | 9:30 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 →
  • Made INN Vermont B&B – Burlington, VT

    gaytravelinformation
    1 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Made INN Vermont B&B | Chic Boutique B&B | 204 S. Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05401 | 1-802-399-2788  An Urban, High-Design Burlington, VT Boutique Bed and Breakfast Hotel  Come for the Design. Stay for the Experience™ Escape from the ordinary at gay friendly Made INN Vermont, a chic boutique Burlington, VT B&B (voted a “2014 Top Ten Romantic Inn” … Continue reading →
  • The Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel – Ontario

    gaytravelinformation
    1 May 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel | 5950 Victoria Ave | Niagara Falls, ON L2G3L7 | 1-800-771-1123 The Favorite Four-Star Hotel. The Gay Friendly Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This four-star hotel is just minutes from Niagara Falls, the Fallsview Casino, Casino Niagara, Clifton Hill and major Niagara Falls events. Every … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Lodging: Topnotch Resort – Stowe, VT

    gaytravelinformation
    1 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Topnotch Resort | 4000 Mountain Road | Stowe, VT 05672 | 1-800-451-8686 Way up north, in the quintessential New England town of Stowe, Vermont, you will find a sleek, sophisticated beauty. A ski lodge, mixed with the amenities of a world-class resort.  Here name is – Topnotch Resort, and she is breathtaking.  Having recently completed … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly – Ames Boston Hotel

    gaytravelinformation
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    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 Travel Wire

  • Food Lover's Guide to America's Ballparks

    news@fodors.com
    28 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Skip the hot dogs and forget about peanuts and Cracker Jack—these days, America's best ballparks serve tacos, Korean fried chicken, Dungeness crab sandwiches, and so much more. Now more than ever, a day in the bleachers is a great way to sample a city's favorite flavors: cans of Budweiser have been replaced with local craft brews, while star chefs and local restaurants have opened up shop to serve fans looking to catch the next home run. Here's the scouting report on what to eat and drink this season at Major League Baseball stadiums across the nation, from Queens to San…
  • 6 Outstanding International Business-Class Experiences

    news@fodors.com
    28 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    On a three-class service aircraft, everyone dreams of those coveted first-class seats. But when business class is the only option for upgrading, the prices are generally more attainable, but the service is just as good. For international airlines that only offer a two-class service, most try to ensure their business class is something their economy passengers will want to book in the future. Accordingly, international carriers have been ramping up their business-class service by collaborating with textile designers and world-class chefs while changing cabin configurations and…
  • Where to Experience Portuguese Culture in Macau

    news@fodors.com
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Macau, a former colony of Portugal, is a tiny peninsula off the coast of mainland China with a unique blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. Located less than an hour from Hong Kong, Macau is home to a massive gambling industry that dwarfs that of Las Vegas, not to mention glitzy hotels, luxurious spas, high-end shopping, and other markers of opulence. But in spite of all that, the Portuguese influence has not been completely removed. From the cobblestone streets and dual-language signage to the plethora of Portuguese dining options that remain true to their roots, experiencing…
  • America's 10 Best Summer Road Trips for 2015

    news@fodors.com
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    With gas prices predicted to remain at travel-tempting lows, 2015 is destined to be the summer of the road trip. Around the country, new additions are spicing up classic routes, and important anniversaries are being celebrated along dedicated drives. Add in a few itineraries inspired by summer blockbusters, and you’ve got ten exciting and affordable options for a memorable summer road trip vacation. Pack up the trunk, prep your music playlists, and get ready to explore America. By Jess Moss
  • Beginner�s Guide to Hawaii: Kauai

    news@fodors.com
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re rounding out our three-part beginner’s guide to Hawaii with the Garden Isle of Kauai. Each of the Hawaiian Islands has something unique and special, making them all desirable places to visit. We began our guide recommending the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai for a perfect blend of tourism and culture. Part two focused on the active and adventurous “Big Island,” as well as the most visited island, Oahu, which offers both the densely populated major city of Honolulu and off-the-beaten-path options, like the North Shore. But we've saved the best for…
 
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    Gawaya Travel Blog

  • Things To Do In Vienna, Austria

    Salika Jay
    19 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Austria’s capital is known for its elegant architecture, lively cafe culture, and exceptional museums. The city used to be the residence of royalty and the wealthiest European aristocrats, and even today it is easy to see why Vienna was fit for kings -and queens. Vienna’s charm and romantic atmosphere has turned the [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Things To Do In Vienna, Austria
  • 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
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Summer Travel Tip #4: Memorial Day Weekend

    Anne McDermott
    21 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    This is the fourth in our ongoing series of vacation planning tips; see the complete list below. Some of these tips will save you frustration. Some will save you money. Summer Travel Tip: Memorial Day We’re starting to see warnings at airports across the country. Let’s spell it out: Get to the airport early if flying Memorial Day weekend. The reason: 2.6 million of us will be going to the airport that day and there will be lines everywhere – to park the car, check a bag, go through security. When to Go to the Airport How early is early? Southern California’s John Wayne…
  • 10 Vacation Destinations Even Teenagers Will Love

    Rick Seaney
    20 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Rick Seaney loves to share travel tips – in a weekly column for ABC News and bi-weekly reports for USA Today and Fox News. He recently began contributing to Good Life Family magazine where the following column first appeared in the May/June 2015 issue. Looking for something a little different this year? Check out these cities and regions. All of them offer an irresistible combination of year-round fun and excellent airfare value plus they’re fun for solo travelers, couples, families and yes – even teenagers. Click the city to find the best deals. See other links for…
  • We Found $75 Tickets to Europe. Here’s the Catch

    Rick Seaney
    19 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Last Friday, we spotted a Dallas-to-Moscow flight with base airfare of just $75 round-trip. Again, base airfare. The total ticket price that passengers actually pay includes surcharges, taxes and fees but even with all that added in the total was still a bargain at $420. What you need to know about such fares, and how to find them. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney says deals appear without warning. $75 Europe Ticket Rises to $420 This particular $420 ticket (the price has since risen) was available on Lufthansa flights in September and October. We spotted it in FareCompare’s vast and…
  • Fee-rocious Summer? Maybe, Unless You Read This

    Rick Seaney
    18 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Did you hear the one about the airline that isn’t charging a fee? It’s true. Southwest recently launched a bunch of international flights but as is the case with its domestic fares if you change your mind about flying, there is no change fee. Billions in Fees In 2014, airlines took in more than $6 billion in fees so there’s no point wishing them away. Expect a fee-rocious summer but remember that most of these fees really are optional. It’s up to you and depends on how you pack, where you like to sit and more. Fees to Watch Out for This Summer Seat fees: Many airlines…
  • 10 Cheapest Destinations for Flights in June, July, August

    Anne McDermott
    13 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you need a little inspiration for the upcoming travel season, this will help: U.S. and European cities that are not just good deals for summer but fun destinations. Some have the additional virtue of being stunningly beautiful. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on more ways to save. Ready to go? One last thing: Click the city to find the cheapest flight. Other links have information on attractions, restaurants, shopping and more. 10 Cheapest Global Destinations 1. Boston Boston, Massachusetts This great American city is not just cheap, it’s a treasure trove of history. Take a walking…
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    The Traveler's Way

  • Find Adventure in Missouri’s Show Caves

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    29 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    The Show-Me State is home to more than 6,400 recorded caves. Although most are not open to the general public, the Missouri Division of Tourism highlights several “show caves” to visit in Missouri. Marvel Cave, a Registered Natural Landmark, is deep beneath the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson. It is the deepest show cave in Missouri and has the largest tour-cave entrance room – 204 feet high, 225 feet wide and 411 feet long – in the U.S. In Ridgedale (just south of Branson) don’t miss Lost Canyon Cave, which is part of the stunning Top of the Rock complex near Big Cedar…
  • 10 Things to Do in Montana

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    27 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    Located in the western United States, Montana’s name comes from the Spanish word for mountain (montana). Most of us know it today as Big Sky Country, or, to those who live there, The Last Best Place.What makes Montana so special? From its year round outdoor activities to the Native American culture, from historical landmarks to rugged natural beauty, here are 10 things worth setting aside time to see and do in Montana. 1.  Glacier National Park (northwestern Montana) Glacier National Park itself is one of the largest intact ecosystems in the continental United States, meaning wildlife…
  • Veggies with a View: 2015 Rooftop Garden Tours

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    25 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    Perched high atop the 41st floor overlooking Manhattan, The Westin New York Grand Central is one of the few New York City hotels to cultivate a rooftop vegetable garden. Now growing for its third year, the organic garden illustrates the hotel’s foray into urban agriculture, producing vegetables and herbs that are used throughout the hotel’s food and beverage program and THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen restaurant. The 1,344 square foot garden is situated 384 feet above Manhattan on the 41st Floor rooftop. With eleven planted beds and four robust barrels planted throughout summer and…
  • 5 Places to Sip Suds in Surf City, California

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 May 2015 | 5:40 am
      The craft beer movement along California’s Central Coast has a new destination to raise a pint to.  Popular in the U.S. with the mountain bike crowd and other outdoor adventure-seekers, the craft beer scene in Santa Cruz is a leader in the artisan food and drink movement.  This small, passionate community is in its infancy – but there’s no shortage of quality brew. Here are five top spots to sip your suds: Seabright Brewery – Seabright Brewery is the longest-running brewery in town. Their Pelican Pale and Seabright Amber — which have been on tap since day one —…
  • Eight Ways to Enjoy Route 66 in Missouri

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    18 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    You don’t have to travel far on Route 66 in Missouri to realize you’re in for one fantastic road trip. Stretching more than 310 miles from east to west, Route 66 includes two of Missouri’s largest cities, notable attractions, scenic views, and motor courts harkening to a bygone era. Learn more online at VisitMO.com. Here are eight ways you can enjoy your Route 66 adventure in Missouri, driving from east to west. Start off Sweet The eastern tip of Route 66 in Missouri is in St. Louis, where a popular roadside eatery has been serving locals and travelers alike for more than 60…
 
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  • Getting Unstuck In Lodi

    Darryl Musick
    29 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Not even wanting to take advantage of the hotel’s meager breakfast bar, we share a McDonald’s breakfast next door with one of the area’s homeless gentlemen before picking up the pieces of our broken trip.It’d been a bad night of sleep at an overpriced and cleanliness challenged hotel way outside of our destination of Lodi along a barren stretch of Interstate 5 at the intersection of highway 12. Realizing that we couldn’t make a vacation of what is essentially a truck stop, and not a very good one either, we promptly cancelled the rest of our stay (see our previous report for the…
  • ADVENTURES FAR FROM HOME: Billy at the Lake

    Darryl Musick
    27 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    It was a tradition when I was in high school and college to get as many friends together as we could, rent a condo, and spend spring break skiing up at Lake Tahoe.  We'd negotiate the fresh and packed powder at places named Squaw, Heavenly and Kirkwood as well as pocket size slopes at Sierra Ski Ranch and Slide Mountain to name just a few.Our days were filled on the slopes and our nights were filled with debauchery at the local casinos.A week later, and we'd just go home and sleep for a few days.One night, we decided to hit the casino. The motels up there had lots of freebie coupons that…
  • We're Stuck in Where? Lodi, California

    Darryl Musick
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Was a murder committed here?No, not quite that bad but that sure looks like some blood stains on this sheet. At any rate, the housekeeping staff of this particular hotel has been neglecting to change the sheets on the sofabed in this room.It’s been a rough drive. Leaving on a Thursday night to avoid the Memorial Day Weekend Friday night traffic jam, it was smooth sailing over the Grapevine and into Bakersfield.  Soon, we hit the multi-lane closure at Famoso.OK, we’re past that but then the multi-lane closure at McFarland, and the multi-lane closure at Delano, and the multi-lane…
  • The Cocktail Hour: Belgians on Ice, Part Deux or Part Twee

    Darryl Musick
    24 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Felt like something different for this week's Cocktail Hour so I decided to expand upon our original Belgians on Ice post.Today, I needed to go to the store for some groceries and remembered that the Stater Brothers in Glendora is right next door to Lone Hill Liquor, home to a vast array of beers.Letty likes the sours, so I'm looking for something she'll enjoy without breaking the bank like the sour rye I see from the Bruery that goes for around $24 for a 750 ml. bottle.  There is a great selections here and I end up settling for the Rodenbach Grand Cru at about half the price of the…
  • A Day at the Races: Tim and Darryl Take on Santa Anita Park

    Darryl Musick
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Picture courtesy of WikimediaMagnus Manske under CC BY 2.0 licenseI love horse racing. I grew up not far from here and it wasn't uncommon for my dad to take us to the races now and again. Santa Anita, in Arcadia, California, wasn't his favorite track. He said it was too uppity for him. He preferred the more downscale Los Alamitos for the quarter horses racing at night.For me, Santa Anita is perfect. Glorious mountain views, outstanding art deco architecture, and mighty thoroughbreds racing for the gold.  I never found it too intimidating, I always seemed to fit right in.Watch the…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Favorite Pins of the Month

    Briza
    17 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Pinterest is such a great option for those at home dreaming of far off places, planning trips, or even adding things to your bucket list. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest! These are my favorite pins of May: This pin lead me to an amazing website called Roadtrippers.com, where you can find any attractions, restaurants, points of interest, camping sites, and hotels nearby. As summer draws nearer, the opportunity for traveling does as well. This website will help in finding local places to eat and top attractions nearby as you go along your destination. It’s a great planning tool! Next…
  • Forget Niagara, Visit Iguazu in South America!

    Hye Sung
    11 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    What’s Iguazu Falls?   Iguazu Falls are the waterfalls on the Iguazu River. They are located on the border of the Argentinean province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Most of the falls are on the Argentina side of the Iguazu River. The name “Iguazu” comes from the native languages of Guarani and Tupi as a combination of the words “big” and “water”. There are a few hundred smaller waterfalls along these falls with a number that fluctuates from 150 to 300, depending on the rainfall. The falls are a breathtaking experience that can be…
  • Life Without the Internet!

    Briza
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Oh no, is there such a thing? Believe it or not, Internet is not everywhere. Whether you are visiting a different country, on a plane, or in the mountains where you don’t get service, you obviously need to resort to doing things other than checking Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Teentraveltalk.com. Here are the top 5 things you can do (or that I at least did in Mexico): 1. Enjoy your surroundings! I was in Mexico, and instead of being stuck on my phone, I was able to hang out with my family without getting distracted with alerts on my phone (not that I’m that popular,…
  • Spring Break: SoCal and Baja!

    Briza
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Spring Break: a time for beaches, sand, pools, relaxation, and of course, traveling! Over Spring Break, my family and I visited San Diego and Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja California. Our trips included visiting 2 beaches and the hot springs again. You could read more about the hot springs here. The first visit was to Belmont Park in San Diego. This is similar to Santa Cruz, California where there is a boardwalk, roller coasters, and food! This beach is beautiful, but it tends to get really packed, especially during those hot summer days! Bracelets are available for those wanting to ride the…
  • The Pittock Mansion

    Hye Sung
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The Pittock mansion was built as the private residence of The Oregonian published Henry Pittock. It is a château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, with 22-rooms, sitting on 46 acres.   Some claim the mansion is haunted by Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. People have supposedly sensed their presence, as they proudly claim the mansion as their territory. After all, the Pittocks came from pioneer stock and built a huge financial empire. Their mansion was their everything. It was as if their whole lives led up to their home. That being said… the house is overwhelmingly…
 
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  • 7 Travel Books as Inspriation

    Laura Lopuch
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever had the urge to travel, but no destination in mind? There’s a need to tramp out into the world and see what happens. This happens to me sometimes. Usually I can track it back to a travel book I’ve read. Books ignite your imagination and stir the coals of wanderlust. The stories seep into your blood. For me, books inspire travel. There’s a thrill to see and do, and feel this location that now only lives on a page. Suddenly, without you realizing it, you’re aching to visit Venice, Moscow or Sydney. If you’re hurting for your next trip — but…
  • Beauty Light: Travel Beauty Tips for Light Packers

    Jessie Beck
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The first time I backpacked solo, I left all my hair and beauty products behind. I’d be roughing it in Morocco, so why would I need to waste space on non-essential items like makeup? Turns out, the answer to that is, “Confidence.” If you’re used to a little primping at home, entering the world in the same grubby outfit, with the same ponytail and no-makeup face, makes you feel like you’re not yourself. On the other extreme, packing every beauty product you’ve ever owned or think you may need isn’t a practical use of space either. Years have passed from that first backpacking…
  • Carry On Packing With Teens

    Jennifer Miller
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This week we’re happy to feature a guest post by Jenni Mahnaz, of Witness Humanity, whose expertise on packing with teens grew from her backpacking trip across India with her daughter. There are many articles out there about packing minimally with children- articles that really help you get down to the nitty-gritty needs when packing up the littles. But what about carry on packing with teens? Teens are no longer in need of an adult packer but sometimes they need a little guidance, especially for a first trip. No 15 year old wants to be told by mom what she is, and is not, allowed to…
  • How I Travel: Photographer, Georgia Nerheim

    Shawn Forno
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    In today’s installment of How I Travel, we talk with Georgia Nerheim, a Brooklyn based fashion photographer with a client list that includes top brands like Glamour, Victoria Secret, Women’s Health, Tanya Taylor, Avenue, Pamela Love, and even Microsoft. Originally from New York City, Georgia is constantly on the move shooting in exotic locations across the US and abroad. When not traveling the world — which is often — she can be found shooting something glamorous at a variety of New York City studios. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Georgia Nerheim. The romanticized…
  • Are Daypacks the New Best Bag for Weekend Travel?

    Jessie Beck
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I spent four days in Portland on a long weekend getaway. Normally, I’d reach for a small weekender bag I bought for trips like this — but not for this one. This time, I wanted to challenge myself and see how light I could really pack. Now, whenever friends of mine ask me how they can pack lighter, I tell them, “Get a smaller bag.” So, I took my own advice and switched out my weekender for the Tortuga daypack. It turns out, that was all I needed. If you’re up for the challenge as well, let me share why daypacks are actually the best bag for…
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    Global Adventures

  • Get Your Antique Nautical Lighting Items From Big Ship Salvage

    RebeccaParson
    26 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    If you are passionate about antique nautical lighting items, you don’t have to travel all over the world to add new things to your collection. Of course, you can visit shipyards, buy scrap and... [Please visit Global Adventures, LLC website http://www.global-adventures.us/ for full links, other content and more!]
  • Warehouse Mezzanine Benefits For A Factory

    RebeccaParson
    15 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    A lot of times when people are trying to get an overview of their factory floor, they will consider a variety of options. However, what people need to realize is they need to carefully consider all... [Please visit Global Adventures, LLC website http://www.global-adventures.us/ for full links, other content and more!]
  • A Whole New Adventure Is Out There!

    RebeccaParson
    7 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Global Adventures is redesigning its site with a new look to bring you the best online adventure possible. Stay tuned for a great new look for Global Adventures! The post A Whole New Adventure Is... [Please visit Global Adventures, LLC website http://www.global-adventures.us/ for full links, other content and more!]
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  • Sharam's cottages in Petticoat Lane (Penola)

    26 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Sharam's cottages in Petticoat Lane - Penola visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Sharam's cottages in Petticoat Lane' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of Sharam's Cottages in Petticoat Lane, Penola, South Australia. The cottage is an excellent example of early settler buildings in rural Australia. Christopher Sharam was a well known bootmaker who married Ellen Patching in 1848. Sharam built the first cottage in 1850 and a second…
  • Gammon Cottage on Petticoat Lane (Penola)

    26 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Gammon Cottage on Petticoat Lane - Penola visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Gammon Cottage on Petticoat Lane' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of Gammon Cottage in Petticoat Lane, Penola, South Australia. Originally named Christies Row, later Wilson's Lane and in 1980 renamed to Petticoat Lane, the lane contains a number of state heritage listed buildings from 1850 to the 1st World War. Gammon Cottage was the former Church of England…
  • Saint Joseph's church in Penola (Penola)

    25 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Saint Joseph's church in Penola - Penola visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Saint Joseph's church in Penola' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of Portland and Riddoch Street with the Saint Joseph catholic church in Penola, South Australia. The church from 1924 replaced the previous stone church from 1859 on the same site. At this site Australia's first religious order, the Sisters of St Joseph, with the mission to educate poor…
  • Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Penola)

    25 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Arthur Street, Penola, South Australia. The church was built in 1870 by builders James and Joseph Riddoch and replaced a former weatherboard church in Bowden Street.
  • Katholische Kirche (Ost)

    24 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Panorama photographed by a b who wrote:Katholische Kirche
 
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  • Disney Vacation Club Goes Wild About Goofy

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Greetings from Skagway, Alaska, gateway to the Klondike! Today marks Day 4 of our first Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise to Alaska, and things are starting to get really Goofy here on the Disney Wonder. I’m joined by Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the longtime voice of Goofy and one of the many special performers and presenters who are helping make this voyage unlike any other. Bill recently earned a prestigious Annie Award from the International Animated Film Association for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting for a Television Production – one of several Annie Awards garnered by the…
  • #DisneyKids: How Little Ones Can Make the Most of Star Wars Weekends

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is an annual event that features activities for all ages, so even the youngest family members can join in on the fun. All three of my little girls are huge fans of the characters from both the original films and the new Star Wars Rebels series on Disney XD, so it is a huge treat for them to meet their favorites in person. Parents of Padawans won’t want to miss these incredibly themed hands-on experiences, taking place weekends May 15 – June 14, 2015. Jedi Training Academy – Kids from 4 to 12 can sign up to train to be a Jedi and battle…
  • Let’s Celebrate World Oceans Day at Epcot!

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    While World Oceans Day is recognized globally on June 8, you can join us at the perfect venue — The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot — on June 3 to get a head start on the festivities! After you enjoy the attraction with Nemo, Marlin, Dory and all your fishy friends, stick around to explore our huge 5.7 million-gallon aquarium to see and learn all about tropical fish, stingrays, sea turtles and even sharks! You may already know it’s tough to be a bug, but do you know how tough it is to be a sea turtle? You can catch a glimpse into the lives of sea turtles from their very first day…
  • Rick Springfield, Tiffany, Chaka Kahn Rock ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series at 2015 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    In January, we let you in on the dates for this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. One of my favorite times of the year! And this year is the 20th anniversary of the festival! Now, I have the enviable task of giving you more info on this year’s festival – the lineup for 2015’s “Eat to the Beat” concert series. Being a child of the ‘80s, I’m SUPER pumped for some of our new acts like Tiffany and Chaka Kahn. Also new to this year’s festival are the S.O.S. Band, Everclear and Maxi Priest. Here’s the full list. Hope your favorite is on there! David Cook –…
  • Star Wars Weekends Take You as Close to the Force as You Can Get

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re nearly halfway through Star Wars Weekends 2015, and the excitement continues to build. This year’s event spreads further across Disney’s Hollywood Studios than ever before, from the celebrity talk shows at Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard to the new Darth’s Mall merchandise complex on Streets of America. If you’ve got a passion for the Force and credits to burn, Darth’s Mall is the place for you! You’ll never find a more fetching hive of fun and boutiquery (is that even a word?). In addition to the limited edition and event-exclusive items on offer, it’s also…
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  • New Themes: Apostrophe and Canard

    sarah semark
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today, WordPress.com welcomes two new free themes to its collection: Apostrophe and Canard. Apostrophe With a pared-down design and bold images, Apostrophe is ideally suited to magazine-style sites, like travelogues, fashion blogs, or foodie sites. It’s an update of Semicolon, built by Automattic’s own Konstantin Kovshenin. Apostrophe supports Social Links Menus, Featured Images, Site Logos, Post Formats, Custom Menus, Widgets, Custom Backgrounds, and Custom Headers. Read more about Apostrophe on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from…
  • Web Publishing for All! Introducing Community Translator Tools

    Julian de Bhál
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Publishing tools for everyone Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We believe that WordPress.com should be for everyone, not just English speakers — it’s why we already serve WordPress in 131 languages — but we want to make it even more accessible.4 To keep so many languages up to date we need to make it radically easier for non-English speaking communities to help with translation. We’re proud to announce…
  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    Krista
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of WordPress.com

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your WordPress.com site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on WordPress.com. Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
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  • InterContinental Hong Kong

    Eunice Khong
    10 May 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Words & Photos by Sharon Tan Intercontinental Hong Kong perched right on the edge of Kowloon offers magnificent views of the famous Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. This 17-storey hotel clad with red granite may not look like much from the outside but step inside and you will be greeted by sweeping harbour views […]
  • Spain (Day 4): Avila

    Eunice Khong
    6 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Words & photos by Kelly Khong Continued from Spain (Day 3): Toledo Avila is often known as the ‘Town of Stones and Saints’ and was declared as a world Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. Its cultural heritage is a reflection of history, architecture, people and landscape. Las Murallas, the Walls of Avila, are the unique […]
  • Spain (Day 3): Toledo

    Eunice Khong
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continued from Alcalá de Henares Toledo is the next destination, about an hour’s drive from Madrid City. Breathtaking views greeted us on our way to Hotel Dominico, because the historic fortress built on high ground simply looked like an enchanted fairytale from childhood storybooks. Yes, Toledo is a popular […]
  • Spain (Day 1 & 2): Alcalá de Henares

    Eunice Khong
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Hola como estas! What makes you think “Spain”? Flamenco dancers, bullfights, tapas, soccer, Don Quixote or paella? My journey to Spain explored more than the usual must-sees: the world heritage cities around Madrid, the capital of Spain, proved that Spain is a land of bountiful natural beauties and colorful […]
  • SG50 Weekend Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Recently we were invited back to our favourite staycation hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore, for fun and food over the weekend. What we like most about the location is that it’s connected to Marina Square Shopping Mall, Suntec City and Millennia Walk where you can find plenty of shopping and restaurants. Pan Pacific Singapore is conveniently […]
 
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  • Summer Holiday Ideas for Families

    13 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Time for a change? The summer holidays approach and we've been debating what makes for the perfect family summer holiday. We can't agree on much here, you grow to love your destinations so much that it is hard to give ground. We've been arguing Tanzania vs Morocco, Croatia vs Turkey, US vs Peru and getting nowhere. What we can agree with is change is as good as a rest, mixing it up and doing something different.  The Recipe A small measure of adventure gets the whole family on the same page (and the kids away from their devices) An injection of culture shakes things…
  • Beach extensions for your safari

    5 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Safari Holidays are, without doubt, a once in a life time experience. However (now don’t laugh at us please) they can also be quite hard work at times. Routine at the camps is fairly structured and rigid; rise at dawn (first call at 0400am), 4 hour game drive, followed by breakfast, relaxation time and then another 4 hour game drive late afternoon. Dinner is usually served at around 7.30pm. After a few days on safari your children (and you) will be ready for a change of pace and it can be very welcoming to kick back and relax. The question is, where to go and what to combine your safari…
  • Our Trademark Cape Town Experiences

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    It can be a bit over-whelming knowing where to start when visiting a city like Cape Town - there is just so much to see. We pride ourselves on having a truly unique offering in Cape Town, which we couple with lovingly hand-picked accommodation. There are so many different ways of getting under the skin of Cape Town and we have taken great pride in selecting some of the best experiences with the best guides. There is no real substitute for spending a day with a local guide. Not only are you helping to support the local economy, but you are also getting a chance to speak to someone who has…
  • The Best Safari Camps in Africa for Families

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    Many lodges and safari camps claim to be family friendly, but few actually are. We are all parents ourselves and take pride in visiting and selecting safari camps and lodges which are genuinely family friendly, but also offer something unique for parents as well. Read on to discover our favourites.  1) LAIKIPIA WILDERNESS CAMP, KENYA Our favourite family friendly camp in Kenya, if not the whole of Africa, Laikipia offers an off the beaten track intimate wilderness safari experience. The camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river…
  • Unmissable Road Trip Adventures

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    We believe that time spent in a car on a road trip is a means to an end. What you really should be doing, is getting out there and experiencing the landscape and breathing in the fresh air. Most National Parks have a road infrastructure that means that you can drive to the view points and tick them off, without getting a sense of the place. So we say, ditch the car and go exploring.  Where you rest your weary head at the end of the day is just as important, so we have paired each of our favourite adventures with some of our favourite places to stay, where you can sit back and relax…
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    The Traveller

  • Places to Visit in Montana (U.S.A)

    29 May 2015 | 1:28 am
    Image Credit: lastgreatplaces.netMontana is a state located in Western USA. It has many cities like Dillon, Livingston, Laurel, Miles city and Sidney. There are many mountain ranges in this state. So obviously the meaning of Montana is mountain. Helena is the capital of Montana and the nickname of this state is TREASURE STATE.Though this country is not an over populated country; still too there are millions of tourists visiting this place every year. The following are worth mention places for sight-seeing.GLACIER NATIONAL PARK: This Park is famous for hiking, wild spotting and sparkling…
  • Dubai Scenic Tour

    25 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Among the seven United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the largest among them. This country attracts millions of tourist from all over the world each year. Most of the population staying in this country is from U.K. or India, since most of them work there. Dubai is duty free port with no taxation, so mostly people make it a point to visit this country during the shopping festival during the month of January. You will find the world’s tallest building, the largest man-made island, massive malls and beautiful hotels and many more. Some of them are as follows:BURJ KHALIFA: It is the tallest building…
  • In Japan Hell Is Due North

    22 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Valley of Hell/Isle’s Sulphurous/Belching/Bubbling Jigoku-DaniThe northernmost island of Japan,Hokkaido, is known for few things like beer in Sapporo, skiing in Niseko, ubiquitous uni or sea urchin and beef. Valley of Hell or the isle’s sulphurous, belching and bubbling Jigoku-Dani is not known to many, which is a 24 acre geothermal crater formed from the eruption of Mount Kuttara around 20,000 years back. Situated within Hokkaido’s Shikotsu-Toya National Park, where stirring lava pits together with simmering black sulphur calderas tend to lie in wait beneath a thick blanket of snow, it…
  • Dortmund, Germany

    20 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    Dortmund – 8th Largest City in GermanyDortmund, a city in Germany is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine- Westphalia having a population of around 575,944 – 2013, making it the 8th largest city in Germany. It is considered to be the largest city with regards to area and population in the Ruhr Area which is an urban area with 5.1 million inhabitants (2011), the largest urban group in Germany. Moreover, it is also a part of the larger Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area of over 12 million inhabitants. The Ruhr River flows south of the city while the small river Emscher flows through the…
  • Places to Visit in Amsterdam

    18 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Amsterdam is a part of Netherland. Here the people are very loving to each other and go out of their way to help others. The people from different fields, children and families enjoy the company of each other. This city is also famous for tourism. Thereare some places of interest where one would like to visit.ANNE FRANK HOUSE: Anne frank was residing in this city. She and her family were hiding for more than two years during the World War II. She spent her two years writing a diary on her life during the period of world war. This diary tells the story of the wartime persecution of the…
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  • The First Trip to Gogane [Video]

    Gareth
    27 May 2015 | 3:42 am
    Here is the video footage from my first trip out to the village of Gogane with the Active Hearts Himalaya team, just days after the first massive earthquake hit Nepal. ACIVE HEARTS HIMALAYA DONATION PAGE PHOTOS FROM GOGANE ——————————————————————————————– Here is storyline, in case you want to read along… For millions of Nepali people, this unbelievable nightmare is their reality. Homes and land…
  • Disaster Relief at Eye Level [55 PHOTOS]

    Gareth
    16 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    It isn’t until you leave the city of Kathmandu that you can really see the destruction that the earthquakes have caused. Nepal is made up of 75 districts, 12 of which were absolutely crushed by the earthquakes. Within those 12 districts there are countless towns and villages that have been, and continue to be, greatly effected by the quakes. Many of which will never exist again. Through the great work of Active Hearts Himalaya and the donations that keep rolling in, we are able to help stabilize one village (and a few surrounding communities) in a moment of…
  • My Nepal Earthquake Experience

    Gareth
    15 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    One of the many collapsed buildings in downtown Kathmandu I don’t know what it feels like to wake up in the morning and have your entire life turned upside down. I don’t know what it feels like to loose your job, community, and home over night. I don’t know what it feels to have your entire family taken from you in an instant. Unfortunately however, I do know what it looks like now, and it’s the most devastating thing I’ve ever seen… I’m writing this post from back in Kathmandu, where the journey began over a month and a half ago. What was supposed to be an amazing three months…
  • The Perfect Road Trip in Florianopolis

    Gareth
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    With all the hype around Rio de Janeiro and its beautiful beaches, it’s easy to overlook the other hot spots around Brazil. I get it; many tourists want to see the most popular places within a particular country, and don’t have time for much else. But let me just tell you; if you go to Brazil and only visit Rio de Janeiro – it’s like you’ve gone to a buffet and only ate the chicken tenders. Sure, it’s delicious, but there’s so much more out there! Florianopolis for example, is only an hour and a half flight from Rio, and the 40+ beaches on the island rival any of those in…
  • Travel Deeper – Brazil

    Gareth
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Five years of traveling deeper in South America, and it all led me to this… One of the most incredibly difficult and absolutely amazing years of my life – Living and traveling in Brazil. The goal was to live in Rio de Janeiro, travel around the country, participate in Carnaval, and somehow work at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Through many setbacks and roadblocks, I managed to meet a lot of great Brazilian people who helped me travel deeper and live my dreams over the course of a year living in Brazil. This video is the visual story of how it all happened and how I went from sitting at…
 
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  • How Working in Retail Tourism Helped Me See The World

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    21 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    My entire life, I’ve dreamed of travel, of experiencing new cultures and doing something unconventional. As an eager professional fresh out of college, I wanted to see the world. Instead, I saw the inside of a cubicle, every morning, afternoon and early evening. And by the end of each week, I ... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Interview With An Expat In Abu Dhabi: Gina Nelson

    Chelle Roberts
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Gina Nelson, an artist and educational consultant, shares the story of her life as an expat in Abu Dhabi. Hope you're inspired by this traveler interview.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Jetsetter Roundup: Adventure Travel

    Chelle Roberts
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This month's Jetsetter Roundup is a compilation of adventure travel stories from travelistas around the globe. Enjoy the inspiring stories, photos & advice.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Agnes & The Beaded Dress: My Time in a Maasai Village

    Diane Haithman
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    On Diane Haithman's recent trip to Ongata-Rangai, a small Maasai village in Kenya, she had a chance to meet some of the talented women who create the traditional hand-beaded accessories she loves. Diane offers a glimpse into daily Maasai life and her excitement the day she received a beaded dress.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • I’m Black, So I’m Kind of a Big Deal in China

    Yahoo Travel (Brittany Jones Cooper)
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    We didn’t speak the same language, but the look in her eye told me everything I needed to know. She thought I was someone famous. I was black in China. So, obviously, I had to be Beyoncé. I boarded the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel train for a trip over to the land of odd-looking skyscrapers in Pudo... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
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  • Photo Essay: Colorful Colonial Buildings in Cartagena, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    22 May 2015 | 10:45 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: Colorful Colonial Buildings in Cartagena, Colombia This post is part 7 of 7 in the series Cartagena Travel Guide We’ve traveled to more than our share of world-class preserved Colonial cities, including Antigua, Guatemala and the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City. Both are gorgeous, but both are handily outdone by the beauty and ambiance of the restored Colonial architecture in the…
  • How to Buy the Best Binoculars for Travel

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    18 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - How to Buy the Best Binoculars for Travel If you’re like us, seeing wildlife is a big part of the thrill of travel and we’ve had plenty of exciting wild animal encounters throughout the Americas including an amazing array of birds in Belize, penguins in Antarctica and these guys in the Galapagos Islands. It helps that Karen inherited eagle eyes from her dad. It also helps to have a good pair of…
  • Mountain Mercy – Minca, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    12 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Mountain Mercy – Minca, Colombia After a few days in the sweltering beach town of Taganga and in sunny, coastal Tayrona National Park we were more than ready for a cool down. In northern Colombia, with its sweaty, slow, Caribbean heat, that means one thing: time to travel to the mountain town of Minca. The road up to Minca, about nine miles (14 km) from Santa Marta, is narrow, winding and rough but we were…
  • Worth the Hype and High Prices? – Tayrona National Park, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    5 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Worth the Hype and High Prices? – Tayrona National Park, Colombia Tayrona National Park is Colombia’s first national park and it protects a string of beautiful beaches. The park is one of Colombia’s top five most talked about travel destinations, but is Tayrona worth the hype and high prices? El Cabo Beach, just one of the beautiful coastal spots that are protected within Tayrona National Park…
  • Photo Essay: The Heart of Street Art – Cartagena, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: The Heart of Street Art – Cartagena, Colombia This post is part 6 of 7 in the series Cartagena Travel Guide The street art tradition is alive and well in Cartagena, Colombia where works by modern graffitti and street art legends from Colombia and around the world, including Dj Lu – Juegasiempre, Lik Me, Fin DAC, Yurika MDC, M.R. Love and DEXS, mingle with historic Colonial architecture in…
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa: 20% Summer Offer 2015

    28 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    The early bird...gets a great offer! Book now for stays 15 May through 15 December 2015 and receive 20% off with no minimum stay and free Wi-Fi. Come and enjoy a tranquil summer getaway in our beautiful corner of the world. 
  • Island Villas: Summer Steals!

    26 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    With Summer upon us our rentals are proving to be quite the hit for the perfect family getaway! This week we feature Howzat! with it's free night special! Contact us at reservations@island-villas.com or (0)80 0097 0886 (UK) / (866) 978-8499 (US). 
  • Beach View Hotel: September Bookings!

    14 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Re-opening special! For stays from September 21st - October 10th, Rates starting from as low as US$138 + tax per night! Available on Beach View's website only. 
  • South Gap Hotel: Welcome Summer!!

    12 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    It's A Summer To Remember! Save 20% Off for June and August 2015. Save More - 25% Off for July, September and October 2015!! All rooms are oceanfront with balconies and offer complimentary Wi-Fi,Cable TV and Air- Conditioning. Book by June 15 2015 
  • South Gap Hotel: End Of Spring Special!

    12 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Travel From Now Until May 31 2015 And Receive 15% Off Accommodation! All rooms are oceanfront with balconies and offer Free Wi-Fi, cable television and air-conditioning. No Minimum Stay Required. Hurry. Book Now! 
 
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  • A Case Study in Singaporean Retardation: Xiaxue, “Celebrity Blogger”

    Manuel Pfister
    27 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    A couple years ago we published an anonymous guest post entitled “i dun unerstan u lah: An expose of Singaporea and Singaporean Retardation”. The article was wildly popular and it went viral almost immediately after we posted it. The overall response was basically foreigners saying “Yup, that’s Singapore” and Singaporeans saying “We no retarded FAK Uuuuuu Foreigners $*(#&(*@#&$”. Yesterday, I accidentally stumbled across a perfect example of Singaporean Retardation in the wild: 31 year old “Celebrity Blogger,” Xiaxue, aka Wendy…
  • Guest Post: Jakarta, Indonesia Nightlife

    Thibaud
    24 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    I have traveled to pretty much all the capital cities in Asia and there is not one place I like more than Jakarta, as far as the party scene is concerned. One of the best things about it is that there are still very few foreigners around. Even in luxury malls or expat neighborhoods, you will only meet a handful of them who are either working or visiting on business. Tourism is almost non-existent as there are hardly any attractions to visit. To make it worse, the reputation of the city in terms of pollution and traffic discourages many of the most adventurous travelers. The direct consequence…
  • How to set up a fully functioning online store with no up front costs

    Manuel Pfister
    20 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    We spend a lot of time expounding on the virtues of living a location independent lifestyle and setting up an entrepreneurial venture. Earlier this month I covered the concept of writing/blogging for a living, but that clearly isn’t for everyone. Selling products online is yet another option that can allow you to have your own business and live a location independent lifestyle, which I believe is really key in controlling your own destiny. Owning 100% of your own time is far more liberating than making lots money while working for somebody else. Even CEOs of publicly traded companies…
  • Guest Post City Guide: Hanoi, Vietnam

    SDT Team
    15 May 2015 | 12:23 am
    After visiting Saigon, Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc we’ve become huge fans of Vietnam. Today we’d like to bring you a guest post from Naughty Nomad (aka Mark Zolo) covering a city we haven’t made it to yet, Hanoi. Overview Hanoi is moto mayhem. The locals aren’t the most pro-western. Ha long bay near-by is mandatory. Hanoi in a word: implacable. C.O.H: 3 / 5 Q.O.G: 3 / 5 S.T.L: 2.5 / 5 Naughty Nomad’s City guide ratings explained Costs €$£ Beer: Around €.60 a pint Bed: €8 for a private room. Bud: €5 for a cigarette box. Board: €1 for a basic meal. Budget…
  • Estonian e-Residency Update: You can now file online!

    Manuel Pfister
    13 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Good news: Estonia’s e-Residency application is now online and open for business. It takes just about five minutes to apply and costs 50 EUR which can be paid by credit or debit card. According to the confirmation page, it should take about one month to get your new ID card and you can pick it up in Estonia or at your choice of one of 38 different Estonian Embassy locations. This definitely seems like something you might want to get in on the ground floor of and Estonia seems like an excellent place to internationalize! Hell, their application form even offers “Location…
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • A Quickie Escape to Great Wolf Lodge

    Corinne
    5 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    When the school year is in full swing, along with activities and sports, it’s difficult to fathom getting away with the family, let alone planning it. That’s why we’ve been embracing mini-breaks lately. Sneaking away for a night at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls was just the ticket for a quick recharge in the midst of a very busy spring. We realized it had been seven years since our first visit to Great Wolf Lodge. At the time we were still just a family of three, and our nine-year-old was then two and enjoyed herself very much! With Bub being six (!) now, we figured this…
  • Baby Travel Gear Essentials

    Corinne
    1 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    No matter where you’re going or where you’re staying, you need to focus on four main aspects of travel with a baby–Eating, Sleeping, Playing, and Getting Around. This list of baby travel gear essentials will help you keep baby safe and comfortable no matter your trip. Baby Travel Gear – Eating A wipeable bib is a must for feeding baby on the go. This way, baby keeps (mostly) clean, and all you have to do is wipe and fold back into the diaper bag. Not every restaurant will have a high chair, and sometimes you might just want to feed baby in your room. To keep baby safe…
  • Our Favourite New York City Attractions For Families

    Corinne
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    We crammed a lot into our long weekend in New York City. I was surprised just how child and family-friendly everything and everyone was. I’ve been to New York plenty of times for work and for fun, but I had never really played tourist before, so it was awesome visiting these iconic New York City attractions for families for the first time with my kids. All of these places are pretty centrally located, close to many great New York hotels, so cab rides likely won’t be necessary unless you really want to teach the kids to hail one down. At the American Museum of Natural History…
  • Best Hotels for Big Families in New York City

    Corinne
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    New York City is not exactly renowned for spacious or affordable hotel rooms, but contrary to popular belief, there are actually lots of NYC properties with rooms big enough for multiple kids, and are also well-located and won’t drain your retirement fund. So don’t hesitate to book those flights to New York; the best New York family hotel options offer rooms that will not only fit all your kids, but welcome them too. Best Western Holiday House, NYC Comfortable and Affordable Suites at Best Western Hospitality House Located steps from all the action in East Midtown, this converted…
  • Family Travel Ideas – New Experiences and Adventures

    Corinne
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Little Bubblemakers From our very first trip as a family of three, to our very first trip as a family of four, those journeys were really about just being somewhere different. If the opportunity to relax came up, well that was a bonus. Fun? Of course, but a different kind of fun from what we were used to. Seeing the world with a baby or toddler in tow can feel totally daunting at first, but my family is living proof that those travels get easier and easier. And now we’re at this place where we can actually do stuff. Now my family travel ideas include things like learn an activity…
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  • Cliffs of Moher is the best cliff view in the WORLD

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler voted Cliffs of Moher as the top cliff view that rivals with Grand Canyon in this article; ‘Nine Gorgeous Cliff Views That Rival The Grand Canyon’. 1. Cliffs of Moher – Ireland 2. White Cliffs of Dover – Kent, United Kingdom 3. Preikestolen – Rogaland, Norway 4. Grand Canyon – Arizona 5. Cabo Girão – Madeira, Portugal 6. Kalaupapa Cliffs – Molokai, Hawaii 7. Mount Thor – Nunavut, Canada 8. Cliffs of Étretat – Normandy, France 9. Half Dome – Yosemite, California Read the full…
  • Self-Drive Ireland: A Luxury Experience?

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    29 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Travelling around Ireland is a magical experience and, with globally-recognised routes such as the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s no surprise that the Emerald Isle has become such a popular destination for self-drive holidays. Each new road you discover will reveal it’s own unique character. In Ireland, the roads are safe, the drivers are courteous and the destinations are well worth the trip. Whether you are looking to relax in the tranquil surroundings of The Beara Peninsula, take in world famous sites such as The Cliffs of Moher or enjoy the ‘craic’ with the locals on a night…
  • 4 Jaw Dropping Ireland Videos

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    17 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    A couple videos represents Ireland beautifully; The Sounds Of The Wild Atlantic Way: Solomon Grey drove down the West-Coast of Ireland recording the sounds and people they met along the way. Their aim was to compose a unique score to this inspirational coastline The Garden of Ireland Wonderful views of around Wicklow Seen from the sky: The Wild Atlantic Way When land meets sea and nature and beauty collide, the result is a varied and majestic coastline, unique to the West of Ireland. Witness the Wild Atlantic Way’s sweeping sandy beaches, sheer cliffs, ancient forts and rocky outcrops from…
  • Boyne Valley Drive

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    22 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    The Boyne Valley Drive is a scenic route that follows the Boyne River through counties Louth and Meath. What makes this drive remarkable, is the fact that the attractions along the route cover 9,000 years of history! In comparison to routes such as the Wild Atlantic Way, the Boyne Valley Route is a lot more accessible to tourists on the East Coast of Ireland, and in total measures only 220km long.  In total, the route visits 22 historic attractions along the way while also visiting towns such as Drogheda, Navan, Old Castle, Trim, Slane Village and Kells. Among the top highlights is the…
  • Ireland’s Christmas Markets – A Few Of The Best

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    19 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
      Christmas markets have been popular on the Continent since Christianity first hit Europe, and Ireland has a very long and ancient tradition of markets in general. However, it is only relatively recently that the concept of a ‘Christmas Market’ has really begun to take off in Ireland. Ireland’s Christmas markets are great places, packed with atmosphere, great products, and good cheer. If these don’t get you in the festive spirit, nothing will! Dublin Dublin has a few Christmas markets – the Docklands Christmas festival has been going for nine years, while relative…
 
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  • From NOLA and Back Again: Best New Orleans Day Trips

    Christopher Garland
    29 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Like other cities rich in culture, New Orleans is an easy space to stay within. I am consistently stunned by the things to do that I haven’t yet done, as well as the things to do that I didn’t even know about. And what I didn’t know — and maybe couldn’t have known until I tried them — was that … Read the rest -» The post From NOLA and Back Again: Best New Orleans Day Trips appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • NOLA, Floored: The Most Instagrammable Floors in New Orleans

    Liz Beeson
    27 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    So you’ve got a thing with floors. Lucky for you, New Orleans is overflowing with beauty from the top of our heads to the soles of our shoes. Take a look at some of our favorite Instagram shots of NOLA floors and streets. Whether #shoefies are involved or not? We’ll leave that up to you. Tile signage marks Louisiana Avenue.… Read the rest -» The post NOLA, Floored: The Most Instagrammable Floors in New Orleans appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • New Orleans Weekend Picks: Oyster Fest, Taste at the Lake, Roar

    Sara Watson
    27 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Give May a proper sendoff with New Orleans events happening this weekend. New Orleans Oyster Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday – proceeds benefit local estuaries and wildlife programs so arriving hungry is a befitting requisite. Also on the food front this weekend: Taste at the Lake and the Eat Local Kickoff Party, both on Saturday. The sounds of … Read the rest -» The post New Orleans Weekend Picks: Oyster Fest, Taste at the Lake, Roar appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • Girl Power! Women Chefs of New Orleans

    Kelly Harris
    27 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    New Orleans has a long and rich history of successful women chefs dating back to as early as the 1850s. Elizabeth Kettenring, for one, was the queen of butcher’s breakfast. Butcher’s breakfast (a.k.a. brunch) was served daily at 11:00 a.m. at the Dutrey Market Coffee Exchange (later called Begue’s) in the French Quarter. Lena Richard, a black woman, was the … Read the rest -» The post Girl Power! Women Chefs of New Orleans appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • My NOLA: 20 Questions with Nina Compton

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    26 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    In a recent interview with Forbes Travel Guide about her move to New Orleans, chef Nina Compton couldn’t help but gush. “I haven’t had a single bad meal since I moved here,” she said. “I haven’t had a single thing where I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s okay.’ Every single thing is so good!” Compton first visited New Orleans as a contestant … Read the rest -» The post My NOLA: 20 Questions with Nina Compton appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
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  • What It’s Like to Live in Costa Rica (Why We’re Back and Why We’re STILL Here)

    Roxy Christensen
    20 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    It’s been a year ago February (2015) since we arrived in Costa Rica (for the second time). We got here just a month before our sixth child, Saige Journee Denning was born! We’d already spent a year and a half living in Guatemala, but then it was time to go. Our intention had been to find a place in El Salvador (and potentially have the baby there), but that didn’t work out as planned. So it was on to Nicaragua (by then I was 6 months pregnant, and really feeling the need to find a ‘nest’ for having this baby!). I was ready to have her at the beach town of Las…
  • And Then There Came Europe…

    Rachel Denning
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Casa Ylang Ylang on Finca Ipe I want a sewing machine. And an ice cream maker. I want to plant a garden, grow some herbs and some flowers. I want a house where we can store our growing library, make crafty things to hang on the walls and decorative pillows to put on the couch. I want a place to keep all of our memorabilia — pictures the kids draw, their little scribbled notes of love and my seashell collection. (I want, I want, I want… I sound like a spoiled brat.) After giving birth to Saige here in Costa Rica, which provided the opportunity to get residency, this burning desire…
  • Thailand Elephant Rides: Ethics vs. Entertainment

    Roxy Christensen
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is a guest post by my sister, who may soon become a regular contributor. Click here to learn the basics of yoga with her.   The morality and ethics of riding elephants (and other tourist attractions focused on the spectacle of animals) is an old discussion. So why write about a used topic? Because maybe you will sympathize with my story and perspective. Maybe my opinion will help you feel better (or worse) about your position regarding the extortion of elephants. Living in Thailand for the past three years, I had held strongly to my opinion and vigilant avoidance of animal related…
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  • 11 most popular Instagrams in April 2015

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    The gorgeous Ligurian Riviera was a major player in our Instagram gallery last month, so you will have seen some of these photos recently. But it wasn’t all about Italy. Poland, Sweden and Switzerland feature among our most popular ‘grams of April, as well. Again, I’m posting the photos directly, due to the…shall we say, varying dependability of Instagram’s embed function. Enough said, here are the most popular Instagrams in April. If you want to see them directly on the application, I’ve linked to the relevant Instagram photo in the numbering. 11.
  • Silent Sunday: View of Dinas Head, Pembrokeshire, Wales

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    24 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    View of Dinas Head from Mynydd Carningli (Carningli Mountain), Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales Silent Sunday: View of Dinas Head, Pembrokeshire, Wales is a post from Sophie's World
  • Cinque Terre, Portovenere and the Poets

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    22 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Portovenere I know you’re all waiting for Cinque Terre – and I’ll get to that. But hold your horses, as the Yanks say. First, I’ll show you a town at least as pretty (and even more interesting, I think). That’s Portovenere, just a few kilometres away. I’d recommend staying here rather than in the five little villages, especially in summer, as with fame come the crowds. Not only is Portovenere a lovely base for a visit to Cinque Terre; it’s a very worthwhile destination in itself, with natural beauty, quirky, colourful Ligurian architecture, and…
  • #Emiratesairline Business Class Review

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    19 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    On a cold February day, I boarded an Emirates flight from Oslo to Dubai, to swap snow for sand for a few days. The 6.5-hour flight is served by a Boeing 777-300ER, on a route that has only been in operation for a few months. I was here as a guest of the airline to test the service. Seated in Business Class, I was in my own comfy cocoon. There are partition walls between the seats, head height, for privacy when seated next to a stranger – or to lower when with a friend or family member (or perhaps a particularly interesting stranger). Massage seat. Just sayin’ The business class…
  • Silent Sunday: World War 2 hero and his bicycle in Oslo

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    17 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    When your country is taken over by 100 000 Germans, you get angry Sculpture of World War 2 hero of the resistance movement, Gunnar Sønsteby, placed where he was standing with his bicycle during the invasion on 9 April 1940, watching Nazi troops marching up Oslo‘s main street, Karl Johan. Silent Sunday: World War 2 hero and his bicycle in Oslo is a post from Sophie's World
 
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  • Five Must-Haves for your next outdoor adventure

    Rohnan
    19 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    There’s a lot of outdoor gear vying for space in your backpack or the back of your four-wheel drive, but there are a few essential items that should go with you when you hit the great outdoors. Good footwear If you’re going to be doing any walking away from pavements or soft beach sand, good shoes or boots are a must. Your feet are the most important part of your body on a hike, and they’ll be doing most of the work, so they’re worth looking after with a properly fitted shoe. Look for a shoe that’s waterproof yet still let your feet breathe; modern synthetics are great for this (and…
  • Jet Set Jobs: How to Get Paid to Travel

    Rohnan
    12 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Many people dream about retiring early from their working lives and travelling the world while they are still young. However, some people do not necessarily need to retire in order to travel and access all four corners of the globe. There are a number of jobs that allow employees to travel across the world and visit various continents while earning money. Some people are lucky enough to visit the world’s greatest monuments, or one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events in a lifetime. Meanwhile, others prefer to produce their thoughts in writing while some choose to extend their…
  • Why A Trip To Kas In Turkey Is Well Worth Considering For Your Holiday This Year

    Rohnan
    7 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    Pronounced “Kash”, Kas in Turkey is a truly unspoilt, charming and friendly Turkish resort, which was once a busy and thriving Fishing town, but is now a popular, yet quiet, tourist destination for those looking for something a bit different from their holiday. Attracting a wide range of single people, couples and families, Kas offers something that is on one hand tranquil but on the other exciting, with much to see and do and the ideal base to explore the surrounding areas. About Kas Kas is a small town and a district of Antalya Province, easily reached by both Antalya and Dalaman…
  • Siracusa: Nature, Culture and Stunning Seafront Villas

    Rohnan
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    If you want a busy holiday full of beautiful landscapes and rich culture, Sicily is the place for you! Specifically, the area around Siracusa is a must if you plan to enjoy Sicily’s beaches. An unmissable place to visit is Vendicari Nature Reserve. This place is incredible and there is so much to do. There is a fabulous beach with clear blue water. There is also scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking, canoeing, birdwatching and awesome Hellenic ruins! In Siracusa, there is the Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre, the marvellous quarries, Arethusa’s Fountain and the Temple of Apollo.
  • Six Great Ski Resorts to Visit in Europe

    Globetrooper Chris
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Skiing is an all time favorite winter sport for many. Don’t get cabin fever and stay in all winter. Get yourself to some of Europe’s hottest ski resorts to melt away those winter blues. A ski holiday is nothing short of a winter wonderland full of powdery white snow to slosh and slice through with your skis. When all is said and done, you can retire next to the fireplace with a warm beverage. Where will go for your next ski holiday? Here are some of Europe’s best ski destinations to go to. Val Thorens With it’s peak towering at 2,300 meters, Val Thorens is…
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  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
  • No Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.

    Phil Hollows
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Telephone support will be unavailable today; live chat (from the top toolbar) and email support will still be available during east coast business hours, however. Phone support will be added back on Wednesday, May 13th.        Related StoriesNo Support Today, Monday May 25 2015Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Power Email Marketing with FeedBlitz

    Phil Hollows
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Did you know we have great power email marketing capabilities? While FeedBlitz is best known for its RSS feed powered email automation (corporate engineering motto: If it moves, automate it), we’ve been steadily increasing FeedBlitz’s traditional email marketing capabilities as well. In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of our “Newsflash” emailing function, which is used for “traditional” (i.e. manually produced) newsletters, updates and sales pieces: New:Draft mailings from blog posts, and then edit before mailing; New: The ability to mail…
  • New: Add Pins, Instagram to your Subscriber Emails!

    Phil Hollows
    4 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    When is an email to your subscribers not simply an email to your subscribers? When it’s a platform for your other social media activity to better engage, inform and entertain your readers, that’s when. Many of you are active on Pinterest and Instagram, curating and creating engaging and persuasive graphics and photos. But most of you are not including those photos in your email updates to your subscribers, and that means you’re missing out on opportunities to broaden your email audience’s experience with your brand, as well as delivering a more interesting mailing.
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  • 10 food challenges to try this summer

    Lauren Mack
    28 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    When a regular meal simply won’t do, why not conquer a culinary challenge this summer? You don’t have to be a professional eater to attempt these tasty feasts of strength. From hamburgers to chicken wings to doughnuts, there are plenty of palate-pleasing alternatives to sitting down for a simple meal. Dig in – if you dare! Kookamonga Burger Challenge at Kooky Canuck, Memphis, Tennessee, United States Kookamonga Burger Challenge (Image: Jay Adkins – Memphis, Tenn.) Kooky Canuck owners Lana and Shawn Danko were inspired by a burger challenge they encountered on a family trip to…
  • 9 Unexpected destinations where the party never ends in North America

    Jessica Padykula
    26 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    There are quite a few places across the U.S. and Canada that are known for their party scene. Las Vegas, Montreal, New York City and New Orleans come to mind, as well as Austin and Los Angeles. But those aren’t the only spots where you can stay out late and have fun. We’re sharing some lesser-known party spots in North America well worth checking out. Toronto, Ontario, Canada Paul Bica, Toronto via Flickr CC BY 2.0 Often overshadowed by Montreal, which is world-renowned for its party scene, Toronto is no slouch when it comes to showing people a good time. Diverse neighborhoods, a…
  • To tip or not to tip: A guide to tipping in the US

    Lauren Mack
    26 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Tickets reserved? Check. Hotel room purchased? Check. Cash for tipping? Uh… When it comes to budgeting for tipping while traveling in the U.S., figuring out when and how much to tip isn’t always as straightforward as booking a trip. During a vacation, there are typically a dozen or so folks encountered who provide services to make your trip easier and stress free. From flight attendants to hotel housekeepers to restaurant servers, the list seemingly goes on and on. It can be overwhelming determining who, when and how much to tip. We turned to Peggy Post, director, author and…
  • How to speak Hawaiian: The language of the Aloha State

    Amanda Festa
    22 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    If you’re not one of the 8,000 people worldwide who speaks fluent Hawaiian, not to worry. Learning a new language can seem intimidating at first, especially when one of the eight consonants resembles a reversed apostrophe. But learning a few words and phrases is always a good idea when traveling somewhere new. And we’re here to help. Whether you are looking forward to surfing the state’s well-known waves or taking in the area’s Polynesian culture at a luau, this crash course in the language of the Aloha State will prepare you for your next Hawaiian adventure. You…
  • Where you can use your student ID for travel discounts this summer in North America

    Lauren Mack
    21 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Savvy students seeking ways to save big on summer travel need look no further than their wallets. The student ID card is more than just a form of identification; it’s a ticket to hundreds of discounts at a variety of destinations. From museums and shops to fast-food chains and theaters, student discounts range from a few dollars off to nearly half-off admission, activities and goods. Not sure if an attraction or business offers a student discount? Be sure to ask. You might be rewarded with an unexpected travel discount this summer. Shop ’til you drop at a discount Stay connected on…
 
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  • A Quirky Dublin City Tour + Win a Guinness Prize Pack #storehousestoryCA

    Raymond Walsh
    18 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    They say you haven’t “truly” experienced Guinness until you’ve had it in Dublin. Many moons ago, I was lucky enough to check that off my bucket list. In fact, I think I may have had a few too many Guinness during my time in Ireland, since I somehow managed to miss a few of these Guinness-inspired sites suggested by the good folks at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Trinity College Founded in 1592, Trinity Collage is the oldest university in the country. It’s also home to one of the oldest libraries in all of Europe, and it houses a copy of every book published in Ireland and…
  • KLM surprises 10 lucky people with the ultimate Orange Experience

    Raymond Walsh
    12 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    This is a story I can get behind because it involves two of my favourite pastimes — travel and booze. KLM and Heineken teamed up to celebrate King’s Day and oranjegekte in Holland recently. Known as “Orange Madness,” the phenomena sees orange-clad Dutch revellers from every corner of the Netherlands celebrate with food and drink, interrupted only by street parties and other good-natured patriotic shenanigans. KLM and Heineken stepped up the activities a notch by flying to five cities around the globe — Shanghai, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, and Oslo — and inviting…
  • 10 of the Most Annoying People You See at the Airport

    Raymond Walsh
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    In a more perfect world, airline travel would be free from stress, all passengers and airport workers would be polite and courteous, and delays would be non-existent. We’d also all be holding hands and singing Kumbaya while waiting for our flights. Since none of those things is going to happen anytime soon, let’s work on some things we can change — notably, the habits of annoying people at the airport. We all have our pet peeves when it comes to other people’s behaviour. I’ve written before about the annoying games airline passengers play and the annoying habits of…
  • That Time I Got an Ultrasound of My Balls in Oman

    Raymond Walsh
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    Testicular Ultrasound, Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman In some circles, I’m certain the prospect of a smartly-dressed Indian chap rubbing lotion on your balls would be met with utter delight. Okay maybe not. I’m struggling to think of any upswing to my current predicament — lying here in an Omani hospital bed with a testicle ultrasound impending. The pain in my nuts however is thinking otherwise, and when reality becomes too much to bear, my brain is the one overwhelmed by wanderlust. It reminds me of that famous Tolkien quote: “Not all minds that wander are lost.” See I did…
  • 7 Inspiring (but Completely Fake) Famous Travel Quotes — plus 2 that were almost never famous at all

    Raymond Walsh
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    We take for granted that a lot of what we read on the internet is the gospel truth. But sometimes, it just ain’t so. In 1902, the German psychologist William Stern conducted a series of experiments involving storytelling. He enlisted a group of subjects and asked them to share a story, whispering it down the line from one person to the next. What he found was that oftentimes the text of the original tale was altered or shortened, sometimes so much so that the final telling bore little resemblance to the original. It’s the basis for the kid’s game Chinese Whispers (or…
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  • I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from Santiago Chile...

    21 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from Santiago Chile  waiting to be shared.  These are from the Bella Vista neighborhood I hope you enjoy this incredible street art as much as I do:)  I will be posting a full 10 day Chile itinerary soon so make sure you check back! Check out some of the awesome urban art in Chile’s Santiago: Graffiti: Santiago, Chile I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from…
  • Karaoke + Sushi night in Sao Paulo

    14 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Karaoke + Sushi night in Sao PauloIn New York when you decide or rather someone yells ‘let’s do karaoke’ there is a good chance you end up at SingSing in the East Village or Japas 38.  The benefit of SingSing is that you can get a private room with your friends (so you don’t embarrass yourself in front of of the entire place- at least that’s my case) or if you are brave  you have the option to belt one out to the entire room. In…View On WordPress
  • New Peruvian hot spot in Rio

    7 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    New Peruvian hot spot in RioWhen my friend suggested going to a place called Tupacfor her birthday my first reaction was ‘will they be playing his greatest hits in the background?” I was slightly disappointed to learn that we would not be having a full on 90’s dance party at dinner but the ambiance and cuisine make up for it.  There are a few decent spots for ceviche in Rio, but if you are looking for a real Peruvian…View On WordPress
  • Hot Springs at Rincón de la Vieja National Park

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Hot Springs at Rincón de la Vieja National ParkI’m one of those people who is always cold, so when I’m in New York I can come up with practically any excuse to visit the russian baths.  In Costa Rica, after tubing down the RíoNegro nothing feels better then relaxing in the thermal (aka hot springs) by Rincón de la Vieja National Park.  Located 4k away from the check in desk you can drive or horseback ride there.  Walk through the tropical…View On WordPress
  • Raphaels Terrezasa in Manuel Antonio

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Raphaels Terrezasa in Manuel Antonio Raphael’s Terrazas, located in Manuel Antonio has a relaxed atmosphere and the perfect outdoor terrace o enjoy sunset.  Their are lots of fish options and combinations. The grilled mahimahi with shrimp was excellent served with a small potato, vegetable slaw and a plantain.  My husband had the salmon with rice.  Overall the food was good but didn’t compared to the other places we had been in…View On WordPress
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  • Bloomsday and the Literary Pubs of Dublin

    The Quirky Traveller
    29 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    Dublin – most definitely a fair city with a huge amount to draw the visitor, whether it’s the feisty nightlife, historic sights, cosmopolitan atmosphere, eclectic shopping, the Guinness, music or the many festivals throughout the year… One of Dublin’s main highlights is also its fabulous literary heritage, having inspired many writers and poets throughout its history. Including one of its most famous sons, a certain Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, whose childhood home on elegant Merrion Square, is now open to the public. But there’s another famous Irish author…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    28 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    For this week’s #FreeStayFriday, we’re going island hopping to the… Monkey Island Hotel Located in the lovely Berkshire, this 200 year old hotel is located on its own Private Island. Yes, we said Private Island. The hotel can only be accessed by footbridge or boat, making it an unusual and intriguing place to get away for a night! Surrounded by beautiful gardens, riverboats and swans, the hotel blends in nicely to create a mini paradise. Just what the doctor ordered! So, if you’d like to win a one-night stay here for two people with breakfast, make sure you join…
  • Paris Music Festivals: Sounds of the Summer

    Andy Jarosz
    21 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    Few would argue that Paris is one of the world’s best cities for wandering the streets and parks without a firm plan, just leaving chance to determine what you will find, where you will stop, and which corner you’ll suddenly be tempted to explore. Paris offers a rich variety of planned and impromptu events at any time of the year, and for those who enjoy mixing music with their sightseeing, summer in the city is alive with the sound of pretty much any genre of music you can think of. Here are just a few of the musical highlights worth knowing about when you’re planning a Parisian summer…
  • Best Burgers in London: Meat the Contenders

    Andy Jarosz
    15 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    London is arguably one of the world’s culinary capitals, with some of the world’s leading chefs serving up their fancy food across the city. Thanks to the city’s cosmopolitan population you can sample cuisine from just about every country in the world… There are times, however, when amid all this choice, you just have an insatiable craving for a good ol’ burger. Not that long ago, your only option to satisfy these pangs would be to head into McDonalds or Burger King for one of their tried and tested, but oh-so-uninspiring buns in a box. The good news for meat lovers is that…
  • Eat – Drink – Stay – Play: The Hottest Happenings for May

    Martin Solly
    12 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    With longer (and warmer?) days, TWO bank holidays and even a half term break thrown in for good measure, if May isn’t a month for exploring some hot new happenings, we don’t know what is. So here are the latest openings for the merry month of May… MAY EAT // London – The Melt Room Want to know one thing that has always mildly frustrated us here at LateRooms.com…? Why it’s so hard to find a decent toastie. Seriously. The most simple of comfort foods seems beyond even the most accomplished of chefs. But all that might be about to change. Enter The Melt Room,…
 
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  • Photo Friday: Sunburst, camera club winner

    Dominique King
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We love visiting car museums, and I especially love capturing images with my camera during those visits. I like shiny things. What can I say? This image is one I captured during a visit to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg in Auburn, Indiana, and it was one where I just wanted to experiment with zooming my camera lens as I made the image. This image placed first in the Digital Photo (Color Creative Category), Beginner Division for March 2015. Check out a previous Photo Friday post here that features this image, as well as several others I captured that same day. To learn more about the museum and…
  • Cooke Castle holds court on Ohio's Gibraltar Island

    Dominique King
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Civil War financier Jay Cooke's stately home on Gibraltar Island hosted many visitors during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Water damage plus asbestos and other restoration issues make entering it pretty much off limits to visitors these days, so you can imagine how excited I was when I saw some of the home's interior during a trip I took to the island with outdoor and science writers hosted by Ohio State University last summer. The university now owns the island and "Cooke Castle", and I'd gotten a glimpse of the home's exterior and grounds when I took a public tour of…
  • Midwest Market Basket: Dietsch Brothers, Findlay, Ohio

    Dominique King
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Farmers markets, grocery stores, hardware stores, indie book stores and other local spots are among our favorite places to go souvenir shopping when we're on the road in the Midwest. Here's another edition of Midwest Market Basket feature about some of our favorite Midwest products, shopping discoveries and where to find them. It struck me as somewhat ironic that the first four letters of the Dietsch family's last name spelled out the word "diet", but that didn't much bother us as we sampled some of the long-time Findlay, Ohio company's house-made ice cream and selected some fine chocolates…
  • Dayton, Ohio eats

    Dominique King
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here is a quick review of our eating experiences during our recent trip to Dayton, Ohio: Dark Horse Tavern The Dark Horse Tavern lived up to its name in the sense that it was a little unexpected for a restaurant in a suburban strip mall, but I found this pub offering pit-smoked barbecue by using the Yelp app on my cell phone. The Dark Horse Tavern bills itself as following the fundamentals of "cowboy cooking" and offering hearty meals served up in generous portions. The dark wood-paneled pub's interior belies its strip mall location, and the portions were, as advertised, hearty and huge! We…
  • Toledo in Bloom

    Dominique King
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG) springs into full bloom this season, offering plenty of opportunities for gardeners, photographers and visitors just seeking a little serenity among the gardens, paths and public art at the garden that is part of this northern Ohio city's amazing and diverse metropark system. We visited the garden late last summer, cameras in hand, as its dahlia show garden put on an amazing display of colorful blooms, and can't wait to visit again this summer to explore more of the TBG's sixty-plus acres of display gardens and plant collections. George P. Crosby donated 20…
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  • Love and Talk, Talk, Talk

    TK
    29 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    One of the most important things I’ve learned about relationships is you should never stop communicating with your partner. I know that the internet is full of such similar advice to ensure you have a healthy and happy relationship, but this is a practice I’ve learned firsthand. And I mean, why wouldn’t it be? What’s the point of being with someone if you can’t share all your stories and feelings? If you have to hold back on the tiniest of emotions, or even worse,  the big stuff, why are you still in it? Maybe, it also has to do with how I was brought up and who…
  • Procrastinating and Data Entry

    TK
    29 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    Data-entry is mind numbing and will probably give me carpal tunnel syndrome in the near future if I’m not too careful. It’s so mindlessly boring that I can’t come up with ideas on what to write for today. Maybe it’ll come to me if I leave the office or when the bulk of papers on my desk disappear. Maybe my dear readers can help me try to figure something out, because right now, I can’t. There’s only so much you can say in one week about wedding planning and home furnishing and relationships. Wait, it’s not even an office, it’s a cubicle with a…
  • Four Months to Go

    TK
    28 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard people tell me that I started planning too late, that everyone starts looking and booking for their wedding at least a year ahead. But since February, we have managed to book the venue, the caterer, the dress, and the florist. The sound and light services were included in the venue package too. Basically all we now need is a photographer and wedding invitations and we’re good to go. There are still four more months to go- and the big stuff is behind us. Of course, there’s still some work to be done in picking out the…
  • What You Don’t Need For Your Lebanese Wedding

    TK
    27 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    I made the horrible mistake of browsing the Facebook page of a wedding planner yesterday while researching my post. Turns out, this group had organized a wedding at the same venue we’re having our event at- and what they had done with the space completely struck me and made me panic. Not in a good way, of course. For a while there, I felt like the ideas we had thought of for decorating the space and providing entertainment were way too little and our wedding would not be impressive. Especially since they practically had everything. Now a wedding is not a one-size-fits-all sort of thing,…
  • I’ll Plan My Wedding Myself, Thanks

    TK
    26 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    The Knot, one of the most popular wedding websites and magazines, has been of big help to me ever since I’ve gotten engaged. Sure, not everything they have applies to my situation but it’s great to gather ideas and take advantage of some of the services they have: budget calculator and guest list manager. Their articles are on a whole different level though- especially when they make it seem like the bride can’t live without a wedding planner. Well let me tell you something. I refuse to have a wedding planner even though I’m the classical case of why I should hire…
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  • Oia Villa, Santorini, Greece

    Petros Nikolaidis
    28 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    If you’ve ever taken the ferry from Piraeus to Santorini, you’ll remember that moment you first caught sight of the island. This volcanic isle has been photographed to death, but nothing can take away from the sheer beauty of its views, from the water looking up at the cliffs, or from the top of the crater looking down.   This property, located on the northern tip of the island in the village of Oia, offers the view from the top – and it’s spectacular. A whitewashed island villa, it is in part very traditional and in part has a lovely modern feel.   Decor is…
  • Santa Maria Villa, Paros, Greece

    Petros Nikolaidis
    28 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    We love the way the interiors and exteriors of this property blend effortlessly. Whitewashed walls, so evocative of the Greek islands, and paved stone flooring are features of both the inside and outside of this villa complex.   Located close to the beach on the Cycladic island of Paros, the property is split level, but buildings are all different in height, which gives it a playful feel.   This villa is all about relaxation. Interiors are cool white, with blue highlights (doors, shelving, closets) and olive green shutters. Beds are simple and decor minimal. It is surrounded in…
  • Hacienda La Fabrica, Merida, Mexico

    Howard Berger
    27 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    Restored by Yucatan architect Salvador Reyes Rios, this former 19th century industrial complex showcases the stunning historic beauty of what was once a textiles factory using traditional techniques and materials and a modern sensibility to achieve results that are both historically authentic and original in vision.  Located in the small village of Sac Chich in the most historic region of the Yucatan, the home is adjacent to two acres of what were once ancient henequen drying fields used for  industrial production of sisal. Surrounded by lush, tropical gardens, the original ten foot…
  • Villa Yucatan, Merida, Mexico

    Howard Berger
    27 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    First place winner of the coveted Cemex Award for both residential and international architectural excellence, this stunning home makes an immediate visual and emotional impact. Designed by Yucatan architect Salvador Reyes Rios, this home uses the latest technologies and techniques to achieve results that are both historically authentic and original in vision. Located in the small village of Sac Chich in the most historic region of the Yucatan, the home is placed on over two acres of what were once ancient henequen drying fields for industrial production of sisal. Surrounded by the original…
  • Events at La Fabrica, Merida, Mexico

    Howard Berger
    27 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    Restored by Yucatan native Salvador Reyes Rios, this former 19th century industrial complex showcases the stunning historic beauty of what was once a textiles factory using traditional techniques and materials and a modern sensibility to achieve results that are both historically authentic and original in vision. A completely unique and romantic installation, the property is perfectly designed and laid out for large scale events and can accommodate up to thirteen overnight guests and up to one hundred and seventy five on site. The adjacent villa also designed by Rios, is an award winning…
 
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  • Dónde estudiar los fines de semana en Madrid

    Alejandro Malonda
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    MADRID. Aunque en época de exámenes las bibliotecas tengan horarios especiales lo habitual es que cierren durante el fin de semana o que sólo abran por las mañanas, lo que deja a muchos estudiantes sin un lugar habilitado para el estudio. Pero, aunque no sean fáciles de encontrar, existen alternativas a las bibliotecas si eres de esos que no puede concentrarse estudiando en casa.   1- La Fugitiva Librería La Fugitiva | Vía El Economista Situada en una esquina del barrio de Lavapiés, La Fugitiva es un café y una librería pero también un lugar de trabajo. Siempre suele haber…
  • Las mejores bibliotecas para estudiar en Madrid

    Alejandro Malonda
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    MADRID. Empieza la época de exámenes y, muy a tu pesar, te toca estar encerrado en casa leyendo, subrayando y memorizando. ¿Has pensado en ir a una biblioteca? Seguro que ver a más gente estudiando te ayuda a concentrarte mejor. Aquí tienes una lista con las mejores bibliotecas de Madrid, ya sea por su historia, por su situación o por su arquitectura privilegiada. Si quieres ver el listado de bibliotecas que abren en un horario ampliado por la época de exámenes ve al final del artículo.   1- Biblioteca Nacional de España Biblioteca Nacional de España Situada en pleno corazón…
  • This Week in Madrid 29.05- 04.06.15

    DECA MADbudget
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Where would you like to go today — without having to leave the city? DECA MADbudget has prepared a weekly guide of activities for you to enjoy. Many of them are free, or for a small fee, so get ready to have fun in the city and be sure to checkThis Week in Madridregularly for weekly updates!   Get lost in the book fair stands via 20minutos Madrid´s Book Fair (Feria del Libro de Madrid) starts up again in the center of Retiro Park. The festival celebrates all types of literature as booksellers from around the capital come together to set up their showcases. It is a great…
  • Esta semana en Madrid: 29.05 – 04.06.2015

    DECA MADbudget
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    MADRID, ESPAÑA. ¿A dónde te apetece viajar hoy, sin tener que salir de Madrid? DECA MADbudget prepara un plan de ocio y actividades de ocio realizadas en lugares públicos o entidades sin ánimo de lucro, con el afán de promover la faceta intercultural de la capital: Esta semana en Madrid. PERDERSE EN LAS CASETAS DE LA FERIA DEL LIBRO vía 20minutos Arranca la Feria del Libro de Madrid, una celebración de la literatura por todo lo alto en la que los libreros de la capital montan su escaparate en pleno parque de El Retiro. Cita imprescindible para comprar libros con descuento o para…
  • Cómete Madrid: ruta de tapas en la calle Hortaleza

    Alejandro Malonda
    26 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    MADRID. Tratar de decidirte por el mejor bar para tomarte una caña y una tapa en el centro de Madrid puede ser algo complicado si no conoces la zona. En esta lista te proponemos 5 low cost bares con las mejores ofertas en cuanto a tapeo se refiere. Todas ellas están en la Calle Hortaleza o en sus calles aledañas para que puedas hacerte una ruta por los cinco bares sin andar demasiado y centrándote en lo importante: comer, beber y disfrutar de la noche madrileña.   1 – Tapas de calidad en Sabocca Barra del Bar Sabocca | vía Madrid Diferente Empezaremos la velada en el bar…
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  • My Korea Tour Day 4 – Travel Guide to Gwangbok-dong cultural and fashion street

    Cecil Lee
    24 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    After our Friday night explore to Gwangalli Beach Busan and trying the super duper great Samgyeopsal meal, we decided to visit Busan downtown on the next day. We had fantastic fish and rice breakfast in the morning Jagalchi market and caught the sight of how local Korean spent their morning hours on the dock. Later, just opposite Jagalchi Market, the Gwangbok-dong cultural and fashion street would be our next destination. In the afternoon session, we continued to strolled up to Yongdu-san and took a panoramic view of the city from the top of Busan Tower. Before the sun set, Jean and I…
  • Travel Photo – Luoyang Longmen Grottoes art carving

    Cecil Lee
    17 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Whenever friends asked me about Luoyang, I could talk forever! There are so much fun we had in Luoyang that words simply cannot describe. I know I still owe you the complete travel story of my trip to Luoyang. Get me a rain check on it!  For the time being, let me show you a photo which was taken on the Longmen West Hill, showcasing the UNESCO World Heritage site of Longmen Grottoes art carving, with the beautiful Yi river and the East Hill in the background.Captured with Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 10-24mm ultra wide angle lens attached. Photographed in Program Auto mode, with Shutter…
  • May Day Air Busan Low Fares to Jeju and more

    Cecil Lee
    1 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Happy Labour Day to most of you out there! Labour Day, or International Workers’ Day, or May Day as it falls on 1st of May in most countries who celebrate, is a public holiday to commemorate the historic labour union movement to advocate eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.May Day is either a national holiday or bank holiday in more than 90 countries including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal, UK (on Monday 4th May), India, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand…
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  • A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours

    Martyn
    13 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    The day started hot, got even warmer and by mid afternoon the heat finally bubbled and boiled. One hour later a heavy downpour of rain hit the city. It was more welcome than a butter-fingered naked air hostess. By then we were on our way home after a morning trip to Ban Na Kha silk market … Continue reading A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours → (Visited 61 times, 1 visits today) The post A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei

    Martyn
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    My first sight of Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei Province, was impressive. The near empty car park didn’t do justice to the view. The steep three-tiered pointed roof and hushed grandeur beneath it looked out-of-place in such a wide open space. Its magnificence muffled by the abandoned theatre below it. Surely such a beautiful thing … Continue reading Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei → (Visited 93 times, 1 visits today) The post Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar

    Martyn
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    The Saloon Bar in Loei city centre. Not the best of photographs, taken in the evening with a camera that is a clear sky, daytime animal. Nonetheless, it shows the bar and restaurant’s outside area and a glimpse of the inside. The Saloon Bar opened last year after the owner, Chris, closed down his previous bar, … Continue reading Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar → (Visited 161 times, 1 visits today) The post Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Go Udon Thani Travel Magazine

    Martyn
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    Lately posts on Beyond The Mango Juice have been few and far between. One post since January 25 isn’t good but this second one will explain the reason. In February I didn’t publish one post on this site but actually wrote 19 for another one – Go Udon Thani. Go Udon Thani is a new site I … Continue reading Go Udon Thani Travel Magazine → (Visited 106 times, 1 visits today) The post Go Udon Thani Travel Magazine appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Thailand Brooms and Brushes

    Martyn
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Thailand brooms and brushes are a subject that has intrigued me for a long time. Weird? Not really. I like the simple and efficient way they complete most tasks taken on. It’s also intriguing to think their design and materials have probably changed little since their first use. Thailand Brooms and Brushes – A new … Continue reading Thailand Brooms and Brushes → (Visited 168 times, 4 visits today) The post Thailand Brooms and Brushes appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
 
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  • New Package Deal! Farmers Dinner, Finger Lakes Style, Black Sheep Inn & Spa

    29 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Start Date: September 27, 2015 End Date: September 30, 2015 - Farmer's Dinner ~ Farm to Table, Finger Lakes style! September 27-29, 2015 The Finger Lakes region of New York State is renown for it's wine, water, and agriculture. Farmer's Dinner and its Finger Lakes partners have created an exciting experience to introduce you to the abundant resources of the region in our 'local food' movement here in the Finger Lakes. Your three-night excursion offers many different activities and experiences designed specifically to get you up close and personal with t...
  • New Package Deal! Century of Pyrex Celebration, Black Sheep Inn & Spa

    29 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    Start Date: June 1, 2015 End Date: March 31, 2016 - America's Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex commemorates the history of Pyrex brand housewares, developed by Corning Glass Works in 1915. Pyrex advertisements, ephemera, and glassware from the combined collections of the Library and Museum will reveal the evolution of this modern American tradition. Your Pyrex Celebration experience includes a ticket to the Corning Museum of Glass to learn all about the history of Pyrex. During your visit, you'll be inspired by the museum's new, ...
  • New Package Deal! Finger Lakes Champagne Package, Black Sheep Inn & Spa

    29 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Start Date: June 1, 2015 End Date: October 31, 2015 - Whether it's sparkling, Asti, Sekt, or Prosecco, it's all champagne to us! Although the Finger Lakes region is renown for its Reisling, we have gathered together a select group of sparkling wine producers to introduce you to our Finger Lakes Champagne Trail. This trail features some of the most acclaimed wineries in the region Your 2 day sparkling adventure includes our indulgent organic Finger Lakes Farm to Table breakfasts each morning, followed by exclusive champagne and sparkling wine ...
  • New Event!

    5 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Start Date: June 26, 2015 End Date: June 26, 2015 - Country music icon Loretta Lynn will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30th at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at (570) 826-1100 and online at www.kirbycenter.org. For 55 years now, Loretta Lynn has fashioned a body of work as artistically and commercially successful and as culturally significantas any female performer you'd care to name. An honest-to-goodness American ic
  • New Event!

    5 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Start Date: June 25, 2015 End Date: June 25, 2015 - This stand-up comedy show features Daniel Tosh from Tosh. The series premiered on June 4, 2009 and features the razor-sharp humor and biting commentary from comedian Daniel Tosh and delves into all aspects of the Internet from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious in this weekly, topical series. TOSH.0 is now in its 7th season and airs on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. Daniel is currently one of the most requested headliners in the country. Earlier in his stand
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  • Where the Mississippi River is Born

    Michael Schuman
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    St. Anthony Falls, at left, on the Mississippi River as seen from the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. The Mississippi River. The blues and jazz and paddle wheelers, poker-faced riverboat gamblers, Tom Sawyer and the Big Mo, and music meccas New Orleans, Memphis and St. Louis. Not here. Not in Minnesota, especially north-central Minnesota. The mighty Mississippi isn’t so mighty in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Up north, it’s pretty humble. One can walk across the Headwaters of the Mississippi, where Lake Itasca morphs into the nascent river. It’s not exactly a trickle at its source, as some…
  • Camping 101

    Kat Richter
    20 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Camping can be a great way to get closer to your family in every sense of the word.  You’ll be able to roast marshmallows over a roaring fire, huddle together for some stargazing and finally snuggle up in your tent at the end of the night.  You can invite a few friends to join you, plan an entire weekend around your favorite hike or wine tasting festival, or just get away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life to take it easy for an evening. But if you’ve never roughed it before, the prospect of rolling into a camp site, pitching a tent, and cooking over an open fire can be a bit…
  • The Taste of Scotland’s Argyll

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Scotland’s west coast is synonymous with excellent seafood. Its miles of coastline land fresh catches every day that are immediately taken to the region’s finest tables. On route to Oban from Glasgow stop off at Fyne Ales (on the spectacular Loch Fyne), an award-winning brewer of craft beers. The ingredients are sourced from around the world and brewed with soft Highland water collected from the hills behind the brewery. They do a guided brewery tour (and tasting) demonstrating how they make their terrific beers. Later take a seat in the yard with a pint and a steak pie made with beef…
  • Five Fabulous Bed and Breakfast Locations to Visit for Mother’s Day

    Jan Ross
    7 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mother’s Day will be here before we know it and I can guarantee that most mothers would adore a getaway with you more than any other present you can imagine. Hotels and resorts are perfectly lovely, but there is nothing as comfortable, charming, and unique as a stay at a quality Bed and Breakfast location. Fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, comfy beds, and a full gourmet breakfast make them the perfect choice for that special trip. Here are some of my favorite choices – now make your own reservation! Welcome to the Villa D’Citta!   1. Villa D’Citta in Chicago, Illinois: You will…
  • 5 Fine Caribbean Forts with a Story to Tell

    Hal Peat
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Exterior view – Fort Christiansvaern, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI. (Credit: courtesy – USVI Department of Tourism) It wasn’t that long ago in human history when many of the islands of the Caribbean had to be well fortified due to the wider conflicts between the kingdoms and empires of Europe and even closer within the blossoming Americas. The surviving legacy of these earlier eras often includes some fascinating forts across the region which reflect those defensive needs. Impressive architectural exterior detail, often along with well-preserved interiors, all provide…
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  • ♥ Original vs Traditional – Proposing Abroad ♥

    Hannah
    29 May 2015 | 1:55 am
    Ahhh, marriage proposals. Whether the thought makes you want to dive under the nearest table or swoon wistfully into a chair, we’ve tracked down some of the best spots to utter those famous words. Check out an array of locations and ideas for both the traditionalists amongst you, and those of you who like to think of yourself as mavericks in the romance department. So, when it comes to the big proposal day (whether that’s next week or next century) you’ll be brimming with ideas. ‘Marry me’ in spaghetti hoops anyone? New York, USA Traditional: Empire State…
  • FREE Things to do in Malaga

    Laura
    28 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    Skyscrapers, citadels, cathedrals, beaches, Malaga has them all, and it lies on the sun drenched Costa del Sol. Picasso was born here, 300 days of sunshine per year put it up there with places in the Caribbean in terms of solar presence, and it’s one of the warmest cities in Spain. Also, because most people who land in the city hotfoot it to the touristic spots on the Costa del Sol, a visit to Malaga offers a more authentically Spanish experience. To add the icing to this hot, historical and happening city of a cake, you don’t even have to open your wallet to see some of the best…
  • 11 Top Things to Do in Brighton

    kunal
    26 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Brighton is known as one of the UK’s most vibrant cities with plenty to offer in terms of sun, sea and everything in between. Whether you are in the mood for a walking tour, exploring the rich history of the pier or are looking to soak up the sun with a cold drink in hand at one of the many the beach bars, there is something for you. That is why we have decided to create a top list of things to do in Brighton, to ensure you have a fun filled time. 11) Brighton Race Course Known for being one of the most exhilarating tracks in the South of England; the mile and a half track at Brighton…
  • Top 10 Wildlife Destinations

    Hannah
    22 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Forget the zoo. If you’re a fan of wildlife nothing beats seeing some of the world’s most beautiful creatures roaming freely in their natural habitats. From luxury lodges with views of giraffes grazing, to budget camping, animal-filled hotel grounds, and local towns where elephants roam freely – we explore 10 top wildlife destinations around the world…
  • 10 French Campsites That Want To See Your Speedos

    Mark
    22 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    Camping holidays in Europe have always been popular, with most continental campsites boasting facilities that put our basic camping fields to shame: large swimming pools, waterslides, kids clubs and more. However, our European friends continue to enforce some local camping rules which you might be wary of. This list focuses on a select few French campsites who insist, for “hygiene reasons”, that males wear tight trunks or swim briefs around the pool area. We can’t find a valid reason for such a rule. But if you’re full of body confidence and have a new set of budgie…
 
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  • The Best Wineries & Breweries in Every State in the USA

    Matt Moretti
    18 May 2015 | 8:08 am
      How far would you go for the best drink you could ever have? I know I’d go pretty darn far. Depending on where you live in the USA though, you may not even have to travel. Whether you want to sample some of the best local suds, or you’re visiting another part of the country and you want a pinot grigio IV drip, the United States is chock full of award-winning wineries and breweries ready to serve you. Ready to serve you craft beers, perfectly aged vintages, and heck maybe even a meal or two – these wineries and breweries pour their hearts and their finest ingredients…
  • Spring Clean Your Vacation Rental With These Tips

    Dave Duff
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    With winter’s icy grip finally letting go across the U.S. and other parts of the world, it’s time to get your rental property ready for spring and summer travelers! While it’s easy to hire a cleaning service to come in and handle the chore, that can get expensive and the end result may not be up to par. Here are some quick and easy tips for spring cleaning your vacation rental. Open all your windows. Make sure you get a good cross breeze in your vacation rental to clear out any stale air. This is also a good time to replace air filters, vacuum air vents, deep clean carpets,…
  • Traveling Green: Tips for more eco-friendly travel

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The word ‘green’ used to represent a color, but in recent times society has adopted a new outlook. Nowadays when we are presented with the word ‘Green’ we are inclined to think of the environment. “Going-Green” has gained a lot of notoriety and support because we have learned the value of conserving and preserving natural resources. And the truth is, it does not require more than willingness to incorporate it into your everyday routine. This is why we have chosen to showcase a few easy ways to merge your Green mentality with the act of traveling, so that…
  • Best Properties by Budget in the US

    Dava Berman
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    Get rid of your winter woes by planning your next vaycay! Below you will find a few ideas to keep on the back burner. No matter your income level or family size, booking a vacation rental has never been more fun (or easier!) Budget: 1. San Diego $79/night Why choose budget over luxury when you can have the best of both worlds!? The Beautiful 1 Bedroom Suite in La Jolla property starts at $79 per night and sleeps a family of 4! This location is perfect for beaching and is within 15 minutes to the well-known San Diego Zoo & Sea World! If you do not feel like venturing out of the rental,…
  • Top Outdoor & Adventure Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2015

    Matt Moretti
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Sitting behind your desk right now, or lounging on your couch, there’s a strong chance you desire adventure. Heck, that’s why you’re on a vacation rental travel blog, right? Everyone wants to push their limits, see the world, and expand their horizons. It’s wanderlust. It is in all of us. Financially or otherwise, it is difficult to pull off a wild adventure regularly. So alas, we often live those dreams through others. There is a whole subset of talented bloggers and writers out there creating adventures for themselves every day. In the absence of the ability to do…
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    Elle Pollicott
    28 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    Hi Nelly, thanks for your message. As 120hours of our TEFL course is completed online, you would be able to complete it overseas, and you shouldn’t have a problem fitting it alongside your current studies, as we have many University students who complete their TEFL qualification whilst studying. With regards to your question on residence: we offer TEFL courses which enable you to find a job (one of the ways to do this is by checking out our jobs board and using your eResume), but we don’t actually place you in a job and therefore, we don’t help you find accommodation.
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    Nelly
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    Hi There,I have a few questions…I am currently a student. I am studying towards a BSc Degree in Biology. I study trough a correspondence university, that do have campuses all around the world. will i still be able to do a TEFL course and work overseas whilst studying?…My other concern is, I would like to be in one place the most 8 months..I want to travel to many places, is this possible…Lastly once you have been offered a job, does TEFL help you find residence?….Any advice or feedback will be greatly appreciated
  • Comment on Are There Any TEFL Jobs for Non-Native Speakers? by Elle Pollicott

    Elle Pollicott
    27 May 2015 | 2:24 am
    Hi Mahdi, provided you are fluent in English and have a TEFL certificate, you will be able to find a job teaching English. Take a look on our jobs board here for vacancies: http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-jobs-abroad/. Alternatively, depending on where in the world you want to teach, you may stand a better chance of finding a job whilst in-country – print off some CVs and hand them out in schools. Hope this helps!
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  • 20 Most Instagram-Worthy Roadside Attractions

    Erin Gifford
    27 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    There’s just something about road trips and stopping to take photos at fun and quirky roadside attractions, like Cadillac Ranch in Texas and Foamhenge in Virginia. One of my personal favorites is South of the Border, a road stop in South Carolina. You’ll see colorful billboards, like “Pedro’s Weather Report: Chili Today, Hot Tamale!,” for miles and miles (and miles). If you’re planning a family road trip this summer, check out RoadsideAmerica.com, which highlights roadside attractions worth a visit all across the United States. There’s even a Roadside America mobile app to help…
  • Giveaway: Win Two CityPASS Ticket Booklets

    Erin Gifford
    26 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    Summer is officially here and I imagine your vacation planning is in full swing. We’re going loads of places this summer from beaches to mountains to national parks to big cities. It’s both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I know that the most exciting adventures are often the unplanned ones, but I just don’t want to miss one single thing. I’m way too much of a planner. If you’re a trip planner like me and you don’t want to miss any of the must-go attractions in big cities, like Atlanta, New York and Seattle, then I encourage you to look into a CityPASS ticket booklet…
  • 15 Fun Things to Do with Kids in San Antonio

    Erin Gifford
    22 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    We’re going to San Antonio this summer as part of our cross-country road trip. I’ve never been before, and really, I don’t know much about San Antonio beyond the scene from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure when Pee-Wee takes a tour of The Alamo to see the basement and find his bicycle. I know, pretty sad, right? So, I’ve been doing a lot of research to find out what’s fun for families and what my kids and I should do during our short stay (just two days). Take a look at 15 best bets for kids and families: 1. Visit the Four San Antonio Missions. Just outside of downtown, you’ll find San…
  • Staycation 2015: 50+ Family-Friendly City Guides

    Erin Gifford
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    On Monday, I shared with you the 25 Best Things to Do in Washington, DC this Summer. On this list, I included lots of fun activities, like taking a spin on the new Capital Wheel and paddling on the Potomac River in a kayak. There’s just so much to do in Washington, DC, especially in the summer. With the end of the school year approaching, I teamed up with more than 50 bloggers to share fun, family-friendly activities in cities across the country from Atlanta to Houston to San Diego as part of an annual staycation campaign. There are just so many great things to do and see with kids in…
  • 25 Best Things to Do in Washington, DC this Summer

    Erin Gifford
    18 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    School is nearly out for the year and now is the time to start putting plans in place to have the best summer. If your plans will bring you to Washington, DC then you’ll love this list of 25 things that you must do this summer in our Nation’s Capital. From taking in a Washington Nationals baseball game to going for a spin on the Capital Wheel, there’s a lot to do in the city and surrounding suburbs. For first-timers, print out this Kids Activity Guide from Destination DC with plenty of games and fun facts to prepare for your upcoming visit. 1. Go to a Festival. There are loads of…
 
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  • The Abandoned Village and Old Churches of Soganli Valley

    Natalie
    27 May 2015 | 12:29 am
    I was not expecting much from Soganli Valley. In guidebooks, the likes of Ihlara or Pigeon Valley overshadow its presence. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised. Sitting off the beaten path in the Cappadocia region, the pigeon houses carved into the rock fairy chimneys, and ancient cave churches promoted a surreal appearance but I was mostly in awe at the old abandoned village. My visit was part of the Blue Tour of Cappadocia with Bridge the World Travel and after we left, I can say, with the exception of Ihlara, I found Soganli to be one of the more interesting valleys of Cappadocia. Not only does…
  • Laodicea & the Seven Churches of Revelation

    Natalie
    22 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    To achieve my goal of visiting every village, town and city of Turkey, I broke this bucket list down into smaller goals based on either on geographical layouts or themes. One theme is to visit the Seven Churches of Revelation mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible, which are all in the Aegean region of Turkey. Turkey has an extremely strong Biblical history that any hard-core Christian would be a fool to ignore and slowly over my travels, I have learned in particular about the roles of Saint John and Paul, in this country at those times. Saint John wrote the letters of revelation, also…
  • I was Wrong About Ortahisar

    Natalie
    18 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    When I started this blog, my aim was to visit every village, town and city in Turkey. Perhaps I was drunk when I made this bucket list because it soon became clear to me; this goal was going to take a lifetime to complete and despite popular rumours, I have n