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  • E.U. to End Cellphone Roaming Charges in 2017

    NYT > Travel
    MARK SCOTT
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    The new rules, which will apply to people who travel across the 28-member bloc, are accompanied by regulations on so-called net neutrality.
  • Just Back: Santiago, Chile

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    Intelligent Travel
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    National Geographic Traveler associate editor Susan O’Keefe (on Twitter @sokeefetrav and Instagram @susanokeefe) always thought of Santiago, Chile, as a prelude to skiing in the Andes or hiking through Patagonia. But on a recent trip she was taken in by the city’s grand colonial architecture, wide boulevards, and charming neighborhoods. Here are some of the high points of Susan’s trip, in her own words: Memorable moment: Santiago has a growing sharing-economy scene and one of my favorite lunches was in the private cocina of Maria Eugenia Terragno, a former executive chef…
  • 5 of the Best City Destinations in Spain

    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog
    Karen Bryan
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Spain is a country that changes dramatically by region. The landscape, the language, the pace of life, the culture, and food are all in some way uniquely moulded to their own area and to the people who inhabit that land. To get a taste for the many different flavours of Spain, there is no better […]5 of the Best City Destinations in Spain Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • 7 Selfish Things I Miss About Traveling Solo

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    Amanda Kendle
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I often get emails from people asking for advice about traveling solo. They talk about their fears and worries and I have to say, I have to step back and take a deep breath to avoid emailing back and screaming at them that they should just go, now! Traveling on your own is not always easy, but with the right attitude it can be one of the most fantastic, selfish experiences you can have. Now that I have a young family, it’ll be a (long) while before I get the thrill of traveling solo again, but a girl can dream … so these are some of the…
  • Q&A: Dale DeGroff on the Origin of Cocktails, Katrina and the Rainbow Room

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    MICHAEL T. LUONGO
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    DeGroff on the best cocktails when traveling, and New Orleans and New York drinking cultures.
 
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  • The Movie Geek’s Guide to Wellington

    Intelligent Travel
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Movie buffs can explore countless shooting locations on New Zealand’s North Island, whose landscapes hold cinematic cachet. The Piano (1993), by native daughter Jane Campion, starred Karekare, a black-sand surf beach in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges. Fellow Kiwi Andrew Adamson transformed nearby Woodhill Forest into a witch’s camp in Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). Hollywood tapped volcanic Mount Taranaki, on the west coast, to play Japan’s Mount Fuji in The Last Samurai (2003). But when time is limited, Wellington and its environs provide ample…
  • In Praise of the Imperfect Photograph

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    My father, 69, is going through his massive slideshow collection and digitizing them. As a result, every few days a photo or two from a family beach outing or a holiday long past will pop into my email stream without warning. They aren’t particularly arresting images—no wild kaleidoscopic sunsets or Instagram-worthy food shots here—and yet they command my immediate attention. In one (seen at right) I’m looking at the camera as my mother, slightly cut off, is braiding my hair. My younger brother, then about 2, is reaching for the photographer. The color is too bright in some spots,…
  • Just Back: Santiago, Chile

    Intelligent Travel
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    National Geographic Traveler associate editor Susan O’Keefe (on Twitter @sokeefetrav and Instagram @susanokeefe) always thought of Santiago, Chile, as a prelude to skiing in the Andes or hiking through Patagonia. But on a recent trip she was taken in by the city’s grand colonial architecture, wide boulevards, and charming neighborhoods. Here are some of the high points of Susan’s trip, in her own words: Memorable moment: Santiago has a growing sharing-economy scene and one of my favorite lunches was in the private cocina of Maria Eugenia Terragno, a former executive chef…
  • @NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Summer Festivals

    Leslie Trew Magraw
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:40 pm
    In the mood to celebrate among the masses? There’s nothing quite like an outdoor festival to make the summer season seem official. Here are a few of the @NatGeoTravel team’s favorite open-air festivals to inspire your next trip: “Serbia’s annual Exit Festival grew from a student protest against the Milošević regime into one of Europe’s summer headliners. When I lived in Novi Sad, I joined the crowds climbing the 18th-century Petrovaradin Fortress for live music until dawn against the backdrop of the Danube river. Like the rest of Serbia, this festival has come a…
  • Instagram of the Month: Zion Narrows

    Tyler Metcalfe
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    I made my way up to Utah to visit Zion National Park with @njarehart and her family. Of course no trip to Zion is complete without a hike into The Narrows, a spectacular hike in the Virgin River through sheer walls of a slot canyon. As you traverse the river, each turn in the canyon presents an awe-inspiring and unique view, aptly earning the rating of one of the top 5 hikes by National Geographic. #travelwithyasmin #whereisrusty #utah #zion #thenarrows #hiking @zionnps A photo posted by Yasmin Tajik (@ytajik) on Jun 22, 2015 at 7:18am PDT Yasmin Tajik (on Instagram @ytajik) is a portrait…
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  • TSA Fourth of July Travel Tips: 2015

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
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  • TSA Week in Review: 54 Firearms, Swords, Comb Knife, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:49 pm
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  • TSA Week in Review: 48 Loaded Firearms, Million-Volt Stun Cane, Cane Swords and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms discovered, 48 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered.This firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at (IND). Have you visited the TSA Instagram account? Not only did we just hit 300K followers, we were ranked #4 out of the top 100 Instagram Accounts by Rolling Stone Magazine. Be sure to check it out. A butane camping tank was
  • TSA Week in Review: 56 Firearms, Swords, Inert Grenades, Fireworks and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms discovered, 45 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.The firearm pictured above was discovered at HOU. Three swords were discovered in carry-on bags this week. (Top to Bottom )An 18-inch sword was discovered at Detroit (DTW), a fencing sword was discovered at Washington Dulles (IAD), and a 13-inch sword was discovered at Charleston (
  • TSA Week in Review: Firearms Concealed in Amplifiers, Propane, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:33 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--> 49 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 49 firearms, 42 were loaded and 11 had rounds chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at
 
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  • Dying Amazon healers are taking potential cures for cancer, AIDS and other diseases with them

    Simeon Tegel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Jose Roque, 63-year-old indigenous Shipibo healer. Photo: Simeon Tegel/GlobalPost SANTA CLARA, Peru — “Every time a shaman dies, it is as though a book is burned,” says Jose Roque mournfully as he hacks through a vine with a machete. The 63-year-old indigenous Shipibo healer is showing me around an overgrown jungle garden behind the traditional thatched-roof hut he calls home here in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Roque has long been cultivating plants on this dense patch of rain forest to treat a host of ills, including headaches, nausea, inflammation, skin rashes and menstrual…
  • Fly fishing guide to Sun Valley, ID

    Brett Wilson
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Fly fishing the Salmon River, near Sun Valley. Photo: Ray J. Gadd ASK A TRAVELING FLY FISHER their favorite North American trout destination and they’ll likely spill about drift boating the majesty of Montana’s Big Sky country, wading the tumbling pools of Colorado’s steep freestones, or spey casting the sweeps of Oregon’s coastal rivers. Ask that traveling fly fisher where they can find all these opportunities in one location, and they may struggle to answer. That is — of course — if they’ve never been to Sun Valley. The Sun Valley area offers an incredible diversity of…
  • 12 images that show how Canada’s First Nations People Culture is being preserved

    Andrea Rees
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Over the three-day Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria, Canada, I witnessed the great pride of elders as they watched their children and grandchildren dance, drum and sing, celebrating and preserving their rich culture. We were a mix of Aboriginal people, some in colorful regalia, and non-Aboriginal people that included local mayors, business leaders, and myself. We paddled in sync to the shared traditional territory of the Songheees and Esquimalt Nations to ask for permission to come ashore, a time-honored protocol. It was a historic day, as this had never been done before in the…
  • 14 things that happen when you move to South Korea

    Jordan McCutcheon
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    1. For the first time since high school, you remember how bad you are at volleyball. You accept that your skills will never impress your co-workers because they’ve been playing for years and you’ve been playing on Wednesdays for one month. Everyone is a lot nicer to you about it than they were in high school, though. Next Prev 2. You wait unreasonable amounts of time to pee. You know you need to nut up but haven’t yet adapted to a manageable squat position. Most of the time, you have the option to use a squat toilet or the fancy sit-down ones with heated seats. When you don’t though,…
  • A love letter to Jamaica Plain, Boston

    Vanessa Van Doren
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Photo: Joel Bombardier I didn’t love you at first. You seemed so boring and quaint; grungy in an unexciting way. Full of co-ops and new parents. Forty-five minutes from where I grew up. An “up-and-coming neighborhood.” No thanks. I had just graduated college and all my friends were moving to exciting new places — San Francisco, New York City. I was moving into a tiny, wood-walled room that looked more like a sauna than a place to live, on the first floor of an old Victorian house on a quiet, tree-lined street. My apartment had a backyard. This was not the city living I had hoped…
 
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  • Fjallraven Nikka Shorts ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    It’s summer in Seattle and I’m confident enough that warm weather is here for awhile that all of my cool weather clothes are put away and my warm weather clothes are all that’s left in my closet and dresser drawers at the moment. That’s a great feeling. Even though our summer has technically just begun, […] The post Fjallraven Nikka Shorts ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Surfing Maui

    Beth Whitman
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    Back in April, I had the chance to go to Maui (my first time there!) for a retreat with my fellow Expedia Viewfinder bloggers. We took writing, video and photography workshops, had business meetings and spent time experiencing some of Maui’s best activities. Oh, and we ate. A lot. Jon was able to tag along […] The post Surfing Maui appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Are Full Body Scanners Safe?

    Beth Whitman
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    I’ve written the past couple of weeks about the TSA Pre✓ program and the Global Entry program. Both are great for frequent travelers who want to get through lines at the airport more quickly. If you’re like me, however, you’ll avoid these programs because you must be fingerprinted in order to be part of them. Call […] The post Are Full Body Scanners Safe? appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • The ABC’s of Global Entry

    Beth Whitman
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about TSA Pre✓ when I realized that not everyone knows what this expedited screening process is. But what goes hand in hand with TSA Pre✓ is Global Entry, another expedited program. This one allows you to get through customs lines in the U.S. upon arrival on an international flight. […] The post The ABC’s of Global Entry appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Pearl Izumi N1 Shoes ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Now that I’ve really gotten into the habit of running and am training for the Honolulu Marathon, I’m learning a lot about my body, the sport and the gear that works best for me. My recent “aha” moment was realizing that, depending on conditions and the length of my run, my gear needs might change. […] The post Pearl Izumi N1 Shoes ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
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  • Kids Cruise Free: Norwegian Cruise Line Sale Ending Soon

    Rich Tucker
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    With the latest Norwegian Cruise Line kids cruise free sale ending soon, I figured I’d do some research to help you find the best family of 4 cruise deals. The current Norwegian Cruise Line Freestyle choice is for 2015 sailings.  Select voyages include 3rd – 8th passenger in the cabin for cruise for free.  Most of the select voyages are in the first 2 weeks of December. Here are the top 4 Kids Cruise Free deals in the Norwegian Freestyle Choice Sale [must book by June 30th]: Top 4 Norwegian Family Cruise Deals: #1. 7-night Norwegian Jade Caribbean Cruise Departing Houston,…
  • Last-Minute 2015 Summer Cruise Deals

    Rich Tucker
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    In general cruise prices are the highest we’ve seen in recent years for Summer sailings. GOOD NEWS: there are still a few last-minute summer cruise deals out there. Alaska Summer Cruise Deals The destination with the most cruise deals this summer is Alaska.  Prices have even dropped on the Roundtrip Seattle Alaska Cruises which had been staying much higher than the Northbound and Southbound Alaska Cruises. The Best Alaska Deals: $399 Oceanview on Princess 7-night Alaska Southbound Cruise departing July 4th, 2015. CLICK HERE for details.   $599 Holland America 7-night Alaska Cruise…
  • 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…
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • 5 of the Best City Destinations in Spain

    Karen Bryan
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Spain is a country that changes dramatically by region. The landscape, the language, the pace of life, the culture, and food are all in some way uniquely moulded to their own area and to the people who inhabit that land. To get a taste for the many different flavours of Spain, there is no better […]5 of the Best City Destinations in Spain Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • 25 of My Favourite Buildings in Europe

    Karen Bryan
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
    After reading an article on the most iconic buildings in Europe, I decided to write an article for Europe a la Carte featuring some of my favourite buildings in Europe. Roman Amphitheatre in Tarragona, Spain The Roman Amphitheatre by the seafront in Tarragona is remarkably well preserved. I’d recommend that you try to visit during […]25 of My Favourite Buildings in Europe Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Useful Guide to Airline Hand Luggage Case Sizes

    Karen Bryan
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    To make travel simpler and help avoid confusion, Expedia have compiled a guide to airline hand luggage sizes. This is necessary, as there is such as wide variation between airlines on the size of luggage which you can take on board. You don’t want to risk turning up at the airport boarding gate with a […]Useful Guide to Airline Hand Luggage Case Sizes Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of the Hungry Yeti in Ealing, London

    Karen Bryan
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    On the day I checked out of the Holiday Inn Express London Royal Park I decided to take the Tube west to Ealing Broadway to visit Walpole Park. I thought it’d be a good idea to find somewhere for lunch after a walk around the park. The Hungry Yeti buffet restaurant in New Broadway, opposite […]Review of the Hungry Yeti in Ealing, London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Twelve Great Outdoor Attractions in Europe

    Karen Bryan
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Here are my tips for outdoor attractions in Europe. Wearing the right clothes, you can enjoy some fresh air at any time of year. Rose Garden in Parque de Matalenas in Santander, Spain As well as a wonderful floral display, you get some great views over Sardinero Beach and the city of Santander from the […]Twelve Great Outdoor Attractions in Europe Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
 
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  • A Short Note to My Amazing Readers

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Hey everyone, First, if you read the blog, and especially if you’ve been around for a while: you really are amazing. Thank you. Second, I’ve written here for more than seven years without a break—and I’m not anywhere close to being burned out. Why put a pause on something you love and find meaningful? Breaks are boring. This week, though, my family experienced an unexpected loss that has left us all shaken. While I would like to keep publishing posts without missing a beat, the reality is that I need to step away from the blog for a bit. How long is a bit? I’m not entirely…
  • The Five-Year Road Trip: Two Adults and Two Teenagers Live Full-Time in an RV

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Dissatisfied with the typical suburban lifestyle, the Boyinks packed up their teenagers and hit the road. For the past five years, they’ve lived together in an RV, traveling America, meeting like-minded families and having adventures. Introduce yourselves! We are Michael, Crissa, Harrison, and Miranda – parents and two teens originally from West Michigan. Five years ago, we packed an RV for a one-year road trip and ended up with a new life. Beyond seeing amazing places, we have more friends and better friendships…
  • Creative Ways to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Reading: How One Woman Makes $1 Million a Year on Etsy How to Make $225/hr Writing Poetry The Uber Driver Who Makes $250,000 a Year I enjoyed each of these stories that have been floating around. If you want to be negative, there’s at least one major point you could critique about each of them. The woman making tons of money on Etsy isn’t actually handcrafting most of her items, which is the guiding value of Etsy. The Rideshare Guy is essentially trading time for money. The poets, well, I guess you could say it’s more of a party trick than real poetry. All of these criticisms ignore one…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLVII

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Courage, Happiness, and Gratitude — What if you took the stage with no idea of what to say? Jordan from the Air — An aerial tour of one of my favorite countries The Modern Nuns — From a Star Trek enthusiast to a former trade union worker, women share their stories about why they chose the religious life Working with Amazon Publishing — Behind-the-scenes with an author who’s tried a few different approached All Our Sons — A real-time map of…
  • Join Us for Sunset Yoga in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday, July 11

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Link: Sunset Yoga in PCS In less than two short weeks, we’ll welcome many people from all over the world for the fifth annual WDS. WDS itself is long sold out, but as mentioned previously, you can still sign up for a few events that bookend the main weekend: Worldwide Waffles: Make History by Eating Breakfast WDS Academies: 11 Half-Day Workshops on Specific Topics Note: These activities will also sell out. Worldwide Waffles currently has about 150 spots left (out of 600), and several Academies are already fully booked. If you want to participate, don’t wait until the last minute to…
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  • Hawaii (Big) Island July 4th Fireworks & Events 2015

    Sheila Beal
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Is Hawaii, the Big Island, your destination for July 4th? We’ve got the lowdown of all the best fourth of July events and fireworks to celebrate this holiday.Waikoloa Beach Resort July 4th Events & CelebrationsWaikoloa Beach Resort’s two shopping centers are hosting fun events and entertainment for the whole family.– Kings’ Shops hosts the 24th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race plus live entertainment. See this link for more information.– Queens Marketplace hosts a Family Fourth of July with music and games. See this link for more information.Waikoloa…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Ginger Blossom

    Sheila Beal
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    Mahalo to Nina Victor for sharing this gorgeous photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. We love the vibrant macro shot of this ginger blossom. It’s simply stunning!Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
  • Maui & Lanai July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations 2015

    Sheila Beal
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Will you be celebration July 4th on Maui? If so, you’ll find fun ways to celebrate Independence Day on Maui and also across the channel on Lanai.Here’s what’s happening this July 4th, 2015:Lahaina July 4th Fireworks and CelebrationLahaina Town hosts an old fashioned Independence Day celebration including music, food, kids activities and a grand fireworks show.The fireworks show is set to start at 8pm. This display will be visible from Lahaina’s Front Street waterfront and from waterfront restaurants. Synchronized music can be heard from Hard Rock Cafe Maui at 900…
  • July 4th fireworks & events in Honolulu and around Oahu 2015

    Sheila Beal
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Oahu is a great place to celebrate July 4th. You’ll find superb fireworks viewing and traditional events with a splash of Aloha. Here’s what you’ll find for Saturday, July 4th, 2015.July 4th Fireworks and Picnic on the Pier by the Might Mo in Pearl HarborThe Battleship Missouri Memorial hosts live music and fireworks at the Picnic on the Pier. This event is held at Pier Foxtrot 5 on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor where the Mighty Mo is berthed.Ticketed guests are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy the evening prior to the fireworks show.  Live music will be performed by Chris…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Whoops!

    Sheila Beal
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Mahalo to Mat Siltala of Arizona for sharing this awesome honu photo and this story with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Mat took this photo at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on Hawaii Island. Here’s the story behind how Mat got this photo:I was admiring the beach and I had my big Canon D20 in my face not really looking around or paying attention to anything. (I was in my own world just taking pictures of everything.) I notice a sign that says something like “Don’t bug the turtles” and then all of a sudden I am being yelled at by friends and my wife to turn around because…
 
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  • Lancia Appia

    GJE
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    And there I was in Senigallia, Italy, where the local classic car club had a meeting in front of the castle. I found this car which is very similar to my first car. I have owned it approximately two weeks. Then in the first shower it appeared that the back wheelarches where rotten. The prior owner had driven it approximately 15 years in those days (early 70ies). He was the best friend of my granddad. He stored the car in a garage and hadn’t noticed the wheelarches problems. He took the car back without a hassle and subsequently I bought my first Citroen, a 2CV. Not really sure anymore I…
  • 10 Questions for Chandler Tomayko of The Chef with Red Shoes – Interview 48

    GJE
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Happy to introduce you to a Real Chef: Chandler Tomayko. 1) Who Are you? My name is Chandler Tomayko. I am 28 years old. I am a Chef, a Traveler and a freelance Photographer. I have spent the past several years participating in culinary workshops around the world, learning about different cultures, working in different restaurants, teaching and collaborating with professionals in different fields. I have two blogs: thechefwithredshoes.wordpress.com started out as a way for me to keep tabs on what I was doing while traveling and working. My second blog: chandlertomaykophotography.wordpress.com…
  • 10 Questions for Chris Christensen of Amateur Traveler – Interview 47

    GJE
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Happy to continue the series with Chris Christensen 1) Who Are you? Chris is the host of Amateur Traveler which is an award winning online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. In 2015, Chris won a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism from the Society of American Travel Writers and was called the “Best Independent Travel Journalist” by Travel & Leisure Magazine in their annual SMITTY Awards. He also co-hosts This Week in Travel with Gary Arndt and Jen Leo. This Week in Travel has won 3…
  • Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift

    GJE
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift Touring in Belgium and visiting the cities of Mons (Bergen) and Namur (Namen) we made a small detour to visit the Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift. In 2002 the boat lift of Strépy-Thieu was completed, almost 20 years after its construction started. Together with a deviation in the Central Canal it replaces 4 historical boat lifts. The Central Canal connects the Meuse and Scheldt rivers. Two rivers important for water transportation in Belgium. Until a boat lift in China ( 3 gorges dam lift) will be completed, the Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift is the largest boat lift of the World.
  • Dolphin Sniffing

    GJE
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:41 am
    Do I Like Dolphin? No, I don’t like dolphin I’m going Backward and forward through thousands of photo’s I have made in the past and am still making. As a retiree I have much more time for this hobby than before and I discover little gems each day. These two were made during a stroll in December 2007 along the northern beach of Terschelling. It was after a hefty storm and still windy. That all was probably too much for this baby dolphin that had landed on the beach. Seagulls had feasted already on its dead body  and the dog asked himself apparently: “Do I Like…
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  • Wonderful Winston-Salem, NC

    RollingMama
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Sometimes, we all need a fairytale weekend.  While I wasn’t whisked away on a white horse, my husband did drive us across several state lines until we reached the rolling hills of Winston-Salem, NC.  You know the weekend is going to be special when the gentleman opening your car door introduces himself as the butler.  Larry was delightful, but I secretly thought I should call him Lawrence. Our home for the weekend was Graylyn www.grayly.com.  The centerpiece of the 86-room boutique property is the manor house, a fine example of Norman Revival architecture, which is typically found…
  • Discovering Daytona Beach

    MarvelousMiniMama
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    If you’re looking for a romantic weekend by the ocean, look no further than Daytona Beach.  Located on the Atlantic coast of Florida and just a few hours south of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach is an easy drive down Interstate 95.   My husband and I recently headed down there for our anniversary, and we discovered much more than just great views and amazing seafood!   We fell in love with Daytona Beach and the surrounding area; check out our list of favorite eateries, attractions and shops! The Beach Of course we have to mention the beach itself!  Miles and miles of gorgeous shoreline,…
  • 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…
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    Everything Everywhere Travel Blog

  • African Bull Elephant Feeding in Kruger National Park, South Africa

    Gary
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    African Bull Elephant Feeding in Kruger National Park, South Africa Camera NIKON D300S ISO 320 Focal Length 80mm Aperture f/5 Exposure Time 1/800 On my 2014 photo trip with G Adventures we visited South Africa and spent 2 days in Kruger National Park photographic wildlife. On our second day we say the Big 5 before lunch! I could spend a week just photographing wildlife in Africa. It is one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done as a photographer and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the continent.
  • The Dome of the Rock Mosque, Jerusalem

    Gary
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    The Dome of the Rock Mosque, Jerusalem Camera NIKON D200 ISO 100 Focal Length 18mm Aperture f/8.0 Exposure Time 1/350 Visiting the Dome of the Rock from the Western Wall is one of the most abrupt cultural changes you can experience. The Western Wall is almost a party atmosphere. There are a lot of people, many praying, and many who are families who are there celebrating Bar Mitzvahs. When you want up the wooden stairs to where the Dome is located, the mood changes abruptly. The area has fewer people, is much quieter and is more like a park. Because the Dome of the Rock is located, roughly…
  • Moai Embed in the Rano Ranaku Volcano on Easter Island

    Gary
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    Moai Embed in the Rano Ranaku Volcano on Easter Island Camera NIKON D200 ISO 100 Focal Length 18mm Aperture f/9.0 Exposure Time 1/320 One of the first places I visited when I began traveling full time in 2007 was Easter Island. I flew there from Tahiti and spent 5 days on the island. The amazing thing about Easter Island is that there actually not that many standing moai on the island. Once you’ve been there, you can instantly recognize where the photo was taken. For example, if you see a photo of a maoi by itself and embedded in the ground (like this one) you know it was taken on Rano…
  • Bridge to the Medieval City of Besalu, Catalonia

    Gary
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Bridge to the Medieval City of Besalu, Catalonia
  • Sand, Mountains and Storm Clouds on John Obey Beach, Sierra Leone

    Gary
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Sand, Mountains and Storm Clouds on John Obey Beach, Sierra Leone Camera NIKON D300S ISO 200 Focal Length 18mm Aperture f/3.5 Exposure Time 1/8000 During our visit to Sierra Leone on the G Adventures West Africa Trip, we spent a day on the beach. The waters off West Africa are very warm due to the currents and location along the equator. In fact once you round the horn and start sail north again, the water temperature drops dramatically. It was a great place to swim and the it was a great beach. To get this photo I waded out in the water with my camera to get the shot. It is something…
 
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  • Photo of the Moment: Busy Day at the Beach in Turks & Caicos

    Mike Richard
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Tobias Lindman The post Photo of the Moment: Busy Day at the Beach in Turks & Caicos appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 7 Selfish Things I Miss About Traveling Solo

    Amanda Kendle
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I often get emails from people asking for advice about traveling solo. They talk about their fears and worries and I have to say, I have to step back and take a deep breath to avoid emailing back and screaming at them that they should just go, now! Traveling on your own is not always easy, but with the right attitude it can be one of the most fantastic, selfish experiences you can have. Now that I have a young family, it’ll be a (long) while before I get the thrill of traveling solo again, but a girl can dream … so these are some of the…
  • How to Travel Like a Boss with the Right Credit Card

    Mike Richard
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. We’re finally seeing the dawn of a new generation who may work most, if not all, of their lives untethered to an office desk or even a fixed address. Today’s youth are eschewing the “standard” path — the typical 9-to-5 day job, 2-bedroom condo, and a BMW in the driveway — to instead live a life of experiences. For many, traveling the world is the ideal embodiment of that lifestyle. Free to go, at any time, to work and live anywhere. Photo © Cole Rise With this growing generation of travelers — these “citizens of the…
  • Photo of the Moment: Standing in the Light, Iceland

    Mike Richard
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:21 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Moyan Brenn The post Photo of the Moment: Standing in the Light, Iceland appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 5 Reasons to Drop Everything & Visit Whitehorse, Canada Right Now

    Mike Richard
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. On my recent whirlwind tour to Western Canada, I stopped in British Columbia and ultimately in the Yukon. More specifically: Whitehorse. This pint-sized city of less than 23,000 inhabitants is a thriving metropolis compared to the rest of the territory. Barely a century ago, it was a hub of the North American gold rush. These days, it’s a haven for outdoor-loving travelers. In short, you could spend a lifetime exploring up there and never run out of things to do. I hooked up with the good folks at Adventures.com who specialize in awesome…
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    Adventure Girl

  • The US Open & Greg Norman

    Stefanie Michaels
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    Last week kicked off to be such a fun one for me. I was invited to the US Open in Tacoma, Washington. Not only was I able to visit the pre-launch day of The Centurion Lounge pop-up lounge by American Express located near the 13th hole, (open to Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members attending the U.S. Open tournament), but inside this awesome space, was some really sweet perks. Throughout the week, Card Members get to recharge inside the pop-up lounge (literally, there are charging stations for cell phones), learn fitness tips from professional golf trainer Sean Cochran, putting practice…
  • 8 Great: The best things about Hotel Arts Barcelona

    Rachel Peace
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:07 pm
    There’s no better time to head to Europe! With the strength of the dollar surging, US travelers are at a huge advantage. London, Paris, Milan and Rome are all traditional hotspots on the bustling content. For today’s authentic travelers, the intrigue lies in going against the flow and exploring less-hyped destinations. With that in mind, a city to put on the 2015 bucket list is Barcelona, Spain. The destination draws culture connoisseurs, foodie explorers, fitness fanatics, beach bums, architecture addicts and more. Below are eight great reasons for the informed traveler to check out…
  • 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…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • “Will Work for Vacation Money” – This Week in Travel 190

    chris2x
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Scott Eddy – Digital Nomad Subscribe on iTunes | Become a […] The post “Will Work for Vacation Money” – This Week in Travel 190 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Making Travel Writing Work with David Farley – This Week in Travel #169 Scott E. Jordan “Gold Diggers, Sharks and Pockets” – This Week in Travel #113 Award Winning Travel News – This Week in…
  • Travel to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – Episode 466 Transcript

    chris2x
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    transcript to Travel to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – Episode 466 Chris: Amateur Traveler, episode 466. Today, the Amateur Traveler talks about windswept desert landscapes, visiting the semi-nomadic Himba people, and seeing the […] The post Travel to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – Episode 466 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – Episode 466 Travel to Namibia – Episode 243 Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421 Transcript
  • Travel to Atlanta, Georgia – Episode 472

    chris2x
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hear about travel to Atlanta, Georgia as the Amateur Traveler talks to return guest Chris Willis about his hometown. Chris has been on the show talking about distant and exotic places but […] The post Travel to Atlanta, Georgia – Episode 472 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Georgia – Episode 152 Travel to Savannah, Georgia – Episode 329 Travel to Memphis, Tennessee – Episode 424
  • Budapest Hungary – A Reason to Love Europe

    DavidElwood
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    I had a recent opportunity to tour Budapest on a romp through Europe. I was amazed and thrilled by Budapest, a city of amazing people and wondrous sights. The world heritage buildings, […] The post Budapest Hungary – A Reason to Love Europe appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Budapest, Hungary – Episode 35 Transcript Travel to Budapest, Hungary – Episode 35 How can you not love flying?
  • Travel to the Czech Republic – Episode 465 Transcript

    chris2x
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    transcript of Travel to the Czech Republic – Episode 465 Chris: Amateur traveler, episode 465. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about historic towns, beautiful hikes, Jewish Ghettos, and a church made out […] The post Travel to the Czech Republic – Episode 465 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Guard at Prague Castle – Prague, Czech Republic – Daily Photo Charles Bridge – Prague, Czech Republic – Daily Photo Old Jewish Cemetery – Prague, Czech Republic – Daily Photo
 
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Summer Freedom: Los Angeles and Writing Contest

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    June 2015 News from Lisa & We Said Go Travel: I highlighted my two USA Today articles about Ireland with my latest video from Dublin. I wrote about The Bachelorette falling in love at the Guinness Storehouse. I met Scott Kirby the President of American Airlines and did a selfie video with him at LAX. I have been enjoying events in Los Angeles and New York. I was recently at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert and have ten videos nearly ready to share with you! Videos from Santa Barbara are LIVE: Exploring Santa Barbara, My Stay at the Goodland a Kimpton hotel and Dinner at the Outpost.
  • New Zealand: @GayWhistler Travels with Apple Watch

    Dean Nelson
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Traveling with Apple Watch – a practical product review review by Dean Nelson @GayWhistler The Apple Watch is now just over two months old and I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to use it everyday to determine if the smart wearable devise is worth the investment and hype. Is the Apple Watch really the most personal devise you will own? How well does the watch travel and more importantly will it make my travel experience better? My observations are as follows: Likes: -> Love having the Apple Watch keeping me on task. The iCalendar feature with reminder alerts is great. We…
  • The Bachelorette Falls in Love in Dublin

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe at The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland Photo Credit: ABC   Watching Kaitlyn Bristowe at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin  last week reminded me how much I loved my trip to Ireland in March 2015. VIDEO: Guinness Storehouse in Dublin–The Bachelorette was here 2015! Have you always wanted to travel to Ireland? I loved seeing Newgrange with Brendan Vacations. This historic site which is sometimes called Baby Stonehenge is over 5000 years old! It is 1000 years older than the pyramids. Staying in Dublin at the Brooks Hotel and participating in…
  • Beer and Cheese, California Style

    Cameryn Frost
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Golden Road Brewing is in a secluded, out-of-the-way spot in Los Angeles. As I pulled up through a quiet, industrial area, I was shocked to see the place was packed with people! Hundreds were gathered in their large bar and their two outdoor seating areas on Wednesday afternoon! Their massive, delicious beer selection and great atmosphere might be the reason most people were there, but I came to try their new pairing with Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses. Golden Road is currently working to develop fun, vegan recipes that pair well with their beers. The Head Brewer, Victor Novak, explained…
  • Los Angeles: You’ve got #ClicquotMail

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Last night I experienced #ClicquotMail at Shore Bar, one of the happening and welcoming bars in the H.Wood Group in Santa Monica. Tonight join in by mailing a postcard and tasting the 2004 La Grande Dame sourced from top 8 grand cru vineyards in the Champagne region of France at Fig and Olive. Veuve Clicquot has been my favorite champagne since I worked on Princess Cruises. Veuve Clicquot and their yellow mail truck is coming to a city near you on a cross country tour to share their story honoring Madam Clicquot and her letter writing style behind the business. I love that they are…
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    Elliott

  • Airlines to government: “Fees” leave us alone!

    Kendall Creighton
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Nothing to see here, folks, said the airline industry at last week's Advisory Committee for Consumer Protection at the Department of Transportation (DOT). Let's move on. No caps needed on fees. The post Airlines to government: “Fees” leave us alone! appeared first on Elliott.
  • Is this “2015 Explorer Giveaway” a scam?

    Ed Lawrence
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Every summer, the scammers come out of the woodwork like cockroaches, and every summer, a few trusting consumers fall for their tricks. Don’t be one of them. The post Is this “2015 Explorer Giveaway” a scam? appeared first on Elliott.
  • When terrorism meets tourism, who deserves the blame?

    Joseph Luther
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Three separate terrorist attacks across three continents last week have left officials wondering how to best keep their citizens safe. But are they partially to blame? The post When terrorism meets tourism, who deserves the blame? appeared first on Elliott.
  • My passport is still valid — so why can’t I fly?

    Christy Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Rachel Guglielmo showed up at the airport with her family, travel documents in hand, ready to fly. An American Airlines desk agent took one look at her passport and denied her boarding. Why? Her passport was going to expire less than three full months before her return. Her story is our featured...
  • FBI warns that nasty ‘ransomware’ is spreading

    Karla Bowsher
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Ransomware is continuing to spread worldwide, according to data from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. The post FBI warns that nasty ‘ransomware’ is spreading appeared first on Elliott.
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Suites Class on the Singapore A380 is Something Special (Trip Report)

    CF
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    This is the final post in my Japan trilogy. Unlike most should-be-trilogies today, I haven’t blown this out into a two-part extravaganza. Oh, and no zombies or werewolves either. If you haven’t seen them, read the first post on booking the trip and flying up to San Jose. Then read the second on my ANA flight from San Jose to Tokyo. — I can’t say I was ready to leave Japan after what seemed like a very short week, but at the same time, I was really looking forward to the flight home. We used our miles to book two seats in the vaunted Suites class on the Singapore…
  • Is a Labor Slowdown The Reason United’s Operation Has Been Terrible?

    CF
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’ve received several emails and read a handful of articles talking about United’s recent operational problems. If you’ve flown United this month, then you already know how ugly things have become. But what is causing this mess? The rumblings out there suggest that there may be a 15th anniversary party going on to recreate the nightmare that was the summer of 2000. Back then, it was the pilots that brought the airline to its knees. This time, the rumor is that the mechanics are behind it. Though I don’t expect official confirmation, the operational numbers do look…
  • Cranky on the Web – Building a Management Team

    CF
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    In the Trenches: Building a Management Team – Small Business Center As Cranky Concierge grows further, I have to pull myself out of the day-to-day business more. That’s why I’ve finally started building a management team.
  • Topic of the Week: Should Delta Be Able to Fly to Dallas Love Field?

    CF
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    It’s been a heck of a fight between Southwest and Delta in Dallas. Once United gave up its gates to Southwest, Delta (which subleased from United) had nowhere to go. Yet Delta says the feds require that all airlines at Love be allowed to continue to fly. Southwest says it has no room for Delta to use its gate (nor does the holder of the other two gates, Virgin America). Lawsuits have been flying and a temporary solution allows Delta to keep using a Southwest gate for its 5 flights to Atlanta until everything makes it through the courts. But let’s forget all that. Should Delta be…
  • Norwegian Brings Its 737 to the US… From the Caribbean, Not Europe

    CF
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Say the word “Norwegian” in airline industry circles in the US and the first thing that comes to mind is a contentious political battle. Norwegian has been trying to gain approval to fly to the US under a new Irish subsidiary, and the US government has refused to take action. But the last thing that probably comes to mind when you hear the word “Norwegian” is a sunny Caribbean beach. Yet that is exactly what Norwegian is announcing today. The airline is going to begin flying 737s to the Caribbean from the East Coast. Is this going to work? Unclear, though also…
 
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: How To Keep Your Home Protected While You’re Traveling

    PeterGreenberg.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How To Keep Your Home Protected While You’re TravelingBeing on the road also means leaving your house and its belongings unattended. Here’s how to get a little peace of mind—and keep your home protected—while you travel. Canary is... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How To Keep Your Home Protected While You’re Traveling appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Why Intercity Bus Travel Is On The Rise

    PeterGreenberg.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Why Intercity Bus Travel Is On The RiseWe’ve seen a huge boom in intercity bus travel in recent years, and this summer is no exception. A new survey out of DePaul University predicted record numbers of holiday... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Why Intercity Bus Travel Is On The Rise appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: No More Cruises to Nowhere

    PeterGreenberg.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: No More Cruises to NowhereYou’ve heard me talk about “cruises to nowhere,” which can be a good way to test out whether you like the cruising experience. Well, it looks like you’ll have to... Read More...The post Travel Tip: No More Cruises to Nowhere appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Nobu Villa, Nobu Hotel in Caesars Palace Las Vegas—June 27, 2015

    _darra
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Nobu Villa, Nobu Hotel in Caesars Palace Las Vegas—June 27, 2015This week’s broadcast of the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show comes from the Nobu Villa inside the Nobu Hotel in Caesars Palace. Joining Peter is celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis,... Read More...The post Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Nobu Villa, Nobu Hotel in Caesars Palace Las Vegas—June 27, 2015 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Where You Can Dive With Sharks Around the World

    PeterGreenberg.com
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Where You Can Dive With Sharks Around the WorldIt’s going to a big summer for…sharks? That’s right, not only is Shark Week around the corner, but we’re also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie Jaws. This September,... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Where You Can Dive With Sharks Around the World appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Top 7 San Diego Restaurants to Splurge On

    Nancy Brown
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a full time food blogger at Little Leopard Book, focused on recipe development, I’m always looking for my next great recipe inspiration. A lot of this inspiration comes while dining out. My recipes are frequently influenced by eating my way through the United States while traveling, but a lot of my recipe influence comes […]
  • Montana Luxury Ranch Resort

    Nancy Brown
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Timid women need not apply. That’s what the job description would read if Triple Creek Ranch were advertising for participants at the Women’s Rocky Mountain Rendezvous. Of course, this Relais & Chateaux property located south of Missoula, Montana doesn’t need to advertise this exclusive women’s adventure. The six day luxury retreat is geared toward adventurous […]
  • Fed, White and Blue: A Love Story to America and its Food

    Jamie Rhein
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:51 pm
    With the days of summer reading upon us, and the 4th of July almost here, I can’t think of a better recommendation for that road trip than Fed, White and Blue: Finding America with my Fork by Simon Majumdar. Majumdar, to anyone who follows The Food Network is famous for his roll as a judge on “Cutthroat […]
  • Sustainable Ranching in Northern California

    Nancy Brown
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    How connected are we to our food? My husband is a hunter; born and raised in Oregon, currently living in California. He cares about the animals that he hunts while enjoying nature. He cares that the meat he consumes hasn’t been raised on GMO fed corn and lived its life in a small pen. I, […]
  • Seneca History and Culture are Showcased at NY Historic Site

    Jamie Rhein
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    In the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, the Seneca, one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee, more commonly known as the Iroquois Confederacy, once thrived. Thankfully, due to their ancestors’ grit, fortitude, and determination to keep their culture alive, the Seneca that still live here remain connected to their roots and are happy to share their cultural […]
 
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast

  • Kauai vacation ideas

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Fresh from our recent trip to Kauai today I share some Kauai vacation ideas you can enjoy when visiting the Garden Isle. The post Kauai vacation ideas appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Airport Guide

    Bruce Fisher
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Traveling to Hawaii by air is pretty straightforward when your destination is only one island, but when you have to travel between The post Hawaii Airport Guide appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 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.
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • 3:2 vs 6:5 Blackjack | A Devil in the Details

    Benjamin Barber
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Pros Know Seasoned Las Vegas blackjack connoisseurs have watched casino after casino shift from classic 3:2 Blackjack to 6:5 over the years. To gain further insight, we spoke with Station Casinos’ VP of Casino Operations Bill Burt who said, “I Read More ... The post 3:2 vs 6:5 Blackjack | A Devil in the Details appeared first on 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.
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    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • Reims Jul 01, 2015 — Reims, France

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Reims Jul 01, 2015 - Reims, France Reims, France
  • Alcatraz and Oakland Athletics game — San Francisco, CA

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Alcatraz and Oakland Athletics game - San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CAWe had a late start this morning 10:30am so I let Liam wake naturally at around 9am, we went downstairs for breakfast and then met our group to make our way to the Alcatraz landing. We walked a couple of streets to get there. Our ferry was leaving at 11:30am. We managed to get all the kids together for a group shot before boarding our ferry. Unfortunately it was a foggy day and no one could get a clear shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. I was thankful for our ferry ride yesterday. Once we got to the island we had and…
  • Inconvenient — Puichéric, France

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Inconvenient - Puichéric, France Puichéric, FranceToday was very inconvenient. We planned to visit Peyrepertuse Castle, where we would see a falcon demonstration. Instead, we ended up driving around, inconveniently, trying to find a gas station. The reason for that is there was a bridge that was under maintenance, causing us to take an approximately 30km detour. We ended up visiting the Lagrasse Abbey.
  • Gouden billen en grote stralen — Sankt-Peterburg, International

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Gouden billen en grote stralen - Sankt-Peterburg, International Sankt-Peterburg, InternationalDe boot ligt al stil, in st Petersburg. Wel vroeg uit de veren, snel ontbijten en dan naar de douane. Russisch tempo hier, geduld nodig. Buiten staat de gids, miep kakel maar dat weten wij nog niet. En 5 kolossen, Amerikanen van een andere boot. Wij peppen ons in een busje en dan op naar The big city. Even de Hermitage doen is er niet bij. Het is er gewoon erg groot, net zoveel zalen als harrods. Overal ook smuck, beelden en schilderijen. Onze kip kwakkelt door en omdat het audiosysteem erg goed is…
  • Nagini — Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem Rep

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Nagini - Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem Rep Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem RepThe day started well with my favourite breakfast so far, though slightly strange looking: fruits topped with cornflakes topped with yoghurt. I've missed cereal, and anything with fruit is always an easy favourite. As planned from yesterday we stuck by our decision to rent a motorbike rather than bicycles. This time we could instil confidence in the owners having learnt how to actually ride them. Ours was an automatic scooter style bike, deep green and nicely shiny looking - this is as detailed as my bike or car…
 
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  • A Year of TravelPod Travel Blogs

    Fraser Cole
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    With new TravelPod blogs appearing every day as our members travel the world, we thought it would be interesting to see what what all the blogs from one year would look like when we mapped them out together.
  • Holi: A Burst of Color

    Fraser Cole
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Who wouldn’t love taking a day to fling handfuls of colored powder and water at friends and strangers alike in a jubilant celebration of spring, forgiveness, and renewal? Perhaps that’s why the ancient Hindu festival known as Holi is celebrated not only in South Asia where it originated, but throughout the world as well. Luckily for us, TravelPod bloggers...
  • Top 5 South American Cities for Travel Bloggers in 2014

    Fraser Cole
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Quick glimpses of the five most popular South American cities among TravelPod bloggers based on 2014 trips.
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • 5 Best Bribes for Travel with Kids

    Rick Seaney
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    As a parent, I know traveling with kids is a joy. Traveling with kids can also be an interesting challenge. Bribery helps. Best Bribes for Kids Here are some of my favorites. I’d love to hear yours. 1. Candy Buy a bag of miniature Snickers or Reese’s or whatever your sweets your child craves then dole it out as follows: For good behavior (such as sitting quietly) For stopping bad behavior (such as kicking the seat) For using indoor voice (or lowering the outdoor voice) For buckling up (and if they don’t, YOU must buckle them up) Some may think this is a too-generous system.
  • Florida: Fishing, Diving, Golf and Beaches

    Anne McDermott
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    Florida has something for everyone, particularly those who enjoy being active. For the rest of us, there are plenty of beaches for basking. We checked out several tourism and Florida-centric sites for the best fun-in-the-sun getaways and invite you to take a look. Tips at the end will help you find cheap flights to Florida. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on the joys of Florida. Great Fishing, Diving, Golf, Beaches in Florida To find the cheapest flights, simply click the destination. Fishing Whether you’re a freshwater or saltwater fisherman or fisherwoman, there are so many options:…
  • 10 Things to Put on Your ‘Do Not Pack’ List

    Rick Seaney
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    It’s vacation time again, so pull out your bag and start packing. But first check out this list of ‘do not pack’ items. It could save you time, trouble and money. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney is a packing pro. The ‘Do Not Pack’ List This will help you avoid fees for checked-bags, overweight baggage fees and other packing problems. 1. Valuables Never pack irreplaceable items. Things get lost, things get stolen, things get broken. Tip: Most airlines state that valuables are not allowed in checked bags, so don’t count on getting reimbursed for your good…
  • Amusement Parks, Theme Parks, Water Parks: Where to Go, How to Get There

    Anne McDermott
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    Please note: FareCompare does not endorse any of the following parks (or indeed, any products). The list is provided for informational purposes. Nothing says summer like fun in a park: riding a roller coaster at an amusement park, visiting Mickey or Harry Potter at a theme park, having a blast with the kids at a water park. So we rounded up a bunch of favorite parks in the U.S. and around the world. The list is divided into geographical sections: U.S.A. (includes Disney, Six Flags, Universal and more) Asia and Australia Europe North America Tip: Don’t miss the section at the very end on…
  • What Size Carry-on Do You Need?

    Rick Seaney
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    In a recent column for ABC News, I wrote about “The Big Bag Theory” (apologies to Sheldon and colleagues) because everyone was getting very excited about new guidelines issued by a trade organization called International Air Transport Association. No need to get excited but there are excellent reasons to travel with the smallest carry-on. Carry-on Bag Sizes are Not Changing In a hasty update to its website, the IATA notes that its guidelines on carry-on sizes – which are smaller than the maximum size decreed by many airlines – are guidelines or recommendations only and…
 
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    View from the Wing

  • The TSA’s New Mission: “Passenger Shaming”

    Gary Leff
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    TSA tweets photo of the contents of a passenger's carry on. There was nothing illegal inside. Social media reacts in a way I wish all people would. Continue reading The TSA’s New Mission: “Passenger Shaming”...
  • What Happens When You Want to Change Your Name But Already Have Airline Tickets Booked?

    Gary Leff
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:04 pm
    What happens if you've booked honeymoon tickets under a maiden name and want to change to a married name? What if you've booked international travel including for a lap infant before the child is born -- and you give the child a different name than you had planned? These problems are not insurmountable! Here's how it works. Continue reading What Happens When You Want to Change Your Name But Already Have Airline Tickets Booked?...
  • Upgrading an Award Ticket With Miles from Two Accounts

    Gary Leff
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Reader Casey asked, "My friend booked 2 United economy awards for him and myself for 25k each. To upgrade to Business class it is only 15k each. I have 25K and he has 5k. Can we somehow upgrade to Business for both of us using our miles? We can’t figure it out on the website. Thank you!" Continue reading Upgrading an Award Ticket With Miles from Two Accounts...
  • Leaving from New York JFK or Have a 3 Hour Layover There? Do This.

    Gary Leff
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Good Sri Lankan food is always a great option. Spicy Lanka is just 5 miles from New York's JFK airport. I was in New York for about 20 hours, flying into LaGuardia and out of JFK. I was on a 5:30pm flight out yesterday. The lunch event I attended in Manhattan yesterday was more useful for talking with folks and I decided not to eat anything, I got out of there around 2:30pm, so I decided to stop here on the way to the airport. Good call. Continue reading Leaving from New York JFK or Have a 3 Hour Layover There? Do This....
  • Lightning Crashes into a Passenger, Airport Coat Check Service, and Operation Magic Carpet

    Gary Leff
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click. Continue reading Lightning Crashes into a Passenger, Airport Coat Check Service, and Operation Magic Carpet...
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    Jet Set Life

  • The Three Perfect Workout Headphones

    Robert Murgatroyd
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    SHOW NOTES In today’s post I discuss my (ok crazy) obsession with workout headphones. So WHY do I use 3 different headphones??? Wellllll because they all three give me a different experience. Let’s take a further look…. 1. Westone 4’s Let me first say that they are stupid expensive and crazy amazing! You can hear things that you’ve never heard before in songs that you listen to all that time. I use these when I’m walking around and don’t care about wires but want to listen to great quality. Pros: Best sound quality I’ve ever heard- period Fit…
  • Apply for Our New Weight Loss Test Group!

    kim
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Our Jet Set Body 90 Day Fitness program caters to the person that already works out, that wants to get into ridiculous Fitness Model shape. But what if you’re a newbie in the gym or maybe have 30 pounds or more to lose? Chances are, Jet Set Body isn’t right for you (honestly it’s a little advanced for the beginner). But, we are testing a great program that combines 3 home or gym workouts a week with our awesome super-food nutrition protocol! We are looking for 3 guys and 3 gals that… 1. Have 20-30+ lbs to lose and WANT HELP! 2. Are ready to 100% COMMIT to the program…
  • Going VIP with the Best of Mykonos

    kim
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s not secret that our favorite island to chill on in the summer is the white-washed island of Mykonos. Honestly, the richest Greek on the island is the one who sells that white paint! But, I digress.  Rob and I have spent countless hours basking in the Mykonian sunshine, exploring the island from end to end and meeting just about every local on the island. We’ve developed a Mykonos a circle of friends in Mykonos that feel more like family. We have a daily routine starting with a delicious Greek yogurt breakfast poolside at the Andronikos Hotel while we chat about which beach…
  • Why I Decided To Do a Vlog and How You Will Benefit

    Robert Murgatroyd
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    SHOW NOTES In today’s post you’ll catch Kim& I [literally] in mid-conversation about the idea of me starting a blog The part right before this video, off camera, was us trying to figure out where to get the time! Kim came up with the idea of  a 5 minute VLOG! What the heck- Let’s test it! These VLOG posts will be a maximum of 5 minutes and have high value for you! Let me know what you think! PEOPLE MENTIONED Just us on this one:) LINKS Tibetan Bowls (This will be an upcoming VLOG) BECOME A V.I.P. Become a Jet Set Life V.I.P. here Connect With Jet Set Life: Jet Set…
  • Jet Set Body’s Has a New Cleansing Program!

    kim
    14 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    So a few years back, Spring of 2012 to be exact, Kim added a one day, cellular cleanse to her 12 week competition plan. It was a suggestion from her fitness coach (fitness Icon), Andi Martin, who is part of the famous Cathy Savage Fitness team. Kim added this to her routine of all-natural meal replacements and her Jet Set Body nutrition and exercise plan. The combination created the best physique that Kim had ever brought to the stage. (Pic Right) I however, resisted the cleanse and meal replacements, because he felt that I didn’t “need it” to create my physique. And,…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • Lights of Mankind

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Lights of Mankind – it’s one of those books which you pick up as a remainder and you think ‘why didn’t this get more attention?’ Views from the International Space Station – a few years ago I went down to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a tourist go up to the station for a couple of weeks. They’re views at night, like the cover photograph with the brightly lit Nile River running up to Cairo and then Alexandria at the mouth of Nile, where it spills into the Mediterranean Sea. Off to the right, to the east, is brightly lit Israel. Or this view of the Straits of Hormuz, that…
  • Airline Seating – at the sharp end in particular

    Tony Wheeler
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    There’s constant discussion about how many seats airlines can stuff in. They all seem intent on shoving in one more across the aircraft or squeezing the ‘pitch,’ the distance between one row and the next, in order to get more passengers on board. But that’s back in economy which essentially doesn’t look any different today than it has any time in the past 30 or more years. ▲ Economy – and nothing but economy – in Ryanair on my recent trip to Turin. Economy is still usually just lots of people sitting shoulder to shoulder. We complain about how many people are crammed into the…
  • Bicycle Tracks, Bicycle Signs

    Tony Wheeler
    7 Jun 2015 | 4:04 pm
    ▲ On a recent visit to Turin in Italy I encountered this nice bicycle warning, admonishing cyclists not to go speeding down the laneway next to the Egyptian Museum, scattering pedestrians in all directions. ◄ I posted a recent photo of something I encountered on a bicycle track in Melbourne – an upside down 4WD. And here’s an explanatory warning about not cycling in parallel on the busy cycling roads of Mallorca, the Spanish Mediterranean island.
  • Turin

    Tony Wheeler
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:32 pm
    I spent a couple of days in Turin –Torino in Italian – for the Salone Internazionale del Libro Torino in the Lingotto Fiere, the imaginatively restored old Fiat car factory. Complete with its test track on the roof. ▲ It’s one of those cities which underlines why we love Italy so much – stylish, tasteful, comfortable, relaxed, what’s not to like. And wonderful vistas like this one of the Chiesa di San Carlo and di Santa Cristina on the Piazza San Carlo, that’s Emanuele Filiberto on his horse in the centre of the square. ▲ In the Museo Egizio it’s also got the best Egyptian…
  • The Bush

    Tony Wheeler
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    Don Watson is best known for being the speech writer and political adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Keating is famously touchy and his book about the Keating years – Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM – led to a major falling out between the two. Keating was also famous for his sharp tongue and killing one liners. You can watch a selection of them on an ABC TV video clip or read them in The Book of Paul, accurately subtitled ‘The Wit & Wisdom of Paul Keating.’ It’s full of useful lines like his description of an opposition…
 
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • Paris: 50 Do’s and Don’ts guaranteed to improve your trip

    Bryan Pirolli
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    Looking for advice about how to act or what to do during your upcoming trip to Paris? The amount of “advice” online can be daunting, with endless lists about how to act like a “real” Parisian (whoever they are!). The truth is, there isn’t just one type of Parisian, nor is there one way to act when visiting the city. But you know us—we couldn’t resist creating a jumbo list of our own. However, we’re listing only friendly do’s and don’ts that will help you make the most of your trip and your budget. Do… keep reading! Related: 10…
  • A budget guide to Glasgow, Scotland

    Frances Ambler
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:48 am
    While Edinburgh may woo visitors with its genteel charm, and there’s no escaping the sheer beauty of the Scottish countryside, visitors to Scotland too often overlook Glasgow as a destination. Scotland’s largest city has plenty to offer the budget traveler, whether it’s tremendous free museums or the city’s renowned social life. It’s a working city full of contrasts, by turns gritty, glamorous and generous – and one well worth getting to know a little better. Here’s how to enjoy this great city while saving along the way. How to get to Glasgow Air Glasgow’s International…
  • Avoid these common tourist mistakes in Italy

    Rebecca Holland
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Italy is one of the most visited destinations in the world, making it both very accessible but also teeming with tourists at certain times of year. While most of Italy’s cities and towns are visitor-friendly, there are still some pitfalls that tourists commonly find themselves stumbling into. Avoid these common travel-planning mistakes to make your next trip to Italy as enjoyable as possible. Trying to see it all It’s tempting to want to see everything on a vacation. Many tourists visiting Italy try to see a long list of cities in just one or two weeks, many rushing along the main…
  • How to survive Barcelona’s top 4 attractions

    Regina W Bryan
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    At its best, Barcelona is an enchanting Mediterranean city with creative cuisine, golden beaches, and a fascinating history reaching back to Roman times. At its worst, it can be a total touristville with neon paella and ill-advised Mexican sombrero souvenirs. Furthermore, the busiest attractions in Barcelona can get incredibly overcrowded depending on when you visit. The beauty of the Gothic Quarter, the majesty of the Sagrada Familia, and the quirkiness of Park Güell just don’t have the same appeal when you’re just trying to keep your sanity. But we can help. Before you run…
  • Rome’s 4 commonly overlooked treasures

    Rebecca Holland
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:10 am
    Rome—the name alone conjures images of the Colosseum, the iconic Spanish Steps and the Sistine Chapel. These famous historical monuments should definitely be on your list when touring the Eternal City, especially if it’s your first visit. But sometimes famous attractions can be completely overwhelming. Long lines and massive crowds can get tiring after a few days. When you’ve had your fill of “must-see” Rome, head to these four wonderful sights, which are equally historic and beautiful, but too often overlooked. You’ll escape the masses and get a better sense of the city,…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Best Travel Bags for Women

    Elizabeth
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:17 am
    There is never the time like the present for weekend getaways or a fun-filled vacations with family and friends. As you make your plans, check out these best travel bags for women sure to make your travel tension-free. Best Travel Bags for Women Work Travel Whether your job has you traveling to different cities or… Read more The post Best Travel Bags for Women appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Rolling Duffle Bags: Best Duffle Bags with Wheels

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Whether you are packing your kids off to summer camp, getting ready to pack them off to college, or packing yourself off to a much deserved vacation, the rolling duffle bag is your new best friend. The perfect pairing between the flexibility of a duffel bag and the ease of movement of roller bags can… Read more The post Rolling Duffle Bags: Best Duffle Bags with Wheels appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    When it comes to a weekend away, packing should be the least of your concerns. Take a few tips from the pros and start your getaway stress-free. First, don’t bring too much. Over-packing is very common and only leads to more stress and more stuff. Think about what you need to take with you, add… Read more The post Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway appeared first on 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.
 
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Norwegian Is Launching East Coast to Caribbean Flights

    kjb
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Norwegian already has a rep for those affordable flights across the Atlantic, but now the carrier is looking for fame and recognition elsewhere. Step one: Shuttling passengers away from cold and cruel winters and toward some warmer destinations. The airline just announced that, beginning in December, it will launch flights from Boston, Baltimore, and New York-JFK to the Guadeloupe Islands and Martinique — so now’s the time to start checking out TripAdvisor for ideas on what to do and where to stay. (Christmas getaway, anyone?) USA Today has the full rundown on the schedules so that…
  • The Newest Instagram Update Seriously Inspires Wanderlust

    JetSetCD
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Who doesn't love an Instagram update? Every time the app releases a refresh, it comes with some surprise new features to improve functionality and, oftentimes, enhance its uses for travel. In the past, we've seen the introduction of smoother filters, people tagging, emoji hashtags (!), layouts, and improved geotagging. This week, the update introduced a new Explore page, with trending Tags and Places, and "more powerful search" that makes it easier to find people, places, and tags. The key word here is "places," as Instagram now allows users to search for and explore a geotag. The Explore…
  • 6 Tips for Using Apple Watch on Your Next Flight

    juliana
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Apple Watch debuted just two months ago, but from the get-go 10 airlines were ready for the gadget's launch, enabling their mobile apps to work with the flick of a wrist. Yet while having your boarding pass basically imprinted on your body is a technological marvel, using Apple Watch to check in for your flight and board the plane is not as easy as we hoped it would be. Here are some tips on using Apple Watch for your next flight. 1. CHECK-IN ON YOUR IPHONE FIRSTAir France was one of the first airlines to update their app to work with Apple Watch and indeed, the app works like a dream. This…
  • This Photographer Traveled the World Shooting Abandoned Places

    Scott Kearnan
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    If any movie producers are location scouting for a found footage horror film, they might want to give David de Rueda a call. The photographer and urban explorer recently partnered with Nikon on a 22,000-mile road trip that took him inside abandoned architectural relics in 12 cities across Eurasia. Using his sponsored camera and equipment (clever promo idea, Nikon!) de Rueda spent 44 days (!) traipsing between Paris, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Reykjavik and other cities, braving dilapidated conditions and, most likely, flesh-eating monsters buried under the rubble of decrepit Soviet military…
  • Miami: Miami Spa Month Kicks Off Tomorrow

    jsb
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The view from the rooftop hydro therapy spa terrace at COMO Shambala Urban Escape. You may be avoiding South Florida because it’s 90 degrees and feels like 100. But skip Miami in the summer and you miss out on one of the best times of the year: Miami Spa Month. We’re not sure if it’s the blistering heat that renders people unable to count or rename this annual promotion, but the good news is that Miami Spa Month actually runs for two months: July and August. There are many great spas in Miami, and all across town (ie: not just at the beaches), but here are five spa month…
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    HotelChatter -

  • Shanghai: The Second Tallest Building in the World Will Have a Hotel

    juliab
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    If, like us, you’re a sucker for tall buildings, you’ll be all excited about the opening of the Shanghai Tower, which will top out at 2073 feet – the second tallest structure in the world – when it opens in a few months in Pudong with 121 floors. There will be a 120th-floor observation deck, offices, restaurants, cafes “sky lobbies” (areas open to the public) and, oh yes, a five star hotel. Will it be Shangri-La? Mandarin Oriental? No! It’s one you might not immediately think of, Jin Jiang International Hotels, a major Chinese group. The Shanghai Tower…
  • Beachside Sri Lanka or an Indonesian Treehouse? The Choice Is Yours

    juliab
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    You already had one lot of Hotel News Briefs this week but to get you through Hump Day, here's a more exotic version. Enjoy! Hyatt Place has opened its first property in Africa, Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay, 10 miles north of Agadir (above). It’s part of a sustainable development (Taghazout Bay) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and has 152 rooms (all with balcony), two outdoor pools, a gym, tennis club and golf course. Not active enough? They offer hang-gliding and mountain biking too. Rates from $86.
  • HI: This Four Seasons Is Bringing the Concierge Desk to the Beach

    kjb
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s plenty of good uses for the concierge, but what we’re looking for is something above and beyond. That’s where Four Seasons comes in, as they’re taking the title of concierge and taking it to the next level of fancy. At Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu on the Big Island of Hawaii the hotel has introduced something they’re calling Oceanfront Concierge Service—um, yes please. Basically the concierge team will be roaming about the beaches and pools in hopes of helping you plan this, that, or the other thing. Between 8am and 5pm you'll…
  • London: The Lanesborough London Reopens Today

    JasonD
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    The day is here: The Lanesborough London is open again. Nearly two years after we found out about its closure and renovation, the 93-room luxury pile on Hyde Park Corner is back. Back in April we showed you a first few renderings of the Alberto Pinto-designed interiors, and here we are now with some actual photography. Above the bright yellow Deluxe Room we led with then as well – what do you think? Don’t let the traditional surroundings fool you; the in-room technology will be very much of the future. Today is soft opening, and reservations are live from mid-month, with a Deluxe…
  • Venice: The Only Mystery is the Menu as the Belmond Cipriani in Venice Celebrates Agatha Christie’s B-Day

    Janice Tober
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Tomorrow, July 1, marks the 125th birthday of mystery writer extraordinaire, Agatha Christie. This grande dame, though, wrote more than mere mysteries; she wrote of exotic lands and places that she herself had explored and consequently served to whet the appetite of her readers for travel. In 1934, Ms. Christie traveled from Venice to Istanbul on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, penning one of her finest stories, Murder on the Orient–Express, at the end of her journey while at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul (you knew there had to a hotel in here somewhere, right?). To commemorate…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Out of Office: Katie Wines and Dines in Burgundy

    Viator Travel Team
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
  • The Rums of Central America

    Tim Leffel
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
      One of the great benefits of traveling through Central America is that it’s easy to find really good rum for a ridiculously low price. While most people associate rum with the Caribbean, many of the best ones actually come from the mainland of Central America. They might not be as famous or as heavily marketed brands like Bacardi, but that’s a good thing. Thanks to more abundant sources of fresh spring water and the ability to store the barrels above sea level, these often beat out the island brands in international tasting competitions. The easiest and least expensive way to try…
  • Exploring Savannah on a Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

    Kyle Ellison
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    Gathering for a culinary and cultural walking tour in Savannah When the city of Savannah was first established in 1733, the entire area was free of lawyers, liquor, slaves and Catholics. I pondered this bit of historical trivia while strolling the cobbled streets, sipping on a Chatham Artillery Punch made with seven types of booze. Savannah’s original liquor law, it turns out, only lasted for nine short years. Today, the entire Savannah historical district is completely open-container — meaning anyone with a single, plastic cup can legally carry up to 16 ounces of liquor out on the…
  • June Top Photos of the Month: Summer Lovin’

    Viator Travel Team
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    Summer is in full swing and with it comes the prime season for travel. Stretch those legs, get out of the office and go exploring! Whether it’s flying high over the valleys of California, hiking through the Australian Outback, or bundling up and heading North for a different kind of summer vacay, this summer is all about getting outdoors. This month we wanted to get away from it all, explore nature’s finest and see it all in the most unique ways possible. See the photos we fell in love with submitted by Viator travelers just like you! Here are some of our favorite photos —…
  • Out of Office: Alex’s Road Trip Through Portugal

    Katie Hammel
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
 
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    World Hum

  • A Not-So-Literary Tour of South-Central Mexico

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Peter Ferry made the trip based on a story he'd heard about Hemingway's Lady Brett Ashley, but in Taxco, nothing was quite what it seemed.
  • The U.S. Interstate Highways, Ranked

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    The common road-tripper’s wisdom tells us to steer for America’s secondary highways to really see the country—and doing so has resulted in travel writing classics like William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highways. But over at MapQuest, Robert Reid argues that we shouldn’t give up on the interstate so fast. “No interstate can outrun what’s outside the window—a desert, a Rockie, a swamp, a beach, or witness that change in lighting of a southwestern dusk, or the size of a western sky, or even the steamy air in a southern night,” Reid writes.
  • ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Premieres at Sundance

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    The long-awaited film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s travel classic, “A Walk in the Woods,” has landed—it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last week. It stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as Bryson and Katz, and The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a fun, geriatric version of Wild.” Here’s reviewer Todd McCarthy: Anyone expecting this epic journey to result in profound insights into the human condition will be disappointed; at a certain point, whether the men reach the physical end of the trail or just hop off when they feel they’ve…
  • R.I.P. SkyMall?

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

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Abbie Kozolchyk visits a most unusual theme park in Singapore
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Canada: Travels in Music

    Kerry Dexter
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Canada. From the west where crashing sea meets forested coast to the far north of the Yukon, from the heights of the Rockies through the plains, from Lake Ontario to Niagra Falls to the waters of the Saint Lawrence, from the vibrant and varied cities of Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Montreal to the distant ranching towns of the west, the French speaking countryside of Quebec and the winding roads where Gaelic is spoken in Nova Scotia, it is varied land. So, too is the music made and listened to. Take a listen to musical journeys artists with Canadian connections are
  • Cider, Art Nouveau, and Wisdom from a Nonagenarian in Asturias

    Jennifer Walker
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    At sundown, bronze ripples lapped Gijón’s small harbour as the locals came out to play. Holding dark green bottles filled with sidra natural, natural cider, they poured the amber coloured liquid from great heights, splashing a mouthful into cylindrical tumblers before downing in one and tossing the rest onto the ground. This was my last road trip in Spain. I lived in Madrid for seven years, but all my bags were packed ready for my move to Budapest. I wanted to do one last trip before and there was one place on my Iberian bucket list I had not yet ticked off
  • In Bangkok, Pleasuring Yourself on Phetchaburi Road

    Brian Spencer
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    In Bangkok, there are certain things one should and should not do between 2pm and 5pm. One should not, for instance, visit the Grand Palace, lest one risk a scalding by the shimmering midday sun, and a trampling by hordes of scurrilous tour groups suckered into a midday scalding, fresh from their bloated buffet lunch of the blandest proportion. Between two and five in the afternoon, one should not attempt to purchase alcohol from a convenience store or a grocery store or other retail operation, because one cannot. Mai dai. Strict regulations exist in Thailand restricting the sale of alcohol
  • How to Save on Airfare: Tips For the Rest of Us

    Sheila Scarborough
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    If you are looking for the “magic beans” or a “weird secret trick” to find cheap flights, this post is probably not for you. If you are a regular person who would simply like to avoid over-paying for airline tickets, read on…. Be Willing to Fly On Off Days & At Crummy Times Look, the airlines have NO problem, for example, filling seats at top prices during the US Thanksgiving holiday season. In case you hadn’t noticed if you’ve been insane enough to be in an airport during that part of November, the entire freakin’ planet is trying to fly
  • Mornings in New Mexico

    Mike Gerrard
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The DH Lawrence Ranch Re-Opens for Visitors ‘This was the spiritual place he found, that he had always been searching for,’ Robert Cafazzo tells me as we huddle against the rain and gaze out towards the mountains of northern New Mexico. If only we could see them through the mist. Taos is also visible on a clear day, and it was here that DH Lawrence would sit and write, on a table he made himself, under a tree made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe in a painting. ‘He wrote The Plumed Serpent while he was here,’ Robert says. ‘And St Mawr
 
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Desperate Literature, the Madrid bookshop with a vintage typewriter, chessboard and a naughty kitten

    James Blick
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    The homely bookshop sells used English language books, plus works in Spanish and French, but it’s also a place to hang out with a cup of tea or glass of wineTen years ago, when I first moved to Madrid, I bought my English-language books at a secondhand bookshop in dusty Calle Campomanes. Then life got busy and I opened an Amazon account. Recently I was on Calle Campomanes and I passed my old bookshop. It now has lemon trees out front and a new name over the door: Desperate Literature.The shop’s new owners are the born-again booksellers behind Atlantis Books on Santorini, Greece, and Book…
  • Instagram snapshots: 
Mindy Tan in Pyongyang,
 North Korea

    Mindy Tan
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:56 am
    Instagram has just been banned in North Korea, which is no surprise given the mixed reaction locals have to being photographed by foreign visitors – as these photographs illustrateShare your travels in Instagram pictures with a series of three snaps, plus captions, and by adding #guardiantravelsnapsFollow Guardian Travel on Instagram at guardiantravelsnapsFind photo inspiration from our Instagram Snapshots series Continue reading...
  • Readers' travel photography competition: July – summer

    The Guardian
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    Summer is here and we want you to share images from around the world that capture its spirit. Get creative with your camera and submit a picture via GuardianWitness, and you could win an incredible trip to Swedish LaplandClick to see last month’s winners, on the theme of symmetrySummer holidays are on the horizon for many of us, but this doesn’t have to be the only excuse to get out your camera and get creative. We are looking for travel images that capture the essence of the season and a destination, not your holiday snaps!July’s winning image will be mounted and exhibited in an…
  • Readers' travel photography competition winners: June – symmetry

    Guardian readers
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    For this month’s theme of symmetry, readers captured striking images of everyday life, natural beauty and some of the world’s most iconic buildings. Scroll to see the winner, judged by Mick Ryan of fotovue.com. Each monthly winner will have their photograph mounted by Point 101 and displayed in an exhibition at the Guardian’s London office. The best shot of the year wins an Arctic activity and photography trip to Swedish LaplandEnter this month’s competition, the theme is summer Continue reading...
  • Inside North Korea's new airport – in pictures

    Charlie Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Chocolate fondue fountains, shiny duty-free shops and purged architects: to the delight of supreme leader Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang International is ready for takeoff Continue reading...
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Join our Summer Escapes #LPChat

    Maria McKenzie
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    It’s no secret that we love to travel come rain or shine, but we can’t deny that special summer feeling we get when travelling during the warmer months. The sun shines bright, the skies are blue and the beaches glisten…bliss! So, fresh off the back of our Best in Europe launch, we thought we’d find out where you’re headed this summer  (or the next one, for those of you in the southern hemisphere!) with our upcoming #LPChat.  Whether your idea of heaven is an isolated beach or a city that never sleeps, summer escapes can lead to the most unlikely destinations, and we want to hear…
  • Family travel snapshot: LP Destination Editor, Tasmin Waby

    Imogen Hall
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:57 am
    To paraphrase, a travel photo is worth a thousand words. Each month we’re diving into a recent trip from a family travel expert to discover the story behind their favourite picture and hear top tips from their trip so you can follow in their footsteps with your own kids. First up, Tasmin Waby hails from Melbourne and is currently working in London as Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. She is mum to two lovely girls. Tasmin with her girls in Venice.  Image courtesy of Tasmin Waby What’s the story behind this photo? I am a bit excited as…
  • Quiz: which European beach are you?

    Maria McKenzie
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    It’s that time of year again – the sun is shining and the beaches are calling – yes, in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer! And what better way to enjoy the European sun than some good old fashioned beach bliss? Europe is undoubtedly blessed with some beautiful coastlines; from hideaway coves lapped by shimmering turquoise waters to mesmirising volcanic beaches, so when it comes to picking the right beach for you, let our Best in Europe recommendations be your guide! Take our quiz and find out which European beach you are!  
  • Storify: Bonnaroo 2015 highlights

    Maria McKenzie
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    Lonely Planet Destination Editors Cliff Wilkinson and Alexander Howard go on the road to rural Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, one of the region’s largest cultural celebrations. Here are some of the highlights they encountered. [View the story “Bonnaroo 2015 highlights: a festival retrospective” on Storify]
  • Lonely Planet Kids: My summer holiday competition

    Maria McKenzie
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:58 am
    With the summer holidays on the horizon, (or winter holidays for those of you in the southern hemisphere!) this month’s creative challenge is all about where our explorers-in-training are dreaming of going. Enter the competition by following the instructions below and be in with a chance of winning a bundle of Lonely Planet Kid’s books, including our World Search book series. THE TASK Download the My Summer Holiday activity sheet here. Print out and complete the tasks, filling in the blanks and adding a drawing at the end. The most creative and inspiring entry will win a selection of…
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    LandLopers

  • Brisbane – An Aussie City That Surprised Me

    Matt Long
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    When it comes to prejudging places, I’m guilty as charged. I think it’s something we all do though, whether we consciously realize it or not. We all have images or certain preconceived notions of almost everything in life, and that certainly extends to the travel experience. The key isn’t to arrive to new places with a blank slate, that’s just not possible or even advisable honestly, no, the key is to arrive with an open mind and the willingness to be wrong. Before first visiting the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane, I didn’t know a lot about the city, aside from the boring…
  • Sunset In The Incan Mountain Town of Ollantaytambo Peru

    Matt Long
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    The post Sunset In The Incan Mountain Town of Ollantaytambo Peru appeared first on LandLopers.
  • What I Would Tell My 30-Year Old Self

    Matt Long
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    A few months ago I published a post called My Personal 40 Before 40 Challenge thus signaling the fact that I was in the final throes of my 30s. I still have a little more than half a year left before I have to start dropping that 3 from my age, but I have been giving this illustrious birthday a lot of thought. Specifically, I’ve been reflecting on my 30s, a decade that for most people is about change, growth and (hopefully) some maturity. It was definitely all those things and more for me; a decade that saw more death and loss than I’d ever expected but balanced by personal changes that…
  • Local Color in Cuzco Peru

    Matt Long
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The post Local Color in Cuzco Peru appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Quirky Museums in Oslo I Love

    Matt Long
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    I had long anticipated my first visit to Oslo; it was a city that I just knew I’d love. And for the most part I was right, the capital of Norway has a lot going for it and spending a couple of days exploring it before heading north to the wilds of rural Norway was a great counterbalance. Instead of visiting the normal museums though, I wanted to go further afield and made a point to seek out and tour a few popular, but quirky museums in Oslo. It was a great day of exploration and learning and I hope my experiences get you excited for your own Norwegian travel adventures.Notes: These museums…
 
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    Indie Travel Podcast

  • Quirky Vilnius — the Lithuania podcast

    Craig and Linda
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Lithuania is a country like no other, full of quirks and surprises. When we visited in 2007, the capital, Vilnius, was under serious construction in preparation for its tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2009. Now it’s humming with new buildings and new life, while keeping its old independent spirit. This is part two of a three-part series on the Baltic countries: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. To listen to the Lithuania podcast, hit play below or find episode 301 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Location Lithuania is the southern-most country of the Baltic states, which also…
  • Travel with a four-year-old

    Linda Martin
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Adios! Adios! Bye! Adios!” So ended two weeks with Henry, my four-year-old nephew, and his mum, my sister Anna. It had been a fortnight of arm kisses, making him fly like a plane, and (oddly) conversations about Jesus’s apostles. For a large part of their stay, we were at home in Alcalá de Henares, where I was waved off to work each day with air kisses and welcomed home with hugs around the knees. We spent the evenings together, either out at a playground or at home playing with Henry’s toys, and Anna took him out on excursions while I was at work. Plus, since their…
  • What is indie travel? — episode 300

    Linda Martin
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Mornings spent wandering around a new city; barbecues in strange places with new friends, where only half the meat is “meat”; learning how to make empanadas, or ceviche, or pasta… this is indie travel for us. Learning, experiencing, really being in our destination… that’s part of it too. But how can we define indie travel? For our 300th episode of Indie Travel Podcast, we decided to revisit our roots and discuss what indie travel means to us, as well as talking to some other bloggers and podcasters to get their opinion. To listen, hit play below or find episode 300 in iTunes,…
  • Ride-sharing: the way to go?

    Linda Martin
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:29 am
    We’d been waiting for half an hour when the van pulled up at the meeting point. We were going to be travelling by car, though, so this slightly dilapidated vehicle couldn’t be the one we were waiting for, could it? Two young men got out and one started towards us, a smile on his face. “Linda?” He asked. “I’m Moises, let’s go.” Moises? Who was this Moises? With a slight feeling of trepidation, I gave him my backpack to stow in the back of the van and found myself a seat in the middle row, next to two Argentinian sisters. Craig was in the front…
  • 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,…
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    nerd's eye view

  • A More Perfect Union

    Pam Mandel
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    I have a complicated relationship with the US. It had long been my desire to pull up stakes for Europe. I blame this on art school, reading about the Paris exiles, and a lot of misleading movies in which some not quite well formed young American goes abroad and becomes exactly who she’s meant to be, while effortlessly riding a bicycle in a skirt and some girly shoes, of course. I pursued this idea and I lived with an English boy in gritty Brixton, a London neighborhood that has long since gentrified, but was home to race riots between the predominantly black residents and the police…
  • Northwest Aurora

    Pam Mandel
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    I’ve only seen the Aurora Borealis once. I was flying home from Alaska and I looked out the window of the riveted dual prop plane to see green and yellow ribbons of light dancing in the sky. I still feel like I was imagining it. Given that it was nearly 20 years ago, I’m not surprised that’s how it feels in memory. I’d like to see the aurora again someday — I’ve been up to Alaska half a dozen times, and to the Yukon once in February, and I still haven’t had a second look at it. It came to us, though, here in the lower 48. My friend Aaron Green went…
  • Explaining American Gun Violence to Your Foreign Friends and Family

    Pam Mandel
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Thanks to globalization, we Americans live in a world where more and more of us have deep ties outside the United States. This can be terrifically enriching. In our kitchens we cook up international food, our fold out couches host guests from around the world, our children might grow up speaking more than one langauge when we decide to procreate with that lovely research consultant we met while working on that localization project in the European Indian Southeast Asian subdivision. Darwin adores us for mixing it up. But every now and then, we’ll find a cultural barrier that we just…
  • Long Beach, Washington

    Pam Mandel
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    This trail, in Cape Disappointment State Park, goes to a light house built in 1856. You can never tell what the weather is going to do on the Washington Coast, best you pack for the worst (and best) and go anyway. The wildflowers were abundant and huge; the foxglove were especially tall and bright. I love the way the beach becomes a place without edges when the fog rolls in. We had a hard time finding the ocean because everything was gray. The post Long Beach, Washington appeared first on nerd's eye view.
  • 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…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • How to Make Money When You Leave Your Home Country

    Tim Leffel
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:14 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!
  • Backing up Your Data on the Road

    Tim Leffel
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:59 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!
  • These Cheap Countries Have the Fastest Internet

    Tim Leffel
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:54 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!
  • How to Travel Mexico on the Cheap

    Tim Leffel
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:02 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!
  • Where the Best Travel Deals Are in 2015

    Tim Leffel
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
 
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Home swap Q&A: look after my cat during an exchange?

    Home Base Holidays
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    Q: Will I find members willing to look after my cat during an exchange?   A: Many member are happy to look after pets while on an exchange (some will even consider it a plus!). However it is important when adding your home swap offer to clearly indicate that you have a cat that will need looking after and also mention this when discussing a swap with members. This will ensure that everyone knows what is being agreed and also avoid anyone with a cat allergy taking up the offer. It's a good idea to leave detailed instructions for your exchange partners e.g. Is the cat allowed outside?
  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Home Swappers newsletter: Travel the Home Exchange Way Featured home exchanges: Victorian house exchange in London & C19th farmhouse in Aquitaine, France. Home exchange trip report: home swap in idyllic rural France Home swap Q&A: look after my cat on a home exchange? BBC One series on home swapping: participants needed! Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Find your perfect home swap vacation: join Home Base Holidays Related articles Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter Live like a local - April home exchange newsletter Home Swappers: the home exchange travel…
  • Reflections on home exchange by an experienced home swapper

    Home Base Holidays
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    ‘When I tell friends that we do home swapping (we’ve been members of Home Base Holidays for several years) I’m often asked if I don’t worry about leaving our home to strangers.  I suppose the most obvious answer is that if I were that worried I wouldn’t be swapping at all, and it’s a two-way thing after all. But there are a few things I’ve learnt since we started this which I think are worth sharing if you’re new to this business. It may seem amazing to those of us who are well beyond youth, but you do get a feel for people even though the contact is all online. If you just…
  • Are dogs allowed on a home swap?

    Home Base Holidays
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Q: Do many UK homes allow dogs in the home swap? - Pat A:  A good number of UK members do allow home exchange partners to bring dogs with them. To find these: https://www.homebase-hols.com/search Browse Listings: choose Europe from the continent list, then England from the country list (you can do separate searches for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Scroll down and click 'Additional Options'; tick the box beside 'Pets Welcome'. You will see the results on the right of your screen (there will be several pages of listings for members in England who have indicated that pets are welcome…
  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    Home Swappers newsletter: Travel the Home Exchange Way Featured home exchanges: River view home exchange in London & sea view home swap offer in Alicante, Spain. Home exchange trip report in Berlin, Germany Home swap tip: upload good quality photos to make your listing stand out Home swaps just in: Højbjerg, Denmark, Agadir, Morocco and Sierra Mountains, USA 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…
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    Rick Steves' Travel Blog

  • Thought-Provoking Posts Fill Our Travelers Café

    Rick Steves
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Wow, there’s lots going on in our Travelers Café – where I enjoy highlighting travelers I find particularly inspirational. My traveling alter ego, Beacon Bell, just biked across the USA from the East Coast to Seattle on nearly zero money and reports on his adventures. His latest post: Having a “zero day” doing absolutely nothing in Bozeman, Montana, and actually considering it a trip highlight (so different from me…yet so intriguing). Cameron Hewitt reports from Sarlat, in France’s Dordogne Valley: It’s market day and the world is a wonderland of tapenade, fruitcake, and…
  • A Pre-Dawn Volcano Climb

    Rick Steves
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    My daughter Jackie’s latest journal entry takes us to the top of a Balinese volcano for sunrise and illustrates the value of hiring a local guide — whether in Bergen, Budapest, or Bali. Climbing Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Batur, they reached the summit just in time for breakfast before greeting the sun. “The top of Mt. Batur is probably the only time on this trip we will be cold. The fog was wisping along with the wind around us. Our guide cooked our breakfast on the hot steam of this active volcano: soft-boiled eggs and cooked banana slices sandwiched between Wonder…
  • Bemused in Bali

    Rick Steves
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    It’s cat-poop coffee and monkeys looking for hair lice in humans as my daughter Jackie and son Andy continue reporting on their Southeast Asian adventure. In his latest video clip, Andy has produced what feels like a 10-minute TV show on Bali, ranging from Kuta Beach to the capital of Balinese culture — Ubud. Travel with Andy and Jackie as they explore a world where cars have no “heat” option on air-conditioner knobs, where parking lots are designed for two-wheeled traffic, and where the finest coffee is “cat-poo-chino” with beans eaten first by kittens. And watch as an aggressive…
  • Selfies in the Recording Studio

    Rick Steves
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I am really committed to our Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app — to be honest, probably more committed than I should be. It’s free to our travelers, but expensive for us, and requires lots of work on our end. But providing free audio tours of 40 of Europe’s top museums, sights, and neighborhoods is one of the most gratifying projects we do, and I just love it. Gene Openshaw (who co-authors the books the tours come from) is spearheading a major upgrade of all our Paris, London, Rome, and Venice audio tours. Along with Lyssa and Suzie from Cedar House Audio Productions, who expertly produce…
  • Nicolina’s “Hearts of India” Tour Is Wrapping Up

    Rick Steves
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    My niece, Nicolina, is just finishing a three-month, 7,500-mile trip around India. Her life’s mission: to bring young people in humble villages a chance to explore their inner worlds through the meditative act of painting. Nicolina has brought her empowering show on the road to all corners of our planet. Along with her partner in artistic evangelism, Orien, Nicolina is a kind of Johnny Appleseed — planting not apples, but a joy of art as a way to better embrace life. I was right there with her in spirit — and painted on the tailgate — for the entire adventure. I’ve enjoyed some…
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    Daily Catch

  • 10 Best American Beach Towns for Fourth of July

    TraceyMinkin
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Travel Editor Tracey Minkin There’s nothing more all-American than a small town’s Independence Day celebration, and the only thing better than that is when you celebrate on the beach. These are my 10 favorite beach towns that do it up right for our nation’s birthday. Happy Fourth! Bristol, Rhode Island Photo courtesy Timothy Burling/Flickr Why it’s amazing: Let me count the ways. It’s the nation’s oldest Fourth of July celebration, and Bristol is so Fourth-fierce that the center line on its main street is painted red, white, and blue. In Rhode Island,…
  • Beach Music: Son of a Sailor

    Susan Hall
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:13 am
    “Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” —Langston Hughes Intracoastal Waterway, Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Photo by Mark Ballard via Facebook For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio.
  • Year-Round Patriotic Decor: 3 Stunning Rooms, 3 Star-Spangled Looks to Steal

    ellenmcgauley
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    By Homes Editor Ellen McGauley Welcome, welcome to one of the happiest weeks of the year. Independence Day is a coastal dweller’s dream holiday—it gift wraps everything we adore (summer, freedom, watery settings by beach or lake, vivid color by way of flag or fireworks, this grand old country of ours) and plops it down in front of us mid-summer and says, “Here you go. Now you’ve got it all.” And I love using that mid-summer snapshot as a decorating guide in our summer houses. Here are a few ways to do it: In Your Entry Photo by Peter Murdock; design by Michael…
  • Beach Music: It Takes Two

    Susan Hall
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    “Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” —Shel Silverstein Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, by tminkin via Instagram   For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio.
  • 4th of July Style: We’re Seeing Red, White, and Blue

    rachaelburrow
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re looking forward to celebrating our favorite holiday this weekend, but being properly decked out for whatever gathering you have lined up takes planning. Don’t go into party panic mode just yet though–we’ve rounded up the best of the red, white, and blue out there, so that you don’t have to. Cheers to a patriotic weekend!   Image courtesy of manufacturer This classic bandeau bikini with a removable strap (no tan lines here!) boasts perfectly-proportioned stripes and sweet pleating. Solid & Striped The Chloe Top and Bottom in Red, White, and Blue, $88…
 
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  • Google apparently manipulating search results

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    Faced with competition from specialty search services like Yelp, Expedia, TripAdvisor and others, Google's response has been to first create clones of these services and then use its search engine dominance to play up those services, claims a new report published this week.
  • Mobile travel bookings lag in US, TripAdvisor says

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:09 am
    If you’ve ever used a smartphone to make travel arrangements, you’re in the minority, according to TripAdvisor. Only 48 percent of Americans have used a smartphone to plan or book tickets for a trip, the company said.
  • TripAdvisor links up with China’s National Tourism Administration

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:08 am
    As reported by Tnooz, the deal will see TripAdvisor’s global review content to be added to the China National Tourism Administration's website. Tripadvisor has added more details about its plans for China and its new Chinese brand Mao Tu Ying.
  • 7 content marketing best practices for the travel industry

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    Rather than talk at consumers, Marriott is shifting to speaking with them using attention-grabbing content that adds value to consumers’ lives by providing them with information and entertainment at the right time and in the right context.
  • Loews’ campaign features social media photos

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:06 am
    Loews Hotels’ first campaign in two years features photos posted to social media by actual guests. The hotel group has discarded camera crews and models, and went searching through the social media posts of thousands of guests, looking for photos posted on Loews properties for their new campaign.
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  • Change Continues to Roar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Cory Disbrow
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    So much is changing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This week, we’re taking at look at the new Starbucks, as well as many more news items from around the park. Let’s go! That’s it for this…The post Change Continues to Roar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney News Round Up: Selfie sticks are gone but the summer heat is here.

    Anthony Hays
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to this week’s MiceChat Disney News Roundup! This week we have news about the Fourth of July holiday with a special fireworks finale to follow the park’s 60th anniversary show and special musical performances…The post Disney News Round Up: Selfie sticks are gone but the summer heat is here. appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Fab News: A Jolly Night, An Animated Goodbye, Steampunk Woods and PIXAR Palooza

    Shelly Valladolid
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    July is coming, and so are lots of events: A Jolly Holiday is Coming Your Way A Jolly Holiday With Dick Van Dyke Thursday, July 16th, 2015 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Disney’s Grand Californian…The post Fab News: A Jolly Night, An Animated Goodbye, Steampunk Woods and PIXAR Palooza appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #14 – Marty Sklar on the Opening of Disneyland

    Keith Mahne
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back friends to another special episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast. With all the excitement going on right now for the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, I though…what could we do on this show to really make…The post Disney Avenue Podcast – Show #14 – Marty Sklar on the Opening of Disneyland appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disneyland bans selfie sticks as summer heats up the Diamond Celebration

    Andy Castro
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:10 am
    Disneyland will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with a special fireworks finale to the park’s 60th anniversary show and special musical performances during the week. Guests enjoying Independence Day holiday at Disneyland won’t be…The post Disneyland bans selfie sticks as summer heats up the Diamond Celebration appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • Alternative activities along the Garden Route

    Matthew Coe
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    The Garden Route is famed for its natural splendour and abundance of sights and sounds, which you can experience as you journey along it. Stretching along the south-eastern coast of South Africa, the Garden Route spans from Mossel Bay to Storms River, with a plethora of the country’s famous landmarks in between. We’ve made a […] Alternative activities along the Garden Route is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Alternative activities along the Garden Route appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 ways to get the most from Marrakech

    Colin Matthews
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:53 am
    Listed by many top travel publications as one of the best holiday destinations in the world, Marrakech in Morocco has taken a hit to its tourism due to the uncertainty of its neighbouring countries. The one question we get asked more than any other – is Marrakech safe? Marrakech is no less safe than many […] 4 ways to get the most from Marrakech is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 ways to get the most from Marrakech appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Spanish food explained – my top 5 tapa recommendations

    Mary Clare Bland
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:41 am
    Spain has become famous for its avant-garde, molecular gastronomy. Yes it is amazing but honestly, I often find it overwhelming and strange. Many times, I want something simple and comforting. This is why I personally love Spanish food-Spaniards have spent centuries crafting the perfect snack. Officially known as tapas, here is a quick guide to […] Spanish food explained – my top 5 tapa recommendations is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Spanish food explained – my top 5 tapa recommendations appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 3 reasons why dinosaur fans should visit Alberta

    Kathryn Munro
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:48 am
    Alberta has a rich history that reaches back to the Jurassic era, making it one of the most interesting destinations to visit in all of North America. Its natural landscape is known for being rich with fossils, including dinosaur bones, so this is the ideal holiday destination for dinosaur fans! Here are a few reasons […] 3 reasons why dinosaur fans should visit Alberta is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 3 reasons why dinosaur fans should visit Alberta appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 perfect places for a luxury family holiday in Asia

    James Jayasundera
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Asia is a lot of things. But above all else, it’s a vast continent built on history and spirituality. When it comes to exotic landscapes and unusual destinations, it’s a traveller’s paradise. But what you may not know about Asia is its very unique approach to luxury and extravagance; there are so many incredible resorts […] 4 perfect places for a luxury family holiday in Asia is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 perfect places for a luxury family holiday in Asia appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
 
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  • 12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

    Chris Mitchell
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get there, the sense of really being on a paradise island was hard to shake. (I wrote up a quick guide to diving the Perhentians if you’re interested in exploring underwater rather than just up top). I haven’t been back to the Perhentians…
  • No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

    Chris Mitchell
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to apply for a tourist visa from July 2015. Citizens of those countries can simply arrive in Vietnam without needing to obtain a visa beforehand. Travellers from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain can stay for a maximum of 15 days in Vietnam…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

    Chris Mitchell
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, there are plenty of ways to circumnavigate it. Bangkok’s canals, or Klongs, used to be the main arteries of the city before being filled in to make way for roads – however, they still exist and following them makes not only for a safe ride (provided you don’t fall in)…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

    Chris Mitchell
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I celebrated being (hopefully) halfway through mine. I remember Greenwich as a kid being quite grotty – my parents took me to see the magnificiently restored Cutty Sark tea clipper – but now it’s full-blown Heritage London, and deservedly so – it’s one of London’s…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: View From Cortona, Italy

    Chris Mitchell
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places in complete ignorance of where I actually am. Cortona was a case in point – we were on our way with a group of friends to stay in a villa in Umbria and Cortona was located nearby – I’d never heard of it before, but the town made…
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  • The Lost City Trek, Colombia: All You Need to Know

    Audrey Scott
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    By Audrey ScottWe were out of breath, having just climbed 1,200 stone steps when Celso, our indigenous guide, called for us to join him around a group of stones arranged in a circle in a clearing. In the middle of the circle stood another square stone on top of which lay a pile of coca leaves placed as an offering. Celso explained with trademark calm in a slow, deliberate voice, “This is a place where we should let go of our impurities, our negative thoughts and emotions.” We stood in silence, not only to “cleanse” ourselves so that we might better experience this sacred site, but…
  • Travel to Colombia: First Impressions

    Audrey Scott
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    By Audrey ScottCall it my imagination. While I looked forward to our visit to Colombia, I harbored the occasional image of thuggy bush-mustached Colombian narco-gangsters and aggressive gold cap-toothed street thieves shaking me down in the back shadows of Bogota or Medellin. (Yes, I realize I’ve probably watched one too many bad airplane movies.)Colombia, thankfully, was altogether different. We spent time on our own, under the auspices of friends, on tours, in cities, way up in the hills, on the coast, and in destinations in between.No narco-gangsters. No untoward experiences, for…
  • 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…
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  • Peach Picking Plan Comes to Fruition

    Darya Mead
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    I have wanted to pick stone fruit since I moved to California more than twenty years ago. In the interim I have picked blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, apples and some cherries from my urban backyard tree. The lure of fuzzy pink peaches, iridescent plums and, as comedian Mel Brooks would say, “I love a nectarine; It’s half a peach, half a plum, it’s a hell of a fruit” is tantalizing. Dreams of picking fruit, fresh off the tree dance in my head, particularly in summer. One of my happiest memories was wild camping in Provence waking up in our tent under a reine claude…
  • Justice & Soul in Cambodia

    Darya Mead
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    I recently went for my thrice annual hair trim, and I love these sessions because my hair guy and I talk books, music, film and travel. I’ve sent him my top recommendations and links to things I have discovered and we always discuss details of his travels and reading list. So this time, I asked if he had any fun trips planned and he said he was headed to Cambodia in the fall for a working/volunteer vacation. Intrigued, I asked if it was teaching English, building infrastructure or joining a medical support program. He said he was so excited to be teaching Cambodian sex traffic survivors…
  • Woman in Gold—the Travels and Travails of one Famous Painting

    Darya Mead
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I saw the film Woman in Gold recently, a true story starring Helen Mirren as an octogenarian Austrian Holocaust survivor seeking to reclaim her aunt’s famous portrait. The title painting, called “Woman in Gold” for many years so as not to name her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, and to obscure her Jewish heritage, is now so well-known it is featured on fridge magnets and mugs. I visited this painting and other Gustav Klimt works in Vienna’s Belvedere Palace Museum many years ago, lingering in front of my favorite works for what seemed like hours. At the time, I was obsessed…
  • Thaw Out in Cozy New York Haunts

    Darya Mead
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    I packed silk long underwear, my warmest pants, boots, socks and other sundry cold weather gear for a last minute trip to NYC. It’s been years since I have visited my home town in February, and this year I was told the relentlessly arctic weather was unprecedented. Multiple images of the frozen Hudson River and moaning on Facebook made me truly ponder what to bring and how I was to survive the deep freeze. Once there, I was pleasantly surprised that my California outdoor gear was fine, better than fine, I actually enjoyed the blistering cold. I gave up on the outdoor ice skating idea, but…
  • Share a Suspended Coffee

    Darya Mead
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The sharing economy seems to be changing how we manage fundamental parts of our lives. Companies like Uber, Airbnb and Zipcar are dramatically altering transportation, travel and our relationship to these services. It is not without controversy though, and it remains to be seen how we reconcile some of these very necessary services with other important factors such as insurance, safety, liveable wages and unionization, not to mention the housing cost crisis in many popular destinations here in the U.S. and abroad. As 2014 comes to a close, and the U.S. economy strengthens, more and more…
 
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  • Shutters on the Beach :: Santa Monica, CA

    Lara Smith
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Simply put, Shutters on the Beach is a wonderful little oasis in the mist of Santa Monica and its beach. This hotel is in a perfect location on the Santa Monica boardwalk. The staff took care of us in a way that we felt like royalty. From the initial valet service, the checkin and our daily room service. The attention to detail was not lost on us. If we did have to choose just one thing we loved the most…it would be the beds. You will have one of the most comfortable sleeps of your life. Imagine a ginormous Nantucket style home plunked on the Santa Monica shore. The 198 rooms reinforce…
  • The Morgan – Dublin, Ireland

    Ava Stochinsky
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Quite simply if you are going to Dublin and want to stay in the trendiest area, you need not look further than conveniently hip Morgan Hotel. The Morgan Hotel is one half of the Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels set up in 2001 by Paul Fitzpatrick to create a portfolio of design focused boutique hotels. I found the entire vibe of the hotel to be contemporary and uncluttered, there was a simple elegance that ran throughout the property. We had a room at the back of the hotel. It was quiet enough, but the Morgan is not to blame for the early morning ritual of empty kegs being rolled down the alley.
  • Tom Colicchio`s Heritage Steak :: Las Vegas

    Ava Stochinsky
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    This is my Vegas go-to restaurant. The menu is not overdone, i.e. good selection but not so large that the kitchen is in mass production mode. We ordered a 8oz A5 Wagyu strip to share as an app. One bite and it ruined any other steak I will ever eat again. Recommend any of the steaks, I had the halibut from the restaurant week prefix, both were good portions and prepared exactly as we ordered. Great selection of drinks and wines. Some of their infused drinks were absolutely sublime.Service is spectacular and sides are just as amazing as the cuts of meat. The service was perfect. The servers…
  • The Liberty Hotel – Boston, Massachusetts

    Ava Stochinsky
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Luxurious…yes. Elegant…yes. Comparable to any other hotel…nope. The Liberty Hotel is a perfect storm of all the elements you would expect from a historical landmark turned luxury hotel. The Liberty Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood near just a stones throw from the Charles River and its Esplanade. What was once the Charles Street Jail is now a hotel that is beyond compare to anything in Boston. After two years of renovations the hotel opened in September 2007. If there is a movie being filmed in town chances are the cast and crew will make an…
  • Telegraph Hill Luxury Robes

    Ava Stochinsky
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    If you are looking for a special gift for pretty much anyone, look n further than one of the luxury robes offered by Telegraph Hill. The robe I chose was the Chocolate Seersucker. It is made of 100% miccrofiber, and may be one of the most comfortable garments I have come across. The microfiber was not only great feeling but was a very beautiful color. The terry lining was the perfect feel without being too thick. The weight is heavy enough to cause it to drape nicely. This is a perfect choice for anyone who dislikes the bulkiness of a total terrycloth robe, yet wants coverage and comfort.
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • Road trip dispatch #3: the wild west

    Team Smith
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The Smith American road trip rattles on through New Orleans, Texas and eventually California. Antony Merkel, a Smith travel specialist and expert highway navigator, offers his observations from the road… As soon as we pulled up to the Abita Mystery House in Abita Springs, Louisiana we knew we were in for one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. With taxidermy alligators, old license plates hanging from the walls and a shrine to hot sauce, this unique roadside attraction bills itself as ‘a folk art environment with thousands of found objects and homemade…
  • Hôtel Crillon le Brave, Provence: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Straight out of an impressionist landscape painting, Hôtel Crillon le Brave is our hotel of the week. Indulge in the best Provence has to offer – lavender-infused massages, leisurely wine tastings, and views of the rolling green landscapes that inspired van Gogh and Cézanne. STYLE Stone-built hilltop hideaway SETTINGSeven-house hamlet WHY THIS WEEK? Why not? There’s never any time better than the present for romance, and Crillon le Brave has it in spades year round: right now, though, you can take advantage of some especially tempting extras. Along with the romantic delights…
  • Style monitor: summer packing tips

    Lucy Fennings
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    Heading somewhere stylish this summer? We’ve got the perfect packing tips for your urban beach holiday, country-crossing road trips and coastal city breaks – not to mention a tempting reduction on your new wardrobe, courtesy of online fashion boutique Yoox.com. If you’ve yet to find your summer style, head over to our summer holiday hub for an inspiration-packed tour of holiday hotspots, and Smith members will also find 15% off… CLUB TROPICANA | FASANO RIO, BRAZIL Just add denim and your best bikini A city with as much swagger as Rio deserves your boldest…
  • Road trip dispatch #2: a New Yorker’s take on the open road

    Team Smith
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Joining us from a stretch of sun-scorched highway in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas, Anthony Gould, a Smith travel specialist, describes what it’s like to explore the US state by state and mile by mile… I am a city boy – New York has been home to me for the last 24 years. For the most part, my life consists of working and living in the fast-paced concrete jungle that is the Big Apple. After living in a city like this for so long, it’s easy to fall into the mindset that the world is New York, that the tall buildings, falafel carts and yellow cabs are the universal…
  • BOG Hotel, Bogotá: hotel of the week

    Laura House
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Colombia seems to be topping everyone’s where-to-go-now wish list – ours included. We love checking things off our to-do list (especially if it involves an adventure), so we’re packing our bags for capital city Bogotá and the BOG Hotel. STYLE GOOD AS GOLD SETTING CHIC LA CABRERA WHY THIS WEEK? Bogotá is one city where you can cover a ton of cultural ground in a short period of time. Charming colonial districts, museums packed with gold pieces and Botero paintings and high-end boutiques are all just a few zones away from one another. Right now you can check into a sumptuous suite at…
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  • Introducing a Brand New Awesome Nomadic Matt (Plus Some Announcements)

    NomadicMatt
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    For close to three years, this website had the same design. When it came out, I loved it but over the course of those three years, the website has grown with a new forum, destination guides, new books, sections, and much more. To accommodate all that, I haphazardly added new sections of the website using a variety of designers. Nothing was really uniform. The website needed a change – something with a more up to date and clean look that better integrated all the moving parts. After months of designing, coding, and testing, today is the release of a super duper awesome brand new website…
  • Introducing: The NM Case Study Project

    NomadicMatt
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:42 am
    Months ago, I announced that I wanted to help four readers plan their trips from start to finish as part of a case study project for this website. While I haven’t talked about this in a long time, it’s because I’ve been busy making it happen. After going through 450 applications and countless follow-up calls, today I’d like to introduce you to the people I’ve been working with to help make their dream trip a reality. People often say to me; “Well, of course you can travel. You have experience and it’s easy for you, because you’re a white male from a middle class background,…
  • How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget

    NomadicMatt
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    With its verdant hills, acres of vineyards, and temperate climate, Napa Valley in California is one of the world’s premier wine-producing regions. Every year 3.3 million people flock to this region to bike, hike, swim in a veritable pool of wine, and eat rich, delicious food. However, Napa is not easy on the wallet. Restaurants, hotels, and winery visits add up quickly. Like a money-sucking feedback loop, visitors expect to spend a lot of money, and prices reflect people’s willingness to open their wallets. I went seeking an answer to the question I ask of all destinations: “Can you…
  • Travel and the Art of Losing Friends

    NomadicMatt
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:18 am
    After months on the road, you find yourself back home and excited to resume old friendships. You plan dinners, get-togethers, and nights out. And, as some people fail to respond or show up, you begin realize an awful truth — while you were out exploring the world, your friends crept out the back door of your life. And, unlike you, they aren’t coming back. They ghosted. After being away for over six months, I came back to New York eager to reconnect with my friends. I missed their faces, stories, and presence. But, as most New Yorkers will tell you, friendships are often hard to maintain…
  • How to Take Professional Travel Photos

    NomadicMatt
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    Photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. But I still think photographs are important for the memories they represent. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, feelings, and smells that take you back to a long forgotten place. Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, begins a five part series on how to become a better photographer. Part one is on composition and framing. In 2009, I gave up my job in IT and set off…
 
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • What Changes Can Starwood Timeshare Owners Expect?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    You've probably heard the news that Starwood (HOT) expects to "spin-off" its timeshare division in the near future.While this may have significant affect on the stock value of both Starwood and the new entity, to be called Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc., we here at the timeshare blog are more interested in the affects to individual timeshare owners.We posed some questions to Starwood and received these answers from someone who wants to be identified as "a spokesperson for Starwood Vacation Ownership": ·         For an average SVO current owner,…
  • I'm Mad As Hell, But I Don't Know How To Fix Things

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Everyday I receive an average of three e-mails from timeshare owners who are confused, feel ripped off and want out.  I can only assist them so much as I'm a writer and an educator, I don't buy or sell timeshare, I'm not an attorney and everyone knows that it is nearly impossible to "get out" of a timeshare, particularly when there are thousands still owed on it.   Day after day these e-mails come in and day after day I try my very best to find out why these consumers don't seek out any assistance PRIOR to buying a timeshare, only afterwards.Here's the unedited e-mail that…
  • 7 Questions You Had Better Be Asking

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ah, summer vacation season is here.  Beaches, theme parks, tourist attractions, dining, cities and oh yes, for millions of people, one or several timeshare sales presentations. As I've said for years, timeshare can be a great thing for some people.  However, you had better be asking something more than "how much is it?" before making any decisions. Here are some starter questions: 1)    Do you understand all the terms and conditions of the contract?2)    What are the current maintenance fees?3)    What is the five (5)…
  • Bluebell Ice Cream Understands "It"

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Lately, Blue Bell Ice Cream has made some mistakes...some of them serious.However, they maintain a loyal following in part, because of their ability to recognize, fix and move on from those errors.Take a look at this video clip:http://wordofmouth.org/blog/wom-tip-223-owning-your-mistakes-is-just-as-remarkable-as-fixing-them/#comment-19748The difference between Blue Bell and other companies is quite simple:  they don't operate in an us vs. them mindset, they own their mistakes, they talk about them and above all, they are mistakes, they don't have a history of unfulfilled promises,…
  • 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…
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  • Paddling the Persian Gulf

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    One Expat’s Favorite Thing to do in the Little Desert Country of Qatar Paddleboarding in Qatar.By Chandi Wyant Drifting at sunset.The flat expanse of the Persian Gulf sparkles silver and in the 113... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Gadgets to Make Your Travel Experience Better

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:38 pm
    6 Trending Technologies in the Travel and Hospitality Industries By Andy Christian Castillo Be on the Lookout this SummerTechnologies allow you to do what you do, better and faster. I'm certainly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nova Scotia: Fishing and Campfires

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:38 pm
    A Roadtrip Through Eastern Canada A fishingboat pulls traps in the distance, on the ferry ride home. By Andy Christian Castillo & Brianna June Lertora Andy: I always write on ferries. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Arriving in Rome: Traveling Europe by Rail

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:37 pm
    My Highspeed Eurotrip: Traveling Through Western Europe by Train The Cologne Cathedral in Germany Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Burlington VT: Jazz, Cider and Beer

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Burlington Jazz Festival:cPhour performs at the Red Lounge on Church Street.  We Came for the Jazz and Stayed for the Beer & Cider By Andy Christian Castillo Only the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • PHOTO: The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Barbara Weibel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Built in the 17th century, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is one of three palaces used by the Dutch monarchy. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post PHOTO: The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: KAWS Sculpture at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: KAWS cartoon character sculpture in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam presents an interesting juxtaposition for a museum that focuses on old masters (Visited 33 times, 33 visits today)The post PHOTO: KAWS Sculpture at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Amsterdam – 881,000 Bicycles and Counting

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Not two minutes after I stepped off the bus from the airport, my girlfriend yanked me back up onto a curb. Before I had time to be startled, a bike whizzed past in a blur, missing me by less than an inch. “You have to be careful of the bicycles in Amsterdam. We cycle everywhere.” She pointed out dedicated lanes paved with red brick in the streets and on the sidewalks, cautioning me to look both ways for bikes, even before considering motor vehicle traffic. Bicycles in Amsterdam coming out of the tunnel at the Rijksmuseum nearly run me over Indeed, everywhere I went for the next ten days I…
  • PHOTO: Red Light District in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Of all the museums in Amsterdam, you might want to give this one in the Red Light District a pass. (Visited 184 times, 184 visits today)The post PHOTO: Red Light District in Amsterdam, The Netherlands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Boats on the Binnen Amstel in Amsterdam

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Boats on the Binnen Amstel (Inner Amstel) River provide a picture perfect scene in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Visited 78 times, 78 visits today)The post PHOTO: Boats on the Binnen Amstel in Amsterdam appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
 
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  • Why We Travel

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:49 am
    “Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it.” Emilia EarhartWhen I was growing up, my parents often travelled to faraway lands. It didn’t worry me during the day, but at night I dreamt over and over again that they died in a plane crash.  I dreamt it so often that I taught myself how to control the story. Just as the plane was about to hit the ground, I would tell myself to wake up and not to worry, it was only a dream. One night, probably from boredom or just curiosity, I let the dream finish its terrible trajectory.  This night the…
  • The Gardens at Highgrove

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

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

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

    9 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yikes! It's Mother's Day in America on Sunday.  Today, I am republishing something that I wrote in 2009 when it was Mother's Day in the UK but not the US. Five years later, my mother is still up to her old tricks, I'm still getting my dates mixed up and it's still Mother's Day somewhere. It’s Mother’s Day in the UK. Sure, the economy needs stimulating but this year’s commercial badgering to remember, love and shop for Mum is a bit much. Microsoft just sent me this. “Make her day even more special with Windows Live.” Hey Bill Gates & Co., I’ve got news for you, my…
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  • Wat Sra Sri & the lesser known temples of Sukhothai Historial Park

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Wat Sra Sri And Tra Pang Tra Kuan in Sukhothai, Thailand Unknown & lesser visited temples of Sukhothai Historical Park Most of the big impressive temples have already been covered in my guide to Sukhothai Historical Park. They are all really worth visiting as obligatory – must sees. But what of the others that you’ll walk by on the way? Those large brick chedi’s, broken wats and in some cases chunks of stone scattered around a field, are they worth visiting? Let’s take a look at the other side of Sukhothai and the ruins that you might be passing like everyone else…
  • Thai food: Sukhothai Noodles

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    A bowl of spicy Sukhothai noodles in Thailand Sukhothai’s own dish is very much worth a try Also called “kuaytiaw Sukhothai” or “kwit-teow Sukhothai” this dish is Sukhothai’s own speciality noodle dish. It’s spicy sour and meaty. There are however several variation on this dish. Nearly every restaurant in Sukhothai I went into had a different take on it. A bowl of seriously spicy Sukhothai noodles However the base ingredients remain the same. Noodles. Flat noodles made from rice to be precise. It’s worth noting that this dish was spicy hot…
  • Wat Sa Si, Sukhothoi, Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    The elegant Buddha at Wat Sa Si in Sukhothai Historical Park Wat Sa Si is one of three not to be missed temples After Wat Mahathat and Wat Si Chum it’s easy to place Wat Sa Si as the third “must see” temple in Sukhothai Historical Park. Set on two small moat islands it looks great close up and from a distance across the water. It’s nickname is “Sacred Pond Monastery”. Wat Sa Si across the water Located practically in the middle of the central historical park area it’s not hard to miss (North West of Mahathat if walking). Wat Sa Si is noted for the…
  • Thai food: Spicy pork in glass Noodles

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Spicy pork in glass noodles in Thailand is found everywhere in Thailand Spicy Pork with glass noodles is a great choice when visiting Thailand The word “spicy” and Thailand usually has me wincing at many a sadistic hawker lady. I like spicy but Thai spicy often means not getting to enjoy many of the other flavors in a Thai meal. I rather think one of the enjoyable qualities of good food is the taste and its ability to eradicate your tastebuds. The key in solving this is to simply say “no spicy”. Nearly every vendor knows this. Pork with glass noodles is delicious…
  • How long should I stay in Sukhothai? (The never ending sunset)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    2 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Rice Padi Sunsets in Sukhothai Sukhothai offers me a place to simply enjoy I’m a little behind due to the Nepal earthquakes so I’m just going to pick up in Sukhothai where I left off. When I first came to Sukhothai I was unsure about how long I would stay. It all depended on the temples. If they were great then a 3-5 days or maybe a week. If not, then just a day. There’s not much to Sukhothai city other than the old part. The new part of the city is Thai oriented. There’s a market and some small malls but little else other than places to eat. None-the-less,…
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  • Enter the Great AmericInn Adventure Contest and Win a Free Hotel Stay

    Nicole
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    SELFIE PRIZE PATROL: SEEKING WILD AND WACKY VACATION PICS! Have a phone filled with hundreds of crazy selfies? Love to travel to goofy places? Well, you’re in luck because the good people over at Great AmericInn are giving away one night at any AmericInn location. All you need to do is send in a photo of a wild, wacky or wonderful place you’ve visited here and you’ll be in the running for a free night hotel stay. A winner will be chosen every day and if you tag your friends in the winning photos, they’ll be eligible for a great prize as well. Can’t beat that!
  • News for the Week

    Nicole
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    Does this photo inspire you to plan a hiking trip? Start with our Boomer Hiker’s Travel Planning Guide. From Donna: We’re experiencing extra hot weather here in Montana. From looking at the weather map, it seems that much of the U.S. is broiling. If you’re out recreating, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. One of the unfortunate results of aging is that we can become dehydrated more quickly. Starting out early in the day is another way to beat the heat. Have fun, but be safe! From Nicole: This Week’s Articles Talk about well-rounded travel! This week, Donna…
  • Five Funky Things To Do in the Florida Keys

    Donna Hull
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    On a Florida Keys road trip, as a guest of The Florida Keys and Key West, I expected to indulge in tasty seafood, treat myself to key lime pie, appreciate early American history, go charter fishing and photograph numerous sunsets. While I found all of this and more, what I didn’t expect to find were the fun choices of funky things to do in the Florida Keys. Looking across the bow of the African Queen. Movie history, here I come. Cruise on the African Queen in Key Largo How many film buffs can say they cruised on a movie set? When Captain Lance Holmquist stokes the steam engine of the…
  • Exploring the French Medieval Village of Perouges

    A Guest Writer
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Simply put, France is a stunning country and exploring its profound history, diverse cuisine and incredible landscape makes for the perfect baby boomer adventure. Of course, for anyone planning a trip through France, exploring the picturesque countryside and off-the-beaten-path villages is a must. However, today’s guest writer Jan Ross, from Wanderlust Wonder, tells us how pure and simple serendipity led to her exploring the little-known medieval village of Perouges. Medieval Perouges Visiting Perouges was actually an unexpected surprise on our recent trip to France. My husband and I…
  • News for the Week

    Nicole
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    A beautiful view from the Sapphire Mountains in the Bitterroot National Forest. From Donna: Thursday, Alan and I traded hiking for some 4WD exploring in the Sapphire Mountains of the Bitterroot National Forest. We drove slowly with the windows rolled down to the sounds of tires crunching, birds calling and insects humming. Every so often, we stopped to get out of the car and stretch our legs. It was a lovely, relaxing, stress-relieving kind of day. We wish the same for your weekend. How do you like our new logo? My Itchy Travel Feet is undergoing a redesign this summer for a new, modern and…
 
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  • Loving solo dining. Or at least not hating it.

    Ellen Perlman
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    There are people I know who will jump out of perfectly good airplanes or ski double black diamond slopes in Utah who are afraid to dine out alone in a nice restaurant. Afraid! In this enjoyable story on dining solo, the writer describes it this way: When chilling out at home with a bowl of popcorn gets old, I opt for the solo dining experience – the next best thing to a bubble bath, except...
  • For solo travel, tap anyone you or your friends know

    Ellen Perlman
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    You have friends, right? And they have friends? And relatives, too? Well, what are you waiting for? TAP THEM. You don't have to know them well, or even at all. They just have to live someplace you want to go. That's how I decided I could go to Ecuador without a travel companion. The thought of landing alone after dark in Quito, the capital city, was nerve wracking otherwise. But my childhood friend's husband's uncle's...
  • Solo travel around the world in the pre-Internet era

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

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

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

    Christine Gilbert
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    Hey guys, I’m running a summer offer on my online blogging course. For the first 72 people who sign up, it’s just $72. Or it ends in 72 days, whichever comes first. (Starting Sept 5th, I’m raising the price to $299). According to this list, there are 2300 travel blogs of some size. Let that number roll around in your mouth: two thousand three hundred blogs. Even I am daunted by that number and I’ve been around forever. I posted that link in my Blog Brilliantly group and here is one of the responses: “I have to thank Christine Gilbert for kicking my arse (in a…
  • Moments Like This Never Last

    Christine Gilbert
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:32 am
    Last night we packed up to leave Spain and head out on a road trip around Europe. In the middle of it all, clothes everywhere, kids sprawled out and sleeping on the futon in the living room, things half-cleaned and half-trashed, we got news that our friend Wyatt Neumann died. Everything stopped. We were beyond stunned. We still are. He was the best of us. Such an awesome guy, super talented, and just lived life in a way that was amazing to see. Rare. Now he’s gone. To be honest, it’s thrown us. We considered staying, but that seems like the opposite of what he would have…
  • A Quick No Hype Guide to the Paradise Pack

    Christine Gilbert
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
    My online blogging course, Blog Brilliantly is one of the items in the Paradise Pack that goes on sale today — a part of a 7-day flash sale that bundles $2000 worth of ebooks and online courses together for just $197. If you follow a ton of travel blogs, you’ll likely see this HYPED like crazy over the next week. (The website says, “Ready to travel more, work from anywhere and live your dream lifestyle?” — I love their enthusiasm, but that’s a pretty big promise.) I know when I see stuff like that, the messaging can prevent me from reading further, but I…
  • 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…
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  • San Diego with kids: Up close with animals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Mara
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Can you spot the rhinos? I first visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 1985. I think I may have been wearing those thick bunch socks with my Reeboks and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. I think it may also have been called the San Diego Wild Animal Park at the time. But what I remember for certain is that we rode a monorail around a large area where giraffes and rhinos roamed freely and that I thought this was the most amazing zoo I’d ever visited because: Monorail! So when I planned a multigenerational spring break trip to San Diego with my in-laws and 10- and 12-year-old sons, I knew that a…
  • San Diego with kids: A visit to the USS Midway

    Mara
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    Even if you think you aren’t interested in military history or aircraft carriers, trust me – you and your family will enjoy a visit to the USS Midway. The Midway, which my family was able to visit at a significant discount thanks to the team at the San Diego Tourism Authority, was the longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century and saw action in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. It was decommissioned in 1992 and is docked near downtown San Diego. That’s all well and good, but here’s something more than just facts: Thanks to its sheer size, ingenuity, physics, to say nothing of…
  • The Dirty Girl Mud Run: Three reasons I’ll be there

    Mara
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Part 1: Traveling mom = Running mom It still amazes me that I run. As in, I’m surprised every single time I do it. For many years one of my favorite jokes is that I would only ever run if I discovered a lion roaming my neighborhood. No marathons or races of any kind for me. No training. No discussion, ever, of my workouts. No workouts to discuss beyond hot yoga classes and a bit of vigorous walking. But the reality is that as my children got older, I also aged. And in what I view as a supremely unfair machination of the universe, as they grew more competent and strong, I felt less so. There…
  • Two scenes from a family ski vacation

    Mara
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I know that one thing parents worry the most about when traveling with their children are the “what ifs”. What if someone gets sick? What if someone gets hurt? What if I make a bad choice and our time together is ruined? (And if you’re looking for a list of what to have on hand to help in the event of minor disasters, the final chapter of my book contains that very thing.) The two anecdotes in this post come from a ski weekend at Magic Mountain in southern Vermont. I’m sharing them because in general the weekend was wonderful. We stayed in a comfortable lodge at the base of the…
  • Where have I been – and where am I headed?

    Mara
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    Why hello yeah – it’s been a while. Not much – how ’bout you? With all due apologies to England Dan and John Ford Coley and their 1976 soft-rock hit, it’s been some time since I’ve written regularly here and I feel that some re-introductions are in order. It’s me, Mara, and this is my website. I love to share stories here about traveling with kids, both around the globe and around the block. My mission is always to inspire and show parents that not only is family travel possible, it’s one of the best things you can spend your time and treasure…
 
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  • defining adventure

    susan
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    This past Sunday my family and I had nothing on the agenda. No barbecues, no parties, no errands (we do grocery shopping on Saturdays now, don’t be jealous). So we decided to be spontaneous – on a whim, we went to the zoo. The idea just came to us, I looked up Sunday hours and boom, we were in the car on our way to Stone Zoo just north of Boston. The idea was conceptualized, executed and completed within hours, which is pretty impressive with a 16-month-old in tow if I do say so myself. This post isn’t recap of our trip, you’ve been to a zoo before, they’ve got…
  • local roots

    susan
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    When traveling, the key to unearthing a place’s culture is often found in its food – when you avoid restaurants with menus that even attempt to cater to tourists, sip wine from local grapes and drink beer brewed with local hops. Sometimes, it’s even taking the extra step to visit a market to really live, breath – and eat – the life of the locals. It’s a habit that can get lost when you’re home. Routines and busy schedules can sometimes prevent us from stopping to appreciate what our own unique places have to offer. Yesterday, Ina Garten played in…
  • peeling back the layers

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

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

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

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Several times a day, a gunfight breaks out in Grapevine Texas. This cheery town about 10 minutes northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport isn't filled with violence, and these aren't actors pretending to shoot one another on the streets. It's Nat Barrett and Willy Majors, animatronic outlaws circa 1890 who argue and finally battle it out high above the gathered crowds. But this friendly town also offers an urban wine trail, great art, historic trains, and healthy chocolate.
  • Searching Seville Spain for its Heroes, History, and Architecture by John Thomson

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    We're sitting at an outdoor cafe on the Alameda de Hercules, a broad tree-lined boulevard in central Seville, Spain's fourth largest city and the capital of Andalusia. Legend has it that Hercules discovered Seville and the Alameda is named after that mythic hero. Hercules didn't, of course, but old stories die hard and Seville has parlayed the Greek hero, or at least his name, into a tourist attraction.
  • Tips on Finding Group Accommodation in London

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    When you're a tourist, one finds themselves being bombarded with a lot of advice on how they can keep themselves safe in a foreign land. Unfortunately, none of that information will have to do with ways in which one can save money while vacationing in an expensive place, such as London.
  • Quirky Festivals of the Finger Lakes

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Finger Lakes in New York State offer a collection of unique and unusual summer festivals that are worth taking a weekend trip.
  • Berlin's Museum Landscape Expands

    8 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Berlin's unparalleled cultural landscape of about 180 museums and collections keeps growing, as new special interest museums are opening and renovations are completed at larger establishments. From Spies to Magic and more.
 
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  • Photo and Travel Tips in Guatemala

    tripwolf
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:13 am
    TweetThis article is brought to you by Guatemala resorts.   Guatemala City (Also known as Guate) is the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, it also boasts as its biggest city of Guatemala and is a popular tourist destination for those planning a vacation in Central America, based on a small stretch underneath Mexico and […] The post Photo and Travel Tips in Guatemala appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Whether suitcase or backpack: We have the best tips to help you pack

    Kathi
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article. Crumpled clothes? Forgot half of your stuff? Backpack shoulder straps making your back hurt? Recognize any of this? In the days before a vacation, we really just want to get going. We’re happy to take care of the annoyance of packing at the very last minute. But […] The post Whether suitcase or backpack: We have the best tips to help you pack appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Vegan, organic or traditional: These are the best ice cream parlors in the world

    Kathi
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article. Ice cream is trendy these days. And not just because the temperature is steadily climbing. Vanilla and chocolate are yesterday; today, you can treat yourself pumpkinseed oil, goat’s cheese, and red beet and poppy seed. Extravagant variations are often the order of the day, but also sometimes […] The post Vegan, organic or traditional: These are the best ice cream parlors in the world appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Norman Peires’ Top Cape Town Tips

    tripwolf
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    TweetAs a child growing up in Cape Town, the city was always a place that people from Johannesburg would visit. They would come in the first week of December and leave by mid January – and that was the season. Which suited us just fine, as we Capetonians would then get the beaches to ourselves […] The post Norman Peires’ Top Cape Town Tips appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 10 natural pools straight out of paradise

    Kathi
    14 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article. Into the cold water! Now that summertime temperatures are beginning to reach their peak, we’re all looking for a way to cool down. And where better to take a dip than in the midst of breathtaking natural scenery? From jungles to islands – today we’ll show you […] The post 10 natural pools straight out of paradise appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
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    Lanzarote Information - Holidays, car hire and information in Lanzarote

  • What Insects Will We Find In Lanzarote?

    Miguel
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    Let’s start with the good news. We don’t have wasps here! In fact, we don’t have too many insects at all – there’s very little water for them, the wind makes life difficult for many, and the birds and lizards eat the rest! So what will you find here? Flies Lots of them in the summer, fewer in the winter. They’re smaller than the ones you find in northern Europe, and they’re irritating little blighters. They like salt, so they will land on you if you are sweating or have just come out of the ocean. They also love sea food, so have a  read more »
  • Tempo Lanzarote

    Jules
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    The musical and dance spectacular Tempo Lanzarote will be available on Sundays from July to October 2015 at the auditorium in the Jameos del Agua. Tempo Lanzarote is a magical musical depicting the story of Lanzarote, performed by 9 musicians and 17 artists. The nine confirmed performances take place over the next four months, all  read more »
  • Hotels With Air Conditioning In Puerto del Carmen

    Jules
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:38 am
    We’re often asked to identify which hotels in Lanzarote have air conditioning available, especially during the hot summer months. Surprisingly there’s not that many! The fact is with our perpetual breeze, you can often cool a room by opening a door and window to get a through flow of air which naturally cools your accommodation. There are times of the year though when the wind drops and the temperature rises, which can make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep. The following hotels all offer air conditioning, although some of them only offer this in the summer months. El Dorado There is…
  • Lanzarote And The Terrorist Threat

    Miguel
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Following the tragedy in Tunisia, the UK government has bizarrely decided to classify The Canary Islands security risk from terror attack as “High.” Part of the problem is that they don’t actually separate the islands from the mainland, so all of Spain is classified at the same level.  Understandably, we’ve had people contacting us who are concerned. Looking at their website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/terrorism you’ll see they talk about ETA, whilst acknowledging their last major attack was in 2006, and they also mention a ”heightened threat of terrorist…
  • Trip Advisor Without Tears

    Miguel
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:25 am
    We’re quite often contacted by people who are panicking – they’ve booked accommodation here, and then they’ve decided to read the Trip Advisor reviews to get some more information, only to find that there are some negative reviews. This article is to help you get the best from Trip Advisor, and to suggest you research your accommodation before booking. Trip Advisor is the daddy of all review sites: There are more than 225 Million reviews on it Almost 5 million businesses in 150,000 destinations have been reviewed Reviewers have posted 32 million photos to the site 139 new reviews are…
 
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  • Suburban escapes: Where to stay outside the city

    Lauren Mack
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Leave the bright lights of the big city behind this summer with one of these suburban escapes. Located close to popular U.S. destinations like Las Vegas, San Diego, Miami and New York City, these nearby options offer affordable alternatives to staying in major cities where prices are high and tourists are many. Easily accessible and irresistible, these quiet locales offer their own perks like famous attractions, picturesque landscapes and world class dining – all at a fraction of the price of their neighboring metropolises and with fewer crowds. Heading to the ‘burbs has never been…
  • How to survive San Diego Comic-Con

    Lauren Mack
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    More than 130,000 fans will descend on San Diego July 9-12, 2015 for Comic-Con International. The annual fan-tastic event – the largest of its kind in the United States – brings together the best in comics, entertainment and pop culture. Founded in 1970, the massive convention features a palatial exhibition hall, more than 700 events and panels, workshops and classes, anime and film screenings, games, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry), a costume competition, autographs, an art show and more. Comic-Con is the…
  • Top 10 beaches for the non beach bum

    Jessica Padykula
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Who says a trip to the beach has to involve, well, lying on the beach? If the thought of staking out a spot on the sand and staying there for hours on end makes you crazy, there’s no reason to forgo beach time altogether. There are many beaches that offer more than the chance to work on your tan (wearing sunscreen, of course). We’ve taken on the enviable task of rounding up some of the best beaches around the world for people who just aren’t beach bums. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, United States Best for: SUP and surfing Brock Roseberry, Palm on Sunset Beach via Flickr CC BY 2.0…
  • 15 ways to keep cool in Las Vegas this summer

    Lauren Mack
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Sin City is sizzling in the summer, but there are plenty of opportunities to keep cool that don’t involve casino hopping. Typically cheaper to visit in the hotter months when temperatures reach the triple digits, don’t let the heat deter you from booking a Las Vegas vacation. With so many ways to save and even more ways to keep cool, Las Vegas has a lot to offer summer travelers. And even in July or August, a trip to Las Vegas doesn’t have to be confined to climate-controlled casinos alone. In a city known for spectacular shows, glittering lights and a party atmosphere…
  • The other “tee” time: Best value golf courses

    Lauren Mack
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    Golf can be a pricey pastime with costs for a round of the popular game varying based on the course, day and tee time. However, playing a round of golf doesn’t have to set you back a fortune. Many budget golf courses are multigenerational and designed to meet the level and expertise of every player, from beginner to pro. Here are some of the best value golf courses in the U.S. and Canada, where a round of golf is less than $75. The only thing you’ll be left to worry about is your backswing. Blue Rock Golf Course, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States Fore! at Blue Rock Golf…
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  • In Pictures: Exploring Ravenna and its UNESCO mosaics

    Lola Akerstrom
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I couldn't wait to witness these UNESCO mosaics in Ravenna myself so while recently exploring the region of Emilia Romagna, I took a day trip from Bologna out to Ravenna to soak up its essense block by block...
  • Body and Mind: Cinnamon Spa at Four Seasons Seychelles

    Lola Akerstrom
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    Upon arrival at the rejuvenating spa at Four Seasons Seychelles, guests are offered a relaxing cinnamon iced tea which is made with fresh cinnamon leaves that grow all over the resort...
  • Cooking Italian Food – Inside a culinary school in Bologna

    Lola Akerstrom
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    While in Bologna, I attended a traditional Italian cooking class at Cultura Italiana Scuola di Cucina Bologna to learn the art of making three types of Italian pasta dishes Emilia Romagna is known for – Tagliatelle al Ragu (meat sauce), tortellini with sage butter, and gnocchi with tomato basil sauce. Needless to say, I came very hungry to class...
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  • Travel Insurance: Do you need it?

    Jennifer Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]We are often asked what we do about healthcare and insurance for our family while we travel. It’s a topic that is much discussed among travelers, solo, couples and families alike.Should we have it?Can we do with out it?What kind of insurance is best?Which companies provide it?What should we look for in a policy?Does our home insurance cover us when we’re abroad?It can be more than a little bit confusing. If you’re American and required to be enrolled in an Obama Care certified policy, what does that mean for your travels abroad? If you’re Canadian, or British, or from another…
  • Five Reasons to Take a Career Break

    Jennifer Miller
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]You woke up this morning, washed your face, looked in the mirror and wondered, “How did I get here? Thirty-something, house, car, excellent job, by all measures “successful;” so why do I hate my life?” You’re not alone. I think eventually most people have the “Is this it?” moment in their adult lives where they step back and wonder if there’s more that they’re missing. The answer, most of the time, is “Yes! There is more, and you’re missing it!”So what’s a tired ad executive to do when faced with his five hundredth gray Monday morning? Splash on some Old…
  • Why It’s Not Crazy to Quit Your Job and Travel the World

    adam
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    [title2]The American Dream[/title2] [section]Graduate high schoolGo to collegeStart your careerGet marriedBuy a houseHave childrenWatch them grow upSend them off to college, then to start their careersBecome a grandparentRetire, travel, and enjoy life It's the American dream, right?Anyone who has grown up in the United States usually has some variation of what I like to call the "10-point-plan." It has been ingrained in our brains since youth. The majority of Americans just take this life path as if we have no other choice.[/section] [banner type="red" subscribe="hide" description="hide"…
  • What Travel Has Meant to My Education

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]The idea that travel can be an excellent component of a well-rounded education is by no means a new one. In Australia, young men have been encouraged to go on walk-about as a coming of age for centuries. In Europe and many other countries around the world, to travel as part of an education, in the form of a gap year, is a bit of a rite of passage. Today, the idea is starting to gain popularity among Westerners, and more families are taking longer vacations or even transitioning to full-time travel.I’d say I have a good deal of experience in family travel. It’s affected me, and my…
  • 5 Road Schooling Ideas

    Jennifer Miller
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:03 am
    [banner type="gray" subscribe="hide" description="hide" title="This article is part of our RTW30 Family edition" button="Sign up and let us help you get your family on the road!" button_link="http://www.bootsnall.com/rtw/gapyear30"][section]I know what you’re thinking: “What the heck is road schooling?” It seems like every time we turn around, someone is creating a new educational buzz word that is ill defined, but trendy. Relax. This isn’t that. It’s just the easiest way to describe an education taken on the road. If your dream is to travel the world with your kids, but you’re…
 
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  • Great UK events this summer

    Ashyln Molly
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:34 pm
    With over 32 million people visiting the UK in 2013, it’s no surprise that Britain is in the top ten most visited countries in the world. And with its amazing heritage, beautiful scenery and eclectic mix of cultures, there’s so much to see. So here’s a quick checklist to make sure that you catch the best of the British this summer. Hit the beach The summer holidays are the time of year where the people of Britain head to the coast to experience the wonders of the British beaches. Popular seaside towns such as Scarborough and Blackpool have all of the old-fashioned Victorian…
  • 5 Places You Must Visit At Havelock Islands

    Ashyln Molly
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The most visited of the Andaman Islands; the Havelock islands are among the top beach destinations of Asia and one of the prized beach destinations of India. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands being a fairly distant union territory of India is sans its huge population and thus remains a pure tourist spot with only a few so called industries. The Havelock Island is sparsely populated and is an island paradise. It’s beautiful beach shores lined with slivery and white sands with crystal clear waters and plenty of coral to watch, makes it a must visit beach destination for every traveler. In this…
  • Adventures of Mussoorie

    Ashyln Molly
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Located in the Garhwali Himalayas, Mussoorie is a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. The hill town of Mussoorie sits at an average elevation of 1,880 meters above sea level and is famous for its misty green hills and the varied flora and fauna. The town of Mussoorie, like most hill stations in India was developed by the British. It was intended to be the office for the Great Survey of India which was eventually set up at Dehradun. Tourism remains as one of the chief sources of the town’s economy and the town is crammed with tourist lodges, luxury hotels, cafes and bars. Mussoorie is…
  • Explore Most Popular Destination

    Ashyln Molly
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:47 am
    While there are various other attractions like Pangot and Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, the below mentioned tourist places in Nainital are the most popular destinations and are a must-visit to derive the best experience from your visit. Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo Located at an average elevation of 2,100 meters above sea level, Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo was established in 1984 and was opened to general public in 1995. The zoo contains several exotic and endangered species of animals and birds which are native to this region. Snow Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Tibetan wolf etc. are few of…
  • Places To Visit in Nainital

    Ashyln Molly
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    Located at an altitude of approximately 2,084 meters above the sea level, Nainital is a popular hill station in the state of Uttrakhand. The town is located alongside the foothills of the Kumaon region of the outer Himalayas. The town is famous for its various natural attractions and due to its favorable climate all year round is one of the most popular hill stations in India. The town’s economy, like most hill stations in India is dependent upon tourism and thus various type of services are available for the visitors. Here’s the list of the top 10 places to visit in Nainital. 1. Nainital…
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  • July First, Time for New Presets!

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Ready for the New Presets This is my Birth Month, July 1971, so you know I’m gonna pull out all the stops this month! Pop over to our Trey’s Lightroom Presets to grab the amazing presets for this month. Remember, on Day 1 of every month, we offer them half-price. It’s a heck of a deal, and something I’m happy to offer the most HARD CORE of you that come back month after month for the goodies! Here’s one of the before/afters for ya. Naturally, every preset totally depends on each photo… but this one is called “Daytwister.” After: Before: Daily Photo – A…
  • A Sunset After the Bullfight in Nimes

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Spartacus Here’s a wild show recommendation. Remember the move “300”? If you liked that kind of raw, ethereal, slow-motion absolute violence, then I recommend all four seasons of Spartacus. I know it’s probably a ridiculous thing to say, but I watched every episode and enjoyed them all! It connects to my base male-side, unapologetically. There are really beautiful, interesting, and intense scenes. It’s not for the faint of heart. There’s some of the most intense violence and sex you’ve ever seen, but if you’re cool with that, then jump on board for a wild ride! Daily Photo…
  • Nearly Midnight in Paris

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    On Another Episode of The New Screen Savers The New Sony A7Rii and the RX100 Mark 4 — talking about them with Leo Laporte on The New Screen Savers. This was a fun show for sure… all kinds of stuff actually happened… this is the “highlight reel” kinda with just my stuff on there… but you can also see a little Catherine Hall action! See my Sony A7r Review at or go watch the full episode here: https://twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/8 Midnight in Paris: Video Tutorial Don’t forget to check out the Midnight in Paris video tutorial here on the site……
  • The Rails to Casablanca

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Morocco Video I should have a cool video from Morocco to share with you soon! Daily Photo – The Rails to Casablanca Technically, I suppose, these are the rails between Casablanca and Rabat in Morocco. I shot this out of the back of the train, looking towards Casablanca where I had just left. That’s where the main airport is, and I was disappointed that Casablanca was not a more awesome town! I had just watched “Casablanca” for a second time on the plane on the way there, and I had high expectations, but I’d say it was by far the most disappointing of the places I visited in…
  • Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Revisiting the Google Loon Project I was able to join the Google X team here in New Zealand not too long ago for the test launch of their Loon project. Here’s a video I made with Google Glass while there: Daily Photo – Gondolas Lined Up at the End of the Day Naturally, there are gondolas all over Venice, but the best place to shoot them is around the edge of St. Mark’s Square as the sun is setting. Almost all of the gondoliers bring their boats in here at the end of the day and dock them for the night. It’s one of the best times to come see them all lined up in processing.
 
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  • Netherlands Travel: Discovering the Best of The Hague

    Jessica Festa
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The Hague in the Netherlands is where seagulls welcome you to the city and where the large, majestic trees live a relatively short life, catching too much of the salty sea wind. The Hague is where beaches get cozily crowded in summer and where in winter locals battle the weather on long beach walks. Above: The Hague. Photo courtesy of Artur Bogacki via Shutterstock The Hague is more than a windy seaside city, though: it is the country’s political and diplomatic capital. Government and parliament reside in historic buildings in the small city center, and international embassies are nestled…
  • Oh Those African Sunsets & Skies

    Rich Laburn
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The cool, fresh morning air in southern Africa brings about an excitement that can be felt by all as a new day begins presenting new challenges and new possibilities. The energy radiates off the animals as they eagerly await the first warm rays of sunlight. Enjoy the skies, the sunlight and the animals. I always feel blessed to be able to start my day in such an incredible manner. A beautiful sunrise. ISO 640 F4 1/8000 A Mhangeni youngster prepares herself for another day. ISO 1000 F4 1/1250 A young hyena anxiously awaits mom’s return. ISO 1250 F2.8 1/640 The striking contrast in colours of…
  • Exploring the Best of Azores Cuisine

    Jessica Festa
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    Cozido das Furnas. Yum! One part of culture that should not be ignored when visiting the Azores is the food. To make sure you have the best bites the destination has to offer, here is a visual guide to the most delicious dishes I had on my recent trip to the islands — including São Miguel,São Jorge and Pico — with recommendations on where to get them. 1. Cozido Where: Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Rua Padre José Jacinto Botelho, 5, 9675-061 Furnas, Sao Miguel; +351 296 549 090 Everyday at 12:30pm, you can go to Lagoa das Furnas on São Miguel to watch locals and chefs pull pots filled…
  • 2 Romantic & Serenity Getaways in the Heart of California’s Gold Country

    Renee Blodgett
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A recent long weekend getaway took us east bound towards the El Dorado Hills in Eastern California. While there are certain high end chains I have had outstanding experiences (Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and a handful of others), I tend to lean towards the boutique luxury property, whether that be for a family stay or a romantic getaway. In this case, it was more of a rest & relaxation meditative retreat, a much needed break from urban living. While San Francisco might not have the chaotic energy of New York City, I still hear sirens countless times of day from our second floor adobe-like…
  • Taking a Deep Nose Dive into Berlin’s Neighborhoods

    Renee Blodgett
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    When I received an opportunity to return to Berlin Germany after so many years, my first reaction and interest was to compare and contrast the Berlin of the early 90’s to the Berlin of today, a city which has undergone so many dramatic transformations, I was bound not to recognize her. As I dug deeper into the trip and learned that Berlin was nine times the size of Paris, I found myself wondering whether that was the case 20 or so years ago. I also learned that Berlin consisted of 12 boroughs which are divided up into a total of 96 districts but that unofficially, Berliners don’t…
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  • What are the benefits of using a fuel card?

    Brandy
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Using one of the many available fuel cards in Australia can really be beneficial to your business in terms of administration and controlling costs. This article will look at how fuel cards can benefit your business and make your working day much more straight-forward when it comes to balancing the books. Pay and Reclaim This is the traditional method employed by businesses and is where employees pay out of pocket for petrol and claim back the amounts as expenses. This needs to be backed up by receipt evidence and this means physically handing over the information at some point, whereas a fuel…
  • How to style your holiday apartment to stand out from the rest

    Brandy
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
    Whether you plan to stay there yourself or let it out to other people, your holiday apartment should be the perfect home away from home. It needs to be welcoming, relaxing, easy to look after and a fun place to spend time. It should also be very different from your home, so that you really feel you’re getting away from your day-to-day life. You’ll need to get creative to bring this dream to life. Furniture A holiday apartment doesn’t need as much furniture as a home, so keep it simple. Bedrooms should have only beds and enough storage space for what can be brought there in suitcases –…
  • 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…
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  • Croatia Travel Information

    Sue Lobo
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Start your Croatia tour with a visit to the medieval walled town of Dubrovnik where you will also witness spectacular coastline and mountain scenery.  Walk the 1.2 mil city wall or take a cable car to Mount Srd. Both provide breathtaking views and photo ops.  Continue your visit through picturesque towns, museums, historical sites, lakes and the capital city of Zagreb.  A must see in our opinion is the Plitvice national Park which has amazing waterfalls connected to lakes. Make time to walk some of the trails. The park is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Zagreb: …
  • Wackiest Festivals Around The World In July

    Sue Lobo
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    In the United States there will be a lot of festivals to commemorate Independence Day in July. Other countries will have festivals for many different reasons that are very different than the typical July 4th celebration. There also is a very interesting festival occurring in New Mexico in the beginning of the month. Boryeong Mud Festival, July 17-26, Korea The mud in Boryeong is full of minerals and used as part of many beauty rituals. The mud festival started back in 1998 and has grew to epic proportions. People are often seen massaging the mud into their skin, wrestling in it, sliding…
  • Europe is Always in Style and Now It’s on Sale

    Sue Lobo
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    2016 is THE year to visit Europe. A favorable US currency has allowed Globus to pass along better pricing for 2016 when compared to 2015. But if that’s not reason enough, you can also save up to $1,377 per couple on Globus Europe Tours 2016, when you take advantage of their early 10% savings. When you tour Europe with Globus, you never lift a finger—or a bag. They make every arrangement and every reservation. They take you to the front of the long visitor lines at the Colosseum and behind the scenes with their included Local Favorites. And then they take you back to their…
  • Disney Frozen Ride

    Sue Lobo
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    New information has just been released about the up and coming Frozen Ride at Epcot. With the huge success of this movie, bringing in over a billion dollars worldwide, the anticipation has been huge. Only a few details have been released, but here’s what we know so far. The Location The Frozen ride will be located in between the Mexico and Norway attractions inside of Epcot. The main attraction will be rather large at about 13,000 feet. It will replace the Maelstrom ride that was already taken down about a year ago. The Actual Ride There isn’t a lot of information out yet about…
  • Affordable Castle Stays In Europe

    Sue Lobo
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    A good hotel is imperative to enjoying your vacation. Instead of staying at a standard hotel or villa the next time you are overseas, why not stay at a castle? You’re probably thinking that even one night in a castle might be out of your price range. However, in Europe there are quite a few affordable castles. Many of them only cost a little over $100 a night. Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland This 13th-century castle is downright fascinating. It consists of 29 bedrooms with each of them being themed around a historical figure. The furniture is period specific and gives off a…
 
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  • How to Choose the Best Ayurvedic Clinic Abroad

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    It wasn't easy to choose an ayurvedic clinic - there are different treatments for different ailments and you'll find an ayurvedic center almost everywhere. How to choose?
  • 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.
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  • DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    El siguiente video de David Attenborough constituye dos minutos de asombrosa belleza que van a colmar tu dia de paz, amor y los mejores deseos de un mundo mejor.
  • DAVID ATTENBOROUGH WONDERFUL WORLD BBC

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:40 am
    David Attenborough Wonderful World is a stunningly beautiful video we'd like to share with you. Two supreme minutes of pure joy and love that will brighten your day.
  • PLAYAS DE AMERICA DEL SUR

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    Si adoras el sol y mar, la siguiente lista de playas de America del Sur te pondra en contacto con los mejores sitios que el continente tiene para ofrecerte.
  • SOUTH AMERICA'S BEST BEACHES

    21 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    If you're a sun-worshipper, the following list of South America's best beaches will put you in contact with the top places the continent has in store.
  • CATA DE VINOS EN AMERICA DEL SUR

    14 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Si eres amante de los buenos vinos, ven a la cata de vinos en America del Sur, tanto Argentina como Chile producen algunos de los mejores vinos del Nuevo Mundo.
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    Wild Junket

  • Learning to Kitesurf in Tarifa, Spain

    Alberto Molero
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    T he wind is blowing strong and hard, tugging at my kite. Overhead, the sun’s rays are glaring and blinding my eyes. The wide, sandy beach stretches for miles and the cool waters of the Mediterranean are calling. I’m in Tarifa, trying my hands at kitesurfing, a sport I’ve long wanted to dabble in. For the uninitiated, kitesurfing is water sport that harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a board similar to a wakeboard. I’ve done surfing in Bali, wakeboarding in the Philippines and sailing in Hawaii…
  • Best Destinations for Overland Travel: From East Africa to the Silk Road

    Tom Mcloughlin
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    T raveling overland is a fantastic way to really get to know a region. Watch the world fly by and sample every bit of it as you slowly weave your way through the back roads of a country. See what exists between the large towns and cities and the tourist traps and you’ll often be surprised and discover incredible gems that you would not normally be aware of if you flew direct into the places you were visiting. Below are five fantastic places to head out on an overland journey where every inch of land will thrill and entertain. AFRICA If you are looking for a wild ride, there’s no…
  • Glamping in an Airstream: Embracing a Bohemian Lifestyle

    Nellie Huang
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    I t’s true what they say: It’s the people that make travel so enriching. Over the past decade or so, I’ve met many inspiring people on my travels who have interesting stories to tell. Trevor is one such person who made an impact on me. I recently met him when we rented his airstream, one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed at. The gregarious Brit owns an ultra-cool airstream in the hills of Alozaina, a small village of 2,000 people in the heart of Andalusia’s countryside. He rents it out to travelers seeking something different and unique. Our encounter was a…
  • Traveling with a Baby — The Beach Holiday Edition

    Nellie Huang
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    This is a part of my “traveling with baby” series to share our experience taking our new born baby on different types of trips around Spain this summer: from glamping trips to beach holidays. We hope to encourage you to show your baby the world too. You know how much I love adventures. I’m not someone who can lounge by the pool and do nothing for hours. But since having a baby, I’ve been craving to do just that — relax and kick back, enjoy the sun and do nothing. Perhaps it’s the stress and exhaustion that come with motherhood. Since the baby’s arrival, I’ve had to deal with…
  • From Nomad to Mother: A Personal Journey

    Nellie Huang
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    S ix months ago, my life was very different as what it is today. I was a full-time traveler, hitting the road at least once a month, to places far and wide — from Papua New Guinea and Antarctica to Iran and Mongolia. Last year alone, I went to 16 countries on four different continents. I hopped from one plane to the next every other week, and was always meeting new people and having exciting, unusual experiences. That was how I led my life for the past eight years, ever since I started this blog and carved a career in travel writing. Having a baby has completely changed my life. Now I spend…
 
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  • Dinosaurs amongst the cycads at Kirstenbosch – 10 things you’ll see at Kirstenbosch right now

    Wanda Coustas
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle It’s a clever idea, putting life-size dinosaurs in amongst near-extinct cycads at Kirstenbosch. Not only does it give you a very real idea of just how large, or small, the dinosaurs actually were by standing next to them but you get a real appreciation for the critically endangered cycads that were part of the dinosaurs’ landscape, at the same time. On since early June 2015 the open-air art exhibition, known simply as ‘Extinction! Dinosaurs, and Cycads?’,...
  • Discovering the Spitskop Viewpoint outside Knysna

    Amelia Meyer
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Garden Route is full of gems – some are well known and frequented by tourists (such as the Bloukrans Bridge, Knysna Heads, and the Tsitsikamma), while others are secreted away for only the avid explorer to enjoy. Spitskop is one of the latter. It is part of the Ysternek Nature Reserve, which is a forest reserve that covers almost 12 square kilometres and showcases some of the most stunning scenery in the country…     Interestingly, the road up to Spitskop...
  • Snow porn: South Africa’s top 7 places for snow this winter

    Wanda Coustas
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle It is true that South Africa is not a snow destination. If it’s snow you’re after then you usually head to Alaska, Canada, Switzerland, the Northern Rockies, the mountains of France, Austria and Italy, America’s Colorado, Japan, and even New Zealand. Not South Africa. Yet South Africa is not without snow. And when it does fall in the high-lying inland regions of the country we behave as if we’ve won the jackpot; we’re so excited by the prospect of...
  • 15 top Johannesburg Instagrammers to follow

    Wanda Coustas
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Ansel Adams, the photographer and environmentalist whose black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West are highly regarded, once said, ‘A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.’ Even more beautiful are the words of Yann Arthus-Bertrand who said, ‘The earth is art, the photographer is only a witness.’ Whilst Cape Town’s instagrammers capture the beauty of the landscape – mountains, seas, skies;...
  • A Guide To Entertaining Any Visitor To Cape Town

    Wanda Coustas
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Ever noticed how popular Cape Town is? You just have to look at how many Gautengers have moved here, or the many Europeans, for that matter, to realise that Cape Town really is the happening capital of South Africa. But because it is popular, it’s also a place many people come to visit. And usually they stay with you. Not everyone is going to understand your partiality, after a week of hard week, for a good book and a DVD (Table Mountain, pah, who needs it!). Here is our...
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  • Ten panoramas of cities in Germany

    Keith Jenkins
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    This is a guest post by Jörg Dietrich, an architecture and streetscape photographer whom I met in Leipzig last year. Being an avid fan of architecture myself, I was impressed with his portfolio of streetscapes of cities around the world and I asked if he would like to showcase some of his photography on Velvet Escape. I was thrilled when he agreed! In this post, Jörg presents his ten panoramas of cities in Germany. 1. Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Berlin The buildings at the former inner Berlin Checkpoint Charlie house a museum dedicated to the history of the divided city (Mauermuseum). The…
  • What I’ll be up to in Emilia Romagna

    Keith Jenkins
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:16 am
    Gorgeous porticoes in Bologna. My next trip takes me to the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Located smack in the middle between the famous cities of Florence and Venice, Emilia Romagna is a diverse region boasting beautiful sandy beaches on its Adriatic coast, historic cities like Bologna, Ravenna and Modena, expansive plains and impressive mountains. Add to that an amazing array of food and wines, heavenly balsamico (the balsamico from Modena is the stuff of any foodie dream!), a state-of-the-art automotive industry (think Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati), picturesque villages…
  • A Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises

    Keith Jenkins
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    Historic castles on the Rhine. The Rhine is one of the most famous rivers in the world. From its source in Switzerland, the river winds its way into France, where it forms the border with Germany, before continuing into Germany and finally the Netherlands where it reaches the North Sea. I’ve driven the length of the Rhine from the Netherlands to Switzerland, and did the reverse by train. When I received an invitation to embark on a Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises, I accepted with glee – from the stories I’d heard about these cruises, I knew I was in for a treat! A Rhine…
  • Driving the Wild Atlantic Way

    Keith Jenkins
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    The Wild Atlantic Way is clearly marked along the entire route. The Wild Atlantic Way is regarded as the “world’s longest defined coastal touring route”. Stretching 2,500km from County Donegal in Ireland‘s far north to County Cork in the south, it sure is long but aside from its length, the Wild Atlantic Way is without doubt one of the most epic drives I’ve ever done. Along the way, I was simply entranced by green rolling hills for which Ireland is famous, impressive mountains and tranquil lakes, daunting cliffs with its pounding surf, colourful towns, historic…
  • Bursts of colour from around the world

    Keith Jenkins
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    It’s a gorgeous day, the sun is shining bright and the flowers in my garden are blooming beautifully. It may be the most logical thing but it always surprises me how colours just spring to life on a sunny day, and they never fail to cheer me up! And that’s one reason why I love to travel: the colours! Whether they’re the natural colours of nature or man-made, they always make for enjoyable, often awe-inspiring, moments. So, if you’re looking for bursts of colour from around the world, scroll down. Colourful murals adorn these buildings in the Kreutzigerstrasse in…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Hotel San Carlos – Elegance and Convenience – Guatemala City

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Every time my family and I go the US Embassy in Guatemala City we pass this gorgeous European style house. After several trips, I finally had a chance to find out what the place was all about it and it turns out it was a hotel. On a romantic weekend away from the kiddies, my husband and I decided to experience the hotel and their restaurant. Hotel San Carlos is literally half a block from the United States Embassy, on Avenida La Reforma, which is one…
  • Romantic Escape to La Inmaculada Hotel in Guatemala City

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Believe it or not, even though living in Antigua, Guatemala sounds romantic it’s similar to everywhere else you live. It becomes commonplace and after a while it’s great to get away for the weekend. And an even bigger treat when you can get away with your partner, sans kids. Guatemala City is probably the closest option to us with a decent selection of hotels. Since I’m quite selective when it comes to hotels, I was able to narrow down…
  • Working Farm Holidays – La Ruta del Yalu in Guatemala

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:22 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Going fishing for trout was a huge attraction when we lived in Costa Rica. We used to take our oldest boy all the time. You can catch your fish and then have the restaurant make it to your liking, usually fried. Now that my youngest son is five years old he’s got bit by the fishing bug too. One thing I found, living in Guatemala, these types of trout farms don’t really exist. However, if you’re as determined as I am for a fun…
  • 5 Kid Friendly Adventures in London

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Finding fun things to do with kids can sometimes be a challenge. Especially in a place such as London that offers so many historic and important places to visit and some other activities to do where kids tend to get bored. The key is in knowing where to search. After some research I came up with a list of 5 things to do that kids will love. Photo by: Karen Roe 1. Madame Tussauds – Kids go crazy seeing wax statues of all of their favorite celebrities,…
  • Roatan Snorkeling – An Adventure in an Underwater Museum

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Have you ever snorkeled in an underwater museum? We did in Roatan, and what an experience it was. Besides the obvious and amazing marine life that you will encounter at ever push of your flippers, you see so much more. Reefs – although this is still part of the natural habitat. More marine life And more… And even more… And now, further out into the water and deeper below you find artifacts. Granted none of these were originally here,…
 
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  • INSIDEOUT by Leigh Sachwitz

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Glasgow-born, Berlin-based architect and designer Leigh Sachwitz’s Studio for Design flora&faunavisions GmbH has created a mesmerizing interactive experience called “Insideout” for the Triennale der Photographie in Hamburg.   The Triennale has occurred every three years since 1999 and this year’s event is held from June 18 to June 28.   Leigh Sachwitz’s installation is both chilling and soothing at the same time. It is a 360° multimedia installation that explores the house as a sanctuary and as a safe haven from nature’s many forces.
  • Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1)

    20 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Blue Caves - Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli - Iceland Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile The Gardens at Marqueyssac http://www.frenchmoments.com/Marqueyssac.html Ice Canyon - Greenland Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada Multnomah Falls, Oregon…
  • World's First Real Marble iPhone 6 Case

    13 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Synonymous with classical beauty and timeless style, marble has been the epitome of luxurious sophistication for millennia. Reinventing this ancient material for the modern lifestyle, the world’s first real marble smartphone case. Available in Black Marquina or White Carrara, and featuring a slice of marble as thin as a credit card, the CLIC Marble iPhone case offers the perfect balance between elegance, strength and durability.
  • Chasing Epic - Jared Chambers

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    At some point in time within the space of your existence you’ve imagined escaping, not to any place in particular, just merely escaping from everything you know. Winding down the windows and setting yourself loose with reckless abandonment. It’s that moment where the thrill of the moment far outweighs the thought of the final destination, a feeling that’s so unnatural within the day to day psyche Commissioned by The Cool Hunter, this stunning and unique photo by LA based photographer Jared Chambers is reminiscent of that exact feeling. Art is intended to evoke an emotion and…
  • Maza Cafe-Deli - West Village, New York

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    New Yorkers love their Mediterranean delicacies and they certainly love their coffee. Connect those two in a West Village café and you’ll have Maza Café. Located at 30 Carmine St, between Bleecker and Bedford streets, Maza offers more than the familiar, off-the-grocery-shelf Greek yogurt, honey and phyllo pastries. In particular, the yogurt menu is extensive and imaginative and gives the guests many reasons to return to try it in new ways. .   But we customers, of course, pay attention to the entire experience and Maza does not disappoint in the visual surroundings…
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    Man Tripping

  • 10 Reasons I Am Buying My Father-In-Law Netflix for His Birthday

    James Hills
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    For the past several years, I have been a loyal subscriber and frankly a fan of Netflix. It was the first really solid response that answered those who pleaded for a genuine, legal alternative to pirating movies and TV shows. Today, it has grown from a dumping ground for "old stuff" into a first rate producer of quality original content that rivals anything found on traditional TV channels. July 1st is my father-in-law's birthday and even though computers and streaming video is something that isn't among his most comfortable skills I'm giving him a subscription to Netflix and a Roku ...
  • Pools, Parties, and Cocktails at The Cromwell Vegas

    James Hills
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:12 am
    Each time I go to Vegas it's a different experience and that's an amazing testament to the diversity of entertainment options available in that city. This time, I had a chance to check out two of the newest resorts on the strip - The Cromwell, and The Linq. Over the past few years, these properties have both gone through some significant changes but it seems that Caesars has finally got a concept that works. If you aren't familiar with the history, The Cromwell was formerly Bill's Gamblin Hall and before that, Barbary Coast but it has been completely ...
  • Dripthat of a STYX Concert and Romantic Getaway Aboard Carnival Breeze

    James Hills
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Here's another example of a drip that I've created to showcase a romantic getaway I took with Heather (my wife) last year. It was one of the most awesome cruises I've ever taken and an incredible concert. However, over time the memories have begun to fade. Sure, we took plenty of photos and shared tons of Tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook updates ... but those are buried now behind the thousands of posts I have made since then. However, if I had been able to to create a drip then I would have all those photos, updates, and videos in one place. ...
  • Eight Travel Tips to Make Your Guys Weekend Awesome

    James Hills
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    Summer is here and  I am sure you are dreaming about doing with your friends. Whatever your travel plans are this summer though, it's important to make sure you have your stuff in order. Otherwise, what should be a once in a lifetime trip, could quickly turn into something memorable for lesser reasons. Shaving is a lot like traveling if you think about it, while anyone can do either, when you do it right it's great experience. However, if you have the wrong tools or bad technique it is no fun! Luckily, I'm armed with the  Schick® Xtreme3®  and it's just one ...
  • Celebrity Xpedition - New Volcanoes and Reforestation Project at Galapagos

    James Hills
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    The awesome folks at Celebrity wrote us to share some great news with you about a cruise onboard Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity's mega-yacht sailing the Galapagos Islands year-round. Recently, our guests onboard Celebrity Xpedition were part of the major Ecuadorian national effort to break a world record along with tens-of-thousands. Here are some fun facts about the effort: Led by the Ministry of Environment, in conjunction with the Galapagos National Park , the nation set out to break the world's reforestation record by encouraging thousands to plant more than 647,000 trees in one…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Plane Spotting! Like Train Spotting, but for Planes!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    When I go to the airport, for the vast majority of the time, that means I’m about to board a plane somewhere and go travelling for a bit to enjoy myself. I love turning up to the check in counter to dump my backpack off, and receiving my boarding pass. This means I’m going away to somewhere different very soon! I also enjoy walking around the terminal to see what kind of planes have pulled up to the terminal. I pretty much know all of them because I’ve flown on them! (Yes, I’m grateful for that!). I know the differences between my Boeings and my Airbuses, and even some…
  • Flight Delays – How To Amuse Yourself at the Airport!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    It’s First World Problems time again! It’s for those of us who like to whine at the superficial problems that people in the first world have to deal with all of the time, like running out of shampoo in the middle of the shower and having crap wi-fi so bad that it takes at least 10 seconds to upload some narcissitic selfie to your social media accounts! This time, it’s about those annoying times that you’re flight is delayed at the airport! Just remember, if you can afford to fly, you’re about 10 times richer on average than the person who can afford to travel by…
  • Spam Comments – You’ll Never Get This Time Back!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    Spam Comments! There’s nothing like running a website and coming across this kind of word crap that you need to eliminate. Actually, it’s not that bad these days. With in built spam filters etc, this sort of stuff goes straight into a folder that I never usually look at. A lot of the time, it’s like someone has just sent out a jumble of words and had them assembled in no particular order! But I decided to go through my spam comments to have a look, and feature some of the more silly ones that are actually quite funny, or are just totally bizarre and make no sense at all!
 
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    Part Time Vagabond

  • The Top 5 Least Appealing Travel Destinations – My Humble Opinion

    Chris
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    For me, it’s Rio de Janeiro. For others, it’s Paris. No matter who you are, or where you’ve been, there is likely a place in the world that just doesn’t appeal to you as a traveler. And that’s the worst way to look at the world. But even I, someone who values travel and tourism as a vital part of the human experience, have places that I just have no desire to visit. And, you see, that’s ok. Because when I was younger, I had no desire to visit Africa or Southeast Asia, and those regions are now at the top of my wishlist. Just because they don’t appeal…
  • 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…
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    Jet Set Smart

  • FASHION FRIDAY: SASSY SUIT

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    Happy Fashion Friday jet setters!  Hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend...and Happy Father's Day to all of the dads and grandfathers out there!  Today's post is all about my love for the jumpsuit (a favorite of mine), and this sassy printed one for under $35 at H&M was just too good to pass up!  I added a hat (bad hair day), a cardigan, a clutch and some sandals for church, but can't wait to wear it again for a date night with some high wedges and maybe a jean jacket. It's comfy and loose (two mom-friendly qualities), and looks like you spent a lot of time…
  • 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…
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    Breathedreamgo

  • The Tough Drops Tour of the Pacific Northwest

    Mariellen Ward
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Tough Drops TourThe “Gorilla 4″ on Mount St Helens: Beth, JD, Mariellen and Teri. A behind-the-scenes glimpse of a travel blogging campaign and the amazing glass that inspired it THERE WAS A MOMENT during my week-long tour of the Pacific Northwest when I started to notice the surfaces we were walking, hiking and climbing on. Have you ever noticed the surfaces of your travels? I noticed things like: the scrubby, scorched earth of a volcano’s mountainsides, the smoothness of rock eroded by waterfalls, tiny multi-coloured claystone…
  • The Ripple Movement: Maritime Memories

    Mariellen Ward
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Photo credit: Stephen DesRoches/Tourism PEI On the road to the Maritime provinces to retrace a childhood trip & showcase Canada’s natural beauty WHEN I WAS FOUR years old, I went on a road trip to Atlantic Canada with my family. I was just old enough to remember significant moments. The wonder at seeing a whale skull on an ocean pier. The sight of freshly cooked red lobsters, spread across a newspaper-covered picnic table. The smell of the salt air on the ocean breeze. So, when The Ripple Movement team were looking for “projecteers,” I immediately thought of going on…
  • For International Yoga Day: What is Yoga?

    Mariellen Ward
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Photo courtesy of Dave Bouskill, ThePlanetD.com Yoga is much more than a system of exercises. It’s a recipe for peace. Last year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared June 21 to be International Yoga Day at the United Nations General Assembly and 177 nations supported the resolution. Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense…
  • How to travel safely in India webinar

    Mariellen Ward
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:47 pm
    A webinar and Q&A on travel safety for female solo travellers and first time visitors to India IF YOU ARE PLANNING a trip to India, or even just thinking about it, you need to watch this webinar. Together with Caroline Makepeace of Y Travel Blog and Reena Tory of Mantra Wild, I participated in a webinar about travel safety in India for women. We covered a lot of ground and provided lots of tips on what to wear, what to eat, where to go, how to book trains and travel, and much much more. You can also read other posts on this site about travel safety in India, listed below. Tips for travel…
  • Rocks and hills: Exploring the wonders of Oregon

    Mariellen Ward
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Tough Drops TourAt Painted Hills Oregon with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Learning to walk on Smith Rock and walking onto an artist’s palette at Painted Hills HIKING SLOWLY UP the steep gravel path to the top of Smith Rock, Oregon, I remembered the lesson I had learned just two days before while climbing Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington State. I was worried there, too, about being able to make it to the top. I’m not in the best of shape right now, and overcoming some minor health issues. On Mount St. Helens, one of our guides, Mountain…
 
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Review of Hello Kitty Cafe at Jeju Hello Kitty Island

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    After a morning of fun at the Jeju Alive Museum, we proceeded on to another interesting themed museum – the Hello Kitty Island (also known as Jeju Hello Kitty Museum). The Korean GPS coordinates (by phone number) to get to Hello Kitty Island is 7926114 – just input this number into the onboard GPS provided with your KT Kumho rental car.  Do note as we are on a self-drive 4D3N Jeju itinerary, I am unable to advise on how to get to Hello Kitty Island by public transport – some instructions we found online: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal → #750 (toward Seogwipo) → Sumbinari…
  • 3 Exciting Festivals to Visit This Summer

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:07 am
    It is summer, it is festival season! All over the world people are gathering around either a feeling, or a musical style, a piece of cultural heritage or something completely different – it doesn’t matter in the end, what’s important is to get together. What I plan to present below are three examples of festivals colorful enough to be memorable, but as relaxing as to play microgaming slot machines online at www.allslotscasino.com. Here we go. 1. Boi Bumba – Jun 26 – 29, 2015, Parintins, Brazil Maybe not exactly a festival, but rather a parade, but it is a…
  • Great Deals of Up to 50% off in Quality-Assured Unique Travel Experiences with Klook

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    We like to travel free and easy and plan our itineraries on what to see and do in the destination itself. Arranging for hotels and air tickets is the easy part as there are many hotel and airfare aggregators to compare prices and book accommodation and airfare. The challenge is in finding out the best places to visit at the best price. This involves hours of Googling to find the websites of tourist attractions and shows to book tickets. This gets even more challenging when the websites are the old-school type and hard to navigate or when the website is not in English. Even when you have…
  • 3 Asian Cities You Can Visit with 40% Off All AccorHotels + Free Breakfast

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:46 am
    2015 is a great year to travel as we have 10 long weekends this year because of various public holidays in Singapore. It is mid-year now and there are still 5 more long weekends with a super long one coming up in August (4 day long National Day and SG50 celebrations). If you have yet to book your airfares for travel during one of the remaining 5 long weekends, you might have to pay quite a bit more – consider flying to your holiday destination earlier or coming back later (few days before the long weekend) on a weekday and you might still find a good airfare deal. The good news though is…
  • Defying Laws of Gravity at Mysterious Road in Jeju, South Korea

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    13 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Having experienced the fun optical illusions in the Jeju Alive Museum, we travelled north to a road near Jeju City. This road is known as Jeju Mysterious Road – the locals call it Dokkaebi Road. It is mysterious because objects on this road seem to defy the laws of gravity! See the picture below – it looks like the cars are going uphill right? But no, with just neutral gear and foot off the accelerator, cars can actually go “uphill” on this road! To get to Mysterious Road, you can key in the following number 7126988 – this will bring you to Loveland but…
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    Fili's World

  • Monasteries and Churches walk through Cologne Old Town

    Fili
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    The grand Cologne Cathedral is the most famous attraction in Cologne, but the old town offers quite a few other lovely historic churches, monasteries and cathedrals to see. A walking tour of an hour or two should be enough to visit the highlights, and so here’s what I saw during my visit.   Great St. Martin Church             Location:     Sankt Maria im Kapitol        Location:     Alt St. Alban            Location:   It’s a lovely area, and whether you’re aiming…
  • Balboa Park : San Diego

    Fili
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Much to see and do in San Diego’s Balboa Park. It has an amazing array of top notch museums, a large zoo as well as gardens and restaurants, and depending on your preference you can either spend a few hours wondering around or a few days visiting all the museums and gardens. I skipped most of the museums, and just ventures into the gardens – the desert garden and the botanical gardens (both free) and there’s also some Japanese gardens with a strong contrast to the desert scenery.       Some parts of the park feel a bit like a touristic version of Mexico……
  • Griffith Observatory : Scenic views of Los Angeles from above

    Fili
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Looking for stunning views of Los Angeles from above? On one of my previous visits to Los Angeles I suggested the wonderful world-class Getty Center. But, if art isn’t exactly your thing and you’re perhaps more into astronomy, or just want to get the views, then Griffith Observatory is definitely your first choice. Close to Hollywood, up the hills of Griffith Park, expect slow traffic and problematic parking, but once you get over all that and you make it to the observatory, you’re in for a real treat. I managed to get there just before sunset on a sunny partly cloudy day…
  • Desert Garden : Balboa Park – San Diego

    Fili
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    San Diego is surrounded by desert with gorgeous desert scenery in every direction you go. Typically, a visit to gardens in parks will offer a lot of green, and San Diego definitely has much of that, probably due to its proximity to the ocean, but since it is a desert, it also has a more special type of plants and flowers. The Balboa Park, one of San Diego’s nicest green space hosting some the best attractions in the area, also has a Desert Garden, where you get to enjoy the beauty of the desert. People tend to think of a desert as desolated and dead, but it’s far from that, and in…
  • The grand Cologne Cathedral

    Fili
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The most famous attraction in the city of Cologne in Germany is the first thing you see when you come out from the train station. It’s impossible to miss, you’ll see it from almost every part of the old town of Cologne – the Cologne Cathedral. Day or night, it’s an impressive structure, inspiring awe and humility, with history dating back to the 13th century. Tourist stats claim it’s Germany’s most visited landmark. It’s quite a wonder this Gothic cathedral made it through the world war, but someone mentioned to me the reason it survived was because…
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    Reno Tahoe Blog

  • Grand Sierra Resort’s New Grand Theatre Opening this Summer

    Christina Erny
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The GSR’s new concert venue is opening August 7 (with Billy Idol)! We got a sneak peek at the place while they are one month out from their opening day, and can happily report that even in the back row, you will feel closer to the stage than the first section of most concert venues. The view from the back of the venue (no bad seats)! In early May, GSR announced a partnership with Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the world. Since that time, northern Nevada’s premier resort has released an impressive lineup of chart-topping artists and award-winning musicians. The complete…
  • Golf with the Stars: Tahoe Celebrity Golf 2015

    Haley Gibbs
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    Tee off this July at the 26th Annual American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Watch as sport legends, Olympians, heroes and Hollywood celebrities compete for a share of the $600,000 purse, happening July 14-19. From Grammy Award-Winning Musician/Actor Justin Timberlake and Country Music Artist Jake Owen, to United States Army Sergeant Major Rodney Gorman and NCAA Head Coach of Notre Dame Football Brian Kelly, this event is bringing all the stars and heroes together. The tournament this year has the stars playing on a 54-hole modified Stableford format. As a spectator,…
  • Summer on the Slopes

    Haley Gibbs
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Summer is officially here, and the ski resorts are open for business! Think the slopes were just for winter? Think again! Mountain biking and hiking have never been more perfect, the 300+ days of sunshine and the cool mountain breeze is ideal for any adventure seeker this summer. Northstar California Resort:  The Bike Academy offers the ultimate daily mountain bike coaching packages. There are many different packages to help take riders to the next level, which includes bike rentals, life ticket, protective gear and helmets along with the coaching. Packages start at $125. Pumps on Pedals…
  • 4th of July

    Haley Gibbs
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    The best weekend of the summer is almost here, 4th of July! Celebrate Independence Day at some amazing events and with even better all-American food, with the beautiful backdrop of Reno Tahoe; the fireworks are sure to be spectacular! Grab a drink and a slice of watermelon and sit back and relax this 4th of July weekend.   Here’s your guide for the 4th of July in Reno Tahoe: July 3rd Beach Party & Fireworks: Start the celebrations early at the North Tahoe Event Center, right on the beach at Kings Beach State Recreation Area! From 4-10 p.m. enjoy food vendors, mixed drink garden,…
  • Reno Rodeo 2015

    Haley Gibbs
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
        The “Wildest Richest Rodeo in the West” has come to town! The 96th Annual Reno Rodeo kicked off June 18. Cowboys and cowgirls battle it out in the arena against some of the rankest bulls in the world, visit the Carnival and the Double R Marketplace while there! Dust off your cowboy boots because there is still time to make it, this event will go until June 27. Here are some pictures from the weekend, including Clay Walker, the Reno Rodeo Parade and the Cattle Drive! The post Reno Rodeo 2015 appeared first on Reno Tahoe Blog.
 
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  • Richard Branson Launches Virgin Cruises

    cruiseandblog
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Richard Branson is no stranger to the travel industry with airlines, hotels, space, trains and now a cruise line.  We headed to Miami for the announcement and got response from industry professionals and listened to public opinion.  Also, we’ll answer listener questions about Caribbean shore excursions in Cozumel, Nassau and diving locations. 
  • Pride of America Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:38 pm
    On this episode we get a comprehensive review of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America from Theresa Russell. She shares her Hawaii cruise experience, what is was like sailing on a U.S. flagged ship and what the Hawaii islands were like.  Cruise News Norwegian revamps their dining package Cruises to no where ending Recapping Carnival’s no bottle policy  HAL Noordam rescues sightseeeing boat
  • Carnival Legend Review + Cruise Deals App

    cruiseandblog
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:21 pm
    On this episode we talk to listener Marcy who just returned from an eight night cruise aboard Carnival Legend in Alaska. The cruise started in Vancouver and ended in Seattle. Marcy gives her a full Carnival Legend review.  We talk  to the creator of one of the newest cruise app out there, CruiseDeals, an iPhone app that monitors cruise prices drops. You can find price drops reduced as much as 80%. Find the app by searching Criuse Deals in the app store.
  • Crown Princess Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    On this show Vickie gives us a review of Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess on her recent California Coastal cruise. We get to hear about the ship, staterooms, dining, and ports of calls. Angie Keilhauer is a talented acoustic musician we came across on Carnival Legend last year in Tampa. Since then she’s been spotted by some big names in country music like Kenny Chesney and is going big places! She’s currently off the ship and on tour and checks in with us. Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise news on: Carnival’s ban on water bottles New Norwegian Cruise Line dining plans Fall…
  • Carnival Corp Launches New Cruise Brand

    cruiseandblog
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Carnival Corporation has launched a tenth cruise brand called fathom. The brand category, called social impact travel, will offer an impactful travel experience and work alongside locals to tackle community needs. Fathom is purposed built, starting with one ship, and allowing guests to immerse themselves in local culture and economic development. Based out of Miami with a 700-passenger cruise ship, the first destination will be the Puerto Plata region of the Dominican Republic. This area is known for both beauty and poverty. Which is where fathom steps in. On this show we talk to: Arnold…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: 21 June, 2015

    James Clark
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Meet the ‘digital nomads’ who travel the world in search of fast Wi-Fi – The life of digital nomads goes mainstream with a feature in theguardian.com. What I’ve learned from moving three times and trashing everything I own – This applies for long travel as well. When photography gets you in trouble at 35,000 Feet – Zach Honig from thepointsguy.com finds out about American Airlines photo policy the hard way. I never wanted a scooter until I met the Gogoro –…
  • A monolith and a meerkat – camping at Namibia’s highest mountain

    James Clark
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    Brandberg Mountain is Namibia’s highest peak, standing at 2,606 metres. It is also a monolith, so when you cross the northwestern Namib Desert you will know when you see it. I was in Namibia visiting the Mad Max filming locations, which was mostly shot near Swakopmund (this was a press trip on behalf of the Namibia Tourism Board). After Swakopmund there was one more filming location to visit, which was on the road from the coast to Brandberg Mountain. We stopped on a flat and empty stretch of desert, devoid of any features except for the road and a power line. It doesn’t get any…
  • Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Namibia

    James Clark
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia has one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world. The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is home to up to 200,000 seals, depending on the season. Seal bleats sound like a cross between a sheep and a cow, and the collective smell of hundreds of thousands of seals was something that remained in my nostrils long after we left. There is an elevated walkway that surrounds the colony so you can get a good view without disrupting their lazy day at the beach. Cape Cross Travel Resources Cape Cross Seal Reserve Cape Cross photo gallery Cape Cross Seal…
  • The old train station, Swakopmund – Namibia

    James Clark
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:26 am
    Swakopmund is often described in the guide books as “Little Bavaria”. While that’s a bit of a stretch, the town (technically a city) has some buildings that wouldn’t be out of place in Southern Germany. I was in Swakop for three days with a group of travel writers visiting the Mad Max filming locations in the surrounding desert. We arrived on a sunday afternoon so the shops were closed and the streets deserted. It was unusually windy (so we were told) and there was sand blowing everywhere. It felt like the perfect place to make a film set in the post-apocalypse. By…
  • IDrive: Online data backup for your laptop and mobile phone

    James Clark
    7 Jun 2015 | 8:26 pm
    [Special Offer: 75% off ($14.88 for the first year) for Nomadic Notes Readers!] Travel insurance for your data Everyone knows the importance of taking out travel insurance when we travel, but what about insuring your data? Travel insurance policies have the option of insuring laptops and mobile phones, but even if you lose your laptop and get a replacement from your insurer, you will never get your data back. I back up my laptop with a hard disk that travels with me, but I get lazy and go months without backing up. And if I happen to lose my laptop and my hard disk then my efforts to back up…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Boston vs New York: How Does Each City Stack Up?

    Dan Patterson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    New York City and Boston are situated on the Eastern seaboard and attract millions of tourists from around the world each year. Boston’s colonial roots mark it as the “Cradle of Liberty” while New York City’s Statue of Liberty was the first site many immigrants saw as their ships pulled into Ellis Island. But... that’s where the similarities end and the delightful differences begin. Boston views itself through the lens of blue collar pride, describing it as both strong and beautiful. New York, on the other hand, sees itself as a busy, bustling hub of culture and arts — running…
  • Hidden Gems Around North America: Let CityPASS Take You There

    Dan Patterson
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    For adventure junkies and treasure hunters alike, the time has come to embark on the ultimate quest. Whether you're a curious parent or a retiree looking for adventure, CityPASS attractions offer many exciting gems. From Atlanta to Toronto, every city has attractions full of hidden wonders and worthwhile treasures. Explore North America's secrets and find your inner pirate. The Helmet Wall The Helmet Wall at Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame Any die-hard football fanatic will have to put this gem on their "must-see" list. Visitors can customize their adventure at this ultimate…
  • 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…
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    A Traveler's Library

  • Vera: British Mystery Draws Us to Northumberland

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Every corner of England looks enticing if you watch PBS and their imported shows from BBC and other British producers–particularly mystery shows. (mouse over map to see what county or area is featured.) SHERLOCK, the contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes, teases us with images of today’s London in the VERY SHORT (3 episode) seasons. SELFRIDGES, although the longer running series about a popular department store is not a mystery, it takes us through several decades of commercial London and cuts across various social levels. INSPECTOR LEWIS (and its forerunner Inspector Morse) lures…
  • Summer Reads: A Double Header: Italy and Maine

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Destinations: Italy and Maine Books: Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen (NEW in June, 2015) The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim (originally published 1922, NEW in Penguin Classics in June, 2015 with introduction by Brenda Bowen.) Four women who are strangers come together to rent a vacation home for a month. They become friends, renew romantic attachments with the men left at home and experience the magic of place. That describes both of these books. The venerable The Enchanted April (Penguin Classics), first published in 1922 by Elizabeth Von Arnim and the new book inspired by that…
 
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Biking Waimea Canyon – Adventure Travel Kauai

    MsTravelingPants
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    One of the most beautiful places on the island of Kauai, which I have called home for nearly two years, is Waimea Canyon. Nicknamed as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it is spectacular with similar hues to its earth tones as the Grand Canyon, but it does stand out. The Grand Canyon doesn’t have views of the NaPali Coast and the Pacific Ocean. To view Waimea Canyon, you can drive, hike, fly in a helicopter tour, or bike. I had done all of the above before; so, this year, I decided to do a different adventure, biking Waimea Canyon. As the ride is 18 miles, I have condensed it into a…
  • Summer in London

    MsTravelingPants
    29 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Summer is here again. It means bathing suit season, picnics, long weekends, and perhaps a lone trip whether a road trip or even better yet across the pond to one of Europe’s finest cities. Six years ago, I took my first trip to London.  I was traveling on business; so, I must revisit with more time for leisure and a deep dive into its culture. With summer being prime time to catch London at its best, I asked a peer travel writer Mika to share her take on the best of London this summer.  Take it away Mika! I’ll be taking your advice on my next trip to London! Summer is just…
  • 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.
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    littleindiana.com » Jessica Nunemaker

  • Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot in Nashville

    Jessica Nunemaker
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot in Nashville, Indiana Hot Caramel Pumpkin Sundae Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot in downtown Nashville, Indiana is an easy to visit snack destination. Although anywhere carrying ice cream ranks as a “must visit” for me, they even make their own homemade ice cream! And they carry more than just vanilla and chocolate. Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot in Nashville, Indiana So many people consider Nashville, Indiana a shopping destination. While that is definitely easy to see why, I think it should also be a destination…
  • “Undeniably Indiana” Call for Writers

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “Undeniably Indiana” Call for Writers What defines the state of Indiana? Is it our penchant for giant pork tenderloin sandwiches? What about sweet corn or sugar cream pie? Could it be more than food like, race cars, bridges, and larger than life legends? We always love a good gangster story! Well, this is what Indiana University Press, you know, the folks also publishing “little Indiana: Small Town Destinations“ in early 2016, are trying to find out. They want to hear your stories! Call for Writers for “Undeniably Indiana” “Undeniably…
  • Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tasty Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe I’ve tried variations of chocolate chip muffin recipes before but when you have two boys who just love them, you need to mix things up to keep it interesting! This recipe for chocolate chip muffins was fantastic. They were soft and moist–something not always found in chocolate chip muffins. The original recipe called for an entire bag of chocolate chips. I thought that that was way too much. I added in a cup and a half and, for me, I think I could still pare that down slightly because there’s a lot of chocolate in there. One cup would…
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe As if spring wasn’t wonderful enough, with the birds singing, the grass greening, and the return to more bearable temperatures, it also marks the season of rhubarb–and strawberry rhubarb coffee cake recipes! I love finding new rhubarb recipes. I love rhubarb in general: the red and green color, the way it breaks up the typical desserts and makes them something different, and the delicious outcome. I found this on Taste of Home. Although the original used frozen strawberries, I had fresh strawberries from our farmer’s market (a whole…
  • Images of Disastrous Flooding in Rensselaer

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Ayda’s Mexican Restaurant in Rensselaer, Indiana Finds Floodwaters at Front Door Jasper County has been hit hard by floods. They are record-breaking, or so I have heard. In Rensselaer, Indiana it is ongoing. As I write this, it is pouring down rain. Again. Rain has been the story of the last few weeks. Rensselaer, Indiana Flooding The Floodwater View from Washington Street of the Iroquois River and Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer, Indiana Grabbing my camera, I headed for my favorite haunts in Rensselaer: Weston Cemetery, Busy Bee, Iroquois Park, Ayda’s Mexican Restaurant,…
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    traveling greener

  • Discover the Unique Flavours and Characteristics of Vietnamese Food

    Tony
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Eating food from Vietnam is a real treat, and Vietnamese food is rapidly gaining in popularity due to its intense flavours, tasty meat and noodle dishes, and succulent stews and soups. Vietnamese food is distinctive and unforgettable. Here is a quick primer on the different dishes you can expect to find on the Vietnamese menu, and why the cuisine is becoming so popular. The Beauty of Pho For a start, the classic Vietnamese dish of Pho is a must-eat whether you are starting out on an adventure in Vietnamese foods or you are already an expert. When talking about a classic Vietnamese restaurant…
  • Cutting Costs and Emissions When Travelling Through Spain

    Tony
    29 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Travelling can be very expensive, and most options aren’t green either. It is possible to travel in a green and low-cost way though – here’s how.   Travel by Rail   Train travel is a great way of getting around Spain if you’re looking to travel the length and breadth of the country. Going between cities by bus is possible and maybe slightly cheaper, but you’ll spend a lot longer traveling. And that means you’ll have a lot less time to do the fun things.   If you’re thinking of travelling to lots of town and cities, and maybe even to other neighbouring…
  • Christian Benteke of Aston Villa is Set to Beat Arsenal’s Defence in the FA Cup Final

    Tony
    29 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Players in Arsenal’s defence line will be getting more anxious about stopping Christian Benteke in this year’s FA Cup final. Aston Villa’s Ashley Westwood says that Arsenal’s defenders would be embarrassed by Benteke and he is sure that Tim Sherwood’s team will prove bookmakers wrong at Wembley. Bookmakers had earlier predicted that the odds were against Villa in their FA Cup semi-final match. But they were simply outstanding during their match against Liverpool, beating them 2 – 1 and moving on to their first FA Cup final since 2000. In same way, very few…
  • 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 moment of. Drinking a…
 
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  • Sweet and Savory Bonfire Snacks

    Krista Bjorn
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the great pleasures of summer is sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores. But you can make the experience even more memorable and tasty by trying out an array of snack hobo ideas for making over a fire. Traditional hobos are simple aluminum foil packets filled with meat, potatoes, and other veggies before being sealed, tossed on a grill over the flames, and roasted until cooked through. They are easy to make and easy to personalize so they’re a great idea for a crowd. Snack hobos take this idea to a whole new level of fun and experimentation for you and…
  • Top 5 Tips for Patio Party Entertaining

    Andy Hayes
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:56 am
    This feature was brought to you by BEHR®. There’s nothing better than outdoor entertaining — the fresh air makes for fresh conversation and an opportunity for creative moments that perhaps aren’t as flexible inside. We’ve talked about making outdoor spaces feel like home, but what specifically can you do to make patio party entertaining even better? Alfresco entertaining can be a lot of fun, especially if you do a little planning & organizing in advance. Here are our Plum Deluxe-tested tips for patio party entertaining. 1. Spruce & Clean, Vigorously I hate…
  • How to Throw a Back Porch Pizza Party

    Carrie Keplinger
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    This feature was brought to you by Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads. Who doesn’t love a good pizza party? This well-loved tradition is perfect for everything from large gatherings to intimate date nights. No pizza oven? No problem. We’ll get a little help from some yummy pre-made, stone oven-baked crusts. Set the Scene This is so not your college sorority pizza fest; you are classy and so is your pizza party. That means pulling out a festive table cloth and actual china — no paper or plastic for you! Set the table ahead of time and don’t forget to decorate with candles and vases of…
  • 5 Tips and Tools for a Successful Flea Market Trip

    A Guest Writer
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of the most fun activities during the warmer season can be hitting the road to go antiquing and to check out some cool flea markets, either nearby or on a farther journey. And whether you’re a seasoned pro or this in fact is your first rodeo, there are a few important things to keep in mind. At bare minimum this is a fun, casual afternoon activity that can lead to some killer home decor. But to the creative directors who scour Brimfield at 5:00 a.m.and hop through designer yard sales as if on a stealth mission, the skill of antiquing isn’t just a pastime — it’s a…
  • How to Host a Sparkling Summer Solstice Celebration

    Krista Bjorn
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:02 am
    A big bonfire, lots of bubbly, and flowers in your hair — what’s not to love about celebrating the Summer Solstice? Honoring the longest day of the year with dancing, feasting, and special traditions has been a part of European culture since ancient times. Often combined with religious beliefs, the ceremonies and traditions were a way to dispel evil, attract a future mate, protect livestock, and even peer into the future to see what was coming. Nowadays the Summer Solstice is a time of feasting and revelry set outside in the lavish warmth and abundance of the start of summer. Here…
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  • Comparing Travel Backpacks

    Jeanine Barone
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
    My recent travels took me from JFK to Orly airport, to the streets of Paris for 5 nights at a friend's house, to a train ride bound for Redon in Brittany, to the Nantes-Brest Canal where I walked 10-some miles a day for six days. And I carried all my essentials, including wine bar-perfect dresses, and clothes that were comfortable for walking as well as lounging at the end of the day and my prepared-for-anything first-aid kit, in an ultra comfortable, tiny backpack: the Flight 30 by Six Moon Designs. I recently posted about what I packed in this bag that I would be carrying for the first time…
  • Fashionable + Ethical Bags for Your Weekend Travels

    Jeanine Barone
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:06 pm
    How perfect to find an ethical fashion accessory brand, especially one that's all about investing in women and girls, providing the women with fair work and, with the sale of each item, adolescent girls receive life skills mentoring. Also, it's so perfect that, planning to visit India in the fall, I found out that this company, Catrinka, which I originally wrote about months ago, is now selling the Kanta Weekender, a 100% cotton canvas bag with a hand drawn Indian street scene embellished with hand embroidery and mirrors.The artisans behind this fashionable and ethically-produced bag is a…
  • Ultra Light Carry-On-Only Packing

    Jeanine Barone
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Most people who travel to Paris for a week take along enough luggage for months of wardrobe changes. My trip will include not just five days in Paris but also more than a week in Brittany where I'll be walking 20 km from village to village with all my gear. These trip logistics dictated that I would be carrying my lightest pack ever. And it's especially timely given the new proposed carry-on rules that, hopefully, won't go into effect. (But they probably will.) According to the International Air Transport Association, the standard carry-on size would be 21.5" X 13.5" X 7.5". No problem…
  • What Not To Wear On The Plane

    Jeanine Barone
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    When you're trapped in a plane for anywhere from a few hours to having to cross multiple time zones, you're a captive, in a sense. And the clothes you chose for the flight had better keep you warm and comfortable and, sometimes more importantly, not attract unwanted attention. That means no beach wear: no low-cut revealing tops, no shorts (it's often cold in the cabin and don't assume the flight attendants will provide a blanket). No shirts with offensive words or phrases that could stimulate an air rage incident. No sky-high heels that are uncomfortable and impractical in the cabin. (And no…
  • 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 faux greenery-walled venue with prime views of some of New York's iconic sites,…
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  • Camping at Crabtree Falls, Virginia – A Photo Tour

    Marissa
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    Recently, Virginia is For Lovers posted about 13 Awesome Tent Camping Experiences in Virginia. The list was a great selection of camp sites across Virginia from False Cape to sites in Luray. Though 13 locations does not even begin to touch on the amazing places to set up your tent in the wildlife of Virginia, I was disappointed that one site in particular was left off the list. Crabtree Falls Campground is the epitome of what family travelers would like to see in a camping experience. There are things to do, clean facilities to use, nature all around, a friendly ownership, and the list goes…
  • Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 Hours or Less from the Grand Lake Entrance Station

    Jen
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Rocky Mountain National Park has so much to offer visitors from animal sightings, hiking trails, and pretty drives. Four hours just isn’t enough time to do the park justice but if you only have a few hours and you still want to see Rocky Mountain National Park, it is doable. Start your morning early and try to be at the entrance by 7 or 8am. We were staying the night at the Winter Park Resort so we chose to enter through the Grand Lake entrance. It took us about 50 minutes from Winter Park and would have taken us a little over 2 hours from our home in Denver. There is a visitor’s…
  • Indoor Skydiving at iFly Denver

    Jen
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:50 pm
    If you can’t tell from this blog, I am not what most would call incredibly adventurous. I try but my idea of adventurous does not match up with other people’s idea of adventurous. Sure, I like to step outside of my comfort zone every now and again but step outside of a perfectly good airplane? Um, no. When I first visited the mall area that is closest to us, I noticed a funny shaped building. I saw that it was an indoor skydiving place and it immediately went on our list of things to do. We haven’t had a chance to get there yet but hopefully we will be able to check it off…
  • Travel Bingo Laura Kelly Designs Printable

    Jen
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Road trips with kids can make parents a little nutty but with a little proper planning, a road trip can be a lot of fun for everyone. While I am not against electronics in the car, I try to make sure that we have lots of different activities. If the car ride is going to be more than a couple of hours, my husband and I make sure the kids pack a bag with toys, books, and other things that will entertain them. Often, I will throw in a few fun surprises by hitting the interwebs to find some printables that I can put together in a folder. They include crossword puzzles, word searches, travel bingo…
  • Scarves: My Favorite Travel Accessory

    Jen
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    When I travel, I am always standing in front of my small jewelry box trying to decide what to bring with me. I have a couple of necklaces that I love to wear with different things but do I want to travel with them? I am not a big accessory gal but I do have a couple of pieces I love. One necklace is worth more in sentimental value than monetary value and I would be distraught if I lost it or if it was stolen. Another necklace is hard to keep from tangling even in a jewelry pouch. What about the bracelet that my husband bought for me for the last holiday? Do I wear it all? Do I put it in my…
 
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  • Silver Explorer Arctic Cruise Review

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Silver Explorer:  Onboard Impressions and Experiences Arctic Expedition Silversea Cruises’ buzz words are: Italian warmth. European sophistication. All-inclusive lifestyle. Exquisite cuisine. Guests are invited to enjoy the brand standards and to treat the ship like a home away from home. Whether enjoying my spacious suite under the watchful care of Romeo, my experienced butler, or […] The post Silver Explorer Arctic Cruise Review appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Silversea Expedition Cruise – Arctic Diary

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Success – we have Internet I am told that we will now have a steady Internet connection on Silver Explorer as we depart from Bear Island and cruise for the next 24-hours to Tromso, Norway. It’s a good thing too because I have over 20 pages of my voyage journal to share about the expedition. […] The post Silversea Expedition Cruise – Arctic Diary appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Polar Express: Arctic News from Silversea

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:34 am
    Happy Birthday (to me) from the Arctic Due to very limited email, I have had to postpone my daily dispatches. However, don’t worry because I have them all standing by for when I get a stable signal. In the meantime, I just enjoyed a fabulous hike up The 14th July Glacier in Svalbard on Silver […] The post Polar Express: Arctic News from Silversea appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
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  • The Express De-stress: Boat Drink Recipe

    RumShopRyan
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    After one sip, you’ll be on the fast boat headin’ south. Today is the last day to submit your drink recipe for the Key West Express Drink Contest. Tomorrow I’ll be compiling all the recipe and getting with the staff of the Key West Express to pick the 5 finalists. Then it’s on to the taste challenge to pick the winner. Do you want to go to Key West for free aboard the Key West Express? Do you know how to mix a drink? Then what are you waiting for! Give your recipe a name that relates to Key West or the Key West Express, give me the ingredients, how to mix it, and the…
  • Wicked Dolphin Sunken Barrel USS Mohawk CGC Reserve

    RumShopRyan
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Florida’s Top Craft Rum Producer Wicked Dolphin is releasing a very special limited reserve on July 2nd 2015, at the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery in Cape Coral, Florida a unique Rum The USS Mohawk CGC Reserve. Five Wicked Dolphin Rum barrels filled with distilled water were sent 90 feet down to the USS Mohawk Veterans Memorial Reef last week, and then raised 72 hours later. This batch will be used to craft the Florida distiller’s latest offering:  Sunken Barrel USS Mohawk CGC Reserve. Wicked Dolphin Rum and Lee Reefs have partnered to create the limited edition rum to benefit the Lee…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    Cuba, for so long it has been the forbidden land for us Americans. Its treasures like rum, culture and of course cigars have been hidden from us. With restrictions loosening, you may soon find yourself taking puffs of the world’s best cigars. In this week’s Caribbean wrap up, there is a great story and video about why the Cuban cigar is so cherished. Give it a watch, I think you’ll like it. Other topics include the Key West Express drink contest I’m running, Jamaica’s Red Stripe beer becoming more local, sexy island bathrooms, and a great story about the very…
  • Key West Express Drink Contest – Win Two Tickets!

    RumShopRyan
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    Rum and the sea fit together like to two dancers locked in a sexy rhythm of movement. Is that too dramatic? Nah, we are Castaways, we love our smooth rum and blue blue waters. Because rum and the sea fit together so well, I have teamed up with the Key West Express to send two cocktail enthusiasts to the Conch Republic on aboard one of their fast ferries. Getting to Key West really is half the fun when you fly across the Gulf waters on the Key West Express. It’s even better when the boat is serving the drink you created and you’re traveling for free! Wanna go? The Key West Express…
  • Best Beaches of Puerto Rico

    RumShopRyan
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    There are many reasons to travel to Puerto Rico–the food, the history, the nightlife, the rum, the sexy people–but it’s the island’s seductive beaches that arguably attract the most people. Puerto Rico is part of the Great Antilles, meaning it’s big. With an area of 3,515 square miles, the island has nearly endless opportunities for you to escape to a relaxing swath of sand. But if you’d like to spend your time wisely and hit some of the best beaches Puerto Rico has to offer, then here is a list that will put you in Castaway bliss. Isla Verde Beach –…
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  • My New Book! Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel

    Julia
    26 Jun 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…
  • 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…
  • 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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  • Finally! You Can Vent About Airports on TripAdvisor

    Yahoo! Travel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Crowds at New York’s JFK airport. (Photo: AP) By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Until now, travelers had to rely on hearsay to know how good or horrible an airport was. But thanks to TripAdvisor, airport ratings are now just a click away. The site, which currently offers reviews for restaurants, hotels, and attractions, has announced that it is opening a platform for airport reviews. Now users will be able to rate their airport experiences and help others find the best restaurants, places to sleep, and stores closest to a gate. Related: 12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Airports…
  • Cruise Tracker: Viking Sea Gets Floated Out and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Silversea Cruises Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. Asia is calling. Silversea Cruises expanded its inclusive amenities on all of its 2016 Asia cruises. Seventeen itineraries aboard the 382-guest Silver Shadow now feature free Silver Shore Select excursions, free roundtrip economy airfare with transfers, a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay, and a free WiFi…
  • Trending: 5 San Diego Neighborhoods Locals Love

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr / Kyle Mahan San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. 1: Encinitas: This one-time hippie hangout fell out of favor with tourists and locals alike for a number of years, but recently, thanks to an influx of hip restaurants, bars, and shops, locals are beginning to take notice again. Spend a day window shopping at the 100-plus-year-old downtown shopping district or ambling through the 37-acre San…
  • An Affordable, Art-Filled Weekend in Roanoake, VA

    Shelley Seale
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Shelley Seale Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries galore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core. Here’s an art-filled itinerary for enjoying this charming town, all without breaking the bank. Downtown Roanoke & City Market Start here, exploring the main square and its thriving arts and foodie scene. Situated around the historic City Market, built in 1882 and…
  • 14 Great Southern Restaurants That Aren’t in the South

    Aly Walansky
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Robert’s Maine Grill There’s some incredible food south of the Mason Dixon line, no doubt. But if you aren’t traveling to that stretch of land anytime soon, you can find some fine options all over the United States. From California to Maine, here are 14 of our favorites.   Rosebud American Kitchen & Barin Somerville, MA. Chef and partner John Delpha brings years of experience on the BBQ competition circuit to Rosebud’s menu of Pan-American fare. The chef has incorporated southern flair into the menu with dishes like smoked chicken wings and NOLA BBQ shrimp n’grits.
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  • Finally! You Can Vent About Airports on TripAdvisor

    Yahoo! Travel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Crowds at New York’s JFK airport. (Photo: AP) By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Until now, travelers had to rely on hearsay to know how good or horrible an airport was. But thanks to TripAdvisor, airport ratings are now just a click away. The site, which currently offers reviews for restaurants, hotels, and attractions, has announced that it is opening a platform for airport reviews. Now users will be able to rate their airport experiences and help others find the best restaurants, places to sleep, and stores closest to a gate. Related: 12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Airports…
  • Cruise Tracker: Viking Sea Gets Floated Out and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Silversea Cruises Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. Asia is calling. Silversea Cruises expanded its inclusive amenities on all of its 2016 Asia cruises. Seventeen itineraries aboard the 382-guest Silver Shadow now feature free Silver Shore Select excursions, free roundtrip economy airfare with transfers, a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay, and a free WiFi…
  • Trending: 5 San Diego Neighborhoods Locals Love

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr / Kyle Mahan San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. 1: Encinitas: This one-time hippie hangout fell out of favor with tourists and locals alike for a number of years, but recently, thanks to an influx of hip restaurants, bars, and shops, locals are beginning to take notice again. Spend a day window shopping at the 100-plus-year-old downtown shopping district or ambling through the 37-acre San…
  • An Affordable, Art-Filled Weekend in Roanoake, VA

    Shelley Seale
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Shelley Seale Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries galore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core. Here’s an art-filled itinerary for enjoying this charming town, all without breaking the bank. Downtown Roanoke & City Market Start here, exploring the main square and its thriving arts and foodie scene. Situated around the historic City Market, built in 1882 and…
  • 14 Great Southern Restaurants That Aren’t in the South

    Aly Walansky
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Robert’s Maine Grill There’s some incredible food south of the Mason Dixon line, no doubt. But if you aren’t traveling to that stretch of land anytime soon, you can find some fine options all over the United States. From California to Maine, here are 14 of our favorites.   Rosebud American Kitchen & Barin Somerville, MA. Chef and partner John Delpha brings years of experience on the BBQ competition circuit to Rosebud’s menu of Pan-American fare. The chef has incorporated southern flair into the menu with dishes like smoked chicken wings and NOLA BBQ shrimp n’grits.
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  • Finally! You Can Vent About Airports on TripAdvisor

    Yahoo! Travel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Crowds at New York’s JFK airport. (Photo: AP) By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Until now, travelers had to rely on hearsay to know how good or horrible an airport was. But thanks to TripAdvisor, airport ratings are now just a click away. The site, which currently offers reviews for restaurants, hotels, and attractions, has announced that it is opening a platform for airport reviews. Now users will be able to rate their airport experiences and help others find the best restaurants, places to sleep, and stores closest to a gate. Related: 12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Airports…
  • Cruise Tracker: Viking Sea Gets Floated Out and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Silversea Cruises Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. Asia is calling. Silversea Cruises expanded its inclusive amenities on all of its 2016 Asia cruises. Seventeen itineraries aboard the 382-guest Silver Shadow now feature free Silver Shore Select excursions, free roundtrip economy airfare with transfers, a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay, and a free WiFi…
  • Trending: 5 San Diego Neighborhoods Locals Love

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr / Kyle Mahan San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. 1: Encinitas: This one-time hippie hangout fell out of favor with tourists and locals alike for a number of years, but recently, thanks to an influx of hip restaurants, bars, and shops, locals are beginning to take notice again. Spend a day window shopping at the 100-plus-year-old downtown shopping district or ambling through the 37-acre San…
  • An Affordable, Art-Filled Weekend in Roanoake, VA

    Shelley Seale
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Shelley Seale Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries galore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core. Here’s an art-filled itinerary for enjoying this charming town, all without breaking the bank. Downtown Roanoke & City Market Start here, exploring the main square and its thriving arts and foodie scene. Situated around the historic City Market, built in 1882 and…
  • 14 Great Southern Restaurants That Aren’t in the South

    Aly Walansky
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Robert’s Maine Grill There’s some incredible food south of the Mason Dixon line, no doubt. But if you aren’t traveling to that stretch of land anytime soon, you can find some fine options all over the United States. From California to Maine, here are 14 of our favorites.   Rosebud American Kitchen & Barin Somerville, MA. Chef and partner John Delpha brings years of experience on the BBQ competition circuit to Rosebud’s menu of Pan-American fare. The chef has incorporated southern flair into the menu with dishes like smoked chicken wings and NOLA BBQ shrimp n’grits.
 
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  • Finally! You Can Vent About Airports on TripAdvisor

    Yahoo! Travel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Crowds at New York’s JFK airport. (Photo: AP) By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Until now, travelers had to rely on hearsay to know how good or horrible an airport was. But thanks to TripAdvisor, airport ratings are now just a click away. The site, which currently offers reviews for restaurants, hotels, and attractions, has announced that it is opening a platform for airport reviews. Now users will be able to rate their airport experiences and help others find the best restaurants, places to sleep, and stores closest to a gate. Related: 12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Airports…
  • Cruise Tracker: Viking Sea Gets Floated Out and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Silversea Cruises Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. Asia is calling. Silversea Cruises expanded its inclusive amenities on all of its 2016 Asia cruises. Seventeen itineraries aboard the 382-guest Silver Shadow now feature free Silver Shore Select excursions, free roundtrip economy airfare with transfers, a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay, and a free WiFi…
  • Trending: 5 San Diego Neighborhoods Locals Love

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr / Kyle Mahan San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. 1: Encinitas: This one-time hippie hangout fell out of favor with tourists and locals alike for a number of years, but recently, thanks to an influx of hip restaurants, bars, and shops, locals are beginning to take notice again. Spend a day window shopping at the 100-plus-year-old downtown shopping district or ambling through the 37-acre San…
  • An Affordable, Art-Filled Weekend in Roanoake, VA

    Shelley Seale
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Shelley Seale Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries galore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core. Here’s an art-filled itinerary for enjoying this charming town, all without breaking the bank. Downtown Roanoke & City Market Start here, exploring the main square and its thriving arts and foodie scene. Situated around the historic City Market, built in 1882 and…
  • 14 Great Southern Restaurants That Aren’t in the South

    Aly Walansky
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Robert’s Maine Grill There’s some incredible food south of the Mason Dixon line, no doubt. But if you aren’t traveling to that stretch of land anytime soon, you can find some fine options all over the United States. From California to Maine, here are 14 of our favorites.   Rosebud American Kitchen & Barin Somerville, MA. Chef and partner John Delpha brings years of experience on the BBQ competition circuit to Rosebud’s menu of Pan-American fare. The chef has incorporated southern flair into the menu with dishes like smoked chicken wings and NOLA BBQ shrimp n’grits.
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    Yahoo! Travel
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Crowds at New York’s JFK airport. (Photo: AP) By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Until now, travelers had to rely on hearsay to know how good or horrible an airport was. But thanks to TripAdvisor, airport ratings are now just a click away. The site, which currently offers reviews for restaurants, hotels, and attractions, has announced that it is opening a platform for airport reviews. Now users will be able to rate their airport experiences and help others find the best restaurants, places to sleep, and stores closest to a gate. Related: 12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Airports…
  • Cruise Tracker: Viking Sea Gets Floated Out and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Silversea Cruises Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea. Asia is calling. Silversea Cruises expanded its inclusive amenities on all of its 2016 Asia cruises. Seventeen itineraries aboard the 382-guest Silver Shadow now feature free Silver Shore Select excursions, free roundtrip economy airfare with transfers, a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay, and a free WiFi…
  • Trending: 5 San Diego Neighborhoods Locals Love

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Flickr / Kyle Mahan San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. 1: Encinitas: This one-time hippie hangout fell out of favor with tourists and locals alike for a number of years, but recently, thanks to an influx of hip restaurants, bars, and shops, locals are beginning to take notice again. Spend a day window shopping at the 100-plus-year-old downtown shopping district or ambling through the 37-acre San…
  • An Affordable, Art-Filled Weekend in Roanoake, VA

    Shelley Seale
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Shelley Seale Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries galore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core. Here’s an art-filled itinerary for enjoying this charming town, all without breaking the bank. Downtown Roanoke & City Market Start here, exploring the main square and its thriving arts and foodie scene. Situated around the historic City Market, built in 1882 and…
  • 14 Great Southern Restaurants That Aren’t in the South

    Aly Walansky
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Robert’s Maine Grill There’s some incredible food south of the Mason Dixon line, no doubt. But if you aren’t traveling to that stretch of land anytime soon, you can find some fine options all over the United States. From California to Maine, here are 14 of our favorites.   Rosebud American Kitchen & Barin Somerville, MA. Chef and partner John Delpha brings years of experience on the BBQ competition circuit to Rosebud’s menu of Pan-American fare. The chef has incorporated southern flair into the menu with dishes like smoked chicken wings and NOLA BBQ shrimp n’grits.
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  • Tek Sen Restaurant: Heritage Chinese Food in Penang

    Mark Wiens
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As soon as you arrive in Penang you’ll notice the huge Chinese influence. One of the best places to start exploring Chinese culture in Penang is by eating, and there’s no shortage of Chinese restaurants and street food stalls throughout the city. One of the more well known heritage Chinese restaurants in George Town is Tek Sen... [Read More] Tek Sen Restaurant: Heritage Chinese Food in Penang is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Tek Sen Restaurant: Heritage Chinese Food in Penang appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Curry Noodles at Langkawi’s Laksa Carnival 2015

    Mark Wiens
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Malaysia is a country that loves food. And among the many incredible dishes available in the country, one of the local favorites is a dish called laksa, which loosely translates to noodles and curry. But throughout Malaysia (and even in Singapore and Thailand where laksa can be compared to khanom jeen) almost every state has their own... [Read More] Curry Noodles at Langkawi’s Laksa Carnival 2015 is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Curry Noodles at Langkawi’s Laksa Carnival 2015 appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Wantan Mee in Penang at Lebuh Acheh Wantan Mee

    Mark Wiens
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Malaysian style kon lou wantan mee is typically a dish of egg noodles in a black sauce, topped with dumplings, slices of char siu, and boiled choi sum. When I was in Penang, I went to a food stall right in the heart of George Town called Lebuh Acheh Wantan Mee for a simple, yet pretty tasty... [Read More] Wantan Mee in Penang at Lebuh Acheh Wantan Mee is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Wantan Mee in Penang at Lebuh Acheh Wantan Mee appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • 23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions!

    Mark Wiens
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Exclusive Offer: I made “23 Things To Do in Saigon” into an eBook in PDF format that you can download for FREE (the eBook is easier to read and even print). Click here to get instant access (it’s free)! Are you ready for some action? Saigon (also officially known as Ho Chi Minh City or... [Read More] 23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions! is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post 23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions! appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • 9 Polynesian Foods to Eat at the Polynesian Cultural Center

    Mark Wiens
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nothing goes with culture better than food. When we were in Hawaii, my wife Ying and I were invited to the Polynesian Cultural Center to explore the different Polynesian villages, and to experience Polynesian food. I got to try some of the popular snacks and foods from some of the major Polynesian islands, and I’m about to share everything... [Read More] 9 Polynesian Foods to Eat at the Polynesian Cultural Center is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post 9 Polynesian Foods to Eat at the Polynesian Cultural Center appeared first on Migrationology - Food…
 
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  • Wow. Much News! Such Informed.

    Travis
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    Related Posts:Cat News NetworkHimeji Castle ConstructionLow Yen Makes it a Great Time to VisitAstro Boy Crossing SignalFacetime While Eating Ramen
  • Using Airbnb for your Japan Vacation

    Travis
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    I’ve written before about the difficulties of finding fully furnished accommodations in Japan. But that was over five years ago and things ave been improving for the better; particularly with the introduction of Airbnb Japan. What is Airbnb? Airbnb probably doesn’t need explaining to most of you. At its core, Airbnb allows people to offer their homes, apartments or even rooms for rent to travellers. The Airbnb website describes it this way: Airbnb is a community marketplace where guests can book spaces from hosts, connecting people who have space to spare with those who are…
  • Godzilla Becomes Japanese Citizen

    Travis
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    After all the hard work he did helping/destroying Japan, it looks like Godzilla has finally become a Japanese Citizen. According to the NYT: Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident of and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. Good on ya mate! Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderFree WiFi Hotspots in TokyoMust-See Non-Tourist Attractions in JapanWeaker Yen Drives TourismBook Review: Tuttle Travel Pack – Japan
  • Tokyo Roar

    Travis
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    The juxtaposition of old and new in Japan. Related Posts:The Four Top Tokyo Day TripsFree WiFi Hotspots in TokyoTokyo Named World’s Safest CityTop Ryokan in TokyoWhat Is Public Transportation Like in Tokyo?
  • 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 OsakaMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiMeetup and Guide App for Japan TravellersOsaka Gets New Glico Man Sign
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  • Paris Travel : How to Get From CDG Airport to City Center

    robin
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are many ways to get from Paris’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, to central Paris.  Depending on budget, travel style, time of day and where you’re staying, one is likely to work better than another.  Here is an overview of the choices you have. Taxi Parisien The standard, good old-fashioned taxi, is still my favorite, most direct, and reliable way of getting from Charles de Gaulle to the center of Paris.  You’ll see signs directing you to the taxi stands at every terminal. It’s always best to make sure you get in line at the taxi stand and only…
  • Top Spots to See Roman Ruins in England

    robin
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The United Kingdom is a land filled with thousands of years of history spanning a multitude of cultures. One of these is the Roman Empire, who ruled over the British Isles for over a hundred years starting in A.D. 43. Eventually the Romans left England around the fifth century A.D., as noted by the BBC, but not without leaving us with a wealth of historic sites and ruins. I’ve already shared where to see Roman ruins in France and also Etruscan ruins in Italy, but for those looking for an Italian or Roman-themed vacation and aren’t quite able to make it to the famous boot-shaped…
  • Fun Facts about Puglia

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
      The Puglia region is a fascinating combination of unique history, culture and of course some of the best food and wine that Italy offers.  I learned so many things about Puglia on my trip, and I took a copious amount of notes.  What better way to share all of the facts with you than a bulleted list of the things I found most interesting from this very scenic region. Did you know : Puglia is home to over 50 million olive trees.  Many of them centuries old. Puglia needed to enact laws to deter people from other parts of Italy coming down and digging up those valuable olive…
  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money For Travel

    robin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traveling, seeing the world, experiencing life in different places and getting to know people from different cultures is eye-opening and essential for a well-rounded world view. It’s exciting. And thrilling. It makes you feel alive and everyone deserves the opportunity to try it. I know many who would like to travel, but say they just can’t afford it. I don’t think it’s an excuse. I really DO think they believe that, but it doesn’t have to be true.  You change your perspective to change your situation. You have to DO something. It really depends how…
  • What’s New in Paris for 2014

    robin
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is so much new in Paris this year, it’s been hard to keep up! New museum openings, new services cropping up and even a new Paris tour that I’m offering. I’ve already covered What’s New in France this year which also contains some Paris highlights, but there was more than enough happening to create a stand alone post for Paris. I keep adding to it as things pop up – so make sure you check back often. New Museums, Tours and Attractions > After a six-year restoration, amid lots of drama, the Picasso Museum finally reopened. The new space at the Hôtel…
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  • Top Museums in Vienna

    Terri Fogarty
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Vienna is an extraordinary city of art. With fine architecture, music venues and many museums and galleries from which to choose, you will never run out of options. We encourage first time visitors to begin by visiting these top museums in Vienna. And, after your tour of Vienna’s top museums, you may be ready for exploring Vienna through coffee, another favorite pass-time […] The post Top Museums in Vienna appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Best Wine Bars in London

    Guest Contributor
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    Where are the best wine bars in London? London, for wine lovers, is a true Aladdin’s cave. It’s a city that embraces all wine from all regions and leaves none behind. Indeed, there are few other places in the world where you can find both traditional wines made in Georgian Qveris and shiraz from New […] The post Best Wine Bars in London appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Five Quirky Museums in Europe

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    22 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    When I travel to Europe, I am always on the look-out for museums or sites that are a bit out of the ordinary. I think that the following five quirky museums fill the bill: From Magic Ice to fans, to computers, these museums present a different slant on museum-going. The Magic Ice Museum – Istanbul […] The post Five Quirky Museums in Europe appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Puglia: Where to Stay on Italy’s Boot

    Claudia Flisi
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    The most characteristic choice for lodging in Puglia is a trullo, a stone hut topped by a cupola. These peasant dwellings, found only here in this region of Italy, date back to the 13th century, but don’t worry – those that have been turned into luxury hotels or rental properties are of more recent vintage, with all the mod […] The post Puglia: Where to Stay on Italy’s Boot appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Puglia: A Gastro-Blitz on Italy’s Boot

    Claudia Flisi
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    Halfway through a four-day gastronomic tour of southern Puglia, we were struggling to digest the experience.  At least I was, as the only one in our group who was not in the food business as a sommelier, restaurateur, or wine journalist. At this point we were in a gently rocking fishing boat off the shore […] The post Puglia: A Gastro-Blitz on Italy’s Boot appeared first on Europe Up Close.
 
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  • Photography in monsoon and camera protection

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    It is monsoon time and many of us are planning road trips not withstanding heavy rains. It is a completely different experience to drive around during rains- No need for AC- roll down the windows and let the bliss sprinkle in. Rains are as much joy to travel in, but photography during monsoon is another story. Most of our cameras do not really like rains. Camera electronics can suffer
  • Elephant Parade- A brand that works towards Asian elephant conservation!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    While we were being given a guided tour of Tang Mall inside Suntec city, Singapore, we were introduced to a unique brand called Elephant Parade. Elephant parade sells elephant idols and souvenirs of various size, shape and colours. Unlike other brands that bear animal names but run on pure commercial motive, Elephant Parade is one brand that is dedicated to well being and conservation of
  • Drive a Ferrari in Singapore. Rs 15000 for 15 mins

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    ABCDF: Any body can drive Ferrari! In India, we can drive BMW and Mercedes for hourly/daily rental under self-drive scheme. But Myles/Zoom haven’t added a Ferrari/Lamborghini yet to their fleet. On my Day 1 at Singapore, I went to check out Ace Drive SG, who have a fleet of luxury cars for rental. More about them in a separate post. Subsequently, I spotted that another agency called Ultimate
  • Nissan GT Academy #RacingDriverWanted- Test your racing skills!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:17 am
    This one is not from Singapore. You might have spotted Nissan’s ad in print stating #RacingDriverWanted. They are conducting a talent hunt for good racing drivers through GT Academy. Through this GT Academy, which is Nissan's driver discovery and development program, anyone aged above 18 and having a driving license can participate and prove their race driving skills. 6 winners will be
  • Nalan Indian Veg Restaurant near City Hall, Singapore

    Shrinidhi Hande
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Nalan was my favourite place for lunch/dinner when I was in Singapore for few weeks in 2012. They serve very affordable vegetarian food- very tasty one at that. During last week’s Singapore trip, on one of the evenings I suggested that we go there for dinner, which other bloggers agreed. Nalan is located in the basement of Peninsula Excelsior hotel towers, walkable from city Hall MRT. 
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  • Destination Africa: Safari Trip Planning for Solo Travelers

    Janice
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Safaris are an adventure version of the all-inclusive trip. Here's why you want to go and how to make safari trip planning easy. The post Destination Africa: Safari Trip Planning for Solo Travelers appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: The Hardest Part of Any Journey

    Tracey
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week is a Dutch proverb that notes that the hardest part of any journey is that which precedes our first step out the door. The post Travel Quote of the Week: The Hardest Part of Any Journey appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Best Seat on the Plane According to Your Needs and Budget

    Janice
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Here are a few tips and resources to help you find the best seat on the plane based on what you consider best and your budget. The post Best Seat on the Plane According to Your Needs and Budget appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Cyprus

    Guest
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    This Solo Travel Society member found Cyprus to be a fascinating destination for its history, culture, and food. As a bonus, it is easy to travel around. The post Solo Travel Destination: Cyprus appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Marrakech, Morocco

    Guest
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    A Solo Travel Society member shares a photo taken on a Marrakech street on her very first solo journey to Morocco. The post Pic of the Week: Marrakech, Morocco appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Luxury Hotels in Madrid – Live it up during the Holidays

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:38 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Luxury Hotels in Madrid – Live it up during the Holidays Photo from Flickr Vacationing in Madrid should definitely be on your Bucket List, as it is one of the most amazing experiences in the world. Even if you aren’t much of a travel enthusiast, visiting this beautiful place at least once is a must. The city embraces you with open arms, and people here warm, friendly and welcoming.   Why should you reserve rooms in advance? Madrid opens up a myriad of opportunities for diverse entertainment such as shopping, sightseeing, cuisine,…
  • Why You Should Have A Snap-Happy SUMMER

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Why You Should Have A Snap-Happy SUMMER WIN BIG WITH THE #LateRoomsMoment PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION Every summer throws up magical moments, and this year you could win some amazing prizes by sharing yours using #LateRoomsMoment. Millions of photos are shared on social media every day, from the mundane snaps of your breakfast to the special moments you remember forever and can’t help but share – your best friend’s wedding, a festival with the gang, your child’s first holiday, or a romantic break at the beach or in the city. And…
  • Planning a Wedding in the Wembley Area

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Planning a Wedding in the Wembley Area Wedding in Wemble Having your wedding in a big city area can be a great deal of fun for all that are involved. There are so many great spots that you can choose from, particularly if you have decided to get married right in Central London. You will find that a large number of venues are there for you to choose from and the place you select may really depend just on what type of wedding you are looking to hold and how you want your reception to be. Even though it may seem like a tough choice you can find some…
  • Top 5 Ski Resorts for Short Weekend Getaways

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top 5 Ski Resorts for Short Weekend Getaways Photo from Flickr by mattharvey1 We can’t keep working non-stop without taking a breather here and there. When professional lives become too stressful, and/or you want to spend quality time with your loved ones – these reasons are perfect for taking a vacation. Why not go for a little skiing? There are quite a few ski resorts that are apt for weekend getaways so don’t miss too much at work and get to relax at the same time. Take a look at the recommendations from iGOSKI Ski Weekends.  …
  • The Hidden Gems of Europe’s Party Scene

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The Hidden Gems of Europe’s Party Scene With its wild festivals and infamous ‘super clubs’, Europe is widely regarded as the party capital of the world. But forget the obvious hotspots like Barcelona, Berlin and London – here’s our low-down of the best up-and-coming party cities in Europe.   5. Belgrade Serbia is still way under the average tourist’s radar but its brilliant Exit Festival, held just over an hour away from Belgrade, is becoming more and more popular with in-the-know music lovers. Besides the festival every July, the…
 
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  • Across the divide – a visit to the former inner German border

    Andy Jarosz
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    Follow the bend in the road, then walk for around 100 metres. If I hadn’t seen the satellite photo a few minutes earlier I’d have had no idea where to look. Beyond the roadside ditch wild flowers were swallowed up by the long grass, and only an occasional car broke the calm of an afternoon stroll in the German countryside. If I’d been here 26 years ago I’d have had no trouble finding what I was looking for. I was in the north east of Germany, just outside the tiny village of Schlutup on the outskirts of Lübeck. It was just to the east of the village that the final,…
  • Comfortable hotels – why are they so rare?

    Andy Jarosz
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:58 am
    “Your home away from home” is how many hotels like to market themselves. It’s an easy slogan to use, but for many hotel owners I am fairly sure that if they had to live in the properties which earn them a living, they wouldn’t put up with many of the irritations to which they are happy to subject their paying guests. So what are the most basic things a hotel should include to make a guest feel comfortable? Of course there’s a complication here, in that every person has different requirements and different opinions on what is most important for them in a hotel…
  • 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…
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  • The Dish On Traditional (And Delicious) Danish Foods

    Katherine Alex Beaven
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Photo by Alex Berger, Flickr Creative Commons It's no secret that food and travel makes for one of the best pairings in the world. In fact, it's almost impossible to think about some destinations without drooling (Italy and your fresh-made pasta, we are looking at you). But what about those lesser-known spots around the globe, like Denmark, whose cuisine can't be easily found outside its home country? Travelers to Denmark may be pleasantly surprised to discover a whole table full of new favorite dishes that go well beyond the pickled fish usually associated with Scandinavian cuisine. Get your…
  • 10 Travel Tips Every Parent Should Know (Trust Us)

    Katherine Alex Beaven
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    Photo by Gemteck1, Flickr Creative Commons As much as we love to travel (which is a whole heck of a lot), we have to admit that sometimes it can also be incredible stressful -- especially with the little ones in tow. We recently shared a few of our favorite travel tips to help everyone have a smooth and sane journey, but we've got a few more up our sleeve, specifically selected to help all the moms and dads out there. So whether they are time-tested tricks that have been handed down through generations, or just simple apps you have to download that can help out during a complex situation,…
  • 5 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Greece

    Kelsey Blodget
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    A spokesman for Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed to CNN this morning that Greece will default to the International Monetary Fund, and Greece's bailout agreement with Europe expires tonight at midnight Central European Time. With Greek banks remaining closed today and the country's financial future uncertain, the country's tourism industry is already suffering. If you're in Greece or have plans to go, here's what you need to know.  1. Bring Lots of Cash Cash is king in Greece right now. The U.S. State Department warned travelers in a security message Sunday that there…
  • Bikes and Picnics in NYC's Chelsea

    Megan Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    Runwell Bikes at The High Line Hotel The High Line Hotel in New York's artistic and picturesque Chelsea neighborhood is one of the best boutiques in the area, just a few blocks from the High Line, new Whitney Museum, and Hudson River Parkway. Guests have always had access to free vintage bikes, perfect for exploring like a local, but this month, the hotel teemed up with Shinola, a Detroit-based manufacturing company that produces quality American-made products, to bring guests something special: a fleet of French-inspired Runwell bicycles specially designed for city biking. And…
  • 7 Steps for a Germ-Free Hotel Room

    Maria Hart
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    Germaphobes, unite! The rest of the world may laugh when we tap elevator buttons with our knuckles or open bathroom doors with a paper towel, but we know the truth -- it’s a germ-y world out there, and there’s not enough hand sanitizer to cover it all. Nowhere is this more apparent than in hotel rooms.Don’t be fooled by those hospital-corner beds and the gleaming bathroom fixtures; no matter how swanky or pristine, all hotel rooms get a rotating parade of guests. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure the cleanest, most germ-free environment possible, whether it’s at a…
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  • Dances With Kangaroos – Epic Cycling Trails in Australia

    Guest Author
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dances With Kangaroos - Epic Cycling Trails I've Traveled Down Under Cycling is my passion and I have been into it since I was a child. My enthusiasm for this hobby only increased as the years passed. Cycling is keeping me fit and happy. I think that I couldn’t imagine my life without this fantastic hobby. Not to mention that I live in a perfect country for any cyclist.
  • America’s Wackiest Road Side Attractions To Spice Up Your Summer Road Trip

    Guest Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    America's Most Out-There Pit Stops to Liven Up Your Summer Road Trip Summer is the time of year when millions of American families leave their worries behind and answer the call of the open road. It’s time to break out the coolers, tune up the car, and throw in your duffel bags. While most road trips have an ultimate destination in mind, there’s plenty of adventure to be had between point A and B. Here’s a list of some of the most bizarre pit stops and roadside attractions you just have to fit into this year’s summer road trip.
  • Hold That Smile…Selfie Sticks Are Banned From Disney Parks

    Susan Kohlback
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    "Hey mister...will you take a picture of me and my family?", will make a grand resurgence at Disney properties beginning on Tuesday, June 30th when a ban begins on selfie sticks in Disney parks. Citing growing safety concerns with the increasing number of selfie sticks in use at the parks and on amusements rides, Disney has decided to ban these handy photo tools entirely.
  • Seaside BnB Inns That Can Be Your Summer Home-Away-From-Home

    Guest Author
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    Beach-side Bed and Breakfast Inns for the Best Summer Escapes Travelers, beach season is upon us! When summer temperatures rise, people long for white sand between their toes and a cool ocean breeze on their face. What they don’t crave is the traffic to and from the coast and having a sandy car when the day is done. Why not skip the hassle and stay right on the beach, where you can take in gorgeous sunrises and sunsets while being pampered at a seaside bed and breakfast?
  • Experience The French Chateau Lifestyle in Plymouth, MA

    Susan Kohlback
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    Located in The Pinehills development in Plymouth, MA, the Mirbeau Inn is secluded, surrounded by lush greenery, and well worth discovering. With only 50 deluxe rooms and suites, the Inn is reminiscent of a French country manor home plucked from a Monet canvas. Treat yourself to a romantic getaway to the Mirbeau Inn (less than a one hour drive from Boston), and you'll think you've skipped away to the Loire Valley of France!
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015

    Ramona
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ambition…the glorious fault of angels and gods. (A. Pope) — Both a gift and a curse from the heavens for us mere mortals! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-30-2015

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    30 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Mother's arms are made of tenderness so children can sleep soundly in them. (V. Hugo) — Where to rest my head as an adult? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Live life in crescendo. (S. Covey) — Pianissimo is for wimps! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Some live in a dream, some face reality, some turn one into the other. (D. Everett) — Success is fantasy with a foundation! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-27-2015

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    27 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    When you take a good look at your life, success is all you've ever had. (R.A. Think) — Some more successful than others! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015

    Ramona
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ambition…the glorious fault of angels and gods. (A. Pope) — Both a gift and a curse from the heavens for us mere mortals! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-30-2015

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    30 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Mother's arms are made of tenderness so children can sleep soundly in them. (V. Hugo) — Where to rest my head as an adult? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-29-2015

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    29 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Live life in crescendo. (S. Covey) — Pianissimo is for wimps! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    28 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Some live in a dream, some face reality, some turn one into the other. (D. Everett) — Success is fantasy with a foundation! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 6-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    27 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
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  • How We Work Together To Plan Our Travels

    Randy Kalp
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    Relationships are a funny thing. You start out as two independent souls—each with your own way of doing things. Then over time you become a team, a perfect one-two punch, if you will, that when united is a stronger force than anything you could’ve imagined when you were single. Like a lot of guys, I resisted this notion at first: I don’t want to be BRANDY (Beth + Randy, get it?), I’m Randy dammit. Things changed for me, though, when we started traveling together. First, Beth introduced me to the gorgeous frontier beyond Tijuana in Baja, Mexico, then Guatemala and Oaxaca, and finally…
  • Save Big On Our Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarves #FundonEtsy

    Randy Kalp
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    You’ve heard about them. You’ve seen them. Now is your chance to save $18 on your own Speakeasy travel scarf! A couple months ago Etsy asked us to be part of a new crowdfunding pilot program: Fund On Etsy. It’s an understatement to say we’re excited about so to launch our Fund On Etsy campaign so we’ve decided to give a HUGE discount on our most popular scarves as part of the program. To fund our new studio space, we are offering a discount on our most popular scarves AND free shipping! If you’ve been eyeing one of our hidden pocket travel scarves now is…
  • Join Us For Summer Fun in Telluride Tomorrow (6/17) on Pin-Up Live

    Randy Kalp
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    What did you want to be when you grew up? Lawyer? Pharmacist?  Doctor? Teacher? Not me. I wanted to be a ski bum in Colorado. Man, I thought that would be the life; I’d ski during the winter and mountain bike and fly fish in the summer. I mean have you seen Colorado in the summer? Oh, you haven’t? Well then, you’re in for a surprise. Winter may get most of the praise, but really, summer the Rocky Mountain way is where it’s at. And this week on Pin-Up Live!, we’re going to show you just how awesome summer in Telluride is. It’s our great pleasure to…
  • 4 Ways To Make Friends While Traveling

    Randy Kalp
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    We met Jasmine at a hostel in Oaxaca. We found Ben in Baja, Mexico, during a whale-watching trip. We volunteered with Todd and Benita at a biodynamic winery in Tuscany. And most recently, we shared cocktails with Kacie and Cole on our Carnival cruise through the western Caribbean. What do all of these people have in common? They’re our friends, and we met each of them while traveling. Related: What 7 Days on a Caribbean Cruise Looks Like I love meeting new people when we are traveling. It’s fun to hear another person’s perspective on a locale, hear about their experiences and why…
  • 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…
 
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  • Where to Watch Wildlife in British Columbia, Canada

    Guest Author
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    In this article our guest author, A J Walton shares his love of British Columbia in Canada and the best places to watch wildlife such as seals, whales, eagles and grizzly bears. British Columbia has some of the most exciting and diverse wildlife habitats in all of North America. As a child of the Canadian prairies, I fondly remember yearly summer trips to BC, where hiking & camping became familiar friends. Nothing has changed as an adult adventure seeker. In fact, I still consider British Columbia my top outdoor travel destination in the world. In BC, with its sprawling forests, expansive…
  • Places to visit in Bangalore if you only have one day

    Heather Cowper
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    If you’re visiting Bangalore (now known as Bengaluru), the chances are you’re just passing through on business or flying into the city before moving on. This was exactly my purpose when I visited Bangalore in January on my way to visit a charity project that I support – you can read about it here. Despite the snatched half day of sightseeing and shopping at the beginning and end of my trip, I found quite a few places to visit in Bangalore if you only have one day to spend there. Hotels in Bangalore – Escape Hotel & Spa For the first and last night of my stay…
  • Join me on our Venice boat tour – with Walks of Italy

    Heather Cowper
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The crowds of St Mark’s square swirled around us as we waited at the Lion of Venice column for our Venice boat tour to begin. What a fabulous spot for people watching; the brightly clothed Chinese with every inch of skin hidden from the sunshine, the couples with their selfie sticks and the children chasing pigeons. Close to us was the line for the Doge’s palace, a little further the queue for the Campanile, while on the far side of the square, tour groups were being herded towards the entrance of St Mark’s Basilica. Thank goodness that our guide Jennifer soon led us…
  • Enter my £200 giveaway from Zalando – with Venice inspiration

    Heather Cowper
    31 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    To celebrate the spring weather and my recent trip to Venice I have a very special giveaway to share with you in partnership with online clothing retailer, Zalando. If you’ve got a holiday planned in the next month or two, you won’t need any excuse to look at a few new items for your spring/summer wardrobe and I can provide just the inspiration you might need from my Venice weekend. Read on to find out how you can win a £200 Zalando voucher to spend on clothing for your next holiday. Gondolas in St Mark’s square, Venice Inspired by the blue gondolas and the lagoon in Venice…
  • 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…
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  • A Family Weekend in Jekyll Island, Georgia

    Jordyn Coffin
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    Just off the coast of Southern Georgia, there sits a quiet little island. Jekyll Island is a haven of history, nature, and discovery. It was once a retreat for America’s wealthiest families. Annual visitors included the Rockefellers, Morgans, and Pulitzers. These families came to Jekyll Island to “secure an escape.” In the early 1950’s, the state of Georgia purchased the island and it quickly became a top destination for families, due in part to the Jekyll Island Authority’s numerous preservation and conservation efforts. The Jekyll Island Authority has worked very hard to…
  • Great Ways To Include Biking In Your Next Family Vacation

    Sharon Rigney
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    As any traveling family knows, there are a host of great activities available while on vacation. From sports to organized tours to hiking and exploring a new city or region, some activities are geared towards touring, some towards entertainment, and others just great fun. Biking while on vacation is one of those activities that can be all of these things rolled into one, and is something that any member of the family can participate in. No matter what motivates you and your family, from fresh air, fitness, or staying active while on vacation, there’s a biking activity for you. What kinds…
  • Hiking with Kids – Weekly Digest – 6/26/15

    LiLing Pang
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:29 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Hiking with Kids Friday June 26, 2015 Get outside and find adventure and fun on hiking trails with your kids. We’ve found some great spots filled with beauty, logs to climb on, and things to explore – all perfect to enjoy near home or while on vacation.  Great Hikes With Kids Chicago Suburbs | Denver & Colorado Springs | Oregon | Phoenix | Philadelphia | Pittsburgh | San Francisco Bay Area | Seattle | Utah’s Wasatch Front | Washington…
  • Exploring the Sea of Cortez with Kids on Un-Cruise

    Brennan Pang
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Bliss, wonder, and kids in the Sea of Cortez with Un-Cruise Those quiet men that always stand on piers asked where we were going and when we said, “To the Gulf of California,” their eyes melted with longing, they wanted to go so badly.” – John Steinbeck Jacques Cousteau once called Mexico’s Sea of Cortez “the aquarium of the world.” Indeed it is; a vast sea of aquamarine blue bordered by the Baja California peninsula on the west and the Mexican mainland on the east. We are here with our two boys (9 and 11) to embark on a small ship eco-adventure with Un-Cruise. We are going…
  • Austin with Kids: Deep in the Heart of Texas

    Heather Reed
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    My family and I love adventure of any kind, so we knew we would love Austin. Its city’s moniker, “Keep Austin Weird” sets it apart from many, but the giant parks, rich Texas history, luxury accommodations, and unique eateries, all combine making Austin a one-of-a-kind city. What to See Nature I’ve never been to a park quite like Zilker Park! Families can easily spend a day here getting lost in the botanical gardens, spending hours in the Nature and Science Center unearthing a dinosaur, meeting a bobcat, and observing particles that make up insect wings, or visit one of the playgrounds…
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  • Win it Wednesday 7-1-15

    cindy
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy July 1st! We have a tradition in our family that started when I was a freshman in college…long before we had cell phones. On the first of each month my mom would call me (on the dorm floor phone) and try to say “happy (insert month here) first!” before I could. Well, 33 years later we still play this game and it now spans 3 generations! Yes, we all talk to each other more than once a month, but this is just a way to start each month off with some fun and family connections, no matter where we are. Caller ID and now cell phones have made this game more challenging but we still have…
  • Teen Beach 2 DVD with Bonus Features

    cindy
    30 Jun 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. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.” Finally, last weekend the Disney Channel debuted Teen Beach 2, the musical Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) of the summer. This movie had been advertised forever with fans screaming for it right after Teen Beach Movie aired in July of 2013. If you have kids in the 8-12yo age range, you have probably already seen the movie…
  • Turn it Up Tuesday 93

    cindy
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s Independence Day week! How did that happen? Do you have any exciting plans for the holiday weekend? Ron and I will be spending the day relaxing by the pool at my parent’s house but that is all we have planned. If you are looking for creative ideas, I am sure there will be plenty on this week’s linky! I have had a few non-bloggers tell me they don’t know how to use this linky so here is a quick tutorial. Scroll through the links (little square boxes at the bottom with pictures and titles). If anything interests you, click on the title and it will open that article in a different…
  • Discovery Cove Celebrates 15 Years!

    cindy
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    I have had the opportunity to visit Discovery Cove one time. I was there for the grand opening of the Grand Reef in 2011. I wrote all about it on a travel blog that unfortunately, no longer exists. I dream of going back again, next time with my husband and being able to enjoy all that Discovery Cove has to offer. I want to swim with the dolphins! Don’t you? About Discovery Cove When the park first opened on July 1, 2000, it was an anomaly in the world of Orlando theme parks: a reservation-only experience limited to approximately 1,000 guests per day. At 15 acres, Discovery Cove opened with…
  • Make S’mores Cones Inside or Out

    cindy
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    As you know, I am a S’mores Addict. I have an entire Pinterest Board dedicated to S’mores Recipes! A few weeks I started to see recipes for S’mores Cones aka Campfire Cones flying around Pinterest and Facebook and I knew I had to try them. Aaron had originally asked me to bring over my fire pit and S’mores fixings for the Father’s Day gathering at his house but…it was just too hot outside. Who wants  to sit by a fire in 90° heat to roast a marshmallow? Not me. I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to make S’mores Cones in the oven! I actually prepped the cones the…
 
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  • Top Vino con Vista UNESCO Attractions in Turin Italy

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    29 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    Venaria Reale, Torino. Piazza dell’Annunziata (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Torino, Mole Antonelliana, (Italy). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Coat of arms of Turin Italiano: Stemma di Torino che si trova presso Palazzo Carignano, lato piazza Carlo Alberto (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Palazzo Carignano, Turin: back from Piazza Carignano. Italiano: Palazzo Carignano a Torino: retro da Piazza Carignano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: turin italy piazza castello (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Italiano: Collage di varie foto di Torino (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Venaria Reale (Torino)…
  • Logan Square Arts Festival 2015 in Chicago

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    24 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    Logan Square (Photo credit: elPadawan) Head to Logan Square for the Logan Square Arts Festival! There will be visual art, performance art and food from local restaurants like Longman & Eagle and Lula Café. Wine Marilyn Monroe at the Art Institute WHEN: June 26, 27, 28 2015 The Logan Square Arts Festival will take place June 26–28 near the Illinois Centennial Monument on Logan Square. Open Friday 5pm–11pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm–11pm. $5 suggested gate donation. MUSIC LINEUP FRIDAY, JUNE 26 (5pm–10pm) MAIN STAGE (Programmed by The Whistler) 9pm BONGRIPPER 7:30pm Oshwa 6pm…
  • Chicago Festivals 2015

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    22 Jun 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…
  • Chicago’s Gold Coast Art Fair 2015 at Butler Field in Grant Park

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    20 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Gold Coast Art Fair Attend the Gold Coast Art Fair; one of the top 20 festivals in the nation. This is one of the most well attended art festivals in Chicago. “It showcases the work of more than 350 juried artists from around the world with prices ranging $25 to $25,000.” Gold Coast Art Fair The Gold Coast Art Fair is heralded as the “Granddaddy of American Art Festivals” and is rated as one of the top 30 shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine. Now celebrating its 58th year, the Gold Coast Art Fair…
  • Taste of Randolph Street 2015 in Chicago

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    20 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    English: Randolph Street Market, west of Desplaines Street on the Near West Side of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Attend the 19th annual Taste of Randolph Street in Chicago for Father’s Day Weekend. It’s bigger and better than ever!! There’s plenty of food, beer and live music along six blocks of Randolph Street, from Peoria Street to Racine Avenue. The summer’s #1 street festival is returning to Chicago’s West Loop for its 19th year. As the city’s leading annual celebrations, this three-day cross-cultural celebration will mix extraordinary food, brilliant artisans and…
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  • FOUND: A Secret Tunnel Between Russia And China

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    A less secret tunnel in a different fort on the Sino-Russian border (Photo: Lzy881114/Wikimedia) Early in the 1930s, when Japan had invaded Manchuria and the Second Sino-Japanese War was on the verge of breaking out, a secret tunnel was created under the Chinese-Russian border. The tunnel was used to pass information between the two allies through World II.  The tunnel was recently re-discovered, reports Russian media, citing a Chinese-language story from Xinhau Far Eastern news agency. An employee of China's Dongning Fortress, which is right on the border, heard about the…
  • Britain's Most Famous 1700s Sailor Spent 4 Years Disguised as a Man

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hannah Snell (Image: Public domain/Wikimedia) In 1747, when she was 22, Hannah Snell left home in search of her missing husband. Instead, she found fame. Over the next five years, she became a a sailor and a fighter, all while posing as a man. When Snell returned home and revealed her true gender, far from paying a price for deceit, she became an instant celebrity across Britain. Snell grew up in landlocked Worcester, England, the daughter of a dyer who had nine children. By the time she was 17, her parents had died, and she had moved to London, to the house of an older sister.
  • Mapping the Census Like It's 1870

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    (All images used with permission of Flowingdata) Data nerds, reporters and concerned citizens all love the firehose of data that is the U.S. Census, begun in 1790. But while current Census sites have all kinds of interactive maps, it turns out that data visualization was perhaps even more beautiful in the old days. Thankfully Nathan Yau, author of the statistics blog Flowingdata, has set to fixing this clear-and-awesome-maps-and-graphs-shaped hole in the culture. After the Census of 1870, a volume was published by the Census Bureau called the Statistical Atlas of the United States. The…
  • The Story Behind the First Adoption Museum in the U.S.

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    Over 1,500 children were transferred to the Presidio, a former army base in San Francisco, before being placed with families during Operation babylift. This image depicts a baby being tended to at Harmon Hall in the Presidio, San Francisco. (Photo: National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area) In the early days of April 1975, just weeks before the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, a campaign was launched to evacuate thousands of children from Vietnam and place them with families in the United States and its allies. War had devastated the country, tearing families…
  • On Tour with the War on Drugs: Dummies are Everywhere

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
     I try to blend in. (All photos by Jon Natchez and used by written permission from Vent Haven Museum, Inc.) For the next few weeks, The War on Drugs' Jon Natchez is going to be sharing his adventures on a current tour. Like any touring musician, Natchez experiences a very specific form of travel, the kind where you usually have 24 hours, tops, to explore a new city. This is the third installment in his Atlas Obscura tour diary; read the first one here, second here.  10:30 a.m., Covington, Kentucky: I get on my bike and bike through sleepy Covington,…
 
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  • FOUND: A Secret Tunnel Between Russia And China

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    A less secret tunnel in a different fort on the Sino-Russian border (Photo: Lzy881114/Wikimedia) Early in the 1930s, when Japan had invaded Manchuria and the Second Sino-Japanese War was on the verge of breaking out, a secret tunnel was created under the Chinese-Russian border. The tunnel was used to pass information between the two allies through World II.  The tunnel was recently re-discovered, reports Russian media, citing a Chinese-language story from Xinhau Far Eastern news agency. An employee of China's Dongning Fortress, which is right on the border, heard about the…
  • Château de Salses in Salses-le-Château, France

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A relic from the old border between France and Spain, la Fortresse de Salses (as it is also known) stands as evidence of the transitional and innovative military architecture from the 15th century. The castle (or more accurately, fortress) was built between 1497 and 1504 by the Catholic Monarchs: Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon with the purpose of defending the border with France, specially after the last French incursion left a nearby village totally destroyed. The Monarchs commissioned the design of the fortress from Commander Rodriguez (the King's Grand…
  • Britain's Most Famous 1700s Sailor Spent 4 Years Disguised as a Man

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hannah Snell (Image: Public domain/Wikimedia) In 1747, when she was 22, Hannah Snell left home in search of her missing husband. Instead, she found fame. Over the next five years, she became a a sailor and a fighter, all while posing as a man. When Snell returned home and revealed her true gender, far from paying a price for deceit, she became an instant celebrity across Britain. Snell grew up in landlocked Worcester, England, the daughter of a dyer who had nine children. By the time she was 17, her parents had died, and she had moved to London, to the house of an older sister.
  • Old Charleston City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Charleston, South Carolina's old city jail has a long and haunting past that can still be explored today. The original structure was built in 1802 and served as the city jail from 1803 to 1939. The front interior of the jail still retains the original structure that was built in 1802, but the rest of the jail as it is today was built in 1855 when it was remodeled and the arched façade, towers, and octagon were added to give the jail an authentically imposing appearance. The jail housed a number of convicts ranging from murderers to petty criminals throughout its extensive history. Each…
  • Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire in Caribbean, Netherlands

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    While the Netherlands island of Bonaire is known for its fantastic diving, but inland from the more popular coastal attractions is an adorable sanctuary for an animal that doesn't often get the love it deserves. The Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is a protected area where the island's burros can live in peace. The sanctuary was established in 1993 by Dutch couple Marina Melis and Ed Koopman. The pair built a number of facilities by hand including a windmill, stables, and a gift shop to create a self-sufficient environment where their asses could relax. Donkeys came to the island with European…
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  • Photo of the week, June 4th, 2015

    Véronique
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
    The post Photo of the week, June 4th, 2015 appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • 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!.
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  • Does Booking Direct Really Save Money?

    Alex
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    You’ve seen the ads and heard all the claims from every travel booking site saying they are the only place to find the cheapest prices on flights and hotels. You have probably also heard the airlines and hotels claim that you can save EVEN MORE money by booking directly with them rather than going through a booking site. Who can you believe? Who is really the cheapest? Does it even matter where you book your travel? Spoiler Alert: It DOES matter. You WILL save money by booking hotels and flights directly. Travelated recently conducted an experiment searching for identical flights and…
  • 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…
 
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  • The List: Canada’s Best Hotels in the 5 Biggest Cities

    Joy Pecknold
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Oh, Canada! In celebration of the country’s birthday tomorrow, we’ve honed in on the best hotels in the Big 5: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. Hit one of these prime properties on your next holiday weekend. Montreal: Hôtel Le St-James With an 9.0 average rating, the St-James is a 19th-century jewel housed within the […]
  • Hotel Spotlight: Santa Ynez Inn

    Adam Nagy
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Snuggled in the foothills of California’s Santa Barbara wine country, the intimate 20-room Santa Ynez Inn offers an atmosphere of understated luxury coupled with generous hospitality, for those seeking an indulgent wine country getaway. Designed after a historic turn-of-the-century Inn, juxtaposed with all the conveniences of a modern luxury boutique bed and breakfast, Santa Ynez […]
  • Great Summer Escapes: 9 Cushy Camping Spots

    Joy Pecknold
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Tent, sleeping bags, firewood, cutlery, food—the planning and packing that goes into a camping trip is daunting, but the result, being in nature, ends up being so satisfying. There’s a way to have that without all the work: glamping. Herein are nine resorts that have camp set up for you. Canada: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort Away […]
  • 10 Questions: Darío Fernández, Royal Service at Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

    Joy Pecknold
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Darío Fernández of the Royal Service at Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa, Cuba. Best hotel room at the property: Our Garden Villa with its unique design and maximum comfort, covering 300 […]
  • Experience: Wilderness Beyond One’s Wildest Dreams at Nimmo Bay

    Johanna Read
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Where can you see spectacular views of the rainforest and the sea; go searching for sea lions, whales and bears; enjoy gourmet meals featuring local ingredients; sleep in your own luxury cabin; and enjoy service that is the perfect mix of relaxed but expert hospitality?
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  • Business Class on Malaysia Airlines A380 Review: London to Kuala Lumpur

    Ben Hoffman
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    This is just my personal review of my travel experience with Malaysia Airlines on their new Airbus A380. This was a flight from London Heathrow to KL International Airport! Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 first went into service on 1 July 2012, Malaysia Airlines has 66 seats in Business Class on its implementation of the A380. […]
  • Boeing Prepares Vietnam Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner for the 2015 Paris Air Show

    Ben Hoffman
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Boeing have released the following video of their 787 Dreamliner preparing for the 2015 Paris Airshow, the video shows Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner make an amazing near 90 degree vertical take off. Vietnam Airlines are scheduled to take delivery of this aircraft and put it into service in the next month and you can read […]
  • Lufthansa Airbus A380 First Class Dining – Episode 1 – Food and Travel

    Ben Hoffman
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:27 pm
    There are 560 passenger on board this Lufthansa Airbus A380 flight in this first episode of Food and Travel with D’Olive Branche. D’Olive looks at extreme service in first class where there are only 8 seats. Let’s see what you get for a ,200 USD one way flight.
  • VIRGIN ATLANTIC BOEING 787-9 DREAMLINER [G-VNEW], INAUGURAL FLIGHT TO LAX!!

    Ben Hoffman
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Here is Virgin Atlantic’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its inaugural flight to LAX! (Birthday Girl) Landing on runway 24R. Boeing 787-9 *Nikon D5300 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR*  
  • American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Details and Pictures

    Ben Hoffman
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    American Airlines has released details and pictures of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner which will begin international services from 2 June 2014. The aircraft features Business Class and Main Cabin (Economy) Class, as well Main Cabin Extra American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner will initially put on the domestic Dallas Fort worth DFW to Chicago route from 7 […]
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  • Three Berlin Neighborhood Cafes

    Jacy Meyer
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Berlin is a huge sprawling city and it is best explored by neighborhood. Every one of the districts offer something interesting to discover. But all that walking (or U-bahn riding) can get tiring and Berlin is a city which doesn’t let you slow down. Here are three recommendations for a little coffee and cake jolt to get you back on the streets.   Prenzlauer Berg This former East Berlin Bohemian neighborhood has gone decidedly more upscale in recent years but is an excellent shopping area for those looking for anything from advent-garde to vintage including fashion, accessories, funky…
  • Hot Air Ballooning over Trakai

    Charlie
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    With some of the lowest prices in the world for hot-air ballooning as well as being one of the few cities in Europe that you’re allowed to fly over in a hot air balloon, Vilnius is possibly one of the best places to tick off that particular bucket list item. You can choose between flying over the city of Vilnius itself or the Trakai castle and lakes, a 30 minute drive from Vilnius. In either case, flights take place around dawn or dusk and you will be picked up from your hotel. The whole process takes about 4-5 hours, including getting to and from the take off and landing sites. You…
  • Prague’s Farmers Markets

    Jacy Meyer
    6 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    When the weather is nice, you want to spend as much time outside exploring as possible. Combine eating, local culture and fresh air in one trip by checking out the farmers market scene in Prague. Since around 2010, Prague’s farmers markets have been growing in size and frequency, tracking the general foodie trend among Praguers. These centrally located markets often have other foodie related activities happening alongside. Saturdays are the best time to visit for the action, ones that are open on weekdays are a bit more relaxed. Prague’s markets are open roughly from April –…
  • 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…
 
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  • We’re BIG on Branson!

    Traci Suppa
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    A recent travel writing trip brought me to Branson, Missouri, a beautiful Ozark Mountain town just north of Arkansas. There are many sides to Branson; there’s the historic downtown, the lakes and outdoor recreation, and the lively entertainment strip along Highway 76. Branson is best known for this stretch of theaters, attractions, and restaurants. It’s bright, fun, busy…and dotted with lots of BIG roadside attractions! My rental car made a lot of stops…here are my favorite Branson roadside attractions: The BIG Chair It finally happened! One of my “Go BIG” dreams—other…
  • 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…
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  • Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel Solo

    Ayngelina
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
      Today I turn 38. It seems so strange because only a few years ago I was eating a hamburger the size of my face in Nicaragua, and unbelievably 3 years ago I was writing about being a traveling spinster. Last year I shared 37 travel lessons but this year I have only one to share. At some point in your life you should travel solo. It seems like such an arbitrary proclamation but here’s why: The fear of being alone is the single most terrifying fear and it’s one that unites us as humans. It’s also our biggest downfall because it’s holding us back. It makes us…
  • Dave’s on Hogtown Talks Toronto Podcast

    Ayngelina
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    While I’ve spent the last 5+ years sharing the deepest, darkest and brightest moments of my life not many of you know much about Dave, or as much of the world knows him – Chef Rouge. Sure I wrote The Year I Walked Toward Love, Moving from Me to We, and Our Loka Life and certainly my adventures are now our adventures but we’ve never really talked about Dave as a chef – what makes him tick, his philosophy toward food and how he feels about Canadian cuisine. Toronto podcast Hogtown Talks recently interviewed Dave, who thought Barry’s questions were the most…
  • 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…
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  • 5 of the best things to do in Budapest

    Guest Poster
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write London. Paris, Barcelona. Rome. Each of those European cities are fascinating and beautiful in their own right, but if you’re looking to skip the droves of tourists and save a few dollars, book a plane or train ticket to Budapest, Hungary. The magical city of Budapest sits on the banks of the Danube River in central Hungary. The city of Budapest, once two different cities but unified in 1873, consists of the Buda hills to the west and the Great Plain to east. Budapest is a diverse and charming city full of…
  • 10 things that will surprise you your first time in Thailand

    Alana Morgan
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I love being able to spend significant amounts of time in a foreign country and really dig into what makes it tick. At the same time, however, the more you become familiar with the people, surroundings, customs and culture, you lose a little bit of that awe, magic and surprise that you felt the first time you visited. Many things about Thailand that used to be new, strange and different to me have now become commonplace. I don’t do a double take when I see a family of four on a motorbike, I regularly eat…
  • 5 things to do in Madrid: on and off the beaten path

    Guest Poster
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Madrid is highly underrated. When most people visit Spain, they think of the whitewashed buildings with blue shutters and flower pots you can find in Granada, or the bustling La Rambla and beaches of Barcelona. Located smack-dab in the middle of the country, people tend to think Madrid isn’t anything special and isn’t worth making a stop while traveling though Spain (read: there’s no beach in Madrid, so there’s no reason in visiting). The truth is: from gastronomy to culture and everything in between,…
  • Top 5 things to do in San Francisco’s Richmond and Sunset Districts

    Guest Poster
    14 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write For a city like San Francisco that has constantly been evolving in the past decades, it’s reassuring to have neighborhoods like the Richmond and the Sunset, where restaurants and cafes have been around for generations. Located at the far end of the city at the edge of the Pacific, these foggy, residential areas hold some of San Francisco’s best sights and bites. Just remember to bring a jacket, since you never know when Karl the Fog (the city’s unofficial mascot) will make an appearance. Here are some…
  • 7 things to do in Arequipa, Peru

    Guest Poster
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Despite its picturesque location in the shadow of three dramatic volcanoes, its wealth of well-preserved colonial architecture, and vast array of accommodation options, quality restaurants, boutique shops and trendy bars, Arequipa, Peru, often gets overlooked in favor of its rival sibling, Cusco. While Cusco is definitely a city not to be missed (and one that’s home to one of my favorite neighborhoods in the whole of Peru), Arequipa is a unique and fascinating city that’s packed with enough sights and…
 
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  • Travel Deals: Expedia.ca App Found Me These Deals!

    Admin
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    Here are three travel deals for late summer escapes, as found on the Expedia.ca App! Find Sun and Sand in Mexico We found lots of deals when we searched the popular destination Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Here’s one: The Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa offers an all inclusive from $171/night. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Orlando Here’s another way to experience the last weeks of summer; we love the colourful themed rooms and the great price tag attached to this hotel. From $277 a night. Save in Montego Bay, Jamaica Stay at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall for an all…
  • Win! Two Tickets to the Pan Am Games in Toronto

    Admin
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    The Pan American Games are coming to Toronto this summer and the city will be filled with amazing athletes and their families during the 16-day event, from July 10-26. In inviting the Pan Am Games into our city, we are opening up our home to the countries joining us to celebrate the power and beauty of athleticism, the fun of competition and the wonderful joy of watching dreams come true. Like so many International sporting events before it, the games will bring people together from around the world. In so many ways, the games are a reminder of why so many of us travel: a chance to leave your…
  • Ultimate Summer Travel! Our Big Announcement

    Admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    If you tuned into CTV News in Ottawa, you already know the exciting news. In July, our family is embarking on an epic road trip. We will be touring the USA and documenting our journey right here! Being a travel writer these days means I need to be continually connected – to my community, to my editor, to the various devices and apps that help me do what I need to do. And let’s face it, today our kids want to be connected, even when out on the road and exploring the world! I was on CTV News in Ottawa last week sharing tools to help you stay connected. You can watch the video here. Be…
  • Globetrotting Kids Movie Review: Inside Out

    Ethan
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Warning: We’ve tried to not give too much away but there might be spoilers in our answers. On Monday, we went to a premiere of Inside Out. The movie is about a girl named Riley who moved from Minnesota to San Francisco and Joy and Sadness get lost inside the brain and have to find their way back to their headquarters. Here are our separate opinions about the movie. What was your favourite part of the movie? Cameron: It was amazing. My favourite part is when Riley gets the core memories with a mixed emotion of Sadness and Joy because it shows the most important part of the life FAMILY I…
  • Travel Deals: Check Out Toronto This Summer

    Admin
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:21 am
    Whether you live in Canada’s biggest city, love to visit or have never been, there’s a deal to be had and a few great ways to spend your time. We’re throwing the spotlight on Toronto travel deals this week. What to do Save money on Toronto-area attractions with the City Pass. You can visit 5 of Toronto’s best attractions and save 45% off with the bundle. That’s more money in your pocket to enjoy the city’s delicious restaurants! Head out of the city, stay in Ontario wine country and enjoy world-class theatre. White Oaks Resort & Spa offers a Sweet Escapades package for…
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  • Exploring the Black Hills from Hot Springs, South Dakota

    Jody Halsted
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    The majority of visitors to the Black Hills arrive with a singular focus: Mount Rushmore. Which is to be expected- it is the #1 tourist attraction in South Dakota. But there is a lot to do in this upper Midwest state beyond gazing at massive carvings in mountainsides – you can explore an archaeological dig, go deep beneath the prairie, and even find gourmet food in a biker bar! The world’s largest mammoth dig is in Hot Springs, South Dakota Hot Springs, South Dakota – the Southern Gateway to the Black Hills  published by The Scenic Route at GoRVing Before we purchased our…
  • 5 Tech Tips for Your Vacation

    Jody Halsted
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    I try to “unplug” on vacation, but let’s be honest -it’s hard to do! Smart phones, tablets, laptops… it’s rare to not travel with a gadget (or three). So why not utilize those connections to make your trip even better? Use the tips below to make your next getaway hassle free and memorable! Your phone camera is as good as any point & shoot. Disclosure: this list of tech tips for your vacation was sent to my by Skype. Unlike many pitches I receive, I thought these tips were worth sharing as my family uses Skype often when we travel – and I utilize…
  • Your Most Affordable Summer Vacation? Rent an RV!

    Jody Halsted
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    Many thanks to my sister-in-law who sent the shot below – from Good Housekeeping (summer 2015). Though I think some of their logic may be a bit off – who drives 200 miles each day on vacation? – I can’t argue that an RV rental is A) an amazing summer vacation and B) provides options that you might not have in a hotel. Where to Rent an RV There are some pretty big RV rental companies out there : We see Cruise America and El Monte RVs rolling down the interstates all the time. But those companies aren’t convenient for everyone. To search for an RV near you, try RV…
  • Tracking Dinosaurs in Texas

    Jody Halsted
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    I’m always amazed what I ‘discover’ in places I though I knew. Like Texas. It’s a huge state, but I’ve been through much of it. So how did I miss the fact that, just an hour southwest of Fort Worth, you can follow the paths of dinosaurs in Texas? Dinosaur tracks, and a not-so-friendly snake at Dinosaur Valley State Park Following Dinosaur Tracks in Texas Published by Minitime All kids, it seems, go through a ‘dinosaur phase’. And while they may not grow up to be paleontologists, the fascination with dinosaurs never completely goes away. Dinosaur…
  • Summer Camp Packing Tips

    Jody Halsted
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    I’ve always considered myself rather an expert packer. Packing for a trip is like a puzzle – and I love making all the pieces fit. So when my eldest went away to camp last year I packed her bags with precision, making sure she wouldn’t take up too much space in the cabin while being sure she would have everything necessary for her week away. Upon my return to pick her up, I found this… YIKES!!! It’s rather obvious my daughter doesn’t share my organizational skills… So this year I took on a new tactic : open-top totes that she could toss dirty clothing…
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  • Pony Trekking an Exciting Way to See Scottish Highlands

    Donna Sundblad
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enjoy the hospitality and beauty of the Scottish Highlands with rolling heather-covered moors all from the back of a sturdy Highland Pony. These ponies are a larger breed standing about 13-14 hands high and are known for their docile temperament. They make the ideal steed to take visitors of all ages on a trek of the Scottish […]
  • Video: Tips for Traveling with Pets

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    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Taking your furry friend on vacation this summer? TC Newman (@PurpleTCNewman) has some tips for traveling with pets.
  • Ice Cream New Orleans Style at the Creole Creamery

    Donna Sundblad
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    New Orleans is famous for its savory Cajun gumbo, crawfish, Jambalaya and other dishes, but when it comes to sweet treats, one place you’ll want to make sure to visit in the Big Easy is the Creole Creamery. It looks like a soda fountain with an old local bakery’s neon sign still hanging over it […]
  • Video: Must-Have Tech Gadgets for Your Next Vacation

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    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    If you’re gearing up for your next vacation, there are a few tech items you may want to bring along. Krystin Goodwin (@krystingoodwin) has the roundup of the best gadgets to take on your summer vacay.
  • Yunessan Spa House a Delicious Spa Experience

    Donna Sundblad
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Yunessan Spa House in Japan is part of a large spa resort that offers 25 different kinds of spa related services. The main spa facility is The God’s Aegean Sea which features a Mediterranean theme with ancient Roman baths, but along with more traditional spa treatments, the Yunessan Spa House also offers water attractions […]
 
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  • 10 Travel Tips Rick Steves Won’t Tell You (Or Doesn’t Know)

    Matt Stabile
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    1) Always Carry A Pack Of Cigarettes And A Lighter (Even If You Don’t Smoke) This is by far my number one piece of advice for solo travelers. I was standing in an alleyway in Bologna when a tall, dark and handsome Italian man came up to me and said something that I mentally translated as, “You must be the American girl I’ve always dreamt of.”Turns out he actually asked, “Do you have a lighter?” As fate would have it, I did not. He turned on his heel and headed to the next prospect. A lost opportunity in my book. From that point forward, I kept a lighter on me and, seeing as I was…
  • How To Fly Business Class For Under $100

    Matt Stabile
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The flying experience means different things to different people. Economy flyers begrudgingly step foot on the plane, glowering at potential row-mates while they mentally prepare themselves for the battle of the next several hours. The light in the distance is the destination — the longer the flight, the further away the light. Then there is business class. Being woken up to the landing protocol is met with disbelief as they ask themselves, how can it be over already? Being filled to the brim with champagne and lobster while completely rested from a fully flat bed will do that to you.
  • Chasing Chimpanzees

    Matt Stabile
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    “I’m sick,” says my father. The words hit me like a ton of bricks. My heart sinks to my toes. It’s 7 a.m. and I just spent my fourth night sleeping in a two-man tent plopped on the grounds of a well-manicured guesthouse in the beautiful Ugandan countryside near Kibale. We’re slated to track wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park this afternoon. The timing of the sickness couldn’t be worse. I look at my father in the soft morning light cast by the rising sun. His face is covered in sweat and he’s curled up in the fetal position on a thin sleeping pad. He looks frail. I wonder…
  • The Top 10 Fastest Wi-Fi Speeds In Airports Around The World

    Matt Stabile
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Here is a list of the top 10 fastest Wi-Fi speeds (as calculated by Mbps download speed) in airports around the world. The list, compiled by Rottenwifi.com, was constructed by testing 130 airports in 53 countries around the world. Their testing found that Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), in Bangkok, Thailand, provides the fastest average public Wi-Fi download speed worldwide at 41.45 Mbps, with Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) in Tennessee, coming in at second with 30.98 Mbps. Rounding out the top five were Dublin, Vilnius and Helsinki airports. By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the…
  • Here’s The New Trailer For Everest

    Matt Stabile
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    Here’s the newly released trailer for the new movie Everest, based on the events at Mt. Everest made famous by Jon Krakauer’s classic book Into Thin Air. The movie is set to be released September 18. My basic fear of elevations exceeding 10 feet will only be heightened more following that date. By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at TheExpeditioner.com. The post Here’s The New Trailer For Everest…
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  • Sunday Stories for June 28th, 2915

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I was in Honolulu for most of the week, and returning to Seattle to find hot, sweaty summer weather. I’m not complaining, mind you, but this type of summer isn’t usually seen until August. I don’t know if it’s global warm or an anomaly, but I’m sure looking forward to having a week at home in Seattle. A few projects are nearing completion:  I’ve had a lot of questions about my river cruise on Viking, and this week I’ll have…
  • Postcard from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the first stop for many visitors to Hawaii. Some of the sights attracting visitors include:  Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, Waikiki Beach (and many other beaches). This is the view from my hotel balcony (Ala Moana Hotel) yesterday morning. Paradise! You might also enjoyBishop Museum Explain the History & Culture of HawaiiWaking up on KauaiPostcard: Macadamia Nut Pancakes in HawaiiPostcard from Maui: Double…
  • Sunday Stories for June 21st, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. My time in Hawaii was cut short this past week beause of mechanicals, flight delays, and crew rest issues. Although I missed out on dinner at Town (maybe this coming week), it was good to see friends, and it’s never a bad thing to get more time at home when the Seattle weather is cooperating. I’ve been avoiding the traffic and crowds of the U.S. Open, and enjoying some quiet time. I’ve been working on a couple stories that you can expect to see…
  • There’s a New Bird in Town: Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. American Goldfinch Martini at Goldfinch Tavern, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle After months (and months) of construction, and months (and months) of wondering what it would be like, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and Ethan Stowell have now opened the Goldfinch Tavern. Named for Washington’s state bird, the Goldfinch Tavern offers simply prepared Pacific Northwest cuisine made with premium local ingredients. Open for break, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and daily…
  • Sunday Stories for June 14th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. The lush terroir of eastern Washington at Garrison Creek Cellars. #buickwinetour A photo posted by Mary Jo Manzanares (@travelingwithmj) on Jun 5, 2015 at 4:05pm PDT It’s been a week of catch up after my trip to Orlando, followed by wine tasting in Walla Walla. While I’m not completely caught up – yet – I’ve got a good handle on things and have outlined some stories on past travels. I’ve also started the speaker notification for…
 
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  • How To Be A Responsible Traveller

    Laurel
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    The original can be found here: How To Be A Responsible Traveller. Please read the original. These tips from travel experts compiled from #AdvTravelChat will help you become a responsible traveller and contribute to sustainable tourism initiatives. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Unexpected Travel Highlights in Crete

    Anais
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    The original can be found here: Unexpected Travel Highlights in Crete. Please read the original. Travellers can expect incredible richness and diverse landscapes when they travel to Crete, but perhaps just as importantly, open people and delicious food! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Why Today is the Best Time to See a Saimaa Ringed Seal

    Laurel
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    The original can be found here: Why Today is the Best Time to See a Saimaa Ringed Seal. Please read the original. Today is the best time to see a Saimaa Ringed Seal in Savonlinna, Finland because with only 300 remaining, they are critically endangered...and may not be around tomorrow! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • How to Get Stranded on a Thistle Field in Crete and Have Fun in the Process

    Anais
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:09 am
    The original can be found here: How to Get Stranded on a Thistle Field in Crete and Have Fun in the Process. Please read the original. If you are anything like me, Crete makes you think of beautiful Mediterranean coasts, Olive Oil and Ouzo. I had no idea just how rich and diverse Crete’s insular landscape is. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • 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
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  • Escape of the Week… Dar Zaman

    Lyndon
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    At first glance, Marrakech hotel Dar Zaman looks too good to be true. As the sun sets during dinner, the small riad lights up with the glow of candlelight, rose petals are sprinkled over beds, and the space is transformed into an achingly romantic haven. Better still, it does so at some of the best prices in the medina. Once you’ve negotiated the medina and been welcomed through the regal wooden door by owners Peter and Hassan, you’ll see that this pitch-perfect combination is no accident. The warm and attentive service will leave you feeling like you’re spending time with kind and…
  • Just Back From… Cumbria and Yorkshire (With the Kid!)

    Anna
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stir together some breathtaking scenery, lots of sheep, a mixed bag of weather (hail! rain! sunshine!) and a couple of fabulous i-escape hideaways, and you’ve got the recipe for Marketing Assistant Anna’s last-minute family trip to Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. With the car filled with enough snacks, books and toys to keep a whole pack of one-year-olds occupied, my husband Anthony, son Finn and I embarked on the (surprisingly pain-free) journey from Bristol to Augill Castle, a family-friendly B&B housed in a folly castle in Cumbria’s tranquil Eden Valley. We stayed in Appleby, a…
  • Easy Escapes for July

    Melissa
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:35 am
    Think it’s too late to book a fabulous European summer break? Well, not so fast. We’ve found a clutch of gorgeous rural boltholes that still have availability, as well as some bargain flights to get you there! 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. Casa Migdia, Spain – £307.56 per person (4 nights, 4-8 July) In need of an extended Spanish siesta? Catalonia is perfect for a long weekend: cycle around medieval villages, stop for picnics in…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Alegria

    Anna
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The setting of this pretty Provençal retreat is idyllic: surrounded by olive trees, on the edge of a charming village with a bustling twice-weekly market. Hammocks swing in the shade and the pool terrace is perfectly positioned for watching the sun rise over the hills as the kids splash about.  It’s blissfully isolated from the touristy coastline but you can still get your beach fix at the nearby Lac de Sainte-Croix, plus added mountain views. Better still, you’re close to the truly amazing Gorge du Verdon – make sure you hire kayaks and paddle in. Rooms: The 5 self-catering suites…
  • Just back from Jaipur and Ranthambhore National Park….

    Lyndon
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Six days, 5 trains, 4 safaris, 3 i-escape hotels, 2 tiger sightings and one Royal palace…Our Marketing Manager Sarah lets us in on her unforgettable India adventure. Working at i-escape is pretty cool; we personally visit and revisit all our hotels, so we get to go to some incredible places. Personally, I’ve always been totally bananas about India – there’s just so much to see and do, it’s like a whole world wrapped up in one amazing country. I find it utterly fascinating and always leave wanting to come back and see more. So, when I got the opportunity to check out a hot new…
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  • Exploring Akaka Falls & Magical Banyan Trees @ Honomu, Big Island Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Here’s a hot Hawaii minute-long video of a true gem that I’ve been excited to share with you for weeks: Akaka Falls. Easily in my top 3 favorite parks on the Big Island, Akaka Falls State Park is overflowing with lush banyan trees (with intricate roots that you can actually step inside), streams, and, of course, gorgeous waterfalls. The largest of these, Akaka Falls itself, is featured at the end of this short video. The entire place is remarkable, and when I went, it was only a dollar for non-residents to enter! Pretty good deal for my favorite waterfall on the entire island.
  • Hiking Tony Grove Lake 8,000 feet up in Utah Mountains video

    Andrew Crusoe
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    In an unpredictable series of events, I’ve decided to post a video of a remarkable lake bustling with wildflowers, birds, and even June snow. Context: We recently had a friend come visit and took her up to Tony Grove Lake, which is remarkable for many reasons, not the least of which is its 2400+ meter (8000+ ft.) elevation. It was formed by a glacier (of course), and even though it was June, the elevation had preserved whole patches of snow, enough so that we built a tiny snowman next to the green grass. We even saw a Cooper’s Hawk. (And rest assured, I’ll return to the Hawaii…
  • Jumping off Ruins @ Coconut Island, Hilo, Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Today I’m sharing a remarkable experience of the Big Island that’s a part of everyday life for people who live in Hilo: Coconut Island. In fact, the petite island is so close to Hilo that all you have to do to visit is cross a short bridge. Without a question, the COOLEST thing on Coconut Island are the salt bath ruins that tower above the water. As you’ll see in the video, just follow the steps up and enjoy a great dip into the Pacific! Transcription *children splashing* Me: It’s Coconut Island! Pretty cool. For more: There’s more where that came from! Be sure to check out the…
  • 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…
 
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  • Blue Ridge Mountain Engagement Photo Adventure on Tanawha Trail

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    The majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains captivate a lot of people and these two are no exception. Jess and Mike are both transplants that found their way to the High Country—and haven't wanted to leave—like so many other folks in this region that permanently relocate. This is where they've been building their lives together and it's where they plan to remain for many more years. It made perfect sense to select an engagement photo location that highlights what they love about living here. Jess and Mike don't have as much time to go on adventures as often as they would like because their…
  • A North Carolina Backyard Farm Wedding

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    They love to write and sing silly songs, they go for hikes in the mountains, they absolutely love to eat good food and drink good libations, and on their wedding day in Creston, NC, Katelyn and Seth managed to encapsulate the spirit of what makes their 9 year relationship so enduring and playful.While Seth is an avid hunter and fisherman that enjoys tying flies and making squirrel foot necklaces, Katelyn is a fashion-forward, Vogue addict that rocks out stilettos any chance she gets. You’d think that they were complete opposites, and in some respects they are, but there’s no denying how…
  • Gideon Ridge Inn Engagement Pictures in Blowing Rock, NC

    11 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    After having to reschedule several times due to the unpredictable mountain weather, we finally managed to squeeze in Katelyn & Seth's engagement shoot last week. Initially, they were hoping to do a snowy engagement session but Mother Nature didn't cooperate with us this winter, so we waited.I checked the forecast, as usual, and it wasn't looking so favorable for later that afternoon so we bumped up the time in hopes of avoiding the storms. And because these two are getting married in just 2 days we had to get their engagement photos done, RAIN or SHINE, this time around!While on my way to…
  • Garden Themed Outdoor Wedding at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The sound of fire truck sirens echoed nearby as Leslie and Nick's ceremony was just getting started. Any other couple might be annoyed at the blaring interruption, but they both laughed it off and made a joke because they weren't going to let something silly ruin a perfectly beautiful day.Their short and sweet ceremony took place outside beneath a magnificent willow tree on the lawn at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC. The natural setting was one of the reasons that Leslie and Nick were drawn to this particular wedding venue. Having their ceremony and reception at the same location made…
  • 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…
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  • How the Bilderberg Group Interfered with our Hiking in Austria

    Jack
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    “You might not be able to walk to Mösern,” Daniel, a manager at our hotel, told us solemnly. “Not this week.” As one of the reasons we were in Austria was to check directions from Weidach to Mösern, this news was a bit of a blow. We knew the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau had resulted in a huge police presence in the area, but the summit was over. However, the surreal sight of armies of police vans parked outside nearly every quaint gasthaus for miles around, combined with a mobile military radar unit at the entrance to Weidach, suggested that there was more going on than we’d…
  • As We Walked out to Tamadaba and the Emerald Lakes on Gran Canaria

    Jack
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    The best laid plans of mice and men. When we put together our plans for walking across Gran Canaria (again) we thought we’d accounted for most things. There was one major obstacle we’d overlooked. The day we planned to walk from the Agaete Valley into the Tamadaba Natural Park was also the Dia de Canarias, when the local population celebrated in a variety of ways. One of them was probably the biggest rally of the year on Gran Canaria, which just happened to coincide with part of our route. Only 500 metres or so, but enough to close the section of road we had to pass through.
  • Hanging at The Black Cat Café in Punto do Sol, Cape Verde

    Jack
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    I spluttered and gasped. Thankfully Nicolai wasn’t there to see me. I felt the top of my head to make sure it was still there. The piri piri sauce was explosive to say the least. A couple of days earlier I’d told our guide Nicolai that us Brits were used to searingly hot sauces. We were the nation that downed vindaloos for fun. I gasped and wiped my eyes and used all of my self control not to reach for any liquid. You could say the local piri piri was spicier than anticipated. Night time in Punto do Sol on Santo Antao. It’s the island’s version of a tourist resort.
  • 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.
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Saltwater Farm Vineyard – Stonington, CT

    gaytravelinformation
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Saltwater Farm Vineyard | 349 Elm Street | Stonington, CT 06378 | 1-800-818-7258 Saltwater Farm Vineyard is set on more than 100 panoramic acres – 15 of which are planted with six varieties of grapes, and bordered by tidal marshes, a cove and vistas of Long Island Sound, near the historic coastal village of Stonington, … Continue reading →
  • Marriage Equality Comes to America!

    gaytravelinformation
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    Victory at Supreme Court For Gay Marriage!  Read More Here!  Filed under: LGBT marriage, Uncategorized Tagged: freedom to marry, gay, gay friendly, gay friendly businesses, gay honeymoons, gay marriage, gay marriage America, gay marriage in North America, gay marriage information, gay rights, gay travel, gay travel blog, gay travel information, gay travel writer, gay weddings, … Continue reading →
  • Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Key West, FL

    gaytravelinformation
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    Gay Travel Information – Gay Travel Blog – Gay Friendly Key West Casa Marina – A Waldorf Astoria Resort / 1500 Reynolds Street / Key West, FL 33040 / 1-888-303-5717 Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, located on the island of Key West is a work of art! Everything you could possible desire in a … Continue reading →
  • JAMBU FOOTWEAR

    gaytravelinformation
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    JAMBU – FOOTWEAR INSPIRED BY THE MYSTIQUE & BEAUTY OF THE RAINFOREST.  Jambu is not your usual shoe company. Their footwear was inspired by the beauty of the rainforest, with the Jambu tree as their guide.  They create shoes for women, men & kids utilizing design, color, technology and craft.   From their All-Terra designs … Continue reading →
  • Celebrate Pride with 21c Museum Hotels!

    gaytravelinformation
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    21c Museum Hotels – Redefining The Art of Modern Southern Hospitality.  21c MUSEUM HOTELS CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH WITH A SPECIAL PACKAGE!  21c Louisville Pride Package:  This June, 21c is showing off LGBT pride with an overnight package that has everything you’ll need to properly celebrate pride month. Kick off your stay by exploring the Louisville … Continue reading →
 
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  • World's Best Hot-Air Balloon Rides

    news@fodors.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Since it first took flight in 1783, the hot-air balloon has been one of the most unique ways to see the world’s spectacular settings from above. Whether you’re gliding over the stupas in Baganmarveling at the idyllic Lake District in England, or taking in the arid landscape of Sedona, a balloon ride, the oldest form of aerial transportation, is sure to be the highlight of any trip. True aficionados should visit the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October, but there are plenty of breathtaking rides to be taken around the world throughout the year. Little romance remains…
  • Sri Lanka's Best Boutique Hotels

    news@fodors.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Sri Lanka—one of the destinations on the Fodor's Go List 2015—has been steadily climbing its way back to the top of many travelers’ wish lists thanks to its diverse scenery, fantastic food, and fascinating history. When looking for a place to stay, forget the big-name brands—though they exist, with more large properties to come later this year. Instead, turn your attention to charming colonial-era hotels that tell the island’s story, efectively transporting travelers to the spice-trade days of old-world architecture and warm Sri Lankan hospitality. For a stay…
  • 5 Unique Ways to See the Grand Canyon

    news@fodors.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    With its vast size, sheer beauty, and unique geological formations, there’s really no way around it: The Grand Canyon is a must-see for every traveler. Outdoor enthusiasts flock here to take advantage of the hiking, rafting, and camping opportunities, while families come to learn about geology and wildlife. There’s no wrong way to visit, but there are ways that will help you beat the crowds and make sure you snap some unique pictures. Here are five tips to make your Grand Canyon experience different, whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth. Go in Winter Summer is…
  • Long Weekend in South Lake Tahoe

    news@fodors.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    South Lake Tahoe is a city with two faces. Technically, it’s a California leisure destination with stunning natural scenery and year-round outdoor recreation, but it also shares a border with Stateline, Nevada, home to casinos and nightclubs, qualifying as distinctly indoor recreation. The good news is that a long weekend here brings the best of both worlds, making a mini-holiday feel ample. Even better, Tahoe is now an easy-access playground for East Coast travelers, thanks to JetBlue’s new nonstop flights between New York’s JFK and Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Friday…
  • London's 15 Best New Hotels

    news@fodors.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    For the fifth time in seven years, London has been named the most popular city for international visitors. According to MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index, the British capital is expected to end the year with 18.82 million overnight visitors, beating out Bangkok, Paris, Dubai, and Istanbul. It’s a good thing, then, that London’s hotel scene is hotter than ever, with a dizzying number of new properties opening every year to accommodate the ever-growing tourist numbers. There are still several highly anticipated openings later this year—The Old Street…
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  • Riding ebikes in Liguria, Italy

    Iain
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    IainIainMallory Guest Post by Alison Bailey When accepting the invitation to take part in an active trip to Liguria, Italy the stand out activity was the opportunity to ride some ebikes; I was curious. I’m now of a certain vintage where my mail consists of exotic cruises for the more mature and health care plans! However, slowing down […] The post Riding ebikes in Liguria, Italy appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Jordan; Beyond Petra in Pictures

    Iain
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    IainIainMallory Flying into Amman, Jordan the first emotion was ‘at last’. Evocative images of the famed Treasury at Petra having stoked my imagination for many years, admittedly Indiana Jones had also played his part. Hopefully this would be a slightly less eventful visit, only slightly less though. Inspiration to travel is at our fingertips, magazines, television, […] The post Jordan; Beyond Petra in Pictures appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Fifty Shades of Grey in the English Lake District

    Iain
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    IainIainMallory The English Lake District is a favourite part of the British Isles for many people, the rolling countryside, rugged fells dotted with attractive mountain tarns, picturesque villages and of course lakes. Regardless of the time of year, or conditions it has a special appeal, but parking up in Ambleside with a heavy drizzle falling it […] The post Fifty Shades of Grey in the English Lake District appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Hall Hills Cottages Review – English Lake District

    Iain
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    IainIainMallory Taking the 40 minute drive along the quiet, snow lined country lanes from Keswick to the Hall Hills cottages, one thing became clear; the accommodation is secluded. Located near the town of Dalston among the less visited fells of the northern Lake District it is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the […] The post Hall Hills Cottages Review – English Lake District appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Planning A Winter Road Trip in Iceland

    Iain
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    IainIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey It’s Iceland, it’s December,  it’s cold and snowing, having spent several days holed up in Reykjavik courtesy of a hurricane Iain and I are planning to escape, and circumnavigate the island. Originally intending to drive anticlockwise around Route N1, a circular road that makes a circuit of the island possible, but the weather wasn’t […] The post Planning A Winter Road Trip in Iceland appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • 5 Best Bribes for Travel with Kids

    Rick Seaney
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    As a parent, I know traveling with kids is a joy. Traveling with kids can also be an interesting challenge. Bribery helps. Best Bribes for Kids Here are some of my favorites. I’d love to hear yours. 1. Candy Buy a bag of miniature Snickers or Reese’s or whatever your sweets your child craves then dole it out as follows: For good behavior (such as sitting quietly) For stopping bad behavior (such as kicking the seat) For using indoor voice (or lowering the outdoor voice) For buckling up (and if they don’t, YOU must buckle them up) Some may think this is a too-generous system.
  • Florida: Fishing, Diving, Golf and Beaches

    Anne McDermott
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    Florida has something for everyone, particularly those who enjoy being active. For the rest of us, there are plenty of beaches for basking. We checked out several tourism and Florida-centric sites for the best fun-in-the-sun getaways and invite you to take a look. Tips at the end will help you find cheap flights to Florida. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on the joys of Florida. Great Fishing, Diving, Golf, Beaches in Florida To find the cheapest flights, simply click the destination. Fishing Whether you’re a freshwater or saltwater fisherman or fisherwoman, there are so many options:…
  • 10 Things to Put on Your ‘Do Not Pack’ List

    Rick Seaney
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    It’s vacation time again, so pull out your bag and start packing. But first check out this list of ‘do not pack’ items. It could save you time, trouble and money. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney is a packing pro. The ‘Do Not Pack’ List This will help you avoid fees for checked-bags, overweight baggage fees and other packing problems. 1. Valuables Never pack irreplaceable items. Things get lost, things get stolen, things get broken. Tip: Most airlines state that valuables are not allowed in checked bags, so don’t count on getting reimbursed for your good…
  • Amusement Parks, Theme Parks, Water Parks: Where to Go, How to Get There

    Anne McDermott
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    Please note: FareCompare does not endorse any of the following parks (or indeed, any products). The list is provided for informational purposes. Nothing says summer like fun in a park: riding a roller coaster at an amusement park, visiting Mickey or Harry Potter at a theme park, having a blast with the kids at a water park. So we rounded up a bunch of favorite parks in the U.S. and around the world. The list is divided into geographical sections: U.S.A. (includes Disney, Six Flags, Universal and more) Asia and Australia Europe North America Tip: Don’t miss the section at the very end on…
  • What Size Carry-on Do You Need?

    Rick Seaney
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    In a recent column for ABC News, I wrote about “The Big Bag Theory” (apologies to Sheldon and colleagues) because everyone was getting very excited about new guidelines issued by a trade organization called International Air Transport Association. No need to get excited but there are excellent reasons to travel with the smallest carry-on. Carry-on Bag Sizes are Not Changing In a hasty update to its website, the IATA notes that its guidelines on carry-on sizes – which are smaller than the maximum size decreed by many airlines – are guidelines or recommendations only and…
 
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  • 26 Things to Do in Still Revolutionary Connecticut

    Anthony Manzanares
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    The most southern of the New England states, Connecticut offers a charming New England feel with cosmopolitan style.  With award-winning theaters, beautiful beaches, state-of-the art museums and more, Connecticut offers a diverse blend of experiences that are all in close proximity to each other – from relaxing and active, historic and contemporary to cultural and nature-orientated. Connecticut is proud of its “still revolutionary” theme, and celebrates the spirit of independence and innovation that motivates people to experience new things, defy convention and blaze their…
  • 5 Major Attractions of South India

    Rohit Agarwal
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    In my previous post, I discussed why everyone should visit India once in their lifetime. Today, I want to let you guys know about the places to visit in Southern India. Surrounded by three major water bodies i.e., the Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea and The Indian Ocean, this triangular piece of land constitutes the Southern part of India. This is where the land meets the sea! While southern India is mostly thought of as the place with palm leaves and idlis and dosas, that isn’t all there is! This is the place where you can lie down on the beach while the cool breeze from the sea and the…
  • 8 Fun Facts About Things to Do and See in Idaho

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    You take family vacations to have fun, see the sights, and enjoy quality time together, but it never hurts to learn a few things along the way. For instance, did you know that Idaho has a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls, river canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, and an entire town on the National Register of Historic Places that also holds claim as the Center of the Universe? When you explore Idaho’s wild wonders, your kids might not even realize they’re learning a little bit of history, geology, and ecology. What Idaho waterfall is higher than Niagara Falls? Shoshone Falls…
  • Colorado Ski Country’s Top 10 Summer Events

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    As the days grow longer and the temperatures in Colorado’s mountains warm up, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of fun summer activities at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts. From hot air balloon festivals to hiking and biking, the diversity of summer activities and events in Colorado Ski Country increases every year. Additionally, several CSCUSA member resorts will host the world’s best road and mountain bicyclists as they test themselves on the most challenging terrain Colorado offers. Whether it’s summer or winter, you can find your mountain…
  • Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    At the core of NASA’s future is a new journey of innovation and discovery. Groundbreaking technologies will enable us to journey to new worlds and increase our understanding of the Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond. ATX– Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – invites guests to explore as never before during a highly interactive program allowing guests to experience the thrill of a personalized space adventure. ATX is a half-day experience offering a true taste of space flight by combining hands-on training activities and mission…
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  • ADVENTURES CLOSE TO HOME: Battle of the Drug Store Loyalty Programs

    Darryl Musick
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Here in sunny, Southern California, we have three major drug store chains...CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreen's.  We used to have a couple of more, like SavOn (miss them) and Long's, but they were swallowed up by the CVS behemoth.There was also Thrifty, but they were bought out and became Rite Aid.  Nothing special about the new store, or it's service, but they did keep the Thrifty ice cream counters and still serve Thrifty ice cream in most of our local stores. That is very special to the natives here.CVS, really kind of a chore to shop here especially since SavOn was so easy and all the…
  • Seattle, Washington - Part 1

    Timmy Wheels
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    The scene on TV is scary. About half a dozen firetrucks…lights flashing, ladders extended…were under the track of the monorail. Frightened passengers were climbing down waiting for the safety of solid ground under them.That could’ve been us...The flight to Seattle was nice. Southwest Airlines has vaulted its way to the top of domestic carriers with a simple strategy; keep it simple and keep it consistent. As “passengers with special needs”, we were able to board first and snag the bulkhead seats. One knock on Southwest is that there are no reserved seats for most passengers. It’d…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Captain O

    Darryl Musick
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Too easy so this will be short...The name comes from Captain Morgan rum and the O is for Organic for the organic fruit juice we got at the Haggen Oaks farmers market in Bakersfield, California.Watch the Video!Get fresh pressed organic juice of your choice at your local farmers market.  Fill a glass with ice. Pour 2 ounces of Captain Morgan over the ice, fill with the juice.You're done.Cheers!
  • Back to the Streets of Bakersfield - Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    See Part 1 of this report here.It's morning and, after having breakfast at the dining room of the Homewood Suites,we are heading out to do some thrift shop shopping. Bakersfield is loaded with second hand shops, pawn shops, and antique stores.Watch the Video!Before we get out of the parking lot, however, we notice a crowd of cars at the Kaiser Permanente medical clinic next door which is closed for the weekend. We head over to see what the commotion is all about.The commotion is the Haggin Oaks Farmers Market, which sets up shop here each weekend. It's huge, full of organic produce,…
  • Hotel Hunters: Bakersfield

    Darryl Musick
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    The Musick family frequently visits Bakersfield, California. Their usual hotel has been the Springhill Suites, where they'd get a roomy, wheelchair accessible studio suite but they're looking for something new."It's starting to show its age," Letty says, "and the air conditioner blows right on my side of the bed.""Lately, they've been catering to kids sports teams and it is crowded with loud kids," Darryl adds, "and they eat all the food in the breakfast bar."Now, the family is looking for someplace new for their weekend getaways.Their wish list has hotel managers digging deep for that…
 
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  • Summer At Gas Works Park in Seattle

    Hye Sung
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Last fall, I wrote about Gas Works Park, an innovative park that was brilliantly built out of the remnants of a gas plant. This park was deemed by the Seattle Times as ”easily the strangest park in Seattle, and may rank among the strangest in the world.” This space is not only beautiful (yes, in a strange way, nevertheless BEAUTIFUL) but also incredibly fun. Their events this summer prove the latter.   Here is the next month of events at Gas Works Park! HONK! Fest West in Seattle June 18, 2015 HONK! Fest West is a three-day music festival that puts the spotlight on”marching…
  • How to Save Money for a Trip

    Briza
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
    You want to go on a trip maybe to Hawaii, New York, Tokyo, or Paris. How are you going to get all of that money? Your family can’t really afford to go on a trip, what do you do? You find ways to save! Here are my top five tips on how to save: 1. Recycle cans and bottles. If you find water bottles, soda cans, or soda bottles going into the trash at your house, you are basically throwing away money. In each state, it is different as to how much a bottle can costs. But money is money. If you fill up 3 big garbage bags, you can make $30! Those $30 could go toward your trip. 2. Recycle…
  • 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,…
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  • Big Ticket Items Worth Investing In For Travelers

    Shannon Whitney
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you have a big pile of cash just laying around? You’ve been wondering what to spend it on for some time now.  A big house? A fancy car? But you travel part or most of the year. Physical items that can’t leave the continent (easily) don’t make much sense. Ok, so I don’t have a lot of money to burn either. Full-time travelers aren’t saving for the traditional big-ticket items. Not that they can’t afford them, it just doesn’t make sense to have a lot of stuff or property that spends most of the year (or years) in storage. Even if you don’t have…
  • USA Road Trip Packing List

    Laura Lopuch
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    A good bag isn’t just for catching your next flight. A really good bag can survive tons of different types of adventures and make each one better. If a bag makes it onto my favorites list, it’s my go-to bag for all my awesome adventures. One of my favorite ways to scratch the travel bug is to take a winding, mesmerizing road trip through the vastness of America’s scenic roads a la John Steinbeck. This summer, I’m embarking on my biggest road trip to date: Denver, to Idaho, to Montana, to Oregon, to California, and finally to Nevada. It’s spanning about 3,800…
  • What to Eat on the Fly: Airplane Snacks & Packing Tips

    Jessie Beck
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lets get the big, dirty question out of the way first: can you bring snacks on an airplane? Yes. Absolutely! You may not be able to get your favorite fruit juice, or can of coconut water, past airplane security, but chips, sandwiches, fruits, crackers, salads, protein bars, and just about anything non-liquid are absolutely fair game to pack in your carry on. Trust me, as a constantly-hungry budget traveler, I’ve been packing my own snacks ever since they stopped serving food on planes. I do this in part to make sure I’m still eating healthy (and not bingeing on airport junk food) and, in…
  • Travel Gift Ideas for a Graduate

    Shannon Whitney
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you know a senior graduating this year? Is he or she planning to take a gap year or spend the summer backpacking? Instead of gifting a 2015 monogramed teddy bear or a picture frame with an inspirational quote, check out these graduation gift ideas. Gift Ideas for Graduates   Eurail Global Pass– Give the gift of go if your graduate is heading to Europe. If you’re looking for a smaller increment, check out their gift card options. Airline gift cards are also a nifty gift. Be sure there isn’t an expiration date involved. Tortuga Backpack– Every traveler needs a…
  • New York City Packing List

    Shawn Forno
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    My apartment buzzer jolts me from my desk. It’s loud, and it squawks that my AirBnB guest is downstairs. I let them into the building and wait for them to climb the stairs to my fourth floor walk-up (that’s NY for, “no elevator”). I buzz people into my building all the time – FedEx guys, pizza delivery, friends, and now AirBnB guests. I’ve got the timing down to a science: 30 seconds for a package. 45 seconds for a pizza. 4 minutes for an AirBnB guest from buzzer to knock. Why the huge jump with out-of-towners? Simple: They pack too much stuff. I get it. New York is…
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  • Lagoa do Fogo Beach (São Miguel Island)

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Lagoa do Fogo Beach - São Miguel Island visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lagoa do Fogo Beach' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Azores.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:360 panorama taken from the beach on the Lagoa do Fogo. For me this is one of the most beautiful lakes on Sao Miguel island in the Azores. Getting down to it involves quite a hike down the side of the caldera and then around the lake to the beach.
  • Bay of Islands (Great Ocean Road)

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Bay of Islands - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Bay of Islands' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:This panorama shows the view over the Bay of Islands on the Great Ocean Road from one of the viewing platforms. It is not possible to descend the cliffs to the shore here. The Bay of Islands is very dramatic and rugged. The Google satellite's image resolution was not good enough here to place the location precisely.
  • Great Ocean Road from Mount Defiance (Great Ocean Road)

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Great Ocean Road from Mount Defiance - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Great Ocean Road from Mount Defiance' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panoramic views from Mount Defiance Lookout on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Mount Defiance Lookout is just under 10 kilometres southwest of Lorne along a windy stretch of the famous coastal road. According to the tale of William Buckley it was here where the escapee of the Sullivan's…
  • 16 Mile Gums Historic Site and Rest Area (Cobb Highway)

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    16 Mile Gums Historic Site and Rest Area - Cobb Highway visitor guide showing a virtual tour of '16 Mile Gums Historic Site and Rest Area' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of the 16 Mile Gums rest area on the Cobb Highway, New South Wales, Australia. The Cobb Highway is also known as the Long Paddock tourist route because the highway follows stock routes used to drive stock from outback New South Wales and Queensland to markets in Victoria. 16 Mile…
  • On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe (Cobb Highway)

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe - Cobb Highway visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'On the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of outback scenery on the Cobb Highway north of Ivanhoe, New South Wales, Australia. The Long Paddock touring route runs along this remote 591 kilometre long State Highway which was named after the Cobb and Co company which ran stagecoaches in Australia.
 
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  • Cruising with Little Ones: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re considering taking your little one on their first Disney cruise, chances are you have several questions about what to expect. What activities are onboard for young children? What supplies do I need to bring with me? Will there be opportunities for “me time”? I’ve been chatting with parents who have already cruised with little ones to get their insights. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you answers to these questions, plus many more. If there are specific things you want to know, tell me in the comments and I’ll do my best to find the answer for you. For now,…
  • Final Phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Opens Today

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:02 am
    The final phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at the Walt Disney World Resort opened today, marking the completion of all 360 Deluxe Villas at the resort. I recently had the opportunity to stay in one of the resort’s Deluxe Studios and it was truly a fantastic experience. During my stay, I zipped over to Epcot via the monorail and made it back in time to watch the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from the resort. I strolled along the resort’s beach area and tested out room service (late-night pizza was fantastic, but not as yummy as…
  • July 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

    admin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle! Here are events taking place this July that you don’t want to miss! July 3-5: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand for the debut of the Patriotic Collection. See the dolls and meet Linda from 12–10 p.m. each day at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here. July 10-12: Artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith is taking over WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District! Stop by throughout the weekend to meet Jasmine and check out some of newest releases from her collection. Learn more here.
  • Show Your Patriotic #DisneySide with Americana Themed Goods from Disney Parks

    admin
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner at Disney Parks, I recently found a few items to help guests show their patriotic Disney Side. Our newest retail MagicBand features Mickey Mouse standing in front of an American flag. This limited release item has a retail of $24.95 and can be found in select merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. I adore the Fourth of July limited edition pin with Carl and Ellie from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.” This pin has an edition size of 3,500 and will be released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I also like the…
  • Learn to Draw Elsa from ‘Frozen’

    admin
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Frozen Summer Fun has returned to Walt Disney World Resort, and to celebrate we’re sharing a brand-new, step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Elsa from “Frozen” with you in this week’s “Learn to Draw” series. Grab a pencil and paper – let’s go! Want to draw another character from “Frozen”? Check out these past blog posts: Olaf Voice Actor Josh Gadd Tests His Skills at Drawing Olaf Do You Want to Draw a Snowman? Learn How To Draw Olaf At Disney’s Hollywood Studios Learn How To Draw ‘Frozen’s’ Anna at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Learn to Draw Elsa from…
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  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Gazette

    Ben Huberman
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gazette is a theme that balances rich functionality with a pleasant, non-obtrusive look. Depending on your site’s needs, you can tweak it to look as stark and clean, or as warm and vibrant as you wish. Business owners, visual artists, and bloggers of all stripes can find something (or many things) to love about Gazette. The theme is particularly suited for those with image-heavy content: with striking Featured Images, several custom Post Formats, and an optional featured content area on the homepage, it displays your posts with extra visual oomph. Not sure if it’s the theme for…
  • New Theme: Argent

    Aleksandra Laczek
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today we’re happy to debut a new, free portfolio theme, Argent! Argent Meet Argent, a new addition to our theme collection, designed by Automattic’s own Mel Choyce. Argent’s clean, modern portfolio theme is perfect for creative professionals like designers, artists, and photographers. Whether you’re showcasing a photo series or a design concept, Argent’s simple homepage template featuring portfolio projects will draw viewers to all of your wonderful work. Plus, the responsive layout allows for a seamless user experience and ensures that your portfolio looks stunning…
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  • Spain (Day 6): Segovia

    Eunice Khong
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continuing from Spain (Day 5): Salamanca Segovia is arguably one of the places to visit for your bucket list. In 1985, the old city of Segovia and the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Upon arrival to the city, I have no doubt why Segovia should be fiercely […]
  • Don’t Come Home to Dengue

    Eunice Khong
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    As mentioned in the previous post on Dengue in Singapore, have you been doing the ‘5-step Mozzie Wipeout‘ to prevent mosquito breeding at home? I’m currently following the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, which is really informative: I get updates on the number of cases in Singapore each week as well as the locations of […]
  • Dengue in Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:07 pm
    I always wonder why mosquitoes like me, as if my blood tastes sweeter than others. They come after me for a delicious full blood meal while the rest around me remain unscathed. I thought it could just be a matter of time before an infected Aedes mosquito bites me! A well-fed mozzie struck by my zapper […]
  • Spain (Day 5): Salamanca

    Eunice Khong
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continued from Spain (Day 4): Avila Salamanca is a beautiful city with well preserved historical and monumental legacy. The ancient beauty remains alive in many ways today that it is a living city with many stories to tell. It is recommended to spend at least a day out in […]
  • 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 […]
 
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  • KwaZulu Natal Beach Accommodation

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    KwaZuluNatal is rare in South Africa for offering high quality safari with a tropical coastline nearby so is perfect for safari and beach holidays with minimal transfers between. The Coast stretches North from Durban towards the Mozambique border and gets wilder the further North you head. Along the whole Coast there is strong surf, sheltered beaches are few and far between, only the resort towns such as Ballito and Umhlanga have life guards on duty in designated areas. Heading North out of Durban, The Canelands beach hotel in Ballito is an excellent small boutique guesthouse where you can…
  • 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…
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  • Paris Travel : How to Get From CDG Airport to City Center

    robin
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are many ways to get from Paris’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, to central Paris.  Depending on budget, travel style, time of day and where you’re staying, one is likely to work better than another.  Here is an overview of the choices you have. Taxi Parisien The standard, good old-fashioned taxi, is still my favorite, most direct, and reliable way of getting from Charles de Gaulle to the center of Paris.  You’ll see signs directing you to the taxi stands at every terminal. It’s always best to make sure you get in line at the taxi stand and only…
  • Top Spots to See Roman Ruins in England

    robin
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The United Kingdom is a land filled with thousands of years of history spanning a multitude of cultures. One of these is the Roman Empire, who ruled over the British Isles for over a hundred years starting in A.D. 43. Eventually the Romans left England around the fifth century A.D., as noted by the BBC, but not without leaving us with a wealth of historic sites and ruins. I’ve already shared where to see Roman ruins in France and also Etruscan ruins in Italy, but for those looking for an Italian or Roman-themed vacation and aren’t quite able to make it to the famous boot-shaped…
  • Fun Facts about Puglia

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
      The Puglia region is a fascinating combination of unique history, culture and of course some of the best food and wine that Italy offers.  I learned so many things about Puglia on my trip, and I took a copious amount of notes.  What better way to share all of the facts with you than a bulleted list of the things I found most interesting from this very scenic region. Did you know : Puglia is home to over 50 million olive trees.  Many of them centuries old. Puglia needed to enact laws to deter people from other parts of Italy coming down and digging up those valuable olive…
  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money For Travel

    robin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traveling, seeing the world, experiencing life in different places and getting to know people from different cultures is eye-opening and essential for a well-rounded world view. It’s exciting. And thrilling. It makes you feel alive and everyone deserves the opportunity to try it. I know many who would like to travel, but say they just can’t afford it. I don’t think it’s an excuse. I really DO think they believe that, but it doesn’t have to be true.  You change your perspective to change your situation. You have to DO something. It really depends how…
  • What’s New in Paris for 2014

    robin
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is so much new in Paris this year, it’s been hard to keep up! New museum openings, new services cropping up and even a new Paris tour that I’m offering. I’ve already covered What’s New in France this year which also contains some Paris highlights, but there was more than enough happening to create a stand alone post for Paris. I keep adding to it as things pop up – so make sure you check back often. New Museums, Tours and Attractions > After a six-year restoration, amid lots of drama, the Picasso Museum finally reopened. The new space at the Hôtel…
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  • Red Square, Moscow

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Red Square – City Square in MoscowRed Square, a city square located in Moscow separates the Kremlin which was a royal citadel earlier and presently an official residence of the President of Russia is said to be the central square of Moscow dues to its main streets being connected to Russia’s important highways, originating from the square. For centuries, it remains to be the heart and soul of Russia. In 1990, the Red Square and Kremlinhave been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to their complex links to the history of Russia since the 13th century. From late 15th century…
  • Stanislas Square, Nancy

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Stanislas Square = Huge Pedestrianized Square - NancyStanislas also known as the place Stan is a huge pedestrianized square in Nancy, Lorraine, France. Nancy is the capital of the Meurthe-et-Moselle Department which is the historical capital of the Duchy of Lorraine as well as the largest urban area in Lorraine region. Besides this it is also the second largest city in Eastern France and the fifth largest university town nationwide with regards to student population.Three squares in Nancy have been added on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1983 namely Place Stanislas, Place de la…
  • 5 Home Buying Tips from Real Estate Agents in Chennai

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:06 pm
    When it comes to buying a home in metropolitan cities like Chennai, there is no better guide than the Real estate brokers in Chennai. The brokers here have absolute knowledge of the local market, property rates, area specific features, taxation rules, local administrative procedures and knowledge of the prevalent property laws. You can get the comprehensive list of property agents in Chennai on Housing.com, India’s leading online real estate portal that facilitates buying, selling and renting of all kinds of real estate assets. Here are 5 home buying tips from the real estate agents of this…
  • Vatican City

    17 Jun 2015 | 10:03 pm
    The Vatican – Awesome History & ArtworkThe Vatican needs no introduction and being the centre of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican City State together with the surrounding Italian districts of Borgo, Prati as well as the surrounding area of Monte Mario has an awesome history and artwork than most of the cities in the world. The Vatican City is located on the Vatican hill towards the right bank of the Triber River and is a walled enclave within the city of Rome.It has an area of around 44 hectares with a population of 842 and is the smallest internationally recognised independent…
  • New Orleans

    14 Jun 2015 | 2:12 am
    New Orleans – Major United States PortNew Orleans, a major United States port is the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. It is situated in south-eastern Louisiana spanning the Mississippi River and the city and Orleans Parch are coterminous.The city and parish are surrounded by the parishes of St. Tammany towards the north, St. Bernard towards the east, Plaquemine to the south and Jefferson to the south and west. Part of Lake Pontchartrain which is included in the city limits, lies to the north while Lake Borgne is to the east. It is one of the world’s most…
 
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  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

    Gareth
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The Tiger’s Nest Monastery (aka Paro Taktsang) outside of Paro, Bhutan is a magical and mysterious place that you have to see to believe. It’s a sacred Buddhist site cut high into the beautiful Bhutanese cliffs, where time slows down and tradition remains paramount. The temple complex was originally built in 1692, and is said to be the one-time home of prominent Himalayan Buddhist, Padmasambhava. Apparently, he stayed here and meditated for three years straight, which I thought was crazy until I actually saw the place – Now, I get it, it’s pretty remarkable. The ancient…
  • INTO THE KINGDOM OF BHUTAN [VIDEO]

    Gareth
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Come with us on a magical journey, over the mountains and through the monasteries, to one of the most amazing places on this planet – The Kingdom of Bhutan! As I mentioned in the previous post, Clint from Triphackr.com and I spent a week exploring Bhutan with Yeoong Tours & Travels back in late April, and this is the video evidence of our incredible trip. A huge thank you to Clint, Chime, Singye, Tashi, and the girls from the Karaoke dance party… you made the experience truly once-in-a-lifetime. Go to Bhutan! Check out all the Bhutan Photos Also, stay tuned for more photos…
  • The Best Beaches in Northeastern Brazil

    Gareth
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:10 am
    Warning: Northeastern Brazil is very dangerous – There is a 25% chance you will get lost, there is a 50% chance you will get sunburned, and there is a 75% chance you won’t want to leave – be very careful. The main culprit behind these scientific statistics (that I made up) is the never-ending coastline of beautiful beaches within the region. From Sao Luis to Salvador, Northeastern Brazil is saturated with soft sand and plentiful palm trees. While living and traveling across the country, I had the opportunity to explore many of these tropical treasures, and I’ve compiled a list of my…
  • Inside the Minds of Millennial Travelers

    Gareth
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:02 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Why do we travel? What are we looking for? What makes us happy? For me, I travel to interact with people, experience cultures, and have life-changing adventures. I follow the concept of “Travel Deeper,” because I strive to see this world through local eyes – To be a part of something completely foreign to me. It’s always interesting to see how and why other people travel as well, especially younger generations. I believe getting out and experiencing the…
  • Wyndham Dream Destinations

    Gareth
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Where do you dream of traveling to in 2015? Looking for an entertainment-filled excursion in a city like Orlando, New Orleans, New York City, Las Vegas or Williamsburg? Or maybe you’d prefer to simply enjoy the amazing scenery around you in Phoenix, Hawai‘i, Mexico, Colorado or Utah. Wyndham Vacation Resorts is looking for your input on creating a list of the Top 5 Dream Destinations of 2015. By voting for your favorite destination, you’ll be entered for a chance to win! Each week from May 20 to June 24, the lowest-scoring destination will be dropped and you will have another…
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  • The Best Budget Hotels in Central America

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - The Best Budget Hotels in Central America Finding great budget hotels is like winning the travel lottery because they allow you to make your travel budget go even further. Over the years we’ve become expert at choosing the best budget hotels and for the first time we’re sharing what we think are the best budget hotels in Central America, gleaned from more than three years of travel through Belize, El…
  • Check In Checklist: How to Choose the Best Budget Hotels

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Check In Checklist: How to Choose the Best Budget Hotels One of the beautiful things about traveling in Latin America is that travel expenses like accommodation can be very, very affordable. However, budget hotels can also be fraught with hidden disappointments from toilets that don’t flush to grungy, ill-fitting sheets to missing shower heads. Hotel bargains are certainly out there, but no matter where…
  • The Magical World of Gabriel Garcia Márquez – Aracataca, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:17 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 - The Magical World of Gabriel Garcia Márquez – Aracataca, Colombia It’s fitting that the name Aracataca does not sound Colombian or even Spanish for that matter. Aracataca sounds like a word that exists in a world all its own and, in a way, it does. Aracataca is the birthplace of author Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Colombia’s only Nobel Prize winner and champion of a form of literature he called…
  • Desert Convoy – Cabo de la Vela, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:06 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 - Desert Convoy – Cabo de la Vela, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia We were warned about the epic heat in the coastal deserts of the Guajira Peninsula heading to Cabo de la Vela and the most northerly point in all of South America. However, we couldn’t resist the pull of the ocean, (mostly) deserted beaches and the distinct culture of the local Wayuu people. Egged on by George and Teresa, whom we were…
  • 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…
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • Sea-U Guest House: Summer Escape - From 89 US$ per night

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:58 am
    Book your cozy ocean view Studio for as low as 89 US$ per night or save 25% on any other room type free Wi-Fi. Breakfast plan available. Come and enjoy the tranquility of the east coast - be close to the nature. Limited time offer. 
  • Sea-U Guest House: Super Escape Deal - From only US$ 89 per night

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    Book your cozy ocean view Studio for as low as 89 US$ per night or save 25% on any other room type free Wi-Fi. Breakfast plan available. Come and enjoy the tranquility of the east coast - be close to the nature. Limited time offer. 
  • Fat Jacks Rentals: Car, Moke and Jeep Rentals: Special Offer!

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:34 am
    Ring us direct and we guarantee you a cheaper rental than anyone else on the island! COMPARE MY PRICESIf you find a cheaper rental, I'll get married!!!Tel: (246) 420-6502 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Summer Sale

    18 Jun 2015 | 3:41 am
    Book now for travel before December 15, 2016 at special rate of US$ 79.00 or for travel between Dec 22nd and April 15th, 2016 at the rate of US$ 150.00. The rate is based on single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    18 Jun 2015 | 3:34 am
    Book now for travel before December 15, 2016 at special rate of US$ 79.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
 
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    The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™

  • Gun Control and “Mass Shootings” in Perspective

    Manuel Pfister
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Mass Shootings and Gun Control in Perspective 2013 Total Deaths in the United States of America: 2,596,993 (100% of total deaths) (source: cdc.gov) 2013 Murders in the United States of America: 16,121 (0.062% of total deaths) (source: cdc.gov) 2013 Firearms related murders in the United States of America: 11,208 (0.043% of total deaths) (source: cdc.gov) 2013 Murders with Rifles (note: “Assault Rifles” is a subcategory of “Rifles”): 285 (1.77% of murders, 2.54% of fire arms related murders, 0.01% of total deaths) (
  • Single Dude Comedy: Russell Peters Parties in Lebanon

    Charlie Bushmeister
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    I always enjoy fun travel party stories, and so I wanted to share this funny story from Russell Peters about going to a party in Lebanon in a bomb shelter. I have never been to the middle east outside of Dubai (which sucks) but I have had many great party friends over the years from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Turkey, and other places in the Middle East and those guys are great to party with. I know the Koran says to not party too much but every time I go to the club and see some young middle eastern dudes with popped collars partying with bottle service, I always go say hello, and always find…
  • Do you know a pro gun control idiot? Make them watch this!

    SDT Team
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:15 am
    It’s really quite simple, it only takes 47 seconds to explain the retardation of pro gun control nutjobs. The post Do you know a pro gun control idiot? Make them watch this! appeared first on The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™.
  • #CallHimBruce: Bruce Jenner is not a woman and he never will be!

    Manuel Pfister
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:57 am
    I know I’m late to the party on this one but I just want to put it down in writing that I’m in support of the few people who still have the balls to call this spade a spade! Ten years ago I never would have thought that even in the sick, deranged, delusional United States an award for “courage” would be given to a man for cross dressing and having fake boobs implanted on his chest along with some other equally disturbing surgical procedures. What the fuck America? You find a new way to make yourselves the butt of the world’s jokes every day. You really are the…
  • SDT Travel Adivsory: American citizens should get extra passport pages while they still can, the US Department of State is eliminating extra pages as of 2016!

    Manuel Pfister
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    That’s right, the scum sucking, shit-heel parasites in the US Department of State have made the lives of US citizens worse yet again. It’s bad enough that these worthless government drones charge you $82 just for some worthless paper that used to be free but now they’re eliminating the option to add pages all together; what a load of shit! Why does this suck? Getting a new passport takes time while adding pages can be done on the spot in many (or is it all?) US embassies Getting a new passport is more expensive, $82 versus $110 Waiting for a renewal could leave you stranded…
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  • WIN! A Drive to North Carolina Family Vacation #CanVisitNC

    Corinne
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    Our summer vacation this year will be an adventure to North Carolina. And you can do it too! From Toronto we will drive to North Carolina, start out in the Outer Banks, and hit Raleigh, Concord, and Charlotte before wrapping up our journey in Brevard County. And we’ll be driving in style, since the nice folks at Honda are lending us a 2015 Honda Odyssey Touring. Follow along on our trip via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and I hope you’ll be inspired to enter to win our giveaway of a trip just like ours! You can VACATION BIG in North Carolina! Win this trip for a family of 4…
  • Saving Money for Summer Family Activites in Toronto

    Corinne
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Everyone seems to be waxing nostalgic for those unstructured “’70s” summers where kids ran wild, ate bologna, and didn’t come home until the street lights came on. But that might be because summer can be very expensive! The wide array of options and costs for family activities in Toronto can be very overwhelming. According to a recent TD survey, 55% of Canadian parents with children under the age of 18 take on additional costs during the summer; in fact, 71% of them spend up to $999 per child. The most popular additional activities or programs parents sign their kids…
  • Cuba Family Travel by Casa Particular

    Corinne
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Cuba family travel is a real passion of mine, so I was delighted to receive this story in my inbox from Abhishek, who asked me to publish it here on Have Baby Will Travel. If you’re not into the idea of a Cuba resort vacation at an all-inclusive, you’ll be delighted to discover that staying in casa particulars is also a very family-friendly way to visit Cuba. Cuba Family Travel: Havana, Varadero, and Viñales by Casa… Abhishek and his family at their Varadero casa particular… In May 2015, we traveled to Cuba from Toronto with our 27-month-old son. We flew direct…
  • 5 Tips for Visiting Toronto’s Centreville Amusement Park

    Corinne
    30 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Toronto’s Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island is a favourite of ours, and as a family destination it’s a true treasure. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, Centreville is a unique mix of theme park and urban farm, set in one of the most idyllic locations in the city, with the best view of the Toronto skyline there is! The best view of Toronto’s skyline from the ferry… This year marks our 7th visit to Centreville with kids in tow. From our first visit when our daughter was just a toddler, to last year’s visit to Centreville when we were truly at the…
  • 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…
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  • DVLA – Driving Licence in Ireland

    admin
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:56 am
    On June 8th 2015, the DVLA abolishes the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence. When you hire a vehicle after this date you may be asked to provide certain information from your driving record. UK drivers can view their driving licence details online by logging on to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence. A unique licence check code is generated to share details with a car hire company. This allows the companies to see your name, what vehicles you can drive, penalty points/disqualifications, and the last eight characters of your driving licence number. There are 2 steps to this process…
  • 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?

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
 
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    GoNOLA.com

  • Weekend Picks: ESSENCE Festival, Fireworks, and More

    Sara Watson
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    We're celebrating 4th of July weekend with ESSENCE Festival, a photography workshop, an old-school concert, and of course... fireworks. The post Weekend Picks: ESSENCE Festival, Fireworks, and More appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Weekend Picks: New Orleans Pride, Snake Oil Festival, Studio Tour, and More 2015 ESSENCE Festival: An Insider’s Guide Weekend Picks: Caribbean Carnival, “Decadence Says I Do,” and More
  • Make the Most of Your Midday Meal: NOLA Lunchtime Eats

    Emily Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    Lunch in New Orleans is just as exciting and delicious as all of the other meals, so let’s get out there and sample some epic midday eats. The post Make the Most of Your Midday Meal: NOLA Lunchtime Eats appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: My NOLA: 20 Questions with Ryan Haigler Sneak Peek: NOLA Brewing’s Brand-New Tap Room NOLA and the Navy: Need-to-Know Facts
  • My NOLA: 20 Questions with Ryan Haigler

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    Ryan Haigler, seafood lover and executive chef at Grand Isle restaurant in New Orleans, shares his favorite things to eat, drink, see, and do around the city. The post My NOLA: 20 Questions with Ryan Haigler appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: My NOLA: 20 Questions with Nina Compton My NOLA: 20 Questions with Dee-1 GoNOLA Interview: Ryan Sallans, Keynote at New Orleans Pride Festival
  • It’s Time to (Wedding) Party: Get Married in NOLA

    Sara Watson
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    Now that marriage equality has finally arrived across the United States, it’s time to (wedding) party. Might we suggest New Orleans? The post It’s Time to (Wedding) Party: Get Married in NOLA appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Tee Time All the Time: Golf in New Orleans It’s Still Festival Time in New Orleans: New or Notable Summer Festivals NOLA, Floored: The Most Instagrammable Floors in New Orleans
  • Tiki Tourism: Just Add Rum

    Nora McGunnigle
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    New Orleans is the literal birthplace of tiki, and "Rum Row" – the stretch of Decatur Street with three tiki bars – is the ultimate spot for a tiki tourism trek. The post Tiki Tourism: Just Add Rum appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: No related posts.
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  • Road Trip with 6 Kids, 4 Countries, 1 Day — France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany

    Rachel Denning
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    I know why people don't travel with children. It's annoying. Seriously annoying. Are we there yet?" She's touching me!" I'm thirsty! I'm hungry!" I want to go home." I'm tired." I'm bored." Can we go home now?" Can you believe I'm saying this? Nomadic since 2007, when our oldest was only four (now she's nearly 13), you'd think by now that our kids would be... well, better than that. But they're not. They're still just kids. And truthfully, they're out of practice. We slow travel. That means we do a lot of living abroad, with some traveling mixed in. I realized just how out of practice they…
  • Okay So We’re Not Really Moving to Germany… (And Other Clarifications)

    Rachel Denning
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I sent out my last post about our upcoming move to Germany, I received quite a response. Most of it was positive. I LOVE LOVE Germany. Thanks for sharing and inspiring other families to be nomadic! Wow, what a leap! Best wishes for things to go as smoothly as possible now that the countdown to the move is ticking by. I'm really excited to see your posts once you're over there. Europe is so amazing and talk about a rich learning environment for everybody. Wow! I love how you chose Germany - so much cooler than what I assumed . . . a great job opportunity, or something like that. That…
  • So… We’re Moving to Germany (+ How We Decided Where to Live in the World)

    Rachel Denning
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    SAY WHAT?! Germany? Why Germany?? Isn't homeschooling illegal there? Isn't it the OPPOSITE of your free-living, rule-less, barefoot, beach lifestyle in Costa Rica? What about Alaska to Argentina?  Believe me when I tell you, that even though I did want to see Germany at some point in my life (I am part German after all), it wasn't high on my list of 'next places'. It practically wasn't on the radar. In fact my 'preconceived notions' of what Germany is like placed it on the 'countries to avoid' list, at least for now, with our homeschooling, 'free-loving hippie' brood. Too many rules. Too…
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Giant’s Causeway

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    A few months ago, Viator got in touch, inviting me to try one of their tours. This spring has been extremely busy, but I finally managed to find an extra day during a visit in Ireland earlier this month. Looking through the extensive menu, I settled on this, a combination rail/coach tour from Dublin up to County Antrim in Northern Ireland. If you’ve been following this little blog, you will know I like exploring World Heritage sites, so Giant’s Causeway was the main draw here. The tour also included a Norman castle, a drive along the Antrim Glens and the opportunity to cross the…
  • Silent Retro Sunday: Gritty street scene, Curepipe Mauritius, 1995

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    Gritty street scene, Curepipe Mauritius, 1995 Silent Retro Sunday: Gritty street scene, Curepipe Mauritius, 1995 is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: The Bone Church at Sedlec

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    About an hour’s drive east of Prague you’ll find a curious church. In the late 1800s, František Rint, a Czech wood-carver, was given the task of furnishing the church with, well, bones. A few years ago, I travelled with my daughter, 10 years old at the time, around in Czechia for a bit. I much prefer the name Czechia to the more cumbersome Czech Republic. And no, I’m not making that name up. Even the Czech president would like people to use the name Czechia. It just hasn’t become widespread in English… yet. But I digress. It was December and freezing cold, so…
  • Silent Sunday: The Giant Buddha in Nha Trang, Vietnam

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    The 24-metre high white Buddha seen above the roof of the Long Sơn Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam Silent Sunday: The Giant Buddha in Nha Trang, Vietnam is a post from Sophie's World
  • Chasing ghosts in New Orleans

    Alexandra Redisch
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:55 am
    Have you ever been chasing ghosts in New Orleans? This delightfully spooky city just beckons us to come ever closer, to hear just one more spine-chilling story. When we were in town, my mum, my little sister and I joined a haunted history ghost tour and we all enjoyed it heaps. Our little group met on a side street to Royal Street, outside a shop selling voodoo gear. Slightly intimidating-looking staff, no photos and no insulting questions or comments allowed, whatever those might be. Still not sure whether this was for tourists’ benefit, or real… Here are the haunted histories…
 
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  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • 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 
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  • Suburban escapes: Where to stay outside the city

    Lauren Mack
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Leave the bright lights of the big city behind this summer with one of these suburban escapes. Located close to popular U.S. destinations like Las Vegas, San Diego, Miami and New York City, these nearby options offer affordable alternatives to staying in major cities where prices are high and tourists are many. Easily accessible and irresistible, these quiet locales offer their own perks like famous attractions, picturesque landscapes and world class dining – all at a fraction of the price of their neighboring metropolises and with fewer crowds. Heading to the ‘burbs has never been…
  • How to survive San Diego Comic-Con

    Lauren Mack
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    More than 130,000 fans will descend on San Diego July 9-12, 2015 for Comic-Con International. The annual fan-tastic event – the largest of its kind in the United States – brings together the best in comics, entertainment and pop culture. Founded in 1970, the massive convention features a palatial exhibition hall, more than 700 events and panels, workshops and classes, anime and film screenings, games, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry), a costume competition, autographs, an art show and more. Comic-Con is the…
  • Top 10 beaches for the non beach bum

    Jessica Padykula
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Who says a trip to the beach has to involve, well, lying on the beach? If the thought of staking out a spot on the sand and staying there for hours on end makes you crazy, there’s no reason to forgo beach time altogether. There are many beaches that offer more than the chance to work on your tan (wearing sunscreen, of course). We’ve taken on the enviable task of rounding up some of the best beaches around the world for people who just aren’t beach bums. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, United States Best for: SUP and surfing Brock Roseberry, Palm on Sunset Beach via Flickr CC BY 2.0…
  • 15 ways to keep cool in Las Vegas this summer

    Lauren Mack
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Sin City is sizzling in the summer, but there are plenty of opportunities to keep cool that don’t involve casino hopping. Typically cheaper to visit in the hotter months when temperatures reach the triple digits, don’t let the heat deter you from booking a Las Vegas vacation. With so many ways to save and even more ways to keep cool, Las Vegas has a lot to offer summer travelers. And even in July or August, a trip to Las Vegas doesn’t have to be confined to climate-controlled casinos alone. In a city known for spectacular shows, glittering lights and a party atmosphere…
  • The other “tee” time: Best value golf courses

    Lauren Mack
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    Golf can be a pricey pastime with costs for a round of the popular game varying based on the course, day and tee time. However, playing a round of golf doesn’t have to set you back a fortune. Many budget golf courses are multigenerational and designed to meet the level and expertise of every player, from beginner to pro. Here are some of the best value golf courses in the U.S. and Canada, where a round of golf is less than $75. The only thing you’ll be left to worry about is your backswing. Blue Rock Golf Course, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States Fore! at Blue Rock Golf…
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  • 5 Quirky Things to Do in North Dakota

    Raymond Walsh
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    North Dakota conjures images of frozen landscapes and quirky accents (let’s all thank the movie Fargo for that), but the state has a lot to offer for visitors as well – especially those on the lookout for unique attractions and activities. Here are 5 of the quirkiest things on offer in North Dakota: Norsk Høstfest Image: Norsk Høstfest Started in 1978, Norsk Høstfest has grown into North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands visitors annually.  The festival celebrates the Scandinavian heritage of each of the five Nordic countries – Denmark,…
  • 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…
 
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  • Cork’s Summer Festivals (and 10 things to do when you’re there)

    The Quirky Traveller
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    The city of Cork in southern Ireland has a unique buzz any time of year, but in the summer months it rocks with a huge variety of festivals to suit every taste… When I first visited Cork in 2005 it was celebrating being the European City of Culture. Nowadays numerous Cork festivals carry on this tradition of fun and entertainment, covering a broad range of events including bike races, Gay Pride carnival, jazz festival and some uniquely Irish shindigs. Here are a few of the city’s festivals for July and August: Cork Week (10-15 July) One of the major highlights of the year is Cork…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ahoy Captain! For this week’s #FreeStayFriday, we’re taking you to the Merseyside… 30 James Street 4* This Titanic Themed Hotel in Liverpool will take you back in time, with each room inspired by the abundant history, mystique and romance of the Titanic. If you do manage to peel yourself away from your room, the 30 James Street spa and the Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant offer stunning views of the famous World Heritage Site and waterfront. With the Albert Dock, Liverpool Lime Street Station, city centre shopping, bars, and restaurants all just minutes away,…
  • Crafty Pint? 6 Craft Beer Pubs in London’s East End

    Andy Jarosz
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    Although the East End of London has long been known for its pubs, the quality of the beer on sale hasn’t always been something to shout about. In recent years, as the area has had its rough edges neatly polished and as previously cheap neighbourhoods have shot up in price, so the craft beer circus has moved in… Now it’s easier than ever for those who take their beer seriously to find a decent pint in the East End. So if you’re in London and have a pang for some real ale, here are a few suggestions based on a recent visit. (Each place was visited in one afternoon in the order they…
  • Time to Visit Salisbury

    Kirstie Pelling
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    From the enormity of Stonehenge to the small but significant Magna Carta document, there are many reasons to visit Salisbury this summer. In one weekend Kirstie Pelling time travelled through centuries of history, while still finding time to shake a Stonehenge snowglobe and consume lashings of freshly made lemonade…   Some things are just too big, too historic and too imbued with spiritual significance for you to even begin to grasp. Stonehenge is one of those things. I have an excellent guide who brings it all to life with humour and in depth knowledge. I have the perfect conditions;…
  • 6 Show-stopping Hotels for London’s West End

    Mark Elwood
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:36 am
    London’s West End. Home to some of the world’s most renowned theatres; from the Adelphi to the Apollo. From Leicester Square Theatre to London Coliseum. From… well, you get the picture. This year sees London’s best loved theatres lit up with popular shows like Mamma Mia, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Billy Elliot the Musical. You really are spoilt for choice. So when you’ve finally decided what to see, allow us to help you decide where to stay… We’ve pulled together a list of six of the best places (for all budgets) to stay when you’re visiting Theatreland. With…
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  • Ohio's Mohican State Park Lodge

    Dominique King
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    We love destinations that offer a mix of outdoor activities, history and, of course, creature comforts, and I'd say our recent visit to Ohio's Mohican State Park Lodge fit that description pretty perfectly. The lodge and state park, tucked in Ashland County, in the north eastern quadrant of the state near towns like Loudonville and Mansfield, is in a river valley area offering plenty of farmland and forest in the way of scenery. Surrounded by 6,000 acres of Mohican State Park, state forest land and Pleasant Hill Lake, visiting the lodge gives visitors the serene feeling of being far from the…
  • Where We Live: Concert of Colors 2015 preview

    Dominique King
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Regular readers of Midwest Guest know that Detroit's annual Concert of Colors, a multi-day festival of expressing unity and diversity through an eclectic bill of world music and some of the Detroit area's finest new and vintage music is one of our favorite events of the summer. Poster graphic courtesy of the Concert of Colors This year, the festival's 23rd annual outing promises to be every bit as entertaining and inspiring as ever, judging from the schedule of events and impressive variety of music on tap for festival goers. Enjoy a few favorite images that Tim and I made during previous…
  • Visiting the Citizens Motorcar Company, America's Packard Museum, in Dayton, Ohio

    Dominique King
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    I remember reluctantly selling the first car I ever owned, and every once in a while, I still fantasize about somehow finding that car and purchasing it again. But one Dayton man made his father's similar fantasy about a favorite Packard automobile he formerly owned in the 1930s come true! Bob Signom Sr. owned a 1928 Packard Six Cylinder Convertible Coupe. He loved that car, and he was heartbroken when he had to sell it with the onset of the Depression during the 1930s. His son, Bob Jr., knew of his father's love for that car when he spotted an ad in the New York Times offering a 1928 Packard…
  • Back in the Saddle: Returning Rider Training

    Dominique King
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Tim Marks It was very early on a chilly Sunday morning in April as I rode west on metro Detroit's Seven Mile Road in the dark. Why in the world would I be out on such a day and at such an hour? I was on my way to the
  • Merry-Go-Round Museum celebrates silver anniversary this year in Sandusky, Ohio

    Dominique King
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary in July by celebrating the rich history of carousels dating from their beginning as training devices for knights perfecting their jousting techniques with moving targets during medieval times. The merry-go-round became a fast-paced and romantic ride for carnival goers by the dawn of the Victorian era at the end of the 1800s before becoming a favorite children's ride with the arrival of the twentieth century. The United States once had 6,000 wooden merry-go-rounds, but today the museum's classic carousel is one…
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  • 500 USD For A Hairstyle

    TK
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    The minimum wage in Lebanon is close to 450 USD. People are expected to get by on that amount in a country where prices for everything are on a steady increase. Yet some hairdressers are bold enough to ask for almost as much just to style a woman’s hair on her wedding day. I am not kidding. Walk into a hair salon on any given day and the most you’d end up paying for styling (I’m not considering getting it cut or dyed, just styled) is about 100 USD. I still think that’s a lot for hair but that’s at the higher end places. I usually pay 20 to 40 dollars at the…
  • Happy Thoughts

    TK
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    I’ve been writing a lot of angry posts lately- and I don’t know why. I’m not typically an angry person nor am I pessimistic. But this huge transition coupled with all the opinions that keep coming at me left, right, and center are doing nothing to help the cause. Let’s not forget how thinking about financials and staying within your budget will bring even the happiest person down. It’ll introduce really ugly thoughts into your head that will end up creeping in on you when you’re at your weakest and make you question everything. But through all these massive…
  • Enough With The Cooking Jokes, Already!

    TK
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:16 am
    When it comes to marriage, is cooking and food all people seem to know and talk about? Is it what makes or breaks the union of two people? Because it seems to me, every time we find ourselves at a social gathering, people always have to bring up my cooking skills. Here are a sample of the questions: “Do you know how to cook?” “Have you learned to cook?” “Are you learning his favorite recipes?” “Will you starve your husband?” “Your husband is a big guy and clearly loves to eat. How are you going to deal with that?” “Are you…
  • The Search Continues

    TK
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    One of the worst feelings you can encounter is that nagging one in the back of your head when you want to be done but not quite. We visited the house today, as we do every week. And like every week, I get this nagging feeling that this isn’t quite my home yet. That so many things are missing and time is running out. It’s not a really good feeling to tell you the truth. So we head out to the stores once again. And we look at furniture and items and start asking ourselves what to do and if it fits. We sometimes might get lucky and find something- so we end up with that happy yet…
  • A Proud Older Sister

    TK
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Today, I can’t think of anything better than say or write about than how proud I feel that my younger and only sister is graduating from university. I watched her push herself day in and day out to succeed and she did exactly that. When she takes the stage in about an hour, she’ll not only be recieving her diploma with High Distinction but also the first in her chosen major. Exploding with happiness doesn’t even begin to describe how I am feeling and have been feeling this past week leading up to tonight. I know I will get teary and emotional when they call her name- and if…
 
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  • Alaior Gardens, Menorca, Spain

    Nicholas Hughes
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Located just outisde of the small town of Alaior towards the interior of Menorca, this carefully restored 19th century manor home was discovered in 2012 by the owners in almost complete disrepair. Designated Grade 1 historic status, the home occupies the site of an acient stone quarry and was built within its walls. Situated on over two and a half acres of rural terraced landscape, the owners embarked on a painstaking three year restoration of both the structure and gardens and the house has now made it’s offical debut in 2015. The home’s…
  • Malpais Beach House, Mal Pais, Costa Rica

    Alex Barnett
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    We love the sense of space in this villa. Set on a beachfront in Costa Rica, it brings together a fabulous mid-century vibe and a Japanese aesthetic, and somehow manages to have a cool jungle feel to it too.   Rooms open into each other, with Japanese-style screens and filmy curtains. Screen doors lead to spacious outdoor patios, and within seconds onto the beach.   The architecture is extreme open-plan, with an exposed timber frame that feels almost like a circus tent. Furnishings are chilled out and beachy, giving the house an elegant yet utterly unpretenious vibe.   The…
  • The Huts, Bisevo, Croatia

    Davor Bozanic
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    This unique compound is for those who seriously want to downshift and enjoy nature. Built on the rugged cliffsides on the remote island of Bisevo along the beautiful Dalmation coast, you are surrounded by pine forest and rich biodiversity and just a short walk to the sea.  Conceived and built by a couple that make it their year round home, each of the four separate eco-shelters were all hand made from natural and recycled materials and designed for minimal environmental impact.  You can choose between huts that sleep two or four, all with access to the…
  • Vue de Porto, Corsica, France

    Alexandra Chiaroni
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Nestled in a private estate of almost five acres of native oak, maquis and olive trees overlooking breathtaking views of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio, this cheerful country home allows you to enjoy peaceful island life in discrete and tranquil privacy. Positioned down a dirt road amongst the steep, wooded landscape, you’ll experience the contrast of both the rugged mountains and sea in a warm and intimate setting. The rustic open plan interiors feature high beamed ceilings and bright, open spaces with a large kitchen adjacent to the dining room and…
  • Chalet Vendee, Loire, France

    Michel Gasser
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Located in the Loire Valley region in the charming little hamlet of La Rocheblin, this 16th century country house is one of the oldest in the region. Built entirely of stone, the house was in dire disrepair when it was found by the French couple who saw it’s potential and worked closely with a local architect to bring it back to life. As natives of the Loire Valley region and enthusiastic fans of architecture, art and design, the couple set about transforming the house without disturbing it’s natural shape and historic personality. At least from…
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  • Fiestas del orgullo gay, la locura de Madrid

    Beatriz Benés
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    ¡Hoy comienza MADO Madrid Orgullo! Es desde hace años el mayor evento urbano que se celebra en Europa dado que reúne a casi 2 millones de personas en las principales calles y plazas de la capital. Las banderas y guirnaldas del barrio de Chueca desde principios de semana recuerdan que las celebraciones por el Orgullo Gay están a punto de comenzar. Fiesta del orgullo gay via Madrid Smart Los actos programados para estos días se celebrarán en seis espacios diferentes: 1. Plaza Chueca   A las 20:30 se emitirá el pregón de fiestas que inaugurarán estos intensos días de celebración…
  • Esta semana en Madrid: 03.07 – 09.07.2015

    DECA MADbudget
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    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. Cine al aire libre en toda la Comunidad de Madrid Cine de verano | thirtytwofeet El buen tiempo va acompañado de pasar las tardes y noches en la calle, en ocasiones nos quedamos en casa para ver una película o nos escondemos en los cines. ¡Esto se va a acabar! En toda la Comunidad de Madrid se lleva…
  • Voluntariado | Escuela Voluntariado de la Comunidad de Madrid

    Juan Rivera
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    Mucha gente siente a lo largo de su vida la necesidad de ayudar. Y muchos se lanzan a internet buscando información y algún proyecto con el que colaborar. La iniciativa está muy bien. Pero con un poco de información y formación, se puede maximizar la ayuda. Y encontrar el mejor sitio en el que podemos ayudar. Hoy hablaremos de la Escuela de Voluntariado de la Comunidad de Madrid. ¿Qué es? Un centro de formación, información y estudio para todas aquellas personas que quieran ejercer el voluntariado. La Escuela busca optimizar las ayudas prestadas, formando a los voluntarios en…
  • Voluntariado | Ayuda a personas con parálisis cerebral

    Erin McCulloch
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:24 am
    ¿Qué? La Asociación de Ayuda a la Parálisis Cerebral “Virgen del Valle” (APACE) es una organización sin ánimo de lucro que se fundó en el año 1979. Su misión es mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas con Parálisis Cerebral y discapacidades afines y apoyarles con sus necesidades, vidas diarias e igualdad de oportunidades. Voluntarios trabajan en la atención, habilitación y educación de las personas con Parálisis Cerebral y sus familias. Hay que tener una actitud activa que contribuya a alcanzar el máximo desarrollo del individuo.   ¿Dónde? Los centros de APACE…
  • 5 peluquerías low cost en Madrid

    Beatriz Benés
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:37 am
    Los termómetros estos días ascienden hasta los 30º o más, y todos buscamos una forma de refrescarnos para sobrellevarlo mejor. ¿Has pensado en darte un buen corte de pelo este verano para estar más “fresquito”? A continuación encontrarás 5 peluquerías de Madrid en las que te podrás cortar el pelo tanto si eres hombre y mujer, por menos de 20€: 1. Ozono peluqueros Ozono peluqueros | vía Mónica Si quieres encontrar un trato eficiente acércate al barrio Hortaleza. Ésta peluquería está especializada en cortes, lavados y peinados de mujeres. Para los hombres ofrece también…
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  • Start shooting amazing photos on travels! Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 opens for entries

    Cecil Lee
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:18 am
    A piece of significant news for travel photo hobbyists out there. The international Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 awards (TPOTY) is now open for entries! TPOTY 2015 is open to photographers of all ages and all nationalities. On top of all the  categories found in last year, this year TPOTY has introduced a new category – Smart Shot – for every traveller, alongside a new set of exciting photographic themes.Images can be submitted online via www.tpoty.com or as prints. Entry fees start at £7.50 and entry for Young TPOTY is free.  Entries close on October 1st.TPOTY sponsors,…
  • AirAsia FREE SEAT Promotion 2016 is now on!‏

    Cecil Lee
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Do you feel like grabbing the deal? Airasia has just opened flights booking for the first half of year 2016 with Free Seats promotion last Sunday! As usual, the pre-sale started a day earlier for all Big Shot members. A total of 3 Million promo seats are being offered for all Airasia domestic and international flights, as well as Airasia-X long haul flights.This Airasia Free Seat promotion 2016 started since last Sunday midnight, 22nd June 2015, and will end by this Sunday midnight, 28th June 2015. Booking is for flights departing in between 15th February 2016 to 31st August 2016,…
  • Travel snapshot – One Teaching Pagoda in Fo Guang Shan Taiwan

    Cecil Lee
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Kaohsiung is the second most populous city in Taiwan and the capital of Southern region with international airport and harbor. It seems to me as the Busan of Taiwan, as opposed to Taipei being the Seoul of Taiwan. Of all tourists destinations, Fo Guang Shan (佛光山), an international Chinese Mahayana Buddhist monastic order based in Taiwan, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan.Being one of my recommended tourist spots (yes, it’s more like a tourist than a worship spot to me) in Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Taiwan features a large memorial park where numbers of miniature…
 
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  • Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu

    Martyn
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    Wat Tham Kong Pen – Temples in Nong Bua Lamphu Province Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu is less than a one hour drive from Udon Thani city centre. A drive that’s worthwhile because the forest temple is built amidst sandstone rock formations and is a fascinating site to explore. I first mentioned Wat Tham Kong Pen in my previous post Udon Thani in Pictures – … Continue reading Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu → (Visited 49 times, 1 visits today) The post Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015

    Martyn
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:36 am
    I’ve recently returned from a three stay in Udon Thani Province. Five days in the city and the other time at our village home. Myself and Wonderful Wi had a great time together and I’ve picked out some photographs from my holiday snaps to share. I’ve added my usual innocuous commentary to each photograph. Udon Thani, Nong Khai and … Continue reading Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015 → (Visited 110 times, 1 visits today) The post Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015 appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • 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 84 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 101 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 190 times, 1 visits today) The post Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
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  • The spaces of Los Angeles

    Traveling Monkeys
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Check out our first month in Los Angeles over on Exposure.co. 
  • Brightness and acidity

    Anjuli
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    I wanted to let you in on a little change around here. I don't mean to imply that this is the only thing that's happened in the last several months in my life; but of course you're welcome to assume as much. I will say that the experience I'm about to relay is categorically different than what's happened over the last thirteen months: today, and yesterday, and the day before, I ate grapefruit. Since early January 2014, we've been unable to eat anything remotely sour. No vinegar, alcohol, yoghurt, wine, beer, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, tomato, olives, cheese, pickles,…
  • Farewell, summer

    Traveling Monkeys
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Yesterday we interrupted our regularly scheduled programming to spend the last day of summer with Mama Bear. We headed to two of our favorite places on Cape Cod: the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Marconi Beach. In addition to these excursions in the great outdoors, there were equal doses of steamers with drawn butter and antiques. View Gallery »
  • Shrimp and scallop stew with turmeric sticky rice

    Traveling Monkeys
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Right now meals are a trial. Regardless of the weather around us, we eat soups and stews and broth. Our freezer is chock full of yoghurt containers filled with different stocks labeled with the date and their contents. Three meals a day we assemble our soup, seasoned simply with salt, pepper, ginger, turmeric, cumin and/or herbs; we ladle our soup around a little iceberg of sticky rice and top it with a few chunks of some cousin of a squash. Yet it's a diet of sorts, an invalid one, but still a diet. It's nutritive and filling and always warm. I know the ins and outs, and the repetition and…
  • The Bones

    Traveling Monkeys
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    I'm going to let you in on a little secret: my parents are building a house on Cape Cod. I've never seen one constructed before, but every day we spend here I'm transfixed by the activity that surrounds us, and the fruits of this immense labor. Especially the stage of framing right now; it may not have windows or doors, shingles or floorboards, but the bones are there. You can stand in the sand and run your eye along these elegant forms made out of wood and joined together with mortise and tenon like they were always intended to be just so. It lives. View Gallery »
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    The Runaway Guide

  • Krakow: Charming, Cheap, Delicious & Just Ghetto enough

    The Runaway Guide
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    “So what will we do with you now? He said it long and slow, biting into W’s and licking his L’s. “Are you joking?” I said, my heart racing faster than it should of been. “Not joking you. You must pay.” All I could see was his big dumb polished head reflecting the bus stop information screen. “Ok, ok, look. I tried to buy a ticket but I couldn’t figure out that machine. I just arrived and I’m trying to find my hotel. Can you please cut me a break or at the very least just back off a little bit.” Only in Eastern Europe would bus ticket checkers resemble some kind of gang.
  • Jetwing Sea: A Perfect Start To Sri Lanka

    The Runaway Guide
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    I wanted to give myself some time to relax before the start of Travel Blog Conference Asia. To be honest, I was pretty nervous about meeting everyone and definitely didn’t want to be jet lagged. So I decided to accept an invitation to stay at a hotel for the first few nights. The hotel was located close to the airport and right on the beach. The room was unexpectedly luxurious. The breakfast buffet made me excited to start each day. The private balcony on the beach allowed for lots of quiet wrting. It was, in short, a great value, and the perfect place to start to my Sri Lankan…
  • Best & Worst Travel Moments Of 2014 & 2015

    The Runaway Guide
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    The year started out with a fireworks show on the mystical Mayan Lake Atitlan. From there I traveled to Sicily, France, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Japan, Sri Lanka, back to Italy, England and finally New York in time for Christmas. Not only did I visit heaps of countries, even by my standards, but I also pushed my own limits, and sought out new experiences in ways I never had in years past. I helped a good friend escape from Sudan, kicked a deadly habit in Sweden, ate way too many bugs in Cambodia and explored Sri Lanka like a king to name a few. These experiences…
  • How To Celebrate Swedish Midsommar (VLOG)

    The Runaway Guide
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    On June 19th I celebrated my first Swedish Midsommar! I danced like a frog around a flower covered pole, drank 6 shots of schnapps and ate enough pickled herring to feed a small viking family. In Sweden, Midsommar is arguably the most celebrated day of the year and understandably so. It marks the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, which in Sweden can be as long as 24 hours. Although I wasn’t far enough north to see the midnight sun, I was far enough to experience an eerie dusk that never seemed to end. It was one of my favorite days in Sweden to date and one I will not…
  • The Best Way To Get From Bangkok To Ko Pha Ngan

    The Runaway Guide
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    You’ve spent the last 5 days in Bangkok. You’ve defeated your jet lag and gotten your bearings. You’ve seen the temples and the ping pong show. But now you’re fed up with the big Bangkok and ready to relax on the island paradise of Ko Pha Ngan. How To Get To Koh Pha Ngan? The easiest way to get to Koh Pha Ngan is to fly, and tickets can be found for as little as 50$. The cheapest way to go is by bus but there’s nothing more uncomfortable than a 14 hour night bus. That leaves one final option. Take the train. Not only is it budget friendly but it’s also the most…
 
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    Travelhoppers

  • Solo Safaris

    Lesley Stones
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Africa lies waiting for you If you’re a solo traveller, you’ll have noticed how the world tends to revolve around couples. You’ll probably be hit by single room supplements unless you’re happy to stay in a hostel dormitory, and may feel rather lonely having dinner for one in restaurants full of happy friends and lovers. And then when you see a brilliant sight, there’s no one to share it with except distant acquaintances on social media. That’s why I haven’t been on a safari for a while, even though I live only four hours from the Kruger National Park, Africa’s Big Five game…
  • 24 Hours in Budapest

    Marcia Frost
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    [caption id="attachment_17459" align="alignright" width="300"] Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Marcia Frost.[/caption] Budapest is one of the largest and most well-known cities on the Danube River in Hungary. It's a town of many faces as it's actually divided between "Buda" and "Pest." You could easily fill a week in this city, but if you're short on time, make sure you hit the highlights. You’ll quickly find out how this city played a big part in World War II and has come to be known as the “Jewel of the Danube.” 1. Head to Buda Castle Start your day in the Buda Castle…
  • Beyond Harrod’s: The Lowdown on London Shopping

    Kat Richter
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Harrod’s may be the most iconic of London’s retail establishments, but don’t let that keep you from visiting other locales.  If you’d rather avoid the crowds and get a true taste of what Britain has to offer, try these lesser-known alternatives. Just around the corner from Covent Garden is the Royal Ballet, which is connected to the Royal Ballet School through a breathtaking above-ground tunnel. Covent Garden: If you’re looking for quaint oddities amongst architectural splendor, look no further than Covent Garden.  Its stalls (centered in the Apple Market section) offer…
  • In Northern France

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Just on an hour’s drive south of Calais, wedged in between Le Touquet and Arras, in the historic Somme valleys, is Chateau Bermicourt. Built in 1826, the ancestral Chateau served as the HQ for the Royal tank Corps in the Great War; and during WWII it was occupied by German forces. Although the Chateau is still a private residence lived in by the young de la Border family, its out buildings have been developed into a trendy 10-roomed hotel and restaurant. Enter the estate through the Chateau’s imposing wrought iron gates, then halfway up the drive turn left towards the old stable block.
  • Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Jan Ross
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    We hadn’t been to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in years. Caught up in traveling all around the world, we had almost forgotten this charming town tucked away at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most visited national parks in the United States. The beautiful LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We were in town to check out Wilderness Wildlife Week, an annual event that brings together fans of nature with an astonishing variety of presenters, hikes, and bus tours of the area. What really amazed us about this event is that every single activity from the decorated…
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    A Little Adrift: Wanderings & Traveling the World

  • A Little Story… And the Case for Planning a Trip to Nepal

    Shannon
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    An interpretive dancer sways to the music and delights the audience in the dim lighting of the Honen-in temple in Kyoto, Japan. The first strings of a melody slid into the corners of the room as the musician strummed her guitar. The nearby interpretive dancer stood frozen in place, eyes cast upward as she waited for her cue. The tiny grandma behind me bobbed from side-to-side over my shoulder, attempting to see past my tall frame. I slouched deeper into my folding chair. Minutes earlier, a volunteer at the Honen-in temple in Kyoto had stopped my aimless meander. With alacrity, he ushered…
  • A Little Safari… Spotting Lions and Giraffes in Tanzania’s National Parks

    Shannon
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    A quick (and grainy) snapshot from the Kenyan-Tanzanian border. I had already been stamped out of Kenya but didn’t have enough cash to make it into Tanzania. Highlight: the kind Canadian I was about to beg from is in the shot. Arriving in Tanzania started on a shaky note. I hadn’t realized someone robbed me of my cash my last day in Cape Town until I stood at the border between Kenya and Tanzania. I gutted my bag and found nothing. I sat miffed among my scattered possessions, wondering how my cash had vanished. The very cash that was meant to buy my Tanzanian visa. Others in…
  • A Little Adrift… In Search of Balance

    Shannon
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    For seven months, the gaping absence of Africa stories on my blog has nagged me. During this time, some of you wrote me with concern. Thank you, all is well. I needed time to sort out some personal things post-Africa. As this new year takes shape, I am jumping (maybe limping) back into writing. And for starters, I thought it apt to share a bit about this past year that has gone unsaid. It was a hard year for me. I started the year on a high, speaking at a National Geographic Live event in Washington, DC, which scarcely seemed real—it was an honor I hadn’t dared to dream of when I…
  • A Little Bit… About Grassroots Volunteering

    Shannon
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    After months in Africa this past spring, which was a tough trip for me, I spent summer on a hiatus from A Little Adrift and instead headed to the beach with my nieces and nephews, hiked a bit in the Pacific Northwest, spoke at convention in Atlanta, dinner-ed with friends in Florida, and lost myself in the streets of New York City. It was a needed break. But now, as hurricane season approaches Florida, the patter of raindrops and cool breezes send me back to my computer. And so, as I finish editing my 6,000+ photos from Africa, I’d like to share the what, why, and how about…
  • A Little Adrift… Dispatch from Africa: Rwanda and a Final Goodbye

    Shannon
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    I pen this now from a coffee shop at Nairobi International Airport, several hours out from the flight that will take me home, back to the United States and into a new journey over the summer months as I attend weddings, speak at conferences, and visit old friends. My website was blocked these past weeks as I traveled through Rwanda, and so, apologies for the gap in dispatches—this is the last I will write from Africa. I am ready to leave. This is not always the case as I board a homeward bound flight, but while I loved much of my time in Africa, the travel grows weary on me these past few…
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    Dealchecker Blog

  • Top 10 Places with a Half-Hour Time Difference

    Liam
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:24 am
    When chatting about a holiday the subject of jet-lag often comes up and the question “what’s the time difference?” is posed. All too often it is answered by one of those most boring of quantities: a whole number. You can avoid suffering through that tedium by visiting one of the destinations in the world’s exhilarating half-hour time zones. When faced with a choice of two time zones, these brave countries and territories asked “why not neither?”.
  • 10 European Cities that Come Alive in Summer

    Alice
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    Some cities simply sizzle in summer – and we’re not talking about the temperature. Long sunny days bring out the best in these 10 choices, drawing good-time crowds to the streets and opening up whole new attractions that simply aren’t a possibility in the winter. If you have a couple of days spare this summer this is where your city break should take you.
  • Top 10 Places to Visit in Canada

    Gavin
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    July 1, 2015 marks the 148th anniversary of the British North America Act, in which the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and The Province of Canada came together to become one. The result of that day was magnificent. Today, we call it CANADA!! And in celebration of the birth of that great kingdom across the sea we love so dearly we have assembled our 10 favourite destinations to visit. So happy birthday, Canada. You’re great.    
  • Top 10 Beach Bars in Greece

    Alice
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    Blessed with celestial golden sand beaches, dreamy coves and sparkling crystal waters there is little wonder Greece is famed for its beach bar scene. With our insider guide to the top island bars, all you need to do is grab that mojito, put your feet up and enjoy the vibes. Theros Wave Bar, Santorini Image © Theroswave Rock up to this exclusive venue located on the exquisite Eros beach in Santorini and find yourself in the hippest hotspot on the island. Perched above the dark pebble beach and built entirely of wood with an exotic palm fringed canopy this is the perfect chill out zone.
  • Top 10 Places To Go To Be The Envy Of Your Friends

    Rosie
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    The rise of Instagram with its onslaught of beach selfies, cocktail shots, and wildlife snaps has caused us all to have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out – for those of you lucky enough not to know). With this top 10, you can be sure to be the cause of some real envy – from taking a dip in a bomb site in Mexico, swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines, or sipping cocktails at the Lebua Sky Bar, you are sure to be the talk of the town.
 
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    Kidventurous

  • From the Road: Virginia to Texas (Week One)

    Erin Gifford
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:11 pm
    It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been on the road for one week and have driven more than 1,600 miles. As I type this, we’re in San Antonio after having spent a couple of days in Galveston. The kids are starting to enjoy checking out a new city every couple of days. I wish they’d put their iPads down a bit more, but I do enjoy the quiet on the road. I can’t have it all. Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to. Day 1: Pigeon Forge, TN We got on the road just before 9 am despite protests from my middle-school daughter. She also thought that not packing her suitcase would enable…
  • Postcards from…New Orleans

    Erin Gifford
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    We left New Orleans yesterday morning after a couple of days of fun and a visit with family. We swam in the rooftop pool at the Sheraton New Orleans, ate beignets at Café du Monde in the French Quarter, saw parade float props being made at Mardi Gras World and met my brother’s new baby. Oh, and we ate some bugs at the Insectarium. Yum. Here are a few photos from our stay in New Orleans. More to come when I put together a wrap-up of our first week on the road this weekend. One of the streetcar lines ran right in front of our hotel on Canal Street. It was a must to make a stop for powdered…
  • Postcards from…Chattanooga

    Erin Gifford
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    We’re on our way to Texas in the morning, but I wanted to put up a quick post to share some of our photos from Chattanooga. We only had a day to explore this lovely town in Tennessee, but we made the most of it at Rock City and Ruby Falls. From Lover’s Leap at Rock City look for incredibly scenic views. You can actually see seven states from the lookout point at Rock City. Look for little red bird houses, like this one, all over Rock City. After Rock City, we took a tour of nearby Ruby Falls to see the 145-foot underground waterfall. WOW. I also wanted to check out the Incline Railway…
  • 10 Summer Must-Do’s with Kids in Pigeon Forge

    Erin Gifford
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve written about Pigeon Forge several times, both for Travel Channel.com and here on Kidventurous, and finally I had a chance to take my kids over the weekend as part of our cross-country road trip. Driving down Parkway, the main drag in Pigeon Forge, was admittedly overwhelming. There are so many things to do, from musical shows to go-karts to amusement parks (visit MobileBrochure.com to really see what I mean). While it would be easy to stick to Parkway, and even then you’d need a few weeks to cross off every attraction, what I really love is that Pigeon Forge is just a few miles from…
  • Dads: Thanks for All You Do this Father’s Day

    Erin Gifford
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute Maid®. All opinions are 100% mine.Last month, I shared with you a post letting you know that, yup, you’re doing a good job as a parent, even when it feels like you’re not. I have a middle-schooler, so there are many days when I feel like I’m failing as a parent. But then, she lets me know in little ways that she cares. Some days it’s as simple as doing her own laundry (after refusing multiple times). With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, I wanted to talk about dads. Unfortunately, the kids and I won’t be…
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    Turkish Travel Blog - Travelling Around Turkey, One Place at a Time

  • Is Turkey Safe from Isis and Terrorism?

    Natalie
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:24 am
    On Friday, an act of terrorism stunned people around the world. A gunman let rip on a Tunisian beach and since then traffic to this website has gone crazy. The daily amount of users, since the site went live in 2010, has never been so high. I often answer questions from readers about general safety in Turkey but now, my inbox is filling up with e-mails from holiday-makers who want to know whether Turkey is safe from an attack by ISIS? My honest answer is, I don’t know. For all the safety advice I can give, life throws up unexpected, and sometimes surprising, situations. Who’d have thought…
  • Ephesus – Turkey’s Greatest Ancient Ruins and City

    Natalie
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:04 pm
    The colourful timeline of Turkey’s history means that the country is awash with historical sites dating from many civilizations. Out of all of them, the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus are probably the most well-known, attracting thousands of visitors every day. Ephesus is to Turkey what the pyramids are to Egypt or the Colosseum to Rome and in 2014, 3 million people walked through its gates. Sitting on the Aegean coast of Turkey, near to the towns of Kusadasi and Selcuk, this was my third time of seeing it. My first visit, 13 years earlier was uneventful. I was a newbie expat in…
  • The Grand Theatre of Ancient Ephesus

    Natalie
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:47 am
    If I am entirely truthful, the Grand theatre of Ephesus is not my favourite place. I feel detest for this prominent structure of the ancient Greco-Roman city, because it was also the scene for gladiator and animal fights. I don’t want to pay homage to a place, where unnecessary death and pain reigned simply for the pointless pleasure of human beings. Having said that, the natural course of human evolution has buried those days, and now, the theatre is one of the largest surviving relics from the Roman world therefore attracting much admiration and respect. Sitting on the Aegean coast of…
  • The Roman Terrace Houses of Ephesus

    Natalie
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    I had been to Ephesus twice yet wanted to return again, simply for one reason. They had opened up the Roman terrace houses to the public. I had listened with jealousy as other people described the extensive finds of pain-staking excavations and read with envy as other bloggers wrote about how much they enjoyed their visit. Often postponing planned visits again and again, I finally made it back to Ephesus in March of this year. As well as the entrance fee to Ephesus, I had to buy another ticket to see the houses, and this bumped up the cost considerably, but I was sure it would be worth the…
  • The Magnificent and Majestic Celsus Library of Ephesus

    Natalie
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:24 am
    The Celsus library is probably one of the most photographed historical structures of Turkey. It belongs to the ancient city of Ephesus, located on the Aegean coast, near the holiday resort of Kusadasi and the working town of Selcuk. One of my interests, while I continue to learn about my adopted country is the history of Turkey, so naturally, I have a huge amount of respect for the excavated ruins. However to write from the heart and extensively about the ancient city would take a book so I have singled out the Celsus library for a post of its own. I will admit that on my first and second…
 
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    Cottages For Sale Haliburton

  • 2 Bedroom Cottage Paradise Lake Haliburton Ontario

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:51 pm
    This bright & cozy, open concept, 2 bedroom cottage (15198 Hwy 118, Paradise Lake) with sunny southern exposure is just minutes from the village of Haliburton on a year round municipally maintained road.Located at the waters edge of Paradise Lake you`ll have a wade-in sandy shoreline and the opportunity for amazing fishing--bass & pickerel--to be exact.This is the one you`ve been waiting for.www.teamhaliburtonhighlands.com
  • 3 Bedroom Cottage, Benoir Lake, Haliburton Highlands

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
      The living room has beautiful pine floors and cathedral pine ceiling with a stunning west view out over Benoir Lake.Great 3 bedroom family cottage, 1054 Jasmine Road, Benoir Lake, Haliburton Highlands with open concept kitchen, dining and living rooms.The level lot with sand beach and sunset exposure are framed by large white pines to give you an Algonquin Park feel.35 miles of canoeing or boating on a 3 lake chain tops it all off, great cottage living!
  • Downsizing My Home

    9 Jun 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Downsize your house aided by the assistance of expert suggestionsThe kids have moved out and we not too long ago retired.Now we’re considering about shifting right into a smaller house.A great deal has changed in the world of real estate through the last couple of years.Furthermore, there looks to be an overwhelming degree of information accessible on the Internet about selling a house.Read morehttp://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2015/06/05/downsize-your-home-with-the-help-of-some-expert-advice.html
  • 1025 Portage Rd, Haliburton Ontario

    31 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    House For Sale Two bedroom raised bungalow located at 1025 Portage Rd, Haliburton OntarioBeautiful country home or retreat on 85 acres of rolling mixed bush.Conveniently located close to town with easy access to drag lake, long lake and portage lake nearby.This new build features a stunning covered wrap around deck.Rustic red maple floors and maple kitchen.Great high ceilings giving lots of natural light.Heating with high efficiency propane.Walkout basement, finish to your liking. Beautiful trails throughout the property for those evening walks.Make this a wonderful spot to explore and get…
  • Find the Best Real Estate Agent

    30 May 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Downsizing to your smaller house. How can we find an agent that can help us buy and sell?Our weather conditions is warming, plants are blooming, so it could possibly only mean one thing — this spring real estate market is in full swing.With regards to buying or selling a home, one of the very first steps many people consider is picking out a real estate professional to work with.You’ll be searching for a home to meet up with ones needs, you’ll need to take a few steps to decide on the real estate professional who's suitable for you.A survey carried out late last year identified that…
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    GringosAbroad

  • What I Learned About Flying With a Dog

    Dena Haines
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    What I Learned About Flying With a Dog | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad Flying with a dog wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be. Especially because our dog was too large to fit in the cabin with us. Chica at the Quito airport We recently moved from Ecuador (South America) back to Canada with our dog and it took a huge amount of planning! There were a lot of details to figure out. We were traveling through 3 countries, each with their own regulations on pet travel. And then there were the airline regulations as well. National flights (within the United States for example) may be pretty…
  • Your Flying Health & Fitness Guide [Infographic]

    Bryan Haines
    12 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Your Flying Health & Fitness Guide [Infographic] | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Long flights can take their toll. And it isn’t just the high price of your tickets. Or the in-flight gas. (You know what I’m talking about.) Long flights are hard on your body. Staying Healthy on Long Flights On our return trip to Canada last month, we left Quito at 11:50pm (Wednesday) and finally cleared Canadian Customs at 1:30am (Friday). This was just travel time – we had been awake all day Wednesday before our flight and it was around 3am Friday before we actually got to bed at the…
  • Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad

    Bryan Haines
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Some expats are doomed to failure. They get off the plane complaining about something. The moment they check-in at their hotel they hit Facebook to complain about the taxi service, small portions, or the unbelievable rainy weather. And they send nasty emails to anyone who sees the glass half-full. But… This Isn’t Like Home! A while back, I received a flaming from an traveler who just completed a two week trip to Ecuador. It seems that they had a rather bad experience while here in Ecuador. He was…
  • GringosAbroad No More: Why Bryan & Dena Left Ecuador

    Dena Haines
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    GringosAbroad No More: Why Bryan & Dena Left Ecuador | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad View from our deck in Santa Isabel Ecuador One week ago today we (along with 7 large bags of luggage, 2 bikes and our dog) left Ecuador, and not just for a vacation. It was very difficult and emotional for our whole family. The Sunday before, we packed everything and sold off all our belongings. Many of our friends came over to see us off. We cried almost all the way from Santa Isabel (a small town about an hour outside of Cuenca) to Cuenca! At the airport in Quito with all our bags We couldn’t leave…
  • 10 Steps to Learn Spanish in 10 Days [Infographic]

    Bryan Haines
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    10 Steps to Learn Spanish in 10 Days [Infographic] | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Ready to learn Spanish? If you are planning a move (or even long term travel) to Latin America – you’re going to need some Spanish. In this post and infographic, you’ll learn ten steps to learning Spanish. Lets get started! 10 Steps to Learn Spanish Download apps: Check Duolingo (won Best App Award in 2013) to get started. There are plenty of free and pay apps that range from flash cards to audio and video courses. Convert everything to Spanish: Switch your devices to Spanish and label…
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    Traveling with the Jones

  • 15 Fun Facts About Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Janis
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Mr. Jones lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia for three years during college, and we’ve visited the Canadian maritime city multiple times together during the past 18 years. In anticipation of a return visit during an upcoming Canada and New England cruise, we thought it would be fun to conduct a little background research on the city. A lighthouse is part of the baggage claim at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Here are 15 Fun Facts About Halifax, Nova Scotia: 1. People from Halifax are known as Haligonians. 2. Halifax is the capital of Canada’s Nova Scotia province 3. …
  • A Delightful Dinner at Ristorante Gallo Nero in Antwerp, Belgium

    Janis
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:41 pm
    While walking around the Old Town of Antwerp, Belgium, Mr. Jones spotted this restaurant. We peeked in the window, and it looked like a lovely small restaurant. Two nights later, we remembered as we were thinking about dinner, and we asked if we could get a table. The answer was yes. The Gall Nero is a small Italian restaurant with fewer than 10 tables. As we settled in and soaked up the atmosphere, I noticed the chandelier of bottles. We soon realized that the waiter (likely the owner as well) did not speak English but wanted to communicate in either Italian or French. We don’t speak…
  • 17 Fun Facts About Ghent, Belgium

    Janis
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:58 pm
    With a population of 248,739 residents, Ghent is Belgium’s second largest city. Ghent is spelled Gent in Dutch and Gand in French. Since Ghent is located in the Flemish Region of Belgium, Starbucks uses the Dutch spelling on its coffee mugs. We learned these 17 interesting facts about Ghent before and during our late May visit to Belgium. Buildings along the Leie river in the city center of Ghent, Belgium. 1. Ghent began as a settlement at the confluence of the Scheldt and Leie Rivers in the Middle Ages, although archaeological discoveries date human presence in the region back to…
  • A New “Behind the Scenes” Video from Carnival on Its Vista Ship Construction

    Janis
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:10 pm
    The Carnival Vista, the newest cruise ship from Carnival Cruise Line slated to begin guest service on May 1, 2016, is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The SkyRide at Sports Square on the Carnival Vista. Photo copyright by Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival claims that its new 1,055-foot-long vessel will not only be the largest in the Carnival fleet, it will also be the most innovative. We are intrigued by the “SkyRide” – which appears to be a personal seat on a cable-car-like ride around the ship. The SkyRide has been described as…
 
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    The Planet D: Canada's Adventure Couple

  • Surprising South Dakota – 8 Amazing Things to See and Do

    Dave and Deb
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    To be honest, we didn’t know the first thing about South Dakota. So when we got an email inviting us to come and take Instagram photos of its top attractions we were intrigued. Surprising South Dakota South Dakota was surprising in so many ways. From its amazing sunsets to the beautiful landscapes. South Dakota Surprised us. We never knew there were so many things to see and do here. Did you know that South Dakota is home to one of America’s greatest monuments? And the landscape is also a lot more than just prairies and farmland. I expected to see flat monotonous terrain, but…
  • The Penthouse of Cap sa Sal – Vacation like Hollywood Royalty

    Dave and Deb
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    It was a last minute change in our schedule. We were already staying in a luxury Spanish Villa near the town of Pallafrugel, Costa Brava when owner Richard asked us if we wanted to check out a new property he had just acquired in the Coastal village of Cap Sa Sal. Richard owns and operates one of the most popular vacation apartment rental companies in Costa Brava and his properties are to die for. Never ones to turn down and opportunity to stay somewhere new, we packed our bags and drove up the coast to a seaside location just outside the town of Begur. Cap Sa Sal is an old high rollers…
  • 5 Unexpected Reasons to Visit Venezuela

    Dave and Deb
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Venezuela, the kidnap-capital of the world. Spiralling inflation, armed gangs of protestors and police with a reputation to shoot first and ask questions later. A powder-keg waiting to explode. A destination for only the suicidal or the foolish Or at least that is what I had been expecting… Vast Landscape of Venezuela Why Go to Venezuela? Everybody I had met had told me that to visit Venezuela was point blank stupid. I had been travelling for six months, winding my way down Central America and into Colombia, getting ever closer. The whole time I had been on the look out for someone,…
  • How to Get Paid to Travel the World

    Dave and Deb
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Recently we have received a lot of emails from people wondering how to get paid to travel. Since we’ve been spending our time answering these emails, we thought it would be better for us to write a post about it. Last week we featured and article by Scott and Megan of BoboandChichi about how they saved $30,000 by moving to South Korea and traveling and it went over really well with our fans and followers. Many people had questions so they wrote a follow up post about how easy it is to get a job in South Korea. You can read it here: Is it Easy to Get a Job in South Korea Get paid to…
  • Take your adventure to New Heights on a Via Ferrata

    Dave and Deb
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever wanted to try rock climbing but don’t have the time to learn? Worried that too much skill is involved in scaling a sheer cliff? If you are a fan of heights, and want to dip your toes into the world of rock climbing, a via ferrata may be the answer for you! The Cali Moli Via Ferrata Route in Costa Brava While traveling through the Costa Brava Region of Catalonia, Spain, we heard about a Via Ferrata in the historic town of Sant Feliu de Guixols. There are some 200 via ferratas in France and the Via Ferrata de la Cala del Molî is the only coastal via ferrata in Europe. Have…
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    Whiskey Tango Globetrot

  • What’s in my Bag: Must-have travel tech gear

    Spencer Spellman
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Apart from the questions of where someone should travel to, the most frequently asked questions I get are about packing. How much do you pack? Checked baggage or carry-on? What tech do you travel with? So what’s in my bag? Well a bag of Swedish Fish, a couple Clif Bars (white chocolate macadamia nut, obviously), whitey tighties….Oh, you want to know what travel gear I travel with? Got it! Well this week I’ve teamed up with Verizon again. Yes, that Verizon, who had the “Can you hear me now guy” (whatever happened to him?). Today, in my own town of Los Angeles, Verizon is opening…
  • 10 of the Best Summer Cocktail Recipes

    Spencer Spellman
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    It’s that time of year again. Yes, it probably is time for you to change your air filters, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. For our purposes, it’s time for another seasonal cocktail menu and recipe post. Summer is full-on right now in Los Angeles. The 90-degree days are back, June Gloom (yes, that’s thing in Southern California) is burning off, and it’s time to dust off the punch bowls. I recently came at you with seven of my favorite summer bourbon cocktails, while today is a general cocktail recipe round-up of 10 of my favorite…
  • 40 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Hollywood

    Spencer Spellman
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    Alright, I get it, everyone loves to hate on Hollywood. And I can’t say that I blame them. You’ve got a bunch of superhero look-alikes (that aren’t that look-alike), there’s tons of traffic, no parking, crappy star home tours, and mediocre food. Let’s just call a spade a spade. However, some of the best and coolest things are in Hollywood. No, seriously. Did you know that Hollywood is part of a network of 400+ hidden stairs that connected Los Angeles in the 1900s? Or that you can see a $5 improv show on the same stage that the likes of Jon Favreau, Jason…
  • Bucket List Trip: A Quebec Food and Drink Road Trip

    Spencer Spellman
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    If you could take one trip, and it was the last trip you could ever take to a specific destination, where would you go and what would you do? That’s the question I asked myself recently when orchestrating a trip to Southern Africa. So when I recently met some Ontario travel experts, and was then asked by Travel Mindset to put together a bucket list itinerary to Quebec, it only seemed appropriate to follow that same train of thought. Naturally, it would have to be food and drink themed. Duh. Who wants to come with me? My only requirement is that you have some French up your sleeve, because…
  • Photo Essay: A Tour in Photos of Chobe National Park in Botswana, Africa

    Spencer Spellman
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    It was just a month ago this week that I was in the bush of Africa at Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Never in my life have I had such a short trip that affected me the way that those five days in Botswana did. Today I was flooded with memories as I edited photos, from the all-female staff of guides I met at Chobe Game Lodge to watching a herd of Cape buffalo cross the Chobe River to watching lions stalk their prey to the locals I met, such as Albert, a 30-year veteran of Chobe Game Lodge who has championed it as one of the top eco-friendly hotels in Africa. I’ve been struggling…
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    Wandering Educators

  • #StudyAbroadBecause I Learned To Strive

    Lin Yuhan
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    Categories: Best OfStoriesBody: Shevan Abdulla is from Kirkuk, Iraq. He has been in the U.S. for almost a year now. He studies Political Science, and has just graduated from University of Pittsburgh in April. He plans to go back to Iraq in August.  What motivated your decision to come to the U.S.? My Dad just moved to the United States and my sibling joined him as a family after he described to us the differences between the US and Iraq. I am still considered as an exchange student.  What has your experience been like so far? I had an exceptional experience. I studied Political…
  • The Idiom Game

    Lisa Doctor
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Categories: LanguageLearningBody: Several years ago, while teaching creative writing for three months in a small village in Spain, I was made to feel welcome by a wonderful group of people who were native to the town. Every Saturday night, more than twenty men and women would arrive at the farmhouse my husband and I were renting, each of them carrying a tray of their favorite foods. There was pa amb oli—bread with olive oil, the signature Catalan appetizer; tombet, a casserole of tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes; bean stew; Spanish tortillas made with egg, potatoes and onions;…
  • Romantic Getaway Destinations: 4 of the Best

    Lexa Pennington
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: There are many places around the world that provide romantic and idealistic settings that make them ideal getaway destinations for couples. Whether you’re going on honeymoon, looking to book an anniversary weekend away, or planning a much needed break from the stresses of everyday life, the amount of choices that are available can make it difficult to choose a place where you and your loved one can unwind and spend some quality time together in.  Don’t stress if you find yourself in this predicament as we’re going to make the decision a…
  • 4th of July Special Culture for the Week of June 29, 2015 by Josh Garrick

    Josh Garrick
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: 4th of July Special Culture for the Week of June 29, 2015 by Josh Garrick June 30 – MOVE LIVE on TOUR with Julianne and Derek Hough  Superstar Dancers – Sister and Brother Julianne and Derek Hough will star in their own all-new dance spectacular MOVE LIVE on TOUR with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers. Derek, the Emmy Award winning choreographer and ‘winningest champion’ of Dancing with the Stars, and Julianne, two-time professional champion before making her feature film debut in Burlesque, will headline in performances styles…
  • Musical Youth

    Dr. Jessie Voigts
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:41 am
    Categories: Best OfStoriesBooks & FilmBooksBody: My favorite book genre is YA (young adult) - it perfectly captures that magical time of life when anything is possible, while also discussing the very real problems of life, growing up, and finding yourself. It's the ultimate genre of hope, possibility, and growth.  One of my favorite YA books is a recent discovery! We were sent a review copy by the publisher (thank you, Caribbean Reads!) of Musical Youth, by Joanne C. Hillhouse. Joanne is an award-winning Antiguan writer and educator who has penned several books, speaks at…
 
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    Fun Tour Guru Goes Off the Beaten Path

  • Fun Activities on the Streets of San Francisco CA

    Meet Donna W
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Fun on the back streets of San Francisco: GoCars Of course this day activity was on an unusual March day in San Francisco which included almost every type of weather - fog, rain, clouds, and even a touch of sun - within a duration of 2-3 hours.  We were lucky  to be without snow driving over the hills.  I believe these weather elements actually created the best memories!This is an unusual way to explore the side streets away from the traffic after you take a sightseeing tour.  Driving solo is fun in these cars, going on a group GoCar tour with their guided GPS is…
  • San Francisco Chinatown: Walk Down the Alleys

    Meet Donna W
    8 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    I am organizing many files and editing images (this is a huge project!) and I came across two fun off the beaten path pictures of San Francisco I am excited to share with everyone now.  San Francisco Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns outside of Asia as well as one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America. Of course, it is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.Do you know?   You should walk down the several small alleys located in Chinatown. Insiders Secret:  My favorite is Ross Alley.  Ross Alley is the oldest alley in San Francisco. It…
  • How to Find Unusual Holidays and Christmas Vacations Around the World: Dresden, Germany

    Meet Donna W
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Sometimes you have to go to faraway places and experience for yourself.   Dresden, Germany is a very special place! Dresden in December - Germany by DWHappy Holidays! Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas!  Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Buon Natale! (and to each individual celebration! What is yours?)I am grateful to have the chance to dive into some local communities and learn how others experience everyday things.  Don't forget to smile ... thank you. Remember, "You really never leave a place you love; Part of it you take with you,…
  • Unusual Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Hamelin, Germany

    Meet Donna W
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I am sharing a special treat today from another traveler and author, Carrie Buchert, who shares her favorites off the beaten path discovering Christmas Festivities in the streets of this small town community, Hamelin, Germany, full of holiday spirit.  Experience the Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Germany By Carrie Buchert, Author  The German Christmas markets are world renowned because of their dedication to authentic traditions and celebration. Commercialization has taken hold of the rest of the world but it seems that only in the traditional German…
  • My Day at the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum and Hangar One, Mountain View CA

    Meet Donna W
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    In the middle of our region - between the 49ers Levi’s Stadium, Google Headquarters and the Computer History Museum is another Silicon Valley landmark we pass by every day on Highway 101 that is currently going through transition. From my Silicon Valley archives ... 2001 to 2003 DWestYesterday I asked the question about this familiar landmark we pass by daily and I received this fun answer from the actual "landmark".   Perhaps buildings do talk!Me. MT @Lighthouse_Tour:  fave things to do SiliconValley:  http://t.co/jhg2nd06Ng Spend time at unusual museum at Moffett…
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    Maiden Voyage

  • A guide to travel accessories

    Johnny
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    Most of us don’t give two thoughts about the many travel accessories available to us when going on holiday; however these small and essential travel accessories can make the difference between a good holiday and a great holiday. And now with the explosion of online holiday accessories shops like Urbane Traveller means no last minute dash around the shops to buy foreign adapter plugs or flip flops. There are many useful accessories available on the market, making life easier whilst on your holiday whether on a fantastic beach holiday or a more local camping holiday. Knowing what to take for…
  • Malaga’s Best Restaurants

    admin
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Malaga is famous for its stunning seaside location. People who love fresh seafood will really be spoiled for choice with the range of terrific dishes that are just waiting to be sampled. Malaga is one of our favourite destinations here at Holiday Taxis, so here is a selection of Malaga’s best seafront restaurants. Andrés Maricuchi This is without doubt one of the most popular seafood restaurants in the whole of Malaga. Not only does it offer an excellent range of fresh seafood dishes, the ocean view that diners are treated to is also absolutely stunning. This restaurant is very popular…
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