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  • Thai food: Chiang Mai Sausage (Sai ua)

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    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Spicy or not so spicy Chiang Mai Sausage … the choice is yours Chiang Mai Sausage It’s not often in South East Asia I come across a substantial amount of pure meat. Granted sausage isn’t technically that either but it can be very tasty and meaty if you know what to look for. In this case head to North Thailand and seek out Sai ua. Or, as it is commonly known, Chiang Mai sausage. What is Chiang Mai sausage? There are many variations of Sai ua even within Chiang Mai’s touristic old city. From supermarkets to butchers the most common, and best, place to find Chiang Mai…
  • Travel Tips Every Gen-Xer Should Know

    Matt Long
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    It’s obvious to me that that privileged generation born between 1965-1980 is probably the most important and influential to have ever graced this planet; spoken like a typical Generation-Xer, I know. We eschewed the corporate loyalties of our parents and instead found ourselves wearing boots and flannel to class and hanging out at the local coffee shop like Ross and Rachel. Regardless of where we fall along the age spectrum, the 1990s was the most important decade for many of us, and we still kind of miss it. We don’t think like Boomers or the self-absorbed Millennials. We know we’re…
  • Canada: From sea to sea, by train

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    Jeff Friesen
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Editor’s note: Award-winning Canadian photographer Jeff Friesen has managed to retain a child-like wonderment in the face of his home country’s landscape through his majestically titled series, The Canadian: Ghost Train Crossing Canada. “Endless pockets of wonder await your discovery in a country big enough to hide mountain ranges.” Friesen says. “Considering Canada is 8,000km (5000 miles) wide, it’s amazing how many people set out to cross the country from sea-to-sea. With so much ground to pass beneath you, this is one pilgrimage where the journey truly is the…
  • Is Marriott Biscayne Bay recommended for Miami Pre-Cruise Hotel?

    Rich Tucker
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I flew down to Miami for meetings with a few of the cruise lines and had the pleasure of staying at the Marriott Biscayne Bay. I’ve stay at the Marriott Biscayne Bay a couple of times and it is in my list of top Pre-Cruise hotels in Miami.  Here is why: Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami Pre-Cruise Hotel Review Location:  The Miami Cruise Ship terminal is a 10 minute cab or shuttle ride.  I could see the Carnival Ecstasy coming into the Port of Miami from my room.  The Marriott Biscayne Bay is connected to a small indoor retail outlet with a drug store, several…
  • 12 people you'll meet cycling Japan

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    Daniel Olsson
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Photo: Elvin 1. The couple living out of the back of their van You sleep across the tatami from them on the ferry, and then bump into them at three different locations. They take your “no thank you” to coffee as a “yes” to corn soup. They’re driving around the country making the most of discount coupons. 2. The couple who invite their friends to look at you A friend of a friend finds you a place to stay in distant Kushikino. The middle-aged husband-and-wife duo ply you with quality sushi and tempura and compliment you on your ability at both speaking the Japanese…
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    Intelligent Travel

  • I Heart My City: Helen’s Livingstone

    I Heart My City
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Helen Davies may hail from the United Kingdom, but after an extended solo journey around Africa in her 20s, she fell in love with the continent. In fact, Zambia impressed her so much she ended up moving there to become an expedition leader and tour guide. Nowadays, she divides her time between Africa and the U.K. and documents her travels on her blog, Helen in Wonderlust, to help others uncover the best the world has to offer. As she says, “Life is an adventure. Live it!” Here are a few things about the city Helen calls her “second home.” Follow her story…
  • App Vs. Human: Tour Guide Edition

    Henley Vazquez
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    I’m a big fan of tour guides, particularly when traveling with kids. Children listen better when another adult is speaking, and I consistently learn something that I didn’t know before. So it was with some trepidation that I recently traded a person for a smartphone app when I did a Stray Boots walking tour with my seven-year-old daughter. This young company creates scavenger hunts that turn the traditional walking tour into a game—tasks, points earned, and all. We chose the New York Chinatown and Little Italy hunt, ten minutes from our apartment, and ranked the app against a real-life…
  • Tips for a Stress-Free Safari

    Jeannette Kimmel
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Last year, my new husband and I ventured to Zimbabwe for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience to celebrate our milestone together. Neither of us had ever traveled anywhere in Africa before, so planning our adventure was both exciting and exhausting. Here are a few things we learned—both before and during our trip—that will save you some headaches and put you well on your way to safari bliss. > Before You Go Start Smart: Africa is a huge continent, and many countries offer safari trips. Your personal goals and realities—which animals you hope to see, how much you can afford to…
  • Crossroads City: Phnom Penh

    Intelligent Travel
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    “Mama, do you see that echo?” my daughter asked. “On the wall there, looking at me.” She was three years old, and it was her first visit to Phnom Penh, the city of my birth. “Why are there so many in Cambodia?”  I followed her gaze, where she had spied a gecko clinging to a high corner. In her innocent mispronunciation, she’d touched on something I felt was hauntingly apropos: Despite its breathtaking pace of transformation, this is still, for me, a city of echoes, reverberations of the past. At the Hotel Le Royal, where we’d taken refuge from the city’s bustle during our…
  • Pay Less to Phone Home

    Christopher Elliott
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    National Geographic Traveler Editor at Large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice: Reader Question: I’m an American taking a two-week trip to Norway. How do I inexpensively call family back home? My Answer: Don’t purchase a pricey international plan from your wireless carrier. For example, AT&T’s least expensive rate costs an extra $30 per month and charges $1 a minute for your calls in Scandinavia. Instead, when you get to your destination,…
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • August Events for Visitors

    Lauren Rolland
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    August is prime time for vacationers traveling to Oahu. It’s the height of the summer season and there is much to see The post August Events for Visitors appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Setting Sail for the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar

    Jamie Winpenny
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Hawaii is full of beautiful beaches and singular experiences. Unfortunately, many visitors don’t get to experience them due to the simple fact The post Setting Sail for the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Journeys: Classic Waikiki

    Lauren Rolland
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Iconic Hawaii may arguably be found right in Waikiki. With it’s long stretch of idyllic white sand beaches, the tropical scent of The post Journeys: Classic Waikiki appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • RIMPAC Comes Ashore in Waikiki

    Jamie Winpenny
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Taking place between June 26 and August 1, RIMPAC is currently underway in Hawaii waters. RIMPAC is a biennial (every two years), The post RIMPAC Comes Ashore in Waikiki appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Brunchtime on Oahu

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Brunch joints are the newest thing in dining on Oahu. And while I am admittedly far from being a foodie or an The post Brunchtime on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • 8 macro effects of microfinancing

    Lucy Di Santo
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Photo: IBM Research – Africa During the three months I spent in northern India working for a grassroots nonprofit as project manager for microfinance, I was given a chance to participate in the creation of small business opportunities for young women. While our goals were humble and our resources limited, witnessing the results of these projects taught me that microfinance is a valuable tool for enacting change on a ‘macro’ level. 1. Education The most direct example of the extended effects of microfinance is the accompanying education. For a loan to be utilized efficiently, often…
  • Footage of surfers in Indonesia

    David Miller
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube THIS IS WHAT drones were made for! Check these surfers ripping perfect conditions over a shallow reef in the Mentawai Islands. Filmmaker Paul Borrud, and his drone “Phyllis” got some angles, light, and colors (check @1:24) that give you a sense of scale and speed much truer to reality than traditional surf videography. Yet one more example of how dronography is changing the game.
  • Canada: From sea to sea, by train

    Jeff Friesen
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Editor’s note: Award-winning Canadian photographer Jeff Friesen has managed to retain a child-like wonderment in the face of his home country’s landscape through his majestically titled series, The Canadian: Ghost Train Crossing Canada. “Endless pockets of wonder await your discovery in a country big enough to hide mountain ranges.” Friesen says. “Considering Canada is 8,000km (5000 miles) wide, it’s amazing how many people set out to cross the country from sea-to-sea. With so much ground to pass beneath you, this is one pilgrimage where the journey truly is the…
  • Busker tears it up in Seoul [vid]

    Matt Hershberger
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    WE DON’T ALWAYS pay much attention to our buskers. We’ve got somewhere to be, and we didn’t factor in time to listen to an impromptu concert. But sometimes the buskers get the right crowd in the right place, and they do something awesome with it. That’s the case with South African busker Aancod Abe Zaccarelli, who started playing the song “One Candle” by the awesomely named K-Pop group g.o.d. (standing for “Groove Over Dose”), and got his audience to join in with him. Also, kudos to Zaccarelli for singing the whole thing in Korean. Not speaking…
  • 12 people you'll meet cycling Japan

    Daniel Olsson
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Photo: Elvin 1. The couple living out of the back of their van You sleep across the tatami from them on the ferry, and then bump into them at three different locations. They take your “no thank you” to coffee as a “yes” to corn soup. They’re driving around the country making the most of discount coupons. 2. The couple who invite their friends to look at you A friend of a friend finds you a place to stay in distant Kushikino. The middle-aged husband-and-wife duo ply you with quality sushi and tempura and compliment you on your ability at both speaking the Japanese…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • Nite Ize Gear ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    You’ve probably seen many of these items from Nite Ize at the checkout line at your local outdoor gear store. You might have even grabbed one or two as an impulse buy or bought them for stocking stuffers. They’re actually quite fun. I picked up a few items myself when I was at the Outdoor Retailer show earlier this year and have found them to come in handy as packing accessories that I didn’t know I needed but now love. These folks actually have a ton of products to choose from, but here are some of my favorite Nite Ize gear items: Cliplit – these little LED lights…
  • Survival International Denounces Jimmy Nelson’s Before They Pass Away

    Beth Whitman
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    When I first saw the book, Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson, I was so taken with all the images that I immediately wanted one. Luckily, it’s a very pricey book so I never took the plunge and purchased one. And that might be a good thing. I recently saw a post on Survival International denouncing the authenticity of the photos. The book is supposed to be representative of how ancient civilizations have lived for thousands of years but, as Survival International points out, the book is more a fantastical look through a photographer’s lens. They challenge the idea that the…
  • Prepping for the Snowman Trek

    Beth Whitman
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Hopefully by now you know I’m leaving for Bhutan in September to do the Snowman Trek. In brief, the Snowman Trek is a 220 mile, 25-day hike in the Himalayas. At times we’ll be at over 18,000 feet and, during the trek, we’ll be going over numerous passes above 16,000 feet. It’s said that more people make it to the top of Everest every year than make it through the Snowman Trek. We’re confident we’ll be on the list of people who’ve completed it. A couple of weeks ago, Jon and I went down to Mountainview, California, to get trained on the Google Trekker.
  • Going to Seattle? Here’s Where to Eat

    Beth Whitman
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Visiting Seattle? Having just had our culinary tour in my wonderful city, I thought I’d share some of the best dining spots in the city so you can live vicariously through our taste buds. Probably the highlight of our tour this year was brunch at the Whale Wins. This award winning restaurant in the Fremont neighborhood specializes in small bites. This was ideal for our group because we had the chance to order lots of plates and sample many different things including: Fermin Jamon Serrano Ham & Butter… Smashed Avocado on Toast with Greens… Hama Hama Roasted Clams……
  • The North Face Verbera Lite Mid GTX Boots ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    To call these “Lite” is an understatement. The North Face Verbera Lite Mid GTX Boots are about a pound per shoe (size 8.5). You may never have thought of weighing your shoes before but try it. You likely don’t have any hiking boots that come close to that weight. It’s because of that weight that these will be one of (likely) two pair of boots that come with me on the Snowman Trek in September. Why? Well, my biggest needs from a hiking boot during the Snowman Trek will be: Boots that provide a fair amount of ankle support. A low-cut boot won’t do. Ones that have…
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  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s All-Inclusive Cruise Package

    Rich Tucker
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Norwegian Cruise Line’s just announced a limited time offer that is coming up August 4th, right after their Kids Sail Free sale ends. Norwegian Cruise Line’s All-Inclusive Cruise Package Details: For almost all 2015 3 – 14 night Norwegian Cruise Line cruises** booked during August 4th – August 29th, cruisers will have the option to add on an All-Inclusive Package that includes Ultimate Beverage Package, Specialty Dining Package, Shore Excursion Credit, Photos, 250-minute per person Internet Package, bottle of wine and more. We know that the cost for the add-on…
  • Is Marriott Biscayne Bay recommended for Miami Pre-Cruise Hotel?

    Rich Tucker
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I flew down to Miami for meetings with a few of the cruise lines and had the pleasure of staying at the Marriott Biscayne Bay. I’ve stay at the Marriott Biscayne Bay a couple of times and it is in my list of top Pre-Cruise hotels in Miami.  Here is why: Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami Pre-Cruise Hotel Review Location:  The Miami Cruise Ship terminal is a 10 minute cab or shuttle ride.  I could see the Carnival Ecstasy coming into the Port of Miami from my room.  The Marriott Biscayne Bay is connected to a small indoor retail outlet with a drug store, several…
  • Cruise Deals: Princess Cruises from $269 + Exclusive Amenities

    Martha Allen
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am Exclusive Princess Sale: Book by July 31st! is kicking off a one week sale on almost all Princess cruises featuring reduced deposits as low as $50 per person, and a coupon booklet worth up to $325 in savings! Plus, this offer combines with the Princess Suite and Balcony Bonus sale featuring up to $400 onboard credit on suites and free balcony upgrades on select sailings. And to top it off, these offers also combine with’s exclusive onboard credit offers on select sailings! CLICK HERE to learn more and check out our top Princess Cruise Deals.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines is top improving Brand in BrandIndex Report

    Rich Tucker
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Carnival Cruise Lines ranked number 1 brand out of ALL US brands for most-improved consumer perception in YouGov’s BrandIndex mid-year buzz report. Making it even more impressive, the improvement in Carnival’s consumer-perception score doubled the 2nd most improved brand. This quick rebound in consumer perception is reflective of Carnival’s commitment to refreshing their on board product and programming as well as their investment in keeping consistent operational performance. Carnival’s Vacation Guarantee Carnival is so sure in their onboard product that they’ve…
  • Top 5 Deals: Royal Caribbean’s Endless Summer Sale

    Rich Tucker
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If you’re like me, you don’t want to let Summer end – you’ll love Royal Caribbean’s Endless Summer Sale: Royal Caribbean’s Endless Summer Sale reduced prices 10% on Sept – December 2014 cruise PLUS is giving you up to $400 free spending money for Sept – December Cruises.  [my top 5 deals below] While the Summer never ends in the Caribbean… this sale does end July 31st, 2014.  To help you save time and money, I give all the details of the sale below and pick out my Top 5 Deals in the sale. Royal Caribbean Endless Summer Sale Details: Book almost any…
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  • Swiss Cottage Gallery London

    Karen Bryan
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:58 pm
    When I'm in London, I like to get off the beaten track. I decided to explore Swiss Cottage one afternoon. After lunch at the Tara Tari Buffet Restaurant, I walked over to Swiss Cottage Library.
  • Win a 5 Night Break to Cantabria, Spain

    Karen Bryan
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    You could win a five night short break to Cantabria in northern Spain in the #SeeCantabria competition. The prize includes a Brittany Ferries return sailing from either Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander for two passengers in a cabin overnight, plus their car and three nights accommodation in a choice of hotels in Cantabria. Brittany Ferries vessel leaving Plymouth Click here to enter the competition on the Cantabria Tourism Facebook page.
  • Three Course Lunch for 6.9 Euro at the Hotel Danubia Gate in Bratislava

    Karen Bryan
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    On weekdays the Danubia Gate Hotel in Bratislava offers a three course 'Menu Klasik' set lunch for 6.9 Euro. The hotel is located at Dunajská 26, a five minute walk from the Old Town.
  • Review of Premier Inn Stirling City Centre

    Karen Bryan
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I stayed at the Premier Inn Stirling City Centre on a mid-week night in May 2014. It cost £35 on an advance booking non-refundable rate. The hotel is behind Stirling rail station in a recently redevoped area by the River Forth.
  • Photo Tour of the New Building of the National Museum Prague

    Karen Bryan
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    The old building of the National Museum in Prague is undergoing renovation and not due to re-open until 2015.  However, the adjacent building, which originally opened in 1938 as the Prague Stock Exchange, now called the New Bulding of the National Museum, was open during my visit to the city in April 2014. The Old National Museum was reflected onto the New Building, a great marriage of old and new.
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • On the Cost of Upgrading Your Fleet of Warships

    Chris Guillebeau
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I downloaded another iPad game that was a lot like the one I wrote about in The Tower. It was probably a mistake, given my tendencies for going all-in, but once in a while I download a game and play it off and on for a couple weeks. Then I get bored and remove it from the device. No big deal. In this game I had to build up defenses for my base and attack other bases, deploying a fleet of ships and military in a series of invasions. Simple and fun. My endeavors would earn money, or at least in-game currency, which I could spend on upgrading my ships and defenses. But I wasn’t the only actor…
  • Peace Corps, Gateway to the Travel Bug: On the Road with Michelle and Jedd Chang

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself I first heard about Jedd & Michelle through a blog submission… but then I got the chance to work with them at WDS this summer. They were two of our most reliable and hard-working ambassadors (volunteers), and I loved hearing their story of serving abroad in Jamaica. Here’s more. Tell us about yourselves. We’re Jedd and Michelle. In 2011, we left our “real jobs” to take a sabbatical – a time set aside to experience new things, learn, and grow. After an epic road trip and house-sitting, we made the…
  • Helpful Email Tip: Always Draw from the Top

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’m pretty good at keeping up with a lot of projects, but inevitably I fall behind on some emails. The way it works for me is that I get stuck on a final batch—I fly through a couple of hundred messages a day, but then there are at least a dozen that stymie me. I mentioned this phenomenon on Twitter recently, and @kavla made an interesting comment: @chrisguillebeau if you never cherry pick that doesn't happen. #alwaysdrawfromthetop — Kav Latiolais (@kavla) July 28, 2014 In other words: first in, first out. Address the issues related to one email at a time without skipping ahead.
  • Why Artistic Compromise Makes for Better Work

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Once in a while (thankfully not often), I look back at some of the posts and articles I wrote in the early days. What in the world was I thinking? Most of them are riddled with errors, typos, and sometimes just bad writing. For both The $100 Startup and my new book (more news on that coming soon), I worked with a fantastic editor from Random House. There’s no doubt that both manuscripts were much, much better off because of his efforts. I’d love to say I’m the kind of writer who turns in a manuscript complete and ready to go, but that’s definitely not the case. Rick Horgan, that…
  • Limited Time: Marriott Card 70,000 Points Signup Bonus

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Link: 70,000 Points for Marriott Card Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 points upon signup, but for a limited time—we don’t know for how long—you can earn 20,000 additional points for a total of 70,000. 70,000 points can put you in one of their nicer hotels or resorts worldwide for up to two nights. Marriott also partners with Ritz Carlton, where awards can also be booked. In addition to the improved signup bonus, the card…
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    TripAdvisor Insights

  • Changing your business type or location

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Two questions that regularly appear on the TripAdvisor Owners’ Forum are:
  • 3 things you can do after a bad review

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Hospitality providers on TripAdvisor are passionate about their businesses and customers. So, a bad review can often be discouraging. But even the highest rated properties on TripAdvisor get bad reviews now and then.
  • What a TripAdvisor Business Listing can do for you

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Business Listing allows you to put your direct contact information on your property page across all the TripAdvisor sites as well as on our mobile apps. You also have access to Special Offers which can give your property maximum exposure within your
  • Small social media button. Big traveler impact.

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Travelers are often encouraged to connect with businesses via social media buttons on websites. But the new TripAdvisor social media button helps travelers do much more than connect. It puts potential guests one click away from reading your hard-won reviews and posting their own.
  • Does your business need a blog? (Part 1)

    Jenny McIver
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A blog is a terrific way to go from a static website to a dynamic, interactive site that engages current customers and attracts new ones. A successful blog can be an excellent marketing tool for any business.
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  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: July 29, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Take a break in this hammock while you read the latest Hawaii vacation deals and news you can use. * Costco Travel always seems to have special Hawaii travel deals. See this page to search for deals. One of the current Costco special offers that we think is an especially good value is a five-night stay at the newly refurbished Hyatt Regency Maui including daily breakfast buffet for two, rental car and two-for-one admission to their luau from $739 per person based on double occupancy. See all the details here. * As promised, we reviewed the changes to the advance ticketing process for touring…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Kauai hibiscus beauty

    Sheila Beal
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Mahalo to Barbara Cooper for sharing this gorgeous photo with us. She snapped this photo while visiting Kauai in February. The striking yellow hibiscus with red accents is amazingly beautiful. This vibrant bloom is framed nicely with palm trees and lovely Hawaiian sky in the background. What a beauty! Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words are permitted with full attribution and link back to Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically…
  • Top Lana’i Adventures

    Sheila Beal
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    There’s a common misconception that there’s nothing to do on Lanai. Au contraire! There’s plenty of exciting adventures that will make memories for a lifetime. We’ve visited Lana’i at least a half a dozen times — and we’ve never run out of things to do. So, what sort of vacation adventures does Lana’i offer? Let’s take a look. Go off roading Rent a four-wheel drive for a day or two to discover Lanai’s secluded beaches, a most unusual rock garden, historic villages and much more. While Lanai only has 30 miles of paved roads, this…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Green Sand Beach on Big Island of Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Mahalo to Kelly Driscoll-Smith for sharing this unique Hawaii Island photo with us. Kelly took this photo at Papakolea Beach — also known as the Green Sand Beach. How does this green sand beach get it’s color? I’ll let Wikipedia explain: The cinder cone is rich in olivine, a silicate mineral containing iron and magnesium, also known as peridot when of gem quality. Olivine is a common mineral component of Hawaiian lavas and one of the first crystals to form as magma cools. Olivine is locally known as “Hawaiian Diamond” and is notably found…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: July 16, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    * If you are thinking about a late summer or fall trip to Hawaii, it’s time to start to keep your eyes on airfare. Hawaiian Airlines is starting to show lower fares for travel between August 19 and November 19, 2014 with fares starting at $438 roundtrip. For a quick search of the lowest fares available from your home airport, we like to use * Entertainment coupon 2014 books are on sale for $5.99 plus $1 shipping. If you are going to Oahu in 2014, the coupons can really help you save on luaus, tours, beach services, etc. Read our discussion about these coupon books here. *…
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  • MH 17 Crash

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    MH17 Crash The Netherlands was shocked when it learned a Malaysian Airplane of Flight MH 17 crashed in Ukraine, presumably by the hands of Russian backed rebellions who fired an anti aircraft rocket to it. Of the nearly 300 passengers and crew almost 200 fellow Dutchman died in the crash. There were 80 children amongst them. In an earlier speech the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the UN Security Council for adopting a resolution that condemned this act. Wednesday July 23 was a day of National Mourning in the Netherlands. The first 40 bodies came home… MH 17 Crash is a post…
  • America’s Cup 35 campaign started

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    America’s Cup 35 campaign started I’ve been covering the America’s Cup for some time, but realize I forgot to say anything about the no 34 campaign because I was so busy with watching the thriller unfold when the Kiwi’s lost the cup to Oracle after they had build up a lead of 8-1 wins which Jimmy Spithill was able to claw back entirely to win 9-8. I’ve never seen such a comeback in sailing nor any other sport. The rules for the 35st Cup have been negotiated by defender Oracle Team USA, via Golden Gate Yacht Club and Team Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club,…
  • Again a Randstad Rail Collision

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    Again a Randstad Rail Collision I’ve hesitated a couple of months to share this photo with you, because it was taken by a friend who was inside the tram sitting just there where the white and blue tram rammed the red and yellow tram. Amazingly he was quick to jump away just in time, but an older lady who was just sitting in front of him was severely wounded by the accident. The strange thing is that there are no traffic rules as to which tram has right of way when two trams cross an intersection. My friend’s comment as to the support from instances is that there is not much…
  • Mini Super Legerra

    28 May 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Seems a good idea. Mini Super Legerra is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Thursday, June 12, 2014Mini Super Legerra is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • European Parliament Voting Days

    23 May 2014 | 4:16 am
    European Parliament Voting Days Yesterday we had European Parliament Election Day in The Netherlands. The elections are held on several days in all the countries forming the European Communions. Sunday is the last voting day and somewhere Sunday night we will know who will be chosen as one of the very well paid European Parliamentarians. Why would I share with you that this Celebrity Hotelier voted in the European Parliament election? I’ll tell you: When voting a couple of years ago you were only allowed to vote in the voting locale in your direct neighborhood. If you wanted to vote…
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  • Frugal Friday: Free Theater in New York City

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Photo credit: Joseph Moran   One of the greatest theater towns in the world is New York City.  Visit during the summer and you can see free productions in the parks.  From the world renowned Shakespeare in the Park plays at Delacorte Theater in Central Park to Little Red’s Hood in Queen’s Highland Park, theater lovers can enjoy classic shows and the works of emerging playwrights.  Check the calendar for scheduled events on the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website:    
  • Frugal Friday: Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay 150th Anniversary

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Damn the torpedoes!”  is the often quoted phrase shouted by Rear Admiral David Farragut shortly after dawn on Aug. 5, 1864.  The Admiral led 18 Union warships through the mouth of Mobile Bay and into the Civil War’s largest naval battle. This year  marks the 150th anniversary of Alabama’s Battle of Mobile Bay and the Siege of Fort Morgan.  Re-enactments, music, exhibits, living history demonstrations, and a festival commemorating the brave fighting men will be staged throughout the three-day event–August 1-3. Fort Morgan State Historic Site’s gates will open at 7…
  • An #EpicHoneymoon Adventure w/ @CajunMama on @QatarAirways #traveltuesday #hangmyhat

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Right now my new husband and I are on our #EpicHoneymoon adventure on Qatar Airways. You can follow along via social media on Instagram and Twitter to see just where we end up and the romantic things we discover along the way. Also, to celebrate the new Qatar Airways route from Dallas to Doha, Qatar Airways is providing an opportunity for one lucky follower to win their own epic adventure with their #HangMyHat promotion. Just visit Qatar Airways website to enter for two roundtrip tickets from any US gateway they depart from to your favorite Qatar Airways destination, along with a chance to…
  • 3 Places you Must Eat at in Mystic Connecticut

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    We recently visited the beautiful town of Mystic, Connecticut. It was my first time there. We were set out on an adventure to learn as much as we could about the Mystic Aquarium and surrounding attractions but a girl has got to eat. Here are my top 3 Mystic picks for places to eat. Abbotts Lobster in the Rough Abbotts was a favorite. In fact, in just a 3 day stay we went there twice. It is a low key, great seafood place to eat. With beautiful views of the ocean and sailboats drifting by only lobster smothered in butter could make this place any better. Thankfully, lots and lots of Lobster is…
  • Frugal Friday: San Antonio’s Kidcation

    12 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Photo by Jim Twardowski Don’t you wish someone else would put the perfect kid-friendly vacation together?  Wouldn’t it be great to go somewhere that’s fun for the whole family and won’t break the bank?  The San Antonio Kidcation Week is August 8-17.  It’s one week of restaurants, hotels, and attractions giving special offers and holding summertime events designed for kids and their families.  And, you might even be able to sneak in a history lesson in the home of the Alamo. Go to for a complete list of the offers.  Hotel packages…
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  • Essential Florida Travel: Touring the Everglades by High-powered Airboat

    Mike Richard
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Few experiences are as quintessentially “South Florida” as an airboat ride through Florida Everglades National Park. It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s wild (literally and figuratively) and … it’s just so damn fun. Since we found ourselves in Fort Lauderdale last month, I thought it appropriate to take Mrs. Vagabondish on her very first, one-of-a-kind airboat ride. Road Through the Florida Everglades © John Spade As a Viator Ambassador, I found the ideal opportunity in their Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and…
  • How to Travel Independently for the First Time

    Amanda Kendle
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. You might be young and new to traveling. Maybe you’ve taken some tours, but want to get more control over your trips. Or perhaps you just really want to travel independently and don’t really know where to start. I can’t think of a better way to travel than with just my backpack, virtually no reservations and only a vague itinerary: just a wide open adventure ahead of me. Here’s some advice on how you can plan and execute your first independent trip. #1: Gather Information Figure out your destination in the broadest terms, and start collecting…
  • What Travel Milestones Have You Reached?

    Erica Ho
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. After a while, it gets easy to think you’ve seen it all and, worse, to begin taking things for granted. It wasn’t until I began reflecting on the first time I ever flew first class for this article—a common enough occurrence that I no longer think anything of it—that I began fondly remembering the times I crossed each milestone. I know that I saved that boarding pass lying around as a souvenir. But then again, you’re talking to a person who might have saved a napkin from the first international flight they ever flew as a souvenir. I…
  • Travel Quote: “The shortest way to yourself is around the world.”

    Mike Richard
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Remixed from original photo © Michael Pollak (Flickr) The post Travel Quote: “The shortest way to yourself is around the world.” appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Launches a Unique Subscription-Based Travel Service

    Mike Richard
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Some of our fondest travel moments were borne from serendipity and blind chance. By jumping in feet first without the slightest hint of expectation or control over where we were headed or what we would be doing next. Fresh startup website has taken this concept and added a dash of organization to create a unique subscription-based travel service. Traveler's Silhouette in the Marrakech Railway Station © Thomas Leuthard The Skinny In their own words, is: … a subscription-based spontaneous travel service that…
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    Adventure Girl

  • Hotel Review: The Quin Hotel – A modern masterpiece

    Stefanie Michaels
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The Quin, a 1926 beaux arts building turned posh hotel in midtown Manhattan, is one of New York City’s newest luxury lifestyle hotels. Situated at the corner of 57th and 6th Avenue, its prime location is just blocks from art, music, fashion—Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Times Square and the designer shops of Fifth Avenue. The main lobby is where guests will spy vanilla-colored marble floors, dramatic high-mirror tile ceilings, and a lounge area set across from a stark white marble front desk backed by a fire red art piece. Art plays an important role in the ambience of this…
  • A playful take on epicure at “Barton G.”

    Stefanie Michaels
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    What do you get when you mix comfort food and the theatrics of a brilliant entrepreneur with a child-like imagination? Barton G. LA., the Miami restaurant that recently landed on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. The man behind this new and stunning WEHO haunt is Barton G. Weiss, an internationally acclaimed concept design guru, author, and restaurateur. He is also the visionary, who turned Gianni Versace’s former private residence into one of South Beach’s chicest hotels. One might drive by the restaurant’s exterior and think the location to be a Gucci-esque design house instead…
  • pledge for #Vacationequality

    Stefanie Michaels
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    When came to me and asked me to work on a special project with them, I was curious. “Tell me more,” I asked. “It has to do with vacation equality,” explained Vicki Dolenga of I learned that the U.S. is the only advanced economy with no guaranteed minimum vacation time. One in four working Americans have no paid time off at all. “People who already get paid vacation through their employers may think that the Vacation Equality Project has no bearing on them, but what they don’t realize is that without a law on the books, their employers can…
  • Hotel Review: New York City Hilton Midtown Hotel

    Stefanie Michaels
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    One of the premiere Manhattan mid-town hotels is the New York Hilton Midtown, 1,985-room hotel on 54th Street at Sixth Avenue. Situated just steps from Central Park, shopping areas, the theater district and Times Square, it’s the place to drop luggage and explore the city. “The new room design features an inviting, sleek and contemporary design that will provide our guests with a tranquil oasis in the heart of the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan,” said Mark Lauer, general manager, New York Hilton Midtown. A marble lobby in deco-style creme marble and light woods welcome both…
  • Nyanga needs a new Mom and you can help!

    Stefanie Michaels
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’ve been following IDA-Africa for several years and offering support where I can. Although I haven’t had a chance to visit the sanctuary in Cameroon, Africa, I am always looking for ways to help them, especially since they are a small non-profit that needs to make every donation go a long way. I received an email that said, “You Can Help Place Nyanga With Her New Mom!” I’m such a sucker for the babies, and photos included with each correspondence show cute little faces and big beautiful eyes gazing back at you from the screen. Meet one of the orphans,…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421 Transcript

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    transcript of Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421 subscribe: rss feed | iTunes | stitcher | Live365 Chris Christensen: Amateur Traveler, episode 421. Today, the Amateur Traveler talk is […] The post Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco) – Episode 421 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Ghosts at the Korean War Memorial – Washington D.C.

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Independent Day Trip to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria from Washington DCGettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC I saw the Korean War Memorial on the Mall in Washington D.C. for the […] The post Ghosts at the Korean War Memorial – Washington D.C. appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Radisson is Giving Away Free Hotel Stays for Life

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I don’t just have one contest today for you but two! FIRST Priceline Hotels - Select your Exact Hotel or Name Your Own Price!CruiseDirect: Limited inventory on Last Minute Cruise Deals. Best […] The post Radisson is Giving Away Free Hotel Stays for Life appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • The Best Family Fun in Myrtle Beach

    Meisha Bochicchio
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    What’s your favorite thing about summer? For many, the one or two weeks that make up a yearly family vacation are the most anticipated times of the season. Rounding up the kids […] The post The Best Family Fun in Myrtle Beach appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    subscribe: rss feed | iTunes | stitcher | Live365 Hear about travel to Charleston, South Carolina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jen Leo from This Week in Travel and her husband […] The post Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Discovering Freedom in the USA

    Barbara Anne Scheibel
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Discovering Freedom in the USA 6:05 a.m. – groan and wake up 6:10 a.m. – have coffee, one cup 7:00 a.m. – sigh and start work 12:00 p.m. – go completely berserk 5:30 p.m. – stuck in rush hour 7:00 p.m. – frozen dinner, devoured 7:30 p.m. – have travel day-dreams 9:30 p.m. – concoct money schemes 10:00 p.m – come to realization 10:05 p.m – dismiss aspirations 10:30 p.m. – fall asleep Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. REPEAT. Caught in this trap Of my life map With no diversions, Only one path. Days pass, seasons change Though my life…
  • Afire in the UK

    Nicole Mara T. Cruz
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Afire By Nicole Mara T. Cruz Different things come to mind when people hear the word ‘Freedom’. It could mean independence, an escape route or making decision. The definition varies and changes for each individual and one of my definitions of freedom is a place where you feel that fire in you spark. It is not enough that it is written on some piece of paper or that your teacher or parent tells you yourself is free but freedom is to be felt. You could always tell when someone feels that spark, that fire in them, you could tell by their expressions, body language and their eyes that they…
  • Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour – Part Two

    Brian Schweitzer
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to Part Two of our “Creating the Perfect Tallinn Tour” where I will delve into some of the other essentials you need when coming to visit Tallinn, Estonia: Souvenirs No tour in Tallinn is complete without souvenirs. Here are some of the most popular souvenirs you can buy in Tallinn: Look for signs that read – Eesti Kasitoo (authentic Estonian goods) Wool – Sweaters, scarf’s, mittens and hats which have traditional, beautiful reindeer, flower and Estonian designs. Linen Items – a popular fabric that the peasants used to create plain clothing as an unofficial protest…
  • Freedom on A Chicken Bus in Guatemala!

    Judi Puckett
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Jostling in my seat like a rag doll as the bus navigates gaping holes in the road seemingly large enough to swallow us whole, I question why I have chosen this journey. I love traveling because it always opens up new horizons to worlds previously unimagined and brings out a sense of wonderment; but it can sometimes bring out the worst in me when physical discomfort sets into my aging body. Although I’m feeling grouchy, a smile plays on my lips at the name Chicken Bus – an expression coined by travelers who have seen actual chickens on the bus going to market, as well as those who have had…
  • Home Is Where The Heart Is: USA

    Warren Locklear
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Home is where the heart is. That’s what I’ve always been told. Get away from here there’s nothing for you. Go places see new things. But just remember one thing. Home is where the heart is. A place I would like to go. Is where the waters are pure blue. An the grass is green as green can be. Where the sun will always shine. Home is where the heart is. There are many beautiful sites in the world. That I would like to go to. But there is one place that I would like to see most. What’s waiting on the other side for me. Home is where the heart is. The world has to offer so many things. On…
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  • Should the TSA adopt a “one line” policy?

    Christopher Elliott
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Gordon Moore is confused — and angry. Just before he boarded a recent flight in Portland, Ore., he was met […] The post Should the TSA adopt a “one line” policy? appeared first on Elliott.
  • What to do about that nonrefundable refundable hotel rate in Paris

    Christopher Elliott
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Something tells me Fatima from the front desk of the Hôtel du Triangle d’Or wants me to mind my own […] The post What to do about that nonrefundable refundable hotel rate in Paris appeared first on Elliott.
  • How did the TSA beat us into submission?

    Christopher Elliott
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Thank you for reading Elliott’s Email, my entertaining and eminently useful weekly email newsletter. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to […] The post How did the TSA beat us into submission? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Dinged for using a “fraudulent” discount code on my Avis rental

    Christopher Elliott
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Anand Iyer recently rented a Hyundai from Avis in Westfield, NJ. He’d found the car online through a site called […] The post Dinged for using a “fraudulent” discount code on my Avis rental appeared first on Elliott.
  • Are travelers giving up on loyalty programs?

    Christopher Elliott
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s finally happening. After years of putting up with blackout dates, broken promises and bait-and-switch games, American travelers — particularly […] The post Are travelers giving up on loyalty programs? appeared first on Elliott.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • EASY Paleo/ Primal Tortillas Recipe & Mexican Food

    Soul Travelers3
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    EASY Paleo/ Primal Tortilla Recipe & Mexican FoodThis is a yummy paleo/primal, grain-free, gluten-free tortilla that Mozart made for lunch the This is a yummy paleo/primal, grain-free, gluten-free tortilla that Mozart made for lunch the other day and added left over pastured chicken pieces, homemade healthy, lacto- fermented salsa, and topped with guacamole and organic tomatoes. It is one of her favorite lunches! She so loves making these easy, healthy and delicious tortillas, so has taken over the duty from me. Due to our cavity healing and prevention diet, she sometimes misses the…
  • Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado - Exquisite Vacation

    Soul Travelers3
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado - Exquisite VacationThey call New Mexico the "Land of Enchantment/ Tierra del Encanto" and Santa Fe, "The City Different" They call New Mexico the "Land of Enchantment/ Tierra del Encanto" and Santa Fe, "The City Different" and a winter family adventure at the amazing Four Season’s Rancho Encantado Resort brings all the magical and historic charms of this area together seamlessly. Set on 57 unspoiled acres, at an elevation of 7000 feet, with just 65 sumptuous casita guest rooms, breathing in the pinon-scented air and brilliant blue sky,  it's…
  • Best Cheap Thrill in Sydney - Travel Tip

    Soul Travelers3
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Best Cheap Thrill in Sydney - Travel TipPlanning a vacation or holiday in Sydney? Try this cheap, but enlightening tip, like the locals Planning a vacation or holiday in Sydney? Try this cheap, but exciting tip,( like the locals do) and take a ferry somewhere.It's pure, scenic joy to take a public ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo or Manly etc. that not only gives you the best view of the Opera House, but a genuine feeling of what it is like to live in Sydney and bask in this gorgeous harbor. We met friends that go to work every day via this ferry ( and interestingly read our blog often…
  • Makeup Artist Terri Tomlinson Gives Mozart Pop-Star Look

    Soul Travelers3
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Makeup Artist Terri TomlinsonGives Mozart Pop-Star LookPerfect makeup for teens is a new realm for us, so the best makeup artist in Dallas, Terri  Perfect makeup for teens is a new realm for us, so the best makeup artist in Dallas, Terri Tomlinson gave Mozart her Pop Star look when she performed at the famous Gas Monkey Bar and Grill. Teen singer/songwriter Mozart was really excited because  she has never worn makeup and never had make up done by a professional makeup artist, but she was about to perform on a large world class stage ( the same one Willie Nelson plays on!) so we…
  • Best Hotel for 4th of July Fireworks! Kaboom!

    Soul Travelers3
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    Best Hotel for 4th of July Fireworks! Kaboom! Pssst,do you want to know a secret? Addison Texas is rated as one of the top places in the USA to watch Pssst,do you want to know a secret? Addison Texas is rated as one of the top places in the USA to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and we had the best view in town from our room at the Hawthorn Suites Hotel. Since we've been traveing the world for over 8 years straight, we haven't been in America on July 4th in almost 9 years, so what a delightful surprise to be in this gem on this day. We've seen fireworks all over the world like Spain,…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • The Curse of Perspective

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    On July 4, 1997, I couldn’t believe my luck. It was my first summer as an intern at America West, and this was my first attempt at traveling on my benefits. I, and every other person working for America West in Phoenix, had the same brilliant plan. Let’s get the heck out of Phoenix and head to the beach. I was hoping just to get a seat on the airplane, but incredibly, I found myself in First Class, sitting in row 1 on our decade-old 737. It was all downhill from there. Sure, I had flown up front a couple times before, but it was a rare and special event. That’s how it felt…
  • A Day in the Life of Southwest’s Largest Cargo Operation

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    I don’t talk about cargo much on the blog, but it is most definitely an integral part of the business. Chances are, on every flight you take, there is some kind of cargo in the belly of that airplane. So when Southwest asked if I’d be interested in taking a look at the airline’s largest cargo operation, I thought it would be worthwhile. I was surprised to learn that Southwest’s largest cargo station is actually in Los Angeles, even though LAX is only the airline’s tenth largest station in terms of number of departures. In LA, the airline pushes through more than…
  • Cranky on the Web (July 21 – 25)

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Cranky Analysis: Picking Apart Spirit’s Plan of Attack – PlaneBusiness Banter ($$Subscription Required$$) I dug into Spirit’s performance this time and found that while Spirit does stimulate a market when it enters, it also takes traffic from other airlines in some cases. Subscribers to PBB can read the whole thing.
  • Topic of the Week: GBTA Next Week

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    It’s time once again for the monstrous event known as the GBTA Convention. I haven’t gone in a few years, but this time I’m going to be moderating a panel on Tuesday about the various government fast pass programs (Global Entry, Pre Check, etc). I’ll also be on the floor Monday and Tuesday. I might even get there early enough to hear United CEO Jeff Smisek speak on Monday, but that may be a little too early for me to get there. If you’ll be there, let me know. I’ll certainly be around.
  • Airbus and Boeing Finalize Their Future Widebody Plans and One Looks Better Than the Other

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    With the recent launch of the A330neo, it seems that both Airbus and Boeing have almost fully formed their planned portfolios for the long haul, widebody market. Both companies have created three aircraft families that are expected to serve every airline’s needs. But from a capacity perspective, it looks like Boeing has the more comprehensive option. Airbus might still need some work. We’ve seen a lot of this come together over the last year. Most recently, Airbus launched the A330neo, but the enhanced Boeing 777X line only firmed up late last year. And the 787-10 didn’t…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Animals with The Milo Foundation

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Read the full article on at - Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Animals with The Milo FoundationVoluntourism is a great way to travel and give back to the local community. No matter where you’re visiting, there are opportunities to give back all over the world. This... Read More...The post Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Animals with The Milo Foundation appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Daily Scoop: The Creole Creamery in New Orleans, LA

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Read the full article on at - Daily Scoop: The Creole Creamery in New Orleans, LAThe Creole Creamery New Orleans, Louisiana  “Eat Ice Cream. Be Happy” is the tagline for the Creole Creamery in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here you can order traditional flavors like Vanilla... Read More...The post Daily Scoop: The Creole Creamery in New Orleans, LA appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How to Make International Calls

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How to Make International CallsIn theory, communicating when you’re abroad is easier than ever. But for technophobes—yours truly included—the information can be hard to navigate. Here’s how to make international calls. Data, browsing, and... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How to Make International Calls appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Heritage House Resort, Mendocino, CA—August 2, 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Read the full article on at - Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Heritage House Resort, Mendocino, CA—August 2, 2014Mendocino is a small town on the Pacific coast of Northern California (and we’re talking real Northern California, 150 miles north of San Francisco). Originally settled by Portuguese and Canton... Read More...The post Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Heritage House Resort, Mendocino, CA—August 2, 2014 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Daily Scoop: Big Gay Ice Cream in New York, NY

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Read the full article on at - Daily Scoop: Big Gay Ice Cream in New York, NYBig Gay Ice Cream New York, New York    In June 2009, Douglas Quint, a classical musician who was tired of traveling for work, rented an old ice cream truck... Read More...The post Daily Scoop: Big Gay Ice Cream in New York, NY appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Steinbeck Center Educates in Salinas, California

    Nancy Brown
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hollywood actor Henry Fonda may have brought The Grapes of Wrath to life on the silver screen, but it was California author John Steinbeck who penned the American novel in 1939 about a poor Oklahoma family forced from their land and their struggles to keep their family together as they look for work in California. […]
  • Fast Raft Monterey Bay Boat Tour in California

    Nancy Brown
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s nothing I like better than being out on California’s Monterey Bay on a sunny day. So when the folks at Fast Raft asked if I wanted to join them for a Monterey Bay boat tour, I was on that RIB (rigid inflatable boat) faster than a dolphin swimming in a sea of sardines! Most […]
  • Akta Lakota Museum: An American Treasure in South Dakota

    Jamie Rhein
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Each year, my family heads to Montana from Ohio. On these treks across vast expanses of the United States, we pick at least one new place to visit. This year we headed into Chamberlain, South Dakota since the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center caught my eye. Situated on the bank of the Missouri River […]
  • Book Review: Victura: The Kennedys, A Sailboat, and the Sea

    Nancy Brown
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The lives of President John F. Kennedy and his storied family have been dissected, one would have thought, from every angle possible. But now comes the story of their enchantment with sailboats. As an avid sailor, this approach piqued my interest as none of the other myriad of tell-all stories of American’s “Camelot” had ever […]
  • Celebrating Independence Day in USA

    Nancy Brown
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    To some people the Fourth of July means barbecues and fireworks displays. To others, July Fourth means street parades, military celebrations and commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, celebrating independence day in the USA. Our neighborhood brings out the barbecues and picnic tables after our two minute bike parade. […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • The Best of Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Today we’ll be talking about the recently released Hawaii’s Best 2014, which is an annual celebration hosted by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. This The post The Best of Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • What Hawaii DOESN’T have

    Bruce Fisher
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hawaii seems to have it all. Year round warm weather, a gorgeous ocean, beautiful beaches, high-end hotels, incredible shopping, tropical fruits, unique The post What Hawaii DOESN’T have appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Do you read your Hawaii travel documents?

    Bruce Fisher
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Let me begin by first stating that the customer is always right. I like to subscribe to this philosophy because it’s a The post Do you read your Hawaii travel documents? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Common questions answered from Facebook friends

    Bruce Fisher
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Facebook Friends Questions Answered Today we’ll be answering some questions that a few of our social media friends have asked us. We The post Common questions answered from Facebook friends appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Good to be back home in Paradise

    Bruce Fisher
    26 May 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Wow, what an adventurous last two weeks! If you hadn’t heard, I was away on a trip to Europe with Lanai’s Travel The post Good to be back home in Paradise appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • “Sightings” in the San Luis Valley — Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    “Sightings” in the San Luis Valley - Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO Where I stayedPinon Pines CampgroundAt first, I did not think I would get my RV into my space at Piñon Pines Campground in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, but it just fit. I had to do lots of leveling, but it was a good campsite with a picnic table and fire pit. The campground was full. There were lots of kids and lots of bikes. The rangers also made regular rounds. This was my first time seeing a ranger write a camper up for not putting his food in the…
  • Going from Large to Small — Quedlinburg, Germany

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Going from Large to Small - Quedlinburg, Germany Quedlinburg, GermanyThe week began with doing laundry, cleaning the apartment and going through numerous papers and brochures that I had accumulated along the way and to discard all which were unimportant. In the evening as I took some trash out, I realized that it was really another hot day with a temperature in the lower 90s. On Monday I bought a Tageskarte (day ticket) for the trams since I had a couple of places to go that were in quite disparate locations. First I went to the Genealogische Forschungsstelle (LDS Family History Center) to…
  • Laundryday in Moab — Moab, Verenigde Staten

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Laundryday in Moab - Moab, Verenigde Staten Moab, Verenigde Staten Where I stayed BEST WESTERN Plus Canyonlands Inn MoabWe vertrokken deze morgen in Salt Lake City met alweer bewolking en regen. Eerst even langs Starbucks en Walmart voor een fruitontbijtje en dan richting Moab. Het is maar 4u rijden vandaag maar dan zijn we op tijd in Moab om al onze was te doen. Straks nog efkes gaan zwemmen hier in het hotel en morgen trekken we naar Arches NP.
  • Ahhhh a soft bed — Bishop Falls, Canada

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Ahhhh a soft bed - Bishop Falls, Canada Bishop Falls, Canada Where I stayedBrookdale RV Park What I didTVAfter a wild night at Brimstone and very little sleep, we were up early and on the road to get into the Ferry queue.. The locals drop their cars off early then come back when the ferry comes in. We just sat in the car and read and slept for a couple of hours. Finally in she came and we were off.. This trip went via the Change Islands so was about an hour. When they called us to get in our cars we went out the wrong exit and lost our car.. It was a bit scary as we thought we were going to…
  • A Stroll Down Main Street — Cody, WY

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    A Stroll Down Main Street - Cody, WY Cody, WYOne of the things I like about traveling the "blue roads" (back roads) and visiting small towns is strolling the main streets, looking in the store windows and visiting with the storekeepers. Each town is unique and has its own personality. I grew up in a small town and I miss it. Recently, I visited Buffalo, Wyoming, for the annual “Longmire Days”. Since Buffalo is the setting for Durant, county seat for Absaroka County where Walt Longmire is the Sheriff, several of the businesses are referred to in the books such as the Busy Bee…
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    View from the Wing

  • Best Options for Buying Gift Cards and Big Bonus for Booking Hotels Plus Another Program Devalues

    Gary Leff
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    News and notes from around the interweb: Jetstar (Australia) reminds passengers to dispose of their drugs before landing. There was a rush for the lavatories. Rocketmiles has extended their 3000 bonus miles for first hotel booking through August 8. That’s on top of the usual miles you earn for booking hotels for yourself or others. The site has a limited number of hotels and in a limited – but growing – number of cities. It rebates you a potentially large number of miles for your reservations. (You generally won’t earn hotel points for your stays booked through the site.) Best…
  • Hotel Charges Man $127 for Water (Travel Can Be Very. Expensive. So Know What You’re Getting Into)

    Gary Leff
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The Crystal Bar at the Wellesley hotel in Knightsbridge, London isn’t a cheap place to sit down and drink. So there’s lots of mileage out there about a man who was charged $127 for 3 bottles of water. Edward Heaton had a business meeting at the five star Wellesley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London. It was hot so they opted to sit outside on the cigar terrace of the Crystal Bar, and order three small bottles of San Pellegrino sparkling water. After the meeting concluded, and Mr. Heaton requested the bill, imagine his surprise, when the total came out to $127. The story isn’t…
  • Maui Eats: Notable Meals from My Visit to Wailea

    Gary Leff
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    During my recent stay in Maui, where I discovered that I really much enjoy staying at the Andaz in Wailea, I had three dinners interesting in their own right. I thought I’d share them here, in case they help folks deciding to eat – or not eat – at one of these places, since Maui is such a frequent tourist destination. Scott at Hack My Trip says the Andaz Maui is “one of the few hotels where I felt I could stay there all week and never leave the property.” I could stay on property, to be sure, but I prefer leaving the property when on Maui – there are close…
  • Another Gutting: Starwood Preferred Business Ends Points-Earning

    Gary Leff
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Business programs can be a valuable supplement to personal frequent flyer and frequent guest accounts. An early offering was Southwest’s “Secretaries Program” which awarded free travel to administrative staff booking their bosses onto Southwest. Of course that benefit derived to the individual and company programs in theory at least benefit and belong to the company itself, though in practice they often belong to the individual managing the account (since large companies may have their own corporate deals, and these programs are often designed for smaller companies). I get…
  • Nation’s Bad Credit Prevents Earning Miles, Hotel Scams, Drug Mules and Keep Your Papers With You in Thailand

    Gary Leff
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: A third of consumers with credit files had debts in collection last year. This game is not for you unless you pay off your cards in full each month, and don’t cause yourself to spend more than you otherwise would. Delta really is offering a robust inflight product these days. I love that, not that I want to fly Delta, but because it makes it hard for American to adopt US Airways-style soft product standards as those two carriers merge. The Supreme Court of British Columbia struck down rules that prohibited pharmacy patients in the province from…
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    Jet Set Life

  • Jet Set Life’s Guide to Miami Music Week

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Miami Music Week is exactly what it sounds like, a week long ode to music, particularly dance music. The streets of South Beach are filled with music loving people of all ages, neon $100,000 cars splashed with artist logos and there are massive parties on every corner. With so much going on, how do you know where to stay, what to do, where to party etc..? Well, that’s where we come in handy! We’ve been hitting Miami Music Week (MMW) for the past few years so we’re putting together a list that will make your experience oh so much better. When is MMW 2015: Late March, exact…
  • Casa Velas: Adults-Only Luxury Boutique All-Inclusive in Puerto Vallarta

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Sometimes during the stressful work day, you dream about getting away with your significant other for a laid back, chill in the sun and get pampered style vacation. Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect luxury, boutique all-inclusive that can turn that dream into a reality. I know what you’re thinking, we used the words “luxury” and “boutique” in the same sentence as “all-inclusive”, must be a typo. Nope. It’s not. And yes, usually when you think “all-inclusive” you think mediocre food, watered down drinks and so-so service.
  • You choose your life, no?

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    “You choose your life, no?” That line came from a very smart hotel entrepreneur we met in Marrakech. And, the more I travel, the more I find the truth in it. Everyone lives their life in a different way. Sadly, in America, the so-called “norm” is the 9-5 workday, with one week vacation, you purchase a house in the burbs and have 2.3 kids. If that works for you, great! But if it doesn’t feel like “your dream life” should you buckle to the pressure to conform to what “society” thinks is right? Hell no! Rob and I sometimes get snarky…
  • JSI 024: A Big Announcement, Living La Dolce Vida in Roma and More of Rob’s On-Camera Blunders

    22 May 2014 | 5:17 am
    In This Episode: In this episode: This week we have a big announcement! Then we’re taking you on our Vacanze Romana, inside our favorite Rome boutique hotel, more of Rob’s on-camera blunders and lastly, giving you a taste of Rob’s first original music production creation! Audio Only Player: Where to Stay in Rome: JK Place Roma The JK fragrance we love:  Dr. Vranjes AMBRA Are We Connected? Jet Set Life Facebook Jet Set Life Twitter Instagram @JetSetLife Jet Set Life YouTube Can’t get enough of Rob &…
  • Jet Set Life’s Top 20 Favorite Inspirational Quotes

    28 Feb 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Quotes are funny things. They’re simply sentences, phrases or paragraphs that one person says, that resonate with others. People turn to quotes for inspiration, motivation and to help put life into perspective. People love to share quotes on social media to help others peer into their minds and souls and to help lift others up that need the boost. We thought we’d put together a list of our favorite quotes on some of our favorite Jet Set Life images. These can be downloaded for your own personal use, vision boards or shared. Feel free to email, tweet, post on Facebook or Instagram…
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  • Hotel Hotel Canberra: Stunning Architecture in Australia’s Capital

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

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

    Esme Vos
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Villa Elyane is a splendid bed and breakfast (maison d’hôtes) in the heart of Colmar, one of the most popular cities to visit in the Alsace region of France. Villa Elyane has three rooms and two suites, ranging in price from 155 EUR to 250 EUR, all of which are decorated in a contemporary style of soft neutral colours and warm fabrics.All rooms have free Wi-Fi and air conditioning; each room has a coffee machine, too. Breakfast is included in the price of the room. Villa Elyane has a spa, a library that used to be the smoking room, and a lounge with billiards table.Villa Elyane is only…
  • Le Chambard: historic hotel and gastronomic restaurant in Kaysersberg (Alsace)

    Esme Vos
    28 May 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Le Chambard is everything you could want in a hotel set in the bucolic wine region of Alsace: historic, charming, recently renovated to modern standards and a food lover’s heaven. It is the home to a Michelin starred restaurant whose chef, Olivier Nasti, was awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007. For those unacquainted with this distinct honour, the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” is given to a craftsman who has attained the highest standard of excellence in his or her chosen craft, be it cooking, baking, butchery, making cheese, making chocolate, creating jewellery, and more.What I…
  • Cour du Corbeau: historic hotel in the centre of Strasbourg

    Esme Vos
    26 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Hotel Cour du Corbeau is one of the oldest hotels in France, having begun its life in 1528 as an inn or relay station for people traveling by horse-drawn coaches. One can count among its illustrious guests,  the Duke of Bavaria in 1570; in 1647, Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, who was later named a Marshal of France for his military victories in the Thirty Years’ War and the wars against Germany; Frederick II (King of Prussia) and Voltaire.The Cour du Corbeau was turned into a glass factory in 1852, but fell into disrepair in the early 1980s. In 2006, an investment group…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • More on Flying Over War Zones

    Tony Wheeler
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    I’m sure I was not the only one thinking about the practice of flying over war zones before MH17 was brought down on 17 July – check my posting from 8 July about flying north from Dubai over the ISIS disputed parts of Iraq on a Qantas A380. Today Emirates have announced they will no longer be flying that route, instead they’ll fly further east over Iran and then turn west once they’re north of Iraq. Coincidentally that’s the same route they used to follow when things were really bad in Iraq during the US occupation. Here’s a photo I took in 2006 from an Emirates Airbus A330 as we…
  • A Notable Qantas A380 & a War 40,000 ft Below

    Tony Wheeler
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    ▲  Sometimes flights are interesting all the way. When I looked out from the Tullamarine Airport (Melbourne, Australia) terminal at the Qantas A380 I was about to board I could see its name just below the flight deck windows: Nancy-Bird Walton. It was the first Airbus A380 to be delivered to Qantas, named after a pioneering Australian aviator. In 2012 I posted on Qantas A380 names. Back in 2010 Nancy-Bird Walton was the A380 which – as Qantas flight QF32 – soon after takeoff from Singapore had a catastrophic engine failure (an ‘uncontained failure’ in aircraft-engine-speak) which…
  • Holiday in Cambodia

    Tony Wheeler
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    There’s not much vacation time in Laura Jean McKay’s electric collection of short stories. Dark short stories, nobody is having a really good time whether they’re foreign visitors on a train heading for a Khmer Rouge ambush soon after Cambodia reopened in the early 1990s, Cambodians suffering under the Khmer Rouge during the post Year Zero era when Cambodia was renamed Kampuchea, or expats and locals playing their part in French colonial decline. You can also have a go at mine clearing, work in a sweated labour garment factory, play with the prostitutes, agonise about your role as an…
  • Harald Bluetooth & his Viking Phone

    Tony Wheeler
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    I love the way one experience leads you to another. Surprisingly often I go somewhere and what I see instantly makes me want to see something else. Earlier this year, at the enormously popular Viking exhibit (it finished a couple of weeks ago) at the British Museum, I added both Jelling in Denmark with its carved runestones and the extraordinary Kyz-Kala fortress in Merv in Turkmenistan to my ‘must see’ list. Now why had I never heard of either place before? Plus there was Harald Sigurdsson, literally Harold Hardrule, who also turned up in England in 1066 (just like William the…
  • Over the Maldives – fine stonework below (and maybe MH 370)

    Tony Wheeler
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:16 am
    In a recent posting on Istanbul I commented how on-the-ground reality could run well ahead of our up-to-the-minute internet, with a photograph from the Galata Tower of the Golden Horn, Istanbul’s historic inlet from the Bosphorus. The new (early 2014) Golden Horn Metro Bridge in my photo has yet to show up on Google or Apple maps, although you can find it on Google Earth. ◄ Flying back to Australia on Qantas Flight QF 10 from Dubai to Melbourne we flew right over the Maldives. As usual nobody (apart from on the flight deck I hope!) seemed to be looking, but here’s the view of Dhaalu…
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • London: Where to eat for cheap near the West End theatre district

    Frances Ambler
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Scored some bargain theater tickets? I’m here to really make your evening complete, and let you know the best place to grab some seriously tasty food before you sit down to be seriously entertained. There are plenty of menus catering to the London theater lovers, and they can offer brilliant value for money. On the other hand, West End theaters are perfectly located for some of London’s best cheap eats. Either option is better than filling up on over priced ice cream in the interval. I recommend saving that money for a post-theater ice at Scoop instead. Set menus and pre-theater specials…
  • Dining in Paris: Five dishes to try before you leave town

    Bryan Pirolli
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I hate writing about food. Suggesting someone a restaurant or a café is like trying to suggest a favorite color to someone. Just because I like a place, doesn’t mean you will, even if the food is stellar or the service above par. I’ll leave you all to battle it out on TripAdvisor. Instead, let’s discuss knowing which dishes are worth trying in Paris, no matter what restaurant you choose. Sushi, pizza and burgers abound in Paris, but here are five dishes that you may not get back home quite as easily. Look for them on the menu and give these classics a try! Duck confit served with…
  • Rome Shopping: 5 spots to find Roman fashion for every budget

    Samantha Collins
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Whether you are seeking designer dresses or cheap chic, Rome has some of the best places to shop in Italy. The names of Italy’s finest designers sit alongside independent boutiques and market stalls as shopping in Rome caters to every budget. Here is my “Top Five” guide to the best places to go whether you are looking for Prada shoes or a flea market bargain. 1. Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps This is the home of Rome’s designer shopping area and where you will find Prada next to Armani with a sprinkling of Gucci. The shops that line Via Condotti entice your credit card…
  • Venice: 3 “pasticcerie” to try for breakfast

    Monica Cesarato
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    When I was asked about where to have a nice typical breakfast in Venice, I was a bit confused. Why? Well, in Italy we do not have breakfast, or at least we do not have breakfast the way other people usually have it. For a Venetian, morning calories are usually consumed in the form of sweet things: a shot of espresso coffee or a cappuccino and maybe (but only maybe) a small croissant (called brioche) or a small doughnut (called krafen or bombolone, depending on which part of Italy you’re in) and fruit. Breakfast at the bar If your hotel doesn’t provide breakfast, then you should…
  • Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

    Audrey Sykes
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Amsterdam can be a breeze for first timers to Europe in many ways. Everyone speaks English, and the city is small enough to get around by foot. At the same time, the streets are curvy and confusing, taxis are expensive and the Dutch language is a mouthful. It’s also important to find a good location to stay and know how to navigate the city’s biggest attractions, so you don’t get stuck in long lines for half your trip. To help shrink your chances of starting an Amsterdam adventure on the wrong foot, here are five rookie mistakes to avoid. 1. Sleeping in the Red Light…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

    Alice Benny
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Going Green Vacation – Four years ago, my aunt gave my sons tee shirts from Venice Beach in Florida. She told them all about the shark teeth to be found right on the beach there. Another friend saw them wear the shirts and also raved about the shark teeth hunting and beautiful beaches. From then… Read more The post Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget

    Alice Benny
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    Islands to Visit on Budget: The Caribbean region, comprising of more than 700, breath-taking beautiful islands is a haven for sore eyes and enthusiastic travelers. As some say, the islands are enough in number for you to take annual holidays on a different island each year. From serene beaches to white, pristine sands to exotic… Read more The post Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss

    Greg Head
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The City of Chicago is an amazing tourist destination filled with extensive parklands, a variety of tourist attractions, diverse neighborhoods, and fresh water. It is a multicultural city and is recognized as a passionate sports town within the United States. Chicago offers safety and security to its citizens along with affordable housing and a great… Read more The post 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps

    Alice Benny
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Bags packed- Check, travel guide and documents- Check, Smart phone-Double Check!! Cruisers Apps – Triple Check!!! Long journeys can be thrilling but if there is no other distraction, such trips can be extremely boring. Here are ten exciting Apps essential for travelling. and cruisers apps. You can also check out our list of 10 Awesome Green iPhone… Read more The post Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance

    Alice Benny
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Some fun recycling facts for kids can comprehensively describe the growing need and importance of recycling. The younger generation needs to understand the significance of saving and protecting their environment, their home, their planet. One can only hope they do a better job than ‘us grown adults’ in taking things more seriously while growing up.… Read more The post Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Washington: The Smithsonian's Newest Exhibit Delves Into Hawaii's Jet Age

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    There’s some new goodies and treasures on display over at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and it all has to do with air travel over to Hawaii. The new exhibit is called Hawaii By Air, and it reveals the progress and changes in air travel between the mainland and one of the most remote spots on earth. Early flights are detailed and documented from the first flights that crossed the Pacific to the initial boom in island tourism. Learn how Inter-Island Airways made hopping between the islands a little bit easier and way more convenient than taking a…
  • Oshkosh: A Quick and Dirty First Timer's Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    If you're the sort of person who looks up to the sky at the sound of an aircraft engine, prepare to be nearly catatonic for hours every day at OSH. "OSH" is the airport code for Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport and the common term for the event formally titled EAA AirVenture, a massive aviation celebration of 10,000 airplanes and half a million people who swamp the tiny town for one week every summer. That week happens to be this week, july 28 - August 3, and we cannot stress hard enough the awesomeness of it all. You should go, if you aren't there already. Make it a long…
  • Misleading Airline Ads Closer to Returning as House Passes 'Transparency Act'

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    We've been keeping you up to date on the Department of Transportation's battle with the airline industry over the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, most recently explaining why we are backing the DOT and calling for the rejection of the Act. On Monday, Congress voted to pass the Act, which would allow airlines to advertise rates online and in print with asterisks that do not include taxes and extra fees.
  • Trade Your Travel Idea to the TSA for Cold, Hard Cash

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    We're all guilty of complaining about the TSA's downfalls in some form or another, and now, in an opportunity that almost seems too good to be true, we all have a chance to have our voices heard. Believe it or not, the TSA has put out a call for submissions for how to make security screening faster and more efficient. And if your plan is as good as you think it is, you'll be able to earn back some of your tax dollars, as the TSA will award one prize of at least $5,000 and several others of $2,500 for the best new ideas ($15,000 in total).
  • We All Scream for Ice Cream Aboard Air Berlin

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    We’re roughly in the middle of the summer season, and with the warmer weather comes the need to cool down. Sure air conditioning is great—and kind of a necessity—but some cool treats are also always welcome. That’s especially the case up in the air, as it’s hard to beat a little ice cream at 35,000 feet. This season—and in seasons past—airberlin is handing out ice cream to travelers heading out on their summer holidays. The premium ice cream comes to the airline and its passengers from Sylt restaurant, Sansibar, and travelers are offered up little 120mL…
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  • Sugar Highs, Bears and Cruise WiFi Costs, Oh My! The Latest From Jaunted and VegasChatter

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. JAUNTED · We All Scream for Ice Cream Aboard Air Berlin · Out to Sea But Not Off the Grid: How to Save on Cruise Ship WiFi · Take an 'Outlander' Tour of Scotland Before They Sell Out · Where to Find the World's Smallest (and Therefore Cutest) Bear VEGASCHATTER · At Harrah's, A Food
  • Instead of Toasters and Coffee Makers, Consider Honeymoon Hotel Registries

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    When faced with the decision of choosing between a fancy coffee maker or a luxury suite someplace tropical, which would you choose? If you're like us, you'll choose the latter. But after the cost of the wedding, most brides and grooms can't afford the lavish, exotic honeymoon of their dreams. After all, not everyone can have Chris Harrison fund our romantic escapes. But with the advent of honeymoon registries, more and more couples are getting what they really want--vacations instead of appliances for the kitchen.Hilton Hotels launched their Hilton Honeymoon Registry earlier this year,…
  • This is What Eco-Lodges Look Like in Costa Rica

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    La Quinta Sarapiqui has 5-leaf rating on its Certification of Sustainable Tourism We hit you yesterday with a very factual and proper rundown of what it means to be a sustainable hotel in Costa Rica, and now, let's go back down to earth and take a look at how these concepts translate into their design and everyday operations. I was about four hours into my stay at Finca Rosa Blanca in the Costa Rican foothills outside of San Jose when the light bulb clicked on, when I noticed there was something incredibly awesome happening at the hotel. I don't say that theoretically. I mean it very…
  • Why You'll Want to Take The Elevator at The Westin Hamburg, Opening in 2016

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    The most eyecatching feature of the new Westin Hamburg is the seafaring wavy roof. We're guessing that means no helipad. Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is getting larger and that means more hotels. According to HotelProjectsWorldwide, there are 23 new hotels in development in Hamburg, thanks in part to the revitalization of former riverfront warehouse district HafenCity. In 2016, HafenCity will be home to the new Westin Hamburg, located in one of the most highly anticipated new buildings worldwide— the Elbe Phiharmonic Hall.
  • Fraser Island: How Fraser Island's Kingfisher Bay Resort Gets Eco-Tourism Right

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday, we looked at what it means to be eco-friendly in Costa Rica. Today, we're looking at how Down Under does eco-friendly. Tucked off the coast of Queensland, Australia sits Fraser Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers picturesque settings and incredible wildlife sightings. This contributor recently had the opportunity to experience first hand why many visitors rave about the island with a stay at the upscale, yet laid back eco-lodge, Kingfisher Bay Resort. The entire stay got me thinking about what a hotel has to do in order to be considered an eco-resort.Thanks to a framed…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through August 05, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour – Save 20% Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will leave you breathless. The following day,…
  • The Big Five and Beyond: Going on Safari in the Serengeti

    Viator Travel Team
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The stretches of the Serengeti The rhino was not much more than a silhouette. Not a very good one, either, as the heat meant that the air was wavy and the rhino was far off on the horizon line. It was easy to recognize as a rhino, though – that horn is unmistakable. That was one of five. I was lucky to see a rhino, even from such a far off vantage point. Thanks to restricted habitat and hunting, the black rhino is critically endangered. The rhino and four other animals – lion, Cape buffalo, elephant, and leopard – are called The Big Five because they were once the most difficult to…
  • Not Your Typical Viator Deal Alert! Viator Joins the TripAdvisor Family

    Barrie Seidenberg
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
      It’s official, and we’re thrilled – Viator has signed an agreement to be acquired by TripAdvisor. Let’s let that sink in a little bit… When Viator was founded as a travel technology company in 1995, airlines, hotel companies and even car rental companies had already brought their products online. But there was no one-stop resource for savvy self-directed travelers to discover in advance, much less book, “the things you do when you get there” – the tours, attractions and local experiences that make a trip special. Fast-forward to today. Viator is the leading resource for…
  • Independent Stonehenge and Bath Afternoon Tour from London

    Viator Travel Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    As one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sites, Stonehenge has long been on my travel ‘to do’ list. When the opportunity finally arose this spring, I was more than a little excited. Figuring that the 90 minute trip from London warranted a full day out, I opted to include the charming town of Bath – famous for its ancient Roman Baths and Jane Austen Centre – to the itinerary. Prepare to spend hours admiring the nearly 5,000 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site from every angle as photos do not begin to do it justice. The elegant Roman Baths. We (my sister and I) began our…
  • Festivals Happening Around the World in July

    David Jennings
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The summery (at least for the Northern Hemisphere) month of July is host to a number of exciting festivals around the globe. From America’s Independence Day to the Darwin Beer Can Regatta, here are some of the month’s most fascinating festivals. Fourth of July (Independence Day) – United States 4th of July fireworks The Fourth of July (Independence Day) is the quintessential American holiday. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, an almost holy document in the American psyche that declared American independence from Britain on July 4, 1776.
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    World Hum

  • American Religion, Eastern European Identity

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

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

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

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

    The World Hum Editors (
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:34 am
    Eva Holland never got too excited about birds. But then she found herself gazing up at the sky in the Galapagos.
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Could National Geographic’s Next Great Explorer be you?

    Liz Lewis
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Do you dream of exploring uncharted territory? Have burning ambition to forge a new path? Want to show the world something exquisitely unique? Then check out National Geographic’s Expedition Granted. It’s aimed at potential 21st century explorers with big dreams and ideas and a burning desire to turn these dreams and ideas into actual expeditions
  • Every Flight I’ve Ever Taken Was a Good Flight

    Brian Spencer
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    The only mildly amusing moment during the flight was seeing a man emerge from the bathroom with a raging erection. He was in there for awhile — a long while — which on long-hauls usually means said toilet is being absolutely wrecked for the benefit of the next poor sap in line; you expect the
  • Find Real Las Vegas at the Downtown Container Park

    Sheila Scarborough
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Sitting in part of a former freight container, sipping a Mexican Coke and enjoying some excellent tacos al pastor at Pinches Tacos (“Real Mexican Food by Real Mexicans” says their sign) I knew that I’d found a place in Las Vegas where I fit in and felt at home. Sure, the blinky lights, over-the-top entertainment, unsurpassed people-watching and
  • Let’s Get in a Car and Drive Through Scotland and Assume Everything is Going to Be Fine

    Brian Spencer
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Bombing along the M-90 between Edinburgh and Inverness at an 82mph clip, screaming past semi-trailer trucks in the “Dual Carriageway” passing zones that are “only” doing 70, sneaking sideways glances of epic green valleys and bald mountains — of that fabled Scottish countryside so seductive that I happily volunteered to guide a missile for three days
  • Catching Up With History at Jane Addams’ Hull-House

    Sheila Scarborough
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    “A made-for-TV movie seen thirty-seven years ago, and now I’m finally here,” I marveled, standing in the entryway of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago. I was still in high school when I saw Mary White, about the daughter of famed journalist William Allen White with the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette newspaper (which still publishes
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Brighton seafront to be transformed by i360 vertical cable car

    Will Coldwell
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Architects who designed the London Eye have begun work on a 138-metre-high glass viewing pod offering stupendous views over Brighton and 30 miles of Sussex coast Continue reading...
  • Eastbourne pier: fire crews tackle blaze

    Press Association
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    East Sussex fire and rescue service crews are at the scene where flames are engulfing a building on the pier Continue reading...
  • What are your worst holiday horror stories?

    Elena Cresci
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    An online argument between a hostel owner in Glasgow and a disgruntled customer who left a bad review has gone viral. Wed like to know about your holiday horror stories Continue reading...
  • 10 hidden beaches, bays and walks on the UK coastline

    Clare Gogerty
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Forget Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool the British coast is dotted with magical spots few people visit or even know about. Here are 10 of the best Continue reading...
  • Readers travel tips: brew pubs in Europe

    Guardian Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    An India pale ale or a pint of craft stout with homemade pork scratchings. Share your tip on your favourite brew pub in Europe and you could win a £200 hotel voucher Continue reading...
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Opinion: Just say no to cross-generational travel

    Helen Elfer
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Lonely Planet editor Helen Elfer won’t be going on any family holidays this year. Or ever, in fact. When I read recently that ‘grown-up family holidays’ are on the rise, I felt a cold shot of panic hit the bottom of my stomach. I don’t know why – there’s absolutely no danger of me being invited on one. I’m officially the Dementor of cross-generational travel, sucking joy, light and fun from each and every excursion. Beautiful sunset? Time to start acting up. Image by ImagineGolf / Vetta / Getty Images From the age of 10 to 16, every time my family attempted to go…
  • Meet a traveller: Dave Cornthwaite, record-breaking adventurer and overland traveller

    Anita Isalska
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    Ever thought of taking a trip by recumbent tricycle? How about a stand-up paddleboard or skateboard? Meet a traveller who has: Dave Cornthwaite has travelled more than 16,000 miles by yacht, kayak, tandem bike and more for his Expedition1000 project, smashed records by skating from Perth to Brisbane, in between saying ‘yes’ a lot and doing almost anything for £50. Intrigued? We caught up with Dave to find out about his travel passions and pitfalls, and how many Haribo rings it takes to power a desert adventure. Bike, trike or skateboard? Non-motorised forms of transport make for…
  • Opinion: Want the perfect travel soundtrack? All you need is an album and an open road

    Jo Cooke
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Listening to the radio last week, I was transported to a mountain road in Andalucía. No, it wasn’t Narnia-esque magic – a song had come on that perfectly connected me with my June holiday, instantly making me nostalgic for jasmine-scented air and white villages perched on impossible hillsides. The song was The Black Keys’ Bullet in the Brain from their album Turn Blue; its poppy blues-influenced beat was a perfect soundtrack to the winding road and spectacular views from Ronda to Tarifa. Hearing it again on the radio triggered those memories with absolute clarity. A winding…
  • #LPCelebrazil: week 5

    Emma Sparks
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    And so we have it: the FIFA World Cup 2014 is over. There were record-breaking goals, shocking defeats and an endless supply of caipirinhas. Our author on the ground Kevin Raub was there to document the highs and lows of the tournament that had the world transfixed. Copacabana Fan Fest during ARG vs BRA. Image by Kevin Raub / Lonely Planet THE LATEST FROM BRAZIL Here’s Kevin’s final update from Brazil. Catch up on what he and the Lonely Planet community were up to throughout the World Cup at ‘I arrived in Rio with high hopes for the host nation.
  • Lost in translation: your ultimate tongue-tied travel moments

    Seb Neylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Lost in translation, or a watersports call-to-arms? Image by Ajay Tallam / CC BY-SA 2.0   You’re feasting on local food, immersing yourself in a new culture, so it makes sense to try out the lingo. But it only takes a few slips of the tongue to mumble nonsense or insult the locals… We asked our fans and followers about times they’d hit a language barrier – hard – on their travels. Here are some of the translation fails that made us chuckle. [View the story "We asked you: lost-in-translation moments" on Storify] Storify by Seb Neylan
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  • Delicious Hong Kong Food Experiences In Five Bites

    Matt Long
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’m not the first to write about Hong Kong food and I certainly won’t be the last. The city is legendary around Asia and indeed the world for its role as a culinary heavy hitter, relying on a multicultural history and a certain level of creativity to create some of the best meals in the world. No, instead of doing a round up of the best of Hong Kong’s food scene, I can only share what I ate and experienced first hand. Even after just a couple of days, I could see that to really experience Hong Kong’s food scene would take weeks, probably months, but of everything I did manage to eat,…
  • An Idyllic and Lonely Beach in Peron National Park, Australia

    Matt Long
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The post An Idyllic and Lonely Beach in Peron National Park, Australia appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Travel Tips Every Gen-Xer Should Know

    Matt Long
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    It’s obvious to me that that privileged generation born between 1965-1980 is probably the most important and influential to have ever graced this planet; spoken like a typical Generation-Xer, I know. We eschewed the corporate loyalties of our parents and instead found ourselves wearing boots and flannel to class and hanging out at the local coffee shop like Ross and Rachel. Regardless of where we fall along the age spectrum, the 1990s was the most important decade for many of us, and we still kind of miss it. We don’t think like Boomers or the self-absorbed Millennials. We know we’re…
  • Stunning Rotunda of the Dublin City Hall, Ireland

    Matt Long
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Stunning Rotunda of the Dublin City Hall, Ireland appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Two Must-Visit Cities in Croatia You May Not Know

    Matt Long
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    As an American, I readily admit that as a nation, we don’t know that much about Croatia. Not really. We know about the war of the 1990s, many have heard of Dubrovnik, but that’s about the limit of our Croatian knowledge bank. Our European cousins probably know more, their ability to travel cheaply around the continent means that places exotic to us are normal to them. They take vacations in places like Madeira and Tenerife, which may as well be the mythical Atlantis to us. Travel is a great educator though, and on both trips to Croatia I traveled to places I’d never heard of, but fell…
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    nerd's eye view

  • Fireflies and Sugar Cream Pies

    Pam Mandel
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    He was a little guy, five years old maybe, and I know his name was Carson because all around, people were calling out “Go Carson!” as he was shaking his butt on the concrete pad that doubled for a dance floor. Carson was wearing a safety orange t-shirt and yellow sound protecting headphones, but he had the beat. We’d made eye contact a few times, I was bobbing my head along with the music and then, he reached out his hand to me and I got up to dance with him, my heart singing just a little less loud than the band. We bounced for a few minutes, he held up his palms to mine,…
  • New Story in the SF Chronicle

    Pam Mandel
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    To convert the cargo pod – the penthouse – into a bedroom, you push a button. The lid tilts open like a giant clamshell. In the San Leandro lot, I eyed the ladder and the tent suspiciously, then crab-legged my way up. It was surprisingly comfortable and well ventilated, but the entry and exit scared me. “I am not climbing down this ladder in the middle of the night,” I said. “You try it.” Gardner, a big guy who crests 6 feet, stepped on the bottom rung of the ladder. The van tilted ever so slightly. “This seems like a bad idea,” he said. The…
  • Sleeping through the War

    Pam Mandel
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    When I was 17, I boarded an airplane for Tel Aviv. I have a vague memory of a group leader, a better memory of my fellow teenaged travelers, and an even better memory still of the night I watched the sky light up along the horizon from the balcony of an Israeli family’s apartment in Nahariya. “Let’s go,” said one of the boys from the family hosting the dinner, and we got up, and we walked calmly down eight, maybe ten flights of stairs until we were in the building’s bomb shelter. I was with another American girl from my group. We sat together, trying to…
  • Back on World Hum

    Pam Mandel
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I’ve always had a soft spot for World Hum, they published my first travel story, after all. I submitted it not knowing I would not get paid — a mistake I’ve only made one time. A year later, maybe two, they sent me a check for that first story — and they’ve run a few pieces of what I think are some of my best writing. For a while, I covered Hawaii pretty regularly for them — that was a terrific gig. The team was amazing; Jim Benning, Mike Yessis, and Eva Holland led us in producing consistently top notch work. Later, when the site slowed, Jim commissioned…
  • No More Ramones

    Pam Mandel
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Chuck Ts are made in China Dee Dee is long gone Hippie’s kids have trust funds I’m drinking coffee at dawn When I learn that there are No more Ramones.   College friends with cancer Trying to survive They have a fighting chance now But it ate Johnny alive And then we learn that there are No more Ramones.   “I don’t want to grow up!” Joey, skinny as a mic stand Shouting like he means it But you can’t fight the hand Of time when it teaches you that are No more Ramones.   Tommy: the last one lays it down The crash of noise is still So I turn up…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • When High Season is the Right Season

    Tim Leffel
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Yes, There Are Still Cheap Beaches in Mexico. Here’s One.

    Tim Leffel
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Your Ticket to a Half-Price Life

    Tim Leffel
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Traveling Long-term Without Depending on Savings

    Tim Leffel
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • How Much Does It Cost to Live in Hungary?

    Tim Leffel
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • 'Touting Tooting' and tips from a wonderful summer home swap in London

    Home Base Holidays
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    'Kas and I are back in London for another home swap. We love London and its fabulous galleries and buildings and parks, and being able to spend two whole weeks here is bliss. Thanks to home swapping we often get to know a new area, which makes it a whole new adventure every time. It's July, so it's extra good to head out to the more peaceful suburbs at the end of the day and relax in a cool garden This time we're in Tooting, staying in Sandra and Paul's house. We've been chatting via email for years and at last we've been able to coordinate an exchange (Photo below: Kas). Our programme has…
  • Visit Sydney on a budget - tips & ideas

    Home Base Holidays
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    Reaching “Down Under”, the red continent Australia, became pleasantly easy and with the right tricks even an inexpensive trip. Especially Sydney, Australia’s largest city, with its famous Harbour and Opera House attracts visitors from all around the world. It is Australia’s most exciting and cosmopolitan city but also the most expensive one to live in. With a great mix of pristine beaches, fascinating sights and natural highlights, tourists just as locals just love Sydney. To enjoy a budget friendly vacation in “the Harbour City” without sacrificing comfort and missing out on the…
  • Long term home swap request: Australia for the UK (preferably Scotland)

    Home Base Holidays
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    After recently publishing a request from the BBC for UK members interested in taking part in a new TV series on home swapping, we received this reply from Australian member, Liz Noble (on holiday in Rome in photo): ‘Oh, if only I lived in the UK I would take part in the BBC Home Swap programme; the UK is the only place I’m interested in and I would love to return for good.’ Although the majority of home swaps are for short term holidays, some members have used exchanges as a way of checking out another country before immigrating or before moving back home after a lengthy period living…
  • Home swap in Canada – ‘a truly magical vacation’

    Home Base Holidays
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    ‘We have done two house swaps, one to Sweden and one to Canada.  When we went to Canada, we were very impressed by the house and the facilities, including a pool and a hot tub. The thoughtfulness of our hosts also made our holiday really enjoyable.  The Canadian family left us a meal made with local ingredients and had also arranged for us to have a meal with their neighbours one evening. The house was in a smart suburban street, a short drive from the bustling city of Ottawa and we had a wonderful time exploring art galleries, museums and markets. We had been told that there was a…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, July 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    The July issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: stunning views over the Bosphorus from a centrally located apartment offered for exchange in Istanbul Member report: home swap in Canada - a truly magical vacation! Home Base Holidays 20% discount offer: see newsletter for code (ends 12th July) UK participants request: to take part in  BBC TV series on home swapping Exclusive promotion to members: join second site for free Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive…
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    Twitter Travels

  • 6 Bar Rules to Remember

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Bars are always the best place for any kind of celebration that involves drinking. Unfortunately, having too much to drink for some people can bring out the worst in them, and rude and obnoxious behavior creeps up from the fold. Nobody wants any of the bad drama so we have put together 6 rules that barflies should remember for the sake of everyone’s sanity. Rule #1. Tip and tip well. This might be difficult to shell out when the drinks are already expensive enough. But if you think that way, then you might as well just drink at home. Working in the service industry is not easy, especially…
  • How to Plan a Couples Retreat

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Going on a couples retreat does not mean that the marriage is deteriorating or that you are an unhappy. There are many reasons why married couples go on a retreat. Take the retreat as a chance to bond with each other intimately by doing all sorts of activities at a totally different setting. Sure, you already see your partner’s face every day and you don’t want to leave town just to do the same. But a couples retreat is different because the two of you get some privacy—no kids, no in-laws, no friends. Just a married pair who wants to solidify their vows by experiencing things together.
  • Proudly American Washboards from Ohio

    17 Jun 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ohio is known for Cedar Point and Lebron James (remember his Cleveland Cavaliers days?), but not a lot of people know that handmade washboards also hail from here. That’s the Columbus Washboard Company who has, since 1895, been producing made-in-USA washboards despite the prevalence of washing machines in majority of households worldwide. In fact, they are the only manufacturer of washboard in the United States. And no, the washboards are not entirely for display only! I’m sure people who are conscious about their laundry make use the washboards to get rid of stains better, rather than…
  • Tips for a Wild West Vacation

    22 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re thrilled by cowboys, railroads, and sleeping outside next to an open fire, then you’re ready for a Wild West vacation. But what does it take to start your out west adventure? Renting a stage coach and wearing spurs is not the most efficient way to enjoy your vacation. But you can still experience a dream Wild West vacation by following these tips. Pick Your States: The western frontier is vast and impossible to enjoy in just one week, so pick specific states you’d be willing to visit. The high mountain states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho are perfect for…
  • 7 Ways to Celebrate in May

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    May is my favorite month of the entire year. Maybe it’s because May means the return of warm weather and sunshine… but it’s more likely that May is just a really awesome month to be alive. May in Michigan means that the leaves have returned to the trees, the days are longer, and the promise of summertime hangs in the air. The temperature is perfectly balanced between winter and summer, making it the perfect time to head outside and do fun things. Along with the Travel Channel, we have some suggestions for great things to do in the month of May! Cinco de Mayo – Did you know? There are…
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Having Fun in Copenhagen

    Rick Steves
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Flying from Amsterdam to Copenhagen is like connecting sister cities — bikes, canals, lots of construction work, slick and extensive infrastructure, and people who really know how to have fun. As I mentioned earlier, my two-month summer trip has five sections: Germany guidebook research, filming in the Netherlands, Scandinavia guidebook research, filming in Berlin and Prague, and finally guidebook research in Poland. I’m just kicking off part three and ready for some Scandinavian travel fun. Join me for the next two weeks as I offer my latest travel tips from in and around Copenhagen,…
  • Escaping Amsterdam with an Idyllic Countryside Canal Canoe Trip

    Rick Steves
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I’ve recommended Majel Tromp’s Wetlands Safari tours in my guidebook for over a decade. And I filmed a segment with Majel years ago, when 60 Minutes did a feature on my work. It was so beautiful, I wanted to get the experience into one of our travel shows. And on this trip, it worked out perfectly. For a little break from the Amsterdam scene, we headed into the polderland just half an hour north of the city for a canoe ride. Gliding along the canals, where the homes face the water and everyone has their own little boat, was a delight. When we finished filming the canoe ride, Majel…
  • Dutch Dikes: Keeping the Netherlands Dry for 700 Years

    Rick Steves
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    While dikes are a Dutch cliché (right up there with tulips and wooden shoes), they’re also an essential part of the Netherlands’ history and contemporary life. Roughly half of the land and half of the people here in the Netherlands are below sea level. And our new television show about the Netherlands includes a segment on these marvels of Dutch engineering. The Netherlands is bounded by the North Sea. Where there are no natural dunes to keep the sea out, the Dutch have built mighty barriers, or dikes, to protect their farms and communities. For 700 years, the Dutch have been…
  • Sailing the IJsselmeer

    Rick Steves
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We’re sailing to the fishing village of Marken in a hundred-year-old fishing boat. A few of these venerable boats survive. This one earns its keep by hiring out to visitors…and, in the case of this motley crew, putting them to work.
  • The Netherlands Big and Small: Rotterdam and Marken

    Rick Steves
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    For our new Netherlands TV show, we’re going big and we’re going small — from minuscule Marken to muscular Rotterdam. In this country of contrasts, century-old boats, glassy skyscrapers, and public urinals all have their place. Two of the cutest and most touristy towns in the Netherlands are Volendam and Marken (both about half an hour north of Amsterdam, and popular day-trip destinations for bus tours). While I can’t handle the big-bus mass tourism of Volendam, I love cute little Marken. During my scouting trip this spring, I met a club of men who love to sail their…
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  • Sacred spaces: 7 caves for the spiritual traveler

    Mircea Giurca
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    There are a number of reasons why we travel. Some people might say they travel in order to see first-hand parts of the world they’ve never been before. Others might say they like visiting other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bangalore (India) attractions

    Mircea Giurca
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Bangalore is officially called “Bengaluru” and is the capital of Karnataka State and the story behind the naming of the city is great too. Bangalore, according to state historians, got its name from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • London Eye, a modern citymark

    Mircea Giurca
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Thinking to London shall not mean only old buildings, obsolete citymarks. Not at all, this huge city has also a modern touch. The London Eye is one of them. But what is London Eye actually? First... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The fantastic Lake Titicaca

    Mircea Giurca
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest commercially navigable lake and also South America’s biggest lake. It borders Bolivia and Peru on a big distance and lies at 3200 meters above the sea... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ways how hotel staff gets even with difficult hotel guests

    Mircea Giurca
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Do you always get the least pleasant room in a hotel? Was there a time that you were asked to wait for a long time? These are just some ways on how lodging employees get even on hotel guest that are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Hats Off

    Hannah Sills
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer Create your own shade with this fashionable take on a timeless accessory. Melissa Odabash ‘Vanessa’ Hat in White, $130;
  • Coastal Cozy

    Sophia Jones
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
      Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer Rest with the best thanks to this ultra-soft cashmere blanket. The traditional plaid will add a comforting touch to any space. Bronte Menzies Baby Blue & White Throw, $61;
  • Strike up the Band

    Hannah Sills
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Photo: Courtesy of manufacturer Bring the party to the beach with this Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Its fun color and sleek design would look great under any umbrella. iHome iBN24 NFC Bluetooth Rechargeable Stereo Mini Speaker in purple, $69.99;
  • Pop-Up Paradise

    Sophia Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer Create your own shady spot within minutes. Whether you are headed to the backyard or the beach, Ticla’s lightweight tent is easy to tote and construct. Ticla Shado Inflato Shelter, $300;
  • July Book Club: California by Edan Lepucki

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Happy Summer, Beach Readers! We hope you’re racking up plenty of hours of beachside bliss this month. If you need a book to accompany those long, lovely days on the shore, join our Beach Reads Book Club this month as we devour Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California.     The post-apocalyptic page-turner is set in Los Angeles in the not-so-distant future, in a world where government has failed, businesses have closed, disease has spread, and food is scarce. The story follows Frida and Cal, a couple who live alone in a forest, foraging for food, until Frida’s…
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  • Boom times are back in corporate travel
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    For corporate travel managers gathering here at the annual convention of the Global Business Travel Association, two topics were high on the agenda: the surge in international business travel and the complex safety and security issues that arise as companies send more employees to diverse locations around the world.
  • Affluent travelers more receptive to online reviews than traditional media
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    When luxury consumers are deciding where to stay as they travel, reviews posted online have more influence than similar appraisals delivered in magazines, newspapers or television, according to a new report from Unity Marketing.
  • UK hotel pricing anti-trust probe was flawed, claims Skyscanner
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    The UK's Office of Fair Trading was accused of failing to appreciate the significance of metasearch in the travel sector when it agreed a resolution in an anti-trust investigation into hotel room pricing.
  • What it’s really like to be a hotel social media manager
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Social media has changed the way that customers can interact with airlines, hotels, and sometimes even destinations but rarely do we look behind the curtain at the often caffeinated and creative folks behind the tweets reminding us once again of check-in time.
  • How marketing is shifting from search to semantic
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    We have reached the point where the web is no longer about filtering search results; rather it is complex, emotional and intelligent. Today the web is being filtered in a new way, in a way that has us asking questions much like we would over the course of a civilized conversation.
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  • Star Wars: The Film That Changed My Life

    Terri Hardin Jackson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    UPDATE: Wow, these last two weeks have been action packed. Disneyland’s Birthday week was full of excitement and surprises.  It started on Tuesday when I enjoyed a few hours with my new friends Kelly and James…The post Star Wars: The Film That Changed My Life appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Dateline Disney World – New Hub Growing and Magic Kingdom Photos

    Cory Disbrow
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s time for Dateline Disney World and a trip through the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World! This week, we take a long hard look at the projects happening throughout this sprawling park.  Construction in…The post Dateline Disney World – New Hub Growing and Magic Kingdom Photos appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney News Round Up: Walt Disney World Invasion and Mouse News

    Anthony Hays
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Round ‘em up and roll ‘em out!  MiceChat’s weekly collection of Disney and theme park news and info is back with a jam packed update.  The big news this week is the announcement of the…The post Disney News Round Up: Walt Disney World Invasion and Mouse News appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The MiceChat Walt Disney World Invasion and Gumball Rally – October 22-29

    Dusty Sage
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Imagine seeing the very best of Orlando – including Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort – with a fantastic group of people while having the time of your life. Join us for one of…The post The MiceChat Walt Disney World Invasion and Gumball Rally – October 22-29 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The Arrow Development Story Part 4 – Inevitable

    Dexter Francis
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    There is an old saying that hindsight is 20/20, but when it comes to the rise and fall of companies, the view isn’t always so clear. Organizations are led by people and understanding their goals…The post The Arrow Development Story Part 4 – Inevitable appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • 5 of the best Sunday brunches in Marrakech

    Stéphane Abtan
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    For a hectic, bustling city like Marrakech, the serene peace and quiet of a relaxing Sunday brunch can feel like an oasis of calm, in the midst of the chaotic week. And with many of the city’s resorts and restaurants now recognising how popular of a ritual the weekend brunch really is, visitors to the […] 5 of the best Sunday brunches in Marrakech is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 of the best Sunday brunches in Marrakech appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The top 5 luxury experiences in Barcelona

    Bruno Pires
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage stretching back over 2,000 years. Set on the sea against a backdrop of rolling hills, Barcelona has a wonderful Mediterranean climate and is a perfect location for a luxury visitor. This vibrant city is the heartbeat of Catalan culture. Home to Picasso, Barcelona is […] The top 5 luxury experiences in Barcelona is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The top 5 luxury experiences in Barcelona appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The ultimate guide to Paris Fashion Week: the best places to eat, drink and sleep

    Irina Raileanu
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    When it comes to fashion, we will always have Paris. The City of lights wears a merit-worthy crown as the queen of the fashion world. Paris is the last but certainly not the least of four major fashion weeks that take place during the fall. Paris is always final and definitive voice of the season […] The ultimate guide to Paris Fashion Week: the best places to eat, drink and sleep is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The ultimate guide to Paris Fashion Week: the best places to eat, drink and sleep appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA

    Paul Johnson
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Located close to the famouse Boldt Castle and only a few boat minutes away from Alexandria Bay, this island has it all. The island offers even enough room for the essential life – as its name implies “Just Room Enough Island”. Hub Island, as it’s also called, offers one of the best terrace views in […] Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 enchanting British castles for a magical Summer

    Nicole Harley
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Whether you’re a history buff or not, there’s something inherently magical about castles. Maybe it’s the romance of fairy tale and folklore, or the lure of dramatic stories of siege and battle – stepping into these slices of the past always seems to captivate both children and adults alike. Fortunately, Britain’s cities and countryside are […] 4 enchanting British castles for a magical Summer is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 enchanting British castles for a magical Summer appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Discovering Puerto Rico

  • Casa Blanca Museum a Window to the Past

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

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

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

    14 Jan 2014 | 8:40 am
    Puerto Rico’s biggest festival The San Sebastian Street Festival in Old San Juan starts this Thursday Jan 16. Check out the daily schedule below: Thursday, January 16 5pm: Official opening of the 2014 San Sebastian Street Festival. Featuring: Parade with cabezudos and ribbon cutting ceremony. The parade starts at the Abraham Lincoln School, then along Calle San Sebastian to Plaza Quinto Centenario Plaza Quinto Centenario 8pm: Así Canta Puerto Rico con Luisito Vigoreaux, hijo 10pm: Orq. Homenaje a Tommy Olivencia Plaza Colón 4pm: Julio 6pm: DJ – Karaoke 7pm: Adoquín Jamming Nights Band…
  • Homemade Tostones

    19 Nov 2013 | 11:11 am
    I cannot believe it has taken me so long to make tostones at home, but I finally got around to it. Tostones are twice fried plantain slices that are extremely popular side dish here in Puerto Rico and many other Caribbean Countries. To make tostones you will need: Several green (unripe) plantains Oil (vegetable, corn or whichever you prefer) for frying Sharp knife Tostonera (a wooden press specifically designed to make tostones) or if you are like me, you could use a can or your hand) My method: Heat the oil to around 325C Use the sharp knife to cut off the ends of the plantain and slit the…
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  • From steamships to jets. New Smithsonian exhibit explores the history of travel to “Hawaii by Air.”

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    From steamships to jets. New Smithsonian exhibit explores the history of travel to “Hawaii by Air.” A United Airlines Hawaii travel poster. Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian InstitutionVibrantly colored travel posters of beautiful women dancing hula aimed at beckoning potential visitors to the Islands. An advertisement featuring a flying double-decker “Hotel in the Sky” airplane, complete with lower-deck cocktail lounge, dressing rooms for ladies and gentlemen, and sleeping berths for resting on long overnight flights. And,…
  • Go Fish!: The restoration of Oahu’s Paepae o Heeia Hawaiian Fishpond

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Go Fish!: The restoration of Oahu’s Paepae o Heeia Hawaiian Fishpond Heeia Fishpond was built between 600 and 800 years ago at the base of the Koolau mountains. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.His battered t-shirt slashed with grease, Kelii Kotubetey is cleaning chainsaws after lunch.The work is tedious, but the view from his office—a worktable near the shore of a glassy, centuries-old Hawaiian fishpond at the base of the majestic Koolau mountains—more than makes up for it. Kotubetey is one of the founders of Paepae o Heeia, a private ...
  • Vote in HAWAII Magazine's 3rd annual Readers' Choice Awards Poll. You could win an iPad Mini.

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    Vote in HAWAII Magazine's 3rd annual Readers' Choice Awards Poll. You could win an iPad Mini.  View of the Hana Coast from the Hana Highway on Maui, voted one of the Best Scenic Roadways and Best Scenic Coasts in last year's HAWAII Magazine Readers' Choice Awards Poll. Photo by David Croxford.Where do you go to eat the tastiest, most authentic Hawaiian food when you're in the Islands? Is there an experts-only hiking trail that trumps all others when it comes to getting your adrenaline going, or Hawaii scen...
  • A Life Aquatic: Exploring Undersea Maui with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    A Life Aquatic: Exploring Undersea Maui with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Ambassadors of the Environment naturalist Chelsea Trimper describes the finer points of building a driftwood shelter to her attentive “Survivor” activity pupils. Photo by Dawn Sakamoto.It’s Friday morning and I’m boning up on my knowledge of Hawaii reef fish and coral I hope to encounter in Kapalua Bay. Libby Erickson, a naturalist with kids’ eco-adventure program Ambassadors of the Environment, i...
  • Time is running out! Win a Maui vacation in our 16th annual Reader Photo Contest.

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Time is running out! Win a Maui vacation in our 16th annual Reader Photo Contest. Halemaumau crater evening glow at Kilauea volcano's summit, Kau, Hawaii Island; Finalist, Outdoors Category, 15th annual contest. Photo by Miles Morgan. Got some gorgeous photos from your last Hawaii vacation? Open up your photo albums—digital or otherwise—and send us your favorites … within the next 18 days.Why? Glad you asked.Your Hawaii photos just might win you a return vacation to th...
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    Uncornered Market

  • Should Travelers Give to Kids Who Beg?

    Audrey Scott
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    By Audrey ScottWe paused along the side of the road in what seemed like the middle of nowhere for a view over the hills outside of the Ethiopian town of Lalibela. Moments later, a boy of about four years ran up. He was shepherd to his family’s goats on a nearby hill. His clothes were torn, he poked curiously around us foreigners, using our guide as an interpreter.One of the people in our group began pulling a toy koala bear out of her purse to give to him.“No. Please don’t,” Fekadu, our Ethiopian guide, implored. “There are other kids around. He will tell his family and the others…
  • My Date With An Ethiopian Hair Butcher

    Daniel Noll
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    By Daniel Noll My hair style option: Ricky Martin or Ludacris?I left my heart in San Francisco, but I left my hair in Ethiopia.The danger sign was there, quite literally. The two hairstyle options apparently available to me at my Ethiopian barber shop of choice: Ricky Martin and Ludacris. I was in northern Ethiopia with a mess I’d deliberately grown out for almost two months — saving myself, the African haircut virgin — and I was determined to navigate yet another haircut-as-cultural-experience. A World Wrestling Entertainment match, piped in from somewhere in the Middle East…
  • Ethiopian Food (An Overview of Ethiopian Cuisine)

    Daniel Noll
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    By Daniel NollEthiopian food in Ethiopia. Expectations exceeded. When we headed to Ethiopia recently, I went packing with high expectations of the food. Years ago, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Ethiopian food fresh out of university. In Washington, D.C., just new to world cuisine, I clearly recall my first pull of a round stretchy pancake-like injera bread, beautifully colored mounds of what looked to me like curries, and a massive circular tin plate from which we all grabbed and chowed down. The flavors and communal style of eating was cool and unusual, like nothing I had…
  • Travel to Ethiopia: First Impressions

    Daniel Noll
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:42 am
    By Daniel NollThis is Ethiopia? Yes. A land of many surprises. When I was growing up, I remember Ethiopia having a long run on the nightly news. Unfortunately newscasts all pointed to the grim. Newsreel images featured fly-ridden babies with distended bellies, drought-ruined landscapes and a ravaging famine made only worse by civil war.Sounding familiar?Prior to our visit, we figured some distance between the Ethiopia of the 1980s and the Ethiopia of today — yet not quite to the extent we’d found. If our visit to Ethiopia proved nothing else, it proved this: though countries remain…
  • The Ancient Rock-Carved Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia [360-Degree Panorama]

    Audrey Scott
    12 May 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Audrey ScottThe story goes: almost 900 years ago in Ethiopia there lived a visionary king named Lalibela.Lalibela traveled far and wide, including an extended pilgrimage he took to Jerusalem, after which he brought back home to Ethiopia all he’d seen and learned.When Muslims conquered Jerusalem in the late 12th century and it became too dangerous for devout Ethiopian Christians to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem itself, Lalibela fashioned a work-around: to build a New Jerusalem in his home country.But this New Jerusalem was no ordinary holy place. The foundation of Lalibela’s…
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  • 7 Family-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam

    Jamie Pearson
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Whether you’re in Amsterdam with your kids for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll need to find some family-friendly restaurants where you can feed your crew.   I’m currently in Amsterdam with my 12 and 14-year-old kids, and even though we’ve rented an apartment, we’re still eating out a lot. It’s easy enough [...]The post 7 Family-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Eat your way through Amsterdam

    Jamie Pearson
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Looking for things to do with kids in Amsterdam?  Try a food tour Finding family friendly things to do in major European cities can be… tricky.  In its infinite wisdom, the internet seems to think that most parents are willing to travel halfway around the world with their kids and then play miniature golf or [...]The post Eat your way through Amsterdam appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Wait. How long is a kilometer again?

    Jamie Pearson
    8 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There are some times when it would be to my advantage to really understand the metric system.  Such as when I am dosing myself with foreign cough medicine.  Or operating foreign ovens.  Or signing up for an all-day bike tour of the countryside around Amsterdam. But alas, much like whether the earth orbits the sun or [...]The post Wait. How long is a kilometer again? appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • The Mystery of the Giant Pink Penis Lamp

    Jamie Pearson
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:16 pm
    No sooner had we walked into our charming Amsterdam apartment, than we noticed a decor element that was slightly out of the ordinary. Almost all vacation rentals -- at least the ones I stay in -- feature at least one tragic decorating decision. Scented potpourri. A few too many duck decoys. A vase full of feathers.The post The Mystery of the Giant Pink Penis Lamp appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Getting to Amsterdam. Even the easy way was kind of hard.

    Jamie Pearson
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Even though I took steps to make our journey to Amsterdam as easy as possible (direct flight, checked bags, upgraded to economy plus), it was still kind of a grind. Any time you spend ten hours on a plane going to Europe from the west coast, you're going to feel it.The post Getting to Amsterdam. Even the easy way was kind of hard. appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
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  • Bioluminescence on Tomales Bay

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

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

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

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

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

    Ava Stochinsky
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We are fortunate that we at Vagablond get to experience lovely hotel destinations worldwide. It is seldom that I am surprised by the level of hospitality and professionalism. I expect it, but our stay at the Dolce Vita Guesthouse was one of the most pleasurable travel experiences I have enjoyed in recent history. What draws tourists to Estoril? Estoril and Cascais are the birthplace of tourism in Portugal and they are popular mostly because of the casual chic ambiance and the local beach life. Also, the fact we are only half an hour by car or train to Lisbon and close to Sintra, makes this…
  • Telegraph Hill Luxury Robes

    Ava Stochinsky
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    If you are looking for a special gift for pretty much anyone, look n further than one of the luxury robes offered by Telegraph Hill. The robe I chose was the Chocolate Seersucker. It is made of 100% miccrofiber, and may be one of the most comfortable garments I have come across. The microfiber was not only great feeling but was a very beautiful color. The terry lining was the perfect feel without being too thick. The weight is heavy enough to cause it to drape nicely. This is a perfect choice for anyone who dislikes the bulkiness of a total terrycloth robe, yet wants coverage and comfort.
  • ALT Hotel :: Toronto

    Ava Stochinsky
    14 May 2014 | 2:18 am
    It’s a boutique no frills hotel, but still has the bells and whistles. ALT boasts of individuality, as expected of a boutique hotel. If you are stopping over for a night in Toronto this is the perfect place. You easily get into the shuttle train and after a quick ride walk across and right into the hotels lobby. They have a gourmet grab and go area with food available at all hours, which is great if you’re arriving from a late flight and hungry. Part of the Germaine series, perhaps a smidge of an oxymoron but it is a no-nonsense boutique luxury hotel. Most business travellers…
  • Monte Carlo – Find Your Dream Home

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

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

    Kate Weir
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    This week we’re gripped with oenological longing and dreaming about a break in Tuscany. Luxury hotel Castiglion del Bosco has rolling sun-drenched pastures in which to sample full-bodied wines or forage for truffles nearby. Indulgence and adventure – we want it all… Style The grape escape Setting Verdant Val d’Orcia Why this week? TheTuscan grape harvest is just a few months away, so now is the ideal time to book a late-summer break. The hotel’s harvest package includes vineyard tours and tastings of Castiglion del Bosco’s speciality Brunello di Montalcino wine,…
  • Little Good Harbour, Barbados: hotel of the week

    Kate Thorman
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    We’ve been daydreaming of slowing things down and taking that quiet Caribbean getaway. The haven of Little Good Harbour in Barbados will instantly put you on ‘island time’ – chill out with a day at the beach, in the spa, or trolling through the local markets. Style Old-style Bajan beach houses Setting Palm-fringed fishing village Why this week? Basking in the sun is closer than ever on Barbados, a surprisingly accessible Caribbean island with direct flights from most major UK and US cities. It’s even simpler once you arrive; Little Good Harbour is home to one of the island’s most…
  • In the diary: Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

    Lucy Fennings
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    STYLE Riders and Rovers SETTING Lush Lincolnshire landscape When? 4–7 September 2014 Where? Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire Tell me more… As much social gathering as sporting event – attracting equine enthusiasts, passionate spectators, and plenty more who come along for a grand day out with family and friends – the award-winning annual Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is a highlight of the international equestrian calendar. This prestigious and popular leg of the global Grand Slam of Eventing brings the world’s top riders and horses together to test their skill,…
  • North Bundaleer, Clare Valley: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Ancient outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, ordered rows of ripening grapes on vines and rolling pastoral hills are what you’ll find in the surrounds of opulently restored homestead, North Bundaleer. Just 30 minutes from the Clare Valley in South Australia, this property will have you resting on the verandah, sipping on riesling and fondly watching the resident Jack Russells, Archie and Tilly, scamper around the rose bushes. Style Vintage Victorian Setting Outback plains and pastures Why this week? The next couple of months are jam-packed: the Sevenhill Producer’s Market on 26 July…
  • A tale of two cities: a 48-hour stay in Florence and Verona

    Juliet Kinsman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    It’s remarkable how much you can see and do in just one weekend away to Italy. A night at Il Salviatino and then a night at Palazzo Victoria treated me to a concentrated hit of two of the world’s most cultured cities with a restorative whirl in the countryside, plus a good measure of cocktails, and even a pilgrimage to my namesake’s balcony… Florence, the original Renaissance city, doesn’t hang about when it comes to treating foreigners to the kind of scenes that make city breaks in Italy so appealing. Pastel-painted palazzi peeping around almost every corner and cultural landmarks…
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  • Dull soup

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    The restaurant at the Atlante Hotel is a rather forlorn place. Or perhaps it just feels that way because of the weather: gray, flat, still. I sit at a table looking out at a lighthouse, blinking forlornly, offshore. Two old men in a dinghy slowly row ashore from a fishing boat moored off the banks. A path paved in crushed limestone parallels the shore and I can see a few couples catching the sea air before dinner. But their arms are crossed, their hands buried in their trouser pockets. They look down at their feet, bored. With each other, with the day, with their lives? Who knows. photo by…
  • The purge

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    There is one other thing for which Île de Ré is well known: their thalassos. If you don’t know, a thalasso is a spa that is near the sea and uses the benefits of sea water in their treatments. In fact, the root word (thalassa) is Greek for “sea.” They say the composition of ocean water is very close to the composition of plasma in our body. We are, in other words, made mostly of sea water. How perfect is that? photo by David Lansing So I have arranged to spend my last few days on the island at a thalasso in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré. My therapist, Claire, issues me a red robe, a red towel,…
  • Dinner at the fish ponds

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    When I finally find Les Viviers, after driving around in circles in Loix for half an hour, I’m certain this is going to be a mistake. After all, there’s an old fishing boat crumbling in the open field across the street and overgrown hedges hide any evidence of the restaurant itself. Still, Eric assured me that this place has the best seafood on the island, so I decide to give it a go. The other side of the hedge is a different world. The first thing you see is this enormous jade-colored pond (les viviers means the fish ponds) lined with bamboo and spiky succulents. This place is tres hip…
  • Another French lesson

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    Eric Nicolai is from Corsica. His wife, Frederique, is from Paris. They own Le Vieux Gréement in La Couarde Sur Mer. Frederique runs the front desk and Eric runs the bar. A lovely arrangement, I think. Sometimes in the afternoon I’ll sit reading a book in the hotel’s courtyard garden, shaded by linden trees, and if Eric doesn’t have anything better to do, he’ll share a glass of wine with me. photo by David Lansing Yesterday we were sitting in the garden when Eric’s youngest son, who is 8, came up to show his father a drawing of England he’d done. He asked his father if the…
  • Why donkeys wear pants

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Yesterday I was lolling about the harbor of St-Martin, sitting on the thick limestone walls near the little lighthouse, just hanging out. It’s a great people-watching spot. Anyway, at some point I noticed that in the park there was a guy who had a bunch of donkeys and kids were getting on the donkeys and riding them in a little loop around the park. Okay, no big deal. Lots of parks have horse rides for kids, right? Here in France they do donkeys. Same-same. Except there was something odd about these donkeys. They were all wearing gingham pantaloons. Which, I’m sorry, is just not a natural…
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  • A Reminder to Roll with the Punches

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Bonjour from Paris! Today, I start my next European group tour. For two weeks, I’ll be taking twelve readers to some of my favorite bars, restaurants, and locations around Western Europe. We start in Paris, a city I can’t get enough of. My countless visits here never get boring. Walking down its cobblestone streets, gazing at the Eiffel Tower, lounging in one of its parks, and smelling fresh bread and cheese at the markets fills me with joy. It’s like falling in love all over again. My most recent journey to Paris was supposed to be easy. After my annual trip to Vegas with friends,…
  • Life on the Road as a Gay Couple

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    One things we haven’t focused on this site is LGBT travel and, as we bring in a wider range of reader interviews, I wanted to highlight LGBT readers as I’m curious learn about their experiences traveling around the world, as many countries have harsh anti-gay laws. So when Auston e-mailed me about being the next reader profile, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to know how he and his husband face or have dealt with any discrimination and his advice for others. He sat down with me virtually over e-mail to talk: Nomadic Matt: Hi, Auston! Tell everyone about yourself. Auston:…
  • 22 Ways to Save Money in Paris

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre – to me, that is the perfect day. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world thanks to its cobblestone streets lit up at night under the glow of street lights, historic architecture, incredible music, savory delicious food, and smartly-dressed locals. Paris is a city I just melt into. But Paris is also a city that melts the wallet. With the city’s plentiful restaurants, bars, and attractions, if you aren’t smart, your…
  • Help Stop the Promotion of Unethical Tourism (Boycott TBEX!)

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Every year, a travel bloggers conference called TBEX is held in North America. I’ve gone many times. This year, the conference is being held in Cancun, Mexico and, as part of the offering of pre-conference activities, they are offering dolphin encounter experiences where you can go play and swim with captive dolphins. When I saw this, I was shocked. Captive dolphin experiences are a mass market, irresponsible form of tourism and it’s shocking that a travel organization that often talks about responsible tourism would promote such an activity. I don’t often take “stands” on this…
  • How to Hack a Free Trip Around the World: 2014 Edition

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Travel hacking is a constantly changing world – tips, tricks, and advice that worked even a few months ago can suddenly be obsolete. Deals come and go, programs change, credit cards come and go, ways to game the system end as new ones begin, bank rules change – it’s endless! Nothing in travel is really evergreen. So six months after I released my book, The Ultimate Guide to Travel Hacking, it is time to re-release an expanded and updated version of the book. Not only has the travel hacking world changed, but I received a lot of amazing feedback on the original book on…
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  • An Excellent Article By Jayson DeMers

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

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Dick Goldberg for his "Insights" podcast.We discussed all things timeshare related.Here's the link to the podcast, enjoy: Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
  • Consumer Advisory

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Timeshare Insights has been made aware of a number of consumers who have been scammed by, in-room food delivery services of all things.While not limited to timeshare properties, consumers who are staying in timeshare properties are strongly urged to NOT order food for delivery from flyers that are left on car windshields, under room doors or on room door knobs.Unsuspecting travelers have been scammed for hundreds of dollars or more in fraudulent credit card transactions by some of these food delivery services.If you are going to order food for in-room delivery while at a hotel or timeshare,…
  • Guest Blogger Steve Burton Reviews Canal Boats!

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have just returned from a week spent on a timeshare canal boat which is based at Anderton marina in Cheshire and I would like to write a review for Timeshare Insights.  There are nine timeshare boats based at Anderton  marina. There are five two bedroom sleep six boats and four one bedroom sleep four boats.I believe that before you even collect the boat its important to decide what type of boating holiday you are seeking to have as it could be that you are wishing to spend most of the day cruising the canals in which case it is just about possible in one week to complete…
  • Why Reputation Management Worries Me

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    I'm worried.A few weeks ago I wrote about how easy it is to "tip the social media scales."  Shortly afterwards, a new "reputation management" company started creating some buzz in timeshareland.Last week I saw this posting on one of the LinkedIn groups I regularly participate in:Hi Everyone, Does anyone here have any recommendations on companies to look into that handle reputation management online? i am looking for someone who has experience in the Timeshare space. The outcome is to help our organization suppress negative feedback online (Yelp, Blogs...) from the top 2 pages on google…
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  • Tanzania: Climbing Mt Lengai

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Mt Lengai, Tanzania, at nighttime. Adam Black photos. Ol Doinyo Lengai – The Mountain of God By Adam Black It's a few moments before sunrise, and we are shivering on the lip of an active... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Arras France: Highlight of the Pas de Calais region

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    View from the Arras town hall in Northern France. Max Hartshorne photos.   Arras is Amazing! This historic city in Northern France is well worth discovering By Jamie Kimmel Welcome to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let's Play a Game of Thrones

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
     Left is Mussenden Temple. Discover Northern Ireland photo, Right is Dragonstone! Wikia photo Heading to Northern Ireland to see Game of Thrones Scenes where the world-renowned series... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel to the Arctic Circle

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Enjoy an aerial view of Baffin Island. Scott Bradley photo Baffin Explorer: Iceberg Capital of the North Arctic art adventures of Canada By Jamie Kimmel {loadposition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Read your Way through New England

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I snapped this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sculpture at Du Bois library. It's worth mentioning TMNT creator Kevin Eastman once lived in Northampton, MA. Jamie Kimmel photo. Take a Page Out of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Apartment For Rent In Iquitos

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

    Captain Bill
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Guest post by Bo Keeley. An aorta squirts out from the heart of Iquitos called the Boulevard that conveys tourists along the scenic Rio Amazon and to their hotels. Ten blocks south of Plaza de Armas, the ornate promenade abruptly tapers to a muddy track at the entrance to waterfront Belen. This is Dog Corner, at Ramirez Hurtado and Ucayali Streets. It’s a gate of white snapping terror that tourists must pass through to one of four hotels within a one blocks race. There is no rabies in Iquitos, according to local veterinarians. Otherwise, many tourists would be chewing wooden tongue blades.
  • Iquitos Doctor

    Captain Bill
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Guest post by Bo Keeley My recommendations for this and that after 15 years in Iquitos are offered not to promote them financially but to crunch data for tourists or expats seeking some of the best in town, that in many instances cost me many Soles and hours of beating the bushes. Now may I suggest a doctor? Any physician you choose should be an older gentleman, a surgeon, sportsman, seasoned in the bush, and preferable a doctor in general practice rather than a specialty. Certainly English, strong diagnostic skills, contacts, and integrity are important. May I suggest Dr. Espinosa who is…
  • Comic Justice in Iquitos

    Captain Bill
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Guest post by John Anonymous Citizen I, for one, appreciate your blog functioning as the ‘Bat Signal’ in Gotham Iquitos. It’s the distress searchlight summoning Batman to assist in the event of a town crisis and as a psychological weapon to intimidate  evil doers.  Or, compare to the Daily Planet News where photojournalist Jimmy Olsen received tips of malevolent plans and deeds for which he beckoned his secret pal Superman. It worked instantly in the case of shutting the door on voyeurism of defecating tourists at the Putumayo Cyber.  And, yesterday for the first time in…
  • Try My Dentist For Tourists In Iquitos

    Captain Bill
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Guest post by Bo Keeley Good Dentist, Decent Guy, Peru Prices I’ve had all my dental work done in Iquitos for the past 15 years and been pleased with the quality and prices. I’ve used three dentists on or near Calle Morona ten minutes walk from here. This is my favorite because he is smart, older, speaks a some english, is thorough, gentle and has never tried to push any treatment. His prices are par for Peru and low compared to USA, e.g.: X-ray 15 soles, Root canal 85 soles, Good porcelain crown 300 soles, fillings 50 soles. Dr. Jorge R. León Quijano Consultations, Jr. Tacna N.
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  • Photo Friday: Catching the Super Moon at World Domination Summit 2014 #WDS2014

    Lanora Mueller
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
      The PoemCatcher, aka Andrew Newman, asked me to take his photo holding the Super Moon of July 12, 2014. We had just met on the Spirit of Portland cruise during World Domination Summit 2014. Andrew's mission: he travels from event to event, capturing imprompu poems in his net. Poem catcher counting time #wds2014 #awesomecreativeinspiration— PoemCatcher (@PoemCatcher) July 15, 2014
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  • PHOTO: Piazza IX Aprile and the Former Sant Agostino Church in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Piazza IX Aprile, anchored by the former Gothic Sant Agostino Church, seen here from the steps of the Church of San Giuseppe. This piazza, or plaza, is the heart of Taormina and the gateway to the oldest part of the city. The old church now serves as a quasi-public library, which also occasionally hosts art displays. (Visited 16 times, 16 visits today)The post PHOTO: Piazza IX Aprile and the Former Sant Agostino Church in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Greek Amphitheater in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Greek Amphitheater in Taormina, Sicily, with snow-capped Mount Etna in the distance, is thought to originally have been built by Greeks in the 7th century BC. Romans expanded the facility in the second century AD, and it is still used extensively today for performances, like the one for which it is being set up in the photo. (Visited 42 times, 42 visits today)The post PHOTO: Greek Amphitheater in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Good Friday Procession in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: At dusk in Taormina, Italy, worshipers take to the streets, carrying the particular icon of their church to the Cathedral during the Good Friday Procession. Following a brief ceremony at the Cathedral, participants once again take to the dark streets, carefully navigating the cobblestones by the light of their hand-held torches. (Visited 63 times, 63 visits today)The post PHOTO: Good Friday Procession in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Good Friday Flowers in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Good Friday flowers are strewn on a stairway in Taormina, Sicily, in preparation for the religious procession where worshipers carry icons through the streets to the Basilica Cathedral (the Duomo). (Visited 102 times, 102 visits today)The post PHOTO: Good Friday Flowers in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Clock Tower and Church of San Giuseppe in Taormina, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Piazza IX Aprile is so named because on April 9, 1860, during a Mass in the cathedral of Taormina, rumor spread that Garibaldi had landed at Marsala to begin the the fight for liberation from the Bourbons. Today anchored by the town’s Clock Tower and Church of San Giuseppe, it is the heart of Taormina, Sicily, where artists paint portraits and locals gather at sidewalk cafes for coffee. (Visited 61 times, 61 visits today)The post PHOTO: Clock Tower and Church of San Giuseppe in Taormina, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural…
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  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

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

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

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

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    A sandy floor, a full size tree trunk, a profusion of green plants and a posse of endangered species — in cuddly toy form. The WWF room at Scandic Vulkan hotel in Oslo is wild! The only thing missing are the calls of rainforest birds. Although, if you are after a good night’s sleep, that’s is probably for the best. Designed in partnership with WWF Norway, to raise awareness of environmental issues among hotel guests, the room also features recycling bins (yes, you’ll have to sort out your paper from your plastic waste), second-hand furniture, organic toiletries and…
  • Summer Camps Where Adults Can Be Kids Again

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    30 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    Summer camp. For adults of a certain age, those two words can evoke powerful memories of innocence and coming-of-age. Perhaps those memories are of sleeping in cabins or learning archery. Perhaps they are memories of canoeing rivers, roasting marshmallows, participating in camp talent shows or playing games of capture the flag. Perhaps summer camp is where you had your first kiss. Perhaps that kiss happened while you were sitting on a huge tree trunk that had fallen across a creek — you know, the one that’s behind the arts and crafts cabin — where perhaps Bridget Aubrey agreed to…
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    No Crowds

  • 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…
  • Baatan Death March? No, our baby is going to college

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The sun peaking through the clouds in the Anza Borrego Desert….the largest state park in the contiguous United States lies between Palm Springs and San Diego in California….the desert covers 600,000 acres.
  • Old shoes, new life….

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you happen to by kayaking in the Austrian city of Ottensheim, you will come across three lonely segments of concrete drainage pipe hanging out on the shores of the Danube River.  No, a lazy construction company did not leave it’s trash out… is actually a hotel….Dasparkhotel to be exact. Dasparkhotel has turned three large sections of drainpipe into a boutique budget hotel. Located in a grassy park, the seven foot wide pipes are fitted with a large double bed, side table, lamp and a small window; also located on the property are a cafe, bar and restrooms. As if…
  • Travel by Ernest

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” -Ernest Hemingway
  • Sublime tranquility in Oia

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Clinging to the cliffs of the magical Greek isle of Santorini, the Katikies Hotel is a white refuge hanging above the deep blue Aegean Sea. Although this five star hotel is known for it’s stunning views and fabulous service, some guests are surprised at how simple the rooms are considering the high-price…but what you pay for here is location, location, location. The hotel is located in the picturesque town of Oia…which is the posterchild of Greece with it’s white buildings, cobalt blue domed roofs and windmills…even if you have never heard of the place I…
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  • All the sections of a Stupa (Boudhanath) named

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

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

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

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Spicy or not so spicy Chiang Mai Sausage … the choice is yours Chiang Mai Sausage It’s not often in South East Asia I come across a substantial amount of pure meat. Granted sausage isn’t technically that either but it can be very tasty and meaty if you know what to look for. In this case head to North Thailand and seek out Sai ua. Or, as it is commonly known, Chiang Mai sausage. What is Chiang Mai sausage? There are many variations of Sai ua even within Chiang Mai’s touristic old city. From supermarkets to butchers the most common, and best, place to find Chiang Mai…
  • Photographs of the White Temple in Chiang Rai before the Earthquake

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The White Temple is guarded by various demons  White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai One of the strange things about writing a month in advance is that things can change in the blink of an earthquake. What used to be a huge and popular tourist destination can literally be wiped off the planet overnight. While not completely wiped out the White Temple in Chiang Rai was severely damaged during an earthquake on the 5th of May 2014. So much so it’s no longer possible to visit inside the temple. I stayed in Chiang Rai before the earthquake so I was able to visit this temple fully.
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  • Tips for Visiting Polebridge, Montana

    Donna Hull
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park. It’s accessed from the Polebridge area. Would you like to visit a corner of Glacier National Park that’s not quite so crowded with tourists? And wouldn’t it be fun if there was a bakery where locals and tourists compared Montana adventures over bear claws, huckleberry macaroons or gooey cinnamon rolls? You can do that in Polebridge, Montana. Alan and I discovered Polebridge on a western road trip about ten years ago. Standing in front of the false, red storefront at Polebridge Mercantile, we vowed to return to this off-the-beaten-path…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bear Grass blooms at Lily Lake On Friday, Alan and I took our own advice about exploring your backyard. We took the day off to drive Elk Meadows Road in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Idaho and Montana border. The weather was cool and clear. And the scenic drive was beyond our expectations. I’ll be writing a photo essay soon but for now, enjoy this photo of the bear grass at Lily Lake. This Week’s Articles Do you remember our June trip to the North Fork area of Glacier National Park? This week we published Tips for Visiting Polebridge, Montana sharing advice on where to…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho. Alan and I have just returned from 2 days at Mackay Bar Guest Ranch on Idaho’s Salmon River. What a beautiful spot! We have plenty of new adventures to write about. In the meantime, check out the photos that we’ve been posting on the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook. Don’t forget to like us while you’re there. This Week’s Articles Bhutan is on our boomer bucket list. This week, Kay Doughty, from Blonde Brunette Travel, shares travel tips for visiting Bhutan on a small group tour. Are you ready to visit the Treasure State now…
  • Bhutan Travel Tips

    A Guest Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As world travel seems more and more accesible these days, there are still a few destinations that remain fairly elusive for most travelers. One such destination is Bhutan, a Himalayan country sandwiched between China and India. As of late, the country has become more accessible to tourists and today, Kay Dougherty, author of Blonde Brunette Travel, shares her first-hand Bhutan travel tips with us in order to make the most of a visit to this enchanting country. The Tourism Council of Bhutan cites the main reasons people choose to visit as the culture, Buddhism, nature and because it’s seen…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Find Montana travel ideas and deals in the July 2014 My Itchy Travel Feet Newsletter. Let’s Explore Montana Exploring Montana is the theme for the July edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. We’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with travel tips from our June trip to Glacier National Park. Take a look. Like what you see? Be sure to subscribe by ticking the “monthly newsletter” button on the subscription page. This Week’s Articles Assistant Editor, Nicole, shares Top 5 Montana Travel Apps. Which ones will you use…
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  • Strawberry Gazpacho (Gazpacho de Fresas)

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Before I left Barcelona, I took a cooking class at Barcelona Cooking, this newish cooking school on La Rambla that’s two stories above the street in this charming open loft-style place with it’s Spanish-born and Barcelona-trained head chef Candido Cid. They teach the classics but they are really dedicated to local, fresh produce and using what’s in season. That’s why we had strawberry gazpacho instead of the tomato-only gazpacho most people are familiar with, because strawberries happened to be in season. Turns out, I like it better than the original. The great thing…
  • When the Brochure Only Mentions the Food for a Bike Route, Well…

    Christine Gilbert
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    It’s not like Burgundy is not charming, it’s just that after biking across most of France, through some of the more popular destinations, and after spending days and by now weeks, looking at white cows, green rolling farmland and flat stretches of empty rural highways, well, we were a little done. It rained a lot in our third week, drenching us completely one day, then keeping us slightly damp for the rest of the days. I started listening to my iPhone while biking. The stretches were long, as much as 90 km between major towns, with tiny little empty shells of villages along the…
  • The Good, Bad and Ugly of Cycling the Loire a Velo in France

    Christine Gilbert
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    We’re biking across Europe this summer, following the Euro Velo 6 route, which covers one of the most popular biking routes in Europe: the Loire a Velo. It follows the Loire river, it’s very well-marked, full of dedicated bike lanes, weaves through wine vineyards and farmlands, medieval castles and bustling cities. It’s perfect. At least in theory. Here’s a photo from the Chambord Chateau: If you see this photo you might think, “Ahh, France, so lovely.” What I see is the sun setting after a long day of biking and rain clouds on the horizon. We’re…
  • The Adventure (Finally) Begins

    Christine Gilbert
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    When we arrived at Nantes, via train, it was cloudy. We walked our bikes across the train station, found the start of the route and started pedaling down the street. “Creak…” Our bikes are terrible. It took close to a month to get outfitted, to test everything out, to cycle around Pamplona, San Sebastian and Bordeaux for a bit, before finally deciding: we’re ready. Oh god, I hope this is good. So much expectation has gone into this trip. Then we see it. The river. La Loire. Meh. The first few days of biking… essentially all the way from Nantes to Saumur is a…
  • The Wild Beastie Years

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    As we’ve been biking through Spain and now France, I’ve been thinking more about parenting — and how it varies so much from culture to culture. My official point of view is this: mostly everything will be fine. I think some cultures create more independent kids, other ones create ones that do better academically. Some create risk takers, other create well-balanced rule followers. There’s so many factors involved I think every attempt to unravel it tends to do little more than expose the researchers or writer’s own biases. There’s no right answer, and…
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  • We all scream for…Carl’s Frozen Custard

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

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

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

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

    25 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    If you could design your own art museum from the ground up, what would it be like? What artists would have work in it? What would you tell visitors as they walked through and admired your collection? How would you teach your children to look at the art? Photo by Ryan Donnell. © 2012 The Barnes Foundation These may be uncomfortable questions. You may not think you know enough about art to properly visit an art museum, let alone create one of your own. Or perhaps there doesn’t seem to be a vocabulary for explaining your taste or aesthetic sense. Heck, you’re not even sure you have an…
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  • New passport guidelines for Turkey

    4 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Information just received from Go to Turkey: In new guidance for foreign passport-holders entering Turkey, passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country before 31 December 2014. That is to say that a traveller leaving Turkey on 20 August 2014 for example should hold a passport that is valid until at least 20 October 2014. As from 1 January 2015 passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period…
  • Notes from… San Diego

    20 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    San Diego is not the easiest place for the first time visitor to get their head around but stick with it, it’s so worth it! In fact I’d go as far as to say its now my favourite American city. Known as the ‘City of Villages’, it feels completely different to the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Built on 200 canyons and hills with the San Diego river running east to west creating a valley dividing north from south, there are lots of smaller communities (52 in total), each with its own identity. This is what makes it so appealing, once you’ve accepted its fragmented, you can…
  • Notes from…Papua New Guinea – Ambua Lodge, Tari Valley

    20 May 2014 | 7:46 am
    After a mammoth 3 day journey (LHR/Singapore – 10 hour layover + 7 hour delay on Singapore to Port Moresby sector, missed connecting flight to Tari so overnighted in Port Moresby and got 09.45 flight next day) we finally arrived at our first PNG stop, the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands. Our guide, Thomas, dressed in full Huli wig man traditional dress greeted us at Tari Airport (more a shack next to the market than a terminal building). The first of many surreal encounters. Slightly shell shocked but excited, a 45 minute drive along one of PNG’s better, but still bumpy, roads…
  • Notes from…Santa Monica

    12 Mar 2014 | 8:36 am
    Sadly, our time was all too brief in sunny Santa Monica but I was so glad to have made this particular coastal detour on our Southern California road trip – it’s a stunner. Setting off from Beverley Hills the early morning drive only took 40 mins – apparently we were lucky, it can take up to 90. First mission was to meet up with our guide Eric from Perry’s Tours for a 2 hour bike tour from the Santa Monica pier to Venice Beach. Having not been on a bike for some considerable time, it was a relief to know the tour basically follows the completely flat, broad boardwalk…
  • Notes from… Los Angeles

    10 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    This is the first of an upcoming series of posts from recent trips. Snippets and tips based on first hand experience… This was a road trip in November 2013 flying in and out of Los Angeles with British Airways. Note one has to be the flight itself - outbound on one of BA’s new A380′s. This is a plane with wow factor, as in ‘wow its so huge, will it actually take off’! Onboard and in flight though, what joy! We were in economy but the seat comfort bore no comparison to the return flight on an older aircraft. I don’t know what they’ve done to the seat…
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  • Destinations to Travel

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Come meet our new travel agent partner, Destinations to Travel. I can't wait for you to get to know Shannon and her crew. They're the best.
  • Club Cool - Formerly Ice Station Cool

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Club Cool is a place to sample Coke products from around the world. Do things really go better with Coke?
  • Chefs de France

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Chefs de France is the best French food restaurant in Epcot (Except for it's more refined brother upstairs). Check it out.
  • The American Adventure

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    The American Adventure pavilion is host jewel of Epcot. It has the best show in all of the World Showcase.
  • Disney Star Tours - The Adventure Continues

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Disney Star Tours is the best simulator ride at Disney World. Now, in the Adventure Continues, it's even better with all new destinations and it's even in 3D.
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  • Treasures and secrets and Copenhagen

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    TweetA city like Copenhagen can be comfortably sailed throughout its neighborhoods, and be admired from a genuine perspective. Can you imagine contemplating the Little Mermaid from the water, while she stares at you from the rocks? It is ironic, but a recommended experience! This famous sculpture’s position is very different depending on the season: at […]
  • Changed beyond recognition – iPhone app 4.0 with a brand-new design

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    TweetNot everyone today uses an iPad. The tripwolf iPad app we released about a year ago sparkled with a brand-new design and enabled the tripwolf community to grow. So we decided that it was high time to transfer the fresh design of the iPad App to the iPhone version. Without further ado, we present the […]
  • 5 Dreamy Old Towns in Europe

    28 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    TweetIn multifaceted Europe you can find many buzzing modern metropolises that are in constant change and keep reinventing themselves. At their core, however, you can encounter the architectural and artistic remains of times long gone, which often make those old towns tourist hot spots. Here are some cities that invite you to wallow in nostalgia […]
  • Does traveling to Indian Wildlife destinations help in the conservation?

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetGuest article by Anshul Srivastava.   “The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” – JIM FOWLER   Wildlife tourism is adorned with two different sets of thoughts. One perception supports wildlife being spaced out from tourism in order to save the rare flora and fauna species. […]
  • Brace Yourself for a Unique and Enthralling Adventure Experience in Ladakh!

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetGuest article by Zara Jones.   Ladakh, a mesmerizing land, is cosseted by the majestic Himalayan and Karakoram mountains in the northernmost part of India. This amazing region is also known as ‘the land of high passes’. Ladakh lies in the elevations ranging from almost 2750 mts at Kargil area, to 7627 mts at Saser […]
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  • Culture Travel Around Portugal

    Carrie Kellenberger
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Image by Pank Seelen, used under the Creative Commons license. Medieval castles, fairytale-like towns, and sandy beaches soaked in sunshine – Portugal has it all. Travel here to experience quintessential Iberian culture, to wade through its brilliant blue waters, and relive history in its many tiny coastal villages and medieval towns. Here are some of the top things to do if you plan to travel around Portugal. Explore Lisbon Often considered one of Europe’s most scenic capitals, Lisbon is the heart and home of Portuguese culture. Must-see sights include the Jeronimos Monastery and…
  • Five Exciting Things To Do in Botswana

    Carrie Kellenberger
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    As one of Africa’s premier travel destinations, Botswana offers a high standard of living and it is a politically stable country that travelers enjoy visiting for a number of reasons. It’s no surprise that the most popular activities are the Big Game Safaris, but that’s not all that this gorgeous country has to offer. There are lots of things to do in Botswana, and any list of activities that you read will certainly have great suggestions on how to fill your time there. Here are our top five favorite things to do in beautiful Botswana. Get Your Art On in Tsodilo Hills If the…
  • Cottage Life on Lake Nipissing, North Bay

    Carrie Kellenberger
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    This post is for my dad, who loves nothing better than to spend family time at the cottage. The pitter patter of light summer rain on a hot tin roof and the slap of bare feet against a wooden dock are sounds that take me back to my childhood. As a young child, there wasn’t anything I liked better than spending my summer up at the family cottage on Lake Nipissing in North Bay, Ontario. My parents were both teachers, and come the last day of school, we’d pack our bags up the night before and hightail it out of town the next morning at the ‘early’ hour of 8am with cats…
  • Living the Island Dream! Accommodations on Gili Trawangan

    Carrie Kellenberger
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Part One of my Lombok Travel Series talks about the Gili Islands, and what you can see and do there. Part Two covers our accommodations in Gili Trawangan. There are loads of great options for accommodations on Gili Trawangan. We decided to try two resorts, but we honestly wish we could’ve stayed at a few more. We biked around the island to have a look at some of the other hotels and mini-resorts, and some of them were really posh! With that said, we were not disappointed with our accommodations on Gili Trawangan at all. Villa Ombak Sunset Big and comfortable!   Our front porch.
  • 1 Rural Village, 1 Khmer Wedding & a Bucket of Rice Wine

    Guest Writers
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:45 am
    Owning an off-road motorcycle tour company in Cambodia I get to see some incredible places. One of my favorite motorcycle tours in Cambodia is a rural village called DaSian, 100km to the east of Siem Reap.  To get there by dirt bike we head deep into single track jungle trails until we come out at the deserted Preah Kahn Temple. My favourite of all temples in Cambodia so far, Preah Kahn has all the beauty of the temples at Angkor but without the hordes of tourists. Arriving late afternoon at this stunning location is just amazing – we’re able to ride the bikes right up to the entrance,…
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • British Consulate Video - Enjoy Your Holiday!

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    One of the many and varied jobs done so well by The British Consulate here in Lanzarote and throughout Spain, is to issue emergency travel documents to people who have lost their passports or had them stolen. Some 30,000 Brits lost theirs last year! The Consular team tells us they have seen a year on year increase in the number of documents issued, and they have produced an excellent video to act as a reminder that people should: Keep a close eye on personal belongings at all times while abroad Don’t leave passports in cars or bags on the beach The cost can be high in terms of lost holiday…
  • Under 16 Restriction at Verbenas

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    The Ayuntamiento of Haría recently imposed a restriction on children under 16 years old attending verbenas at the Fiestas de Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Arrieta. The same decision has been taken by the Ayuntamiento of Tías for the Fiesta del Carmen in Puerto del Carmen. This age restriction is a new requirement for municipal councils according to the law Decreto 86/2013 (punto 2 del artículo 50) published in the Boletín Oficial de Canarias nº 156 on the 14th August 2013,  relating to limitations of access for minors during public events, specifically under 16’s in areas where…
  • Beaches for dogs in Lanzarote

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:42 am
    Two councils in Lanzarote have recently confirmed that dogs will be welcome on a beach within their municipalities. Will the other five municipalities follow their example of designating an area of coastline for dogs to enjoy? Playa Blanca Yaiza have designated Playa de Las Coloradas (also known as Playa el Afre) in Playa Blanca as a pet friendly beach. Strict guidelines have been set to ensure high standards of hygiene and safety, Mayor Gladys Acuna has requested maximum co-operation and commitment from responsible pet owners whilst using the facilities. Dogs are allowed on this beach from…
  • The Canary Way of Surf

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    The Canary Islands Tourism Board have launched a new promotion for wind & wave sports with the slogan “The Canary Way of Surf. Full Day Full Year”. The campaign focuses on our ideal conditions for windsurf, surf and kitesurf featuring local enthusiasts for these sports. This promotion is aimed at the younger generation, the three short videos portray the islands as the perfect place to enjoy these sports, it’s a way of life with great camaraderie and international friends. Playa Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise is the place for windsurfing in Lanzarote.
  • Lanzarote Winners of Agrocanarias 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    Lanzarote was the second island with the most prizes in the wine section of the 14th edition of Agrocanarias, scooping a total of 5 medals: * Bodegas Reymar / Los Perdomos won a Grand Gold Medal for their "Moscatel de Licor 2012". * Bodega Los Bermejos won another a Grand Gold Medal for their "Maceración Carbónica 2013" and also,  two Silver Medals for their "Malvasía Seco Ecológico 2013" and their "Malvasía Naturalmente Dulce". * And last, but not least, Bodegas  read more »
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  • What I Do On Airplanes

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    What I Do On Airplanes Click here to share this on Facebook: Click here to Tweet this video: Join the Team Super Mailing List: NEW VIDEO EVERY... From: IISuperwomanII Views: 1176418 105809 ratings Time: 04:16 More in Comedy
  • 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments

    19 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    10 Weird Things Banned by Governments 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments Avoid gum in Singapore, steer clear of gaming in Greece, and don't even think about playing Fall Out Boy in Russia. Dis... From: Alltime10s Views: 755055 12485 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Education
  • 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle

    24 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle Putting fear into the heart of the bravest sailor, the Bermuda Triangle has been claiming lives for centuries. Find... From: Alltime10s Views: 1655087 18017 ratings Time: 03:00 More in Education
  • Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips

    Michelle Phan
    18 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips I'm going to show you my in-flight beauty routine for a long haul flight. You're going to survive it and look fabulous at the same time :) This is my mish-li... From: Michelle Phan Views: 1495197 64850 ratings Time: 06:18 More in Howto & Style
  • Walking the Red Carpet: Thoughts from Los Angeles

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Walking the Red Carpet: Thoughts from Los Angeles In which John Green spends some time in the world of books and some in the world of movies, visiting the LA Times Book Festival and walking the red carpet at... From: vlogbrothers Views: 586183 29115 ratings Time: 03:07 More in People & Blogs
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    Antwerp Belgium Blog

  • Jul 30, belgian waffles

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Who east belgian waffles and how - ideas for yummy TOPPINGS!
  • Jul 7, Belgium News

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Belgium news and current events - find out what going on in Belgium today as well as an insiders of the Flemish opinion. I will try to be fair and honest.
  • Jul 7, Travel Belgium: Step 1 Planning

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Travel Belgium Step 1: Planning flights, hotel, car rental and/or vacation package. Before you travel to Belgium you'll need to figure out some logistics.
  • Jul 2, Museum Aan De Stroom - The MAS open since 2011

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    The MAS ( Museum aan de Stroom) is a NEW Belgium Museum in Antwerp yacht harbour district.
  • Jun 20, Antwerp City Hall

    20 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    Antwerp City Hall is the only original building on the Grote Markt. A typical Northern Renaissance building based on Italian principles and sometimes using Italian materials.
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  • Postcards from Mauritius – Land and Sea

    Lola Akerstrom
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    I’ll be quiet over the next few days wrapping up some writing and photo essay assignments. So in the meantime, I wanted to share a few landscape and seascape photos from my Mauritius image gallery. Hope you’re having a fabulous week so far.
  • Latest News and Updates – Cleaning house on all fronts

    Lola Akerstrom
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    It’s been awhile since I’ve put up an update post. It feels like I’ve been buried under work, but in all honesty, I’ve been cleaning house on all fronts professionally – from wrapping up outstanding work and commitments to optimizing my websites, trying to streamline my current workflow, and editing photos like crazy.WritingI actually haven’t been aggressively pitching much this year. Many of the recent assignments I’ve completed so far have come from editors directly reaching out to me, which I absolutely love and appreciate. Looking at my pitching stats so far, I’ve only…
  • In Swedish: Att välja Sveriges guldkorn

    Lola Akerstrom
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    Note – The following post is written in Swedish. A couple Swedish bloggers (myself included) were invited to submit tips on some of their favorite places in Sweden.Några resebloggar har valt några guldkorn i Sverige som man måste besöka när de kommer till Sverige. Jag också tipsade om mina favoriter ställe i Sverige. Du kan läsa mer om de olika forslåg i den här artikel på CupoNation - Gör en roadtrip i Sverige i sommar och besök Sveriges guldkorn!De andra bloggarna som delar med sig av tipsen är: Discovering the Planet, Freedomtravel, Husbil Kors & TvärsLadies…
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  • The Role of Pain in Travel

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Today marks three weeks that I’ve been off the trail. That is to say, three weeks since I limped into Santiago de Compostela, Spain and finished the 800 km pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France, up over the Pyrenees, through the rolling Basque countryside, up across the golden meseta and through the enchanted forests of Galicia.I am still cutting pieces of flesh off of my feet, daily. I have been doing this for 58 days now, every single day. And also, my left ankle tendon is still bothering me, even after a week of cooling my heels on a cruise ship. This is not good. I’m not known…
  • How to Use a Guidebook Without Letting it Ruin Your Trip

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    It is true that guidebooks are loaded with useful information. But travelers reading sample itineraries are quickly tricked into thinking that their guidebook can save them from missing something spectacular. Soon they’re pulling it out at every opportunity and burying their noses in it as they walk through crowds. Meanwhile, they fail to notice that at that very moment they might be missing genuine, unique, spontaneous experiences. If someone could only shake them out of this trance to say:“This is the trip! This is it! Over here are fresh lychees for sale! Look! There are children…
  • Meditation in Nepal

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Author’s Note: “A Day in the Life” is a series in which we chronicle a specific day in the life of a long-term traveler. This day was chosen as representational of the internal voyages the long-term traveler finds oneself embarking on during long trips, not only into unfamiliar spiritual traditions but also into own's mind.I open my eyes at the first clanging of the gong at 4am.Somehow, even though I’ve had almost no sleep, I am wide-awake. The gong clangs again, a bit louder this time. I turn on the light and begin stretching.The man in the bed beside mine stirs and pulls the…
  • How I Travel: Ellen Hopkins

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Ellen Hopkins: Roaming Poet Ellen Hopkins is the author of several NYT bestselling novels. Though her work deals with gritty subject matter, Hopkins has a great affection for her characters—often teens in desperate situations—and handles their stories with a deft touch. I used to be all about backcountry travel. Camping. Fishing. Hiking with my dogs. However, as I’ve matured (sounds better than “gotten older”), I’ve come to enjoy the cultural aspects. Museums. Architecture. Great restaurants. And the history of wherever we are. Plus today, I’m all about comfort.Trips for me…
  • 12 Reasons to Create a Travel Lifestyle

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    I have to admit, with somewhat of a swelling up of pride, that I really love it when my colleagues at the office introduce me to new clients and supplier reps as The World Traveler.  They’ll emit a slight snicker as they send the ‘newbies’ over to my desk to view the umpteen or so photographs that adorn the top and sides of my dual computer screens.Perhaps it’s with a tinge of envy, or maybe just a bite of sarcasm, but it couldn’t please me more.  Nothing makes me happier than sharing my globe-trotting exploits with my friends – or with total strangers.Because for me, travel is…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • The View from Tiananmen Square

    Trey Ratcliff
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    John Oliver – Tiananmen Square Here’s a funny video about what is happening in China now around the Tiananmen Square issue… (I could not embed it for some reason) Daily Photo – The View from Tiananmen Square Two military police stand guard in the square here, with the photo of Chairman Mao in the background. What I find very amazing every time I go back to Beijing (I've been six times now) is how young people there are really into Chairman Mao, talking about how awesome he was. This most recent time, my hosts saddled me with this 28 year old Chinese female…
  • A Mosque in the Atlas Mountains

    Trey Ratcliff
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Up in the air during the daily call to prayer One of the coolest things about being in Marrakech was being up high when the mosques call their faithful to come pray many times per day. From the top of every mosque you hear all kinds of sounds and songs… I have no idea what they are saying, but it does sound kind of awesome. Daily Photo – A Mosque in the Atlas Mountains It was a long and windy drive from Aït Benhaddou to Marrakech, but it was totally stunning. There were about ten other places I wanted to stop in the mountains, but I didn't have the time. But maybe this one…
  • Yoga in Hobbiton

    Trey Ratcliff
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A lot of Yoga! Some of you may recognize Bel from today’s photo below… here she is doing some more in this How-To HDR video we made. This is from the “Complete HDR Tutorial” which I highly recommend! Daily Photo – Yoga in Hobbiton This is my friend Bel (from above) doing a bit of impromptu yoga on the Hobbiton Movie Set on the old stone bridge before the watermill. We were there with Curtis and Pete while working on some new videos. She's our awesome videographer, but we could not shoot for about 30 minutes because some weedwackers were going crazy and the…
  • Getting ready for the Wedding

    Trey Ratcliff
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Cheesy Wedding Photos Do you know of any sites with crazy wedding photos? I’ve seen some crazy Russian ones… here, let me try to find it. Here’s a crazy one. Oh, and here’s another! Daily Photo – Getting ready for the Wedding We were on the outskirts of the Forbidden City then went into a temple area and there were about 20 couples taking their wedding photos. It was so funny to see everyone posing and all the photographers taking photos. They were all trying to find angles where they wouldn't see the other couples. The men wore the craziest tuxedos, but the…
  • A fisherman from a thousand years ago

    Trey Ratcliff
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    47 Ronin Did any of you see 47 Ronin? Some of the scenes in that movie are just unbelievable… in fact, I think that scene when they go to the slaver ships is one of the coolest backgrounds I’ve ever seen in a movie! Here’s a still from it. It didn’t turn out to be the greatest movie ever made or anything… but some of the scenes in there are really beautiful! Daily Photo – A fisherman from a thousand years ago There are thousands of little rivers that flow through these huge karst mountains. Fisherman have been around here forever, and I like this idea that…
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  • All Things Tea in Japan’s Kansai Region

    Jessica Festa
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
      From the high-quality green tea of Uji to the rich soba culture of Izushi to Osaka’s hearty soul food, Japan’s Kansai Region is made to be explored through the tongue. While many may associate Japanese food with rice, sushi and miso soup — which are all important parts of Japanese cuisine — it’s not as simple as that. And if that’s all you eat during your travels, you’re missing out on a slew of delicious opportunities. Here’s what Epicure & Culture suggests: Local Guide Recommendation: For a certified Japanese, English and Spanish speaking guide Epicure &…
  • The Phantom Of The Opera, a Granddaddy of a Musical Keeps Ticking…

    Jessica Tiare Bowen
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
      I arrived full circle with “The Phantom of the Opera.”  This granddaddy of a musical is still playing some 26 years after its 1988 opening at the appropriately named “Majestic Theater” and remains the longest running show on Broadway.  I can’t envision anything topping this fantastic record, although should it ever happen, I hope “Chicago” inherits the crown simply because it seems right that an American musical hold this title. I was quite fortunate to catch this landmark show soon after it opened in early 1988 to somewhat reluctant raves from the critics, but…
  • New York City for Foodies: Restaurants Without the Snob Factor

    Jessica Festa
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
        New York City gets a bad rep for having some pretty pretentious restaurants. But the truth is, there is an array of delicious venues offering sophisticated settings with inviting atmospheres. Whether you’re looking for a great date spot, a memorable meal or a place to spend time with friends, the following NYC restaurants offer the aesthetics without the stuffiness. The Ellington For a truly unpretentious dining experience that also features delicious food, The Ellington offers a country kitchen–meets–shabby chic ambience and a menu of homemade dishes. The owners felt that…
  • 5 Things For Your Must Do South Africa List

    Jessica Festa
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
        South Africa has much to offer travelers: quality wine, exotic wildlife, farm-to-fork food, natural beauty, a rich culture and, possibly the number one reason to visit, diverse adventure. Whether you’re interested in interacting with predators, hang-gliding over mountains, jumping from the world’s highest bungy or having a serene balloon experience, you can find it in South Africa. To help you plan an adrenaline-pumping itinerary, here are some essential South African experiences for the adventurous traveler. 1. A South African Safari It’s one thing to view a predator…
  • Novelist Scott Bergstrom’s WWII-Era European Passport Collection

    Jessica Festa
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Polish passport that started Mr. Bergstrom’s unique collection It started with the passport of a young Polish woman named Zofja. Scott Bergstrom, author of the novel The Cruelty, discovered it in an antique store in Austria and bought it for a few euros. “I remember thinking it was odd and a little tragic to have something so personal sell for so little,” he notes. Today, Scott has over thirty official passports, ID cards and journals in his rare historical documents collection. Most are from Europe, dating from the 1920s to early 1950s, representing a time of unprecedented growth…
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • Top Team Line-Up For Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

    Business Travel Destinations
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Friday 25 July 2014 The 25 teams from around the world that will contest this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic were announced today. The event, part of the Mayor of London’s multi-award winning annual festival of cycling, includes 10 teams currently competing in the Tour de France with squads from a total of 12 nations in the line-up.   The six-rider teams will tackle the 200-kilometre route, starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 13:00 on Sunday 10 August, that includes multiple circuits in the Surrey Hills and additional sections of the 2012 Olympic Road Race Route,…
  • MGM Resorts International’s M life Brings Member Rewards to Empire City Casino

    Business Travel Destinations
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
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  • Street Parties and Festivals for Prudential RideLondon

    Business Travel Destinations
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Friday 11 July 2014 In just four weeks’ time, London and Surrey will again host the world’s cycling elite at Prudential RideLondon, part of the Mayor of London’s multi-award winning festival of cycling. Hot on the heels of this week’s thrilling Tour de France, London and Surrey are preparing to welcome the world with festivals and public street parties along the routes of this year’s Prudential RideLondon events on Sunday 10 August.  As the most anticipated event of the weekend, Londoners, visitors to the capital and Surrey residents are expected to turn out in force to see 150 of…
  • MGM Resorts International Announces Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Release Date

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    LAS VEGAS, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will release the Company’s financial results for the second quarter 2014 before the market opens on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The Company will host a conference call that day at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, which will include a brief discussion of the results followed by a question and answer session. The call will be accessible via the Internet through under the Investors section or by calling 1-888-317-6003 for domestic callers and 1-412-317-6061 for international callers.  The…
  • London on course for another year of record-breaking visitor numbers in 2014

    Business Travel Destinations
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Thursday 10 July 2014 London welcomed over 3.6 million overseas visits in the first three months of 2014, resulting in the best ever first quarter tourism numbers in the city’s history. The figures published today from the latest International Passenger Survey (IPS) show an 8.6 per cent increase on the same period last year, confirming that London is on track to welcome more visitors in 2014 than the 16.8 million that came to the city in 2013 – already a record-breaking year for the capital. Tourist spending over the same period was £2.44 billion, a 14.6 per cent increase compared with…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Great Barrier Reef

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is so large, the largest in the world, it can bee seen from outer space.  The tragedy is that it's under threat from all sorts of things: pollution, climate change, overfishing, and predators.
  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A view of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi through one of the lovely keyhole arches.  The mosque is the largest in the United Arab Emirates, and during the festival of Eid it can be visited by 40,000 people.
  • Falkland Islands

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    My mother's best friend married someone from the Falkland Islands and went to live there some time shortly after World War II.  Sadly she died rather young and so we never did have much contact with the Islands.Young people who live there and want to continue their education beyond the age of 16 have to return to England.  The school my son went to was one of the few that took these students.  Many of them found it very hard to settle.  I should think it would be a huge culture shock to move from a country with a population of approximately 3000 to a city with a population…
  • Volcanoes of Kamchatka

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    A double helping of volcanoes.  Both the postcard and the stamp show volcanoes in the Kamchatka region of Russia.  The postcard shows the Gorely volcano with an acid lake, the Blue Lake.  The stamp shows the Karymsky volcano which has been erupting non-stop ever since 2013 and fairly continuously since 1996.The whole area of the Kamchatka peninsula was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1996 but I'm afraid I hadn't heard of it until this card arrived last week.  There are about 300 volcanoes and of these, 29 are still active.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by…
  • Borrowing and Multiplying the Landscape

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    "Borrowing and Multiplying the Landscape" is the title of the work by French artist Daniel Buren.  It is in fact an enormous window (in the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate) through which you can see the sea, with mirrors on either sideI bought the postcard myself because I was so impressed by the original.  I've had it two years at least and only picked it out again because of the card from the German Bundestag has a very similar shape to the left of centre.  I've no idea what that shape is but it does look very similar to Daniel Buren's work.
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  • Cost Cutting tips for Travelling

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

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    A dream vacation is just that for many people – a dream. But, why does it have to be that way? You’ve worked hard. You deserve a holiday. Thankfully, most dream vacations aren’t as expensive as you might think. The trick to making them work is often just a little advanced  preparation. Share Car and Fuel Money Petrol is expensive, and rental car fees can add up. That’s why sharing both can lower the cost of your vacation. If you’re single, this is easy – split the cost between you and a friend (or several). The more, the merrier. It’ll make your friendship stronger,…
  • Florida for Animal Lovers

    27 May 2014 | 12:34 am
    Florida makes a great vacation spot for many people, no less so for those looking to experience the wonders of the natural world and its many fascinating creatures. With its unique climate, The Sunshine State is able to play host to a vast range of exotic species that many other places could not, making a visit here an absolute must for animal lovers. Butterfly World Butterfly World, the first of its kind in the whole of the US, opened its doors to visitors in 1988. In this truly enchanting place, you can explore a tropical rainforest setting as countless beautiful butterflies roam free…
  • Cuba and the Movies: Hard Done By?

    25 May 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Glimpse of the Capitolio, Havana, Cuba (Creative Commons) Are you thinking of going holiday and planning any Cuba holidays in 2014? If you are, you may feel slightly hesitant as to what you can expect upon arrival. Indeed, it has been a long time since the Iron Curtain lifted and the missiles returned to their former Soviet bases. Still, how does what you may have seen in the movies equate to the modern lives that Cubans lead in the 21st century? Let’s have a quick look at some factors that you should keep in mind when visiting. The Culture as Opposed to the Politics Many movies still…
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • 5 Luxury Destinations Worth Splurging On

    Sue Lobo
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    You’ve finally did it! You saved up money to take the ultimate vacation, but where are you going to go? There are a lot of exciting places to visit in the world, especially if you have a lot of money to spend. The following list consists of our top 5 Luxury Destinations Worth Splurging On. Fiji Despite Fiji being a popular tourist destination, there are still spots for serenity and tranquility. The waters are a beautiful turquoise color and the sandy beaches have mountains as their backdrop. Many of the hotels are new or recently renovated. No matter where you stay at, the…
  • Zip Lining Around the World

    Sue Lobo
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Picture it: you’re standing at the edge of a wooden platform that’s about 150 feet above the jungle floor. Your heart’s racing, your hands are sweating, but you know you are perfectly safe because you are equipped with a helmet, harness and work gloves. You have an experienced tour guide with you that checks the harness and snaps the carabiner into the pulleys that will carry you over a valley of greenery. You take a deep breathe, place a gloved hand onto the strap that connects the harness to the pulley and you lift your feet up and swoop off of the platform disappearing…
  • 10 Colorful Cities Around The World

    Sue Lobo
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Imagine living in a city where a wonderful explosion of color is all around you. From reds, to yellows, to greens, some town just pop with color at every corner you turn. If you are wondering where you can find these vibrant towns, take a look at our some of our favorites. 10 Colorful Cities Around the World Cinque Terre, Italy Clique Terre is located on the coast of Italy. It consists of five villages that are part of Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rugged landscape that is perched over cliffs is part of the city’s charm. The five villages must be…
  • The Best Outdoor Theatres To Visit This Summer

    Sue Lobo
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    During the summer months, when the weather starts to get warmer, many people would rather spend their time outside. It’s a great time of year to see a lot of outdoor theatrical and musical productions. Below are our top picks of the best outdoor theatres to visit this summer. Sundance Resort Theatre – Sundance, Utah Winter isn’t the only good time to visit Utah. During the summer months Sundance hosts the Sundance Summer Theatre. From July 24- August 16 visitors can watch a classic musical that is sponsored by Utah Valley University. This year’s featured musical is…
  • Family Friendly Vineyards Napa Valley

    Sue Lobo
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    If you are interested in visiting the Napa Valley/Sonoma area but have dismissed the idea because you have children, you have been wasting time! It is such a common misconception that couples think they can’t bring their kids along on their wine tasting adventures. There are a number of places that are family-friendly which will allow you to take your desired vacation while bringing the kids along for the experience. Stop delaying your vacation and start deciding which remarkable, family-friendly activities and wineries you are going to choose! Activities: The Petrified Forest in…
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    What's New in the Backpacking Blog?

  • Travel Art

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

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

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Travel with disabilities is a challenge but, according to expert Candy Harrington, one that can be overcome with the right preparation.
  • Travel Resources for Solo Women Travelers

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:02 am
    Are you a woman heading off to see the world? These travel resources should be your first stop.
  • Overseas Jobs for Women Who Travel

    8 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    If you're traveling for a few months or more, overseas jobs might stretch your travel dollars and help travel longer.
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    29 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    Los Parrachos de Maracajau, conocidos tambien como arrecifes coralinos de Maracajau constituyen una de las mayores atracciones turisticas del Estado de Rio Grande do Norte. Este polo de buceo y snorkeling quizas sea solamente rivalizado por la increible belleza natural de Bonito, en el Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul...

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    The Parrachos of Maracajau, otherwise known as coral reefs of Maracajau are one of the biggest tourist attractions in the State of Rio Grande do Norte, simply one of the best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving in Brazil, perhaps only rivaled by the incredible beauty of Bonito, in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul...

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Si bien no es el mas profundo del mundo - el segundo exactamente - el canon del Colca es un maravilloso despliegue de naturaleza que deberias incluir en tu experiencia de viajes por Peru. Se ubica a unos 160km de Arequipa, y tambien resulta oportuno si estas en camino hacia Cuzco y Machu Picchu..

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    Altough not the deepest in the world - second only to it - Colca Canyon is a marvelous piece of nature that should be part of your Peru travel experience. It's about 100 miles NW from the city of Arequipa, and also very handy if you are a Machu Picchu/Cuzco-bound traveler...

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    Visitar los Parrachos de Rio do Fogo te pondra en contacto con una de las bellezas menos exploradas de la Costa Potiguar, en el Estado de Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil. Sus arrecifes coralinos rivalizan, y quizas superen, a los Parrachos de Maracajau...
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    Wild Junket

  • My Packing List for the Camino in Summer

    Nellie Huang
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    So you’ve done all your research and you’re ready to hit the trail. Your Camino adventure is about to start — but wait, what should you pack? For the Camino, packing light is essential and it’ll make your life much more enjoyable and pain-free. As you’ll be carrying your pack for more than six hours/day, it’s important to carry as little as possible. Excessive weight will add pressure to your knees and heels and increase the chances of getting injured. All the guides I’ve found say that the optimal weight is 10% of your body weight. I started out with a pack that weighed 7kg…
  • A Quick Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

    Nellie Huang
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Retracing its origins to the 9th century, Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of Saint James”, was an important pilgrimage route for the Christians. The Christian apostle Saint James was beheaded in Jerusalem in 42 AD and his remains were buried in Santiago de Compostela. When his tomb was discovered, Christians across Europe began to travel to see it. This journey  became one of the…
  • The Camino Diaries: Reaching our Destination, Santiago de Compostela!

    Nellie Huang
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    The final walk from Pedrouzo into Santiago de Compostela was possibly the hardest one we did. Walking at night was plenty of fun at first as we weaved through forests with our head torch and giggled in the darkness, but eventually our lack of sleep (and therefore energy) caught up on us and it was such a struggle covering that last few kilometers. We eventually rolled into town with the last bit of strength we had and collapsed in front of the Cathedral of Santiago. Reaching the End Arriving at our final destination of the Camino de Santiago was a bittersweet moment. It was hard to believe…
  • The Camino Diaries: The Final Stretch

    Nellie Huang
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Tonight we will begin our last hike to Santiago de Compostela – the destination for most Camino pilgrims. Many people have recommended us do a night hike for a different experience (and to avoid the crowd and heat), so we’ve decided to do this last leg of the Camino at night to end with a bang. Hopefully at dawn tomorrow, we’ll be marching in to Santiago before the city (and other pilgrims) awakes. The Challenges of the Camino Nothing I’d read before this trip prepared me for the challenges I faced. Even though I’ve always believed that mental strength matters…
  • The Camino Diaries: Highs and Lows

    Nellie Huang
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Over the past few days, I’ve experienced what has been perhaps the most intense moments of high and low within such a short time frame. After having tendinitis on my second day on the Camino, I fortunately made it back on the trail the next day. From Low to High That day turned out to be my best day so far, as we conquered the slopes in Montes de León from Foncebadón to Pontferrada with surprising much gusto and ease. I felt great the entire day despite walking in the rain and covering around 27km in 10 hours. The following days have been a mixture of good and bad moments as I…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • 20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’

    Wanda Coustas
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle You’ve had a life-long dream. That goes something like this: meet soul mate (optional), have child (optional), move to a SMALL TOWN and open a coffee shop/fish shop/country restaurant/country pub and live out the rest of your life in the slow lane without any big city stress. Perhaps you have given the idea merely a passing thought? Either way, here are a list of reasons to leave the city and head for South Africa’s country ‘dorps’… 1. NO TRAFFIC...
  • The 10 best eateries in Durban

    Wanda Coustas
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Durban as a ‘foodie destination’ is a recent concept. The Roma revolving restaurant was about as good as it got. Recently areas like Greyville, Berea and Glenwood have mushroomed into trendy alternatives to the always buzzing Florida Road, and places to nosh have restored the city’s lunch and dinner scene. Here are 10 of the best eateries in Durban, for a variety of reasons… Freedom Café, Greyville (for the novelty)   If fire-engine red shipping...
  • Grootvadersbosch – 15 reasons to visit this last patch of indigenous forest

    Wanda Coustas
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Right at the end of a dirt road that begins somewhere after the little village of Suurbraak is the largest remaining indigenous forest in the Langeberg. The forest is almost engulfed by the ravine into which it descends, barely visible from the top of the mountain fynbos-clad hillsides of the Grootvadersbosch reserve. This isolated pocket of Afromontane forest, in a pleat of the Cape fold mountains, is known by few yet there are a myriad reasons to visit … The bird...
  • 7 things in Cape Town that you can (and can’t) do in Europe

    Wanda Coustas
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle With Cape Town rated as the top destination for 2014 by the New York Times earlier this year – ahead of LA, the Vatican and the Seychelles – it is only natural that visitors want to know just what it is Cape Town has that other cities don’t. And so we’ve put together an irrefutable list – things in Cape Town that you can (and can’t) do in Europe… WHAT YOU CAN DO IN CAPE TOWN (that you can’t do in Europe)   Climb a mountain...
  • Tantalize your tastebuds in Stanford Village

    Thaya Bedford
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Described by many as resembling a scene from ‘A River Runs Through It‘, Stanford village possesses the idyllic, dreamy charm of an epic romantic film. Children fish from the jetties while Gymnogenes call nearby; residents hit the river with their canoes early in summer for a ‘country gym session’, while horse-riders saddle up for long out-rides in the mountains. Stanford has quietly been attracting ‘swallows’, investors, weekenders, visitors...
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    Velvet Escape

  • A flight back in time on a Dakota DC3

    Keith Jenkins
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Posing with the Captain and the KLM Dakota DC-3. I come from a family of aviation enthusiasts. Hmmm… on second thought, that’s not entirely true. Whereas my father was a true aviation geek and my brother and I share his enthusiasm, my Mum and sister are pretty oblivious, often managing little more than “it was a big/small plane” when asked which aircraft type they’d flown in. As a kid, I spent a lot of time at the observation platform of Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur, watching and chattering excitedly as planes landed and took off. My Mum would try to tear me…
  • An Instagram tour of Reunion

    Keith Jenkins
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    The mountainous interior of Réunion Island. Réunion Island is a volcanic island off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, just 200km southwest of Mauritius (map). An overseas department of France, Réunion is the outermost region of the European Union. French is the official language and the Euro is the currency used. Formed by millions of years of volcanic activity, Reunion is a mountainous island with dramatic peaks at its core and gradually descending slopes that end in the depths of the Indian Ocean. It’s an island of stunning contrasts; from tranquil lagoons to craggy…
  • Inspired by Rio

    Keith Jenkins
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:38 am
    Rio de Janeiro is a city that bewilders and inspires. Its spectacular setting is the first thing that will grab your attention but once you start exploring, you’ll discover a city of contrasts, but above all else, a city of immense beauty, colour and warm, engaging people. It’s not hard to be inspired by Rio de Janeiro. I recently published a photo essay about the magic of Rio. In the video below, I describe why I’m such a big fan of Rio. Check it out: Post by Lufthansa.   Note: my trip to Rio de Janeiro was made possible in cooperation with Lufthansa.
  • Experiencing Réunion

    Keith Jenkins
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Réunion is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean (map), 200km southwest of Mauritius. Famed for its stunning beaches, lush forests and rugged volcanic landscapes, Réunion has always been high on my list of places to visit. As a child, I would stare endlessly at photos of its otherworldly terrain of jagged peaks piercing through the clouds, smoldering volcanoes and palm-fringed beaches. Today, I leave for a nine-day trip to Réunion; another dream come true! The village of Cilaos on Réunion (image courtesy of Philippe Vieux-Jeanton). A bit about Réunion and what I hope to do there Piton de…
  • Six Stellenbosch wineries to visit

    Keith Jenkins
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A full-bodied Pinotage and jaw-dropping scenery at Warwick Wine Estate, Stellenbosch! Stellenbosch (map) is a picturesque university town in the Cape Winelands, a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, filled with historic Cape Dutch buildings, ancient oak trees, art galleries and laid-back cafés. A short drive in any direction, along one of the many Stellenbosch Wine Routes, will take you through gorgeous vineyards and imposing mountains. Nestled in the valleys and mountain slopes are some of the most beautiful wineries in the Western Cape. Here are six Stellenbosch wineries that I recently visit…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Travel scams to watch out for this summer Travelers are often easy targets for thieves and con artists. You can easily let your guard down when you visit a foreign country, but Just The Flight put together this infographic to make sure you don’t become another statistic. Take a minute to go over the common scams that target tourists and which country they…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn’t know District of Columbia is in US Right at my home airport MCO, a resident of the District of Columbia (the seat of our national government) was asked for his passport. Why? The TSA agent did not recognize his Washington D.C. license, and was unaware that it was a place. It’s not the first time the TSA has run in to this problem, but some light is being shed on the subject because it happened to a reporter. The TSA has since confirmed that yes, D.C. driver’s licenses are valid forms of ID. Fake TSA screener probes passnegers at SFO…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Win a Year of Travel with Coca-Cola How would you like to win free airfare for a year? Coca-Cola, Cinemark, and Southwest have teamed up to give you the chance to win 24 round-trip tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. The tickets expire on December 31st, 2015, but I can think of enough places to visit between now and then. Contest ends July 24 Show us your #AirportHugs for a chance to win! wants to see your airport hug photos. Take a photo of you and your loved ones saying hello or goodbye and share…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Airbus: Pilots don’t really need windows Airbus has filed patents for a radical new cockpit design that does not include windows – and it doesn’t even need to be at the front of the plane, either. Instead, pilots in the future may use giant video screens to control the aircraft, making the plane more aerodynamic, lighter, and able to hold more…
  • Hotel Offering: Yoga by the Sea

    Carol Margolis
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Here’s an item for the Hilton Garden Inn in Veracruz, Mexico hotel’s “Amenities” page that will have you wishing you were in Veracruz right now: Staying with us on a Tuesday night? Then don comfortable clothes and join us on the beach for a 7pm yoga and relaxation session. We’ll go for 90 minutes or more so you can really relax after a long day or work or play. Enjoy our colorful mats, Listening to the crashing waves And feeling the warm gulf breezes. Stretch your body, Learn relaxation techniques. Don’t worry that you may not know what to do. We’re…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Hotels in Lancaster – Finding a Family Friendly Option for All Ages

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Our trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania was different this year. This time around, we get to travel with my extended family. The grandparents (my parents), the uncle (my brother) and his girlfriend, the boys (my sons) and me. With that extra element, I had to find a hotel that my parents would be comfortable with, and also my kids to have the room to run around and be themselves. We normally stay in boutique hotels, but instead of jumping into that, I wanted…
  • What you Need to Plan Before Booking a Holiday

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids A holiday is often the highlight of the year for many people. Families, couples and individuals alike relish the chance to take some time off work and enjoy a well-planned getaway. But with so many different factors to consider, how can you be sure that your upcoming trip will be a success and more importantly, enjoyable? The answer is by meticulously planning your holiday before you go. Sound obvious? Maybe, but by preparing well ahead of time you can…
  • What Impressed My Family and Me Most About the Amish

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Here’s a bit of weird info – I’ve had a desire to visit Lancaster County, or better known as home of the Amish people, for years. Yeah, I know, odd. Instead of dreams of tropical beaches, I want to check out farmlands of mid-America. The thing is, that this is a truly unique trip. My kids have been to plenty of beaches. Living in Central America gives us quicker access to this. However, we don’t get much travel to countrysides…
  • 6 of the Most Popular Themed Holidays

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Themed holidays are becoming more and more popular. People love them because they get to visit a cool destination and do one of their favorite activities during the same trip. Some hotels and even groups of them have started creating packages to cater to people looking for a themed vacation. There are tons of these sorts of holidays being offered out there, as many as hobbies, so I wouldn’t be able to name them all, but keep reading to learn about a…
  • Food Porn – Creativity in Antigua Guatemala – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When tell my friends and family about the amazing food creations we can find in Antigua Guatemala they don’t believe me. Well here’s a bit of a taste for all those that are planning on visiting this colorful colonial town. Asian, California chicken salad Macadamia Nut Parfait Strawberry Filled Chalupa Homemade best Caeser Salad ever Wine and herb cheese fondue International cheese and meet dish Pumpkin Ravioli covered in Flower cream sauce…
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  • Francoise Nielly Prints

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Francoise Nielly's massive, colorful portraits are delicious to look at. Even more wonderful – and particularly infuriating to those of us who have timidly dabbled in painting – is to watch her create them. She, in her confident, strong hand, wields her painting knife shaped like a miniature garden trowel, and makes painting look easy like cake frosting. She paints her vivid, passionate canvases — some as large as 78 x 25 inches (195 x 62 centimeters) -- from black-and-white photos, further proof of her unfailing ability to interpret light, shadow, hue and tone by applying…
  • Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Architect and designer Helle Flou, founder of Copenhagen-based HelleFlou, was responsible for the design of the offices for the Danish Fashion and Textile association (Dansk Mode og Textil) and Kopenhagen Fur. The offices are located in the fabulous 1835-built, heritage-listed A.N.Hansen mansion at the corner of Fredericiagade and Bredgade in the Fredriksstaden neighbourhood of central Copenhagen. The move together of the two organizations established a anew home and innovation centre for their cooperative effort called KicK initiative(Kopenhagen Internationle Center for Kreativitet).
  • iPhone 5 Cases & Passport Wallets

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Finally, an ideal case for your iPhone 5. Not just stylish, but cool and practical as well! These cases are meticulously finished and made of durable leather look-alike material in crisp, solid colors. The unbeatable practicality comes from the solid clip that locks the phone onto the case safely, the removable strap that keeps your hands free when not using the phone yet assures the phone is immediately handy at all times, the card slots for credit or hotel key cards, and the best part: you can take pictures and talk on the phone while the case is closed!   Just this case, your credit…
  • Joint Cafe + Workspace in Bangkok

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Working in a shared space - in a café or a rented-by-the-hour office - is nothing new, but sometimes a concept pops up that is worth a second look. Now into its third week of life, Joint Café + Workspace in Bangkok stands out in its whiteness. We will not speculate on what it will look like after a few months of coffee spills and foot traffic, but for now, it appears inviting like a new notebook, all ready to be filled with people, ideas and inspiration. The space, designed by Thailand’s 56th Studio, is located on the 12th floor of the Asia Hotel’s car park building.
  • 800 m2 Office In An Old Cable Factory - Poland

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are now officially suffering from office envy and the object of our feelings is located in Poland, in a former cable factory in Zabłocie, a post-industrial district in Kraków. It was designed for the web technology consulting firm u2i by architect and urban planner Justyna Friedberg of Kraków-based Morpho Studio. The obvious breathing room – so often lacking in offices – is clearly evident here. White, ash wood, natural light. Somehow we can imagine thoughts flying freer in a space like this, with this much openness and light.   The real gem of the 800…
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • Hanging out at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tour in San Diego

    James Hills
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    It was truly a regional brew fest as well as a chance to check out some of the best beers from around the country including those from Russian River, Cigar City, Bells, and Ballast Point. We have our pretzel necklaces and sample glasses ready. Before we dive in though, here's a video that gives a great overview of why Beer Camp Tour was created ... {youtube}nM7BrsN8qVo{/youtube} As you can see, this isn't just any old brewfest but is almost like a rock and roll tour featuring some of the best beer-stars.  Of particular interest for me was checking out the representatives from the Beer…
  • The Centurion Lounge at DFW

    James Hills
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Located on Concourse D, opposite of Gate D17, the lounge is easily accessible from the Skylink train.  The Centurion Lounge is open to all American Express card members for a $50 fee (one-day pass) but for those Platinum or Centurion members, access is complimentary. I had heard great things about their bar and the signature cocktails developed by mixologist Jim Meehan who as well as having served at some of the top clubs in the country is also the deputy editor of Food & Wine's annual cocktail guide. As such, it was no surprise to find an exciting and unique cocktail menu, but I…
  • Awesome Alabama Mancation Ideas

    James Hills
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    Let's start at the Talladega Super Speedway , one of the most legendary race tracks in the world and NASCAR's longest oval with a length of 2.66 miles. Built in 1960, the track was designed to be longer and faster than Daytona and it has earned that reputation over the years including June 9, 2004 when Rusty Wallace set the all time NASCAR fastest speed at 216.309 mph.  To enable this extremely high speed, Talladega's bank angle is a whopping 36 degrees vs Daytona's 31! What you may not know about Alabama is that just before the famous California gold rush there was an Alabama gold rush…
  • Happy National Tequila Day, Let's Celebrate!

    James Hills
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The here are a few of our favorite margarita recipes ... Margarita Blanco • 3 oz. of Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila Blanco• Simple Syrup (1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water)• 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice• 2 oz. of Triple Sec• 1 Jalapeño, cut in half lengthwise Put 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of water in a saucepan to boil, stir occasionally to dissolve sugar. After the simple syrup cools combine it with 3 ounces of Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila Blanco, 1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice, 2 ounces of Triple Sec and 1 Jalapeño, cut in half lengthwise. Let the mix chill for 30 minutes- 3…
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Road Trip Review

    James Hills
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    This has continued as they took the existing Sonata and made a more refined look continuing their "Fluidic Sculpture" theme with a 2.0 design. With 2015 Sonata trim levels ranging from the SE featuring a 2.4L 6-speed transmission for $21,150 to the Sport 2.0T with a 2.0L Turbo that fully loaded tops out at $33,525 there is something for everyone as it spans the gamut from "practical family sedan" to "junior executive". Safety is a primary focus for Hyundai with all models coming standard with seven airbags including a new driver's knee airbag to help prevent the driver from sliding down…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Pig Intestines – Tasty Offal Recipe!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    It’s weird food time again, and this time it’s a dish made from offal – specifically, pigs intestines! Travel often brings up some interesting dishes, as I think food and travel are so intertwined. Eating food (and lots of it) is one of the best things about travel. But that means you’ll come across some food that you think you don’t like because you don’t cook it at home or don’t bother asking for it when you go out. I’m guessing some of this food doesn’t involve asking for offal – that is, the bits left over after the prime cuts of…
  • Adventures In The Anthropocene Interview with Gaia Vince

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Hi there Travel Tarters, today I have an interview with Gaia Vince, who has recently had a new book published from Random House titled ‘Adventures In the Anthropocene – A journey to the heart of the planet we made‘ which is about how humans have altered their environment around them and how some are adapting to this change, often with surprising solutions. She ended up writing this book after an extensive round the world trip. Gaia is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in science and the environment. She has been the front editor of the journal Nature Climate Change,…
  • Phallic Food of the World – The Geoduck!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Okay, it’s weird seafood time – namely, some Phallic Food! Here is a weird travel photo of some unusual looking food that I spotted in at a seafood restaurant in Singapore – called the Geoduck. I’ve never come across this one before. The Geoduck (scientific name – Panopea generosa) is a very large edible saltwater clam from North America and it definitely fits my criteria for weird seafood that I’ve stumble upon during my journeys around the place. Other weird seafood I’ve come across in my travels has included the chicken fish from Vanuatu, sea…
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Hot Seat. How I bombed my chance to be a professional backpacker!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    I’m always looking for any stupid excuse to go travelling. And a couple of years ago, I had a crazy idea that might let me travel permanently until the day I die! I was going to get hold of a million dollars, one way or the other! All ethical of course! I haven’t had the nerve to hold up a bank or set up my own scam, but in 2012, I applied online to have a crack at the Australian version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire‘, which is called ‘Millionaire Hot Seat’ or just plain old ‘Hot Seat‘. ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire‘ is one of…
  • Tea and Coffee – Nice When Separate. Better Mixed Together!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Two of the world’s most popular drinks – Tea and Coffee. You’ll find variants of this stuff from all around the world and in some unusual places. Some people like only one. Some like both (that is, separately!). I don’t mind having one or the other. But I try to find some of the more unusual quirks of these drinks when I’m out and about. Here are some left of field examples that I’ve come across in my travels: Tea: Drinking tea mixed with egg How to make Iced Tea in Bangkok Tea mixing in Dubai Coffee: Drink Coffee – do stupid things more faster! The…
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  • Relish Kerala Monsoon Destinations

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Wedged by the Western Ghats on the East and Arabian Sea on the West, Kerala is a marvelled destination of a lifetime. God’s Own Country is blessed with the magic of monsoon; rains enhance the charm of the picturesque state, reflecting different hues of green mixed with shades of gray and blue, a visual treat […]The post Relish Kerala Monsoon Destinations appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Relax in Playa de las Americas

    18 May 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Relax in Playa de las Americas In the municipality of Arona, very close to Adeje, sits this purposely-located resort and fun filled destination. Specifically, in Tenerife, in one of the Canary Islands, is where you will find the most popular resort destination in the whole of Europe. Yes, I am talking about the Playa de […]The post Relax in Playa de las Americas appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • 12 Hours in Manchester

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

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

    25 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Water Parks in the Costa del Sol When it comes to holidays most families will choose the sun and sea option. Stunning beaches and spotless hotels with large swimming pools and a kids club for the younger children are incredibly popular. Tanning holidays are a great way to relax while getting a little extra sun, […]The post Water Parks in the Costa del Sol appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
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  • No Excuses: Redefining how we view travel

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

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

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

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

    Chris Cavallari
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    RRoll my clothes, lay them out on the bed. Pack the toiletry kit, hang it on the door. Decide which shoes to bring, lay them by the door. Grab a book, my earphones, notebook and pen, pack them in my messenger bag. Charge the batteries, clean the camera, and make sure I have my camera strap. Pack it all up, leave it in the kitchen, try to sleep but fail thanks to excitement.  What I brought to Thailand for 2.5 Weeks by Adam Baker on Flickr That’s my ritual as I prepare for an upcoming trip. The butterflies never cease as I ready myself for a journey of any size, big or small, long or…
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    Jet Set Smart


    30 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Jumpsuits have been very in style lately, and I couldn't be happier about that!  They are so easy, lightweight, perfect for travel, and can be dressed up or down.  I picked this one up at T.J. Maxx for $16.99 a couple weeks ago, and love the terrycloth/cotton fabric.  It's so comfortable, casual, and I love its beachy-vibe.  I wore it to the beach in the evening when we took the kids to play in the sand, so I paired it with a crochet sweater since it was a bit cool and I also added a fun statement necklace. Jumpsuit: Monteau Los Angeles via T.J. Maxx (similar here)Sweater:…

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    A couple of weeks ago we took the kids on a train ride!  But, this wasn't just any train ride, it was a ride on the Flemington Railroad- The Black River & Western Steam Railroad from the 1950's!  The ride is short (good for young kids), plus it's pretty and scenic and runs between Flemington and Ringoes, New Jersey.  The boys had fun, and it was great to ride on such an old locomotive! Dress: ExpressCardigan: J. Crew FactoryBag: Tory BurchNecklace: Stella & DotWatch: Michael KorsFlip Flops: HavainasSunnies: Aldo

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    There's nothing I love more than something that's stylish, yet easy breezy and comfy!  I fell head over heels in love with this affordable outfit (top: $14.99 and bottoms: $16.99) that I found at TJ Maxx (#maxxinista) because it's so lightweight and can be worn to the beach with flip flops, or with fun sandals to head out with family for some drinks on the boardwalk (that's what we did after we snapped these pics! Lol!)  Hope your week is going great jet setters!Top: Band of Gypsies via TJ Maxx (similar here)Bottoms: Band of Gypsies via TJ Maxx (similar here)Hat: H&MBag: Stella…

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hi Everyone!  For today's Wardrobe Wednesday, I just wanted to tell you how much I love outlet shopping!  Part of living the JetSetSmart lifestyle is knowing how, when and where to find good deals...and the outlets sure have plenty of them.  I got this dress last summer at the Gap outlet for $20, and I just love it so much!  The tribal print is fun, the colors are great, and the side slits make it so easy to walk in.  I added this Zara necklace which I wore before with this outfit to bring out the orange in the dress.  I also added new life to last year's dress…

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Last weekend we did one of the most fun things we have done yet with the boys...we went on a pirate adventure!  Jersey Shore Pirates is an actual pirate ship that sails on the Metedeconk River in Brick, New Jersey.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon with the kids! The fun started the minute we got to the pier.  The crew painted tattoos on the children, the kids got to dress up in pirate costumes, and they also learned some "pirate lingo" before they hopped aboard.  All the kids got pirate names too...our boys were "Brave Brody" and "Rip Tide Richie!" ;-)Once on…
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  • An epic journey across Canada by train

    Mariellen Ward
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    The Canadian: The best way to see Canada that I know ABOUT AN HOUR outside of Jasper, as I was settling into my private cabin on the train, a moose appeared outside my window, as if stationed there on purpose by the Via Rail company. There he stood in all his lumpy majesty alone, a dark figure silhouetted against a golden field. In the distance, the tips of the Rocky Mountains were lit up by the last rays of the sun. It was the most Canadian of moments and I froze in a kind of northern induced rapture. A second or two later and we had moved on, inexorably pushing forward across the Canadian…
  • Female solo travel tips

    Mariellen Ward
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Me in Pondicherry 2006 Q&A about female solo travel for women in India A HIT NEW film from India, Queen, is all about a young woman who gets jilted just before her wedding and decides to go on the European honeymoon by herself. While there, she makes mistakes, has fun and — guess what — discovers her inner strength and learns to value herself. In other words, she goes on a solo female travel adventure and gains priceless self-confidence. The film is inspiring women in India to travel solo, and it inspired a journalist with the Deccan Herald to interview me about solo…
  • Sun shines on the films of Satyajit Ray

    Mariellen Ward
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Scene from The World of Apu by Satyajit Ray TIFF retrospective showcases legendary Indian film director THERE ARE TWO scenes in the Satyajit Ray film The World of Apu (Apur Sansar, 1959) that sent me into the bathroom crying at the end of the film. One has to do with the birth of Apu’s son, and the other, the last scene of the movie, when they reconcile. More than that I don’t want to tell you if you haven’t scene this classic of world cinema. When I came out of the stall, tears still wetting my face, I struck up a conversation with a white-haired woman who had a kind and…
  • On the edge at Niagara Falls

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Swept away by the world’s top tourist attraction AT THE VERY edge of Niagara Falls water seems to throw itself over with an abandon of mythical proportions. The sheer force is mesmerizing: a mighty, terrifying spectacle of millions of litres of water dropping 30 stories, landing with a thunderous roar and sending up a churning tumult of foam and mist. All along the promenade, tourists from every part of the world gazes in hypnotic wonder, getting soaked by the mist when the wind changes, and clicking photos like there’s no tomorrow. An old stone parapet, the only barrier…
  • Missing the smells of Delhi

    Mariellen Ward
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Pungent aroma of Delhi as colourful as the city itself WHEN I ARRIVED back to Toronto after six months in India, the first thing I missed was the smell of Delhi. I came out of the airport and inhaled. “Toronto smells like a parking garage,” I thought. On the other hand, Delhi really smells. To those of you who’ve been there, or even live there now, that’s not news. Delhi is a huge, sprawling, traffic-infested city, the capital of the world’s largest democracy and a melting pot for people drawn from all over the subcontinent with hopes of a better life. Of course it smells.
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • What to Eat at Tanglin Halt Market – Wei Yi Laksa, Ah Luck Beancurd and Richie’s Curry Puff Review

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    After a 2-hour walk with the My Queenstown Heritage Trail, we were feeling quite hungry – thankfully we ended our trail at Tanglin Halt Market.  There are 2 stalls with very long queues when we were at Tanglin Halt on Sunday 11.20am – one of them is Wei Yi Laksa and Prawn Noodle (Stall Number 20).  The other is Mei Jia Fried Bee Hoon (Stall Number 18) which sells economic rice and of course, fried bee hoon with different ingredients. Wei Yi Laksa and Prawn Noodle starts its business at 5.30am and it is closed on Mondays and Fridays.  The stall owner works really fast –…
  • My Queenstown Heritage Trail – Explore Queenstown and Tanglin Halt Historical Sights with Free Guided Tour (Every Last Sunday of the Month)

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everytime my MRT journey along the East-West line passes by Queenstown, the area around the Queenstown MRT station seemed to be always changing – I think it was just last year that the former Queenstown Cinema and Bowling Alley was demolished (although it had been vacant for quite a number of years). I also remembered taking my Advanced Theory test at the former Queenstown Driving Test Centre – the Centre ceased operations in 1995. I took it at a Traffic Police facility above the then Queenstown Neighbourhood Police Centre that took over the building. All these memories made me…
  • Fly with VietJet and Win Amazing Prizes like Samsung Galaxy Smartphones!

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As part of VietJet’s commitment to provide passengers with an unforgettable experience on their trip to Vietnam, VietJet is now rewarding passengers with weekly prizes and nearly 1,000 free air tickets to be won over the next nine weeks. From Tuesday, 15 July to Monday, 15 September 2014, all customers on flights from Singapore to VietJet’s exciting destinations across Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, and Da Lat, will be automatically entered into a draw to win over 70 air tickets each week (10 per day!). Passengers also stand a chance to win Samsung Galaxy Core II Duo…
  • Creative Dining Experience at Osia Resorts World Sentosa with the Seafood Ice Experience and Valrhona Hot Chocolate Soup

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Located at Resorts World Sentosa Festive Walk, Osia at Resorts World Sentosa is well known for its out-of-the-box innovative dishes.  The famous Australian Celebrity Chef Scott Webster had teamed up with Chef de Cuisine Douglas Tay to develop Osia’s unique yet innovative menu which combines Asian influences and western culinary techniques with finesse – so if you like fusion food and would like to try something new beyond the usual fish and chips western dining, Osia is the place to be at. I like the open-kitchen concept of Osia restaurant – while the restaurant is quite…
  • 8 Ways to Stay Safe When Going on Safari

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Going on a safari? When you’re headed into unfamiliar territory, staying safe is important to both your physical and mental health. While you’re surely beaming with excitement, don’t let that cloud your judgment when it comes to safety. Remember these tips as you embark on your adventure to help keep you and your group safe. Image via Flickr by Sharon Sipple Don’t Wander It’s too easy for tourists to wander away from the group to get a closer shot of an animal with their camera. This is never a good idea. If you’re in a game park, always stay in your car…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Best Travel Blog Posts from July 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    July went by way too fast. For the better part of the month, I was traveling in Germany and Austria with my family. We had an incredible time over the course of our 16 days in Europe, touring the sights, drinking beer, eating hearty food and spending time with each other as we hopped from destination to destination. We set up our trip so that Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, and Munich, Germany, served as our home bases of sorts, and then we explored the surrounding areas via day trips. It was a fantastic vacation. While I was traveling, I also kept up on travel blog posts around the web. Here…
  • Five Thoughts from a Two-Week Trip in Europe

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I just arrived back home after a stellar two-week vacation with my family in Germany and Austria (with an added short side trip to Prague, Czech Republic). I’ve been to Europe before, but all the destinations we visited on this trip were new to me, so I was constantly surrounded by new sounds, smells, sights and stimuli. I’m still finishing up a bit of laundry and catching up on work, but I wanted to share a few immediate thoughts and observations from our time abroad. Oh, how I absolutely love and adore public transportation! I jumped from train to tram to subway, and I loved every…
  • Best Travel Blog Posts from June 2014

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Still recovering from a medical procedure I had done in May, I spent the vast majority of June hunkered down in Las Vegas. At the end of the month, though, I hopped a plane and jumped the pond, spending the last few days of June and the beginning of July in Austria and Germany with my family. I haven’t really been able to travel since rafting the Colorado River down the Grand Canyon, so it’s nice to be on the road again. Around the web, I found a handful of interesting travel blog posts worth noting: > I’ll be in Germany in July, but unfortunately not in Berlin, the one German city I…
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    Fili's World

  • Todaiji Temple : Nara Park – Japan

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    There’s lots to see in Nara and the Nara Park, aside from deer. The park is filled with grand historical temples, and Todaiji Temple is the most famous of them all mainly for its gigantic indoors Buddha statue. Though I did the trip to Nara after a major temple fatigue from a few days in Kyoto, this temple did not disappoint, it’s absolutely gorgeous, and the Buddhas inside are indeed very impressive. Beware, though, that going on a weekend like I did means that it will be absolutely packed, oddly enough with traveling school-groups (?!). But still, a sight to behold, a terrific…
  • Deer of the Ancient Capital : Nara Park – Japan

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
    After a few days in Kyoto roaming around you’re bound to experience some major temple fatigue. Unless you’re a tourist well versed in the subtleties of Zen, Buddhism and Daoism at some point they’ll all get blurred into a mish-mash of temples. Nara, the former ancient capital of Japan, offers much of the same thing but with one major twist – it has deer. There are different stories about where these deer came from and why they’re there, but it doesn’t matter – they’re adorable and the tourists love them. They roam around freely through the area…
  • Rancho Los Cerritos & Queen Mary : Long Beach California

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Long Beach doesn’t have what you’d call prime attractions, especially in comparison to the nearby Los Angeles with its Getty museums (Getty Center & Getty Villa) and the Hollywood madness, but my local host did take me to see two little attractions in Long Beach that are worth sharing – the Queen Mary cruise ship and the Rancho Los Cerritos Mexican ranch.   The Queen Mary   Once the grandest cruizeship but now a hotel and entertainment center, it’s worth coming in to have a quick look.         Wikipedia has this for the history of this…
  • Sanya Beach : Hainan

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    If you’re looking for beaches in China, then Sanya in Hainan is probably the best you’ll be able to find. Unfortunately, it’s not up to par with other amazing beach destinations in the area (Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan-Penghu, Cambodia and even Vietnam-Nhatrang and Hong Kong-Saikung) and it’s unbelievably crowded and over commercialized. The Chinese are also relatively traditional people when it comes to swimwear and still do not have my appreciation for a quiet clean motor-less BBQ-less KTV-less beach. Still, I was visiting Hainan and wanted to see what the beaches…
  • Art Museums : Austin Texas

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Austin Texas, though small, has a number of art museums. While there, I visited three of those – The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, the UT Austin – Blanton Museum of Art and the Mexic-Arte Museum and though they were all small they each had something interesting to offer.   So let’s have a quick look.   The Contemporary Austin Jones Center   The contemporary had a couple of nice exhibitions when I was there, the most intriguing was on the second floor, and had to do with – mushrooms, I think.     At the end of that exhibition I was…
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  • Hot August Nights 2014 is Revving Up Excitment in Reno Tahoe

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Thermometers are rising and the faint sound of nostalgia is growing loud as Hot August Nights and Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson gear up for the week ahead (July 29-August3) in the Reno-Sparks area (the Official Kick-Off Party is July 28 at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino).  For the 28th annual celebration, Hot August [...]
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Stand Up Paddleboarding… Hopefully you’ve heard of the latest trend in water sports. Maybe a friend told you about it – a new water activity that combines kayaking and surfing. Or, maybe you’ve seen it- while sitting on the beach and looking out onto the lake. You were intrigued by someone gracefully balancing on what [...]
  • CANFEST bike drive

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    A chance to celebrate two things we all love and pair perfectly: Beer and Bikes CANFEST, the world’s largest canned beer festival, is partnering with the Reno Bike Project for the annual CANFEST Bike Drive. Participants in the drive have the opportunity to donate bicycles to receive complimentary entry to the beer festival. With more [...]
  • 2014 Barracuda Championship Highlights

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    The face of the Barracuda Championship (formerly Reno-Tahoe Open) was made-over just in time for its highly-anticipated 16th year; the annual Reno Tahoe tournament is now named the Barracuda Championship, based off its new title sponsor, Barracuda Networks. Although the name of the game may have changed, the tournament’s esteemed reputation remains as a favorite [...]
  • 25th Annual American Century Championship in Full Swing

    Christina Erny
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The #1 celebrity sporting event in America returns to Lake Tahoe for its 25th year. July 15-20, 2014, over 80 sports and entertainment celebrities will compete at Edgewood Tahoe Gold Course for $125,000 of the 600,000 purse. Celeb sightings will be of plenty, including these athletes and entertainers: Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry Green Bay Packers quarterback [...]
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  • Say Hello to the Bio-Dome Airport

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    First impressions of a new country are inevitably colored by the airport you arrive in -- landing in JFK feels hugely different from, say, Denver International. Which is why Singapore's Changi Ai...
  • Priceline Introduces FunRides, For (Guaranteed) Luxe Car Rentals

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    A few weeks back, we got word that Priceline was bringing high-end car rentals to the masses via a new program called FunRides, in partnership with a variety of big name rental companies (Avis, B...
  • Four Unexpected Places To Stay Cool This Summer Video

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Watch this video for four unexpected summer activities that keep you out of the summer heat. 1. Summer Camp for Adults At Wisconsin’s ...
  • The Verdict on Amazon's Fire Phone

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    The Amazon Fire phone is officially on shelves—and we’ve taken it for a test drive. The verdict? It’s unquestionably a first-generation product with room for improvement, but it succeeds at bring...
  • T+L's Social Summer

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    What's better than summer? Together with @foodandwine and a few other sister brands, we want to see how you're enjoying the season. Whether it's from this summer or your favorite throwback, share p...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Expedition Cruising + Cruise News

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Jason Leppert from recently returned from an 18-night expedition cruise on Silverseas Cruises vessel Silver Discover. His voyage started him out in Asia, he made his way up Russia’s eastern coast and to remote parts of Alaska. Jason goes into detail about sailing from the Far East, what his expedition ship was like, the atmosphere surrounding the cruise, ports that stick out and his overall thoughts. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News Two more ships for Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line enforcing no smoking policy  Costa Concordia…
  • MSC Divina Review + Cruise News

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    On this episode we talk to Jason Cohen about his latest cruise on MSC Cruises MSC Divina, a cruise ship that sails from Miami seasonally. We break down why it’s important to have travel insurance.  Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News Carnival changes smoking policy Carnival staying in NOLA for another five years AIDA ship gets missile debris on deck  Atlantic City wants cruise ships   What is all this hype about Tampa and the skyway bridge?  Question: Since marijuana is legal in Washington state now, is it still illegal to bring on an Alaska sailing embarking…
  • Carnival Freedom Cruise Ship Review

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    This week we are broadcasting aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom, a ship that is based in Port Everglades (moving to Galveston in 2015). We are on an 8-night Southern Caribbean sailing this week. During a recent dry dock Carnival Freedom received Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements and the Seuss at Sea program, including Bookville, a Dr. Seuss character breakfast, parades, story time and photo opportunities. On top of Dr. Seuss guests will also take part in Guy Fieri’s signature Burger Joint, the BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub and Alchemy Bar. So much to do in so little time! 
  • Cruise Ship Lecturer + Cruise News

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Mickey Live is known across a variety of cruise ships for his unique ways of onboard lectures. Mickey isn’t using your typical overhead projector or marker board to teach cruise passengers, he uses modern day technology like GPS and his cutting edge photography skills. Stewart Chiron stops by with Cruise NewsCosta announces Costa Concordia to be removed in July, 11 lbs of cocaine found on Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, small fire of Holland America’s Westerdam, cruise parking in Galveston starts sparks lawsuit, American Cruise Lines launches new river boat, and low water…
  • Review of Queen Mary 2 + Carnival Cruise Matre D Ken Byrne

    27 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    On this show we talk to listener Barry who just returned from a sailing aboard Queen Mary 2, on a seven-night transatlantic sailing between New York and Southhampton. Get a full review of this ocean liner. Also, Carnival Cruise Line’s senior matre d, Ken Byrne, gives us his background, the details of his job and what he loves about it. 
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Airport Review: klia2 – the budget terminal of KUL Airport

    James Clark
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:57 pm
    klia2 is the new budget airline terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It opened for passengers on 9 May 2014, replacing the former budget terminal LCCT. The old Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at KUL resembled a tin shed and it wasn’t long before AirAsia grew beyond the intended capacity. While it was ok to use if you were only flying without a connection, it was a tough place to spend if you had an overnight layover. I was on a flight from Bali to Bangkok and I had to connect in KUL, so I booked a later connecting flight to give myself more time to investigate the new terminal.
  • Notes on Dili, East Timor

    James Clark
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    A little big city Dili is the smallest capital city in Southeast Asia, and also the newest, having gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. While Dili is going to feel sedate after being in the other capital cities of the region, travel is a relative experience so your impression will depend on where you’re arriving from. Coming from the two international connections of Darwin or Singapore, Dili will feel like a small country town. I arrived in Dili after travelling through Flores and West Timor, where most of the cities were dusty and rundown places. For me Dili felt modern and orderly…
  • Nomadic News: July 20, 2014

    James Clark
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Greetings from Saigon! Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News. Work And Travel How to travel the world for life (and work while you travel) – Benny Lewis has just celebrated his 11 year travel anniversary, and to celebrate he is telling you how to do it too. How we make money travel blogging – Caz and Craig from spill the beans on their blogging business. The practical guide to making money while travelling – Brendan from lists some real life experiences of the age old question asked by those interested in perpetual travel. Job Offer…
  • Sunset over Kupang, West Timor – Indonesia

    James Clark
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    I spent a few days in Kupang while waiting for my visa to East Timor. There is not much to do here in the day but walking along the waterfront in the evening at least offers spectacular sunsets. Travel Photos: Kupang photo gallery Sunset over Kupang, West Timor – Indonesia is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • How to travel Flores (Indonesia) in 1 week

    James Clark
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:23 pm
    [The coast of Flores. And the answer to why bus travel takes so long.] I’m wrapping up my Flores posts to highlight how to travel Flores in the space of a week. Originally I had intended to spend 2 weeks there, but my trip was cut short when I realised I needed extra time to apply for an East Timor visa in Kupang, West Timor. Even at two weeks I thought I was going to be rushing it. My friend Stuart McTravelfish recommends 18 days in Flores. Having finished travelling there I would say that too, but for many of us 2+ weeks would be a luxury. [Speaking of, every visitor to Flores should…
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  • A First Visit to Boston's Old State House

    Kristin Girard
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    The author's daughter stands in front of the spiral staircase, which is front and center upon entering the building. Growing up about 60 miles outside of Boston, I’ve visited the city numerous times over the years: as a kid, mainly on field trips and family excursions; as a young adult, for shopping trips or nights out on the town. Despite all of the trips that have brought me past the Old State House, wedged firmly between the tall commercial buildings of the city’s downtown, I’ve never been inside. A couple of days ago, my 14-year-old daughter and I visited the Old State House for the…
  • 9/11 Museum's Expansive, Personal Look at an American Tragedy

    Deston S. Nokes
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    How does a nation come to grips with one of the most horrific events in its history? Since the 9/11 Museum opened on May 21, more than 430,000 people have visited the expansive underground site to witness the stories and artifacts from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Attendance has exceeded expectations of museum officials, even with the $24 adult entry fee. Because of the crowds, buying tickets online ahead of time is the best choice. Tickets can be purchased up to three months in advance, and visitors can choose a specific date and entry time. Visitors also go through security…
  • The Best BBQ In Atlanta

    Dan Patterson
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Photo Credit: Eric Sonstroem What makes our country so unique is that we have 50 unique puzzle pieces that fit together to create one gigantic melting pot of flavors, cultures and deep history. When it comes to traveling throughout our country’s vast landscapes, hidden deserts and elevated mountaintops, every region within the continental United States is known for something. Whether it’s cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, deep dish pizza in Chicago or clam chowder in New England, each direction on America’s compass has a unique expose of flavors to please the palate. When it comes to the…
  • Steeling Your Nerves at 360 CHICAGO’s New TILT!

    Byron Beck
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a...TILT? Ninety-four floors up in the blue (and very windy) Chicago sky is a glass and steel contraption that takes steady nerves and a bit of daring to take on. Much like the famed Ledge at SkyDeck Chicago or the nerve-wracking Edgewalk at CN Tower in Toronto, the brand-new TILT at 360 CHICAGO is for those undaunted and unshakeable thrill-seekers looking for an aerial adventure. Photo courtesy of 360 CHICAGO Located on the 94th floor of 360 CHICAGO (formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory), TILT is a one-of-a-kind experience that takes eight visitors…
  • Best Cities to See 4th of July Fireworks

    Dan Patterson
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Since July 4, 1777 -- the first birthday of the United States of America -- fireworks have been a part of our nation’s celebratory fabric. The Congressionally-sponsored fireworks were commissioned to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and delivered a rousing light show to the colonists in a patriotic pyrotechnic display. At the conclusion of the very first 4th of July celebration, 13 rocket fireworks were launched into the air -- one for each of the 13 original colonies. Today, the tradition continues nearly 240 years later. However, what was…
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  • Climbing Kilimanjaro Through New Eyes

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

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

    Matt Gibson
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    In June, 2014 I went on an Puerto Vallarta adventure tour run by Vallarta Adventures. I’m always wary of ‘adventure tours’ because they’re usually too tame for my taste. This tour, called the Sea Safari, wasn’t exactly adrenaline-inducing, but is was probably the most fun I had on the entire trip. A tour guide always plays a big role in making a good experience, and ours was fantastic. I was also very impressed by how socially and environmentally responsible the trip was. The Sea Safari started in a an inflatable motor boat with about 20 attendees. Our enthusiastic guide took the…
  • How To Breeze Through Airport Security This Summer

    Matt Gibson
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:59 am
    Airport security does not have to be an unpleasant experience Summer is the busiest air travel time in Canada. Whether you’re packing for a family vacation, visiting relatives or exploring new corners of the world, an easy and stress-free travel experience starts by preparing for the security checkpoint. These tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) can help. One of the most common mistakes travellers make is bringing liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) exceeding the 100ml limit in their carry-on baggage.That includes sunscreen, tanning lotion or hand cream, alcohol,…
  • How To Watch Netflix Abroad: A Review of Tunnel Bear

    Matt Gibson
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Taiwan Beers were open on on the coffee table. It was four in the morning on a Tuesday and six Canadian English teachers were in my apartment crowded around my computer, waiting to watch the Canadian hockey team battle it out with the Russians in the Olympics. “How do we watch it?” I asked. “My brother told me that CBC is streams all the games live.” I opened the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for the non-Canucks out there) website and clicked on the video. A little circle spun in the middle of the video. Then a message popped up. “This video is not available in your…
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  • Back to Maine with Paul Doiron

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Destination: Maine Book: The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron. Reviewed from McMillan audiobook read by Henry Leyva. Good grief.  This is torture.  Summer temps are in triple digits here in southern Arizona, and I read the bio of author of Maine mystery books, Paul Doiron, “He lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesMonth of mystery Goes to Diné Bikeyah (Navajo Country)Murder in Barcelona, A Cerebral…

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    DESTINATON: New York City — NYC — New York, New York –Manhattan — Brooklyn – Central Park THE LIST After recently reviewing a mystery novel about a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn and another about the area around Grand Central Terminal, I got curious about how many books about New York City I (or guests) […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesGrand Central MurderNew York Know It AllBack to Maine with Paul…
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  • The Adventures of Writing a Memoir – When All Balls Drop

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    We all have a bucket list of destinations that we need to see before we kick the can! Mine seems to be growing although I tend to cross a couple of destinations off each year. It’s funny how travel is contagious. The more traveling you do, the more traveling you want to do. For this post, I asked a fellow travel fanatic and writer, David Charles, to highlight his YOLO vacation destinations. Like David, I agree that the Grand Canyon is a YOLO destination. That’s why I included my picture from my first visit in 2012. Let’s see what he can share with us about awesome, bucket…
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Minneapolis – Adventure Travel Midwest

    16 Jun 2014 | 4:59 am
    Did you read choose your own adventure novels when you were a kid? The books are set up to tell an adventure with twists and turns that give you the option to create your own path and story. You arrive at the end of each chapter with a decision to make between different activities. You get to pick: take a plane to the Grand Canyon for rafting or set sail on a catamaran to cruise the Na Pali Coast. Whatever the case, you guide your own story very much like traveling. Over the last years, I’ve been taking my thirst for active adventure travel and adding a twist to it by trying multiple modes…
  • Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine

    12 Jun 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I’m a wine lover and well-traveled. I’ve ventured to Mendoza, Argentina (shown above) to sample the best of Malbec, across the pond to Spain to imbibe the lovely Rioja, over to Oporto, Portugal for a good tawny port, and up to the Finger Lakes in New York for world renowned Rieslings. Along with my wine adventures, my taste buds have grown accustomed to award winning wines from not only the major players in the industry, but also those boutique wineries, hidden gems, that make the whole wine experience come to life with stories direct from the owners or even taking part in the…
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  • Lakeview Orchard in Rockport, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lakeview Orchards in Rockport, Indiana You’ll notice that the roads near Lakeview Orchard in Rockport, Indiana are tree-lined, but it’s not the typical oak, walnut, or maple! Instead, you’ll see plenty of peaches surrounding this Spencer County orchard. Lakeview Orchard in Rockport, Indiana Apparently Georgia is not the only place known for peaches! This Indiana orchard is loaded with them–and almost 30 different varieties. Who knew there were so many kinds of peaches?!? Peaches for canning or freezing and peaches for eating, there’s a lot here to love! With…
  • Images from Winchester Farmer’s Market in Winchester, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Winchester Farmer’s Market in Winchester, Indiana was really incredible! From homemade goat milk soaps to fresh jams and jellies to locally produced produce to cupcakes to socks and scarves, there was something for everyone at this Randolph County farmer’s market! So busy and full of people, it was just really nice to see. Everyone was friendly and eager to answer questions about their wares. This is a seasonal farmer’s market, so do not delay too long in getting over to this Central Indiana town early enough on a Saturday morning! I am absolutely positive you will not…
  • Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant in Greencastle, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant in Greencastle, Indiana Chicken and Rice Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant in Greencastle, Indiana surprised this Mexican food lover. Located inside of a shopping plaza, this Putnam County restaurant didn’t have the kind of exterior that screamed “good food inside” but it most definitely did! I should have known locals would never steer me wrong! Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant in Greencastle, Indiana You already know how much I love Mexican food. I LOVE it! Well, I’m totally adding Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant to my list of places to…
  • Images from Cook’s Pizza in Wakarusa, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Stumbling onto these images from Cook’s Pizza in Wakarusa, Indiana, I knew I had to share! Years ago though it was, I can still almost taste the excellent stromboli sandwiches we had at this Elkhart County restaurant! To say they were memorable is a bit of an understatement. There’s nothing fancy about Cook’s Pizza which is part of the appeal. There’s not a lot of seating so if you are in a hurry and can call ahead, do so! Pick it up and take it to a park and enjoy it there or wait to sit inside and enjoy the local banter. Serving ice cream and pizza too so…
  • Domestic Goddess Salon and Boutique in Tell City, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Domestic Goddess Salon and Boutique in Tell City, Indiana Features Lovely Tell City Home Decor While salons don’t really have a place on little Indiana, Domestic Goddess Salon and Boutique in Tell City, Indiana is a cut above! This delightful Perry County retail space is sure to please any shopper. Domestic Goddess Salon and Boutique in Tell City, Indiana You’ll find three full service hairstylists, a pedicure and manicure tech, and a massage therapist,  but you’ll really be wowed by the boutique offerings! There’s no flea market, resale, or garage sale sort of…
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  • Bahamas In Pictures - Long Island

    Jeanine Barone
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Long Island, one of the Bahamas Out Islands, is where I found a low-key, laid-back environ with nothing in the way of shopping malls, water parks, mega resorts or gambling. Instead, I discovered myriad protected coves and short trails to desolate stretches of sand -- features that appeal to nature lovers like myself. Check out my short YouTube video slideshow on this pristine island.
  • Montenegro In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    With its hilltop fortresses, chapels snuggled in pine forests, network of hiking trails and family-owned vineyards, Montenegro appeals to oenophiles, those who embrace nature, history lovers or visitors who simply prefer hanging out on a thin crescent strip of sand. This short YouTube video slideshow is a mere slice of my adventures in Montenegro.
  • Budapest In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    What do I love about Budapest? The melding of the old and new: the centuries-old Citadel where, nearby, I find ultra contemporary cafes and galleries. How the city makes use of dilapidated buildings, turning them into energetic ruin bars, as they're called. Car-free Margaret island that sits in the middle of the Danube. The vibrant design scene where even coffee shops and cafes display an ever-changing array of photography, paintings and bags produced by local artists. This short YouTube video slideshow provides a window into what I most loved about Budapest.
  • Top Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces in Taiwan

    Jeanine Barone
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    With its myriad parks, gardens and myriad other green spaces, Taiwan is a country for those who seek out venues that radiate a sense of calm. Sure, there are rugged mountainous regions where you can test out your mettle on vertiginous paths that will leave you breathless. But there are also bundles of family-friendly venues laced with flat, paved bicycle paths. My article for the Huffington Post introduces you to a few of these verdant landscapes.
  • Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    My stay in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic was defined by an eco-conscious sensibility that carried through to the two golf courses, the nature reserve, the restaurants and the coral reef. Of course, you might think that clearing away the tangle of vines and other foliage to make way for real estate and expansive golf courses is hardly green. However, before the arrival of the Puntacana Ecological Foundation that's headquartered at the Punta Cana Resort & Club, the area was hardly ecologically sound. In fact, the locals were mostly making their living by selling charcoal that they…
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    Best Beaches in Asia

  • Surfing at Werri Beach in New South Wales, Australia

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Photo by Andy Hutchinson Get your wet suit on, tuck your board under your arm, and plow through the pristine waters of New South Wales to catch the next big one. Are you ready for the ride of your life? New South Wales boasts world-class surf areas that include Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Sydney North, Sydney South, and the South Coast. The coastline offers pristine beaches of all varieties from beaches in their natural state to beaches that come with everything from surf schools, beachside accommodations, bars and restaurants to luxury spas and dolphin cruises.
  • A Beach on Sijung Lake – Beaches in North Korea

    9 Jan 2012 | 10:34 pm
    Image by yeowatzup on Flickr. It’s rare to see a beach in Asia that isn’t crowded, but then again, this beach is in North Korea. Sijung Lake is just one of a number of tranquil beaches in North Korea. It was once a famous holiday retreat area during the Yi dynasty. Members of the royal family came to this lake district to relax. Unfortunately, North Korea has only been open to Western tourists since 1987 and travel itineraries in North Korea are tightly controlled.       The post A Beach on Sijung Lake – Beaches in North Korea appeared first on Best Beaches in…
  • Paradise Beach, Samal Island, Philippines

    8 Oct 2011 | 2:25 am
    With a name like Paradise Beach you know you’re in for something special when you arrive on Samal Island in the Philippines. This real life paradise overwhelms the senses. It’s beautiful, it’s hot, the smell of sun tan coconut oil drifts through the air as do the sounds of the sea as it gently laps the golden sand shore. It’s the kind of place you just have to say ‘Ahhhhh’ to as you set eyes on the place for the first time. With beautiful food available nearby along with massage areas and beach recliners all you have deal with is the pain from your beaming…
  • Panglao Island, Philippines

    11 Jul 2011 | 6:32 am
      Panglao Island, Philippines (Flickr Photo by Gezelle) The Philippines remain home to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches this well-travelled of travellers has experienced. From the beautiful Boracay to the stunning Mactan this country of 7,107 islands is a beach lover’s paradise. And yet, for me, there is one that remains closest to my heart and a place I dream of returning to, namely, Panglao Island. Separated from its bigger and more famous brother Bohol by a narrow channel this idyllic getaway is home to lush white sands, a crystal clear sea line and one of the most…
  • Nacpan and Calitang Beaches, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

    7 Jun 2011 | 3:02 am
    The Philippines is teeming with gorgeous beaches, and if there’s one place that you shouldn’t miss, it’s Nacpan and Calitang Beaches in El Nido, Palawan. These stunning adjoining beaches can be reached by motorbike, tricycle or boat from the town of El Nido. White, glistening sand and crystal clear water awaits anyone who will pay a visit to this place. There are no resorts, guesthouses or even a single hostel, so you’ll want to bring some supplies (drinks, food and your sarong) if you intend to spend the whole day there. There’s a nearby fishing village that you can visit…
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  • National Cryptologic Museum

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Albuquerque, New Mexico had many different things to keep us occupied during our trip there and we loved exploring the museums that taught us more about the history of Albuquerque and what life in ABQ was like. Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum This museum about all things hot air balloon was one of the highlights of our trip. When we first walked in and saw the exhibits, I expected to spend less than an hour checking out the museum before heading to our next destination, the Sandia Peak. The kids were anxious to get to the tram so I was surprised when we spent over two hours…
  • Dining in Denver: Live Basil

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Since moving to Denver, we have been slowly working our way through the hundreds of restaurants that you can only find in Denver and the surrounding areas.  We have also loved trying the chain restaurants that you couldn’t find in Pensacola, the city from which we moved.  Dining in Denver is a series that will showcase all of the spots that we have tried and enjoyed. I was thrilled to get an invitation to Live Basil’s media preview night.  I had heard from many of my local friends that Live Basil was worth a visit but we just hadn’t made the time to get to one of the five…
  • Three Days in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

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

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    $95 & up — Whistler Summer Hotel Sale, Save 25% Summer in Whistler is just as much fun as in the winter, without the cold prices. Travel through September. $117-$133 — All-Suite West Edmonton Hotel w/Breakfast All guests receive complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi. For travel select dates through December. $139 — Niagara 4-Star Getaway w/$130 in Extras, Save [...]
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    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    $515 & up — Puerto Rico: 4-Star Trip w/Air & Credit An affordable long weekend of relaxation and 4-star service awaits in Puerto Rico. Travel select dates Sept. 1-30. $95 & up — Puerto Rico: Old Town San Juan Hotel, Save 15% This hotel is in the heart of Old San Juan, with the cruise terminals right along [...]
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    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • A Day Affair- London

    Williams Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
                        Capital of the former largest empire of the World, the city of London  has almost 60 attraction spots that you have to see to experience the beauty of British culture. Just a day in London will sweep you off your feet. When you know you have a long list of beautiful places to be explored and only a day in hand, you sure have a day full of surprises ahead. Let me guide you through a succinct list which includes the most prominent attractions of the city. A Panoramic view of London Eye London is an expensive city and gets very busy, particularly in summer months.
  • Canary Wharf for the Leisure Traveler

    Williams Smith
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Canary Wharf in London is mostly known for being a business hub. However very few people know that with 1000 ships a month passing through it, Canary Wharf was once the hub of the British Empire. Today, Canary Wharf is an empire of Finance, IT & Startups that is residing in these skyscrapers. However the remains of the older empire can be easily found by the curious traveler. A view of the Canary Wharf horizon  Canary Wharf is a truly a shopper’s delight. It is made up of three arcades – Canada, Cabot and Jubilee Place. These arcades are surrounded by the Jubilee Park and house over…
  • Notting Hill Carnival 2014

    Williams Smith
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    With the World Cup highlighting all sorts of Brazilian traditions in the summer of 2014, the idea of celebrating Carnival is in everybody’s collective consciousness now. But you don’t have to venture out all the way to the beaches of Ipanema or the streets of Sao Paolo to get a good glimpse of this hot-blooded tradition. In fact, London has been celebrating its own Carnival tradition for many decades now and can easily hold the candle to any other global city’s masquerades, whether you compare it to Rio, Venice or New Orleans. While the London tradition isn’t linked to the…
  • Must See Museums in London

    Williams Smith
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Very few global cities enjoy the privilege of showing to the world the remains of a glorious past, which changed the global trajectory forever. London is one of those cities where history comes alive, literally. Preserving an absolutely rich cultural heritage and an unrivalled historical legacy, London offers you a chance to relive its past through its various museums, which take you back in time. The beautiful, royal past of the great city is enticing and offers a glimpse into various civilisations of the world. The museums in London have been able to preserve and house some of the…
  • Travelling From Heathrow to London

    Williams Smith
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    One of the most advanced and busiest airports in the world, Heathrow or London Heathrow Airport is situated 20 miles to the west of Central London in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The international airport is spread across 5 modern terminals, each well equipped with restaurants, shops, currency exchange facilities, accommodation desks and information counters. Heathrow has fabulous London connections to meet the discerning needs and requirements of every passenger based on factors such as budget, preferences and availability to name a few. Heathrow Express Heathrow Express presents the…
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  • Silversea Cruises Athens to Venice Review

    Carrie Finley
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Cruise Buzz Live Athens, Greece to Venice, Italy – Silversea Cruises Follow along via social media Itinerary for Silver Spirit Athens to Venice     The post Silversea Cruises Athens to Venice Review appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Cruise question: Do I need to buy travel insurance?

    Carrie Finley
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Cruise travelers want to know: do I need to get trip insurance? As a traveler, I never did seem to avail myself of the option until I learned more about the risks and rewards associated with trip insurance. The risk for me was that I would lose the money paid for the trip in the event that I could not go. The other risk was that I would assume liability for any medical expenses incurred during the duration of my vacation. The reward was that I could purchase door-to-door coverage that would include reimbursement for costs associated with trip cancellation, delays, medical expenses,…
  • San Diego Cruise News

    Carrie Finley
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Cruising from San Diego Photo of downtown San Diego taken from the Disney Wonder. (c) Carrie Finley-Bajak San Diego is a great city to cruise from. It has everything that Los Angeles does not: for one, the downtown area is within walking distance to the pier. Another reason why I love to cruise from San Diego is the proximity of the airport to the port, which is very close. I want to share with readers a press release that I just got from the Port of San Diego. There is quite a lot of cruise buzz happening at this popular southern California cruise port. From San Diego Tourism Authority With…
  • At your service: Silversea Cruises ‘My Silversea’ portal

    Carrie Finley
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Getting ready to sail: New My Silversea portal allows me to pre-book in advance One thing that passengers and travel agents can do prior to boarding a Silversea cruise is to visit the newly enhanced My Silversea portal. In January 2014, the ulta-luxury cruise line made major enhancements to the system that added the ability for booked guests to make dining reservations. I was able to take advantage of the new portal for my upcoming sailing on Silver Spirit. The verdict is that I loved having the independence to control my booking without having to wait until I got on the ship. I booked shore…
  • The hunt for #HiddenCruise – Norwegian Cruise Line contest

    Carrie Finley
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Norwegian Cruise Line social media scavenger hunt #HiddenCruise #HiddenCruise clue #1. From NCL’s Twitter account. And they’re off. Norwegian Cruise Line scavenger hunt #HiddenCruise kicks off in Miami today. Winner gets a “free” cruise. Clues will lead hunters to a secret location somewhere in the Miami area. The winner will get a week-long cruise for two people on the Norwegian Getaway, which started sailing from PortMiami in February  Clues are getting posted to the @CruiseNorwegian Twitter account. For convenience, I have embedded the stream below. #hiddencruise…
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  • Potential Cooperation Between Non Profit Organizations And Technologies

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    So as to undertake their do the job, most charitable organizations instead of to make money businesses make use of the nice will of volunteers and contributors. The money struggle a whole lot of around the globe was strike by recently has experienced a spectacular influence on charitable organizations who depend on contributions as contributors commonly see reducing delivering to non profit organizations in order to trimmed his or her own costs. Contributors and followers of charitable groups tend to be actually greater asking for in the matter of pondering voluntary establishments how their…
  • Why To Hire Water Damage Repair Service Business

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Most property masters will to start with aim to correct the problem themselves in lieu of dialing veteran water damage and recovery realtors. It is really not erroneous to accomplish the duty by yourself, given you understand how to handle complication. Without a doubt, you could be not putting wait for a draw vacuuming treatments to visit your home and incorporating further you could be saving bucks that need to be paid out for the licensed company for the situation at your residence – ap restoration. If you have knowledge in visiting ailments regarding water damage you need to start…
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    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
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    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Just what are Baseball Accessories Hand bags – cheap tampa bay rays tickets? Baseball tool handbags are actually a component of baseball players’ apparel. Readily available in a colorings, types and materials. Almost every baseball sports person mandates baseball sacks. They make mitts quicker to travelling in one baseball gameplay to a new one. You can find different baseball related equipment hand bags – typical pattern baseball luggage, squad baseball luggage, baseball rear bunch, batting only hand bags, curler baseball sacks, duffle-vogue baseball stuff totes, training…
  • If Creating Food Is Your Interest, Look Over This

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Locating the straight grilling roast meat really augment any lunch, which incorporates this beef. The majority of the ways very long organized, and uncomplicated to carry in a great many the kitchen. In addition, these ideas on preparing roast meat be sure that your acquaintances ray with enjoyment as they definitely tuck for your terrific recipes. Using are one of the popular methods of preparing food roast meat: Broiling: You will need to make notches relating to the corners with the meat along with a sharpened blade to be process up. For additional considerable roast this feasible though…
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  • How to Make a Papa’s Pilar Hemingway Daiquiri: Boat Drink Recipe

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    After one sip, you’ll be fending off sharks from your prize catch. Most people think a daiquiri is a bright red concoction served with an umbrella at a fancy resort. While that is definitely one version of it, the original is much more refined. The daiquiri was a Hemingway favorite, so whom better to give us a special daiquiri recipe than Papa’s Pilar Rum, a rum modeled after Ernest Hemingway and the adventurous lifestyle he led. This recipe, called the Hemingway Daiquiri, was created for National Daiquiri Day which took place a couple weeks ago. Just because it’s not…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    This week’s Caribbean Wrap Up talks about diving in Cuba, a couple stories that foodies are going to love, and a controversial marina that’s going to be built in quiet Coral Bay on St. John. The marina issue is an interesting one. I see both sides of the argument, but I’m leaning for it. Where do you STJ lovers stand? Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up A diving adventure in Cuba:  A diving adventure in Cuba: One of the most popular destinations for diving is definitely Cuba as it attracts many divers for its warm waters and its stunning coral reefs, for the fantastic and the various…
  • Taste The Blueberry Mojito: Boat Drink Recipes

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    After one sip, you’ll be dancing in the streets of Havana. The mojito, an iconic cocktails that was born in Cuba and exported to the rest of the world. While I’m not a huge fan of the drink in general (can’t stand mint!), I know that thousands of people call out “mojito por favor,” across bars all over the world everyday, so the drink must not be ignored. Today’s Boat Drink Recipe is a Blueberry Mojito, a concoction that even puts a smile on this pirate face. The recipe came from our friends at and credit goes to Adam and Joanne Gallagher.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Looking to pack up the family and plunder Puerto Rico? Want to see the itinerary for this year’s Castaway Beach Bash? Want ten reasons to go to Anguilla…as if you need even one right! All this and more in this week’s addition of the Caribbean Wrap Up! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Top 10 Family-Friendly Adventures in Puerto Rico: Whisking the family off on a fantastical Puerto Rican vacation? Forget to draft a family-fun itinerary? Don’t worry –entrants of our Puerto Rico Family Adventure Sweepstakes have enough suggestions to pack your to-do list. -Story by…
  • Kenny’s Coconut Tree: Boat Drink Recipes

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    After one sip, you’ll be high in a coconut tree. It could be me, or it could be all the passionate No Shoes Nation people I follow on Facebook, but it seems like Blue Chair Bay Rum has been making a lot of noise lately. They released their new Banana Rum about a month ago, then they open an online store with branded swag, and finally their Coconut Rum and White Rum were just named “Best in Class” in the Spirits of the Americas competition. I think it’s safe to say BCBR is having a good summer. With that said, Jeremy McDaniel, our resident Castaway mixologist has…
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  • The Long Walk to Freedom

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

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

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

    SS and CJ
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Beltane in Edinbugh Arriving for Beltane A deep Scottish brogue erupts from above, “Whit’s this – ah hear a Yank!!! ” As I’m likely the sole American present I stop and scan the crowd scaling this hill for its source. Seeing only unlikely candidates nearby, I continue climbing. Earlier that day I arrive by train and take time to wander through a town that two centuries ago was home to the author Robert Louis Stevenson. Just like his character Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, today’s Edinburgh is split into two parts. One half is the 18th century Georgian town holding some fine…
  • Getting Married for Iran

    ITKT Featured Writer
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:16 am
    Married for Iran Travel Getting married for a trip to Iran Travel Plans to Iran Let me start off by saying I never thought I would go to Iran. Or get married. So when my Iranian boyfriend, Hamid, first came home to our small Istanbul flat and told me he thought we should get married to go visit his family in Iran, my heart almost fell out of my ass. “Look, it’s simple. We get Islamic temporarily married and you don’t have to go through all the bull shit of booking a tour guide and paying all this extra money. You can stay with my family, I can show you around.” He looked so calm.
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  • Happy 100th Birthday: Wrigley Field

    Inspector 94
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    While I had been to Wrigley Field on several occasions for games, I had never experienced the behind the scenes tour of the ball park until this year during its 100th year birthday celebration. Some interesting things I learned: I’ve always loved attending games at stadiums and part of what improves the experience is snacking during the game. I was surprised to hear that the first permanent concession stands, in any sports complex, made their début at “Weeghman Park” (Wrigley’s original name). The original owner and builder of the stadium, Charles Weeghman, made millions operating a…
  • Wine Country Day Tripping

    Suzanne Lemon
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Day trippers intent on wine tasting often overlook the city of Napa’s charming historic downtown. Visitors can stroll along and admire turn-of-the-20th-century houses and buildings in a variety of architectural styles, including Art Deco, Spanish Colonial and Victorian Gothic. One local landmark is the restored 1880 Napa Valley Opera House at 1030 Main St. The town is also a departure point for hot air balloon trips as well as the Napa Valley Wine Train, a 3-hour excursion to St. Helena and back that travels past vineyards and wineries; a cooked-to-order lunch or dinner is served in…
  • Trip Worthy

    Master Admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Here are seven tools to help you create a summer road trip to remember: 1. TRIPTIK TRAVEL PLANNER This online planning tool gives you driving directions and lets you customize your route by pinpointing the places you want to stop along the way. Find AAA Diamond-rated hotels and restaurants, AAA savings partners, and more. 2. AAA MOBILE APP Use your smartphone or tablet to access the AAA Mobile app and put AAA’s resources at your fingertips. The app pinpoints your location, then lets you search for things like nearby AAA Diamond-rated hotels and restaurants, the lowest…
  • Alysia Reiner’s Vermont

    Barbara Wayman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    There’s peace in sweet green hills for an actress and environmentalist. By Barbara Wayman   Alysia Reiner can’t be missed striding into Grizzly’s restaurant at the base of Stratton Mountain Ski Resort. For one thing, she’s nearly 6 feet tall. Wearing a chic scarlet ski suit, which her husband, actor David Alan Basche, calls “the red Ferrari,” she radiates a wintry athleticism from a morning spent blasting down 4,000-foot slopes. A mountaintop is probably the last place anyone would expect to find Reiner’s popular TV character—assistant prison warden Natalie “Fig”…
  • NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Game Plan

    Greg Weekes
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you’re including a visit to an art museum on your Big Apple itinerary, you have several outstanding choices. That said, for sheer scope it’s hard to beat The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has everything, whether your interest runs to 12th-century illustrated manuscripts, medieval suits of armor, Impressionist masterpieces or contemporary photography—just to name a few examples. My one previous visit was in the early 1980s, and I have a vague recollection of hustling past a room full of Rembrandts and other priceless paintings trying to find an exit; in other words, I had reached…
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  • Slideshow: 10 Amusing Replicas of Famous Tourist Attractions

    Tommy Burson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    We all know cities share common names — there’s a Paris in Texas and a Rome in Georgia, just to name two. But who would have thought that some cities would go as far as to share landmarks? Las Vegas is an obvious example, but other lesser known ones include the miniature Eiffel Tower in the Lone Star State, complete with a ten-gallon hat, and a 15-year-old Statue of liberty in Tokyo. Indeed, literally hundreds of cities worldwide replicate popular tourist attractions, both satisfying their own citizens wanderlust and increasing visitors’ chances of crossing various famed…
  • How Big Are These Tech Security Concerns During Travel, Really?

    Darren Murph
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Keeping your funds in a money clip and your passport in a fanny pack is a great start to guarding your essentials when traveling, but these days, you also need to consider digital safeguards. Yes, there’s certainly a fair bit of misinformation and fear-mongering when it comes to keeping one’s information and devices safe, but some of the concerns you’ve probably heard about are worth paying attention to. Here are three of them — plus what you can do to be less vulnerable. 1. Credit card skimming. In a nutshell, this involves a very small radio-powered device that can…
  • Boring Chains Go Boutique: The Hotel Brands You Should Know Now

    Chanize Thorpe
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Stylish travelers, rejoice! Boring chains are going boutique. In decades past, names like Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Wyndham were the business travel stalwarts that were always reliable and comfortable–but nothing to write home about. That’s not enough for today’s travelers, whether leisure or business. These days, we seek something different, something unique to the place we’ve made the effort to visit. And the formerly cookie cutter giants have responded, looking to independent hotels for style and to local vendors for destination-specific amenities. Which brings…
  • Solo Cruising: New Savings, Socializing, and More

    Donna Tunney
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Cruise lines are reaching out to solo travelers like never before, with offerings like studio staterooms designed for one person, policies that lower or waive single supplement fees, and onboard meet-and-greets that facilitate new friendships. Here, the guide to solo cruising that our readers have been asking for: Reducing the Costs The biggest financial obstacle to solo cruising is the single supplement fee, since cruise lines traditionally base their projected revenue on two guests per double cabin. If you want to book a cabin just for yourself, the cruise line will typically charge a…
  • Cheapflights’ Airport Affordability Index Recommends Thinking Small

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You may have already figured out that flying in and out of smaller airports is often more affordable than traveling between major city airports, but have you ever looked for a clearer picture of how local airports stack up? For the fifth year, has published its Annual Airport Affordability Index ranking the affordability of the 101 most popular U.S. airports. The index, which also includes the average airfare for these airports and how rankings have changed since last year, is based on the average airfares site users found in the month of June for flights to the most…
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  • Slideshow: 10 Amusing Replicas of Famous Tourist Attractions

    Tommy Burson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    We all know cities share common names — there’s a Paris in Texas and a Rome in Georgia, just to name two. But who would have thought that some cities would go as far as to share landmarks? Las Vegas is an obvious example, but other lesser known ones include the miniature Eiffel Tower in the Lone Star State, complete with a ten-gallon hat, and a 15-year-old Statue of liberty in Tokyo. Indeed, literally hundreds of cities worldwide replicate popular tourist attractions, both satisfying their own citizens wanderlust and increasing visitors’ chances of crossing various famed…
  • How Big Are These Tech Security Concerns During Travel, Really?

    Darren Murph
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Keeping your funds in a money clip and your passport in a fanny pack is a great start to guarding your essentials when traveling, but these days, you also need to consider digital safeguards. Yes, there’s certainly a fair bit of misinformation and fear-mongering when it comes to keeping one’s information and devices safe, but some of the concerns you’ve probably heard about are worth paying attention to. Here are three of them — plus what you can do to be less vulnerable. 1. Credit card skimming. In a nutshell, this involves a very small radio-powered device that can…
  • Boring Chains Go Boutique: The Hotel Brands You Should Know Now

    Chanize Thorpe
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Stylish travelers, rejoice! Boring chains are going boutique. In decades past, names like Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Wyndham were the business travel stalwarts that were always reliable and comfortable–but nothing to write home about. That’s not enough for today’s travelers, whether leisure or business. These days, we seek something different, something unique to the place we’ve made the effort to visit. And the formerly cookie cutter giants have responded, looking to independent hotels for style and to local vendors for destination-specific amenities. Which brings…
  • Solo Cruising: New Savings, Socializing, and More

    Donna Tunney
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Cruise lines are reaching out to solo travelers like never before, with offerings like studio staterooms designed for one person, policies that lower or waive single supplement fees, and onboard meet-and-greets that facilitate new friendships. Here, the guide to solo cruising that our readers have been asking for: Reducing the Costs The biggest financial obstacle to solo cruising is the single supplement fee, since cruise lines traditionally base their projected revenue on two guests per double cabin. If you want to book a cabin just for yourself, the cruise line will typically charge a…
  • Cheapflights’ Airport Affordability Index Recommends Thinking Small

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You may have already figured out that flying in and out of smaller airports is often more affordable than traveling between major city airports, but have you ever looked for a clearer picture of how local airports stack up? For the fifth year, has published its Annual Airport Affordability Index ranking the affordability of the 101 most popular U.S. airports. The index, which also includes the average airfare for these airports and how rankings have changed since last year, is based on the average airfares site users found in the month of June for flights to the most…
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  • Slideshow: 10 Amusing Replicas of Famous Tourist Attractions

    Tommy Burson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    We all know cities share common names — there’s a Paris in Texas and a Rome in Georgia, just to name two. But who would have thought that some cities would go as far as to share landmarks? Las Vegas is an obvious example, but other lesser known ones include the miniature Eiffel Tower in the Lone Star State, complete with a ten-gallon hat, and a 15-year-old Statue of liberty in Tokyo. Indeed, literally hundreds of cities worldwide replicate popular tourist attractions, both satisfying their own citizens wanderlust and increasing visitors’ chances of crossing various famed…
  • How Big Are These Tech Security Concerns During Travel, Really?

    Darren Murph
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Keeping your funds in a money clip and your passport in a fanny pack is a great start to guarding your essentials when traveling, but these days, you also need to consider digital safeguards. Yes, there’s certainly a fair bit of misinformation and fear-mongering when it comes to keeping one’s information and devices safe, but some of the concerns you’ve probably heard about are worth paying attention to. Here are three of them — plus what you can do to be less vulnerable. 1. Credit card skimming. In a nutshell, this involves a very small radio-powered device that can…
  • Boring Chains Go Boutique: The Hotel Brands You Should Know Now

    Chanize Thorpe
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Stylish travelers, rejoice! Boring chains are going boutique. In decades past, names like Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Wyndham were the business travel stalwarts that were always reliable and comfortable–but nothing to write home about. That’s not enough for today’s travelers, whether leisure or business. These days, we seek something different, something unique to the place we’ve made the effort to visit. And the formerly cookie cutter giants have responded, looking to independent hotels for style and to local vendors for destination-specific amenities. Which brings…
  • Solo Cruising: New Savings, Socializing, and More

    Donna Tunney
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Cruise lines are reaching out to solo travelers like never before, with offerings like studio staterooms designed for one person, policies that lower or waive single supplement fees, and onboard meet-and-greets that facilitate new friendships. Here, the guide to solo cruising that our readers have been asking for: Reducing the Costs The biggest financial obstacle to solo cruising is the single supplement fee, since cruise lines traditionally base their projected revenue on two guests per double cabin. If you want to book a cabin just for yourself, the cruise line will typically charge a…
  • Cheapflights’ Airport Affordability Index Recommends Thinking Small

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You may have already figured out that flying in and out of smaller airports is often more affordable than traveling between major city airports, but have you ever looked for a clearer picture of how local airports stack up? For the fifth year, has published its Annual Airport Affordability Index ranking the affordability of the 101 most popular U.S. airports. The index, which also includes the average airfare for these airports and how rankings have changed since last year, is based on the average airfares site users found in the month of June for flights to the most…
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    Shermans Travel Blog

  • Slideshow: 10 Amusing Replicas of Famous Tourist Attractions

    Tommy Burson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    We all know cities share common names — there’s a Paris in Texas and a Rome in Georgia, just to name two. But who would have thought that some cities would go as far as to share landmarks? Las Vegas is an obvious example, but other lesser known ones include the miniature Eiffel Tower in the Lone Star State, complete with a ten-gallon hat, and a 15-year-old Statue of liberty in Tokyo. Indeed, literally hundreds of cities worldwide replicate popular tourist attractions, both satisfying their own citizens wanderlust and increasing visitors’ chances of crossing various famed…
  • How Big Are These Tech Security Concerns During Travel, Really?

    Darren Murph
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Keeping your funds in a money clip and your passport in a fanny pack is a great start to guarding your essentials when traveling, but these days, you also need to consider digital safeguards. Yes, there’s certainly a fair bit of misinformation and fear-mongering when it comes to keeping one’s information and devices safe, but some of the concerns you’ve probably heard about are worth paying attention to. Here are three of them — plus what you can do to be less vulnerable. 1. Credit card skimming. In a nutshell, this involves a very small radio-powered device that can…
  • Boring Chains Go Boutique: The Hotel Brands You Should Know Now

    Chanize Thorpe
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Stylish travelers, rejoice! Boring chains are going boutique. In decades past, names like Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Wyndham were the business travel stalwarts that were always reliable and comfortable–but nothing to write home about. That’s not enough for today’s travelers, whether leisure or business. These days, we seek something different, something unique to the place we’ve made the effort to visit. And the formerly cookie cutter giants have responded, looking to independent hotels for style and to local vendors for destination-specific amenities. Which brings…
  • Solo Cruising: New Savings, Socializing, and More

    Donna Tunney
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Cruise lines are reaching out to solo travelers like never before, with offerings like studio staterooms designed for one person, policies that lower or waive single supplement fees, and onboard meet-and-greets that facilitate new friendships. Here, the guide to solo cruising that our readers have been asking for: Reducing the Costs The biggest financial obstacle to solo cruising is the single supplement fee, since cruise lines traditionally base their projected revenue on two guests per double cabin. If you want to book a cabin just for yourself, the cruise line will typically charge a…
  • Cheapflights’ Airport Affordability Index Recommends Thinking Small

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You may have already figured out that flying in and out of smaller airports is often more affordable than traveling between major city airports, but have you ever looked for a clearer picture of how local airports stack up? For the fifth year, has published its Annual Airport Affordability Index ranking the affordability of the 101 most popular U.S. airports. The index, which also includes the average airfare for these airports and how rankings have changed since last year, is based on the average airfares site users found in the month of June for flights to the most…
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    Shermans Travel Blog

  • Slideshow: 10 Amusing Replicas of Famous Tourist Attractions

    Tommy Burson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    We all know cities share common names — there’s a Paris in Texas and a Rome in Georgia, just to name two. But who would have thought that some cities would go as far as to share landmarks? Las Vegas is an obvious example, but other lesser known ones include the miniature Eiffel Tower in the Lone Star State, complete with a ten-gallon hat, and a 15-year-old Statue of liberty in Tokyo. Indeed, literally hundreds of cities worldwide replicate popular tourist attractions, both satisfying their own citizens wanderlust and increasing visitors’ chances of crossing various famed…
  • How Big Are These Tech Security Concerns During Travel, Really?

    Darren Murph
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Keeping your funds in a money clip and your passport in a fanny pack is a great start to guarding your essentials when traveling, but these days, you also need to consider digital safeguards. Yes, there’s certainly a fair bit of misinformation and fear-mongering when it comes to keeping one’s information and devices safe, but some of the concerns you’ve probably heard about are worth paying attention to. Here are three of them — plus what you can do to be less vulnerable. 1. Credit card skimming. In a nutshell, this involves a very small radio-powered device that can…
  • Boring Chains Go Boutique: The Hotel Brands You Should Know Now

    Chanize Thorpe
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Stylish travelers, rejoice! Boring chains are going boutique. In decades past, names like Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Wyndham were the business travel stalwarts that were always reliable and comfortable–but nothing to write home about. That’s not enough for today’s travelers, whether leisure or business. These days, we seek something different, something unique to the place we’ve made the effort to visit. And the formerly cookie cutter giants have responded, looking to independent hotels for style and to local vendors for destination-specific amenities. Which brings…
  • Solo Cruising: New Savings, Socializing, and More

    Donna Tunney
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Cruise lines are reaching out to solo travelers like never before, with offerings like studio staterooms designed for one person, policies that lower or waive single supplement fees, and onboard meet-and-greets that facilitate new friendships. Here, the guide to solo cruising that our readers have been asking for: Reducing the Costs The biggest financial obstacle to solo cruising is the single supplement fee, since cruise lines traditionally base their projected revenue on two guests per double cabin. If you want to book a cabin just for yourself, the cruise line will typically charge a…
  • Cheapflights’ Airport Affordability Index Recommends Thinking Small

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You may have already figured out that flying in and out of smaller airports is often more affordable than traveling between major city airports, but have you ever looked for a clearer picture of how local airports stack up? For the fifth year, has published its Annual Airport Affordability Index ranking the affordability of the 101 most popular U.S. airports. The index, which also includes the average airfare for these airports and how rankings have changed since last year, is based on the average airfares site users found in the month of June for flights to the most…
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    Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

  • Exploring Chumpuang (ชุมพวง โคราช), a Little-known (but Beautiful) Rice Farming Village in Isan, Thailand

    Mark Wiens
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few weeks ago, my wife Ying and I, decided to go visit Joel, one of our great friends who is a teacher in the almost unknown town of Chumpuang (ชุมพวง โคราช). Chumpuang is located about 6 hours from Bangkok by bus, in the Isan region of Thailand, in Korat. As much as I love Bangkok, I was quite […] Exploring Chumpuang (ชุมพวง โคราช), a Little-known (but Beautiful) Rice Farming Village in Isan, Thailand is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Exploring Chumpuang (ชุมพวง โคราช), a Little-known (but…
  • Bang Krachao (บางกระเจ้า) – Bike Tour of Bangkok’s Green Lung

    Mark Wiens
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I really love living in Bangkok. The action and energy of the city, the street food available at every corner, the markets, and motorbikes – Bangkok is fascinating. However, sometimes I really love to escape the fast pace of the city, and try to get away from all the action. The good new is, there are […] Bang Krachao (บางกระเจ้า) – Bike Tour of Bangkok’s Green Lung is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Bang Krachao (บางกระเจ้า) – Bike Tour of Bangkok’s Green Lung appeared first on Migrationology…
  • How to Navigate a Thai Fruit Cart and Ying Chaloen Market (Day 4)

    Mark Wiens
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Ying Charoen Market (ยิ่งเจริญ) Day 4, our first stop on the agenda was Ying Charoen Market (ยิ่งเจริญ), a famous market in the Saphan Mai (สะพานใหม่) area of Bangkok. It was my first time to visit the market, which sort of reminded me of Or Tor Kor market (video) due to its wide and clean aisles. We shot a […] How to Navigate a Thai Fruit Cart and Ying Chaloen Market (Day 4) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post How to Navigate a Thai Fruit Cart and Ying Chaloen Market (Day 4) appeared first on Migrationology…
  • Thai Fruit Salad and Eating Insects on Khao San Road (Day 3)

    Mark Wiens
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On day 3 of the Thai food tv documentary, we began at the studio of the production company. The crew needed to get some stock style footage, including in studio shots of all of the different salads we had eaten on the first day, and more individual shots of all the beautiful Thai ingredients and […] Thai Fruit Salad and Eating Insects on Khao San Road (Day 3) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Thai Fruit Salad and Eating Insects on Khao San Road (Day 3) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Thai Food TV Show in Thailand (& I’ll Be the One Eating)

    Mark Wiens
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    About two months ago I received an email (in Thailand)… It went something along the lines of this: “Hi Mark Wiens, we’ve seen your YouTube videos, and we like how you express your passion for food. We’re producing a food tv show documentary about Thai food, and we’d like you to be part of it.” At first […] Thai Food TV Show in Thailand (& I’ll Be the One Eating) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Thai Food TV Show in Thailand (& I’ll Be the One Eating) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Learn English with Darth Vader

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fun schoolgirl ninja/parkour that I came across. Of course it’s a hidden viral video attempt for a soft drink company, but it’s fun to see the mix of acrobatics and wire work. Related Posts:Qualifications for Teaching English in JapanJapanese Fashion: Forest GirlTeaching English In Japan – What Every Newbie Should KnowBizarre Japan – Underwear that Helps you Lose WeightHigh Tech Japanese Vending Machines
  • The Four Top Tokyo Day Trips

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Photo Credit: Hendrik Schicke Just came across this article on the Forbes website on the top four day trips from Tokyo. It has a nice mix of suggestions for foodies, outdoor types, and history fans. When you visit Tokyo, give yourself time for a day trip to explore the other facets of Japan—after all, the island is made up of 47 prefectures, each with its own slew of offerings. Check it our here. Related Posts:Your Own Personal Japanese GuideDancing from all 47 PrefecturesTokyo Art Events in June 2012Top 5 Hiking Trails in JapanTop Ryokan in Tokyo
  • Powder and wonder on Japan’s Northern Island: A trip to Hokkaido

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: Beckywithasmile It has been almost ten years since I first saw videos of snowboarders floating through on a foot of powder through perfectly spaced trees in Japan. At first I was mesmerized, and quickly began to question where in Japan this was. The 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo first blew the lid on the amazing skiing conditions and culture on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Slowly over the next 40 years, and especially in the last 10, the mountains surrounding Sapporo have moved increasingly higher on any major skier or snowboarders list of must visit locals. Yet…
  • Time to Get Fit

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    It’s time for me work on my core. I never realized how many times I would need it! Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderWe’re Back in our HouseLearning Japanese with iKnowSkiing in Japan; Niseko and RusutsuMy Re-ment Collection- Part 3
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  • Sardinia for the Rest of Us

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Among the first things you hear when you arrive in Sardinia is a local exclaiming: “Look at our beaches. Look at our water. More beautiful than the Caribbean!” Usually the claim is made by someone who has never set foot on a Caribbean island so its validity is questionable, but you can understand why the […]
  • Warm Yourself in the Thermal Baths of Budapest

    Guest Contributor
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you leave Budapest without soaking in a Hungarian thermal bath, you have cheated yourself of a memorable experience. Last visit, I found myself floating naked in a body-temperature pool under a 500-year old Ottoman dome pierced by jewel-colored glass “eyes”. The Rudas (ROO-das) bath experience left me as relaxed as I’ve ever been in my […]
  • Ireland’s Ancient Burial Mounds

    Irene Butler
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza! My passion for archeology spikes with the thought of seeing 5,000 year-old-tombs! My husband Rick is a willing participant as we point our rental car away from Dublin towards the vast area of Brú na Bóinne. This complex Megalithic site in County Meath, Ireland is known for its three […]
  • A Brief History of Spain

    Terri Fogarty
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Before embarking on a trip to Spain, learning a bit about its history can make your trip more meaningful. The Iberian Peninsula was first inhabited around 800,000 BC and proved to be a much-desired piece of real estate through the centuries, as evidenced by the large number of foreign invaders that chart Spain’s history. First […]
  • On the James Joyce Trail in Trieste

    Guest Contributor
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:26 am
    The city of Trieste is in border country. Follow the coast all the way around, as James Joyce did in the early years of the twentieth century, and pretty soon you’ll be in Slovenia, with Croatia just a few miles further south. You are as likely to hear people say ‘dober dan’ as ‘buongiorno’, and […]
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  • Tiger temple Thailand-accusations and response

    Shrinidhi Hande
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    Between 2012 and 2014 I had the opportunity to visit the famous tiger temple in Kanchanaburi province of Thailand, 3 times. Please see some up close pictures here and a Kannada article here. People are surprised by the total lack of aggressiveness in these cats and this makes them think there's some foul play involved. Each time I talk about tiger temple or mention it, there’re a set of people who believe these tigers are drugged and another section of online community prefers to have this place closed.I don’t have a way to verify the accusations of drugging, illegal trade of tigers etc.
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise Experience and Photos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    During my first visit to Thailand we’d skipped dinner cruise for various reasons. This time, got to experience the same. This post shares my experience and photos during the Bangkok Dinner Cruise. What to expect from the dinner cruise? As the words suggest, it is a buffet dinner on board a moving boat, pretty large one at that. This is the primary objective. Apart from these, the dinner cruise lets you view the scenic Bangkok riverside and its giant buildings in its full glory at night. The whole ride lasts for about 1.5-2 hours. Alcohol can be bought separately on board, a small…
  • Thailand Tourism International Media convention

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Last Friday, I attended a mega convention organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand in Bangkok. Over 900 delegates from all over the world, which included media professionals, bloggers and travel agents were invited for this event. This was my first experience at an international media event and feels privileged to be one of the chosen few. The conventional hall is on the 22nd floor and offers nice view of the city.As we arrived we were given a wrist band which had a USB drive with all the press data (we realized it a little later)- no physical kit were given, to help reduce luggage we will…
  • Pretty faces of Bangkok

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Last in, first out: This was the last event I witnessed in Bangkok before heading back home and I thought of writing about it first.We had a free day last Saturday and I headed out to Grand Palace area. Next to the palace is a big ground, with stalls set on its periphery and a big stage in the centre. As I went close, I noticed that some cultural events were being practiced. A group of young men and women were rehearsing the dance sequence, which I was told is meant to be performed on August 12th, on the occasion of queen’s birthday. They were performing classical dance using earthen pots,…
  • Venezia Mall, Hua Hin, 3D art gallery

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Venezia mall is a popular shopping complex in Hua Hin town of Thailand and one of the interesting attractions here is the 3D art gallery. Art gallery has over 2 dozen different images, based on wide variety of themes to entertain the visitors. Painted smartly in such a way, using both wall, floor and some projecting objects where necessary, these pictures give a good 3D impression. Visitors love to click themselves infront of these huge paintings, which creates an impression that they were actually part of this illusion.I stop writing too much and let the pictures do the talking. Go through…
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    Solo Traveler

  • Exploring Bologna: Stolen Cadavers and Modern Medicine

    Janice Waugh
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    A morbid imagination took me to the Anatomical Theater in Bologna to discover that what I had imagined was closer to the truth than I expected. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Quote of the Week: Be a Traveler, Not a Tourist

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Excellent advice for solo travelers from chef and food writer, Andrew Zimmern: be a traveler, not a tourist. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Reinstate wonder. Touch people’s lives.

    Janice Waugh
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Two different ideas from two different sources converge to enrich our travels for ourselves and those we meet along the way. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Maldives

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Hospitable people, sandy beaches, drift scuba diving, island hopping, and gorgeous sunsets add up to a recommendation from this Solo Travel Society member. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: You Are Strong

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Unexpectedly spotted on a telephone pole in Toronto: one of the best lessons that solo travel can teach us. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Top 4 Reasons To Book EICC as Your Conference Venue (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top 4 Reasons To Book EICC as Your Conference Venue The Edinburgh International Conference Centre is a major conference centre in Edinburgh. The centre got the UFI Sustainable Development Award in 2014. UFI is the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The Edinburgh International Conference Centreor EICC won two prizes at the fifth Annual Scottish Event Awards. EICC in Edinburgh hosted Scottish Business Awards with a record breaking presence of 19,000 Scottish business figures leading in their respective trades. Economic impact of £50.4m…
  • How to Hold a Conference in Victoria London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How to Hold a Conference in Victoria London If you are planning to organise a business meeting in Victoria, London, you will find several conference venues to choose from. Holding conferences or business meetings is a requirement for almost every business. How well you can organise a business meeting could have a direct impact on the reputation of your company. Elisabeth Conference Centre has the largest space for holding conferences and exhibitions in Central London. It hosts 400 national as well as international events every year. It has the…
  • 5 Places worth Visiting in Central London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 5 Places worth Visiting in Central London London is bustling with life. Tourists from all round the globe visit London with different purposes. While some travellers come to London for business purpose, others visit this global city for vacation. Many of the tourists choose to stay in Central London, because this part of the city is well connected with the remaining parts through public transport. Staying near the Belgrave Road, the Gatwick Express or the Victoria Station enables a traveller to reach any part of the city quickly and conveniently.
  • 48 Hours In Sydney (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 48 Hours In SydneyCredits: Laura Richards Working Holiday Visas are incredibly easy to obtain for Australia for a lot of nationalities. Giving you a up to a year in the country, and allowing you to work in any one business for up to six months (you can work for the full 12 in different jobs if you want to), it’s no wonder this is such a popular choice for backpackers on long-term trips. The thing is though, Australia is such an amazing country, with such a wide range of cities, beaches and deserts, it can be very easy to spend a whole year there…
  • Exploring the Balearic Islands (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Exploring the Balearic IslandsPhoto from Flickr by Kerem Tapani Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently (or on an internet-free paradisiacal island somewhere, in which case, lucky you), you will have struggled to miss a lot of the negative press surrounding some of Europe’s party capitals. It’s very easy to dismiss European seaside destinations as ‘too touristy’ for someone who wants to travel, but with so many islands to choose from, it’s worth taking a second look. And with the price of flights a snip compared to jetting off…
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    501 Places

  • Travel responsibly – stay at home

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

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

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

    Andy Jarosz
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    It’s been a few months since we visited Japan to experience the winter festivals, but I thought I’d share a few of our photos from our time on Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island. We spent a week in the main city of Sapporo, where the annual festival attracts around 2 million people. We then headed north to the drift ice on the Sea of Okhotsk, visiting more festivals along the way. What struck us, apart from the bitter cold, was the way in which the festivals involved a lot more than merely staring at ice and snow sculptures, however impressive they were. At each site there…
  • Travelling close to home – why nearer can be better

    Andy Jarosz
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    I can’t help but feel that there’s something unadventurous about taking a trip in our own country. People speaking the same language, familiar food and even the reassuringly boring shops when we need to pick up something we’ve inevitably forgotten to pack. And yet there are few places that I look forward to visiting as much as I do in taking a trip in the UK. On our recent trip to the north-east of England we took the chance to revisit some of our favourite haunts from our time living in the region over 10 years ago. We took a detour to do one of my favourite walks in…
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    Eyeflare Travel Articles and Tips

  • Five stunning British holiday destinations

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

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

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you are considering going to Australia to work or need to do your regional/agricultural work for your second year working holiday visa - working within the pearling industry in the country's Western region might be exactly the job for you. What is pearling? “Pearling” is not extracting the pearls from the shells themselves but hacking the deposits that have formed on the clam shell over time. In most pearl farms, clams take around eight months to produce a good sized pearl. The job of pearling is to rid the clam of impurities and to look out for potential diseases that may stop…
  • An Idiot Abroad is brilliant travel TV

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s why I think Karl Pilkington has made one of the best travel programmes ever! “An Idiot Abroad” first aired on our British TV screens in 2012 and was the brain child of legendary comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Stemming from a series of podcast the character of “Karl Pilkington” was developed and eventually turned into the lead of the hit TV show “An Idiot Abroad”. Although the show is meant primarily to be a comedy (which of course it is as well) it is also a really honest and great travel programme. Through Karl’s jaded,…
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  • A Dream Breakfast at Disney World

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    An Unexpected Day at Disney World [Editor's Note: Today's guest post, including photos and video, comes from our friend Heidi of Heidi's Head. --LanceAround] Ever since our visit to Disney in 2009 – when we stayed at a Florida Dream Homes – I’ve had a dream . . . I’ve dreamed of moving to Florida and working for Walt Disney World or for LanceAround & Mrs. LanceAround at Florida Dream Homes. FDH provides vacation rental homes for guests traveling to the Disney World area of Central Florida. Last week, I got a small taste of what that dream might look like, if it…
  • The Poetry of Paul Sorvino – Day 8 FFF 2014

    29 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Paul Sorvino Recites a Poem for LanceAround “Her love is youth, O speak my heart…” Paul Sorvino is a renaissance man. In addition to being an excellent actor, he is also a sculptor, singer, chef and even a poet. He was at the FFF to promote his newest film, Last I Heard. It was an OK film about a Mafia mobster who spent 20 years in prison and must now face life as an old man with a failing heart and no longer as “a king made of steel.” Paul was also present for a Q & A after the Enzian faithful were treated to a big screen showing of the Martin Scorsese…
  • Love Me – Day 7 FFF 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Mrs. LanceAround with Jonathon Narducci Director of Love Me Prior to the feature documentary we had the short Tim And Susan Have Matching Handguns. This two minute documentary short adds nothing to its title, except, perhaps the knowledge that one of the main reasons given for buying matching handguns is so they can quickly exchange ammo, in the event they need to. To paraphrase Seinfeld, if your biggest need is to be able to quickly exchange handgun ammo, perhaps making sure your handguns match is the least of your problems. On to the main attraction… This year is shaping up to be a…
  • JFK Calls Him A Silly Bastard – Day 7 FFF 2014

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

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

    Jane Reynolds
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who doesn’t love the beach? What about a little fame and glory? Well, we here at Oyster believe that the answer to both of these questions is a resounding “no one” — so we have officially combined the two with our introduction of #OysterPics. Yep, using this hashtag, we’re asking all our fans — who are also fans of the beach, and taking photos of it — to share their best beach shots with us. Simply submit your photo on Facebook or use the #OysterPics hashtag with your shot on Twitter or Instagram, and we may end up sharing your pic and featuring it on…
  • 11 Itsy Bitsy Hotels: Intimate Boutique Properties with Four Rooms or Fewer

    Jane Reynolds
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel.  People have long questioned the whole “the bigger, the better” theory. Most have concluded that it really depends on the circumstances, and we’d have to concur. After all, in our area of expertise (hotels, of course), sometimes a megaresort — packed with activities, restaurants, and enough rooms to host hundreds of reunions at one time — is just what we’re looking for. Other times, we seek the privacy and tranquil vibe of a smaller hotel. And sometimes, we find that the most charming stays are those in…
  • Best Spots for Live Music: 10 Hotels from Las Vegas to Mexico

    Lara Grant
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Fitness centers, outdoor pools and spas are common amenities at hotels these days, but want to know one of our favorite features offered? Live music! We’ve visited quite a few hotels that are a fun place to catch a show, whether you’re a guest or live in the surrounding area. From poolside DJ sets to soulful jazz in a cozy lounge, hotels give their guests a unique way to enjoy the city without leaving the grounds. If you’re someone who loves to kick back and enjoy live music, you’ll definitely want to bookmark these 10 hotels! Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs…
  • Can You Relax in Just 15 Minutes? JW Marriott’s New Spa Concept Says You Can

    Jane Reynolds
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Okay, so one of the worst things ever is when you’re “enjoying” a spa treatment — but you’re not actually enjoying it because all you can think about is how much time it’s taking and how many things are piling up on your to-do list during your rubdown. Well, those behind the spas at JW Marriott, the Marriott’s top level of luxury hotels, have had the same experience, so they’ve dreamt up a whole new menu of mini spa treatments that last between 12 and 25 minutes. Of course, the new Spa by JW concept will also include traditional treatments, but…
  • Fact or Fakeout: Plaza-opoly, Sunshine Butlers, and More!

    Kristina Fazzalaro
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City has its own board game – Plaza-opoly — that takes guests on a tour of New York City’s most noteworthy destinations (via the game board). Just be careful to avoid being sent to “House Security.” 2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Bookworms who like to read novels with a cocktail in hand will do well at theJames Hotels (including the James Chicago, one of our favorites in the Windy City). The chic brand has hired both a famous author and a mixologist to pair books with booze at their hotel bars. 3. FACT OR…
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  • Edgy Lee Talks

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Edgy_lecture.jpg The Filmmaker, Author, Composer and Model Sits Down with Veteran Storyteller Brian Berusch to Discuss Her Role as a Hawaiian Historian It can be said that having strong roots is the best foundation for becoming a successful storyteller. "When it was over, the audience walked on the same pathways as the royals had walked, as Robert Louis Stevenson, Somerset Maugham and Jack London had walked, and in spite of there being sidewalks and commercialization, their understanding and their sense of place, the essence of Waikiki, was forever changed." Link: …
  • Parc to Offer Rooftop Yoga "With a Twist" July 10

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    parc_yogi.jpg The Waikiki Parc Hotel is offering a free “Yoga with a Twist” event this Thursday, July 10, from 6 - 8 p.m. If you thought the twist was the “free” aspect, think again; a live guitarist and violinist will accompany the yoga instructor, and “Parc Chic Designer Wines” will be available for $5 per glass following the session. Parking is free for the event.
  • New Zealand Winemaker and Chef Ronnie Nasuti Pairings, June 16

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:37 am
    tikis_wine_june.jpg Chef Ronnie Nasuti has built up a sizable resume of winemaker dinners over the course of the last two years—while also manning the helm at Tiki’s Grill & Bar in Waikiki. This month he will reach deep into his bag of tricks to pair 6 exquisite dishes alongside wines from New Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate on June 16th. Winemaker Oliver Powrie hops the pond to “talk story” about his Villa Maria and Esk Valley bottlings at this intimate affair. This dinner is a generously priced $79 INCLUDING tax and gratuity.
  • Celebration of the Arts – May 9 - 11, 2014

    8 May 2014 | 3:54 am
    cliff_.jpg This weekend, May 9 – 11, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua presents an astonishing array of cultural offerings over the course of a storybook weekend entitled "Celebration of the Arts." Perched on a pine tree lined hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean (and neighboring isles of Lanai and Molokai), Celebration of the Arts is an incredible opportunity to delve into multiple aspects of Hawaiian culture. These include visual arts, performance, demonstrations, culinary offerings and of course, all the grandeur the Ritz Carlton has to offer.  Nae‘ole has honed his vision and invited…
  • Outrigger Opens in Mauritius

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Mauritius_2.jpg The Hawaiian hotel group hastens their expansion across the Pacific Region Hawaii’s venerable “ohana” hotel company has been expanding their portfolio outside of the Hawaiian Islands for over a decade. Things have progressed with abandon in the recent year, with a new property in Fiji opening its doors just prior to the New Year. Now Outrigger announces the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, located in the Indian Ocean, 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. The 181-room property is perched on the beach.  Outrigger owns or manages 46 properties in eight…
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  • The Wonders of Hong Kong – Discover The Magnificent Clash of Ages

    Guest Author
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    The clash of ages at the heart of this urban sanctuary are well worth discovering. Had it not been for a business conference I had to attend with my coworker in 2009, I would probably never have discovered Hong Kong on my own. With time, as I returned again and again, I dug deeper and deeper and I guess I have seen enough to claim that I have a more in-depth understanding of the city than a statistical tourist to Hong Kong. Below I list the spots that have remained in my memory for longest and that I will come back to when the next opportunity to go there arises again.
  • Wonderfully Uncrowded Road Trip Destinations in the USA

    Guest Author
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Whether you’re passing through a national park on the way to your grandparents’ house or your road trip is your vacation, there is no end to the wonders you can see out on the open road. Here are six of North America’s little-known, but most intriguing sights, perfect for either a day of sightseeing on a cross-country trip or as your primary vacation destination.
  • A Guide To London’s Rooftop Restaurants With Amazing Views

    Guest Author
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Here's A Look At London’s Most Amazing Rooftop Restaurants Sipping cocktails and gazing across London's skyline from a roof top restaurant is an irresistible proposition to anyone. These London rooftop hangouts are a gourmet’s delight and hangouts for unforgettable city views. Perfect for al fresco eating and drinking these top restaurants are unique and different.
  • Concerts At Sea – Music Themed Cruises That Rock The Boat!

    Susan Kohlback
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Live concerts by top artists are the latest trend in cruise ship entertainment. While great stage shows have always been a popular amenity while cruising, the new over-the-top mega-ships are rolling out a whole new cruise experience; on-board one night only concerts by some of the countries most popular performers. Just as premier restaurants and premium excursions are now being offered for additional fees, so too are top live concert experiences. Performers like Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, STX, REO Speedwagon, and Trace Adkins are performing one-night concerts while ships are in port.
  • Favorite Things To Do In Paris For Free – Our Full Fun List

    Susan Kohlback
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Top Free Things To Do In Paris Paris is one of the most popular capital cities in Europe, drawing travelers from all over the world. It has always been known to be an expensive city, but there are also many things that you can do for free. So steer away from the super chic cafes and designer fashion boutiques and take in some of the many free attractions that define this elegant city. Here's our list of the best sites and activities that are Free in Paris:
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-29-2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Money enables us to get what we want instead of what others think we want. (G. Shaw) — It's easier when we want is free! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-29-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Your friend is your needs answered. (K. Gibran) — A hole in your life, filled even before you realized that it existed! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2014

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    The trouble with life in the fast lane is you reach the other end in an awful hurry. (J. Jensen) — Take the scenic route! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2014

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can not perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself. (Z. Ziglar) — Or WANT to see yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. (E. Roosevelt) — It is a lifestyle, an attitude, a daily habit. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2014 appeared first on
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-29-2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Money enables us to get what we want instead of what others think we want. (G. Shaw) — It's easier when we want is free! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-29-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Your friend is your needs answered. (K. Gibran) — A hole in your life, filled even before you realized that it existed! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2014 appeared first on
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    27 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    The trouble with life in the fast lane is you reach the other end in an awful hurry. (J. Jensen) — Take the scenic route! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2014

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can not perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself. (Z. Ziglar) — Or WANT to see yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. (E. Roosevelt) — It is a lifestyle, an attitude, a daily habit. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2014 appeared first on
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  • Where to Snack, Sleep and Smoke in Amsterdam

    Randy Kalp
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    One of the great things about life is second chances. A second chance to get a better grade in school, a second chance at love, a second chance with your career, a second chance to say “I Love You,” and for us, as travelers, a second chance to see a city again.Beth and I got a second chance with Amsterdam last month. She was a mistress who just didn’t move us the first time around. But when we joined the Must Love Festivals project, we had a chance to revisit the city for the PITCH Festival, a progressive electric musical event, and we went for it with an open mind.SleepWe arrived in…
  • Drop Some Travel Knowledge, Earn Up to $500 Cash from Buggl

    Randy Kalp
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    It’s 8 a.m. on Friday. I’m in a little beach town in Santorini listening to a rooster’s crow cut through the swooshing palms overhead, and I’ve got San Diego on my mind, again. Why you ask? Well, partly because of the rooster, whose high pitch “Good Mornings” remind me of a Pepe, our diaper wearing cock who was part of our home in Pacific Beach. (We thought he was a chicken until one day…he spoke.)The other reason I’m thinking about San Diego this sunny morning is that I’m about to resume work on my newest digital guide, Travel Thru San…
  • Exploring San Diego’s Best Skateparks with a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    Randy Kalp
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Prior to visiting San Diego in May, I came up with the idea that I wanted to create a guide to my favorite San Diego Skateparks. I fell in love with skateboarding as a scrawny kid in western Pennsylvania during the Regan Administration. In those days we only had the street, church parking lots (one of the few places that we didn’t get kicked out of) and homemade ramps. We consumed Thrasher Magazine and VHS skate videos, both of which filled us with golden dreams of the California skate scene, and idolized guys like Mike McGill who can be seen above still skating his local spot at the…
  • It Was Me Amsterdam, Not You (+3 Awesome Spots To Check Out)

    Randy Kalp
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s been over 48 hours since we arrived in Amsterdam, and I have to say my first impressions of the city were wrong.We came with lofty expectations during our first trip. They said “it was the Venice of the North,” which to us is a bit like saying Chipotle is the Roberto’s (a famous chain of taco shops in San Diego) of New England. It’s not that I disliked Amsterdam the first go around, it just didn’t (much like a Chipotle burrito) blow me away.  There a few highlights,, though, that still come to mind from that trip. We were walking through one of the…
  • Win an Autographer Wearable Camera in the #CandidMoments Competition

    Randy Kalp
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    June has been a pretty good month for travel contests and giveaways, so we figured why not welcome the summer solstice with one more fun competition. This latest one comes from Autographer.I haven’t had a chance try out an Autographer yet, but from everything I’ve read about the wearable camera, it sounds like a game changer. According to press coverage, the camera gives users the freedom to capture spontaneous, hands-free photos, making it easy to document your life through a series of  ”refreshingly real” wide-angle images.The Autographer features a custom 136°…
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  • A Mom and daughter trip to Disney World – tips for having fun and staying friends

    Guest Author
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    In this article, our guest author Amanda Kusek shares her experience of visiting Disney World in Florida with her mother and shares her tips for having fun together as a parent and adult child without driving each other mad! I am thrilled to say I’ve just returned from 7 days with my mother in Disney World, sharing a villa along with her best friend and boyfriend, and have come home unscathed. We certainly had moments of tension, but by reaching toward each other rather than pulling away, we had a fantastic time. If you’re planning a similar trip, here are my tips from an adult…
  • Behind the scenes on #TheCruiseShip – we meet Cruise Director Sam Hawker-Thomas

    Heather Cowper
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    If you’ve been enjoying the recent ITV documentary “The Cruise Ship” filmed on board Royal Princess, you’ll have already met Cruise Director Sam Hawker-Thomas who was featured in Episode 2. In this interview with Sam we find out what being a Cruise Director for Princess Cruises involves, what it was like being filmed for the TV series and her favourite destinations to visit around the world. as well as her tips for getting the most from your cruise. Cruise Director Sam Hawker-Thomas is featured in the ITV documentary “The Cruise Ship” So Sam, how did you…
  • Win a Hotel Stay in my Summer Giveaway with

    Heather Cowper
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Whether you fancy getting away to enjoy the summer sunshine or are planning a weekend break in the autumn once things have cooled down, I’m happy to announce my summer hotel-stay giveaway in partnership with I’m giving away a voucher to one of my readers, worth $250 (or equivalent value of £145/€185) which you can use to book yourself a stay in a lovely hotel and treat yourself and that special someone to a relaxing summer break. The voucher can be redeemed for a hotel booking on the website up until spring next year, so if…
  • Summer and winter – Filzmoos in Austria has something for everyone

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    In this article, guest author Claire Palmer shares with us her family’s favourite holiday choice of Filzmoos, Austria, the perfect destination for summer walking or winter skiing, your choice for a gentle or full-on family activity holiday! The traditional mountain village of Filzmoos has been a much-loved destination for my family in both winter and summer since we first discovered it when my 19 year old son was a 19 month old! Building and development is strictly controlled so it has retained its alpine chocolate-box charm with no high-rise buildings to mar the breath-taking views of…
  • Walking the beaches of the Gower – staying in our luxury Mumbles cottage – video

    Heather Cowper
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Friday night and it’s time to cross the Severn Bridge and exchange a working week in Bristol for a weekend exploring the glorious beaches of the Gower peninsula and the seaside nostalgia of Mumbles. This part of South Wales is no stranger to me, in fact I was in Swansea only a couple of weeks earlier on the trail of Dylan Thomas and visiting my son who is at Swansea university. This time I wanted to see more of Mumbles, all lovespoons and Welsh-Italian ice cream, as well as combining my favourite activities of walking and being beside the sea (but not necessarily in it). Heather and…
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  • Volunteer as a Family & Win a Lifetime Stay at Radisson-Weekly Digest-7/28/14

    Michelle McCoy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Volunteer as a Family & Win a Lifetime Stay at Radisson! Monday July 28, 2014 Travel a world away or volunteer for a good cause in your own neighborhood. Kids and parents will find the experience rewarding and fulfilling, and may even help volunteer at home!    Volunteer Opportunities with Kids Places to Volunteer in Chicago, IL with Kids Places to Volunteer as a Family in Connecticut Places to Volunteer as a Family in Orange County, CA Volunteering…
  • Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Pittsburgh

    Karyn Locke
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    There’s always a good back story when a city is given a nickname, whether it’s after great sports teams, the influence it has on its country, or simply a one-syllable, shortened-down version of itself. Surrounded by rivers, it gives picturesque views to visitors by land and water, and its family appeal and cleanliness have named it one of the “Best All-American Vacations” for 2014. So, let’s hear it for The City of Champions, The Steel City, or as the natives call it, The ‘Burgh, after its commitment to making kids a top priority. Anyway you want to call it, Pittsburgh is…
  • Tips for Visiting London on a Budget (with Kids)

    Kristi Marcelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Do the stomping grounds of kings and queens and the beloved Harry Potter have you longing for a visit to London? If the answer is yes, prepare yourself for sticker shock. Prices look deceptively reasonable until you factor in an exchange rate that almost doubles the value in dollars. With a few tips and tricks you can visit London with kids without breaking the piggy bank. Budget Saving Tip: Book Accommodations First When I first started searching for a hotel room in central London for our family of four, I began to panic, truly panic. Why? Because many hotels in London, and Europe in…
  • Weekend Wanderings: Exploring Greater Alberta with Kids

    Amy Whitley
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
     Weekend Overview Families living in or visiting Calgary already have tons to do with kids in the city, but Alberta is such a beautiful province, it would be a shame to neglect to explore the surrounding areas! There’s so many things for families to do in Alberta, our Weekend Wanderings series would not be complete without the following weekend family itinerary outside of Calgary.   Day 1: Enter the Rockies at Kananaskis Kananaskis is the place to go if you want a taste of the Rockies without departing Calgary for long. Less than one hour away by car, this area is teeming with…
  • Georgia State Parks: A Family Guide – Part 1

    Lesli Peterson
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
      My resolution this year: I want the kids to play outside more often. I sincerely believe that the best way to get your kids outside is to be the example. In light of that resolution, my family took the challenge of staying at a Georgia State Park every month of 2014. Not only have the boys enjoyed the fresh air and natural beauty, but we also acquired new skills (like archery and tree climbing), and took road trips to spectacular locations within Georgia that we might have otherwise missed. The year is half over, and our goal is on track. Read below about our adventures so far, and…
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  • Wedding Gift Registry Do’s and Dont’s-Wedding Wednesday

    Cindy Schultz
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Wedding Gift Registry planning can be a fun time for engaged couples. Usually, you should create your registry about 6 months…
  • Win It Wednesday 7-30-14

    Cindy Schultz
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The whirlwind is dying down. My youngest son, Jordan was home from the mission field for 2 weeks, to work at youth camp. He was actually here at the house for 3 days, the rest of the time he was at camp. I am so proud of him! He is a full time missionary and he takes time off to come home and be lighting director for an awesome youth camp. Now the countdown begins until his Christmas break, which starts November 8th!   The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the…
  • New Life

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Back in February I wrote New, my New Year’s post outlining why the word “new” was my word for the year. This past weekend I felt that it was time to give an update. So far 2014 has been a year of new things and over all it has been a great year. Church is new. At the end of March my husband and I both felt led to commit to Riverlife Church. The church is a growing, multi-generational Church of God. In April we added a second worship service and Ron and I attended volunteer training. Ron is now running sound every other Sunday and I am singing on the worship team and…
  • Turn It Up Tuesday 45

    Cindy Schultz
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to the 45th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be! This is the last week for our July sponsor and guest hosts – so please stop by and show them some love!! We’ll be introducing some new guest hosts and a new sponsor next week! As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all,…
  • July Beauty Box 5 Review

    Cindy Schultz
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”This month’s Beauty Box 5 shipment was awesome! Unfortunately, it was so awesome, I forgot to take pictures of it…
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  • Hill stations near Delhi that are perfect for long weekends

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    The Indian capital’s proximity to the Himalayas means that there are many hill stations near Delhi offering a much-needed escape from the bustling streets and soaring temperatures. The picturesque snow-laden peaks and the charming hill towns nestled amidst them provide a perfect respite from the scorching heat. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed stay in a luxury resort overlooking the hills or a high-on-adrenaline paragliding experience—these long weekend getaways from Delhi will enthral in you in every way. Kullu-Manali Thanks to its surrounding snow-clad mountains, river…
  • Ramazan special—the best places to break bread

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    During the month of Ramazan, go on a culinary journey by binging on some rich and indulgent fare catering specifically to those who’re breaking bread. Even if you haven’t fasted through the day, you can join the feasting at sundown and eat your way through the most delicious Indian delicacies. Pista House The City of Nizams instantly evokes images of biryani, but if you’re visiting during the month of Ramazan, there’s so much more you can gorge on. Hyderabad is the place to eat the yummiest rendition of haleem—and the one served at Pista House is undoubtedly the best. Mosque…
  • Three reasons to visit Goa during the off-season

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    Goa has always been a much sought after holiday destination for its sun, sea and sand. However, the monsoon season in Goa has a different charm all together. Contrary to popular belief, Goa is best enjoyed in monsoons. The off-season ensures less crowd, noise and traffic jams thereby allowing one to enjoy the lush greenery and the clean backwaters. The advent of monsoons sure sees a dip in the number of parties and water sport activities, but one experiences a side of Goa not known by many, without compromising on the fun quotient. Apart from the natural beauty, the monsoons also expose the…
  • Places to visit near Ahmedabad for long breaks

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    From glimpses of wildlife at Gir National Park to exploring the architectural marvels of Ajanta and Ellora to the charming hill town of Mount Abu, there are a range of places to visit near Ahmedabad. Offering a respite from the daily bustle of Gujarat’s commercial hub, these rejuvenating long weekend escapes will compel you to pack your bags and hit the road. Surat From by-lanes lined with quaint eateries offering the most delectable Gujarati snacks to upscale markets housing massive jewellery showrooms, Surat is a city that offers almost everything you can ask for. Baroda Formerly the…
  • The top places to visit in Chennai

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    For the first-time visitor, there’s no dearth of places to visit in Chennai, the southernmost metro in India. The Tamil capital dazzles a visitor with its range of experiences: be it sampling spicy Tamil fare, a walk on its picturesque beaches, a visit to the intricately-carved temples or an excursion to the city’s quiet wildlife havens. Here are the top things to do in Chennai. Fort St. George The site of the first fortress built in India by the English East India Company in 1640, Fort St. George is dotted with numerous heritage buildings. It is now the headquarters of the Tamil…
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Editing Star Photos from Mongolia with Lightroom 5

    Brendan van Son
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Mongolia has been more of a challenge than I thought it would be: long distances, bad roads, and very little electricity outside the capital.  But where it hasn’t been a challenge has been in the skies.  The stars in Mongolia, on the couple of clear nights we had down on our trip to the Gobi, [...]
  • Photographing the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar

    Brendan van Son
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    I’ve been asked a lot of late why I’ve been racing around Asia desperately for the past couple months without taking any sort of break. The answer, of course, as to why I have, is the Nadaam Festival here in Mongolia.  Though I’m not usually one to travel around certain events or festivals, after hearing [...]
  • Top Things to Do in China: The Off-the-Beaten-Path Edition

    Brendan van Son
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    I really cannot believe that my time in China is over.  It has been insane, it really has.  There have been some amazing things to see in China, for sure.  And well much of it was a bit what I had expected it to be, there was so much that I really had no clue [...]
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    Runaway Jane

  • Did you know that 3.5 million people die every year from a water related disease?

    Jane Meighan
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Photo credit: Josh Etsy / Care International Did you know that approximately 3.5 million people die every year from water, sanitation or hygiene-related causes, and that nearly 99 percent of those deaths occur in the developing world? With the above facts in mind I’ve decided to do a charity walk in March 2015 under the Walk in Her Shoes movement with Care International. The aim of the project is primarily to provide clean running water and sanitation to communities who need it, but it also tackles a key problem in education. Often in the communities without clean running water, young…
  • Learning Spanish in South America Vs Spain

    Jane Meighan
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    If you’ve been following this blog for a wee while then you’ll know that I’ve been learning Spanish now (on and off) for a number of months. I’ve somewhat fallen in love with the language to be honest and the general way of life in the Spanish speaking world! However, I remember back before I began learning Spanish (properly), when I was trying to decide whether South America or Spain would be a better place to host my studies, and still not being entirely sure of which way to go… Having since studied at private language schools in Argentina, Spain, and…
  • Review; Clic Cadiz IH Spanish Language School

    Jane Meighan
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I recently completed a 4 week Spanish language course with Clic Cadiz IH, a private language school situated on the Spanish southern coast. This is my second time studying Spanish at a private language school (actually 3rd if you include a few private lessons in Bolivia) and is coupled with my experiences of learning Spanish online in recent months. So with all that in mind I figured I was in good position to a) provide an honest review of Clic Cadiz IH, and b) give that opinion bearing in mind all the other types and methods of learning the Spanish language I have amassed in…
  • 10 Awesome Reasons to Learn Spanish in Cádiz (Iike I’m doing here with Clic IH)

    Jane Meighan
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
    I’m coming up for my 4th week of learning with Clic Cadiz IH, a private Spanish language school located in the sleepy seaside town of Cádiz (in the Spanish region of Andalusia.) Having previously experienced learning Spanish for a similar time period with a language school in Buenos Aires, it has been nice to continue on with my Spanish language studies at a private language school once again. It is in this environment where I personally feel that I learn much quicker. All other methods outwith of the language schools I feel are not intensive or immersive enough and so…
  • 38 Free Things to do in Brussels

    Jane Meighan
    24 May 2014 | 8:04 am
    Photo credit; Le Kai Brussels is an expensive destination – there is no getting around it. Accommodation and eating/drinking out in particular can take a big bite out of your budget in this city! What may surprise you though are the amount of free activities and things to do here that will cost you absolutely nothing. Here are 40 free things you can do for free in Brussels right now!   1. Abbaye de la Cambre Where; Avenue Emile Duray, 1000 Brussels. What; Founded in the late 1100s and later restored in the 18th Century, the Abbey de la Cambre is the headquarters of the…
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  • 異性と出会うことです

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

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

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

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    その代わり内容を確認したりURLをクリックすることのないよう、 「YAHOO!JAPAN」をクリックして開くと、稼げる出会いを提供しているので、出会い系サイトにおいて女性は自分から行動しなくとも、インターネット異性紹介事業は、
  • 一度利用してみるのもいいでしょう

    12 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    、、緊張もするでしょう。有料不倫サイトに登録するとなりますと料金が発生しますから、 、…
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

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

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

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

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    A sandy floor, a full size tree trunk, a profusion of green plants and a posse of endangered species — in cuddly toy form. The WWF room at Scandic Vulkan hotel in Oslo is wild! The only thing missing are the calls of rainforest birds. Although, if you are after a good night’s sleep, that’s is probably for the best. Designed in partnership with WWF Norway, to raise awareness of environmental issues among hotel guests, the room also features recycling bins (yes, you’ll have to sort out your paper from your plastic waste), second-hand furniture, organic toiletries and…
  • Summer Camps Where Adults Can Be Kids Again

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    30 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    Summer camp. For adults of a certain age, those two words can evoke powerful memories of innocence and coming-of-age. Perhaps those memories are of sleeping in cabins or learning archery. Perhaps they are memories of canoeing rivers, roasting marshmallows, participating in camp talent shows or playing games of capture the flag. Perhaps summer camp is where you had your first kiss. Perhaps that kiss happened while you were sitting on a huge tree trunk that had fallen across a creek — you know, the one that’s behind the arts and crafts cabin — where perhaps Bridget Aubrey agreed to…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Fiesta Del Sol Music Line Up in Chicago 2014
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Make plans to attend Fiesta del Sol in Chicago this weekend. Portland Oregon’s Food Carts Street Food Artistry 2012 in Chicago   Thursday, July 31 – Sunday, August 3, 2014 Head over to the Pilsen neighborhood: 1000-1600 W. Cermak (between Morgan & Ashland) Chicago, IL 60608 Thursday, July 31: 5-10 pm; Friday, Aug. 1 & Saturday, Aug. 2: 11 am-11 pm; Sunday, Aug. 3: 11 am-10 pm Fiesta del Sol also offers live entertainment. Look below for our line up for the two stages that will be at Fiesta del Sol. You can also find Chicago’s local DJs at the House of Sol.  …
  • Top Ten Places to Watch Chicago’s Annual Air and Water Show 2014
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    chicago (Photo credit: MPBecker) English: Vapor cone/Prandtl–Glauert singularity. Taken at the 2011 Chicago Air and Water Show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Make plans to attend The Chicago Air & Water Show. FREE Admission • North Ave. Beach Aug. 16 & 17, 2014 • 10 am – 3 pm Both Days   Performers This year’s performers include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels (pictured), the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more. About the Show Find out more information about the Chicago Air & Water Show.   Media Image Gallery These images are available in high…
  • Different Types of Wine Chart
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm under: Italy Travel Guides
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    22 Jul 2014 | 8:52 pm under: Italy Travel Guides
  • Another Great Italian Wine Chart
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm under: Italy Travel Guides
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Reader’s report: Air-side pet relief area at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

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

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    This is a two-part update, and I owe both parts to reader Giuliana, who wrote first to tell me that JetBlue now allows you to reserve an in-cabin spot for your pet online. As of at least June 16, the language on JetBlue’s JetPaws page stated that “Pets can be booked online or you can call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).” That’s unusual — previously, of the major U.S. airlines, only Virgin America and United (carried over from Continental’s policy) let you make your pet’s reservation at the same time you make your own online reservation. I celebrated noisily on…
  • Backpack carrier for a larger small dog: PetEgo’s Pet At Work Travel System

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    I owe this post to reader Catie, who told me that PetEgo now offers its P@W backpack carrier in a large size — I’d admired it before, but the product back then (the current small size) was too small for Chloe. Long story short: The large Pet At Work carrier is a fine size for a larger small dog like Chloe, and with a couple of tweaks, it’s a wonderful addition to our carrier collection. Please note that I paid full price for our P@W Travel System. I will always let you know when I’m reviewing a product or a service that has been paid for (or provided at a discount by)…
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • Wishing Trees: Where Money Grows in the Branches

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Coins in the Aira Force wishing tree in the English Lake District (photograph by Claire1066/Flickr) In some places people toss coins into fountains begging for a wish, but in parts of the United Kingdom coins are pressed into trees for the same purpose. These "wishing trees" or "money trees" are a strange fusion of nature and manufactured metal, and represent a tradition dating back centuries. Much like the clootie wells we featured last week, the money trees are believed to have pagan roots. (The "wishing tree" Wikipedia entry actually includes both as…
  • The Ship Wrecked by Wheat Forgotten on the California Shores

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Prow of the Dominator in California (photograph by Adam Ness) It's amazing how an event that captured the public's attention so much in the 1960s could be so easily forgotten in the decades that followed. The S.S. Dominator caused a sensation in the South Bay of Los Angeles when it ran ashore on March 13, 1961 at Rocky Point in Palos Verdes Estates. Stuck there, its cargo load of wheat expanded so much it broke the hull. The captain and his crew had to abandon ship when it started taking on water, and the Coast Guard hadn't been able to tow them out. Then the thing…
  • Today Me, Tomorrow You: Rome's Sculptural Skeletons

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Sant’Agostino, memorial to Cardinal Giuseppe Ranato Imperiali, by Paolo Posi (design) and Pietro Bracci (statuary), 1741 (photograph by Elizabeth Harper) The dead are everywhere in the churches of Rome. Their tombs line the walls and dominate whole side chapels. Visit enough of them and you’ll come to expect the loose wiggle and hollow thunk of the marble slabs shifting beneath your feet that signal you’ve walked over a grave. If you imagine what’s just beyond every surface, the churches become mega-necropoli, Tokyos made of tombs instead of hotel rooms.
  • NYC's Possible Pompeii Columns That Link Its Great Fire to Ancient Volcanic Doom

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Delmonico's on Beaver St. in Manhattan (photograph by Allison Meier/Atlas Obscura) Are relics from Pompeii — that Roman city wrecked by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD — embedded in the façade of one of New York City's most iconic restaurants? The answer is a wavering "maybe," but the symbolism of the two marble columns framing the entrance to Delmonico's resonates both with that ancient destruction, and one of New York's greatest disasters. I had never heard the story that the two corinthian columns bookending the gold Delmonico's name at 56 Beaver Street were…
  • Abandon Ship: 5 Maritime Disasters Lost to Time

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Long before concrete, the highways of the globe were water, and the crafts that glided through them brought people and goods to new markets, new opportunities, and new worlds. The modern use of passenger and commercial ships swung open doors of transport, commerce, and tourism, but like any opportunity there was chance for catastrophe. Thus our maritime history is dotted with disasters and memorials to those lost, and now often forgotten. Here are five maritime disasters lost to time, and the obscure monuments preserving their memory.  P.S. GENERAL SLOCUM The P.S. General…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • Reversing Falls in Saint John, Canada

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Situated on the Bay of Fundy, the Reversing Falls of Saint John are subject to the immense changes in the remarkably powerful local tides which actually cause the waters to change course multiple times throughout the day.  The Bay of Fundy is home to some of the highest tides in the world, and can have variations from high to low tide upwards of 16 meters, roughly the same height as a five story building. Due to these drastic surges, when the powerful tides come up, the river and waterfalls change direction in the region of the Reversing Falls thanks to the unique underwater…
  • Old Prison of Trois-Rivières in Trois-Rivières, Canada

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Once Canada's longest operating detention center, the prison of Trois-Rivières is now open for tours led by former inmates as well as the chance to take part in a 1920's style Canadian trial by jury, and even the opportunity for groups to spend one edifying yet oddly thrilling night in a 19th-century Québécois prison cell. Designed by Quebec City architect François Baillairgé and officially opening in 1822, the facility was operational for more than 160 years.  Originally designed to house only forty prisoners, the site was sometimes subject…
  • Grotto of St Anthony of Padua in Crupet, Belgium

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Built in 1903, the Grotto of St Anthony of Padua in the Belgian village of Crupet is like a statuary mix-tape of the miraculous moments from the life of the titular saint using a gaggle of unusually bright, expressive figures to illustrate the man's legendary feats. Nestled just a few fee behind the village's church, the towering crag of stone was the brainchild of Father Joseph Gérard, the local curate in the first years of the 20th century. With the help of the villagers Gérard installed a total of 22 statues depicting scenes from the life of St Anthony among other…
  • Kings Peak in Uinta Mountains, Utah

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At 13,528 feet above sea level, Kings Peak is considered by highpointers to be the toughest of the 50 state highpoints that require no advanced mountaineering skills or a guide, however the multiple routes to the top allow hikers to make it only as hard as they want. The highest point in Utah is named after Clarence King, surveyor of the Sierra Nevada and the first head of the United States Geological Survey. The standard route is a long, but gentle 16 mile long trail, the Henry's Fork Trail, which leads from Henry's Fork Campground to the base of the summit, but from there the final ascent…
  • The Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum in Amsterdam, New York

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Nestled in woody Upstate New York, the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum displays hundreds of mounted animals right alongside the methods by which they were killed.   This impressively large museum is filled wall-to-wall with stuffed critters from the wilds of North America and beyond. From the wall holding over 100 mounted elk heads to the larger predators such as bears and cougars whose full bodies are forever frozen in a menacing pose. Wolves, fish, birds, lynx, and a number of other animals are on display in the gallery, showing the impressive variety of animals that can be…
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  • Iroman Zurich, July 27th

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    On Sunday more than 2500 men and women from 60 nations will compete for 18th Zurich Iroman. The race helps the athletes qualify for the world championship, which will be in October in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii. They will start the 3.8 km swim race at 6.45 a.m at the Saffa island. Then they are expected at around 7.37 a.m. for […] The post Iroman Zurich, July 27th appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Glimpses of student work at the AdbK, Munich

    Sonia Böning
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Review of the Art Academy’s end of year exhibition in Munich on July 12th: My favourite was “The Dark Side of the Moon”, an installation of Prof Künzli’s jewellery class. One was given a miniscule torch and entered a very dark room, at the end of which a room-filling moon studded with sculpted necklaces and brooches […] The post Glimpses of student work at the AdbK, Munich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Experience the Swiss Chocolate Adventure at the Swiss Museum of Transport

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    The Swiss Chocolate Adventure, an exciting multimedia experience for all senses: Chocolate lovers can now experience a unique adventure at the Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport. The museum recently joined forces with the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation to open the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. On board a wagon, the visitors voyage lasts 25 minutes and teaches a multitude of things about the chocolate world from […] The post Experience the Swiss Chocolate Adventure at the Swiss Museum of Transport appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • IL TAVOLO celebrates at the Park Hyatt in Zurich

    30 Jun 2014 | 1:31 am
    A feast for all senses: On the second night of Zurich’s food festival, it was “Star Night” event in all hosting hotels. The executive chef of the Park Hyatt, Frank Widmer was waiting for his guests with chef Alexander Moser, for Il Tavolo’s special evening at the Parkhuus restaurant. After an aperitif in the restaurant’s cosy patio with […] The post IL TAVOLO celebrates at the Park Hyatt in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:36 am
    Art Telegramme: TINO POHLMANN – MFORMA#LUX “Schau mir in meine Geschichte” - “Take a look at my story” 18.06 until 30.06 Venue: Kunsthaus Maximilian Maximilianstr. 54  – 80538 Munich The Berlin-based photographer, Tino Pohlmann presented his portraits of 60 residents of Saalfelden Leogang in Salzburger Land at the Kunsthaus Maximilian in Munich last evening. It was […] The post TINO POHLMANN – MFORMA#LUX appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • Photo Essay: Summer in Rome

    Joy Pecknold
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    While blazing hot and brimming with tourists right now, Rome is so magical a place that it manages to overcome those things and offer up a bounty of pleasures. I got a taste of those charms on a recent work trip. Herein, the highlights, many of which included food, obviously.
  • The List: 10 of the Coolest Pools Around the World

    Joy Pecknold
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Most pools are cool, technically speaking, but some are a whole heck of a lot cooler than others and luxury hotels are home to some of the coolest. Set your sights on these 10 across the globe, including two overlooking the Alps and one set right in the Indian Ocean. Guanacaste: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Enjoy […]
  • Trip Tips: 7 Hotels Seen on the Big Screen

    Joy Pecknold
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Save for stories set in deep space or deep in the wild, hotels are a regular setting in a plethora of movies—be it the seedy ones or glamorous ones—and seeing as these locations don’t get taken down after production wraps, they allow film buffs easy access to reliving certain cinematic moments. Herein, we recount a few great scenes in a few great hotels.
  • The Peninsula Experience: Asian Hospitality

    Adam Nagy
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Peninsula name is synonymous with romance, glamour and style – hotels in some of the world’s most exciting cities, stunning facilities, world-class service and a unique combination of tradition, heritage, innovation and glamour offer guests a hotel stay unlike any other, whether on business or leisure.  In this article from our 3-part Peninsula blog […]
  • The Peninsula Experience: American Luxury

    Adam Nagy
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Peninsula name is synonymous with romance, glamour and style – hotels in some of the world’s most exciting cities, stunning facilities, world-class service and a unique combination of tradition, heritage, innovation and glamour offer guests a hotel stay unlike any other, whether on business or leisure.  In this article from our 3-part Peninsula blog […]
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    Business Travel Guru

  • ANZ Frequent Flyer Credit Card 50,000 Bonus Point Offer

    Ben Hoffman
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    If you are after quick boost to your Qantas Frequent Flyer points balance ANZ has a great introductory offer on their ANZ Frequent Flyer credit card. The deal 50,000 bonus miles if you spend $1,500 on purchases via the card within 3 months of being approved, in addition ANZ are waving the annual card fee […]
  • Emirates Introduces world’s longest A380 Flight Dubai to Los Angeles

    Ben Hoffman
    3 Dec 2013 | 11:31 pm
    Today Emirates added a Dubai to Los Angeles A380 service making it the world’s longest Airbus A380 service. At 16 hour 20 minute long the world’s longest A380 flight crosses Russia the North Pole and then Canada before entering US Airspace and landing in Los Angeles. Even though Emirates operates world’s longest A380 flight the […]
  • Qantas Business Lounge & Qantas Club Review Comparison What’s the difference

    Ben Hoffman
    2 Dec 2013 | 1:41 am
    Qantas operates dedicated Business Lounges in its Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane Airports in addition to its Qantas Club lounges at these airports and occasionally I am asked the difference between the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge and their Qantas Club lounge, so on a recent Qantas Business Class Flight between Sydney and Adelaide I took […]
  • Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Map Diagram Released

    Ben Hoffman
    7 Nov 2013 | 1:44 pm
    Air New Zealand recently released a seat map diagram for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that will make its inaugural paying flight from Auckland to Perth on 14 October 2014. The seat map clearly shows 3 classes with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy with a sections dedicated to their innovative Economy Skycouch seating. Also see […]
  • Air New Zealand 787 Dreamliner Seats Revealed Photos

    Ben Hoffman
    7 Nov 2013 | 3:20 am
    Air New Zealand recently revealed photos of its seating options for its upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner which will be launched on the Auckland to Perth route from 15 October 2014. As expected the Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be a three class cabin with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy. Click to navigate […]
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mountain biking seems to be seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially with multi-day stage racing that provides riders with new experiences and adventures in exotic locations. Multi-day MTB stage racing is already popular in Europe and USA, and its slowly taking a grip on the Asia circuit. Its a perfect way to see and experience the country close up while meeting other like-minded MTB endurance riders from all parts of the globe. I had my first taste of MTB stage racing when I took part in the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure in Inner Mongolia back in 2010. It has now become a firm fixture on…
  • Cycling Secret: Durian Fruit the New Super Food?

    7 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    It is a stinky putrid smelling fruit. I’ve always steered clear of this fruit despite friends on numerous occasions trying to convert me to eating Durian. Last year, I had a flat-mate from Canada who loved the spiky fruit and would bring it home; I would instantly know it was around, even though it was put out in the laundry room. The smell just pervades the whole apartment. I was offered to try it but never could get past the evil smell. I did try it and was pleasantly surprised at the sweet creamy taste of the fruit, however it did leave a slight after taste.  My wife also tried to…
  • Racing: Bikedan’s 2013 Tour de Bintan

    14 Nov 2013 | 3:32 am
    I had always wanted to go back and do the Tour de Bintan race for the past several years but always ended up doing something different like the 7-day Tour de Formosa race in Taiwan followed by the KOM Taiwan Challenge in 2012. I was invited to go back  and do the KOM Taiwan again, but chose to do Tour de Bintan instead as it more suited my abilities as a rider.  I first competed at the Tour de Bintan event in 2010 as a Cyclingnewsasia cycling journalist, my report can be found via this link: Cycling Tour Bintan Island.  Also check out a 2010 report on Cyclingnewsasia.  Read about…
  • Cycle Travel: Discovering Fujian

    22 Oct 2013 | 6:59 pm
    China has a stunning variety of places to discover by bicycle and this Cycle Travel series is part of my goal to show-case the cycling opportunities in China as well in other Asian countries. Expect to see more inspirational ideas and photographs to inspire you to travel with your bicycle more often. I have not yet gone myself to visit the Tulou’s but that is one of my listed destinations. There is a cycle invitational race this week in Fujian and hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit the UNESCO sites. Images and words kindly provided by Bruce Foreman. Cycling in Fujian is…
  • Racing: Tour of Matabungkay iTT stage

    21 Oct 2013 | 7:33 pm
    The 2013 Tour of Matabungkay kicked off with a 10km individual time trial followed by three action-packed road race stages and ending with the final 40km team time trial; this made for a highly interesting and challenging race that is not over till the very end! I had been doing the press releases for the Tour of Matabungkay so I had no time for my own blog site to update on my personal progress. On paper this looks to be a flat time-trial, however it is deceptively difficult due to the little rolling kickers with a nice little 6% climb 2km from the end. I had come into this race unprepared…
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    Jayway Travel

  • Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and travel to JayWay Destinations

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    The site of the tragic MH17 crash is around 1,000 miles from the closest JayWay destination and as such there is no reason to postpone or cancel any travel plans to any of our destinations in Central & Eastern Europe. Ukraine is a very large country and the regions controlled by pro-Russian rebels are in the very far east of the country, as far away as could be from where you would be traveling. The site of the crash is shown in the image below (from Google Maps). If you need further reassurance that it is safe to travel to the region you can check your country’s State Department or…
  • Our 5 Favorite Hotels to Experience

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Sometimes you just want a place to lay your head after a hard day’s sightseeing but there are times when you want to stay in a hotel that is an experience in itself. We’ve picked our favorite five hotels that are a real treat, whether it’s for views, facilities or the history of the building. Hotel Villa Dubrovnik in Dubrovnik, Croatia It’s no surprise this 5 star hotel is often home to visitingHollywood types, from its unassuming front door (essentially just an elevator with a porchway) that whisks you down to the welcoming receptionists downstairs to the top notch…
  • Gourmet Experiences in Croatia

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Over the last close season our team in Croatia has been hard at work seeking out amazing gourmet experiences for our guests to enjoy on their tours up and down the country. Whether you’re a wine buff, oyster fiend or truffle connoisseur, we’ve got something that you’ll remember long after you return home. Truffle Hunting in Istria You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Rovinj then driven into the Istrian countryside to start your truffle adventure. You will be greeted by your host with a welcome drink and a spread of truffle products to get you in the mood.
  • Fast Food Options: Prague Edition

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s not a lot of genuine ‘Czech’ street food to be had, so here’s a run-through of the best options we’ve found for food-on-the-go in the Czech capital. Bageterie Boulevard Started by the company that supplies the majority of gas stations and convenience stores with their cellophane wrapped sandwiches and baguettes, the big surprise is just how different the offering at these places is. Dotted around Prague and with a growing presence in the city center, they more than give the foreign invader Subway a run for their money. Freshly baked baguettes, all made to…
  • A Restorative Vacation

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
    Every so often we receive a note from a guest that makes us feel so proud of our team that we just have to share it. Paul and his wife Linda nearly didn’t get to go on their vacation but stuck to their plans and wrote us this note when they got home. Never underestimate the restorative powers of a good vacation! Hi Jay, Just a quick note to extend our appreciation for a fabulous trip to Slovenia and Croatia. Even though we have been all over the world, we did not know what to expect. Slovenia and Croatia are spectacular. Any travel service can excel with these two destinations. Our…
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    Downtown Traveler

  • PHOTOS: 5 things to do in Newport Rhode Island

    Leslie Koch
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Live the high life. Or just gawk at the super-rich! Yachts, mansions and lobster dinners are just a few of the perks enjoyed by America’s moneyed class. You too can indulge in the lifestyle of the top 0.1% with a visit to Newport, Rhode Island– long home to coal magnates, train magnates and gawking tourists. I just returned from a two-night stay in Newport and quickly adapted to the town’s relaxed vibe. With historic homes from the 19th century, mansions straight out of The Great Gatsby and what appears to be world’s highest concentration of fudge shops, there are…
  • PHOTOS: 5 reasons to visit Valencia Spain – from paella to street parties

    Guest Writer
    15 Jun 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Today’s guest writer is Claudia Oddo, a New Yorker living in and blogging from Valencia, Spain. After living for a year in Valencia, I understand why it’s so popular among locals. Spain’s third-largest city boats delicious cuisine, perfect weather and an exhilarating festival. I hope my top 5 attractions encourage you to experience and fall in love with this enchanting Mediterranean city. 1. The birthplace of Paella Spain is to thank for many of the world’s tastiest dishes, including paella. Typical Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meats that…
  • PHOTOS: What to expect at your first SCUBA dive in Hawaii – tips for surviving PADI certification

    Lauren Koch
    11 May 2014 | 6:53 am
    Snorkeling is fun, but being able to see the ocean floor when SCUBA diving is a surreal experience. Visually and physically, it feels like you are discovering another planet. Despite fears of encountering hungry sea creatures, I ventured to Honolulu, Hawaii to learn to SCUBA. On the dive boat I became friendly with another student who was even more nervous than me– what a relief! Over the course of three days, I saw sea turtles, a reef shark, eels and many schools of fish. Here are my tips for selecting and surviving a beginner SCUBA class. If you have a favorite diving spot or…
  • The best art attractions in Antigua Guatemala: Galleries, street art and more

    Guest Writer
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    As far as art goes, Antigua is Central America’s Mecca. In Central America, all travelers’ roads seem to lead to Antigua, Guatemala. Spain’s former regional capital, Antigua has vibrant nightlife, colonial architecture and historic ruins. To top it off, three volcanoes—Agua, Fuego and Acotenango—surround the city like a looming giant. The city itself is a work of art. Because Antigua was abandoned after a 1773 earthquake, it is arguably the best-preserved colonial city in the world. Visitors will enjoy the diverse art scene, from installations and small galleries to artists selling…
  • PHOTOS: Exploring the art galleries of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

    Billie Frank
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Truth or Consequences is a small city with a big name. The town has long drawn independent spirits and has been a magnet for artists for years. Tourists have been coming to this spa town to ‘take the waters’ since its 1916 founding. For almost a decade they have also come for the art. According to Cary “Jagger” Gustin, President of the Sierra County Arts Council, creative types come for the desert air, the clear skies and the light.  The 2nd Saturday Art Hop, held on the second Saturday of every month, is as much a social occasion for locals as it is an art event.
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    Context Travel Blog

  • Practical Facts: How to Visit Pompeii

    Emily Knight
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Preserved for some 1,600 years under layers of mud, ash and lava, Pompeii offers a unique and staggeringly descriptive insight into the daily lives of citizens of this ancient Roman city. As our docent Maria Laura Chiacchio describes it, Pompeii is “frozen in time”. Rarely will you visit an ancient site that bridges the gap between past and present with such vividness. This makes it a fantastic place to visit for anyone travelling to Italy, especially when combined with visits to nearby Herculaneum, the Archaeological Museum in Naples, the ancient sites of Naples or Rome, or indeed Mount…
  • From Chateaux to the Sea: Favorite Daytrips from Paris

    Lily Heise
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Paris has a myriad of fabulous events to celebrate the summer, however, the city center at this time of year can be too crowded and overwhelming for some visitors. A little day trip from the city could be the perfect escape of this hustle and bustle. Within a 1-2 hour train-ride from the center, you can journey to charming medieval towns, impressive Renaissance castles and picturesque 19th-century artist villages. We’ve polled our Paris docents to come up with their favorite excursions, which are best appreciated at this time of year. There are over a hundred castles in Ile de France.
  • 3 Reasons to Skip a Gondola in Venice

    Emily Knight
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    For many, the image of a gondola gliding through the crystal waters of the Grand Canal is synonymous with Venice. Its sleek black design regularly features in the paintings of Canaletto and Bellotto. Unsurprisingly, many tourists feel like no trip to the city would be complete without indulging in this piece of Venetian history. With residents no longer using gondolas as a primary means of transit and a 30-minute ride setting you back €80 (€100 if riding after 7 pm), why not break the mould and explore Venice and the lagoon by other means? Take the traghetto Much like the gondola in…
  • Docent Spotlight: Vassilios Dalamagas

    Jessica Stewart
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    The Roman Agora in Athens This month we spotlight Athens docent Vassilios Dalamagas, who shares his love of  his city and Greek history with us.  Vassilios is a historian who has taught for several years in local Athens schools. He earned his undergraduate degree in archaeology from the University of Athens, and has conducted specialized research in the history of the Orthodox Church, Byzantine studies, and modern Greek history. Vassilios is a gifted teacher with extensive on-site experience with adults, children, and families. Athens docent and historian Vassilios Dalamagas Context Travel:…
  • Castles and Mazes, Medieval Sites around London

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Planning a day out of London can prove quite difficult, as there are so many destinations to choose from. But if you are looking for a fairy tale getaway, a bit of Medieval feel with a castle and plenty of things for the family to do, you are in luck. Southeast England offers some of the best castles in the country, all easily accessible from London. Here is a selection of our favorites. Bodiam Castle, East Sussex Bodiam Castle: Driving up to this small, but beautifully preserved castle, is like stepping back in time. The surrounding countryside, the gentle hills of East Sussex and the steam…
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    Bacon is Magic

  • Roy Choi’s Birria Recipe – Mexican Stew

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
      Well if you are here it means you’ve noticed the new site design! I have been contemplating change for over a year. I really struggled with finding the perfect design, but I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t know how to get there. In the end I realized I should take the approach that I do with life.   It doesn’t have to be perfect, simply better.   So here is my better site and I’ve been so excited to launch this and am so thankful to Chris Richardson in Australia who stayed up late yesterday to go live – seriously if you need…
  • A Day at the Abattoir

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Prince Edward Island, Canada It’s one thing to say bacon is magic and swoon over the deliciousness of pork, but it’s another to view the full process of the delicacy. Today I did something I’ve always felt I needed to do but hadn’t had the opportunity.   I watched a pig die.   MacQuarries Meat is the last small abattoir in Prince Edward Island and has been a family business for over a century. It is also one of Chef Rouge‘s favourite suppliers and he asked if I wanted to come to a pig slaughter. It’s clear when you arrive this is not a cold, mass…
  • Whore Pasta: Spaghetti Puttanesca

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Toronto, Canada I’m a lucky girl. While many people who date chefs have fantasies of gourmet meals every night, they are soon shocked into the icy reality that many chefs do not cook at home. Fortunately, that’s not true for Chef Rouge. While he is only ever home before midnight 2 days a week, he does cook on his days off. His passion for food is as ever present as my appetite and so I was surprised when he told me that one of his signature dishes was spaghetti puttanesca because I have never had it! Puttanesca translates easiest to whore in English and there are many stories as…
  • Where to Drink Craft Beer in Toronto

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Toronto, Canada The craft beer scene in Toronto is growing rapidly with new small breweries popping up all the time. But craft beer in Toronto hasn’t always been popular, who knows why we’ve been so content to drink generic flavoured brew but we didn’t developed like a lot of other progressive cities in North America. I love it as beer has been one of my newer fascinations traveling as it’s about time Toronto started playing catch up. To learn more about my city I headed out with Dana from Well Preserved and David Ort from the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook to find…
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    Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write

  • Testing my relationship with gravity at Angel Fire Bike Park

    Syd Schulz
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write If there’s ever a place to test your relationship with gravity, it’s here — Northern New Mexico, land of high mountains and spiky cactus and sage brush mesas and October snowstorms. Northern New Mexico is kind of like Colorado’s forgotten cousin, the one who constantly gets bull-dozed during the holiday dinner conversations because he’s just a little bit awkward, but who then grows up to be way cooler than Colorado, probably because he never thought he was cool in the first place so…
  • My home away from home — Girona and Costa Brava

    Michael Hodson
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I’d have to go back and actually count up the number of posts, but I think there is a fair chance that the place I have written about the most in the last few years has been the Costa Brava region of Spain. This has become a bit of a second home for me and there are so many reasons why. First, the location is great. As you know, I prefer to take ground transportation as much as possible and from here (the region is just north of Barcelona), I can easily take trains through France and up into the Germany area…
  • Tips and advice for better landscape photos

    Ed Graham
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Great landscape pictures all have two big things in common: A scenic location Good light Sounds easy, but landscape photography is rife with challenges. You’ve got to find a scenic place to begin with. This can be hard when you’re traveling in a new place. You’ll have to find the good light. This takes planning and a bit of luck. You’ll need to bring the right gear, and you’ll need to figure out what to actually take your picture of once you get there. Nice light over a…
  • Travel hacking for non-Americans

    Lance and Laura
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Travel hacking is extremely easy and common in the United States. In our previous articles on travel rewards programs, a common comment has been the need for more information specific to non-Americans. In this month’s article, we’ll tackle the topic of travel hacking for non-Americans. To be sure, the travel hacking game is a lot easier for Americans and Canadians. There are a vast number of opportunities to earn both frequent flyer and hotel loyalty points from a wide range of companies. Additionally, there…
  • 5 undeniable truths of adventure travel

    Syd Schulz
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Ah, adventure travel. It’s a bit of a buzzword in the travel community these days. Everybody thinks they want it. That is, until they have it. What’s that famous quote — “adventures are only fun in retrospect,” or something like that? I don’t necessarily think that’s true — some adventures can be a lot of fun while you’re having them, too. However, I think it is fair to say that adventure travel is not all glitz and glamour. There’s another side, one that…
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • Globetrotting Cameron’s Calgary Dig Experience

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hello! Today I am going to talk about my tour at the dig experience.  First Ethan and I ( and also my mom and dad ) walked for a while.   I chose mom to be my partner for the experience. We got our tools from the staff. The tools you need to be a paleontologist are: a tooth brush, dental pic, a small broom, a paintbrush, a place were there are fossils and a dust pan. Working together to dig out some dinos in Alberta.   My brother worked with my dad. They  found a rib cage. That is a bit funny because they LOVE to eat ribs. The staff, Emily and Amber, told us what fossil it was.
  • Contest: Aeroplan’s 30th anniversary means chance to win 30,000 miles for you!

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Aeroplan turns 30 this year! I remember 30. My 30th year involved a lot of contemplative soul-searching about getting older; theirs seems to be focused on launching their next chapter with new products and exciting offers while staying young and fresh. Since January the celebrations have been non-stop. From the launch of their Distinction Benefits and Market Fare Flight Rewards to enhanced Destination Miles offerings. The program has changed and grown from its humble beginnings 30 years ago and shows no signs of slowing down. Lucky for you, it may be the first birthday celebration where the…
  • Keep the Learning Going: Summer Travel

    19 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The possibilities of summer vacation holds  all kinds of excitement for kids. No more Teachers. No more Books. School has been out for a month now and for many kids summer means weeks of  doing nothing. Let the brain dulling begin! Not in our house. It might surprise you to know that although I have no qualms about taking the kids out of school to travel, when they are out of school I also have no qualms about keeping the education going. (insert loud sigh and child-sized eyeroll here.) Sorry, not sorry. It works both ways. Pulling their weight (and then some) in Dinosaur Provincial Park,…
  • Globetrotting Kids: Dinosaur Provincial Park

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    In Patricia, Alberta, Mom, Dad, Cameron and I went to Dinosaur Provincial Park. At Dinosaur Provincial Park, I went on a bus tour, a hike and I camped there. During the hike, I started to learn about fossils. I learned that mudstone moves faster than sandstone and that wood can be a fossil. I also learned that North America used to be broken through the middle and ice spread all over Canada then melted causing a flood. During the  hike, I also saw a bone bed. A bone bed is an area where fossils of dinosaurs are safely stowed. After eating lunch, I took a bus tour around the Badlands and I…
  • Aeroplan dExclusives offer New Rewards for Members

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:47 am
    I’m not sure about you, but I’m as predictable as they come when it comes to Aeroplan rewards. As someone who has been a cardholder for years and who has shared the value I’ve found in the program on these pages many times, I’m well aware of the myriad of ways I can use my points. I know I can dig into the stockpile to buy everything from jewelery to vacumn cleaners. But every time I go in to redeem them it’s the travel rewards that catch my eye. That might change with the programs latest offerings. Distinction members now have access to dExclusives - new…
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    Family Rambling

  • Using Stitch Fix for Conference Clothes

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

    Jody Halsted
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Doug and I were relaxing outside the RV on the 4th of July when I casually mentioned that I had applied for a spot at a travel conference taking place in November. Since the conference is in Carlsbad, California, I was thinking it would be a great time to drive Route 66. In the RV. My thought process : the deserts won’t be too hot…  it’s just before Thanksgiving so Doug could likely join us for at least part of the trip… I could probably sneak in a trip to Disneyland, as a surprise for the girls (who have yet to visit either Disney). So Doug, supportive guy that he…
  • Camping in the Rain? The 5 Things You MUST Have

    Jody Halsted
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    It’s been a wet summer. I can count on one hand- using one finger- the number of camping trips we’ve taken when not a drop of rain fell. And, a couple of times, the rain lasted for most of a day, leaving us with “waterfront” campsites. A heavy rain left us with a “waterfront” campsite Through our years of camping- first in a tent, then a pop up trailer, and now in our RV – I’ve found that there are 5 things you really must have to be prepared for camping in the rain. #1 : Tarps If you heed no other words of my advice, know this: tarps are your…
  • Family Camping Tips and Tricks + Our Favorite Campfire Treat

    Jody Halsted
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Camping is one of my family’s favorite vacations.  Whether we’re in a plush resort like KOA or in a state park with limited amenities, we love being able to get away from home (even if it’s only a few miles away from home!) and escaping day-to-day life. Family Camping Tips No matter how you camp – tent, RV, or cabin – camping takes a bit of preparation. A few key tips will make your camping trip fun and easy, from beginning to end. Make your family camping experience unforgettable with these helpful tips in this article I wrote for MiniTime : Family Friendly Camping…
  • Making Friends with Green Sea Turtles in the Cayman Islands

    Kristen Gough
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    “Mom, please can I take Bubbles home with me—I’ll carry him the whole way. Pleeeeeease,” pleaded my daughter who’d just become BFFs with a green sea turtle circling her in the touch tank. Before our visit the Cayman Turtle Farm on the Cayman Islands, my then 3rd grader had little interest in turtles, let alone the prehistoric-looking green sea turtles. Yet being able to have an up-close experience these gentle creatures gave my child a new appreciation for the reptiles. Green sea turtles at Cayman Turtle Farm Barely two inches in size at birth, pint-sized green sea turtles use their…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Video: Planning the Perfect Arrival at the Airport

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Josh and a panel of frequent fliers discuss the idea of using math to plan a perfectly timed arrival to the airport.
  • The Mill House Inn Offers Old-Fashioned Hospitality

    Donna Sundblad
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Mill House Inn is a luxury East Hampton Bed and Breakfast on Long Island that offers beautiful rooms including child and dog-friendly suites, a dedicated staff, and one of the best breakfasts in the Hamptons. It’s a perfect choice to create memories for a family vacation, honeymoon, or romantic getaway. Graybarn Cottage Accommodations The […]
  • Video: 10 Things Brazil Does Better than Anyone Else

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The mere mention of Brazil brings to mind sun, fun, and samba, but there are a whole lot of other things the country does particularly well.
  • Cross Country Skis for the Water

    Donna Sundblad
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cross country skiers look forward to winter and snow but with the development of the new ABH20 cross water skis they’ll be able to enjoy skiing during the warm weather months, too. Until now elliptical trainers have helped skiers train year round, but now cross country skiers can train outdoors with the Slovenian designed ABH20 […]
  • Video: Diving in the Bahamas: Blackbeard’s Cruises

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Blackbeard’s Cruises offers live-aboard scuba diving adventure vacations to the Out Islands of the Bahamas. You won’t find a greater variety of diving- reefs, walls, swift drift dives, blue holes, night and shark dives are offered on each trip. Blackbeard’s Cruises departs from Nassau each Saturday for week-long dive cruises to the Exuma Cays of […]
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • Explore Paris Through Art With Your Phone

    Matt Stabile
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Here’s a great new app for those heading to Paris this year. TravelbyArt is a new iPhone app that lets you discover Paris through the eyes of the city’s legendary artists, writers, singers and composers of the 20th century, with twenty curated tours that reveal the important places in the lives of such artists as Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Edith Piaf. TravelbyArt guides the users to dozens of places in Paris where the artists lived, the studios where they worked, and of course, the restaurants and bars where they ate, gathered and met friends. Each location has its own…
  • Registration Is Now Open For Asian Women’s Empowerment 2014

    Matt Stabile
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Registration for Asian Women’s Empowerment Conference (AWE) ‘14 is now open. Following the success of the AWE ’13 conference, AWE ’14 is now open for registration. If you have been looking for inspiration, here’s where you can find it. With motivating speakers and a schedule packed with creativity, AWE will leave you fired up and ready to take on the world. The conference is scheduled to take place from October 31 — November 2 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Like AWE ’13, the purpose of AWE ’14 is to empower modern Asian women to follow their dreams and thrive in an…
  • Amsterdam Through The Lens

    Matt Stabile
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    After I returned home from my requisite Western Europe backpacking trip following college, I remember being asked what my favorite city had been to visit. Having traveled to London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice and Bern during that trip, it’s not like I didn’t have a number of equally qualified, massively beautiful cities to choose from. However, when I would answer that it had been Amsterdam, people always seemed to be a little surprised. (This and the fact that the only drugs I touched while there involved a foot powder to deal with a nagging itch that cropped up as a…
  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (2nd Quarter: 2014)

    Matt Stabile
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 2nd quarter (April — June) of 2014 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa scores, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, estimated traffic, inbound Google links and even subjective design criteria. My intention was to create the most objective and accurate list of the most popular travel blogs. Therefore, this list is based solely on the number of visitors a travel…
  • Here’s Your Chance To Win The Best Dive Job Ever

    Matt Stabile
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Becoming a dive instructor in Bali would be like hitting the jackpot in the job lottery, but unlike winning an actual lottery, you wouldn’t have to deal with a bunch of little-known third cousins coming out of the woodwork asking you to fund their pet iguana business idea they’d been thinking about for years. To help you on your way of landing that dream job, Indonesia-based diving company Blue Season Bali recently announced their third annual “Best Dive Job in the World” contest, the winner of which will be hired to become a full-time trainer and live and work with…
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    Aaron's Worldwide Adventures

  • NYC’s 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza in Photos

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

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

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

    1 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When you’re in a foreign country, it’s always a good idea to listen a local’s advice, isn’t it? I subscribe to that philosophy, and that’s why I really love CouchSurfing, as it easily connects you with local people for just that purpose (and a free place to sleep!). But sometimes, I’m not so good at following my own philosophy… Case in point? busing from KL to Penang… See, it started like any other day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (a city I really like, by the way). I’d spent the past wonderful week hanging out with fellow bloggers Talon (and his son Tigger) of 1 Dad 1 Kid and…
  • About the Last Few Months (or, I’m Back!)

    8 May 2014 | 8:46 pm
    You ever get those moments where you feel like taking a break? Those moments where, try as you might, you can’t seem to get anything accomplished? Yeah, that’s been me the past few months, which is exactly why things have been a bit quiet around here lately. Fear not! I have not disappeared off the face of the Earth! I just took a bit of a break from blogging as things trudged on in my life. Since February, I’ve worked a bit. I’ve sat around my apartment pondering the meaning of life (or wasting time, depending on how you choose to describe it). Heck, I even did a bit…
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    The Orlando Blog

  • Let’s Find a beach under the stars

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

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

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

    Pam Rubens
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    The History of Orlando Shakespeare Theater Voted “Best Professional Theater in Florida” – Florida Monthly Founded in 1989,  Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCP produces classic, contemporary, and children’s plays and musicals.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert, Orlando Shakes has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed professional Equity theaters, garnering national recognition from The Wall Street Journal’s  Terry Teachout.  “Hence the high quality of Orlando Shakespeare, a company that deserves…
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presenting Rapunzel!

    Pam Rubens
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:12 am
    “Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”  William Shakespeare Pleasure, action and enchantment will be in the air starting June 19, 2014 when a magical performance of Rapunzel comes to life at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. The story begins when a wicked enchantress forces a young couple to give up their beloved baby girl forever. The witch shuts her away in a lonely tower, but as Rapunzel grows, so does her beautiful long brown hair!  Will brave Rapunzel ever escape the clutches of her evil captor?  Find out in this playful adaptation with an Orlando Shakes twist! Rapunzel,…
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • Hotel Review: DoubleTree Guangzhou, China

    Carol Margolis
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Guangzhou is the third most populace city in mainland China and serves as the northwest corner of the Pearl Delta. The Beijing Road area is well known for shopping and the Mall of the World is nearby. If shopping is your thing, this is a decent location. The DoubleTree Guangzhou’s location for cultural ‘shopping’ is also good. Two sites are must-see’s: The first is beautiful Yuexiu Park, a popular destination for locals who enjoy singing, dancing, and exercising. The park has a large play area for children and boat rides on the water. Entrance to the park is free but there is a…
  • Solo Cruising? These Cruise Lines Are Paying Attention to You!

    Carol Margolis
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    My mother’s 80th birthday is next year. My husband and I are looking at possible cruises to celebrate this milestone with her. Much of our conversation centered around the single supplement fees. We ran through the list of who we know who may want to be Mom’s roommate so as to avoid this fee – not asking Mom how she feels about a roommate she may not know beforehand! Luckily for us (and Mom who will not need to fret about an unfamiliar roomie), I saw this post over at Travel Weekly about the waiving of the single supplement by two cruise lines – Uniworld and European…
  • Photo of The Week: United Nations Geneva

    Carol Margolis
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    We recently booked a few nights at the InterContinental Geneva in Switzerland. I learned during check-in that the United Nations’ European Headquarters was just a block away, so I had to visit. This picture was from the first night we arrived in town, and I went back the next day for a full guided tour. The UN currently occupies the Palais des Nations, along with many other organizations working on varied global issues – The World Health Organization, International Trade Center, and the World Meteorological Organization just to name a few. The property was built in the…
  • Hotel Heritage Brugge: Towels and So Much More!

    Carol Margolis
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    The Hotel Heritage in Brugge has the best towels EVER! The kind you want to sink your nose into because they smell so amazingly fresh, then wrap the plushness around your body and never come out. Great, great towels! However, I know it’s typically not towels that are not the main feature you look at when selecting a hotel, so let me share more about the property: Comfy sitting room on the main floor has you feeling like royalty. A cuppa tea, please! Stunning dining room areas with a very nice buffet breakfast. Eggs, smoked salmon and big baskets of many types of breads and rolls will…
  • Hotel Offering: Yoga by the Sea

    Carol Margolis
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Here’s an item for the Hilton Garden Inn in Veracruz, Mexico hotel’s “Amenities” page that will have you wishing you were in Veracruz right now: Staying with us on a Tuesday night? Then don comfortable clothes and join us on the beach for a 7pm yoga and relaxation session. We’ll go for 90 minutes or more so you can really relax after a long day or work or play. Enjoy our colorful mats, Listening to the crashing waves And feeling the warm gulf breezes. Stretch your body, Learn relaxation techniques. Don’t worry that you may not know what to do. We’re…
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    Traveling with MJ

  • Sunday Stories for July 27th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m back home after the better part of a week in Las Vegas. I have a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas. I love the upscale hotels, great restaurants, and theater offerings. I hate the garish commercialization of sex, the feeling of desperation from people who don’t know when to say no to gambling, and the drunks. This trip was part hanging out with travel bloggers and friends and part family R&R. I avoided all the things I don’t like about…
  • Euphoria in Greenville, South Carolina

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Come September, I’ll be heading to Greenville, South Carolina, for Euphoria, a weekend long event that includes exclusive tasting events, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, as well as multi-course dinners and live musical performances. Dedicated to excellence, euphoria features domestic and international wines, celebrity chefs, master sommeliers, and national recording artists. The annual event shines a spotlight on Greenville, South Carolina¹s thriving…
  • Sunday Stories for July 20th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a busy couple of weeks of travel, with more than the usual time spent in Hawaii. But what’s not to like about paradise?! I’m off to Las Vegas later today, a chance to meet up with some wonderful friends in the travel, tourism, and travel blogging community. Good things always happen when that group gets a dreaming. Here’s some reading to ease you into this next week. 15 World’s Best Free Online Music Streaming Platforms I’m…
  • If You Hate Camping, Try Glamping

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’ve tried camping, more than just a few times, and no matter how committed I’ve been to the process, it’s just not my cup of tea. I’ve tried tent camping. Hiking and carrying all the gear on my back is a whole lot of work, only to be followed by a whole lot more work to pitch a tent. Sleeping in a wet, rainy tent, on cold rocky ground, is just not my idea of a great weekend. I hate being cold, and here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve shivered around a…
  • Sunday Stories for July 6th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Sweet, sweet July. This has always been my favorite time of the year, especially for sticking around close to the Pacific Northwest. With travel to Tampa and Boston the last couple of weeks, and New Orleans this week, I’m beginning to appreciate the more moderate temperatures – and humidity – found her at home. Do you know that I’m revamped and relaunched the Traveling with MJ newsletter? It’s a monthly overview of some of the blog…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • How to Really Discover Italy

    Guest Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The original can be found here: How to Really Discover Italy. Please read the original. Find out how to really discover Italy with these tips by Agata Mleckzo, who considers it to be her second home. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Mountain Wild Flowers of the Jungfrau Region

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    The original can be found here: Mountain Wild Flowers of the Jungfrau Region. Please read the original. A photojourney of mountain wildflowers seen while hiking to Lake Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking to Everest Base Camp: A Day By Day Account

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The original can be found here: Hiking to Everest Base Camp: A Day By Day Account. Please read the original. A day by day account of what it's really like to trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, including how difficult each day really is. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Gelmer Funicular: The Highest in Europe

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    The original can be found here: Gelmer Funicular: The Highest in Europe. Please read the original. Calling all adrenalin junkies! The Gelmer Funicular located in the Haslital region of Switzerland is the steepest in the world! It starts off gradual but within minutes you find yourself seated not just perpendicular to the earth below you, but actually overhanging it at 106°!!!!   I’m not afraid of heights and even I screeched […] Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Cafe Katzentempel in Munich: My At Home Getaway

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    The original can be found here: Cafe Katzentempel in Munich: My At Home Getaway. Please read the original. Cafe Katzentempel (Cat Temple) is one of my favorite places in Munich. I always leave in a better mood than when I entered. It's my go-to get-away place. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • Easy Escapes for August

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    Holiday season is in full swing and our Facebook feed is full of dreamy holiday images – we’ve started daydreaming about where we’d love to be, from action-packed outdoor adventures and foodie wonderlands to totally chilled-out beach breaks! Make the most of our wandering thoughts and book yourself a last-minute getaway. We’ve scoured the globe for great prices, so 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… Scottish Sojourn – £430 per person (3 nights, 18-21…
  • Escape of the Week… La Maison du Paradou

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Provencal countryside is strewn with delectable B&Bs ready to welcome you into the simpler bucolic pace of wandering lavender fields, sipping pastis and playing petanque. However, few match the luxurious charm of well-placed La Maison du Paradou – a 5-bedroom (and 1-cottage) getaway with 2 pools, stunning gardens and charming owners. This converted posting inn is perfect for those looking to escape a deux, though there is also a recently added self-catering house for 6 available for those with the family in tow (2 doubles, 1 twin/double).  Should you ever tire of the beautiful…
  • Bucket & Spade Twitter competition

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Looking for some family adventure? We recently shared our ‘Bucket & Spade List’ which suggests some exciting getaways and activities  for under 5s and their parents. We’re also offering 5 parents of under 5s the chance to win a £50 i-escape voucher by sharing photos of their own mini adventurers. All you need to do is follow @iescapewithkids on Twitter and tweet us a picture of your little ones trying out any of our Bucket & Spade Adventures with the hashtag #iescapebucket, by 31 August. Then we’ll choose and share the 5 best entries who will each win a £50 i-escape…
  • Top 10 Historical Hotspots on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Our Junior Editorial Assistant Emily has just returned from yet another visit to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, where she spent her time exploring and marvelling at ancient sites (in between stints on the beach, of course!). Here she shares her top 10 favourites, all within easy reach of our fabulous boutique hotels Turkey is one of the world’s most historically significant countries. It’s the place our ancestors started farming, home to the ancient city of Troy, and the birthplace of Santa Claus (aka St Nicholas). It was also travelled by St. Paul (the founder of Christianity),…
  • Family Escape of the Month… The Chester Residence

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    As city breaks go, we can’t think of many more child-friendly destinations than Edinburgh. There’s an abundance of things to see and do, from castles to aquariums, and the bustling centre is easy to navigate with plenty of restaurant options for families.  On top of that, it just so happens that The Chester Residence – a chic, family-friendly bolthole in the popular and peaceful West End – is the perfect spot to enjoy it all from. This stylish apartment-hotel displays Edinburgh architecture at its most regal: stunning Georgian facades with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Scott Family Adventure on the Blue Ridge Parkway | Boone, NC Family Photographer

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    “I haven’t reached my daily number of hugs yet today,” Grayson proclaimed, “but I’m almost there!” I was so intrigued when he shared this that I prodded him for more information. I responded, “You mean to tell me that you have a HUG QUOTA to meet every day?!” He proudly countered with a resounding, “YUP, 12 a day!” Still curious to learn more about this charming custom, I asked, “Where did that rule come from?!” Without hesitation, he shouted, “My DAD!” I was so enamored with this idea because I’d never heard of a daily hug requirement…
  • Wedding Dresses from South's Specialty Clothiers at Smithmore Castle in Spruce Pine, NC | Boone, NC Photographer

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Not all girls grow up fantasizing about having the perfect wedding, getting married, and living happily ever after. However, there are still a great deal of ladies who dream of having that fairy-tale wedding where they get to play the princess.On Monday, at the ACES (Association of Consultants and Event Services) meeting at Smithmore Castle down in Spruce Pine, NC, I ended up spending a lot more time photographing models wearing dresses than I did socializing with other wedding vendors.That definitely wasn't my intention, but I got a little carried away because I was having so much fun!
  • No More Boring Family Photos! | Choose Your Adventure Family Photography | Boone, NC Photographer

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:08 am
    You just returned home from another super awesome family vacation where you laughed and played and enjoyed each other's company all the livelong day! The entire trip couldn't have been any more perfect even though you experienced a few hiccups here and there (of course).Your #1 goal was to soak up as many of the fleeting moments as you could, ensuring that you savored every last second shared with the people that you hold so dear. Isn't it amazing how quickly that time passes while you’re in the midst of an adventure?! Before you know it, vacation is over and it’s back to “real life”…
  • DIY Down-Home Backyard Wedding: Emma + Alex | Boone, North Carolina Photographer

    29 May 2014 | 4:52 am
    Emma’s dreamed of getting married at her childhood home her entire life. The memories she holds of the homestead where she grew up are magical and it was her wish to share the beauty of this secluded sanctuary with her friends and family from near and far.This down-to-earth couple also had a desire to get married in an intimate, alfresco setting because they both have an extremely close relationship with nature as environmental scientists. They were looking to incorporate that deep appreciation and connection to the outdoors into their ceremony and wedding photos.The delicate, handmade…
  • 5 Simple Ways Moms Can Practice Self-Love Everyday | Guest Post by Andi of Beets & Okra | Redefining Self-Love Series

    20 May 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Before I was a mom, self love was easier. That doesn’t mean I was always good at it, in fact, I had a pretty bad habit of putting myself down and finding ALL of my flaws. Not very loving, huh? Things have changed tremendously for me since I became a mom. I may even go as far as to say that I am better at loving myself now than I ever was before. Why? Time is precious and I want to make sure to fit it in because I know practicing self-love is crucial.From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I learned that my life was no longer my private business. Anyone and everyone thought it…
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  • At the Bar, Wein & Co, Salzburg

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    The Look: Wein & Co is a modern wine bar with a slightly Ikea pine furniture style decór in the centre of Salzburg. Seating is either outside, on curved benches along the wall, at high tables or at the bar (good for bar flies) and at large picture windows with views of the street (great for people watchers). The Vibe: Modern, friendly, professional, knowledgeable staff – an attractive, very relaxing and welcoming environment in which to down a few. Choice Drink: Wine of course, and with a blackboard featuring bar staff’s favourite wines, simply go with the flow and work your way…
  • Fuerteventura, from Beach Resort to Walking Destination

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    It started in October 2013 after we posted a couple of photographs on facebook and commented what an amazing surprise the Canary Island of Fuerteventura was turning out to be. The seed was probably there before that, but the comment and photos prompted our friend James, Inntravel’s product manager for the area, to contact us when we returned from our short trip. “Are we missing a trick with Fuerteventura? Does it have the right ingredients for an Inntravel holiday?” Came the question. And so began the process of creating a customised walking and discovery holiday on the Canary…
  • Walkabout in the Italian Lakes

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    It’s probably fair to say that the majority of visitors who are drawn to the magic of the Italian Lakes prefer to view the mountains from the safety and comfort of their lakeside hotels and the windows of their tour buses. But for those of us who like to pull on the hiking boots and get up close and personal with nature, its breathtaking scenery and variety of terrain provide some of the best hiking in Europe. The walking season is spring to autumn but if there has been heavy winter snowfall, April and May can still have snow at upper levels and some paths may be impassable. A…
  • Travel Moments, Mint Tea in the Atlas Mountains

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    It’s bliss. A simple teapot and two glasses filled with sweet mint tea lie on the grass at our feet. Beyond is a gurgling brook, sparkling and dancing in the sun; a sun that can’t reach us thanks to a cooling and protective canopy of leaves. It’s the first shade we’ve enjoyed since daybreak. I remove my boots and wiggle my toes. My feet relish their freedom after being imprisoned in the heavy walking boots for hours. On the opposite side of the brook a woman bends double, gathering huge clumps of grasses which she then loads onto a mule. A blindingly white egret walks…
  • Picture This, Orta San Giulio

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    The water dances and sparkles, it’s as electric blue as the upholstery on the  wooden motor launch serving as our transport to the island. There’s something delectably 1960s about the scene; a row of recently varnished boats lounge lazily on cobbles sloping into the lake; the fourth side of a piazza lined by elegant town houses with peeling pastel plaster façades. This is Italy, even faded and cracked plaster looks deliberately tasteful. I take Andy’s hand, helping her onto the launch. My imagination replaces our forms with a sharp-suited Sean Connery assisting Vesper Lynd…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza – Warren, Rhode Island

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza | 495 Main Street | Warren, Rhode Island 02885 | 401-245-0045 Buongiorno! It might not be the best idea to write while my stomach is growling but my enthusiasm to write about Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza in Warren, Rhode Island is off the charts, so alas I shall write … Continue reading →
  • Water’s Edge Resort and Spa – Westbrook, CT

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Water’s Edge Resort and Spa | 1525 Boston Post Road | Westbrook, CT 06498 | 1-800-222-5901 Greetings! I just returned from an amazing stay at one of Connecticut’s most luxurious resorts, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook. I was impressed from the moment I arrived! Here are my TOP 10 reasons why.  LOCATION! The name … Continue reading →
  • Weddings With a Heart – Rhode Island Gay Weddings & Photography

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Weddings With a Heart – Rhode Island Weddings and Photography for Same Sex Couples By: Don Beach Yes, we offer our officiant and photography services for LGBT wedding couples in Rhode Island and Cape Cod, and we would be honored to perform your ceremony and handle your photography needs. It’s been our experience that our gay friends … Continue reading →
  • Shogun Seafood Steak & Sushi – Wakefield, RI

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    SHOGUN SEAFOOD STEAK & SUSHI | 59 South County Commons Plaza | Wakefiled, RI | 401-284-1311 Shogun is one of Rhode Island’s most unique, fun and delicious dining experiences! A favorite of Gay Travel Information (read our review from 2012 HERE), we are excited to spotlight this family run business once again.  This time we had … Continue reading →
  • Detours Gay Adventure Travel

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    DETOURS GAY ADVENTURE TRAVEL  Detours is not your average group tour operator.  If the idea of a clipboard-wielding tour guide at the front of a 50-person bus barrelling through 15 countries in 10 days makes you cringe then Detours may be just what you’re looking for.  They’ve done away with restricting daily itineraries and daily … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • Road Trip Planner: South Africa's Karoo Region
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Though it lacks the grandeur of a Moroccan dune at sunset or the Moab, South Africa's Karoo, the desert hinterland separating the Western Cape from the country's interior, is filled with interesting people, fascinating history, and charmingly bizarre towns that complement its sublime natural beauty. To see the best this region has to offer, pack up the car and hit the road. Coasts to Ghosts: Cape Town to Prince Albert Decamping from Cape Town, take the nation's N1 arterial highway northeast, where the backdrop quickly turns picturesque with farmland and mountain passes.
  • America's 15 Best Rooftop Bars
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When it comes to outdoor drinking, can anything possibly beat a view from the top? With skyline vistas as delicious as the cocktails they serve, rooftop bars are ideal scenes for post-work happy hours and lazy weekends. Not surprisingly, more and more rooftop bars open every year, so we’ve done the hard part of choosing 15 of the best offerings around the country. In addition to open-air settings, these spots serve up small plates and drinks with distinct, regional flavors to complement exceptional views of the cities they call home. Whether you're looking to lounge…
  • Travel Quote of the Week: On The Path Unknown
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Who doesn't love an inspiring travel quote? (As if we need any more reason to hit the road.) Like what you see here? There are plenty more travel quotes where this came from. Check us out on Pinterest. And tell us what you thought of this quote on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Where to Drink in Brooklyn
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Merging cutting-edge flair with homegrown roots, Brooklyn's drinking scene is worth a trip across the river if you usually stick to Manhattan. Two wineries (Brooklyn Winery, The Red Hook Winery) and three breweries (Brooklyn Brewery, KelSo, and Sixpoint Brewery) proudly call the borough home, while bars and lounges run the gamut from casual to chic. Whether you're sharing a punch bowl with friends at Clover Club, or kicking back with a margarita at Gran Electrica, there are plenty of top-tier drinks to be had in Brooklyn. Here are seven spots worth a visit next time…
  • 15 Essential Tech Gadgets for Travelers
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to completely unplug from the world. In fact, for tech-savvy travelers, some gadgets can make life on the road much less stressful. Some will save you money, some will keep you powered up wherever your travels take you, and some will help you document your trip, but all of them are essential. Here are 15 tech accessories you should pack to get the most out of your next adventure. by Zach Honig
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Lighthouse Love on the Atlantic Coast, Canada

    Iain Mallory
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory It’s easy to fall in love with lighthouses, they’re usually found in stunning locations, sitting high above crashing waves on rocky promontories. They seem to dominate the prime real estate market, built on the most desirable plots of land. It would be easy to spotlight beautiful lighthouses in the far-flung corners of the world, however after […] The post Lighthouse Love on the Atlantic Coast, Canada appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from a Sun Painted Caraquet Harbour

    Iain Mallory
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Sometimes, everything seems to fall into place, and with the dipping sun, over the quaint fishing harbour in Caraquet, New Brunswick this seemed one of those moments. The sun was playing hide and seek, sneaking in and out of the thick base of dark cumulonimbus clouds as it slowly slid towards the distant horizon. Painting the sky […] The post Postcards from a Sun Painted Caraquet Harbour appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Arctic Iceland; A Photographers Delight at 64° North

    Iain Mallory
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey Three days is not nearly enough time to explore Iceland, but this is all the time we had to grab a slice of what the island has to offer. There is plenty to see, and experience, so much that I’m planning a personal trip to explore at leisure. Quite simply I’m hooked. […] The post Arctic Iceland; A Photographers Delight at 64° North appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Bald Eagles in Flight; The Prince Rupert Airshow

    Iain Mallory
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory The BC sky was filled with feathered dive-bombers, swooping, diving, cartwheeling and sweeping low over shallow waves, Prince Rupert, raptor squadron reporting to entertain. Dozens of bald eagles provided a spectacular display, rivalling any international airshow, their acrobatics the envy of even the most skilled pilots; an elegant dance in the sky. Every passenger was on the […] The post Bald Eagles in Flight; The Prince Rupert Airshow appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from Bow Lake, The Canadian Rockies

    Iain Mallory
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory When the weather is calm, with little or no wind there are few more stunning views than the steep-sided, craggy mountains which seem to sprout directly out of Bow Lake. Their mirror image perfectly reflected in the placid waters of the clear blue lake at their base, providing additional symmetrical depth to the already impressive […] The post Postcards from Bow Lake, The Canadian Rockies appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    Gawaya Travel Blog

  • 5 Best Coastal Vacation Spots

    Salika Jay
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    With the sand between your toes, a salty breeze ruffling through your hair, and the freedom of the seas, ocean-based Caribbean cruises make for the ideal holiday for many. The best holiday is a coastal holiday, and swimming pools and lakes at resorts inland just aren’t the same. Bearing that in mind, [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: 5 Best Coastal Vacation Spots
  • Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays

    Salika Jay
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    The nights get darker, it persistently rains, and the trees lose their leaves: autumn is a beautiful month, but it can also be a little gloomy. This makes it the perfect season to get away from it all and take a vacation to somewhere exotic: holidays to Cape Verde, Mauritius and other [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays
  • Discovering Guernsey On Foot

    13 May 2014 | 4:35 am
    For those of you who might not have heard much about Guernsey before, it is an island found in the English Channel between France and the UK. Being only twenty-five square miles in size, the Guernsey is the perfect destination for holidaymakers looking to get around on foot and walk through nature’s [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Discovering Guernsey On Foot
  • Orlando, The City of Entertainment

    Salika Jay
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:30 am
    Orlando – the city in the ‘Orange County‘ and nicknamed as ‘The City Beautiful‘ or ‘O – Town‘ is a place many of us would love to go to. The nicknames are perhaps not the most creative names but who’s complaining, right? Florida was once a quiet farming town but today the [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Orlando, The City of Entertainment
  • Northern Lights: All You Need To Know

    Salika Jay
    17 Oct 2013 | 8:02 am
    If you’re fascinated about the amazing things in the world, one of the things you must see is Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. It’s truly a spectacular phenomena of our mother nature. I’m fortunate enough to see this once, and it was such a pleasing sight to the eyes. I [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Northern Lights: All You Need To Know
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    FareCompare » Travel Advice

  • Simple Guide to When to Pack and When to Leave for the Airport

    Anne McDermott
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    This is all about what to pack and when, and timing your departure so you won’t be late and miss your flight. The author swears these four steps are really simple. Step One: Figure out what to wear, what to carry The day before departure, lay out clothes you’ll travel in: Include everything – shoes and socks, underwear, belt, scarf, whatever The day before departure, lay out items to hold or have on your person: Umbrella Jacket Book and/or electronic device Paper boarding passes and printout of itinerary Passport and/or visa Wallet Glasses Phone and charger cord Snacks…
  • Best Outdoor Adventure Destinations

    Anne McDermott
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Where can you find outdoor adventure? Sometimes in your own backyard (just search your state’s tourism site). But if you want an adventure you won’t find at home, we’ve got six suggestions - in no particular order. Click the city name to find the best flight deals. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney says you don’t have to be a lumberjack to love this list. Vancouver, Canada This British Columbia gem offers plenty of adventurous nightlife (dining and shopping, too) but it really shines when it comes to the great outdoors. Take your pick between the mountains and the…
  • U.K. Travelers Guide to Getting Around the U.S.A.

    Anne McDermott
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you plan to visit the United States on holiday, you may be wondering how to get from city to city, state to state or – for the truly adventurous – from the Atlantic to Pacific. Getting Around in the States You have a lot of options including several low-cost airlines, buses, some train service. Big cities also have subways, taxis, municipal buses and the increasingly popular Uber car service. A good app for city visitors is HopStop which pinpoints your closest public transportation options, plus walking times, directions and more. But if you want to do as Americans do, get…
  • Stuff You Should Never, Ever Pack

    Anne McDermott
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    What should you leave behind on your next trip? Here are six ideas on stuff that deserves to stay home. LISTEN: Packing is a pain but FareCompare’s Rick Seaney makes it fun. No kidding. 6 Things You Should Not Pack If you have more ideas, we’d love to hear them – in the comments section below or on Facebook. 1. Uncharged electronic devices Random security checks of electronic devices will be performed on passengers traveling to the U.S. this summer. If these devices can’t be powered up, they won’t be allowed on the plane. Tip: Even if you’re traveling…
  • 5 Ways to Endure a Long Flight

    Anne McDermott
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    According to a new British Airways video (see it below), relieving the stress of a long flight is simple: Wrap yourself in the Happiness Blanket – and sleep. Sleep Makes Passengers Happy This British Airways experiment involved a wired-up blanket (Happiness Blanket) embedded with changing colored-lights activated by sensors connected to head bands. When people felt good, the blankets turned blue. When people felt not so good (perhaps after catching a glimpse of themselves wearing the bizarre head bands), the blankets turned red. Sleep was nice and blue. 5 Ways to Get Through a Long…
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    Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky

  • Top 10 things to do in Thailand

    Toni Marie Ford
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thailand is a charming mix-up. It is a country of paradoxes, of oddly-shaped jigsaw pieces that shouldn’t fit together and yet somehow do, creating a picture of a place that seems at once real and imaginary. Bangkok’s reputation as the decadent playground of the East is tempered by its many shrines and holy sites. Its saffron-robed Buddhist monks pad barefoot … Top 10 things to do in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • 5 do’s and don’ts for travelling in Thailand

    Chris Watts
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Thailand is often called the “land of smiles” because of the country’s friendly people. Nevertheless, there are a few things you should avoid or the smile will freeze on the face of even the friendliest Thai. But first, we relish in some of the things you should do when frequenting Thailand. Do: 1. …Live it up at the Koh Phangan … 5 do’s and don’ts for travelling in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • A true taste of Thailand

    Nicola Quinn
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thai cuisine is made up of a truly fascinating blend of South East Asian culinary traditions, with a great focus on light dishes, characterised by complex ingredient lists and tempting aromas. Hot spices are regularly used to complement the fragrant qualities of the food, resulting in dishes which taste just as good as they smell. Like most other Asian cuisines, … A true taste of Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Mauritius

    Michelle Dunn
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    As one of the most glamorous islands in the southern Indian Ocean, Mauritius is synonymous pristine palm-fringed beaches backed by crystalline waters. We check out the top 10 things to do in Mauritius, the so-named Paradise Island, a hotspot for honeymooners complete with swanky resorts, emerald-green sugar plantations, top-flight golf courses and underwater attractions. 10. Walk under the waves with … Top 10 things to do in Mauritius is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Cuba

    Michelle Dunn
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    A heady mix of faded Spanish colonial cities, panoramic plains filled with sugar cane fields, 1950’s classic cars, white-sand beaches and perfectly-rolled cigars, Cuba is endlessly fascinating. We discover the top 10 great things to do on the Caribbean’s largest island, a rum-soaked paradise that masterfully balances stunning landscapes with an unrivalled depth of culture. 10. Toast Papa Hemingway at … Top 10 things to do in Cuba is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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  • Luxury in Bali – Samabe Resort

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Luxury in Bali – Samabe ResortWe have been on many holidays in our time travelling and we have stayed in some very nice accommodation and some not so very nice accommodation. Samabe is one of the most luxurious we have stayed in and we were instantly blown away by the grandeur of the resort and the location perched upon the cliff tops in Southern Nusa Dua. We were greeted by the friendly staff at reception and given a welcome drink on arrival and the lovely ladies sat with us to discuss our check-in details and also the entirety of the resort and all the facilities on offer. Poolside…
  • Travel and Games

    24 Jun 2014 | 12:14 am
    Travel and GamesElise and I are travellers through and through, but we now have a base here in Sydney and when we are at home we like to do the usual things, like going out to dinner, the movies and out with friends to the local pub. But I have recently been at home as I am completely addicted to my Xbox One. I am not a gamer at all but this Xbox is much more than your regular game console. The Xbox is a computer, game console, set-top box and freaky device from the future (I’ll explain later) all wrapped up in one. It makes transitioning from your tv to gaming and your files in a…
  • When I’m Not Travelling I’m Cooking

    15 Jun 2014 | 6:15 pm
    When I’m Not Travelling I’m CookingSome of you may or may not know that I’m a chef and when I’m not travelling I love cooking. Whenever I have a spare moment, I am always testing new recipes and trying to perfect others that I have created. My dream is to one day open my own cafe when we finally have some time to settle down and stop travelling. At the moment I have been playing with my new Surface Pro and there are some serious food apps that I love that I would love to share with you. I have used these on countless occasions to find new and inventive recipes from all…
  • OneDrive And Travel

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:50 pm
    OneDrive And TravelIf you’ve ever lost your camera on a holiday or the SD cards with 1000′s of photos on them from your recent trip, Microsoft’s Onedrive may be for you… Onedrive is essentially a cloud storage service. Meaning you can save files to OneDrive and then access them from any device. This is a free online storage app built into Windows. It is basically an extra hard drive, but able to be used on a PC, tablet or phone. One Drive from Microsoft So, what does this mean for travel? Travel Documents Before heading on your trip, create a folder in OneDrive, just…
  • Travel Planning Made Easy – Travel App

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Travel Planning Made Easy – Travel AppElise and I have had the travel bug for sometime now and we always get excited at the thought of going overseas and planning a new trip. Only a few years ago we used watch documentaries and gawk at other friends photos of overseas trips to gain some inspiration before we went. Now all you need is the new Bing Travel App. This app absolutely blows me away and it the perfect companion before you go, as well as when you are at your destination. Home Page – Bing Travel App Elise and I are planning a trip to England for a friend’s wedding and…
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    The World on Wheels

  • FIELDS OF DREAMS: O.Co Coliseum, Oakland, California

    Darryl Musick
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's almost a given that when you ask baseball fans what the worst stadium in Major League Baseball is, the answer is this park.  Built in the mid 60's to accommodate the Raiders of the American Football League, baseball was shoehorned in here. After a few years of contentious residence, the Raiders (now in the NFL) are back and baseball still takes a backseat to football.Here are the stats:Opened: 1966Surface: BluegrassConstruction cost: $25.5 millionCapacity: 35, 067 - expandable to 55,945Field dimensions: Left field – 330 ft.; left center – 367 ft.; Center field –…
  • CLASSIC TRIP - Monterey, California

    Darryl Musick
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Interstate 5 is generally acknowledged to be the quickest route from the southern half of California to the northern half. It’s a no-nonsense, straight arrow, 70 mile-per-hour stretch of freeway through the Central Valley. It’s also one of the more boring drives in the state. I much prefer highway 99 through the valley or the 101 along the coast where scenery and small towns at least pique your interest now and again. But today, we’re trying to minimize our driving time so it’s up the 5 we go until we get to the pass over to Hollister and then along a busy country road to the coast.
  • The Cocktail Hour - Tequila Sunrise

    Darryl Musick
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    I hadn't even posted this and it's already the most popular cocktail hour video in the series, with over a thousand views already.  That's because I submitted it to a site that compares this video (shot with a Flip) with the hurricane video of a couple of weeks ago (shot with a Kokak Zi8) for pocket cam enthusiasts and the ball started rolling from there.Picture courtesy of WikimediaLynt under CC-BY-SA licenseThe Tequila Sunrise is a very visual drink, the name coming from the effect of the red grenadine sitting on the bottom of the orange drink, giving it the illusion of a…
  • Stay CALM and Enjoy the Animals: California Living Museum in Bakersfield, California

    Darryl Musick
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    We've been out to the eastern edges of Bakersfield before, hiking along the Kern River. Today, we've found a new place to visit.Past the biker bar and honky tonk known as Ethel's Old Corral and the police department's shooting range, along Alfred Harrell Highway, you'll find a green patch among the dirt brown hills with a large parking lot. If you're in the right place, you'll be at the California Living Museum, also known as CALM.Watch the Video!Basically, this is Bakersfield's zoo. This particular facility's mission is to care for only California native animals that can't take care of…
  • The Last Man Standing in Oildale...Rockwell and His Honky Tonk

    Darryl Musick
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Each time we come to this city in the south end of the San Joaquin Valley, we find something new to see or experience.  There was the first time we went to the Crystal Palace. Then, the old town streets of the Kern County Museum and the Oil Museum. Letty getting to be the darling of the game at the local minor league team's game; tasting the great margaritas at Mexicali; the outstanding food of Los Tacos de Huicho, Urrichio's, and the area's many Basque restaurants; hiking along the Kern River...the list goes on and on.So what will we find on our latest stay in this very underrated…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Hopeful at the Detroit Historical Museum

    Hye Sung
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Last week, after a delicious brunch at the Woodbridge Pub and running some errands, I found myself in downtown Detroit with time on my hands before I had to get back to work. I didn’t feel like spending more money nor did I just want to sit around. I desperately texted a local friend begging for help, “What is there to do FOR FREE?!” Almost immediately, she simply responded, “Try the Detroit Historical Museum.” I looked it up, found out I was three or so blocks away, and made my way down there. I am not super into museums unless they are free, to be honest, and…
  • These Actually Exist?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    When you’re traveling the world you always need a place to sleep or rest, the majority of travelers rent a hotel, cabin, suite, etc. The standard hotel is just a tall building with many windows, balconies, your basic pool, and lobby. But, there are some other hotels in the world that just leave you with your mouth open! These are some of the strangest, beautiful, bucket list type hotels in the world. #1. The Ice Hotel  Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. This is the first and largest ice hotel in the world. Its made up of snow and ice and is rebuilt every winter because it eventually melts into the…
  • Thrifty Thursdays: Getting Around on a College Student’s Budget

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
     If you’re like me, you have a hard time staying in one place for too long. The infamous wanderlust reaches out and grabs me every so often and I just need to get away! Fortunately for me, living on the East Coast of the U.S. makes it very easy to “get away” to somewhere very different without actually going too far. From New York City where I am usually based, it is about a 4-5 hour drive radius to some major, and majorly fun, cities that won’t drain your wallet for a weekend getaway. Here are a few tips on how to take a few East Coast weekend trips without breaking the bank.  …
  • No More Summer Blues

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hello there! My name is Kelsey and I live in a small town in Southern Kentucky. I’ve been traveling since I was a toddler and I adore it. However, not having the resources to travel far and wide whenever I please, I instead like to find alternatives that give me a similar thrill. For example, just one week into summer a friend and I decided that our summer was already a bore. The next day we made plans to wake up early, play soccer, and get a late breakfast. That wasn’t enough so on a whim we decided to drive up to the nearest city to hang out at the mall, eat frozen yogurt, and then…
  • The Exploratorium!

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    San Francisco has so much to offer, its impossible to do it all in one trip. I’ve already talked about Fisherman’s Wharf, a very popular touristic place to go, but there are so many other things on the piers like on Pier 15/17.     The Exploratorium is an amazing museum filled with interactive exhibits. There are fun filled activities and projects that help teach kids (this isn’t all for kids, I’ve seen adults that had lots of fun playing with the stations, not to mention myself) about astronomy, our planet, the human body, culture, etc. using their five…
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  • A Brief Guide to Packing Underwear

    Fred Perrotta
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    They may be known as unmentionables, but we’re devoting this entire post to underwear. Underwear is small, light, and easy to wash. Don’t waste too much packing space on your undies. This post outlines the best travel underwear options and how to pack them efficiently. You don’t need special underwear for travel, but some brands lend themselves to the rigors of the road. The best travel underwear have the same properties as other performance clothing. They’re lightweight, breathable, and odor-resistant. Most importantly, they are quick-drying so that you can wash…
  • A Sneak Peek of the Tortuga Air

    Fred Perrotta
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Behold, the Future: Tortuga, Tortuga Air, and Tortuga Daypack The response to the Tortuga Travel Backpack has been tremendous. The first run of re-designed bags sold out in less than two months over the holidays. We re-stocked bags at the end of June and sold the same amount in two hours. The next batch will be in our east coast warehouse in early July. Yet, the Tortuga isn’t right for everyone. We’ve heard from many people who need something different for their travel style. The first is short trips. The Tortuga was designed for trips from one week to one year. When we surveyed…
  • How I Travel: Manoj from Mango Diablo

    Fred Perrotta
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    In today’s installment of How I Travel, we talk to Manoj from Mango Diablo. Manoj is currently in Southeast Asia on a trip that combines his love of travel, his passion for cooking, and his professional experience as a technology executive. Keep reading to find out how he’s making all three work. I don’t need a whole hell of a lot to be happy. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Manoj Mohan. I’m a cook, blogger, and worked as a technology executive for 10 years before leaving my career to travel the world. What about your travels inspired you to start your blog? I…
  • The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Getting Out of the Office and Into a Workcation

    Fred Perrotta
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    View from our temporary “office” in Ensenada Jeremy and I spent last weekend in Ensenada, Mexico. Despite the sandy beaches, gringo retirees, and excessive taco consumption, the trip was not a vacation. Well, not just a vacation. It was a workcation. Work + vacation = workcation. Our weekend in Mexico was both productive and fun. The good news for you is that it’s easily replicable. This post is not for people who want to be on vacation but are pulled back to their jobs by their smartphone and ubiquitous internet. That is a hostage situation, not a workcation. This post is…
  • A Visual Guide to Packing a Backpack

    Fred Perrotta
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:56 am
    Even a large bag like the Tortuga Travel Backpack can feel light and comfortable on your back. The secret to a comfortable carry is two-fold: Buying the right pack Packing it correctly Yes, some of this is up to you. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. When buying a bag, padding and comfortable straps are a must. Larger, maximum-sized carry on bags should also have a hip belt as most hiking packs do. A good hip belt will transfer most of your pack’s weight from your shoulders to your hips. Buying a bag with the right padding and straps is the easy part. Most people struggle…
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    Panoramic Earth

  • The Grundsee at Fafleralp (Lötschental)

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    The Grundsee at Fafleralp - Lötschental visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Grundsee at Fafleralp' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Valais.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:Just after passing Lake Grundsee, on the walk from Fafleralp towards the Lang Glacier in the Lötschental Valley.
  • Lake Grundsee at Fafleralp (Lötschental)

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Lake Grundsee at Fafleralp - Lötschental visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lake Grundsee at Fafleralp' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Valais.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This little lake lies on the path from Fafleralp towards the Lange Glacier seen here in the distance.
  • The Lötschental Valley (Lötschental)

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    The Lötschental Valley - Lötschental visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Lötschental Valley' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Valais.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This is on the trail from the village of Fafleralp at the end of the Lötschental Valley leading up to the Lang Glacier.
  • Fafleralp -4 (Lötschental)

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Fafleralp -4 - Lötschental visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Fafleralp -4' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Valais.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:Just after crossing the bridge over the river Lonza at the village of Fafleralp. The path leads towards the Lang Glacier seen here in the distance at the end of the Lötschental Valley.
  • Fafleralp (Lötschental)

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    Fafleralp - Lötschental visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Fafleralp' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Valais.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:Fafleralp is the last village in the Lötschental valley in the Valais, and is the starting point for hiking up towards the Lang glacier. This photograph was taken at the Lonza Bridge, shortly after leaving the village.
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  • Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Meet Gelatoni and More!

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Have you ever wanted to take a trip around the world to visit our Disney Parks & Resorts? Join me on a whirlwind shopping trip as we take a look at what is happening in the world of Disney Theme Park Merchandise as we continue the “Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World” series! The mystery of who has been painting the art in the Mediterranean Harbor area of Tokyo Disney Sea has finally been solved. Tokyo Disneyland Resort recently introduced Gelatoni, a Disney friend of Duffy. This cool cat has an artistic flair for creating new masterpieces for all to enjoy. Our Disney…
  • Five Things You Can’t Miss During Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It may be July, but the time has come to get ready once again for Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park! Tickets are on sale to the general public here, and there’s so much to look forward to. Here are my top five can’t-miss favorites at Mickey’s Halloween Party. Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade – this is an exclusive, for Mickey’s Halloween Party guests only. Disney Villains make special appearances at Mickey’s Halloween Party in a series of must-see moments in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. Trick-or-treat stations throughout Disneyland park, stocked with…
  • Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Disney cruisers have been savoring the flavors of South America while sailing throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. One of my favorite Latin America-inspired dishes is our zesty Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak. If you’re looking to grill up something different for your next summer barbecue, this recipe is absolutely one to try. The flavors of our citrus marinade, complemented by our spicy chimichurri sauce, will no doubt leave your mouth watering to be back on a Disney cruise! Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy! Orange Cilantro…
  • Disney Billboards: More than Meets the Eye

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    When was the last time you looked at a billboard — I mean really looked? Ever spot a facet of one that you missed at first glance? Something that made it pop? When it comes to Disney theme park billboards, bet you didn’t realize all that’s entailed into making them so exceptional, filled with sly references and artfully hidden gems. Well, those creative whizzes at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group know how to ensure they don’t just look amazing and enticing, but also tell a story. But why go the extra mile? “We hope to remind guests of how much fun they had on the attractions…
  • Delicious New Tastes for ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge – Have you chosen your alliance in Frontierland at Disneyland park? “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” lets you become part of a Wild West story – and you know there’s food involved. With stations throughout Frontierland like the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, the Hideout, the Trading Post, a Telegraph Station and a game of cards and more inside Golden Horseshoe, you can create a character (are you a peacekeeper or an outlaw?) and interact with cast members in really fun ways. (See Erin Glover’s earlier post on the Disney Park Blog.)…
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  • New Editing and Media Updates Are Here

    Konstantin Kovshenin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    As many of you know, we periodically release new features and updates to the software that powers sites. We’re excited to share the freshest crop of improvements with you today, and hope they’ll make great content even easier to create. Some of the highlights of this major update: The Media Library’s look has been upgraded, and your files are now displayed, by default, in an easy-to-view grid. Still prefer the old list view? You can toggle back and forth as many times as you wish. Composing new posts — and editing old ones — has just become a lot…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Bloggy

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Designed by Anariel Design, Bloggy is a stylish, sophisticated, and versatile premium theme that showcases text and photography equally well. What’s more, Bloggy sports Special Elite — a distinctive default font — on the site title, post titles, navigation, and text widgets: If Special Elite isn’t your style, the Custom Design Upgrade offers scads of additional fonts to choose from. Let’s tour a few sites that use Bloggy for some customization inspiration. R.M. ENGELHARDT Prolific poet R.M. Engelhardt uses Bloggy to great effect to promote his most recent volume…
  • One Theme, Five Ways: Customizing Adelle

    Michelle W.
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Adelle is a popular free theme — our 47th most popular, to be exact. You’ve probably seen its familiar pink dots, bold menu bar, and pops of magenta as you catch up with your favorite blogs. Don’t be fooled by Adelle‘s distinctive look, though: there’s a lot more to this theme than polka dots, as these five bloggers ably demonstrate. MomJeanz Blogger Elaine chose Adelle for the cleverly-named MomJeanz, then gave it a complete makeover using only free options available to any blogger: She uploaded a custom header image and swapped out Adelle‘s dots…
  • Introducing Site Logos: Personalize Your Blog, Display Your Brand

    Kirk Wight
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    One of the most common requests we’ve received from users is the ability to add a logo to your site. While some premium themes have their own type of logo uploader, as soon as you switched your theme, the logo would disappear. But not any more! Today, we’re excited to announce the new Site Logo feature. With this new feature, you just need to upload your logo once. Your logo will appear on any of our supported themes, regardless of how often you switch themes. Each theme has been custom-tailored to ensure your logo will look its best and display…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 2

    Mike Dang
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or publish a story on WordPress that’s over 1,500 words, share it with us: just tag it #longreads on Twitter, or use the longreads tag on Before You Know It Something’s Over (Riese Bernard, Autostraddle) On grieving after the loss of a parent at a young age: My father died on November 14th, 1995, when I was 14. Every day since…
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • Eating Pizza New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio's way...with a fork.

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    My favorite pizza: Cream of artichoke with artichokes and buffalo mozzarella cheeseNYC Mayor Bill De BlasioRecently, I had the honor of spending an evening with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and his charming family during their stay in Venice, Italy. We talked about many things: his city and ours, his proud Italian-American heritage and the joy he and his family felt visiting and being so warmly welcomed to Italy. When I permitted myself to make a light hearted comment about eating pizza with a fork, he gave me a warm smile and, like any good Italian, gently threw up his hands. Some…
  • Laundry Day at the Home of a Gondolier...

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Honestly, when I posted this photo on my personal Facebook page two days ago I had no idea how many smiles and shares it would bring. So, I thought I'd share the snapshot I took  of my clothesline here, too. I hope it brings a smile to your face, too. Feel free to leave a comment below, share this link with your friends, and LIKE Italy to Los Angeles and Back on Facebook, too.  A presto,Marie Ohanesian Nardin Summer Laundry at "Ca'Nardin" houseClick on Subscribe and join us on FaceBook, too!
  • Venice's Gondoliers Row for Research

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Regata dei Traghetti for the Fondazione Umberto Veronesi Criticism has been laid on the gondoliers' strong broad shoulders as far back as when they began rowing down Venice's beautiful canals. Comments which are often heard spoken in dialect by fellow Venetians—their most ardent critics or printed in the local press and more recently on social networks. Now, with the variety of instant communication sources, it’s no surprise that when a gondolier makes an error the world takes notice, too. Granted some critical comments have been warranted, others not so much and most are…
  • Pharrell Williams' Happy has made it to Venice!

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:16 am
    Italy to Los Angeles and Back thought this might bring a smile to all who love Venice! Pharrell Williams' Happy Danced to in Venice!Thanks to:HostelsClub Happy in Venice VideoWatch it here!Click on Subscribe and join us on FaceBook, too!
  • A glimpse of Carnevale Venice 2014

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:41 am
    Masks-Carnevale 2014Traghetto Molo, San MarcoCarnevale, for many who live in or around Venice, is a time when you either stay away from St. Mark's square and the crowds that fill the city's only piazza or you wait to view the marvelous costumes and masks on an 'off day'. This year the festivities officially opened on Sunday February 23rd with the traditional Volo dell’angelo or Flight of the Angel. It was reported that 105,000 people attended. I, intentionally, was not one of them. A beautiful mask, Venice 2014The origins of the Angel, interpreted in the 1500s by a Turkish…
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  • Fly with VietJet & Win Prizes

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    . Now you have more reasons to visit Vietnam with VietJet. From 15 July to 15 September 2014, the region’s favourite low-cost carrier is giving away WEEKLY prizes and nearly 1,000 FREE air tickets. VietJet passengers from Singapore to its various flight destinations across Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh city, Nha Trang and Da Lat, [...]
  • SUCRE ‘Art Box’ Mooncake Gift Set (limited edition)

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    . SUCRE, the creator of gourmet pineapple truffles, is offering good old-fashioned mooncake flavours to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. This year’s highlights include White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts, White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk, and White Lotus Seed Paste with Melon Seeds and Dried Cherries by SUCRE’s Chef Patissier. SUCRE ‘s limited [...]
  • Win a holiday trip with VietJet!

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:05 pm
    . Fancy a trip to Vietnam? Grab your chance to win a holiday to Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon! VietJet is now offering 1,000 lucky customers FREE Round Trip* tickets from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City. How to join? Visit (For customers in Singapore only). Fill up a simple registration form on [...]
  • Tasmanian Food Trails

    22 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    . Lying on the path of the Roaring Forties in the Southern Ocean, the pristine natural environment of Tasmania is endowed with some of the cleanest air and water in the world. The island to the south of mainland Australia has four distinct seasons; thanks to its varied microclimates and unpolluted sources, we can indulge [...]
  • Tastes of Darwin

    15 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    . Darwin is a multicultural, tropical cosmopolitan in the Top End, and it celebrates its diversity through food! With a population from over 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnicities including the Larrakia Aboriginal people, the capital city of the Northern Territory has brought together a plethora of culinary choices, offering a gastronomic experience influenced by [...]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Which Kruger Game Reserve Should I stay in?

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest national park and one of Africa's largest game reserves. The size of Wales, it is home to 147 large mammal species, which makes it the most diverse reserve in Africa. The majority of accommodation within Kruger is managed by the park and guests are free to self-drive, although off-road driving is not permitted. Rest camps are basic affairs, which book out a long while in advance. Surrounding Kruger park, are several private game reserves with luxurious lodges and private, guided safaris. Guests are not permitted to drive within these reserves,…
  • The Best Safari Lodges in Kruger for Families

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    You've decided to take your family on safari in the Kruger area, but the question is where to stay. There are hundreds of lodges to choose from, some of which don't accept children at all. Then there is the question of whether they offer child friendly sleeping arrangements and activities and whether you should stay in a tent or a suite. To ease your planning, we have put together a list of our favourite family friendly lodges in the Kruger area, which we have tried and tested with one of our own children. It is very important to take the time to consider your budget, age of your children and…
  • How to make safaris fun. By Alex (age 8)

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Children are usually unanimously wowed by their initial experience on safari. However once the initial amazement is replaced by the new norm of seeing elephants and lions in the wild, we have found that interest levels can start to wane. It is very difficult to predict, we have one daughter who simply can’t get enough game drives in her life, if she had her way she’d have a morning and afternoon game drive every day of her life, whilst her sister tends to lose interest after a couple of drives. The below was written by Alex, aged 8, who definitely falls into the latter camp. In…
  • Tourdust Trek Gradings

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    When choosing your trek it’s vital to make sure you select a route that matches your abilities. To help you chose we have graded all of our treks as being either gentle, moderate, challenging or demanding. To see which category your chosen trek falls into take a look at the “Is it for me” tab on the relevant trek page. If you’re still unsure or would like to further information please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we’ll connect you with a member of the team who has trekked in the area you’re interested in. Based on their experience they'll…
  • How safe is Kenya?

    11 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    I last visited Kenya in March of this year with my oldest daughter (8 years old) for company. It is hard to underestimate the weight of responsibility in leaving the majority of your family at home, whilst you take off to a far off corner of the world with one of your beloved children. It is not something I have ever taken lightly and is something I consider deeply every-time I travel with my children, whether it be to Kenya, Morocco, South Africa or the United States. In this instance, I even got the call from my own mother, asking what I thought I was doing taking her grand-daughter to…
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    South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

  • Wild Colombia: Dazzling Destinations and Exhilarating Expeditions Await

    Joseph Olson
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    From the darkness of decades past now comes the dawn of Colombian tourism. New and exciting natural adventures await eager tourists who find themselves ready to explore the South American country known for “having it all.” Colombia welcomed more than 1.8 million visitors in 2013, causing the travel industry to take note. On July 17th, Colombian […] The post Wild Colombia: Dazzling Destinations and Exhilarating Expeditions Await appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Meet Travel Consultant Adam: Expert South America Trip Advisor

    Joseph Olson
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    From mountaineering and whitewater rafting to surfing and wine tasting – Adam knows the best activities by travel destination Recently, we had a chance to catch up with consultant Adam Haynie for a discussion on his experiences with the continent, and the ways in which he helps clients plan the perfect South American adventure. In his most recent […] The post Meet Travel Consultant Adam: Expert South America Trip Advisor appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Machu Picchu Reviews Tell the Tale: This Place Can’t be Topped!

    Joseph Olson
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Our Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu tour is a consistent top-seller. Because of that, we receive a lot of excellent testimonials from our clients telling us how much they enjoyed the experience. Last week alone, three wonderful reviews came in that we’d like to share with our readers. Travel consultant Kyle assisted Monica and Sunil in planning and […] The post Machu Picchu Reviews Tell the Tale: This Place Can’t be Topped! appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Experience the Amazon in the Most Intimate Way Possible… by Kayak!

    Joseph Olson
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Get up close and personal with this incredible ecosystem We may write about the Amazon River and rainforest a lot, but it’s for good reason. The region is one of the most unique and distinctive places on the planet. People contact us all the time wanting to know more about this vast wilderness, which covers […] The post Experience the Amazon in the Most Intimate Way Possible… by Kayak! appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • All About Flights: South American Comings and Goings

    Joseph Olson
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    A lot goes into booking a trip to South America. Most of our clients are primarily concerned with the basic ‘when and where’ type questions. However, once the travel objective is established, the question then becomes how to get there, where to stay and what to do. Our travel consultants can tell you that flights are […] The post All About Flights: South American Comings and Goings appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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  • Gros Morne National Park

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Gros Morne National Park, a world heritage site is located on the west coast of Newfoundland and at 1,805 sq. km it is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada and surpasses Torngat Mountains National Park, which is 9,700 sq. km.It takes its name from Newfoundland’s second highest mountain peak which is 2,644 feet, located within the park.Located on the west shore of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland, the Park is a rare example of the process of continental drift where deep ocean crust together with the rocks of the earth’s mantle lie exposed.The recent…
  • Kremlin – Living Example of Russian Culture and History

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    In the Russian language, the word kreml means citadel where several Russian cities have kremlins of their own. The Kremlin is located on Borovitsky Hill, which rises above the Moscow River in the centre of the city.During early decades of the Soviet period, Kremlin was an exclusive enclave of the state’s governing elite’s workplace and residence. The site was the official residence of the president of the Russian Federation though access to other areas within the walls was admitted considerably.With almost a dozen churches and palaces, Kremlin is a living example of eight centuries of…
  • Great Barrier Reef

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    The Great Barrier Reef – World’s Largest Coral ReefThe Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is larger than the Great Wall of China which is visible from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms.The reef structure is composed and built by billions of tiny organism which are known as coral polyps with over 2,900 single reefs, with 900 islands stretching over 2,300 kilometres across an area of around 344,400 square kilometres.It is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland,…
  • Victoria Falls – Spectacular Natural Wonders of the World

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    The Victoria Fall is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world which the locals call `Mosi-ao-Tunya’, referred to the smoke that thunders and the Falls that are remarkable,by the locals. Though the falls is not the highest or the widest in the world, yet it has been classified as the largest, due to its width of 1,708 metres and a height of 108 metres which has made it the world’s largest sheet of falling water and is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls.Moreover it is also twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls and in height and width Victoria Fall…
  • 4 Great Places To Buy Property in Ecuador

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    If you're dreaming of your own home on the coast of Ecuador, you should know in advance that some places are bigger, better and more valuable than others. Here are just four cities worth your time and your check.1: MantaIf you enjoy blue skies, beautiful beaches and sun-kissed produce, you won't want to miss Manta. Buy a vacation home or simply rent a high-rise suite a few times a year in order to take full advantage of this tropical paradise.2: SalinasSalinas is one of the most affordable places to purchase real estate in the entire country of Ecuador. As a bonus, with malls, shops,…
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  • World Cup Behind the Scenes [VIDEO]

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Come behind the scenes with me as I take you through one of the most insane months of my life – The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. I worked for an Australian tour company, attend five matches in five different Brazilian cities and watched the semi finals and finals matches back home in Rio de Janeiro at the FIFA Fan Fest in Copacabana Beach. Clips are from the following World Cup matches: Australia vs Chile – Cuiaba (Arena Pantanal) Australia vs Netherlands – Porto Alegre (Estádio Beira-Rio) Australia vs Spain – Curitiba (Arena da Baixada) Brazil vs Chile –…
  • World Cup 2014 in Brazil (33 Photos)

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was an absolute blur, but luckily I managed to capture a few highlights on camera that I’ll be able to show my grandkids one day. If you’ve already read the World Cup Wrap Up than you have an understanding of how things went down, but either way, a picture’s worth a thousands words so here’s 33 shots to share my World Cup journey from start to finish… World Cup 2014 in Brazil – Australia Fanatics gather before game one in Cuiaba to watch Brazil vs Croatia (June 12) I jumped on a flight to Cuiaba on June 11th where I began my…
  • My World Cup Wrap Up

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    World Cup 2014 Brazil – Curitiba Stadium – Australia vs Spain It took me a few days after the final to kick my World Cup hangover, but I’m finally back online after almost a month hiatus to report that my Brazilian World Cup experience has officially come and gone. It has been one wild and crazy month filled with emotionally highs and lows for teams and fans from all over the globe, and I’m so happy to have been a part of it all. From following the Australian fans and celebrating with Brazilians to cheering alongside Americans, Colombians and Argentines, this was one moment in…
  • 1 World Cup Dream Come True

    12 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    Looking out at all the action on Copacabana Beach from the Othon Palace in Rio yesterday before the adventure began. Five years ago I laid out a plan to travel across South America and attempt to accomplish a goal in each country that I lived in. The idea was to inspire others to “travel deeper,” and go outside the normal tourist spots to experience foreign countries like a local. My dreams took me to learn Spanish and get a local job in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dance like a Colombian in Medellin, cook like a Peruvian in Lima, help build libraries in Sucre, Bolivia and help…
  • 2 World Cup Brackets

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    My final picks are in and I have created two World Cup Brackets. The first is how I think the World Cup will go and the second is how I would like the World Cup to go. I’m back in Rio de Janeiro (for the moment) after a wild trip around Brazil to start a new project. The vibe in Rio is amazing! Fans from all over the world have migrated here to witness the greatest show on turf, and it’s pumping me up! We’re just hours away now! Who are you rooting for? World Cup Bracket #1 – How I think the FIFA 2014 World Cup will go. World Cup Bracket #2 – How I would like the…
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  • A Travel Trifecta: Whales, Guadeloupe & The Passport Party Project

    Chelle Roberts
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    The next round of Passport Party Project girls will receive their 1st passport stamp in the Guadeloupe Islands where whales & stunning landscapes await them.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Australia Day: Celebrating Black Pride Down Under

    Tracy Gross
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Australia's national holiday is not just a celebration of colonial pride, but also a period of mourning for its indigenous peoples. I celebrated the day in the Aboriginal community Redfern & experienced Australian black pride.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Sydney, Australia for the Uninitiated

    Rachel N. Lemons
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    As an American girl visiting Sydney, Australia for the 1st time, I had a lot to learn. I saw past the cliches and learned a few lessons along the way. Here are a few tips that newbies planning a trip to the Land Down Under might enjoy.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • City to Campsite: Packing Tips for a Multipurpose Trip

    Chelle Roberts
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:30 pm
    A multipurpose trip that includes exploring the city and camping in the outdoors can present a packing challenge. Here are some practical tips to consider.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Retracing History: Following The Buffalo Soldiers To Yosemite

    Chelle Roberts
    15 Jun 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Retracing the Buffalo Soldiers' trail from San Francisco's Presidio to Yosemite NP is a magical connection to America's rich cultural history & natural beauty.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.