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  • What would make summer travel even better?

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    Christopher Elliott
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Is it too soon to start thinking about summer travel? Maybe just a little. But it’s not too soon to think about making summer travel better. Early numbers suggest more Americans will vacation during the warm months than last year. They plan to spend 8% more on leisure travel than in 2014,...
  • Luau list for Hawaii, the Big Island updated

    Hawaii Vacation Advice - GoVisitHawaii.com
    Sheila Beal
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    We’ve updated the list of luaus for Hawaii, the Big Island. This list includes location, days of operation, pricing, links to reviews and more. See the updates by clicking this link.Stay tuned for luau updates for the other major islands.
  • 11 Budget European Destinations

    BootsnAll Travel Articles
    khammel
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section] Many factors come into play when planning an international getaway. No matter if it's a few weeks, a few months, a year, or more, one's budget largely determines where to go. We talk a lot about budget destinations and getting the most bang for your buck here on BootsnAll. That's because very few of us are rich, and when discussing long term, RTW travel, it's imperative to always think about your budget.Because of this, we sometimes leave out more popular (and expensive) regions of the world to travel in. Europe in particular gets a raw deal. With its poor exchange rate (up until…
  • 32 Travel Questions You Asked (With My Attempted Answers)

    Nomadic Matt's Travel Site
    NomadicMatt
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    One thing I don’t do enough is answer your questions. Periodically, I have Q&A’s, but if my ongoing book tour has taught me anything it’s that you have a lot of questions that don’t get answered on the blog! Since not everything lends itself to a 1,000 word post, last week I put a call out on Facebook for your questions. And I’m going to start doing this more. Maybe not monthly, but at least once every couple of months. But for now, here are your questions and my answers: Heidi: How do you deal with flying around the world without having an onward ticket?
  • 5 Must-Go Glamping Spots for Families

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    Erin Gifford
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    I can’t believe it either, but we are not doing any glamping during our big summer road trip. Clearly, I must change this, especially after reading up on so many fabulous glamping resorts, like Conestoga Ranch, which opens up on July 1. Take a look at five must-go spots for sleeping under the stars in canvas safari tents, conestoga wagons, even […] The post 5 Must-Go Glamping Spots for Families appeared first on Kidventurous.
 
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    Intelligent Travel

  • Adventure 101: Climbing in the Colorado Rockies

    Avery Stonich
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Rocky Mountain National Park is an ideal alpine playground, complete with sheer rock walls, steep couloirs, and craggy peaks—everything a budding climber needs to cut his or her teeth. Climbing is a surefire way to get intimate with the park. Searching for handholds on a granite slab, swinging an ice axe into a frozen flow, or kicking steps up a snowy slope, you transform from a mere observer to become part of the landscape itself. And, as as a result, you can find deep inner tranquility. Take it from Enos A. Mills, the father of Rocky Mountain National Park: “Among the serene and…
  • Travel Lens: Anthony Bourdain’s World

    Hannah Sheinberg
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    Television host, author, and former executive chef Anthony Bourdain has licked his plate clean all over the world, from soup dumplings in Shanghai to piranhas in Peru. The New York City native’s CNN show, Parts Unknown, heads to locales such as South Korea, Madagascar, and Scotland during its fifth season, which debuts April 26. Bourdain’s busy in his hometown, too: he plans to open an Asian-style hawker market in Manhattan this fall. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens (and appetite): Hannah Sheinberg: In your opinion, what’s the world’s most underrated…
  • I Heart My National Park: Olympic

    I Heart My National Park
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Encompassing 1,441 square miles of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park invites visitors to explore three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest and wildflower meadow; temperate forest; and the rugged Pacific shore. Because of the park’s relatively unspoiled condition and outstanding scenery, the United Nations has declared Olympic both an international biosphere reserve and a World Heritage site. Barb Maynes knew she wanted to work for the National Park Service when she was just 13, owing to a chance run-in with a kindly ranger at the Grand Canyon who took time…
  • World Calendar: Must-Attend May Events

    Intelligent Travel
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in May:  Got itchy feet? Grab your walking shoes and head to southern Spain for one of the world’s most famous pilgrimages: Romería de El Rocío (May 24). Each year, on the seventh weekend following Easter, up to a million people from all over the region and beyond flock to Andalusia‘s Huelva province to honor the “Virgin of the Dew” with flamenco song and dance, bonfires, and a rousing procession to the El Roció chapel. Help “bring the…
  • Throwback Travel: Yellowstone National Park

    Andrew Nelson
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    It’s June 1940 in Yellowstone. In Europe, Holland and Belgium have just surrendered to Nazi forces. Americans, however, will enjoy another tranquil summer before plunging headlong into World War II. Our park tourists surrounding Beach Geyser reflect a relatively new mass fashion phenomenon—sunglasses. Besides regaling visitors that month with talks on the park’s geology, flora, and fauna, Yellowstone’s rangers were busy behind the scenes issuing traffic and fishing violations, moving the park’s bison herd to its summer range, and guiding a gaggle of Hollywood…
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    The TSA Blog

  • TSA Week in Review: 57 Firearms, 3 Batarangs, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:48 pm
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  • TSA Week in Review: 31 Loaded Firearms, 10 Inert Grenades, and 3 Propane Tanks Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Loaded Firearm Discovered in Carry-on Bag (LEX) 40 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 40 firearms, 31 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.        Clockwise From Top Left Corner, Grenades Discovered at: BWI, BWI, CAE, LAS, PHX, and MDT Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks
  • Disturbing Incident in Denver

    TSA Blog Team
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    By now I’m sure some of you have seen or heard reports in the media about a pair of Transportation Security Officers at Denver International Airport who were engaged in what can only be described as egregiously inappropriate behavior at the passenger screening checkpoint. The two were caught because an alert employee noticed something was not right and reported it to TSA’s Office of
  • TSA Week in Review: 36 Loaded Firearms, Samurai Sword, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at OMA 44 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 44 firearms, 36 were loaded and 8 had rounds chambered.       Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a
  • TSA Week in Review: 32 Loaded Firearms, Live Smoke Grenades & A Strange Item at PHX

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at PHX         Two live smoke grenades were discovered this week. One was in a carry-on bag at Austin (right), and the other was in a checked bag at Columbus (left). What ended up being a homemade handheld gaming device strongly resembled an improvised explosive device on the X-ray monitor. Homemade gadgets can resemble IEDs and result in
 
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    Hawaii Vacation Blog

  • The Humpback Whale Count Is In, and The News Is Good

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual “Ocean Count,” a program that sees The post The Humpback Whale Count Is In, and The News Is Good appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Kauai Cigar Company Rolls On

    Jamie Winpenny
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Kauai is known as the “Garden Isle,” and for good reason. It is the oldest of the major Hawaiian Islands, the northernmost The post Kauai Cigar Company Rolls On appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Peacocks in Hawaii?

    Jamie Winpenny
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    The Hawaiian Islands are home to an amazing variety of native and exotic bird species, from the majestic nene goose to the The post Peacocks in Hawaii? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Kona Nui Nights at Ward Village

    Jamie Winpenny
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:34 pm
    As part of its continuing efforts to develop commercial and residential projects in fast-growing Kakaako in Honolulu, the Howard Hughes Corporation is The post Kona Nui Nights at Ward Village appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Grow Hawaiian Festival Blooms at Bishop Museum

    Jamie Winpenny
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    In celebration of Earth Day 2015, Hawaiian Electric Company is holding the 8th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at the Bishop Museum on The post Grow Hawaiian Festival Blooms at Bishop Museum appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • 23 things that piss off Mexicans

    Rulo Luna
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Photo: Eneas De Troya Hacé clic para leer este artículo en Español. Tambien podés darnos un “me gusta” en Facebook! 1. That somebody dares to call you naco Especially if they call you pinche naco. That’s mean. 2. An earthquake while you’re on the toilet 3. A direct confrontation with Mexican bureaucracy Start preparing at least a night before the confrontation takes place. They’re gonna be rude, they’re gonna treat you like shit, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’ll eventually learn that you have to arrive at government offices before seven, because “the…
  • 22 weird facts about animal sex

    Hyacinth Mascarenhas
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Photo: clairejim FOR HUMAN BEINGS, the beginning of spring means longer days and warmer weather. For the animal kingdom, it’s that amorous time of the year — mating season. Just last week, Lu Lu and his panda partner Zhen Zhen set a new panda sex record of 7 minutes and 45 seconds at the Sichuan Giant Panda Research Center. This week, he broke his own record with a new partner, Xi Mei, and a romp of 18 minutes and 3 seconds, earning him the name “Enduring Brother.” When your parents told you about the “birds and the bees,” they probably didn’t get into the wild and…
  • 10 steps to germanize yourself

    Morgane Croissant
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    WHAT EXPAT DOES NOT WANT TO BLEND IN? Being mistaken for one of the natives in a country where you are only an expat is one of the highest compliments you can receive. The people at Babbel put together this infographic to help you acculturate smoothly and easily in Germany; it only takes 10 simple steps! Photo: Adam Fletcher via Babbel Featured image: Aleera.
  • This is the best prom proposal

    Morgane Croissant
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    EVERYONE WANTS AN AWESOME DATE to go to the prom with and both Jacob Lescenski, and is best friend, Anthony Martinez, two Las Vegas, Nevada high school students, will have just that on prom night. Jacob is straight, Anthony is gay, and none of the two friends had dates for this special night. When Jacob saw that Anthony was lamenting about going to the prom alone on Twitter, he took action and decided to ask his friend to be his date. Guess who just got asked to prom by @JacobLescenskii pic.twitter.com/eDrTRkX7fp — AnthonyseXC (@anthonyseXC) 21 Avril 2015 NewNowNext chatted with the two…
  • 9 foods you must try in Puebla

    Alice Latham
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Hacé clic para leer este artículo en Español. Tambien podés darnos un “me gusta” en Facebook! 1. Mole poblano Photo: austin tx Mole poblano is Mexico’s most famous, and tastiest mole. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! The dish is characterized by its inclusion of chocolate, which creates a very distinctive taste due to its combination with different spices and chillies. The dish is of particular importance to Mexico as it is a symbol of its Mestizaje: the fusion of Indigenous and European cultures. 2. Chiles en nogada Photo: Soy Poblana This dish is as poblano as you can get.
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • Timbuk2 Copilot Luggage ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am
    I’ve been pretty excited to test out my new Timbuk2 Copilot Luggage Roller since I received it more than two months ago. My travels the past couple of months have only been short trips but my 10 days on Maui finally warranted carrying something a bit larger than just a weekend bag. Admittedly, the Timbuk2 […] The post Timbuk2 Copilot Luggage ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Craghoppers Pro Lite Jacket ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Working from home, I like my light walking around jackets a lot. I wear some kind of jacket around the house most every day (maybe I should consider turning up the heat – HA HA). Unfortunately, many of these are heavy hoodies and they don’t pack well for travel. They’re just too bulky. I came […] The post Craghoppers Pro Lite Jacket ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • How to Prepare Your House When You Travel

    Beth Whitman
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    As I was preparing to leave this past weekend for a couple of days down in Portland, it occurred to me that I have a packing list for all my travels and a to-do list for when I lead a tour. But as I was walking around the house checking to make sure doors were […] The post How to Prepare Your House When You Travel appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Granite Gear Packable Duffel ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I learned the value of a good duffel bag while trekking in Bhutan. My Eagle Creek duffel on the trek held all of my possessions for that 25-day trip and was carried each day on the back of a pony. Though it was placed inside a sturdy plastic bag which was, in turn, inside a […] The post Granite Gear Packable Duffel ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • This Month Win a Royal Robbins Embossed Discovery Skirt

    Beth Whitman
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    I’ve never quite been a big fan of skirts. But I think my mind has just been changed by the Royal Robbins Embossed Discovery Skirt. The main reason for my newfound crush is simple. The fit. It’s rare, no it’s been never, for me to find a skirt that fits me well in the waist […] The post This Month Win a Royal Robbins Embossed Discovery Skirt appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
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  • The Best Hawaii Aerial Video

    Rich Tucker
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    In January 2014, I featured Eric Sterman’s Aerial Videography on CruiseSource. You will see in his Hawaii Video below, that this is the future of destination videography. I liked his videos so much I bought myself a DJI Phantom II drone and GoPro Hero3. I just came across Eric’s latest Hawaii video, and it is shot in 4K HD.  His piloting, and video editing is among the best I’ve seen…. and he is fortunate to live in Hawaii, so he is constantly surrounded by nature’s beauty. Hawaii Aerial Drone Video This video will leave you breathless – and if it does,…
  • Kids Cruise Free: Labor Day Cruise Deals

    Rich Tucker
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Norwegian Cruise Line’s Kids Cruise Free Sail is set to end on April 30th, 2015. Details of the Sale: It is 3rd – 8th passenger in the cabin sail for FREE or 50% off on select sailings.  So, that means that regardless of age the 3rd – 8th passenger in the cabin cruises for taxes only or in some cases 50% off. In order to find the cruises with 3rd – 8th passenger cruises for free takes a little research…. which I have done for you! Most of the Summer sailings seem to be 50%… but I did find some good Labor Day Cruise Deals. Kids Cruise Free Labor Day Cruises…
  • 50-Day Tales of South Pacific Voyage Highlights

    Rich Tucker
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Moorea Island by Dany13 on Flickr Does a 50-day luxury voyage exploring the most beautiful islands on Earth sound like a dream vacation? If your answer is yes, then Holland America’s 50-Day Tales of the South Pacific should be on your prospective list of trips. 50-Day Tales of the South Pacific Itinerary Departing on Sept 27th, 2015 from Seattle, ms Amsterdam will cover all the highlights of the South Pacific without the need for international flights. The itinerary offers 5 Hawaiian and 5 French Polynesian port of calls including overnights visits in Honolulu and Bora Bora.
  • Cruise Ships of Miami DJI Phantom Video

    Rich Tucker
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Late last year, I spent 48 hours in South Beach Miami and while I was there I captured aerial cruise video with my DJI Phantom II. Here are just a few of the cruise ships you’ll see departing from PortMiami: Miami Cruise Facts Miami is the cruising capital of the world….. in 2014, close to 4.8 Million multi-day cruise passengers departed from PortMiami. 18 cruise brands with 36 cruise ships will cruise out of Miami in 2015. Miami will continue to grow with 3 new build cruise ships being added to the line up over the next two years New Cruise Ships Coming to Miami Norwegian…
  • Viral: Husband has zero fun in Puerto Rico without wife

    Rich Tucker
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    I found this current viral travel story relevant because over the years we’ve given way lots of free cruises over the years. But what happens when you win a free trip, and you can’t take your husband or wife? Of course, you go – but like Kevin Blanchard shows, you report back that you are having absolutely NO FUN! Kevin’s viral photo series, “Not a single second of fun in Puerto Rico,” has received over 2 million views on Imgur. The free trip that Kevin won through his job would not allow him to take both his wife and baby.  So Kevin brought a dedicated friend…
 
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • Visiting Wesley’s Chapel and the Museum of Methodism in London

    Karen Bryan
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:19 pm
    I spotted Wesley’s Chapel and the Museum of Methodism in City Road as I was walking between the Geffyre Museum and the Barbican Centre. It was a coincedence, as I’d read about John Wesley, one of the founders of the Methodist movement, when I was in Islington Museum the previous day. Sculpture of John Wesley […]Visiting Wesley’s Chapel and the Museum of Methodism in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Day Tours from Madrid

    Karen Bryan
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    If you’re staying in the Spanish capital of Madrid and would like to explore a little further afield, WineTourismSpain.com offer several day tours from Madrid . These luxury tours combine wine tasting, visits to vineyards, pretty villages and cities such as Segovia and Toledo, with lunch at local restaurants. Below is a taster of the various options. […]Day Tours from Madrid Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of St James Court Hotel London

    Karen Bryan
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:26 pm
    I stayed at the St James Court Hotel in London for one night in February 2015. The stay was booked by a credit report company hosting an event for personal finance bloggers, which I attendied as editor of Help Me To Save. My confirmation from Booking.com stated that I was in a classic double room […]Review of St James Court Hotel London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Visiting the British Library

    Karen Bryan
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The British Library is a great place to visit. It’s located close to King’s Cross railway station. The cloakroom and lockers are free (but you need a £1 coin as a deposit for the lockers). It states at the entrance that you can store a suitcase the size of airline carry on luggage. However I […]Visiting the British Library Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Terrific Trees in Europe

    Karen Bryan
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Europe is full of beautiful and interesting trees, alive, dead and artificial; here are some of my favourites. Edinburgh Castle was looking lovely framed by cherry blossom trees in late April. Cherry Blossom Trees in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle I did a double take when I spotted these orange cows suspended from trees in […]Terrific Trees in Europe Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLII

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. 10 Travel Hacks The Tourism Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know — Featuring comments from me and several other experts Be a More Productive Writer While Also Achieving Balance — Lots of contrarian advice here. I still like my to-do lists, but I appreciate this perspective Traveling to Cuba? Book one of the 1,000 listings available on Airbnb — While you’re waiting for the Park Hyatt Havana to open, here are some alternatives How to Be Funnier — A new…
  • Writing a Three-Line Poem Every Day for a Year: Yvonne Whitelaw’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself As I wrote in The Happiness of Pursuit, a quest need not be an athletic struggle or travel adventure. I loved this story of how this former medical resident wrote a haiku every day for a year. Introduce yourself. I’m Yvonne Whitelaw. I was born in Britain, but raised in Nigeria and the United States. I’m a stay at home mom and former physician. I decided to tweet a haiku a day for 365 days, even though I barely knew what a haiku was and had never actually written one. Interestingly, the practice of daily haiku writing has…
  • “Most Ambitions Belong to the Past”: Reflections on A Neurosurgeon’s Final Year of Life

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    I recently stumbled upon an essay from Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who died earlier this year at the age of 37. I read the whole thing several times and was struck by several passages, including this one: “Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a…
  • “Happiness Depends on You”: On the Road with Scott Bold and Michelle Eshleman

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Dreams can change, as was the case of Scott Bold’s childhood dream. The younger Scott wanted a good job and decent salary, but his adult self wanted something else. So along with his girlfriend Michelle Eshleman, they set out on a different course. Introduce yourselves. I’m Scott, and my girlfriend is Michelle. We were both working successful but stressful jobs (engineering for me, counseling for her) in Washington, DC. I had worked my whole life to have a job I liked, and was disappointed to instead feel like I was…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLI

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Momentum — A new community from longtime friend Jenny Blake Traveling Is Exhausting — Alyssa’s notes on adventuring through Europe 27 Sites with Royalty-Free Stock Images — Tons of photos for your blog posts or social media My Creative Burnout — The author of “How to Survive Creative Burnout” navigates a setback When Is Cheryl’s Birthday? — A math problem from Singapore (aaaah! so difficult) The Secret to Never Being Frustrated Again —…
 
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    Hawaii Vacation Advice - GoVisitHawaii.com

  • Aloha Friday Photo: Plumeria aloha from the Big Island

    Sheila Beal
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    Mahalo to Hawaii Island resident James Grenz for sharing this gorgeous plumeria photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. James’ title for this photo is Big Island Aloha. What a warm and beautiful greeting it is!You can find plumeria trees throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Along with the hibiscus bloom, seeing the plumeria flower almost instantly reminds visitors of their trip to Hawaii.If you love plumeria, you might be interested in visiting the plumeria farm on Molokai. There, you can see different varieties. You can even pick blooms to make a lei. By the way, if you can’t get to…
  • Luau list for Hawaii, the Big Island updated

    Sheila Beal
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    We’ve updated the list of luaus for Hawaii, the Big Island. This list includes location, days of operation, pricing, links to reviews and more. See the updates by clicking this link.Stay tuned for luau updates for the other major islands.
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Ma’alaea Morning

    Sheila Beal
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:56 am
    Mahalo to Susan Sims for sharing this photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Susan took this peaceful sunrise picture from Ma’alaea Bay on Maui.In this photo, the coconut trees appear to be reaching out to welcome the new day’s sun. What a lovely way to greet the day.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS…
  • 5 important points to consider before booking a Waikiki hotel

    Sheila Beal
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    As you’re planning your Waikiki vacation, we want you to be able to find the best room that fits your budget. We all know that rate shopping is a major consideration, but we wanted to list other important points to consider before you book a room.1. LocationIdeally, we’d all love to book a room with an oceanfront view, but there’s not enough of a supply of oceanfront rooms in Waikiki to fit everyone’s budget. There are only eight oceanfront hotels in the heart of Waikiki Beach. I’ll list these hotels in order from west to east:Hilton Hawaiian Village (not to be…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Perfect oceanfront seating for one

    Sheila Beal
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Mahalo to Edward Michaels for sharing this dreamy photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Edward took this photo from Pokai Bay at Makaha Beach Park on Oahu’s West Coast.It appears that Edward has chosen a perfect spot to enjoy some oceanfront views, sounds and relaxation. As I daydream about this scene, I can almost feel the sand between my toes and the ocean breeze gently brushing against my face. Then, I can’t help but sigh longingly.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less…
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    Happy Hotelier

  • Dolphin Sniffing

    GJE
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:41 am
    Do I Like Dolphin? No, I don’t like dolphin I’m going Backward and forward through thousands of photo’s I have made in the past and am still making. As a retiree I have much more time for this hobby than before and I discover little gems each day. These two were made during a stroll in December 2007 along the northern beach of Terschelling. It was after a hefty storm and still windy. That all was probably too much for this baby dolphin that had landed on the beach. Seagulls had feasted already on its dead body  and the dog asked himself apparently: “Do I Like…
  • SS Oceanic – Dutch Design (66)

    GJE
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    SS Oceanic Becoming a member of PicFair inspires me to go through old photo’s to see if they are still of any interest. At wikipedia I found out the ship was built in Italy in 1965 But at SS Maritime I found out something really interesting: It seems the design was of Dutch origin..by a designer of Maatschappij de Schelde. A huge yard at Vlissingen. Question – “Who Really Designed The Oceanic”? By William Vandersteel – Alpine, NJ – USA Little known history behind the identity of the original designers of the SS Oceanic, steadfastly denied by the Italian shipbuilder and the…
  • Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century

    GJE
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, March 24, 2015Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Minka

    GJE
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Minka from Birdling Films on Vimeo. A poetic documentary found on Made with Kickstarter, a series by the New York Times, about a Japanese farmhouse, taken apart an rebuilt by an American Journalist, John Roderick, Japanese and China correspondent for the Associated Press and his Japanese adopted son. Minka is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Sunday, March 15, 2015Minka is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90

    GJE
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 I took this photo of the painting of the Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Groninger Museum. I’m not sure whether the painting belongs to its collection or not. I took the photo to use it for a post here about Hendrik Willem Mesdag, an important Dutch painter of the The Hague School. We have a panorama in The Hague, Panorama Mesdag and we have the Mesdag Collection in The Hague, a small museum which consists of his former home and studio’s, but also of the small museum he built himself for his own art…
 
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    Vagabondish

  • Travel Now or Later: Picking an Age for Long Term Travel

    Amanda Kendle
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I often talk to people about the best time in life to travel — and in particular, the best time to travel for a longer stint, half a year or even a few years. There are pros and cons to long-term travel at any age, and in hindsight I’m happy with how I’ve managed it so far. But I thought I might share my thoughts and advice for anyone who’s trying to decide how to fit their travel dreams into the rest of their life. Travel in Your Late Teens and Early 20s If you travel either before, during or directly after you finish your…
  • Travel Contest: What’s Your Worst/Most Embarrassing Tired-While-Traveling Sleepless Story?

    Mike Richard
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I was so tired once after a long-haul flight to South Africa that I showed up to the airport a day early for my connecting flight. Better than a day late, I suppose. But … that’s what being up for 32 straight hours will do to you. I’m a horribly finicky sleeper. My body needs just the right air temperature (69.5 degrees F, thank you), a mattress that’s firm but not hard, some lavender citrus scented candles, and a little Yanni (but only his earlier works before he went all mainstream). Of course none of this is available on an…
  • A Foreigner’s Lesson on How to “Deal” with Foreigners

    Turner Wright
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I’d just completed my walkabout of a one-street town filled with takeaways and information centers for those seeking to kayak down the Whanganui River. I stumbled upon an all-too-common sight in the traveling experience: the irritated, flustered local and the non-native language speaking tourist. In this case, a Chinese woman was attempting to locate the proper bus heading north, while the Kiwi bus driver tried to explain that he was traveling south. What I witnessed was some of the most condescending human behavior in the history of time: This…
  • Photo of the Moment: Wayward Llamas Near Chungara Lake, Chile

    Mike Richard
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Alejandro Gutiérrez The post Photo of the Moment: Wayward Llamas Near Chungara Lake, Chile appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • On Beer, Lesbians and Going with the Flow

    Colin Wright
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I stood in the corner, awkwardly shifting from heel to heel, acutely aware that I was the elephant in the room; ignored, but my presence definitely gnawing at the edge of everyone’s awareness. The lights pulsed in time with the electronic music and the deep bass pumping through the speakers made it difficult to pick out individual words from the cacophonic tangle of sounds and colors and movement. This was the last night of my third trip to New York and I was dreading the long flight home the next day, though it wasn’t because of the flight. No,…
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    Adventure Girl

  • Travel Gets Great with American Express Platinum Card Benefits

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

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

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

    Daniela Petrova
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:08 pm
    *Click on Photos for full resolution If you travel a lot, you know the value of traveling light. Which can be a challenge if you also want to be chic and trendy. There is only so much space in a girl’s suitcase! My trick is to choose versatile pieces that easily mix and match. I pick neutral colors—white is a summer favorite of mine—that are fashionable but go with everything. I make exceptions for a few colorful favorites that stand out as accents. Luckily, fashion trends this season are diverse, allowing for comfort and ease. Shoes: Like most of fashion this spring and summer, shoe…
  • Oh Goody, Good Stuff is here!

    AdventureGirlMGR
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    We tasted-tested them. We loved them! Makes for a great travel and on-the-go snack! Goody Good Stuff is an all-new natural gummy candy. It has taken the company over the last 15 years to develop a food technology that removes the gelatin from gummy sweets. This makes these loveable gummy treats the first of its kind to bring to the market a truly vegan option (they won the Treat of the year at the Vegetarian Society Awards) by eliminating the need for animal-based gelatin, which most traditional gummy sweets use. What we also appreciate here at Adventuregirl.com, is lack of artificial colors…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to the Tennessee Valley (Tennessee, Alabama) – Episode 464

    chris2x
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Hear about travel to the Tennessee River Valley as the Amateur Traveler talks to Chuck Prevatte from foodwinebeertravel.com about the region from Chatanooga, Teneesee to Huntsville, Alabama. Chuck says, “the Tennessee Valley […] The post Travel to the Tennessee Valley (Tennessee, Alabama) – Episode 464 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Mobile, Alabama – Episode 409 Travel to Memphis, Tennessee – Episode 424 Travel to Nashville, Tennessee – Episode 173
  • Oaxaca, Mexico Markets – Video #80

    chris2x
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Visit Oaxaca, Mexico and Monte Alban with the Amateur Traveler: This video shows some of the markets which are not just places to shop but also great places to eat. It also […] The post Oaxaca, Mexico Markets – Video #80 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Oaxaca, Mexico and Monte Alban – Video #79 Monte Alban – Oaxaca, Mexico – Daily Photo Monte Alban – Oaxaca Mexico – Daily Photo
  • Why Lake Titicaca Was Better than Machu Picchu

    BarryKramer
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Recently a friend asked me to review an itinerary he was putting together for a visit to Peru.  Since I had traveled there last summer with my daughters, he was interested in […] The post Why Lake Titicaca Was Better than Machu Picchu appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Heading to Machu Picchu? Why You Should Explore the Ruins Around Cusco First Decisions To Make Before Journeying To Machu Picchu, Peru Could Marcahuamachuco, Peru Really Rival Machu Picchu?
  • Hiking the Kings Trail (Kungsleden) in Swedish Lapland – Episode 456 Transcript

    chris2x
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    transcript of Hiking the Kings Trail (Kungsleden) in Swedish Lapland – Episode 456 Chris: Amateur Traveler: Episode 456. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about a hike through Tundra and reindeer, as we […] The post Hiking the Kings Trail (Kungsleden) in Swedish Lapland – Episode 456 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Hiking the Kings Trail (Kungsleden) in Swedish Lapland – Episode 456 Travel to the Tyrol (Tirol) Region of Austria – Episode 207 Transcript Travel to Slovenia – Episode 373 Transcript
  • Travel to the Cayman Islands – Episode 463

    chris2x
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Hear about travel to the Cayman Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kendra Pierre-Louis from kendrawrites.com about her trip to this island paradise. Kendra says: “I feel like often times when […] The post Travel to the Cayman Islands – Episode 463 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean – Episode 386 Travel to the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean – Episode 402 Travel to the Virgin Islands – Episode 181
 
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Braving the scrambles to Point Lenana, Kenya

    Nandini Chakraborty
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:20 pm
    ‘It’s going to be two to three hours of walking a day, not much steeper than Rutland waters, isn’t it?’ Commented my twelve year old daughter with trusting conviction in her tone. ‘Actually, the itinerary mentions six to seven hours a day and it is much steeper than Rutland waters’, I answered haltingly, not wanting to shatter her confidence. As she stared at me with undisguised horror, she also realized that it was too late. Our plane was touching down at Nairobi. Six months ago, I had decided to take my daughter on a once in a lifetime mother-daughter…
  • The Bangkok, Thailand Experience

    Aaron Hodges
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Well, I’m not going to lie. The first morning I woke up to the bustling noise of Bangkok, I was pretty intimidated. The sweltering heat and humidity, the traffic, the people everywhere! It was all so overwhelming. Boy was it tempting hide in the air-conditioned comfort of my hostel and avoid facing that city. So I was surprised as anyone to find myself ringside at a Muay Thai boxing match with two girls I’d met that same evening. Overall, my first day in Bangkok was like any other. I had breakfast and spent a bit of time wandering the local neighbourhood looking for things to do. I…
  • Following Moses through Belize

    Jordan Humphrey
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    “You may pack one Nalgene, a camera, a change of underwear, and your passport—nothing more, nothing less.” We do this. We are driven to the bus station. We wait outside while the bald man who told us what to bring disappears into the building. He returns and we are handed an envelope and a couple bus tickets. The bald man grunts and gestures toward one of the gargling buses. We ask no questions. We’re too excited to not take this seriously. We climb up the stairs like kids pretending to search for buried treasure. Except that the buried treasure is God. And we aren’t pretending. 96…
  • Life after Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize

    Allison Anslinger
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Life after Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize As someone who can struggle with motion sickness, a 30 minute bus ride along a muddy and bumpy road seemed like a nightmare at the start of my adventure into the jungles of Belize. In a few short hours on our return trip, that ride would seem like a pleasure cruise. It’s amazing what a little Dramamine and some perspective can do for an outlook on life. The bus ride was just the first of many challenges on a group trip to Actun Tunichil Muknal.  A local Belizean who ran a tour company sold my husband on what was billed as an adventure of a lifetime.
  • London The Hub Or the Brutal Congested City!

    Julie Syl Kalungi
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    London the Hub Or the Brutal Congested City…You decide! Do you share our Passion for travel? Would you like to see more of the world, do you think you have to save forever to take your first dream trip? Allow me to take you on a journey Recently my husband and I decided to have some R & R in London as he was away for a month over Christmas & London…! Now I consider London like being at home as I live in UK! So when we decided to head over to London  for a Business event in Ealing, we decided to also take some time out for “us” too Now Ealing is in the west side of London…
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    Elliott

  • The death of a customer doesn’t guarantee survivors a refund

    Christopher Elliott
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Marlene Eckert was looking forward to a spring river cruise in southern France, which included planned ports of call in scenic Lyon, Beaujolais, Arles and Avignon, along with an extension to Nice. But in January, her husband suffered a massive heart attack and died. Eckert, a business analyst from...
  • What to do when a flight attendant orders you to “TAKE YOUR NAP NOW!”

    Rick Gegenheimer
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    All Chen-Chih Tien wanted to do on her 13-hour flight from Dallas to Narita, Japan, was have a little dinner and catch a movie or two on the in-flight entertainment system. Is that asking too much? If you’re flying on American Airlines, apparently it is. Tien’s case comes to us straight...
  • Starbucks terminal outage stirs up a whole latte trouble

    Bob Sullivan
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Many coffee drinkers across North America rejoiced last night as Starbucks handed out free drinks. But whatever the reason, it’s probably not good news for the coffee giant or its customers. Confirmed by a mountain of celebratory Tweets, Starbucks locations around the U.S. and in Canada suffered a...
  • A $100 “warranty processing” fee? You’ve gotta be kidding!

    Mitch Lipka
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When Guive Mirfendereski is charged a $100 “warranty processing” fee for his new water heater, he wants to know if it’s legal. Read the surprising answer. Question: I am writing to you with an issue that I think borders on fraud. My water heater broke in late February while still...
  • What would make summer travel even better?

    Christopher Elliott
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Is it too soon to start thinking about summer travel? Maybe just a little. But it’s not too soon to think about making summer travel better. Early numbers suggest more Americans will vacation during the warm months than last year. They plan to spend 8% more on leisure travel than in 2014,...
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • B.madebybebe Gives Teen Singer Mozart Glamour Makeup & Hair!

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

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

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

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

    Soul Travelers3
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Snow and Ice Closes Dallas Down!Not like the snow storms on the East Coast or Snowmageddon 2015,  but half an inch of snow closed down Not like the snow storms on the East Coast or Snowmageddon 2015, but half an inch of snow closed down Dallas and brought a little bit excitement to all. Mozart had to rush out  and make some snowballs. I grew up in Michigan and lived in NYC, so I've seen my share of snowstorms, but NEVER saw such a little bit close down everything. Schools are closed, offices are closed. I guess everyone is out making snowmen! Or cleaning off the snow on their…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Cranky on the Web: Airline Satisfaction Rises (But Still Low), Dreading Flying, Drawing the Line With Unhappy Clients

    CF
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Airline customer satisfaction up, but industry ranks low – USA Today The AQR may say airlines are slipping, but USA Today wrote about the ACSI which says things are improving. I, of course, don’t like any of these, but I spoke with the author about how I agree that things are improving. Why has flying become something to be dreaded? – Scott Radley Show I joined Scott Radley on a Canadian radio show to talk about the state of flying today. It’s a 15 minute clip. In the Trenches: When to Stand Firm With a Customer – Small Business Center You’d like to please…
  • Topic of the Week: American’s CEO Gets Paid Only in Stock

    CF
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    American CEO Doug Parker said yesterday he was giving up his annual salary and bonus and instead just going to take his pay in stock. That way when the stock does well, he does well. What do you think about that? Is that a good way to pay a CEO or not?
  • US Carriers Continue to Hammer on Middle East Subsidies While Europe Fractures

    CF
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’m sure you’ve all just been dying to get an update on the US-Middle East airline fight, right? There’s little to discuss of substance, but if you’re looking for fireworks, nothing beats what’s happening across the Pond. The European carriers are really starting to take sides, and you won’t be surprised to see which airlines support which position. In the US, the fight slowly continues to move forward. Since my last post on this subject, the US carriers did get the Departments of State, Transportation, and Commerce to take a deeper look into the issue. A…
  • Emirates Shows Off Its Tremendous Attention to Detail at a Movie Premiere in the Sky

    CF
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Movie premieres happen all the time in LA. What makes them stand out from the crowd? Not much, except for the stars that show up to support each film. But there’s a new movie out called Living in the Age of Airplanes that went down a different path. The premiere for this movie was in an Emirates A380 flying over the Pacific. Pretty slick? Yes, but what I found most interesting was how Emirates went about putting this together. The attention to detail was remarkable. [Full disclosure: Emirates offered me to attend the premiere, but I had one of our concierges at Cranky Concierge, Derek…
  • United’s New Three-Course Meal in Long Haul Coach Is a Great Idea… Or a Really Bad One

    CF
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Let’s give United some real credit here. The airline has actually been doing a fair bit to try to upgrade its onboard product experience, and last week it made another good change. What’s really shocking is that while most service upgrades talk about the front cabin, this one is all about the back of the bus. The latest move is a return of free beer and wine (but not liquor) on long haul flights as well as a new three-course meal. In coach. If this goes well, it will be a really nice upgraded experience, but it also has the potential to go very wrong. Here’s exactly…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: New Cruise Ships Aim to be Bigger & Better

    PeterGreenberg.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: New Cruise Ships Aim to be Bigger & BetterThese days, hearing that a cruise line has a new ship isn’t exactly a headline. But there are some new cruise ships with notable features. Viking River Cruises is known... Read More...The post Travel Tip: New Cruise Ships Aim to be Bigger & Better appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How You Can Upload Videos Through These Apps & Sites

    PeterGreenberg.com
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How You Can Upload Videos Through These Apps & SitesI get it, you can barely keep up with the latest websites, much less the newest social-networking tools. But when it comes to sharing videos of your travels, there are... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How You Can Upload Videos Through These Apps & Sites appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Your Passport & Visas

    PeterGreenberg.com
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Your Passport & VisasUnderstanding the logistics behind getting travel visas isn’t easy, and the fact is, the rules can change on a whim. If you’re traveling for less than 90 days within a... Read More...The post Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Your Passport & Visas appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Baseball Spring Training: Arizona’s Fields of Dreams

    PeterGreenberg.com
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Baseball Spring Training: Arizona’s Fields of DreamsWhen the spring months arrive, many baseball fans travel to watch their favorite teams train for the upcoming season. Contributing writer David DeVoss recently visited Arizona to see 15 different... Read More...The post Baseball Spring Training: Arizona’s Fields of Dreams appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Teen Volunteer Opportunities At Home & Abroad

    PeterGreenberg.com
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Teen Volunteer Opportunities At Home & AbroadIf there’s one way for your child to continue his/her education when school is out, it’s by traveling. There are plenty of teen volunteer opportunities happening this summer that can... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Teen Volunteer Opportunities At Home & Abroad appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
 
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Hotel Review: Embassy Suites Valencia

    Nancy Brown
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Why do I enjoy staying at an Embassy Suites property? They are clean, spacious and offer an excellent value for the price. I recently had the opportunity to stay at Embassy Suites Valencia, and, as expected, the hotel delivered above and beyond my expectations. I was visiting Southern California to attend the Santa Clarita Cowboy […]
  • Virginia Beach: Sun, Sand & Coastal History

    Jamie Rhein
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    When one lives in Ohio, miles from a U.S. coast, and spring break family travel puts you in close proximity to the ocean, you have to go. That’s what happened to us when we eyed the distance between Williamsburg, Virginia and Virginia Beach two weeks ago. It’s about a one hour drive depending upon traffic. […]
  • Healdsburg B and B in Sonoma County

    Nancy Brown
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    As my red Mini Cooper climbed the driveway to the villa in the sky, my excitement began to peak. Bella Villa Messina would serve as my home base in Sonoma County wine country for the next three nights. With 360 degree views of the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley, this wine lover was […]
  • Eagle Harbor Inn, Door County Delight

    Nancy Brown
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tucked in the forest, across the street from Ephraim Beach, Eagle Harbor Inn offers cozy Bed and Breakfast charm with an upscale resort feel. For those of you not familiar with Door County, Wisconsin, the inn is located on the thumb of the peninsula of the state that juts out into Lake Michigan and Green […]
  • Book Review: Flavors of Aloha

    Nancy Brown
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I have never eaten at a Tommy Bahama Restaurant. In fact the closest I’ve come to it is the Tommy Bahama bikini I bought myself on the island of Oahu and a few shirts purchased for my husband. After perusing this cookbook, reading and trying some of the recipes, losing myself in the beautiful pictures […]
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • In Its Entirety Concert Series at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

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

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

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

    Benjamin Barber
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Poker fans get ready for some fast paced action!  Crazy 4 Poker pits the player against the dealer in a 4 card showdown for big payouts.  Much like it’s brethren Three Card Poker℠ and Four Card Poker℠, this title delivers quick hits Read More ... The post Crazy 4 Poker℠ | Game of the Week appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary Part 2

    Benjamin Barber
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Hey gang, we’re back with another set of gambling slang to share with you. Parimutuel Betting This term is just fun to say. With origins in French, Pari Mutuel loosely translates to “mutual betting.” Probably won’t see that on the Read More ... The post Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary Part 2 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
 
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    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • The Happiest Place on Earth — Narita, Japan

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:38 am
    The Happiest Place on Earth - Narita, Japan Narita, JapanApparently it should only take 45 min by train to Disneyland or DisneySea. Somehow we managed to get there in 2 hours!!
  • Hola Barcelona — Barcelona, Spain and Canary Islands

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Hola Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain and Canary Islands Barcelona, Spain and Canary IslandsAfter a great night's sleep, with help of Ambien we enjoyed a lovely breakfast in the hotel and them met our group and local guide, Christina. We had an excellent half-day tour of the Old City and nearby areas. When the new part of the city was built outside of the Roman walls, it was laid out in a grid. Every intersection has an octagon to allow for my light and open space. Many streets have a wide parklike center area with outdoor cafe seating. We will see more tomorrow on our Hop-On, Hop-Off tour of the…
  • Dust Devils: Ghost Winds Of The Desert — Buffalo, NY

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:36 am
    Dust Devils: Ghost Winds Of The Desert - Buffalo, NY Buffalo, NYIn Egypt, they are known as ghost winds. In Australia they are willy-willys, or whirly-whirlys. . Centipedes don\'t stop moving just because you cut them up. The vibrations are similar to a drum beat. 66 diners, features Southern favorites such fried green tomatoes, burgers, and. There is way more danger in flying dust than one would think. She is an http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/u s/nm/albuquerque/pest-defense-solutions -reviews-3843853.htm adult with children who are seeking to her for protection -- if Daddy is at work…
  • ANZAC DAY — London, United Kingdom

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:32 am
    ANZAC DAY - London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom Where I stayedHiltonKate's due date. 8.00am -Tour of London via coach. Our guide was Carlotta. She had a big booming voice. I was scared of her. Fantastic woman. Made us all laugh. She called us 'my people', 'sweethearts' and ' darlings'. I gave her a big hug at the end. Me trying to catch some commentary, v hard - Edgeware rd is known as little Beirut. Men smoking water pipes with flavourings called houkas. (or something) Madonna and Tony Blair's house is around the corner from our hotel. 'Hi Madge'. 630 acres of Hyde Park. Kate,…
  • Carnarvon, the middle of Nowhere — Carnarvon, Australia

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:32 am
    Carnarvon, the middle of Nowhere - Carnarvon, Australia Carnarvon, Australia Where I stayed BEST WESTERN Hospitality Inn CarnarvonWe drive to Carnarvon, putting on another 300km towards our final northern destination of Coral Bay. The highway is a relentless Mad Max ruler straight ribbon of pavement in the middle of the shrubbery that grows out of the red dirt sand. It's called the Indian Ocean Drive, but a glimpse of the ocean is rare. Towns are few but every 100 km or so there is a roadhouse serving up gas and bad coffee. I have resorted to packing picnics for lunch which unfortunately we…
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  • Travel with Kids: Everything You Need to Know

    Anne McDermott
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    If you’ll travel with the kids this summer (or during a holiday, or anytime) we think you’ll find this information helpful. It’s been vetted by old pros at the parenting game like FareCompare’s resident travel expert and dad, Rick Seaney. LISTEN: How does Rick cope with screaming babies? Kids Traveling Alone If your child will travel solo – what airlines call an unaccompanied minor – please see this information for planning the trip, and these practical tips for young travelers. Kids Traveling with Family If you have any special tips to add to ours, do not…
  • Why the Good Old Days of Air Travel were So Bad

    Rick Seaney
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Do you look back with nostalgia on the good old days of flying? I’ve got news for you: It wasn’t that good. Why the Good Old Days were Good Sure, people wore suits and dresses, hats and gloves – in contrast to the young man who allegedly argued he should be allowed to board a Southwest flight in a T-shirt which prominently displayed the F-word (he lost). Sure, fees were unheard of – in contrast to today when some airlines charge for everything from carry-on bags to a drink of water. Sure, flight attendants were girdled and youthful – compared to the men and women…
  • Hawaii: Best Time to Fly and Buy for Cheapest Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hawaii is an endless array of natural wonders, sophisticated nightlife, vibrant culture, international dining and all those beautiful beaches. Add the warmth of a tropical sun and you really do have something close to paradise. The Aloha State can also be on the expensive side, but not out of reach. This Hawaii guide will help you find the cheapest possible airline tickets. LISTEN: Hear about Rick’s latest visit to the 50th state. Where is Hawaii The Hawaiian islands are in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii’s eight main islands include Oahu, home of the state capital, Honolulu,…
  • You Can Afford a Summer Flight

    Rick Seaney
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    You may have read some of the depressing media stories about new fees but, cheer up. We show you how to turn it around and actually save money. LISTEN: Rick loves saving money. Affordable Summer Flights Four ways to cut costs on your summer vacation travels. 1. Don’t pay the new fees Bag fees: Frontier Airlines is raising the price of some of its baggage fees in May. What’s many may not know is Frontier, Allegiant and Spirit charge for all bags, checked-luggage and carry-ons. How to save: Frontier, Allegiant and Spirit allow a free carry-on – but only if it fits under the…
  • How to Find Really Cheap Flights to Europe

    Rick Seaney
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    If you’re looking for an excuse to go to Europe (like anyone needs one), here are two: The dollar is strong. The fares can be really cheap. 4 Steps to Find Cheap Flights to Europe Finding cheap fares is a matter of knowing where to look. Compare fares This is true for flights to Europe, for flights within the U.S. or most other countries, or flights around the world. No single airline always has the cheapest fare so if you don’t compare airfare prices, you may pay more than you have to. Look at newer airlines Norwegian Air Shuttle: Earlier this year, this Norwegian airline offered…
 
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  • Now You Can Order Your Sandwich When You Hit the Tarmac at O’Hare. And That’s a Good Thing.

    Gary Leff
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    The single greatest sandwich at any airport can be found at Tortas Frontera, at Chicago O'Hare (terminals 1, 3, and 5). The only downside is that they make the sandwiches fresh, and while they're generally ready in about 10 minutes I've turned up.. had to wait in line.. and been told to expect a 15 minute wait once I've been able to order. That can make things dicey on a quick connection - a choice between a delicious choriqueso and risking having to gate check a bag. Now you no longer need to make that tradeoff... Continue reading Now You Can Order Your Sandwich When You Hit the Tarmac at…
  • How to Handle Flight Delays and Checked Bags When Traveling on Separate Tickets

    Gary Leff
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Traveling on separate tickets is sometimes necessary to save money, or to put together award travel. But it presents risks. If you're connecting on different airlines with separate tickets, neither airline may be responsible for getting you to your final destination if things go awry. And you may not even be able to check your bags all the way through, either. Here's how different US airlines approach the problem, and what you can do to protect yourself. Continue reading How to Handle Flight Delays and Checked Bags When Traveling on Separate Tickets...
  • Citi Prestige 4th Night Free on All Your Hotel Stays: This is Real

    Gary Leff
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    An underappreciated benefit of the Citi Prestige card is that you get your 4th night free on any hotel stay -- as many times as you want during the year. Here's how to take advantage of that benefit, which still gets you points, stay credit, and elite recognition. Continue reading Citi Prestige 4th Night Free on All Your Hotel Stays: This is Real...
  • How to Get the Bonus for Chase Sapphire Preferred a Second Time

    Gary Leff
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Chase will let you have a bonus again for a card you've already had if you follow two simple rules. So if you've had Sapphire Preferred before, you may like it and want it again. Here's how you can get up to 45,000 points for signing up, no matter how many points you've gotten from the card before. Continue reading How to Get the Bonus for Chase Sapphire Preferred a Second Time...
  • Sorry, Phoenix. This is How Airlines Choose International Routes.

    Gary Leff
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    Size of a city alone isn't enough to support international air service. Size of the metro area, primary destinations from that area, available aircraft, and concentration of business are much more important. And that's why Phoenix - the 6th largest city in the US - gets only a single transatlantic flight (and a marginal one for British Airways at that). Here are key factors airlines use in choosing international flying. And it's why even when the idea comes up for Phoenix, it gets rejected... Continue reading Sorry, Phoenix. This is How Airlines Choose International Routes....
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  • Market House Hotel Tel Aviv near Jaffa flea market

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

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

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

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

    Arnon Kohavi
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Yes another luxury boutique hotel has opened in Israel.  The Norman Tel Aviv is a fusion of 1920s elegance and unparalleled service, housed in two historic buildings, superbly restored to their unique architectural heritage. Facilities include a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness room, Wellness Center, and a selection of world-class fine dining restaurants.There are 50 unique luxury accommodation choices, housed in two iconic restored buildings. The main building at 25 Nachmani St features 30 individually designed guest rooms. At 23 Nachmani St, the executive all-suites building offers…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • Parking on the Cycle Path

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

    Tony Wheeler
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Tim Low’s popular book Where Song Began tells the story of Australia’s big, noisy, aggressive and colourful birds. ‘And how they changed the world’ according to the sub-title. I’m no bird expert or even real bird enthusiast, but they do intrigue me and I do regularly encounter interesting examples. Earlier this year I posted about the cockatoo invasion of the Victorian coastal resort of Lorne. I hadn’t been to Lorne for several years and on my last visit the town certainly wasn’t full of cockatoos. It is now. Tim Low comments on how cockatoos have invaded all sorts of places in…
  • Aircraft Technology – ahead of the curve

    Tony Wheeler
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Moving Maps It’s nice to be ahead of the curve sometimes. I spoke at a Future of Travel conference in Spain for The Economist last week and one of the questions I posed was ‘why can’t those air maps I spend so much time looking at work better, give us more information?’ Why can’t I get the Wikipedia story on whatever I’m seeing down below? Only a couple of days later Airbus put out a story of a new patent for an interactive window which would do exactly what I was asking for. See something out the window, tap on it and the story pops up. In between I flew back to Australia from…
  • A Southern Robin on my Shoe

    Tony Wheeler
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    On my final day on the Routeburn Track in New Zealand I encountered a number of southern robins or bush robins. They look just like the English robin red breast, except they’re bigger and more robust looking and sport yellow breast feathers instead of red ones. The English robin likes to hang around gardeners, hoping they’ll fork up some tasty worms. In similar fashion the New Zealand robins look out for walkers, hoping they’ll stir up some insects or even bring some along, clinging to their clothes. Since I’d destroyed one of my walking shoes on the penultimate day of the walk I was…
  • A Gear Failure & a Gear Fix

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Just before starting out on the Routeburn Track I saw a warning about shoe failure, make sure your walking shoes are in good shape. Well I thought mine were, I’ve got a few pairs of walking shoes and the ones I chose for my New Zealand walk had done some hard miles over the years, but still looked in good shape. They went up to Mueller Hut and back just fine and completed Day 1 of the Routeburn looking good. Half way through Day 2 I noticed the sole was detaching from the left shoe, right in the middle at the instep. I started walking more carefully and checking the situation regularly.
 
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • How to set up your American iPhone when traveling in Europe to avoid a billing “surprise”

    Tom Meyers
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    So, you’re planning to use your American smartphone during your upcoming trip to Europe. Great. But how can you ensure that you’re not going to accidentally blow through all of your data and come home to a $800 bill from your carrier? For starters — read through our guide! Using data? Get a plan. If you’re an AT&T, Verizon or Sprint iPhone customer and are planning, at any point during your trip, to use a data network to access the web or use emails, you are strongly advised to get some sort of plan. Otherwise, it will cost you. (AT&T, for example, charges a…
  • Venice: Save on vaporetto tickets with a Tourist Travel Card

    Monica Cesarato
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Transportation around Venice can be very expensive—and I’m not even talking about using water taxis, which have a pricing system (yikes!) of their own. I am talking about “public transportation,” which in Venice mostly means taking the vaporetti (water bus) up and down the Grand Canal. A single trip on a vaporetto costs €7, whether you take the boat for one stop or for a whole Grand Canal tour. Fortunately, however, there is a system designed for tourists that will help you save some serious money. Tourist Travel Cards In recent years ACTV (Venice’s bus and…
  • The best food in Spain? Here are 7 top contenders

    Regina W Bryan
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Spanish food and wine is en vogue all over North America at the moment. And with good reason! The nosh in Spain is as diverse as the many unique territories that make up the country, from tapas in the south, to paella in the east, to pintxos in the north, there is so much good food to try. Your stomach will be happy, as well as your wallet, because most classic dishes in Spain are very affordable. Searching out these inexpensive bites is half the fun of traveling through the Iberian Peninsula and the islands. But how do you know what to order? We’ve made your culinary mission a lot…
  • 7 overlooked and under-visited European destinations that offer extraordinary value

    Alex Robertson Textor
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    For Americans, Europe looks set to be particularly budget-friendly this year. This is all well and good, as summer season is just around the corner. But favorable exchange rates only go so far; for most travelers, high-value and modest costs remain objectives. Below are a few affordable, attention-worthy European destinations. I came up with three of my own and I asked some experts – notable travel bloggers and writers – to contribute theirs. These writers took time out of their busy schedules to share their go-to European picks. From the rural (a small Greek island, the north of Cyprus,…
  • 9 ways to celebrate the spring in Paris this year

    Bryan Pirolli
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    We’re already officially a few weeks in, but only now does it truly feel like spring in Paris. The Parisians are back from their Easter vacations and settling into their new routines, delighted by longer days and warmer temperatures. And it’s not just the locals who feeling the season. Visitors to Paris during these warmer spring months have a tendency to get downright giddy (weather-permitting). To help you get your giddy on, here are 9 ways to celebrate the spring this year in Paris, nearly all of them outdoors. 1. Drink on a terrace Find me a Parisian who doesn’t love a chilled…
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  • Seeing Green — Eco Friendly Places to Visit in Paris

    Greg Head
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    It’s one of the most visited destinations in the whole world. Millions of visitors from all over the world come to take advantage of its pre-eminent landmarks, famed cuisine and captivating cultural attractions. But the unfortunate thing for Paris is that this hive of activity undoubtedly increases its carbon footprint. After all, there are 19,500… Read more The post Seeing Green — Eco Friendly Places to Visit in Paris appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Earth Day Resolutions for a New Beginning

    Kimberly
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Rather than being the one day a year when everyone does something to reduce their impact, then forgets about it until next year, Earth Day should be a time for resolutions and new beginnings.... I've been focusing my energies on seeking green ways to furnish and repair our new (to us - it was built in 1925) house and helping nonprofits navigate the world of social media and online marketing by launching a new division of a direct mail company. The post 5 Earth Day Resolutions for a New Beginning appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Spending an Unforgettable Christmas in Europe

    Kimberly
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When I think back to the winter I spent backpacking around Eastern Europe, I remember the smell of mulled wine, the sight of kids sledding down man-made hills at Christmas markets, and the wonderful feeling of stepping out of subzero temperatures and into a warm museum. Christmas in Europe is beautiful in the winter and the… Read more The post Spending an Unforgettable Christmas in Europe appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Money Belt Reviews for Every Traveler

    Greg Head
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Are you ready for your first trip abroad? Have you packed your bags? If so, then make sure that you have a money belt, where you can safely put your credit cards, travel documents, room keys, etc. If you don’t have one, then you ought to read our money belt reviews to determine which one… Read more The post Money Belt Reviews for Every Traveler appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Choosing the Right Travel Backpack for You

    Greg Head
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    It’s great that you’re going to travel, and if you want your belongings with you all the time then you’ll need a travel backpack instead of the usual luggage bags. Travel backpacks may enable you to go on short hikes and camping trips, and you can decide to go to another city or country on… Read more The post Choosing the Right Travel Backpack for You appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Kathmandu: How Facebook's New 'Safety Check' is Aiding Travelers Following the Nepal Earthquake

    JetSetCD
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:06 pm
    I was boarding a plane when it happened, the Nepal Earthquake, that is. I wasn't in Kathmandu. I was in Abu Dhabi, readying for a 15-hour flight back to the U.S., but I knew that one of my good friends was in Nepal and had been traveling around some of the areas most effected by the 7.8 earthquake and its aftershocks. How bad was this really? Was he safe? While initial reports of the earthquake's magnitude rolled down my Twitter stream, a Facebook notification appeared just before the crew made the announcement for electronic devices to be turned off for take off. That notification, a green…
  • Follow the TSA Before the Start of Summer Travels

    JetSetCD
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    This is a public service announcement: the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is hip to social media. Perhaps you already follow their stellar Instagram account? That's @TSA, naturally, with 263,000 followers enjoying near-daily images of confiscated weapons that'd be more at home in Game of Thrones than in a carry-on bag. But do you follow their tweets? The game is different on "the twitter" for the TSA, which utilizes the social network to relay important changes in policies, notifications and reminders of rules around heavy holiday travel periods, and other fun facts (depending on…
  • Chicago: Street Food Friday: Crepe in the Park Serves Sweet and Savory French Pastry on Chicago's North Side

    lindamarsicano
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Good news for Chicagoans hoping Crepe in the Park would return for its third season near Welles Park in Lincoln Square: the Parisian-inspired food stand at Lincoln and Sunnyside is back and better than ever. We're long-time fans and visited yesterday to do some taste-testing, opting for the sweet side of the menu which offers a choice of three ingredients such as fruit, chocolate and nuts topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar. The "savory" side of the menu is more like a meal than dessert -- and everything on it is near perfection, particularly the chicken pesto with parmesan and the…
  • an Francisco: 3 Famous Filming Locations From 3 Of This Year's TV Reboots

    cmb
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    Everything that's old is new again, at least on television. Many of TV's biggest hits from the 1990s are being rebooted, including Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and Full House, the latter which is being reincarnated as Fuller House. Here are three famous filming locations you can visit right now from the original series to help you get you ready for their return this fall.
  • For The Best Views In Canada, Find the Red Chairs

    Charyn Pfeuffer
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    If you’ve spent any time north of the border, you know that Canada has no shortage of absolutely breathtaking parks. There’s Banff National Park in Alberta, Saguenay-St. Lawrence in Québec and Mount Revelstoke and Glacier in British Columbia – to name a few. Parks Canada has stepped up the park-going experience for visitors with its Parks Canada’s Red Chair Experience. To encourage outdoor enthusiasts to get out and explore, they’ve placed bright red recycled Adirondack chairs in the best places throughout the country’s parks. (Made in Canada, of course.) Some…
 
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  • Check-Out Folio:A Hotel Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream

    juliana
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · THE RITZ PARIS WILL REOPEN IN JUNE · SIXTY'S SOUTH BEACH HOTEL WILL OPEN IN JULY · A 'FOUR SEASON SHACKS UP WITH CAPELLA IN BANGKOK ALSO: A perfect hotel room light switch. CHARGES · CAN BAHA MAR RECOVER FROM THIS EPIC OPENING FAIL? · UGLY STANDARD LONDON IS UGLY · QUELLE HORROR! HOTEL DU CAP FERRAT TO BECOME A FOUR SEASONS ALSO:
  • Garden City: Conestoga Ranch is Bringing Glamping To Utah’s Bear Lake

    cmb
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Utah’s Bear Lake has a new camping option that’s far from roughing it. The area's first glamping resort to cater to families, couples and corporate retreats, will debut in Garden City, UT this summer. Conestoga Ranch is set to open on July 1 and will be able to accommodate 160 guests over 18 acres above Bear Lake. Glamping tents and conestogas, or covered wagons, all with full beds and fresh linens, will be available for overnight guests. The mobile wagons can be moved into custom “encampments” while the tents all have en suite bathrooms, complete with hot showers.
  • Puebla: Rosewood’s Next Luxury Hotel Will Be in an Unesco World Heritage Site

    juliana
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The cathedral of Puebla, Mexico.The very near future for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is rosy indeed. The group already has 18 luxury properties in 11 countries, with another 11 under development, including this latest one—Rosewood Puebla Mexico, opening in 2016. The downtown area of Puebla was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, because of it’s plentitude of historical sites such as Cholula, which is the site of the world’s largest pyramid. Puebla is also famous for its plentitude of churches (over 365) and for creating one of Mexico’s national dishes, mole…
  • Baby You Can Drive Their Car, If You Book A Room At These Luxe Hotels

    DesignMinder
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Luxury hotels and their cars - there’s a subject we’ve covered from many angles. From tooling in a Tesla around SoCal, to hotel suites dedicated to the Bentley and the Jaguar, to an entire hotel that celebrates the Ferrari. For a traveling luxury car enthusiast, what could be better? How about driving one of these babies yourself? You know you want to, and now you can, if you're staying at the The Athenaeum in London, or at one of a selection of Waldorf Astoria Hotels around the world.
  • Aberdeen: Anyone for Britain's First Beer Hotel?

    juliab
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    A BrewDog bar in Leicester Beer hotels – it’s taken a while, but it appears they might be finally becoming a Thing. Hot on the heels of the Dogfish Inn in Delaware comes news that Scottish craft brewer BrewDog is planning to open its own hotel.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Map: 27 Game of Thrones Filming Locations to Visit in Europe

    Viator Travel Team
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    The otherworldly landscapes seen on-screen in the Game of Thrones are as captivating as the dragons, direwolves and white walkers that make the story so unique. From the icy wilderness North of the Wall to the soaring fortress of King’s Landing, many of the show’s most memorable scenes were shot in real-life locations dotted all around Europe. Game of Thrones tours now run in Croatia, Malta, Northern Ireland, Iceland and Spain, allowing fans to undertake their own epic journey around the Seven Kingdoms, discovering some of Europe’s most spectacular natural and manmade wonders along the…
  • Commemorating ANZAC Day in Turkey and Australia

    Kerrie OMahony
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    The UK has Remembrance Day, the US has Memorial Day and Down Under we have ANZAC Day. Every child in Australia and New Zealand knows December 25 is Christmas Day, and April 25 is ANZAC Day. During our time at school, we learn about the day when Australia truly grew up and became a real country. Through uncertain economic times, racial divides and severe drought, there is one day of the year when all else is put aside and the nation comes together to share a few moments of silence as we say thank you to those who have gone to war to protect our freedom. Turkish soldier carrying wounded ANZAC…
  • Announcing Our Spring Break Instagram Photo Contest Winners!

    Viator Travel Team
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Congratulations to our winner for the Spring Break Instagram Contest! The winning shot, by pcai1 was taken in the beautiful Oneonta Gorge in Oregon. Looks like a great place for a hike out in the wilderness! Here are our selections that round out our Top Ten: Andrea Claire took the selfie to new heights on a hot air balloon ride above Dubai. Erica J had a blast with her friends out on the California coast in Big Sur. Ed Gonzalez watched people walk the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Ireland from a safe distance! curious_mag held on tight to a rope swing while in Jamaica. Mary Clark was…
  • Out of Office: Michelle Takes in the Lights and Sights of Taiwan

    Viator Travel Team
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
  • Best Beaches in Mozambique

    Viator Travel Team
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Mozambique is the best vacation destination that you may have never considered. Sun-soaked, white sand beaches give way to translucent ocean water. Development – particularly of resort areas – is rapidly on the rise in the most picturesque beach areas of the country. If you want a unique vacation that’s off the beaten path, consider going to one of the best beaches in Mozambique. Relax in Tofo Tofo Once a backpacker hub on the Eastern coast of Africa, Tofo Beach is now building up a reputation as one of the best vacation spots for luxury travelers, as well. The small town is in the…
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Where I Like to Drink in Singapore: Druggists

    Brian Spencer
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    Whether by lucky chance or by clever game plan–or a little of both–this much is obvious: Druggists has completely fucking nailed it. Though the range of beers poured from the bar’s 23 taps leans “extreme” for Singapore’s newborn craft-beer market, and though wallets will be dead on arrival for those sipping nothing but high-ABV pints, there’s a certain magic to the place that helps it transcend traditional demarcation lines and pull off the practically impossible here: appeal equally, and greatly, to all demographics of drinkers. The bearded, hardcore…
  • Find the Spirit of Detroit at the Eastern Market

    Sheila Scarborough
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    When people think of Detroit, a farmers market is probably not the first thing that springs to mind, but maybe it should be. The city’s historic Eastern Market (listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places) is close to downtown; it’s a great way to connect with locals and feel the pulse of a resurgent urban core. I stopped by the busy Saturday morning market that operates year-round, but there are seasonal markets on other days, depending upon the time of year. The market is separated into multiple large buildings called “sheds.” In the winter, almost all…
  • Scotland’s North

    Kerry Dexter
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:02 pm
    In travelers’ imaginations, visits to Scotland often include the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, castles, perhaps at Stirling or in Edinburgh, golfing, maybe at The Old Course in Saint Andrews, distillery tours, Loch Ness…but the very far north, up past Inverness, places with names such as Dornoch, Thurso, Ullapool, Wick, Ben Wyvis, Cape Wrath? Not so much. The North Coast 500, a route that’s meant to be a gateway Scotland’s North Highlands, is one way folk in the area are working to let people know what they will discover in the north. As you might suppose from its name, the North
  • In Singapore, Brooklyn-Based Motorino Settles Into a Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

    Brian Spencer
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    When I moved back to Brooklyn in 2009 following a glorious nine-month stint in Bangkok, one of the few things I actually looked forward to was Motorino pizza. Neapolitan-style, puffy-crusted, doughy, lightly burned, perfect Motorino pizza. As it turned out, while I was away the Williamsburg building that housed Motorino was condemned and later demolished. Drats. (To be clear, the restaurant was not to blame for the condemnation, and its staff was not in the building when it was leveled.) As far as restaurant closures go, that one was a little heartbreaking. Yes, as you may have heard NYC does
  • How to Travel Like a Pro: 17 Tips to Take Control of Your Trip

    Sheila Scarborough
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    You’ll spot them at the airport; the folks who are lugging enormous suitcases and standing in line to check in for their flight and get a boarding pass. The pro traveler usually walks right by, because he or she packs lightly, has already checked in online and already has a boarding pass in hand (along with a photo ID so there’s no fumbling in the wallet.) Read on for more tips to help you handle travel like a boss …. 1)   If you do not have to stay at a specific hotel, look at packages rather than booking hotel,
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  • The foodie traveller sips ginseng coffee in Milan

    Dixe Wills
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A very un-Italian sounding coffee has been popping up in bistros from Milan to Napoli – though caffè al ginseng remains stubbornly obscure in the UKCappuccino, espresso, macchiato – we’ve all learnt how to speak coffee in Italian. Visit Italy nowadays though and you’ll find its bars serving a beverage that has yet to make it into the English lexicon: caffè al ginseng. A hit with those cool cats, the Milanese, when it arrived in the city from south-east Asia just over a decade ago, the arabica bean coffee, flavoured with ginseng root extract, has since conquered the nation,…
  • Nightlife reports: a tour of Copenhagen's clubs and bars

    Will Coldwell
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Copenhagen’s flourishing club scene features a diverse mix of venues, which are as full of character as they are cutting-edge DJs and producersNightlife guides: Belgrade | Lisbon | Amsterdam | GlasgowIt’s 11pm and I’m cycling slowly through the streets of Nørrebro, with the Dunkel Radio crew – a collective of DJs and producers pushing Copenhagen’s underground electronic music scene. Co-founder Najaaraq Vestbirk is pedalling beside me on a hefty Christiania bike and she has another member of the team, Emma Blake, tucked up in its cargo box under a blanket with a can of beer…
  • Travel tips: Abruzzo, and this week’s best deals

    Joanne O'Connor
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:59 pm
    This often overlooked Adriatic province is reckoned to have the best food in Italy. Plus, a boutique hotel in Bradford on Avon, and The Sound of Music revisitedWhy go?Squeezed between the Majella mountains and the Adriatic coastline, the province of Abruzzo comes as a breath of fresh air after the tourist-clogged beaches of the Italian Riviera. Its wild national parks, hilltop hamlets and refreshingly down-to-earth seaside resorts are inexplicably overlooked by foreign travellers. With cheap flights into Pescara (Easyjet and Ryanair), appealing new places to stay and a reputation for the best…
  • Chicago’s new high line is ‘more than an elevated park’

    Jonathan Thompson
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    At 2.7 miles, Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail is more than twice the length of New York’s High Line, and as the final touches are made to it before its June opening, the city has been trumpeting its achievementAt the turn of the 20th century, a copywriter and budding author living in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighbourhood came up with the concept behind one of the most famous children’s books of all time: a yellow brick road.Some 115 years after The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum was published, an alluring pathway (though of a different hue) is about to become reality – just one block…
  • Hotel Gotham, Manchester: review

    Tony Naylor
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to modern Manchester – or at least one side of it – at the glitzy, ambitious, unapologetically opulent Gotham. It is not cheap but in a city with few boutique hotels, it offers a little pizazz and pamperingManchester’s identity has been forged in a now much-mythologised past of wild nightlife, radical politics and defiant working-class culture. This is the city of the Chartists and the Hacienda, Morrissey and Mark E Smith; a cocksure northern crucible of famous football clubs, great music and gritty art.In truth, that was only ever half the story. For instance, King Street –…
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  • Lonely Planet Kids: bugs and butterflies colouring competition

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

    Emma Sparks
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Pho is a classic dish to try in Vietnam. Image by Jame Healy / CC2.0 Our Lonely Planet Pathfinders have been venturing far and wide this month, from the lofty tea plantations of Darjeeling to the icy length of the Trans-Siberian railway. We’ve curated the best of their travel tips and stories here. Darjeeling: India’s Decompression Chamber – Nick Hewitt With a tantalising view of Nepal and the mountains within, this calm alpine town stands in stark contrast to the rest of India. It offers tea like nowhere else on earth, a UNESCO-listed steam train and an unconventionally…
  • Make My Day: locals’ tips for London and San Francisco

    Emma Sparks
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    In the world’s greatest cities, there need never be a dull moment. When it comes to finding things to do, the possibilities are practically endless — so which do you choose? Inspired by our new Make My Day city guides, which help travellers mix and match brilliant ideas for mornings, afternoons and evenings, we asked a handful of Lonely Planet staff from London and San Francisco how they would spend a perfect day in their own city. London London’s Borough Market is the ideal stop for a snack. Image by Tony C French / Photolibrary / Getty Images Beat the crowd, fuel up with a…
  • #LPInstawalk: Seattle edition

    Emma Sparks
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    It’s hard to define what makes a place ‘cool’, but whatever it is, Seattle has it in abundance. Beer-lovers find plenty to keep them occupied—as do foodies—and there are plenty of outdoor adventures right on the city’s doorstep. We’re offering ten lucky Instagrammers the chance to join Lonely Planet expert Valerie Stimac (@Valerie_Valise) and talented Instagrammer Victoria Wright (@Veekster) on a bespoke tour of Seattle on Sunday 12th April. We’ll share some of our insider tips on where to go and what to see in Seattle, as well as pro advice on…
  • Join our Paris vs. Barcelona debate on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    Do you have a penchant for Paris? Or is Barcelona more your bag? It’s difficult to choose between these two European heavyweights – which is why we’re inviting you to help us decide! Choose your team and bring your best tips and pictures to our Paris vs. Barcelona debate. Which city will come out on top when it comes to beauty, gastronomy and wow-factor? That depends on your tweets. The best tweeter will win Paris and Barcelona guides from our brand new Make My Day series. How do I take part? 1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Twitter on Wednesday 29 April…
 
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    LandLopers

  • Beauty Of Spring Around The World

    Matt Long
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Even though it’s still cold in many parts of the world, spring is here with its beautiful blooming flowers and sunny days. Always on top of any possible calendar tie-ins, the organizations of #FriFotos this week have designated SPRING as the topic of choice. Below are some colorful photos taken around the world that encapsulate the spirit of spring from many different points of view.Washington DCLeipzig GermanyBordeaux, FranceTokyoSt. KittsIstanbulWalesSwedenBangkok, ThailandLake District, EnglandGermanyEleuthera, BahamasThe post Beauty Of Spring Around The World appeared first on…
  • Walking Through New Orleans’ Colorful Faubourg Marigny Neighborhood

    Matt Long
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:06 pm
    I got up early one morning while visiting New Orleans, the siren call of beignets from Café du Monde were too much to resist. As it turns out, walking through this beautiful city in the first rays of sunlight was the perfect time to reconnect with a town I hadn’t visited in a very long time. My wanderings did more than just show off parts of the French Quarter I hadn’t seen before, it also introduced me to a part of town I’d never before visited – the colorful Faubourg Marigny.It was all an accident. I don’t have a great sense of direction, but in New Orleans that’s more of an…
  • Symmetry and Design in Hamburg’s Old Working Class District

    Matt Long
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The post Symmetry and Design in Hamburg’s Old Working Class District appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Falling Back In Love With My Hometown: Washington, DC

    Matt Long
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    I moved to the Washington, DC metro region in 2000, right out of graduate school. I moved here not from a fierce love of the city but because it just seemed like the right thing to do. Most of my friends from both undergrad and grad schools moved there and since I had two degrees in international politics, it also seemed like the only place in the country where I could find a job. I had spent some time in the city beforehand of course and in general I liked it. But I honestly didn’t know a lot about it before loading up my car and heading east. That turned out to be a good thing actually,…
  • Bright Colors at the Cemetery of Punta Arenas, Chile

    Matt Long
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:50 pm
    The post Bright Colors at the Cemetery of Punta Arenas, Chile appeared first on LandLopers.
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    Indie Travel Podcast

  • Essentials for a Great Overland Safari In Africa

    Hannah and Adam
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    Overlanding from Nairobi to Cape Town was a life-changing journey. I also turned into quite a keen camper and after such an amazing trip we’ll be returning in May and leading a photo safari through Kenya and Uganda with Acacia Africa. Our next visit will include gorilla trekking, but before we add this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to our list, here are the essentials (based on our experience) to consider if you want to enjoy a great safari on the continent. Overland trucks On the truck while trying to capture those cats. Life on an overland safari revolves around the truck and being on the…
  • Working on the Road with Nora Dunn – episode 297

    Craig and Linda
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    In this episode, Craig catches up with Nora Dunn from the Professional Hobo. As well as finding out what she’s been up to recently, they talk about what started her off on her eight-year journey and about her recent book: Working on the Road: The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom. To listen, hit play below or find episode 297 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Like us, Nora started travelling back in 2006, but unlike us she sold off a house, car, and business to do so. She says a little niggling voice at the back of her head just kept telling her that she wasn’t doing the…
  • 7 Ways To Save Africa’s Rhinos

    Chris Mears
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The clock is ticking. If we don’t get on board and stop the rhino poaching crisis these horned mammals could well become extinct by 2026. We have little more than a decade to make the necessary changes so whether you’re heading off on safari or want to give your support to rhinos from your sofa, here are seven ways to make a difference. 1. Book an adventure on the continent: You don’t need to be a volunteer to make a difference. Every traveller who pays park fees in Africa is contributing to ongoing conservation projects. Your tourist dollars will help to fund the basics…
  • How To Best Plan Your Train Travel In Spain

    Sandra Vallaure
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    You are probably considering traveling in Spain with the train. But you still have many questions and are unsure on whether this is the option that best suits your needs. For instance, based on your trip itinerary, will you be better off buying point-to-point tickets or a rail pass? If it’s a rail pass, which one is better? A great trip starts with good planning, so keep reading for some helpful tips. Whether you are traveling alone, with your family or with a large group, you will learn how to get the best price and book your reservation. Below is a list of the most frequent questions you…
  • The hiatus is over!

    Craig and Linda
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    Where have we been for the last year? We discuss why we took a year off the Indie Travel Podcast and our plans for 2015 To listen, hit play below or find episode 296 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: We’ve had a lot of really encouraging tweets, Facebook messages and emails over the last year, while we took a hiatus from the show. Thanks so much for your support; we miss you! We were in the midst of a new business for Craig, and the start of a Master’s program for Linda, in addition to a rather domestic year, that saw us spend the bulk of our time in two cities. As well as…
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  • Where the Story Starts

    Pam Mandel
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    Portrait of Adele Bauer-Bloch by Gustav Klimt It’s hardly a state secret that the Austrians weren’t very nice during WWII. Yes, there was a resistance movement, there’s always a resistance movement. But we all know what happened. The Nazis robbed and murdered millions of people. After the war, Austria quietly integrated stolen art into its museum collections and returned to their genteel formality. “An unfortunate episode, best not talked about, there was nothing to be done,” is my personal take on how Austria, as a nation, grapples with the horror of WWII. All this is at the front…
  • Dandy

    Pam Mandel
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    About 10 am I’m supposed to curse dandelions because I have a lawn, but I just can’t. They look like little universes of exploding stars. And a friend reminded me that Carl Sagan’s original Spaceship of the Imagination was shaped like a dandelion seed, so now that they’re mostly blown away, I wonder where they’ve gone. About 4pm.   The post Dandy appeared first on nerd's eye view.
  • Elsewhere, Vanity Link Edition

    Pam Mandel
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Darma repair? That’s a thing?   I wrapped up my cake series over on Gadling with this short expose about Vienna’s iconic Sachertorte. Podcast producer Katy Sewell came over while my friend Jessica Spiegel was in town — Katy interviewed both of us about freelancing and expat life. Spoiler alert: I was an unhappy expat. My friend Alex asked me to throw in on a piece he was writing about overlooked destinations in Europe. My choice? Graz, Austria. It took us a while to figure some things out, but we finally got the band back together. Our first gig with Phil, our new bass…
  • The Matzo Ball Soup Waffle

    Pam Mandel
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    I hate it when food bloggers bury the recipe all the way down the page. I’m all, “JUST TELL ME WHAT IS IN IT!” Let my people waffle, already. Here’s how to make your own matzo ball soup waffles. It’s easy. This makes four waffles, you’re probably going to want more, they’re that good. One packet Streit’s matzo ball soup mix Eggs Vegetable oil Chicken stock Make the mix as per the instructions on the box. (That’s what you need the eggs and the oil for.) Add 1/4 cup of chicken stock, cover the bowl, and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
  • You’re a Stranger Too? Have Some Soup.

    Pam Mandel
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    14th Century Mocatta Haggadah, Spain (Detail) “Jews are tied together by irrational bonds of memory…” — Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews I am not a religious person, not even a little bit, but you would never hear me say I wasn’t Jewish. I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to it until my ex-husband’s parents tried to get me to convert — how could I convert from a religion I didn’t really have? And yet, I could not give it up, it was the same as if they’d suggested I become ethnic Chinese. This wrangling with my identity…
 
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Passively Find the Best Last-Minute Travel Deals

    Tim Leffel
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • The Toughest Two Hours in Peru

    Tim Leffel
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
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  • Don’t Hurry Through Peru

    Tim Leffel
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Really Getting Away From It All: Real de Catorce in Mexico

    Tim Leffel
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Europe on the Cheap(er): Istanbul

    Tim Leffel
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Happy St George's Day! Find your English home swap

    Home Base Holidays
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
    Wishing everyone a very Happy St George's Day! Being based in London (and operating a home exchange service since 1985), Home Base Holidays has thousands of tempting home exchange travel offers throughout England. Search our English home swap offers to find your perfect home exchange in England Related articles Home exchange holidays - no need for a car in many destinations
  • Enjoyed a home swap? Win a Kobo Touch eReader

    Home Base Holidays
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    We love reading your trip reports! To thank you we're giving away another Kobo Touch eReader to one lucky member. How to win a Kobo eReader:  We will randomly select one of the trip reports and then send that member a Kobo eReader Touch (great to take on your next exchange!). To be in with a chance of winning simply log in and add your home swap trip report by the 25th April 2015. Not yet been on a swap? You can still enter the Kobo eReader Touch prize draw. First make sure that you have an active Home Base Holidays membership (not yet a member? Add your home) and then simply send us an…
  • Preparing Your Home For a Successful Swap

    Home Base Holidays
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:18 am
    By Bryn Huntpalmer If you are going to be staying in someone else’s home you want it to be clean and feel like a vacation rather than crashing at your brother’s house, right? The same goes for preparing your own home for a house swap. We’ve put together a handy checklist of things to take care of before you head off on your next swapping adventure! Bathrooms  Via Modernize  Bathrooms are the most gross so let’s take of this first. Open windows to air the room out while you clean. Throw away extra bath products you don’t need and store the rest somewhere out of sight Spray down…
  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    In this issue of the Home Swappers travel newsletter: Featured home exchanges: London, Paris, Bubion, Barcelona and Bath Trip reports: cottage home swap, a wonderful English summer! WIN a Kobo eReader - tell us about your swaps Two for the price of one! Join Aussie House Swap for FREE Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Check out previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive newsletters as published. Related articles Free things to do in London, starting with staying for free on a home exchange Live like a local - April home exchange…
  • No car no problem: no need for a car on many home swap holidays

    Home Base Holidays
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    “We haven't owned a car for several years and although we sometimes hire one when on holiday, we usually rely on public transport. On our annual trip to Venice, for example, a car is of no use, and on the Italian lakes the public boats are a delightful way to get around. Last October we were in Nice and within minutes of leaving the airport the bus is taking you along the stunning Promenade des Anglais.  We've completed more than 20 home exchanges and we have not had a car once. In Barcelona, although the apartment was not in the swanky city centre, it was only a few minutes’ walk from…
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    Rick Steves' Travel Blog

  • Off the Beaten Track on Greece’s Mani Peninsula

    Rick Steves
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    When exploring Greece, I’ve always been enamored with the fierce and desolate Mani Peninsula. (Please pardon the wind noise on this video, but that goes with the territory.) I hope you enjoy these clips illustrating the peninsula’s wild and romantic Mani charm.  
  • Highlights of the Peloponnese

    Rick Steves
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    I’ve just spent a few days in the far south of Greece. I’ve always thought you get plenty of Greek Island charm without leaving the mainland if you head for the Peloponnesian Peninsula. It’s all within about 3 to 4 hours by car from Athens. Over the next few days, I’ll share video clips taking you to some of the remote wonders of this corner of Greece.   The tomatoes aren’t as tasty as my Greek travel memories — a lesson in going with what’s in season. But the oranges are incredible. What more could a traveler want after a long day of exploring than a sunset from his hotel…
  • Alone Onstage at the Ancient Greek Theater of Epidavros

    Rick Steves
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    One of my great treats is being literally all alone (with a fine local guide) at some of our civilization’s greatest sights. With this clip, you’re here with me — late in the day when it’s silent and cool — at Epidavros, the most amazing theater surviving from the ancient world. After visiting so many museums here in Greece, I couldn’t help but notice how my guide, Patty, actually has an “archaic” smile — perfectly matching the enigmatic little grin you see on the statues from Greece’s Archaic Period (500 to 700 B.C.), before the Golden Age came and saddled us with…
  • My 1973 “Europe Through the Gutter” Trip Frieze

    Rick Steves
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    For several years, I’d pass the time on the flight home from my annual summer trip making a crude one-page frieze summarizing my trip. On my best trip ever (in 1973 with Gene Openshaw — who co-authors many guidebooks with me to this day — making our first trip without parents), Gene and I alternated scenes producing this pictorial review of the most memorable events of our 10-week “Europe Through the Gutter” trip, which we kicked off the day after our high school graduation.   Reviewing these scenes, laced together by our beloved Eurail transportation, we: Flew from Seattle’s…
  • It’s All Greek to Me

    Rick Steves
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Greece is a feast for the senses. While the country’s sunshine, amazing food, friendly people, and love of life leave a lasting impression on me, there are also the little, unexpected scenes I come across that tickle my imagination.   In Athens’ very fishy central market, you can bone up on your Greek letters with the help of some tasty-looking squid.   These tasty treats are so fresh, they crawl over their name.   I am hopeless with the Greek language. But that’s part of the fun of being here.   Kiosks here in Greece remind me of magnets and hoarders. And buried way…
 
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    JourneyEtc

  • All about Seoul

    Mircea Giurca
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Seoul Korea, the real city that never sleeps. Within Seoul you will find countless entertainment venues, beautiful lights and sounds, and food beyond your wildest dreams. Seoul bustles with life... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Moscow Hotels

    Mircea Giurca
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Unless you’ve been to Moscow, or intend to go, there is no reason that you would have any idea on any good or interesting Moscow hotels. But if you have been to some good Moscow hotels, you should... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Most Notorious Ghost Towns

    Mircea Giurca
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Did you think about your daily habits and what could they mean for the people from over few centuries? Did you think that the city you live could vanish and remain without any inhabitants? Of course... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top Lake Vacation Destinations In The USA

    Mircea Giurca
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    While many people head to the ocean when the warm weather hits, lake based destinations are also great ways to beat the heat. In some ways there are often more available on-the-water opportunities on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eating with Hungarians

    Richard Manx
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Some of the most interesting and truly exotic foods to come out of Eastern Europe are from Hungary. The typical Hungarian cuisine is defiantly not something you’ll find in very many European cities.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Four Tips for Styling a Striking Vignette

    ellenmcgauley
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Spring cleaning is finished, so now’s a great time to amp up the eye candy on your shelving and surfaces. Creating good-looking vignettes is one of our favorite ways to add character to entries, hallways, and corners. It’s an instant facelift without an exhausting or expensive overhaul.   Photo by Tria Giovan; design by Burnham Design Using the entryway of our 2014 Showhouse in Coronado, California, as inspiration, here are our tips to create a striking still life: Start fresh: Clean the area of artwork and décor you already have. Choose an anchor: Pick one item as…
  • Is There Anything Better than Daffodil Weekend on Nantucket? Nope.

    TraceyMinkin
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    Those really in the know (we see you, @nantucketblackbook) call it #daffy15. We know it as the Nantucket Daffodil Festival, the island’s annual spring coming out party, a weekend full of all things yellow, blooming, and joyous. And it’s this weekend, April 24-26. Photo: Michael Galvin/Nantucket Chamber of Commerce   This gorgeous coastal getaway is glorious on any day year-round, but we do love how the community (led by the high-spirited Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce) throws a party that’s fun for locals, overnight guests, and day-trippers. Everything at…
  • Come Party in Charleston, South Carolina, With Us!

    ellenmcgauley
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Coastal Living is heading to Charleston, South Carolina, next weekend! Join us! On April 30 through May 3, our editors will descend on the Holy City, along with a handful of editors from several of our sister magazines, like Travel + Leisure, Southern Living, Food & Wine, and Departures, for our first-ever Charleston Insiders’ Weekend.   Harbourview Inn in Charleston; harbourviewcharleston.com The weekend is packed with dinners, brunches, and “insider adventures” that celebrate what makes this city spectacular. And there are still tickets available! Here are…
  • Five Gift Ideas for Moms Who LOVE the Beach

    Jenna Sims
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    It’s time to start thinking about Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10!), and we have the perfect presents for any mom who loves the coast. From beach must-haves to everyday accessories, she’s sure to love a gift that reminds her of her favorite place. Blue Beach Waves Print Scarf, $29; bluefly.com Natural Treasure Resort Tote, $138; neimanmarcus.com Nine Space Beach Towel, $76; jcrew.com Ocean Explorer Tea Set, $58; anthropologie.com Coral Tree Jewelry Holder, $38; amazon.com
  • This Wallpaper by Meg Braff Will Color You Happy!

    ellenmcgauley
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Picture your favorite room in your house: what is its defining element? Think of the game-changer, the design element that gives the room a unique identity. Is it its color palette, a bespoke sofa, a lively gallery wall? A Moroccan rug, a killer chandelier?   Photo by Tria Giovan   In this chic study from our 2013 Showhouse, the wallpaper energizes the entire room. Interior designer Ginger Brewton used a geometric pattern in a bright orange color as a defining element. (Sasa wallpaper in Tangerine on White, Meg Braff Designs) Stay tuned for sneak peeks for this year’s…
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  • Booking.com rate parity settlement only a half-step forward

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    For some online travel experts the ruling does little to open the way for real competition in a market that has become dominated by Booking.com and Expedia. And for hoteliers in the UK the settlement behind closed doors is wrong as it still allows Booking.com to ban hotels that offer lower rates on their own websites.
  • Amadeus study sees future travel agents as data scientists and lifestyle gurus

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    A new report from Amadeus on the traveler of the future envisions an important role for retail travel professionals--even as advancing technologies and increasingly influential online networks overshadow agents in some ways.
  • India poised to be leader in business travel in coming decades

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    GBTA upgraded its forecast for the second straight time projecting India's total business travel spend to grow 9.8 percent in 2015 and 10.9 percent in 2016 – the first year of double-digit spending gains since 2011.
  • Expedia’s app for Apple Watch helps travelers during their journey

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:07 am
    Designed for quick and easy interaction, the app delivers personalized trip data and alerts to travelers' wrists for every stage of the journey, including the most relevant reservation information, like hotel check-in time, addresses and maps.
  • Marketers slow to ‘connect the dots’ to track customers across channels

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:06 am
    Few marketers are leveraging potentially key sources of data about the customer journey, such as call center info and mobile app analytics, recent research finds. Marketers are also falling short when it comes to "connecting the dots" to track customers who engage with them both digitally and offline.
 
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  • Disafterdark Series 3, Episode 12 – Three Hundred and Sixty Five Days at Disney

    Craig Lucas
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Welcome back to the Mouses Head and thank you for the download. Joining us this show is Troy. Troy has a plan. He’s planning on spending a whole year, 365 days, staying on Disney property.…The post Disafterdark Series 3, Episode 12 – Three Hundred and Sixty Five Days at Disney appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The Sweep Spot Episode 152 History of the Shops of New Orleans Square Disneyland

    the sweep spot
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    In this episode we take a historical look at the shops of New Orleans Square in Disneyland. There has been many changes over the years to this area, and we will talk about every one…The post The Sweep Spot Episode 152 History of the Shops of New Orleans Square Disneyland appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Renovations Continue at Disneyland Paris Resort

    Max
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Renovations Continue at Disneyland Paris Resort by Max Fan, DLPWelcome Welcome to the Disneyland Paris Resort! The weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school, so let’s take a walk around the resort. Disneyland…The post Renovations Continue at Disneyland Paris Resort appeared first on MiceChat.
  • In the Parks Disneyland Update

    Norman Gidney
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    Welcome one and all to a Disneyland edition of In the Parks!  We have plenty for you to see and more than enough for you to read about as we bring you the latest highlights…The post In the Parks Disneyland Update appeared first on MiceChat.
  • A Sanity Check on “41 Insane Facts” — Part 4 of 4

    Werner Weiss
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Yesterland takes a closer look at the final 11 “Insane Facts” about Disneyland in Part 4 of this 4-part series. According to MSN (Microsoft Network), “There’s some mind-blowing facts out there that even the ultimate…The post A Sanity Check on “41 Insane Facts” — Part 4 of 4 appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • Recipe of the week: “Homard Grille” with fennel and sweetcorn

    Paul Johnson
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:21 pm
    This dish is a take on a classic lobster bisque using the freshest Scottish lobster. The addition of the lightly soused fennel and the anise flavour of the tarragon help to freshen the dish up, making it an ideal spring/summer starter. The sweet claw meat also adds an extra dimension to the finished bisque. Ingredients […] Recipe of the week: “Homard Grille” with fennel and sweetcorn is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Recipe of the week: “Homard Grille” with fennel and sweetcorn appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • A 2015 guide to Ibiza

    Celine Renaud
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Summer is coming and Ibiza is gearing up for a new season. Anticipation is in the air, but where are the places to go and be seen? Sweaty, busy residences where people stands on your Choos are out the window and Ibiza, a place to party 24 hours, is showing a new light. Now, the […] A 2015 guide to Ibiza is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post A 2015 guide to Ibiza appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Special feature: Yellow Cottage, Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall, UK

    Paul Johnson
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Occupying the most idyllic North Cornwall location, overlooking Trebarwith Strand beach, Yellow Cottage is one of a very select group of holiday homes available through Perfect Stays. It sleeps 9 with two king size rooms, a twin-bedded room and a bedroom with three single beds, making it perfect for a large gathering or extended family, […] Special feature: Yellow Cottage, Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall, UK is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Special feature: Yellow Cottage, Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall, UK appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Interview with George Gorrow, Creative Director of BASK Gili Meno

    Paul Johnson
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    George Gorrow was born in Australia and raised on the Northern Beaches. He’s one of four brothers and a loving creative and entrepreneur. He was heavily into the surf and skate scene from a young age, so followed that path for a while. His best friend was the number one surfer in the world at […] Interview with George Gorrow, Creative Director of BASK Gili Meno is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Interview with George Gorrow, Creative Director of BASK Gili Meno appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 4 of the best luxury resorts for families in the Maldives

    Hilary Stockton
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    The Maldives is known as a world class destination for honeymooners and scuba divers, but what about families? Fortunately, just because you’re traveling with kids doesn’t mean you’re excluded from the very best luxury resorts in the Maldives. In fact, the savvier properties have recognized that many of their especially well-heeled guests if anything splurge […] 4 of the best luxury resorts for families in the Maldives is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 of the best luxury resorts for families in the Maldives appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Travel Happy

  • 12 Years Of Travel: Model Shoot, Bangkok, Thailand

    Chris Mitchell
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:42 am
    Mastering taking photos of fish underwater is one thing – trying to take decent portraits of people on land is quite another Model Shoot, Bangkok 24 April 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: When I first got into underwater photography, I’d never been much more than a point and shoot kind of guy with any kind of camera. Taking photos while diving was a series of challenges – not only knowing how to handle a camera and what works and doesn’t work underwater, but also being good enough at diving to manoeuvre without crashing into anything and avoid spooking already skittish sea…
  • Kuda Giri Shipwreck, South Male Atoll, Maldives

    Chris Mitchell
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    A nameless boat lies at the bottom of the ocean making a new home for hundreds of fish Kuda Giri Shipwreck, Maldives 16 April 2011, 4 Years Ago This Week: Kuda Giri is a small pinnacle in the Maldives’ South Male Atoll (giri is Maldivian for pinnacle) – so the name of this shipwreck is not the ship’s name but where it found its final resting place. No one seems to know quite how it got here or what it was called – it’s apparently a cargo boat. While it was anonymous in its previous life, the wreck is now one of the most popular dive sites in the Maldives as…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Angry Whopper, Singapore

    Chris Mitchell
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:24 pm
    A classic moment of travel WTF Angry Whopper, Singapore 9 April 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: As seen on billboards all over Singapore, an advert for Burger King that appears to promote domestic violence. WTF? Yes, it’s meant to be a joke, but it doesn’t even make sense – why would you want to eat something that provokes progressive stages of rage? It’s like the burger equivalent of bath salts. What Is 12 Years Of Travel? I'm publishing a photo each week during 2015 that was taken in the same week sometime in the previous 12 years on my travels. Join me in my journey to…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Koh Haa, Thailand

    Chris Mitchell
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Looking like a James Bond supervillain lair, Koh Haa is a group of five islands that form a beautiful lagoon in the middle of the Andaman Ocean Koh Haa, Thailand 2nd April 2005, 10 Years Ago This Week: This shot was taken on my second visit to Koh Haa, a couple of hours boat ride off the island of Koh Lanta. It’s primarily a place for scuba divers to go, thanks to the remarkable topography of the place. Five craggy limestone islands rise out of the water in a near circle, forming a sandy, shallow lagoon inside. There’s even a beach at low tide. The lagoon acts as a perfect shelter…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: A View With A Room, Bangkok Tree House

    Chris Mitchell
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Bangkok is always full of surprises, and this jungle treehouse near the centre of the city typifies Thai creativity and playfulness A View With A Room, Bangkok Tree House 30 March 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: The Bangkok Tree House feels a bit like a mirage – only 30 minutes from downtown Bangkok, this resort rises out of the jungle right by the river. Rooms are styled as Nests, and each room is actually your own three storey cottage, the top floor being a stargazing platform. The crowning glory is A View With A Room, where you can spend the night under the stars and above the jungle,…
 
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    Uncornered Market

  • A Train Too Far? A Day Trip to Poland

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

    Audrey Scott
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    By Audrey ScottPic Cabayo, towards a slice of Haiti’s Caribbean Sea. The sounds of konpa, Haiti’s version of merengue meets jazz, floated from the kitchen to our spot on the front porch. We sat around a large wooden dining table, fleece jackets zipped up, our hands cupped around mugs of Haitian hot chocolate flavored with star anise, cinnamon, and Haitian bergamot lime rind. It was impossible not to be caught up in the unexpected moment. The crackling musical improvisations hearkened to a bygone era and punctuated the cool, dark stillness around us.The men in the kitchen called it…
  • How Street Food is the Ultimate Travel Guide: 40 Favorite Street Food Dishes

    Audrey Scott
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    By Audrey ScottThailand, our first street food love. If it’s only food porn you seek, go here. Otherwise, if you enjoy elaborate threads linking travel satisfaction and street eats, read on.Food and travel, one of life’s great experience intersections. Although we enjoy our share of refined cuisine and elaborate meals at restaurants, it’s often our street food quests — raw on-the-ground journeys that convey authenticity — that yield some of life’s most revealing moments and enlighten us in unexpected ways. Food generally serves as a natural gateway to a more profound understanding…
  • Traveling, Working, and Staying Together on the Road: Our Story

    Daniel Noll
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    By Daniel NollLast year, we were asked by BBC Travel to share the story of how we — as a married couple — quit our jobs to travel the world. The editors asked that we focus on the decisions we made together and offer some tips and advice for traveling couples and others considering making the leap. They requested also that our perspective reflect not only the highs of our journey, but also some transparency on the struggles we’ve experienced along the way.No small feat to squeeze these various charges into one piece, but I think we did.In honor of relationships, in all manner of their…
  • Haitian Food: From Pwason to Pikliz

    Daniel Noll
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    By Daniel NollBefore recently traveling to Haiti, I had little concept of Haitian food. Sure, I had a sense of what it could be: island-informed, African-influenced, of Caribbean character, maybe even a hint of French. As with the country’s language, Haitian food has a sense of the Crèole, that is a blend of influences. Mixed roots and spices, basic yet zippy, simple and grounded by the reality of the tropics and the back-story of its African heritage, yet touched with a hint of French complexity. Black mushrooms, spices, bergamot, and more at the Marché en Fer in Port-au-Prince. Take…
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    Information About Alaska

  • Alaska Fish and Game Online Store Opened

    valdez
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The State of Alaska has opened the Alaska Fish and Game Online Store operated by its Department of Fish and Game. This site will allow a person to purchase and print out a number of different hunting and fishing license products and facilitates the ordering of other items that need to be shipped to the […] The post Alaska Fish and Game Online Store Opened appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Glacier Change from Icefield to Ocean Affects the Future

    valdez
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Glacier icefields cover a significant part of Alaska and they effect the state’s resource based economy. Power generation, tourism activities and fish productivity are all influence by the behavior of glaciers. Glacier change from icefield to ocean affects Alaska’s future. Shad O’Neel, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey has coauthored a paper that begins […] The post Glacier Change from Icefield to Ocean Affects the Future appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Arctic Charting Operations Planned for 2015

    valdez
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    As the waters of Alaska see increasing use due to thinning ice, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced plans to conduct Arctic charting operations from Unimark Pass in the Aleutian Islands through the Bering Strait into the Chukchi Sea during 2015. Working with the Coast Guard to collect hydrographic data, the organization […] The post Arctic Charting Operations Planned for 2015 appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Hetta Logging Camp Medevac

    valdez
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Petty Officer 2nd Class John Kline, an aviation survival technician from Air Station Sitka, and two loggers from the Hetta Logging Camp prepare Nick Brazil, 55, for transport to Ketchikan from the camp 17 miles east of Hydaburg after a logging accident July 28, 2011. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew were […] The post Hetta Logging Camp Medevac appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Ocean acidification risk assessment for Alaskan fisheries

    valdez
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Alaska is dependent on a healthy marine environment to preserve its commercial fishing industry and the traditional subsistence harvest of seafood. Researchers are anticipating rapid changes in temperature and ocean acidification of the waters that support Alaska’s fisheries. A study has recently been published that promotes the use of an ocean acidification risk assessment for […] The post Ocean acidification risk assessment for Alaskan fisheries appeared first on Information About Alaska.
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  • Head in the clouds: Hotel Hugo, New York

    Laura House
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Let’s take this outside, shall we? To better admire the dazzling New York City skyline (hello there, soaring One World Trade Center… and brand-spanking new Whitney Museum to the west), that is. You’ll find yourself in very fashionable elbow-to-elbow company at Bar Hugo, the Hudson River-facing drinks den at the Hotel Hugo in Soho. Why spend a day queuing up to tour points of interest when you can spy the One World Trade Center, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty right from the hotel’s glass-enclosed rooftop bar  – cocktail in hand, of course. Oh, and all…
  • La Belle Juliette, Paris: hotel of the week

    Richard MacKichan
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    La Belle Juliette, the boldest bolthole in Paris, has added to its spadeloads of charm with a reinvigorated menu and an inviting new imbibing space. What better excuse to make a hop over the Channel and settle in for a lazy French lunch? STYLE LA VIE EN ROSE SETTING CENTRAL SAINT-GERMAIN WHY THIS WEEK?  Springtime in Paris can bring out the romantic in all of us, but that’s not why we’ve picked this intimate, spa-toting French fancy. No, we’re heading straight for its bar. Its freshly-opened, still-gleaming, gold-edged bar, no less… This long-time Smith favourite has…
  • Inside story: Flavor Paper’s travel-inspired wallpaper

    Amelia Mularz
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    It’s no secret we’ve had a thing for Canada lately. And we’re especially smitten with the stylish details at Prince Edward County’s Drake Devonshire hotel, right down to the vivid floral prints that line the halls. Hand-screened in Brooklyn, the wallpaper comes from Flavor Paper – a company that has taken a somewhat outdated interior design element and turned it on its head. Just check out their Brooklyn Toile, which was created with rapper Mike D of the Beastie Boys and features images of Coney Island, NYC’s subway and Notorious BIG. Recently we…
  • Style monitor: Lily & Lionel’s sport-luxe beachwear for S/S15

    Lucy Fennings
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Summer is a comin’ in, and that means one thing: it’s swimwear season! Set your sights on some beautiful Balearics-inspired beachwear from print prodigy Lily & Lionel. We’re long-time lovers of their super-stylish silk scarves (perfect for travel), and now we love the swimwear, too (ditto). Creative director Alice Stone took inspiration for her debut RTW collection‘s vibrant, romantic prints from party-loving pleasure isle, Ibiza: ‘We focused on creating pieces that I couldn’t find in stores; pieces that could easily take you from one season to the…
  • Postcard from Canada: on the road in Ontario

    Amelia Mularz
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ever since we welcomed Toronto’s Hazelton Hotel and Prince Edward County’s Drake Devonshire hotel into our collection, we find ourselves humming ‘O Canada’ nonstop. And because the two are mere hours apart and we have an overwhelming craving for real, honest-to-goodness maple syrup, we put together a long-weekend escape in Ontario. TORONTO  Whether you fly in or drive, start in Toronto (or Hogtown…or the 416, if you wanna get colloquial). At the Hazelton Hotel you’ll have easy access to Mark McEwan’s buzzed-about restaurant ONE (it’s on…
 
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    Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

  • 32 Travel Questions You Asked (With My Attempted Answers)

    NomadicMatt
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    One thing I don’t do enough is answer your questions. Periodically, I have Q&A’s, but if my ongoing book tour has taught me anything it’s that you have a lot of questions that don’t get answered on the blog! Since not everything lends itself to a 1,000 word post, last week I put a call out on Facebook for your questions. And I’m going to start doing this more. Maybe not monthly, but at least once every couple of months. But for now, here are your questions and my answers: Heidi: How do you deal with flying around the world without having an onward ticket?
  • The Shape of Things to Come (P.S. – I’m Hiring!)

    NomadicMatt
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Things are changing here at a fast pace so it’s time to take a step back, breathe, and share news about what is going on because it’s going to be big (and awesome!). Simply put, this website is too big for my little ole self to run alone. Moreover, I don’t want to keep this website about me, my travels, and my advice. There’s a wealth of knowledge out there and I want to make Nomadic Matt more a community for nomads and less about Matt. To that end, here are some big and important changes that are coming: First, I plan to bring in more regular columnists to the site. I’ve…
  • 4 Travel Gadgets Actually Worth Buying

    NomadicMatt
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    On the first Tuesday second Monday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is about gadgets worth taking on the road. It’s surprisingly hard to find travel gear that delivers. There’s the tiny solar charger that took five days of sunlight to half-charge my phone, the wind-up flashlight with a handle that snapped off the first time I used it, the travel mouse that chewed through batteries in a week, and the countless others I’ve tried and discarded over the years. When space in your bag…
  • BIG NEWS: New Budget Travel Guides and Book Updates!

    NomadicMatt
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Back in September, I announced the release of a series of travel guides, beginning with five cities around the world. They were handy resources for travelers that got to the point, included off the beaten path destinations, and directed people to more local restaurants and bars. But like all first editions, there was room for improvement. After getting some feedback and suggestions from readers, I took them offline and, though revised versions have been reuploaded and available since January, I wanted to wait to announce the new editions until a new guide was ready. Today, I’m officially…
  • The Saturday City: Natchez, Mississippi

    NomadicMatt
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    As the Southern cotton economy expanded on the back of slave labor in the early 1800s, towns designed to transport the cotton emerged on the Mississippi River: New Orleans, Memphis, Vicksburg, and Natchez. Located high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Natchez, Mississippi was established by French colonists in 1716. The defensible strategic location ensured that it would become a pivotal center for trade. In the middle of the 19th century, the city attracted Southern planters, who built mansions to show off their vast wealth from the cotton and sugar cane trade. Natchez was where…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Five and Almost 10 With...Perry Newton

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

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

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    Fermin Cruz is the Vice President of the Americas for Dial An ExchangeWhat was your first job in timeshare?My first job in timeshare was with ICE in 2001. It was a great experience with a high growth, innovative company! I was in marketing and business development.What was the greatest lesson you've ever been taught?Listen and learn from someone who has been there before!Where is your favorite vacation spot?I love the waters of the Caribbean and the wildlife of Alaska. Is there such a spot?If you could change one thing about timeshare, what would it be?I would love to see a…
  • Don't Get Taken In A Timeshare Tax-Deduction Scam

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    The timeshare related fraudsters hell bent on separating you from your hard earned money do not take a break and seem to come up with ever more clever ways of taking advantage of you.With tax season here, I've heard from an increasing number of consumers who have been promised a tax deduction of upwards of $25,000 if they “donate” their unwanted timeshare…for a hefty fee of up to $5,000 of course.Legitimately donating a timeshare is almost impossible and trying it usually results in an IRS audit and fines.Here are some tips and things to remember before doing business with anyone…
  • The Return of the Vacation Education Series

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Back in 2008, the timeshare exchange company Dial An Exchange invited me and a few others within the timeshare community to speak on all matters of timeshare issues at their Vacation Education Series in Phoenix.  I had a great time and the nearly 250 timeshare owners provided great questions and subsequent feedback about these no-cost, no-selling informative meetings.Dial An Exchange repeated this again a few years later in Orlando and again, timeshare owners appreciated the information provided by myself and the other guest speakers.Flash forward to 2015 and Dial An…
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    GoNOMAD Travel

  • Spain’s Mineral Spring Resorts

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Hotel and Balneario Carlos III in Trillo Spain, featuring natural hot springs to bathe in. Hot Springs: An Ancient A Spanish Tradition By Bridget Ryder The Friday after Christmas we escaped from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Oregon:Breitenbush Hot Springs

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    The Breitenbush Hot Springs are rustic and allow people to connect without electronic gadgets. Erick Mertz photos. Breitenbush Hot Springs: Silence in Oregon’s Cascades Put your cellphone away,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Zimbabwe's Matopos Nat'l Park

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Cave paintings at Matopos National park in Zimbabwe. Rene Bauer photos. Zimbabwe: Granite Castles and Ringing Rocks By Rene Bauer and Andrea Kaucka Zimbabwe--the "house of stone“-- is one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Iceland: Trout Fishing in the Land of Fire and Ice

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Trout fishing is superb in Iceland!. Frontiers photos.   Iceland: Trout Fishing in the Land of Fire and Ice Frontiers Travel Returns for Summer in the Nordic Country By Erica... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suzhou, China: Tea and Tourism

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Brewing Biluochun TeaSuzhou, China: A Tea Festival, Gardens and Amusement ParksBy Eleanor Harte Each spring, more than 150,000 visitors descend upon the Taihu Lake region of Suzhou, China. WHERE IN... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Chicago Skyline in the South Loop

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Chicago Skyline in the south Loop, seen from Lurie Gardens in Millennium Park just as the sun sets (Visited 30 times, 30 visits today)The post PHOTO: Chicago Skyline in the South Loop appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Eight Free Flights to Cuba – Register by April 30th

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m back in the U.S. following my Discover Corps tour of Cuba, and my head is spinning from everything I saw and learned. The name of their tour – Building Bridges – says it all. Travel to Cuba is not yet legal for all Americans, but since January of this year, restrictions have been substantially eased. Discover Corps seized that opportunity and designed a State Department approved, people-to-people tour that focuses on cultural interaction. This is a new program for the company, so they have eight openings on their June 27 to July 4 tour, and they’ve provided me with…
  • PHOTO: Adler Planetarium, at Chicago’s Museum Campus

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The mission of the Adler Planetarium, located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakeshore, is to inspire exploration and understanding of the Universe (Visited 21 times, 21 visits today)The post PHOTO: Adler Planetarium, at Chicago’s Museum Campus appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: John G. Shedd Aquarium, Part of Chicago’s Museum Campus

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: John G. Shedd Aquarium is located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront, is the largest indoor aquarium in the world (Visited 71 times, 71 visits today)The post PHOTO: John G. Shedd Aquarium, Part of Chicago’s Museum Campus appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Iconic Bronze Lions at the Art Institute of Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Art Institute of Chicago is housed in a building originally constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, the two bronze lions that stand aside its entrance, are among the most recognizable landmarks in Chicago. (Visited 37 times, 37 visits today)The post PHOTO: Iconic Bronze Lions at the Art Institute of Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • Major Earthquake Devastates Nepal – How to help

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    What’s left of Kathmandu Durbar Square – photographs Amir Bagale Devastation hits Kathmandu to an extreme By now many people are waking up to the news about the major 7.8 brute force Earthquake that has caused massive destruction in the Kathmandu Valley and throughout central Nepal. I’m writing this knowing I have located all but two of my friends. I am hoping one of the missing ones is alright and in Ratna park safe.  Confirmed: friend in Ratna park is safe. The other is a family in Patan I cannot get information on. There are dozens more I know, but I don’t have…
  • Wat Sangkawat – two lonely hidden temples

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Main set of temple ruins at Wat Sangkawat – they get better … Wat Sangkawat is worth a visit for the solitude Sukhothai has many grand temples. Most look clean, neat and well kept for near on 400 year old buildings. On the outskirts of Sukhothai you will find various ruins that are no more than bricks or broken stone blocks. Not so exciting. There are however two somewhat hidden temples in Sukhothai’s  Historic park worth seeking out. If you like a little bit of that abandoned temple feel. The two temples are simply known as Wat Sangkawat. Last of Sukhothai’s…
  • Wat Si Sawai in Sukhothai

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Wat Si Sawai also known as Wat Sri Savaya in Sukhothai, Thailand A big Khmer style temple in Sukhothai There are plenty of big temples in Sukhothai Historical Park. If you’ve already seen Wat Phai Luang then you’ll know what the ruins of a Khmer style temple look like. However I do encourage you to seek out Wat Si Sawai (Wat Sri Savaya) just south of Wat Mahathat to see a much more complete Khmer style temple. What’s more Wat Si Sawai is set in a very peaceful setting surrounded by green trees, a small moat and a stone wall. It’s makes for a good spot to stop and…
  • Thai food: Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Green Papaya Salad from Thailand Green papaya salad is one of Thailand’s most popular dishes If you are planning to spend any time in Thailand’s central and northern areas be prepared to come across green papaya salad or Som Tum. Just don’t expect anything sweet like papaya fruit usually is. It’s also a meal unto itself. Often coming with nuts or shellfish depending on your preference. The base ingredients are a mix of garlic, chili, green beans or peas,  cabbage and of course shredded or grated green papaya. This is all then tossed in lime juice and sometimes a dash…
  • A sitting Buddha at Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A seated Buddha statue with Wat Mahathat in the background in Sukhothai, Thailand A seated Buddha near Wat Mahathat This is not one of the more the famous Buddha statues in either Wat Mahathat or Sukhothai. I found this seated Buddha to the left of the main temple ruins where the more “famous” seated Buddha statue sits. The other popular Buddha statue is the standing Buddha at Wat Mahathat which you can catch a glimpse of to the left of this Buddha’s shoulder. A lot of Buddha statues in Sukhothai historic park There are numerous Buddha statues in Sukhothai. Most have…
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  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    Did this travel princess like ocean fishing. Stay tuned for the article. Donna here: What a week I’ve had in the Florida Keys. Active boomer travelers will find so much to do. I’ve kayaked through a mangrove forest, discovered how much fun an ocean charter fishing trip can be and tasted the most delicious seafood. Check out my photos on Instagram for a preview of the Florida Keys articles to come. This Week’s Articles And from Nicole: This week, I take you to one of my favorite Spanish getaways: Segovia. Just under a two hour drive from Madrid, A day Trip to Segovia is a…
  • Day Trip To Segovia

    Nicole
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    As much as I love my adopted city, Madrid, one of my favorite things to do is to explore more of the Iberian Peninsula. Spain is fascinating on so many levels, from its profound history to the vibrant pueblos hidden throughout the country. Segovia’s beloved Aqueduct brings many tourists and history lovers to this beautiful Spanish city. In fact, driving along Spain’s west coast through the Lower Rias is still one of my favorite all-time trips. However, not everyone has weeks to explore the country’s expansive coastline or lush mountainous areas in the north. In this case,…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    Visitors come to Arches National Park for the sandstone arches. But there is so much more to see in this Utah park. Spring has finally arrived in Montana, which means that I have spring fever big time. Although I’m busy preparing for a week in the Florida Keys, Alan and I will take Sunday off to enjoy the scenery at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. And the open road keeps calling our name, which is why you’ll find us in Utah’s Escalante region and Capitol Reef National Park come mid-May. Do you have spring fever? Where will you be traveling? Come on over to the My…
  • Exploring the Florida Keys Boomer-style

    Donna Hull
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    Will I bring home a funky souvenir from Key West? The last time Alan and I visited Key West, Florida, we saw Elvis impersonators from the doorway of a bar. And the third floor roof hosted a nude club. No, we didn’t go. But our short self-guided cruise excursion in Key West started the idea of a boomer road trip to see what else the Florida Keys have to offer. This week, I’ll be doing the reconnaissance work while participating on a boomer press trip sponsored by The Florida Keys & Key West. Once Alan hears about my adventures, he’ll be sitting at the kitchen table with a Florida…
  • Go Off-the-Beaten-Path in Ouray, Colorado

    Donna Hull
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:05 am
    Ouray is our favorite Colorado mountain town. Do you have a favorite off-the-beaten-path mountain town in Colorado? For Alan and me, Ouray takes that honor. Situated at 7,700 ft in the San Juan Mountains, the former mining town is a quaint counterpart to upscale Telluride—a skip and a jump over the mountains to the west. Summer flowers decorate a Ouray sidewalk. When it comes to charm combined with fun in the outdoors, you can’t beat Ouray. Two-thirds of the town’s original Victorian structures are still used as shops, galleries, restaurants and homes. Take a self-guided walking…
 
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  • For solo travel, tap anyone you or your friends know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Christine Gilbert
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    I recently got an email asking, “How does it really, REALLY work out? The whole traveling with young children thing? How does it feel? How do you ever get time to just sit down and breathe? Do you??” Sit down. Grab a cup of coffee. I will tell you. The first thing to understand is that traveling with children is essentially no different from being at home with them. So if you find living with your children overwhelming, it’s not going to get less overwhelming on the road. For me, it’s really important that I’m not always “on” with my kids. I would…
  • Food and Travel Mag: Call for Submissions

    Christine Gilbert
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    I came up with the idea for a food and travel magazine, one that focused on the anthropology of food, while biking across France. You might think it was all the glorious food, but really it was the endorphins. Last year’s three-month bike trip was grueling but clarifying. I spent the better part of each day tender-bottomed and peddling away, left only to my thoughts and the unfolding landscape. What did I want to write about next? Food. It was half the reason we traveled anywhere anymore, whether it was the street food of Mexico or the luscious mezze spreads in…
  • After Seven Years, Travel Has Finally Changed Me

    Christine Gilbert
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Drew here. If you follow this blog, you may have picked up on a running theme, that I am not a natural when it comes to travel. The main thing I have going for me is that I am willing to try, that I am just curious enough to want to know what happens next, that I trust my adventurous, brilliant wife to not lead us to our imminent doom. For years, I have lived outside of my comfort zone. I like the challenge of it, I think there’s a part of me that enjoys suffering, just a little. When I told people I was taking Greyhound buses from one place to another, some of them 24 hour trips, I…
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  • Call for Memories, Voices, Tour Guides

    Burton Sauls
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    We're using our maintenance period as a birthing process - with an open call for new voices, new tales, tours, and an invitation for any entity (org, biz) to get on the new media platform. Browse the site, then contact us with your ideas or questions. We're ready to help you produce, publish, and monetize yourself. "Our clients like our high production standards and ace Southern storytelling. We capture the authentic sense of place with personal, customizable experiences."
  • Singing the World Awake

    Burton Sauls
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    ALERT: Postponed due to medical Emergency. Stay Tuned for update. Vocalist Heather Houston (Santa Cruz, CA) and Host Pat Keown (Beaufort, SC)  discuss the CD tour: "Singing the World Awake Community Sing with Prayers for the Water", offered as a gift to our community by Threshold Singers of the Lowcountry. ALERT: Postponed due to medical Emergency. Stay Tuned for update. Friday April 17th, 2015. OLLI Event - Open to the PublicFriday, April 17   3:00-4:30 (click for map) USCB Beaufort Campus, Sandstone Bldg., Room 124 Saturday April 18th,…
  • I want iTour Beaufort

    Burton Sauls
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Conceived, created, produced, and published in Beaufort, SC with 100% local talent: writers, voices, singers, musicians, and visionary partners. iTourBeaufort will launch very soon. CDs will be available in retailers and gift shops. Downloads will be available via custom ecommerce websites - virtual stores for the websites of Penn Center, Hunting Island, and Fort Fremont.For insider updates or to get a smart cool business tool for yourself, click and Contact Us.Digital assets generate revenue, action, results.  My notion is to use content to drive ecommerce. Authentic local voices…
  • Story of Childhood on St. Helena Island, SC

    Burton Sauls
    4 May 2014 | 1:33 pm
    A remote Sea Island Lowcountry childhood is the source of rich storytelling skills and the material to draw from. In this CityTrex podcast episode, the Friends of Hunting Island take us to meet Doctor Jonas Gadson, currently a Minister with the Beaufort Church of Christ. He's a local who went to the mainland to have a career with Xerox and with Eastman Kodak, then returned home to found a church and serve his native community. It's fitting that this podcast is published prior to Mother's Day 2014, because, as you'll hear, "Everything I am today I owe it to God and I owe it to my marvelous…
  • 7,700 Loggerhead Hatchlings Await

    Burton Sauls
    28 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Hunting Island, South Carolina still shows that nature can operate very well without us. We're the ones needing electricity, gasoline, telephones, or a calendar beyond the sun and seasons. Accessible unpaved places are more precious than ever. In the winter, this State Park is about horses on the beach and solo beach combing. The Summertime brings sandcastles and campers that know the sensation of a sunrise saltwater bath. Click on the player below to hear from two top turtle volunteers, Turtle veteran, Denise, and Turtle Vet, Doctor Chris: Play using the SoundCloud player (above) or for the…
 
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  • The Dirty Girl Mud Run: Three reasons I’ll be there

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

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

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

    Mara
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Who couldn’t use a little travel inspiration at this time of year? With all of the holiday busyness and (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere) the short days where darkness descends before you’ve even finished your afternoon cup of coffee, it’s easy to feel like hibernating. Luckily there are events like Women’s Travel Fest to look forward to. Love the message on these t-shirts! (Photo courtesy of Women’s Travel Fest) I attended Women’s Travel Fest last year when it was a one-day event in New York City. It was one of the more fun travel meet-ups…
  • Passports with Purpose: Help in Honduras, win a stay in Vermont

    Mara
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Do you keep lists of places you want to visit but haven’t yet? I do. Some of them are on there because of a book I read or a painting I love; others have a dessert that is just calling my name (you had me at guten tag, apple strudel). There are mountains I’d like to climb and churches where I’d love to pray. Until recently, Honduras wasn’t on that list. I knew little about it, and what I did know was not happy. Drug gangs. A high murder rate. Corruption. Violent crime. But then I saw this photo. Carrots happen to be an absolute favorite form of sustenance around my house – both of…
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  • Puglia – rural tourism at its best

    Cathy
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    Things are happening down on the farm in Puglia…mostly they are turning into B+B’s and luxury boutique hotels. If you want to truly engage with the rural tranquillity that Puglia undoubtedly offers – the ancient olive trees, flower filled meadows and pretty, white washed towns, the abundant produce of the iron rich soil – some of the best accommodation can be found at converted ‘Masserie‘. It’s an Italian word with no direct translation but essentially a Masseria (singular) is a rather like a homestead. Generally they are a cluster of farm buildings,…
  • USA visa application, interview process and cost

    Cathy
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Today I had the task of renewing my i-visa, the category of visa allocated to Foreign Media visiting the US for whatever purpose. In my case it is to write about, film and generally promote tourism to the US but, no matter, the powers that be say a visa is required. Having navigated the detailed online application process (see here to find out if you need a visa), I turned up as instructed for my 9am appointment at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. The first thing to know is that an ‘appointment’ does not mean a time just for you, no, no, this is merely the time you join the…
  • Palm Springs – best day trip ever

    Cathy
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    We were back in Palm Springs over the New Year and it seems mean not to share what was, for us, a highlight of our Southern California trip. Like most highlights, this one came about by recommendation from a local – Mr ‘party starter’ himself, the very lovely Alex Goldy from the very cool Ace Hotel (the place to stay in Palm Springs if you are not, as we were, AirBnBing it). So, it was New Years Day, the day after the night before at the Ace New Year’s Eve party and, hangovers be damned, we were on a mission to explore the famous Joshua Tree National Park. A National…
  • Atlantis The Palm, review and video

    Cathy
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Normally on a beach you’d be facing the sea but here, settled on my sun lounger, the view before me is a city skyline complete with a sweep of skycrapers. I look left and, in the distance, yet more dramatic skyline with the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa standing proud in the centre. Look right and way off into the distance there are yet more buildings and construction. I sip my cocktail and ponder this man made wonder… when I was last in Dubai, 12 years ago, none of this was here…none of it. Such is the pace of construction in Dubai, that the Jumeirah stretch of coast and…
  • Atmosphere Kanifushi, review and video

    Cathy
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    The second leg of our Maldives adventure took us from the oldest island resort (Kurumba) to one of the newest, Atmosphere Kanifushi. Built on a previously uninhabited island, the resort opened in December 2013 and has since made its presence felt in the UK market with high profile advertising and an energetic PR campaign. Lying in the Lhaviyani Atoll, getting there involves a seaplane transfer from Male International Airport. To fly there direct takes 30 minutes but, be aware, more distant resorts often have to share their transfers so you may well find yourself, as we did, stopping off at…
 
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  • Springtime is bike time: These cities are best explored from the saddle

    Kathi
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetThis article has been translated form the German version. Out with the humdrum, in with the sunshine. It’s spring, and our hearts are dancing. When the trees start to bud, you can finally sit outside again in short sleeves, and the sun’s rays start tickling your nose, then we all know: The most beautiful of […] The post Springtime is bike time: These cities are best explored from the saddle appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 5 exciting open air and living museums

    Lisa
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetThis article was translated from the German version.   “Spring lets its blue ribbon again flutter through the air” (Eduard Mörike) – stated otherwise: Hooray, spring is here! When the days finally start getting longer, everyone wants to spend as much time as possible outdoors. An idea for those who nevertheless don’t want to miss […] The post 5 exciting open air and living museums appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • NEW: tripwolf for Windows and Android Tablet!

    Lena
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    TweetFor months we’ve been working non-stop, pouring in our heart and soul. For anyone who knows our tripwolf app for iOS and Android, there’s plenty you’ll recognize – but still, many things are different. Finally we can present to you our new project, fresh from the skilled hands and creative minds of our development team: […] The post NEW: tripwolf for Windows and Android Tablet! appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • The 8 strangest Easter traditions in the world that really made us scratch our heads

    ana
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    TweetThis article was translated from the Spanish version.   Just like every year around this time, we’re preparing for Easter – and although some people take off on vacation, others use this time to keep up ancestral traditions. They take part in rituals already well-know from childhood, marveling at religious processions and tucking in to […] The post The 8 strangest Easter traditions in the world that really made us scratch our heads appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 5 cruise itineraries that will make your heart beat faster

    Christin
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetThis article was translated from the German version. Cruises offer not only comfort, but also the opportunity to see a tremendous amount of the world – often in a very short time and without much (of your own) effort. Cruise ships these days are more like small cities, and offer everything a passenger could want […] The post 5 cruise itineraries that will make your heart beat faster appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
 
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  • Student Tourism Videos

    Angie
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    Leisure and Tourism students in Year 10 (aged 14 to 15) from Colegio Hispano Britanico have been creating their own promotional videos of Lanzarote aimed at tourists. They gathered all of their own images and video clips from around the island and produced the final films using either Windows Movie Maker or Adobe After Effects. Jose, Jack, Elena, Emilie, and Joshua produced a video to promote Playa Blanca. They had “fun recording but it was a challenge to edit the film.”   Alberto, Ricardo, Christopher, and Diego produced a video to promote Puerto del Carmen. They commented…
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 27th April 2015

    Susana
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t any new movies in English next week and the repeats will only be shown on Monday the 27th: Remains unchanged at 19:35 at Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife: Insurgent. the second instalment of the cinematographic adaptation of the Veronica Roth Divergent trilogy. Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet. And at the slightly later time of 20:20 at Multicines…
  • Lanzarote Beaches: Caleta del Mero

    Jules
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    Escape the tourist resorts of Lanzarote and you can discover some stunning beaches. The white sand beach of Caleta del Mero is visible from the coastal road from Arrieta to Órzola, just past the wide sweeping bend you catch a glimpse of this beautiful beach at the top of the rise and conveniently there is a car park on the left. Access is via a rocky path directly opposite the car park entrance, or through the sandy dunes from the  read more »
  • Six Reasons To Book A Hire Car For Your Next Lanzarote Visit

    Miguel
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    We’d thought we’d put together a list of reasons to hire a car for your next visit to Lanzarote – aimed at those of you who may not have considered it in the past. Driving in Lanzarote is pretty easy – we don’t have much traffic, the roads are smooth and well sign posted and we can pretty much guarantee you won’t have to cope with rain, fog or snow! But it’s also worth noting: It’s often less expensive than paying for airport transfers Return taxi transfers to Playa Blanca will cost €90  read more »
  • UD Villa Santa Brigida 0 UD Lanzarote 0

    Ian
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 am
    Both teams very much wanted the win in Gran Canaria. Lanzarote to keep the pressure on the league leaders and Santa Brígida to keep alive their hopes of a playoff finish. Lanzarote dominated most of the first half with winger Toñito striking the woodwork in the early stages and striker Rosmen failing to hit the target when he found himself unmarked inside the area. The opening stages of the second period were controlled by the home side with striker Futre and defender Alex both forcing the Lanzarote keeper Agoney to make good saves. As the game hung in the balance both sides had good…
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  • The Ultimate Whataburger Taste Test

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    29 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The Ultimate Whataburger Taste Test Is Whataburger the best fast food in America? Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC Old Tijuana / Sweet Betty Browne / Comin Thru Licensed via... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 1700594 41543 ratings Time: 04:19 More in Entertainment
  • Indians Try American Snacks

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    23 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Indians Try American Snacks "This would f****** kill over here." Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC Good Old Boys Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music Inc. ... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2114721 42868 ratings Time: 03:18 More in Entertainment
  • The Try Guys Taste Test Jerky

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    23 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    The Try Guys Taste Test Jerky It looks like a dehydrated dick.” Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC This Is The Scene Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 1412664 27234 ratings Time: 03:20 More in Entertainment
  • 10 FORBIDDEN Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit!

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    24 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    10 FORBIDDEN Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit! Subscribe! New videos every Tues & Sat! http://bit.ly/Subscribenow Subscribe to my vlog channel too! http://bit.ly/Subscribenow2 Facebook (Like): http://fb.com/MatthewSantoroOfficial Facebook... From: Matthew Santoro Views: 3538332 109040 ratings Time: 10:06 More in Education
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    17 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    https://youtube.com/devicesupport From: YouTube Help Views: 2324141 0 ratings Time: 03:56 More in Howto & Style
  • 'Trains At Hayes' - the world's first stereo film, made in 1935 (clip)

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    'Trains At Hayes' - the world's first stereo film, made in 1935 (clip) Clip from the first ever piece of film footage shot in stereo, 'Trains At Hayes', produced by prolific engineer and innovator Alan Dower Blumlein, the inventor of stereo. This film was... From: Universal Music Group Views: 5384 56 ratings Time: 00:45 More in Music
  • Welcome to UMG's YouTube Channel!

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Welcome to UMG's YouTube Channel! Coming to you from the UMG offices with the latest videos. Subscribe for behind the scenes content and the best playlists around! http://www.universalmusic.com/ https://www.facebook.com/UniversalM... From: Universal Music Group Views: 4970 56 ratings Time: 00:46 More in Music
  • Eden XO Challenges UMGD!

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Eden XO Challenges UMGD! Eden XO throws down her dance challenge to the Universal Music Group. From: Universal Music Group Views: 2993 68 ratings Time: 00:25 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Adelitas Way

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    #Schooled: Adelitas Way For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: http://umg.fm/1f83YeH. From: Universal Music Group Views: 1014 60 ratings Time: 00:27 More in Music
 
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  • Games that will make you want to travel

    Jessica Padykula
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Whether played as a family or among friends, board games are a fun way to bring people together. Depending on which ones you’re playing, board games can also inspire a little wanderlust. There are also other benefits to travel-inspired games: they’re educational. They can teach us about other cultures, other customs, other cities and counties, and help improve geography skills. If you love to travel and you’re looking for a few new games for your collection, here are a few that are not only fun to play, they might make you want to book a trip. Passport to culture Passport to Culture…
  • Coolest cable car rides around the world

    Jessica Padykula
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    Cable car rides offer a fun way to travel between two points and give riders a unique perspective on a destination or attraction, be it a journey up a mountain or over a rainforest. They also almost always mean you’ll be getting beautiful views that you wouldn’t be able to get any other way. With that in mind we’re sharing some of the most amazing cable car rides around the world. Whirlpool Aero Car, Niagara Falls, Canada Whirlpool Aero Car (Image: Robert Linsdell) Get a totally new perspective on the mighty Niagara Falls with a ride on the Whirlpool Aero Car. The aerial antique…
  • Top 10 space tourist hot spots

    Lauren Mack
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    The allure of space travel and exploring the cosmos has enchanted tourists for decades. The Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1, an artificial satellite, in 1957 is credited with starting the “space race;” and the world’s interest in space exploration skyrocketed. As interest in outer space has grown, so has the popularity of air and space museums, planetariums and observatories.  And now space tourists even have opportunities beyond stargazing and Unidentified Flying Object hunting. Space enthusiasts can experience weightlessness, stand nose to nose with a space shuttle and…
  • Beachin’ on a budget: 10 cheap beach vacays in the USA

    Lauren Mack
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    With temperatures rising and summer around the corner, it’s time to hit the beach. Instead of competing with the crowds at pricey beaches, look further along the coast to budget-friendly beaches. Cheap beach vacays offer not only beautiful beaches on a budget, but travelers also avoid jam-packed boardwalks, jockeying for a place to pitch beach umbrellas, and sunbathing elbow-to-elbow with other beach-goers. Fortunately, the U.S.’s coastlines are populated with hundreds of cheap beach vacation spots affording travelers multiple chances to go beachin’ on a budget. Here are our favorite…
  • Insta-jealousy: What you’ll find when you search #travel on Instagram

    Lauren Mack
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Since Instagram launched on Oct. 6, 2010, it appears world travelers have been enamored with the free photo sharing app. With an average of 70 million photos posted daily and more than 30 billion photos posted since its beginning, Instagram is an endless source of travel jealousy and inspiration. We searched #travel on Instagram and were impressed by the more than 39 million photos posted, liked and commented on under the #travel hashtag. Here are some of our favorites. If you’d like a daily dose of travel inspiration follow us on Instagram @Cheapflights California vibes #cali #travel…
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    Geotraveler's Niche

  • Postcard: Reverence within St. Petri Dom, Bremen

    Lola Akerstrom
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Over 700 years old, St. Petri Dom in Bremen stands as a stark reminder that the universe has never revolved around us...
  • Postcard: Strolling around dynamic St. Pauli, Hamburg

    Lola Akerstrom
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Just back from a food tour around the edgy neighborhood of St Pauli in Hamburg where I got to sample locally-produced mustard and other condiments, vegan fast food, chocolate, currywurst, and herring sandwiches called Fischbrötchen. While I gather and sort through photos and notes to bring you more, I'll be sharing some quick postcards from my time exploring the city as part of the #JoinGermanTradition campaign...
  • Latest News: Culinary Hamburg and Historic Bremen

    Lola Akerstrom
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    This will be my first time in northwestern Germany in the port city of Hamburg plus a side trip to Bremen as a guest of the German National Tourism Board as part of its #JoinGermanTradition campaign.
 
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  • 11 Budget European Destinations

    khammel
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section] Many factors come into play when planning an international getaway. No matter if it's a few weeks, a few months, a year, or more, one's budget largely determines where to go. We talk a lot about budget destinations and getting the most bang for your buck here on BootsnAll. That's because very few of us are rich, and when discussing long term, RTW travel, it's imperative to always think about your budget.Because of this, we sometimes leave out more popular (and expensive) regions of the world to travel in. Europe in particular gets a raw deal. With its poor exchange rate (up until…
  • 5 Ways Travel Has Made Me a Better Lover

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    [section]The longer I travel, the more I learn, and the more it changes me. Every new leg of the journey is associated with a lesson, or three: Patience, perseverance, kindness, compassion, the value of silence, the necessity of joy, risk taking, generosity, humility, gentleness, bravery.Each one is tied to a pin in the map for me. A tree that taught me what it was to truly weep for humanity’s children. A cold room that embodied fear and raised the hair on my neck. A particular full moon that rose over the return of joy, her silvery light illuminating hope and possibility. A litany of…
  • 5 Trip Ideas Centered Around Europe

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Here at BootsnAll, we focus on two new travel topics each month:1. A practical part of long-term travel planning.2. Focus on a certain region of the world.In April, we've been focusing on educating travelers about airfare options for your big trip, along with a focus on travel in Europe.There are lots of companies to shop for and purchase airfare for a trip. But Indie, BootsnAll's multi-country flight finder, still remains the easiest tool to use to build, price, and book a multi-stop trip completely online, no matter how short or long that trip is.If you're planning a big trip and…
  • A Week in the Life of a Nomadic Travel Blogger

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    [section]“You have my dream job!” is the most frequent statement I hear every day, week, month, and year.As a travel blogger and freelance writer/photographer, my work has taken me all over the world for the last 8 years and rendered me nomadic. I’ve set foot on every continent, been to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, and done some epic adventures criss-crossing the globe that would make most people gasp in excitement or fear.Yes, it is a dream job, and most people believe in the romantic notion that I gallivant around the world just having fun, because part of my job is…
  • The First Timer’s Guide to Train Travel in Europe

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Who hasn’t dreamed of taking in the breathtaking sights of the Austrian Alps, or spotting tiny villages across the French countryside, or crossing the water straight over to Venice — all from the comfort of your cozy train compartment? Traveling around Europe by rail is romantic and something that many travelers consider for their first adventure abroad. [/section] [banner type="gray" subscribe="hide" description="hide" title="Build your dream trip to Europe" button="By signing up for Indie"…
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  • Explore Most Interesting Australia

    Ashyln Molly
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    Australia is one of the most interesting countries to visit and it offers a lot of unique places to see, it also offers unique culture and nature. The entire territory of Australia, from the islands near the mainland, across the desert areas with wild nature and unique animal species, to the urban parts of the country, is magnificent and fascinating. Sydney is the largest and most populous city in Australia and offers a lot of interesting tourist locations. The most famous is, off course, Sydney opera house. It is designed by the Danish architect John Utzon. Tourists are allowed to see the…
  • Why it Is a Great Idea to Go on an Escorted Tour

    Ashyln Molly
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    When you go on an escorted tour, you have the change to truly experience adventure and explore the world. On your return from your vacation, you will have built a lifetime of memories and you will have tales of sights and experiences to entertain your friends with for years. Through an escorted tour, you will have the chance to explore the most iconic beauties of different countries, while being together with people who have the same interests of you. It is an opportunity to taste different cultures, but also to just relax and enjoy yourself. There will be fantastic sights to see and enjoy…
  • Explore Australia – Land of Dreams

    Ashyln Molly
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    Australia is a land of dreams. From the sacred legends of the aboriginal Dreamtime when the great spirits conjured the coral reefs, rainforests, and scorched, red deserts, to armchair travelers who describe Australia as their dream destination, the Land Down Under deserves all the hype. The world’s smallest continent and largest island, Australia is almost the same size as the United States, but with a population the size of New York State and some of the quirkiest wildlife on the planet. Australia is also a land of staggering contrast and spectacular beauty. Along the coast, visitors…
  • France Attractions

    Ashyln Molly
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Famous for its wines and cheeses, France is the world’s most popular tourist destination receiving 82 million foreign tourists annual. Visitors are attracted by historic cities, a beautiful countryside, the castles of the Loire Valley, and Brittany and Normandy. In addition, France offers an agreeable climate, some excellent beaches on the French Riviera, the Atlantic coast and the island of Corsica, wide possibilities for winter sports , most notably in the Alps and the Pyrenees, and a rich culture with food and wines that are among the most celebrated in the world. Eiffel Tower The Eiffel…
  • Cities are made for exploring

    Ashyln Molly
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    Cities are rarely just about shopping and night-life, although there’s no denying that most large cities have these two elements in abundance! Culture, architecture, shows, entertainment, sport, history, nature … the list goes on, and to what degree depends on the city you choose. A day trip to London can be expensive if you drive or go on public transport, so why not flee the country for a few days and visit an exciting new city instead? Thanks to low-cost airlines you’re sure to find a bargain, maybe to Paris, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, or Rome, with plenty more coming up at the click…
 
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    Stuck in Customs

  • A little bit of penguin science

    Trey Ratcliff
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Hardcore HDR The Complete HDR Tutorial is selling great, so thank you so much! There is part of it that includes some of the “Extreme HDR” that you can see in today’s photo below! Daily Photo – A little bit of penguin science Yes, this is a very strange photo; I agree! Remember Captain Scott's hut from a few days ago? This was found in one of the back corners. Parts of the team was there to do science experiments and things of this nature, which I assume included having dead penguins lying about. Everything has been perfectly preserved, and I'm not even sure…
  • Checking into the Burj Al Arab

    Trey Ratcliff
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Most Expensive Hotel – a Documentary Here’s a documentary about the hotel I took a photo of below. What a place! Daily Photo – Checking into the Burj Al Arab Okay, I didn't actually check-in here, but maybe someday! This is the world's only 7-star hotel and it is absolutely majestic and crazy inside. I didn't even know what was happening with my eyes when I was in there… super-duper-overload! It was all I could do to settle myself to take a photo. This area is right after the revolving doors… I took this photo around 2 AM after Rene and I had…
  • Dave full of Risk

    Trey Ratcliff
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A lot more Antarctica Photos Coming! I took so many thousands of photos down there. I have a lot more coming this year… I hope you don’t feel overloaded by too much of one theme! Actually, as I blog about these, it gets me more excited all over again, and I can’t wait to go process more photos! Daily Photo – Dave full of Risk This guy's name is Dave Risk. What a completely awesome name! Can you imagine having such a badass name and then just doing stuff like this all over Antarctica? What a stud! Haha this was a fun midnight-ish photowalk we did in Antarctica. I…
  • Lightroom 6 and HDR? #WTFAdobeHDR

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    10 Seconds with Trey I shot this video literally 30 mins ago… what a great morning here in New Zealand! I make mention that we have new Masters starting at The Arcanum — exciting news for those of you that have been on the waiting list or recently applied! Lightroom 6 Unreview This sensational blog post is brought to you by Trey’s Lightroom Presets, which are mega awesome and were made by Trey, the guy writing this in the third person that thinks these presets will bring you happiness and enlightenment on your deathbed. I’m a huge fan of Lightroom, but this HDR addition is mega…
  • Waiting on the London PhotoWalk

    Trey Ratcliff
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    “Casual Photos” See this photo below? It’s not usual that I publish them, but it actually represents MOST of the photos I snap… There are always interesting things here and there. These actually don’t take much time… and I know people generally don’t like it when I post “casual snaps” here and there on the blog, but here’s one anyway — hope you don’t mind! Daily Photo – Waiting on the London PhotoWalk I always try to arrive at the PhotoWalks around the world a little early so that I can meet people and say hello. We had…
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  • The Exotic India Himalayas & Lady Penelope Chetwode

    Puneet Sidhu
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I am reminded of yet another who was unable to repel the lure – Lady Penelope Chetwode. Her initial ill-disposition towards India when she arrived in the late 20s (her father was the British Commander-in-Chief) swiftly disintegrated in face of the youthful and towering charm of the Himalaya. Accompanied by her mother, she undertook a mule trek from Shimla to Rohtang via the Jalori Pass at 10,500 feet. The photo below could well have been the view she encountered when she approached the Jalori for the very first time in 1931. View from Jalori Pass Lady Penelope returned to the region many…
  • Taos Pueblo, the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Community in the USA

    Renee Blodgett
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    When you arrive in Taos New Mexico, the name Taos Pueblo comes up in conversation regardless of who you talk to — once they realize you’re new to the area or a visitor passing through, you’re pointed to this ancient pueblo belonging to a Tewa-speaking Native American tribe of Puebloan people which lies about a mile north of the city of Taos itself. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in America. Situated in the valley of a small tributary of the Rio Grande, this adobe settlement – consisting of dwellings and ceremonial buildings –…
  • Gruhn Guitars’ 45th Anniversary in the Heart of Nashville Tennessee

    Renee Blodgett
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    While parking the car one night to see Damien Horne at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville (see my Honky Tonk write up, which includes the Damien Horne show) on the other side of town, I ran into a few guys who were on their way to an anniversary party and within fifteen minutes of chatting with them, we found ourselves invited. The anniversary party was no ordinary anniversary party however, but the 45th anniversary party of Gruhn Guitars, who happens to own the URL www.guitars.com — yes really. Something told me within being within Gruhn Guitars walls for no more than two minutes that…
  • How About a Little Adventure in Croatia’s Zadar?

    Jessica Festa
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    My trip began in Zagreb, an enchanting city that immersed me in history and beauty. Roaming the many streets and squares in Lower Town, I’d stare up at grand Art Nouveau architecture with some Art Deco and Classicism sprinkled in, yellow paint adding a cheerfulness to the scene. Pristine parks and gardens form Lenuci’s Green Horseshoe enhanced the scene, with public art, museums, cafes and educational institutions littered throughout. Within the winding streets of Upper Town — where the two medieval walls hills, Gradec and Kaptol, Zagreb was built on reside — old churches, original…
  • Scuba Diving Responsibly: A How To Guide!!

    Jessica Festa
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Like campers and climbers have an ethic or code to live by – so do scuba divers. To help you plan a responsible diving trip, Project AWARE Foundation — a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet — is sharing their 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet with Epicure & Culture readers. The goal is to help divers of all skill levels make a difference when they dive, travel and more. Without further adieu, the tips are: 1. Be a Buoyancy Expert Underwater plants and animals are more fragile than they appear. The swipe of a fin, bump of your camera or even a…
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  • Dinosaurs

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:21 am
    At one time, or so it seemed to me, dinosaurs were a very popular choice on Postcrossing wishlists.  It was probably about the time of Jurassic Park.  I bought this set of Royal Mail stamp cards and a second set which was issued more recently. Of course, dinosaurs have now gone out of fashion and I have only managed to send out 4-5 altogether.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, in its current home at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.
  • V is for Vintage

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:23 am
    Most of my modern cards, in fact almost all of them, have been collected through Postcrossing, but I also have a large number of vintage cards which I have bought in various places such as postcard fairs or eBay.For a time we lived in Paris so I look out for postcards from the area. There are just so many cards of Paris that I don't often buy them but these three caught my eye for different reasons.The top one, dated on the back August 1919, shows an aerial view of what is now called Place Charles de Gaulle but was then Place de l'Étoile.  The photo was taken from a balloon at…
  • Memories

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Memory, like music, weaves its spell of happy thoughts around us.This is for Beth, who hosts Postcard Friendship Friday at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Click on the button below to visit her and join in.
  • U is for Ulm

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:19 am
    Ulm, in the south of Germany, was once a Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire but much of its historic centre was destroyed during World War II.  Some of the buildings, but by no means all, have been restored.The postcard shows the modern library with the backdrop of the Butcher's Tower (Metzgerturm) and the Danube beyond.  The tower leans by over 3 degrees.  Legend has it that it was caused by overweight butchers cowering in a corner when the angry mayor came to punish them for selling low quality meat.
  • T is for Tango

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:46 pm
    This card is probably self-explanatory to some extent. It's one of very few I've received t=from Argentina but it's quite special because the tango, the dance, has been declared by UNESCO to be "a living treasure" and it was added to the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.
 
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  • What You Should Know About Traveling in Israel

    Brandy
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Israel sits on a small sliver of land that has been nourishing humanity for millennia, and thus, the country beckons travelers with its promise of unpreceded cultural sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. However, the political situation around Israel, in Gaza and the West Bank, is often tenuous, which scares even the most daredevil travelers away from the region. Yet, life and travel in Israel are not nearly as dangerous as the media has us believe. In fact, most visitors are able to extensively tour the country without ever experiencing the violence that news programs make seem so prevalent.
  • A Safe Trip Abroad: Foreign Travel Checklist

    Brandy
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    An international trip can be the adventure of a lifetime, but only when you’re fully prepared for unpredictable situations. All too often, trips can be ruined by missed emergency alerts, language barriers, and getting lost in a foreign place. From lost passports and stolen wallets to medical emergencies and roaming charges, here are some crucial, but very often overlooked, traveling tips to protect you and your family from worst case scenarios. Enroll in STEP The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a government service intended to keep Americans safe while traveling abroad. By…
  • Caribbean Spotlight: Beautiful St. Barts

    Brandy
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    The Caribbean has a multitude of islands that all compete for attention with the vacationing public, but it is not an easy task, as flawless beaches and baby blue water can be found almost everywhere throughout the region. St. Bart’s stands out in this category, and with several other advantages, it makes for a destination that you should resolve to see this year. With many luxury St. Barts villa rentals by the beach, finding a proper place to stay will not be a problem, and with many amazing activities waiting to be attempted each and everyday, you’ll have a hard time deciding…
  • What to expect on a holiday to Benidorm Spain

    Brandy
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Giving Benidorm, Spain a try for this year’s upcoming summer holidays? If you are worried about boredom creeping in after day three on your sun lounger, you’ll be pleased to know that this well-established Spanish resort area has a variety of entertainment options available. The options listed below are only a start to the possibilities that await you on a holiday to Benidorm Spain… Theme park fun for everyone Headed to Benidorm with your family this summer, or have folks in your travel party that are young at heart? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is no…
  • The Best Places In The World for Spa Breaks

    Brandy
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Today’s world is not a relaxing place, as pressure placed on workers in the new economy has pushed many to their physical and emotional limits. As such, relaxing holidays that are tailored to their needs are in demand like never before. While it is possible to go around the corner to a tanning salon or to the clinic of a registered massage therapist, there is no respite for the mind and body than getting away to a place where the everyday stressors of people’s lives are stripped away and replaced with palm trees, 1,000+ year old colonial architecture and exotic treatments that…
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  • Disney Tops This Weeks Cruise News

    Sue Lobo
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Adventures by Disney and Ama Waterways will be partnering to offer family-friendly river cruises along the Danube in 2016 aboard the new AmaViola. She is being constructed with larger than average staterooms, many with interconnecting doors. Five “partnership” voyages will be offered in 2016 with week long departures on July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28. A special Christmas River Cruise departing on December 22nd is designed more as a Holiday getaway for families to Europe than as an actual Christmas Markets sailing. Learn more about Disney river cruises. Royal Caribbean…
  • Ways To Stay In Shape While Traveling

    Sue Lobo
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Many times when you are traveling you aren’t able to take part in your regular exercise routine. By spending all those days relaxing by the pool and indulging in a lot of food it may pack on a few pounds. However, you can still enjoy your vacation without coming home with a bulging waistline. There are numerous ways to stay in shape while you are traveling. Use The Gym A lot of hotels have gyms that guests can use for free. On your next vacation, stay at one of these hotels and make it a point to visit the gym several times during your stay. It’s not that hard to find an hour or…
  • One World Observatory Opening Next Month

    Sue Lobo
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    The highly anticipated One World Observatory will be opening up next month. Tickets just recently went on sale for this attraction. If you are going to be in New York City this summer, this is definitely one place that you will want to visit. The Logistics The One World Observatory will be located on levels 100-102 in the One World Trade Center, which is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. The One World Trade Center stands at 1,776 feet high, which is coincidentally the year that the Declaration of Independence was signed: 1776. Because of the height, visitors will see some…
  • How to Use Pinterest for Travel Planning

    Sue Lobo
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Do you like to collect articles and pictures from magazines of neat places to travel? Have you ever made a “bucket list” of places that you’d like to go too? There’s a much more organized and addicting way to plan for your upcoming or dream trip thanks to Pinterest. This site allows you to keep all your photos and ideas in one spot. Here’s a run-down of how to use Pinterest when travel planning. Pins And Boards How Pinterest basically works is that you can search for a specific topic and numerous photos (pins) are displayed. For example, if you put in the words…
  • National Bike Month

    Sue Lobo
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Around 50 million people in America go bike riding each month. Bicycling helps an individual build muscle tone, lose weight and build endurance. It is also a relatively easy way to exercise and the only commitment you really need to make to it is to buy a bike. It can be done pretty much anywhere, even while traveling. In honor of National Bike Month, we’ve put together our list of trips that incorporate biking. G Adventures 7 Day Tuscany, Italy This 7 day tour takes travelers on a through Tuscany. What better way is there to see the area than through roaming through the towns and…
 
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  • LISTA TENTATIVA DE UNESCO PARA SUDAMERICA

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:28 am
    Con la lista tentativa o iniciativa de UNESCO se inicia el proceso para incorporar a un bien al Patrimonio Mundial. Aqui la lista para todos los paises de Sudamerica.
  • LISTA DEL PATRIMONIO MUNDIAL PARA SUDAMERICA

    19 Apr 2015 | 12:31 am
    Si eres amante del turismo cultural, la siguiente Lista del Patrimonio Mundial de Sudamerica te brinda todos los bienes del continente, pais por pais.
  • UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE TENTATIVE LIST

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:22 am
    The Unesco World Heritage Centre Tentative List uncovers one hundred properties in the South American continent soon to be part of UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST IN SOUTH AMERICA

    12 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    If willing to do some heritage tourism, Unesco's World Heritage List in South America will provide you with the full updated list by country. Read them all.
  • LA COMPLETA EXPERIENCIA VISUAL DE SUDAMERICA

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Finalmente hemos cerrado el circulo. La Completa Experiencia Visual de Sudamerica es un viaje fotografico destinado a introducirte a todos los paises del continente.
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  • 10 of Our Best Wildlife Photos

    Nellie Huang
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Last month we started a wildlife theme on Instagram to share some of our animal photography from around the world. It turned out to be quite a hit with our followers. As requested by some of our readers, we’re sharing some of our best shots here with you. For more wildlife shots, please download our free wildlife photography e-book. A s huge wildlife buffs, we love photographing animals in the wild. There’s something about capturing the raw spirit of an animal through body language. Seeing animals in the wild is a very moving experience and in today’s world, it’s sadly…
  • Summer Travels with Baby: Glamping Retreats and Road Trips in Spain

    Nellie Huang
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Since finding out that I was pregnant, I’d been looking forward to traveling with the baby, to see the world through her eyes. For now, we can’t quite travel long distances just yet (not before she turns four months old) so we’ll be sticking to places closer to home. Thankfully there’s so much to explore and experience in Spain. This summer, we’ve planned quite a few exciting road trips and country retreats, it’s going to be busy but lotsa fun! Kaleya has already traveled to seven countries (while in my womb!) and she’s proving to be quite a trooper, loving car journeys and…
  • Introducing Baby Kaleya!

    Nellie Huang
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Exactly a month ago, on Pi Day 3/14/15, our baby came into this world. We named the little explorer Kaleya, meaning “filled with joy” in Hawaiian, and indeed she’s already filled our lives with so much happiness. Motherhood is challenging and I’m still struggling to learn the ropes but she makes all the difficulties worthwhile. Coincidentally, we just found out that her name Kaleya also means “journey” in the Spanish Asturian language. It can’t be more appropriate. Even before she was born, she’s already been to seven countries, walked the…
  • Sand Dunes and Great Surfs: Wale’s Secret Adventure Travel Hotspot

    Guest Blogger
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Five experiences that make Bridgend County a hidden gem for adventurous travelers You may not have heard of Bridgend County, sandwiched snugly between Cardiff and Swansea along Wales’ stunning coastal path, but this is a destination that has been making waves as a hidden spot for adventure travelers. The county is home to some of the tallest sand dunes in Europe, Wales’ best surfing beaches, lush valleys and exhilarating mountain bike routes – all just three hours from London by train, bus or car. Surf like a Champion Far less well known than British surf hotspots like New Quay and…
  • Exploring Lanzarote’s Nature — Volcanoes, Blowholes and Hidden Coves

    Nellie Huang
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    We are walking in the mar de lava – sea of lava – where massive blankets of solidified lava lie at the foots of Montaña Blanca, Lanzarote. Since seeing hot molten lava flowing off Guatemala’s most active volcano, Volcan Pacaya, I’ve become somewhat of a volcano buff. Sadly, there’s no sign of red burning lava flowing here, the volcano has after all been dormant for the past three hundred years. But there’s more to Lanzarote than bubbling lava. The volcanic activities have also created some of the island’s most interesting nature spots in the form of  outlandish…
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  • The Slow Life –7 Detours On The N2 Between George And Knysna

    Wanda Coustas
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle One of the most exceptional parts of the coast in the Western Cape, the area between George and Knysna is riddled with appealing seaside villages, beaches, delightful finds and magnificent scenery. Too often, though, we merely use the N2 as a means to our destination. Next time you’re passing this way, make the time to slow down, savour the beauty and charm of the heart of the Garden Route, and take at least one of 7 detours on the N2 between George and...
  • 5 Insider Things To Do When In Vermaaklikheid

    Wanda Coustas
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The fairytale hamlet of Vermaaklikheid lies on the lower reaches of the Duiwenhoks River, south of Heidelberg. To find it on Google maps we have to do a precise search, for it appears only as a map marker two-thirds of the way up the river, on a dirt road east of the R322 between Heidelberg and Witsand. It isn’t on any tourist routes, and has little to lure the Toyota Fortuners and their ilk – no farmstall or artisan bread-and-pie-producing bakery here. Vermaaklikheid...
  • 7 Cape Town Community Gardens That Are Setting A Trend

    Wanda Coustas
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle A community garden is a piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. They serve as a way to build a sense of local community, a connection to the environment and to provide fresh produce and plants. They range from small plots of vegetables, to large ‘greening’ projects to preserve natural areas. And not all of them have an open gate policy. Some grow only ornamental plants, others function as market gardens. In Cape Town Community gardens have been a...
  • South Africa’s 8 Most Beautiful Vleis and Marshes

    Wanda Coustas
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Over half of South Africa’s marshes and vleis have disappeared. Most of them reclaimed for industry and the construction of airports, harbours, and sewage treatment plants. In KwaZulu Natal alone 58% of the wetlands of the Mfolozi River catchment have vanished owing to siltation and overgrazing. Wetlands are historically regarded as ‘unhealthy’, even dangerous, because of their association with malaria, dampness and disease. They vary greatly in size and...
  • 8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates

    Wanda Coustas
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle To explore a garden before, or after, tasting the wine grown on the farm is one of the highlights of these 8 glorious gardens on wine estates… BABYLONSTOREN The gardens at Babylonstoren are extensive. Modelled on the former Company Gardens of the Cape (the gardens that fed and watered ships using Cape Town as a halfway station) their name plays on the imagery of the mystical gardens of Babylon (although you don’t need much of an imagination – these gardens have...
 
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    Velvet Escape

  • Blown away at the Cliffs of Moher

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

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    It’s a nation of big smiles. It’s one of many reasons why South Africa has a special place in my heart: the spectacular nature, melting pot of cultures, amazing food and wines, and yes, the big smiles! This video, produced by Caspar Diederik, shows us what it’s like to Meet South Africa, and experience its majestic landscapes, vibrant cities and the many smiles visitors encounter around this great country. Meet South Africa from StoryTravelers on Vimeo. In 10 days we travelled from Johannesburg to Upington and Springbok in the west, down to the south western point of…
  • Ten things to do in Reunion Island

    Keith Jenkins
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Awe-inspiring mountain scenery Réunion Island looks like a tiny speck in the Indian Ocean on Google Maps but zoom in and you’ll find a spectacular island with towering mountains, breathtaking canyons, aquamarine lagoons, colourful towns and villages and stunning waterfalls. An overseas French department, Reunion is a gorgeous mix of French, Asian and African influences. It truly is an enchanting island; a mecca for adventurers and hikers or for those seeking an active holiday infused with lovely beaches, awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating cultures. If you’re visiting for the…
  • Velvet moments: Amsterdam in one photo

    Keith Jenkins
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    It was a sunny winter day and I happened to pass the back of the famous Flower Market in Amsterdam. I’ve walked down this stretch a million times but I guess with the bright sunshine, this scene, which I’m so familiar with, looked fresh and, well, new! I stopped to admire the gorgeous houses and the colourful floral walls of the Flower Market. I snapped this photo and then realised that this scene of the houses, flowers and bicycles really is so typical of Amsterdam. There’s a canal in there somewhere too. Hehe! Saying that this sums up Amsterdam in one photo is stretching…
  • Exploring Curacao

    Keith Jenkins
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:07 am
    Kura Holanda in Willemstad, Curacao I stepped out of the airport and immediately felt the warm breeze. It was one of the first things I discovered about Curacao (map) when I visited the island many years ago: it’s always breezy. It took a while to finally return to this beautiful island in the Caribbean but feeling that breeze again brought back lots of great memories. Curaçao is a long island with a coastline that’s indented with numerous bays and coves. Its capital, Willemstad, is situated on both sides of St. Anna Bay, a channel of water that leads to the immense Schottegat…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Simple Trick to Reduce Ironing in Your Hotel Room

    Carol Margolis
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Hate having to iron in your hotel room? Here’s a very simple trick to help pull wrinkles out of slacks: Simply hang your slacks using the hotel’s clip hangers, then take another hanger and clip it upside down to the bottom of the slacks. The weight of the hanger helps pull out the wrinkles. Much easier than ironing. It may not perfectly pull out all the wrinkles, though it is usually good enough to keep me from pulling the iron out of the closet. I also hang my slacks at the far end of the shower rod while taking my morning shower. This gives a few minutes of steam to slacks or…
  • Valentine’s Day and Business Travel – Just Make Do

    Carol Margolis
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    I’m not the only one away from my loved one on Valentine’s Day. There are many of us. The guy at the next table sports a wedding ring, a bottle of beer and a movie on his laptop. Another traveler across the room, who reminds me of George Castanza of Seinfeld, has his iPad, glass of red wine and his plate of hors d’oeuvres from the Marriott Executive Lounge’s evening snack offerings. As for me, I’ve got my glass of red as well, having just wished my husband a Happy Valentine’s Day via FaceTime. And that’s just a few of us sitting on one executive…
  • Tax Lien from IRS? They May Grab your Passport!

    Carol Margolis
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    It is common in many states that parents who are behind in their child support payments may have their driver’s license suspended and/or a hold placed on their passport. Now IRS is getting into the same mode with a plan that if you fail to pay your taxes timely, they want to place a hold on your passport or even worse, revoke your passport altogether. Before you go into panic mode, note that the minimum liability will be $50,000. The post Tax Lien from IRS? They May Grab your Passport! appeared first on Pearls of Travel Wisdom.
  • Airbnb Gets Smart, Starts Paying Hotel Taxes

    Carol Margolis
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:33 pm
    For many people, Airbnb has some advantages over hotels. Users of the service often end up with nicer accommodations that are more central to their destination. Oh, and there is that nice advantage that they are usually less expensive than nearby hotels, in part because they haven’t been charging guests the typically 10-18% taxes that hotels are required to pass along. Beginning soon, those days will be coming to an end for Airbnb. The startup has agreed to begin collecting hotel taxes in many major cities. Obviously these costs will be passed along to Airbnb users but they are smart to…
  • Standing Room Only on an Airplane… Here It Comes Again!

    Carol Margolis
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    Hard to believe it’s been about five years since Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary proposed offering passengers standing room only instead of seats. Of course, this is the same carrier that proposed having only one pilot in the cockpit to save money. Fortunately both ideas went down the same drain. But according to this article, O’Leary wasn’t the first to propose having passengers stand while flying. No, they say the honor goes to Spring Airlines, the Chinese budget carrier. The article notes that they actually thought of this idea a year earlier because of the travel havoc…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Visit New Orleans – Tips for Traveling with Kids

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Traveling with kids to New Orleans is a whole different ballgame than traveling to this festive, party town full-grown. First of all, you’ll be shocked as to all the things to do with kids in New Orleans with kids. Secondly, if you have the tricks down, you can enjoy NOLA to the fullest (well, almost – just no getting so ripped you are passed on the floor, which by the way many well-cultured adults usually end up when in NOLA). Tips for…
  • Savannah History – Take a Walk Through US History

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Savannah, Georgia is not only one of the most beautiful southern US cities, it is also, without a doubt, one of the most historic places to visit. Savannah History – A Quick Lesson The city of Savannah, Georgia, is the largest city and the county seat of Chatham County The Yamacraws, a Native American tribe, were the first known people to settle in and around Savannah. In the 18th century, under their leader Tomochichi, they met the newly arriving…
  • The Phone Charger That Fits In A Wallet – Upgraded!

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Not long ago I wrote about a product that I found and thought was interesting called TravelCard by Go-Design. It is a small device, the size of a credit card that you can carry around without taking up too much space in your wallet and can be used to charge you phone (iPhone 5 to 6 Plus and everything in between as well as android). Back then they were basically trying to fund the initial production of the product. Just as I expected, it ended up being…
  • Four Family Attractions Around Lisbon, Portugal

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Lisbon, the romantic capital city of Portugal, is one of the most popular European tourist destinations. With its picturesque white sandy beaches, clear blue oceans and stunning old-fashioned buildings around each corner, there is no question as to why so many people love to visit this sunny city. When travelling with a family, it is often difficult to find attractions that are guaranteed to keep every family member entertained. Here are some of the best…
  • Atlanta Travel Guide – How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids How do you get the most out of visiting Atlanta? The secret is, know what it offers and the history behind it and this will make your trip amazing. How to Start Your Atlanta Travel After visiting several cities that offer Trolley services, we have learned the best way to start off the trip is by taking whatever the trolley tours they offer. Most cities have the hop on/ hop off rides. Unfortunately, Atlanta doesn’t have this yet. But PeachTree…
 
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  • Fold7 Ad Agency - London

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We cannot take our eyes off the eerie umbrella-holding human figures that dangle seemingly in mid-air in the 7,000 square-foot (650 square metre) office of ad agency Fold7 Farringdon (Clerkenwell, London). The figures were created by Czech artist Michal Trpák who has used similar humans-with-umbrellas themes, most notably in his large-scale work, Slight Uncertainty, installed in an office complex in Prague in 2012. In Fold7’s office, the humans float in the entrance area of the ad agency’s premises located in a refurbished 1980s office building. The sheer volume of the…
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    3 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
  • Small Tea Boutique - Miami

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Andee Hess, founder of Portland, and his Oregon-Based Osmose have done their magic in Miami where they have helped revive what was a tired Coral Gables neighborhood bank by turning it into Small Tea, a tea boutique concept by Daniel Charles Joseph Benoudiz. Small Tea extolls the benefits of real human connection via the consumption of tea under a canopy of 1,250 boxes wrapped in abaca or manila hemp, a type of banana-tree fiber used for baskets in some tea-growing areas. We, of course, notice the elegant use of wood and wood slats, and oval and rounded accents, all of which helps evoke a…
  • TCH launches CJ Hendrys 50 Foods in 50 Days Gourmet Experience in Melbourne

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The work of an extraordinary artistic talent such as CJ Hendry deserves and demands more than plain white walls for its showcase.   That was the approach The Cool Hunter took right from the beginning with her meticulous hand-drawn art work.   TCH first introduced her in Sydney, Australia, as part of the Art Hunter experience in conjunction with Jaguar.   This was followed by her first solo presentation, a four-day exclusive art and food reception at a private luxury residence in Sydney.   Following that successful sell out debut, TCH has just launched CJ Hendry’s 50…
  • Interactive Floating Flower Garden

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Last November, TeamLab, a Japanese collective of architects, designers, artists, programmers and engineers, installed a large-scale retrospective of its work at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. The two main interactive digital art exhibitions of the retrospective – “Digital Art” that toured the world in 2014, and “Learn and Play! teamLab Future Park” experience park for children – have been so popular at the Miraikan that the show has been extended till May 1, 2015. In addition to the two exhibitions, the…
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    Man Tripping

  • Exploring the Hip and Cool Toronto Nightlife and Bar Scene

    James Hills
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Every metropolis has the things which make it specific. If we talk about Toronto, the biggest Canadian city, there are numerous things which can be seen and experienced. Toronto is the Canadian capital of culture, technology and entertainment and truly a world-class city that you should consider visiting. From sports teams like Maple Leafs, Raptors and The Toronto Blue Jays, to the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as fishing, kyaking, and sailing on the lake. There are tons of great activities for guys in this city just over the border.   Cocktails and Tradition This is a city ...
  • 10 Awesome On-Strip Vegas Ideas For Your Ultimate Guys Weekend

    James Hills
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    Last month I was joined by a group of other male bloggers to explore the best that the strip has to offer. This was a heck of a weekend that was filled with amazing experiences that I can't wait to do again. While every Vegas guys weekend is going to be different but here are our top 10 things to do on the strip. Attend a Cirque Show This may seem like a strange thing to lead with since honestly I had looked at Cirque shows as mostly family entertainment (except Zumanity!) or as more of a date-night ...
  • BOSTON, Styx, Lionel Richie & Heart Join Carnival Live!

    James Hills
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    OMG guys - I am a HUGE FAN of the Carnival Live program and it just keeps getting better. As you know, last year we joined Carnival for Styx, followed by Jewel and both were amazing experiences. Now, they are adding The Band Perry, BOSTON, Lionel Richie, and Heart to their already awesome lineup. that has included Journey, Styx, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, and Smokey Robinson earlier this year. Personally, my top three picks are: Heart: October on Carnival Breeze out of Miami BOSTON: August Carnival Ecstasy out of Charleston (awesome itinerary including Grand Turk and Half Moon ...
  • I Found the Caribbean's Best Rum! It's Seven Fathoms Under the Ocean!

    James Hills
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Visitors to the Cayman Islands usually focus on sites like "Hell" or "Stingray City" but last fall when I visited this amazing little island we did things a bit different. Instead of the normal tourist spots, we went to a distillery, made new friends, drank some world class spirits, and then almost missed the last tender back to our ship. Luckily we didn't miss our ship, but if we had - this would have been TOTALLY worth it! Cayman Spirits has been distilling spirits since 2008 from a tiny shack in Georgetown Grand Cayman but in 2013, they moved into a ...
  • San Diego Brewers Presents Guild Rhythm & Brews on Saturday, April 25

    James Hills
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It's that time of year again! Since it's perpetual spring time here in San Diego, what this means is that it's Beer Festival Season and you don't want to miss this festival featuring 100+ craft brews served up from more than 60 breweries, while listening to seven different musical performances that are guaranteed to keep you rocking all afternoon! We'll be covering the 4th Annual Rhythm and Brews Festival later this month but wanted to give you a preview in the mean time. If you'll be there, let us know - we look forward to meeting up with you there ... ...
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    The Travel Tart

  • Mystery Meat! Can You Guess What It Is?

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:36 am
    It’s Mystery Meat time! It’s time to celebrate all that is deemed unusual to Westerners in regards to food in the world. I love trying all sorts of weird food around the world – even though some of the time, I’m not quite certain of it’s origin! But then again, sometimes you know exactly what you’re getting! You know, stuff like the unwritten laws of Morocco Meat, pig intestines in Singapore, and chowing down on Guinea Pig in Peru. I have a pretty strong stomach. I’ve given it a pounding with all sorts of stuff and many people who see the weird stuff…
  • Fast Food Advertising – Starve To Death!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Cape Town in South Africa is definitely in my top 10 list of favourite cities around the world. I’ve been there a couple times and have amazingly not lost my liver by spending many a night out on the town there with it’s amazing night life and party atmosphere. I’m sure there are plenty a traveller who has also felt they needed to put their name on the liver transplant register after partying way too much in this great place. It’s a pretty spectacular city, based on it’s geographical location (take a Harley Ride around the place to see what I mean). But there are…
  • Funny Nun Habit Costumes – Taking Account of Current Affairs!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:36 am
    Here’s a nomination for what could possibly be one of the most bizarre tourist attractions of the week! And you’re not going to find this one anywhere on a tourist board list of things to do or a travel guidebook! It’s one of those odd local traditions that require a local’s knowledge to send you there in the right direction. And weirdly, it involvesa mannequin wearing some funny nun habit costumes! Here she is below!  What the &%*$ I hear you say? Well, it’s a pretty quirky tradition that’s been around for almost a couple of decades – it’s…
 
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    Part Time Vagabond

  • Google updates Snapseed; Mobile travel photographers rejoice

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

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

    Chris
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a glorious Kwanzaa, and a warm whatever other holiday you may celebrate at this time of year. Let’s make 2015 an amazing year of exploration, learning, and travel, no matter where you go. See you in January! The post Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Part Time Vagabond! appeared first on Part Time Vagabond.
  • Stop being jealous of those who travel, and start traveling yourself

    Chris
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    As a travel lover, I find myself blithely reading dozens of travel blogs and starting dumbly at hundreds of amazing travel photos. As a Part Time Vagabond, I often find myself feeling quite jealous of all my blogging brothers and sisters who are constantly hopping around the world to exotic locales having the single greatest time of their lives. Social media makes everyone look like they’re living the BEST LIFE EVER! It’s like the Mirror of Erised in the Harry Potter stories: you see only what you most desire (how’s that for some movie geekiness?). After all, who’s…
  • 10 Tips for Better Travel Photos

    Chris
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    dubai 165 by daniyal62 on Flickr How many times have you come home from an amazing vacation, only to be disappointed with the photos you took? The pictures in no way represent the adventure you had. Why don’t your travel photos look more like the experience you had? The truth is, you’re thinking of your vacation travel photos as if they were postcards. You’re only looking for that beautiful postcard shot, the same photo that everyone else is taking. It’s time to think outside the [postcard] box and start telling the unique story of your own adventures. Here are some…
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    Jet Set Smart

  • NEW JERSEY BLOGGER BRUNCH AT TALULA'S

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

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

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

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

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    TGIF!!!!!!!!  So happy it's the weekend!  Today's outfit is pretty basic, sort of my "momiform" of what you can find me in on a daily basis running around with two little ones- jeans and a comfy top.  I always tend to gravitate toward black, but here I added color by way of some new pieces I got from the Stella & Dot spring line.  Added color can help make an outfit pop, it can add new life to an outfit you've worn a dozen times, and it helps make your mood pop too, especially with the winter we've been having!  The good news is, Spring is just 21 days away and…
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    Breathedreamgo

  • Walking in the Indian Himalayas

    Mariellen Ward
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    The Himalayan peaks of Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India. Here’s how to access and enjoy the spectacular Himalayan region of India CAN YOU IMAGINE walking and trekking among the Himalayas, the mightiest mountain range on earth? Fascinating and daunting, wreathed in religious mythology and mountaineering lore, the Himalayas are without a doubt one of the most spiritually exciting, wildly adventurous, spectacularly beautiful and deeply serene places on earth. While mountaineers and the spiritually inclined have long been drawn to the Himalayas, you do not have to be an athlete or an ascetic to…
  • Canadians on the list for e-Tourist Visa to India

    Mariellen Ward
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Narendra Modi and Stephen Harper. Photo courtesy Meena Chopra-Social Media Impact and StarBuzz Media. India’s PM Narendra Modi visits Canada and makes announcement about India tourist Visa LAST NIGHT India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited my hometown, Toronto. It was a great evening as he spoke at length to an adoring audience of about 10,000 people at the Ricoh Coliseum. He was introduced by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and made two exciting announcements for Canadians who want to travel to India. 1. Canadians will be eligible for 10-year tourist Visas,…
  • How to find success and make money as a travel blogger

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Me, on the job as a travel blogger in South Asia (staying at the gorgeous Uma Paro in Paro, Bhutan) How do you create a successful travel blog? How do you make money from travel blogging? BACK IN 2010, when Breathedreamgo was less than a year old, I took the MegaBus to New York City to attend TBEX New York (which I now think of as the Woodstock of travel blogging). Since then, I’ve seen many of the people who were there build very successful blogging careers. I’ve seen them develop their skills, adapt and change, hone their brand and image, take advantage of opportunities and kill…
  • Mirabai Expedition 5: Releasing the bonds of love

    Mariellen Ward
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Mirabai ExpeditionThe Dwarkadesh Temple spire in Dwarka Unravelling the mystery of Mirabai In the final part of the Mirabai Expedition, I follow her footsteps to the seaside town of Dwarka where she disappeared while singing in the temple, leaving only her sari wrapped around the Krishna murti THE LONG DRIVE ACROSS flat, featureless and very hot west Gujarat is broken only by a stop at a business hotel, inexplicably located in the middle of nowhere. We stop for chai and pakodas, in an empty, airless, and featureless hotel coffee shop. The only guests…
  • Mirabai Expedition 4: In the footsteps of royalty

    Mariellen Ward
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Mirabai ExpeditionChittorgarh Fort Mirabai’s unbelievable story becomes real on the ramparts of mighty Chittorgarh Fort RAJASTHAN IS THE ‘LAND OF KINGS,’ a desert state with a rich history of chivalrous rulers, silk-road trade routes and romantic tales. Fantastical palaces and sand-castle forts, loping camels and screeching peacocks, women in neon-bright saris and men in bulbous turbans. Rajasthan is all your fantasies of India writ large, and the setting for many of India’s epic stories, including the improbable tale of…
 
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  • Sakura Tulips Fiesta at Kanto, Japan

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:44 pm
    See Japan from the perspectives of a Singaporean – this is a guest post by our resident blogger Xiaoying who is currently based in Japan. she also sells a range of japanese stuff at her carousell store – shipped direct from japan! Sakuras are blooming in Japan for 2 weeks and get scattered away by winds and rains quickly. Fear not if you missed the sakuras, we can still catch the tulips. They are mainly blooming from mid to end April and have a longer shell life. There are a few places where you can catch the tulips in Kanto region. (in case you are wondering where is Kanto, it is the…
  • Savouring Samgyetang Ginseng Chicken Soup with Abalone at Jeju Seogwipo

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Samgyetang Ginseng Chicken Soup 삼계탕 is another must try food in Korea – there are lots of Ginseng Chicken Soup in Seoul but with all the great food here in Jeju e.g. BBQ black pork, Jeju Pork ramen, abalone porridge, we just had to try the Ginseng Chicken Soup here in Jeju as a round-up to our 4 Day 3 Night Jeju trip itinerary. This ginseng chicken restaurant comes highly recommended by the staff of Feliz Telcon Hotel and it is just a 5 minutes drive away from Feliz Telcon Hotel. The Korean GPS coordinates for this Samgyetang Ginseng Chicken Restaurant (by phone number): 7623319…
  • My Queenstown Heritage Trail – Explore Dawson and Alexandra Historical Sights with Free Guided Tour (Every Last Saturday of the Month)

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    We did a tour with MyQueenstown Heritage Trail to explore historical sights around Queenstown and Tanglin Halt in July last year and it was a very educational and eye-opening experience to see how Queenstown had developed over the years since Singapore’s independence.  If you like heritage tours, that is definitely a tour not to be missed – it is free and you get to interact with actual Queenstown residents who has stayed in the area for a long time.  That tour runs every last Sunday of the month and you can sign up through www.myqueenstown.eventbrite.sg or email:…
  • Maldives Essential – What You Need to Know

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    Guest post by TheWanderlustTraveler. TheWanderlustTraveler loves traveling and photography. She enjoys finding out about different cultures around the world. With the white sand and school of fishes welcoming you, Maldives has significantly been on most couples’ and families’ tourist destination list. An archipelago of 1,192 coral islands, Maldives provides the perfect destination with each island housing its own reef, serving as a natural aquarium for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. I’ve personally always wondered what there was to do in the Maldives. I’ve heard a lot of…
  • Review of Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel – SG50 Staycation Promotion Exclusive for Singapore Residents

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    Wondering what to do on the one more day of public holiday on 7 Aug 2015 introduced as part of Singapore’s SG50 celebrations? Instead of going overseas over this extended Jubilee long weekend from 7 Aug to 10 Aug, why not do a staycation here in Singapore – after all, there are already so many long weekends in 2015 for you to go on holidays this year. If you are thinking of doing such a staycation, Pan Pacific Singapore offers a SG50 staycation promotion all year round in 2015 exclusive to Singaporeans and local residents to indulge in complimentary breakfast for two and daily…
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  • Visions of Guadalajara : Mexico

    Fili
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    During one of the cold storms of Illinois I felt like I had no choice but to run away and warm up during the weekend. The visit to Mexico City left a lasting impression on me and so I was looking for something similar that might offer a bit of colonial history, a taste of local culture, good food and friendly locals. Direct flights from Chicago brought up Guadalajara as an option, and a quick lookup showed that it might offer me what I needed, with its old town and Tequila close by. Although it was a very short weekend trip, I believe I was able to cover Guadalajara and Tequila quite well,…
  • Crusader Fortress : Old City of Acre – Northern Israel

    Fili
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The old city of Acre is one of Israel’s top treasures, a gorgeous ancient city dating back thousands of years overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with a very high concentration of terrific tourist attractions. In my previous visits to Acre I just walked the old city markets, enjoyed the fortifications and the local food, but in my last visit to Acre I made it my mission to explore the city as a tourist, to try and see everything that Acre has to offer. And what a lovely surprise that was. Beneath the old city is a maze of underground tunnels connecting between the different tourist…
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site : Springfield Illinois

    Fili
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    Illinois, unfortunately, is not a major tourist destination with the obvious exception of the city of Chicago. It’s rather flat and cold, and its history isn’t as exciting as other states in the US. But, Illinois is especially proud of one thing in its history – Abraham Lincoln. Illinois even markets itself as the "land of Lincoln". Visiting Springfield, the capital town of Illinois, you’ll have a lot to see and experience that has to do with the Lincoln family, starting from statues of the Lincoln family throughout the old city, the Lincoln family home, and…
  • Musical Instruments Museum : Phoenix Arizona

    Fili
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Every big city has an arts museum, most have a natural history museum, and a regional history museum, and when you roam around the world for a few years it’s hard to really be excited about these any more. There’s a limit to how many Picassos, Chagalls, and dinosaurs bones you can see before you grow tired. So in recent years I’ve grown a special interest in specialty museums, quirky alternative museums that specialize in things we don’t often think about and are rather rare around the world. One of the best such specialty museums I had the pleasure of discovering…
  • Visions of Rome: Italy

    Fili
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    In the last year I’ve had the pleasure of stopping over in Rome on three different occasions. The first couple of times it was only for a day or two, one of those with circumstances beyond my control when my connecting flight was cancelled and Alitalia sponsored my unexpected stay. Even though these first two times were very brief, Rome has already made a very lasting impression on me as one of the most special cities I’ve ever been to. The third time was longer, visiting my sister who by then moved to Rome and was therefore able to offer me a more local less touristy view of the…
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  • Nevada Museum of Art Rooftop Expansion

    Corie Cartano
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    The Nevada Museum of Art is expanding upward! Today, they announced their plans for a rooftop expansion which is set to open to the public early 2016. This $5.5 million expansion will include  an indoor and outdoor event venue space. The Nightingale Sky Room will be 4,800 square feet of indoor space and will include [...]
  • Summer And Beyond: The Dynamic Dozen

    Corie Cartano
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    The summer festival season is quickly approaching! Here are 12 of our favorite upcoming events, or what we at Reno Tahoe like to call it, the Dynamic Dozen. These events are all unique from one another and offer something for everyone. Attend these great events and experience a Reno Tahoe summer unlike any other! June 18-27, [...]
  • 7 Favorite Reno Tahoe Boutiques

    Corie Cartano
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Hit Reno Tahoe boutiques next time you’re in town for great finds that’ll please even the pickiest fashionistas. Here are a few favorites that range from consignment to upscale designer and retro to pin-up: The Niche: At this boutique, you will find the latest in women’s clothing and unique home decor. The Niche offers both contemporary [...]
  • Exhibitions to Visit This April

    Corie Cartano
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Make sure to check out the Nevada Museum of Art this month. There are a few long standing exhibitions that are coming to a close, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity to see these at the museum! Closing April 5: Daniel McCormick & Mary O’Brien’s Watershed Sculpture – Photographs of the commissioned watershed sculpture that [...]
  • Easter Festivities in Reno Tahoe

    Corie Cartano
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Hoppy (almost) Easter! Our area has a multitude of events for kids and adults alike to have a great Easter holiday. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly Easter egg hunt or a more competitive scavenger hunt, Reno Tahoe has it all. Here is what’s happening in and around Reno Tahoe: Underwater Egg Hunt: March 28, from [...]
 
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

    James Clark
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    There are loads of architectural highlights in the Galle Fort, but the highlight for me was walking along the wall at sunrise and sunset. On this sunrise are some fellow early-morning walkers and a row of Colombo Crows, whose squawking would wake me up every day before dawn. Galle Travel Resources Galle hotels Galle photo gallery Galle Fort, Sri Lanka is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • Nomadic News: April 19, 2015

    James Clark
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Guatemala City is big, dirty, and dangerous — don’t miss it (via Outbounding.) I’m riding a $450 motorcycle across Vietnam How one student is freelancing his way across SE Asia Europe’s 16 oldest cities Isolated From the World for 60 Years Office Of The Week [NestbyAIA – Ho Chi Minh City] I’m continuing to visit a few new Saigon cafes every week, and this week I visited a great work cafe that has opened since I was last here. Work Cafe (or NestbyAIA) is in the…
  • Telok Ayer Market – The historic hawker centre in downtown Singapore

    James Clark
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    One of my favourite hawker centres in Singapore is the Telok Ayer Market. This food court – also known as Lau Pa Sat – is in a heritage building that is worth a visit in its own right. While a Singapore foodie might tell you there are a dozen other hawker centres that are better, for me I like this market for the combination of food, its location, and the building itself. The Location In downtown Singapore the transformation of the city into a global business hub is complete. Here you will find canyons of tall buildings, with financial institutions from around the world…
  • Nomadic News: April 12, 2015

    James Clark
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Greetings from Saigon. Here is this weeks pick of the travel and location independence links. Travel For a more creative brain, travel – The Atlantic. After seven years, travel has finally changed me – By Drew Gilbert. We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015 Location Independence An entrepreneur who earns over $200,000 a year explains what it takes to work and travel all over the world A co-working, co-sleeping megaplex Is on the Horizon Our digital nomad lifestyle on Lake Atitlan – By goatsontheroad.com. Office Of The Week…
  • Kandy Lake, Kandy – Sri Lanka

    James Clark
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:39 am
    Kandy is the second city of Sri Lanka, and considered as the cultural capital. Kandy is a major pilgrimage site for Sri Lankan’s and buddhists around the world as it’s home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. As the name would suggest, it houses a tooth of the Buddha. The city itself is rather unremarkable, but it’s pleasant enough if you are staying near the lake. The highlight for me were the trees. There are some beautiful old trees in the city, and especially around the lake. The lake is 3.4km around which is an ideal length for an evening stroll. I loved this tree…
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  • Welcome Dallas CityPASS!

    CityPASS
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    We are pleased to announce that Dallas, Texas, is joining the CityPASS program on May 15. A Dallas CityPASS ticket booklet will save visitors 41 percent off combined admission to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, a choice between the Dallas Zoo and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and a choice between the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This will be the second CityPASS program in Texas, following Houston, which debuted in 2008. Dallas CityPASS booklets will retail for $44 for adults, $30 for…
  • A View from the Top - What Can You See from North America’s Tallest Buildings?

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

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

    Dan Patterson
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    There’s a reason why Ben Franklin coined beer as the proof that God loves us and wants to be happy. As one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, dating all the way back to 3500 B.C., this wonderfully flavorful concoction was instrumental in the formation of civilizations, serving as the backbone for many religious gatherings and festivities. The art of brewing has taken many different shapes since the beverage was popularized and spread through Europe by Germanic and Celtic tribes in early 3000 B.C., but one thing remains true: nothing quite compares to a cold mug of suds after a hard…
  • Flower Shows Bound to Brighten Winter Weekends

    Paula Peters Chambers
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    A friend in North Carolina recently shared, via social media, a picture of daffodil shoots emerging in his yard. It will be weeks before those shoots mature into blooms, but their presence is encouraging. This time of year can be hard. The cheery brightness of the holiday season is past, and, for many, the worst winter weather is upon us (or threatening). Sure, warmer climates offer a respite, but the difficulty and expense of reaching a sunny, warm locale may prove prohibitive. Instead, you can visit a place where spring is in full bloom – and it may be in your own town. Photo credit:…
 
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  • The Most Epic Place for Spring Skiing Right Now

    Matt Gibson
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    It was an awful year for snow. Well, at least it was in the west, and the results for some hills were pretty dramatic. Most resorts across western North America received significantly less snow than usual. Many closed early, like Sierra-at-Tahoe which was forced to close in mid-March, six weeks earlier than last year. Most resorts expected to close earlier than usual. I’m not the kind of person who likes to say that something is “perfect” or “the best” because those are very subjective terms. That said, one ski area this year found itself on the winning end of a few unique…
  • If I’m Elected President

    Matt Gibson
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My first ever paid blogging assignment, searching for elephants in Borneo. Having served on the Professional Travel Bloggers Association for the past year, I knew elections were coming, but I didn’t think I’d be involved because I still had another year remaining in my term. Last week I received an email from Laurence Norah with a PDF attached to it title “PTBA Election List 2015”. I opened the PDF and my jaw dropped. I was nominated for every single open position on the board. It was extremely surprised and incredibly flattered. I spent a few nights lying awake at night, thinking…
  • Between the Peaks: An Interview with Adventure Filmmaker Jonathan Ronzio

    Matt Gibson
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    After two years of planning the trip began. Three friends landed in Chile with a plan to buy a truck, drive to Alaska, climb the highest mountain on both South and North  America, and volunteer in every country they passed through along the way. They would document it all for on video and after finishing the epic journey, make it into a movie. Last year the product of the friends’ efforts, Between the Peaks, won the Best Documentary Feature award from the Mountain Film Festival in Mammoth, California. The trip had not gone as planned. Cameras had been lost and stolen and they’d…
  • Travel Blogging Business Resource Archive

    Matt Gibson
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I built this page as a community resource to help travel bloggers and industry pool information and resources to help us all keep up on the latest information and develop a better understanding of our business. Below is an embedded Google Drive folder. It has read-only permissions and anyone may can view and download anything from it. This is a community file and the quality of this resource relies on user contributions. If you expect to contribute frequently, just drop me a line with the email address that you use to log in to Google, and I’ll add you as an admin. If you’d…
  • 18 Photos from Winter XGames That Will Make You Wish You Were There

    Matt Gibson
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I was invited by Skype to join their team of Moment Makers for their #SkypeXGames campaign. They flew me down to Aspen and put me up for four days during the XGames and all they asked was that I go share my experience on social media, along with their other Moment Makers, halfpipe ski legend Jen Hudak and former pro snowboarder Jesse Csincsak, using their #SkypeXGames hastag. It was epic. We spent the three days hanging out in the VIP lounge, meeting Jesse’s and Jen’s athlete friends, and going to the after concerts. You can read my story about the trip on the Skype blog here. I…
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  • Adventure Travel Combo Oahu – Kayaking and Hiking Kailua

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

    MsTravelingPants
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    For those that have already visited the Garden Isle or for those that are experienced kayakers with a sense of adventure, I would highly suggest going to one of the most beautiful beaches on Kauai, Kipu Kai. This beach, featured in the movie The Descendants, is on property of the Waterhouse Family between Poipu and Lihue. Although the surrounding land is privately owned, its two miles of beach are public. There are no scheduled tours to the beach; so, you most likely will be the only kayak on the beach. With that said, there are a couple of very important rules about Kipu Kai. Respect the…
  • Adventure Travel with a Smartphone

    MsTravelingPants
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    As an author and adventurer, I go everywhere with my smartphone. Yes, I go hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, zip-lining, and more with my iPhone 6. The picture above showcases it. That’s Ms Traveling Pants (aka Heidi S) at Polihale Beach at the end of the road in Kauai, the most rustic of the Hawaiian Islands watching the sunset along the Napali Coast with a cold beverage and my smartphone. Away from one of my adventurers, but writing about one at my Macbook, I stumbled across a new smartphone case, which provides for hands-free protection with the ability to be as active and…
  • Less than 24 Hours in Seattle – Unbeatable Seattle Travel Tips

    MsTravelingPants
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Whether you are on your way on a cruise leaving from Seattle, on your to or from the Hawaiian Islands, or delayed on business through Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEATAC), I have unbeatable Seattle travel tips for a less than 24 hour stay in Seattle. Don’t stay in the airport cleaning out your email or eating some lousy airport food. All these travel tips are all quick, easy to get to, FUN, and some worth repeating on your next layover. Light rail: Get to and from downtown Seattle from SEATAC for a mere $3.00 leaving every 15 minutes within five minutes walking from terminal. This is cheaper…
  • Changes in Cuban Travel from My Viewpoint

    MsTravelingPants
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Although I’m not Cuban nor am I a Cuban-American, I have had the privilege of witnessing many of Cuba’s recent changes right before my eyes. How has a Wisconsinite with no Cuban heritage gotten this glimpse of Cuba? I was in the right place at the right time. I started in 2013 as a tour director for people to people tours, escorting Americans through four major cities in Cuba: Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Trinidad, and of course Havana. In that year alone, I spent over eighty days in Cuba. Some people have claimed to travel around the world in eighty days. Instead, I decided to dive…
 
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  • Carnegie Library in Attica, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Carnegie Library in Attica, Indiana is so grand–and I didn’t even get to go inside! Since I made my way to that side of town after the library had closed for the day, I could only admire the exterior. But what an exterior it is. First: Why I Love Libraries  Carnegie Library in Attica, Indiana When you walk up to the Attica library, you can only feel awed. This is how a library should look. You could say that I learned to love libraries at a young age. Growing up, my earliest memories involve story time in the lower level of the large Chicago Heights Library (we didn’t…
  • Battle Park: Indiana’s Only Civil War Battlefield

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Battle Park in Corydon, Indiana First things first: do not visit Battle Park in Corydon, Indiana and expect a day of picnics and exploring. It’s not that kind of park. There is a cabin located on the property available for a walk-through to show how people once lived. Since it is Indiana’s only Civil War Battlefield it is well worth a visit. Okay, so the battle didn’t reach epic proportions or anything, but with only two encounters taking  place in the North, it’s kind of a big deal! Civil War Battlefield Battle Park in Corydon, Indiana John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864)…
  • Chesterton Cake Shoppe in Chesterton

    Jessica Nunemaker
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Cupcakes at Chesterton Cake Shoppe in Chesterton, Indiana Who doesn’t love a cupcake? At Chesterton Cake Shoppe in Chesterton, Indiana, you certainly have your fill! This Porter County bakery has a tasty way with cake. And cookies. Oh, and bars too. Indiana Custom Cake Bakery Super Heroes Cake at Chesterton Cake Shoppe in Chesterton, Indiana Every so often I go back through older folders to see what I had missed. Boy, did I miss something! I can’t believe I hadn’t shared this unique mom and pop Indiana bakery. Okay, so Chesterton Cake Shoppe isn’t exactly a…
  • The Artisan Center in Corydon

    Jessica Nunemaker
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Artisan Center in Corydon, Indiana Exterior Remember how I’ve mentioned over and over that small towns are often wonderful sources of local art–and the home of art galleries? The Artisan Center in Corydon, Indiana is one more non-profit organization that other towns should model! The Artisan Center has it all: art gallery, workshop space, and educational outreach. Huntingburg, Indiana Art Gallery Some small towns watch residents leave. They watch small businesses close. They. Do. Nothing. Other towns know that the key to avoid becoming a bedroom community is to make sure that…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Red Pepperoni Pizza Images

    Jessica Nunemaker
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Red Pepperoni Pizzeria in Madison, Indiana was stuck in my head tonight. I already shared a ton of information about it but when there’s such good pizza available in a small town, well, I have to make sure everyone understood the first time! So, here’s a few images to get you movin’! When The Red Pepper Deli and Cafe began selling pizza, they knew they were on to something good! When demand grew, they took over the old gas station from across the street and this Madison, Indiana pizza parlor was born.  What’s available here? Well, in addition to pizza…
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  • Your Utah Hiking Trip: Pointers for Packing for Any Season

    Tony
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:51 pm
    When you are planning a hiking trip in Utah, one of the most important things you have to consider is the gear that you will pack. If you pack the wrong equipment, this can affect your enjoyment of the hike, so it’s always best to go prepared. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when packing your hiking gear. Pack According to the Season The time of year that you go hiking will determine the items that you take with you. In the winter, snow can cover trails and hiking can become more dangerous. Some hikes are available all year round, like in the Wasatch…
  • BackPacking In Style

    Tony
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    Backpacking around the world is an incredible experience for those who love a sense of adventure. Roughing it up staying in hostels whilst experiencing the amazing intrigue of other cultures, it is something that seems almost like a rite of passage for young people. With that being the case, although backpacking lends itself to only bringing the bare minimal of gear; that does not mean that you cannot travel in style! Here are a few key pieces to bring along with you that will keep you looking trendy yet practical during your ventures: Mixing And Matching When it comes to traveling in style,…
  • Take A Volunteer Vacation!

    Tony
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    If wanderlust is calling you, consider taking a volunteer vacation to South Africa. You’ll see this beautiful and interesting country from a totally different perspective, experiencing South African culture unlike any tourist. As a volunteer, you’ll work alongside community members to make a difference in the lives of children and animals who need your help. If you’ve always wanted to see wild animals up close, there are over 10 packages available that place you right on rehabilitation reserves. Depending on what species you choose, you can be living with cheetahs, rhinos, horses,…
  • A Skier’s Class Act: Snow Schools on Whistler Blackcomb

    Tony
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:29 pm
    If you are planning a ski holiday to Whistler Blackcomb, you may be keen to brush up on your skills. If so, you will have plenty of opportunities to improve your technique through the various programs provided by the official ski school. Here is a guide to the ski school and what they have on offer so you can start planning your instruction when you arrive. Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard School There is only one school in Whistler, but it provides a huge range of classes and lessons including everything from getting started for kids to taking your technique to the next level, so arrange…
  • Ironman Mont-Tremblant: Bigger and Better Than Ever

    Tony
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    In the world of sports, few events can boast a reputation for endurance that comes close to the Ironman. This race is known across the world as one of the toughest events there is, and every year it arrives in Mont-Tremblant for one of the qualifying races for the world championship. Here’s what you need to know if you want to spectate or take part in the race. Overview of the Ironman The Ironman is a race that is held in locations all over the world and is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). It consists of swimming, cycling, and running, and there is a time limit of 17…
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  • 2 Ways to Inject Positivity In Your Day Right Now

    Andy Hayes
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Are you in need of a bit of a positivity boost sooner rather than latter? You can count on Plum Deluxe to help you out with that. Here are two ideas that will give you some inspiration right away. 1. Drink This Tea We just launched our first non-profit partnership with The Joy Team featuring our new signature blend, The Joy Tea. This tea is a white tea with jasmine flowers and tangerine – it’s light, smooth, and calming. $1 of every purchase goes to the Joy Team, who are well-known for their cheerful, positive billboards found throughout the country. Drinking the Joy Tea is sure…
  • 3 Cocktail & Sparkling Water Soda Syrups We Love

    Andy Hayes
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:31 am
    I’ve talked at length about my daily fruit-inspired spa water drinks and, for the evenings, the infamous white wine spritzer. No matter if you take your water fizzy or flat, or you’re craving a creative cocktail, what about those times you want a little more of a flavor boost? Skip those cheap mixers and syrups you find at the grocery store — they’re filled with unnecessary sugars and chemical flavorings. Instead, take a look at these three cocktail and sparkling water soda syrups we are loving right now. Each of them is free of high fructose corn syrup and is made…
  • Take a Mini Afternoon Break with Tea and a Cranberry Macadamia Nut Tart

    Krista Bjorn
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Afternoons can often drag on interminably, making it difficult to concentrate and do productive work. Taking a break for a celebratory slice of something delicious can be just the thing to turn the afternoon around and give you something to look forward to in between meetings, projects, and appointments. While a full blown afternoon high tea would be lovely, a mini afternoon tea is much more doable and every bit as scrumptious. Start With Your Favorite Tea No garden variety tea bag here; this moment is to spoil yourself and provide a bit of “me time” to see you through the…
  • “Dutch Brunch” (With a Side of History): Lemon Marionberry Dutch Baby Recipe

    Andy Hayes
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:27 am
    This feature was brought to you by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission. I lived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for many years, and whenever friends came into town one of their first requests was to stop for brunch at the local pancake house. “Pannekoeken,” as they are called there, are more similar to crepes than your standard American pancake. They are typically served with syrup and powdered sugar (like French toast), and they can come with savory ingredients instead of just sweet (like crepes). I’ve come to understand that some people think a Dutch baby is the…
  • Not Just Potatoes: 3 Idaho Wines to Try

    Andy Hayes
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Although it’s just one state over, I’ve only been to Idaho twice. The first time, I spent the whole time eating and wrote a guide to the best restaurants in Boise. You can’t get a bad meal in that town. Recently, I was back in Boise for… wait for it… a wine event! Yes, Idaho is an up-and-coming wine destination, with some real winemaking talent and miles and miles of land perfect for grape growing. It’s very exciting. Whether you’ve got the opportunity to visit Idaho, are looking for new wine clubs to try, or have a particularly good local wine shop…
 
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  • Reykjavik in Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Reykjavik is one of my favorite cities in the world: full of culture and striking views of mountains and sea, with an ever-present sense of the quirky. So it's a perfect venue for a writer to create and be inspired. No wonder it's the site of the second annual Iceland Writers Retreat that I participated in. Between workshops, receptions, meals, a literary walking tour, and lots of coffee and pastries, I roamed the wee downtown where there's beauty around every corner. This short YouTube video slideshow provides a small window into why I love Iceland's capital city.  Be sure to…
  • Cool App To Frame Your Instagram Photos

    Jeanine Barone
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Here today, gone tomorrow. That's what it sometimes feels like after uploading images to Instagram or Facebook. They  don't have any sense of permanence. My Instagram gallery includes many lovely, evocative images from my travels. And I've had people ask me if they could buy them framed to hang on their walls or to give as a gift to someone. There's an app for everything, right? Why not an app for getting your dreamy photos off your iPhone or iPad, have 'em framed to hang on your wall? Instantly Framed to the rescue.chapel along the Camino de Santiago - credit: Jeanine BaroneThis free…
  • My Fave National Wildlife Refuges

    Jeanine Barone
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Not much wildlife made it into "Wild," the Reese Witherspoon movie based on Cheryl Strayed's solo, thousand-some-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. That is, unless you count some of the shady people her character meets along the way. In real life, it's the four-legged, winged and finned creatures in our nation's wild places that provide treasured experiences for ourselves and our children -- whether it's prowling for owls, digging for crabs, learning to photograph flocks of cranes, or following the tracks of a bobcat. In America, wildlife links us with our past and…
  • Anguilla In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Just 25-minutes from St. Maarten by ferry, Anguilla is blessed with some three dozen white sand beaches. I visited 20 of 'em, beaches for all personalities, whether you want nothing but utter solitude or prefer to wine and dine and socialize. And for all activities, whether you're a thrill seeker who wants to kite surf or you're eco oriented and interested in finding sea turtle nesting sites. With a low-key, intimate vibe; gourmet but unpretentious dining; and a sense of anonymity, if that's what you desire, Anguilla might very well be one of my favorite Caribbean islands. This should YouTube…
  • Surprise Discoveries in Portugal's Centro Region

    Jeanine Barone
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Just an hour drive from buzzing Lisbon is a region brimming with hilltop stone villages, long stretches of sandy beaches, vast expanses of pine forests and agricultural fields and plenty of historical features. This is Portugal's Centro region that's home to one of the oldest schools of higher education in the world, the University of Coimbra. (It also may have been the inspiration for Hogworts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.)On my recent visit, I explored blooming gardens that are perfect for bird watchers, the ruins of a monastery that flooded for…
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  • 5 Things to Love about Aventura Clothing (and a Chance for a Discount Code)

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

    Jen
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    In August, I went back to work full-time as a teacher librarian. At the same time, my husband switched jobs and is working much longer days. Because of this, we feel like we have become the perfect example of those people working for the weekend and we haven’t been able to do much traveling. Part of that is work and life but part of it is my fault. I am just so tired at the end of the week that the last thing I can think about is traveling and coming home to a dirty house, an empty fridge, and a work week ahead of me. I have vowed to be much better during the school year but first,…
  • Hiking a Colorado 14er with Kids

    Jen
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Winter is still upon us but I am thinking about the hiking that I am going to do this spring and summer. I have a date with a mountain. A mountain that bested me in July of 2014. It was a lofty goal. And I don’t mean for my kids. I was more worried about myself on the trip up a 14er. Colorado 14ers are mountains that are above 14,000 feet. There are over 50 14ers in Colorado and they rank from a drive up the road to a rigorous hike to a mountain climb. We picked Mt. Bierstadt, a 14er that is known for being a great first timer hike. And by first timer hike, they mean a hiker who hikes…
  • Sunday Family Pajama Brunch at Keystone

    Jen
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    We have visited a lot of the ski resorts within an hour or two driving distance of the front range of Colorado and we love each of them for different reasons. We haven’t found one that is as family friendly and kid centered as Keystone Ski Resort. I am a huge advocate of going places because I want to and I know that my children will be just fine. I don’t need a place that caters to my kids but, sometimes, it is nice to be able to sit back and relax while the kids enjoy their kid-centered activities. Keystone Ski Resort is a pro at doing this. At Keystone, kids are king. Bighorn…
  • Winter Park Scenic Snowcat Tours

    Jen
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:08 pm
    I have said over and over that before we moved to Denver, I thought ski resorts were for skiing. I hadn’t spent much time at ski resorts and didn’t realize how much the offer for the non-skier. For the past couple of years, I have tried to find time to take a snowcat tour but I just couldn’t justify the cost for the whole family and didn’t really want to go by myself. This Christmas, my mom was in town and we spent some time in Winter Park, CO for the holidays. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to take a snowcat tour and we made a girl’s day out of it.
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  • A Rated Guide to Mayfair, London

    Ratedapartments.com
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Chapter 7: Mayfair Introduction Named after the yearly May Fair, Mayfair is an area of West London bordered by Hyde Park to the west, Green Park to the south, Oxford Street to the north and Regent Street to the east. Housing some of the high end and luxury hotels, restaurants, clubs and restaurants, Mayfair boasts of a feel that is truly exclusive and elite.   Attractions Nearby Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD Lord Burlington’s impressive London palace is home to the Royal Academy of Arts. This houses the country’s premier art school and a well…
  • A Rated Guide to Hyde Park, London

    Ratedapartments.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Chapter 6 : HYDE PARK One of the Royal Parks of London, Hyde Park is one of the largest city parks in the world. Covering 350 acres of land, the park comes with more than 4000 trees, a meadow, a large lake and beautiful flower gardens. Once in the park, it’s obvious how you forget you are right in the heart of the busy and bustling London. What draws everyone to Hyde Park is that it has something for all. One can enjoy everything from boating, skating, cycling and swimming to horse riding and tennis. Hyde Park also houses buildings like the Joy of Life fountain, The Serpentine Bridge and…
  • Easter in United Kingdom

    Ratedapartments.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Introduction Easter is a festival which gives the UK two bank holidays, thereby making it a Bank Holiday weekend (April 3, 2015 to April 6, 2015). Whether you plan to party all weekend or celebrate Easter by stuffing your mouth with chocolates, it’s time to get on with planning. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate this springtime holiday. Go cracking! Easter Services Attend an Easter service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church or Westminster Alley for orchestral music and live choral. At Trafalgar Square, you can learn about the story of Easter. Here, a live…
  • The Legendary Head of the River Race

    Ratedapartments.com
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Event Date: March 29, 2015 at 12:00 One of London’s longest-running sporting traditions, Head of the River Race is a processional rowing race held every year on the River Thames in London. The race takes place on the 4.25 mile (6.8 km) Championship Course from Mortlake south bank of the River Thames to Putney in South-West London. 400 crews from all across the globe take to the waters of Thames to participate in the historic event. The eventwas considered as a way for crews to perform long rows during winter. It is generally held on the third or fourth Saturday of March every year depending…
  • Saint Patrick’s Day

    Ratedapartments.com
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Celebrated annually on and around March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day is the death date of the well recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It was in the early seventeenth century that the day was made an official Christian feast day. The day is observed by the Anglican Communion, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish in general. From public parades and ceilithe to film festival, food festival and comic events, the day brings masses together in a festive spirit. Attracting as many as…
 
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  • Acapulco, Mexico cruise port review

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Port Buzz: Acapulco, Mexico What there is to see and do on a cruise port-of-call in Acapulco. The first time I heard of Acapulco was during an episode of The Love Boat. The port town was a frequent port of call on the popular television series along with Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. […] The post Acapulco, Mexico cruise port review appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Icy Strait Point ready for 2015 Alaska cruise season

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Icy Strait Point readies for 2015 cruise season When Norwegian Sun arrives to Icy Strait Point on May 11 it will mark the official first day of the 2015 cruise season. Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Ponant will make 77 ship calls on […] The post Icy Strait Point ready for 2015 Alaska cruise season appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Cruising Guatemala

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    Guatemala Cruise Buzz News: Between Sunday, April 19 – 23. 2015, seven cruise lines will arrive to the areas largest port: Puerto Quetzal. Cruise lines calling on the port include: Azamara Club Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Regent, and Norwegian. The Director of Cruises and Aviation for the Tourism Board, Diego […] The post Cruising Guatemala appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
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  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:56 am
    Do you have a Caribbean trip planned? If you do then you know the joy of having something to look forward to. You begin counting the days, planning on what to pack, researching places to visit and foods to eat–the build up to an island escape is nearly (nearly) as much fun as the trip itself. If you don’t have a trip planned, then I highly recommend you grab a calendar and start marking off days. It could be a quick weekend hiatus, or a week long adventure. Whatever your groove…just do it. If you’re looking for ideas then maybe this week’s Caribbean wrap up will…
  • Papa’s Pilar Old Havana: Boat Drinks

    RumShopRyan
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    After one sip, you’ll be walking the Malecón. I don’t get all worked up about celebrities and never seek them out in places they might frequent. In saying that, there’s something that dances up my spine when walking in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway. I don’t know if it’s because we share the same adventure seeking spirit, a student of the written word, or we both love to look down at the bottom of a rum bottle–but Hemingway’s ways speak to me. As fellow Castaways and I explored the narrow dusty streets of Bimini, we made an all too important stop…
  • Announcing Exumas Castaway Cruise!

    RumShopRyan
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    This is it. The trip you have dreamed of if you are a true Castaway at heart, an escape from the humdrum and the stressful. The Exuma Cays sit waiting for you this coming July 24th – July 31st. (It’s already selling out, so another trip Exuma trip is being offered July 11th-19th.) Update: There is only a single bed cabin left for one person for July 24th – 31st. Or I could do a discount price for 2 people willing to sleep in the two couches in the main salon. The July 11th – 19th is looking to be full as well. Captain Mike and I are adding another Exumas cruise for…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    If you had to pick one, just one, which would you choose? Exploring the Baths of Virgin Gorda, sampling Caribbean street food, hoisting sail in the best sailing grounds of the Caribbean, getting naked at a nude resort in Jamaica, or going luxury style in the Grenadines? Remember you can only pick one!!! It’s an impossible question to answer, it’s a win win win win win situation. Luckily for us all these options can be easily consumed in this week’s Caribbean wrap up. No, your toes won’t be in the real sand, but hopefully your mind will venture to that St. Somewhere and…
  • A Look Back at the First Castaway Cruise

    RumShopRyan
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    I’m not sure what was more beautiful, the Bahamas or the people that took part in the first Castaway Cruise. We called ourselves that Salty 7 and Captain Mike. I was friends with only one person on the boat prior to this trip, but after I feel as if all six are now great great friends. I guess that’s what happens when you put like-minded salty souls on a beautiful yacht and put them in the middle of some of the bluest water in the Bahamas. That’s what I took away from this first Castaway Cruise. There’s much about this trip I can tell you. There’s also much about…
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  • Before You Go: 5 Admin Things to Do Before You Travel Overseas

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

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

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

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

    Julia
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Happy New Year Travel Junkies!! With the holiday season behind us it’s time to put away the Christmas tree decorations and the Festivus pole to embrace a brand new year. With the encroaching new year comes an opportunity for reflection. A chance to look back, honor your actions and efforts of the previous year, give yourself a little pat on the back (or a kick in the butt), before moving on to your 2015 goals. As I look back at my own 2014, I can certainly say it was a life changing one. I got married in one of the world’s most romantic destinations called San Miguel de…
 
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  • Cruise Ship Room Service: An Update on What’s Free & What’s Got Fees

    Donna Tunney
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Celebrity Cruises For a lot of travelers, few things are as indulgent as ordering room service. Getting our favorite foods catered to us as we lounge about practically shouts “I’m on vacation!” and it’s a luxury that we’re used to paying small markups for. But did you know that on cruises, room service is largely free for all meals? A gratuity for the crew member who delivers the meal is suggested (though optional), of course, otherwise you only may have to pay additional when ordering during late-night hours. That said, two major cruise lines have recently…
  • 5 Ways to Explore Barcelona on a Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Flickr/Ferran BCN With the euro now in favor of American travelers for the first time in many years, European cities with chic, cosmopolitan flair are an attractive travel option this summer. Barcelona is one of our current favorites, with its world-class architecture, museums, abundance of tapas restaurants, and seaside ambiance. Sure, flights are still seasonally priced — we found round-trip fares of $1,300 for mid-July between New York City and Barcelona — but what you’ll pay on the ground can easily make up for the flight. Here are five ways to explore Barcelona on a…
  • Deal Alert: $84+ Downtown Disney Hotels in May & June

    Christine Dayao
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista In just a little over a month, the resorts at Walt Disney World will get into the full swing of high summer rates. Luckily, there’s one way you can stay in the thick of the magic without having to fork over too much dough: Book a stay at the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Conveniently located at the resort’s shopping and dining district, these hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a…
  • How to: Book a Hotel Room for Just a Day at a Fraction of the Overnight Price

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Facebook.com/SetonHotel Sometimes you need a hotel — but not necessarily for an entire afternoon and night. Hotels are now starting to offer daytime-only bookings, giving travelers the chance to soothe a grueling layover with a quick nap, take a shower, or perhaps even carve out a quiet space to pound out a project. Thankfully, these reservations are priced accordingly. What’s more, hotel day stays are competitive with what airport club lounges are charging these days. If you don’t already have access thanks to airline status or a first-class ticket, a pass could be around…
  • Deal Alert: 3 Nights Free on St. Kitts

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Facebook.com/StKittsMarriott St. Kitts is among the Caribbean’s least-visited islands, which is precisely what makes it so appealing. And getting there may be pricey — flights from Miami between May 29 and June 5 start from $747 round-trip and are only slightly less, from $676 in early December — but a deal from St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino will help offset the travel costs. The Three for Free deal essentially gives visitors staying a week their fifth, sixth, and seventh nights at no cost, helping you get the most of that plane fare. Room rates in…
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  • Cruise Ship Room Service: An Update on What’s Free & What’s Got Fees

    Donna Tunney
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Celebrity Cruises For a lot of travelers, few things are as indulgent as ordering room service. Getting our favorite foods catered to us as we lounge about practically shouts “I’m on vacation!” and it’s a luxury that we’re used to paying small markups for. But did you know that on cruises, room service is largely free for all meals? A gratuity for the crew member who delivers the meal is suggested (though optional), of course, otherwise you only may have to pay additional when ordering during late-night hours. That said, two major cruise lines have recently…
  • 5 Ways to Explore Barcelona on a Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Flickr/Ferran BCN With the euro now in favor of American travelers for the first time in many years, European cities with chic, cosmopolitan flair are an attractive travel option this summer. Barcelona is one of our current favorites, with its world-class architecture, museums, abundance of tapas restaurants, and seaside ambiance. Sure, flights are still seasonally priced — we found round-trip fares of $1,300 for mid-July between New York City and Barcelona — but what you’ll pay on the ground can easily make up for the flight. Here are five ways to explore Barcelona on a…
  • Deal Alert: $84+ Downtown Disney Hotels in May & June

    Christine Dayao
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista In just a little over a month, the resorts at Walt Disney World will get into the full swing of high summer rates. Luckily, there’s one way you can stay in the thick of the magic without having to fork over too much dough: Book a stay at the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Conveniently located at the resort’s shopping and dining district, these hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a…
  • How to: Book a Hotel Room for Just a Day at a Fraction of the Overnight Price

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Facebook.com/SetonHotel Sometimes you need a hotel — but not necessarily for an entire afternoon and night. Hotels are now starting to offer daytime-only bookings, giving travelers the chance to soothe a grueling layover with a quick nap, take a shower, or perhaps even carve out a quiet space to pound out a project. Thankfully, these reservations are priced accordingly. What’s more, hotel day stays are competitive with what airport club lounges are charging these days. If you don’t already have access thanks to airline status or a first-class ticket, a pass could be around…
  • Deal Alert: 3 Nights Free on St. Kitts

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Facebook.com/StKittsMarriott St. Kitts is among the Caribbean’s least-visited islands, which is precisely what makes it so appealing. And getting there may be pricey — flights from Miami between May 29 and June 5 start from $747 round-trip and are only slightly less, from $676 in early December — but a deal from St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino will help offset the travel costs. The Three for Free deal essentially gives visitors staying a week their fifth, sixth, and seventh nights at no cost, helping you get the most of that plane fare. Room rates in…
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  • Cruise Ship Room Service: An Update on What’s Free & What’s Got Fees

    Donna Tunney
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Celebrity Cruises For a lot of travelers, few things are as indulgent as ordering room service. Getting our favorite foods catered to us as we lounge about practically shouts “I’m on vacation!” and it’s a luxury that we’re used to paying small markups for. But did you know that on cruises, room service is largely free for all meals? A gratuity for the crew member who delivers the meal is suggested (though optional), of course, otherwise you only may have to pay additional when ordering during late-night hours. That said, two major cruise lines have recently…
  • 5 Ways to Explore Barcelona on a Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Flickr/Ferran BCN With the euro now in favor of American travelers for the first time in many years, European cities with chic, cosmopolitan flair are an attractive travel option this summer. Barcelona is one of our current favorites, with its world-class architecture, museums, abundance of tapas restaurants, and seaside ambiance. Sure, flights are still seasonally priced — we found round-trip fares of $1,300 for mid-July between New York City and Barcelona — but what you’ll pay on the ground can easily make up for the flight. Here are five ways to explore Barcelona on a…
  • Deal Alert: $84+ Downtown Disney Hotels in May & June

    Christine Dayao
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista In just a little over a month, the resorts at Walt Disney World will get into the full swing of high summer rates. Luckily, there’s one way you can stay in the thick of the magic without having to fork over too much dough: Book a stay at the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Conveniently located at the resort’s shopping and dining district, these hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a…
  • How to: Book a Hotel Room for Just a Day at a Fraction of the Overnight Price

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Facebook.com/SetonHotel Sometimes you need a hotel — but not necessarily for an entire afternoon and night. Hotels are now starting to offer daytime-only bookings, giving travelers the chance to soothe a grueling layover with a quick nap, take a shower, or perhaps even carve out a quiet space to pound out a project. Thankfully, these reservations are priced accordingly. What’s more, hotel day stays are competitive with what airport club lounges are charging these days. If you don’t already have access thanks to airline status or a first-class ticket, a pass could be around…
  • Deal Alert: 3 Nights Free on St. Kitts

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Facebook.com/StKittsMarriott St. Kitts is among the Caribbean’s least-visited islands, which is precisely what makes it so appealing. And getting there may be pricey — flights from Miami between May 29 and June 5 start from $747 round-trip and are only slightly less, from $676 in early December — but a deal from St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino will help offset the travel costs. The Three for Free deal essentially gives visitors staying a week their fifth, sixth, and seventh nights at no cost, helping you get the most of that plane fare. Room rates in…
 
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  • Cruise Ship Room Service: An Update on What’s Free & What’s Got Fees

    Donna Tunney
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Celebrity Cruises For a lot of travelers, few things are as indulgent as ordering room service. Getting our favorite foods catered to us as we lounge about practically shouts “I’m on vacation!” and it’s a luxury that we’re used to paying small markups for. But did you know that on cruises, room service is largely free for all meals? A gratuity for the crew member who delivers the meal is suggested (though optional), of course, otherwise you only may have to pay additional when ordering during late-night hours. That said, two major cruise lines have recently…
  • 5 Ways to Explore Barcelona on a Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Flickr/Ferran BCN With the euro now in favor of American travelers for the first time in many years, European cities with chic, cosmopolitan flair are an attractive travel option this summer. Barcelona is one of our current favorites, with its world-class architecture, museums, abundance of tapas restaurants, and seaside ambiance. Sure, flights are still seasonally priced — we found round-trip fares of $1,300 for mid-July between New York City and Barcelona — but what you’ll pay on the ground can easily make up for the flight. Here are five ways to explore Barcelona on a…
  • Deal Alert: $84+ Downtown Disney Hotels in May & June

    Christine Dayao
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista In just a little over a month, the resorts at Walt Disney World will get into the full swing of high summer rates. Luckily, there’s one way you can stay in the thick of the magic without having to fork over too much dough: Book a stay at the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Conveniently located at the resort’s shopping and dining district, these hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a…
  • How to: Book a Hotel Room for Just a Day at a Fraction of the Overnight Price

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Facebook.com/SetonHotel Sometimes you need a hotel — but not necessarily for an entire afternoon and night. Hotels are now starting to offer daytime-only bookings, giving travelers the chance to soothe a grueling layover with a quick nap, take a shower, or perhaps even carve out a quiet space to pound out a project. Thankfully, these reservations are priced accordingly. What’s more, hotel day stays are competitive with what airport club lounges are charging these days. If you don’t already have access thanks to airline status or a first-class ticket, a pass could be around…
  • Deal Alert: 3 Nights Free on St. Kitts

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Facebook.com/StKittsMarriott St. Kitts is among the Caribbean’s least-visited islands, which is precisely what makes it so appealing. And getting there may be pricey — flights from Miami between May 29 and June 5 start from $747 round-trip and are only slightly less, from $676 in early December — but a deal from St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino will help offset the travel costs. The Three for Free deal essentially gives visitors staying a week their fifth, sixth, and seventh nights at no cost, helping you get the most of that plane fare. Room rates in…
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    Shermans Travel Blog

  • Cruise Ship Room Service: An Update on What’s Free & What’s Got Fees

    Donna Tunney
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    Celebrity Cruises For a lot of travelers, few things are as indulgent as ordering room service. Getting our favorite foods catered to us as we lounge about practically shouts “I’m on vacation!” and it’s a luxury that we’re used to paying small markups for. But did you know that on cruises, room service is largely free for all meals? A gratuity for the crew member who delivers the meal is suggested (though optional), of course, otherwise you only may have to pay additional when ordering during late-night hours. That said, two major cruise lines have recently…
  • 5 Ways to Explore Barcelona on a Budget

    Kristine Hansen
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Flickr/Ferran BCN With the euro now in favor of American travelers for the first time in many years, European cities with chic, cosmopolitan flair are an attractive travel option this summer. Barcelona is one of our current favorites, with its world-class architecture, museums, abundance of tapas restaurants, and seaside ambiance. Sure, flights are still seasonally priced — we found round-trip fares of $1,300 for mid-July between New York City and Barcelona — but what you’ll pay on the ground can easily make up for the flight. Here are five ways to explore Barcelona on a…
  • Deal Alert: $84+ Downtown Disney Hotels in May & June

    Christine Dayao
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista In just a little over a month, the resorts at Walt Disney World will get into the full swing of high summer rates. Luckily, there’s one way you can stay in the thick of the magic without having to fork over too much dough: Book a stay at the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Conveniently located at the resort’s shopping and dining district, these hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a…
  • How to: Book a Hotel Room for Just a Day at a Fraction of the Overnight Price

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Facebook.com/SetonHotel Sometimes you need a hotel — but not necessarily for an entire afternoon and night. Hotels are now starting to offer daytime-only bookings, giving travelers the chance to soothe a grueling layover with a quick nap, take a shower, or perhaps even carve out a quiet space to pound out a project. Thankfully, these reservations are priced accordingly. What’s more, hotel day stays are competitive with what airport club lounges are charging these days. If you don’t already have access thanks to airline status or a first-class ticket, a pass could be around…
  • Deal Alert: 3 Nights Free on St. Kitts

    Kristine Hansen
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Facebook.com/StKittsMarriott St. Kitts is among the Caribbean’s least-visited islands, which is precisely what makes it so appealing. And getting there may be pricey — flights from Miami between May 29 and June 5 start from $747 round-trip and are only slightly less, from $676 in early December — but a deal from St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino will help offset the travel costs. The Three for Free deal essentially gives visitors staying a week their fifth, sixth, and seventh nights at no cost, helping you get the most of that plane fare. Room rates in…
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    Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

  • Bo La Lot – Probably My Favorite Vietnamese Food!

    Mark Wiens
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Soup noodle dishes are some of the most famous things to eat in Vietnam. And there’s no denying they are delicious. But there are other dishes, like minced meat wrapped in herbaceous leaves and grilled over charcoal, known as bo la lot, that happens to be one of my favorite delicacies from Vietnam. In this... [Read More] Bo La Lot – Probably My Favorite Vietnamese Food! is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Bo La Lot – Probably My Favorite Vietnamese Food! appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Eating Vietnamese Crab Soup in a Saigon Alley

    Mark Wiens
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the greatest things about Saigon are the never ending mazes of back-lanes and alleys. Why? Not just because they are alleys, and alleys are nice. But because alleys in Saigon, Vietnam, are always filled with life, local markets, and of course, some of the most fantastic things to eat. In fact, I loved... [Read More] Eating Vietnamese Crab Soup in a Saigon Alley is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Eating Vietnamese Crab Soup in a Saigon Alley appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Japan Airlines – Fly For the Food?

    Mark Wiens
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and I was on my way to Singapore. At this point, we had no plans to fly Japan Airlines. My first flight, just a short one hour flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles, was delayed… which caused me to miss my connecting flight from LA to Hong Kong and the next... [Read More] Japan Airlines – Fly For the Food? is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Japan Airlines – Fly For the Food? appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • How to Start a Travel Blog: Follow These 5 Steps Now

    Mark Wiens
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In 2008, a few weeks after graduating from University, I traveled to South America. Armed with my point-and-shoot digital camera (I think it was a 3.2 megapixel), I was ready to travel and eat, and take as many photos as I could. After a few months of traveling, mostly in Argentina and Chile, I returned... [Read More] How to Start a Travel Blog: Follow These 5 Steps Now is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post How to Start a Travel Blog: Follow These 5 Steps Now appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Muslim Nasi Padang – Rice and Curry in Singapore

    Mark Wiens
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you travel, sometimes the circumstances don’t always work out for you to eat wherever you wanted to, or wherever you had planned to eat. Things happen, you get really hungry, your directions don’t seem to match up… all sorts of unplanned things happen. Yes some of my most memorable meals are a result of no planning,... [Read More] Muslim Nasi Padang – Rice and Curry in Singapore is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Muslim Nasi Padang – Rice and Curry in Singapore appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
 
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  • Japanese Gyusuji Curry (Beef Tendon Curry)

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

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

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

    Travis
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    I’m not a chopstick expert. It is always a little depressing when Stacey receives complements for her chopstick skills while I get little more than a silent stare. I guess I’m doing it so wrong that there is no help for me. Until now that is. Now we have Chopstick Man to show us how it’s done! By the way Chopstick Man, why so grumpy all the time? Is it because of my deplorable chopstick skills? Please don’t be angry with me Mr. Chopstick Man :( Related Posts:The Amazing Voyage of OtokichiThe Best Resources for Learning to Speak JapaneseLearning the Proper Way To Eat…
  • Tomato Feeding Robot

    Travis
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    Two things you’ll never find me doing, jogging and eating tomatoes. Related Posts:Japan’s Coffee Making RobotRobotic Comedy DuoFacetime While Eating RamenJapanese Idiom: To Eat Cold RiceMy Re-ment Collection- Part 3
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    Europe Up Close

  • 5 Belgian Towns That Are Well-Worth Visiting

    Guest Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Belgium is dotted with beautiful historic towns, many of them dating back all the way to the Middle Ages and even beyond. Although cities like Brussels , Bruges  and Antwerp are certainly destinations that should not be skipped, visiting some smaller and less-known Belgian towns is absolutely worth your time as well. Let’s take a look at […]
  • Discovering Berlin’s Bohemian Rixdorf

    Cam Hassard
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
     It’s one of those crisp, grim Berlin days, the kind that makes you feel like you’ve walked into a refrigerator as soon as you leave the front door. I’ve decided to take a walk down Sonnenallee (sun alley) in the Neukolln neighbourhood, a busy strip lined with Turkish doner restaurants, Arabic groceries and Internet cafes. […]
  • Alba Iulia, Romania: Six Centuries of History in one Hilltop Fortress

    David Hill
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Alba Iulia, in Romania’s Transylvania region, has a hilltop citadel where many historical eras come to life, dominated by two massive cathedrals with over 600 tumultuous years dividing them. But far from being stuck in the past, the city is a trailblazer in terms of renovating its assets and achieving recognition on the international stage. In 2012 the […]
  • A Memorable Stay at Ruthin Castle in North Wales

    Roy Stevenson
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sometimes it’s where you stay that makes traveling so memorable. I often remember more about my hotel or resort than I do about my actual destination. And this is especially true of my stay at Ruthin Castle, an ancient luxury hotel on a brilliant green Welsh hilltop, overlooking a delightful, tiny stone village. There’s something […]
  • Old Athenian Hangouts Take a Modern Twist

    Guest Contributor
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Ancient Athens’ golden glory may be the reason why the city’s vibrant present is often overlooked by visitors. Its inhabitants, though, don’t like to dwell on the past. Well, sort of.. It’s been a few years now that the city’s modest old neighbourhoods, like the once unwelcoming industrial Gazi (Gas in English), have been given […]
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    eNidhi India

  • Tax alert on Mercedes Benz 'Frame the Star' Photo Contest

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Mercedes Benz, along with Overdrive and Better Photography, is running a photo contest, called Frame the Star contest, in which winner is said to get to keep a CLA class for one full year. The contest involves participants submitting their photos online in first phase and subsequently if they qualify for further rounds, get to drive around in a CLA class and shoot it, go for a road trip with
  • Healthy Hydro-Jal plus Alkaline Water

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    After checking out portable AC units, the other thing that caught my attention was Alkaline and Anti-Oxidant rich water, that can be derived through devices such as Hydro-Jal Plus. Hydro-Jal plus claims to be India’s most advanced, stylish, compact and affordable water ionizer. This device doesn’t confine itself to just purifying water, like most other devices do, but enriches it through
  • Spa Villa by Art of Living's Panchakarma

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    In this post, updating you about a luxury spa treatment option near Bengaluru, at Art Of Living's campus. Eye grabbing front facia of Spa Villa from AOL's Panchakarma You’ve heard of presidential suits in star hotels and you’ve heard of centres that provide health treatments like ayurvedic massages. Have you heard of a place that clubs both? Ultimate luxury and privacy coupled with best of 
  • Vishalakshi Mantap at Art of Living Bengaluru

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    Vishalakshi Mantap or Mandir is the primary attraction at Art of Living’s Bengaluru campus, which is also its international headquarters. It is one of the tallest structures in the campus visible from distance. It is named so after Sri Sri’s mother. This circular shaped, 6 level multi –purpose hall is used for several activities throughout the day- mostly Yoga sessions in the morning and 
  • Lakme School of Style from Karan Johar

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    #fame is India’s leading digital network and has come up with a unique creative initiative, called Lakme School of Style. Lakme School of Style claims to be India’s first video magazine for fashion and beauty. The perception of style keeps changing rapidly over time as new ideas hit the market, hence concepts like Style School help beauty and fashion conscious people stay in touch with the
 
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    Solo Traveler

  • Solo Travel Destination: Petra, Jordan

    Guest
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    This Solo Travel Society member says that nothing can prepare you for your first sighting of the Treasury in Petra, Jordan. The post Solo Travel Destination: Petra, Jordan appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Drach Caves, Spain

    Guest
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    A Solo Travel Society member goes inside the Drach Caves on the island of Majorca, Spain to bring us this great Pic of the Week. The post Pic of the Week: Drach Caves, Spain appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Eating Alone is Easy When You Know How

    Janice
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Eating alone is one aspect of solo travel that some people really don't like. Here are casual and elegant dining alone options. The post Eating Alone is Easy When You Know How appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Don’t Plan Everything

    Tracey
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week comes at a perfect time for me, as does the advice to not plan everything. Do you ever just take off without a plan? The post Travel Quote of the Week: Don’t Plan Everything appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • The Art of Travel Without a Plan

    Janice
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    The merits of travel without a plan. There are many. Here's my perspective and those of two prominent authors. Bonus: photos of my unplanned walk of Hamburg. The post The Art of Travel Without a Plan appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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    HAPPYTIMEBLOG

  • What to Do if You Get Food Poisoning in Another Country

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | What to Do if You Get Food Poisoning in Another Country When most people think of travelling the world, it’s the romance of it all that’s easiest to fixate upon, and why wouldn’t it be? Exotic cultures, stunning architecture, fascinating people, and unbelievable food can accompany almost any trip abroad, but as any seasoned traveller will tell you, it’s not all fun and games. One of the most common misfortunes of travel, food poisoning, can throw a pretty hefty wrench into the spokes of your best-laid plans, but you…
  • Tips on Last Minute Car Rental in UK

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Tips on Last Minute Car Rental in UK Photo from Flickr by Carsten Schertzer Despite your diligent planning, you find yourself in the UK and needing a car to get around. Your plans to tour the countryside and visit the famous cities are put on pause until you can get your hands on four wheels. It shouldn’t be too difficult, except that you are a savvy traveler and last minute car rentals are known to run a pretty penny. Ouch! What do you do? Do you let your plans fall to the wayside to salvage your budget or do you hand over your meticulously…
  • It has never been easier to travel to America and this is why!

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | It has never been easier to travel to America and this is why! Photo from Flickr by O.F.E. Road tripping across America is one of the most iconic journeys a traveller can make in their lifetime. Think Kerouac’s On The Road, or Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider. And now it’s easier than ever before to plan a trip across the States, thanks to companies like Application-ESTA.co.uk. In 2010 the US introduced the Visa Waiver Program. This means that travellers from participating countries (including the UK) can visit the States for up to 90 days without…
  • Vegas On A Budget

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Vegas On A Budget Photo from Flickr by Moyan_Brenn Mention Las Vegas to anyone in the world and they’ll talk about the bright lights, big nights and high rollers. But even if you’re not one of the world’s top earners, it’s possible to enjoy Las Vegas on a much tighter budget than you’d expect. If you’re looking for holidays to Las Vegas at bargain prices then you should also check out our top tips. Take a walk along the Strip. (Elvis Photo, link above) You know what they say, walking is (almost) always free. And in Vegas, walking the…
  • 5 Ways To Kickstart Your Travel Fund

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 5 Ways To Kickstart Your Travel Fund Photo from flickr by epSos.de You’ve spent months pouring over guidebooks, cutting out photos from National Geographic and have even started learning how to ask for directions in a Swahili (just in case). Now all that’s standing between you and your dream trip is the money…. or more specifically, the lack of it. Saving for your travel fund is one of the hardest things to do, especially when being a hermit gets pretty boring. But it is possible, and with these 5 helpful tricks, you’ll soon be booking…
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    501 Places

  • Seeing Stonehenge beyond a pile of rocks

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

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

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

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

    Andy Jarosz
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:58 am
    This post is part of the Digital Nomad project with National Geographic Traveller. When we came to Petra for the first time in 2009, we spent the few hours we had at the site rushing to see the most famous parts of the site before making a premature exit and returning to Amman. We had more time to spend on our second visit, and although we visited most of the same sites that we’d previously seen, it proved a far more rewarding experience. The first thing I noticed as a repeat visitor to Petra is just how quiet the place was. We came on the trail from Little Petra which enters…
 
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    Lance Around Orlando

  • Bad Dog Premieres at Orlando Shakes

    LanceAround
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Mrs. LanceAround Thinks This Photo Does Not Do the Set Justice We interrupt our ongoing coverage of the 2015 Florida Film Festival to highlight another theatrical art form now gracing the Orlando stage. The standout star of Orlando Shakes world premiere production of Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog is Bob Phillips. Was he the star actor? Member of the supporting cast? Director? Producer? No, he designed the set. Using every inch of the intimate Goldman Theatre stage, Bob creates an open floor plan where the action takes place in the kitchen, living room, front porch, upstairs hallway and…
  • FFF 2015 Day 7 Limited Partnership

    LanceAround
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    One of the First Legal Gay Marriage Licenses in the U.S.–In 1975! Sandorkraut When Sandor Katz left his political career and moved off the grid to rural Tennessee, he discovered the ancient art of fermentation. He has since become the consummate authority on all things fermented, such as sauerkraut. He lives in an artistic, rustic home. The filmmaker is an artist in his own right who captured the throwback hippie perfectly. Very high quality production values and directorial choices make this film not only educational and interesting to watch, but a fine work of art. Limited Partnership…
  • FFF 2015 Day 7 The Farewell Party

    LanceAround
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Matthew Assured Us This Film Was Hilarious? Before the FFF began, I asked Programming Director Matthew Curtis to give me two movies that would make me laugh. His first recommendation was The Farewell Party about euthanasia in a Jewish nursing home. I didn’t think he heard me correctly, so I repeated, “films that will make me laugh!” “You will laugh, it’s hilarious,” he replied, chuckling. Yes, this movie had moments that were quite funny and many that were poignant. But, in the end, it’s a drama…a powerful and well made drama. Mrs. LanceAround…
  • FFF 2015 Day 6 The Tribe

    LanceAround
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:18 am
    If You Find This Photo Offensive, You Will Find the Movie Even More So! The Tribe This film was shot in the Ukraine. There were no spoken words, as it was done completely in sign language. There was no translation, no subtitles, no voice overs. There was no accompanying music. The only sounds you heard were the crunch of feet in the snow, traffic in the background, the occasional grunts from the actors and, mostly, eerie silence. The film did not need anything else. This bold, experimental film portrayed a brutal side of life in the Ukraine. Young hearing impaired students at a badly run down…
  • FFF 2015 Day 6 The 100 Year Old Man…

    LanceAround
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:14 am
    The Funniest Film of the Festival So Far! The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared This is a very funny film. Sometimes, in this day and age, it’s difficult to find comedies that are really, really funny. This film delivers on so many levels; part slapstick, part smart and mostly whimsical. A 100 year old man who spends his lifetime loving to blow things up, is relegated to a nursing home. When he discovers he can climb out the window, he disappears from his birthday party and begins a serendipitous journey filled with good luck and timely interactions. The…
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    Fresh Stories from Oyster.com

  • How Macau is Giving Vegas a Run for Its Money

    Oyster Staff
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Every 15 minutes, enormous jets of colorful water and flames fly into the sky to the beat of "Colors of the Wind." Mick Jagger and the rest of the Stones are playing at a sold-out arena. Dare devils jump off the world's tallest commercial bungee jump, GoPro cameras strapped to their heads. Foodies are digging into dinner at 11 Michelin-starred restaurants across the city.  A 20-story luxury hotel designed by Karl Largerfeld is set to open in two years. A Hello Kitty-themed plane will fly in direct from Taipei. Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro are filming a commercial directed by…
  • The 7 Countries in Europe Where Your Money Will Go Furthest

    Guest Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    by Anne Baras, SmarterTravelIf you're aware of the euro weakening considerably against the dollar in recent months, you've likely contemplated a trip to Europe. But one question remains: In which destinations will your dollar go the absolute furthest?The short (and quite welcome) answer is that all of the 19 Eurozone countries are virtually on sale, and no matter where you go, you're essentially getting a sizable discount on ground costs like hotels, food, and activities. According to Tom Meyers of EuroCheapo, a website devoted to visiting Europe on a budget, "That 65 euro dinner is…
  • First Look: Yet Another Brooklyn Hotel Slated to Open This Year

    Jane Reynolds
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    In much the same way long-time Manhattanites are morphing into Brooklyn residents, many tourists are choosing the outer borough over the island for their New York stays. After all, it's cheaper (although probably for not much longer), easily accessible to Manhattan (as long as the L is running!), and home to a vast array of museums, shops, restaurants, and bars that offer a local, authentic vibe. Curbed reports that nearly 30 Brooklyn hotel projects are currently in the works, and we're particularly excited about the Williamsburg Hotel, set to open later this year.In (obviously) Williamsburg,…
  • The 6 Best Cocktail Gardens Around the World

    Lara Grant
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    Spring is here! The return of the sunny season means vegetables are ripe for the picking, and herbs and flowers are blooming. One of the recent trends we've seen across the hotel industry is the use of on-site gardens to produce plants that can then be incorporated into the menus at the properties' restaurants and bars. From lavender cocktails to honey-glazed wings, hotels are crafting seasonal offerings that both taste good and are beneficial to the environment. So if you want the freshest mojito or elderflower cocktail, these hotels will have you sipping for joy.  Paresa, Phuket Paresa…
  • The 15 Best Stateside Music Festivals This Spring and Summer

    Katherine Alex Beaven
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Photo credit: Flickr.com/santi_nor Every year at the end of April, thousands make the hot and slow crawl to SoCal's Indio Valley for the season's first (and arguably most famous) music festival. You might say the annual pilgrimage to Coachella is a sort of rite of passage for hardcore festival-goers and music fans. But as avid music lovers and travelers, we here at Oyster see it as something else. It's the first bloom in a whole season full of music festivals taking place all over the country. We've picked out the best ones starting now, and continuing on through the summer circuit. And yes,…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Hit Your Baseball Vacation Out of the Park at One of These Ace Bed and Breakfasts

    Guest Author
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    Baseball season is back! There is nothing better than hearing the crack of the bat on a long warm summer night as you watch the game with some friends and share refreshments. Instead of viewing it on TV, why not get off your couch and see one of America’s favorite pastimes firsthand at one of the celebrated stadiums steeped in tradition? While you are at it, you can stay at a B&B that has just as much history as some of these treasured parks because nothing beats seeing a great win front and center, except maybe a home-run experience in hospitality. The post Hit Your Baseball Vacation…
  • Hiking the Mysterious Mountains of McLeodgunj and Triund Near New Delhi India

    Guest Author
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    This is a real experience of trekking in India shared for the benefit of first timers like us! We were a group of 5 trekking enthusiasts in the age group of 22-26. At this age we want to explore the world, but due to natural limitations, we thought of exploring some trekking trails first. There were many suggestions and we listed out many and finally opted to trek Triund as it is a beginners trek and offers nice views in the end. Additionally it is not far from our location New Delhi (Capital of India). The post Hiking the Mysterious Mountains of McLeodgunj and Triund Near New Delhi India…
  • What To Do In South Africa After You’ve Admired The Wildlife

    Guest Author
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    There is far more to see and do in South Africa than just viewing the wildlife and abundant flora. This beautiful territory is packed with some pretty amazing cities as well. The legendary beaches and ultimately, the nightlife, will transform your visit to South Africa into a one-of-a-kind holiday. Out of all countries spread across the African continent, South Africa is the most developed. Urbanism is thriving here, and so it tourism. People from all around the world choose to come to Cape Town to explore the coastlines, visit the renown vineyards and enjoy the luxurious resorts. The post…
  • Guilt Free Santa Barbara Launches Diabetes-Friendly Menus

    Susan Kohlback
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    California has always been known for promoting healthy eating habits and has helped spread the popularity of granola, sprouts and avocado to the rest of the country. Now the city of Santa Barbara is taking it all one step further with the introduction of GuiltFreeSB, an initiative to make Santa Barbara the most diabetes-friendly destination in the United States. The post Guilt Free Santa Barbara Launches Diabetes-Friendly Menus appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Spring 2015 Issue of Our Free Travel Magazine

    Susan Kohlback
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    Just published our Spring 2015 issue of Wicked Travels,… anything but ordinary. Enjoy the adventures in our free travel magazine!  Just click cover to flip through the pages.   The post Spring 2015 Issue of Our Free Travel Magazine appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from the average man. (C. Schwab) — While still being yourself. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. (E. Hoffer) — Loudest, most convincingly, and without anyone to contradict us! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Most triumphs and tragedies are caused not by people being good or evil, but by being people. (N. Gaiman) — Our fatal flaw! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    We are angels with just one wing. We only fly while embracing each other. (L. DeCrescenzo) — Connect and become complete. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-21-2015

    Ramona
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. (A. Grossart) — I would prefer never to die at all! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-21-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from the average man. (C. Schwab) — While still being yourself. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. (E. Hoffer) — Loudest, most convincingly, and without anyone to contradict us! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Most triumphs and tragedies are caused not by people being good or evil, but by being people. (N. Gaiman) — Our fatal flaw! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    We are angels with just one wing. We only fly while embracing each other. (L. DeCrescenzo) — Connect and become complete. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-21-2015

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    21 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. (A. Grossart) — I would prefer never to die at all! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-21-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • A Day in the Life at Sea

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

    Randy Kalp
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:49 am
    America, as we know it, began in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It’s here that the Pilgrims landed after their arduous journey on their wooden magic carpet ride–the Mayflower. In fact, you can still see the rock where the Pilgrims first set foot. And just across the way, the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship, is docked each summer for visitors to gawk over. Really, there is history around every corner of the small city. Stoic churches, wooden homes with colorful shutters, and red brick facades, all come together to create the quintessential New England town. It is after all…
  • 3 Ways to Have a Love Affair With Costa Rica

    Randy Kalp
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    Editor’s note: We’re psyched about this story from our friend Jessica Ainlay. Not only is she talking about Costa Rica, which I’ve heard so many good things about, but she also gives a shout out to one of our other travel friends, Ann Becker, who’s been a big supporter of ours over the years. Enjoy! -RAK Story by Jessica Ainlay: World traveler, Costa Rica enthusiast, travel & tech reporter. My first true love affair hit me like a torpedo when I was 19 years old. I was studying to become a Spanish teacher and was required to study abroad. I chose Costa Rica over…
  • Find Anywhere Aloha With @OluKai Tomorrow (4/8) on Pin-Up Live!

    Randy Kalp
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:36 pm
    As April continues to bring showers (and occasional snow flurries), I can feel the warmth coming back into the biting New England air. It was a beautiful, daunting winter; one that will be remembered as “Boston’s Snowiest Winter” for years to come. But I’m happy it’s over. With winter behind us, we thought what better way to welcome spring flowers and warm, long days than a Pin-Up Live! with a lot of aloha spirit. It’s a real pleasure to welcome Hawaiian footwear maker OluKai as our special guest host this week along with AFAR magazine. The theme for…
  • What Traveling in Jordan is Really Like (+4 Short Videos)

    Randy Kalp
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    With Israel to the left, Syria and Iraq above, and Saudi Arabia hugging its eastern and southern fringes, Jordan is at the crossroads of the Holy Land, as Jews, Muslims and Christians refer to it. Despite its proximity to the conflicts that plague the Middle East, Jordan rarely makes headlines in the United States. Last fall, though, in the days leading up to our arrival in the small country, the American news media did something they rarely do…talk about Jordan. “The times they are a changing and fast,” they said. The U.S. media was breaking the biggest news story of the…
 
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  • Sunrise at Stonehenge – inside the stone circle

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

    Guest Author
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    In this article, our guest author, Kate Convissor, shares an unforgettable week in the Galapagos, with pristine beaches, aquamarine seas and of course the birds, seals and other wildlife. Most people travel through Quito in Ecuador, heading for the Galapagos Islands as their main destination. My experience was the opposite. I was already traveling through Ecuador and planned to spend several days in lovely Quito. The city was UNESCO’s first cultural World Heritage Site, so it’s very historic and photogenic. Since I was already so close, my trip had to include the Galapagos and…
  • 13 stories from my charity visit to India – going off the tourist trail

    Heather Cowper
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:20 am
    I’ve been to India three times now but not once have I had my photo taken in front of the Taj Mahal. I haven’t visited the pink city of Jaipur or floated on the backwaters of Kerala. It isn’t that I wouldn’t love to do any of these things, just that my trips to India have been for a different purpose. In February I was in India to visit and support a small charity I founded through my church, to see how the money we sent had been spent to help the lives of the poor in the central state of Andhra Pradesh, a part of India where tourists rarely go. Although we met many…
  • Sea views and springtime in St Mawes – our weekend in Cornwall

    Heather Cowper
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    There’s something magical about waking up in Cornwall in springtime with a view of the Fal estuary from your bedroom window. “Tide’s in” says Guy as we open the curtains and lie in bed watching a tanker chug past St Anthony’s lighthouse and the St Mawes ferry heading for Falmouth. From our luxury holiday house, the aptly named Dreamcatchers booked through St Mawes Retreats, we have a view of the sea over the slate rooftops of the cottages, where people are waking up this fine morning. I can walk out from the living room, through the French windows, onto the…
  • Six of the best coffees around the world

    Heather Cowper
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    Are you a coffee lover like me? It’s the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans that hits your nose first and then you take a sip of hot, sweet coffee. Ahhh, the day starts to feel better already. But perhaps for you it’s a tiny cup of strong, black expresso, ending the meal perfectly like a full stop at the end of a sentence. Or a frothy cappuccino to eat with a sweet pastry for breakfast like they do in Spain. However you like it, a great cup of coffee is full of ritual as you watch a skilled barista operate those shiny machines that woosh and hiss, or the buzzy atmosphere of…
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  • Road Trip: Exploring California’s Mountain National Parks

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Enjoy a great road trip? Love our nation’s National Parks? Well then we have an itinerary for you! Much of California’s eastern spine is dominated by some of the most incredible mountain scenery that our country has to offer. The Sierra Nevada range is home to Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks, while Lassen Volcanic National Park resides in the Cascade range. All four parks are must-sees so why not make a trip of it? Trekaroo has put together a 10-day itinerary with suggestions on what to do and where to stay during your epic summer road trip. So block out your…
  • National Park Junior Ranger Program

    Katie Bodell
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Trekaroo loves national parks. And there is really no better way to immerse your school-aged kids in the glory of our national parks than by completing Junior Ranger Program, available at most national parks and monuments across the United States. What is the Junior Ranger Program? The Junior Ranger program is a hands-on learning opportunity for kids visiting national parks and monuments. Designed to encourage exploration and discovery for children, the free program is the perfect way to inspire your children to explore, learn, and protect while visiting our nation’s national parks and…
  • Pinnacles National Park with Kids

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    I wasn’t sure the National Park Service was going to get this one right. While the rolling agricultural landscape of southeastern Monterey County was quite pretty, it didn’t have enough “wow factor” to place it on the high pedestal where our National Parks reside. Even as we approached the official Pinnacles National Park sign, I was left wondering what was so special about this place. That was until we rounded a corner and the landscape dramatically changed. Volcanic spires towered high above us in stark contrast to the rounded edges we had become accustomed to…
  • 15 Exciting Family-Friendly National Park Adventures

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    There seems to be a never ending list of family friendly activities in our nation’s National Parks with hiking, auto touring, and wildilfe viewing among the most popular. Many parks offer incredible and unique opportunities for adventure. Here are 15 exciting ways to experience the National Parks with your family: 1. Take a boat tour of Everglades National Park There is no way to better experience the alligator filled river of grass than from the water while at Everglades National Park. The National Park Service offers narrated boat tours of the famed 10,000 Islands area. Explore a…
  • Visiting Glacier National Park with Kids

    Michelle Brennan
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Glacier National Park is and always will be the reason I fell in love with traveling to iconic national parks. The vastness and beauty of this park can ground and center you like no other place; I especially love the feeling in my lungs when breathing in its cool, fresh mountain air. Having been introduced to this park in the mid-nineties, we knew that a return visit with our children would expose them to the same sense of wonder we had found 20 years ago. Visiting Glacier National Park with kids was just as unforgettable as our past experience. The park still offered incomparable mountain…
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  • Easy Crockpot Amish Chicken and Noodles

    cindy
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    You may not know this but Sarasota, Florida has a large Amish population. Lucky for us, that means we have some wonderful Amish restaurants to enjoy. One thing I love about our Amish restaurants are all of the comfort foods they serve. One of my favorite dishes is Chicken and Noodles served on top of mashed potatoes. Yes, it is a carb addict’s dream and a health nut’s nightmare, but once in a while it is ok to indulge…right? This recipe will feed about 8+ people and is great for bringing to potlucks. I made it for the two of us and we were eating it for days! Add a salad or some green…
  • Cinco de Mayo Recipe Round-Up

    cindy
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Whether you are having a family fun night or a huge party, I thought I round up some of the best Mexican themed recipes all in one place to make your planning easy. My Nacho Casserole also makes a great dip. Looking for something meatless? try these Black Bean Flautas with Avocado Dipping Sauce from Oh My Veggies. Jordan brought home this Chicken Doritos Casserole recipe from one of his host moms. It has become a family favorite. Everyone needs a good Mexican Rice recipe and I love this 10 Minute Mexican Rice from This Mama Cooks. My Spicy Queso Dip…
  • Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese-a Quick and Easy Comfort Food

    cindy
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Stouffer’s. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Stouffer’s and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. Now that our nest is empty, lunch time is harder than ever. When the boys were home I always stocked up on various lunch time foods for them, and I would eat whatever is here. Now that there are just two of us, and hubby often skips lunch, it has been slim pickings for me. I try to have a few choices on hand each week but for some…
  • Win it Wednesday 4-22-15

    cindy
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    While you are reading this linky I am out of town on a mini-vacation with my hubby I hope your week has been as good as mine! You will notice a change here today on the linky. I am trying a different linky server this week. I would love your feedback on this system vs my previous one as I am trying to decide which to use. I appreciate your input. Now, on to the giveaways! The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an…
  • Save Money with Groupon Coupons

    cindy
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am a couponer, not an extreme couponer but I do like to save money whenever I can. Some many times we only think of coupons for grocery or health and beauty items, recently Groupon added Groupon Coupons to their website and mobile app! Groupon Coupons offers more than 55,000 online and in-store coupons from…
 
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  • Book Review: Ramayana – The Game of Life: The Shattered Dreams

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    This will be the first time I’ll be structuring my feedback of a book around the most apparent observation which remained unchanged from its start to finish page. This observation can be easily summarized in just two words - ‘Identifiable Mythology’. There have been way too many an adaptations, narrations, translations and evolutions of this great scripture in the past. What makes this book by author, Shubha Vilas, worth of spending your free time and money is the way it makes the epic scripture relatable in today’s time. This combined with the fact that narration remains…
  • Do you like Change?

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:17 am
    For many of us, the answer would be a vehement No. This ‘us’ includes me as well. I am not a change averse person but in general I am happiest being my ‘Crocodile-Self’. (Crocodile-Self: Imagine a crocodile lying at a pond shore, happily enjoying the warmth of a beautiful sunny day for hours together, without entertaining a change as small as batting an eyelid)Alas, for us crocodile-selves, harsh reality is that change is the only constant in life. While doing my graduation, I never thought that I’ll move out of city to pursue further studies. Somehow it was never in…
  • Summer of 90’s

    22 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    It was the era, when we didn’t have the internet; we had comics. Summer holidays was the time which was eagerly awaited by all. The time where after a competitive cricket match session eating ice-cream together while analyzing the match like Harsha Bhogle would make us tremendously happy.  We used to have a plan for every specific time of the day, used to start our day early with a warm up cricket match + swimming session. Heavy breakfast of parathas with overflowing butter…yummy. True happiness. Due to the scorching heat, afternoon was spent playing cards, music dhamaka, ludo,…
  • Together. Companionship.

    15 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    Together. Companionship.Ordinary words right? We use them in our day to day life, but their significance is often lost to us. Power of these words is realized in that moment when we are unknowingly or knowingly, searching a shoulder to lean on, a nonjudgmental ear to hear us out and a living soul to walk side by. Every one of us experience this wonderful moment at least once in our lifetime. I had my first with this moment, way long back in 2005, when I was doing my post-graduation in a different city, away from home. But before I start my narration, let me build up the setting for it. So we…
  • Healthy Child is a Happy Child; leading to a Happy Home.

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Chances are you may have kids running around the house and there may be days when you may think to yourself that if you are at home or a wild circus. But here's the thing, try to be at home when the kid is sick or not at home and you will miss that circus and the energy, i bet. This is what i called "the power of a healthy child".I have a niece and when she is at home, she keeps everybody on their toes with her continuous mischief's and surprisingly i feel so content and happy amongst the chaos and clutter. The basic idea is keep the kids happy and they will make the home happier. As adults,…
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  • であい系完全無料ルトちょっと苦手だなという人にも良さそうなのはお手軽な『ネット婚活』なんです

    HRGURHHUARAGHR
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:36 am
    以前から存在している結婚紹介所や、婚活サイトといったところは、実際きちんとした交際相手との真面目な出会いをつかむことができますが、かかる費用がまとまった額になりますし、なんといっても結婚前提の交際が一般的になっています。…
  • 人妻 ナンパ 絶頂 北海道 セフレ募集サイト

    HRGURHHUARAGHR
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    ご自分の略歴だけ見ても断言しますが、人妻出会い系サイトテクニックが不可欠でしょう。無意識に良く書いてしまいがちな自己アピールにするのではなく、ありのままのご自分をきちんと伝えることが大事なのです。 メールの書き方での人妻出会い系サイトテクニックのコツは、一発勝負とは言えません。繰り返しメールでの交流を深めながら、徐々に好きになってもらえるようにするという過程がポイントになってきます。…
  • 前立腺 体験 熟女 人妻パートナー評判

    HRGURHHUARAGHR
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    お決まりのお見合いイベントであるとか合同コンパだったり、ここ数年はなどネットで知り合いになった相手たちとの、オフ会っていうのも絶好の人妻出会い系サイトの場として、しばしば知られています。 経験豊富な方向けの実践的人妻出会い系サイトテクニックとして、自分そのものをみんなあちらにオープンにするのではなくて、ゆっくりと伝えていくというテクニックも知られています。…
  • 熟女スナックやりたい ぽっちゃり 熟女投稿

    HRGURHHUARAGHR
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    大満足サイトと太鼓判を押せる程度の、最近流行の無料人妻出会い系サイト系サイトをいかなる方法で検索するか、そのベストで単純なやり方は、ネット上で口コミやランキングを閲覧することです。 シニア、中高年の運命の人妻出会い系サイトと交際相手を探す方へ。…
  • 熟女マッサージ師の掲示板 出会い 熟女 三河

    HRGURHHUARAGHR
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    、その上事実、全然人妻出会い系サイトがない、という状態から逃れ出ることのできる実用的手法といえば、インターネットの婚活です。とりあえずだめもと位の気持ちでぜひ目を通してみて下さい。 ご自分の略歴だけに注目しても様々な人妻出会い系サイトテクニックが要求されます。なんとなく長所ばかりになってしまう自己アピールにするのではなく、素のままの自分を明らかにすることがポイントになります。…
 
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  • Chicago Holy Name Cathedral Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2015

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    English: Roman Catholic monks of the preparing to light the Christ candle prior to mass]] at St. Mary’s Abbey in (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Christ washing the feet of the Apostles. Icon of Pskov school. Русский: Омовение ног (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles by Meister des Hausbuches, 1475 (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “During Holy Week the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into…
  • Incredible Easter with Fireworks in Florence Italy: Lo Scoppio del Carro

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    English: Capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, 1099, from a medieval manuscript Deutsch: Mittelalterliches Gemälde der Belagerung Jerusalems durch die Kreuzfahrer 1099 Suomi: Jerusalemin valtaus 1099. Keskiaikaisen käsikirjoituksen kuvitusta. Polski: Zdobycie Jerozolimy podczas I krucjaty (1099 r.) – rysunek ze średniowiecznego rękopisu Italiano: Conquista di Gerusalemme durante la Prima Crociata, nel 1099, da un manoscritto medievale (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Photo by User:Gilabrand. Dome of the Rock viewed through Bab al-Qattanin (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Image via Wikipedia…
  • Semana Santa in Seductive Segovia Spain: Holy Week and Easter Traditions

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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Segovia Cathedral • Catedral de Segovia (Photo credit: jesuscm) Image via Wikipedia Segovia (Photo credit: ferlomu) Segovia -Ayllón_2 casa del Cordón (Photo credit: ferlomu) The Ancient Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, by Nicolás Pérez. September 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Segovia is a seductive English: Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain Français : L’aqueduc de Ségovie, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia) UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain that is imbued with the spirit of an old Castillian town. It was declared a UNESCO site in 1985 and it is protected by the Eresma and Clamores…
  • Easter and Holy Week Rituals in Sicily: Buona Pasqua

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    English: Cathedral of San Giorgio, Modica, Sicily, Italy. Français : Cathédrale San Giorgio, Modica, Sicile, Italie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   English: Coat of Arms of Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Coat of arm of Sicily (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A baroque church in Modica (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Many towns in Sicily have a   Petralia Sottana, Sicily (Photo credit: Wikipedia) strong tradition of religious rites and ceremonies that date from the Spanish Domination of the 15th-17th centuries. These rites are demonstrated during mystic Holy Week…
  • Elaborate Holy Week and Easter Rituals in Toledo Spain: Semana Santa

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    English: A five-segment panorama of the Tagus River in Toledo, Spain. Taken with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f/4L lens. Français : Vue panoramique du Tage à Tolède, en Espagne. Panorama obtenu en assemblant 5 clichés faits avec un appareil Canon 5D et un objectif 24-105mm f/4L. Română: O panoramă alcătuită din cinci fotografii a râului Tagus din Toledo, Spania. Realizată cu un Canon 5D şi obiectiv de 24-105mm f/4L. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Image via Wikipedia English: Toledo, Puerta de Bisagro (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: House of El Greco (partial view) : Toledo, Spain.
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Lummi Island’s Willows Inn: World-class dining, dog-friendly lodging options

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

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

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

    Mary-Alice
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    We haven’t done Photo Friday in a while, and what better way to get back in gear than a picture of Chloe with the world’s largest chili pepper? The pepper is in a walled enclosure, complicating Chandler’s efforts to get the whole vegetable in the frame It’s a vast concrete sculpture in the parking lot of the America’s Best Value Inn in Las Cruces, NM, designed, as Roadside America puts it, “to entice travelers to notice this hotel rather than the ones lacking giant chili peppers.” It’s a hoot in itself, but the bonus is that the hotel it…
  • New favorite traveling pet water bowl: Cycle Dog’s Trail Buddy Bowl

    Mary-Alice
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I keep a collapsible water bowl in my purse, and in our cars, and for years my choice was Canine Hardware’s Hydro Bowl — as I said back in 2009, “it’s small enough to fit in my purse or a pocket. Unfolded, it’s sturdy enough to stay reliably upright, it’s shallow, and its opening is wide and holds its shape pretty well. (Chloe gets spooked when her bowls close their jaws shut on her muzzle.) It’s also definitely waterproof.” After years of use, the Hydro Bowl finally wore out along its fold lines, and started leaking. That’s not a complaint — five years is…
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  • Shipwrecks, Scurvy and Sea Otters: the Story of Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    A 1751 sea otter illustration by Georg Wilhelm Steller. (Drawing and all photos via Wikipedia Commons) In 1741, Georg Wilhelm Steller became the first European to step foot in Alaska. Marooned there for nearly nine months after his boat ran aground, the German-born naturalist went on to discover several spectacular animals, and promptly named them all after himself. Steller’s finds range from arguably the world’s largest eagle to a whale-sized relative of the manatee to the iconic sea otter. Steller was one of the pioneering naturalists of the 18th century, yet his story —…
  • Forgotten Wonders of the Digital World: World of Warcraft

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    The giant random crystals of Silithus (All images by Eric Grundhauser) As more and more of our time and lives move into the digital world, the online landscape is becoming so vast, we have begun leaving some things behind. Namely, much like the physical world, whole swaths of towns, islands, forests, palaces, and simple shacks have been constructed digitally and then abandoned. These are the forgotten wonders of the digital world—in this case, the World of Warcraft. For the uninitiated, World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG). Players…
  • 7 Hedge Mazes To Enchant (And Entrap) You

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    "I say we make base camp here, and start again in the morning." (Photo: Tim Green on Flickr) The lush, green hedge maze has long been a symbol of baroque opulence and slightly creepy mystery. And while the classic garden ornamentation has declined in popularity in the modern age, a number of downright magical examples of the hedge maze are still growing. Take a look at seven examples of twisting garden architecture where a person can still get lost in green corners, and verdant dead ends. Just don't get lost. Remember what happened at the end of The Shining? 1. LABYRINTH PARK OF…
  • Disruptive, World-Changing And Incredibly Mundane: The Story Behind 8 Film Firsts

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Ten years ago today, the very first video ever was uploaded to YouTube, “Me at the Zoo,” by the site’s cofounder, Jawed Karim. It’s a fantastically interesting piece of history despite the fact that the video itself is, frankly, kind of terrible; poorly shot, boring, with Karim standing in front of an elephant pit and explaining that elephants “have really, really, really long, um, trunks.” It got us thinking about the first examples of the major points in the history of film, and how mundane—and fascinating—so many of them are.
  • Gh0st5 0f the Pa5t: 5 Places to View Your iPhone's Ancestors

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Can a computer look... sad? (Photo: Marcin Wichary on Flickr) It shouldn't be too much longer until computers the world, so its important to understand the roots of where our future overlords. Computing already has a rich history of innovation and evolution, crammed into a relatively short span of time. But there are some places that made it their business to remember the massive mainframes and hilariously obsolete technologies of the recent (and not-so-recent) past. Check out these computer museums that are kind of like genealogical libraries for your iPhone. 1. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF…
 
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  • Hartlepool Monkey Memorial in Hartelpool, United Kingdom

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hartlepool United Football Club have one of the most unusual nicknames in all of English sport, if not the world; the Monkey Hangers. The story of how they got their peculiar name involves a bizarre public execution and French spies dating back to the Napoleonic Wars. Hartlepool United currently ply their trade in the fourth tier of the English 92 team professional football pyramid. They are mostly known for giving legendary manager Brian Clough his start in management. Hartlepool itself is a small town situated in the North East of England, on the North Sea coast. An industrial town…
  • Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga, California

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Founded by retired Disney animator Ben Sharpsteen and his wife Bernice, the Sharpsteen Museum showcases the history of the town of Calistoga in Northern California's Napa Valley. The Sharpsteen family's relationship with Calistoga spans several generations. Ben's father, William, first came to Calistoga Hot Springs in 1874 when he was just 11 years old. Ben's first visit to Calistoga was in 1903 at age seven.  His grandparents had just purchased about 300 acres north of town, and Ben would spend his summers there for the next 12 years. In 1919, Ben was discharged from the Marine Corps in…
  • Grave of the Man Who Never Was in Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    In 1943, British Naval Intelligence and MI5 devised a cunning plan to fool German command into thinking that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia instead of the actual objective; Sicily. All the plan required was a floating corpse and a fake identity. Called Operation Mincemeat, the Allies planned to trick the Germans into believing they had, by accident, intercepted “top secret” documents giving details of the Allied invasion plans. To do this, they decided they needed a dead body. With the help of a pathologist, Naval Intelligence obtained the corpse of one Glyndwr…
  • The DDR Museum in Berlin, Germany

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    A popular joke in East Germany involved Erich Honecker, leader of the German Democratic Republic, discussing hobbies with head of the feared Stasi secret police, Erich Mielke. Honecker says “I collect all the jokes about me,” to which Miekle replied, “Well we have almost the same hobby. I round up all those who tell jokes about you.” The Deutsche Demokratische Republik, which existed between 1949 to 1990 was one of the most peculiar and sinister countries behind the Iron Curtain. The most feared police states in recent history, it was the embodiment of George…
  • Bandalier National Monument in Los Alamos, New Mexico

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bandalier National Monument actually covers a fairly large swath of land covering roughly 50 square miles of New Mexico wilderness, and while no one lives there today, the remaining homes of those who once did are still just as impressive. Carved right out of the soft (and ironically-named) tuff rock, the small shelters and their rows of windows pock the side of some of the hills in the natural landscape as though they were created by massive ants. Built across a number of eras between 1150 - 1550 CE, the settlement would have been an impressive sight with buildings on the ground and built…
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  • Manuella Magnin: Lamb stew with spices and chocolate

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

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

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

    Véronique
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    The 5 stars hotel, Park Hyatt, is hosting a Masters of Food & Wine on March 27th and 28th. The Masters of Food & Wine events exist at the Park Hyatt hotels since 2010. This time for the gourmet dinner the Zurich Park Hyatt invited the Italian winemaker and owner of La Ghersa winery (Piedmont), Mr. Massimo Pastura. Here is the […] The post Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Art On Ice 20th Jubilee

    Véronique
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:57 am
    If one would have told the two CEOs of Art on Ice, at its beginning, that their ice skating gala would become the most successful show in Switzerland, they would have never believed it. The preparations for the first show in 1996 were not easy for the former figure skater, Oliver Höner, and his friend […] The post Art On Ice 20th Jubilee appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • Photo Essay: Lazy Days at Alila Villas Soori

    Joy Pecknold
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    After non-stop exploring in Seminyak and Ubud, my friends and I were more than happy to stay in one place for a few days and plunge into a deep state of relaxation. On Bali's West Coast with rice paddies on one side and ocean on the other, Alila Villas Soori, turned out to be the perfect place to do that. Here's what that looks like.
  • Spring Activity Guide: San Francisco

    Joy Pecknold
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    San Francisco is always a treat, and with a string of spring events ranging from golf championships to costumed races. Check out what the city by the bay has in store through May. San Francisco International Film Festival, April 23 to May 7 This weekend the 58th annual SFFF kicks off with Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s […]
  • 10 Questions: Manrique Rodríguez, InterContinental Madrid

    Joy Pecknold
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Manrique Rodríguez of the InterContinental Madrid, Spain. Best hotel room at the property: The Royal Suite. It’s 400 square meters and is one of Spain’s finest hotel suites. Located on the […]
  • Trip Tips: 7 Unique Hotel Experiences

    Joy Pecknold
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    There are those holidays where you just want to sit by the hotel pool with a steady stream of cocktails and leave it at that, but when you want to step that up with a side of unconventional, these seven properties have your back with spectacular experiences to make your Instagram followers insanely jealous, amongst other things.
  • Spring Activity Guide: Singapore

    Katherine Bertrand
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Arguably the heart of Southeast Asia, Singapore is a cultural melting pot that makes for a city of intriguing contrasts. The island city-state is a juxtaposition of colonial and modern architecture, and lush gardens and pristine shopping malls. Ahead of the hotter months of the year, spring is the perfect time to explore, especially with this checklist to keep busy.
 
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    Jayway Travel

  • Experience Vienna’s Heurigers

    Jacy Meyer
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    Austrian wines, especially whites, can be a real treat. Wine and food lovers who also like a little historic adventure with your meal should plan a visit to one of Vienna’s heurigers. A heuriger is basically a wine tavern which only serves Viennese wines, typically from the attached or nearby vineyards. Officially a heuriger is a tavern owned by a wine-grower where they can only serve their own wines. They offer classic Austrian dishes and some even have musical entertainment. Not only is the wine really local, it’s also really fresh – by law only wines from the current vintage are on…
  • The Venice Biennale 2015

    Jacy Meyer
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    From art to dance; architecture to film – the Venice Biennale is a showstopper of an event. Running in 2015 from May 9-November 22, the theme of All the World’s Futures has offered creative types myriad ways to express themselves. Emily Kame Kngwarreye – Earth’s Creation The Biennale dates back to 1895, when it was limited to just art. The 1930s saw sections on cinema, music and theater added, while architecture didn’t make a showing until 1980. The burgeoning popularity saw the dance exhibition move in in 1999. So what does ‘All the World’s Futures’ hold? More than…
  • Uoksas – foodie oasis in Kaunas

    Charlie
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Lithuania’s second city might be a a bit slow off the mark compared the culinary revolution afoot in the capital but there’s a place well worth visiting should you find yourself here. Working with mainly locally and preferably organically sourced ingredients the team here are challenging preconceptions about Lithuanian cuisine, one dish at a time. The menu changes regularly based on availability and seasonality so you can be fairly certain that few of the dishes shown below, will feature but they will at least give you an idea of what you can expect from this cool but understated…
  • Our Top 10 Restaurants in Prague

    Charlie
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    Before we dig in Top Tens are odd things, whether you trust in the wisdom of the crowds (as well as TripAdvisor’s algorithms) to give you an accurate picture of a city’s best places or you seek out a curated list like this. The purpose of this list is to tell you about the places we go, that we take our friends and family to and that we recommend to our hundreds of guests who visit Prague every year. These aren’t the ten best fine-dining restaurants in the city, instead it is a cross-section of styles, price levels and locations. You can’t have a 7 course tasting menu…
  • Salzburg Day Trip Ideas

    Jacy Meyer
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Doing some Bavarian mountain hiking (or just looking) and a trip to the Eagle’s Nest are two popular day trips from Salzburg. But the Austrian region here has a number of interesting possibilities, beyond the typical. Consider spending an extra night in Salzburg and arranging a one or two day car rental if you want to go exploring one or two of these gems. Hallstatt and the Ice Caves Visit one of the oldest cities in Europe, Hallstatt (first recorded settlement is from 5000 BC) and enjoy not only a quaint Alpine village but cool down with a visit to some ice caves. The Dachstein ice caves…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • 3 Heroines of WWII

    Eleonora Fuser
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:14 am
    When remembering the history of WWII, the important role of women is often lost. In reality, there were hundreds of thousands of women who contributed every day, in every way they could, to win the conflict. They fought, they spied, they sabotaged. They cooked cakes sent overseas, they built bombs, they nursed the wounded, they drove supplies, they typed. They provided refuge, food, and political vision. Many of them risked their lives and lost it. In celebration of Liberation Day, April 25, the day Italy was liberated from Nazism and Fascism, we selected three remarkable European women who,…
  • Beers & Wines of Central Europe

    Natalie Holmes
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    Countries like France, Italy and Belgium seem to hog the limelight when it comes to beers and wines, but if you’re travelling through Central Europe, there are some delightful local specialities that can easily compete with the produce of those Mediterranean bigshots. We’ve consulted with our local experts to put together a guide to the one wine or beer you have to try when visiting Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. Tasting Wiener Gemischter Satz at Weingut Wieninger Vienna As the world’s only major city with world-class vineyards within its limits, Vienna is not short of grape-based…
  • Le Bon Marché: The Other French Revolution

    Lindsay Poulin
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    Galeries Lafayette by Cristian Bortes   Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès… These names remind us that fashion and Paris are synonymous, with styles and trends changing as quickly as the temperamental Parisian weather.  Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the grands magasins to shop designer labels; given their grandeur, these stores seem to have been a fixture in the fabric of French fashion history since the whimsical styles of Marie-Antoinette’s court. However, the concept of shopping at a department store is actually a more…
  • 4 Reasons to Explore Tuscany

    Jessica Stewart
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    View of the Val d’Orcia With beautiful scenery, as well as incredible food and wine, we don’t really need a good excuse to explore Tuscany.  In celebration of Context’s new program in Tuscany, we’ll add a few more reasons to escape Florence and go country. Siena 1.  It’s not all country Tuscany is dotted with cities that are repositories of amazing art, each with their own distinctive style that intersect and overlap. Whether it’s Etruscan artefacts, Medieval towers, or Renaissance churches,  comparing and contrasting Pisa, Lucca, and Siena, to name a…
  • Docent, in a Word

    Paul Bennett
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    Scientist Luca Zaggia leading our Ecology of Venice walk. Why Do We Call Them Docents? Here’s something we hear all the time: “Why do you call your guides ‘docents?’ A docent is a volunteer at a museum.” Or, “what is a docent, anyway. That term isn’t used in England or Australia.” People want a guide. Why do we stubbornly insist on calling them docents? Historian Jackie Burns leading a walk in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.   First, here’s a little context. The term docent comes from the Latin docere, which means to teach. In American English, the term is often…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • World’s Largest Airboat: Sarasota, Florida

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

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

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

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

    Traci Suppa
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May.” “The Sweetest Thing” by U2. What do these tunes have in common? They were all “B” side hits. For those of you who remember records (those vinyl discs that music was stored on back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), you’ll recall that the popular songs were on the “A” side, and the secondary tracks were relegated to the “B” side. We’ve had some “B” sides in our travels, too, so I’m giving them their due in today’s post. In our (okay, my) overzealous quest to seek out BIG attractions, we…
 
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    Bacon is Magic

  • 12 Tips for a Valley of Fire Wedding in Las Vegas

    Ayngelina
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Don’t get too excited. It wasn’t Dave and I having a spectacular Valley of Fire wedding but my little sister. Neither of us are fussy about weddings or getting married and so when Joe proposed they decided to have an affordable wedding in one of Joe’s favourite cities – Las Vegas. Now I know Las Vegas weddings seem kitschy or even tacky with Elvis presiding in a little white chapel. But that’s not the only kind of ceremony you can have – take a look at what Joe planned for a wedding in the Valley of Fire – that’s right, the groom planned this.
  • Easy Argentinean Chimichurri Recipe

    Ayngelina
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    This chimichurri recipe is super easy to make and I wanted to share it because it was one of the best things I ate in Argentina. I’ve been quite upfront about how I wasn’t really impressed with food in Argentina. Maybe it had been because everyone made it seem like a culinary mecca. But I wasn’t a devoted follower. On the whole I found it kind of bland and boring. However, I was introduced to chimichurri, a sauce made with herbs, garlic, oil and vinegar. Chimichurri is amazing on meat and killer choripan (sausage in a bun). No one really knows the origin of the name…
  • Maple Blossom Beignet Recipe

    Ayngelina
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    This maple blossom beignet recipe is easy to make and a sure sign that spring is here! I love spring, it brings out a sappy, sentimental side of me that feels hopeful. It’s like a fresh start. We finally come out of the darkness of Canadian winter and each week new spring delicacies pop-up telling us summer is just around the corner. While I’m Canadian I haven’t seen or even contemplated eating maple blossoms before Dave bought some for Loka Snacks along with some other foraged ingredients. If you live outside the city or just near some maple trees you could go get them…
  • How 5 Years of Travel Changed My Life

    Ayngelina
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Travel changed my life. The person I am today is dramatically different than who I was 5 years ago. I may not seem so different on the outside but inside I’ve changed completely. I am content. And that’s a very different feeling from being happy. Five years ago I’d say I was happy but I wondered why I couldn’t just be content with the status quo and routine like everyone else. I had everything that was supposed to make me happy. A boyfriend, great friends, a career that made more money than I could spend. It wasn’t enough for me. I kept wondering if there was…
  • Kimchi Broccoli Slaw

    Ayngelina
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Kimchi broccoli slaw makes the world a better place. At least my world this week. Life has been kind of hectic lately. We started running Loka Snacks 3 nights a week in our local bar and we’ve had other events around the city. This week felt really long and while we didn’t work Saturday night we went out for our neighbours birthday where Dave made this giant confetti cake covered with candy and topped with Skor pieces. It was awesome. But Sunday we felt kinda junky. So it wasn’t surprising that I wanted salad for dinner. I needed something healthy. But it was surprising…
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  • Orvieto, not just another hill town

    Nat and Tim Harris
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write A short trip north of Rome is the small town of Orvieto. From the moment you see it perched up on its volcanic plug, you can tell it’s a special place. With its 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside and vineyards, it’s no wonder a number of popes have called Orvieto home over the years. We spent a bit of time here this past winter and would like to share some of our favourite places. Orvieto with the Duomo dominating its skyline. La Pergola via del Magoni, 9 We found this little restaurant up via…
  • Tips for traveling through Germany and Italy with Eurail

    Guest Poster
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Having a Eurail train pass made traveling through Germany and Italy a breeze. From spectacular sunsets to stunning scenery – this is the only way to travel in Europe. Germany My boyfriend and I first used the pass to travel through Germany’s major cities – Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich. Frankfurt was our first stop and was a bit of a blur. We landed late at night from New Zealand, so our body clocks were completely confused. We found our hotel and went straight to sleep (horizontally, which at the…
  • Where to go for Southeast Asia’s best street food

    Alana Morgan
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write One of the things that makes Southeast Asia so enticing to foreign travelers is its abundance of cheap street eats. Sure, there may be a food truck craze going on in the West, but it can’t compare to the street food found around every corner in Asia. That said, there are several hotspots to check out if you’re serious about about grabbing a great meal. Bangkok Thais absolutely love to eat and snack and Thailand in general is filled with street food options day and night. Of course, one of the best places to…
  • A Monster of a Day

    Nat and Tim Harris
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write An hour North of Rome you’ll find the little town of Bomarzo. At first look it doesn’t seem like anything special, but a few meters from the town is the Sacred Wood, also known as Parco dei Mostri (Monster Park). It might sound like the type of place that you’d read about in a classic German fairy tale, but it’s not scary at all. The park is laid out on several acres and has been there since the sixteenth century when it was built by Pier Franceso Orsini, an Italian nobleman, as a memorial to his wife.
  • A new perspective on the Big Apple

    Michael Hodson
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write New York is the city that people will know about, and the major sights such as the Statue of Liberty and Times Square are what everyone will see on their first trip to the city. One of the things that changes with the number of visits to the city is that you start to look a little deeper, and it is easy to see that there is a whole lot more to New York than just the major sights. On my most recent trip to the city, I decided to take an alternative look at the city and try a few experiences that I haven’t…
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  • Travel Features: From Antigua to the Galápagos Islands

    Admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Cam joins the gang in the Galápagos Islands. This week we are taking you from a family adventure amongst breathtaking wildlife, to stage-side outside Nashville. Where will you get off to? Galápagos Islands with G Adventures Did you catch our blog this week about the Galápagos Islands? When we visited we toured with GAdventures and it was a great experience. Here is a link to the packages they are offering right now. Fit and Fun Under the Sun in Antigua This week we featured the Curtain Bluffs resort on the blog. This authentic and luxurious resort also offers unique vacation packages. Like…
  • Antigua – A Caribbean Destination for Relaxation

    Admin
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    The Caribbean is synonymous with resorts and often luxury. In Antigua, I had the pleasure of experiencing a resort in Antigua that offered both luxury and authentic island charm. I wrote about Curtain Bluff in Antigua for The Toronto Star in 2011. Here is a peak at this interesting resort. OLD ROAD, ANTIGUA—There are two typical types of Caribbean resorts. High-end properties that channel, sometimes successfully, Miami Beach or Bali with their white deck chairs and butler service, and “Caribbean” properties that offer the highly starched sheets and Bob Marley soundtrack on replay. They…
  • Travel to the Galápagos Islands for Animal Sightings Galore

    Admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    A Sea Lion on the rocks, as seen on our trip. One of my favourite jobs is answering family travel questions in National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Last year, a reader asked me about animal-loving vacations and I was more than happy to recommend the Galápagos Islands. With a plethora of wildlife to encounter, from sea lions to blue-footed boobies, this destination is perfect for viewing animals in their natural habitat. Here are 10 fast facts about the Galápagos Islands to inspire your next animal-loving vacation: Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978; A collection of 127…
  • CFRB The Night Side, Us & Oprah

    Heather
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    CFRB The Nightside, Us & Oprah: Talking Travel, Family and Fears with Barb DiGiulio Okay, I’ve got BIG news: I’ve had to keep it secret for a couple of months – and I have to admit there was a part of me that wasn’t sure I wasn’t dreaming it – but we are in “O’s Little Book of Happiness!” Yup! THAT “O.” The book, “O’s Little Book of Happiness” is on store shelves now! It’s  an incredible collection of essays from people like Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos), Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), Brene…
  • Travel Deals: Hot Spots in the Caribbean and Maui

    Admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    We’re craving heat and are dreaming of these hot spots! Deal 1: A 7-Night Cruise through the Grand Panama Canal I shared some cruise tips on a recent appearance on The Social and this first deal is a good example of some of the great luxury offerings out there. Head to the Caribbean with this 7-night trip through the Grand Panama Canal, leaving June 5th, 2015. You’ll enjoy many amenities aboard the 940-guest Crystal Symphony. This Cruise is sold by Crusies-N-More (800)-733-2048cruises-n-more.com. Click here for more info. Deal 2: Hit the Sands in Maui Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa…
 
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  • Highs and Lows of the HTC RE Camera

    Jody Halsted
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I’m a gadget girl. I love (love) playing with new electronic toys. And, thanks to the wonderful relationship I have with the Midwest Public Relations Manager for Verizon Wireless, I get to play with some really fun gadgets – and my husband doesn’t have to pay for them. It’s just unfortunate that I don’t get to keep the ones I really like… Right now I have the super fun HTC RE camera. Yep, it looks just like a periscope. But it is actually a handy little camera that you can operate with one hand. The RE has only 2 buttons; one on the front directly under the…
  • RV Ownership: Renting Our Motorhome with a Management Company

    Jody Halsted
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Last October we wrapped R’Velle in a sturdy, winter-proof cover and parked her for the long, cold season in a secured lot not far from our house. We would visit her every few weeks to start her up and roll her forward or back so the tires wouldn’t sit on one place for too long. We would start the generator and let her warm up while we sat at the table dreaming about the trips we would take after the spring thaw. Though we use our RV often during the spring, summer, and fall, activities during the winter months keep us from venturing far from home. As I’m not a fan of winter to…
  • Getting Off the Interstate in Clear Lake, Iowa

    Jody Halsted
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    If you’ve ever traveled along Interstate 35 in northern Iowa, you have definitely noticed the town of Clear Lake. The last major exit as you drive north out of Iowa, or the first major exit as you enter Iowa from Minnesota, for most travelers Clear Lake is a cluster of gas station chains and fast food restaurants. What most miss is the charming resort town just a short distance from the interstate. Three Quick Tips in Clear Lake, Iowa Though I have often passed through – and by through I mean stopping at a gas station for fuel or a quick bite- Clear Lake, I haven’t spent any…
  • Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities + Other Ireland Articles

    Jody Halsted
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    I have this crazy love of Ireland. In case you didn’t know, I publish an entire website dedicated to Ireland family travel. Ireland Family Vacations is a resource filled with tips, interactive maps, and vacation services. So you can imagine that I receive a lot of requests for articles and quotes this time of year. Fun St Patrick’s Day Activities in Your Area published by Minitime (and syndicated to Today’s Mama) You’ve likely heard that “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” but beyond your local parade there doesn’t seem to be much going on that you can take…
  • Is a Family Zipline Adventure for You?

    Jody Halsted
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    I am terrified of heights. And of falling. And yet, I love ziplining. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still incredibly scared when I begin- but the exhilaration soon takes over and I’m enjoying the unbelievable freedom that comes from flying over trees, canyons, and heart-stopping views. Suited up for ziplining! Helmets, gloves, and my GoPro! Our first family zipline adventure was a single line over a canyon- and I was terrified!- as you can see in the video below: Our second adventure was much better- and more intense! A 10 line zip, it began with short lines barely suspended…
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  • Video: Top Vacation Pick a Canadian Hidden Gem

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    24 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    For an affordable unique vacation experience check out New Brunswick, Canada, for island hopping in the Bay of Fundy, hiking, fishing, kayaking and whale watching to exploring quaint fishing village and enjoying fresh seafood. Come along with Karen Schaler, the Emmy award-winning creator of Travel Therapy TV, as she shows us the Top 20 Reasons […]
  • Options Away Lets You Hold a Flight Before Booking

    Donna Sundblad
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Options Away is an online travel agency that helps eliminate anxiety when shopping for airfare. When users see a deal, it lets them lock in airfare two days to three weeks ahead of the purchase and eliminates the risk of prices going up. As an added benefit, if the airfare happens to drop, users automatically get the […]
  • Video: Snorkeling the Florida Reef

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    23 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Check out the best place to snorkel in the U.S., the Florida Reef off Lou Key in the Florida Keys.
  • Hopper Travel App for Budget-minded Travelers

    Donna Sundblad
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hopper is one of Apple’s hottest travel apps. It predicts the best time to book a flight deal by analyzing billions of airfares daily and then locates those short-lived moments when a price dips below the historic average. It lets you know the best time to shop, buy and fly, plus it is easy to […]
  • Video: 10 of the Most Expensive Hotel Suites In The World

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    22 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    With amenities most of us can only dream of, these gorgeous suites play host to the world’s most elite travelers and cost a pretty penny for a one-night stay.
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  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (1st Quarter: 2015)

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

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

    Matt Stabile
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    After traveling the world as a nomad for a few years now, I’ve learned that it isn’t always pretty, especially when it comes to tasting a country’s most popular dishes. When you’re on a tight budget, you are typically limited to freeganism, bulk foods that can easily be carried and prepared (like pasta) or cheap things from a corner shop or grocery store. Desserts and other non-essentials are rarely included in the allowance, unless you are lucky enough to find a particularly cheap cafe or bakery. Most people travel in order to gain a new experience in a new place, and food should not…
  • Top 10 Places For Spring Break

    Matt Stabile
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    As can be seen by this infographic from CheapOair, many of the usual suspects come out on top for the most popular destinations for the youngsters to get their Spring Break on (Orlando, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale). But, there are a few standouts that pop up every year around this time, including Jamaica, San Juan and Mexico City. Where are you heading for Spring Break this 2015? By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at…
  • The Sound Of Music And Rain In Salzburg

    Matt Stabile
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    When the airport of a city or town is named after a local but deceased celebrity, upon arrival in said city one can expect a challenge in avoiding the posthumous paraphernalia and celebration of the eponymous home-grown hero. For example, touching down at Liverpool’s John Lennon airport, one can expect to be inundated in the city center with the numerous seedy joints with by-lines claiming to be “John’s favorite bar,” hotels with names such as “Hard Day’s Night,” and promoters lingering on each street corner with the intention of luring hapless tourists on trips…
 
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  • News Flash Travel Deal: Travel from NYC – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Alana Johnson
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    News Flash Travel Deal: Travel from NYC – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Roundtrip, including all Taxes for $560 in September-October. (also from DC $709) through United (https://www.united.com/). Source: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/#view-flights:research=NYCSGN-SGNNYC Use ITA Software by Google to verify and check if flights are still available. sample screen shot below: – Click the Advanced Routing Codes link to enable the additional fields for “Departing” and “Destination”. – Change the Departing from location to check other locations i.e. WAS…
  • Get All The Details About Kimpton’s Nightcap Program – Free Booze

    Alana Johnson
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Kimpton’s hotels will begin offering free booze as an added amenity. Here you will find all the details from the official Press release. It details more information on the expansion and current participating hotels.
  • 15 Quick Ways To Beat Jet Lag

    Alana Johnson
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Fifteen quick ways to beat jet lag like you’ve never seen it before. There are several of tips out there on jet lag, but this is especially comprehensive and I thought I’d share it with Smart Women Travelers. via Thomas Cook
  • What Else Do You Need To Know About Booking Your Hotel Room?

    Alana Johnson
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    There may be one more thing you need to know about booking your hotel room. Regardless of how you book your overnight hotel accommodations, always become a member of  the hotel’s loyalty program before you make the reservation. Booking your hotel room-Executive King Hilton Bandung SmartWomenTravelers.com This can be very helpful to you in many ways, from better rooms to upgraded amenities. The more you stay at a particular hotel chain, the better the benefits. Some of these may include a nicer room, a better view, free bottled water, quicker check-in and checkout, access to the…
  • Uh Oh, I’m Gonna Be Late For My Flight

    Alana Johnson
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    What if you are running late for your flight? Don’t panic. Or panic just a little but don’t get carried away. It won’t help you or anyone else. Here’s a little insider secret. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. Airline’s have been known to hold up a plane departure for certain elite status flyers or dignitaries. I’m not talking about an hour here, but if that passenger is running a few minutes late, the boarding doors may remain open a bit longer. Of course, these “special” travelers slink into first class so no one gets to see who they are but you know it is a passenger delay…
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  • Tuesday Deal Day: Deer Lake Lodge Offers Mothers Day Spa Package

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Deer Lake Lodge and Spa, a boutique wellness resort and holistic spa in Montgomery, Texas, invites you to celebrate the mom in your life by treating her to a weekend of luxury and relaxation. At Deer Lake Lodge and Spa you can rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit through natural spa treatments, juice-fasting programs, colonics, yoga and spiritual enrichment workshops in a tranquil, private setting surrounded by nature. The spa’s ideology is to rejuvenate…
  • Hotel Review: Hotel Giraffe, NYC

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Hotel Giraffe Address:  365 Park Avenue South (at 26th Street), New York City Value Luxury Rating:   (out of 3 hearts) Features:  Located in the recently named NoMad area of New York City (North of Madison Square Park), Hotel Giraffe is conveniently situated between midtown and downtown Manhattan. The hotel, part of the Library Hotel Collection, offers a generous package of complimentary amenties including continental breakfast buffet each morning (served…
  • Sunday Stories for April 5th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Just a few quick stories to recommend this week, but I think there’s worth the time to read. Here you go: Best baseball stadiums for craft beer in the US Nothing surprising about this. . . for those of living in Seattle or who are big Mariner fans. Granted, you should probably have to have a reason aside from beer to actually go to these places — say, you want to see a baseball game? But if you end up at one of these ballparks, you can count on finding a…
  • Another Month, Another Two Countries Visited

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. March was a busy month of travel for me, including return visits to Berlin and Bangkok, and first time visits to Stockholm (Sweden) and Seoul (South Korea). While I don’t think travel is completely about checking off a to-do or to-visit list, I do think it’s fun to keep track of places I’ve been and things that  want to do. Here’s my map of the world showing where I’ve visited. Only 16% of the world, leaving me lots of places left to…
  • Monthly Instagram Favorites

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:14 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 month of travel for me, hopping between time zones (and continents) like jet lag was a figment of my imagination. While most of the time it was, this month, for the first time that I can remember, jet lag laid me low and interfered with my ability to enjoy several of my traveling days. Is it because I’m getting older? A combination of back an;d forth over a short period of time? Maybe it was merely situational. Whatever it was,…
 
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  • Bucharest Sightseeing By Night

    Laurel
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    The original can be found here: Bucharest Sightseeing By Night. Please read the original. When you think of beautiful cities, Bucharest is likely not the first one to come to mind! And that's why I love this city so much - it's full of surprises! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • PowerPere BPA Free Collapsible Water Bottle Review

    Laurel
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    The original can be found here: PowerPere BPA Free Collapsible Water Bottle Review. Please read the original. In addition to being environmental friendly, the PowerPere collapsible water bottle is also lightweight and easy to stash away once it's empty. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • My Favourite Adventures in the Canadian Rocky Mountains

    Laurel
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:42 am
    The original can be found here: My Favourite Adventures in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Please read the original. I have a secret I haven’t even told most of my friends yet….I’m returning back to Canada for a month this summer, most of which I’ll spend in the Canadian Rocky Mountains! To say I am excited would be an understatement! Besides my family and friends, the thing I’ve missed most are the Rockies!  And […] Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • Spring Fever: Why Germans Don’t Feel Frisky!

    Laurel
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    The original can be found here: Spring Fever: Why Germans Don’t Feel Frisky!. Please read the original. While Canadians get spring fever, Germans don't. They get Frühjahrsmüdigkeit, or spring tiredness. Turns out they're not the only ones! Find out why: Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • A Beautiful Day Hike in Kleinwalsertal, Austria

    Laurel
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 pm
    The original can be found here: A Beautiful Day Hike in Kleinwalsertal, Austria. Please read the original. The Kleinwalsertal, can't be reached from the rest of Austria, unless you hike out! Here's one great day hike in this spectacular mountainous region: Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
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  • Just back from… Porto and the Douro Valley

    Lyndon
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Assistant Editor Abi shares her finds from Portugal’s second city and the tumbling vineyards of the Douro Valley, where she and her partner Chris were tasked with checking out some lovely new additions to i-escape Porto is a city of two halves. It’s one of Europe’s oldest and Ribeira, the Unesco-listed centre, is a delightfully shabby jumble of crumbling townhouses and laundry-strung lanes that has barely changed in centuries. But there’s a real buzz about the place at the moment – something which became clear as soon as we touched down at its gleaming airport, served by handy…
  • Easy Escapes for May

    Melissa
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Spring isn’t best appreciated amid the urban sprawl; when nature is bursting with new life, all signs point to the countryside. Whether it’s a blissful British weekend, a week in rural Provence or a truly adventurous Brazilian jaunt, we’ve got your ‘spring break’ covered. No need to thank us; all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing. A Bradford-on-Avon beauty – £125 per person (3 nights, 8-11 May 2015) Timbrell’s Yard Bucolic Bradford on Avon is the south…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Apartment 43

    Lyndon
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    From one large room in the heart of Jerez’s old town, owners Jim and Alice have cleaved a tranquil, light-filled apartment that’s perfect for those with babies or older kids. The pretty streets around it are car-free, and features such as playgrounds next to alfresco cafés make the city abundantly family-friendly. From the 10th to the 17th of May the city transforms when one of the most important celebrations in the municipality, the Feria de Jerez, arrives in town. During this time the streets come alive with dancing, festivities and plenty of sherry drinking. What’s more, Apartment…
  • Spotlight on… Miami

    Lyndon
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This year Miami Beach revels in its centenary celebrations – so why not join in? Throughout 2015 there will be music concerts, art shows, children’s events and comedy festivals – not to mention the city’s ever-present Art Deco architecture and fabulous social scene to enjoy. Miami Why go? This may be a particularly special year, but Miami is always abuzz. Remember the CSI trailer: sunny blue skies, palm-lined sandy beaches, a dazzling emerald ocean, and jet skis in front of a glittering skyline? Well, that’s pretty close to the reality. This famous Florida city has the perfect mix…
  • i-escape’s family travel plans 2015 (part 3)

    Anna
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    In the third and final part of our series, Marketing Assistant Anna shares her 2015 travel plans with her toddler in tow. After dipping our toes in the family holiday water last year with a couple of short seaside breaks in Devon and Cornwall, my husband Anthony and I are excited to get one-year-old Finn a passport and show him the world. Well, Europe to start with: short flight times = less time spent trying to keep a very wriggly little boy still. We’re planning a last-minute spring city break as we love being in the hustle and bustle of things – especially Finn who likes to wave…
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  • Abstracted Patterns of Taco Tuesday @ Cinderland, Puna, Big Island video

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

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

    Andrew Crusoe
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Our explorations of Richardson Beach on the Big Island continue today with a very short video that will give you a good idea of some of the strange and delightful things you can expect to find there. Of course, all drainage flows to the ocean, and in this video, I jump a tiny chasm and get all overdramatic, as per usual. Probably the weirdest video under a minute that you’ll see all day. And our explorations of Richardson aren’t quite over just yet… Stay tuned for more. Share & Enjoy. Transcript: Me: That’s where the children have fallen in… and died. Me: And now, the…
  • A Hawaiian Transgender Sea Turtle video

    Andrew Crusoe
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    The Byteful Glimpse series continues today with a transgender sea turtle video, taken at the lovely Richardson Beach just outside of Hilo on the Big Island. Why transgender? Well, you’ll just have to watch the video to find out. (And no, the data in this video wasn’t enough to confirm that, but it’s possible! Transgendered creatures have gotten a bad rep in the past, and today I want to set the record straight. This turtle was super cool.) Share & Enjoy. Transcript Me: You can tell by the tail? Really? All right, I stand corrected. The Lady: Males have longer tails because…
  • Live Violin & Hang drum music at ‘La Hiki Ola’ Kava Bar video

    Andrew Crusoe
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    On my way back from a short adventure in the North, I passed by the wondrous “La Hiki Ola” Kava Bar in downtown Pahoa. I still can’t remember exactly why I was compelled to go up the narrow steps to the seldom-seen upper floor of the Kava Bar, but perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised since, as you’ll see in the video timestamp, this all happened almost exactly one year ago. In any case, I found myself in the midst of a remarkable performance. Zhu the violinist, her boyfriend, and Dave, the owner, were jamming in a most zen-like and relaxing way. I found the music entrancing, and…
 
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  • Abby + Cameron's Mountain Engagement Photography Adventure by Boone NC Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

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

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    On those days when chaos reigns and you’re ready to rip your hair out, you gracefully find a way to ‘keep it together’ all while a raging storm is brewing just below the surface.Other days, well, you’re lucky if you manage to change your undies and brush your teeth as you tend to everyone elses seemingly endless needs. You're an everyday hero, and I think ALL mama’s deserve medals because I know how hard you work to make motherhood look manageable. This 30-something doesn't have any kids, and yet I struggle just keeping a two-person unit afloat at times.It’s all part of the…
  • 12-Month Wedding Planning Checklist - Free Timeline Printable PDF

    3 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    I know that this wedding planning process is slightly scary and overwhelming. It makes you dizzy just thinking about the 1,000,001 things you have to do before your big day arrives.You're feeling lost and don't know where to start. I get it. Because I've been there, too. That's why I decided to create a wedding planning resource to help you navigate the uncertainties that can accompany the myriad of challenges you’ll face when planning your own wedding. This mini-guide will, hopefully, act as your compass and point you in the right direction!When I got married last year I planned…
  • My Entrepreneurial Adventure: Getting Laid Off Was A Good Thing!

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I took a solo-trip to Hawaii for my 29th birthday back in 2009. It was a pretty big deal to me because I hadn't ever done anything like that before—my first plane ride didn't happen until 2007! As I aimlessly drove all over the island of Oahu along Highway 1 in my rented jeep, I experienced a sense of freedom that I had never felt before. Unbeknownst to me, this trip would end up changing my life. During my time on the beautiful island of Hawaii, I discovered that I craved more freedom in my everyday life, not just while I was on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It was on that trip with my toes…
  • Spread the Word & Earn $100! | Become a Wayfaring Wanderer Wedding Ambassador | Boone NC Photographer

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    How often do you survey people you know for the best plumber or electrician, or the best place to eat when you go out of town? Chances are you've texted a friend or posted a status message on social media asking for help. It just makes sense to get a suggestion from someone you know, right?! No matter what new advertising opportunity presents itself, there’s still nothing better than a good old fashioned word-of-mouth recommendation.It makes the decision making process a little easier for couples in need of a wedding photographer or someone to capture their engagement pictures when they…
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  • Travel Moments, On the Church Roof in Saintes Maries de la Mer

    Andy
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
    We were looking for Sara, the Patron Saint of the Romani people and the reason why tens of thousands of Gitan, Romany, Manouche and Tzigane Gypsies descend upon Saintes Maries de la Mer every May. We’d been told she was to be found in a small crypt to the right of the altar in the 9th century Eglise de Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer, accessible via a back door. But when we went around the back of the church and paid a small fee, it led us to a narrow staircase which wound its way to the top of the building and we emerged into blinding sunlight, high above the streets of the town. Despite having…
  • A Day Trip To Belem in Lisbon

    Jack
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Sunday morning probably wasn’t the smartest time to decide to visit Belém, Lisbon’s most grandiose historical area and a favourite haunt of explorers with itchy feet. Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama set sail on historic voyages from Belém whilst Christopher Columbus docked there on his return from discovering the Americas. Anywhere with such a heritage just has to be visited. However, after a Saturday night enjoying (too much) Lisbon’s Barrio Alto scene and being jostled by a sardine crowd of people with similar intent who surged towards every jam-packed tram that…
  • Review of Hotel Agathawirt, Bad Goisern, Austria

    Andy
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    St Agatha, Bad Goisern, Austria It was dusk when we arrived after a four and a half hour flight and a 200km drive from Munich Airport. Against the petrol sky, the geranium-filled window boxes and arched doorway of the 17th century Landhotel Agathawirt created a look of a gingerbread house, a string of fairy lights twinkling from its lounge window and a warm, red glow spilling through the open front door. In the courtyard, a group of diners were lingering over wine and coffees beneath the boughs of the 200 year old oak tree. Too late for the hotel’s half board sitting, we ate in the…
  • Walking on Korcula, Not All Routes End Well

    Jack
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    There’s rain and then there’s rain. It was hammering it down Noah style and we were as drenched as sorry looking rats escaping a sinking ship. Dry sanctuary lay in the town of Blato a mere 500 metres in front of us. There was only one problem. Someone had removed a chunk of the hillside with a JCB and the road our path was supposed to emerge on to lay 10 feet directly below us. So close and yet so far. This had not been a good walk and it certainly wasn’t getting any better. Birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula Town It should have been great, but even before the rain turned the…
  • Camprodon in the Pyrenees, Pretty, Historic and Closed

    Jack
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    It’s completely my fault. My timing was out. I had one day to spend in and around Camprodon in the Spanish Pyrenees and somehow I managed to coincide two visits in the same day with most of the place being shut. Not all walking routes have to notch up the kilometres and, as we were staying in Llanars, a pleasant Pyrenees walk from Llanars to nearby ‘pretty as a picture’ Camprodon was the obvious choice for some easy walking. For one of us at least. Whilst I mostly meandered through hill, vale and quaint streets (aside from an ascent involving chains and much heavy…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Gay Friendly – Ames Boston Hotel

    gaytravelinformation
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Ames Boston Hotel / 1 Court Street / Boston, MA 02108 / 1-888-293-4112 One of the most exciting parts of my job is experiencing some pretty spectacular hotels. Properties like The Ames Boston Hotel, which was one of the best stays I have had in quite some time! Ames Boston Hotel is located in the historic Ames building … Continue reading →
  • Le Guanahani – Gay Friendly Hotel St. Barths

    gaytravelinformation
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:42 pm
    La Guanahani | Grand Cul-De-Sac 97133 | St. Barthelemy, FWI | 1-800-216-3774 Originally opened in 1986 and expanded in 1991, LGBT friendly Le Guanahani has established itself as a haven of casual luxury, comfort and elegance. An authentic reflection of St. Barth, the hotel has evolved into the island’s finest destination for active travelers, providing … Continue reading →
  • John Michael Weddings & Events – Florida’s Gay Wedding Experts!

    gaytravelinformation
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:06 pm
    John Michael Weddings & Events | 627 Virginia Drive | Orlando, FL 32803| 1-866-410-9885   John Michael Weddings & Special Events is Orlando’s premier wedding caterer and special events caterer. What Makes John Michael Weddings & Events Different? John Michael Weddings & Special Events has been serving Central Florida’s wedding and event planning needs since … Continue reading →
  • Water’s Edge Resort and Spa – Westbrook, CT

    gaytravelinformation
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:16 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 →
  • Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

    gaytravelinformation
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:44 pm
    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT IS NOW OPEN Brand-New On-Site Hotel Features Family Suites, 10-Lane Bowling Alley, Retro Arcade, a Zero-Entry Pool with a Waterslide and Interactive Water Play Area for Kids – and More ORLANDO, Fla. (March 31, 2014) – Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort officially welcomes its first guests today. This brand-new value … Continue reading →
 
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  • Fodor's Week in Travel: Take It Outside

    news@fodors.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What better way to celebrate National Parks Week and Earth Day than stepping into the great outdoors? Whether you want to absorb magnificent canyon views or explore a desert on horseback, our weekly roundup has a ton of fresh-air fun, so you can appreciate the awe-inspiring and breathtaking beauty of this planet. 10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015 Want to observe National Parks Week by exploring one of the U.S.'s 58 scenic beauties? That's a no-brainer. Here are our Top 10. Long Weekend in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico Make it a priority to…
  • Food Lover's Guide to San Juan

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    23 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    With its Spanish, African, Taíno (Native American), and French influences, the food of Puerto Rico, or cocina criolla, has always been an adventure for the taste buds, one that utilizes the island’s natural gastronomic bounty. In the past few years, however, forward-thinking chefs have redefined the boundaries of their culinary traditions, merging new techniques with local flavors to ensuring that the traditional food of their land becomes neither lost nor stagnant. Below are just a few of the personalities and must-visit restaurants pushing the…
  • Europe's 10 Most Gorgeous Places to Shop

    news@fodors.com
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Fashion Week may be over in Paris and Milan, but there are still plenty of opportunities to find style inspiration in both cities and beyond. Inside Europe’s historic department stores and gallerias, amazing architecture blends with today’s hottest fashions. The French use the expression lèche vitrine (literally, "window-licking") to refer to window-shopping, and a visit to these stunning spaces will make you understand why. Here are Europe's most magnificent places to shop. By Laura Itzkowitz
  • 10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015

    news@fodors.com
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    There's never a bad time to visit America’s amazing national parks, but with 58 of them in total, not to mention more than 100 national monuments, the decision of which one to visit can feel overwhelming. To make it easier, we've handpicked 10 bucket-list national parks—with new facilities, improved trails, and anniversary celebrations—that are must-visits in 2015. Start planning your next outdoor adventure today! By Jayme Moye
  • Long Weekend in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico

    news@fodors.com
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Think of Chiapas as the Oregon of Mexico: It's green and gorgeous and one of the best destinations in the republic for nature lovers. The state's cultural capital, San Cristóbal de las Casas, is a town of cobblestone streets and red-tile roofs set at 7,200 feet above sea level, amid pine-filled forests. The city is a destination unto itself for great shopping, lively nightlife, appealing restaurants, and a fascinating glimpse of local indigenous life—and it also makes a great base for exploring Chiapas' stunning nature. Check out our long weekend…
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Travel with Kids: Everything You Need to Know

    Anne McDermott
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    If you’ll travel with the kids this summer (or during a holiday, or anytime) we think you’ll find this information helpful. It’s been vetted by old pros at the parenting game like FareCompare’s resident travel expert and dad, Rick Seaney. LISTEN: How does Rick cope with screaming babies? Kids Traveling Alone If your child will travel solo – what airlines call an unaccompanied minor – please see this information for planning the trip, and these practical tips for young travelers. Kids Traveling with Family If you have any special tips to add to ours, do not…
  • Why the Good Old Days of Air Travel were So Bad

    Rick Seaney
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Do you look back with nostalgia on the good old days of flying? I’ve got news for you: It wasn’t that good. Why the Good Old Days were Good Sure, people wore suits and dresses, hats and gloves – in contrast to the young man who allegedly argued he should be allowed to board a Southwest flight in a T-shirt which prominently displayed the F-word (he lost). Sure, fees were unheard of – in contrast to today when some airlines charge for everything from carry-on bags to a drink of water. Sure, flight attendants were girdled and youthful – compared to the men and women…
  • Hawaii: Best Time to Fly and Buy for Cheapest Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hawaii is an endless array of natural wonders, sophisticated nightlife, vibrant culture, international dining and all those beautiful beaches. Add the warmth of a tropical sun and you really do have something close to paradise. The Aloha State can also be on the expensive side, but not out of reach. This Hawaii guide will help you find the cheapest possible airline tickets. LISTEN: Hear about Rick’s latest visit to the 50th state. Where is Hawaii The Hawaiian islands are in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii’s eight main islands include Oahu, home of the state capital, Honolulu,…
  • You Can Afford a Summer Flight

    Rick Seaney
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    You may have read some of the depressing media stories about new fees but, cheer up. We show you how to turn it around and actually save money. LISTEN: Rick loves saving money. Affordable Summer Flights Four ways to cut costs on your summer vacation travels. 1. Don’t pay the new fees Bag fees: Frontier Airlines is raising the price of some of its baggage fees in May. What’s many may not know is Frontier, Allegiant and Spirit charge for all bags, checked-luggage and carry-ons. How to save: Frontier, Allegiant and Spirit allow a free carry-on – but only if it fits under the…
  • How to Find Really Cheap Flights to Europe

    Rick Seaney
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    If you’re looking for an excuse to go to Europe (like anyone needs one), here are two: The dollar is strong. The fares can be really cheap. 4 Steps to Find Cheap Flights to Europe Finding cheap fares is a matter of knowing where to look. Compare fares This is true for flights to Europe, for flights within the U.S. or most other countries, or flights around the world. No single airline always has the cheapest fare so if you don’t compare airfare prices, you may pay more than you have to. Look at newer airlines Norwegian Air Shuttle: Earlier this year, this Norwegian airline offered…
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    The World on Wheels

  • The Flora and Fauna of Borrego Springs

    Darryl Musick
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Still haven't seen the namesake animal of the area, the Borrego (big horn sheep), but we did see plenty of great flowers and birds during our recent trip to Anza-Borrego State Park.We couldn't fit everything in our trip reports (part one; part two) but we wanted to revisit some of the great floral and avian life that we found there.Starting with those purple flowers at the top of the post.Prickly pear cactus not only have spectacular flower but the fruit is delicious, too.The ocotillo cactus has bright orange flowers.This wren was tending to it's family in a nest perched in a palo verde tree…
  • Eco Friendy Travel Tips for Earth Day

    Darryl Musick
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    We love to travel and you probably do, too, or otherwise why would you be here?  It broadens the mind, breaks down prejudices and bigotry, and promotes learning about other cultures. Besides, it's a lot of fun.It does take a bit of mechanical energy and carbon releasing to get to our destinations, however, so it's a good idea to incorporate some environmentally friendly habits to help mitigate that along the way.Fly direct when possible - Take offs are the biggest fuel burners in airplanes. With today's airline schedules, it's harder to secure that nonstop flight but take one if you can.
  • Making the Desert Bloom: A Return to Borrego Springs, Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Morning in Borrego Springs finds us on a modest shopping excursion. While Letty browses the Frugal Coyote thrift shop, Tim and I wander around a small strip mall where we end up in the town's ice cream parlor and candy store.A couple of cinnamon rolls to go, we wander over to the liquor store to grab a six-pack and some snacks for later tonight in the hotel.Watch the Video!At the end of the town's modest downtown is Christmas Circle. Basically a large roundabout with the town's main park in the middle. Off to the side, the local Kiwanis Club is having a flea market.
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Side Car

    Darryl Musick
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This is one of the classic, old-time cocktails like the martini or a Tom Collins. Made in the classic style, it's also only 154 calories so you can enjoy it without too much guilt. With only three ingredients, it's also a breeze to make.Watch the Video!INGREDIENTS (for two drinks):3 oz. brandy or cognac2 oz. grand marnier or triple sec1 oz. lemon juice, fresh squeezed if availableCombine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice. Shake and strain into two cocktail glasses. Enjoy!-Darryl
  • Making the Desert Bloom: A Return to Borrego Springs, Part 1

    Darryl Musick
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    It maybe located between some of the most populated areas in the United States but the roads to get into it are so tough that this remains an oasis of old, undeveloped Southern California. Being that a great majority of it is also a protected state park might also have something to do with that.It's been six years but we're returning to Borrego Springs, the little village located in the heart of Anza-Borrego State Park in Southern California.Watch the Video! From our area, there's no easy way to get here. It's either going through the backroads of San Diego County or going through Palm…
 
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Life Without the Internet!

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

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

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

    Briza
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Looking back at all of our family pictures, I found our scrapbook on Hawaii. My favorite pictures came from Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. This is a very touristy place, due to its stunning natural features. You can literally see all the reef because the water is so clear! Once you are down there, you can see how there is snorkeling gear being sold there, in case you didn’t bring your own. Beforehand, you are asked to watch a video about wildlife safety, because these creatures are in their natural environment and they are only there for visitors to see not touch. Remembering back, I…
  • La Bufadora.

    Briza
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Every time we go to Mexico, we always visit Ensenada, Baja California. You’ve probably been there from a cruise that you’ve been on, or maybe from when you pass through when you go to the beaches in Baja California. One of our favorite spots is always visiting la Bufadora,or the Blowhole. The Pacific water is never warm, so when you get splashed, you’re freezing. Although, you do feel freshened up on those hot, humid summer days. We have gone a couple of times where the blowhole isn’t it’s usual self and there isn’t any water being sprayed. So if you do end…
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  • Weekend Packing List For a Quick Escape

    Shannon Whitney
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    So, you’re heading somewhere for the weekend this spring, maybe visiting friends or family, seeing a concert, cutting the rug at wedding or attending a graduation. Just Friday through Sunday and then back home again. Nothing too complicated, or open ended, about this trip. Here’s a basic weekend packing list based on the minimalist mentality that I’ve adopted for quick treks. It’s never worth it to check a bag for a weekend, you risk losing it for a day or two (which is practically your whole trip) and you’re only gone for two nights. My biggest secret, and…
  • What the Heck Does 44L Look Like? What Fits in a Carry On?

    Shawn Forno
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m as American as pizza, Cinco de Mayo, and Belgium-owned Budweiser, so it’s no surprise that I’ve struggled with packing my US standard world into a 44L metric backpack for one simple reason: I don’t know what 44L even means? When you travel carry on only, you want to squeeze every last ounce (milliliter?) out of the interior of your backpack, but like most Americans, I’m easily confused by precise, easy to multiply units – like the liter (pronounced “lee-tur”). Is 44L big enough to pack a bike? What about 20 skateboards? How many ping pong balls…
  • How I Travel: Charity, From The Rich Life

    Jessie Beck
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    In today’s installment of How I Travel, we talk to Charity, from The Rich Life. Originally from Hawaii, Charity is currently based in San Francisco. When not traveling the world — which she has been lucky enough to do a lot of — she can be found blogging about packing and living a rich life with less. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Charity Yoro. I am a writer, traveler, avid entrepreneur, foodie, and self-proclaimed “practitioner of packing light.” By day, I help to build an awesome community at a coworking space in downtown San Francisco. By night,…
  • Best Travel Clothes Faceoff: Jeans or No Jeans?

    Laura Lopuch
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Why do you travel with your normal clothing?” My friend said, glancing at me over the rim of her beer. “Whenever I travel, I use clothes that are perfect for traveling. You know, so if you get stuck in the rain – like you do all the time – you don’t end up a wet grumpy mess in cold jeans.” I swatted her hand away. “I like my clothes. Why would I get new ones just for a trip? What’s wrong with my clothes?” “Nothing. Except they’re not good for traveling in. Especially your jeans.” “Says who? My jeans are perfect. They’re comfortable, take a beating, hide…
  • How to Travel Carry On with Oversized Bags: Surfboards, Guitars, & Skis

    Shawn Forno
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m awakened by a vicious bump that slams my head against the window. I’m traveling south on the night bus along the Ecuadorian coast on the hunt for the epic mile-long waves of South America. Groggy and dazed, I glance at my phone. It’s 3:30 am, and I can’t help feeling that something’s not right. Then it hits me. I slept through my stop. I manage to stop the bus. The driver apologizes, but assures me it’s a short walk back to town. I nod my relief and thanks and prepare for a quick hike. Unfortunately, during this leg of the trip I also had a surfboard bag and a guitar. Lucky…
 
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Rock Art in Mutawintji National Park (Mutawintji National Park)

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:36 am
    Rock Art in Mutawintji National Park - Mutawintji National Park visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Rock Art in Mutawintji National Park' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of the rockart site on Homestead Creek in Mutawintji National Park, New South Wales, Australia. The region had been continuously used by Aboriginals and red coloured rugged rocks are home to rock art by local Aboriginal communities.
  • Eureka Skydeck (Melbourne)

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Eureka Skydeck - Melbourne visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Eureka Skydeck' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panoramic views over Flinders Station, Federation Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Yarra River, Alexandra Gardens, Arts Centre, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda and Albert Park from the outdoor viewing area of Eureka Skydeck 88 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Eureka Skydeck 88 is a viewing area almost 300 metres above ground in the Eureka Tower,…
  • Flinders Ranges from Razorback Lookout (Flinders Ranges)

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Flinders Ranges from Razorback Lookout - Flinders Ranges visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Flinders Ranges from Razorback Lookout' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of the winding Bunyeroo Road from Razorback Lookout in the Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia. This scenic lookout offers stunning views of the Flinders Ranges and the sawtooth ridges along Bunyeroo Road.
  • London Bridge on Great Ocean Road (Great Ocean Road)

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    London Bridge on Great Ocean Road - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'London Bridge on Great Ocean Road' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of London Bridge now also known as London Arch in the Port Campbell National Park on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Erosion of the coastline formed a double-span natural limestone bridge west of Port Campbell which was known as London Bridge until January 1990 when the section closer to…
  • Bay of Islands (Great Ocean Road)

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Bay of Islands - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Bay of Islands' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:This panorama shows the view over the Bay of Islands on the Great Ocean Road from one of the viewing platforms. It is not possible to descend the cliffs to the shore here. The Bay of Islands is very dramatic and rugged. The Google satellite's image resolution was not good enough here to place the location precisely.
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    Disney Guide | Unofficial Disney World Guide | Disney World Unofficial Guide

  • This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Ashley Brown’s ‘Practically Perfect’ Parks Visit

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    This week, actress Ashley Brown, who originated the part of Mary Poppins on Broadway visited Walt Disney World Resort. During her visit, she also took time out to answer some of your questions submitted here on the blog – and of course, visited the parks to take photos with some Poppins pals. She also took the time to surprise a group of young performers from Franklin School for the Performing Arts students during their Disney Performing Arts Program Experience. Ashley answered their questions about being a professional performer and also shared a special performance of the song “Feed…
  • Another Disney Cruise Line Chef Receives Top Culinary Honor

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    Disney parks, resorts and cruise ships have continually been recognized by both consumers and industry experts for the exceptional, innovative and fun dining experiences. Today, we congratulate Disney Cruise Line Chef Patrick Albert, executive chef of Remy restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, recently named a Master Chef of France after being inducted into the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, a prestigious culinary society and one of the highest honors in the country. Master Chef of France is a coveted title, dedicated “to preserving and perpetuating the tradition of great…
  • The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    We recently shared that some exciting new magic is coming next month to Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park. In anticipation, I’d like to go a different direction with this installment of “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” and tell you the story behind the inspiration for this classic attraction. The Matterhorn Bobsleds were inspired by the 1959 live action Disney feature film, “Third Man on the Mountain,” which tells the story of a young man who strives to scale the Matterhorn (called “the Citadel” in the film). During filming in Zermatt, Switzerland, Walt Disney…
  • #DisneyKids: Meeting Characters at Disney Parks

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    One of the most fun things to do with little ones at Walt Disney World Resort is take them to meet the characters that they enjoy from beloved stories and films. It is one of those magical moments that you never forget as a parent, and it creates a memory that kids can relive at home by looking at photos and autograph books from your trip. From Disney Junior characters and Pixar friends, to fairytale princesses and the Fab 5, there is no shortage of opportunities for kids to interact with their favorites. Parent tips: Utilize FastPass+ to bypass lines at select locations, and have Disney…
  • ‘World of Color’ Dining Packages Available for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Kickoff Event

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” during the 24-Hour Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kickoff event, May 22-23! Additional “World of Color” dining packages have been added for the event at select restaurants at Disney California Adventure park. Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria will feature special 2-course, prix fixe breakfast menus from 12 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. on May 23, with reserved viewing for a special 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.” “World of Color” lunch and dinner packages with reserved…
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  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account

    Eric Binnion
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Because we want to make WordPress.com accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. WordPress.com has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your WordPress.com account with both a password and a time-sensitive code you get from your mobile device. To enable two-step authentication, tap your profile picture to jump into the “Me” section and hit the Security…
  • New Themes: Ecto and Coherent

    David A. Kennedy
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today, we’d like you to meet the two newest themes added to the WordPress.com collection: Ecto and Coherent. Ecto With a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images that draw readers straight to your content, Ecto is perfect for blogs of all kinds. Inspired by the Casper theme, Ecto lets you add a personal touch to posts and pages with large featured images in the header area. Ecto also includes these features: Social Links Menu Featured Images Site Logo Post Formats Custom Menus Widgets Custom Background and Custom Header Read more about Ecto on the Theme…
  • Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

    Krista
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking: How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly? What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly? 1. See if your site is mobile-friendly Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., http://dailypost.wordpress.com or http://automattic.com). Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not. Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.
  • Social Media Icons Widget

    Chris
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
 
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  • Riconoscimento genocidio armeno: Lettera aperta al Presidente Barack Obama

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Gentile Presidente Obama,Domenica 12 aprile io, assieme ad altri armeni arrivati da tutto il mondo, ero seduta nella cattedrale di San Pietro nella Città del Vaticano e ho ascoltato Papa Francesco definire il massacro degli armeni del 1915 come il primo genocidio del 20° secolo. Parole subito sentite in tutto il mondo, parole che hanno acceso una discussione, parole che hanno spinto l'umanità più vicino alla comprensione e al riconoscimento della verità. Ho partecipato alla Santa Messa perché sono un’armena-americana di seconda generazione e, essendo stata cresciuta conoscendo la…
  • Armenian Genocide Recognition: an open letter to President Barack Obama

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    "We must recognize the full human equality of all our people--before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this, not because it is economically advantageous--although it is; not because the laws of God and man command it--although they do command it; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do." Robert Kennedy-University of Cape Town, June 6, 1966Dear President Obama.Last Sunday I, along with thousands of other Armenians from across the globe, sat in St. Peter’s Cathedral in…
  • Gondolas4All: Gondola rides in Venice accessible to all

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Helping others bypass architectural barriers in VeniceThose who have visited Venice, or other historical centers throughout Italy, know how difficult it can be to get around town. Lugging suitcases and pulling strollers over bridges or perhaps touring about in a wheelchair can be trying, if not impossible.  Yet, to have access to and freely move about is a right for all, and for persons with disabilities it’s a right sanctioned by the United Nations Organization.Still, when a person with disabilities dreams about riding in a gondola the realization of that desire is difficult and at…
  • Mask hunting in Venice: the profane to benefit the sacred

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    A beautiful mask from Ca' Del Sol-VeniceYesterday, I went to Venice specifically in search of the perfect Carnevale mask. On my route through town, I stopped by every authentic Venetian mask shop along my path. Still, none of the masks I saw or tried on met what I was looking for. Then, in the late afternoon, when my walk took me to Ca’ Del Sol—the shop I had most wanted to visit—I was greeted by a Torno Subito-Be Right Back sign hanging from a hook on the shop’s door. Peeking through the storefront window and passed a wall of Commedia dell’arte masks, I saw two electricians doing…
  • Festa della Madonna della Salute: a votive bridge, a cathedral, candles, prayer and delicious mutton soup

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    A view of the Chiesa della Madonna della Salute from the votive bridgeYesterday, November 21st, I joined thousands of others who participated in the annual Festa della Madonna della Salute and paid tribute to this most Venetian tradition. A commemoration dating back to 1630 when the Venetians prayed for an end to the Bubonic plague and Nicolò Contarini, Doge of the Republic of Venice, promised that if their prayers were answered he would have a worthy cathedral built. Apparently, mere weeks later their prayers were answered when the spread of the epidemic slowed down, and then ceased a year…
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  • Spain (Day 3): Toledo

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

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

    Eunice Khong
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Recently we were invited back to our favourite staycation hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore, for fun and food over the weekend. What we like most about the location is that it’s connected to Marina Square Shopping Mall, Suntec City and Millennia Walk where you can find plenty of shopping and restaurants. Pan Pacific Singapore is conveniently […]
  • Dinner with the Entertainer at Club Meatballs

    Eunice Khong
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong With thanks to the Entertainer for their dinner invitation to the Club Meatballs, it was a meat-licious night where diners can have a choice to mix-and-match between 5 types of meatballs, 5 types of sides and 5 types of sauces – a ballsy menu indeed. Located at China Square […]
  • Huang Ah Ma, The Oriental Spa Chamber

    Eunice Khong
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    Huang Ah Ma, The Oriental Spa Chamber is owned by homegrown wellness chain Mary Chia, providing face and body spa therapies for both men and women. Just a stone’s throw away from Chinatown MRT (Pagoda St exit), Huang Ah Ma is conveniently located at Porcelain Hotel, nicely tucked away from the hustle bustle of Chinatown. […]
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  • Cuenca Ecuador Travel: The Heart of Ecuador

    Tye Rogerson
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Cuenca Ecuador Travel Some travel destinations only have one or two things going for them – Somehow Cuenca, Ecuador has it all. You will find Cuenca nestled in the south of Ecuador, a thousand feet lower in elevation than Quito, and boasting pleasant temperatures year-round. Whether you travel to enjoy history, culture, nature, or train rides, in […] The post Cuenca Ecuador Travel: The Heart of Ecuador appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Tiradentes Day: Brazil National Holiday

    Laurie Liaume
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    What is Tiradentes Day? Tiradentes Day is a Brazilian national holiday celebrated on the 21st of April to commemorate the martyrdom of Joaquim Jose Da Silva Xavier.  Joaquium Jose de Silva Xavier is a Brazilian hero that played an integral role in the Brazilian revolutionary movement. History of Tiradentes Day During the 18th century the gold mining […] The post Tiradentes Day: Brazil National Holiday appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • 7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina

    Michelle Beetham
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:43 pm
    The 7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina Coming up with only “7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina” is not a simple task because Argentina is an incredible country that has something for every traveler.  From the busy city of Buenos Aires to the jagged mountains of Patagonia, Argentina has it all.  Argentina offers both luxury travel and adventure. Below are […] The post 7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Fly to Antarctica & Skip the Drake Passage

    Rebecca Deering
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
      Fly to Antarctica and Skip the Drake Passage If you’re planning a trip to Antarctica, you are probably wondering what is the best way to travel there?  Nowadays you have two options.  One is to travel by boat through the infamous Drake passage and the other is to fly directly to the Antarctica Peninsula. If you […] The post Fly to Antarctica & Skip the Drake Passage appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • St. Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires is a Hidden Pot of Gold

    Joseph Olson
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Buenos Aires, Argentina is recognized as an important South American city for many reasons. This is the home of beautiful dancing such as the Tango. This is the place where world-class wine and beef are served to perfection daily. There may be nowhere on earth where the people are more passionate about the game of soccer, and […] The post St. Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires is a Hidden Pot of Gold appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
 
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  • 10 Things You Must Experience in Barcelona

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    Phoenicians and Carthaginians set up the city of Barcelona. It stands second largest city of Spain. The scenery is outstanding. Autumn season is the best time to visit this city.There are many things to do. You can spend your time in various events, sight-seeing and shopping. Few of them are as follows.1.Visiting the Royal Basilica of Montserrat: it is one of the most important pilgrimage sites with Romanesque carving of Virgin Moreneta known as “THE BLACK VIRGIN”. The Virgin of Montserrat statue is placed in the Monastery’s Royal Basilica. Marvels were done by The Virgin and this place…
  • Brac Island– Nature’s Beauty

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:35 am
    Croatia coastline has many islands, but some of the best islands are Hvar Island, Korcula Island, Mljet Island, Brac Island, Cres and Losinj Islands, Rab Island. I would like to emphasis more on Brac Island. It is one of the highest mountain peaks among the Adriatic Island. It is the largest island of the Central Dalmatian. In this island the houses are built mostly with limestone and dolomite. They are known for the beautiful carved stonework especially for temples, palaces and buildings. The WHITE HOUSE and the Diocletian's Palace are built with this stones. Most of the stone quarry is…
  • Manali, the Tourist Destination

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:37 pm
    THE BEST TRAVEL DESTINATION MANALI is a hill station situated in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at the northern end of KULLU VALLEY.It is surrounded by towering peaks at anarm’s length. It has a population of 8,096. It has become a tourist attraction in recent years.It is a flourishing orchid industry,honeymoon destination and also numerous treks and a great country side for adventure sport lovers. CLIMATEThe climate in Manali is cold during winter and moderately cold in the summer,It is a snow bound region therefore it is said to be the best travel holiday…
  • Bundi a Travel Destination in Rajasthan

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Bundi is a city in the Rajasthan state located in the Hatodi region in the northwest of India. It is a small town.Aravalli Mountain surrounds this city. These hills surround the city from three sides at a narrow gorge and big walls are in line with the city.This district is located in the south-east of Rajasthan.Tonk districts,Bhilwara, and chittorgarh district surrounds the city. Useful trees of Babul, Khair and Khokra are grown on the hills.Limestone and Sandstone are the minerals found here. However other minerals are also found here.Weather in summer is very hot and winters are very…
  • Bagan Myanmar

    8 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Ancient City of Bagan with Temples/Pagodas/MonasteriesBagan is an area within the Central region of Myanmar covering an area of 16 square miles along the east bank of Ayeyarwaddy. The ancient city of Bagan located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy River is in the Mandalay Region of Burma.The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan and the political, economic as well as the cultural centre of the Pagan Empire from the 9th to 13th centuries and between the 11th and 13th centuries the wealthy Pagan rulers ordered thousands of temples to be constructed on its plains. It is presumed…
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  • Interview With An Expat In Abu Dhabi: Gina Nelson

    Chelle Roberts
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Gina Nelson, an artist and educational consultant, shares the story of her life as an expat in Abu Dhabi. Hope you're inspired by this traveler interview.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Jetsetter Roundup: Adventure Travel

    Chelle Roberts
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This month's Jetsetter Roundup is a compilation of adventure travel stories from travelistas around the globe. Enjoy the inspiring stories, photos & advice.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Agnes & The Beaded Dress: My Time in a Maasai Village

    Diane Haithman
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    On Diane Haithman's recent trip to Ongata-Rangai, a small Maasai village in Kenya, she had a chance to meet some of the talented women who create the traditional hand-beaded accessories she loves. Diane offers a glimpse into daily Maasai life and her excitement the day she received a beaded dress.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • I’m Black, So I’m Kind of a Big Deal in China

    Yahoo Travel (Brittany Jones Cooper)
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    We didn’t speak the same language, but the look in her eye told me everything I needed to know. She thought I was someone famous. I was black in China. So, obviously, I had to be Beyoncé. I boarded the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel train for a trip over to the land of odd-looking skyscrapers in Pudo... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Photo Journal: Exploring Dubai & Abu Dhabi

    Chelle Roberts
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    I recently spent a few days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Here are some of the trip photos capturing the people, culture, history, food & bold architecture of the UAE.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Skipping Santa Marta – Totumo Volcano & Taganga Beach, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Skipping Santa Marta – Totumo Volcano & Taganga Beach, Colombia Within an hour of leaving the Colonial city of Cartagena we were in the countryside and our truck was surrounded by small, frantic yellow butterflies and it felt like being inside a Gabriel García Márquez novel: eery, fragile, pre-destined. It got even more surreal as our full day of travel took us to the crater mud pit at Totumo…
  • Our Latest Work: Diving in the Galapagos, Colombia’s Best New Hotel of the Year (so far), One Fascinating Border & Beer

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Our Latest Work: Diving in the Galapagos, Colombia’s Best New Hotel of the Year (so far), One Fascinating Border & Beer Our latest work includes freelance travel stories about luxury diving in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, the best new hotel of the year (so far) in Colombia, why you’ll want to linger around the border between Colombia and Ecuador plus Latin food (and beer!) coverage galore.
  • Photo Essay: The Knockers of Cartagena, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: The Knockers of Cartagena, Colombia This post is part 5 of 5 in the series Cartagena Travel Guide The restored Colonial center of Cartagena, Colombia was not made a UNESCO World Heritage Site solely on the merits of its knockers, but they didn’t hurt. Here are a few of our favorite knockers of Cartagena: over-sized, whimsical and artistic.   Read more about travel in Colombia   The…
  • Cartagena Travel Guide: 13 Top Things To Do in Colombia’s Sexiest City – Cartagena, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Cartagena Travel Guide: 13 Top Things To Do in Colombia’s Sexiest City – Cartagena, Colombia This post is part 4 of 5 in the series Cartagena Travel Guide The the main thing to do in Cartagena is simply gawk at the city’s beauty. We’ve visited plenty of lovingly restored Colonial towns in Latin America, but Cartagena is even more beautiful than stunners like Antigua, Guatemala or the Casco…
  • Celebrity City – Cartagena, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Celebrity City – Cartagena, Colombia This post is part 3 of 5 in the series Cartagena Travel Guide When you travel to Cartagena, Colombia you get more than just fabulous hotels, amazing restaurants, gorgeous architecture and living history. There are also chances for celebrity sightings as more and more actors, musicians and film crews discover Cartagena. The Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas romantic…
 
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • Sea-U Guest House: Super Summer Offer - From US$ 119 per night

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Book your cozy ocean view Studio from low as 119 US$ (down from 149 US$) per night incl. breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Add. 10% discount for 4 nights and longer. Come and enjoy the tranquility of the east coast - be close to the nature. 
  • Sea-U Guest House: Summer Deal - From 119 US$ per night

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Book your cozy ocean view Studio from low as 119 US$ (down from 149 US$) per night incl. breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Add. 10% discount for 4 nights and longer. Come and enjoy the tranquility of the east coast - be close to the nature. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Book now for travel before December 15, 2016 at special rate of US$ 79.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Spring Sale

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Book now for travel before December 15, 2016 at special rate of US$ 79.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • Island Inn Hotel: Early Booking Offer 2015

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    BOOK & SAVE NOW! Book by April 30, 2015 and save 15% off your next tropical all-inclusive holiday at Island Inn, Barbados! Book NOW on our hotel website. This special requires full non-refundable payment and a 5-night minimum stay. 
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    The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™

  • Guest Post: Regaining Federalism in your life

    SDT Team
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Imagine a place where you could move freely across boarders, shopping for a government much like you would shop for a car. It’s not just about the costs or the color. You want choices and you want to pick the one that’s perfect for you. You may well be thinking, “Isn’t that the United States?” Once upon a time you would have been correct. However, as time has gone on, this buyer’s paradise has come under attack. Weather it’s Bush’s centralization of the public school system or Obama’s centralization of the health care system, the idea of a union of states called the United…
  • Let’s all support Protein World!

    Manuel Pfister
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    It’s official, fitness, health and beauty shaming is now a thing. How dare a company that sells fitness supplements use images of fit, healthy, attractive women to promote their products? That’s not fair to all the fat chicks and it makes them feel bad! I have news for all the whiny, bitchy fat chicks and feminists social justice warriors that are petitioning to get Protein World’s advertisements taken down: They don’t give a shit about your opinion and you are not in their target market. Fat out of shape chicks that think they are just fine the way they are…
  • American Girls for Sale

    Manuel Pfister
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    After an extremely mediocre team vacation in the US, on behalf of western men everywhere, Charlie and I have decided to auction off all American women on Ebay. We’re not sure if we can get anything for them but as bad as they already are they are clearly depreciating assets. Please be advised that these items are sold as is. You can expect to find many flaws. There is absolutely no warranty expressed or implied. Potential defects include, but are not limited to: Boorish, loud and classless behavior Obesity to varying degrees Lack of education and general knowledge Inability to speak…
  • Liberland, a single dude’s dream come true or just too good to be true?

    Manuel Pfister
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For those that haven’t yet heard the news, some Czech dude named Vít Jedlička has made the incredibly ballsy move of declaring his own new country, the Free Republic of Liberland (“Liberland”), in a disputed territory between Serbia and Croatia. You can read all about it at Liberland.org but it sounds like a libertarian single dude’s dream come true. Optional taxes, no military, a constitution based on libertarian principals and a location in the heart of Eastern Europe. What’s not to like? They even have a hot chick on the home page! This is definitely going to be one…
  • The Single Dude’s Guide to Uruguay

    Manuel Pfister
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:21 am
    While I felt that my experience in Buenos Aires was nearly opposite of Charlie’s, my experience in Uruguay was, for the most part, exactly how Charlie described it.  I also visited more of the country than he did so I can give a more general overview. Let’s start with the prices, he’s pretty much spot on there. No arguments from me. It’s not cheap, and it’s not expensive, with a couple notable exceptions; good steaks ($10-$20) and good wines ($10-$20 per bottle) and taxis ($4-5 for a decent ride) are pretty cheap. I have to disagree with Charlie on the food, I…
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  • Jazz Fest Bucket List  

    Sara Watson
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    It’s finally here, folks. Jazz Fest 2015 brings with it new opportunities – first-time performers include Elton John, Ed Sheeran, and Hozier – in addition to lasting favorites like food and flagpoles. Everybody has his or her own personal fest ritual, sure, but we’re sharing our own Jazz Fest Bucket List. Who’s up for the challenge? The Bucket List in… Read the rest -» The post Jazz Fest Bucket List   appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • Beer and Blue Skies: Courtyard Brewery

    Nora McGunnigle
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    “Jules knows everyone in City Hall,” says Courtyard Brewery co-founder and brewer Scott Wood. Wood and his wife, Courtyard co-founder Lindsay Hellwig, took their toddler-aged son, Jules, to almost every meeting they had with various New Orleans city employees and commissions while navigating the tricky process of opening the first dedicated tap room (not attached to a production brewery or … Read the rest -» The post Beer and Blue Skies: Courtyard Brewery appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • Tee Time All the Time: Golf in New Orleans

    Liz Beeson
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’re in luck. Besides having beautiful weather for the majority of the year, New Orleans packs in several fantastic courses to enjoy a round or two. In celebration of the Zurich Classic, hosted at the TPC Louisiana (Tournament Players Club) in Avondale, we take a look at the fairways in and around New Orleans. Fore!… Read the rest -» The post Tee Time All the Time: Golf in New Orleans appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • New Orleans Calling: Springtime Reunion

    George Ingmire
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Welcome to New Orleans Calling, WWOZ’s nationally syndicated program. New Orleans Calling airs on WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans every Saturday morning from 7 a.m.- 8 a.m., and you can also listen online to recent episodes at wwoz.org. Listen to this week’s episode of New Orleans Calling. Jazz Fest, a Springtime Reunion In a world filled with music … Read the rest -» The post New Orleans Calling: Springtime Reunion appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

    Sara Watson
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    A little thing called Jazz Fest starts… but that’s not the only thing happening in New Orleans this weekend. Showcasing PGA pros on tour, the weeklong Zurich Classic culminates on Sunday. Also “on deck” is NOLA Navy Week, where spectators can experience hulking ships like the USS Cole. The Pelicans battle it out against the Golden State Warriors in game … Read the rest -» The post GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
 
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • World at a Glance: The Mesdag Panorama – walking into the painting

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    The Hague tends to fall in the shadow of crazy neighbour Amsterdam. Amsterdam may be the official capital of the Netherlands, but the Hague is home of the government and parliament and most of the international embassies. It’s also where more than 150 international organisations are located, most notably the International Criminal Court, where some of the world’s despots have been indicted for crimes against humanity. But what about s’Gravenhage (the city’s somewhat unpronouncable local name) as a tourist destination? When I was last in the Hague, I slept in a…
  • Silent Retro Sunday: Ciudad Este, Paraguay, 1997

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    The border town Ciudad Este in Paraguay, 1997 Silent Retro Sunday: Ciudad Este, Paraguay, 1997 is a post from Sophie's World
  • UNESCO in Finland: Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    After visiting the Old Church at Petäjävesi in central Finland, I head south-east towards the Kymi River Valley. It’s about a 2.5-hour drive. More of the long, lonely stretches of road I always seem to experience in Finland. I have to resist the temptation to drive on the wrong side of the road and instead play a little game: there won’t be another car for the next kilometre, then the next and the next. Rarely am I wrong. Also, I’m beginning to like the slightly surreal solitude. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill My next world heritage site is a bit less lonely than the…
  • UNESCO in Finland: The old church at Petäjävesi

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    Finland has seven sites on the World Heritage list. I’ve popped across the border for a couple of days to have a look at two of them: Petäjävesi Old Church and Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Public transport in Finland is good, but unless you have plenty of time – which I don’t – driving is the best way to reach the more remote areas. Also, I quite enjoy road trips and the flexibility of driving. Just after Easter everyone switches tyres up here in the Nordics. The rental company is just about to hand me the keys to a brand new Golf – with brand new summer…
  • Silent Sunday: The tantalisingly turquoise Trasimeno

    Alexandra Redisch
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    The tantalisingly turquoise Lake Trasimeno, Umbria in Central Italy Silent Sunday: The tantalisingly turquoise Trasimeno is a post from Sophie's World
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    ahenson
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    When Facebook rolled out their Call-to-Action button, business owners everywhere scrambled to figure out how best to to use this new marketing option.  If you aren’t using Facebook’s Call-to-Action button to encourage page fans to subscribe to your site’s mailing list, you’re missing out on an opportunity to exponentially grow your list — and protect yourself in case a future Facebook algorithm or policy change reduces the visibility of your page even further. Since Facebook page fans are people who have sought you out, they are likely to be your target audience and…
  • Monetize Your Mailings: Introducing the Marquee Ad Unit

    Phil Hollows
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    FeedBlitz is enabling a new, higher earning ad-unit, called a “Marquee” for publishers opted in to our ad network. The marquee unit in testing has significantly boosted earnings, in some cases nearly doubled them. As such, we’re really excited about this new ad format, and have enabled marquees for all publishers currently earning with our email ad network. Marquees go live for everyone using our ad network tomorrow, March 31st, 2015. Marquees don’t always show, but when they do, they appear exactly once per mailing, just under your logo and above the post content. If…
  • Faster Ad Revenue Reporting

    Phil Hollows
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Publishers making the most of their content by monetizing with FeedBlitz’s unique RSS and email ad service can find out how they’re doing more quickly. Ad earnings are now being calculated hourly, with about an hour’s delay, instead of overnight. In other words, checking your ad earnings at 2pm will give you an idea of your earnings through about 1pm today, and the numbers are updated hourly. Ad earnings are reported at My Account | Ad Revenue Share | Opt-In Ad Reports in the left sidebar navigation. If you’re not using our ads and would like to try them out, you can…
  • We’ve Added @Animoto to our Video in Email Support

    Phil Hollows
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    FeedBlitz today enabled support for @Animoto video embedding in emails we send for our publishers; an example using yesterday’s SmartForms announcement video is included here. What this means is that if you embed an Animoto video in a post, FeedBlitz will automatically convert that to a video thumbnail and mail that out instead (videos typically don’t work well in emails, here’s why). You don’t have to do anything special to include the thumbnail — it just works. Like our other supported video platforms (including YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia and more) the thumbnail…
  • SmartForms: The Email Subscription Form Wises Up

    Phil Hollows
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Today I’m delighted to announce the introduction of FeedBlitz “SmartForms” – responsive, adaptive, flexible subscription forms available now, for free, with every active FeedBlitz publisher account. To view the video online, go to https://animoto.com/play/Pvhh0ATjCknt0EUyD700yw What’s Wrong with Email Subscription Forms Today There are several problems with almost every subscription form out there right now, no matter what product, plugin, widget or service you’re using. Very often they’re not responsive — in other words, ill suited for mobile…
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  • Games that will make you want to travel

    Jessica Padykula
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Whether played as a family or among friends, board games are a fun way to bring people together. Depending on which ones you’re playing, board games can also inspire a little wanderlust. There are also other benefits to travel-inspired games: they’re educational. They can teach us about other cultures, other customs, other cities and counties, and help improve geography skills. If you love to travel and you’re looking for a few new games for your collection, here are a few that are not only fun to play, they might make you want to book a trip. Passport to culture Passport to Culture…
  • Coolest cable car rides around the world

    Jessica Padykula
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    Cable car rides offer a fun way to travel between two points and give riders a unique perspective on a destination or attraction, be it a journey up a mountain or over a rainforest. They also almost always mean you’ll be getting beautiful views that you wouldn’t be able to get any other way. With that in mind we’re sharing some of the most amazing cable car rides around the world. Whirlpool Aero Car, Niagara Falls, Canada Whirlpool Aero Car (Image: Robert Linsdell) Get a totally new perspective on the mighty Niagara Falls with a ride on the Whirlpool Aero Car. The aerial antique…
  • Top 10 space tourist hot spots

    Lauren Mack
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    The allure of space travel and exploring the cosmos has enchanted tourists for decades. The Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1, an artificial satellite, in 1957 is credited with starting the “space race;” and the world’s interest in space exploration skyrocketed. As interest in outer space has grown, so has the popularity of air and space museums, planetariums and observatories.  And now space tourists even have opportunities beyond stargazing and Unidentified Flying Object hunting. Space enthusiasts can experience weightlessness, stand nose to nose with a space shuttle and…
  • Beachin’ on a budget: 10 cheap beach vacays in the USA

    Lauren Mack
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    With temperatures rising and summer around the corner, it’s time to hit the beach. Instead of competing with the crowds at pricey beaches, look further along the coast to budget-friendly beaches. Cheap beach vacays offer not only beautiful beaches on a budget, but travelers also avoid jam-packed boardwalks, jockeying for a place to pitch beach umbrellas, and sunbathing elbow-to-elbow with other beach-goers. Fortunately, the U.S.’s coastlines are populated with hundreds of cheap beach vacation spots affording travelers multiple chances to go beachin’ on a budget. Here are our favorite…
  • Insta-jealousy: What you’ll find when you search #travel on Instagram

    Lauren Mack
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Since Instagram launched on Oct. 6, 2010, it appears world travelers have been enamored with the free photo sharing app. With an average of 70 million photos posted daily and more than 30 billion photos posted since its beginning, Instagram is an endless source of travel jealousy and inspiration. We searched #travel on Instagram and were impressed by the more than 39 million photos posted, liked and commented on under the #travel hashtag. Here are some of our favorites. If you’d like a daily dose of travel inspiration follow us on Instagram @Cheapflights California vibes #cali #travel…
 
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  • 10 of the Most Annoying People You See at the Airport

    Raymond Walsh
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    In a more perfect world, airline travel would be free from stress, all passengers and airport workers would be polite and courteous, and delays would be non-existent. We’d also all be holding hands and singing Kumbaya while waiting for our flights. Since none of those things is going to happen anytime soon, let’s work on some things we can change — notably, the habits of annoying people at the airport. We all have our pet peeves when it comes to other people’s behaviour. I’ve written before about the annoying games airline passengers play and the annoying habits of…
  • That Time I Got an Ultrasound of My Balls in Oman

    Raymond Walsh
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    Testicular Ultrasound, Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman In some circles, I’m certain the prospect of a smartly-dressed Indian chap rubbing lotion on your balls would be met with utter delight. Okay maybe not. I’m struggling to think of any upswing to my current predicament — lying here in an Omani hospital bed with a testicle ultrasound impending. The pain in my nuts however is thinking otherwise, and when reality becomes too much to bear, my brain is the one overwhelmed by wanderlust. It reminds me of that famous Tolkien quote: “Not all minds that wander are lost.” See I did…
  • 7 Inspiring (but Completely Fake) Famous Travel Quotes — plus 2 that were almost never famous at all

    Raymond Walsh
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    We take for granted that a lot of what we read on the internet is the gospel truth. But sometimes, it just ain’t so. In 1902, the German psychologist William Stern conducted a series of experiments involving storytelling. He enlisted a group of subjects and asked them to share a story, whispering it down the line from one person to the next. What he found was that oftentimes the text of the original tale was altered or shortened, sometimes so much so that the final telling bore little resemblance to the original. It’s the basis for the kid’s game Chinese Whispers (or…
  • Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Media Shares

    Raymond Walsh
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    Welcome to the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 as shared on Social Media! I wanted to curate a list of travel blog posts that did well last year, and thought since so many PR companies and tourism boards are placing more and more emphasis on social media, I figured that would be a good place to start. I canvassed as many travel bloggers as I could reach via email, Facebook, and Twitter — I even wrote a post soliciting submissions. The result was pretty overwhelming, and I received almost 500 submissions. From “listicles” to long reads, and from food to photography, the…
  • Calling All Travel Bloggers! Submissions Wanted for Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

    Raymond Walsh
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares If you’re not a blogger, you’ll probably want to skip over this. So here are some pretty pictures of cats instead. If you are a travel blogger, read on… I’m in the process of compiling a list of The Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares, and I’d love for you to participate. If you’ve had a travel blog post that’s done exceptionally well on social media in 2014, I hope you’d like to submit it for consideration for the list. Your article must have been published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 to be…
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  • Hot Springs at Rincón de la Vieja National Park

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Hot Springs at Rincón de la Vieja National ParkI’m one of those people who is always cold, so when I’m in New York I can come up with practically any excuse to visit the russian baths.  In Costa Rica, after tubing down the RíoNegro nothing feels better then relaxing in the thermal (aka hot springs) by Rincón de la Vieja National Park.  Located 4k away from the check in desk you can drive or horseback ride there.  Walk through the tropical…View On WordPress
  • Raphaels Terrezasa in Manuel Antonio

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Raphaels Terrezasa in Manuel Antonio Raphael’s Terrazas, located in Manuel Antonio has a relaxed atmosphere and the perfect outdoor terrace o enjoy sunset.  Their are lots of fish options and combinations. The grilled mahimahi with shrimp was excellent served with a small potato, vegetable slaw and a plantain.  My husband had the salmon with rice.  Overall the food was good but didn’t compared to the other places we had been in…View On WordPress
  • Zip-line in Manuel Antonio

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Zip-line in Manuel AntonioIf you have been following along you know I’m a bit of a zip-line junky, so when I found out that there was another completely different zip-line experience in Manuel Antonio I had to try it out! You can get picked up at 7am or at 1030am and head out into the forrest.  The course beautiful with a total 15 lines some which were connected by suspended bridges you had to cross.  I got to go…View On WordPress
  • Italian cuisine in Manuel Antonio

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Italian cuisine in Manuel AntonioIn the mood for some Italian food while in Manuel Antonio? Head over to Gondola Restaurant.  The atmosphere is very laid back and simple but the food bursts with flavor.  Start with the caesar salad that comes with homemade croutons. I had the mahimahi with pesto mashed potatoes and broccoli in a lemon sauce which was incredible, one of the best fish dishes I had on the trip! The bolognese pasta…View On WordPress
  • Where to eat in Guanacaste: Ostra

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Where to eat in Guanacaste: Ostra
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  • Bikes, Balls & Bank Holidays in Manchester

    Kirstie Pelling
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Do you like Sport? Fancy an active spring bank holiday break that will deplete your energy levels rather than your wallet? Then consider Manchester. You can bike in the grooves of the British Olympic Cycling Team. You can sit on a dressing room bench that football stars have warmed for you. And you can lounge by the pool without fear of sunburn. Ready? Steady? Go… A world class Velodrome There’s nothing that makes you appreciate bikes more than the British team flying past your ears on BMX’s, on one of the only two indoor training tracks in the world. Trust me; it’s like riding a…
  • Hotel Football Review – A Class Act from The Class of ’92?

    Martin Solly
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    Giggs, Scholes, Butt, Neville (both of ‘em)… names that, in the past, I haven’t had a whole lot of affection for. So how would an Arsenal fan like me find a night in a hotel created by  “The Class of ’92” – a bunch of Manchester United greats? Well right now, in my room at Hotel Football and looking out directly over Old Trafford stadium, I’m actually… well I’m okay with it. I think. Which for me, is a little worrying. The view of Old Trafford from my room at Hotel Football Maybe I’ve mellowed a touch with age. Maybe taking solace (and pleasure) in…
  • Lincoln’s Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Celebrations (and Other Fun Festivals)

    The Quirky Traveller
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:41 am
    If you haven’t visited the lovely city of Lincoln, I suggest you add it to your list of places to see before you pop your clogs. Set on the fenlands of East Anglia it has played a significant role in history and has a charming ambiance. A while ago, I spent a busy weekend in and around Lincoln city, exploring its sights, including its splendid Gothic Cathedral, Roman ruins and Brown’s Pie Shop, where TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) stayed when he wrote in a room above. And then there’s quirky Steep Hill, with its independent shops and the Magna Carta pub – which gives us our…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    For this week’s #FreeStayFriday, we’re taking you to the Solihull, with a stay at the 4*… Hogarths Hotel Set in 26 acres of woodlands, and just a short drive from Birmingham City Centre, Hogarths Hotel has the best of both worlds. If you fancy relaxing in the hotel’s brassiere, Jacuzzi and endless garden’s or want to paint the town red, this place has it all. Just don’t sleep through your tasty home cooked breakfast! Yummy. So, if you’d like to win a one-night stay here with breakfast for two people, make sure youjoin…
  • 5 Ways to get Your Game of Thrones Fix – Without Leaving the UK!

    Theodora Sutcliffe
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    We must confess we’re as excited about the new Game of Thrones season as Joffrey with a brand new crossbow. And that means – if you’ve not caught the GOT bug yet – we’re virtually drooling with anticipation (and, perhaps, just a little psychopathic menace on the side). Fortunately, you don’t have to head far from home to get your Game of Thrones fix this year. Northern Ireland ishome to a number of GOT’s top filming locations, with the country’s rugged coast, crumbling castles, dramatic headlands and atmospheric forests starring in all five seasons of…
 
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  • One of our favorite road trips: Michigan's scenic Highway M-22 (Part 5)

    Dominique King
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    We finally wrap up our road trip along Michigan's Highway M-22 by leaving Empire and heading south through Benzie County right along Lake Michigan for much of the way on into Manistee. Point Betsie Lighthouses are among some of my favorite landmarks along the Great Lakes, and this leg of M-22 is home to one of my all-time favorite Great Lakes lights. Tim and I both love the Point Betsie Lighthouse, and it's one of our favorite stops along M-22. It's also a favorite stop for many photographers, and you'll see the photogenic light tower's image on calendars, brochures, book covers and as the…
  • One of our favorite road trips: Michigan's scenic Highway M-22 (Part 4)

    Dominique King
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Empire always struck me as the quintessential northern Michigan community and, as home to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore's headquarters, it holds a pretty special place in our hearts. The combination of hometown hospitality, beautiful scenery and a laid-back atmosphere makes it a great choice for a relaxing trip any time of the year. Here are a few of our favorite spots along Highway M-22 in Empire and the immediate area. Empire Empire is just 25 miles from busy Traverse City, but the serene and relaxed atmosphere you find here makes it seem like it's a world away from the busy big…
  • One of our favorite road trips: Michigan's scenic Highway M-22 (Part 3)

    Dominique King
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The area around the small towns of Glen Arbor and Empire in northern Michigan is among some of the most scenic in the state and the closest to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which earned the title of "Most Beautiful Place in America" among 100,000 viewers of ABC Television's "Good Morning America" program a couple of years ago. Make sure you leave plenty of time to stop and enjoy the spectacular views and savor the small town charm that we've always found so appealing as you travel along M-22. Port Oneida The 3,400-acre site contains over 120 buildings in various states of…
  • One of our favorite road trips: Michigan's scenic Highway M-22 (Part 2)

    Dominique King
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    We've visited northwestern Michigan many times over the years, and for those of us who live in Michigan, it was our little secret for many years. It's not a secret any more since more than 100,000 folks voted to name it as the "Most Beautiful Place in America" in a competition for that titles among views of ABC Television's "Good Morning America" program a couple of years ago. I still sort of wish it was still our own secret, but I guess it's time now to share some of the fun! I've written many stories over the years about this region, and I'm…
  • One of our favorite road trips: Michigan's scenic Highway M-22 (Part 1)

    Dominique King
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    People sometimes ask me about the small M-22 charm I wear on a chain around my neck. It is a very special present Tim got me last Christmas as a souvenir of one of our favorite places on earth! It was no surprise to us when more than 100,000 viewers of ABC's "Good Morning America" television show named the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as the "Most Beautiful Place in America" because we've traveled many times over the years in this area. It's beautiful no matter how you get here, or what time of year you visit, but our favorite way to see the area is by taking a road trip along…
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  • Food Tasting is a Weird Thing to Do

    TK
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Well not weird in the sense that it’s strange. Weird in the sense that you truly don’t know what to make of the whole process after its done and weird in the sense that how do you truly judge food without coming across like a stuck-up judge on Chopped or any of those cooking shows. I only know how to assess by saying the item was good or bad- or salty. But to go into the descriptive details of it? It’s not really my thing. Today, we had a food tasting with one of our catering options, the one with whom we had an initial misunderstanding because no one clearly told him…
  • As Long As You Love Me

    TK
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    I am a boyband fan, that’s undeniable. And I am especially a Backstreet Boys fan. They hold such a special part in my heart because they remind me of my childhood and the many hours I spent learning their songs. Even listenting to one right now still makes me as happy as it did over 15 years ago. I know there’s a lot of better music out there but no one does the boyband genre better than the Backstreet Boys. So imagine how happy I must have felt when I discovered someone had covered one of their signature songs As Long As You Love Me in a way that completely transformed it from…
  • Some Manners Go a Long, Long Way (Save The Dates)

    TK
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    Don’t try to hide it, I know you’re online! Even if I can’t see your last seen on Whatsapp or you’re offline on Facebook chat, I know you’re there! After all, you’re sharing stupid videos and articles with tricky, silly titles. Or you’re instagramming your every meal. So please, don’t try to tell me you’re too busy to reply to a tiny email we sent you a few weeks ago, telling you to save the date! The whole reason behind us sending Save the Dates six months ahead of time was because of the people we would most love to celebrate our big…
  • Laughter (or Disconnecting)

    TK
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Dear Self, I know you will roll your eyes when you see this. You always do when you read anything you’ve written in the past, especially when you’re not really thinking straight and are just throwing random words around, trying to fill up the page. See you’re doing that right now! But allow me to write for a moment or two about the importance of never losing your sense of humor, never succumbing to the general sucky environment of the workplace, or whatever stresses might come your way, but mostly work- because the hospital can bring you down at any moment and make you…
  • The Dress Search Ends

    TK
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    I’d like to say that I went to a billion shops and tried on a gazillion dresses, but I didn’t have neither the patience, the time, or the energy to do that. Instead, I stuck to a few well-known shops which I knew would have what I was looking for within my budget. And even then, I got impatient and frustrated, being put in one dress after the other, trying to pick at the seams why I didn’t like one versus the other. Found this on the WDT Portfolio- Couldn’t find a better picture to describe the moment. If you’ve ever looked for a wedding dress, you know how…
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  • Hillside Cabin, Echo Park, California

    Patrick
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Located above the streets of LA, this charming cabin appears as it has likely appeared for decades, simple, rustic and sweet. A very unique, personal and increasingly rare occurence in the face of unfettered development, this little sanctuary has been virtually undisturbed by time and progress.  Sharing the property with the main house, it remains very private and is separated by a walkway, private entrance and a shared deck connected by a small staircase. The open plan interiors are all knotty pine and are reminiscent of the warmth and character of a rural log…
  • Casa Flore, Corsica, France

    Heinz Legler
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    A cheerful and charming home perched just above the coast in Lumio, this is a relaxing and idyllic retreat tucked away into peaceful private gardens with panoramic views of the Citadel in nearby Calvi and just a short walk to the beach. Laid out over two floors, the main living area is bright and welcoming with a fireplace and sitting room with picture windows that capture the views of the bay from three sides. The open plan kitchen is fully equipped and can serve up to six in or out on the deck or in the gardens overlooking the water. Each of the two cozy…
  • Villa Treviso, Italy

    Thomas Panto
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    This striking home, located just minutes from the center of Treviso, was originally built in the Seventies but recently renovated by architect Massimo Benetton.   Over the years Benetton has worked with Japanese design guru Tadao Ando and postmodern Italian designers Afra and Tobia Scarpa, and you can see where their tastes overlap: strong clean lines, with an almost industrial simplicity, and sleek, functional furnishings.   The home is a masterpiece of linear simplicity: white walls and partitions and rich wooden floors, barely embellished at all. Large square…
  • Villa Kalamaki, Chania, Greece

    Andrie Stylianou
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    This brand new villa built in 2014 is a relaxing and stylish family friendly vacation home located along the northern coast of Crete in the small resort town of Kalamaki. Large and well laid out, the home is designed with sophistication and style but also inviting comfort. Completely gated and surrounded by gardens and trees, the expansive outdoor living and entertaining spaces are designed for fun and relaxation.  The main living room is located at the ground floor and comes equipped with a home cinema and media room and is outfitted with contemporary…
  • Events at Italian Riviera Escape, Monterosso, Italy

    Elisabetta Cocciolo
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    Located in lovely seclusion above the Ligurian Sea, this historic compound is just outside of Monterosso al Mare and a short drive to the famed UNESCO site of Cinque Terre. Situated in complete privacy with expansive grounds and stunning views, this unique property has all of the elements and services to create a romantic wedding, host a retreat or craft your special occasion. The historic complex was first documented in the early 13th century and was home for a community of Benedictine monks. Comprised of two separate historic buildings, the monastery to the south and a simple church to the…
 
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  • 7-Days Barcelona & Rome Vacation from New York, NY for $1,399 – First-class Hotels+Breakfast, Flights, taxes incl!

    Ivan Bruce
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Price: $1,399.00Value: $1,970.00Expires On: April 30, 2015 13:24:000 buyers!Savings: 29%Explore Ancient Marvels of Rome & Cosmopolitan of Barcelona! Amazing deal to explore the two most energetic cities in Europe on this 7-Days’ vacation including First-class Hotels plus breakfast, round-trip flights, and a lot more! Multiple dates are offered for this vacation departing from New York, NY (JFK) with multiple dates give below. For best prices and entertainment, we’d recommend traveling on April 30, 2015. Groupon is a nice tool to find and book this package. BARCELONA Barcelona is a…
  • 4-Star Niagara Falls Hotel in ON, Canada for $54.50/night!

    Ivan Bruce
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    Price: $54.50Value: $66.50Expires On: April 30, 2015 00:00:000 buyers!Savings: 18%Niagara Falls, Ontario: Panoramic Views of the Falls near Vegas-Style Casinos and Water Parks Beautiful Niagara Falls Hotel located in the Fallsview District for just $54.50 avg/night per person valid for the travels by May 31, 2015. Book this great hotel at Groupon for a perfect holiday experience. 4-Star “Hilton Niagara Falls”, rated 4.1/5 at TripAdvisor, is a lovely Fallsview hotel near Horseshoe Falls and less than a mile from Clifton Hill. This hotel is located on the prime location to give to access to…
  • Stockholm, Sweden: Round-trip Flights from New York, NY for $379 incl. taxes!

    Ivan Bruce
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Price: $379.00Value: $885.000 buyers!Savings: 57%A place which will never let you go! Cheap flights to Stockholm, Sweden (ARN) from New York, NY (JFK) in November & December! Norwegian Air Shuttle offers cheap non-stop return flights for $379 including taxes. Flight departs on November 11, 2015 and returns back on November 18, 2015. Expedia is a nice tool to book this flight. Stockholm is famous in the world for many good reasons. It is located on Fourteen Islands and generally compared to the Venice, Italy. From decades on, it remains a very renowned tourists’ destination. There are…
  • Julian Taylor Women’s Sleeveless Floral and Stripe Fit and Flare Dress for $58.80

    Olivia
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Price: $58.80Value: $98.000 buyers!Savings: 40%Imported, Julian Taylor Women’s Sleeveless Floral and Stripe Fit and Flare Dress, washable in machine with 100% Polyester. Wider modern wavy flare dress with durable zipper at back, gives you smartest looks. Is available on stores for just $58.80 with Free Returns Policy. Buy this most demanding article of customers now and save $39.20 (40%). This article is available in Blush/Black color. Get yours at Amazon now.
  • Grand Discount: Adorable Susenstore Kid’s Polka Chiffon Dot Dress for just $5.99 – $9.99

    Olivia
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Price: $5.99Value: $21.000 buyers!Savings: 71%Grand discount on cute and lovable Susenstore Kid’s Polka Chiffon Dot Dress! Mind-blowing kid's dress with stylish flare and amazing bow. Buy this article for just $5.99 - $9.99, list price was $20.91. Available in blue color. Get yours at Amazon now.
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  • Esta semana en Madrid: 24.04 – 30.04.2015

    DECA MADbudget
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    MADRID, ESPAÑA. ¿A dónde te apetece viajar hoy, sin tener que salir de Madrid? DECA MADbudget prepara un plan de ocio y actividades de ocio realizadas en lugares públicos o entidades sin ánimo de lucro, con el afán de promover la faceta intercultural de la capital: Esta semana en Madrid. VUELVEN LOS JUEVES DE MADRID Concierto en la sala Joy Eslava, participante en la iniciativa | vía YourWay Magazine En esta nueva iniciativa se unen diferentes establecimientos de ocio, bares y salas de concierto para aprovechar los jueves de abril, con el objetivo de impulsar su atractivo turístico.
  • This Week in Madrid: 24.04 – 30.04.2015

    DECA MADbudget
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Where would you like to go today — without having to leave the city? DECA MADbudget has prepared a weekly guide of activities for you to enjoy. Many of them are free, or for a small fee, so get ready to have fun in the city and be sure to checkThis Week in Madridregularly for weekly updates! THURSDAYS RETURN TO MADRID Concert at Joy Eslava, participant of the initiative | YourWay Magazine In this new initiative, different establishments of leisure, bars, and concert venues come together to take advantage of every Thursdays in April, with the aim of promotings its tourist…
  • DECA MADBUDGET | This Week’s Highlights: 19.04.2015

    ROOSTERGNN Staff
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    MADRID, SPAIN. Each week, DECA MADbudget prepares a list of interesting links we’ve come across in and around the web. “Think you have a great story to tell? Follow us on Twitter @ROOSTERGNNand Facebook, and add #ROOSTERGNN to your tweets or Facebook posts. The best finds will be shared each week on ROOSTERGNN, some in English, some in Spanish and some by our very own RGNN journalists. Cada semana DECA MADbudget prepara una lista de enlaces interesantes con los que nos hemos encontrado por la web. ¿Tienes un enlace que compartir? Síguenos en Twitter @ROOSTERGNNy Facebook, y añade…
  • This week in Madrid: 17.04 – 23.04.2015

    DECA MADbudget
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Where would you like to go today — without having to leave the city? DECA MADbudget has prepared a weekly guide of activities for you to enjoy. Many of them are free, or for a small fee, so get ready to have fun in the city and be sure to checkThis Week in Madridregularly for weekly updates! “GOYA IN MADRID” EXHIBITION “La cometa”, by Francisco de Goya | National Prado Museum “Goya in Madrid” presents a collection of tapestry cartoons created by Francisco de Goya for Sitios Reales. It reflects all the aspects of the Madrid people: from the happiness of…
  • Esta semana en Madrid: 17.04 – 23.04.2015

    DECA MADbudget
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    MADRID, ESPAÑA. ¿A dónde te apetece viajar hoy, sin tener que salir de Madrid? DECA MADbudget prepara un plan de ocio y actividades de ocio realizadas en lugares públicos o entidades sin ánimo de lucro, con el afán de promover la faceta intercultural de la capital: Esta semana en Madrid. EXPOSICIÓN “GOYA EN MADRID” “La cometa”, de Francisco de Goya | Museo Nacional del Prado “Goya en Madrid” presenta la colección de cartones de tapices creados por Francisco de Goya para los Sitios Reales. Reflejan todos los aspectos del pueblo madrileño: desde la…
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  • “On Your Bike!” — The Top Five Cycling Friendliest Cities in the World

    Cecil Lee
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    In addition to its environmental and money saving benefits, cycling to work can keep you in tiptop physical shape. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable activity at the weekends too.But have you ever considered exploring new cities via two wheels while on holiday? This can be the ultimate way to discover a destination’s attractions and landmarks, especially if you don’t have much time to take it all in.So, regardless of whether you prefer pedal power or a little easier cycling on an electric bike, here are the top five cycling friendliest cities in the World. Amsterdam, the NetherlandsWith its…
  • My Korea tour Day 4 – Travel guide to Jagalchi market

    Cecil Lee
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    This I bet is something all of my fans are long waiting for. I’m really up to my neck in my daily works these days. Only this lazy afternoon had me sit down in front of my computer, sipping my cup of UCC roasted instant coffee, and started to blog about Korea again. Korea is getting hot as everyone’s travel destination these days thanks to the K-pop apparently. I visited Korea and this is my story of Korea travel continued.After our Friday night explore to Gwangalli Beach Busan and trying the super duper great Samgyeopsal meal, we decided to visit Busan downtown on the next…
  • Discover the beauty of Cape Verde in Atlantic Ocean

    Cecil Lee
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Cape Verde is known for its clear blue waters, sandy beaches and tropical climate, one of the reason it’s such a popular destination to go on holidays. Sun worshippers flock to the region every year and it’s easy to understand why. Let’s discover some of the beauty of Cape Verde here and you will love it too.Boa VistaBoa Vista is an island in the east of Cape Verde, is well known for its marine turtles, many of which you can see lining the beaches, particularly during mating seasons. Its name literally translates as ‘beautiful view’ and once you catch a…
 
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  • Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei

    Martyn
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    My first sight of Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei Province, was impressive. The near empty car park didn’t do justice to the view. The steep three-tiered pointed roof and hushed grandeur beneath it looked out-of-place in such a wide open space. Its magnificence muffled by the abandoned theatre below it. Surely such a beautiful thing … Continue reading Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei → (Visited 66 times, 1 visits today) The post Wat Pa Huay Lad in Phu Rua, Loei appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar

    Martyn
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    The Saloon Bar in Loei city centre. Not the best of photographs, taken in the evening with a camera that is a clear sky, daytime animal. Nonetheless, it shows the bar and restaurant’s outside area and a glimpse of the inside. The Saloon Bar opened last year after the owner, Chris, closed down his previous bar, … Continue reading Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar → (Visited 122 times, 1 visits today) The post Western Bars in Loei – The Saloon Bar appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Go Udon Thani Travel Magazine

    Martyn
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    Lately posts on Beyond The Mango Juice have been few and far between. One post since January 25 isn’t good but this second one will explain the reason. In February I didn’t publish one post on this site but actually wrote 19 for another one – Go Udon Thani. Go Udon Thani is a new site I … Continue reading Go Udon Thani Travel Magazine → (Visited 83 times, 1 visits today) The post Go Udon Thani Travel Magazine appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Thailand Brooms and Brushes

    Martyn
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Thailand brooms and brushes are a subject that has intrigued me for a long time. Weird? Not really. I like the simple and efficient way they complete most tasks taken on. It’s also intriguing to think their design and materials have probably changed little since their first use. Thailand Brooms and Brushes – A new … Continue reading Thailand Brooms and Brushes → (Visited 124 times, 1 visits today) The post Thailand Brooms and Brushes appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Udon TAP Taste House – Imported Beers in Udon Thani

    Martyn
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:23 am
    Udon TAP Taste House is Udon Thani’s international bright young thing. Udon Tap is a beer and ales taste house, importing international beers for sale at their premises on the city outskirt near Udon Thani International Airport. Opened in November 2014, business is booming and Udon Tap looks set to become even more popular throughout 2015. The … Continue reading Udon TAP Taste House – Imported Beers in Udon Thani → (Visited 260 times, 1 visits today) The post Udon TAP Taste House – Imported Beers in Udon Thani appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
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  • If You’re Ready To Run Away…

    The Runaway Guide
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The time is now! It’s not too late to join Kate and I in Central America this April 16th. In fact, you have until April 10th to sign up. Just send me an email and I’ll get back to you ASAP with more info about the tour and how to reserve your spot. TheRunawayGuide@yahoo.com So far we’ve got 5 awesome runaway’s aged 24-34 from Canada and the US, and we’re looking for at least 5 more. If you’re ready to experience the very best of Central America with an intimate group of like minded travelers it’s time to run away! If you’re open minded,…
  • Run Away In 6 Simple Steps

    The Runaway Guide
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Those of you who know me know that I’m constantly dreaming up and planning bigger and crazier run away adventures. I want to ride the Trans-Siberean this spring from Beijing to St. Petersburg. I want do the Mongol Rally and drive an underpowered Hyundai 10,000 miles to Mongolia. I also want to walk the Camino De Santiago from Rome to Western Spain. So how do I decide where to go? And how do I turn it into a reality? The short answer, I follow my heart and won’t let anything stop me from getting there. But if you’ve never really traveled before, just deciding on where to go can be…
  • I Am Stronger Now

    The Runaway Guide
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    It’s 9pm in San Salvador. The streets are cast in dark shadows. A cool wind rustles tree branches and steel doors. I’m walking from my hostel to a store a few blocks away. Halfway there a man blocks my path. With one glance it’s clear what he wants. Chiki-ton! Chiki-ton! I say with feigned bravado, throwing a limp fist against my chest. He isn’t buying it. “Donde? Donde? (Where)” he growls. “Aqui, aqui (here). Julio Castelo es mi amigo. Chiki-ton!” my voice is quivering now. He stares at me with the eyes of a shedding snake, twisted and glazed over. I can’t understand…
  • Cambodia Hideouts

    The Runaway Guide
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Cambodia Hideouts TopDestinations Siem Reap Runaway Hideouts are both of long and short term accommodations. They’re off the beaten path and always the best value.   Mad Monkey #Budget #AwesomeFood Mad Monkey Hostel is the ultimate party hostel in Cambodia. They have a reasonably priced bar and incredible food. Although the rooms and dorms are clean and have comfortable beds, you probably won’t be sleeping too good. But if you want to make new friends and chill and party with backpackers this is the spot. They have 3 locations, Phnom Penh,…
  • Top Destinations In Cambodia

    The Runaway Guide
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Cambodia Hideouts Top Destinations  Siem Reap Bike Around Angkor Wat Angkor Wat is the most incredible, authentic, and mind blowing ancient city in the world. Compared to other ancient wonders, nothing else comes close. And there’s no better or cheaper way to explore it than by bike (1$/day rental). Unfortunately the Cambodian government charges all tourists 20$/1 day, 40$/3 days, or 60$/5 days. Fortunately, a one day pass is valid for both the evening and the following day. For more info, check out the Budget Backpackers Guide To Angkor Wat.
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  • New Event!

    5 Apr 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Start Date: May 22, 2015 End Date: May 22, 2015 - Frank Sinatra Jr. will celebrate his father with a multimedia centennial concert at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. This event delivers it all: excerpts from his films, rare family photos and home movies, many not seen before. All conveyed via state of the art technology and accompanied with insights into the worlds greatest entertainer that can only come from his son. And above all this evening is about the music of SINATRA. Songs such as COME FLY WI
  • New Event!

    5 Apr 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Start Date: May 16, 2015 End Date: May 16, 2015 - Craig Thatcher and his band will pay tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix, Live from the Chandelier Lobby on May 16. Concertgoers should expect to hear hits such as "Foxy Lady," "Purple Haze" and "Fire" along with some suprises. Thatcher and his grouphave previously performed a SOLD OUT tribute to the music of Eric Clapton in the Kirby Lobby this past January
  • New Event!

    5 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Start Date: May 24, 2015 End Date: May 24, 2015 - Folk music festival. Visit our website for the latest details! www.pickingandsinging.org Folk music festival. www.pickingandsinging.org
  • New Event!

    5 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Start Date: May 22, 2015 End Date: May 22, 2015 - Folk music festival. Visit our website for the latest details! www.pickingandsinging.org Folk music festival. www.pickingandsinging.org
  • New Event!

    5 Apr 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Start Date: April 28, 2015 End Date: April 28, 2015 - On April 28 channel your aspiring inner chef at Pasta Pane. In this fun and inspiring class, Executive Chef James Frese will teach you how to make fresh pasta and ravioli from scratch, then afterwards enjoy the fruits of your labor! Even if you have no prior experience making pasta or sauces from scratch, you will enjoy this hands-on class with Executive Chef James Frese. Be prepared to make and savor what you create throughout the evening and to go home with not just a full stomach but with a f
 
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  • Seville: Discover the Secrets of Southern Spain

    Kat Richter
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    From Bizet’s Carmen to Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra, the lure of Spain’s Andalucía region has captivated travelers from around the world for centuries.  There is something captivating about the dry, arid region, where grandiose centuries-old cathedrals in Seville are surpassed in beauty only by the even older Islamic palaces.  Southern Spain, despite the seemingly relentless heat, has a romance to it, a mysterious exoticism that is difficult to experience anywhere else in Europe. But in order to capture the fleeting flamenco spirit, to summon the powerful force known as…
  • London’s Underground

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Few passengers careering between tube stations know there is an underground city beneath London. In the 19th century, digging under-water deep-level tunnels was hazardous. Numerous attempts to cross the Thames underground had failed, with many lives lost. Today, the East London Line uses the Brunell’s Thames Tunnel, being the first successful under-Thames crossing. When steam traction was exchanged for electricity, deeper tunnels could be dug using compressed air and a large circular drilling shield, which were then lined with cast iron rings. Tunnels were speedily mined and many…
  • Getting a taste for Mendoza

    Lesley Stones
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The stunning mountain backdrop to Mendoza This one looks delicious, I thought as I swirled the wine around in my glass and took an indelicately large slurp. “Ah yes, a definite aroma of diesel and a lingering taste of salami. Is that normal for a Malbec?” I wondered as I eyed its odd neon hues. “No,” my partner said, “but the sommelier did advise us not to try wine tasting on the pavement.” We couldn’t resist, though. The tables outside The Vines of Mendoza looked so inviting in the warm night air. Now five of Argentina’s regional specialities were neatly arranged in…
  • How to Not Break the Bank on Your Next Cruise

    Jan Ross
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Beautiful sunset on a cruise. Many years ago, cruising was only for the rich and famous. Sumptuously furnished ocean liners traversed the oceans of the world while gorgeously dressed, wealthy individuals sipped champagne and mulled over how best to spend their millions. This is definitely not the case any longer. Pretty much anyone can cruise now – today, thousands of people are traversing those same oceans, swilling tropical drinks with a little umbrella in it and trying to forget that they have to go right back to work when they get home. Cruising is for singles looking to meet their…
  • Haute to Historic to Hip: Inside Old San Juan’s Finest Guest Quarters

    Hal Peat
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hotel Casa Herencia – urban villa lifestyle at an affordable price makes this transformed residence an area value. (Credit: Hal Peat) The legacy of centuries past meets up with the energy and imagination of contemporary generations and awaits visitors today in Old San Juan’s assortment of entertainment, cuisine and fine galleries today. The multifaceted character of this historic quarter of the Puerto Rican capital is also visible in its array of local guest accommodations, which embraces the best of traditional, colonial and period design with the edginess of hip and retro…
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    Dealchecker Blog

  • 10 Ultimate Paradise Destinations…

    Hannah
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    If you’re anything like us then you spend a considerable amount of time thinking about distant shores. When we’re not hunting down travel deals, we’re dreaming of the unknown: far-flung destinations, clear blue waters, secret islands… the list goes on. So, we thought we’d be practical (yay us) and seek out some real-life destinations with a castaway feel. Passports at the ready!
  • Cancun – Beyond Spring Break

    Alice
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Cancun, on the northeast tip of the Yucantan Peninsula, in Mexico, may be more famous for its bikini-clad, booze fuelled, Spring Break parties than its culture and natural beauty. But if you explore beyond the Hotel Zone you’ll uncover a very different Cancun. Here’s 10 of Cancun’s best kept secrets to get you started… 1: Mayan Ruins Photo by Celso Flores via Flickr One of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza, is located a couple of hours drive west of Cancun. While spectacular, tourists flock there daily, ensuring large crowds. For a quieter experience…
  • The Definitive Guide to Eurovision 2015

    Paige
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:41 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Eurovision time! Whether you’re eager to see the action up close in Vienna or planning a tactical holiday so you can vote for good ol’ Blighty, we’ve got all the information you’ll need to make this Eurovision one to remember. So let us don’ ye now our gay apparel (favourably an Australian cork hat with a can of Fosters in hand) and get ready to party. In eager anticipation of the big night, we’re having a close and judgemental look at our fiercest competition, taking a trip down memory lane to the days of Eurovision past, and getting…
  • 10 Shakespeare-Inspired Destinations to Visit

    Mark
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:31 am
    It is 400 years this week since the death of William Shakespeare. The Bard’s vast array of plays still continue to be performed around the world, taught to school kids everywhere and referenced in modern day life. You can even see Shakespeare’s influence on where we travel, with destinations and buildings featured in his plays still inspiring travellers today.
  • 57 Drinks To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

    Alice
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    From shots of the most potent sake to the humble mug of tea, if there’s one thing that unites us all it’s our love of sharing a pint or cuppa, and raising a toast at the end of the day. Whether weird and wonderful rituals, rowdy drunken ditties or a simple, refreshing beverage with friends, drinking customs and traditions are at the heart of every culture. For those who love to explore through their taste-buds, dealchecker has compiled the ultimate Bucket List of drinks to sample from all corners of the globe. To know a country is to know its drink – so pull up a bar stool, adjust your…
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    Vacation Home Rentals Blog

  • Traveling Green: Tips for more eco-friendly travel

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The word ‘green’ used to represent a color, but in recent times society has adopted a new outlook. Nowadays when we are presented with the word ‘Green’ we are inclined to think of the environment. “Going-Green” has gained a lot of notoriety and support because we have learned the value of conserving and preserving natural resources. And the truth is, it does not require more than willingness to incorporate it into your everyday routine. This is why we have chosen to showcase a few easy ways to merge your Green mentality with the act of traveling, so that…
  • Best Properties by Budget in the US

    Dava Berman
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    Get rid of your winter woes by planning your next vaycay! Below you will find a few ideas to keep on the back burner. No matter your income level or family size, booking a vacation rental has never been more fun (or easier!) Budget: 1. San Diego $79/night Why choose budget over luxury when you can have the best of both worlds!? The Beautiful 1 Bedroom Suite in La Jolla property starts at $79 per night and sleeps a family of 4! This location is perfect for beaching and is within 15 minutes to the well-known San Diego Zoo & Sea World! If you do not feel like venturing out of the rental,…
  • Top Outdoor & Adventure Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2015

    Matt Moretti
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Sitting behind your desk right now, or lounging on your couch, there’s a strong chance you desire adventure. Heck, that’s why you’re on a vacation rental travel blog, right? Everyone wants to push their limits, see the world, and expand their horizons. It’s wanderlust. It is in all of us. Financially or otherwise, it is difficult to pull off a wild adventure regularly. So alas, we often live those dreams through others. There is a whole subset of talented bloggers and writers out there creating adventures for themselves every day. In the absence of the ability to do…
  • Mythbusters: The Vacation Rental Edition

    Meg Schulte
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Vacation rentals come in all different shapes, sizes, and locations and, while it’s easy to become a bit overwhelmed by the variety of properties online, you shouldn’t let that get in the way of finding the rental of your dreams. Still not convinced? Here, we’ve debunked five of the most common myths plaguing the vacation rental experience. Myth #1: Vacation rentals are too expensive for the every-day traveler, and are only available to those who swim in seas of gold like Scrooge McDuck. The truth: Vacation rentals can be a very affordable option for travelers looking to get…
  • Vacation Homes Designed by Famous Architects

    Dava Berman
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
    Do you have a passion for architecture? Live and breathe in a true architect’s paradise! The listings below are designed by some of America’s most well-known architects. Why not spend your vacation a little more uniquely?   Venice Beach, California: Architectural Gem & Guesthouse Near Canals Beach Designed by mid-century modernist John Porter, this 4 bed 3 bath property encompasses vaulted wood ceilings and plenty of skylights. The unit is complete with a private deck perfect for al fresco dining overlooking a tropical garden. Rent both the main house and guesthouse or do so…
 
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  • Comment on What To Do When You Get Stuck On Your TEFL Course by Elle Pollicott

    Elle Pollicott
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:16 am
    Hi Keyuran, thanks for your message. I have passed this on to our helpdesk so someone should be in touch with you regarding this soon
  • Comment on What To Do When You Get Stuck On Your TEFL Course by Keyuran

    Keyuran
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:33 pm
    I am having trouble with question 2 on my checkpoint 2 assignment. I have attempted this twice and am now stressing a bit since I don’t really understand what is expected of me. My tutor’s feedback is as follows: After my first attempt, “Complete a lesson plan to teach the structure, and the meaning of the structure you analysed in Question 1. (Don’t teach more than one meaning of the structure). Right now you have students using multiple structures with multiple meanings. Once you have determined the structure and the meaning in the two sentences, make sure everything is focused…
  • Comment on Three Places Where You Can Teach English Without a Degree by Elle Pollicott

    Elle Pollicott
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
    Hi, to teach English overseas you will need to get TEFL qualified – we would recommend our 140hour course if you haven’t taught before as it incorporates our 120hour online course with a 20hour practical weekend course. You can find out more information about our courses here http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/ or alternatively, if you’d like to chat with our advisers you can request a call back here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/call-me-back.html and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and book you onto a course. Hope this helps!
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    smarais
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:38 am
    how do i apply to teach overseas?
  • Comment on 6 Reasons Why You’re Still Not Teaching English Abroad by Elle Pollicott

    Elle Pollicott
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Hi Ali, as long as you’re fluent in English then yes, you are! If you want to find out more about our courses, you can either find out more online here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/ or have a chat with one of our expert advisers who will be able to answer any questions you may have. You can either give them a call on +44 871 423 9941 or request a call back here: http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/call-me-back.html. Hope this helps!
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  • 25 Things You Must Do On a Cross-Country Road Trip

    Erin Gifford
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    I’ve been busy planning our cross-country road trip (we leave in less than two months) and I’m quickly creating a bucket list of sorts. It’s a good thing too since I’m mostly failing at my first-ever bucket list that I posted on January 1 (nope, not one item crossed off yet). If you’re thinking about a road trip, whether a […] The post 25 Things You Must Do On a Cross-Country Road Trip appeared first on Kidventurous.
  • 5 Must-Go Glamping Spots for Families

    Erin Gifford
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    I can’t believe it either, but we are not doing any glamping during our big summer road trip. Clearly, I must change this, especially after reading up on so many fabulous glamping resorts, like Conestoga Ranch, which opens up on July 1. Take a look at five must-go spots for sleeping under the stars in canvas safari tents, conestoga wagons, even […] The post 5 Must-Go Glamping Spots for Families appeared first on Kidventurous.
  • 12 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week

    Erin Gifford
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    National Park Week kicks off in just a few days (April 18-26) and they’ll be plenty of fun in-park activities and ranger programs. Even better, during the first weekend of National Park Week (April 18-19), entry to all our national parks will be free. I do love free. While National Park Week may be only one week a year, there […] The post 12 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week appeared first on Kidventurous.
  • Exploring Gulf County with Kids (+ $50 Giveaway)

    Erin Gifford
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine. We travel to Florida as a family at least once a year since my in-laws are snowbirds and spend the winter in Palm Beach County. We also just spent a week in Orlando in November to visit LEGOLAND and The Wizarding […] The post Exploring Gulf County with Kids (+ $50 Giveaway) appeared first on Kidventurous.
  • 6 Travel Websites Saving You Money While You Sleep

    Erin Gifford
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:48 pm
    I love to save money, but I have no time to monitor for price drops on hotel rooms and car rentals, even cruises. Fortunately, I don’t have to since there are a number of websites that want to do the work for me. Take a look at six of my favorite websites that are keeping more travel money in my […] The post 6 Travel Websites Saving You Money While You Sleep appeared first on Kidventurous.
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  • Making Turkish Pide for the World on a Plate Challenge

    Natalie
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Last week, I came across Expedia’s World on a Plate Challenge. It sounded interesting. Every month they feature a different country and bloggers participate by cooking a dish from that country.  For the month of April, the country they are promoting is Turkey. Yay! I was hesitant to take part though.  I don’t cook and I especially don’t cook Turkish food which was the stipulation of the challenge. There is no need for me to be adventurous in the kitchen because as a single person it works out cheaper to order deliveries or head to my nearest Turkish lokanta (restaurant serving…
  • Kas : Mediterranean Delight in Turkey

    Natalie
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    Kas is everything that a typical Mediterranean seaside resort in Turkey should be.  White washed houses cascade down the winding mountain roads to show the way to beautiful beaches and a harbor that reminds you that  life is in fact quite good and while in Kas, the best thing to do is to adapt quickly to the Mediterranean lifestyle. Many of the houses in Kas are surrounded with pink bougainvillea flowers that immediately make you notice the influence of Greek architecture in some of the older properties, typically the wooden shutters, narrow streets and large terraces for enjoying the…
  • Are the Laz and Hemsin Communities of Turkey Losing their Plateau Culture?

    Natalie
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:21 am
    My visit to the Northeast region of Turkey has always stuck firmly in my mind. Further inland and outside of the main cities of Trabzon and Rize, it is hard to believe the green hills, tea plantations and cool climate are part of this country. Life in the small villages is basic and old fashioned. I witnessed people building their own wood-houses and milking their cows by hand. In the hotel I stayed in, the cheese, and butter served at breakfast was homemade. It was also the first time I also heard about summertime plateau migration, a strong tradition of the Laz and Hemsin communities. To…
  • Best 5 Hotels in Istanbul: The Sultanahmet District

    Natalie
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    “Blog Post Type: Best Of List” The Sultanahmet District of Istanbul is the former capital of Constantinople and Byzantium making it one of the top visited neighbourhoods in Turkey. As the centre from where the Ottoman Sultans and Byzantine emperors ruled, it also sits proudly on the UNESCO World Heritage list. So it stands to reason, that most people when visiting Istanbul, want a hotel in the heart of the Sultanahmet district. Within walking distance to all attractions, choose from hundreds including budget, boutique and luxurious. For this article, we scoured reviews and the…
  • Win a Travel Voucher from Tinggly to use Anywhere in the World

    Natalie
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    It’s competition time here at the Turkish Travel Blog! Tinggly, the company who believes travel experiences make us happy wants to give readers, the chance to win a voucher for use on their website. How much is the voucher worth? 100 USD which at the current exchange rate is also 260 Turkish lira, 70 pounds or 90 Euros How much are travel experiences on Tinggly? There is 1 set price for all experiences and that is 100 USD so this is NOT one of those giveaways that gets you to buy something in order to receive the discount. Who Are Tinggly? They are a relative new company who believes travel…
 
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  • Choosing a Home with Basement Apartment

    11 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Renting out a basement residence, additionally referred to as an accessory apartment or 2nd suite, can be a common approach to cover some of the expenses that come with home ownership.However it’s very important that you be certain that the apartment is legal.Most experts suggest doing your homework before deciding upon a real estate professional to work with and, in a case like this, it’s doubly very important. Meet up with with at the very least a few potential candidates and be certain to ask them about their expertise regarding apartments, basement suites or otherwise.You’ll need to…
  • Title Insurance Home

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Should I consider title insurance when I invest in a home.Is it truly necessary?What does it protect?Even though title insurance is not a requirement in Ontario, some suggest that every single purchaser consider coverage when they buy a home.“Title” refers to your legal ownership of the property, as registered in the government’s land registration system. Title insurance covers losses associated to the property’s title or ownership, including:Title complications that prevent you from possessing clear ownership of one's property.Existing liens in opposition to the title, for…
  • Haliburton Homes

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Vacation Home Potential Buyers Get A Lot More Bang for His or Her Buck in HaliburtonYou will discover bargains to be had for absolutely everyone shopping for an Ontario lakefront cottage or lakefront vacation home in cottage country.Consumer’s just ought to look beyond the Muskoka Lakes district and set ones sights on the Haliburton Highlands, according to Rob Serediuk, a licensed real estate sales representative with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Brokerage’s Haliburton / Kawartha Lakes office.Read More
  • Haliburton Highlands Fall Sunrise

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Enjoy the magic of a fall sunrise in Haliburton Highlands cottage country, Ontario, Canada. Video captured using iPhone
  • First Home Condo

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Thinking Condo Review Status CertificatePlanning a marriage and considering a first home, maybe a condo. Is buying a condo any different from buying a house?Condo possession has some distinct characteristics you ought to be aware of about prior to you beginning your search. For instance, some condominiums are advertised as “adult lifestyle,” while others are more child-friendly and have features for families, such as playrooms or a playground. And, as opposed to a house, condos are likely to have rules restricting the size and class of pets, noise, balcony/patio furniture, decorations and…
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  • Escape Haliburton Highlands

    Loralea
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    An All-Year Destination: Escape to the Haliburton Highlands A very interesting article written by Parm Parmar, a freelance travel and food writer based in Toronto. All about her adventure to the Haliburton Highlands. Place of Stay Dining Out Meeting Barry Martin owner of Yours Outdoors Tea and Treats Want to get away from it all? Consider a hideaway in the Haliburton Highlands. There are many fine places to stay around Haliburton, and so much to do. Through the wintertime you can go snowmobiling or, if you like to expend a little energy try snowshoes or cross-country skiing, and there’s…
  • Fat Bike Festival Comes to Sir Sams

    Loralea
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    Your Algonquin Outfitters Fat Bike Festival Rolls into Sir Sam’s. You happen to be invited to experience a rare opportunity to slide and ride within the same day! Take off the skies and take a Fat Bike for a spin on purpose-built XC and Downhill courses.   Our Seasons collide as Algonquin Outfitters brings their Fat Bike Festival to Sir Sam’s for the afternoon of Sunday, March 8, 2015. With huge 4″ broad tires that glide over and through any loose terrain, Fat Bikes are a all-natural fit for winter fun. To allow you to truly take pleasure in these outlandish rides,…
  • Weekend Getaways Winter Fun

    Loralea
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Wintertime vacations is something that is enjoyed by a great number of travelers who come to explore the Haliburton Highlands in Ontario Canada. While you check out and enjoy the many winter experiences in the area you need to also take some time and just chill out. Winter Things To try and do Snowmobiling Dogsledding Downhill Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Ice Climbing Tobogganing Ice Skating Ice Fishing       Summer and winter vacations are usually similar in length, lasting about 2 months each. Spring and fall weekend getaways usually are not as popular with the…
  • Santafest Fun In Bracebridge

    Loralea
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Click to Enlarge Santa Claus, also often known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and basically “Santa”, is really a figure with legendary, historic and folkloric origins who, in a number of Western cultures, is said to deliver toys and gifts to the homes of the good children on 24 December, the evening before Christmas Day. Even now, in some European countries youngsters receive their presents on St. Nicholas’ Day, 6 December. Santa Claus’s dwelling traditionally consists of a dwelling and a workshop where he creates—often with the aid of elves or…
  • Watching The Fall Colours Change

    Loralea
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    No fall coloured flower article post will be complete with out mentioning our cherished mum or chrysanthemum blossoms. (See Fall Colour Report) These small, bushy flowers really are a must from your fall gardens. They are going to come back year after year for you as well. Mums come in a variety of fall colours, hardy little garden flowers a bonus, a great addition to the back yard and also making great gift for someone. Being a perennial, they come back again and again, even after hard freezes. Their compact busy development could possibly be encouraged by snipping them back if they start…
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  • Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad

    Bryan Haines
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Some expats are doomed to failure. They get off the plane complaining about something. The moment they check-in at their hotel they hit Facebook to complain about the taxi service, small portions, or the unbelievable rainy weather. And they send nasty emails to anyone who sees the glass half-full. But… This Isn’t Like Home! A while back, I received a flaming from an traveler who just completed a two week trip to Ecuador. It seems that they had a rather bad experience while here in Ecuador. He was…
  • GringosAbroad No More: Why Bryan & Dena Left Ecuador

    Dena Haines
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    GringosAbroad No More: Why Bryan & Dena Left Ecuador | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad View from our deck in Santa Isabel Ecuador One week ago today we (along with 7 large bags of luggage, 2 bikes and our dog) left Ecuador, and not just for a vacation. It was very difficult and emotional for our whole family. The Sunday before, we packed everything and sold off all our belongings. Many of our friends came over to see us off. We cried almost all the way from Santa Isabel (a small town about an hour outside of Cuenca) to Cuenca! At the airport in Quito with all our bags We couldn’t leave…
  • 10 Steps to Learn Spanish in 10 Days [Infographic]

    Bryan Haines
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    10 Steps to Learn Spanish in 10 Days [Infographic] | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Ready to learn Spanish? If you are planning a move (or even long term travel) to Latin America – you’re going to need some Spanish. In this post and infographic, you’ll learn ten steps to learning Spanish. Lets get started! 10 Steps to Learn Spanish Download apps: Check Duolingo (won Best App Award in 2013) to get started. There are plenty of free and pay apps that range from flash cards to audio and video courses. Convert everything to Spanish: Switch your devices to Spanish and label…
  • Madrigal’s Magic Key To Spanish: Gringo Review

    Dena Haines
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    Madrigal’s Magic Key To Spanish: Gringo Review | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad If you’re learning Spanish, you’ve probably heard of Madrigal’s Magic Key To Spanish. It’s our readers favorite Spanish learning book. We’ve seen 600+ purchases just from mentioning this book in an overview post. The week we arrived in Ecuador, someone loaned us their copy because they said it was the best book to get us started. It’s the book we used to learn proper pronunciation, and one we’ve continually referenced over the past 6 years. When asked for…
  • The 10 Types of Expats (Reasons Why People Move Abroad)

    Bryan Haines
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    The 10 Types of Expats (Reasons Why People Move Abroad) | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Ever wonder why people move abroad? It’s easy to think of workers and retirees, but what about the rest of us? In this detailed infographic (by Internations), you’ll learn about the ten types of expats. (See the full inforgraphic below.) Here is the full breakdown of ten types of expats.  10 Types of Expats The Foreign Assignee: Typically sent to a specific country (often India, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Nigeria) by their employers and works a solid 46+ hours per week. The Career Expat:…
 
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  • A Taste of Tokyo at Shinjuku Station in Fort Worth, Texas

    Janis
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Mr. Jones grew up in Alaska. He’s a sushi-loving seafood and fish connoisseur I’m a Missouri farm kid who grew up eating locally-raised corn-fed beef. Growing up, my fish consumption was limited to frozen fish sticks in school lunch. While I’ve dramatically broadened my palate and prefer seafood to beef today, it has taken me years to embrace the idea of eating raw fish. When we were in Fort Worth, Texas last weekend, we were looking forward to enjoying local specialties (brisket tacos, pecan pancakes, Babe’s chicken fried steak or Joe T. Garcia’s family-style…
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces Free Premium Beverages on the Norwegian Sky

    Janis
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:16 pm
    The Norwegian Sky sails 3 and 4 day cruises to the Bahamas from Miami year round. Although Andy Stuart has been president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line only since March of this year, the 27-year company veteran is shaking things up at the cruise line. Today NCL announced that all guests sailing aboard Norwegian Sky begining in January 2016 will enjoy unlimited free beer, wine and premium spirits on their cruise. “We’re taking Freestyle Cruising to the next level to provide our guests with an experience unmatched by any other contemporary cruise…
  • 20 Fun Facts About Panama City, Panama

    Janis
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    In preparation for an upcoming visit to Panama City, Panama, we did a little background research.  Panama City, the capital city of Panama, is located at the Pacific Ocean entrance of the Panama Canal.  20 Fun Facts About Panama City, Panama Panama City Skyline. Photo by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz) 1. With a total metro population of 1,440,381, Panama City is the largest city and the capital of the Republic of Panama.   Pedro Arias Dávila led the first great Spanish expedition in the New World and founded Panama City. 2. Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila founded the city…
  • Weekend Fun in Fort Worth, Texas

    Janis
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    We made a quick trip to Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend. We made a quick trip to Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend. When you think of Ft. Worth, Texas, eating yellowtail sashimi in a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Ah, discovery is one of the joys of traveling, and in less than 36 hours we discovered a number of fun things in the Ft. Worth area. Our flight departed Kansas City, Missouri just after 8 am on Saturday morning. Thanks to having a companion pass on Southwest Airlines, it’s quick and relatively inexpensive for us…
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  • Celebrate World Penguin Day by Winning a Trip to Antarctica

    Dave and Deb
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Did you know it’s world penguin day? Wondering what world penguin day is all about? *Cuteness Alert* – Penguins in this Video Well, each year the world celebrates by spreading the word and helping people learn about penguins. It is at this time of year that the penguins take part in their annual migrations north, so what better time to celebrate the tuxedo-clad cuties. So we thought we’d do our part to share a few points about penguins and to let you know about a contest where you could win a trip to Antarctica! Don’t worry, it’s not a school lesson, we like to…
  • Beautiful Maui, Our Week in Photos

    Dave and Deb
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    It’s been awhile since we’ve posted an Instagram photo story, but we had such an amazing time capturing images from the beautiful island of Maui we wanted to share them with you. As we make plans to share our travels more in the moment now that we are back on the road, we wanted to get our images of Maui out as soon as possible for you to see everything we were up to this past week. We went to Maui for our annual Expedia Viewfinders summit. Each year the Viewfinders get together to chat about the year ahead. Usually we go to the head office in Seattle, but this year fellow…
  • Snapshots From a 10,000-Kilometer Bike Ride

    Guest Writer
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    In the spring of 2013, I embarked on what would become a quite memorable bicycle journey to the North Cape in northern Norway and back to my then home in Belgium, a loop of more than 10,000 kilometers that took me 85 days to complete. Starting off in the flat fields of Flanders, I pedaled across the Dutch and German lowlands, before spending a couple of days in Copenhagen, Denmark, a city that completely blew me away. I still consider it the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to. From there on, the road led toward Stockholm and continued north over the undulating hills, through the vast…
  • Big Summer Plans – Back to Travel with a Whole New Outlook

    Dave and Deb
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Hey everyone! If you didn