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  • All-inclusive for Families: Grand Palladium Bavaro – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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

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    By ADAM BRYANT
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    A C.E.O. says that to avoid swaying the conversation in meetings, “I’ve learned to throw a topic out, ask a lot of questions and get a lot of engagement before I speak my mind.”
  • Travelling from Budapest to Prague by Train

    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog
    Karen Bryan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    We travelled from Budapest in Hungary to Prague in the Czech Republic by train, on our twin centre holiday with our sons. The 'Spa Day' tickets for the journey, bought in advance on the Hungarian Railways website, cost 19 Euro per person. The intercity service to Prague departs from Budapest Keleti Station, picutred below.
  • 25 picturesque US mountains

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    Matt Hershberger
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The United States has its share of incredible mountain ranges — the iconic Rockies, the misty Appalachians, the volcanic Cascades, the titans of the Hawaiian archipelago, the glacial massifs of Alaska — each with an allotment of high-profile peaks. Yet not all mountains, even those with impressive stats, necessarily make photogenic subjects. Some are perpetually shrouded in clouds, or monochromatic and dull when viewed at a distance, or tarnished by a lackluster backdrop. Not so for the following. We’ve curated a gallery of some of the most picturesque mountains and mountain…
  • Two Curious Critters

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    Jamie Winpenny
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Invasive species pose a grave, continuing threat to Hawaii’s native flora and fauna. Coqui frogs, Miconia, salvinia molesta, Albizia trees; large amounts The post Two Curious Critters appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • In Search of Sustainable Travel

    Keith Bellows
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    In the 1980s, ecotourism—driven by a deep conservation and environmental ethic—focused on remote jungle lodges, nature treks, and the like. It was well-meaning and maybe appropriate to the time, but dwelled on the fringes of a largely uninterested mainstream travel industry. At Traveler we observed this and felt a broader approach, around sustainable tourism, would prove a more powerful force to improve travelers’ interactions with the planet and push the entire industry to take notice. Our own sustainable-travel initiatives promoted cultural and natural preservation as well as the…
  • Slovenia’s Ancient Roman Holiday

    Intelligent Travel
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    In the 2,000 years since Caesar Augustus laid one of Ljubljana’s first stones, then for a settlement called Emona, this city has often hidden in plain sight. No longer: As Slovenia’s capital cheers its bimillenary throughout 2014, it’s putting its treasures on parade. Emonan daily life and ancient artifacts take the spotlight at the City Museum of Ljubljana and National Museum of Slovenia, and the summer’s marquee festival—Ave, Emona (“Hello” in Latin)—takes over Congress Square with military and civic reenactments. Meanwhile, Ljubljana’s modern renaissance plays out a few…
  • Travel Lens: Steve McCurry’s World

    Katie Knorovsky
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Through the eyes of Steve McCurry, a camera has telescopic powers. His pictures reflect the essence of the world’s most elusive cultures. In the 1980s—disguised in native garb and armed with a bag of film—he delved deep into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Along the way he captured the portrait of Sharbat Gula, a green-eyed refugee girl who became a global icon after appearing on a cover of National Geographic In the decades since, McCurry has documented conflict zones such as Beirut and Tibet and explored endless frontiers, from Italy to Myanmar (Burma) and India (where he has traveled at…
  • Permanent Collection: D.C.’s National Gallery

    James Conaway
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., provides a stunning home for 4,000 European and American paintings, 3,000 sculptures, 31,000 drawings, 70,000 prints, 12,000 photographs, and much more. It’s an awesome trove, to be sure, but approaching it requires planning. Most of the art is not on display at any one time, of course, but some spectacular pieces always are, and they provide the best starting point. Finding them can be exciting, and satisfying, a treasure hunt for the aesthetically minded traveler drawn to one of the U.S. capital’s prime attractions. It helps—a…
  • Brilliant: London for Kids

    Intelligent Travel
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Despite its size, London is a very kid-friendly city. Almost 40 percent of the capital is dedicated to parks and public spaces, and major museums are free. The only problem is there’s so much to see. For a dizzying overview of all the attractions, take the elevator to the top of the Shard (above). At 1,004 feet, it’s the tallest building in western Europe. On a clear day, the views from the glass-walled 72nd floor can stretch for 40 miles. Tip: Don’t prebook; wait for a sunny day and be prepared to line up; $50. For a closer look at London’s landmarks, hop aboard one of Thames…
 
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  • The Bar’s a Star

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    1 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    If you are a fan of TV’s Hawaii 5-0, or of other shows like LOST, or The River, then you’re likely to The post The Bar’s a Star appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Two Curious Critters

    Jamie Winpenny
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Invasive species pose a grave, continuing threat to Hawaii’s native flora and fauna. Coqui frogs, Miconia, salvinia molesta, Albizia trees; large amounts The post Two Curious Critters appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Prepping for Your Hawaii Vacay: Books to Read

    Lauren Rolland
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    I love to read. I also love pretty much any book- I don’t have a particular genre that I enjoy more than The post Prepping for Your Hawaii Vacay: Books to Read appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Rubbernecking Disater: Just Don’t

    Jamie Winpenny
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    The recent Big Island journey that took me to the summit of Mauna Kea also saw me visiting family and friends in The post Rubbernecking Disater: Just Don’t appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii’s Best Kept Secrets

    Lauren Rolland
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Have you ever seen or heard the meme, “surfing sucks don’t try it”? If you have then I’m sure you know the The post Hawaii’s Best Kept Secrets appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Why you should drive across the USA

    Karin Swanson
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Photo: Jocelyn Catterson 1. You’ll get to know your own backyard. A former road trip copilot once told me she yearned to drive across the country after spending college on the East Coast. For four years she had flown back and forth across the US without ever knowing what existed in the composite of the countryside below her. Most of us are eager to travel abroad without even knowing what adventures await in our neighboring states. 2. America is wonderfully weird. From Salem Sue, the “world’s largest Holstein cow” in North Dakota, to the Cockroach Hall of Fame in Texas, there are…
  • The story of Rocky Mountain Front

    Eric Warren
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fifty years ago this September, the Wilderness Act was signed into law. It protects over 110 million acres of American land from development, including roads, mining, and other industrial activities. Common Ground is a film by Alexandria Bombach about the fight to preserve the iconic landscapes at the edges of wild places like the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana — places that have been used for ranching and recreation for generations, but have recently felt the encroachment of development, especially by mineral-extraction operations. Being from Montana, this film holds a special…
  • America's 59 national parks [pics]

    Matt Hershberger
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I never think, when I start itching to travel again, to just seek out the nearest national park. That’s Shenandoah for me, and it’s only about an hour and a half away from my home in DC. For people living out West, there are a ton more options: Less than 10 of the country’s 59 parks are east of the Mississippi, with huge numbers of them in California, Utah, Arizona, and Alaska. And they’re all truly spectacular. While there are obviously the popular destinations of Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon, there are at the same time less visited ones, particularly in the more…
  • Grilled meat around the world [pics]

    Joe Batruny
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    GRILLED MEAT. “What is there to it? It’s as simple as it gets, right?” Wrong. While seemingly basic due to the small number of ingredients involved, grilling throws one pesky, hard-to-control, constantly changing variable in the way of the poor soul in front of the grill: temperature. Enthusiasts will harp on about how grilling is an art form — if you’ve ever been at the helm of a charcoal grill with smoke billowing into your eyes as you burned your guests’ hot dogs, or found yourself meekly walking back to the grill after serving undercooked chicken thighs,…
  • 25 picturesque US mountains

    Matt Hershberger
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The United States has its share of incredible mountain ranges — the iconic Rockies, the misty Appalachians, the volcanic Cascades, the titans of the Hawaiian archipelago, the glacial massifs of Alaska — each with an allotment of high-profile peaks. Yet not all mountains, even those with impressive stats, necessarily make photogenic subjects. Some are perpetually shrouded in clouds, or monochromatic and dull when viewed at a distance, or tarnished by a lackluster backdrop. Not so for the following. We’ve curated a gallery of some of the most picturesque mountains and mountain…
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  • Countdown to the Snowman Trek

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

    Beth Whitman
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Ever notice that when something hits your radar, you start seeing it everywhere? That’s what happened with my Julbo mountaineering sunglasses. As soon as I had my own pair to test out for the Snowman Trek, I noticed a lot (I mean, A LOT) of people I’ve been meeting on my hikes are also wearing Julbos. Visit any outdoor store and you’ll likely find a wide range of Julbos. I’ve got the Explorer mountaineering sunglasses with Spectron 4. These are specially made for high altitude, where eyes are particularly susceptible to damage by the sun and reflection. The Explorers…
  • USA Today’s Best Budget Travel Blogger ~ Me?

    Beth Whitman
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Yes, I totally get the irony in the fact that I was nominated USA Today’s Best Budget Travel Blogger while traveling in Papua New Guinea, one of the most expensive countries on the planet. And yes, I do hate these popularity contests that are really about driving traffic to a website (in this case USA Today, not linked here, purposefully). But (snicker), I won. Which I think is just a hoot. I’m pleased, actually, because it has nothing to do with me but everything to do with our dedicated Wanderlusters. You. Our website readers (60,000/month). Newsletter subscribers (nearly…
  • Papua New Guinea-bound

    Beth Whitman
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As I write this, I’m literally sitting at the airport getting ready to leave for Papua New Guinea to lead one of our WanderTours to the Mt. Hagen SingSing. PNG is one of my very favorite destinations because it is so crazy diverse. There are approximately 850 tribes in the country. The jungle terrain is so difficult to traverse that these tribes have traditionally stayed in their own communities, speaking their own language. This makes it difficult for them to converse in anything other than pidgin English (and not all know this language). PNG is located on the eastern half of an island…
  • Smartwool Socks for Hiking ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Last time I attended the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, I got me a lesson in socks. My complaint to the vendors who manufacture socks was that my socks often fall down my calves. I always thought it was because my calves were so big and it stretched out the tops of the socks. What I learned was that if the footing, specifically the heel, isn’t properly reinforced, the socks will slide into your shoe and pull down your calf. That bit of info took my sock buying to a whole new level. And yes, I did clear out the sock drawer and to get rid of those without heel reinforcement. So,…
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  • Last Minute Cruise Deals from $129

    Martha Allen
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Extend Summer with Last Minute Cruise Deals It’s hard to believe that the Labor Day holiday this weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, how did it go by so fast? If the end of the season has you down, here is something to cheer you up: last minute cruises with unbelievably low rates, starting from just $129 per person. We honestly have been shocked at some of the prices we are finding for cruises departing in the next couple of weeks. Just one example is a 6 night cruise on Carnival’s newest ship, the Carnival Breeze, starting from just $199 per person! CLICK HERE to check out the…
  • The BEST Labor Day Cruise Deals Ever!

    Rich Tucker
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Here’s an idea: tell your boss that you need next week off so that you can cruise the Bahamas for $28 per day.  How can they say no? Plus, you don’t want to end the year again with unused vacation days – do you? Running low on vacation days?  Well it helps that Monday is Labor Day Holiday and you’ll be off the ship by 9 AM on Friday morning – so technically, you only need to take 3 days off. Right now, if you act fast, you have the choice of cruising out of Miami or Port Canaveral for only $28 per day! Details on The Best Labor Day Cruise Deals Ever: $109 4-nt…
  • Cruise Deals: Transatlantic & Repositioning Cruises from $29 a Day

    Martha Allen
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Top Fall Transatlantic & Repositioning Cruise Deals Did you know that some of the best cruise deals can be found with transatlantic or repositioning cruises? These unique itineraries can most often be found in the fall and spring when cruise ships are moving from Europe to the Caribbean for the fall through spring seasons, and vice versa. Most transatlantic and repositioning cruises feature long itineraries that include a good amount of time at sea, coupled with stops to ports that are often off the beaten path. Prices for fall transatlantic and repositioning cruises have fallen to what…
  • Top 6 Carnival Pack and Go Sale Cruise Deals: Book by August 24th

    Martha Allen
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Carnival Cruise Deals from $28 a Day Carnival’s weekly Pack and Go sale starts today and features unbelievably low rates on cruises departing between now and November, 2014. Don’t miss out on these fantastic Carnival Pack and Go cruise deals; rates start from just $28 per person per day and they are only available until August 24th! Top 6 Carnival Pack and Go Deals: Book August 21 – August 24 $149 5 Night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Miami on September 1st aboard the Carnival Victory [only $30 a day!] Click here to view full itinerary and reserve your cabin $169 4 Night Baja…
  • Royal Caribbean WOW Sale | Must Book by Aug 20th

    Martha Allen
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Royal Caribbean Sale WOW Sale starts August 16th If you are thinking about booking a Royal Caribbean cruise for almost any ship at any time, I would highly suggest you wait until Saturday, August 16th to book. Because starting tomorrow, Royal Caribbean will be offering a 5 Day “Wow Sale” featuring up to $200 onboard credit and a reduced deposit on almost any Royal Caribbean Cruise! Plus, on top of that CruiseDeals.com is offering free gratuities on select categories. 5 Day Royal Caribbean WOW Sale + CruiseDeals.com Bonus Offer Book any Royal Caribbean cruise (excluding the Quantum and…
 
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  • Review of Trofea Grill Buffet Restaurant in Budapest

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

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

    Karen Bryan
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    I visited the Palace of Arts in Budapest in April 2014. Admission cost 1900 HUF (approx £5). The Palace of Arts is located in Heroes Square at the City Park, at the end of Andrassy Ave.
  • Review of City Harbour Chinese Buffet Restaurant in Dundee

    Karen Bryan
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    My Aunt and I had lunch at the city Harbour Chinese buffet restaurant on the City Quay on Dundee's watefront on a Tuesday in May 2014. It cost £6.50 per adult.
  • Travelling from Budapest to Prague by Train

    Karen Bryan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    We travelled from Budapest in Hungary to Prague in the Czech Republic by train, on our twin centre holiday with our sons. The 'Spa Day' tickets for the journey, bought in advance on the Hungarian Railways website, cost 19 Euro per person. The intercity service to Prague departs from Budapest Keleti Station, picutred below.
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  • Scholarships for Real Life: “Your First Clue”

    Chris Guillebeau
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Last year we started a foundation, making an initial investment of $100,000 and pledging to support “Scholarships for Real Life,” a program to enable people to pursue a dream of their own while also addressing a problem that affects others. In this short series, we’ll highlight our initial grantees. Up until now the LGBT narrative has focused on the often painful and conflicted “when did you know?” and “coming out” stories. In contrast, the First Clue project collects and shares stories from LGBT individuals answering the question, “What was your first clue that…
  • Ending Soon: 50,000 United Mileage Plus Bonus Offer

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Link: 50,000 Miles for United MileagePlus Explorer Card For the next 24-48 hours (or less, depending on when you’re reading this), you can still earn an improved signup bonus on this card. I first wrote about this offer several weeks ago. Here’s what I said: Chase has increased the bonus for their United Explorer card. The card now offers 50,000 MileagePlus miles (formerly 30,000) upon completion of a $2,000 minimum spend. In addition to the improved signup bonus, the card also offers the following benefits: Get a free checked bag every time you fly as long as you keep the card…
  • Mini City Guide: Aachen, Germany

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others. But what about those unknown gems that are off the beaten tourist path… those obscure places that are just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our new “Mini City Guides” are here to uncover those gems, and we’re looking to our favorite explorers—AONC readers—to give us the inside scoop. Tell us if there’s a city you’d like to nominate. This city was nominated by reader Ann Belle. – Which accessibly obscure city would you like to share?
  • The Surprising New Trend of Active, Nomadic Retirement

    Chris Guillebeau
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    David Law and his wife, Bonnie Carleton. Instead of settling down for retirement, they hit the road. The nomadic way of life is not just for the young. Or to be precise, it’s for the young of all ages. For years I’ve been meeting retired folks who are embracing a more active lifestyle than their parents’ generation may have done. I also often receive emails from people in this demographic, along with the question, “Am we the only ones?” Good news: they’re not the only ones! I’m always glad to see press coverage of this new lifestyle choice. More…
  • Giveaway: Color Cloud Hammock

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! Several years ago, three nomadic adventurers started a small business making and selling hammocks. The hammocks have since gone global, with sightings in more than 40 countries and all 7 continents. I love these hammocks! We use them in the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) lounge at WDS every year, and they’re always a huge hit. Also, be sure to check out their hammocks around the world on Instagram via hashtag #inacolorcloud. What you need to know: Color Cloud hammocks are sweatshop-free and individually crafted by a small team of Cambodian…
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  • Management Photo Friday – Parrot Cay by COMO

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    The Parrot Cay by COMO resort uses its Management Photos to give travelers a tour of its private island location. The property has published images of its pristine beaches as well as the various dining and activity options offered.
  • Video: How to sign up with the TripAdvisor Management Center

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you run a hospitality business, it just makes sense to have an active presence on the world’s largest travel site.
  • “An empowering technology for independent properties”

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Tweddale founded Booking Center twenty-four years ago after living in an area where tourism was a big industry, but tour operators grabbed the biggest slice of the pie.  Hear Tweddale explain how his company puts a sophisticated distribution system at local businesses' disposal, allowing the
  • Join us on September 4th

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Have you ever asked yourself how to deliver remarkable service both online and on property? Or how best to mitigate the risks that come along with our “always on”, social media-centric culture? Hear best practices from hoteliers of all sizes, and get actionable tips on:
  • Video: TripAdvisor’s Business Listings and the Mobile Upgrade

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to amplify your property page on the world’s largest travel site? Watch this video on how a TripAdvisor Business Listing and the Mobile Upgrade option help you raise awareness and drive bookings.
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Fiery Finish

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

    Sheila Beal
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Do you have a favorite place in Hawaii? Perhaps it’s a specific beach, hiking trail, waterfall, garden, restaurant or hotel? Maybe it’s a place you visualize immediately when you think of Hawaii?Please share your favorite place in Hawaii along with the reason why in the comments section of this article. Then, stay tuned because you just might see your name and your favorite place highlighted in a future article.We can’t wait to hear from you. Mahalo for your input! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: A view of Diamond Head from the air

    Sheila Beal
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Mahalo to Peter King from the United Kingdom for sharing this view of Diamond Head  with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Peter took this photo from the plane while visiting Hawaii in April.It’s always exciting to catch the first views Hawaii as your flight comes in for landing. Likewise, as you depart, you savor the final sights of Hawaii while you reflect on your vacation memories. Either way, those views from the plane are treasures for the Hawaii visitor.Happy Aloha Friday!
  • What to know for a September vacation to Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    September is a fantastic month to visit Hawaii. It’s a relatively quiet time in the Hawaiian Islands; hotel rates are less expensive and the weather is great. In this article, we’ll review all these important details in deciding if September is the best month for you to vacation in Hawaii.What’s Hawaii’s weather like in September?August and September are two of the hottest months in Hawaii. September weather in the Hawaiian Islands can be described as very summer-like with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Daytime high temperatures at most beach resorts average in the…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: A sweetheart of a view

    Sheila Beal
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Mahalo to Joe West from Drone Cam Hawaii for sharing this superb view of Pu’upehe with us. Pu’upehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock, is one of the most iconic views of Lana’i. This impressive rock always makes visitors wonder how it was formed and why it stands alone from the rest of the island.We’ve taken the short hike out to view Pu’upehe many times, but we’ve never seen an aerial view of it. Joe’s excellent photo captures a new perspective of Pu’upehe that’s just not possible from the ground. We love this new dimension of this…
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  • Hotel Frontdoor

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

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

    GJE
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    The front of Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier…
  • Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64)

    GJE
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64) Actually this is more like a “note to self” as I was inspecting an auction of German auction house Quittenbaum to see if I could find something for my Chair Blog (and Yes, I did find some, see Chair Blog’s Quittenbaum section). The bookcase sold for Euro 2,000. I just happen to have a smaller version of same bookcase. Before I throw it away, I should remember I wrote about it here and should bring it to an auction house. Wilhelm Lutjens Bookcase – Dutch Design (64) is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to…
  • MH 17 Crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • This Week in Travel – Episode #173

    Gary
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Jen Leo, Chris Christensen and myself are joined by this week’s guest Tim Leffel from CheapLivingAbroad.com. This Week’s News: Knee defender: United flight grounded, cops called after passengers argue over seats reclining If You Try to Publish a Picture of this Statue in Denmark, You’d Better be Ready to Pay Up Picks of the week: Jen – priceoftravel.com Tim – numbeo.com Gary – hotelwifitest.com Chris – planefinder.net Tim – SteriPen Freedom Chris – Camelbak All Clear – Water Purifier / Water Bottle
  • North American National Park #34: Kootenay, British Columbia

    Gary
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    North American National Park #34: Kootenay, British Columbia Kootenay is adjacent to two other national parks: Banff (which borders to the east) and Yoho (which borders to the north). It is also a component of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. As with Yoho, there is one primary highway which runs through the park, and everything you’d want to see is accessible from that road. It is larger than Yoho and as such there is more to see. The most notable attraction in the park are the Radium Hot Springs, from which the nearby town of Radium gets its name. Other…
  • North American National Park #33: Yoho, British Columbia

    Gary
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    North American National Park #33: Yoho, British Columbia Yoho is just over the border from Banff National Park and borders Kootenay National Park on the south. It is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. I’ve always wondered why the 4 adjoining national parks in the Canadian Rockies weren’t just one big park, or at least 2 parks with one in each province. It is all basically the same area in the same mountain range, the only difference being that 2 are in Alberta and 2 are in British Columbia. Yoho is the smallest of the four adjoining…
  • North American National Park #32: Nahanni, Northwest Territories

    Gary
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    North American National Park #32: Nahanni, Northwest Territories Occasionally I visit places which are amazing, yet no one seems to know about. Places like Oman and South Georgia Island. I like to champion those places to get people more aware of them. I have another one to add to the list: Nahanni National Park. I discussed some of the significance of Nahanni in my world heritage post (of which, Nahanni was one of the first world heritage sites on Earth), so here I’ll talk about the logistics of visiting. Nahanni is not an easy park to get to. Despite how much it has to offer, it gets…
  • The City of Taormina, Sicily

    Amy
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    The City of Taormina, Sicily
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    Vagabondish

  • 7 Essential Travel Experiences in Florida’s Upper Keys

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

    Mike Richard
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Alexander Ess The post Photo of the Moment: One Night in Mexico City appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Confessions of a Traveling Packrat

    Jessica Spiegel
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I’ll admit it: I like stuff. Whether it’s travel gear or books or purses or ceramic bowls, I like having stuff around. I have a ridiculous capacity to remember who gave me things, or where I got them, which makes it all too easy to assign emotional significance to inanimate objects. Where others have scrapbooks, I have “scrapboxes,” moved from house to house since high school and rarely opened. I am, quite simply, a packrat. Many of the travelers I know are minimalists – some can (and do) fit everything they own into just…
  • Photo of the Moment: London Calling

    Mike Richard
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Thomas Leuthard The post Photo of the Moment: London Calling appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Mountain Hardwear CoolHiker Short Sleeve T: Ideal Go-Anywhere Travel Shirt

    Mike Richard
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. As an avid hiker, I’m damn loyal to just a handful of outdoor brands. Mountain Hardwear is one, as they manufacture some of my favorite travel/adventure wear. Their technical shirts have allowed me to pack far less than ever before, including just three shirts for a six-week trip to Africa. (Just a carry-on for a trip around the world? Sounds good to me!) Their latest CoolHiker™ Short Sleeve T is billed as “the coolest technical tee on the market for hiking and backpacking.” The shirt’s Cool.Q ZERO tiny circles are filled…
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    Adventure Girl

  • Adventure Girl : 8Great September Golf Destinations

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

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

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

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

    Stefanie Michaels
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    UPDATE: We’d like to thank everyone who got involved in the conversation on #VacationEquality over the past few weeks. Together we sparked millions of conversations, video views, shares and petition signatures. It doesn’t end here. We’ll transform every signature on the petition into postcards to send to House members soon. #staytuned Keep sharing and visit VacationEqualityProject.com to learn more. ____________________________________________________________ When Hotels.com came to me and asked me to work on a special project with them, I was curious. “Tell me more,” I…
 
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • “Cheap Living Abroad” with Tim Leffel – This Week in Travel 173

    chris2x
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Travel Writer Tim Leffel Save 10% off an Avalon River […] The post “Cheap Living Abroad” with Tim Leffel – This Week in Travel 173 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Luxembourg – Episode 434

    chris2x
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Hear about travel to Luxembourg as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rosie Titterington about her adopted country. Rosie had never heard of Luxembourg before moving there, but loves this small but lovely […] The post Travel to Luxembourg – Episode 434 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Lazio, Italy – Episode 427 Transcript

    chris2x
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    transcript of Travel to Lazio, Italy – Episode 427 subscribe: rss feed | iTunes | stitcher | Live365 Chris Christensen: “Amateur Traveler” episode 427. Today the “Amateur Traveler” talks about beach side […] The post Travel to Lazio, Italy – Episode 427 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Bread Line – FDR Memorial – Washington D.C. – Photo

    chris2x
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Independent Day Trip to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria from Washington DCViator Exclusive: Mt Vernon Trail and Washington DC Cherry Blossom Bike Tour from Alexandria The last time I was in […] The post Bread Line – FDR Memorial – Washington D.C. – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Earthquakes, Travel with Kids and Other Disasters – This Week in Travel #172

    chris2x
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Dana […] The post Earthquakes, Travel with Kids and Other Disasters – This Week in Travel #172 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Wishing upon a star in Iran

    Olivia-Petra Coman
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    ‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and I had doubts as to being able to reach the final point, which was also the pinnacle of my voyage. The period spanning between landing in Tehran and riding the taxi from Qom to Hamedan had been more colourful, adventurous, and amazing than I had hoped. I had gone through a theft, I had made new friends, I had met…
  • My tryst with independence in India

    Jimjam
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy in life – he would say, walk to the bus stand for the school bus yourself – learning to walk alone is the biggest lesson to learn – he would say, eat your food with your own hands – enjoying food with one’s own hands will make you taste every bit of the food…
  • #TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

    Lisa Niver Rajna
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with an afternoon inspired by locally sourced ingredients and the pleasures of seasonal cooking. Leading L.A. chefs specializing in fresh-focused dishes will share their techniques and offer tastes.”   From Eveleigh: I enjoyed albacore tartine on…
  • In Transit in Croatia

    Alexandra Lucier
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to work things out while reality waits in suspended animation. It’s in these places, and only these places, that I feel free. I carved out some breathing room for myself in the spring after I completed my undergrad degree. I’d planned and saved for The…
  • Rural Relaxation in Malawi

    David Atherton
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the scratchy grass mat under me, that I was in Champiti, a rural village in central Malawi with no electricity, running water, or internet. I struggled to my feet, shrugged on a t-shirt and wandered outside. For everyone else it didn’t matter what the time was, the sun was rising so the day was beginning. I stretched…
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    Elliott

  • Are airlines fleecing their passengers? Guess who wants to know

    Christopher Elliott
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thanks for reading Elliott’s Email, my weekly newsletter. I’m very grateful for your support – without you, none of the […] The post Are airlines fleecing their passengers? Guess who wants to know appeared first on Elliott.
  • How do I recover my expired miles and points?

    Christopher Elliott
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’re hard-earned loyalty points have expired, here’s how to get them back — and how not to get them […] The post How do I recover my expired miles and points? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Broke bride wants a $3,000 refund from Hilton — should I help her?

    Christopher Elliott
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Six months before getting married in her hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif., Pamela Baker-Miller made hotel arrangements for some of […] The post Broke bride wants a $3,000 refund from Hilton — should I help her? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Are airlines profiting at your expense?

    Christopher Elliott
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Why are airlines raking in record profits? Maybe they’re monetizing your personal data — selling your name, address and phone […] The post Are airlines profiting at your expense? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Is travel “hacking” smart – or unethical?

    Christopher Elliott
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Strictly speaking, “hacking” is the act of illegally breaking into a computer system. But lately, the word has been used […] The post Is travel “hacking” smart – or unethical? appeared first on Elliott.
 
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    Digg: travel Stories

  • This Video Game Makes It Easy To Understand The Fourth Dimension

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Marc ten Bosch's indie title "Meigakure" challenges players to use inter-dimensional travel to get around otherwise impassable obstacles. It's also a clever way to explain how the fourth dimension works.
  • Travel er 50 -- National Geographic

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Essential places, people, trends, and ideas that have turned the world’s most intelligent cities into travel ers’ hottest tickets.
  • How We Can Get Submarines To Travel At Supersonic Speed

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Chinese researchers say they are developing technology that would allowsubmarines to travel more than 750 mph. That’s faster than commercial aircraft fly, and yes, it is possible.
  • Plane Drops 5,000 Feet As Pilots Sleep

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Two pilots have been suspended after a plane carrying 280 passengers plunged suddenly in the airspace over Turkey.
  • The Gap In The World's Longest Road

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Stretching from Alaska to the pencil tip of Argentina, the 48,000km-long Pan-American Highway holds the record for the world's longest motorable road. But there is a gap — an expanse of wild tropical forest — that has defeated travel ers for centuries.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • TMI Tag!

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

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

    Soul Travelers3
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Hidden Paris, Local Color One of the great pleasures of doing slow travel in Paris is being able to live like a local One of the great pleasures of doing slow travel in Paris is being able to live like a local and feel like a native-born Parisian. It is a joy to stumble upon authentic areas filled with character,  far from the maddening crowds Okay, my French leaves much to be desired, but if I keep my mouth shut, I can pretend. We adore discovering secret little gems like in this photo. HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A TRIP TO PARIS WITH CHILDREN ON A BUDGETBEST BUDGET…
  • Mozart's 1st Vlog - Teen Beauty Guru, Fashion & Bargaining in China in Mandarin

    Soul Travelers3
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    Mozart's 1st Vlog - Teen Beauty Guru, Fashion & Bargaining in China in Mandarin13 year old Mozart is a fashionista teen or junior "Beauty Guru" with a passion for fashion, music, 13 year old trilingual Mozart is a fashionista teen model or junior "Beauty Guru" with a passion for fashion, music, makeup, travel, cooking, languages, art, DIY projects, books, science, teen lifestyle issues and more.She loves people and wants to connect and change the world, so has started to vlog weekly! Related articles Cute Teen Clothes Shopping Haul Why Learn Mandarin in Tropical…
  • Make a Splash! Water Park Summer Fun for Families!

    Soul Travelers3
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Make a Splash! Water Park Summer Fun for Families!Looking for an affordable family vacation this summer? Head tothe nearest water park where you Looking for an affordable family vacation this summer? Head to the nearest water park where you can splash, dive, tube and squeal with delight enjoying a supreme beat-the-heat venue for kids and teens. 13 year old Mozart has explored water parks in Florida, California, Jordan, Spain, Malaysia, Italy, France, Holland, Portugal and more. This started when she was 4, so no matter the age, it is always a hit. This latest water park was in DFW area where…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Cranky on the Web (August 25-29)

    CF
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    In the Trenches: Handling Referrals – Quickbooks Small Business Blog Referrals are very important to our business, so we want to make sure we’re handling them right.
  • Crankyspotting Dorkfest is Two Weeks Away

    CF
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Just two weeks from tomorrow, it’s time for the annual Crankyspotting Dorkfest. For those who haven’t been before, this isn’t some big event with scheduled activites. It’s all about getting together, eating In ‘n Out, and of course, watching airplanes. If you’re in LA, come to park across from the In ‘n Out Burger at 9149 S Sepulveda, just off the northeast end of the north runways at LAX. I’ll be there from 11a to 2p this year. We’ll grab a burger, talk shop, and just enjoy all the airplanes flying overhead. Hope to see you there.
  • American Stops Selling Tickets Through Orbitz, and Orbitz Should be Worried

    CF
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    It’s time for yet another fun-filled fight in the world of airline distribution. In this episode, American and Orbitz can’t come to an agreement, so American has pulled it flights out entirely. US Airways flights go away on September 1. This isn’t the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last, but American comes from a position of strength now that it didn’t in years past. There is a natural tension that has existed for many years between airlines and travel agents. It used to be that they loved each other. Airlines paid sizable commissions to travel…
  • The New Domestic Battleground: First Class Meals

    CF
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    When you think of things that make for a good flight, how high on the list is a decent meal? You’ll almost never get a free meal in the back of the bus domestically, but up front, the big three here in the US are now paying close attention to how and when they provide food. Who says competition is dead? I have to admit, this all seems just a bit silly to me. After all, I’m not a big eater on airplanes. But I can see how some people really do care. If you’re a road warrior, rushing between places all the time, you may not have time to fill up. But do they really care if a…
  • Why You So Rarely See Web Fares In the US

    CF
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    I was talking about mistake fares with someone the other day, and that reminded me of a time when I filed a couple of mistakes myself as a pricing analyst at America West. One, from Phoenix to Baltimore for under $100 roundtrip, did very little damage since it was a web-only fare. We caught it before many had seen the error. That turned the discussion toward web fares in general. You might wonder why you so rarely see them anymore here in the US. There’s actually a reason for that. When airlines first realized that the internet was a viable option for selling flights back in the 1990s,…
 
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: The Truth About Airline Ticket Prices

    Stephanie
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: The Truth About Airline Ticket PricesRecently, the government quietly raised airline ticket prices. In fact, you might be surprised to learn just how much of your airfare goes into taxes and fees. Last month, the... Read More...The post Travel Tip: The Truth About Airline Ticket Prices appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Cannery Row, Monterey, California–August 30, 2014

    _darra
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Cannery Row, Monterey, California–August 30, 2014This week we’re traveling roughly 100 miles south of San Francisco to Monterey, California, and the legendary Cannery Row. It’s an area rich with history, both industrial and artistic. We’ll... Read More...The post Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Cannery Row, Monterey, California–August 30, 2014 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Labor Day Weekend Festivals Around the Country

    Stephanie
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Labor Day Weekend Festivals Around the CountryWhether you’re hitting the road for Labor Day Weekend or staying close to home, there are festivals you can check out all over the country. This weekend, you can discover... Read More...The post Labor Day Weekend Festivals Around the Country appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: The Fine Print of Airline Rewards

    Stephanie
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: The Fine Print of Airline RewardsIt’s not hard to earn airline miles with airline rewards programs: all you have to do is fly or use a branded credit card. But there’s a lot of fine print... Read More...The post Travel Tip: The Fine Print of Airline Rewards appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Road Trip Apps to Make Your Drive Easier

    Stephanie
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Road Trip Apps to Make Your Drive EasierWhether you’re on a road trip or navigating a new city, a few helpful apps on your smartphone might make the driving experience a whole lot easier. We’ve rounded up... Read More...The post Road Trip Apps to Make Your Drive Easier appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Hotel Review: Skamania Lodge, Washington

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

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

    Nancy Brown
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    For those of you old enough to remember the 1978 movie Same Time, Next Year starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, you’ll recall that the romantic comedy is about two lovers – married to others – who meet each year at a charming bed and breakfast located on the Northern California coast.  My husband and […]
  • Palazzo del Governatore, Bracciano, Italy

    Lisa Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    My friend Milos invited me to visit the magical little town in Italy where he grew up. He promised to introduce me to the locals, show me around, and help me find places to stay while I produced a travel website about the area. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. Everything Milos told me […]
  • Houseboating Shasta Lake, CA: What to Expect

    Nancy Brown
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A three hour drive from the San Francisco bay area to Lake Shasta, we arrived at our destination, Shasta Marina Resort, in the early afternoon. The summer sun was already beating down on us; we were happy to be greeted at Shasta Marina with misters spraying fine curtains of water overhead. Our hosts and owners […]
 
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Describing Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I feel like a lot of things big have happened in Hawaii pretty recently… Big Island had an earthquake, two hurricanes threatened The post Describing Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Seafood in Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    If you’re vacationing in Hawaii, then chances are you want to sample local fresh seafood that comes straight from the fishermen of The post Seafood in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • The Best of Hawaii

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

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

    Bruce Fisher
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Let me begin by first stating that the customer is always right. I like to subscribe to this philosophy because it’s a The post Do you read your Hawaii travel documents? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • How To Discover The Right Wedding Photographer — Miami, United States

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    How To Discover The Right Wedding Photographer - Miami, United States Miami, United StatesA wedding is a once in a lifetime event. Many couples rely upon the photos to remember the day since the wedding and reception go by quickly and they cannot pay attention to all the info. Rather than have the typical, posed wedding photos, there are many wonderful, unique photo strategies to make a wedding album pop and be a real memory and keepsake. Have a watch for detail: If get to capture even the slightest detail, ask the photographers to repeat this for a. Order for bouquets or colors you would…
  • Airport Transfers — Iasi, Romania

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Airport Transfers - Iasi, Romania Iasi, RomaniaOrganising and working your personal taxi or non-public hire firm is under no circumstances easy as there are regional variations and management styles are very totally different in numerous parts of the UK. Cliamtecars founder Nicko Williamson has launched a new about london travel guide smartphone app designed to assist London private hire drivers win more business and lower their dead mileage. The Uber app has been hailed as the simple solution to summon a cab with simply the press of a button. Drive by means of the Mini Cab…
  • Lending a hand — Siem Reap, Cambodia

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Lending a hand - Siem Reap, Cambodia Siem Reap, CambodiaI woke up excited for my first day of volunteering at the new hope compound. I am going to be helping in the new hope restaurant by cooking meals for other volunteers while also teaching poverty ridden people how to become a chef. There are many different volunteering opportunities new hope offer to single people, small groups and large groups. From building to teaching at the new hope school there's plenty hat they are happy to let you help with. In my two day stint in the new hope kitchen I learned many different recipes, from a basic…
  • Our journey to Hafjell has commenced — ,

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Our journey to Hafjell has commenced - , First stop to fuel up in Michelago for the trip to Sydney Airport.
  • Coffee and Cookies — Columbia, MO

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Coffee and Cookies - Columbia, MO Columbia, MO Where I stayedHoliday InnI decided to stay in Cincinnati yesterday, and after waking up to very tasty french toast croissants made by my aunt Sabrina, my cousin Spencer and I went to this cool record store in the North Side of Cincinnati called Shake It. I got a Tom Petty CD for my road trip and she got a few records for her new record player that she just got for her 18th birthday! Very fun and relaxing day. We had a delicious dinner and it was probably one of the most amusing, hilarious dinner conversations I've ever had. We were all cracking…
 
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  • How to Eat Sushi (You’ve Been Doing it Wrong!)

    Gary Leff
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Eat the roll with your fingers. Turn the sushi pieces on their side with your chopsticks before dipping into soy sauce. Definitely don’t eat the ginger slices together with the roll or fish! And don’t shake soy sauce off the sushi. You can join the 40,000+ people who see these deals and analysis every day — sign up to receive posts by email (just one e-mail per day) or subscribe to the RSS feed. It’s free. You can also follow me on Twitter for the latest deals. Don’t miss out! The post How to Eat Sushi (You’ve Been Doing it Wrong!) appeared first on View…
  • ACT NOW: Last Chance for Up to 55,000 United Miles

    Gary Leff
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). The United Explorer Card has a 50,000 point signup bonus and it’s available through tomorrow only. (The standard public bonus is just 30,000 miles.) The spend requirement is just $2000 within 90 days,…
  • New, Better Link for 50,000 American Airlines Business Card Offer

    Gary Leff
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Back in March I provided an updated link for the American Airlines co-branded business credit card from Citibank that included a 50,000 mile signup bonus. That link seems to have stopped working. sagy writes, The link that you have gives a “Page Not Found 404″ error message. However aadvantagecards2.citicards.com still works and should be good until November 30,2014 I’ve gone ahead and updated the link I use for the card so that this working one will propogate out to previous posts. Here are the key card benefits, in addition to the bonus: There’s a $0 fee the first year, then…
  • 3000 Mile First-Time Hotel Booking Bonus Extended Through October 10

    Gary Leff
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Rocketmiles is a hotel booking site with a limited number of hotels and in a limited – but growing – number of cities. It rebates you a potentially large number of miles for your reservations. (You generally won’t earn hotel points for your stays booked through the site.) You get to choose whose miles you want to earn for your stays. In addition to the standard bonus they are now offering a 3000 mile bonus in your choice of mileage program for completing your first booking by October 10. Key terms: This offer is strictly limited to new Rocketmiles customers only. To be eligible for…
  • Delta Against Its Customers: No Longer Permits Expertflyer Access to Inventory, Seat Maps, Fares, or Even Flight Status

    Gary Leff
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Delta has forced Expertflyer to remove access to all of its data from the website. As of today, Delta has requested that we no longer offer to you any information on ExpertFlyer pertaining to Delta. Since our inception almost 10 years ago we have accessed Delta information through a GDS where they publish information for the benefit of various travel providers. We have always done this with the full knowledge and tacit approval of Delta. However, there now appears to be a change of thinking at Delta where this is no longer the case. As a result, we will no longer display Delta information in…
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  • Postcards

    Tony Wheeler
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Remember postcards? A rectangular square of cardboard with a picture. We used to send them to people, way back before emails and text messages and Facebook and Instagram. Well I still do regularly send postcards – to my mother (pushing 90) and to Maureen’s aunt (sailed past 90). But it’s getting increasingly difficult. First it’s getting harder to find the postcards – although I had no problem in France, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia and even Dubai in the UAE recently. Then you have to get stamps, which can be even more difficult than the postcard. In Greece I failed, got the cards,…
  • More on who flies where – Iran versus Iraq

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

    Tony Wheeler
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Lido di Ostia is the beach resort for Rome, it’s nothing special but convenient if you’re flying out of Rome Fiumicino, the main Rome airport. I had an early morning flight so I decided to stay there and have a look at Ostia Antica, it was the port for ancient Rome, but is now several km inland from the sea. ▲ Maureen and visited Ostia Antica back in 1972, when we were on our way across Europe and Asia on the trip that led to Across Asia on the Cheap, the very first Lonely Planet guidebook. A Canadian traveller we were kicking around with on the day took this photo of us on a mosaic at…
  • Avoiding Flying Over War Zones

    Tony Wheeler
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    I commented about flying over war zones in my blog on 9 July, a week before MH 17 was brought down. And followed that up with more thoughts on where airlines fly on 29 July.Yesterday I flew from Singapore to London on Singapore Airlines SQ 308. Singapore Airlines had been flying over Ukraine at the same time as MH 17, it could have just as easily been a Singapore Airlines A380 as a Malaysian Airlines 777. My flight followed the usual route across India, Pakistan and then Afghanistan. No sign of the Taliban far below us. ▼We continued across Turkmenistan and out over the Caspian Sea where we…
  • More on Flying Over War Zones

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

  • Paris: 6 breakfast pastries to try that aren’t croissants

    Bryan Pirolli
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We all hear about the croissant and its rich little brother the pain au chocolat, but these are not the only breakfast items available at the bakery. Parisians aren’t about to dive into an éclair or creamy millefeuille for breakfast, but they do have other options. Skip breakfast in the hotel to save a few euros and splurge at some freshly baked carbohydrates instead. Paired with a coffee at a local café (be discreet) or even takeaway while seated in a park (it’s possible), any of these pastries will be a welcomed change from the perfectly delicious but potentially mundane croissant.
  • 10 free museums in Stockholm

    Marcus Cederstrom
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Note: This article was updated on August 29, 2014 with new information, links and photos. A few years ago, the government decreed that all museums in Stockholm would offer free entry. Unfortunately for tourists and museum-lovers alike, this did not prove to be economically feasible and the experiment was brought to an end. Luckily, Stockholm’s museums continue to draw crowds, even if those crowds now have to pay to get in. The Stockholm tourist board boasts that the city has over 70 museums, and for the Cheapos out there, some are still free to the public. Many museums offer free entry…
  • Exploring Munich: 7 free and fun things to do

    Audrey Sykes
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Bavaria is Germany’s wealthiest region, and Munich is known for its posh spots and expensive tabs. However, not everything is out of a Cheapo’s budget in this city. Munich is also home to wonderful traditions and scenery that won’t cost you even one euro to experience. Here are seven of our top free things to do when visiting Munich at any time of the year. Related: Top budget hotels in Munich 1. The Glockenspiel clock Every day at 11 AM and 12 PM there are hundreds of tourists waiting at Munich’s Town Hall. The crowd’s size misleads others to think something huge is going…
  • London: Cheapo neighborhood guide to Islington

    Nina Derham
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Tackling London’s top sights and busiest central areas is one thing, but if you really want to get under the skin of this city, you need to eat, drink and shop in the areas where locals actually live. Islington is one of north London’s jewels in the crown, a lively corner where some of the city’s loveliest squares, most beautiful houses and traditional pubs rub shoulders with ethnic restaurants, fancy cocktail bars, glamorous boutiques and an intricate canal network. Islington is also London’s smallest borough and home to a host of famous residents. The borough…
  • Street Food in Istanbul: 8 snacks to try for €4 or less

    Kaitlin Davella
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    Where can you find some of the tastiest and most affordable street snacks in Europe? Welcome to Istanbul. Fresh from a trip to Turkey, I spent days wandering around this spectacular city trying out all of the delicious dishes. Luckily for me, Turkish street food is amazing, safe to eat and very easy on the wallet. From fresh baked breads to mussels sprinkled with lemon, you’ll find a huge variety of food that will please any Cheapo’s taste buds. Here are some of the best options for street eats in Istanbul. Photo by Ard Hesselin Kumpir Kumpir is Turkey’s interpretation of a…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Advantages of Bamboo Bicycle and Bamboo Bikes

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

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

    Greg Head
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Exploring Vienna by Bike: At the turn of the 20th century, cycling was building momentum across European cities. As automobiles became the dominant means of transportation, bicycles started to lose their ground, only to re-emerge victorious in the 21st century, hovering across the paved streets of the eco-metropolises of the world. Amsterdam, with its iconic… Read more The post Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

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

    Alice Benny
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    Islands to Visit on Budget: The Caribbean region, comprising of more than 700, breath-taking beautiful islands is a haven for sore eyes and enthusiastic travelers. As some say, the islands are enough in number for you to take annual holidays on a different island each year. From serene beaches to white, pristine sands to exotic… Read more The post Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Budapest: Watch This Jet Buzz Through Budapest at 500 Feet

    JetSetCD
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    This Monday is Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer. With the close of the sunniest season comes a finish to the bulk of the year's Air Show program. There's still the Red Bull Air Race in Dallas, TX to look forward to next weekend, but we're wishing we had known about another event earlier in the year, over in Budapest, Hungary. Red Bull's Aerobatics team was out in full force over the Danube River back in May for the capital's Air Show, but they weren't even the highlight! Budapest's air authorities allowed for some maneuvers that outshown these dare devils, beginning with a grand…
  • Travel Photographer Creates Mindblowing Drone Video of China

    Omri
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    We've talked before about how drones are are set to upend the travel world, from travel photography to travel safety. Sometimes the developments are newsy, like when the federal government banned drones inside national parks out of safety and noise concerns. Other times they can get kind of worrying, like when we gave you the heads up that idiots are using hobby drones to buzz commercial aircraft. But overall, the trend in the travel world is the same as everywhere else: innovation then disruption then regulatory concerns and then innovation. People are finding lots of new ways to do old…
  • The TSA Has Your iPhone

    JetSetCD
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    According to Consumer Reports, 2013 saw some 4.5 million smartphones reported lost or stolen. 2014's numbers are expected to be even higher, especially with the debut of a new iPhone this autumn. If you've long thought your phone had gone to the great charging cable in the sky, consider that perhaps it's just at the bottom of a pile of crusty lost-and-found electronics at an airport somewhere. The Transportation Safety Administration yesterday posted an Instagram showing a tiny sample of the forgotten gadgets they end up tossing into a box at LAX alone, and it's pretty alarming.
  • BREAKING: Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Erupts Overnight, Travel Red Alert Issued

    Omri
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    We opened this week by warning you that Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano - backgrounder from the Icelandic Met Office here, pronunciation tutorial embedded at bottom - had very pointedly begun to rumble. Let this be your official update that as of last night the volcano did indeed erupt, that an aviation red alert has been issued by Iceland's authorities, and that an air traffic ban is now in place around the entire Bardarbunga system. Happy Friday. Technically there are no big ash problems yet, because the eruption doesn't seem to have kicked up any actual ash. Nonetheless Agence France-Presse…
  • Last-Minute Labor Day: Road Trip to These Classic American State Fairs

    kjb
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Fried food, Ferris wheels, and fun are on the schedule at state fairs across the country, and Labor Day Weekend is the last great weekend during summer fair season. There’s at least ten different fairs doing their thing this weekend, so one more summer road trip might just be a great way to end the season. We’ve broken things down for you below, so just pick a state near you—we’re thinking Vermont—and type the address into your phone.
 
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  • This is The Part When We Break Free...Until Tuesday

    juliana
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:07 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. [In my best Ariana Grande voice] "This is the part when I break free" until Tuesday since it's Labor Day on Monday. So sit tight . Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · VIRGIN GETS CLOSER TO STRIPPING DOWN · 10 WAYS TO DO THE SLS WITHOUT SPENDING THE NIGHT · 5 REASONS WHY HARD ROCK PALM SPRINGS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE HARD ROCK ALSO: All day dining has landed at the Langham London. CHARGES ·
  • 'Would You Like Some Ice?' More Hotels Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    juliana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is showing no signs of slowing down. The viral video campaign has gone from your Facebook friends to friends of your Facebook friends to kids of your Facebook friends to celebrities, athletes, pop stars and anyone else who feels like getting noticed for pouring ice water over their heads. And hotels always want to be noticed. We wrote about the Novotel Times Square's ice bucket challenge the other week and it set off a flurry of other hotels doing ice bucket challenges. There is literally no end in sight for the ice bucket challenges. But here are a few of the…
  • 29400 Ronda,Malaga: Funky Friday: Nothing Butt Cheeky Poolside Art at Hotel Enfrente Arte

    DesignMinder
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    These artsy his and hers lounge chairs are sure to be the butt of many a poolside joke at Enfrente Arte Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.Hotel Enfrente Arte in Ronda, Spain, offers its own unique take on hotel art--…
  • 6 Ways to Make Your Hotel Spa Massage Even Better

    RDH
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Hotels have been very keen on hotel spas in recent years--whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn't mean its spa is. We told you what to look for in a very good spa as well as signs of a very bad spa. Now, here's are some ways to ensure your next massage is the absolute best it can be.Besides emerging from your hotel spa feeling like a brand new human being, there are a few things you can…
  • New York: The Out NYC Wants You In The Dog House

    juliab
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Hospitality for pets is apparently “the fastest growing sector in the travel market”, which makes all the cute hotel doggies we’ve seen recently seem slightly less cute and slightly more cynical. Joking! Obviously nothing could make those dogs any less cute. The latest hotel to jump on the furry bandwagon is The Out NYC, which has just opened some Dog House Suites – dog-friendly rooms attached to private courtyards – particularly handy for offleash activities or, we guess, doing their business. Even better, access to the courtyard is via a pet door, so they can come…
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    SmarterTravel.com: Travel Advice

  • Amtrak's 10 Best Scenic Day Trips

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

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Leave your car behind and discover the delights of fall and early winter as you journey from inn to inn by bike, foot, horse, skis, or snowshoes, among fall foliage in Vermont, in the wine country of Italy, or between volcanoes in Ecuador.
  • 10 Idyllic Lakes for an End-of-Summer Escape

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    When summer temps blaze, nothing beats running off the end of the dock and plunging cannonball-style into the lake. These 10 iconic American lake destinations are perfect escapes.
  • Seven Epic Walking Trails Around the World

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    If your preferred mode of travel involves sturdy boots and hiking poles, here are seven long-distance trails you shouldn't miss.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through August 26, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour – Save 20% Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will leave you breathless. The following day,…
  • Two Countries, One Trip: How to See More on Your Next Vacation

    Viator Travel Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Even if you’re not the kind of traveler who wants to check off as many destinations as possible in a week-long vacation, you might get restless staying in one place for that long. With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days. The proximity of many European countries makes including multiple countries in one trip easy, even if it’s a relatively short holiday. With 7-10 days, you can have a leisurely visit in two countries with any of the “two countries in one…
  • Photos: Viator Celebrates Joining the TripAdvisor Family

    Viator Travel Team
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    On July 24, 2014, Viator announced some exciting news: we’ve been acquired by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. As a part of the TripAdvisor family, the Viator site will continue to offer tours and activities around the world, all handpicked by local experts. Being a part of TripAdvisor will allow us to grow, adding new destinations, and offering even more options to travelers. In short, we’re pretty thrilled at the news! Viator staff in San Francisco recently went out to celebrate, enjoying Mexican food and margaritas at a waterfront restaurant across the Bay.
  • Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal

    Hudson Hornick
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Known as the “Crossroads of the Americas,” Panama is more than just the meeting-point of North and South America, it’s a tropical junction, famous for its beautiful beaches, thriving jungle, and, of course – its renowned waterway. Bridge of the Americas Panama and its celebrated Canal straddle two continents and two oceans, and visitors to this amazing land feel compelled to visit the architectural marvel that makes it all possible. Considered one of the architectural wonders of the world, the Panama Canal is a 47-mile (77-kilometer) stretch of interconnected lakes, locks and channels…
  • Out of Office: Daniel in Bolivia

    Viator Travel Team
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
 
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    World Hum

  • Ramen: a ‘Steaming Bowl of Paradox’

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

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

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

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

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

  • For Those About to Rock the D

    Dana McMahan
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    I’ve been cheerleading Detroit for more than a year now, since my first visit last June on assignment. On that trip a small spark ignited with the thought, “we should buy a house here.” One year later, my husband and I did just that, and we’ve spent this summer trying to get our new 95-year-old
  • Where I Like to Drink in Singapore: LeVeL33

    Brian Spencer
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Timing is everything at LeVeL33. The impetus to get your ass into the world’s “highest urban craft brewery” before 6pm — ideally somewhere between 5:15 and 5:45 — is twofold. First, there is only so much room on this microbrewery/restaurant’s outdoor deck, and if you don’t get a deck seat, it’s almost like you’re not
  • Riding Into the West With the Pony Express

    Sheila Scarborough
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    What was in skinny little Johnny Fry’s head as he mounted his horse Sylph and prepared to bolt out of the stable doors as the first westbound rider for the new Pony Express? (We know he was skinny because riders weren’t hired unless they were 120 lbs or less.) Sure, he had a dramatic inaugural
  • California dreaming on a cold, wet winter’s day

    Liz Lewis
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    I could blame it on the books that arrived in the mail this morning. Or I could blame it on the wine, a 2012 Coppola Zinfandel that I unexpectedly found tucked away in the pantry behind my collection of New Zealand Pinot Noirs. Or, maybe, I could blame it on Google for leading me to
  • Something Between Paradise and Poverty, Somewhere Between Alleppey and Thathampally

    Brian Spencer
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    The brawny, bare-chested boatsman wore nothing but a lungi wrapped around his waist, and a big, toothy grin tucked away in a bushy beard. His other hand gripping the handle of a rickety trolling motor, he pointed at a mango tree hanging over a canal fringed with coconut palms. “Mango, mango,” he said. “Mango tree.
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Readers' travel photograph competition: August festivals

    Guardian readers
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    This months images capture the colour and spectacle of festivals around the world, from religious to musical. Scroll down to see the winning shot, which will be mounted by Point 101 and displayed in an end-of-year exhibition at the Guardian offices in London. The best shot of the year wins a fantastic 11-night trip to South Africa, courtesy of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and specialist tour operator Africa and Beyond Enter Septembers competition: the theme is the great outdoors Continue reading...
  • Readers' travel photo competition: September - the great outdoors

    Guardian Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:43 am
    A sweeping landscape, a dramatic view, or people at one with Mother Nature. Send us your best shot of the great outdoors. Send your image via GuardianWitness for a chance to win a trip to Kwa-Zulu Natal Continue reading...
  • Three days on the Melbourne to Sydney coastal drive travel guide

    Daniel Scott
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    From Victorian waterways to killer whales in New South Wales, this dramatic roadtrip is packed has attractions and delicious cuisine on both sides of the border Continue reading...
  • 10 of the best indie records shops around the world: readers tips

    Guardian readers
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Vinyl is not dead! From reggae in Iceland to a backstreet in Malvern, readers pick their favourite independent record shops, where youre encouraged to listen, learn and love all music To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a £200 Hotels.com voucher, go to GuardianWitness Continue reading...
  • Rockies road trip: driving Colorado in the summer

    Becky Barnicoat
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Colorado is best-known for skiing, but its dramatic mountain landscapes are amazing in summer, too, and perfect for a road trip, says Becky Barnicoat Continue reading...
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Opinion: there’s no such thing as risk-free travel

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

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

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

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

    Emma Sparks
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Paul and Andrea in the wild at Lake Acıgöl, Turkey. Image courtesy of Paul Barbieri   We love receiving your photos and travel stories, and sharing them with Lonely Planet’s online community. If you’re a fan of Lonely Planet on Facebook, you may have seen our series of Lonely Planet in the wild photo albums. Pictures of you and your trusty guidebooks on your travels always inspire us, and we receive tonnes of fantastic submissions every week. Sound like something you’d like to get involved in? For the sake of clarity and fairness, we’ve come up with a set of guidelines…
 
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    LandLopers

  • Leaving My Comfort Zone or How To Be A Cowboy In Alberta Canada

    Matt Long
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Although I live in the burbs, amongst old horse farms actually, I’m definitely a city guy. I love the conveniences that only a city can afford and I even love exploring foreign cities when I travel. Paradoxically though, I’ve always also enjoyed the natural wonders that only an escape through nature can provide, but when it means actually living that lifestyle, well, I’m out of my comfort zone. All of these thoughts and more floated through my navigationally challenged head as I drove along the Cowboy Trail, destined to spend a couple of days learning how to be an urban cowboy in…
  • Shadow And Light At Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

    Matt Long
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Shadow And Light At Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong appeared first on LandLopers.
  • The World Is A Playground: Photo Series

    Matt Long
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    This week the #FriFotos theme is PLAY, so I thought I’d share some photos from my favorite vacations. There’s a big difference when I travel to write about a place and when I travel just to get away and relax or explore, although I of course love both styles of travel. So this week I thought I’d open the curtain a little bit more and show you photos from some of my favorite, personal vacations.Lanai, HawaiiLondonBangkokBrussels, BelgiumVenice, ItalyLaosBåstad, SwedenGalapagosMarrakechParis, FranceQuebec CitySwitzerlandMelbourne, AustraliaBanffGullfoss, IcelandKangaroo…
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park: 4 Beautiful Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit

    Matt Long
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    While planning my itinerary through southern Alberta with Travel Alberta, it was important for me to visit the province’s Badlands area. What this remote area lacks in big cities it more than makes up for with its stunning landscapes. It’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, and Dinosaur Provincial Park was the highlight of my time in Alberta. Here are a few reasons why I think Dinosaur Provincial Park should be near the top of everyone’s travel bucket list.1. Remoteness – Located about 48 kilometers from the nearest town, Brooks (population 13,000), and close to any…
  • The Jungle Temple – Ta Prohm, Cambodia

    Matt Long
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post The Jungle Temple – Ta Prohm, Cambodia appeared first on LandLopers.
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    nerd's eye view

  • The Cropping Tool

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

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

    Pam Mandel
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Planting tomatoes in Seattle is the closest thing in my life to an act of faith.  Everyone but best friend Larry told me I planted too late, but for the last two weeks, maybe three, I’ve been grabbing a few off the vine every evening to eat with dinner — and they’re more abundant by the day. This variety is called Super Fantastic (no, really) and while this one looks like it was stitched together in a baseball factory, I can assure you that it was, indeed, super fantastic. The post You Say Tomato appeared first on nerd's eye view.
  • The First Rule of Write Club is Don’t Talk About Write Club

    Pam Mandel
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    I was excited to get a positive response. The editor at a major publisher said yes to a story idea I’ve been pitching for at least a year. It had been rejected repeatedly for being too weird, too niche, too insider, but I didn’t care. It’s a good pitch, it’s got food and culture and colorful characters all in a sought after destination, and because I’m me, which is handy, I’m the perfect writer for the story. Every time it was rejected, I’d think, “Oh, you’re just the wrong editor for this.” I never took it personally, I just put it…
  • First Person, Singular

    Pam Mandel
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    “You can do that? You can put yourself in the story?” “I don’t know any other way to write, not really. It’s what I do. But yeah, it’s your story, write it the way you want.” Through a series of happy accidents I ended up teaching at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop in Muncie, Indiana. I was excited to go — after years of attending blogger’s conferences it was refreshing to be surrounded by people who were focused singularly on writing, regardless of subject matter, above all else. The conference included sci-fi writers and young adult…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Perception Busting Through Photos: Bulgaria

    Tim Leffel
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • The Non-hotel Option is Often the Best One

    Tim Leffel
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:44 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!
  • Oaxacan Villages and the World’s Largest Tree

    Tim Leffel
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:06 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!
  • Ready to Cut Your Living Expenses in Half?

    Tim Leffel
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 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 3 Factors You Need to Scope Out When Deciding Where to Live

    Tim Leffel
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
 
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Home swap cottage makes a good base for an 'over the anvil' wedding in Gretna Green

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

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

    Home Base Holidays
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    "Everyone knows London's black cabs, those nostalgically shaped icons of the city. As one of the terrifying examiners of the stringent Knowledge exam put it, they've earned their reputation for honesty and reliability and They Know Where They're Going. And they're ubiquitous, until you actually need one. When we arrived in South London recently we hoped to spot a taxi when we left the tube station, but of course there were none. Hasn't every visitor to London left a tube station they thought they knew by a different exit and found themselves thoroughly lost? So there we were, wondering if we…
  • An extra special home swap in London - meeting a home exchange pen friend!

    Home Base Holidays
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    'London is always worth a visit. We've been there often and never tire of it - the thrill of seeing historic buildings and streets, fabulous galleries, incredible shows, the black taxis and red buses and the whole mad hustle is a guarantee for amazing memories. Since we started home swapping it's got even better - we now get to experience actually living there, in areas we would never see any other way, shopping in the local shops for food, topping up our Oyster cards where the locals do, buying newspapers and working out the transport. In July 2013 we did our second home exchange (in the…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, August 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    The August issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: chateau set in the gorgeous rolling hills of France's Lake district Member report: travel books - a lovely way to record a home swap Home Base Holidays 25% discount offer: see newsletter for code (ends 15th August) Media request: article on home exchanges in France Volunteers needed: research project on home swapping Exclusive promotion to members: join second site for free Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive…
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    Twitter Travels

  • 5 Best College Towns in the U.S.A.

    andreas
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    Great academic and sports atmosphere. Hip and busy bars and restaurants. Historic, quaint buildings. These are but a few reasons why college towns strongly impact the town’s character and attract people to establish residence and businesses there. Read on to find out our five favorite college towns in America and why they made it to the list. Ann Arbor, MI The home of the University of Michigan Wolverines definitely gives students reason to stay even after graduation. The town is dotted with local restaurants, book stores, parks, world-class museums, and tree-lined streets, creating an…
  • 6 Bar Rules to Remember

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

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

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

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

  • Going Underground (Literally) in Kraków

    Rick Steves
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Kraków’s excellent Rynek Underground Museum — situated directly below the Main Market Square — offers an intimate look at the city 500 years ago. In this clip, I stroll with my local guide, Anna, down a medieval street, past the remains of a series of shops. If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube http://youtu.be/ywE5mfq88Zg
  • 500 Years Ago and 12 Feet Beneath Kraków’s Main Market Square

    Rick Steves
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    One of many great new museums in Kraków is the excellent Rynek Underground Museum. When the Main Market Square was renovated, they found so much of archaeological value that they opened a major museum right on the site. In this video clip, my guide explains that even though we’re 12 feet underground, this was the street level of medieval Kraków. If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube
  • Kraków is Fun

    Rick Steves
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    I’m wrapping up my summer travels in Poland. And my first stop is Kraków. Kraków is easily Poland’s best destination: a beautiful, old-fashioned city buzzing with history, enjoyable sights, tourists, and college students. Even though the country’s capital moved from here to Warsaw 400 years ago, Kraków remains Poland’s cultural and intellectual center. Of all of the Eastern European cities laying claim to the boast “the next Prague,” Kraków is for real. The Old Town, within Krakow’s medieval walls, converges on one of the most charismatic squares in Europe: the Main…
  • Berlin at Night

    Rick Steves
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Every time I decide to get out and see a great city after dark, I’m impressed by how different it is after hours. And Berlin is no exception. After a long day of filming our new TV episode on Berlin, I decided to take my own audio tour — the newest self-guided tour on our free Rick Steves’ Audio Europe app. It’s fun to actually give these tours a whirl after we produce them. (The tour works great. But I took notes on the gaps where I needed to pause my iPhone. Now I’ll go home and edit the tour so that it can be done in real time, without pausing. If you have our app, remember to…
  • 360 Degrees of Berlin from the Reichstag Dome

    Rick Steves
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Hiking around and around up the long ramp inside the glass dome of Germany’s striking Reichstag, I was heading for the summit. Along the way I enjoyed 360 degrees of Berlin. Here’s a little tour.
 
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    JourneyEtc

  • Top 10 luxury safari camps in Africa

    Mircea Giurca
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Looking for adventure destinations for the coming year? Read on if you are looking to splurge for some African holiday safari: Royal Malewane, South Africa Located in a private reserve within the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dubrovnik vacations

    Mircea Giurca
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    Going for the first time in Dubrovnik is really an event, maybe even a must for addicted travelers. Going for the tenth time in Dubrovnik is not unusual among its fans! Dubrovnik‘s nickname is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Perfect Dual SIM phone for Travelers

    travel boy
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Samsung continues to develop the concept of Duos. They have announced one of the most anticipated Dual SIM phone known as the Samsung B5702. It is Samsung’s latest dual standby mobile phone... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Portugal Beaches

    Mircea Giurca
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Most of Portugal‘s best beaches are in the Algarve, and typically these are vast, sandy areas with beautiful scenery and fantastic local facilities such as hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Palmyra Atoll

    Mircea Giurca
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Palmyra Atoll, called also the ‘Rainforest of the sea’, was made a marine monument last month by ex-President Bush. It is part of the last coral atoll ecosystem humanity haven’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Peaceful Pattern

    Sophia Jones
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer We love these soothing blues and wavelike lines, reminiscent of the sea. NuLOOM Hand Hooked Aldo Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug, $329; nuloom.com
  • Coastal Living Design Workshop

    Susan Hall
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    On Friday, October 17 at 1 p.m., Coastal Living Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer and Los Angeles-based interior designer Sasha Emerson will lead a workshop at the second annual WestEdge Design Fair. The workshop, tailored for designers and architects, will cover first-hand tips on how to get your work published. Antonia will provide insight about the editorial process at a national magazine, how editors select projects to feature, and how the story process unfolds once selected. Sasha, whose work has been featured frequently in Coastal Living, as well as other top design…
  • Think Pink

    Hannah Sills
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
      Courtesy of manufacturer When you spend your days soaking up the hot sun, it’s important to drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated in style with this brightly-colored bottle. SIGG Fabulous Pink 0.6L, $22.99; mysigg.com
  • Touch of Turquoise

    Sophia Jones
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
      Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer Add some flare to your cookware with these handmade tools sealed to prevent sticking and provide durability. Designer Dwellings Bamboo Cutting Board & Utensil Hostess Set in Teal, $28; etsy.com
  • Creature Comfort

    Hannah Sills
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer This nautically-themed blanket will keep you warm and cozy with its signature cotton blend fabric. It’s also machine washable, making it perfect for beach use. ChappyWrap Sail Blanket in Royal Blue/Bright Multi, $120.00; chappywrap.com 
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • How hotel marketers stay relevant with today’s guests

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    The wants and needs of today’s guests are changing, and marketers should get a 360-degree view of guests in order to customize experiences and provide specific, relevant information during the journey. Retargeting is one way to figure out what’s relevant to guests.
  • How to put content at the heart of online hotel marketing

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    When it comes to online content, hospitality brands need to take a hard look at curation and not just creation. Evoking a digital picture of specific local places seamlessly across digital and social channels is key to bringing destinations to life.
  • Cornell study: Sustainability certification boosts hotel performance

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Hotels that achieve certified sustainability requirements on average outperform in terms of rates and revenue per available room those that do not, according to a recent study from Cornell University.
  • European travel planning platform, GoEuro, pulls in another $27M for regional expansion

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    GoEuro’s platform can be described as a meta search engine focused on European transport options. Users enter their start point and desired destination and the system crunches possible routes, considering factors such as speed and price.
  • eDreams Odigeo shares try to escape post-IPO nightmare

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    While eDreams Odigeo prefers to describe itself as the world’s largest online travel company in the flight sector, many investors think of it instead as Europe’s worst-performing IPO of 2014.
 
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  • SALT: A Must See in Norway!

    Anna V
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    08.06.14. Norway's Avant-garde Arctic Art. When your next to northern Norway, check out Sami Rintala's SALT architectural installations built with timber structures. Designed by Architect Sami Rintala and Artist Joar Nango and set to launch on August 29th, the unique art installation for the nomadic cultural festival, SALT, is a celebration  of culture, art, music and architecture on the island of Sandhornøya. The festival's philosophy stems from celebrating a particular region, thus it is scheduled to move to different sites in the Arctic area.
  • 70 Year Old Traffic Jam in Belgium

    Anna V
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    When you visit Belgium, don't get stuck in a traffic jam! Around the town of Chatillon, Belgium, hundreds of cars were left abandoned 70 years ago and no one really knows why! This car graveyard continues to remain a mystery.   It was the end of WWII when these cars were left in the woods due to zombies! (just kidding) Actually, one theory speculates the cars belonged to U.S. soldiers who left them in a hurry on their way off the continent. Another theory, after the war ended the troops sent home couldn't afford shipping out their cars so they hid them in…
  • Adopt a Tree and get “Liquid Gold” in Croatia

    Anna V
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    With over a thousand islands in Croatia, which do you choose? One is quite special. Private and between Pasman and the Kornati Archipel, it is a beautiful, small, uninhabited island. The best part is you can rent Olive Grove, the only home on the south side, and enjoy the island to yourself! Not only is it in the bluest corner of the Adriatic, but it is also home to a famous olive orchard known for its high quality extra virgin olive oil, or as Homer called it “liquid gold”. Plus you can adopt an olive tree to have your very own paradise in a bottle, Croatia's best…
  • Magic Carpets

    Anna V
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
     Miguel Chevalier, French artist, is spreading what he calls "magic carpets" across the floor of a former sacré coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco. It is an interesting digital construction and interactive light display referencing cellular automata and biology.     When the viewer moves, the trajectory of the curves is disrupted under their feet, and the executed choreographic movements is set to the music of Michel Redolfi.  See this cool giant kaleidoscope for yourself in the video below. Miguel CHEVALIER Tapis magiques 2014 Casablanca…
  • It’s All in the Details

    Anna V
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Let’s get personal; it all comes down to the details. Details are what set rental homes and small hotels apart from the usual hotels. It's what makes a home away from home when you travel to unique and exquisite locations. The quality of renting these personal homes and small hotels boils down to those little details. What's in a detail? For starters, it's a small piece to a much larger whole. It’s an individual feature that gives you important knowledge of the owner, city, country, and culture. Everything from the most tertiary colors to the…
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  • Disneyland Half-Marathon races through Anaheim over the busy Labor Day Holiday weekend

    Andy Castro
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Happy Labor Day! Officially marking the end of the summer season, the busy holiday weekend also brought along a weekend of RunDisney events to the Resort, including the annual Disneyland Half-Marathon and Health and Fitness…The post Disneyland Half-Marathon races through Anaheim over the busy Labor Day Holiday weekend appeared first on MiceChat.
  • EPCOT Center Master Plan 5: Future World Pavilions

    George Taylor
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The 1977 Walt Disney Productions Annual Report was one of the first times that Disney shared the initial plans and designs for what would become EPCOT Center almost five years later. We looked at the…The post EPCOT Center Master Plan 5: Future World Pavilions appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Mousetalgia Podcast 306: Le Salon Nouveau at Club 33, listener email

    Jeff Baham
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:21 am
    Mousetalgia Becky takes us on a tour of Le Salon Nouveau at Club 33, giving us a peek at the animatronic vulture, changing portraits, French lift booth, beautiful mural and more new details from the…The post Mousetalgia Podcast 306: Le Salon Nouveau at Club 33, listener email appeared first on MiceChat.
  • LA Haunted Hayride Prepares New Scares for Griffith Park

    Norman Gidney
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    On a sweltering August afternoon in an average industrial park in Glendale, California, a nefarious plan to scare the bejesus out of people was underway.  Early for a meeting, I entered the building and found a…The post LA Haunted Hayride Prepares New Scares for Griffith Park appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disneyland Resort runDisney Races for Kids

    Ari Merino
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    This past weekend was the annual Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort, and this year our family participated in our very first RunDisney event . . . the one for toddlers. We started with something easy…The post Disneyland Resort runDisney Races for Kids appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • A hidden gem: Kilchurn Castle, Scotland, UK

    Paul Johnson
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    You could be forgiven for not knowing about Kilchurn Castle. A castle like this in England would not only be well sign-posted, but you’d also be charged entry to go in. In Scotland on the other hand, there’s not so much as a single sign from the road. It was only on reaching the village […] A hidden gem: Kilchurn Castle, Scotland, UK is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post A hidden gem: Kilchurn Castle, Scotland, UK appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 3 action–packed European destinations that are hot in September

    Andrea Crome
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    With much of the northern part of Europe cooling down significantly from the end of August onwards, there are still plenty of scorching European destinations you can visit if you want to top up your fading tan. Whether you are looking for amazing beaches and relaxation, culture and cuisine or action packed excitement, these destinations […] 3 action–packed European destinations that are hot in September is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 3 action–packed European destinations that are hot in September appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The top 5 hotels in Abu Dhabi

    Giselle Whiteaker
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Abu Dhabi may not be a flashy and over-the-top as Dubai, but it has emulated Dubai’s success in building itself into a booming city that has risen from the desert sands. It may not shout about it, but there’s plenty to explore in the Capital of the United Arab Emirates, and these are the top […] The top 5 hotels in Abu Dhabi is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The top 5 hotels in Abu Dhabi appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

    Celine Renaud
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    Courchevel is known as ‘the millionaire’s playground’ but what can you really get for your money? I have been holidaying in Courchevel since I was a child, and now, selling it as a ‘go to destination’ for my high net worth clients, I have seen it evolve over the past 20 years, today, you can […] The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850 is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850 appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

    Celine Renaud
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    Today I ask the question: is it possible to go on holiday and detox, or keep up with your training routine whilst abroad? Personally I find it very difficult, mainly because I often travel for business, which involves meetings over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add to that a constant flow of wine and a busy […] Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
 
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  • Myanmar Tourist Visa On Arrival – Buy Online

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

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

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

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

    Chris Mitchell
    12 Oct 2012 | 3:12 am
    Each November there is a spectacular procession of intricate and ornate Royal Barges on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river. But you can see the Royal Barges any time of the year at Bangkok’s Royal Barges Museum. Anantanakkharat (Ananta, Kings Of The Serpents), Royal Barges Museum, Bangkok On November 9th 2012, 100 barges rowed by over 2000 oarsmen will take to the waters of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river as part of the Tod Kathin Festival to mark the end of the Buddhist lent. At the centre of the procession will be the four Royal Barges, which are stunning examples of Thai…
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  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival expands events to three islands for 2014, happening Aug. 28 through Sept. 7

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    Hawaii Food & Wine Festival expands events to three islands for 2014, happening Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 Photo: Hawaii Food & Wine FestivalHere that rumbling sound across the Islands? That’s the sound of collective appetites anticipating the 4th annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.Happening today through Sept. 7 at various locations on Oahu, Maui and (for the first time) Hawaii Island, this year’s edition of Hawaii’s biggest culinary fest promises more than 80 renowned Hawaii and international chefs, bartenders and sommeliers. The out-of-state invi...
  • Rescheduled Gabby Pahinui music fest set for Saturday. Listen to our “Essential Gabby” playlist.

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Rescheduled Gabby Pahinui music fest set for Saturday. Listen to our “Essential Gabby” playlist. Photo courtesy The Mountain Apple Co.Hula dancers and musicians gathered for a lively, day-long kanikapila (Hawaiian for “impromptu jam session). The sound of sweet falsetto vocals soaring over accompanying ukulele and slack-key guitar. And the sandy expanse and cobalt waves of Waimanalo Beach Park as a backdrop to it all.The makings of an ultimate Hawaii jam sesh? Yes. A most-fitting remembrance of famed Hawaii musician Gabby Pahinui? Definitely.The 7th annual Gabby…
  • Annual Okinawan Festival this weekend in Waikiki a cultural celebration ... with great eats

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Annual Okinawan Festival this weekend in Waikiki a cultural celebration ... with great eats Photo: Okinawan Festival/Hawaii United Okinawa AssociationSink your teeth into some andagi (Okinawan doughnuts), grab a champuru plate lunch (shoyu pork, stir-fried vegetables, luncheon meat and deep-fried tofu) and, if you’re anything like us, you’ll still be hungry for more Okinawan eats at the 32nd annual Okinawan Festival in Waikiki’s Kapiolani Park.Happening this Saturday (Aug. 30) and Sunday (Aug. 31) from 9 a.m. to 5 ...
  • Maui chefs, farmers and eats spotlighted at 3rd annual Kaanapali Fresh culinary fest this weekend

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Maui chefs, farmers and eats spotlighted at 3rd annual Kaanapali Fresh culinary fest this weekend Photo: Kaanapali FreshOn Maui this weekend? Always on the lookout for great homegrown eats? Look no further.The third annual Kaanapali Fresh is a three-day culinary event (read: "foodie paradise") celebrating the produce and product of Maui farmers and ranchers, and the inspired cuisine Maui chefs create with that bounty. It all happens this Friday through Sunday (Aug. 29 to 31) at multiple locations within West Maui’s Kaanapali Resort Ar...
  • Chips and Dale: The tasty handmade chips of Kauai’s Taro Ko

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Chips and Dale: The tasty handmade chips of Kauai’s Taro Ko A wok-fresh batch of Taro Ko's thin, crisp, garlic-salted taro chips.  Photo by Mike Coots.If you drive too fast, you’ll miss it.”That was the sage, if succinct, advice I received from a friend several years ago when I mentioned I was headed to the small farming town of Hanapepe on Kauai’s south shore. She was describing a worn-down, faded green cottage on the biggest bend of the town’s main drag, Hanapepe Road. A place that, should I be fortunate enough to find it, sold the freshest—and,…
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    Uncornered Market

  • Next Up: From Mines to Wines, Germany’s Rhineland

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

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

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

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

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

  • Devil’s Slide Trail—a Treacherous Route Becomes a Sunday Stroll

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

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

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

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

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

    Alan Sorum
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Due to increases in the carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by global human development, Alaskan Fisheries are being threatened from ocean acidification. There are at least two highly productive crab fisheries located in state that could be harmed by the uptake of atmospheric CO2 into marine waters. A study published in Progress in Oceanography addresses this […] The post Alaskan Fisheries are being threatened from ocean acidification appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Medical Rescue in Juneau

    Alan Sorum
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In this work from the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program 2014 Collection, “Medical Rescue in Juneau‚” a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew prepares the victim of a nearly fatal fall for evacuation from St. James Bay to Juneau where he will be transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. In an […] The post Medical Rescue in Juneau appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • The Prepare for Anything Survival Manual

    Alan Sorum
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Survival manuals are commonly found in an outdoor enthusiast’s bookcase. Though many books possess useful information, most of the material is routinely reproduced from text to text. Reality television programming now focused on prepping for the end of the world has just fueled further demand for the genre. In these conditions, Tim MacWelch has written […] The post The Prepare for Anything Survival Manual appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Coast Guard Conducts Boating Safety Training in Juneau, Alaska

    Alan Sorum
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
        The post Coast Guard Conducts Boating Safety Training in Juneau, Alaska appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • USGS is Closing its Map Store in Anchorage

    Alan Sorum
    29 May 2014 | 3:41 pm
    In a sign of the digital times, the USGS is closing its Map Store in Anchorage. The move announced by the Agency on May 28, 2014 is partly related to an administration directive to reduce costs and mainly the result of most USGS map products being made available for free download online. The store located […] The post USGS is Closing its Map Store in Anchorage appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
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  • The Mercer, New York: hotel of the week

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

    Sarah Jappy
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Among three acres of peaceful tropical gardens, just outside of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is where you’ll find The Wallawwa. This 200-year-old colonial manor sparkles from a careful restoration, but hasn’t lost any of its original airs and graces. Style Lavish colonial pile Setting Nestled in Negombo Why this week? You don’t need an excuse to visit a tropical private hideaway where you can sample delicious Asian-fusion food, spend a day at the spa and not have to answer to anyone. Start your day with a spot of badminton on the lawn, then head to the Z Spa for a sandalwood and coconut…
  • Fontelunga Villas, Tuscany: hotel of the week

    Editorial
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    We’re craving boundless rolling hills, aromatic olive groves, authentic bruschetta and days drenched in sun – and Fontelunga Villas has all that (and plenty of Tuscan romance) down to a tee. It’s Italian-rustic-chic meets stylish-contemporary-sleek… and this year it’s celebrating its 15th anniversary. Style Moorish Tuscan Tranquillity Setting The rolling Tuscan hills Why this week? During August, the larger cities (and the shops, museums and sights) are quieter and calmer, and generally more enjoyable – thanks to to Tuscan families migrating to the coast for the summer.
  • Travel gallery: our photoshoot in Greece

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    We’re just back from glorious Greece, where we worked on our new Smith & Family photoshoot at Ekies All Senses Resort in Halkidiki! We took along our top model Tillie and her exceptionally good-looking family, as well as a few suitcases packed full of swimsuits and beachwear from London Boutiques (Biondi Couture, Pistol Panties, Varley London, Beach Candy, Spektre, Finlay), gorgeous goodies from Frame Chain and the very soft, very stylish Frescobol Carioca towels. Massive thanks to Petros at Ekies for hosting us, and Vangelis for taking us out on his boat! (All photos by Rachel…
  • Top 10 bank-holiday hotels in the UK and beyond

    Kate Weir
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    Have you booked a bank-holiday break yet? Yes, we know it’s just two weeks away, but there’s no need to resign yourself to three days of rain-threatened back-garden barbecues just yet. We’ve rounded up 10 luxury and boutique hotels with last-minute availability (from 23–25 August) for a short break or staycation, to make the last long weekend before Christmas extra special. Whether you want to arrive by tube, train or plane, or your budget’s lavish or lacklustre, our carefully chosen range of romantic hideaways, cosy B&Bs and hip city-centre trendsetters…
 
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    Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

  • This is the Best Thai Food Outside of Thailand

    NomadicMatt
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    I’ve left pieces of my heart in many places around the world: New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Hong Kong to name a few. But no place has a bigger piece than Thailand. It was my home for a long time (and in many ways still is). No amount of time there is long enough and any amount of time away is too long. Whenever I miss it, I head to a Thai restaurant, shock the staff by speaking Thai, enjoy a quick conversation with them, and eat my weight in food. But I always leave disappointed. Even the best dishes at the most authentic restaurants are never as good as in Thailand. The food only…
  • Walking Among the Dead at Pere Lachaise Cemetery

    NomadicMatt
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Death is not the end for the residents of Père Lachaise in Paris. Their tombs and graves are gawked at every day by hundreds of camera-touting tourists seeking the cemetery’s famous and not-so-famous inhabitants. The cemetery was built in 1804 as the city ran out of room for new graves within its limits. It was named after Louis XIV’s confessor, Père François de la Chaise (1624–1709), who lived in a house near the cemetery land. At the time, the cemetery was considered too far from the city by the locals. Père Lachaise only had 13 graves its first year. However, administrators…
  • Big Improvements to this Site Coming Soon (Thanks for Your Feedback!)

    NomadicMatt
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Back in June, I released my annual reader survey – with a twist. To elicit more responses, I offered a free round-trip economy ticket. Boy, did I underestimate the number of people who would respond as a result! I figured that since the survey was long and required open ended answers, not many people would complete it – but over 5,500 of you did! (That’s a lot more than the normal 500 or so that typically answer!) And the survey responses were better than I could’ve hoped for! Your feedback was tremendously helpful in terms of seeing what kind of content you want, what you think of…
  • 15 Highlights from 8 Years on the Road

    NomadicMatt
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Three weeks ago I celebrated my eight year anniversary of being on the road. On a warm morning on July 26, 2006, I left home for a year-long trip around the world. I didn’t return until 18 months later. I thought I’d be happy going back to cubicle life when I returned. I’d put my MBA to good use, promote renewable energy, and head down the path towards the American dream (job, wife, house, retirement, etc.). But the moment I sat back down in that cubicle, I realized office work wasn’t for me and, a few months later, I was back on the road facing an uncertain future. Now, eight years…
  • Win a Trip for Two to Morocco!

    NomadicMatt
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As many of you know, a couple of months ago I ended my long-standing partnership with G Adventures. We both were going in different directions and they were no longer a fit for this website. What is important for me is to work with a company that has a great product and wants to work with this community and help us travel cheaper. To that end, today, I’m officially announcing my new partnership with Intrepid Travel. Intrepid Travel is a small group tour operator with over 800 tours all over the world, has better prices than G Adventures, and also features strong commitment to the…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Forget Gilligan's Island---This Was a 6 Hour Tour!

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

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

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

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

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

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
      Milford Sound, New Zealand.New Zealand Is the Perfect Place... To experience women-only travel By Max Hartshorne Many people have asked me over the twelve years I've been a regular... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Tetons for Real

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
      A sitting elk in the Tetons near Jackson Hole Wyoming. Didrik Johnck photos.The Fabled Montropolis is Found: Jackson Hole By Richard BangsA rough and rowdy cowboy town at one point, an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Barcelona: A Week As a Model

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
      Model Week is pampering, jet setting, photo shoots and everything you'd do if you were a real model. In Barcelona. Model Week: A Dream Vacation in Barcelona By Stephanie DiCarlo Imagine: a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Paris: Squatting for Free All over the City

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Le Bloc is located here, in this Paris apartment building that's been taken over by squatters. Joanna Gonzalez photos.   Squatting in Paris Taking over a Space that's Abandoned or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Turkey: Visiting Side and Kas

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Sunset at the Temple in Kas, Turkey. John Caldwell photos.   A Tale of Two Turkish Towns Side and Kas are a study in contrasts By John Caldwell When you arrive at the outskirts of Side (see... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • I’m gonna beat your butt, old timer!

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

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

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

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

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

    Barbara Weibel
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Pretty square in the center of Pozzallo, Sicily, leads to the seafront and beaches, four of which have received the prestigious Blue Flag, awarded to the cleanest and the best equipped beaches in Italy. (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)The post PHOTO: Square in the Center of Pozzallo, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • The Golden Baroque Town of Noto, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 1693, an earthquake decimated eight towns in an area known as Vall di Noto in southeast Sicily. In some cases, the damage was so severe that the original towns could not be rescued. It was decided that one of these, Noto, would be rebuilt five miles closer to the sea, at the foot of the Iblean Mountains. The Catholic Church, which by that time had decreed that paintings and sculptures should be designed in a way that would speak to the illiterate, saw the reconstruction of Noto as a unique opportunity to design and build a town from scratch. The top planners of the day mapped out streets…
  • PHOTO: Baroque Teatro Tina di Lorenzo in Noto, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Stunning interior of the recently restored Baroque Teatro Tina di Lorenzo, located on Piazza XVI Maggio in the Baroque town of Noto, Sicily. (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today)The post PHOTO: Baroque Teatro Tina di Lorenzo in Noto, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Porta Reale, Gateway to Noto, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Porta Reale (Royal Gate) stands at the head of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main thoroughfare in the Baroque town of Noto, Sicily. It is also known as Porta Ferdinandea, as it was constructed in 1838 to commemorate a visit by King Ferdinand II of Bourbon. (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)The post PHOTO: Porta Reale, Gateway to Noto, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Church of San Domenico in Noto, Sicily

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Church of San Domenico and magnificent Fountain of Hercules are the centerpieces of Piazza XVI Maggio, located near the western end of Corso Umberto Vittorio, the main thoroughofare in the Baroque town of Noto, Sicily. (Visited 44 times, 44 visits today)The post PHOTO: Church of San Domenico in Noto, Sicily appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • Guten Tag, Treehouse Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

    Lifecruiser
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    About Fatima Fatima is a charming and small town situated in Portugal, approximately 140 km North from Lisbon. It’s world famous for its Fatima’s Sanctuary which is annually visited by millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. If you are looking for a quiet and idyllic place where you can find inner peace, meditate and get closer to the God, add Fatima to your travel bucket list and you won’t regret it. This town, apart from being so picturesque and religious, offers a lot to its visitors – from authentic Portuguese cuisine, spectacular churches and museums to…
  • Top 7 International Cities

    Lifecruiser
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I’ve done a lot of traveling, and have been on every continent except Antarctica (I’ll get there, someday). I put together this list of my favorite international cities to help other travelers who might be wondering where to go next. 1. Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok is truly a city of the future. The buildings look like a scene out of Minority Report or The Fifth Element; huge, glittering structures that curve straight up and are connected by pedestrian bridges. The combination of Thai culture and Western influences makes Bangkok a unique, cosmopolitan city. Take time to explore one…
  • Top 5 Festivals And Fairs To Visit In India

    Lifecruiser
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The largest democratic country in terms of population, India has a deep rooted culture which is more than 4500 years old. Hinduism is the primary religion in the country with Islam being the secondary and Buddhism and Christianity being the latter. The Country has been a home to many ancient cultures and civilizations, each of them bringing a unique trait and cultural philosophy to the region. Owning to this, India is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world where you can experience a change in the people’s dialect every few miles you cross. The arts and literature, the…
  • Current Currency: The Cheapest Places to Chase the Sun

    Lifecruiser
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    In the rare moments when we catch a bit sun during the British summer (or other months) it can seem almost miraculous. And it disappears all too quickly. And even when we get a good run, it doesn’t feel long enough. After all, what is two, three, four weeks of sun, compared with months of cloud? Some people don’t give in to the gloom that bleaker weather brings though. Instead they get proactive and go where the sky is still blue. To quote Lennon and McCartney (probably just McCartney in this case) their personal mantra is: “tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun”. Of course sun…
  • Guernsey by Numbers

    Lifecruiser
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The second largest Channel Island, Guernsey has so much to offer despite its relatively small size. For those unfamiliar with the island and its culture, I have put together a Guernsey by numbers guide to walk you through some of the best features of my island home. - 25 - Guernsey is an island with an area of only twenty-five square miles, which to me makes what it offers that much more impressive. - 50 - Guernsey is only a fifty minute flight from London, and other airports on England’s south coast, making it easily accessible to holiday makers. The island also has flights from other…
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  • From living goddess to former Kumari & schoolgirl

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

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

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

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

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

    Donna Hull
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Waving from the ocean on a Maui whale watching excursion Whoa! Has your week been as busy as ours? Alan’s been making our fall travel plans while I prepare for a trip to Maui. That left little time to explore our Montana neighborhood, which is a shame considering the stellar weather we’ve had this week. But I did drive down to Triple Creek Ranch for a writing assignment (sorry, can’t name the publication yet). And the ranch graciously invited Alan and me to spend Thanksgiving with them. What a boomer experience that’s going to be! I’ll tell you more about my…
  • Visiting Hubbard Glacier by Cruise Ship

    Donna Hull
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Sunlight shines on Hubbard Glacier Glacier viewing is a prime reason to cruise in Alaska. And for good reason. A cruise is one of the easiest, and most scenic, ways to explore these giant rivers of ice. Plus it’s one Alaska cruise excursion that’s free. Well, except for the cost of the trip. While cruising from Vancouver to Singapore on Regent Seven Seas Mariner, Alan and I had the pleasure of spending a sunny, September morning gawking at Hubbard Glacier. To say it was the highlight of our time in Alaska is an understatement. Words and photos will never adequately describe the…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Mimosas for breakfast on Silver Spirit Who doesn’t enjoy a little luxury now and then? Assistant Editor, Nicole, and I have been busy this week revising the Luxury Cruise Reviews page. Take a look, then let us know what you think. We have many more to add. This Week’s Articles Whether you’re cruising on traveling on a road trip, eating healthy is a challenge. But travel writer, Candy Harrington, just may have the answer. Check out my review of Candy’s book, Eating Well on the Road. I found the Library of Celsus to be one of the most fascinating sites on a cruise…
  • Saturday’s scene: Going to the Library

    Donna Hull
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    The imposing Library of Celsus The Library of Celsus is probably the most photographed ruin in Ephesus, Turkey. Constructed between 110 and 135 A.D. by Julius Aquilla in memory of his father, Celsus Polemaeanus, a Roman Senator and Governor of Asia, the elegant building was more than just a library. It was also Celsus Polemaeanus’ tomb, which was located in a sarcophagus beneath the main floor according to Wikipedia. Archaeologist’s believe that 12,000 scrolls were housed in cupboards built into niches on the wall. A single hall faced East to take advantage of the morning…
  • Eating Well on the Road

    Donna Hull
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Candy Harrington shares lifestyle strategies for healthy eating at home and on the road. Eating healthy and controlling weight is a challenge for most travelers, whether you’re a boomer on a road trip or someone who travels for a profession like writer, Candy Harrington. Before you know it, the doctor’s prescribing blood pressure and cholesterol medication because of your unhealthy meal choices at home and on the road. That’s what happened to Candy and her photographer husband, Charles Pannell. But rather than meekly accepting years of living on prescriptions, Candy took…
 
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  • Exploring Vilnius, Lithuania

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

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

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

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

    NettieSublett
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Port Vila is the capital city of Vanuatu, and it is also the largest city in the country. It is located in the south of the island of Efate, and is often the first place that you will visit when you arrive in the country. Although Vanuatu is full of things to see and do, […]
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  • Barcelona Workshop 11/10/14 & Online Course (Self-paced)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    susan
    28 Aug 2013 | 8:35 pm
    If I had to sum up the last several, mostly blogless, months I couldn’t. Suffice it to say, my adventures have kept me close to home, but they’ve been filled with plenty of milestones, little jaunts and explorations. For starters, my beautiful nephew turned one and in true Forshner fashion, made us proud by devouring a near adult-size piece of birthday cake that he jammed into his mouth by the fistful. I’ve been walking, a lot. From getting to and from work to fitting in a stroll with Mike after work and stopping to explore and appreciate the historical landmarks I barely…
  • you know you’re a new englander when…

    susan
    20 Jul 2013 | 5:06 am
    Summer strikes with a vengeance pouring nearly 100 degrees over the region, and suddenly, you long for days like this…   That’s the thing about New Englanders. We live here because we love having all four seasons, but the second one of them hits us too hard we’re either yearning for the next one or looking back fondly on seasons passed. So I’m just going to embrace it. Last February my friend Caitlin prompted another girls weekend trip up to Brownsville, Vermont for a few days of skiing, wandering and relaxing. Not far from Brownsville is a quaint little town…
  • it might be scary, but do it anyway

    susan
    18 Jun 2013 | 7:26 pm
    Half moon is a yoga pose that has, say, your left hand reaching for the floor as the other extends toward the sky. Meanwhile, your left leg is planted on the ground while the other lifts up and points to the wall behind you. It’s a pose that doesn’t come too hard for me at first, perhaps it’s my years as a figure skater. But just when I’m feeling comfortable the instructor challenges the class to look straight up in the direction of the elevated hand. First though, she prefaces with: “this can be scary, looking up.” She’s right. I start by gliding my…
 
 
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  • Five travel health myths and what’s actually true – expert information from travel doctors

    leaaar
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    TweetThe main travel season is upon us, and everywhere backpackers, city trippers and entire families are setting off on their summer holidays. Wherever their trip takes them, their health should be an issue they always pay attention to. While some may choose to neglect this topic, others might be unsettled by health myths. In order […]
  • Berlin, Milan, or Lyon: tripwolf and Surprice Hotels give you a dream city trip!

    tripwolf
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    TweetWin two hotel nights at a SURPRICE Hotel and the corresponding tripwolf guide for Berlin, Milan, or Lyon. What? It’s August and you haven’t been on vacation? We have exactly the right thing: a weekend of sightseeing, culture, and shopping in your choice of three of the most interesting cities in Europe: Berlin, Milan, or […]
  • Treasures and secrets in Copenhagen

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

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

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

  • 30 Authentic Taiwanese Experiences

    Carrie Kellenberger
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    There are many things about Taiwan that make it an incredible place to live; it’s easy to take some of those things for granted once you’ve been here for a while. I frequently hear that people think Taiwan is very Westernized, and while I agree that it is to some extent, there are still plenty of authentic Taiwanese experiences to be had! Click on my Taiwan photo for more articles about our travels around Taiwan. Here are 30 of my favorite authentic Taiwanese experiences. What are yours? 1. Learn how to drive a scooter in Taiwan and head out on a day trip. (Photo comment: It…
  • Ghost Month in Taiwan – The Hungry Ghosts of Isla Formosa

    Carrie Kellenberger
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The hungry ghosts of Taiwan are currently haunting this beautiful island. Yes, you read that right! And they’re going to continue haunting the island for the entire seventh month of the lunar calendar. Don’t stay out late after dark. Ghosts usually roam the earth at sunset and at night. This means a number of things for residents of Taiwan. For one, there is a lot – and I mean A LOT – of paper burning and alter worship happening in temples and on the streets right now. The Taiwanese are a naturally superstitious people, and this is particularly evident during Ghost…
  • Get Spirited Away by the Village of Jiufen in Taiwan

    Carrie Kellenberger
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    You only need to visit Jiufen once to see the magic in this place. A small village situated in the mountains of Northern Taiwan, Jiufen is located in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City. The village was once home to nine families in the Qing Dynasty, and was named Jiufen for the number of shipments that were delivered to the town. (Jiu means the number nine in Chinese, and fen is a measure word for a portion of something.) Nine portions were always requested whenever shipments were delivered to the village, and the name stuck. In addition to being one of the prettiest towns in…
  • Culture Travel Around Portugal

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

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

  • Part Time University Degree Level Language Courses in Lanzarote

    Jules
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    UNED which is the National University for Distance Education will be starting part time language classes in Lanzarote this autumn. The aim of the University Centre for Distance Language Learning (CUID) is to teach university degree level Spanish through associated centres as well as other foreign languages. During the academic year 2014/15, the CUID – UNED will be taught in Lanzarote as a part time course. Students enrolled on these language courses will have a combination of media for studying which includes class tutorials, print and multimedia materials that have been specially designed…
  • Lanzarote - Foreign Visitors Year To Date July 2014

    Miguel
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    We were studying the latest figures released by The Cabildo for foreign arrivals to the island so far this year, and there are some interesting facts to share. (Click the image to see a larger version) Overall, things are looking very good this year to date, and we are certainly on for a record year for tourism on the island. The big three countries remain United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland – those three alone account for almost 80% of our visitors.  read more » The UK now provides more than half of the tourists who come to the island – it’s the key market for…
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 1st & 4th September 2014

    Susana
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    There are two movies in English shown in Lanzarote on the first week of September, Monday the 1st and Thursday the 4th of September, one new & the other... not: Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife: Newly introduced at 20:00 What if. Entitled in Spanish something like "Too many friends" or "Spare friends" (Amigos de más). Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry (Zoe Kazan), who lives with her long time boyfriend (Adam Driver). What if... your best friend is also the love of your life?
  • Colours by ElisabethConcept

    Jules
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    I had heard of other people having their colours done, if I’m honest I didn’t really know what it meant until recently and I didn’t realise just what an effect it could have. ElisabethConcept is based in the reception area of the exclusive Princesa Yaiza Hotel in Playa Blanca, at first glance it looks like a classy dress and accessories shop, if you step inside to meet Lisa you can learn her secrets to looking and feeling good. I arrived for my Classic Colour Analysis appointment and was seated at an impressive desk with a mirror, situated within a large tented dressing room. Lisa…
  • Lanzarote Nightlife 28th - 31st August 2014

    Jules
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    It’s the big fiesta weekend in Famara with two zones from 22:00 – 04:00 one for traditional verbenas and live groups, the other for the younger generation with DJ’s, big screens & go-go’s, not forgetting the big foam party on Sunday afternoon! Here’s what’s happening around the island of Lanzarote this weekend. Famara: Fiestas La Caleta de Famara 2014 Arrecife: Venue:  read more »
 
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  • #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: 262 17 ratings Time: 00:27 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Grizfolk

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    #Schooled: Grizfolk 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: 7629 31 ratings Time: 00:30 More in Music
  • #Schooled: August Alsina

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    #Schooled: August Alsina 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: 453 16 ratings Time: 00:24 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Rixton

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    #Schooled: Rixton 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: 126 5 ratings Time: 00:20 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Phillip Phillips

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    #Schooled: Phillip Phillips 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: 168 10 ratings Time: 00:37 More in Music
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    Stuff To Do In Orlando

  • Which Disney World Telephone Numbers Should You Save on your Phone? 

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

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

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

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

    Sunil Govind
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Walt Disney World Swan Hotel Located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney’s World Swan resort is like no other. Offering 17 restaurants, and character dining, Walt Disney’s World Swan resort features benefits such as; extra magic hours, complimentary transportation, on-site Disney ticket desk, advance tee times, complimentary delivery of purchases made in theme […]
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    USA Travel Guide

  • US Open and US Open Hotels

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

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

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

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

    Steven
    25 Sep 2013 | 8:26 am
    Ghost and goblins, jack-o-lanterns and skeletons, witches and black cats. Everyone loves Halloween, whether it is for being able to dress up as someone else for an evening or for being able to buy/eat/obtain as much candy as humanly possible for an evening. Tulsa and some neighboring towns have some great celebrations going on all [...] The post Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Tulsa appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
 
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    Antwerp Belgium Blog

  • Aug 8, Best Belgian Waffle Makers

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Belgian waffle makers vary according to functionality, shape, size AND price. Here are the 5 belgian waffle irons that produce the yummiest waffles.
  • Aug 7, Belgian waffle Iron

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Choosing a belgian waffle maker.What to look for in a belgian waffle iron; shape, size, price and options
  • Aug 7, Belgian Waffles Recipe

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    Belgian waffles recipe directions to make belgian waffles, Liege waffles and flemish waffles. Belgian waffle makers are part of the important ingredients.
  • Aug 7, Belgian Waffle Recipe

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    8 Step Easy Belgian waffle recipe - tools, ingredients and easy to follow directions.
  • Jul 30, belgian waffles

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Who east belgian waffles and how - ideas for yummy TOPPINGS!
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    Geotraveler's Niche

  • 7 tips for following your passion

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

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

    Lola Akerstrom
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A fishing village in Lagos, Nigeria People often feel that to be taken seriously as a travel photographer, they need to scale Mount Everest, camp out in tents hanging off sheer rock faces, deep sea dive with sharks, and go to the extreme in every way to get noticed. Sure, putting yourself in front of interesting situations can help you get some amazing photos if you’ve got a solid compositional eye but truly, there are many ways of being a successful travel photographer and building a niche for yourself without having to camp out for months tracking elusive animals. This is the visual…
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • Overplanning vs. Spontaneity

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    You’re doing it!  You have decided to forget the naysayers and go on that RTW trip that you’ve always been dreaming about.You may have thought that deciding to go was the tough part, but if this is your first time planning a long-term trip, thinking about the itinerary can be maddening and confusing.Where do I even begin?Should I buy multi-stop plane tickets or buy as them as I go?Do I need to book accommodations in advance?How much of my itinerary do I need to plan?How much should I leave up to spontaneity?What about visas and vaccinations?Do I want to work or volunteer at all while…
  • How I Travel: Food, Glorious Food

    khammel
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    THE BEST OF HOW I TRAVEL: Food Glorious Food! Food is an integral part of the travel experience. Wherever you roam, you’re sure to find that what and how people eat is thoroughly intertwined with their culture, customs, and spiritual beliefs. Over the course of 33 “How I Travel” interviews, food has come up almost every single time—with many of our guests offering their most impassioned responses on the subject. This week, we take a look back at some of the most fascinating pieces of food related anecdotes, advice and warnings (!) that we’ve received to date—starting (and ending)…
  • 12 Career Skills That Travel Will Improve

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    In anticipation of this year’s Meet, Plan, Go event on September 20, we’ll be focusing on the concept of career breaks each Thursday until the event. If you’re on the fence about taking a career break, or you’re planning one and want expert advice from people who have been there and done that, this is the event for you! Register now as space is limited.If a career can be seen as something which you carve out for yourself as an individual, then travel is an activity that enhances your understanding of yourself and the world around you, honing skills which are indispensable not only…
  • Dreams Deferred

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    You know what the hardest part of life is for me? Deciding which dreams to chase.I don’t know about you, but I have a whole basketful of dreams, of things I’d like to do and lives I’d like to live. It seems difficult to me that we only get one life, and for the most part, we can only do one thing at a time. At the very least, it’s a fact that there are seasons to life, and some phases which are more conducive to certain dreams than others.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Wanna make your dreams come true?" button_type="orange" button="Learn how with…
  • Planning Your Kenyan Safari

    Dani Blanchette
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Going on safari is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and many long-term travelers add an African safari to their list of pillars to plan their trip around.But how do you go about planning your safari? Quick tipsIn Kenya, you cannot go on safari on your own.Although anyone can go to the National Parks (for a fee), you need to pre-plan a safari.Camps recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance, and preferably as soon as possible.Some camps have people make reservations 3 years in advance!There are no public lodgings near many national parks (like Amboseli and Maasai Mara).
 
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    Stuck in Customs

  • In Bang Saray at Karma Studios

    Trey Ratcliff
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Amazing time at Karma Sound Studios When I was recently in Thailand, I spent the week staying at Karma Sound Studios. It was really incredible and fun! What an amazing place for people to collaborate and make some great music. I met all kinds of famous Thai musicians there… it was a really kinda strange and awesome week! Daily Photo – Down on the Pier at Sunset This is just a short walk from the studio. The sunsets in Thailand were amazing all week. I don't know if they are always that good, but maybe! I don't think I've been in a place where I had good sunsets for…
  • Smiling Over the Top

    Trey Ratcliff
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The African Photo Adventure I’m really getting excited about the African Photo Adventure. It’s happening very soon! We’re thinking about a few other big trips for 2015… be sure to check our newsletter for the latest! Daily Photo – Smiling Over the Top While walking down one of the busier streets in China one night, I saw this girl smiling from behind all these cups. I thought it was super funny and cute because she would just watch me as I went by. I could tell she was smiling, but I just saw her head rotating. I was cracking up and decided to turn around and…
  • Beijing PhotoWalk Recap!

    Trey Ratcliff
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Update from the Sony A7r Winner! I received a nice note from Jack Soltysik, the winner of the Grand Prize at the Beijing PhotoWalk, a Sony A7r. (Here’s my Sony A7r Review in case you missed it!) Got the camera! Thanks so much for the lens! I literally had the 35 arriving the same day but was able to switch It w the 55 when I saw you’d sent the 35. Thank you! That was a really nice surprise. I’ve been too busy to go shooting recently because I’m in an intensive Chinese course at Tsinghua for the rest of the summer. I wanted to say that I got a full scholarship to this…
  • Dinner on the Beach

    Trey Ratcliff
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Newsletter Update Thanks for all of you that are subscribed to our Free Newsletter! We recently switched over to Mailchimp and have a whole new design. Maybe you’ve seen it? Anyway, the whole thing is much more mobile-friendly now, prettier, and, well, all kinds of stuff. Be sure you sign up for it to get the latest and hear a few secret things from time to time! Daily Photo – Dinner on the Beach One evening when we were there at the Four Seasons, we walked along the beach and saw this little scene unfold. It seemed like quite a civilized little spot for to have a spot of dinner.
  • Riding to the Ranch

    Trey Ratcliff
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Tip: Shooting at a low f-stop in the middle of the day I shot this photo below with the Sony A7r and the Leica 35mm all the way at f/1.4. Whenever you shoot wide-open in the daytime, often there is too much light that gets let in. I usually go into manual mode and make the shutter speed uber-fast, like 1/8000. I let the ISO float with Auto-ISO. This way, the light level is always right and the quick shutter speed ensures a sharp photo! Daily Photo – Riding to the Ranch Here's a photo from my recent trip to Yellowstone. I stayed at an amazing ranch there. But, in order to get to the…
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    We Blog The World

  • Family Travel Guide to Traveling With Kids

    Sherry Ott
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
      I may look motherly – but I’m not! I never wanted kids of my own. I’m not sure why, it just never appealed to me; taking care of someone, the diapers, crying, responsibility, and especially the toddlers – I don’t do well with toddlers. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like kids – I love other people’s kids. Yes, they still may cry, but they aren’t my responsibility 24/7. However, over the last 3 years I found myself traveling with other people’s kids quite often and that meant taking responsibility for them for extended periods. It’s quite a challenging and…
  • Exploring Vietnam Through a Camera Lens in Full Color

    Robert Schrader
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Vietnam was the first country I visited after officially becoming location-independent, and for that reason alone it will always hold a special significance to me. In this way, my trip to Vietnam was also one of the last I took purely as a traveler, and not as a “travel blogger,” “travel writer” or “travel photographer.” Looking back through my photos and reading back through the writing I did at the time, I find work that is both embarrassing and refreshing in how unfocused it is.  
  • Eating Our Way Through Karlvolasi in Samos Greece

    Bill Ives
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    This post is about dining on the Greek island of Samos, where I have now been there three times for stays of a month or more.  I started with Mytilini, the largest of the mountain towns and also where we stayed. This post covers Karlovasi, the second largest town on the island. It has a working harbor and nice old section up on a hill over the new town,  located on the northwest side of the island. The School of Sciences of University of the Aegean  is located in the town. It was a flourishing tannery and tobacco manufacturing centre in the early 1900s. Many magnificent neoclassical…
  • Wine Country Weekend in Napa for Ramen, Donburi, Wine & More

    Marcia Gagliardi
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ramen Gaijin is a new pop-up in Sebastopol featuring authentic Japanese ramen. Zazu will host a spirited dinner with local distillery Spirit Works. First, we’ve got to state the obvious: there was a whole lotta shaking going on last Sunday. But Napa wants everyone to know it’s still very much open for business. Despite some damage and a few red- and yellow-tagged restaurants in downtown Napa, nearly everyone has reopened. The good news is that many newer restaurants are in historic brick buildings that have already been retrofitted and thus survived the earthquake with relatively little…
  • Behind the Scenes in Lisbon Portugal

    Megan McDonough
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    July started off with an unexpected trip to Lisbon. My husband had been invited to speak at The Lisbon Challenge and I was fortunate enough to tag along for the weekend. Technically, I had been to Portugal before but it was very short lived. I spent a memorable day in Faro during my semester studying abroad. It was meant as a pitstop on my way to see a friend who was living in Sevilla, Spain. Well, I had a fabulous time in Portugal and after hearing stories about how beautiful Lisbon is, I’ve been dreaming about visiting it ever since. Our high-rise hotel, Tivoli Oriente, was located in…
 
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • “A fantastic advert for cycling,” says Mayor Boris Johnson

    Business Travel Destinations
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Monday 11 August 2014 Mayor of London Boris Johnson described the 2014 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling as “a fantastic advert for cycling in the city” as the award-winning weekend came to a successful close on Sunday evening (August 10). A year ago Johnson was one of more than 16,000 finishers in the first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, and today more than 20,000 amateur riders completed the sportive after 60,000 families, friends and fun-seeking pedallers had poured onto the closed roads of central London on Saturday for the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle. Yesterday…
  • Buyers from 36 countries have applied to attend MITM Americas & CULTOURFAIR 2014

    Business Travel Destinations
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    The 20th edition of MITM Americas, Meetings & Incentive Travel Market, and the 6th edition of CULTOURFAIR, International Cultural Travel Fair, will be held simultaneously from December 3rd-5th of this year in Puebla, Mexico, sponsored by Puebla´s Secretary of Tourism. The response to the invitation to participate as a hosted buyer, which was extended to both buyers in the MICE sector as well as wholesalers and travel agents specializing in Cultural Tourism, has been a resounding success and in 5 months has received almost 300 requests from buyers to participate in MITM & CULTOURFAIR.
  • Lucky Winner Hits $2.4 Million Jackpot On Legendary “Lion’s Share” Slot Machine At MGM Grand Las Vegas

    Business Travel Destinations
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    From gaming to hospitality and entertainment, we have the world covered. More
  • Forbes names London as most influential city in world

    Business Travel Destinations
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Tuesday 19 August 2014 London has been named as the world’s most influential city in a major new study. Forbes’ “The World’s Most Influential Cities 2014” ranks London top over competitors such as New York and Paris on criteria such as amount of foreign direct investment attracted, concentration of corporate headquarters and ease of travel to other global cities. According to the study, London attracted more than double the amount of foreign direct investment deals than New York, which was ranked second. Joel Kotkin, author of the study and contributor to Forbes, said: “London is…
  • MGM Resorts International Appoints Lilian Tomovich As Chief Experience Officer

    Business Travel Destinations
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    From gaming to hospitality and entertainment, we have the world covered. More
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Wetlands and amphibians

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

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

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

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    I have been having a major reorganisation of my cards recently, trying to anyway, and I came across this beautiful picture of the Church of the Annunciation of Moldovita Monastery in Romania.  It is one of the eight painted churches grouped together and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  These were all built during the 15th and 16th centuries and all have amazing frescoes on the outside walls.The others are:Church of the Beheading of St. John the BaptistChurch of the Assumption of the Virgin of the former Humor MonasteryChurch of the Holy Rood of PătrăutiChurch of St.
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  • Utah Bound: 3 Reasons Park City is a Favorite of Family Ski Vacation Veterans

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

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

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

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

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

    Sue Lobo
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s the day that most Americans look forward to in September: Labor Day. This day gives hardworking employees a much needed day off. It is considered to be a way to observe those who work and to thank them for their efforts. This tradition has been occurring on the first Monday of September for more than 100 years.  Labor Day traditionally, marks the end of summer.  Many families take the opportunity to take a quick vacation before the school year really kicks in. Also popular are BBQ’s, football games and lots of big sales at retail stores. The Creation…
  • Wine Season Begins Today

    Sue Lobo
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    With the earthquake occurring recently in the Napa Valley area, wine harvest season is on everyone’s mind. Vineyards help generate about $1.4 billion dollars yearly due mostly to tourism. It seems that for the majority of vineyards there will be special events to commemorate the beginning of wine season. Over 40 vineyards will be open this Sunday in Livermore Valley, CA to celebrate the start of the season.  Each winery has different activities and tasting as well as live music.  Participating wineries include La Rochelle, 3 Steve’s Winery and Eagle Ridge…
  • Some of our Favorite Islands in the Caribbean

    Sue Lobo
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many islands may be small, but they are packed with a lot of fun. There are so many great islands to visit that it can be hard to determine where to go. We’ve put together our top list of places of interest on the islands that you can use as a guide the next time you are planning a tropical vacation. Virgin Islands Estate Little Princess, St. Croix This plantation is 24 acres and features walking trails that give spectacular views of Christiansted Harbor, great houses and 19th century sugar mills. The Nature Conservancy owns Estate Little Princess and they pay special attention to the…
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany

    Sue Lobo
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Foreign tourists traveling to Germany often skip over Frankfurt and Cologne in favor of the more famous Berlin and Bavaria, but this region has many sites to offer visitors. If you have visiting UNESCO sites around the world as part of your bucket list, in the area surrounding Frankfurt and Cologne, there are ten sites that UNESCO has added to their World Heritage Site list, which means that these sites have special cultural or physical significance that they want to preserve. Here are ten UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany near the cities of Frankfurt and Cologne. 1.
  • Europe Winter Travel Ideas

    Sue Lobo
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Winter takes many forms in Europe. In areas such as Finland there is some serious cold weather and of course, snow! Many of the other countries in Europe do experience small amounts of snow with a little bit of sunshine as well. In general the winter months are a delightful time to do some traveling to Europe. Since it’s the off-season, accommodations and airfare are pretty affordable. You will also deal with less crowds and will get to experience some of the country’s winter traditions. Here are just a few Europe Winter travel ideas. Skiing Austria, Switzerland and Northern Italy…
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  • Cultural Differences

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Through Bolivia Photo Gallery we fly over the Andes mountains and the vast, windswept planes of the Altiplano, land of Guarani, Quechua and Aymara people for thousands of years now...
  • URUGUAY PHOTO GALLERY

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    Uruguay Photo Gallery is a photo journey aiming at introducing you to South America's second smallest country. From its unspoiled coastline to the gaucho culture and traditions common to the countryside, Uruguay is an enchanted little place, and safe as well...
  • FOTOS DE COLOMBIA

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    A traves de Fotos de Colombia intentamos hacer un vuelo para explorar el cuarto mayor pais de Sudamerica. Seria imposible aqui mostrarte toda su diversidad y atracciones, pero comenzamos con La Candelaria y Cartagena de Indias para introducirte a su belleza...
  • COLOMBIA PHOTO GALLERY

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Through Colombia Photo Gallery we fly over South America's fourth largest country. It would be impossible to show you the full variety of attractions Colombia offers to the world, but we begin with La Candelaria and Cartagena de Indias as an introduction...
  • FOTOS DE COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    Con Fotos de Colonia del Sacramento intentamos realizar una exploracion visual del Centro Historico de Colonia a traves de imagenes. Siendo la ciudad mas antigua del Uruguay y uno de sus principales atractivos turisticos, es un destino muy requerido para quienes desean alejarse del ritmo frenetico de Buenos Aires...
 
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    Wild Junket

  • Death-Defying Extreme Adventures: Are You Brave Enough?

    Nellie Huang
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Skydiving, bungee jumping, canyon swings. Been there, done that. But what about rock-climbing or sleeping in a tent a few thousand meters above ground? Or white-water kayaking off a ferocious waterfall? Or abseiling into a deep crater? We’ve found some death-defying adventures that will test even the most hardened traveler out there. These extreme adventures aren’t for everyone but if you’ve got the guts to do them, we salute you. As compared to these brave souls, we’re no where near adventurous. Warning:  if you’ve got a fear for heights, these photos below will probably make…
  • Finding a Life of Adventure: How to Overcome Your Fears

    Nellie Huang
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is  chapter extracted from my new book The Adventure Traveler’s Handbook. To read more on it, head over to my book page or to Amazon. For many people, fear is the biggest obstacle to achieving personal goals. We give fear so much power that we sacrifice our dreams to avoid anxiety or the possibility of rejection or failure. The first step towards dealing with fear is to recognize that it is inevitable. We all experience fear, whether first-time travelers or a seasoned athletes. It is important to know that while it cannot be completely eliminated, fear can be managed. By facing…
  • Up Next: Two Months in Central Asia Traveling the Silk Road!

    Nellie Huang
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    My next trip is something of a dream journey, something that I’ve been planning for years! As you’re reading this, I’m making my way down to Mongolia and starting an epic journey through Central Asia. For a long time I’ve been dreaming of exploring this region that just seems so enigmatic with its golden sand dunes, vast steppes, yurts and Silk Road history. The ‘Stans’ have been on my bucket list for years and I’m so blessed to be able to fulfill it now. Nomadic Mongolia For the next two weeks, I’ll be traveling with Canadian tour operator G Adventures on their…
  • Traveling with Tep Wireless Device —The Good and the Bad

    Nellie Huang
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Because of the nature of my work (and partly because of my internet addiction), I need internet access wherever I go. It’s easy to get constant WiFi at home with a mobile data plan, but what happens when you’re traveling? And as you know, I’m a full-time traveler who’s always on the road. Using my data plan abroad is just too expensive and having to buy a local SIM card everywhere I go is just troublesome, so I’ve been really happy to discover Tep. Tep (travel everywhere powered) is a wireless mobile service that allows travelers to remain completely mobile and connected to 3G…
  • Our Home Away from Home: Villa Rental in Costa Brava

    Nellie Huang
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Just two weeks ago, we took a break from work and had a relaxing vacation in Costa Brava (i.e. no laptop, no concrete plans and no work). We wanted to get some unplugged time and also take the opportunity to visit our dear friends Dan and Esme who had moved to Barcelona recently; Costa Brava is just an hour or so away from Barcelona by car and we thought a road trip here would be the best way to catch up. Having been to Costa Brava three or four times prior, I love this part of Spain (it’s my second favorite part of Spain next to Granada where we live). In fact, I think it’s the best…
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  • Cape Town Picnics – Pretty Places for Spring Picnics in the Mother City

    Thaya Bedford
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    Send to Kindle Cities … living in one requires that you open your wallet countless times a day. So, when it comes to celebrations or casual get-togethers with friends (who won’t fit into your bachelor flat), meeting up for a picnic in the Mother City is not only a way to spend time soaking up some vitamin D – it’s pretty kind to your bank balance too. We asked some city-bowl-dwellers and Cape Town locals where their secret picnic spots are, and this is what they shared with...
  • Bitchin’ Breweries in Cape Town – The Craft Beer Scene

    Thaya Bedford
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Send to Kindle Hipsters may have helped make craft beer famous, but for those of us who’ve enjoyed sinking a cold one on a balmy day in the city, or sipping on one slowly in a field of buttercup yellow canola in the country – we know that there’s so much more to craft beer than fodder for popular urban culture. The definition of ‘craft beer’ is simply: “… a beer with a distinctive flavour, produced and distributed in a particular region” but other sources describe...
  • The Marvellous Makaranga Botanical Gardens

    Helen Rushton
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle I had wanted to go to Makaranga ever since I first saw photos of it on a friend’s FaceBook page and although we made a first attempt earlier this month we didn’t quite make it so were determined to get there this time around. Located in the KwaZulu Natal suburb of Kloof, the main attraction at the 30 acre property (named Makaranga after the wild poplar trees and a Zimbabwean tribe of the same name) are the simply stunning gardens.     We took our shoes off and...
  • Pop In To Chuck and Bobs

    Helen Rushton
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Saturday morning saw us, once again, heading through to Durban for the ParkRun which starts outside the Sibaya Casino and follows the promenade for 2.5kms and back again. After popping in at my sister-in-laws house for a shower and change of clothes, we made our way to Morningside for a much deserved (and needed) coffee and breakfast. Located opposite the beautiful Mitchell Park is a row of shops; a furniture store, clothing boutique and a jeweler. Squeezed in between these...
  • Top 5 Steam Train Rides in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    Send to Kindle Rail adventure, in the good old-fashioned sense of the word, might be a thing of the past but you have only to contact one of the 5 following groups of steam railway fanatics to enjoy a ride. Chug along behind a class 15F steam locomotive that, back in the day, transported the likes of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when they visited the country in 1947. It is thanks to a handful of groups across the country that steam train rides are available at all today.   Here...
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    Velvet Escape

  • An awe-inspiring flight tour along the Western Cape

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

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

    Keith Jenkins
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    It was supposed to be my little offline holiday – a few days of chill time at the Bubu Villas on Pulau Perhentian Kecil (‘Pulau’ means island in the Malay language) on the east coast of Malaysia. It turned out slightly differently… My little holiday began with a short 45-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur’s futuristic low-cost carrier terminal (KLIA 2), located adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, to Kota Bahru, a town in the northeast of Malaysia. The futuristic KLIA 2 low-cost airline terminal. We were greeted upon our arrival by the resort staff…
  • A bird’s eye view of Reunion Island

    Keith Jenkins
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This 3D map of Reunion shows the fascinating topography of the island. Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius (map). A French overseas department, Reunion Island is a wondrous place with a huge diversity of landscapes and micro-climates – measuring just 2,500 square kilometers, Reunion Island is home to a dry savannah, lush tropical forests and Mars-like volcanic plains. Its western and southern coasts are protected by stunning lagoons. From here, mountains rise gradually to dramatic, mist-shrouded peaks (several of which…
  • My thoughts on MH17

    Keith Jenkins
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A glorious sunset appeared after a thunderstorm at Perhentian Kecil at the time MH17 was downed. “Keith, wake up!” I opened my eyes and looked around in a daze. My partner broke the news to me: a Malaysia Airlines plane en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur had been downed in eastern Ukraine, presumably by a missile. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Was this a bad dream? I reached out for my phone and checked the news. There it was and I still couldn’t believe it. I checked every news source I could think of and they all had it as their breaking story. My first…
 
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Weekly Contest Roundup

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

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

    Carol Margolis
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Airplanes Around Thunderstorms A few nights ago at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, a thunderstorm rolled in causing many planes to be rerouted. Watch this video to see how the air traffic controllers kept all of the incoming flights out of harms way. Airfare Watchdog’s Best U.S. Airlines for 2014 We all have our favorite airline, or at least a…
  • The Power of Nice Can Change Your Travels

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

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

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Not sure why the trend of Lancaster County is all you can eat styled restaurants from huge buffets to family style meals, but I’ll take it. Secretly, I am a huge buffet fan. My husband, on the other hand, is into the al carte styled menus. But since he couldn’t join us on this family trip, I had the chance to enjoy the restaurants I chose. All You Can Eat Restaurants – Different Styles to Chose From With only four days in the area,…
  • Travel Phone Charger – This is the Best Invention Ever!

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids What fits into your wallet and can give your phone an extra 25% charge anywhere, anytime in the world? The TravelCard Charger! I’ll be honest with you, I get a lot of new start ups contacting me about different, at times cool, products to make travel easier. Most of them don’t really fit my reader’s interests, so I decline. However, when this arrived for me to test out and write about, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be…
  • All-In In Monte Carlo

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Monte Carlo: a tax-free haven where a Ferrari gets you from A to B and a yacht is a mere play thing. It’s luxury defined, exemplified by its opulence, and perhaps the must-see for even the smallest taste of glamour and sophistication. Situated on the south coast of France in its own principality (Monaco), Monte Carlo welcomes millions of tourists each year, with the Monaco Grand Prix being the centrepiece of the year, whilst on either side of the month…
  • Must Do In Hershey for the Whole Family – Chocolate World

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Chocolate World - just those two words will get anyone excited. And when they are part of the Hershey adventure, it becomes that much more of a Must-Do experience when visiting Hershey. Before I take you an a photographic journey of what you will experience while visiting this super fun place for all ages, let’s not forget if it wasn’t for Milton S. Hershey, this place wouldn’t even be on the map. Since I’m a bit of a history…
  • Visiting Hershey Park, Pennsylvania – Find Out the Ins and Outs

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids The only true way for me to get my kids psyched and excited about going to Pennsylvania was the promise of spending an entire day at Hershey Amusement Park .  At this point the words ‘Amusement park or Theme park‘ are used as currency in my house for joining in on any trip. And it worked like a charm for this one as well. Recommendations for Your Visit to Hershey Park, Pennsylvania I’ll be honest with you, we never travel to amusement…
 
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  • St Cecilia Restaurant - Atlanta

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

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are not quite sure how long we can stand feeling this envious but, for now, our envy is directed sharply at the owners of the gorgeous 500-square-meter (5,382 sq.ft) Parisian property, recently overhauled by designer François Champsaur. The Marseilles-born, Paris-based designer was faced with a double challenge. The family has owned this apartment for generations, yet Champsaur’s brief was to make it “unrecognisable,” as he is quoted as saying in a magazine article. Also, the apartment is located in the Trocadéro neighbourhood with views of the Eiffel Tower…
  • Samovar Tea Bar - San Francisco

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although there is not a samovar in sight – neither anything resembling the ornate boiler of tea water - the two-month-old Samovar tea bar in The Mission area of San Francisco is most decidedly dedicated to tea. This is the fourth Samovar in owner Jesse Jacobs’ little empire (the other three are also in San Francisco), and clearly different from the others which are more traditional tea houses. The Mission Samovar is a feast for the eyes and soul in its fine minimalist balance. What is NOT there makes this altar of tea-time contemplation so incredibly beautiful. The antidote to the…
  • Science Cafe Library by Anna Wigandt

    9 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A science and engineering museum’s café project inspired interior designer and photographer Anna Wigandt to create a cool space for enjoyment and study, but she also invented a few products of her own. The Science Cafe & Library is located in Wigandt’s home town, Chişinău (formerly known as Kishinev), the capital city of Moldova on the river Bîc. The main features of the self-serve café and library are the jigsaw-puzzle table and the book displays. The table’s inspiration, according to Wigandt, was German astronomer Johannes Kepler’s 1596…
  • Weekend Music Playlist 20

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
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  • Review of NewAir AW-121E Wine Cooler

    James Hills
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    The NewAir AW-121E is a very compact unit that is stylish and for someone like me who doesn't have a huge wine collection the 12-bottle capacity is perfect. In fact, I currently have 6 bottles in there as well as a couple boxes of chocolates and the size is perfect for my loft. {youtube}2ZTVSxCLpbk{/youtube} As I mentioned in the review, setup / installation was a breeze though it operates a bit differently than a standard refrigerator. Instead of a compressor and chemical coolant, the unit relies on a thermoelectric cooling system. It's really too complicated for me to relate here (but here…
  • Fun, Friends, and High Spirits at San Diego Spirits Festival!

    James Hills
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    The festival is once again at the Broadway Pier along the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego. However, unlike last year where we sat in a parking lot for a few hours after the festival closed, this year we were able to take the trolley to and from the San  Diego  Spirits Festival . While cars are convenient, this is a much better way to go since it is safe, clean, and cheap with the ability to enjoy your buzz all the way home! Plus, the festival location is only a block from the Santa Fe Depot where all of the trolley lines go as well as the Surfliner and Coaster if you plan to…
  • Salmon Fishing Adventures in Alaska

    James Hills
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
  • See the Red Bull Air Race!

    James Hills
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
  • Camping in Yellowstone National Park

    James Hills
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
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    The Travel Tart

  • The King Kong Building in Tokushima City, Japan – Weird Edifice!

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

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Ski Holidays are a popular option for travellers who love their snow. In fact, some people love the snow so much that they follow the white powder all around the world so they avoid summer completely! Well, that’s not for me, I like a bit of variety and warm sun now and then! However, skiing trips seem to be a travel insurers (and yours!) worst nightmare because they seem to bump up their premiums if you say you’re going snowboarding, and I guess their stats don’t lie! But still, skiing trips are very popular all around the world. I’ve known friends who have gone…
  • Chinglish – Funny Chinese to English Translations!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Today, I have a silly travel story from Richelle who runs Adventures Around Asia, about how an experience that she thought she had signed up for that ended up turning out to be something completely different, unrelated – and possibly way better! I think it’s an example of Chinglish – where things in Chinese don’t translate in quite the desired effect in English! Anyway, her blurb is the following – ‘A recent grad in her early 20′s hailing from Seattle, USA. Richelle spent last year teaching English to 1,000 high school students in “the middle…
  • Italian Australian Immigration Stories. Three Trunks and a Cardboard Case!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Here’s an article with a personal bent. It’s an Italian Australian immigration story which involves leaving everything you know and moving half way around the world to a place that you don’t know at all, and sometimes, have only just heard of! It’s the story about how one side of my family decided to take a punt because they wanted something better. This book has been years in the making and my mother wanted to write it so this history wasn’t lost forever. This was from a totally different era that most of us would find completely alien, but this is where I came…
  • Jet Lag Symptoms and Recovery – The Shonky Version

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Jet Lag is one of those First World Problems related to travel that people suffer when they decide to cross a few time zones to feed their travel addiction. It’s something I experience all the time because any flight out of Australia is always a long one, and almost always involves the change of a few time zones that sets your body clock upside down and inside out! But I’d rather fly than drive long distances. Statistically speaking, you are approximately 740 times more likely to die in the car on the way to the airport than in a plane itself, so I’ll take the big metal…
 
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    Jet Set Smart

  • FASHION FRIDAY: FAB FLORAL

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

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

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

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

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

  • Getting high in The Rockies

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

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

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

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

    Mariellen Ward
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Photo of Pushkar by Nick Kenrick. How to write about your travels in foreign lands without putting your foot in it I STARTED TRAVEL writing when I travelled in India for six months in 2005 / 2006. I fell in love with the country, the culture and the people, and wrote from my heart. I never attempted to be objective, but to be honest about what I felt and saw, within the bounds of a respectful attitude. Over the years, as I’ve travelled more, honed my skills and brought more conscious thought to my work, I’ve come to realize that travel writing is a tricky business. I’ve…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Review of Giift – Managing Your Loyalty Programmes and Gift Cards

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

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

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Anyone who has experienced a cruise vacation that was handled by leading cruise service providers that boast of grandiose contemporary interiors and other luxurious features know that signing up for the said vacation activities is well-worth one’s time, money, and effort. Simply put, cruises (given that they are offered by tried and tested companies) have so much in store that is why they have become popular among travellers who want to have a grand time. The good news is a cruise vacation can be more fun and enjoyable if you’ll consider a couple of straightforward tips; some of them are…
  • 5 Pre-Flight Preparation Tips for an Enjoyable (or Rather Less Painful) Long Haul Flight

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    We just survived a 22-hour long flight journey (with one stop at London) from Boston back to Singapore. Both the Boston to London and London to Singapore flight legs were full – thus no 4-seaters or 3-seaters where we could lie down to sleep for the journey. Nonetheless, the journey (on economy class) was bearable due to a few pre-flight preparations. I will be sharing some of these pre-flight preparation tips here – do let me know if you have other tips to survive long haul flights. Tip No. 1: Choose Your Airplane Seat Wisely – Make an Informed Decision with Websites like SeatGuru.com…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Out the Formula F1 Singapore Grand Prix Street Circuit Night Race

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    The 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will be held on 19, 20 and 21 September 2014. It is one of the biggest motorsport events in the Asian continent.  Here’s three reasons why you should check out this Formula 1 race here in Singapore. Image credits: http://www.singaporegp.sg/on-track/gallery/2013/photos Formula 1 Street Circuit Race Experience Singapore plays host to the first street circuit in Asia.  A city street race gets you much closer to a lot of the action around the city e.g. shopping, restaurants before and after the race.  After a long night of fun…
 
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Review: Portable Sound with the Bluetooth Splash Speaker

    JoAnna
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Though I don’t mind enjoying a bit of peace and quiet every now and then, time is precious and I want to make use of those gaps in the day when I could be doing something productive and/or enjoyable with my time. For example, when I take my morning walks or have to drive long distances, I listen to audio books, which has allowed me to “read” a lot more books than I’d normally be able to tackle. When I was given the opportunity to test and review the Bluetooth Splash Speaker sold by UncommonGoods, I jumped at the chance because I saw it as an opportunity to use my spare time wisely.
  • Best Travel Blog Posts from July 2014

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

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

  • Sentosa Island & Cable Car : Singapore

    Fili
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Sentosa Island in Singapore is an odd little place. An artificial island built for as a tourist paradise. Over-commercialized, all fake, you’d expect it’ll be horrible and some of it certainly lives up to the expectations but on occasion you can’t help but be impressed with this man-created tropical amusement park monstrosity. The beach area, for example, is gorgeous, despite this being close to the one of the world’s biggest shipping ports. The Gondola/cable-car, though not anywhere near as nice as the one in Hong Kong, does a nice job of making the most out of one of…
  • Around Downtown : Austin – Texas

    Fili
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    To sum up my visit to the lovely city of Austin Texas, here’s a wrap up of my posts on Austin followed by a short walking tour around the area of downtown.   My posts on Austin : University of Texas Campus : Austin Art Museums : Austin Texas French Legation Museum : Oldest house in Austin Texas OHenry’s House & Museum : Austin Texas Capitol building : Austin Texas   We’ll start from the river next to the convention center area…           On to the capitol building area with some old houses and catherals…      …
  • The Japanese Gardens of Heian Jingu Shrine : Kyoto

    Fili
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Kyoto is a city filled with charm. Shrines, temples, castles, historical districts, you can spend weeks going from one attraction to another. To get started with my quick explorations of Kyoto, I’ll begin with something rather mild – the Heian Jingu Shrine . It’s not the most famous, nor is it the grandest or especially beautiful, and it’s rather young compared to everything else, but still – its got its own charm and some pretty impressive gardens. Its location next to several history and art museums makes for an easy access and there’s a long wide road…
  • Rijksmuseum : Museum District – Amsterdam

    Fili
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Lots of museums all over Amsterdam and most of them are really top-notch, so it you’re a museum fan then you’ll be able to spend days going from one museum to another. A concentration of the best art museums is at the Museum District (Museumplein) which hosts the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum. Since I was experiencing a bit of art museum fatigue, I chose to just do a quick visit to one of those – the Rijksmuseum, a museum dedicated to the arts and history of the Netherlands. You can expect to find lots of dear Dutch friends like Rembrandt, Van Gogh and…
  • Where it all began – China Town : Singapore

    Fili
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Not many people know this about me, but China Town in Singapore is where it all began. After traveling around Asia and Australia for quite some time I made my way back through Singapore and that was the first time I encountered a Chinese majority culture with a vibrant lively China Town. Sure, I’ve seen China Towns in New York, San Francisco, London, Melbourne and Sydney, but the one in Singapore felt more authentic and more mainland China style (Mandarin, Simplified) rather than Hong Kong style (Cantonese, traditional). I went to see Chinese opera, I attended a Teresa Teng concert, I…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • 26th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Set For August 27th through September 1st

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

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

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

    Christina Erny
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Check out what’s happening on the Playa at Burning Man 2014 with this live stream of Black Rock City, NV: Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
  • Burning Man Style Guide – Prepping for the Playa

    meganwinkel
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Burning Man is the perfect place to show your true self. If you want to wear combat boots with a pink tutu- rock it! The playa requires a dress code of fun, funky, and downright exotically fabulous . Check out PHOTOS from previous years to get costume ideas, and hit up these local shops for [...]
 
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • Tickets Now on Sale for New York Wine and Food Festival

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Tickets are on sale now for the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Time Inc. sister publication Food & Wine. Taking place October 16-19, the annual food extravaganza ha...
  • Hotel Commonwealth Unveils Punk-Themed “Rat” Suite

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    The Rat. Besides having the single best name for a nightclub ever—short for The Rathskeller, which no one ever once called it—the cramped and dingy Kenmore Square dungeon known as “The Rat” was B...
  • World's Top Fall Food Festivals

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Come fall, people around the world will be celebrating the season’s bounty with food festivals. Lots of them. While New Englanders gather to taste the best artisanal ciders, coastal communities f...
  • Must-Try Autumn Dishes Around the World

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    As autumn descends around the globe and the light grows softer, there is a hush. Tourists have gone home and children are back in school, but as seasoned travelers know, fall is one of the best tim...
  • Air Passenger Fracas Serves Warning: Recline at Your Own Risk

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Maybe you heard the story today from the AP. Male air passenger places a Knee Defender device on the seat back in front of him, preventing that seat from reclining. Female passenger in that seat ...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Carnival Magic Review + Passport Questions Answered

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

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

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

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

    cruiseandblog
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This week we chat with listener Don Harlem who just returned from a 12-night Med cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, roundtrip Barcelona. Don gives us a full review of Serenade of the Seas, including: his pre-cruise stay, embarkation from Barcelona, first impressions of the ship, stateroom, dining, entertainment, ports and his overall thoughts of Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy® stops by with Cruise News Hollywood actors telling cruise ships to stay away from Italy Going, going, gone! So long Costa Concordia Carnival Magic going to…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: August 31, 2014

    James Clark
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News. Location Independence An ode to the accidental workplace – Dan at TropicalMBA on the art of working in cafes. The cost of living in Phuket – A budget breakdown via nextstopwhoknows.com. Our digital nomad life in Berlin – By Victoria at Bridges and Balloons. Lessons I learned on the road as a Digital Nomad – By Noel Tock. Travel You should spend money on experiences, not things – A good argument for travel here From the Archives: Air Force One and Presidential Air Travel – I never thought I would be linking to the…
  • Fishing boats, Ham Tien Beach [Mui Ne] – Vietnam

    James Clark
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Mui Ne is a beach resort town in Southern Vietnam. When people refer to Mui Ne they usually mean the long stretch of beach that runs between Mui Ne and Phan Thiet; the town itself is a fishing port with only a few places to stay. I stayed on the beach at Ham Tien, which mixes high end resorts with working fishing communities. During the rainy season it is practically deserted, but you can still get good days in between the rain. Travel Photos: Mui Ne photo gallery Fishing boats, Ham Tien Beach [Mui Ne] – Vietnam is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • Launching livinginasia.co – A guide for living in Asia.

    James Clark
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:27 am
    As you may have gathered by now I spend a lot of time in Asia. On my first visit to Southeast Asia in 2005 I spent a month there and I was instantly hooked. Every year since I have returned for a little longer, to the point where last year (2013) I spent an aggregate total of eight months in Asia. This year I’m on track for at least nine months. My time is divided between basing myself in one city (like Chiang Mai or Ho Chi Minh City) and going off on wanders to somewhere new. I have freed myself from the pressure of feeling like I need to visit every country in the world because I…
  • Is there a better phrase than “digital nomad”?

    James Clark
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    [Working by the beach at Pangandaran, Indonesia.] I call myself a digital nomad for want of a better term. I run a business that doesn’t require me to be at a fixed address so I take advantage of that by working in locations around the world. In my travels I have met many others who are living a similar life, yet they don’t identify as being digital nomads. I wrote an article for the Digital Nomad Month at toomanyadapters.com. During that month I saw this Twitter conversation between toomanyadapters editor @driftingkiwi and @travelfish: Dave’s point sums it up for me; I use…
  • Nomadic News: August 17, 2014

    James Clark
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News. Location Independence Want to go location independent with kids? Here are 6 things to consider – Caz at ytravelblog shows that it’s possible to live the location independent lifestyle with a family. What is the cost of living in Indonesia? – Budget breakdown by bankerinthesun.com. The Internet The global internet is being attacked by sharks, Google confirms – When the internet slows down here in Vietnam it is sometimes blamed on fishermen pulling up copper cable to sell for scrap. Maybe we should be blaming sharks. Da Nang…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Tampa Bay City Guide: When, What, Where & How - To Visit

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

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

    Dan Patterson
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Photo Credit: Justin Kern With summer slowly coming to an end, no matter where you’re located in the country, spending time outdoors is an absolute must. From the beach to the mountains to its eclectic city streets, San Francisco is known for its comfortable climate, making it the perfect place to take in the wonderful sights and sounds of Northern California. Whether you’ve frequented The City by the Bay or it’s your first trip to this seaside metropolis, there’s no shortage of attractions and outdoor activities for all ages. If the kids are lucky enough to tag along for one more…
  • 15 of America’s Most Outrageous Foods

    Dan Patterson
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    CityPASS recently searched out a variety of great restaurants dishing up some of America’s most amazing & outrageous foods. Do you think you could take down the Double Coronary Bypass Burger, stacked high with three servings of bacon and ground beef with two grilled cheese sandwiches for buns? Take a break from exploring some of Atlanta’s attractions and visit the Vortex Bar & Grill in Atlanta, GA to find out! If you’re in Washington, DC and looking for the ultimate foodie challenge, stop over to the Nationals Park and take a stab at the 8-pound “Strasburger”. Make sure to bring a…
  • What's New at the Space Needle

    CityPASS
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Written by Stacy Booth, Where Seattle editor. The Space Needle Observation Deck is more than just a great view. This summer, they've been rolling out a bunch of new features, implementing some of the latest technology to add to the experience. Space Needle Mobile App You can download their mobile app for free (iOS, Windows Phone and Android), and with it see the panoramic view you'll get from the Observation Deck. Plus, get more information about some of the landmarks you'll see, like the Museum of History and Industry, the Gates Foundation, the Ballard Locks, the Olympic Sculpture Park and…
 
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  • A Ride Through Taroko Gorge, Taiwan [VIDEO]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jessica Nunemaker
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Tell City Farmer’s Market in Tell City, Indiana We had to head to the Perry County Tourism Bureau at the train depot in Tell City, Indiana. Inside, there’s a lot of neat things to see but today? Well, let’s take a look at what’s outside! Tell City Farmer’s Market Underneath a covered section of the Tell City train depot, a building that’s been wonderfully rebuilt to mimic the long ago depot (lost to fire in the 1980s), visitors will find the seasonal Tell City Farmer’s Market! Spring through Fall, vendors set up their wares. Happily, there’s a…
  • Images from Anson Wolcott House in Wolcott, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Historic and amazing, the Anson Wolcott House in Wolcott, Indiana may have been the founder’s home long ago, but now it’s open during special events and houses town history. There is so much to love about this White County home! Curved walls, interesting layout that featured separate yet connected bedrooms for the mister and missus, and many fireplaces (eight!)–except in the servant’s quarters! The home is always open for tours during the town’s big 4th of July festival, during a special one day Christmas event, and specific days during the week. Please call…
  • Payne’s Music and Recording in Hagerstown, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Payne’s Music and Recording Studio in Hagerstown, Indiana The drum set in the front window is a dead giveaway: music is alive and well at Payne’s Music and Recording in Hagerstown, Indiana! Yes, Hagerstown, a community that boasts just over 1500 people has a full service music shop. Payne’s Music and Recording in Hagerstown Guitars and bass instruments occupy wall space on one side. There’s the kind that make you think of campfires and s’mores and there’s the kind that scream something a bit harder and louder. There’s other stringed instruments here…
  • The Sweet Spot Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe in Rossville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Sweet Spot Gluten Free Bakery Cafe in Rossville, Indiana Monster Cookies Tucked between two larger buildings, The Sweet Spot Bakery and Cafe in Rossville, Indiana is just the sweetest thing! Cute as a button, this gluten-free bakery and cafe is such an incredible downtown addition. I don’t think locals even know what a great thing is going on in here. The Sweet Spot Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe in Rossville, Indiana The term “gluten free” may be throwing a few of you off. In fact, there might be a few of you who might be thinking that “delicious” and…
  • Images from Fairmount Historical Museum Town History

    Jessica Nunemaker
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Situated inside of a nicely renovated Victorian home, the Fairmount Historical Museum is a wonderful destination! Known for its ample collection of personal items that once belonged to James Dean as well as a room for Garfield (this was also the home of cartoonist Jim Davis), the town history shouldn’t be overlooked. There’s so much here! There’s the trophies, the images, and the awards from the old Fairmount Academy that’s long since closed. There’s Mason stuff and fossils and, and, and…plenty to look through and consider. For some, it’s a step back…
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  • Gear Review - My Favorite Travel Notebooks

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

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

    Jeanine Barone
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Mayan ruins pepper much of Guatemala's expanse, with Tikal probably the most famous. Each of my explorations was a day trip from Guatemala City, including Quirigua, two hours away but worth the it for the magnificent stelae displayed at this site. Mayan ruins, such as  Kaminaljuyu or Valley of the Dead, are even scattered around the country's capital city. This short YouTube video slideshow  provides a snapshot of my adventures.
  • Cyprus In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Cyprus brims with treasured sights, some at the end of jungle-like trails, others found only by navigating through stone archways or up steep staircases. My journey took me to 12th and 13th century castles, a wine museum in the small village of Erimi, Paphos in Northwest Cyprus that's most noted forits UNESCO World Heritage sites, and hiking through a nature preserve in the Akamas Peninsula. This short YouTube video slideshow captures a small slice of my trip.
  • Bahamas In Pictures - Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

    kirsten
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Koh Samui, Thailand: Secluded Hidaway with Great Rates and Extras Includes transfers, wine, breakfast for two, spa credit, wi-fi & more. Bali, Indonesia: 3 Night Package + Cocktails, Lunch & Spa Credit Also includes private transfers, breakfast for two, $100 spa credit & more. For travel through December 19, 2014. Great Rates at Luxury Hotel in the Heart of [...]
  • Austria Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Great Rates at 4-Star Hotel Close to Vienna’s Attractions Family-friendly hotel near Third Man Museum, Naschmarkt, and Mariahilfer Street. $837 & up — Lienz, Austria: Grandhotel Lienz 5 Night Package For 2 People, 42% Off Surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, from the Alps Grossglockner to the beautiful Dolomites. Lech, Austria: Kristiania Lech Double Room Package For 2 People Includes [...]
  • Adults Only Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $160-$175 — Jamaica: New Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort Escape to a brand-new, adults-only, all-inclusive resort along Jamaica’s tropical coast and indulge in unlimited food, drinks and activities. $3082 & up – Ladera Saint Lucia 4-14 Nights Plus $1,845 In Exclusive Luxury Extras, 40% Off Includes roundtrip transfers, bottle of Prosecco and fresh fruit basket upon arrival, breakfast [...]
  • Venice Hotel Deals

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    25 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $340 & up — Splendid Venice 3 Night Package For 2 People, 52% Off Enjoy floating gondolas, the chime of ancient church bells, and romantic piazzas make Venice such a treasured Italian destination. Travel from Nov 1, 2014 – Dec 29, 2014. $937 & up — Palace Bonvecchiati 3 Night Package For 2 People, 39% Off Nestled in [...]
  • Luxury Deals For Less Than $250/night

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    22 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $80 — 5-Star Luxury Punta Cana Resort w/Wi-Fi, Half Off Includes unlimited luxury dining and free wi-fi. All drinks and meals included plus golf course nearby. $93 & up — 4-Star Luxury hotel near French Quarter This 8-story New Orleans luxury hotel is in the heart of the Arts District with 97 luxurious guestrooms. $148 & up — 4-Star [...]
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  • How to Make the Most of Your August Bank Holiday

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

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

    Williams Smith
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    No trip to London is ever going to be dull; it’s simply something that is never going to happen. London may not be the City that never sleeps but there is always something for you to do in the capital city of England. Although you’re unlikely to actually meet the Queen, a trip to London is incomplete without going to Buckingham Palace. Instead of standing outside those magical gates why not actually get shown around the Palace? Throughout July, August and September there are tours of the State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews. Tours take around two hours and it’s…
  • A Day Affair- London

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

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

    Carrie Finley
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Cruise buzz: Princess Cruises news: Regal Princess  Night Sky Lounge   Image rendering of the new Night Sky Lounge onboard Regal Princess this fall. (Courtesy of Princess Cruises)     Fans of Princess Cruises have another reason to celebrate today, the cruise line announced plans to  open a new nightclub on Regal Princess, this time it’s under the stars …. From Princess Cruises: A new nighttime experience will debut on Regal Princess in November, enabling guests to enjoy a chic and contemporary outdoor nightclub under the stars. The Night Sky Lounge will debut in…
  • Crystal Cruises news: Late-Risers Adventures

    Carrie Finley
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Crystal Adventures Late Risers Shore Excursions Luxury cruisers who sail on Crystal Cruises will no longer have to choose between sleeping in and going ashore on an organized shore excursion. The reason why is because Crystal Cruises just announced the addition of  new Crystal Adventures planned especially for late-risers starting this fall. Traditionally cruise lines offer the bulk of their excursions shortly after the ship docks or tenders.  The new “Late-Risers Adventures” will begin closer to 11:00 a.m. or noon, depending on the itinerary.  The start times are designed to…
  • Port Buzz: Venice, Italy

    Carrie Finley
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Silver Spirit calls on Venice, Italy “Queen of the Adriatic” We have arrived to our final destination: Venice, Italy. The city is part of 118 small islands separated by canals that are linked by bridges. Since Silver Spirit is over-nighting in the city, guests get to spend more time getting to know Venice. Silversea Sister-ships in Venice Silver Spirit docked on the San Basilio pier, which is a quay that runs from the main port area to the Fondamenta Zàttere on the Giudecca Canal. Although Silver Spirit docked close enough to walk into town, for those less inclined there is a public…
  • Port Buzz: Hvar, Croatia

    Carrie Finley
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Silver Spirit calls on Hvar, an small island in the Adriatic   Hvar, Coratia. I kind of don’t want to write about Hvar, Croatia so that people don’t find out about it…. But, duty calls and all I can say is that cruise visitors calling on this island in the Adtiatic will be nothing short of euphoric after a day in the sun. The port is small so plan to just explore on your own. The highlights include going to the top of the fort (take a taxi and then walk down). Or head directly to the beach. A sun lounger will run about 13 Euros. Before heading back to the ship, if you…
  • Port Buzz: Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Carrie Finley
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Silversea’s Silver Spirit calls on Dubrovnik Today Silver Spirit called on Dubrovnik, which is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia (like the cute dog).  Cruise visitors calling on Dubrovnik, Croatia will have lots to explore. Walking around the pedestrian-friendly streets exploring the medieval town can easily keep cruise guests occupied for hours or you can do like I did and book a shore excursion for half the day and then hang out later in town. Thanks to the late departure time (11 pm) we are able to spend more time in port discovering. Silver Spirit at…
 
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  • Is It Necessary To Get In Touch With Expert Roof Top Restoration Solutions To Address An Individual’s Are Broken Roof

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  • From Jamaica With Love, Appleton Estate Rum

    RumShopRyan
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    What do you think of when you think of Jamaica? Is it the white-sand beaches or the savory jerk chicken, maybe it’s the smooth reggae beats or misty Blue Mountains. Those are all Jamaican signatures, but you can’t think of Jamaica without thinking about rum. And when you think about Jamaican rum, you think about Appleton Estate. I saw the below video shared last week on RumConnection.com, and after watching it once I knew two things were going to happen. One was that I was going to enjoy an Appleton on the rock that evening, and two was that I was going to share it with all you…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Friday’s are one of my favorite days of the week. Not because the weekend is kicking into gear, but because it gives me the chance to share some amazing stories about the Caribbean with you. All week I read amazing island stories, I keep a list of the ones that stand out, then consolidate the best into the Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up. It’s a routine that both keeps me up-to-date on Caribbean happenings, but also has me excited to share each and every Friday. This week’s Caribbean Wrap Up has an fascinating story about Martinique and its St. Pierre volcano. If you read any…
  • The Tamarind Margarita: Boat Drink Recipes

    RumShopRyan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    After one sip, you’ll be livin’ like Jose. It’s important not to forget our friends in the western Caribbean. All too often focus seems to sit in the eastern Caribbean which I personally love so much, and I need to be mindful of the wonderful countries that make of the eastern boarder. In doing that, I think we all need to drink some tequila! This week’s boat drink recipe is the Tamarind Margarita! The deliciously flavorful tamarind fruit, commonly used in Latin American cuisine adds a twist to the standard margarita mixture. Is anyone else a fan of this exotic flavor?
  • A Photo Tour of This Year’s Castaway Beach Bash

    RumShopRyan
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    It’s been over a week since this year’s Castaway Beach Bash at Bolongo Bay Resort on St. Thomas and I keep thinking about how great of an experience it was. This was the 3rd annual Beach Bash and it seems like the event keeps getting better and better. More people, more islands visited, more fun, and of course more rum. For those that couldn’t make it this year here’s a look back at the fun, for those that came here’s a trip down memory lane! 3rd Annual Castaway Beach Bash Photos Day 1 Back at beautiful Bolongo Bay Beach Resort! Meet and greet pool party!
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Ahhhhh, sitting in the RumShop office feels a little odd after five days in the USVI and BVI. The Castaway Beach Bash was an amazing time once again and I’m not sure if I’ve gotten all the sand out of my clothes yet…not sure I really want to. Want to give a big thank you to all the Castaways that traveled to the islands to share their island love with me and the others. It was so much fun meeting the new faces and raising a glass together. I also want to give a big thanks to Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas for hosting the event for the 3rd year in a row now.
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  • Balinese Coffee — the Special Blend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Inspector 31
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Everyone has their own definition of what “fine dining” is. Some consider white tablecloth and candlelight-adorned tables with white-clad servers to be typical of a fine dining establishment. Others think it’s all about the food; from the artistic presentation and use of garnish to the number of courses offered and the portion size. But opinions aside, they are all correct. Renowned chefs, beautiful cuisine, and top-notch highly attentive service are all characteristics typical of these restaurants. There should also be multiple courses, with either limited options, or a prix fixe style…
  • Destination Fairbanks, Alaska

    Inspector 3
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    North to Alaska as the saying goes. More specific, let’s visit Fairbanks. Land of extremes – coldest temperature recorded was negative 66 (brrrrrrrr) and warmest was 99 degrees. Or, did you know, the longest day in Fairbanks is 21 hours 49 minutes and the shortest day each year is 3 hours 43 minutes. Visitors to the Golden Heart city are always asking “what do people do in Fairbanks?” Fairbanks has a schedule of events which bring a large number of visitors and the locals out for a good time. Winter may be cold and dark but it can still be beautiful. Visit in February…
  • Museum of World Treasures

    Inspector 44
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of my favorite museums is located in Wichita, Kansas. The Museum of World Treasures was founded in 2001 by Dr. Jon and Lorna Kardatzke and moved to its current location in the Old Town area a couple years later. The museum has unique and rare exhibits that truly do span the World. The museum also covers the largest time span of any museum I’ve visited. They have a section devoted to fossils and dinosaurs including this large exhibit with a Tyrannosaurus rex, Daspletosaurus and Edmontosaurus. Exhibits have been collected from around the world and cover a variety of cultures including a…
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  • 5 Fall Jackets for Travel

    Charu Suri
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Waiting in line at the TSA checkpoint is about as much fun as paying baggage fees, but it helps when you wear clothing that’s versatile enough to do all sorts of things,  including saving you some money while you’re on the go. Here are five fall jackets that will make travel a lot more practical and stylish. Supernatural Combustion Cloud Max Jacket 340(prices vary) Making its North American debut this fall is a company which takes the sweat out of flying, with merino wool clothing mixed with synthetic fibers  and thermo regulation technology that prevents your body from overheating or…
  • Checking In: Europe’s Only Hotel on Stilts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Switzerland’s Hotel Palafitte lays claim to an unusual distinction: it is the only hotel in Europe built on stilits — an architectural detail more commonly associated with the Indian and Pacific oceans. More than mere novelty, the stilts are an architectural design meant to enhance the surrounding views. The luxury boutique property, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, was built as part of Switzerland’s 2002 National Exposition and consists of 40 spacious private bungalows, twenty-six of which are called “Lake Pavilions” and situated lakeside and built directly over Lake…
  • Book Now: Where to Go for Thanksgiving 2014

    Christine Wei
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, consider some of our favorites for Thanksgiving. Charleston, SC Get ready for some Southern charm in Charleston, best known for its plantation homes and haunted tours. Its…
  • 6 Unmissable Disney World Special Events

    Christine Dayao
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Any trip to Disney World usually feels like a special event, but did you know that the resort hosts unique parties and festivals all year long? Here’s what you can expect from six of the most popular celebrations. 1. Marathons and races Thousands of runners and spectators descend on the resort to participate in several races that take place throughout the year. Each has its own special theme and includes expos, after-parties, and races for kids and grownups. There’s the Princess Half Marathon Weekend or the new Disney Princess Enchanted 10K. And for the truly ambitious, the Glass Slipper…
  • Checking In: The Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel

    Lisa Hubner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Kimpton Hotel Group pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the U.S. when it opened its first property in San Francisco in 1981. Since then, its stylish hotels have popped up in 29 cities across the country. And there’s more on the way: Properties will open in Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, and even the Cayman Islands, to name a few, within the next two years. With two hotels welcoming visitors in the “City of Brotherly Love,” we took the opportunity to check in at the Palomar, Kimpton’s first Philadelphia hotel, which which debuted in the Rittenhouse Square area in…
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  • 5 Fall Jackets for Travel

    Charu Suri
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Waiting in line at the TSA checkpoint is about as much fun as paying baggage fees, but it helps when you wear clothing that’s versatile enough to do all sorts of things,  including saving you some money while you’re on the go. Here are five fall jackets that will make travel a lot more practical and stylish. Supernatural Combustion Cloud Max Jacket 340(prices vary) Making its North American debut this fall is a company which takes the sweat out of flying, with merino wool clothing mixed with synthetic fibers  and thermo regulation technology that prevents your body from overheating or…
  • Checking In: Europe’s Only Hotel on Stilts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Switzerland’s Hotel Palafitte lays claim to an unusual distinction: it is the only hotel in Europe built on stilits — an architectural detail more commonly associated with the Indian and Pacific oceans. More than mere novelty, the stilts are an architectural design meant to enhance the surrounding views. The luxury boutique property, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, was built as part of Switzerland’s 2002 National Exposition and consists of 40 spacious private bungalows, twenty-six of which are called “Lake Pavilions” and situated lakeside and built directly over Lake…
  • Book Now: Where to Go for Thanksgiving 2014

    Christine Wei
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, consider some of our favorites for Thanksgiving. Charleston, SC Get ready for some Southern charm in Charleston, best known for its plantation homes and haunted tours. Its…
  • 6 Unmissable Disney World Special Events

    Christine Dayao
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Any trip to Disney World usually feels like a special event, but did you know that the resort hosts unique parties and festivals all year long? Here’s what you can expect from six of the most popular celebrations. 1. Marathons and races Thousands of runners and spectators descend on the resort to participate in several races that take place throughout the year. Each has its own special theme and includes expos, after-parties, and races for kids and grownups. There’s the Princess Half Marathon Weekend or the new Disney Princess Enchanted 10K. And for the truly ambitious, the Glass Slipper…
  • Checking In: The Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel

    Lisa Hubner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Kimpton Hotel Group pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the U.S. when it opened its first property in San Francisco in 1981. Since then, its stylish hotels have popped up in 29 cities across the country. And there’s more on the way: Properties will open in Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, and even the Cayman Islands, to name a few, within the next two years. With two hotels welcoming visitors in the “City of Brotherly Love,” we took the opportunity to check in at the Palomar, Kimpton’s first Philadelphia hotel, which which debuted in the Rittenhouse Square area in…
 
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  • 5 Fall Jackets for Travel

    Charu Suri
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Waiting in line at the TSA checkpoint is about as much fun as paying baggage fees, but it helps when you wear clothing that’s versatile enough to do all sorts of things,  including saving you some money while you’re on the go. Here are five fall jackets that will make travel a lot more practical and stylish. Supernatural Combustion Cloud Max Jacket 340(prices vary) Making its North American debut this fall is a company which takes the sweat out of flying, with merino wool clothing mixed with synthetic fibers  and thermo regulation technology that prevents your body from overheating or…
  • Checking In: Europe’s Only Hotel on Stilts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Switzerland’s Hotel Palafitte lays claim to an unusual distinction: it is the only hotel in Europe built on stilits — an architectural detail more commonly associated with the Indian and Pacific oceans. More than mere novelty, the stilts are an architectural design meant to enhance the surrounding views. The luxury boutique property, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, was built as part of Switzerland’s 2002 National Exposition and consists of 40 spacious private bungalows, twenty-six of which are called “Lake Pavilions” and situated lakeside and built directly over Lake…
  • Book Now: Where to Go for Thanksgiving 2014

    Christine Wei
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, consider some of our favorites for Thanksgiving. Charleston, SC Get ready for some Southern charm in Charleston, best known for its plantation homes and haunted tours. Its…
  • 6 Unmissable Disney World Special Events

    Christine Dayao
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Any trip to Disney World usually feels like a special event, but did you know that the resort hosts unique parties and festivals all year long? Here’s what you can expect from six of the most popular celebrations. 1. Marathons and races Thousands of runners and spectators descend on the resort to participate in several races that take place throughout the year. Each has its own special theme and includes expos, after-parties, and races for kids and grownups. There’s the Princess Half Marathon Weekend or the new Disney Princess Enchanted 10K. And for the truly ambitious, the Glass Slipper…
  • Checking In: The Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel

    Lisa Hubner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Kimpton Hotel Group pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the U.S. when it opened its first property in San Francisco in 1981. Since then, its stylish hotels have popped up in 29 cities across the country. And there’s more on the way: Properties will open in Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, and even the Cayman Islands, to name a few, within the next two years. With two hotels welcoming visitors in the “City of Brotherly Love,” we took the opportunity to check in at the Palomar, Kimpton’s first Philadelphia hotel, which which debuted in the Rittenhouse Square area in…
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  • 5 Fall Jackets for Travel

    Charu Suri
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Waiting in line at the TSA checkpoint is about as much fun as paying baggage fees, but it helps when you wear clothing that’s versatile enough to do all sorts of things,  including saving you some money while you’re on the go. Here are five fall jackets that will make travel a lot more practical and stylish. Supernatural Combustion Cloud Max Jacket 340(prices vary) Making its North American debut this fall is a company which takes the sweat out of flying, with merino wool clothing mixed with synthetic fibers  and thermo regulation technology that prevents your body from overheating or…
  • Checking In: Europe’s Only Hotel on Stilts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Switzerland’s Hotel Palafitte lays claim to an unusual distinction: it is the only hotel in Europe built on stilits — an architectural detail more commonly associated with the Indian and Pacific oceans. More than mere novelty, the stilts are an architectural design meant to enhance the surrounding views. The luxury boutique property, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, was built as part of Switzerland’s 2002 National Exposition and consists of 40 spacious private bungalows, twenty-six of which are called “Lake Pavilions” and situated lakeside and built directly over Lake…
  • Book Now: Where to Go for Thanksgiving 2014

    Christine Wei
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, consider some of our favorites for Thanksgiving. Charleston, SC Get ready for some Southern charm in Charleston, best known for its plantation homes and haunted tours. Its…
  • 6 Unmissable Disney World Special Events

    Christine Dayao
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Any trip to Disney World usually feels like a special event, but did you know that the resort hosts unique parties and festivals all year long? Here’s what you can expect from six of the most popular celebrations. 1. Marathons and races Thousands of runners and spectators descend on the resort to participate in several races that take place throughout the year. Each has its own special theme and includes expos, after-parties, and races for kids and grownups. There’s the Princess Half Marathon Weekend or the new Disney Princess Enchanted 10K. And for the truly ambitious, the Glass Slipper…
  • Checking In: The Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel

    Lisa Hubner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Kimpton Hotel Group pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the U.S. when it opened its first property in San Francisco in 1981. Since then, its stylish hotels have popped up in 29 cities across the country. And there’s more on the way: Properties will open in Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, and even the Cayman Islands, to name a few, within the next two years. With two hotels welcoming visitors in the “City of Brotherly Love,” we took the opportunity to check in at the Palomar, Kimpton’s first Philadelphia hotel, which which debuted in the Rittenhouse Square area in…
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  • 5 Fall Jackets for Travel

    Charu Suri
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Waiting in line at the TSA checkpoint is about as much fun as paying baggage fees, but it helps when you wear clothing that’s versatile enough to do all sorts of things,  including saving you some money while you’re on the go. Here are five fall jackets that will make travel a lot more practical and stylish. Supernatural Combustion Cloud Max Jacket 340(prices vary) Making its North American debut this fall is a company which takes the sweat out of flying, with merino wool clothing mixed with synthetic fibers  and thermo regulation technology that prevents your body from overheating or…
  • Checking In: Europe’s Only Hotel on Stilts

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Switzerland’s Hotel Palafitte lays claim to an unusual distinction: it is the only hotel in Europe built on stilits — an architectural detail more commonly associated with the Indian and Pacific oceans. More than mere novelty, the stilts are an architectural design meant to enhance the surrounding views. The luxury boutique property, a member of Preferred Hotel Group, was built as part of Switzerland’s 2002 National Exposition and consists of 40 spacious private bungalows, twenty-six of which are called “Lake Pavilions” and situated lakeside and built directly over Lake…
  • Book Now: Where to Go for Thanksgiving 2014

    Christine Wei
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, consider some of our favorites for Thanksgiving. Charleston, SC Get ready for some Southern charm in Charleston, best known for its plantation homes and haunted tours. Its…
  • 6 Unmissable Disney World Special Events

    Christine Dayao
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Any trip to Disney World usually feels like a special event, but did you know that the resort hosts unique parties and festivals all year long? Here’s what you can expect from six of the most popular celebrations. 1. Marathons and races Thousands of runners and spectators descend on the resort to participate in several races that take place throughout the year. Each has its own special theme and includes expos, after-parties, and races for kids and grownups. There’s the Princess Half Marathon Weekend or the new Disney Princess Enchanted 10K. And for the truly ambitious, the Glass Slipper…
  • Checking In: The Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel

    Lisa Hubner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Kimpton Hotel Group pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the U.S. when it opened its first property in San Francisco in 1981. Since then, its stylish hotels have popped up in 29 cities across the country. And there’s more on the way: Properties will open in Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, and even the Cayman Islands, to name a few, within the next two years. With two hotels welcoming visitors in the “City of Brotherly Love,” we took the opportunity to check in at the Palomar, Kimpton’s first Philadelphia hotel, which which debuted in the Rittenhouse Square area in…
 
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  • 11 Fun Things To Do When You’re in Yangon, Myanmar

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

    Mark Wiens
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Among the numerous markets in Chiang Mai, one of the most well known is Warorot Market (ตลาดวโรรส), located right in the center of town. The market is a historical landmark, a long standing market, known for its variety of speciality Chiang Mai food and products. Warorot has an old-school Chinese Thai feel to it (the area […] Exploring the Famous Warorot Market (ตลาดวโรรส) in Chiang Mai is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Exploring the Famous Warorot Market (ตลาดวโรรส) in Chiang Mai appeared first on…
  • $0.20 Cents Will Buy You a Dosa in Yangon

    Mark Wiens
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In-between dodging raging buses and strolling through the energetic streets of Yangon, one of the most popular activities is to eat street food snacks. In Yangon, you’re bombarded with so many street food stalls on every corner, that it’s almost overwhelming. However, you do have to be careful eating street food in Yangon; Not everything looks […] $0.20 Cents Will Buy You a Dosa in Yangon is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post $0.20 Cents Will Buy You a Dosa in Yangon appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • 41 Photos That May Tempt You to Visit Yangon, Myanmar Immediately

    Mark Wiens
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yangon, Myanmar is a city overflowing with excitement. Crossing the street is one of the biggest challenges, but if you can get to the other side, what awaits you is a cultural buffet of colors, vendors, markets, and friendly people. Walking around downtown Yangon is never going to be calm or peaceful, but the action, fathom of […] 41 Photos That May Tempt You to Visit Yangon, Myanmar Immediately is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post 41 Photos That May Tempt You to Visit Yangon, Myanmar Immediately appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Eating a Winning Bowl of Mohinga in a Yangon Parking Lot

    Mark Wiens
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes you have no plans to eat… but it just feels right. You’re walking along, with little intention to eat anything, but then you see a stall that calls your name. You might not even be sure why, but something having to do with the atmosphere, the fresh look of the food, the aroma that hits […] Eating a Winning Bowl of Mohinga in a Yangon Parking Lot is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Eating a Winning Bowl of Mohinga in a Yangon Parking Lot appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • World’s Most Peaceful Contries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    robin
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
      Musée Picasso by Pol at Wikimedia Commons If you’re planning a trip to France in 2014 (or beyond), you’ll be happy to know there are some new and exciting things to look forward to this year. Here’s a list of some of the things you might want to add to your travel plans.  And if you’re heading to Italy, don’t miss the round up for what’s new in Italy. Paris (and nearby) > After a restoration that took five years and went severely over-budget, the Musée Picasso, located in the Hôtel Salé in the Marais will be reopening in June. The garden has…
  • Tips for the Best Cinque Terre Travel Experience

    robin
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Cinque Terre is a colorful collection of fishing villages in Italy, along what is known as the Italian Riviera. In recent years, it’s become so popular, that for those looking for a bit quieter, less-touristed and perhaps more authentic experience, I generally recommend staying in one of the other nearby towns,  just a short train or ferry ride away. Understandably, there are travelers who will stay in one of the five villages. This overview of the Cinque Terre will provide more information on each town. Today I’ll be sharing some tips. Twenty Dos and Don’ts that will…
  • What’s New in Italy for 2014

    robin
    21 Jan 2014 | 5:11 am
    Some exciting new things are happening in Italy in 2014. From a new museum opening to a helpful app, consider adding any or all of these to your Italy travel plans. Venice > If you’ve been to Venice in the summer months, you’ll often get a funky smell wafting from some of the stagnant smaller canals. Well, now there is something to counteract that a bit. A new museum dedicated to the art and history of perfume, located in the 17th century Palazzo Mocenigo. Parma > In Fontanellato, a small town near Parma, after eight years in the making, the world’s largest labyrinth…
 
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  • Savoring September at a Snail’s Pace in the Piedmont

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

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

    Cam Hassard
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Though you’re spoiled for choice in the European summertime, it doesn’t get much better than 10 days on the shimmering French Riviera—cue glorious sun, sumptuous food and wine, and cool, crisp dips in the azure waters of the Mediterranean. The only dilemma is where to go next. After filling our tanned bellies in Nice for […]
  • Greece: The Mystical Oak Shrine of Dodoni, Epirus

    W. Ruth Kozak
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Most people who visit Greece have made a pilgrimage to Delphi, the most important oracle of the ancient world on Mt. Parnassos. However, not many people know about Dodoni, the country’s second most important oracle, tucked away in the mountains of Epirus, in north-east Greece. I’ve visited Dodoni on several occasions. The best way to reach […]
  • Walking the Wales Coast Path

    Roy Stevenson
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Wales has for long played second fiddle to England’s moors and fells as a destination for the UK’s trail walkers, but it now offers a unique path that puts it squarely near the top of the trail walking bucket list. The 870-mile long Wales Coast Path (WCP), completed in May 2012, offers the longest continuous […]
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  • Mon Dieu! Gargoles Galore in Dijon, France

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

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

    TheRoadScholar
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Chicago, IL–The wealth of museums in Chicago make it difficult to decide which to explore first. One of the original city museums, the Field Museum of Natural History, founded right after the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in one of the fair buildings. It was later moved to its current site at 1400 S. Lake Shore […]
  • Snowshoeing at Chicago’s Northerly Island

    TheRoadScholar
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Chicago, IL–It’s a very snowy, cold winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. Bundle up and head over to Chicago’s Northerly Island (yep, the former Miegs Field way over there by the Adler Planetarium) and rent snowshoes or cross-country skis for a little tromp along the lake. Rentals are available for $5 […]
  • Chicago’s Ferrara Bakery: Original Italian Pasticceria

    TheRoadScholar
    12 Aug 2013 | 1:28 pm
    Chicago, IL–Back in the 60s and 70s, you wouldn’t want to come as far as 2210 W. Taylor St., where Ferrara Bakery  is located. But that was then and this is now. The ever-westward march of the University of Illinois at Chicago and medical campuses have made the west edges of Taylor Street a safer place again. The […]
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  • Wat Saket (Phu Khao Thong or Golden Mount), Bangkok

    Shrinidhi Hande
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Visited Wat Saket one more time during my recent Thailand visit- on the last day when we were on our ownI've already written about Wat Saket, popularly known as Golden Mount and also known as Phu Khao Thong is a small Buddhist temple on a small hill, very close to where Grand Palace and other popular temples are located in Bangkok. It is a 13th century temple with annual celebrations held in November every year.The entry fee seemed to be same as it was 2 years ago, 20 baht.This time I would prefer my videos do the talking. Do watch the video below to get a good walkthrough of Golden Mount…
  • Arvalem falls, Sanquelim, Goa

    Shrinidhi Hande
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    This little falls in Goa is located within the premises of a temple- very eye catching and inviting.Aravalem falls is located near the campus of Rudreshwar temple in Sanquelim area, about 30kms from Panjim city. If you're heading to Belgaum or to Chorlea ghat, a small deviation at Sanquelim will take you to this falls.Downstream is very shallow and is fairly safe and ideal for getting into. It wasn't deep enough for  swim in August when we went.There're steps to go close to top of the falls and one can also view it from the river in front of the temple View of the templeA view of…
  • Univercell Sync- Smartphone Experience centres

    Shrinidhi Hande
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    When I got invite for visiting Univercell Sync Store in Chennai to experience how Univercell can help enhance one's smartphone buying experience, I was also eager to find out how UniverCell is gearing itself up to take on the challenge from online retailers.The process of buying a phone has changed dramatically over the decade. A decade ago, camera phone, colour screen, polyphonic ring tone made a phone desirable. Factors like how many contacts/SMS the phone can store, torch, type of games it came with etc were the factors that helped purchase decisions. Even the once super desirable 25k+…
  • Mahadev Temple, TambdiSurla Goa

    Shrinidhi Hande
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Tambdi Surla is a village in the interiors of Goa, which has a small but beautiful Mahadev temple. Tambdi surla is about 60kms from Panjim, but is closer while returning from Doodhsagar.I've made a short less than 1 min video of Tambdi Surla Mahadev temple in Goa. Please watch it below.  Temple campus is well maintained, a stream flows nearby and is worth a short visit. Wikipedia has more historic details, pls check here.Google Maps is embedded below...Similar: Big Foot Goa * Three Kings Church, Goa * Tree House, Goa * Doodhsagar Falls, Goa
  • Is Fortuner 4x2 worth 10 lakh premium over XUV500 W6?

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    This post was overdue since months, because of Thailand, Jaisalmer and Goa visits. In March this year, I drove an XUV500 W6 for 2 days/1200kms. In July this year, I got to drive a Fortuner 4x2 manual, for 1 day/540kms. In August, we were driven around for 2 days all around the desert at Jaisalmer in a fleet of 3 fortuners. Mahindra XUV500 W6 variant costs about 12 lakhs ex showroom Delhi, while Fortuner 4x2 MT is priced 22 lakhs Ex-showroom Delhi. On road price will be 20-25% higher, taking the net difference between the price of two cars in question to whopping 10-12 lakh rupees. While I was…
 
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  • Azaleation: The Just Misses of Travel

    Janice Waugh
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Poems often tie up a series of life experiences in one idea. This is just as true of travel experiences and travel poems. Billy Collins offers us one here. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

    Guest
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Spending a day or two hiking and canoeing at a rhino sanctuary in northwestern Uganda is highly recommended by this Solo Travel Society member. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Machu Picchu with a Guide

    Guest
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Meet Sergio, a local who shared this view of Machu Picchu with a Solo Travel Society member traveling in Peru. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Europe: Top Tips, Advice and Recommendations

    Janice Waugh
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    So you're going to Europe solo. What do you need to know? Here are the basics with great tips from readers of Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Quote of the Week: It’s the Journey that Matters

    Tracey
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    This quote about the importance of the journey over the destination comes to us from Ernest Hemingway, a man who knew a little something about the subject. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • 48 Hours In London

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

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

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

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

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Devon with a differencePhoto from Flickr by Baz Richardson If you want to get away from the rat race but do not feel like going abroad, then you should consider travelling to Devon, a land of cliffs, coves and crags, beaches and sea. Exploring Devon has much to offer the tourist, not least for its stunning and mostly unspoilt scenery. Take the great stretches of granite land that are Exmoor and Dartmoor, that offer a photographer panoramic landscapes of his dreams, and ramblers and walkers acres of land to trudge across and explore. Sightseeing for…
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  • A Day Out in Portsmouth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LanceAround
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Heidi & Daughter Join LanceAround Family (& # 1 Ember’s Adolfo) at MK [Editor's Note: Today Heidi Strawser continues her series of posts where she joins the LanceAround family at Disney's Magic Kingdom for a preview of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. Enjoy!--LanceAround.] Last month, I shared about our Dream Breakfast at Disney’s Contemporary Resort with the LanceAround family.  This time, I’d like to share about our fun day at the Magic Kingdom . . . I mentioned that we were each issued some goodies upon leaving the breakfast.  One of those goodies was a ticket…
  • A Dream Breakfast at Disney World

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

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

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

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

    Jane Reynolds
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Okay, so today may be Labor Day…which may mean that summer is coming to a close (sob). But we love every season, and there’s something about the brisk fall weather that puts a little pep in our step…or stiletto, as the case may be, because in just three days (on Thursday, September 4) New York Fashion Week helps to officially kick off the fall. Already, we’ve seen plenty of celebs out and about in the city, and most are shacking up in their usual haunts — i.e. the city’s hippest, most luxurious hotels. Take a peek after the jump to find out where your…
  • Royal Residences: 8 Gorgeous Hotels That Kings, Queens, and Counts Once Called Home

    Jane Reynolds
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many hotels were not born as hotels. Some first served as prisons, or hat factories, or even lemon distilleries. And some had, shall we say, loftier first lives — as the residences (often, the second, third, or fourth homes) of royalty. That’s right. We’ve stayed at hotels — from the Amalfi Coast to the Irish countryside – that were once the official residences of royals, but have since shed their former titles to serve the lowlier, “ill-bred” set like us. But fortunately, we’ve still been given the royal treatment at each. Check out these…
  • Ultimate Luxury: The World’s Top 10 Relais & Chateaux Hotels

    Jane Reynolds
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A hotel has “made it” when it’s honored as a Relais & Chateaux property. After all, established in 1954 in France (mais bien sur?!), this exclusive association is made up of just about 500 hotels and restaurants, combined, that introduce guests “to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living.” Or, in much simpler Oyster terms, they show guests a darn good time by providing gorgeous rooms, luxurious facilities and amenities, and top-notch service. We’ve been lucky enough to have stayed in quite a few of these R&C properties (don’t get…
  • 12 Rooftop Bars Perfect for This Weekend! And Indian Summer Nights

    Kristina Fazzalaro
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    During the summer, it’s almost impossible to stay indoors come happy hour. While the cooler months — spent with friends crowding in cozy bars and huddling by the fire — are fast approaching, there’s still time for some rooftop boozin’ — and fortunately, enjoying the sun and stars with a drink in hand is made easy at some of our favorite hotels. Offering stunning vistas and delicious cocktails, these rooftop bars are destinations unto to themselves in cities far and wide. 1. Refinery Rooftop at The Refinery Hotel, New York City  The Refinery Hotel is…
  • 13 Budget Stays in the World’s Most Expensive Cities

    Kristina Fazzalaro
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Newsflash! Visiting the world’s most expensive cities doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be forced to stay in the world’s most expensive hotels. Though the suite life can be tempting when hoteling in the globe’s most affluent destinations, what’s feasible for the rich and famous often doesn’t align with what’s feasible for the rest of us. Thankfully, there are fantastic budget options in pricey towns that offer a lot of bang for your buck — so you can use that extra cash towards your eight-euro bottle of water. From London to Singapore and…
 
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  • Historic Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfasts Put The Fun In Going Back To School

    Susan Kohlback
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Going back to school has never been such a treat as when you stay at an historic Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast. While Labor Day means back to school and some sad faces, you won't mind a bit when you're heading for one of these converted schoolhouses that are now outstanding inns. They'll be no complaining about staying late, or dozing off, as these charming properties will have you reminiscing for the simpler days of small communities school. And these fine establishments will be swapping the three R's from Reading, Writing and 'rithmatic, to Rest, Relaxation and Romance. So take notes on the…
  • Best Waterfall Hike in Tahiti – Find Your Inner Peace on an Unforgettable Valley Hike

    Guest Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Find Inner Peace by Hiking the Fautaua Valley to Two Spectacular Waterfalls in Pape’ete, Tahiti Neither lengthy nor difficult, if there is any outing you really ought to take in Tahiti, it is the Fautaua Valley Trail hike. When we entered the gate opening the way into Fautaua Valley, the following step was obvious – follow the bubbling stream and the trail of fruit trees. We asked beforehand, not wanting to be horrible tourists, and yes, visitors are allowed to pick fruit, but you’d have to wash them first. Avocados, mangoes, passion fruit, everything looked like a tropical fruit…
  • 21st Annual Tour des Fleurs – California’s Premier Gardening Event – Trip Report

    Guest Author
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    21st Annual Tour des Fleurs. was a huge success and a wonderful day spent meeting growers along California's stunning Half Moon Bay. This unique event offers the public a special once-a-year opportunity to tour local nurseries, greenhouses, wineries, harbor, and farms - many of which are not ordinarily open to the public. With anticipation July 26 arrived and I was headed to Half Moon Bay, a sunny coastal city south of San Francisco. So come along with me on my day of discovery:The post 21st Annual Tour des Fleurs – California’s Premier Gardening Event – Trip Report appeared…
  • Freediving, Three of The World’s Best Sites – Where Less Really Is More

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    3 Fantastic Spots to Go Freediving Fuelled by determination and a sheer love of the deep, freediving is an adrenaline-pumping experience that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Hungry for the challenge, divers ditch their breathing equipment for the power of their own lungs to descend to great depths and explore all the underwater world has to offer. The thought might seem intimidating but anybody can learn the art of freediving, and those that do never look back.The post Freediving, Three of The World’s Best Sites – Where Less Really Is More appeared first on Wicked Good…
  • Do This.. Not That.. For An Authentic Experience in Singapore

    Guest Author
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    So you’ve decided to visit the Lion City – the cosmopolitan metropolis that has so much to offer for visiting travellers. Get off the typical tourist trail and experience Singapore on a more personal level. Just so you don’t waste your time standing in line with the other toursits, here’s what NOT to do, and what TO DO instead in Singapore.The post Do This.. Not That.. For An Authentic Experience in Singapore appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You don't get in life what you want. You get in life what you are. (L. Brown) — So be what you want and it all works out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. (O. Wilde) — How often do you really plug in at max volume? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Asking the right question takes as much skill as giving the right answer. (R. Half) — More, as the question is the seed. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Bible) — Are you listening, Wall Street? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Be the kind of woman that, when your feet hit the floor, the devil says 'Oh Crap, She's up!' (Unknown) — I'm working on it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You don't get in life what you want. You get in life what you are. (L. Brown) — So be what you want and it all works out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. (O. Wilde) — How often do you really plug in at max volume? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Asking the right question takes as much skill as giving the right answer. (R. Half) — More, as the question is the seed. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Bible) — Are you listening, Wall Street? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Be the kind of woman that, when your feet hit the floor, the devil says 'Oh Crap, She's up!' (Unknown) — I'm working on it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • Pin-Up Live! Join Us Wed. (8/27) on #Pinterest to Talk Travel with @ExOfficio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Heather Cowper
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    On the Greek island of Zakynthos I’ve been enjoying plenty of beach time while on holiday, hanging out with my daughter, my Greek niece and her friends. From behind my (designer) sunglasses I’ve been observing Greek beach etiquette and realising how different it is from a British day out at the seaside. The stylish Greek girls laugh at the English holiday-makers who get it wrong in every way on the beach, so if you want to blend in with the cool crowd on the beach, here’s where you need to know; On Dafni beach in Zakynthos, Greece 1. Don’t think that the beach is free If…
  • My Flopz are on a Greek Island holiday – and I have 3 pairs to giveaway

    Heather Cowper
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Summer holiday time is here and my Flopz flip flops are sunning themselves on the Greek island of Zakynthos. I woke up at our apartment at Windmill Hotel in Argassi (my sister’s place) and this was the view as I sipped my morning coffee – not bad huh? I love the fact that at this time of year in Greece you never have to check the forecast, there’s only one setting and that’s full-on sunny and hot, hot, hot. If you’d like to win a pair of Flopz flip flops to wear on your next holiday, read on as I have 3 pairs to give away… This is the view from our…
  • Lovely Laugharne – on the Dylan Thomas trail in South Wales

    Heather Cowper
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    I like to imagine the 19 year old aspiring poet, Dylan Thomas arriving at Laugharne on the ferry, taking in the wide open skies of the Taf estuary, the small boats stranded in the marshy channels and the stark, stone towers of the ruined castle, and thinking “YES!, this is where I want to be.” He later wrote that it was the sort of place where people like him ” just came, one day, for the day, and never left; got off the bus, and forgot to get on again.” Laugharne in Camarthanshire is one of the places that Dylan Thomas is most connected to, living for the last 4…
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  • Kid Friendly Food Tour: Punta Cana with Kids

    Keryn Means
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
      Dominican Republic beaches dominate the landscape, but it’s the food that will really capture your attention when visiting this island nation. Local cuisine around Punta Cana (the eastern side of the country) has foods that will take you in and out of your comfort zone, while all-inclusive resorts can handle most allergies and give you easy options for families with picky eaters. No matter how you do it though, you will not go home hungry after a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. One way my family loves to travel is through a culture’s food. I like to check out the…
  • Tanque Verde Ranch – Western Adventures in the Sonoran Desert

    Katie Bodell
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
      When the sun rises over Mica Mountain’s ridge just east of Tucson, Arizona, the desert sky comes alive in brilliant color interrupted only by puffy, soft clouds. Small peaks and valleys that form the distant skyline change in color and depth as the sun slowly rises touching every portion of the valley below. Saguaro cactus reach to touch the welcome sun, animals and insects scurry about searching for a tasty treat, and the slow-paced, western life begins another day. I don’t normally wax poetic about sunrises while on a family vacation. Typically far too pleased with any…
  • Visiting the US Virgin Islands with Kids: The Beach and Much More!

    Sharon Rigney
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
      Sun, fun, sand, and sea – if this is what you think of when you envision the US Virgin Islands, you’re not alone. In spite of the stunning (and I’m not kidding when I say stunning) beaches, there is so much more for families to do on these beautiful destination islands. Besides hitting the beach, families can spend time on all sorts of activities here, from treetop zip lining to horseback riding, to snorkeling, and even a trip to an ice museum! Didn’t know all of these things were available in the USVI? Neither did I until I visited here myself and participated in a few of…
  • Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Columbus

    Karyn Locke
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    In the heart of Ohio sits Columbus, the state capital and a popular vacation spot. Columbus is a family-friendly city and home to over 800,000 residents who are happy to tell visitors what makes this city so great. From museums to sporting events, and awesome dining experiences, Columbus has a wide array of great places to entertain families. Here’s a list of the top 10 things to do with kids in Columbus. 10. Visit Topiary Park James T. Mason, topiary sculptor and creator of The Topiary Park describes his creation as “a landscape of a painting of a landscape.” Based on George…
  • Best Toddler Activities – Weekly Digest – 08/24/14

    Heather Erquiaga
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways It’s Toddler Time! Sunday August 24, 2014 As the big kids head off to school, it’s time for the younger set to reign. Check out the best places to play during toddler time! Toddler-Friendly Activities Atlanta | Cleveland | Columbus | Dallas and Fort Worth | Hartford | Los Angeles and Orange County | Memphis | Pittsburgh | San Diego | San Francisco Bay Area | Tampa Bay …scroll down to find more great toddler-friendly travel ideas Monday Madness Giveaways Win…
 
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    The Mom Maven

  • Enter the Experience Kissimmee #T2RSweeps

    Cindy Schultz
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you have ever visited Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando or Universal Studios Florida you may not have known it but you were right near Kissimmee, FL. Not only does Kissimmee have lots and lots of great places to stay while you are visiting the theme parks, it also has its own history and attractions for you to enjoy. On Thursday I had the honor of attending a luncheon with two of the media relations people from Experience Kissimmee. We learned about a lot of cool adventures that the area has to offer like hot air balloon rides, air boat rides and zip-lining! We also found out about some…
  • Amp up Your Style with TRESemme

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” Global Influence 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 disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”I have been growing my hair out for a year. It is finally just past my shoulders. My hair hasn’t been this long in decades! I started growing it out…
  • Clean the Air with Filtrete Filters #healthierhome

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”I suffer from year round allergies. Living in Florida where things are blooming all year round makes it difficult to manage at times. It seems every season something…
  • Easy Recipes-Meatball Sub Casserole

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    My boys love meatball subs! When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. When I read the recipe itself  I knew it needed a little tweaking to make it perfect. Here is my twist on a Meatball Sub Casserole.   Meatball Sub Casserole Scroll down for printable recipe. Ingredients 8 slices of frozen Texas Toast 8oz cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp ground pepper 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 lb frozen fully-cooked Italian meatballs, thawed 28oz jar pasta sauce Directions 1. Preheat the oven…
  • Beauty Box 5 August Review

    Cindy Schultz
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”This month’s Beauty Box 5 shipment didn’t excite me when I first opened it. It contained a black sparkle nail…
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  • Goa’s most romantic experiences

    Gautam
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalWalking past centuries-old cathedrals in Old Goa, sipping wine at a candle-lit seaside restaurant, admiring gorgeous sunsets at a beach or just relaxing in your luxurious resort—there are a multitude of places to visit in Goa for couples. A magnet for honeymooners, Goa is popular not only because of its sunny beaches but also on account of its cheerful and relaxed vibe, old Portuguese-style buildings, buzzing nightlife and an array of fancy…
  • Amritsar street food that will make your mouth water

    Gautam
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalA visit to Amritsar invariably includes two things—paying your respects at the Golden Temple, and gorging on all the delicacies the city dishes up. The locals here love their street food, and the city is swarming with street-side vendors selling the freshest, hottest and richest versions of everything from a refreshing glass of lassi and sugary, sweet halwa, to buttery paranthas and spicy gravy. Here’s out list of rich Punjabi…
  • 4 offbeat summer getaways in India

    Gautam
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalCome summer, and the mountains beckon with crisp air, breathtaking views and a gentler pace of life. This vision of bucolic bliss is rudely decimated by the reality of traffic snarls and throngs of similar-minded visitors who flock to the hills every year. This year, evade the tourist juggernaut and escape to less-frequented locales which still manage to slip under the radar. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a gastronome, a culture…
  • Hill stations near Delhi that are perfect for long weekends

    Gautam
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalThe Indian capital’s proximity to the Himalayas means that there are many hill stations near Delhi offering a much-needed escape from the bustling streets and soaring temperatures. The picturesque snow-laden peaks and the charming hill towns nestled amidst them provide a perfect respite from the scorching heat. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed stay in a luxury resort overlooking the hills or a high-on-adrenaline paragliding…
  • Ramazan special—the best places to break bread

    Gautam
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalDuring the month of Ramazan, go on a culinary journey by binging on some rich and indulgent fare catering specifically to those who’re breaking bread. Even if you haven’t fasted through the day, you can join the feasting at sundown and eat your way through the most delicious Indian delicacies. Pista House The City of Nizams instantly evokes images of biryani, but if you’re visiting during the month of Ramazan, there’s so much…
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  • The Best Tripod for Travel? Reviewing the 3 Legged Thing Brian

    Brendan van Son
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    The one part of my gear that I’ve always kind of compromised on has been my travel tripod.  Now, I know that most photographers will always say that your tripod should come first above all gear.  But the truth is, it’s always something I’ve worked around.  It’s also something that I’ve hated that I’ve had [...]
  • Choosing the Photo Editing Software that’s Right for YOU!

    Brendan van Son
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I get asked about the type of photo editing software that I use a lot.  In fact, aside from people asking me what camera gear I use, it’s probably the most asked question regarding my travel photography.  And the truth is that I don’t actually just one piece of photo editing software.  I actually use [...]
  • Nature Photography Critique – Images by Jeff Bartlett

    Brendan van Son
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    It’s been a little while now since I’ve done a proper photography critique on the site or my Travel Photography YouTube Channel.  And since I’m just chilling a bit here in Switzerland, I thought it was time. I was lucky enough the have been allowed the opportunity to critique the works of one Jeff Bartlett of Adventure [...]
 
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  • Murals at Debre Berhan Selassie Church – Gondar,Ethiopia

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

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

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

    Marcello
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Through my time as an entrepreneur I’ve met a lot of people who want this kind of lifestyle, but don’t consider themselves the “type of person” who can get into it. They wouldn’t list “Business Savy” under a list of personal traits. They don’t know where to begin. They aren’t extroverted. David Lee was none of those things. An introvert stuck in the rat race, David was shaken out of his lifestyle when a sudden layoff forced him to take a close look at his values. He decided it was time to focus on experiences he wanted, rather than stuff he didn’t…
  • WT005: Travis Sherry – Traveling For Free With Frequent Flyer Miles & Finding Your Path

    Marcello
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    If you could fly anywhere in the world for next to nothing, would you? Well, you can. Travis Sherry, the man behind The Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast can, and does so frequently. I wanted to start the WanderingTrader Podcast for a while now and after he invited me on his podcast I was immediately inspired.  After being on his show I laid down the steps to start the WanderingTrader podcast. He’s cracked the code behind Frequent Flyer miles, and he’s here today to share some of those tips with you, along with some of his favorite travel destinations. Today we flip the…
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  • きれいな女性とやり取りをしたいものです

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

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

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

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

  • Guten Tag, Treehouse Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    31 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    When: September 20, 2014 Where: Moonshine in Chicago Chefs Visit Moonshine’s parking lot  in Wicker Park  in Chicago and attend a Top Chef-style BBQ! Pro and amateur BBQ chefs showcase their skills and the winner will take home the “Gilded Grill” trophy. Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.comFiled under: Italy Travel Guides Tagged: Rib-a-Que Smokeout 2014 in Chicago in Wicker Park
  • Chicago Beer Festival 2014 at Union Station

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    30 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Are you going to the Chicago Beer Festival? When: September 13 Where: Union Station Attend Bacon Fest and Beer Fest in September in Chicago at Union Station! http://thechicagobeerfestival.com/ Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com  Train I want one of those tables made out of a Beer KegFiled under: Italy Travel Guides Tagged: Chicago Beer Festival 2014 at Union Station
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  • Morbid Monday: The Man Who Dissolved His Wife

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    “Unable to dissolve his marriage, he decided to dissolve his wife.— Clyde Snow, "The Stories Bones Tell" Adolph & Louise Luetgert (courtesy Alchemy of Bones) On Diversey and Hermitage Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is an industrial building that was converted to condominiums in the 1990s. Though this building is nondescript today, it was the site of a grisly murder at the end of the 19th century. Adolph Luetgert was a tanner and butcher who moved from Germany in the early 1870s. Shortly after his first wife died, Luetgert married Louise Bicknese…
  • Rascal: The Raccoon That Ate Japan

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Rascal shoos off some native species. (via Idea Wiki)  First introduced in the 1963 book, Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era, the impish little trash-eater known as Rascal was a hit from the start. The book, a memoir of author Sterling North’s childhood experience in which he adopted a baby raccoon for a year, was a hit with the youth of the era. It was quickly made into a live-action film by Disney, which depicted Sterling’s adventures with a comedic playfulness that was not quite so apparent in the book. While both of these incarnations met with popular…
  • Soviet Ghosts: Photographs from a Shredded Iron Curtain

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Buzludzha, Bulgaria (all photographs by Rebecca Litchfield) Out in the former Soviet Union, the Iron Curtain still hangs in tatters. Photographer Rebecca Litchfield journeyed through freezing winds and sometimes high security to document these abandoned remains. From Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Russia, and places in between, she sought out the ruins of bombastic optimism for a utopian future and military paranoia. In a new book called Soviet Ghosts, released this month by Carpet Bombing Culture, these photographs are compiled into one haunting…
  • In the Face of War, Ukrainian Collector Shares his Faces of Death

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Death masks on display at One Street Museum in Kiev (courtesy the museum) As the Russian “stealth war" on Ukraine steps out of the shadows and fighters on both sides of the conflict are killed on an increasing basis, a collector in Kiev has decided to launch a new exhibition examining the the image of death itself. Calling the exhibit Ukrainian Pantheon, Dmitry Shlyonsky will be exhibiting some of his collection of 260 death masks at the One Street Museum in Kiev in celebration of the 23rd anniversary of Ukrainian independence. Death masks, which are made using wet…
  • Rusting Ruins Inside Chile’s Largest Nitrate Ghost Town

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    A water tower on the west side of Humberstone, Chile (all photographs by the author) Northern Chile is dotted with ghost towns abandoned long ago, which are slowly falling to pieces in the harsh Atacama desert. These towns were built around a mining industry that produced a product called Saltpeter (sodium nitrate), which was an important part of fertilizer production from the late 1800s. The Saltpeter works and the towns constructed around them became obsolete after two German scientists synthesized ammonia during the late 1920s, which meant fertilizers could be produced more…
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  • Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, New York

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Before closing in 1994, Fort Wadsworth held the record for the longest continually-occupied military base in the United States.  Sitting on the shore of New York’s Staten Island, perfectly placed to guard New York harbor and the rest of the city, its location does make a lot of strategic sense, yet despite its advantages, its actual military career was a bit spotty.  The first fortification on the site was a small Dutch fort built in 1663. The fort passed into English hands in 1776, when the British took control of New York during the Revolutionary War; then reverted to…
  • Termas Geometricas in Santiago, Chile

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Nestled in an almost unbelievably lush forest canyon in Chile, the hot spring spa known as Termas Geometricas is a stunning maze of red planks that wind through the trees like something out of a mythological Japanese wonderland.  Suspended over a flowing stream, the crimson walkways leading to the various pools are made entirely of painted wood that stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding wilderness while at the same time managing to seem right at home. There are 17 pools in total at the spa, each of them fed directly from a natural hot spring via wooden pipes that run beneath…
  • Bisti Badlands in San Juan County, New Mexico

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Located in the arid desert of northwestern New Mexico, the Bisti Badlands (formally the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness) offer one of the closest approximations of an unknown alien world as can be found right here on Earth. Surprisingly, the area takes its name not only from the striking stone formations and hoodoos that litter the landscape ("bisti" being a Navajo term meaning "among the adobe formations"), but from petroglyphs of a crane (bird, not construction equipment) that were found in the area, "De-Na-Zin" being the Navajo word for the animal. The blasted landscape is covered in…
  • Denver’s Dinosaur Hotel in Denver, Colorado

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Most Best Western hotels adhere to a beige conformity sprinkled with a bit of Southwestern desert flare, but the Best Western Denver Southwest has blown the doors off by embracing the area's paleontological history and decorating the whole place with faux dinosaur bones, statues, and other Jurassic bric-a-brac. Run by hoteliers Greg and Meredith Tally, the hotel was given its five million dollar makeover in 2013 in order to celebrate the rich history of dinosaur discovery in the area. Nearby "Dinosaur Ridge" was the site where the first stegosaurus bones were found, as well as the first…
  • No Man's Land Historical Museum in Goodwell, Oklahoma

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How can one not walk into a building with "No Man's Land Historical Museum" carved in stone above the door? Founded in the 1930's, this is not a modern high tech historical museum with digital recreations. The museum was an outgrowth of the Agricultural College that became Oklahoma Panhandle State University and it features objects and images that tell the compelling local history, mostly from the perspective of the settler, although other viewpoints come through as well. There is a two-headed calf, a horse drawn hearse and other wagons, natural history artifacts, shop and farming tools, and…
 
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  • Music Biopic GET ON UP as ZFF Opening Film

    Véronique
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    Zurich Film Festival kicks off its 10-year jubilee edition on September 25 with the biopic music film GET ON UP from director Tate Taylor. The film tells the life story of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. Young star Chadwick Boseman plays the charismatic singer. Chadwick Boseman and Tate Taylor will be in Zurich to […] The post Music Biopic GET ON UP as ZFF Opening Film appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Photo of the week – August 28th, 2014

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    28 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
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  • Liam Neeson and Diane Keaton come to the Zurich Film Festival

    Véronique
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    Two Hollywood stars will be at the 10th Zurich Film Festival, starting on September 25th. The team of the festival announced that Liam Neeson and Diane Keaton will be there to present their films. The Oscar nominee Liam Neeson will present his newest film “A Walk Among The Tombstones” during a Gala Première on Friday, October 3rd at the Cinema corso. […] The post Liam Neeson and Diane Keaton come to the Zurich Film Festival appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Roger Federer opens the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven

    Véronique
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Tennis Champion Roger Federer, who just won his 80th ATP tournament in Cincinnati, has been busy this summer. After Roland Garros and Wimbledon he found time in the middle of July to inaugurate the new Lindt shop, the Swiss Chocolate Heaven. The shop is located above Interlaken at the Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe” at 3,454 meters above sea level. There […] The post Roger Federer opens the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Locarno Film Festival: Juliette Binoche receives the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon

    Véronique
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    The French actress Juliette Binoche received on Saturday night the Excellence Award at the Locarno Film Festival. The official champagne of the festival, Moët & Chandon, rewards actors and actresses with this prize since 2004. The previous years popular stars such as Charlotte Rampling, Isabelle Huppert and Sir Christopher Lee received the Excellence Award. It is in […] The post Locarno Film Festival: Juliette Binoche receives the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • Photo Essay: Santa Barbara When it Sizzles

    Joy Pecknold
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Santa Barbara, along with the rest of California, may be experiencing a drought, but the city is never short on beautiful views and fun things to do—be it beach days, day hikes or wine tasting. On a recent trip, with a friend born and raised there, I dabbled in a little of everything the American Riviera has to offer.
  • 10 Questions: Mary Giuliano, Vdara Hotel & Spa Las Vegas

    Joy Pecknold
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Mary Giuliano, general manager of Las Vegas’ Vdara Hotel and Spa. Name one thing about your hotel that you haven’t told anyone else. Not a lot of people know that our award-winning […]
  • The List: 7 of the Best Boutique Hotels

    Joy Pecknold
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Fewer rooms, one-of-a-kind design, personalized service—there’s lots to love about boutique hotels. Herein, we highlight seven stand-alone properties to pick from when looking for an extra special experience, be it in Argentina or Arizona. Argentina: Huentala Hotel This recently remodeled 81-room property in Mendoza puts guests within reach of Mount Aconcagua, the Western and Southern […]
  • 10 Questions: Korbinian Kohler, Hotel Bachmair Weissach

    Joy Pecknold
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Korbinian Kohler, general manager of the Hotel Bachmair Weissach in Bavaria, Germany. Name one thing about your hotel that you haven’t told anyone else. That’s for me to know and for you […]
  • Trip Tips: 9 Places Off the Beaten Path

    Robyn Yager
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    There are those spots that are highly coveted in terms of vacation destinations. Included in this list are the usual suspects: Maui, Paris, Santorini, and New York. If those spots have become a tad ho hum to you (a common side effect of wanderlust), perhaps it's time to look beyond the usual and seek out the unexpected. Herein, nine places that lie a little off the beaten path, but just as exciting and luxurious.
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  • Prague’s Top 5 Breakfast Spots

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

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

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

    Charlie
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    If you find yourself with some time to kill at Vilnius Train Station, you could do worse then spend 30-60 minutes checking out the Railway Museum, thoughtfully located right at the station. The indoor exhibition is in the station building itself, on the 1st floor and the outdoor section is on the eastern end of platform 1. You have to go upstairs to buy your ticket before visiting the outdoor part of the museum. Even if you don’t have a train to catch, if you’re into transport history then it’s worth a visit in any case. The indoor section houses railway parts, signalling…
  • Croatia Now Accepting Schengen Visas

    Ana
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    Great news: As of July 2014 there’s no need to apply for a separate Visa for Croatia if you have a valid Schengen Visa. In a step on the way to full Schengen Area integration (which is targeted for 2016) the Croatian government decided with immediate effect on July 22 2014 to accept valid Schengen Visas for entry to Croatia under the same conditions. The official Visa requirements page from the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs puts it like this: Pursuant to the Government’s Decision, starting with 22 July 2014, the Republic of Croatia applies the Decision No…
 
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    Context Travel Blog

  • Excursions from Paris: 5 Offbeat Things to Do in Lyon

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

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

    Martina Dalla Riva
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Prima Porta Augustus at the Vatican Museums August 19, 2014 marks two millennia since the death of the great Roman Emperor Augustus, who took his last breath at age 75 in his villa in the town of Nola in 14 AD. Augustus was Rome’s first Emperor, having founded what remains the world’s most famous empire, in 27 BC. As we join the city of Rome in its numerous cultural events to mark this special anniversary, we sat down with one of our docents, Dr. Giulia Facchin, a freelance archaeologist who has taken part in key excavations at the Colosseum and Forum of Peace over the past year, to learn…
  • Practical Facts: How to Visit Budapest’s Baths

    Natalie Holmes
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Gellert Baths, via Wiki Commons Budapest has a rare talent for mixing the traditional with the contemporary. Architecturally, the urban landscape is a paradise, where ruins become cultural venues and a turbulent past can be traced. History flows through the city, defining the different districts and revealing a timeline of ancient and recent events. From the Gothic towers of Matthias Church to the famed classicist Chain Bridge, walking the streets of Budapest can feel like a stroll through time. Among its many charms, Budapest has a reputation as the ‘City of Baths’, a well-deserved title…
  • Speaking like a local in Europe

    Emily Knight
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    © Ed Yourdon, A Roman Couple Throughout the world, people bend and stretch their language to give it a unique and distinctly local flavor. To the outsider, these abstracted phrases and acronymic words can seem impenetrable. To give an example: if an old east-Londoner says to you “Meet me in the battle cruiser” you’d be left feeling a little confused. No, they are not inviting you to battle, they are merely asking if you would like to go for a drink at the local pub. This piece of cockney rhyming slang is just one of many phrases originating from the east end of London, and are formed…
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  • Discovering Quaint Modena Italy

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what desert waterfalls can teach us about travel

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

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

    Michael Hodson
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write The emirate of Dubai has become widely known as one of the most popular destinations in the Middle East for Western visitors. As well as offering some of the most luxurious accommodation in the the world, it also has a more tolerant view of Western culture than some of the other countries in the region. There are plenty of things to do during a visit to Dubai, and here are just five of the experiences that can be enjoyed during your visit. Photo by Milos Milosevic on Flickr Take A Cruise On Dubai Creek Running…
  • 5 must-see attractions in Medellin, Colombia

    Guest Poster
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Medellin, Colombia has gone from being the murder capital of the world to laying claim to being one of the world’s most innovative cities — all within only a 20-year time span. If you’d only heard mentions of Colombia in the past, it was probably for all the wrong reasons. But now, as stability and security have taken hold, the country has opened up to a new wave of travelers. As someone who has lived in Medellin for the past few months, here are my thoughts on the top 5 must-see attractions in…
  • Yonderbound, the new way to book travel

    Michael Hodson
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write This month, I sat down and met with the folks behind a new travel start-up, Yonderbound, and quickly came to the conclusion that they have a concept that is going to make booking travel a lot easier and more convenient for people. So, I signed on to partner up with them and you’ll be hearing a good bit more about them here in the coming months. Here are a few of the reasons why I’m a believer. I am still playing with the interface, but I love how easy it is to use. At the core of their concept…
 
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • Big News: Taking your Questions in National Geographic Traveler Magazine

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

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

    Heather
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    We must’ve been louder than I thought we were. My family and I were sitting in a corner of a restaurant of the beautiful and modern Ista hotel in Amritsar, India high-fiving and grinning at what we had done. We had been on the road for eight months at that point. We had come through dozens of cities, conquered many fears and experienced many firsts, but today we had taken it to another level. After hearing from our friend Prashant  at Liberty India that the “Beating Retreat” soldier ceremony that takes place at the India-Pakistan border is a thing that had to be seen, we had…
  • MISSING: My favourite hat FOUND: My grumpy side

    Heather
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I’m back. After a month of traveling non-stop, I’m home. It was both  exactly as I expected it to be and nothing like I expected at all. It was everything. I’ve got so much to tell you. About Rwanda and Alberta and British Columbia and Washington and Oregon. But despite the incredible trip and the learning and the honest to God, jaw-dropping beauty, I still came home feeling like this guy: Why? Because one of the things that was my constant throughout is missing. This hat…   Somewhere between British Columbia and Washington I took it off to be polite, laid it on…
  • One World. One Tribe. Why I still believe in Travel.

    Heather
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Last week I participated in a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists’ conference in Boston, Massachusetts. While I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my personal and professional experiences with travel with the group in attendance, I was even more excited to hear from my fellow panelists who had incredible stories and insights to share. (Charisse Jones from USA Today, Donna Battle Pierce who is a food editor at Upscale Magazine and the brains behind BlackAmericaCooks.com  and Hilary Crosley-Coker, a co-founder of Parlour Magazine were funny, smart and all around great people…
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    Family Rambling

  • Exploring Omaha Without a Car

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

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

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

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

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

  • Video: America’s Greatest Ghost Town

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    1 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Founded in 1876, Bodie California was once a bustling mining town, but as Matt Sampson explains, the boom didn’t last long, and now it is one of the greatest ghost towns in America.
  • Fresh Take on Deep South Favorites at the High Hat Café

    Donna Sundblad
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    High Hat Café located at the corner of Freret and Jena, is situated in the old Long’s Bakery building in New Orleans. It’s just one block uptown from Napoleon and even the signage looks like it’s been there for years. This casual neighborhood café serves food from Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta in a window-lined […]
  • Video: Six Awesome Reasons to Fly First Class

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    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Sit back, relax, and get a load of these incredible first class perks. Watch the video to find out what you’ve been missing (or haven’t been, you lucky lucky person).
  • Visit the Ancient Therapeutic Waters of Terme dei Papi

    Donna Sundblad
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The therapeutic thermal waters of Terme dei Papi of Viterbo, Italy, have been a favorite destination since ancient times. In fact, during Medieval times, the thermal baths of Viterbo were visited by a long line of popes. In 1404, Pope Boniface IX accepted the gracious invitation to take advantage of the therapeutic waters and mud […]
  • Video: Tips for Smart and Stylish Traveling

    video
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Ever wished you could watch Refinery29 senior editor Kristian Laliberte and NY editor Annie Georgia Greenberg pack a duffle in under sixty seconds to the tune of a live keyboard? No? Weird. Let’s watch to see how it went.
 
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • Yonderbound Seeks To Redefine How You Plan Your Travels

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

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

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

    Matt Stabile
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It’s fair to say that not many journalists know more about what life is like in Iraq more than Paulien Bakker, who has traveled to the country 15 times during the last few years to cover the country’s recent tumultuous past, as well as to document the everyday lives of the Iraqis living there. Her fascinating video short, “Hello Baghdad,” is a selection of narrative stories from Iraqis living in Baghdad far outside the constraints of the protected Green Zone. Paulien followed them in their lives during the last few years (2011-2014), and documented them via photography…
  • The Trip That Changed My Life

    Matt Stabile
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Whenever I tell people I run a travel site, one of the inevitable questions I get asked (usually after they ask if I can help them get a discount on a trip) is what my favorite country was to visit. I’m sure people from all sorts of professions get asked similar questions. Chefs probably get asked all the time what their favorite meal was, authors probably get asked who their favorite author is, and surgeons probably get asked . . . actually, I’m not sure about this one — what is their favorite part of the body they enjoy performing operations? Anyways, needless to say,…
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  • I’m Off on Another Adventure!

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

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

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

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

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

  • You vs. Bed Bugs: Risk of Hotel Encounters

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

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

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

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

    Carol Margolis
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    I am a prolific hotel maid tipper. Just about every day of every stay, I leave a tip for the hotel maid. I do this at hotels in North America as well as in countries where tipping is a custom. Sometimes I add a quick note of “Thanks” or “Gracias” or the local word for my gratitude; other times I simply leave the bills on the pillow. Very rarely, however, do I ever see a note of “Thanks” back from the maid. So I was most surprised and appreciative of this note: Thank You I hope you enjoyed your stay! Sanjuana Receiving this note was really special. While…
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    Atlantic Birches Inn

  • Portland Maine Brew Festival

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sunday Stories for August 31st, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. What a glorious last week of summer it has been. Yes, I know that fall doesn’t official start until September 21st, but I’ve always observed Memorial Day as the beginning of Summer and Labor Day the end. Acres of crops in the Yakima Valley We spent time this past week in the Yakima Valley, home to some of the most fertile land in our state, and an agricultural mecca. The area is known for its apple and cherry crops, and, of course, it’s grapes for…
  • Sunday Stories for August 24th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. This weekend, I’m off to the Yakima Valley (in the central part of Washington State) for some sipping (beer, wine, spirits) and local eating. It’s been a number of years since I’ve made the drive over, a real shame since this is a lovely part of the state, and I’m eager to see what’s changed. This is agricultural country. Sure, grapes and hops are plentiful, but there’s also plenty of delicious stone fruit, apples, and more. How…
  • Photo Essay: Compelling Kuala Lumpur, A Value Luxury Travel Destination

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. One of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia is not a country on the to-visit list of most Americans. It can be hard to get to (it’s a full day-plus-some from the West Coast), but this exotic Southeast Asia country offers some of the best value luxury experiences in the region. Set aside your preconceived notions about this predominantly Muslin country, and be prepared for some great history, cultural, shopping, art, and food experiences in…
  • Sunday Stories for August 17th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I spent much of the last week in Hawaii, snugly in a hotel with every amenity working, but I was reminded that there were still areas in the islands without power. In those homes without power live people who help make Hawaii paradise. It was a good reminder that even when you’re traveling in paradise, take the time to look around and see if you can help others who may be hurting. Now on to what caught my eye this week. It’s a blowing out there  …
  • Sunday Stories for August 10th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. This past week found me in Hawaii, fortunately avoiding any of the preparation and concern of the tropical storms (although it was still mighty windy), and then to Washington DC. It was a crazy 6-hours of time changes that found me collapsing in a tired heap once I got home. As much as I love to travel – and I do – there’s still nothing like coming home to my own bed and family. It was windy on Kauai, although I managed to avoid the tropical…
 
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland

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

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

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

    Laurel
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne. Please read the original. A photojourney of housboating the Mayenne from Daon to Laval and back. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • How to Really Discover Italy

    Guest Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The original can be found here: How to Really Discover Italy. Please read the original. Find out how to really discover Italy with these tips by Agata Mleckzo, who considers it to be her second home. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • Escape of the Week… L’Iglesia

    Lyndon
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Only an hour from Casablanca airport and easily added on to stay in Marrakech (3 hours away), El Jadida is a colourful fishing port with a fascinating history. Spread across 2 buildings (the restored Portuguese church and equally elegant consulate) on the pretty harbourfront, L’Iglesia is a sublimely relaxed and unpretentious hotel with cosy rustic rooms and an excellent restaurant. However, it’s the location and surroundings (which look resplendent from the 2 huge roof terraces) that really make this place. The Unesco-listed town has an exciting history dating back to its colonisation by…
  • Top 10 grownup getaways

    Lyndon
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Much as we love our family-friendly hotels, sometimes only a tranquil grown-up hideaway will do.  From a sophisticated gem in historic Lisbon to a blissful garden hideout in Greece, Susanna Trowbridge has hand-picked our top 10 adults-only sanctuaries for romance, refinement or just plain relaxation. Likya Gardens Hotel, Kalkan, Turkey Hidden from the noise of the town, Likya Gardens’ modern rooms are well equipped with iPod docks and cushioned daybeds, plus each is assigned a private waterfront cabana so you can lounge beside the azure sea. For those with itchy feet, we suggest a visit…
  • Easy Escapes for September

    Emily
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    Summer’s starting to retreat and autumn is emerging, but we can’t bear the thought of torrential rain and howling winds just yet. If you feel the same way, distract yourself with a sunny getaway – a vitamin D boost before the cold sets in is just what the doctor ordered. We’ve scoured the globe for great prices, so all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing… Blissful Barcelona – £300.50 per person (4 nights, 9-13 September) Park Güell Escape the dreary, grey…
  • Escape of the Week… Villa Fol Avril

    Lyndon
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This may be an unassuming area of France, but with a sprawling national park and honey-stoned villages, the Perche (in southeast Normandy) is a destination you ignore at your own peril. It’s the perfect short-haul getaway for history-lovers, foodies and walkers looking for the intriguingly unfamiliar only a hop, skip and jump from busy Paris. Villa Fol Avril – a charming converted coaching inn – is a triumphant blend of old and new, and from the converted stables to the modern decked swimming pool it’s the historical charm and pretty surroundings that resonate. Rooms: Hosts Sandrine…
  • Just back from… Morocco (part 1)

    Melissa
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    At the beginning of the summer, Acting Assistant Editor Melissa embarked on a mini Moroccan adventure with her friend Roberta. As well as exploring Marrakech (insights coming soon), they stayed in 2 surprisingly similar guesthouses in 2 strikingly different Moroccan landscapes. Both offered a homely welcome, enchanting accommodation and great-value for money while also displaying a strong relationship with their local community. Here, she takes us on a whistle-stop tour of their highlights. Douar Samra Tamartet After arriving in Marrakech, it was an easy 1-hour drive through the Atlas…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Pennington Family Adventure at Valle Crucis Park | Boone NC Family Photographer

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

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    I had the pleasure of photographing this fun-loving family last week when they reunited for the first time in many months. Debbie and her family live in Colorado while the others reside here in North Carolina, but they stay close and keep in touch through regular Skype sessions and facetime chats. I hear that it's customary for them to have breakfast together every morning from far away! Don't you just love technology and how it keeps us connected with loved ones?!These next couple of weeks they get to be face-to-face for a change because this tight-knit bunch will be meeting up in…
  • Scott Family Adventure on the Blue Ridge Parkway | Boone, NC Family Photographer

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    “I haven’t reached my daily number of hugs yet today,” Grayson proclaimed, “but I’m almost there!” I was so intrigued when he shared this that I prodded him for more information. I responded, “You mean to tell me that you have a HUG QUOTA to meet every day?!” He proudly countered with a resounding, “YUP, 12 a day!” Still curious to learn more about this charming custom, I asked, “Where did that rule come from?!” Without hesitation, he shouted, “My DAD!” I was so enamored with this idea because I’d never heard of a daily hug requirement…
 
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  • Snapshots, The Silent Sea Organ

    Jack
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    No haunting moans conjuring visions of unseen whales singing in the depths. No abstract music created by an unwitting sea. There are sounds; the laughter of children, the drone of a ferry, and the jaunty slap of waves against the cool marble steps. The Adriatic is doing its bit, the water rushes in and out of the pipes in the steps, but the Sea Organ in Zadar remains silent. With a mix of sun and sea spray on our faces, it’s a pleasingly romantic spot to recline with or without an unusual soundtrack. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the Sea Organ’s refusal to utter…
  • The Beautiful and Sad Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura

    Jack
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Preconceptions. No matter how much I try to whip them into a corner of my mind, they sneak through the defences and whisper quietly to my dreamy subconscious. What did I expect from the Island of Wolves (Isla de Lobos) lying two kilometres off the coast at Corrralejo on Fuerteventura? Not wolves for a start. But I did expect it to be a beach paradise populated by bikini and Speedo wearing refugees from the resort across the water. Why? I had absolutely no information to suggest that would be so… apart from those whispering preconceptions. The island lay opposite one of the biggest beach…
  • Hotel Restaurant Torre Imperiale in Maccagno for a More Secluded Lake Maggiore

    Andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Piazza Roma, Maccagno, Varese The Lombardian side of Lake Maggiore attracts a very different kind of visitor to its shores from those that flock to its more chic resorts of Cannero Riviera, Stresa and Verbania. Where luxury villas with rose covered loggias line the western shoreline, it’s mobile homes and canvas that dominate the ground behind the lakeside promenade of Maccagno. The shores of Giona, the river that splits the town, are what attract summer visitors here to enjoy a different scene from the lakeside beaches. Joggers and dog walkers enjoy the solitude of sunset over the lake…
  • Snapshots, The Dachstein Mountains

    Andy
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    I never tired of waking to this view from our bedroom in the Hotel Gosauerhof in Gosau, Austria. Nor did I ever grow bored with the way the light played on those granite giants as the sun moved across the sky, their beauty portrayed all the more emphatically through the contrast of the velvet soft, green meadows at their feet. I had walked amongst those peaks and learned of the legends that live within their stony silence. I had heard that the sunset painted the Dachstein pink, then crimson. I never saw that happen. I had been charmed, challenged and chastised by their unforgiving terrain.
  • The Problem with Austrian Food

    Jack
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    The first time we were faced with a menu in Austria we realised exactly what the problem with Austrian food was going to be. The problem was us. We thought we had come prepared. In our ‘getting to know the local food’ armoury was a mini guide to what to look out for – käsecremesuppe, käsnudeln, tafelspitz, hirschragout, bauernschöpsernes and so on with brief explanations of what each were. We were looking forward to trying these dishes, even if not to saying them. Then we were handed a menu and the klaxons went off big time. Words like ofenerdäpfel, kräuterrahm,…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Loews Don CeSar Hotel – St. Pete Beach, Florida

    gaytravelinformation
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Gay Travel | Gay Travel Information | Gay Friendly St. Pete Beach | Gay Friendly St. Petersburg | Gay Friendly Florida Loews Don CeSar Hotel St. Pete Beach | 3400 Gulf Blvd | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 | 1-800-282-1116 There are hotels and then there are — GRAND HOTELS. The historic, 4-Diamond, Loews Don CeSar … Continue reading →
  • Gay Travel Information – Four Seasons Hotel Miami

    gaytravelinformation
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI / 1435 BRICKELL AVE / MIAMI, FL 33131 / 1-305-358-3535 Four Seasons Hotel Miami is eloquently hip. It exudes class with a luxurious, modern vibe. Then again, what would you expect from the Four Seasons? My wife Jennifer and I had the pleasure of experiencing this spectacular hotel first hand this … Continue reading →
  • Ames Boston Hotel – Boston, MA

    gaytravelinformation
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Ames Boston Hotel / 1 Court Street / Boston, MA 02108 / 1-888-293-4112 One of the most exciting parts of my job is experiencing some pretty spectacular hotels. Properties like The Ames Boston Hotel, which was one of the best stays I have had in quite some time! Ames Boston Hotel is located in the historic Ames building … Continue reading →
  • Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz, New York

    gaytravelinformation
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Gay Friendly Hotel | Gay Friendly Resort | Gay Travel | Gay Travel Blog | Gay Travel Information | Gay Hudson Valley  Mohonk Mountain House / 1000 Mountain Rest Road / New Paltz. NY 12561 / 1-855-883-3798 SLEEPING IN A VICTORIAN CASTLE: Admit it, you want to stay in a Victorian Castle? I know I … Continue reading →
  • Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard – Destin, FL

    gaytravelinformation
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard | 100 Grand Blvd| Destin, FL 32550 | 1-850-650-7411   Destin, FL is one of my absolute favorite places to travel to. People ask why I am such a fanatical fan and my response is always the same. It’s paradise. Being a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, I refer to it as “my Margaritaville!”  … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • Fodor's Week in Travel: New & Noteworthy

    news@fodors.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Hot new hotels, mouth-watering additions to the restaurant scene, food and beverage trends—there's no shortage of new and noteworthy events and properties in the world of travel. London has welcomed two new hotels recently (we reviewed the Shangri-La a few weeks ago), while Montreal has seen a culinary explosion and Vienna is undergoing a coffee-revival movement. Whatever it is that's coming up, we'll keep you posted on the latest goings-on in our weekly roundup. Hotel Opening: London's Ham Yard Hotel With its central location, quiet atmosphere, quirky décor,…
  • America's Most Scenic Roads

    news@fodors.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With a stunningly diverse range of landscapes and climates, the U.S. is filled with countless scenic roads from coast to coast. Mountains, valleys, forests, canyons, coastlines—you’ll see all of these and more when you embark on the best drives in the country. Though you can find beautiful stretches of highway just about anywhere you look, we’ve picked out the most beautiful ones, which will take you through the most thrilling landscapes around the U.S. Get ready to be inspired by our journey across America’s most scenic roads. by Zachary Laks
  • 5 Ways to Commemorate World War I in London

    news@fodors.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    To mark the 100th anniversary of Britain's entry into World War I, the city of London and the surrounding countryside are hosting exhibitions, performances, tours, and ceremonies galore. Many of these have already been visited by members of the royal family and world leaders who are paying tribute to the 17 million soldiers and civilians lost in the war. For all you royal watchers and military history buffs, here's your chance to mimic the monarchy and pay your respects at the same time. Visit the Imperial War Museum's First World War Galleries…
  • How to Become a Travel Writer

    news@fodors.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The life of a travel writer may look glamorous, but there's a lot more to the job than lounging in exotic locales. Organized press trips and customized "familiarization" junkets feature rigorous schedules that last from sunrise until well into the evening, attempting to squeeze as much as possible in to give writers the best sense of a destination. While the pace can be grueling, the rewards are priceless: visiting places around the world that you previously only dreamed about, meeting incredibly interesting people, and getting to know yourself a bit better along the way, too.
  • San Francisco's 15 Best Views

    news@fodors.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With its hilly terrain, waterfront location, and iconic bridges, San Francisco is always ready for its close-up. There are snapshot-worthy scenes across the city, so we’ve tracked down the most stunning spots for taking it all in. Here are 15 places where you can fully appreciate San Francisco’s unique beauty, from the steel span of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset to the pastel-hued, Victorian charm of the Painted Ladies. by Donna Heiderstadt
 
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Postcards from Yoga on the Hill, Ottawa

    Iain Mallory
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Even before setting foot in Halifax on the Atlantic coast of Canada, it was obvious the next six weeks travelling to Vancouver would provide many memories, and dozens of stories to share. Meeting inspiring, passionate people, learning about First Nation culture, and legends, discovering fantastic initiatives, that are bringing the culture alive for the purposes of […] The post Postcards from Yoga on the Hill, Ottawa appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Pocket Wolf Adventures in the Peak District

    Iain Mallory
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory My human thinks it was her idea to visit Lyme Park today, I like to allow the betas to feel important. However, despite requiring a ride in her metal wheeled kennel, it’s one of my favourite walking places, and as pack leader I’d already decided to visit there today. My normal territory is the Marple […] The post Pocket Wolf Adventures in the Peak District appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Mystical Britain; Castlerigg Stone Circle

    Iain Mallory
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the Lake District’s most regularly photographed attractions, and features in several lists of photogenic sites. We arrived just after sunset, a result of over stuffing ourselves on chargrilled meat protein, and half a bottle of wine. Alison was soon rolling around among the sheep droppings looking for low angle shots, while […] The post Mystical Britain; Castlerigg Stone Circle appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from a Lake Zurich Cruise

    Iain Mallory
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory The August weather didn’t seem too promising, dark, brooding clouds climbing over the surrounding hills, and descending on the Swiss city of Zurich. A perfect day to take a Lake Zurich cruise then! I’d already been given a basic grounding by Maggie, my local guide on using the tram system to get around the city. After […] The post Postcards from a Lake Zurich Cruise appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Roadtripping in the Canadian Rockies; The Icefields Parkway

    Iain Mallory
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory There are many ways to enjoy the Canadian Rockies, perfect for outdoor adventure activities including, climbing, trekking, biking, or rafting. Patient, and fortunate visitors may see some of the incredible wildlife. However, when the weather is right, the mountains are simply breath-taking, and just standing back to admire them is enough. The rugged peaks are […] The post Roadtripping in the Canadian Rockies; The Icefields Parkway appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    Gawaya Travel Blog

  • Planning An American Sports Road Trip

    Jay
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    If you love sports, you should definitely plan at least one American road trip that is centered on watching sport. America has some of the greatest sports stadiums in the world with miles of roads surrounded by beautiful scenery connecting them. With a well-planned road trip you can take in some iconic [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Planning An American Sports Road Trip
  • 5 Best Coastal Vacation Spots

    Salika Jay
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    With the sand between your toes, a salty breeze ruffling through your hair, and the freedom of the seas, ocean-based Caribbean cruises make for the ideal holiday for many. The best holiday is a coastal holiday, and swimming pools and lakes at resorts inland just aren’t the same. Bearing that in mind, [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: 5 Best Coastal Vacation Spots
  • Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays

    Salika Jay
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    The nights get darker, it persistently rains, and the trees lose their leaves: autumn is a beautiful month, but it can also be a little gloomy. This makes it the perfect season to get away from it all and take a vacation to somewhere exotic: holidays to Cape Verde, Mauritius and other [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays
  • Discovering Guernsey On Foot

    Jay
    13 May 2014 | 4:35 am
    For those of you who might not have heard much about Guernsey before, it is an island found in the English Channel between France and the UK. Being only twenty-five square miles in size, the Guernsey is the perfect destination for holidaymakers looking to get around on foot and walk through nature’s [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Discovering Guernsey On Foot
  • Orlando, The City of Entertainment

    Salika Jay
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:30 am
    Orlando – the city in the ‘Orange County‘ and nicknamed as ‘The City Beautiful‘ or ‘O – Town‘ is a place many of us would love to go to. The nicknames are perhaps not the most creative names but who’s complaining, right? Florida was once a quiet farming town but today the [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Orlando, The City of Entertainment
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    FareCompare » Travel Advice

  • 5 Reasons to Take a Connecting Flight over a Non-Stop

    Anne McDermott
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Next time you shop at FareCompare, try this: Once you see the fares to your destination, be sure to look at the upper left of the FareCompare page where it says “Stops.” A quick glance will show how  connecting flights can often save you money. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney has a bonus reason and it’s a good one. 5 Reasons to Fly with Connections 1. It’s cheaper Let’s be clear: Connecting flights are usually cheaper than non-stops, often significantly cheaper but not always. Some quick examples for routes we priced for October flights. Los Angeles –…
  • Simple Guide to When to Pack and When to Leave for the Airport

    Anne McDermott
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    This is all about what to pack and when, and timing your departure so you won’t be late and miss your flight. The author swears these four steps are really simple. Step One: Figure out what to wear, what to carry The day before departure, lay out clothes you’ll travel in: Include everything – shoes and socks, underwear, belt, scarf, whatever The day before departure, lay out items to hold or have on your person: Umbrella Jacket Book and/or electronic device Paper boarding passes and printout of itinerary Passport and/or visa Wallet Glasses Phone and charger cord Snacks…
  • Best Outdoor Adventure Destinations

    Anne McDermott
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Where can you find outdoor adventure? Sometimes in your own backyard (just search your state’s tourism site). But if you want an adventure you won’t find at home, we’ve got six suggestions - in no particular order. Click the city name to find the best flight deals. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney says you don’t have to be a lumberjack to love this list. Vancouver, Canada This British Columbia gem offers plenty of adventurous nightlife (dining and shopping, too) but it really shines when it comes to the great outdoors. Take your pick between the mountains and the…
  • U.K. Travelers Guide to Getting Around the U.S.A.

    Anne McDermott
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you plan to visit the United States on holiday, you may be wondering how to get from city to city, state to state or – for the truly adventurous – from the Atlantic to Pacific. Getting Around in the States You have a lot of options including several low-cost airlines, buses, some train service. Big cities also have subways, taxis, municipal buses and the increasingly popular Uber car service. A good app for city visitors is HopStop which pinpoints your closest public transportation options, plus walking times, directions and more. But if you want to do as Americans do, get…
  • Stuff You Should Never, Ever Pack

    Anne McDermott
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    What should you leave behind on your next trip? Here are six ideas on stuff that deserves to stay home. LISTEN: Packing is a pain but FareCompare’s Rick Seaney makes it fun. No kidding. 6 Things You Should Not Pack If you have more ideas, we’d love to hear them – in the comments section below or on Facebook. 1. Uncharged electronic devices Random security checks of electronic devices will be performed on passengers traveling to the U.S. this summer. If these devices can’t be powered up, they won’t be allowed on the plane. Tip: Even if you’re traveling…
 
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    Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky

  • A wedding in paradise – Mr & Mrs Dunford say ‘I do’ at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius

    Natasha Delgado
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    When nurse, Jana met engineer, Nick at a Madness tribute concert sparks didn’t necessarily fly, however several years on these two love birds together with their close friends, family and 16 month old daughter sought after their ‘happily ever after’ on the exclusive island of Mauritius, at the beautiful 5* Maritim Hotel.   Where did you meet? Nick and I … A wedding in paradise – Mr & Mrs Dunford say ‘I do’ at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Faraway foods: Bali

    Levanah Gates
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Bali, it conjures up images of dramatic greenery, rolling rice fields and volcanic vistas. One of Indonesia’s most popular islands, it’s no wonder so many of us in the West choose this landscape as our ultimate holiday destination. It’s not just luxury sun seekers though, Bali is just as popular with global backpackers and honeymooners. But what about the food? … Faraway foods: Bali is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Thailand

    Toni Marie Ford
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thailand is a charming mix-up. It is a country of paradoxes, of oddly-shaped jigsaw pieces that shouldn’t fit together and yet somehow do, creating a picture of a place that seems at once real and imaginary. Bangkok’s reputation as the decadent playground of the East is tempered by its many shrines and holy sites. Its saffron-robed Buddhist monks pad barefoot … Top 10 things to do in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • 5 do’s and don’ts for travelling in Thailand

    Chris Watts
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Thailand is often called the “land of smiles” because of the country’s friendly people. Nevertheless, there are a few things you should avoid or the smile will freeze on the face of even the friendliest Thai. But first, we relish in some of the things you should do when frequenting Thailand. Do: 1. …Live it up at the Koh Phangan … 5 do’s and don’ts for travelling in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • A true taste of Thailand

    Nicola Quinn
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thai cuisine is made up of a truly fascinating blend of South East Asian culinary traditions, with a great focus on light dishes, characterised by complex ingredient lists and tempting aromas. Hot spices are regularly used to complement the fragrant qualities of the food, resulting in dishes which taste just as good as they smell. Like most other Asian cuisines, … A true taste of Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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    The World on Wheels

  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Darryl Musick
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Taking a break from Denver, I get the hotel to shuttle me over to nearby Littleton where I can pick up an accessible rental van from Wheelers. No problems getting there on time or getting the van out. It’s a Chevy Venture with a powered ramp on the side and a Q-Strain tie down system.Watch the Video!The van is a little worn around the edges…it has over 80,000 miles on the odometer, the hood does not like to stay closed, you have to heave your weight against the automatic sliding door to get it to shut, and the “Check Engine Light” came on before we had to turn it back in.It’s also…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Denver Pub Crawl, Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Last week, we started the crawl with three pubs on or near the 16th Street Mall.  Today, we'll finish it with a couple of joints in LoDo and then move onto our last stop on Colfax Avenue, just east of downtown.Watch the Video!Going upscale for our first stop, it's the Denver Chophouse and Brewery which is adjacent to Coors Field in the old Union Pacific building.This is no ratty dive bar. It's a very nice restaurant, with great food, that happens to also brew beer...as you do in Denver. The food is awesome.  We have a lobster club sandwich, Cesar salad, new york steak,…
  • Denver, Colorado - Part 3

    Darryl Musick
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    In Part 1 of our Denver report, we made it to our 21st Major League Stadium by taking in a Rockies game at Coors Field, tried out Denver’s nice but imperfect light rail system, and had a very..VERY…good dinner at the Wyncoop Brewery. In Part 2, we spend some time exploring downtown and start a pub crawl. We also got to the Denver Zoo which is a zoo, frankly, with all the field trip kids there.Watch the Video!Yesterday, we took a day trip to Colorado Springs (report coming soon). The Springs doesn’t have great public transportation so we went ahead and rented an accessible van from…
  • Denver, Colorado - Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    In Part 1 of our Denver report, we made it to our 21st Major League Stadium by taking in a Rockies game at Coors Field, tried out Denver’s nice but imperfect light rail system, and had a very..VERY…good dinner at the Wyncoop Brewery. Today is dedicated to exploring downtown Denver a little more and to start our Denver Pub Crawl (click on link to see the pub crawl portion of this trip on the Cocktail Hour). Watch the Video!Again, it’s the E Line from the Dry Creek light rail station a few miles south of downtown and across the street from our hotel, the Drury Inn and Suites in Englewood,…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Denver Pub Crawl, Part 1

    Darryl Musick
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Colorado bills itself as the "Napa Valley of Beer." With over 100 microbreweries and a couple of major ones...including the massive Coors complex in Golden...the nickname is apt. Kind of like Munich, you're never going to hit all the spots you want but we'll make an effort all the same.  We did hit enough bars and breweries that we'll have to split this into two parts with the finale coming next week.Watch the Video!Our first stop was actually not a planned stop.We couldn't find the first one (we rectify that with next week's episode) and the second, Pint's Pub, has no wheelchair…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Travel Beyond Summer

    Pauline
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Summer is the season when most people travel, but let’s face it: the prices for hotels and transportation are way too high. Making vacation plans after the height of the busy season may be out of the question for some, especially with the start of the school year, but there are some great places for shorter or longer getaways that might just do the trick. In short, travel doesn’t have to be isolated within the three hottest months of the year. September and October are great months to travel, so check out one or more of these vacation destinations, if you can. September There are…
  • European Adventure

    Madison
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Going to Paris has been on my bucket list my entire life, and as my love for British celebrities increased, England also rose high on the list of places I wanted to visit. I was lucky enough to visit both of these places when my high school hosted a trip to France and England.  Three of my best friends and I all signed up for the trip and this July we got to experience the trip of a lifetime. The trip was 10 days long and included London, Canterbury, St Malo, and ended in Paris, and if I had to choose one word to describe all these very different cities it would be pretty, each location was…
  • National Roller Coaster DAY!

    Briza
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Spur the moment Friday night, my grandparents decided to surprise all of their grandkids with a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California the next day, Saturday. As it turns out, we visited Six Flags on NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY!!!       Now, we didn’t know what that actually meant. Soon, however, when we decided to ride Boomerang, we found out we get to ride a second time (if you wanted to)! As big roller coaster fans, we were certainly up to it!       Discovery Kingdom has a lot of thrill rides, such as Medusa (the green one in the…
  • My First Post! + Why You Will LOVE Bali

    Bianca B
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    Hi guys! I’m Bianca, a new addition to the Teen Travel Talk team! I’m English, though I was born and bred in Singapore, and I just turned nineteen years old – but exploring the world around me has been a passion of mine pretty much since I was born. I’m lucky enough to be able to say that to date I have been to more than 50 cities, 25 countries and 4 continents – and I can’t wait to share my stories with you! Growing up in Asia has meant that I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Bali pretty much every summer since I can remember. It’s one of my favourite places on the…
  • Monterey, California

    Briza
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    When you search for the top places to visit in California (using Google search), a list of points of interest in California pops up. This lists consists of some of the top destinations that are a must-see in California. One of my favorites is Monterey, California. What does this city have to offer exactly? You name it, Monterey has it! From a world-famous aquarium, the historical landmark of Cannery Row, the scenic Recreation Trail to Fisherman’s Wharf. There is something for everyone in the family. The aquarium is absolutely amazing! Your younger siblings will enjoy seeing all of the…
 
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    Packsmith

  • Packing Cube Survey Results: What You Want is What We’ll Build

    Fred Perrotta
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    I always carry a single packing cube. I pack it with underwear and socks and carry it at the bottom of my backpack. The cube consolidates these small items so that they take up less space and are all in one spot, not jammed into every nook and cranny of my bag. The rest of my clothes are packed loosely outside of a cube. Here at Tortuga, we get occasional questions about packing cubes. Mostly, “Should I use packing cubes?” and “Which ones?” Many hardcore travelers packing everything they bring in packing cubes. But how common are they? What do people want in a packing…
  • How to Not Exceed Carry On Weight Limits

    Fred Perrotta
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    As long as everything fits in a carry on, you’re good. Right? Not necessarily. Everyone knows about carry on size limits. But airlines have carry on weight limits too. You can easily overstuff a carry-on-sized bag. The weight of a laptop, book, and an extra pair of shoes adds up quickly. Airlines’ carry on weight rules vary even more than their size rules do. Air China allows carry on bags up to 11 lbs, while Frontier Airlines allows bags up to 35 lbs. Always check with your airline before flying. The most common weight limits are 15 lbs (6.8 kg), 18 lbs (8 kg), or 22 lbs…
  • A Brief Guide to Packing Underwear

    Fred Perrotta
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    They may be known as unmentionables, but we’re devoting this entire post to underwear. Underwear is small, light, and easy to wash. Don’t waste too much packing space on your undies. This post outlines the best travel underwear options and how to pack them efficiently. You don’t need special underwear for travel, but some brands lend themselves to the rigors of the road. The best travel underwear have the same properties as other performance clothing. They’re lightweight, breathable, and odor-resistant. Most importantly, they are quick-drying so that you can wash…
  • A Sneak Peek of the Tortuga Air

    Fred Perrotta
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Behold, the Future: Tortuga, Tortuga Air, and Tortuga Daypack The response to the Tortuga Travel Backpack has been tremendous. The first run of re-designed bags sold out in less than two months over the holidays. We re-stocked bags at the end of June and sold the same amount in two hours. The next batch will be in our east coast warehouse in early July. Yet, the Tortuga isn’t right for everyone. We’ve heard from many people who need something different for their travel style. The first is short trips. The Tortuga was designed for trips from one week to one year. When we surveyed…
  • How I Travel: Manoj from Mango Diablo

    Fred Perrotta
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    In today’s installment of How I Travel, we talk to Manoj from Mango Diablo. Manoj is currently in Southeast Asia on a trip that combines his love of travel, his passion for cooking, and his professional experience as a technology executive. Keep reading to find out how he’s making all three work. I don’t need a whole hell of a lot to be happy. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Manoj Mohan. I’m a cook, blogger, and worked as a technology executive for 10 years before leaving my career to travel the world. What about your travels inspired you to start your blog? I…
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  • Lairds Loup Waterfall (Kilsyth)

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Lairds Loup Waterfall - Kilsyth visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lairds Loup Waterfall' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Noth Lanarkshire.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:Another shot of lairds loup, this taken surrounded be large boulders, it was too nice a day to show the waterfall at it's best but it's still a really great location.
  • Garrel Burn (Kilsyth)

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    Garrel Burn - Kilsyth visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Garrel Burn' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Noth Lanarkshire.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:Another good location in the kilsyth hills, it was a nice walk over the top of tomtain and garrel hill and down garrel burn. A really nice walk. The coordinates are another rough guide.
  • Garrel Hill (Kilsyth)

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Garrel Hill - Kilsyth visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Garrel Hill' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Noth Lanarkshire.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:Garrel hill in the kilsyth hills another nice spot worth visiting in this area, the gm coordinates are just a rough guide as it's hard to pin point the exact location.
  • Tomtain (Kilsyth)

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Tomtain - Kilsyth visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Tomtain' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Noth Lanarkshire.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:The trig point on tomtain in the kilsyth hills, a nice spot that i've always enjoyed visiting.
  • Tacking Point Lighthouse (Port Macquarie)

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Tacking Point Lighthouse - Port Macquarie visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Tacking Point Lighthouse' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama from the Tacking Point Lighthouse approximately 8 kilometres south of Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia. The headland was named by Mathew Flinders in 1802 while sailing up the east coast. The Tacking Point Lighthouse is the third oldest in the country and has been in operation since 1879.
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  • Five Things You Might Have Missed Aboard Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    Tomorrow, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park celebrates 35 years of taking guests on the wildest ride in the wilderness. My niece recently experienced this runaway train as her first roller coaster, and I was positively thrilled to see her beaming as we got off the attraction. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, like many of the thrill rides at the Disneyland Resort, is the perfect blend of fun and storytelling. In honor of the iconic attraction’s anniversary tomorrow, here are five things to point out to new pioneers braving Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or maybe details you may…
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns Tonight at Walt Disney World Resort

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Can you believe Halloween time has already returned to Magic Kingdom Park? The first of 26 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties is set to scare up fun at the park tonight from 7 p.m.-midnight! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party features the popular “Villains Mix & Mingle – Live on Stage” show, “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” Disney characters dressed Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating for all ages, “HalloWishes” fireworks and more. This year’s event will also offer a new character dance party at the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. This…
  • Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    This week, we announced reservations are open for a must-do last stop of the evening at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Villain’s Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle. Lady Tremaine takes over Cinderella’s Royal Table after everyone has gone to bed, and she’s invited some of the most evil friends and special guests for a decadent dessert party (maybe you’ll see the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil or Dr. Facilier?). Pam included more details about the experience in her original story as well as what your ticket includes: Preferred Viewing for the 8:15…
  • 101 Dogs Walk the Green Carpet at First-Ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    As the sun rose over the Walt Disney World Resort, 101 creatively costumed dogs and their owners walked the green carpet on Main Street, U.S.A., during our first-ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park. Pet dogs dressed as Disney princesses, pirates and even Cruella de Vil were featured at the tail-wagging event, which included a special doggie dance party in front of Cinderella Castle with your favorite Disney dogs like Pluto and Bolt. There was a special “Show Your Disney Side” costume contest before Disney character Goofy kicked off a first-of-it’s-kind dog walk around a…
  • This Week in Disney Parks Photos: More Photos From Villains Unleashed

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Earlier this week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared some amazing images from the Villains Unleashed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – so for this week’s photo recap, I just had to share a few more. Gallery This Week in Disney Parks Photos: More Photos From Villains Unleashed view all With so many Disney villains on hand at the party, there were sure some great photo opportunities. Be sure to check out the full gallery above! This Week in Disney Parks Photos: More Photos From Villains Unleashed by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
 
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  • Kenny Random's Street Art in Padua, Italy

    Marion Cerrato
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    This photo of Kenny Random's spray paint was shot in Padua, hometown of the Italian street artist.To see more pictures of graffiti and artworks by Kenny Random check out his Facebook page.
  • Red Hearts Mix

    Marion Cerrato
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:52 am
  • Verona in Love...

    Marion Cerrato
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:39 am
    When visiting Verona around Valentine's Day you can't really escape the "Verona in Love" festival, four days of special events including free concerts, local wine, chocolate and pandoro tasting, as well as poetry reading, love letter contest, love themed walking tours,... During the festival, the city of Romeo and Juliet is decorated with all sorts of red hearts, and a lot of people walk through the historic center holding pink heart shaped balloons offered by the main sponsors of the event.
  • Summer Pics of Gothenburg Harbour

    Marion Cerrato
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:57 am
  • Summer Sunset over Gothenburg's Archipelago

    Marion Cerrato
    27 Jan 2014 | 10:33 am
    Here are a few pictures of the Gothenburg Archipelago taken on my way back from Vinga Island :
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • My guest blog post on InsidersAbroad.com: #UNLOCKYOURLOVE-Venetians taking their city’s problems into their own hands

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    #unlockyourlove logo by Alberto Toso FeiAfter one of the most trying tourist seasons today’s generations of Venetians can remember, a grassroots group—tired of visitors using the city of Venice, Italy, like a beach, a picnic area or more crassly as an outdoor toilet. Yes this is happening in Venice, too—is saying basta!Enough of the abuse their spectacular town, a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage site, has been forced to succumb to....Please continue reading my blog post here on Insiders…
  • Venice, not her tourists, is crying out loud!

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Rialto BridgeBecause of a recent article in The Telegraph: Outcry over plan to charge Venice day trippers...I'm climbing onto my soapbox: Tourism in Venice has drastically changed in the last 10 or so years. Too many, but not all, come, think it's a beach, walk around shirtless, wearing flip flops and in bathing suits, swim in the canals, climb on historic builidings that are hundreds of years old--all in a city where not long ago travelers knew when in Venice wearing short pants wasn't/isn't acceptable. Today, visitors pack a lunch as if they're going to a park, sit…
  • Eating Pizza New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio's way...with a fork.

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    My favorite pizza: Cream of artichoke with artichokes and buffalo mozzarella cheeseNYC Mayor Bill De BlasioRecently, I had the honor of spending an evening with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and his charming family during their stay in Venice, Italy. We talked about many things: his city and ours, his proud Italian-American heritage and the joy he and his family felt visiting and being so warmly welcomed to Italy. When I permitted myself to make a light hearted comment about eating pizza with a fork, he gave me a warm smile and, like any good Italian, gently threw up his hands. Some…
  • Laundry Day at the Home of a Gondolier...

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Honestly, when I posted this photo on my personal Facebook page two days ago I had no idea how many smiles and shares it would bring. So, I thought I'd share the snapshot I took  of my clothesline here, too. I hope it brings a smile to your face, too. Feel free to leave a comment below, share this link with your friends, and LIKE Italy to Los Angeles and Back on Facebook, too.  A presto,Marie Ohanesian Nardin Summer Laundry at "Ca'Nardin"...my houseClick on Subscribe and join us on FaceBook, too!
  • Venice's Gondoliers Row for Research

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Regata dei Traghetti for the Fondazione Umberto Veronesi Criticism has been laid on the gondoliers' strong broad shoulders as far back as when they began rowing down Venice's beautiful canals. Comments which are often heard spoken in dialect by fellow Venetians—their most ardent critics or printed in the local press and more recently on social networks. Now, with the variety of instant communication sources, it’s no surprise that when a gondolier makes an error the world takes notice, too. Granted some critical comments have been warranted, others not so much and most are…
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  • Come Face to Face with the Terracotta Army!

    Eunice Khong
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    As the popular saying goes, “Go to Shanghai if you want to appreciate the history of China in the past 100 years; to see China of 1000 years ago, head to Beijing; for 5000 years of history, make a trip to Xi’an, the cradle of Chinese civilization.” Now the capital of Shaanxi province, Xi’an was […]
  • Alive Museum Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Is seeing believing? Hop into the 3D artwork and become part of the optical illusion at Alive Museum. Take photos from the correct perspectives indicated by the Photo Point icons and voila! You get whimsical snapshots of yourself blending into fairy tale-like scenes, performing incredible stunts, and being chased by zombies! Enjoy these photos. No […]
  • Yeah! A New Blog Design & Logo

    Eunice Khong
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Thank you for popping by to check out our new blog design! It’s time for a change to keep up with the latest trend. We hope you like it and have no problem navigating around the site. If you have any feedback, feel free to leave a comment. Oh yes, the new blog design comes with […]
  • Fly with VietJet & Win Prizes

    Eunice Khong
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Now you have more reasons to visit Vietnam with VietJet. From 15 July to 15 September 2014, the region’s favourite low-cost carrier is giving away WEEKLY prizes and nearly 1,000 FREE air tickets. VietJet passengers from Singapore to its various flight destinations across Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh city, Nha Trang and Da Lat, will […]
  • SUCRE ‘Art Box’ Mooncake Gift Set (limited edition)

    Eunice Khong
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    SUCRE, the creator of gourmet pineapple truffles, is offering good old-fashioned mooncake flavours to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. This year’s highlights include White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts, White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk, and White Lotus Seed Paste with Melon Seeds and Dried Cherries by SUCRE’s Chef Patissier. SUCRE ‘s limited edition […]
 
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  • French Language Basics to Learn for Travel

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

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

    robin
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
      Musée Picasso by Pol at Wikimedia Commons If you’re planning a trip to France in 2014 (or beyond), you’ll be happy to know there are some new and exciting things to look forward to this year. Here’s a list of some of the things you might want to add to your travel plans.  And if you’re heading to Italy, don’t miss the round up for what’s new in Italy. Paris (and nearby) > After a restoration that took five years and went severely over-budget, the Musée Picasso, located in the Hôtel Salé in the Marais will be reopening in June. The garden has…
  • Tips for the Best Cinque Terre Travel Experience

    robin
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Cinque Terre is a colorful collection of fishing villages in Italy, along what is known as the Italian Riviera. In recent years, it’s become so popular, that for those looking for a bit quieter, less-touristed and perhaps more authentic experience, I generally recommend staying in one of the other nearby towns,  just a short train or ferry ride away. Understandably, there are travelers who will stay in one of the five villages. This overview of the Cinque Terre will provide more information on each town. Today I’ll be sharing some tips. Twenty Dos and Don’ts that will…
  • What’s New in Italy for 2014

    robin
    21 Jan 2014 | 5:11 am
    Some exciting new things are happening in Italy in 2014. From a new museum opening to a helpful app, consider adding any or all of these to your Italy travel plans. Venice > If you’ve been to Venice in the summer months, you’ll often get a funky smell wafting from some of the stagnant smaller canals. Well, now there is something to counteract that a bit. A new museum dedicated to the art and history of perfume, located in the 17th century Palazzo Mocenigo. Parma > In Fontanellato, a small town near Parma, after eight years in the making, the world’s largest labyrinth…
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    South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

  • Back to School Travel Planning Guide

    Joseph Olson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Parents! You’ve made it through another long, hot summer where it must have seemed at times as though school would never start up again. But alas, September is upon us and you deserve a brief respite while the kids head back to the classroom. With summer vacations in the rearview and the holiday crush still a […] The post Back to School Travel Planning Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • What’s New With Peru: The Latest Travel News and Insights

    Joseph Olson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Get the latest travel news for Peru   Peru is a large and diverse country with a lot to offer. We often focus on Machu Picchu as a popular travel attraction, but the country is known for so much more. Join us as we take a look at the news and events taking place in this […] The post What’s New With Peru: The Latest Travel News and Insights appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Travel Tales: Joyce and Friends Explore Peru, Take Excellent Pictures

    Joseph Olson
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Friends Make the Already Breathtaking Machu Picchu of Peru Even Better! When Joyce was contacted by her friends in Thailand about a trip to Peru in 2014, she initially thought that she would just be along for the ride. She was a little surprised when they handed her a well-researched plan for their desired destinations […] The post Travel Tales: Joyce and Friends Explore Peru, Take Excellent Pictures appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Win a Trip for Two to Chile with the “Go to Extremes” Sweepstakes

    Joseph Olson
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Some like it hot, some like it cold, and the winner of our new Go to Extremes sweepstakes can experience both in one great trip! SouthAmerica.travel has teamed up with outdoor clothier Marmot, Turismo Chile and LATAM Airlines Group to giveaway a trip for two to Atacama and Aysén, Chile. This expenses paid adventure includes […] The post Win a Trip for Two to Chile with the “Go to Extremes” Sweepstakes appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Travel Tales: Yashvi and TJ’s South American Engagement

    Joseph Olson
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Every once in a while, a client takes a trip that turns into something more. Travel consultant Tye was thrilled to find out that his customers Yashvi and TJ became engaged on their trip to Peru, Easter Island and Chile. Tye helped the couple put together a highly customized trip that turned out to be even more […] The post Travel Tales: Yashvi and TJ’s South American Engagement appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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  • Krivoklat Castle,Prague

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Krivoklat – Oldest & Important Castles of Czech RepublicKrivoklat is a market town in the Central Bohemian Region of Czech Republic and also a place where the Krivoklat Castle is placed. The market town is one the most popular tourist location as well as the seat of the Krivoklatsko Landscape Protected Area.Krivoklat Castle is located 40 km west of Prague and was built in the late 13th century and belongs to the oldest and the most important castles of the Czech Republic.It was built as a hunting lodge, the seat of the royal Master of Hounds and a weekend getaway for the Premysl…
  • Liverpool, England

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Ian Moran/GettyLiverpool – The Most Splendid Setting of English CityLiverpool, a city in Merseyside, England lies on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. The Mersey Estuary which divides Liverpool from the Wirral Peninsula and the boundaries of Liverpoolare adjacent to Bootle, Crosby and Maghull towards south, Sefton to the north and Kirkby, Huyton, Prescot and Halewood in Knowsley towards the east.It was a borough from 1207 and a city from 1880. Towards 2011, the population was 466,415. Liverpool is described as the most splendid setting of any English city, at 176 miles towards…
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    Almaty – Largest City & Capital of Kazakhstan Almaty the former capital of Kazakhstan is still its largest city having a population of 1,421,868 by August 2010 with 9% of the country’s population located in one city.Almaty means `city of apple tress’, and due to its relatively mild weather, it has a wide range of apple trees. Moreover, the Almaty area is considered to be the genetic home of a variety of apples which is often visited by scientists as well as researchers from all over the world, to get to know more above the complex system of genetic as well as to discover the…
  • The Tube -London

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:47 am
    The London Tube or the Underground is a rapid public transport system serving a large part of Greater London as well as parts of the home counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex where it serves around 270 stations and 402 kilometres of track out of which 55% is above ground. Its history dates back to 1863 when the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s first underground railway opened between Paddington and Farringdon serving six intermediate stations.The Underground network, which has been nicknamed The Tube’, by generations of Londoners, has now increased to 270 stations and 11…
  • Lviv – UNESCO World Heritage Site

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    Lviv is a city in western Ukraine which was once a major population centre of the Halych-Volyn Principality, the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, the Habsburg Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria and later on the capital of Lwow Voivodeship at the time of the Second Polish Republic. Lviv is the biggest city of the region as well as the historic city centre on the UNESCO World Heritage List.Formerly being the capital of the historical region of Galicia, Lviv is now considered as one of the main cultural centres of present time Ukraine. The historical centre of Lviv, along with its ancient…
 
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard | Tourist2Townie.com

  • A Paraty Boat Party

    Gareth
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    The only reasonable follow up I could think of after a full day of playing in waterfalls was island hopping around Paraty. Just a short walk through the beautiful colonial village and you arrive at Paraty’s main harbor where colorful boats lineup for daily expeditions. For less than $20 USD we boarded a big schooner for a day of sipping caipirinhas and exploring the bay islands nearby. The day really was a great example of my life…  A champagne lifestyle on a lemonade wage!  Here are a few shots from our Paraty boat Party… Leaving port we got a great view of all the…
  • My Paradise in Paraty

    Gareth
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    When people give their definition of paradise it often includes white-sand beaches and warm, crystal clear water. Like a gay guy looking at Megan Fox, I can appreciate the the beauty, but it’s not my idea of perfection. My paradise is bright green foliage and cold dark water. It’s a day in the forest climbing up waterfalls and jumping into freezing cold natural pools. You can blame it on growing up in Upstate New York where State Parks like Stony Brook and Letchworth were more enticing than the beaches of Lake Ontario. Although they get overshadowed by all the beaches, Brazil…
  • Picturing Paraty

    Gareth
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty snuggles itself between lush, green mountains and a bright blue bay. Whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets serve as a real-life oil painting that you can walk through. After a great trip to Buzios and Arraial do Cabo I was fixing for more small town adventures, so the following weekend I took off again. This time I ventured in the opposite direction, and made the picturesque four and a half hour journey from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty. These are the sites that greeted me upon my arrival… Take a horse and carriage ride, although I…
  • Exploring Arraial do Cabo

    Gareth
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The land of hidden gems. That’s officially the new slogan of Brazil. I haven’t told the secretary of tourism yet but he’ll understand. It seems like around every turn, in every region, there’s a “can’t miss” place that locals rave about. It’s a beach, park, waterfall, neighborhood, etc. that you just don’t hear from until you’re within range. These are places that I affectionately refer to as hidden gems, and Brazil is full of them. Locals and travelers alike kept telling us that while in Buzios we had to make time to go see…
  • A Weekend Warrior’s Guide to Buzios

    Gareth
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    In desperate need of an escape from all the dudes in Rio after the World Cup, a few friends and I headed east to the peninsula paradise they call Buzios. Just a three hour bus ride from Rio, it’s the perfect getaway for Cariocas seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Thanks to a well-publicized visit by Brigitte Bardot back in the early ’60s, Buzios has gone from a simple fishing village to a well-traveled vacation destination for weekend warriors like us. We painted our faces with SPF-30 and stormed the sand like Normandy in search of fun in the sun.
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    BrownGirlsFly

  • 5 Fabulous Turquoise Beach Destinations

    Jessica Fenton
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having been raised on the coast, there's no surprise my travels revolve around the sea. Here are 5 of the most fabulous turquoise beach destinations I've seen.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Film & Culture: 5 Flicks Celebrating Life In Brazil

    Brandy Anderson
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Here are 5 films celebrating Brazil's cultural cornucopia that will help quench your wanderlust until you're ready for a visit.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • A Travel Trifecta: Whales, Guadeloupe & The Passport Party Project

    Chelle Roberts
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    The next round of Passport Party Project girls will receive their 1st passport stamp in the Guadeloupe Islands where whales & stunning landscapes await them.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Australia Day: Celebrating Black Pride Down Under

    Tracy Gross
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Australia's national holiday is not just a celebration of colonial pride, but also a period of mourning for its indigenous peoples. I celebrated the day in the Aboriginal community Redfern & experienced Australian black pride.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Sydney, Australia for the Uninitiated

    Rachel N. Lemons
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    As an American girl visiting Sydney, Australia for the 1st time, I had a lot to learn. I saw past the cliches and learned a few lessons along the way. Here are a few tips that newbies planning a trip to the Land Down Under might enjoy.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
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    Doing Indy

  • American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the Indiana State Museum

    Natalie Clayton
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is coming to the Indiana State Museum this fall. Visitors can start exploring all this exciting exhibit has to offer on September 19th. Created by the National Constitution Center, American Spirits spans the dawn … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Give Away: Conner Prairie Apple Store ($100 Value)

    Cherie Lowe
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Nothing says fall like a crispy apple. I can’t believe the month of August has less than ten days left (where did it go?!) and I must admit I’m not looking forward to the winter months yet. But fall? It … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Devour Downtown Summer 2014 Preview

    Sara Croft
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Devour Downtown is back in action with 74 (yes your read that right) participating restaurants. Some are brand new, others are established favorites that have Indianapolis’ visitors and restaurants coming back each year for more. What is Devour Downtown? Running … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Gen Con and Gleaners Food Bank Join Forces

    DoingIndy
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Gen Con isn’t just about playing games – they also like to use their presence to help out communities in need through charity partnerships. This year, they are taking on hunger by partnering with Gleaners Food Bank. Gleaners is no … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
  • Rookie’s Guide to Gen Con in Indianapolis

    DoingIndy
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    With 50,000+ visitors and over 14,000+ events, Gen Con can be an overwhelming experience for first-time attendees. We hit the Indianapolis Convention Center on Thursday to talk with some of the gamers and we have compiled a list of eight tips for … READ THE REST OF THIS POST >
 
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  • Photo Essay: Chiva Buses Get Festive for the Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Chiva Buses Get Festive for the Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia This post is part 5 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin Festive buses, called chivas, are a staple in Medellin, Colombia and in the entire Antioquia region. They were introduced in the early 1900s when a bus chasis was imported from the US and modified to carry agricultural products as well as people. The first basic models…
  • The Amazing Artisans Behind the Flower Festival – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - The Amazing Artisans Behind the Flower Festival – Medellin, Colombia This post is part 4 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin More than 600,000 flowers are used to create the spectacle that is the Flower Parade, a highlight of the annual Feria de las Flores Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia. And that’s just for one parade! The total number of flowers used to craft elaborate displays, public…
  • Flower Festival Classic Car Parade – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Flower Festival Classic Car Parade – Medellin, Colombia This post is part 3 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin Yeah, yeah the Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) in Medellin, Colombia was started in 1957 to recognize and encourage the area’s agricultural pursuits. But times change and today one of the highlights of the annual 10 day Flower Festival is the Desfile de Autos Clasicos y…
  • Controversy Cancels the Flower Festival Horse Parade – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Controversy Cancels the Flower Festival Horse Parade – Medellin, Colombia This post is part 2 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin Flowers may be king of the annual Feria de las Flores Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia but for many Colombians horses are their main passion. This explains why the Cabalgata de la Feria Horse Parade nearly eclipses the event’s marquis Flower Parade. But the…
  • Beauty & Tradition at the Flower Festival Parade – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:08 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 - Beauty & Tradition at the Flower Festival Parade – Medellin, Colombia This post is part 1 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin The birthplace of narco terrorist Pablo Escobar is also the birthplace of grown men who make huge, elaborate flower arrangements and carry them on their backs. It’s a legacy that’s celebrated with beauty and tradition during the annual Feria de las…
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  • U.S. Raises Fee To Renounce Citizenship By 422%. Thanks Assholes!

    Charlie Bushmeister
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    I just came across this article from the Forbes website and found out that the US State Department has just raised the fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship from $450 to $2,350. The article goes on to quote the State Department’s reasoning for this 422 percent ass raping. 1. Consular officers must confirm that the potential renunciant fully understands the consequences of renunciation, including losing the right to reside in the United States without documentation as an alien. 2. Consular officers must verify that the renunciant is a U.S. citizen and they must conduct a minimum of…
  • An Honest Politician

    Manuel Pfister
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    What politicians would sound like if they were honest:
  • Guest Post: A long-term expat’s take on Thailand

    SDT Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    I’ve lived in Thailand for more than 5 years, and I firmly believe that it’s a Single Dude’s Paradise. I’ve been all over in Asia, but I chose to live in Thailand because it had everything I was looking for: pretty and available women, gorgeous beaches, a thick expat community, and a cheap cost of living. There are drawbacks, but many are overstated and easily avoidable. It’s not perfect, but no place is. I think the Single Dude’s have a fantastic website here, and a lot of their observations on Thailand were spot on. I definitely think they picked up on more more than most casual…
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Clint Westwood
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Looks like it’s about that time of year again when 95% of American dumbasses are stuffing their faces with junk food, getting completely wasted and mindlessly waving American flags. How many people actually stop to think about what it is they are actually supposed to be celebrating these days? What is left? Not capitalism. Not our freedoms. Not the ability to travel unmolested. Record levels of police brutality, outright murder and the increasingly militarized police state? Is that cause for a celebration, much less a celebration about freedom? Does the United States of America really…
  • Guest Post: Ko Samui Thailand Location Review

    Skins
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today we bring you a guest post from Skins over at SingleMansParadise.com. We think it’s a great article that is spot on about Ko Samui and we haven’t covered this location yet. You may also be interested in our other posts Rilay Beach, Phuket, the Song Kran festival, Thailand in general and how to spot a ladyboy. Also of note is our article on internet dating, we agree wholeheartedly with Skins on that topic. We don’t condone, encourage or support prostitution, among other things, the health concerns are just too great. However, we’re libertarians in the strictest…
 
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  • Road trip to Mayo, Ireland

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Irish adventure! I wanted/needed a road trip to see all these awesome places in Ireland. Amazing photos have been popping up everywhere, even more so when the Wild Atlantic Way launched earlier on this year.  An 2500km route along the coast, boasting to be the biggest in the world, a road trip was a must! We jumped in our hired car from Europcar, a brand new car of only 2 months old! After a  four hour drive to Ballina, we unloaded our stuff into a cute Suncroft b&b, our base for the weekend and went exploring Ballina by foot. Ballina is a lovely little place with River Moy running…
  • Get the right car to enjoy Dublin

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    When planning your next family holiday to Dublin, the topic of transportation will mostly likely arise. In recent years, more and more families have begun to opt for a hire car during their holiday; all you have to worry is where the nearest petrol station is! To help you find the ideal car to transport your family, listed below are five of the best rental cars with which to enjoy Dublin City and surrounding areas. 1-Nissan QashQai If you want to venture a little further out from Dublin city centre, then the Nissan QahQai is the ideal off-terrain choice. The county of Wicklow has a broad mix…
  • Visiting Galway? Check out Experience Galway App

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Europcar has launched an “Experience Galway” app which is app designed to help you get the most out of your visit to Galway, Ireland.With this Experience Galway app you can access location, contact information, driving excursions sites and attractions all over the Galway area, and information about Europcar Car Rental, the best way to get around and see all that Galway has to offer. SITES: Spanish Arch Eyre Square Galway Cathedral Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra Hall of the Red Earl Galway City Museum Nora Barnacle House Lynch’s Castle Salmon Weir Salthill Salthill…
  • 2014 World Cup Planner

    admin
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:35 am
    So the FIFA 2014 World Cup is here, and again, Ireland aren’t in it! However, that never stopped the Irish from having a vested interest in the previous tournaments! Whether that be cheering against the English, or more recently the French, world cup fever will grip the country and dominate social media for weeks to come. 2014 World Cup betting You may also have some sort of financial stake on the 2014 World Cup! You threw a tenner on Belgium at 33/1 to win it, or you bet your mate that Argentina haven’t a chance. What has become more and more popular over the years are the office…
  • Enjoy the great outdoors in Cork

    admin
    19 May 2014 | 2:56 am
    Looking for an outdoorsy holiday that lets you soak up the beauty of nature and get away from the bustle of city life? The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to trek to a remote destination or forego modern comforts in order to enjoy just such a break. Cork in western Ireland offers many excellent outdoor activities that are suitable for families, all within easy driving distance of the city centre. With its own international airport and excellent road, rail and ferry connections, Cork itself is easy to reach – so you won’t use up your valuable holiday time and energy…
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  • Cheaper Eats: Where to Eat Free Food in New Orleans

    Addie K. Martin
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    If cheap eats are a good thing, are free eats even better? For the budget conscious bar-goer, that’s a resounding “yes!” and if free eats are of interest to you, then you’re in luck. Here in New Orleans have not only a wide range of cheap eats, but we also have many ways to get free meals in this city. … Read the rest -»
  • COOLinary Recipe: Tivoli & Lee’s Louisiana Gulf Poke Salad

    Mallory Whitfield
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dine on chef Marcus Woodham’s Louisiana Gulf Poke Salad at Tivoli & Lee. As COOLinary Restaurant Month winds down today, you’ve got one last chance to indulge and dine out for less. Choose from more than 50 participating local restaurants, including local favorite Tivoli & Lee. This cozy restaurant tucked away inside of The Hotel Modern has been featuring a … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Find: Jackson Barracks Military Museum

    Mallory Whitfield
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    New Orleans is ripe with historic spots to explore. For instance, the National World War II Museum downtown is well-known as one of the best museums in the country. If you’re a history buff who just can’t get enough, there is one more, lesser-known military history museum in New Orleans worth exploring, and it’s our pick for this week’s GoNOLA … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: Top 5 Places to Watch a Saints Game

    The Red Streetcar
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    New Orleans Saints fans are constantly rated among the best in the NFL and are raved about by players across the league for their intense dedication to the team, win or lose. Throngs of fans line the access roads to the airports following away games, fans take over opposing stadiums so that cheers of “Who Dat” can be heard over … Read the rest -»
  • New Orleans Museum Month: Get in Touch With Nature

    Lauren LaBorde
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    You have just a few more days to take advantage of the inaugural New Orleans Museum Month, an August promotion that entitles those with membership at any of the 15 participating institutions to free admission for two at the other participating spots. We’ve told you about the art museums and history museums on the list; spend the final days of … Read the rest -»
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  • Where To Go Vintage Shopping in Boston

    Guest
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You may think you know where to go in Boston, but do you know where to go vintage shopping in Boston? Read on! Vintage shopping is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, both in the... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Best UK Road Trips

    Vago Damitio
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Going on a road trip is one of the best adventures, and the cheapest, you can have to break up the everyday routine of university life or work life. Just hop in your car, fuel up and drive towards... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Mexico: spectacular blend of science and nature

    Vago Damitio
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many people head to Mexico for sun and sand – but not me. Well, not entirely anyway! What most excites me about Mexico is its amazing natural attractions, from its rainforests and cenotes to... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Antalya: the king of Turkish tourism?

    Vago Damitio
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Pristine seas, cultural assets, gorgeous beaches and history galore… it’s no wonder ten million tourists book flights to Antalya every year. Antalya has long been hailed by tourists as... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Top 5 South African Cities

    Guest
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Planning a city break in South Africa and not sure where to head to? Never fear, help is at hand! I was in much the same boat as you when organising my first urban adventure in South Africa, but... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
 
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  • Thailand Elephant Rides: Ethics vs. Entertainment

    Roxy Christensen
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This is a guest post by my sister, who may soon become a regular contributor. Click here to learn the basics of yoga with her.   The morality and ethics of riding elephants (and other tourist attractions focused on the spectacle of animals) is an old discussion. So why write about a used topic? Because maybe you will sympathize with my story and perspective. Maybe my opinion will help you feel better (or worse) about your position regarding the extortion of elephants. Living in Thailand for the past three years, I had held strongly to my opinion and vigilant avoidance of animal related…
  • Snorkeling Tortuga Island – Montezuma Costa Rica

    Rachel Denning
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    It’s raining?! Rain, in the morning? That’s strange. It is rainy season on the Nicoya Peninsula, and the thunderstorms are incredible. But they’re usually in the evenings or at night, shaking the house, lighting up the sky and waking us up with their intensity. Rain in the morning doesn’t bother me… except that we’re doing something today that I’ve really been looking forward to. It will stop. Right?? Click Here to Follow our Alaska to Argentina Adventures! Get Answers to 101 FAQs About Our Crazy, Nomadic Life!   It doesn’t stop, and we…
  • FFF #9: What you should be doing INSTEAD of Facebook and TV

    Rachel Denning
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    ***See the all the tips from the Fantastic Family Series here.*** So you want to know what you should be doing every night INSTEAD of TV and Facebook? Great! Watch the video. “But Rachel, aren’t you going to write out a nice long post telling us what you said in the video?” Nope. You know why? Because I’m busy. Really, that’s all it is. I have six kids. I have a four month old that wakes me up 2-3 times a night. My husband and I educate our children at home. We spend all day together. PLUS I design websites and have clients who having me editing ebooks,…
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  • Silent Sunday: Domes of the magnificent St Andrew’s Church in Kiev, Ukraine

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    The magnificent domes of the baroque Andriyvs’ka tserkva (St Andrew’s Church) in Kiev Silent Sunday: Domes of the magnificent St Andrew’s Church in Kiev, Ukraine is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: Humayun’s Tomb

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Like the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s tomb is a property worthy of special protection. And like the Taj Mahal, it’s a grave. And just as Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his late, much-loved wife, this tomb was built by Humayun’s widow, Biga Begum, in memory of her late (and equally-loved, one must assume) husband. Taj Mahal may be far better-known, but Humayun’s Tomb came first. By about 100 years. Humayun’s memorial is made of red sandstone and white marble and is special because it …stands as a landmark in the development of Mughal architecture, and…
  • Silent Sunday: Enchanting Asdøljuvet Canyon

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Enchanting Asdøljuvet Canyon, Lier in Eastern Norway Silent Sunday: Enchanting Asdøljuvet Canyon is a post from Sophie's World
  • Laura Plantation – Portrait of a Creole family

    Alexandra Redisch
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    At the earnest insistence of my three children, Lollie, Daisie and Charlie Jr., I write the memories of my childhood days on the old plantation in Louisiana for them. I have concluded to do so, before my memory begins to fail me, for I realise that I am the last one of my generation left who could tell them of life in the South as I knew it, and of the old plantation home where I first saw the light of day. These are the words of Laura Locoul Gore, the last head of what was to be known as the Laura Plantation. Creole women, you see, ran businesses and owned property. Already in the early…
  • Silent Sunday: Lighthouse at Summerside, PEI

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Summerside lighthouse in Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Canada Silent Sunday: Lighthouse at Summerside, PEI is a post from Sophie's World
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  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
  • The FeedBlitz REST API

    Phil Hollows
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The REST API is an XML-based API. It is, like FeedBlitz itself, complex and at times may be challenging to use. For simple use cases, such as integrating a FeedBlitz subscription mechanism into your site or service, we recommend using one of the APIs I’ve already covered this week, or a plugin / widget that has already done the work for you. If you’re building such a plugin, widget or tool, then depending on your use cases you may need to delve into the REST API in some depth. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level:…
  • The FeedBlitz Simple API: Adding Subscriptions Programmatically

    Phil Hollows
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you’re a plugin developer, PHP guru, or a web programmer who wants to do more with FeedBlitz but the REST API is daunting, we’re rolling out a new set of features in a “Simple” API that is much easier to use.  This API needs an API key, which you can get here after you log in. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level: Intermediate Good for: Adding a subscriber from a popup, plugin, or web site back end The function of this “Simple” API is to start the FeedBlitz dual opt-in process for…
 
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  • Good Vibrations: Fleshing Out the Antique Vibrator Museum

    Raymond Walsh
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum, San Francisco, California “The electric vibrator preceded the electric vacuum cleaner by some nine years, the electric iron by ten, and the electric frying pan by more than a decade, possibly indicative of consumer priorities.” – plaque at Antique Vibrator Musuem The vibrator didn’t always have a purely sexual connotation. Sexist maybe, but not sexual. The vibrator was originally marketed as a cure for female “hysteria” and went by such names as heat massager, personal masseur, blood circulator, and my personal favourite – the magic…
  • Putting the Grand in Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    Raymond Walsh
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman “We used to have the world’s largest carpet, but then the Emiratis came when they were building the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, measured ours, and now they have the title. We also used to have the world’s largest chandelier, but then the Qataris came, measured ours, and stole that from us too.” – Tour Guide at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque may have to settle for second when it comes to carpets and chandeliers, but it certainly doesn’t make the place any less stunning. Located along a stretch of the…
  • A Tale of Three Tunes

    Raymond Walsh
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Tune Hotels Review If I had known the pricing model for Tune Hotels before I showed up at their door, I probably would have never stepped inside. My first run-in with a Tune Hotel was in Kuta Beach in Bali. I was on the tail end of my Indonesia trip, and wanted to spend a few mindless days on the beach. It rained for the entire 4 days I was there. So I ended up spending more time in my room than I had anticipated. At least I caught up on some work. I happened upon the Tune Hotel in Bali by chance. Well, more precisely, by taxi. I had tentatively booked another hotel in advance (gotta love…
  • Vintage Snapshot: The Camera Museum, Penang, Malaysia

    Raymond Walsh
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    “The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.”                                                                                                                                   –Demetri Martin There’s no going back. The ease, the simplicity, the virtually unlimited amount of photos you can cram onto those tiny little memory cards. Yep, there’s nothing quite like a digital camera. But there are still plenty out there that pine for the ways of yesteryear. Well maybe not pine,…
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Squid Jigging (but were afraid to ask)

    Raymond Walsh
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival When I was but a young lad growing up in eastern Canada, my folks would drop my brothers and me off at our grandmother’s house for the summer. The entire summer. I’m not saying it was child abandonment, but I’m not saying it wasn’t either. My grandma lived on a small fishery-dependent island called St. Brendan’s in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. I’m not sure what my folks did during those kid-free summers. I’m not really sure what we did for those three long months either. There was intermittent electricity, no running water, and…
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  • Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas Looking for a nice and fun place to stay in the beautiful Porto de Galinhas (60km from Recife, about 1-1.5hour drive)  Head to Village Porto de Galinhas, with a great location, and fun amenities you will have a wonderful stay.  Village is located right on the beautiful beach of Porto de Galinhas the property is covered with hammocks, pools and tropical gardens full of  flowers and tamarins…View On WordPress
  • Fun House SP

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Set in an actual house, Funhouse is a unique mix of house party, bar, and mini-club.  the decoration is inspired by Coney Island in New York.  Personally, I think this is super random, I’ve been to Coney Island and besides the russian baths it’s not a place I would normally hang out at, plus Funhouse looks like a regular American carnival, I don’t see any resemblance to New York.You see the bar…View On WordPress
  • Where to stay in Iguassu

    13 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    Where to stay in IguassuIguazu Falls are the massive waterfalls of the Iguazu River that separate Argentine and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are one of the 7 World Wonders so when I say it is an amazing place to visit, believe me it is! Now, when planning a trip to see such an amazing place it only seems right to stay in an equally fabulous place such as Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, which is the only hotel…View On WordPress
  • Movie night in Sao Paulo V.I.P style

    23 May 2014 | 10:13 am
    Movie night in Sao Paulo V.I.P style Folks, this is NOT your average movie night out…. Brazilians love anything that screams exclusivity and going to one of the VIP movies definitely has that appeal.  Right when you enter Cinapolis you will see a special lounge sectioned for VIP movie goers which includes a full bar, and select menu (not your average movie treats).    I don’t know about you, but when I go to the movies popcorn is…View On WordPress
  • Tapas in Copacabana

    12 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s Pre- Carnival Week so you know where I am…back in Rio!!!! To kick things off before heading to the First Bloco of 2014, my friends and I decided to try En Born, a cute tapas restaurant in Copacabana.  The restaurant was quite lively with people eating and drinking outside, it’s very ‘open’ and airy so you can see that the restaurant tries to create  a Catalan atmosphere with wood and light…View On WordPress
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  • A Quick Guide to the Top Greek Islands

    The Quirky Traveller
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Got your heart set on a trip to Greece but not sure which island to choose? We don’t blame you. With so much gorgeousness to be found, it’s always a tough call. So to help you decide, we went to Greece fanatic The Quirky Traveller and asked her to tell us a little bit more about the most popular islands to visit. And if anyone knows Greece, it’s The Quirky Traveller – she did live there for four years ‘discovering her inner Mamma Mia’, after all. Here’s Zoë with more about her favourite Greek islands: Corfu (Kerkyra) The first place I ever visited…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    For this week’s Free Stay Friday, we’re taking you to the great city of Manchester, for a MEGA stay at The Ainscow Built inside the historic Brown Brothers building, this 4* boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the heart of Manchester’s vibrant shopping areas, restaurants and nightlife. So if you’d like to be in with the chance to win a stay here for TWO NIGHTS for two people, don’t miss out on this week’s #FreeStayFriday! Here’s a reminder of how you can get involved: On Friday 29th August, at 8.30 am, we’ll post a…
  • 52 Sleeps September Round-up

    Martin Solly
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    With the weather still (mostly) fine and the summer crowds quietening down, September is the perfect time to take a short break in the UK. And where better to grab the last of the summer than at one of our outstanding 52 Sleeps hotels? So here’s September’s round-up of gorgeous stays – all individually reviewed by our expert 52 Sleeps writers. 52 Sleeps is our FREE e-book, available to download here, or from online bookstores Kindle, Google Play, iTunes and Kobo. Week 36 – Snooze, Brighton 1 – 7 September Why visit this week? Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival…
  • 7 Ways to Spend a Layover in Singapore

    Theodora Sutcliffe
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Due to the nature of air travel, Singapore is one of those cities that it’s easy to just wind up in, without any intention of going there, and without any idea what to do. Partly because of this, and partly because of Singapore’s rigid punishments for everything from littering to drugs, sometimes there’s an unfair perception that Singapore is a tad dull. But it’s far from it. Singapore IS wealthier and more conservative than the rest of South-East Asia, but this multi-ethnic nation is full of fun and vibrancy. And there are many better ways to spend a layover in…
  • 48 Hours in Paris: An Instagram Takeover by BudgetTraveller

    Martin Solly
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When we found out top travel blogger Kash from BudgetTraveller was heading to Paris for the weekend, we were super keen to see what he got up to in one of our favourite (yet notoriously pricey!) cities. So keen, in fact, we let him hi-jack the LateRooms.com Instagram for 48 hours. And the result? Well aside from pure city break envy, there was a lot of cool Paris photography, great budget travel tips…  and the odd abandoned shoe! No, us neither. So if you missed his takeover on Instagram itself, here’s a recap of Kash’s Paris weekend in all its Instagram-y glory:…
 
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  • Dining in Ohio's historic Grand Rapids and Waterville

    Dominique King
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    We spent a couple of days in the Grand Rapids, Ohio area recently, and here's a sampling of the places we ate as we explored the historic canal area along the Maumee River: Koral Hamburg and Diner-We pulled into Waterville looking for a place to eat, and when we spotted a sign on a small local place advertising "The Burger at its best!" we decided that hamburgers sounded pretty good for lunch. Koral Hamburg's menu informs diners that the restaurant opened in 1926 and is home to the "world famous burger man". The decor is cheerful and kitschy with a red-and-white checkerboard tiled floor, red…
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