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  • The Best of Europe’s National Restaurants

    A trip to Europe can be a great opportunity to admire fabulous cities, intriguing works of art and fascinating cultures. Depending on how deep you want to emerge into Europe’s eclectic culture, you can progressively learn to see less of the popular attractions and adventure yourself off the beaten path, This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should allow yourself get lost through some sordid neighborhood, just that you must find alternative ways to interfere with a country’s culture. Thus, you can try frequenting those bars and restaurants that have local clientèle, renting an apartment in a residential zone, going at the farmers market or even getting a temporary job. If you don’t have all that time, one option is to visit the kind of restaurants and bars that are typical for a certain country, just like the following (Although this technique is still far from the real culture immersion experience, it can help you get a better taste of some country’s habits and cuisine):

     
  • Popular Children-Friendly Destinations Across the USA

    Traveling with children is equally fun and demanding. Kids won’t always dig upscale restaurants or interminable museum visits, so if you are planning a family vacation this summer, you have to make sure that you also include some children friendly attractions. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily imply that you are stuck with Anaheim or Orlando; most US cities and national parks also have a children-friendly side – all you need is some little research. This is why today’s post is merely a teaser:

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      Nothing says summer like a trip to a white-powdery sand beach rimmed by azure water just perfect for surfing, diving or near coral reefs for snorkeling or sailing in between. Long strolls on the soft sand, swimming, enjoying fresh cocktails while lazing on a lounge chair, these are the elements that make for an ideal…
      Tags: beach, children, diego, san
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      When travelling with your children, it’s very difficult to find a holiday destination that is sure to meet your tastes and that of your little ones as well. Since kids are after games, sports and in most of the cases their lack of patience doesn’t match the idea of a tour featuring important monuments and…
      Tags: zoo, children, diego, san
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      Best Western offers 20% or more off of their Best Available Rate for selected cities like Orlando, Birmingham, Anaheim, Ontario, Sacramento, San Diego, Albuquerqe, Dallas, Houston. Hyatt offers also up to 25% for their Hyatt Daily Rate. Additionally, they offer free breafastdaily for two. For reservations request offer code ‘BREAKF’, and be sure to present…
      Tags: free, diego, san, sacramento
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      April might be the cruelest month (unless T.S. Eliot was just in a bad mood when he wrote this, and immediately regretted it), but it is also the month when theme parks all over the country open their gates, letting all the adrenaline addicts come in. Millions of visitors, most of which are families with…
      Tags: park, attractions, will, family, museum, diego, san
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      If you have children, then you know that holidays are as much an opportunity to relax as to explore and learn. Children are curious by nature and they don't like the same things that adults do. So no matter how much you like lounging on the beach, your kids will get bored of building sandcastles…
      Tags: will, kids, museum, san, history, diego, park, air, zoo, williamsburg
     
  • Fashion Capitals of the World. Next Generation

    When it comes to fashion capitals of the world, one cannot stop thinking about one (or more) of the big four: Paris, Milan, London and New York. Their importance in the world of fashion (and especially haute couture) is undeniable: here you can find the most innovative designers, prestigious fashion houses and glamorous boutiques. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that all the world’s fashion is concentrated in these four locations. Slowly but throughly, other big cities from around the world are building their way up to top five, releasing original creations on the market and welcoming visitors with posh boutiques and one-of-a-kind fashion shows. In today’s top five we have included some less known fashion capitals that have all the chances to become the 5th on the list:

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      If you are into vintage and retro clothes, or if you collect rare things, you are surely familiar with flea markets. Shopping in fancy places will probably give you good value for money and a sense of prestige, but if you are looking for unique things (and if you have a bone to pick with…
      Tags: york, london
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      When in Rome, do as the Romans do, states an old saying referring to the essential quality of a traveler to adapt both his tastes and habits to the local customs. Paraphrasing this saying and given we live in a period marked by an economical crisis, any traveler should seek for cost-effective travel destinations. After…
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      Visiting New York is one of the most impressive experiences that a traveler can go through during his or her lifetime and I'm not just throwing words around freely, as the millions of tourists that ever had the chance of stepping on new yorkean concrete will back up my claim. Regardless of where you go…
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      Beauty is supposed to be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to architecture and general atmosphere, there are a few cities in the world that are undeniably more beautiful than others. Since there are more cities in the world than one can possibly visit in a lifetime, there are surely some…
      Tags: london, york
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      Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while according to tradition people usually celebrate at home with their families, there's no reason why you can't be more innovative than that. The point of Thanksgiving is to spend it with the people you love, not to spend the evening at necessarily at home. You can pick…
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  • Top 5 City Parks in USA

    From the bohemian French Quarter in New Orleans to the skyscrapers of Chicago, US cities are offering a great diversity of urban landscapes. But no matter how dizzying the architecture or how intense the nightlife, there is always room for a breath of fresh air and a patch of green grass. Accidentally or nor, the biggest cities in the US are also the ones that have the biggest parks. Their impressive size turn these city parks into authentic oases of relaxation; no matter how big the park, you will always find some unexplored corner, not to mention that, with all the entertainment and cultural facilities they encompass, these parks are bustling with events. The following city parks are, in our opinion, USA’s top 5:

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      Nowadays, train rides are merely a way to travel from one place to another, and gone are the days of glamorous trains like the Orient Express, where ladies in fur coats and wealthy gentlemen drank tea and ate caviar. But that doesn't mean that train rides can't be just as scenic as in the past.…
      Tags: francisco, san
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      Geeks and science buffs of the world, your time has come. During today's post I will try to present you five of the most interesting science museums in the world. These world-class museums are famous for using innovative technologies in order to explain the unexplained and help common folks like us understand the mysteries of…
      Tags: francisco, san
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      The small and very scenic town of Oxford is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, but thankfully, you don't have to be a genius student in order to enjoy the city. And if you are on a budget, visiting Oxford can even make you feel like a student.…
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      Bizarre places to eat They say that nothing beats a home-cooked dinner, but those of us who cannot boast of any culinary talents might disagree. Besides, going out for your meals has nothing to do with cooking abilities, most of the time. As any seasoned restaurant-goer knows, there is something very rewarding about browsing a…
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      As any seasoned traveler knows, there are precious few places in the world where you can eat for free. And while no one will give you a hearty meal out of the goodness of their hearts, there are a few places in San Francisco where you can get a small meal for free, provided you…
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  • Man-Made Wonders of the Modern World

    Many times during our travels we discover some places and buildings that seem to belong to another age. Despite the fact that few famous landmarks have no functional purpose (although there are some places that seem to be designed for the pure pleasure of the viewer), these constructions simply pop out of the background. And by this I don’t necessarily want to imply that they don’t belong there, just that some human constructions are so remarkable and unique, that it’s hard to focus on anything else in their presence. Without any further introduction, here come 5 modern man-made wonders:

     
  • 7 Most Luxurious Pools in the World

    Summer calls for some nice places to chill out and what can cool you off and help you relax better than a luxury pool? In a world in which pools have become a commodity, architects are in a fierce competition to design the most unbelievable pools. Rather then presenting you the world’s most luxurious hotels, today we will focus on some of world’s most famous pools (some of them so unique that they have become the major attraction from their hotels):

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      We've delighted you once before with a list of some mind-boggling hotels, but the fun is not over yet! It's hard to believe that hotel owners can be so creative, but in fact there are enough strange hotels in the world to fill the pages of an entire book. When someone checks into a hotel,…
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      This year, why not explore somewhere truly exotic, by visiting Dubai? The perfect holiday destination for families or frequent travellers, Dubai has something to offer everyone. Travellers looking for places to go in Dubai should take a walk into Satwa, the Indian and Filipino district for some delicious cuisine, and peruse market stalls selling a…
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      Are you bored of traditional hotels where all you get for your money is a comfy bed, room service and maybe a sauna and a restaurant? If you'd like to stay some place more unusual next time when you're traveling, you are in luck. Many enterprising hotel owners have picked up on the fact that…
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      Is it your dream to spend a holiday on the Bahamas? We found you a hotel deal that is hard to resist. Book now the all-inclusive Melia Nassau Resort for $139/ night and save 40%! This is the price of a room per night for two people. Would you like to be sure that you…
      Tags: resort, luxury, hotels
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      Our team was busy again and we found you a hotel deal for your Cancun vacation that you might like. Book now your spring vacation at the Oasis Sens adult only resort in Cancun under $150 and save almost 50%! This price is available for bookings between May 1 and June 30 and is for…
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  • Amazing Places: Word’s Most Fascinating Ghost Towns

    Surprisingly or not, people don’t always expect nice views and life-changing experiences from their travels. Some just like to spice up their journeys with some goose bumps from time to time, which is also why many ghost towns have become favorite tourists destinations. Whether we’re talking about some dusty miner towns or medieval ruins, abandoned towns are likely to give us chills and thrills. And, depending on their level of conservation, some might be more just as educative as an open air museum. For today’s post, I have selected 5 of the most intriguing ghost towns around the world:

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      The remains of forgotten Wild West towns can be found in many states in the US, and they important historical sites, as well as destinations that combine fun and creepiness. If you're a fan of western movies, a trip to places like Bodie will be a delight for your inner movie buff, and make you…
      Tags: town, towns, ghost, village, craco, century, people, buildings, desert, prypiat
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      Centralia, a little town in Pennsylvania's coal region, used to be a bustling mining center, until 1962, when a fire broke out in the mines. Nobody knew how bad the damage was until the 70's, and since then people have started abandoning the town. Now, Centralia is a ghost town, but that doesn't mean that…
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      Visiting cities is rewarding and taxing at the same time, especially if you are not very fond of crowds. But if you like urban environments, the asphalt jungle, the shops, the looming buildings and the general atmosphere of a city or a town, then you are probably interested in urban tourism. However, if you want…
      Tags: town, towns, ghost, buildings, city, abandoned, italy, cities, people, medieval
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      Ghost towns with creaking saloon doors and the occasional tumbleweed are interesting relics of the American wild west, but ghost towns can be creepy, unsettling and completely fascinating wherever they are. The thing about ghost towns is that they mostly manage to fool you by looking like they are still inhabitable, and yet there is…
      Tags: ghost, town, towns, japan
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      Book your flight to Canada now with these Air Canada flights from $118 each-way. Depart from La Guardia (LGA) airport in New York City and fly to 10 major cities in Canada. The offers found by us include flights to Edinburgh from $847, domestic flights with American Airlines and more. Book now before all the…
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  • 5 Most Disastrous Oil Spills in History

    The Louisiana oil spill has been officially declared as the worst oil spill in history of the United States. Unlike most such accidents, which are usually caused by an oil tank being damaged, the leak generated by the BP platform explosion seems unstoppable. And while accusations and solutions are trying to make sense out of this controversial case, thousands of birds and sea animals die suffocated by the oil layer. Dolphins, pelicans, crabs and sea turtles are only few of the species whose existence is being jeopardized by the oil spill, not to mention the fact that some of the best Florida beaches are now covered in oil residue and tar balls. The only hope is for the Deepwater Horizon spill to be stopped before becoming the worst spill ever: and judging by its predecessors, statistics look quite gloomy:

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      We’re going to take a break from travel planning and amazing sights in today’s blog post, in order to bring up a sensitive subject that we’re hoping you will have the patience to take note of and act out by lending a helping hand.     The Biggest Oil Spill in History Unless you’ve been…
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  • Backpacking Europe: Bargain Shopping

    Our one week ‘Backpacking Europe’ series has reached its final episode, in which I decided to give you some useful tips on where you can go bargain hunting in Europe. As much as one tries to stick to the budget, shopping is the kind of experience that you just can’t say no to. Whether you go shopping for those places where you can get the best price/quality ratio.
    If you are determined to see the wonders of Paris, London or Rome, then get ready for considerable expenses. But as popular and over-priced some of these cities must be, keep in mind that locals must also have their shopping hide-outs and that there is no bargain-free destination. So here we go:

     
  • Backpacking Europe: 5 Most Beautiful National Parks

    Traveling from city to city and exploring Europe’s intricate history and architectural marvels is, in many cases, the backpacker’s main activity.  It is quite amazing to discover all the cultures, lifestyles and to meet so many different people, but let us remember that Europe, in addition to its cultural diversity, is the beholder of priceless natural treasures. This is why the best way to explore Europe is to find a balance between its urban culture and superb nature. You don’t necessarily have to climb the Mont Blanc: a few short hikes are enough for you to be able to admire some of the best landscapes on Earth. And judging from a purely pragmatic perspective, we must admit that nature is much less expensive then any city. Today I present you five of the most amazing places in Europe (coincidence or not, all these areas are in fact national parks):

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      Since in the past we had a series of blog entries about places to visit in South Africa, I thought that it was about time to do a bit of exploring in the northern parts of this fascinating continent as well. There are several popular tourist destinations in North Africa, think about Tunisia, Algeria or…
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      Night sky disappeared before our eyes. Hundreds of thousands of stars that could be seen with the naked eye before are now almost invisible because of the bright lights of the cities. Throughout Europe and the United States studies have shown that children who are born in our time, have a chance to see 10…
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      Let's face it! When it comes to travelling, there is no accounting for tastes! While for some travelers the idea of a perfect holiday destination includes a nice hotel, a city tour dotted by important monuments and history-soaked buildings, nature-lovers want to go hiking and seek for green destinations like car-free islands (such as Dry…
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      Less than a day has passed since the closing ceremony of the 21th edition of the Olympic Winter games, but the that contagious competitive spirit and characteristic effervescence are still in the air.  However, it is the first day of spring and there are only 101 days left till the next major sports event of…
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      Personally, I like autumn much better than any other season. The weather is mild, and there's nothing better than a cup of hot coffee on a foggy morning, while you're sitting on your favourite bench in your favourite park with everything shining gold and red around you. And one of the best places to be…
      Tags: park, parks
     
 
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