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Featurette: Las Vegas

Some call it “Sin City.” Some liken it to Disneyland for adults. Others, think it’s a convenient stopping place from which to visit some of the most beautiful landscapes in the U.S.A. Las Vegas, for all that’s written about it, still has more to discover for every type of traveler. Whether your idea of a good time has more to do with staying indoors and feeding the slot machine or getting out and about with the kids, Las Vegas has something to offer. Let’s take a look: Every holiday in Las Vegas should involve some time in the casinos, whether you fancy yourself lucky or not. Even if you never put a nickel in the slot machines or lay a bet […]

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Where to Hide from Summer Swelter in Madrid

The idea of visiting Madrid in summer is interesting—if you love the heat! The travel portal Madrid.net points out that July-August temperatures might soar from 26 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius. That means you’ll experience summer sunshine and warmth in all its glory in the capital of Spain. When you’re going sightseeing around the city during these hot midsummer days, take advantage of the city’s numerous parks to cool off and see a calmer side to the city. Like most European capitals, Madrid’s center can buzz with traffic and tourism, so let these parks’ greenery and water features soothe and restore you before an evening of the famous Madrid nightlife. Conceived in the 17th century as a lounge zone for […]

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Featurette: Prague

Oh, Prague, City of a Thousand Spires. Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. So beautiful, in fact, that I’ve lived there…twice. Previously the seat of the Kingdom of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire, its architecture, history and cultural heritage make it a major sightseeing stop in Central Europe. Visitors to Prague flock to its palaces, museums and squares by day, then spend the evenings exploring the delights of Czech beer in the city’s myriad hospodas. For the art lover: Many styles of art and architecture can be found in Bohemia, but the one most closely linked to Prague in most travelers’ minds is Art Noveau. One of the […]

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The Best Breathtaking Beaches in Spain

When a country has over 5,000 miles of coastline, you’d be right if you expected it would also have some of the best beaches in the world.  Spain is famous for its beauty  based on its culture, history, people, art and of course its landscapes.  Here’s our list of the top six beaches in Spain. Travel to Galicia, Spain to find a beach with geologic features that make it an easy number one.  ”Catedral” means “cathedral” in Spanish, and refers to the giant arch-like rock formations you’ll find along the coast here. They  will remind you just how strong water can be.  The best months to visit this mile-long beach are said to be between July and August. It’s hard […]

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When to Choose a Resort Over Indie Travel

A lot of blog posts and articles I write are aimed at travelers planning an independent trip. But there are times when a package tour is the right way to go, and when there’s no better place to stay than a resort. Travel should be about the experience. At times, travelers are seeking a challenge; at times we seek refuge. Some destinations are just plain hard-going when you’re an independent traveler; some destinations are so exquisite you deserve to spend time there on on luxury holidays that give you the time and platform you need to soak up every moment. The Maldives are a good example of a destination that’s once-in-a-lifetime fantastic and quite difficult to tackle as an independent traveler. […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas

1.     The Bellagio Fountains If you’re strolling down the strip be sure to pay a visit to the famous Bellagio Fountains, where without fail every 15 minutes after 7 pm you can witness the wonder of the famous fountains for free. Watch the fountains dance to over 30 different songs from Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas, to Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye right through to Michael Jackson’s iconic Billie Jean. This spectacular show is one you’ll never tire of and, best of all, it’s totally free. So, wander at leisure and enjoy the amazing sight of the huge lake whose fountains shoot water 24 stories high. Found next to Caesar’s Palace, you can’t pass by it without marveling at its […]

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Travel Inspiration: Discover Jordan

Need some travel inspiration? Come on, armchair travelers, today let’s take a look at what to do on a holiday in Jordan! First, the basics. Jordan is a relatively small country, bordering Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. This fascinating region has seen thousands of years of civilization. As a strategic position for ancient armies and trade routes, it bears the marks of several cultures that once controlled the area, from the ancient Egyptians, to the Greco-Romans to the Persians and Assyrians. Today, it’s a constitutional monarchy with strong ties both to its Arab neighbors and to the United States and European Union. Now, let’s look at some of the important places to visit: For many travelers the be-all and end-all […]

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What are the Seven Wonders of the World?

I often find myself thinking of travel for pleasure as a modern-day phenomenon. But, really, people have been traveling for fun ever since there was something cool to see somewhere else–that is, since the beginning of known history, at least. The ancient Greeks were big on travel–by that time sailors and merchants in the Mediterranean had told enough tales of far away wonders that your average citizen had probably learned enough about foriegn lands to get a little surge of wanderlust when hearing about the Pyramids at Giza or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Just as contemporary travel writers love making top 10 lists (I’m guilty too!) of places to go, the Greeks drew up a shorter list: the Seven […]

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Fun Drives in Western Australia

I travel to Western  Australia regularly, and when I do, I usually arrange a car or van to hire as soon as I book my flight over. Similar to the United States and Canada, Australia has a car culture, and sightseeing here is best done on four wheels. With outstanding weather most of the year, combining your explorations of Western Australia with a camping trip makes sense, both logistically and financially. Hotels in Australia aren’t as inexpensive as I’ve found in Asia, or even in comparison with lodging in the US. So, if you’re hoping to get out and see the rural areas–and, most of the cool stuff to see in WA is in the rural areas–then a campervan makes […]

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