Yellowstone Named the First National Park on This Day in 1872

The World’s First National Park On March 1, 1872  Yellowstone was named the first national park.  It was the first national park world wide, not just in the United States. It pleases me to realize that in the midst of those trying years when US Grant was president, he realized the importance of setting aside national lands for all to protect and enjoy.  To think it happened about 7 years after the civil war ended gives it...

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Who’s Flying Your Plane?

Meet Kate McWilliams and Luke Elsworth I remember many years ago hearing a strange story about a commercial flight – the passengers refused to fly because the pilot was a woman. In preparing to write this article, I went to Google to determine just when that was.  I couldn’t find that information. But what I did find was something even more weird. In 2014, a passenger left a sexist message for the female pilot who had just...

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Frank Stranahan

Fort Lauderdale history: Frank Stranahan. It’s generally accepted that Frank Stranahan from Ohio was the first permanent resident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When he arrived, Fort Lauderdale didn’t actually exist. It was a settlement of just handful of people on the New River. Seminole Indians lived in the Everglades nearby but in general, the are was inhospitable with a stifling climate, dangerous wildlife and lots and...

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Great Gifts for Travelers: My Favorite Things

Great Gifts for Travelers: My Favorite Things. Travel Halo Mask Product Description: This is fantastic for long flights. This mask will definitely help you to sleep in comfort. It’s a special mask that is filled with Microbeads, has pads at the back that keeps your head from rolling around and it includes a free bag and earplugs too. You can remove the mask when you don’t want to sleep and use it as a headrest. eBags Pack-it-Flat...

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Gifts for the Traveler

Easier Travel is The Goal Today’s traveler is looking for ways to make trips go as smoothly as possible.  It isn’t as easy as it once was, especially with the airlines. We’ve seen dramatical changes over the past decade.  Not only with added security, but also with limits on luggage weight and closer quarters aboard many flights. Yet if the traveler doesn’t go that often, he/she might consider it frivolous to...

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The Digital Luggage Scale, Essential for Travel

Weigh your Luggage Before You Leave Home Every airline traveler needs one of these luggage scales. The first time it saves you the fine of $75.00 or more, you will consider it totally worth the cost. Have you checked in at the airport to find your suitcase weighs 55 pounds, or even 51 pounds? Have you seen people off to the side, on their knees, rapidly pulling things out of their suitcase, stuffing them randomly into a carry-on, or...

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Why Airbnb is not Illegal

Airbnb is not illegal – anywhere. It seems that everyone has been writing about Airbnb for some years now. And because the company is often in the news, it’s certainly a good way to get hits to your website. But that’s not why I’m writing this…. The reason for this article is that, because I am an Airbnb host, I’m often hearing statements such as ‘Airbnb is illegal where I live’ or...

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The Kinzua Dam: A Fall Destination

Fall will be upon us. Sunny cool days and the leaves will be turning so many beautiful colors. We live in Western New York not far from the Kinzua Dam.   Every year when the leaves are at their peak we take the drive down I86 East, from there we take some back roads into Pennsylvania, through the Allegheny National Forest to the Kinzua Area, the ride is breathtakingly scenic. If you are in the process of planning a fall vacation,...

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Labor Day, Small Town Americana

Pioche, Nevada. Even in our hectic modern times, there are still small towns with an Americana flavor to celebrate Labor Day. Pioche, (pronounced Pee-oatch) Nevada is a unique experience. It’s a town nestled in the Southeastern mountains of Nevada. There’s no need for a vehicle once you reach town, because everything is within walking distance of any where you may be. There are fascinating discoveries to be made and fun...

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Visiting Our National Parks; A Walk into the Past

Visiting Our National Parks; A Walk into the Past. Someone recently asked me where I went on my favorite vacation.   What came to mind, first and foremost, was camping in various national parks here in the United States. The pristine beauty within our parks always puts them at the top of my list.  Every time I visit one I feel like I belong, as though I’ve come home.  Home to natural beauty and a sense of peace, away from the material...

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Why is Fort Lauderdale called Fort Liquordale?

Why is Fort Lauderdale nicknamed Fort Liquordale? When I first came to live in Fort Lauderdale and heard people refer to it as ‘Fort Liquordale’ I thought it was a reference to the craziness that descended on our area during Spring Break – especially in the last century. But I was wrong. It was bootlegging.    Bootlegging in Fort Lauderdale In 1920 the American government, in its wisdom, decided to ban the...

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Spotlight on Rome: (Part 2)

Spotlight on Rome: (Part 2) This article is the second part of three. Its main focus: Trevi Fountain & The Colosseum. Just standing in the very place where the mighty Roman Empire began is an incredible buzz and actually being in Rome really does bring home what the Romans achieved and just how much they lost. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also the amazing Renaissance-era there too! The centre of the city is crammed with...

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Organizing and Packing a Rucksack

Organizing and Packing a Rucksack Organizing and packing a rucksack is a fine art and doing it well will make a real difference to any walker or hiker. Essentially there are 3 things you should do. Firstly, make sure that you buy lightweight clothes and equipment starting with a lightweight rucksack. It must be very light when it is empty, this will make a huge difference to how much you can put inside. The next thing to do is make...

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Yorkshire is a Champion Place to Visit!

Yorkshire is a Champion Place to Visit! This may sound like a strange thing to say, but Yorkshire smells so good. I’m not talking about the mouthwatering aroma of seaside fish and chips, or the homely smell of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding wafting from pubs. It’s not the sweet scent of hops brewing in old casks of ale, or lavender fields either. I’m talking about the Yorkshire air! There is an ‘ozoney’ fresh quality about the air,...

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Why Airbnb is Good for Local Businesses

Does Airbnb (or similar) help the local community? We all know that the Airbnb website (and its copycat sites) are causing controversy because of the impact of ‘the sharing economy’. But can such services actually help local communities? In my experience – and thanks to various statistics – I can say ‘yes’. Before we start looking at facts and figures, let’s take a look at the average Airbnb...

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What To Do in Rome

What to do in Rome (Part 1).  When in Rome – do as the Romans! This article is about what do in Rome… a big topic so this is part one of a three part series. Its main focus: The Vatican & The Monument for the Fallen Rome is an awe-inspiring city and you cannot possibly see it all just one visit. But this is what we did when we were there for 5 days introducing our 13-year-old son to Rome: the most romantic city in the...

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Fishing Chautauqua Lake New York

Fishing Chautauqua Lake New York. Fish you will find in Chautauqua Lake: If you are an avid fisherman looking for a new lake to cast your line, Chautauqua Lake just might be for you. Chautauqua Lake is located in Jamestown New York just east of Erie Pennsylvania and south of Buffalo New York. We have lived here since 1989 and consider this our home. The lake is known world wide for Muskie fishing. A fresh water North American fish...

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Packing for a trip: Travelling light

Packing for a trip: Tips for travelling light Do you always take too many clothes with you when you go on vacation? I used to- every time. That’s until I took the advice of a friend of mine, Caroline, who is the editor of a top fashion magazine in London, She has spent all her working life travelling and invariably she has to look good when she gets there. She can’t turn up at  a Paris fashion show looking like something...

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Family Tents and How to Choose Them

Good sized family tents are worth every penny. One of the best thing I’ve ever bought is our family tent. It has been an absolute gem in so many ways and not only for taking on holiday. For example, it’s an extension to our house because when we have guests we vacate our bedroom and sleep in the tent in the garden. Also, when my son was younger he used to play in it, and pretend to go camping with his friends. I have also...

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How to Sleep Well in the Heat

Hot humid weather can mean no sleep. The humidity is the main problem though because it stops your sweat from evaporating efficiently, making you sticky and uncomfortable. This can be unbearable if you’re not used to it. Of course the easy solution is to turn on the air conditioning, but what if you’re in a place that doesn’t have that sort of luxury? I would recommend the tricks people use in Mediterranean countries. 1. Make sure you...

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Best Holiday Destinations to Beat the Heat

Here are some suggestions for summer holiday destinations that are not too hot, the kind of summer vacation ideas that beat the heat but are very high on adventure and excitement. If I could change one thing about myself it would be my intense dislike of the heat. I am so envious of people who come alive and thrive in excessive temperatures. I see them every time I go somewhere hot, lying on the beaches, basking in the sun. They...

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Pokemon Go: Fort Lauderdale Accommodation

Poke Stops in Fort Lauderdale. You may have read our other articles about the wonderful rental apartment we have in beautiful, sunny Fort Lauderdale. The apartment has everything you’ll need for a great vacation but did those of you who are Pokemon players that we also have Poke Stops very nearby? Riverwalk The Riverwalk linear park is a wonderful place for everyone. Walk alongside the water enjoying the tropical foliage while...

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Best European Cities to Visit if you Hate the Heat

Best European Cities to Visit to Beat the Heat. If you can’t bear excessive heat and you want to visit Europe during the summer then head north. Southern European cities have temperatures that often exceed 40 degrees in the summer months. They become choked with traffic and all its fumes, they are packed with tourists, queuing to see the sights, and in order to avoid this unbearable annual occurrence, most of the natives leave on...

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Did You Know? The Matterhorn

July of 2015 was a very special month for the town of Zermatt in Switzerland! Why? Well let’s just put it this way, when men/women are asked why they do “risky, dangerous, mind thrilling, crazy, physically draining and exhilarating” things, most of the time the answer starts with…..”Because”, and ends with, “it was there…….and no one had done it before!” So it is with the sleepy town of Zermatt in Switzerland, home...

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The Oregon Coast: Bandon by the Sea

Time to Explore and Relax The Oregon beach at Bandon by the Sea must be one of the most beautiful in our nation. It certainly makes top ten lists often.  Long stretches of beach are spotted with enormous rocks, in every direction. The view from a distance–or close up–is awe inspiring. Add to that, Bandon is less than two hours from my home. Often exploring your own locale can be as enjoyable as a vacation away. At least...

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Off the Beaten Track – England’s Fabulous Footpaths

One of my favourite places on this wonderful planet of ours is Charleston Farmhouse way out in the English countryside. It sits below the Firle Beacon on the Sussex South Downs and was the country retreat of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, leading members of the famed Bloomsbury Set. It’s a beautiful setting and a lovely house to visit, beautifully cared for by the Charleston Trust. The old farm, featuring a brick house...

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Walking the Beach During Minus Tide

 Walking the Beach During Minus Tide   If you are near a beach when there is a ’negative’ or ‘minus’ tide, you won’t want to miss it.  If it’s a beach you visit often, you will probably notice the difference immediately.  If it is a beach that is new to you, what you might see will be a delight. I had a friend who is a photographer who suggested I go to our local beach during a minus tide.  I didn’t time it well though and...

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6 Essentials for Your Trip to the Pacific Northwest

6 Essentials for Your Trip to the Pacific Northwest Have you decided when you are coming to the Pacific Northwest? There is so much to do here anytime of year. The entire Pacific Northwest is an outdoor lover’s paradise, and that holds true no matter what the season. Boating–anytime. Fishing—anytime, though you will definitely want to fit salmon season into your schedule. Imagine hauling in your own! Camping—year round. Hiking...

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Lifelong Memories of Camping

Lifelong Memories of Camping When I was growing up summers meant camping in one of the California’s national parks. Every year, Dad would load up the car with mom and us kids, along with the tent, camp stove and ice chest, all the piles of food and miscellaneous…and drive off into the night. And for some reason I remember leaving at night often. I suppose when Dad got home from work. When I think back on it now, it couldn’t have...

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Fort Lauderdale Vacation Rental and …. Ghosts!

Visit Fort Lauderdale – and go ghost hunting! When you’re thinking about visiting Fort Lauderdale, ghost hunting is probably one of the last activities you’d think about. But the local area is rich in history and yes, ghosts abound. Of course, you’ll also enjoy all the many and varied activities that Fort Lauderdale offers – the beach, the ocean, fine dining, shopping, watersports, museums, theatres and...

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Fancy a New Experience?

Fancy a New Experience? The other day while watching TV I saw a 95 year old woman skydiving. It was a birthday present from her family. She threw herself into the air and looked as though she was having the time of her life. She wasn’t even on holiday! Even though new experience holidays are all the rage you can have a new experience at any time of year. There is probably something very close to home that you could do this very...

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The Loch Ness Monster

 Couple saw Nessie ambling across the road. The Loch Ness Monster was a thing of myth and legend dating originally from 565 AD. But the modern news about the ‘existence’ of the Loch Ness Monster was originally broken in the  Scottish press in May 1933. A few months later,a Mr and Mrs Spicer reported that they too had seen the monster who was casually ambling across a country road adjacent to the loch. He (or she) was...

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Fort Lauderdale: Paddle Board Vacation

Paddle on the river from your own rental apartment! One of the wonderful aspects of a Fort Lauderdale waterfront apartment is sitting on the dock or balcony watching the water traffic as it goes by. So why not join in? It’s easy. You can make the most of this fun sport directly from our secluded dock. All you need to do is step out of your vacation apartment and everything you need will be right there for you. The paddle boards...

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‘Stanza Stones’ (5): The ‘Rain Stone’

As I walked Blackstone Edge, above Ripponden, I could see the rain coming my way. It was falling on Manchester in the distance, but the wind was blowing it fast into Yorkshire. I was on my way to see the ‘Rain Stone’ – my fifth journey to find the six ‘Stanza Poems’, all carved on rock, and all bearing poetry written by Yorkshire poet, Simon Armitage, and chiselled by artist, Pip Hall and her apprentice, Wayne Hart. A mile or so along...

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Fort Lauderdale: For the Business Traveller

Travelling to Fort Lauderdale on business? Every year studies show that business travel is increasing rapidly. And many of these travellers are looking for accommodation that offers something more than faceless chain hotels. We have just the place for you. Instead of an out-of-the-way hotel, stay at your own waterfront apartment with every facility  – that’s close to the beach and the very best shopping and dining...

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Fort Lauderdale: Dog Friendly Vacation Rental

Vacation in Fort Lauderdale – with your dog. Did you know that a recent survey showed that 90% of dog-owning travellers consider their pet when booking accommodation? If you’re one of that huge number of people, then allow me to introduce to you our Fort Lauderdale vacation paradise – and yes, your dog is most welcome too. In fact, we have special treats and amenities that are especially for him or her. But first,...

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Looking for Accommodation for the Monte Carlo or Monza Grand Prix?

Going to the Monte Carlo or Monza Grand Prix? Where to stay. Monte Carlo and Monza are words guaranteed to rev up every petrolhead’s heartbeat. They are places inextricably linked to the roar of the engine, and the thrill of the competition. Sure, Monte Carlo is also a playground for the rich and famous, and Monza is a beautiful, historic town perfect for the cultured tourist, but it’s motor racing that makes them special. From all...

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Legoland, Carlsbad Opened 17 years ago today

 Legoland, Carlsbad March 20th, 1999, was the grand opening of Legoland in Carlsbad, California.  The first outside of Europe, it was an instant hit.  What’s not to enjoy? Legos themselves have been a favorite building toy since 1949.  Firmly established in that position by the 90’s, it’s no wonder a park was wanted and developed here in the states too.   Twenty million legos went into the construction of the park, now featuring sixty...

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Experience Safari Holidays in South Africa

If you’re looking for adventure, then we strongly recommend South Africa. South Africa is nature’s home. It boasts incredible places that are not jam packed with tourists. It is a country where you can enjoy truly spectacular scenery and reconnect with nature, experiencing the freedom of miles of breathtaking landscape. There is traditional cuisine, a vibrant culture, dramatic wildlife, and you can even camp under stars on the...

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Charleston, South Carolina. A Historic Vacation

Charleston, South Carolina. A Historic Vacation. We’re lucky enough to have family living in Charleston. If we didn’t have family living there I don’t know if we would have ever have considered taking a vacation there. What a mistake that would be, as we’ve traveled there many times to visit and every time there is something new to see and do. As you know this is where the Civil War started, when confederate...

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Still Time to Plan a Romantic Escape!

Still Time to Plan a Romantic Escape! It is always a good time to take your mate away for a few days. Sometimes it’s to be alone without the kids, sometimes to get away from work, but as often it is just nice to be somewhere other than home, a special treat, where you can simply enjoy each other’s company and refresh. Of course weather is a consideration in many areas, but even then there is fun and adventure to be found for a unique...

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Ashtabula, Ohio – The Hometown of Urban Meyer and so Much More

Ashtabula, Ohio – The Hometown of Urban Meyer and so Much More. With the Ohio State Buckeyes’ huge win over Alabama’s Crimson Tide last weekend, people all over the country got a sneak peek at my hometown, Ashtabula, Ohio. So much attention was paid to Ashtabula because this is the hometown of Urban Meyer, the head coach of the Buckeyes. Ashtabula residents are proud of Urban Meyer and the city even had signs erected at the entrances...

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Holidays to India

Holidays to India. I have been looking at small group holidays to India by some of the world’s leading adventure travel companies and I have found some breathtaking examples. Getting off the beaten track to experience a country closely is an incredible thing to do and, if you choose do it in India, you will certainly come back enriched and enlightened. However, adventure travel is more than this – it is about responsible and...

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Rolo: The Roll-Up Travel Bag

Travel light with the fabulous Rolo. This must surely be the best travelling bag if you like to travel light. Even when I’m going on long trip, I prefer to avoid checking luggage if I can – I’d rather rely on carry-on bags and avoid all the palaver they can cause.The Rolo is the perfect solution. I can easily pack everything I need for a trip of five or so days – longer if the trip is a warm-weather one and...

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Drakelow Tunnels

Drakelow Tunnels: Ghosts and cannabis Drakelow Tunnels are located in Kidderminster in England and have a fascinating history that includes the Second World War, the Cold War, ghosts and even cannabis. A curious combination, that’s for sure. This huge underground complex was built in the early stages of the Second World War and was an entire underground factory, including facilities for the workers. The Rover Car Company was...

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Insider’s Guide to Rome (Part 3)

Insider’s Guide to Rome (Part 3). This is the third and final part of my article about what to do in Rome. The focus is on: The Forum and The Pantheon. You have to be selective because there are so many magnificent things to see in Rome. If time is short, it’s better to focus on a few things and then throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, which will guarantee that you return to the most romantic city in the world. A good guidebook is...

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I’m in Love with Scotland

I’m in love with Scotland. One thing that makes Scotland great is the pride the Scots take in their identity and the respect they have for their traditions. For example, the great poet Robert Burns is celebrated every year with a Burns Supper of haggis and smoked salmon. Also, you can expect to hear bagpipes playing in the distance when you are out in the great Scottish wilderness. It has happened to me several times. The last time...

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Visit Medieval Dublin

Explore historic Dublin. If you’re visiting Ireland, then the chances are that Dublin will certainly be on your itinerary. It’s certainly true that Dublin offers you the very best that can be found in any modern city but did you know that it has attractions that go back hundred of years? The city has everything – lush parks, the arts, a very vibrant night life, sports facilities and superb shopping – but its...

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A Taste Of Ukraine

Ukraine. It’s not for everyone! But if you’re anything like me, you’ll see that as part of its appeal. I should clarify, I guess, that I am biased… Ukraine stole my heart back in 2007. I have been returning ever since. Two or even three times a year is not unusual for me. I even lived there for 12 months in 2009. And these days, I am gearing my life towards the day that I can move to Ukraine permanently. So...

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Carry on Bags: Great Gifts for Travelers

Carry on Bags: Great Gifts for Travelers The last time I went on holiday for a week I fitted everything I needed into a carry on sized bag. I really couldn’t be bothered putting a case into the hold, and I certainly didn’t want to pay extra either. So I carefully packed my favorite things and no more. I rolled them up into sausages and they all fitted perfectly.   I made a real effort to colour code things, and think...

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Four Boys, Three Nights And A Place Called Prague

Since overcoming my dread of flying two years ago (read about that here if you like) I’ve been hopping on and off aeroplanes like they’re skateboards. My latest get-away was three days in Prague. Accompanied by three of my mates. Travel brochures here in Britain cannot gush enough about the place: Stunning Prague this. Mesmerising Prague that. And when I told my neighbours I was going… “Oh. You’ll love...

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The Best Travel Accessory: The ScotteVest

Storage and security when travelling, particularly for your tech. When you travel – whether you’re heading for an adventure in India or just to the local park for the afternoon – carrying everything you need securely and safely can be so tricky. When I travel, the important things I need with me in addition to regular packing (at minimum) are my travel documents, ID, iPad, Kindle, phone, my keys, wallet, sunglasses,...

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Do Cheap Ski Holidays Exist?

Do cheap ski holidays really exist and how easy are they to find? There’s no doubt that skiing can be totally addictive, is absolute fun and something extremely exciting to look forward to as winter closes in. Let’s face it only skiers can really enjoy the winter! But how much do they cost? Perhaps that’s the wrong question. Let’s try asking ourselves this instead; are skiing holidays worth the money? I would say yes, yes, yes!...

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Gifts for Travelers: Waist Bags & Money Belts

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to travel then a money belt or waist bag is a really good idea. When you are on holiday you really don’t need to carry all your valuables with you everyday or have all your credit cards and ID with you especially when you’re staying in one place. But when you’re moving on from place to place then you’re going to be much more vulnerable and that’s when a...

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Gifts for Travellers: Warm Active Winter Clothing

Time for thinking about Christmas presents is fast approaching. Here are some tips and ideas for gifts for travellers or outdoor lovers who need to keep comfortable and warm. These days thousands of people go on winter vacations and very often visit cold countries – snow is a magnet that’s for sure. If you know someone who loves being in the great outdoors here are a few gift ideas that will not only be useful, but will be loved and...

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Adventure Tours South America

Adventure travel means going on a responsible and sustainable adventure holiday with companies that have brilliant track records for respecting the places they take you to and the people who welcome you. I urge you to take a minute to look into this kind of travel because it may inspire you to do something different! You don’t have to get involved in daring and dangerous things, you just need to want to see and experience the real...

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What to Expect when you Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Spend the Day at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Last week I was lucky enough to make my second trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is located in Clearwater near the Clearwater Marina. This aquarium is unique because it is a rehab and rehabilitation hospital for marine life. The hospital has been open since 1972, in a former waste treatment facility, but didn’t gain national attention until...

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Natural Attractions in Las Vegas

Discover the natural side of Las Vegas. When you think of Las Vegas, what immediately comes to mind? It’s probably not the natural wonders of Nevada. But read on – the area’s experts at Las Vegas Power Pass have assembled all the information you need to make the most of the local natural wonders. Spring Preserves To be found at: 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107 The Springs Preserves are located on an...

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Visit London’s Hidden Secrets

Visit London’s secrets – under the ground. Going to London? Are you planning to visit all the usual tourist haunts? Hmm, isn’t that just a little boring?Do something different; explore a side of England’s capital that even many Londoners never see – life below the city. When other tourists are flocking to see the usual suspects, be original. Visit Churchill’s wartime bunker, explore historic...

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Holiday Apartment in Liguria, Cinque Terre, Italy

Holiday Apartment in Liguria, Cinque Terre, Italy. If you’re looking for an authentic rural Italian holiday then this is it!   You can rent a perfect holiday apartment in an ideal setting for nature lovers, walkers, or cycling. Italy has also has some wonderful rural areas which are perhaps its best kept secret. From the Alps in the north down to Mount Etna in Sicily, it is a country of mountains, hills, forests, wonderful...

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Alaska Lighthouse Tales

  Alaska, The “Wild” Country Alaska: a fabled wilderness of fabled tales. One of the greatest gold rushes in history (The Yukon) in 1896, prompted the start of building Alaska lighthouses. They were necessities for the people to survive the wild country and sail its waters. This was a place where being tough and inventive was necessary for survival.  Alaska lighthouse tales related on this page demonstrate the dangers...

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Mount Magazine, Arkansas: Relax On Top of the World

When it’s summer in Arkansas and the weather is too hot to bear, it’s a perfect time to get high. High on a mountaintop, that is! And when fall arrives, you won’t find a more beautiful place to relax and enjoy the colorful autumn scenery. At 2753 feet, Mount Magazine is the highest spot in Arkansas. Home of Mount Magazine State Park, it’s a great place to visit any time of year, to take in the amazing view or...

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Musical Journeys – The Mayan and the Whale

Andy Royston tells the story of David Crosby’s ’47 schooner, Mayan, and a legendary sail from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego. David was wonderful company and a great appreciator. When it comes to expressing infectious enthusiasm he is probably the most capable person I know. His eyes were like star sapphires to me. When he laughed they seemed to twinkle like no one else and so I fell into his merry company and we rode bikes...

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An English Country Lane

Paradise. If I have a choice – and there is such a place – then my idea of paradise would be to wander along quiet English lanes in late Spring with the sun on my back. This article is about just one of the country lanes near my home in Yorkshire. The aim? Simply to reflect the pleasure this quiet byway gives me and to share this with you. (All the photos have been taken by me). Up, Down, or Along I live in Yorkshire...

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‘Stanza Stones’ (4): The ‘Beck Stone’

Beck. ‘Beck’ is one of seven poems carved on rock and located in moorland in the South Pennines area of Yorkshire. All the poems, written by Simon Armitage, feature water in one of its many forms. To find this one you have to hike up and alongside a tumbling beck on Ilkley Moor. You stumble on it, almost by accident, and there it is. The Beck Stone (Images: all the photos you will see have been taken by me). The...

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‘Stanza Stones’ (3): ‘Mist Stone’

The Mist Stone. ‘Mist’ is one of six poems, on the theme of water, all carved in stone, and located on moorland in the South Pennines area of West Yorkshire. This article describes my walk, past cairns and old quarry workings, to the ‘The Mist Stone’, high and remote above the village of Oxenhope. Images: all photographs taken by me. Beyond Wet There are four stages of wetness in Yorkshire. First, with sinking...

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‘Stanza Stones’ (2): The ‘Dew Stones’

Dew. ‘Dew’ is one of seven poems written by Yorkshire poet, Simon Armitage, and carved in stone by artist, Pip Hall. The poems – all dedicated to the element of water – are carved on local rock and located on hill and moorland in the South Pennines area of Yorkshire. Six of the stones are publicly accessible in identifiable locations, but the seventh, bearing the simple inscription, ‘In memory of...

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Beneath the City of Light

On the site of the former stone quarry lay The Catacombs of Paris; a famous labyrinth of underground ossuaries dating from the late 1700’s. As well as luring modern-day tourists with a fascinatingly dark history, a climb down the 130 steps past layers of ancient rock into the underworld of the French capital is perhaps the closest you can come to experiencing time travel. The City of Light, long before its role in the Age of...

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‘Stanza Stones’ (1): The ‘Puddle Stones’

A walk to the Puddle Stones. I live close to Ilkley Moor, a large and untamed upland dominating the West Yorkshire and South Pennines landscape. Ancient man carved symbols into the rocks – and in the last two years more carvings have appeared. But this time Bronze and Iron Age symbols have been replaced by modern poetry. Seven poems: the Stanza Stones, written by Yorkshire Poem, Simon Armitage, have been carved into rock: three...

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Where is Chautauqua Lake?

Where is Chautauqua Lake? Under the rainbow of course. Chautauqua Lake is located in Western New York, just about 30 miles east of Erie Pennsylvania and about 50 miles southwest of Buffalo New York. If you’re traveling on I90 east though Erie or coming west from Buffalo, take I86 east to Jamestown and in about 30 miles you’ll be at beautiful Chautauqua Lake. We moved here in 1989 and live only 2 blocks from the lake; the...

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A Visit To Death Valley

A visit to Death Valley is unlike any other place on earth. Death Valley is a composite of oddities and anomalies that covers an area of about 3,000 square miles of otherworldly views and scenery that may make you feel as though you’ve left Mother Earth and landed on another planet. I first discovered this strange, but beautiful place a few years back when a friend asked me to go there with her. “Death Valley?” I...

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Language Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

When the Voyager Space Probe set off into space on the ultimate adventure, it needed to say hello. So it was equipped with audio files etched onto a gold plated record intended to be heard by whatever form of life it might come across. This fascinating video is one of these files and it contains greetings and welcome messages in 55 different languages. How many languages did you identify? We will probably never leave planet Earth, but...

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The Battle for the Everglades

It doesn’t look like a battle, does it? The Everglades seems to be much the same as always, with the slow, shallow stream of water – what Majorie Stoneman Douglas famously called the River of Grass – flowing slowly south. I recently visited the Miccosukee Tamiami Trail Reservation Area – a beautiful lily-pad dotted expanse of water alongside U.S. 41, known as the Shark River Slough. Experts consider this one of...

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Of Palm Trees and Buried Treasure

Since men first set out to sea there have been tales of imaginary islands. A disc of sand and a coconut palm tree anchored in an azure ocean; a pirate’s treasure buried beneath and some unexpected stories to tell. As a child I was hooked on all those stories. Swashbuckling buccaneers and buried gold from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, castaway tales from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Captain Nemo’s...

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London’s Hidden History

Remains of the Old London Bridge A bridge has spanned the Thames between the City of London and Southwark on the site of a natural causeway since the original Roman crossing was built in AD50. Since the conquest it has evolved over time and existed in countless different forms, one of the most famous being the medieval ‘Old London Bridge’ which was finished under the reign of King John in 1209 and survived until 1762. Though only 8m...

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How to Keep Out of Trouble When Traveling Overseas

How to Keep Out of Trouble When Traveling Overseas. Traveling overseas is a very exciting thing to do especially if you’re young and on a gap year, or if you have just finished university. However, the group of (mostly European) young men and women who stripped off when they reached the summit of Malaysia’s sacred Mount Kinabalu forgot to do a most important piece of homework – research. Their behaviour was a display of their of...

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Crossroads Motel, Oxford, Wisconsin: Review

Crossroads Motel, Oxford, Wisconsin: Review. When we turned into the motel driveway it’s a little woodsy drive in. As you near the clearing you see a lighthouse in the grass and then a little further in you see a fire-pit and a volleyball ball net. Then there is the long row of motels. The office is off to the side. You can park right in front of your door which is nice. Inside The Motel When we opened the door to our room we saw two...

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Songs about Cities : Chicago

Chicago is where I first set foot in America. I arrived at O’Hare International Airport and entered the city via an airport shuttle. The sun was just breaking through the morning rain and I was dropped right in the center of town, close to the Wrigley Building. I walked around like a chump for days just gawping at the place. It was so fitting that Chicago was my first experience of an American city. I’d been a follower of...

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A Mile By Mile Travel Guide for The Oregon Coast

It’s Summer–Time to Plan Your Trip! Any time you can get a mile by mile guide for a place you are visiting, go for it. I love this book! Summer will be here before you know it. Are you ready? You know what that means: kids out of school, time to play, and vacation! I already have several things planned for this year. You too? Even though I live on the Oregon Coast, there is so much I haven’t seen. Last summer I got...

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Re-inventing Key Largo

By the time that Maxwell Anderson wrote his prose play Key Largo, the drama’s island setting on the southern tip of Florida had almost erased the name. Anderson’s self-important drama was actually focused on the Spanish Civil war and was written in the form of a Shakesperean tragedy. The trip to Florida by the plays protagonist King McCloud (Key West is his destination) was one of atonement as he seeks out a fallen...

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Songs about cities : Miami

Some cities have elegantly created meditative pieces written about them, that are played in ornate halls by string quartets.  Some cities are honored in symphonic jazz arrangements that are premiered by orchestras and conducted by legends. Miami on the other hand has good time party songs performed by dudes with moustaches, wearing wife-beaters, gold chains and sunshades. I looked long and hard for songs that might inspire the mind,...

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The Magnificent Oregon Coast

Towering Trees, Amazing Beaches, Rocky Shorelines The entire Pacific Northwest is near paradise if you are a fan of the outdoors. It’s beauty has always called to me. Spread across it you will find exquisite beaches, snow covered mountains, dozens of rivers and lakes, not to mention hundreds of state and national parks. The waterways and surrounding snowy mountain ranges of Washington have always been a draw, but the Oregon...

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Wisconsin Concrete Park Statues

Stone Statues. Where I live there are amazing towns nearby with such historical places to visit like this a Wisconsin Concrete Park. I never knew this park existed until one day we were taking a drive to Phillips, Wisconsin – a town about an hour from where I live. I’d never been to this town before so it was an adventure and a beautiful Fall day. As we neared the town we passed what looked like a stone graveyard to me but...

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St Joseph, Michigan Lighthouse

Beach Lighthouse. My favorite beach is on Lake Michigan in St Joseph, Michigan. Silver and Tiscornia Beaches share the St Joseph Lighthouse that I am very fond of. Silver Beach is on the south side of the pier and Tiscornia Beach is at the north side of the pier. Both of these beaches are equally fun. Silver Beach has become urbanized over the years since I use to live there. It now has some very fun activities to enjoy. Silver Beach...

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The World’s Largest Bicyclist

Big Ben Cyclist Statue. Could you imagine driving along then all of a sudden the see the largest most gigantic cyclist statue ever? That happened to us this summer while vacationing in Southern Wisconsin. We were down by Sparta and heard about it at the gas station. We just had to go by and see it. I’ve know about it but had never seen it before. So we drove on down the street and there it was. You couldn’t miss it for the...

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A Sea Turtle’s Soliloquy

I arrived at the shore at the usual time, around a half hour before sunrise, crossed over towards the dunes and headed for the shore. It it wasn’t for the presence of that morning’s Sea Turtle patrol, who had spotted her tracks I might have missed her completely. Moma green was selecting a spot for her nest and the light was growing. I watched and wondered what she was going through. Seaturtles of all kinds like to lay...

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Teaching English Abroad

Teaching English Abroad. Teaching English abroad is one of the most rewarding ways of travelling there is. It has many advantages, the most obvious being that you get paid to travel, but the others are just as amazing. By teaching abroad you are invited into communities in places all over the world. You will be investing your time into something useful and rewarding. Native speakers of English are sought after in countries as far...

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How to Eat Safely in Hot Countries

Food safety in hot countries. Does ‘jippy tummy’ really have to be a part of your exotic trip abroad? And how do people who travel to hot countries avoid becoming ill with potentially dangerous conditions such as chronic diarrhoea or dysentery? This is a very real problem because just one suspect curry can wipe your entire holiday out. It happened to me when I was working in Bangladesh. Unfortunately, I came home with dysentery and I...

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Tips for how to keep Cool and avoid Over-Heating

Visiting a hot country has its own particular challenges and it is wise to plan ahead. Due to the change of diet you can expect a temporary bout of diarrhoea, but this condition can be made worse, and even caused by excessive heat and dehydration. Becoming too hot is something that you should avoid and it is important to take the heat very seriously. There are two types of problems that happen when you are over heating: The first is...

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The Spectacular Weeping Sakura Tree at Rikugien

The Splendor of the Weeping Sakura Tree Every spring, people gather from all around the city to witness a once-a-year event. A giant weeping sakura tree shows off its petals for just one short week and it’s a spectacle unlike anything else in Tokyo. One singular tree stands tall in Rikugien, a historical garden located in metropolitan Tokyo. Rikugien means the Garden of the Six Principles of Poetry, which stems from the idea of...

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Florida Birds : An Osprey’s Catch

The beach here in Florida that I walk daily tends to be pretty quiet, birdwise. The coastline here is smooth and clear, with unfettered lines and shallow shores. It’s a big city beach, where the A1A coastal highway runs right alongside the ocean. The backshore dunes are shallow here, and there are few patches of wilderness to speak of.  These quiet beaches support an unseen wildlife including worms, bivalves and crustaceans,...

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Five Faves : The Florida Keys

Key West lies 150 miles from Miami, but the drive along the route is an unforgettable experience; one of the world’s classic road trips. Making the drive off the mainland and along the long and winding ‘ocean highway’ all the way to mile marker zero is a real Florida pleasure. It’s a classic because, like all great trips it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey and what happens along...

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Oakwell Hall, Yorkshire

Oakwell Hall, Yorkshire If you’re familiar with Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley, then you know Oakwell Hall. For Oakwell, a place she knew well, became the house ‘Fairfield’ in the novel. In the 1840s,Oakwell in Yorkshire was a school for girls. It was due to her friendship with one of the students there, Ellen Nussey, that Charlotte Bronte came to know the hall. But the building is much older than that. If you...

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Brookings, on the Southern Oregon Coast

  Highway 101 may be one of the most scenic and most visited highways in the United States. Starting in San Diego County and running up through Washington, it offers a wide variety of coastline, beach cities, state and national parks, and incredible ocean views. Oregon’s reputation for its exquisite coastline is well deserved.  Long sandy beaches, high cliffs overlooking secluded tide pools, enormous boulders on shore and off...

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Photography : The Art of Location

One very important aspect of building a photography portfolio is to make the best of your surroundings, and this means getting to know your locality, its beauty spots and vantage points. I live mid way between downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beach, so I know all the picturesque spots, from little-known waterside parks to tall parking garages. I’ve photographed them many times from many different vantage points, and its been fun...

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Things to do in England: The South

Things to do in England: The South The south of England is one of the most visited parts of the UK. It is famous for its beautiful and varied coastline, very interesting history, and seaside towns. The south of England has its own Somerset cider, called Scrumpy, its own delicious Devonshire cream teas, Cornish pasties, Brighton rock and of course it is where you’ll find castles where knights sat around round tables and where witches...

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Packages

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Packages When you start researching about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro you’ll be faced with a plethora of packages – all promising to be the best available, however not all of them will be responsible or sustainable, and they will not take into account how their trips are organized from the point of view of benefitting local people. Adventure travel has to go hand in hand with responsible travel. Nobody should...

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Five Faves : On a Florida Beach

The Atlantic coast of Florida boast so many wonderful beaches it is hard put a finger on why I love Fort Lauderdale’s so much. Official images of South Florida fights shy of the deep gold sands – always cleaner and whiter in the brochures – and of the moody Atlantic ocean -always bluer and greener on the posters. Yet visitors here know that the shores here are a little more likely to be directly effected by the...

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Family Adventure Holidays are Best!

Family Adventure Holidays are Best! All inclusive family adventure holidays are probably the most exciting style of holiday you can choose. There’s nothing like experiencing the world through the eyes of a child who is seeing a special place for the first time. I remember when I was in Rome with my 12 year old son – it was pouring with rain, so much so that we were forced to wear baby blue plastic ponchos, along with shorts and crocs....

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New York City – Food Capital of America

New York City has always fascinated me. As a small kid living on a small island in the middle of the Pacific, New York city seemed bigger than life and I dreamt of the day I would visit the iconic city. My dream finally came true when I was 21 years old. I found myself being relocated for work to Philadelphia so after I getting settled, I took a weekend trip to New York. I still remember my first sight of the New York City skyline-I...

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Spirits of Tetsugakudo

Strange Happenings at a Local Park It had been about four years since arriving in Tokyo. I was still adjusting to my new home and trying to familiarize myself with the city. Although a friend of mine kept inviting me to go,I had been hesitant to visit Tetsugakudo for the longest time because of the rumors I’ve heard about this place. There were stories of ghost sightings and other mysterious phenomena surrounding this place that...

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A World Worthy of Travel

A World Worthy of Travel Travelling has made a big impact on our society. But what happens when all of these cultures, these alternate civilisations, become one? What happens when you travel halfway around the world to see the Starbucks which sits perched at the end of your street? This relentless homogeneity is impacting upon our planet, and our minds. You might not have realised it yet – but global corporate power is usurping...

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Day Tours and Excursions

Day Tours and Excursions If you are travelling to a new city and would like to get to know it quickly and in some depth then visit Urban Adventures before you leave home and take a look at their amazing unique tours. The way they work is very simple. If you have a day or even a couple of hours to spare, Urban Adventures will take you to the most interesting places and introduce you to local people so you experience something authentic...

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Kruger National Park Safaris

Kruger National Park Safaris My quest to find fantastic adventure travel and vacations online that are both responsible and sustainable has led me to Africa! Like many people I love the idea of going on safari and I think the only real way of doing this responsibly is by going with companies like G Adventures or Intrepid Travel because they endorse sustainability, these links will take you to their sites where you’ll be able to read...

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Destination: Oregon

Looking for a travel destination that offers a view of America’s most spectacular scenery? Your next stop is Oregon. The state, known for its lush natural beauty, offers something for everyone any time of year. The state offers a dramatic coastline with some of the most photographed sites along the west coast. Forested cliffs overlook rocky beaches. Over twenty rivers reach the ocean in Oregon, merging the hundreds of rivers that flow...

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Fantastic Luxury Rail Holidays

Fantastic Luxury Rail Holidays Planning your next holiday? It takes quite a lot of effort. So my advice is to visit the Adventuretravelshop.co.uk because they have done a great deal of legwork for you. They specialize in sourcing great holidays of all styles and for every kind of holiday maker. Here’s a link to their article about luxury holidays by train. They have highlighted Great Rail Journeys, who are experts in creating dream...

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Places to Visit in England: The South

Places to Visit in England: The South London is relatively near to the coast to the east and to the south. So the seaside is never too far away. Many Londoners head off during the bank holidays to enjoy the sea air – even if the weather is not so inviting! There are plenty of places to visit in England especially if you love the countryside. Southern England is the home of wonderful counties all with sea-coasts these include,...

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On Ilkley Moor (Baht ‘at)

Baht ‘at? On Ilkley Moor Baht ‘at. This in Yorkshire-English means “On Ilkley Moor, without your hat” – which would be a daft thing to do, as it’s a bit windy up there. Let me show you around Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire. It’s near my home – I can see it from my window – so it has a special place in my life. And I’d like to tempt you to come and see it for yourself. But bring your...

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Travel essential: Digital luggage scale

When you travel, are you one of those people who fit everything into a carry-on or are you the one holding your breath while checking in, hoping you are under the maximum weight for your suitcase? Air travel today is more involved than ever. Airlines struggle to keep airfares as low with fluctuating fuel costs and less flights. Flyers struggle to keep trips affordable yet comfortable. We are always on the lookout for anything to a...

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Bilbury, Gloucester: Clever ad campaign?

Bilbury, Gloucester: Clever ad campaign? Twitter has been a-tweeting this week about a yellow car that has been ‘spoiling the view’ in the Cotswolds village of Bilbury. Bilbury, a sleepy little place, is a known tourist attraction. There are some lovely photo opportunities and one of the most popular is the Arlington Row of cottages. But tourists are taking to Twitter en masse to complain that a yellow car which is parked...

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Quebec City Winter Festival

Quebec City Winter Festival It occurred to me today that while the Movie and all the other paraphernalia that goes along with the latest Disney offering of FROZEN, has made a snowman named OLAF a household name for many, there is a Snowman that has had the spotlight for much longer. In Quebec City, there is a Snowman that is named Bonhomme. He is the central attraction for the Winter Festival that takes place every year in the Old...

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The Single Item that Simplified Camping for Me

The Single Item that Simplified Camping for Me What is it? A Food Saver Vacuum Sealing Kit If your family camps, I highly recommend you get one of these invaluable tools. If you only use it for your trips, it would be worth it, but I bet you will like how well it works and use it all the time. Mine was called a Seal-a-Meal. The updated name, The Food Saver Vacuum Sealing Kit. One year we decided to go to Yosemite for the Thanksgiving...

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6 Essentials for Your Trip to the Pacific Northwest

6 Essentials for Your Trip to the Pacific Northwest Have you decided when you are coming to the Pacific Northwest? There is so much to do here anytime of year. The entire Pacific Northwest is an outdoor lover’s paradise, and that holds true no matter what the season. Boating–anytime. Fishing—anytime, though you will definitely want to fit salmon season into your schedule. Imagine hauling in your own! Camping—year round. Hiking...

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Glamping: Back to Nature in Comfort and Style

Glamping: Back to Nature in Comfort and Style What is it about this photograph that calls to me? The outdoors? The beautiful setting that makes me feel like I’m alone in the wilderness? Staying in a tent, as I did when my family would camp? Or perhaps it is simply how comfortable the bed looks. If I were to choose a romantic getaway, it would be to a spot like one of these. I’d find one set apart, sweetly isolated, and enjoy the sound...

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Planning a Trip to the Pacific Northwest

Planning a Trip to the Pacific Northwest If you are planning a trip to the Pacific northwest, you may already have a purpose—and destination–in mind. You might be bringing the snowboards, downhill or cross country skis along with your winter weather clothing. You might be towing a boat, carrying bikes or packing light with just your fishing gear. A kayak perhaps? Hiking shoes? Climbing gear, surfboard (wetsuit highly suggested)?...

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How to Keep Travel Cheap

How to Keep Travel Cheap It always startles me how expensive travel is these days. I don’t mean the cost of package holidays or all-inclusive trips, but the costs of physically getting from A to B. Companies like Intrepid Travel or G Adventures have amazing offers on trips all through the year, but these do not include the cost of the flight and any other transport you may need in order to join the trip. There are ways of saving a...

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Holidays to Africa: Gorilla Trekking

Holidays to Africa: Gorilla Trekking One of the most exciting adventures you can go on has to be a safari. It’s an incredible feeling when you’re around animals of any kind in their natural habitat. Imagine what being up close to a gigantic silverback gorilla must be like! Very few people are lucky enough to have close contact with these wonderful animals, but it can be done. There are amazing, well-organized, gorilla trekking...

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The Mystery of the Rocks

A walk to the Weary Hill Stone. I looked back, gasping now for breath. There was an early morning vapour across the valley bottom, but the sun was rising above the town of Ilkley below me, the spire of St. Margaret’s pushing its way through the mist. It was at 6.30 on a summer morning that I walked up Weary Hill on Ilkley Moor on my way to see the ‘Weary Hill Stone’. I knew there were prehistoric carved stones on...

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Essential Books for Travel Photography in Oregon

Essential Books for Travel Photography in Oregon Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, is one of the most popular travel destinations for photographers. The entire Pacific Northwest is known for it’s variety of incredible scenery. Between the rocky, forested coast and the snow covered mountain ranges you’ll find farmland like the Palouse, wine country, rivers nearly everywhere, small towns and the wonderful...

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A Photographer’s Favorite: Bandon, Oregon

A Photographer’s Favorite: Bandon, Oregon The Oregon coast is dotted with small towns, each offering their own charm. For many all they see is what is right on Highway 101, as they pass by traveling up or down the coast. You miss out of a lot if you don’t wander around a bit off the highway. Bandon is the perfect example of that. It’s a small town. On the highway you see shops here and there, a grocery store, maybe a hotel or...

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Activity holidays in California

Active holidays in California If you are thinking of going on an active holiday in California then you will need to do quite bit of research because being the third largest state in the US you will be spoiled for choice. California is a gold mine for anyone who loves the great outdoors. You can surf on some of the world’s best surfing beaches in Santa Monica and the great long golden coastline offers amazing scuba diving too. You...

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Travel by train on your next vacation

 Travel by train on your next vacation It suggests another era, doesn’t it? Leisure travel, luxurious dining cars … not to mention the relaxed pace. I fell in love with rail travel when I was just a child – then rediscovered it about ten years ago and today, if I have a choice, it’s the train for me. These days, it’s possible to travel almost anywhere by train. One day, it’s going to be a train trip...

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The Buckingham Palace Guide Company 1937

The Buckingham Palace Guide Company 1937 In 1937 Miss Crawford, the nanny of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, suggested that it would be a good idea for the girls to form a Girl Guide Company at Buckingham Palace. This was met with approval by all concerned. There could be many benefits. As was the custom with aristocracy in those days,the princesses were being educated at home by governesses and it was suggested that the guide...

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Going to Fort Lauderdale? Stay at the Riverside Hotel

The historic Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard Are you planning a trip to Fort Lauderdale? Then the best hotel for you is the Riverside on the wonderful Las Olas Boulevard.The hotel is absolutely steeped in history and yet has every modern convenience you could ever need – what could be better? Las Olas Boulevard  has everything – from celebrity chef restaurants to our own 1930s typically American diner. It has its own...

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Come Fly with Me

Come Fly With Me Seven years of traveling from England to Ukraine by road has served me well enough. And that’s just as well, because I’ve sidestepped airports all my life, a dread of flying has seen to that. Why then, was I now browsing the website of an airline? I would take the coach again, surely. Or I could drive in my Smart car, or ride, even, on my Yamaha 650 – one thousand, five-hundred miles through six...

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Take Your Bose Mini Speaker On Your Next Trip

Take Your Bose Mini Speaker On Your Next Trip Do you take your music with you when you travel? With our phones and iPods and mp-3 players we are able to keep so many songs with us, downloaded, ready for our listening enjoyment. That is fine while we are in the car. Plug them in and listen away. But when you get to your destination, whether a hotel or resort, that cabin in the mountains, or a seasonal home on the beach, you want a way...

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Antarctic Adventures

Travel to the Antarctic Prince Harry raced to the South Pole last year and I’m sure he has never looked back! The Antarctic has always beckoned explorers I recently helped my son with his project about the great feats of Shackleton and Sir Francis Drake, and it is absolutely amazing to think that these days this vast and remote wilderness is open to visitors. Expedition experts will take you into the very heart of this breathtakingly...

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Travel Groups for Singles

Small group holidays are ideal for people who find themselves with time for a holiday but nobody to go with! It happens, you’re due for a holiday but your husband or wife has to work, or your annual leave is not at the same time as your friend. So what can you do? Check out an adventure travel company that organizes small group tours. It’s easier than you may imagine. All you do is choose a travel style and a destination, and the...

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Vacation: Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida

Florida, where I have lived for over twenty years, is a fascinating state. Of course, it has wonderful weather, so many activities and fabulous wildlife but today,I’m writing about the small town of Lauderdale by the Sea. This is a wonderfully quaint resort and ideal for family vacations. Close to Fort Lauderdale, as its name suggests, this is a low-rise resort and many of the building and quirky Mid Century Modern. It has a...

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