Featured Member Blog Posts – February 2013 Archive (36)

What to See and Do Around India's Corbett National Park

A visit to India's Corbett National Park is only a two day affair, provided you are not planning to go for excursions, which are, if not more, as exciting and enchanting as the jeep safari in Corbett Park.

There are so many other places to be seen around the Corbett National Park that one is tempted to increase the stay duration at Corbett resorts by another two days at least. Hence, if you’re planning a four-five days…


Added by priya sharma on February 28, 2013 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

7 Top Things to Do Around Costa Rica's Famous Arenal Volcano

Tall, impressive Volcano Arenal is at the top of everyone’s list of places to visit in Costa Rica. Towering above the…


Added by Shannon Farley on February 27, 2013 at 12:26pm — 4 Comments

Now No Need to Fly With People You Don't Like

It's an axiom among those of us who fly: You never know whom you'll be sitting next to.

Could be a fascinating character from some terrific movie, your next love or, more likely, someone you really, badly want to get away from.

New Media…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on February 27, 2013 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Are Americans at Risk of Being Kidnapped in Cusco & Machu Picchu?

I arrived in Cusco the day before the US embassy website posted the kidnapping advisory for US citizens in Cusco & Machu Picchu.

I spent the next week walking around the city of Cusco, often alone, and went to the village of Ollantaytambo for a hike to unknown ruins. 

I made a short video of my observations while in Cusco that I hope will address some of these questions . . .…


Added by Jacquie Whitt on February 26, 2013 at 11:29am — No Comments

Cuban Music and the Buena Vista Social Club

Hotel nacional de Cuba

It all started as a bit of an accident. A big fan of Cuban music, American guitarist Ry Cooder had been invited to Cuba to work on a collaboration with local musicians and two well-known musical stars from Mali. When the Africans were denied entry visas to Cuba, Cooder set about creating his Plan B: A recording of Cuban son music with local…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on February 25, 2013 at 8:43am — No Comments

Top Chefs Promote Local Cuisine at Cayman Cookout

The Caribbean is filled with fresh from-the-tree & garden ingredients along with daily just-caught fish right off shore. Up until just 5 years ago, many Cayman Island restaurants simply had key ingredients shipped in from elsewhere instead. On the surface, this may seem like lunacy. Why not simply harvest what's in your backyard…


Added by Steve Mirsky on February 24, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Barcelona, La Guapa Mediterránea

por Cristóbal Ramirez

Ella es esa novia guapa y moderna por la que todos nos envidian. Se llama Barcelona y nos lleva de la mano por las Ramblas, el paseo de la ciudad por antonomasia, que bulle a cualquier hora. Y por aquí no solo se camina: se…


Added by Iberia Airlines on February 22, 2013 at 10:28am — No Comments

Adventure and Nature in Costa Rica's Rainforested Sarapiquí Region

Sarapiquí is one of my favorite places in Costa Rica.

Rust red-orange earth meets up with jade green water of the…


Added by Shannon Farley on February 21, 2013 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Social Media Plays Minor Role in How We Choose Hotels

What would you guess most determines how we choose a hotel? Price? Location? Recommendation by a friend or someone else?

In a connected social media world, it's surprising to discover that what our friends, and friends of friends recommend, say on Facebook or other sharing platforms, counts for only 6.8 % in determining…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on February 20, 2013 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

A Unique, Family-Friendly Bonus for a Resort Vacation: Animals on Parade!

I’m a huge animal lover, and I’ve been writing about vacation resorts for a few years now. These two facts might at first seem like a non-sequitur, but on my recent visit to Iberostar’s five-resort Playa Paraíso complex on Mexico’s Mayan…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on February 18, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Finally, A Comeback for Travel to Haiti?

Haiti tourism, it would appear, is once again on the march.  

Yes, thanks to its rough history, the Massachusetts-size country sharing the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with…


Added by David Paul Appell on February 17, 2013 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Casa De Borgoña, Gay-Friendly Accommodations in Salta, Argentina


Nestled in the Andes mountain range, Salta is a city in the heart of the Lerma Valley, at 1,152 metres (3780 feet) above sea level in the north west part of Argentina. Along with its metropolitan area, it has a population of approximately 800,000 inhabitants, which makes it the second most populated city in the northwest of the…


Added by Roy Heale on February 16, 2013 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Have a Good Time in Costa Rica's Beach Party Town of Jacó

The fun-loving beach town of Jacó lights up as “beach party central” on Costa Rica’s Central…


Added by Shannon Farley on February 15, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments

In the Galapagos, the Art of Slumbering Under the Stars

My God, it wasn't just your run-of-the-mill gorgeous outdoor destination, it was a freaking, sparsely populated island in the Galapagos! "How could you people walk away from the sky and ensconce yourselves in walls. For chrissakes, come outside and sleep!"

Those were the thoughts that passed through my mind as I dragged my mattress off the rustic, yet sturdy, hand-cut, wooden bed frame and dragged it across the floor of the cutest little cabin I'd ever been in, and slammed it down…


Added by Jacquie Whitt on February 14, 2013 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

En Panamá, un Colibrí Como Despertador

por Cristóbal Ramirez

Estrés en la ciudad, disgustos, malos rollos. ¿Una vuelta por el Caribe? Volamos a 
Panamá, donde los días se estiran como chicles y parecen tener más de 24 horas. …


Added by Iberia Airlines on February 14, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Scotch, Wine, Gin, Cider, Moonshine - And the White House

by Jack F. Stanley

You know many of our Presidents drank. Some were real boozers. I figured I would write a very short bit on the ones who were moderate to heavy drinkers.

I will only list deceased former presidents. Also we had several Presidents who drank in their youth and gave it up. They will not be listed here.

Although the Presidents that drank on average have lived longer, although the odds are changing as time goes on and people are drinking less…


Added by Uncle Sam's New York on February 13, 2013 at 1:52pm — No Comments

A Streetcar, a Supper Club and a Seastar Menu = Seattle IS Europe

Call it some kind of fierce, intuitive desire to protect the Olde Continente (e's added here for effecte), aka Die Mutterlande, but I've often experienced a fierce fight-or-flight response when faced with the old travel-writing truism that "Seattle is America's most European city."

Fight generally wins, and I go immediately to sarcastic, Socratic responses.

(Why, because of the medieval walls, pocked and battered by time and war, surrounding the Pike Place…


Added by Jim Gullo on February 13, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Captain Kidd's Last Booty: the Dominican Republic's Underwater Pirate Museum

Under water Ship Wreck

A little over 300 years after it was scuttled and left to lie at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the Quedagh Merchant was discovered in 2007 just off the coast of the Dominican Republic's…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on February 12, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments

India, Social Media and Sewing for Widows: Blogging from Coimbatore

Radio Netherlands"There are more than 40 million widows in India - 10 percent of the country's female population. And for the majority of these women, life is what some have described as a "living sati", a reference to the now outlawed practice of widow…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on February 11, 2013 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Soak up the Heat on a Costa Rica Hot Springs Vacation

When traveling around Costa Rica, there’s nothing better after a big day of hiking, rafting, zip lining or other adventuring, than slipping gently into steamy thermal springs so…


Added by Shannon Farley on February 10, 2013 at 10:11am — No Comments

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