Featured Member Blog Posts – April 2014 Archive (48)

A Desert in Brazil?

Talking about deserts in Brazil, a country which contains 30 percent of the world’s fresh water and has the biggest tropical jungle on the planet, sounds wrong, but it isn’t. The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Maranhão State is the reason why. An expanse of some 300 kilometers of white dunes and lagoons that could well be…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on April 30, 2014 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Queensland's Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo was established in 1970 by Robert Irwin, as the ‘Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park’, on the grounds of a former macadamia nut farm. From an early age, his son, Steve, helped his father with the animals, both looking after them, and rescuing and relocating them.

As most people know, Steve became a familiar face all around the world with his excellent…


Added by Keith Kellett on April 30, 2014 at 11:21am — No Comments

Travel Companies That Make Twitter Matter

For a long time now we’ve been preaching how fun and engaging Twitter is…and yet questioned how effective it is when applied to the travel market.

Then along comes a report in HotelMarketing by way of an interesting …


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 29, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments

#Kabul #Afghanistan: Jihad for Dummies vs. Spring Hopes Eternal

The queue for Safi Air flight #248 from Delhi to Kabul looks like something of a loya jirga…


Added by Earl Hardie Karges on April 29, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Yuma, Arizona - Teach Your Children


Added by Allan D. Kissam on April 27, 2014 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Ballooning Over Africa

Approaching storm - Kenya

We almost didn’t go. The thought of getting up at dawn didn’t sound very appealing at the moment and my daughter and I debated whether…


Added by Maureen Blevins on April 26, 2014 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Discovery On the Danube: Traveling Bavaria's Danube Gorge

Weltenburg Abbey, Danube Gorge

One can catch countless…

Added by Jean Dabrowski on April 25, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments

Northern Portugal's Lovely Town of Amarante

Well-known for the wild beauty of nature and outdoor activities, Amarante is one of the most beautiful rural towns in Portugal, beautifully located between the river Tâmega and the steep slopes of Serra do Marão mountains.…


Added by Dilfadipatappi on April 24, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Málaga: La Manquita de Picasso

Los guiris la han conocido siempre por su sol, pero Málaga, una ciudad grande y dinámica, es mucho más que playa. No sigan leyendo si no quieren desligarse del tópico. En medio de una franja litoral que es…


Added by Iberia Airlines on April 24, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments

Top Tours in Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara, Costa Rica is renowned for some of the best…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on April 23, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Family Travel Must Portray the “Real” American Family


Go ahead, type in “Perfect Family” in Google images. What do you see? Probably no one you recognize as a “typical” family. Pretty shocking.

New Media Travel once asked “Why Is Hotel Content So Boring?”

The point was that hotels,…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 23, 2014 at 8:19am — No Comments

The Occasional Spirit Council Premieres in Temecula

          The inaugural meeting of the Occasional Sprit Council (OSC) took place on March 31st at the strikingly beautiful art-filled home of Todd and Susan Montgomery.  It was the perfect setting to launch the council.  Linda Kissam, writer, wine publicist, and Vice President of The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association, devised the council based on her Occasional Wine Council (OWC).  Like OWC, participants were to bring a dish that they had prepared to pair with…


Added by Linda Stewart on April 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Best Way to Experience Portugal


Portugal exudes a sense of adventure thanks to its deep seated wanderlust heritage. Vasco de Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, and Henry the Navigator charted the course for modern day exploration. Now it's your turn to hit the road on your own journey of this…portugal-lisbon2


Added by Steve Mirsky on April 22, 2014 at 7:57am — No Comments

Port St Johns: Jewel of South Africa's 'Wild Coast'

Port St Johns is not some designer location, but a third-world town which houses a fascinating medley of characters and blends extreme poverty with unsurpassed natural beauty and great outdoor options. Its rural setting has also made it a popular location for various film shoots, including "Shout at the Devil” and the more recent "Blood…


Added by Pierre on April 21, 2014 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Forever Amber in the Dominican Republic

I have to admit, I’m not real big on bling – aka precious metals and stones. I recognize their beauty and value, but it’s just not me.  For my taste, I prefer materials such as, say, turquoise, jade, and amber, which share a singular earthy beauty no matter how they’re cut.

Amber, in particular, is a fascinating substance. The ancient Greeks…


Added by David Paul Appell on April 21, 2014 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

Doris Duke and Rough Point: Newport's Most Offbeat Mansion?

Whether you love grand architecture, great art, animals, scandals,…


Added by Ed Wetschler on April 20, 2014 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Disaster at Sea

By Allan D. Kissam and Richard W. Kissam

This is a true story of a death at sea. It is a story of weekend sailors and the US Coast Guard.

My father, Richard, was an experienced sailor. He studied sailing and boats, practiced maneuvers, and for years he sailed his sailboat around southern California. His long distance trips had included being crew on a Tahiti bound sailboat. He was better than most for seamanship skills.

He got the first boat in 1958, a 28-foot…


Added by Allan D. Kissam on April 19, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Most Beautiful Villages in France: Brittany


The spectacular region of Brittany, located along France's northern shore,…


Added by Jean Dabrowski on April 18, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

Colours, Textures & Flavour of Bulgarian Cuisine

The seasoned traveler knows that one of the greatest pleasures in crossing borders and discovering new places is in sampling different countries’ cuisine; giving oneself up to the endless smells and flavorus that flood the senses and imprint lasting memories on the taste buds. Not all destinations are the same of course, but some are particularly special…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on April 17, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Costa Rica's Indigenous BriBrí Share Their Ancient Chocolate Lore With Visitors

If you have not seen the film Chocolat, stop now and go rent / buy / download it so you know what I am talking about. If you have seen it, you know the expressions of ecstasy on the faces of the townspeople as they are transformed by Vianne’s exotic chocolate…


Added by Shannon Farley on April 17, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments

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