Featured Member Blog Posts – June 2015 Archive (27)

San José, Costa Rica, an Overlooked Destination

If you’re coming to Costa Rica on vacation, chances are you are going to visit at least one or two of the country’s beautiful tropical beaches, possibly a…


Added by Shannon Farley on June 30, 2015 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Beyond the Pagodas in Myanmar/Burma

In almost every nook and corner of Myanmar - not just in Yangon (Rangoon), Bagan, or Mandalay - at every turn you will encounter a Buddhist temple.  No wonder most visitors think of this country as the “Land of Temples”. But lovely as they are, when you find yourself are visiting temples again and again, it can get a little old. Fortunately, there are many other things to do here, as well, from beaches to local communities to thrilling adventure activities.

There are plenty of…


Added by Simon Hopes on June 29, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

11 Top Europe Gay Travel Destinations

by Ed Salvato

When it comes to LGBT travel, few experiences are as rewarding as travel to Europe. There’s such an amazing variety of cultures, environments, climates, and experiences – all on the most liberal continent on the planet, thanks to the…


Added by Iberia Airlines on June 28, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments

Puerto Plata, Jewel of the Dominican Republic North Coast

Apart from Santo Domingo and its lovely colonial zone, in general the Dominican Republic is better known for its spectacular beaches than for its historic architecture – though over the years I’ve certainly come across some fetching examples scattered hither and yon. Happily for lovers of quaint and charming towns, San Felipe…


Added by José Balido on June 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Johannesburg, South Africa's Best Tourism Haven

With four-wheelers and two-wheelers carrying “GP” on their number plates, Johannesburg was once dubbed “Gangster’s Paradise”. Ages ago, this city had a reputation of being a crtime-ridden jungle , but it’s only in the last few years that Johannesburg experience a rebirth and it became one of Africa's most attractive tourist destinations. Nowadays, you may hear the city being referred…


Added by Sam Cohen on June 26, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Three Not-to-Miss Sites in Xian, China

Xian was the start of the Silk Road and at one time the largest city in the world.  Today the city of eight million is booming, and still home home to the famous "Terracotta Warriors" and other great attractions. Here are its do-not-misses:.


1. The Terra Cotta Warriors: The sight of thousands of life-size terra…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on June 25, 2015 at 10:47pm — No Comments

The Temples of India's Rajasthan

Rajasthan, the dessert state of India is not only known for its beautiful and picturesque tourist destinations but also for its cultural heritage that is depicted by the numerous temples in the state. The temples of Rajasthan are in fact some of the most excellent tourist attractions of the state. While some of them were built more than a few centuries ago, there are many that boast of amazing architecture too. Here is a quick…


Added by Rajender Singh on June 24, 2015 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Discovering Australia's Spirit Through Food & Wine

After living in Australia more than 20 years, I can say that there are still aspect of Australian cuisine that I find worth exploring and learning about. What defines food of the country I now call home? Traditionally a lot of meat, but since the whole continent is surrounded by the sea/ocean there is an …


Added by Sophie Andersen on June 23, 2015 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Fab Foursome in Louisville, Kentucky


Story/photos by Mary Gallagher and Will A. Davis

Seven weeks ago, the eyes of the world were again on Louisville as the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby produced a winner, American Pharoah [sic] with major buzz to go on to win the first Triple Crown since 1978 - which he did in fact do. 

But besides the famous racetrack…


Added by William Annis Davis on June 22, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Picturesque Yangtze Water Town of Hangzhou

Hangzhou, an extension of the quintessential water towns of the Yangtze River delta unfurls with each brush stroke of past and present travellers. Ibn Batuta, the Moroccan traveler and scholar, was overwhelmed by the beautifully 'crafted and painted Chinese ships with silk awnings sailing the canals' of the largest city he had ever seen.  Hangzhou (roughly pronounced "…


Added by Indra Chopra on June 21, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

5 Tropical Beaches You'll Want to Discover in Southern Costa Rica

Tucked between the Osa Peninsula and the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, the “Sweet Gulf” of Golfo Dulce is the perfect destination for nature lovers and…


Added by Shannon Farley on June 20, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Independent Travelers – The Surprises of Heidelberg, Germany


Two independent travelers with an inspired itinerary were on a road trip from Munich to Alsace, France and selected the university town of Heidelberg as a stopping point to keep their drive time reasonable.

Road Trip Basics

We begin planning our road trips well in advance of the actual journey and strongly recommend using the free app from Michelin (viamichelin).  Getting familiar with the tool…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on June 19, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Netherlands/Belgium River Cruise

Vibrant tulips, buttery coffee cakes and local wines were just the beginning as I was welcomed on board my river cruise.…


Added by M'Liss Hinshaw on June 17, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

What Lies Beneath Budapest: Caving in the City

 never fails to fascinate those who visit , both due to its history and its architecture. Furthermore, it has an attraction which remains largely unknown to the general public: the large number of caves which run beneath it, formed by the erosive effect of the thermal underground waters. The best known and in the best condition is…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on June 16, 2015 at 8:21pm — No Comments

A Fabulous Family Vacation at Kauai's Westin Princeville Resort Villas

It has been some time since we reviewed a Hawaiian vacation property, and the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas on the leafy garden island of Kaua‘i  is particularly interesting for several reasons.

Mixed Clientele

The Westin Princeville is a village style resort that caters to a number of different types of…


Added by The2Writers.com Page on June 15, 2015 at 2:55pm — No Comments

The Allure of Mountain Railways


The whole purpose of a railway is to reduce the friction of the wheels, to enable a heavier load to be carried for the same amount of power. That lack of friction works against the train if it has a steep slope to climb or descend. The usual way is to tunnel through the hill, avoiding the slope altogether.


This, though, is very expensive, and,…


Added by Keith Kellett on June 13, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments

Mixing Business With Travel - A Way of Life

Whether it be for business or for pleasure, or better yet, combining business and pleasure. I've always found that travel inspires me more than anything else in life. Nothing excites me more than to travel for business, only to discover new sightings that quickly turn into personal encounters. Evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, style, design…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on June 12, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Connecticut's Delamar Southport Hotel: New England Meets New York Chic


Southport, Connecticut is a picturesque, historic (est. 1639) port town on the Long Island Sound, just an 80-minute Metro North train ride from midtown New York City, And just a quick stroll from the local train station, Delamar Southport's classic white clapboard colonial architecture situated on the Old Post…


Added by Steve Mirsky on June 11, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Viejo, on Costa Rica's Caribbean

The relaxed Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica not only has some of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica, along with upscale…


Added by Shannon Farley on June 10, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

Independent Travelers – Driving a Vintage Alfa to Tuscany's Fabulous Hotel La Chiusa

A pair of independent travelers with an inspired itinerary decided to satisfy two proverbial “bucket list” adventures… driving a vintage Italian car through Tuscany and returning to one of our favorite hotels and its exquisite restaurant. When you have the…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on June 9, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

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