Featured Member Blog Posts – July 2012 Archive (44)

How Can You 'Tour' Africa's Upcoming Solar Eclipse?


Lake Turkana solar hybrid safaris. In November 3, 2013, a total solar eclipse…


Added by Claude Edmond on July 31, 2012 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

London Olympics 2012: Time for the Athletes to Shine

The London Olympics 2012 got under way with a spectacular opening ceremony viewed by an estimated 27 million people in the UK and one billion world-wide. A commentator described the curtain-raiser master-minded by award-winning film director, Danny Boyle, as bold, British and bonkers. This probably sums up most accurately the epic three-and-a half hour extravaganza…


Added by Rita Payne on July 30, 2012 at 9:05pm — No Comments

An Oil-Drilling Rig & Other Cool Attractions of Galveston, Texas

You don’t have to go far to find a tour, unique museum or another interesting site while in historic downtown Galveston - plus you might learn something, too.
If you are exploring Galveston’s historic harbor and have an interest in the oil industry, stop by the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum at Pier 19. The museum offers a unique opportunity to tour an actual jack-up drilling oil rig and learn about the oil…

Added by Christine Hopkins on July 30, 2012 at 11:48am — No Comments

London 2012 Olympics: A View From the Ground

So the Olympic Games have finally begun! Friday’s opening ceremony was viewed by people all over the world, and countries are already starting to rack up medals in events like swimming, cycling, and judo.

Londoners have of course been anticipating the Olympics for years. Now that they’re upon us, we’re starting to get a…


Added by Julie Falconer on July 29, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Who Writes Hotel Reviews, Anyway? The Psycho-Demographics of Reviews and Reviewers

Reviews are critical to the hotel industry’s success. In fact, they’re critical to just about any business, but hotels are especially vulnerable because a hotel stay is a big emotional and financial investment, and travelers want to get it right.

So they read many hotel reviews, and read them carefully. …


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on July 29, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Stuff We Say on Vacation

 So you are finally on vacation. You left the office. Your automated email is in full swing. Your voice mail informs callers to dial reception or the poor soul who is left with your calls while you are away.

You’ve packed the car. You still aren’t’ sure if you brought enough clothes for the hot days or the cooler nights. You know you forgot something but can’t remember what. You couldn’t decide whether to wear your flip flops in the car or your running shoes so you took both.…


Added by Voyages Groupe Ideal on July 28, 2012 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

Where RV Now? New England

New England


After leaving New York City and Liberty Harbor RV Park- we stayed with our good friends (Al & Lori) in Colchester Connecticut for a few weeks.

They played the part of tour guide and have shown us all around New England - Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts.

Diana's Pool…


Added by Home Is Where We Park on July 27, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments

Madrid-Barajas Terminal 4 to Become World's Most User-Friendly Airport?

Iberia launches "IBHelp", revolutionising customer service via mobile devices

  • Original and innovative new in-house technology connects more than 100 iPads and PDAs to check-in kiosks, the new Quick Service Points and other devices that can issue the documents customers may need
  • IBHelp enables Iberia staff to deal with any incident or customer request at any point from check-in to boarding, making…

Added by Iberia Airlines on July 26, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

In Costa Rica, A Unique Look at a Cloud Forest Via Vintage Railway

Sure, Costa Rica has plenty of gorgeous beaches, and they are a big draw for visitors. On the other hand, the country’s interior is bursting with amazing tropical landscape, sights to see and things not to miss.…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on July 26, 2012 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

Great American Quilting Destinations

The resurgence of quilting and growth in quilt museums over the last five decades is due in part to the 1970s back-to-basic movement of the hippie generation that favored natural fabrics fueled by the spirit of the past rekindled by the enthusiasm of the US Bicentennial. Some see resurgence of quilting as a reaction to the…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on July 25, 2012 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

B&B’s Fight Fierce Doily Wars: Take No Prisoners

The B&B industry is out to bust some myths, and are taking advantage of the election-year thinking to do it. With a totally tongue-in-cheek approach, it’s poking fun at the very symbol that has haunted them for years: the doily.

According to research conducted by the Professional Association of…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on July 25, 2012 at 9:07am — 15 Comments

Where to Eat in London

From July 27th to August 12th, England hosts the Olympics at sites in or nearby greater London. Our traveling foodie, David Latt, recently made a stop in London to search out affordable and interesting places to eat. Long disparaged, English food has had a renaissance with innovative chefs following global trends in the pursuit of locally sourced,…


Added by David Latt on July 24, 2012 at 2:03pm — 2 Comments

Fire and Art: César Manrique’s Lanzarote

What to do in Spain, Lanzarote

by Nellie Huang

Dry, fiery and dramatic: the landscapes of the Spanish island of Lanzarote are like no other. Born through volcanic eruptions millennia ago, the northernmost of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa has since been…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on July 24, 2012 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

Why Thank Turkey for Your Coffee Buzz?

What would life be without coffee? Well, I assume it would be quite awful.

I love everything about coffee. When I open the vacuum packed canister that keeps my Sumatra free trade organic beans safe, I breathe in the heavenly, crisp scent and from that moment my Daily Buzz begins and I am blessed.
Coffee doesn’t just stimulate my brain (which is already rather overstimulated on most days) it awakes all of my senses. I usually start my day with a strong cup of black and by…

Added by Voyages Groupe Ideal on July 24, 2012 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

How Technology Can Help Your Travels

This is a brave new world, the one we're living in. The digital age has arrived, and it is here to stay. New technology is present in almost every aspect of our lives, and it can prove a great help even during your travels. Here are some ways in which you can use technology to make your life a little easier when you're travelling.

1. Scan…


Added by Agnes Riley on July 23, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Sanborn & Culbertson "Crush It" in California's Temecula Wine Country

You may have heard about the current Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz series in Temecula wine country, and there’s lots of excitement about this year’s lineup.  Kenny G & Earl Klugh perform July 22nd, and such luminaries as Rick Braun & Richard Elliott, Dave Koz, and George Benson are also scheduled for this 24th season.


While these shows are sure to be great, the bar for sheer entertainment value has been set quite high at the sold-out “Dream Tour”…


Added by Rick Grandi on July 23, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

INBioparque is a Fun Eco-Daytrip from San José, Costa Rica

Staying in
Costa Rica’s 
San Jose metropolitan area and looking for a fun, natural activity for the day?
INBioparque is a great half-day trip close by that gives you an enjoyable and educational look at Costa Rica’s incredibly varied biodiversity all in one place.



Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on July 22, 2012 at 10:24am — 4 Comments

South Africa's Apartheid Museum: The Long Journey to Freedom

I went to the Apartheid Museum.  Not today, but today is a good day to write about it.  It is the 18th of July, Mandela Day.  Madiba is turning 94 today.  Time to celebrate.  And contemplate…

What struck me as I stood outside, was the design of the building, it looked like a prison.  And indeed, as the brochure states as well: Apartheid is exactly where it belongs…


Added by Golf Tours South Africa on July 20, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Secret Weekend Escapes in California

Most of the tourists visiting California are young and enthusiastic youths and they love to hang-out at a peaceful and lovely spots. Here are those secret destinations one can visit in California Tours.

1. Pacific Grove - Near Monterey

Pacific Grove is a coastal city located between Point Pinos and Monterey. It is known as America’s last hometown and is filled with…


Added by Joseph wedler on July 20, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Have a Berry Good Time at New York's Mohonk Mountain House

Named one of the best all-inclusive resorts by Travel + Leisure, the Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle built 1869 on spectacular cliffs above the deep-blue waters of Lake Mohonk, is offering "Raspberry Getaways" in August,  including special weekday rates, Sunday through Thursday during the entire month. Savor summer's sweetest traditions with…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on July 19, 2012 at 9:12am — No Comments

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