Featured Member Blog Posts – July 2013 Archive (51)

If It’s Summertime in Greece – It’s Time For Island Hopping

Greece is for lovers, and everyone loves a Greek island. Having spent childhood summers in Greece, I find this to be true. Depending on what your definition of an island is, there are between 2,000 and as many as 6,000 Greek Islands - "over 3,000" is a number one hears quite a bit around Greece. However, only a little over 200 are inhabited. Ferry services connect most of the islands, making it easy to hop from one to another. Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands,…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on July 31, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Travel or Refrigerators and Stoves

So it was an easy chat with a friend who knew I had something to do with the travel biz. He knew I traveled. He knew I produced content (videos, Audio PostCards, travel news reports, trends) for our own site, New Media Travel,  Technorati Travel and…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on July 31, 2013 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

Recife, La Venecia de Brasil


Las palmeras son altísimas. Recife, ubicada en el noreste de…


Added by Iberia Airlines on July 30, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Top Bananas: Plantains in the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean

On your visit to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or Cuba, at some point soon you’re likely to find on your plate one of the locals’ favorite starchy staples: cooked plátanos (plantains -- and not just these three countries, by the way, but also various other Latin lands with Caribbean coasts and/or tropical…


Added by David Paul Appell on July 30, 2013 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

3 Innovative Travel Accessories


At first glance, it may seem that luggage tags, portable electronic device protectors, and smart phone stands don't warrant a spot on the latest must-have travel accessory list. But as travelers know, simpler is better and the devil is in the details. Is your smart phone protected from twisting and bumping? Is your neck pillow too bulky for…


Added by Steve Mirsky on July 29, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How I Wrote My Cruise Ship Novel

Here is an excerpt of the interview I gave for THE BOOK BLOG. It is British blog about publishing and writing and has a section on featured authors. Since my novel Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships is the "Tripatini Read of the Week," I thought you might like to know a little more about our story. 


Tim I am so happy to be appearing on a British blog because my book is such a blend of the British and Americans. It is…


Added by Cara Bertoia on July 29, 2013 at 7:21am — No Comments

Hoi An, Vietnam - Part 1

I called this post Hoi An Part 1. I should probably have called it Hoi an BCC (Before Camera Class) and the next post  Hoi ACC (After Camera Class). I took an excellent camera class in Hoi An and hopefully you will see a marked improvement in my photography skills in the next post.

Hoi An is a wonderful little…


Added by Forrest Walker on July 28, 2013 at 4:01pm — No Comments

A Visit to Ephesus, Turkey



When I first visited Turkey, I did something I won’t be able to do again. I gave the coach driver a 2 million lira tip! Shortly after my visit, the revalued their currency, simply by deleting the word ‘million’. The Turk with the price of a packet of cigarettes in his pocket is no longer a…


Added by Keith Kellett on July 27, 2013 at 5:41pm — 2 Comments

Costa Rica's Key Role in Preserving Biodiversity in the Meso-American Biological Corridor

Central America forms a bridge literally between North and South America, which throughout its three million year history has served as a natural biological passageway between the two continents. In the last century, however, much of that corridor has been destroyed by farming and urbanization.

Biologists have determined that biological corridors are one of the most effective methods of conserving…


Added by Shannon Farley on July 26, 2013 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Dubai's Outdoor Parks

With Burj Khalifa, Dubai became the home of tallest building in the world. Besides Burj Khlaifa, the city also features contemporary architectural structures such as Burj Al Arab and Palm Islands. However, the city is not only about skyscrapers and modern residential complexes there are numerous parks where you can spend some time away from bustling environment. Book Dubai flights and visit…


Added by Globe Hunters on July 26, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments

Touring Vietnam by Motorcyle

by Elise

Of the two months we spent in Vietnam a good portion of that was riding every day. We booked a Motorbiking the Ho Chi Minh Trail tour from Activetravel Asia. Our tour is about 3500km from Hanoi to Saigon (much to the horror of our parents!). We took our time, made many small stops in towns as well as major cities and really got a feel for…

Added by Active Travel Asia on July 25, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Redondo Beach’s Rock and Brews Does Not Miss a Beat


Cold Beers are flowing at Rock & Brews

What do you get when you take a legendary rock star, a successful restaurateur, and a rock promoter and put them together?  You get a micro-pub restaurant like no other.

If you’re like me and grew up as a teenager in the 70s, you most likely attended a Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd or Stones show back in…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on July 24, 2013 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Jordan's Dead Sea

When we visited Jordan in 2002, we ate lunch in one of the lowest restaurants on earth. But, it wasn’t low in the sense of being cheap, or because not very nice people eat there. Jordan’s Dead Sea Spa hotel is 400 metres below sea level, which is as low as you can get on the surface of the Earth. I did hear that, since our visit, another hotel has been built even lower…


Added by Keith Kellett on July 23, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

Costa Rica’s Pro Surfers Vie for National Titles in Jacó

If Costa Rica's professional surf scene had an A-team, it would look something like this: Carlos Muñoz, Jair Pérez, Noe Mar McGonagle, Gilbert Brown, Anthony Fillingim, Luis Vindas, Leilani McGonagle, Lisbeth Vindas, and Nataly…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on July 23, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Data Darwinism: Of Survival and Reviews

Reviews do matter, but what seems to matter more is who writes them, and the question, can they be predicted?

And it seems Airbnb is saying, "yes."

Booking an Airbnb place anywhere can be a 50-50 proposition, but it's the very unpredictability and rich individuality of each place that makes…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on July 23, 2013 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Philly Cheese Steak Is No Mistake

The line on South Street wrapped around the corner. Once inside the chrome facade it continued to snake around in Disney-ride fashion. Each person mumbling to themselves as they tried to memorize their order. The line moved along one timid customer at a time. Each one blurting out their selection, as if on the soup-nazi episode of Seinfeld. “One, provolone, mushroom with" (The 'with' referring to onions). 

The line bumped forward. This placed reeked with the essence of grilled beef. …


Added by Jim DeLillo on July 22, 2013 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

Fort Kochi, India: A Bygone Era Hangs On


The veneer is peeling off and heritage is fighting a losing battle here. But all need not be lost if Kathakali can find new patrons and the Chinese fishing nets came up with some more fish

You see the palm fronds swaying an eager welcome even as you come in to land. Reach by rail or road and the greenery doesn’t wait for you to cross the…


Added by Thommen Jose on July 22, 2013 at 10:54am — No Comments

Dolphins and Sand Boarding in Paihia, New Zealand

New Zealand's North Island has long been shadowed by the adventurous South, with its fjords, mountains and dramatic settings, boasting every watersport known to man. But the North is well worth visiting, too – so much so that the Traveling 

Reporter decided to dedicate a series to the forgotten island. This is the first part of New Zealand's Lost…


Added by Traveling Erik on July 21, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Rumble in the Jungle: Family Feud in Manaus, Brazil


A good book really is an object of magic. While a movie is able to instantly provide an image on which to project the story that is being played out, the nature of that image is decided by the director. With a book on the other hand, it is the reader who gets to paint the scene in which the action takes place. An author might provide plenty of hints, but it is…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on July 20, 2013 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Sightseeing in Detroit? Revelations of an Unexpected Layover

I have a travel-editor friend whose open enthusiasm for Detroit I’ve always found hard to comprehend. Sure, it’s got a good cultural and arts scene and a vigorous melting pot going for it. But the larger picture overshadowing it all has always seemed to me that notorious blight, the derelict buildings, the stench of what to many is practically a failed city.…


Added by David Paul Appell on July 19, 2013 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

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