Featured Member Blog Posts – August 2014 Archive (34)

A Dunedin, New Zealand To-Do List

Exploring New Zealand's elegant, architecturally significant city with its staunch Scottish heritage

Dunedin, New Zealand’s fourth largest city (and the country’s oldest) in the South Island is a little overshadowed by the big guns up north. Almost…


Added by Bev Malzard on August 30, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Costa Rica's Whale & Dolphin Festival, September 2014

Humpback whale in ballena marine national park

The Festival of Whales & Dolphins is once again making a splash at…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on August 29, 2014 at 2:06pm — No Comments

The Failure of Travel Writing

The Failure of Travel

For those of us who are professionally in the travel space, why isn't the fact that American, British and European young men are brutally fighting for ISIS/ISIL part of our work?

Belgium has sent more fighters to ISIS than any other European country. ISIS' military expenditures exceed those of…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on August 28, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Santiago, Chile -- A Metropolis Nestled in the Andes Mountains

By Roy Heale

Like a Wild West wagon train forming a circle at night time, the snow-capped Andes Mountains form a natural circle around the city of Santiago, Chile. Nestled in these peaks the city has a metro population of just over 7 million people and is situated just a short one hour drive to the Pacific Ocean coastal towns of Valparaiso and Vina…


Added by Roy Heale on August 27, 2014 at 9:08am — No Comments

Barceloneta (Barcelona) de Sol y Rumba

Barcelona siempre levanta un cosquilleo en el estómago y con buen tiempo, más. Aprovechemos el sol para conocer el barrio de La Barceloneta más allá del mar. Porque esta zona, que hasta el siglo XVIII fue un lugar insalubre donde la ciudad moría, hoy puede presumir de ser uno de los pocos barrios de…


Added by Iberia Airlines on August 26, 2014 at 11:58am — No Comments

A Short Guide to Goa


Added by Sonam on August 25, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Quality Time on Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Cannery Row on Monterey Bay is an easy 2-hour drive south of San Francisco. Two good reasons to add Monterey to your northern California holiday are that it is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the Golden State, and it is far less commercial than San Francisco. It’s a great place to enjoy some quality down-time during your vacation.

A brief history of Cannery Row…


Added by The2Writers.com Page on August 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Cognac vs. Armagnac

As a true French native, it is impossible for me to read anything about the popular Cognac without thinking about the similarities, differences, and superiority (in my humble opinion) of…

Added by Jean Dabrowski on August 23, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

One Sweet Chocolate Tour in Los Angeles

There is a hot chocolate sipper that is pure decadence, an ahhhhhhh moment, a pound the table scene from When Harry Met Sally moment, savor pure chocolate at its best from a bean-to-bar chocolate shop. This is what I’m looking for, what I can’t forget. How did I get here? When I lived here 20 years ago I could navigate—but never happily. Who, I ask you, likes…


Added by Karsten Boone on August 22, 2014 at 11:46am — No Comments

Flamenco, the Soul of Andalusia

The centuries-old traditional music and dance form of flamenco is deeply rooted throughout the culture of southern Spain, and still popular in both public and private celebrations. An inheritance passed down rally through the ages and only more recently via recordings and videos, today it has also become a cultural industry, an economic…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on August 21, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Nine Top Sicknesses Travelers Should Be Careful About

Every holiday is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture but what happens when good vacations go bad? Common travel illnesses like too much sun and sexually transmitted infections can be easily avoided if you apply common sense. But what about the nasty diseases that you might come across?Here are a few to watch out…


Added by Velimira Velikova on August 20, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments

Mystic Whale Encounters



Swim with dolphins? Okay, but Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation and one of the nation's leading aquariums, can top it: Mystic offers encounter programs that enable people to…


Added by Ed Wetschler on August 20, 2014 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Monkeying Around on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula

Squirrel Monkeys in Osa, Costa Rica

I never get tired of watching the monkeys in Costa Rica. It is so much fun to watch the cute, miniature-sized Squirrel Monkeys jump and play, and marvel at the ingenuity of clever…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on August 19, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Intriguing Enclaves, Colonies, & Mini-States of Europe

I've always had a thing about the quirky little corners of this continent that’s famously a patchwork of ethnicities and accidents of history, and there are a few bits and pieces scattered across Europe that are quirkier than others. They range from some some you’ll recognize and know…


Added by Max Pesling on August 18, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fray Bentos: Summer Vacations on the Banks of the Rio Uruguay


Added by Roy Heale on August 17, 2014 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Tikal, Imperio de la Jungla

La jungla y sus ruidos. Los templos y sus cielos. Los turistas y sus ojos bien abiertos. Tikal, que significa lugar de las voces, es la mayor de las antiguas ciudades de los mayas del período clásico. Aún se puede admirar su monumentalidad, que nos lleva a retroceder en el tiempo e imaginar aquella época del 250 al 909 después de Cristo en que…


Added by Iberia Airlines on August 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

How I Discovered Wellness Travel

I remember from an early age I enjoyed traveling. Anytime my parents would say, “we’re going on vacation” that’s all I could think about. I enjoyed seeing new things and being away from the routine.

Fast forward to today and I still like to travel but my feelings toward it are different. When I moved away from home and got into the…


Added by Adriana Gallegos on August 15, 2014 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Expectations Confounded in Bern, Switzerland

It took me almost one year to get myself to Bern from Zurich, and when I finally did, I found that my expectations couldn't have been kicked harder in the butt. For ages, I had heard about the legendary Bernese – my partner had told me that a study had shown that they, among all Swiss, walk the slowest (how this study was conducted and who had gone around calculating a Bernese’s average distance covered per hour I cannot imagine). I had also personally met quite…


Added by Denise Pulis on August 14, 2014 at 10:16am — No Comments

Yuma, Arizona: A Historic Crossroads Makes a Compelling Destination

After years of bypassing, I spent a week in Yuma—and discovered it is more than a crossing point, more than a refuge for snow birds, more than the America’s winter vegetable capital.  Yuma is history, even its prison is a window to a dustier, sweatier time.  Yuma is for foodies—whether you seek hot Chilies, Tex-Mex, sushi, or fine steak.  Yuma is an outdoor…


Added by Karsten Boone on August 13, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments

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