Featured Member Blog Posts – August 2015 Archive (27)

Costa Rica Humpback Whale-Watching Season Now Through October

In Costa Rica there are as many wildlife tours as probably there are kinds of animals in the small Central American country. All of them are very worthwhile, but nearly nothing beats the thrill of whale watching!

There must be something about being in close proximity…


Added by Shannon Farley on August 31, 2015 at 9:09am — No Comments

Islands of the Danube

The Danube river, the longest in the European Union and second longest on the entire continent at  2,888 kilometers, passes through 16 countries. This navigable river, which changes its name depending on the country…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on August 30, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Sky's the Limit at Manhattan's Omni Berkshire Place

When staying in Manhattan, some hotels capture the essence of what it's like to actually live here. Visitors may wonder what drives people to pay a premium for the privilege of forsaking their cars and residing in apartments with square footages approximating walk-in closets. Upon checking into a hotel like the…


Added by Steve Mirsky on August 28, 2015 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Landing Jetliners in Crosswinds

by José Miguel Rodriguez

Not long ago, this video went viral on YouTube, racking up more than 10 million views. Apart from the fact that the 1,200-millimetre telephoto lens thoroughly flattens both the foreground and background, making the airplanes seem suspended in midair, what on earth are these pilots…


Added by Iberia Airlines on August 25, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Free Your Inner Child at Minnesota's Franconia Sculpture Park

It was the huge, green polka-dotted frog that caught our attention.

Then we noticed a 12-foot tall stack of old radios and more funky-looking metal and wood sculptures that we couldn’t really identify. What is this place? We passed it during a…

Added by Beverly Burmeier on August 24, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Mythic Allure of Córdoba, Spain

It’s one of those majestic sights that imprinted itself indelibly on my memory forever when I first visited many years ago: a mystical, mysterious forest of columns stretching into the distance of the vast interior space that was – and is – the UNESCO World Heritage …


Added by José Balido on August 23, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip, Part 2: The Itinerary

road trip alps Grossglockner High Alpine Road

We began this adventure in part 1 of this series by selecting and purchasing…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on August 22, 2015 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Costa Rica Stars in New Hollywood Film 'After Words'

Costa Rica has become the darling of the international news media even more than usual lately. The popular tropical vacation destination is being featured in everything from news articles to …


Added by Shannon Farley on August 21, 2015 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Why Is Africa's Cape Verde an Experience of a Lifetime?

Cape Verde is neither a cape, nor is it verde (green). It consists of ten dry brownish islands in the mid-Atlantic, close to the West Africa coast, with a surface area of a little over 4,000 square kilometers - and they're a real paradise to be discovered. The absence of mass tourism and a warm but not sweltering climate which ranges between 20º Celsius in…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on August 20, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments

Costa Rica's Nosara Resort Area a Tale of Modern-Day Pioneers

The history of a place can tell you a lot about its people, culture and environment, and what makes everything tick. In the case of Nosara, Costa Rica, its unusual and unlikely history strongly influenced how the area developed and how its communities live and thrive…


Added by Shannon Farley on August 19, 2015 at 11:41am — No Comments

Cool Thrills at the Indoor/Outdoor Water Parks of the Poconos’ Camelback Resort

Summer in northern New Jersey can get pretty hot, sticky, and gross in late July, so the idea of a refreshing excursion to a nearby water park was greeted with thumbs-ups from my wife Sue, our teen son, and our tween daughter.


We had some choices: 

  • Breakwater Beach in Seaside Heights, New Jersey (the locale of MTV’s Jersey…

Added by Travel Daddy on August 18, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A Tale of Two Marriotts (Boutique Florida Gold-Coast Hotels)


When exploring Florida's coastline, there are definitive contrasts between the sugar-soft sands of Clearwater Beach; historic streets of St. Augustine; and the ever hip South Beach, shaped by Art Deco architecture, galleries, and clubbing. Florida's Gold Coast, a special stretch from Palm Beach to…


Added by Steve Mirsky on August 17, 2015 at 10:39am — No Comments

Golden Prague's Bohemian Rhapsody


Added by Iberia Airlines on August 15, 2015 at 10:41am — No Comments

World’s Weirdest Museums

Let's face it: there's an audience for anything. What some tourists find unpleasant, others may say it's their cup of tea. That same formula also applies to cultural activities and touristic attractions such as museums, even the more unconventional ones.

The Dog Collar Museum, Leeds (UK): The name says it all and attracts nearly half a million pet lovers…


Added by Marta Fonseca on August 14, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

A Primer to Spain's Wine Regions


Added by David Paul Appell on August 13, 2015 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Local Color, Spectacular Archaeology in Crete's Stavromenos

“Crete, an island bathed in a wine-dark sea, rich, beautiful, populous; many are those who live in its ninety towns, many are its languages.”

The words of Homer, in The Odyssey, written in 700 BC, may help formulate an idea of what visitors will find on this Green island. A historic, Mediterranean, vibrant island with…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on August 12, 2015 at 7:05am — No Comments

More Than a Worn-out Piece of Luggage - A Bag Full of Memories - Part 2

(continued from Part I)

Not wanting to outright disagree with a doctor, I countered with the suggestion that we go to a local hotel for the night. The doctor nodded his head without challenging me in any way. When we checked in to…


Added by Jacquie Whitt on August 11, 2015 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Buying a Car Abroad/Ultimate Road Trip: the Car & the Plan

Macan Photo: Porsche Collection

Planning a return trip to Europe in 2015, it was also time for us to purchase a new car. We narrowed the field of possible manufacturers down to four, and coincidentally all of them in Germany.  So we thought, how cool would it be to actually order a car from a local dealer and pick it up in Europe for an extended road…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on August 10, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Playa del Coco a Hot Costa Rica Beach Destination

Nearly all of Costa Rica’s two million-plus tourists each year visit at least one beach during their vacation. Logistics are easy given that the San Jose International Airport is a little less than one hour from the closest Pacific Coast beach, and it only takes 30 minutes or so to get to…


Added by Shannon Farley on August 9, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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