Featured Member Blog Posts – August 2017 Archive (29)

Mountain Biking for All in Costa Rica as Electric Bikes Arrive

If you’ve always wanted to go mountain biking in Costa Rica, but thought it beyond your ability, there is hope.

In Costa Rica, the northwestern province of Guanacaste is a big place for biking tours. Especially mountain biking due to its rugged terrain of mountains…


Added by Shannon Farley on August 31, 2017 at 9:09am — No Comments

Good Vibrations in Sayulita on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit

We heard about a sleepy little fishing village just north of Puerto Vallarta from friends who had visited the area and found this relatively hidden gem of a vacation destination, situated on a prime section of sandy beachfront with a long, gentle surf break of warm, clear water.…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on August 30, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments

North Spain's Green Asturias: This Country's Wales?

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Cliffs plummet dramatically to beaches and crashing surf. Lush green hills rise and fall, then keep rising until they swell into the craggy, majestic Picos de Europa range. In the compact principality of…


Added by José Balido on August 29, 2017 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

5 of the World's Best Hotel Art Collections

                 Bob Dass

Corporate art collections have been with us for generations (indeed, in some sense for…


Added by Max Pesling on August 28, 2017 at 2:12pm — 1 Comment

4 Excellent Attractions Outside Hanoi

There are a number of tourist attractions around Vietnam's capital to domestic and international tourists, especially backpackers who use motorbike to explore their own pace. If you have never been to these below places, pack your luggage and prepare a plan for interesting experiences of sightseeing around Hanoi. 



Added by Nguyen Duy Duc on August 27, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Malbec & More: Exploring Argentina's Fabled Winemaking Heritage


Argentina's rich winemaking heritage dates back to the early 16th century, putting it in an entirely different league than neighboring new world producers Chile and Brazil. Spanish settlers planted the first specimens of vitis vinifera in monastic vineyards throughout Argentina's central, western, and northeastern…


Added by Steve Mirsky on August 26, 2017 at 9:17am — No Comments

Yoga & Wellness in Rio de Janeiro

Ana Clara Tito

In my time living in Brazil, perhaps the greatest lesson I have taken from …


Added by lauren quinn on August 25, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

India's Top-Flight Mahindra Luxury Resorts

“I am basically a finance professional,” said Arun Nanda, founder of Club Mahindra Holidays, a collection of nearly 50 family-oriented properties throughout India as well as four internationally, in Austria, Dubai, Malaysia, and Thailand). We had met Arun, (who is also one of the principals of automobile manufacturing and tractor sales company Mahindra and…


Added by Harvey frommer on August 24, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Is a Timeshare Still a Great Holiday Option?


Despite the fact that the industry having a bad reputation in some quarters, many people are still signing up to timeshares as they’re led to believe that they’re a worthwhile holiday option.




Added by Marilyn Magana on August 23, 2017 at 11:29am — No Comments

León, Nicaragua's Most Venerable City


When it comes to tourism in Central America’s largest country, the city that tends to get most of the…


Added by David Paul Appell on August 22, 2017 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Peking's Ducky: Top 5 Musts in China's Capital


The world’s third most populous city (18½ million, metro area 25 million) is one of those places which are of…


Added by José Balido on August 22, 2017 at 10:26am — No Comments

How Spain's Conquest of the Americas Was Saved by an Eclipse

                      Astronomie Populaire 1879/Camille Flammarion

Today, many across the USA are watching in…


Added by Max Pesling on August 21, 2017 at 9:36am — 2 Comments

Picnic with a Celebrity Goat in Jamaica

Sunset at the Palms, an all-inclusive, adults-only resort in Negril, Jamaica, garnered a lot of attention this spring when its staff expanded to include Betty, a female goat who became an instant hit when she was adopted by the hotel’s grounds keeping crew.

In response to…


Added by Ed Wetschler on August 18, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments

5 European Experiences to Have Before Turning 50

                            Clever Cupcakes

There are many places on Earth you simply must visit at least once in a lifetime. The sooner the better, naturally. In this article, we will list five places in Europe you…


Added by Rebecca Brown on August 17, 2017 at 8:05am — No Comments

A Hidden Garden on an Island in Wales

I love a garden, and I especially like one that’s been rescued from near dereliction. Cornwall’s ‘Lost Gardens of Heligan’ are probably the best-known example, Coincidentally, the Tremayne family, who owned the Heligan Gardens were related to the owners of Plas Cadnant , in Wales - another ‘recovered lost garden’.

The estate, and the gardens were…


Added by Keith Kellett on August 16, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Whale Watching in Monterey, California

It's no closely guarded secret that the region surrounding Monterey and Santa Cruz has the longest season for whale watching in all of California. In fact, whale watching in these parts more or less goes on all year round. No matter what time you decide to watch for whales, you will most likely see one or even more whale…


Added by Zara D Spencer on August 15, 2017 at 10:44am — No Comments

Lac Village in Mai Chau Valley

Located in Mai Chau District, about 135 km from Hanoi, Mai Chau is a little valley surrounded by green mountains and dotted with lakes, paddy fields, rivers and houses on stilts of the Thai people.

Tourists can take a car following National Highway No6 from Hanoi to Hoa Binh City and then continue going about 60km to the first intersection behind…


Added by Mai Chau Ecolodge on August 14, 2017 at 7:50am — No Comments

The Fascinating Tale of the Jews of Melilla

Miguel González Novo

A modest placard beside a storefront door announces the existence of the Beth Minzi Synagogue in Torrremolinos on Spain’s Costa del Sol. It is a Friday night in late February, and…


Added by Harvey frommer on August 13, 2017 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Vancouver's Top 5 Museums

Thanks to its innovative projects and programs, Vancouver is considered one of the five most beautiful cities in the world, along with San Francisco, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town.

It also has a great variety of sights both historic and cultural.…


Added by Iness Greener on August 12, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments

A Culinary Experience & Recipe From Malta

Malta is a group of islands in the Mediterranean between Sicily and North Africa. Its location means that it has been influenced by a variety of cultures, including the Roman, Moors, French, and British. When John and I visit a location for a week or more, we like to mix up our stays. While…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on August 11, 2017 at 11:58pm — No Comments

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