Featured Member Blog Posts – October 2011 Archive (52)

When (and Why) Do We Share Travel Information?

When (and why) Do We Share Travel Information?

We recently did an article  on why social media mavens don’t use their social media accounts to complain about bad service or disappointing travel experiences.

Now,… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 31, 2011 at 3:07pm — 3 Comments

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, San José, Costa Rica

San José downtown is known for many features, offering different options for its visitors. The museums and National Theatre make up some of the most important attractions in the area.

Right in the downtown within walking distance you can find three different museums; one of them is the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum exhibits an… Continue

Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on October 31, 2011 at 12:18pm — 2 Comments

Saving Money While Volunteering Abroad

 "If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting."

- Benjamin Franklin 

Many volunteers do not go abroad with an aim of over spending their hard earned cash, for many it is a chance to give back to society and many a case to those less fortunate than themselves. As much as one would like to enjoy their experience while in a foreign country, a situation may arise where you may need to save and budgeted as such. A number of tips are provided…


Added by Zablon Mukuba on October 31, 2011 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

Canyoning in Nepal

Canyoning, also known as canyoneering in some parts of the world, is the adventurous act of traveling through steep and narrow canyons using a variety of techniques that can include walking, scrambling, jumping, abseiling, wading, or swimming and climbing waterfalls through steep canyon walls to deep pools.. Canyoneers usually differentiate between technical and nontechnical canyoneering. Where…


Added by Yentra Nepal on October 30, 2011 at 10:07am — No Comments

San Gimignano Tips

Located off the beaten path in central Tuscany, Italy, one of the most popular tourist spots is San Gimignano.  Known for it towers, its a great day spot to see.  The shopping it rather insignificant. You won't find anything unique rather its on touristy cheesy stuff so save your pennies.  The tower offers a great view of the tuscan landscape so its definitely…


Added by Paul Anthony Rogers on October 30, 2011 at 9:46am — No Comments

Arribada! Saving the Turtles in Costa Rica

Close to our Spanish school in Samara, turtles are making their way to lay their eggs in Ostional, Costa Rica, a phenomenon known in Spanish as "arribada" or a mass emergence from the ocean.  Thousands of "tortugas lora," or olive ridley turtles nest here each year in the refuge that was created in 1984.  Prior to 1984, there were no laws prohibiting or regulating the…


Added by Intercultura Language School on October 29, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments

In November, a Women's "Paradise in Puerto Rico"

Enchanting paradise

by Heather Cassell

Published: Ocotber 3, 2011



Added by Girls That Roam on October 29, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

Shirley Mae's Diner, Astoria, Queens (New York City)

Shirley Mae's Diner

Shirley Mae's...doesn't that name just conjure up images of fried chicken, ribs, collard greens and macaroni and cheese? It did…

Added by Searching for Sincerity on October 28, 2011 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

South Pacific

I'm just back from 5 weeks in the South Pacific. Wow!

First half of the time I was volunteer teaching in a small elementary school in the picture-perfect island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. Beautiful people, stunning blue lagoon, unspoiled small-town feel to the island of only 2,000+ people.

Next I was in Papeete, Tahiti from which we sailed on the Aranui III for two weeks among the Marquesas Islands. Each island was different, amazingly enough, and each of the 180…


Added by Dorothy Conlon on October 27, 2011 at 12:38pm — 2 Comments

In Spain, A Tale of Two Cities: Barcelona vs. Madrid

Barcelona and Madrid are two perfect weekend cities, but with slightly different character and charm. Whichever you choose, you can expect cozy dining, exciting nightlife and probably a lot of shopping. One of the absolute advantages of Barcelona is the possibility of combining the advantages of beach life, so it’s no wonder that…


Added by Velimira Velikova on October 27, 2011 at 7:58am — 2 Comments

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo can be called the main tourist destination of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. The town is located in Talamanca Canton in the province of Limon, in the southeastern coast of the country, close to the Panamanian…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on October 26, 2011 at 11:23am — 2 Comments

Dvořák Events... Happy Anniversary, Antonin



Antonin Dvořák, whose 170th anniversary is this year, was not just the greatest of Czech composers. You could argue that Dvořák (1841-1904), the son of a butcher from a village…


Added by Ed Wetschler on October 26, 2011 at 9:19am — 7 Comments

Review of "Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing"

The road less traveled

Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing

Edited by Gillian Kendal; University of Wisconsin Press, 230 pages; paperback, $19.95

Reviewed by Heather Cassell…


Added by Girls That Roam on October 26, 2011 at 8:51am — No Comments

Mountain Biking in Nepal

Mountain biking is a young sports in Nepal. The thrill and excitement involved in the sport is making it popular day by day. Lots of Nepalese have taken seriously to sports. The idea of mountain bike racing was first formed in Marin Country, in California in the early eighties. However, in 1996 it got included in the Olympic Games and later on in 1998 the sport got an early into the Asian Games. The National Sports Council of Nepal officially recognized it as a sport in 1995. The first…


Added by Yentra Nepal on October 25, 2011 at 10:49am — No Comments

TripAdvisor Takes Legal Action Against Fake Reviews: Trouble Ahead?

TripAdvisor Takes Legal Action Against Fake Reviews: Trouble Ahead?

Chris Emmins, reporting for KwikChex, says that the legal action TripAdvisor is now taking against hotels that solicit and post false reviews, is “tearing TripAdvisor apart.”

KwikChex, the dogged,  Wikipedia-like… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 25, 2011 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

7 of the Best European Christmas Markets

There are only a few weeks left until the squares of all the major cities are filled with market stalls, Christmas trees and hot wine salesmen. For fans of both Christmas and traveling, we’ve rolled up a list of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Being one of the most celebrated holidays around the world, Christmas magically transforms the city squares into an extravaganza of light and aroma.  Some cities have not just one or two markets, but dozens. We have therefore selected…


Added by Velimira Velikova on October 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

La Alberca, Spain: A Step into Yesterday

It’s difficult to talk about La Alberca without lapsing into cliché. The moment I walked into the cobbled Plaza Mayor, the main market square, surrounded by three- and four-storey, half-timbered houses, I thought of a film set for a mediaeval epic.…


Added by Keith Kellett on October 24, 2011 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Matrimonial Rites in Nepal

The most practiced marriage system found in the Nepali society is the magi- bihe (arranged marriage). Magi-bihe i.e. arranged marriage in Nepali Community unlike in other communities is finalized by the girl’s family when the boy’s family puts forward the proposal of marriage.

Generally, a relative acts as the middle man…


Added by Yentra Nepal on October 24, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

"Bliss": Palm Spring's Annual Weekender for Lesbians of Color

by Heather Cassell

Published: Ocotber 3, 2011

Bliss Co-Founder Christine De La Rosa (Center) with Movement Production team members Kiki Poe…


Added by Girls That Roam on October 23, 2011 at 9:45am — No Comments

Stargazing in New England

In dedication to my new show about New England travel (Beyond the Beans).

My first blog will entail a very important event occurring this weekend.  Stargazing in New England is very tough. The amount of artificial light and pollution can make it quite difficult for viewing.  So if you're all about some st ar gazing and your live in New England, here are…


Added by Paul Anthony Rogers on October 22, 2011 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

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