Featured Member Blog Posts – October 2013 Archive (49)

Death by Too Many Reviews: When is Enough Enough?

Reviews do matter. A report by SAS noted that positive reviews (less so TripAdvisor-based rank and brand), followed by lower price were the most important influencers of choice.

And lower price or higher ratings don't…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 31, 2013 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

World's Best Theme-Park Halloween Parties

by Judy Antell

Theme parks are a natural fit for Halloween festivities: On a certain level, you might say it's always a Halloween party at theme parks - plus, most of the rides are already designed to scare the living daylights out of you. In October (and sometimes even earlier), some of theme parks have gently scary daytime…


Added by Tripatini on October 31, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments

Ca’ Momi Enoteca, Neapolitan Heaven in California's Napa Wine Country

Perhaps, nothing says “comfort food” more than pizza. If you’re traveling to the Napa Valley and crave paper thin, scrumptious pizza napoletana, pay a visit to Napa’s Oxbow Market, where you will find Ca’ Momi Pizzeria and Restaurant.



Ca’ Moni Winery was founded in 2006, created  to pair old world winemaking talents from Italy with the finest Napa Valley…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on October 30, 2013 at 12:29pm — No Comments

¿Qué Pasa con las Tortillas en Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica?

por Andrés Figueroa Vásquez

Era una mañana un tanto calurosa en el Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Acababa de visitar los predios de la zona y la humedad del ambiente pudo más que yo. Me dispuse a retomar el aliento sobre una de las bancas. Mientras descansaba bajo la sombra y sentía la brisa del mar, me percaté de que tenía hambre. Recordé que después de salir de Portasol había comprado dos…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on October 30, 2013 at 10:11am — No Comments

Blowfish Soothes Travel Fatigue


I’m not much into excessive drinking anymore. The mornings after were just too punishing. But now my weakness is having a glass of wine or beer and then occasionally a snifter of cognac or whiskey as a night cap…which is a big no-no as well for avoiding hangover territory.

I’m always open to new ideas and remedies for easing the negative…


Added by Steve Mirsky on October 29, 2013 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

A London Storm Diary

I set off with trepidation on Monday morning after dire warnings about the worst storms to hit Britain this decade. Stepped out of the front door to find our window boxes had been blown off and lay scattered on the ground - my husband's lovingly nurtured geraniums cruelly tipped out and the plants and roots exposed to the elements.

A tree…


Added by Rita Payne on October 29, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments

A Beautiful Night at Southern California's Europa Village Winery

It was truly a Bella Notte—a “beautiful night” at the Europa Village Winery in the Temecula Valley Wine Country in Southern California, where the winery’s first musical, internationally-themed wine dinner of the fall season took place recently. Europa holds these wine pairing dinners occasionally and they are always exceptional events.…


Added by Susan Montgomery on October 28, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The History of Manaus, Brazil Gets Bounce from Rubber

Manaus is a large city with around 2 million inhabitants situated in the heart of the Amazon region and the point where the vast River Negro flows into the Amazon (known by the Brazilians as  Solimões until it reaches Manaus). The city boasts a short yet intriguing history, and one that is inextricably linked with the history of…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on October 27, 2013 at 1:47pm — No Comments

In Eastern Europe, On the Trail of Franz Kafka

Authentic travelers are adventurous. Unlike tourists, we’re open to the unexpected and crave out-of-the ordinary experiences. It’s not that we never go on tours; it’s that we don’t go on “normal” tours that race from one “top attraction” to another. I want you to…


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on October 26, 2013 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Cruise Ships Make Costa Rica a Hot Stop on Panama Canal and Western Caribbean Routes

Travelers who are looking for a tropical destination on their next vacation might want to consider a cruise.

There are so many benefits to cruising. You get to visit multiple countries, islands or points of interest all on the same trip without hassling with transportation, border crossings or logistics. On a cruise, you unpack once and your floating hotel takes you from place…


Added by Shannon Farley on October 25, 2013 at 9:50am — No Comments

Cretans Greet Fall with Tsikoudia Festival

Last weekend the final two races of the Cretan Union Cup Regatta took place off Agios Nikolaos – the first event of this kind celebrating 100 years of Crete Island union with mainland Greece and to honor the Cretan culture.

Cretans have a lot history and modern-day culture to be proud of and, once…


Added by Corina Manea on October 23, 2013 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

Why Visual Storytelling Isn't Really Happening

It's a strange contradiction. We're told visuals drive bookings, traveler interest.

We hear that travelers looking to book will be compelled to do so by rich images that tell the kind of story we want to buy into.

But the visuals we typically see are sterile and empty.…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 23, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

CheapOair Announces Its Top 10 Halloween Destinations

While many travelers tend to think about Thanksgiving and the December holidays as your typical “travel” holidays – don’t overlook Halloween. This spooky, sugary event has adventurers crossing the globe in search of their next scare. If you’re wondering where to go, check out the travel trends on our most popular destinations. And remember, with …

Added by Alisa on October 22, 2013 at 12:59pm — 4 Comments

Turrialba, Costa Rica's Capital of Adventure

turrialba costa rica Jungle, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, canyons and gravel roads come together in Turrialba, making this region Central America's adventure-sport capital. Turrialba is the perfect destination for those who wish to enjoy adventure amid lush nature, so it's no coincidence that Turrialba is the cradle adventure tourism in Costa…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on October 22, 2013 at 7:01am — No Comments

Two Rival Cafés in Paris

On Boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés, sitting a short block away from each other, are rival cafés Café de Flore and Café Les Deux Magots.  They became rivals in the 1920’s and 30’s, when the intellectuals, writers, and artists of the period became loyal to one or the other.  On my recent trip to Paris, I decided to choose my own personal favorite.


Parisian cafés…


Added by Pamela Peterson on October 21, 2013 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Statues Stand as Sentinels in Sarasota

St. Armands Circle in Sarasota is a surprisingly interesting place to visit. The powers that be have made the history of Sarasota absorbing even to those of us who don't consider themselves history buffs.


Take the 33 statues that are placed among the beautiful landscaping. Beautifully restored, and some of them new, they beckon the visitor to take a closer look…


Added by Linda Batey on October 21, 2013 at 6:48am — 1 Comment

Whither Do Thou Lie, Philip Livingston? Hither or Thither?

One hates to split hairs. Especially the hairs of the dead. But a joyful discovery in my local cemetery was soon followed by an almost instant disappointment.


According to a few 19th-century published references, the remains of New York's own Philip Livingston--one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776--were buried in…


Added by Eric K. Washington on October 20, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Travel Trends: Comparing Last Year's Domestic Travel in September

Written by CheapOair

Now that we’re halfway through October, this seems as good a

time as any to take stock of Travel Trends, and to see where the travel industry was around this time

last year. As always, this will help you get a good gauge of what’s going…


Added by Alisa on October 19, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments

Istanbul Dining Gems: Tuck In & Tip Back Like a Turk at Traditional Meyhanes

by Asli Pelit

Imroz meyhane, Istanbul, Turkey Along with the dramatic blue waters of Turkey‘s Bosphorus, the opulent dome and minarets of Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia, travelers to Istanbulalways come away wowed by…


Added by EnLinea Media on October 18, 2013 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Development Growing Pains in Santa Teresa, a Costa Rica Beach Icon

Santa Teresa is one of those iconic Costa Rica tourism spots. Paradise found for so many international and Costa Rican tourists who “discovered” Santa Teresa’s pristine beaches, world-class surf breaks and lushly forested coastline. Yet as more and more travelers flock to experience these beautiful treasures,…


Added by Shannon Farley on October 18, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments

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