Featured Member Blog Posts – November 2012 Archive (39)

Strangest Food and Drinks From Around the World

Traveling to a new destination is about learning more about the culture, by getting to know the locals. And you will mix best with them, by trying to eat what they eat. Unusual and different, trying these local drinks and dishes border with ‘extreme dining’ to many of us. Sure, we all get excited by trying something new and little bizarre, but read on and you tell us where you draw a line.

#1. Birds Nest Soup in China…


Added by Velimira Velikova on November 30, 2012 at 8:52pm — 2 Comments

Are You the Perfect Passenger?

According to a recent article posted on the economist.com, the perfect airline passengers are single European men, in their 30s traveling for pleasure. 

Once he’s got his airline tickets, it seems the…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on November 30, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Travel for the Unaccompanied Minor

When your child needs to travel alone preparing them well in advance will make the world of difference.  If they know in advance what to expect it will make if fun for them and limit some of the fear or anxiety, especially for TSA.

  • You should educate yourself and your child on the policies and procedures.
  • They should know what to expect and how they should be handled by the airline and staff.
  • Contact the airline for their policies on pricing, age requirements,…

Added by The Traveling Eye on November 30, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

Banteay Srey, Angkor's 'Women's Temple'

"This Camdodian temple, in the Angkor region, is undoubtedly a woman.

One begins to realize it even before finding out the translation of its name: Banteay Srey means "refuge of women," and it was built for them.

Banteay Srey - woman temple in Angkor Cambodia

It is small and elegant, like a genuine woman.

Banteay Srey - woman temple in Angkor Cambodia

Banteay Srey - woman temple in Angkor Cambodia

Every line is well-balanced, every angle is magnetic like a genuine woman.

Banteay Srey - woman temple in Angkor Cambodia

Banteay Srey - woman temple in Angkor Cambodia

It is neat and…


Added by Victor Tribunsky on November 26, 2012 at 9:10am — No Comments

Dalaman, Turkey

I love to travel as much as possible, and I always travel by cruise. However, I heard very good things about Dalaman, Turkey. It’s a quiet, peaceful town in southwest Turkey and has beautiful weather. I’d also heard great things about a fantastic 5-star hotel called hotel Grand Azur; however I still love my cruises so I didn't know what to do. I can only get the time off work once a year to take myself and my wife away on vacation.

So after…


Added by john jones on November 25, 2012 at 4:44pm — No Comments

10 California Outdoor Destinations Not To Miss

To be a native Californian, one grows up with an appreciation for outdoor spaces. Where else can you surf and ski in the same day or climb a waterfall and be in the desert in a matter of hours. California, “The Golden State”  that brings us Hollywood, Cable cars reaching for the stars, up San Francisco hills, fine wine, technology that charges the world, also gives us some of the greatest outdoor spaces that rival any destination on the planet. In California you’re never far from nature.…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on November 24, 2012 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

Is 'Eco-Friendly' Hospitality Truly Green?

Do you like to work out in your hotel’s gym when you’re away? If you happen to be staying in Denmark’s Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, keeping fit while traveling will help generate the hotel’s electricity and earn you meal vouchers in their restaurant. The flagship eco-hotel is the first hotel in Denmark to generate all of its power from…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on November 23, 2012 at 10:52am — No Comments

Teen Travel Bloggers Win Big

In an example of great partnering, Family Travel Forum (FTF) and the Society of American of Travel Writers

teamed up to work with and announce the lucky bloggers who earned the 2012 Teen Travel Writing Scholarships, awarded by both of…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on November 22, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Keeping Your Home Safe When You Travel

I travel a lot which means I'm away from home and it also means that I think about home safety and security.  I have a few things that I do but I'm always on the prowl for tips and useful information on keeping my home safe.  I live in a condominium and recently received a notice under my door that our building had two break ins.  Both break-ins occurred when the home owners were out of town.  This means that someone must have known they weren't home.  You couldn't get any closer to home…


Added by The Traveling Eye on November 22, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments

Vacations Survey: Among Other Findings, Malaysians & Britons Relax Best When Off Work

WHEN OFF THE JOB: TRAVEL AND LEISURE In order to see the world, we need time away from our jobs. That we can all agree upon, whether we call it holiday, vacation, quality time, or something else. But how we handle that free time of travel and leisure, and how much of it we have avaliable differs wildly, a new survey shows.

Net travel agency Expedia’s study “Vacation Deprivation“, in which over 8,000 people in 22 countries have answered questions about their…


Added by Traveling Erik on November 21, 2012 at 11:44am — No Comments

Filial Piety - Being Away from My Family

I saw this at the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore:

I sat there for a few moments, thinking about what this meant. Why do people like me, travelers, choose to be so far away from the people they love, first and foremost, our families? It seems like a cruel way to pay back those who helped raise us, helped us become the people we are today.…


Added by Nithin C on November 21, 2012 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

The Best Public Bathrooms in New York City

Locals and tourists alike are often looking for the same thing, no matter what city they're in: a convenient, clean, FREE public bathroom. I've heard that in some cities, like London, you pay for certain public bathrooms.…

Added by Searching for Sincerity on November 20, 2012 at 12:05pm — 6 Comments

DELAG, La Primera Aerolínea del Mundo

por Javier Pedreira

En la actualidad todos asociamos la palabra aerolínea directamente con aviones a reacción como el Airbus 320 y el Airbus 340 y familia. Si acaso algunos, los más aerotrastornados, también pensamos en turbohélices como por ejemplo el …


Added by Iberia Airlines on November 19, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments

Barrister Winery of Spokane, Washington

Exploring a dynamic portfolio of wine is always rewarding, but when you add in unsurpassed hospitality offered by the winery owners, assistant winemaker and informed staff, you know you’ve arrived at Barrister Winery.  This charming winery, tasting room and entertainment center is located in an old warehouse within the historic Davenport art district of Spokane. In…


Added by Steve Dryden on November 17, 2012 at 10:19am — No Comments

Make Traveling With Kids a Fun Adventure With These Top Tips

My cousin is probably the most efficient family traveler I know. She has her work cut out for her with 2-year-old and 4-year-old girls. Like a well-oiled machine, she’s ready for every contingency as if preparing for a survival operation. Sticky hands or nowhere to wash before eating? She pulls packets of wet wipes from a handy pocket of her…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on November 16, 2012 at 9:10am — 2 Comments

Alabama’s Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

The area along Alabama’s gulf coast is unique with great beaches and wildlife refuges. More than 370 species of birds have been identified on the refuge during migratory seasons. The largest are usually ospreys and several species of herons. At the other extreme, seven species of hummingbirds have been identified. Mammals such as red fox, coyotes, and armadillos…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on November 15, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Around the World in 4 Days at London's World Travel Market 2012 (Photos)

Once again I can say that "I survived WTM London." World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry is held every year in November at London's Excel conference center. WTM is a vibrant must-attend four-day business-to-business event, presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to travel professionals from over 160 countries. By attending WTM, participants gain immediate competitive advantage for their business and stay abreast with the latest…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on November 14, 2012 at 4:01pm — 2 Comments

Are Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity Becoming Extinct?

Given Priceline's recent purchase of Kayak for $1.8 billion in a cash-and-stock deal, the question is either completely relevant or incredibly irrelevant.

But it's a fascinating question, and Hotelmarketing.com…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on November 14, 2012 at 2:08pm — 4 Comments

The Gau Tao Festival of Vietnam's Hmong Ethnic Minority

Every year, when spring and the Tet  holiday come, if you go on an excursion to highlands and the northern mountainous provinces, you will be glad to see blooming peach trees and plum and to discover the mysteries in the Hmong minority’s customs and habits, to welcome New Year, usually celebrated in early January in the lunar calendar.

The Tet holidays last 12 days, with many community activities, and the most typical is the Gau Tao festival, one of two important events each year to…


Added by Vietnam tours on November 13, 2012 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Robert De Niro's Love Affair With the Dominican Republic

by Andy Jarosz

Double agents, high drama, betrayal and plenty of high-tech gadgetry. The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro and released in 2006, had all the magic ingredients of a classic spy film. With Matt Damon and…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on November 13, 2012 at 9:05am — No Comments

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