Featured Member Blog Posts – December 2012 Archive (36)

Peru's a Perfect Place to Ring in the New Year

Why is that? Well, Peru offers a New Year’s experience to appeal to virtually any and every type of traveler. It’s famously filled with the mystical and the historic. It also offers high culture, unsurpassed ecotourism, and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Add in a plethora of superb hotels, restaurants and spas, and it all adds up to a special occasion…


Added by PromPerú on December 31, 2012 at 12:02pm — No Comments

New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

If any holiday is made for Las Vegas, it's New Year's Eve.

Las Vegas is expecting a record 320,000+ out-of-town guests for New Year's Eve parties. Las Vegas will fill its 150,189 hotel rooms on New Year's Eve, Sam's Town RV Park also has a full house.

We will be heading to the Strip for the New Years festivities. At 6pm Las Vegas Blvd is closed to vehicle traffic and…


Added by Home Is Where We Park on December 31, 2012 at 10:12am — No Comments

Endangered Species Find Refuge in Costa Rica's Caribbean Waters

By Shannon Farley

They live in the sea, are on the World Wildlife Fund’s “Endangered Species List”, and frequent the waters around…


Added by Shannon Farley on December 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Boston Food Tours Focus on Neighborhood Markets

There's no doubt that each city across the world boasts unique food offerings. But if time is short and you don’t have opportunities for full immersion, taking the right food tour makes the difference between being a clueless tourist or gaining a full understanding of where to go & what to buy.

Take Boston’s…


Added by Steve Mirsky on December 29, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Five New Year’s Eve Destinations on Five Continents

Today is New Year’s Eve, and once again, everyone is asking what everyone else’s plans are. My New Year’s Day plans are exciting: I’m headed to Whistler for a few days of skiing some of the world’s best in-bounds terrain. But New Year’s…

Added by Sara Cooke on December 28, 2012 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Spend It Like Beckham: Why Men Need Spas, Too

Back in 2004, the movie Cellular featured a character --  a cop --  who was about to retire.  Was he going to spend his newly-found free time hunting, fishing, or traveling the world?

No.  He was going to open a day spa.

That character was way ahead of his time.  Spa treatments for men were popular back in 2004, but today, in 2012,…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on December 28, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

The USA's Best Offbeat, Quirky New Year's Eve Celebrations

Everybody agrees that the two top places to ring in a new year are Times Square in New York City (right) and anywhere in Las Vegas. But there are other interesting, free, even quirky New Year’s Eve celebrations in the USA, from a cheese party in Wisconsin to a pickle party in Mount Olive,…


Added by Evelyn Kanter on December 27, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

“Orange October” in San Francisco

October in the City by the Bay - I just can’t say enough about it. Getting a late Indian summer means warm days in October. This year the city would host the America’s Cup yacht race trials and the annual Naval “Fleet Week,” complete with the Blue Angels buzzing over San Francisco Bay, all on the same weekend. San Francisco is one of world’s favorite cities. October weekends include street fairs, music festivals, food and beer festivals, and more. The city comes to life with warm days and…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on December 27, 2012 at 10:24am — No Comments

From Spain, A New Year's Eve Blast From the Past: "Another Year" by Mecano

by Tripatini staff 

An oldie but goodie from one of the seminal Spanish pop groups of the 1980′s and 1990′s, reunited just about a year ago. Two brothers, Nacho and José María Cano wrote and played the tunes and Ana Torroja sang ‘em, and many were quirky doozies — I Can’t Get Up Today, This Isn’t a Serious Cemetery, I Crashed a Party, Stereosexual. This one, from the 1987 album…


Added by Tripatini on December 26, 2012 at 4:43pm — No Comments

When in Seattle, Relax at the Vida Spa

When in Seattle, Washington stay at the luxurious Pan Pacific Hotel and after a day of work or sightseeing head across the courtyard to the Vida Spa to revitalizes your external sense of well-being while restoring your internal sense of vitality and energy. Each treatment is as unique as your needs. So your body, mind and spirit can all…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on December 26, 2012 at 8:24am — No Comments

Sierra Leone: Poor But Brimming With Potential

First impressions of what to expect in Sierra Leone were not encouraging. The Sierra Leone High Commission in the UK, where tourists are required to apply for visas, is on a narrow street in central London. The reception area was dark and shabby. Visa applicants were directed along a gloomy passage to an official sitting in a small room behind…


Added by Rita Payne on December 25, 2012 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Christmas Markets in Munich

There’s snow on the ground in many parts of British Columbia, and thoughts are turning to Christmas. Where better to get into the Christmas spirit than in the traditional Christmas markets in Germany? Today we’re joined by Bavarian guide Simone, who regularly delights travelers with her fun and insightful tours of Munich. In November and December, Simone offers a special…

Added by Sara Cooke on December 24, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

For the Holidays, Balducci Gift Baskets to the Rescue!

It all started with a produce stand run by "Pop" Balducci in Brooklyn. Now after 96 years and multiple restructurings, Balducci’s is a flagship destination for gourmands the nation over online along with 6 physical stores located in Maryland, Virginia, New York and Connecticut. After all these years, produce is still…


Added by Steve Mirsky on December 24, 2012 at 7:19am — No Comments

'Christmas Bird Count' Soars in Costa Rica for 2012

by Shannon Farley

Costa Rica’s 2012 “Christmas Bird Count at …


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on December 23, 2012 at 10:12am — No Comments

The Mouthwatering Cuisine of India's Rajasthan

Rajasthan, the land of the Rajputana dynasty and its heritage treasures, has attracted a tremendous number visitors to its vast and scintillating sights for memorable holidays. This land of princes and maharajas has many luxurious and opulent things to offer from eloquent palaces to majestic forts and monuments, from the faraway Aravali Hills to goosebump-inducing wilderness amidst lush foliage and the vibrant fairs and festivals - all part of the essential tableau of…


Added by Shubhanshi Aggarwal on December 22, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Family Travel Bloggers Unite, Flex Social Media, Travel Muscle

From November 9 to 11, 2012, a trio of leading family travel "influencers" ushered in their annual Family Travel Conference, http://www.familytravelconference.com/  a gathering of passionate, talented and savvy family travel bloggers and journalists from around the country. The venue was the huge, but…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on December 21, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

Tunisia As Backdrop for 'Star Wars'

When George Lucas first created the Star Wars trilogy, he likely never never imagined that the films, set in Tunisia, would draw in thousands of fans yearly to the country to this day. Many Star Wars fans have already found their way to the deserts of southern Tunisia, 'in a galaxy far far away’ that…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on December 20, 2012 at 9:31am — No Comments

Christmas in Las Vegas, Nevada

Ahhh, there's no place like home Las Vegas for Christmas.

December is considered the 'off season' in Las Vegas, but that is a relative term. Vegas is always hopping, no matter what time of year. Christmas is actually very crowded in Las Vegas. Absolutely everything is open, shops, casinos,…


Added by Home Is Where We Park on December 19, 2012 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

Christmas in Barcelona - Complete With Pooping Figurines

Have you ever been to Barcelona at Christmastime? Sure, sun and sandy beaches come to mind, when mentioning this name, but Christmas is very special for the Catalans.

If you haven’t visited the city at this time of the year, do so – the temperature are high enough for pleasant stroll down the streets, full of lights. And there are loads of things…


Added by Velimira Velikova on December 17, 2012 at 4:39pm — 1 Comment

Cesária Évora, Cape Verde’s Immortal Gift to World Music

Not too many people know much about (or have even heard of) the tiny,…


Added by David Paul Appell on December 17, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

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