Featured Member Blog Posts – December 2016 Archive (26)

Memorable New Year's Eves in Brazil

For many in Brazil, the New Year in Brazil is closely linked to the sea. While many of us in the northern hemisphere celebrate New Year’s Eve warmly clad to shelter ourselves from the cold, Brazil chooses its beaches as the most emblematic place to commemorate this festivity. Every city and every region have their own way of celebrating it but the…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on December 31, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Toast to Spain's Ribera del Duero Wine Country

It’s that time of year again: la vendimia, the harvesting of grapes in various parts of Spain, from Jerez to Rioja and Rías Baixas to Penedés. And north of Madrid, winding 115 kilometres (miles) through the heart of the region of Castile-Leon (and of the entire Iberian peninsula, for that matter), the Duero River traces a route through not only some…


Added by Iberia Airlines on December 30, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Tips For Taking Travel Photos

If you want your travel photos to stand out there are a number of tips that you should consider.  Not all of these tips will work for you, but it is best to know about them.

Do Things Differently

To make your travel pictures stand out you should try something different.  There are certain attractions where everyone does the same thing and you should push the boundaries. …


Added by Karen Cole on December 29, 2016 at 11:13am — No Comments

6 Reasons You Must Visit Sydney At Least Once

Relax on some sun-soaked beaches, dine at award-winning restaurants and admire some shows on your holiday in amazing Sydney, Australia’s most inhabited city. It’s time you take an inspiring trip to the land Down Under, where sandy beaches, wonderful art and stunning attractions are the standard.…


Added by Jessica Berry on December 28, 2016 at 7:29am — No Comments

Exploring the Puget Sound Area Outside Seattle

The Puget Sound has much more to offer than just Seattle. If you are planning a trip to western Washington, here is a good list of things to see to understand why people fee so fortunate to live in beautiful Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.

Kirkland's Waterfront Parks

Kirkland is a beautiful…


Added by Simon Hopes on December 26, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments

There's No Place Like Madrid for the Holidays

Europe’s cities especially pour on the charm during the Yuletide season, and Spain’s capital is no exception. Here are the top holiday highlights to watch out for!

Holiday Lights

Starting at the end of November, the bright-luces-big-ciudad thing gets an extra…


Added by José Balido on December 25, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Secret Christmas in Vienna - 7 Spots You Wouldn't Have Visited

Christmas markets in Vienna continue to be the hype for most winter travellers. But what if your festive spirit thrives more on off-path revelations and neighbourhood bliss? Here are seven under-the-radar spots that celebrate Christmas in a different way. (For all other local distractions, visit my collection of What to do in Vienna)…


Added by Vienna Unwrapped on December 24, 2016 at 11:24am — No Comments

Passing Through Harare, Zimbabwe? 5 Must-Visit Spots

Located north of the Limpopo River in the southern part of Africa, Harare - the capital city of Zimbabwe is a metropolis that has been witnessing a major chunk of tourists from all around the world. Whether you like making the most of nature, relaxing in a spa or shopping, the city of Harare has it all!…


Added by Lia Issabelle on December 22, 2016 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Top Tips for Mountain Biking in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known around the world for superb mountain biking. In November 2016, hundreds of international riders competed in the 24th annual La Ruta de los Conquistadores (The Route of the Conquistadors), often called the world's toughest mountain bike race. Race founder …


Added by Shannon Farley on December 21, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

Gothenburg, Sweden's Sweet Second City

How many cities in Sweden – or for that matter, anywhere in Scandinavia – can you name outside the country’s capital? For many of us, the answer is few if any. And yet, the smaller places like Denmark’s …


Added by José Balido on December 20, 2016 at 11:01am — No Comments

Boavista - West Africa's Isle of Turtles, Beaches & Dunes

Cape Verde
 is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean that thanks to its climate, beaches and landscapes is becoming a first-rate tourist destination.

Boavista is the largest island of the Cape Verde archipelago, originally colonised by Portugal off the coast of Senegal. It is one of the Windward…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on December 19, 2016 at 8:29am — No Comments

Antwerp's a Boffo Belgian Bonanza

Yet another European city tracing its roots back to a settlement of the Roman Empire, the Flanders (Dutch Belgium) city of Antwerpen (Anvers in French) started coming into its own in the late 15th century, and by the 16th…


Added by David Paul Appell on December 17, 2016 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Vienna Stereotypes: How To Create Your Own Picture Of The City

If you visit Vienna for the first time and are keen to get under its skin you face a challenge: a mountain of 'must-sees' that over the centuries have cemented the rock solid stereotype of the enchanting city of music, cakes and emperors. Should you indulge in it? Or should you smash it by replacing cliched sights with trendy places?

As a native Viennese and frequent traveller back to my hometown, I have had fun doing both: indulging in and smashing Vienna stereotypes. Here is…


Added by Vienna Unwrapped on December 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

5 Top Spots for Paddleboarding and Kayaking in Hawaii

Hawaii is famous for its many beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere. It has always been one of the world’s favorite destinations for water sports lovers. The islands there boast of some of the best stands up paddle board locations in the world.

There are so many great paddle board locations to choose from in Hawaii, but here are my favorite spots…


Added by Robert Walsh on December 15, 2016 at 6:39pm — No Comments

A Closer Look at Spain's Garnacha Wines from Aragon

The Aragon region of Spain is filled with castles, cathedrals, monasteries, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites dotting the Pyrenees foothills, desert plains, fertile deltas, and the bustling city of Zaragoza. In addition to being a major cultural and agricultural powerhouse, Aragon's vineyards are renowned not only for…


Added by Steve Mirsky on December 14, 2016 at 10:02am — No Comments

Rx: Lanzarote - Land of Fire and Nice

by Cristóbal Ramírez

In the olden days (and even days not so olden), doctors used to prescribe travel to certain climates to patients to cure all manner of ailments. On Lanzarote in the 21st century, Spain has  come up with a volcanic equivalent, also calling out to lovers of beaches and …


Added by Iberia Airlines on December 13, 2016 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Visit Ireland to Have the Most Exciting Time of Your Life

 Ireland with its uncommon geological richness and the astonishing diversity has always attracted the visitors all across the globe. It is a country rich with huge green mountains, mind-blowing landscapes, alluring cliffs, and old monumental castle.



Added by Sanjeeb Mallick on December 12, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

8 Great Things to Do in Costa Rican Beach Town Jacó

The Central Pacific coast is one of the top places to visit in Costa Rica, and Jacó Beach is at the center of it all. Here in the home of Hotel Amapola, the water is warm, the sunsets breathtaking, and the surf legendary.

Only 75 minutes from the San Jose international airport, Jacó is one of the best…


Added by Shannon Farley on December 11, 2016 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Manchester, England - Top 5 Attractions for a Memorable Holiday

Vibrant and artistic, Manchester - a major city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, is blessed with a vibe that seems unmatched to any other English city.

When in Manchester, you will forget London for sure, such is the charm of this…


Added by Lia Issabelle on December 10, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kabuki Theater in the Mountains of Central Japan

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese performing art, registered as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO. In Gifu Prefecture, part of the Shoryudo, Central region of Japan (http://shoryudo.go-centraljapan.jp/en/index.html), a couple of hours…


Added by Marian Goldberg on December 9, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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