Featured Member Blog Posts – December 2017 Archive (31)

Tokyo's Thrilling “Shōgatsu” New Year's Celebrations

Shōgatsu (New Year's) in Tokyo used to be a time just for quiet reflection, but now celebrants have many more choices – from visiting a temple or shrine for the Hatsumode spiritual pilgrimage to partying…


Added by Marian Goldberg on December 31, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments

Air Out Your Spirits at Wyoming's Laramie River Ranch


“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home.”



Added by Linda Ballou on December 30, 2017 at 3:50am — No Comments

Fascinating Hill Stations Near Chandigarh, India

A 1960s city with a UNESCO World Heritage Site complex of buildings designed by the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier, Chandigarh, capital of both of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Harayana, is a gateway to the western Himalayas. Exciting mountain getaways are just a few hours away, whether you are escaping the summer heat, looking for some monsoon mist or planning to enjoy a snowy winter weekend. Here are some top recommendations that make for an unforgettable…


Added by Anand Dorairaj on December 29, 2017 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Best Australian Beaches for Disabled Travellers

Beaches are a huge part of Australia’s cultural identity.  Not only are they some of our most iconic locations, beaches provide a range of health benefits, from relieving stress to boosting our immune system. In 2016, the Accessible…


Added by Chloe Ward on December 28, 2017 at 8:07am — No Comments

Beyond Pho: 6 of Vietnam's Top Noodle Dishes

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Most foodies have heard of pho, the noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and beef or chicken. But Vietnamese cuisine is known for its amazing variety of 'street food', much of it also noodle-based. A half dozen prime examples you can find in Vietnam's capital Hanoi:…


Added by Helen Tran on December 27, 2017 at 9:34pm — No Comments

London's 5 Best Winter Pop-Ups

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Happy Boxing Day! Always a festive date in a festive season. But another phenomenon that helps keep that festiveness going all winter are the various cool pop-ups - restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, quirky experiences - always coming along to keep us entertained. Spring brought us all kinds of chocolatey treats and summer had its beach bars, but the chilly season in some ways brings us the most exciting new pop-ups of all. It’s time to get cosy with open…


Added by Mike Komo on December 26, 2017 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Celebrating the Holidays in 5 Latin American Countries

by Miguel Martínez Rabanal

Along with many other cultural traditions, Spain bequeathed Christmas and New Year’s to its American colonies, now the 17…


Added by Iberia Airlines on December 25, 2017 at 3:34pm — No Comments

West Africa Christmastime... Baobab and Palm Wine

In the UK we usually associate Christmas with family, eating and drinking (often to excess!), giving presents, Father Christmas and a Christmas tree. But how is the tradition celebrated in West Africa, a region of the World where Christianity is at its freshest, where missionaries have only been…

Added by West Africa Discovery on December 24, 2017 at 10:43am — No Comments

7 Amazing Places to Spend Christmas & New Year's

Christmas & New Year holidays are the most awaited of the year for many. Spending the holidays with family and friends is the longstanding custom in almost all the parts of the Western world. To add to the joy of the festivities, many families and friends try to source out places where they can spend interesting quality time…


Added by Auralyn C on December 23, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

Feliz Natal from Gramado, Christmas Capital of Latin America!


Added by David Paul Appell on December 22, 2017 at 4:48am — No Comments

5 Tips for Men Traveling Solo

People like to travel alone for a number of different reasons. While some prefer the intimacy coupled with freedom of traveling all by themselves, others simply travel solo because they couldn't find the right partner or a friend to go along with them. More often than not, people make plans with their friends only to have…


Added by Sophie Andersen on December 21, 2017 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

The Broadmoor, a Culinary Playground in the Colorado Rockies

Just 15 minutes from Colorado Springs Airport, one of the most convenient gateways to the Rocky Mountains was founded back in 1918 when real estate and gold mining baron Spencer Penrose opened…


Added by Steve Mirsky on December 20, 2017 at 7:03am — No Comments

Temple Towns Near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India


Nothing beats the feeling of traveling or going on a trip with your family. Vacations are necessary to de-stress and bond with your companions, and if they include temples, the results are even better- you come out with a well-rested body and a relaxed mental state. With that in mind, let's take a look at a few of the temple towns near the…


Added by Asawari Ghatage on December 19, 2017 at 10:55am — No Comments

Angola, Luanda: the 'Monaco of Africa'?

by Cristóbal Ramírez

In recent years, the capital of Angola – the southern African country which has long left the devastation of its civil war behind and whose annual growth rates of late…


Added by Iberia Airlines on December 18, 2017 at 2:16pm — No Comments

New Tokyo Hotels Welcome Guests with 'Omotenashi' Hospitality

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As Tokyo starts gearing up for the Summer 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, new hotels are opening across the city.  Here's what's just opened and what's ahead into the new year.…


Added by Marian Goldberg on December 17, 2017 at 6:55am — No Comments

6 Top Spots to Visit in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is heralded as the cultural capital of Australia, and for good reason. The city plays host to a variety of events ranging from sports to music and cultural festivals, along with a great number of sights and attractions, perfect for both the tourist and the curious local. Here are the half dozen best places to visit in Melbourne: …


Added by Emma Palmer on December 16, 2017 at 11:42am — No Comments

A Treaty & a Treat: the Fun, Historic Dutch City of Maastricht


Added by José Balido on December 15, 2017 at 9:09am — No Comments

Vietnam Dispatches: 40 Years Too Late


For those of a certain age, it is impossible to forget how consumed the American public was with the Vietnam War in the late 60s and early 70s.  We ate it, slept it, watched it on TV every night.  But not me – I…


Added by Daniel Asa Rose on December 14, 2017 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Kazakhstan, the Rough Diamond

Straddling two time zones and four climate zones, Kazakhstan is a country of startling contrasts.

Some would say it is the country of steppes, others of endless flatlands, of deep canyons such as Charyn, of deserts or of semi-saline lakes, like…


Added by Tim Salivan on December 13, 2017 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment

Manuel Antonio Park a Costa Rica Paradise

It does not matter how old you are, 10 or 50, and a meeting with wild nature, even though slightly fed, always brings some original childish rapture, well, at least, we have. That's why my husband and I shared a birthday with a visit to one of the most famous national parks of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio on the Central American country's crooked central…


Added by Hor Vctorsson on December 12, 2017 at 1:16pm — No Comments

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