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Travel Tips: What Neighbourhood in Amsterdam Should You Stay In?

Travel Tips and Destinations - 1 hour 39 min ago
Wondering where to stay on your next trip to Amsterdam? Here is a guide to the best neighbourhoods in central Amsterdam based on the purpose of your trip.

The Rajasthan Holy Cities Tour

Travel Articles - 2 hours 5 min ago
There is a heavenly side of State of Rajasthan also that offers delight and blessings to the visitors. The holy places in Rajasthan are not bound with specific religion. People of all belief are similarly respectful by these places. Temples in Rajasthan gives its visitors peace within.

How to rent a holiday home in Ibiza?

Travel Articles - 2 hours 49 min ago
Ibiza is one of the most beautiful islands and it is also known as the white island. It is the best location for spending holidays with your family. Ibiza is an island and it is surrounded by beautiful cove beaches, high mountains and lush green forests. People who visit Ibiza as tourist either stay in holiday homes or apartments. The climate of the place is perfect and one can visit this place anytime. It is a paradise for the newly wedded couples. It is an ideal place for different sport acti

Top Five Reasons to Visit Fort Collins, Colorado

Travel Tips and Destinations - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:54
Fort Collins, Colorado, the city that began as a military outpost, has developed into a cultural center and just a fun place to visit. Beautiful surrounding scenery add to its attractions.

Top Three Reasons to Visit Estes Park, Colorado, Thanksgiving 2015

Travel Tips and Destinations - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:42
Estes Park, the town adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, attracts tourists year round. Thanksgiving is an especially wonderful time to visit the famous area.

September 2014 Updates (and Link Round Up)

Twenty-Something Travel via rss - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:05

September has been fun! I spent the entire month in Seattle, getting to know my new home. I explored Capitol Hill, went to the Washington State Fair and even attended a food blogger convention. Mike and I also celebrated our one year wedding anniversary which was lovely. Since the traditional first anniversary gift is “paper” I got him a book on beer tasting and he bought me a Mexican cookbook.

Twenty-Something Travel had a big milestone as well, one that I almost missed. Last week I pressed publish on Twenty-Something Travel’s 1000th post. It was this lovely first time guide to Japan by Jessica. 1000 posts. That is just mind-blowing to me.

October will be a busy, but also fun, month: I’m going to Las Vegas and Austin and celebrating both Mike and my 30th birthdays!

My Writing

What I do when I’m not here:

How to Pack Carry On Only- RoamRight

5 Little Known Wine Regions Around the World- RoamRight

3 Foods to Avoid in Italy- RoamRight

How to Know if A Tourist Experience is Ethical- RoamRight

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling- TripIt

Why Food Trucks are Currently Conquering America- Trivago

The Tastiest Restaurants in New York City that You Can Actually Afford- Trivago

Best From Around the Web:

Why You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Travel- Drink Tea Travel- Great advice on how to have a career and travel the world.

Dynamic Pricing: Flight Pricing’s Biggest Scam?- Indiana Jo- This is a must read if you are planning to book a plane ticket, well, ever.

Travel Solo Because it Sucks- Stars on the Ceiling- Traveling solo isn’t always fun, sometimes it sucks, but sometimes, that is what makes it worthwhile.

10 Questions From 2 Years Traveling the World- Be My Travel Muse- Time for some serious introspection.

How to Travel the Maldives on a Budget. It’s Possible! – Never Ending Footsteps- this post makes me sad I don’t have time to explore the Maldives after my trip to Sri Lanka.

Why I Don’t Have Pictures for Burning Man- OverYonderlust- I like Erica’s piece because it ties into something I’ll be writing about next week: photography and consent.

What’s the best thing you’ve read this month?

September 2014 Updates (and Link Round Up) is a post from Twenty-Something Travel

Corbett National Park: A Must-visit for Every Wildlife Lover

Travel Articles - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 06:24
Corbett National Park is widely revered for its Tiger population. Generally, the climatic conditions in Corbett National Park are mostly hot and enjoyable during summers and winters.

Same One Night Spot Agra Tour Packages

Travel Articles - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:20
Taj Mahal tour packages square measure designed elegantly to hide the 2 royal states of royal aura and lavish lifestyles. charming urban sprawl of urban center further as Jaipur is additionally illustrious for its exotic nonetheless ancient looking destinations along side its delicious Rajasthani & Mughlai cuisines.

Jaipur Near By Agra Tour Packages

Travel Articles - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:11
India may be a country that has deep-seated numerous cultures and empires of diverse civilizations. the foremost predominant of the ton that closely-held this country besides the enslaving British, were the Mughals and therefore the Hindoo tribe. each these empires were noted for its esteem royalty and arch battle force.

Agra Lovely and Popuplar Tour Packages

Travel Articles - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:09
Agrathe attractive town was once the capital of the Mughal Emperors has carved its name with the golden ink on the pages of history. the town wealthy in Mughal splendor, its fascinating design, beautiful gardens, splendid forts and monuments that represent the fabulous styles and art is placed on the banks of watercourse Yamuna within the famed north Indian state province.

Jaipur and Agra Advantage Palce Tour Packages

Travel Articles - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:08
India could be a country that has constituted varied cultures and empires of various civilizations. the foremost predominant of the heap that in hand this country besides the enslaving British, were the Mughals and also the Rajpoot kinship group. each these empires were famous for its esteem royalty and arch battle force.

Things to Do in Cusco

Travel Articles - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 00:27
When it comes to adventure tours in Cusco, there are so many things to do in this city. Well, all these things can make your adventure trip to Peru really a memorable one. So, get ready for an exciting trip.

Koh Samui's Best Restaurants

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:00
If you are traveling to Koh Samui and eager to experience the best resturaunts that the island has to offer, then look no further. We have listed the top 5 resturaunts on Koh Samui so that you too can sample the mouth watering culinary delights.

Why Grand Canyon Helicopters are the Best Way to See National Park

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:00
The Grand Canyon is a huge place. If you have only one or two days to visit it, try a helicopter tour. It's the only way to see the majority of the Park in less than 60 minutes.

4 Hidden Spots to Travel in Central America Without Many Tourists Around

Travel Tips and Destinations - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:50
Tired of always traveling on the gringo trail? Check out these hidden spots to get off the beaten path when backpacking in Central America and experience beautiful places without the crowds.

Ten Free Things To Do In Snowdonia

Travel Tips and Destinations - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:12
If you've convinced yourself that a visit to Snowdonia will be expensive, you're in for a pleasant surprise... there's actually plenty you can do for free! Here are ten ideas to get you started.

Venice: 5 budget hotels with canal views

EuroCheapo via rss - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:17

Who doesn’t dream of a canal view from their hotel room when visiting Venice? Ever since I started regularly visiting the city to review its hotels in 2001, I’ve always hoped that I would be able to fling my windows open in the morning to the sights and sounds of a passing gondola.

It hasn’t happened for a number of reasons.

First, and most obviously, cost: Canal-side hotels almost always charge more for the views. Venice has been welcoming tourists for hundreds of years, and those in the hotel business caught on long ago that they could charge more for rooms overlooking the city’s famous waterways, even the tiny, inconsequential canals.

Secondly, when I visit Venice for work, I’m almost always alone, and hotel owners almost always reserve their romantic canal-side rooms for doubles. Single rooms in Venice, in fact, are quite often afterthoughts (if they were thought of, at all).

While I can’t do much about the plight of the single traveler in Venice, I can offer some advice for budget travelers looking to book a hotel with a view. Fortunately, there are a few budget hotels left in the city with canal views. These tend to be romantic hold-outs who have chosen not to renovate themselves into four-star boutique properties with sky-high rates. (For that reason alone, we should support them!)

Here are five of my favorite affordable hotels in Venice that offer rooms with canal views. Note: As many of these offer only a handful of rooms with the views, be sure to be clear when reserving that you’re interested in a room with a view.

The view of a passing gondola from a room at the Doni. (And yes, the gondolier is texting.)

Albergo Doni

From €50 to €135

The Doni is a Cheapo classic, a small, family-run place located a couple of tiny bridges away from St. Mark’s Square. It’s an old fashioned and modest hotel, run by the grandchildren of the original owner. Four rooms at this creaky and unpretentious hotel have canal views.

The Locanda Silva is close to St. Mark’s Square, but hidden from the tourists.

Locanda Silva

From €50 to €140

Another sweet, family run hotel nestled along a quiet canal near St. Mark’s Square, the one-star Silva has low rates and simple rooms with AC. Modern art (painted by family members) hangs throughout, and six rooms look out to the small waterway. The Silva is a nice option for visitors wishing to be near San Marco, without sleeping in the midst of the crowds.

Guests at the Dalla Mora can also relax on the hotel’s roof terrace.

Hotel dalla Mora

From €45 to €110

Perhaps the best deal in town, 10 of the 14 rooms at the one-star Hotel dalla Mora have prime canal views. The hotel is located in the charming Santa Croce neighborhood, a bit removed from the tourist bustle of San Marco, and offers very well-kept rooms with AC, and no TV. The Dalla Mora is also a family affair, run by two brothers who have created something special (and popular—book well in advance).

View of the Accademia Bridge and Grand Canal from the Hotel Galleria.

Hotel Galleria

From €90-220

This one-star hotel is the most expensive on the list for a good reason: Its rooms don’t just look out to any old tiny canal, they open to the Grand Canal. Located quite literally at the base of the Accademia Bridge in Dursoduro, the Galleria is named for its neighbor, the Galleria dell’Accademia, Venice’s most important art museum. Rooms are lovingly decorated with old fashioned details, but the real star here are the views of the Grand Canal, bridge, or art museum.

View from the Antica Locanda Montin.

Antica Locanda Montin

From €60 to €160

Situated along a small canal in Venice’s dreamy Dursoduro district, the Montin is a convenient restaurant-hotel combo with an impressive collection of paintings. Dine downstairs in its popular Venetian restaurant, then climb the staircase to your room, passing through a salon decked out in artwork. Rooms are simple, although dressed up with paintings, and two special rooms have small terraces overlooking the canal.

More budget hotel picks

Looking for more affordable hotel options in Venice? Read all of our reviews in our Venice hotel guide.

The post Venice: 5 budget hotels with canal views appeared first on EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog.

From Chennai To Madras And Back

Travel Tips and Destinations - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:37
Not many who live in the bigger cities of the country know that Chennai was the first modern city in the history of India. It has a wonderful history, is strong in its culture and traditions, is very hospitable and provides warmth to all those who seek shelter in one of the most peaceful cities in the country. Chennai had always attracted cloth merchants, spice traders and seafarers for centuries before the British came to its shores.

Packing Advice: 10 tips for a two-week European jaunt

EuroCheapo via rss - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 06:26

Packing advice can get awfully proscriptive very quickly, and these tips are no exception. Bear with me.

Before you start throwing everything you own into a bag, take a moment to think about strategy. With a few easy steps, you too can be hitting the road in Europe like a budget travel pro.

I’ve been traveling light since I was a teenager. And if you find the following advice too limiting, know that it could be much, much worse. My mother once traveled from Germany to Paris for a weekend carrying just a small purse!

1. There’s no need to check a bag

Find a medium-sized carry-on bag. This is what you’ll be taking with you to hold most of your stuff. Everything you need for a two-week trip will fit into the carry-on bag (such as a duffel bag) and a modest backpack.

Don’t try to remember everything in your head. A list keeps your packing system on track. Photo: Steve Hodgson

2. Make a list and check it twice

Catalog what you think you’ll need. Lay it all out, every last t-shirt, sweater and pair of jeans. Haul everything out and line up items next to each other: clothing, toiletries, books, electronics.

3. Condense your clothes

Now take an axe to your clothes. Reduce everything down to the following: eight shirts or blouses, two pairs of trousers, dresses or skirts, a sweater or sweatshirt, eight pair/sets of underwear, eight pairs of socks, and one pair of shoes. Wear a light jacket on the plane to save space in your bag, and you’re good to go. That’s it. You need to be a good editor.

Interlude

Get a hold of yourself. Breathe deeply. To answer your first and most pressing question, you’ll wash your clothes along the way, in your hotel sink or at a laundromat. You might even splurge and arrange laundry through a service. Just trust me.

4. Don’t overdo the toiletries

Reduce your toiletries as well, and keep in mind size limitations for international travel. Separate your toiletries into two categories: liquid and non-liquid, and place the liquid toiletries in a transparent plastic bag with a seal. Your non-liquid toiletries (toothbrush, dental floss, pills, etc.) do not need to be stored in close proximity to your liquid toiletries.

I turned to beauty blogger and travel publicist Lynda Daboh for cosmetics advice. Her two cents: “decant, get free sample sizes, and use powder products where possible to minimize spillage and maximize space.”

Think carefully about what you’ll need on the road. It may be less than you think. Photo: CalypsoCrystal

5. Do you really need that laptop?

Think about your electronics. Do you need your laptop? Do you need your camera? Will your smart phone do the trick of staying in touch and documenting your travels adequately? Among my admittedly tiny professional tribe of travel writers, I’ve noticed a slow but unstoppable trend toward leaving bigger equipment at home.

iPhone and iPad cameras are as good as many digital cameras as far as quality is concerned, and they allow you the opportunity to post and edit photos on the fly whenever you have access to WiFi. Reduce your electronics, and you’ll stand to benefit.

Make some room for your favorite guidebooks, just don’t bring your whole shelf. Photo: Adam Groffman

6. Don’t bring a whole library of guidebooks

Which books do you need? Many guidebooks can be transported digitally; relevant chapters of monster-sized guidebooks can be torn out and placed in a folder to reduce weight. Books for leisurely reading can be read on devices to save space again. (I’m old-fashioned and prefer to read books made out of paper, myself, but there it is.) For recording observations, a nice notebook is good to have.

7. Plastic bags can be your friend

Slip one in your bag for dirty clothes. Take another for transporting a second pair of shoes or flip-flops. And take an extra just in case. These will come in very handy.

You can never be too organized when it comes to travel documents. Photo: media.digest

8.Organize your documents.

Even the most technologically advanced traveler can benefit from having hard copies of tickets, itinerary suggestions, general information and a photocopy of your passport or any visa documentation on hand. Organize this into a folder, chronologically if it makes sense to do so.

9. Leave a little space for souvenirs

Leave room in your bags for treasures. Do you plan to do some shopping? If you do, make sure you have room for your loot.

10. Everyone has different needs, so plan ahead

You can be forgiven of thinking of the practical last, but now it’s time to turn your mind to questions of utility. First of all, remember that many objects of daily use (hand sanitizer, tissues, many toiletries) can probably be purchased on the road.

Will your plugs work or will you need a converter? (Quick answer: You’ll likely need a converter.) Will you have language difficulties? If so, consider a phrase book, and consider familiarizing yourself with the language in advance by listening to it. But there are also the intangibly valuable things whose value only you can determine. Will you need multivitamins? A favorite snack? A favorite pen?

Think ahead, dear Cheapos, and you are on your way to a fun two-week adventure.

The post Packing Advice: 10 tips for a two-week European jaunt appeared first on EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog.

Burnt Boreal Forest in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta

Everything Everywhere via rss - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 05:49

Burnt Boreal Forest in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta

This is actually a remarkable photo if you look closely. Most of the forest is black from forest fire. However, you can see patches of brown and green which were not burnt as bad. All of the green unburnt areas are surrounded by a region of brown trees which were damaged, but not burnt. It really shows how random, and dependent on ground conditions, forest fires can be.

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