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The Scenic Lakes of North America

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:49
North America has a plethora of beautiful lakes. Read this article to find out the best lakes of North America.

Best of Kenya: Tourism

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:56
Tourism in Kenya is one of the second largest foreign exchange economic activities; that is trailed with the agriculture. There are a lot of tourism sites and venues that call for safaris, tours and adventures that attract tourists from all the parts of the world including the local tourists to Kenya. There are approximately 23 National Parks and numerous game reserves that act as a center of wildlife, bird watching, amid other tourism activities.

How to Enjoy the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks on Crowded Days

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:34
The Disneyland Resort California theme parks have experienced high crowd levels since the beginning of Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Celebration. Find out tips to allow you to enjoy the magic of the theme parks on crowded days. And, discover little known areas to escape to when you need to carve out a little personal space for yourself away from the crowds.

A Bare Throated Tiger Heron Taking Flight in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Everything Everywhere via rss - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:21

A Bare Throated Tiger Heron Taking Flight in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Top 5 Hotels in Chinatown Bangkok

Travel Tips and Destinations - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:51
Chinatown in Bangkok may be still unfamiliar with even those who have traveled to Bangkok many times, so opting for a suitable accommodation is very important. This crowded and bustling area may evoke the feeling of homesick, but with the following list of 5 most wonderful hotels in Chinatown, you will certainly find a relaxing shelter after a long day of exploration and experience. The boutique hotels were chosen by the majority of travelers when they visit Chinatown because of impressive design and first-class customer service, representing the strengths of Thai tourism.

Life Across the Sand Dunes

Travel Tips and Destinations - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:02
I wasn't too happy to do the camel safari on a recent trip to Jaisalmer. It seemed pretty in-human to be mounted on an animal and being dragged around in one of the most difficult terrains- the desert. Before I began my journey to Jaisalmer- the Golden City of India, I was gently advised by a dear friend of mine, who probably knew my eccentricities, that if you are going to the Thar Desert, there is no way you are to miss the camel safari.

The Treasures of Europe

Travel Tips and Destinations - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:48
Europe is a world of wonders with countless attractions and cultural diversities. If you wish to experience the best of Europe, here are some of the most spectacular destinations.

Venice Carnival: 10 ways to save money and see more

EuroCheapo via rss - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:53

Headed to one of the world’s biggest parties this weekend? Here are 10 ways to rest assured that even if you get lost in Venice — as you can and should — your wallet will still be intact.

Carnevale Venezia 2016 comes to its grand finale on Sunday, February 10. The world-renowned festival itself is said to come from the Italian words “carne” (meat) and “levare” (to remove or withdraw). In former times, Venetians went all out partying and feasting just before the somber fasting of meat during the long period of Lent.

Today, Carnevale is still a huge occasion to have a bit of fantasy and fun. Here are ten tips for travelers headed to Venice on a budget this year or any year for Carnival.

Venice Hotels: 5 Budget accommodations with canal views

1. Masquerade for Free

In the old days, masks disguised the city’s citizens, hiding the identity, social status, and even sex of the wearer. Traditionally, they were crafted from paper mâché or leather. Original masks and costumes can be pricey; make-up artists around the city offer face-painting for less.

If you’re feeling lucky, fill out this form for free entry to the Best Masked Costume Contest. Final awarding happens on Sunday, February 7.

Getting dressed up for Carnevale is an adventure.

2. Stay at the Lido

Lido is a great place to set up your home base during Carnevale if you want to save on accommodations. “We paid just €70 for a 3-star hotel for three people with a nice street view — affordable especially during high season,” says Maria, a UK resident. If you stay at this beach island, you can easily get to Venice and back by boat.

3. Take the Local Ferry for Canal Crossing

Instead of shelling out €80 for a 30-minute gondola ride, Jayne Seddon of Venice Events recommends doing as the locals do: taking the Traghetto, a ferry across the Grand Canal, for €4. Jayne also suggests eating at the pasticcerie (cake shops), where you can order an affordable cappuccino and a fritelle, the popular local snack.

(Tip: Have your coffee while standing at the bar to save.)

4. Join the Free Fest for Kids

Traveling with little ones? Don’t let that be an excuse to join in on the fun. Kids can participate in the 7th International Kids Carnival. Until February 7, there will be workshops, competitions, and crafts, so your young ones can party too. The best part? All the activities are free.

Take a stroll through Rialto Market. Photo: ericparker

5. Head to Rialto Market

For the freshest seafood sold at local prices, visit Rialto Market early in the morning. You’ll find fishermen with their catch, hustling the way they have for centuries. Even if you’re not there to shop, just observing local market life is an experience in itself.

6. Have a Free Art Lesson

Observe how Venetian artisans manufacture Murano glass in the New Arte Fuga (Via Giudecca, 13), a Lume Glass Factory. You can watch them skillfully creating glass art when you download a coupon for freebies and discounts at New Arte Fuga here.

Explore the islands around Venice for a fun break from Carnival. Photo: hihaa

7. Island-hop with Interactive Apps

See Murano, Burano and Torcello for just €20 per person.Take the four-hour boat tour of three islands in Venice—guides can speak English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian.

In Burano, check out the recently reopened Scala Contarini del Bovolo. Movie buffs will recognize the magnificently arched spiral staircase from Orson Welles’ 1952 film, Othello. Use this interactive guide app from Artplace Museum. Isola di Burano, a unique and colorful city, was recently listed in New York Times’ 52 Places to See in 2016.

8. Know Your Stuff

Read Detourism, the local online magazine with text in English. Its publishers say their idea of “de-tourism” is to enable visitors to travel the city slowly and experience a more authentic Venice. From the canal cruises to the backstreets, you can read and uncover hidden stories.

9. Do a Pub Crawl “Venetian style”

The folks at Venice Events organize fantastic Venetian bar hops. You come in costume, then meander through the labyrinth of the city’s small alleyways and squares.  The pub crawl goes to four local barcari (bars), and €45 per person includes wine, aperitivi, and insights from your guide.

10. Party at The Arsenal

An old shipyard, called The Arsenal, now on its second edition of “Nights at The Arsenal” is the new hottest place for night owls to party. Pyrotechnics, theater magic and thumping dance floors are energized with live music by international DJs.

While each event at the Arsenal has an entrance fee, you can get a better deal online when you purchase the digital ADA ticket (“All Day Access)” for discounts, private entrances and a pass to all events for just €50 a head.

Special thanks to Venice Events for help with this article. www.venice-carnival-italy.com

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Dante's Inferno By Dan Brown

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 17:00
A great poet like Dante, a city like Florence: they both have been united by the imagination of a great writer of our times such as Dan Brown. From this high quality mix the best seller Inferno (Hell) comes out, a book destined to become a true must for lovers of mystery and intrigue, the great success of this book set the conditions for the production of the movie, which represent, in an accurate way, the plot of the story.

The Hopewell Rocks at Low Tide in New Brunswick, Canada

Everything Everywhere via rss - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:15

The Hopewell Rocks at Low Tide in New Brunswick, Canada

So Many Nepal Peaks, Extreme Adventure

Travel Articles - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:13
Nepal peak climbing is admired all over the world. One will be amused to know that amongst 14 highest mountain summits in globe, eight are in Nepal. Being home to such a huge number of high summits, Nepal is most sought after trekking & mountaineering destination.

Things to Do In Nepal – The Sources Are Never Ending

Travel Articles - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:08
Whenever people think regarding touring overseas, they mostly think regarding visiting Australia, Europe, USA, Indonesia, Mauritius, or any other nation, about which they've mostly heard. Nonetheless, there're several other nations active in this planet.

Best Ahmedabad City Tour With Gujarat Four Wheel Drive

Travel Articles - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:28
This article tells about the famous destinations of Ahmedabad city tour like: Akshardham, Hathisingh Jain Temple, Jama Masjid, Jhulta Minara, Sardar Patel Stadium, Sarkhej Roza, Sarkhej Roza, and Teen Darwaza etc.

Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body & Soul with Kerala Ayurveda Packages

Travel Articles - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:07
Heralded as the "God's Own Country", Kerala has got more than thousand reasons to entice visitors from all over the world. Blessed with a rare charm & breathtaking natural beauty, Kerala is undoubtedly one of the best reasons that make south India a popular tourist hot spot.

How to get Adventurous Great Wall Hiking in China

Travel Articles - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:23
Included in the world's Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China is an amazing place to visit and the longest wall in the world. It is nearly 13,170 miles long and passes through grasslands, deserts, plateaus and mountains.

The d’Arenberg Vineyard in the McLaren Vale, South Australia

Everything Everywhere via rss - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 22:02

The d’Arenberg Vineyard in the McLaren Vale, South Australia

Ancient Egypt Tour - The Tour To Watch Out For!

Travel Tips and Destinations - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:46
Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs, is one of the most ancient civilizations in the world. Situated in a quite a distinctive location in the middle of the three continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, the land of the Nile was always the center of the old world. Today with numerous ancient monuments, marvelous beaches, and many interesting activities to do, many travelers prefer to spend their vacations in Egypt.

Need A Romantic Travel Vacation? Bora Bora Could Be Your Next Romantic Travel Vacation

Travel Tips and Destinations - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 09:07
Travel is something that so many of us wish to do, but simply don't have the means to do it. How do romantic travel vacations and family trips sound to you? Check out some amazing ways to make traveling the world happen for you and your family.

Granada: How to buy Alhambra tickets, even at the last minute

EuroCheapo via rss - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:15

With its stone walls carved with elaborate arabesques and Islamic calligraphy, meticulously laid out gardens, bubbling fountains and ramparts with sweeping views of Granada and beyond—the Alhambra palace and fortress complex is easily Granada’s most famous monument.

So it’s not surprising that sometimes the lines go on for days and ticketing technicalities can be somewhat head-scratching. And not to mention: Only a limited number of tickets are available each day, so advance planning is strongly recommended.

Here’s our best advice on how to see this UNESCO World Heritage site without wasting any valuable tapas time waiting to get in.

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1. Reserve your tickets in advance

Book your Alhambra tickets as far ahead as you can. The tickets are booked either for morning (8:30 am – 2 pm), or afternoon (2 pm – 6 pm) from October 15 – March 14, and 2 pm – 8 pm the rest of the year.

Note: Keep in mind that when you book your ticket you have to reserve a specific time to visit the Nasrid Palace, and if you’re late, you won’t get to see it.

The lush Generalife Gardens at Alhambra. Photo: martindo

2. Pick up your reserved tickets ahead of time

Grab the tickets you booked over the phone or online in a La Caixa cash machine before your visit, using the credit card you used to book the tickets. Doing this lets you skip the ticket collection line at the on-site ticket office.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets before you arrived in Granada, book them a day or so before your palace visit at the Alhambra ticket office in Granada’s city center (Calle Reyes Católicos, 40). You can pay cash or credit. Just be advised that you’ll have to use a Visa or MasterCard with a pin—one with a chip is ideal.

However you pick up your Alhambra tickets, you must collect them at least one hour before you’re scheduled to visit the Nasrid Palace.

Alhambra is always busy. Plan ahead to make sure you beat the crowds. Photo: benymarc

3. Day-of ticket Alhambra purchase? Rise with the sun… and run!

If you must wait until the day-of your visit to buy, don’t plan on sleeping in. Throw back an extra strong café solo first thing and show up at the ticket office before it opens at 8:30 am to avoid the line and have the best chance of snagging a ticket.

Go to a person—it’s impossible to negotiate with the unsympathetic automated terminals. Of course waiting ‘til the last minute will cost you at least 10% more in entry fees, if you get in at all.

Visiting in the off-season is still beautiful, like this scene in March shows. Photo: julianrdc

4. Visit the Alhambra during the off-season

Of course, you could just make your life easier by planning your visit during the off-season (between November and early March). That said, Granada’s most famous monument is popular all year long, even during the off season, so reservations (or early mornings!) are still a good idea.

Elaborate tile along the walls of Palicio Arabes inside Alhambra. Photo: plutor

5.Watch out for third-party websites

There are a lot of third-party websites selling expensive Alhambra tour packages. Search around for Alhambra tickets on the web, and you’re certain to come across agencies ready to sell you tickets and tours at inflated prices. You don’t need them.

The easiest and cheapest way to get Alhambra tickets is through the official Alhambra website, powered by ticketmaster: www.alhambra-tickets.es or buy calling +34 958 92 60 31.

For more details about purchasing tickets or visiting the Alhambra, visit this page on their official website.

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Great Wall Beijing Tours: Something to Check Out before travel

Travel Articles - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:57
Beijing is one of the most spectacular and cultural placed in the world. The rich civilization and unique monuments attract the travellers while sometimes, itinerants feel frustrating and intriguing when it comes to finding best eateries, restaurants, hotels, sightseeing and sleeping arrangements.