Even the Most Expensive Cities Have Cheaper Alternatives: Paris

According to the results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Oslo are the most expensive places to live – and visit – this year. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them, though – actually if your budget allows it, you should cross them off your bucket list as soon as you can. But this doesn’t mean you have to break all your piggy banks and sell your soul only to spend a weekend in one of the most expensive cities in ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Paris, Lille, Eiffel Tower, Lyon, European Parliament, Oslo, Old Town, Lyon Lyon, Saône, France Lille, Paris Strasbourg, Lugdunum, Notre Dame de la Treille

3D experience cut short

We are taking the night train back to Bangkok this evening so we have a lazy morning planned and then we will visit an art gallery after check out. Its typical that a free late checkout has been offered today but we want to allow enough time for our gal
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A Boy or a Girl

        Before I tell you whether Chelsea and Martin are going to have a boy or a girl I must say that I loved the comments from all of you kindred spirits! I love being part of this community of natural goodness. I will respond tomorrow about hair color, aging, becoming a grandmother, turning 61... wow that sounds like the other side of the hill. What an extraordinary view it is.            Is it a boy or a girl?         A Jack or a Jill?           Sugar and Spice that is nice, a little o...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Rembrandt, Jack, Martin, Jill, French la Vie, The Baby to Be, Sacha My Mother

Wikiwa Springs to Flagler Beach

blog 020719 Wekiwa Springs to Flagler BeachGot my toes in the sand cold drink in my hand Life is Good But I'm jumping ahead. Back at Wekiwa Springs Wednesday dawned with brilliant sunshine and temps promising to reach 80. We walked early i
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Tourism in Hawaii

Can you believe that we are four of about 8.5 million annual visitors to the Hawaiian Islands each year And we spent 15.2 billion or what amounts to 197 per day per PERSON Such is the cost of paradise. When we first started visiting Hawaii
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EcoStay Hostel, Kohima- Review

Kohima, the capital of Nagaland is known for the Hornbill festival that happens a few kilometers away from the city very year. The city also has a few other attractions such as war cemetery, naga museum etc. There are numerous home stays, camps and hotels available in Kohima. However, the city has only one or two hostels that caters to the backpacker community who are on budget travel. EcoStay Hostel is a fairly new hostel located next to the war cemetery. It is beautifully design...
Tags: Travel, India, Nagaland, KOHIMA, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, EcoStay Hostel Kohima Review, EcoStay Hostel, Midland Colony Kohima Nagaland

One Memorable Day in Gruene, Texas & the Iconic Gruene Hall

A highlight of a Texas Hill Country vacation has to be the small, historical town of Gruene, Texas. That is pronounced Green. 170 years ago, a German immigrant, Ernst Gruene, and his bride Antoinette went searching for farm land after learning that land was scarce at nearby New Braunfels. Just down the river they found land at Gruene Texas and grew a successful cotton business that brought more families to the area. It was a very profitable time and the town grew to include various homes, a mer...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Texas, Austin, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Dallas, Tripadvisor, Lenny Kravitz, San Antonio, Savannah, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Ben Harper, Raleigh, Henry

Travel News: February 8, 2019

Increased Access Drives Brazil’s Visitor Growth Travel Pulse Brazil’s tourism profile among Americans reached unparalleled heights in the earlier half of this decade when the South American nation hosted back-to-back international sports tournaments: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. One million foreign tourists visited Brazil during the World Cup, according to officials at Embratur, the Brazil Tourist Board. More than 60 percent were visiting for the ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Canada, United States, Fifa, Brazil, FIFA World Cup, Rio De Janeiro, Forbes, Delta Air Lines, News And Deals, Diet Coke, Embratur, Delta Air Lines and Coca Cola, Four Seasons Opening Nine New Hotels

“Anybody can do an MBA. Not everybody can become a cartoonist”: the sage advice that turned Satish Acharya into a 24×7 cartoonist in the social media era

Although the Mysore-born R.K. Laxman is the best known of them all, it is Kerala that has produced more political cartoonists in the English language: P. Shankar Pillai, O.V. Vijayan, Abu Abraham, Kutty, Unny, Ravi Shankar, Ajit Ninan et al. In recent years, Satish Acharya has joined his Kannadiga torch-bearer as a political cartoonist of promise, his works first adorning the Bombay afternoon paper, Mid-Day, and now a number of newspapers and websites across the country. As ...
Tags: Travel, Media, India, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kerala, Bombay, Karnataka, Kannada, Nitish Kumar, Vajpayee, Sarkar, Aakar Patel, Anna Hazare, Churumuri, Sans Serif

Finding a Luxurious Retreat at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Winter in Washington, DC is not our best season. While it varies from year to year, cold temps and snow are fairly common and, along with the dark days, makes for a slightly depressing few months. While a great spot to visit any time of year, it’s this mild seasonal affective disorder that had me so excited to head south for a few days of some much needed rest and relaxation on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Anytime a hotel transfer is conducted via boat is a reason to smile, and that’s exactly...
Tags: Travel, Washington Dc, Columbus, Four Seasons Hotels, Caribbean, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Alexander Hamilton, St Kitts, Nevis, US Mexico, Seasons Resort Nevis, American Colonies, Four Seasons Resort Nevis, St Kitts There, Federation of St Kitts

The Blue Mountains

The following morning we left Manly just as the thunder and lightning broke clearly wanted us to stay. After picking up the car we were off to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains by car.Once there we thought we would do the Over Cliff Under Cliff Walk to
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Is Harry Potter’s Butterbeer in Universal Studios Japan HALAL?

( = || []).push({}); We visited Universal Studios Japan in Osaka twice and we loved the ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’. It is a must visit for Harry Potter fans. You get to see the Hogwarts and some of the familiar scenes from Harry Potter. On top of that, you can see many people holding the Butterbeer. Butterbeer is a popular drink in Harry Potter and also in Universal Studios Japan. The big question comes to our mind is the Butterbeer ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Featured, Hawaii, Harry Potter, Tokyo, Headline, Bangkok, Klook, Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan - Osaka, Potter, Hogwarts, Hong Kong Macau, Universal Studios Japan

Best Bourbon Street bars in NOLA

New Orleans is , in every way, the city that most embraces that high-low bar life. Not just in Louisiana, but in the whole United States. You can drink at a gilded cocktail haven where storied classic cocktails were invented, then stumble outside for a hurricane cocktail consumed right there on the street — yes, it’s legal to drink on the street here, which is obvious as soon as you arrive. Nothing quite exemplifies this dichotomy like Bourbon Street, which is smack in the middle New Orleans’ ...
Tags: Travel, New York, United States, New Orleans, Manhattan, Louisiana, Oscar Wilde, All, NOLA, Andrew Jackson, Orleans, Jean Lafitte, Lafitte, Bourbon Street, Drink New Orleans, Sinners

A Rollercoaster of Emotions in Santiago

I’m on a rollercoaster of emotions when I arrive in Santiago, after the border crossing. I love this city, but I’ve never experienced it alone even if I entertained fantasies about moving here—“be realistic, Juliette!” “Yes, Feng…”. It’s 40⁰C, the taxi driver is talking way too fast and once again, I realize that even though I know the city very well, it’s going to take me a bit of time to adjust to Chile. “I’m from Argentina,” the taxi driver says apropos of nothing, as if he wanted to confuse ...
Tags: Travel, China, Russia, Canada, Santiago, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Expedia, Liechtenstein, Mark, Andes, Mendoza, Juliette, Calle Catedral, South America 2018-2019

Redeem Only 10,000 Hilton Honors Points Per Night February 2019 at These Hotel and Resort Properties

In addition to your choice of 27 hotel and resort properties through which you can redeem only 5,000 Hilton Honors points per night, what if I were to tell you that there are no fewer than 150 hotel and resort properties in 18 countries where you can redeem only 10,000 Hilton Honors points per night? Thanks to this new tool from... The post Redeem Only 10,000 Hilton Honors Points Per Night February 2019 at These Hotel and Resort Properties appeared first on The Gate.
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The best dive spots in Bali

The diverse marine life , warm waters, and mild currents in Bali have been attracting underwater explorers for decades. Home to some of the world’s most fascinating sea creatures, including mola mola and whale sharks, and man-made underwater coral gardens, the island’s most unique diving spots are a world apart from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s tourist areas. Here are the island’s three best locations to take the plunge. Pemuteran Photo: Tropical studio/Shutterstock The Pemuteran Villag...
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Viceroy Los Cabos Stylish Luxury Resort in Baja

My welcome drink in the lobby of Viceroy Los Cabos was a colorful refreshment in what looked like a plastic bag, with a straw sticking out of the top. This spin on Mexican street stall practices seemed an odd choice in this day and age when plastic bags and straws are getting banned all over the world. "The bag is made of corn starch and will decompose," a staffer said when she saw me frowning. "The straws are made from avocado pits." Things are not always what they seem at the new Viceroy Los...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, San Jose, Baja, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Baja California, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Los Cabos, San José del Cabo, Viceroy, Baja Sur, Los Cabos Resorts

This turkish ghost town

No, it’s not a post-apocalyptic scene from one of Cinderella’s nightmares. This town of 587 identical, castle-like houses located near Mudurnu, a town only 150 miles east of Istanbul, Turkey, actually exists. Originally intended to be a luxury housing development for wealthy Gulf tourists, the Burj Al Babas complex was supposed to include a total of 732 French-style chateaux, along with a shopping center, Turkish baths, cinemas, and sporting facilities. Photo: Esin Deniz/Shutterstock Constr...
Tags: Travel, France, Turkey, Cinderella, All, Gulf, Versailles, Istanbul Turkey, Mudurnu, Burj Al Babas, Sarot Property Group, Esin Deniz Shutterstock

Romantic spots in New York City

It may not be the City of Love, but New York City is quite romantic in its own right. Places like Central Park, the Empire State Building, and well-known restaurants and bars are typical romantic go-tos here, and while visiting Bethesda Fountain for people watching or walking across the Brooklyn Bridge are tried-and-true ideas, there’s so much more underneath the surface. In a city that spans 302 square miles, there are tons of dreamy places for a unique date or Valentine’s Day to remember. H...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Japan, New York, London, New York City, US, Manhattan, Island, Bronx, Brooklyn Bridge, Randall, All, New York Botanical Garden, Coney Island, New York Ny

Birds and flowers already on Tonga

It might not be Mars, but scientists have just discovered signs of life on this remote Pacific island, which was recently created by a volcanic eruption. Part of Tonga, and unofficially known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, the new island is already home to flowering plants, sooty tern birds, and barn owls. The island was formed after a submarine volcano erupted in 2014, sending steam, ash, and rock into the air. After the ash settled, it mingled with seawater to solidify, thereby creating a ne...
Tags: Travel, Nasa, Bbc, BBC News, Italy, Mars, Pacific, Islands, Tonga, All, Hunga Tonga Hunga, Jess Phoenix, Dan Slayback, Slayback

Best breakfast burritos in the US

Visiting a bar or two is one of the best ways to see a city, but a late night can seriously deter early morning plans. That’s why it’s always important to be on the lookout for a hearty breakfast that can combat an evening of many drinks. Enter the breakfast burrito, which is substantial enough to keep us full until lunch, even if we’re walking miles in a new city. The breakfast burrito was invented, so the story goes, by a Santa Fe, New Mexico restaurant called Tia Sophia’s in 1975. Or at l...
Tags: Travel, New York, Colorado, California, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Hawaii, New Mexico, Kansas City, All, Burritos, Scott, Fairfax, Brooklyn New York, HALEIWA Hawaii

Larger travellers complain they're being ignored

Plus-sized travel vloggers say there's money to be made
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American Airlines Cancels Transatlantic Flight Due to Drunk Pilot, Everyone Entitled to Over $500 Apiece

Confronted with proof that American Airlines does, in fact, offer predeparture beverages up front a spokesperson says "Safety is our highest priority and we apologise to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans, we have rebooked them on alternative flights." I asked what was being done for customers and was told that everyone on the flight is being offered 15,000 miles. Of course that is separate from the compensation that passengers are entitled to under EU Regulation 261/2004. ...
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A Japanese chef working in a Tokyo alleyway

When kitchen space is at a premium, then a bit of rough and ready outdoor preparation is clearly called for.
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Merzouga to Midelt back across the High Atlas

Getting out of bed to get dressed in our desert tent is definitely not fun. Its bitterly cold around or below freezing. But we have brought multiple layers to keep warm thermal tshirt shirt cashmere sweater fleece jacket shell jacket hat sc
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VinalesMonday 4th. FebruaryThe owners of our Casa organised our taxi for the next stop.The bus system can be a bit hit and miss but a collectivo taxi by which you share with other people can sometimes cost similar and they pick you up from home and t
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How to travel the Silk Road

Crossing Central Asia overland is undoubtedly faster and less eventful today than it was for sixth-century merchants looking to exchange weapons for spices, but if you’re planning to set out for a transcontinental journey of this kind, it will nevertheless be epic. With modern(ish) methods of transportation available and a relatively calm situation in most countries along the way, traveling the 5,000-mile route connecting east and west is mostly a matter of patience. What is the Silk Road? ...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Asia, Europe, Greece, North Korea, China, Russia, India, Africa, Georgia, European Union, Turkey, Iran, Beijing, Unesco

King County jury awards $123 million to victims of Ride the Ducks crash

The jury determined that Ride The Ducks International bore 67 to 70 percent of the responsibility for the 2015 crash and Ride The Ducks of Seattle was 30 to 33 percent at fault in the crash that killed five people and injured more than 60 others.
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