Where I’m At: April, 2019 – Bangkok edition

Greetings from Bangkok and another edition of Where I’m At – my monthly summary of where I’ve been and other site news. Where I’ve Been Da Nang [Da Nang sunset] The month began in Da Nang where I met up with a fellow blogger. He is an avid walker, so it was good to have someone around who thinks nothing of walking for two hours over getting a taxi. [Dave in Danang.] I have a few projects related to Da Nang so it was a good excuse to go again. While I was there I visited as many cafes a...
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JR and the Louvre Pyramid

30 years ago, March 29, 1989, the Louvre Pyramid, imagined by the Chinese-American architect I.M.Pei (still alive, 101 years old) was inaugurated by François Mitterrand.   The pyramid, has since, especially in the beginning, been criticized by many, loved by others (like me). So, 30 years later, it was time for a celebration and JR got the job. JR does not only stand for Larry Hagman. It goes also for Jean René, a French photographer and graffiti artist, who works all over the g...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Street Art, Louvre, Urban Art, Pei, Agnes Varda, Larry Hagman, Francois Mitterrand, Paris 1, Louvre Pyramid, Paris Panthéon, PeterParis

By Mar 31, 2020...

Sometime in 2018, I read a story about Jim Carrey (the actor) where he wrote himself a 10 million dollar cheque and gave himself 3 years to get to it. He then kept that in his wallet and every night, night after night, he would drive up to a fancy neighbourhood and visualise that he lived there. And yes, you guessed it, lo and behold, he did reach the 10 mil mark before that time expired!  See him talk about it on the Oprah show here. Of course, I take these things literally. And I believe i...
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All one Needs

  All one needs is love, well actually to love and be loved. Thank you, Mom and Dad (even though you are not here physically) for the love, you showed me and for the love, I saw you share so freely with others. Love what a difference it makes. x         [Author: French la Vie]
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Graduation: Give the Gift of Travel

Editor’s Note: At one point we published an article entitled , and a simple comment from a social media site stuck out at me, “Great…if you can afford it.” Though the idea for the article below came about before I read that comment, the ideas that Jennifer Miller puts forth below are great responses to the “Must be nice” people long-term travelers encounter. As we all know, travel is not free, but for those of us who truly believe in the transformative power of travel, we encourage you to sprea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, Learning, France, China, Jennifer Miller, Rtw Travel, Laura, NAR, Shelby, HANNAH, Gift of Travel, National Geographic and Discovery Channel, Long Term World Travel, Vladimir Mucibabic

Exploring Elephant Butte

blog 033119 Exploring Elephant ButteIt was a slow start to the day and after a big breakfast and a walk around the campground Watson and I took a ride north by way of a sand road. I was extra careful to stay on the well traveled part with stones in
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Big Bend and the US Mexico Border

Nancy enticed me to travel while were at the cusp of spring here in Pennsylvania. She came up with the idea of wandering the US Mexico border to check out the situation ourselves. I had Big Bend National Park in Texas on my bucket list which is righ
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Save Up to 15 Percent in Texas 2019 With Marriott Bonvoy — But…

You can save up to 15 percent off of retail room rates when you stay in a deluxe room at your choice of different hotel and resort properties with Marriott Bonvoy in the state of Texas… …but you must... The post Save Up to 15 Percent in Texas 2019 With Marriott Bonvoy — But… appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Deals, Texas, Promotions, Hotels And Lodging, Discounts And Coupons, Loyalty Programs, Marriott Bonvoy

From Colon back to Panama City by train

Started the day at the Melia Panama Canal with Howler Monkeys greeting us at sunrise. Did sound right creepy and I was glad we knew about them ahead of time. Mike went with Beny one of the tour guides a nature expert on an earlymorning walk to look fo
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The EXTRA early bird gets the worm at Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival announces earlier, lower-priced tickets for 2019 Festival Byron Writers Festival 2019 will be here before we know it, so mark your calendar, book early and grab yourself a ringside seat at Australia’s largest and leading regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. This year Byron Writers Festival is offering a NEW EXTRA Early Bird release of 3-Day Passes at even lower prices, available from 3 April for one week only. A second release of Early Bird tickets w...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Edwina Johnson

Why Don’t Airlines Make Award Seats Available on Empty Flights?

Some airlines make awards available when they load their schedules, which varies between roughly ten to twelve months prior to flight. They might add seats right when schedules load, or they might wait a few days or weeks. Other airlines will wait until travel approaches. Although in general I find the best time to be searching for award space is about 6 months to departure. And one of the toughest times is two months out -- seats made available in advance may be gone, and last minute award ...
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A truly tiny Tokyo bookshop

In Tokyo, there are minuscule outlets with amazing amounts of stock, as well as cupboard-like electronics stores run by little old ladies. And now, it turns out, there are also similarly small bookshops with pleasant looking proprietors.
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Cusco and Machu Picchu

Our final 5 days in Peru were spent in the heart of the formerly glorious Inca Nation. At its height when the Spanish arrived in 1523 it stretched from Chile and Argentina to Colombia. It is mind boggling that fewer than 200 Conquistadors destroyed a pow
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We Go Up then Across then Down

This is the dayBreakfast at 6 on the bus at 630 on the boat at 645We were to have our luggage outside our door by 1130 the night before to be picked up by the bellboy and loaded on the bus to be driven to Colon where we'll exit the boat. L
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Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […] The post Luxury travel news this week appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Japan, Featured, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Regions, Brunei Darussalam

Ice climbing with Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker first picked up an ice axe in 1982. He’s been climbing on ice ever since. “When I’m at home in Montana,” Anker says, “I absolutely live for ice climbing.” With the world-class Hyalite Canyon just a few minutes outside his hometown of Bozeman, Anker spends a lot of time every winter doing just that. He’s established dozens of routes in the canyon and uses the frozen waterfalls and overhanging rock walls of Hyalite as his exercise gym, gear lab, and training ground before heading t...
Tags: Travel, Montana, Taiwan, Chicago, Everest, Paris, Antarctica, Himalayas, Photo Essay, Mount Everest, Anker, Van Gogh, All, Bozeman, Conrad, Conrad Anker

#SaudiArabia’s unemployment rate drops to 12.7%

Saudi Arabia’s unemployment rate drops to 12.7%:The unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia fell to 12.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to official data published on Sunday by the General Authority for Statistics.A quarterly bulletin indicated a slight improvement in the rate, which stood at 12.8 percent in the third quarter of last year.The unemployment rate among Saudi males stood at 6.6 percent, compared to 32.5 percent among Saudi females during the fourth quarter. [Author: no...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, General Authority for Statistics

#UAE announces new family sponsorship policy for expats | ZAWYA MENA Edition

UAE announces new family sponsorship policy for expats | ZAWYA MENA Edition:The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend provisions of the resolution on sponsoring of foreign workers to their families in the country. According to a statement by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet, the amended provisions now indicate "income" as a requirement for sponsoring family members, as opposed to the previously listed "professions" which allowed workers to sponsor their families. The amendment is in ...
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A Greek lake vacation

A relaxing lake holiday is a great way for couples, individuals and families who want to get away from the busy city life and enjoy a nature vacation by a picture-perfect lake. The fun lake activities and the trekking paths surrounding the lakes are elements that can turn a calm vacation into an adventurous one. […] The post A Greek lake vacation appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Greece, Attractions, Regions, Going Out, Western Europe

Spring archaeology and The Volta amateur bike tourists meet pro cyclists

The cycling mojo and general respiratory health had started to reappear for P2. Pumped with all the health giving nutrition we found from the Mercadona fruit and vegetable section wed decided to do a day trip to Ullastret that required at leas
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Wineing down in Mendoza

As we approached El Chalet the ferocious dog commonly found in almost every Argentine household came out to meet us barking loudly. Jane gripped my hand tightly Are you sure this is a restaurant. I could see the front door of the house was
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Winter Devils Den Weekend

We decided to rent a cabin at Devils Den State Park for a little Rest and Relaxation. Our cabin number 16 is really a studio with bed couch kitchen and bath. It is equipped with a nice TV with cable and a wood burning fireplace which they provide a bu
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Same Sex Acts Punishable by Death in Brunei Effective as of April 3, 2019

Anyone who is caught engaging in sexual acts with someone of the same gender — as well as convicted of the acts of adultery and rape — in Brunei may be punished by being stoned to death when a provision in the penal code of the tiny country becomes effective as of Wednesday, April 3, 2019. In addition, anyone convicted of robbery may be sentenced to amputation — and children are reportedly not exempt from the provision, which... The post Same Sex Acts Punishable by Death in Brunei Effective as o...
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MIDEAST STOCKS- #AbuDhabi slips further, banks support #Saudi market | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Abu Dhabi slips further, banks support Saudi market | Reuters:Stock markets in the Gulf were mixed on Sunday with Abu Dhabi experiencing losses after some shares traded ex-dividend last week, while the Saudi market was lifted by the banking sector.The Saudi index added 0.4 percent, with Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation up 1.7 percent and registering the highest trading volume on Sunday.In a research note, Dubai-based Arqaam Capital said it expects credit growth to strengt...
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Marriott Lifetime Titanium Still Available, There are Two Ways to Get It

Marriott's new loyalty program doesn't offer a lifetime status level higher than 50 nights. The old Starwood program didn't either. However the old Marriott Rewards program offered lifetime 75 night elite status, and those who achieved that status in the legacy Marriott program, got to keep it. Marriott carved out an exception that let some Starwood members earn it too -- but said it could never be earned after 2018. That turns out not to be quite correct. Continue reading Marriott Lifetime ...
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8 Best Places to Stay in Railay Beach

Maybe it’s the fact that Railay Beach doesn’t have direct road access with the rest of Thailand, but this slice of the country is beautiful, relaxing, and relatively untouched. Accessible only by boat, Railay Beach is actually made up of two main beaches – and many smaller ones besides – on a cliff-strewn peninsula that
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8 Inspirational Videos to Kickstart Your Hotels Marketing Mindset This Year

This article by Sarah Pritzker first appeared on What do the Volkswagen Phaeton, Microsoft’s Zune media player, and Coors Rocky Mountain Sparkling Water have in common (aside from the fact that most people have never even heard of these products)? They were all good products that made one fatal error: poor marketing. That’s right. In today’s overstimulated society, you can have great Hotel products and services to offer, but if you don’t market yourself properly, you’ll e...
Tags: Facebook, Hotels, Social Media, Seo, Social Media Marketing, Nike, Rome, Hotel, Gap, Mindset, Coke, Video Marketing, Gary Vaynerchuk, Gary, Neil, Neil Patel

Sydney Harbour's West Side Story

It's time of the year again for the spectacular Handa Opera production by Opera Australia and this year it is a more modern offering in the form of West Side Story. Sydney Harbour is the host for this annual event with its spectacular back drop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. And the story of two rival gangs the Jets (Anglo Americans) vs the Sharks (Puerto Ricans) is now more relevant than ever.
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5 Greek castle towns that have stood the test of time

Greece is home to hundreds of well-known monuments and archaeological sites, most of which can be found in travel guides. However, this article aims to provide a more in depth look into Greece’s lesser-known landmarks, its castle-towns, which are rarely mentioned in the conventional tour guides. The towns that will be uncovered further down, made […] The post 5 Greek castle towns that have stood the test of time appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Greece, Attractions, Regions, Going Out, Western Europe

What to Know For Exchanging Money Before Vacation of International Trip

What to Know For Exchanging Money Before Vacation of International Trip Exchanging Money – Going on vacation to Europe or an international trip is an exciting adventure. We can get totally swept up in the fun of visiting faraway places, tasting exotic foods, and learning about the history of new lands that we forget that all of these things need to be paid for! It’s no […] The post What to Know For Exchanging Money Before Vacation of International Trip appeared first on As We Travel - The World ...
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