We journeyed to Istanbul, Turkey the summer of 2015. I want you to go because this county is beautiful, clean and we felt safe. The people were friendly the food was fabulous. Public transportation was simple. Enjoy my story.
Istanbul was a destination to us because it was a city full of Mosques, history and the fascinating Grand Bazaar or and I must not forget.... the Turkish Bath. There is almost no other city in the world as romantic as Istanbul. It spans two continents, has inspired thousands of authors and artists and, as it’s been around since 660 B.C., and it's conglomeration of architecture rivals Rome. Rick Steve's Istanbul travel book was so helpful.
I had American Airlines ...Continue Reading >
My Trip to Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos. But before I let you know about my experience let me tell you a little about Turks and Caicos islands. The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 different islands and cays, only 8 of which are inhabited. The islands of the Turks and Caicos are almost as diverse as its people. From the main tourist center of Providenciales to the quiet and tranquil islands of North and Middle Caicos to the historic Capital Island of Grand Turk; each one offers a different experience and a unique character but all offer year round great climate, beaches and underwater activities. Grace Bay Club is located in Providenciales. But most of the islands are only about 10 to 25 minutes ...Continue Reading >
Star Clipper is a fleet and Grand Voyage - Turkey, Greece, Montenegro & Croatia - Star Clipper they are graceful as a swan.
This is a true clipper ship reflecting their proud heritage in every inch of their polished brass and gleaming bright work. I will be stepping aboard the Star Clipper for an 18 day adventure in the Mediterranean to discover why these ships should be the next travel incentive that you book. Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. Send your award winner
This is my Itinerary
Saturday 20 June 2015 Istanbul, ...Continue Reading >
Don't want to be home for the holidays? This was the perfect trip. This was one time of the year when no one was looking for me. Enjoy the un-tourist guide to the islands of Belize
This was our first trip to Belize and we are so very glad that we chose Ramon's! Best place to stay. We got out of Belize City on the mainland and had our hearts set on Island Life . We took the ferry from San Pedro and out to Ambergris Caye The staff, especially Jack, made our trip even more memorable! No TV and Wi-Fi was not the greatest in the room but decent in restaurant and beach area We booked two excursions through the dive shop and both were great! Highly recommend Hoi Chan and Shark Alley snorkeling.
The ...Continue Reading >
Bali, the Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills, mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.
When we started planning ...Continue Reading >
In today's very competitive sales environment, incentives are prefect for driving sales, motivating salespeople, and thanking top achievers. ...Continue Reading >
For many tourists, Ecuador travel means only one thing: the Galapagos Islands. They say the island are being overrun with people. I being one of them. But the time that I was on the islands I did not see many people because all the rules that you must be with a certified guide has truly made the Galapagos an experience that should be on every ones list of places to see. I will talk more about the Galapagos later. The rest of the country really deserves more than a quick stopover on the way in or out and I wanted to see why this county has a two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cultural heritage of Quito was so important that it was the first city in the world to be declared World Heritage Cultural ...Continue Reading >
For me, one of the most exciting things about travelling is the different foods you can enjoy, and, more specifically, the different breakfasts that you can experience. International hotels will almost always offer a standard meal of toast and cereals, but, if you’re lucky, this will often be served alongside more traditional fare. Here are a few breakfasts from around the world:
Wales- Laverbread and cockles
Laverbread is a type of edible seaweed that can be found on the rocks of the ever nearby coastline in Wales. Cockles are a kind of mollusk and are most often served fried.
Spain- Churros con Chocolate
Churros are a kind of long, thick doughnut that are often served with hot ...Continue Reading >
I love Disneyland and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit all of the Disneyland's. Tokyo was are favorite because of how clean the park was and how in order the park was. When the Japanese waited for a parade they sat on small mats and all in a line. It was fun to hear the Japanese language at Disneyland. Enjoy the photos of Michael and Annie at Tokyo Disneyland.
URAYASU, Japan — Snow White and Donald Duck cavorted before hundreds of fans Friday as Tokyo Disneyland reopened after five weeks, marking a tentative step back toward ordinary life for a Japan still reeling from natural calamities and a nuclear crisis.
The popular resort shut its doors after the massive ...Continue Reading >
Rule 1: Leave the Fanny Pack
What makes an Ugly American ugly? Is it the timbre of our voices? Or the way we travel in herds? Or is it (as we suspect) our love of sweatpants, baseball caps, and yes, fanny packs, no matter the occasion or place? While it can sometimes seem that the world has fallen victim to a sort of sartorial globalization, where jeans are welcome anytime, anywhere, the truth is-of course-more nuanced. What works in surprisingly laid-back Singapore will be greeted with looks of horror on the streets (or in the boardrooms) of Paris. And ladies, while you can (and should) pile on the gold and jewels in Greece, quirky and stripped-down is the way to go in Germany. So here ...Continue Reading >
I love wonderful stories of places I want to go. When I found this story I wanted to share it with my readers. Enjoy!
The Andaman Islands, closed to foreigners until 1995, are the ultimate tropical mystery in that cabinet of wonders called India. Tony Perrottet loses himself in a place of unearthly perfection, where crabs climb trees, elephants swim, and man has barely left his mark
"Just don't swim in front of him," whispered Sanjit Biswas, a worker at the jungle lodge where I was staying in the Andaman Islands. "That can spook him." My guide from Bangalore nodded in solemn agreement. "Rajan's a little bit fussy. Sometimes he just won't go in, and nobody can really force him."
Okay, I thought, ...Continue Reading >
I truly enjoy reading Conde Nast Traveler. I share these stories to help us all be a better guest in a foreign county.
First Do No Harm...Every country has its subtle taboos and unspoken codes, but when you get down to it, it's what you say, not how you say it, that really gets you in the door (or kicked out). Our guide to the most dangerous topics around the world rates them according to our own alert system, from highest to lowest risk, followed by a few safe subjects that might put you back on solid ground.
THE MIDDLE EAST
In a part of the world where nearly every facet of life has become wrapped up in politics and religion, keeping things personal and avoiding the global is more than ...Continue Reading >
By Michael Ventre
High-backed comfortable chairs, surround sound, cup holders built into the armrests, extra leg room, “black box” screen aspect ratio ... these are just some of the amenities offered in the modern state-of-the-art motion picture palaces.
Airlines, of course, offer none of that.
In fact, as human experiences go, watching a movie on an airplane is generally considered to be as entertaining as reading the SkyMall catalog for the third time. It’s just there, like the “Occupied” signs on the lavatories and the occasional updates from the pilot over the P.A. system.
But is it really that bad? Does flick-watching on a plane get a bum rap? If you’re ...Continue Reading >
Here I go again off on another adventure with my teenagers. This time we were on our way to explore Yosemite and to go white water rafting. We cheated and took a plane from Orange County to Fresno and rented a car to save six hours of a boring drive. Before we arrived in Yosemite we went on a two-day white water rafting trip on the Tuolumne River a class 3-5 when it comes to getting wet. We stayed the night at the Groveland Hotel. The hotel was a traditional bed and breakfast complete with a teddy bears to snuggle with. The next day we went to the meeting spot to join Zephyr White Water Rafting Company for two days on the Tuolumne river.
I arranged to have our own boat and we loved it. ...Continue Reading >
The reason I wanted to share this with my readers is because I have been here and I love this place. I hope you enjoy reading about this wonderful Paris street market.
The Paris market street of rue Cler, in the 7th arrondissement, is a foodie's dream.
By STORY AND PHOTOS By Nancy Leson
Seattle Times food writer
I still remember my first sight of rue Cler — the Paris market street canonized by European travel guru Rick Steves, idolized by tourists and beloved by lucky denizens of the 7th arrondissement who call its well-trod cobblestones their own. One look and I cried real tears.
Why? Because it was my first trip to France, spring was in the air and my husband-to-be and I had ...Continue Reading >
Introducing Willie Smits, the man who has dedicated his whole life to fighting deforestation and saving orangutans. ...Continue Reading >
Joshua Hammer shares how Tanzania's Masai are losing their land and way of life to tourism and wildlife conservation. ...Continue Reading >
Chinese New Year is celebrated by millions around the world. Check out some cool stats about this global celebration! ...Continue Reading >
For Masai tribesman Jackson Njapit, taking tourists up in hot-air balloons seemed magical — and lucrative. He came to America to get his pilot's license, and after some bumps saw his dream get off the ground. ...Continue Reading >
My not-so-secret addiction to traveling... ...Continue Reading >
Travel News: TSA's Secure Flight Program ...Continue Reading >
Learn about the art of the Geisha and tap into the curiosity by dressing up in a traditional Geisha outfit or having one at your next Kyoto dinner party ...Continue Reading >
Find out how getting your personalize tour guide turns a vacation into an experience of a lifetime. ...Continue Reading >
How to explore Thailand: Find out the secret hidden retreats known only to pro travelers ...Continue Reading >
Get the scoop on everything you need to hit and miss in London, plus an insider tip on the best way to fly for free! ...Continue Reading >
When arranging for a tour overseas, there are a couple things you have to consider and a lot of research that goes into it. Check out ...Continue Reading >
Follow our journey to beautiful and history Ashford Castle, nestled in Ireland's lush andscape ...Continue Reading >
I was looking for someone else that experienced what we did. The park is beautiful but they have to get more trash cans and many more people to stop the children from peeing everywhere. I am not bashing Shanghai. The Tron lightcycle ride was amazing. Pirates of the Caribbean was like being in the movie. The soaring over the world was beautiful. But the people that were at Shanghai Disneyland the day were there were pushy, trashing the park and when you hear a loud announcement asking that you do not allow your child to defecate in line. You know something has to stop.
Shanghai Disneyland July 7th and 8th 2016. I was here and what a place this is. A big wow a oh ...Continue Reading >
July 9, 2015 Istanbul, the meeting place of West and East containing a whole new world inside it. Can you imagine being able to visit these places and feel the history? Feel the pulse of this part of the country? The history enriched with the mix of old and new all have their own attractions, not any other place can be so rich to start my journey with my son Michael (21) and we reached this beautiful destination on June 10th. We visited the exotic and soothing Turkish spa to refresh our tired souls to get the energy to explore this amazing place. We explored Istanbul June 10th - 16th.
From Istanbul we embarked on 17th June to visit Cappadocia to view the fantastic honeycombed hills. The ...Continue Reading >
Cappadocia is the only place in the world like this. Cappadocia which is unique in the world and is a miraculous nature wonder is the common name of the field covered by the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir in the Central Anatolian region. We had a short direct flight from Istanbul. We had hired a company to show us the area. I am so glad I did because they showed us really why this part of the world is so special.
Cappadocia became famous for its unique landscape of valleys and unusual rock formations, known as "fairy chimneys". The formation of the strange landscape started during the third geological period, when three volcanoes located on the edges of this region ...Continue Reading >
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como
For the past 100 years or more, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Set in the splendid surroundings of Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake: sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures ...Continue Reading >
Thailand is one of the most amazing places to visit. Everything from the people to the land and everything in between makes it the most memorable place I have ever been to. We decided to visit the enchanting province of Chiang Mai and it was an experience unlike any other. While staying in Thailand we wanted to stay somewhere comfortable and safe so we decided to rest our head at the boutique Baan Orapin Boutique Bed and Breakfast. Our stay was amazing in every way. The staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable about pretty much everything.
Baan Orapin Boutique Bed and Breakfast is a gorgeous mansion made from teak wood built in 1914. It is well maintained, which you can understand by ...Continue Reading >
Why You Should Stay at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia
It’s not a surprise why many tourists find Cambodia as the ultimate vacation spot. With the sweltering but easy-to-get-used-to heat, lofty palm trees, the array of international restaurants, and world wonders down the road, the country makes it hard to miss the usual home comforts. Travelers have constantly found their “couple of days” vacation turn to weeks, even months; years to those who have the luxury. Regardless, there is an abundance of hotels and inns in this country which makes it hard for a first-timer to choose. If you still haven’t found a place to sojourn, why don’t you take a look at Raffles Grand Hotel ...Continue Reading >
One of the most beloved and well-preserved Temples in Cambodia, the Angkor Wat was deemed to be a part of the World Heritage List by UNESCO – the only site from the Kingdom of Cambodia. The temple itself, with its history deeply rooted and etched within the long galleries epitomizes the architecturalsophistication of the Khmer Empire.
The temple is originally a tribute to the Hindu God Lord Vishnu (The Creator),and the whole site is built as a miniature replica of the universe, with towers, moats, concentric walls, bas-relief carvings, and the sheer enormity of the area has a sensuous allure thatcan captivate you, morning or evening. Apart from the main temple, you can also visit any one ...Continue Reading >
What to expect… when you’re visiting the Angkor Wat! And the Grand
Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and a popular resort town as the gateway to Angkor region. Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. The provincial capital Siem Reap is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.
One of the most beloved and well-preserved Temples in Siem ...Continue Reading >