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Fort Lauderdale Car Rentals

Car Rental Express prefers to keep options open for travelers. That’s why we have 19 cheap car rental agencies ready to choose from in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you’re here to take care of business or have dinner at a Polynesian show, expect to get there in fashion at the cheapest rates.

Las Vegas Rental Cars

Whether you win or lose at the tables, you’ll save if you utilize one of our trusted cheap car rental providers in Las Vegas. Even if part of a franchise, they operate independently. That means they are going to charge a lot less than the majors, who need to cover overhead.

Los Angeles Car Rentals

When it’s time to get around LA, choose from one of almost 20 independent companies. And every selection promises a cheap Los Angeles car rental, minimizing the cost of your trip! You won’t find many of these options anywhere except at Car Rental Express.

Miami Rental Cars

There is probably no better place in the world to party. And Car Rental Express is the best place to get the cheapest car rental rates in Miami. Take those saved dollars and enjoy an extra day at the Seaquarium, Jungle Island or the Bass Museum of Art.

New York Car Rentals

Car Rental Express offers access to over 11 independent cheap car rental agencies throughout the Big Apple, including full airport and downtown location coverage. Most of these have a shuttle service to get you on the road fast.

Orlando Car Rentals

One of the most famous tourist destinations in the world is also one of the best places to get a cheap car rental. We have close to two dozen agencies operating in the Orlando area and you won’t get better rates. Use our Renter Rating™ to find the service that best fits your schedule and needs.

San Francisco Car Rentals

We’re happy to say customers give high praise to the cheap car rental options offered by Car Rental Express’s affiliates in the Golden Gate city of San Fancisco. Customers received courteous service and within minutes of arrival were behind a wheel and beginning their trip.

San Juan Rental Cars

With all our providers, expect a cheap solution for your car rental needs. Most agencies beat out major brands. With a half dozen reputable, experienced and cheap rental agencies available at Car Rental Express, you’ll enjoy Puerto Rico’s most exotic locale that much more.

Toronto Car Pearson Airport Rentals

When visiting this beautiful city, find cheap rental cars from one of our agencies. Of the 15 agencies to choose from in Toronto and at Pearson Airport. Car Rental Express provides Renter-Rated™. That’s a program where consumers share rental experiences and where our rental agencies come out on top.





26/12/2017

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Budapest, Mumbai, Chiang Mai: Cheapest cities for hotel stays #sti #travel

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World’s cheapest cities for hotel stays revealed

TRAVELLING is certainly not cheap. Besides forking out for flights, once you get to your destination you have to pay for hotels, rental cars, dining, tourist attractions and more.

To give you a hand, we ve put together a list of inspiring, dynamic cities with hotels that won t bust your budget. The prices are based on lodgings with a three-star rating on Kayak.com for a sample week of travel (January 4-11). These hotels may not be centrally located or be full of amenities, but provide a clean bed and a decent base camp for a week of travel.

Victoria Terminus or VT Station in central Mumbai during the daytime. Picture: iStock Source: Supplied

If Ho Chi Minh City isn t lively enough, check out Mumbai. The economy is booming thanks to the Bombay Stock Exchange, but prices outside of designer shops remain low. Be sure to try the legendary (and cheap) street food: head to Chowpatty Beach for bhelpuri (a mix of puffed rice and other ingredients), or Mohammed Ali Road for kebabs.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Hotel Price: $A15

Hotel Example: Hotel Palota

Budapest has a captivating history that s reflected in its gorgeous mix of baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture. What s more, it features a host of affordable activities. Try a visit to one of the legendary thermal spas, such as the Sz chenyi Bath (about $A28/day), or a sightseeing cruise on the Danube (from $A14).

While Thessaloniki might not have as many historical sites as Athens, if you want to do as the Greeks do, it s the place to be. This seaside port faces the Aegean and features stunning views, Byzantine culture and a walkable downtown. And since Greece s financial troubles are no secret, holiday prices are much lower lately.





23/12/2017

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World – s cheapest cities for budget travelers in 2015 –

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130 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2015

We have all heard that some parts of the world are cheap to visit while others are expensive but most people have a hard time quantifying any more precisely. That s why Price of Travel launched our Backpacker Index numbers for cities all over the world in late 2010. Now totally updated in its 5th year, below you ll find all major destinations around the world ranked by price for backpackers.

More specific information can be found by clicking on the regional articles just below, or by clicking on the individual city names in the main list.

There were some major changes on the list this year, mainly due to large swings in currency in much of the world. Compared to the US Dollar, all European currencies weakened, as did the Canadian Dollar, while most Asian currencies hovered around the same level all year. Once again, Asia dominates the cheap part of the list with the first 7 spots, while Europe dominates the expensive part at the bottom.

Detailed information available by region

What the prices below mean

There is a longer explanation of the Backpacker Index on each of the regional pages, but the short version is that we found the price for a group of things for each destination, and then translated that into US dollars in late January 2015. While this data is meant for backpackers and budget travelers, the proportions will be nearly identical, so the list should also be useful to those with more money to spend.

For each city this daily total includes:

  • A dorm bed at a good and cheap hostel
  • 3 budget meals
  • 2 public transportation rides
  • 1 paid cultural attraction
  • 3 cheap beers (as an entertainment fund )

Backpacker Index: 130 global destinations for 2015





23/11/2017

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World s Best Cities #newmont #travel

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World’s Best Cities

Sep 21, 2011 | Updated Nov 20, 2011

Travel and Leisure asked readers to vote in its 16th annual World’s Best survey, rating worldwide cities in categories such as attractions, arts and culture, food, shopping, and value. The result is a global guide to the cities not to miss this year.

Despite the challenging economy, travel is up, with more than 270 million travelers hitting the road this year, according to the Airports Council International. More travel means more insights into what makes a city great — whether it’s efficient transportation, affordable dining, or youthful energy — and how cities compare on a global basis. After all, the thrill of a country is most often reflected in its city life. “Cities absolutely dominate over countryside experiences for travelers,” says Travel and Leisure A-List super agent Priscilla Alexander of Protravel International. “You won’t have someone going to France and not going to Paris.”

But increased tourism doesn’t necessarily equate to bigger crowds or higher prices. Carriers such as United Airlines and Delta Airways are adding more flights to cities like Buenos Aires (No. 11) to accommodate the growing demand. Nor do you have to leave the US to experience a world-class city. Charleston (up to No. 13 from a No. 18 ranking in 2010) is on the radar of a growing number of travelers — and Southwest’s new service makes it easier to visit than ever.

Then there are the iconic cities that inspire you to visit, no matter how complicated the journey. Take Siem Reap (No. 7): While it’s famous as the gateway to the 12th-century ruins of Angkor Wat, the city itself offers a lot to discover — it’s a full-fledged destination with luxurious boutique hotels and an artisans’ collective that’s revitalizing Khmer traditions.

Marguerite A. Suozzi





23/11/2017

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Minnesota Orchestra – Contact Us #minnesota #orchestra, #minnesota #orchestral #association, #minneapolis,


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Important ticketing information:

We’re excited to announce that we’ve updated our ticketing system!

If you already have a Minnesota Orchestra account, it is still active. Because the system is new, you will be prompted to sign in and reset your password when purchasing tickets for the first time.

We strongly suggest purchasing tickets using the email address associated with your Minnesota Orchestra account (rather than checking out as a guest), as this will allow us to provide better service and automate discounts for subscribers and groups. Plus, you’ll now be able to manage all your Minnesota Orchestra tickets, subscriptions and donations more conveniently in one place.

To sign in to your new account, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Click the link below
  2. Type your email address
  3. Click “reset password”
  4. Check your inbox for an email, which will provide easy instructions to reset your password

Need help? Call Minnesota Orchestra Ticket Services at 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Ticket Sales by Phone

Even for sold-out concerts, tickets may often be purchased the day of the performance due to last-minute ticket returns. Call to inquire about availability.

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Ticket Inquiries In-Person

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Regular Box Office Hours

The Orchestra Hall Box Office is open two hours prior to concert start time through intermission for ticketed performances.

Stage Door Ticketing Hours

Ticket services are available at the Orchestra Hall Stage Door Monday-Friday, 10a-2pm. Stage Door is located on Marquette Avenue and 12th Street.

Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office

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30/09/2017

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America’s Best Cities for Singles #sherman #travel

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America’s Best Cities for Singles

By Katrina Brown Hunt January 23, 2015

The singles scene in New York City is a little crazy, maybe even certifiably so.

“This is a city with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but only in the best ways,” says Rachel Harrison, a Brooklyn-based public relations exec. “You can dress a little wilder, slap on some fake eyelashes—you can do anything you want, at any age. There are no judgments.”

Unabashedly batting those faux lashes got the Big Apple more than a few second glances this year. New York City landed in the top 10 for the best cities for singles, according to Travel + Leisure readers. In this year’s America’s Favorite Places survey, readers ranked 38 cities on dozens of appealing qualities, including good-looking locals, cool shopping, and hipster-magnet coffee bars.

The winning cities in the singles-scene category excel in the off-hours, ranking highly for nightclubs, dive bars, and even great diners, where you might lock eyes with someone over a late-night order of fries.

But the most singles-friendly cities also put a creative spin on conventional meet-up spots. Plenty of big attractions—from the Brooklyn Museum to the San Diego Museum of Art—offer monthly happy hours, wooing artsy singles with cocktails and live music. In Boston, one of the coolest bookstores does Trivia Nights, while in downtown L.A. a popular bar stocks old-school video games.

Another strategy for uncovering a city’s best singles scene is exploring the activities that locals love most. “New Orleanians live and breathe festivals—like Jazz Fest, and even Creole Tomato Fest,” says native Stephen Schmitz. Just be warned: “The heat and humidity,” he says, “can make for a rough appearance.”

Read on for the full results. And make your point of view heard by voting in the America’s Favorite Places survey .





06/09/2017

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Best U. S. Cities for Affordable Getaways #travel #cuba

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Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways

By Katrina Brown Hunt April 1, 2015

When David Bakke visits Savannah, he loves dining at the upscale Olde Pink House. But Bakke, a writer for personal finance site MoneyCrashers. has figured out how to avoid the high price tag—he sits in the restaurant’s basement section, the Planters Tavern. “By taking the trip downstairs,” he says, “you get extraordinary ambiance and affordable food.”

It’s a good example of why the quaint, accessible Georgian city made the top 10 for affordable getaways, according to Travel + Leisure readers. In this year’s America’s Favorite Cities survey, readers ranked 35 metropolitan areas in qualities such as fine dining and cultural offerings. which become especially enticing when offered in a lower price range.

Even as the economy shows some signs of improvement, plenty of travelers still want to maximize value. According to the Traveler Sentiment Index, from marketing firm MMGY Global, 57 percent of Americans are planning a vacation sometime within the next six months—but high gas prices worry 51 percent of them. Hotel rates have also ticked up about 7 percent since summer 2012, according to Kayak.com .

Daunting gas prices may be another reason that pedestrian-friendly cities such as Savannah and Portland, OR, won over T+L readers for their affordability. Another influential factor: free-admission museums and historical attractions. such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park in Atlanta, or Baltimore’s Museum of Art, which has the largest Matisse collection in the world.

But freebies aren’t enough: Washington, D.C. won the survey’s free attractions category, yet ranked as one of the least affordable cities overall, perhaps due to high hotel and restaurant prices. For cheap eats, look to Kansas City (rated No. 1 most affordable getaway), as well as Nashville and Providence, which delivered some of voters’ favorite barbecue. burgers. and pizza .

Low-impact bar prices don’t hurt, either. “Maybe it’s our Yankee frugality, but well drinks start at $3.50 in some places,” says Portland, ME, local Kelsey Goldsmith. “My friends who come in from out of town laugh when they get their bar tabs.”

They’re laughing all the way to the bank, that is. Bakke says his Savannah foodie trick is just another valuable lesson from the recession: “I’ve learned how to fly for cheaper, and I’ve found ways to enjoy entertainment activities while on vacation at a cheaper price.”

Read on for the most affordable U.S. city getaways.





31/08/2017

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MnSCU Farm Business Management – Welcome to Farm Business Management #minnesota,


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Welcome to Farm Business Management

In today s world, farming is a complex business with many facets. From the traditional family owned farm to the corporate farm, bookkeeping, profitability, tax planning and many other skills are required to complement traditional farming duties.

Agriculture is the number two industry in Minnesota, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities offers many programs for farm owners and employees.

This site will help you explore the many possibilities that await.

Farm Business Management Education Programs

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities farm business management education programs are administered through eight college campuses at 46 different sites across the state. There are a total of 62 farm business management instructors.

Farm business management programs are designed to provide education to farm owners and operators or persons interested in farming. The purpose of the program is to assist students in meeting their business and personal goals. This is best accomplished through the use of quality records and sound business decisions. Effective financial management in the business is the best way for the business to maintain that competitive edge.

Instructors in Minnesota s farm business management education programs deliver the program using a variety of methods. The primary delivery method is through individualized instruction at the student s farming business. Instructors meet with the students on a regular basis to evaluate the business and develop individual educational plans. Instruction is also delivered in the traditional classroom, small group meetings, field trips and tours.

Farm business management education is managed at the state level by the senior system director for workforce development and customized training. The state of Minnesota is divided into six regions which are managed by five regional deans of management education.


27/08/2017

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Newport Beach, California – City Information, Fast Facts, Schools, Colleges, and


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Newport Beach, California

Overview

Introduction to Newport Beach

Incorporated in 1906, the Pacific coastal city of Newport Beach, California, is situated in Orange County, 10 miles south of downtown Santa Ana and 17 miles south of Anaheim. Bordering the city is Huntington Beach to the west, Costa Mesa and Irvine to the north and Crystal Cove State Park to the east. Newport Beach is home to several well known communities, including Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Newport Coast, San Joaquin Hills and Balboa Peninsula (also known as Balboa).

In 1870, Captain Samuel S. Dunnells successfully steered his 105-ton river steamer, the “Vaquero,” through upper Newport Bay, dispelling the prevalent theory at the time that the bay was too treacherous for travel. The harbor was named a “New Port” by the principal landowners in the area, James and Robert McFadden, who created McFadden’s Landing and a few years later, McFadden’s Wharf. By the early 1900s, Newport Beach had already become a tourist destination with the arrival of the Pacific Electric Railway, which terminated at the Balboa Pavilion. By the mid-20th century, a number of famous celebrities would call Newport Beach their home. One of the most recognizable was John Wayne (known as “the Duke”). Other area celebrities over the years have included Shirley Temple, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Roy Rogers, Joey Bishop and George Burns. Today, Newport Beach remains very much a tourist destination, possessing a harbor crowded with boats, streets busy with shoppers and 6.2 miles of beaches filled with surfers and swimmers.

Things To Do In Newport Beach

Visitors to Newport Beach will never be at a loss for things to do, places to go or sights to see. True to its name, the city offers numerous beaches to suit every beachgoer’s taste, among them the Wedge (a body-surfing hot-spot). Other outdoor attractions include:

  • The Catalina Flyer: a giant 500 passenger catamaran, which provides daily transportation from the Balboa Peninsula to Santa Catalina Island.
  • The Balboa Fun Zone: features a Ferris wheel, a 14-foot trampoline, an old-time carousel built in 1938, laser tag, and bumper cars in addition to restaurants and shops.
  • The Back Bay: a wildlife sanctuary.
  • The Newport Aquatic Center: offers kayaking, canoeing, and rowing and has been used as a training ground for many Olympians throughout the years.
  • The Balboa Island Ferry: transports pedestrians, cars, and bikes across the harbor channel between Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula.
  • Fashion Island: provides an outdoor shopping experience with over 200 stores and 40 restaurants.

Among the many cultural and historic attractions in Newport Beach are the following:

  • Newport Theater Arts Center: Known as the finest community theater in Orange County.
  • Sherman Gardens Photo Tour: includes a beautiful public garden as well as the Sherman Library for California history.
  • The Orange County Museum of Art: exhibits art from a variety of modern artists.
  • Balboa Pavilion: Newport Beach’s first landmark, built in 1905.
  • McFadden’s Wharf: built in 1889.
  • Newport Harbor Nautical Museum: the largest nautical museum in Orange County.
  • Lido Marine Village: open air center with brick walkways, interesting shops, and gondola rides.

Annual events which take place in Newport Beach include the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race and Newport Beach International Film Festival (both held in April), the Newport Beach Festival of the Arts (held in May), the SandCastle Contest (a sand-sculpture contest held at Corona del Mar City and State Beach every summer), Flight of the Lasers (a sailboat race held in Newport Harbor every July), Character Boat Parade/Wooden Boat Festival (also held in July), Taste of Newport (a three-day food, wine and music festival held in September) and the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade (held in mid-December).

Orange County is home to several world-class attractions that are located outside the city borders of Newport Beach but still within easy commuting distance. These include Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park (Anaheim), Knott’s Berry Farm Knott’s Soak City (Buena Park), the International Surfing Museum (Huntington Beach), the Orange County Zoo (Orange), the Wild Rivers Waterpark (Irvine) and the Marconi Automotive Museum (Tustin).

Orange County is also home to several pro sports teams. Baseball fans can watch Major League action when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play their home games. Hockey fans can take the short trip to Anaheim to see the NHL’s Mighty Ducks. Surfers will recognize nearby Huntington Beach as home to the Surfing Hall of Fame.


25/08/2017

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World s Best Cities #travel #affiliate #programs

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World’s Best Cities

Sep 21, 2011 | Updated Nov 20, 2011

Travel and Leisure asked readers to vote in its 16th annual World’s Best survey, rating worldwide cities in categories such as attractions, arts and culture, food, shopping, and value. The result is a global guide to the cities not to miss this year.

Despite the challenging economy, travel is up, with more than 270 million travelers hitting the road this year, according to the Airports Council International. More travel means more insights into what makes a city great — whether it’s efficient transportation, affordable dining, or youthful energy — and how cities compare on a global basis. After all, the thrill of a country is most often reflected in its city life. “Cities absolutely dominate over countryside experiences for travelers,” says Travel and Leisure A-List super agent Priscilla Alexander of Protravel International. “You won’t have someone going to France and not going to Paris.”

But increased tourism doesn’t necessarily equate to bigger crowds or higher prices. Carriers such as United Airlines and Delta Airways are adding more flights to cities like Buenos Aires (No. 11) to accommodate the growing demand. Nor do you have to leave the US to experience a world-class city. Charleston (up to No. 13 from a No. 18 ranking in 2010) is on the radar of a growing number of travelers — and Southwest’s new service makes it easier to visit than ever.

Then there are the iconic cities that inspire you to visit, no matter how complicated the journey. Take Siem Reap (No. 7): While it’s famous as the gateway to the 12th-century ruins of Angkor Wat, the city itself offers a lot to discover — it’s a full-fledged destination with luxurious boutique hotels and an artisans’ collective that’s revitalizing Khmer traditions.

Marguerite A. Suozzi





16/08/2017

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World – s cheapest cities for budget travelers in 2015 –

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130 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2015

We have all heard that some parts of the world are cheap to visit while others are expensive but most people have a hard time quantifying any more precisely. That s why Price of Travel launched our Backpacker Index numbers for cities all over the world in late 2010. Now totally updated in its 5th year, below you ll find all major destinations around the world ranked by price for backpackers.

More specific information can be found by clicking on the regional articles just below, or by clicking on the individual city names in the main list.

There were some major changes on the list this year, mainly due to large swings in currency in much of the world. Compared to the US Dollar, all European currencies weakened, as did the Canadian Dollar, while most Asian currencies hovered around the same level all year. Once again, Asia dominates the cheap part of the list with the first 7 spots, while Europe dominates the expensive part at the bottom.

Detailed information available by region

What the prices below mean

There is a longer explanation of the Backpacker Index on each of the regional pages, but the short version is that we found the price for a group of things for each destination, and then translated that into US dollars in late January 2015. While this data is meant for backpackers and budget travelers, the proportions will be nearly identical, so the list should also be useful to those with more money to spend.

For each city this daily total includes:

  • A dorm bed at a good and cheap hostel
  • 3 budget meals
  • 2 public transportation rides
  • 1 paid cultural attraction
  • 3 cheap beers (as an entertainment fund )

Backpacker Index: 130 global destinations for 2015





16/08/2017

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23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

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23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

So many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?

Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Now those are all among the most expensive airports to fly into within Europe, so savvy travelers on multi-stop trips are better off starting elsewhere.

How the test was done

For each city tested I found the cheapest fare starting from the 4 largest cities in the US (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) plus Atlanta (by popular demand in 2014) along with Canada s largest city (Toronto) in early May, and the cheapest fare in mid July. Then I averaged the two fares and then averaged the fares into all 6 cities into on Index number.

Needless to say, the rankings starting in individual cities can vary from the combined list, but generally they aren t far apart. A bit surprisingly, only a handful of the cheapest flights were non-stops, so almost everyone will be changing planes exactly once in each direction over the Atlantic.

How to use the list below

Especially since many of the cheapest cities below are remote, the obvious strategy is to keep going down the list until you come across one of the cities you intend on visiting. Hopefully you can then find a cheap flight and use that as a hub to explore other cities by rail or low-cost airlines.

Overall, the differences in fares from the top to the bottom of this list are not great enough to justify flying into one and then booking another separate round-trip to your final destination on a low-cost airline, though in some cases it might work out cheaper.

Related information

Cheapest 10 European airports from 6 major cities

This year we broke the list out by city so it s easier to see that some European airports have cheap incoming flights from some places but not others.

Complete list of 23 is below

10 Cheapest European airports from New York City

10 Cheapest European airports from Chicago

10 Cheapest European airports from Los Angeles

10 Cheapest European airports from Houston

10 Cheapest European airports from Atlanta

10 Cheapest European airports from Toronto





13/08/2017

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Cheapest Car Rentals in LA, NY and all major US Cities

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It’s time to take advantage of the best cheap car rentals

Fort Lauderdale Car Rentals

Car Rental Express prefers to keep options open for travelers. That’s why we have 19 cheap car rental agencies ready to choose from in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you’re here to take care of business or have dinner at a Polynesian show, expect to get there in fashion at the cheapest rates.

Las Vegas Rental Cars

Whether you win or lose at the tables, you’ll save if you utilize one of our trusted cheap car rental providers in Las Vegas. Even if part of a franchise, they operate independently. That means they are going to charge a lot less than the majors, who need to cover overhead.

Los Angeles Car Rentals

When it’s time to get around LA, choose from one of almost 20 independent companies. And every selection promises a cheap Los Angeles car rental, minimizing the cost of your trip! You won’t find many of these options anywhere except at Car Rental Express.

Miami Rental Cars

There is probably no better place in the world to party. And Car Rental Express is the best place to get the cheapest car rental rates in Miami. Take those saved dollars and enjoy an extra day at the Seaquarium, Jungle Island or the Bass Museum of Art.

New York Car Rentals

Car Rental Express offers access to over 11 independent cheap car rental agencies throughout the Big Apple, including full airport and downtown location coverage. Most of these have a shuttle service to get you on the road fast.

Orlando Car Rentals

One of the most famous tourist destinations in the world is also one of the best places to get a cheap car rental. We have close to two dozen agencies operating in the Orlando area and you won’t get better rates. Use our Renter Rating™ to find the service that best fits your schedule and needs.

San Francisco Car Rentals

We’re happy to say customers give high praise to the cheap car rental options offered by Car Rental Express’s affiliates in the Golden Gate city of San Fancisco. Customers received courteous service and within minutes of arrival were behind a wheel and beginning their trip.

San Juan Rental Cars

With all our providers, expect a cheap solution for your car rental needs. Most agencies beat out major brands. With a half dozen reputable, experienced and cheap rental agencies available at Car Rental Express, you’ll enjoy Puerto Rico’s most exotic locale that much more.

Toronto Car Pearson Airport Rentals

When visiting this beautiful city, find cheap rental cars from one of our agencies. Of the 15 agencies to choose from in Toronto and at Pearson Airport. Car Rental Express provides Renter-Rated™. That’s a program where consumers share rental experiences and where our rental agencies come out on top.





28/07/2017

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Best U. S. Cities for Affordable Getaways #cambodia #travel

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Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways

By Katrina Brown Hunt April 1, 2015

When David Bakke visits Savannah, he loves dining at the upscale Olde Pink House. But Bakke, a writer for personal finance site MoneyCrashers. has figured out how to avoid the high price tag—he sits in the restaurant’s basement section, the Planters Tavern. “By taking the trip downstairs,” he says, “you get extraordinary ambiance and affordable food.”

It’s a good example of why the quaint, accessible Georgian city made the top 10 for affordable getaways, according to Travel + Leisure readers. In this year’s America’s Favorite Cities survey, readers ranked 35 metropolitan areas in qualities such as fine dining and cultural offerings. which become especially enticing when offered in a lower price range.

Even as the economy shows some signs of improvement, plenty of travelers still want to maximize value. According to the Traveler Sentiment Index, from marketing firm MMGY Global, 57 percent of Americans are planning a vacation sometime within the next six months—but high gas prices worry 51 percent of them. Hotel rates have also ticked up about 7 percent since summer 2012, according to Kayak.com .

Daunting gas prices may be another reason that pedestrian-friendly cities such as Savannah and Portland, OR, won over T+L readers for their affordability. Another influential factor: free-admission museums and historical attractions. such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park in Atlanta, or Baltimore’s Museum of Art, which has the largest Matisse collection in the world.

But freebies aren’t enough: Washington, D.C. won the survey’s free attractions category, yet ranked as one of the least affordable cities overall, perhaps due to high hotel and restaurant prices. For cheap eats, look to Kansas City (rated No. 1 most affordable getaway), as well as Nashville and Providence, which delivered some of voters’ favorite barbecue. burgers. and pizza .

Low-impact bar prices don’t hurt, either. “Maybe it’s our Yankee frugality, but well drinks start at $3.50 in some places,” says Portland, ME, local Kelsey Goldsmith. “My friends who come in from out of town laugh when they get their bar tabs.”

They’re laughing all the way to the bank, that is. Bakke says his Savannah foodie trick is just another valuable lesson from the recession: “I’ve learned how to fly for cheaper, and I’ve found ways to enjoy entertainment activities while on vacation at a cheaper price.”

Read on for the most affordable U.S. city getaways.





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First separate the two numbers. Gas is gas, and insurance is insurance. One can be thought of as overhead (fixed-cost), and the other is an operating expense.

Your insurance is fixed, in that it costs you whether you drive or not, but the rate will be highly variable depending on your ZIP code, your credit report, the liability rankings of that vehicle, cost of repair parts, the coverage limits and deductibles you choose, and you. Did you just get your license yesterday, or have you been driving for a number of years? Have you carried car insurance in the past? If so, they’ll want a good explanation for the gap in coverage, and the only good one in their eyes is if you did not own a car.

As far as liability goes, it’s just numbers. If Nissan 350Z owners are involved in more accidents than Toyota Camry owners, they will charge more to insure the 350Z for liability.

For collision repair coverage, if parts are more expensive for one car (say, a new BMW with a lot of aluminum body panels) vs. another (say, a Honda Accord with all steel panels, and plentiful availability of factory, used, and 3rd party parts), the car that costs more to repair will get charged more to insure.

Your ZIP code also matters. In my area, someone who lives in congested downtown or the neighborhoods immediately next to downtown will pay more than someone who lives 5 miles away (and the person living five miles away pays more than the person living in a rural area).

All of the insurance companies look at a combination of factors, and usually come to different conclusions about what to charge you. It absolutely, no ifs, ands, or buts, pays to shop around.

Another fixed cost to plan for is yearly registration. That varies by state, and in many (most?) states, it varies by car, with more expensive, newer cars costing more per year. In those states, the cost drops each year, until it hits a minimum after about 8-12 years. In my state, the minimum is about $40. The maximum is many hundreds, if not over a grand, but for cars most people can afford, it’s like $300-350 when it’s brand new, and it goes down every year after that.

Now your gasoline is an operating expense. It varies according to usage. The best way to predict that cost is with a calculator, plugging in cost per gallon, miles per gallon, and miles driven.

You also have to add in scheduled maintenance (fluid and filter changes, tune-ups, etc.), tires, brakes, probable suspension work, and other repairs as the machine ages and wears.

So, I don’t know–start shopping for insurance (or rather, shop for an agent who seems interested in earning your business once you do buy) on some examples of cars you might buy (and maybe a vanilla car like a Taurus or Camry for comparison), and grab a calculator and run some fuel costs. Call the dealer service departments to get an idea of expected maintenance costs, and check out Tire Rack and Discount Tire’s sites for an idea of what tires will cost for the cars you’re considering.

Run all your numbers before you decide to take that plunge. (You might also decide that a non-sports car is much more practical at whatever point in your life you are–because they are less expensive to own.)

Edit: I see you’re looking at a Mercedes SLK. I honestly don’t think $300 is going to be nearly enough for gas and insurance, let alone everything else, unless you barely ever drive it, and insurance is close to a best case scenario.

I forgot to mention that the major insurer’s websites like Progressive.com let you run a quote online (or at least they used to), so run a few of those at the different websites to get a better idea for yourself.

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My fiancee and I are both 25, both have not-at-fault accidents on our record and pretty miserable credit. We have a 2000 Saab 9-3 convertible and a 2000 Jeep Cherokee.

We pay $80 per month for both, though the majority is for the Jeep, which is liability-only. Liability plus comprehensive with a $250 deductible is less than half of the cost due to the Jeep being a larger vehicle.

As for gas. well. a Jeep and a turbocharged car driven by a guy with a lead foot. I don’t even keep track anymore for my own sanity.

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Free Online Architecture and Design Courses

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Thanks to the increasing popularity of massive open online courses — or MOOCs as they’re commonly referred to — learning has never been easier (or more convenient). Sites like Coursera and edX offer free classes online from accredited and well-known universities across the globe, including Harvard. MIT and the University of Hong Kong. While some classes are more structured and include a set lesson plan, homework assignments, quizzes and the option to receive a certificate at the end, others can be set at your own pace and approached more independently.

Following our wildly popular article on Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free. we’ve compiled a list of upcoming online classes related to architecture, engineering, urbanism and design. So whether you’re looking to embark on a new topic or dive deeper into an already familiar subject, take a look at these free online courses after the break.

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Coursera. An online platform that partners with top universities and organizations across the globe, Coursera offers architecture and design courses in several different languages, including Chinese, Spanish and French. An optional Verified Certificate is available following completion of the class. Below are descriptions of some of the upcoming architecture and design classes.

Re-Enchanting the City-Designing the Human Habitat (April 2015- June 7 th 2015): This eight-week course is taught by professors from the University of New South (UNSW) Australia. The class looks at the “interdisciplinary nature of city making,” seeking to answer the question: How do we make hyper-dense cities of the future green, livable and poetic? Specifically, the class looks at the development of Central Park in Sydney as a case study. The course materials include a series of interviews by lead academics and designers, interactive activities, and case studies.

L’art des structures 1. Câbles et arcs (The art of structures 1: Cable and arcs) September 12, 2015- November 21, 2015: Taught in French (with English subtitles) by professors from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, this course looks at the design principles behind cables and arches. It will be followed by a course on lattice structures, beams and frames later in the year.

For Chinese speakers, the National University of Taiwan has a CAD /BIM Technology and Application Specialization program on Coursera, which includes several courses:

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edX: Started as a non-profit initiative between Harvard and MIT. edX offers classes from top universities and institutions. Classes can be audited or taken to earn a Certificate of Achievement, and some courses are offered in Spanish and Chinese. Below are descriptions of two of the classes beginning this month.

The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, Part 1 (starts April 14): Offered through the University of Hong Kong, the five-week class seeks to explore vernacular architecture – “the subject and study of everyday buildings, landscapes and sites which are not designed by professional architects.” The class will look at native building materials as well as the relationship between vernacular architecture and culture and traditions across Asia. Part 2 will be offered during the summer.

Introduction to Metrics for Smart Cities (starts March, 23): Organized through IEEE, a technological innovation professional organization, the class seeks to both understand what components make up a “Smart City” and how to use “metrics to measure its performance.” Although open to anyone, the class is recommend for students in their last year of urbanism, architecture or information technologies.

Other upcoming classes on edX include:

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Iversity: A European-based site, Iversity features classes from universities across Europe in both English and German. The site offers the option to audit the class for free or pay a fee to receive a certificate. Iversity offers a three-part Architecture 101 course series, described below.

Architecture 101 – Part III, From Space to Architecture (begins April 27, 2015): Although part of an ongoing three part introductory class, participation in the first two parts is not required. The class is taught by teachers from the Academia di Belle Arti Abadir and course materials include videos, reading and design assignments. The first course of the series, Architecture 101 – Part I. is still open for auditing although it can not be taken to receive a certificate. In addition, although Architecture 101 – Part II officially started March 2, it is open for enrollment until April 7, after which it will be available for auditing only.

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Canvas: Developed and supported by learning technology company Instructure, the site offers classes from professors around the world. Below is an upcoming design class being offered in March.

Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology (March 23, 2015 – April 20, 2015): This online class looks at how to effectively apply biological information to design, providing an introduction to the tools and principles of biomimicry. Taught by a professor from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the class will focus on a different biomimicry design concept each week, taking participants outside to explore the concept firsthand and to develop their own biomimetic design.

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Open Online Academy : Based in New York, Open Online Academy offers a range of courses related to architecture, art and design. They currently have nine classes listed on their site (one of which is in Spanish), and classes come with the option to receive a course certificate. The company founder — and professor of several of the courses – Ivan Shumkov is an architect, professor, scholar and curator. He has taught at Harvard University GSD, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Parsons the New School for Design, International University of Catalonia, and ETSA Barcelona. As most of the courses are self-paced, classes can be joined any time between the start and end date. Below is a description of two of the ongoing courses, but make sure you check out the full list here.

Resilient Architecture Research (March 16 – May 8). This nine-week course explores “existing and new solutions for resilient and sustainable design,” looking at how architecture can respond to natural disasters, including floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, fires and typhoons. The course will look at both vernacular and contemporary building techniques and the goal “is to rediscover traditional building materials and methods and apply them to areas with similar conditions.”

Contemporary Architecture (February 24- April 10): This eight-week course looks at “major contemporary architectural ideas, ideologies and projects in the context of both globalization and specific local contexts,” tracing the development of architecture since the 90s. The work involves research and analysis of architecture as well as assignments to explore your city.

Other architecture classes offered by Open Online Academy include:


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Spain Cities Map and Travel Guide #essential #travel

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Maps and Information you need to know about visiting Spain

(Map Notes: Spanish Cities in brown have detailed travel information on this site. Cities on the map which have directories if tourism information are in black.)

Destinations in Spain

Tarragona, Spain

Tarragona Spain Visitors Guide – Near enough to Barcelona to make either city a day trip.

For more destinations in Spain, see:

Maps of Spain

Spain Regional Map – a map showing the regions of Spain and resources for that region. Good for choosing a general destination rather than a city or for learning more about Spain..

Spain – Rail Map showing major Spanish cities on the rail lines. You’ll also find information links to pertinent train information.

A Traveler’s Geography of Spain – Map and Resources Find out about the Geography of Spain as well as interesting travel destinations emphasizing the natural history of Spain.

Spain Wine Regions Map – Find wine regions to visit with our wine map.

Spain in Pictures

Spain – Weather and Climate

Spain enjoys a moderate climate. In Bilbao. for example, the average temperature varies from 49 degrees F in January to 70 in August. For an overview of temperatures and rainfall throughout the year as well as current weather conditions in some of Spain’s major tourist destinations, see Spain Travel Weather and Climate .

Spain – Transportation

Spain is served by an extensive rail system. See our rail map for the major routes and train information.

Spain Rail Passes can save you money if your vacation involves days with long train rides.

There is no national bus service in Spain. Many small cities in Spain have access to the larger cities through a local bus system. Routes and Timetables for the local buses are found at bus stations and stops. You can buy a ticket on the bus or in advance from tobacco shops (estancos).

The two largest Bus companies serving Spain are Autocares Julia and Eurolines .

Spain – Eating in Spanish Restaurants

In the summer, Spanish eating habits can be daunting for the tourist, especially one just arriving from overseas. Lunch and dinner are served later here than in the rest of Europe, restaurants often opening as late as 3pm for lunch and 8 or 9pm for dinner. Many restaurants in metropolitan areas have started to cater to the overseas crowd and offer continuous opening hours. The traditional remedy for the lateness of meals was to eat small plates called tapas at bars that were open all day, either as a way to keep hunger away until the restaurants opened or to make a whole meal out of appetizers–not a bad way to go. Bellying up to a Tapas bar is a great way to meet people.

Many travelers report not finding enough vegetables in restaurants to keep them happy. This is not the case when you eat meals in people’s homes–it’s a quirk of the restaurant system. See Eating in Spain for more.

Tipping in Spanish Restaurants

Meals include a service charge, but tipping is common. 10% is a substantial tip.

Accommodations in Spain

Spain has a wide range of accommodations. There are usually hotels near train stations, some budget, a few seedy. You may inspect a hotel before committing to it.

If you have a family or are planning to spend a long time in one city, a vacation rental might be to your advantage. HomeAway offers over 30,000 vacation rentals in Spain (book direct with the owner).

We like to use the user-rated hotel guide Venere to find popular Spain hotels .

Hotels in Spain are classified by stars according to their facilities and not necessarily their charm. For more on the hotel rating system, see our article: Hotels and their Star Ratings .

An excellent glossary of Spanish Accommodation terms is found on our Spanish Language site: Lodging and Hotel Terms .

Language in Spain

The language spoken in Spain is Spanish. However, there are variants spoken that include Euskara, spoken in the basque regions; Catalan, spoken in parts of Spain, Andorra, France and Sardinia; Galician, and other languages. An excellent discussion of these is provided by Gerald Erichsen in his article: Spain’s Linguistic Diversity .

Foreign Languages for the Tourist gives a list of resources for learning just enough language to get along. Page two of that article is an account of going to language school in Perugia, Italy. I recommend undertaking such an experience in Spain if you’re interested in the Spanish language and people.

There is a good list of Spanish Language Schools here .

Currency in Spain

Spain uses the Euro–Symbol . At the time the Euro came into use, its value was set to 166.386 Spanish Pesetas. [more on the Euro ]

Spain – Siesta!

The siesta period is from 1:30 to 4:30. Stores close but restaurants stay open in the late afternoon, closing usually at 4:30.





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Tibet Travel China: Tour, Cities, History, People, Map, Festival #no1 #travel

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Tibet Travel Guide

Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī z ng)

Abbreviation: Zang

Admin. Type: Autonomous Region

Namtso

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    Tibet Introduction

    Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism!

    It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of Tibet began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world s highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.

    Geography and Natural Scenery

    This place is called Roof of the World and the Third Pole of the Earth . Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers. The world s highest peak, Mt. Everest is situated in this region. The vast land is also the river source for the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus, and the Ganges. Its lakes: the Heavenly Lake Namtso, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Lake Manasarova set the region apart as an exceptional scenic place.

    Religion

    The area is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. In the 16th century, every family produced a member in the holy orders: a quarter of its population. It has been built into the culture with 1,700 Buddhism monasteries in the country. The Bon comes second with 88 Bon religious places of worship. Religious festivals are celebrated like national holidays. You come across religious artifacts year round there.

    People Life

    The people living in this vast land are mainly Tibetan, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics. They take beef, mutton and dairy products as staple food, which protect them from severe cold. The locals grow crops under harsh climatic conditions. The main grain crop grown here is the barley. The popular zanba and barley wine are made from it. Traditional local clothing are usually thick, warm and loose with wide waist and long sleeves and skirts. Hada, a ceremonial scarf, is highly regarded. People here usually present Hada as a mark of esteem when holding celebration parties, welcoming visitors, visiting the elders or seeing someone off. This land is reputed as the Sea of Dances and Songs , where people enjoy these pursuits. People here also engages in wrestling, horse racing and archery on Tibetan festivals. You have an opportunity to do home visits and learn more.

    Tips

    You can reach the land by air, by road or by train through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. At high altitudes the air is thin and one is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation as well as huge temperature variation between day and night. Thus, visitors should make good preparations before and during the travel. Visitors are also advised that summer is the preferable season for a visit. As a guest coming from abroad you need to visit in groups with a Tibet Travel Permit. For more tips including weather, mountain sickness, etiquette, taboo and more, please go to to Tibet Travel Tips .

    Highlights :

    Intreresting cultual highlights including the custom of sky burial, Thangka, Tibetan medicine and the local opera.





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  • Pompano Beach, Florida – City Information, Fast Facts, Schools, Colleges, and


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    Pompano Beach, Florida

    Introduction to Pompano Beach, Florida

    The Florida city of Pompano Beach, located in the northern portion of Broward County, lies along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean about 8 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. Centrally located in Florida’s famous Gold Coast, the city is situated approximately midway between Miami and Palm Beach (about 35 miles away from each). Pompano Beach is serviced by both Interstate I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.

    Named for a species of fish (pompano) which swims abundantly in the area’s warm Atlantic waters, the city was originally inhabited by the Tequesta Indians, who survived on the subtropical land by living in villages near the ocean and feasting on its abundant sea life. European colonization eventually led to the destruction of the Tequesta way of life, and the Tribe was replaced in the area by the Seminoles. Until the arrival of the railroad in 1896, the region was not linked to the rest of the nation but after this time the municipality grew and the city of Pompano became incorporated in 1908. In 1947, Pompano officially merged with the beach area to its east to become the city of Pompano Beach. The city today relies on tourism, light manufacturing, retail and high technology as its principal industries.

    Events and Entertainment in Pompano Beach

    Beach goers, fishermen and golfers find living or vacationing in Pompano Beach a dream come true. Over three miles of white pristine beaches combined with an abundance of some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging links just minutes away make it easy to see why thousands of visitors flock to the area annually. In addition to an almost unlimited supply of outdoor recreational options, the city also hosts a number of annual events and festivals, including the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, a week-long May event attracting anglers from around the world who participate in one of the largest sport fishing tournaments in south Florida. December’s Holiday Boat Parade features prizes and awards for “best dressed” boats and also includes a ride down the Intracoastal Waterway featuring food, drinks and fun.

    Among the city’s other attractions are the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, an open-air venue which has served as host site for numerous outdoor concerts. Also in town is the Goodyear Blimp Base, home base of the famous blimp and one of only four blimp bases in the world. Bargain hunters should head to the Festival Flea Market Mall, housing more than 800 stores, booths and kiosks selling discounted brand name merchandise. Two miles north of Pompano Beach is Lighthouse Point, home of Hillsboro Light, a decades-old lighthouse which is the brightest in the southeast.

    Those whose fun consists of spectator sports won’t be disappointed with the Pompano Beach area. The city offers year-round horse racing at the world famous Pompano Harness Track. In nearby Miami, baseball fans can migrate to Pro Player Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s Florida Marlins. Football fans can follow the exploits of the Miami Dolphins as they host the NFL’s best, while fans of indoor sports can take in some major league hockey (NHL’s Florida Panthers, who play in nearby Sunrise) and basketball (NBA’s Miami Heat).

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    23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

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    23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2015

    So many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?

    Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Now those are all among the most expensive airports to fly into within Europe, so savvy travelers on multi-stop trips are better off starting elsewhere.

    How the test was done

    For each city tested I found the cheapest fare starting from the 4 largest cities in the US (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) plus Atlanta (by popular demand in 2014) along with Canada s largest city (Toronto) in early May, and the cheapest fare in mid July. Then I averaged the two fares and then averaged the fares into all 6 cities into on Index number.

    Needless to say, the rankings starting in individual cities can vary from the combined list, but generally they aren t far apart. A bit surprisingly, only a handful of the cheapest flights were non-stops, so almost everyone will be changing planes exactly once in each direction over the Atlantic.

    How to use the list below

    Especially since many of the cheapest cities below are remote, the obvious strategy is to keep going down the list until you come across one of the cities you intend on visiting. Hopefully you can then find a cheap flight and use that as a hub to explore other cities by rail or low-cost airlines.

    Overall, the differences in fares from the top to the bottom of this list are not great enough to justify flying into one and then booking another separate round-trip to your final destination on a low-cost airline, though in some cases it might work out cheaper.

    Related information

    Cheapest 10 European airports from 6 major cities

    This year we broke the list out by city so it s easier to see that some European airports have cheap incoming flights from some places but not others.

    Complete list of 23 is below

    10 Cheapest European airports from New York City

    10 Cheapest European airports from Chicago

    10 Cheapest European airports from Los Angeles

    10 Cheapest European airports from Houston

    10 Cheapest European airports from Atlanta

    10 Cheapest European airports from Toronto





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    Switzerland Cities Map and Travel Guide #namibia #travel

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    Map of Switzerland: Best Swiss Cities to Visit

    By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

    James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

    You can learn about some of the other things I’m doing these days in his Google Profile James Martin .

    If you are more visually oriented, then our Rebel Mouse page called Europe Travel Tips and Ideas features many of our European destinations, events, apps, and other travel related news and pictures.

    You are Here Home Europe Map Switzerland Map and Travel Guide

    Switzerland is a land of soaring mountain peaks, placid lakes, verdant green valleys and unheralded but surprisingly good wine.

    At one time it was imperative on your Grand Tour to take a scenic train ride into Switzerland to buy a handmade watch and gaze in amazement at the Matterhorn. If your wallet was full, you d head to St. Moritz, or you could go skiing (or play snow golf) in Gstaad Saanenland .

    Switzerland s scenery is more accessible than ever today. Postal buses get you to any tiny Swiss corner you can see on a map. Little red trains, the slowest express trains you ll ever ride called Bernina and Glacier, take you through scenic areas with panoramic open cars, gourmet restaurant cars, historic coaches, and feature spiraling open descents into valleys. Hiking trails are everywhere. Tourist boats ply the lakes big and small–you can even take one under Europe s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls marked on the map with a red square near the interesting town of Schaffhausen. Active travelers can ski, hike or climb in the Matterhorn s shadow in Zermatt .

    The list, as they say, is almost endless.

    Destinations in Switzerland: Highlights of Select Cities

    The Capital of Switzerland, Bern. is a good place to start. Bern takes its name from the German word for bear. It s a pretty medieval city, founded in 1191, with many attractions, museums, and historic sites. Because of its impressive medieval architecture in Bern s old town, Bern has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Lucerne lies on the shores of Lake Lucerne in Central Switzerland, surrounded by the Swiss alps, notably Mount Pilatus and Rigi. Its small medieval center contains a wealth of museums. For a town of 60,000 people, there are lots of events to attend, here is a link to the top events .

    Basel is a border city in French speaking Switzerland. It lies along the Rhine river in northern Switzerland, at the intersection of France, Germany and Switzerland. Basel is famous for its ancient masked carnival, or Fasnacht. a three-day carnival festival starting on the Monday after Mardi Gras, and is host to the largest Christmas Market in Switzerland.

    If you want to vacation in a charming spot on a lake surrounded by mountains, where relaxation is the key, Zug might be just the place; it s known for its sunsets. Its medieval center is compact and spills down to the lake; a perfect place to relax and enjoy life.

    Geneva lies between the Alps and the Jura mountains on the shore of Lake Geneva on the west side of Switzerland bordering on France. It s the second largest city in Switzerland after Zürich.

    Swiss Christmas Markets

    A tradition in Switzerland, Christmas markets are found in every major city and even on top of a mountain, see our picks: Switzerland s Best Christmas Markets

    Accommodations in Switzerland

    Accommodations in Switzerland tend to be expensive. There are usually fewer hotels located around train stations than in other countries. You may inspect a hotel before committing to it.

    Hotel rooms in Switzerland tend to be smaller than other places, but there are usually more services available. Prices include service, taxes and sometimes breakfast (ask).

    Most Swiss hotels are members of the Swiss Hotel Association, which rates them according to their facilities and not necessarily their charm. For more general information on European hotel ratings, see our article: Hotels and their Star Ratings .

    One way to save money in Switzerland is to rent a vacation home or mountain chalet and use it as a hub for your Swiss explorations. You ll save even more by inviting a group and renting a larger place for a week or so. HomeAway lists over 170,000 Swiss Vacation Rentals indexed by location (book direct).

    Swiss Currency

    The Swiss currency is the Swiss Franc, abbreviated to CHF. Swiss Franc banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 Francs. At the time of writing, 1 US Dollar 1.35350 Swiss Franc (January, 2003). For the current rate, see Currency Converter by OANDA.com, The Currency Site .

    Language in Switzerland

    Four primary languages are spoken in Switzerland. See the map above for the approximate areas those languages are spoken in. The Federal Constitution stipulates that German, French, and Italian are Switzerland s official languages, whereas Romansh is an official language for communicating with Romansh-speaking persons. English is increasingly taught at an early age, sometimes taking priority over a second national language.

    Foreign Languages for the Tourist gives a list of resources for learning just enough language to get along. Page two of that article is an account of going to language school in Perugia, Italy. I recommend undertaking such an experience in Switzerland if you re interested in the Swiss languages and people.

    Transportation in Switzerland: Transportation Maps

    Switzerland is served by more than 13000 miles of train, bus and boat routes. Find out more about Swiss transportation options in the article Swiss Rail Passes and Transportation information. Where the trains don t run is a highly efficient system of Postal Buses: PostBus Switzerland. You can get virtually anywhere by public transportation in Switzerland.

    Switzerland is served by eight major airports. See our Interactive Switzerland Airports Map for locations and information.

    If you are driving in Switzerland, be aware that you ll need a permit called a vignette affixed to your windshield to drive on the autobahn, or toll roads. You can buy one of these at the border as you enter Switzerland. The vignette is a tax and toll sticker, similar to the vignette in Austria .

    For distances between major cities, see our Switzerland Driving Distances map and calculator.

    Weather in Switzerland – When to Go

    Due to the mountainous terrain in Switzerland, weather can vary greatly with altitude. Prediction of the weather can be tricky. For some historical climate information, including historic temperature and precipitation graphs that might help you plan your vacation in Switzerland, as well as current conditions see Travel Weather Switzerland .

    Eating in Swiss Restaurants

    Although eating in a Swiss restaurant is generally more expensive than eating in a neighboring country, you can find interesting, inexpensive food in Switzerland. Lunches are often cheaper than the same meal at dinner. Look for the plate of the day.

    General Eating Times: Lunch: 12-2 Dinner 6-8 pm

    As you might expect, Swiss cuisine is based around dairy products — cheese, milk, cream, butter and/or yogurt.

    Beer is often cheaper and more readily available then soft drinks.

    Tipping

    Meals include a service charge, but tipping is common. 5% of the total is the usual tip. According to locals in Zurich, it is customary, when paying with a credit card, to leave the tip in cash rather than adding it to the card total.

    Public Holidays in Switzerland

    Public holidays

    New Years: January 1st and 2nd





    29/05/2017

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    Cheapest Car Rentals in LA, NY and all major US Cities

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    Fort Lauderdale Car Rentals

    Car Rental Express prefers to keep options open for travelers. That’s why we have 19 cheap car rental agencies ready to choose from in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you’re here to take care of business or have dinner at a Polynesian show, expect to get there in fashion at the cheapest rates.

    Las Vegas Rental Cars

    Whether you win or lose at the tables, you’ll save if you utilize one of our trusted cheap car rental providers in Las Vegas. Even if part of a franchise, they operate independently. That means they are going to charge a lot less than the majors, who need to cover overhead.

    Los Angeles Car Rentals

    When it’s time to get around LA, choose from one of almost 20 independent companies. And every selection promises a cheap Los Angeles car rental, minimizing the cost of your trip! You won’t find many of these options anywhere except at Car Rental Express.

    Miami Rental Cars

    There is probably no better place in the world to party. And Car Rental Express is the best place to get the cheapest car rental rates in Miami. Take those saved dollars and enjoy an extra day at the Seaquarium, Jungle Island or the Bass Museum of Art.

    New York Car Rentals

    Car Rental Express offers access to over 11 independent cheap car rental agencies throughout the Big Apple, including full airport and downtown location coverage. Most of these have a shuttle service to get you on the road fast.

    Orlando Car Rentals

    One of the most famous tourist destinations in the world is also one of the best places to get a cheap car rental. We have close to two dozen agencies operating in the Orlando area and you won’t get better rates. Use our Renter Rating™ to find the service that best fits your schedule and needs.

    San Francisco Car Rentals

    We’re happy to say customers give high praise to the cheap car rental options offered by Car Rental Express’s affiliates in the Golden Gate city of San Fancisco. Customers received courteous service and within minutes of arrival were behind a wheel and beginning their trip.

    San Juan Rental Cars

    With all our providers, expect a cheap solution for your car rental needs. Most agencies beat out major brands. With a half dozen reputable, experienced and cheap rental agencies available at Car Rental Express, you’ll enjoy Puerto Rico’s most exotic locale that much more.

    Toronto Car Pearson Airport Rentals

    When visiting this beautiful city, find cheap rental cars from one of our agencies. Of the 15 agencies to choose from in Toronto and at Pearson Airport. Car Rental Express provides Renter-Rated™. That’s a program where consumers share rental experiences and where our rental agencies come out on top.





    26/04/2017

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    Tibet Travel China: Tour, Cities, History, People, Map, Festival #travel #packages

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    Tibet Travel Guide

    Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī z ng)

    Abbreviation: Zang

    Admin. Type: Autonomous Region

    Namtso

  • Tashilhunpo
    Monastery
  • Baksum Tso

    Tibet Introduction

    Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism!

    It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of Tibet began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world s highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.

    Geography and Natural Scenery

    This place is called Roof of the World and the Third Pole of the Earth . Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers. The world s highest peak, Mt. Everest is situated in this region. The vast land is also the river source for the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus, and the Ganges. Its lakes: the Heavenly Lake Namtso, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Lake Manasarova set the region apart as an exceptional scenic place.

    Religion

    The area is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. In the 16th century, every family produced a member in the holy orders: a quarter of its population. It has been built into the culture with 1,700 Buddhism monasteries in the country. The Bon comes second with 88 Bon religious places of worship. Religious festivals are celebrated like national holidays. You come across religious artifacts year round there.

    People Life

    The people living in this vast land are mainly Tibetan, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics. They take beef, mutton and dairy products as staple food, which protect them from severe cold. The locals grow crops under harsh climatic conditions. The main grain crop grown here is the barley. The popular zanba and barley wine are made from it. Traditional local clothing are usually thick, warm and loose with wide waist and long sleeves and skirts. Hada, a ceremonial scarf, is highly regarded. People here usually present Hada as a mark of esteem when holding celebration parties, welcoming visitors, visiting the elders or seeing someone off. This land is reputed as the Sea of Dances and Songs , where people enjoy these pursuits. People here also engages in wrestling, horse racing and archery on Tibetan festivals. You have an opportunity to do home visits and learn more.

    Tips

    You can reach the land by air, by road or by train through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. At high altitudes the air is thin and one is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation as well as huge temperature variation between day and night. Thus, visitors should make good preparations before and during the travel. Visitors are also advised that summer is the preferable season for a visit. As a guest coming from abroad you need to visit in groups with a Tibet Travel Permit. For more tips including weather, mountain sickness, etiquette, taboo and more, please go to to Tibet Travel Tips .

    Highlights :

    Intreresting cultual highlights including the custom of sky burial, Thangka, Tibetan medicine and the local opera.





    13/04/2017

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  • The 10 Safest (and Coolest) Cities for Women to Travel Alone

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    The 10 Safest (and Coolest) Cities for Women to Travel Alone

    It can be incredibly dangerous for a woman to travel alone. Every year we hear news about sexual assaults on women who have been vacationing. It’s not only the physical attacks that make traveling alone as a female dangerous. Some places will try and take advantage of the lone traveler, charging them more money than other people. Hotel room theft and pickpocketing are also easier if the person is alone.

    There are many places in the world where it may be unsafe for a woman to travel alone. Consider all the aspects of the trip Will you be walking alone at night? Will you have a tour guide or be exploring the city on your own? Do you have friends or family there that can provide safety when you need it?

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    We came up with a list of 10 cities where women should be safe travelling alone. Anyone traveling to a new city should be knowledgeable about the dangers and how to get help if they need it. To choose the cities, we looked at the rights and wages of women in the particular countries, along with crimes against women statistics.

    Here are our top picks for cities to visit if you are a lone female traveler.

    1. Copenhagen, Denmark





    01/04/2017

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    How to Book Flights – Hotel Rooms in Several Different Cities

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    How to Book Flights & Hotel Rooms in Several Different Cities

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    Plant yourself in front of the computer

    It begins with the Internet – at least in this day and age (sorry travel agents). Sites such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity offer simple options for booking flights to multiple cities. They also offer many options for hotel accommodations, as well as discounts on all of the above. You may want to just book your travel on these sites or just your hotel(s) — it’s up to you.

    Plan your flights. If you are flying to Europe, it is usually cheapest to fly to a city such as London and then take a cheap flight on Ryan Air or similar type low-cost air carrier for inter-continent flights. For example, a flight from London to Prague and back costs the US equivalent of $120 even in the late summer. Ryan Air is also currently offering a few free flights on certain legs — as of this writing. Check the site for details. You can also book your main carrier such as British Airways to fly all the legs in many cases, but you are likely to pay more.

    Book Your Hotels. Google search under “Bed and Breakfasts” or “cheap hotels” and you might find some better options than what an Orbitz has to offer (but not necessarily). It depends on what you are after. Hotels, also, are more negotiable with their rates than are airlines. You can haggle with hotel desk clerks if you know what you are doing — it’s always worth a try. This is obviously a much more ambitious plan in high season when the hoteliers aren’t fighting for business. And in popular cities, many times they don’t have to worry about booking up. But if you are flying to the outskirts of Ireland in the dead of winter, you probably have a good chance of finding something very affordable.

    Call the hotels regarding their policies. If you don’t have $250 to spare on each of your credit cards, you could be in for a nightmarish surprise when Hotel A places a hold on your charge card; then when you leave for destination B two days later, Hotel B also places a hold on your card, and so forth. It can add up. A simple call in advance to clarify exactly what they need in terms of a deposit is a good way to flesh out your budget. Whatever you do, plan on buying your little luxuries off site — those hotel mini bars are a very bad idea, except for the wealthy!

    Double check your flight information before you head to the airport. These are dicey times for the airlines. For anyone who was trapped when American had to cancel its flights this spring, it was a reminder that nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to air travel. Have a contingency plan. Airlines will, of course, try to accommodate you – but that doesn’t mean you have a day to spare sitting in an airport lobby waiting to get rebooked! If you can possibly take a bus or train in the event of a flight cancellation, it’s not a bad option — This is obviously not possible if you are crossing the Pacific for that first Hawaiian vacay, though. So hang loose. The airlines do want to accommodate you. American was very good about refunding its passengers’ money or rescheduling flights, as will other airlines should it ever happen to you.





    27/03/2017

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    America’s Best Cities for Singles #travel #to #africa

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    America’s Best Cities for Singles

    By Katrina Brown Hunt January 23, 2015

    The singles scene in New York City is a little crazy, maybe even certifiably so.

    “This is a city with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but only in the best ways,” says Rachel Harrison, a Brooklyn-based public relations exec. “You can dress a little wilder, slap on some fake eyelashes—you can do anything you want, at any age. There are no judgments.”

    Unabashedly batting those faux lashes got the Big Apple more than a few second glances this year. New York City landed in the top 10 for the best cities for singles, according to Travel + Leisure readers. In this year’s America’s Favorite Places survey, readers ranked 38 cities on dozens of appealing qualities, including good-looking locals, cool shopping, and hipster-magnet coffee bars.

    The winning cities in the singles-scene category excel in the off-hours, ranking highly for nightclubs, dive bars, and even great diners, where you might lock eyes with someone over a late-night order of fries.

    But the most singles-friendly cities also put a creative spin on conventional meet-up spots. Plenty of big attractions—from the Brooklyn Museum to the San Diego Museum of Art—offer monthly happy hours, wooing artsy singles with cocktails and live music. In Boston, one of the coolest bookstores does Trivia Nights, while in downtown L.A. a popular bar stocks old-school video games.

    Another strategy for uncovering a city’s best singles scene is exploring the activities that locals love most. “New Orleanians live and breathe festivals—like Jazz Fest, and even Creole Tomato Fest,” says native Stephen Schmitz. Just be warned: “The heat and humidity,” he says, “can make for a rough appearance.”

    Read on for the full results. And make your point of view heard by voting in the America’s Favorite Places survey .





    11/02/2017

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