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Explore Kentucky

Exciting Vacation Ideas in Kentucky

Experience some of the best places to go on vacation in the Bluegrass State

Exploring Kentucky is discovering all the things you know about, and all the things you don t. It s experiencing more than 500 horse farms, and touring the famous Bourbon Country distilleries.

It s viewing Civil War battlefields. international museums and innovative art galleries. Visiting Kentucky s world-renowned natural attractions. lakes and rivers and state parks — widely considered the best in the entire country — and tasting the local dishes at off-the-beaten-path dining landmarks .

So c mon. If you re looking for one of the best places to go on vacation. discover the authentic, history-rich, mouth-watering, awe-inspiring and affordable vacation ideas of Kentucky. Plan your visit, whether for a day or a week, using the destinations and activities below as a guide.

Explore the Ins and Outs of Kentucky

Cities and Towns – The rich Bluegrass State heritage. The big city downtown attractions. The unique culture of bustling art communities. Experience the family-friendly character of our cities and towns that make Kentucky Kentucky.

Lakes and Rivers – Huge recreational lakes. Thousands of miles of rivers and streams. Extreme adventure on raging white-water rapids. For exciting on-water activities, navigate your way through beautiful Kentucky scenery.

Kentucky Regions – Kentucky offers four distinct regions, each offering their own culture, characteristics and traditions for unique getaways. From caves to bourbon to horses, come inside and discover the diversity of Kentucky.

Tours, Byways and Trails – Where will the roads and trails of Kentucky lead you? Almost anywhere you want to go! Embark on grand road trips through Bourbon Country. Journey through underground caves. Tour historic sites and and other great destinations on these vacations in Kentucky.

About Kentucky – Find historical facts, a list of famous Kentuckians, state government information, and audio and video downloads in this section dedicated to the history of the state.

Top Attractions – From the Country Music Highway to Churchill Downs to the Kentucky Horse Park, check out some of the most popular attractions Kentucky has to offer for kids and adults alike.

State Parks – Craving outdoor adventure? Welcome to paradise! Kentucky features over 50 beautiful state parks, all of which offer great adventure, relaxation, wildlife wilderness, water sports and, of course, those famous scenic views Kentucky is known for.

Found enough fun and affordable vacation ideas in Kentucky? Use our travel tools and search the site to start planning the details of your trip!





23/12/2017

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Fascination of a South America Tour.

Travel to Peru. Tours of a Lifetime.

Peru, yesterday and today so culturally intertwined. Where centuries past and present day are softly blurred. Where seasons, not seconds mark the passage of time. Peru, an enriched historic culture of proud peoples and traditions. Spectacular varied scenery, preserved beauty and mysterious places. The Andes of Peru, amazingly stunning with refreshing simplicity. Still home to millions of highland Indians who still speak the native tongue of Quechua and practice the times of 10,000 years past. The colonial preservation of Conquistador legacy that truly never conquered but melded and blended a greater beauty, now known as Peru the ultimate fascination of South America travel tours.

Peru is an environmental masterpiece of diversity, arid coastal deserts, farming oasis, quaint fishing villages and the Amazon basin. The tall Andean Sierras where the mystery and intrigue of the ancient Inca Empire still lies. Machu Picchu ruins, laying quietly undiscovered beneath dense foliage for thousands of years until somewhat recently discovered in 1911.

Cuzco, Peru where past and present collide. The mythical capital of the Inca Empire and today’s archeological center of Peru. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake with over 3,000 square miles of deep blue waters with over 30 islands. The most sacred body of water in the Inca Empire is a most popular adventure tour in Peru.

Peru is a once in a lifetime tour experience that so few will ever know. Motivation is a keen eye for the incredible, love and respect of mystical nature, a thirst for ancient history and a spirit of adventure. Peru is simply remarkable. Its people and colorful traditions are equally and refreshingly astounding. That’s Peru. An unforgettable travel adventure. Tourism like no other.

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Roam our Peru website. Discover why travel to Peru is such a great experience. If you decide to visit Peru, we invite you to contact our site sponsors that can arrange ideal travel, tours, excursions, treks and accommodations to your particular style of adventure vacation.

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21/12/2017

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The Go Travel Sites – About Us #canada #travel

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The Go Travel Sites consist of large, dynamic travel portals covering all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

We started in 1997 with Go-Utah.com and added the entire U.S. a short time later. Our sites provide travel information about where to go and what to do, cutting through the noise of unfiltered comments. Our users are actively planning their travel, so each click on our highly targeted system is a potential customer.

Advertising Options on The Go Travel Sites.

Through our Go Travel Sites network, we extensively promote travel and tourism via marketing partnerships. and design and develop award winning dynamic websites for Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), resorts, and travel destinations.

We book once-in-a-lifetime houseboat vacations and adventure trips, as well as condo and guest home lodging in a few select locations worldwide. We’ve been doing this for 15 years out of Salt Lake City, surrounded by world-famous attractions and activities. There’s no better place to speak from about the variety of travel and tourism.

We are incredibly proud of the outstanding team we have assembled in our Salt Lake City headquarters. Key team members are identified below.





07/12/2017

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New Low-Cost Airline: PEOPLExpress Tickets Go on Sale – NBC News

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New Low-Cost Airline: PEOPLExpress Tickets Go on Sale

The days of the airline stewardess joke — coffee, tea, or me? — are gone in more ways than one.

Tickets from $59 went on sale Wednesday afternoon for PEOPLExpress. the new airline that seeks to capitalize on the goodwill for the name of one of the first low-budget airlines that disappeared decades ago amid industry consolidation. But with its new a la carte pricing for everything from overhead bin space to coffee, tea and water, unprepared fliers may be in for sticker shock.

All of the airline’s flights will be in and out of its hub at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia, with only three destinations when it starts flying June 30. The airline’s two daily round-trip flights to Newark, New Jersey, will start with base fares from $76 each way; a daily round-trip to Boston will cost $76 each way; and its daily round-trip to Pittsburgh will cost $59 each way.

Service to West Palm Beach, Florida, will start July 15 with one daily round-trip flight and fares priced from $89 each way.

Flights to Atlanta will start Aug. 1 with one-way fares priced at $79. The Atlanta route will offer round-trip service once a day, except Tuesdays.

On Aug. 28, service will start to New Orleans for $119 each way as well as to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, from $89 each way. Only three weekly round-trips will be offered to St. Petersburg and New Orleans.

All those fares come with a serious restrictions apply asterisk as fliers will have to pay extra for services that many other airlines still offer for free.

On board, coffee or tea will sell for $1; soft drinks water and juice will cost $2; beer will be $5; and a proper cocktail will set you back $7.

Carry-on bags in overhead bins will cost $25 per bag per flight segment while a single checked bag will cost $20, and a second will add $25 more and if you must, $75 for a third. If you have to check a bag at the gate, that’s $50, and if it’s overweight, an extra $75 fee will apply. An exit-row seat will cost an extra $25 each way while more comfortable Living Large seats will cost an extra $59 per flight segment. Advance seat assignments cost $15 each way.

On board, coffee or tea will sell for $1; soft drinks water and juice will cost $2; beer will be $5; and a proper cocktail will set you back $7. The good news comes on the snacks pricing: Complimentary.

Carry-on bags will be free if they fit under your seat, a company spokesman said.

This past Friday, the airline announced it would launch. and technically will be known as Vision Airlines, dba PEOPLExpress while it gets its full certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. It will fly leased 150-seat Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines.

PEOPLExpress hopes to expand to 24 cities within five years, with hubs in Pittsburgh; New Orleans; San Antonio, Texas; and Atlantic City, New Jersey, CEO Jeff Erickson told CNBC in an interview last week.

At its first hub, the airline will operate two gates on Concourse A at Newport News. Tickets can only be purchased through its website or its call center, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The original PEOPLExpress began flying in 1981 and was based at Newark. It was later acquired by Continental, which was then acquired by United. The new airline has adopted the old logo, but with a new green scheme rather than the old brown, burgundy and orange. Otherwise the new airline is not affiliated with the old airline of the same name, Erickson said, except that some of the executives worked for the old airline.

PEOPLExpress isn’t the only new airline with plans to take off this year. An all-business class airline, tentatively called Dream Jet, has announced plans to fly between Paris and New York. And Eastern Air Lines Group has filed its initial application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin operations.





06/12/2017

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The Ebola Outbreak: Is It Still Safe To Go To Africa?

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The Ebola Outbreak: Is It Still Safe To Go To Africa?

Over the last few weeks there has been extensive and often terrifying coverage of the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa, and our thoughts are with all those fighting this dreadful disease.

Whilst the coverage has highlighted that the disease is not airborne and can only be contracted by contact with body fluids from an infected person, we have had a number of people asking if it is safe to travel to South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and other destinations in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The short answer is ‘yes – you can still safely travel to Africa’, however given the seriousness of the situation in West Africa we feel it is worth expanding on this. There are two key points to consider:

Africa is big – really. really big.

One thing that many people not involved with the travel industry are not aware of is just how huge Africa is. for example, the outbreak in West Africa is over 3500 miles away from Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, and over 3,000 miles from Botswana and Namibia. To put this into context, London is about 3000 miles from the affected area, so many of these places are further from the centre of the outbreak than the UK is.

You can get an idea of the sheer scale of Africa from this fascinating map from the Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/cartography

Most of Africa has not had an outbreak of Ebola since records began in 1976

It is also worth noting that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there have been no reported cases of Ebola since records began in 1976 for Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe amongst others. The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that South Africa was missing from that list: well, the only case in South Africa since records began in 1976 was a medical professional who travelled from Gabon to Johannesburg, after having treated Ebola virus-infected patients and thus having been exposed to the virus there. You can see a full history of outbreaks since 1976 here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ebola_outbreaks

In conclusion

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those currently fighting the the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, however the safari and beach destinations of Southern and Eastern Africa are unaffected at present, and history suggests that they may well remain unaffected througout this outbreak.

Tour operators and airlines will continue to monitor the situation and the FCO travel advice, and if it is considered unsafe for travel by the FCO then people who have booked an ATOL protected package will be entitled to alternative travel arrangements or a refund.

We believe that you can still book with confidence and travel safely to Africa, and we look forward to showing you and your clients around this huge, spectacular and diverse continent.

About the author: Paul Campbell is a member of the SATOA Committee and Managing Director of Travel Butlers Ltd .





29/11/2017

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When to Go in Australia #how #to #get #the #cheapest #airline

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When to Go

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is basking in the Southern Hemisphere s summer, and vice versa. Midwinter in Australia is July and August, and the hottest months are November through March. Remember, unlike in the Northern Hemisphere, the farther south you go in Australia, the colder it gets.

The Travel Seasons

Airfares to Australia are lowest from mid-April to late August the best time to visit the Red Centre and the Great Barrier Reef.

High Season – The peak travel season in the most popular parts of Australia is the Aussie winter. In much of the country particularly the northern half the most pleasant time to travel is April through September, when daytime temperatures are 66[dg]F to 88[dg]F (19[dg]C 31[dg]C) and it rarely rains. June, July, and August are the busiest months in these parts; you ll need to book accommodations and tours well in advance, and you will pay higher rates then, too.

On the other hand, Australia s summer is a nice time to visit the southern states, and even in winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing.

Generally, the best months to visit Australia are September and October, when it s often still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states, it s cool enough to tour Uluru, and the humidity and rains have not come to Cairns (although it will be very hot by Oct).

Low Season – October through March (summer) is just too hot, too humid, or too wet or all three to tour the Red Centre. North Queensland, including Cairns, suffers an intensely hot, humid wet season from November or December through March or April. So if you decide to travel at this time and lots of people do be prepared to take the heat, the inconvenience of potential flooding, and the slight chance of encountering cyclones.

Australian National Public Holidays

On national public holidays, services such as banking, postal needs, and purchasing of alcohol might be limited or unavailable. There also may be additional holidays as declared by individual states and territories, such as Melbourne Cup Day: Based on the country s most famous thoroughbred horse race, Melbourne Cup Day is celebrated the first Tuesday of November, and the race is nicknamed the race that stops the nation.

* New Year s Day, January 1. Expect the usual fireworks and festivities to begin the night of December 31 to ring in the New Year.

* Australia Day, January 26. This national day recognizes the First Fleet s arrival in 1788, when 11 ships made their way from England to establish a colony here in Australia.

* Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. The Christian commemoration of Jesus crucifixion and his death. In Australia, Good Friday is observed the first Friday after the full moon (on or after Mar 21).

* Easter Monday, day after Easter Sunday. The Christian commemoration of Jesus resurrection from the dead.

* Anzac Day, April 25. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day recognizes those who have served the nation in times of war.

* Christmas Day, December 25. When Christians celebrate Jesus birth. Note: If Christmas is on a weekend day, the next Monday is termed a public holiday.

* Boxing Day, December 26. Originally a British tradition involving gift-giving, Boxing Day is now an Australian holiday, and some sports kick off their seasons on this date. If Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next Monday is deemed a public holiday. If it falls on a Sunday, the next Tuesday is the holiday.

Steer Clear of the Vacation Rush

Try to avoid Australia from Boxing Day (Dec 26) to the end of January, when Aussies take their summer vacations. For popular seaside holiday spots, hotel rooms and airline seats get scarce as hen s teeth, and it s a rare airline or hotel that will discount full rates by even a dollar.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





24/11/2017

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When to Go in Italy #cheap #hotels

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When to Go

The best months for traveling in Italy are from April to June and mid-September to October temperatures are usually comfortable, rural colors are richer, and the crowds aren t too intense. From July through early September the country s holiday spots teem with visitors. May and June usually see the highest hotel prices in Rome and Florence.

August is the worst month in most places: Not only does it get uncomfortably hot, muggy, and crowded, but seemingly the entire country goes on vacation, at least from August 15 onward and many Italians take off the entire month. Many family-run hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed (except at the spas, beaches, and islands, where most Italians head). Paradoxically, you will have many urban places almost to yourself if you visit in August Turin and Milan, in particular, can seem virtual ghost towns, and hotels there (and in Florence and Rome) are heavily discounted, Just be aware that fashionable restaurants and nightspots are usually closed for the whole month.

From late October to Easter, many attractions operate on shorter (sometimes much shorter) winter hours, and some hotels are closed for renovation or redecoration, though that is less likely if you are visiting the cities. Many family-run restaurants take a week or two off sometime between November and February; spa and beach destinations become padlocked ghost towns.

Weather — It s warm all over Italy in summer; it can be very hot in the south, and almost anywhere inland landlocked cities on the plains of Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, and in Tuscany, can feel stifling during a July or August hot spell. The higher temperatures (measured in Italy in degrees Celsius) usually begin everywhere in May, often lasting until sometime in October. Winters in the north of Italy are cold, with rain and snow. A biting wind whistles over the mountains into Milan, Turin, and Venice. In Rome and the south the weather is warm (or at least, warm-ish) almost all year, averaging 10 C (50 F) in winter.

The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.

Holidays — Offices, government buildings (though not usually tourist offices), and shops in Italy are generally closed on: January 1 (Capodanno, or New Year); January 6 (La Befana, or Epiphany); Easter Sunday (Pasqua); Easter Monday (Pasquetta); April 25 (Liberation Day); May 1 (Festa del Lavoro, or Labor Day); June 2 (Festa della Repubblica, or Republic Day); August 15 (Ferragosto, or the Assumption of the Virgin); November 1 (All Saints Day); December 8 (L Immacolata, or the Immaculate Conception); December 25 (Natale, Christmas Day); December 26 (Santo Stefano, or St. Stephen s Day). You ll also often find businesses closed for the annual daylong celebration dedicated to the local saint (for example, on January 31 in San Gimignano, Tuscany).

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





24/11/2017

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When to Go in Peru #find #cheap #hotels

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Peak travel season for foreigners is in great part determined by weather. Peru experiences two very distinct seasons, wet and dry — terms that are much more relevant than “summer” and “winter.” Peru’s high season for travel coincides with the driest months: May through October, with by far the greatest number of visitors in July and August. May and September are particularly fine months to visit much of the country. Airlines and hotels also consider the period from mid-December through mid-January as peak season.

From June to September (winter in the Southern Hemisphere) in the highlands, days are clear and often spectacularly sunny, with chilly or downright cold nights, especially at high elevations. For trekking in the mountains, including the Inca Trail, these are by far the best months. This is also the best time of the year to visit the Amazon basin: Mosquitoes are fewer, and many fauna stay close to the rivers (although some people prefer to travel in the jungle during the wet season, when higher water levels allow for more river penetration). Note that Peruvians travel in huge numbers around July 28, the national holiday, and finding accommodations in popular destinations around this time can be difficult.

Climate

Generally, May through October is the dry season; November through April is the rainy season, and the wettest months are January through April. In mountain areas, roads and trek paths can become impassable. Peru’s climate, though, is markedly different among its three regions. The coast is predominantly arid and mild, the Andean region is temperate to cold, and the eastern lowlands are tropically warm and humid.

On the desert coast, summer (Dec-Apr) is hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 77 F to 95 F (25 C-35 C) or more along the north coast. In winter (May-Oct), temperatures are much milder, though with high humidity. Much of the coast, including Lima, is shrouded in a gray mist called gar a. Only extreme northern beaches are warm enough for swimming.

In the highlands from May to October, rain is scarce. Daytime temperatures reach a warm 68 F to 77 F (20 C-25 C), and nights are often quite cold (near freezing), especially in June and July. Rainfall is very abundant from December to March, when temperatures are slightly milder — 64 F to 68 F (18 C-20 C) dropping only to 59 F (15 C) at night. The wettest months are January and February. Most mornings are dry, but clouds move in during the afternoon and produce heavy downpours.

Although the Amazon jungle is consistently humid and tropical, with significant rainfall year-round, it, too, experiences two clearly different seasons. During the dry season (May-Oct), temperatures reach 86 F to 100 F (30 C-38 C) during the day. From November to April, there are frequent rain showers (which last only a few hours at a time), causing the rivers to swell; temperatures are similarly steamy.

Public Holidays

National public holidays in Peru include New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Three Kings Day (Jan 6), Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (Easter week, Mar or Apr), Labor Day (May 1), Fiestas Patrias (July 28-29), Battle of Angamos (Oct 8), All Saints’ Day (Nov 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8), and Christmas (Dec 24-25).

Check http://events.frommers.com, where you’ll find a searchable, up-to-the-minute roster of what’s happening in cities all over the world.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





24/11/2017

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Budget Airline FlightChecker tells you when to go for the cheapest

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21/11/2017

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When – Where To Go in 2015? #travel #to #spain

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When Where To Go in 2015?

2015 is upon us, so now s the time to start thinking about planning your next holiday! Exciting times ahead, but the hard part is deciding where to go and when!

We’ve put together a short round-up of some of our top destinations and recommendations of when and where to travel. Plus we have a fantastic New Year sale now on, so there s no excuse not to start planning now!

January – Dubai

Situated in the Arabian Desert, Dubai has very little rainfall and offers heat and sunshine pretty much year round. December through to February are a little cooler so offer fantastic conditions for getting out and about sightseeing, or playing golf.

The Maldives boasts a tropical climate with plentiful sunshine year round. However the dry season runs from January through to March/April, so February is the perfect month to bask in the sunshine on the many white sandy beaches.

March – Mexico, Cancun

There is no bad time to visit the Mexican Rivera Maya. The stunning coast line and lively atmosphere are forever popular with holiday makers. Look out in the summer months though, from June through to October there is high humidity and the highest likelihood of hurricanes.

April – Thailand, Koh Samui

Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is its third largest island, surrounded by dive sites and fantastic beaches. The best time to visit is December through to June to avoid the rainy season and potential torrential storms.

May – South Africa

South Africa is a vast country with many attractions, whether you’re interested in game viewing on a safari or visiting the wine lands of Stellenbosch. The best time to visit Kruger National Park is May to September where the animals congregate at watering holes, and the wine lands can be visited any time.

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California offers everything you could wish for, from sandy beaches to exploring national parks to visiting the bright lights of Hollywood. One of the best ways to see it all is on a fly drive, along the coastal highway from San Fran to LA, with lots in between:

July – Canada

Canada is home to magnificent national parks, spectacular landscapes of snow-topped mountains and glaciers, and dramatic coast lines. You can’t do it all at once, but July is a great time to visit. Try Ontario with dramatic Niagara Falls, Toronto and Ottowa.

August – Orlando

A popular time to visit during the summer months with families, but with good reason as the schools are out for summer and Disney World is in full swing with tons to offer families. Stay in a villa and hire a car to see more of this spectacular region.

The fantastic sub tropical climate of Mauritius means it’s always a great time to visit. However September through to December is one of the best times, with temperatures just hovering below 30 degrees. It’s also a time that sees many of the country’s ceremonies and festivals.

October – Barbados

Visitors flock to Barbados year round, due to its tropical climes and endless white sandy beaches. Barbados boasts almost year round sunshine, while its east Caribbean location on the Atlantic Ocean ensures clean air and a fresh breeze. A haven of white, sandy beaches and clear, turquoise seas, world-class golf courses and rich colonial history, holidays in Barbados cater for a full range of tastes.

November West Coast of Malaysia

Kuala Lumper, Panang and Pangkor situated on the West coast of Malaysia are perfect in the winter months, while the east coast is being battered by the intense rainy season. Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city that features colonial architecture and lively markets, while Pangkor and Penang offer sensational tropical beach escapes.

The dry season in Cuba runs during the winter from November through to April, a very popular time for visitors with less rainfall and less humidity. Temperatures during this time average around 26°C. There is so much to see in Cuba it will leave you wanting more, with a mix of stunning architecture, lush gardens and sandy beaches.





15/11/2017

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Vacation Spots to Go to in February #air #travels

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Vacation Spots to Go to in February

Take a trip to escape icy February mornings. (Photo: icy february morning image by rikkidegraz from Fotolia.com )

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February is the perfect month to travel. The weather is still lousy for many Americans, but the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Years holidays have died down, bringing better travel deals before spring break season. Valentine s Day sees a spike in travel traffic and cruises, but crowds are generally lighter during this month because it falls right between two school and work breaks.

Beach Vacations

Many of the world s best beaches enjoy year-round warmth, but if you want sunny skies, you need to plan your travel around the dry seasons. Mexican beaches in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Maroma are ideal destinations in February, with temperatures in the 70s and less than an inch of rain in most areas. In Huatulco, you ll arrive during one of the clearest diving months to see rays, octopus, urchins and tropical fish. At Costa Rica s Tamarindo Beach, the temperature is 80 to 100 degrees F year-round, but dry February also features the Puntarenas Carnival. February is the driest month for a trip to the Bahamas, says Lonely Planet, with average temperatures ranging from 65 to 77 degrees F. Britain s Telegraph recommends finding February sun in Egypt, Andalusia, the Caribbean islands, Kerala and the Maldives.





15/11/2017

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Traveling by Train in Europe – Go World Travel Magazine #parveen

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Traveling by Train in Europe

Traveling by train in Europe is efficient and cost-effective.

It was small, fitting neatly into the palm of my hand, but it held great promise. This simple slip of paper, my Eurail youth pass, allowed me to hop on any train in Europe. It was like winning the lottery or landing the golden ticket.

Back then, I was an exchange student studying in Austria, so I was close to the action. Eurail in hand, I would pull out my map of Europe, which started off crisp and new but soon grew tattered with use, and plan my adventures.

Should I meet friends in Spain? Travel with my roommate to Budapest? Or should we try to reach the Arctic Circle in Norway? It didn’t matter that I had to sleep in youth hostels or on overnight trains. I was exploring Europe!

Many years have passed since the train trips I took at age 20, but I’m still in love with train travel in Europe.

For me, one of the biggest benefits about vacationing in Europe is that it’s easy to visit several countries in one trip. Unlike travel in the United State or Australia, where traveling between states can take days, you can travel just a few hours or less and be in a completely different culture.

This makes traveling in Europe much simpler. I’ve rented cars in Europe, and that’s a great way to explore rural areas like Tuscany. But then it comes to driving in large cities and populated areas, driving can be stressful, and it can be difficult to find your way around.

By contrast, the train system is well-organized and takes much of the guess-work out of travel. That s why, once again, I chose to travel by train on a recent trip to Europe.

Our plan was to start off in Paris, and then travel around Switzerland. After a few tricky spots manuvouring our luggage through the Paris subway system, we took off from Paris.

It took less than six hours and just one connection to make it to the small town of Montreux, Switzerland on Lake Geneva. Going to the airport would have been more expensive and taken more time, considering all the hassles of checking in and going through security.

We chose to purchase a Swiss Pass for our rail travel.

From there, we chose to buy a five-day Swiss Pass, which provided unlimited access on trains, buses, and boats over the course of eight days.

The Swiss take train travel to new heights. Their organized, efficient and punctual train system means that you can make each connection as planned. If the schedule says the train will leave at 15:39, you can be guaranteed that it will.

From Montreux, we took the train to the cheese-making village of Gruyeres (yes, of the famous cheese). That entailed a breath-taking train trip through the Alps, a short connection in the village of Montbovon, and then we were there.

Getting from the even tinier Swiss village of Charmey, Switzerland to Zurich required a bit more adventure. First, we took a regional bus to Bulle, caught a train to Romont, and then connected one more time in Bern to reach Zurich.

Each connection was perfectly spelled out on the Rail Europe travel planning website, and went smoothly. The entire trip, including all the connections, only took 2.44 hours.

Train travel varies by country, of course, but in general, it’s safe and efficient. You still need to take the usual precautions, though. I learned this when my purse stolen once while sleeping on a train in France. Fortunately, police can be found at most stations if you need assistance.

Not long ago, my daughter told me about her upcoming summer plans – a month-long trip around Europe.

Like any parent, I worry. My daughter would be traveling overseas, far away from me. But what could I say? I remembered a girl who once did that same thing at the same age.

“Let me tell you about the Eurail Pass,” I told her, and then we pulled out a crisp new map of Europe.

Where to Buy Tickets

Rail Europe is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America.  They have served North American travelers for over 75 years and represent more than 35 railroads.

Rail Europe sells the following point-to-point tickets, as well as the following rail passes:

All Eurail Passes

Balkan Flexipass

BritRail Pass

European East Pass

France Rail Pass

France Rail Pass Premium

German Rail Pass

Swiss Pass

Central Europe Triangle Pass

Overnight Travel

For overnight train travel, sleeper and couchette tickets can also be purchased through Rail Europe.

Sleeper/couchette options include:

* Sleepers/Couchettes

* Deluxe: A bed and private restroom

T4 Compartment: Four beds, washbasin, linens/towels

T3 Compartment: Three beds, washbasin, linens/towels

Single: First-class compartment with one bed, washbasin, linens/towels

Please note: Some train, such as TGV, require a purchased seat reservation in addition to your ticket.





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Exotic tropical island vacations, luxury and adventure cruises, romantic getaways, honeymoon packages, safaris, and tours. You need a vacation and we re here to help you ?nd the perfect trip. We ll work with you to match your travel interests and your lifestyle with the vacation of your dreams. Contact us today and get packing!

Browse or search through our site (which is filled with the most comprehensive and up-to-date specials available) to see the wide variety of trips we can offer you. You can request more information for any vacation we have on our site and then we ll work with you to help find the perfect trip. We re dedicated to helping you find the holiday that will match up with your vacation needs and your budget.

Providing extremely high-quality and personalized service is our number one goal and we can assist in coordinating every detail of your travel plans. We re looking forward to making your next trip a memorable and enjoyable one!





10/11/2017

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GO Green Downtown Indy Airport Shuttle

GO Green Shuttle- Just ten bucks! Priority is given to Online Reservations!

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Be Advised: Our drivers do not accept cash as payment. This is for the safety of our passengers and staff. If you choose to pay with credit card on the bus, the bus may be full and you may have to wait. Make a reservation online to guarantee your scheduled time.

The Go Green Airport Shuttle is the express Indianapolis Airport shuttle serving Downtown Indianapolis. Our most popular stops serve Lucas Oil Stadium, The Convention Center, and The Marriott Complex (JW Marriott). The shuttle operates from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm 7 days a week.

Click Here for the layout of the Indianapolis Airport and where to get the bus.

It’s just $10.00 one-way. Priority is given to online reservations. We strongly recommend you book a round trip reservation online so you won’t have to wait for the next bus! At the airport, Cash and Major Credit Cards are accepted but walkups may have to wait for the next shuttle.





09/11/2017

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GO South From Halifax with GO Travel Direct

GO Travel Direct Announces Halifax Departures

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Sept. 23, 2008) – GO Travel Direct, Canada’s leading direct-sell tour operator is pleased to announce two new holiday packages with direct departures from Halifax.

This winter Haligonians can travel with GO Travel Direct to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic departing February 17 through April 26, 2009 and to Cancun, Mexico from April 04 – April 25, 2009.

GO Travel Direct’s all-inclusive vacations are among the most competitive in the industry. All holiday packages include return airfare aboard Skyservice, seven nights in 3, 4 or 5-star hotels with all-inclusive meal plan (food and drinks), hotel and airport transfers and taxes. All GO Travel Vacations also include the daily on-site presence of a fully bilingual GO Travel Direct representative.

Now in its 9th year of operations, GO Travel Direct will send over 40,000 Canadian vacationers from Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax to Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and La Romana in the Dominican Republic, Cancun, Mayan Riviera and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Varadero, Cuba.

GO Travel Direct bookings can be made online at www.gotraveldirect.com. by phone at 613 231-3344 or toll-free at 1 866 749-3344. In Ottawa bookings can be made in person at GO Travel Direct headquarters, 380 Hunt Club Road and in Montreal at 303 Rue Emery.





23/09/2017

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Go! Travel Unlimited. fondly called GTU by our friends and users, is an on-line portal of Travel products and services for those in the frontline of the Travel industry: the Travel Retailer.

We believe that the Travel Retailer is the true hero and prime mover of Travel as a business. Therefore, we aim to be the foremost, preferred tool of their trade. The various Travel products that Travel Retailers sell day in and day out to their customers are all in here: Air – seats on Domestic and International flights, Land Arrangements – rooms in hotels and resorts as well as tours and other arrangements a traveller might need or want for a trip. We even have ancillary products and services that the Travel Retailer can offer to their clients. Great pains have been undertaken on our end to make sure that the products are organized efficiently and that the processes to book and purchase these are smooth and easy so that a Travel Retailer can deliver the best service possible to a customer.

At the heart of GTU are our Core Beliefs. These are the bedrock of everything we do and the guiding light of all our actions. From the sourcing and streaming of products to the way we deal with Travel Retailers. We accept it as truth that our Core Beliefs is what will make GTU thrive in the capricious and constantly- changing Philippine Travel industry.

A True Passion

Travel, although glamorous on the outside with its share of perks, is a tough and mean business on the inside that can eat you alive. As many who ventured into this business quickly discover, it is not an endeavor for the faint of heart nor the weak of will. To be able to rise above the fray and succeed, one has to have a TRUE PASSION for Travel as a business. Not lip service or because it looks nice in an “About Us” write-up, but the passion we have for our business is in our hearts.

The numbers are important to us; just like any other business on the planet. But we take the numbers in equal measure to the fulfillment and pride we get when we are able to successfully fulfill a booking for one of our partner Travel Retailers – whether that Travel Retailer is a large network with stores throughout the country or a stand-alone entrepreneur with a small stall or based at home. Travel isn’t just our work. It is the blood in our veins and the air that we breathe with gusto.

Business With Honor

We run our business with efficiency and profitability in mind but we are also deeply conscious to run our business with honor. Doing business with honor means putting out Travel products and services of quality. Products and services that we can stake our name on. Products and services that don’t have any strings attached, surprises or silent caveats that can make a customer’s experience turn sour in the blink of an eye. We may not have the cheapest product or service at the time of purchase but these will still be competitive in price and, most importantly, assured in value and quality.

Doing business with honor means making sure that our relationship with our partner Travel Retailers is one that is based on fairness. We won’t short-change or delay our service unnecessarily. We don’t believe in reaping all the benefits and letting our partners carry all the burden. It is not in us to put one over people who help us with our business.

Doing business with honor means we give what is due to the country. We don’t cheat on taxes and what we collect from Travel Retailers and customers. We see the running of our business as helping to make a vibrant Travel industry. We believe sincerely, maybe even naively, that doing those is our small way of contributing to building our nation.

Pushing the Envelope

To thrive in this cut-throat and fast-paced business, we know we need to tread bravely and to run fast. We are keenly aware that todays’ hottest trend can turn into yesterday’s news quite fast. That’s why we don’t settle for the ordinary and the usual way of doing things when it comes to developing products and services and seizing opportunities that come our way.

We are always on the look-out for new technology and techniques that we can use to enhance our processes; to find better ways to deliver Travel products and services to our customers. It’s not beyond us to even look at how things are done in other industries to see what can work for us. Technology and techniques continuously change Travel as a business and we openly embrace this.

In the end, “About Us” is really About YOU, the Travel Retailer – products that YOU can sell to your customers, processes to make it easy for YOU to book and pay for a product for your customers and a system to help YOU deliver exceptional service.

There is just really one singular way we look at things: when the Travel Retailer succeeds, GTU succeeds. YOU making it as a Travel Retailer is what will keep GTU moving forward. And we are committed to YOU and GTU – US – moving forward together.





23/09/2017

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3 nights from $685 per person

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We are proud to be a New Zealand company that has been organising holidays for over 30 years and we have satisfied clients returning to travel with us again and again to all parts of the world.

Our company has enjoyed steady growth and has expanded into a diverse travel group comprised of specialist travel divisions based in Auckland.

We have available a fantastic range of travel products in all corners of the globe. We enjoy strong relationships with suppliers across the world including the majority of on-line carriers in New Zealand.

The Company is a bonded member of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand, a member of I.A.T.A. and a member of the Overseas Tour Operators Committee.

When you book your GO Holiday you can be confident that all of our brochured hotel properties and services have been visited and assessed by a GO representative. Our GO Guarantee and our 24 hour GO ASSIST Helpdesk is your assurance of a memorable holiday.





23/09/2017

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Frommer – s – Best Places to Go in 2015 #travel

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In June 2014, UNESCO World Heritage put the Selous Game Reserve on the list of World Heritage sites that are most endangered. Why would a reserve ever be considered at risk? Because at more than 19,000 square miles, the area is impossible to seal against poachers. Elephant and rhinoceros populations have plummeted 90 percent—90 percent! —since 1982. A third of Selous’ elephants, or 25,000 animals, were killed between 2009 and 2013 alone.

The slaughter has been so unsustainable, it is now predicted that elephants will be close to extinction in Sub-Saharan Africa within 10 years, and by 2018, rhino deaths will surpass rhino births, making extinction a mathematical certainty. This qualifies Selous as the most depressing “get there now” Top Destinations designee we’ve ever named.

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“Send him to Belize “. That was the euphemistic advice given to lead character Walter White in the final season of TV’s Breaking Bad by his lawyer Saul, who felt that Walt should bump off his cop brother-in-law. Immediately after the episode aired, the Belize Tourism Board issued an invitation to the cast for all-expense paid vacations.

Since Belize has far more Mayan sites, its a better choice for the traveler who wants to mix culture and history in with their green time. Over the course of a week, you might find yourself scaling ancient Mayan pyramids or swimming into caves once used by the Mayans for ceremonies. In the Actun Tunichil Muknal  cave in the Cayo region, centruies-old pots and the skulls of victims of ritual sacrifices have been calcified to the floor. (So it turns out an ancient Walter White actually did send someone to Belize.) Prime dving and snorkeling spots also give his tiny country a thriving beach culture—the opening image for this year’s slideshow was taken in Belize.

For the adventure traveler, there are few countries as satisfying or as suprisingly beautiful as Belize, so visit it before the rest of the world realizes what it’s missing.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, U.S.A.

It’s no secret that Yellowstone is one of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in the United States. But in 2015 and 2016, vacationing here will be a more comfortable, contemporary experience. That’s because the Park’s hospitality facilities are undergoing a major overhaul to the tune of $134 million in renovations and new builds. The historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel (designed by Robert Reamer, the man behind the Old Faithful Inn) has been restored to its Colonial Revival grandeur. Meanswhile, ecologically sound, Western-chic lodges are being erected where the dingy, 1960’s era Canyon Lodges and cabins used to be. The modular units are being fabricated in Boise and trucked in by summer, so construction noise and disruption should be minimal.

And finally, now there’s a new reason to go in winter, too. Revised regulations allow one group per day to snowmobile into the park without hiring a guide, which lowers touring costs dramatically.





22/09/2017

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What Determines The Price Of My Auto Insurance Policy?

The average yearly auto insurance premium is around $800, but there is wide variation around this average. Many factors can affect your premium, and they all help determine how likely you are to have an accident. Perhaps surprisingly, many of them do a better job than just your driving record. Not all companies use all of these factors, and some might use factors not listed here. Your premium may depend on, in no particular order:

The better your record, the lower your premium. If you have had accidents or serious traffic violations, it is likely you will pay more than if you have a clean driving record. You may also pay more if you are a new driver and have not been insured for a number of years.

The more miles you drive, the more chance for accidents. If you drive your car for work, or drive it a long distance to work, you will pay more. If you drive only occasionally—what some companies call “pleasure use”, you will pay less.

Where you live and where the car is parked can affect the cost of your insurance. Generally, due to higher rates of vandalism, theft and accidents, urban drivers pay a higher auto insurance price than those in small towns or rural areas.

Other factors that vary from one area or state to another are: cost and frequency of litigation; medical care and car repair costs; prevalence of auto insurance fraud; and weather trends.

In general, mature drivers have fewer accidents than less experienced drivers, particularly teenagers. So insurers generally charge more if teenagers or young people below age 25 drive your car.

As a group, women tend to get into fewer accidents, have fewer driver-under-the-influence accidents (DUIs) and most importantly less serious accidents than men. So, all other things being equal, women generally pay less for auto insurance than men. Of course, over time individual driving history for both men and women will have a greater impact on what they pay for auto insurance.

Some cars cost more to insure than others. Variables include the likelihood of theft, the cost of the car itself is major rate factor, the cost of repairs, and the overall safety record of the car. Engine sizes, even among the same makes and models, can also impact insurance premiums. Cars with high quality safety equipment might qualify for premium discounts.

Insurers not only look at how safe the car is to drive and how well it protects occupants, they also look at the potential damage a car can inflict on another car. If a specific car has a higher chance of inflicting damage on another car and its occupants, some insurers may charge more for liability insurance.

For many insurers, credit-based insurance scoring is one of the most important and statistically valid tools to predict the likelihood of a person filing a claim and the likely cost of that claim. Credit-based insurance scores are based on information like payment history, bankruptcies, collections, outstanding debt and length of credit history. For example, regular, on-time credit card and mortgage payments affect a score positively, while late payments affect a score negatively.

In virtually every state, by law you must buy a minimum amount of liability insurance. The state required limits are generally very low and most people should consider purchasing much more than the state requirement—the recommended amount of liability protection is about ten times the average state minimum. If you have a new or recent model of car, you likely will also buy comprehensive and collision coverage, which pays for damage to your car due to weather, theft or physical damage to the car such as being hit by a tree. Comprehensive and collision coverages are subject to deductibles; the higher the deductible, the lower your auto insurance premium. While there is no legal requirement to purchase these coverages, if you finance the purchase of the car or you lease it you may be required by contract.

Perhaps just as important, insurers NEVER use race or religion to set rates. Such practices are illegal. Insurers believe them to be abhorrent as well.


21/09/2017

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Master of Education: Technology Education

Classes begin Fall, Spring Summer Annually

The goal of our online technology education graduate program is to continue the professional development of teachers and leaders in the field of technology education by providing a broad-based understanding of the field and its direction.

Technology education is a vital aspect of education for all students at all levels in Pennsylvania, as well as many additional states and countries. It promotes the development of technologically literate citizens by studying the broad spectrum of technology. In contrast, educational technology focuses on using computer technology to enhance instruction.

This program offers three options. The Technology Education Master’s and STEM Education Certificate options can be completed separately. For the third option, students may complete the Master’s and Certificate simultaneously. All options are delivered 100% online. Learn more about the curriculum .

  • Technology Education is a vital aspect of education for all students at all levels of education. It promotes the development of technologically literate citizens by studying the broad spectrum of technology.
  • In contrast, Educational Technology focuses on using computer technology to enhance instruction. This degree is NOT intended for individuals interested in Educational Technology.
  • Additionally, the completion of this program does NOT lead to Initial Certification in Technology Education or any other teaching field.
  • Verification of Understanding for the Master’s of Education in Technology Education document .

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10/09/2017

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Australia – New Zealand With Go Ahead Tours – Go Ahead

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Specialty Tours

Experience the world with all your senses, on tours that include market visits, wine tastings and cooking classes.

Journey through sacred landmarks and iconic sites, learning about the history of the world while connecting with faith.

Get up close to the stunning wildlife of the world while discovering untouched natural beauty at every turn.

Take in the view from the deck of a ship, whether you’re cruising down the Yangtzee or around the Galápagos.

Get to know a single city on tour and enjoy plenty of free time to add optional excursions or explore on your own.

Set off across the endless plains of Africa, in search of the elusive Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.

Celebrate local culture by visiting a destination at its most vibrant, during a special event or festive season.

Explore your destination on foot, winding through hidden alleyways and traversing over paths worn from centuries of use.

Enjoy the attention of your own dedicated Tour Director, pick your own date and even add a special excursion or inclusion.





06/09/2017

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Best Places to Go on Vacation – Affordable Vacation Ideas #akbar

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Explore Kentucky

Exciting Vacation Ideas in Kentucky

Experience some of the best places to go on vacation in the Bluegrass State

Exploring Kentucky is discovering all the things you know about, and all the things you don t. It s experiencing more than 500 horse farms, and touring the famous Bourbon Country distilleries.

It s viewing Civil War battlefields. international museums and innovative art galleries. Visiting Kentucky s world-renowned natural attractions. lakes and rivers and state parks — widely considered the best in the entire country — and tasting the local dishes at off-the-beaten-path dining landmarks .

So c mon. If you re looking for one of the best places to go on vacation. discover the authentic, history-rich, mouth-watering, awe-inspiring and affordable vacation ideas of Kentucky. Plan your visit, whether for a day or a week, using the destinations and activities below as a guide.

Explore the Ins and Outs of Kentucky

Cities and Towns – The rich Bluegrass State heritage. The big city downtown attractions. The unique culture of bustling art communities. Experience the family-friendly character of our cities and towns that make Kentucky Kentucky.

Lakes and Rivers – Huge recreational lakes. Thousands of miles of rivers and streams. Extreme adventure on raging white-water rapids. For exciting on-water activities, navigate your way through beautiful Kentucky scenery.

Kentucky Regions – Kentucky offers four distinct regions, each offering their own culture, characteristics and traditions for unique getaways. From caves to bourbon to horses, come inside and discover the diversity of Kentucky.

Tours, Byways and Trails – Where will the roads and trails of Kentucky lead you? Almost anywhere you want to go! Embark on grand road trips through Bourbon Country. Journey through underground caves. Tour historic sites and and other great destinations on these vacations in Kentucky.

About Kentucky – Find historical facts, a list of famous Kentuckians, state government information, and audio and video downloads in this section dedicated to the history of the state.

Top Attractions – From the Country Music Highway to Churchill Downs to the Kentucky Horse Park, check out some of the most popular attractions Kentucky has to offer for kids and adults alike.

State Parks – Craving outdoor adventure? Welcome to paradise! Kentucky features over 50 beautiful state parks, all of which offer great adventure, relaxation, wildlife wilderness, water sports and, of course, those famous scenic views Kentucky is known for.

Found enough fun and affordable vacation ideas in Kentucky? Use our travel tools and search the site to start planning the details of your trip!





31/08/2017

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London, Paris – Rome With Go Ahead Tours – Go Ahead

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Specialty Tours

Experience the world with all your senses, on tours that include market visits, wine tastings and cooking classes.

Journey through sacred landmarks and iconic sites, learning about the history of the world while connecting with faith.

Get up close to the stunning wildlife of the world while discovering untouched natural beauty at every turn.

Take in the view from the deck of a ship, whether you’re cruising down the Yangtzee or around the Galápagos.

Get to know a single city on tour and enjoy plenty of free time to add optional excursions or explore on your own.

Set off across the endless plains of Africa, in search of the elusive Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.

Celebrate local culture by visiting a destination at its most vibrant, during a special event or festive season.

Explore your destination on foot, winding through hidden alleyways and traversing over paths worn from centuries of use.

Enjoy the attention of your own dedicated Tour Director, pick your own date and even add a special excursion or inclusion.





25/08/2017

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Where to go in Japan #cheap #cheap #tickets

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Two weeks is the minimum needed to skim the surface of what Japan can offer. The capital, Tokyo, and the former imperial city and thriving cultural centre of Kyoto, will be top of most visitors’ lists of where to go, and deservedly so, but you could avoid the cities entirely and head to the mountains or smaller islands to discover an alternative side of the country, away from the most heavily beaten tourist tracks.

It would be easy enough to spend two weeks just in Tokyo . The metropolis is home to some of the world’s most ambitious architecture, stylish shops and internationally celebrated restaurants and bars – as well as glimpses of traditional Japan at scores of temples, shrines and imperial gardens. Consider also taking in a couple of the city’s surrounding attractions, in particular the historic towns of Nikkō . home to the amazing Tōshō-gū shrine complex, and Kamakura . with its giant Buddha statue and tranquil woodland walks.

Northern Honshū sees surprisingly few overseas visitors, but its sleepy villages and relaxed cities deserve to be better known. The Golden Hall of Hiraizumi more than justifies the journey, and can be easily combined with the islet-sprinkled Matsushima Bay or rural Tōno . The region is also known for its vibrant summer festivals, notably those at Sendai, Aomori, Hirosaki and Akita, and for its sacred mountains, including Dewa-sanzan . home to a sect of ascetic mountain priests, and the eerie, remote wastelands of Osore-zan .

Further north, across the Tsugaru Straits, Hokkaidō is Japan’s final frontier, with many national parks including the outstanding Daisetsu-zan National Park . offering excellent hiking trails over mountain peaks and through soaring rock gorges. The lovely far northern islands of Rebun-tō and Rishiri-tō are ideal summer escapes. Hokkaidō’s most historic city is Hakodate . with its late nineteenth-century wooden houses and churches built by expat traders, while its modern capital, Sapporo . is home to the raging nightlife centre of Suskino and the original Sapporo Brewery. Winter is a fantastic time to visit and catch Sapporo’s amazing Snow Festival and go skiing at some of Japan’s top resorts including Niseko .

Skiing, mountaineering and soaking in hot springs are part of the culture of Central Honshū . an area dominated by the magnificent Japan Alps. Both the old castle town of Matsumoto . and Nagano . with its atmospheric temple of pilgrimage, Zenkō-ji, can be used as a starting point for exploring the region. Highlights include the tiny mountain resort of Kamikōchi and the immaculately preserved Edo-era villages of Tsumago and Magome . linked by a short hike along the remains of a 300-year-old stone-paved road. Takayama deservedly draws many visitors to its handsome streets lined with merchant houses and temples, built by generations of skilled carpenters. In the remote neighbouring valleys you’ll find the rare thatched houses of Ogimachi . Suganuma and Ainokura . remnants of a fast-disappearing rural Japan.

On the Sea of Japan coast, the historic city of Kanazawa is home to Kenroku-en, one of Japan’s best gardens, and the stunning 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Nagoya . on the heavily industrialized southern coast, is a more manageable city than Tokyo or Ōsaka, and has much to recommend it, including the fine Tokugawa Art Museum and many great places to eat. The efficient new airport nearby also makes the city a good alternative entry point. From Nagoya it’s a short hop to the pretty castle towns of Inuyama and Gifu . which holds summer displays of the ancient skill of ukai. or cormorant fishing.

South of the Japan Alps, the Kansai plains are scattered with ancient temples, shrines and the remnants of imperial cities. Kyoto . custodian of Japan’s traditional culture, is home to its most refined cuisine, classy ryokan, glorious gardens, and magnificent temples and palaces. Nearby Nara is a more manageable size but no slouch when it comes to venerable monuments, notably the great bronze Buddha of Tōdai-ji and Hōryū-ji’s unrivalled collection of early Japanese statuary. The surrounding region contains a number of still-thriving religious foundations, such as the highly atmospheric temples of Hiei-zan and Kōya-san, the revered Shinto shrine Ise-jingū . and the beautiful countryside pilgrimage routes of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kumano region.

Not all of Kansai is so rarefied, though. The slightly unconventional metropolis of Ōsaka has an easy-going atmosphere and boisterous nightlife, plus several interesting sights. Further west, the port of Kōbe offers a gentler cosmopolitan atmosphere, while Himeji is home to Japan’s most fabulous castle, as well as some impressive modern gardens and buildings.

For obvious reasons Hiroshima is the most visited location in Western Honshū . On the way there, pause at Okayama to stroll around one of Japan’s top three gardens, Kōraku-en, and the appealingly preserved Edo-era town of Kurashiki . The beauty of the Inland Sea, dotted with thousands of islands, is best appreciated from the idyllic fishing village of Tomonoura . the port of Onomichi and the relaxed islands of Nao-shima, Ikuchi-jima and Miya-jima.

Crossing to the San-in coast, the castle town of Hagi retains some handsome samurai houses and atmospheric temples, only surpassed by even more enchanting Tsuwano . further inland. One of Japan’s most venerable shrines, Izumo Taisha . lies roughly midway along the coast, near the lake- and seaside city of Matsue . home to the region’s only original castle.

Location for Japan’s most famous pilgrimage, a walking tour around 88 Buddhist temples, Shikoku also offers dramatic scenery in the Iya valley and along its rugged coastline. Its largest city, Matsuyama, has an imperious castle and the splendidly ornate Dōgo Onsen Honkan – one of Japan’s best hot springs. There’s also the lovely garden Ritsurin-kōen in Takamatsu and the ancient Shinto shrine at Kotohira .

The southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, Kyūshū is probably best known for Nagasaki . an attractive and cosmopolitan city that has overcome its terrible war-time history. Hikers and onsen enthusiasts should head up into the central highlands, where Aso-san ’s smouldering peak dominates the world’s largest volcanic crater, or to the more southerly meadows of Ebino Kōgen. So much hot water gushes out of the ground in Beppu . on the east coast, that it’s known as Japan’s hot-spring capital. Fukuoka . on the other hand, takes pride in its innovative modern architecture and an exceptionally lively entertainment district.

Okinawa comprises more than a hundred islands stretching in a great arc from southern Kyūshū to within sight of Taiwan. An independent kingdom until the early seventeenth century, traces of the island’s distinctive, separate culture still survive. The beautifully reconstructed former royal palace dominates the capital city, Naha . but the best of the region lies on its remoter islands. This is where you’ll find Japan’s most stunning white-sand beaches and its best diving, particularly around the subtropical islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote .





22/08/2017

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Tokyo travel: 11 things to know before you go. #flight #booking

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(CNN) After a setback from the natural and nuclear disasters of 2011, tourism has rebounded in Tokyo.

The Japan National Tourism Office reports a 21% increase in visitor arrival numbers between January and August 2013 compared with the same period last year.

The renewed surge of visitors is being partly attributed to Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympics and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to bulk up the economy.

Fall is the classic time to visit the city.

The oppressive humidity of summer has cleared, autumn colors bring life to Tokyo’s many parks, hearty, seasonal foods are the order of the day and the fresh fashion the country is known for is celebrated on the streets.

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From sedate, centuries-old gardens to boisterous robot cabarets, here’s the vital knowledge you’ll need before hitting Japan’s sprawling capital.

Attentive service is the norm in Japan, part of a cultural dedication to hospitality called omotenashi.

Tipping isn’t expected in taxis, at hair salons, for doormen or bartenders.

Not only are gratuities not expected, they won’t be accepted. Some restaurant checks will include a service charge.

If you leave money behind, no matter how much or little, don’t be surprised if your server chases you down the street to return it.

More: 50 reasons Tokyo is the world’s greatest city

Pedestrians follow the unspoken rule of staying to the left.

2. Walk right — on the left

With 35 million people, greater Tokyo is one of the most densely populated urban centers in the world.

Yet crowds are orderly.

Everyone waits until the light changes to cross the street.

Pedestrians on wide sidewalks follow the unspoken rule of staying to the left almost as strictly as cars (also on the left) do.

Exception: On Tokyo escalators, stand on the left and walk on the right. (Around Osaka, escalator etiquette is reversed.)

3. Drink outside, smoke inside

The more enclosed a space is, the more likely you’ll be allowed to smoke there.

The smaller and homier a bar or restaurant, the more likely it is to be smoker-friendly.

Many bullet trains still have smoking cars.

On the other hand, smoking is prohibited on many sidewalks (look for signs stenciled on the sidewalk), except around public ashtrays.

Street patrols stop people who engage in aruki-tabako, or “walking-smoking.”

Cracking open a beer or can of fruity, boozy chu-hai on the walk or train home, however, is a cherished tradition.

More: 5 Tokyo bars for train nerds (yes, they exist)





20/08/2017

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The most heavily populated part of the country is the Southeast, where the three largest cities – São Paulo . Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte – form a triangle around which the economy pivots. All are worth visiting but Rio. which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination. The South. encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, is the most economically advanced part of the country and includes much of the enormous Paraná river system. The spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina is one of the great natural wonders of South America.

Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments, the Planalto Central . In the middle stands Brasília . the country’s space-age capital, built from scratch in the late 1950s and still developing today. The capital is the gateway to a vast interior, Mato Grosso . only fully charted and settled over the last fifty years; it includes the Pantanal . the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon . the world’s largest river basin and a mosaic of jungle, rivers, savanna and marshland that also contains two major cities – Belém. at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus . some 1600km upstream. The tributaries of the Amazon, rivers like the Tapajós, the Xingú, the Negro, the Araguaia or the Tocantins, are virtually unknown outside Brazil, but each is a huge river system in its own right.

The other major sub-region of Brazil is the Northeast. the part of the country that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean. This was the first part of Brazil to be settled by the Portuguese and colonial remains are thicker on the ground here than anywhere else in the country – notably in the cities of Salvador and São Luís and the lovely town of Olinda . It’s a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil quickly gives way to the sertão. a semi-arid interior plagued by drought and grinding poverty. All the major cities of the Northeast are on the coast; the two largest are sprawling Recife and Salvador. Brazil’s most heavily Afro-Brazilian city and a fascinating place to visit. The coast of the Northeast is developing rapidly these days, taking advantage of proximity to Europe to attract package tourists and holiday-home buyers. But it is big enough for it still to be possible to get away from it all.





16/08/2017

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Коли варто перейти на хостинг VPS для Windows?

Якщо вам недостатньо ресурсів вашого веб-хостингу або ви просто хочете розширити можливості керування, наступний логічний крок, що задовольнить потреби вашого хостингу, – це VPS (віртуальний приватний сервер) для Windows. Він розширює права доступу й дає можливість інсталювати сертифікат SSL, а також будь-яке програмне забезпечення – і для цього вам не знадобиться фізичний виділений сервер.

Якщо ви використовуєте спільний сервер, ви залежите від продуктивності платформи. А ось із сервером VPS для Windows ви можете вибрати конфігурацію, що якнайкраще підійде для ваших програм і задовольнить усі вимоги, забезпечивши подальший розвиток.

Для чого потрібний сервер VPS?

Сервер VPS стане в пригоді для розміщення сайтів (інтернет-магазинів, сайтів електронної комерції чи мультимедійних порталів) і програм (переважно веб, як-от порталів, екстрамереж, спільних рішень, вікі-сайтів і CRM). На відміну від спільного хостингу хостинг VPS для Windows дає змогу розмістити кілька програм в одному контейнері, ізолювавши їх одна від одної. Хоча цей контейнер VPS має спільні фізичні ресурси (інфраструктуру) з іншими контейнерами, його ресурси виділено спеціально для вас.

Як оновити хостинг VPS для Windows?

Ви можете оновити конфігурацію свого сервера VPS будь-коли безпосередньо на панелі керування. Усю вашу систему, зокрема ОС, програмне забезпечення та настройки, буде збережено – вам не доведеться нічого змінювати. Просто виберіть план, і система оновиться автоматично протягом кількох хвилин.

Хто може користуватися сервером VPS?

Керування хостингом VPS для Windows потребує певних технічних навичок. Окрім того, вам знадобляться адміністративні навички, зокрема для того, щоб керувати доступом, передавати файли та настроювати конфігурацію сервера. Ми продовжуємо розробляти інструменти та функції, які значно полегшать керування середовищем сервера.

Як перенести вміст веб-хостингу на сервер хостингу VPS для Windows?

Якщо ви користуєтеся послугами спільного хостингу від GoDaddy, наша команда може поділитися з вами своїм досвідом і дати корисні поради стосовно перенесення даних і програм. Окрім того, ви можете скористатися послугами з перенесення (за додаткову плату). Проте тільки ви вибираєте, чи переносити свої дані та програми на сервер VPS для Windows й повторно настроювати DNS.

Коли варто перейти на хостинг VPS для Windows?

Якщо вам недостатньо ресурсів вашого веб-хостингу або ви просто хочете розширити можливості керування, наступний логічний крок, що задовольнить потреби вашого хостингу, – це VPS (віртуальний приватний сервер) для Windows. Він розширює права доступу й дає можливість інсталювати сертифікат SSL, а також будь-яке програмне забезпечення – і для цього вам не знадобиться фізичний виділений сервер.

Якщо ви використовуєте спільний сервер, ви залежите від продуктивності платформи. А ось із сервером VPS для Windows ви можете вибрати конфігурацію, що якнайкраще підійде для ваших програм і задовольнить усі вимоги, забезпечивши подальший розвиток.

Для чого потрібний сервер VPS?

Сервер VPS стане в пригоді для розміщення сайтів (інтернет-магазинів, сайтів електронної комерції чи мультимедійних порталів) і програм (переважно веб, як-от порталів, екстрамереж, спільних рішень, вікі-сайтів і CRM). На відміну від спільного хостингу хостинг VPS для Windows дає змогу розмістити кілька програм в одному контейнері, ізолювавши їх одна від одної. Хоча цей контейнер VPS має спільні фізичні ресурси (інфраструктуру) з іншими контейнерами, його ресурси виділено спеціально для вас.

Як оновити хостинг VPS для Windows?

Ви можете оновити конфігурацію свого сервера VPS будь-коли безпосередньо на панелі керування. Усю вашу систему, зокрема ОС, програмне забезпечення та настройки, буде збережено – вам не доведеться нічого змінювати. Просто виберіть план, і система оновиться автоматично протягом кількох хвилин.

Хто може користуватися сервером VPS?

Керування хостингом VPS для Windows потребує певних технічних навичок. Окрім того, вам знадобляться адміністративні навички, зокрема для того, щоб керувати доступом, передавати файли та настроювати конфігурацію сервера. Ми продовжуємо розробляти інструменти та функції, які значно полегшать керування середовищем сервера.

Як перенести вміст веб-хостингу на сервер хостингу VPS для Windows?

Якщо ви користуєтеся послугами спільного хостингу від GoDaddy, наша команда може поділитися з вами своїм досвідом і дати корисні поради стосовно перенесення даних і програм. Окрім того, ви можете скористатися послугами з перенесення (за додаткову плату). Проте тільки ви вибираєте, чи переносити свої дані та програми на сервер VPS для Windows й повторно настроювати DNS.

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^ Обсяг пам’яті. Загальний обсяг пам’яті, який можна використовувати для конкретної служби хостингу, може відрізнятися від представленого обсягу, оскільки для операційних систем, системних та інших допоміжних файлів потрібне місце.

4 Спеціальна заохочувальна ціна доступна лише для першої покупки. Вартість поновлення продукту може змінюватися.

† У разі здійснення покупки будь-якого річного плану хостингу сертифікат SSL можна буде використовувати безкоштовно протягом одного року. Після завершення першого року продукт буде автоматично поновлено за ціною, актуальною на момент поновлення, доки його не буде скасовано.

Продукти поновлюватимуться автоматично, доки цю функцію не буде скасовано. Функцію автоматичного поновлення реєстрації можна вимкнути в обліковому записі GoDaddy.

З параметрами Керований і Повністю керований повний доступ можна ввімкнути в один клік із панелі керування. За замовчуванням повний доступ заборонено.


11/08/2017

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Welcome to The Go Travel Company

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Building memories, one vacation at a time

The GO Travel Company

Exotic tropical island vacations, luxury and adventure cruises, romantic getaways, honeymoon packages, safaris, and tours. You need a vacation and we re here to help you ?nd the perfect trip. We ll work with you to match your travel interests and your lifestyle with the vacation of your dreams. Contact us today and get packing!

Browse or search through our site (which is filled with the most comprehensive and up-to-date specials available) to see the wide variety of trips we can offer you. You can request more information for any vacation we have on our site and then we ll work with you to help find the perfect trip. We re dedicated to helping you find the holiday that will match up with your vacation needs and your budget.

Providing extremely high-quality and personalized service is our number one goal and we can assist in coordinating every detail of your travel plans. We re looking forward to making your next trip a memorable and enjoyable one!





09/08/2017

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GO Airport Shuttle

Airport shuttle and private car service to and from your departure and destination cities at more than 60 airports worldwide.

The GO Group provides airport shuttle and car service at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, France and the Czech Republic. In every location, GO’s airport shuttle offers the most economical, convenient and earth-friendly way to get to and from the airport. Our car service provides direct pick-ups and transport to any destination via private vans, sedans and SUVs. GO Airport Shuttle service operates at most major airports including, New York JFK . Los Angeles LAX . Chicago O’Hare . New York LaGuardia . Boston Logan . Washington DC Dulles . Seattle SEA-TAC . Dallas/Fort Worth DFW . Fort Lauderdale FLL . Denver DEN . and San Francisco SFO .

+ Click here for a complete list of airports and cities serviced by GO Airport Shuttle transportation service.





09/08/2017

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09/08/2017

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GO Travel South – Direct Flights, Amazing Prices #travel #now

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GO Travel South – Direct Flights, Amazing Prices

GO Travel Introduces an Evolved Brand and Fantastic Value for Hassle-Free Sun Vacations Direct From Ottawa and Halifax

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Oct. 8, 2009) – The company that pioneered direct, online travel booking a decade ago, has a new name, new look and new deals. What hasn’t changed is the fact we offer value sun vacations with direct flights.

GO Travel South (GTS) is now taking bookings for a number of exciting sun destinations including All- Inclusive Luxury cruises.

GTS offers direct, non-stop flights from Ottawa departing on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning November 7. Destinations include Cancun, Mexico, as well as three hot spots in the Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. Halifax departures to Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Cancun begin January 9.

GTS NEW/ EXPANDED VACATION OPTIONS

NEW! All-Inclusive Luxury Cruises from Santo Domingo

All-inclusive cruising is an increasingly popular option for value-conscious travellers. No more worrying about cash: Even port taxes are part of the package!

This season, GTS is offering a cruise package through Pullmantur, a Spanish travel company that operates cruise ships in the Caribbean. Ports of call include St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and Tortola. You can expect near PERFECT weather in every port! The GTS Pullmantur option offers Saturday-to-Saturday cruises and the opportunity to add a full week at an all-inclusive resort destination in the Dominican Republic either before or after the cruise.

MORE! Five-star Hotels

Winter-wearing travellers are telling us they like to be pampered, and we have listened. In response to increasing demand for higher quality hotels, GTS has added several four-and-a-half and five-star hotels to its list and again will be offering packages to AM Resorts, offering unlimited luxury properties in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. With these and other resorts, we continue to offer some of the most attractive packages in the travel industry.

MORE! Wild Card Vacation Opportunities

This year, we’ve expanded our Wild Card program. It’s available all season long and is not limited to last-minute bookings. We have also added more four- and five-star hotels to the list. Wild Card is for people who like adventure: You won’t know where you’ll be staying until you land. At the airport, a GTS representative will meet travellers and escort them to their surprise destination. The idea is simple: You choose the date, and GTS chooses the hotel. You get the same quality vacation at an even better price.

NEW! Complimentary Golf

Any holiday booked at the Secrets Silversands, Secrets Maroma, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun or the Dreams Riviera Cancun includes unlimited complimentary green fees at the El Camaleon Mayakoba, a PGA championship golf course designed by Greg Norman. The El Camaleon is host to the PGA Mayakoba Golf Classic. It is the only course is on the Mayan Riviera featuring two holes just steps from the Caribbean Sea.

NEW! Flight Partner

Our air carrier this winter is Flair Airlines Ltd. Canada’s newest name in charter airline operations. Based in Kelowna, B.C. Flair Air is licensed by Transport Canada to provide passenger and cargo charter services in Canada and internationally. Flair’s owner, Jim Rogers spent over 35 years working in partnership with Barry Lapointe to build Kelowna Flightcraft, which is one of Canada’s largest multi disciplined aviation organizations. With leather seats, and greater legroom, Flair Air’s Boeing 737-400 aircraft can transport up to 158 passengers in comfort. The plane will be based in Ottawa for the season for exclusive use by GTS. For further information on Flair Airlines Ltd. visit www.flairair.ca .

In November, GTS will offer early season packages from Ottawa using seats on WestJet flights.

NEW NAME, NEW LOOK, SAME VALUE

GO Travel introduced the direct-to-consumer, online booking model to Canada in 2000. Today, competitors, in following GO Travel’s methodology, also offer a direct booking experience. However, these companies are still reliant on travel agents and expensive brochures to sell 80 per cent of their holidays, and as a result the commissions and marketing costs get passed along to consumers.

GTS offers savvy sun-seekers an opportunity to cut out the middleman and book their vacation directly with the people who plan and operate the holiday. Because travellers never pay a penny in travel agents’ commissions, they can save up to one-fifth of the cost of the trip!

Furthermore, more and more people are comfortable with booking their vacations online. Last year, over 80 per cent of all GO Travel holiday bookings were made via their website. As a result of this change in consumer behaviour, there’s been a shift in the travel industry away from storefront operations to websites and call centres. All of GTS’ operations are now done online or over the phone. GTS’ head office and call centre are now located in Halifax with an administrative office in Ottawa.

The GTS Advantage

We do things differently. That’s the GTS advantage.

– We offer lower prices because you book without a middleman.

– We offer holiday insurance/protection that has been developed exclusively for GO Travel South, making peace of mind easier and more affordable.

– We promise that you will always be able to talk to someone who’s been to the resort or hotel. Our travel advisors are sent on educational trips to each destination so that they can help you selecting the right property and answer any questions you might have.

– Our website is available 24 hours a day. You can browse through various destinations, holidays and hotels or even book online!

The GTS Guarantee

We are so confident that our prices are the best, we offer travellers the following guarantee: If you find the same holiday at a price lower than ours, we will match that price and give every adult travelling $100 cash. We also provide an unconditional guarantee that once booked, your holiday will not be subject to any surcharges or fees.

About GO Travel South

GO Travel South continues the tradition of offering a direct-booking experience that provides great value for winter travellers. Our all-inclusive sun vacations, with departures from Ottawa and Halifax to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, are among the most competitive in the industry.

All sun vacation packages include return airfare aboard Flair Airlines, seven nights in three-, four- or five-star hotels or cruise ships with all-inclusive meal plans (food and drinks), accommodation and airport transfers and taxes. All GO Travel South vacations include the daily on-site presence of a GTS representative.

GTS sun vacation bookings can be made online at www.gotravelsouth.com by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-573-0009.





05/08/2017

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Go Away With. William Shatner – Chicago Tribune #travel #blog

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Go Away With. William Shatner

Jae-Ha Kim and Tribune Content Agency Celebrity Travel by Jae-Ha Kim

We know William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, as Sgt. Hooker on T.J. Hooker and as Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting’s money-savvy dad on the Priceline commercials. He has also performed spoken word renditions of songs by Queen and the Kinks. Now, the 83-year-old actor is ready to show you how handy — or unhandy — he is at renovating his California home on the DIY Network ‘s latest reality series, The Shatner Project.

My house was built in the 1900s and was a hunting lodge for some important people in Los Angeles at the time, Shatner says. The last time I remodeled it was about 15 years ago, so it was ready for an update. My wife (Liz) took great joy in demonstrating how squeaky some of the handles and faucets were, so I was shamed into refurbishing our home.

Q. On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the road most traveled, how much have you traveled?

A. Eleven! I’ve traveled more than anyone I know. I love staying at my home, but when I get out on the road, I enjoy that immensely.

Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?

A. One of the first was when I lived in Montreal, Canada, with my parents and we would go down in the summertime to the upstate New York beaches. Why, I don’t know. There was a beach that had a large slide that you would mount and slide into the ocean. That was a test of bravery to climb those stairs as a 5- or 6-year-old child. I climbed to the dizzying heights of 12 feet. I remember my father encouraging me and catching me at the bottom. That was my expectation for the rest of my life, that as I descended he would always be there to catch me. (Laughs.)

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. I just came back from Australia. I did appearances in Brisbane and Sydney two weekends apart. During that intervening time, my wife and I went up to Frankland Islands by the Great Barrier Reef. We scuba-dived, snorkeled and used wave runners to have the most glorious five days ever.

Q. What destinations are on your travel bucket list?

A. I haven’t been to the near east. I’d like to go to Thailand and Singapore. I’d like to go to Tokyo and visit the religious cities in Japan. I would really enjoy that.

Q. Are you an adventurous eater when you travel?

A. I am. I’m a foodie and I like variety. I love Anthony Bourdain and think he has the right idea. He’s adventurous, drinks and swears a lot.

Q. Do you enjoy the street cart experience?

A. You know, the theory is that if you go eat at a street cart, you’re participating in the country’s culture and you’re becoming at one with the social milieu. That’s the theory. The practice is that you eat there and you have to stay in your hotel for a while! (Laughs.) There’s no telling what you can catch.

Q. Where would you travel to just for the food?

A. Anywhere that had good sushi. That would be my wish for a last meal, too.

Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?

A. Honestly, the last thing I want to do is get on a plane on a weekend. We ride horses a lot and compete. We’re really good at it and have a lot of horses here in California and in Kentucky, where we also have a home. So, we’re on horses pretty much any time we have free time. I think of that as a great weekend.

Q. What are your five favorite cities?

A. I really like Sydney, Australia. I really love Montreal, Canada. I’m really fond of Los Angeles. Madrid, Spain, is beautiful. And I’m thinking of a little town in the south of France that I’ve never been to, but in my mind’s eye, it’s where I’d like to be.

Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A. I need to shave ’cause I don’t like the way my beard grows. So a really good razor and shaving cream that the airport people don’t take away from you.

Q. Do you get special treatment at the airport because you’re famous?

A. No! They always take my shaving cream, even though I bought it especially in the right size to bring in my carry-on. They pat me down harder. I’ve got a six pack and I’m very muscular and they can’t believe that I would be. (Laughs.)

Q. What’s the downside of traveling so much for work?

A. The lumpy mattresses. I wish I could get lots and lots of rest, but the mattresses are never good. So I end up at work exhausted. All these very expensive hotels think that the fluffier the bed, the better, and it’s not! A sore back for me is indigenous to traveling.

Q. What is your best vacation memory?

A. I’ve taken my family away every Christmas over the last several years to Hawaii. Watching my family grow up year after year and seeing them go from being afraid of the ocean to swimming like fish is a very pleasurable memory.

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04/08/2017

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Egypt, why to go now #ireland #travel

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Egypt, why to go now

Giza pyramids, Egypt. And yes, they are as uncrowded as this right now. Photograph: Steven Allan/Getty Images

The sun is soft and warm as I write this. It hangs delicately a little way above the westerly line of palms, mango and guava trees. The waves beat a rhythm against the steel hull, ropes creak occasionally as they hold back two massive sails filled by a fresh northerly breeze, a donkey brays from the banks and a bunch of kids call hello until I wave. I am not a born sailor, but I am on a dahabiya. a replica of the sort of sailing boat an 18th-century grand tourist would have taken – with en suite bathroom, Wi-Fi and a few other modern comforts added. The wind in Egypt blows from the north, the Nile flows from the south, so we are sailing sedately upstream and although I bow to the inevitable, part of me wishes we might never pull in to land.

Over lunch, the dozen other passengers and myself smile the smile of the smug. The boat is ours in the same way that the Pyramids and Karnak temple had been ours: there were no other foreigners. It is no secret that foreigners are staying away from Egypt, but I have never known it as extreme as this. It occurs to me that there were fewer visitors when we went to the Valley of the Kings on Sunday than there might have been if we had come in 1850. Reasons for this are hard to find.

Last year was a turbulent one for Egyptians, with the downfall of President Mohamed Morsi and his government and the violent dispersal of Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations by Egypt’s security services sparking violent protests. But none of the tumult was aimed at foreigners, which was why, even though demonstrations and sporadic anti-military violence continue, the Foreign Office has no objection to our travelling to Cairo, Luxor and the south. But visitors have been nervous since 2011, when former President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office, and they have been slow to return to the capital or along the Nile.

A dahabiya on the Nile. Photograph: Alamy

The situation was made worse a month ago when a jihadist group bombed a bus of Korean tourists in Taba, north Sinai. The Foreign Office has put Taba, Dahab and Nuweiba on the avoid all travel list, but Sharm el-Sheikh, the biggest of the Sinai resorts, at the southern tip of the peninsula, is still considered safe to visit, and direct flights are still available. Besides, Taba is several hundred miles from Cairo and the Nile, and the problem there is very different from the stand-off between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood. Staying away from Egypt because of what is happening in Sinai would be similar to avoiding London because of trouble in Belfast, and yet tourist numbers have plummeted.

The extent of this collapse in tourism was apparent the moment I boarded the Egyptair flight in London. Online check-in had made it look as though the flight was full – as it would have been in March four years ago – but the plane was half-empty. Cairo is such a fantastically vibrant city that it can be impossible to gauge the presence of foreigners, but there were only a handful of tourist minibuses at the Pyramids, no other foreigners at the Sphinx and we had the Tutankhamun galleries and the rest of the Egyptian Museum to ourselves.

A line of around 20 armoured vehicles parked ou tside the museum, with a soldier at each gun and watched by men from several police vans wrapped in barbed wire, made me wonder if they knew something that I – and the FCO – did not. The Museum sits on the edge of Tahrir Square, once famous for its traffic jams, now better known for anti-government demonstrations. But the square remained calm, the visit to the museum eerily quiet.

Luxor was just as good – or bad, depending on your point of view – because while an empty Valley of the Kings may be brilliant for those of us who enjoy looking at decorated tombs without being harassed by hordes of day-trippers from the Red Sea, revenue from 20 or so visitors the morning I was there is not enough to pay for the lighting of the tombs, nor to put food in the mouths of the guards and hawkers and their families.

Luxor, too, is almost empty. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Lescourret/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

Luxor relies on tourism, so when western governments imposed travel bans last summer, many hotels simply locked their doors: occupancy dropped to 1%. Thanks to the efforts of the energetic and enthusiastic tourism minster, Hisham Zaazou, the ban was lifted last November, but the crowds have not returned. The Luxor corniche used to be infamous for its boat touts and cal che drivers pestering any visitor who went out for a walk. They have now disappeared because there is no one for them to pester. The traders who once made it impossible to walk through Luxor souk no longer harangue you as you pass. Want to look? one asked and, when I declined, he simply said, No problem. Have a nice day.

Which brings me back to the Nile and this second nice day afloat. Egypt is as stunning as ever to visit – especially this week as freak rains have just washed the dust of many years off the countryside, leaving the blue sky, the green palm trees, the cream temple walls and the sandstone hills more brilliant than ever. In the morning, we were alone at the tombs and ruined city. In the afternoon, when we stopped at Edfu to see the best-preserved of all Egypt’s temples, we expected no crowds. We were expecting no bother, either.

Are you kidding? said one of my fellow travellers when I asked if anyone was bothered by security concerns. I know this situation is bad for Egypt, but it could not be better for you and me. She looked across the empty river where very few boats now run, and watched a heron glide to land on a clump of bulrushes.

There are things happening in Egypt – two presidents are up for trial, most of Sinai is in a mess, an election is expected – but the news that matters for people wanting to visit is good: direct flights to Luxor have resumed, new archaeological discoveries have been made, a replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb is due to open next month …

There is no shortage of brilliant things to see in Egypt, just a shortage of people to see them.

Soliman Travel offers seven nights in a five-star Luxor hotel from 465pp, including flights from Heathrow; and a three-night city break to Cairo, also including flights, from 499pp. Nour el Nil (+20 11 16 55 88 83, nourelnil.com) offers a five-night dahabiya cruise departing from Luxor from €1,100pp, including all meals and excursions





04/08/2017

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Dominican Republic Travel Tips 101: Know Before You Go #travel #to

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Dominican Republic Travel Tips 101: Know Before You Go

Posted by Natasha Jervis on 20 February 2012

Are you heading to the sun this year? Is the breathtaking Dominican Republic your destination of choice? Make sure you know about the Dominican Republic. its culture, food health tips, currency, safe areas and more before you arrive.

www.CanadaTravels.com has some Dominican Republic travel tips for you to read before you go. We have travel tips for Dominican Republic that will allow you to travel safer and much more comfortably. Know before you go!

#1: Make sure your passport is signed and completed before you travel. Your passport is your gateway to other destinations and therefore, should be well taken care of and protected at all times. Make copies of your passport and other identification so you will always have a piece of paper that shows who you are when in another country.

#2: Research and find out where your embassy is in the Dominican Republic. This will ensure you safety incase anything unexpected occurs.

#3: Get your travel vaccination shots before you leave your home destination. Vaccines can prevent you from Caribbean illnesses such as malaria, typhoid, polio, tetanus, hepatitis A, B and C and more diseases that infect people every year. If you are traveling to Pepillo Salcedo, Castanuelas or Hondo Valle it is recommended that visitors take malaria tablets to protect themselves.

#4: Have a list of all important Dominican Republic emergency contacts such as police, locals medical clinics, hospitals etc. and keep it in your wallet or purse at all times. While you may be staying at an all inclusive luxury 5 star resort, it is always smart to have emergency contacts with you incase you leave the resort area to explore. Santo Domingo is the only area of Dominican Republic that offers emergency services; so be prepared and call 911 if ever needed.

#5: Change some money into PESOS, the Dominican Republic’s local currency. You will most likely need to convert American dollars into pesos when you arrive in the Dominican Republic.

#6: Banks in the Dominican Republic are open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am until 5pm.

#7: When you are flying into the Domincan Republic you are allowed to bring 200 cigarettes or one box of cigars, two bottles of perfume (opened and for your own use), gifts up to $100 and one litre of liquor. Baggage is declared upon arrival on the island and when you depart. Do NOT bring illegal drugs, animal products and agricultural items.

#8: Avoid swimming in fresh water pools that do not contain chlorine. Bilharzia is a major problem in the Dominican Republic and chlorinated pools are much safer and sanitary. Wear long sleeves and trousers during sunrise and sunset and use mosquito repellent constantly to protect you from dengue fever.

#9: Drink bottled water and always make sure the cap was secured before opening. Use bottled water to wash your fruits and vegetables. Eat most meats and fish well-done and cooked to their limit.

#10: Learn some Spanish phrases before you travel to the Dominican Republic. The official language is Spanish although many locals speak English. Most media sources and tourist areas still have Spanish language resources. Dining menu’s are written in Spanish and sometimes have an English translation. Try travel Spanish 101!

#11: When exploring at night, keep in well-lit areas and common public areas. Do not travel off the beaten track alone on excursions and keep a ‘buddy’ system. People are always much safer in pairs. While crime against tourists is not a huge issue in the Dominican Republic, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Check out tourist advisories before you travel.

#12: Don’t forget; hurricane season runs from June to November so it is always good to have a plan of evacuation if you end up caught in stormy weather.

#13: The style of dress is casual and general in the daytime. It’s not common to strut throughout town in a bikini or skimpy beach wear. It is considered offensive to enter malls,governmental buildings, museums, churches etc. in beachwear or showing too much skin.

#14: Maintaining manners and being polite to the locals is appreciated. Public drunkeness is frowned upon.

#15: A tip is usually added onto your bill in hotels and restaurants, but extra tips are welcome if you were impressed by the hospitality, food and service.

#16: There are internet cafes throughout the island so you will never be out of touch. The international calling code for the Domincan Republic is +1-809.

Now that you have some travel tips for Domincan Republic to keep you aware, are you ready to book a trip to Punta Cana or Santa Domingo in the DR? Get in touch with us at www.CanadaTravels.com or call 1-800-563-5277 and speak to one of our travel experts today!





04/08/2017

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Australia – New Zealand With Go Ahead Tours – Go Ahead

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Specialty Tours

Experience the world with all your senses, on tours that include market visits, wine tastings and cooking classes.

Journey through sacred landmarks and iconic sites, learning about the history of the world while connecting with faith.

Get up close to the stunning wildlife of the world while discovering untouched natural beauty at every turn.

Take in the view from the deck of a ship, whether you’re cruising down the Yangtzee or around the Galápagos.

Get to know a single city on tour and enjoy plenty of free time to add optional excursions or explore on your own.

Set off across the endless plains of Africa, in search of the elusive Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.

Celebrate local culture by visiting a destination at its most vibrant, during a special event or festive season.

Explore your destination on foot, winding through hidden alleyways and traversing over paths worn from centuries of use.

Enjoy the attention of your own dedicated Tour Director, pick your own date and even add a special excursion or inclusion.





30/07/2017

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Documents Needed to Go Between Canada – USA by Car #travel

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New laws regarding travel between Canada and the United States recently went into effect in the U.S. and resulted in a change in the documentation required to enter or re-enter the U.S. by car from Canada. Gone are the days when you can enter the U.S. with a driver s license and birth certificate.

Passport

Recent changes in U.S. law require people to present a passport when entering or re-entering the U.S. from Canada by car unless they have other appropriate documentation. Canadian law also requires a passport or appropriate documentation when entering Canada from the U.S. by car.

WHTI

According to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all persons entering or re-entering the U.S. from Canada by car must have a passport or one of the following WHTI compliant documents. These documents are Trusted Traveler s Cards such as Nexus; state-issued enhanced driver s licenses, Enhanced Tribal Orders, U.S. military ID with travel orders, U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling on official maritime business, Native American Tribal Photo ID card or Form I-872 American Indian Card.

Canada

Citizens of other countries traveling between the U.S. and Canada by car need proof of citizenship from their country and proof of identity. A passport from his country or a WHTI-compliant document will satisfy the border requirements for both the U.S. and Canada.





29/07/2017

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London, Paris – Rome With Go Ahead Tours – Go Ahead

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Specialty Tours

Experience the world with all your senses, on tours that include market visits, wine tastings and cooking classes.

Journey through sacred landmarks and iconic sites, learning about the history of the world while connecting with faith.

Get up close to the stunning wildlife of the world while discovering untouched natural beauty at every turn.

Take in the view from the deck of a ship, whether you’re cruising down the Yangtzee or around the Galápagos.

Get to know a single city on tour and enjoy plenty of free time to add optional excursions or explore on your own.

Set off across the endless plains of Africa, in search of the elusive Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.

Celebrate local culture by visiting a destination at its most vibrant, during a special event or festive season.

Explore your destination on foot, winding through hidden alleyways and traversing over paths worn from centuries of use.

Enjoy the attention of your own dedicated Tour Director, pick your own date and even add a special excursion or inclusion.





23/07/2017

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New Low-Cost Airline: PEOPLExpress Tickets Go on Sale – NBC News

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New Low-Cost Airline: PEOPLExpress Tickets Go on Sale

The days of the airline stewardess joke — coffee, tea, or me? — are gone in more ways than one.

Tickets from $59 went on sale Wednesday afternoon for PEOPLExpress. the new airline that seeks to capitalize on the goodwill for the name of one of the first low-budget airlines that disappeared decades ago amid industry consolidation. But with its new a la carte pricing for everything from overhead bin space to coffee, tea and water, unprepared fliers may be in for sticker shock.

All of the airline’s flights will be in and out of its hub at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia, with only three destinations when it starts flying June 30. The airline’s two daily round-trip flights to Newark, New Jersey, will start with base fares from $76 each way; a daily round-trip to Boston will cost $76 each way; and its daily round-trip to Pittsburgh will cost $59 each way.

Service to West Palm Beach, Florida, will start July 15 with one daily round-trip flight and fares priced from $89 each way.

Flights to Atlanta will start Aug. 1 with one-way fares priced at $79. The Atlanta route will offer round-trip service once a day, except Tuesdays.

On Aug. 28, service will start to New Orleans for $119 each way as well as to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, from $89 each way. Only three weekly round-trips will be offered to St. Petersburg and New Orleans.

All those fares come with a serious restrictions apply asterisk as fliers will have to pay extra for services that many other airlines still offer for free.

On board, coffee or tea will sell for $1; soft drinks water and juice will cost $2; beer will be $5; and a proper cocktail will set you back $7.

Carry-on bags in overhead bins will cost $25 per bag per flight segment while a single checked bag will cost $20, and a second will add $25 more and if you must, $75 for a third. If you have to check a bag at the gate, that’s $50, and if it’s overweight, an extra $75 fee will apply. An exit-row seat will cost an extra $25 each way while more comfortable Living Large seats will cost an extra $59 per flight segment. Advance seat assignments cost $15 each way.

On board, coffee or tea will sell for $1; soft drinks water and juice will cost $2; beer will be $5; and a proper cocktail will set you back $7. The good news comes on the snacks pricing: Complimentary.

Carry-on bags will be free if they fit under your seat, a company spokesman said.

This past Friday, the airline announced it would launch. and technically will be known as Vision Airlines, dba PEOPLExpress while it gets its full certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. It will fly leased 150-seat Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines.

PEOPLExpress hopes to expand to 24 cities within five years, with hubs in Pittsburgh; New Orleans; San Antonio, Texas; and Atlantic City, New Jersey, CEO Jeff Erickson told CNBC in an interview last week.

At its first hub, the airline will operate two gates on Concourse A at Newport News. Tickets can only be purchased through its website or its call center, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The original PEOPLExpress began flying in 1981 and was based at Newark. It was later acquired by Continental, which was then acquired by United. The new airline has adopted the old logo, but with a new green scheme rather than the old brown, burgundy and orange. Otherwise the new airline is not affiliated with the old airline of the same name, Erickson said, except that some of the executives worked for the old airline.

PEOPLExpress isn’t the only new airline with plans to take off this year. An all-business class airline, tentatively called Dream Jet, has announced plans to fly between Paris and New York. And Eastern Air Lines Group has filed its initial application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin operations.





22/07/2017

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Getting a Business Loan – How Start-up Capital Works #how #do


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How Start-up Capital Works

If you decide to get a business loan from a bank or other lending institution, there are several things to consider. Start by asking yourself these questions:

  1. For what, exactly, is the loan going to be used?
  2. What length should the loan be?
  3. What assets can you use as collateral?

When answering these questions, especially the first one, be specific. Are you going to buy a building with the loan? Are you going to use it to purchase parts for an order you will fill within six months? You need to think through these things because you want to make sure you get a loan that fits the use of the money. For instance, you don’t want to finance supplies for 15 years if you’ll be using them up within six months, and you wouldn’t want to finance your building or a large piece of equipment with a one-year loan. Make sure your loan type and length fits what you’re using the funds for so you’re not paying interest on widget parts that are now long gone.

Next, we’ll look at ways to help your chances of landing the loan.

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13/07/2017

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Where to go in Thailand #car #rentals #cheap

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The clash of tradition and modernity is most intense in Bangkok . the first stop on almost any itinerary. Within its historic core you’ll find resplendent temples, canalside markets and the opulent indulgence of the eighteenth-century Grand Palace . while downtown’s forest of skyscrapers shelters cutting-edge fashion and decor boutiques and some achingly hip bars and clubs. After touchdown in Bangkok, much of the package-holiday traffic flows east to Pattaya . the country’s seediest resort, but for prettier beaches you’re better off venturing just a little further, to the islands of Ko Samet and the Ko Chang archipelago . with their squeaky white sand and shorefront bungalows.

Few tourists visit Isaan . the poorest and in some ways the most traditionally Thai region. Here, a trip through the gently modulating landscapes of the Mekong River valley, which defines Thailand’s northeastern extremities, takes in archetypal agricultural villages and a fascinating array of religious sites, while the southern reaches of Isaan hold some of Thailand’s best-kept secrets – the magnificent stone temple complexes of Phimai . Phanom Rung and Khao Phra Viharn . all built by the Khmers of Cambodia almost ten centuries ago. Closer to the capital, Khao Yai National Park encapsulates the phenomenal diversity of Thailand’s flora and fauna, which here range from wild orchids to strangling figs, elephants to hornbills.

At the heart of the northern uplands, Chiang Mai is both an attractive historic city and a vibrant cultural centre, with a strong tradition of arts, crafts and festivals. It does a burgeoning line in self-improvement courses – from ascetic meditation to the more earthly pleasures of Thai cookery classes – while the overriding enticement of the surrounding region is the prospect of trekking through villages inhabited by a richly mixed population of tribal peoples. Plenty of outdoor activities and courses, as well as hot springs and massages, can be enjoyed at Pai . a surprisingly cosmopolitan hill station for travellers, four hours northwest of Chiang Mai.

With Chiang Mai and the north so firmly planted on the independent tourist trail, the intervening central plains tend to get short shrift. Yet there is rewarding trekking around Umphang . near the Burmese border, and the elegant ruins of former capitals Ayutthaya and Sukhothai embody a glorious artistic heritage, displaying Thailand’s distinctive ability to absorb influences from quite different cultures. Kanchanaburi . stunningly located on the River Kwai . tells of a much darker episode in Thailand’s past, for it was along the course of this river that the Japanese army built the Thailand–Burma Railway during World War II, at the cost of thousands of POW lives.

Sand and sea are what most Thai holidays are about, though, and the pick of the coasts are in southern Thailand, where the Samui archipelago off the Gulf coast is one of the highlights. Ko Samui itself has the most sweeping white-sand beaches, and the greatest variety of accommodation and facilities to go with them. Ko Pha Ngan next door is still largely backpacker territory, where you have a stark choice between desolate coves and Hat Rin . Thailand’s party capital. The remotest island, rocky Ko Tao . is acquiring increasing sophistication as Southeast Asia’s largest dive-training centre.

Across on the other side of the peninsula, the Andaman coast boasts even more exhilarating scenery and the finest coral reefs in the country, in particular around the Ko Similan island chain, which ranks among the best dive sites in the world. The largest Andaman coast island, Phuket . is one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations and graced with a dozen fine beaches, though several have been overdeveloped with a glut of high-rises and tacky nightlife. Beautiful little Ko Phi Phi is a major party hub, surrounded by the turquoise seas and dramatic limestone cliffs that characterize the coastline throughout Krabi province . Large, forested Ko Lanta is, for the moment at least, a calmer alternative for families, but for genuine jungle you’ll need to head inland, to the rainforests of Khao Sok National Park .

Further down the Thai peninsula, in the provinces of the deep south . the teeming sea life and unfrequented sands of the Trang islands and Ko Tarutao National Marine Park are the main draws. There’s now the intriguing possibility of island-hopping your way down through them – in fact, all the way from Phuket to Penang in Malaysia – without setting foot on the mainland.





11/07/2017

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When to Go in Australia #super #travel

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When to Go

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is basking in the Southern Hemisphere s summer, and vice versa. Midwinter in Australia is July and August, and the hottest months are November through March. Remember, unlike in the Northern Hemisphere, the farther south you go in Australia, the colder it gets.

The Travel Seasons

Airfares to Australia are lowest from mid-April to late August the best time to visit the Red Centre and the Great Barrier Reef.

High Season – The peak travel season in the most popular parts of Australia is the Aussie winter. In much of the country particularly the northern half the most pleasant time to travel is April through September, when daytime temperatures are 66[dg]F to 88[dg]F (19[dg]C 31[dg]C) and it rarely rains. June, July, and August are the busiest months in these parts; you ll need to book accommodations and tours well in advance, and you will pay higher rates then, too.

On the other hand, Australia s summer is a nice time to visit the southern states, and even in winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing.

Generally, the best months to visit Australia are September and October, when it s often still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states, it s cool enough to tour Uluru, and the humidity and rains have not come to Cairns (although it will be very hot by Oct).

Low Season – October through March (summer) is just too hot, too humid, or too wet or all three to tour the Red Centre. North Queensland, including Cairns, suffers an intensely hot, humid wet season from November or December through March or April. So if you decide to travel at this time and lots of people do be prepared to take the heat, the inconvenience of potential flooding, and the slight chance of encountering cyclones.

Australian National Public Holidays

On national public holidays, services such as banking, postal needs, and purchasing of alcohol might be limited or unavailable. There also may be additional holidays as declared by individual states and territories, such as Melbourne Cup Day: Based on the country s most famous thoroughbred horse race, Melbourne Cup Day is celebrated the first Tuesday of November, and the race is nicknamed the race that stops the nation.

* New Year s Day, January 1. Expect the usual fireworks and festivities to begin the night of December 31 to ring in the New Year.

* Australia Day, January 26. This national day recognizes the First Fleet s arrival in 1788, when 11 ships made their way from England to establish a colony here in Australia.

* Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. The Christian commemoration of Jesus crucifixion and his death. In Australia, Good Friday is observed the first Friday after the full moon (on or after Mar 21).

* Easter Monday, day after Easter Sunday. The Christian commemoration of Jesus resurrection from the dead.

* Anzac Day, April 25. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day recognizes those who have served the nation in times of war.

* Christmas Day, December 25. When Christians celebrate Jesus birth. Note: If Christmas is on a weekend day, the next Monday is termed a public holiday.

* Boxing Day, December 26. Originally a British tradition involving gift-giving, Boxing Day is now an Australian holiday, and some sports kick off their seasons on this date. If Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next Monday is deemed a public holiday. If it falls on a Sunday, the next Tuesday is the holiday.

Steer Clear of the Vacation Rush

Try to avoid Australia from Boxing Day (Dec 26) to the end of January, when Aussies take their summer vacations. For popular seaside holiday spots, hotel rooms and airline seats get scarce as hen s teeth, and it s a rare airline or hotel that will discount full rates by even a dollar.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





11/07/2017

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When to Go in South Africa #travel #to #germany

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When to Go

Roughly speaking, the summer months are December to March, autumn is April to May, winter is June to August, and spring is September to November. Because southern Africa is such a large area, and each region’s offerings change with the seasons, when you go may determine where you go.

The Coast — South Africa’s southwestern coast (the province known as Western Cape) tends to attract the majority of international visitors during the summer months. Fortunately, the country is big enough to absorb these increased numbers without causing the discomfort most people associate with busy seasons, though parts of Cape Town become unbearably full for locals’ tastes. Be aware, however, that accommodation prices do increase in summer, some by as much as 70%; and if you dislike crowds, you should try to avoid South Africa’s coast during the busiest school holidays, which — like elsewhere — take place from around mid-December to mid-January. In fact, the hot months of February and March are considered by most Northern Hemisphere dwellers to be the best times to visit; not least, to escape what by then has felt like a very long winter up north. April, too, is a great month to visit, when the light takes on a softer hue, sunsets are often spectacular, and balmy temperatures are preferable for those who dislike baking heat. Note, though, that you’ll need to book early if your visit coincides with Easter weekend, when you will compete with locals on their 10-day school vacation.

Depending on your interests, winter (June-Aug) brings substantial benefits, too: July to November are the months when the Southern Right whales migrate to the Cape’s southern coast, providing the best land-based whale-watching in the world (and plenty of opportunities to see them by boat). With the Cape a winter rainfall area, local tourism authorities have aptly dubbed the May-to-August period its “green season,” and indeed the Cape’s valleys and mountains are an ideal verdant backdrop to dramatic displays of fynbos (shrublike plant) in flower. While it can at times rain continuously, the pattern is usually broken every few days with balmy, sun-drenched days. It’s a wonderful time for Capetonians, who get to air their winter coats for only these few months and reclaim the city, now virtually empty of visitors, as their own.

If you’re at all hankering for the sun, plan to head to the Garden Route and Karoo, preferably along Route 62, where year-round sunshine ensures that any time of year is a great time to tackle a driving tour of this region. Winter is also the ideal time to visit the east coast of Kwazulu-Natal, which can be oppressively humid in summer.

October to November is when the Cape floral kingdom again wows her human inhabitants with a new batch of flowering species, while the beaches, still relatively empty, sparkle in the temperate sun, and guesthouses and hotels, hungry after the winter wait, offer some of the best deals of the season.

Inland — May to August are considered the best months for sighting big game in and around Kruger National Park. The foliage is less dense, malaria risk is lower, yet many of the private game reserve lodges drop their prices substantially.

June to October, however, is peak season in the Delta, Botswana; game-viewing is best at this time, thanks to the rains. Given the low-volume approach to tourism, lodges are booked months in advance, despite charging top dollar. The Delta is often combined with a visit to Victoria Falls, but the Falls are widely considered most impressive in full flood, between March and May, when some 500 million cubic liters of water cascade into the Batoka gorge every minute. The spray can obscure views, however, and prohibit riding the Batoka’s Grade 5 rapids — renowned in rafting circles as one of the most exhilarating rides in the world — as they are out of bounds when the falls are in flood.

The Climate

Depending on where you are, average maximum temperatures can vary from 80°F (27°C; Cape Town) to 90°F (32°C; Kruger National Park) in the summer, and from an average 69°F (21°C; Cape Town) to 77°F (25°C; Durban) in winter. While summer is the most popular time, high humidity in KwaZulu-Natal can make for muggy days, and gale-force winds often occur in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Winter visitors would be well advised to pack warm clothes, despite higher average temperatures than in the United States or Europe. South African buildings are not geared for the cold; insulation is low on the priority list, and central heating is nonexistent. Temperatures in the interior fluctuate wildly in winter; you’re best off layering.

Rainfall

South Africa is generally considered an arid region; two-thirds of the country receives less than 500mm (20 in.) of rain a year. In the interior, rain usually falls in the summer, and spectacular thunderstorms and the smell of damp earth bring great relief from the searing heat. The Garden Route enjoys rain year-round, usually at night. In Cape Town and surrounds, the rain falls mostly in the winter, when the gray skies are a perfect foil for the burnt-orange strelitzias, pink proteas, and fields of white arum lilies — and an equally good accompaniment to crackling fires and fine South African red wines.

Holidays

If you are traveling during the South African school holidays, make sure you book your accommodations well in advance. (Check exact school holiday dates with South African Tourism, as provinces differ, but they usually run 4 weeks in Dec and Jan, 2 weeks in Apr, 3 weeks in June and July, and 1 week in Sept.) Flights can also be impossible to find, particularly over the Christmas holidays. Easter holidays (usually late Mar to mid-Apr) can also be busy, while the Kruger is almost always packed during the winter vacation (mid-June to mid-July). There’s another short school break in spring, from late September to October 7.

Zimbabwe/Zambia

Zimbabwe and Zambia’s climates are similar to that in South Africa’s northern provinces, with a rainy season in summer, mostly between December and mid-March. Summers are warm to hot (late Oct-Dec can be uncomfortable), and winters are mild. Malaria is still a danger in many areas. There are tsetse flies in parts of the Zambezi Valley and in the southeast. And certain rivers, lakes, and dams are infected with bilharzia. Victoria Falls are often at their fullest around mid-April, at the end of the rainy season (Nov-Apr), though this is also when the mist created by the falling water may obscure the view and malaria-carrying mosquitoes are at their most prolific. Temperatures range from 90°F (32°C) in October and November to 60°F (16°C) in June and July. Many think the best time to see the falls is from August to December, when the view is clearer (though the flow of the water is at its lowest). June through December is high season for many of the upmarket lodges, which raise their prices during these months. You are unlikely to be affected by public holidays.

Botswana

Botswana has a pleasant, temperate climate with low humidity, with a maximum mean temperature of 91°F (33°C) in January and a minimum mean temperature of 38°F (4°C) in June. There are effectively two seasons: summer (Sept-Apr), with frequent rains and thunderstorms, and winter (May-Aug), with cold and dry days and nights. Rainfalls make the summer months a great time to visit the delta if you’re interested in birds and plants, but it can get very hot. From April to September, the days are mild to warm, but temperatures drop sharply at night and early in the morning, particularly around June and July. Most consider these 2 months the best time to visit the delta, when the rain that falls on the Angolan bushveld plains seeps down to create what is referred to as the “flood.” At this time, water lilies bloom, countless aquatic creatures frolic in the water, and a huge diversity of game from the surrounding dry areas moves into the delta. You are unlikely to be affected by public holidays.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





08/07/2017

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What to Pack to Go to the Dominican Republic #travel #cheap

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The Dominican Republic, located in the Caribbean on the eastern two-thirds of island of Hispaniola, is home to a range of tourist attractions and destinations. Americans traveling to the country must bring along proper entry documentation, all necessary medical supplies, proper attire and additional items to help make the stay more comfortable.

Documentation

All Americans traveling to the Dominican Republic by air must hold valid U.S. passports. Those arriving by sea must have passport cards or other Western Hemisphere Initiative compliant documents, though the State Department notes a passport is recommended for all travelers, in case of an emergency. A tourist card, available at the Dominican Embassy or upon arrival in the country, must be purchased and grant tourists entry into the country for up to 60 days. Those who do not have a tourist card must obtain a visa prior to travel.

Health Necessities

Pack all necessary prescription and over-the-counter medications, as not all American medications are available in the Dominican Republic. Medication to prevent diarrhea and iodine tablets or a water filter are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the water in the country is unsafe for tourists to drink. Malarial precautions, such as anti-malaria medication, insect repellent and long-sleeved clothing should be packed for most trips, excluding those limited to Santo Domingo and Santiago, where no cases of malaria have been reported. Sun protection, such as sunscreen, sunglasses and hats, help protect skin from the strong rays found on the island.





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Venice, Florence – Rome (9 days) With Go Ahead Tours –

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Experience the world with all your senses, on tours that include market visits, wine tastings and cooking classes.

Journey through sacred landmarks and iconic sites, learning about the history of the world while connecting with faith.

Get up close to the stunning wildlife of the world while discovering untouched natural beauty at every turn.

Take in the view from the deck of a ship, whether you’re cruising down the Yangtzee or around the Galápagos.

Get to know a single city on tour and enjoy plenty of free time to add optional excursions or explore on your own.

Set off across the endless plains of Africa, in search of the elusive Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.

Celebrate local culture by visiting a destination at its most vibrant, during a special event or festive season.

Explore your destination on foot, winding through hidden alleyways and traversing over paths worn from centuries of use.

Enjoy the attention of your own dedicated Tour Director, pick your own date and even add a special excursion or inclusion.





08/07/2017

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We specialise in providing visas for tourists and business people travelling to Russia. We provide full telephone & email support during the application process.

Our prices include the actual Russian visa ready for your travels, all Consular and visa centres fees, VAT, and most importantly the “letter of invitation” (also known as “visa support documents” or “tourist confirmation/voucher”). Often these “visa support documents” which are essential in order to obtain your visa are offered as a separate service for extra money but not with us. They are included in our service and the price (please note that we are not affiliated with the Russian governmental bodies and we do not charge for the Russian visa application form). So, no hidden charges – what you see is what you pay!

For your convenience, we placed all the visa application information and our all inclusive prices on just one page, so that you do not have to plough through bazillion pages before finding out what is required and how much it will cost by the time your visa is processed. Everything you need for your Russian visa application is on this page.

PROCESSING TIMES AND PRICES:

Tourist visas

• Single Entry, 8 working days processing – £139.00

• Single Entry, 3 working days processing – £219.00

Business visas

• Single Entry, 25 working days processing – £289.00

• Single Entry, 11 working days processing – £409.00

• Double Entry, 25 working days processing – £349.00

• Double Entry, 11 working days processing – £479.00

• Multiple Entry, 29 working days processing – £445.00

• Multiple Entry, 24 working days processing – £475.00

Please note: for multiple entry visas we do not need your original passport for the whole duration of the visa processing. Initially we will require only a copy.

Processing time does not include the day of receipt of your application.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: From January 2015 all applicants based in the UK are required to provide their bio-metric data when applying for the Russian visa, this involves providing applicants’ fingerprints in one of the Russian Consular Visa Centres in the UK (currently there are two – in Edinburgh and in London). Please call us on 0131 226 8170 for more information before posting your application.





14/06/2017

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Go Gorilla Trekking – Africa s No. 1 Gorilla Travel Agency

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Our Company

Go Gorilla Trekking is a specialty gorilla trekking company based in Kampala, Uganda. At Go Gorilla Trekking, we specialize in organizing gorilla safaris combined with other wildlife and cultural aspects in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. We have over 5 years of organizing gorilla safaris in East Africa and we have been operating a gorilla viewing program since 2007. Guiding people into the wilderness to see the mountain gorillas in the wild is not just a business for us…it is a passion. There is nothing as satisfying as watching the delight on someone’s face when they see their first mountain gorilla emerging from the forest. Within all gorilla locations in Uganda and Rwanda,  there is one gorilla viewing session scheduled each day in each gorilla group. Our tour offers are available all year round and you can go gorilla trekking any day!We are a responsible tour operation agency and we endeavor to promote conservation of nature in the places where we conduct our tours. Though the skills of trekking a gorilla are both strategic and brutal. Doing so though provides a mixture of both adventure and unappreciated fun. However with Go Gorilla Trekking, we have made our tours unique by creating adventures which are both educational and an experience worthy every cent. You want breathtaking African wildlife experience follow a Gorilla in real life experience you always want to do it again. We believe nature is great teacher.

Other wildlife

Along with the gorillas there is a chance to view other wildlife on safari in Uganda or Rwanda. These wildlife include tree climbing lions, elephants, a variety of antelopes, buffaloes, hippos, giraffes etc. We have crafted a good number of trips that include  opportunities to spot other wildlife in Uganda or Rwanda.

Go Gorilla Trekking has made its mark providing the most enjoyable, memorable and cost effective safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.

Whether you are looking for corporate incentive travel, staff transportation, school transportation. Event transportation, car/bus hire, airport and hotel transfers or excursion and city tours; Ssesse safaris is the place to start.

Our Staff

Our team of experienced and dedicated staff, while creating new and exciting locations, will bring you literally into the heart of Africa ‘s to see the rare and endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. It is a team that seeks to offer quality and excitement. With our unique personal touch, you will leave with an everlasting imprint of Africa. You will be longing to return.

The company employs professional and experienced staff with training and knowledge in the travel and tour industry and work in an effective operational framework made possible by the firms’ investments in up-to-date and compliant office equipment and telecommunications.

Our relationship with our clients is built on our integrity in providing high quality professional service, through reliable research and up-dates in the travel industry, sound advice and effective back-office support.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to create safaris that are safe, reliable and enjoyable. Having grown up in Africa with beautiful views and a variety of animals, its is our joy to show our visitors these scenes as well as preserve them for posterity.

Our staff are extremely dedicated and strive to provide client satisfaction through experience, knowledge and efficiency, continually improving services, products and communication, excellent business relationship with partners and Suppliers and  commitment to responsible environmental business.

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14/06/2017

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Submit Your Story to Go World Travel – Go World Travel

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Submit Your Story to Go World Travel

Contributor’s Guidelines

Have a story to tell? Why not share it with Go World Travel readers?

Go World Travel contributors come in all shapes and sizes, from seasoned travel journalists to first-time writers. All have two things in common – a love of travel and the ability to write well. If you can weave a good travel story, chances are, we will be interested.

Before submitting your story, though, please have a look at GoWorldTravel.com to review our style, and to see what we have already covered. Go World Travel carries stories that go beyond the usual articles carried in newspaper travel sections.

We want to know more than how to get to a place or what to do there. Tell us about the people who call this destination home, the treasured regional customs, or the places where locals hang out. We want to smell the aromas, taste the food, explore the streets and walk down hidden paths. Go World Travel aims to help our readers experience a destination.

We’re looking for honest, down-to-earth descriptive writing. We’re not interested in a laundry list of things you saw and did; rather, we look for vivid descriptions, lively anecdotes and straightforward language that shows a sense of curiosity and interest in the destination. Go World Travel is written from an international perspective. Our readers are travel lovers from North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and around the globe.

Articles:

We accept articles up to 1,000 words in length. First-person writing often provides the best insight, but should be written in a professional manner. Please provide an If You Go section at the end of your article with helpful websites and travel information for the destination.

Articles in GoWorldTravel.com are visually appealing and include several photos. Please let us know if you have photos to accompany your work. If we are interested in the piece, we will ask you to send the photos. Be sure to include photo credits and captions.

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We are thrilled to have partnered with World Traveler Press to create the new World Travel Tales anthology book series. Check out the first two books, Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World and Adventures of a Lifetime . which are available worldwide on Amazon and in many books stores.





29/05/2017

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Italy – Greece With Go Ahead Tours – Go Ahead Tours

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Specialty Tours

Experience the world with all your senses, on tours that include market visits, wine tastings and cooking classes.

Journey through sacred landmarks and iconic sites, learning about the history of the world while connecting with faith.

Get up close to the stunning wildlife of the world while discovering untouched natural beauty at every turn.

Take in the view from the deck of a ship, whether you’re cruising down the Yangtzee or around the Galápagos.

Get to know a single city on tour and enjoy plenty of free time to add optional excursions or explore on your own.

Set off across the endless plains of Africa, in search of the elusive Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.

Celebrate local culture by visiting a destination at its most vibrant, during a special event or festive season.

Explore your destination on foot, winding through hidden alleyways and traversing over paths worn from centuries of use.

Enjoy the attention of your own dedicated Tour Director, pick your own date and even add a special excursion or inclusion.





29/05/2017

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Two weeks is the minimum needed to skim the surface of what Japan can offer. The capital, Tokyo, and the former imperial city and thriving cultural centre of Kyoto, will be top of most visitors’ lists of where to go, and deservedly so, but you could avoid the cities entirely and head to the mountains or smaller islands to discover an alternative side of the country, away from the most heavily beaten tourist tracks.

It would be easy enough to spend two weeks just in Tokyo . The metropolis is home to some of the world’s most ambitious architecture, stylish shops and internationally celebrated restaurants and bars – as well as glimpses of traditional Japan at scores of temples, shrines and imperial gardens. Consider also taking in a couple of the city’s surrounding attractions, in particular the historic towns of Nikkō . home to the amazing Tōshō-gū shrine complex, and Kamakura . with its giant Buddha statue and tranquil woodland walks.

Northern Honshū sees surprisingly few overseas visitors, but its sleepy villages and relaxed cities deserve to be better known. The Golden Hall of Hiraizumi more than justifies the journey, and can be easily combined with the islet-sprinkled Matsushima Bay or rural Tōno . The region is also known for its vibrant summer festivals, notably those at Sendai, Aomori, Hirosaki and Akita, and for its sacred mountains, including Dewa-sanzan . home to a sect of ascetic mountain priests, and the eerie, remote wastelands of Osore-zan .

Further north, across the Tsugaru Straits, Hokkaidō is Japan’s final frontier, with many national parks including the outstanding Daisetsu-zan National Park . offering excellent hiking trails over mountain peaks and through soaring rock gorges. The lovely far northern islands of Rebun-tō and Rishiri-tō are ideal summer escapes. Hokkaidō’s most historic city is Hakodate . with its late nineteenth-century wooden houses and churches built by expat traders, while its modern capital, Sapporo . is home to the raging nightlife centre of Suskino and the original Sapporo Brewery. Winter is a fantastic time to visit and catch Sapporo’s amazing Snow Festival and go skiing at some of Japan’s top resorts including Niseko .

Skiing, mountaineering and soaking in hot springs are part of the culture of Central Honshū . an area dominated by the magnificent Japan Alps. Both the old castle town of Matsumoto . and Nagano . with its atmospheric temple of pilgrimage, Zenkō-ji, can be used as a starting point for exploring the region. Highlights include the tiny mountain resort of Kamikōchi and the immaculately preserved Edo-era villages of Tsumago and Magome . linked by a short hike along the remains of a 300-year-old stone-paved road. Takayama deservedly draws many visitors to its handsome streets lined with merchant houses and temples, built by generations of skilled carpenters. In the remote neighbouring valleys you’ll find the rare thatched houses of Ogimachi . Suganuma and Ainokura . remnants of a fast-disappearing rural Japan.

On the Sea of Japan coast, the historic city of Kanazawa is home to Kenroku-en, one of Japan’s best gardens, and the stunning 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Nagoya . on the heavily industrialized southern coast, is a more manageable city than Tokyo or Ōsaka, and has much to recommend it, including the fine Tokugawa Art Museum and many great places to eat. The efficient new airport nearby also makes the city a good alternative entry point. From Nagoya it’s a short hop to the pretty castle towns of Inuyama and Gifu . which holds summer displays of the ancient skill of ukai. or cormorant fishing.

South of the Japan Alps, the Kansai plains are scattered with ancient temples, shrines and the remnants of imperial cities. Kyoto . custodian of Japan’s traditional culture, is home to its most refined cuisine, classy ryokan, glorious gardens, and magnificent temples and palaces. Nearby Nara is a more manageable size but no slouch when it comes to venerable monuments, notably the great bronze Buddha of Tōdai-ji and Hōryū-ji’s unrivalled collection of early Japanese statuary. The surrounding region contains a number of still-thriving religious foundations, such as the highly atmospheric temples of Hiei-zan and Kōya-san, the revered Shinto shrine Ise-jingū . and the beautiful countryside pilgrimage routes of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kumano region.

Not all of Kansai is so rarefied, though. The slightly unconventional metropolis of Ōsaka has an easy-going atmosphere and boisterous nightlife, plus several interesting sights. Further west, the port of Kōbe offers a gentler cosmopolitan atmosphere, while Himeji is home to Japan’s most fabulous castle, as well as some impressive modern gardens and buildings.

For obvious reasons Hiroshima is the most visited location in Western Honshū . On the way there, pause at Okayama to stroll around one of Japan’s top three gardens, Kōraku-en, and the appealingly preserved Edo-era town of Kurashiki . The beauty of the Inland Sea, dotted with thousands of islands, is best appreciated from the idyllic fishing village of Tomonoura . the port of Onomichi and the relaxed islands of Nao-shima, Ikuchi-jima and Miya-jima.

Crossing to the San-in coast, the castle town of Hagi retains some handsome samurai houses and atmospheric temples, only surpassed by even more enchanting Tsuwano . further inland. One of Japan’s most venerable shrines, Izumo Taisha . lies roughly midway along the coast, near the lake- and seaside city of Matsue . home to the region’s only original castle.

Location for Japan’s most famous pilgrimage, a walking tour around 88 Buddhist temples, Shikoku also offers dramatic scenery in the Iya valley and along its rugged coastline. Its largest city, Matsuyama, has an imperious castle and the splendidly ornate Dōgo Onsen Honkan – one of Japan’s best hot springs. There’s also the lovely garden Ritsurin-kōen in Takamatsu and the ancient Shinto shrine at Kotohira .

The southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, Kyūshū is probably best known for Nagasaki . an attractive and cosmopolitan city that has overcome its terrible war-time history. Hikers and onsen enthusiasts should head up into the central highlands, where Aso-san ’s smouldering peak dominates the world’s largest volcanic crater, or to the more southerly meadows of Ebino Kōgen. So much hot water gushes out of the ground in Beppu . on the east coast, that it’s known as Japan’s hot-spring capital. Fukuoka . on the other hand, takes pride in its innovative modern architecture and an exceptionally lively entertainment district.

Okinawa comprises more than a hundred islands stretching in a great arc from southern Kyūshū to within sight of Taiwan. An independent kingdom until the early seventeenth century, traces of the island’s distinctive, separate culture still survive. The beautifully reconstructed former royal palace dominates the capital city, Naha . but the best of the region lies on its remoter islands. This is where you’ll find Japan’s most stunning white-sand beaches and its best diving, particularly around the subtropical islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote .





27/05/2017

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When to Go in Australia #price #of #airline #tickets

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When to Go

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is basking in the Southern Hemisphere s summer, and vice versa. Midwinter in Australia is July and August, and the hottest months are November through March. Remember, unlike in the Northern Hemisphere, the farther south you go in Australia, the colder it gets.

The Travel Seasons

Airfares to Australia are lowest from mid-April to late August the best time to visit the Red Centre and the Great Barrier Reef.

High Season – The peak travel season in the most popular parts of Australia is the Aussie winter. In much of the country particularly the northern half the most pleasant time to travel is April through September, when daytime temperatures are 66[dg]F to 88[dg]F (19[dg]C 31[dg]C) and it rarely rains. June, July, and August are the busiest months in these parts; you ll need to book accommodations and tours well in advance, and you will pay higher rates then, too.

On the other hand, Australia s summer is a nice time to visit the southern states, and even in winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing.

Generally, the best months to visit Australia are September and October, when it s often still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states, it s cool enough to tour Uluru, and the humidity and rains have not come to Cairns (although it will be very hot by Oct).

Low Season – October through March (summer) is just too hot, too humid, or too wet or all three to tour the Red Centre. North Queensland, including Cairns, suffers an intensely hot, humid wet season from November or December through March or April. So if you decide to travel at this time and lots of people do be prepared to take the heat, the inconvenience of potential flooding, and the slight chance of encountering cyclones.

Australian National Public Holidays

On national public holidays, services such as banking, postal needs, and purchasing of alcohol might be limited or unavailable. There also may be additional holidays as declared by individual states and territories, such as Melbourne Cup Day: Based on the country s most famous thoroughbred horse race, Melbourne Cup Day is celebrated the first Tuesday of November, and the race is nicknamed the race that stops the nation.

* New Year s Day, January 1. Expect the usual fireworks and festivities to begin the night of December 31 to ring in the New Year.

* Australia Day, January 26. This national day recognizes the First Fleet s arrival in 1788, when 11 ships made their way from England to establish a colony here in Australia.

* Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. The Christian commemoration of Jesus crucifixion and his death. In Australia, Good Friday is observed the first Friday after the full moon (on or after Mar 21).

* Easter Monday, day after Easter Sunday. The Christian commemoration of Jesus resurrection from the dead.

* Anzac Day, April 25. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day recognizes those who have served the nation in times of war.

* Christmas Day, December 25. When Christians celebrate Jesus birth. Note: If Christmas is on a weekend day, the next Monday is termed a public holiday.

* Boxing Day, December 26. Originally a British tradition involving gift-giving, Boxing Day is now an Australian holiday, and some sports kick off their seasons on this date. If Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next Monday is deemed a public holiday. If it falls on a Sunday, the next Tuesday is the holiday.

Steer Clear of the Vacation Rush

Try to avoid Australia from Boxing Day (Dec 26) to the end of January, when Aussies take their summer vacations. For popular seaside holiday spots, hotel rooms and airline seats get scarce as hen s teeth, and it s a rare airline or hotel that will discount full rates by even a dollar.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





20/05/2017

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