10 Best Places to Visit in Turkey – Touropia Travel Experts

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10 Best Places to Visit in Turkey

Last updated on September 28, 2015 in Turkey 18 Comments

Perched on a strategic hilltop overlooking the plains of Mesopotamia in southeastern Turkey, Mardin is the capital of the Mardin Province. One of the oldest settlements in the region, Mardin is best known for its cultural diversity and Old City of sandstone buildings that cascade down the hill. Mardin’s Old City is easily toured by walking. The maze of meandering streets leads visitors along terraced houses and popular sites like Deyrü’z-Zafaran Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, and the Sultan Isa Medresesi, a medieval monument that once served as an astronomical observatory.

One of the oldest cities in the world and best known for its remarkable Seljuk architecture and Whirling Dervishes, Konya is a large city in Turkey s Central Anatolia Region. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Konya prospered as a capital city under the rule of the Seljuk Dynasty. Today, buildings from that era can still be admired such as the Alaeddin Mosque and the ruins of the Seljuk Palace. Konya was also the home of the Persian theologian and Sufi mystic, Rumi. His mausoleum is a must-see site in Konya. Rumi’s followers founded the Mevlevi Order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their religious ceremonies in which they spin around and around on the left foot while wearing white, billowing gowns.

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Natalie says

Wey. I have done all of them apart from Ankara and looking to do that this winter

Harry says

I visited Turkey last year and i must say i was impressed greatly! If you want a bit of everything on a trip then dont miss this place.

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Dr Hafsah says

If you have 5 days in Istanbul. thats just nice to see it alone. Stay near the Grand Bazaar entrance, which is very near to the tram station of Beyjezit. you can walk to the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace. and Citedel Basalica. Take a tram to Eminonu. where the Spice market and famous Fish restaurants, and then take the Bosphorus Cruise from there. On the third day take a City bus ride to see the outskirts of Istanbul. On 4th day you can go back to see more of what you havent covered the first three days.

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deshgooni says

I like Uzungol, Sultan Murat Sekarsu nice climate, nature at Iis best

Anna says

I can t believe you missed out Pamukkale! That place looks incredible! Other than that, great list! I can t wait to explore more of Turkey.

Mirzohid says

Ahmed AL-EMAD says

i m planning to visit Turky soon ,because it is amazing

Aysun says

I cannot believe that you mentioned Ankara in the list. There should be Bursa which has 7 sites (5 Ottoman sultan complexes, Ottoman bazaar and Cumalıkızık Ottoman Village) in Unesco World Heritage list. The city is only 90 minutes by ferry from Istanbul. I highly recommend.

mesut says

Don t make a mistake and never go to Ankara. One of the worst cities in Turkey. I know because I live in Turkey and I lived in Ankara.

Bodrum, Istanbul, Ephesus, Kapadokya, Mardin (security is important), Side, Fethiye (dead sea), Datca and Cunda. These are the best i think

mesut says

in addition to: For the ones who are interested in history, Edirne is wonderful to see.

Armghan says

Turkey rocks. Its an amazing destination with a lot of beautiful n mesmerizing sights. Pammukale, Izmir, Uzungöl n safran bolu, Amasra, çanakale should b added to this list if u have time. Moreover u can skip Ankara.

Orkun says

Antalya is definitely one of the best places. When I was a kid, I went there with my family for three days, the beach was sooo awesome!

Mary Jane says

I like Ankara, Istanbul, and Antalya. But I really love Ephesus because I really like Greek mythology and historical cities.





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Best Time to Visit Thailand

Looking for the best time to go to Thailand? Wherever you travel in the world, it is important to get the timing right. As far as Thailand is concerned, there are no absolute extremes. If you can avoid the rainy season (July to October). it would probably be best, but if you can’t, the rain isn’t permanent – it comes in bursts and cools things down after it has gone!

The weather in Thailand is reasonable most times of year, although it certainly gets hot during the summer! November through February are the coolest times of year and there is certainly less rain then than at other times in the year. However, Thailand is a big country with a diverse landscape. There is somewhere to visit whatever time of the year you visit the kingdom.

Thailand’s Seasons

Thailand’s seasons are reasonably uniform through the country, but there are some regional differences. Basically Thailand has three seasons: summer, rainy and winter. The southern part of Thailand however does not have a winter. What follows is a summary of the seasons as they impact the kingdom’s various regions:

Central Thailand and the East

In central Thailand and the eastern provinces, the hot summer weather starts around mid February and goes on to April. In April, the extreme temperatures can go up to the 40 degrees centigrade mark. The winter months are from mid November to mid February. There may really be only a few days of genuinely cold weather during these months, but the period leading up to the New Year are a welcome respite from the heat throughout the rest of the year. Aside from these days, visitors from Europe still may feel the temperatures as being a bit warm during Thailand’s winter, although not uncomfortably so. The rainy season kicks in around May and goes on until October. The rain is frequent and sometimes fierce. Usually rainstorms go on for around 30 minutes or so. If you’re visiting the beach destinations in the east (Pattaya, Rayong, Koh Chang), the best time is from December to May.

Northern Thailand and the Northeast

Northern Thailand and the Northeast have the same basic seasons as those in the central and eastern regions. The winters are though significantly cooler. Mountainous regions can get particularly cold, on some occasions down to 0 degrees centigrade. In these parts, winter starts in November and goes on to February. Without doubt these are the best months for a visit to the North and Northeast – flowers are in bloom, it is dry and cool, and in the mountains’ mists and fogs often form making what is already wonderful scenery quite exquisite. However, although hot, April is also a great month – during the Songkran Festival people will most likely throw water at you… You will be drenched so that will keep you cool!

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23/12/2017

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Places to Visit in Sri Lanka #best #deals #for #airline #tickets

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Sri Lanka has seduced travellers for centuries. Marco Polo described it as the finest island of its size in the world, while successive waves of Indian, Arab and European traders and adventurers flocked to its palm-fringed shores, attracted by reports of rare spices, precious stones and magnificent elephants. Poised just above the Equator amid the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, the island’s legendary reputation for natural beauty and plenty has inspired an almost magical regard even in those who have never visited the place. Romantically inclined geographers, poring over maps of the island, compared its outline to a teardrop falling from the tip of India or to the shape of a pearl (the less impressionable Dutch likened it to a leg of ham), while even the name given to the island by early Arab traders – Serendib – gave rise to the English word “serendipity”.

Marco Polo’s bold claim still holds true. Sri Lanka packs an extraordinary variety of places to visit within its modest physical dimensions, and few islands of comparable size can boast a natural environment of such beauty and diversity. Lapped by the Indian Ocean, the coast is fringed with idyllic – and often refreshingly undeveloped – beaches. while the interior boasts a compelling variety of landscapes ranging from wildlife-rich lowland jungles. home to extensive populations of elephants, leopards and rare endemic bird species, to the misty heights of the hill country. swathed in immaculately manicured tea plantations. Nor does the island lack in man-made attractions. Sri Lanka boasts more than two thousand years of recorded history, and the remarkable achievements of the early Sinhalese civilization can still be seen in the sequence of ruined cities and great religious monuments that litter the northern plains.

The glories of this early Buddhist civilization continue to provide a benchmark of national identity for the island’s Sinhalese population, while Sri Lanka’s historic role as the world’s oldest stronghold of Theravada Buddhism lends it a unique cultural identity that permeates life at every level. There’s more to Sri Lanka than just Buddhists, however. The island’s geographical position at one of the most important staging posts of Indian Ocean trade laid it open to a uniquely wide range of influences, as generations of Arab, Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers subtly transformed its culture, architecture and cuisine, while the long-established Tamil population in the north have established a vibrant Hindu culture that owes more to India than to the Sinhalese south.

It is, however, this very diversity that has long threatened to tear the country apart. For much of the past three decades the island was the site of one of Asia’s most pernicious civil wars. as the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE, or Tamil Tigers, battled it out in the island’s north and east, until the final victory of government forces in early 2009. The island is now experiencing peace for the first time in a generation, and although the physical, political and human scars of war remain raw in many places, most Sri Lankans are now once again looking to the future with guarded optimism.





05/12/2017

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Travel Tips: When is the Best Time of Year to Visit

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A Complete Guide to Deciding When to Book Your Paris Vacation

By Courtney Traub. Paris Travel Expert

A native of the notorious San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Courtney Traub now divides her time between Paris and the UK.

A freelance writer, reporter, and editor who’s worked for print, web, and radio outlets, Courtney enjoys aimless strolling around her favorite Paris neighborhoods. old movies on crackly screens. and the endless challenge of polishing her French .

When planning a trip to Paris. one of your most pressing questions is likely to be when is the best time to go? If you re set to visit Paris for the first time, you may be persuaded that the much-lauded Paris in the springtime is the obvious choice– but depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, and your personal centers of interest, another time of year may in fact suit you much better.

Similarly, if you ve been to Paris before, you may wonder whether a fall or winter visit will be worthwhile, given rumors of cold, bitter conditions and gloomy, unsociable locals. The reality, though, is far more nuanced– the winter holiday season in Paris offers plenty of light and celebration as the city lights up for Christmas and other winter holidays. In the fall, meanwhile, events like the Montmartre Wine Harvest (Vendanges)  and Nuit Blanche. an all-night arts and culture event that sees crowds throng the streets for free exhibits and performances, bring the city to life in a memorable way.

As a long-time resident of the city of light, my own perspective is that every season here has its charms and pitfalls, pros and cons– as they do anywhere else, of course! There s no ideal time, in short, and deciding when to book is a highly personal decision that will depend on a number of factors.





26/11/2017

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Visit the USA l Official USA Travel Guide to American Holidays

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15/11/2017

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Top Lesbian Vacation Destinations to Visit #pinpoint #travel

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2. San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in America and a gay and lesbian mecca. Visit Alcatraz, ride a cable car. stroll through Golden Gate park, check out the gay scene in the Castro and visit the historic City Hall where for weeks gays and lesbians lined up to get married in 2004.

4. Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs is where the gay guys and girls go to enjoy splashing in the pool on hot sunny days, playing a round of golf and partying all night at one of the many gay-friendly night clubs in town.

5. Seattle

Walk the street of Seattle s Capitol Hill District and you re sure to see a lesbian or two riding her bike, working in a coffee shop or shopping for sex toys at Toys in Babeland. Visit the Pike St. Market and take a ride to the top of the Space Needle. Catch a Seattle Storm WNBA game or check out the hot local music scene.

6. New York City

New York City is the most diverse city on the planet. Whether you want to take in a Broadway show or visit the birthplace of the modern gay and lesbian rights movement, NYC offers something for every lesbian. Spend time in Greenwich Village or take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

7. Key West, FL

Key West, Florida is known as one of the most gay and lesbian friendly vacation destinations. At the very tip of Florida, Key West has warm beaches, beautiful coral reefs and a diverse gay and lesbian community. Gays and lesbians own many of the businesses and restaurants in town, including art galleries, book stores, resorts and tour companies.

8. Portland, Oregon





10/11/2017

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Places to Visit in Thailand #flight #tickets #for #cheap

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With sixteen million foreigners flying into the country each year, Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination and offers a host of places to visit. Yet despite this vast influx of visitors, Thailand’s cultural integrity remains largely undamaged – a country that adroitly avoided colonization has been able to absorb Western influences while maintaining its own rich heritage. Though the high-rises and neon lights occupy the foreground of the tourist picture, the typical Thai community is still the farming village, and you need not venture far to encounter a more traditional scene of fishing communities, rubber plantations and Buddhist temples. Around forty percent of Thais earn their living from the land, based around the staple rice, which forms the foundation of the country’s unique and famously sophisticated cuisine.

Tourism has been just one factor in the country’s development which, since the deep-seated uncertainties surrounding the Vietnam War faded, has been free, for the most part, to proceed at death-defying pace – for a time in the 1980s and early 1990s, Thailand boasted the fastest-expanding economy in the world. Politics in Thailand, however, has not been able to keep pace. Since World War II, coups d’état have been as common a method of changing government as general elections; the malnourished democratic system – when the armed forces allow it to operate – is characterized by corruption and cronyism.

Through all the changes of the last sixty years, the much-revered constitutional monarch, King Bhumibol, who sits at the pinnacle of an elaborate hierarchical system of deference covering the whole of Thai society, has lent a measure of stability. Furthermore, some 85 percent of the population are still practising Theravada Buddhists, a unifying faith that colours all aspects of daily life – from the tiered temple rooftops that dominate every skyline, to the omnipresent saffron-robed monks and the packed calendar of festivals.





06/11/2017

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The professionals at Custom College Visits have the in-depth knowledge and experience to create amazing college road trip experiences for your family.

Each custom designed itinerary includes all on-campus meetings and activities, as well as coordination of travel and hotel logistics.

Itineraries are designed based on colleges that interest your teen and each trip is scheduled according to your preferred travel dates.

Not sure what type of college will be the best fit for your teen?

We will plan a multi-campus itinerary that will let you and your teen explore different types of colleges and universities all based on your teen’s specific educational interests and lifestyle preferences.

Since 2009, Custom College Visits has been privileged to assist teens and families from around the world with their college tours.

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“A friend who is a maven in finding outstanding resources, recommended Janice and Custom College Visits as we began the daunting college selection process. We worked with Janice on two fronts; to help create a list of colleges and to set-up meaningful colleges visits. The college visits were also a lot of fun for us as a family and very informative on so many levels. More importantly Janice helped make the college selection process manageable, not so daunting after all, and we felt no stone was left unturned in this important decision.

Tracy P. Parent of a New York City high school Senior

Thank you so much for planning such a wondrous experience for our son. The careful attention to detail was evident at every turn. Custom College Visits planning effort provided an appropriate path of discovery for our son and for us.

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09/09/2017

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Best Time to Visit South Africa #travel #stay

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Best Time to Visit South Africa

Often referred to as Sunny South Africa , this phrase is not far wrong. South Africa, and Southern Africa in general has some of the more agreeable weather in the world and for most of the year. However the best time to visit South Africa depends on the purpose of your visit, and the areas you wish to see. The seasons in South Africa run opposite to the northern hemisphere and therefore a white Christmas is out of the question! The best time to visit South Africa really depends on your interests or reasons for coming to South Africa. Wildlife Safaris are often very high on the agenda, followed by the Garden Route, Cape Town, the whales of the south coast. the flowers of Namaqualand, the Drakensberg Mountains and of course the hundreds of kilometers of beach destinations to choose from.

The seasons fall in the year as follows:

Spring – September October

Summer – November to February

Autumn – March April

Winter – June – August

South Africa can be divided into summer rainfall areas and winter rainfall areas. The northern, central and east parts of South Africa, which include areas of interest such as: Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Kwa Zulu Natal, Madikwe Game Reserve, Drakensberg Mountains and the Free State, has a summer rainfall, and cool and dry winters.

The Western Cape and Garden Route areas, which include Cape Town and surrounds and all along the southern coast to about Port Elizabeth, has winter rainfall and dry summers. The northern interior part of the country has a very low annual rainfall, and is considered to be semi-arid to desert in places.

In the summer rainfall areas, the rain comes predominantly in the forms of thunder showers or down pours, which may last anything from 20 minutes to heavy rain on and off over a few days. However the maximum average daily temperature varies between 28 – 35 deg cel, depending where in this region you are. As a result of the summer rains and associated warm sunny weather, the vegetation is very green and often thick. From a safari perspective, the summer months (often referred to as the green season), is the best time to see the African bush at its greenest. The birdlife is at its best, and it is the calving season for many of the antelope species. The sunsets during this time of year can be a riot of pinks and reds and the air is generally very clean. The negative side to being on safari during the green season is that fact the bush is thick and therefore visibility can at times be limited. Another factor to consider is that surface water scattered all over the bush, causes game movements to become less predictable, in that there is now no reason for animals to go and drink at the traditional permanent water holes and rivers as they would have done in the dry season.

During dry season (the winter months), this region turns into shades of yellow and browns. The night time temperatures can vary between 0 – 12 degrees cel, depending on what part of the region you are in. It is during this season and into spring that it s considered the best time to go on safari. Many trees and shrubs lose their leaves, the grass drops and becomes grazed and so the visibility increases dramatically. The surface water (pans and puddles) that were present in the summer months dry out and game movements become a little more predictable.

The winter rainfall areas of the Western Cape and Garden Route tend to be green in winter and less so during summer. The rains typically come in the form of cold fronts that sweep in from the south, bringing with them rain, cold and often wind. These cold and rainy spells can last 2 – 3 days, but are invariably followed by what can be only be described as champagne days – crystal clear air, blue skies and brilliant colours. The summer months are typically warm to hot and a great time to explore Cape Town and the Garden Route. During the mid-summer months of December and January, the south-easter wind (locallly referred to as the Cape Doctor for its air cleansing habits), can arrive and hang around for a day or even a week and has been known to ruin expensive hair-dos, but at the same time raise the level of excitement of windsurfers, sailors and kite flyers!

Best time to visit South in terms of Activities

To sum up the areas, below is a good idea of when its best to do what activities

* South African Safaris are best from May – October (dry season)

* To visit the Cape Graden Route, the best time would be the summer months. in particular Febraury March.

* The best time to see whales off the Cape s coast is July – October

* The wild flowers of the Western Cape Namaqualand are best seen in early spring (August September)

* The Drakensberg Mountains are best seen during the summer months (October – February)

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31/08/2017

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Nepal is the very watershed of Asia. Squeezed between India and Tibet, it stretches from rich subtropical forest to soaring Himalayan peaks: from jungly tiger habitat to the precipitous hunting grounds of the snow leopard. Climbing the hillside of one valley alone you can be sweltering in the shade of a banana palm in the morning, and sheltering from a snowstorm in the afternoon.

Nepal’s cultural landscape is every bit as diverse as its physical one. Its peoples belong to a host of distinctive ethnic groups, and speak a host of languages. They live in everything from dense, ancient cities erupting with pagoda-roofed Hindu temples to villages perched on dizzying sweeps of rice-farming terraces and dusty highland settlements clustered around tiny monasteries. Religious practices range from Indian-style Hinduism to Tibetan Buddhism and from nature-worship to shamanism – the indigenous Newars, meanwhile, blend all these traditions with their own, intense tantric practices.

The cultural richness owes something to the shaping force of the landscape itself, and something else to the fact that it was never colonized. This is a country with profound national or ethnic pride, an astounding flair for festivals and pageantry and a powerful attachment to traditional ways. Its people famously display a charismatic blend of independent-mindedness and friendliness, toughness and courtesy – qualities that, through the reputations of Gurkha soldiers and Sherpa climbers in particular, have made them internationally renowned as people it’s a rare pleasure to work with or travel among.

But it would be misleading to portray Nepal as a fabled Shangri-la. Heavily reliant on its superpower neighbours, Nepal was, until 1990, the world’s last remaining absolute Hindu monarchy, run by a regime that combined China’s repressiveness and India’s bureaucracy. Long politically and economically backward, it has developed at uncomfortable speed in some areas while stagnating in others. Following a soul-scouring Maoist insurgency, which ended in 2006, it has ended up as a federal republic – governed, for the time at least, by Maoist rebels turned politicians. Nepal seems always to be racing to catch up with history, and the sense of political excitement in the country is thrillingly palpable.





23/08/2017

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Places to Visit in Sri Lanka #pet #travel #airlines

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Sri Lanka has seduced travellers for centuries. Marco Polo described it as the finest island of its size in the world, while successive waves of Indian, Arab and European traders and adventurers flocked to its palm-fringed shores, attracted by reports of rare spices, precious stones and magnificent elephants. Poised just above the Equator amid the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, the island’s legendary reputation for natural beauty and plenty has inspired an almost magical regard even in those who have never visited the place. Romantically inclined geographers, poring over maps of the island, compared its outline to a teardrop falling from the tip of India or to the shape of a pearl (the less impressionable Dutch likened it to a leg of ham), while even the name given to the island by early Arab traders – Serendib – gave rise to the English word “serendipity”.

Marco Polo’s bold claim still holds true. Sri Lanka packs an extraordinary variety of places to visit within its modest physical dimensions, and few islands of comparable size can boast a natural environment of such beauty and diversity. Lapped by the Indian Ocean, the coast is fringed with idyllic – and often refreshingly undeveloped – beaches. while the interior boasts a compelling variety of landscapes ranging from wildlife-rich lowland jungles. home to extensive populations of elephants, leopards and rare endemic bird species, to the misty heights of the hill country. swathed in immaculately manicured tea plantations. Nor does the island lack in man-made attractions. Sri Lanka boasts more than two thousand years of recorded history, and the remarkable achievements of the early Sinhalese civilization can still be seen in the sequence of ruined cities and great religious monuments that litter the northern plains.

The glories of this early Buddhist civilization continue to provide a benchmark of national identity for the island’s Sinhalese population, while Sri Lanka’s historic role as the world’s oldest stronghold of Theravada Buddhism lends it a unique cultural identity that permeates life at every level. There’s more to Sri Lanka than just Buddhists, however. The island’s geographical position at one of the most important staging posts of Indian Ocean trade laid it open to a uniquely wide range of influences, as generations of Arab, Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers subtly transformed its culture, architecture and cuisine, while the long-established Tamil population in the north have established a vibrant Hindu culture that owes more to India than to the Sinhalese south.

It is, however, this very diversity that has long threatened to tear the country apart. For much of the past three decades the island was the site of one of Asia’s most pernicious civil wars. as the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE, or Tamil Tigers, battled it out in the island’s north and east, until the final victory of government forces in early 2009. The island is now experiencing peace for the first time in a generation, and although the physical, political and human scars of war remain raw in many places, most Sri Lankans are now once again looking to the future with guarded optimism.





23/08/2017

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Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon – Lonely Planet #cheap

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Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon

One of the world’s great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighbourhoods, forest hikes and much more, Portland is the kind of city you visit for two days and then move to. Endlessly entertaining and intriguing, it’s easily walked and explored by bike and most locals will tell you the famous rain is merely a bonus. We’ve picked 10 reasons why you should already be planning your trip to Portland.

Beer, beautiful beer

At least 30 breweries dot Portland and they’re not turning out bland lagers. Rather the vast and funky range of brews is matched by the vast and funky range of breweries. You can quaff a Copacetic IPA in the minimalist surrounds of the fittingly named Amnesia Brewery (832 N Beech St) or a Rise Up Red Ale at Hopworks Urban Brewery. which nails two local priorities by serving organic beer and having a bar cyclists can ride up to. Better yet are purely neighbourhood bars, like LaurelThirst where you can try any of the many local brews.

Pedal power

Drivers in Portland often think the city puts bikes first and they’re right. Streets with wide bike lanes network across the city and a lack of major hills makes it easy for people of all ages to pedal their way around. You can join the thriving cycling scene by renting a bike at Portland Bicycle Tours .

Food carts

In a city renowned for its food, you can find some of Portland’s most inventive chefs clustered in pods, preparing meal magic in food carts that range from old vacation trailers to sheds where you’d store your lawnmower. A few faves: the amazing Mexican fare at La Jarochita (SW 5th Ave and SW Oak St, downtown), the garlicky porchetta sandwiches at Lardo and the perfect post-music-club Belgian fries at Potato Champion.

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Pin this image Refuelling at a Portland food cart. Photo by Anthony Pidgeon (Lonely Planet Images).

Saw it on Portlandia

An outlandish yet humorously insightful look at all things Portland, this hit comedy series has defined the city with its iconic line about Portland being ‘where young people go to retire’. The Peabody Award-winning Portlandia skewers local pretensions and is a great introduction for those planning to visit.

Weird on show

‘Keep Portland Weird’ is more than an overly used, clichéd bumper-sticker – it’s an ethos that ensures that a fully tattooed guy dressed as a transvestite clown riding a 10-foot-tall unicycle barely gets a second glance. Some places milk it, like the over-hyped Voodoo Donuts, which features weird names for weird doughnut combos, but the normalcy of the strange is endlessly fascinating.

Funky hoods

Downtown Portland is compact, historic, walkable and has a great riverfront park but the real fun is out in the compass-spanning neighbourhoods. Three winners: southeast’s Hawthorn Street, with its cool blend of shops, cafes and bars; the north’s Mississippi Avenue, which has an edgier, grittier mix plus a fab food cart pod; and northeast’s Alberta Street, featuring galleries, shops, great little cafes and bars plus a monthly street party called Last Thursday that’s pure Weird Portland.

Pin this image Glass blower at Alberta Arts Last Thursday street festival. Photo by Anthony Pidgeon (Lonely Planet Images).

Rain? Big deal!

Okay, it often rains every day in January and it rains a lot nine months a year (summer is sunny and warm), but it rarely rains very hard and all that water keeps things really green – including the luxuriant moss that grows on everything. It also keeps people inside the bars listening to bands hoping to follow local greats The Decemberists, Modest Mouse et al.

Experiencing nature

Round a corner in Portland and you’ll likely be startled by the perfectly conical profile of Mt Hood, the 11,249-foot (3429m) volcano some 50 miles (80km) east of the city. On clear days its snow-capped summit looks startlingly close. Just west of downtown, Forest Park sprawls over 5100 acres in the hills; more than 70 miles (113km) of trails wander through dense forests of evergreens. Finally, see and smell the true meaning of Portland’s moniker ‘The city of roses’ at the spectacular International Rose Test Garden.

Farmers markets

In an episode of Portlandia, the solution to the city’s excessive produce bounty is ‘We can pickle that!’ But skip the screwtops and head to the farmers markets for famous berries, mushrooms from the rain-saturated forests, artisan-baked goods, ubiquitous food carts, prepared foods and a community vibe where love is celebrated amidst the tomatoes. Try the main Portland Farmers Market downtown or the buzzing neighbourhood version in Hollywood.

Bang for your buck

Pints of local beer are often under $4, Happy Hour food specials for under $5 are legion, food carts are bargains and all those underworked hipsters ensure that prices for almost everything else remain low (plenty of weekend hotel rooms are under $100, trams in the centre are free and cover charges are uncommon). Plus weirdness is always free.

This article was originally published in April 2012. This article was refreshed in July 2012.





20/08/2017

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Travel Tips: When is the Best Time of Year to Visit

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A Complete Guide to Deciding When to Book Your Paris Vacation

By Courtney Traub. Paris Travel Expert

A native of the notorious San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Courtney Traub now divides her time between Paris and the UK.

A freelance writer, reporter, and editor who’s worked for print, web, and radio outlets, Courtney enjoys aimless strolling around her favorite Paris neighborhoods. old movies on crackly screens. and the endless challenge of polishing her French .

When planning a trip to Paris. one of your most pressing questions is likely to be when is the best time to go? If you re set to visit Paris for the first time, you may be persuaded that the much-lauded Paris in the springtime is the obvious choice– but depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, and your personal centers of interest, another time of year may in fact suit you much better.

Similarly, if you ve been to Paris before, you may wonder whether a fall or winter visit will be worthwhile, given rumors of cold, bitter conditions and gloomy, unsociable locals. The reality, though, is far more nuanced– the winter holiday season in Paris offers plenty of light and celebration as the city lights up for Christmas and other winter holidays. In the fall, meanwhile, events like the Montmartre Wine Harvest (Vendanges)  and Nuit Blanche. an all-night arts and culture event that sees crowds throng the streets for free exhibits and performances, bring the city to life in a memorable way.

As a long-time resident of the city of light, my own perspective is that every season here has its charms and pitfalls, pros and cons– as they do anywhere else, of course! There s no ideal time, in short, and deciding when to book is a highly personal decision that will depend on a number of factors.





18/08/2017

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Find what you’ll love in Boston

Perhaps Boston can be best described as a welcome contradiction: Hip alongside historic. Skyscrapers surround parks. Gourmet meets pizza.

Just as the city pays homage to every period of America’s timeline, it also serves as all things to all people. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you experience Boston like a local.

For that, check out Boston Insider to get the local perspective on the best experiences for Foodies, Traveling Families, History Lovers and others who want to indulge in their particular passion while in Boston.

There’s also Boston Everyday. which tells you what to do. where to stay, where to eat. and where to shop on all 365 days. And you can also see a complete calendar of events in Boston and some of our favorite picks.

Huba Huba, the BostonUSA Blog provides a creative look into activities, attractions and experiences in the city and the surrounding communities.

So jump right in and plan your trip. from getting here to getting around the city.  Get ideas and suggested itineraries from Boston Insider. or just learn all about Boston.





17/08/2017

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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belize #travel #watchdog

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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belize

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Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco tourism destinations in Central America for the intrepid traveler.

Lush tropical rain forests, pristine beaches, ancient Maya cities, diverse flora and fauna, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere are just a few of the many natural attractions that allure the adventure traveler to visit.

Here are 10 reasons why you should travel to Belize now:

1.) Belize is the only English Speaking Country in Central America

Belize is a diverse society with many cultures and languages (Creole and Spanish are widely spoken) however English is the official language, making it easy for travelers to get around.

2.) Belizean food is tasty and succulent

The food in Belize is as diverse as its population and consists of a vast array of elements from the different ethnic groups like the Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian and Creole. Some of the top must eats are: Rice and Beans, Fry Jacks, Johnny Cakes, Stew Chicken, Gibnut, Escabeche, Tamales, Hudut, and Fish Sere.

3.) The weather in Belize is warm and comfortable all year round

The average yearly temperature is 84° F (29°C), which means that it is pretty much near perfect all year round. In addition the intact jungle and rain forests provide relief in the hot summer months, while winter can be cool but never very cold.

4.) Belize has a potpourri of wonderful islands

There are more than 200 islands in Belize that are known as cayes (pronounced “keys”) that are easy accessible and can serve as ideal bases for fishing, snorkeling and diving. Some of the top islands to explore are: Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, South Water Caye, Silk Caye, St George’s Caye, Laughing Bird Caye and Tobacco Caye.

5.) Belize is the epicenter of the ancient Maya world

Archaeologists estimate that more than one million Maya lived in present day Belize and flourished during the Classic Period from 300 to 900 AD. Maya temple sites like Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech and Lamanai are just a few of the spectacular sites that can be discovered in Belize.

6.) Belize is home to the world renowned Blue Hole

The gigantic underwater Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is believed to be the world’s largest hole measuring 1000 ft across and 412 ft deep. It offers divers the ideal opportunity to see geological wonders like giant stalactites, dripstone sheets and amazing marine life such as nurse sharks, groupers and a vast array of fishes and Caribbean sharks.

The Blue Hole was made famous in 1971 by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French Explorer in the television series – The Undersea world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau .

7.) Belize is a nature lovers paradise

Belize has some of the most intriguing and fascinating wildlife in Central America. In fact 40 percent of the land is classified as protected and is habitat to a variety of species of plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine life.

8.) Snorkeling in Belize is one of a kind

Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world and snorkeling in its turquoise and clear Caribbean water is a wonderful place to discover the kaleidoscope of colors of corals, sponges and a range of fish and marine life.

9.) Belize has one of the most intricate cave systems in Central America Caves were used extensively by the ancient Maya to conduct their sacred rituals and ceremonies and today a plethora of impressive caves can be discovered throughout Belize. The Chiquibul Cave System for example is nearly 540,000 square foot long and is the longest in Central America and offers a treasure trove of geological and archaeological wonders.

Some of the top caves to explore are: Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Cave and Caves Branch and the Chiquibul Cave System.

10) Belize is the only country in the world that has a jaguar preserve

Established in 1984, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is world renowned for being the only protected preserve for Jaguars. The reserve is also home to all five of Belize cats: Jaguar, Puma, Margay, Jaguarundi and Ocelot.





12/08/2017

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Dominican Republic Travel – Best time to visit Dominican Republic #travel

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Dominican Republic travel is best any time of the year, however, the majority of guests visit this Caribbean island from December until April. The main reason is the want to escape cold and desire the warm tropical breeze of the Caribbean while they lounge around on the white sandy beaches.

Dominican Republic Travel

The best time to visit the Dominican Republic has quite a bit to do with the activities you wish to enjoy. The Dominican Republic has close to the same temperature year round, on average the temperature in the Dominican Republic stays around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Traveling to the Dominican Republic during the summer months will have you there from May to October, which are the warmest months of the year. Temperatures can reach as high as 87 degrees Fahrenheit with lows around 72 for the evening. Humidity does play a factor, which makes it feel hotter than it really is, therefore rigorous outdoor activities may not be perfect for everyone. Dominican Republic travel during the summer months can be quite hot for those that are not use the heat and the humidity. One thing to remember, not all taxis and public transportation has air-conditioning.

Rain is another factor you have to consider when traveling to the Dominican Republic. May is the rainiest month but only for a short period of time during the day and then the sun shines brightly once again. These small rain showers do not hinder most guests as they quickly leave and the Caribbean sun comes out quickly once again.

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The best time to visit the Dominican Republic for many is during the low season if you wish to find good deals on airfare and accommodations. The low season for traveling to the Dominican Republic is the summer months. The busy time when it may be hard to find flights is during December until April.

The prices during the high season are often quite a bit different from want you will see for the summer months, due to the high volume of visitors. In fact, you may have to make reservations at least one month in advance to even find accommodations. If you are looking for good prices then you will want to travel to the Dominican Republic during the summer months from May to October. Of course, during the high season, you will not have, as much rain and the humidity will be lower.

Hurricane season is another factor that influences visitors. For Dominican Republic traveling plans the hurricane season is from June until the end of November. If you want the best rates hurricane season is the best time to visit the Dominican Republic.





04/08/2017

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Boston Travel Guide – Plan Your Visit #travel #package #deals

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Boston Travel Guide – Plan Your Visit

Use Our Planning Guide for the Perfect Boston Vacation

Planning a trip to Boston?

Use our Boston Travel Guide to find top attractions, such as Trinity Church in Copley Square

Use our free Boston Travel Guide to plan your vacation the easy way.

Discover how to find cheap flights, choose attractions, book the best hotel deals, and get discounts on tickets and admissions.

I put together this easy Boston vacation planner based the questions we receive here on Boston-Discovery-Guide.com. It’s designed to help you make the most of your vacation by showing you where to find .

  • Cheap flights (or show you how to save money if you drive or come by bus)
  • Excellent hotels in your price range near the attractions where you plan to spend most of your time
  • Half price savings on admission to top attractions
  • Half-price tickets to shows
  • Unique local restaurants, including my favorite cheap eats.
  • Plus, you’ll find all the information you need about getting here, and getting around once you’re here

Of course, if you want to spend more, you easily can. Stay in a luxury waterfront hotel, splurge every night on dinners in our top restaurants, get the best seats for a Red Sox game – you’ll have a great time!

But just know you can have an equally wonderful time in Boston without spending a ton of money. Boston sightseeing on a budget is not only feasible, it’s fun!

What’s important is to understand all the choices – where to save money, and where it pays to spend money. Then make decisions based on what you value the most.

Everything You Need for Planning the Perfect Vacation

Lock in your cheap flight

A cheap flight to Boston can save you hundreds of dollars. Check out my tips for the best ways to save on airfare and avoid hidden fees. You’ll also find tips about flying to a nearby airport, and when this can save you money – and when it will cost more money. Find out how to get cheap flights

Choose your top Boston activities and attractions

Next, choose 3 or 4 things you most want to do or see while you’re in Boston. Why choose them now? In the next step, you’re going to choose a hotel – and by making hotel reservations near your top attractions, you’ll save time and money. Not sure where to start? Use this guide to find popular things to do in Boston on your vacation

Find a convenient Boston hotel

Now that you know locations for the places you want to visit, you can choose a hotel nearby. Almost all central city neighborhoods offer excellent budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels – so choose whatever makes your wallet happy. But be sure to check my tips for getting best rates. Go to Boston hotel guide

Lock in savings with a Boston discount card

You can easily save up to 50% – sometimes more – with local discount cards for sightseeing attractions, tours, cruises, museums, and day trips. The decision to get a card is a no-brainer – plus you get benefits in addition to the money you save. Find out how to compare discount cards and choose the best.

Get tickets for games, shows, performances

With 4 world-class sports teams, a thriving Theater District, and star-studded concerts, Boston offers plenty of entertainment. Discover how to get tickets to some events for half price – and how to get tickets for sold-out events. Go to Boston event tickets

Plan tours, cruises, and day trips – and more attractions

Now that you’ve picked your top attractions and chosen a sightseeing discount card, it’s time to choose additional sightseeing activities such as tours. cruises. and day trips to Salem. Concord. and Newport. where you’ll find even more attractions. The good news is that your sightseeing discount card may give you free admission to many of them.

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26/07/2017

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Best Time to Visit Thailand #travel #ticket

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Best Time to Visit Thailand

Looking for the best time to go to Thailand? Wherever you travel in the world, it is important to get the timing right. As far as Thailand is concerned, there are no absolute extremes. If you can avoid the rainy season (July to October). it would probably be best, but if you can’t, the rain isn’t permanent – it comes in bursts and cools things down after it has gone!

The weather in Thailand is reasonable most times of year, although it certainly gets hot during the summer! November through February are the coolest times of year and there is certainly less rain then than at other times in the year. However, Thailand is a big country with a diverse landscape. There is somewhere to visit whatever time of the year you visit the kingdom.

Thailand’s Seasons

Thailand’s seasons are reasonably uniform through the country, but there are some regional differences. Basically Thailand has three seasons: summer, rainy and winter. The southern part of Thailand however does not have a winter. What follows is a summary of the seasons as they impact the kingdom’s various regions:

Central Thailand and the East

In central Thailand and the eastern provinces, the hot summer weather starts around mid February and goes on to April. In April, the extreme temperatures can go up to the 40 degrees centigrade mark. The winter months are from mid November to mid February. There may really be only a few days of genuinely cold weather during these months, but the period leading up to the New Year are a welcome respite from the heat throughout the rest of the year. Aside from these days, visitors from Europe still may feel the temperatures as being a bit warm during Thailand’s winter, although not uncomfortably so. The rainy season kicks in around May and goes on until October. The rain is frequent and sometimes fierce. Usually rainstorms go on for around 30 minutes or so. If you’re visiting the beach destinations in the east (Pattaya, Rayong, Koh Chang), the best time is from December to May.

Northern Thailand and the Northeast

Northern Thailand and the Northeast have the same basic seasons as those in the central and eastern regions. The winters are though significantly cooler. Mountainous regions can get particularly cold, on some occasions down to 0 degrees centigrade. In these parts, winter starts in November and goes on to February. Without doubt these are the best months for a visit to the North and Northeast – flowers are in bloom, it is dry and cool, and in the mountains’ mists and fogs often form making what is already wonderful scenery quite exquisite. However, although hot, April is also a great month – during the Songkran Festival people will most likely throw water at you… You will be drenched so that will keep you cool!

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26/07/2017

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Best Time to Visit South Africa #travel #ireland

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Best Time to Visit South Africa

Often referred to as Sunny South Africa , this phrase is not far wrong. South Africa, and Southern Africa in general has some of the more agreeable weather in the world and for most of the year. However the best time to visit South Africa depends on the purpose of your visit, and the areas you wish to see. The seasons in South Africa run opposite to the northern hemisphere and therefore a white Christmas is out of the question! The best time to visit South Africa really depends on your interests or reasons for coming to South Africa. Wildlife Safaris are often very high on the agenda, followed by the Garden Route, Cape Town, the whales of the south coast. the flowers of Namaqualand, the Drakensberg Mountains and of course the hundreds of kilometers of beach destinations to choose from.

The seasons fall in the year as follows:

Spring – September October

Summer – November to February

Autumn – March April

Winter – June – August

South Africa can be divided into summer rainfall areas and winter rainfall areas. The northern, central and east parts of South Africa, which include areas of interest such as: Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Kwa Zulu Natal, Madikwe Game Reserve, Drakensberg Mountains and the Free State, has a summer rainfall, and cool and dry winters.

The Western Cape and Garden Route areas, which include Cape Town and surrounds and all along the southern coast to about Port Elizabeth, has winter rainfall and dry summers. The northern interior part of the country has a very low annual rainfall, and is considered to be semi-arid to desert in places.

In the summer rainfall areas, the rain comes predominantly in the forms of thunder showers or down pours, which may last anything from 20 minutes to heavy rain on and off over a few days. However the maximum average daily temperature varies between 28 – 35 deg cel, depending where in this region you are. As a result of the summer rains and associated warm sunny weather, the vegetation is very green and often thick. From a safari perspective, the summer months (often referred to as the green season), is the best time to see the African bush at its greenest. The birdlife is at its best, and it is the calving season for many of the antelope species. The sunsets during this time of year can be a riot of pinks and reds and the air is generally very clean. The negative side to being on safari during the green season is that fact the bush is thick and therefore visibility can at times be limited. Another factor to consider is that surface water scattered all over the bush, causes game movements to become less predictable, in that there is now no reason for animals to go and drink at the traditional permanent water holes and rivers as they would have done in the dry season.

During dry season (the winter months), this region turns into shades of yellow and browns. The night time temperatures can vary between 0 – 12 degrees cel, depending on what part of the region you are in. It is during this season and into spring that it s considered the best time to go on safari. Many trees and shrubs lose their leaves, the grass drops and becomes grazed and so the visibility increases dramatically. The surface water (pans and puddles) that were present in the summer months dry out and game movements become a little more predictable.

The winter rainfall areas of the Western Cape and Garden Route tend to be green in winter and less so during summer. The rains typically come in the form of cold fronts that sweep in from the south, bringing with them rain, cold and often wind. These cold and rainy spells can last 2 – 3 days, but are invariably followed by what can be only be described as champagne days – crystal clear air, blue skies and brilliant colours. The summer months are typically warm to hot and a great time to explore Cape Town and the Garden Route. During the mid-summer months of December and January, the south-easter wind (locallly referred to as the Cape Doctor for its air cleansing habits), can arrive and hang around for a day or even a week and has been known to ruin expensive hair-dos, but at the same time raise the level of excitement of windsurfers, sailors and kite flyers!

Best time to visit South in terms of Activities

To sum up the areas, below is a good idea of when its best to do what activities

* South African Safaris are best from May – October (dry season)

* To visit the Cape Graden Route, the best time would be the summer months. in particular Febraury March.

* The best time to see whales off the Cape s coast is July – October

* The wild flowers of the Western Cape Namaqualand are best seen in early spring (August September)

* The Drakensberg Mountains are best seen during the summer months (October – February)

See our African Safari Specials. here we host great specials for safaris, tours, hotels and lodges. The latest addition to our Safari Specials is a 5 day Luxury Kruger Park Safari.

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26/07/2017

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana #visit #baton #rouge #louisiana, #baton #rouge #louisiana, #things


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Visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana to experience all the things to do in the capital city. From a hot culinary scene to live music, Baton Rouge offers a unique Louisiana experience.
Politics is deeply entwined in the culture of Baton Rouge; it can be found both in the storied past of local dealmakers, showcased at the Old Louisiana State Capitol, and in the political history that is being written now inside the art deco skyscraper that serves as the current capitol. As home to the main campus of Louisiana State University and several smaller colleges, the city buzzes with the energy of youth while holding fast to its traditions in Southern lifestyle and historic sites. LSU’s home football games dominate the fall social calendar when fans perfect the art of tailgating and pack the immense Tiger Stadium. A revival is underway in the city center where attractions range from a riverfront casino to the USS Kidd floating museum to the ultra-contemporary Shaw Center for the Arts, which clusters an art museum, gallery spaces, theaters and restaurants in the heart of downtown.

Baton Rouge Tourism Resources

The Louisiana Marathon

Runners in The Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge

LSU Museum of Art Gallery

Gallery at the LSU Museum of Art

The Louisiana Marathon

Finishers of The Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge.

LSU Lakes in Baton Rouge

Stand up paddle board at the LSU Lakes in Baton Rouge

LSU s Golden Band From Tigerland

Things to do in Baton Rouge. Visit the USS Kidd Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge

Visit the USS Kidd Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge

Discover the solar system at Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge

Discover the solar system at Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge.


26/07/2017

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Best Destinations in Utah to Visit #galapagos #travel

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National Parks

The Colorado Plateau is the big, beautiful orangey blotch centered at Four Corners, millions of years and layers of stone laced with canyon-cutting rivers and unlikely art rock. The feds found five different spots in Utah’s quadrant weird and wild enough to designate and protect. If you’ve only got a week, these should top your list of places to see in Utah.

National Monuments & Landmarks

These are like National Parks Express. Not quite as extensive, but still briefly intensive. And they’re packed tightly enough between national parks and lots of other Utah attractions that it’s not an either/or situation.

State Parks

Sand dunes, petrified forests, pioneer heritage and Native American sites: half a hundred dots on the map with dozens of kinds of low-traffic attractions. Disregard the occasional side-eye from a local. Once you see the sights, you’ll forgive them for not wanting to share.

Natural Areas

Some things aren’t so easily classified. These Utah points of interest are generally outdoors, typically remote and unanimously awesome. If your map only shows the big, obvious Utah attractions, get a new map, because mind-blowing can’t be categorized.

Cities & Towns

Let’s be honest: You don’t book a trip to Utah to see what a big city feels like. But first of all, we do small-town right, with the proverbial Mom Pop cooking, cleaning and making sure you’re comfortable. Then there are the resort towns, with all the outfitters and outposts you need to go (into the) wild. And lastly, the biggish cities you do find in Utah punch way above their weight class — the Wasatch Front has things to do, see and eat on par with the world’s much larger, much less convenient metropolises.

Ski Resorts

These Utah destinations show you a corner of the state without skimping on the luxury — the kind of all-inclusive experiences that make leaving the campus optional.





26/07/2017

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Places to Visit in Italy #parveen #travels

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Ask an Italian where in the world they would most like to live, and the odds are that they will say “right here”. Indeed, most people – not just Italians – have raved about Italy since tourism began, and to be honest the country really does have it all: one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in Europe; the world’s greatest hoard of art treasures (many on display in fittingly spectacular cities and buildings); a climate that is on the whole benign; and, most important of all for many, a delicious and authentic national cuisine. The country is not perfect – its historic cities have often been marred by development, and beyond the showpiece sights the infrastructure is visibly straining – but for its places to visit, many of the old clichés still ring true; once you’ve visited, you may never want to travel anywhere else.

Italy might be the world’s most celebrated tourist destination, but it only became a unified state in 1861, and as a result Italians often feel more loyalty to their region than to the nation as a whole – something manifest in its different cuisines, dialects, landscapes and often varying standards of living. However, if there is a single national Italian characteristic, it’s to embrace life to the full – in the hundreds of local festivals taking place across the country on any given day to celebrate a saint or the local harvest; in the importance placed on good food; in the obsession with clothes and image; and in the daily ritual of the collective evening stroll or passeggiata – a sociable affair celebrated by young and old alike in every town and village across the country.

There is also the country’s enormous cultural legacy. Tuscany alone has more classified historical monuments than any country in the world; there are considerable remnants of the Roman Empire all over the country, notably in Rome itself; and every region retains its own relics of an artistic tradition generally acknowledged to be among the world’s richest. Yet if all you want to do is chill out, there’s no reason to be put off. There are any number of places to just lie on a beach, from the resorts filled with regimented rows of sunbeds and umbrellas favoured by the Italians themselves, to secluded and less developed spots. And if you’re looking for an active holiday, there’s no better place: mountains run the country’s length – from the Alps and Dolomites in the north right along the Apennines, which form the spine of the peninsula; skiing and other winter sports are practised avidly; and wildlife of all sorts thrives in the country’s national parks.





21/07/2017

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The Best Time to Visit Australia – New Zealand #military #travel

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The Best Time to Visit Australia New Zealand

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Australia and New Zealand lie in the Oceania region of the southern hemisphere, surrounded by water on all sides. Separated by the Tasman Sea, Australia and New Zealand each feature diverse attractions for visitors to enjoy. From the koalas and Aboriginal culture of Australia to the kiwi birds and Maori tribes of New Zealand, both countries offer intriguing opportunities for exploration. While there is no one best time to visit either of these destinations, tourists should consider a couple of key elements when planning their travel arrangements.

Australia s Climate

The seasons in Australia run opposite of those in North America and Europe. Mild spring weather lasts from September to November. Summer spans December through February, featuring longer daylight hours and warm to hot conditions depending on the part of the country you are in. March through May constitutes autumn, leading into the cooler winter period of June to August. Lonely Planet Travel Guide notes that the climate changes significantly as you head north near places like Darwin and Cairns. This region lies within the monsoon belt and has just two seasons. Hot and wet conditions prevail from October to March, while blazing arid weather kicks in from April to September.

Australia s Peak Tourist Season

Australia s primary school holidays take place during the summer months of December and January. This means that most places experience their peak tourist traffic around this time. Lonely Planet suggests avoiding travel for this period if possible. Winter, on the other hand, offers visitors some respite from the crowds and inflated prices, albeit in much cooler and sometimes rainy conditions.

New Zealand s Climate

New Zealand also has a reverse seasonal calender due to its position in the southern hemisphere, so its four seasons run fairly parallel to those in Australia. Queenstown and the Central Plateau on the North Island get a large amount of snowfall during the winter months of June and July, providing some good skiing conditions. Aside from the reliably sunny summer months of December and January, travelers can expect intermittent rain showers year-round across the country as storms come in off the Tasman Sea and the Cook Strait.

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The Best Time to Visit Greece

All four seasons offer enjoyable opportunities for visitors to Santorini, Greece. (Photo: Santorini,Greece image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com )

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Half of the Greek economy is based on service sector and tourism industry employment, and many Europeans visit Greece during the summer when the most festivities and services are available. But Greece is a year-round vacation destination that lacks frigid winters, with yearly temperatures ranging from 50 to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Off-season travelers have plenty of opportunities to experience well-rounded Greek vacations with less traffic, nice weather and fun cultural events.

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The best times to visit Greece are spring and fall, says National Geographic Traveler magazine, because you ll find the best weather, blooming wildflowers and hotel availability. Fodor s adds that the sun is bright and the air invigorating during months like September, October, May and June. By contrast, summers are scorching hot, with low humidity and July temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Winters are mild, with average temperatures ranging from 55 to 60 degrees. But expect cold, wet, bleak days from November through February, says Lonely Planet. Rain is common during the winter, but snow is rare, so most locals wear light coats.





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Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon – Lonely Planet #best

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Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon

One of the world’s great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighbourhoods, forest hikes and much more, Portland is the kind of city you visit for two days and then move to. Endlessly entertaining and intriguing, it’s easily walked and explored by bike and most locals will tell you the famous rain is merely a bonus. We’ve picked 10 reasons why you should already be planning your trip to Portland.

Beer, beautiful beer

At least 30 breweries dot Portland and they’re not turning out bland lagers. Rather the vast and funky range of brews is matched by the vast and funky range of breweries. You can quaff a Copacetic IPA in the minimalist surrounds of the fittingly named Amnesia Brewery (832 N Beech St) or a Rise Up Red Ale at Hopworks Urban Brewery. which nails two local priorities by serving organic beer and having a bar cyclists can ride up to. Better yet are purely neighbourhood bars, like LaurelThirst where you can try any of the many local brews.

Pedal power

Drivers in Portland often think the city puts bikes first and they’re right. Streets with wide bike lanes network across the city and a lack of major hills makes it easy for people of all ages to pedal their way around. You can join the thriving cycling scene by renting a bike at Portland Bicycle Tours .

Food carts

In a city renowned for its food, you can find some of Portland’s most inventive chefs clustered in pods, preparing meal magic in food carts that range from old vacation trailers to sheds where you’d store your lawnmower. A few faves: the amazing Mexican fare at La Jarochita (SW 5th Ave and SW Oak St, downtown), the garlicky porchetta sandwiches at Lardo and the perfect post-music-club Belgian fries at Potato Champion.

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Saw it on Portlandia

An outlandish yet humorously insightful look at all things Portland, this hit comedy series has defined the city with its iconic line about Portland being ‘where young people go to retire’. The Peabody Award-winning Portlandia skewers local pretensions and is a great introduction for those planning to visit.

Weird on show

‘Keep Portland Weird’ is more than an overly used, clichéd bumper-sticker – it’s an ethos that ensures that a fully tattooed guy dressed as a transvestite clown riding a 10-foot-tall unicycle barely gets a second glance. Some places milk it, like the over-hyped Voodoo Donuts, which features weird names for weird doughnut combos, but the normalcy of the strange is endlessly fascinating.

Funky hoods

Downtown Portland is compact, historic, walkable and has a great riverfront park but the real fun is out in the compass-spanning neighbourhoods. Three winners: southeast’s Hawthorn Street, with its cool blend of shops, cafes and bars; the north’s Mississippi Avenue, which has an edgier, grittier mix plus a fab food cart pod; and northeast’s Alberta Street, featuring galleries, shops, great little cafes and bars plus a monthly street party called Last Thursday that’s pure Weird Portland.

Pin this image Glass blower at Alberta Arts Last Thursday street festival. Photo by Anthony Pidgeon (Lonely Planet Images).

Rain? Big deal!

Okay, it often rains every day in January and it rains a lot nine months a year (summer is sunny and warm), but it rarely rains very hard and all that water keeps things really green – including the luxuriant moss that grows on everything. It also keeps people inside the bars listening to bands hoping to follow local greats The Decemberists, Modest Mouse et al.

Experiencing nature

Round a corner in Portland and you’ll likely be startled by the perfectly conical profile of Mt Hood, the 11,249-foot (3429m) volcano some 50 miles (80km) east of the city. On clear days its snow-capped summit looks startlingly close. Just west of downtown, Forest Park sprawls over 5100 acres in the hills; more than 70 miles (113km) of trails wander through dense forests of evergreens. Finally, see and smell the true meaning of Portland’s moniker ‘The city of roses’ at the spectacular International Rose Test Garden.

Farmers markets

In an episode of Portlandia, the solution to the city’s excessive produce bounty is ‘We can pickle that!’ But skip the screwtops and head to the farmers markets for famous berries, mushrooms from the rain-saturated forests, artisan-baked goods, ubiquitous food carts, prepared foods and a community vibe where love is celebrated amidst the tomatoes. Try the main Portland Farmers Market downtown or the buzzing neighbourhood version in Hollywood.

Bang for your buck

Pints of local beer are often under $4, Happy Hour food specials for under $5 are legion, food carts are bargains and all those underworked hipsters ensure that prices for almost everything else remain low (plenty of weekend hotel rooms are under $100, trams in the centre are free and cover charges are uncommon). Plus weirdness is always free.

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Find what you’ll love in Boston

Perhaps Boston can be best described as a welcome contradiction: Hip alongside historic. Skyscrapers surround parks. Gourmet meets pizza.

Just as the city pays homage to every period of America’s timeline, it also serves as all things to all people. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you experience Boston like a local.

For that, check out Boston Insider to get the local perspective on the best experiences for Foodies, Traveling Families, History Lovers and others who want to indulge in their particular passion while in Boston.

There’s also Boston Everyday. which tells you what to do. where to stay, where to eat. and where to shop on all 365 days. And you can also see a complete calendar of events in Boston and some of our favorite picks.

Huba Huba, the BostonUSA Blog provides a creative look into activities, attractions and experiences in the city and the surrounding communities.

So jump right in and plan your trip. from getting here to getting around the city.  Get ideas and suggested itineraries from Boston Insider. or just learn all about Boston.





11/07/2017

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What Are the 10 Best Places to Visit in the United States?

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From the rain forest to 20,000-foot mountains, from deserts to some of the world’s most famous cities, the United States offers the avid traveler much to stay interested without ever needing a passport. Thanks to the system of interstate highways, you can travel the continental United States with ease — or drive to an airport and easily access the nation’s non-contiguous states.

New York City

From the Statute of Liberty to Ellis Island to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City never sleeps because its residents have so much to do on a daily basis. Even nature lovers aren’t left out of New York City’s allure. An afternoon stroll in the 25-acre Central Park should fill their need for trees. Don’t leave out visits to Carnegie Deli to eat huge roast beef sandwiches. Take in a Broadway show.





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Best Time to Visit South Africa

Often referred to as Sunny South Africa , this phrase is not far wrong. South Africa, and Southern Africa in general has some of the more agreeable weather in the world and for most of the year. However the best time to visit South Africa depends on the purpose of your visit, and the areas you wish to see. The seasons in South Africa run opposite to the northern hemisphere and therefore a white Christmas is out of the question! The best time to visit South Africa really depends on your interests or reasons for coming to South Africa. Wildlife Safaris are often very high on the agenda, followed by the Garden Route, Cape Town, the whales of the south coast. the flowers of Namaqualand, the Drakensberg Mountains and of course the hundreds of kilometers of beach destinations to choose from.

The seasons fall in the year as follows:

Spring – September October

Summer – November to February

Autumn – March April

Winter – June – August

South Africa can be divided into summer rainfall areas and winter rainfall areas. The northern, central and east parts of South Africa, which include areas of interest such as: Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Kwa Zulu Natal, Madikwe Game Reserve, Drakensberg Mountains and the Free State, has a summer rainfall, and cool and dry winters.

The Western Cape and Garden Route areas, which include Cape Town and surrounds and all along the southern coast to about Port Elizabeth, has winter rainfall and dry summers. The northern interior part of the country has a very low annual rainfall, and is considered to be semi-arid to desert in places.

In the summer rainfall areas, the rain comes predominantly in the forms of thunder showers or down pours, which may last anything from 20 minutes to heavy rain on and off over a few days. However the maximum average daily temperature varies between 28 – 35 deg cel, depending where in this region you are. As a result of the summer rains and associated warm sunny weather, the vegetation is very green and often thick. From a safari perspective, the summer months (often referred to as the green season), is the best time to see the African bush at its greenest. The birdlife is at its best, and it is the calving season for many of the antelope species. The sunsets during this time of year can be a riot of pinks and reds and the air is generally very clean. The negative side to being on safari during the green season is that fact the bush is thick and therefore visibility can at times be limited. Another factor to consider is that surface water scattered all over the bush, causes game movements to become less predictable, in that there is now no reason for animals to go and drink at the traditional permanent water holes and rivers as they would have done in the dry season.

During dry season (the winter months), this region turns into shades of yellow and browns. The night time temperatures can vary between 0 – 12 degrees cel, depending on what part of the region you are in. It is during this season and into spring that it s considered the best time to go on safari. Many trees and shrubs lose their leaves, the grass drops and becomes grazed and so the visibility increases dramatically. The surface water (pans and puddles) that were present in the summer months dry out and game movements become a little more predictable.

The winter rainfall areas of the Western Cape and Garden Route tend to be green in winter and less so during summer. The rains typically come in the form of cold fronts that sweep in from the south, bringing with them rain, cold and often wind. These cold and rainy spells can last 2 – 3 days, but are invariably followed by what can be only be described as champagne days – crystal clear air, blue skies and brilliant colours. The summer months are typically warm to hot and a great time to explore Cape Town and the Garden Route. During the mid-summer months of December and January, the south-easter wind (locallly referred to as the Cape Doctor for its air cleansing habits), can arrive and hang around for a day or even a week and has been known to ruin expensive hair-dos, but at the same time raise the level of excitement of windsurfers, sailors and kite flyers!

Best time to visit South in terms of Activities

To sum up the areas, below is a good idea of when its best to do what activities

* South African Safaris are best from May – October (dry season)

* To visit the Cape Graden Route, the best time would be the summer months. in particular Febraury March.

* The best time to see whales off the Cape s coast is July – October

* The wild flowers of the Western Cape Namaqualand are best seen in early spring (August September)

* The Drakensberg Mountains are best seen during the summer months (October – February)

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31/05/2017

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Best Time To Travel To Belize

Belize monthly weather averages chart with temperatures and annual rainfall recorded over the past 14 years.

The best time to visit Belize may depend on what you want to do. For example if you are an avid SCUBA diver, the best time may be when the waters are generally calm and this is in summer which is the off season for tourism. The tourism high season in Belize coincides with the cool and dry seasons December to April. Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday in November, is when tourists start to trickle into Belize.

There a few scattered rains in December when cold fronts start to arrive in Belize but this is tempered by the cooler temperatures and is well received by visitors and residents alike. Hotels and tourism resorts have high rack rates during this season as that is when demand is highest. Budget travelers need to take this into a account. Traveling to Belize outside the high season can make for lodging discounts of 25% or more. The same applies to airline ticket prices.

The single biggest wave of tourists is between December 15 and January 15, and during the weeks around the Easter season in April. Many visitors are fleeing the frost and snow in their home countries at this time and looking to spend their holidays in the tropics.

Easter in Belize includes the longest single holiday on the Belize calendar,  four consecutive public and bank holidays starting from Holy Friday and including Easter Monday. The international Cross Country Cycle Race is a highlight of this holiday. The weather tends to be dry and warm at this time and most Belizeans and visitors, including an increasing influx from Guatemala, make for the beaches and rivers to cool off and enjoy the sun, swimming, fishing and other recreational water sports.

Most tourism lodges charge top dollar during these peak tourism periods. Experts recommend avoiding the high season if you are looking to save money. Some resorts offer discounts in the high season provided that you book well in advance and make a deposit but you need to hunt around for those unadvertised specials

The rainy season runs from June to November when annual Belize rainfall is highest. The early months of May and June when when rainfall is just getting underway, are a good time to travel to Belize as you can you can escape the tourist rush and hotel rates tend to be lower.

The downside is that some dirt roads get get muddy and this may curtail visits to remote areas. When there is heavy rainfall, floods in the south, portions of some public highways are temporarily closed. Some caves, especially those used for cave tubing such as the Actun Tunichil Muknal network are not safe and are closed by the authorities during these conditions. While ground travel may be impeded in times of high rainfall, air transportation is readily available throughout the year.

Summer In Belize

Summer is the traditional low season for tourism in this country, and some resorts actually close down for a couple of months due to slow business. But Belize can be attractive for those seeking a summer break. During the summer months Belize receives less visitors giving tourists the opportunity to find more privacy in areas such as the beaches, caves and Maya Ruins. High traffic areas such as Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker do get crowded with locals during vacations such as Easter but outside this time frame you will see less tourists.

In the rainy season, rain showers can be heavy so make your vacation plans accordingly. Ambergris Caye and the islands are generally avoided by tourists in the rainy season. Belize s water temperature ranges between 79 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the best features about spending a summer vacation in Belize of course are the summer savings. Rates start falling from around May 1st. and remain relative low until November.

Note: Change of seasons here has no effect on time. Belize has no Daylight Savings Time. We are set on GMT -6  (Central Time) year-round no matter the season!

When planning your trip, keep in mind the Belize public and bank holidays:

New Years Day: January 1

Baron Bliss Day: March 9

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

Easter Monday

Labour Day: May 1

Commonwealth Day:  May 24





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Best Destinations in Utah to Visit #travel #super #market

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National Parks

The Colorado Plateau is the big, beautiful orangey blotch centered at Four Corners, millions of years and layers of stone laced with canyon-cutting rivers and unlikely art rock. The feds found five different spots in Utah’s quadrant weird and wild enough to designate and protect. If you’ve only got a week, these should top your list of places to see in Utah.

National Monuments & Landmarks

These are like National Parks Express. Not quite as extensive, but still briefly intensive. And they’re packed tightly enough between national parks and lots of other Utah attractions that it’s not an either/or situation.

State Parks

Sand dunes, petrified forests, pioneer heritage and Native American sites: half a hundred dots on the map with dozens of kinds of low-traffic attractions. Disregard the occasional side-eye from a local. Once you see the sights, you’ll forgive them for not wanting to share.

Natural Areas

Some things aren’t so easily classified. These Utah points of interest are generally outdoors, typically remote and unanimously awesome. If your map only shows the big, obvious Utah attractions, get a new map, because mind-blowing can’t be categorized.

Cities & Towns

Let’s be honest: You don’t book a trip to Utah to see what a big city feels like. But first of all, we do small-town right, with the proverbial Mom Pop cooking, cleaning and making sure you’re comfortable. Then there are the resort towns, with all the outfitters and outposts you need to go (into the) wild. And lastly, the biggish cities you do find in Utah punch way above their weight class — the Wasatch Front has things to do, see and eat on par with the world’s much larger, much less convenient metropolises.

Ski Resorts

These Utah destinations show you a corner of the state without skimping on the luxury — the kind of all-inclusive experiences that make leaving the campus optional.





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How To Safely Visit Thailand Right Now, Amid Protests And Travel

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How To Safely Visit Thailand Right Now, Amid Protests And Travel Advisories

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Now is not the ideal time to be in Thailand.

On Tuesday, Thai officials declared a state of emergency in Bangkok due to political protests that have been going on since November. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert too, warning citizens to avoid “large gatherings” in the greater Bangkok area.

Things could calm down after Thailand’s political elections. scheduled to take place on February 2. But given the current state of things, nobody knows if the elections will happen for certain or if they’ll truly stop the protest frenzy.

If you’ve got a trip to Thailand booked for the meantime, follow these tips to stay safe during your visit.

  • The bulk of protests have occurred in Bangkok– while you should stay cautious in other cities, this is the place of most concern. The State Department recommends staying away from “tourist attractions and popular shopping malls,” where protests have been known to take place. Redditors are quick to point out that these are just a few spots in a massive city– many areas of Bangkok are comparatively very safe, they say.
  • The State Department also recommends enrolling in STEP before your trip– it’s a service that makes it easier for them to contact you if there’s an emergency you should know about.
  • Write down contact info for the U.S. Embassy and consular offices near the city you’ll be visiting– they have email addresses and after-hours phone numbers in case you need help.
  • Follow the Bangkok American Citizen Services on Twitter, as well as local news sources. It’s the best way to get realtime updates if a protest breaks out near your location.
  • It’s still a good idea to purchase travel insurance, but there is no guarantee you’ll be covered during the protests. Travel insurance is meant to compensate you if “unforeseen” circumstances snag your plans. But since the government has now issued a warning about the Thailand protests, these circumstances are technically “foreseen.” Check with your specific provider to see how they’ll compensate if you have to change your trip.
  • Some airlines — most notably Singapore Airlines — have reduced numbers of flights to Bangkok due to decreased ticket sales from the protests. Most have re-scheduled passengers onto other flights without a problem, but it wouldn’t hurt to talk specifically with your airline about their plans.
  • As always, keep family and friends informed of your travel plans. It’s also a good idea to make a friend at your hotel’s front desk and inform them of which spots you plan to visit each day, along with a way to contact you while you’re out.
  • Happy Thai travels!

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    29/05/2017

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    From exotic jungle to coastal desert via the breathtaking peaks of the Andes, Peru’s staggering variety of places to visit means the potential for adventure is boundless. Whether you want to trek the hallowed Inca Trail, drink pisco sours in a sleepy colonial town, swim with pink dolphins or paddle your way down the Amazon in a dugout canoe – or all of the above – this is a country that’s ripe for exploring. Wherever you go, Peru’s vibrant Andean culture, one of the most exciting in the Americas, will brighten your travels: tucked-away highland towns explode into colour on market day, and local fiestas are celebrated with unbridled enthusiasm.

    This immense wealth of sights and experiences has its roots in one of the world’s richest heritages, topped by the Inca Empire and its fabulous archeological gems. not to mention the monumental adobe temples and pre-Inca ruins along the desert coast. Magical Machu Picchu may be the big gun in Peru’s archeological arsenal, but there are plenty of other fascinating sites too – and important new discoveries are constantly being unearthed.

    Boasting access to the highest tropical mountain range in the world as well as one of the best preserved areas of virgin Amazon rainforest, Peru’s wildlife is as diverse as you’d expect, and sights such as jaguars slinking through the jungle, caimans sunning themselves on riverbanks and dazzling macaws gathering at Amazon clay licks are all within the visitor’s grasp. For those looking for adrenaline-fuelled fun, a host of outdoor activities are on offer, from trekking ancient trails and whitewater rafting to paragliding and hurtling through the desert on dune-buggy rides.

    Equally, a trip to Peru could focus on more restful pursuits. Widely touted as one of the world’s culinary hotspots. the country – and Lima in particular – offers an array of exotic tastes to appeal to curious palates, as well as a laidback, vibrant dining scene, ranging from backstreet cevicherías to gourmet restaurants. And in the big cities, you can expect buzzing nightlife too.

    Despite it all, simple, unaffected pleasures remain in place. The country’s prevailing attitude is that there is always enough time for a chat, a ceviche, or another drink. Peru is accepting of its visitors – it’s a place where the resourceful and open-minded traveller can break through barriers of class, race and language far more easily than most of its inhabitants can. Even the Amazon jungle region – nearly two-thirds of the country’s landmass, but home to a mere fraction of its population – is accessible for the most part, with countless tour operators on hand to organize trips to even the furthest-flung corners. Now all you have to do is figure out where to start.





    28/05/2017

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    The Best Time to Visit Greece

    All four seasons offer enjoyable opportunities for visitors to Santorini, Greece. (Photo: Santorini,Greece image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com )

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    Half of the Greek economy is based on service sector and tourism industry employment, and many Europeans visit Greece during the summer when the most festivities and services are available. But Greece is a year-round vacation destination that lacks frigid winters, with yearly temperatures ranging from 50 to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Off-season travelers have plenty of opportunities to experience well-rounded Greek vacations with less traffic, nice weather and fun cultural events.

    Weather

    The best times to visit Greece are spring and fall, says National Geographic Traveler magazine, because you ll find the best weather, blooming wildflowers and hotel availability. Fodor s adds that the sun is bright and the air invigorating during months like September, October, May and June. By contrast, summers are scorching hot, with low humidity and July temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Winters are mild, with average temperatures ranging from 55 to 60 degrees. But expect cold, wet, bleak days from November through February, says Lonely Planet. Rain is common during the winter, but snow is rare, so most locals wear light coats.





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    Travel Tips: When is the Best Time of Year to Visit

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    A Complete Guide to Deciding When to Book Your Paris Vacation

    By Courtney Traub. Paris Travel Expert

    A native of the notorious San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Courtney Traub now divides her time between Paris and the UK.

    A freelance writer, reporter, and editor who’s worked for print, web, and radio outlets, Courtney enjoys aimless strolling around her favorite Paris neighborhoods. old movies on crackly screens. and the endless challenge of polishing her French .

    When planning a trip to Paris. one of your most pressing questions is likely to be when is the best time to go? If you re set to visit Paris for the first time, you may be persuaded that the much-lauded Paris in the springtime is the obvious choice– but depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, and your personal centers of interest, another time of year may in fact suit you much better.

    Similarly, if you ve been to Paris before, you may wonder whether a fall or winter visit will be worthwhile, given rumors of cold, bitter conditions and gloomy, unsociable locals. The reality, though, is far more nuanced– the winter holiday season in Paris offers plenty of light and celebration as the city lights up for Christmas and other winter holidays. In the fall, meanwhile, events like the Montmartre Wine Harvest (Vendanges)  and Nuit Blanche. an all-night arts and culture event that sees crowds throng the streets for free exhibits and performances, bring the city to life in a memorable way.

    As a long-time resident of the city of light, my own perspective is that every season here has its charms and pitfalls, pros and cons– as they do anywhere else, of course! There s no ideal time, in short, and deciding when to book is a highly personal decision that will depend on a number of factors.





    20/05/2017

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    Find what you’ll love in Boston

    Perhaps Boston can be best described as a welcome contradiction: Hip alongside historic. Skyscrapers surround parks. Gourmet meets pizza.

    Just as the city pays homage to every period of America’s timeline, it also serves as all things to all people. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you experience Boston like a local.

    For that, check out Boston Insider to get the local perspective on the best experiences for Foodies, Traveling Families, History Lovers and others who want to indulge in their particular passion while in Boston.

    There’s also Boston Everyday. which tells you what to do. where to stay, where to eat. and where to shop on all 365 days. And you can also see a complete calendar of events in Boston and some of our favorite picks.

    Huba Huba, the BostonUSA Blog provides a creative look into activities, attractions and experiences in the city and the surrounding communities.

    So jump right in and plan your trip. from getting here to getting around the city.  Get ideas and suggested itineraries from Boston Insider. or just learn all about Boston.





    20/05/2017

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    10 Best Places to Visit in Turkey – Touropia Travel Experts

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    10 Best Places to Visit in Turkey

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    Perched on a strategic hilltop overlooking the plains of Mesopotamia in southeastern Turkey, Mardin is the capital of the Mardin Province. One of the oldest settlements in the region, Mardin is best known for its cultural diversity and Old City of sandstone buildings that cascade down the hill. Mardin’s Old City is easily toured by walking. The maze of meandering streets leads visitors along terraced houses and popular sites like Deyrü’z-Zafaran Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, and the Sultan Isa Medresesi, a medieval monument that once served as an astronomical observatory.

    One of the oldest cities in the world and best known for its remarkable Seljuk architecture and Whirling Dervishes, Konya is a large city in Turkey s Central Anatolia Region. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Konya prospered as a capital city under the rule of the Seljuk Dynasty. Today, buildings from that era can still be admired such as the Alaeddin Mosque and the ruins of the Seljuk Palace. Konya was also the home of the Persian theologian and Sufi mystic, Rumi. His mausoleum is a must-see site in Konya. Rumi’s followers founded the Mevlevi Order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their religious ceremonies in which they spin around and around on the left foot while wearing white, billowing gowns.

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    Natalie says

    Wey. I have done all of them apart from Ankara and looking to do that this winter

    Harry says

    I visited Turkey last year and i must say i was impressed greatly! If you want a bit of everything on a trip then dont miss this place.

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    Michael says

    Dr Hafsah says

    If you have 5 days in Istanbul. thats just nice to see it alone. Stay near the Grand Bazaar entrance, which is very near to the tram station of Beyjezit. you can walk to the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace. and Citedel Basalica. Take a tram to Eminonu. where the Spice market and famous Fish restaurants, and then take the Bosphorus Cruise from there. On the third day take a City bus ride to see the outskirts of Istanbul. On 4th day you can go back to see more of what you havent covered the first three days.

    Ant says

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    deshgooni says

    I like Uzungol, Sultan Murat Sekarsu nice climate, nature at Iis best

    Anna says

    I can t believe you missed out Pamukkale! That place looks incredible! Other than that, great list! I can t wait to explore more of Turkey.

    Mirzohid says

    Ahmed AL-EMAD says

    i m planning to visit Turky soon ,because it is amazing

    Aysun says

    I cannot believe that you mentioned Ankara in the list. There should be Bursa which has 7 sites (5 Ottoman sultan complexes, Ottoman bazaar and Cumalıkızık Ottoman Village) in Unesco World Heritage list. The city is only 90 minutes by ferry from Istanbul. I highly recommend.

    mesut says

    Don t make a mistake and never go to Ankara. One of the worst cities in Turkey. I know because I live in Turkey and I lived in Ankara.

    Bodrum, Istanbul, Ephesus, Kapadokya, Mardin (security is important), Side, Fethiye (dead sea), Datca and Cunda. These are the best i think

    mesut says

    in addition to: For the ones who are interested in history, Edirne is wonderful to see.

    Armghan says

    Turkey rocks. Its an amazing destination with a lot of beautiful n mesmerizing sights. Pammukale, Izmir, Uzungöl n safran bolu, Amasra, çanakale should b added to this list if u have time. Moreover u can skip Ankara.

    Orkun says

    Antalya is definitely one of the best places. When I was a kid, I went there with my family for three days, the beach was sooo awesome!

    Mary Jane says

    I like Ankara, Istanbul, and Antalya. But I really love Ephesus because I really like Greek mythology and historical cities.





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    China: How to Visit Tibet #best #travel #deals

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    China: How to Visit Tibet

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    If someone wants to travel to Tibet, it’s important to know how to get the permit to enter the country.

    – Is still not possible to enter in Tibet as backpackers, so it needs the help of a Travel Agency of your country, or a Tibetan one (from Lhasa ), or a Chinese one (from Beijing or Chengdu for example) or from a Nepali/Tibetan one (from Kathmandu ).

    To visit Tibet you must follow an organized trip and plan ahead of time.

    – You’ll need a Chinese Visa and a Visa/Permit to visit Tibet.

    It’s easy visit Tibet from China. but it’s also easy to go there coming from Nepal by flight (China Air, Eastern, Soutern China. ). The route is amazing, passing over Mount Everest and others 8000. And it’s also easy to obtain the permit from Nepal. obviously through Travel Agencies.

    In the south border of Tibet you can pass only trough one point by road: Kodari/Zanghmu (Nepal/Tibet border) there’s no open border by road that can be used by foreigner tourists.

    If you decide to get the permit for Tibet in Nepal here the tariff and how to do:

    Always by Travel Agencies:

    – visa given in 1 day 85$ (ask visa in Friday morning and you’ll get in the evening. Saturday you can take your flight to Tibet)

    – visa given in 3 days 65$ $ (ask visa in wednesday and you’ll get in friday. Saturday you can take your flight to Tibet )

    – visa given in 5 days 50$ (ask visa on monday and you’ll get in friday. Saturday you can take your flight to Tibet )

    In this way you can see also Tibetan culture in Nepal and then prepare yourself for what you’re going to see in Tibet .

    IMPORTANT NOTICE:

    Every year Chinese Government add or remove rules maden to define how to enter in Tibet and how is it possible to visit. There’s no way to know in advance what China will decide about Tibet, so Travellers need to be open minded and need to know that everything can be good or maybe they can have difficulties to enter in the country.

    For this reason all the updated news will be added above.

    Rules 2012:

    Chinese Government has decided that travellers will be admitted to enter in Tibet only if being part o an organized group composed by a minimum of 5 persons of the same nationality.

    So to enter in Tibet you need to have:

    –          Organized Trip through Travel Agencies that provide you permits and planned itinerary

    –          Group of minimum 5 person of the same nationality (some travel agents now are providing tours also for group of two people of the same nationality, but the goverment rule of the 5 pax officially is not change)

    It’s really not possible to know if this rule will be removed next year or Tomorrow or when. Now it’s like this.

    For others updates keep in touch here.

    Rules 2013:

    Tibet Travel Permit Update Released on Jan 22nd, 2013

    This morning, all in a sudden, today the Tibet tourism bureau announced that the travel permit is stopped issuing at least until end of March and they will release an update of the permit in the end of March, so as before it may reopen in April.

    – Tibet Travel Permit Update Released on March 25nd, 2013

    After 2 months closure, finally there is formal notice from Tibet tourism Bureau this morning. Tibet will open to foreign tourists starting from April 1st At last the Travel Permit will be issued also for a minimum group size of two people and always of the same nationanity.

    – Tibet Travel Permit Update Released on March 27nd, 2013

    Solo travelers can get Tibet permit again! The policy requiring travelers to travel in a tour group with minimum two persons of the same nationality has been removed. Travellers are always required to do organized travels and permits through Travel Agencies.

    – Tibet Travel Permit Update:

    Tibet Travel Permits will not be issued from February, 20 to March, 31 2014. So the Tibet Autonomous Region will be close for foreigners visitors during this period.

    Tibet Travel Permit update:

    – in April 2014, resume issuing the Tibet Travel Permits. Any nationalities can be travelled together in a small or large group size through Travel Agencies

    – Tibet Travel Permits have been abruptly halted for travel into Tibet beginning August 31, 2015. All tourists must be out of Tibet by this date. The exclusion period is expected (at this stage) to last for the duration of September. Advice received via email from  travel agency today.





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    Best Destinations in Utah to Visit #cheapest #international #flights

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    National Parks

    The Colorado Plateau is the big, beautiful orangey blotch centered at Four Corners, millions of years and layers of stone laced with canyon-cutting rivers and unlikely art rock. The feds found five different spots in Utah’s quadrant weird and wild enough to designate and protect. If you’ve only got a week, these should top your list of places to see in Utah.

    National Monuments & Landmarks

    These are like National Parks Express. Not quite as extensive, but still briefly intensive. And they’re packed tightly enough between national parks and lots of other Utah attractions that it’s not an either/or situation.

    State Parks

    Sand dunes, petrified forests, pioneer heritage and Native American sites: half a hundred dots on the map with dozens of kinds of low-traffic attractions. Disregard the occasional side-eye from a local. Once you see the sights, you’ll forgive them for not wanting to share.

    Natural Areas

    Some things aren’t so easily classified. These Utah points of interest are generally outdoors, typically remote and unanimously awesome. If your map only shows the big, obvious Utah attractions, get a new map, because mind-blowing can’t be categorized.

    Cities & Towns

    Let’s be honest: You don’t book a trip to Utah to see what a big city feels like. But first of all, we do small-town right, with the proverbial Mom Pop cooking, cleaning and making sure you’re comfortable. Then there are the resort towns, with all the outfitters and outposts you need to go (into the) wild. And lastly, the biggish cities you do find in Utah punch way above their weight class — the Wasatch Front has things to do, see and eat on par with the world’s much larger, much less convenient metropolises.

    Ski Resorts

    These Utah destinations show you a corner of the state without skimping on the luxury — the kind of all-inclusive experiences that make leaving the campus optional.





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    How to Visit Tibet

    Special Permission

    You’ll need to apply for a standard travel visa to pass through China on your way to the Tibet Autonomous Region. You’ll also need a special permit to enter Tibet. Tour agencies can usually help you apply for the three-month permit, but it’s not a guarantee that the Chinese government will approve it. The U.S. State Department warns that even if you get a permit, much of the region is off-limits to foreigners. After arriving in Tibet, you’ll need to apply for a Border Travel Permit at the Public Security Bureau in Lhasa if you want to travel around the region, including to the Nepal border crossing along the Friendship Highway. Restricted areas may expand and any access to Tibet could be blocked to foreign tourists at a moment’s notice, such as if the Chinese government wants to keep foreigners away from places that have seen recent protests against Beijing rule.

    Tour Companies

    Many tour companies catering to Tibet travelers are in Lhasa, China or across the Nepal border in Kathmandu. Choices include packages ranging from group to private trips, as well as excursions into the mountains for the adventure-minded and a scenic train ride from Qinghai. You can also fly into Lhasa from Kathmandu or Chengdu. Some travel companies are dedicated to providing ethical travel, which bypasses the tourism-generating facade managed by China to focus on authentic Tibetan culture and stimulating local economies. The Tibet Ecotravel Collective, for example, can set you up with local guides to explore mountain paths, tucked-away monasteries and families eager to welcome you for the night. However you get to Tibet, remember that the high altitude can make the hardiest of travelers sick. Check with your doctor before travel if you have pre-existing conditions and take it easy the first few days after you touch down in Tibet.

    Staying in Tibet

    Most rural parts of Tibet have limited facilities for tourists, but the large cities are equipped with better facilities as China has attempted to bolster the tourism sector in recent years. Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, reported that tourism revenue in Tibet jumped 23 percent from 2013 to 2014. Luxury establishments include the St. Regis Lhasa Resort, with a shimmering golden swimming pool, spa and butler service. Cheaper places to stay include bare-bones hostels popular among backpackers and midrate economy hotels. Kathmandu has a number of charming hotels if you want to use Nepal as your base camp and pop into Tibet for a visit. Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest vaccination recommendations several weeks in advance of your journey; typhoid and hepatitis A shots are recommended because of compromised food and water safety, and you should cut the risk by drinking sealed bottled water.

    What Not to Do

    While you can easily be nabbed by Chinese authorities for straying into restricted areas of Tibet deemed to be military-sensitive, you can also get busted for other things that set off the officials. Bringing photos of the Dalai Lama or other material considered separatist by authorities, such as the Tibetan flag, is banned. Free Tibet campaign activists warn that your actions could also affect the people you meet. If you talk politics with a Tibetan, your conversation partner could be punished. If you ask for a ride, the driver who picks you up could face pricey fines. If you take a photo of Chinese security forces, your tour guide may face repercussions. Keep to your approved travel itinerary, or the Tibetans you meet along your on-a-whim path could be in trouble as well as you.





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    Places to Visit in Croatia #corporate #travel

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    Despite being one of Europe’s most fashionable places to visit, Croatia doesn’t feel like a place that has been thoroughly worked over by the tourist industry. Though development continues apace along the more commercialized stretches of the coast, Croatian tourism has spun off in a number of positive directions. Whether backpackers or touring families, long-distance cyclists, yachters or spa-hotel surfers, all travellers have seen a big leap forward in the range and quality of what the country has to offer.

    A renewed respect for natural ingredients has become the watchword of Croatian cuisine. with locally sourced foodstuffs, wines and olive oils standing up increasingly well to globalization. Croatia has a growing reputation for niche festivals – not just in the party-the-weekend-away music events held on beaches and in abandoned factories and ancient sea-forts up and down the coast, but also in the mushrooming number of arts festivals and small-town cultural shindigs. And in Zagreb and elsewhere, a raft of new galleries and art attractions has given the country a cool and contemporary sheen.

    Croatia is blessed with a wealth of natural riches. boasting almost 2000km of rocky, indented shore and more than a thousand islands, many blanketed in luxuriant vegetation. Even during the heavily visited months of July and August there are still enough off-the-beaten-track islands, quiet coves and stone-built fishing villages to make you feel as if you’re visiting Europe at its most unspoiled. There’s plenty in the way of urbane glamour too, if that’s what you’re after, with swanky hotels, yacht-filled harbours and cocktail bars aplenty – especially in à-la-mode destinations such as Dubrovnik and Hvar. Wherever you go though you’ll find that Croatia retains an appeal for independent travellers that’s in short supply at more package-oriented destinations elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Most budget and mid-range accommodation is still in the form of private rooms and apartments, and there has been an explosion in the number of backpacker-friendly hostel-type establishments in the major cities.

    The country has certainly come a long way since the early 1990s, when within the space of half a decade – almost uniquely in contemporary Europe – it experienced the collapse of communism, a war of national survival and the securing of independence. Two decades on, visitors will be struck by the tangible sense of pride that independent statehood has brought. National culture is a far from one-dimensional affair, however, and much of the country’s individuality is due to its geographical position straddling the point at which the sober central European virtues of hard work and order collide with the spontaneity, vivacity and taste for the good things in life that characterize the countries of southern Europe – a cultural blend of Mitteleuropa and Mediterranean that gives Croatia its particular flavour. Not only that, but the country also stands on one of the great fault lines of European civilization, the point at which the Catholicism of Central Europe meets the Islam and Orthodox Christianity of the East. Though Croats traditionally see themselves as a Western people, distinct from the other South Slavs who made up the former state of Yugoslavia, many of the hallmarks of Balkan culture – patriarchal families, hospitality towards strangers and a fondness for grilled food – are as common in Croatia as in any other part of southeastern Europe, suggesting that the country’s relationship with its neighbours is closer than many Croats may admit.





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    Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon – Lonely Planet #how

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    Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon

    One of the world’s great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighbourhoods, forest hikes and much more, Portland is the kind of city you visit for two days and then move to. Endlessly entertaining and intriguing, it’s easily walked and explored by bike and most locals will tell you the famous rain is merely a bonus. We’ve picked 10 reasons why you should already be planning your trip to Portland.

    Beer, beautiful beer

    At least 30 breweries dot Portland and they’re not turning out bland lagers. Rather the vast and funky range of brews is matched by the vast and funky range of breweries. You can quaff a Copacetic IPA in the minimalist surrounds of the fittingly named Amnesia Brewery (832 N Beech St) or a Rise Up Red Ale at Hopworks Urban Brewery. which nails two local priorities by serving organic beer and having a bar cyclists can ride up to. Better yet are purely neighbourhood bars, like LaurelThirst where you can try any of the many local brews.

    Pedal power

    Drivers in Portland often think the city puts bikes first and they’re right. Streets with wide bike lanes network across the city and a lack of major hills makes it easy for people of all ages to pedal their way around. You can join the thriving cycling scene by renting a bike at Portland Bicycle Tours .

    Food carts

    In a city renowned for its food, you can find some of Portland’s most inventive chefs clustered in pods, preparing meal magic in food carts that range from old vacation trailers to sheds where you’d store your lawnmower. A few faves: the amazing Mexican fare at La Jarochita (SW 5th Ave and SW Oak St, downtown), the garlicky porchetta sandwiches at Lardo and the perfect post-music-club Belgian fries at Potato Champion.

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    Pin this image Refuelling at a Portland food cart. Photo by Anthony Pidgeon (Lonely Planet Images).

    Saw it on Portlandia

    An outlandish yet humorously insightful look at all things Portland, this hit comedy series has defined the city with its iconic line about Portland being ‘where young people go to retire’. The Peabody Award-winning Portlandia skewers local pretensions and is a great introduction for those planning to visit.

    Weird on show

    ‘Keep Portland Weird’ is more than an overly used, clichéd bumper-sticker – it’s an ethos that ensures that a fully tattooed guy dressed as a transvestite clown riding a 10-foot-tall unicycle barely gets a second glance. Some places milk it, like the over-hyped Voodoo Donuts, which features weird names for weird doughnut combos, but the normalcy of the strange is endlessly fascinating.

    Funky hoods

    Downtown Portland is compact, historic, walkable and has a great riverfront park but the real fun is out in the compass-spanning neighbourhoods. Three winners: southeast’s Hawthorn Street, with its cool blend of shops, cafes and bars; the north’s Mississippi Avenue, which has an edgier, grittier mix plus a fab food cart pod; and northeast’s Alberta Street, featuring galleries, shops, great little cafes and bars plus a monthly street party called Last Thursday that’s pure Weird Portland.

    Pin this image Glass blower at Alberta Arts Last Thursday street festival. Photo by Anthony Pidgeon (Lonely Planet Images).

    Rain? Big deal!

    Okay, it often rains every day in January and it rains a lot nine months a year (summer is sunny and warm), but it rarely rains very hard and all that water keeps things really green – including the luxuriant moss that grows on everything. It also keeps people inside the bars listening to bands hoping to follow local greats The Decemberists, Modest Mouse et al.

    Experiencing nature

    Round a corner in Portland and you’ll likely be startled by the perfectly conical profile of Mt Hood, the 11,249-foot (3429m) volcano some 50 miles (80km) east of the city. On clear days its snow-capped summit looks startlingly close. Just west of downtown, Forest Park sprawls over 5100 acres in the hills; more than 70 miles (113km) of trails wander through dense forests of evergreens. Finally, see and smell the true meaning of Portland’s moniker ‘The city of roses’ at the spectacular International Rose Test Garden.

    Farmers markets

    In an episode of Portlandia, the solution to the city’s excessive produce bounty is ‘We can pickle that!’ But skip the screwtops and head to the farmers markets for famous berries, mushrooms from the rain-saturated forests, artisan-baked goods, ubiquitous food carts, prepared foods and a community vibe where love is celebrated amidst the tomatoes. Try the main Portland Farmers Market downtown or the buzzing neighbourhood version in Hollywood.

    Bang for your buck

    Pints of local beer are often under $4, Happy Hour food specials for under $5 are legion, food carts are bargains and all those underworked hipsters ensure that prices for almost everything else remain low (plenty of weekend hotel rooms are under $100, trams in the centre are free and cover charges are uncommon). Plus weirdness is always free.

    This article was originally published in April 2012. This article was refreshed in July 2012.





    13/04/2017

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    Visit the USA l Official USA Travel Guide to American Holidays

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    06/04/2017

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    Welcome to Visit Media Pa #hotel #cheap

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    Great Shopping, Fine Dining, and

    Live Entertainment

    Here you’ll find an artful blend of new and traditional, eclectic and sophisticated, international and plain old down-home goodness. Steeped in the history of Delaware County, Media has become the life and heart of the region, drawing expanded growth from its unique mixture of authentic and contemporary attitudes. Read Media’s profile on VisitPhilly.com!

    Media Restaurant Week

    Media Restaurant Week is back. join us during the first two weeks of November to enjoy 3-5 Courses for $30. Click here for more info!

    Media Events throughout the Year!

    Media is proud to play host to another year-long series of diverse and exciting events in 2015. The season began with the Chinese New Year Celebration, and will culminate as always with the New Year’s Eve Celebration Ball Drop. where else can you ring in the new year with a real ball drop? Long-running events like the America’s Music Festival Series (Americana Roots Ramble in April, Blues Stroll in June and Jazz By Night Celebration in November) continue to grow in popularity. Throughout the year, enjoy favorites such as the Food Craft Festival and Santa’s Arrival. This year, the Budwesier Clydesdales are coming to Media on December 13th (weather permitting)! For a full event calendar, click here.

    Dining Under the Stars™

    Reminiscent of the open-air cafes on Paris’ Avenue de Champs Elyseé and in the piazzas of Rome Venice, al fresco dining is enjoyed in Media all summer long. Every Wednesday evening, May through September, the Dining Under the Stars™ event closes State Street from Jackson to Orange. We invite you to Stroll, Shop, Dine! Click here for more info!

    Watch the “I Love Media!” video here !





    06/04/2017

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    Visit Gorillas in Rwanda – Book Rwanda Gorilla Tours, Safaris #travel

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    Visit Gorillas in Rwanda: Gorilla Tours in Rwanda are incontestably the most enjoyable tour activities for visitors on an African Safari. Mountain gorillas in Rwanda are found at the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla tour activities take place on a daily basis throughout the year.  To visit gorillas in Rwanda, Speedway Safaris  will help you book a Rwanda Gorilla Trekking permit, a proof of eligibility to track gorillas in the wild at the Volcanoes National Park. Speedway Safaris also offers Gorilla Tours in Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  .

    Visiting only gorillas in Rwanda, one may choose to do it in one day, 2 days or three days safari, a package that guarantees maximum enjoyment and contentment.  Besides mountain gorillas in Rwanda, the country has other attractions like Golden Monkeys, Lake Kivu and Genocide Memorial Centers, Chimpanzees, numerous primate species and lots of birds. When you visit Rwanda, the country has a lot to offer in line with wildlife safaris and tours.

    Besides Gorilla Tours, we professionally offer Wildlife Safaris, Chimps Trekking, Birding in Uganda, Rwenzori Mountain Climbing, Car Hire Services in Uganda, Hotel and Lodge Reservations, Adventure Travel, Honeymoon Holidays, plus Guided Nature Walks and Tailor-made Tours in Uganda and Rwanda plus other safari destinations of East Africa.

    For the case of Uganda, Uganda Gorilla Tours can be done at least in 3 days, two nights when one uses road transport from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On the other hand, one can do a two days gorilla tour in Bwindi Forest going via Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

    In Uganda. there is a flying option by any gorilla visitors who have little time at their disposal. On Uganda and Rwanda, either country you choose, we shall offer you the best and most enjoyable gorilla trekking services in budget, mid range or luxury option. Don t hesitate to contact us today for all the possible gorilla tour arrangements.

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    Top Lesbian Vacation Destinations to Visit #smart #travel

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    2. San Francisco, CA

    San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in America and a gay and lesbian mecca. Visit Alcatraz, ride a cable car. stroll through Golden Gate park, check out the gay scene in the Castro and visit the historic City Hall where for weeks gays and lesbians lined up to get married in 2004.

    4. Palm Springs, CA

    Palm Springs is where the gay guys and girls go to enjoy splashing in the pool on hot sunny days, playing a round of golf and partying all night at one of the many gay-friendly night clubs in town.

    5. Seattle

    Walk the street of Seattle s Capitol Hill District and you re sure to see a lesbian or two riding her bike, working in a coffee shop or shopping for sex toys at Toys in Babeland. Visit the Pike St. Market and take a ride to the top of the Space Needle. Catch a Seattle Storm WNBA game or check out the hot local music scene.

    6. New York City

    New York City is the most diverse city on the planet. Whether you want to take in a Broadway show or visit the birthplace of the modern gay and lesbian rights movement, NYC offers something for every lesbian. Spend time in Greenwich Village or take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

    7. Key West, FL

    Key West, Florida is known as one of the most gay and lesbian friendly vacation destinations. At the very tip of Florida, Key West has warm beaches, beautiful coral reefs and a diverse gay and lesbian community. Gays and lesbians own many of the businesses and restaurants in town, including art galleries, book stores, resorts and tour companies.

    8. Portland, Oregon





    01/04/2017

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    The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package – Visit Philadelphia. #sherman #s

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    The Visit Philly Overnight

    Book the new and improved Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and your car stays free. Philly’s More Fun When You Sleep Over . CREDIT: PHILADELPHIA MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN

    Looking for an excuse to visit Philadelphia? The new and improved Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package is just the thing. The one- or two-night package includes FREE hotel parking so you can drive into town and not have to worry about finding and paying for parking.

    And you can use it to book any two consecutive nights of the week: Friday and Saturday, Saturday and Sunday, Sunday and Monday, etc. So now your weekend is whenever you want it to be.

    THE HOTEL PACKAGE (The Deal)

    It’s the perfect package for a quick getaway.

    You get:

    • 2 (two) nights accommodations
    • FREE Hotel Parking for both nights (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)
    • A With Love, Philadelphia XOXO Welcome Gift

    Stay Any Two Consecutive Nights

    The package is available seven days a week, which means you can book it for any two consecutive days e.g. a Friday and a Saturday, a Saturday and a Sunday, a Sunday and a Monday, etc. So, again, now your weekend can literally be whenever you want it to be.

    SEARCH RATES & BOOK YOUR STAY (How to Book)

    Enter your desired check-in and check-out dates below. Our hotel search engine finds you the best available Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package rates at participating hotels and shows you the results. You then select the hotel you want to stay at and click to be taken to book the package directly on the hotel website.





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    Places to Visit in Japan #incentive #travel

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    Anyone who’s ever eaten sushi, read manga, or sipped sake may feel they know something about this slinky archipelago of some 6800 volcanic islands. And yet, from the moment of arrival in Japan, it’s almost as if you’ve touched down on another planet. Prepare to be pleasantly disorientated as you negotiate this fascinating land where ancient gods, customs and craftsmanship are mixed up with cutting edge modern technology, futuristic fashions and up-to-the-second style.

    High-speed trains whisk you from one end of the country to another with awe-inspiring punctuality. In the suburbs of a sprawling metropolis, you can catch sight of a farmer tending his paddy field, then turn the corner and find yourself next to a neon-festooned (video) games parlour. One day you could be picking through fashions in a boutique designed by an award-winning architect, the next relaxing in an outdoor hot-spring pool, watching cherry blossom or snowflakes fall, depending on the season.

    Few other countries have, in the space of a few generations, experienced so much or made such an impact. Industrialized at lightning speed in the late nineteenth century, Japan shed its feudal trappings to become the most powerful and outwardly aggressive country in Asia in a matter of decades. After defeat in World War II, it transformed itself from atom-bomb victim to economic giant, the envy of the world. Having weathered a decade-long recession from the mid-1990s, Japan is now relishing its “soft power” as the world’s pre-eminent purveyor of pop culture, with the visual mediums of anime and manga leading the way.

    In the cities you’ll first be struck by the mass of people. These hyperactive metropolises are the place to catch the latest trend, the hippest fashions and must-have gadgets before they hit the rest of the world. It’s not all about modernity, however: Tokyo, Kyoto, Ōsaka and Kanazawa, for example, also provide the best opportunities to view traditional performance arts, such as kabuki and nō plays, as well as a wealth of Japanese visual arts in major museums. Outside the cities there’s a vast range of travel options, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shiretoko National Park in Hokkaidō to the balmy subtropical islands of Okinawa, and you’ll seldom have to go far to catch sight of a lofty castle, ancient temple or shrine, or locals celebrating at a colourful street festival.

    In common with all developed countries, Japan is not a cheap place to travel in or to, but there’s no reason why it should be wildly expensive either. Some of the most atmospheric and traditionally Japanese places to stay and eat are often those that are the best value. There’s been significant price-cutting in some areas in recent years, particularly airline tickets, which now rival the famed bargain rail passes as a means to get to far-flung corners of the country.

    It’s not all perfect, however. The Japanese are experts at focusing on detail (the exquisite wrapping of gifts and the tantalizing presentation of food are just two examples) but often miss the broader picture. Rampant development and sometimes appalling pollution are difficult to square with a country also renowned for cleanliness and appreciation of nature. Part of the problem is that natural cataclysms, such as earthquakes and typhoons, regularly hit Japan, so few people expect things to last for long anyway. There’s no denying either the pernicious impact of mass tourism, with ranks of gift shops, ugly hotels and crowds often ruining potentially idyllic spots.

    And yet, time and again, Japan redeems itself with unexpectedly beautiful landscapes, charmingly courteous people, and its tangible sense of history and cherished traditions. Few will be able to resist the chance to get to grips with its mysterious yet tantalising culture that blurs the traditional boundaries between East and West – Japan is unique, neither wholly one nor the other.





    28/03/2017

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