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Jordan's Amazing Petra

I’m probably unique in that I visited Jordan twice before I saw Petra. My only excuse is that, on the two previous occasions, I was there on business. But, this time, I was on holiday, and determined to see this ancient city, which features high on everybody’s ‘must see’…

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Added by Keith Kellett on April 6, 2013 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

Brilliant Butterflies Brighten Costa Rica's Veragua Rainforest

They bring life to rainforests, both with their brilliant colors and with the magnificent flowers they help to pollinate. Everyone loves butterflies – these delicate creatures flit and fly gracefully, brightening our gardens and wild spaces. Their beauty and allure has given butterflies a special place in both ancient and modern cultures. Many…

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Added by Shannon Farley on April 5, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

Gay-Friendly Estancia Puesto Viejo, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Although many visitors come to Buenos Aires for an urban vacation experience, often times they want to escape the hustle and bustle of the mega city and enjoy a more relaxed break at an estancia in the country. Argentina's estancias are very much a part of…

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Added by Roy Heale on April 5, 2013 at 7:54am — No Comments

Wine Tasting, Ventura County, California Style

You have to love a wine tasting adventure that is nestled between a national forest and the sparkly Pacific Ocean. A destination that doesn’t get the proper respect it deserves yet continues to strive to showcase its fine wineries, classic beach culture, and amazing culinary scene. When you can just hop in the car for a short drive from the LA, Inland Empire, or San Diego area,…

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Added by Linda Kissam on April 4, 2013 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Are Your Tourism Business and You Legally Vulnerable?

Travel and tourism professionals can never forget that their profession is not only one that evokes high levels of emotions, but is often open to all sorts of liability cases that range from the frivolous to the extremely serious.  To add to the confusion, what may be legal in one place may be illegal or liable in another location and often visitors may not only sue in the location in which an incident occurred but also once they have returned home.  This…

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Added by Peter Tarlow on April 4, 2013 at 12:20pm — No Comments

In Turkey, A Hands-On Istanbul Dining Experience

If you've ever eaten Anatolian, you know what a Turkish delight it is, and Istanbul (not Constantinople) is certainly jam-packed with places to shovel it in. But on Akbiyik Caddesi, a popular restaurant row in Sultanahmet near the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, Dutch-born Cordon Bleu alumna Eveline Zoutendijk set out her shingle with a slightly more focused purpose than merely getting tourists fed.



Sure, at…

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Added by Jose Balido on April 3, 2013 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Psst! Hombre! Wat Jou Looking For: Mujeres, Marijuana, Colonoscopia?

        I stop. “Wha’dya’ got?  Is it good?”

        “Is it good?  Hell, yes, it’s good.  D’you think I’m gonna’ get you some Mexican carnicero to snake the drain that’s gotta’ process all those hamburguesas, man?  It’s the real thing, hombre…

        “Cuanto…

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Added by Earl Hardie Karges on April 3, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments

Riding the El Yunque Jungle Trail in Puerto Rico

Recently in Puerto Rico I attended the Saborea (savor), a “culinary extravaganza.” The event is a series of tastings and parties that culminates at Escambron Beach, ocean side under enormous tents. One tent showcased tastings from island chefs and Puerto Rican rum. Yum! The other tent was set up as a food theatre where two chefs had 45 minutes to create their own signature dish that was then judged side by side by a panel. The chefs were either Food…

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Added by Michelle M. Winner on April 2, 2013 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Hostel Boom Follows Social Media Model

by Hardie Karges and Kaleel Sakakeeny



Travelers probably already know that hostels can save  a bunch of bucks in super-expensive Europe.  But they…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 2, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Forgive Me World, I Am an Irresponsible Traveler

Nighttime View of Dubai Taken from the Hilton Dubai Creek



(TTBS) I like to think of myself as a good person and responsible traveler but here's a confession, I'm not.



Sure, I've chastised litterbugs and those molesting animals in national parks and even…

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Added by Jennifer Huber on April 1, 2013 at 3:23pm — No Comments

El Campeonato Mundial de Pesca 2013

El Bonnier Marine Corporation Group ha decidido albergar el Campeonato Mundial de Pesca Mar Adentro 2013 en Quepos, Costa Rica. Con el patrocinio del Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT), la justa deportiva se llevará a cabo del 14 al 19 de abril de este año. Dicho evento es la final de la serie internacional más grande de la pesca de altura en el…

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Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on April 1, 2013 at 9:02am — No Comments

The Easter Bunny Visits Easter Island

As I flip through my passport with almost two hundred stamps, and look back on my 185 posts in my WordPress blog, numerous posts on Tripatani or Travel Bloggers Unite, and my 75 reviews on Trip Advisor, I realized that I am living a dream come true. Due to a myriad of converging circumstances, not the least of which is marrying the right woman, I get to travel to exotic locations, luxury locations and mundane locations and write about them. Someday, maybe, someone will pay me to write about…

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Added by Forrest Walker on March 31, 2013 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

Costa Rica Strengthens Its Tourist Police

Tourism is big business in Costa Rica. Over the past 25 years, tourism has been the fastest growing economic sector in the country. Keeping tourists safe and informed while visiting Costa Rica is a vital commitment by the country’s government and national tourism organizations.



Costa Rican authorities have recently agreed to invest 350…

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Added by Shannon Farley on March 30, 2013 at 11:15am — No Comments

Lahaul and Spiti in Ladakh, India: The Barren Splendor



This high, rugged area is nature's ever changing canvas. Known as the Land of Lamas, …

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Added by Sanjeev Barman on March 29, 2013 at 8:17am — No Comments

Top Spots to Spot Tigers In India

There are a lot of parks to see ample wildlife in India, but some parks definitely have an edge over the others as far as tiger sighting is concerned. Here are the top few national parks in India where the chances of spotting the big cat are higher, but then, at the same time one should remember that the animal is quite elusive.…

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Added by priya sharma on March 28, 2013 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Surprisingly Hong Kong

“Beware of pick-pockets” we were warned, “and guard your things – especially your passport”. Armed with all kinds of travel lore, we were in for a big surprise when we arrived in Hong Kong on our week-long summer vacation. Well, Hong Kong has surprises galore – especially if you are visiting after more than a decade. But the biggest surprise of them all is – Hong Kong is one of the safest…

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Added by Fabiola Jacob on March 28, 2013 at 10:18am — No Comments

Digital Natives, Digital Travelers Own the Travel Experience

In essence, travelers will create and share their own travel experience. They, not tourism officials or travel writers, will shape and determine the nature and quality of travel.



Professor Dimitrios Buhalis , …

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on March 27, 2013 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Lobster Fried Rice: Could There Be a Better Combination?

Here is an absolutely delicious recipe from Chef Bryan Dame of The Edge Restaurant at the The Inn at Ocean's Edge in Maine. While it is incredibly delicious it is also easy to make and can be served in your own home!



Lobster Fried Rice

Chef Bryan Dame

The Edge



3 eggs, scrambled

12 oz cooked lobster, chopped & tossed to coat with corn starch

6 cups cooked rice (cold)

½ cup thinly sliced celery, bit size pieces

½ cup thinly sliced…

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Added by Susana Soltero Liebow on March 27, 2013 at 9:13am — No Comments

Explore Roussillon Wines

To fully appreciate a wine is to be intimately familiar with its geographical origins and vinicultural heritage. Wines from France's Roussillon region certainly exemplify this truism. Vineyards are surrounded by 3 mountain ranges yielding wide topographical variety and soils with the Corbières to the…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on March 26, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Spring Festivals in Southern Europe

Has spring sprung yet where you live? Or perhaps you're in the Southern hemisphere, and summertime is easing its way into warm fall days. This "shoulder season" time tends to provide perfect traveling conditions in many parts of the world, when you can avoid the summertime crowds and heat, and the weather is just right for doing plenty of walking.…
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Added by Sara Cooke on March 26, 2013 at 8:28am — No Comments

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