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Uncovering Costa Rica's Indigenous History and Culture

Visitors to Costa Rica’s northwest Guanacaste region probably don’t realize the area was once a thriving community for the indigenous Chorotega tribe. Indigenous history and traditions maintain a low profile in the Central…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on May 9, 2013 at 7:46am — No Comments

Top 5 Spots to Backpack in New Zealand

Pahilia: Bay of Islands is a great place to visit.  Its relaxing, calming, and there's still alot to do. Pahilia is a great place to start your adventures.  It allows easy access to the North and West to do Cape Reinga, Sand surfing…

Added by Paul Anthony Rogers on May 8, 2013 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

What is a "Marriage Travel Time Out" and Why You May Need One


I love my husband and we are truly best friends but when we get into one of our arguments about something meaningless in a “drive me crazy” kind of way; I need to head for the hills.

Let me clarify:

I need a “Marriage Travel Time…


Added by Voyages Groupe Ideal on May 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Get Walking in San Francisco

One of my favorite ways to get the lay of the land while traveling is to go walking and one of the things I love about San Francisco is that it is a great walking town. There are so many places you can reach without ever getting into a car. It is a great place to get in your daily exercise without resorting to the hotel's workout facility just by sightseeing.

Here are a couple of my favorite running/walking routes. Whether you are staying in the Union Square area or south of…


Added by Andrea Shpall on May 7, 2013 at 2:39pm — 1 Comment

Social Media Drives East Europe Indie Travel

by Hardie Karges and Kaleel Sakakeeny

(please watch the 1-min Video PostCard below)

Twenty years after the fall of communism, tourism is finally on the rise in Eastern…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on May 7, 2013 at 9:50am — No Comments

¡Happy Cinco de Mayo!

There are of course a bunch of Mexican patriotic holidays that come around every year.  But the that's caught on most outside Mexico is Cinco de Mayo – especially in the next-door United States, most notably out on the West Coast, but really, pretty…


Added by David Paul Appell on May 5, 2013 at 7:25am — No Comments

Hotel Montana: Big Skies in Lucerne, Switzerland


High up on a hillside overlooking the waters of a vast silvery blue lake...Montana. Serenity and sweeping views yet minutes away from a bustling historic village...Montana…Hotel Montana, that is, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Embodying art deco magnificence with no expense spared, this…


Added by Steve Mirsky on May 4, 2013 at 1:28pm — No Comments

May is International Tourism Month. What Are You Doing to Mark the Month?

Tourism is not only the world's largest industry, but also often its most misunderstood.  Many people outside of the industry believe that tourism professionals are on a permanent vacation.  Others complain about tourism's negative impact.  They see greater traffic on the streets, they note the waits in restaurants and cultural events, and complain that visitors often get lost, are loud, and even rude.  While certainly the tourism industry has to plead guilty to some of these charges, any…


Added by Peter Tarlow on May 3, 2013 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Tips to Avoid Bringing Bedbugs Home From Your Hotel


Bedbugs are ugly little creatures that suck your blood while…


Added by Evelyn Kanter on May 3, 2013 at 10:10am — No Comments

Costa Rican Surfer Rises to Top 10 in World Rankings

Costa Rica surfer Carlos Muñoz has made it to the top 10 in the Junior Men’s World Ranking of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on May 2, 2013 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Ferry Tales From the Abacos

by Chelle Koster Walton

I watched tidily uniformed schoolkids climb aboard as the crew loaded sacks of flour, a boxed microwave, some spare luggage, and various other unidentifiable bundles onto the 50-foot fiberglass ferry boat. Despite the early hour, everyone was cheerful as they made their way to their wood benches, nodding good morning to fellow passengers whether they knew them or not. The captain…


Added by Tripatini on May 2, 2013 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Chasing Gold: Do Top Rankings Really Increase Hotel Revenue?

Hotels live and die by the number and kinds of reviews they get. Especially on TripAdvisor, because the quantity, quality and frequency of reviews a hotel receives there, determine a hotels  all-important ranking.

Very little is said about the authenticity of a review,…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on May 1, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

Easy Thailand Travel: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand, is known for its elephants, tigers, resorts, parasols, temples, hill tribes and mountains.

So what's in it for Levelers? All of the above and more.

Old city gates…


Added by Judy Wells on May 1, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Greece in May – The Perfect Time to Visit

Greece - Acropolis at night

Want to beat the summer rush to the Mediterranean? Then consider a visit to Greece in May. Traveling to Greece before the summer rush has a lot to offer. Less crowds when you visit ancient Athens and the Acropolis, or the Temple of Apollo at Delphi makes taking photos and hiking around ruins and…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on April 30, 2013 at 8:24pm — 1 Comment

In Portland, Orgeon, Fall Into the Great Outdoors

by Susan E. Frost

You may have heard that my hometown (and Oregon's biggest city, with 500,000 people and 1.6 million in the metro area) has more than a whiff of cool about it these days. True enough, but what I like even more -- and what clinches the deal for many visitors -- is its scenery, greenery, and water everywhere, in fountains, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Fall foliage season is, to my taste, the most beautiful time…


Added by Tripatini on April 30, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments

Understanding Fuel and Insurance When Hiring a Car

Fuel and insurance are often two of the most misunderstood issues when it comes to hiring a car. In this article we try to shed some light on these topics!

Fuel Policy

There are two main types of fuel policies in the car hire industry: "full to…


Added by Auto Europe on April 29, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Best of Mexico City

When people heard we were going to Mexico City they were shocked, how could we go to such a dangerous place. Our response was always, What do you know about Mexico City, why do you think it is dangerous? To us, it was a chance to experience one of the biggest cities in the world. With a population of roughly 18 million, it is thought to be the third largest city!…


Added by Mellissa Solin on April 29, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

Experiencing the Art of the Dominican Republic Via Its Most Famous Artist, Cándido Bidó

Many of those who visit the Dominican Republic for its golden sandy beaches, tropical forests, and adventure in Jurassic Park-esque settings discover that it's also home to a world of rich culture, intriguing history and especially some world-class contemporary art.

One of the DR modern…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on April 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Wines & Treasures of Picturesque Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is so much more than I expected. It’s a delight to the senses, a city that speaks to the soul. I went there to learn about the wines, and came home with a wider appreciation of their dynamic and intriguing mix of heritage and culinary mastery. It’s such an easy trip to get there, you should definitely think about adding it to your “must travel to” list. I…


Added by Linda Kissam on April 27, 2013 at 6:53pm — No Comments

The Mystique of the Quetzal

There are few animals – and offhand I can’t really think of any birds – with quite the mystique of the iridescent emerald-green denizen of southern Mexico and Central America known as the resplendent quetzal. Since they’re fairly rare (officially “near threatened”) and even more elusive, you’re very…


Added by David Paul Appell on April 26, 2013 at 12:48pm — No Comments

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