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San Francisco State of Mind

As I sit here in my condo in the warm weather of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, sometimes I forget how blessed I am. Born on perhaps, as many will attest to, the most beautiful island in the world, Santorini, then to have my parents move to San Francisco when I was 4 years old, I feel very fortunate. I have spent a lifetime roaming the streets of this world-class city. Contemplating my return to the city this weekend to watch the 49ers with my fellow locals, I just learned that San Francisco…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on January 26, 2013 at 11:44am — No Comments

How To Pay For Travel If You're Poor



I know a lot of financial experts say to skip travel if you're poor.I totally disagree with that.Travel can open the door to business ideas and jobs.It also acts as a strong motivation to make more money.The very planning and saving for trips can lead to different opportunities.If you have kids,travel opens their eyes to careers they haven't thought of and colleges they might like to attend in the future. On top of all that, planning of trips brings happiness and of course travel…

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Added by Travel Rob on January 25, 2013 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

Mali’s Jihad Number 4, and Counting: The Day the Music Stopped

See video Voices United for Mali - 'Mali-ko'

It’s horrible, of course, the war currently going on in Mali, the desecration of Sufi shrines in Timbuktu, and the disruption of lives in a place where life doesn’t allow much margin for error. …

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Added by Earl Hardie Karges on January 25, 2013 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

Jerez de la Frontera: Embrujo de Sol y Palmas



La esquina de la luz y el duende se llama Cádiz. El aeropuerto de la provincia está en Jerez de la Frontera (la ciudad más poblada, con más de 200.000 habitantes) Osborne y recibe al turista con un toro de . Todo un símbolo en la tierra del sherry, ese tipo de vino que se puede probar en más de 30 bodegas, como la de Tío Pepe o la…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on January 24, 2013 at 9:09am — No Comments

Is "Socialgraphics" Travel's Next Big Social-Media Thing?

We reported frequently in New Media Travel that hotels notoriously use photos of empty swimming pools,…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on January 23, 2013 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Getting Around Costa Rica: What's Your Best Transportation Option?

You’ve got your flight to Costa Rica booked, your hotel reservations or tour itinerary set. Now what about getting around?



There are many choices, from…

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Added by Shannon Farley on January 22, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Jacqueline Silva, Brazil's Beach Volleyball Queen



Among the images conjured by mentioning Brazil are those of beach volleyballers on Ipanema, with green mountain slopes in the background and golden sand running for miles. Aside from the all-night-long beach parties, beach volleyball is one of the country's most popular symbols; it's long been associated with beach volleyball…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on January 21, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Boston: El Chispazo del Motín



por Cristóbal Ramírez



El Atlántico se presiente (aunque no se vea) y la historia se siente (y también se ve). Vayamos al grano: Boston fue la madre de los Estados Unidos. La pionera. La adelantada. La espabilada. Califíquenla como quieran, pero sepan que su centro…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on January 18, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Costa Rica's Río Celeste: Where God Painted the Sky into a River

Legend tells that when God made the world, after he finished painting the sky a brilliant pastel blue, he washed his brushes in a beautiful Costa Rican river, coloring the river the same intense sky blue.…

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Added by Shannon Farley on January 16, 2013 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Using Social Media to Build Customer Loyalty: Sunset Hill House, New Hampshire

New England is not an easy place to get to know, especially in its winters when the dark and the cold and the snow hold the land in a formidable grasp, and the people disappear into their homes and cafes for months.



But that can also be the fun part of New England, and especially the iconic state of…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on January 15, 2013 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Granada, Spain, and Washington Irving's 'Tales of the Alhambra'



by Nellie Huang



Spain, a Western European country rich in Mediterranean flavors and Arab influence, is actually a few countries packed into one. With its location in the southern end of Europe and just a hop away from North Africa, Spain…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on January 14, 2013 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Tanzania's Singita Grumeti Game Reserves: Exotic Splurge of a Lifetime

Many of us have been fortunate enough to have been on safari in Africa - some of us more than once. An African safari is something that should be on everyone's bucket list.  I have been fortunate enough to have been on a hot-air balloon over the Masai Mara - truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But all safaris, safari lodges, and games reserves are clearly not all alike. Once in a while you just have to live like a star.



But even if you're not Brad and Angelina, but just have…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on January 14, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

In Bali, a Cancer of the Heart

It often seems that at least 90% of foreign tourists only step into one part of Indonesia – Bali, the formally Hindu majority paradise just to the east of Java. But by the time I finally took the ferry across the narrow waterway between the two islands, I'd spent three months in Indonesia, all in Java.

I was truthfully, scared to come here. It features heavily in classical writing about Asia, a tropical paradise, Shangri-la, with an…

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Added by Nithin C on January 13, 2013 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Can the Cuisine of Peru Change the World?

Remember the proverb about giving a man a fish versus teaching a man to fish? That ancient bit of wisdom was well at work in an inspiring documentary I saw recently about three of my favorite topics: Peru, food, and Peruvian food. I even got to meet its stars, both world famous chefs, and…

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Added by David Paul Appell on January 12, 2013 at 7:43pm — No Comments

En El Salvador, rock religioso entre volcanes



Una cosa hay que dejar clara: no venga buscando grandes monumentos en El Salvador. De todas formas, ¿quién los quiere con esta naturaleza exuberante? Los parques nacionales de Los Volcanes, El Imposible y de Montecristo muestran bosques majestuosos, ríos frescos y miradores donde uno se siente amo y señor de la naturaleza. Los 300…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on January 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Paradise Calling - Costa Rica Real Estate is a Hot Investment

More than 700 miles of beach on Pacific and Caribbean coasts, warm water, tropical climate, lush rainforest and cloud forest, jungle wildlife, stable country, and friendly people – Costa Rica entices millions to visit every year.

If you live anywhere in the Americas, and most likely…

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Added by Shannon Farley on January 10, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Most Popular Hotels in Vienna, Austria

Whether for elegant shopping or hotels, Vienna Austria has become a hot spot in Europe. Hotels of all categories have been transforming and mushrooming for a while, with more and better places to sleep, at (still) reasonable prices. That makes the choice a little harder, and more people are looking for the most popular hotels in town. But does that reasonably narrow your search? The answer is no, as…

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Added by Vienna Unwrapped on January 10, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Does Social Media Noise Actually Hurt the Travel Biz?

Or, Are Facebook and Twitter a Waste of Time for the Travel Marketer?



How surprising is this: In the second half of last year, fewer that 1% of visitors arrived at a hotel or travel booking site, "via a social media link or a link shared by by a friend," reports…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on January 9, 2013 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Hot New Boutique Hotel/Music Venue in Greenwich, Connecticut: J House

Once a humble Howard Johnson's overlooking I-95, JHouse is now Greenwich, Connecticut’s newest hotel and live-music hotspot. Resulting from extreme adaptive reuse, the property’s exterior footprint is the only discernible clue revealing its HoJo origins. The rest is a tricked out ultramodern architectural…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on January 8, 2013 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Croatian Folk Music: An Adventure Off the Beaten Path

by Nelly Huang



Croatia: a land of more than a thousand islands, splattered off the beautiful Adriatic coastline in Eastern Europe. Located at the crossroads of the Balkans and the Mediterranean, this European country is chock-full of intriguing history, Mediterranean cuisine and Slavic cultural heritage.

On a recent visit to the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, I…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on January 8, 2013 at 8:39am — No Comments

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