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Traveling With Teens and the Birth of Empathy

The birth of empathy between siblings is a beautiful thing to witness.  One of the many unexpected joys of living abroad is watching the way such a powerful experience changes your children.  For the better.  Kids who travel together, learn to rely on each other in a deeper way than life in suburban America demands.

When we left for Italy, Katie and…


Added by Susan Pohlman on August 3, 2013 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Oklahoma City Spirit and Style

Oklahoma City is a place that exudes charm, character, sorrow and a spirit that inspires visitors to live their lives more meaningfully.  I spent three fascinating days in this city …and like others who came before me and those who will follow… my soul was changed forever.

Arriving at the…


Added by Linda Kissam on August 2, 2013 at 2:05pm — No Comments

The Beaches of Morocco

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break sunbathing on the beach or the thrills and spills of surfing, the beaches of Morocco are guaranteed to satisfy your wishes. Morocco boasts miles and miles of clean, unspoilt beaches bathed by the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. From Saïdia to…


Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on August 2, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Underway on Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast

We set out down the beach under a leaden sky stuffed with clouds. It was 8:00 at night, close to my bedtime (I know, I’m on Costa Rica “country” time). At first it was hard to…


Added by Shannon Farley on August 1, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Hungary's Pride and Joy: Paprika


I've been experimenting a bit more than usual with spices recently, and so pungent Hungarian paprika has been very much on my radar, bringing back memories of a three-week stint in Hungary several years ago. This spice is used in cookery throughout much of…


Added by Jose Balido on August 1, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

If It’s Summertime in Greece – It’s Time For Island Hopping

Greece is for lovers, and everyone loves a Greek island. Having spent childhood summers in Greece, I find this to be true. Depending on what your definition of an island is, there are between 2,000 and as many as 6,000 Greek Islands - "over 3,000" is a number one hears quite a bit around Greece. However, only a little over 200 are inhabited. Ferry services connect most of the islands, making it easy to hop from one to another. Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands,…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on July 31, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Travel or Refrigerators and Stoves

So it was an easy chat with a friend who knew I had something to do with the travel biz. He knew I traveled. He knew I produced content (videos, Audio PostCards, travel news reports, trends) for our own site,…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on July 31, 2013 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

Recife, La Venecia de Brasil


Las palmeras son altísimas. Recife, ubicada en el noreste de…


Added by Iberia Airlines on July 30, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Top Bananas: Plantains in the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean

On your visit to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or Cuba, at some point soon you’re likely to find on your plate one of the locals’ favorite starchy staples: cooked plátanos (plantains -- and not just these three countries, by the…


Added by David Paul Appell on July 30, 2013 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

3 Innovative Travel Accessories


At first glance, it may seem that luggage tags, portable electronic device protectors, and smart phone stands don't warrant a spot on the latest must-have travel accessory list. But as travelers know, simpler is better and the devil is in the details. Is your smart phone protected from twisting and bumping? Is your neck pillow too bulky for…


Added by Steve Mirsky on July 29, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How I Wrote My Cruise Ship Novel

Here is an excerpt of the interview I gave for THE BOOK BLOG. It is British blog about publishing and writing and has a section on featured authors. Since my novel Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships is the "Tripatini Read of the Week," I thought you might like to know a little more about our story. 


Tim I am so happy to be appearing on a British blog because my book is such a blend of the British and Americans. It is…


Added by Cara Bertoia on July 29, 2013 at 7:21am — No Comments

Hoi An, Vietnam - Part 1

I called this post Hoi An Part 1. I should probably have called it Hoi an BCC (Before Camera Class) and the next post  Hoi ACC (After Camera Class). I took an excellent camera class in Hoi An and hopefully you will see a marked improvement in my photography skills in the next post.

Hoi An is a wonderful little…


Added by Forrest Walker on July 28, 2013 at 4:01pm — No Comments

A Visit to Ephesus, Turkey



When I first visited Turkey, I did something I won’t be able to do again. I gave the coach driver a 2 million lira tip! Shortly after my visit, the revalued their currency, simply by deleting the word…


Added by Keith Kellett on July 27, 2013 at 5:41pm — 2 Comments

Costa Rica's Key Role in Preserving Biodiversity in the Meso-American Biological Corridor

Central America forms a bridge literally between North and South America, which throughout its three million year history has served as a natural biological passageway between the two continents. In the last century, however, much of that corridor has been destroyed by farming and urbanization.

Biologists have determined that biological corridors are one of the most effective methods of conserving…


Added by Shannon Farley on July 26, 2013 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Dubai's Outdoor Parks

With Burj Khalifa, Dubai became the home of tallest building in the world. Besides Burj Khlaifa, the city also features contemporary architectural structures such as Burj Al Arab and Palm Islands. However, the city is not only about skyscrapers and modern residential complexes there are numerous parks where you can spend some time away from bustling environment. Book Dubai flights and visit…


Added by Globe Hunters on July 26, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments

Touring Vietnam by Motorcyle

by Elise

Of the two months we spent in Vietnam a good portion of that was riding every day. We booked a Motorbiking the Ho Chi Minh Trail tour from Activetravel Asia. Our tour is about 3500km from Hanoi to Saigon (much to the horror of our parents!). We took our time, made many small stops in towns as well as major cities and really got a feel for…

Added by Active Travel Asia on July 25, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Redondo Beach’s Rock and Brews Does Not Miss a Beat


Cold Beers are flowing at Rock & Brews

What do you get when you take a legendary rock star, a successful restaurateur, and a rock promoter and put them together?  You get a micro-pub restaurant like no other.

If you’re like me and grew up as a teenager in the 70s, you most likely attended a Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd or Stones show back in…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on July 24, 2013 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Data Darwinism: Of Survival and Reviews

Reviews do matter, but what seems to matter more is who writes them, and the question, can they be predicted?

And it seems Airbnb is saying, "yes."

Booking an Airbnb place anywhere can be a 50-50…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on July 23, 2013 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Jordan's Dead Sea

When we visited Jordan in 2002, we ate lunch in one of the lowest restaurants on earth. But, it wasn’t low in the sense of being cheap, or because not very nice people eat there. Jordan’s Dead Sea Spa hotel is 400 metres below sea level, which is as low as you can get on the surface of the Earth. I did hear…


Added by Keith Kellett on July 23, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

Costa Rica’s Pro Surfers Vie for National Titles in Jacó

If Costa Rica's professional surf scene had an A-team, it would look something like this: Carlos Muñoz, Jair Pérez, Noe Mar McGonagle, Gilbert Brown, Anthony Fillingim, Luis Vindas, Leilani McGonagle, Lisbeth Vindas, and Nataly…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on July 23, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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