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History, Beaches, and More in Budva, Montenegro

In case you’re wondering where is Montenegro, for starters it’s one of the world’s newest countries – a Slavic land once part of Yugoslavia, then Serbia, and now independent for just five years.  And though small (smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut, in fact) it’s an up-and-comer indeed on the travel scene, with…


Added by David Paul Appell on March 30, 2016 at 9:56am — No Comments

Costa Rica Surfing Champion Shares Her Passion, Gives Advice to Teens

It’s been a good year so far for Nataly Bernold. The 19-year-old from Jaco Beach, Costa Rica, was just crowned Costa Rica’s National Surfing Champion in the Women’s divisionin August (2012), making it her third national…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on November 3, 2012 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Tourism Security as a Marketing Tool

Tourism security professionals and managers often (and justly) complain that they are considered expendable due to the fact that the other parts of the tourism industry perceive them as adding nothing to the bottom line.  In fact often tourism officials believe that security is simply and added and required expense that must be accepted, be that expense a burden. This month's Tourism Tidbits focuses on the other side of the coin, and emphasizes that not only is tourism security not…


Added by Peter Tarlow on November 2, 2012 at 4:27pm — No Comments

The 2012 Zoomershow in Toronto Was Fit for Fashionable Folks Over 45

Ten years ago, Moses Znaimer renamed the baby boomer generation into the 'Zoomers' to celebrate how they stay active in their retirement years. Five years ago someone got the bright idea to wrap a trade show around the notion and last weekend, October 27, 28 of 2012, the Zoomershow was hosted at the Direct Energy Building at Exhibition Place . The organizers use the…


Added by Rob Campbell on November 2, 2012 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

The Chocolate Spa at Pennsylvania's Hotel Hershey Is Decadent

Hershey, Pennsylvania is called the “Sweetest Place on Earth” so it is only fitting that it has the sweetest spa.  The spa features a variety of chocolate-infused treatments in honor of our rich chocolate history. Sink into a frothy…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on November 1, 2012 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Bacon's Castle: Where History and Architecture Meet in Virginia


Many of us occasionally yearn for a quiet ride into the countryside “far from the madding crowd” to escape and just breathe for a bit. Sometimes something different and unique is found along the way and we discovered just such a find in Bacon’s Castle. Getting to Bacon’s Castle is quite unique as…


Added by William Annis Davis on July 8, 2014 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

Cruising Egypt's Nile

A first time visitor to Egypt who wants a classical (pharaonic antiquities) experience would do well to book a Nile cruise. Of course modern airlines shuttle tourists to the southern region of Egypt, but historically the Nile cruise was really the only way to visit the temples and tombs located along this stretch of the river. It is still a popular means of visiting upper Egypt and has many advantages to other means of travel.

First of all, it is very nice to unpack once and have your…


Added by Manta Royal on October 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Blinis y vodka con el colega Peter

por Cristóbal Ramírez

Intente hacer un cálculo: contar el número de veces que se le abrirá la boca en San Petersburgo. Lo más probable es que termine perdiendo la cuenta. Peter, como la denominan sus habitantes igual que si estuvieran llamando a un colega, está construida para…


Added by Iberia Airlines on October 30, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Companies Use Social Media to Stress Brands, Not Customer Service

You can’t blame travel suppliers and companies for their myopia.  For all too many years they’ve had a Pavlovian response to their brands: promote them, and get around to taking care of customers later.

Or maybe never.

In spite of all the brouhaha that suggested social media is…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 29, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Kayaking in Vietnam's Halong Bay – Things to Know

Halong Bay attracts thousands of passengers every month. Nearly five hundred cruises run every day and hundreds of passengers stay on board every night. Halong Bay is famous for its natural beauty and thousands of limestone islands and islets.

When you are on board, you admire the majestic beauty of the Bay but when you GET closer to the limestone…

Added by Indochina Sails on October 29, 2012 at 10:42am — No Comments

You've Heard of London's Harrods and Marks & Spencer. But What About Fortnum & Mason?

Imagine my surprise, not long ago, to discover I wanted to write a glowing article for my travel series “Best of London” about a department store!  (Just when did I fall and hit my head, anyways)?  But no, there were no mishaps involved.  If anything, our discovery was what I would term a “happy accident”…


Added by Deb Thompson on December 23, 2015 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Costa Rica Coffee is Especially Loved Around the World

When the coffee mill is roasting in my little town in Costa Rica, you can smell the aroma throughout our hills and valleys. The sweet, pungent fragrance entices you to a steaming cup or two in the morning, and following tradition, another at 3 p.m. When I first moved to this small Central American land, I was puzzled by how it seemed the entire country stops at 3 pm for its cafecito”. After nearly 11 years of living here, I find the local custom…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on October 27, 2012 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Friendship and Destiny in Taiwan

Today I left Taiwan. For three weeks I was there, taking each day one by one. The reason, a wedding, a reason I turned into an excuse, an opportunity, to turn this trip to Asia into something far greater.

It was my second time to Taiwan, a fact that never ceased to amaze Taiwanese. But, in reality, it was me who never ceased to be amazed by Taiwanese people, who by the end of the…


Added by Nithin C on October 26, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

World Responsible Travel Day at London's World Travel Market (November 5-8, 2012)

I have been going to the World Travel Market since 2007, and this year’s WTM, in my opini…

Added by West Africa Discovery on October 25, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Classic & Vintage Spirits Showcased in Pop Up Tour Across the USA

In 1999 Paolo and Allison Domeneghetti departed careers in the fine and culinary arts to focus on a unified passion of

bringing the best spirits to market using sustainable partnerships with producers and suppliers.…


Added by Steve Mirsky on October 25, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

How Sweet It Is: Pennsylvania's Hotel Hershey

The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania has it all – luxurious accommodations, private cottages, excellent dining, a world-class spa, two swimming pools, four golf courses, boutique shops, and, oh, so much more. And of course it is in the Sweetest Place on Earth.  

Located on a hill with a view of…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on October 23, 2012 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Even “Dear Abby” Says Don’t Leave Home Without Travel Insurance

According to the travel insurance companies, you shouldn’t leave home without travel insurance.

And according to Dear Abby, you shouldn’t leave home without travel insurance.

The popular columnist known…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 23, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Africa Safari Annoyances

A number of things can be annoying or even upsetting to tourists visiting Africa, these can range from; insects, bumpy roads and dust, sunburn etc. 

Insects: Insect and bugs can be annoying. Tourists will find Insects in significant numbers depending upon your location and current weather patterns. Mosquitoes are present though generally not active during the day. Flies can be more of a nuisance, especially when you’re…


Added by Krystal Christine on October 22, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Biloxi, Mississippi and the Beau Rivage

It was a bittersweet moment to book my recent trip to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. As a long time travel industry employee who had not been to this area in years I was thrilled to not only have an opportunity to assess the recent damage from Hurricane Isaac in September…


Added by LaDonna Allen on October 22, 2012 at 11:02am — No Comments

Celebrate Costa Rica's Unique Caribbean Culture in Limón

This weekend the port city of Limón kicked off its annual Carnival festivities, a 12-day Caribbean street party celebrating the kaleidoscope of cultures on…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on October 21, 2012 at 9:39am — No Comments

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