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Featured Member Blog Posts – April 2013 Archive (53)

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…

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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…

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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 full" and "full to empty". For many…

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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!…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Transportation for Traveling Wheelchair Users: The Public Transit Option

If you’re traveling in a wheelchair, getting around at your destination is a major concern. Yes, there are companies like Wheelchair Getaways that provide wheelchair accessible van rentals but they run around $100 a day, plus tax and mileage.

Luckily, one option is becoming more common in increasing areas of the…

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Added by Darryl Musick on April 26, 2013 at 9:08am — No Comments

Tales of the Panama Parrot Vendor



One day in Bocas del Toro an indigenous man dropped by with a parrot to sell me. I knew I wasn't going to be here long enough to buy pets, but I had owned a parrot when I lived in South America as a kid, and I always wanted another. I figured that when I left Bocas I would let him go, like I did my macaw in Cochabamba.



As long as he was there, I decided to ask him about the indigenous culture. Not necessarily how they lived now, but what…

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Added by Forrest Walker on April 26, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Fish Tales & Sailing Adventures in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

I met Nemo the other day. Well, actually it was his cousin. Instead of a cute bright orange and white striped Clownfish, this little guy was a vibrant yellow and turquoise with dark stripes. It swam right up to my snorkel mask, in my mind to say, “Hi!” Really, what it was probably thinking was “bug off,” given that it was a…

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Added by Shannon Farley on April 25, 2013 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Ballooning New Mexico's Rio Grande Gorge

As I stand at the top of the Rio Grande Gorge in the wild lands outside of Taos, New Mexico, I peer down into a 900-foot tunnel of sandstone-brown with a thin string of color – the Rio Grande – at the bottom. It has taken millions of years for this spot to look this way. And it takes only seconds to take my breath away.

When you realize you’re about to go down into the Gorge, it takes your breath away, as well. You can climb down into it, as some do. Or you can do as…

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Added by Steve Winston on April 25, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

Pechos al Aire Junto al Misisipi



por Cristóbal Ramírez
 



El estrés no va con Nueva Orleáns. Tampoco las hamburguesas XXL. Y no se utiliza el coche para ir a la esquina.…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on April 24, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Srinagar, Historic Summer Capital of India's Rulers

Srinagar… famous as the city of the Dal Lake is also the capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at 1,730 meters above sea level,…

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Added by Sanjeev Barman on April 24, 2013 at 10:34am — No Comments

Will Google and Facebook Dominate Travel? Of Course

Will Google harness its awesome search capacity, plus its Youtube, plus social indicators from a person's searches to make travel suggestions and shape travel experiences? And book travel too.



We say, yes. It says "yes," too.



It's widely accepted that travelers are seriously unhappy with online travel agents (OTA's) - the big-box airline…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 23, 2013 at 11:24am — No Comments

Finding Your First Vacation Rental

As the economy continues to lag many Americans are discovering the world of…

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Added by stewart christensen on April 23, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Earth Day: 10 Habits to Greener Travel

Happy Earth Day! While it goes without saying that we should engage in environmentally sound practices every single day of the year, April 22nd is a good day to pause and evaluate our habits, and consider how our daily activities - and our vacations - affect the planet.…
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Added by Sara Cooke on April 22, 2013 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Buttermilk Griddlecakes Recipe From Montana's Resort at Paws Up

Montana is cowboy country, pardner, and cowboys -- and of course cowgirls -- wake up hungry. You, too, will rise and take a shine at breakfast to to these luscious buttermilk flapjacks.



The Resort at Paws Up serves food that will satisfy the Western outlaw in you. Occupying miles of untamed wilderness in Montana's Blackfoot Valley, Paws Up goes way beyond the usual dude ranch, offering modern, spacious lodgings…

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Added by Tripatini on April 22, 2013 at 9:21am — No Comments

Southern Spain's Sierra Nevada & Las Alpujarras

Why this is one of the best places for walking holidays in Spain!!

The Sierra NevadaOn Top Of Sierra Nevada, Mulhacen

Sierra Nevada represents the highest massif in Europe after the Alps, with Mulhacen at 3482m is the highest peak in the Iberian peninsular. The highest peaks can remain snow capped for the…

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Added by dan shaffrey on April 21, 2013 at 8:45am — No Comments

Why Local Travel? Because We Can Make a Real Difference

Local Travel Movement logo

There is no shortage of niche travel labels out there – ecotourism, responsible travel, sustainable travel, ethical travel, experiential travel, mindful travel, real travel, good travel, pro-poor travel, community-based tourism, local travel etc. I suspect, though, that more than just a few of them are either meaningless or confusing to travel consumers. And we know that some of these labels have lost their potency as a result of unscrupulous entrepreneurs' false…

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Added by Ethan Gelber on April 20, 2013 at 6:46pm — 3 Comments

Costa Rica Offers Prime Scuba Diving on Two Coasts

Costa Rica is known for its adventures. One that draws adventure enthusiasts from all over the world is scuba diving in Costa Rica’s warm and beautiful waters.

The “Rich Coast” in Central America offers under-the-sea adventures ranging from impressive coral reefs to vast schools of fish and other marine life to shipwrecks. With two coastlines, the Pacific and the Caribbean, Costa Rica…

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Added by Shannon Farley on April 19, 2013 at 11:47am — No Comments

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