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Monday, July 10, 2006

Seattle Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is one of the biggest Seattle Attractions . What makes this place so unique is not because Starbucks first opened its store here, or it is one of the oldest ongoing market in the nation, but the fresh seafood and flowers this place offers. Pike Place Fish Market is located here and it is well known for its fresh fish, crabs, and teamwork of its employees.

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Travel Review: Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls in Oregon is one of the most beautiful waterfall scenery in the United States. Marked as the second tallest waterfall in the U.S., thousands of people converge daily to this magnificent phenomena. Visit Travel Photos and Travel Reviews for travel reviews, photos, and videos.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Majestic Mt. Rainier

I had the opportunity to visit Mount Rainier during the end of June and I must say, what a majestic and beautiful sight it was. I hiked up the snowy mountain, just about 6,800 feet, to the base camp of Mount Rainier. Visit for my photos and videos.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Beautiful Butchart Gardens

Just came back from our trip to Victoria, British Columbia. What a beautiful place. Butchart Gardens is located north of Victoria. It is the largest and most beautiful garden in North America. More than 1,000 types of flower species are on display. Visit Butchart Gardens for a detailed review, photos, and videos.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is a beautiful place to visit. Located East of Seattle Washington and nestled in the city of Snoqualmie, this 200+ feet waterfall is absolutely gorgeous. Please visit to view photos and videos.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Greece Travel Facts and Review

Overview of Greece for Travelers (Travel Reviews and Photos )
by: Richard Monk

From the Olympics to My Fat Greek Wedding, Greece has always been a cultural centerpiece in the history of man. Summing up its contribution requires a small library, but here is an overview.

Overview of Greece for Travelers

Greece was home to some of the earliest advanced civilizations. From the Minoans of the second BC millennium to Mycenaeans who established the basis of the current language, the country has produced cultural, philosophical, political and sport advancements unrivaled by others.
The modern Greek state obtained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. It has carried on what seems like a constant conflict with Turkey and was also involved in both World Wars. In 1981, Greece joined the European Community that eventually evolved into the European Union.

The official name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic. Greece covers an area of roughly 51,000 square miles. Athens is both the capital and largest population center with roughly 3.5 million inhabitants. Thessaloniki is the second largest population area with just over one million people. The terrain of Greece ranges from mountains in the north to flat plains in the south and beautiful islands off the coast. Winters are mild while summers are hot and dry making Greece a huge tourist destination.

The people of Greece are known as Greeks. They total more than 10.96 million. Population growth exists, but it is just above .2 percent annually. Greek is the official language. From a religious perspective, 99 percent of Greeks claim Greek Orthodox as their religion. Literacy rate is 95 percent and all levels of education are absolutely free. Life expectancy is 76 for males and 81 for women.

Greece is a relatively small country, but has accounted for a remarkable number of developments in the trek of mankind through history. Whether you are going to see the culture or loaf on the islands, Greece is a top travel destination for a good reason.

About The Author
Richard Monk is with - a site with facts about everything. Visit to read more about Country Facts.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Las Vegas Vacation Tips

Vegas Vacation Tips: 5 Tips For First Timers
by: Cait Farrell

First time in Las Vegas? Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world - there's no other place like it. But if you've never been there before, you could end up missing the best Vegas has to offer or worse - spending more money than you'd planned. If you're booking your first Las Vegas vacation, the following tips will save you time, money and frustration. (for a great Las Vegas attractions guide, go to

Vacation Tip #1: Book Your Vegas Package Early
Try to make your reservations and ticket purchases at least 21 days before your trip. Some fares require an advance purchase of 3, 7, 14, or 21 days, while others may require no advance purchase at all. Also, many Las Vegas hotels give you a discount incentive for booking your vacation early. As more people book the hotel rooms, there are less spots available and prices can rise.

Vacation Tip #2: Bring High Quality Running Shoes
If you're going to be exploring the gorgeous hotels and various attractions on the Las Vegas strip - make sure you take high quality, well-fitting running shoes. Most of the surfaces you'll be walking on are either concrete or stone. While it's lovely to stroll along the cobblestone streets of the Venetian or the Paris hotels - if you're in shoes that don't give you adequate cushioning you'll be in pain by the end of the day. And after 3 days, forget about it.

Vacation Tip #3: If It's Your First Time In Vegas Try To Stay On Or Near The Las Vegas Strip. (go to this link, Las Vegas Casinos Guide, great Casino Guide.) The Las Vegas strip is the best place to be - especially if it's your first time in Las Vegas. Enjoy the fountains of the Bellagio, see the lion habitat at the MGM Grande, watch the pirate show at the Treasure Island, view the white tigers at the Mirage.

When you're on the Las Vegas strip most of the attractions and hotels are within walking distance so you don't need to rent a car. Staying at one of the hotels on the strip will ensure you see most of the main attractions in Vegas.

Some hotels on the Las Vegas strip are the Bellagio, MGM Grande, Mirage, Ceasar's Palace, Aladdin, Circus Circus, Treasure Island, Imperial Palace, Flamingo, New York New York, Bally's and the Paris Hotel.

Vacation Tip #4: Bring Your Appetite & Forego Your Diet
Las Vegas offers some of the BEST buffets and restaurants in the world. Two of the most popular buffets in Las Vegas are the Buffet at the Bellagio and the Spice Market Buffet at the Aladdin. They are a must try!
The buffets offer a huge selection (so everyone in the family is happy)at mid-priced rates (depending on where you go). The food quality is extremely high so forego your diet and enjoy! After all, you're on vacation.

Vacation Tip #5: You Don't Have To Spend A Bundle On Entertainment
While some of the shows in Las Vegas can be expensive, there are lots of things to do (especially with your family) that are low cost or absolutely free. Some freebies include:
Lion habitat at the MGM Grande White tigers at the Mirage Fountain display in front of the Bellagio M&M's Store near New York, New York hotel (free M&M's movie) Pirate Show at Treasure Island Rain Storm at the Dessert Passage next to the Aladdin Circus Acts at Circus Circus Human Statues at the Venetian Various specialty displays and gardens inside different hotels - depending on the time of year And they're always adding more!

So those are 5 general tips for Vegas first-time vacationers. The can save you time, money and frustration (and hopefully sore feet). There's no other place like Las Vegas - it's like a giant playground for adults and kids. Regardless of what you choose to do, you'll never forget your first time in Vegas!

About The Author
Cait Farrell is chief editor for - a website helping you save hundreds of dollars on your next Las Vegas vacation. For more tips on how to have your dream Las Vegas vacation visit:

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Hong Kong Travel Review

Travel Hong Kong: 12 Must See Places by: Robert Thatcher (Travel Reviews and Travel Photos)

Hong Kong features a diverse mixture of characters as a result of long British occupation and a great Chinese influence. As a state of China, Hong Kong provides a good introduction to who ever wants to know more about China without entering the mainland plus a venue for more attractions with western culture and Asian spirit.

1. Hong Kong Museum of Art – Located at 10 Salisbury Rd Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, the Hong Kong Museum of Art is open to anyone who wants to take a glimpse of Hong Kong’s culture and history through its large collection of over 14,000 items ranging from calligraphy, paintings, Hong Kong treasure, art objects, antiques, and lithographs. The museum is open from 10:00am-6:00pm daily except Thursday (public holidays not included).

2. Hong Kong Disneyland – The newly open and the first ever Disneyland in Asia offers total fun and excitement for the whole family. The park is divided into four major attractions: Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Main Street, USA.

3. Victoria Peak – Soaring 1810 feet above sea level, the Victoria Peak is premier destination for tourists who want to take a birds eye view of downtown Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Victoria Harbour. Go another step higher and take a 10-minute hike to the actual Victoria Peak.

4. Lantau Island – Travel Hong Kong and take a cruise around the waters of Lantau Island and watch pink dolphins that only live in this waters.

5. Ocean Park – Travel Hong Kong and visit Ocean Park. This is one Hong Kong attractions where you and your kids will have a great fun. The park is one big oceanarium containing Lowlands Gardens where pandas live, goldfish pagoda and butterfly house are located, Marine Land where atoll reef and shark aquariums are found, and Headlands amusement park where you can go and take a ride with cable cars and roller coasters.

6. Water World – Travel Hong Kong with kids would never be so much fun without taking a plunge on Water World. Enjoy wave pools, play area, and water slides.

7. Middle Kingdom – A miniature China that houses Chinese shrines, street scenes, temples, and palaces only at Middle Kingdom.

8. The Central district – If you travel to Hong Kong because you love to shop, you better go to the central Hong Kong district where big shopping malls and several Western designer and signature boutiques are located.

9. Lamma Island - If you want to see a different Hong Kong, try Lamma Island. It hosts several outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking. And if you love to taste fresh Hong Kong seafood in great dining ambiance, Lamma Island is still the preferred place to go.

10. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Sha Tin) – Located at New Territories, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery features Buddha in different poses and colors.

11. Hong Kong Space Museum – See what’s in store for you in the future at Hong Kong Space Museum. The complex offers hundreds of displays ranging from telecommunications, robotics, energy, computers, and physics with hands on experience that will keep you interested.

12. Wet Market – In Hong Kong, everything is fresh. And when they say fresh, they mean it. If you happen to travel Hong Kong to visit a friend or someone you know, come along when they go to wet market where the freshest among freshest seafood are for sale.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Honeymoon in Hawaii

by: Ignacio Silverstone
Hawaii honeymoon vacations are ideal for any newly wed couples. The exotic beaches of Hawaii with its captivating beauty will make your trip a memorable one. The enchanting beaches have the air of romanticism that transcends you to a different world with your partner. (visit for more reviews)

There are many beaches all around the world but none to match the ecstasy of the Hawaiian beaches. The island of Hawaii has special attractions with scuba diving and snorkeling that act as a bonus to visiting the place. The famous beaches lie at the Hilo District, Kona District, Kohala coast, Kau and Puna districts. Then there are other beaches that are equally bewitching and exotic like Kauai beaches, Oahu beaches, Maui beaches etc.

Let Hawaii be your first choice of honeymoon if you love beaches and seas. You will get the best deals with Hawaii honeymoon packages. There are also special offers if you book online. Please do a little bit of homework to get the best deal on Hawaii honeymoon packages.

The majestic beaches of Hawaii are perfect to drink life to the lees. The scenic beauty will inspire you for a better loved life and you will find contentment in your partner's arm – something that you have been longing for. Hawaii honeymoon vacation resorts and hotels have much more to offer. There are different types of accommodation to suit your budget and make you enjoy very moment of your stay in Hawaii.

The Hawaii honeymoon package comes in a combination of meals, guided tours along with other entertainment options like car rental etc. You can get accommodation in a five star, 3 star or 2 star hotels depending on your budget. Hyatt Regency Maui, the famous hotel also provides golf courses for golf lovers along with other benefits. Another hotel worth mentioning that is perfect for honeymoon couple is Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani (with terrace view accommodation and a Hertz car rental).

Termed as America's jewels in the Pacific, Hawaii is a picaresque land with a culture of its own.
The resorts in the Hawaii Island also provide for partying options when you stay there. It makes you feel you are in the seventh heaven with your loved one. The beauty of the islands with its natural landscape and the memorable time spent at the sea beaches signify the start of a new romantic life.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Italy Travel Review

by: Davide Farace (Travel Reviews and Travel Photos )
Between the Tevere River and Bolsena lake, in the green latium countryside, on the top of a clay hill, rises the small town "Civita di Bagnoregio".

Civita appears isolated on a cliff spur to dominate the around valley and, thanks to this isolation, the town shows intact its medieval architectonical structure.
Joined to Bagnoregio, and to the world, through only one bridge, Civita appears in an unreal isolation due to landslip series and downfall of argillaceous ground on which the entire town is built and that is still in danger.

The History of Civita and Bagnoregio links each to other and the legend wants that Longobardi's king Desiderio named the city Bagnoregium after he was there to cure serious disease with local thermal water (Bagnoregio is a word composed by bagno (means: bath) and regio (regal, king)).
The urban planning of the city is of Etruscan origin, constituted from ortogonal alleys as Etruscan and later roman use, while the entire architectonic has medioeval and rinascimentale styles. Several sculptures of medieval age, pertaining to buildings destroyed for continuous landslips are inglobated on the arc and in the wall to the sides of town access gate.

The heart of the village of Civita is constituted from San Donato square, on which the cathedral dome rises. The cathedral was built in centuries VII - VIII, over a more ancient pagan temple. The building was widened in the XI XII when a bell tower was built too. In origin the cathedral had to be faced from a porch, today destroyed, like us testifies the rests of two columns placed the facade. Inside, the building, has three naves splitted by columns of medieval origin.
Always in San Donato square, on the left of the bell tower, there is a passage that leads to the building of medieval jails, while on the southern side of the square we have "Via della Maestà" where we can see fragments of typical longobard sculptures. At the end of this road there were the gate of the Maestà, collapsed with the church of "Santa Maria della Maestà" after a landslip in 1695. From there, a narrow lane came down to the water sources of Civita, in particular to source

of the Columns and in the zone called "dell'Uncino" (hook), where, for the legend, was located the thermal source from which Bagnoregium name derived.

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Friday, February 10, 2006

Travel Review: Mexico

by: Beth Gabriel (Travel Reviews and Travel Photos)
For travel ideas, I highly recommend Mexico! Here are a few tips and facts to help you on your way to this vacation paradise. When you get back home and youre organizing all of your pictures and souvenirs and may think, wouldnt it be great if I could find a beautiful Mexican Flag to remember my vacation by that doesnt cost too much to add to my whole vacation experience?

Mexico Travel
Mexico is fun and exciting - beautiful sites, exotic fashion and a lively culture can be found here! There are also a lot of different customs to be aware of. Here are some tips to make your trip a fun and hassle free experience.

Getting into Mexico
To enter Mexico you will need a photo ID like a driver's license, a tourist card and valid proof of citizenship. A tourist card is your permission from the Mexican government saying that you are allowed to be there. These cards are free and you can get help from your airline to obtain them.

Travel by plane
If you are traveling to Mexico by air, you will have two documents to fill out before you can enter Mexico. They are given to you by the airline before you get off the plane.

Getting a Rental Car
There are many rental car companies to choose from in Mexico. To rent a car, you must carry a valid drivers license and be at least 25 years old. Plan to carry a Visa or MasterCard credit card with you and reserve your car before you arrive to ensure that it is ready for you when you get there. You may even get a lower rate if you reserve your car ahead of time. Make sure that you have auto insurance. Your regular insurance from home will probably not be sufficient in Mexico. Before you go, make sure that you call your agent to make sure that you have coverage. It doesn't matter if you are driving a rental car or your own, insurance is a must in Mexico.

The Climate
Mexico is a great place to visit any time of the year. The rainy season is from June to October. November through May has more moderate, drier temperatures. Whenever you go to Mexico, you should be safe from weather worries.

Staying Healthy
Be very careful what you eat and drink in Mexico. Drink lots of fluids, but ONLY bottled water. When you eat fruits and vegetables, remember to peel them first. Bring along over-the-counter medications from home such as aspirin and pepto. These are good to have on hand just in case you eat something that doesnt agree with you and you may need them fast! Remember to use good common sense when traveling and youll have a great vacation in Mexico.

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Ultimate Travel Guide

by: Gagandeep Dhaliwal (Travel Reviews and Travel Photos)
Traveling to a different country can be a superb as well as an intricate experience. It’s very difficult to be familiar with new language, legal systems and customs for unplanned travelers. You can have a lovely foreign experience with proper planning and guidance.

Health and safety are the primary issues for the travelers. Whenever you’re going to a trip with your family as well as alone you’ve to be very careful about your health because human body is so sensitive and can’t adjust with a new environment immediately.

If you’re going to abroad, certain points should be kept in mind like:
Check your visas & passport (if required). Fill the emergency information page of the passport carefully.
  1. Study consular information sheets or travel warnings for the city where you want to visit.
  2. Learn carefully all rules & regulations of foreign country.
  3. Be familiar with local laws and customs of the country where you want to travel.
  4. Obey U.S constitution because it keeps you safe in foreign country.
  5. Make at least two photocopies of your passport to avoid the harassment in case your passport is lost or stolen. You should leave one copy of your passport in your relative or friends’ house where you’re live in.
  6. Make a list about your journey or the places where you’ll visit during foreign travel and leave a copy of it at your home so that your family members can easily contact you in case of emergency.
  7. Contact regularly with someone at your home.
  8. Don’t spend time at unknown places.
  9. During your foreign travel don’t accept things from strangers and don’t handover your luggage to a stranger.
  10. Register yourself with the nearest U.S consulate/embassy before departure.
  11. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or clothing due to safety reasons.
  12. Don’t carry large amount of money and extra credit cards with you while traveling.
  13. Try to deal with authorized agents only at the time of exchanging money.
  14. Last but not the least, contact nearest U.S. embassy immediately at the time of trouble.
  15. Here are some health related instructions that are very much important while traveling to another country. Carry some medicines and medical supplies that you’re using regularly because it’s very difficult to find certain medicines in other country. If you find that vary medicine it is not sure that the formulation will be same. It can easily cause allergy or other bad effects to your health.
  16. You should be careful about your meal while traveling. Try to follow a healthy diet chart that will help you to be fit & fine. Carry a written copy of your medical history that includes all information about you like:

• name, address & phone number • blood type • vaccinations • name of your doctor and doctor’s address & emergency phone numbers • copy of health insurance that describes your policy number • a list that shows your current health problems like heart disease or diabetes • record of all allergies • an alternative phone number instead of your parents’

Don’t forget to carry a first-aid kit with you. While focusing on these guidelines you’ll enjoy your travel and feel relax during your journey.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Travel Review: Dubai, Saudi Arabia

Dubai is the second largest of seven Emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The population of the UAE is estimated at 2.6 million and Dubai's population is estimated at 700,000. Dubai's area is some 3,900 sq. km. Although the capital of the UAE is Abu Dhabi, (approximately a two-hour drive from Dubai), Dubai is the centre of trade and tourism. In fact, Dubai's economy is largely based on trading, manufacturing and tourism with only 20% actually being contributed from oil sales.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Winter Fun in Alaska

Wintertime Fun in Alaska - Alyeska Ski Resort by: Ron Richards

If you are a winter sports enthusiast, then the Alyeska Ski Resort is the place to be! Regardless what your sporting interest, you are sure to find it at this phenomenal complex tucked away in the lovely Chugach Mountains on the state’s south central coast. Rated a four diamond hotel by the American Automobile Agency, this resort is the only four diamond in the entire state. Conveniently located a mere 40 miles from the bustling hub of Anchorage in the quaint town of Girdwood, this resort is easily reachable from the airport or port. The resort is lovely year round, but it certainly comes alive during the winter, when outdoor and winter sports enthusiasts alike flock in the great outdoors to pursue their passions.

Whether you are an old pro or a newbie, the Alyeska Ski Resort has your ticket! For less experienced folks, enjoy a lesson in skiing or snowboarding on the resort’s more beginner-friendly hills. These classes range in experience from beginner to intermediate, allowing individuals to learn new techniques or simply serve as a much needed refresher. Classes are available for individuals of any age and are usually performed in a group, although individual lessons are offered. For the more advanced winter sports enthusiasts, the runs are phenomenal! Mount Alyeska features an average annual snowfall of over 600 inches, skiers and snowboarders have truly found paradise on earth.

For youngsters—or just the young at heart---hit the slopes at Glacier Tube Park. Visitors of all ages will jump at the chance to whiz down these soft, powdery runs on a large inner tube. Perfect for all ages and skill levels, the Glacier Tube Park is a popular spot at the Alyeska Ski Resort. Many adults enjoy the tube park, especially those who are a bit too hesitant to entrust their life to a pair of skinny skis or a single snowboard!

The fantastic winter sports opportunities at the lovely Alyeska Ski Resort are just one aspect of the wintertime fun. The hotel itself is truly phenomenal, offering every imaginable amenity found within the state of Alaska. Designed in a gorgeous chateau style, you will soon forget you are in the Alaskan wilderness, as the massive hotel boasts 307 guest rooms, a phenomenal Royal Suite, and three spectacular townhouse suites. From curling up in front of a cozy fireplace with a cup of warm cocoa to indulging in a luxurious bubble bath in the room’s fantastic tub, your room will be calling you off the slopes and into its warm haven.

The exquisite Alyeska Ski Resort is the perfect getaway for the entire family. Whether you are an avid skier or choose to stick to the bunny slopes, you cannot go wrong choosing this world class resort.

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Saturday, January 07, 2006

World Travel

by: Andrew Smith
If you have set your mind on world travel, you might run into the difficult task of having to make a hard choice: where do you want to go? Traveling the world, the multitude of destinations and travel options is great, but it is also something that you might deal with for days or even weeks before you make a decision, visit Travel Photos and Travel Reviews Guide for more travel reviews and guide.

The best thing to do is to create a top ten list of the places around the world that you always wanted to travel to. The list may include different countries or even cities in the same country. No matter what you will place as number one in your list you shouldn’t worry about getting there, as the travel industry is huge today and able to send you to your destination. Try to find out as much as possible about the most attractive destinations aroud the world. Travel literature offers a wide variety of sources for good information. You can either go at a local bookstore or search online for facts about your destination(s).

Try to have a good idea about what you want to do there. Are you going to go white water rafting, hiking, biking, roller skating, scuba diving? Make sure you have the adequate equipment and physical condition to embark on an adventure. Remind yourself that you will, most likely, find yourself on the tourist trail. This may be enough for some, but if you wish to capture hidden aspects of the place you will be visiting you might want to get off the beaten trail. There are good reasons why some places become tourist attractions: there are convenient ways of getting there and interesting things to see. For aspects of your trip that are less touristy you might want to try asking some locals about places known mostly by them and ignored by the visitors. Going around the travel industry offers might get you greater satisfactions than if you had just followed the standards.

Big cities might sound like a good place to visit, but the truth is that most of them are very much alike. Of course, there are exceptions, and you will find cities with a very distinct personality, like Paris, Prague or Istanbul. You might also want to travel without using cabs and go for the means of transportation the locals use: buses, trams and bikes. Walking around, stopping at small, hidden shops or wandering on small, neglected streets should prove a unique experience as well, very different from the loud and flashy city tours.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Tips for planning your European Trip

by: Dr. Drew Henry
Europe is the most popular destination for tourists. There are several important things to keep in mind before calling your travel agent and booking your next vacation:

1. Your Budget: Set your budget. This includes transportation cost and souvenir/s. If your budget is smaller, you should visit Eastern Europe, looking for packaged tours, or, if you're flexible, book a "last-minute" trip, which can often save you 30% or more. Check out the current exchange rate between your currency and that of the country you'll be visiting, to have a better idea of what your vacation is going to actually cost you. Whenever possible, travel during an off-peak season to save even more.

2. Time of year: You may not want to spend many days indoors, because the weather can be cold and rainy. You may miss a wonderful trip just because you have not checked with your travel agent or weather forecast first. This is what I recommend you if you're not sure of weather patterns, check with your travel agent who can advise you on rainy seasons or other weather-related issues for traveling to a specific spot.

3. Political Climate: While most countries that rely on tourism make every effort to ensure the safety of tourists, these days it's always a good idea to keep up on the current political climate of the country you're planning to visit, especially if there have been problems in the past.

4. Your waking time: If you usually wake up late in the morning, then a guided tour is probably not for you. Most guided tours start early in the morning, and you're on the go until evening. You may visit several cities in a country or countries within a specified amount of time, and you're required to stay with the group.

However, if you don't like traveling alone, you enjoy the companionship of others and getting to see as much as possible in the time you've got, a guided tour or cruise may be just the thing for you.

5. Your dream and personal desire: This vacation is something special and you save the whole year for. So if you have always wanted to visit somewhere or do something special -- why wait? Include it in your next vacation plans.

6. Plan your day: Take a little time to think about what you like doing before planning your trip. Do you prefer the water, or the mountains? Lying on the beach, or rock-climbing? Adrenaline rushes or visiting an art museum? Once you know what you want to do, figure out what you'll have time to do. Many times, in an effort to get the "most bang for our buck" we tend to over plan the vacation, and end up needing a vacation from the vacation when we get home! Prioritize your list, and be willing to save some activities or attractions for another trip.

7. Use the resources that are available to make your trip special and save money: Today's travelers have numerous options when planning their vacation. You can use the Internet to find out more about the cities or countries you want to visit, check out prices, even book your flight or hotel room. Here is a useful website you can visit If you're visiting a place for the first time, check with a travel agent, talk to someone who's "been there, done that" on an Internet Forum, or contact local chambers or commerce or travel councils to get more information about where to go, what to see and what to do.

8. Pack lightly: Do not bring items that you will not use and unnecessary because the word “Just In Case”. When planning your trip, look at your wardrobe and pack as lightly as you can. Take only what you'll really need, and remember that if you forget or end up needing something, chances are you can get it once you reach your destination.

9. Get organized: You can use trip-planning software, or your own favorite organizing system to organize and plan your trip. Don't forget things like making sure your passport and picture ID are up-to-date, finding out if travel insurance is something you need, and how and where to exchange your money. The more organized you are in the beginning, the better vacation you'll have.

10. Have fun!: Get organized, have a plan before going anywhere. That way, once you're on your way, you'll be able to relax and enjoy yourself. But remember, there are very few "perfect" vacations, so if something does go wrong, try to relax and "go with the flow" as much as possible.

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Top Holiday Travel Destinations

by: Salim Jordan (Travel Reviews and Travel Photos Page)
Despite the high cost of fuel and other travel expenses, an estimated 63.5 million Americans are planning to travel at least 50 miles or more from home this Christmas and New Year. Hotel rates are up nearly 15% at some popular destinations, yet bookings are full or nearly full.
So where do all of these people plan to go?

Domestic Destinations
According to AAA of the United States, here are the top destinations based on the number of bookings for each location.
  • Florida
    Orlando is the top destination for fairly obvious reasons but Ft. Lauderdale is also in the top ten. Florida offers a wealth of activities and options for families, singles, and all types of traveler. Perennial favorite Disney World will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors between Christmas and New Year's Eve, while other Florida attractions like Gatorland, Kennedy Space Center, and the Everglades will also be popular. It is also common for the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale to be filled with vacationers during the holiday season, which is second only to spring break in terms of number of tourists.
    It is not too late to check out some of the great last minute deals throughout Florida. With a little research and a willingness to be flexible, you can still enjoy Florida this holiday season.
  • California
    California has three cities in the top ten travel destinations this holiday season -- Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. All three offer a wide range of activities for tourists of all ages, and the generally pleasant December weather in California makes it a favorite place for vacationers from colder climates in need of sunshine.
    The Los Angeles area is the gateway to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, two extremely popular amusement parks. Just a short drive to the south and east is San Diego, a relaxing area that is home to a laid-back lifestyle of beaches, surfing, and shopping.
    If an urban experience is more to your liking, opt for San Francisco , where you can enjoy international culture, a ride on the famous cable cars, a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, and a winding trip down Lombard Street, touted as the "crookedest street" in the world.
    Other great holiday escapes
    Some of the other most popular holiday escapes in the United States include New York City, Chicago, Boston, Nashville and Las Vegas.
    The holidays are legendary in New York City, with ice-skating in Central Park and the elegant decorations around Rockefeller Center. In Chicago, visitors flock to the Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest as well as the famous holiday window display at Marshall Field's department store. You can't beat Boston, though, for a traditional New England holiday vacation. Check out the Prudential Center Christmas Tree, walk the Freedom Trail of historic Revolutionary War era sites, or do something entirely different and take Boston Duck Tour on a World War II era amphibious vehicle.
    Looking for something a bit different? Consider Las Vegas for the holidays, where the abundance of holiday lights dwarfs even the normal profusion of neon and color. Every casino along the strip works to outdo the others with lights and decorations, with some of the most amazing displays located at Caesars Palace, the Bellagio and the Monte Carlo.
    One of the most relaxed holiday destinations in the U.S. is Nashville, home to the "down home country Christmas" festivities at the Opryland Resort and Grand Ole Opry as well as special holiday programs at the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Nashville's historic homes are also dressed up for the holidays, so think about taking a bus tour of the city to enjoy the spectacular lights and decorations.

International Destinations
International travel is always popular around the holidays, and Americans are flocking to destinations all over the globe this holiday season.

  • Australia
    It is icy and cold across much of the northern United States, but summer in Australia! For cultural attractions and urban festivities, tourists stop in Melbourne and enjoy some Christmas Carols at the Myer Music Bowl, or visit the famed Opera House in Sydney.
    Since Christmas falls at the beginning of summer in Australia, many holiday visitors spend their vacation at a spectacular beach location such as Shark Bay, where diving enthusiasts can swim with dolphins and sharks, or along the Queensland Gold Coast, an area with over 30 kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches plus great restaurants, shopping, and an ever-present nightlife.
    If you want a truly amazing holiday experience, go to Australia's Christmas Island, a pristine island that is largely a National Park and home to amazing plants and animals. You can scuba dive with whale sharks, enjoy the peace and quiet of a bird watching excursion, or seek adventure with a sport fishing trip in search of sailfish, tuna and wahoo.
    This is one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, offering an amazing array of food, activities, and traditional holiday celebrations. Corsica is famous for its hospitality and beautiful lands, so it definitely belongs on your "short list" of exotic holiday getaways.
    Corsica is home to varied landscapes, ranging from sparkling beaches and Mediterranean ocean reserves to towering mountains and nature parks. Traditional holiday festivals include the renowned Fiera di a Castagna, or Chestnut Fair. This annual event attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, who are treated to arts, crafts, food and entertainment related to one of the islands main products, the chestnut. It is a holiday tradition for tourists from across the European continent, and well worth exploring on your holiday vacation.
  • United Kingdom
    For a unique holiday experience, check out the United Kingdom this year. It is a perennially popular spot due to the many places of historical significance as well as culture and the arts. In London itself, you can see Parliament, visit the Tower of London, hear the sounds of Big Ben chiming the time, or ride a famed double Decker bus all around the city.
    Visit Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world and home to the British Sovereign for 900 years. You can tour this magnificent structure, getting a taste of the history and tradition of the British monarchy. When the Queen is in residence, you will see her standard flying high atop the round tower, visible from all directions as you enter the town.
    If something sweeter is more to your liking, venture to Birmingham's own Cadbury World, known as the chocolate paradise. There you can learn all about the famous Cadbury Chocolates, enjoy samples, and watch how the chocolates are made, wrapped and packed. Father Christmas is on site throughout the holidays, greeting children of all ages with a present of their very own.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Big Bear California Travel Review

by: David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
Less than two hours by car from Los Angeles sit the year round playgrounds Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City. Situated in the San Bernardino National Forest at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level, Big Bear provides activities for all four seasons. Whether you are into camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, hiking, parasailing, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, bobsleding, playing in the snow, shopping or even just relaxing, you can do it in Big Bear and you can do it in clean fresh air, in gorgeous surroundings and in accomodations that range from unimproved campgrounds to top of the line hotels or spas.

Big Bear Lake is a freshwater lake, with approximately 22 miles of shoreline, set amoung forests of pine and oak. The lake is well stocked with trout, large and small mouth bass, blue gill, crappie, and catfish. There are several marinas and two public launches. You can rent sail or motor boats, or you can bring and launch your own boat. Meadow Park (800)448-5335, on the lake, provides a swim beach area as well as shaded picnic areas, barbecues, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, playground equipment, softball fields, and a sand volleyball court. Holloway's Marina and RV Park (800)448-5335, offers lakeshore RV camping with all the amenities including, large level sites, full hook-ups, cable tv, restrooms and hotwater showers, a full service marina, rentals of fishing boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, windsurfers, sail boats, canoes and kayaks, paddle boats, water skis, fishing gear and more, a complete bait and tackle shop, a launch ramp and more. You might also want to check out Big Bear Shores RV Resort (909) 866-4151, a gate guarded resort complete with a 16,000 square foot mountain lodge, forty-slip marina, boat launching ramp, tennis, swimming pool, spas and a fully equipped private health club, the resort offers all the refinements of an exclusive country club. There are also numerous hotels, lodges, cabins and condos for rent, on or near the lake.

Big Bear boasts two excellent ski resorts, Snow summit and Bear Mountain Resort. Between the two of them you will find 75 trails, 20 lifts, four high-speed chairs, and seven snowboard parks for all levels of skill. Big Bear also has numerous, beautiful, groomed, cross country ski trails. If you don't know how to ski, don't worry, there are plenty of instructors. If you don't have equipment, don't worry, there are plenty of places where you can rent or buy your equipment.
Big bear is not just a winter wonderland, it is a year round wonderland. At Big Bear, you will find beautiful scenery, clean mountain air, plenty of things to do, friendly people and much more.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Houston Travel Question

Q: Dear, I plan to visit the US in 2006, and I intend to fly to Orlando FL for a few days, and then I would like to visit Roswell NM. I am not going to drive so can you advise me the best way to transfer?

A: Dear sir, thank you for your inquiry. We are not a travel agency but we will try to answer your question. Your best bet is to transfer from either Houston IAH (Bush) airport or Dallas-Ft.Worth International Airport. The reason is that they have the majority of flights in Texas and should have the connecting flight you are looking for. Another option for you is to contact our recommended travel agency here in Houston ,, and they can better answer your question. Just let them know we referred you. Please visit Travel Photos and Travel Reviews and view more destinations reviews.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Vancouver British Columbia Travel Review

I went to Vancouver , British Columbia back in July and I must say it was a wonderful experience. The first thing I noticed is how clear the air was. I believe the constant rain had something to do with the smog factor found in major cities. We drove through downtown Vancouver and the buildings along the river was beautiful. We also went to Chinatown Vancouver and it was neat. At night, they have a outside night market for shoppers to converge on. We also headed north of Vancouver to the suspension bridge, the longest suspension bridge in North America. It was a shaky experience as we ventured across the bridge that was over 500ft high. Vancouver, B.C. has a big flower garden where you can view various types of flowers and plants. Click on the link to view my Travel to Vancouver photos. There you can also find a detailed fact sheet about Vancouver, British Columbia.