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6 Off-the-Beaten Path South American Festivals For Your Bucket List

6 Off-the-Beaten Path South American Festivals For Your Bucket List

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

Of all the people, on all the continents, South Americans really know how to party.  Their indigenous roots and Christian colonization leads to an amazing assortment of fiestas.  Chose from indigenous harvest festivals to religious holidays to music performances, with ...

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Chiang Mai Thailand: From Elephants & Festivals to Food & Local Culture

Chiang Mai Thailand: From Elephants & Festivals to Food & Local Culture

by Jessica Festa on Sep 14, 2014

Thailand isn't all about beaches and Bangkok. Be sure to check out Chiang Mai in the north. Below are some interesting food trends, local culture and tips on travel to Thailand's north including background on how to travel responsibly. 1. For ...

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San Francisco’s Friday Night Market On Mid-Market Street

San Francisco's Friday Night Market On Mid-Market Street

by Tom Foremski on Sep 12, 2014

The new Friday market on mid-Market Street in San Francisco was a big hit with hundreds of people enjoying drinks, food trucks, and shopping eclectic stalls on a warm autumn evening. Mayor Ed Lee and several supervisors arrived, too. I ...

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The Vegetarian Festival in Phuket Thailand

The Vegetarian Festival in Phuket Thailand

by Susan McKee on Sep 12, 2014

Dating back as far as 1825, the Vegetarian Festival in which the Chinese community observes a vegetarian diet during the Chinese calendar’s ninth lunar month began with miners and opera troupes believing that a ‘pure’ lifestyle would enhance their connection ...

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The Washington Dungeness Crab + Seafood Festival

The Washington Dungeness Crab + Seafood Festival

by Susan McKee on Sep 12, 2014

  Yet another foodie fest is expanding this fall. The 13th annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival will be three days long: October 10, 11 and 12, 2014, at the City Pier in Port Angeles, Washington (fondly known as the “Home ...

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North America

Beach Plum Spa in Cape Cod for a L’il Pampering

Beach Plum Spa in Cape Cod for a L'il Pampering

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 16, 2014

While we were staying at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, I had an ...

A Small Village in Nebraska Post Tornado

A Small Village in Nebraska Post Tornado

by Sherry Ott on Sep 16, 2014

We took a left off of highway 15 and drove through the north side ...

Europe

Georgia’s Historical Capital of Tbilisi & All Things Balkan, Byzantine & Levantine

Georgia's Historical Capital of Tbilisi & All Things Balkan, Byzantine & Levantine

by Robert Schrader on Sep 17, 2014

I know more about the history of the Caucasus than the average person, but I ...

Looking at the Bike Culture of Amsterdam

Looking at the Bike Culture of Amsterdam

by Bill Ives on Sep 17, 2014

I've always been amazed by how people in Amsterdam make such great use of ...

Lodging

The 4 Star Hotel San Buenaventura on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan

The 4 Star Hotel San Buenaventura on Guatemala's Lake Atitlan

by Jonny Scott Blair on Sep 17, 2014

Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan is a family owned and operated 4 star Extended Stay Hotel located at the edge of Lake Atitlan, near the town of Panajachel, in the Guatemalan Highlands. For those who haven't been to Atitlan before, the ...

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Rockport Inn & Suites, a Great Choice for Families Heading to the North Coast

Rockport Inn & Suites, a Great Choice for Families Heading to the North Coast

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 16, 2014

We recently stayed at the Rockport Inn & Suites which is right on Main Street heading into Rockport Massachusetts. For those who are not familiar with Rockport, it's a quaint New England town north of Boston along the Atlantic coast, ...

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Homestay Options For People Who Equally Love Nature & Culture

Homestay Options For People Who Equally Love Nature & Culture

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

“There’s no place like home”. This phrase is one we encounter often in Christmas carols, romance novels and cheesy TV series. At first, it seems to eliminate the incentive to travel. Why go through the trouble of packing your bags, ...

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Chittoor Kottaram, For Privacy & Luxury in Southern India

Chittoor Kottaram, For Privacy & Luxury in Southern India

by Puneet Sidhu on Sep 13, 2014

  In Southern India, Chittoor Kottaram is a single key hotel, which means there are no guests but you and your companions. Together, you will be transported back to the time when Kerala was still the Kingdom of Travancore, a feudal land ...

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Convenience & Service at Tokyo’s Keio Plaza Hotel

Convenience & Service at Tokyo's Keio Plaza Hotel

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 11, 2014

What's so fabulous about staying in 5 star hotels in Tokyo (see our write up on the very impressive Hotel Otani, which we LOVED), is that they feel like 6 star hotels if they were to exist and their 4 star ...

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Arts

Behind the Scenes of the Tirashila, Onam Celebrations & Kerala Traditions

Behind the Scenes of the Tirashila, Onam Celebrations & Kerala Traditions

by Puneet Sidhu on Sep 16, 2014

With cyberspace all abuzz with the recently concluded Onam celebrations, and sadya images flooding ...

Argentina Travel: The All Things Culture & Arts Guide to Buenos Aires

Argentina Travel: The All Things Culture & Arts Guide to Buenos Aires

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

  For your next trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, learn how to immerse yourself in ...

Food/Wine

Experiencing Shabushabu in Kyoto Japan

Experiencing Shabushabu in Kyoto Japan

by Jessica Festa on Sep 17, 2014

One of the most interesting restaurants I ate at during my trip to Kyoto, ...

6 Off-the-Beaten Path South American Festivals For Your Bucket List

6 Off-the-Beaten Path South American Festivals For Your Bucket List

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

Of all the people, on all the continents, South Americans really know how to ...

Asia

Georgia’s Historical Capital of Tbilisi & All Things Balkan, Byzantine & Levantine

Georgia's Historical Capital of Tbilisi & All Things Balkan, Byzantine & Levantine

by Robert Schrader on Sep 17, 2014

I know more about the history of the Caucasus than the average person, but I ...

Experiencing Shabushabu in Kyoto Japan

Experiencing Shabushabu in Kyoto Japan

by Jessica Festa on Sep 17, 2014

One of the most interesting restaurants I ate at during my trip to Kyoto, ...

Pacific

Homestay Options For People Who Equally Love Nature & Culture

Homestay Options For People Who Equally Love Nature & Culture

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

“There’s no place like home”. This phrase is one we encounter often in Christmas ...

Kings Canyon Rim Hike & Beyond “Down Under”

Kings Canyon Rim Hike & Beyond Down Under

by Sherry Ott on Sep 05, 2014

Kings Canyon Rim Hike I heard the howling as soon as I lay down to ...

Products

Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo’s Luna Mini

Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo's Luna Mini

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 16, 2014

I discovered Forea at a consumer electronics event in New York earlier this summer and fell in love with their fabulous design - they don't just focus on high quality performing products, but pay attention to how they're made and ...

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Coleman Quickbeds, Perfect For Camping or as a Guest Bed

Coleman Quickbeds, Perfect For Camping or as a Guest Bed

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 12, 2014

We recently tried out a standard queen blow up mattress and a single quickbed from Coleman, a brand we absolutely love!  The queen didn't hold up to evening after evening of sleeping, however it was only around $20 and we did also ...

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Add Zest to Your Sound With Jet Bluetooth Speakers by Damson Audio

Add Zest to Your Sound With Jet Bluetooth Speakers by Damson Audio

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 07, 2014

The Jet is the first wireless real stereo set of Bluetoooth speakers and despite the fact that they are only 7.5cm tall, with a diameter of 5.8 cm, they emit 20 watts of power per speaker. In other words, a ...

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A New Smart Bicycle Helmet Design With Life-Saving Features

A New Smart Bicycle Helmet Design With Life-Saving Features

by Tom Foremski on Sep 05, 2014

Intel Intern Aniket Borkar modeling the Smart Helmet Students at Oregon State University and Intel interns collaborated 0n a smart helmet with life-saving features. For the past half year, a group of five undergraduate students from Oregon State University has been working ...

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Stylish Yakima Bike Racks, a Step Beyond Robust & Functional

Stylish Yakima Bike Racks, a Step Beyond Robust & Functional

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 14, 2014

We discovered Yakima bike racks after several hours of fishing on the web and a couple of days of researching options for travelers. Since we're doing a lot of car travel in New England this summer, we thought we'd test ...

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South America

6 Off-the-Beaten Path South American Festivals For Your Bucket List

6 Off-the-Beaten Path South American Festivals For Your Bucket List

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

Of all the people, on all the continents, South Americans really know how to ...

Argentina Travel: The All Things Culture & Arts Guide to Buenos Aires

Argentina Travel: The All Things Culture & Arts Guide to Buenos Aires

by Jessica Festa on Sep 15, 2014

  For your next trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, learn how to immerse yourself in ...

Central America

León Nicaragua For History, Culture, Sunsets & Volcanoes

León Nicaragua For History, Culture, Sunsets & Volcanoes

by Jessica Festa on Sep 18, 2014

  When I decided to meet up with a friend of mine for a week-long ...

The 4 Star Hotel San Buenaventura on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan

The 4 Star Hotel San Buenaventura on Guatemala's Lake Atitlan

by Jonny Scott Blair on Sep 17, 2014

Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan is a family owned and operated 4 star Extended ...

Africa

Some of the Most Serene Yoga Travel Destinations For Your Bucket List

Some of the Most Serene Yoga Travel Destinations For Your Bucket List

by Jessica Festa on Sep 10, 2014

Most people think of yoga as a turning inward, a solitary practice aimed at ...

South Africa: The Best of the Bush in Late August

South Africa: The Best of the Bush in Late August

by Rich Laburn on Aug 30, 2014

The first heat has hit and the knobthorns are flowering and the first Wahlberg’s ...

Green

Finding All Things Green in the Big Apple

Finding All Things Green in the Big Apple

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Sep 05, 2014

  As the dog days of summer approach, make the most out of these last ...

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

by Sam Perry on Jul 10, 2014

The 10th anniversary Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by the Aspen Institute in collaboration with ...

 

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The Winners of the 2014 Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards

The Winners of the 2014 Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 13, 2014

This year's Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards recently announced their ...

Celebrating the Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bronx

Celebrating the Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bronx

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 05, 2014

There are firework celebrations and there are fireworks celebrations. If ...

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Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo’s Luna Mini

Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo's Luna Mini

by Renee Blodgett on Sep 16, 2014
Tips on What to Wear to Morocco as a Woman

Tips on What to Wear to Morocco as a Woman

by Harriet Constable on Aug 12, 2014

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A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

by Renee Blodgett on Feb 06, 2014

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