Archive | December, 2012

The New Eco-Paradise of Southeast Asia: Cambodia

Sihanoukville Otres Beach

With the tourist trail expanding across the key provinces of Cambodia, there is certainly a fair share of places from boutique hotels to high-end resorts for visitors to crash in, but it is perhaps the eco-conscious options that are drawing the most attention from travelers.

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December 28, 2012 by | Comments Off on The New Eco-Paradise of Southeast Asia: Cambodia

8 Ways to Explore Tasmania

Bass Strait

All-too-often missed off Australia itineraries, the country’s southernmost state and biggest island is not only easily accessible – ferries and planes run cheaply and regularly from nearby Melbourne – but has plenty to offer those who love the outdoors. Tasmania’s biggest selling points are its vast, uninhabited landscapes and untamed wilderness, and with hundreds of […]

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December 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Melbourne Moonlight Kayak Tour

Melbourne kayak tour

Have you ever visited a city, sat by the banks of the river and watched in envy as rowers glide past, cocooned in their serenity, far from the hustle and bustle of pedestrian life? I’ve often thought it must offer such a wonderful new perspective on a place. There’s time to take things in; to […]

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December 26, 2012 by | 1 Comment

The Bronze Horseman – St. Petersburg’s Most Symbolic Monument

Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman monument is considered to be one of the chief symbols of St. Petersburg. The monument captures the attention and imagination of famous Russian writers and artists as well as locals and people from around the world.

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December 21, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Exploring the Buda Side of Budapest

Budapest Children's Railway

While Pest is a glorious place to tour museums, sample Hungarian wine, or do a Budapest pub crawl, the Buda hills are where many of the wealthiest residents live—for good reasons. This side of the city offers them forests of trees, fresh air, and rolling hills. It’s a bit of countryside in the city. Going […]

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December 21, 2012 by | Comments Off on Exploring the Buda Side of Budapest

8 Amazing Places in Turkey You’ve Never Heard Of


Nearly every visitor to Turkey spends time in the vibrant east-meets-west city of Istanbul. But Turkey spreads far beyond the banks of the Bosphorus, to ancient cities and provincial towns, small islands and massive mountains. Don’t miss Istanbul, but be sure to spend time exploring some of these other amazing places in Turkey.

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December 20, 2012 by | 4 Comments

Wine Tasting in Australia’s Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley wine tour

The Yarra Valley is arguably Victoria’s premiere wine and food region and is the birthplace of Victorian wine. We recently spent a day there sipping its highly regarded cool climate wines. Just one hour from Melbourne’s city center, a day trip is a great way to experience Victoria’s scenic countryside while sampling some fine wines […]

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December 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment

A Room with a Pew: Convent Accommodations in Rome

Rome convent guesthouse

Born from a centuries-long Roman tradition of offering shelter to pilgrims, a convent guesthouse can offer travelers amenities such as quiet gardens, a chapel, a library, or clean common areas with a TV, refrigerator or microwave. You may find yourself lodging in a grand palazzo or a terracotta townhouse. Many have excellent locations for the […]

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December 19, 2012 by | Comments Off on A Room with a Pew: Convent Accommodations in Rome

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland’s Sólheimajokull Glacier

Solheimajokull Glacier tour

While it’s commonly known that “Iceland is actually green” and “Greenland is mostly ice,” the fact remains that almost 11% of the landmass of Iceland is covered with glaciers. The best way to learn about these monumental masses is to strap on some crampons and get up close and personal. I book the Day Trip […]

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December 18, 2012 by | Comments Off on Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland’s Sólheimajokull Glacier

Literary Pubs of London: A Beer-Soaked History

Pillars of Hercules

The 2000-year-old city that is London is a living, breathing history book. While Samuel Johnson was right: “There is in London all that life can afford,” often what we locals like doing most is to haul up in the pub. Luckily, we need not choose between comfort and culture when looking for a watering hole […]

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December 17, 2012 by | Comments Off on Literary Pubs of London: A Beer-Soaked History