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11 Craziest Ice Cream Flavors in the World

Want to cool down this summer with some scrumptious ice cream? You’d think this delicious-sounding list would be safe to read while eating … but maybe not. From foie gras to creamed cod to jellyfish-flavored ice cream, these crazy flavors require an iron stomach to enjoy.

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June 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Travel With Kids: Top 10 Hotel Tips

Budget Travel - Family Travel hotel tips

Traveling with kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews in tow can be wonderful—and a little terrifying. But you’ll be surprised at all the freebies, discounts, and conveniences you can get out of a kid-friendly hotel stay. Our author—a mother of five!—spills her secrets.

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February 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Six of Europe’s Top New Boutique Hotels

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel

For many, traveling to Europe is an easy trip to arrange given the available guidebook resources and multitude of transportation options to and around the continent. One of the more difficult aspects of planning is choosing the right hotel. For a more intimate stay that almost guarantees personalized service and accents of local culture, we suggest choosing a boutique hotel with a convenient location. Recently, there have been several stunning smaller properties to open all across Europe – from swanky beach resorts to hip city hotels — each offering a unique and enjoyable experience:

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October 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Volunteering Abroad with Animals: 8 Must-Visit Countries

If your heart melts every time you look into the eyes of an animal, whether it’s a puppy or a frog, then it’s safe to say you’re an animal lover. Luckily for you, there are countless opportunities for animal people to help furry, feathery, scaly or slimy creatures while traveling the world. How is this possible? By volunteering abroad, of course! Programs for volunteering with wildlife abroad are located all over the world, but we’ve compiled a list of eight countries that are worth a second glance. Take a look at some of the animals you can work with in each country and what you can do by volunteering abroad with animals to make a difference.

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October 12, 2012 by | 2 Comments

How to Take Travel Videos that People Will Actually Want to Watch

Thankfully with the technology that is available these days in 2012 almost everyone has video capabilities, whether it’s on your phone, your laptop, point and shoot camera, or a reasonably priced video camera. With sites like the second largest search engine in the world (YouTube), creating and sharing videos from our travels with family, friends, and the world has never been easier. Of course, with the proliferation of videos out there, there are plenty of bad, boring videos to sift through. But with a little extra work, you can create interesting, exciting vacation videos that friends and family will actually want to watch.

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May 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Top Places to Ski Around the World

The Alps hold a certain charm that is undeniable. People from all over the world flock to this region in Europe at the first sign of fresh powder, aching to drop their skis or snowboards into the fluffy white snow.

But, the Alps are just one of many spectacular areas in the world where the skiing is world-class and the mountains are magical.

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January 19, 2012 by | 4 Comments

5 Places to Travel in Winter

Just because most of America is in a deep freeze (or at least not shorts weather), doesn’t mean the rest of the world is experiencing the same. Thankfully, there are plenty of places enjoying summer whilst we pack on the layers and bundle up to face winter’s wrath.

During the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, many other places are enjoying some gorgeous weather, free from the rainy seasons, monsoons and sweltering heat, so now is the time to head to one of these exotic locales to enjoy some sun, blue skies and less clothes. A lot less clothes.

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January 10, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Barbados: Top 10 Things to Do

Bridgetown Colonial Mansion

Barbados packs a punch (not only the rum kind). This small island welcomes over 1 million visitors annually and shows them all a good time. Whether you’re a gourmet diner, water sports nut or shopping addict, you’ll find plenty to please you here.

The rich and famous migrate here like clockwork. But there are activities for every budget. And no matter how deep your pockets, you’ll have a warm welcome in Barbados.

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August 23, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Top Things to See in Beijing

Night Market Stalls

Beijing is a city that embodies China’s ancient civilization and rich political and cultural history. Alongside all of the historical buildings, temples, and gates is the juxtaposition of a modern China filled with skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls, and a vibrant art and music scene. Here are suggestions of what to do when you come to the capital of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

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June 13, 2011 by | 1 Comment

The Search for Where the Wild Things Are – Part 1

Friendly "bearded" local

Following a long held love and fascination for travel and books, I have finally found a way to combine the two with ease and discover parts of the world that I never even knew existed: Maurice Sendak’s famous book, Where the Wild Things Are. It recently became a film, but I declined to see it as I really enjoy the originals, and my imagination is probably better – so there!

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June 10, 2011 by | 1 Comment

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