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Top 5 destinations for explorers

For many people, the process of booking or looking for airline tickets is an opportunity to dream of heading out to new places and exploring new destinations. Every year, lots of people look beyond the most common flight destinations in an effort to find places that can give them a different view of life, a taste of a different culture, or an adventure in a different sort of environment. Even some easy-to-reach destinations retain the sense of excitement for travelers who want to explore somewhere fresh.

Backpacking Trips
Backpacking Trips

1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands have a rich history when it comes to exploration. The islands are well known as the inspiration for much of the work of Charles Darwin, as his theory of natural selection was based on a study of the island’s wildlife. Travelers today can still get a feeling of exploring the unknown, amid the unique environment of the islands. Adventures in hiking, biking, and sailing are all possible, and visitors should bring suitable gear for these. For people with a taste for natural history, nature conservation volunteering is also a possibility on the islands. Continue Reading

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Condé Nast Traveler Photographs: 25th Anniversary Collection

The latest in Assouline’s Condé Nast Traveler series, this retrospective of the world’s premier travel magazine showcases a selection of its most stunning photographs from the past quarter century by renowned photographers such as Helmut Newton, David LaChapelle, and Brigitte Lacombe.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
—Henry Miller

Condé Nast Traveler Photographs- 25th Anniversary Collection
Condé Nast Traveler Photographs- 25th Anniversary Collection

From striking works of architecture to lions and elephants, big skies, and compelling portraiture, this anniversary volume is a celebration of the most outstanding travel photography. Featuring 25 exceptional fold-out images and accompanied by essays by notable authors such as Paul Theroux, Luc Sante, and Simon Winchester, plus maps and annotations by the magazine’s editors and the photographers themselves, Condé Nast Traveler Photographs: 25th Anniversary Collection is sure to spark readers’ wanderlust. Continue Reading

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Announces ‘Father’s Day Unlimited Golf Getaway’

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – the 2,400-acre resort on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast – announces the “Father’s Day Unlimited Golf Getaway,” including accommodations and golf at two of Florida’s elite courses, starting at $199 per person.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

The package features one round at each Raven and Burnt Pine Golf Clubs with the option of booking additional complimentary rounds (based on availability). Dads also receive a dozen personalized Titleist golf balls; use of carts; and access to Sandestin’s practice facility and driving range. Continue Reading

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International health insurance to secure your future

International health insurance can be quite essential and the consideration in it has never ever been greater. As social medical insurance services are stressed to take care of the rising costs of hospital treatment, the requirement to make other preparations is becoming very essential, specifically to the expatriate.

For individuals who live and work overseas, the necessity to access the proper type of cover can make to be an upsetting experience with the expense of treatment usually being very costly and challenging to set up particularly during periods of catastrophe. There are lots of companies that provide a number of rewards that provide reassurance for you, your loved ones and your employees.

Nevertheless, these kinds of insurance have restricted coverage that isn’t pertinent on a specific scenario. The specific situation what I’m saying is at this point is when you choose to reside in another nation. Sure, you’ve got life insurance coverage or medical insurance. However these are only applied inside the limitations of your country.

Therefore if anything happens to you right out of the country, this insurance coverage cannot assist you in in any manner. Same thing complements travel insurance policies. But they may be applied abroad, the claim is just restricted up to specific extent for example medical evacuation, trip cancellation, and trip delays. Continue Reading

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Golden Backpack Awards UK Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Golden Backpack Awards UK have now been announced and the countdown begins to the inaugural London gala awards dinner and presentation.

Taking place on Wednesday 12 October 2011, at the spectacular Shaka Zulu in London, the gala evening event will recognise tour operators, airlines, accommodation and transport providers who have shown outstanding commitment to the adventure and youth travel market. Continue Reading

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Car Hire Prices Predicted To Soar Warns Rhinocarhire.com

Award-winning car hire company, Rhinocarhire.com warns that car hire prices are set to soar this summer. The online car hire specialist predicts this is due to a number of reasons: the UK’s high rate of inflation, the EU’s sovereign debt situation, the earthquake in Japan and increasing oil prices. Rhinocarhire.com therefore strongly advises customers to book early to obtain cheap car hire.

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Rhino Car Hire

The UK is currently suffering the highest rate of inflation in two-and-a-half years, rising to 4.5% in April. What’s more, because of the sovereign debt situation in countries such as Greece and Portugal, the rate of inflation in many European countries is even greater than the UK. Continue Reading

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Summer Safety for Teen Travelers

Whether you are sending your child to a traditional overnight camp, on a school field trip or half way around the world, safety is always paramount in a parent’s mind. For 20 years a Chicago-based service adventure travel company called The Road Less Traveled has been providing teens and young adults the chance to embark upon unique, life-changing experiences in some of the world’s most incredible locations.

Whether participants are hiking the Andes Mountains in Ecuador or scuba diving and replanting underwater reefs in the Florida Keys, the programs’ first priority is always safety.

To ensure the best and safest journey possible, here are some safety tips for teens and parents from the staff of The Road Less Traveled:

For Parents…

Choose A Credible Company: With so many teen tours, adventure trips and service-focused programs available to teens these days it can be hard to know which one to go with. Select a program that has a great track record and an established reputation. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or testimonials from previous participants. Another consideration is to choose a program that is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Continue Reading

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Tips to Making the Most of your Travel Dollar

In the face of a poor economy, overpriced tickets and unnecessary fees Teri Gault, CEO of the GroceryGame.com, lifestyle and savings expert and frequent flyer who travels over 150,000 miles a year so has tips and tricks to saving money whether you’re traveling on business or with your family. Flying in and out of major cities, renting cars, sleeping in hotels, paying for dinner, Teri has mastered a whole system of getting the most value for your travel dollars, and still without sacrificing comfort.

Here is a sampling of Teri’s frugality:

Engage in conversations with the locals: Chowhound, a popular online food discussion board, is a great resource where locals and tourists can chat and exchange tips of places to go and things to see.

Choose lunch over dinner: Lunch menus are often a lot cheaper than dinner menus and sometimes they serve the same thing. If you have your eye on a really nice restaurant instead of paying twice as much for dinner, choose to eat out for lunch instead.

Save on croissants and orange juice: Pack food, this is especially important when it comes to breakfast. Some hotels offer breakfast which is something you should take advantage of. If your hotel doesn’t provide this perk go for a quick shop at the grocery store and pick up yogurt and cereal for an inexpensive meal. Continue Reading

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31st International Tourism Fair opens in Madrid

The 31st edition of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) opened here Wednesday at the IFEMA exhibition center.

10,500 exhibiting companies from 166 countries and regions are expected to participate in the exhibition, which will run until January 23. In addition, more than 124,000 professionals and about 7,500 travel journalists are expected to attend the fair.

This year, new exhibiting destinations such as the Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Pakistan, are making their first appearance, while New Zealand, Namibia, Lebanon and South Africa are among the destinations with new official delegations.

The exhibition is only open to industry professionals during the first three days, but the last two see the doors thrown open to the public, who can visit and perhaps discover a new and fascinating destination for their next holidays.

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Top Rated Travel App Adds New Features to Make Mobile Search for Travel a More Intuitive Experience

KAYAK (kayak.com) unveiled a new version of the KAYAK Mobile application for the iPhone platform. Based on six months of design and user research, the new KAYAK application includes a complete user interface redesign, and maximizes speed and reliability of search functions. KAYAK Mobile applications have been downloaded nearly five million times since their introduction in March 2009.

Kayak Mobile Application
Kayak Mobile Application

“We continue to listen to user feedback and conduct research in an effort to create the most reliable and intuitive mobile travel application available,” said KAYAK Chief Architect Bill O’Donnell. Continue Reading

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Guidelines for Dinagyang Festival 2011 Media accreditation

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) has set some guidelines for media accreditation to be followed both by the local and national media practitioners in covering the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2011 on January 22-23.

Nena Magalona of the Publicity and Media Relations Committee said each media practitioner who wants to cover the event should secure a media accreditation.

Dinagyang Festival 2011
Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2011

She noted that the foundation will only issue accreditation to those practitioners affiliated with legitimate media organization or agency.

Since the deadline of accreditation for local media was supposedly last Monday, the foundation has extended the deadline until January 14 to give way to those media practitioners who failed to secure their accreditation forms. Continue Reading

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Devoties expected to join “SadSad” in the upcoming Dinagyang Festival 2011

Iloilo’s 2011 Dinagyang Festival looked forward to heighten people’s devotion to Sr. Sto Niño with its ‘religious sadsad’ which according to several testimonies had already granted devotees’ petitions.

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Dinagyang Festival 2011

The activity slated Jan 22 will boost the second day of the three-day highlights of the annual Dinagyang Festival.

“This is one-hour non-stop dance offering to Señor Santo Niño”, Dominador ‘Jun’ Rivera, chairman of the festival’s Liturgical Committee said. Continue Reading

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