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Prem, The Tour Guide I Met in Nepal

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I went for a 3 days 2 nights trek while in Pokhara in the end of December 2014. Before arriving in Pokhara, I had browsed and read through an information-packed Taiwanese travel forum named “Beibaokezhang”: (strongly recommended for those who read Chinese) and used that as a tool to work on my itinerary and search for a reliable tour guide. I manage to contact a local tour guide named Naraya and after a series of bargains, he landed me a deal of … [Read more...]

Baja California’s Hidden Gem: Loreto

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Loreto, located on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico's Baja California, was one of famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau's favorite places in the world. He first visited Loreto in 1980 and appropriately called it "The Aquarium of the World". Yet, it remains a hidden gem to many people even to their 'next door neighbors' in the United States. Loreto is merely a 2.5-hour flight from Los Angeles. Alaska airlines offers nonstop service from LAX, … [Read more...]

Things to do in Paris on holidays with locals

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Have you ever wondered how to make your trip just that little bit better? How about stepping foot into a city and thinking: what’s the plan? Well, with France’s capital, you no longer have to worry. Things to do in Paris on holidays with locals, yep, locals, means that your trip is not going to be like any other before. Trip4real, the platform that connects travelers on the hunt for a new way to explore Europe means you can say au revoir to your … [Read more...]

Something for Everyone: 4 Types of Tourists in Africa

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People travel to distant and exotic climes for a variety of reasons: a box on their bucket list, inner personal experience, cross-cultural understanding, or simple rest and relaxation. East Africa, and Tanzania in particular, gives its visitors everything they could wish in a single trip; then, leaves them coming back for more. Whether you’ve saved for months and planned your trip to Africa down to the last detail or just hopped on the next … [Read more...]

The large number of slot machines and pokies in Las Vegas

With an abundance of shopping, fine dining, and nightclubs, the city of Las Vegas offers an exciting experience tailor made for youthful tourists. The city prides itself on glamour, with bright lights and fancy dresses dominating events such as weddings and festivals. The thrill of Vegas is only furthered by its strong gambling culture as the city is affectionately known as ‘the gambling capital of the world.’ There are 31 casinos directly … [Read more...]

From the Traditional Farming to Luxurious Spas – Touring the Mennonite Region of Southern Ontario

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The Mennonite region in southern Ontario around the Village of St. Jacob’s is a captivating traditional, rustic area yet with the amenities of the modern age. For those who enjoy history and the traditional pre-modern way of life, St. Jacob’s is the place to visit. The Village, a 1 1/2 hours drive from Toronto, represents the living remnants of a European Christian sect that was persecuted in Europe then found a home in Canada with the freedom … [Read more...]

The Grandeur of Montserrat Spain

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When I find a place such as Montserrat in Spain that combines an inspirational human element with certainly a natural one, I pause for reflection. I try to absorb as much of this beauty as I can through all my senses. When visiting places like this it helps to be alone (not always possible at places of such grandeur). But fortunately I arrived late in the day mid week and the buses and most of the tourists had already left. The drive on the … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Culture, Food & Attractions

When one thinks of Canadian cities, iconic urban destinations quickly come to mind such as Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Vancouver. Saskatoon is not located near any of these major urban centers and is certainly a much smaller city in comparison - both of these aspects are refreshing and are part of the appeal of visiting. So where is Saskatoon anyways? It is located in the southern part of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan about 2.5 hours … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Coming Soon!

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LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL POURS ON THE REVELRY WITH MARQUEE WINE SEMINARS AND LEXUS’ “SIGNATURE SERIES” FEATURING INTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCES WITH LEXUS CULINARY MASTERS CARLO MIRARCHI, MICHAEL CHIARELLO, AND MICHELLE BERNSTEIN In addition, participating chefs at the 5th anniversary of Los Angeles Food & Wine will be debuting festival partner Chef Works’ new extension of their Urban Collection of uniform apparel and products, as … [Read more...]

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival: A Celebration of Life and Culture

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey These words capture the incredible nature of our existence. There is a lot to be said about the uniqueness of our humanity and the scope through which we view life. The fact that we hold “celebrations” to call attention to the different joys in our lives is one of the many reasons we are so special. Through our own creativity we have invented … [Read more...]