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Kayaking the Los Angeles River in the middle of an Urban Jungle!

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The River When you stand solitary on North Main Street next to the railroad tracks above the Los Angeles River all you feel is a deep sadness as you look down on a river that has been dramatically altered in a relatively short amount of time. You look down on a river that has been soiled by trash and has become a concrete waterway juxtaposed with brightly colored graffiti where those entrapped by the city, drugs, gangs and poverty … [Read more...]

Highways Agency Issue Wind Warnings


In Britain we are used to being hit with all multitude of bad weathers even when you are least expecting it. The day can often start at icy winter temperatures and then turn into a heat wave by 3pm. It was only a few weeks ago we were worried about the dangers of flooding and, of course, the looming threat of snow and now we are being teased with summer with brighter and warmers days. However, one special danger that presents itself specifically … [Read more...]

Visit Saipan – October 2014


Saipan has certainly gotten some bad press in the last number of years with its sweat shops (now closed), Jack Abramoff scandal with the Northern Mariana Islands as a client, high joblessness rate etc, gambling & alcohol addictions etc. This aside, the small island has a unique variety of outdoor activities and attractions that will appeal to the outdoor enthusiast. The Grotto, a deep dive spot connected to the ocean by several tunnels is … [Read more...]

NYC & Company Announces NYC Festivities this Holiday Season


—Approximately 5 Million Visitors Expected During Holiday Season, Spending an Estimated $3.5 Billion Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve— New York City (Sept 30, 2014) —NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, is encouraging visitors to book travel to New York City in time for the 2014–2015 holiday season. Starting in November, New York City is transformed into a beloved holiday destination with … [Read more...]

Trekking in the Tian Shan Mountains above Song Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

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Waking up early this morning after a restless sleep, I watched the sun rise and I also watched one of the ladies milk several cows. The splish splash of milk from one teat to the next into a metal pail reminded me of the last time I saw this - in a small village in Romania. I have been battling a nasty flu and subsequent cold and ultimately a back breaking cough the past three weeks. A cough that is so spasmodic at times, fellow travelers … [Read more...]

Easier Booking On-The-Go with the Free Hostelworld Android App


Booking accommodation for your next trip just became a whole lot easier, thanks to the new Hostelworld app. All the best places at the best prices, on-the-go with your phone or tablet. So, how does it work? Well, it’s completely intuitive and easy to use. Simply open the app, enter your destination, select your desired date from the interactive calendar and the number of guests and hit search. It’ll quickly bring you back all the best … [Read more...]

Living large at Sandals LaSource on Grenada

Pool at Sandals LaSource in Grenada

Who wants to be a millionaire? Well, most of us. But most of us aren’t. You can, however, vacation like one at the new Sandals LaSource all-inclusive resort in Grenada. Or so it says in the resort booklet. That’s not a stretch. The resort opened in April 2014 to rave reviews, a beauty of an all-inclusive resort, luxurious, well-appointed and ideally located close to Maurice Bishop International Airport on the island’s southwestern corner. I … [Read more...]

Sampling A Taste Of Turkey : A Guide to Turkey’s Gastronomic Delights


Turkey is increasingly becoming popular with holiday makers for its miles of beautiful golden beaches, its unbroken hours of blazing sun, the natural beauty of its breathtaking scenery and its rich and proud history but an added bonus for people booking Turkey holidays is the incredible range and diversity of its Turkey's mouth watering cuisine. Turkey is situated across two continents and is bordered by three seas, factors which have made it … [Read more...]

Land Rover Launches Competition: Win Trip to Space


Four aspiring adventurers will win a trip to space with launch of Land Rover’s ‘Galactic Discovery’ competition Adventurers Sir Richard Branson, Bear Grylls, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Virginia McKenna help launch Land Rover’s trip of a lifetime to celebrate debut of New Discovery Sport New compact SUV is premiered through online video, filmed at Spaceport America, the home of Virgin Galactic Global competition expected to … [Read more...]

Home-stay in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

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I always enjoy the "real" aspect of living as the locals live - having done home stay in various countries around the world. Before setting out on a 5 day trek into the Tian Shan Mountains of northern Kyrgyzstan, I stopped by the Shepherd's Life tourism office to make trekking arrangements. They also recommended a nearby family who rents out rooms. This elderly couple speak no English - we communicated via a few words in German, Russian and … [Read more...]