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VinCE International Wine Show 2015 in Budapest, Hungary

The excited winners of the annual VinCE wine awards

The Venue The 6th annual VinCE Wine Show was recently held at the luxurious and inviting Corinthia Hotel in Budapest in early March 2015. This event is organized by the VinCE Central European Wine Magazine and showcases Hungarian Wines as well as plenty of winery attendees from elsewhere in Central Europe. When you walk into the Corinthia you immediately feel transported to another era - perhaps 100 years ago, elegance, luxury and … [Read more...]

Takua What? Takua Pa, #Thailand


Less than 10 minutes from where we are staying is the self titled "Amazon of Thailand" a waterway that winds through a rats nest maze of tangled roots dangling from giant trees. We hired a long tail boat driver who loudly drove us into this "wilderness". He was quicker than us to spot large snakes sleeping on branches overhanging the waterway. He explained they sleep on these overhanging branches to quickly feel any movement of predators crawling … [Read more...]

Star Searching, Celebrity House Spotting with Starline Tours, Hollywood


What better time to take a Starline guided tour of Hollywood and hunt for celebrity homes and celebrities than during the Academy Award weekend. Hollywood's epic event attracts a number of celebrities to town, parties and those looking to see celebrities. Sure Hollywood is more chaotic then usual - with part of Hollywood Blvd shut down in the vicinity of Dolby Theatre and the buzz about the event by most everyone who happens to be in the … [Read more...]

Traveling to Israel / A Trip to Israel


Traveling to Israel can be a real eye-opening experience. Many people who visit the country for the first time are surprised by how modern it is and how much it has to offer the globe trotter. The country is not big, but it is packed with historical and religious sites as well as great places for quality R&R. Israel has a rich history that dates back over 3000 years. Throughout the country there are remnants of past empires such as the … [Read more...]

Gothenburg and West Sweden – Spring 2015


The latest selection of inspirational new holiday ideas, travel news and events in Gothenburg and West Sweden – including a coastal Easter getaway, a city & countryside weekend escape, new biking and hiking packages, exciting new spring Shellfish Journeys and an overview of exciting news and events for the rest of 2015. Easter escape idea No Påsk – or Easter – celebration would be complete in Sweden without dramatic bonfires on the … [Read more...]

Confessions of the First Travel Blogger


One of these claims to be “The Most Interesting Blogger in the World” I was surprised when I picked up a copy USAToday and saw an item that cited me as “The first travel blogger.” I doubt it, though I was early to the game, not long after Al Gore invented the Internet. In 1993 the term “blogger” didn’t exist, so what I was posting was a real-time serialized account of my travels. If that qualifies, then perhaps the first travel blogger was … [Read more...]

Island Hopping, Andaman Sea – Thailand

Author on Koh Tah Chai

This week we have been exploring the warm clear waters of Southern Thailand. Our first stop was Ko Tah Chai - dubbed the "Maldives of Thailand" for its azure surrounding waters and the satin-like white sand beaches - which are so silky underfoot. Activities include: A Nature Hike - where you can spot a green pointy snail that lives and eats in certain trees and the pretty "chicken crab" which tends to hide during the heat of the day. The … [Read more...]

Kion Kashefi’s Solo Travel Tips


Kion Kashefi has taken his bicycle through every part of Central America imaginable, and every bike tour he has undertaken following a disastrous first experience with two friends has been done on a solo basis. According to Kashefi, solo travel is almost always a more enlightening and enjoyable experience provided proper preparations are made and that travelers exercise caution when appropriate. For Kion Kashefi, solo bicycle touring allowed … [Read more...]

Plan Your Own Great Wall Adventure


A day trip to the Great Wall easily qualifies as a major highlight of our month long travels across China. In fact, I would even go as far as saying that if I had to pick just one “must” from a long list of great things to do/see in China, touring the Great Wall would be it -- although to visit only one location in China would be very distressing, as the rest of the country is fascinating.  Why does the Great Wall qualify as my top attraction … [Read more...]

Coping With Stress When Traveling

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Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Travel Whether you have to travel for business or taking that long awaited vacation, the stress involved with travel can sometimes be overwhelming for many. Thankfully, there are many ways to help us deal with and cope with stress that undoubtedly comes with traveling. If you can cope and manage stressful situations effectively, then dealing with some of the headaches involved with travel can be a lot … [Read more...]