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A Few Interesting Notes About the Country of Andorra

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The population of Andorra is only approximately 85,000 people. We can see why; much of this small country is mountainous with steep hillsides and equally steep gorges. The engineering on their road system is rather impressive; we drove through several large round abouts raised entirely above steep gorges with several tunnels joining from various rock cliffs in a number of directions - all meeting in one particular roundabout. We drove several … [Read more...]

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth

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One can travel around the world and one will certainly collect his share of experiences - but then can one write about his travels in an engaging and a humorous way? The answer is a resounding yes when it comes to author Albert Podell who made it his mission to visit every single country in the world. Author, adventurer, former editor of Playboy and explorer - the titles mount up for Albert - this is his latest book about his life wandering … [Read more...]

Blue Mountains, Katoomba Australia – July 2015

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The Blue Mountains extend for over 400km in length and up to 70km in width. From Sydney public transportation takes about 2 hours to Katoomba (the main jumping off point for day and overnight visitors). Catch the train from Central Station - trains usually leave every hour or less. A visit here can easily be done in a day trip from Sydney (especially if you get an early start, 8-9am). Katoomba is about 100 km west of Sydney. Katoomba is a … [Read more...]

Cruising Bordeaux with Viking River Cruises

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Viking River Cruises was established in 1977 as a fairly small operation with just four ships offering Russian River cruises marketed to Europeans. The company has expanded quickly over the years - entering the US market in 2000. They are now the world's largest river cruise company offering a variety of trips in Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. In addition to their main cruise offerings, Viking can arrange airfare and post and … [Read more...]

Top 10 Things You Must Do in Jaisalmer

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If cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur bear the mark of luxury and opulence of royal Rajput lifestyle then Jaisalmer epitomizes rural Rajasthan. A day or two in this remote town will give you a closer look to the daily life in this desert land. If you are a traveller and believe in experiencing rather than seeing Jaisalmer is the place to visit. And here are the top ten activities to make the most of your Jaisalmer travel. Walking tour … [Read more...]

Thai Airways’ 55th Anniversary Sweepstakes

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A Facebook fan will win a round-trip ticket to Thailand Los Angeles, Calif. June 30, 2015 – Thai Airways USA has launched the 55th Anniversary Sweepstake to give a round trip ticket to one lucky winner from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Bangkok International Airport (BKK) in celebration of the airline’s 55th Anniversary. The 55th Anniversary Sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. The live sweepstakes entry … [Read more...]

Layovers are great*

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I am fortunate enough to participate in non-rev travel. This has its obvious ups and downs. I know where to find free WiFi in Houston International. I've spent dozens of nights sleeping in airports. And I’m certainly no stranger to being stuck in cities I’d rather not be in. When I was marooned in Paris last November, I was faced with the difficult decision of how to spend the next 24 hours. I was exhausted from a brief romp around Spain and … [Read more...]

Five Ways to get the Most out of Solo Travelling

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Planning a little solo jaunt across the land? If this is your first time planning your virgin solo adventure, I understand completely how excited and nervous you are. I was once in your shoes. Before you slap on your backpack and march out that door, here’s a small checklist of things you might want to do to ensure a better trip. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH It doesn’t matter if you’re headed into uncharted territory or a bustling … [Read more...]

Summer Highlights in Québec

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With plenty of Festivals, Food events and Road Trips - summer time is a busy time to be in Québec. Geographically, this is Canada's largest province and the second largest by population. With so many activities coming up this summer, I have picked out a few of more intriguing ones. Festivals The Feux Loto-Québec is Montreal's International Fireworks Festival having been held annually since 1985. Not only is this a spectacular fireworks event … [Read more...]

Save the Date! 5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Returns August 27-30th, 2015

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Michelin starred honorees, James Beard Award winners, Food & Wine Best New Chefs, and 200 wineries, will once again converge on the City of Angels during the annual epicurean jubilee produced by Coastal Luxury Management WHAT: The fifth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, is set to feature three-nights and four-days of unrivaled tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, book signings, … [Read more...]