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Al Ain, UAE

 

Known as the second biggest city in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain has become one of the fastest developing travel destinations in the United Arab Emirates.

Travelers who have already visited the coasts along the bigger cities would find Al Ain’s dry desert air as welcoming. Get a good look at this huge city, which is a famous weekend destination of many locals, in this Al Ain travel guide vid prepared by Mynetbizz Travel.
 

So speak with us today to begin your travel plans for your Al Ain escapade!

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Map of Soho, London

 

Located in central London is the 39-guestroom hotel Dean Street Townhouse, which also features an all-day dining room that is aptly open to serve breakfast to dinner meals.

Furthermore, you’ll notice that this four-story building is full of dramatic Georgian structural design, which generally mirrors its remarkable history as a Gargoyle Club in the past. With king-size to super king-size beds waiting for you, you’d be pleased to know that the Dean Street Townhouse also allows you to stay in its hospitality area just in case you come too early and as your bedroom is being prepared.

Learn more about this London hotel, and find out how it is to experience an excellent English hospitality at London’s Dean Street House. Read this review excerpt published on travel site, Frommer’s:
 

Atmosphere and location are the draws here -- the price is that rooms are small even for central London. Units have four-poster beds, hand-painted wallpaper, and other retro-chic touches. The innovative all-day dining room with a weekly, changing menu of seasonal British food is a magnet for the post-theatre crowd, and lends evenings at the Townhouse a buzzy, cosmopolitan feel. Book well in advance -- this isn't the place for a last-minute bargain.
 

So speak with our travel reps today to initiate your holiday vacation plans in London!

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The Historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco

 

The exquisite Castro Theatre is recognized for its classic movie screenings and the pre-show playing of its Wurlitzer organ. Doesn’t matter which night of the week you wish to drop by as it features various movies every night, sometimes showing a maximum of two films. If you’re into bargain dramas and musical performances, then you’ll want to drop by during the holidays and on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Get more info on this San Francisco venue, and opt to have a relaxing night by watching the classics at the Castro Theatre. Here’s a review excerpt about it as published on the renowned travel site, Fodor’s:
 

Here's a classic way to join in the Castro community: grab some popcorn and catch a flick at this gorgeous, 1,500-seat art-deco theater; opened in 1922, it's the grandest of San Francisco's few remaining movie palaces… Before many shows the theater's pipe organ rises from the orchestra pit and an organist plays pop and movie tunes, usually ending with the Jeanette McDonald standard "San Francisco" (go ahead, sing along). The crowd can be enthusiastic and vocal, talking back to the screen as loudly as it talks to them. Classics such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? take on a whole new life, with the assembled beating the actors to the punch and fashioning even snappier comebacks for Elizabeth Taylor.
 

So contact us now for more tips on your next travel to San Francisco!

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Mildenhall Signpost

 

In the event that you find yourself in the pleasant village of Barton Mills to perhaps either get a glimpse of the holiday house of the renowned Alexander Fleming or join the biannual Scarecrow Festival held every July, then one accommodation that you ought to check out is the Olde Bull Inn.

While this countryside accommodation looks like the typical conventional coaching inn on the outside, a whole new story can be seen once you step foot inside. Expect a modern and hip touch to its interior with the handmade furniture draped in beautiful textiles and the floorboards rightfully reclaimed.

So get more info on The Olde Bull Inn in this quick hotel review excerpt written on the Daily Mail UK Travel by the hotel Inspector (“Hotel Review: A Hidden Gem as An Inspector Calls at The Olde Bull Inn, Mildenhall, Suffolk”).
 

The owners are very much present and very much hands on – in a wonderfully relaxed sort of way. It’s a Friday evening and everyone is smiling. The regulars seem chuffed that we’ve bothered to turn up. But I can assure you the pleasure is entirely ours… There are 14 rooms. Ours is a little on the small side, but it has atmosphere and the bed is comfy… There is a touch of kitsch going on, with bright colors and eccentric prints. And the building itself is bigger than you think. There’s a fancy restaurant in one part, which has its own entrance - although it doesn’t seem to be in action this evening… In the bar, specials are written on a board.
 

So contact us now for more tips on your next trip to Barton Mills!

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Berkeley, San Francisco

 

Travelers to Berkeley may notice how this thriving metro has successfully created unique environs of contemporary chic shopping areas, a conspicuous trace of a free spirit counter-culture and private localities in Berkeley Hills.

Nonetheless, if you’re really into discovering more of the bustling city life in this part of San Francisco Bay, including the top streets and areas to drop by, then you’ll have to continue reading on to get more info on the top three shopping districts in Berkeley.

1. Telegraph Avenue

If you’re looking for an eclectic mix of metropolitan life in Berkeley, then a trip to Telegraph Avenue is just what you need. From restos featuring international culinary adventures to remarkable structures and a wide selection of shopping choices, such as modern boutiques, books stores, hair salons, music stores, hat shops, street vendors, shoe and smoke stores, body art lounges and vintage shops, this avenue is certainly a must-visit for just about every traveler!

2. Fourth Street

For a more upscale street that offers first-rate dining opportunities as well as great shopping choices that primarily promise shoppers with the best of quality and product styles, a leisure walk along Fourth Street is highly recommended. Enjoy the clever incorporation of sycamore streets on the entirety of this avenue, and don’t hesitate to enjoy a world-class meal in one of its many restos or get yourself or your loved ones souvenirs from the many shops that line the Fourth Street.

3. Solano Avenue

Lastly, a quick trip to Albany may bring you to Berkeley’s Solano Avenue, where you can find a distinctly special abundance of diversity. From contemporary boutiques, family-run stores and an unbelievable collection of cafes and restos that boast of one of the cities freshest and tastiest fares, a day on this street will surely get you all dizzy from hopping from one establishment to another!

On the whole, Forth Street and Telegraph and Solano Avenues are the top three shopping districts in Berkeley!
 

Speak with our travel experts today to learn more about your trip to Berkeley!

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Durian Fruit

 

Nothing is as rich and diverse as the Thai culture as its food.  From those found in the streets to the specialties in restaurants, food in Thailand is definitely a complete experience.

So here is our list of the top ten not-to-miss Thai food and drinks:

1. Crickets
One of the most popular delicacies that Thailand is known for, crickets are prepared deep-fried or sautéed and added with spices.  
2. Durian
The awful smell makes this fruit unappetizing, but the exotic Durian actually tastes so good!
3. Fried or Grilled Bananas
Like the rest of Southeast Asia, bananas abound in Thailand.  The Saba variety, when ripe, is best cooked fried or grilled as snacks, and cooked with coconut milk for dessert.
4. Gekway, or Chrysanthemum Drink
This sweet, yellowish drink is made from crushed chrysanthemum flowers.  There is also the red variety of it, and it is made fresh everyday.
5. Grasshoppers
Closely related to crickets, grasshoppers are also deep fried in oil or sautéed and seasoned with chilli powder.  This finger food makes for an excellent appetizer.
6. Papaya Salad
Prepared with other ingredients such as tomatoes, peanuts and prawns; this salad makes a healthy dish.  Because it is spicy, be prepared to perspire when eating it.
7. Silkworm Larvae
Cooked or uncooked, silkworm larvae can be found where the crickets and grasshoppers are sold.  High in protein, they are best served with mushrooms and basil leaves.
8. Sticky Rice
Sticky rice is a common dish especially from Laos, Cambodia.  The glutinous sweet rice is best served with chicken, and it is deliciously good!
9. Thai Iced Tea
Cha Yen, also called Chamonyen if mixed with milk, is a thirst quencher that has a unique sweet taste.  Derived from rich dark tea, it is best prepared cold – and with lots of ice.
10. Tum Yum Goong
This is the soup you will learn to love and will want to bring when you leave Thailand.  Made with over 29 ingredients, the main ones include prawns, basil leaves, chilli and an assortment of vegetables. Tum Yum Goong is extremely spicy and is definitely irresistible!

Plot out which ones to try on what days in your next trip to Thailand!

 

Contact us today for your next food trip in Asia!

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Fifth Avenue, NYC

 

The newly-opened lofty, limestone building on the Fifth Avenue may seem intimidating for some travelers but this is merely a small slice of NYC’s introduction of what life really is in this thriving city. The huge bedrooms at The Setai are just jaw-dropping, and this is further complemented by one of the most amazing views of the entire city as well as impressive services and facilities customized by the hotel just for its guests.

Learn more about the rooms at The Setai in a hotel overview below:
 

Rooms at The Setai Fifth Avenue have been designed for beauty and size. In a city where space is a truly limited commodity, The Setai Fifth Avenue rewards its guests by offering them expansive and spacious Manhattan boutique hotel rooms, among some of the largest in New York City. A natural, almost outdoor-like light illuminates each of our Manhattan hotel suites, rooms and apartments through large windows custom-designed to provide both sweeping views of the city (including nearby Bryant Park and the Fashion District), and inspired views down to the bustling streets below.
 

Get in touch with us now to start planning for your NY vacation!

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Known as a popular Formula One event in the Netherlands, the Bavarian City Racing is a parade and showcasing of world-renowned racing drivers with their racecars. Originally referred to as the Monaco at the Maas, this Rotterdam demonstration attracts more than 500,000 individuals every year, and more people may be even enticed to join on August 26 this year.

So if you’re thinking about watching the Bavarian City Racing and are not sure what to expect, then watch this video provided by Alok Paleri, who shares,
 

I travelled with Falken to Rotterdam on Sunday, August 22nd 2010 to take a peek at Bavaria City Racing where five Falken cars were due to perform a demonstration along with a couple of other drift teams. Following a crash between two Formula cars that resulted in a 2 hour delay and cancellation of one of the two planned drift runs, as well as the rather uninviting weather, there wasn't enough time to capture enough raw materials - Hence this video being so short.
 

Planning to join this event in the Netherlands? Then contact us as early as now!

 

Cambodia has not only been attracting travelers to visit Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, it has also proven that its other travel attractions in Kep, Kampot and Sihanoukville are worth anyone’s time. On the other hand, one of Southeast Asia’s most deprived countries, Laos, also offers equally beautiful tourist spots that are known to be more popular to travelers searching for a more relaxed vacation.

In Mojo43’s clip, he describes both countries as:

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-amazing places to visit. We are so used to rolling in and out of countries so quickly that taking our time through Cambodia was very refreshing and one of our favorite trips ever. The people and the sights are were fantastic and if you happen to get some time to spend in Laos then do so! It was definitely a highlight of our trip.
 

So get started with your next holiday trip as soon as possible!

 

Nestled in the Korea Strait, Jeju Island boasts of the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes, and one of these is considered as one of the world’s longest lava tubes. Aside from this World Heritage Site, other natural attractions that you can enjoy on this South Korean island are the Sanguburi Crater of an extinct volcano as well as the ancient yet famous Hallim Park.

Get a glimpse of Jeju Island in Mosaicist.net’s video as he tries to capture this beautiful part of South Korea.
 

Get started with your next travel now!

 

If you’re up to hiking or exploring the thousands of miles offered by the renowned Iditarod Trail, then a trip to Alaska would help you attain such goal.

This trail is open all year round, and it doesn’t exactly require you to discover it through hiking alone as you can opt for an easier and faster exploration via auto or rail. If you’re pursuing it by rail, you could follow the track from Seward to Knik.

Get a glimpse of the Iditarod Trail in LaceMine29.com’s video during his seven-day travel in this historical trail.
 

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K-Pop World Tour in New York

 

Big Bang, Super Junior, SHINee, 2NE1, 2AM and U-Kiss –these are just some of the names that have conquered the global scene.  

One thing in common with these groups though, and that is that they are Koreans.  Yes, Koreans, and this worldwide trend is fast catching the attention of the youth of today.  

K-Pop is short for Korean pop, and most of its titles are English; hence, increasing their reach worldwide.  In contrast to American music, K-Pop songs concentrate on topics such as love, friendship and others that are age-appropriate.  

In fact, three leading K-Pop groups, 2AM, ZE:A and U-Kiss, have been recognized by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) late in 2011 for their contribution to the promotion of tourism in Korea.

Frances Cha of CNNgo.com noted that as K-Pop lures, more and more foreigners travel to Korea, so the government and local entertainment companies are jumping on the bandwagon (“Harnessing K-Pop for Tourism”).

Here’s an excerpt of her article:
 

SM Entertainment, one of the country’s largest entertainment companies with acts such as Girls Generation and Super Junior under its label, announced last week that it had acquired BT&I, one of the largest travel agencies in Korea, as a move to increase its global content offerings.  “We’re looking to expand K-Pop’s business model to include dining, fashion, accommodation and exhibitions by building on BT&I’s original tourism, leisure and travel business,” said SM Entertainment CEO Kim Young-min in a press statement.
 

Catch the rest of this travel news, and see how the world is indeed growing smaller with K-Pop acting as one success story.  
 

Book your travel to Korea now, and catch the K-Pop performances live!

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Andes Mountains in South America

 

What difference does it make when Amadeus joins the European Commission in a tourism project?

Continue reading to learn more.

According to Breaking Travel News, Amadeus has now supported the European Commission in its intensive campaign that will look at actions to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism sector through the stimulation of the travel flow between European and South American countries ("Amadeus Joins with EU for 'Low Season Tourism' Initiative"). The pilot initiative follows up on the 2010 Communication on Tourism, which calls on the European Commission to combat seasonality, stimulate the creation of employment, strengthen the image of Europe, and cooperate with third countries.

Below is a short excerpt from the article:
 

This will be achieved by promoting travel in particular in the respective low seasons of Europe and South America, utilising the available spare airline and accommodation capacity thus benefiting the local economy of the host destinations.
 

On the whole, this is welcome news to the travel industry.  A lot of possible changes will be seen in the near future for Europe, which will make significant developments to world travel, correspondingly.
 

So support the ‘Low Season Tourism Initiative’ for Europe!

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Kona Sunset, Hawaii

 

When you say Hawaii, the things that come to your mind your mind are romance, passion, flowers, waters, and of course, love.  

Hawaii is the most popular destination for honeymoons, wedding ceremonies and proposals, and just about any romantic vacation.  Let us together explore the top reasons why.

The Beaches

Hawaii is equated to extremely beautiful beaches. With lots of white sand stretches, the choices abound.  The sound of waves by the shore, the blue skies, the serene and beautiful surrounding – who could possibly resist this paradise?  

Breath-taking Sunsets

The best place to enjoy sunsets that literally take your breath away is Hawaii.  The rich hues of yellow, orange and red will surely bring out the fiery you.

Hidden Paradise

You could arrange for beach tours and nature treks to sites that you’ll have to yourselves.   These make up for unforgettable experiences which create lasting memories.

The Stars and You

What could be more memorable that gazing at a sky full of stars, hands entwined with the love of your life? This paired with dinner by the beach, just the two of you, and wine to complement the meal.  Just lovely!

The “Aloha Spirit”

Aloha also means love and affection, not just hello and goodbye.  In Hawaii, you get to imbibe the local culture of giving, of caring and of sharing.

So don’t hesitate to visit Hawaii!
 

Book a Hawaii romantic getaway now!

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Dubbed as Heartness, the Tartan Heart Festival is a well-liked music festival  held every August on the Belladrum Estate in Scotland.

From free tickets for children below 12 years old and a great variety of music offered to providing a family-friendly campsite and overall atmosphere, this yearly festivity also presents the smallest nightclub in the world in the place of the Miniscule of Sound as well as numerous fringe acts and stalls.

So if you’re in for a two-day celebration with tickets ranging from £65 to £95 pounds, then you should never miss the party of the season through the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival! See GetDeluxe’s video for a glimpse of this exciting event!
 

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Monterey Bay, California

 

Sandwiched by California’s geographically-diverse Bay Area and jagged Central Coast, Monterey Bay is full of kid-friendly tourist spots and travel attractions that also serve as a magnet for history enthusiasts.

So read on to learn more on how to spend your day on Monterey Bay.

* Nature-Tripping

Beginning a road trip from the Pacific Grove, you could witness the picturesque route of Monterey Peninsula’s 17-Mile Drive as you drive along the Pacific Ocean coast and end in the wonderful seaside community of Pebble Beach. In here, you could either play golf or take a photo in front of the Lone Cypress, an iconic area of a single tree dangerously roosting at the edge of the road.

You could also sail to the rocky islands off Monterey Bay, and visit the Bird Rock, where you could watch a wide array of wildlife like sea lions and pelicans. Meanwhile, you could stop by the Asilomar State Beach, which is found on the coasts of the Pacific Grove, and walk along the walking trail of the beach. During your stroll, you could witness many coves, coastal bluffs, sand dunes, tide pools, a native plant greenhouse and the Del Monte Forest.

* Educational Tours

Moreover, you could let your kids learn more and at the same time have fun at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is found on Cannery Row. See your kids enjoy their time as they lay their eyes on three stories of tanks that contain a wide variety of marine wildlife, such as leopard sharks, jellyfish and turtles.

Lastly, you and your family could come around Salinas, where you’ll find the National Steinbeck Center. In here, you’ll spot the works of famous authors, Salinas and John Steinbeck, including pertinent historical and cultural pieces of information.

Overall, you could definitely enjoy a trip to Monterey Bay with these top two activities!
 

Start planning your next vacation now!