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TRAVEL BLOGS,
NORTH AMERICA

See a patial list of our travel blog articles featuring places in North America below. For the complete blog archives list please visit our Archives page.

Agua Dulce, CA
Alaska Cruise
Alaska: Musk Ox
Alaskan Interior
Alaska Marine Highway
Alaska Railway
Alaska Small Ship Cruise
Alaska Whale Watching
Aleutians
Amelia Island, FL
Arizona Cowboy College
Aruba
Atlanta, Idaho
Austin, Texas
Avila Beach, CA
Banff
Baja California Sur
Baja Wine Country, Mexico
Belize
Big Bear Lake, CA
British Columbia Tea
Calgary
California Coast
Cambria & Paso Robles
Canadian Cities
Canadian Rockies
Canadian Winter
Catalina Island
Central Coast, California
Charlevoix, Quebec
Cherokee Nation
Chincoteague & Assateague
Claremont, CA
Columbia River
Costa Rica
Costa Rica Cloud Forest
Cozumel, Mexico
Death Valley Pupfish
Denali National Park
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Douglas Complex Fire, OR
Eastern Washington
Edmonton
Fairbanks, Alaska
French Canada Cruise
Glacier Peak, WA
Grand del Mar
Guadalajara, Mexico
Hana Highway, Hawaii
Hawaii
Hawaii Big Island
Hollywood
Honolulu, Hawaii
Inland Northwest
Jacksonville, Oregon
Juneau, Alaska
Kaua'i 1; Kaua'i 2
Key West
Kona, Hawaii
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach Images
Lahaina, Hawaii
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Lanai. Hawaii
La Paz, Mexico
La Quinta, Palm Springs, CA
Las Alamandas, Mexico
Las Vegas
Lewis & Clark Expedition
Lexington, Kentucky
Long Beach
Maine
Mammoth Mountain
Maui, Hawaii
Mohonk Mountain House
Molokai, Hawaii
Monterey Bay
Montreal
Montreal Tea
Morongo Resort
Myrtle Beach
Napa Valley
New Brunswick
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New Mexico Images
New Orleans
New York
North Cascades, WA
North Dakota Blizzard
Northern Washington State
Nova Scotia
Oahu
Oceanside, CA
Orange County
Oregon Coast
Olympia, WA
Olympic Peninsula, WA
Oxford, Mississippi
Oxnard, CA
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Palm Springs Museum
Palouse Scenic Byway
Panama
Pasadena, CA
Paso Robles, CA
Pismo Beach, CA
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Prince Rupert/Digby Island
Prudhoe Bay, Canadian Arctic
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Queen Charlotte Islands
Redondo Beach
Rhode Island
Richmond, BC
Riverside, CA
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Route 66
Samish Island, WA
San Diego
San Diego Resort
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Monica, CA
Seattle
Seattle Parade Photos
Sedona, Arizona
Seward Highway, Alaska
Sitka, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
Sonoma, CA
South Texas
St. Lawrence River, Canada
St. Louis, MO
Sun Valley, ID
Taos & Kit Carson
Taos, New Mexico
Texas Bull Riding
Texas Wine Country
Tongass, Alaska
Toronto
Utah
Vancouver
Ventura, CA
Victoria, BC
Virginia Skydiving
Waco, Texas
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C: Newseum
Western Canada
Westlake Village, CA
Whistler, B.C.

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TRAVEL BLOGS,
EUROPE

Alcala, Spain
Amsterdam
Aran Islands, Ireland
Arnhem, Holland
Assisi, Italy
Athens
Augsburg, Germany
Baltic Sea Nations
Basel. Switzerland
Bavaria
Beira, Portugal
Belgium
Berlin
Bertha Benz Route, Germany
Bled, Slovenia
Brno, Czech Republic
Bruges, Leiden and Dijon
Burgundy, France
Castelluccio di Norcia, Italy
Champagne and Lorraine
Champagne Country, France
Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
Consuegra, Spain
Copenhagen
Cortona, Italy
Cotswolds, England
County Cork, Ireland
Crete, Greece
Czech Republic
Czech Republic Slideshow
Dolomites, Italy
Duxford Aviation Museum
Eastern Mediterranean
Erfurt, Germany
Europe by Train
Europe's Churches
Europe's Statues
Fairytale Road, Germany
Flanders, Belgium
France
French Alps
Galicia, Spain
German Wine Tours
Germany (Bach)
Germany (small towns)
Germany (4 big cities)
Germany's Great Cities Giverny, France
Graubunden, Switzerland
Graz, Austria
Great Britain Photos
Hamburg
Heroes of Britain
Heroes of Europe
Holland River Cruise
Iceland 1; Iceland 2; Iceland 3
Innsbruck, Austria
Ireland Return
Ireland Tour 1; Ireland Tour 2
Ireland Vacation
Ischia Island, Italy
Kos Island, Greece
Lake Como, Italy
La Mancha, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Libourne, SW France
Liverpool, England
Loch Ness, Scotland
London Tea
London Tour Part 1
London Tour Part 2
London Tour Part 3
London Tour Part 4
Lorraine, France
Lucerne, Switzerland
Madrid
Madrid Tapas
Mediterranean Cruise
Meuse-Argonne, France
Montagne, SW France
Montenegro
Monte Verità, Switzerland
Montpellier, France
Moscow & St, Petersburg
Munich
Nidwalden, Switzerland
Norcia, Umbria, Italy
Normandy Beaches, France
Normandy, France
Northern Italy
North Wales Railway
Norway
Norwegian Arctic
Norwegian Fjords
Offbeat Germany
Off the Beaten Path Europe
Orvieto, Italy
Oslo, Bergen & Trondheim
Paris
Perugia, Italy
Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza
Piovene Rocchette, Italy
Pittormie Castle, Scotland
Pointe du Hoc, Normandy
Poland
Port Meirion, North Wales
Portugal
Prague, Czech Republic
Provence, France
Pyla-sur-Mer, SW France
Pyrenees
Rail Europe
Rhodes Island, Greece
Rhone River, France
Riviera di Ulisse, Italy
Romania
Rome 1; Rome 2
Rouen, France
Saint-Émilion, SW France
Salzburg, Austria
Sarlat, SW France
Saxony, Germany
Schwyz, Switzerland
Scotland 1; Scotland 2
Senigallia, Central Italy
Slovenia
Southern England
Southern France
Southern Italy
Spain
Spain (Edible Books)
Spello, Italy
Stockholm, Sweden
St. Petersburg
Sutri, Lazio, Italy
Switzerland
The Ritz, London
Toledo, Spain
Turkey
Tuscan Farm
Tuscany
Tuscany and Umbria
Valencia, Spain
Vatican Museums
Vicenza, Italy
Vienna 1; Vienna 2
Wales
Wimbledon
Yaroslavl, Russia
Yorkminster, England
Zurich

TravelingBoy's 3 things About Nova Scotia
...we didn't know about
NOVA SCOTIA

What are some of the “things” or activities that people in Nova Scotia do for fun?

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This installment of THREE THINGS is courtesy of Pamela Wamback - Media Relations, Nova Scotia Tourism.

Cape Forchu lightstation, Nova Scotia
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Corinna Lothar's travel blog/review
Southwestern Virginia: Land of Music, Crafts and Nature

jam session on Main Street, Bristol, during Rhythm and Roots Festival
Virginia is for lovers – of bluegrass music, crafts, gorgeous scenery. and friendly, hospitable people. Southwest Virginia offers all of the above to a visitor, along with some tasty traditional food. Music serves as the glue in the region. Everywhere, be it the local diner, the craft center, a theatre, or just the street, a group will be strumming and singing, a jam session will be taking place.

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Guest Contributor's travel blog/review
Therapeutic Glimpses of Canada
By Skip Kaltenheuser

The Bugaboos, British Columbia
If lucky to enjoy more than your fair share of travel, eventually you’ll be asked your favorite place. It’s a tough one, most places have their fascinations. One doesn’t choose to go somewhere without first determining it worth one’s time. So top picks usually include the latest experience. And folks in America, with its embarrassment of travel riches, are already a bit spoiled if they get around at all. But this traveler never feels he’s giving a bum steer answering to look northward.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Under Doctor's Orders: Balbido – The Painted Village

one of the murals in Balbido village in the Bleggio Plateau, Italy
In between two-a-day therapeutic soakings, "Our Man in Italy" has been going off the beaten path to document little known gems around the Trentino of northern Italy. In this, his sixth dispatch, he takes the lens cap off to frame an unusual open-air art gallery.

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Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
Charlottesville, Virginia: Mr. Jefferson's Country

the Pavilions at the University of Virginia
To many people, Monticello and Charlottesville, Virginia are synonymous. Indeed, even more than his famous home, the presence of Thomas Jefferson the Man can be felt throughout the quiet college town, about a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C. For any history buff, a tour of Monticello is heaven, but even those less historically inclined will be enthralled by fascinating displays of Jefferson the Creative Homeowner.

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Tim Mattox's travel article
The 44's… Locked & Loaded!!!

Johnny Main and J.R. Lozano of The 44's
Anytime you see the 44's listed on a concert bill or festival poster, you know there's going to be a party. This particular occasion just happened to be Rod Piazza's Annual Birthday celebration at Fairmount Park in Riverside. The 44's along with the Mighty Mojo Prophets, the MoFo Party Band and Piazza's own Mighty Flyers had all come together for a day of revelry and some good-natured, blow your face off blues harp and string-stinging guitar boogie.

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Christopher Meloni on Acting and Balancing Career With Family Life

Christopher Meloni with wife Sherman
Christopher Meloni cut his teeth on episodic television beginning with his breakout role on “NYPD Blue.” Following that series, he had a recurring role on HBO’s “Oz” after which he co-starred with Mariska Hargitay in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” where he played Detective Elliot Stabler for twelve seasons, leaving the show in 2011. Moving seamless from television to film, Meloni has racked up a number of credits including “Man of Steel,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Twelve Monkeys,” and “Runaway Bride."

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Under Doctor's Orders: Fiavè – Life on Stilts

Lago Carera site archeological site, Fiave
"Our Man in Italy," sent packing by his physician, goes back in time – WAY, WAY back – to 6,000 BC as he and his camera document an archeological dig around the high plains of the Brenta Dolomites in the Trentino Alto Adige region of northern Italy.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
Amelia Earhart: NOT About Her Airplane – But the Home Where She Grew Up

Amelia Earhart's home

If you disappeared, how much do you think the government would spend trying to find you? $100? $750? Could you imagine half a million? What if you were Amelia Earhart? She was the first woman to fly – solo – across the Atlantic, in her 15 hour flight from Newfoundland to Ireland, and Eleanor Roosevelt – the president's wife – was her friend, and wanted Amelia to teach her how to fly...

Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Under Doctor's Orders: Rango – One Nutty Village

walnuts in Rango, Italy
Sent packing by his physician to the Trentino region of northern Italy for wellness R&R, "Our Man in Italy" files his fourth dispatch, in between two-a-day thermal baths, from a tiny hamlet tucked away in the Giudicarie Valley of the Brenta Dolomites where Father Time hasn't moved a muscle for centuries.

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Israel: A Remarkable Paradise Carved Out of the Desert

welcome sign at the Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv
Usually when I'm invited on a press trip, my family and friends are very excited for me. When my trip to Israel materialized, I eagerly shared with everyone what for me what was great news. Their smiles suddenly faded and were replaced with looks of deep concern. "Be careful." "Be careful." "Be careful." I heard that over and over again, with one email from a friend reading: Don't leave the group. Don't eat in any outdoor cafes. Don't use the buses. Don't use any underground parking...

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Israel: A Magical Journey Back in Time, Part Two

view of Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus
We arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport at 4:55 am and were promptly met by a friendly representative from the Israel Ministry of Tourism, who brought the other journalist and myself over to the check-in desk. A phone call was made and our driver immediately appeared, whisking us away to the Mount Zion Hotel located in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel.

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Israel: A Magical Journey Back in Time, Part Three

archeological remains of the original temple
After a restful night's sleep, at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel we were up bright and early and walked across the courtyard to the building that housed an incredible breakfast buffet that literally was spread out over several rooms. With our plates filled with an assortment of delights, we seated ourselves on the deck overlooking the Sea of Galilee. One could not help flashing back to biblical times during which this famous sea is mentioned so often...

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Tim Mattox's travel article
Missy and Heine Andersen: Putting Rhythm Back in the Blues

Big Jon Atkinson performing
Missy and Heine Andersen are literally and figuratively, on the same sheet of music. Their new album, 'In the Moment' was released in late summer and is currently climbing multiple music charts. They have a break-neck performance and non-stop touring schedule well into next year that would kill most normal people...

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Greg Aragon's travel blog/review
A Royal and Tasty Time Aboard the Queen Mary

the Queen Mary with a Russian Cold War-era submarine alongside
I came for the legendary Sunday brunch and ended up staying for breakfast. I didn't originally plan it that way, but after filling my gullet on an incredible assortment of seafood, salad, meat dishes and some serious desserts, I needed a nap. And what better place to rest than on a ship, gently rocking with the tides. And if the vessel you are relaxing on happens to be one of the most famous in the history of ocean travel, then it's icing on the cake.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Under Doctor's Orders: Fiume Sarca

the Sarca River
In between two-a-day thermal baths, "Our Man in Italy" dries off just long enough to file his fifth Under Doctor's Orders dispatch along the banks of a river that runs alongside his temporary digs up in the Trentino.

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Tim Mattox's travel article
Big Blues from Big Jon Atkinson

Big Jon Atkinson performing
Big Jon Atkinson is a bad man. Not in the demented, hockey mask and chainsaw kind-of-way. No, Mr. Atkinson is bad in a seriously mean old, low-down and nasty, bottle-neck slide guitar blues... type of way. Oh sure, he appears innocent enough, with his harp rack and fistful of capos. But when he sits down to play, you better keep your hands up and your elbows in because he's taking you with him when he goes.

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Ed Boitano's travel blog/review
Finding Peace in La Paz – The World's Aquarium on Mexico's Sea of Cortez

panoramic view of the coast from the CostaBaja Resort and Spa in La Paz
There was not a hint of litter on the street. Mexican children frolicked on the beach. Los Pacenos (La Paz natives) offered gentle smiles as they jogged past me along the Malecón – La Paz’s bay-front boardwalk that stretches along the historic downtown. It was hard to take it all in with the sun setting on the glimmering Sea of Cortez, which Jacques Cousteau christened “the world’s aquarium,” with one of the planet’s most abundant ecosystems.

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Richard Carroll's travel blog/review
Elko's 31st Celebration Of The Old West

museum display, Elko
Way out in the misty west, rag-tag spirits of the past, grasping at timeless threads of memory, swirl about Elko's sturdy and uncompromising red brick buildings, touching the town's sparkling casino lights that passionately blink out a silent refrain to those with Lady Luck riding on their shoulders. These crusty old spirits, the rock-hard backbone of Elko, are the heartbeat of Western Americana.

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Dette Pascual's travel blog
Dia delos Muertos: The Day of the Dead

All Saints Day scene at a Philippine cemetery
The world we know, lets go of October with a celebration of the spirit gone into another realm. In many western worlds, they call it Halloween. But in the Philippines, there is the tradition of “All Saints Day” which is a way of remembering dead loved ones by prayers, bringing flowers, and lighting candles at their grave. This custom of going to where loved ones are laid to rest, is a hold-over from the Philippine history of being under Spanish rule hundreds of years ago.

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New Year's Day – Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. We shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did the same old thing last year about this time. However, go in, community. New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR from the staff at TravelingBoy

We have designated 2015 as the year to give. Here are some of our favorite charities. CLICK HERE.

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Random Acts of Canine Kindness

Cedric

Cedric the Dog takes a well-deserved breather after dragging an infant to safety from a burning apartment building.

Together in Spirit – The Best Friends Animal Society

At the core of Best Friends' work is the dream that one day animals will no longer be killed in America's shelters.

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Dog Quotations


Travel Must-Haves for Fitness Trips – tasc Performance

Not everyone’s ideal vacation consists of laying on the beach and sipping Mai Tais… more active people are turning toward fitness-centric getaways. With hotels and resorts stepping up their fitness offerings worldwide, planning an active trip has never been easier. From trips that are specifically designed to keep you moving, to health and wellness-based resorts, combining fitness, travel, and relaxation has never been easier.

Whether you’re venturing across the ocean or within the US, proper apparel is necessary. tasc Performance, a line of bamboo-based performance wear, is perfect for any fitness getaway. Moisture-wicking, anti-odor, breathability, and UPF 50+ makes tasc ultra-comfortable and high performing in every climate. Stylish pieces also allows for an easy transition between action and relaxation. So, kick your vacation into high gear this year, with a getaway that keeps you moving!

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Wine Enthusiast Reveals 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2015

Wine Enthusiast magazine has crowned the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2015 in their annual February Travel Issue, and three US cities have topped the coveted list – Orlando, FL; Finger Lakes, NY; and Mendocino, CA!

The top 10 list includes where to dine, where to stay, activities, when to go, and of course, where to taste. Without further adieu…here is the top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2015.

  • Piedmont, Italy
  • Finger Lakes, NY - USA!
  • Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
  • Rhône Valley, France
  • Orlando, FL - USA!
  • Galicia, Spain
  • Okanagan, Canada
  • Loire Valley, France
  • Mendocino, CA - USA!
  • Istria, Croatia


Consumer & Authoritative Research Reveals Eight (8) Significant Trends Cruise Travelers May Expect in 2015

As we approach 2015 and beyond, cruise enthusiasts- and the cruise lines themselves - know that cruising has never been more popular. In fact, there are 35 new ocean ships and 21 new river ships scheduled to debut by 2018.

CruiseCompete’s consumers are constantly telling us what they are experiencing and what they would like to see from the cruise industry. With this information, and their expert knowledge of the industry, the cruise specialists at CruiseCompete, (who provide on average a million quotes a year,) are able provide insight on ocean and river cruising trends you might experience in 2015.

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What do you think about Royal Caribbean's changes to their dining venues?

Royal Caribbean International is postponing the scheduled introduction of Dynamic Dining on its two mega-ships, Oasis and Allure of the Seas.
The alternative-dining concept had been scheduled to debut on Oasis in March, but has now been put off until “later in the year” according to the line’s web page for Oasis. Dynamic Dining, introduced on Quantum of the Seas in November, eliminates the main dining room in favor of four themed restaurants that serve about 450 diners each.

What do people think about it?

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Greek Islands Student Holidays 2015

From Ovadias Tours

Choose from: Ios - Santorini - Paros - Naxos

GREECE!!!
Summer 2015

6 nights - 7 days

From EURO: 99.00 net per person sharing triple/Quadruple in Naxos!!!!!

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Deb's poetry break


Auld Lang Syne
By Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, &c.

Send Deb your favorite travel poems.



Natural Habitat Adventures Announces Exclusive “Grizzly Ship”
For Close Encounters with Alaska’s Giant Brown Bears

The world’s premier nature travel company, Natural Habitat Adventures, announces the exclusive charter of a legendary vessel it has rechristened the M/V Natural Habitat Ursus, to take guests as close as possible in safety to the largest coastal grizzlies in the world.

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This Is Why a River Cruise Is Better Than an Ocean One

Have you ever taken a cruise? I'd predict you'll answer YES. But what if I said have you ever experienced a RIVER cruise? One of the most "IN Things" in travel today, IS a river cruise.

There are myriad books about ocean cruises around the world, but with Europe having one of the biggest markets for river cruises, how does a potential passenger find out – in an unbiased way – things like how many river cruise lines are there in Europe? What do they offer? What are their ships like, and how does one differ from the other?

Berlitz River Cruising in Europe by Douglas Ward

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It's Official: Richard Branson Is Launching a Cruise Line

Since May of this year, rumors that billionaire Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, wants to expand his oeuvre into the cruise business. Early reports indicated that a Virgin cruise line would likely launch around 2019 in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, but we haven't heard any specifics in a while.

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The Society of Professional Journalists is Accepting Submissions for Its 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, Which Recognize the Best in Professional Journalism

Submissions must be received by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and works must have been published, aired or broadcast in 2014 to be considered. The contest is open to any U.S. media outlet or international SPJ members, and you may enter online at awards.spj.org.

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Airbus: Worst Airplane Seat Ever

Airbus filed a patent for what will be the least comfortable airplane seat in the sky. The new design features saddle-like seats that can fold up when not in use. Gone are cushions, padded armrests, tray tables and personal space: The new seating plan, of course, would allow airlines to cram more passengers into the limited space of the cabin.


Airlines with the Most Extra Fees
Courtesy SmarterTravel

The airlines call them ancillary revenues. Travelers call it nickel-and-diming. By whatever name, the dizzying array of fees that airlines now impose for everything from checked bags to carry-on bags to seat selection to ticket reissues is big business.

And it's getting bigger.

A new study by industry consulting firm IdeaWorks found that the airlines' ancillary fees had increased by almost 1,200 percent between 2007 and 2013, from $2.45 billion to $31.5 billion.

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Airlines Are Making Big Bucks!

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5 Things Travel Has Taught Me

The staff at Twenty-Something Travel write about 5 things they’ve learned from travel.

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Travel Smarter with Brainscape!

In eight of the 13 cities listed as best vacation destinations by U.S. News this year, English isn’t the official language. Add vast cultural differences and unfamiliar terrain to the existing language barrier and suddenly a trip abroad can become a daunting proposition. Fortunately, Brainscape can help travelers learn how to talk the talk (quite literally) in no time before they venture off to a foreign destination.

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An Inside Look At the Los Angeles International Airport Control Tower
By John Clayton

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The Genesis of T-Boy’s Cartoons

Known for travel stories that immediately capture the interest of the reader with their colorful creativity, clever use of words and the talent to paint pictures with words about destinations all over the world, TravelingBoy is delighted to announce the riveting success of our hilarious travel cartoons that highlight the foibles and quirks of mankind.

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Operation Homefront

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

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Last-Minute Airfare Deals

Find the latest last-minute Web fares for flights departing from within the United States and Canada.

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The Best Place to Find Cheap Flights

Compare prices on 400+ airlines and travel sites, including Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline and more and find the best bargain..

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7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning

Master the art of earning miles, attaining elite status, and working the system to earn free flights and other perks. Learn from expert travelers who know how to maximize their elite status.

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Traveling Boy Recipe Travel recipe of the month

Apfelstrudel

Susanne Servin of Herzerl Tours shares her Apfelstrudel family recipe. Says Susanne: “It may seem overwhelming but believe me, it's not. In a two hour session I taught a group of my German students how to make it.”

This classic recipe is usually made with freshly homemade strudel dough, but frozen phyllo dough works well too and is much quicker. You'll need: 1 pkg. frozen phyllo dough – take out of freezer and defrost for 2 hrs. – one roll of dough will give you approx eight small strudels.

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Amazon Adventure
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Peru 1
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Peru's Amazon

ASIA
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Caramoan, Philippines
China
China Photos
Corregidor Island
Emirates Airlines
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Iligan City, Philippines
Japan 1; Japan 2
Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Jalalabad Photos
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul Photos 1
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Krabi, Thailand 1
Krabi, Thailand 2
Langkawi, Malaysia
Mumbai, India
Nepal
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Philippine Dolphins
Qufu, China
Taiwan
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Thailand 1; Thailand 2
Vietnam
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AFRICA
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Uganda 2
Uganda 3


AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Indian Pacific Railway
Marquesa Islands
New South Wales, Australia
New Zealand
Stewart Island, New Zealand
Tahiti; Tahiti Photos


ANTARCTICA
Antarctica 1
Antarctica 2
Antarctica Slideshow


CRUISES
Azamara Cruises
Azamara Baltic Sea Cruise
Allure of the Seas
Carnival Paradise Cruise
Oasis of the Seas;
Oasis of the Seas Photos
River Cruise
SS Lane Victory 1
SS Lane Victory 2
Three Value Cruises


SPECIAL FEATURES
4 Historic Hotels
Aviation Legend: The B17
Favorite Travel Photos
Feasting on Bugs and Grubs
Great Escape
Interesting Travel Photos: Questions
Interesting Travel Photos: Answers
Islands Part 1
Islands Part 2
Islands Part 3
Islands Part 4
Learning English
Queen Mary
Signs of the Times
Spirits of the World
Soft Adventures
The Haunting
Travel Photography


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Honeyboy Edwards
John Hammond
Field Hollers
Eddie Vinson
Willie Dixon
Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors
John Mayall
Lowell George (Little Feat)
BB King
Johnny Winter
Joe Bonamassa
Preston Smith
Rory Block
Mick Taylor
SoulSauce
Dennis Jones
Zen Blues Quartet
Rod Piazza
Buddy Guy
Pinetop Perkins
2011 San Diego Blues Festival
The Blues & Lives Well-Lived
Pendleton Warrior
Promise of the Real/Lukas Nelson
Jimmy Carl Black
Stephen Stills
Otis Rush
Little Walter
Johnny Otis
Kinsey, Perkins & Sumlin
Charlie Musselwhite 2
2013 San Diego Blues Festival
Phil Gates
Rod Piazza Birthday 2
JW Jones
Billy Watson
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)
'Iceman' Albert Collins
Lightnin' Malcolm

Travel Humor (partial list) – a collection of jokes (with bits of travel adventures) from graphics artist Raoul Pascual:
Can You Get Married in Heaven?
3 Men, 3 Women and 3 Bears
Dangerous Snake
The Truth About Reindeer
Health Warning
Do You Want to be a Mermaid or a Whale?
Irish Jokes
Outback Half-Wit
Irish Millionaire
Laundry Man
Moses and the Red Sea
Two Norwegians
How the War Between Ireland and France was Averted
Jewish Haikus
Italian Profiling
Paraprosdokians
The Middle Wife
Welsh Holiday
Alberta Snow
Complete and Finished
Alzheimer's Test
Fairy Tale
Agricultural Inspector
News from Libya
Chinese Food
Baby Polar Bear
Spanish Delicacy
Truck
Mexican Jews
British Humor
A Chicken Walks Into a Bar
First Child
Hello?
Irish Babes
Italian Golfer
Sleeping With Bob
The Crows of Massachusetts
Snow Parking
Hamburg Visits Los Angeles CA
Airplane Water Landing
Team Effort
Freeloaders
Leviticus 20:13


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