Posts Tagged ‘travel’

June 21, 2012

Quote of the week from “The Lord of the Rings”.

June 21, 2012

Francis Unson:

New Zealand is no stopover to your destination.  New Zealand is the destination.

Originally posted on walking around with a camera:

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A.  Hello friend and/or family member.  Here are some pictures of the New Zealand landscape.  Thanks for stopping by.  Geez, it’s been a long time since we’ve…

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May 30, 2012

Francis Unson:

How does New York City inspire you?

Originally posted on Mk Americana:

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

I love to travel and experience new cultures. For that reason,  I took a day trip to New York for a mini vacation.  My purpose in going was to visit all the places I didn’t get a chance to visit during new years. With that being said,  I still didn’t get a chance to visit all the places I wanted to. Regardless, I had a wonderful time and I plan on going back soon to finish my list. Below are a few pictures I took while I was there.

Before I went to the Brooklyn bridge I stopped by Duke’s cafe located in Soho no too far from H&M.

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May 29, 2012

Francis Unson:

Travel alone at least once in your life.

Originally posted on Beradadisini:

Started in 2007, at least once a year, I travel alone. It doesn’t really matter how far or how close the destination is. The idea is simply to go to a foreign place, a place where you know no one, alone. It’s not that I dislike travelling with friends. I do enjoy spending summer with my best friends: shopping and partying with the girls and going poetically mellow in a remote village with the boys. But travelling alone gives a different kind of pleasure. It’s more of a journey to know who you really are, better.

Travelling alone gives you a lot of time to spend with yourself, to do things as you wish, to see things that you want, to spend more or less time in places that you find most or least interesting, to say yes or no to a stranger’s invitation for a drink without having to…

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May 24, 2012

Francis Unson:

The diversity of wildlife on this planet is enormous.

Originally posted on the eff stop:

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I’m easily distracted by any photo op.

After riding the rails to Denver, Karen and I caught a cab to the Car Rental lot in Denver near the airport. As she inspected the car I caught a glimpse of a bunny face-off in the small patch of grass separating the lot exit from the street. I dropped my luggage and grabbed my camera – I no longer cared about what kind of car we would rent, or mileage, or color, or insurance, or anything else. My whole world revolved around capturing the images of those bunnies. The scuffle was short and I missed a chance to get the loser flipping backwards – but the victor hung out with me for a few shots.

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Karen apparently turned around to ask me a question and discovered I was no where near the car – I heard her mutter something like “Where’d she…

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10 Reasons to Travel Solo (via Fabulous at Fifty)

July 21, 2011

Unless you were traveling on a family-oriented cruise ship, you can travel much of the world solo.

10 Reasons to Travel Solo   Many people don’t feel comfortable traveling solo.   Usually the fears of being lonely, unsafe, and vulnerable are factors.   Some of the reasons to embark upon a solo trip are: You can go where you want.  Sometimes it’s difficult to agree upon a destination.  If your companion prefers all-inclusive beach resorts, and you yearn for an … Read More

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Happy Birthday South Sudan (via The Mzungu Diaries)

July 12, 2011

Nothing necessitates the printing of updated maps more than the birth of a nation.

Happy Birthday South Sudan I have seen RPGs before. They're funny because they look like toys. A gun is a gun, but an RPG is a stick with a rugby ball on the end and it looks comic unless it's pointed at you. What I had never seen, however, was the sheer array of weaponry that South Sudan insisted on lining its roads with in the run-up to independence. Not that you can blame them, though. As the bus enters Juba it passes a long stretch of road on which the rectangular shad … Read More

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Photographs from Bologna: The food capital of Italy… (via Dakota .D Journal)

July 6, 2011

Photographs from Bologna: The food capital of Italy... This month has been another amazing chapter of travel through Italy!! I’ve been to: Florence, Pisa, Venice and Verona, each of which have had their own unique sense of character. Bologna however, is my favorite city in Italy for it’s celebrated food culture… Memorable mornings in Bologna were spent at local café’s where I savored some of the best Italian coffee and pastries. The taste of rich cappuccinos, macchiatos and poached cherry tarts wer … Read More

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How to Pack for a Vacation

May 23, 2011

Since summer is coming up and school will be letting out, some of you may be going on vacation.  It could be traveling on a long road trip, heading out-of-state, or going to another country.  There are some important things you should bring like your passport if headed abroad, photo I.D., extra money, and of course, clothes and toiletries.  Here are a few good packing tips:

  • Packing for a vacation may be the first or last thing you do before taking off. If the latter describes you, create a checklist of items and follow these tips.If you are the type of person that buys lots of mementos during a vacation such as souvenirs, clothes, or other items, you should bring an extra carry-on sized bag.  You wouldn’t want to have a packing crisis just before you head back home!
  • If you are going on a long road trip, chances are that you can’t pack enough clothes for the whole trip.  Furthermore, washing your clothes on the road is a hard thing to do.  Think about it: are you really going to hunt down a Laundromat?  So if you add a few dryer sheets to your bags, clothes will stay fresh longer!  Also, a small spray bottle of Febreze could also come in handy for your clothes and the car!
  • Healthy snacks such as granola bars are a great thing to bring along to settle your stomach when waiting for your plane or driving to the next destination.  It will help keep you going!  The last thing you’d want to do is pig out on chips and candy the entire time!

There are many things you need to bring on a trip; these three tips are just the start of it.  You don’t want to forget a camera to capture the memories you and your friends create, a map or GPS to know where you are going, cell phone chargers, and, if needed, a translation book.  Always be aware of where you are headed, where you are staying, and how you are getting there.  Be sure to have a fun, safe summer!

The YouTube channel, Howcast, has created a video focusing on how to pack everything into a carry-on.

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The Travels of Your Dreams

January 24, 2011

Traveling is something most of us like to do, wish to do, or need to do.  This year, why not let the Cheap Travel Deals book a trip to someplace that’s unique?  You could enjoy time somewhere like Hawaii, France, or China.  However, you won’t have as unique an experience as you would in someplace like these great islands, the Azores, Madagascar, or Greece, where you can see a new culture, taste new foods and have new experiences.  It would be like visiting another world.

If you haven't planned your next vacation yet, consider an exotic trip to the Azores, Madagascar, or Santorini, Greece.The Azores is a collection of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Western coast of Portugal in the North Atlantic.  The locals there speak Portuguese.  The weather varies throughout each island, but they range from 70°-80°F during the summer.  They have a food and culture that is very unique.  Some traditional meals are Shrimp Filling and Coscorões.  Those two meals are popular during their festivals or holidays.  If you visit the Azores you will have a wonderful experience.  One of their traditions is Carnaval, which includes pageants, lively music, colorful costumes, hand-made masks, floats, and a parade to showcase them all.  Another traditional event is bullfighting, an annual event that takes place throughout the island from March to October.  However, you are certain to catch a bullfight everyday somewhere in Terceira between May 1st and September 30th.

If you haven't planned your next vacation yet, consider an exotic trip to the Azores, Madagascar, or Santorini, Greece.Madagascar is an island nation 225 miles off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.  The scenery is beautiful on the island and the beaches are never crowded.  If you are a nature lover, this is your spot.  About ninety percent of its animal and plant life are found nowhere else in the world.  The best time to visit Madagascar would be from April to October because in the Southern Hemisphere, it is winter in those months.  The weather can be pretty hot during the summer, which is during the months of November to March.  There are some wide climate changes, such as the heat getting too overwhelming for the animal life during the summer.

If you haven't planned your next vacation yet, consider an exotic trip to the Azores, Madagascar, or Santorini, Greece.Santorini, Greece is one of the most beautiful of Greece’s 1,400 islands, but only 227 are inhabited.  It is the world’s only inhabited volcanic caldera.  Here, you can try some of the best seafood in the Mediterranean at Sphinx Restaurant on Perissa Beach.  The Sphinx offers diners a great view of the sun setting over the Aegean, while the diners enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines.  If you only visit one archaeological site, make sure it is Ancient Akrotiri, where workmen discovered the remains of an ancient town in the 1860s.  Near the end of the day, don’t forget to watch the sunset with all the locals in the small town of Oia.

There are so many places in the world that you can visit that are unique in their own way.  All of these islands are beautiful places to see and try new things.  When you are traveling, make sure you travel in the right month that is best for that location, get translation books, and be prepared for something new.  The Azores would be a fun get away for the whole family, Madagascar would be a great experience for more mature people, and Santorini, Greece could be that romantic getaway you’ve been looking for.  The Cheap Travel Deals can make it happen for you.

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