Saturday, April 30, 2011

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Bellagio Glass Garden (Las Vegas, USA)

Posted: 29 Apr 2011 03:23 PM PDT

Over 2000 glass flowers dominate the lobby ceiling of the Italianate-styled Bellagio Hotel in the ritzy excesses of Las Vegas. In the midst of the Las Vegas strip, this towering hotel features a restaurant with eleven Picasso paintings, a permanent Cirque du Soleil show and a nightly show of dancing fountains to music all funded by slot machines and gaming tables as far as the eye can...

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Wanderlust: Travel Blog plus 1 more

Wanderlust: Travel Blog plus 1 more

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Posted: 29 Apr 2011 09:21 PM PDT

wanderlust from Thinklab.

Travels through Central America, Europe, and New Zealand. A trip Inspired by a TED talk by Stefan Sagmeister, shot with a Canon 5D.

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Padang Old Town, Padang – Indonesia

Posted: 29 Apr 2011 01:34 AM PDT

Location: Padang – Indonesia
Photo: Padang Old Town

Padang Old Town, Padang - Indonesia

Padang, on the west coast of Sumatra, has a small remnant of colonial buildings in the old town.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

My Round the World Adventure

My Round the World Adventure

The Importantance of Personal Time

Posted: 29 Apr 2011 08:08 AM PDT

having some me timeThis is a guest post by Elise, the other half of Positive World Travel.

I'm going to be selfish for this post. I'm going to write about me. Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with the details of my favorite food, hobbies or shoe size. Instead, I'm going to talk about why taking some time out from being a couple can be a good thing when you travel. Yes, I'm talking about that popular catchphrase, 'Me Time'.

Last month, when Anthony wrote about 'The Joy of Traveling as a Couple', he spoke from the heart, and really hit the nail on the head as to what couples travel is all about. It's about the experiences and memories that you create together, and it's about being a unit and sharing your adventures.

While all that is true, I thought it was important to mention that while having a successful relationship on the road does stem from compromise, communication and understanding, another important factor is taking the time to do things that are just for you.

Without trying to sound too much like a TV talk show host and shouting, "Go on Girl! You deserve it! Let it be all about YOU! Do it for yourself!", I do believe it's true that doing things for yourself can lead to twice as many benefits for a couple. Being selfish every once in a while can be a good thing.

Why is "Me Time" important for my relationship?

Life on the road is different to life back home. Regular routines or structure are things of the past. You have to work, communicate and solve problems together while navigating new surroundings frequently. While Ant and I do most things together, we have days when we need our own space. Sometimes we just need to do our own thing, whether sitting on the beach with our iPod or off doing a hike alone.

having some me time

Some days you just need to do your own thing. Ant got the chance to go spear fishing the other day, which left me alone all day to do as I pleased. Was I bored? Did I get lonely? No, I spent the day pampering myself! I washed my hair, gave myself a nice mani and pedi, and then lost myself in a good novel. I even went out to a local store and stocked up on chocolate.

Taking time away from your partner and doing what you want for yourself gives you time to relax and recharge, which only helps your relationship. You've done your own thing, so now you can be ready to listen, compromise and be a loving partner with even more confidence.

I think some arguments that Ant and I have had simply happened because we didn’t have enough separate space. Everyone needs their own personal space. Taking some time to go off exploring on your own, reading a book or doing an activity can really solve some problems before they even begin to bubble at the surface.

Furthermore, "me time" doesn't necessarily have to mean 'alone time'.  It can quite often mean hanging out with fellow travelers and it can be a great chance to socialize with others and let you and your partner interact in different environments.

having some me time

While Ant and I really do love and enjoy each other’s company, we also enjoy meeting other people from all over the world. Quite often we will have a few drinks with other travelers and barely speak to each other the whole night. We get lost in other peoples stories.

Taking time for yourself is such a good thing, but what makes "me time" even more enjoyable is being able to recount your day. The day after Ant returned from spear fishing, it felt like we hadn't seen each other in ages! We were so excited to chat about what we had done! We chatted and laughed about our adventures that night over a bottle of wine and some freshly grilled fish that Ant caught. It was just as exciting as when we go out and do something together and helped keep the energy and excitement in our relationship going.

Don't be afraid to ask your partner if you can do your own thing for a while. Chances are they will want to too!

Elise completes the couple that is Positive World Travel and enjoys sharing her adventures with Anthony. She will be contributing more of her own thoughts and feelings on why couples travel is just so special. To follow Elise & Anthony on their continuous journey, head to their Website or join their community on Facebook.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Three Gorges Cruise (China)

Posted: 27 Apr 2011 02:40 PM PDT

guest post by Sanctuary Retreats The Three Gorges area is one of the most impressive sites to visit in China. Formed by the Yangtze River it is, as the name suggests, split into three connecting gorges. Qutang Gorge From east to west, Qutang Gorge measures five miles in total, running from Baidicheng all the way too the town of Daixi. The gorge is flanked by huge vertical cliffs, some...

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Take Me To Zanzibar – International Juggler 2011: Travel Blog plus 4 more

Take Me To Zanzibar – International Juggler 2011: Travel Blog plus 4 more

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Take Me To Zanzibar – International Juggler 2011

Posted: 27 Apr 2011 07:24 PM PDT

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Inspiring video by German juggler Luke Burrage, juggling his way around the world.

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Urban Myths: The Truth about Escorted Tours

Posted: 27 Apr 2011 08:25 AM PDT

If you want to explore and visit a plethora of locations all within the space of a few days then an escorted tour could be for you. If you want someone on hand to tell answer all your questions, and have your safety and comfort at the forefront of their mind then perhaps you should consider an escorted tour. Have you considered one before, but been put off because of the “myths” of escorted tours? Here are a handful of these myths dispelled.

Myth: There’s no such thing as organised fun
You don’t have to worry about planning your day and everything is handled for you, letting you relax and soak up the experience. There are a lot of tours out there and you can choose the one that is tailored to the locations and activities you want.

Myth: Escorted tours are expensive
One of the perks of escorted holidays is that everything is purchased in bulk by the company so generally, the holiday would be cheaper than if you went to the trouble of organising it yourself.

Myth: You don't get a chance to explore
Although you’re travelling with a group and there is an itinerary, in most destinations you are given free time to relax and explore on your own. Not every moment of your day is structured and remember that the holiday has been organised for your enjoyment, meaning that in many places the opportunity to explore will have been built into the schedule.

Myth: You will be rushed
Tour organisers are not just trying to cram in as much as they can in the space of a few days, they are there to cater to the needs of the tour groups and each holiday is a tried and tested recipe. Some holidays specialise in ensuring a leisurely pace, so if this is your prime concern, then pick a holiday designed to let you soak up the experience at a walk, not a run.

Myth: There might be too much walking
Tour groups will inform you in advance how strenuous the holiday will be so you will know before you book if the tour is the right one for you.

Myth: The people who go on tour holidays are difficult to get on with
The people who go on tour holidays are likeminded individuals. Everyone, like you, is on holiday with the intention of enjoying themselves and bringing life-changing experiences home with them.

Myth: Tour Groups stand out like a sore thumb
Yes, tour groups can be obvious, but in many areas you won’t be the only tourists there. For the most part this will mean that people are helpful and it's easier to find the other members of your tour group.

Myth: There are too many people
All holidays are different, and if you want a more intimate tour then check with the tour operator for numbers. Remember that these holidays have been used time and time again and more people also gives you a range of people to befriend and talk to.

There are many experienced tour operators that plan their tours for the comfort, value for money and experience of their holiday makers. Whatever holiday you want, in whatever part of the world, chances are they will have one to suit your needs.

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Book a Contiki at Flight Centre and get a bonus $100 spending money!

Posted: 27 Apr 2011 05:47 AM PDT

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Tasty Places in Cape Verde

Posted: 27 Apr 2011 05:02 AM PDT

Cape Verde encompasses ten volcanic islands off the coast of Senegal, Western Africa. This beautifully warm and interesting landscape has a lot to offer for the perfect holiday. The capital and largest city of Cape Verde is Praia, a center for commerce and activity.

As far as food goes, if you like seafood, you will be in heaven. The Cape Verde Islands offer a large variety including octopus, lobster, tuna and many other delicious options to choose from. What is more, the best places to eat include fish that has been freshly caught, and will definitely satisfy your appetite.

Santa Maria, found on the southern part of Sal, is the third largest city in Cape Verde. It is a fishing area and therefore guaranteed to have great seafood available. The restaurant called Atlantis overlooks the beach and is also beautiful inside. Here, you will find delicious French cuisine, with local, fresh seafood. Also popular here is the Argentinean Steak, so there should be enough variety to choose from. Zum Fischermann is a popular, simple restaurant and also very good if you like fish. It is run by Berliners, very welcoming, and is also a popular drinking spot.

The Restaurant 'Papaya', also located in Santa Maria, overlooks the sea and serves a surprising mix of cuisine. Its menu includes a full English breakfast, but also some local delicacies. On the dinner menu, you can find fresh tuna or wahoo, great for a tasty, perhaps unusual experience. So whether you want to feel at home, or try something more adventurous, this sounds like a fantastic place for you to start. Visit: to have a look at the menu.

Every Island that is part of Cape Verde is unique and interesting in its own way, so it is well worth checking them out before travelling there to see what is available. If you would like to find out more about this exciting place, visit My Destination Cape Verde, and have a delicious stay!

Written by Rosalea Collinge.

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easyJet Hotels

Posted: 27 Apr 2011 12:49 AM PDT

EasyJet Hotels

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