Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Travel Australia and New Zealand with an Antipodean Discovery

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 01:21 PM PDT

guest post by Dan Matthews Australia and New Zealand are exotic, exciting holiday destinations, bursting with natural wonders and thriving, modern cityscapes – but finding your way around on the other side of the world can be exhausting. Escorted holidays are a way of ensuring your trip down under is filled with the experiences which make the countries memorable. Titan Travel’s...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Disney Blog

My Disney Blog

Top 25 Best Disney Blogs That You Should Be Reading

Posted: 29 Oct 2012 09:56 PM PDT

Welcome to Disney Dose, today we will be counting down the top 25 Disney blogs. We will be showcasing masterpieces that we read ourselves and would make a great addition to your regular Disney reading loop. If you missed it, we previously counted down the top Disney Twitter  Users that you should be following.

25. Tours Departing Daily- This three person team creates magical photos taken all over the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorite photos from them is seen below.

(Photo By Michaela Hansen)

24. Disleelandia-If you like to collect Disney than this is the site for you. Detailing a new piece every day, Disleelandia has outdone themselves with their comprehensive site.

23. Imagineering Disney- Number one unofficial Disney Imagineering fan site and blog.

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Nomadic Matt's Travel Site: My Hostel Horror Story: When My Roommate Shit in Our Dorm Room

Nomadic Matt's Travel Site: My Hostel Horror Story: When My Roommate Shit in Our Dorm Room

My Hostel Horror Story: When My Roommate Shit in Our Dorm Room

Posted: 30 Oct 2012 08:34 AM PDT

look of horror and shockOver the years, I've had some bad hostel roommates. They've been rude, messy, dirty, smelly, drunk, loud and everything in between. Two girls in New Zealand were so bad they inspired me to write a post on hostel etiquette. But through it all, I’ve kept staying at hostels. I love hostels because of their gregarious social atmosphere. Hotels seem too sterile when compared with the energy and camaraderie of hostels. As I've gotten older, more set in my ways, and have become a lighter sleeper, I often think to myself "Why do I stay in dorm rooms? I'm so over them," but then book one more night because I don't want to pay extra for a private room. (Though I do get out of hostels and into hotels when I need a work break).

But that feeling changed when I had the shittiest roommate of all time. Hostel dorm rooms and I are now on an indefinite break.

Let me explain why (and warn you now that I wouldn't be eating while you read this):

It all began on a lovely Barcelona Monday morning in September. I was enjoying a nice sleep, dreaming one of my typical surrealist dreams – dreams that have me being Batman one moment and escaping aliens on ancient clipper ships in another. Awoken by a loud banging from using my superpowers to fight bad guys, I looked at my phone – 7:30 am. The banging from the door continued. Groggy from sleep, I woke up, wished someone else had heard the noise instead of me, got out of bed, and opened the door. My Brazilian dorm mate standing in his towel said “Sorry" and rushed into the room.

This was the latest event on a long list of weekend rudeness. I was traveling with my friend Kiersten and we had been staying four nights in a dorm with this Brazilian and his friend. They snored, turned the lights on at night, came home drunk, talked loudly, proposed marriage to Kiersten, and were very messy. We were happy to be checking out of the room that day.

After letting the Brazilian in, I went back to my bed, and just as I was about to lay down, caught an odious whiff of something. "What is that smell? Why does it smell like shit?" I said to myself. I looked everywhere and couldn't place it. I hadn’t pooped myself in my sleep. Being still half asleep only added to my confusion.

"What is going on?"

I was perplexed.

Then I smelled my hand.

"Why does my hand smell like shit?" I thought.

I was now even more confused. I got back up and turned on the lights to the dorm.

And that's when I noticed it – I had shit on my hand.

Because there was shit on the door handle.

And a poop trail back to the large Brazilian's bed.

I stared in shock at my hand and turned to him. Catching my gaze, he looked at me and said "I just got in, dude. I just got in!!!" He was playing dumb.

Now I understood why he was showering so early in the morning – he had shit himself, touched the doorknob on the way to the bathroom (in what I can only hope was a drunken accident because who would do that on purpose!?), and locked himself out of the room, leaving me as the unfortunate roommate to open the door. One can only imagine the reaction (eardrum shattering shrieks) if one of the girls in the dorm had been the unfortunate one.

"I just got in, dude," was all he kept saying to me, trying to pretend that he wasn’t clearly the cause of this mess.

"You shit yourself in bed and then grabbed the door handle! That is fucking disgusting! And just rude!" I swore, horrified and disgusted by this whole event.

I ran to the bathroom and sanitized the crap out of my hand (pun intended). I scrubbed to what felt like the bone. Grabbing a roll of toilet paper, I walked back to the room, noticed a dirty mattress outside the room, and opened the door.

The trail of shit to the bed was gone but the inner door knob was not clean. "It wasn't me," the Brazilian guy said, trying to prove his innocence despite being caught in the act of cleaning the scene of the crime. Disgusted, I cleaned the doorknob myself, using all my remaining hand sanitizer and toilet paper.

I went back and washed my hands again, and then again, and then once more for good measure.

As I went back to the room, I looked into the dorm next door as the door was wide open. Not a bed was missing. Inside my dorm, the Brazilian had fallen into a drunken sleep on a mattress. To this day, I still don't know where that mattress in the hall came from. My roommate had managed to find a clean mattress somehow.

Back in my newly cleaned room, I sat back down on my bed and tried to sleep a little more.

Kiersten, who was in the dorm above me, didn't believe me when I told her this story later in the morning, but upon seeing a missed poop stain on the floor and a brown hand print on my dorm curtain (which I innocently grabbed before I knew what was on my hand and ripped off my bed after I knew), she freaked out and exclaimed, "Thank god we are checking out today."

As we left the hostel that day, I hailed a cab.

"The W Hotel," I said.

As I stepped into the cab, I was never more happy I had decided the night before to move from a hostel to a hotel because, now, a shit-free future, lay ahead of me.

P.S. – I'm not naming the hostel because it is a really good one and I had a great time there. This could have happened to anyone in any dorm in the world.

P.P.S – There were curtains on the bunk beds so people wouldn't wake up and light was already coming into the room from the poorly shaded window so I wasn’t worried about waking anyone up.

My Hostel Horror Story: When My Roommate Shit in Our Dorm Room is a post from: Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Discover the beautiful island of Gran Canaria: Travel Blog

Discover the beautiful island of Gran Canaria: Travel Blog

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Discover the beautiful island of Gran Canaria

Posted: 29 Oct 2012 05:05 PM PDT

Spain has always been a traditional choice for tourists looking for sun and sea, with millions of visitors flocking to the Costa del Sol every year. Of course, people don't just go to Spain for the beach, there is a wealth of historical and cultural riches to explore in this beautiful country as well amazing variations in the landscape.

However, if you're looking for a Spanish destination that can offer you a bit of everything in an area that is easy to get around you may want to try holidaying in one of the Canary Islands. Located just off the coast of north-west Africa, the Canaries are a great place to go on holiday at any time of the year, as the climate is always warm there.

The four largest islands in the Canaries are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Each of the islands offers its own reasons to visit. If you're a windsurfer, then Fuerteventura is the place to be; for volcanic national parks head to Tenerife or Lanzarote. Tenerife is the biggest island in the Canaries, and is the most visited, but holidays to Gran Canaria can be great for people looking for a little more space to themselves, though there is plenty going on if you want to find things to do.

Of course, like all the other Canary islands, Gran Canaria has some amazing beaches and its capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has plenty of interesting places to visit. It's a good idea to hire a car so that you can make the most of your time in Gran Canaria and have the freedom to explore the whole island.

One of the most interesting trips to do on Gran Canaria is to visit the Dunes of Maspalomas – a 4.5 square kilometre sand desert. This is an amazing natural landscape to experience. To discover some of the history of Gran Canaria, make time to visit Mundo Aborigen – a replica of an ancient village that can be found on the road to Fataga, near Playa del Inglés. Here you can find out about how people used to live in the Canaries, their social make-up and their beliefs about religion and burial.

There won't be enough time to see everything that Gran Canaria has to offer if you're only there for a week or two, but you can always go back for more.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Photo of the Week: Military Precision (Santiago, Chile)

Posted: 28 Oct 2012 04:46 PM PDT

Every second day at 10:00am for around half an hour, an impressive Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place in front of the Presidential Palace (La Moneda Palace) in the centre of zesty Santiago. It is quite a spectacle – a brass band, soldiers with swords and rifles, yelled instructions, precision marching and lots of ceremonial goings-on. Santiago Vacations

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Set sail on a Hawaiian cruise this winter: Travel Blog plus 1 more

Set sail on a Hawaiian cruise this winter: Travel Blog plus 1 more

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Set sail on a Hawaiian cruise this winter

Posted: 28 Oct 2012 04:48 PM PDT

Hawaii is a string of lush Polynesian isles in the cobalt-blue Pacific, more than 2,000 miles away from the nearest continent. It's also the US's newest state, the only one to be made up entirely of islands – there are eight of them, only six of which are inhabited.

But there's so much more to this gorgeous, multicultural location than surfing, grass skirts and hula dancing. Hike sculpted cliffs or dive down into cities of coral reefs, see fiery volcanos, enjoy the superb Pacific Rim cuisine or sip on a Mai Tai at sunset.

Hawaii is a lot less crowded than some other popular holiday destinations, and it's also incredibly diverse. In less than an hour from the thriving cultural and economic centre of the capital and largest city, Honolulu, you can be in lush rainforest or basking in the sun on white sand.

So it's no wonder that Hawaii cruises are growing in popularity. And the fact that many are all-inclusive makes them great value. You'll find your travel money stretches further since all your accommodation, travel and entertainment are already paid for. Check out the cheap cruises on offer from Virgin Holidays cruises for a selection of itineraries.

What's more, on a cruise you won't be constantly packing and unpacking as you move around.

While on a land-based holiday island hopping trips would cost you extra, with cruise deals it's all covered. You can sit back, relax and feel thoroughly away from it all as you drift from one awe-inspiring Hawaiian isle to another, seeing far more of this enchanting destination from your floating holiday base than you would on dry land.

So, if you've ever dreamt of sun-worshipping on Honolulu's world-famous Waikiki Beach or the fine white sands of Maui, now's your chance!

Off the boat you'll be able to enjoy an array of activities, from a spot of whale-watching to deep-sea fishing to a flight over the islands, giving you a jaw-dropping bird's eye view of geographical features like volcanos and canyons. You could also trek to the summit of Halekala on Maui to see the sunrise, or drink some of the world's finest coffee in the green hills above Kona.

So, from sightseeing to full-on adrenaline-fuelled action, you'll find plenty of options to choose from.
On board, expect more activities to choose from, fine dining and impeccable service as well as world-class entertainment each evening.

Your voyage will be likely to start and end in Honolulu and call in at the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Kiribati and Ensenada, as well as Maui, which has over 120 miles of glorious coastline. On the main island of Hawaii, you'll probably call in at Kona and Hilo, on opposite ends of the island.

If you're keen to spend at least some of your vacation on terra firma, consider combining a Hawaii cruise with a stay on one of its islands, or, while you're in that part of the world, somewhere exciting like San Diego or LA.

If you're wondering when the best season of the year is go, the good news is that there's really no bad time to go on a Hawaiian cruise. There's beautifully warm weather year-round, with coastal temperatures averaging a high of 28°C and a low of 20°C.

Whether you're a romantic couple or a family with young children, or a solo traveller, you'll find a Hawaii cruise that suits you. And as a soggy summer is followed by a chilly, grey autumn, what better way of escaping grey British skies?
Say aloha! to Hawaii this winter or 2013. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to unwind somewhere different, a Hawaii cruise has all the ingredients of an idyllic break.

Set sail on a Hawaiian cruise this winter from - Travel Directory

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion

Posted: 28 Oct 2012 02:35 AM PDT

Vimeo: China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion

The parade in Tiananmen Square to mark the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China – as seen in timelapse and slow-motion, from Dan Chung.

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