Friday, November 30, 2012

Zhengyang Gate, Beijing – China: Travel Blog

Zhengyang Gate, Beijing – China: Travel Blog

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Zhengyang Gate, Beijing – China

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 12:57 AM PST

Zhengyang Gate, Beijing - China

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Walt Disney Family Museum Gives Free Admission in Celebration of Walt Disney’s Birthday

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 06:34 PM PST

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The Walt Disney Family museum has announced that they will give free admission to all museum guests in honor of Walt Disney's Birthday. Walt Disney would be 111 years old Wednesday if he were still alive. The day of free admission will be on Wednesday, December 5 in honor of Walt's Birth date.

The free admission will run from 10am to 8pm(those are extended hours). While the museum will be free on Wednesday, visitors will have to pay to visit the limited time exhibit featuring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Throughout the day, special movies and tours will be shown and given.

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Pick up the clue book, puzzle your way through the collection, and discover the man behind the mouse.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wild West Tours: Travel Blog

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Wild West Tours

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 04:02 PM PST

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Russian language tours of Las Vegas, canyons of Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Travel California with Russian-speaking tour guide and all Western USA.
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Nomadic Matt's Travel Site: Expectations

Nomadic Matt's Travel Site: Expectations


Posted: 29 Nov 2012 08:24 AM PST

expectationsI woke up in a haze. "Why is my iPhone screen cracked? Did I break it while I was sleeping?" Half awake, I looked closer – no, not broken, just a deceptive looking black and white album cover. I was simply groggy, confused, and slightly stupid from the few hours of sleep I had gotten.

I opened the window shade and looked out the window. The sky was changing from black to a rainbow of colors as the sun ushered in a new day…one more welcomed from 35,000 feet.

As breakfast came, I emerged, like a butterfly, from my airline blanket cocoon and the realization hit me: in less than a day, I'll be in Africa, a continent I had put off going to for long time.

Since I made the announcement about my trip, the first question everyone asks me is "are you excited?"

"No, not yet," I would say when they asked.

Seeing the disappointment in their eyes at an answer that didn't convey overflowing exuberance, I would always add a caveat:

“Yes, of course I am excited. I'm going on safari! But with so much to do beforehand, I just haven't had time to wallow in that feeling.”

* * *

I remember when I first went away in 2006. Before I left, my trip was the only thing I would talk about – where I was going, what I was going to do, and the adventures I would have. Back then, my exuberance was overflowing.

And then I left.

Days went by and I felt no different.

In my mind, this trip was going to be life-altering. It was going to change everything – inside and out. And it did — but not right away. And while I wouldn't change the path I’ve taken to this moment in my life, I still remember that disappointment… disappointment that was born out of expectations created by naïvety.

We all carry the scars of the past.

Each memory is like a weight we knowingly, or sometimes unknowingly, drag with us throughout life.

And as I sat huddled in my airline blanket eating another cardboard-tasting airline breakfast, I couldn't think about how I still carry that scar from my past.

Now, before trips, instead of jumping up and down, I shut them out of my mind. Yes, I am excited for Africa. Yes, I was super excited for Japan. But as the Buddha said, with no expectations come no disappointments.

Maybe it is all those movies I watch or just an overactive imagination, but I build up trips in my mind to the point where what I think will happen never matches what actually does — and while what does happen is always amazing, it becomes less amazing when measured against the expectations in my mind.

Over the last few weeks, I have coincidentally learned a lot about expectations. Buddha was right – they lead to nothing but disappointment. Often when we have the highest expectations we suffer the greatest disappointments.

To many, it seems weird that I would remain so stoic and nonchalant about such an epic trip – "yeah, I'm going to Africa," I would say, as if it was no big deal.

But it is a big deal, and while Toto's “Africa” has been on repeat on my iPod, I knew giving too much thought to this trip would simply allow my imagination to get the best of me and create a false set of expectations.

I will think about Africa when I land in Africa.

I will take it as it comes to me, unfiltered and raw.

Because there is only the moment you are in and when you just enjoy it for what it is, not what you expect it to be, it can never disappoint you.

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Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

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Getting the Most out of Your Los Angeles Vacation (USA)

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 01:32 PM PST

guest post by Garrett McKay Whether it's your first trip to the US or one of many, Los Angeles makes a perfect destination. As one of the largest cities in the U.S., close to and full of famous, one-of-a-kind attractions, Los Angeles has much to offer people traveling alone, with a loved one or with the entire family. Before you go, brush up on what you can expect when you get there, where you...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Easy Tips For Traveling With A Baby: Travel Blog plus 1 more

Easy Tips For Traveling With A Baby: Travel Blog plus 1 more

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Easy Tips For Traveling With A Baby

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 07:28 PM PST

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Everyday life with a small baby is full of unexpected challenges and obstacles, but nothing can compare to traveling with a young infant. Unlike older children that can be appeased or entertained for a few hours during a long journey, babies live by their own rules. From changing time to feeding, taking care of the tasks associated with a small child can feel nearly impossible while traveling. Fortunately, tackling this challenge doesn’t have to feel like an impossible mission. Use the following tips to make a trip with your baby more manageable.

1. Pick Your Location Wisely

When it comes to choosing a vacation destination, not all locales are created equal. Hitting the beach might sound like fun, but a small baby brings a whole new experience to the table. Many vacation spots and hotels offer services that cater to parents with young children, which could prove valuable in planning an upcoming holiday. From babysitting staff to hotels with cribs and playpens, thinking ahead will help make certain the vacation goes well.

2. Come Prepared

While it may seem like a no-brainer, it is easy to forget supplies at home when traveling. Plan ahead by making certain that baby essentials are taken care of in advance. From supplies like extra diapers and wipes to books and DVDs to keep the baby entertained, travelers can never have too many resources available to them. While packing light may have been the rule as a childless person, bringing a baby along means making certain to cover all the bases.

3. Plan Schedules with Lots of Leeway

Babies come with unexpected surprises that can easily cause delays. Instead of choosing between changing the baby’s diaper and making a connecting flight, make certain to plan with plenty of extra time in mind. This will help make certain that childcare can easily be managed alongside the travel itinerary.

It isn’t just the journey that can be interrupted by a fussy baby. Taking part in special events and activities during a vacation can be a challenge with a baby on hand. Parents who are able to do should may wish to consider making their schedules more flexible, feeding the baby when time permits and putting him or her down for a nap when the schedule allows. This can help make planning a bit easier to handle.

4. Book Bulkhead Seats When Flying

If a flight is on the travel itinerary, a bulkhead seat could be a lifesaver. These seats, located at the front of the airline cabin, have more floor-space for all of the baby supplies. It’s important to note that bulkhead seats do not have under-seat space, so carry on items and baby supplies will need to be stowed during takeoff and landing. Nevertheless, the bulkhead area serves as a buffer between babies and other passengers, as there is a wall in front of the row. This can give parents a bit more room to keep things comfortable on the trip.

5. Bring the Right Stroller

Strollers play a pivotal role in making certain a vacation is successful. Sleeping babies will enjoy having a safe place to rest while the family enjoys time out and about. Furthermore, strollers can hold plenty of supplies to deal with any surprises. Not all strollers are a great match for the travel experience, however. Travelers should be certain to pick a sturdy stroller that compacts well before departing. It may be helpful to test packing strollers and opening them once again to make certain the process is relatively simple and easy to do on the go.

Traveling with a young baby can be a fun experience, so long as the trip is carefully planned. By researching the destination before departure and making certain to bring along all of the necessary supplies, parents can make certain they are prepared for the journey ahead. Remember, expect the unexpected. Life with a baby is often surprising and challenges can appear out of thin air. Remain cool and collected so that finding a solution while on the move will be infinitely easier to manage.

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Creative ways to emulate skiing, in counties with no snow

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 05:05 PM PST

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Just because there's no snow somewhere doesn't mean skiing isn't possible. Far from it. Where there is imagination, there is possibility… as the following ways have proven:

1. Dry Ski Slopes

Also called artificial ski slopes, these are man-made ski surfaces that foster a similar level of exhilaration and flexibility when skied on as if one is skiing on snow. They are not 'dry' in the true sense of the word as the surfaces are moistened with lubricants to boost ski speed and to also prevent heat occurrence as a result of friction. More popular ski slope surfaces include:

2. Snowflex

Snowflex is the brainchild of UK-based Briton Engineering Developments Ltd. The material's made of polymer, is shock absorbent and friction reductive. It also has cushioning for when falls occur and doesn't have any holes or any bits sticking out that skiers could injure themselves on. Snowflex has been used to create several synthetic slopes including the Stade de glisse in Noeux-les-Mines (Northern France), Virginia Liberty University (called the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre) and Woodward Camp in Copper Mountain (Colorado).

3. Perma-snow

Created by Techmat 2000, it claims to be ideal for dry skiing (and snowboarding), is fall-safe, hole-free and doesn't have any metals used on its surface (smoother – lessening the likelihood of injury). It's been installed in places such as Alice Springs Golf Club in Usk, Monmouthshire and five John Nike Leisuresport Ski Centres across the UK.

4. Neveplast

Neveplast is more commonly used for set-ups of a temporary nature as it is flexible and module-based. The Italy-based company focuses some of its product attention towards alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding activities. Neveplast boasts of having as close to a skiing feeling as you can get to actually being on real snow, thereby enhancing the skier's level of grip and diminishing the need for him or her to use any lubrication when skiing. Its clients include Hillend Snowsports Centre (Scotland), SKI WARD ski resort (Massachusetts) as well as a number of advertising agencies.

5. Use of Ski Simulators

Ski simulators are used by skiers and snowboarders alike. They use it for training purposes, similar to how some pro runners use treadmills to train or rowers use rowing machines. The main advantage is these simulators can be used anywhere in the world, indoors or outdoors, snow or none at all.

There are some ski simulators that are also known as ski carpets or ski slope carpets. These appear to be accessible to skiers of all levels. The Slope Infinity Ski & Snowboard Training Centre in Hong Kong has a revolving carpet ski and is the largest of its kind. You use real skiing equipment and can adjust the speed at which the ski carpet turns.

6. Use of a Snowmaking Machine

This is the next best thing to Mother Nature producing her own snow. A snowmaking machine applies pressure to water and air and voila, you have your snow. It's common for snowmaking machines to be used in:

Indoor ski slopes: the indoor temperature is kept at a certain level to ensure the production and maintenance of snow. In many ways, it's similar to indoor ice skating where it mimics a naturally forming frozen lake or river. As long as snow can be produced, indoor skiing can take place, which means it can take place anytime during the year or throughout. Popular indoor ski slopes include the UK's SnowDome in Tamworth/Staffordshire (170m in length), Ski Dubai in United Arab Emirates (400m), and Snow world in the Netherlands (for which there are two – one in Landgraaf (520m), the other in Zoetermeer (210m)).

Outdoor ski slopes: Used in some ski resorts where there's already natural snow – the machines are used as a way of enhancing what's already there. Useful in cases where there's a snow shortage. Heavenly Mountain Resort (Nevada), for example, does that. Last year, it only opened 26 of the 97 ski trails it runs because the weather being warmer than usual meant there was a shortage of natural snow. They had to improvise with their machines (apparently has one of the largest snow-producing machines in the US).

Snowmaking machines are also used in quite a few other places including Mount Hotham in Australia and Smiggin Holes in New South Wales, Australia.

As you can see, it's quite possible to still have a whale of a time skiing when there's absolutely no snow in sight or when there doesn't seem to be enough snow, or even without having to go outdoors. Thanks to a good measure of imagination, creativity and invention, whether through ski simulators, dry slopes or snowmaking machines, skiing can still be had and can be just as enjoyable.

This guest post was contributed by Peak Transfer.

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