May
24

10 Spectacular Sunsets in the City

Whether the sun sets in the east or the west, sunsets offer travel photographers the opportunity to snap  once-in-a-lifetime photos. Here are ten of our current favorites from around the world.

Santorini, Greece

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Walt Disney World, Florida

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Tokyo, Japan

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Sarajevo, Bosnia

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San Francisco, California

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Paris, France

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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London, England

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New York City, New York

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May
15

Photo of the Day: Prague, A Cultural Gem

Prague, the stunning capital city of the Czech Republic, has become a gem of European tourism. The modern city still retains its medieval city center, complete with cobblestone streets and twisting, narrow alleyways where you’ll find a mix of hip and traditional bars and pubs.

Staromestske Namesti, Prague

Staromestske Namesti, Prague

One of the city’s most famous landmarks is Prague Castle and Hradcany; originally constructed in the 9th century, it’s the world’s largest ancient castle. Prague’s world-renowned arts scene features a wealth of fine museums including the magnificent National Museum. And don’t forget to check out Prague’s lively music scene; it won’t be hard to find—jazz clubs and year-round festivals are plentiful.

May
14

Photo of the Day: Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Lakes is part of Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in east-central California. Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity.

Mammoth Lakes, CA (image credit Flickr)

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth is famous for its stunning hiking trails and crystal clear lakes, excellent skiing in wintertime, and a vibrant music and arts scene year-round. Physically fit travelers will enjoy hiking Yosemite’s many trails and footpaths. Check with rangers for trail conditions; snow and hazards from falling rock close many trails in winter. No permits are required park-wide for day hikes. The valley also offers some of the most challenging and spectacular rock climbing in North America, with vertical faces more than 3,000 feet tall.

Apr
04

Photos of the Day: Hawaiian Escape

In need of a beach getaway? So are we!

Hawaii, a chain of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, practically defines paradise. Sandy beaches, tropical drinks, lazy live music and expansive resorts fuel the tourism that’s vital to the state’s economy.

Hawaii is hot! Formed from volcanic eruptions, the mostly-sunny state averages 80- and 90-degree temperatures year-round. Stay cool in an aloha shirt (men) or muumuu (women), then swim with the dolphins at Sea Life Park. Sign up for classes in hula-ing and lei-making to have something to show your friends. Grab a plate lunch from a lunch wagon, which usually includes meat, rice and macaroni, then head to the Hilo Art Museum.

Salt Pond Beach, Kauai

Salt Pond Beach, Kauai

Kauai is the northwestern-most and oldest of Hawaii’s major islands. People come to Kauai primarily for one thing: the beaches with their great snorkeling, surfing, swimming and sunning. But Kauai also boasts more navigable rivers than the other Hawaiian Islands making kayaking very popular. If the surf is calm you can even combine a river run with time paddling the bays and ocean shoreline. You’ll find kayak rentals near the mouth of the most popular rivers. Kauai has great hiking and mountain biking trails as well

Sunset in Kauai, Hawaii

Sunset in Kauai, Hawaii

By the way, your tan lines are showing.

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Apr
03

Photos of the Day: Exotic Safari in Tanzania

Fancy a trip to the Serengeti?

Tanzania is an east African country located on the Indian Ocean coastline and borders Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. The country gets its name from a combination of Tanganyika, the name of the country’s large mainland territory, and Zanzibar, the country’s offshore archipelago.

The country is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, as well as the lake bed of Lake Tanganyika, which is the continent’s lowest point. Warm and sunny days are followed by cool and balmy nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or enjoying the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are usually welcoming and gentle throughout the country.

Lions Stretching at the Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania

Lions Stretching at the Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania

Tanzania offers some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities on the continent, so be sure to check out at least one of the country’s many national parks and reserves to experience the flora and fauna of Africa. Some of the most popular parks include Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Kilimanjaro National Park.

Baby Monkey at Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Baby Monkey at Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

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Mar
25

Rough Guides Launches New Travel E-Books

Check out these new e-books from our friends at Rough Guides: Rough Guides Snapshots, a unique way to access local and reliable guidebook content for specific areas of the world. These standalone regional guides feature places like The Northern Territory (Australia), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Fes and the Middle Atlas (Morocco), among many others.

Each Snapshot contains all the travel tips, expert background, trustworthy reviews, practical information and detailed maps that you’d expect from Rough Guides.

Feb
13

Panama: A New Hotspot For Beach Lovers In The Know

With the Panama Canal undergoing a multi-billion dollar expansion and upgrade, and Panama City’s economy booming, now is the time to check out this Central American treasure trove of culture, nightlife and beautiful beaches.

Panama has something for every traveler: secluded beaches, lush rainforests, and a thriving urban capital, and all can be experienced within the same trip. Check out this great article with gorgeous photos from our friends at BootsnAll, and get inspired to plan your own trip to Panama soon.

Image credit: BootsnAll

Image credit: BootsnAll.com

Feb
13

Photo of the Day: Beach Getaway – Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques has fifty beaches in total. However, the Sombé has been said to be the most popular. From Sombé, you can hike to the secluded Media Luna and Navío beaches. Media Luna features calm waters and resembles a giant swimming pool. Navío, on the other hand has an aggressive surf with a very strong undertow. On the northwest coast you will find Mosquito Bay. This is one of Puerto Rico’s phosphorescent treasures, where the waters actually become illuminated at night. Sun Bay is Vieques’ public beach.

Vieques

Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Jan
13

Foursquare Launches New “Explore” Feature

Foursquare has just announced the launch of their new foursquare Explore feature, which makes it easy to find personalized places to eat, shop and play, based on your and your friends’ past check-ins.

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It’s a pretty cool way to explore your area by entering a type of cuisine or activity, and finding out what’s nearby to satisfy your craving. We especially like the “I haven’t been to yet” check-box which allows you to eliminate places with which you’re already familiar.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Dec
20

Photo of the Day: Giraffes on a South African Safari

South Africa is a paradise for anyone interested in natural history. A wide range of  wildlife species may be encountered in parks, farms, private reserves and even on the roads. For this reason, South Africa is a major safari destination. There are hiking trails available in almost all the parks and around geographical places of interest.

Giraffe's on a South African Safari

Giraffes on a South African Safari

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