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By admin on 10/31/2013
5 Tips for Getting More for Less on Your New Zealand VacationOffering a combination of beautiful scenery, amazing experiences, and adventures that can’t be replicated anywhere else on earth, New Zealand is undoubtedly one of the world’s top travel destinations. Geographically isolated and stunningly beautiful, this South Pacific country has been rapidly transformed into a major tourist hotspot. With this increase in attention has come a subsequent increase in pricing...
By admin on 10/24/2013
Blue Zones: How Visiting (and Learning from) the World's Longest Living Areas Can Improve Your Life

To the average traveler, Loma Linda, a small city in Southern California; Okinawa, a group of warm islands to the south of Japan, and Sardinia, a well-known island off the coast of Italy, have relatively little in common. Aside from their year-round warm climates and laid back way of life, the different destinations are rarely grouped together, and for the most part, it's for good reason.

But these destinations share a unique characteristic – one that makes them highly desirable vacation and retirement destinations for much of the population. Unlike the world's big cities, where stress is an issue and work-based lifestyles push many people towards poor health, these three destinations are considered 'blue zones' – locations with the highest concentration of long-living people.

By admin on 10/15/2013
5 Tokyo Neighborhoods that are Perfect for Getting an Authentic Cultural ExperienceTokyo is a huge city – so big, in fact, that you could walk for days without reaching the edges of its immense metropolitan sprawl. Packed with mid-rise buildings that, to many visitors’ eyes, look identical, it’s easy to think that every Tokyo area is the same as the next when you’re still finding your way in this gigantic urban area. While many of Tokyo’s neighborhoods may look the same, however, it’s one of the world’s most varied and unique cities.
By admin on 10/8/2013
10 Simple Tricks to Avoid Being a 'Clueless Tourist'

We've all seen them: bossy, frustrated, obnoxious travelers that seem almost entirely unaware of how they're perceived by others. From the camera-carrying hawaiian shirt vacation crowd to the ever-critiquing wannabe travel critic, the obnoxious and annoying behavior of some tourists can really get on the nerves of both fellow travelers and the locals that they're interacting with.

The incredible thing about rude travelers is that often, we're the worst of them. From tired, rushed situations that cause us to lose our tempers to frustrating scenarios in countries that we're just not familiar with, everyone can lose their cool while on the road. Often, it's when we least expect it to happen, and even more often, it's in a situation that could have been carried out very smoothly.