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Top 5 best islands to live on

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When it comes to downsizing your life, you may just want to sell up your belongings and make a clean break to one of the many exotic and remote islands around the world. What better way to while away your time and relax from the hustle and bustle of a busy life than sunbathing under the fronds of coconut palms, or swimming in the crystal clear waters of the tropics? Or maybe sunshine is not for you, but the remoteness and close-knit community of one of the more northerly rural island appeals? Here is a list of the top 5 best islands to live on, for those that want to change their lifestyles for the better:


Travel Tips Europe: Scams you need to be careful of in Europe

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When you travel to Europe, there is no reason to worry much about violent crimes against travelers. You have to remember though that Europe is a place where travel scams is pretty prevalent. You need to be wary of con artists and pickpockets who are very smart and smooth in victimizing tourists especially Americans.

Americans are usually those who carry good stuff in their wallets and belts. Some people use money belts as advised but they still get burned. If you will be using a money belt, it will be better if you tuck it under the clothes.

Here are some of the most common scams that you might encounter during your European holiday:

Clerks using phone cameras


The Hudson Bay Adventure

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Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba, is wilderness at its finest. This huge body of water was discovered by Henry Hudson in the 17th century. Here the Hudson’s Bay Company established its first trading post to trade for furs with the Cree, Inuit and Naskapi who inhabited the area.

Churchill, a town of about 1000 people, a mixture of Dene, Cree Inuit, Metis and Caucasian, nestles on the western shore of the bay. The smaller settlement of York Factory, which encompasses a Reservation and a white settlement, has a population, all told, of under 1000, and is further south along the shores of the bay.

This is a country of contrasts. Summers are short but warm, and, if you visit during July and August, experienced scuba divers can find a real adventure scuba diving with beluga whales. In winter, dog sledding is an excellent pastime. Another great pastime – just sitting at your window watching the brilliant display put on by the aurora borealis – the northern lights as they play across the sky.

During summer, temperatures are mild, often rising to sixty degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, however, it can drop to 40 below zero, and often much colder. Add to that, a strong wind and blowing snow, and it’s a good time to stay indoors beside a roaring fire.

If you are a wildlife connoisseur, the Hudson Bay area is the place for you. Water creatures include seals, walrus and beluga, bowhead and killer whales. Birds include everything from barn owls to ravens to Canada geese. Dozens of species of animals inhabit the area – polar bears, beaver, moose, caribou and wolves.


Machu Picchu vacations

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You might be wondering what Machu Picchu is. Or why you should even care. Well, Machu Picchu is a city–a “Lost City”, in fact–that sits up in the clouds. Machu Picchu, which means “old peak” is an absolutely amazing sight to see. There’s only two ways to get there. There’s an easy way, which is a train ride from Cuzco and then there’s the option of hiking through the rainforest.

Either way, it’s worth the trip to see this miracle in the clouds. These ruins used to be the main worship place of the Incas. And, boy, does it show in the beautiful craftsmanship in the stairs, tombs and sacred temples. And as you wade through the rainforest and your eyes fall upon the landscape of these ancient ruins, you are awed by the sight.


Travel Destinations: Cities in Europe worth Exploring

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Whether you are looking for new flavors, new styles, or great finds, these charming cities in Europe offer more than what meets the eye:

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp Travel

When you visit Antwerp, you will immediately notice the perky garbs of its locals who mingle at the public square. World-class in style, Antwerp offers many unique destinations like the Museum Aan de Stroom. The museum’s façade looks like a stack of giant crates piled on top of each other. There are many wonderful art galleries just around the corner waiting to be discovered. There are also antique stores offering vintage outfits for those who want to have their photos taken as though they stepped back in time or those who simply want to take one home.


Top 10 Best travel laptops

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I really do not want to bring any laptop with me when I travel most of the time. There are times though that you cannot avoid doing some work while on the road. If you are looking for the best travel laptops in the market today, basically you should look for something that is light weight, portable, quite rugged, has good connectivity options, and has long battery life.

For 2012, it is about traveling with ultrabooks. They now come with better builds and better computing abilities. Here are some of the best laptops you can bring with you when you travel:

MacBook Air by Apple


Events in Cedar Rapids this June

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Cedar RapidsIf you are planning to visit Cedar Rapids, Iowa , you can easily find a home away from home since there are a lot of Cedar Rapids hotels. While enjoying the attractions, destinations, and activities, you will be assured of a comfortable abode where you can relax and have quality time with your family.

While in Cedar Rapids here are some events that you might want to participate in:

Five Seasons Ski Team Show (13 June)

Head to the Cedar River and watch the Five Season Ski Team perform some amazing water skiing stunts on the river. The place might get packed since there will only be a set of bleachers for the show so be sure to come early. Don’t forget to apply some sunscreen!

Story Time at the CRMA (13 June)


The Ultimate Travel Photography Guide

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When you travel you probably want to take photos. These pictures will document your travels and give you great memories down the road. With a camera in hand, you set out on your journey. But wait, where do you begin? Tons of people already have the same photos taken of skylines and cityscapes. Each museum has probably been photographed millions of times. This is where you need to get creative and prepare to take the absolute best travel photos possible.

First of all, traveling is spontaneous. You will probably come across numerous people, objects, signs, and locations that are completely bizarre and unique. Take the opportunity to photograph everything, but you must be quick. Some of the most magnificent photo-ops are fleeting. For this reason, a compact digital camera and a DSLR are good to have on hand.