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6 of the World’s Best Eco-friendly Destinations

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It’s old news that the more we travel by plane, the bigger our carbon footprint gets. If you’re concerned about the environment but you don’t think you can ignore your wanderlust, there’s really no need for you to worry. You can have the best of both worlds by choosing a “green” vacation. Ecotourism is getting to be more and more popular these days, what with people becoming more and more aware of their environment.

You might want to do your part as well. And if you think that you’re sacrificing too much by choosing to trod down the unbeaten path, think again. According to Ayako Ezaki of the International Ecotourism Society, by traveling “green”, you not only minimize travel’s negative effects but maximize its benefits as well. How: by giving something back to the people who make ecotourism possible.


Planning a Cheap Vacation on an Expensive Destination

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A lot of people thought that visiting Aspen, Paris, New York, Napa, and Hawaii meant that you’d have to bring a lot of money. Most of them spend their whole lives saving up for that one trip. Spending too much on a single trip, though, isn’t very practical. Neither is it a smart choice, because you can save as much as half of the peak season cost if you only know when to book your trip.

Sometimes, you don’t even have to time it during the off-season. A lot of people wait for the rates to take a dip during the high season (airplane companies do hold promos) before they purchase their tickets. These discounts range from 20% to a spectacular 50%, so you should definitely keep your eyes peeled.


7 Things you must not do in Paris

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We’ve all heard about what one needs to do when visiting the famous city of Paris. Attracting more and more visitors, Paris is definitely one of the hottest tourist places in the whole world. People eager to travel to this famed city have a long list of things they would want to do, but what few of us do not realize is that there are certain things we shouldn’t do as well.

Instead of the usual lists that tell first-timers what to do and visit, this one’s a different kind. And when you’re familiar with what you shouldn’t do, we’ll tell you what you should do instead.

This is a list which will help keep you from falling into those tourist traps, and help make sure that your trip to Paris will be an unforgettable one.

Don’t Shop at the Champs-Elysees


Oscars of the Museums – Oman is a Winner

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Last night, Wednesday 12 May, the 2010 Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence were announced at a prestigious ceremony at London’s Church House, London’s Westminster.

The Director General of the Ministry of Tourism of Oman, Mr Mohammed Al Zadjali, was the proud recipient of the International Award which went to Khasab Castle in Oman – a very beautiful and moving example of how visitor attractions can successfully engage new and difficult to reach communities, with great sensitivity and care.

Khasab is located in the far northerly tip of this beautiful country, on the Musandam peninsula.

Congratulating the winners, the newly appointed British Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP, made his first statement:

“I am delighted that my first act as Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and the Olympics is to congratulate the winners and all those who have been nominated in tonight’s awards.”


8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

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Usually people book hotel rooms for the comfort and luxury it offers. Today, not only do designers and hotel owners pay attention to the room. They have added something else which entices visitors even more: showers. If you think about this, it is but natural that a room has a wonderful shower waiting for its tired visitors.

However, don’t think it’s just an ordinary shower—something similar to what you have at home. These are extraordinary bathrooms with high-tech features, glass mosaics and even a chandelier. Think the latter is only a posh way to light your path inside? Think again, as a switch turns this chandelier into an incredibly sexy shower.
Gone are the days when hotel rooms offered bathrooms that simply offer a place for you to freshen up from a day’s worth of tours. Today, they have all kinds of perks which include multiple showerheads to a grand view of the city.


24 hours in Shanghai: Things to do and places to visit

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Think the Beijing Olympics stadium was an intriguing and fascinating piece of architecture? You’re only at the beginning of what Shanghai, the new cutting-edge city of the world, has to offer. After what Beijing unveiled to the world, Shanghai is now being given a chance to show what it’s made of—through the 56th World Fair. From its beginning in 1851, this year is said to be the grandest in the history of world fairs. It is but natural to be hosted in Shanghai—a two-square-mile site in the Huangpu River gives space to a pavilion for each of the nation in the world. Running from May to October of 2010, the Expo is a must-see for everyone. And since you will be in Shanghai as well, here are some tips on how you can spend an entire day in this bustling city.

Check in at PuLi Hotel, 9am


6 new fascinating architectures around the world

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Today, architecture has changed significantly; no longer is a building a simple structure on the urban landscape; it now has something that makes it stand out: texture. Gone are the days when people only waited for the tallest building. Architecture continues to challenge its boundaries, giving us new types of structures that are appealing inside and out. Here are some of the most interesting structures—or wonders—of the world.

Guangzhou TV Tower in Guangzhou, China

What makes this structure most interesting is that unlike many other wonderful structures in the world, this has the features of a woman. This makes it known as the twisted lady, or the supermodel. Two thousand feet high, it is certainly an imposing structure. At the “waist” part (560 feet off the ground), a staircase replaces floors and walls, so that visitors can see the texture of the structure. Inside it are also a couple of rotating restaurants where you can dine with a view, several shops, as well as a movie theatre. If you plan to visit and stay nearby, the Grand Hyatt in Guangzhou is a 23-story hotel in the central business district. It costs around $175 to $230 for a stay for two.


The Best Wine Bars in Europe

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To many, their notion of a wine bar is a dimly-lit area where they can hang out with several friends late at night and sip good wine. Across Europe, more and more wine bars are coming out—but with a different, improved concept and design. Accentuating the place with whimsical art, classical design, and complementing the wine with fine cuisine, these different wine bars are setting a new trend.

All the way back in ancient Rome, wine bars from back then are depicted today by the mosaics that remain standing in Pompeii. And it is no wonder why wine bars have changed across time; experimentations in design and style have made wine bars last through time. In fact, according to Jennifer Simonetti Bryan, holding a Master of Wine, what wine bars have in common is “variety.” Having a good variety of wines in the menu is essential, as well as the ambience. To many, having food on the side is also a must.


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