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Bordeaux vacations

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Make Bordeaux Travel Fun

If you are considering going to France on your next vacation, you might consider passing Paris up for Bordeaux. Why? Well, why not? Bordeaux travel can be so much more fun than Paris. No, no insanity here. While Paris is known for its attractions, fashion and worldly culture, Bordeaux is known for its wine. But Bordeaux has a lot more to offer to its visitors.


Five Eco-travel ideas for your holidays

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Try the Green DoorPeople who are interested in protecting the environment may find themselves in a dilemma when it comes to booking holidays, as travelling any distance by conventional transport methods can have a significant impact on the environment. However there are many ways you can have an eco-friendly holiday, and actively help to protect and preserve a variety of beautiful and endangered landscapes.

1. Eco-safari – many tour operators such as Ecotourism Australia are now offering ‘green’ nature trips and safaris, which aim to educate people on the protecting the environment as well as making active contributions to conservation. Group sizes are limited to reduce the impact on the natural habitats in terms of waste and the strain on natural resources, and also local guides are employed and local trade supported wherever possible. Supporting local communities is something you can do wherever you travel, and this helps to encourage local farming and commerce, and reduce carbon emissions through unnecessary food miles.


Top 5 Destinations to find great Bargains across the Globe

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There are a lot of things you can do when you go on overseas trips, but almost always a constant is shopping. Now, you wouldn’t want to spend your money on anything that actually costs more in the country or region you’re visiting. If you ever find yourself in any of these places, make sure that you buy their “bargain goods”. Below is a guideline for frugal shoppers who also like to explore all four corners of the globe.

Florida for Vintage Goods


If you’re a frequent business traveler, you must find yourself within the vicinity of Florida often. And there’s no better way to mix business with pleasure than to go shopping for the most cost-worthy goods in the market. In Florida, the best buys are vintage goods. The estate sales in this state are actually the secret sources of popular thrift shops you’ll find in New York and Los Angeles.


New Screening Rules for Passengers Flying Into the US

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In the wake of the failed bombing attempt of a US plane on Christmas day, authorities raised security restrictions to levels not seen since the “shoe bomber” attacks of 2006 – full body patdowns were in effect, passengers had every piece of luggage checked, and movement was even limited during the last hour of flight, just to name a few of the many restrictions. After much backlash, the Transportation Security Administration has released new guidelines that specifies when such stringent security measures are required.

In effect, the United States has imposed separate security measures for different people, depending on what country the person is flying from. This is great news if you’re an American or one of it’s allies – you won’t be faced with such asinine security requirements each time you pass through the metal detectors. However, if you’re flying from Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, be prepared to face increased scrutiny for the indefinite future.


Visiting the Cognac Region of France Continued

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In our last posting, we went over the basics of Cognac, and the beauty of of the Cognac region of France. However, a trip to Cognac without visiting the distilleries is like a trip to Vegas without visiting the Casinos! There are hundreds of distilleries in Cognac, but there are only four main companies: Hennessy, Courvosier, Remy Martin, and Martell. Each distillery offers it’s own tour, and costs anywhere from $10-$20. However, the tasting alone might be worth the price of admission.

The Hennessy distillery is probably the most well known out of the bunch. Hennessy’s tour center and warehouse are located on both sides of the Charente river. Is this the key to it’s success? Probably not, but with millions of bottles of fine cognac leaving these very warehouses, who knows? When embarking on these tours, one thing you’ll definitely note is the black mold that covers most of the warehouses. This black mold feeds off the evaporating alcohol vapors, and is commonly known amongst locals as “the angels’ share”. The cellar is one of the highlights of any trip: rows upon rows of giant kegs holding glorious cognac aged for 2, 4, 10, 20+ years!


The perfect vacation in the exotic Acapulco

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Acapulco has  a long history. Its travel history started nevertheless after the WWII, in 1949, with the opening of the first discos, restaurants etc.

The resort lies on Mexico western coast, in a wonderful bay.

It was boosted in the travel industry by the famous Hollywood actor Johny Weismuller ( alias Tarzan). After that, in the 60′s it became a favorite destination for luxury travel. The main clients were very rich and came from South America, Western Europe and specially U.S.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy married here Jackie Kennedy, John Wayne owned a beach in Acapulco, Ava Gardner divorced from Frank Sinatra in Acapulco. Acapulco had a strong magic power, which paled totally in the 80′s due to pollution: the water was no more good for a swim!

Today Acapulco is booming again, as the water is again good for swimming. The stars are coming again (e.g Sandra Bullock and Enrique Iglesias) and the golden age of Acapulco is coming back.


Hidden travel costs

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Travelling to a favourite destination is probably on everybody’s wish list. Who would not want to soak in the sun on a pearly white beach, with the sea gently lapping at your feet? It is probably one step away from paradise. If you were to ask a mother of two, she would still be very hesitant to say that she is any where near paradise – any guesses why? Well, coming to think of it, the answer is pretty simple – the cost of travel today.


5 Travel Myths you didn’t know

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There are various myths about travelling that are perpetuated around the world, and seem to so plausible that many people never bother to check them out before they set out on holiday. Here are five of these travelling myths you may not yet have come across: