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America’s Best Destinations for Skiing

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Whether you’re a novice skier or an expert, a good ski trip can be one of the best experiences of your life. For more than a hundred years, people have been traveling all over the world, just to ski or snowboard. If you are planning a trip and enjoy skiing, check out the best ski destinations in America below.

1. Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Colorado

Aspen has always been a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts, and for good reason. Located in central Colorado, Aspen has several ski resorts to choose from. While none of them are exactly “cheap”, there is enough variety in Aspen that you can have a good time there on virtually any budget. Of course since it is a major tourist attraction, resorts in the Aspen area will almost always be busy, especially at the prime of the ski season. If you’re looking to save some money and/or avoid the crowds, then going on the offseason or near the end of the season is advisable.


Save travel expenses

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When you are setting a budget for your holiday, it can be easy to forget that there can be lots of additional travel expenses as well as the usual accommodation, flights, food and drink, and this can mean that by the time you return home you may have spent far more that you originally intended. Here is a quick overview of some typical travel expenses and also how to save money on them:


What Every Travel Tweeter Must Know

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Twitter is everywhere. It is very difficult to define what Twitter really is but this micro-blogging tool is indeed handy to have around whenever you travel. Here are tips to help you get started on travel tweeting.

1. Set up your own Twitter account
You may choose to have multiple Twitter accounts or a separate one for your travel sojourns, so find out how to set up your account here. Tip: choose a name that’s interesting and yet relevant to your objective i.e do you want to Twit mostly travel news and tips, or are you content with an all in one Twitter persona?

2. Grab your apps
Because every Twit is limited to 140 characters, and not words, you should definitely shorten those long URLs with applications such as bit.ly. Even easier is if you download luv.ly, a useful app that incorporates Twitter and Facebook with your Firefox browser. Shortening URLs will be a cinch with the built in URL bar.


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!