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Top 10 Mega Ships

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When we say Mega Ships, we just don’t mean the size but the entire assortment of luxurious accommodations and attractions these ships have to offer.  From Swarovski-stairs to planetariums, these top 10 Mega Ships are simply elite class.  So if you’re planning to go on a cruise, do it in style in one of these Mega Ships.

Elegance Like No Other:  Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Cruises



El Bulli: Arguably One of the Best Restaurants in the World

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While the true title of “best restaurant in the world” will never really be obtained, El Bulli is arguably one of the top restaurants world wide. It has placed #1 in Restaurant Magazine’s list of the Top 50 Restaurants in the World a record 5 El Bullitimes – in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and finally 2009. It’s also considered to be a shoo-in for next years list.

Located in Catalonia, El Bulli is owned and run by legendary chef Ferran Adria, and employs a total of 42 expert chefs. While meals at El Bulli cost an average of €250, or about $375, the restaurant has run at a loss for the past several years. Their main source of profit is book sales (cookbooks and guides) and lectures from head chef Ferran Adria.


Travel bags: What you Need to Know When Choosing a Backpack

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Backpacking is one of the most efficient ways to explore the world. If you know the right places to stay, and you’re ready for loads of adventure without breaking your wallet, you’re in for a real treat. However, it’s called “backpacking” for a reason.

A lot of the money you will be investing will be put on your travel pack, and a bad travel pack can really ruin your travel plans. Here are guides to help you choose the perfect travel pack for your needs.


The Jewel of Micronesia

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Palau is a secretive little island hidden in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Located not far from the Philippines and Indonesia, it is only recently that this island became a nation under its own right and it is perhaps today one of the youngest countries in the world.


World’s Most Beautiful Highway

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Officially is called California Route 1, and it is also called as Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH; many people call it much simpler Highway One.  But one thing you must agree with me: it is the world’s most beautiful highway. It goes from the Northern to the Southern California along 1000 kilometers in a rocky environment and offers some of the world’s best coastal sceneries.

Map of The Highway One, probably world's most spectacular highway

Map of The Highway One, probably world's most spectacular highway

Sometimes goes straight, but usually windy, through or near world known cities as Santa Barbara, Los Angeles,San Francisco ,Monterey, Santa Monica. The wonderful bridge Golden Gate is also a part from Pacific Coast Highway, and even the notorious and outrageous Orange County is on the way.

Golden gate Bridge in San Francisco is a part of Highway One

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is a part of Highway One


The 6 Best Travel iPhone Apps

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There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone apps at the iTunes store, and a fraction of those are travel applications designed to appeal to travelers of all ages and types. No matter where you are in the world – an iPhone travel app can help you have more fun and discover more about the city or country you are visiting. Which apps are the most useful though, and which are really worth your time?

AroundMe is an app that gathers GPS information from your exact location, then tells you where nearby locations are. This is extremely useful if you are lost in a huge city, or on a desolate road to nowhere in Australia. AroundMe can pinpoint locations and directions for banks, gas stations, restaurants, stores, and more.


The Joys of Panama Cruises

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The Panama Canal is without doubt one of the most impressive feats of engineering and design in the modern world, and has often been referred to as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ for the sheer magnitude of its building achievements. Panama itself is also a fascinating country, with a wealth of historic and modern charms on offer, and a cruise is one of the best ways in which to explore the amazing landscapes throughout Central America from rainforests and Mayan ruins, through to delights of Mexico and on the Caribbean tropics.


A fascinating vacations in Rangoon

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Is it Rangoon or Yangon the right name of the former Burmese capital? No matter, Yangon is only a more modern pronunciation for the city’s name.

Downtown rangoon with modern skyscrapers

Downtown rangoon with modern skyscrapers

Despite the fact that Rangoon is no longer the capital city, it remains the most populous and most important city of Burma ( or Myanmar, if you wish). It counts 4 millions inhabitants, and suffers in some of its neighborhoods of its poor infrastructure (no rubbish collection, no permanent electricity). But Rangoon, and the all Burma are really fascinating, despite or due to the military dictatorship. Here comes the key question: doest it worth visiting Burma? Thus shall we support the military  junta, or the simply poor people ? Fact is, that most of the hotels are under the rule of the junta, but I still am  for visiting this country. Thus even the simply people could get contacts and even earn something. The chamber maid, the taxi driver, the street vendor will surely take a profit of your visit, and this is very good for the country.