Travel Tips: London for physically challenged travelers

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London will be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games starting this month as well as the Paralympic Games. The city has a good opportunity to market itself as a destination that is very accessible to people with mobility issues. The transport network will definitely be feeling the pressure with the influx of travelers and increased demand for facilities and extra services for people with disability.

The provisions for accessibility may be different from one establishment to another but moving around will not be so difficult with considerable choices around London. The transport network is not a full-proof accessible system but those with disability can enjoy their London holiday with some good planning.

Here are some useful websites that you can use to prepare for your trip:

World’s Best Wine Tours

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In vino veritas, used to say the old Romans. Beer and spirits were practically unknown, and Roman parties and orgies were heavily relying on wine and good food.

Today the wine still has a certain noblesse. Good wines are old and expensive, thus differentiating from the much more popular and cheaper beer. Nevertheless, in certain places of our planet there is still a strong tradition of wine. Vineyards all you can see, wine farmers, and lots of delicious tasty wines. There no one drinks beer, it would be a shame. Drinking a glass of good wine there is next to ritual and the best way to socialize. Beware the persons who don’t drink and the persons who are too silent, says a proverb from these countries.

Travel Tips: Destinations where you need to hire guides or travel in groups

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Human brains are wired to search for answers. Hence, complications definitely tickle the quirky and enthusiastic mind of a traveler – few of Earth’s most attractive and appealing areas to explore are the most complex areas to visit. In this article, we present places where even the most sharp-witted and streetwise explorer would even ask for guidance.
When the term “group travel” comes up to one’s mind, one might definitely think of tourist-filled buses stopping over in travel sites for several minutes just to follow a strict schedule. However, not all these activities are made equivalent. Significantly, there are several areas where not having a guide would leave you not just dumbfounded but would put your life in risk.

Florida travel: Boat-Up Luxury in Fort Lauderdale

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With inland waterways of over 300 miles, as well as 50,000 yachts registered, the world’s Yachting Capital is considered to be Fort Lauderdale. Serving as a home port for two of the world’s biggest cruise ships, and the location of the world’s biggest boat show, this Intracoastal Waterway presents a scenic and close proximity to the Atlantic. Adding the fact that this town in Southern Florida is sunny for 3,000 hours a year, it’s no wonder why this place is the ultimate location for a luxury lifestyle of boat-ups.

Uptake takes the travel industry by storm

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Well if you think Uptake is yet another travel site, then you are wrong. Uptake is a search for travel sites. There are tons of travel sites out there like TripAdvisor, Farecast, Travelocity, Expedia etc. So a normal user searches most of these sites to find the best deal and ends up wasting lot of time. What Uptake does is it searches most of these sites so that you don’t have to and finds the best deal for you. Like the site says “it searches 1000 travel websites and 20 Million Reviews”, which is a lot of content for a user.
Uptake is a semantic search engine for travel which makes it easier for the user to get more relevant results. It generates tags by searching various travel sites and their reviews of hotels, destinations, theme parks. By doing this it does not have to wait for the users to tag. With the use of semantic search, the ranking in Search Engines like Google, Yahoo will be higher and lot of results from Uptake will be shown for travel queries. The technology behind Uptake is really great where millions of reviews are indexed and arranged in a proper way and the embracing of semantics has helped them a lot.
It has options like “just get away, family vacation, romantic getaway, pet friendly, girl getaway” which search sites based on this consideration. If a user is searching for family vacations, the site looks for tags which are relevant with family vacations like kids, pool, shopping and kitchen and shows the result based on that. It also has maps attached to its pages to know the exact location of the destination you have chosen or planning to choose. Uptake also has a feature called “Things to do” for most of the destinations so that you are not clueless when you are travelling.
Uptake currently indexes only US Destinations which is a bad thing for a travel search site but I am sure they will add International Destinations too as they go along. With the competition in Internet Travel Industry increasing day by day, they should add international destinations sooner than later. The other thing I am not very impressed with Uptake is their User Interface. Its User Interface is not very easy to use, Any website which is asking its users to scroll down to see the important content is doing a bad job. With the content this size they should arrange it better and should keep the main page clean, Instead of showing most of the destinations in the homepage. When Uptake adds International Destinations, the content would be way too much and they will have an uphill task of arranging it neatly and adding more languages to the website so that it becomes easier for International users. Travel is not bounded by boundaries and Uptake has taken the first step to improve it.

Asus Eee PC 1101 Seashell Offers 11 hours of Battery Life

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Asus has just made the new Asus Eee PC 1101Ha Seashell official by introducing it at the Computex 2009. According to the company it is the perfect platform for ASUS to share its “Seamless Experience” vision.

There are currently 3 models available for this machine including

1.The Eee PC 1008HA which is equipped with a 10.1 inch display and an 18mm ultra-slim seamless design.
2.The Eee PC 1005HA which comes with a 10.1 inch display and offers extended battery life up to 10.5 hours.
3. Last but not the least the Eee PC 1101HA features an 11.6 inch high definition widescreen LED backlit display.
Thanks to the Super Hybrid Engine, the Asus Eee PC 1101HA SeaShelloffers a super long battery life of 11 hours of unplugged computing time on a single charge. I think this is one of the major features travelers would definitely appreciate because sometimes when your on a trip and have to take connecting flights you would need much more battery life time than a regular 1-3 hours which is never enough.

Sacred Destinations: Rediscovering your Soul in the holy temples of Java, Indonesia

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The island of Java can be considered a true melting pot of the world’s religions as it hosts Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity in its 51,0357.7 square miles. What adds to the thrill of this faiths existing side by side each other is finding relics of some of these major religions strewn across the plain s and hills of the island. Walk a little in the grasslands and you might chance upon the ruins of old temples or a weathered rock which you can tell was once an image of the Buddha. You might doff your hat off to pay your respects to your find but sooner or later the plumes rising out of a nearby volcano will remind you that nature itself is something to be reverential to in Java.

8 useful tips if you’re heading off to Uruguay

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When you’re preparing for a vacation abroad, it’s easy to get caught up in the tourist fever. After you’re picked a destination and bought your ticket, you start asking your friends and family for advice. Where can you find the best view? Where do they serve the most delectable, mouth-watering food? So you take notes, and perhaps you visit the bookstore and check out if there are any useful tips to be had in any of a dozen or so guide books that they have on display. Or you sit in front of your computer, go online and Google whatever you can find about your destination so you can prepare your itinerary and make the most out of your holiday. You visit various websites: travel agencies, blogs, online magazines, etc. For a person who will pretty soon be immersing himself in a completely foreign place, we need all the help we can get.