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How to save money by choosing the right travel bag

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Travelers who are on the lookout for ways to save money and stretch their hard earned budgets can add another tip to their list: finding the appropriate bag to bring on your trip. Baggage fees incurred for excess or overweight baggage can burn a big hole in your pocket, especially if you don’t take the time to think about which bags you’ll be using for your vacation. Most of the time, we  either make the mistake of bringing a bag that’s too small to fit your two-week wardrobe, or one that’s simply too big to fit three days and two nights worth of clothes.


London Hotel Opening: St. Pancras Rennaissance will welcome guests starting 14 March

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The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London is set to have its grand opening on March 14, a few months earlier than the earlier scheduled May 5 cutting of ribbons.

This luxury hotel is set to be among the top London hotels competing with Claridge’s and The Savoy. The renovation of the old building deducted about £150 million from their books. The hotel owners opted to preservethe old features of the building including the elegant staircase that has been featured in several films and music videos.

St. Pancras Renaissance will offer 245 rooms, 38 of which will be lavish Victorian suites. The Barlow House is the new extension of the hotel featuring contemporary design and original artwork. The hotel will also have a nice restaurant using the space of the old ticket offie, barber shop, swimming pool, a private club, and a spa.


Best Skinny-dipping Spots in the World

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We came into the world clad only in our birthday suits. Mustering the courage to bare it all and to remove all inhibitions in a public place is a very liberating experience. If you feel queasy about removing it all in a place where your parents might be able to see you by accident, there are solitary places you can go to for swimming in the nude. The cover of the night adds a naughty clandestine feel to skinny-dipping as long as you mind the temperature. Removing all clothing and a dive into the waters can feel like a return to the womb in a way.

Formentera, Spain


Top 7 Fall Destinations: Quick Escapes in Ochre

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Definitely, one of the most romantic seasons anywhere in a country fortunate enough to have four seasons is autumn. Imagine having to live without the vibrancy of fall with the leaves turning red or gold or deep brown? This is why when you are lucky enough to experience autumn, you shouldn’t waste a day. Spend that crisp and clear weekend on one of these seven prime destinations.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

It’s such a pity to spend autumn indoors, sulking away in front of your television. This is never truer than in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, one of the top Autumn destinations to date. Certainly, you wouldn’t want to stay cooped up in your room when you can attend the harvest festivals and go on buggy rides across this Dutch country.


Hanoi Vacations

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People usually think in clichés,as  it is much more convenient and much easier. But thinking to Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, as a bomb ravaged capital is terribly wrong.

Night peaceful view of Hanoi

Night peaceful view of Hanoi

And I am sure that this is your first thought when hearing Hanoi. Which is is so far from reality, as the last Vietnam war ended 1975 and the city of Hanoi was rebuild and reinvented itself. Hanoi has been for many centuries the capital of Vietnam and its war caused damages were not so dramatic as in Ho Chi Minh. There still are many ancient buildings in Hanoi, and one of them are worth a view or a visit from any interested traveler ( e.g. The Sofitel Metropole Hotel with its colonial Belle Epoque architecture)

Colonial luxury in Metropole Hotel

Colonial luxury in Metropole Hotel


Blurred out: 5 Places on Google Maps blocked from the public’s eyes

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If you want to see the Eiffel Tower but you just do not have the budget yet to go to Paris, Google Maps is a perfect way to day dream and go to your dream travel destinations. There are landmarks though which distorted and blurred purposely to block the view of the public for security purposes.

In case you want to see the streets and towns in North Korea, you just cannot. These among other spots are blurred on Google Maps.

The images on Google Maps and Google Earth are acquired from different public and commercial sources. The different providers located in different countries are of course required to abide by the law of the countries where they are operating so some of them might be asked to blur images before they forward this image to Google.


10 best value destinations to visit before 2011 ends

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It’s been almost three years since the recession in 2008 which affected many countries around the world. Suddenly, thousands of people found themselves jobless and without any means to afford basic necessities, let alone luxuries like traveling abroad for a short vacation. Fortunately, economies have started to show signs of moving forward. Some people are able to find other jobs that will enable them to maintain their household and pay for various bills like power and water. Other people who are more fortunate are once again able to set aside a reasonable sum for a short holiday overseas. One thing that travelers can view as an advantage brought about by the recession, a blessing in disguise, if you will, is the numerous travel deals being offered left and right. This is beneficial not only to travelers on a budget, but for those who can’t get enough of new sights and sounds.


Top 5 Best Hotels to Stay in When Visiting the Niagara Falls

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Visiting the Niagara Falls this time of the year will bring you and the family to a view of lush vegetation that seem like a carpet of yellows and oranges. A few months later and everything will be covered with snow. Spring wakes up the tulips while summer makes the blue waters sparkle. Every time is perfect time in terms of visiting the Niagara Falls, all you have to do is pick the best luxury hotel in the area that provides not only the most comfortable beds to sleep in but provide the best view of the Niagara Falls as well.

Niagara Falls Hotels

The Tower Hotel