Win A European Cruise With Holland America

Holland America Line is giving away a 7 to 11 day cruise for 2 around Europe in a new contest. Entering is easy. All you have to do is sign up for their e-newsletter.

While I am not a cruise fan, I’ve gone on one cruise and it was actually with Holland America. The ship was relatively small (they describe their ships as mid-sized), the service & staff were great and the food was amazing. However, being that I get seasickness, that’s exactly what happened early on during the trip.

Besides getting seasickness, I found being on a cruise to be extremely boring. There is only so much sitting by a pool and waiting for the next meal that I could deal with.

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World’s Ultimate Desert Dares

Over the years, I’ve visited various deserts while traveling around the world. A few that come to mind are Wadi Rum in Jordan,  the Namib Desert in Namibia and taking a desert jeep safari (aka Dune Bashing) in Dubai.

The scenery is pretty amazing but the heat can make things a bit uncomfortable not to mention there being little refuge from the sun.

Lonely Planet put together a list of The World’s Ultimate Desert Dares which includes 10 challenges. The challenges were taken from Lonely Planet’s 1,000 Ultimate Adventures.

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32 Things You Always Believed That Aren’t True

Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 12.37.17 AMThere are many things that we’re told/ taught over time which we come to believe however many just aren’t true. These kinds of things are usually passed on through word of mouth or maybe even through e-mails these days.

Buzzfeed shares 32 Things You Always Believed That Aren’t True.

While looking over the list, I definitely learned some new things. Some of the facts were really interesting while others I had never even heard of before.

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We’re Heading Back To Europe: Milan & Malta

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 1.06.21 AMThis year we started booking our Spring trip a bit earlier than usual thanks to an incredible mistake airfare deal through Norwegian airline Wideroe. We got in on 3 trips to Europe at incredible prices due to this error.

In January we went to Oslo, Norway and the following month we went on a Quick Euro-Road Trip, visiting 3 countries in 4.5 days.

For our third Wideroe trip I decided to book a flight to Milan. Milan was consistently showing the cheapest mistake fares during the 48 hours or so that the offer was available.

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How Not To Embarass Yourself In A Foreign Country


Around a week back I wrote about a Yahoo slideshow featuring 10 Hand Gestures To Never Use Abroad. The slideshow showed how easy it could be to offend people while visiting a new place and doing something as simple as a hand gesture innocently.

Soon after writing about the “Hand Gestures” slideshow, I came across another article related to this potential offense (while traveling abroad).

Budget Travel has an article with some interesting tips on How Not To Embarrass Yourself In A Foreign Country.

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United Wants You To Follow Them

When Twitter first came out, I didn’t really get it. You get 140 characters to compose a Tweet and then what??? Over time I became a believer and big fan.

By picking the right people and companies to follow (in subjects that interest you), Twitter could be a valuable tool. These days, it might just be the app on my phone that I check the most.

Through Twitter I’ve followed many news stories, found interesting article, made various connections and most importantly, used it for customer service related issues.

When it comes to travel and Twitter, I find some companies get it right. American Airlines, Delta and Club Carlson have been quick to respond and help resolve issues which otherwise may have taken much longer to resolve.

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America’s Coolest Breweries


When it comes to adult beverages, beer is usually my drink of choice.

Over the years beer has played an important role in many of my trips. I’ve visited and taken tours of quite a few breweries and have also had few beercenteric trips.

My first brewery tour was in Glasgow, Scotland at Tennent’s around 12-13 years ago  and my most recent one was in Korca, Albania this past summer. In between, I’ve visited breweries in many countries and all around the U.S.

When it comes to trips centered around beer, 3 of them come to mind.

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Play Geoguessr- Find Out How Well You Know The World

BBC Travel created a game called Geoguessr to test your knowledge and find out how well you know the world.

Geoguessr will help you find out how good of a geography expert you might be. First you will be shown an image (from Google) which you can zoom in and scroll around on. Once you think you know where you are, you’ll place a marker on a map at the bottom of the screen. You can also zoom around on the map to get better accuracy. Points will be awarded based on how close you were to the actual location.

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