7 Great American Road Trips for a Long Weekend We all know someone who has done it – hopped in the car, filled up the tank and took off on an epic road trip of days, weeks, or even months spent cruising the backroads and highways of America. They come back with inspiring tales of small towns, endless vistas, and the joy of the open road. But a trip like that takes time, time that many of us simply don’t have. Those of us who can’t get away to drive the length of the US always feel a twinge of jealousy and longing to feel that freedom. But with a slight adjustment of your mindset, you can enjoy the endless possibilities of a traditional road trip in just a few days. Whether you live close by or will be flying to and from your starting and ending points, here are some ideas to get you started planning your own great American road trip that can be done in three to five days. Eastern Seaboard With its small size, you can cover a lot of states in New England in a short amount of time. The Rust Belt San Francisco to Portland Overdone?
Not Your Childhood Chicken Potpie | The Gonzo Gourmet Growing up, chicken potpie meant a Swanson’s frozen dinner, pulled hot from the oven before my parents escaped for a night of freedom. Those nights meant freedom to my sister and me, too: babysitters! The Love Boat! I wanted to recreate the sheer joy, if not the actual taste, of that childhood meal, with a crust that could be drenched in gravy and still retain a crunch, vegetables that stood on their own but melded well together, and chicken that added a savory layer of its own. The filling is so thick, you can stand a spoon in it Easy and homemade chicken potpie aren’t usually used in the same sentence, this much I know. Traditional chicken potpie, frozen or otherwise, usually includes this vegetable trifecta: peas, pearl onions and carrots. Wrap extra dough around the mouth of the ramekin; nice, but not necessary Mushrooms, potatoes and peas made the cut; diced onions are the base of the gravy. Cut three slits in the dough before placing into the oven The result? Prepare the Pies 1.
BootsnAll Travel Network :: Travel Community, Travel Stories, Cheap Tickets, Youth Hostels and all your travel needs Beautiful, old, and very charming town of Rovinj, Croatia Rovinj is on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia and is a beautiful, old, and very charming town. It lies on a small piece of land that juts out into the sea. It can be reached by boat from Italy or by bus/train connections through nearby Rijeka or Kanfanar. I was there in the summer months. The sun was shining the whole time, and it was hot, which made for a great relaxing atmosphere. You can spend many hours walking the harbor, wandering the gorgeous back streets and looking at the architecture, soaking up the incredible views, and exploring its hilltop church. There are no sand beaches there, but you will see lots of visitors from other European countries enjoying the sun on the rocks and flat stones next to the sea. Rovinj is very visitor-friendly because the accomodations are not too expensive, the food is good, and you can wander the little brightly-colored streets all day. There are many day-trip possibilities from Rovinj to nearby islands and towns.
Road Trip - Discover Your America with Roadtrippers Mae Sai and Tha Ton pictures || Thailand images photo gallery Tha Ton is a village along the Kok riverside, 24 km north of Amphoe Fang, Chiang Mai. Long-tailed boat with pilot are available for traveling. I was with an italian friend and definitely I keep a good memory of this small Thai village that hosted us one night waiting to get the boat to Chiang Rai. The view from the temple on the hill is amazing, beside the trip along the river Kok was absolutely nice and I do recommend to reach Chiang Rai in this way instead of the usual road from Chiang Mai. Mae Sai is the northernmost district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. It is a major border crossing between Thailand and Burma, which Asian Highway Network AH2 crossing the Mae Sai River to the town Tachileik in Burma. One day passes for non-Burma nationals are issued at Burma customs in Tachileik, passports are confiscated and a travel temporary travel permit is issued which is exchanged for your passport upon crossing back into Thailand. Map Data Posts related to Mae Sai and Tha Ton
Avoid overpacking with a simple trip plan You know the scenario: you’ve arrived at your destination, and are perhaps a day or two into your trip, and come to the realization that you’ve brought way too much clothing. How does this happen? There are several ways: perhaps we get a bit careless, or worry about running out of clothes, or just fall prey to sloppy thinking. Whatever the reason, the end result is the same: too much weight to carry or drag around, little extra room in our bags for purchases or gifts, and worst case, you have too much of one type of item and not enough of another! It needn’t be. What I do is create a simple “map” or outline of my trip. At the risk of inducing brain damage or eyesight strain with my handwriting (my apologies!) I list the days of the trip at the top, and immediately beneath each day list the day’s major activities. On the next couple of lines, having consulted Accuweather, I jot down the weather for home and my destination. Next, I take a pass at what I’ll wear each day. On the trip back:
Hostels Worldwide - Online Hostel Bookings, Ratings and Reviews Cheap Places To Stay For Awhile Around The World The problem with cheap places is that it’s all relative to the lifestyle someone chooses. While I do list Xi’an, China as being inexpensive, it’s also quite easy to spend as much as you would in Tokyo, Japan. It also depends on what you’re into. Do you like big cities, beaches, comforts of home, party towns, or jungles? Here’s a few things I consider when staying in a place for a few weeks or months between traveling around: Fast and reliable internet.Good selection of food.Entertainment such as bars and nightlife. If you’re looking to take a break and stay somewhere for awhile, here is where I recommend. Xi’an, China If you’ve been following Art of Backpacking, you probably expected I would mention this city. Xi’an is well known to be one of the cheapest big cities in China. At a big fancy nightclub with VIP treatment, a bottle of Absolut, basket of fruits, snacks, and a few sodas cost $47. Pick up Mandarin classes and go sightseeing in one of China’s oldest and traditional cities.
My USA Road Trip: San Diego, LA & the Pacific Coast Highway - Helen in Wonderlust In September last year I took a US road trip, starting in San Diego where I went to the Danger Zone, passing through LA where I met Jedward, went to the Playboy Mansion and saw Madonna’s bush, up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco where I fell in love. We then headed inland to Yosemite National Park and ended the trip in Las Vegas. It was one of the best trips I’ve EVER taken. Probably a lot of that was to do with the awesome company I had, but it was also to do with all the fantastic things to see and do along the way. We had 15 days to explore, not long considering how much ground we covered, but I’m pretty good at packing a lot in to a short space of time. It can be confusing as there’s so much stuff to do and so much to see. So, here’s where I come in. We’d arrived in San Diego late the night before, having flown from Manchester via Philadelphia with US Airways. Up at the crack of dawn, we headed out to explore… Day One: San Diego Day Two: San Diego Day Four: Los Angeles
25 Boston Activities That Don’t Cost a Penny | Boston | iStopOver Magazine Savvy travelers are ever on the lookout for bargains. If you are feeling the pinch of a limited vacation budget, know that you can experience a lot of terrific Boston travel experiences for free. Here are just a few ! Take a free guided National Park Service tour of the Freedom Trail (15 State St., Boston , 617-242-5642)( Map) and find out why Paul Revere could not have said, “The British are coming” Watch the sunset from the Harvard Bridge (at Massachusetts Ave.)( Map ) which is really much closer to MIT than Harvard! Climb the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument and check out the view of Boston and Cambridge (Monument Square, 617-242-5641)( Map ). Fly a kite at Castle Island Park (Off William J. Find the graves of the many famous “residents” at Mount Auburn Cemetary (580 Mt. See where Julia Child wrote”Bon Appetite” and her initials in the sidewalk in front of Savenor’s Market (92 Kirkland St., Cambridge, 617-576-6328)( Map ). Everyone likes free beer !
45 Tips To Live a Healthier Life How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day? Our body is our temple, and we need to take care of it to have a healthy life. Life is beautiful and you don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise – it also includes having a positive mental health, healthy self-image and a healthy lifestyle. Drink more water. Join classes. Which health tips are most applicable for you right now? “Live a Healthier Life in 21 Days” Challenge in Jan 2011! If you’re wondering why there’s a healthy living post out of the blue, that’s because we’ll be having live a healthier life challenge come first Jan! I’ll be posting the announcement post on 27 Dec, which will have the details of the challenge and sign up instructions. I’m personally super enthused about this and I can’t wait to get started. Like This Post?
How to Get Cheap Flights ( 8 pgs. 3 illus.) - Art of Travel - European and World Backpacking Chapter 4 Booking Strategies Large Internet Sites Student and Budget Specialists Domestic Bucket Shops Ethnic and Foreign Bucket Shops Courier Flying Round-the-World Tickets Charters Bumping To Gateways Glossary TWO HUNDRED YEARS ago the cost was seven years to a lifetime of servitude for average people making a one-way crossing of the Atlantic. When booking through an agent, always specify you want the "lowest possible fare," as there may be specials which do not fall under "economy" or "APEX." Often the best deals are offered directly by airline websites. Large Internet Travel Sites All listings are the result of experience, general budget travel knowledge, or research. Student and Budget Specialists While a few tickets require student or youth status, most do not. Domestic Bucket Shops Air Brokers International 323 Geary, Suite 411, San Francisco, CA 94102 tel. 800-883-3273 fax: 415-397-4767. Ethnic Bucket Shops Foreign Bucket Shops Courier Flying Round-the-World and Circle-Pacific Tickets