The best countries for food Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is the highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. Here are 11 countries (in no particular order) that your taste buds will thank you for visiting. 1. Image by jaaron Standing at the crossroads of India, China and Oceania, Thai cuisine is like a best-of of all three’s techniques and ingredients. 2. Image by Klearchos Kapoutsis From olives to octopus, the true taste of Greece depends on fresh, unadulterated staples. 3. From back-alley dumpling shops to four-star banquet halls, China has one of the world’s finest palates. 4. Image by Sunfox From cheese and champagne to snails and baguettes, the French are famous for their foodstuffs. 5. Image by scaredy_kat 6. Image by chargrillkiller Would you like some magic-realism with that enchilada? 7. 8. 9.
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moneyfortherestofus This is the second post (part b) of the series Tips for Cheap Travel. You can follow along in these posts by subscribing to the feed when the site's back up. Thanks for your patience and understanding. You can also navigate the site and see other related posts by choosing Travel under Categories. Wouldn't it be nice to just go to one website or call just one phone number and find the cheapest plane ticket? If you have Fixed Dates and a Fixed Place: (i.e. you want to go to Boston from Washington DC on July 3rd to July 10th) When you have fixed dates and a fixed destination the best option is to use Aggregators. * Kayak * Sidestep * Farechase * Mobissimo It doesn't hurt to also try a few traditional online travel agencies including: Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity. If you have Flexible Dates: (i.e. you can go anytime in July or you can leave within 1-3 days of a particular date) 1. 2. 3. 4.
Gadling Get Paid to Travel the World - Travel Writing Tips Travel Writing — By Lost Girls on January 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm Be sure to check out our new Pitching 101 Series, including interviews with: BootsnAll editor, Katie HammelNew York Times’ deputy travel editor, Monica DrakeThe Expeditioner’s founder and editor-in-chief, Matt StabileGalavanting‘s managing editor, Joseph HernandezTravel Belles’ publisher and editor, Margo MillureGo NOMAD‘s general edit Max HartshorneTravel Agent senior editor Joe PikeTravelingMom‘s editor Cindy RichardsRecommend‘s managing editor Paloma Villaverde de Rico Want to get paid to travel? If you’re interested in sharing your travel experiences, there are several travel websites that accept pitches from freelance writers. Here are a few of them, and what they pay per word or post. Travel Websites That Pay for Freelance Articles and Posts Travel Belles $10 per post. Travel sites that accept submissions for experience, rather than a payment Some ideas and rates courtesy of Matador.com, JoAnna Haugen
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Wanderfly | Error Top 10: Things To Do in Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul is one of the most dynamic, beautiful and exciting cities in the world. You could easily spend weeks there and still not see everything. Located on both sides of the Bosporus Straight (which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara), the city of Istanbul is split across two continents—Europe and Asia. Known by many names over the centuries—Byzantium, Constantinople, and since 1930, Istanbul—this intoxicating city offers a multitude of cultural, religious, and historic sights. 1) Visit Topkapı Palace Strategically perched on a hill overlooking the Bosporus and Sea of Marmara, Topkapı Palace was constructed between 1466 and 1478 for Sultan Mehmet II and served as the residence for the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Hagia Sophia 2) Visit the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) No visit to Istanbul would be complete without seeing the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia. Click <a href=" 3) Cruise along the Bosporus Blue Mosque Whirling Dervishes
The Best Travel Stories on the Internet - Travel Writing - World Hum 9 Places Where You Can Retire and Live Like a King | MintLife Blog |... Retiring to Boca Raton might might appeal to some aging Baby Boomers, but what about those planning to retire early – due to sound investments, for instance – or, those who are looking for a little post-career adventure? Whatever your age, retirement should be an opportunity to do all the things that you always wanted to do, but were too busy to try. Perhaps you’ll pursue a neglected hobby or even launch another business but this time from a more exotic locale. From changes in scenery to endless recreation, business tax breaks to huge exchange rate benefits, a number of international locations are well-worth consideration as retirement destinations. For those not yet looking to retire, they make good vacation getaways as well: Cuenca, Ecuador (Rinaldo W.) Named the best place in the world to retire by International Living, Cuenca, Ecuador has it all for the modern retiree. Coronado, Panama (Dreamcious) Panama offers a quaint retirement haven for your golden years. San José, Costa Rica
How to Buy a Round-the-World Plane Ticket (That Kicks Ass) (Photo: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center) Chris Guillebeau travels the world and writes for a small army of remarkable people at The Art of Non-Conformity blog. Enter Chris… To outsiders, buying a Round-the-World plane ticket is a mysterious process. Over the past three years I’ve spent at least 60 hours, probably more by now, learning the ins and outs of Round-the-World travel. The Time Investment Planning and shopping for a Round-the-World (RTW) ticket is a labor-intensive process. Also, before you can actually buy a Round-the-World ticket, you need to be willing to do all these things: Those are the minimum “time costs” for getting a Round-the-World trip set up well. Good Reasons to Use Round-the-World Tickets If you’re willing and able to invest your time, the benefits you’ll receive from using these kinds of tickets are significant. – Tremendous Value. What to Do First Star Alliance Mileage CalculatorOneWorld Timetable and Itinerary Planner Star Alliance versus OneWorld Geographic Advantage
Plnnr - plan the perfect trip, automatically! - StumbleUpon www.lhw.com from lhw.com "I want to go to there" & KRISATOMIC Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany by Luiz Pires There are so many places I want to see, I’ve been browsing and bookmarking and basically putting together travel porn (oh dear, that phrase isn’t going to be good for my blog search results is it). I’m going to Nice in may and maybe Davos in the summer, so that should satisfy me for the year. If I had unlimited funds I’d do a leisurely Trans Siberian Railway route through Russia and then travel around China and Japan. St. Hanoi, Vietnam by Larpoon. Iceland by orvaratli. Prague, Czech Republic by Adam Gut. Crystal River Mill, Colorado, USA by Rob Lee. North Coyote Buttes near the Utah and Arizona border, USA by coulombic. Varanasi, India by Larpoon. Dalat, Vietnam by Larpoon. Oia in Santorini, Greece by marcelgermain. Brennisteinsalda volcano in Iceland by ystenes. Honningsvåg, Norway by richard mcmanus. Fribourg, Switzerland by Adam Gut. Erg Chebbi sand dunes, Morocco by mikemellinger. The Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland by letsgetjetset.