Travel Alert: Win a Trip to the Bahamas from Ore-Ida

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The folks over at Ore-Ida are offering up the chance to win a trip to the Bahamas.

Here are the prize details:

Grand Prize (1): A 6-day/5-night trip for four to Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas, including round-trip coach class air transportation for four (4) from the major airport nearest the winner’s home city to Nassau, Bahamas, ground transfers to/from airport/hotel, five (5) nights’ Royal Tower harbor-view accommodations at the Atlantis Paradise Island (based on quad occupancy), daily breakfast and dinner and $1,000 spending money, awarded as a check. (ARV: $11,500). Actual value depends on location of winner and dates of travel.

Sounds like a wonderful chance to go someplace warm this winter.

This sweepstakes is open to  legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who, as of the date of entry, are 18 years of age or older.

Limit: There is a limit of one entry per person/email address, per day.

Deadline: You must enter by January 15th, 2014.



Video: Man Travels to Every Country in the World Without Flying

What an amazing journey!


Air Travel: Stunning Footage of Take-offs and Landings at Las Vegas International Airport

UltraHD 4K airplane landings and takeoffs at las vegas airport. Shot with Red Epic using timelapse, slowmotion, interval settings, 800 and 600 mm canon zoom lenses. Created by the Educational Technology at Utah Valley University.

Some very stunning images!

Travel Alert: Win a Trip for Two to Rio de Janeiro Brazil


The Travel Channel is offering up the chance to win a trip to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Here are the prize details:

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A trip for two (2) to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil consisting of the following: (i) round-trip, coach-class airfare for Grand Prize Winner and guest between the major continental U.S. airport nearest Grand Prize Winner’s residence and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (aiports determined by Main Sponsor in its sole discretion); (ii) six (6) days, five (5) nights first class hotel accommodations (one double occupancy room, room rate and tax only); (iii) half-Day Biking Tour for two (2) through Ipanema Beach and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon; (iv) cog train ride for two (2) through the Tijuca Rain Forest to Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain; (v) $500 cash for Grand Prize Winner; (vi) round trip airport transfers to/from hotel in Rio De Janeiro and (vii) all taxes related to accommodations and airfare. The trip must be completed by June 30, 2014, or Grand Prize Winner forfeits the Grand Prize in its entirety.

Sounds Amazing!

This sweepstakes is open to only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least twenty-one (21) years old at the time of entry.

Limit: Each participant is eligible to receive up to two (2) Sweepstakes entries per day during the Promotion Period.

You have until June 30th, 2013 to enter – so enter soon!



Article: World’s Greatest Bookshops

Bookshops are a traveller’s best friend: they provide convenient shelter and diversion in bad weather, they’re a reliable source of maps, notebooks, and travel guides, they often host readings and other cultural events, and if you raced through your lone paperback on the first leg of your trip, the bookshop is the place to go for literary replenishment. Taken from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011, here are our picks for the best spots to browse, buy, hang out, find sanctuary among the shelves, rave about your favourite writers and meet book-loving characters.

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Top 5 Attractions in Florida, USA


Florida is one of our favorite stops when we travel. There’s so much to see and do, we really like the city of Orlando which has been tailor made for tourists.

Here’s our rundown of our favorite places to go in Florida.

Walt Disney World

No trip to Florida is complete without a trip to Disney World, the grandaddy of all amusement parks. There’s so much to see and do it’s just not possible to list it here. My favorite stop is the British village in Epcot as well as some of the most famous rides.  Always plan ahead when looking for tickets to Disneyworld Florida.

Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios is so much fun, it almost needs its own trip to fully enjoy it. Our favorite stop is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We’re huge Harry Potter fans and this is a must visit for any fan of Rowling’s works.

Seaworld Orlando

We love the ocean and all the animals that live within it so Seaworld is definitely one of our favorite attractions in Florida. We love the live animal shows and the focus they have on conservation of the oceans.

Kennedy Space Center

We’re huge Space nuts, so the Kennedy Space Center has been our most favorite place we’ve ever visited. Don’t just visit the visitor’s centre, be sure to take a guided tour of Cape Canaveral, where you can see all the spaceship launchpads and the Apollo Museum. It’s an amazing experience.

Key West

I’m a huge Earnest Hemingway nut, so this is definitely on the list of places we want to go next. All of Key West oozes Hemingway, where you can visit his house (and his 6 toed cats that still live there). You can even go deep sea fishing, just like he did.

What’d your favorite attraction in Florida? Let us know in the comments!


Map: Vintage Map of Air Routes in 1920


I love looking at this old map of global air routes from the 1920′s! Click the image to view a larger version.

Voyage Alert: Win a Trip to South Africa


The folks over at the Travel Channel are offering up a wonderful contest with a chance to win a free trip to beautiful South Africa.

Here are the prize details:

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A trip for two (2) to Cape Town, South Africa consisting of the following: (i) round-trip, coach-class airfare from the major continental U.S. airport closest to winner’s home, as determined by Main Sponsor, to Cape Town, South Africa; (ii) six (6) days, five (5) nights first class hotel accommodations; (iii) full day Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari Tour; (iv) full day Stellenbosch Wine Tour (alcohol not included); (v) a drive down the Atlantic coast and Cape Point to visit Hout Bay, the navy base in Simons Town and seeing the penguins at Boulders beach; (vi) round trip airport transfers in Cape Town and (vii) all taxes related to accommodations and airfare..

Sounds like a great prize and a wonderful opportunity to explore the Rainbow Nation.

The sweepstakes is open to only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least twenty-one (21) years old at the time of entry.

You have until January 31st, 2013 to enter to enter soon!


Africa: Safe and Savvy Travel in Morrocco



Photo by Gret@Lorenz

Morocco is a relatively safe and progressive country to travel in, and solo travellers need not worry about visiting this exciting and exotic country. Being so close to the UK, it’s a very popular destination for those who want to defrost during the chill of winter. Before you leave however there are a few useful tips you should take on board that will make travelling around easier.

Cash is king

Remember to carry a range of denominations (including small change) wherever you go, as shopkeepers cannot always change large bills for small purchases. You need to pay to use the public squat toilets, and tipping is expected. You can often use British Pounds, US Dollars or Euros, but ensure that they are in mint condition or they may not be accepted.

Don’t wait for a Grand Taxi

These vehicles generally wait at a taxi stand until they’ve collected six passengers, and they are often the only option available for travelling between towns. If you value personal space and time efficiency, factor in paying for another seat’s fare. Another tip for taxis is to insist either on having the meter on or on agreeing a fare before the start of the journey (meters are required by law to be on)

Stay Safe

Women travelling alone in Morocco should be careful to dress in a culturally sensitive way, attempt to arrive in new places during daylight hours and ensure that taxi drivers take you to the hotel you are planning on staying at (and not a friend’s, brother’s or uncle’s). A wedding ring and carrying a photo of a “husband” (even if it’s not) might be a deterrent to a persistent prince charming.

Beware the tourist trap!

In heavily touristy areas, people will be overly friendly in order to get money out of you – they will go out of their way to with you to direct you, but will expect money. Be savvy and carry only a small amount of money in your wallet (you might want to keep more in a safe place, like a hidden travel wallet. Never read maps in public, and consider getting a smartphone so that you don’t have to ask for directions (SIM cards are available at the airport). A creative alternative is to get some clothes that will help you blend in with the locals a bit more – be inconspicuous and it will go miles towards avoiding trouble.

Morocco is a great place to travel and its outgoing people are part of its charm. Just make sure you are clued up to potential pitfalls and you will be fine.

Vivienne Egan is a travel blogger who writes for

Africa: The Big Five Game Animals in Africa

“Game” might be something you play with your friends – perhaps around a table with tea and biscuits – but when in Africa, “game” means one thing: animals. When travelling on safari, game drives form the central activity of most of your days. Most travellers hope to catch the “Big Five” game animals – so-called as they were originally considered the five most dangerous animals to hunt. These days, keen safari travellers are happy just to catch a glimpse in the wild. All can be found in South Africa, making it a popular place to go to ‘collect the set’, as it were. Here are a few curious facts about the Big Five:



African buffalo are notable for altruistic behaviour, such as sticking together when chased by predators, with the calves in the middle of the group. A buffalo herd will respond to the distress call of a captured member and try to rescue it. Females also appear to exhibit a fascinating style of “voting behaviour”: while they’re resting, the females will stand up, shuffle around, and sit back down again, facing the direction they think the group should move. They travel in the direction of the majority after about an hour or so of shuffling.



This big cat is indeed related to your tabby, but it’s the tallest (at the shoulder) of all living cats, averaging about 14 cm (5.5 in) taller than the tiger, and the adult male sports a mane – unique among cats, and one of the most distinctive characteristics of the species. Also unique to the lion is its tufted tail.

African Elephant


The African elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal, weighing up to four tons. Unable to jump, the elephant is however able to cover short distances at considerable speed (up to 25 mph or 40 km per hour). Elephants are amongst the most intelligent species on the planet, and have complex forms of communication.


Black rhino, Ol Pejeta, Laikipia

There are two species of rhinoceros – white and black – though the colour pertains to their lips, rather than skin, which ranges from pale grey to brown. They typically keep to themselves, with the exception of coming together to mate, though mothers and calves will sometimes gather in small groups for short periods of time.



The leopard thrives in many habitats from rainforests to deserts and is a stealthy hunter. Running at speeds approaching 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph), it has an unmatched ability to climb trees, even weighed down by a heavy kill. An opportunist, the leopard will eat any animal that it can hunt down and catch.

All of these animals have been subject to hunting and habitat reduction for generations; some almost to extinction. For example, during most of the 20th century the continental black rhino was the most numerous of all rhino species. In 1900 there were probably several hundred thousand in Africa, but numbers were drastically reduced to the point where 2,410 black rhinos remained in 2004, and numbers are slowly recovering. Tourists can support the efforts of conservationists by not buying products that come from the ‘big game’ animals, such as ivory and fur, and supporting animal and habitat protection charities.


The best place in Africa to see the Big Five in a short period of time are the private reserves bordering the Kruger National Park, especially Sabi Sands and Timbavati. Lion, elephant and buffalo are widespread and usually fairly easy to see (though not always the lion). Leopard is very widespread but always difficult to find. Rhino are not widespread and very much found in particular game reserves across East and Southern Africa. Some other places where you can see the big five include the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Lewa Conservancy, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Meru National Park in Kenya, The Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Vivienne Egan writes for African safari specialists Safari Consultants.