Category Archives: Northern America

Unforgettable Eco-Resorts in Unusual Travel Destinations

By Dian Hasan | May 28, 2009

banana leaf_coiled_2Al Gore may have made the term “planet in peril” permanently enter our psyche. From driving hybrid cars to recycling and going “green” and organic, it has morphed into our lifestyle. Influencing how we travel as well. These days, we can go on vacation while concurrently reducing our carbon footprint.

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Glam-Camping for the Bling-Bling Crowd

By Dian Hasan | June 4, 2009

Amanwana_Moyo Island_1Alvin Toffler, author of Future Trends, once mentioned “High-Tech, High-Touch”: the more high-tech a society becomes, the more people yearn to socialize, interact with each other and the environment. In the internet era, this theory is aptly proven by the proliferation of social media networks, and the birth of super fine niche-markets. Travel and Hospitality industry are not spared, continuing to evolve and innovate to meet new travel and accommodation demands from increasingly specific niche markets. If your memories of camping in the woods as a child never left you, now you can re-live the experience, albeit in very different ambience. From eco-chic to luxe-to-the-max under-the-canvas Tents!

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Make Way For Segway… Glide-by Travel

By Dian Hasan | June 4, 2009

OC 2A few years back, Segway was launched with much fanfare, hailed as the breakthrough personal transportation mode that would revolutionize the way we move about. And give all other mode of transport a run for their money. An entirely different scenario unfolded, included the creator’s company on the verge of folding… however, along the way Segway was discovered by an entirely different market – the Traveler. The following are cities where you’ll find Segway as an interesting alternative of sightseeing while gliding by. Segway is still a head-turner and looks alien, but it’s definitely being put to good use. The best thing of all: zero emission, and no carbon footprint!

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World’s Most Unforgettable Hot-Air Balloon Rides

By Dian Hasan | May 28, 2009

s_hot_air_balloon13_www.freedigitalphotos.netVery few travel experiences can match a ride in a hot-air balloon. Soaring just high enough to cherish the majestic vistas below. It’s the perfect way to understand why a bird’s eye view is the best vantage point. And travelers can enjoy the same adventure around the world. Here’s a look at some of the most unforgettable hot-air balloon rides out there.

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Can you spot the cow that jumped over the moon?

By Dian Hasan | May 27, 2009

It’s amazing what people do for fun. As shown in this video. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they all play the “let’s-see-who-can-defy-gravity-faster” game. Try to spot the cow and see whether it actually jumped over the moon. Enjoy!

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WORLD’S TOP 10 MOST ROMANTIC CITIES

By Dian Hasan | May 26, 2009

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Prague: The City of 100 Spires

One of the most romantic cities in the world, with its ancient spires and cobbled streets, Prague is a lovers’ city.

20060719104709990001_www.travel.aol.co.ukSeville: The jewel in Andalucia’s crown

This beautiful Spanish city and her  fine Moorish architecture has become a firm favorite with couples.

20060719105109990001_www.travel.aol.co.ukVenice: The City of Canals

Famous for her canals and romantic serenades on gondolas, Venice is the epitome of romance. 

20060720055409990001.496cc737-0024a-0605f-cdbc8767_www.travel.aol.co.uk.Rome: The Eternal City

From the Tiber River to the impressive Colosseum, there is surely none more romantic than the ancient city of Rome.

20060714101709990001.496ccc2a-000a0-0605f-cdbc8767_www.travel.aol.co.uk.Paris: The City of Light

Stylish, sensual and sizzling with energy, it’s no surprise that Paris has topped every list ever compiled for romantic cities.

20060719103709990001_www.travel.aol.co.uk.Florence: The Renaissance Stunner

An art lover’s paradise amid a magical setting, Florence has all the ingredients for some serious city loving.

20060714102209990001.496cc9be-0010c-0605f-cdbc8767_www.travel.aol.co.uk.Lisbon: Picturesque City by the Tagus

With horse-drawn carriages, cobbled streets and breathtaking scenery, Lisbon is a great choice for lovers.

20060714102309990001.496cd118-00017-0605f-cdbc8767_www.travel.aol.co.uk.New York: The Big Apple

NYC is one of the ultimate destinations for a romantic break. From Tiffany’s to the Empire State Building, the choice is yours.

20090109105409990001_www.travel.aol.co.uk.Barcelona: Sparkling Catalan Gem

From stunning architecture to romantic candlelit dinners on Las Ramblas, Barcelona is made for romance.

20060720055209990001.45111cd3-0014c-03134-400cb8e1_www.travel.aol.co.uk.Edinburgh: Scottish Beauty

Edinburgh Castle provides an impressive backdrop to a vibrant city that’s jam packed with romantic retreats.

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TOP LUXURY ECO-RESORTS ACROSS THE WORLD

luxury-eco-resorts-03-g_www.forbestraveler.com_Savute Under Canvas, BotswanaWhere to go green in style

green is not a new concept in the world of travel. For decades, resorts like Maho Bay in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Turtle Island in Fiji have demonstrated that eco-awareness and sustainability can coexist with tourism. But in the past five years, the “eco” buzz has been amplified within the travel industry—and throughout popular culture as well.

“Being green has entered every part of many people’s lives, including travel,” says David Krantz, a coordinator with the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development in Washington D.C. “Americans take their impact more seriously than ever before.” The result? Resort owners and developers around the world have tapped into the eco trend. Resorts such as the Black Rock Lodge in Belize and Ranweli Holiday Village in Sri Lanka are catering to the new ecotourism ethos through environmental conservation, light-on-the-land building techniques and the embracing of local culture at resorts. Sure to redefine eco architecture when it breaks ground in 2008, Star Island in the Bahamas is a private island resort being developed in a fully sustainable way using innovative technology and standards.

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