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Surviving Summer: Houston

Surviving Summer: Houston
Recently, PlanetEye Traveler’s own Abbie Mood posted an article in the Budget Travel Guide – 8 Tips for Packing Light.  It got me thinking about what people traveling to Houston might need specifically, especially as the summer months bring on the heat and humidity.  Here are some of my top suggestions for packing your bag for a summer getaway to Houston, TX. Sun Protection Sun protection should be a no-brainer year-round for travelers heading south, but it is particularly important...
May 19th, 2010 | Christina Uticone | Read More | Comments: 2
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Travel Green at Logan Airport

Travel Green at Logan Airport
Flying inherently is not an earth-friendly activity. But if you need to fly, know that Boston’s Logan International Airport is a model for environmentally-friendly airport practices. Over the years, Logan has introduced a large number of innovative projects to reduce its energy use at its facilities. Logan’s HOV (high occupancy vehicle) rate is 30%. Boston’s excellent public transportation system and Logan’s proximity-just 4 miles- from the city encourages visitors and workers...
May 13th, 2010 | Maria Olia | Read More | Comments: 0
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Ryanair to Amsterdam

Ryanair to Amsterdam
Ryanair to Amsterdam is not the whole truth. Ryanair does not fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, the company avoids Europe’s main airports. This is quite understandable because Ryanair is a budget airline and wants to save money wherever it can. That is good for them and good for you. Ryanair flies to Eindhoven, 150 kilometres (93 miles) southeast of Amsterdam. Eindhoven Airport (map) is a lot smaller than Schiphol. Security checks are faster and there is no need to arrive two or more hours prior to departing...
May 10th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 2
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Boston on a Budget:Boston CityPASS

Boston on a Budget:Boston CityPASS
Looking for a cost-effective way to see Boston’s top picks, not-to-be missed ? A CityPASS is a booklet of tickets that provides admission to five of Boston’s top attractions for one low price, including The New England Aquarium , the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Science, the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center and either the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The CityPASS costs just $46 for adults, and...
April 29th, 2010 | Maria Olia | Read More | Comments: 0
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Small Luxuries: Breaking News in Bed

Small Luxuries: Breaking News in Bed
Research Reading the paper in bed is one of those luxuries I can’t even afford myself on the weekend anymore: the dog needs walking, the dishes need washing, and the laundry continues to refuse to fold itself, no matter how much I beg.  So when we take a vacation I want to start each day in bed with a cup of hot coffee, an open laptop, and a pile of papers at my feet.  At check-in I always ask the concierge to send up the local papers in the morning.  If there is no concierge service at...
April 12th, 2010 | Christina Uticone | Read More | Comments: 0
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Vaccination Tips Before Travelling to Argentina

Vaccination Tips Before Travelling to Argentina
If you are taking a trip to Argentina and don’t plan on leaving Buenos Aires, you probably don’t need any special vaccinations. However you may need certain vaccinations if you will be traveling to other parts of Argentina, such as Iguazú Falls or Jujuy and Salta. Below is a brief summary of recommendations offered by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Check the CDC website for complete, up-to-date recommendations and advisories. Another good reference is the brochure...
April 10th, 2010 | Pablo Juan Augustinowicz | Read More | Comments: 0
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India Travel Tips: Taming Auto Rickshaw Drivers

India Travel Tips: Taming Auto Rickshaw Drivers
Unlike Mumbai, New Delhi is known to have auto rickshaw drivers who’ll charge excessive fees. This is especially true if An Auto Rickshaw in New Delhi you are not a resident of Delhi or if you are a foreigner. The Delhi Government has rules and regulations that none of the auto drivers actually follow, well that is if you don’t make them! By law, auto drivers are supposed to go by the fare meter. The chargers are Rs. 10 for the first kilometer and then Rs. 3.50 for every extra kilometer. Here...
April 6th, 2010 | induspride | Read More | Comments: 1
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Tourist Information Booths in Buenos Aires

Tourist Information Booths in Buenos Aires
Like any other cosmopolitan capital of the world, there are many tourist information booths in Buenos Aires where you can get help.  With different locations around the city, these kiosks are staffed with a friendly and bi-lingual crew whose main focus is to help you out with any questions you may have with a smile. Whether you need a street or subte map, or need to find a place to buy tango or theatre tickets, or need to figure out which bus takes you across town, or just need to speak to someone...
April 4th, 2010 | Pablo Juan Augustinowicz | Read More | Comments: 0
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April Weather in Amsterdam

April Weather in Amsterdam
April is a good month to visit Amsterdam. It is still a bit cold but cafes start setting up outside terraces. Expect any type of weather from scudding clouds to hot sunny days. Spring flowers start to bloom and Keukenhof Flower Garden opens its doors. Prices of flights and accommodation are still reasonably low, especially mid-week. Keep your eyes on low-cost airlines, Ryanair, AirBerlin or Easy Jet, although not all arrive and depart from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. April is the start of the tourist...
April 1st, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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New York Subway Goes Dutch

New York Subway Goes Dutch
Do you live in New York but would you rather live in ‘Nieuw Amsterdam’? Hop on the S shuttle train—running between Grand Central and Times Square and get that Dutch feeling. When the train pulls in, you stand in the middle of a bulb field. Red, pink and yellow tulips wave in a gentle breeze. Farmsteads and windmills stand at the far end of the field. While the subway car zips you from Times Square to Grand Central, you feel yourself in Amsterdam for at least a few minutes. Close your eyes...
March 3rd, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Where to Worship During the 2010 Winter Olympics

Where to Worship During the 2010 Winter Olympics
Most of the main Churches in the downtown core of Vancouver will be open from 8 am to 8 pm daily during the 2010 Winter Olympics, with hosts there to greet you.  This ‘open-door’ policy allows visitors to the city a quiet place to go for meditation or worship during this busy, festive time.  Some of the Churches, such as First Baptist Church are offering a place to drop in for coffee too, at their Hobbit House, just around the corner from the Church. Here’s a list of Churches...
February 19th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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A Fun, Fast Way to Get Around to 2010 Live City Free Zones

A Fun, Fast Way to Get Around to 2010 Live City Free Zones
Becaue there are so many road closures int he downtown core, and parking fees are extra high if you do bring your car, the best way to get around during the 2010 Winter Olympics to see the Olympic venues and Free Live city zones, is by public transit. The BC Public Transit Translink authorities have done a remarkable job of organizing the routes for buses, trolleys, Skytrain, Canada Line trains and the Seabus.  Extra vehicles have been put into service, extra help with supervision the stations and...
February 17th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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Carrying the Torch for Canada: 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Carrying the Torch for Canada: 2010 Winter Olympic Games
I was one of those Olympic dissenters, arguing that all the billions of dollars spent on this event could do better spent solving the very dire need of Vancouver’s homeless and low income families.  I firmly do disagree with the corporate greed and dictatorial attitude of VANOC and the IOC regarding these Games. But I have to admit that watching the torch relay on a daily basis since it began in the surf off the West Coast of Vancouver Island at Tofino, travelling all across the breadth of...
February 12th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 1
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Can I Still Buy Tickets to the Games?

Can I Still Buy Tickets to the Games?
Were you unlucky in the Olympic ticket lotto?  Don’t worry, if you don’t care what you see, anything will do to get  you into an event for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, there are still plenty of affordable seats available for late comers. Check with the official Olympic ticket site  for events such as women’s preliminary hockey, some nightly victory celebrations featuring musicians such as Billy Talent and the Stereophonics.  There are also tickets available...
February 11th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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Is There Room at the Inn?

Is There Room at the Inn?
As people from all over the world  head into Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the question is  “Are there still rooms available?” It turns out, there are.  Many of the Metro Vancouver homeowners who wanted to rent their properties to out-of-town visitors have been sadly disappointed.  An abundance of Games accommodation rental options foced the asking prices to be reduce and there are many properties that did not attract Olympic renters. Tourism Vancouver says Games-time...
February 9th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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We’re Ready to Greet the World! 2010 Winter Olympics.

We’re Ready to Greet the World! 2010 Winter Olympics.
The blue and green banners  are up, 6,200 of them flutter from lamp posts all around  town, featuring 36 designs including 24 Olympic and Paralympic sporting events.  Welcome signs in different languages also adorn the lamp posts.  Buildings are draped in Olympic motifs and Canadian flags.  The City Hall shimmers in Ice Light, with LED strips that cascade like waterfalls every time the clock strikes the hour.  Splashed across the wall of Molson’s Kitsilano Brewery at Cornwall and Burrard...
February 7th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 1
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Swiss Winter Vacation without Skis

Swiss Winter Vacation without Skis
The Glacier Express rolled across sparkling carpets of snow. The train swished across viaducts and popped in and out of tunnels. I leaned back in my seat. Around each hairpin turn of the track, another scene from a child’s picture book greeted me. Chiselled mountain peaks, glinting tongues of glaciers and dazzling white sheets of skiing pistes crawled past. Weathered-brown Alpine chalets graced the valleys in a picturesque fasion only the Swiss are capable of. With an average speed of 35 km...
January 24th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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IKEA Ferry Runs Year Round in NYC

IKEA Ferry Runs Year Round in NYC
Want in on a secret on how to get from Wall St. to Brooklyn’s Red Hook in about ten minutes?……for free?  If you’re here during the weekend, then you’re in luck!  Get yourself over to Pier 11 in Manhattan and hop aboard the New York Water Taxi heading over to the IKEA superstore.  Hop Aboard the NYC Water Taxi Two things you should know.  First is that historically, getting to funky Red Hook was an extremely long chore for Manhattanites and Brooklyn residents alike before IKEA...
January 22nd, 2010 | Steve Mirsky | Read More | Comments: 1
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Why are greens and hog jowl on sale in Georgia?

Why are greens and hog jowl on sale in Georgia?
No one knows why exactly, but it is traditional in the South to eat greens and hog jowl on New Year’s Day. And while most readers are wrinkling their noses and muttering “Ewww” — somebody’s eating them, because all the stores have them on sale. There are different versions of whether it has to be collard greens or turnip greens (and most people just cook whatever greens they happen to like.) I had to become a card-carrying grown-up before I learned to like collard greens....
December 31st, 2009 | Linda Erbele | Read More | Comments: 0
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Snow Day In Boston! What to Do and Where to Go

Snow Day In Boston! What to Do and Where to Go
Bostonians stoically tolerate snowy and cold winter weather. And it really is true that less than 6 inches of snowfall is considered  just a “dustin”by native New Englanders.  But if you are not a local and visiting Boston during a major snowstorm, you may need a little guidance. In the case of a  true blizzard or extreme cold weather- as in the mayor declares “a state of emergency”- you really should stay inside until the storm is over.  Especially in winter, your choice...
December 20th, 2009 | Maria Olia | Read More | Comments: 0
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