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  • HARD ROCK HOTEL PALM SPRINGS C HARD ROCK HOTEL PALM SPRINGS CANCELS “CONFIRMED” ROOM RESERVATIONS

    • From: gregaveryt
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      I booked a reservation online for the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs October 27th, 2013. My reservations were for April 10th-14th, 2014. This is the weekend of the Coachella Music Festival where over 85,000 people flood the area and rooms become difficult to find – which I why I booked it half a year in advance for a rate of 294.75 a night. 50 days before the booking, I received a letter in the mail saying my rooms were cancelled due to a “technical error.” After speaking with some of the front desk employees, I was given several excuses for the cancellation including a “corporate buy-out  that was not open to the public.” Interesting that on the Coachella webiste they were offering rooms for the Hard Rock for much higher prices during the same dates. Rooms are now difficult to find, and the rates have increased by almost 300% in several cases. Hard Rock refuses to acknowledge my confirmations or resolve the matter. I firmly believe Hard Rock cancelled my room to sell to other parties for a higher rate.  Understand that if you have plane tickets booked, and reservations made, you may not have a room waiting for you at the Hard Rock Palm Springs.  The General Manager, Hector, still hasn’t returned my call and is ignoring the situation.

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  • Dazzling Dubai: Wonderful attr Dazzling Dubai: Wonderful attractions in Dubai

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      Dubai with time has gained a wonderful reputation is and is really known for being larger than life. There are number of attractions that make the tourists stick around this fantastic place, various shopping malls, amazing luxury desert resorts, water parks and a lot more makes Dubai an extremely superlative tourist spot. This is one of the major places that are considered to be immensely astounding holiday destination.

      If you are planning a holiday at one of the coolest locations, then you can book your flights to Dubai without giving any second thoughts, staying here for a few days in order to enjoy the charisma of this city is not a bad option.The Mall of Emirates

      Dubai no doubt is well known for its startling malls; however, The Mall of Emirates which is also known as home to the indoor ski slope was recently surpassed as the Middle East’s largest mall.

      The beaches in Dubai are the best places if you are looking forward to relaxation make yourself comfortable under a palm tree and relax.

      This is just one side of Dubai, if you wish to experience the other side of it, then it is advisable for you to visit Batskiya quarter or, some of the great traditional villages that are further out of town.

      Climate:

      As Dubai, is a deserted location, it is of no doubts that the climate out here will be hot and sunny which makes it quite roasting. During summers, there’s an 11 hours of sunshine during the day time and the temperature is generally above 37 degrees, at times it even reaches up to 40, such days are known to be the hottest days in Dubai. However, in the evening the temperature drops down to somewhere close to 20 degrees, but you cannot expect the humidity to vanish away, it still exists in the air which makes the atmosphere really uncomfortable. The temperature gets a little milder between December and March, during the day temperature falls in the range from 20s to 30s, in the evening the atmosphere gets a lot cooler as the temperature gets close to the teens. Rainy season in Dubai is really limited; you can expect the rainfall from January to March.

      Certain obvious reasons and attractions in Dubai make it a fantastic place for vacations, however, everyone needs to know about the best time to visit Dubai, and after all, nobody wants to spoil the fun of being there.  

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  • Fire In The Sky Fire In The Sky

    • From: Kruzer57
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      The sunset from Coronado Beach (San Diego Harbor) looking over to Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. This is just a block down the beach from the famous Hotel Coronado.

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  • Get your motor running: 5 grea Get your motor running: 5 great motorcycle trips

    • From: Emmsey90
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      Produced by writer, blogger and journalist Matthew Crist in association with road traffic solicitor Motor Defence Lawyers.

       It’s something that most four wheeled motorists may not understand.

      But the thrill of riding some of the most bike friendly roads in the world, just you and your “steel horse” for company, is one of the greatest experiences known to man, woman or beast.

      If the bypass on the way to work, or an evening jaunt on the expressway, just aren’t doing it for you – here are five of the most spectacular and thrilling routes available for the ultimate thrill seeker.

      Snowdonia National Park

      Starting in Shropshire on the border between England and Wales, you will ride north on a route dotted with splendid views and fascinating history. After a slow, twisty start, this route runs through a predominantly rural area with stunning scenery on all sides. On a clear day you’ll glimpse views of the magnificent Mount Snowdon, as well as its surrounding peaks.

      The area is dotted with Edward I's still imposing castles, such as Harlech and Caernarfon, the latter of which is a world heritage site. You can even get the Snowdonia Mountain Railway to the top if you’re feeling the strain after the twists and turns of the A5.

      Pacific Coast Highway, USA

      This is one of the most famous road trips going and presents beaches, cliffs, redwood forests, sleepy seaside towns and world-class dining along this snaking and undulating road that can provide thrilling sport riding and more relaxed cruising.

      As one of the best known routes in the world, expect to see plenty of other riders out there, as well as getting caught behind the usual caravans and mobile homes.

      Ceuta to Marrakesh, North Africa

      Bikers on this route venture along an exotic corridor of ancient citadels, bazaars and desert landscapes. After rolling off the ferry at Ceuta, riders travel through the wild Rif Mountains to Fez then climb the, sometimes snow-capped Atlas Mountains, to hit the Sahara at Erfoud.

      Meandering west through the Todra Gorge, the route passes palm groves and the imperial city of Marrakesh and all this historic venue has to offer. Bikers attempting to complete the loop would do well to remember it’s another 200 miles back to Ceuta via Casablanca – but well worth the trip.

      Trollstigen, Norway

      Trollstigen is a mountain road in Rauma, part of the route connecting Soggeberget and Valldal. It has an incredibly steep incline of 9% and no fewer than eleven hairpin bends, all up a steep mountain side. The road was opened on July 31, 1936, by King Haakon VII after 8 years of construction. The road up is narrow with many sharp hairpins, and although it has been widened in recent years, vehicles over 12.4 metres long are prohibited from driving the road – making it perfect for motorbike riders.

      Umbrailpass, Italy

      The Umbrail Pass, on the Swiss-Italian border, connects Santa Maria in Val Müstair with Bormio in the Adda valley. The Passo dell'Umbrail ascent is 13 km in length, which climbs over 1,000 meters. On the Italian side, it connects to the main highway, which connects the Stelvio Pass.

      Snow capped mountains. Lush green hills and incredibly clean Alpine air. It’s all here for the rider to take in on this epic journey, with plenty of places to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery. With such a steep climb, look on the Brightside - it’s all downhill once you reach the summit. 

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  • BIKING TO BENG MEALEA: HOW TO BIKING TO BENG MEALEA: HOW TO SEE MORE OF RURAL CAMBODIA

    • From: activetravelasia
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      Written by Backpacker Becki

      It took me over six hours to cycle to the jungle ravaged temple of Beng Mealea – a journey that would normally take an hour by public transport. Call me crazy, but there is something so wonderful about biking through the Cambodian countryside and avoiding the main, paved high-way routes.
      My new-found love of cycling evolved once I had moved to Siem Reap, where I bought a bike as a means to ferry myself to and from work. But then I soon realised… in Cambodia a bike is your ticket to endless exploration.
      This is when I started craving more of an adventure.My 20 minute bouts of exercise to and from work presented me with the same scenery and my random bike rides were becoming limited.
      From simple countryside outings and the Angkor Wat temple circuit to tours that last days and which get you out of the city, there is something to suit everyone, whether solo or as a family. They seem a little pricey but the cost includes the bike hire, water, some food and temple entry. Sometimes paying a small price is worth not losing your head when you are lost in the middle of nowhere with limited or no Khmer language skills!
      Out of all the day trips, I booked the one which looked most challenging and which would take me to a temple I had not yet visited – the 75km ride to Beng Mealea. Crazy is fun, right?
      I was informed that the tour would be last approximately nine hours (from 7am – 4am). I assumed this to be a few hours of bike riding, a break for lunch and the temple visit, and then a few hours to get back. Instead we set out on a ride that would take us directly to Beng Mealea around 2pm where we would later get a tuk tuk home. It was MUCH further than I thought, but with a brand new mountain bike in my possession for the day, I was ready for the challenge.
      With a mixture of awe and agony, it was an awesome day. When using public transport to get to Beng Mealea you use a lot of main roads and pass through a village area on the approach to the temple. But when biking, you quickly turn off the first main road and begin a six hour off-the-beaten-track journey that takes you through some of the most stunning Cambodian countryside; where fisherman and ox cart farmers line the green, watery flatlands and where orange dirt tracks and luscious palm trees guide the way.
      I’ve seen a whole heap of Cambodian countryside, and I spent a lot of time at work out in a local village, but this remains one of my best and most beautiful experiences yet of rural life. So much so I had to constantly stop just to take it all in and take some photos. My guide was patient and provided good insight, and for the entire journey (bar five minutes near the start) not one other tourist was in sight. Just me, my Khmer guide and the beautiful local people who waved and high-fived us throughout the journey.
      I won’t lie, at times it was tough. I got tired and felt irritable. I had to pull over near the end just to down a bottle of water and a packet of crisps just to regain a little energy! I wondered why I put myself up for a Tour De Siem Reap after spending no more than an hour on my shitty Mary Poppins style bike!
      But I did it. With a bike, you are the master of your own journey. You can choose when to slow down. You can choose when to stop and take hold of the scene in front of you. A tuk tuk or a car wouldn’t afford you with such an opportunity.
      And the temple? Well, that was truly magnificent. It’s only been open to the public in the last few years so it’s not too ’touristy’ and ruined. Yet.
      Not content with his awesome biking skills, my guide took me through a route of the temple where no one else could be found, where we climbed over toppled stones, wandered through lost corridors and swung on the branches that have weaved their way through and taken over the temple structure. We found peace at the end of a long and arduous day.
      Even if you are not a regular bike rider, try a long haul biking adventure. See a different side of Cambodia. Go see a temple you might have thought was too far out of reach. And my one piece of advice apart from drinking lots of water and taking things at your own pace? Don’t wear a white top for your mountain bike outing. It will only come back orange.

      Recommend Cycling Angkor Temples by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA:

      Highlights: 

       

      • Beautiful cycling roads
      • Impressive Angkor temples
      • Boat trip on Tonle Sap
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  • Five Reasons to Visit Vietnam Five Reasons to Visit Vietnam

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      Written by Ellie

       

      Having spent some time travelling in Thailand, I’m eager to visit more of south-east Asia, and visiting Vietnam is next on my list!

       

      After researching the country and jealously listening to recommendations given by other travellers, I’ve come up with a list of my top reasons why I want to travel to Vietnam.
      1. Delicious Food

      Despite the huge focus on other Asian cuisines such as Thai, Chinese and Indian food, I’ve heard great things about Vietnamese food and some of the dishes sound divine. Vietnamese food is also considered as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world which is always a plus!
      Many Vietnamese recipes include fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, ginger, lime and basil which all contribute distinct flavours to a recipe. Some dishes I’ve been recommended are Cha ca Thang Long which is fish marinated in turmeric topped with dill, Phở, a herby noodle soup served with either beef or chicken and the strange-sounding elephant ear fish, which is crispy, salted and served with herbs and vegetables. They all sound delicious and I plan on trying as many as possible on my Vietnam trip!

       


      2. Halong Bay

      No Vietnam travel experience is complete without a visit to the stunning Halong Bay, and winding round the limestone islands and visiting the ancient caves sounds like something special.
      I’ve heard the sunsets and sunrises are incredible to watch so it would be amazing to see these – I'm planning to stay overnight on one of the traditional Halong Bay junk boats so hopefully it will be easy enough to see both.

      Halong Bay
      3. Tropical Beaches

      Again, it seems that Vietnamese beaches are underrated with more focus given to the famous Thai beaches. I'd take advantage of this by spending some time on the deserted white sands before other tourists catch on...
      With white sands, towering palm trees and aqua blue waters some of the Vietnamese beaches such as this one on the tropical paradise island of Phu Quoc  below looks heavenly. Perfect for catching some rays and lounging with a cold beer...

       Tropical Vietnam Beaches
      4. Atmospheric Cities

      Vietnam is home to cities full of character and there are several that I would love to visit. Hanoi, the lively capital is full of classic Vietnamese architecture, food and things to do, such as visiting the preserved body of the former president Ho Chin Minh – something a bit different!
      Not forgetting the smaller city of Hoi An where you can wonder round the narrow streets, lounge on the city’s nearby beaches or shop in Hoi An’s world-famous Vietnamese tailors.
      Lastly Ho Chi Minh City (the largest in Vietnam) is packed with museums, shops, bars and restaurants so there is plenty to do!


       Bustling Hanoi
      5. Local People

      Finally, the people of a country can really complete your experience and I’ve only heard great things about the people of Vietnam – that they love to smile and are friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know the travellers that visit their country.
      I hope to meet them as soon as I can so I’d better get saving!
      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like recommend Kayaking Halong Bay 3 days tour.
      This tour offers you a great chance to discover Halong Bay, the wonderland of karst topography with 3,000 limestone and dolomite islets sprinkled over an area of 1,500 square km. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. As with our other kayak tours, this tour offers flexibility in activity levels while still combining the best of sea kayaking. Designed with this in mind it is a good tour for both novice and experienced kayaker alike with a little more time to spare.
      Highlights:
      • Amazing limestone formations
      • Inclusive junk for overnight
      • Beautiful and different kayaking route
      • Support boat all the time
      • All meals included
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  • Belize - Caye Caulker Belize - Caye Caulker

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  • Belize - Caye Caulker pier Belize - Caye Caulker pier

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  • Belize - Ambrigris Caye - on t Belize - Ambrigris Caye - on the beach

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  • Belize - Ambrigris Caye - San Belize - Ambrigris Caye - San Pedro beach

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  • Sightseeing places in Dubai fo Sightseeing places in Dubai for children- 7 attractions your kids would love

    • From: manyasingh
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      Dubai is a place where both adults and kids can have fun! It is one of the best holiday destinations in the world and one that has been invented almost entirely by man. From the Palm Island Beach to the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) to Burj Al Arab (the only 7-star hotel in the world) - all the major Dubai attractions are manmade. And there is a lot in store for children too!

      So, here are the top places to visit in Dubai for children:

      Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates: Mall of the Emirates is one of the most famous shopping complexes in the city. Its biggest claim to fame is the Indoor skiing facility where your children can indulge in snow-fights or learn skiing or snowboarding! These are real snow, so you must laud the arrangements! Oh ya, it will be slightly expensive but worth the money!

      Wild Wadi Park: Wild Wadi Park is a water park which is located by the Jumeirah Beach. It is an all-fun place with some daring rides and slides. While the kids certainly would love this place, even their parents will have a memorable outing.

      Children’s City: If your kids are aged between two and fifteen, then make sure to take them to Children’s City. Apart from offering entertainment, this place will also educate the kids since there are attractions and exhibits themed on science, anatomy, nature and astronomy!

      Wonderland: Wonderland is another top amusement park where families can have a splash! Situated beside the Dubai Creek Park, its water slides and dry rides would make your kids extremely happy.

      Desert safari: If you are looking for some really unique places to visit in Dubai, then you can also head for a desert safari! Board a camel and sail through the arid lands of infinite sand! It would be an experience which your kids won’t forget in a rush.

      Dubai Museum: We personally feel that fathers should take their kids to museums! A trip to historic museums can open their mind to new horizons and also entertain them. Dubai Museum is home to a number of artifacts, tools and weapons from the past. It could enlighten your children with the local culture and history.

      Others: Some of the other attractions for kids are Dolphinarium (where dolphins rule), Dubailand, Encounter Zone and Magic Planet. 

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  • Belize Beauty Belize Beauty

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      San Pedro, Belize. Peaceful look at the ocean.
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  • Looking West Looking West

    • From: modelmeemaw
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      Long Key Florida, Long Key Townhouse Condos. Looking west from the boat dock.

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  • Florida Keys Paradise Florida Keys Paradise

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      View from the dock at the Long Keys Townhouse condos, Florida Keys

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  • walking home walking home

    • From: jeffh
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      This is a typical small road in a neighborhood in Manuel Antonio.  It was so picturesque to see the many tropical flowers, palm trees in front of each house, and the interesting architecture of some of the houses.  And often you would be treated to the antics of a group of chickens on the side of the road, and hear roosters in the distance.  We walked the mile or so from our rented house to a small pizza place, and was glad we did.

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  • Room With a View Room With a View

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      sunset, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, palm trees, nature

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  • Saturday Night Sunset Saturday Night Sunset

    • From: Vonelle Viajera
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      sunset, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, palm trees, nature

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  • Friday Night's Sunset Friday Night's Sunset

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      in Puerto vallarta, MX

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