Why I no longer care if people visit Romania for Dracula

Tweet Fair warning: this might be a quite lengthy essay!  When I was younger, I was royally pissed by the fact that most people came to Romania thinking of vampires and associating Vlad Tepes with Count Dracula. Bran Caslte, one […]

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Day Hike: Jepii Mari Trail, Busteni

Tweet I would call myself outdoorsy. A bit daring, I know, but judging by the fact that I did spend three days in a tent, somewhere in the mountains, running around at an airsoft event, I’d say I could make […]

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Cişmigiu Gardens, the Oldest Park in Bucharest

Tweet Cişmigiu Gardens or Cişmigiu Park is the one that’s dearest in the writer in me. It’s the most posh of the Bucharest parks, something that has been carefully put together, with romantic alleys, an artificial lake with a fountain in […]

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Shark Tourism Will Outplay Shark Soup in Revenues

Tweet Good news for sharks and those trying to keep them from getting killed to have their fins turned into soup. A new study shows that shark eco-tourism will be worth a lot more than shark fisheries. If profit is […]

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Next on Travel Tweaks – New Features & Editorial Calendar

Tweet Happy Monday, travel lovers! The new week brings new editorial plans for our travel blog! Starting this week, a few changes will happen on Travel Tweaks. It all has to do with what we publish and we’ll be introducing […]

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On Location Tours Giveaway: Win Two Tickets to a Movie Themed Tour

Our friends from On Location Tours are offering two tickets to a movie and/or TV themed tour of your choice in either New York or Boston. Join the contest to win this perfect prize for a movie and TV series fan!

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4 Types of Apps That Have Revolutionized Travel

When it comes to gadgets, travelers will always be among the first to try them and see how they can make their lives easier. While the number of devices we now need has decreased–most times a smartphone and/or tablet is all you need. That hasn’t happened just because the cameras got better. Apps have played a major role in making travel planning quick and easy and they continue to change and improve the way we travel. With a variety of smartphones to choose from and hundreds of apps showing up on our radar every day, here’s a list of the most helpful app categories for travellers, including my absolute favorites in each group.

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Apps That Tell You How to Get There

Long gone are the days of fighting with a map (that I never managed to fold properly after usage) to tell you how to get to your destination. We’ve since switched to GPS gadgets that are now nothing more than a convenient app on our phone. With most of them helping you drive, take the train, or walk to your next tourist attraction, things are fun and easy. Especially if you are travelling on your own and there’s no co-pilot to check the map at every major crossroad. Some of my personal favorites in this category are Google Maps, Offline Maps, and TomTom’s Android app. A special mention goes to Waze that brings local advice into your travel experience.  Read more…

Amazing Road Trips: Exploring the Canadian Rockies

There is no single trip that will allow you to fully explore the Canadians Rockies. I’m not trying to put you off, but unless you have long months to take in everything, you’ll probably only get a taste of these glorious mountains, the kind of first sip that will have you coming back for more. Here are a few spots you should visit and some of the things you can do. If any of these places inspires you and you’d like to fit it into a more complex itinerary, we recommend you check out the great multi center holidays available here.

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No trip to the Canadian Rockies can skip this one part. With nearly seven thousand square kilometers of mountain scenery, it’s the perfect spot for any mountain activity you can think of. Camping, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, and then a little time to relax in the hot springs. The hot springs are the reason this park was initially created back when this huge expanse of scenic landscapes was only a small hot spring reserve.  Read more…

Where to Eat Great Sushi in Bucharest?

Let me begin by telling you I actually hate sushi. So why is a person who does not like sushi at all giving advice on where to have it? Because I’ve tried it all, with friends who did enjoy the dish, and here are my (and their conclusions). Why I tried so relentlessly? Well, I am a big Japan fan. I love the country, the culture, the history, the stories it inspired, and a trip to Japan is what I’ve been planning for some time. I wanted to love sushi (although I am not a particular fan of a lot of fish, and eating it raw surely doesn’t make it better).

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Without further introductions, here are the best restaurants to try Sushi in and the best places to look for one if you don’t know them by name.  Read more…

Guide to Enjoy the Perfect Golf Vacation in Palm Springs, Aruba

The small island of Aruba, and especially Palm Beach, is considered one of the top destinations for a true Caribbean beach holiday. But there is more to this tourist magnet than fun in the sun, wild parties, fine dining, and shopping. Fans of golf will find it perfect for the ultimate golf vacation, with exclusive courses to hold their interest more than the nightly events and the thrilling casinos. If you want to improve your game, then pick one of the many Palm Beach hotels and resorts, get your gear ready, and let’s explore the nearby golf courses!

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There are only a few golf courses, but they are so good they brought championship golfing to this island. With golf being part of the Palm Beach experience since the early 40s, it’s no wonder the clubs have all developed their unique traits, adding scenic landscapes, unique twists, and Caribbean charm to their game. Most hotels will also be more than happy to help out with booking your tea time. Prices vary depending on when you travel. If you are trying not to break your vacation budget on golfing, travel in any month outside of peak season.  Read more…

Dorset – Genuine English charm, history, and thrilling activities

When visiting the Great Britain, one of the things you shouldn’t miss is an opportunity to experience an authentic English rolling-hills county, with dramatic coastline views, picturesque little villages, event-rich, and colorful. Dorset is one of the best options you have to with its UNESCO World Heritage coastline which has been around since the dinosaurs ruled the Earth. However, the coastline is not the only unique geological feature of Dorset, and nature lovers should really add Lulworth Cove, the shingle bank of Chesil Beach, Durdle Door, and the Isle of Portland to their itinerary.

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Quaint market towns and charming villages are scattered among the hills of the county, with plenty of picturesque holiday cottages in Dorset to make you think twice about choosing a different holiday destinations. Activities span from golfing and trekking to cycling and horse riding. Yet it is the sports in and on the water that draw the most tourists. Windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, wakeboarding, and sailing are among the most popular activities along the coastline. The area around Weymouth and Portland is said to be England’s very best for sailing and it actually hosted all sailing events during the 2012 Olympics. There’s even a sailing academy here.  Read more…

Want to Travel to a Place With a Bit of Everything? Try Cornwall!

Sometimes you just don’t know what exactly you want to do on your vacation. A little beach, a little culture and history, a bit of the great outdoors, maybe some gothic thrills to scare the life out of you? If you’re looking for a holiday destination where you’ll have a bit of everything, then you should really consider Cornwall!

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First off, Cornwall is perfect for fun-in-the sun activities, with popular beaches such as Sennen, Praa Sands Beach, Perranporth, Prothmeor Beach, or Porthcurno. Some are more lively and urban-looking, some give you the wilderness feel. Regardless of your option, you will sunbathe and swim your heart out. Read more…

Hipmunk City Love Opinions: Can You Enjoy the Full Orlando Experience Without Breaking the Bank?

Orlando vacations are not the cheapest you can think of, especially when travelling with your whole family. Entertaining and certainly thrilling, the theme parks all come with admission prices, to which you have to add transportation, a hotel room (or several), food and drinks, and other activities to keep things fresh. There are amusement parks that offer all-inclusive services, such as Discovery Cove, but that comes at the hefty price of almost $300 per day. No, that’s not for the whole family!

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So, can you enjoy the full Orlando experience and not see your savings account shrink to the point where it becomes invisible? There are quite a few things you can do to keep your travel spending in check without missing out on what makes this Florida destination so popular. Read more…