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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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…

Off the Beaten Path: Explore UK’s Secret Gardens

If you like the great outdoors and straying from the familiar and overly-beaten path, nothing spells thrilling and secluded better than a secret garden. Charming, mysterious, and beautiful in the most exquisite ways, these secret treasures are scattered across the United Kingdom. All you have to do is discover them! Luckily, you don’t have to do that on your own, as we’ve got a list of top secret gardens ready for you. You can start with the first two during your exploration of London, then move further from the Capital to discover more flavors.

Postman’s Park

St Paul’s Cathedral might be one of the Capital’s top attraction, but the Postman’s Park charm might make for a far better experience. Just around the corner from the famous cathedral, this hidden garden (a tad small to be called a park) used to be the preferred meeting place for those employed by the Old General Post Office. If you find it, make sure you stop by the Victorian memorial houses.

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Fenton House

If you’re looking for a quiet and charming little garden, London’s Fenton House is your choice. Close to the far more popular (and crowded) Hampstead Heath, this walled garden decorated with lawns, and orchard, and a vegetable garden is the secret treasure of this National-Trust owned 17th century merchant house. A bit of history will go very well with your outdoor picnic! Read more…

A Guide to the Best Night Spots in Palm Beach, Aruba

A two-mile stretch in Aruba, Palm Beach is a small strip of sandy beaches that’s world-famous for the sleek high-rise hotels, casinos, malls, nightclubs, and restaurants that call it home. If you want to party and have fun with a touch of luxury and money pouring out of your pockets, there’s no better place for it. First, take your pick of the many lively Palm Beach hotels to find a home base. Then shop till you drop, relax at a piano bar, or dine at a restaurant to get your energy up for a night out. Here’s where you’ll enjoy the most fun in Aruba.

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Shopping at Its Best

You don’t have to travel far to shop in Palm Beach. Two of the largest shopping malls in Aruba, Paseo Herencia Shopping and Entertainment Center and Palm Beach Plaza Mall, are located here. These are huge shopping centers with high-end entertainment, water features, and fine dining options. You’ll find every luxury brand you can think of here, and if this isn’t enough there are two other smaller malls in Palm Beach. South Beach Mall and the Village might not be as large or popular, but they will complete your shopping experience. Read more…

Hipmunk City Love Opinions: San Francisco Tourist Traps, Yay or Nay?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the iconic sights from the tourist traps and the popular spots and activities of San Francisco are no different. With so much to see and do, what should you first? And more importantly, what should you skip or maybe take with a grain of salt? Tourists bouncing to get started while struggling with itineraries on their first day at of the many San Francisco hotels are faces with these questions on their first time trips. Here is my take on it:

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Fisherman’s Warf

If you thought Golden Gate Bridge was the top destination in San Francisco, you’d be slightly wrong. Fisherman’s Warf holds that title. The view is magnificent, but if you’re heading there to enjoy the best there is in sea food, you’d be very much mistaken. So do yourself a favor, go enjoy the views, stay away from the shops, and if you’re craving tasty sea food, head to less popular places, such as the Swan Oyster Depot. This is where the locals head out to enjoy shellfish that’s right off the boat. This less popular landmark has been part of San Francisco for quite some time, despite consisting of just 20 stools along a marble counter. The only problem is you’ll have to get there early, because they close for the day after lunch. Read more…

Overlooked Orlando Attractions You Should Add to Your Itinerary

Amusement parks, rides, and fun in the sun are what draw most tourists to Orlando, Florida. But even within those popular theme parks, there are underrated attractions you should certainly give a try. After you’re done exploring the in-park rides you otherwise would have skipped, it’s time to explore further and do all the amazing, awe-inspiring things others have missed. First make sure you book a hotel that’s close to everything — Grande Villas Resort is one of our favorites — then get ready for your adventure!

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What You Are Missing in the Amusement Parks

There are the popular rides, shows, and restaurants, and then there are the overlooked ones. Yet, how famous a theme park attraction is does not always show how amazing it truly is. Take Discovery Cove for example. The high admittance price is a turn off, so tourists often opt for Sea World. The truth is you pay for an all-inclusive experience at a park that is never crowded, as there is a limit set for the number of people who can visit each day. If you skip the swimming with dolphins part of your day, you can have your fun for a much lower fee. Read more…

Best places in the world to photograph

Whether you’re trying to capture the widest, deepest oceans or the most fascinating cities, there is a perfect place to capture the perfect images. I have narrowed down the 5 most beautiful and exciting places in the world for you to take a look at.

The Drake Passage – South America

The Drake Passage is the area of water between South America and Antarctica. The passage is 600 miles wide and has 600 times the flow of the Amazon River and creates up to 50 foot waves, so if you’re susceptible to feeling a little seasick, this trip probably isn’t for you.

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Book this trip with an experienced expedition company such as Quark Expeditions or Fred expeditions, both of these companies are reliable and have experienced sailors. Read more…