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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Travel Features: Wedding School in Moscow

Hotels are often stages for interesting travel events, which go beyond boring symposiums, endless corporate presentations based on commercial monologues, or other similar, business related happenings. Such an event took place recently at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow, and was titled “Wedding School.” Organized by the Wedding magazine, and Wedding Factory, the Wedding School was rich in entertainment, hands-on activities, workshops, tasting events, raffles, and culminated with gifts for every participant, from the French organic cosmetics company, Melvita.

Most of the “classes” took part at Meat and More, Pokrovka’s international gourmet restaurant, surrounded by the psychedelic decors designed by Anton Gorlanova. Meat and More is a luxurious venues, well fit for wedding bliss, but also for business outings, and private events. If the decor is second to none, the menu is fit for the most discerning gourmand as well. But this time, Meat and More did not have the stage to shine through cuisine. Instead, it allowed several companies, specializing in wedding confiserie and decor, to showcase some of their best creations. Participants at the event had the chance to taste, and enjoy these refined sweets, and to learn in-depth rules for compiling a banquet menu. The wedding cake was provided by the JennieRose confectionery in Moscow.

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For Business on Crete: Lato Boutique Hotel

Heraklion is the town you’ll be visiting if you’re doing business on Crete. The capital, a city of some 300,000 plus, has been an administrative hub since the Bronze Age and Minoan times. Dominated by the old Venetian Fortress and its lovely harbor, one hotel looks out over these landmarks and the whole city. Lato Boutique Hotel offers location, location, and an uncompromising view. As further evidence of the hotel’s notoriety and banner reputation, Lato was just nominated for yet another World Travel Award for Best Europe Boutique Hotel 2014. If the property wins, this would make an unprecedented four wins in a decade. No other hotel on any continent has won so many times that we know of.

As four star hotels go, Lato Boutique sits at the borderline of economy and luxuriant amenities. As for the views and room accouterments, these are reminiscent of the best hotels in the world. As for price a casual flair, Baby Boomers may think that they are at a Holiday Inn on old Route 66 in America. There’s nothing ostentatious, not even the brilliant gourmet restaurants on the premises, no less than 2. Fully refurbished in 2013, this iconic Cretan hotel has been operating for over 35 years, owned by the same family. Read more…

What to Do When You Get Sick During Vacation

Getting sick on or just before a vacation can be a real downer. If one falls ill just before leaving for a vacation, a few precautions can help you feel better through the flight. If you get sick during a vacation it can be even more unpleasant. Minor illness can easily be treated with medicines but it may mean missing out on a day or two of fun. On the other hand anything major can result in a lot of stress and even bring additional cost if you don’t have travel insurance.

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Inform the flight attendant

If you mention to the flight attendant that you are unwell can turn out to be quite a bonus, even if you are traveling in economy, the flight attendant is sure to take a little extra care. It could translate into extra pillows or blankets and even a more comfortable seat. It will also make matters easier if you happen to take a turn for the worse. They can help expedite medical care on landing. Read more…

What Flies Beneath: Shocking Air Cargo Loads [Infographic]

It’s hard to imagine what airlines decide to fly cargo, especially when you only pack some clothes, toys and other common-sense items you cannot stuff in the small compartment above your head in a plane. But just under your feet, a whole new world opens, with potentially mind-blowing passengers.

Imagine live manatees waiting patiently to be delivered to their new homes, or a shocking 17,000 live Christmas trees in their way to American troops stationed overseas. If these are not enough to blow your mind, what about 2,750 bottles of donor breast milk? And sure, human and animal sperm tops the list too. Read more…

Mixing Travel and Storytelling: Find Your Storybook Ad by Expedia and VisitBritain

Travel is always and adventure, an opportunity do discover new places, meet new people, learn, and have fun. Mixing that with the world of fairy tales, stories, and fantasy, Expedia and VisitBritain have come up with a new TV campaign to boost tourism to the UK. “Find Your Storybook” features a mother reading a story to her son, which actually features the many unique attractions of Britain, from castles turned into hotels to the Loch Ness monster.

VisitBritain, the national tourist board for England, Scotland and Wales, and Expedia.com launched this new campaign on February 9. The campaign’s TV add will be supported by digital brand and tactical advertising tied to social media, the total investment surpassing $4.5 million.

The ad was filmed in Scotland, Wales and London and was inspired by the parallel between reality and the fairytales of castles, knights and queens.

“Britain’s historic venues have been the setting for a wealth of captivating stories, from Harry Potter to Downton Abbey, so, when looking for locations that would move others to start their own storybook, Britain was a natural choice,” commented Noah Tratt, Vice President, Expedia Media Solutions.

Taking Care of Your Back While Traveling

The last thing you want is for your vacation to be disturbed by increased back pain. Whether you are traveling by car, train, or plane, sitting for long periods of time can create stiffness, soreness, and pressure points that lead to increased pain. The tips below will help you to take a proactive approach to you back’s health while traveling.

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Whether sitting at your desk at work, or staying seated while traveling, it is important to get up at least every 2 hours to reduce stiffness in your muscles and joints. Even if you just walk to and from the restroom, up and down the aisle, or stop at a rest stop and walk for a few minutes, it can make a world of difference. If there is a place on the train or plane you are traveling in that you can stand for a few minutes, it can further help your body to recover from the pressure points created when sitting. Read more…

Top Beaches and Hotels in Miami

Though there is much else to see and do, most people go to Miami because it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you want to relax and catch a tan, swim in the clear clean water or thrill to the excitement of water sports, the way to make the most of your time is to stay as close to the beach as possible. Here are some of the top beach hotels in Miami.

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DoubleTree Ocean Point Resort and Spa

The DoubleTree Ocean Point is located right at the edge of North Miami Beach. Its commodious guest suites all include full kitchens, washers, dryers and balconies overlooking the ocean. There is a private beach, a beachside pool, a state-of-the art fitness center and a European-style spa. Only 25 minutes from major airports, the hotel is convenient to many nearby attractions such as the Everglades. The sandy beach is clean and spacious and the view is brilliant.  Read more…