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Top 5 A-Lister Must Go To Restaurants In Miami 

The Cruise Capital of the World is only one of the names given to Miami and whether you reach the shores of this beautiful city on a boat or on a plane, everything it has to offer is a treat! As popular as it is for business, Miami has a healthy quotient of fun and entertainment too and is quite popular with tourists, celebrities and business professionals alike.
Some of the restaurants here are a haven for fine dining and if you book your tables in advance, you can land the best seat with a view that has your favorite stars in it as well! Here’s a list of 5 restaurants where the chances of that happening are among the highest in Miami!
The Forge
432 West 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140, United States

People who walk into The Forge usually do so with high expectations thanks to the hype created around the restaurant by critics and fans alike. Thankfully, the restaurant does not only impress, but exceeds these expectations. The tables here are always in demand and booking even a week in advance is not enough on some days. The prices of the wine and food here range from the reasonable to the expensive, so even if you wish to have a classy experience without spending too much, it fits in just right with your plans. Of course, the chance of seeing celebrities is a bonus!
Casa Tua
Casa Tua Hotel, 1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States

Elegant, romantic, homely and beautiful, all at the same time – the ambiance of Casa Tua is enough to make you come back repeatedly. The refreshing views the restaurant presents, both inside and out, are perfectly backed up by a menu that speaks to the food lover in you. Some find the prices to be excessive, but then again, a place as good as this one is meant to be exceptional in every way, the price included! One important thing to remember is that the restaurant does not allow you to carry your own wine, something most beachside restaurants in Miami usually do. So, get ready to spend a little extra there, but considering the amazing cocktails offered here as well as an impressive wine list, you surely won’t miss your own bottle!
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States  

When a fashion designer is involved in the mix, you can expect something eclectic and the Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge will let you experience just that. It’s high on glamor and the luxurious interiors are known to shock and awe many diners. The service is warm and welcoming so even while you are overwhelmed by the visuals, you’ll find the place helping you get comfortable in an instant. Of course, you can count on spending most of your dining time checking out the lush and tasteful view, celebrities included.
When you’re finally able to pay attention to the food on your table, you will find a great mix of traditional Italian cuisine sharing space comfortably with modern twists. You can trust the servers to recommend the best wines to go with them and your dining experience is all set to be a memorable one.
Prime One Twelve
Brown’s Hotel, 112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States

Prime One Twelve or Prime 112 labels itself “the first modern steakhouse in the United States,” and lives up to the claim by maintaining a restaurant that is among the best in Miami! The dining atmosphere here is quite different from conventional formal dining and is even casual to a point. The reviews here are great and when you have celebrities and high-flying clientele frequenting without complaints, you know you can depend on the experience. Great food, sparkling drinks, an amazing atmosphere and beautiful looking people all around – can one ask for a more Miami experience?
The Restaurant at The Setai
2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States

An open kitchen makes for quite a boisterous view and when you have a restaurant like this, you know you can add extra memorable moments to your dining experience. Regional Mediterranean cuisine is the specialty here and the dishes offer flavors and scents that are in line with the richness of the region. The ‘Plancha’ method of cooling ensures that every dish retains the original flavors of the ingredients, thus making them even more magical. The service at The Restaurant at The Setai of course makes the dining experience even more memorable, while the presence of globetrotters, celebrities and the crème de la crème of Miami ensure that you are dining with the best crowds.
The 5 restaurants on this list rule the scene of celebrity spotting in the city, and with a table at any of them, you have quite a chance of mixing your Miami holiday with a healthy dose of stargazing. So go ahead and book those tables because we all know how such in-demand places usually turn out to be!



Don’t Miss These 15 Last Minute Thrilling Road Trips

Have you not got any plans to enjoy this weekend? Not a problem. Here’s a list of easy escapes that will let you break away from the monotony of your routine. What you should have is a spirit for adventure, a craving for exploration, and a tank full of gas!

1. Undiscovered Capes of New England


The famous Nubble lighthouse in Cape Neddick, Maine, is a great option to get away from Boston. Along the way, you could absorb some sun in Cape Ann, Mass, and maybe a stopover in Gloucester at the Blue Shutters Beachside Inn for a starting amount of $125, or seize a mouth-watering lobster roll in Portsmouth, N.H. You can still feel satisfied knowing that you’re spending less than crowd of people visiting New England’s popular capes.

2. Central Coast of California


People living in San Francisco are lucky enough to be able to escape down to the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur. The windy highway, cliffside view of the ocean, lively beaches and captivating forests have made nature lovers feel at home for centuries. The drive from Monterey’s lively quayside to the Central Coast is a short one. You can also stop over at Casa Munras, Monterey, for an amount starting from $147. If Big Sur has not been able to satisfy your nature-loving pangs, then you can head straight towards San Simeon for watching the incredible Hearst Castle.

3. Mississippi Gulf Coast


This place has been voted by Budget Travel subscribers as one of America’s coolest Small Towns in 2013. Digest that! It’s a break from New Orleans. You should look for the art aesthetics in the old, historic town, visit the unique Creole cottages, and grab the huge mocking burger from the Mockingbird Café. This would be the perfect way to top off a weekend. Hangout at the Bay Town Inn from $149.

4. Door County, Wisc


This is a top secret location. Not all Americans are aware of Cape Cod of the Midwest. Door County is a calm cape between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. It has been an immensely loved spot among visitors. This is one of those places where you can go about skipping on rocks, enjoy a traditional fish boil, treat yourself to a high ice cream cone and smooth out the day with a sunset view. It’s also known by the name of Cherryland USA because of its delicious yearly crops. You can lodge at Lodgings, Ephraim. The costs start from $109.

5. The Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota


Our personal favorite road trips include those across South Dakota’s Badlands. You can bring out the inner cow boy/girl in you, soak up the western terrain and at Mount Rushmore, greet the four U.S. presidents as well. Hangout at Custer State Park’s State Game Lodge from $115 and above.

6. Missouri’s Excelsior Springs


Another unknown secret is to chill at Elms Resort and Spa from $139. Treat yourself in this little abode of heaven and decide whether you want to go back and tell your friends about it or keep it your little secret. The Excelsior Springs, Missouri, is your chance to delve into an unforgettable experience.

7. New York’s Hudson River Valley


New Yorkers like a little escape now and then from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hudson Valley’s compilation of revamped homes and historical treats along side the river are a complete ticket. You can also reach here through the metro North commuter.

For inspiration and educational purposes, you have the option of Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and the Rockefeller estate whereas, for the daring souls out there, they have the village of Sleepy Hollows and offers tours from time to time into the graveyard. They have something for everyone. You can hang out at Alexander Hamilton House, Croton-on-Hudson, from $135.

8. Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

Inhabitants close to the D.C. area take the Blue Ridge Highway to run off into the Shenandoah Valley. It’s guaranteed to relax and soothe you and make you forget the noise of the city. You can even go further south into forests, historic battlefields and beckoning mountains and lose yourself in natural beauty. Hang out at Mimslyn Inn, Luray, Va., from $160.


9. Oregon’s Hood River


Not far from the city center, outside Portland, lies the Hood river and the Columbia River Gorge that bid on a break-through into the wild. Orchids are sure to amaze and surprise the weekend roadie. Hang out at Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast, from $160.

10. Yountville, California


Want to experience a warmer climate? Need a break from the chilly winds and harsh weather? Fasten your seatbelt and make this short drive from San Francisco. Despite the posh restaurants and spas here, travelers on a budget can pack a local picnic basket and venture into the wilderness instead. Hang out at Maison Fleurie, from $145.

11. California’s Joshua Tree National Park


The thing about Joshua Tree is that it allows you to evolve by allowing you to soak up one-of-its-kind flora and a dark night’s sky. It’ll always have something for you to take along home. This is your option if you want a calm and quiet recluse. Hang out at Desert Hot Springs and Sagewater Spa. Costs start from $195.

12. Gold Coast of Michigan


For people of Chicago, Gold Coast is a favorite hot spot. Take a ferry across the Kalamazoo River to Oval Beach, jump in for a swim or watch the Midwestern surfing – your options are open and diverse. Up the road ahead, you can see lighthouses, quiet dunes and beaches, and treat yourself to amazing seafood. Hang out at Best Western Plaza Hotel Saugatuck, from $99.

13. Texas’s Big Bend National Park


Located on the border between Texas and Mexico, it’s a rare and overwhelming place of nature. It’s usually scarcely crowded. Temperature remains mild in winters and doesn’t get too hot during summers. The landscape of mountains and Rio Grande are full of magnificence and splendor. Hang out at Gage Hotel, Marathon, from $215.

14. Eastern Shore of Maryland


Recently, an episode of PBS series Travels with Darley, who is the contributing editor of Budget Travel, were shot in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They made a stop at Ocean City. This place is an easy break from D.C., Baltimore and more such metro, mid-Atlantic areas. Hang out at Sun ‘N Fun Motel, Ocean City, from $181.

15. Virginia Beach


In order to get the most out of your weekend, Virginia Beach lets you submerge yourself in the fantastic views along the Atlantic and forget the worries of the world. If you are lucky enough, you might also find porpoises playing happily in the water. The question of where to stop over at Virginia Beach is not a problem because there are many options to choose from.



Traveling by Air: Understanding The Plane You’re On

To know your plane is very important for the quality trip you’re going on. It can easily be done when you’re going to select a flight and buy a ticket.

The search option by most airlines will help you choose the desired plane and desired seat on the plane. The following are the most important things to consider while choosing your air travel services and plane, keeping in line with your comforts and budget:

Noise causes a nuisance to the passengers, especially if you’re looking for some rest. Jet-noise problems are most severe in planes with rear-mounted engines, where noise in the last few rows can truly be offensive.


  • Favor: A380s and 787s, with their latest-generation engines.

  • Avoid: Seats far to the rear, especially in the last three to four rows in MD80s and MD90s, and the last two to three rows in smaller regional jets.



In general, the bigger the plane, the less bumpy the ride will be. Jumbo jets are like big cruise ships: relatively smooth even in rough air. Choose bigger planes and always look for the better travel options when considering your budget.

  • Favor: A380s, 747s, and 787s are more favorable.

  • Avoid: Small regional jets and turboprop are less favorable.


Cabin Air

The latest generation of jets — the 787 and soon-to-come A350 — provide lower cabin altitudes and higher humidity than older models. You’ll notice the difference if you have a long flight for your vacation.

  • Favor: 787s and A350s instead of other planes.



Seating space varies from older to newer planes. Unlike front-to-rear space, side-to-side seat spacing on most planes does depend on airplane model. There are airline-to-airline differences in the number of seats per row, and therefore, width on two wide-body planes.

  • Favor: 18-inch (or better) nine-across seats on 777 and eight across seats on 787.

  • Avoid: 17-inch 10-across seats on 777 and nine across seats on 787; especially avoid a few foreign A330/340 models.


Overhead Bin Space

Overhead bin space is another important factor to know before booking a plane. It is the potential travel factor while sitting in the plane and enjoying your space.
It varies mainly by plane model, but occasionally by airline as well. Unfortunately, we know of no online source of detailed data on bin design and space. In general, however, newer plane models have larger bins.


Entertainment is a vital part to look into, even features such as on demand, multichannel TV, and movies. Older planes have pre-loaded tablets, TV having limited program choice and timing, while newer planes have a stronger TV offering. No airlines provide entertainment on MD80/90 while some airlines provide no entertainment on their smaller short-haul mainline planes. Likewise, only a few regional jets have entertainment.

Power Outlets

Power outlets are in demand from today’s airlines due to the increased use of tablets and mobiles. Most new planes provide standard plug-in AC power in limited seats while older planes provide low-voltage DC, a USB connection, or automobile type socket. Most of the travelers want to connect to the Internet, play games, do corporate work, etc. while still having an acceptable mobile battery. So choose your plane wisely if this is important to you.


Due to the strong use of the Internet, WiFi availability is vital for every passenger on board. Fortunately, there is competition among airlines to provide better Internet speed and bandwidth. Alaska, Delta, Jet Blue, and Virgin America are among the emerging airlines to provide fleet-wide WiFi. There are some websites showing the airline/plane combinations providing WiFi. However, they do not differentiate between limited and high-bandwidth.

Premium Economy

Airlines in North America offer a “semi-premium” option: three to five inches of extra pitch. True premium requires a maximum of seven seats per row in A330/340, A380 upper deck, and 787, and eight seats per row in 747 and 777. Some airlines do even better. Open Skies is the only carrier (as we know) that offers true premium economy in a 757, at four-across.

Business and First Class

Different airlines use differing approaches to layout. Nowadays, a flatbed is becoming the competitive norm — Delta, for example, is 100 percent flatbed.
Paying a fortune for a “business class” seat on a red-eye flight that does not lie flat at all? On a few airlines, including Copa, Iceland air, and most of the long-haul low-fare airlines based in Europe; you will find it.

Getting The Information

You can find most of the airplanes on several online sources. A complete coverage is on a site; Seat Guru, which shows seat plans, dimensions, in-flight entertainment, power availability, WiFi availability, and seat recline. It also highlights “bad” seats. If Seat Guru lists any airline you’re considering, you need to go no further. Other online seat sources include Seat Expert, Seat Maestro, and Seat Plans.



Top 5 A-Lister Must Go To Restaurants In Cabo 

Healthy measures of adventure, relaxation and recreation make Cabo San Lucas one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Mexico. Its proximity to Los Angeles that is only a two and a half hour flight away makes it even more popular with American tourists who need a quick getaway.
The sun, the sand, the beautiful marine life, and the adventure that comes with all that make Cabo a favored destination for celebrities too. So if you’re on the lookout for a location that satisfies your travel urges as well as stargazing interests, Cabo it is! This list of 5 restaurants are the best bets for celebrity sightings in Cabo, apart from their beautiful and lip-smacking dishes of course!
CaboRey Dinner Cruise
Blvd Marina | Marina Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas 23450, Mexico

If you wish to start your vacation in Cabo on a high note, the CaboRey Dinner Cruise is just the way to do it. The name already gives away the fact that your night will be on a cruise, and for the most part, that’s enough! The experience goes even beyond this however and that’s the best part. The view is to die for and you have all the beauty offered by Cabo at your command. The beautiful waters and the shoreline dotted with beautiful resorts and people that are even more beautiful make for memories that will hold your interest forever and beckon you back time and time again. There is live music and sometimes even musicals to keep you company and the best drinks in town flow uninhibitedly. The service is impeccable and the food complements every other nuance of the experience.
Mi Casa
Av. Cabo San Lucas S/N, Centro, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico

If “Mi Casa Su Casa” sounds to you like a host going overboard playing his role, you simply have to experience a meal at Mi Casa – you will know that such hospitality is indeed possible in Mexico! The view of the restaurant is mesmerizing and many tourists have exhausted their cameras by snapping photographs of every single detail they find interesting. Yes, the place is a little expensive, but when you’re on a vacation and wish for nothing less than exhilarating moments, does price really matter? The authentic Mexican cuisine makes every meal come alive and the servers are great at recommending dishes in line with your tastes. Mi Casa offers an experience that is truly Mexican, Mariachi bands and a host of other entertainers included!
Javier’s Cantina & Grill
Paseo Malecon SN Lote 11 Fonatur, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico

A beachside restaurant that is classy to the core, Javier’s Cantina & Grill is a fine dining experience in one of the most laid back environments – the perfect combination for a holiday meal! This one’s popular for its Mexican fare too and classic home-styled meals bring out the flavor of the land in perfect morsels. Ceviche, Steak Picado, Shrimp and Lobster Enchiladas, Chipotle Chicken and many others are favorites here while anything else on the menu is just as good for those who wish to experiment. The service is quite efficient and though some complain it to be a little slow, it’s sure in line with a vacation – where everything is supposed to be slow and relaxing anyways!
Sunset Da Mona Lisa
Carretera Transpeninsular Kilometro 6.5, 23455 Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico

With a name as magical as Sunset Da Mona Lisa, you would have high expectations from this restaurant and thankfully, it does not disappoint. If Cabo’s views have overwhelmed you and you think nothing in town can match up to what you have already seen, an evening table at this restaurant will tell you how there is still a lot you have to discover!
This one’s right by the ocean and the pleasant sea breeze accompanied by the breathtaking view is where your beautiful experience begins. The service is friendly, efficient and professional so you’ll have no worries on that front either. As for the food, if you’re not sure of what to order, the waiters are the best bets to recommend something that would truly complete your evening.
Whether it’s the Filetto Di Manzo Alla Pietra Lavica or the Aragasto Alla Brace, you just cannot go wrong with any of the dishes here! Of course, if a celebrity walks in, as they often do, your evening is surely going to be brighter!
Flora’s Field Kitchen
Sin Nombre s/n, Animas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo, BCS, Mexico

A pleasant drive away from the hustle and bustle of Cabo will take you to Flora’s Field Kitchen, a place that organic diners swear by. If you wish to try something different from the usual on your vacation and still want nothing but the best, this restaurant is the one to head to. An ‘oasis in the desert’ is what some patrons of the restaurant describe it as and the locally grown ingredients on the adjoining farm will tell you that this oasis serves nothing less than the freshest produce. Before having a meal, or even after a fulfilling one, do remember to take a walk in the farms and learn why this place is so popular with vacationers and locals alike!
A vacation in Cabo allows you to enjoy the best things in life and if celebrity sightings is on your particular list of activities, these 5 restaurants are the best places to try your luck!



Traveling Abroad Requires Planning. Here’s How!

Voyaging globally is an experience best arranged early and not dependent on last-minute booking of flights. There are many “to-do” things that and ought to be checked off from the get go. Certainly, appearing at your entryway without ID or overlooking sleep for your overnight flight can ruin your hotly anticipated getaway. However, the vast majority of your readiness ought to be devoted to guaranteeing wellbeing, security, and budgetary necessities.
To spare you some time for planning, we’ve gathered these tips for your next travel date.
Documentation for Traveling and Banking Procedures

Ensure your identification and any travel docs are complete. Most nations require an identification to be valid for no less than six months after your planned return, so ensure you won’t be dismissed or postponed in case of an old travel permit.
Keep physical and computerized duplicates of your travel permits and all your research material in the event that anything is lost. In addition, give your schedule and contact numbers to family and friends so there are people to contact in the event of a crisis.
Tell your bank and credit card organizations about your travel dates so they don’t deny your purchases, and get some information about universal ATM expenses so you can figure out which ones won’t charge you. To sweeten the deal even further, in case you’re a neglectful cardholder (or simply need to be arranged in the event that your wallet is stolen), bring a backup card for the off chance that you’ve dropped the few you carried with you. It’s an uncommon event, but it’s a buzzkill when it happens.
Tip: Don’t belittle how accommodating a wireless photograph of your travel permit can be. Whether you need to go to the office and report it lost, or are simply rounding out a traditions card and need your travel permit number, it will probably prove to be useful. Email the picture to yourself to have an additional computerized duplicate in the event that your cellphone comes up short on batteries or gets lost.
Security is a ‘MUST’

One of the least demanding and most essential pre-travel checks is apparently the most overlooked. Travel protection and State Department alarms can be fantastically essential in crisis situations abroad.
The previous winter’s cruel climate brought about $5.3 billion in lost profitability and out-of-pocket expenses as per Skift.com. That is twice as much as the run-of-the-mill winter norm and incorporates a great deal of crossed out flights.
Subscribing to the State Department’s STEP alarms for your destination right off the bat may appear to be pointless, but the messages about current travel confinements, strikes, and regions of political agitation will serve as a small lesson in what’s in store for you once you’re there. Any cautions you get will tell you to get ready for some sudden hindrances ahead of time.
Tip: Travel protection can cost as little as a couple of dollars for every travel day and can cover anything from replacing a broken camera to crisis therapeutic considerations, possibly sparing you a large number of dollars.
Health Check

It’s best to get the vital vaccinations as quickly as time permits. Talk to your doctor about getting the right shots as they could be different depending on the nation you visit. For instance, the U.S. prescribes yellow fever antibodies for those going to Colombia while 159 different nations require confirmation of a yellow fever inoculation from travelers who have been to at-danger territories in Central and South America and Africa.
Tip: Keep those records in your carry-on in the event that customs asks you to present it.

Purchase a universal telephone arrangement early, “open” your phone so you can make calls through an outside bearer, or purchase a worldwide-prepaid SIM card. In the event that none of those sound perfect, or in the event that you’ll be staying at your destination for a long haul, research choices for telephone rentals or arrangements before you head out. Social media connectivity should also be ensured and individuals should stay updated. A proper plan for connectivity should be planned and arranged. This will help you feel comfortable while traveling.
Tip: Some telephones are now opened, contingent upon the transporter. Figure out additional information about global telephone choices and call your telephone company about choices once you recognize what will work best for you.
Check-in the Requirements

Some of the time, the most vital thing you’ll pack is in your cell phone as opposed to your bag. Disconnected from the net when flying out can be a real disaster. You can discover WiFi in a few spots to download Google Maps or CityMaps2Go to go without spending battery life and wasting data on useless information.
Preloading videos on your devices could likewise spare you if your TV glitches on the whole flight.
Tip: Don’t overlook a charger. Watching hours of your most loved TV shows is certainly going to deplete your battery, and there’s nothing more regrettable than at long last discovering a WiFi hotspot only to have your phone bite the dust.
Learn About the Destination

Gathering relevant and required information about the place you’re going is always a good idea. Whether you’re a travel application specialist or to a greater degree a soft cover manual individual, having some info about your destination is precious. Read up about the district you’re heading out to ahead of time, to pick up knowledge and vital data you may not even know you have questions about. From cash change and valuable expressions to tipping, proper apparel, and social/lawful traditions, it’s ideal to be prepared so you don’t land yourself in hot waters.
Tip: Don’t bring chewing gum into Singapore, and don’t wear camouflage in the Maldives. These are just a couple of examples of things that are punishable by law, and although they may seem strange, it could end up causing you a lot of trouble. There are a wide range of other comparative laws that could destroy your vacation if you didn’t research ahead of time.
Back-Home Care

The home care arrangement must be in the checklist because they are mandatory to be checked before traveling. When traveling, people should make sure that back home, people are managed properly and many concerned entities are there who can take care of your place. There’s nothing more regrettable than acknowledging once you’re without cell that you neglected to stop your mail conveyance or request that somebody water your expertly developed window plants. Ensure your day by day tasks are secured before you leave, or, designate a trusty companion to do them for you.
Tip: You can discover a house or pet sitter to run your errands for nothing in case you’re willing to list your home on TrustedHouseSitters.com. Furthermore, you could discover free cabin through the site for your excursion abroad in case you’re willing to invest some energy with another traveler’s companions.


10 Exceptionally Romantic Destinations In The World

While the European beauties, Rome and Paris are amongst some of the most romantic destinations for couples, there are many other locations which are equally as exotic as well as less crowded. Having your favorite dinner by the side of the Venetian waters or simply walking on the cobblestone lanes of Bruges with your loved one are a just a few examples. Want to explore more enchanting destinations? Read on!

  1. The Maldives


From having a candlelight dinner by the side of a lake to living in a house built at the water’s edge, nothing sounds more romantic than this. If you fantasize being on a beach covered by tall palm trees while sitting under their shade, all while enjoying the beauty of the captivating sunset, then Maldives is the place to be.

  1. Jammu and Kashmir, India


Often known as paradise on earth due to its snow-covered peaks, Jammu and Kashmir is said to be the most romantic destinations in India. Staying in the houseboat, floating in the gleaming Srinagar’s Dal Lake, taking a ride in the gondola over the Himalayan peak, or walking holding hands in the fields of Pahalgam are a few romantic experiences you ought to enjoy while exploring the beautiful valley of Jammu and Kashmir.

  1. Santorini, Greece


The ancient beauty of Greece has always been welcoming for its visitors. When visiting Santorini, other than the glistening sunsets and the shimmering waters, you can also enjoy the white washed homes, the spectacular blue domed churches, and the color-changing skyline.

  1. Paris, France


Walking on the cobblestone lanes of Paris gives you the feeling as if you are walking in a painting. A famous spot for all lovers, this city is filled with dazzling experiences such as roaming around in the puzzled cobblestone streets, climbing the Eiffel tower to see the most exotic skyline ever, or just sitting with your loved one and gazing at the breath-taking sunset.

  1. Bali, Indonesia


The beauty of Bali lies in the perfect white-sand beaches, the extravagant mountains, and green rice fields. Visiting Bali simply means dining along the edges of the crystal blue waters, pampering yourself through an exotic spa experience, and wandering around in the rice fields.

  1. Seville, Spain


If you want to explore deliciously different cuisines of Spain, then Seville offers many places for that around the city.

  1. Kyoto, Japan


If you are looking for a place with magical bamboo forests, breath-taking shrines, and ancient palaces, then Kyoto in Japan is the best place to visit. This city is rich in architectural beauty and lets couples explore its natural beauty, history, and diversified culture.

  1. Venice, Italy


A few of the many romantic experiences in Venice include sailing in gondolas in the Venetian waters, dining along the side of the river, and roaming around the stunning streets of the wonderful village of Burano. Venice also lets you visit its creative artisans where you can feel the tranquility of love. While strolling around the streets of the city, you may also smell the yummy cuisines.

  1. Vienna, Austria


Vienna is famous for its spectacular Baroque palaces, attractive trams, and cafes located in quiet and peaceful streets. This city is a must-visit romantic destination as it offers various magnificent settings.

  1. Rome, Italy


Rome is a city with many historic structures and museums. While visiting this fabulous city, don’t forget to explore the Spanish steps, and Italy’s most illustrious structure, The Colosseum.



10 Mouth Watering Street Foods In Italy

Italy is known for many things; the beautiful Riviera beaches where people love to sunbathe, the masterpieces of art from a history of exceptional painters, the cobblestone streets present throughout the city, and their special love for food. Yes, when you visit Italy, you visit a city that takes a special pride in its cuisine. Fortunately, if you are craving authentic Italian cuisine, then there is no need for you to spend your entire budget on Michelin-starred restaurants. Authentic Italian cuisine also includes “cibo di strada” or street food.

In ancient times, the poor people of Rome could only afford street food. Nowadays, top chefs have put their own spin on street foods and revolutionized it into a culinary treat. Street food is present everywhere now and its diversity is incredible. Every city has its own specialties. To sift through the massive range of street foods available, Mauro Rosati, Italian food editor and author of Street Food Heroes: Guide to the best Street Food has this to say, “Street food is now quality food. Street food also helps to socialize. Among young people, perhaps because of social networks, there has been a kind of alienation during meals. Now, people are more inclined to talk and eat together, and street food has helped in that.”
The street foods listed below are those which everyone should try while in Italy. They are the best, but still they are just the tip of the iceberg in the number of amazing cuisines present in Italy.
1. Take-Away Mozzarella Caprese Cone available from Momo Food in Caserta

This caprese (tomato salad and mozzarella) is shaped like a cone and can be a perfect treat for you if you’re in a hurry, but want to have some takeout. It’s a simple and elegant dish with roots in Italian cuisine.
2. White Flatbread Pizza with Sliced Meat at All’Antico Vinaio in Florence

The flatbread pizza with sliced meat at All’Antico Vinaio makes visiting Florence all the more tempting. All’Antico Vinaio offers rare local meats at reduced rates, making it a favorite of Italians there.
3. Chianna Beef Burger at I Torelli in Florence

One of the highest quality meats is considered to be of the Chianina; cattles of Italian breed. I Torelli prepares beef burgers by cooking them on the grill. These burgers are then served on a bun topped with sesame seeds alongside a delicious sauce stewed with onion, as well as ketchup, grilled vegetables, and mayonnaise.
4. Spiral potatoes at Ape Magna in Rome

This cuisine comprises of a single spiral of potato measuring 12 inches that is fried in hot oil. Need we say more?
5. Piadaburger at Cinemadivino in Faenza, Ravenna

A Piadaburger is two round flatbreads filled with sausage, tomato, lettuce, mayonnaise, caramelized onions and paprika accompanied with fresh chips. A must try for everyone!
6. Focaccia di Recco at Panificio Moltedo dal 1874 in Recco, Genoa

The perfect soft-cheese pizza is waiting for you at Panificio Moltedo dal 1874.
7. Polpetta at Bopetta in Bologna

Meatballs served not as a side to spaghetti, but as a star in their own dish. This is among the best of what meatballs can offer you.
8. Puncake at Ta Da, Microcucina Girovaga in Lecchiore – Imperia

It’s a new take on a traditional American breakfast dish. These ‘puncakes’ are reinvented pancakes. They utilize five different types of dough like wheat flour, cocoa, chickpea flour, chestnut flour, and classic.
9. Pizza a Portafoglio at Di Matteo in Naples

This one is a transforming pizza. Never again do you have to be far from the taste of pizza in takeout when you are in a hurry because now you can simply fold it up and consume it like a sandwich. So much convenience!
10. Sfogliatelle at Mignon Eccellenze Napoletane in Milan

Sfogliatelle riccia is homemade filo dough with sweet ricotta, cinnamon, with a candied fruit stuffing. It’s sold in a little blue truck in Milan.


Top 5 Beach Vacations for A-Listers

When celebrities go on vacation, they tend to opt for private islands and exclusive resorts where they are protected from the sweaty masses, and can play and be pampered in the lap of luxury.
Necker Island
Owned by Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, Necker has been host to some of the most famous people in the world including Mariah Carey, Kate Moss, Rod Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. Kate Winslet was of course staying at the Great House when it burned to the ground in August 2011.

Necker Island © Copyright 2014 Virgin Limited Edition

Necker Island © Copyright 2014 Virgin Limited Edition

The 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands was purchased by the magnate and father-of-three back in 1978 and opened as a luxury retreat in 1984. The rebuilt Great House has eight bedrooms, a bunkhouse for the kids, plus a master suite and there are an additional six one-bedroom houses. If you don’t need to rent the entire island (for roughly $62,000 a night), you and your significant other can enjoy a week’s stay for approximately $30,000.
The eight islands of Hawaii have long been a favorite beach vacation destination for celebrities with A-listers like Katy Perry, Will Smith, Kim Kardashian, Charlize Theron and Cameron Diaz being spotted in the surf.
Kauai seems to attract many of the rich and famous, some of whom enjoy their time at the St. Regis Princeville, a 5-star resort on Hanalei Bay. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have been known to stay at the enormous hideaway, which features its own waterfall, working cattle ranch, and de rigeur spa.
Punta de Mita, Mexico
Following Lady Gaga’s 2011 visit, Punta de Mita has seen its share of famous visitors like Kirsten Dunst, Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff gracing its beaches. Although it’s quite a small village, its beachfront location and proximity to Puerto Vallarta attracts A-listers who want a break from the hustle and bustle of L.A. and maybe try their hand at surfing, snorkeling and other water sports.
Cabo, Mexico
Known to be Jennifer Aniston’s favorite get-away, the former Friends star is often seen soaking up the sun at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso with bikini-buddy Courteney Cox and fiance Justin Theroux.

Exterior of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. ©2014, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, L.L.C.

Exterior of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. ©2014, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, L.L.C.

The draw is the spectacular setting and luxury that can’t be beat, with all the expected requirements for the pampered: custom furnishings, heated infinity pools, chilled Evian spray for too-warm sunbathers and 24-hour butler service.
George Clooney, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lopez and Sheryl Crow are other famous faces who enjoy the resort, located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. It seems that whale-watching and celebrity-spotting are equally rewarding pastimes in Cabo.
Bora Bora
The St. Regis is just one of the upscale resorts offering private, over-the-water villas, and World-class service on one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world, set amid endless Pacific waters.

Overwater Villa - St. Regis Bora Bora. © 2010-2014 Societes des Hotels Tahitiens S.A.

Overwater Villa – St. Regis Bora Bora. © 2010-2014 Societes des Hotels Tahitiens S.A.

Celebrities spotted on this French Polynesian island include Nicole Kidman, Rob Lowe, Eva Longoria, Sharon Stone, Quincy Jones and Christina Applegate to name a few.



Nicaragua And Its 10 Best Tourism Attractions

It’s the land of flora and fauna, the land of nature, the land of lakes and volcanoes – yes this is Nicaragua. It is located south of Honduras and North of Costa Rica.
The main attractions in Nicaragua are scenic routes, beaches, and the architecture of cities. It’s fast becoming an alternative to popular tourist destinations like Costa Rica and Panama while still being accessible and cheap.

This is one of the most well-preserved Nicaragua architecture and the first big Spanish settlement. The churches and buildings are in Spanish colonial style. Tourists can take a kayaking trip to nearby islets or visit nearby Masya markets.
San Juan Del Sur

This is the most popular beach destination in Nicaragua. From experts to novices, all can ride the surf here, relax on the beach with heavenly drinks and play volleyball under the warm, glowing sun.
Ometepe Island

Located on Lago de Nicaragua, this extraordinary island is formed from the combination of two volcanoes, Maderas and Concepcion. If you’re in the mood to go hiking on the volcanoes, better start up early in the morning. Hiking, kayaking, and cycling are some other things you can do on the island.
New Leon

Up until 1857, this was Nicaragua’s capital. The graffiti and murals scattered around the city are the testaments to the political war between Somozas and Sandinistas. The Museum of the Revolution, an interesting one at that, also documents the history of the Sandinista movement.
Cerro Negro

An active volcano, this is the site for many people for volcano boarding. Yes, you heard it right! Organized tours of people hike up the mountain and then fly down the mountain, atop a piece of wood. This is a pretty popular activity here.
Corn Islands

A gorgeous vacation retreat, they are located off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and offer a host of activities to people such as scuba diving, fishing, relaxing, and snorkeling. Enjoy!

This national park has a beautiful cloud forest, small farms, rivers and waterfalls. You can take multi-day treks to the park. They also have programs to teach you how to farm.
And the best part: all the proceeds from the park go to supporting the farmers and the community.

Volcano hiking is a popular and adventurous activity. The two volcanoes on the Ometepe are very frequented sites for hiking. Leon, with its plethora of volcanoes, is also a good place for volcano hiking.
Pearl Keys

This beautiful island chain, located in Caribbean Sea, used to have 18 pearls, but now has just 12 due to the rising tides. Sandy beaches, reefs, and shady palm trees make this place one of the most coveted tourist destinations.
Mercado Artesanías

This is a black-basalt Gothic structure with a Spanish fortress. With its turrets, towers, and huge gates, the Mercado Artesanías stands grandiosely. It’s now the most famous market and a major tourist attraction. With its wide and breezy pathways, you can shop around comfortably and browse many stalls offering items such as leather goods, paintings, ceramics, clothing, furniture, and cotton hammocks.



Guide To Traveling When You Feel It’s Risky

So maybe you’ve gotten afraid of traveling because of recent attacks around the world which targeted popular tourist spots. But how do you manage this when you’ve already made your plans and cancelling is just not an option?

We know that living in this world means that a terrorist attack can occur at any time – in any place – and for any reason, or no reason at all. So how do you determine which country is safe to visit and which is not? We can judge our own comfort levels and decide accordingly. What main factors impact our judgment? There are two: risk perception and risk tolerance. Risk perception has to do with our understanding of the risk that has been ingrained in our minds based on what we have heard and what we consider the level of threat to be. Risk tolerance is based on your individual tolerance of danger. So when making a decision, you need to first estimate how much risk is there and then are you able to tolerate it or not?
Connect and Read Other Travelers’ Reports

Sign into TripAdvisor and go ahead and ask questions relating to your trip or read the already present reviews. You can sort the reviews based on places and dates to ensure that you go through the latest posts. For any unanswered questions, post your own and mention the location!
Advice by Your Government

The government regularly issues updates on which countries to avoid. Many consider it an excessively worded list, but it is a good starting point on which countries to avoid and which to cover.
What Are Others Saying

You can also view other countries embassy sites for information on where they are limiting their citizen travels. These are found on their websites and popular countries on whose embassy sites to check include USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Map the Locations and Your Stays

Identify which locations are high target threats and then map them. Carefully assess what the distance is between those locations and your destinations. This will help with the risk tolerance aspect as you can get a feel about the level of threat your destination faces.
Go Over the Local News

Mostly English newspapers focus on the crimes against foreigners and hence will give you a clear view of what is going on in and around your chosen destinations. www.onlinenewspapers.com is an amazing collection of English newspapers from around the world.
Perspective Is Important

Normal people are impacted by terrorist threats for a maximum of a day or two. They have to continue with their lives as they have mouths to feed and lives to carry on. Before believing into the news reporting of only the bad, think about all the good that must be going on as well.
Security Is Always Higher After Incidents

Normally, the aim of terrorist attacks is to cause panic and confusion by using the element of surprise. So if you’re going to a place that has been recently attacked, be assured that there will be extra security around ensuring a much higher level of security that includes metal detectors and visible guns.
Waiting it out until the situation gets better will probably take forever so here are some measures you can take for your own safety:
STEP Enrollment:

The US government has created a program under the State Department titled Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) which is aimed towards making it easier for them to track your movements and get in touch with you in case of any emergencies.
Crowds Are a No No

When terrorists attack at any location, their aim is to cause the maximum damage with the least amount of casualties to themselves. This is only possible if they attack large crowded locations so try to avoid them as much as possible.
Twitter Feeds

Follow major global news and twitter feeds along with your country’s and the visiting country’s major police and rescue services to get the main news as soon as things happen. Twitter is the most updated so ensure to keep an eye on it.
Monitor the News

Stay connected via international news channels and online by ensuring your room has these channels included as a part of their package and pay for the Internet connection so you can view news as and when you want.
Save the Emergency Numbers

Find out what the numbers are for emergency services in your destination country and save them. Along with this, save the number to your hotel and any others you know in the city.
Satellite or Local Phone Rental

Normally in emergency situations, a roaming network becomes weak or cut off. So ensure you have a local number handy for such situations or rent a satellite phone so that it continues working and you can call for help.
Vetted Taxis

While it will cost more, having a hotel driver or a hotel vetted taxi to take you around will allow you the peace of mind from traveling in crowded public transportation. So go for this option and book a hotel car for the whole day.
Identify the Risks Most Likely to Impact You

Make sure that you take necessary precautions when out and about like you would at your home. Avoid flashing too many monetary things like jewelry and phones or shopping from expensive outlets in one go. These things identify you as rich tourists. Of course, this is something you should not want.


L.A. To Las Vegas By Bus? Don’t Miss These Sights!

Two entirely different and opposite worlds exist just 269 miles apart. With reputations as “the city of Angels” and “Sin city” respectively, traveling from one to the other takes you from the exotic California coastline and beautiful beaches to the heart of Nevada’s Mojave Desert. Nevertheless, the journey is something you will never forget.
Famous for being “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas has 24/7 entertainment for you which includes shopping. It’s a great place to enjoy yourself on a long weekend particularly in cooler months from October to May.

The journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas can be pretty tiring, but it is 80% cheaper than traveling by air. You can opt for a luxury bus, sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful and ravishing scenery.
Traveling by bus means that you will also save yourself from paying heavy car parking fees that many shopping malls and hotels charge in Vegas. You can take a cab from your drop-off point or ask the hotel you are staying in for a free pickup utilizing their courtesy shuttle service.
Megabus, Greyhound, and other bus services are available that regularly travel between LA and Las Vegas. These are luxury buses and have all upgrades including WiFi, reclining seats, enough legroom, power outlets, air-conditioning, and an onboard restroom. Some of them also offer beverages and snacks.
Board the bus at the departure point of your particular bus service. The journey takes almost 5 hours, but it also depends on the route. Here are some of the things you should keep an eye on during this trip.
1. San Bernardino National Forest

As the journey starts, the city life is gone and you climb uphill in the forests. The route goes through San Jacinto Mountains with the San Bernardino National Forest in the east and the Los Angeles National Forest a little further towards the west. These forests are really famous for trail riding, hiking, bicycling, off-road vehicles, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities. Due to the high elevation, this area is used for snowshoeing and alpine skiing during winters, unlike what you expect in Southern California! These forest areas also protect wildlife such as bears, birds, bighorn sheep, squirrels, reptiles, deer, and amphibians including endangered species.
Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, and Silverwood Lake are vacation points within the San Bernardino National Forest. There is a Wild Trout Stream at Deep Creek and also Thermal Springs.
2. Victorville

After the beautiful forests, you will now enter a main town, Victorville – also known as “The Key City of the High Desert.” It was the Victorfield Army Airfield during WWII and later, it became the Georges Air Force Base until 1992 when it got decommissioned.
The U.S historic and famous Route 66 runs through the Victorville and it is marked right where the California Route 66 Museum is located on South D 7th Street. Towns on Route 6 are still famous for film and dramas location for western, military, and action films.
3. Mojave Desert

Victorville ends at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, and so you will feel a sudden change in the vegetation, scenery, and landscape. The desert plants which line the road would be creosote, cacti, yucca, and Joshua trees. This area is extremely cool and has dry weather during winters with temperatures dropping below the freezing point while it’s much warmer than LA in summers. Annual rainfall is minimal, just six inches, but in January 1949, Victorville did record 38 inches of snowfall!
Due to the higher elevation of this region, it is also referred to as the High Desert. It is windier and cooler during winters as compared to the Low Desert region of the Mojave.
4. Barstow

When you reach Barstow, it means that you have completed half of your journey. It is 130 miles northeast of LA and 125 miles Southwest of Las Vegas which was also known as the Mormon Corridor. It also marks the juncture of I-15 with Route 66, the I-40 heading east to Flagstaff and S.R.58 heading west to the Bakersfield.
If you want to discover the old-fashioned ghost towns, then you should at sometime later visit the Calico Ghost town that is just outside Barstow. It was built in the year 1881 to house the miners coming to try their luck from the silver strike. In 1904, the mine was played out, but the town still remains and has maintained its fascination with tourists.
5. Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve was formed in order to preserve the region’s natural and cultural resources. It lies within the Mojave Desert. You will see an abundance of wildlife here and will see golden eagles and hawks soaring in the skies. You may also find coyotes, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and desert tortoises that are searching for water, food, and shade in the scorching desert sun.


Why Stars Like Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney Love Cabo San Lucas

Cabo is a Mexican get-away spot that’s a favorite draw for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney. In fact, the stars famously rang in the New Year in Cabo San Lucas just two years ago, joined by Justin Theroux, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt. The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, has also been seen partying at this top tourist destination.
Much of the attraction to the area is due to its location, known as “Land’s End,” Cabo is right at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. The area has been developed with a line of gated communities and exclusive hotels called the Corridor, which is where many of the Hollywood elite gather. High-end resorts there include Las Ventanas, Esperanza and the One & Only Palmilla.
From December to March every year, movie stars and regular folks alike can enjoy whale-watching. From waterfront resort balconies, pods of whales can be seen having completed their 6,000 mile trip from Alaska to bear their calves in the warm southern waters.
Whether it’s big-game fishing, kayaking or laying prone somewhere on a beach, the area is diverse enough to offer it all, and of course the resorts feature spas, fine dining and a wide range of nightlife and entertainment choices. With some 3 million tourists flocking to the area every year, from families on a budget to honeymooners to Hollywood A-listers, the variety is endless.
Golf fans like George Clooney, for instance, might well be attracted by the world class courses that dot the landscape. The natural desert terrain, reminiscent of Arizona, is made unforgettable with its vivid backdrop of the Sea of Cortez.
Over the years, other celebrities spotted vacationing at Cabos include Fergie and Josh Duhamel, John Travolta, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez. Although celebrity-sightings aren’t unusual, many of the famous faces choose to stay away from the hordes in private resorts in the Corridor. This potent mix of paradise and privacy is a proven magnet for celebrities on vacation.



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