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Top Ten Things To Do in Spain


10 Reasons to visit The Gambia

The Gambia is becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Here are ten reasons, why you should visit the smiling coast.


  • The Gambia is the kind of holiday destination suitable for every type of vacation, whether it is a summer vacation for the entire family or a romantic getaway for honeymooners.
  • The beaches of The Gambia are great places to frolic in the warm water and get oneself a golden tan. In addition to this, they also offer plenty of entertainment options, with activities like surfing, fishing or just making sand castles.
  • The Gambia has an enviable climate and for those seeking some sun and sand, The Gambia becomes an excellent vacation option for escaping the winter with average temperature of 24 to 31 degrees centigrade.
  • Yet another excellent reason to go to The Gambia is to see and experience historic slave towns that inspired classic films such as Alex Hayley’s Roots.
  • The people of The Gambia have a vibrant culture with flourishing festivals. The Roots festival, Kanilai Festival and a range of festivals will keep you entertained no matter what time of the year you visit.
  • Gambia is a great travel destination for bird enthusiasts. With over 100 species of beautiful and rare birds, you may need extra notepads to record all the beautiful birds in The country.
  • Also, The Gambia has an assortment of accommodation options to fit almost every budget with luxury hotels lining the coast, and affordability and industry being the mainstay of the Senegambia coast.
  • Friendliest people on you will ever meet. Honestly, it is not called the Smiling Coast for no reason. If you want to meet happy people, then Gambia is the place.
  • The Gambia is uncommercialised and virtually untouched. Tourism plays an important role and employs a lot of locals. If you want to visit somewhere were the locals really benefit and not large corporations, this is the place.
  • Affordability: The Gambia is an affordable holiday choice. You don’t have to dig deep down into your pocket to enjoy tranquility, sunshine and sea.

A Quick Taste of Paradise from the Maldives!

The Window Suite

While at some point I’d love to turn this blog into a real business, for the moment I’m more concerned with helping people accomplish their wildest travel dreams. Case in point is my coworker AB, who just spent four days in Tokyo and is now at the Park Hyatt Maldives for the next five days.

ANA First-Class ORD-NRT All Nippon Airways first-class, ORD-NRT

Early last year, I had described to him my Paris-Thailand-Tokyo trip (Part 1/Part 2) and asked him, “Where do you want to go? Give me a top 2.”

He responded, “I’ve always wanted to go to Japan and the Maldives.”

My response? “Fine, you can actually go to both places on the same trip.”

He was a bit incredulous, but we chopped it up and figured out a plan for him to travel at a heavily discounted price on his dream vacation – using miles and points, of…

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Summer Traveling – The Advantages

Summer is the busiest season to travel in a year. It however, acts as a blessing as well as a curse. The children get their holidays and the weathersuitable for outdoor travel it is obvious that almost everyone will be making plans for traveling. Hence, travel plans during this time in a year signify crowded airports, long queues, and crowded beaches. However, there are various advantages and benefits attached also which are listed below.

Cheap Rates In Flights – The airlines know that during this time of the year there are going to be huge demand for tickets. Hence, between May and September they announce great discounts on airfare. One must be ready to avail such offers. Hence, when airline ticket fare drops make a jump for the tickets.

Luggage Is Less In summers – Summer means fewer clothes and no woolen clothes. Hence no longer one is required to carry huge coats, jackets, sweater and boots. Luggage is less and your bag pack looks neat and tidy. One can carry swimsuits, tank tops, t-shirts, shorts for summer and hence one can travel light. It also saves you money as lesser luggage means you are not required to pay for extra baggage.

Deals – During summer months one gets a lot of options for people and friends who also wish to travel along with you. Hence, if you are one of those who love traveling in groups then this is the best time. People get time off from school and work and they plan their trips during this time of summer months. The various summer tourist vacation spots and resorts offer great packages for accommodation for big groups. Hence one can call upon friends who wish to travel and plan trips together.

Seasonal Occasions – In many places of the country the summer weather is the best choice for various outdoor occasions like art shows, musical festivals, sports events, and expos etc which are great ways that allows you to pack your bags and move out of your house.


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  1. Rome is further North than New York City. New York City is about the same latitude as Naples Italy.
  2. In Rome and Naples, it only snows briefly once every several years, while in New York snow is very frequent in the Winter.
  3. Pizza was “invented” in Naples around 1860s.
  4. Pizza is one of the very few words which is understood all over the world.
  5. Italy is slightly larger than Arizona.
  6. Almost 20% of Italy’s population is over 65 years old.
  7. Italy borders with Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
  8. Its longest border is with Switzerland.
  9. The average Italian family has 1.27 children.
  10. Everybody 18 and over can vote, however you have to be at least 25 to vote for the Senate’s elections.
  11. The Italian flag is inspired by the French, which was introduced during Napoleon’s 1797 invasion of the peninsula.
  12. The average Italian makes $26,700 a year, however those in the more prosperous north make almost $40,000.
  13. The thermometer is an Italian invention.
  14. Italy’s unemployment rate is around 8.6%, but it is as high as 20% in the more impoverished south.
  15. Italian farms produce grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, wheat and olives. They rear cows and produce meat and dairy.
  16. The name of Electricity measurement Volt comes from Alessandro Volta, who invented the first battery in 1779.
  17. The average life expectancy at birth for an Italian is 79.54 years.
  18. The famous children’s story, Pinocchio,  was written by an Italian.
  19. The city of Naples gave birth to pizza .
  20. The piano hails from Italy.
  21. The longest river in Italy is the Po.
  22. The average Italian consumes half a pound of bread a day.
  23. Italy’s contributions to science include the barometer, the electric battery, nitroglycerin, and wireless telegraphy.
  24. Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  25. Today’s modern Italian originated in the region of Tuscany.
  26. Enrico Fermi, inventor of the nuclear reactor, was an Italian.
  27. The automobile is one of Italy’s greatest products.  In addition to the Fiat brand, Fiat owns the Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler brands.
  28. With almost 40 million visitors, Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world.
  29. Italy is home to two microstates, San Marino and Vatican City .
  30. Besides Julius Caesar, Shakespeare also set in Italy ( entirely or partially): Romeo and JulietOthelloThe Merchant of VeniceAntony and CleopatraCoriolanusCymbelineMuch Ado About NothingOthello,The Taming of the ShrewTitus AndronicusThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaA Winter’s Tale.
  31. The Eau de Cologne was invented in Italy.


    San Marino, the capital of San Marino Republic.


  32. The ice cream cone is an Italian invention.
  33. The majority of Italian-American immigrants came from Naples and southern Italy.
  34. Mt. Vesuvius last erupted in 1944, destroying a number of villages.
  35. Eyeglasses are an Italian invention.
  36. The average Italian is 41 years old.
  37. Italy has 20 regions, 4 of which have a special status giving them more independence from central government. One of them, Trentino-Alto Adige has status of fully autonomous region.
  38. Before adopting the euro, Italy’s currency was known as the lira.
  39. The average Italian consumes 26 gallons of wine a year.
  40. Italy’s major industries include tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, and ceramics.
  41. Italy has more hotel rooms than any other nation in Europe.
  42. The espresso machine hails from Italy.
  43. Italy is the world’s seventh largest industrial economy.
  44. Barely a third of Italy’s land is arable and suitable for farming.
  45. Italy’s biggest trading partners are Germany, France, the United States, and Great Britain.
  46. Over 40% of Italy’s labor force is unionized.
  47. The telephone was created by an Italian (Meucci )
  48. Most of Italy’s industry is centered around the northern cities of Milan, Turin and Genoa .
  49. Since the end of WWII, Italy has seen almost 60 governments come and go.
  50. The area around Venice is one of the wealthiest region in Europe.
  51. Over 75% of Italy is mountainous or hilly.
  52. The typewriter is an Italian invention.
  53. Italians used to be known for having large families, however Italy is now known for having Europe’s lowest birthrate.
  54. Italy owes much of its prosperity to thousands of small private family enterprises.
  55. Most unmarried children live with their parents.
  56. The average Italian consumes 25 kilograms of pasta a year.
  57. The Jewish Ghetto in Rome is now one of the most expensive real estate area in the city.
  58. With over 5 million people, Rome is Italy’s largest city.
  59. Italy has a population of over 58 million.
  60. Italians refer to their country as Italia.
  61. Italy imports over 75% of its energy.
  62. The service sector accounts for almost 70% of the Italian economy.
  63. Agriculture used to make up over a third of Italy’s economy. It now makes up less than three percent.
  64. The official language is Italian, but German and French are also spoken in some regions.
  65. Italy’s north has warm summers and cool winters. Italy’s south has hot summers and mild winters.
  66. The Seven Hills of Rome are Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, and Viminal.
  67. The symbol SPQR can be found on many ancient buildings in Rome. It stands for “the senate and people of Rome.” (Senatus PopulusQue Romanus).
  68. Rome was founded in 753 BC.
  69. Italy did not become a united country until 1861.
  70. Every kid between the ages of 6-14 go to mandatory school. More than 90 percent of them attend public schools considered better for learning than private schools.
  71. Before Rome became a republic and an empire, it had seven kings.
  72. The first king of Rome was its legendary founder, Romulus.
  73. “Ars longa, vita brevis” is a common saying in Italy. It means “art is long, life is short” and reflects the Italian love of leisure.
  74. An engineering marvel of the ancient world, the Cloaca Maxima, is the sewer of Rome.
  75. The first Roman Emperor was OctavianAugustus, who came to power in 27 BC.
  76. The Roman Empire fell in 476 AD, after its last emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was forced to abdicate by barbarian invaders.
  77. A Roman Centurion commanded 100 hundred men.
  78. A Roman Legion was made up of 6,000 men.
  79. Italy has a resident foreign population of 1.27 million.
  80. Italy’s current constitution took effect January 1st, 1948.
  81. The president of Italy is a ceremonial figure.
  82. The prime minister serves as the head of government and is the one who runs the country.
  83. Since October 1946, the national anthem of Italy has been the Inno de Memeli.
  84. Family recreational activities in small villages include taking a traditional Sunday passeggiata (family stroll).
  85. The colors of the Italian flag represent three virtues: hope (green), faith (white), and charity (red).
  86. The Italian Republic does not have an official motto, but it usually considers the first line of the Italian Constitution as such: “L’Italia e’ una Repubblica democratica, fondata sul lavoro” (Italy is a democratic Republic, founded on labor).
  87. St. Francis of Assisi and St. Caterina of Siena are the patron saints of Italy.
  88. 95% of Italians are Roman Catholic, but only about 30 percent of all Italians attend church regularly.
  89. The Roman Catholic Church is based in Italy.
  90. Italy has over 3,000 museums.
  91. The national sport of Italy is soccer (known as football outside of America).
  92. Italy’s national dish is pasta.
  93. The Italian language evolved from the Latin of the Roman Empire.
  94. The Italian peninsula is surrounded by five seas (the Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenean, Ligurian, and Mediterranean).
  95. Italy has two large islands,Sicily and Sardinia, as well as a number of smaller islands.
  96. The Italian island of Sicily is famous for being home of the illicit Mafia criminal organization.
  97. Napoleon spent his first exile on the Italian island of Elba.
  98. The Alps form Italy’s northern border and, for a long time, protected the peninsula from invasions.
  99. Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli.
  100. Naples is the largest city in southern Italy.
  101. After Rome, Milan is the second-largest city in Italy.
  102. Milan is home to Italian fashion and finance.
  103. Rome’s nickname is “The Eternal City.”
  104. Florence is considered by many the home of Italian art.
  105. Vespa is an Italian-made motor scooter that many people ride around busy city streets.
  106. Around 1284 in Italy, Salvino D’Armate was credited with inventing the first wearable eye glasses.
  107. Italy has the highest number of cultural sites recognized by UNESCO world Heritage.
  108. Italian has many dialects

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2014 World Cup stadiums

Stadium name: Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife)

Capacity 46,000

How complete is it? Construction began in October 2010 and finished on time in May, with a friendly between Nautico and Sporting Lisbon marking its official opening

Average temperature in June: 25C
Average rainfall in June

Famous for… Has tried to market itself as the Brazilian Venice with its many rivers and canals, Recife is famous for its 8km long Boa Viagem Beach. Widely regarded as one of the best city beaches in South America, the only problem in June is it is the wettest month of the year.

Local hero… Rivaldo grew up in the city and began his career at local club Santa Cruz before moving on to bigger and better things. At his peak, the forward spent five years in Spain at Barcelona, winning the World and European player of the year award in 1999. He played 74 times for his country.

Stadium name: Arena da Amazônia – Manaus

Capacity 44,000

How complete is it? Was supposed to be finished in early 2013, but is behind schedule and will not be completed until the spring.

Average temperature in June 27.5C
Average rainfall in June 84mm

Famous for… being situated in the heart of the Amazon rain forest. It is the gateway to the Amazon basin and a popular tourist destination as a result. England manager Roy Hodgson was keen to avoid playing any games here as it is so far from team’s Rio De Janeiro base, but likely to be popular with fans possessing a sense of adventure

Local hero… Francisco Lima Govinho was a defensive midfielder who spent the majority of his career in Italy, most notably for Roma, but also Bologna and Brescia. Like so many Brazilians, he was good enough to play in one of Europe’s top divisions but never got a game for the national team.

Stadium name: Arena Pantanal (Cuiaba)

Capacity 43,000

How complete is it? Has been plagued by delays since construction began in 2010 and is still several months away from completion

Average temperature in June 24.1C
Average rainfall in June 15.5mm

Famous for… it is one of Brazil’s hottest cities with temperatures regularly exceeding 40C in the hottest months. Founded in 1727 following the discovery of gold in the area, Cuiaba is situated in the geographical centre of the South American continent, and is also in the middle of Brazilian cattle country, which ensures cowboy hats are a most-have fashion item.

Local Hero: Liverpool’s Brazilian international Lucas Leiva was born Dourados, which is a neighbouring town in the state of Mato Grosso. Began his career at Gremio and moved to Anfield for £5m in 2007. A vital member of both club and national side.


Stadium name: Arena das Dunas (Natal)

Capacity 43,000

How complete is it? It was later than promised but the stadium is built, taking just over two years to finish.

Average temperature in June 25C
Average rainfall in June 210mm

Famous for... a really big tree. The Maior cajueiro do mundo is the biggest cashew tree in the world. Entered into the Guinness Book of Records In 1994 as the tree which covers the largest area, 8,400 square metres, making it larger than most football pitches

Local hero.. Marinho Chagas was an early example of a left-back who could defend well but also attack like a winger. Played for Brazil in the 1974 World Cup and won 36 caps.

Stadium name: Estádio do Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro)

Capacity: 78,838

How complete is it? The renovated stadium was completed last June, when England fans will recall a temporary threat to their friendly in Brazil going ahead as a safety certificate was confirmed. Fifa say everything is in working order now. It will hst the final this summer.

Average temperature in June 22°C
Average rainfall in June 3.2 inches

Famous for…With a population of 6.3 million, Rio conjures images of idyllic beaches, carnivals and a samba beat. The Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains are among the most visited landmarks on the planet and it will be the destination most fans dream of making their base.

Local hero Ronaldo, Romario and Zizinho (described by Pele as the best player he ever saw) are among the many football Gods born in Rio, but for a certain generation Zico, the maestro of the 1982 World Cup, is the definitive Brazilian footballer. He was recently voted third behind Pele and Garrincha as the nation’s greatest.


Stadium name: Arena de Itaquera (Sao Paulo)

Capacity: 68,000

How complete is it? Following last month’s tragic accident when two workers lost their lives erecting the stadium roof, it is scheduled to be complete by the end of February. However, this may be an ambitious target.

Average temperature in June 22°C
Average rainfall in June 2.2 inches

Famous for…A staggering 20 million people reside in the metropolis of São Paulo, but the startling contrast between rich and poor make the city one of the diverse in the world. It is considered Brazil’s most culturally vibrant city, its restaurants and bistros making it the cuisine capital.

Local hero Cafu and Roberto Carlos are among the numerous luminaries who honed their skills on São Paulo’s streets, but it was Arthur Friedenreich, the son of German/African immigrants, who broke through racial barriers at the start of the 20th century. Friedenreich was Brazil’s first black professional footballer.

Stadium name: Estadio Mineirao (Belo Horizonte)

Capacity: 64,00

How complete is it? The redevelopment of existing stadium (new lower tier, roof extension and internal upgrades) was completed in December, 2012, making this venue one of the best equipped at this stage (according to Fifa).

Average temperature in June 25°C
Average rainfall in June 0.6 inches

Famous for…The peculiar road of Rua do Amendoim, where cars placed in neutral gear go up the sloping street rather than down. It is a tourist curiosity, attributed to the powerful magnetic field in the surrounding area. Belo Horizonte (‘beautiful horizon’) also lists tasting the famous delicacy ‘liver with aubergine’ at Central Market at number one on its list of ’20 things you must do in the city’ .

Local hero Tostao, a member of the 1970 World Cup winning team, scored 32 goals in 52 games for what is considered the greatest side there has been. He once scored 47 goals in one game in his schooldays. With 300 career goals to his name, injury forced his retirement at just 25.

Stadium name: Arena da Baixada (Curitiba)

Capacity: 41, 456

How complete is it? Fifa’s internal reports say it is 83 per cent complete, the pitch causing particular concern. Work is scheduled to be finished for February but this stadium is one of those causing particular worry.

Average temperature in June 18°C
Average rainfall in June 3.9 inches

Famous for…Curitiba is translated from Portuguese as ‘many pine trees’ and has the distinction of being one of the shortest lived capital cities – three days in 1969 courtesy of the reign of the military junta. With its botanic gardens and stylistic architecture, it is regarded one of the prettiest and desirable cities in Brazil to live.

Local hero The record goalscorer of Curitiba FC was Duillio Dias, who scored 202 times between 1954-64. Unearthing talent to match those from Rio and São Paulo has proved tricky, but Premier League watchers will be interested to know Manchester United’s ex-midfielder Klebberson started his career with city rivals Atlético Paranaense.

Stadium name: Estadio Nacional de Brasilia (Brasilia)

Capacity: 70,064

How complete is it? The stadium was completed in May this year, replacing the dismantled Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha.

Average temperature in June: 26C
Average rainfall in June: 3 per cent

Famous for: The Brazilian capital, Brasilia is the city that claims to have been built in 2,000 days and boasts such historic landmarks as the Cathedral, the National Congress and the Legion of Goodwill Temple. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Local hero: AC Milan forward Kaka was born in the satellite city of Gama and remains arguably Brasilia’s most famous export. Began his career at São Paulo before a fee of around £7million in 2003, later moving to Real Madrid.

Stadium name: Arena Castelao (Fortaleza)

Capacity: 67,037

How complete is it: Fully completed in December 2012, the Castelao is now an all-seater stadium and now has a larger roof and an underground car park.

Average temperature in June: 29.6C
Average rainfall in June: 16 per cent

Famous for: Renowned as one of Brazil’s most vibrant cities, Monday nights in Fortaleza have become immortalised by the ‘El Pirata’ nightclub which was branded “the craziest place on Earth” by the New York Times.

Local hero: Bolton Wanderers fans may remember Mario Jardel with a shudder, or a chuckle. Cruelly nicknamed ‘Lardel’ due to his hefty waistline, the forward only made seven appearances under Sam Allardyce.

Stadium name: Arena Fonte Nova – Salvador

Capacity: 55,000

How complete is it? The stadium was officially opened in April but a month later a huge segment of the roof collapsed due to torrential overnight rain, but officials are optimistic there will be no problems.

Average temperature in June: 26.5C
Average rainfall in June: 23.C

Famous for: Salvador is known as the capital of happiness in Brazil and hosts the Central do Carnaval, one of the country’s most famous annual celebrations. The Fonte Nova appears quite incongrous in the city due to its space-age design.

Local hero: Bebeto. The former Brazil international, now 49, was born in Salvador and is revered in the city, named as one of the six ambassadors for the 2014 World Cup. Started his career at tiny Salvador club Vitoria.

Stadium name: Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda (Porto Alegre)

Capacity: TBC (est 50,287)

How complete is it? The stadium is still under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Average temperature in June: 19.7C
Average rainfall in June: 12 per cent

Famous for: The state of Rio Grande do Sul is the homeplace for current Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and his predecessor Mano Menezes, and also famous for the Gre-Nal, a bitter derby between local enemies Gremio and Internacional.

Local hero: Ronaldinho, the 33-year old Brazil forward, was born in Porto Alegre and won the Fifa World Player of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005. Also known as ‘Gaucho’ to distinguish him from Ronaldo, his former fellow international.

California in Summer

After the winter rains end, California’s hillside grasses turn golden, their color intensifying in late afternoon sun. It gives credence to the idea that California’s nickname “The Golden State” comes from the color of its hills. It takes a little getting used to if you’re from other parts of the country, but after living here a few years, I find the golden summer landscape one of the most appealing.

What to Expect

  • Summer is a great time to dine outdoors, but if you’re anywhere near the coast, bring a jacket. It can cool off faster (and get colder) than you might expect.
  • Summer is the time for farmers’ markets offering fruits and vegetables, all grown locally. Especially good are strawberries from around Watsonville or Oxnard and stone fruits (peaches, plums, apricots and the like) from the central valley.
  • While the claim that Mark Twain once said: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” isn’t true, the sentiment is. Bring plenty of warm layers to San Francisco’s Fourth of July fireworks (up to 3 or 4 sweatshirts deep) or you’ll wish you did.
  • Wildflower blooms continue into early summer in higher elevations and in some years, you’ll find them blooming all summer along roadsides in Yosemite and Sequoia.

What to do

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)


Conventional wisdom holds that California is for the young-and who are we to argue? The state is chock-full of attractions for kids of all ages, especially the under-18 set. From Disneyland, the granddaddy of all theme parks, to world-class aquariums, zoos, historical museums, and outdoor activities, California will keep your family engaged and hopping.

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New is cool, but a big part of Disneyland’s charm is it’s ability to keep refreshing favorites, like the classic submarine ride, now updated to be the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Longtime winner Pirates of the Caribbean has injected some movie-hipness by adding a goofy, dreadlocked Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp style) popping up unexpectedly throughout the ride. Always popular Star Tours ride has new twists and turns, and end-of-the-night fireworks displays that change throughout the year.


Explore the wonders of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium. Visit the aquarium during Family Days and enjoy arts and crafts, science, and engaging activities for all ages in programs and special events that promotes family learning and togetherness.



The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of those destinations that charms everyone who walks through its great glass doors. Here you can watch rescued sea otters swim, play, and groom in their naturalized exhibit. See and learn about the worlds of countless fish species, as well as amphibians, birds, invertebrates, octopi, and reptiles. Watch aquarium staff feed penguins and sea otters, and experience other creatures as they interact in extraordinarily realistic underwater environments that simulate the adjacent Monterey Bay and beyond. Kids love the interactive touch pool filled with starfish, sea cucumbers, and other ocean creatures. The bat ray exhibit, where you can feel the velvety softness of a bat ray as it flys by, is always a hit.

The aquarium also offers a variety of special tours, including a behind-the-scenes look at how the aquarium’s remarkable filtration systems work to keep all the resident creatures alive and well. Another fun tour lets you follow a staff member on morning rounds, which may include feeding and interacting with some of the animals on site. Hungry? There’s an exceptional self-service cafeteria, as well as a sit-down restaurant focusing on fresh ingredients and sustainable seafood.



Get a glimpse of Hollywood magic at Universal Studios Hollywood, one of California’s most unforgettable theme parks. From rides to special tours, the park lets you get a backstage pass into the world of moviemaking, as well delivering a heavy dose of adrenaline via a powerhouse collection of sensory-overload thrill rides, including Transformers: The Ride-3D. The park’s classic tram tour has gotten a snazzy upgrade with state-of-the-art HD monitors and Jimmy Fallon as your techno-tour guide. Cruise through real movie sets to learn about special effects and other insider insights into moviemaking. Cruise along Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, get caught between giant spiders and King Kong, and be spooked by the likes of Norman at the Bates Motel or a certain mega-shark from one of the scariest movies ever made. The regular Studio Tour is included with park admission.

Whale Watching Cruise

Whale Watching Cruise

Newport Harbor and its surroundings offer deep nutrient rich waters which attract all types of marine creatures. Come aboard this 2 1/2 hour cruise for your chance to view a wide variety of whales – plus dolphins, seals, and more. Experience the beauty of the sea’s gentle giants while enjoying the beautiful Southern California coastline.

Hollywood Stars Home Tour

Hollywood Stars Home Tour

See where the stars live, shop, and hang out in L.A.’s secluded hills on the stately streets of Beverly Hills. Air-conditioned mini-buses, complete with high windows ensuring that everyone has a great view, go where regular buses can’t.

Deep Sea Sport Fishing

Deep Sea Sport Fishing

Splash through the waters off the southern California coast on a deep-sea sport fishing adventure. Cast a line from the modern fishing craft and anticipate a bite from some of the areas largest fish.







7 Travel Packing Tips for Getting Your Bag Onboard

Travel Packing Tip 1 – Pack Light

Consider how often you are going to be seen by the same people and realize that you don’t need to wear something different every day of your trip. Limit the number of shoes you bring. Remember you’re already wearing one pair on the plane.

Travel Packing Tip 2 – The Grays Have It

If you bring colorful clothes then matching them will require even more clothes in total to be packed. Consider packing nothing but black, white and gray clothes with maybe one or two colored shirts or tops. A small number of clothes can be mixed and matched to create a different look each day.

Travel Packing Tip 3 – Downsize Everything

If you are going to carry-on then no liquid, gel, cream or ointment can be in a container greater than 100 ml or 3.3 ounces. So, leave home that big bottle of shampoo and pour it into a small bottle. Keep in mind many hotels provide for free or sell toothpaste, shampoo, soap and tooth brushes which means you may not have to bring them at all! It’s all about creating room in your small carry-on.

Travel Packing Tip 4 – Leave the Scissors Home

Trim your moustache and cut your nails before you leave on your trip. You can’t carry anything sharp, pointed or blunt onboard. Even small manicure scissors will most likely be tossed at the screening station. If you really need to have these while you are away, just buy a cheap pair when you arrive and toss them when you leave for your return flight.



Travel Packing Tip 5 – Get Right Sized

Carry-on baggage is limited in size to 45 linear inches. That means if you add the length plus the height plus the depth of the bag it cannot exceed 45 inches total. But there is second rule: It has to also fit in a box at the airport that makes sure your carry-on is not too big in any one of the dimensions. So, the real size requirements is a bag no larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″. You can’t have a bag that is for instance 27″ x 12″ x 6″. The 27″ dimension is too large and will be rejected and these days airport personnel are checking bags against the box to make sure all three dimensions fit.

Travel Packing Tip 6 – Don’t Over Stuff

OK, so you have the right sized bag and it still didn’t fit the box at the airport. What happened? First, the dimensional requirements include the wheels and the handles. Some luggage have wheels or large handles that protrude past the body of the luggage and exceed the allowable dimensions as a result. Second, do not over stuff your bag. Don’t pack your bag like a meatball. Pack it from the perimeter towards the center layering items as you go. Pack the large items first and then put the small items, like socks, in nooks and crannies created by the large items. This will also give you some cushioning. Socks can be rolled up and placed inside of shoes. Third, do not pack any items except magazines in the outer pockets. They just make the outside bulge and your 9″ dimension will now be 11″ or more and it won’t fit in the box.

Travel Packing Tip 7 – Don’t Hassle the Airport Personnel

You’ve done all this and you get to the airport and the check-in agent looks at your bag and says it won’t fit in the dimensional box. Look, they’re just doing their job. Rearrange some items in the. Now you go to the checkpoint and they notice the scissors you forgot to leave home. Arguing with the agent will only make things worse. They’ve heard all the excuses before and are in no mood to add yours to their experience. Just ditch them and enjoy your travels.


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