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Ring in the New Year with some unusual drops around the USA

by amit.uniyal 31. December 2014 01:52

New Year is just round the corner and we all are very happy to ring in the New Year. There are numerous ways to do so, apart from the classic and the ever famous ball drop at the Times Square in New York. Let us get to know more about the other fun ways to welcome 2015 all around the USA.

Renowned as the “Mushroom Capital of the World”, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania hosts an eight foot long stainless steel mushroom drop. Called as Midnight in the Square, the event starts at 9 pm. Lowered from a height of 85 feet; this sparkling lit mushroom weighing 500 pound will touch the grounds exactly at the onset of the New Year.

New Year Celebration

Visit Duval Street, New Orleans to be a part of the famous red shoe drop. Held at the Bourbon St. Pub, a long-a familiar party spot becomes all the more happening on the New Year’s Eve. The world famous drag queen sushi elegantly rides the sparkling red shoe, which is dropped from the top of the New Orleans House as the midnight strikes.

Port Clinton, Ohio celebrates the New Year with not a plane or a bird but a FISH. A huge 20-foot long, 600 pound fish is lowered from the sky. Know as the Walleye Drop, the event is being held from the past 19 years. Apart from the drop, Wylie the Walleye and walleye-themed street vendors are few other highlights of this night.

Enjoy a New Year drop the Mexican way. Las Cruces “The City of the Crosses" in New Mexico celebrates the New Year's Eve by dropping a 15 foot lighted chile. Illuminated using nearly 400 LEDs, this will be its first ever drop.

There is something for wine lovers too. Head to Temecula Civic Center, Temecula, CA at 9 pm to be a part of the Great Temecula Grape Drop. This is a family-friendly event which will include two countdowns – one to coincide with the New York time and other with local time. Huge bunch of grapes, weighing more than 250 pounds and illuminated using nearly 4500 LEDs will descent at the reverse countdown.

Another interesting New Year drop can be witnessed at Riverfront Pavilion on Second & Busseron Streets. This is where the 7th Watermelon Drop will occur. An 18-foot, 500-pound watermelon will be dropped from the sky to mark the year 2015. Fireworks, toys and glow sticks, music and more can be enjoyed beginning 9 pm.

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Visiting Australia to get The Taste of Tasmania

by amit.uniyal 22. December 2014 06:38

A holiday in Australia can be best enjoyed during its summer months from December through February. When you are visiting this seventh continent of the world during these months, get ready to enjoy “The Taste of Tasmania”, one of the most famous food festivals here.

This food festival will be held at Hobart from 28th December 2014 till 3rd January 2015. This is one such occasion when you will savor various kinds of dishes and also enjoy the lively New Year’s Eve party.

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There are several reasons for you to attend this popular food festival. Though Tasmania is a small island, but it has carved a niche for itself on the Australian gastronomy. This fabulous waterfront event attracts 300,000 visitors every year. The year 2014 is going to see even much bigger presence than previous years.

The culinary skills of the chefs from the island state of Tasmania will be on full display. An array of delicious dishes awaits you. During the past events the visitors got opportunity to enjoy different kinds of traditional food such as Tasmanian pepperberries, Bruny Island opossum made with garlic and duck fat and slow-cooked wallaby burritos. This year you can look forward to exotic seafood delicacies such as Thai mussels poached in cider, salmon sausages and ocean trout, or oysters dressed with olive oil, tarragon and Pernod, shallots.

For all those with a sweet tooth, there’s much more in store at this year’s event. You can look forward to relishing cannoli stuffed with hazelnut ricotta, milk chocolate, toasted coconut and cherries. There’s another variety available as well. This includes cannoli filled with basil, pepperberries and balsamic strawberries.

Apart from enjoying the food festival, the spectacular display of fireworks on the city’s waterfront at Hobart on New Year’s Eve is also ready to delight you endlessly. The dazzling fireworks display will start from 9.30 pm until midnight.

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Enjoying vacations in Argentina during winter

by amit.uniyal 19. December 2014 06:28

Argentina is big and beautiful Latin American nation where there are endless opportunities abound to enjoy your vacations during winter. There are at least two places in the country which are simply the best to visit during this season. You should surely consider visiting the beach destination of Mar del Plata as well as Salta.

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Why Mar del Plata

  • It is a beach destination
  • Less frequented during winters makes it the best place for people who love less crowd
  • Cheaper vacation
  • Attractions at low fee and stay at cheaper accommodations

Things to do here:

  • Strolling on the beach here
  • Enjoy hot chocolate and churros - great favorites with the locals and tourists
  • Sing your heart out at one of the Karaoke Clubs
  • Visit Mar del Plata Aquarium and see the famous dolphin show

Why Salta:

  • For Salta Canyons
  • This picturesque city looks best during this time of the year
  • To savor full-bodied red wine and locro, tamale


Things to do:

  • Ride the Gondola to reach San Bernardo Mountain
  • Visit Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montanaand to learn about mummies
  • Enjoy Peña entertainment and folkloric music, entertaining live shows at Balcarce Street

Still looking for more information about the city, then browse our city guide section and learn more about Argentina and things to do during winters.

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Abu Dhabi – Perfect destination to catch some winter sun

by amit.uniyal 16. December 2014 05:59

If you are planning to go for a holiday then Abu Dhabi is undoubtedly the best destination to be in to catch some winter sun. Amazing desert safaris, water parks and gorgeous golden beaches makes it the most preferred vacation destination in the Middle East today.

If Abu Dhabi is the holiday destination of your choice then here are some of the things that you shouldn’t ever skip while enjoying a memorable stay.

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Stroll the epic four-mile promenade at The Corniche
Think of strolling along the entire length of the epic 4-mile promenade at The Corniche. There are many places to see and things to do here. Two things are sure to catch your fancy. The huge bus-size UAE’s national flag unfurled atop a 360 feet pole is going to amaze you. The Capital Gate building is yet another major attraction with its built-in lean of 18 degrees, remarkably much more than that of Pisa’s tower which has a slant of only 4 degrees. Also, for high-end shopping do remember to visit the newly-opened The Avenue mall at Etihad Towers.

Enjoy endless adventure at Yas Island
Yas Island is the place to be in for endless adventure. The newly-opened world’s biggest water park “Waterworld” will send your adrenaline rushing with its wide choice of fun opportunities including numerous wave machines, nerve wrecking ravines, slides and raft rides. Motorsports fans would love visiting the “Ferrari World”, the first ever theme park devoted to the fascinating racing car. Abu Dhabi's Formula 1 track is also beckoning you for a free cycle ride or run around it every Tuesday.

Saadiyat Island for art and culture buffs
For those interested in art and culture, the Saadiyat Island is the place to visit. This new cultural district is just a 10-minute taxi ride from the city center. Some of the world’s greatest art is showcased here. The opulent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with the world’s largest chandelier and carpet is also a must-visit for every tourist.

Visit the solar-powered Masdar City
The biggest surprise in store for you in Abu Dhabi is the fully solar- and wind-powered Masdar City. This pioneering zero-carbon area doesn’t allow the entry of cars and other carbon emitting vehicles. This place is surely worth a visit.

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In-flight Wi-Fi and its costs on various international airlines

by amit.uniyal 5. December 2014 07:51

With the people making air travel increasingly and carrying along with them their smartphones, tablets and laptops, the trend of providing Wi-Fi on the ground and in-the-air is growing. And, people are also taking advantage of this frequently.

Many international airlines are competing with each other to stay ahead in the race and keep their customers happy and connected even at 40,000 feet above in the air. A recent study has indicated about the growing trend and revealed the in-flight Wi-Fi offering and the costs by some international airlines.

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Air Canada is charging $5 for a one-hour pass to access their electronic devices through Wi-Fi. For those who want to browse internet for 24 hours will be required to pay $14. The in-flight Wi-Fi service will be available on select flights operating within North America.

American Airlines is offering Wi-Fi services on domestic flights and charging $14 for internet access for a period of 24 hours. The airline is however charging $19 on international routes for the entire duration of the flight.

Those traveling on British Airways can gain Wi-Fi access by paying $12.53 for one hour. However, for browsing internet during flight the airline will be charging $23.49 for a period of 24 hours. This service is being currently offered only on one flight operating on direct route between London City and New York JFK.

Emirates Airline has varied options for internet access. The airline is charging $2.75 for 5MB and $10 for 30MB for Wi-Fi access on mobile devices. However, for Wi-Fi access on tablets and laptops the airline charges $7.50 for 15MB and $20 for 100MB respectively. The service is available on select Boeing 777 aircrafts and all Airbus A380 aircrafts.

Qatar Airways provides in-flight Wi-Fi services on all its Boeing 787 aircrafts. The prices however vary according to the usage and duration. The airline is offering the service on select Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircrafts.

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Tips to Make the Best of Thanksgiving Travel

by amit.uniyal 28. November 2014 00:20

With Thanksgiving around the corner, millions of travelers fly to another state or a country during the Thanksgiving Weekend. An analysis projected that 24.6 million people aboard U.S. airlines will travel around the globe from November 21 through December 2, 16 million of which will travel a day before Thanksgiving i.e. November 26 entailing busy airports, no extra seats and no carry-on baggage space. According to a data analysis of 5 years, 25 percent of the passengers will have to face a flight delay or cancellation.

These travel tips may help you travel smoothly during this family festivity of Thanksgiving.

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Follow Weather and Flight Delays
Traveling during winter season can be troublesome due to which most of the airlines offer weather waivers allowing you to travel to your destination a day earlier without paying any additional charge.

Lounge Access
In case of flight delays or keeping your kids occupied during long connections, lounge access is quite useful and takes you away from the hustle and bustle around the gates. Some of the co-branded credit cards offer ongoing lounge access (Amex Platinum Card) or one time passes (United Mileage Plus Explorer Card).

Check-in Options
Many airlines offer curbside baggage check-in which gets you to the gate faster without having to wait to check your bag in the long queue at the terminal. Some airlines also offer Pre-Check randomly, check your boarding pass before getting in the check-in queue. Kids under 12 can accompany an adult with Pre-Check privilege.

Keep your Gadgets Charged and Check Airlines Apps for Updates
With numerous passengers flocking at the airports, power ports may be hard to find. Keep you gadgets fully charged. You can check flight updates on the airline’s app, contact the airline authorities for alternate flight plans or simply keep your children entertained while waiting for the flight.

Carry-on Essentials for Children
Owing to the weather, many flights will get delayed. Ensure that you carry all the essentials for your kids in the carry-on, be it food, entertainment options, change of clothes or hygiene products.

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Las Vegas gets a bigger version of London Eye twin

by amit.uniyal 28. April 2014 11:30

Las Vegas is a city that needs no introduction. The gambling capital of the United States is a city that entices travelers from different parts of the world. Known for its fun ways and carefree environment, it is one of the favorite destinations of holidaymakers in the country. There is no dearth of casinos in the city, which play a pivotal role in attracting travelers, let us say that there is an addition to its list of interesting items.

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The city known for its exuberant price and grand attractions is now a proud owner of The High Roller. The High Roller is a bigger version of the world-famous London Eye. It opened last month in the LINQ neighborhood of the city. Tipped as the world’s largest observation wheel, The High Roller has been garnering both eyeballs and attention in large numbers. This new attraction has added a unique flavor to the open air shopping, entertaining, and dining area in this part of the city. Everyone around seems to be smitten by the wheel’s glory and is talking about it.

While the city and the locals are happy with their new item, it has drawn stark comparisons to London Eye. The 168-meter high wheel however, beats the London Eye hands down. This giant wheel has 28 pods in all, which can accommodate 40 people in one go. The youngsters in the city are also looking upon this interesting feature as a perfect party spot. Interestingly, the management is encouraging all to come and enjoy their drinking sprees on the wheel that will certainly make it a hotspot for the young crowds in the coming times.

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Experiencing Bamboo River Rafting Adventure in Jamaica

by amit.uniyal 24. April 2014 08:56

Ever had a river raft experience! If not, then head to Jamaica right away to enjoy Bamboo River Rafting adventure in Montego Bay. This is absolutely the best place in the Caribbean nation to experience river rafting of a unique kind.

Climbing aboard a 30-foot bamboo raft is an awesome feeling in itself. This is indeed a thrilling experience for those experiencing it for the first time or who are frequent river rafting enthusiasts. An experienced raft captain will be at hand for you so that you can completely relax and enjoy your river rafting experience. Your captain will cruise down the beautiful jade-green shimmering waters of River Martha Brae. Enjoy the thrills of seeing the wildlife and natural beauty surrounding you on this real Jamaican tour.

jade-green shimmering waters of River Martha Brae

The wildlife in this area is not dangerous at all. So, you needn’t worry on this count. Just relax and get pleasurable moments see the flowers and trees. The sight of exotic birds, the pecking woodpeckers, and the gurgle of the river flowing along, is music to the ears and pleasant indeed.

Bamboo River Rafting adventure is simply fascinating. The brightly colored birds on the towering trees are sheer delight to watch while meandering on River Martha Brae. The refreshing breeze exudes a romantic aura around you while you blissfully coast down the 3-mile river.

If you are boarding the bamboo raft for the first time, you shouldn’t worry. At first sight the raft might look unstable, but seeing them well-balanced would seem instantly surprising to you. You can unhesitatingly and quite easily get on and off the raft. The well-padded seats offer a comfortable cruise. If you don’t have swimming experience, you can still enjoy the adventure and enjoy the ride. As a precautionary measure, the visitors are also provided with life vests. However, you won’t need them throughout your trip.

During most parts of the year you will discover that the river is only 4 feet deep. You can just relax. However, during rainy season the depth of the river goes around to 12 feet. You can always seek the help of your raft captain, who is quite knowledgeable about the river as well as the surrounding area. You can seek information from him and enhance your own knowledge. You are sure to find Bamboo River Rafting a memorable experience.

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Efes Pilsen One Love Music Festival set to rock Istanbul in June

by amit.uniyal 21. April 2014 11:06

Music buff, get ready for a thrilling experience at the Efes Pilsen One Love Music Festival to be held in Istanbul from June 14 to June 15, 2014. The 2-day festival will be held at Parkorman in the city. This is among the best events in Istanbul, which is organized every year during June/July. The musical extravaganza sees revelers partying all day long in accompaniment to rock and dance music.

The “Efes Pilsen One Love” is being held for the past 11 years now. The festival has till date brought 1,459 artists and 72 music and dance groups to render musical performances. Some of the famous groups who have attended the festival during the past years include Nneka, Cake, Happy Mondays, Editors, Manic Street Preachers and Suede. Nearly 30,000 people participated in the festival last year. The organizers of the event are expecting a massive audience this year as well.

Music Festival to be held in Istanbul

Last year, renowned female vocalists and bands such as Selah Sue, Pulp and Kimbra stole the limelight with their amazing musical performances. Pulp, a famous British alternative rock band which came into being in 1978, mesmerized the audience with some of their top hits. All of the band’s original members were present in strength and took to the stage after a 10-year hiatus.

Kimbra, famous female singer from New Zealand, known world over for her stylish music videos as well as eclectic fashion sense; Selah Sue, a Belgian funk and soul musician; The Kaiser Chiefs, a popular rock band are just few of the many popular bands and singers to participate in this show.

Apart from Pulp, Kimbra, Selah Sue and the Kaiser Chiefs, this year an impressive line-up is expected. Some of the prominent bands likely to participate in the 2014 Efes Pilsen One Love Music Festival include Mira, Neyse, Elif Çaglar and the Replikas. Be sure to attend the music festival and enjoy the wonderful music and dance performances.

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Celebrating 4th of July in Los Angeles

by amit.uniyal 18. April 2014 10:37

Planning to visit Los Angeles during the summer? Think of visiting the city during the month of July. Though this month is quite sunny and warm here, but you’ll simply enjoy visiting during this time. The month of July is a special month for the whole of the United States. The entire country is busy celebrating the Independence Day, which falls on the 4th of July, every year. It’s a gala time in Los Angeles and the day is celebrated with great fanfare and festivity.

What it would be like when visiting in July? This question is uppermost in the minds of tourists visiting Los Angeles during this month. Before knowing all about the Independence Day celebrations, it would be helpful for you to get an insight about your July travel and how to prepare well for your summer sojourn here.

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When traveling during the month do remember to pack in a light jacket. This will be needed during the evening while strolling on the beaches. Lightweight pants, short-sleeved shirts and shorts will be comfortable clothes to wear during this time. The city offers plenty of entertainment and fun activities during the evening. Whether you want to attend a concert, go to theater to see a play or simply go outdoors to watch a movie – the summertime can be best enjoyed in the city. July is also the perfect month to visit some of the best beaches here.
   
July 4th is absolutely a fantastic time to be in Los Angeles. Dazzling fireworks displays can be seen all around the city. The Grand Park is illuminated with projections and pyrotechnics. Visitors throng the park to attend the 4th of July Block Party. Entertain yourself with yummy delicacies dished out by many food trucks here. A series of musical performances will keep you enthralled.

The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena is yet another place in Los Angeles to witness one of the biggest displays of fireworks in Southern California. Apart from food and other entertainment offerings, the visitors are also entertained with live TNT motorcycle stunts.
 
The Exposition Park has been organizing the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza for more than 11 years now. The festivities start during noontime at Christmas Tree Lane. The fireworks show starts at 9 pm. It goes on for a full one hour and is quite entertaining.

The Hollywood Bowl is also renowned for its great American extravaganza that takes place on 4th of July every year. The Los Angeles Philharmonic offers fabulous rendition of patriotic music the entire night. Spectacular fireworks display is the major highlight of the day.

The long weekend of July 4-7 also brings glad tidings for people. Los Angeles becomes a shopping destination of sort with the largest outlet Ontario Mills holding 4th of July Super Sale Weekend. Several retail chains such as Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole Company Store, G by Guess, DKNY Company Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store take part in the discounted sales. The shoppers have a gala time with many prizes waiting to be won.

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