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A collection of travel guides to places not covered in the guide books ― because all good travelers know that once you ditch the guide book, the real adventures begins!

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Encouraging people to travel beyond the guide books, the HoliDaze is a collection of over 100 authors inspiring and educating global travelers.

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  • Hipmunk City Love: The Best Punta Cana Accommodations
    Hipmunk City Love: The Best Punta Cana Accommodations Few Caribbean destinations are as spectacular as Punta Cana, the furthermost eastern point of the Dominican Republic. The name means "Tip of the White Cane Palms" and from the minute visitors arrive it is easy to see why: Punta Cana is where the palm trees and beautiful blue of the Caribbean Sea converge together in the most pristine white sand beaches you will find anywhere. Hundreds of resorts are located here and choosing the right…
    in Dominican Republic
  • Philadelphia's Best Pet-Friendly Hotels
    Philadelphia's Best Pet-Friendly Hotels Philadelphia is both a historic and offbeat city. There is something here to satisfy all visitors, whether they're searching for art, food, history, sports or nightlife. Unfortunately, however, not all Philadelphia hotels are for everyone. If you plan to visit the City of Brotherly Love with a pet, make sure to stay at one of these pet-friendly Philadelphia hotels. Palomar Philadelphia, A Kimpton Hotel The staff at Palomar Philadelphia love pets so much that they…
    in United States
  • San Diego's Coolest Offbeat Sights and Activities
    San Diego's Coolest Offbeat Sights and Activities San Diego is one of California's most entertaining cities. It can be exciting or relaxing, fun or mischievous, but always an enjoyable and delicious time. While many people come here for the weather and beaches, there is much more to San Diego than shoreline. Check out these offbeat sights and activities to make your next trip to "the Plymouth of the West." Experience "The Most Haunted House In America" Never heard of the Whaley House?…
    in United States
  • A complete Travel Guide for Leh Ladakh:
    A complete Travel Guide for Leh Ladakh: Leh is located at about 3,500 meters above sea level in the corner of northern India, to be precise in Ladakh near the Indus Valley. It's the most common and most beautiful entry point to the Ladakh region. It is one of the most popular Kashmir Tour Packages. Surrounded by two of the world's largest mountain ranges and also surrounded by alpine desert; Leh's dry, barren landscape is rich in historic Buddhist monasteries that make…
    in Travel Tips
  • Hipmunk City Love: New York City in 48 Hours
    Hipmunk City Love: New York City in 48 Hours So you're passing through the fabled New York City but you only have 48 hours in the Big Apple. How can you make the most of this glorified layover? For starters, by booking the cheapest hotel and spending as little time in it as possible. New York City is expensive and there is a never-ending supply of new places to explore, things to experience, and of course food to eat. So save some money by…
    in United States
  • Planning a Destination Wedding on a Budget? Here Are 5 Countries to Consider!
    Planning a Destination Wedding on a Budget? Here Are 5 Countries to Consider! If you've always wanted to have a destination wedding, nothing should stop you from getting married in style. Even if budget woes are worrying you, you can exchange your vows in a beautiful location without breaking the bank. Don't worry; a budget destination wedding doesn't have to look cheap just because you're putting in less money. Just like cheap wedding suits can ooze style when perfectly tailored, a budget destination wedding can look sophisticated when…
    in Travel Tips
  • Pictures from Amsterdam
    Pictures from Amsterdam View over the Rokin street and Amstel River A street cafe at Amsterdam's university quarter Bicycles parked at a narrow street A Dutch "coffee" shop Cute design of a traditional house Vintage drawbridge over a canal Chinesse restaurants A steak house Worn out streetlight One of Amsterdams "grachten" canals Boat party at Amsterdam's Gay Pride Parade Google joining Amsterdam's Gay Pride Parade HoliDaze Guide Amsterdam's Top Offbeat Activities
    in Netherlands
  • London's Coolest Restaurant Bars
    London's Coolest Restaurant Bars Let's be honest. Food can get boring. Day in and day out, week after week and year after year. Such routine. Such hassle. It's time to make things more interesting. And what better place to do that than in London, England's most diverse and interesting city. London is an impressive city with hundreds, if not thousands, of hidden nooks and crannies to explore. Food in the city is the same way. There are always exciting…
    in England
  • Buddhist Practices That Will Make You Happier
    Buddhist Practices That Will Make You Happier Buddhists have a sense of calm that seems ingrained, the gift of wisdom, and solace in a peaceful setting. Not everyone can commit fully to the Buddhist way of life, but a lot of people can learn from their practices. Meditation While it’s not easy to get the hang of, once you have mastered meditation, it comes with many benefits. Not only does meditation help to calm the mind and ease emotional suffering, but it’s…
    in Travel Tips
  • The New-Age Travel Checklist
    The New-Age Travel Checklist Once you have secured your travel plans, possibly through a respectable agent such as a travel agent in Raleigh, there is still more planning to do. There are common checklists that individuals have utilized over the years, however with the changing times there are some items and situations that may not be properly accounted for. Below are a few items and protocols that are essential for the new-age traveler. Travel Documents There are common travel…
    in United States