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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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  • Barcelona's Best Offbeat Sights and Activities
    Barcelona's Best Offbeat Sights and Activities Barcelona is an eclectic and vibrant city with a captivating culture. Travelers from around the world flock here for a taste of that savory Spanish cuisine, to admire the city's history and architecture, and of course for the opportunity to bump to Barcelona's rhythmic musical beats once the sun goes down. Given all there is to do in and around town, it's easy for first-time visitors to feel overwhelmed. To help you plan your itinerary,…
    in Spain
  • Hipmunk City Love: Toronto's Coolest and Quirkiest Boutique Hotels
    Hipmunk City Love: Toronto's Coolest and Quirkiest Boutique Hotels Everyone travels differently, but one thing we all need is somewhere to sleep. Frequent travelers easily get bored with the predictable cookie-cutter chain hotels but even occasional travelers can — and should — want to stay somewhere truly unique. It turns a mundane trip into a vacation that you cannot stop talking about when you stay in a quirky three-bedroom boutique hotel or a boatel. (And yes, that is exactly what it sounds like.) The…
    in Canada
  • Orlando's Most Offbeat Theme Parks and Attractions
    Orlando's Most Offbeat Theme Parks and Attractions When people think of Orlando they think of Walt Disney World first and of all the other theme parks dotting the horizon second. This is the "Theme Park Capital of the World," home to so many that there is a Top 10 list just of the best Orlando theme parks! (I don't even think there were ten in my home state.) Most of the big name establishments are owned by Disney or Universal Studios, and…
    in United States
  • The Best Family-Friendly Hotels In Houston
    The Best Family-Friendly Hotels In Houston Houston has countless sights and destinations that are ideal for the entire family but specifically orientated children, such as the Children's Museum, NASA Space Center, and Splashway Water Park. However, no matter how you decide to pass the day as a family, it really makes the trip that much easier if you are also staying at a family-friendly hotel. That having been said, here are my top picks for the best kid-friendly hotels in Houston.…
    in United States
  • Auckland's Coolest And Quirkiest Accommodations
    Auckland's Coolest And Quirkiest Accommodations The destinations and the sights may change but the hotels rarely do. It's easy to get bored with mundane, predictable hotels, even if you are not a frequent traveler. After all, there is no reason the experience at your hotel should not be as rewarding as the destination itself. With the following quirky, offbeat and just downright amazing Auckland accommodations, visitors will be writing home about the hotels instead of the city itself. The Shakespeare…
    in New Zealand
  • The Top Offbeat Sights and Activities in London
    The Top Offbeat Sights and Activities in London People all over the world know two things that London has in abundance: amazing street art and crappy weather. While I cannot help you with the latter, I can show you where to find some magnificent street art -- as well as several other offbeat sights and activities that should not be missed next time you are in London. Wet The Whistle First things first. You've escaped the airport and dropped your bags off at…
    in England
  • Corpus Christi in 48 Hours
    Corpus Christi in 48 Hours Corpus Christi is the perfect getaway year-round, but for those of us who unfortunately have to work for a living, sometimes a weekend is all we can escape for. Luckily, it is entirely possible to see both the best of Corpus Christi and a few overlooked nuggets in only 48 hours. Best Seafood? You be the Judge Corpus Christi is known for great seafood and we all have to eat, right? The two most well…
    in United States
  • The Best Non-Seafood Restaurants In Corpus Christi, Texas
    The Best Non-Seafood Restaurants In Corpus Christi, Texas There are no shortage of great restaurants in Corpus Christi, but sometimes visitors get tired of eating seafood. I know, usually fresh seafood is one of the best parts about visiting a coastal city, but we all have our limits. For those of you looking for mouth-watering food that wasn't swimming in the Gulf of Mexico the day before, head on over to one of the following impressive establishments. B & J's Pizza The only…
    in United States
  • Exploring Toronto's Graffiti Alley (nearly 100 photos!)
    Exploring Toronto's Graffiti Alley (nearly 100 photos!) Street art (sometimes called graffiti art) is a very unique and interesting form of modern artistic expression. The vivid colors and neverending creativity of their artists have a tendency to impress both locals and tourists alike. Like most major metropolises Toronto boasts its own collection of street art, including the aptly named "Graffiti Alley," which runs parallel to Queen street on the southern side. To check out the wall art for yourself, start at Queen…
    in Canada
  • How to Escape the Phuket Party Scene
    How to Escape the Phuket Party Scene Over the years, I've hit -- and had fun -- at countless party destinations. Don't get me wrong, when you have 51 weeks of work a year and but one week off to go wild, being at a location with an ample supply of bars is pivotal. However sometimes when traveling with the family or in search of beauty and culture, traveling beyond the party is a necessity. Nowadays so many popular tourist destinations are…
    in Thailand