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  • South Padre Island in 48 Hours
    South Padre Island in 48 Hours One of the most popular year-round beach destinations in Texas is South Padre Island. Although the island is most known for being a party haven of college students every spring break, it is also popular with families all summer and snowbirds all winter. The island may be small but is perfect for relaxing (as long as you are not trying to do that during spring break, of course). So the next time you need a…
    in United States
  • Get Thee to a Gay Pride Event
    Get Thee to a Gay Pride Event Many of the major cities across the United States play host to annual gay pride events, often a parade that encourages solidarity, fun, and comradery. Members of the LGBT community may travel far and wide to attend these events, so they want to make sure they will have the experience they are seeking when they go. Here are some of the top gay prides that are known for their memorability. New York There are dozens…
    in United States
  • Nashville's Coolest Offbeat Sights and Activities
    Nashville's Coolest Offbeat Sights and Activities Nashville is known as Music City and the city definitely lives up to its reputation. However, there is much more to Nashville besides just country music. From artwork to history to haunted locations, Nashville is a city that will keep you on your toes - if you know where to look and what to do. Clothe the Naked Dancers My first visit to Nashville was in 2010 on a road trip and I still remember…
    in United States
  • Ko Samui, Thailand: What to Know Before You Go
    Ko Samui, Thailand: What to Know Before You Go The beautiful island of Ko Samui is one of Thailand's most popular islands with tourists. As such, it's important to know a few key details when planning your trip, such as the right time of year to visit, where to stay and how to avoid the crowds. And that's exactly why I am here! About The Island Ko Samui was a self-sustained island with no roads at all until the 1970's, when the first few…
    in Thailand
  • 7 Don’ts to Read before You Plan Your First Budget Backpacking Trip
    ( Backpacking is certainly one of the most authentic ways to see the world. You get to soak up a myriad of experiences, meet new people, eat amazing food, learn different languages, and what’s more, it doesn’t cost you the earth! If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re already drawn to backpacking. Perhaps you’re apprehensive about backpacking because you’ve never taken the road less traveled before. Indeed, backpacking isn’t all fun and games; there’ll…
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  • Top 5 Attractions In Krakow
    Top 5 Attractions In Krakow Krakow is an amazingly beautiful, poignant city and as Poland's second largest city most foreign visitors will pass through here. This is how to make the most of a brief trip! Presenting the HoliDaze top five most entertaining attractions in Krakow: (And be sure to check out my other Krakow "Top 5" Lists, restaurants and excursions) 1. Rynek / Grodska Street / Sukiennice / Mariacki I start with a bit of a cheat, covering 4…
    in Poland
  • Photo Gallery: Halong Bay, Vietnam
    Photo Gallery: Halong Bay, Vietnam We had a day in Hanoi before departing for Halong Bay, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. A community of around 1,600 people live on Hạ Long Bay in four fishing villages: Cửa Vạn, Ba…
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  • One Day In Nashville: A Musical Journey
    One Day In Nashville: A Musical Journey Certain locations are known all over the world for their biggest pastime. Las Vegas and gambling. Hawaii and surfing. New York City and sitting in traffic. And of course Nashville and country music. As anyone who has ever visited will tell you, country music is the soul of Nashville. To visit Music City even briefly and not experience its musical side -- even if, like myself, you are not a fan of country music --…
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  • Hipmunk City Love: A First-Timers' Guide to London
    Hipmunk City Love: A First-Timers' Guide to London Few cities are as entertaining -- or as overwhelming to first time visitors -- as London. The sheer amount of sights and activities can be mind-boggling. However, aside from obligatory tourist attractions, London has a lot of unique sights, foods and activities that all foreign visitors to London should partake in. Here's what to do on your first trip to London to get the most authentic experience. Get Your Culture On London has history like…
    in England
  • Anaheim's Coolest Offbeat Sights and Activities
    Anaheim's Coolest Offbeat Sights and Activities Like most of California's cities, Anaheim can be a fun, cool and quirky destination -- even more so if you know the right places. For example, did you know that, according to the folks at Guinness World Records, the nation's skinniest house is located just a few minutes from Anaheim? Or that the area is home to the production company that built the official "Saw" haunted house, and it does tours?! The next time you…
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