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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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    What to Do in Asia This Fall I've spent the better part of the last seven years exploring Asia and this corner of the world is nothing short of amazing. Spectacular sights, delicious foods, incredibly diverse cultures and such a rich history....Asia has it all! However Asia can also be overwhelming to first-timers. Where do I go and what do I do? Here are five awesome overlooked places to get your planning started! Osaka, Japan Japan is the best country in the…
    in Travel Inspiration
  • Great Food to Eat When Visiting Chicago (That Aren’t Pizza)
    Great Food to Eat When Visiting Chicago (That Aren’t Pizza) Chicago may be synonymous with “deep dish,” but there’s more to this city than thick crusts and mounds of cheese. In addition to striking architecture and gorgeous sunsets, the Windy City boasts a smorgasbord of good eats. 1. Chicago-style Hot Dog What cheesesteaks are to Philly, the Chicago-style hot dog is to the Windy City. The best versions start with a Vienna Beef Natural Casing dog, lay it down in a steamed poppy-seed bun, and…
    in United States
  • The Unforgettables: What You Need to Pack for a Trip to Canada This Winter
    The Unforgettables: What You Need to Pack for a Trip to Canada This Winter Canada is an amazing winter destination due to its pristine beauty and wealth of outdoor winter activities. There is something for everyone here! Of course buying all your gear or forgotten items while on winter vacation is considerably more expensive than bringing them from home. So, if you are heading to Canada this winter, here is what you need for some of the most popular activities: Elk Viewing Getting to see winter animals in their…
    in Canada
  • Awesome Boutique Hotels in NYC
    Awesome Boutique Hotels in NYC Colors are changing and the temperature is dropping, which means it's time for a quick trip before the winter comes and the holiday season begins. Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel Want to visit New York City but not sure you want to be in the heart of the chaos? Then the Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, just a few miles from NYC, is the place for you. This location is especially…
    in United States
  • Navigating Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
    Navigating Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar Ever a city of cultural convergence and commerce, modern Istanbul’s 11 to 12 million annual international visitors can find themselves beckoned into shops and restaurants in their native tongues. There are a great many things to see in Turkey, but for the traveler looking for a truly unique experience, the Grand Bazaar is a feast for the senses. Constructed in the 1450s following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, the Grand Bazaar is alive with color,…
    in Turkey
  • Finding Time For a Vacation in Australia
    Finding Time For a Vacation in Australia Life is stressful. It shouldn't be, but it is. Work, money, relationships, family responsibilities...all can be daily sources of stress in our lives. Over time, this stress can build to unbearable levels and cause serious health issues. But there is a cure -- one that is easier than you might think, and does not require a doctor's visit. Take a vacation! More and more studies are showing that vacations actually improve health by reducing stress.…
    in Australia
  • Why India May Soon Be the World’s Top Travel Destination
    Why India May Soon Be the World’s Top Travel Destination India has always offered a wealth of treasures to its visitors. The stunning Mughal architecture, incomparable natural beauty, and exceptional food have drawn travelers for centuries. India’s recent emergence as a technological and economic world power provides new and compelling reasons for travel as well. Keep reading to find out why India is the hottest destination in the world. Technological Boom The Indian technology and services industry is on track reach $225 billion in revenue…
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  • Iceland Off The Beaten Path
    Iceland Off The Beaten Path Iceland is a country like no other. Rich history. Intriguing culture. And just far enough removed from its neighbors to make others curious about this island nation. Regular readers of The HoliDaze already know that taking a road trip around Iceland is high up on my travel bucket list. And while I still haven't had the time to do that yet, I have already been researching where to visit. Plus since this site focuses heavily…
    in Iceland
  • Locals Spill the Inside Scoop on Europe’s Coolest Hangouts
    Locals Spill the Inside Scoop on Europe’s Coolest Hangouts No matter where you live, the version of a city seen from a tour bus bears little resemblance to the experience of actually living there. Nowhere is that more true than history-rich Europe. You might see everything in London (The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, The Globe, and The Sherlock Holmes Museum) without getting a true sense of what it’s like to live there. By the same token, a born Londoner will get coffee at…
    in Europe
  • Wine Tasting Destinations for Every Budget
    Wine Tasting Destinations for Every Budget Just last week we filled you in on the best up-and-coming wine destinations in the U.S. and abroad. This week, we’ve added a few of our favorite well known wine destinations to the mix, so you can decide which destinations fit your budget and travel style. Wine Destinations by Cost of Weekend Trip for Two City/Region Avg Nightly Hotel Price Avg Flight Price from Top 30 US Airports Total for 2-Night Stay for 2 People…
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