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Marvelous Montana: Glamping In A Winter Wonderland
Derek FrealThoughts of Montana often conjure up scenic images of rollings hills, pristine streams and snow-capped mountains, however the most gorgeous time of year is undoubtedly during the winter. There are few things more gorgeous than fresh snowfall that has yet to be broken by tracks or the twinkling of a thousand stars on a cold, cloudless night. And nothing is more fun in this winter wonderland then gliding down a mountain slope on skies or tearing across the fresh snow on a snowmobile. Before beginning to traveling the farthest corners of the globe I started in my own backyard and…
Holiday in Turkey
the HoliDazeLike a freshly frothed cup of its famously robust coffee, Turkey packs a flavourful punch for the traveller seeking something more exciting than a just-add-water getaway. Here, east and west collide, resulting in a unique mosaic of cultural influences which have impacted on its history, cuisine and architecture. Not to mention the landscape: from the rugged mountains of the east across rolling highlands and plains to the coastline of Aegean Sea. For a reasonable snapshot of Turkey you need to visit a range of its regions to realise the diversity of this incredible land. Here are a few suggested places…
Experiencing The Austin Music Scene
Derek FrealAustin, Texas is known as the live music capital of the world and for good reason. Regardless of the time of year there are always an abundance of amazing shows to catch. The next time you are visiting Austin be sure to check out these venues: The Continental Club An Austin staple for over fifty years, the Continental Club has been graced by countless famous musicians, including Stevie Ray Vaughn and Hank Williams. When it first opened the Club was BYOB and within a couple years it was the first venue in town to sell liquor by the drink. Although…
Top 6 Beachside Hotels & Resorts on South Padre Island
Derek FrealSouth Padre island is an amazing island with a variety of fun activities and over thirty miles of beaches just begging for you to stick your toes in the sand and relax in the sun. Of course the only thing that makes a trip to this beautiful island better is staying directly on the beach and only having to walk a few steps from the hotel lobby to the golden sand. That having been said, these are some of the top beachside hotels and resorts in South Padre Island, Texas. Schlitterbahn Beach Resort This sprawling 25-acre water park and hotel…
Top 6 Family-Friendly Hotels & Resorts In Carlsbad, California
Derek FrealNothing ruins a family vacation faster than accidentally booking a room at a "party hotel" full of young people drinking and running wild all night. To help avoid that, here are my top family-friendly hotels and resorts in the amazing beachside town of Carlsbad, California. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa This amazing resort is home to Kidtopia, the ultimate in resort entertainment for kids 12 and under. In addition to an extensive playscape, games, puzzles, and books, Kidtopia also has a nursery for toddlers and a "night camp" on weekends – the perfect way for adults to enjoy a…
Offbeat Things to do on South Padre Island, Texas #citylove
Derek FrealSouth Padre Island may be small, but it packs abundant sights and activities to ensure visitors have a remarkable vacation. While the crowds flock to the well-known attractions, break free from the masses and experience the island's best hidden gems. Walk On Water One of the newest water-based activities that few know about is fly boarding. Fly boarding featured in various movies over the last couple years, and now is available for public enjoyment. Think of it like a jetpack that runs on water rather than gasoline. Attached to a jet ski, water feeds up to it through a large…
Sweet Treats at Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival
pie riveraOctober is a grand time for the Negrenses and a fabulous time for tourists to visit this charming province and be captivated by their warm smiles and delicious treats. As I join Bacolod City in their celebration of the famous MassKara Festival, allow me to share with you some of Bacolod’s well-loved sweet treats and Negrense delicacies. With the annual festival called Masskara, tourists - international and locals alike flock to the party streets of Bacolod City to witness the captivating smiles of the Negrenses. Iconic masks in a variety of colorful designs can be found all-over with numerous Masskara-making…
Enjoyable Activities For A Fun Swiss Adventure
the HoliDazeThe many attractions of Switzerland make it an excellent destination for a European adventure. From the majestic beauty of mountain landscapes to the cultural attractions of some historic cities, there is much for visitors to enjoy on a trip to this landlocked country. Aside from the usual Swiss highlights, there are plenty of other things to see and do and the following are some to consider. Enter a Ski Marathon Switzerland has long been a popular destination for winter sports and there are plenty of resorts offering catered ski chalet holidays. This type of vacation provides access to the slopes…
DINING AT LILIW, LAGUNA
pie riveraI never thought that dining at Liliw, Laguna would be as pleasant as dining in a reputable restaurant in Manila but at an absolutely cheaper price tag for every dish in the menu. At first sight, I was intrigued with their appetizer Fried Tofu Teriyaki. I have always loved fried tofu but I usually dip tofu in my mom’s delicious blend of sauce – soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and lots of garlic. So it came as a surprise that it could be mixed with teriyaki sauce. Covered in layers of flour, eggs and breadcrumbs, the crisp fried tofu was topped…
LAGUNA'S PRIDE : ALING TALENG'S HALO-HALO
pie riveraIt was not a case of serendipity when I checked out one of Laguna's pride - Aling Taleng's Halo-Halo. When my friend and talented photographer Mike Caballes pitched the Laguna topic to our 7107 magazine editor-in-chief, and upon learning our route, I instantly insisted of visiting one dining area - Aling Taleng's Halo Halo. Why wouldn't I insist when this is one of the oldest halo-halo serving establishments in the country today (originally established in 1933 by Editha dela Fuente). As I saw Aling Taleng's Halo-Halo signage, I was jumping for joy and my heart was pounding fast - alas!…
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10 Reasons To Drop Everything And Travel Right Now
Jessica FestaTraveling is one of the most rewarding experiences you can ever have. Unfortunately, many people allow life's stresses to get in the way. Here's why you should drop everything right now and hit the road. 1. To Learn Something About Yourself Travel is all about throwing yourself into the unknown and experiencing new things. When you're faced with challenges like having to navigate foreign languages and transportation systems you learn more about yourself and what you're capable of. This is especially true if you're traveling solo, a truly empowering experience. 2. To Build Your Resume You're never too young or…
Top Tips For Better Instagram Photos [Infographic]
Derek FrealInstagram is a handy tool for travelers wishing to document their journey. Long gone are the days of buying disposable cameras or dropping off film at the developer. However the ease of this app can often be taken for granted. After all let's be honest: We've all seen some crappy IG photos. Don't be that guy. When you do decide to share something on Instagram, make sure it is truly worthy of being shared. This infographic from dealchecker.co.uk demonstrates how you can capture the peripheral wonders of the cultures you are engrossed within to make the perfect holiday photo album,…
Headed to Mumbai? Keep Yourself Safe with These Tips from a Local
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Five essentials to being a happy traveler
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Top 10 Tips for the Indian Backpacker Traveling through Vietnam
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Five Traditional Alcoholic Beverages You Must Try
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Tripping down Asia's Memory Lane: top 10
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Treat Yourself to a Luxury Escape
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Greetings, glad to have you here. The HoliDaze is my little pet project, an attempt at forming a knowledgable travel community with only a budget of $6/month for hosting and whatever free time I have in between my travels. Not only can we all swap our experiences and stories with each other, but also as a result inspire a new wave of travelers. After all, it is one thing to recite something that you saw on the television news but it is an entirely different thing to be able to say "yes, I went there and sure they had this-this-and-this correct, but they had this-and-this wrong and they totally left out this."
The primary reason behind HoliDaze was the seeming absence of a travel web site for people who want to travel and see the world but do not want be seen as tourists or do the same stereotypical thing as everyone else. 'Cultural enthusiast' is the term I use, although others may see themselves more as vagabonds, backpackers, expats, or sufferers of wanderlust.
Sure, there are some travel guide companies like Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, and others which have online forums, but have you ever tried looking in those forums or reading the “real” reviews. It’s all so disappointing, maybe a couple stereotypical comments or observations, but usually hardly any useful information. And then you have sites like TripAdvisor, currently being investigated of hosting fake reviews (read the article).
In order to find the best and most recent information many people have come to rely on blogs. This has become even more important in the travel sector as tourism differs from every other multi-billion dollar industry in that everything is based off one single thing: people's opinions. You cannot say that about the automotive or electronic industries, which rely primarily on research and cold hard facts.
That having been said, a good travel blogger's keyboard is more than worth its weight in gold.
The only problem was there was no one site linking all the good travel blogs. Sure, most blogs have a link page or blogroll, but in browsing thousands of them I have found many that were full of out-of-date blogs or dead links. There was not one site that linked to all the worthy blogs I eventually managed to find. What do I mean by a 'worthy blog'? One that embodies some of the following characteristics: well-written, catchy and interesting, up-to-date, expansive or long-running, more interested in giving you information than selling you anything, etc.
I kept thinking it would be so much easier if there was just one site that compiled all the random information which we — and other travel addicts like us — are searching for. Truth be told, I was a little surprised no one else had thought up a social travel site, especially with all backpackers and hostels scattered around the world and the massive loads of information out there on the web. So I've decided I'm going to give it a go.
In closing, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this message. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have. Oh and please let me know if you have any suggestions for the HoliDaze. Thanks again and best wishes!
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