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The Best Summertime Sights And Activities In Houston
Derek FrealHouston is one of the largest cities in Texas, and as with all big metropolises, there are so many things to do there that it can often be overwhelming to visitors. It is for that exact reason that I have recently been writing so many articles on all the amazing sights and restaurants in Houston, Texas. Now I proudly present the best summer activities to beat the Houston heat and humidity while still having a great trip. Take A Dip In The Cool, Cool Water What better way to cool off during the summer than by going for a swim.…
Unparalled Fun Around Carlsbad, California
Derek FrealEveryone knows that Carlsbad, California is home to many amazing resorts and relaxing beaches; however, there are tons of other exciting things to do during your vacation here. Whether in town or just outside of the city, family friendly activities or things geared more towards adults, there is no shortage of ways to pass the time. It is a perfect destination for both romantic getaways and family vacations, and one that leaves first-time visitors eager to return for a second taste. Legoland California The most well-known of all of Carlsbad's attractions, Legoland California is obviously heaven for children. However, it…
The Best Year-Round Activities in Corpus Christi
Derek FrealNestled deep in Texas on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico is marvelous Corpus Christi, one of the state's most popular tourist destinations for both Texans and out-of-state visitors. It is also the gateway to Padre Island. No, not South Padre Island, you party animals, Padre Island National Seashore. A pristine and scenic destination for those more interested in nature and relaxation than partying. It is also just one of the many amazing things to do in and around Corpus Christi. The USS Lexington The USS Lexington is a retired aircraft carrier with a long and rich history. It's…
The Ultimate West Coast-ish Road Trip: 3 States, 4 Cities, 7 Days
OliviaIt was my first time in San Diego, or actually my first time out to the West coast so we wanted to make the best out of our short trip. What a memorable adventure this was. From listening to the waves of the Pacific Ocean, to standing in awe of the Grand Canyon and sliding down the sand dunes in Brawley, this was a trip to remember for a lifetime! A lot of this letter was a reflection of this trip, where in hindsight I should’ve just took more time off to enjoy. We flew into San Diego where Carl’s…
Madeira: One Trip, Two Beautiful Islands
the HoliDazeThe sun-blessed Portuguese island of Madeira lies approximately 400km north of Tenerife, smack in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With year round warm weather, an incredibly scenic coastline and a wealth of cultural festivals you might be tempted to extend your stay on this island a little longer. A trip to Madeira will bring some unforgettable holiday experiences and allows you to explore the nearby golden island of Porto Santo. Saga Travel organise getaways to these two islands and are ready when you are, so let's take a look at what you can expect upon arrival. Compact But Diverse…
Get the Most Out of Las Vegas with these 3 Apps
the HoliDazeLas Vegas remains to be one of the most popular destinations for travelers from all over the world. Statistics from 2013 showed that Sin City, widely known as the Gambling Capital of the World, received nearly 40 million visitors. With global travel becoming more affordable now more than ever, this number continues to rise, and Vegas remains to be a must-see among many travelers' books. But it's always important for us to plan ahead, and with PEW Internet Research showing that 58% of Americans now own a smartphone, and Gaming Realms, the owners of mobile gaming website Spin Genie, saying…
Traveling to Houston on a Budget: Where to Stay and What to Do
Derek FrealHouston is a vibrant city with plenty of fun sights and excursions to entertain both American and foreign tourists. From sports games to shows to nightlife, there is something for everyone in 'Space City', a nickname the city earned because of the NASA research center. The city is great for last-minute travelers on a budget. Here are some tips for a successful trip to Houston. How to Get Around Houston There are plenty of transportation options around Houston, most predominantly the METRO bus system. Their 1,200 buses cover every part of town that you want to visit (as well as…
What Not To Miss In Phuket
Derek FrealPhuket is Thailand's largest island and an incredibly popular tourist destination. There is so much to see and do there that often visitors get overwhelmed and miss some of the best opportunities. From sports to excursions to local cuisine, there is plenty to do beyond the beaches. Truly Phuket is one destination that does not disappoint. Here is what not to miss during your next vacation to this beautiful island. Take A Thai Cooking Class Thai food is one of the most well known -- and loved -- of all Asian cuisines. It can be found in countries around the…
Amazing Places To Visit In Turkey
LaraTurkey is a country that is popular for its glorious history and ancient buildings. If you are looking for a pressure free get-away, this is the privilege spot to arrange your visit. This nation can give you a complete unwinding from the hurrying around of city life. The pleasant scenes, innumerable landmarks, inviting and accommodating local people, rich society and artworks will all make your outing extraordinary. Hagia Sophia Museum At the point when talking about chronicled destinations in Turkey, Hagia Sophia Museum is a paramount milestone in this nation. This spot initially started its trip as a congregation and…
Top 5 Quirky Restaurants In Houston
Derek FrealAs the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston has no shortage of delicious and diverse restaurants. However some stand apart from the crowds because of their unique menus, quirky designs or intriguing owners. With so many one-of-a-kind options at your fingertips, why would anyone want to stick to the chains? Make the most of your trip to Space City by trying something new and exciting like these five places. Kanomwan If you are a fan of Thai food then this little restaurant should not be missed. It is a favorite of local Houstonians who all know their favorite…
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Travel Apps: Your Ultimate Travel Guide in 2015
Pawan KotiyalThe most comforting factor in the world today is that everything is in your hands, literally! That palm-sized device clasped in your hand seems as if it has been sent from heaven to be your guiding angel. The icing on the cake is the applications or APPS (as they are called now) that once installed in your device can offer you a hassle-free getaway from significant day-to-day problems. These apps have made big things look small, for instance if you are in an over populated country like India where railways is preferred more than airways then booking a ticket doesn’t…
Lip Smacking Street Food Delicacies You Cannot Afford to Miss
Keira RoseTravelling is one of the greatest forms of meditation. Wondering why? Travelling allows you to explore and venture into the unknown. In the journey of exploring the world around you, you also get to explore yourself as well. There is nothing more thrilling than knowing what lies beneath you and the capabilities that you have of achieving. Travelling solo makes you your biggest companion and this has a calming effect on people. So you can always stay calm, relax yourself and overcome fears. The taste of liberation is best when you experience it yourself while on the go. The Perks…
Top 14 Popular Tourist Destinations Worth to Visit in 2015
Chetan JadhavThe New Year’s here! Make this year memorable for lifetime by exploring some of the most popular destinations in the bucket list of every traveler this season. Based on the reviews compiled from travel experts and after taking into note the up-and-coming industry trends, we’ve finally identified 13 standout holiday spots that assure you of a delight of lifetime. Read on to know more about our pick of the best New Year tourist destinations. Norway Inspiring Disney masterpieces like Frozen with its intense natural beauty, Norway is a gorgeous Scandinavian paradise that will knock you out with its unparalleled striking…
Dream Destinations in India That All of Us Should Visit at Least Once
Pawan KotiyalIndia is not easy to define, because this vast land is as diverse geographically and demographically as it gets and there are rituals and the traditions that vary virtually from village to village. You will be surprised to know that are over a hundred major languages in addition to nearly two-thousand other minor languages in the country. So even if you are a linguist, you need to be a magician to be able to master all these languages. The geographical difference among its different parts is also pretty apparent, as on one side you have the magnificent Himalaya, while on…
Cool highlands the best attractions of Srilanka
Keira RoseThe cool highlands of Sri Lanka occupy the only part of the rainforests that is remaining in sri lanka. It is the natural home of the highly threatened fauna and flora species, endemic Sri Lankan leopard, and the purple faced languor. This region consists of three protected areas: Horton Plains National Park, Knuckles Range, and Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, which include Adam’s Peak. The highest point of the range is the Adam’s peak at 2243 meters above sea level. The peak is a Buddhist pilgrim’s center as they believe there is footprint of Lord Buddha. · Peak Wilderness Sanctuary Peak Wilderness…
16 Must See Places Before You Die
Chetan JadhavDon't all of us have a place that we have always wanted to visit, that thing we always wanted to do, that little dream? Why wait for tomorrow to fulfill those wishes? There is a universe full of beauty around us, waiting to be seen. Here are some of the most beautiful places in the world that you just can't miss in this lifetime. 1. Greece Greece is a beautiful place, a mix of ancient beauty both tamed and untamed with a past full of mystery, mythology and magic. With a vivid culture, breathtaking views and magnificent history, this is…
Regal London – A Memoir of My Travel Experience
LaraI have never imagined that my visit to London would bring to life all the descriptions of the classic Victorian era, which I have read in books or seen in movies. Of course, you would not find men wearing hat, along with vest and coat walking on the streets or women wearing long gowns and travelling on buses. But the sophisticated and elegant approach is in the air. The moment I stepped in the city, the environment made me realize that I have landed in a royal country that once ruled the world. I had already listed names of places…
Top Places for Camping in India
Pawan KotiyalDo you find traditional hotels and resorts uninteresting when out on a vacation? Avid adventurists and nature lovers will say ‘yes’ to this question, and this attitude is the reason why the camping culture is on rise. Camps help you to experience nature at close quarters. Be it on mountains, be it on deserts or be it on beaches, camping is an ideal way of exploring the beauty of nature. India with its diverse geography, offers a variety of camping sites where you can spend the night under a moonlit sky, sitting with your friends around a bonfire enjoying the…
My Little Sister's Initiation into being an Adrenaline Junkie (World's Tallest Slingshot)
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The Time When I... Walked on water in Estonia
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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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