Category Archives: Cities

What is the Best Travel Reward Credit Card?

imageThere are very few things as alluring as the great promise of free travel to exotic destinations. The world bank’s know this, and have long offered travel rewards to their average customers for receiving and using their credit cards.

In turn, savvy credit card users have learned how to exploit these offers to travel in comfort and style well beyond their means.
What to do with the points from the best travel reward credit card?

I was recently thinking about all the places that I would like to travel or visit but with mileage being so high and plane tickets being sky high I knew those dreams were just that! Then someone reminded me of my reward credit card points.

Travel deals to hawaii

imageTravel deals to hawaii. Have you ever just lately added a visit to Hawaii to your checklist of issues to do now or within the close to future? If so, you’re undoubtedly not alone; Hawaii is a well-liked vacation destination. As with many widespread vacation locations, it is not uncommon to seek out particular offers being supplied, special offers like travel packages.

7 Travel Tips to Help Business Travelers Stay Sharp!

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What does it take to travel on business, far from your comfort zone?  Flight delays, whirlwind business trips, lack of rest, no vacation time and a whole lot more. Clearly no finishing school in the world can prepare you to face these seemingly trivial travails of a trip.

A business trip offers a great chance to make a name for yourself as you represent the company. You can choose to stay sharp and come back a success, or pretend it’s a drunken vacation and break your career. If you choose the former, here are seven must-know tips for someone who wishes to be a pro business traveler:

London in your lunch break: free National Gallery tour

imageAn hour-long guided tour of the National Gallery is about as culturally rich as a London lunch break can get – and it doesn’t cost a penny.

Take your lunch break at . . .

The National Gallery, on one of its wonderfully enlightening – and completely free – guided tours. Meet at the Sainsbury Wing (see below for times), where a guide will take you to three or four of the gallery’s most prized displays, giving a 15-minute cultural, technical and social backdrop to each.

21 Tips Your Pack for a Trip

image1. Security and Keeping Details Safe

Scan your passport, passport photos and paper tickets (if not the e type) in. Store this (in an email for e.g.) in your web based email account. You can also store the details of your emergency ‘lost card’ telephone numbers in your web based email account so you know who to contact if your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen. This way, even if you lose everything, you have immediate access your all important information. You can even email the details page of your passport to the embassy or consulate when applying for a new one.

Statue of Liberty – NYCStatue of Liberty, New York City.

imageLocated at the mouth of Hudson River, New York City became America’s main immigration entry point in the 18th century. The city was named the first capital of the United States in 1785. The first Congress met in Federal Hall on Wall Street and drafted the first Bill of Rights, as well as the Northwest Ordinance that same year.

The Northwest Ordinance was the first step in expanding the United States. George Washington was inaugurated in New York in 1789. A new street grid system was put in place in the early 1820s, which mapped all the streets on the island of Manhattan. The street grid divided the city in sections in order to accommodate the immigrants that were moving into the city in large numbers.

Snow: fresh travel chaos looms as Britain hit by ‘freezing rain’ weather

imageA blanket of snow will spread across the Home Counties on Thursday night amid warnings of fresh travel chaos and freezing rain.

Forecasters warned up to four inches of snow will hit most of the south as two weather systems collide, with temperatures struggling to remain above freezing.

The Met Office issued a rare “freezing rain” warning for most of northern England and southern Scotland, prompting fears of more havoc on the country’s fragile transport networks.

Marseille in France

imageSituated on the south coast of France, Marseille is the second largest city after Paris and is one of France’s major tourist’s destinations. With plenty of things to do and places to see, you will never get bored of this sunny city. With oceanic views over the Mediterranean ocean, plenty of picturesque architecture and famous eateries there is something to for everyone. With the Mediterranean Ocean on its doorstep, Marseille enjoys warm weather with temperatures ranging from 21 to 30 degrees during the summer months. There is nothing better than to relax in a coffee shop or bar, drinking a beer overlooking Vieux Port- the old port of Marseille – with the sun warming your cockles whilst admiring the range of small boats and yachts in the port.

Cities Could Disappear As Atlantis

imageBangkok, capital of Thailand, is another city that is sinking fast. This time the threat comes from Chao Phraya River, which flows into the Bay of Bangkok, about 48 km from the city.

Would suffice just 7 years to immerse Bangkok and beautiful temples that are World Heritage. According to a study conducted by scientist Ajong Chumsai na Ayudhya Thai, global warming is always influencing the rise of the Chao Phraya, which we have seen to be the same reason that many cities could disappear in a few years. According Ajong Chumsai na Ayudhya, the adverse global climate changes will cause a tsunami in the Gulf of Thailand still more severe than occurred in 2004.

Where to Stay for the Best City Views in the World

imageMost people decide on a travel destination based on its restaurants, culture, weather, or sometimes price; but the hotel is often something generally overlooked, with most people concluding that they won’t be spending much time there. However, where you stay can make or break your trip, and if you’re in the market for treating yourself; check out these fabulously indulgent hotels with the most spectacular city views.

city views hotelsHong Kong is speedily becoming one of the most desirable tourist destinations with its high-fashion shops and growing business reputation, and it has some fantastic hotels to match.

City Base Apartments offer a luxurious stay in the heart of Hong Kong’s sights and attractions; but this is definitely a city which needs to be seen from above.

London A Beautiful MegaCity

London is a beautiful city and capital of United Kingdom. It offers vast world of old and new culture.

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The world visitors count it as multicultural city. The capital is known for offering vast cultural diversity, finance, trade, politics, and fashion to the world. London has become one of the most preferable places for family holidays, leisure vacations, and honeymoon recently.

Whatever the reason we count for travelling London, a trip to this beautiful city considered as life time experience by holidaymakers. Your London tour will be a successful as will get to view world class museums, and monuments, parks embedded with natural beauties, and above all magnificent royal palaces and extremely beautiful churches.

Ask Tom: Live Q&A

Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall was online today answering your travel queries.

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Click comments to ask a question for next time A fortnight ago Tom was inundated with questions on where to go this September, so he’ll be giving more advice and suggestions on the subject this time around. He’ll also be giving updates on the current travel situation in Greece and Egypt before moving on to answer whatever questions you throw at him.

Tom will get to as many as he can in an hour, but due to the volume of questions, he may not be able to answer all of them in the live blog. Unanswered questions will be considered for future Ask Tom blog posts.

Top 10 most beautiful castles in the world

imageTraveling is never boring, and there are few people who don’t have fond memories of holidays spent roaming the globe, exploring a city or country where they’ve never been before. Experiencing something new and exciting is the essence of travel, and a successful trip is usually a trip that teaches something about a place or the people living there. So if you are willing to expand your horizons while traveling, here’s a list of the ultimate top 10 travel experiences that you shouldn’t miss in your life!

The best travel apps

A good smartphone app can be a traveller’s best friend. Francisca Kellett looks at some of the best travel apps on the market.

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Smartphones have been to the Noughties what the internet was to the Nineties – nothing short of revolutionary. If you don’t already have one, you soon will. And with a smartphone comes its innovative add-ons – apps, or applications.

Ten billion apps have been downloaded in the past three years. There are 17,000 travel apps on the market, and 160 million app-compatible devices are owned worldwide – iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys and tablet devices such as the iPad.

Spain holiday savings: how to cut costs

Annie Bennett continues our series with advice on how to cut costs on a Spanish holiday.

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I had lunch under the trees in one of Madrid’s most historic squares today. A big bowl of gazpacho, followed by strips of tender Ibérico ham with a salad, then chocolate ice cream. That little lot, along with a glass of chilled white wine, and an iced coffee, came to €13 (£11.50).

The set lunch, menú del dia, has always been a great bargain in Spain, but never more so than now, when prices generally have risen and both locals and visitors are feeling the pinch. Here are some more ideas on how to save money this summer.

Georgia: Blessed in a big-hearted country

Lisa Grainger gets a surprising welcome in a former Soviet republic that may be economically poor but has many other riches.

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Within five minutes of arrival I knew Georgia was unlike any other place I had visited. On the London-Tbilisi flight, there had been only a handful of passengers, and one I had been watching with particular interest.

A dead ringer for Rasputin – tall, dressed in black and exotically handsome, with a grey bushy beard and hair bundled into a bun – he had bounded up to the plane door as soon as the wheels touched down, a little Harrods bag clutched aloft, like a Wise Man arriving to give Jesus gold.

Tower Bridge: a towering boy’s toy

When it comes to courage and quick thinking, you have to hand it to Albert Gunton. In December 1952, the driver of the number 78 bus was trundling across Tower Bridge when he realised that it was being raised to allow a ship to pass on the Thames below.

imageFaced with the prospect of his double-decker toppling into the river, the terrified Albert hit the accelerator and shot across the widening gap between the bridge’s two halves before landing safely on the other side. This 3ft leap resulted in minor injuries for 12 of the 20 passengers, a £10 bravery award for Albert and, most likely, the dismissal of whoever forgot to give the warning signal.

It’s quite a story and I can only hope there will be no similar dramas as I prepare for a truly thrilling experience. To celebrate the completion of major restoration works on the bridge, the City of London Corporation is launching a competition with what anyone who ever owned a Meccano set will regard as a wonderful prize.

The winner gets to press the buttons which raise the bridge and, as I have been boasting endlessly to anyone who will listen, I have been invited to try this out for myself.

Rome: the best readers’ tips

From restaurant advice to obscure museums, the best of our readers’ tips for Rome.
imageIn response to your call for tips for visitors to Rome: try Galleria Colonna an art gallery and palace off Piazza Venezia, away from the normal tourist trail; it opens only on Saturday mornings. A visit is like stepping back in time. The gallery is adorned with ornate framed paintings, gold and gilt furnishings, sculpted ceilings, frescoes, wall hangings and more. It’s privately owned and not widely advertised, but the lack of tourists and the quiet opulence make it seem like a privilege to visit.

For a memorable eating experience try lunch, perhaps on a Sunday when the sun is shining, at Cecilia Metella on the old Appian Way (Appia Antica), just out of the centre of Rome, opposite the Catacombs of San Sebastiano.

Short-Stay Trips to London city

imageLondon is a sprawling metropolis of the world’s most famous museums, monuments and historical buildings, a cultural capital with everything from bohemian districts to modern art enclaves. But with the exorbitant prices, most travellers don’t spend more than a few days in London.

Nice, France: a cultural city guide

imagePaul Wade offers an essential cultural guide to Nice, a magical city on the French Riviera whose appeal lies in its reality.
When it comes to culture in France, only Paris boasts more museums and galleries; and, in Nice, all but one of the 20 are free. Topping the bill is the Musée Matisse. Rather than a collection of greatest hits, this follows the artist’s development, from his first dull oil of 1890 to the dramatic sketches for a chapel some 60 years later.

Georgia: Blessed in a big-hearted country

imageLisa Grainger gets a surprising welcome in a former Soviet republic that may be economically poor but has many other riches.

Within five minutes of arrival I knew Georgia was unlike any other place I had visited. On the London-Tbilisi flight, there had been only a handful of passengers, and one I had been watching with particular interest.

A dead ringer for Rasputin – tall, dressed in black and exotically handsome, with a grey bushy beard and hair bundled into a bun – he had bounded up to the plane door as soon as the wheels touched down, a little Harrods bag clutched aloft, like a Wise Man arriving to give Jesus gold.

Cultural city breaks: Great art, kept all to yourself

How do you avoid the ever-growing crowds that pack the big European museums? Nick Trend suggests some ways to make the experience more positive.

imageOn a packed London tube train I was contorting my neck, trying to see through the crowd and check which station we had arrived at. The experience reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then I remembered – it was visiting the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael rooms in the Vatican Museums.

The same feeling of half-suffocated, frustrated claustrophobia had overwhelmed me a few years ago as I shuffled along with the tide of tourists, waiting for a gap to open so that I could steal a glimpse of Raphael’s frescoes, or find an unencumbered vantage point from which to view Michelangelo’s ceiling. When God created Adam, he surely didn’t imagine quite so many of his progeny crammed into one place at the same time.

Barcelona, Spain: a cultural city guide

Lucinda Baring offers an essential cultural guide to Barcelona, the capital – and crown jewel – of Catalonia.

imageLike George Orwell before me, I don’t find it hard to pay homage to Catalonia. The landscape of the north-eastern Spanish region moves from the mountains of the Pyrenees to the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava and on to Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital and glittering crown jewel.

Described as “the flower among the beautiful cities of the world” by Cervantes in Don Quixote, Barcelona has since been championed and immortalised by many – in the literature of Laurie Lee and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, by the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and more recently in the music by Freddie Mercury.

Dublin city break: an insider’s guide

In the latest of our series of destination guides, Geoff Wallis offers tips on how to make the most of Dublin as the city gears up for St Patrick’s Day.

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Why go?

The Irish economy may be a bit of a dampener, but Dubliners will doubtless ensure that March 17 is marked in the usual fashion. In the city of black pints and polished prose, there is no party quite like the one for St Patrick’s Day.

If you can’t make it then (and accommodation will be filling up), there are plenty of excuses at any time of year for a parade of your own, whether you’re intent on exploring those famously numerous bars, the influence of the city on Joyce, Swift and Behan, or the chic stores of Grafton Street.

Barcelona, Spain: a cultural city guide

Lucinda Baring offers an essential cultural guide to Barcelona, the capital – and crown jewel – of Catalonia.

imageLike George Orwell before me, I don’t find it hard to pay homage to Catalonia. The landscape of the north-eastern Spanish region moves from the mountains of the Pyrenees to the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava and on to Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital and glittering crown jewel.

Rome city break: an insider’s guide

Lee Marshall introduces his comprehensive guide to Rome. Browse the links below to see his pick of the best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.
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Why go?

Because it’s been around for almost 3,000 years and yet carries all that weight of history with la dolce vita lightness of heart. And because this is a city that combines the intimacy and human scale of a village with the cultural draws of a European metropolis.

In Rome, classical ruins and early Christian places of worship stand next to – or lie beneath – Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains.

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