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Regal Sun Resort Lake Buena Vista (3 star) at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States (US)

Regal Sun Resort Lake Buena Vista (www.discountworldhotel.com)

Rate from $85 dollar/night at www.discountworldhotel.com

Regal Sun Resort Lake Buena Vista (www.discountworldhotel.com)

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U.S. warns against travel to Kingston, Jamaica; several airlines waive change fees

U.S. warns against travel to Kingston, Jamaica; several airlines waive change fees

The U.S. State Department is warning Americans against travel to Kingston, Jamaica, and surrounding areas “because of escalating violence, shootings and unrest” related to attempts to arrest Christopher “Dudus’” Coke, an alleged trafficker of drugs and weapons.

On Tuesday, thousands of police and soldiers in the capital clashed with Coke’s defenders, and at least 30 people were reported killed, according to the Associated Press.

The State Department’s travel alert, issued Monday as an update to its May 21 alert, states that access to Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) “has been blocked on an intermittent basis by gun battles between criminal elements and police” and that some flights have been canceled.

A number of airlines are waiving change fees for passengers scheduled to fly to or from Kingston this week and allowing them to rebook within a defined period.  For details, look for updates on the websites of Air Jamaica, American Airlines, Cayman Airways and other carriers.

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Seven of the Cheapest Places in the US to Live

With the economy the way that it is today many individuals are looking for ways to save money and coming up with some pretty creative ideas. Everything from cutting back to cutting down to looking for deals has been thought of and tried in order to save some money. Some individuals even relocate to cities that have a lower cost of living so that they can live the way that they are used to but spend less money doing so. Many individuals assume that the cost of living is high everywhere but this is hardly the truth. There are a number of areas that have continued to stay steady regarding the costs of the things that we need the most. Some cities continue to have a competitive real estate market, low cost necessities, and lower taxes than other areas of the United States. Listed are seven of the many cheaper places in the US to live in no particular order, just in case you are thinking about relocating in order to keep the standard of living that you are used to even when it seems as if it is impossible.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Although you may not think that you can live for cheaper in a big city Pittsburgh is actually a highly competitive when it comes to cheaper cities to live in. Although the unemployment rate is considerably high the cheaper cost of living tends to make up for it.

The Point Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Fort Collins, Colorado – This is an area with about half the unemployment rate of Pittsburgh with similar cost of living averages. Many cities in Colorado continue to grow because they can compete with many other cities in this manner.

Downtown Fort Collins Colorado (@ wikipedia.org)

Albany, New York – This is another bigger city with a significantly low cost of living. Because of its size and the fact that it is a capital city you get a lot of bang for your buck here.

Albany Skyline@ emsc.nysed.gov

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Huntsville – Holiday with a Blend of Science and Nature

Where are you planning to spend the vacation of yours? Not given a thought to it yet? If yes than don’t waste much time, just start packing up your stuffs to have a tour to the city of Huntsville where you will find science and nature blending into one another. You will enjoy every moment passed in that city and will think of exploring it again.

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A city located in the centre of northern part of U.S. state of Albama, a city characterized by Tennessee River and nearby hills and the major NASA’s Marshall space flight centre and biggest United States army aviation and missile command is none other than the beautiful Huntsville. Huntsville was founded in 1811, after the captain named John Hunt settled in this place. Because of scientific inventions and historic preservation, they have won this city a 2010 Distinction Award. It is also named as Rocket city because of it hosts the biggest NASA centre here in Huntsville. This article will provide you with details on how to find the best hotel deals and discount cheap hotels that will help you direct while planning your journey to Huntsville.

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While having adventure in the city of Huntsville you really need a room for wiping off the days wearisome. Some of the best rated hotel includes the Westin Hotel HuntsvilleMarriott Hotel Huntsville and Courtyard Hotel Huntsville  and Country Inn & Suites Huntsville By Carlson Huntsville. They are different deals offered that give discounts and gifts. For example the courtyard by Marriot Huntsville provides with a hostel deal that if you pay via visa card then you get up to $30 in gift cards and breakfast. To get more information log on to discount hotel website. You can also have a passport coupon that gives you discount on many things while your trip to Huntsville including the travel deals and discount hotel vouchers. This can be done by surfing the Huntsville official website. If these hotel deals don’t match your requirement then you can also book any hotel room of your choice ranging from luxurious to cheapest. To get more related information just log to http://www.discountworldhotel.com for hotel comparison facilities to get the right room for yourself. This allows you to choose hotel with cheaper rates as it is comparing same hotel from various providers.

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Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

For most travelers, its not really about the destination. Its about the journey. This is never truer for anyone else than for those who love to drive. Some people find that driving actually relaxes them. If youre planning to fly out of the U.S. and rent a car to explore the landscape, these are the best driving routes to take.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

While this driving route is not ideal for those who are only used to casual driving, people who love challenges will find this interesting. Filled with narrow, two-lane highways, adventurous drivers will be kept on the edge of their seats while traversing this path. The best road to take is Highway 1. However, word has it that it has plenty of potholes. Youll need a pretty sturdy vehicle for this drive.

Despite the challenges, youll be rewarded with great sights and weather. Even if youre an excellent driver, though, you shouldnt try to take this route at night. Staying well below 50mph will also keep you away from accidents.

Northern Tunisia

Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

Its no Nurbrugring circuit, but Northern Tunisia certainly has entertaining roads by the mountain that are worth driving through. Avoid this route if youre driving a fragile, exotic looking sports car, though, because youre most likely going to encounter extreme roads. While sometimes they come with warning signs, most of the curbs dont, so caution is necessary.

P15 and P17 of this route are always good places to be in, although sometimes, the road quality here changes too. The only downside here is that locals tend to drive slow-and thats an understatement. You can probably entertain yourself with the unique scenery while waiting for the car in front of you to move faster.
There are a lot of Roman villages along the road, too, so you can consider the trip an educational one. Who knows, you might just find something interesting enough to take a picture of along the way.

Western Cape, South Africa

Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

If you think that the only way to traverse the Safari is through a Land Rover, think again. Despite the commercialized image, thanks to Hollywood movies, African roads are actually pretty well-maintained. The N1, N7 and N2 (Western Cape) are exceptionally impressive, although top speeds are kept at 75mph. Just watch out for animals that may be crossing the roads.

Taking this route can be therapeutic especially along the Cape of Good Hope and the South Atlantic. It may even remind you of the Mediterranean. The climate is also quite similar.

M8, Scotland

Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

If youre a driving enthusiast, its most likely that youve explored almost all if the UKs challenging roads. However, have you tried driving in Scotland? If you havent, youre missing out on a lot. Scotland has a pretty diverse landscape, and between the Highlands, the Southern Uplands, and the Central Lowlands, youre sure to have a generous share of challenging roads.

A mountain pass tagged by the locals as Rest and Be Thankful is even notorious for making vehicles overheat at least once while their ascending. While the M8 is the main highway, youd probably want to explore its secondary arteries more. Youll be surprised at what youll find-from an old Scot castle to mind blowing twists on the road. Just make sure you come with a trusty map on your dashboard.

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7 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US

If you usually travel with your pets, youre probably on the lookout now for hotels that accommodate dogs and cats. This doesnt mean that you have to give up five-star services just to be with your furry friend. Why should you when you can have the best of both worlds? Below are the most animal-friendly five-star accommodations you should look into if youre planning a summer getaway with your cat or dog.
 

Top room service menu

7 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US

When you stay at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, located in California, both you and your pet can enjoy the best meals you can ever ask for. While the list for human guests isnt bad, the pet menu is pretty impressive. These are, of course, exclusively for privileged guests, and you may want to keep earning those loyalty points if you want the best chow for your Chowchow.

The pets favorite in their menu is the Petite New York Stake. This is a generous slab of medium rare stake served with fresh, raw vegetables. Other varieties which are just as good include the half-pound cheeseburger, the mushroom ravioli (you can ask for the cream to be set aside), and the baked salmon.

This special pet room service is available from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM. You can also take your pets to dine with you at the al fresco restaurants, although the areas are limited to certain patio areas of the inn.

Cutest Door Tag

7 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US

How do you know if a hotel really welcomes pets? When it encourages you to travel with your pets, of course. Whether youre travelling with Fido or Fluffy, this hotel will always be close to your heart if only because their door tag spells “animal lover” . The Hotel Arista which lies just outside Chicago, is both trendy and eco-friendly. Their cute door tag will feature your very own pet.

How is this possible? Upon making your reservations, you can send a photograph of your pet. On the day of your stay, youll be welcomed warmly by a personalized door tag framing a photograph of your furry little buddy.

Most Comfortable Pet Bed

7 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US

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Top 5 Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

While honeymoon sites are attractive, real men usually look for high quality-guy-time. What better way to spend these moments than in one of Americas homiest dude ranches? Imagine riding on horseback through the damp Colorado meadow. Its just a little past sunrise and youre looking at the purple shades of distant mountains. Soon enough, you see the Continental Divide and the vast Western wilderness sits right in front of you.

Later, you ride back to your lodgings and you dismount your steed to a sizzling, wholesome breakfast cooked over charcoal fire. For city slickers such as yourself and the rest of the gang, nothing spells “icon Western” better than that.

The Dude Ranchers Association lists the best manly-man ranches you can visit across the country. Go ahead and line up fly-fishing, horseback riding, and spa activities to your liking with these top-notch relaxation sites. Theyre for real city cowboys, of course.

A Bar A Ranch

If you ever find yourself in Wyoming, A Bar A is definitely worth a visit. This ranch was founded in the 1920s and its one of Americas oldest and biggest dude ranches. It sits on 140,000 acres of rolling hills, valleys, rich pastures, and well-preserved woods. The places insurance policy also doesnt require you to ride with a wrangler. That is, as long as you know exactly what youre doing.

As dude ranches go, the property is a nice fusion of every serious horsemans haven, and a city-slickers private deluxe resort. Aside from all that nature, A Bar A keeps a well-maintained tennis court, an impressive golf course, and even a spa. For dinner, youre sure to be gastronomically pleased with the house-chef who fixes Grade A Cordon-Bleu and more.

The property can accommodate up to 100 guests and keeps 130 horses. Your horse will be matched with your built and your temperament. You can choose to ride twice a day with or without your little kids. You can also go for a trek so you can explore the Savage Run Wilderness.

Top 5 Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

Driving down Solvang, California, youll find Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. This is one of the most secluded vacation spots for Hollywood royalties. It opened in 1946, and has been luring city slickers since then. The ranch has two 18-hole golf courses, a private fishing pond, tennis courts, a natural body of water for boating, a high-end spa, and enough activities for serious fishers.

There are no television sets in their rooms so you wont get distracted from enjoying your nature retreat. The property has 50 miles-worth of trails so you can enjoy horseback rides through hills and gorgeous sycamore groves. You have to pack a lot of formal clothing here because youll need to dress properly for meals, in this property.

Whats special about these digs is that you can ride as much as you want. Youll also be given a cowboy per person so you can enjoy trail rides, wildlife viewing and sunset rides without worrying about your safety. The property can accept 230 guests and it keeps 100 horses.

Top 5 Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

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Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Young and old alike have been fascinated with vending machines. Like mini convenience stores, these are great when youre feeling quite hungry, and theres no store nearby. Just feed the machine a bill or some coins, press a button, and out comes your chosen snack.

You might find I interesting to know that the first vending machine actually dispensed holy water, of all things. Hero of Alexandria devised this coin-operated machine in the first century, and it was only followed during the nineteenth century, when postcards and gums were sold.

A snack isnt all there is nowadays, as more and more people are beginning to realize the convenience and advantages that this machine has to offer. If vending machines used to offer sodas and little packets of biscuits and chips, today, you might be a little surprised at whats being offered in these incredible machines. Japan tops the quirkiness factor when it comes to vending machines, dispensing underwear to noodles. The ever-famous Lobster Game, similar to those machines where you try to catch a stuffed toy through a crane, gives you fifteen seconds to catch a lobster. The US has copied it by creating their own Maine Lobster Game.

Gold Bars in Abu Dhabi, Bergamo, Frankfurt, and Moscow Airports

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Stuck in the airport with nothing to do? Try the Gold to Go vending machines. Whoever thought that buying a special gift for that special someone in your life is actually easy, dispensed from a vending machine? Think gold is too common? You can also buy South African Krugerrands, Canadian maple-leaf coins, and that one-hundred dollar, one-ounce Australian kangaroo coin. Naturally, the prices change, depending on real-time prices. A gram of gold bar wrapped in a beautiful gift box costs around fifty dollars.

Fresh Pizza in Italy

When in Italy, it is but natural to eat pizza. Lets Pizza machines make it easier for you to get this national specialty. It is actually quite natural that the country where pizza originated from would actually come up with vending machines of pizzas! (Or perhaps theyre just tired of serving too many pizzas to hungry tourists.) Found in some malls and airports, these machines can make a pizza from scratch in less than three minutes. You can choose your toppings by pressing a button, then peek into the window to see the mixing and kneading of dough, the adding of the toppings and finally, baking.

Live Lobsters in US

Fun and quirky, everyone wants to try this game-catch a lobster in less than fifteen seconds and its yours to bring home or have the restaurant prepare for you so you can eat it fresh. For only three dollars, you get to play (and possibly) eat! Scattered from Maine to California, many of these machines are located in Florida, at restaurants like Bubbas Roadhouse and Saloon, and Arizona Pizza Company.

Raw Eggs in Japan and California

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

At Glaum Egg Ranch, for only three dollars you can get 24 free-range chickens, with a complimentary show performed by stuffed chickens (as in stuffed toys, not the real ones). Forget the supermarket; eggs dont come any fresher than this! First introduced in Japan, Glaum Egg Ranch just outside Santa Clara followed suit.

Gold Handcuffs in Mondrian South Beach Hotel, Miami

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

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Do good, do well: Volunteer ID cardholders receive travel discounts

Do good, do well: Volunteer ID cardholders receive travel discounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Volunteer Week begins Sunday, April 18, a week created by President Nixon in 1974 to honor volunteers. What better way to celebrate than discovering that volunteerism can be more than its own reward?

VolunteerIDCard was launched in April 2009 to bring travel and shopping discounts to people who put others first.  Discounts for card-carrying members of the VolunteerIDcard include:

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Roller coaster group to honor Giant Dipper in San Diego

Roller coaster group to honor Giant Dipper in San Diego

After surviving several fires, becoming a home to vagrants and dodging the wrecking ball, the nearly 85-year-old Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster at Belmont Park in San Diego will be honored as an endearing and enduring classic.

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