Monthly Archives May 2014

England’s Essential Castles


With the brief window of pleasant weather that Britain gets startled by every summer (what is that bloody bright orb in the sky? It’s hurting my eyes…!) now wide open, there is no better time to experience this essential nation on the global travel circuit. While the country is famous for its music culture and it’s rapidly rising food scene, the overwhelming draw for most is it’s medieval past, celebrated widely in literature and film.

As a result, most people want to bag a castle or two before hopping aboard the Chunnel train for France. To avoid disappointment or experiencing that new modern day affliction, The Fear Of Missing Out, what castles are truly can’t miss attractions? After all, we want to be the ones doing the 1 upping when bragging amidst our travel friends, instead of feeli...

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Uncover Burma’s Cultural Treasures


For many years, Burma’s ruling class had shunned the world, as the former military regime kept tight controls on its people, earning condemnation and sanctions from the global community. Recently however, this has changed in a dramatic way, as the generals that had formerly ruled with an iron fist realized that they could no longer disregard the will of their citizens to decide their own destiny, stepping aside to allow democracy to run its course.

This turn of events has opened up the country, prompting many of the world’s major nations to drop their blockades to trade with this underdeveloped Southeast Asian nation, and for many of the world’s traveling public to let go of their opposition to going to Burma, as the outrage that had triggered their self-imposed travel ban departed with t...

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Intense Shopping Experiences In Hong Kong


For those new to the region, Hong Kong is the perfect place for any Asia neophyte to make their entrance into this vast continent. Glitzy, full of money, modern, and sophisticated, this city state takes its reputation as the New York City of Asia very seriously.

One area where this is unquestionably true is in the nature and depth of its shopping. From street markets, to opulent and exclusive boutiques, and vast shopping malls with every kind of shop you can think of (plus many more that you never thought could exist), Hong Kong has a shopping experience that is right for you.

Let’s delve into just a few of the options that await you in this prominent financial hub that sits on the doorstep of China … and let your shopping daydreams run wild!

Causeway Bay

The stimulating lights, massive...

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Live Like A Blueblood: Your Guide To New England’s Best Islands


Most of the year, the Eastern Seaboard of the United States is pounded by the most dour of weather, be they Nor’easters, chilly damp air, and/or blankets of fog with the consistency of pea soup. Once the peak summer months roll around though, this miserable pattern of weather breaks up, leaving behind bright sunny skies to reign over a spectacular seascape of rocks, hardy coastal forest, and windswept fields of grass upon the many islets that dot the coast off of mainland New England.

This ideal mix of ocean-moderated summer warmth and seclusion from the urban madness of centres like Boston and New York City have made these islands popular with multiple generations of America’s power elite, or the so-called “old money” classes that built America’s business, cultural, and political institu...

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America’s Most Decadent Doughnut Shops


They grace the communal table of just about every workplace break room in America. Composed of light, airy dough, tons of sugar, and countless flavor variants, the humble donut has embedded itself into the consciousness of a nation. For those raised on these treats, or for visitors seeking to enjoy a pastry that is indelibly American, seeking out variations of these dessert items that depart the established norms (plain sugar, fruit-filled) is a quest that may net some exciting finds.

Your travels may take you to different regions of the United States, but in the cities that you’ll visit, there are dedicated entrepreneurs turning out creations seldom or never seen before, and the lines are streaming around the door with eager fans waiting patiently to try them.

The following three donut s...

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Culinary Explorations In Kuala Lumpur


Over the last several years, Malaysia has been feted in the food media, as its multicultural blend of Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures has resulted in a cuisine that has blended the best aspects of all three ethnicities, arguably creating one of the best foodie nations on Earth. While certain parts of the country are better than others for the variety and quality of dishes available (such as in Penang), heading to the federal capital of Kuala Lumpur guarantees access to a wide selection of the very best bites that Malaysian cuisine has to offer.

While you could certainly plunk your butt down at any old food court in KL, you travel to experience the best of the world, so knowing in advance about specific restaurants would be most advantageous to your ambitious plans...

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