Friday, October 31, 2008

How to Travel on a Budget - Hostels and Backpackers

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Are you on a shoestring budget but still have the travel bug? Or would you really want to experience the day-to-day life of a community, its people and the sights of a certain country that you feel you might not see with a guide. Then, you could enjoy travelling and staying at a backpacker. These are also known as hostels, and are reasonably priced and efficient accommodations that are available worldwide, allowing backpackers a chance to experience the world on a tight budget.

If so, you might enjoy traveling and staying at a backpacker. Also called a hostel, these low-cost and efficient accommodations are available all over the world, giving backpackers a way to see experience the world on a tight budget.

1) Expect To Save Money!

The greatest advantage to staying at a backpackers is the price. These little gems offer clean, safe accommodations at a fraction of the price of a hotel, allowing you to do more or stay longer in the country you wish to visit. If you are going on an extended trip around Europe, or visiting a part of Australia you've always wanted to visit, there is a hostel waiting for you.

For example, if you've always wanted to see Venice, Italy, you can stay at a hostel for as little as $21 per person for a shared room, or $46 for a private room.

Want to see Paris? You can, for as little as $26 for a shared room or $55 for a private.

Want to bask on a Brazilian beach in Rio de Janeiro? You can, for the cheap rate of $14 for a shared room!

When you consider that the cheapest hotel rate for a single person for Venice runs around $91, Paris at $126, and Rio de Janeiro at $80, you can get a sense of the savings you'll reap by going the backpackers route.

2) Be Prepared To Be Friendly.

Besides being low cost, backpackers tend to be a great place to meet other travelers. In fact the layout of the hostel encourages getting to know other visitors more so than a hotel or motel. Unless you request a private room you'll stay in a dormitory-style bedroom, often co-ed. Most have a common area to gather and socialize, as well as a kitchen and an area to do laundry. It's a great way to get to know people, but if you're shy or value your privacy, you might want to think twice about staying at a hostel.

3) Carry Proper ID.

If you're traveling in your own country, you'll still want to carry proper identification, such as a photo driver's license, passport or state/country ID. Most backpackers ask for more information than a hotel or motel would when staying with them because they want to ensure the safety of their guests.

Also, because of their cheap prices, hostels want to make sure that locals aren't taking advantage of their hospitality, thus taking space away from an international traveler who really needs the cheaper accommodations. If you don't have a passport, you might want to invest the time to get one, even while traveling your own country, just to give yourself one more ID choice.

4) Pack Lightly!

If you're a true backpacker, you're going to travel from hostel to hostel with your clothes on your back. You're probably going to use local transportation, such as the bus or subway system, or your own two feet. Even if you're not packing your way from hostel to hostel, keep in mind you're not going to have a ton of space to toss open countless pieces of luggage. In either case, you don't want to carry a ton of clothing and valuables to weigh you down and keep you from enjoying your trip.

What will you need?

- A sleep sheet: two sheets sewn together to put on your mattress so you can sleep in your own, clean bed. Some hostels rent them. Most hostels don't allow sleeping bags because they offer ample places for bedbugs, fleas and ticks to hide in. Most hostels offer clean blankets.

- Toiletries, such as soap, shampoo and toothbrush

- Your own towel

5) Lock Up Valuables.

Although backpackers offer a secure and safe environment, you don't want to take a chance of losing your more expensive personal goods by leaving them about. Just as you would in a hotel, you want to keep your valuables safe when staying in a backpacker. Most hostels offer a locker or safe of some sort to store valuable items while you're out. You could also invest in a lock and key before starting your trip to keep handy in case it's needed.

6) Check for bedbugs!

Unfortunately, bedbugs happen everywhere, be it a five-star hotel or a backpacker. These little pests do suck blood but don't transmit any diseases, and aren't any more pesky than a flea bite in most cases.

However, they do carry the stigma of a place being 'dirty' if you discover them. This just isn't so. The cleanest, most expensive accommodations can have them. It's important to know what they look like so you can tell the backpacker host/hostess. They will take the proper steps to clean the room and get rid of the little pests, since no one wants bedbugs around.

Bedbug signs:

- Most people think they're so tiny you can't see them, but this isn't so. Bedbugs are about 5mm long, oval in shape and brown in colour.

- Check for flecks of blood on the sheets, mattress seams and bed slats

- A large bedbug infestation has an almond-like smell that's very unpleasant

Bedbugs like to sneak into clothing and gear to travel to the next location with you, so if you think you've been infested with bedbugs, you should:

- Wash everything you own in the hottest washer setting and then dry on hot for at least 20 minutes-this includes your backpack!

- Wash yourself in a hot shower

- If something can't be washed, check it carefully for signs of bedbugs

- Tell the backpacker hostess/host or staff so they can clean the room thoroughly

7) Learn the Etiquette.

When traveling in a different country or even in your own it's important to know the proper etiquette and rules for that area to enjoy your backpacker stay. For example, some countries don't allow smoking in public areas and others may have stipulations about drinking alcohol, such as age. You don't want to end up breaking the rules and find yourself without a place to stay, or worse, locked up in a foreign jail cell.

You'll also want to check if your backpacker observes a curfew or lockout times. A curfew means that unless you want to find yourself sleeping outside, you'll be in the hostel at that time. You'll also want to learn if there's a lockout time, meaning the backpackers is closed for cleaning or to give the hosts time to run errands, so you can plan accordingly.

8) Book Online.

To ensure you have someplace to stay when traveling, you'll want to book your stay in advance. The easiest way is to book your backpacker stay online. offers accommodations worldwide as well as online booking. You can also see how others rated their stay and compare between other backpacker locations in the same city.

In Conclusion:

Going round the world or even travelling through your own country can be exciting and fun when staying at backpackers hostels. Providing you don't forget to take proper ID, stick to the rules, check for bedbugs and pack suitably, you will be able to mix with the locals and save money while you travel. You may make a few new friends along the way!

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Chateau Marmont Hotel & Bungalows -

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The Chateau Marmont is a hotel at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California built in 1927 and modeled after the Château d'Amboise in France's Loire Valley. It has served as the backdrop for a number of events in the lives of well-known rock stars and actors. Fred Horowitz, a local attorney, began construction on the hotel in 1927. His project turned into the Chateau Marmont, named for the street running across the back of the property. The Chateau Marmont opened in February 1929 as an apartment house, but high rents and the Depression kept renters away. In 1931 the building was changed to a hotel. The hotel was bought in 1990 is currently owned and managed by Hotels AB, run by celebrity hotelier Andre Balazs.

The Chateau Marmont was designed and constructed as earthquake proof, and has survived major earthquakes in 1933, 1953, 1971, 1987, and 1994 without sustaining any major structural damage. Nine cottages were built in the 1930s next to the hotel, which were acquired by the hotel in the 1940s. Two of the 4 bungalows at the Chateau Marmont were designed by Craig Ellwood in 1956 after he completed Case Study Houses. The bungalows are like miniature case study houses.

The hotel also has an exclusive, reservations-only restaurant serving California and Eclectic cuisine. The chef is Caryolynn Spence, originally of New York's Spotted Pig. - VIP Nightlife & Travel Portal - Where the Beautiful People Travel

Friday, October 24, 2008

Romantic Wine & Dine Weekend Getaways During the Fall -

Catch the last of the vibrant Fall Colors by using your Road Trip Planner to create a Romantic Wine & Dine Weekend Getaway. A 3-Day Weekend of wining and dining, of walking through vineyards or sun-dappled trails and getting a breath of fresh Fall air will breathe romance into your life and relaxation into your veins.

The TOP WINE PRODUCING STATES in the U.S. are: California, Washington, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina. But WINE IS PRODUCED IN EVERY STATE so you can easily build a road trip within driving distance of your home or via a short flight.

To get your road trip planning started, below are some Wine & Dine Weekend Getaways to consider, including some of the top-rated vineyards in the country as well as those wineries offering visitors a beautiful setting and a fun experience.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA: Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County produces excellent Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The Cottage Inn by the Sea at Pismo Beach overlooks the Pacific Ocean. You can venture to the region?s wineries on your own or take their Coastal Wine Tour, which includes the popular Edna Valley Vineyard. TOP RESTAURANT in the area: F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: A verdant valley, and a lovely place for a road trip, includes Napa, Sonoma, and Healdsburg. Here you can find the Monte Rosso Vineyard, one of California's oldest vineyards. Known for its firm Cabernet Sauvignons as well as intense, old-vine Zinfandels. TOP WINES from this area: 2002 Ravenswood Monte Rosso Zinfandel; 2003 Rochioli Estate Grown Pinot Noir from the The Rochioli vineyard in Healdsburg.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Add Santa Barbara to your road trip planner because it offers you the Pacific Ocean on one front, the Santa Ynez Mountains at your back, and in between, prime wine country. The Hotel Mar Monte, a historic hotel built in the tradition of Spanish Colonial architecture, offers a package tour to 3 wineries or you can explore on your own. Or choose staying at the Estero Beach Hotel Resort in San Ysidro, nearly at the Mexican border. Nearly two dozen wineries can be found in the Mexico Guadalupe Valley. BONUS ACTIVITY: Try a bike tour to a winery or a horseback-riding adventure to the Adobe Guadalupe Vineyard.

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN: In the nation's fourth-largest grape-growing state, the Chateau Grand Traverse winery overlooks the Grand Traverse Bay. You can sample their award-winning varietals, including their Rieslings. BONUS DESTINATION: Nearby, you?ll find the Old Mission Peninsula, which leads you into 7 wineries like the Chateau Chantal, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and Peninsula Cellars.

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: For some hands-on fun, sign up for Wine Camp at Long Island's renowned wine-producing North Fork region. Wine Camp's packages vary as do the participating vineyards but you?ll enjoy activities like winemaking, tasting techniques, food pairings, and wine blending. The price includes lodging, some lunches & dinners... and a case of wine!

WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON: To see a 6-generation family-owned establishment, enjoy a trip to Willamette Farms in Newberg. For a more drama-infused history, check out what used to be called Seven Springs Vineyard. The grapes from this vineyard were sought after by many top wine producers in the world. Then it was cut in half after a legal settlement in 2001, only to be reunited six years later with an exclusive, fifteen-year lease to the Evening Land partnership. FINAL VINTAGE: The St. Innocent Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006.

TEXAS: What often springs to mind when people think of Texas are those BIG 10-gallon hats. And yes, Texas is getting BIGGER... in wine production. This Lone Star State boasts more than 110 bonded wineries and wine aficionados are noticing their award winning wines. The following three vineyards rise above the rest because they go the extra mile for their guests: Bella Vista Cellars, in Wimberly; Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine; Flat Creek Estate, west of Austin. Any of the 3 would make an excellent anchor in your road trip planning, whether you create 3 individual weekend getaways or a wine-themed week's vacation. FUN FACT: A ten-gallon hat actually only holds ¾ gallon. Its name was derived from the Spanish galón word meaning braid.

OAK GROVE, VIRGINIA: One place I'd recommend adding to your road trip planner is Ingleside Winery, one of the oldest and largest wineries in Virginia. This winery was built in 1834 and the vineyards cover about 70 acres. Their wines have consistently earned top honors in state, national, and international wine competitions. BONUS LODGING: Ingleside Vineyards has two 2-bedroom rental cottages set within the vineyards and also a stunning four-bedroom Leeds Cove retreat, which overlooks the Rappahannock River.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: You can secure a great wine package when you add the Hotel Vintage Park to your road trip planner. Enjoy wine tasting at Pike Place Market's tasting room, and an evening wine hour in the hotel's lobby. Or check out Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley. Seven Hills Vineyard is now one of Washington's best known vineyards.

Getting away for an extended weekend, indulging in respected wines and eclectic dishes, enjoying the view from your hotel window...yes, these are the things that await the Road Trip Planner who heads for wine country. - VIP Nightlife & Travel Portal

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hotels in Tokyo -

Tokyo, the capital and largest city of Japan, is the core of most populated urban area in the world. It is located at about center of the Japanese archipelago. Greater Tokyo is a huge, fascinating and wealthy metropolis brings high tech vision of future side by side with glimpse of old Japan and has something for everyone. As the land unfolds from east to west, there are hills, plateaus and mountains scattered around the city, which is quite appealing to visitors from all around the world.

Hotels in Tokyo have made good provision for the accommodation of tourists with their wide network, ranging from star luxury hotels to cheap Tokyo hotels, to suit the taste and budget of every traveler. The high rising buildings of five star hotels are marvelous. They served the visitor at their best. They are well equipped with all modern facilities and amenities, but they are bit expensive and could not be afforded in every budget. Keeping this need of budget conscious travelers, many of them have started offering discounts for senior citizen, for children or for extended stay and thus transformed into cheap hotels in Tokyo. They try to fulfill all the basic needs, curtailing down the expensive facilities and thus, offer them comfortable accommodation.

Tokyo is a city that blends the old and new in a seamless manner. The country’s religious and feudal pasts are represented by temples and palaces, which look to be of different era, but they are considered the integral part of culture by most Japanese. At the other hand, Japan’s youth is also wide spreading in the city. This blend of old and new merges to make it a very attractive place to visit some of the most common places of tourists’ attractions are:-

Odaiba, an artificial island- it is an architectural wonderland, with real “popular science city of Tomorrow”. It has lot of means of entertainment and shopping venues, including, the Joypolis “Video Arcade on steroids”, Miraikan “future museum”, collection of hot spring resorts etc… water bus facility is also enjoyed by many tourists.

Sensoji temple- it is a huge Buddhist temple surrounded by old fashioned shopping malls, several shrines and great places to eat. It gate at the entrance is the most photographed location.

Akihabara- this is high tech sales era of Tokyo. It is said that the place has lost some of its cultural values during last past years, but it is still the place to buy in electronics.

Apart from it, there are many tourists’ attractions like Tokyo tower, which is just the replica of Eiffel tower and fish market, where every marine creature eaten by men, is found. One can easily come across hotels in Tokyo around these tourists’ attraction for the ease of travelers. - VIP Nightlife & Travel Portal - "Where the Beautiful People Travel"

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Keeping In Touch with the Spirits -

Darkness falls across the land. At the midnight hour, corpses rise from their graves to terrorise the living. Yes folks, Halloween is nearly here again. Originally it was an Irish pagan ritual involving costumes, masks and bonfires to placate the evil spirits. Many of the other things we associate with it, such as vampires, werewolves and zombies came much later thanks to Hollywood imaginations. For an evening of chills and thrills why not try the creepy sounding Death and Co in New York? Or head for the Habita Hotel in Mexico and celebrate the Day of the Dead.

Frighteningly good bars for Halloween drinks:

Despite the ominous name, there's nothing gloomy about this speakeasy styled bar. Hiding behind distinctive doors, the interior exudes a cool, jazzy vibe, low-lit and intimate. Kerosene lanterns and crystal chandeliers add to the atmosphere, scattering shadows up the gold-flecked walls. The cocktails are truly superb, mixed by bartenders, who learned their trade at the likes of the Pegu Club and the Flatiron Lounge. There's also a plentiful array of well-chosen wines, scotches and whiskies. This is one for people who like their bars grown-up and atmospheric rather than riotous and super-trendy. And the name? Well, in yet another nice touch, it's a reference to a Prohibition-era art movement.

This place is truly special. Hidden behind a little door on Joiner Street in London Bridge station, this sprawling underground space is a members’ bar with a difference. Dark and Gothic in atmosphere this is the place to come if you have a penchant for avant-garde theatre, performance art, cabaret and circus. On any given night you might see aerialists twisting from the ceiling or run into arts installation. It's also the home of the Shunt collective and, as such, has been the setting for their unique theatrical spectacles Amalto Saltone and Tropicano. There is always something of interest to see - or maybe participate in. Drinks are basic – beer and wine and nothing fancy, but that’s not the point here. Atmosphere is all, and your experience will differ depending on what night you rock up, but if you bring an open mind (and a fiver if you’re a non member) you’re bound to have a memorable night.

Take a comfortably worn-in space, fill it with shabby-chic furnishings and a diverse clubbing crowd and add massive exclusive musical and cultural events voila, you have secret recipe to Alchemia’s long-lasting success. Stationed in a modest-looking building in the heart of Kazimierz, the old Jewish district turned contemporary-arts and bohemian nightlife centre, this street-level club draws legions of freethinking artsy types, enthusiastic nighthawks and partygoers with a soft spot for high-flying jazz, blues and experimental acts. The decidedly flash-from-the-past interior of retro funky furniture, wall fixtures and nostalgia-filled knickknacks may remind you of your grannies house but they create a uniquely indie space for serious socializing and down-to-earth drinking. Those in search of creative alcoholic chemistry should beeline to the bar, for skilful barstaff are known for their alchemist-like artistry in concocting dangerously desirable drinks.

The Habita is Mexico City's smartest contemporary hotel, an uber-boutique of considerable style. But it hides its greatest asset up on the roof. Looking out over the surrounding streets of the city's upmarket Polanco district, the decked roof terrace features a sleek bar area and a funky lap pool lit by a lightning effect wall mural. Serious swimming is clearly not this pool's raison d'etre, instead it's all about the atmosphere and the cutting edge look the place, as live DJs provide the aural backdrop for the bar's beautiful crowd of young, pre-clubbing types. Though obviously a superb place to hang out on a hot summer evening, patio heaters and an open fireplace make it equally palatable come winter. Videoes (and the odd football match) are occasionally projected onto the side of a nearby building. - VIP Nightlife & Travel Portal - Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Glitz and Glamour of Bangkok Hotels -

Bangkok welcomes tourists to a fascinating, vibrant and colorful experience which at times can even get mind-boggling. The hotels in Bangkok dot the landscape alongside glinting skyscrapers which grace the city.

Bangkok never fails to impress one with its attractions, past and present, which blend harmoniously together. Bangkok provides one an opportunity to explore experience and discover the range of unending hidden secrets that abound in the fantastic city. Bangkok is all about exciting boxing matches, glitz, glamour, elegant cuisine, massages and spa treatment in the luxurious star hotels in Bangkok, bargain shopping and much, much more.

Travelers and tourists who want to truly understand what Bangkok is all about must take a deeper look far beyond the visual images one is familiar with even before one touches down. This will provide one with a sensory thrill that never ceases to delight. Bangkok is a city of contrast and diversity. Here a tourist can expect to find anything from floating markets and fruit carvings to robed monks.

The more fashionable tourists prefer to book their rooms in hotels in central Bangkok which are in close proximity to the most of the city’s nightlife. The experience of watching a Muay Thai Boxing match or the glitz and glam of a ladyboy show is absolutely marvelous. An elegant dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River is a blissful, fanciful experience to enjoy.

Travelers to Bangkok can expect to experience a cocktail of mesmerizing sights, intoxicating aromas and multi-ethnic pleasures representative of what the city’s character is all about. The experience is sure to hook the tourists! The classical attractions are educative, enchanting and inspire the wildest of romantic thoughts.

The malls and markets are of the highest international standards and shopping is a truly heavenly experience. Imagine what you can experience if all this is just the scratching of the surface of all that the city has to offer! The fantastic experiences of Bangkok tourism can be savored to stay with you forever.

The warm hospitality of Bangkok has today acquired legendary proportions and one can expect to experience the same hospitality during their stay in Bangkok Hotels. The hippest and most happening city in the world also offers a range of cheap hotels Bangkok so that the budget traveler does not miss out on an opportunity to experience the great fun that is on offer. The travelers can book rooms in advance in hotels Bangkok including the best cheap Bangkok hotels to delightfully enjoy the rich cultural heritage, fantastic cuisine, wild and rowdy nightlife which is relaxed and safe.

A luxurious spa treatment or a famous traditional Thai massage should not be missed for its rejuvenating experience. These experiences are the perfect antidote for tourists after a grueling day of shopping and sightseeing. Bangkok has emerged as a food haven providing a sensational culinary experience which is guaranteed to delight one’s taste buds. The range of cuisine is varied and the international traveler can expect to find every famous type of cuisine in the world. The safe, relaxed, enjoyable, wild and rowdy nightlife of Bangkok has established it as Asia’s capital of cool.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hotels in Delhi - Cheap and Cheerful Hotels in the Lap of Luxury

In the midst of forming a leading world traveler hub, India hands round the most excellent hotels to welcome their guests with pride and joy. Yet, each day-tripper in India, neighboring or overseas, would thrive to sketch his expedition much earlier to pick out the most fitting hotel. Delhi is the best place to search for the kind of hotel you are looking for. Hotels in Delhi, are countless and variable to match the wishes and requirements of an individual.

The choices are plenty, as you start searching for the best hotels in Delhi. The city itself embraces myriad cultures and great enthusiasm from traditional fervor to the rocking night life. Each hotel is ever ready to endow their guests with meticulous and stylistic reception in the form of cuisines, clean rooms, fresh air and greenery all over.

By and large, tourists who land here, revolutionize the idea of residing in five star hotels as they perceive the thatched-roofed cottages, located ideally allowing its guests to witness some of the most beautiful views of the city. There are resorts that bestow a whole lot from body relaxation to its guests through massages and spas and thereby amend the stereotypic hotel image that involved just a comfortable room to stay and restaurant to eat.

A major factor or key element to be taken into consideration is the hotel budget. Reserve or book the hotels in Delhi over the Internet. You may get some good discount packages and moreover, you will have an idea of the hotel you are going to stay. Like, if you aim at five star hotels, Taj and Oberoi are the ultimate choice. No other hotels in Delhi are standing by to battle with the tune-up and placates they bequeath.

Heritage Hotels in Delhi, which were initially past palaces or manors fitting in to India’s one-time princes or landed gentry, is at present renewed into hotels. To have the glimpse of the past royalty, you need to spend bucks. On the other hand, Eco friendly hotels in Delhi put forward a secured spiritual union in the midst of nature.

A good number of them are positioned in picturesque spots, in the region of woodland treasury, hill stations or cost-effectively perceptive neighborhood. At the same time, countless hotels in Delhi are steadfast to the perpetuation of natural wherewithal, among others; it is over and over again a sales attention-grabber.

Wellness Centers or Spas in Delhi is the prosperity of Ayurveda. These hotels gratify detoxification and strength schedules to make your body and psyche feel younger. Delhi hotels with royal comforts are the ideal places to enjoy the essence of a majestic treat. It is an extravagance of nature and an unusual way of refreshing with the backing of experts in Ayurveda and Spa massages. Moreover, the greenery and backwaters in these hotels enhances their beauty even more.

Budget Hotels in Delhi do propose well-mannered lodging and first-rate chow; the matching cannot be expected for each and every one. All over again, despite the fact that a number of them have pleasurable backdrop engraved in impressive locales others possibly will be not better than overcrowded hotels. Well, finding a hotel in Delhi is not a big deal, as there are many options to explore that suits the requirement of different kinds of travelers.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ski Resorts for the Rich & Famous -

Photographers follow celebrities every where they go, from the grocery store and the nail salon to a night club and even the doctor’s office. But where do celebrities go when they are looking to hit the slopes? With hundreds of ski resorts located all across the world, the rich and famous look to go to the most elite and fabulous resorts they can find. Here is a list of ski resorts that celebrities have either been spotted or call their home.

Aspen, Colorado
If you’re looking to share the slopes with a wide variety of celebrities, than look no further than a ski holiday in Aspen, Colorado. Located in the Rocky Mountains region, this ski resort town is the home to many celebrities. Because of its quaint atmosphere, celebrities levitate here to get away from the hustle and bustle associated with New York City and Los Angeles. John Denver once had a house in Starwood, which is within close proximity to Aspen. Singer Mariah Carey has also visited Aspen, spending the last few Christmas holidays there. Other actors and actresses that call Aspen their home are Kevin Costner, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Jack Nicholson, Felicity Huffman and Michael Douglas.

Sun Valley, Idaho
I small town with only approximately 1,400 residents, many celebrities flock to Sun Valley to get away from their hectic lives. Sun Valley utilizes Bald Mountain which has a 9150 feet incline and a 3400 feet vertical drop. Ernest Hemingway has been said to have stayed in suite 206 of the Lodge during the fall of 1939. During his stay, Hemingway finished one of his most famous novels, For Whom the Bell Tolls. He became a part-time resident of Sun Valley for approximately 20 years and in 1966 a Hemingway Memorial was constructed about a mile from the lodge. Other celebrities known to make their way to Sun Valley include Teresa Heinz Kerry, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France
Across the Atlantic Ocean and nestled in the Alps is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. The Chamonix Mont-Blanc in France is home of the world’s longest ski run, the Vallée Blanche, which is 13.7 miles in length. This resort features the highest peak in the Alps, as well as the second highest peak in Europe. Situated at the foot of Mont-Blanc, the resort became famous in 1924 when it hosted in the Winter Olympic games. Since then, the rich and famous have not been able to stay away.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Santorini - Everything You Ever Wanted on a Holiday -

What are you looking for from a holiday? Do you want sun and lazy days on the beach? Do you want history and the chance to explore ancient ruins? Do you want to unwind and relax with a leisurely meal while watching the sunset? Personally, I want all three. I have found just the place – Santorini.

Rising steeply from the Aegean Sea, Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece. Don’t let that put you off. Santorini’s hotels cover the full spectrum from budget accommodation for backpackers to sumptuous elegance for those who enjoy life’s finer things.
It was here, 3,600 years ago, that one of the biggest eruptions in history occurred. The result, then, was devastating. The result, now, is spectacular. A giant central lagoon, actually a submerged caldera, is surrounded on three sides by the high cliffs of Santorini. Hotels and towns perched at the top of those steep cliffs offer you a view of the sunset perhaps unmatched anywhere else on earth. The traditional whitewashed buildings look out over the lagoon to the small island of Therasia and the Aegean Sea beyond. As the sun sets and the sky turns orange the panorama can be breathtaking.

At the time of the eruption there was a thriving Minoan outpost at Akrotiri. The city was buried under volcanic ash but excavations, which began in 1967, have gradually unveiled some of the splendour of the site. There are streets, squares and the remains of houses three stories high. The people of Akrotiri had hot and cold running water at a time when most Europeans were living in huts. The main treasures of Akrotiri are kept at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in the town of Fira. Most Santorini hotels have ample information on getting to, and around, both the museum and the archaeological site.

The island enjoys long, hot summers and mild winters making it an ideal place for a beach holiday. Whatever type of beach you like, chances are you can find it on Santorini. From the commercialisation of Perivolos, where you can enjoy scuba diving, jet skiing and windsurfing, to the solitude of Cape Colombo, Santorini has the beach for you.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Popular Ski Resorts in USA -

For winter sports enthusiasts, there is nothing better than rushing down a mountain on freshly snow-covered slopes. To help you find the right ski holiday that will fulfill your craving for an outdoor adventure, here is a list of popular ski slopes in the United States:

One of the better known Ski resorts in Colorado, Breckinridge totals 2,358 acres and has 155 trails. Its longest trail, Four O’clock, reaches a length of 3.5 miles and the resort spans over more than 10 peaks. Of the 155 trails this resort hosts, 36-percent are expert slopes, the largest percentage of slope difficulty, and 13-percent of the slopes have the easiest designation.

Located in the midst of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen, Colorado, is the Aspen Mountain Ski Resort. Sitting on 673 acres, Aspen Mountain is one of the smallest ski resorts around. It utilizes Aspen Mountain and Bell Mountain which has an elevation of 11,212 feet.

This ski resort is the largest resort in the eastern part of the United States. Utilizing Vermont’s second highest mountain, Killington Peak, this resort sports 200 trails and 33 ski lifts spanned over seven mountains. It is estimated that nearly 17,000 people will visit Killington Ski Resort on a good day.

This tourist destination is home to three different ski resorts, Park City Mountain Resort , the Canyons Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Park City Mountain Resort covers 3,300 acres and has 104 trails. Canyon Resort, the bigger of the three, runs on nine mountains, totaling 3,700 acres and 155 trails. Deer Valley Resort recently underwent a nine million dollars renovation to add 200 acres and nine new slopes

Lake Tahoe, located on the Nevada-California boarder is home to Heavenly Mountain Resort. It features 95 slopes over 4,800 acres. At an elevation of 10,067, this resort is host to Lake Tahoe’s highest peak. It is the largest ski resort in California, with a total of 33-percent of its land developed.

Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

The Pocono Mountains is home to more than ten different ski resorts. The largest one, Camelback Ski Area, has 33 slopes and covers 139 acres. At an elevation of 2,133 feet, its steepest slope is 800 feet. Located in close proximity to Camelback Ski Area is Jack Frost Big Boulder Resort. This ski area is two resorts combined into one with nearly 30 different ski slopes.

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