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USA Today: 10Best Spas in Los Angeles: Part 2

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Hidden Gems and High End Treatments: The Best of Los Angeles Spas by Lisa Niver Many times in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Stars need a place relax and hide-away. Whether you are a famous celebrity or just want to be treated like a VIP, here are 10 of the best places to […]

Discover Los Angeles: Tart Restaurant & Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

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The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel is a unique Los Angeles hotel offering stylish hotel rooms and  welcomes you like family in the heart of Los Angeles across from the Grove. Test out Tart Restaurant‘s tasty creations and upcoming Halloween special libations!   Loading #TartRestaurant for dinner and drinks! Come join us! @tartrestaurant @wagstaff_LA View on Instagram Loading […]

Gold SATW for Ken Budd

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Congratulations to Ken Budd for his 2014 Gold SATW award for his article,  “Kenya: Holding Elijah.” Ken Budd’s 2013 story on his volunteer experiences in Kenya and recent media criticism of voluntourism won gold on October 16 in the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas awards, which honors the best work in travel writing and media. Gary Arndt of […]

PRAMBANAN TEMPLE COMPOUNDS: IN HUMBLE DEFENSE TO HINDUISM

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Prambanan temple compounds came in as one of the first world heritage sites of Indonesia in 1991. This site was inscribed under two criteria: as a masterpiece of human creative genius, and as an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble that represents a significant stage in human history (i.e., spread of Hinduism in the East). It happens to […]

100+ Countries in A Lifetime: Interviewed by @MappingMegan

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Thank you to Mapping Megan for interviewing me for her fantastic travel site. Read the full interview “100+ Countries in a Lifetime” by clicking here. A few questions to get you intrigued: How has travel enriched your life? Travel has shaped my life. I went on a teen tour to Israel, which inspired me to study in […]

Dancing to Freedom!

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Do you have a desire that is so secret it is almost unknown even to you? In Jean Kwok’s Mambo in Chinatown, we have the treat of unraveling the life of Charlie Wong: “My name is Charlie Wong and I’m the daughter of a dancer and a noodle-maker. My mother was once a star ballerina […]

Macao: the Hardly Seen Portuguese Side

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I visited Macao during the cool month of December last year. Staying there for two days, I managed to visit all its historic monuments and properties that make up the UNESCO World Heritage inscription (together with some of its casinos :p). For most heritage geeks, I share the assessment that Macao is largely a “misinterpreted gem”. […]

Finalists for Inspiration Travel Writing Contest 2014

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WRITING CONTEST: Our fourth Travel Writing Contest ended on February 14, 2014 with 505 people from 55 countries involved. The judges and I are happy to announce the fifty finalists! Winners will be announced May 27. The next contest also opens May 27! PLEASE ENJOY THE ENTRIES FROM THE FINALISTS:   Alexander Heaven and Hellhttp://www.wesaidgotravel.com/heaven-hell-day  Amy An […]

In Photos: Tri Hita Karana

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The cultural landscape of Bali in Indonesia is largely shaped by the traditional belief systems of its locals. Tri Hita Karana — roughly translated into English as “the three causes of prosperity” – is a philosophy that governs and guides the daily lives and attitudes of Balinese. This unique concept puts premium to the universal respect of and […]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

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Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights.  During a recent […]