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World's Best Hotels 2013

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For some travellers its not about "where", but "with who". For those who care about where, today we will present to them the best hotels in the world for 2013.
Thanks to the research conducted by travel and leisure , we have the list with the best hotels worldwide! 
1.Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
2. Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort, Casole d'Elsa, Italy
3. Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa
4.Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
5.Four Seasons Resort Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
6.The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
7. Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
8.Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
9. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
10. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

Best Chocolate Places on Earth!

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Many few people can state with safety they don't like melt-in-the-mouth chocolates. In fact, we people actually need chocolate as researches have shown that consuming cocoa chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system and boost our metabolism; even though high in calories, a piece of chocolate brings energy and fast thinking. No one should exclude a reasonable portion of it from their nutrition. Do not overdo it though!
Travellers are lucky since they get to taste different types of chocolate around the world. 
According to travel.nationalgeographic.comthese are the best of the best chocolate makers!
Enjoy and Indulge!
1. Teuscher (Zurich, Switzerland)
2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
3. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc. 
(Berkeley, California, USA)

4. Jacques Torres Chocolate
 (New York, New York, USA)


5. Norman Love Confections
(Ft. Myers, Florida, USA)
6. Valrhona (France)
7. Godiva Chocolatier 
(Brussels, Belgium and worldwide)

8. Richard Donnelly Fine Ch…

The Top 3 current investments of our time

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We live in uncertain times and naturally even in the best of economic climates there is always an element of risk to making investments.
There are however some interesting options for Perpetual Travellers that refrain from putting their heads in the sand.
Here below are 3 top suggestions to investigate further on, but remember if you do invest the risk is all yours.
1. Shale Gas This new form of energy has made a massive difference (as much as 50%) to reduce fuel costs in the US.
The process is called fracking and it involves deep drilling (10,000 feet) into the earth to reach a thin layer of rock called shale. A pump shoots literally millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals to generate small explosions. This in turns splits rock and releases gas. The gas is transported through a pipe to the surface.
China, India and the UK all have plans to exploit this form of energy. So Cuadrilla is the only company in the UK with the permission to drill. French firm Total are also getting …

Daring to fly with Ryanair!

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Inappropriately dressed in a suit coming straight from a management training session onboard a cruise ship, I threw caution to the wind and embarked on a courageous Ryanair flight from a miserably equipped Palermo Airport (especially in the non Schengen area), which is far from the busy town center and takes over an hour's drive during peak time.

It would be true to say however, that the route and time of my flight was convenient and as such my Corporate travel team rightly presented it as the best option.

It soon dawned on me however that in essence Ryanair is an acronym...

R - Rushed Y - Yellow A - Annoying N - No Sanitation A - Animal-like I - Irritating R - Rip Off
Let's take a look at the detail...

RUSHED
The moment that there was the slightest stirring of the inadequate embarking counter a rush or more like stampede occurred of people jostling for position in a human fragmented line. From my perspective the flight did not appear to be full, so it was difficult to…

easyJet reduces guaranteed cabin luggage towards the size of a handbag

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Travellers are slowly coming to terms with the unfortunate reality that most European airlines are quietly raising their fees for checked-in baggage. In many respects this gradual move is like a stealth tax on travel and there is no sign of it getting better anytime soon.

The latest negative development comes from easyJet in the form of a new even smaller size of guaranteed in-cabin baggage, making them the strictest low-cost airline when it comes to luggage size.

easyJet's new measures for reducing baggage size were first quietly implemented in July 2013. Basically, the greatest size number which a traveller is assured to be able to carry his bag on board has been diminished from:

56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm
to
50 cm x 40 cm x 20cms

If you have not yet seen the new size, we recommend for a laugh that you take a look at the incredibly small cases that are now being made in line with the move by easyJet. There is just enough room for a pair of of light trousers, a shirt, 1 set of un…

Europe's 10 cheapest cities to visit

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As we live in a age of austerity with the continental countries of Europe facing unprecedented EU challenges, such as escalating inflation rates, higher VAT and with the general impact of the credit crunch and import costs, future tourists are starting to look carefully which destination offers the best value for summer 2013 or a winter break.
Here below is the updated list of Europe's 10 cheapest major cities to visit.
The greatest surprise on the list is London, which due to the fact it is outside the EU prices are relatively falling enabling it to reach Europe's bargain hotspot top 10 for the first time in 5 years. This is good news for Olympic Games visitors, however we must balance this information with the recent increase in exchange between the euro and the Pound Sterling, making it more expensive to buy GB Pounds now than in the last 5 years or so.
It's interesting to see that London is sixth on the list and the Norwegian capital Oslo last.
10 Cheapest European Cit…

Best Chocolate Places on Earth!

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Many few people can state with safety they don't like melt-in-the-mouth chocolates. In fact, we people actually need chocolate as researches have shown that consuming cocoa chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system and boost our metabolism; even though high in calories, a piece of chocolate brings energy and fast thinking. No one should exclude a reasonable portion of it from their nutrition. Do not overdo it though!
Travellers are lucky since they get to taste different types of chocolate around the world. 
According to travel.nationalgeographic.comthese are the best of the best chocolate makers!
Enjoy and Indulge!
1. Teuscher (Zurich, Switzerland)
2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
3. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc. 
(Berkeley, California, USA)

4. Jacques Torres Chocolate
 (New York, New York, USA)


5. Norman Love Confections
(Ft. Myers, Florida, USA)
6. Valrhona (France)
7. Godiva Chocolatier 
(Brussels, Belgium and worldwide)

8. Richard Donnelly Fine Ch…

St Patrick’s Day, Ireland & Worldwide 2014

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Where? Ireland & Worldwide

When? 17th March 2014

You don’t have to be Irish to join in! 
All over the world in the Spirit of all things Irish celebrations will be taking place. Being a religious holiday, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
In the US St. Patrick's day is a national holiday and no doubt the best celebration takes place in New York!

Further Information:www.stpatricksday.com

Top Worldwide Events in March 2014

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The name of March derives from the Latin name "Martius", the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war, a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people. Martius stood for the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare and the festivals held in his honor during the month were mirrored by others in October, when the season for these activities came to a close.

Many cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March.

March starts on the same day of the week as November every year and February in common years only. March ends on the same day of the week as June every year.

This month we have a jammed packed agenda as spring starts within the Northern Hemisphere.

Top Worldwide Events in March 2014
St Patrick’s Day
Dubai World Cup
Carnival Limassol Cyprus
Carnival Miami 
Car Rally Mallorca
London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival

The Venice Carnival

Battle of the Oranges - Carnevale di Ivrea
Wa…

Rome Marathon, Rome

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Where? Rome 
When? 23rd March 2014

What a way to start a marathon in front of a 2,000 year old Coliseum!

The start (to be held at 8:50 am) and the arrival will be, as usual, in Via dei Fori Imperiali , about three hundred meters further than previous editions, at the Foro di Traiano / Campidoglio). The start will be in the direction of Piazza Venezia (as usual) while the finish will be in the opposite direction. 
The official running shoe for the Maratona di Roma in 2014 will be New Balance. The shoe, well known for its outstanding technical features, was recreated exclusively for Maratona di Roma fans.

Further Information: www.maratonadiroma.it

The Venice Carnival 2014 - The world's most elegant

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Where? Venice, Italy
When? February 15 - March 4, 2014 
Who is that behind the mask?  Or better yet, who are you wearing the mask?  Who will you become?  What is your fantasy? 
These are the key questions to ask during the weeks before Ash Wednesday, when Venice cloaks itself in a veil of mystery welcoming the Carnevale di Venezia, the world's most elegant Carnival! 
Socialites come out and play, disguised in 18th-century costumes, in a spectacle that transports visitors to an age of opulence. Venice Carnivalis unapologetically upscale and thrives on it. The elaborate Carnival balls are among the world's most elite parties and come with a high price tag, but the most alluring aspect of this festival is just wandering the labyrinthine island city of historic canals and alleyways filled with costumed revelers and soaking up the one-of-a-kind ambiance.

More Information:www.venice-carnival-italy.com/‎

Best Chocolate Places on Earth!

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Many few people can state with safety they don't like melt-in-the-mouth chocolates. In fact, we people actually need chocolate as researches have shown that consuming cocoa chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system and boost our metabolism; even though high in calories, a piece of chocolate brings energy and fast thinking. No one should exclude a reasonable portion of it from their nutrition. Do not overdo it though!
Travellers are lucky since they get to taste different types of chocolate around the world. 
According to travel.nationalgeographic.comthese are the best of the best chocolate makers!
Enjoy and Indulge!
1. Teuscher (Zurich, Switzerland)
2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
3. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc. 
(Berkeley, California, USA)

4. Jacques Torres Chocolate
 (New York, New York, USA)


5. Norman Love Confections
(Ft. Myers, Florida, USA)
6. Valrhona (France)
7. Godiva Chocolatier 
(Brussels, Belgium and worldwide)

8. Richard Donnelly Fine Ch…

Europe's 10 cheapest cities to visit

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As we live in a age of austerity with the continental countries of Europe facing unprecedented EU challenges, such as escalating inflation rates, higher VAT and with the general impact of the credit crunch and import costs, future tourists are starting to look carefully which destination offers the best value for summer 2013 or a winter break.
Here below is the updated list of Europe's 10 cheapest major cities to visit.
The greatest surprise on the list is London, which due to the fact it is outside the EU prices are relatively falling enabling it to reach Europe's bargain hotspot top 10 for the first time in 5 years. This is good news for Olympic Games visitors, however we must balance this information with the recent increase in exchange between the euro and the Pound Sterling, making it more expensive to buy GB Pounds now than in the last 5 years or so.
It's interesting to see that London is sixth on the list and the Norwegian capital Oslo last.
10 Cheapest European Cities:

Wanderlust Yoga Festival, Hawaii

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Where? North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
When? February 27 - March 2, 2014 
In a world of information overload and with the inexorable drive towards trans-humanism, it’s encouraging to see a Yoga global festival phenomenon rising in popularity. 
Wanderlust's rise is like a breath of fresh air and reflects the fact that many people are awakening across planet earth!

Jeff Krasno, co-founder of Wanderlust, created a gathering for holistically-minded and health-conscious folks of the world. In 2009, he combined Yoga with live music, farm-to-table food, outdoor adventure, inspirational speakers, a healing vibe, and a beautiful Lake Tahoe setting, and Wanderlust was born. 
Since then, Krasno, co-founder Sean Hoess and Krasno's wife Schuyler have expanded to eight festivals in 3 countries as well as 5 day-long Festivals in major US cities.
More Information: http://oahu.wanderlustfestival.com/