Archive for July, 2012

David Beckham’s surprise (and very bad-ass) appearance in Friday’s torch-lighting ceremony still has us ogling over photos of Britain’s most famous athlete and watching this awesome video over, and over (and over) again … along with 3 million other people: READ MORE

This week’s Haunted Destination of the Week is the Tower of London. Find out why »

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Many people were hitting Google this weekend in order to figure out where in the world Montenegro is when the US men’s water polo team played the Montenegro team on Sunday. Of course, we’re here to enlighten you, since Montenegro is a country you should know about — at least for planning your next getaway.

Bordered by Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, the seaside country of Montenegro was once part of Yugoslavia. Montenegro sits on the azure Adriatic Sea, and is often referred to as the jewel of the Mediterranean, with its beach towns and luxurious, relaxed culture. One of these beach towns is Kotor, home to the palatial estate Villa Duomo, which was converted into 13 luxury apartments for summer visitors. Relax on the stony beaches and learn what peace and quiet is really all about. READ MORE

Today’s Daily Escape is Catalonia Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. More »

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Surely, your eyes have been glued to the constant Olympics coverage. We can’t get enough of London either.  But give it a week, and you’ll probably be tired of swimming and gymnastics. Well, we don’t blame you — that’s why we’ve done some research on the Olympic sports you didn’t know existed. And we’ve got the info on when and where they’re happening so you don’t miss a minute of the action. See all the Olympic venues at a glance with our photo gallery.

Race Walk/Athletics

If you’re lucky enough to be in London, like our deals & rewards blogger Mommy Points, then you’re probably looking for things to do for free. Well, look no further, because tickets are not required for areas of the Race Walk route. Get there early, since space will definitely fill up quickly. Find more tips for enjoying the Olympics on a budget here!

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Get to know the cuisine of New Mexico as well as the rest of the Southwest before diving into the culture of Edinburgh with this week’s Travel Channel itinerary – and escape to a new destination without leaving your living room.

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Today’s Daily Escape is Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Chimayo, New Mexico. More »

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By Mommy Points

I didn’t realistically consider attending the 2012 Olympic Games in London until June of this year. I am normally the type of person who plans big trips like this way in advance, so taking this trip on the spur of the moment was out of character for me. However, it was actually surprisingly simple to plan this exciting last-minute trip to the Olympics — without breaking the bank.

By now, anyone who could get to the Olympics is already there. But the following tips are just as handy for your next big trip. READ MORE

The stifling heat this summer has me dreaming about the ocean breezes on a tiny island 30 miles out to sea. A place where no one spends much time indoors, where cobblestone streets weave through town, where protected land — nearly 50% of the entire island! — reigns supreme, and where you may just find yourself with a warm stretch of beach all to yourself.

My version of paradise is Nantucket, MA — the “Faraway Island.” Packed within this island of 105 square miles, you’ll find a place where days can be spent lazing on a quiet beach, afternoons can be enjoyed shopping for one-of-a-kind items at tiny boutiques and evenings savored with dining experiences at world-class restaurants. As you walk around Nantucket, you may even hear people refer to mainland USA as “America” — as if you’re in another country altogether.

Hungry for a taste? Here are 8 ways to truly savor the very best that this much-beloved (and very wealthy) island has to offer:

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