Archive for April, 2014

Just 8 months old, Britain’s Prince George heads out on his first royal tour with proud parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Here are some of the highlights for the royal family, who only arrived in New Zealand on Monday.

William and Kate Arrive in New Zealand with Prince George in Tow

Photography by Samir Hussein/WireImage

Official Welcome: After touching down at Wellington Airport in New Zealand, the royal couple received a traditional, Maori welcome known as Powhiri. The New Zealand Defence Force Maori Cultural Group performed a wero, in which they advanced with spears and various battle cries. Will and Kate also took part in a hongi, a traditional greeting in which 2 people press their noses and foreheads together, with Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine.

Wharekauhau Country Estate

Photography by Bernard Golder, flickr

Luxury Retreat: After their 27-hour flight, Will, Kate and George adjusted to their new time zone — and beat their jetlag — at the beautiful Wharekauhau Country Estate, roughly a 90-minute drive from the capital of Wellington.  While the wind and rain likely kept them indoors, the royal couple and some of their staff relaxed in a series of interconnecting cottages. The lodge, which boasts a spa, pool and an extensive wine cellar, came at the recommendation of the New Zealand government.

Prince George of Cambridge's Playdate

Photography by Reuters

Royal Playdate: Prince George joined 10 other babies for a playdate at the Government House, where the family will stay for the majority of their trip. George charmed his playmates (and their respective parents) during his first major royal engagement in celebration of The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, a non-profit family health organization.

Keep up with Prince William, Kate Middleton and baby George in our Royal Spotting slideshow.

Photography by Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa

Like the storied sailors of yore, you’ll feel the briny wind caress your face in Port Soller, a fishing village, nestled in a horseshoe-shaped bay on Mallorca.

Daily Escapes!

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Photography by Getty

This April, thousands of free-spirited music lovers will flock to the California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

The annual 2 weekend, 3-day festival will take place April 11-13 and 18-20. It will feature multiple stages for live music performances from more than 150 artists, and from every genre, including rock, hip-hop and electronic. This year’s headliners include OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire, in addition to other popular artists such as Ellie Goulding, Pharrel Williams and Lana Del Rey. READ MORE

Hold on to your seats cowboys, Arlington, TX, located just outside Dallas, is being invaded by 2 of college basketball’s most storied, blue-blood programs in the nation. With a 9:10|8:10c tip off in the first-ever cats vs. dogs National Championship game, the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky will square off against the University of Connecticut Huskies for a chance to be crowned college basketball royalty — national champions.

Everyone knows the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas,” and no statement could ring more true for tonight on the eve of college basketball’s biggest game. After shattering the attendance record for a Final Four tournament this past Saturday with 79,444 fans, don’t expect that record to stay intact much longer — Dallas is about to see a lot more fans in blue. READ MORE

Andrew Zimmern at Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish in Nashville

Who knew that Nashville had a thing for spicy chicken? We’ve just become “hip” to the idea, and now we gotta try some! Until your travel plans are finalized, live vicariously through Andrew Zimmern tonight during an all-new episode of Bizarre Foods America in Nashville! Andrew eats some iconic foods, including spicy chicken and fish, as well as a whole hog on the “Q.” Andrew also ventures off the beaten path to visit a local Kurdish family, cooking up some of the most flavorful foods in all of Tennessee.

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Game of Thrones returns tonight, and with the help of HomeAway, we have a list of castles that resemble the 5 remaining Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms – all available to rent! If every Sunday night, you find yourself imagining which House in Westeros you’d belong to, you can now experience how the characters ruled by spending your next vacation in GoT-style. READ MORE

All photos courtesy of Sonia Gill

A self-described language geek, entrepreneur and an award-winning travel web series host, Sonia Gil is Our Type of Traveler.

Founder of the digital language learning company Fluenz, and host of “Sonia’s Travels” web series, Sonia shows that you can travel the world and enrich your life without breaking the bank. With a mission to “crack the secret code of cities,” “Sonia’s Travels” uncovers the local flavor of destinations, avoiding the tourist-trodden spots, to dig deeper to find the true soul of a city.

Sharing her love of language, Sonia’s projects include the non-profit Fluenz.org that distributes free English language programs for people in need. Recently, Sonia partnered with Lonely Planet to create FluentRoad.com, a unique online program for travelers interested in learning travel Spanish.

Sonia also has her own video series “Almost Free” on Ulive.com. As winner of the Webby Award for “Web Personality of the Year” in 2012, Sonia continues to “recapture the small moments that add up to the art of travel.”

We caught up with Sonia on the road to find out about all those small, but meaningful moments in her travels:

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This Week in Photos

Prince Harry, polar bears and a pair of sumo wrestlers come out to play in this week in photos. Read on for more stunning photography, travel tips and real-life Game of Thrones locations in our weekly travel blog roundup.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival

Photography by Reuters

Each year, in March and April, millions of people flock to Washington, DC, to experience the beauty of the National Cherry Blossom Festival when thousands of cherry blossom trees bloom along the Tidal Basin.

Today marks the average peak bloom date for the cherry blossom trees, and while the actual bloom date is difficult to predict, the National Park Service predicts that this spring’s peak bloom period is between April 8 and 12.

If you’re planning a visit, a stroll along the Tidal Basin is a must, but here are some other ways you can also celebrate the festival in the nation’s capital: READ MORE

Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run

Travelers, Charlestonians and runners (or walkers) alike, prepare for a big weekend in Charleston, SC. The annual Cooper River Bridge Run  happens this Saturday, April 5. Runners and walkers will find their position on the Mt. Pleasant side of the Cooper River Bridge at 6 a.m., to start the 10K race which takes runners across the massive, 2.5-mile-long Cooper River Bridge and ends on Meeting Street, just before the popular Marion Square in Historic Downtown Charleston.

Started as a way of engaging interest and awareness of better health and cardiovascular exercise, “Bridge Run” as it’s fondly called, has become one of the most popular events to happen during the spring season in Charleston – next to its world-class weddings, of course. But before the big race kicks off, the foodies and the kids get in on the action with Taste of the Bridge Run and Kids Run & Wonderfest. READ MORE

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