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For years, cruising has been a popular vacation trend enjoyed by families, couples, and the young and old alike. And as summer comes to an end, there’s no better time to hop on board a cruise ship, visit a few ports and relax, while soaking up the last bit of summer sun — with a drink in hand, of course.
In this week’s throwback Thursday, men and women in vintage swimsuits lounge in and around the pool on board a cruise ship in the 1950s.
Find your own inspiration to sail the open seas, and take a look at Travel’s Best Cruises 2014. Whether you’re looking to cruise the Mediterranean, Caribbean or someplace else, there’s no easier way to see the world than from the deck of a cruise ship.
And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!
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The month of August calls for savoring the last bit of summer fun, and what better way than with a little rum. In honor of National Rum Month, these 6 rum-infused cocktails will take you on a journey from the bright blue waters of the Caribbean to the plush highlands of Guatemala.
Born in Barbados
Rum was the first alcoholic spirit produced in the New World, in Barbados to be exact. This little Caribbean island is home to Mount Gay Rum Distilleries, which produces the starring ingredient in Elegant Hotels’ signature Rum Punch, which isn’t lacking any punch.
Looking for a table with a view for your next summer night out? OpenTable just released their 2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for Most Scenic Restaurants.
Whether you’re looking for a sun-drenched table on a private Hawaiian beach or a panoramic vista of the New York City skyline, these restaurants serve up delectable cuisine paired with postcard-worthy views. This year’s list of winning restaurants with breathtaking views is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews for more than 19,000 restaurants nationwide.
It’s no surprise that California, with its dramatic coastal views, dominates with 38 winning restaurants; Washington follows with 7 honorees, Hawaii with 5 and Florida with 4. Restaurants don’t need to be oceanfront to wow diners — desert backdrops and majestic mountains put Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming on the list, too.
Barcelona (Photo Courtesy of Thinkstock)
Book by August 31.
Barcelona is a traveler’s dream. Teeming with incredible food, unmistakable landmarks and unstoppable nightlife, it’s no wonder that this elegant Spanish city is at the top of many bucket lists.
Whether your first priority is to see the latest addition to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, or to eat your way through La Boqueria market, this city is as varied as it is budget friendly. And if all of that exploring gets exhausting, you can always just lie on the beach.
Agriturismo. Yakitori. This week’s travel blog roundup will have you brushing up on your foreign language skills and plotting your next trip abroad.
The Points Guy shares the secret to planning a family vacation in Italy: stay in a agriturismo, a guest home on a farm in rural Italy.
We got lost in Fathom’s roundup of the 24 best indie magazines for travelers — we’re newly smitten with Boat.
Nervous about using a site like Airbnb for the first time? Nomadic Matt reveals how it works, how to pick the perfect apartment and how not to get cheated.
If you’ve ever dreamed of backpacking Europe, The Savvy Backpacker has put together a comprehensive and impressive guide.
Beyond insanely fresh and delicious sushi, Migrationology explores another delicacy in Tokyo, yakitori (skewers of grilled meat).
To kick off the summer, we asked Travel Channel fans to send us their most Instagram-worthy travel moments — and they didn’t disappoint. After combing through thousands of awe-inspiring submissions, we chose some of our favorites to share on-air and online. Check out 26 of the best #MySummer photos, sure to inspire a #YOLO adventure during the last days of summer and beyond.
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In the 1920s and 1930s, the renowned Coney Island Boardwalk, located in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, was home to one of America’s biggest amusement park destinations. Opened from 1903 to 1964, Steeplechase Park — one of the first Coney Island amusement parks — was one of the leading attractions of its day.
Pictured above, Parachute Jump — the only part of Steeplechase Park still standing today — towers over a bustling Coney Island in the 1950s. Originally built for the New York World’s Fair in 1939, the ride quickly became a NYC landmark. And although it discontinued operating when the park closed, the “Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn,” as it’s often called, became listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Today, Coney Island remains a popular summer attraction, chock-full of fun and entertainment the whole family can enjoy.
Check back every week in August for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!
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Machu Picchu (Photo Courtesy of ShermansTravel)
Book by September 4.
Is peering down at the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu on your bucket list? How about a picturesque boat ride on Lake Titicaca or a stroll through the charming city of Cuzco? Check all of this off and more on an 8-night comprehensive tour of Peru while saving $1,000 from similar tours offered.
For $1,999 per person ($182 per day), this package from smarTours includes round-trip airfare on LAN Airlines, 8 nights of accommodations at first class hotels, all domestic flights, ground transportation and transfers, 11 meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners) and sightseeing with an English-speaking tour guide.
This edition of our weekly travel blog roundup is the stuff dreams are made of … a long-awaited destination, an island getaway to Bora Bora, Roger Federer playing tennis on a glacier … seriously, we can’t make this stuff up.
This week one of our favorite bloggers got to experience one of the things travel writers treasure: finally getting to visit a place you’ve long been researching, writing and reading about. Here is Passenger Conners’ take on 48 hours in Martha’s Vineyard.
If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a method behind the madness that is boarding a plane, Skift reveals the math behind airlines’ chaotic practices.
Moving on, Johnny Jet had a rather surreal experience watching pro Roger Federer play tennis against Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vonn on a glacier at 11,333 feet — seems he has a bit of an advantage, no? All of this fanfare was for opening of the world’s tallest chocolate shop (by elevation) at Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe.”
Who hasn’t dreamed of staying in a bungalow on stilts over cerulean waters? The Travel Bite shares 5 things they don’t tell you about the dream destination of Bora Bora.
Finally, join the Expert Vagabond on an epic, 6-week surfing road trip from Cape Town to Durban in South Africa.
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The Galapagos Islands are a natural wonder unlike any other place on the planet. The islands are a volcanic archipelago teaming with one-of-a-kind animals and plants, thanks to a very remote location more than 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, and the fact that many species uniquely evolved since it’s difficult to migrate from one island to the next. (Each island has its own distinct landscape—the destination is, after all, the spark that fueled Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution).
Travelers are flocking to the Galapagos Islands largely due to the awe-inspiring animals (think: playful sea lions, century-old giant tortoises, and prehistoric-looking marine iguanas) and easier travel to the remote destination in recent years (there were only a few flights to the islands a week in the 70s, and today there is an average of about six a day). In fact, visitors to the Galapagos surged from only 11,765 in 1975 to a whopping 204,395 in 2013, according to the Galapagos National Park Service.
This tourist boom is impacting the delicate ecosystem by keeping the demand for flights high and causing a bigger carbon impact; requiring more cargo ships to up the odds of oil and other fuel spills—not to mention ocean contamination from boat paint; increasing trash with limited ways to dispose of it; causing degradation to natural environment with more people visiting fragile habitats; draining the already-limited fresh water supply; and increasing the risk of invasive species hitchhiking to the islands on ships and planes carrying tourists. Sadly, the Galapagos Islands were added to the list of World Heritage Sites in danger in 2007.
Even though an influx of travelers is putting this delicate eco-system at risk, there are ways you can use travel to help preserve rather than destroy this double World Heritage site.