Tahiti: The Best Vacation I ever had

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    Have you ever thought to just ditch everything and head to one of those Tahiti vacations? You should. Tahiti was the best vacation I ever had. I went there exactly 10 years ago for my honeymoon.  I had promised my wife that we would come back there for our 10th year anniversary, but unfortunately our current financial situation does not allow me to do so. So unfortunately this year we are sticking to more local destinations and hopefully we can save up for Tahiti and go back the next few years. (more…)

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    A Mammoth Vacation

    It’s hard to beat a great ski vacation, and the Mammoth Lakes area of California has all the things families need to create lasting memories on the slopes and off. Whether hitting the slopes at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort sounds like the perfect trip to you or hiking at June Lake and Devils Postpile National Monument is more up your alley, Mammoth has something to offer.  Your next vacation could be a mammoth vacation — you just need to start planning.

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    3 Most Dangerous Airports in the World

    No matter what you think, the first few hours of any trip sets the tone for the remainder. If everything goes well, then the trip might turn out that way too.

    In other words, a lousy flight can spoil a trip, not unless you are game for a little adventure. Yes, there are a few airports that spell danger and that have caused travelers to postpone their trip indefinitely.

    Here are 3 of the most dangerous airports in the world: (more…)

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    The Angelina Hot Chocolate Comes in White

    Article submitted by Cécile Zarokian

    Anyone who has ever heard of the Angelina Tea House would have also heard about their legendary Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate “l’Africain.” This thick, decadent hot chocolate has definitely been responsible for putting Angelina on the map and keeping it there for over a hundred years.

    The popularity of their classic African Hot Chocolate, however, has overshadowed its equally decadent white counterpart. That’s right. The Angelina Tearoom actually offers a Chocolat Chaud au Chocolat Blanc and it’s just as smooth and heavenly as the classic l’Africain. It’s so thick that it’s almost like melted white chocolate bars in a cup. You could imagine it to be sickly sweet but it’s not at all. Its rich taste and luxurious, velvety feel balanced out by the fresh whipped cream served on the side is pure bliss.

    To balance out the richness, pair your pot of Angelina White Hot Chocolate with a Tarte Citron. This lemon tart is a sweet pastry filled with smooth lemon cream and topped with candied lemon. The Demoiselle Tatin would also be an excellent choice. This is Angelina’s tribute to the upside-down tarts made popular by the Tatin sisters. Basically, it’s a deluxe version of the traditional apple pie. It features a crisp crumble crust and fresh caramelized apples spiced with cinnamon, mace, and cubeb pepper. A generous dollop of vanilla ganache tops the beautiful pastry.

    While the Angelina African Hot Chocolate will always be the classic choice, the White Hot Chocolate is definitely worth trying. Not only is it divine but it also pairs very well with any of Angelina’s famed pastries.

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    C’est La Vie at the Angelina Tearoom

    Article submitted by Cécile Zarokian

    Angelina was founded in 1903 by a confectioner from Austria named Antoine Rumpelmayer. Since then, the Angelina Tearoom on rue de Rivoli has become a popular meeting place among Paris’ high society. Its frequent patrons included Proust, Coco Chanel, and many renowned French couturiers. Today, it is known among tourists as one of Paris’ must-visit places. And while Angelina has salons all across Paris, the Tearoom on Rivoli still offers the best experience.

    The luxurious setting of the Angelina Tea House is complemented by their sumptuous menu. If you’re here for a meal, try the Semi-Cooked Duck Foie Gras Salad which comes with button mushrooms, green beans, tomatoes, pecans, and lettuce heart. For something heartier, you can’t go wrong with the Scandinavian Club Sandwich which includes smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs, fresh goat cheese, and matchstick potatoes.

    While it’s easy to indulge in any one of their savory meals, make sure you leave room for dessert. End your meal with the renowned Old-fashioned Hot Chocolate “l’Africain” which is exceptionally thick and rich-tasting. Enjoy that with a serving of either their classic Mont-Blanc or the newer speculoos version. Both treat you to the same meringue with light whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli, but the speculoos version is enhanced by speculoos hearts and shreds.

    Very few French gourmet institutions can top the exceptional dining experience the Angelina Tearoom has to offer. As the Parisians say, c’est la vie!

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    Five things to consider before booking a spa break

    If you are looking at booking your next spa break, here are five things to consider according to Garden Retreat Spa.

    High expectations – Have a list of what you are looking to achieve from your spa break. It could be getting some much-needed peace or relieving back or shoulder pain. Whatever your goal, always let your therapist know before you book your appointment.

    Price points – Look at spending at least $200-$400 on a spa stay which includes treatments. If you can spend more, look at spas that specialize in selected treatments.

    Know what to expect – Medical spas will sometimes include procedures that are less than pleasant. In these instances, look at taking someone with you for support.

    Time and money matters – Consider the treatments you are getting for the price you are spending. Although you may be spending more time at the spa, always consider if the procedures you are receiving are of value to you.

    Book with a spa specialist travel agent – If you want the best deals, it is always best to book with a travel agent who is accustomed to organizing spa specific travel programmes. Ask your travel agent about the list of spa specific packages that are on offer; if they have this information on hand, it is a good indication that they handle spa travel packages.

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    Four of the best places in the world to go kayaking

    If you are new to kayaking and you are looking for beautiful kayaking vacation spots to travel to, here are four of the very best kayaking spots around the world.

    Milford Sound, New Zealand – Milford Sound is located deep in the south-west of New Zealand and is a popular kayaking spot because lush green peaks surround the entire area. Authors have described Milford Sound as one of the eighth wonders of the world. Charges range from NZ $ 100-120 per person for a tour.

    Na Pali coast, Hawaii – If you have never been to Hawaii and want to experience the country in its natural beauty, visit the Na Pali coast in Kauai. You can only access this coastline by hiking, helicopter or boat. Na Pali is surrounded by green cliffs and cascading waterfalls, which is the perfect landscape for kayaking.

    Vancouver Island, Canada – If you are looking to spot orcas but are new to kayaking, consider visiting Johnstone Strait situated in the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. Your kayaking experience will be enhanced by ancient forests and stunningly beautiful mountains. Look at visiting the island from June to October, to see hundreds of orcas, black bears, bald eagles, Pacific white-sided dolphins and humpback whales.

    Dalmatian Coast, Croatia – Croatia is stunning and is one of the most picturesque spots for kayaking. You will be able to enjoy crystal clear water, hot summers, historic architecture and hundreds of coves. Crystal Seas recommends speaking to a reputed kayaking tour operator who will be able to arrange excursions for beginners.

     

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    Steps to remember when traveling and choosing a spa resort

    If you are planning on traveling to a spa, you may want to ensure that the spa you choose is in-line with your expectations. Listing out your expectations is a good way to check if the spa you are traveling to offers specific treatments and services. Here are some steps to remember when traveling and choosing a spa resort.

    Decide the budget – You want to be able to comfortably afford your stay plus the spa services and treatments at your resort. Start off by allocating a budget that covers your airfare, stay, treatments and meals for your entire trip.

    Decide the type – Spa resorts wary from tropical, beach destinations to colder climates. Look at what type of experience you would like to enjoy and then research your destination.

    Decide the destination – Spa facilities are offered around the world, so narrow down your destination by considering if you need a visa, the cost and other regulations that may impact your travel or stay.

    Traveling considerations – If you are traveling alone to your destination, you may want a resort that allows guests to meet and mingle. On the other hand, if you are travelling with family or friends you may prefer a resort that focuses on the needs of your group.

    Think about your requirements – If you have special needs or need medical care at your resort, look into these area before choosing your resort.

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    What to bring to the spa?

    Although you may not have enough money to head on holiday, you may be able to fit in a spa treatment. To make the most of your treatment, here is what you should bring with you on the day.

    Workout wear – Most spas also include Yoga, Pilates or Zumba studios. Find out what is available at your spa before packing workout gear and shoes.

    Swimsuit – Spas often have whirlpools and mineral pools that are great for relaxing.

    Light reading – Avoid packing any reports from work, your laptop or your blackberry and only pack a light novel or a fashion magazine.

    Personal grooming – Spas will provide you with disposable combs, razors and body and hair products but you will have to pack a hair band, sunscreen, mascara, mineral powder and lip gloss.

    Change of clothes – A fresh change of clothes will make you feel clean and ready for any plans after your spa day. Change into loose fitting clothing like loose yoga pants or a casual sundress, if you prefer to keep the lotions and oils on your skin.

    An open attitude – Remember that not all spas or treatments will leave you with an above average spa experience. Therefore, remember to come with an open attitude and enjoy your experience for what it is.

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