Ten Islands You've Got to See!

Do you have a tropical island screensaver?  Many of us do as we imagine ourselves on those pristine white sand beaches with azure water lapping at our toes as we sip a rum concoction that's strong enough to knock out even the most devout pirate.  Okay, maybe that part is only when I'm at work ;)

In reality, our friends over at TripAdvisor have compiled a list of Ten Islands that are a Must-See.  So let's take a look at the paradise that awaits us...

Ten Islands You've Got to See: 

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Cayman Island Wedding Bells & Seashells

I just love this slogan for Cayman Islands Tourism, don't you?  Wedding Bells & Seashells, how awesome and yet, how true!

If you've never been before (and even if you have!), the Cayman Islands are a beautiful way to introduce yourself to the quintessential Caribbean experience - swaying palms, powdery white sand beaches, azure waters and of course, tropical drinks with those cute brightly colored umbrellas.

Consisting of three islands - Grand Cayman, Little Cayman & Cayman Brac - the Cayman Islands are a safe and friendly tropical destination where you can experience a combination of new foods, culture, arts, music and seemingly endless water sports.  You can easily choose a new activity every day, or simply slow down and enjoy local island time.  

Whether you envision an intimate barefoot beach wedding or an extravagant affair with friends and family, the Cayman Islands can easily provide all that and more.  There's even a cool online tool to help Find Your Wedding Style, read Real Wedding Stories, and an amazing inspiring Photo Gallery with pics of floral arrangements, bridal parties and more!

Cayman Islands Fast Facts:
  • Size: 102 square miles
  • Population: 55,000 for the three islands combined
  • Capital City: George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar (USD $1 = approximately 0.87 KYD)
  • Average Temperatures: 77-85° F
  • only 1 hour flight away from Miami, 3 hours away from New York
  • Valid passports are required
  • Same day marriages are possible; a non-resident marriage license is $250

For more information, visit Cayman Islands Tourism.

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Be Seduced, Vegas Style...

As one of the most fun and exciting cities in the world, Las Vegas offers the chance to fulfill your dreams, no matter what they are.  It's so easy to stay and play without a care in the world.

And when it comes to seduction, no one does it better than Vegas.  There are showgirls, go-go dancers, bachelorette and bachelors, and yes, there's even romance.

So let Vegas seduce you this summer!  ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas is proud to offer their Summer of Seduction Package...including two nights in a Deluxe King Room, VIP Passes to the Liquid Pool Lounge, 2-for-1 cocktail vouchers, and a $50 ARIA breakfast credit.  Rates start at just $345 (Monday to Wednesday arrivals) and $480 (Thursday to Saturday arrivals) which also includes VIP Passes HAZE Nightclub.

Before you go, be sure to check out the Cultural Side of Las Vegas! For more information or to make your reservation, visit ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas.  

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Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria

Check out my latest article published in the magazine world - Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria - appearing in this month's Asian Geographic Passport MagazineNo. 19 Issue 2/2012!!

If you'd like more information on the Seychelles, visit Hidden Africa: Discover the Seychelles and Discover the Carnival in Seychelles.

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Anthony Bourdain to Host New CNN Travel Show

Since 2005, Chef Anthony Bourdain has been traveling the world in search of good food.  His unique banter entertains viewers of his Travel Channel television show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Bourdain recently decided to sever his ties with the Travel Channel for the greener grasses of CNN where he'll be launching his new food & travel show in 2013.  He'll be adding his unique style and flavour to other CNN network programs as well as to his own program scheduled to air on Sunday nights with a re-broadcast each Saturday.  

Bourdain is the author of several books including the popular A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines and Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.).  When he's not out exploring and experiencing new cultures, Bourdain resides with his wife and daughter in New York City, NY.

"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park.  Enjoy the ride." -
Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential) 

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Sydney in Pictures

These photographs by BetsyWeber appear on Flickr.com.

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Father's Day Mancation

If you still haven't purchased a gift and with Father's Day right around the corner (June 17, 2012), it might be time to consider giving the man in your life a mancation.

That's right, a mancation.  Like a vacation for a man.  And why not? If you choose something he's truly interested in, his mancation just may be the best gift he's ever received!  And then he'll love you forever ;)

Let's take a look at some adventure vacation options to get those mancation ideas stirring...
  • Surfing Lessons in Hawaii, California or even Costa Rica 
  • Mountain Biking in Colorado
  • Fly Fishing in Montana
  • Big Game Fishing in Florida
  • Nascar Experience at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Driving School
  • Golfing Weekend
  • buy him a summertime Lake Placid Bobsled Experience
  • Las Vegas Weekend
  • or better yet, a Golfing and Las Vegas Weekend
  • send him to a Spring Training Camp
  • book a weekend at a local Winery
  • rent him a Boat
  • book a White Water Rafting Experience
  • book a Parasailing Experience
  • let him go Sky Diving
  • buy him a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience
Happy Father's Day!!

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Rolling Out the New Cruise Ships for 2012

Mega-ships abound, some of the latest ships to sail the seas in 2011 are capable of carrying a small town with another small town of crew to look after them. But don’t be intimidated, there’s enough room and activities onboard so that you’ll never have to run into your neighbors.Let's take a look at some of the new ships to be cruising the seas in 2012.

  • Avalon Vista & Visionary - June 2012 - featuring 30% larger panoramic suites, these ships sail 8 to 15-day itineraries on the Rhine, Danube & Europe  with prices ranging from $1,839
  • Carnival Breeze - June 2012 - sailing the Mediterranean & Caribbean carrying 3,690 passengers
  • Celebrity Reflection - October 2012 - inaugural sailing Europe & Mediterranean featuring AquaClass staterooms with private balconies and 3,030 passengers
  • Oceana Riviera - June 2012- this smaller ship only hosts 1,250 guests per sailing and includes an Artist Loft and Culinary Center; ports of call include Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain & Portugal until November
  • Costa Fascinosa - May 2012 - Europe & Mediterranean sailings accommodating 3,012 guests onboard; offering 7-day Ancient Treasure itinerary sailing from Italy to Greece and Croatia until November
  • Disney Fantasy - March 2012 - almost 40% larger than the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic with a capacity of only 2,500 passengers for a nice family experience
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