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Survivor, Amazing Race and Big Brother Past Winners at Discovery Cove in Orlando

July 26th, 2010

Past Survivor winners and players gather at SeaWorld Discovery Cove
Past Survivor winners and players gather at SeaWorld Discovery Cove

Dozens of winners, heroes and villains of Survivor got together at Discovery Cove in Orlando for a day of outwitting, outplaying, outlasting and out-and-out relaxing. Discovery Cove offers visitors the sort of personal one on one experience with wildlife that you can’t get anywhere else in Orlando.

Past Survivor winner Natalie White at SeaWorld Discovery Cove
Survivor Winner Natalie White at SeaWorld Discovery Cove

Swimming with dolphins and rays and hand feeding exotic birds were Survivor’s first winner, Richard Hatch; the game’s only two-time winner, Sandra Diaz-Twine; villains Russell Hantz and Courtney Yates; and players Yau-Man Chan and Terry Deitz.

Also at the park were players and winners from The Amazing Race and Big Brother, including Amazing Race winner, Jordan Pious.

The winners and players were in Orlando to benefit Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.

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This week in Travel

July 26th, 2010

The LA Times covers the “Swimming of the Ponies“, which is not a Virginia take on the running of the bulls; the best ice cream treats in Las Vegas; and New York’s club and bar scene is going up, way up, to the roof.

The NY Times visits the picturesque Paris waterside from hotel barges to floating bars; staying with the water theme, they travel on a houseboat near Sacremento, CA; and why Spongebob Squarepants may be greeting you at your next destination.

The Traveling Mom has a hard hat tour of the next major themed hotel from Disney… it’s in Hawaii.

Finally, WalletPop has six mistakes to avoid when on travel booking websites. This story includes quotes from Last Minute Travel’s own Lauren Volcheff. Go Lauren!

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Four Quick Tips for Traveling light

July 14th, 2010

If you like to be able to walk out the door in five minutes and be on vacation or minimalism is your style here are four quick tips for vacationing with the absolute minimum of stuff.

1. Leave the toiletries at home. Stay at a nicer hotel and then rely on the hotel’s comfort pack and amenities to fill the gap. Only care items you specifically need.

2. Limit yourself to two changes of clothes. Wear one set of clothes on the plane and pack the other. Make sure you can mix and match, so something that is casual can be dressed up with a jacket or accessories. A nice wrap or sarong works wonders for women and men can now purchase slacks that discreetly transform into shorts.

3. Buy what you need when you get there. If the bag is full ask yourself, do you really need to travel with this item or can you purchase it when you get there. This saves on weight too. All those gels and liquids carry a lot of water weight.

4. Plan ahead. Luggage tends to inflate with extras when you don’t know what to expect. So plan ahead, do some research on your destination, and eliminate the clothes and accessories you won’t need when you get there.

Now, all you really need is a shopping bag or briefcase and you’re ready to go.

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9 More Amazing Creative Hotels - Which is your Favorite

July 7th, 2010

The previous batch of Creative hotels was so popular, here are nine more to dream about.

1 - Dutch House Hotel

I’ll start with my favorite of the new batch. It was designed by the WAM architects to look like a bunch of stacked up Dutch houses. Perhaps something close to LEGO blocks too.

Dutch House Hotel

Inntel Hotel Amsterdam-Zaandam - Zaandam, Netherlands

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2 - Ice Hotel

Ice Hotel

Lapland, Norway

(Flickr User: ezioman - )

3 - Wigwam Motel

Wigwam Motel

Holbrook, Arizona

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4 - Teepee Hotel

TeePee Hotel

(I grew up going here about once a summer. Never got to stay in the Teepee’s however.)

Kah-Nee-Ta, Oregon

(Flickr User: Lyza - )

5 - Cave Hotel

Cave Hotel

Urgup, Turkey

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6 - Luke Skywalker’s Home

Star Wars set Hotel

Hotel Sidi Driss (actual set used in Star Wars films), Matmata, Tunisia

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7 - Scottish Castle

Scottish Castle Hotel

Mansfield Castle Hotel

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8 - Hotel made out of salt

Salt Hotel

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

(Flickr User: wili - )

9 - Hotel built over a lake

Hotel over Lake

Lake of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

(Flickr User: tambako - )

If these hotels have you excited, check out our ‘Star Bar‘ of affordable luxury resorts.

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