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What to Get the Eco-Conscious Friend for the Holidays

December 10th, 2012 · Holiday Travel

Giving Eco-Friendly Gifts When You Can’t Travel

christmas travel
Not everyone can be Santa Claus come holiday time, that much is for sure. With the price of airline tickets or train tickets just a bit out of reach for so many, looking for the next best thing to being there with your family and friends may just be the only option this year. And what if those friends and family members also happen to be looking for the latest green tech gadgets or some eco-friendly gift ideas? Then what can you do?

Together with a meaningful hand-written card that you fill out with a red or green-ink pen, why not consider finding them an affordable and eco-friendly holiday gift, and sending that package on instead of getting there in person? With plenty of great eco-friendly gifts on the market, finding the perfect thing for every environmentally conscious on your list shouldn’t be a problem.

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Booking Travel When Considering Colleges

November 26th, 2012 · Travel Tips

Making Plans to Visit Prospective Universities

University of Oregon Campus

For recent high school graduates weighing college options, there is simply no substitute for actually going to the schools, touring the facilities, meeting some of the faculty, and taking a stroll around the campus. Doing so gives them a “feel” for the colleges of interest, in a way that looking at websites and brochures just can’t.

However, all of that travel can be expensive, and the more schools are on the must-see list, the more expensive it gets. So, how can prospective students (and their parents) save money by making smart travel decisions? [Read more →]

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Architecture in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (part 1/2)

November 12th, 2012 · International Destination Information

Seeing the City of Rotterdam in Holland… From Up High

Last spring (2012), we were fortunate enough to spend some time in northern Europe, as some of the readers of this site will already be aware. As such, one typically gray spring afternoon in Rotterdam, we were able to participate on a walking tour of the city, as part of an international architecture festival going on in the city coincidentally around that time.

The final stop on the walking tour brought us to the very top floor of what was originally the Shell Oil building, on one corner of the Leidesplein, which can be seen from up high in one of the photographs here. The top floor is now an new bar type cafe, molded in the style of a once popular cafe that existed there pre-World War II. This is part one of a two-part photo essay, featuring a 360 degree-view from up high, looking around the downtown skyline and parts beyond, from Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

Downtown Aerial View of Rotterdam, Holland Skyline
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Middle East Travel Hot Spots: Israel, Egypt and Jordan

October 11th, 2012 · International Destination Information

Touring the Middle East Post-Arab Spring

map of israel, egypt and jordan

Tours to the Middle East are some of the hottest ticket items around – and for good reason. Whether you are traveling solo, with a group, or with your family, there are endless things to do, see, taste, and experience in the Middle East.

From exploring ancient ruins to visiting the most modern edifices and attractions, your trip to the Middle East will introduce you to a rich and colorful culture which fascinates, excites, and intrigues.

Where are today’s Middle Eastern travel hot spots? Trips to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan are by far the most popular, and in fact, combining all 3 countries in a single trip will give you a true taste of Middle Eastern culture. [Read more →]

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Autumn at the Sandy River in Portland, Oregon

October 9th, 2012 · Travel Guides

Little to No Rainfall This Summer Means the Sandy River Is Low

Sandy River, Portland, OR

This has been a pretty great summer for Portland, only slightly reminiscent of the heatwave a few years ago, and nothing at all like last year’s summer, which didn’t see the rain abate until late June, and didn’t see much sun at all in any sort of consistent fashion. Instead, there have been plenty of sunny summer days, with ample opportunities to get out into the great wide open nature that is so close to inner Portland’s neighborhoods.

One of the things we’ve always loved is the proximity of the Sandy River — just about 20 minutes or less out on the 84 freeway east, off of Exit 18 and then another few miles up the mountain. Park for $5 in one of the city’s parks and rec parking lots near the Dagby State Park, take the short walk through the woods and out to the river’s edge. If you’re looking for quiet, then plan on early in the week to mid-week, rather than Friday – Sunday. Summers bring many student-age teens to the river, along with music and lots of noise, so if that’s not your thing, then plan accordingly. [Read more →]

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Metro Travel in New York City

October 8th, 2012 · Travel Guides

Getting Around in New York City: Metro/Subway

Metro Travel in New York City
If you’re traveling on a budget, then a trip to NYC full of taxi cab rides all over town may not be the smartest play. Instead, no matter what your fears may be, or how overwhelmed you may find yourself, consider taking the subway, as it is undoubtedly the cheapest way to get around.

There are literally 26 individual train lines in New York City, which puts it in the number one spot when compared to any other major city subway system the world over. By reading the maps, which are easily available and thoroughly break down the train system, you’ll be riding the subway in NY like you’ve lived there for 40 years, in just a matter of hours. [Read more →]

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