Street Art in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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Travel News: October 15, 2018

Japan to introduce electronic visa system for tourists from April 2020 The Japan Times The government will introduce an electronic system for tourist visa applications in April 2020 in an effort to help achieve its goal of 60 million foreign visitors a year by 2030, government sources said Sunday. The online system will first be available to Chinese tourists for single-entry visa applications and then to travelers from other countries, the sources said. Tourist visas for Chinese visitors accoun...
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Twenty Years Later: Exploring York Again For the First Time

I’m prone to obsession and I now realize that about myself. But how does one classify obsession and at what point is it just part of who we are? My earliest memories are focused on being obsessed with seeing the world. I re-read the “Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia” volumes about other cultures hundreds of times. When I was older I absorbed everything I could about other countries. On my walls I didn’t have a Michael Jackson or Madonna poster, I had the flags of the world. My love of travel has alw...
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Travel News: October 12, 2018

Lebanon’s Grand Sofar Hotel reopens after four decades BBC News Since Lebanon’s civil war of the 1970s and 80s many buildings in the country have lain ruined and unused. The Grand Sofar Hotel was once a famous meeting point for celebrities and politicians around the Middle East.   Cancun Takes Proactive Measures to Ensure Tourist Areas Remain Safe Travel Pulse A military police base has been established just north of Cancun in Isla Mujeres as Mexican officials take proactive steps to ensure the...
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4 Reasons To Love the InterContinental Xishuangbanna Resort in China

I was woefully unprepared for my visit to the extreme Southwest corner of China. Working on a project with Cathay Pacific and InterContinental Hotels, I had researched every other aspect of my trip in China except for Xishuangbanna. I couldn’t pronounce it, there isn’t all that much online about it and I just figured that I would work it all out once I landed. Turns out that hunch proved to be a smart one, thanks in large part to my caretakers for my time in Banna, the fine folks at the luxurio...
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Looking Across York, England

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Travel News: October 11, 2018

Marriott aims for 80+ UAE hotels in five years Hotel Management Marriott International expects to end 2018 with 11 new properties and more than 2,600 guestrooms added to its United Arab Emirates portfolio. Year-to-date, the company has added six new properties and is scheduled to add five more in the country, bringing its portfolio in the UAE to 59 properties and more than 17,000 rooms across six Emirates by the end of the year. Two of the company’s openings this year are regional brand debuts:...
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Pigs, Wine and Cars: A Few Reasons Why I Love Visiting Stuttgart

Germany is a lot more diverse than most people give it credit for. Sure, if you want to see half-timbered houses and eat all the pretzels you can handle, that’s possible. But there’s so much more to the country than just the stereotypes, which is probably best understood in the Swabian city of Stuttgart. Long famous for its affiliation with automobile history and production, the city has a lot to offer visitors, as I’ve learned on two different visits. In fact, it has become one of my favorite ...
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Travel News: October 10, 2018

American Airlines reduces options for travelers with delayed, canceled flights USA Today American Airlines has reduced options for travelers whose flights are delayed or canceled. Under a new policy, passengers without status in the airline’s frequent-flyer program will not be rebooked on other airlines except in special circumstances.   Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Now Taking Reservations Travel Pulse Norwegian restaurant Under will be Europe’s first underwater eatery and those clamori...
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Boater in Manchester, England

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What I Learned About Macao Food Culture in 5 Bites

There are many reasons to visit Macao. It’s a short and easy ferry ride from Hong Kong. If you love luxury hotels or gaming, then this is the place for you. The city also has a rich history, as demonstrated by the UNESCO-recognized center city. These are all great reasons to visit Macao, but one of the major highlights for me had nothing to do with these other qualities, it was all about the food. Thanks to a centuries-long relationship with Portugal, as well as its strategic location in Asia, ...
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Travel News: October 9, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael Approaching US Gulf Coast, Could Become a Hurricane Travel Pulse The United States National Hurricane Center revealed tropical depression No. 14 has upgraded to Tropical Storm Michael as it approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast. Experts say it could strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane later this week. The current maximum winds of Tropical Storm Michael are estimated at 40 mph, and an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is on its way to investigate the storm.   Delta set...
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Panoramic View of Dubrovnik

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Finding The Unexpected In Manchester, England

Walking along Booth Street on the way to dinner, the light hit the surrounding buildings at exactly the right time in exactly the right way. Golden Hour isn’t a common sight in Northern England, but all week the weather gods had been kind and merciful as I experienced this beautiful part of the country for the first time. As we walked to a new wave Catalonian restaurant, as you do, I thought not for the first time how very different the Manchester of reality was from my own stereotypes and prec...
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Travel News: October 8, 2018

Royal Caribbean Issues Refunds After Cruise Gets Out of Control Travel Pulse Officials from Royal Caribbean International have apologized and reimbursed passengers on a September cruise after the ship became a floating bachelor party. According to, the Voyager of the Seas was preparing for a three-night sailing near Australia when an estimated 1,300 employees from Indian tobacco company Kamla Pasand boarded the vessel and began to party. The group of mostly men overwhelmed the pool...
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Be Surprised By The US – Where I Think Visitors to America Should Really Go

I’m not psychic, that I know of, and yet whenever I meet someone planning a trip to the US for the first time I can almost always guess their itinerary. New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with perhaps Orlando mixed in – these are the cities almost all first time visitors to America feel the need to spend time exploring. New York is, of course, well worth the visit, and it is indeed a wonderful city to spend time getting to know. Vegas has very little value to first time visitors, unless you l...
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Inside John Rylands Library, Manchester

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Exploring Manchester and York Photo Series

Last week I had the great opportunity to return to the UK and explore two new-to-me cities, Manchester and York. These northern cities could not be more different from one another, yet I enjoyed my time in both thanks in large part to those differences. I have a lot to write about my most recent visit to England, but today I want to share some photos that, for me, sum up my experience. var _ttq = _ttq || []; _ttq.push(['_setAccount', 'VB']); _ttq.push(['_setDataSource', 'dp']); _ttq.push(['_se...
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Travel News: October 5, 2018

Dubai expands tourism ambitions, sets new target for 2025 Dubai has extended its tourism ambitions, announcing new targets for attracting visitors to the emirate up to 2025. Building on the efforts to attract 20 million tourists annually by 2020, the year of Dubai Expo, Dubai Executive Council has now revealed new targets. The Council’s members witnessed a presentation by the Department of Tourism on its directives and commercial marketing strategy, which aims to increase th...
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Travel News: October 4, 2018

Royal Caribbean Issues Refunds After Cruise Gets Out of Control Travel Pulse Officials from Royal Caribbean International have apologized and reimbursed passengers on a September cruise after the ship became a floating bachelor party. According to, the Voyager of the Seas was preparing for a three-night sailing near Australia when an estimated 1,300 employees from Indian tobacco company Kamla Pasand boarded the vessel and began to party.   Marriott testing home-sharing in more Euro...
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Sunny Day in York’s Shambles Neighborhood

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How to Best Experience Vancouver Pre or Post Cruise

One of the best decisions I made during my most recent Alaska cruise with Holland America was to spend a couple of extra days in Vancouver at the end of the trip. It had been so long since my last visit, I treated this most recent stay like it was my first time in the city. In order to make the most out of those two days while enjoying what truly is one of the best cities in the world, I strategically planned a variety of experiences that, when all put together, did indeed make for the ideal re...
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9 More Incredibly Annoying Travel Terms & Habits

Five years ago, I wrote a post that was slightly tongue in cheek highlighting just some of the many ridiculous terms that pervade the travel industry. Some were created out of necessity but, more commonly, over zealous marketing professionals are usually to blame. Looking for new ways to rebrand old products, we’ve been left with a new 21st century lexicon full of absurd and even meaningless terms. Today I want to update that list not out of an abundance of anger, but to hopefully put a smile o...
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Travel News: October 3, 2018

Primera Air ceases operations Travel Weekly Nordic low-cost carrier Primera Air abruptly ended its operations at midnight Monday and has filed for bankruptcy, according to a statement from the carrier. Primera cited “several unforeseen misfortunate [sic] events” over the past two years, including delays in aircraft deliveries this year and the cost of rebuilding an aircraft with severe corrosion problems in 2017.   Delta Announces Free In-Flight Wi-Fi For All Passengers Forbes Last Friday, Delt...
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Colorful Victoria Baths in Manchester, England

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Travel News: October 2, 2018

Budget airline Primera Air ceases operations USA TODAY Primera Air, which expanded into the United States earlier this year and recently announced more flights for next summer, is going out of business.The European budget carrier said in a statement on its website that it is ceasing operations as of Tuesday, Oct. 2, but it effectively shut down Monday, Oct. 1. Primera canceled seven flights between the United States and Europe scheduled for Monday, stranding passengers. Those flights, according...
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View From the Top of York Minster

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Route 66 in California – Open Road & The End of the Trail

All good things must come to an end, and that was sadly the knowledge I took with me as we crossed the line into the final state on our epic Route 66 drive across the country, California. Route 66 is about so much more than a simple drive; it’s about embracing the generations of people who tackled the same path before us, whether to find new opportunities out west or simply to take the family on a grand adventure. For most, California was always the goal, the destination they planned to reach a...
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Stately Ordsall Hall in Manchester

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Getting to Know Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po Neighborhood in 4 Steps

This campaign was created and sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board in partnership with iambassador. LandLopers retains all editorial control of what is published and as you know, I never shy away from honest commentary. A couple of years ago I once again found myself in the bustling city of Hong Kong, a destination that has become a personal favorite in recent years. It was during a walking tour that I fully understood the importance of distinct neighborhoods in Hong Kong, something that ma...
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