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4 Traditional Sports You Can't Miss When You Travel To Hawaii

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4 Traditional Sports You Can't Miss When You Travel To Hawaii

Many of the world's favorite sports have roots in ancient cultures, based on the skills early peoples needed to survive in their environments.  Ancient Hawaiian sports are a great example.  Life in Hawaii's lush, volcanic, Pacific islands shaped a traditional Hawaiian sports culture and history that is still active – and even celebrated worldwide - today.  Here are some ancient Hawaiian sports you'll want to make sure you experience - and maybe even try out - on your next trip to the Aloha State. Surfing Remember what the Beach Boys said: 'If everybody had an ocean… then everybody'd be surfin'.  The islands of Hawaii are the cradle of modern board surfing.   And far from the mellow, nomadic lifestyle associated with... more


Tips for Biking Bermuda's Railway Trail National Park

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Tips for Biking Bermuda's Railway Trail National Park

It may be one of the best ways to see the beauty of Bermuda.  The train system in Bermuda was short-lived, but its legacy is a National Park trail that is a gift to islanders – and visitors to the island – for generations. In the '30's and '40's, the train, fondly known as 'Old Rattle and Shake', spanned the island 22 miles across, from east to west. It ceased operations shortly after WW2.  But then something quite wonderful happened.  With the rails removed, the right of way began to be used as a trail for hikers and cyclists, and the trail became formalized and maintained as a National Park of Bermuda for all. Now, 18 of the original 22... more


Shopping Tips: 3 Tastes of the Caribbean

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Shopping Tips: 3 Tastes of the Caribbean

Great memories and stories are wonderful mementos of your Caribbean vacation, even photos to share with your friends. Even better if you can share those memories at home along with some flavor of the islands.  Here are some tips to help you shop. Rum Where to buy: Barbados, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands and more If the taste of the tropics for you is a rum cocktail, you won't want to miss a tasting in the islands, and the opportunity to bring home a bottle you might not be able to find at home.  Many, many islands grow their own sugar cane and produce their own brands of rum, each claiming subtle variations in flavor, color and strength... more


Love Your Wine? You'll Love This Airline Perk

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Love Your Wine? You'll Love This Airline Perk

Alaska Airlines is giving wine the VIP treatment.  If you're a Mileage Plan member departing from West Coast wine destinations including airports in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington states, you can – get this – check an entire case, yes a case of up to 12 bottles, of wine for free. Wine Flies Free from 29 West Coast cities on Alaska Airlines. The program debuted in 2007 to enable passengers to transport wine from Sonoma/Santa Rosa, and Alaska Airlines has now nearly doubled participating departure airports. Participating Wine Flies Free Cities: California Idaho Oregon Washington Burbank* Boise Eugene Bellingham* Fresno* Lewiston Medford Pullman* Los Angeles*   Portland Seattle* Monterey*   Redmond Spokane* Oakland*     Wenatchee* Ontario*     Pasco... more


5 Reasons To Love Your Suite Butler on a Silversea Cruise

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5 Reasons To Love Your Suite Butler on a Silversea Cruise

If you've never sailed on Silversea Cruises before, you might not realize something very special you will come to love: your Silversea Butler. This is the only cruise line that provides its famous Butler service in every suite on the ship, where the staff-to-guest ratio is nearly one to one.  If you're trying to picture how that level of service – and butlers! - translate to your experience, here are 5 reasons the BestTrip.TV team loved our Suite Butlers when we sailed recently on the Silver Muse. By Lynn Elmhirst, Producer and Host, BestTrip.TV In-Suite Dining and Entertaining Nothing is too complex or too tiny a detail for your Silversea butler.  A simple cup of tea in the early morning... more


Video: South America on Silversea: Luxury Cruise Review

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Video: South America on Silversea: Luxury Cruise Review

Two of South America's most fabled cities and a week-long cruise in luxury. That's our BestTrip.TV experience sailing on Silversea's Silver Muse from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  With overnights in both exciting ports, and sunny days at sea on Silversea's intimate 600-passenger ship, it's the South American sailing of your dreams.  Spacious and yacht-like, with more restaurants than we can experience in a week, the personal attention of an all-butler suite ship, and niceties of Italian hospitality and lifestyle that are the hallmarks of a Silversea cruise... we can't imagine a more ideal way to sample the delights of two destinations on everyone's travel bucket list.  Start your Trip! Copyright BestTrip.TV/Influence Entertainment Group Inc or Rights... more


Video: 3 Reasons You'll Love Marseille

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Video: 3 Reasons You'll Love Marseille

France's largest port town, on the magical Mediterranean, has been transformed in recent years.  You'll still find the charms of its Old Port, the oldest neighborhood in France, the maritime culture... but there's been a wave of revitalization and stunning builds that make this seaside city spectacular.  On our latest visit, we fell in love with Marseille, and here are at least 3 reasons we think you'll love it too. Start your Trip! more


Discover Your Inner Highlander At These 3 Scottish Castles

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Discover Your Inner Highlander At These 3 Scottish Castles

A lot of people's favorite TV viewing these days involves tartans and time travel against a backdrop of essential Scottish scenery: misty lochs, craggy mountains, and castles that are among the most iconic and recognized in the world. Fiction meets historic fact at Scotland's castles. An estimated 3000 castles were once part of the landscape of Scotland.  That's nearly one castle every 100 square miles.  Many ancient castles still remain to remind us of Scotland's turbulent history of powerful men in kilts wielding broadswords, and women who were just as tough.  You can tap into your own inner highlander at these must-see Scottish castles. Edinburgh Castle Imposing and massive, Edinburgh Castle looms from its perch on an outcropping of volcanic... more


Go Coastal! 5 Beaches you Can't Miss in Maine this Summer

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Go Coastal! 5 Beaches you Can't Miss in Maine this Summer

Summer in Maine defines coastal living.  Wood-siding summer homes in nautical colors along miles of beaches begging for you to stroll and dig your toes in the sand, examine shells and driftwood, inhale the cool Atlantic breezes, walk the dog among sandy dunes, and of course, enjoy the sea. Maine is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the US, and by mid-summer, they've warmed up enough to beckon swimmers off the sand and into the waves. Here are five beaches you just can't miss on a trip to New England. 1. Old Orchard Beach. Start with this seven-mile strand that has been welcoming visitors for over 170 years. It has the only beachfront amusement park in New... more


Why Canadian Gardens Rock

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Why Canadian Gardens Rock

Not all of Canada's natural wonders are wilderness. Communities across Canada have cultivated oases of trees and greens, colorful flowers, fresh air and serenity in the heart of busy urban centers. Tara Nolan is a garden and travel writer, author of the best-selling book Raised Bed Revolution and co-owner of popular gardening website Savvy Gardening.  She shares her list of favorite Canadian gardens, from west to east. You don't have to be an avid gardener to appreciate Canada's public gardens.  Gardens give residents and visitors a different perspective and experience in a city.  The popularity of visiting gardens is astonishing: in any given year, more people visit public gardens in America than go to Disneyland and Walt Disney World combined!... more


Face to Face with the World's Largest Solid Gold Buddha

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Face to Face with the World's Largest Solid Gold Buddha

Most of the time, breaking an historic religious icon does not turn out well. But when workers moving a large and very old but otherwise unremarkable plaster statue of Buddha in Bangkok in 1955 dropped their load, they got lucky. The accident revealed an amazing secret: the plaster with modest inlaid glass decoration was a decoy shell concealing the world's largest solid gold Buddha. By Lynn Elmhirst, Producer/ Host, BestTrip.TV Hidden in Plain Sight The design of the Buddha suggests it dates to the 13th or 14th centuries.  It's believed when dangerous times were at hand during Burmese invasions in the 1700's, the solid gold statue was plastered over to cleverly hide the magnificent religious treasure in plain sight.  In... more


Where's the Largest National Monument in the U.S.?

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Where's the Largest National Monument in the U.S.?

It's one of the biggest protected areas on Earth.  Two times the size of Texas. And you could fit the entire country of France inside more than twice. It's larger than all the US National Parks combined, encompassing 582,578 square miles of the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii's Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a double dose of global riches: a mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site designated in 2010 for both its natural and cultural significance. It is the first mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United States. Efforts to preserve the natural and cultural treasures in the remote region northwest of Hawaii have grown incrementally for over a century.  In the early 1900's, conservationist President Theodore Roosevelt sent the Marines to... more


Why Inject Adventure Travel Into your Next Vacation

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Why Inject Adventure Travel Into your Next Vacation

We get it. You really need a break. Downtime. Relaxation. Time to book a vacation so you can… Try a new adventure. Does 'adventure travel' sound way too energetic, even the opposite of what you need in a holiday? Think again. Lynn Elmhirst, Executive Producer, Host and Travel Expert from BestTrip.TV, explains why finding a way to leave the beach and make soft adventure part – or all - of your next holiday, whether it's a cruise, multi-generation family vacation, a couples' escape, a girl- or guy-friend getaway, bleisure time from your business trip or business conference, might be the best travel decision you can make. And way better for you than a week on a lounge chair. Soft adventure... more


Spelunking in Jamaica

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Spelunking in Jamaica

It might be the most polar opposite activity to a day on the beach in Jamaica. Escaping from the sunny, hot, breeze of the beaches, to explore one of the island's networks of cool, dark, damp cave systems. Jamaica is one of the special places in the world with 'Karst' topography, where flowing water has carved paths through soluble limestone terrain, resulting in spectacular underwater rivers and caves. Exploring caves is irresistible. Our earliest ancestors used caves for protection, a place for worship, where they created art, stored their treasures, even buried their dead. There's something about being in a cave that taps our most primal instincts, returning to the refuge of Mother Earth. Feeling just for a little while... more


Re-Visiting Jamaica

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Re-Visiting Jamaica

Gone are the days when a trip to Jamaica meant a week spent entirely at your all-inclusive resort. Getting around and exploring outside your resort has never been easier or more appealing.  If you haven’t visited Jamaica in a while, we suggest it’s time to try something new on one of the Caribbean’s most-loved islands: Run! What’s the best way to enjoy Reggae music?  The organizers of the Reggae Marathon & Half Marathon think it’s running to the beat.  The marathon is Jamaica’s premier International Marathon Event, an internationally certified course with a Jamaican vibe that includes Reggae, refreshments, and ‘irie’ atmosphere.  Marathoners, sports enthusiasts as well as beginners, locals and visitors converge in Negril to run or cheer on... more


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