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French Polynesia is so much more than a grouping of archipelagos – it is one of the biggest and most breathtaking collections of tropical islands and hidden paradises you can possibly imagine. It boasts a whopping 118 islands and covers over 7,000 square kilometers. Still, every such collective need a central hub and an administrative center, and the “capital” island of French Polynesia is a volcanic pearl of the Pacific known as Tahiti. It is part of the collection known as Society Island, which also boasts Bora Bora...

Words: Len Rutledge   Images: Phensri Rutledge Narrow cobblestone streets, cute little squares with spraying fountains and huge trees, enormous Spanish-built forts and restaurants serving spicy Mexican and Cuban fare are not normal in most North American cities. But then little about San Juan, Puerto Rico is normal. It is far from what we expected. My scant knowledge of Puerto Rico was strongly influenced by the musical ‘West Side Story” where white and Puerto Rican gangs battle for the streets of a section of New York. Central...

Burj Khalifa, also known as the tallest building in the world, offers magnificent views and an almost endless array of activities to partake in. Being 2,722 feet tall, the tower is a must-see for those who are planning to stop in Dubai during their travels. Here are some of its highlights: The observation deck Whether you prefer to stand indoors and observe the scenery through transparent glass or marvel at it from an open-air terrace, the deserts and the oceans below will reside in your memory for all eternity. Should a particular long-distance...

CLEAR SEA Croatia is, for years, in the top of European countries of sea cleanness. Sea quality is excellent in 99% cases of diameter measurements. Croatia is constantly taking care of sea cleanliness because of sea environment, clean nature and it’s development potential, especially for touristic ones. Croatia, is on the quality of the sea,  in the top three countries. PERFECT WEATHER Croatia belongs in the Mediterranean climate zone which is characterized by dry and warm summers and mild winters, with an average of 2,600...

The Best Travel Destinations for 2018 Len Rutledge The travel and tourism industry is booming as more and more people take advantage of low airfares and increased opportunities to see new places. While there has been some resistance to increased visitor numbers in some European destinations, much of the world is still welcoming visitors with open arms. Here are some suggestions for places to travel and activities to experience in 2018. The Philippines Brilliant green rice fields, teeming cities, colourful jeepneys, stunning beaches, and...

Cruise vacation provides a unique experience. Since you are not limited to a single location, it is easy to feel disconnected from the world on a cruise. After all, that is the point. If you decide to embark on such a journey, it can be one of the greatest adventures of your lifetime. Everything is neatly wrapped up into a package of pure hedonism: comfortable accommodation, effortless transportation, various awe-inspiring locations, delicious meals and smashing entertainment. If these attributes are enough to convince you and you want...

10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Dubai Right Now One of the most iconic and exotic cities in the world, Dubai is a city of wonder. You will understand the true meaning of development after taking a look at Dubai in the 80s and 90s. There is a lot more to the city than just skyscrapers and 5-star hotels. Whether you are a tourist or a businessman, you will find plenty of accommodation in the numerous apartments in Dubai. What was initially a desert backwater, is now a tourist hotspot. Here are 10 reasons why you need to visit Dubai right...

Santa Barbara, a beautiful a city on the central California coast, is a major tourist attraction in the US. Santa Barbara is a favorite among tourists looking to spend quality alone time. The destination is also a popular New Year’s Eve getaway with its relatively warm weather offering a hospitable abode to tourists escaping the wintery chill. If you are planning a getaway and are wondering what to see in US, rest assured that Santa Barbara will completely live up to your expectations and offer you the perfect setting to ring in the...

December is here and you can sense the onset of festive vibes, the anxious waiting for the season holidays to start, to get together with loved ones and celebrate the joyous time. It’s Christmas and most people would plan on having the typical white Christmas vacation and travel to western places where Christmas is a grand occasion – everywhere you go, its snowflakes, Santa clauses and Christmas trees. Though the festival at western destinations are an elaborate celebration, for travelers, visit such places in December means less...

Len Rutledge Luxury and experiential travel are changing the travel industry and the way many people think about travel. While trips to see grandma will always occur, family trips today are often camping safaris through Africa or visits to remote lodges in Bhutan. Today’s travellers are braver than ever and are prepared to travel well off the beaten track. They are looking for something unique and individual.  As new destinations emerge, traditional tourist hotspots and resorts have to rethink their approach in order to stay relevant. I...