Got an awesome national park memory? Share it with us

Posted on January, 20 2016

Ever waited out a snowstorm under a sequoia? Or fallen asleep to the howls of wolves in Yellowstone?

As the National Park Service turns 100 this year, we are seeking your favorite park-related memories.

Your recollections will be included in our coverage of this important celebration of some of the world’s most amazing destinations. National parks, preserves, recreation areas and other units are all in play.

Maybe these photos of Yosemite in snow and other national parks will jog your memory.

Please keep submissions to 100 words or less, and include your full name and the city where you reside. The approximate date of the experience should be included too.

Send to Travel@latimes.com, with PARK MEMORIES in the subject line.

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Category: Vacations

7 Best Places to Visit in Canada for 2016

Posted on January, 20 2016

If you are a tourist, wondering which the Canadian top 7 best places are, read on; for here we bring you the best options and the major tourist attractions.

Canada attracts lots of tourists as it covers much of North America’s area and thus owns a lot of its landscape attractions. Visitors of Canada are impressed by the natural scenery, the metropolitan places and the friendly residents. Without information about the best places to visit in Canada, you will not get a full tourism experience. Hence, check out the following highlights of Canada’s major attractions:

Top Tourist Attractions in Canada:

Category: Nightlife

Top 7 Unforgettable Skywalks Around the World

Posted on January, 05 2016

Skywalks are the beautiful combination of great heights with wonderful views. Here one can have the feeling of being on top of the world. Below are the most beautiful skywalks in the World.

We love the high the heights induce! The feeling of being on the top of the world, the miles of beauty all around with the sky. Those who love adventures are never short of options. Viewing the great mountains, green-lands, and exploring the beauty of the earth from skywalks is itself a marvelous experience. There are many of us who are excited enough to know about the spectacular lookouts, observatory decks, and great viewing platforms. If you have the guts to spend time at some very scary, breathtaking, and awesome platforms, then here is the list of top 7 unforgettable skywalks in the world.

Langkawi Sky Bridge in Langkawi, Malaysia

Best Skywalks in the World

Best Skywalks in the World

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Category: Nightlife

Web Buzz: Take a small private tour of Paris through walkmysteps.com

Posted on December, 28 2015

Let a local help you uncover the richness of the City of Light.

Name: www.walkmysteps.com

What it does: The website offers private small tours of Paris with licensed local guides that want to help you to discover the city. Available in eight languages.

What’s hot: The tour size is capped at a number that varies — sometimes only six persons, other times four. Some tours allow as many as 10 people. With that kind of attention, you can be sure that all your questions will be answered. One tour might take you to explore the famous sites of Montmartre as well as its hidden stairs and alleys. Another might take you on a half-day private tour of the Louvre. Walk My Steps has seven tour categories: Architecture, Family Tours, Food & Wine, Monuments, Museums, Street Art and Walking Tours.

What’s not: The pricing is a little confusing. It seems as if each tour has a flat-rate price of 200 euro. But underneath that price it says, “From 20 euros per person.” It appears to coincide with the number of people in the group.

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Category: Vacations

Best Hotels in Tokyo for the Business Meeting

Posted on December, 27 2015

The best luxury business hotels in Tokyo all have a great location, world-class service and modern facilities in addition to their unique personalities.

Tokyo, Japan is a highly cosmopolitan city that is composed of many foreign residents. Its ease of finding customers, partners and personnel acquisition are some of the reasons why business is indeed booming in the city. Being Japan’s leading industrial center as well as the country’s management and finance center, the city is regarded to be one of the largest metropolitan area in the world. Today, the city described as one of the three “command centres” for the world economy, along with New York City and London.

The following luxury business hotels in Tokyo are the finest properties offering the best facilities for executive retreats, conferences, interviewing, or meetings.

Best Business Hotels in Tokyo

Best Business Hotels in Tokyo

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Category: Nightlife

Listen to this ‘Jingle Bells’ made with seat belt clicks and other aircraft noises

Posted on December, 26 2015

Forget the dogs barking out “Jingle Bells.”

Portuguese airline TAP, which turned 70 years old in 2015, has come up with a clever version of the classic Christmas song. It uses the click of seat belts, the snap of tray tables and other aircraft sounds.

OK, maybe not every single note comes from the plane, but it’s still kind of cute.

Crew members in the video are real TAP employees, and the song relies on everyday noises heard on an A330 airplane.

Since TAP’s “Jingle Bells” launched Dec. 1, it has received more than 240,000 views on Facebook and 25,000 views on YouTube.

So give a listen — even the “occupied” lock on the bathroom door plays a role.

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Category: Vacations

7 Beautiful Places in Europe to Spend your Christmas Holiday

Posted on December, 25 2015

Europe is the best continent on Earth to get in the Christmas spirit. Here are seven of the most festive destinations in Europe that you must add to your family’s list for Christmas.

Everyone loves to enjoy their Christmas holidays in the best possible way. Some people just stay in their own neighborhood and some people travel to other cities across the world to celebrate their Christmas holiday. There was a time when people used to celebrate Christmas at home with families and relatives. But with the passage of time people are increasingly becoming more and more prone to celebrate their Christmas holidays in abroad and Europe has become one of the most popular spot for those who want to celebrate Christmas abroad. European cities have always been a popular destination for tourists to spend Christmas holidays. Europe is a continent that is filled with multi-cultured traditions. Different countries in Europe have different cultures and each celebrate Christmas on their own way.

Best Christmas Destinations in Europe:

Christmas Destinations in Europe

Christmas Destinations in Europe

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Category: Nightlife

Here, from Mexico, is what to ask when entering any new room

Posted on December, 23 2015

Tepoztlan is a mystical Mexican mountain town that doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. It’s only about 30 miles south of Mexico City, yet it’s got a lazy vibe, hippie inclinations, gorgeous buildings from centuries past — including the church ceiling shown here — and a pre-Columbian ruin at the end of a hiking trail. More than one person has called it the Sedona of Mexico.

I visited in 2007 (and wrote this). Staring at the ceiling above was one of my favorite moments there. Ever since, I pay special attention to the ceiling whenever I walk into a grand old building, especially a church, temple or mosque.

It doesn’t have to be the Sistine Chapel. If it’s the sort of place where people might like to cast their eyes heavenward, there’s a good chance that some Old World artisans climbed up on scaffolding and did some amazing things. If it’s not feasible to lie down and give their work a good, long look, then lay your camera down on the floor, get yourself out of the way and shoot straight up.

You can always count on travel to teach you something — but what? Travel is the substitute teacher who didn’t get the lesson plan, the adjunct lecturer who goes off on Bukowski, the grad assistant who trashes your poetry, then hands out red velvet cupcakes. If only you’d had a clue what was coming, right?

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Category: Vacations

Before you plan your next trip, watch Sonia Gil of ‘Sonia’s Travels’

Posted on December, 21 2015

Sit back, relax and learn how to make travel easier.

Name: SoniaGil.com

What it does: Sonia Gil is a passionate, language-loving, animated traveler who offers practical travel tips using down-to-earth video blogs on YouTube.

What’s hot: Sonia’s tips are incredibly useful and quick to watch. The “How to Travel” section is ideal for inexperienced travelers or those who need to build their confidence. Topics include how to work out while traveling, how to survive long flights, best advice for packing, traveling with pets, traveling solo and much more. Sonia and “Sonia’s Travels” — the name of her YouTube channel— are addicting.

What’s not: At first glance, the “Trending” links near the top of the website confused me. I thought maybe they were topics trending off-site as ads. But nope, clicking through I found that they were simply shortcuts to hot topics and more videos on her site.

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Category: Vacations

Surfers can stop surfing the Web thanks to Surfguide.com

Posted on December, 14 2015

Cowabunga, dude! The surf spots are reeling here!

Name: Surfguide.com

What it does: The website offers an interactive map of surf spots and camps around the globe. Surfers can search for an ideal destination based on surroundings (remote, village, town or city) and types of service (surf school, surf resort or boat trip) that only they would know to ask about.

What’s hot: There are so many ways to find the right surfing destination for your next adventure that you just might get “noodle arms” checking out all your options. Do you like a particular water temperature, swell size, break type or want to find a remote spot to surf in Europe that’s cheap and safe? Chill out and use the global map or filters to narrow the search results to suit your surf style. This guide also considers surfers of all abilities. I particularly loved the descriptions of the different regions when I zoomed in using the map. Even better: There’s a calendar tool bar that can be adjusted for surf, weather and wind conditions based on the time of year you want to travel.

What’s not: I wanted a blog on featured surf spots that I could access from the main page. You can find destinations by filtering and digging, but I wanted a little instant gratification because it has great filters such as Girls Camp, Party People, Focused Surfers, surf spots with video analysis and more.

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