The entrance to the Goa Gajah Cave, an 11th century site in Bali . Photos by Lakshmi Sharath

The entrance to the Goa Gajah Cave, an 11th century site in Bali . Photos by Lakshmi Sharath

The magical Indonesian island of Bali—often called the world’s most beautiful—is truly a South Seas Paradise. And now, with it’s Exotic Bali tour starting at only $1,999, World Spree Travel has made it as accessible and affordable as Jamaica or Hawaii.  What’s more: World Spree has made it a new kind of group tour, starting with organized visits to the most famous sites from Ubud, the inland cultural heart of Bali,  proceeding to a 4-day relaxing “vacation within a vacation” at a luxurious Nusa Dua beach resort (with lots of do-it-yourself activities), ending with the flexibility of independent travel on optional extensions to metropolitan Singapore and Hong Kong.

The super-value Exotic Bali tour includes round-trip flights on Cathay Pacific (from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Boston), nine nights’ hotel accommodation, nine international buffet breakfasts, four lunches and a dinner, all ground transportation, comprehensive sightseeing tours with entrance fees, Cultural Insite programs, professional English-speaking guides and baggage handling.

The charming hotel in Ubud is the Alaya Ubud, a stylish boutique hotel surrounded by natural beauty but within walking distance of Ubud and its many arts and crafts workshops.  The well-equipped rooms have either a balcony or terrace and the hotel offers a swimming pool, spa and restaurant.  In Nusa Dua the hotel is the 5-star Melia Bali, a prestigious beach resort with five restaurants overlooking a reef-fringed lagoon and surrounded by lush gardens and a pool that winds through the grounds. Here there are DIY opportunities to swim, cruise to Bali‘s three small sister islands, go surfing, snorkeling, shopping, take a wildlife safari or just loll on the beach or by the pool.

Those who want to see more of Southeast Asia—and travel independently with a list of suggested activities and restaurants—can take an optional $599, 3-day extension to the dynamic island nation of Singapore to shop, sightsee and enjoy some of the world’s best cuisine, while staying in the luxurious Pan Pacific Hotel overlooking Marina Bay.  There’s also a $599, 3-day stopover in Hong Kong, another culinary capital, with accommodations in Kowloon’s sleekly-designed Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, which is right in the middle of Hong Kong’s largest shopping complex on Victoria Harbor.

All prices quoted are cash only, are per person double occupancy, and are subject to availability.  For more information about the Exotic Bali package, visit www.worldspree.com, click “Tour Packages” and then “Bali.”

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The World’s Top Entertainment Cities

by Peter Sacco on April 23, 2015

There are a number of cities throughout the world that offer up various entertainment activities to fit the needs of any travelers, including adults with and without children. This is a list of top entertainment cities that will not disappoint.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Miami Beach is an upscale city that caters to a moneyed crowd, with high end shopping centers like Lincoln Road Mall and renowned spas like Auga Spa at the Delano. Visitors and residents alike tend to spend a great deal of money on both comfort and comfortable clothing. Adults who prefer the nightlife can shell out hundreds on drinks at bars and dance clubs. There are also sophisticated types who enjoy the Art Deco architecture and the Bass Museum of Art.

Of course, one of the best activities that is also free is relaxing at the beach. Visitors who are cost conscious often spend their days swimming or lounging on the beach, kayaking, or surfing in the Atlantic Ocean during the day. Many people go to Miami to visit South Beach. It is a liberal atmosphere with hot bodies, excellent sand, Art Deco design, and seventeen blocks between 6th and 23rd streets that give the feel of an entirely separate little world.

The shopping, spas, nightlife, and even the attractions for kids make Miami Beach a top destination for entertainment and fun.

New York City

New York's Times Square

New York’s Times Square

The city’s soaring skyscrapers and monuments are mesmerizing enough, but if that is not enough to make an impression, New York City offers flourishing arts, food, fashion, and nightlife scenes. Visitors can spend their mornings browsing along Fifth Avenue’s designers and take in the stunning city views in the afternoons from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. At the Met and the Guggenheim, art lovers can admire striking works of art before heading to Chinatown or Little Italy to feast on the ethnic fare.

As the evening approaches, visitors can snag some tickets to an award winning Broadway show or even head to the Meatpacking District after dark to experience the low key rooftop bars and jazz clubs. New York City has the widest range of nightlife options of most other cities, with countless ways to spend an evening. This ranges from participating in a never ending bar crawl in the East Village, to cocktail-sipping in a trendy SoHo lounge, to belting out some karaoke with friends.

New York City has entertainment and activities to enjoy any time of the year. Each season offers visitors special reasons to visit like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and holiday decorations in the fall and into winter. Spring is a great time to celebrate the opening of outdoor markets, frolic in Central Park, and even dine outdoors. As the hot summer approaches, there are plenty of hot entertainment activities that will surely keep you cool.

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

 

Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas is often dubbed the Entertainment Capital of the World. Some people view the city as the most exciting place on Earth because it is home to a large number of shows, events, concerts, attractions, shopping, sports activities, sight-seeing tours, and a very rich nightlife. It is a city of never ending fun, neon lights, and holidays.

There are plenty of things to do when traveling to Las Vegas. When it comes to shows, there are more of them and more performers in Las Vegas than in any other city. The shows include stand-up comedians, Broadway musicals, Cirque du Soleil, magic, funny hypnotists, adult shows, and many others.

The obvious entertainment activity that hardly needs to be mentioned occurs in the excellent casino resorts. Las Vegas is known worldwide as a top casino destination. Visitors should probably brush up on the rules of any casino games they intend to play for big stakes such as Blackjack, which is one of the most popular card games played at casinos. A more laid back casino option would be the slots; they are fun, exciting, and do not require any extra effort other than to sit down and push a button.

The Las Vegas Strip is home to the most popular hotels and resorts and is the main street that attracts tourists from throughout the world. The strip usually offers the best entertainment in the city.

Singapore

Singapore at night.

Singapore at night.

This is one of the cleanest places in the world and my not be a city that comes to mind initially, but it is a feast for the senses. It is a small island off the coast of Malaysia and is an immigrant city-state with a mixture of cultures from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and Europe.

Food is actually considered to be one of Singapore’s top attractions by their own board of tourism. The dining activity is representative of all the cultures that reside in the city. It is a gourmet’s paradise, with a range of humble street stalls to top five-star restaurants.

Other attractions in Singapore include the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Singapore Science Centre. After a hard day of sightseeing and shopping, there is also the Singapore Bath Culture Foot Therapy where visitors can get a nice massage. Located near the equator, the city does have a tropical climate so it is a great excursion to get away from winter blues.

Sydney

Sydney

Sydney

The oldest and largest city in Australia is Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, which is in a south-eastern state of Australia. Many people recognize Sydney by its defining symbol, which is the Sydney Opera House. This is a popular attraction for thousands of people who visit from all over the world. There are guided tours at the site that will inform visitors with everything they ever wanted to know about the famous structure.

Sydney is a port city so it also has beach front, which is often a requirement for any holiday destination. The Bondi Beach is known the world over and entertainment near the beach includes restaurants, cafes, and bars located along the Campbell Parade. Visitors can go from the beach to visit Darling Harbor. It is located near the city center and features a maritime museum, an aquarium, and a wildlife park. There is also the Sydney Tower and Skywalk that offer a three hundred and sixty degree view of the harbor city.

London

London

London

London is a city founded by Romans two thousand years ago and called Londinium. It is the most visited city in England and has many famous attractions that include Big Ben, the House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The London Eye is one of the newest attractions that visitors seek out to experience wonderful panoramic views of the city.

London has impressive museums that feature remarkable archaeological collections as well as large collections of decorative arts and galleries that exhibit notable works of art. The shopping experience in London is fantastic and there is a theater district in the West End where visitors can be entertained by plays, musicals, and other performances. There are very popular and lovely parks to experience as well as an exciting and jumping nightlife. London is a city of culture and history as well as entertainment.

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You Can Now Use Your Cellphone to Get Into the US in Chicago!

April 22, 2015

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the expansion of Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. MPC is the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s arrival into the United States. Eligible travelers submit their passport information and customs declaration form to CBP via […]

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KLM Flies Their Newest Boeing 777-300 Proudly

April 7, 2015

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has welcomed its latest Boeing 777-300, which flew in from Seattle to Schiphol last Saturday. KLM traditionally names this aircraft type after world heritage sites and nature reserves, with past examples including Iguazu Falls and Mount Kilimanjaro. KLM’s 24th Boeing 777, registration number PH-BVN, has been named “Tijuca National Park”. This […]

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Wherever You Are, You’ll Be Glad For Your Phone’s Gorilla Glass

March 17, 2015

I was walking around in London one day when I noticed the sun setting by Big Ben. I pulled out my phone to take a photo of it (instant Instagram likes!), and just as I was setting up the perfect shot, a group of loud, laughing tourists bumped into me. My phone slipped out of […]

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Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort Named Top Destination RV Park by Good Sam RV Travel

February 27, 2015

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana, has been named a top destination RV park by Good Sam RV Travel. The Good Sam websites states, “These select RV Parks stand out for their proximity to popular travel destinations, from California’s Redwood Forests to Florida’s Everglades. Destination parks serve as virtual jumping-off points […]

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