Month: November 2016

Packing tips for the eco-conscious traveler For the eco-conscious traveler, sustainability is a lifestyle that drives all day-to-day choices. And packing for a holiday is no exception. Here are some suggestions for what to pack, and what not to pack, to ensure that you’re traveling with environmental and cultural sensitivity in mind. If done right, you can not only minimize your carbon footprint and waste, but you can even benefit local communities and have a positive impact! What not to pack Eco-conscious travelers leave heavy stuff behind Do you REALLY need 4 pairs of jeans and a hand-knit woolen sweater? Don’t get us wrong, usually...

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Gift guide for traveling kids (and their parents)

Kids are travelers – as are their parents – and sometimes a little safety, education, or entertainment for little ones on the road can be a great choice when you are looking for holiday gifts. Here are a few picks of gifts for traveling kids from HI Travel Tales and our traveling friends.

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Two European luxury hotels that stand out

When Absolute Travel recommends European luxury hotels, it’s not just because the hotel boasts 5-star status and finds its way onto lists of the world’s best hotels each year. The Absolute Travel team prefers to be a bit more selective, sending its luxury travel experts to seek out hidden boutique gems you have perhaps never heard of, but should know about. When choosing a hotel that’s considered an Absolute Travel standout, the team looks for superb location, thoughtful design with a sense of place, a commitment to a light footprint, cuisine that is so good you will not want go outside the hotel to eat, and a staff that makes its guests feel so at home they never want to leave. Here are two European luxury hotels that stood above the rest among all the hotels where the Absolute team stayed in 2016 — plus three more to take a peek at.

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Feeling the blues: Charlie’s missing home on his Thanksgiving tour

Blues guitarist Charles Baty (“Little Charlie and the Nightcats”) and his fellow musicians with the Golden State-Lone Star Revue are feeling the blues again and have been on tour again since Nov. 14, continuing through Dec. 9. Charlie tells us it is likely his last tour with the group. So Baty and Lone Star Revue fans better get out there to one of the gigs – remaining is the East Coast and Texas. HI Travel Tales runs occasional musings and blues wisdom from Baty on his Golden State-Lone Star Revue blues on tour. (Click here to see his most recent post, as well as...

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Picturesque Mousehole Harbor a favorite of artists

Mousehole has retained much of its charm with narrow streets, art galleries, quaint shops and half-timber cottages. The harbor wall and two breakwaters are there to shield the Mousehole village from winter gales and pounding waves as well as to create a peaceful shelter for visitors to sit and stroll.

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Mozzeria pizzeria provides diners with much more than extraordinary food

Mozzeria pizzeria on 16th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District seems like any other pizza joint from the outside looking in. Unassuming sign, simple door, narrow long room, tables full, a line of patrons waiting to be seated, and wait staff bustling about. The noise-level inside is subdued, but unless one is very observant, you may not even notice the out-of-the-ordinary experience provided by dining at Mozzeria. Not until the hostess greets you do you begin to realize this is not your everyday pizza joint.

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OOFOS sandals review for lightweight travel comfort

This traveler isn’t necessarily a flip-flop gal. Not enough support when you are beating back the miles exploring a city or park, or enjoying a museum or exhibit. The OOFOS sandals are a different breed, however: Super lightweight, supportive comfort for travel whether you’re putting in some legwork or loitering at a café. Plus – here’s the kicker – compared to other popular “molded” type sandals, they don’t make you look like a geeky tourist. Officially called “recovery footwear,” the OOFOS sandals line started out with one “OOrginal” model ($44.95) that was a bit thick in the underfoot area...

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