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Losing great overnight RV parking spots

We have lost a few great overnight RV parking spots in the last couple of weeks due to people acting like they were camping instead of parking[...]

Adam | Mar 6, 2018 | Category: General , Boondocking

Rest area closed 16 times in 29 months!

Whitewater rest area closes for 16th time in 29 months[...]

Adam | Feb 27, 2018 | Category: General

Chaos erupts after car fire at trail rider campground

Trail riders sprung into action to try to contain the fire, but high wind[...]

Adam | Feb 20, 2018 | Category: General

Closing Sams Club Stores

Seems rather sudden for Walmart to close more than 60 Sam's Club stores, many without notice at all[...]

Adam | Jan 12, 2018 | Category: General

Most Popular Searches by Our Travelers in 2017

What were the most popular area searches done for AllStays travelers in 2017? Some predictable and some surprises[...]

Adam | Jan 11, 2018 | Category: General

Return Home to Bobcat Babies

What do you find when you return home from the road and have a Easter egg hunt? Six bobcats![...]

Adam | Apr 5, 2015 | Category: General , Camping , Pet-Friendly , RV Tips

Amazing reef diving in South Africa

In my first qualifying dive at three mile reef we saw Moray Eel, Stingrays, Potato Bass, hundreds of colourful reef fish, a wide variety of soft and hard corals and a nurse shark. Such is the quality of diving at Sodwana.

Cherelle | December 8th, 2009 | Category: General

Upper West Side Guide

New York's Upper West Side, home of Lincoln Center and Seinfeld alike, is one of the most diverse and exciting neighborhoods in New York City – with sub-neighborhoods from the trendy Lincoln Center district to the off-beat Morningside Heights area around Columbia University.

Tara | November 11th, 2009 | Category: General

Climbing Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica

Cruising around the Mediterranean last Christmas, one of the ports of call was the lovely Island of Jamaica. One of the recommended tours was a trip to Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios.

Adam | October 28th, 2009 | Category: General

Antarctic Adventure Last Minute Deal

Gap Adventures, a sustainable adventure travel leader since 1990, offers everything from safaris and family vacations to exotic expeditions all in small groups.

Anna | October 20th, 2009 | Category: General

Should I Get A Flu Vaccine Before Traveling?

I'm not going out and getting a vaccine before traveling. But I will choose where I go and who I am spending time with inside a ten foot radius. Ten feet is said to be the airborne range of this flu. This does mean that most forms of public transportation, workplaces and education facilities put you at an increased risk.

Adam | October 20th, 2009 | Category: General

Interesting Things To Do On Zanzibar

If youd like to combine your relaxation with a bit of activity and exploration, heres a quick guide of what there is to see and do on the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.

Cherelle | October 13th, 2009 | Category: General

The Fireflies of New York City

I looked out a tenth story window of the Hotel Gansevoort the other night and watched the glow of tiny glowing lights moving across the sidewalks. I Was reminded of the fireflies I used to watch at night once upon a time in my childhood. The background symphony that I recall is instead now composed with traffic, horns, and sirens.

Adam | October 12th, 2009 | Category: General

There Is No Good Food In Kansas?

I finished driving from the southwest corner to the northeast corner of Kansas. 600 miles and ten hours later, I hadn't found a single independent place to eat lunch or dinner. Chains were still running in the towns I went through but the mom and pop places were closed down, for sale or empty. Nothing. [...]

Adam | October 3rd, 2009 | Category: General

Santa Fe Friday Night: Galleries and Dinner

With the bounty of food and art choices, I highly recommend a Friday evening tour of the short track. Theres another intriguing new element to explore each time we go.

Anna | September 26th, 2009 | Category: General

Bathing an Elephant in a River in Sri Lanka

There is something magical about communicating with animals. Swimming with dolphins is popular, but go one better and bathe an elephant.

Gillian | September 18th, 2009 | Category: General

Best Ethnic Restaurants in Paris

As Paris's cultural landscape changes, North African, Indian, and Chinese dishes have become as “authentic” as crepes or pommes frites.

Tara | September 16th, 2009 | Category: General

Tent Rocks Offers Spectacular Views

Located less than 40 miles from Santa Fe and about 55 from Albuquerque on Cochiti Pueblo tribal lands, one of our avid hiker friends says Tent Rocks is from another world.

Anna | September 8th, 2009 | Category: General

TripAdvisor and Fake Reviews

TripAdvisor has challenges with it's review and it's no longer best to keep them as a trusted resource.

Adam | September 2nd, 2009 | Category: General

Singapore Night Zoo

Every city has a zoo, but a night zoo is something completely different. In fact a night zoo makes more sense then a daytime zoo because most tropical animal sleep in the heat of the day and hunt and eat at night.

Gillian | August 26th, 2009 | Category: General

Saving Turtles in Sri Lanka!

The founders of the hatchery, back in 1981 got around the problem by buying the eggs from the local Sri Lankans, who in turn used the money to buy a more varied choice of protein.

Gillian | August 22nd, 2009 | Category: General

Malaria Free Safari Options in South Africa

The good news is that there are several excellent game viewing regions within South Africa where you can see the Big Five that are certified malaria free.

Cherelle | August 19th, 2009 | Category: General

Greatest New York Film Moments and Locations

Although the list could be much longer, if you love movies or are a film buff visiting New York, check out these iconic landmarks from five New York City classics.

Tara | August 17th, 2009 | Category: General

Rio Chama Steakhouse in Santa Fe

Tucked into an old, rambling adobe compound on Old Santa Fe Trail in historic Barrio de Analco, Rio Chama is a quaint mix of its storied past and sleek modernity.

Anna | August 15th, 2009 | Category: General

New York City's West Village and Tips

“Greenwich Village” or simply “The Village,” this “West Village” neighborhood – is bounded by the Hudson River, Broadway, Houston Street, and 14th street. It is known for it's off-beat and artistic style of life.

Tara | August 11th, 2009 | Category: General

A Death in Death Valley National Park

A young boy dies in Death Valley National while the mother and family dog survive the ordeal in extreme temperatures.

Adam | August 9th, 2009 | Category: General

Stupid Travel with National Car Rental

One ridiculous way of how to run a business is National Car Rental. They would rather you walk away as a non-customer than let you pay them for a service they supposedly are in business to sell.

Adam | August 7th, 2009 | Category: General

Monets Garden at Giverny, France

Truly a memorizing and memorable trip, a walk through Monets garden lets you take in the beauty and understand this artist even more.

Gillian | August 5th, 2009 | Category: General

Pub Grub: A Love-Hate Relationship

While England isn't generally known for its cuisine, read on for a guide to pub food and how to get the most out of your English experience.

Tara | August 4th, 2009 | Category: General

Safari in Kruger National Park

South Africa is a popular destination for game viewing with numerous National Parks located in various provinces around the country.

Cherelle | August 3rd, 2009 | Category: General

Five Dishes to Try in Rome

Sample the best that Rome has to offer when you there. Stay out of the McDonald's and try something new every meal.

Tara | July 31st, 2009 | Category: General

A Stroll Through Central Park

New York City's Central Park is a focus point for all of Manhattan, an 843-acre oasis from the traffic, noise, and chaos of the city outside.

Tara | July 30th, 2009 | Category: General

Upper East Side Tips

New York's elegant Upper East Side is a place of refined avenues, pre-war buildings, and tranquil brownstones.

Tara | July 27th, 2009 | Category: General

The Best Chocolate in Santa Fe

I got to spend the morning with Santa Fes Premier Chocolatier, Rand Levitt, of Senor Murphy.

Lorissa | July 24th, 2009 | Category: General

Vienna's Wurstelstands

One of Vienna's greatest pleasures is also its cheapest – the Viennese sausage, available as a fast-food for two to three euro at numerous stands around the city.

Tara | July 23rd, 2009 | Category: General

Visiting Bellingham in Northern Washington

You missed this years tulip festival. Now what? A lot, actually. Summer is Washingtons premier playtime.
For a less-crowded vacation, head to Bellingham, WA. Fly into Seattle, 90 miles to the south, and drive northward along Puget Sound. The San Juan Islands are to the west; a day trip for fishing, whale watching or touring the [...]

Anna | July 20th, 2009 | Category: General

The Ideal Roman Walk

Rome is full of winding streets, narrow alleyways, and sun-drenched piazzas and piazettas, and the best way to see them all is on foot.

Tara | July 17th, 2009 | Category: General

The Lower East Side

For many New Yorkers with Ukranian, Russian, or Jewish heritage – a large proportion – or even for any New Yorker at all who didn't come over on the Mayflower – the Lower East Side has a magic all its own. It's associated with immigration, the “melting pot” ideal, the place where grandma or grandpa [...]

Tara | July 16th, 2009 | Category: General

To See and Be Seen in Paris

“Paris's Chicest Spots for Nightlife, Evening Life, and Seeing and Being Seen”
Paris is an unashamedly, unrelentingly elegant city. The Parisian sense of style – subdued, understated tailored clothing, impeccably arranged scarves, just enough jewelry and makeup to catch the eye without ever appearing self-consciously styled – is a magical art that eludes even the most [...]

Tara | July 15th, 2009 | Category: General

Tiptoe through the Tulips in Skagit Valley, WA

For those interested in the awe-inspiring sight of acres of the bright blooms, head to Skagit Valley any time in April.

Anna | July 14th, 2009 | Category: General

Destination: Grand Lake Colorado

Not many locales boast great scenery, hiking, water sports and haunted hotels but Grand Lake has it all.

Anna | July 10th, 2009 | Category: General

Texas State Fair

One of the largest fairs in the country, the Texas State Fairs brings in the fall.

Anna | July 9th, 2009 | Category: General

Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks, NY

The beauty of the Adirondacks and Blue Mountain Lake.

Anna | July 7th, 2009 | Category: General

French Chateau Bed and Breakfast

Touring the Loire Valley in northern France is a delightful experience. Known as the Garden of France a driving holiday in this region is a succession of charming towns, historic architecture and magnificent chateaux. Never far from the river bank, you often have the whole winding road to yourself. We drove the route in December [...]

Gillian | July 6th, 2009 | Category: General

Finding Fireworks Shows in a Recession

Cities are cutting back on fireworks shows to save money.

Adam | July 2nd, 2009 | Category: General

East Village New York Guide

Seedier, grittier, and less gentrified than its westerly neighbor, the East Village is also more inexpensive, more fun, and far more authentic, although it's no longer the bohemian squalor depicted in the now-dated rock musical “Rent.” With a vibrant Ukranian population, a large student enclave, and an increasing influx of young professionals, this area around [...]

Tara | June 26th, 2009 | Category: General

Chelsea New York Guide

Trendy, elegant, and vibrant, Chelsea is the place to be for well-heeled twenty-somethings looking for the chance to see and be seen. With a particularly gay-friendly vibe (as long as you're good-looking and well-dressed, your gender identity or preference is irrelevant – though tolerance won't extend far to the schlumpy-looking of any persuasion), Chelsea is [...]

Tara | June 25th, 2009 | Category: General

Ancient Rome in a Day

The magic of ancient Rome – its imperial magnificence, its imperious architecture, its proud and ultimately tragic history – is still ever-present in Rome. The awareness of Caesar's footsteps, Sulla's seats, or Cicero's hangouts is still present in these ancient sites, and you can explore them – in search of Rome's Republican and Imperial ghosts [...]

Adam | June 23rd, 2009 | Category: General

Splendor in Versailles

You may have heard of this city, as it is world famous for the magnificent Chateau de Versailles. There are several tours of various parts of the palace.

Jessica | June 19th, 2009 | Category: General

A Death in Yosemite National Park

A male hiker died from a fall off of Yosemite's Half Dome on Saturday June 13th, 2009. He was climbing the granite monolith in the late afternoon when he fell to his death. The reports state that we was using the cable handrails provided on the 17 mile round trip that starts in the valley [...]

Adam | June 14th, 2009 | Category: General

Hawaiian Odd Travel Destinations

You don't have to look for volcanoes or just sit on the beach in Hawaii. There are many offbeat things you can check out in Hawaii and here are just a few.

Jessica | June 5th, 2009 | Category: General

Great Barrington – Idyllic Village

America's small towns have been a staple of poetry, novels, songs, and patriotism for centuries, but towns like Great Barrington, Massachussetts, prove a unique spin on the trope of idyllic village setting.

Tara | June 3rd, 2009 | Category: General

Trieste Day Trip Guide

Tucked away in the north of Italy, Trieste melds the traditions of Slovenia and Italy, at whose borders it lies, combining elements of Italian, German, Slavic, Balkan, and Italian culture.

Tara | June 1st, 2009 | Category: General

California State Parks Closure

California is talking about shutting down it's state park system to save money.

Adam | May 31st, 2009 | Category: General

The Magic of Oxford

If you've visited the Oxford colleges and found that, while beautiful, they seemed empty without their students, here is a chance to experience the vibrancy of life within and without.

Tara | May 29th, 2009 | Category: General

Authentic Amish Food in Philadelphia

A trip to the countryside is still worth it but you don't have to wander away from downtown Philadelphia to find a huge selection of authentic Amish food.

Cindy | May 28th, 2009 | Category: General

Climbing and trekking options on Mt Kenya

As Africas second tallest peak, Mt Kenya is a challenging technical climb for those who want to reach its summit. For those who prefer the trekking options there are five different routes which circumnavigate the mountain.

Cherelle | May 25th, 2009 | Category: General

The Basics of Florence

When visiting Italy, Florence is a must see at least once. And most people do visit Florence, either alone or by tour, along with Venice and Rome.

Jessica | May 22nd, 2009 | Category: General

An Airboat Ride on the Everglades

As the sun warmed the banks of the drainage ditches on either side, alligators lumbered ashore and lay out for a days sunbathing.

Gillian | May 20th, 2009 | Category: General

Idyllic Ischia Island Day Trip Guide

The island of Ischia, a tranquil and lush island located off the coast of Naples, receives both the benefits and drawbacks of being located near its more famous sister, Capri.

Tara | May 17th, 2009 | Category: General

Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist

Any other waterfalls are likely to be the equivalent of a dripping tap compared to the real thing at Niagara Falls.

Gillian | May 13th, 2009 | Category: General

The Magic of Paris

While Paris's many nooks and crannies can take years or even decades to fully explore, here are five moments, foods, streets, and sights of Paris to help you.

Tara | May 12th, 2009 | Category: General

Colorado is More than the Rockies

When you think of Colorado, you probably think of the Rocky Mountains. You don't want to miss them and you probably won't but Colorado has much more to offer.

Jessica | May 7th, 2009 | Category: General

Haunted Cape Coast Castle in Ghana

There are some things that, although you know, you cannot truly know until you experience them in some tangible way. One example of this surrounds the horrors inflicted upon those men and women who were torn from their villages and sold into slavery.
Ghana, West Africa, was just one of many places where this tragedy occurred. [...]

Cindy | May 1st, 2009 | Category: General

A Walk in the Treetops

Kakum National Park, located in the Central Region of Ghana, is home to the Canopy Walk. The Canopy Walk is comprised of seven bridges that connect from treetop to treetop over a length of more than 1000 feet.

Cindy | April 30th, 2009 | Category: General

The Magic of Rome

From ancient ruins to Renaissance palazzos to modern nightclubs right out of La Dolce Vita, Rome is a city filled with magic.

Tara | April 30th, 2009 | Category: General

Magic of New York

New York is everything and nothing at the same time. It is a city that changes so often and constantly that few generalizations can be applied to it.

Tara | April 29th, 2009 | Category: General

Five Great New York Neighborhoods

For an alternative look through New York's many enclaves, here are five Manhattan neighborhoods worth spending a morning or afternoon wandering about.

Tara | April 29th, 2009 | Category: General

Understanding the Magic of Vienna

Vienna clings to its courtly past, conveniently forgetting the horrors of two World Wars, and sees its future not as a chance for innovation, but as an opportunity to recapture what it has lost.

Tara | April 28th, 2009 | Category: General

36 Hours in Vienna

If you have only 36 hours with Vienna's beauty, you can actually see quite a bit thanks to their efficient transportation and compact city.

Tara | April 25th, 2009 | Category: General

Pune City: Vibrant and Historical India

Pune is the second most important city in the state, after Mumbai, so if you are going to India and want history, this is the place. Here a comprehensive guide to make it a great visit.

Jessica | April 17th, 2009 | Category: General

Caerphilly Castle, Cheese and Travel Tips

From one of the finest medieval castles in western Europe to cheddar cheese, Caerphilly is worth a visit and here is how to make the best of it.

Adam | April 16th, 2009 | Category: General

Mumbai Basics You Need To Know

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Formerly, known as Bombay, true blue Bombayites refuse to acknowledge its new name, Mumbai, named after the patron Goddess of the local villagers, Mumbadevi. It gained more attention recently at both ends of the spectrum, for both the Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire and terrorist attacks [...]

Adam | April 15th, 2009 | Category: General

Cuba Travel Restrictions Lifted

Travel restrictions are lifted between the United States and Cuba.

Adam | April 13th, 2009 | Category: General , Security

Enhanced Driver Licenses Make Border Crossing Easy

What are the border rules? Do you need a passport, a birth certificate, a driver's license to cross the border these days? A few states are making it easier to just use your driver's license.

Adam | April 11th, 2009 | Category: Air Travel , Cruise , General , RV Tips , Travel Tips

Mexico Violence on the Border

The numbers are increasing dramatically. The border is dangerous and will be for some time under this whole battle shakes out and gets under control.

Adam | March 30th, 2009 | Category: General , Security

World's Worst Governments

There are many more countries in the world than most of us realize or think about. Many of these are under the tyrannical control of a government or in other words, a dictatorship.

Adam | March 26th, 2009 | Category: General , Security

Best Snowboarding in the USA

There are many places to go snowboarding in the USA but only a few make our best of list. Here are the places you have to go and catch some air.
Related PostsBest Spring Skiing

March is one of the snowiest months of the year at ski resorts in the western US and Canada. You never know [...]

Adam | March 11th, 2009 | Category: Best of , General

Mexico Road Signs

If you are driving in Mexico, it's important to know what the road signs really mean. A close guess is not enough at a traffic stop.

Adam | March 10th, 2009 | Category: Camping , General , RV Tips , Travel Tips

Driving In Mexico

You can drive in Mexico but there are some cautions and things to know ahead of time.

Adam | March 9th, 2009 | Category: Camping , General , RV Tips , Travel Tips

Best Spring Skiing

Spring starts but is it time to trade skis for golf clubs? No, not yet. There are some places that still get lots of snow in March. Here are the best.

Adam | March 5th, 2009 | Category: General , Luxury

Most Dangerous Roads

When you hit the highway, you know it's somewhat dangerous but these stretches of highways and interstates need some extra caution. These are the worst of them.

Adam | March 2nd, 2009 | Category: General , Travel Tips

Mexico Travel Warnings

Mexico is a dangerous destination now. The nasty drug kings and police are waging war and tourists can be caught in the middle. It is up to you to save yourself before anything happens.

Adam | March 1st, 2009 | Category: General , Security

Hotel Rates and Fee Comparison

Another one of our simple tests to compare hotel rates and fees at all the major travel websites, including going to the hotel direct.

Adam | February 18th, 2009 | Category: General , Travel Tips

The Best Hotel Chains

For the first time, we've taken just under ten years of reviews and comments that we've received and analyzed them to rank over 60 hotel chains.

Adam | February 9th, 2009 | Category: General , Luxury

Top Green Lodging in the Western US

Hotels are greening their policies more and more. Some do a better job than others so here are some of the best.

Adam | February 7th, 2009 | Category: General , Green

Travel Off Road: The “Be Prepared” List

Be prepared going out into the wilderness in your off road vehicle. Here is a list of items we recommend (or you need) to carry.

Adam | January 28th, 2009 | Category: General

Home Away From Home: Deciding on Your Vacation Home Location

How to choose where your vacation home should be.

Jessica | January 22nd, 2009 | Category: General

Love and the City: A Guide to Romance in the Big Apple

New York City can be a romantic travel destination – great food, beautiful scenery, and great hotels.

Jessica | January 20th, 2009 | Category: General

Presidential Inauguration Travel Tips

If you are going to the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, there are some things you need to know. This dual purpose information saves you some headaches and might give you one wondering why you are going.
HBO (Home Box Office) is covering the event with some exclusive coverage that no one else will have. They [...]

Adam | January 10th, 2009 | Category: General




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