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  • The Best Ski Hotels in North America | Expedia.com.au
    Hole This mountain retreat is fitted with fireplaces dark wood and natural stone finishes The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Ski in Ski out luxury nestled at the base of Blackcomb mountain The Sebastian Vail Vail s newest boutique hotel has ski in ski out access to Gondola 1 The Sebastian Vail Experience the ultimate ski holiday in true style and luxury St Regis Deer Valley A luxury Park City resort on

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  • Take a bite out of the Big Apple | Expedia.com.au
    a boat to Liberty Island home of the famous torch bearing statue Afternoon Meatballs at Meatball Shop 200 9th Avenue Chelsea Meatballs sliders and sandwiches what s not to love Armed with a DIY menu and a marker pen diners can customise their order do you want your balls with mushroom gravy or pesto a side of polenta spaghetti or a green salad served in a baguette or toasted brioche bun and it s no wonder there are now four outlets across the city After eating your fill wander down to the Meatpacking District and ascend to the High Line an abandoned elevated railing that has been transformed into a urban park it stretches all the way to 34th Street Evening Nordic at Acme 9 Great Jones Street NoHo What do you get when a founding chef of Denmark restaurant powerhouse Noma crosses the Atlantic Nordic in New York of course With a menu made up of ingredients that can be grown caught or foraged locally Mads Refslund is busy introducing sea foam edible weeds heirloom varieties and under rated seeds to the hungry masses Don t be alarmed by the sign out front the promise of Authentic Southern Flavours and Cajun Cookin is a remnant from Acme s previous incarnation as a jambalaya joint Cocktails at Employees Only 510 Hudson Street West Village Recalling the underground glamour of 1920s Prohibition America this Art Deco styled bar has all your drink requirements covered once dinner service finishes at midnight the mixologists keep on serving classic and fancy creations until 3 30am Time enough to sample the majority of the menu from a Hemingway Daiquiri to a Quiet Storm bourbon and red bush tea infused bianco vermouth with ginger beer Look for the neon red Psychic sign outside Continue the old school odyssey with a trip to Brooklyn and Maison Premiere 298 Bedford Avenue Pull up a stool at the imposing marble bar and embrace a night of sipping absinthe and slurping oysters Between 4 7pm the tasty molluscs are 1 each In between times Coffee at Ninth Street Espresso 700 East 9th Street East Village This funky café is home to a double whammy of brilliance hand crafted coffees and the bragging rights of being the first place to pour latte art The bartenders not baristas mind have an ultra purist approach to their craft with four simple options adding 3 6 9 or 12 ounces of steamed milk to your expresso Mexican at Tehuitzingo Tacos 695 10th Avenue Midtown West We love uncovering local secrets so when we stumbled upon this traditional Mexican taqueria hidden at the back of a grocery store in Hell s Kitchen we were thrilled The takeaway tacos and tortas sandwiches are the real drawcard Stuffed with meat pork beef or for the really adventurous goat jalapenos cheese avocado and tomatoes you can add your own salsas and sauces from the selection situated under the chilli pepper fairy lights Pizza at Motorino 349 East 12th

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  • Expedia Expert A Kuching Proposal | Expedia.com.au
    local café bar named Jimmys somewhere we might never have ventured in otherwise We joined locals for a bucket of beer spicy noodles and a very tasty local speciality midin a jungle fern stir fried with garlic and shrimp paste The morning greeted us with a perfect view of Mount Santubong commanding the city s dramatic backdrop with its summit a worthy whole day trek for the adventurous We opted for a relaxed buffet breakfast before jumping on a bus to the Semengoh Wildlife Centre Rehabilitated Orang utans live in the wild but will often return to the Centre for feeding daily 9am and 3pm There are no guarantees but we were lucky enough to see six female and baby orang utans up close one lazily swinging less than a metre from us An incredible experience that s hard to top There are a few other reasons to visit Sawarak One of them is Top Spot A Kuching institution this atmospheric food court specialises in every variety of fish and seafood all cooked to order and delivered to your table Perfectly grilled snapper infused with garlic and chili succulent tiger prawns lots of lobster and plenty of vegetable sides were washed down with iced tea all for less than 15 per head An absolute Bargain Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Borneo Expedia Expert Kuching Luxury Malaysia The next morning we headed to Baku and spent the night in lodgings owned by the National Park There are marked trekking options from easy

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  • Maui and Kauai Top Activities | Expedia.com.au
    yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia MAUI Feast at Lele Click Here A tropical feast and a show Sit down for five courses of local Hawaii Kiwi Tahitian and Samoan dishes with Polynesian performances and an open bar for the night MAUI Haleakala Central Maui and Iao Valley Adventure Click Here Head to the House of the Sun summit of Mount Haleakala Maui s dormant volcano is just one stop on a day of adventure MAUI Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel Click Here Explore Molokini Crater the semi submerged crater perfect for sheltered snorkeling with green sea turtles KAUAI Waimea Canyon Experience Click Here Blue Hawaii fans this one s for you Spend a few hours exploring spots from the movie and of course the Grand Canyon of the Pacific Waimea Canyon KAUAI Smith s Tropical Luau Click Here Watch on as the Smith family prepare the centerpiece for their traditional Hawaiian Luau a pig is roasted underground and served in the imu ceremony KAUAI Blue Hawaiian Kauai Garden Isle Deluxe Helicopter Tour Click Here Soar above the Garden Isle in this 50 minute helicopter tour taking in the best of the island from great heights 1

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  • Expedia Expert 10 Tips to South America | Expedia.com.au
    overpack It may be a less developed country than where you re from but you can pretty much buy anything you need They do sell shampoo Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Columbia Expedia Experts Mexico Santiago Tips 4 Don t fall into tourist traps I had some of my best experiences in the less iconic locations Sometimes when you get a little more off the beaten track you can have a really great time We had the worst experience in Cusco the Inca Trail was closed and we both got horrible food poisoning We then went to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon We barely encountered another tourist on the trek and incredibly we came up close to the near extinct Andean Condors For me it was amazing Strike a balance between finding your own beautiful places and adventures and still seeing the iconic destinations There s the key things you do and then there s the unexpected Have a good combination of both 5 Ask for advice Everyone has the same guidebook Things are changing now because of the Internet but if you stay in the No 1 hostel or hotel in the guidebook pretty much everyone else will be staying there too Recommendations from people that you trust are far more valuable Talk to locals and other travellers 6 What to eat Don t eat in bus stations That s where I got really sick Never ever eat somewhere that s empty Crowds and locals will always show you the way to a good meal Eat local if you re somewhere by the sea find a fish restaurant Find vegetables in cities I m a vegetable craver and out of the major urban areas I sometimes found it difficult to find vegetables So whilst I was able to stock up on veggies in big cities I had to go with the flow elsewhere Related Articles Adventure awaits in Turquoise waters white sandy beaches coconut groves and sunset Expedia Expert The Expedia s Australia and New Zealand Marketing Manager Bec embraces Top Trending Hotels from some of Expedia s top trending destinations for 7 Be aware of local customs Be aware of local customs especially in regards to when and how you eat Try and fit in with that The time varies form place to place in some cities like Buenos Aires nothing opens until 10pm but in a lot of El Salvador s smaller towns they traditionally don t eat a substantial dinner so set yourself up with a three course lunch just like the locals do 8 Get involved in local celebrations We arrived in Mexico on the Day of the Dead but didn t realise We thought Mexico

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  • The Ultimate Summer Festival Road Trip | Expedia.com.au
    picked December through January bought a map of the East Coast and started to plot a route based on the music festival trail Here s what I came up with Gulgong Folk Festival Where Gulgong NSW When 28 th to 31 st Dec About Historic Gulgong feels as though it s straight out of the 1900s with its wide country streets and ornate shop fronts The festival features some of the country s best up and coming talent in an atmosphere that feels local and intimate While You re There The Mudgee wine region is right on your doorstep Where to Stay Options are limited in Gulgong especially when the festival is in town Drive the 20 mins to Mudgee and book into the De Ruisse Suites You won t regret it Woodford Folk Festival Where Woodfordia QLD When 27 th Dec to 1 st Jan About Probably the biggest folk festival in the country Woodford will help you see in the New Year in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland while listening to some of the best folk acoustic rock and pop music from around the world While You re There Why not explore the stunning Glasshouse Mountains or head to the famous Eumundi markets Where to Stay Woodfordia is just outside of Woodford in Queensland and in the summer rains the festival is nicknamed Mudford by regulars You can camp on site but a better bet is to head to the coast The BreakFree Alexandra Beach is just up the road from Mooloolaba s busy main beach but a world away from the bustle Mooloolaba is a popular summer spot with Expedia s travellers Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Australia Festivals Music Summer Sydney Festival Where Sydney NSW When January About Taking over Sydney for the whole of January the Sydney Festival incorporates music dance art and more There s something to please everyone Definitely worth a stopover on your road trip While You re There Chill out on the beach for the day you ve earned it Where to Stay You re in the big city why not treat yourself to the luxury of the Hilton Sydney It s a prime spot after the many events held in Hyde Park Illawarra Folk Festival Where Bulli NSW When 16 th to 19 th Jan About Australia s best small folk festival in one of the most beautiful parts of the country You ll never want to leave While You re There Go for a drive up the coastal road to the Royal National Park A stunning drive with a stunning destination Where to Stay Get the most of the beach and the festival by staying at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

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  • Hogmanay Edinburgh New Years Eve | Expedia.com.au
    the correct way Every year on the 31 st December the city of Edinburgh shuts down the CBD for a massive street party The party complete with concerts dancing and fireworks is a limited number ticketed affair and is usually sold out well in advance thanks to the popularity of the celebration If squashing in with hundreds of thousands of other people while fireworks light up one of the most beautiful skylines in the world is your thing I recommend you sign up on the official Hogmanay site here and buy tickets as soon as they re available It s a good idea to book your accommodation well in advance too Christmas and New Years Eve are busy times Check out Expedia s Top Trending Edinburgh Hotels for a few options Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Edinburgh New Year s Eve But if big crowds aren t your thing and they weren t mine when I visited Edinburgh there s definitely different ways to spend the festival Here s a couple of things you might want to consider instead of the street party First of all it s important to remember that Hogmanay to the Scots is at least a four day event Rather than scrambling for New Year s Eve tickets take advantage of the celebrations on the 30 th December and the first two days of January The Edinburgh wheel a huge Ferris Wheel set up each year on Princes Street is a great way to see the city

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  • Communion is changing the face of the UK music scene | Expedia.com.au
    2006 three friends started a club night in London s Notting Hill Arts Club a night that has become a global phenomenon Those friends were Mumford and Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett Bear s Den bassist Kevin Jones and renowned producer Ian Grimble And that night was Communion Hundreds if not thousands of live music nights are held in clubs and pubs around the world but somehow this little club night held on the first Sunday of the month has broken through the noise to become something more What has made Communion successful in London the UK and throughout the world seems to be the organisers dogged devotion to the original ethos of those early shows For one Communion has kept itself to smaller intimate venues despite constantly selling out Secondly the price remains affordable This isn t an exclusive night just for the it crowd And the quality of artists is always top notch Many of the artists who once graced the Communion stage are now international stars if not household names From Mumford and Sons to Laura Marling to Australian artists like Matt Corby Angus and Julia Stone Sarah Blasko and Gotye the consistent quality of music presented by Communion sets it apart from so many of its contemporaries When you go to a Communion night you know you re going to be part of something pretty special Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Communion England London Music Notting Hill If you re like me and are always hunting out live

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