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Abigail Wunderlich

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Member since October 12, 2013


  • Smartphone Travel tips with Corliss Group

    Well-being, Environmental Design

    When the smartphone was in its infancy and app stores were not yet operational, its best built-in app to help travelers was the Maps app. There were no walking directions provided, just a map that you needed to interpret to help you get to your destination.

    These days, smartphones have so spoiled us that we wonder how we have lived without it.

    For example, the technologically-advanced descendant of the first map app now features not only driving and walking directions, but also directions for those who take public transportation (for some countries, at least). This has made it easier for travelers to navigate through some foreign countries the same way that natives do.

    With the right apps, you can turn your smartphone into an indispensable travel companion that can save you money; if your pockets cannot afford travel just yet, you can even do a little armchair traveling from your smartphone.

    Below are some handy apps to have when exploring foreign territory:

    Bla Camera Pro ($0.99, iOS)

    Dubbed by its developers as "the worlds first smart camera," Bla Camera has something called P.E.A.R. Technology, which analyzes data like light and weather and consequently recommends a filter and setting based on your environment.

    Camera Plus Pro ($1.99, iOS)

    Camera Plus Pro is another alternative to your phones regular camera app which lets you tweak more settings. Apply filters and see the effects before snapping your photo; edit and share from within the app. You can also...

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    Why go?

    Known as the Dragons Tail, this 30-mile peninsula poking into the Irish Sea feels like a place apart: a stronghold for Welsh language and culture with a distinct microclimate which can see it basking in sunshine while the rest of north Wales is lashed by rain. The chichi yachting town of Abersoch may have been colonised by well-heeled holidaymakers and second homers, but elsewhere youll find empty golden beaches, fishing hamlets and peaceful clifftop walks.

    What to do

    Start by visiting Porth y Went, the new National Trust centre in Aberdaron (nationaltrust.org.uk). You can pick up maps, walking routes and ideas for days out, such as a visit to the "whistling sands" at Porthor which squeak as you walk on them, or a boat trip to Bardsey Island, a medieval pilgrimage site. Llyˆn Adventures can organise canoeing, kayaking and coasteering (llynadventures.com), but if you prefer to stay on dry land, the Wales Coast Path runs right around the peninsula. For a day at the beach, Llanbedrog is postcard-perfect.

    Where to eat

    Llyˆn is famous for its lobster, crab and mackerel, all of which youll find on the menu at Twnti Seafood Restaurant, in a converted barn in the hills behind Pwllheli (twntiseafood.co.uk). At Venetia in Abersoch, chef Marco Filippi puts an Italian spin on seafood dishes such as Aberdaron crab linguini (venetiawales.com).

    Where to stay

    The National Trust has cottages and apartments to rent in Porthdinllaen, Aberdaron and Rhiw, some of which ...

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    RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

    Spring break is not far away. So, it's time to start planning that trip, if you haven't booked it already. This is when those smartphones and tablets come in handy, right? I mean, they are supposed to help us be more organized. It's not really working for me. On this week's Wingin' It, though, we're going to attempt to help you make best use of your digital devices when traveling.

    (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

    MARTIN: Here to help us out is Tom Samiljan. He is the tech correspondent for Travel and Leisure magazine. We've asked him to help us sort through some of the many travel apps on the market - some apps that could make your trip planning a little less stressful - we hope. Tom joins us from our studios in New York. Hey, Tom.

    TOM SAMILJAN: Hi.

    MARTIN: So, I'm just going to start off with, like, the million-dollar question. What is the most used travel app on your portable device right now?

    SAMILJAN: Kayak.com I like the most because not only can you search for plane tickets, but you can also get hotels, car rentals. You can manage all of your travel information there. So, it'll send you updates if a flight is delayed. Another place to check out is Yapta. Yapta is...

    MARTIN: Yapta? Can you spell that for me?

    SAMILJAN: Yes. It's Y-A-P-T-A. And Yapta lets you set an alert. So, say you'll search a specific itinerary on a specific airline at a specific time. Yapta will send you an alert any time that price of that particular flight goes up or down.

    MARTIN: ...

  • Ken Hom, the celebrity chef, recommends the best places to eat in Hong Kong in five courses

    A typical brunch

    At Din Tai Fung I had one of the best xiaolongbao – little soup dumplings filled with broth and served in a bamboo steamer – that I have ever had. There are lots of things from Taiwan and it’s popular because it’s cheap. You have to queue because they don’t take reservations, but it’s worth it. Go with friends, so you can try a nice assortment of dishes. The restaurant is part of the Din Tai Fung group, whose outlets have maintained great consistency. This one is on the Hong Kong Island side.

    Din Tai Fung, Shop G3-11, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (00852 3160 8998, dintaifung.com.tw/en). Three courses £12-£15, without drinks.

    Lunch

    A really nice place to go for dim sum is Island Tang. It’s decorated in the old Hong Kong style of 30 years ago, so it has atmosphere. Lots of Chinese in the know go there. It’s the usual cast of characters – barbecued pork buns, steamed dumplings, stuffed peppers – but presented in an unusual way.

    There’s also Nha Trang, which does Vietnamese food but in the spirit of Cantonese: very light, full of flavour, fresh. The pho noodles and the Vietnamese spring rolls are especially good. Finally I would go to Yung Kee, an old restaurant that’s still very good and famous for its roast goose. They also make wind-dried pork and liver sausages which are slightly fatty and made with wine, so they’re very rich. ...

  • All the essential Barcelona tourist guide and travel information to arrange your trip is on this one website www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com was born out of a personal love for the city and a desire to share 20 years’ worth of knowledge of Barcelona Spain with you. In doing so, we've concentrated on answering your most important questions on transport, activities and attractions, and accommodation.

    In addition to essential Barcelona tourism information, you will also find dozens of time and money saving tips from local people - information hard to find anywhere else. These special tips will make your Barcelona city break that much more special.

    To help you find your answers as quickly as possible your Barcelona tourist information has been grouped into 2 main categories:

    1) If you've already made your decision to come to Barcelona then I recommend you go to the top of the page and type in your question into the search bar. This search bar will search every page on our site (of which we have several thousand pages) and present you with the answers to your questions. This is the single quickest and easiest way for you to find answers to your questions. Alternatively you can search through our menu on the left hand side. Please be aware however that we have many more thousands of pages that we can't put links to on the left menu and you are more than likely going to miss what you are searching for this way.

    2) If you need help in making your decision whether Barcelona is t...

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    På en gitt dag gjennomsnitt rundt 2200 australiere satt ut for å gjøre forretninger eller ferie i Amerika. Til enhver tid er det omtrent 30.000 kortsiktige australske besøkende vei rundt i USA, ikke medregnet tusenvis mer på arbeid visum.

    Etter New Zealand og Indonesia, australiere mest populære utlandet reisemål, og ifølge turisme prognosemakere, vil tiltrekke mer enn en million Aussies i 2015-16.

    Men de siste to månedene har vært alt annet enn en omgjengelig ferie med USAs østkyst og Midtvesten innspillingen en av deres kaldeste og mest snørike vintre Records.

    Det har sette amerikanske innenriks flyselskap systemet i en tailspin. Ifølge en analyse av Associated Press forrige uke, har mer enn 75.000 innenlandsflyvninger avbrutt siden den offisielle starten av vinteren desember 1-14 000 av dem i den siste uken alene. Reklame

    Noen av de største byer som New York, Detroit, Boston, Chicago og St Louis er sa å ha mottatt to ganger til tre ganger så mye snø som de vanligvis får. Selv byer med mild helårig klima har ikke blitt spart, med isen stormer i Atlanta, Georgia, og Dallas og Houston i Texas.

    På torsdag i forrige uke, ble mer enn 70 prosent av alle flyreiser kansellert i flyselskapet hub byene Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC og Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Siden begynnelsen av vinteren, har 5,5 prosent av USAs 1.35 millioner rutefly blitt kansellert, ifølge flyreise oppsporer nettstedet FlightAware - den høyeste antall og høyeste prosent økning...

  • Corliss Travel Agenda

    Community, Industrial Design

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    1. Shore thing

    Celebrity Cruises has recruited broadcaster Ben Fogle to design a series of shore excursions for the company's ships. Half-day options include taking a Sicilian gastronomic tour in Catania (£195), going Norwegian salmon snorkeling (£390) or embarking on a mini Croatian triathlon (£234).

    celebritycruises.co.uk/benfogle

    2. In the know

    My Plus One launches on 4 March. The website connects travellers with like-minded locals in five European cities – Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris: £15 for a short meeting and £35 for a longer stint with an in-the-know resident. Register your details on the website to find out more.

    www.myplusone.net

    3. Art house

    Rotterdam hosts its Art Week from 5-9 February. Unique to the Dutch city's event is the chance to spend the night in an artist's home or studio. In return for €60 per guest or €100 for two, hosts will create a special place to sleep and serve breakfast the next morning.

    wakeupinit.com

    4. Ernest escape

    Meliá Hotels has launched a new Madrid property in the former home of Ernest Hemingway. Built in 1956 and opened by the Swedish royal family, it became the Scandinavian country's enclave in Madrid, before the peripatetic writer moved in. Today, the Inside Suecia contains 127 minimalist rooms, a Dado Deli, rooftop pool and bar.

    melia.com

    5. Ebook out

    The Independent Traveller has produced an eBook compilation of 48 Hours... city guides. Discover the perfect way to spend two days in 20 daz...

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    Article Source

    Forbes Travel Guide has added 36 hotels, restaurants and spas to its exclusive list of Five-Star properties.

    Among them are 15 hotels, bringing the total number of Five-Star hotels to 97 worldwide, the most in its history.

    A number of the hotels on the list are newly-opened or recently renovated, which Forbes Travel Guide President Michael Cascone says is proof of an uptick in investment in the luxury hotel industry.

    "In other words, the capital is flowing back into this segment," Cascone says. "The outlook remains strong for this segment."

    Luxury hotels suffered the most during the recession. Many projects came to a halt, as occupancy levels and average daily rates dropped.

    Still, through November of last year, 75.4% of luxury hotel rooms were filled, while the average daily rate was $287.94, according to STR. In 2009, at the height of the economic downturn, 63.7% of luxury hotel rooms were occupied with an average daily rate of $243.98.

    Forbes Travel Guide has been handing out stars since 1958. A team of inspectors anonymously evaluates properties against about 800 standards, the company says.

    Cascone says those include such factors as décor and cleanliness. But most importantly, it's about consistently top-notch service, he says.

    "It's first and foremost service," he says. "That consistency is what we look for, and that's what ultimately the best of the best end up doing."

    The newly renovated Mandarin Orient...

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    Weekend skiing at its best means maximum time on snow and minimum time away from work. Achieving this involves detailed planning, professional help from a specialist tour operator – or both.

    The argument is that two full days – or better, three – on the mountain can be just as rewarding as a week. Most suitable resorts are within a 90-minute drive from a major airport.

    Specialist companies will meet you off your evening flight. They will have already arranged lift pass, equipment rental, and guide in advance so that no time is wasted on the first morning.

    Laax, Switzerland Laax is linked to Flims and Falera, and together they form one of Europe’s largest but least-known ski areas with 220km of mainly intermediate pistes. The skiing goes up to 3,018m with the lower villages at 1,100m. A daily shuttle service from Friedrichshafen and Zurich airports takes 90 minutes and costs £103 return.

    The area opens at weekends in November and the winter season lasts from November 30 to April 21. Laax is unofficially the freestyle capital of the Alps and attracts a strong 20-something following, with the action both on and off the slopes centred upon Laax Murschetg, the most ski-convenient bedbase.

    Best for all standards, party-goers. Recommended tour operators Alpine Answers (020 7801 1080: alpineanswers.co.uk), Iglu Ski (020 8542 6658; igluski.com), PowderBeds (0845 180 5000; powderbeds.com), Powder Byrne (020 8246 5300; powderbyrne.com), Ski Safari (01273 224060; skisafari....

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design