Top 30 Islands in the World: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014

The largest island in Narragansett Bay is where you’ll find Newport, one of our ten best small cities in America, lined with elegant Gilded Age mansions straight out of an Edith Wharton novel. The City by the Sea is also a center for sailing.

Pro tip: The Newport Jazz Festival, held in August each year, has played host to countless musical greats—Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, and John Coltrane, to name just a few. Pay a visit during the summer to see the next big thing in jazz.

Getting there: Drive to Aquidneck Island from Providence, only about 40 minutes away.

 

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By: Jenna Scherer

The Best Labor Day Road Trips

The long, lingering days of summer are starting to come to a close, and lazy weekends and warm-weather getaways will soon be nothing more than memories. Before you know it, you’ll be back running shuttles to soccer practice and shoveling the driveway. Unless, of course, you plan one last summer fling.

Make the most of Labor Day this year by packing up the car and escaping for the weekend. With a map and a bit of wanderlust, you can manage to make summer linger for a few more days. That is, if you plan it right.

National travel advocacy group AAA has seen an uptick in car travel this summer over last year, with a 5% increase in trips taken over Memorial Day weekend, and a 17% jump in car travel over the Fourth of July. During this year’s Labor Day weekend, AAA predicts 31 million people will hit the road, a nearly 10% increase from last year. Most of those travelers will get behind the wheel: 91% of travelers intend to drive, while only 5% will fly. Read more

Modern Day “I Spy” with FIND + LEARN!

A summer getaway will help keep the kids busy and your family can create some great memories! Taking the family on a road trip, even if it is only an hour or two away, can be a great bonding experience. You pack the car, get everyone situated and off you go; out on the open road! But, after a little while, the excitement will wear off and the restlessness will set in. The questions will start; “Are we there yet?”; “Billy is pinching me!”; “Susie won’t stop kicking!”, and of course the inevitable, “Keep it up and we will turn this car around and just go home!”

Why not avoid all of that stress, and plan some fun and easy road trip activities for kids?  Playing games like “I Spy” might prove to be a little bit difficult if outside is dark and gloomy! Luckily, ZurApps has a solution to that! Our FIND + LEARN app is perfect for road trips. FIND + LEARN is an educational, interactive app. With different modes and collections, FIND + LEARN will keep your child entertained in the car for hours! The Find It! Mode will ask you to find a specific image, on a page of multiple images. Basically, FIND + LEARN is a modern day, technology based, “I Spy!”

So, pack up the car, download FIND + LEARN and don’t forget your charger!

I spy, with my little eyes something that is….FUN!

FIND + LEARN!

Brazil’s Best Beaches

It is not as if you need another reason to visit Brazil, but if you do – how about checking out some of their top beaches?

Thanks to Telegraph, here is a gallery of Brazil’s 10 best beaches, because – why not?

Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha

Baia do Sancho is frequently named among Brazil’s best beaches and was recently voted the world’s best beach by TripAdvisor. It is found in the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, just over an hour by air from Natal. Here, 21 islands form a marine park that has some of the country’s best beaches and draws divers from far and wide to see green and hawksbill turtles, whales, lemon and reef sharks, clownfish, anemones and parrotfish.

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By Natalie Paris, Doug Gray and Chris Moss

29 Things You Didn’t Know About Train Travel In Europe

Did you know that…

1) There’s a Paddington Bear statue to be found in London’s Paddington Station.

2) Across the road from Gare Montparnasse you can skyrocket up to the 59th floor for the best view of Paris as the sun sets behind the Eiffel Tower.

3) There’s an underground city beneath the station at Bremen

4) And tiled mosaics to spot in the underground network in Istanbul

5) The most beautiful rail journey starts in the surprisingly scenic Nuremberg and then passes through Munich, Innsbruck, Verona, Bologna and Florence before arriving in the ancient heart of Rome.

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Road Tripper – Your Key To Optimizing Your Sales Activity

In today’s increasingly competitive market, attending to your customers’ needs consistently is crucial to any sales activity. Besides providing clients with your products and services, serving them where they work and live can be a challenge – particularly when serving new regions of a city, new cities, and new countries. Determining where your customers are located can often be a task when the terrain is unfamiliar.

Maybe you’ve compiled a list of clients, and need a comprehensive way to compile directions to each of them over several regions. You may also want to have detailed profiles about each of your clients included in your maps that gives you all you need to know in one convenient interface. Another factor is the quality of the directions itself: how do you reduce frustrating factors in trying to find the best route to reach your customers, including battling traffic and generally finding more efficient routes?

Fortunately, up-to-date mapping applications are making it increasingly easier to conquer this part of the sales cycle. Thanks to Google’s vastly improved 3D Maps system, advanced navigation applications such as Zurapps’ Road Tripper application for the iPad and iPhone can integrate navigation and your clients’ profiles to deliver a powerful sales solution.

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Winter Getaways

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have finished, and March Break has come to an end. Were your kids watching the different winter Olympic activities, such as skiing and snowboarding, and wishing they could do the same winter activities? Have you and your kids already tried these activities, and want to give them another go?

A winter getaway can be the perfect time for the family to take a road trip. Across North America, there are plenty of quality ski resorts available for your family to facilitate. With many award winning resorts to choose from, we have narrowed down your search to a select few, and have created some Road Tripper maps for you to download. Each map is created for a different resort, and will also include some other activities for your family to enjoy while staying at, or near, the resort.

Alta Ski Area – Alta, UT, USA

Alta Ski Area was once a hidden gem for locals because of the great terrain on the cheap lift tickets. It didn’t take long for word to get out, and it’s now become a hot travel destination. But not to worry, there is more than enough powder for everyone.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort – Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA

Mammoth Mountain didn’t get its name for nothing, it is indeed, mammoth! Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is in Eastern California, near the world famous Yosemite National Park. The vertical drop and huge snowfall of Mammoth Mountain and the massive size of Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort add up to make this one of the biggest, and best ski resorts in the USA.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort – Blue Mountain, ON, Canada

Blue Mountain Ski Resort is the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada. With 42 trails Blue Mountain Ski Resort is perfect for your snowboarding and skiing holidays perfect for first-timers or seasoned veterans.

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort – Whistler, BC, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb is one of the hottest ski destinations in North America, and the world! The resort itself is massive and offers a lot of terrain diversity. There is so much more to do in Whistler, though, with an abundance of off-slope activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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Sochi 2014 – XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games

Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia. The Greater Sochi area sprawls for 145 kilometers along the shores of the Black Sea near the Caucasus Mountains. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a permanent population of 343,334, which makes it Russia’s largest resort city. It is one of the very few places in Russia with a subtropical climate, with warm to hot summers and mild winters.

The unique beauty of its mountainous terrain, Sochi has mountain villages that will offer places where foreigners will have opportunities to listen to classic music and fairy tales of this region. Sochi is home to many popular Russian folk tales and famous fairy-tale characters (Baba Yaga, Firebird, Ilya Muromets, Sadko, Ivan the Fool and the Gray Wolf). These tales and characters will offer foreigners a chance to understand the personality traits of the Russian people, their humor, morals and values a little more clearly.

Sochi is not only hosting this year’s XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games (Sochi 2014), but also the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014. It is also one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Sochi 2014 is being promoted as the most compact Olympic Winter Games ever. In total, there have been eleven athletic venues built for Sochi 2014. These venues will be divided into two clusters, both located within 48km of each other. A new railway was built to ensure that it is less than 30 minutes from the Coastal Cluster to the Mountain Cluster. Each cluster will have its own Olympic Village in which the athletes will be housed.

The first of the two clusters is the Coastal Cluster. This cluster will include five ice sport venues as well as the stadium for ceremonies centred in an Olympic Park. Thanks to the design of the park, travel time from the Olympic Village to each competition venue will be no more than five minutes. The International Broadcast Centre and the Main Press Centre are also located in this cluster.

‘Fisht’ Olympic Stadium

One of the most famous mountains in Russia is Fisht. Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the Victory Ceremonies. There is a transparent roof which will allow spectators to easily see the entire beautiful mountain from foot to peak.

‘Bol’shoy’ Ice Dome and ‘Shayba’ Arena

Bol’shoy, meaning ‘big’, is fitting as the Ice Dome is the larger of the two hockey venues. It also replicates the image of a frozen drop. The second venue has a truly hockey-appropriate name. It translates to ‘puck’.

‘Ice Cube’ Curling Centre

This is another moveable venue that is home to figure skating and short track speed skating. The name is truly international, sounding the same in a number of languages including English, Russian and German.

Adler Arena

This oval shaped arena will host long track speed skating and will have transparent walls that will allow spectators to see the scenic mountain views to the north and the seascapes to the south.

Mountain Cluster

In Krasnaya Polyana, this is home to five venues for the snow and sliding sports. Between the Olympic Village and the competition venues, the average distance is four kilometres, which puts the travel time at less than 15 minutes.

‘Laura’ Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Centre

The venue is named after a turbulent mountain river, which has its name based on an old legend. Legend dictates a young girl who ran away from an old prince she did not love, jumped into the river to die. Her true love followed her into the river and both of their bodies were never found. Locals say that the Gods were so moved that they took the two of them to the heavens at the summit of the sacred Mount Elbrus.

‘Rosa Khutor’ Alpine Centre

This is the alpine skiing venue that features slopes which were designed by world-renowned ski architect and 1972 Olympic downhill champion Bernhard Russi. The venue is a part of a resort in the Northern Caucasus region.

‘RusSki Gorki’ Jumping Centre

Playing on the English slang word for a Russian person, this ski jumping venue is the location at a junction of two ridges. This location was chosen to protect the jumpers from side winds and so that the jumps would blend into the landscape.

Sliding Center ‘Sanki’

Sanki, meaning sled in Russian, is an appropriate name for this venue. This venue will be home to the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge events.

‘Rosa Khutor’ Extreme Park

This venue has another fitting name, as it will host freestyle skiing and snowboard events.