The Ultimate Guide to Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

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Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m a devoted Gordon Ramsay fan. (if you don’t know anything about him think food + fiery passion).  I love the way he channels his frustration, how his face can convey disgust, kindness, anger and passion all within a matter of seconds.  Watching him yell at people literally makes me want to take on the world.

I wish I had a mini personal Gordon that I could keep in my back pocket for my lazy, uninspired, confused days.  I mean, just one mortified look from him or one “oh my god” spoken under his breath with a tinge of contempt and I would be back up, kicking and fighting.  I would have to convince him to get over the fact that I’m a vegetarian first…shouldn’t be that hard, right? (more…)

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Take a Repositioning Cruise for Deep Discounts & Unique Itineraries

What is a repositioning cruise?

Repositioning cruises sail from one destination and end in another.  The reason for this is that many ships itineraries change seasonally and cruise companies use the repositioning cruises to move the ship to their new port.

Most repositioning cruises are typically longer than a week and have more days at sea than traditional cruises.  The most common itineraries are from Europe to the Caribbean and from Alaska to the Caribbean.  You can also find repositioning cruises that travel from the Mediterranean to Asia or South America. (more…)

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5 Amazing Travel Themed Movies You Can Watch Right Now

There are so many great travel themed films out there, but what if you want to watch one NOW? Here are 5 amazing travel themed movies that you can rent on Amazon and watch instantly.

Have a favorite travel themed movie?
Tell us about it in the comments below!

1. The Beach


Some people love it, some people hate it, I happen to be in the love it camp. In The Beach, Leonardo Dicaprio stars as a young American backpacking in Asia searching for his own version of paradise. Visually stunning, this movie takes place in Thailand but don’t let the beautiful views fool you, there is a lot more to this movie than meets the eye.

By the way, the beach in the film actually exists, but from all accounts it is now a tourist attraction so a better bet may be to visit Khao Yai National Park where the waterfall scene was filmed.

Watch The Beach Now

2. L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)


L’Auberge Espagnole is like watching hostel life on the big screen (only in an apartment). The story centers around a group of students, all from different countries, who have come to Barcelona to study abroad and end up in the same apartment.

If you ever studied abroad or wished you had, check this movie out for a little taste of being a stranger in a strange land (with lots of new friends).

Watch L’Auberge Espagnole Now (This one requires an Amazon Prime account)


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How has travel grown your understanding of a place or person?

Travel Truths is an ongoing question series for travel lovers. I ask and answer a travel related question and invite you to answer the question on your blog or on in the comments below. Travel is more then just destinations and experiences, it is a metaphor for life, a state of being, something the heart longs for. Join me as we explore the depths of our relationships with exploration and travel.

How has travel grown your understanding of a place or person?

You can read a thousand books, watch a hundred movies, talk to experts or spend your time imagining scenarios, but there is nothing like visiting an actual place to grow your understanding of it, to make history come alive, or simply to feel the deep soul of a culture inside your heart. How has travel changed or grown your understanding?

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FlightBoard: Turn Your Phone Into An Arrivals Or Departures Board

FlightBoard App
Price: $3.99 | Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android | Developer: Mobiata

Update: I had a few comments from people saying they preferred Flight Tracker Pro to Flightboard. I haven’t used it, but wanted to share their feedback for anyone looking into apps like this.

It looks like Flight Tracker Pro is more robust/has more features, so if you are looking for simplicity check out FlightBoard, but if you need more information on your flights check out Flight Tracker Pro or do both –> you can purchase FlightBoard as a paid add-on to Flight Tracker Pro and get the best of both worlds.  (more…)

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Crease & Crumple These Maps All You Want

Okay, I admit it – I’m a terrible map folder.  I can never seem to fold a map back to its’ original position and often end up with an awkwardly folded map in my purse when I’m traveling.  Technology has solved a lot of my mapping woes, but I still think there is nothing like a good physical map when traveling in a city. 
That was why I was so excited to stumble upon Crumpled City™ Maps.  100% waterproof, these maps are made to be crumpled. Perfectionist map folders be gone! These are maps made to be used, made to be pulled out when one gets lost wandering down city streets, made to be pointed at while asking for directions in a language one barely knows.  These are those kinds of maps. (more…)

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