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The Beauty of Okinawa Japan

I must admit, I don’t know a lot about Japan. It’s on my bucket list to be sure, but beyond Geishas, snow monkeys, and the bright lights of Tokyo, I’m not that fully versed in the country and what else it has to offer. Blame it on action films and nature documentaries, but the Western More »

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5 Important Motorcycle Laws

If there’s a road trip in your future, why not consider leaving the car at home and riding across country on a motorbike? It’s better on gas, you’ll love the feel of the breeze against your skin, and you’ll meet plenty of like-minded souls who crave the open road as much as you do. Although More »

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Hack Your Way to Become a Hotel Room Gourmet #ExperienceTransat

We’ve all been there. Stuck in a remote hotel. Hankering for something decent to eat that doesn’t come from the mini-bar snack selection. No restaurant in sight. And room service far too pricey. What to do, what to do? The folks at Air Transat have obviously faced the same dilemma. They’ve come up with this More »

The Beauty of Okinawa Japan

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I must admit, I don’t know a lot about Japan. It’s on my bucket list to be sure, but beyond Geishas, snow monkeys, and the bright lights of Tokyo, I’m not that fully versed in the country and what else it has to offer. Blame it on action films and nature documentaries, but the Western view of Japan is a mix of women in kimonos sipping sake and downing sushi. But I’m discovering there’s much more to Japan than the typical stereotypes.

A prime example is Okinawa. Did you know that it has a tropical climate year-round? Or that it’s composed of 150 islands wedged between Taiwan and the Japanese mainland? Or that it has some of the best beaches, coral reefs, and scuba diving on the planet? Yeah, neither did I.

Explore Okinawa has released a series of videos detailing what to expect of the islands. They’ve taken a novel approach by sending tourists from around the globe to experience and putting them slightly out of their comfort zone. In the one below, you’ll get to meet Jen and Sarah who work in fashion and PR in Los Angeles. What happens when they experience a different set of beauty standards? Watch and find out as you explore Okinawa and what these islands have to offer.

 

5 Important Motorcycle Laws

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If there’s a road trip in your future, why not consider leaving the car at home and riding across country on a motorbike? It’s better on gas, you’ll love the feel of the breeze against your skin, and you’ll meet plenty of like-minded souls who crave the open road as much as you do.

Although riding a motorcycle can be the ultimate testament to freedom, the fact is that you still have to obey the law. When talking about street legal bikes, every state is slightly different, but most of them follow the similar guidelines for motorcycles.

To help make sure that you are within your legal rights as a biker, we’ve compiled a list of the top five motorcycle laws that you should know.

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Wear a Helmet

Even if it’s not a law in your state, it should be common sense to wear protective motorcycle gear. Motorcycle helmets are necessary to protect your most valuable asset—your brain—in an event of a collision. Bikers are far more likely to get into an accident, so make sure that you’re well protected at all times.

Lane Splitting

Most states prohibit the practice of lane splitting, i.e. weaving between cars on a highway. In a few places, like California, lane splitting is legal, but that doesn’t mean you should do so with impunity. If your state does allow lane splitting, be sure you have high quality tires, like Dunlop tires, to keep you safe.

Sharing a Lane

If you like to travel in a group, you may be tempted to share one lane rather than go in single file. Depending on your state, this may be illegal. Even if it seems more practical, you don’t want to risk getting pulled over because you’re in the wrong lane.

Headlights

Similar to cars, your bike should have operating headlights that have a high-beam and a low-beam setting. Some states may require that you have two lights in front, but most will only require one. In almost all cases, however, high beams are required.

Passengers

Generally speaking, if you are going to take passengers, you will need to have a dedicated seat for them. That means a seat pad and footrests are required. Some states may overlook this, but the majority of them are sticklers about this rule. Don’t risk a hefty fine by taking a passenger on a one-person bike.

Hack Your Way to Become a Hotel Room Gourmet #ExperienceTransat

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We’ve all been there. Stuck in a remote hotel. Hankering for something decent to eat that doesn’t come from the mini-bar snack selection. No restaurant in sight. And room service far too pricey. What to do, what to do?

The folks at Air Transat have obviously faced the same dilemma. They’ve come up with this ingenious set of tips on how to create some unique foods on the go using just the materials found in your hotel room. (Well, and the ingredients of course — you’ll have to plan ahead a bit and make sure you bring them along with you.)

The video showing you how to hack your way to becoming a hotel room gourmet is part of their Tarmac by Transat video series which gives travellers tips and tricks into the world of travel, with the end goal of course to inspire you on your next vacation.

Take a look at the video and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Would you use any of these tricks on your next vacation?

What You Need to Know about Taking a Road Trip on Hawaii’s Big Island

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If you are a road trip lover that has ever visited Hawaii’s Big Island you can attest that it is a nice place to tour. It is full of incredible tripping routes that provide an exciting landscape where you can view the beauty of this Big Island comfortably. Just to mention a few, on this Island you will get to enjoy scenic farmlands, attractive beaches, sky high mountains and cool highlands. Here are the things that you need to know as you plan to go for a road trip on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Routes Available on Hawaii’s Big Island

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· Haleakala

Want a windy road leading you to the mountain peaks? Haleakala route situated on this incredible highland does exactly that. It will lead you across breathtaking views of silver swords and Lavender Lemonade sceneries as you ride along the mountains.

· Mauna Loa Road

With this road you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Koa forest and the Kilauea volcanoes. It is located at Highway 11 west and it will take you 11.5 miles to complete the route. One of the most exciting things that you will enjoy on this road is that you will be able to view the beautiful Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you like, it also makes a great full day trip if you prefer to return back to the comfort of one of the Big Island Vacation Rentals in the evening.

Car Rental Charges

If you want to get the best services for car rentals you’d rather make a booking early in advance before you arive. Reason being that in Hawaii there is a limited number of rental cars. How much you will be charged for the car depends on the brand, but regular economy cars start at $250 per week, and luxury cars start at $450 per week.

Attraction Sites

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· Beaches

This island possesses some of the best beaches in Hawaii. Whichever kind of beach you want be it the green beach, white sand beach and black sand beaches you won’t get disappointed because they are all available here. Some of these beaches include Hamakua Coast Beaches, Kau Beaches, Kona Beaches and Hilo Beaches.

· Historic places

As you ride through this island you will come across the most exciting historic places in this region. These sites are meant to enable Hawaii’s visitors to get in touch with their history. The birth place of king Kamehameha and death place of Captain Cook are one of the prolific historic sites that you will get to see as you ride. Other sites that count on the history of this region include Historic Kailua Village, Keauhou and Waimea.

· Natural Wonders

On your road trip you won’t resist the temptation to stop on the way to view the heavenly sceneries and natural wonders of this Island. It is the home of the world’s most popular and tallest sea mountain, operational volcanoes and massive mountain. Among many other amazing natural wonders you will get to encounter are the Hawaii Volcanoes Natural Park, Nahuku and incredible water falls that lie along the Hamakua Coast.

Tips for Road Safety in Hawaii’s Big Island

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As you enjoy your road trip on Hawaii’s Big Island your safety comes as a priority. Most importantly you should be keen on learning the traffic rules that apply on this Island that are not the same as those of your country. Also, be careful during heavy rains — rocks and debris can sometimes slide onto the road making driving a little bit more difficult at times.

Now you know all that you need to know for your grand road trip through Hawaii’s Big Island. Any tips you’d like to add?

See a different side of Montreal with #MTLmoments / Perspectives

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Here’s an interesting way one city is promoting itself to tourists.

For the past few years, Tourisme Montréal has invited Montreal tourists and locals to share their best moments using the #MTLmoments hashtag. During this time, thousands of pictures were shot and shared, and now Tourisme Montréal is giving them a second life with the #MTLmoments/Perspectives project.

To do so, eight local directors were chosen to bring their vision to one of the chosen #MTLmoments (Instagram picture), with a 2 to 5-minute short film. The directors were given complete artistic freedom to interpret the photo, in order to create an authentic portrait of the city that would resonate with Montrealers and creative minds all over the world. The whole project is also pushing the limits of what cities can do with user generated content. In this case, transforming beautiful Instagram pictures into innovative short stories.

Montreal is unlike any other city in North America — the blend of European architecture and English/French influences make it a hip vacation destination unlike any other.

The first four videos, shot by Philippe Paillé, Yan Giroux, Mathieu Grimard and Mélissa Matos (in collaboration with Emmanuel Mauriès-Rinfret), are now available for viewing. Here’s the first one from Yan Giroux.

You can get more info about the project and see the other videos at Tourism Montreal’s website: http://www.mtlmoments.com/perspectives