A Kansas City Visitor Checklist

April 4, 2014 on 11:06 am | In Books Guidebooks, Plains States | Comments Off

A guide to experiences you can only have in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When you come to Kansas City, there are certain things that you just have to do. These uniquely KC experiences separate a trip to Kansas City from anywhere else in the world. Whether you are staying a day or a week, seek these experiences out and check them off this list. You’ll return home saying, “You’ll never guess what I discovered in Kansas City!”

Eat Kansas City-style Barbecue

Kansas City offers more than 80 barbecue restaurants from legends like Gates and Arthur Bryant’s to smaller, local favorites.

Attend the American Royal Barbecue

Nicknamed the “World Series of Barbecue,” the American Royal is the largest barbecue competition on the planet and is held in Kansas City’s West Bottoms each fall.

Listen to Live Jazz

Kansas City gave jazz its swing, and this rich heritage can be heard nightly at many local clubs.

Shop the CountryClubPlaza

Opened in 1922, the nation’s first outdoor shopping district designed for the automobile covers 14 blocks with Spanish-inspired architecture and dazzling fountains.

Tour Kansas City’s world-famous fountains

With more than 200 fountains, Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains—boasting more fountains than any other city except maybe Rome.

Visit the Museums at 18th & Vine

Relive the history of this historic African-American neighborhood at the AmericanJazzMuseum and the www.NegroLeaguesBaseballMuseum.

Tailgate at a Kansas City Chiefs Game

Kansas City is a true sports town, but no tradition looms larger than fans arriving hours before the game to cook out in the stadium’s parking lots.

Head to the CrossroadsArtDistrict for First Friday

More than 60 art galleries and shops stay open late the first Friday of each month for one of the nation’s largest art walks.

Visit the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

Dedicated in 1926, Congress has declared this museum and monument as “America’s National World War I Museum.” Travel to the top of the 217-foot tower for a bird’s-eye view of the city.

Picnic next to a Shuttlecock

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Kansas CitySculpturePark offers 22 acres of outdoor art including four badminton “birdies,” each nearly 18 feet tall, as well as the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures outside of England.

Relive the Wild West through Jesse James

Visit the home where Jesse and Frank James grew up. Don’t miss the JesseJamesBankMuseum, the site of the first daylight, peacetime bank robbery.

Tour the remains of a 1850s steamboat

When the Hawley family started digging for the sunken Steamboat Arabia, they never knew they would uncover the world’s largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts, now housed at the www.ArabiaSteamboatMuseum

See how your greetings are made in Kansas City

J.C. Hall started Hallmark by selling cards out of a shoebox in 1910 at the local YMCA. A century later, visitors can view the history of the world’s largest greeting card company and watch artists create real cards at the HallmarkVisitorsCenter.

Learn why “The Buck Stops Here”

From the decision to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II, to the start of the Cold War, Harry S. Truman—America’s 33rd president—presided over a tumultuous time. Explore the sites of his hometown of Independence, Mo., including the Truman Presidential Museum and Library and the TrumanHome.

North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds (Slow Travel)

March 29, 2014 on 10:07 am | In Books Guidebooks, London, Scotland, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Forming part of England’s largest county, the North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds create a landscape defined by its inhabitants, both past and present, as much as its rugged natural beauty. The abbeys at Whitby and Rievaulx and the spectacular Gothic cathedral of York Minster reveal the area’s historical heritage, whilst the rolling hills of the Moors and the dramatic Heritage Coast offer fantastic outdoor opportunities for visitors of all ages.

North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds is the latest addition to Bradt’s acclaimed Slow Travel series. With entertaining prose from expert, local authors, the series offers characterful guides to Britain’s special places, exploring local identity in greater detail than other more conventional guidebooks. Yorkshire receives over 100 million visitors a year, and this guidebook, with tips on car-free travel and the county’s unique traditions, is the perfect title to pack into your suitcase.

Mike Bagshaw is a freelance travel and nature writer with regular columns in various regional magazines and newspapers. He has lived and worked in North Yorkshire for 28 years, exploring the nooks and crannies of the county by bike, foot and canoe.

Title: North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds (Slow Travel)
Author: Mike Bagshaw
Publisher: Bradt
Publication: March 2014
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9781841625485

New 3-Dimensional Digital Travel Guide

March 23, 2014 on 11:47 am | In Books Guidebooks, Webbandstand | Comments Off

The Author Christy Powell (www.christy-powell.com) is collaborating with the award-winning Colorado-based digital technology company Beneath the Ink on The Spoilt Brat’s Guide, a highly innovative and entertaining new travel guide iBook to bring a richer and more engaging third dimensional experience to readers.

Revolutionizing the traditional travel guide format, The Spoilt Brats Guide features ‘Binks’ which enable readers to go ‘Beneath the Ink’ and discover additional personal anecdotes from Christy, with supporting images and links. The Spoilt Brat’s Guide is Beneath the ink’s first foray into the travel book sector, however the company with its patented technology won the Innovation Award last month at the Digital Book Awards for Emma Boling’s ‘Mistress of France’ in the Adult Fiction category.

To give readers greater insight into the exciting Bink concept, the first six The Spoilt Brat’s Guides will be available as individual mini-guides for free download, before going on sale as a collection at £2.99. The guides to ‘Kamalaya’ and ‘Rome’ are already available for download with iBooks on Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on computer. For the full experience, The Spoilt Brat’s Guide is best viewed on tablet (iPad 2 or later generation).

Says Christy: “My Spoilt Brat’s Guide is a tongue-in-cheek personal experience of travel. It offers all the information you need to know about a place without getting bogged down in the detail. I also aim to entertain rather than just inform. I want to have you laughing your head off while trying to book your ticket”.

“Most top hotels and resorts get plenty of write-ups but you then have to go to Tripadore to get the honest or unbiased opinion. My Spoilt Brat’s Guide tries to incorporate both, with a little bit of entertainment thrown in on top. Beneath the Ink has then taken these accounts and put them into fantastic ibooks with anecdotes and photos to make a winning combination. In fact the whole experience is so good you may not even need to go on holiday at all. Just sit back on the sofa, ask one of your kids to shake up a Margarita, turn the lights up bright so you can wear your sunglasses and flick open your iPad to the latest SBG – hey presto, you’re on holiday”, Christy continues.

Says Alex Milewski, co-Founder of Beneath the Ink “We have identified Christy Powell as a very exciting new writing talent and are ecstatic to be working with her on The Spoilt Brat’s Guide. The locations, pictures, and her seriously amusing writing style all lend themselves perfectly to Beneath The Ink’s technology. Now you can carry these great guides with you wherever you are, so Christy’s favourite hotel, restaurant, and hysterical insights are only a touch away.”

For more information, visit www.Christy-Powell.com, and also follow Christy Powell on twitter @Christabel888, facebook and google+.

Cambodian City Guides Added To Urban Adventures’ Range Of Free Travel Apps

March 23, 2014 on 11:35 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, Books Guidebooks, Cambodia | Comments Off

Global day tour company, Urban Adventures has extended its range of free travel apps with the release of new city guides for Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, which provide travellers with in-the-know recommendations from local experts.

There are now Urban Adventures Treasure mApps for 14 cities, including Melbourne, Toronto, Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague, Los Angeles, Florence, Paris, Hanoi, New York City, Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon. The next addition to the range will be Sydney, with dozens more cities set to follow.

Each app features around 40 hand-picked recommendations from Urban Adventures’ team of local tour guides, such as the best spots for happy hour, perfect places for people watching, where to find unique souvenirs, and other hidden gems around the city.

“The places listed in Urban Adventures Treasure mApps aren’t crowd-sourced or cloud-sourced, they are all genuine recommendations from locals who have the inside scoop on their city, and you can’t get better recommendations that that,” said Urban Adventures’ General Manager, Tony Carne.

Urban Adventures Treasure mApps work offline and use geo-fencing technology to let travellers know when they are within 100 metres of a recommended spot. They are updated regularly by Urban Adventures’ local guides, to ensure the information remains current.

Since launching in 2013, there have been more than 15,000 downloads of Urban Adventures Treasure mApps from the iTunes store. They are currently only available on iOS, but travellers can also access Urban Adventures’ recommendations for each city from the Everplaces platform.


Notes to editors
For more information please visit www.urbanadventures.com/urban_adventures_apps or contact Nicola Frame at pr@urbanadventures.com

About Urban Adventures
Urban Adventures are unique day tours that offer travellers the Best. Day. Ever. Led by passionate locals, Urban Adventures showcase a mix of world famous sites and hidden gems, while uncovering backstreets, local hotspots, and quirky landmarks. There are currently 265 Urban Adventures tours in 90 destinations around the world. Urban Adventures was launched by Intrepid Travel and WHL Group in October 2009.

About Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel is a global adventure travel company that has been taking people off the beaten track to discover the world’s most amazing places for 25 years. It offers more than 1,000 trips in more than 100 countries and on every continent. Tours are carbon neutral and designed to truly experience local culture, to meet local people, try local food, take local transport and stay in local accommodation. Award-winning tour leaders, small group sizes and included activities mean they offer travellers great value for money.

About WHL Group
The WHL Group is the largest local-travel company in the world. It is both a global network of companies that help travellers find unique ways to experience a destination through local tourism professionals, and a technology provider to those local tourism operators. WHL Group companies empower local partners who have practice in experiential and mindful travel, and a local’s knack for identifying, explaining and sustaining the distinctive qualities of a place.

World War I Battlefields: A Travel Guide To The Western Front

March 23, 2014 on 11:26 am | In Adventure Travel, Belgium, Books Guidebooks, Europe, France, Germany, London, Paris, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

When Germany declared war on France in August 1914, nobody could have predicted the conflict would be one of the deadliest in human history. The combination of trench warfare, modern weaponry and unimaginably high casualties made an indelible imprint on the landscape and its people.

Bradt is proud to present World War I Battlefields, the only compact practical travel guide to the Western Front. Including both well-known and little-visited sites, it contains in-depth information on touring the battlefields by bike, car or on foot. This full-colour guidebook has advice on archives, researching family members and battlefields tours and is complemented by an online page regularly updated with centenary events.

John Ruler is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and is a Nord-Pas de Calais specialist, writing about the area frequently for monthly magazines. Emma Thomson is an award-winning travel writer and was shortlisted for Young Travel Writer of the Year at the British Travel Press Awards.

Title: World War I Battlefields: A Travel Guide to the Western Front
Authors: John Ruler & Emma Thomson
Publisher: Bradt
Publication: March 2014
Price: £6.99
ISBN: 9781841624846

Fill Up On Inspiration For Your Forthcoming Escapades With The New Logis Guide

March 23, 2014 on 9:46 am | In Books Guidebooks, Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

With nearly 2,600 hotels-restaurants in locations throughout France and Europe, Logis can cater to all your desires.

The International Logis Guide 2014, with 720,000 copies set to be distributed, brings together details of all the properties within the Logis network, from the most modern to the cosiest establishments, from city centre hotels to countryside retreats. There is an abundance of ideas to inspire lovers, families or business travellers looking for something special.This guide is 2014′s must-have accessory, so be sure to pick up a free copy as soon as possible!
The Logis Guide, the indispensable reference.

In 2014, there are nearly 2,600 Logis waiting to be (re)discovered in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Andorra, Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Netherlands and, for the first time this year, Portugal.

The Logis are categorised by themes in order to provide inspiration for absolutely everyone: Charm, Wellness, Treats, Feeling like Learning, Snow, Sport and Relaxation, Unusual, Feeling like Sea, Feeling like Water, Thrills, Quiet, Exception and Family Stays.

New for 2014: Logis extend their range of pleasures to include a « Spa » theme.

Practical Information: a print run of 720,000 copies. Free and available in 6 languages.

Logis Guide can be ordered from the Logishop www.logishotels.com

In addition they can be picked up are available:

- From all tourist offices and Logis establishments

- From the International Logis Federation (Paris)

- From the Logis Assocciations of the départements.


The International Logis Federation (FIL) is currently the leading chain of independent restaurateurs-hoteliers in Europe, with nearly 2,600 establishments. More than 60 years after it was founded in France, it continues to grow, and is today present in Germany, Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Andorra, the Netherlands and, for the first time this year, Portugal. Every Logis has its own personality where the hotelier, who plays a major role in the discovery of his or her region, personally welcomes each guest. They are all committed to offering quality accommodation within an authentic setting, classified 1, 2 or 3 « Fireplaces » according to the level of comfort they offer, as well as providing regional dishes that focus on products of the terroir, and are categorised as 1, 2, 3 « Pots » or Table Distinguée. Since 2009, the group has selected a range of high quality establishments which embody the values of Logis to the highest possible standards under the « Logis d’Exception » label.

Mr & Mrs Smith Launches Hip Honeymooners’ How-To Guide

March 23, 2014 on 8:44 am | In Books Guidebooks, Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales, Weddings Honeymoons | Comments Off

Things are getting serious. For the past 10 years, Mr & Mrs Smith, the boutique hotel booking service, has helped smitten couples around the world find the hippest hotel rooms for the hottest weekend getaways. How that first flush of love has blossomed: Smith’s in-house team of honeymoon specialists now hand-tailor spectacular itineraries for newlyweds and have shared their expert advice in The Little White Book of Honeymoons, a limited-edition guide to that first trip away as a Mr & Mrs.

The Little White Book of Honeymoons is a hot-off-the-press booklet packed full of hints and tips for travelling twosomes. From the Maldives to Mexico, Mr & Mrs Smith can now package some of the most romantic honeymoon destinations with international long haul flights. Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer:

Start in Sri Lanka and check in at The Wallawwa, a 200-year-old manor house set in lavish tropical gardens, then head to The Kandy House in the heart of Hill Country. Stop off at the peaceful plantation of Ceylon Tea Trails before winding down at Cocoa Island by Como’s elegant overwater villas in the Maldives.*

Mosey up to Miami’s Tides South Beach, a gold-and-glam art deco ocean-view pad. From here, a two-hour flight takes you to Cancun’s Riviera Maya. Roll up to the Viceroy Riviera Maya just north of Playa del Carmen for an adults-only escape in beautiful beachside villas.**

Cosy up in Costa Rica with a stay at El Silencio Lodge & Spa, where eco-friendly suites on stilts peek over Bajos del Toro’s canopy. Sleek and sensual, Kurà awaits on the Pacific coast; travel south to Lapa Rios, a green-hearted bolthole with spectacular views over the Golfo Del Dulce. Your last loved-up stop? Whimsical, spa-blessed Finca Rosa Blanca in Santa Barbara – the perfect pick-me-up before heading home.***

Customers can request a copy of The Little White Book of Honeymoons by signing up here. The booklet contains a code allowing anyone booking a honeymoon to qualify for free GoldSmith membership (worth £400 and valid for 12 months). GoldSmith is Mr & Mrs Smith’s top-tier membership earning customers exclusive benefits, including five per cent loyalty money back, room upgrades where available and a personal travel concierge.

For advice on booking a boutique budget break or finding a dreamy minimoon, call the specialist honeymoons team on 0845 034 0700 or email honeymoons@smithhotels.com. For inspiration and more example itineraries head to the online hub at www.mrandmrssmith.com/honeymoons

Let’s Travel Magazine launches Let’s Travel . . . USA Edition

March 22, 2014 on 11:56 am | In Adventure Travel, Australia, Books Guidebooks, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off

Let’s Travel Magazine is proud to announce that it has launched its first publication in Australia and New Zealand in partnership with Brand USA . . . an entire edition dedicated to travel in the USA travel.

“The partnership will see us generating significantly more exposure on all things “Stateside””, says Editor-in-Chief, Gary Dickson. “Working closely with the folks at Brand USA has been a pleasure and benefits both parties, with increased awareness of the USA product not only through the magazine, but also through our website and social media platforms such as Facebook, iTunes and Twitter.

“Let’s Travel Magazine will also be producing a Let’s Travel USA 2nd edition in October of this year.”

Clipix and Forbes Travel Guide Can plan your Next Travel Destination‏

March 13, 2014 on 8:44 am | In Adventure Travel, Books Guidebooks | Comments Off

When planning a trip or vacation, there are many facets of the experience—from the destination to the vacation wardrobe. By using Clipix, decisions can be made in an organized and enjoyable approach.

Forbes Travel Guide is making it even easier for travelers to discover personally relevant content online, by integrating Clipix and its website, Users can discover different characteristics of destinations by viewing curated Clipboards made by FTG editors and experts; these Clipboards are cutting-edge tools travelers can use when planning their trips.


March 10, 2014 on 12:54 pm | In Beachbooker, Books Guidebooks, Hawaiian Islands, Spring Break, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Learn about the five great regions of our beautiful island and discover what’s unique about each area. Request our free 57-page Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau Official Travel Planner by mail or view it online.

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