Seychelles In Your Pocket – New map and guide book now available once again

July 10, 2014 on 7:35 am | In Africa, Beachbooker, Books Guidebooks, Seychelles | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe new “Seychelles In Your Pocket” map and the latest edition of its tourist guide book have just come out.

The 10th edition of the map boasts of a cover with the slogan “Two steps from Heaven,” which illustrates the concept of Seychelles being “Paradise on Earth” and which will definitely lure potential visitors to quickly make their way towards these tropical islands.

This map once again provides accurate and recent details of all the most important places on Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue and all their satellite islands.

It has the usual Help Card with all the emergency numbers in Seychelles, and also where the visitor can insert all his/her personal details, including his/her blood group, allergies, and any other medical conditions.

150,000 copies of the map have been produced, and these are distributed free of charge both locally and abroad.

The tourist guide book, which is its 22nd edition, also has an extraordinary cover, with a similar concept of escaping to a remote, peaceful island away from the turmoil of the outside troubled world.

The cover illustrates a potential visitor, who is dreaming of a tropical island in the sun, where he can completely forget all his daily woes. These paradise islands are, of course, no other than Seychelles.

It provides all the most recent and updated information, lavishly illustrated, including detailed maps for visitors, tourists, and even for residents, on all aspects of the Seychelles’ history, art and culture, tourism industry, economy, and investment possibilities, among others.

The small book, which can be easily carried in one’s pocket, is ideal for anyone wanting any information at all, including accurate contacts and locations, and on anything they want to do, any-where in Seychelles, from taking a taxi, to booking an excursion, from going out to eat in a restaurant, to finding a petrol station to refuel one’s car.

The book is available in two versions, Italian/English and French/German at the Antik Colony shop at the Pirates Arms arcade and also at local book shops, hotel boutiques, and duty-free shops.

Both documents are produced by the Seychellois company Antik Colony Pty. Ltd. at the Pirates Arms Arcade, Victoria, which can be contacted on 4321700 or emailed:

The map and guide book are indispensable tools for all visitors to the Seychelles to have in their pockets, so that they are very well-informed at all times, thus optimizing their most precious holiday time!

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Make Clean Eating Easy with Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook‏

July 9, 2014 on 4:46 am | In Books Guidebooks, Dine Drink | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowRecent health and fitness conversations have seen an increase in dialogue about “clean eating” or “whole foods” diets. What started as a buzz word has transformed into a movement to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Unfortunately, getting started on a clean eating diet plan can seem like a daunting task for many. Where do you start? How do you eliminate processed foods and incorporate healthy recipes into your diet?

Luckily, Denise Hazime – creator of – offers an easy way to transition into a healthier lifestyle with her new book, Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. Countries located along the Mediterranean Sea have been implementing elements of a clean eating lifestyle into their diet for hundreds of years by avoiding processed foods, embracing nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats and limiting use of refined sugars, salt and unhealthy fats.

Recipes from Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook can be used to introduce clean eating concepts into every meal of the day:

Breakfast: Start your day off right with a Mediterranean-style Yogurt Bowl, full of protein-packed Greek yogurt, or a quick-and-easy Mediterranean Omelet, packed with fresh, flavorful vegetables.
Lunch: For lunch, dive into a bowl of Roasted Beet Salad or Quinoa Salad, or pack individual servings of Vegetable Grape Leaves for a quick work lunch.
Snack: At the beginning of the week, make a batch of Traditional Hummus or Baba Ganoush, recipes below. Divide into single servings for quick and healthy snacking with cut vegetables or whole-wheat pita.

Dinner: Sauté up some flavorful Chicken Shawarma and serve it alongside Pickled Persian Cucumbers and Bean Salad for a dinner full of healthy protein and fiber.

Dessert: Traditional favorites Date Balls and Halva combine ingredients such as dates, pistachios, coconut and tahini paste with natural sweeteners to end the day on a sweet note without using processed ingredients or refined sugars.

Hazime also offers recipes for staple ingredients such as Greek Yogurt, Tahini Paste, Harissa and Seven Spice Mix, allowing readers to better control what ingredients are being used in their homes.

To request a review copy, arrange an interview with the author, or get high-res images, recipes or additional story ideas, please contact Wilks Communications at, or 708-434-5006.

Traditional Hummus
Yield: 2 cups

1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 cloves garlic, peeled
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup tahini paste
1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 fresh mint leaves

In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, blend chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and salt for 2 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add Greek yogurt, tahini paste, and extra-virgin olive oil and blend for 1 minute or until creamy and well combined.

Add mint leaves, and pulse for 30 seconds or until you see little specks of green mint throughout.

Serve, or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Baba Ganoush
Yield: 3 cups

2 large eggplants
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large white onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ medium red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
½ medium green bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
½ teaspoon cayenne
3 medium radishes, finely diced
3 whole green onions, finely chopped

Preheat a grill top or grill to medium-low heat.

Place eggplants on the grill and roast on all sides for 40 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Immediately place eggplants on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, let cool for 15 minutes.

Remove eggplant stems, and peel off as much skin as possible. (It’s ok if it doesn’t all come off.)

In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, pulse eggplant 7 times. Transfer eggplant to a medium bowl.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add white onion and sauté occasionally for 10 minutes. Add onions to eggplant.

Add garlic, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and parsley to eggplant and stir well.

Spread baba ganoush on a serving plate and drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over top. Sprinkle with cayenne, radishes, and green onions.

Serve cold or at room temperature.


Denmark’s Vikings Included On Lonely Planet’s Best-Of-Europe List

July 7, 2014 on 8:29 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Books Guidebooks, Denmark | Comments Off

Today, Lonely Planet announced its annual list of must-see destinations in Europe. On the list is ‘Viking Denmark’; a set of destinations and places of interest within Denmark linked to the ancient explorers who lived there a thousand years ago.

Once feared across Europe for their raids and pillaging, today’s Danish Vikings are a peaceful bunch who have long since replaced their long ships with bicycles. Yet the legendary Vikings still provide fascination and for those eager to immerse themselves in a Viking themed tour of Denmark there are many historical landmarks with reconstructed villages, battle re-enactments and even the opportunity to live like a Viking, sail on a Viking longboat and ride on true Viking ponies along the West Jutland beaches.

Be a Viking in Denmark

Grow a beard and get the mead brewing while in Denmark. One of the best places to start a tour is in the picturesque town of Roskilde, the capital of Denmark during the Viking Age, where five long ships are on display in the Viking Ship Museum, excavated from the bottom of the nearby fjord as a unique testament to the Vikings’ seafaring nature.

At King Harald Bluetooth’s magnificent ring fortress of Trelleborg in beautiful south west Sealand visitors can hone their combat skills and taste the Viking beer ‘mjød’ before a relaxed afternoon at the open air museum of ‘Sagnlandet Lejre’ (The Land of Legends) where ancient settlements have vividly been brought to life.

More Viking treasures can be unearthed at the National Museum in Copenhagen where visitors will find a fascinating collection of ancient finds and Viking artefacts. In the UNESCO World Heritage town of Jelling two ancient rune stones hold special significance for Danes as the one erected in AD 983 by the Viking King Harald Bluetooth is known as ‘Denmark’s birth certificate’, as it is the first recorded mention of the word ‘Denmark’.
Nearby, in the ancient town of Ribe, visitors will be richly rewarded with an array of Viking attractions. Famed as the oldest town in Denmark the Ribe Viking Museum displays archaeological finds discovered along its riverbank. Beyond the town’s medieval cobbled streets is the Viking Centre just outside the city. Be transported back 1000 years to the sounds, smells and taste of the Viking era inside the magnificently recreated Long House. Then explore the lively and vibrant atmosphere of a recreated Viking market, farmyard and bustling craftsmen’s workshops.

Thousand years of history worth traveling for The Best of Europe-list is compiled annually by Lonely Planet’s team of editors who cover Europe.

Lonely Planet editor, Noirin Hegarty, says:

“Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2014 is our annual list of the best places to visit in Europe. Selected by Lonely Planet’s team of destination experts, Viking Denmark is one of the top spots we think should be on travellers’ must see lists this year. Denmark’s wealth of fascinating historical attractions such as ancient burial sites, world class museums and a costumed Viking “moot” reenactment makes it a great destination for those fascinated by these ancient explorers.”

Director, VisitDenmark UK, Henrik Kahn, says:

“Our Viking heritage sites offer visitors a unique chance to get up close and personal with thousand years of history. The inclusion of the theme ‘Viking Denmark’ on Lonely Planet’s list of destinations ties in with a renewed fascination for uncovering the myths behind the Danish Vikings – in particular here on the British isles where we are marking a thousand years of shared history and where the popular exhibition VIKINGS: Life and Legend is currently on display at the British Museum.”

For more information on Danish Viking history and the sites to explore see  and

Traveling with Kids

July 2, 2014 on 10:20 am | In Adventure Travel, Books Guidebooks | Comments Off

Clinical psychologist Dr. John Duffy was interviewed on Huffington Post Live on “Turning Travel Into a Lasting Memory.” He says that travel is the glue of resilience that can hold a family together. He also suggests that while traveling to a vacation, everyone should share in activities like movies or music instead of focusing on their individual iPods, because traveling to the destination can be just as memorable as the vacation itself.

The Available Parent, 2nd Edition
Expert Advice for Raising Successful and Resilient Teens and Tweens
BY John Duffy

Highly recommended by everyone from NPR to Fox News and the Today show, Dr. John Duffy’s The Available Parent will help parents negotiate the ever-changing landscape of the teenage years. Imagine healthy conversations replacing angry outbursts, slammed doors, obsessive texting or sullen silence. At a time when many helicopter parents micromanage and under-appreciate their children, Dr. Duffy’s step-by-step guide is an innovative approach to taking care of teens and tweens. The Available Parent is also an audiobook.

John Duffy is a clinical psychologist and certified life coach with a thriving private practice. In addition to clinical work, Duffy also consults with individuals, groups, and corporations. Dr. Duffy’s highly satisfied clients include Sears, Allstate, General Electric, Household Financial, Exxon Mobil, Accenture, Bank of America, and Hewitt Associates.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides relaunch‏

June 27, 2014 on 6:10 am | In Adventure Travel, Books Guidebooks | Comments Off

Celebrating 20 years, DK recently relaunched the “Cadillacs of guidebooks” (Chicago Tribune). The series revamp includes updated itineraries (ranging 2-14 days) and content, stunning images, and fresh typography and jacket covers. Improved usability with the same gold-standard integrity they are known and loved for.

Together with DK, we’re offering travel bloggers:

Review copies of the new Italy, NYC, London, Ireland, and Paris guides (choice of one per blogger)
A 4-pack of books for giveaway (US/Canada only) valued at $100
Book spreads for excerpt, such as The Wines of Northwest Italy, Paris’s Best Churches, Manhattan Neighborhoods, Street-by-Street Bloomsbury
Access to the editors for interview

A press kit is available at

Learn How To ‘Rant, Bitch And Swear’ In Style With New Phrasebook Series

June 6, 2014 on 9:03 am | In Books Guidebooks | Comments Off

A brand new range of phrasebooks launching next month promises not only to help you avoid ‘faux pas’ and spare your blushes whilst holidaying abroad, but also to teach you to swear like a native.

The French, German, Italian and Spanish phrasebooks from the UK’s fastest growing travel guide publisher Marco Polo feature a wide range of slang and colloquial phrases, plus an entire section on ‘Ranting, Bitching and Swearing’. Marco Polo promises to equip you with the language that is really spoken on the streets, and armed with expressions such as “bullshit!”, “kiss my ass” and “that pisses me off!” you will never be left frustrated or lost for words in foreign climes again.

These handy little books also feature local knowledge and advice on how to blend in, including ‘insider tips’ on how to pass for a native, not just a tourist. For example, did you know that when invited for lunch or an evening meal in France it is customary to turn up a casual quarter of an hour late? Or that if you favour organic fare, it’s best to avoid asking for a meal without ‘preservatifs’ or you risk getting a strange look from your waiter (‘preservatifs’ are condoms!)

Other features of these new phrasebooks include:

“Point and show” photo dictionary – a picture is worth a thousand words, whether you are out shopping, in a restaurant, at a hotel or need help with your car

Don’t be shy, just get stuck in – simple phonetic pronunciation guides help you pronounce all the words, terms and phrases easily and correctly, with a handy pocket-sized ‘Cheat Sheet’ for when you’re out and about

From A to Z – at the doctor’s, at the police station or at the bank, when things get tricky or need sorting fast, this is the go-to list of key words and expressions

Food & Drink – order with ease and tuck in with pleasure, foreign language menus will never be an indecipherable mystery again

Marco Polo guides also publishing in June, attached.

Marco Polo Phrasebooks French, German, Italian and Spanish and Marco Polo guides to Andalucia, Dresden, Montenegro and Zakynthos are published on

2nd June, RRP £6.99

Marco Polo phrasebooks and travel guides are available for competitions, giveaways and extracts

For further information on Marco Polo or to request a review copy/images, please contact Serena Stent on 07787 518313, or by email at

Tales To Go No. 3 Is Live!

June 5, 2014 on 9:01 am | In Books Guidebooks, Mobile Apps | Comments Off

Four new stories a month. No carry-on limits.
Hello friends, fellow writers & travelers,

The third issue of Tales To Go, our new monthly subscription publication for the iPhone and iPad, went live just in time for Memorial Day. If you haven’t checked out our new mobile travel story collections, download the app now. It’s free, and so is the first sample issue.

Tales To Go is designed for travelers and readers, delivering four new stories a month to iPad or iPhone—with no ads, flash, or fluff. The current issue, No. 3, features prizewinning stories by Juliet Eastland, Laura Resau, Kevin McCaughey, and Matthew Crompton. Don’t want to miss out on No. 2? It’s available as a back issue.

You can subscribe for $1.99/month or $19.99/year (12 issues) to have new issues delivered automatically through your iTunes account, and if you don’t have an i-Gadget right now, please stay tuned! We hope to offer Tales To Go on other mobile devices soon.

We hope you’ll enjoy the free issue, and share it with friends! Even better, sign up and read No. 3. We think you’ll like it. If you have feedback (or just want to say hello), we’d love to hear from you. And if you really like it, please take a moment to post your glowing review on the App Store.

Download the app:
Tales To Go on iTunes

More information:


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First Edition Of River Cruising Guide Cuts Through Brochure Hype

June 4, 2014 on 9:07 am | In Books Guidebooks, Cruise Boats | Comments Off

Berlitz Author Turns From Ocean Cruising To River Cruising

Douglas Ward, the Berlitz author renowned for setting the internationally recognised rating system for ocean-going cruise ships worldwide, has turned his attention to river cruising. June 2014 (press copies are available now) sees the publication of the first edition of the frank and forthright Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe (£14.99). Almost every river cruise company promises ‘luxury’, but what does ‘luxury’ really mean? This new guide rates over 280 riverships independently and cuts through the hype of the river cruise brochures to help readers make an informed choice.

A river cruise is widely considered to be the most civilised way to see the best of Europe. Ward’s new book gives the lowdown on the pleasures and pitfalls of river cruising, with unbiased advice on what to expect and where to go. He provides candid reviews of all the major river cruise companies operating in the heart of Europe: which companies offer the best facilities, layout, food and accommodation, and rates the individual riverships on the same criteria. In brief, this warts-and-all guide tells readers everything they could ever want to know about the experience of cruising on Europe’s beautiful rivers and waterways.

With around one million people each year choosing to cruise on riverships, the guide will be invaluable for both river cruise novices and converts, as well as for those in the travel industry. Ward concentrates on the cruises that can be purchased through specialist travel agents and tour operators, and on seven key rivers in Europe: the Danube, Rhein, Elbe, Rhone, Seine, Po and Douro, with a rundown of the best sights along those waterways.

Among the topics and highlights covered in the book are:

Lifting the lid on what the dining experience is really like
Booking and budgeting – any hidden extras?
What to do if…
10 good reasons to take a river cruise
What the brochures don’t say
Dream getaway or a claustrophobic holiday nightmare – the pros and cons of river cruising
A day in the life of a rivership
A guide to the main river cruise ports and routes of Europe, with maps and top sights
Barge cruising – the essentials of life in the slow lane.

Considered the world’s foremost authority of cruising, having spent more than 45 years working in the cruise industry, Douglas Ward travels up to 200 days each year aboard the world’s ocean-going cruise ships and riverships. He is best known for Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships, the best-selling annual guide to ocean cruising, which in September 2014 celebrates its 30th year of publication.

The first edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe (published June 2014, 256 pages, £14.99) is available from all good bookshops.

Summertime Sanctuary At Spa 6, Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel

June 4, 2014 on 8:44 am | In Books Guidebooks, London, Scotland, Spa Resorts, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Feel fabulous this summer with a spa experience at Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel’s Spa 6. Set beside a lake and surrounded by woodlands, Spa 6 is truly tranquil and the perfect place to escape and unwind. For this summer, Spa 6 is offering new treatments, spa day packages and a choice of overnight spa breaks to ensure guests are pampered and preened over the summer months. At Spa 6 there is something for everyone – mothers-to-be, couples or perhaps a girls weekend away – and a fantastic range of facilities including Champagne Nail Bar, hydrotherapy pool, heat and water therapy suite, dry floatation room and more to while away the time in.


New Treatment – ORESSENCE ENERGY³ – Available from June

From June, Spa 6 will be introducing ORESSENCE ENERGY³, a new treatment celebrating 40 years of Decléor expertise. This 90 minute treatment works on the body’s three vital energy flows of cell, muscle and peace of mind to leave skin deeply cleansed, perfectly replenished and glowing with youthfulness and vitality. Featuring a unique combination of essential and plant oils blended to meet each client’s needs, ORESSENCE ENERGY³ includes an award winning salon mask that is power packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, a heavenly Aromatherapy full body mask rich in Omega 6 and 9 and Vitamin E, all expertly mixed with three 100% pure and active precious blends of essential oils. This treatment provides the most blissful way to soothe the body and mind to feel both revitalised and ensure energy levels are rebalanced. ORESSENCE ENERGY³ costs just £95.

New Spa 6 Summer Spa Day Available From July

From July, Spa 6 will be offering its ‘Summer Spa Day’ package to leave guests feeling body confident throughout the summer months. The ‘Summer Spa Day’ package includes a 30 minute ‘Geleration Gel Nails Pedicure’, a 25 minute ‘Skin Bliss Body Exfoliation’ and 25 minute ‘Express Facial’ plus a Spa Day lunch. Guests also receive full use of all Spa 6′s facilities including hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, experience shower, ice fountain and access to the gym and spa lounge offering complementary refreshments throughout the day. Available Monday – Friday from 1st July – 30th September 2014, the ‘Summer Spa Day’ costs £109 per person and takes place from 10am – 5.30pm.

Overnight Spa Breaks

Make the most of your ‘me time’ and book an overnight spa break at Spa 6 – the ultimate in aiding relaxation. Overnight spa breaks start from just £173 per room per night based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis and including a choice of one 25 minute treatment per night that you stay. Guests can choose from an Aroma Time Precious Facial, Aroma Back Relief Massage, Dry Floatation, Mud Rasul (a 45 minute treatment) or an Indian Head Sandalwood Scalp Massage as well as enjoying full use of all the facilities during the length of their stay.

For further details on Spa 6, the range of treatments and packages available and to book, visit  or call 0800 374 692

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Luxury Cotswold Rentals: The Definitive Cotswold Guide

May 25, 2014 on 10:14 am | In Beachbooker, Books Guidebooks, London, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Luxury Cotswold Rentals is relaunching its website on May 5th aiming to build it into the definitive guide to visiting and staying in the Cotswolds in style and comfort.

From humble beginnings as the rental website for Maria and Nigel Stengard-Green’s Elizabethan Townhouse, Luxury Cotswold Rentals has grown as more and more fellow furnished holiday let owners found the site and asked to join to create a unique band of like minded owners dedicated to providing guests with unique experiences.

And now with ten stylish and luxurious properties – and soon to be 14 – the time has come to make the site a real guide to one of England’s most famous and desirable regions.

Luxury Cotswold Rentals website will feature a regional event calander and will be the home of regular posts on forthcoming events, where to go and what to do, great activities and unique experiences all hand picked.

The site will feature compelling films of some of the weird and wonderful events the Cotswolds plays host to; from woodland concerts to stunning airshows and uniquely Cotswold events like the Tetbury Woolsack Race.

Also, uniquely, Luxury Cotswold Rentals will have interactive 360 panoramic tours not just of the properties or their environs -initially of Kingscote and The Old Surgery but building to encompass all over the next two months – but also interactive 360 panoramic tours of great spaces and places; including a virtual tour of Tetbury.

‘We don’t want to have every house in the Cotswolds on our site, just the best; properties whose owners all share the same dedication and passion in creating and sharing extrodinary properties and unique locations.’ (Nigel Stengard-Green)  re-launches May 5th 2014.

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