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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Tasmania, for More Than a Few Days

April 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: Par Avion's remote airstrip in the Southwest National Park

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Learn from our mistakes. Two days in Tasmania did nothing to dampen our desire to visit this southernmost bit of Australia; on the contrary, as it only whet our appetite and now Tasmania is all we can think about.

The "Island of Inspiration" is also one of picturesque bays, wilderness walking tracks, incredible contemporary art (MONA!), and what happens to be the the world's best whiskies.

Tasmania is only 35,000 square miles, 45% of which is completely given over to national park and nature reserves. Arriving to Hobart from Sydney means overflying areas that tempt thoughts of "what if I just never leave?" To sum up the style of its capital, Hobart, we'd peg it as a mix of Vancouver and Nantucket. So, in other words, it's nearly perfection for fans of good air, good eats, good views, and good value for money.

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Yes, There's Totally a Tour to 'Game Of Thrones' Filming Locations

Where: Croatia
April 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

If just watching Game of Thrones isn't enough, Zicasso is giving you a chance to live it, at least for 7 days.

The tour company has just announced Game of Thrones: A Unique Tour of Croatia.

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Frankly, My Dear, Here's a Tour That Will Make You Give a Damn About Atlanta

March 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gone With The Wind, Atlanta Movie Tours is launching Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind Tour.

Kicking off April 5th, the 3-hour tour will be based on Mitchell's life and her novel which was made into one of the most beloved movies of all time.

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Last Call: Tours of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building End February 11

January 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Heading to Florida anytime soon? If not, you may want to consider a trip since tours through NASA's massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Titusville are ending on February 11, 2014.

The reason for discontinuing the tours is simple: "As a working spaceflight facility, NASA is preparing the VAB for the new SLS launch systems for 2017."

Now that Space Shuttles have begun their retirement as static displays in several US cities, NASA is moving on to the next stage of space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). In order to develop and construct what will be space vehicles designed to lift 70-130 metric tons (and astronauts!) into orbit and, perhaps, even to Mars.

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Three Tours Inspired by the Three Biggest Golden Globe Winners

January 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last night's Golden Globes represented a wide range of movies, TV shows, and locations. Here are three tours that capture the essence of three of the night's big winners:

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Find Inspiration for a Trip to Greece in 'The Legend of Hercules'

Where: Greece
January 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Legend of Hercules follows the action-packed life of the mythical Greek hero, but it might provide some travel inspiration for theatergoers, too.

Even though the movie wasn't actually filmed in Greece (most of the location shoots actually took place in Bulgaria), The Legend of Hercules does trace his journey to sites across the ancient Greek countryside that are still popular with travelers today.

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First Time to Australia: Is the Sydney BridgeClimb Really Worth $250?

January 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

You’ve landed in Sydney. First things first—grab your bags, get into town, head to the harbor for a look at the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, consider climbing said bridge, suffer sticker shock when you read that the prices for BridgeClimb average $250 AUD.

Decision time.

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Take a Movie Tour Way Off the Beaten Path in Moab, Utah

January 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of movie-themed tours in New York, Los Angeles, and London, but if you prefer a little more adventure with your cinematic escapes, head to Moab.

The Greatest Story Ever Told, Thelma & Louise, Con-Air, Austin Powers 3, and 127 Hours are just a few of the famous movies filmed in the Moab area.

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Celebrate Good TV with a 'Breaking Bad' Tour of Albuquerque

December 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

No matter who compiled the list - Time, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, or your favorite cousin - everyone seems to agree the Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad is one of the top series of 2013.

The show's hometown, Albuquerque, NM, is hoping to capitalize on Breaking Bad's critical acclaim with Bad-themed merchandise, cooking classes, and, of course, tours.

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'Nashville' Fans Can Board a New Bus Tour of the Music City

December 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Music fans have always been drawn to Tennessee, but now TV fans have a reason to visit, too.

As the second season of ABC's series Nashville hits the halfway mark, fans continue to tune in for the drama, and a look at the city's most famous landmarks.

Gray Line is taking advantage of the fandom surrounding the show with a newly launched Nashville Bus Tour.

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Take a Break from Napa Valley's Grapes with an Olive Oil Tasting

November 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The blue glasses hide the color of the oils, so you can just focus on the taste...

If you’re sick and tired of sipping and sampling award winning wine after award winning wine there’s another tasting opportunity for you to check out in Napa Valley. The region also produces some pretty nice olive oils, so why not take a break from the vineyard and head over to the olive mill at Round Pond Estate.

Go ahead and take them up on their Olive Mill Experience, the visit starts with a quick walk over to the field where the olive trees mix and mingle with the grapes, and you get to learn a little bit about the trees, their temperament, and everything else involved with the harvest. Just be sure to take the guide’s advice—olives fresh off the tree are terribly bitter—we needed to confirm this for ourselves, and will never forget that experience.

Anyway, the next stop takes you into the mill that is pretty darn impressive, especially considering some of the equipment that they ordered all the way from Italy. We just hope they had a discount on shipping, because that big granite rock responsible for squishing and squashing the olives has to weigh a couple of tons.

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The Movie Buff's Dream Trip: 70,000 Miles to Visit 20 Famous Film Sets

Where: Thailand
November 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Very First To has put together the ultimate trip for film fans.

The 90-day tour stops at 20 of the most legendary movie filming locations across the globe.

Included in the journey is Petra, Jordan where Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade was filmed, The Beach's Ko Phi Phi Leh in Thailand, the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson meet in Lost In Translation, and Braveheart's Scottish countryside.

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