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3 Happening European Ski Destinations
January 31, 2009
3 Happening European Ski Destinations

@BrilliantTips any idea where to go snowboarding, starting on monday – nothing booked yet ? If I had the opportunity to leave the office and go skiing in Europe next week, it would be tough to pick one out of these three happening European ski destinations. Livigno, Italy offers a fun, laid-back environment that draws […]

Travel Tweets
January 30, 2009
Travel Tweets

The popular micro blogging service, Twitter, has been an integral part of our business since its inception. As a reader of Blog Maverick, I was introduced to Twitter as being the next big thing in social media. Wanting to avoid any potentially embarrassing miscues, as if dealing with any foreign culture, we quietly observed at […]

Travel via Twitter – Looking for a Cool Hotel in Paris?
January 28, 2009
Travel via Twitter – Looking for a Cool Hotel in Paris?

@benjilanyado: looking for cool/cheap hotel for Paris next week. challenge <€70. Any ideas? While it may not be as buzz-worthy as the Kube Hotel, the Hotel Garden Opera has lots of character and charm. Ideally located in the heart of the cultural triangle of Montmartre-Opera–Notre Dame, the hotel is great for leisure and/or business. Near […]

Alltop – A Free Digital Magazine Rack
January 27, 2009
Alltop – A Free Digital Magazine Rack

Our first point of reference here at the BrilliantTrips office on Front Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts is Alltop. According to their website, “Alltop is an ‘online magazine rack’ of popular topics.” Developed to “help you explore your passions by collecting stories from ‘all the top’ sites on the web.” Users simply “pick a topic by […]

Oahu's North Shore – The Epicenter of Big Wave Surfing
January 26, 2009
Oahu's North Shore – The Epicenter of Big Wave Surfing

In search of the perfect wave? You may find it on Oahu’s North Shore. Home to some of the world’s most brilliant beaches and bays, the North Shore is the epicenter of big wave surfing. Modern day big wave surfing started in the 50’s and 60’s on Oahu’s North Shore and the giant, sleek winter […]

Meet the Bloggers
January 25, 2009
Meet the Bloggers

Chris has traveled the globe extensively and has lived, studied and worked abroad in such locations as London, Sydney and Skiathos, Greece. In the past, Chris has worked as a travel advisor for a student travel company and as an international programs coordinator at Pepperdine University. FAVORITE OFF THE BEATEN PATH DESTINATION: Kaş, Turkey….because you […]

Volunteer on Your Next Vacation
January 22, 2009
Volunteer on Your Next Vacation

Instead of simply taking something away when you travel, why not give something back? There’s no better cultural immersion than to work side by side with locals. The bonus is that you may find you take more away from your travel experience than ever before. One of our favorite volunteer trips is Project Peru. This […]

Saint Lucia is Beautiful Beyond Words
January 21, 2009
Saint Lucia is Beautiful Beyond Words

The natural beauty is mind-blowing. Surrounded on one side by the clear blue Caribbean Sea and on the other coast by the rougher Atlantic Ocean, lush green volcanic mountains seem to lunge out from the waters. The image of The Pitons, St. Lucia’s most famous landmark is best viewed from Mt. Gimie or from a […]

Barack Obama's Cross Cultural Understanding
January 20, 2009
Barack Obama's Cross Cultural Understanding

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Today, as Barack Obama recites the presidential oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. […]

Where I've Been – Find. Travel. Share.
January 16, 2009
Where I've Been – Find. Travel. Share.

Where I’ve Been is a social networking application that lets you keep track of your adventures around the globe and share them with friends. Best known for its travel application on the web, their maps can be seen on over 5 million social network profiles on Facebook, MySpace, Hi5, Friendster, and Bebo and the stand […]

Koh Phi Phi is Paradise
January 15, 2009
Koh Phi Phi is Paradise

Just a short, 45 minute journey from Phuket, Thailand is one of our favorite places of all time; Phi Phi Island (Ko Phi Phi). As you sail in through the ridged limestone peaks ascending from the vivid turquoise waters that surround the islands, you will instantly know that you’ve arrived in paradise. The magic of […]

South by Southwest 2009
January 14, 2009

The South by Southwest Festival and Conferences (SXSW) take place March 13-22 in Austin, Texas. Once a tiny music festival, SXSW has turned into a massive event that showcases trends in culture and media. Events take place at the Austin Convention Center and other venues throughout downtown Austin. Celebrating the creativity and passion behind the […]