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BellaOnline EditorHidden Hotel Fees
Candyce H. Stapen, BellaOnline's Adventure Living Editor
Like airlines, hotels are charging fees for many things that used to be free. In 2012 consumers spent more than $2 billion dollars on hotel fees. Here are tips on how to avoid or minimize lodging fees so you won’t get hotel sticker shock upon receiving your bill.
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BellaOnline EditorThe Fight Against Racial Disparity
Ruthe McDonald, BellaOnline's African American Culture Editor
As long as the color of your skin remains the same, you will always be subject to the same disparities. Most injustices and inequality is based upon what you look like, and not what you have or have achieved in this life.
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BellaOnline EditorAfrica at the Commonwealth Games 2014
Dawn Denton, BellaOnline's African Culture Editor
The Commonwealth Games bring nations from across the planet together in a celebration of equality, unity and sporting excellence. Africa is represented by eighteen nations that are historically connected showcasing their talent, sometimes against the most difficult of odds.
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BellaOnline EditorUluru - Raining on the Rock
Judie Bellingham, BellaOnline's Australia Editor
Uluru is an amazing large rock situated in the centre of Australia and is a wonderous site during the rain.
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BellaOnline EditorSporting Legends
Nick Marshall, BellaOnline's Caribbean Culture Editor
International sport would not be the same without those men and women from the Caribbean who redefined excellence.
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BellaOnline EditorOwls in Chinese Culture
Inci Yilmazli, BellaOnline's Chinese Culture Editor
This article explains what Chinese think about the owls.
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BellaOnline EditorTaking A Hurricane Season Cruise
Nancy Schretter, BellaOnline's Cruises Editor
Hurricane season officially stretches from June 1 to November 30. Vacationers can find some great cruise bargains during these months, but it's important to be aware of the potential pitfalls and consider your options wisely. Here's what you should know before planning a hurricane season cruise.
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BellaOnline EditorRoman Roads
Asha Sahni, BellaOnline's English Culture Editor
When the Romans invaded Britain they needed highways along which to transport their men and supplies. Thus they brough the considerable might of their expertise in road building to England.
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BellaOnline EditorVisit Paris Landmarks with Young Children
Tiffiny Spire, BellaOnline's Family Travel Editor
You don't have to wait until your children are older to visit Paris. It doesn't matter if they aren't old enough to truly appreciate fine works of art. Kids will find their own ways to enjoy the City of Light while you take in those famous sights you've always wanted to see.
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BellaOnline EditorWhere the Buffalo Roam the Alps
Melissa Demiguel, BellaOnline's French Culture Editor
Less than an hour from the French Riviera a herd of European buffalo roam the forested foothills of the Alps. Learn more about visiting the reserve with a safari group.
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BellaOnline EditorHow to Make a Schultuete, School Cone
Francine McKenna, BellaOnline's German Culture Editor
For Germany's first graders a School Cone filled by small gifts and candies helps makes that first day at school even more memorable. A custom that began in early 19th century Germany, Schultuete are as popular now as they were then and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.
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BellaOnline EditorFranklin Chang Díaz
Valerie Aguilar, BellaOnline's Hispanic Culture Editor
Costa Rican Franklin Chang Díaz, one of the most prominent astronauts and scientists in the world, was enthralled by Sputnik and the birth of space exploration at the young age of six. Franklin thought people would someday travel to other planets and he wanted to be one of those explorers.
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BellaOnline Editor Recipe For A Celtic Feast
Bee Smith, BellaOnline's Irish Culture Editor
A recent Celtic Blessing celebrating the renewal of a couple's wedding vows included the four essential elements for making the Celtic Blessing an authentic Irish feast.
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BellaOnline EditorList of Islands of the North Aegean
Laura Hartney, BellaOnline's Island Travel Editor
Off the western coast of Turkey at the central to northern end of the Aegean Sea, the “North Aegean Islands” is a designation used for a loosely grouped set of islands including the Turkish islands of Imbros and Tenedos and the Greek islands of Chios, Icaria, Samos and many more.
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BellaOnline EditorMomotaro – Peach Boy
Ching Kin Min, BellaOnline's Japanese Culture Editor
In this article, find out some bite-sized information on a very famous old Japanese fable. But that's not all – learn about the actual places in Japan where this legend was based on. Yup, they are tourist attractions...
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BellaOnline EditorHealthy Snacks for Frequent Flyers
Barbara Radcliffe Rogers, BellaOnline's Luxury Travel Editor
Our recent travels have given me a chance to try out and sample several new products that make travel easier, healthier and tastier. Here are some of the travel snacks I like.
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BellaOnline EditorKing Midas: Not Just a Greek Myth
Rachel Schaus, BellaOnline's Middle Eastern Culture Editor
Imagine our surprise to learn that King Midas, the mythological King whose touch turned everything to gold, actually lived in an ancient town not far from Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
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BellaOnline EditorDiabetes – Healing From Within
Jacqueline Olivia Pina, BellaOnline's Native American Editor
The wisdom of our ancestors tells us that the keys to physical health, emotional stability, and mental clarity are found any time we remember we have a constant connection to spirit.
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BellaOnline EditorBangus Festival
Rachel Meneses-Ponce, BellaOnline's Philippines Editor
The Bangus Festival is held every year in thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest of milkfish. It aims to promote not only the bangus industry but also the province of Pangasinan in the north. Pangasinan’s premier city, Dagupan, is now considered as the bangus capital of the Philippines.
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BellaOnline EditorAlice through the looking glass in Guildford,UK
Marianne de Nazareth, BellaOnline's Romantic Getaways Editor
Lewis Carroll taught Maths in Oxford, yet, had a creative, romantic mind and wrote for children
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BellaOnline EditorFashionable Happy Glamper Scarves
Erin Lehn Floresca, BellaOnline's RV Editor
Go from drab to fab in one swift swirl with these fashionable hand-crafted happy glamper scarves.
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BellaOnline EditorSawney Bean
Asha Sahni, BellaOnline's Scottish Culture Editor
Sawney Bean and his notorious family lived in a cave in Ayrshire on Scotland’s south west coast near Ballantrae. The clan at full strength was said to number 48, each and every one of them a cannibal who caught, murdered, pickled and ate unwary travellers.
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BellaOnline EditorTexas Ranch Life
Hazel M. Freeman, BellaOnline's Senior Travel Editor
Taunia Elick’s love of moving, and restoring old homes destined for destruction has helped her turn her passion for saving old homes into some of the most authentic, lovely and historic, lodging found in the Texas foothills.
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BellaOnline EditorHouston, Texas : Top Relocation Destination
Jacqueline Rosenbalm, BellaOnline's Southcentral USA Editor
If you are looking for a place to retire or relocate with plentiful work opportunities Houston, Texas might be the place for you! It ranks #1 as the most popular relocation destination! Let's check it out together to see what it has to offer.
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BellaOnline EditorSingapore Travel Tips
Hanny Suriadi, BellaOnline's Southeast Asia Editor
Singapore is the most expensive country in Southeast Asia but you can still explore the country on the cheap way. Here are some travelling tips you can do.
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BellaOnline EditorTraditional New Years Day Meal
Amelia Maness-Gilliland, BellaOnline's Southeast USA Editor
Traditional New Years day meals served in the South considered to bring good fortune for the coming year
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BellaOnline EditorBasic Margarita Cocktail Recipe
Karm Holladay, BellaOnline's Southwest USA Editor
No other cocktail except maybe a martini invites as much experimentation as the margarita, which can be made with blueberries, coconut, strawberries, peaches, melon, raspberries, or with basic tequila and orange liqueur as shown in this recipe.
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The Divine Home
An absolutely gorgeous home decorating book on how to decorate with spiritual objects such as santos, retablo, milagros, statues of saints, and crucifixes. Many examples of Santa Fe style and Mexican hacienda style, but also examples of homes in NYC and other places. Beautiful full color photographs everywhere. Serene, spiritual.

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Living Language Spanish
You don´t need to know Spanish to travel to the Southwest USA, but it will enhance your experience. This is the best-selling Spanish language instruction product at Amazon.com.

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Hopi Kachinas - The Complete Guide to Collecting
If you are heading to the Southwest USA, especially Arizona and New Mexico, you might find this a valuable guide that offers fascinating glimpses in Pueblo culture.

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