December 10, 2014

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Perfect travel gifts for under $35

The experienced global travel team at HI Travel Tales knows what every business or holiday traveler wants and needs when it comes to receiving perfect travel gifts from family and friends. Little things — often items priced under $35 – can provide convenience and comfort. Or may even help save a little money. With that […]

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Hurtigruten Cruises Midnatsol in Kirkenes

December 7, 2014

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Hurtigruten Cruises: Travel booking tips

Enjoying one of the Hurtigruten cruises of any length along the coast of Norway is nothing more than a WOW experience. Service is sublime. Ship personnel are just plain nice – from housekeepers to officers. The ships are small enough to be personal and intimate, but large enough to afford everyone a little space. The food […]

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December 3, 2014

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Aurora borealis: hunting the northern lights

Hunting the Northern Lights - Lofoten Islands

It is, for many, a lifetime dream – viewing a night sky ablaze in phosphorescent green light that seems to move and swirl like luminescent smoke. These are the northern lights, a natural phenomenon that through the centuries has inspired legend, mystery, fear and awe. HI Travel Tales is not immune to the awe of […]

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November 25, 2014

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Norway in a Nutshell: DIY and save money

Norway in a nutshell oslo to bergen

Although there are bigger…much bigger…countries, Norway’s lengthy expanse plus its coast of twisting fjords and waterways can make it difficult to figure out how to get where you want to go. Thus, the tourist gurus there have come up with a package tour deal called “Norway in a Nutshell” (NiN) that gets you from Oslo to […]

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November 23, 2014

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Thule Atmos X3 iPad Air case earns raves

Everybody makes an iPad case, it seems, but how well the features have been thought out is normally another matter. I’ve tested numerous cases over the years, and there have certainly been plenty of pretty good ones. With each one, however, quibbles and frustrations have arisen – too heavy, too bulky, a complicated or insecure […]

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November 17, 2014

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Postcard Berlin: Prenzlauer Berg is artsy, bohemian, trendy, fun

Anna Blume Cafe in Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg was a section of Berlin entirely in the East before the Berlin Wall came down, immediately adjacent to “Mitte” (middle) – the center of Berlin that was also in the East. Being the center, Mitte developed more quickly when the wall came down with its monuments, museums and cathedrals. Right next door, Prenzlauer […]

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