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Vago Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. He jumped ship from a sinking dotcom in 2000 and decided to reclaim his most valuable commodity, time. He bought a VW bus for $100, moved into it and set out on a journey to show the world that it was possible to live life on your own terms. That journey took him from waking up under icy blankets in  the Pacific Northwest to waking up under palm tress in Southeast Asia. Three years later, his first book, Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond was published. After diving into the Anthropology of Tourism and Electronic Anthropology at the University of Hawaii (with undeclared minors in film and surf) he hit the road again in 2008. Since that time,he's lived primarily in Morocco and Turkey, married a Moroccan girl he couchsurfed with, and become a proud father. He's been to more than 40 countries, founded a successful online travel magazine (this one!), and still doesn't have a boss. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook
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Three Notable Airport Hotels in the UK

A look into airport parking near hotels

These days, an increasing number of top-notch hotels have been working closely with airports to provide both parking and lodging services to a wide range of tourists. Staying in a hotel room the night before will certainly reduce the overall stress and hassle of the entire process, especially if you have an early flight. Anyway, here are just three of the many fine hotels that are conveniently located near some of the UK’s most prominent airports.

Courtyard by Marriott
First off, the Courtyard by Marriott is a 10-minute walk from Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. Besides offering reasonably priced rates on accommodation and parking, the Courtyard by Marriott provides “Park Here, Fly There” packages. Essentially, these packages allow tourists to enjoy overnight accommodations, in addition to eight or 15 days parking. The Courtyard by Marriott’s proximity to Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal is certainly convenient for tourists who are interested in having multiple parking options. UK parking service company www.parking4less.com notes that the South Terminal offers two different Long Stay car parks – a self-parking space and a Long Stay Plus option.

Sheraton Heathrow Hotel
Less than 10 minutes from the world-renowned Heathrow Airport, the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel currently offers 426 rooms and a parking space for up to 236 cars. Additionally, the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel offers a fine selection of Hotel and Parking options. Tourists can choose from three-day, eight-day, 15-day, and 21-day Hotel and Parking packages. While all of the aforementioned packages offer one-night accommodations, the three-day package only applies to weekend arrivals; the rest of the packages involve all-week arrivals.

Holiday Inn Express
Only 600 meters from the Luton Airport in London, the Holiday Inn Express is the closest hotel to the passenger terminal. Indeed, walking between the passenger terminal and the hotel should take no more than 10 minutes. The Holiday Inn Express has a 24-hour business center that’s particularly useful for printing out boarding cards and other important documents. All of the guest rooms are triple glazed and air conditioned, while the conference rooms can fit up to 56 people. The Holiday Inn Express can also provide rollaway beds or sofa beds in a wide variety of rooms. Of course, the Holiday Inn Express offers cheap hotel and holiday parking for up to 15 days parking.

Kings Landing

Travelling in Magic Movie Worlds – Game of Thrones Walter Mitty, and More

Films and television series are some of the best ways to see stunning backdrops from around the world. More and more, tourists are being inspired by familiar locations from their favourite box-sets or movies. They are getting off the sofa and venturing forth to sample some of these iconic views in real life.

You don’t need to travel far from UK shores in order to share a bit of the limelight; it’s easy to compare flights online and find tickets to some of the best film locations in Europe this summer. If you are looking for a place to go with a story attached, here’s three locations to explore.

Game of Thrones
For fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones there are plenty of incredible filming locations scattered throughout some of the most picturesque places in Europe. The old walled Croatian city of Dubrovnik was used by the production in season two to double for the fortress of King’s Landing.

Kings Landing - Image of Dubrovnik by Connie Ma

Dubrovnik is a stunning (and well-preserved) walled city dating from the Middle Ages and as it is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, it is very accessible from most European airports. The bay outside Fort Lovrijenac (the Red Keep in the show) was where filming took place for the naval battle of Blackwater in which Stannis Baratheon attempted a dramatic invasion to dethrone King Joffrey.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Enigmatic Sweden, with its huge forests, gorgeous towns and cities (not to mention its 95,000 lakes) has been made famous of late thanks to the Scandi-crime phenomenon brought about by Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. In both the Hollywood and Swedish film versions Stockholm plays a major cinematic role thanks to its cobbled streets, dramatic waterside views and arctic summer light.

For Stieg Larsson enthusiasts, Stockholm offers visitors the chance to follow in the footsteps of the antisocial computer-hacking heroine of the book and film series by following the self-guided detective trail. More information about this tour is available from the Stockholm City Museum where there’s a permanent exhibition.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has given Iceland a leading role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Filming took place at locations across the country that reflect the diversity of the landscape. Seyðisfjörður in the east fjords, surrounded by Mount Strandartindur and Mount Bjólfur, is part of an energetic skateboarding sequence, which is both dramatic and inspiring. For the ultimate adventure (what the Walter Mitty film was all about) a trip to Iceland will not disappoint.

Film tourism may be a budding industry but it’s one that brings both magic and adventure to an otherwise ‘typical’ holiday. For the chance to walk in the footsteps of some of the greatest stars of today and behold the majestic vistas as your favourite characters, consider a cinema or television inspired holiday this summer.

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27 Quick World Travel Tips

Here are 27 quick tips to make world travel better. What are your quick tips for world travelers?

1) Say hi to other people who are traveling
2) Don’t flash your bling
3) Catch a cab and talk to the driver about cool things to do (Cabbies are almost always multi-lingual)
4) Scan a picture of your passport and give it to someone you trust
5) Get a nice padlock and use it when necessary (It takes two to steal: the thief and the one who left an opportunity)
6) Wear long pants during long transport
7) Look at the mattress…know what bedbugs look like
8) Stay where you get breakfast for free
9) Make sure hot water is included
10) Find paperback exchanges
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11) Stay longer and get cheaper room rates
12) Fill out your couchsurfing profile completely
13) Look for free fruit on the trees
14) Look for language exchanges
15) Don’t leave your phone in your room
16) Bring your own condoms
17) Don’t get so drunk you can’t take care of yourself
18) Trust your instincts about people
19) Eat the local food
20) Always ask for a second price
21) Don’t wander around alone late at night
22) Don’t give up your passport
23) Bring your valuables to the shower with you in a hostel
24) Eat lots of cheese if you get diarrhea
25) A handful of nuts makes hunger go away
26) Get a haircut and a shave (or a wax and a style)

This last one is my personal opinion only.

27) Drink the water.

What are your quick tips for world travel?