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The Amazing Poconos Resorts

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Poconos is a tourist destination located in the popular Pocono Mountains region. This tourist destination is ideal summer retreat site for different types of tourists. The geography of the mountains together with the rugged terrain offers a picturesque representation for the enjoyment of those who visit the Poconos. Tourists can enjoy numerous activities while at the Poconos. These include water sports, sport fishing, hunting, Kayaking, bird watching and sightseeing, among others. The Poconos also offer camping sites for different interest groups that include the Boy scouts and different religious groups. Aside from playing host to visitors during summer, tourists also come in the fall to witness the brilliant colour that can only be seen in the Poconos.

The Poconos has a wide variety of accommodation. Some of the Resorts are designated couples only and are ideal for honeymooners and couples that would wish to spend some quality time together. Other resorts and hotels can be accessed by families vacationing at the Poconos. Visitors coming to the Poconos can book themselves into a Pocono Family Resort and get to enjoy the facilities and services offered at these family centred resorts.  While at the resort, the family can spend quality time together as they enjoy attractions that include Animal parks, water parks, miniature golf, zoos, and amusement parks.


Why Couch Surfing Is So Popular

October 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

The idea of letting a stranger stay in your house or apartment for several days might seem like a nightmare for some people. But according to The New Yorker, millions of other people have embraced the concept of “couch surfing.” By signing up on sites such as, they can host travelers from around the world at their home or find a free place to stay while traveling.

The advantages for doing this are more than just economical. Many people who are involved with couch surfing say that hosting travelers from other countries gives them a chance to meet a diverse group of people and expand their worldview without leaving their homes.

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The Taj Mahal: The Main Attraction in India

October 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

India is one of my favorite places to travel. The people are very friendly and welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious. India also offers many festivals and cultural events to take part in. However, all of these things can hardly compare to the Taj Mahal.

It’s hard to say what is so special about this architectural masterpiece. Perhaps it’s the intricate marble calligraphy decorating the exterior with messages from the Qua’ran or the precious and semi-precious stones that lay inside of it. It might even be the amazing romance and history of the place.

The Taj Mahal is considered one of the premiere works of Muslim art in India. It is admired all over the world for its unique beauty and significance. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and receives millions of visitors every single year.

There are many legends surrounding the tomb. It is believed that the emperor ordered that the chief architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, have his hands cut off once the project was completed. As the legend goes, Shan Jahan didn’t want anyone to build a similar masterpiece that would rival the Taj Mahal. While there is no known documentation to prove this story, it makes the Taj Mahal even more fascinating.

While there is no bad time to visit this wonder, it’s undeniably more pleasant in the cooler months, from October through March. My favorite time of day to visit the grounds of the Taj Mahal is sunrise.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham. Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor in New York City and San Francisco where he has worked in macro and special situations. He currently works at a family office / hedge fund. To find out more visit Samuel Phineas Upham Website and Samueal Phineas Upham Twitter page.