Featured Member Blog Posts – August 2011 Archive (47)

Italy General Strike Next Week

Travel agents, travel planner, business travelers, tourists,

Are you aware Italy has a general strike set for Tuesday, September, 6. All Italian airlines, Italian airports, trains, public transportation in Rome, Naples, Turin, Florence and Bologna.

Most important if you have clients or you…


Added by Penny Ciocchi on August 31, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Inn by the Sea: Fall on Cape Elizabeth, Maine



by Ed Wetschler

Hordes of fall foliage fans visit New England's mountain ranges in autumn, but Derrick Daly, head gardener at the…


Added by Ed Wetschler on August 31, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Honeymoons in Costa Rica: Santa Teresa Beach

How can we describe a honeymoon? There are some many words and ways to describe it, some people say is the most romantic experience of their lives, some others say is a holiday taken by the ¨just married¨ couples; the perfect chance to escape from everything and take a vacation. At the end of the day, it really does not matter how everyone describe it, the important part is that any couple would not want to miss this experience.…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on August 31, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

Portugal’s Precious Port Wine Trail

Portugal’s Precious Port Wine Trail


The Port Wine Trail begins in the only place legally  authentic Port can begin, in  Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city, and a three and a half hour train ride north from Lisbon.

More importantly, it’s  the gateway to the…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on August 30, 2011 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Cinco consejos si vas en crucero en temporada de huracanes

¿Viajar o no en temporadas de huracanes? Con el nombre de Irene sonando en boca de todos y causando estragos en muchas ciudades norteamericanas, muchos piensan si vale la pena viajar en esta época.

Lo ocurrido en la temporada de este año, que aún no termina, nos recuerda que pueden haber desde cancelaciones de vuelo hasta cierres de carretera que trastocan entre otras…


Added by Raisa Rivas on August 28, 2011 at 1:28pm — No Comments

It's Harvest Time in Champagne!


The 2011 Champagne harvest has begun. With the combination of early flowering, low rain levels in the spring, and abundance of summer sun has led to one of the earliest picking seasons since 1822, the Champagne Bureau said today.



Added by Liz Palmer on August 27, 2011 at 10:50am — No Comments

The Curse of the Roaming Charge

The Curse of the Roaming Charge

Or, roaming charges can be dangerous to your health.

Heard the latest horror stories about travelers experiencing near-cardiac arrest when they get  the bill for roaming charges from their mobile provider?

Michelle Higgins, writing in… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on August 26, 2011 at 1:21pm — 2 Comments

Volunteering in Africa

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– Mark Twain 

Most volunteers who go abroad, like to volunteer in places where they feel they can make a difference. This is what makes volunteering abroad a noble choice for many. Apart from volunteer work, there are also a number of other things that one can do in these countries. Here we will look at a number of countries in Africa and what one can do while volunteering in these…


Added by Zablon Mukuba on August 26, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

Highlights of Morocco

Vibrant colours and ancient culture, beautiful cities and endless golden beaches – a holiday in Morocco is definitely an exotic experience. Explore the country’s rich cultural history while staying with friends/family in some of the famous luxury boutique hotels or charming private luxury Moroccan riads. Unwind on breathtaking beaches, play a round at one of the many spectacular golf courses, get your adrenaline racing in North Africa’s adventure capital and more by planning…


Added by Will Smith on August 25, 2011 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Turkish Pop Music Heartthrob Tarkan Still Popping

German-born Tarkan Tevetoğlu, 37, has been compared to a cross between Turkey's Elvis and Michael Jackson in terms of his impact on his country’s pop music scene, and he’s achieved a measure of fame abroad, as well, particularly in Europe. The dude garners A-list coverage from Turkish media, of course, for almost everything he does, whether it’s verbal gaffes; groundbreakingly racy video scenes; temporary military draft-dodging; shilling for Pepsi-Cola; scary run-ins with the paparazzi; a…


Added by José Balido on August 24, 2011 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Personalized Tours: Snorkeling in Palau and Yap

Sometimes the most authentic way to experience a destination is with a small group led by an expert guide. Such was the case when my neighbor Daira Paulson went snorkeling in Micronesia last year.


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on August 23, 2011 at 5:06pm — No Comments

How To Avoid Getting Sick On a Flight

This post is courtesy of guest blogger Marybeth Bond, National Geographic Author and Founder of the popular website Gutsy Traveler.
If you’ve flown with…

Added by Elizabeth Hansen on August 22, 2011 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Travelers Don’t Use Social Media to Complain

Travelers Don’t Use Social Media to Complain

Would you ever tell a Facebook friend that your stay at a hotel really “sucked,” or can you see yourself going public on Twitter with a rant about some resort’s horrible customer service or food?

It  seems, says… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on August 22, 2011 at 2:10pm — 6 Comments

North Korea Travel: Tips on How to Visit (and Also Catch the Mass Games)

by  J. Thalia Cunningham


In previous installments (see links at bottom), I described visiting North Korea, officially called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and…


Added by Tripatini on August 21, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

La Jolla (San Diego), California Destination Weddings

It’s no surprise that San Diego’s favorite coastal community is a popular place for destination weddings. Our mild year round climate and beautiful scenic location make La Jolla a…

Added by Elizabeth Hansen on August 20, 2011 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Un chef viajero en Holland America

Mi itinerario de “Imperios del Mediterráneo” a bordo del Nieuw Amsterdam, fue uno de destinos de ensueño.  Además de llevarme desde Venecia a Estambul, Kusadasi, Santorini, Mykonos, Katakolon y Atenas, me deparaba otra sorpresa, una joya casi secreta que descubrí pocos días antes de abordar:…


Added by Raisa Rivas on August 20, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

Choosing a Volunteer-Abroad Program

“It’s easy to make a buck; it’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw. There are many volunteer opportunities out there for anyone interested in doing volunteer work, more so abroad. Where as some people go into the volunteer world for just the simple experience, some go towards it as a vocational calling, or as a stepping stone for their future careers. It is best to choose a volunteering program that will be most beneficial to you and to those that you intend to help. Here is a…


Added by Zablon Mukuba on August 19, 2011 at 11:06am — No Comments

La Jolla Locals’ Favorite Ocean View Café

Goldfish Point Café is one of La Jolla’s best kept secrets. The regulars – and there are many – include La Jolla Cove swimmers, who gather here for coffee and conversation after their morning workout. The young and the restless also roll in regularly with their…


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on August 19, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

Choosing a Cruise

James and I are in the process of choosing a cruise for December, and let me tell you, it is not easy. Due to the podcast and the website, we want to have as many cruising experiences as possible, so we can't really choose a favorite line and stick with it like most people do. (Although this will really hurt our chances at any loyalty programs) There are so many considerations that my head is spinning at this point. It is difficult to decide what priority to give each consideration. But, I will… Continue

Added by Kaleigh Lay on August 18, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: The Benefits of Women-Only Travel

Let’s face it: women just like to do different things, talk about different subjects, shop and have fun. Without the boys around, the girls can let their hair down, not worry about how they look or how good they are at something – quite simply, they can relax. That is why a women-only trip is chicken soup for the soul.

Trips just for women are nothing new – there are many different companies offering “adventure” or just hiking or biking trips. However there was, until… Continue

Added by Venus Adventures Travel on August 18, 2011 at 11:18am — No Comments

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