Featured Member Blog Posts – September 2011 Archive (64)

Social Media Bullies Hold Hotels Hostage

Social Media Bullies Hold Hotels Hostage

There is no doubt that hotels and retail will go to great lengths to avoid negative publicity.

It’s in their DNA.

In many instances, whether or not a guest or customer's complaint is legitimate or warranted, companies, and hotels in particular, will "buy" the guests good will or silence by… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on September 30, 2011 at 2:31pm — 4 Comments

What To Do in San Diego, California in October


This is a great month to travel in Southern California. The weather is cooler, but the “rainy season” hasn’t started, and daylight savings time doesn’t end until November 6.


In La Jolla, San Diego’s favorite coastal community, visitors can expect daytime temperatures of about 75°F (22°C) and overnight lows of around 58°F…


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on September 28, 2011 at 11:07am — No Comments

Santa Teresa Beach Yoga Retreats, Costa Rica

Last time on the article Body and Mind in balance: Yoga! I had the chance to highlight the number of benefits yoga can bring to our lives and how wonderful is to combine it with a perfect vacation in a secluded paradise beach in Costa Rica as it is Santa Teresa.

Santa Teresa beach offers the perfect settings to practice this discipline;… Continue

Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on September 26, 2011 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Where Are The Teepees?

I have been working with Native Americans in the tourism industry for two decades.  My first forays in this industry were in South Florida, home of the Miccosukee and Seminole people.  Today I work at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village in South Dakota, where the ancestors of the Mandan people lived.  Despite the huge geographical gap, there is similarity to how visitors imagine how these tribes may have…


Added by Cindy Gregg on September 26, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Cruising Down the Mekong River

Our last tour day in VN was reserved for a trip down the infamous Mekong River. Mary Ann and I had flown over the headwaters of the Mekong located high in the Himalaya mountains while we were in Nepal. We had floated on the Mekong when we visited the Golden Triangle area of Thailand. Both of those wonderful trips are archived in this blog.

I could not help but think that we were probably on the same molecules of water we saw leave the Himalaya. The length of the river is over 3000…


Added by Forrest Walker on September 25, 2011 at 11:07am — No Comments

Famous Residents of La Jolla, California

Mitt Romney – yes the GOP candidate – is La Jolla’s newest celebrity resident. In fact, he and his wife Ann bought their beachfront home here in 2008, but no one paid much attention until he filed an application to bulldoze the $12 million house and build a much…


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on September 24, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

A Place Where Writer Victor Hugo is a Saint

There is a religion in Vietnam called Cao Dai. The full name is   Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Độ (Great Religion [of The] Third Period [of] Revelation [and] Salvation). That  might be the least complicated thing I know about it. The religion has approximately 30 million followers in Vietnam. They believe that before god existed, there was the Tao. Then a big bang occured from which God was created. In order for God to create the heavans and the earth he first had to create the Yin and the…


Added by Forrest Walker on September 23, 2011 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

La Jolla, California's Newest Ocean-View Café

Caroline’s is perched on a sandstone bluff and serves up a 180° blue-water panorama, as well as healthy, California-style meals.

Some time ago, I wrote about…


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on September 23, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

There's More to Boston than "Big Papi" and Tom Brady


Boston Sunset from the Top of the Deck


It's hard to argue that Boston is not the birthplace of America. Just take a walk along the Freedom trail, and you can relive American history. You too can walk the steps of Samuel Adams and imagine America succeeding from the British, and follow the footsteps of Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party. Indeed,…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 22, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

How to Eat Shanghai Hairy Crabs. Wait -- Hairy WHAT?

We stumbled upon a very detailed step-by-step, illustrated guide on how to "crack, crunch and suck out the best bits" of Shanghai hairy crabs, on CNNGo. Couldn't have stopped for a second to wonder why on earth would anyone eat anything that looks like a mitten, from another planet.



Added by Velimira Velikova on September 22, 2011 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

A Snapshot of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

We saw HCMC (onetime Saigon) on the fly. We used it as a base to visit both the tunnels of Cu Chi and the Mekong Delta. Consequently this will be a short post.

The first place we visited was a brand new version of the War Remnants Museum. It is dedicated to the victory of and the gallantry of the people of VN in…


Added by Forrest Walker on September 22, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments

Voluntourism and the Joy of Travel

Customized itineraries are an important aspect of authentic luxury travel. These days we like to focus on our individual interests and leave room in the…


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on September 22, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Fantasy Fest 2011 in Key West: What's On When

The 2011 Fantasy Fest celebration in Key West is the 32nd year of weeklong  fun on and around Duval Street and this year it runs from Friday October 21 to Sunday October 30.

This year’s theme is “ Aquatic Afrolic “ and please note that some of the  events listed below are official and sanctioned by the Fantasy Fest committee  that oversees the event and some events that are “unofficial” may require you to  check with locals to confirm that they are still scheduled on their…


Added by Ann, TS on September 22, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Protecting Women Travelers


For September 2011

Protecting the Female Traveler



Since the inception of modern tourism women have played a significant role in the development of the world's largest composite industry.  The tourism industry is proud of the fact that as one of the world's newest industries, women have played a profound role in tourism success. One only needs to attend almost any tourism or travel industry conference and to quickly…


Added by Peter Tarlow on September 21, 2011 at 5:07pm — 3 Comments

5 Top Eurodestinations for Fall

Wonder where to go in September and October for the best holiday experience? As summer turns to fall (it already did, but we are not ready to admit it), foliage turns from green to a palette of colors, and completely transforms the scenery. Crisp fall days are perfect for the last festivities of the season, and romance, of course. The weather is perfect for long walks in the cities and outdoors, last days in the garden, gathered around the BBQ with family and friends. Find out where…


Added by Velimira Velikova on September 21, 2011 at 11:18am — No Comments

San Diego, California, Restaurant Deals

California is known for its great restaurants and many of the best ones are in San Diego.

If you’re lucky (or were clever enough to plan ahead) your vacation will coincide with San Diego Restaurant…


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on September 21, 2011 at 9:38am — No Comments

Exploring the Scenic Beauty of Kerala, "God's Own Country"




Kerala tours are very popular with tourists from across the world. God’s own country as Kerala is known has wide variety of tourist attractions. On landing in Kerala, you would be overwhelmed by the majestic charm of the local culture,…


Added by Indianrove on September 21, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

In Costa Rica you can find many national parks and protected areas; being these, the main tourist highlights of each area. The most visited tourist destinations in the country are very close or into a national park area, for example Manuel Antonio with its national park, Monteverde with the cloud forest reserve and Fortuna with the Arenal Volcano National park. As you can see, one of the main reasons for visiting Costa Rica is the contact with nature and biodiversity offered all over the… Continue

Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on September 21, 2011 at 8:51am — No Comments

TripAdvisor Hits 50 Million Mark. Last Hurrah?

TripAdvisor Hits 50 Million Mark. Last Hurrah?

The Champagne should have been popping in the Massachusetts offices of TripAdvisor when it was announced that the review giant just became the first stand-alone travel site to top 50 million unique visitors a month.

Using data from… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on September 20, 2011 at 5:36pm — 4 Comments

Hoi An, Vietnam - Part 2 (The Photo Tour)

Ever since I bought my new Nikon I hve been yearning to learn how to use it better than I do. If you know what the acronym RTFM means, it barely applies in this case. The camera has more features than I can find time to use while travelling. I always find myself trailing my wife and our guide by 50 steps while I try to frame a decent shot. She gets the low down on where we are and then I try to catch up. Consequently I leave the camera on the auto setting most of the time, which defeats the…


Added by Forrest Walker on September 20, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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