Featured Member Blog Posts – October 2012 Archive (40)

Cruising Egypt's Nile

A first time visitor to Egypt who wants a classical (pharaonic antiquities) experience would do well to book a Nile cruise. Of course modern airlines shuttle tourists to the southern region of Egypt, but historically the Nile cruise was really the only way to visit the temples and tombs located along this stretch of the river. It is still a popular means of visiting upper Egypt and has many advantages to other means of travel.

First of all, it is very nice to unpack once and have your…


Added by Manta Royal on October 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Blinis y vodka con el colega Peter

por Cristóbal Ramírez

Intente hacer un cálculo: contar el número de veces que se le abrirá la boca en San Petersburgo. Lo más probable es que termine perdiendo la cuenta. Peter, como la denominan sus habitantes igual que si estuvieran llamando a un colega, está construida para…


Added by Iberia Airlines on October 30, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Companies Use Social Media to Stress Brands, Not Customer Service

You can’t blame travel suppliers and companies for their myopia.  For all too many years they’ve had a Pavlovian response to their brands: promote them, and get around to taking care of customers later.

Or maybe never.

In spite of all the brouhaha that suggested social media is the way to connect with and service customers, the facts speak…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 29, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Kayaking in Vietnam's Halong Bay – Things to Know

Halong Bay attracts thousands of passengers every month. Nearly five hundred cruises run every day and hundreds of passengers stay on board every night. Halong Bay is famous for its natural beauty and thousands of limestone islands and islets.

When you are on board, you admire the majestic beauty of the Bay but when you GET closer to the limestone…

Added by Indochina Sails on October 29, 2012 at 10:42am — No Comments

Costa Rica Coffee is Especially Loved Around the World

When the coffee mill is roasting in my little town in Costa Rica, you can smell the aroma throughout our hills and valleys. The sweet, pungent fragrance entices you to a steaming cup or two in the morning, and following tradition, another at 3 p.m. When I first moved to this small Central American land, I was puzzled by how it seemed the entire country stops at 3 pm for its cafecito”. After nearly 11 years of living here, I find the local custom…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on October 27, 2012 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Friendship and Destiny in Taiwan

Today I left Taiwan. For three weeks I was there, taking each day one by one. The reason, a wedding, a reason I turned into an excuse, an opportunity, to turn this trip to Asia into something far greater.

It was my second time to Taiwan, a fact that never ceased to amaze Taiwanese. But, in reality, it was me who never ceased to be amazed by Taiwanese people, who by the end of the…


Added by Nithin C on October 26, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

World Responsible Travel Day at London's World Travel Market (November 5-8, 2012)

I have been going to the World Travel Market since 2007, and this year’s WTM, in my opini…

Added by West Africa Discovery on October 25, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Classic & Vintage Spirits Showcased in Pop Up Tour Across the USA

In 1999 Paolo and Allison Domeneghetti departed careers in the fine and culinary arts to focus on a unified passion of

bringing the best spirits to market using sustainable partnerships with producers and suppliers.…


Added by Steve Mirsky on October 25, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

How Sweet It Is: Pennsylvania's Hotel Hershey

The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania has it all – luxurious accommodations, private cottages, excellent dining, a world-class spa, two swimming pools, four golf courses, boutique shops, and, oh, so much more. And of course it is in the Sweetest Place on Earth.  

Located on a hill with a view of Hershey gardens and the countryside, The Hotel Hershey…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on October 23, 2012 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Even “Dear Abby” Says Don’t Leave Home Without Travel Insurance

According to the travel insurance companies, you shouldn’t leave home without travel insurance.

And according to Dear Abby, you shouldn’t leave home without travel insurance.

The popular columnist known as Abigail Van Buren (real name Jeanne Phillips) took over from her mother,…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 23, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Africa Safari Annoyances

A number of things can be annoying or even upsetting to tourists visiting Africa, these can range from; insects, bumpy roads and dust, sunburn etc. 

Insects: Insect and bugs can be annoying. Tourists will find Insects in significant numbers depending upon your location and current weather patterns. Mosquitoes are present though generally not active during the day. Flies can be more of a nuisance, especially when you’re…


Added by Krystal Christine on October 22, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Biloxi, Mississippi and the Beau Rivage

It was a bittersweet moment to book my recent trip to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. As a long time travel industry employee who had not been to this area in years I was thrilled to not only have an opportunity to assess the recent damage from Hurricane Isaac in September 2012 but also to experience a new destination. The reason for…


Added by LaDonna Allen on October 22, 2012 at 11:02am — No Comments

Celebrate Costa Rica's Unique Caribbean Culture in Limón

This weekend the port city of Limón kicked off its annual Carnival festivities, a 12-day Caribbean street party celebrating the kaleidoscope of cultures on…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on October 21, 2012 at 9:39am — No Comments

Exotic Churches a Fascinating Part of Travel to Bulgaria

When you think of travel to Bulgaria, what comes to mind first? For me, one of the cool things about visiting this fetching little Balkan country is its touches of exoticism, part of an ancient cultural heritage that stretches back to 5,000 BC, and which I find most noticeable in its Eastern Orthodox churches. As with…


Added by David Paul Appell on October 20, 2012 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

Frequent Flyers Should Not Board First

This year, United dropped its practice of allowing families to board planes before other travelers. The legacy carrier joined the ranks of American and US Airways, which don't officially offer pre-boarding or early boarding of any kind for families. But a handful of other airlines still do, including Delta (the…


Added by SmarterTravel on October 19, 2012 at 9:28am — 2 Comments

British Columbia's BCFerries: The Best 'Mini-Vacation' You Will Ever Take

You have got to go here...BCFerries - British Columbia, Canada.

Now this blog may throw you off a little bit as I want to encourage you to do something as opposed to just going somewhere.  You must ride on the BCFerries system!

I know a lot…


Added by Crystal Wishart on October 18, 2012 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Brewfest Debut

Autumn is harvest season and that means tons of festivals across the world marking the occasion. Food, wine, and of course beer are all fair game. I was extremely psyched to attend Mohegan Sun’s First Annual Brewfest and have my pick of sampling over 100 different brands. I quickly discovered that not only…


Added by Steve Mirsky on October 18, 2012 at 8:17am — No Comments

Curry Goes Global in London


Hundreds of curry lovers, food experts and restaurant owners from across the world gathered in London for a gala ceremony to recognise the talents of chefs, the unsung heroes of the kitchen. The awards are the brainchild of Syed Nahas Pasha and his brother, Syed Belal Ahmed, who run Curry Life magazine regarded as the authoritative voice of an…


Added by Rita Payne on October 17, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Another Side of Las Vegas: A Picnic in the Mojave Desert

55 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15, a sign indicates  Exit 75, the turn off for the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest & largest state park.  We love coming to this preternatural marvel of nature, named for the amazing red sandstone formations left after immense, shifting sand dunes were formed during the age of the dinosaurs, 150 million years ago.  The oldest rock in the park, though has been dated at about 600 million years old.  Imagine!  Once an ancient sea…


Added by Deb Thompson on October 17, 2012 at 11:47am — 4 Comments

Quickie Audio PostCard: Why Airline Food Really IS Bad

Why Does Airline Food Taste so Awful?

(Listen to the 1-minute Travel Audio PostCard)

Is it actually the food the airlines serve (when they do) that tastes so bad, or is it the flying experience make the food taste so awful?…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 16, 2012 at 3:41pm — 17 Comments

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