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Trouble in Paradise? Thousands of Hawaii Vacation Rentals Could Be Shut Down

Trouble in Paradise? Thousands of Hawaii Vacation Rentals Could Be Shut Down

One of the great delights of traveling to Hawaii has always been the abundance of vacation rental properties in non-touristy areas. Just scan any vacation rental site (VRBO.com for instance) and you will see hundreds of listings on every island. Well, not everyone is delighted with the proliferation of rental properties throughout the islands. Increasing […]

November 4, 2007 | By | Reply More
OMG, I ended up in jail on my birthday!

OMG, I ended up in jail on my birthday!

Growing up just outside of Boston, my Mother would caution my older brothers, “You’d better behave yourself or you’ll end up in the Charles Street Jail”. This brought to mind the worst horrors of being incarcerated in a dungeonous jail cell in a dilapidated penal facility – think Alcatraz style cat walks over crumbling cell […]

November 3, 2007 | By | Reply More
Best Online Guides For Ireland

Best Online Guides For Ireland

Whether this is your first for fourth trip to Ireland, these online sites will make your travel planning a snap! Frommers on Ireland Fodors Dublin Guide Rick Steves Ireland Go Ireland Heritage Of Ireland Irish Insight Island Ireland

November 1, 2007 | By | Reply More
Southwest Airlines Changes Boarding Procedures

Southwest Airlines Changes Boarding Procedures

Beginning any day now, Southwest’s long standing open cattle call for boarding is coming to an end. With the intention of eliminating the hoards of passengers jostling for prime position to board the aircraft, SWA has drafted new boarding procedures. The popular open seating concept will remain, however passengers will now be issued an alpha […]

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15 Words You Can't Travel Without

15 Words You Can't Travel Without

You’re off to a foreign land and stressing about being able to communicate. Relax and brush up on just 15 words and phrases (or bring a cheat sheet with you) and you’ll be able to get by. Of course a good sprinkling of hand signs and body language adds to the understanding! These 15 words […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Best Fall Foliage Maps and Guides

Best Fall Foliage Maps and Guides

This is a love/hate time of year for me. I’m incredibly excited waiting for the roads near our house in Maine to burst into show stopping color. A sunny morning takes my breath away and makes me glad to be alive. Then of course there is the realization that the warm days of summer are […]

October 26, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Keep Kids Happy On Long Trips

Keep Kids Happy On Long Trips

Thanks to Sue A. from Hudson for telling us about this great site! Backseats are for poking, teasing, squirming and driving parents to distraction€¦.which is a very bad thing when you’re driving!! Rather than turn your kids into video zombies by pulling down a display screen, check out 4Kids2Go for neat kids’ activity travel kits […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Important Safety Tip For Your Next Road Trip

Important Safety Tip For Your Next Road Trip

Here’s a great safety tip for all you road warriors and for those who drive down to Florida each year. You’ll often need to stay in motel style properties where the doors face the parking lot. Park your car just outside the door with headlights facing the door. Place your car keys on the nightstand […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
How To Find The Right Eurail Pass

How To Find The Right Eurail Pass

For years choosing a rail pass has been a puzzle for even the best travel planners. Do you need a pass that combines two countries, is regional, maybe a global extravaganza of 18 countries? Should it be a Flexi pass stretching over several months, or will your travel be done in two weeks? How about […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
It's Now Illegal to Picnic In Venice!

It's Now Illegal to Picnic In Venice!

Venice officials are fed up with littering and loitering in St. Mark’s Square and surrounding areas, so they have enacted new strict rules for tourists and locals alike. Unless you want to be slapped with a fine of up to 500 Euros, forget about buying local delicacies for a picnic lunch to eat while enjoying […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
The Ultimate Meditarranean Fantasy Cruise

The Ultimate Meditarranean Fantasy Cruise

When you read the words€¦St. Tropez, Cannes, Monte Carlo, €¦.what comes to mind? String bikinis, Grand Prix Formula One racing, mega luxury yachts, the Cannes Film Festival, Sean Connery at the baccarat table, living life like the rich and famous? WELL your ship has come in (so to speak). On May 18, 2008, the luxury […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Spending 3 Perfect Days in Vancouver

Spending 3 Perfect Days in Vancouver

We’re just back from our first in-depth visit to Vancouver, British Columbia. What a beautiful city!! Of course it helped that we had great weather (Vancouver can be rainy, similar to Seattle and Portland), but for us the sun shone and we took advantage of every minute. Here are our impressions and recommendations:

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Amex Discontinues Travelers Check Cards

Amex Discontinues Travelers Check Cards

It sounded like such a great idea€¦. Instead of paper traveler’s checks, globetrotters could preload funds onto a plastic cheque card and use it like a credit card and in ATM machines around the world. Apparently the concept of traveler’s checks is on the wain, since €œdue to market conditions€ American Express is discontinuing support […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Planning to 'party out' in Dubai?  Think Again!

Planning to 'party out' in Dubai? Think Again!

Dubai is calling… pictures of over the top luxurious hotels, private islands shaped like palms, poems, and world continents, indoor skiing, man made surfing beaches – it’s a party paradise right?? WRONG! A strategy to attract the wealth of the region (and the world) has brought Dubai to the pinnacle of attention in lux media […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More
Find Your Adventure Activities in Hawaii

Find Your Adventure Activities in Hawaii

Envisioning your long awaited vacation to Hawaii paints a different picture for each of us. While I imagine wonderful beach walks followed by leisurely stops to sample local cuisine, sipping a tropical cocktail while listening to the sweet strum of a ukulele, others may yearn to swish through canyons at lightening speeds while sightseeing in […]

August 16, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Do It Yourself Medical Kits

Do It Yourself Medical Kits

Never leave home without it! One of the first things I throw in my bag is a medical first aid kit, and some very important home remedies. Here are my tips on the best choices.

August 14, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Escape to Martha's Vineyard for a day!

Escape to Martha's Vineyard for a day!

A fabulous trip report by Sally H. from Boston When my children were young and I needed to get out of the house for a summer’s day adventure, I would head for Martha’s Vineyard for the day. Surprised? It’s not as far as it seems from the Greater Boston area.

July 30, 2007 | By | Reply More
Gotta Go, Gotta Go Right Now!

Gotta Go, Gotta Go Right Now!

You all know those moments; especially when traveling with children, a little too much water and you are looking for the nearest bathroom. Well, believe it or not, you can find one anytime, anywhere thanks to TheBathroomDiaries.com.

July 29, 2007 | By | Reply More
Let Your iPod Do The Touring

Let Your iPod Do The Touring

Independent travelers rejoice!! You can now turn your iPod or MP3 player into your personal tour guide in all the major cities of the world.

June 19, 2007 | By | Reply More
Tips For Driving In Ireland

Tips For Driving In Ireland

The rolling green countryside of Ireland is best explored by car, but you’ll need some quick tips before venturing off: Tip 1: You need to opt for full rental car insurance coverage. Most credit card companies DO NOT provide collision damage insurance in Ireland. Maybe it’s the narrow roads that dance between stone walls and […]

June 16, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More