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India Moves To Ban Tiger Safari Tours

India Moves To Ban Tiger Safari Tours

This week, India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority has called for a total ban on ‘tiger tourism’ and plans to phase out all 37 tiger reserves in India in hopes of stemming the decline of the endangered tiger populations.  For centuries global explorers and nature enthusiasts have roamed the jungles of India in hopes of spotting […]

May 6, 2010 | By | Reply More
TripWOW, A New Photo Feature From Trip Advisor Is A Knockout!

TripWOW, A New Photo Feature From Trip Advisor Is A Knockout!

I just tried out Trip Advisor’s new photo feature TripWOW, and it was nothing short of ingenious – a killer app to add to your knowledge base!  Now anyone can turn their vacation photos into a great destination video in 5 minutes flat – no expertise required.  We’re talking 3-D graphics, background music, interactive maps, […]

April 28, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Don't Take A Disney Vacation Without This App

Don't Take A Disney Vacation Without This App

If you’ll be taking the kids to on Disney vacation this year, here’s a fabulous App you won’t want to do without.  UndercoverTourist.com (a theme park ticket broker) has introduced an iPhone App that gives users up-to-the-minute ride wait times, park and event info, interactive maps, ‘find me’ feature for locating family and friends, parade […]

April 23, 2010 | By | Reply More
Airports Across Europe Close Due To Volcanic Ash

Airports Across Europe Close Due To Volcanic Ash

Volcanic ash spewing into the atmosphere by the volcano eruption in Iceland has brought air travel in Northern Europe to a halt.  All major airports across Scandinavia, the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland and very likely Germany have been affected.  If you have reservations to fly to Europe in the next 2 to 5 […]

April 15, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Spirit Airlines, You're On My No Fly List

Spirit Airlines, You're On My No Fly List

The new carry-on baggage fee proposal by Spirit Airlines is simply incomprehensible.  I’m sure you’ve heard about their proposal to impose a fee of up to $45 for carry-on luggage – voices of outrage are rising across the country in all medias.  To me this policy speaks to a complete disconnect and disrespect for their […]

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Free Days At National Parks – April 17 – 25

Free Days At National Parks – April 17 – 25

The National Parks Service wants you to start making your Spring plans to visit a National Park free of charge this month. Spend a day exploring a National Park near you for free during the third week in April between the 17th and the 25th.  National Parks include historic homesteads and parks, scenic trails, shorelines, […]

April 1, 2010 | By | Reply More
It's Restaurant Week in Newport RI

It's Restaurant Week in Newport RI

Don’t miss the spring restaurant week in Newport Rhode Island that runs between March 19-28, 2010.  In this bustling seaside town there are wonderful restaurants with accomplished chefs on every block.  This is the perfect time to take a mini excursion and indulge in some exceptional seafood.  Three course lunches are $16 and dinners are […]

March 23, 2010 | By | Reply More
Fastest Ways To Get a Passport

Fastest Ways To Get a Passport

All the information you need about applying for a passport and traveling safely abroad can be found at the US Department of State’s travel website: http://travel.state.gov Here are the steps you need to take to apply for a new passport or process a passport renewal. 1) Start TODAY – get your passport photos taken. AAA […]

March 9, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Earn American AAdvantage Miles At The Mall

Earn American AAdvantage Miles At The Mall

American Airlines has taken a bold step forward to help AAdvantage members earn miles wherever they shop.  They have just announced a new program that enables you to register your favorite charge card (any credit or debit card) and earn miles whenever you shop online, by catalog or at a retail store from one of […]

March 4, 2010 | By | Reply More
Passport Fees Going Up (Again!) – Renew Now

Passport Fees Going Up (Again!) – Renew Now

In this era of escalating fees, the State Department has requested an increase in the cost of obtaining a passport. The new proposed rates would be $135 for a first-time passport application, $110 for a renewal and $82 for additional pages (which are currently free).  It’s hard to believe that the cost of a passport […]

March 3, 2010 | By | Reply More
Interesting New Travel Magazine

Interesting New Travel Magazine

You have to appreciate the youthful exuberance of Greg Sullivan and Joe Diaz, founders of AFAR Magazine.  They have introduced a new travel magazine in a time when well established trade publications are ceasing operation.  AFAR is dedicated to uncommon, surprising and inspiring journeys. I just picked up their 3rd edition, the March/April issue available […]

February 25, 2010 | By | Reply More
Handicapped Accessible Hotels Now Searchable On Hotels.com

Handicapped Accessible Hotels Now Searchable On Hotels.com

Thumbs up for Hotels.com that has added a search criteria box for finding accessibility features offered at hotels.  The search block which appears after you have entered your destination and dates of travel, enables you to search for features such as accessibility bathroom, braille signage, roll-in showers etc.  This is good news for anyone who […]

February 16, 2010 | By | Reply More
Meet The Real Van Gogh In London This Spring

Meet The Real Van Gogh In London This Spring

The Royal Academy of Arts in London is presenting meet “The Real Van Gogh” from now until April 18, 2010.  The exhibition features 35 original letters by Van Gogh displayed along with almost 100 paintings and drawings.  This unique collection provides an intimate view into the complex mind of this talented but troubled artist.

February 13, 2010 | By | Reply More
Couch Surf All The Way To New Zealand With Lie Flat Seats in Coach

Couch Surf All The Way To New Zealand With Lie Flat Seats in Coach

Finally, lie flat sleeping seats are coming to coach class thanks to the imaginative folks at Air New Zealand. The Kiwi’s  will soon be introducing a whole new way to fly in coach class – by ‘Skycouch’!  Their newly designed Boeing 777-300 ER (which will be introduced later this year) features a new style of […]

February 11, 2010 | By | Reply More
How To Fly Without Interruptions

How To Fly Without Interruptions

Here’s a great tip I picked up yesterday at a Air Tahiti Nui (national airlines of Tahiti) meeting.  When you’re on an overnight flight and want to sleep undisturbed, here’s what to do….  Bring along a Post-It note or two and  write “Do Not Wake For Meals” or “Wake For Meals” on the note and […]

January 27, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Berlin Apartment Rental For Vacationers

Berlin Apartment Rental For Vacationers

Oliver, one of our ‘Wicked Good’ readers shares this tip for a great apartment rental in Berlin:  “I’ve been recently in Berlin in an excellent apartment. The price-quality relation was unbeatable (65€ per night for 2, for 100 square meters). It is located in one of the most interesting parts of the town, the former […]

January 25, 2010 | By | Reply More
Squeeze In A Mini Tour In A Mini Cooper

Squeeze In A Mini Tour In A Mini Cooper

London Sightseeing Tours with a fun twist. The cheeky crew at smallcarBIGCITY in London invite you (up to 3 passengers) to pop into a retro Mini Cooper and take a nostalgic tour of London – nostalgic if you partied in the 60’s  that is!  Your tour guide/driver will be outfitted in 60’s garb that will […]

January 12, 2010 | By | Reply More
Washinton DC Eats It's Own!

Washinton DC Eats It's Own!

It’s time for the Washington carnivores to come out of the smoky back rooms and step out to enjoy Restaurant Week in Washington DC – January 11-17. More than 180 eating establishments will be participating next week. Set price 3 course lunch menus will be $20.10 per person, and 3 course diners $35.10. Beverages, gratuities […]

January 8, 2010 | By | Reply More
Skip Right Past The Long Airport Lines With VIP Assistance

Skip Right Past The Long Airport Lines With VIP Assistance

One of the most tedious aspects of traveling internationally is dealing with the long lines at screening stations, and delays at immigration and customs.  If you could only be treated like a VIP… with an escort to whisk you through… wouldn’t that be great?  Well now you can have an airport assistant at your side […]

January 5, 2010 | By | Reply More
New IRS Mileage Rate for 2010

New IRS Mileage Rate for 2010

Usually at this time of year everyone anticipates a hike in the IRS mileage rate.  Surprise!!  In 2010 the rate is going down – the 55 cent allowance for 2009 is being lowered to 50 cents per mile.  The IRS predicts a generally lower transportation cost for the coming year than for last year.  Let’s […]

December 27, 2009 | By | Reply More