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Never Mispronounce a Foreign Name Again

Never Mispronounce a Foreign Name Again

The engineers at AT&T have developed a Text-to-Speech tool that will give you a reasonable pronunciation of any typed text.  So I decided to put it though it’s paces with a few difficult places to pronounce: Neuschwanstein Hohenschangau Chichen Itza Gloucester Worcester Pematangsiantar No bad, it gives a clear pronunciation (you can even try out […]

May 8, 2009 | By | Reply More
Virgin America Keeps Getting Better and Better

Virgin America Keeps Getting Better and Better

Virgin America is expanding its territory with a new flight route between Orange County California and San Francisco.  With every new route comes a great introductory fare right?  How’s $49 each way?! (Subject to availability of course.)   And Virgin America will deliver the pampering we’ve all come to love them for.  All seats have […]

May 1, 2009 | By | Reply More
Stop Blisters With This Quick Easy Remedy

Stop Blisters With This Quick Easy Remedy

We’re all likely to do a whole lot of walking while on vacation.  More often than we’d like, this leads to pesky blisters forming on our feet.  As soon as you feel the tingle of a hot blister spot, try this fast, effective remedy.  Whip out your lip gloss (or chap stick for the guys) […]

April 29, 2009 | By | Reply More
Free Family Travel Guides From Trip Advisor

Free Family Travel Guides From Trip Advisor

Great new (free) Family Travel Guides are available for download from the good folks at Trip Advisor.  I just got an email (about a dream trip promotion) and added on the bottom of the email were links to their new Family Travel Guides for the USA.  I took a quick look, and they are really […]

April 23, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Always Toss A Bandanna In Your Bag

Always Toss A Bandanna In Your Bag

A colorful bandanna can be one of the most useful items you bring on vacation – here are some of my favorite uses: Tie one on the handle of your suitecase so you can pick it out easily in baggage return Use it as a washcloth in hotels rooms that don’t supply one Dip in water, […]

April 14, 2009 | By | Reply More
Choose The Right Credit Card When You Travel

Choose The Right Credit Card When You Travel

Having just returned from a lengthy trip to a foreign country, I had the opportunity to access my ‘every day’ credit cards to be sure we were bringing cards that would save us the most money while providing the best coverages.  Let’s be honest, all cards are not created equal – some are good for […]

April 10, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
The Lights Dim for Waterford Crystal in Ireland

The Lights Dim for Waterford Crystal in Ireland

It appears the global recession has claimed another industry giant – the Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland has closed it’s doors.  Despite the ability to attract 300,000 visitors a year to take the factory tour, the Waterford/Wedgewood company has been unable to find a ‘bail out’ partner to take over the faltering company.  It’s doubtless […]

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Preparing Your Plants for a Long Vacation

Preparing Your Plants for a Long Vacation

I’ve left my treasured house plants for up to a month using this method.  Water your plants well and place them in a large rubber basin (or more depending on how many plants you have).  Make sure the pot bottoms have holes to let water in.  Place the basin on the floor below a window […]

March 18, 2009 | By | Reply More
Find WiFi Hotspots With Ease

Find WiFi Hotspots With Ease

Perhaps the most comprehensive directory of WiFi Hot Spots worldwide resides at JiWire.com.  Search with ease either by city name or by clicking on the map.  What I like most about the directory is that the hot spots are identified as free or not.

March 9, 2009 | By | Reply More
Avoid Staying Near Embassy Row

Avoid Staying Near Embassy Row

When planning a visit to New York, Washington DC, London, Rome, Paris or any major foreign city , be certain to locate where your embassy is located and how to contact them, but don’t choose a hotel in the embassy neighborhood.  Unfortunately these days there’s always an increased risk of demonstrations or violence in those […]

February 26, 2009 | By | Reply More
Israel Launches Tourist Hotline

Israel Launches Tourist Hotline

One number will connect you to all the vital information you need while traveling in Israel.  Simply dial *3888 from any cell phone or land line while in Israel and you will be connected to information on local attractions, airports, visas, or emergency assistance.  Assistance for the “Tourphone” is provided in English and French.

February 13, 2009 | By | Reply More
Tour The City By Public Transportation

Tour The City By Public Transportation

Here’s a wonderful site for finding your way around major US cities (New York, Boston, Chicago, SFO, DC (and others) by public transportation whether its by bus, subway, taxi or even on foot.  HopStop.com is an easy to use resource for finding the best route within these cities.  Just enter your origin and destination and […]

January 21, 2009 | By | Reply More
Safety Card for Travelers to Costa Rica

Safety Card for Travelers to Costa Rica

If you’ll be vacationing in Costa Rica soon, look for a Costa Rica Safety Card distributed at  Juan Santamaria (San Jose) International Airport.  The card, produced by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute, lists a 24 hour hotline to report problems and receive travel tips.  There’s a phone number answered in English and another in Spanish.  […]

January 15, 2009 | By | Reply More
Credit Card Safety When Traveling

Credit Card Safety When Traveling

When traveling as a couple, split the credit cards between you, with each person carrying a different card.  This way if one person has their wallet stolen, the other person will still have an uncompromised card to  use.  It’s also a good idea to list your credit card numbers and the customer service phone numbers […]

December 24, 2008 | By | Reply More
Reduce Your Company's Business Travel Expenses

Reduce Your Company's Business Travel Expenses

American Express Business has a FREE offer for you and your company.  Their consulting group will provide a free analysis of your company’s T&E costs.  Their program analyzes online booking, useage of nonrefundable tickets and company policy complience.  Amex says it has helped save North American clients over $1billion in 2007.  Contact Amex by January […]

December 17, 2008 | By | Reply More
Remember Your Parking Space or Hotel Room Number

Remember Your Parking Space or Hotel Room Number

Whether you’re bouncing city to city on business staying in a different hotel room every night, or scrambling around town on endless errand runs, here’s a tip to help you find your way back to your car or hotel room.  Before strolling away, whip out your cell phone and take a quick picture of the […]

December 10, 2008 | By | Reply More
Always Be Lint Free While Traveling

Always Be Lint Free While Traveling

Here’s a simple way to always be prepared to remove lint from your favorite black outfit while traveling. Pack a few of the stick-on clear shipping windows that you find at FedEx, UPS or USPS locations.  When you need a lint remover, slip your hand inside the window and peal off the paper protecting the […]

November 28, 2008 | By | Reply More
The Cheapest Week To Travel

The Cheapest Week To Travel

Without a doubt the least expensive weeks of the year to travel are the first two weeks in January.  Why?… everyone is so stressed out from the holidays, that they can’t even think about packing.  If you get your holiday’s under control early this year and plan to skip out the door right after New […]

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Full Moon and Sunset Watching on St. John

Full Moon and Sunset Watching on St. John

Pack your picnic basket and take a hike to Ram Head on the Southeast side of the island to watch the sunset.   Start at Salt Pond Bay and wind your way to the rocky outreach stretching 200 feet above the crashing surf.  The blazing sun will set on your right as the full moon rises […]

November 18, 2008 | By | Reply More
Find Vacation Spots That Are HOT All Winter Long

Find Vacation Spots That Are HOT All Winter Long

“I want to vacation someplace where it’s HOT this winter, where should I go?”  How many times have I been asked this question? – more than I can count!  Well, there’s finally a great website that answers – Where’s Hot When – or even warm or rainy, all in a brightly colored topo map.  (Oh […]

November 13, 2008 | By More