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JetBlue Shakes Up Frequent Flyer Rules To Allow Families To Share Miles

JetBlue Shakes Up Frequent Flyer Rules To Allow Families To Share Miles

JetBlue has earned the devotion of millions of flyers by providing the little extras that other airlines have consistently stripped away. A free checked bag, free drink and snack, in-seat entertainment system, and the best seat pitch of US airlines, have all contributed to JetBlue’s growing popularity. Recently they announced a change to their TrueBlue frequent flyer rewards program that allows families to share their miles, which is sure to shake up the industry and win JetBlue more enthusiastic fans.

October 23, 2013 | By More
7 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe and Secure While You’re Away

7 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe and Secure While You’re Away

Your airline tickets are purchased, your hotel reservations are booked and your time off from work is scheduled. By all accounts, you are ready for the perfect vacation, right?

Not so fast… Even if you live in a wonderful neighborhood with observant neighbors and well-lit streets, you still need to take precautions to ensure that your abode remains safe and secure while you are out of town.

Following are seven tips for securing your home while you are away:

October 4, 2013 | By More
10 Best Father & Son Holiday Activities For Making Lasting Memories

10 Best Father & Son Holiday Activities For Making Lasting Memories

You may not have had this thought, but you will never hear a man say, “I wish my father had done a few less activities with me when I was growing up”. It may be just kicking a ball around the back garden or watching your (your father’s) favourite team get thrashed by their closest rivals. It doesn’t matter too much what the activity is if you are doing it with your dad, it’s always great.

The thought of being out in the pouring rain in the middle of nowhere, staying in flimsy, supposedly waterproof tent, may have seemed like a nightmare that wasted valuable computer game time, but 20 years later it can be one of your fondest memories, even with soaking clothing and boots that squelch with every step.

September 16, 2013 | By More
Airline Creates A Child-Free Zone

Airline Creates A Child-Free Zone

When I hear about a new airline trend these days, I usually grown in protest. But today I heard about a new seating cabin established by Singapore’s budget airline Scoot that I’m ready to cheer for!

Scoot Airlines has announced that they will be adding a “ScootInSilence” zone (aka a child-free cabin) on its flights. Passengers will be able to upgrade for a small fee to be seated in the kids-free cabin that will be located just behind Business Class. The seat configuration will also offer more leg room than the coach cabin. Another budget airline in Asia, AirAsia X, was the first to introduce all adult seating.

August 22, 2013 | By More
More Cruise Lines Make Balconies A No-Smoking Zone

More Cruise Lines Make Balconies A No-Smoking Zone

Don’t even think about lighting up that cigarette or cigar on your cabin’s balcony, my friend – not even that fancy e-cigarette! The number of cruise lines who have banned smoking on all balconies is growing. In the coming months Disney Cruise Line, Seabourn, P&O and Cunard’s three Queens will all be joining smoke-free balcony the club.

I vividly remember sailing through the coastal waters of Alaska, dazzled by the pristine beauty but choking on the cigarette smoke wafting over from the balconies on either side of our cabin. I was not a happy sailor, so I enthusiastically applaud the cruise lines for taking this step.

August 19, 2013 | By More
Beyond Your GPS, Best Apps to Keep Out of Trouble On The Road

Beyond Your GPS, Best Apps to Keep Out of Trouble On The Road

We really take our smartphones for granted — sure, the GPS functionality is great for getting from point A to point B — but there is so much more to consider. Road trips are one of the types of travel where people actively plan to be asleep for most of it. But for those with a brighter vision, a host of apps will point the way for a great road trip.

It doesn’t help that we usually forget to find things to do on our journey before we get in our vehicles, but with these helpful road trip apps, you can keep yourself covered. You know, just in case, and maybe someone will wake up.

August 9, 2013 | By More
Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

It seems the world has fallen in love with the idea of renting a beautiful villa and bringing the whole family along on vacation. The number of villa rental sites has expanded dramatically in recent years as have popular home rental sites like VRBO. But one big obstacle to a fabulous rental vacation has always been how to tap into local experiences, events and sightseeing options.

Villas of Distinction To The Rescue. Recently Villas of Distinction, a well respected villa rental company with inventory around the world, has solved this age-old problem by partnering with Excursionist.com a provider of experiential travel and sightseeing excursions. Adding tailor-made travel experiences to your villa rental vacation is now a cinch.

July 25, 2013 | By More
Before They Were “Inn” These Five B&B’s Had Fascinating Former Lives

Before They Were “Inn” These Five B&B’s Had Fascinating Former Lives

What do you envision when you hear ‘bed and breakfast?’ If you’re like most people, you probably think about an historic Victorian or Queen Anne draped in lace and tucked away in a quaint corner of town. While it’s true that many inns were grand, former homes of the town’s well-to-do, some were not even used as homes at all.

From schoolhouses and churches, to working lighthouses and sail boats, some B&Bs lived completely different lives before opening their doors to travelers and serving up delicious breakfasts. So, next time you fall asleep in class, don’t be too hard on yourself. In fact, you may be onto something!

July 24, 2013 | By More
Happiness Is An All-Inclusive Family Vacation Giveaway – Hurry Don’t Miss Out

Happiness Is An All-Inclusive Family Vacation Giveaway – Hurry Don’t Miss Out

Where will you be taking the family for vacation this year? If your answer is “no place special” you might want to drop everything and enter the HappinessIncluded sweepstakes being offered by First Choice, England’s premier all-inclusive vacation specialists.

While the web is full of contests for couples to enter, it’s rare to find a sweepstakes that will send your whole family on vacation. Being a specialist in all-inclusive resorts in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, First Choice has put together a fabulous journey your family will long remember.

The prize includes round-trip air from Gatwick Airport on December 10, 2013 and 7 nights at the 4-star Bangtao Beach Resort and Spa in Phuket Thailand in 2 deluxe rooms on an all-inclusive basis.

June 21, 2013 | By More
Staycations..Neighcations, Do You Know The Latest Travel Buzzwords?

Staycations..Neighcations, Do You Know The Latest Travel Buzzwords?

In an effort to further compartmentalize, re-market and glamorize the kinds of trips we travellers enjoy, it seems that the emergence of a new generation of travel buzzwords has only just begun. In May 2013, one of the latest additions to the colourful dictionary of modern travel was added: a ‘flocation’. The word, coined by boating holiday specialist lateboat.com and originally reported by Travel Mole, puts a spin on the concept of a ‘staycation”.

With so many travel buzzwords being coined these days, perhaps we should be asking ourselves if this is all just a bit of fun, or whether there really is some clever marketing in action. Here Are Our Favorite Travel Buzzword Hits

June 18, 2013 | By More
Chicago Spring Blossoms Become Signature City Fragrance

Chicago Spring Blossoms Become Signature City Fragrance

Chicago is alive with spring blossoms dancing in the breeze that have been custom crafted into Tru Blooms Chicago Eau de Parfum, a signature city fragrance. Tru Fragrance, a custom fragrance development company has joined forces with the City of Chicago in a groundbreaking community initiative to beautify the city’s public green spaces, generate funds to support local nonprofits, and provide jobs for Chicago residents while creating a limited edition Chicago signature perfume.

With careful nurturing from planting to bloom to bottle, neighborhood green spaces like Grant Park, Chicago Botanic Garden and Water Tower Place have been festooned with fragrant roses, soothing lavender and sensuous violets to give Chicago’s signature fragrance a bright floral scent of a spring day in the city.

June 5, 2013 | By More
Cruise Passengers Bill of Rights Finally Adopted By Cruise Lines

Cruise Passengers Bill of Rights Finally Adopted By Cruise Lines

Do you love to cruise? Well you’ll be happy to learn that there is FINALLY a cruise passengers bill of rights establishing how cruise lines are expected to conduct themselves during unexpected events and emergencies.

For much of the past year news headlines about cruising have been about equipment breakdowns, norovirus outbreaks and disasters, instead of the pleasures of cruising. As aging fleets are renovated, and cruise lines roll out mega-ships the size of floating cities, the chance of unpleasant incidents aboard ships has increased.

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Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Budgets seem particularly tight this year just as prices are on the rise, so to make sure you can have a great summer vacation, we’ve gathered together an impressive list of family vacation offers where the kids go free!  You’ll have to get the kids there, but once you all arrive, your children can stay, […]

May 6, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Can You Guess The Top USA Destinations in 2013?

Can You Guess The Top USA Destinations in 2013?

Can you guess the top destinations for travelers in the USA for the first quarter of 2013?  Sojern, the world’s leading data-driven traveler engagement platform, recently analyzed data from more than 400 million travelers, and the results are totally of fascinating.  Here’s a wonderful infographic that shows just where travelers are heading this year, the […]

April 18, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Here a Villa, There a Villa – Top Villa Rentals in Tuscany

Here a Villa, There a Villa – Top Villa Rentals in Tuscany

While staying in Italy most folks choose a base in an established, international hotel chain in the major urban centres. However, some of the more romantic and memorable accommodations are to be found in converted, traditional Italian villas and secular buildings that are scattered around the rich Tuscan countryside.   There are many Tuscany villas for […]

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What Are The Weirdest Things Left Behind In A Hotel Room?

What Are The Weirdest Things Left Behind In A Hotel Room?

While we all worry about whether we have packed everything when we go on holiday – ticking items off lists as we pack our toothbrush, our camera, and our spare undies – it seems some people should be paying more attention to what they are packing when their holiday is over and they’re leaving to […]

April 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
You’ll Be Surprised By The 5 Most Dangerous and 5 Safest Places To Travel in the USA

You’ll Be Surprised By The 5 Most Dangerous and 5 Safest Places To Travel in the USA

5 Most Dangerous and 5 Safest Places to Travel in the US As I get older, I tend to err more on the side of caution than when I was in my early 20s. Now, I have young children to think about when I plan a trip to somewhere in the United States.  Having two […]

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5 of The World’s Most Luxurious and Expensive Hotel Rooms – Live The Life Of The Uber-Rich!

5 of The World’s Most Luxurious and Expensive Hotel Rooms – Live The Life Of The Uber-Rich!

As celebrities and the uber-rich have demand even more luxury and indulgence, the 5-star rating is no longer sufficient indication that the hotel is the best.  Six-star has yet to come of age, but there are still incredible suites and rooms in the world’s most expensive hotels that command a tariff more than the average […]

March 25, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Getting Married Abroad – Tips for Planning an Overseas Wedding

Getting Married Abroad – Tips for Planning an Overseas Wedding

Getting married abroad often offers couples a cheaper alternative to many wedding spots at home, as well as beautiful surroundings, unique venues and often guaranteed sunshine. But there are many additional aspects of the planning of your big day that you will need to take into consideration when the venue is miles away from where […]

March 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
TSA Screening Changes May Ease Your Airport Angst

TSA Screening Changes May Ease Your Airport Angst

TSA screenings continue to be a hot topic as it seems hardly a day goes by without a fresh video appearing featuring a traumatized traveler getting a very personal pat down and inspection by airport security.  Most disturbing are the pictures of toddlers being reduced to tears as they go through the screening process.  It […]

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