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How To Plan a Vegetarian Vacation With Ease

How To Plan a Vegetarian Vacation With Ease

When travelers who prefer a vegetarian lifestyle go on vacation, it’s often challenging to locate nearby restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus. With the whole country seemingly focused on obesity and healthy living, the trend toward vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have skyrocketed. Food items that were once relegated to small dark corners of grocery stores, now occupy prominent and expansive displays. New diet programs encourage us to eat raw, eat local, eat green, eat organic, and to embrace plant-based menus.

April 10, 2014 | By More
How To Stay Safe And Healthy While Traveling in India

How To Stay Safe And Healthy While Traveling in India

A Traveler’s Guide For Staying Safe and Healthy in India

It’s no secret that India is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. In 2011 alone, 6.29 million foreign tourists visited the subcontinent according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. India is an especially popular travel destination among U.S. Americans who in fact comprise 16% of all foreign travelers.

Whether you intend to backpack through the country or stay at a luxurious resort at the beach, you should plan your trip in advance and take several precautions to remain safe and sound during your journey.

February 3, 2014 | 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
Feel The Healing Powers of Ancient Travertine Infinity Pools in Pamukkale, Turkey

Feel The Healing Powers of Ancient Travertine Infinity Pools in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale means Cotton Castle in Turkish. This is a place where hot calcium- laden waters spring from the ground, fall over a cliff and form magnificent shining white terraces and pools filled with warm water. In this place of natural beauty, Roman royalty once created at spa center in the second century BC. They built the spa city of Hierapolis around a holy hot-water spring. The Sacred Pool is still present today and travelers can bathe there for a fee.

Calcium carbonate, also known as travertine, is created with the reaction of calcium to hydrogen carbonate, which are present in the water. This makes the whole area brilliantly white and the sediment has created the pool formations.

July 19, 2013 | By More
Wicked Good Travel Tips Magazine – June 2013

Wicked Good Travel Tips Magazine – June 2013

June 19, 2013 | By More
Caribbean Resorts With Hurricane Refund Guarantees

Caribbean Resorts With Hurricane Refund Guarantees

Worried about booking a vacation or honeymoon during the 2011 hurricane season? We’ve got the solution. While we can’t chase hurricanes away, you can book your getaway at one of a number of resorts in the Caribbean and Florida that offer money back refunds if a hurricane comes calling.

September 5, 2011 | By | Reply More
Important Do’s and Don’ts Of Buying Travel Insurance

Important Do’s and Don’ts Of Buying Travel Insurance

Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Floods, Oh My –
Strikes, Unrest and Bankruptcies, Oh No –
Allergies, Illness and Accidents, Enough!
As hurricane season fires up in the Atlantic, it reminds us that the prudent among us invest in Travel Insurance to protect their hard earned vacation dollars.

August 31, 2011 | By | Reply More
3 New Products From Neutrogena For Sun Loving Travelers

3 New Products From Neutrogena For Sun Loving Travelers

I’ve just put a sample pack from Neutrogena to the ‘travel test’ and I have to say I loved these new products. Don’t you just hate slathering on sunblock and feeling like a sticky, greasy mess?  Neutrogena seems to have the perfect solution.  I’ve always been a fan of Neutrogena sunblock products for their broad spectrum UVA and […]

August 4, 2011 | By | Reply More
Six New Travel Apps To Save Time and Money

Six New Travel Apps To Save Time and Money

The number of Travel Apps being introduced to the mobile marketplace is astounding. It seems every day our ‘Wicked Good’ email box is filled with news of Apps just begging for a try out.  Since neither Linda or I have an iPhone, we usually have to wait for the Android and Blackberry version to come along – which means […]

August 1, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
How To Avoid Food Culture Shock

How To Avoid Food Culture Shock

One of the best things about the modern world is the spread of cultures. You can easily find a dozen or more restaurants serving foreign food in any large city. Before a trip to Greece for instance, why not visit a local Greek restaurant to familiarize yourself with the cuisine? Make sure it’s as authentic as possible

July 28, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
On-Site Healthcare Centers Coming To An Airport Near You

On-Site Healthcare Centers Coming To An Airport Near You

Travel clinics can be nearly impossible to find when you’re flying from one destination to another. And heaven knows, airport travel these days raises our stress levels and plays havoc with our inner systems. Whether it’s an ear ache from altitude change, stomach distress from unfamiliar foods, swollen legs from sitting too long, or an unexpected ailment that catches up with us, it has always been challenging to find medical attention while transiting through airports. That’s all about to change thanks to Concentra Urgent Care Centers who are providing travelers with convenient, affordable medical attention at airport locations.

July 5, 2011 | By | Reply More
What Can I Take On An Airplane? – TSA Regulations

What Can I Take On An Airplane? – TSA Regulations

Here are easy guidelines for understanding airline carry on restrictions and determining what things you can carry on an airplane. TSA regulations change from time to time and you should always check the TSA Website for final word, but here are answers to the most asked questions about carry on regulations in the United States.

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Don’t Eat Cucumbers in Germany This Summer!

Don’t Eat Cucumbers in Germany This Summer!

Caution:  We’ve just read a report that Germany is in the grips of a large and dangerous E. coli outbreak that has already infected over 1,000 people and has resulted in at least 18 deaths.    It is expected that E. coli infections will continue to spread throughout Europe and that more deaths are likely. Cucumbers […]

May 31, 2011 | By | Reply More
Mobile App Finds Nearest Emergency Room Fast

Mobile App Finds Nearest Emergency Room Fast

Massachusetts General Hospital has been a leader in progressive medicine for decades and now they have  developed an iPhone App to help travelers immediately locate the nearest emergency room.  The free App, which is available for download at the iTunes Store, is called FindER.  The application identifies the user’s location and then shows all of […]

April 15, 2011 | By More
Delta Levied A Huge Fine For Neglecting Disabled Passengers

Delta Levied A Huge Fine For Neglecting Disabled Passengers

If you need wheelchair assistance when flying…. don’t choose Delta!  The Department of Transportation has levied a fine of $2 million against Delta for failing “many times” to assist fliers with disabilities appropriately.  This is the largest penalty imposed by the DOT against an air carrier.  Investigations found that not only did Delta fail to […]

February 22, 2011 | By | Reply More
Should You Dress Your Family in Body Part Concealing Shirts for Airport Screening?

Should You Dress Your Family in Body Part Concealing Shirts for Airport Screening?

More and more travelers are becoming wary of the new TSA X-Ray screening machines that are being proliferated throughout our airports.  To help travelers maintain some semblance of privacy, several companies have begun producing underwear with strategically positioned patches that block x-rays and prevents the traveler’s ‘privates’ from being revealed to airport screeners. BUT beware, […]

January 31, 2011 | By | Reply More
Hyatt Introduces Ultra-Clean, Allergy Free Hotel Rooms

Hyatt Introduces Ultra-Clean, Allergy Free Hotel Rooms

Hyatt Hotels wants to be your bug-free choice for your next lodging stay whether it’s the microscopic variety or ones with 4 legs.  If  all the news of hidden germs on surfaces of hotels rooms has you cringing, you’ll be glad to know the solution may be as close as your nearest Hyatt Hotel.  Hyatt […]

October 26, 2010 | By | Reply More
Sleep Tight, Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite!

Sleep Tight, Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite!

I don’t know about you, but the recent reports of increased bed bug activity in major hotels throughout the world has got me completely creeped out.  And it will apparently take way more than prayer to keep you safe from itchy bed bug bites.  Just a few days ago the EPA announced that bed bug […]

September 6, 2010 | By | Reply More
America’s Most Polluted Beaches – Is Yours On The List?

America’s Most Polluted Beaches – Is Yours On The List?

Today the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) released it’s annual report of the dirtiest beaches in the United States. In the 60’s we “Loved That Dirty Water”, but today we expect to swim at safe clean waterfronts.  The NRDC keeps careful records of all water testings and beach closures throughout the United States to monitor […]

July 28, 2010 | By | Reply More
Paris Pickpockets – Latest Tricks for 2010

Paris Pickpockets – Latest Tricks for 2010

Linda and I are just back from Paris and are pleased to report that the number of gypsies and shady characters lurking about tourist attractions seem to be on the decline this year.  But it pays to be ever vigilant!  Here are the tricks we experienced on our trip: #1, A young person approaches you […]

June 22, 2010 | By | Reply More