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Six Must Have BlackBerry Apps For The Smart Traveler

Six Must Have BlackBerry Apps For The Smart Traveler

Move over iPhone, BlackBerry has its own jazzy apps!  Your BlackBerry is about to become your most prized travel companion with a whole range of new travel apps.  If you haven’t tuned into the new apps offered for your pda phone, heads-up, it’s time to check out new mobile travel features.  Here are some of […]

June 4, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Don't Drive in Austria or Switzerland Without Your Road Tax Stamp Sticker

Don't Drive in Austria or Switzerland Without Your Road Tax Stamp Sticker

There are big fines for drivers in Austria and Switzerland who don’t have a Vignette Sticker (road tax stamp for driving on motorways and expressways) – so vacationers with rental cars beware!  Thanks go to Luda Kirk for sharing a painful tale of being fined in Austria for not having the proper sticker.  And you […]

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Join The Mile High Dating Club

Join The Mile High Dating Club

How far are you willing to go to find a perfect mate? Air New Zealand is betting that several hundred travelers will be on board for its first ever Matching Making Flight that departs Los Angeles on October 13, 2009.  Adventurous singles who purchase roundtrip tickets on The Match Making Flight will be treated to […]

May 21, 2009 | By | Reply More
American Airline's Great New Frequent Flyer Policy

American Airline's Great New Frequent Flyer Policy

Hurray – finally an improvement to a frequent flyer program! These days it’s usually bad news in the mileage arena, but American Airlines is our Frequent Flyer Hero for introducing One-Way Flex Awards. Simply put, American Airlines now allows you to book a one-way ticket using Aadvantage frequent flyer miles (at half the number of […]

May 12, 2009 | By | Reply More
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
Find Swine Flu Travel Information

Find Swine Flu Travel Information

We’ve heard from lots of folks who have booked vacations and are wondering if they will be allowed to change their plans.  As hours tick by, the answers to this question are changing, with most travel providers opting to waive change penalties (and sometimes) cancellations .  If you were smart enough to purchase travel insurance, […]

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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
Calling All Campers, Hikers and Sportsman – Learn to Cook In The Wild

Calling All Campers, Hikers and Sportsman – Learn to Cook In The Wild

Do you love the smell of a crackling camp fire, and the camaraderie of folks gathered around to watch the flames dance as food slowly roasts on a spit?  Do you love to barbecue, add your special sauces, and feed the whole neighborhood?  Do the fragrant aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread send you into […]

April 28, 2009 | By | 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
Celebrated Maine Inns – Half Price in May

Celebrated Maine Inns – Half Price in May

You can picture them now, stately grand dames of the seacoast welcoming visitors for decades – elegant, historic and pricey.  Well now, thanks to The Maine Innkeepers Association, you can indulge yourself with a coveted Maine getaway in May, for half price.  What’s even better, your stay will benefit Habitat for Humanity at the same […]

March 13, 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
Be A Master Winemaker For A Day in Napa California

Be A Master Winemaker For A Day in Napa California

Learn the tricks of the wine trade by crafting your own signature blend and creating an exclusive  private label at Folio Enoteca’s ‘Winemaker For A Day’ program in the Napa Valley, California. Brought to you by the Michael Mondavi family, the ‘Winemaker For a Day’ program is designed to introduce wine enthusiasts to all levels […]

March 6, 2009 | By | Reply More
One Click To Travel Discount Coupons

One Click To Travel Discount Coupons

It’s been quite a while since I considered myself a coupon clipper, but times change, budgets tighten, and it’s time to sharpen up those clippers again!  There’s a whole new world online for finding your favorite products offered at a discount prices, and that includes travel as well.  Dozens of coupon sites populate the internet […]

March 2, 2009 | By | 1 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
Meet Icoon – A Pocketsize Travel Picture Dictionary

Meet Icoon – A Pocketsize Travel Picture Dictionary

Forget all the stress of learning a new language when you go traveling, just pop an Icoon symbol dictionary in your pocket and you’ll be ready for most any situation that comes up.  Icoon is a handly passport size mini-book that contains over 2,000 travel icons sorted into 12 categories for fast reference.  You’ll find […]

February 19, 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
Giant Hotel Sale – 5 Star Resorts for $1 Dollar A Night!

Giant Hotel Sale – 5 Star Resorts for $1 Dollar A Night!

If you like to solve mysteries, you’re going to love the promotional sale at LastMinuteTravel.com.  Beginning on January 26th, and continuing for two weeks, the site will put all hotels on sale for just $1 a night for a 15 minute window each day.  If you can guess the correct time to visit the LastMinuteTravel.com […]

January 23, 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 […]

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