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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
The FCC Takes The Mystery Out of Phoning Home From A Foreign Country

The FCC Takes The Mystery Out of Phoning Home From A Foreign Country

The Federal Communication Commission today announced a new initiative to help US travelers find the most up-to-date information on how to make phone calls from foreign countries at the most economical rates. The FCC has created a new web portal at http://www.fcc.gov/worldtravel that will serve as a directory of information to help travelers phone home […]

June 21, 2010 | By | Reply More
Caution: Dengue Fever Reaches Florida Keys

Caution: Dengue Fever Reaches Florida Keys

28 cases of Dengue Fever have recently been diagnosed in Key West Florida bringing a rapid response from the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District to bring the outbreak under control.  In case you don’t quite recall the details of Dengue, it’s called Bone Break Fever because your bones ache with such intensity that you feel […]

May 30, 2010 | By | Reply More
Take A Luxury Mozart Cruise At A Super Low Price

Take A Luxury Mozart Cruise At A Super Low Price

We’ve found a fabulous offer for a European River Cruise that celebrates the life and works of Mozart while cruising along the storied Danube River.  The outstanding two-for-one promotional price offered by eWaterways.com makes this 5 day luxury cruise a can’t miss choice at $418.50 per person (twin share).  That’s less than $100 per day […]

May 18, 2010 | By | Reply More
Wentworth By The Sea – A Stunning Historic Hotel, One Hour North Of Boston

Wentworth By The Sea – A Stunning Historic Hotel, One Hour North Of Boston

A bodacious seaside escape awaits you just a short drive north of Boston at the stunning Wentworth By The Sea Resort, one of America’s most inviting historic grand hotels. For 20 years or more the imposing Wentworth Hotel lay shuttered and crumbling on it’s rocky outcrop just over the New Hampshire boarder in New Castle, […]

May 3, 2010 | By | 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
Important Questions To Ask Before Booking An Adventure Tour

Important Questions To Ask Before Booking An Adventure Tour

Anne (a member of our Wicked Good community) recently sent us a report of her sea kayaking misadventure in Belize, leading us to consider the important questions you should ask an Adventure Tour Operator before booking a trip. Anne had read our article “Lodge to Lodge Kayak Adventure in Stunning Belize” and thought it would […]

April 12, 2010 | By | Reply More
3 Unexpected Travel Trends You Need To Be Aware Of

3 Unexpected Travel Trends You Need To Be Aware Of

The rapid pace of technological advancements brings increasing ease of communication and accessibility to travel  information, as well as new conveniences for making travel decisions and reservations.  There is a flip side to this equation however; new trends also provide opportunities for unintended consequences, potential new fees and electronic vulnerabilities.  Here are three emerging situations […]

March 24, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Crystal Cove Beach Bungalows Transport You Back To The Golden Days of Early Hollywood

Crystal Cove Beach Bungalows Transport You Back To The Golden Days of Early Hollywood

Tucked between the tony enclaves of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, on California’s sunny southern coast, lies a charming seaside sanctuary dotted with cozy beach bungalows preserved from a bygone era.  More than a dozen Crystal Cove Beach Cottages (located within the Crystal Cove State Park ) have been lovingly restored and are available for […]

March 22, 2010 | By | Reply More
Yippie – Turks & Caicos Is On Sale!

Yippie – Turks & Caicos Is On Sale!

Those of you who know me well, know that although I’ve traveled all across the globe, Turks and Caicos is the only destination I’ve ever seriously considered moving to.  Yes, it’s that wonderful!  Spectacular beaches, aquamarine and electric blue ocean, friendly locals, world renowned bone fishing, an eclectic array of restaurants, and gorgeous upscale resorts […]

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1,2, Free! Stay Two Nights, Get One Free Hotel Deals

1,2, Free! Stay Two Nights, Get One Free Hotel Deals

Major hotels are jumping on the Buy Two, Get One Free bandwagon. Rather than reducing their rates in general, hotels are offering customers a free night’s stay instead.  Stay for two consecutive nights and get one free equals a 33 1/3% price reduction for your overall stay.  For instance if you stay two nights at […]

March 11, 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
Free Companion Airfare To The Bahamas

Free Companion Airfare To The Bahamas

The Bahamas Tourism Bureau has announced the extension of their winter promotion – free companion airfare for travel to the Bahamas through December 22, 2010 (two for the price of one!!) Travelers who book a 4 night stay by March 3rd at participating hotels in Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island and The Out Islands […]

February 16, 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
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
Hawaii On The Cheap – 4 Easy Steps To Make It Happen

Hawaii On The Cheap – 4 Easy Steps To Make It Happen

CJay is just back from Hawaii and has pulled together a primer on how to visit Hawaii on a budget – because we all know he was pinching every penny!  There’s plenty of good news to be told – a dream trip to Hawaii has never been more affordable or easier to plan than it […]

January 25, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More
Discounted Short-Term Apartment Rentals In Paris

Discounted Short-Term Apartment Rentals In Paris

You may never suspect it, but a New York apartment rental company has the best travel rental deals  for Paris, London and South of France.  Meet NYHabitat.com a wonderful site for finding furnished apartment rentals whether it be for 2 days,  two months or a full year.  And now they have launched a new travel […]

January 21, 2010 | By | Reply More
Don't Book A Resort Hotel Without Checking Oyster.com First!

Don't Book A Resort Hotel Without Checking Oyster.com First!

In the world of  websites that provide hotel information and customer reviews, Oyster.com stands out like a gleaming gem! If you haven’t found Oyster.com yet…. you’re going to love it.  Oyster.com provides what sites like Trip Advisor have been missing – a consistent, trusted and candid voice.  When you read an Oyster review, you know […]

December 15, 2009 | By | Reply More
Kayak Launches New Tool To Keep All Your Travel Organized

Kayak Launches New Tool To Keep All Your Travel Organized

The folks at Kayak.com have added a great new service to help keep all your travel reservations and information in one place. Kayak’s free itinerary magagement tool lets you consolidate all your travel elements in one file by forwarding reservation confirmations to your Kayak account.  Kayak Trips will keep track of your airline hotel & […]

December 9, 2009 | By | Reply More