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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
JetBlue and Emirates Airlines Become Passenger-Centric Code Share Partners

JetBlue and Emirates Airlines Become Passenger-Centric Code Share Partners

JetBlue Airways and Emirates Airlines Have Formed A Code Share Partnership As New Non-Stop Routes From Boston to Detroit Begin.  As Emirates Airlines begins flying from major US cities nonstop to Dubai, they are partnering with JetBlue Airlines as their United States connector. I last wrote about Emirates Airlines when they opened their 8th US […]

March 25, 2014 | By More
Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Free Pick-Up Service For New Yorkers This Summer

Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Free Pick-Up Service For New Yorkers This Summer

Celebrity Cruise Line is known for treating their passengers like, well… celebrities. This summer they’re upping their game by pampering New Yorkers with free “Black Car” door-to-door transfers to the cruise pier in Bayonne, New Jersey for passengers booking a suite on a 7-night Bermuda cruise. These lucky passengers will be pampered from door-to-door!

March 13, 2014 | By More
7 Secrets For Finding The Cheapest Flights

7 Secrets For Finding The Cheapest Flights

As Winter begins to draw to a close, it’s the time of year when we start thinking about possible trips and vacations for the year ahead. If you are ready to plan ahead then you may be able to take advantage of some of the discounts that are offered by many of the airlines for advanced bookings. Most people know that the closer you get to your departure date the more expensive your flights are going to be, so get in there as early as possible to secure lower airfare

As this infographic from IwantThatFlight.com.au shows, booking early is just one way to save money on flights. Here are more secrets to help you secure cheap flights, giving you more money to spend on the trip itself!

March 6, 2014 | By More
Bereavement and Family Emergency Airfares – 2014 Update of Airlines Who Still Offer Them

Bereavement and Family Emergency Airfares – 2014 Update of Airlines Who Still Offer Them

The recent consolidation of major airlines has resulted in big changes in the availability of Bereavement, Emergency, and Compassion airfares for 2014. Earlier this week American Airlines (after merging with US Airways) announced that they will no longer offer bereavement airfares. This is a very discouraging trend, especially considering they are now the largest airline in the United States. Currently, only two airlines in the United States still offer discounted Bereavement Fares:

March 3, 2014 | By More
Can You Take An E-Cig On A Plane? – TSA Says Yes…But

Can You Take An E-Cig On A Plane? – TSA Says Yes…But

With the growing popularity of e-cig, it’s only natural that travelers will want to take them along on their trips. But how does the TSA and airlines feel about it? Here’s a current look at the answer to: Can I Bring An E-Cigarette On An Airplane?

First and foremost, the TSA Does Not Ban E-Cigarettes from going through airport security in a carry-on bag or in checked luggage. However, you may be identified for further inspection unless you follow our helpful tips for bringing an e-cigarette through airport security:

February 26, 2014 | By More
Tiny and Trendy,  World’s Smallest Vacation Rentals That Deliver Big Memories

Tiny and Trendy, World’s Smallest Vacation Rentals That Deliver Big Memories

When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.

If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…

February 24, 2014 | By More
TravelWise Packing Cubes – Product Review

TravelWise Packing Cubes – Product Review

I’ve just taken the TravelWise packing cubes for a test run on a weekend getaway, and I am sold, these are really a great aid to packing efficiently. These days more often than not I pack in a soft-sided carry-on and typically find that while it fits nicely in overhead airplane bins, my clothes often get totally jumbled around. The TravelWise packing cubes take care of this problem very nicely – no more wrinkled mess!

Here are some of of the features I liked the most:

February 18, 2014 | By More
Historic Beverly Hills Celebrates 100 Years of Dazzle With Free Concerts And More

Historic Beverly Hills Celebrates 100 Years of Dazzle With Free Concerts And More

An Insider’s Guide To Historic Beverly Hills

“Historic” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about Beverly Hills, but the city has much more to offer than world-class shopping and cars that cost more than your (and my) house. On January 28, 2014, the City of Beverly Hills marked its centennial and kicked off a year-long celebration featuring free concerts, public art exhibits, special offers from local hotels and restaurants and much more. If you want to experience the history of luxury, glamor and elegance, Beverly Hills is the place to go.

February 6, 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
New Cruise Shopping Tool Is A Game Changer For  Finding Best Cruise Deals

New Cruise Shopping Tool Is A Game Changer For Finding Best Cruise Deals

Cruise Critic, the internet’s largest cruise review website has just launched a new cruise shopping tool, Price Drop, that shows shoppers the latest cruise bargains. We think their amazing new tool is destined to shake up the cruise booking marketplace and give savvy cruise shoppers an easy way to find the latest cruise price reductions.

Price Drop is a new way to shop for the lowest priced cruises as it compares recently reduced cruise fares against published rates.

January 29, 2014 | By More
How To Plan A Budget Honeymoon in Italy

How To Plan A Budget Honeymoon in Italy

A honeymoon in Italy has it all: culturally rich cities, ancient treasures, contemporary art, cozy wine bars and panoramic vistas that create romantic backdrops. It’s one of the world’s premiere honeymoon destinations for good reason: Italy has everything you’ll ever want for the perfect getaway with the person you love most.

The country’s beauty and popularity attracts millions of visitors each year. Its allure comes mainly from its historical significance, its aura of high taste and its natural beauty. However, this same popularity has its drawbacks: Italy’s classy reputation and relative distance can intimidate couples who are working with a tight budget.

December 13, 2013 | By More
Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.

November 22, 2013 | By More
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
Say “Ciao Bella” to Chic New Italian Cruise Ship Coming To Miami This Fall

Say “Ciao Bella” to Chic New Italian Cruise Ship Coming To Miami This Fall

It’s not often that the American cruise scene welcomes a new luxury cruise line to their shores, but that’s exactly what will happen in November when the MCS Divina sails into Miami. It’s time to say “Ciao Bella” (hello beautiful) to this chic European-styled cruise ship.

MSC Cruise Line has one of the newest fleets in the cruise industry with 12 ships, but has been largely unknown to the American market. For over 20 years, MSC had been offering cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America with primarily European clientele. With the introduction of their newest ship, Divina, MSC will establish a dedicated American presence to bring the charms of European style cruising to the United States.

October 14, 2013 | By More
How To Do Miami Up Big On A Small Budget

How To Do Miami Up Big On A Small Budget

Miami has a reputation for being a sultry and expensive vacation destination, but it doesn’t have to drain your wallet to have a great time in this chic city. The key to a low cost vacation in Miami is embodying the lifestyle of the locals and embracing the culture by hitting up all the free stuff.

Keeping your dollars in your pocket can be pretty easy—and it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on the beach either. The only time you’ll have to shell out money is for food and drinks and if you play your cards right you can spend only a few bucks on each meal as well.

September 27, 2013 | By More
Yachting in the French Riviera, 8 Magnificent Ports

Yachting in the French Riviera, 8 Magnificent Ports

For many people, there is no better way to enjoy a vacation than on a boat whether it be sailing, yachting or on a cruise. France is often considered to be the pastime’s epicenter. The French Riviera is home to a multitude of celebrated cities that need to be high on the list of anyone considering taking a boating trip in the area.

If you’re thinking about touring the south of France by sea, here are eight places you can’t miss:

September 9, 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
Tone Up Before The Holidays With A Fall Fitness Cruise To Bermuda

Tone Up Before The Holidays With A Fall Fitness Cruise To Bermuda

Crown Cruise Vacations and Cornerstone Health & Wellness have joined forces with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to plan a Sea Fit Cruise departing from Bayonne, New Jersey on October 13, 2012.

How many of us have sailed away on a fun-filled cruise only to return home 10 pounds heavier? That’s why everyone packs their stretchy waistband pants, right? It’s really not our fault… there are just so many opportunities to indulge wonderful cuisine, lavish desserts and delicious frozen cocktails. But this Fall that could all change – here’s your chance to return from a cruise in better physical shape than when you departed.

August 6, 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