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Amelia Island – An Enchanting Getaway Destination That’s Easy To Reach and Full of Fun

Amelia Island BeachBeautiful Beaches, Intriguing History, Gorgeous Inns,  Divine Food, Good Shopping – Wow What A Great Vacation Spot! I’ve just spent a completely magical long weekend on Amelia Island in Florida.  If you’ve never visited this beautiful and fascinating island just off the coast of Jacksonville Florida, you’re missing a lot. When I think of what makes a great island getaway destination, a few musts come to mind – long stretches of soft sand beach, awesome restaurants in varying price categories, friendly pubs with quirky personalities, interesting accommodation choices, great walks, a bit of history to learn about, excursions out on the water, and oh yes… artsy boutique shopping.  Amelia Island has all these in SPADES!  Let me tell you about our 3 days of fun on Amelia Island.

Fernandina Amelia IslandGetting to Amelia Island – We stopped by on our (end of winter) drive north from Florida back to Boston.  Amelia Island is located along the Jacksonville coast, making it a quick detour off Route 95 to Route 17 then over the bridge onto A1A.  If you’re flying there’s more good news – JetBlue often has reasonably priced nonstop flights to Jacksonville from many of the cities they serve.  You should be able to find a good array of flight choices into Jacksonville (JAX) airport.

How To Find Budget Airlines in Europe and Beyond

Where do you turn to find low cost airlines that fly between London and Rome? How about Madrid to Munich? Soaring fuel costs promise that this summer will see air fare prices higher than ever before. It's time to pull out all...

New App Launches For Booking a 'Hotel Tonight'

Hotel Tonight is a new mobile app specifically designed to make booking last minute hotel room reservations a cinch. With all the disastrous winter weather plaguing the country this year, the Hotel Tonight app could be your savior when flights get canceled in Chicago, Boston,...

I Love This New Travel Accessory!

Meet the SPI Belt, an ingenious invention that combines the best attributes of a money belt, travel wallet, and fanny pack.  The name stands for small personal item belt.

SPI Belt

SPI Belt - Empty

This lightweight, flexible little belt is comfy to wear (inside or outside of clothing) and expands to hold an astonishing amount of important personal items.  Wear it to carry essential items while  running, walking or traveling.  Here’s my Caribbean edition… I bought Clint one in solid black.

SPI Belt - Filled

SPI Belt - Filled

This is what the belt looks like when filled with my writer’s notebook, pen, credit cards, money, lipstick, comb, cell phone and business cards – amazing! 

Travelers – Phone Home Totally Free!

Google VoiceInternational travelers sing hallelujah – there’s finally an easy way to phone home from anywhere in the world totally free!!! It’s fast, easy, and free.  I’ve tried it and I LOVE IT!

The folks at Google Labs have developed a computer to phone calling system that works from any GMail account.  If you don’t have a GMail address, get one today at Google.com – yes, it’s free.

To make a call – sign into your GMail account on any computing device and click on “Call Phone” that appears in the left column.  You’ll be directed to download the application once. 

New England Fall Foliage Trains – Scenic Views Without The Traffic

          New England is blessed with some of the most spectacular fall foliage displays in the world.  The diverse variety of hardwood forests climbing dramatic mountainsides and reflected in shimmering lakes guarantee scenic overload.  This year skip the traffic jams on the highways and view the...

World's Most Luscious Food Markets

Local food markets give a glimpse into the soul of a destination.  The crops that local farmers grow and the culinary creations that food artisans produce speak to the history of the location and the traditions of its citizens.  Nothing is more pleasing and engrossing than roaming among the stalls of a neighborhood farmer’s market or the grand food halls of a metropolitan city.  In China I was almost afraid to look (bugs on a stick?!), in Vancouver the smells and colors were dazzling, in Hawaii I found vegetables I had never seen before in my life, and the markets in Rome and Paris were sensuous.  Now that it’s harvest time around the world, don’t miss the opportunity to visit a luscious food market wherever you roam – here are some of the world’s favorites:

Americas
New York
Chelsea Market, a hub of foodie activity
San Francisco
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, large Organics Markets, operates 3 times per week
New Orleans – Crescent City Farmers Market
, Uptown and Downtown fabulous fruits
Seattle – Freemont Sunday Market
– more than fruits & veggies – treasures of all description
Hawaii – Hawaii Farmers Markets Online, several gorgeous markets on every island
Vancouver – Granville Island Public Market
, The ethnic diversity of Vancouver makes this market a sensory explosion
Mexico City –
Mercado de la Merced, nirvana for chili pepper lovers – every color of the rainbow!