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Virgin America has a new limited-time promotion discounting flights to major cities throughout the country, among them Austin, Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, and D.C. The promotion ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on July 7, and tickets must be booked at least 21 days prior to departure. These sale flights are good during Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for varying dates, dependent on preferred route, but somewhere during September 8 - November 19.
Canyon's Timeless Gift
Expectations are high upon boarding the history-laden
Grand Canyon train in Williams, Arizona in the heart of the Kaibab National
Forest. Recognized as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon," the town
has the character of Route 66, the Old West, and a 1940s movie set where
a straight shot of whiskey, scuffed boots, and a battered guitar set the
mood. The Williams depot, hosting Grand Canyon travelers since 1908, is
the classic launch point for the 65-mile, two-hour journey to the South
Rim of the Grand Canyon.
St. Mary's County: Where the Colonists are Still Minding the Farm
Rebecca, an indentured servant, has only been at the
plantation for two months, and already she has mastered the skills of milking,
cooking, gardening and tending to the animals... The Captain of the Dove,
the ship that brought her from England, explains the intricacies of determining
longitude and latitude in 1634... Plantation owner Godiah Spray worries
about the back rent his tenant farmer owes him...
of the Largest Organic Farms in Spain: Hacienda Zorita
On a recent journey along the the Ruta de Santa Teresa
in Castilla y Leon, Spain, to celebrate St. Teresa's 500th birthday, I detoured
for a bit to indulge another passion of mine: the Farm-to-Table movement.
Located just a half hour or so outside of Salamanca is a company-run nearly
800 acre facility pioneering in natural and organic farming in Spain. It
is Hacienda Zorita, and it is a cutting-edge facility affiliated with the
finest restaurants and hotels of many European capitals.
Ruffalo Interview: Life As An Actor At Home and The Psychological Challenges
Any time you mention Mark Ruffalo's name to anyone,
the response is always, "He seems like a really nice guy;" or
"He seems so genuine and not full of himself;" or "I love
his acting;" or "I really love that guy." And so it goes.
Those responses are consistent and I'm pleased to tell you that yes, he
is all those things. Yes, he is quite accessible, and yes, he's quite unassuming,
and yes, he's a really nice guy. As far as his outstanding performances,
given his multiple award nominations, that speaks volumes.
Rhapsody: High Noon in Prague's Old Town Square (Dispatch #7)
It's a race against a centuries-old timepiece as
the Palladian Traveler hustles his way along the cobble of Prague's historic
center in this seventh dispatch filed under Bohemian Rhapsody.
Corritore: The Phoenix Rising Son
Bob Corritore is a busy guy and you
get an immediate sense he wouldn't want it any other way. Less than 24 hours
ago, Corritore was onstage at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis playing
in front of more than 1500 blues fans. Today he's in Clarksdale, MS. sitting
in with Diunna Greenleaf and a host of other blues artists at a benefit
for the late 'Pinetop' Perkins. Next week he flies to Europe with Henry
Gray to promote his latest project appropriately titled, 'Blues Won't
Let Me Take My Rest.'
Ruffalo Interview: On Bipolar Disorder, The Art of Acting, & Family
Any time Mark Ruffalo's name appears in the cast of
any project, you know he will be giving an absolutely perfect performance.
Hence, he is one of the most successful, sought after Hollywood actors.
His films has earned him Academy Award, SAG, BAFTA and Independent Spirit
Award nominations. Ruffalo's latest film is Infinitely Polar Bear,
in which he plays Cam Stuart, a man with a serious bipolar condition.
Rhapsody: Glassblowing 101 (Dispatch #6)
The Palladian Traveler works up a good sweat as
he learns the fine art of glassblowing from an artisan craftsman in this
sixth dispatch filed under Bohemian Rhapsody.
Gomes: A Continuing Education in the Blues
Driving across West Texas, that endless
stretch of highway where 80 miles an hour just isn't fast enough, the CD
player is tracking 'Electric Field Holler,' the 12th and latest project
from Anthony Gomes. Turns out, it's the perfect blues propellant to traverse
that infinite vastness of blowing dirt, tumbleweeds and oil derricks. With
the accelerator to the floor, the opening track is all the GPS you need,
'Don't try to stop me once I start, 'cause I got a blues soul and a rock
and roll heart.'
La Vida Lompoc
Lompoc has always been a mystery to me a town
I've heard of but never visited, a name on road signs along Highway 1, but
never a destination. Well this all changed recently when I visited the town
for couple nights of delightful discovery.
Norway's Fjords: God's Gift to the World
With its jagged mountain peaks that jolt vertically
from the sea, stunning waterways, cascading waterfalls, tiny fishing villages
and mountain farmhouses, the fjords of Norway would be my pick for the most
beautiful place on the planet. I'm not exactly going out on a limb when
I say this. Two of Norway's fjords, the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord,
have joined the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt, and the Grand
Canyon as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You Know Who Sergeant York Was? (... and why he is famous?)
He certainly doesn't look like a movie star!" said
a fellow journalist when both of us were recently in a small French village
called Chatel-Chehery. To be quite honest, I was also thinking the same
thing when, later that day we found a book about American war heroes from
WW1 and WW2, that gave us more information about Sergeant York.
Rhapsody: Crossing Karlův Most (Dispatch #5)
The Palladian Traveler artfully dodges artful dodgers
as he joins the masses for a photogenic crossing of Prague's iconic Charles
Bridge in his fifth dispatch of the Bohemian Rhapsody travel series.
Blood Old Souls The Casey Hensley Band
Sitting down in an Oceanside coffee
house with Casey Hensley and Evan Yearsley you suddenly feel old. Both of
these creative artists have been around music their entire, albeit short
lives and have experienced more than their share of the emotional highs
and lows associated with this chosen profession. Yet, they still maintain
an open and energetic enthusiasm for the blues they play.
Close & Personal With Kathryn Hahn
Kathryn Hahn can either make you laugh or cry, as she
is equally at home in comedic or dramatic roles. She is also equally at
home on stage, screen, or television, having performed in all those genres.
She recently had a role in This Is Where I Leave You where she played
a woman desperate to get pregnant. In her personal life, she's managed to
do that twice.
Studios Hollywood Celebrates 50 Years of Movie-Making Magic
Great Movies and television can take us away from our
daily lives and transport us into fascinating different lands and realms.
And when masterfully combined with state-of-the-art thrill rides and special
effects, these cinematic experiences can be magical.
Rhapsody: Storming Praský Hrad (Dispatch #4)
Our Man in Italy takes us back to 9th century
Prague, when absolute power was the norm and thrones were kept warm by
the kings and emperors, in his fourth dispatch of the Bohemian Rhapsody
Rhapsody: Na Zdraví! (Dispatch #3)
Beer mugs give way to wine glasses as our Man
in Italy goes underground in Prague to file his third dispatch in
the Bohemian Rhapsody series.
Along Aquitaine's Rivers with Uniworld's River
Royale, Part 2
Why would you chose a river boat as part of visiting
a European city? There are easy answers. You've been moving around with
the same bunch of passengers for several days and like tourists or
locals you meet on European trains many are willing even anxious
to give you suggestions on what you do on this vacation in this part of
You have heard the Declaration of Independence
with its majestic ending, which is worthy to live forever, which has
been hurled at the bones of a fossilized monarch, old King George the
III, who has been dead these many years, and which will continue to
be hurled at him annually as long as this republic lives.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY from the staff at TravelingBoy
We have designated 2015 as the year to give. Here
are some of our favorite charities. CLICK
John Clayton: TravelingBoy Blogger & Rancho
Palos Verdes Journalist Lands National Award for Cable Shows
2015 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards
Travel Weekly is proud to present the premier
award for the travel industry, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.
From design to marketing to services, the Travel Weekly Magellan
Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding
travel professionals behind it all. All winners are featured in
a special issue of Travel Weekly in September that will
feature a special section dedicated to this year's winners. We
have created categories that reflect the different segments of
the travel industry. Deadline July 10.
Photo courtesy of Zurich Tourism
Discover the culinary side of Switzerland.
Recreation in Oregon Abounds Despite Drought
SALEM, Ore. Travel Oregon, in partnership with
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, the Oregon Marine
Board, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Department
of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the
Department of State Lands, wants to remind Oregonians and visitors:
Recreation abounds throughout the state, whether water-based recreation
Learn exactly what you need to know before planning
a Cuba trip.
Experience Montreal in Two Minutes
Ecotourism Pioneer Mandip Singh Soin to Serve
As 10 Million Better Campaign Ambassador
NEW DELHI, India Mandip Singh Soin, founder
of Ibex Expeditions, India, has been appointed an Ambassador for
the industry-wide 10 MILLION BETTER campaign launched by Sustainable
Travel International, a US-based nonprofit organization, to improve
lives and protect places through travel and tourism.
Watch the Video Cruising Copenhagen
Here you can see a tiny bit of all that Copenhagen
has to offer with your own eyes.
Limited Time 2-for-1 Offer on Great Safaris
Remarkable Cape & Kruger Tour
Book at the Classic, Superior or Luxe Level and
the second person travels for free. Award-winning luxury safari
outfitter Great Safaris just released a limited time 2-for-1 offer
on its popular Cape
& Kruger safari. Book this 10-day journey to experience
Cape Town and Kruger National Park and the second person will
travel for FREE!
The Power of Nature with Fjord Tours
Photo courtesy of Innovation Norway
Let Fjord Tours show you Norways magical
fjords, mountains, waterfalls, ideal for activities like kayaking,
hiking, glacier walking, bicycling and much more.
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Restrictions on travel to Cuba may have been loosened
recently, but there are still so many rules about what American
tour groups can and can't do, it's no surprise most of the itineraries
are pretty similar. These educational, people-to-people trips
are quickly creating a beaten path in the small, still-sort-of-off-limits
Caribbean country. On most tours, you'll go to a cigar factory,
you'll have dinner at a local family restaurant, and you'll visit
a colonial city. It's not that these and other iconic activities
aren't interesting, it's just that some travelers want something
a little different.
Here are seven companies offering just that, tours
that provide a unique lens through which to see Cuba.
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Random Acts of Canine Kindness
Cedric the Dog takes a well-earned break after
organizing a protest at an Alabama puppy mill.
Together in Spirit The Best Friends Animal
At the core of Best Friends' work is the dream
that one day animals will no longer be killed in America's shelters.
Known for travel stories that immediately capture
the interest of the reader with their colorful creativity, clever
use of words and the talent to paint pictures with words about
destinations all over the world, TravelingBoy
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travel cartoons that highlight the foibles and quirks of mankind.
America's Happiest Airports
Dating site www.MissTravel.com
recently polled more than 50,000 people to find out their favorite
U.S. airports and came up with a list that delivers on the comfort,
convenience, customer service, and cleanliness fronts
West Palm Beach, Florida: PBI
San Francisco, California: SFO
Savannah, Georgia: SAV
Portland, Oregon: PDX
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: PHL
Essential Items You Must Pack in Carry-On Luggage
Documentation of Travel Plans
Cash & Currency Equivalents
Electronics & Other Valuables
The three worst airports for arrivals, with
delays exceeding 20 minutes, are Newark, LaGuardia, and O'Hare;
JFK is close at 19 minutes.
I Hear America Singing By Walt Whitman
I hear America singing, the varied carols
Those of mechanics, each one singing his
as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures
his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready
for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him
in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his
bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutters song, the ploughboys
on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or
The delicious singing of the mother, or
of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her
and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day at
night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong
Deb your favorite travel poems.
Airbus: Worst Airplane Seat Ever
Airbus filed a patent for what will be the least
comfortable airplane seat in the sky. The new design features
saddle-like seats that can fold up when not in use. Gone are cushions,
padded armrests, tray tables and personal space: The new seating
plan, of course, would allow airlines to cram more passengers
into the limited space of the cabin.
Airlines with the Most Extra Fees Courtesy SmarterTravel
The airlines call them ancillary revenues. Travelers
call it nickel-and-diming. By whatever name, the dizzying array
of fees that airlines now impose for everything from checked bags
to carry-on bags to seat selection to ticket reissues is big business.
And it's getting bigger.
A new study by industry consulting firm IdeaWorks
found that the airlines' ancillary fees had increased by almost
1,200 percent between 2007 and 2013, from $2.45 billion to $31.5
Airlines Are Making Big Bucks!
Several major airlines are reporting big profits.
5 Things Travel Has Taught Me
The staff at Twenty-Something Travel write about
5 things theyve learned from travel.
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads
more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide
emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service
members and wounded warriors.
7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning
Master the art of earning miles, attaining elite
status, and working the system to earn free flights and other
perks. Learn from expert travelers who know how to maximize their
Traveling Boy Recipe
The Lofoten Islands consist of stunning mountain peaks
that seem to come right out of the sea, and sheltered inlets populated
with little fishing villages. For centuries, fishing has been the very
foundation of life on the islands. While on the deck of a vessel outside
a Lofoten fishing village, I overheard an American passenger ask a Norwegian
what those things were hanging on stilts. The Norwegian replied that it
was air-dried cod for making Lutefisk. The American exclaimed, "And
the birds don't eat it?" The Norwegian shrugged, 'No, they don't
seem to like It.'