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$49+ O/W Huge Winter Sale on Alaska -
Alaska Airlines is offering a huge week-long Cyber Monday airfare promotion. Through 11:59 p.m. PT on December 9, Alaska's vast sale discounts domestic (including Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, and Mexico flights. Travel windows differ and are dependent on preferred route but are generally for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday flights from January 7 through March 5. Blackout dates exclude travel from February 14 through 22. www.alaskaair.com
In the Footsteps of the Dukes of Burgundy
The first Valois duke of Burgundy recognized a good
deal when he saw one. His bride, Margaret of Flanders, was reputed to have
the ugliest face in all of Europe, but she was the richest heiress in Europe.
When he married Margaret in 1369, Philip the Bold, the youngest son of the
King of France, acquired Flanders, todays Low Countries, making him
both rich and powerful.
Piazza Lights the Candle
As we close out yet another year, and
you're in the process of filling up your dance card for the Holidays, here's
a solid party favor. Flip over your calendar and draw some big red lips
around Sunday, December 15th that way you won't blow the opportunity to
attend Rod Piazza's 5th Annual Birthday Blues Festival. This yearly Riverside,
California celebration will once again light up Lake Evans at the American
Legion Hall in picturesque Fairmount Park.
Central Italy: Senigallia's Spiaggia di Velluto
Our "Man in Italy" recently spent a relaxing
week along the Riviera Adriatica in the resort-port city of Senigallia
where he experienced firsthand the joys of a true Italian seaside vacation
and the therapeutic values of saltwater, sun and spaghetti allo scoglio.
Driving the Route of Bertha Benz: A German Wonder
Want to drive along the world's first long distance
automobile road? Can you handle 97 miles of rural German highway in a modern
car? (They drive on the right just like us.) Want to hear about the woman
who drove it in 1888? Take the train from Frankfurt to Mannheim, look for
the tribute to the world's first automobile and hear the story of Bertha
Benz, Germany's Wonder Woman of 1888.
Lights, Camera, Action: In Search of Movie Locations
in the Land of Aloha
The vog blanketed the evening Honolulu skyline, compliments
of the volcanic ash that blew in from towering Mt. Pelée on the Big
Island of Hawaii. More a curiosity than a hindrance, a larger than
life Elvis was still clearly on display, singing and strumming a ukulele
on Waikiki Beach. This was a real Elvis sighting thanks to the Honolulu
Film Festival where the film Blue Hawaii was projected on a mammoth screen
right on the beach.
with Medieval Mysteries: Hiking Through History in Southern France
Climbing up the wide circular stone staircase to our
hotel room in the Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse on the first night, I knew
this would be a very different trip. I could just as easily be accessing
a medieval castle as a lodging facility and then I found out I was.
Although I suspect our room was a lot less drafty than those of the lords
and ladies who preceded us.
Southwestern France: Heaven Among the Vineyards
For the seventh and final dispatch in his pursuit
of joie de vivre around southwestern France, the Palladian Traveler
has a much-anticipated rendezvous with a fellow blogger at a château
in the middle of Bordeaux wine country that can only be described as paradise.
Bitney Crone Shares His Sad Story About Consequences of Inequality
The documentary "Bridegroom" is a touching,
tragic love story about a beautiful young gay couple Shane Bitney
Crone, originally from a small, conservative town in Montana, and his partner,
Tom Bridegroom, from equally conservative Indiana. They met in Los Angeles
and instantly knew they were soul mates and planned to marry as soon as
it became legal in California.
Point Resort and Spa
To some, paradise is a romantic dinner on a moonlit
bay. To others it's a secluded bungalow on the beach, or a soothing massage
in a tropical setting. To me it's all of the above and this is why I love
a retreat such as Paradise Point Resort & Spa on San Diego's majestic
Mission Bay. Covering 44 acres, the resort is a tropical rain forest-like
oasis, boasting an award-winning seafood restaurant, a full-service spa
and 430 guestrooms, set in classic Californian-styled bungalows.
Offbeat Future Travel Destinations
Do you ever say to yourself when contemplating future
trips "well, I've been there and done that what
else can I do?" OK, in this month's travel column let me share
with you (briefly) five offbeat things to see and do. I loved 'em, and
I'm reasonably sure you will too. One of the best "travel thrills"
for me, was relishing the ultimate excitement (!) of a Snowmobile ride
in Kirkenes, Norway. Just the name of the company was intriguing
for Hollywood and the Hilton Garden Inn
Sometimes when you live close to an exciting place,
you take it for granted and hardly ever visit it. Such is my relationship
with Hollywood. Without good reason, I don't venture there much. But this
changed recently when I discovered the Hollywood Hilton Garden Inn and enjoyed
a wonderful getaway to the fabled town.
Through the Outback on the Indian Pacific's Christmas Train
It was mid December and a heat wave had embraced the
country. Record setting temperatures were searing the land from high 90s
in Sydney and Adelaide to blast furnace heat in the great Outback. Fires
were raging throughout the country. But we were cool, riding the air-conditioned
Indian Pacific railway across the southern expanse of Australia to the west
coast city of Perth, a four-day transcontinental tour...
Southwestern France: Pyla-sur-Mer
In this penultimate of seven planned dispatches in
search of joie de vivre around southwestern France, the Palladian
Traveler spends an afternoon taking in the views of the dark blue Atlantic
and quite a few glasses of superlative Sauvignon Blanc as he kicks back
in the "Hamptons of France."
Gates Plays it Forward
I ran into Phil Gates at the San Diego
Blues Festival this year, and liked him immediately. I think it was because
I knew he could very well have been on stage that day, but instead had chosen
to kick back, enjoy the sunshine and relish in the performances of his friends,
peers and fellow blues musicians. Over the years it's been my experience
that most artists have a genuine respect and a mutual appreciation of other
player's abilities and talents.
Exploring Dylan Thomas Country on the South West Coast
Wales loves its artists. Thats easy to say with
the likes of actors Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheehan
all hailing from the South West Coast of Wales, near Swansea. No artist,
however, commands a deeper place in a Walesians heart than poet and
writer, Dylan Thomas.
Douglas Complex Fire Riddle, Oregon
When I'm not out pursuing my dreams of international
intrigue and their accompanying exploits, like anyone else, I need to keep
busy. As you already have tasted bitterly over the years, finding a gig
that provides travel, adventure, and a little bit of danger thrown in is
quite difficult. And can you imagine such a job paying well too? And with
several months off each year, to boot yet? Not likely. After all these years,
however, I found it.
for Scotlands Famous Loch Ness Monster!
As Squadron Leader Marlwood-Elton, and his co-pilot
Pilot officer Slatter, walked across the runway, the cold wind bit into
their clothing that was not tightly buttoned up. Dark clouds scudded menacingly
overhead as they walked towards their Wellington bomber. Shed already
got 14 successful bombing missions over Europe, but now R for Robert was
at the RAF airbase at Lossiemouth, Scotland...
Cloud Forest: A Costa Rican Tourist Attraction that Discourages Tourists
The last 18 miles of the road leading to the Monteverde
Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, full of ruts and potholes by design, takes over
an hour and a half to navigate. The locals like it that way. And they choose
not to fix it because it would be too easy then for tourists to visit. That
may not sound all that hospitable but it illustrates the emphasis Costa
Ricans place on conservation.
"Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile."
T-Boy blogger, Masada Siegel scores at the
2014 SATW Bill Muster Photo Competition
Masada explains, It's exciting to be placed
in the first photography competition I have ever entered. I love
capturing a moment in time which can bring with it memories of
a place, person or feeling for a lifetime. This photo is part
of a series I captured called, "Reflections of Rome.
A Taste of FRIENDLY PLANET
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for our array of exciting "tastes" of some of the world's
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trip into an adventure of a lifetime. But don't wait too long,
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Bryce Canyon Winter Warmer Special from Rubyís
Stay 1 night at regular winter rates from November
1st to March 31st, and get 50% off each additional night in one
of our superior accommodations of your choice, and FREE Copy of
The Bryce Canyon Auto and Hiking Guide. Black out dates November
20th-23rd, December 21-January 2nd, February 2nd - 8th, February
NEWS FLASH: NORTHERN LIGHTS IN NORTHERN EUROPE
2013/2014 !! Researchers have discovered that Auroral activity
is cyclic, peaking roughly every 11 years. The next peak period
is 2013/2014! ScanTours offers many tours and independent packages
to Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland! Scantours offers the largest
variety of travel options to Scandinavia and Northern Europe and
small ship cruises worldwide, catering to everyone from the budget
minded to those who want the finest in luxury and convenience.
London Underground Film Festival
HEART ATTACK! + LA CAGE AUX ZOMBIES Plus Q&A
with Director Kelly Hughes @CINE-REBIS LONDON.
Lonely Planet's Best
in Travel 2014 Top 10 Cities
After a feverish debate, the results are finally
in. Check-out Friendly Planets top 10 cities on the globe
from reinvented classics to destinations on the rise.
New Videos from Panguitch, Utah
Located in the valley between the Markagunt and
Pausaugunt Plateaus, Panguitch Utah is home to some of the most
majestic scenery on earth. Just 24 miles northwest of Bryce Canyon
and surrounded by many National Parks and Monuments, this magical
little town is one of Utahs best kept secrets.
If you dont believe us, take a look at these
Golf Packages from Big Sur Lodge
Enjoy the drive, cherish the stay and play your
choice of Rancho Canada Golf Club East & West or Laguna Seca
Golf Ranch in Californias stunning Big Sur. The rate of
$259.00 includes standard room for two, breakfast and a 18 hole
round of golf for two. Starting now and continuing through June.
Winter Yacht Charter Destinations from the
Tried and True to the Wildly Exotic from Interpac Yachts!
Enjoy the Northern Lights in Extraordinary
Settings in Finnish Lapland
Earths most spectacular light show, the
Aurora Borealis, can now be viewed in a range of purpose-built
spaces from bubble pods to luxury hotel suites in Finland. The
Northern Lights are visible on roughly 200 nights a year
or every other clear night in Finnish Lapland.
Two by Grobel
In this intriguing podcast, interviewer extraordinaire
Larry Grobel discusses his Playboy Magazine interviews with some
of Hollywoods biggest stars that include Marlon Brando and
Ketchikan is known as the salmon fishing capital
of the world, native culture, nature trails, wildlife and majestic
totem poles. The First City of the Inside Passage,
you can use Ketchikan as your hub to many outlying areas and communities
including Misty Fjords National Monument, Prince of Wales Island,
Hyder, Wrangell and Petersburg, Alaska. For a wide selection of
vacation rentals and intimate bed & breakfasts where you stay
with in the know friendly locals, weve found
the best bet for your dollar is Ketchikan Reservation Service.
Deluxe JW Marriott Beach Resort in Guanacaste,
Costa Rica... US$ 763 pp/dbl 7 days/6nights
Includes: Transfers Liberia airport/Hotel/Liberia
airport; 6 nights at the Beach Resort JW Marriott with daily buffet
breakfast and Deluxe Garden Rooms (FREE upgrades to Deluxe Ocean
Rooms subject to availability); Exercise facilities, swimming
pools, gym, Spa (One coupon of US$20 per person/per day to be
used at the Spa), room taxes and service charges. Enjoy assistance
from our local representative for optional tours while at the
Missed Connection and Delayed Baggage: What
Are My Rights?
You are entitled to a full refund of what you
paid for. If the airline offers miles instead of cash, dont
be afraid to ask for a lot. This applies to any extra service
on any airline for which you pay but an airline refuses or fails
to deliver. You are also due reimbursement for necessary expenses
you incurred as a result of your delayed baggage. This is a contractual
and a legal requirement in both the U.S. and Europe.
Print Your Bag Tags Before You Get to the Airport
With most airlines, flyers can check-in and print
boarding passes before they get to the airport. The Spanish airline,
Iberia, jump started a new program called MyBagTag, which allows
flyers to print luggage tags at home and affix them to their own
bags. Now, even those traveling with checked bags can skip the
airport check-in queue, saving approximated 10 or 20 minutes of
time spent waiting in line.
12 Best Budget Airlines
Who says traveling the world has to be expensive?
We've scoured the globe to find the most affordable airlines,
whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway or a longer,
more exotic adventure on the other side of the world.
T-Boy Travel Tips
Here are some tips from our Traveling Boy bloggers
Traveling Boy Charities
The following are some of our favorite charities.
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.
Share and Track Flights on the Web with Latest
FlightTrack and FlightTrack Pro Update
Travelers now able to share their flight path
on the web with both users and non-users of the app. Mobiata,
developers of some of the most beautifully designed and best-selling
travel apps on the market, released an important update to both
FlightTrack and FlightTrack Pro today, offering a brand-new sharing
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somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond by E. E. Cummings
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look will easily unclose
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously)her first rose
or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hand.
Should airlines or the TSA be accountable for
the items that are stolen from checked bags? Plus, try these clever
tactics to keep your valuables safe in checked luggage.
International Phone Calls
Easily keep in touch when overseas by using the
Mobal® International Cell Phone.
15 Ways Consumers Can Reduce Airfare Costs By Andrea Woroch
Andrea Woroch is an established consumer savings
expert passionate about helping individuals discover financial
freedom. Her goal is to teach consumers how to live on less without
radically changing their lifestyles.
Last-Minute Airfare Deals
Find the latest last-minute Web fares for flights
departing from within the United States and Canada.
The Best Place to Find Cheap Flights
Compare prices on 400+ airlines and travel sites,
including Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline and more and
find the best bargain..
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
Person's John Montagu Plain Omelette-Smoked Salmon Panino
This time around we'll bite into my culinary hodgepodge
between two slices of bread, the Lazy Person's John Montagu Plain Omelette-Smoked
Salmon Panino that's a mouthful LPJMPOSSP for short
still a mouthful. It's a delectable panino (sandwich) that I thoroughly
enjoy, with slight variations, as one of my three squares a day.