Way out in the misty west, rag-tag spirits of the past,
grasping at timeless threads of memory, swirl about Elko's sturdy and uncompromising
red brick buildings, touching the town's sparkling casino lights that passionately
blink out a silent refrain to those with Lady Luck riding on their shoulders.
These crusty old spirits, the rock-hard backbone of Elko, are the heartbeat
of Western Americana.
Lake District: Where Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter and Literary History Converge
What do William Wordsworth, William Yeats and Jemima
Puddle-Duck have in common? Well, they all lived in and around the fairy-tale
villages of England's Lake District, but only one of them actually is a
fairy tale. And possibly the most famous of the three at least among
the under-10 set. Ms. Puddle-Duck, along with her good friends and neighbors,
Peter Rabbit, Samuel Whiskers and Pickles among many others, were brought
to life by Beatrix Potter...
A Remarkable Paradise Carved Out of the Desert
Usually when I'm invited on a press trip, my family
and friends are very excited for me. When my trip to Israel materialized,
I eagerly shared with everyone what for me what was great news. Their smiles
suddenly faded and were replaced with looks of deep concern. "Be careful."
"Be careful." "Be careful." I heard that over and over
again, with one email from a friend reading: Don't leave the group. Don't
eat in any outdoor cafes. Don't use the buses. Don't use any underground
Northwest Coast Thanksgiving: Looping the Olympic Peninsula By Sarah Wyatt
It's almost Thanksgiving time to admit that
not everyone wants to spend three hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic making
their way to Grandmother's house for yet another meal of cold turkey and
canned cranberry sauce. Veteran road trippers see a different opportunity:
four days off to explore some spectacular byway that offers great views
and outstanding cuisine.
Doctor's Orders: Deggia
Our "Man in Italy" continues his series
of photo shoots around the Trentino as his lens focuses in on an off-the-beaten
path hamlet where llamas roam free and a quaint little church stands in
homage to a Marian apparition of old.
Your Birthday Light The Candle!
For blues fans in Southern California
the annual Rod Piazza Birthday Bash is one of the most anticipated music
events staged in the Inland Empire. Hosted by the birthday boy himself along
with his lovely wife Honey, the blues will once again light up the American
Legion Hall, Post 79 in Riverside's scenic Fairmount Park. As is the tradition
just prior to the arrival of Santa, Rod and Honey invite all their friends
and fellow musicians out for a day-long, old fashioned harp-blowing, guitar-blazing,
West Coast Blues-dancing celebration.
Mirage is a Real Oasis in the Palm Springs Desert
If someone told me there was an historic presidential
retreat in a small desert oasis near Palm Springs, I would have told them
they were seeing things. But it is real and no mirage. It just happens to
be located in the city of Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs. I saw this West
Coast "Camp David," along with a host of exciting locations, on
a recent trip to the small resort town.
Doctor's Orders: Molveno
Our "Man in Italy" was recently sent packing
by his physician to undergo two weeks of water therapy at Terme di Comano
in the Trentino area of northern Italy. In between his two-a-day therapeutic
baths, he was out and about with his camera gear documenting where to go
and what to see. This is his second in a series of ten waterlogged dispatches
filed Under Doctor's Orders.
Suites Makes a Splash in Oceanside By Mary McGrath
SpringHill Suites by Marriott just opened in February,
and I've got to tell you, this is a real bargain for being by the ocean.
This stylish surf inspired retreat offers a coastal casual vibe. The rooms
are finally appointed with a beachy decor, and modern amenities that discerning
travelers expect. Step outside and you have panoramic views of the Pacific
and a long lazy pier that welcomes your attention.
Doctor's Orders: Terme di Comano
Sent packing by his physician, our "Man in Italy"
spent two weeks at a spa-wellness center surrounded by the Brenta Dolomites
up in the Trentino Alto Adige region. In between his two-a-day therapeutic
baths, he dried off and ventured out of his retreat to see what he could
see. This is the first in his series of ten dispatches, Under Doctor's
Sitka By The Sea: God's Country on Alaska's Inside
For me the cruise vacation is about sampling a new
location, then deciding whether I want to come back. My problem is that
I want to come back to every destination. And this was never truer than
when I took an Alaska Inside Passage cruise and set eyes on Sitka. With
its rich native culture and Russian history, captured in a stunning wilderness
setting, I knew I had to come back. Seven years later I did.
Close and Personal with Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson is one of those actors who always
manages to crawl inside a character's skin, creating fully actualized, riveting
performances. Gleeson's latest film, currently playing in theatres, is "Calvary."
Written & directed by John Michael McDonagh, Gleeson plays the role
of Father James, a very kind priest in a small Irish parish who hears a
shocking plan during a confessional that sends him on an exploratory mission.
No Cure... for the Summertime Blues!
It was a great summer for blues and
blues fans. The calendar was crammed with festival events, concerts, bar
gigs and club dates. Adding fuel to the 'live' fire there has also been
an abundance of freshly recorded blues released by a multitude of national
and regional artists. With all of these options fanning the flames it becomes
tremendously difficult, at least for me, to decide on what to do and who
Crystal Bridges and Arkansas in Bloom
Arkansas has shed its undeserved Dogpatch reputation.
Northwest Arkansas has become prosperous, with a wealth of places of interest
for tourists, and offering some of America's most beautiful nature, along
with cultural events, and many craft and antique fairs. The new Northwest
Arkansas Regional Airport serves as the gateway to Ozark towns and villages,
such as Bentonville, home of Walmart, and Eureka Springs...
Doing the Douro with Uniworld
We've taken a handful of river cruises in Europe, one
with Viking and half a dozen with Uniworld, over the last ten years. We've
seen this international enthusiasm for visiting those medieval towns of
Europe that lie along their legendary rivers swell until its very success
threatens the whole experience. We tell our friends and our readers, "If
you haven't done European river cruising before, do it now! It will be too
crowded in ten years to be as much fun."
"Our Man in Italy" ties a nice bow around
his 21-part Country Roads of Italy travel journal with a photographic
look back on his amazing eight-day Insight Vacations journey.
Art Ancient and Contemporary in Southwestern France
Ancient villages sit on hilltops overlooking fertile
fields, rivers and lakes. Medieval castles dot the landscape. For a thousand
years, pilgrims have crossed this southwestern French countryside, the Midi
Pyrenees, en route to Santiago de Compostela, stopping for food and shelter
wherever the scallop shell, symbol of St. James, is displayed.
King's Close, Edinburgh, Scotland: 400 Years of History
The year is 1645. The most virulent strain of the Bubonic
Plague has immobilized Edinburgh, Scotland, claiming the lives of more than
half the city's population. The area hardest hit: Mary King's Close on High
Street, a busy thoroughfare and lively 17th century street of pubs, shops
and residences. Cries of suffering have replaced the friendly chatter, and
the stench of death, the pungent aroma of tea and scones.
A Country of Unsurpassed Beauty and Refinement
Once in a while a trip comes along that is the quintessential
luxurious experience and for me the tour of Swiss Deluxe Hotels gets the
prize. Combining the ultimate in luxury with the kindness of strangers would
best describe my most unforgettable adventure.
"I have found out that there aint no surer
way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel
The staff at TravelingBoy has designated 2014
as THE YEAR TO GIVE. Here are some of our favorite charities.
Robert W. Bone, known as the author
of four travel guidebooks, has now written a dramatic
and entertaining account of his long career in journalism
and world-wide travel reporting. Fire
Bone! is available on Amazon.com.
66: A Guide to the History, Sights,
and Destinations Along the Main Street of America by Jim Hinckley
Long one of America's cherished
byways, Route 66 remains a popular tourist attraction
and travel route for thousands of travelers every
Pay What You Want at Hotels in Paris Courtesy Caroline Costello, SmarterTravel
A Paris hotels group is running an unusual promotion,
allowing guests to pay what they want for accommodations in the
city this summer. According to a French-language
online post on a site called "Payez ce que vous voulez"
(that means "pay what you want"), five Parisian hotels
are participating in a scheme that gives hotel guests the freedom
to determine their own nightly rates.
Beer Prices Around The World Compared: The
Cheapest, Most Expensive And Most Popular Beer Brands
Hotel Horror Story By Simone Beaulieu
Grandiose-Pomp Hotels are known worldwide for
superior hospitality. Pleasing the best people in the best
places with relish is their slogan, proudly personified
on lobby signage in locations from Caracas to the Congo.
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 Rock Video from Bill Maroldo
Seattle's Space Needle Unveils a Look to the
Future with New Digital and Mobile Experiences
Built as a symbol of the future for the Age of
Space 1962 World's Fair, Seattle's iconic Space Needle is once
again embracing the promise of the future this week, the
curtain comes up on ground-breaking digital experiences that will
inspire urban explorers and connect visitors to the sights and
experiences of the Pacific Northwest in ways that, until now,
could only be imagined.
Airlines Are Making Big Bucks!
Celebrity Cruise Deals from Joni Notagiacomo
5 Things Travel Has Taught Me
The staff at Twenty-Something Travel write about
5 things theyve learned from travel.
airberlin Announces Business Class Sale for
airberlin has launched a business class sale for
those travelers looking to fly in style and comfort. The sale
includes fares starting from as low as $3,649.00 including all
taxes and surcharges from New York (JFK) to Germany for example
and also covers other premiere destinations such as Copenhagen,
Milan, Vienna and Zurich at slightly higher rates.
Travel Smarter with Brainscape!
In eight of the 13 cities listed as best
vacation destinations by U.S. News this year, English isnt
the official language. Add vast cultural differences and unfamiliar
terrain to the existing language barrier and suddenly a trip abroad
can become a daunting proposition. Fortunately, Brainscape can help travelers learn how to talk the
talk (quite literally) in no time before they venture off to a
Carnival Cruise Lines Raises Automatic Gratuities
Carnival Cruise Lines is boosting the gratuity
amount it suggests passengers give crew as tips. The line is raising
the amount by 50 cents, from $11.50 to $12 per passenger, per
day, effective Oct. 9. The gratuities are automatically added
to passengers' shipboard accounts though there is the option
of increasing or decreasing the amount at the purser's desk. Carnival
will also ban smoking on cabin balconies beginning this fall.
Smoking already is prohibited in all staterooms. Passengers caught
smoking on balconies after the new rule takes effect will be assessed
a $250 "cleaning and refreshing" fee.
Cruise Lines Combining Ocean, River Voyages
A number of cruise lines are getting ships of
the right size to operate combinations of river and ocean itineraries,
allowing passengers to reach riverside destinations that larger
vessels typically can't reach. For example, Silversea Cruises
offers a cruise to Bridgetown, Barbados, that includes a voyage
along the Amazon River; Seabourn combines an Amazon River cruise
with Caribbean and South American coastal cruises; and Voyages
to Antiquity features combination cruising in the Mediterranean.
SoCal Airports fare well in Cheapflights.com's
5th Annual Airport Affordability Rankings
Back for its fifth consecutive year, Cheapflights.com
has released its 2014 Airport Affordability Index ranking
the 101 most popular US airports based on their airfare affordability.
Airports in Southern California did well again this year, earning
two spots in the top 10 most affordable airports. Long Beach earned
the #2 position with an average airfare of $200 while Bob Hope
Airport earned the 7th position with an average airfare $274.
In contrast, LAX is #56 on the list with an average airfare of
$403, John Wayne/Orange County takes 67th position and San Diego
Intl-Lindbergh Field earns 78th spot.
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Does QANTAS Need a Really Good Plumber?
Just watched the news, and near the very end they
had a brief story about a QANTAS A-380 that took off from LAX
on its way to Melbourne. One hour out of LA, a water pipe in the
ceiling broke. It splashed and soaked water over lots of passengers
and, even more extraordinary, flooded the floor! With today's
hi-tech devices in every person's pocket on the A-380, lots of
those on board took photos, which is how the media got the story.
I wonder what would have happened if this occurred say 30 or more
years ago, before Iphones and Ipads... would QANTAS have hidden
it? The A-380 did not have a plumber on board, so the aircraft
turned around and flew back to LAX where it landed safely.
Who knew water pipes were in the ceiling!
An Inside Look At the Los Angeles International
Airport Control Tower By John Clayton
The Genesis of T-Boys Cartoons
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
is delighted to announce the riveting success of our hilarious
travel cartoons that highlight the foibles and quirks of mankind.
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.
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.
Hearthside by Dorothy Parker
Half across the world from me
Lie the lands I'll never see-
I, whose longing lives and dies
Where a ship has sailed away;
I, that never close my eyes
But to look upon Cathay.
Things I may not know nor tell
Wait, where older waters swell;
Ways that flowered at Sappho's tread,
Winds that sighed in Homer's strings,
Vibrant with the singing dead,
Golden with the dust of wings.
Under deeper skies than mine,
Quiet valleys dip and shine.
Where their tender grasses heal
Ancient scars of trench and tomb
I shall never walk: nor kneel
Where the bones of poets bloom.
If I seek a lovelier part,
Where I travel goes my heart;
Where I stray my thought must go;
With me wanders my desire.
Best to sit and watch the snow,
Turn the lock, and poke the fire.
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.
Last-Minute Airfare Deals
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departing from within the United States and Canada.
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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
Recipe Circa 1621
Thanksgiving is an annual U.S. holiday, with regional
recipes and customs varying from geographic areas, plus with many meals
including personal family culinary traditions.
Just for fun, research shows the following dishes were
served at the first harvest celebration in Plymouth (in present-day Massachusetts)
in 1621. Prepared by the 50 or so Pilgrims, plus just under 100 Wampanoag
Native Americans, the meal was a mix of what the English settlers knew
and brought with them, as well as what the Wampanoag contributed to the