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
Dublin's 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 and directed by John Michael McDonagh, Gleeson
plays the lead 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.
in Rugged Style with a New Saddleback Leather Backpack
Nothing says travel like a good backpack. In fact,
along with my passport, wallet and comfortable walking shoes, my pack is
one of the most essential pieces of gear I take on the road. So when I heard
about a company called Saddleback leather that makes top-quality travel
bags here in the USA, I not only had to investigate; I knew I had to get
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
Is Why a RIVER CRUISE Is Better Than an Ocean One!
Have you ever taken a cruise? I'd predict you'll answer
YES. But what if I said have you ever experienced a RIVER cruise? One
of the most "IN Things" in travel today, IS a river cruise.
There are myriad books about ocean cruises around the world, but with
Europe having one of the biggest markets for river cruises, how does a
potential passenger find out in an unbiased way things like
how many river cruise lines are there in Europe?
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, as well as Fayetteville
and the University of Arkansas.
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. The place, the
time, the horror have been resurrected as one of Edinburgh's most unusual
Roads: Venice Splashed by Aqua Alta
Staring down the Adriatic Sea, "Our Uomo
in Italy" gets "man up" courage and joins the masses atop
a passarella for an elbow-to-elbow walk on water around Venice's
Centro Storico district.
Roads: Gliding into the Venetian Sunset
Mark Twain is called upon for inspiration as "Our
Man in Italy" files his 21st and last Country Roads dispatch
aboard a gondola as it carries him and his band of merry media down a
narrow riello for the final arrivederci.
Fun at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
It's called Fantasy Springs Resort for good reason.
It sits in the middle of the Palm Springs desert like a giant oasis, welcoming
travelers with flowing fountains and swaying palm trees, a sparkling pool,
and a luxurious hotel surrounded by gourmet restaurants, an award-winning
casino, a world-class entertainment center and more.
Paradise (and Culture) Found at the Ka'anapali Beach
Children frolic in the surf and sand. Parents and grandparents
stretch out on lounge chairs around the pool, basking in the gentle Ka'anapali
sun. I don't think I've ever seen so many multi-generational families in
one place. I explore Sheraton Resort's pool that leads to a long circular
canal, complete with cascading waterfalls, bridges and tropical vegetation
that gracefully caresses the top of the pool's lava-enhanced walls.
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 assure you that once you
visit Switzerland you'll understand why it has earned the distinction of
being a country of unsurpassed beauty and refinement.
Fun Things to See and Do In London
Have YOU ever planned a trip to a big city overseas, and
thought "I wish I knew someone who was born there, so I could ask
them for offbeat things to see and do?" Whenever anyone who knows
I was born and grew up in London, plans a trip to that city, I'm regularly
asked that question. So, here's 10 "fast" ideas for your journey.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. And still do!
Pull Fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project By Carlos Roco
Carlos Roco has been a Knight of Columbus since 2006.
In 2009, he was the Grand Knight (local council 'president'), and in 2012,
he became a District Deputy (in charge of 5 councils). As you can imagine,
he is heavily involved with the council's activities. The tank pull is one
of the many fundraisers they do annually. Its mission: to raise money for
the Wounded Warriors Project.
Post Cards from Maine While Driving "Down East"
Travel writers tend to be opinionated ... so may we
mention our thoughts on Maine? Our favorite villages in that state are the
two Kennebunks and we think the prettiest fishing village in the Pine Tree
State is Camden and the most interesting city to visit by far is
Portland. Maine (although we do concede Portland, Oregon gives it a run
for its money).
"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
I grew up eating meatballs but this was not due
to having a grandmother hailing from Italy. On the contrary, it was the
result of having a Danish/Swedish grandmother on my mothers side
of the family. My Grandmother Stave had a knack for making anything taste
good. Im sure this had something to do with raising six kids during
the height of the Great Depression. Her specialty was comfort food. She
could make the cheapest roast from the market as tender as butter. My
favorite dish of hers was her meatballs a legacy handled down to her
from her Danish ancestors.