are some of the things or activities that people on CANCUN
do for fun?
This installment of
THREE THINGS is courtesy of Lourdes Perez, PR Representative of Cancun
Today in Traveling Boy Travel News You Might Have Missed
Premium economy seats take flight among carriers --
Airlines are increasingly adding seats in the hybrid premium economy class, encouraged by the segment's greater cost-effectiveness and its rising demand among space-hungry fliers. The trend has led to airlines compressing coach class further and introducing luxurious flat beds on business cabins. - The Wall Street Journal
Route 66 California- Style
Tagged The Road of Dreams, The Main
Street of America, and The Mother Road, as portrayed in
John Steinbecks novel Grapes of Wrath, the currently
dubbed Historic Route 66 offers astounding possibilities for folks with
a sense of discovery and those willing to relinquish freeway clutter and
the monotony of Interstate Highways. The great pathway, a long silk ribbon
leading to a gleaming pot of gold in the far distance, was established in
1926 extending from Chicago to California, a whopping 2,448 challenging
miles of sweeping scenery.
Kaleidoscope: Viktor Yanukovych, We Hardly Knew Ye! But We Knew Enough,
Good Riddance (Courtesy of Natural
By Skip Kaltenheuser
A couple years ago I was on an assignment that had
me a couple weeks in Kyiv to explore Ukraine's economic potentials, for
reports of possible interest to investors. We hear "economic basket
case" from pundits ten times a day now, but that's a reflection of
the kleptocracy that ran the country. It's not indicative of the people
who were stuck beneath the kleptocratic thumb.
Unlike Most Travel Promotions, the Garden Isle's Hype Actually Deserves
a Truth-in-Advertising Award
Remember when Maui was considered the undeveloped island
of Hawaii, in the days before hordes of tourists and the commercialism
that inevitably follows invaded its pristine coastline? Well quick
before the same thing happens to Kauai, visit the Garden Isle, the
lushest and prettiest of the Hawaiian Islands. Go before it loses its virginity
to the ravaging developers already hovering about its shores.
Roads: Saintly Assisi
Our "Man in Italy" rolls on with Insight
Vacations on its "Country Roads of Italy" journey through Umbria
and Tuscany. In his seventh dispatch, he details his visit to a town noted
to have more saints-per-kilometer than anywhere else in the world: ahs-SEE-zee.
a Harry Potter Train In the Spectacular Scottish Highlands
For an extraordinary "Side Trip" on your European
vacation, consider Harry Potter. Yeah, THAT one. Ever since I was a kid
growing up in London, I've always been tantalized by trains especially
steam trains, and on one of many trips to Scotland, part of my journey
took me through the Highlands. Because I'm a travel journalist, the Scottish
Tourist Board and knowing of my love for "Treasured Trains"
was kind enough to provide me with a remarkably well informed guide...
Our Irish Dream Vacation
My wife and I woke up to the smell of rich morning
coffee. It was to be part of our breakfast on our first day in Ireland,
always a dream in itself. It has been said that all Irish homes become a
bed and breakfast during the summer, and this Donegal County cottage with
one spare room was no exception.
Spain, Portugal, Morocco with Insight Vacations: Postcards
from the Edge of the Continent
Three countries the easy way: you don't have to drive,
you don't have to schlepp your suitcase around, you get picked up
at your hotel each morning and you get as many days as you'd ever want in
Morocco and you don't have to spend a lifetime learning to speak
Do Your Homework: Don't Get Trapped in a Tourist Hotel
Business hotels are efficient and sometimes luxurious,
but they tend to treat their customers impersonally. The Ritz-Carlton in
New York's Battery Park is a good example. Fine furnishings. Everything
you need. But there are so many concierges that you rarely see the same
one twice. So, of course, they never remember your name.
Roads: Underground in Perugia
Part of an entourage of international media invited
along by Insight Vacations to enjoy the motorcoach journey around Umbria
and Tuscany, our "Man in Italy" is literally in the dark as he
files his sixth in a series of "Country Roads" dispatches from
the underbelly of Perugia.
Farmiga on the Complex Demands as Mother, Wife, and Actor
Vera Farmiga is a familiar on-screen personality and
has racked up a number of memorable roles in such films as "The Departed,"
"Source Code," "Goats," "Safe House," "The
Conjuring," and "Up in the Air," which earned her both a
BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role. Her
latest film,"At Middleton," in which she co-stars with Andy Garcia,
garnered her the Best Actress award from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
Ivy Hot Springs
Sometimes when the stresses of life or the hectic work
week get to me and I need a mini-vacation to rejuvenate my body, mind and
soul, I retreat to the soothing sanctuary known as Glen Ivy Hot Springs.
Located about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, in the majestic rolling
hills of Corona, the luxurious spa features natural spring mineral baths,
a large therapeutic mud pit, pools and Jacuzzi's and a host of traditional
and exotic massages and body treatments.
Roads: Touching the Sky in Orvieto
With lunch now percolating in his pancia (tummy),
our "Man in Italy" has a meet 'n greet with a passionate art historian
who will explain in great detail a gigantic house of worship that nearly
touches the sky in this dispatch from Orvieto's centro storico (historic
center), the fifth in the Palladian Traveler's series along the country
roads of Umbria and Tuscany.
Garcia Discusses His Latest Film, "At Middleton," and His Journey
One of our national treasures, Andy Garcia is among
Hollywood's most respected, talented actors having starred in an array of
successful films including, "The Untouchables," "Black Rain,"
"Internal Affairs," "The Godfather: Part III," "When
a Man Loves a Woman," "Ocean's Eleven," "City Island,"
and "The Lost City". Garcia's latest film is, "At Middleton,"
in which he plays, George, an extremely strait-laced, bow-tie wearing cardiac
surgeon visiting the Middleton campus...
Brown: Kim Simmonds Stokin' the Coals on the Hellbound Train
There are few blues bands that have
had the success and longevity of Savoy Brown. Yet, as they close in on their
50th Anniversary, guitarist Kim Simmonds is still trying to wrap his head
around it. He'd hoped that the year and this golden milestone would just
slip by, but admits now that 'it's really starting to affect me.' But Savoy
Brown fans around the world can breathe a sigh of relief; it's all
Roads: EST! marks the Spot
A bishop cancels a private meeting with the Pope to
savor this town's prized local wines, and a transplanted Roman takes up
residence here to transform dough into superlative strings of pasta. These
two foodie footnotes are detailed in our "Man in Italy's" latest
"Country Roads" dispatch from Orvieto.
North Dakota Blizzard
Recently, I heard about a three month seasonal job
in northern Minnesota that interested me greatly. I made a couple of calls
to the company offering the position and decided it would be worth the risk
to drive from my home in Oregon to see if I could officially land the job.
The first day of the drive, I made it to Missoula, Montana, 750 miles from
my house. The next day, I left Missoula at about noon, but with 1,000 miles
ahead of me, I didn't know how far I'd make it, but estimated I might at
least make it to Fargo, North Dakota.
Journey to the Bottom of the Globe: Exploring the
White Continent of Antarctica
As a travel journalist I am constantly asked what are
some of my favorite travel experiences. The list is endless. But there is
one destination that seems to raise the most eyebrows. That destination
is a cruise to Antarctica. Sadly, that cruise line I was on is no more,
but today there is a plethora of cruise lines that offer similar packages.
Roads : Mvsei Vaticani
A single marble sculpture, unearthed in a farmer's
vineyard in ancient Rome over 500 years ago, started a papal tradition of
showcasing priceless works of art to the public. Our "Man in Italy"
takes us inside the Mvsei Vaticani in his latest "Country Roads"
"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it
is. And when you've got it, you want oh, you don't quite know what
it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want
Congratulations from the T-Boy staff and our
Transcript: Noticias Telemundo Interview to
the Salvadoran Castaway José Salvador Avarenga
Interviewer: Angie Sandoval
Interviewed: José Salvador Avarenga
Date: February 18, 2014
Noticias Telemundo obtained the first exclusive
in-depth interview with José Salvador Alvarenga (JSA),
the Salvadoran castaway who claims to have survived more than
a year lost at sea. This is the first time Alvarenga speaks at
length with the media about his remarkable odyssey.
Rick Steves: The Intensity of Hebron, in Palestine
This is the last article in a four-part series
on Rick Steves' trip to the Holy Land.
Walking through the Hebron market, I dodged the
head of a camel dangling from a chain. I love traveling through
Palestine. It's filled with vivid memories and startling moments.
I had no idea the people of Hebron had a taste for camel. But
I was told that people here appreciate a nice fresh camel steak
because of their Bedouin heritage. And the butcher shops seem
to follow that Bedouin tradition: They butcher whatever they have
to sell and it hangs on their front porch until it's all gone.
Nominations for Society of Professional Journalists
This spring, the Society of Professional Journalists
will accept nominations for several honors which recognize service
to journalism, dedication to press freedoms and exceptional ethical
Check out some of the most exotic destinations
on earth with FRIENDLY PLANETS new tour departures through
Top 5 Bargain Destinations for Spring 2014 Courtesy Smarter Travel
Whether you've got your sights set on Europe,
Asia, or somewhere a bit closer to home, SmarterTravel has found
a destination to suit your whimsy and your wallet this spring.
Airplane Water Might Not Be Safe To Drink
Tests conducted by the EPA discovered that 14
percent of tank water in planes tested did not meet federal safety
standards and contained bacteria like E. coli. Some airlines use
tank water for more than just the airplane bathrooms they
use it to make coffee and tea, to fill the large bottles of water
on the beverage trolley, and to make ice. Thankfully, not all
airlines follow these practices. But do you really want to chance
Europe with Just a Carry-on Bag and No Purse Courtesy Smarter Travel
Two weeks, two cities, varied weather, and many
connecting flights: How do you pack for such a trip without having
to check a bag and lug a massive purse around all day? Caroline
Morse just did it on a long trip to Berlin and London. Here's
The FlightStats monthly On-time Performance
report displays the on-time performance of scheduled passenger
flights operated by the top airlines throughout various regions
Expert Travel Booking Savings Secrets for Spring
Weve endured a long hard winter through
many parts of the country, so a lot of us are beginning to think
about a beach and drinks with umbrellas. For those looking to
cash in that tax return on a vacation but dont want to spend
too much, the consumer savings experts at www.PromotionalCodes.com
are sharing their favorite secrets for maximizing travel booking
DirectBuy Launches New Discount Travel Program DirectBuy Travel Inspires Consumers with Incredible Values
on Travel and Lifestyle Experiences
DirectBuy is proud to announce DirectBuy Travel
the latest in offerings intended to raise the quality of
life for consumers throughout the United States and Canada. DirectBuy
Travel is an evolution of the companys products that will
allow new members to add excitement, adventure and travel to their
lives through access to savings on everything from cruises and
resorts, to hotel and city stays, spa and golf packages and much
Las Vegas Monorail Launches New User-Friendly
The Las Vegas Monorail has launched an
exciting new website which offers a new interactive map, Monorail
station guides and a comprehensive blog on all things Las Vegas.
Created with user experience in mind, the new site greets customers
with pictures of the Monorail from various locations on the Strip,
showcasing the numerous possibilities of where the Monorail can
take them. The redesign of the website also speaks to the convenience
of the monorail and the ease of traveling the Las Vegas Strip.
Sneak Away to Sip Away in Sonoma County Special Packages and Deals Available in Wine Country ths Spring
This spring Sonoma County is offering travelers
value-driven packages that incorporate some of the regions
greatest attractions, including zip lining through the redwoods,
tranquil spa treatments, exclusive wine tastings and more. Below
is a sampling of the destinations seasonal deals.
New Calls in Spain, British Isles and North
Cape Add Romance and Depth to Crystal Summer Europe Voyages
From Ibiza to Skagen, Crystal Cruises is expanding
its repertoire of ultra-luxury
European cruises with nine maiden calls. The worlds
most northern city and Irelands most Gaelic town join a
collection of favorite romantic destinations...
Houston Gets Automated Passport Machines
Kiosks that will make the international travel
process faster have been installed at George Bush Intercontinental
Airport in Houston. The self-serve kiosks replace handwritten
cards for U.S. and Canadian citizens arriving from abroad.
The Sound of Silence
Two surveys found that some passengers would be
willing to pay more to sit in a zone without cellphones on flights.A
survey by Airfarewatchdog. com found 53% of respondents would
pay more for a quiet zone, while a survey by Expedia. com found
49% of respondents would pay extra for the sound of silence. Airlines
including Delta, JetBlue and Southwest have said they will not
allow calls on flights regardless of a lifted ban on phone use.
Travel Tips from T-Boy's Jim Friend
There are many websites that will book multiple
legged flights for you. You've undoubtedly seen many of their
commercials on TV. If you're going to Istanbul, for example, you
might expect a Chicago-Zurich-Istanbul itinerary.
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 toursit attraction
and travel route for thousands of travelers every
Alaska Cruises and Vacations by Tyee Travel
What kind of cruise is right for you? From casual
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Cruises & Vacations have experience and first-hand knowledge
to plan your perfect cruise.
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.
To An Isle In The Water by William Butler Yeats
SHY one, Shy one,
Shy one of my heart,
She moves in the firelight
She carries in the dishes,
And lays them in a row.
To an isle in the water
With her would I go.
With catries in the candles,
And lights the curtained room,
Shy in the doorway
And shy in the gloom;
And shy as a rabbit,
Helpful and shy.
To an isle in the water
With her would I fly.
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
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
Splash of Venice in Every Glass
When you think of Venice, what immediately comes to mind?
A gondolier navigating his craft? Revelers hiding behind colorful masks
during Carnevale? The landmark Rialto Bridge? The bustling traffic
along the Grand Canal? Perhaps, all of those pigeons?
The personal images of Venice are endless. Everyone who
has ever laid eyes on La Serenissima (The Serene) leaves with an
indelible mark that's carried within for the rest of time. Just think
if we could bottle it all up and uncork it now and then to be momentarily
whisked back to the "City of Canals."