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About José Balido

An alumnus of Georgetown University's School of Languages and Linguistics, Cuba-born José Balido, also known as Paul Balido, has written for both travel and entertainment media since 1987.

On the travel side, he has worked primarily with Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel and
Diversion magazines, both of which have also published his photography, as well as the New York Post.

On the entertainment side, he has written scripts for daytime television programs such as All My Children, Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live, and ECTV's European soap, Riviera. More recently, he executive-produced and wrote the story for Sony Pictures Mexico's acclaimed box-office hit Niñas Mal.

Completely bilingual in English and Spanish, José also speaks French and Italian fluently,
communicates in Czech, can wiggle his way through German and Portuguese, and after all these years can still startle the staff at Chinese restaurants with his Mandarin.

Currently he is president of, a position he loves, as it pulls together all his eclectic interests, as well as a principal of the social-media management company EnLinea Media and director of the Americas team of social media company Tinkle España, and a regular contributor to the Spanish- and English-language blogs of Iberia Airlines. 

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On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Cuba, Peru, Florida
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Tibet, Mongolia, but really, all
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freelance travel writer

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Tunisia's Ancient Glory: The Ruins of Mighty Carthage

Chances are you’ve heard of Hannibal, and maybe even that he and his Punic army tried to invade Italy by crossing the Alps with elephants. The city-state he fought for, Carthage, was classical Rome’s biggest rival in the Mediterranean, and one of the big kahunas of the entire ancient world. Even if you’re coming to Tunisia mainly for a…


Posted on November 20, 2015 at 3:28pm

An A-Maze-Ing Palace in Crete

If you’ve got even a passing knowledge of history and/or Greek mythology, you’ve probably heard of the Minotaur, the monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull, imprisoned in a labyrinth by Minos, king of Greece's island of…


Posted on November 5, 2015 at 9:55am

Morocco’s Coolest City: Majestic White Essaouira

Ever since first visiting Morocco more than a dozen years ago, I’ve always marveled that this North African country manages to pack such a whole lot of interesting into such modest dimensions (it’s a little bigger than California, less than a third the size of Quebec, and merely a little over a quarter as spacious as the U.K.).…


Posted on October 26, 2015 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

The Unofficial Park Ranger of Riga

In 1992, I traveled to newly-independent Latvia and the neighboring Baltic republics as a tourist, as my partner and I had long been interested in those three little countries in the far northwest of the then recently defunct Soviet Union. I wanted to see and feel the joy for myself, not to mention the beautiful architecture and historic sites -- and, of course, to support their fledgling economies with our tourist dollars.

While sightseeing in Riga, a city I especially…


Posted on October 13, 2015 at 4:31pm

Diving Into Delft

Amsterdam is justly celebrated for, among other things, its canals. But if any Netherlands…


Posted on September 25, 2015 at 12:58pm

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At 1:08pm on September 25, 2013, Motherland Kerala said…

Alleppey houseboat Cruise is the best back water Experience. Pls log on

At 9:33am on October 16, 2012, Cessy Meacham said…

Hi Jose! just writing to send you guys a big hug, Its been a long time but a great year!!! Hope to see you in another great event. What is next ? You guys going to ASTA Dubai?

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At 10:47pm on September 18, 2012, keralahouseboaters said…
Welcome to Kerala The God's Own Country
The Kerala houseboat cruise takes you to another world, with nature at its best, coming to Kerala and not experiencing the grandeur of these luxury floating castles will be sheer waste. The best place to be explored in these luxurious houseboats has always been the mystic Kumarakom. Kumarakom houseboats have attracted plenty of tourists from across the world.
    Kumarakom flaunts a beautiful landscape with serene backwaters dotted with lush paddy fields, coconut palms, rich flora and fauna along with the life on the bank of these backwaters. Spread across a huge area, Kumarakom, infact remains of the most sought after place for enjoying a cool houseboat cruise.
     You can select from a category of these houseboats, depending upon your budget and requirements. Refurbished to meet your needs, these luxury vessels are designed with all the amenities one will look for in his/her holidays. From single bedroom to triple room, from AC to non-AC houseboats are available for the guests. So enjoy a pleasant cruise in a stylish houseboat and explore the secluded beauty of these backwaters

Kumarakom Houseboats “Cruise Details “
Day: 01 pick from Cochin airport drive to Kumarakom, visit Kumarkom Bird Sanctuary, check in the houseboat at 12:00 Pm with welcome drink with Tender coconut, Jasmine Garlands & Fruit basket. Houseboat cruise through Kumarakom lake, vembanadu Lake, Enjoy the traditional Kerala Lunch break. Houseboat cruise through C- Block, R- Block, H block & over night stay in Kumarakom
Day: 02 After breakfast through C – Block,Pathiramannal Isand , reach Kumarakom at 09:00 Am after driver to Cochin Airport with everlasting memories of Kumarkom. 

Day Cruise in Houseboat (Family Trip)
In the busy life we don’t have great time to sit with our family members. Here we offer a Day Cruise in the houseboat with traditional Kerala Cuisine. Check in to houseboat at 11: 00 Am with welcome drink (Kappa & Fish Curry -11:30 pm). Enjoy Kerala Lunch, 06 hrs Journey through the backwaters of Alleppey will give the natural beauty of Kerala and core village life.
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At 3:41pm on August 29, 2012, Voyages Groupe Ideal said…

Thanks - I liked your piece on Miami seafood.

At 7:14am on August 19, 2012, Himalayan Planet Adventures said…

We can become a friend now. Thanks and keep in touch!

At 3:55pm on August 9, 2012, Raju Bisht said…

hello friend welcome to our country...

At 3:49pm on August 9, 2012, Raju Bisht said…

Hello friend Greeting from India...... if u want to visit our country ,, Your most welcome  ...


At 12:56pm on July 20, 2012, William P. DeSousa-Mauk said…

Great to be connected Jose! I'm honored!

At 11:44am on February 12, 2012, TripButler said…
I'm so happy that you're enjoying your TripButler. Thanks for the feedback :)



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