Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
I have been traveling internationally as a journalist since 2003. In the past year, I have added TravelAgeWest and Global Traveler/Whereverfamily.com to my docket. My travel pieces have appeared in Tasting Panel, Bar Business, CSQ (C-Suite Quarterly, as Senior Editor), Intermezzo, Taste & Travel (Canada), LUCIRE (New Zealand), SIP, The Jewish Journal, SOMM, In the Mix, Premier Traveler and others.
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
Topics: Spirits, wine, gastronomy, business travel, Jewish Travel, shopping & wellness. Destinations: Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Tokushima, Okayama, Osaka); Macau; Rio de Janeiro, Mendoza (Argentina); Rajasthan and Kolkata, India; French, Toronto and Western Canada; Umbria, Puglia and Piemonte, Italy; Israel; Dublin, Ireland; New Zealand; Bangkok, Chang Mai and Hua Huin, Thailand, Taiwan; Kuching, Borneo (Malaysia), Capetown; New Orleans; Los Angeles; Chicago; Santa Fe; Phoenix
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
I am interested in seeing more of South America and Asia. Wish list destinations for FAMS include Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kenya, Katmandu, Denmark and Sweden
Other travel / language expertise?
Food, wine and spirits. Business Travel, Smart shopping for fashion and home decor. I speak fluent French and some Spanish
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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.
Elyse, I'm about 100 miles from my notes tonight, but there is one part of your assignment(s) that I could help you with: a hotel alternative to the KD. The hotel I'm thinking of is a very new, stylish, kosher boutique hotel with (I think) a better location as well as a more youthful vibe and lower rates. Do you want me to look that up for you?
Ed Wetschler, Exec. Editor,
Thank you for the interest. I'll have to place the item with someone with a budget for writers, the traveling etc..involved expenses I need to recoup. Hope that's understandable. I have a basement full of bylines.
Sounds like a great mag, can't wait to pick it up on th newstand. Good luck with it all..MF
Hi Elyse, I just joined this group as well! Reading your comments...so much I agree with. I'm a freelance writer based in NYC with background in food/wine/products. I was at Food & Wine magazine for 12 years.
I just made a visit to the Storehouse a museum/ part of the brewery of Guinness which is celebrating its 250th anniversary. I got to taste a new cocktail being introduced next week at Ashford Castle called Alfred's Bellini (named after company founder Alfred Guinness), made with champagne and Guinness which was delicious. Would something on this be of interest to HotMixology?
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