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April 2010 Blog Posts (72)

Travel Superstars I'd Like to Have a Drink With







From time to time I need some help in keeping up with the twists and turns of travel, so I thought of a few travel "heroes" I'd like to have drink with and talk travel.

I’d first set a date with Travel Weekly's Editor in-Chief, Arnie Weissmann, a terrific writer whose editorials always leave me wanting more.

TW is the travel industry’s publication of record, and Arnie’s one of…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 30, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Single Parent Travel: Second-Class Travel Citizens

Travel’s Second Class Citizens



Can you imagine the travel industry, limping along in this sclerotic economy, not catering to the needs of an important travel niche market: Single Parents?

This travel cohort feels like second class citizens.

They’re not swingers.

Not looking for wild parties.

They want quality vacations that let them connect with other single

parents, and they want attention paid to them and their kids.

They want the travel…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 29, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why some photos are memorable for all the wrong reasons...

An interesting façade don't you think? (©MRandin)

M. and I happened upon this shop in the sleepy town of Barolo, exactly the kind that tickles my fancy, but not that of M.’s.…

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Added by Vanessa Martin Randin on April 29, 2010 at 7:06am — No Comments

Buttocks, Beaches and Breasts: Medical Tourism









Medical Tourism: Beaches and Buttocks



People travel for many reason.

They travel to see the ocean, to meet people or to shop…

and now they’re shopping for a new nose or bigger breasts all while seeing the sights.

Medical tourism is the latest trend in the search for the perfect body or a money saving medical procedure like replacing a hip or getting your teeth straight.

Or for costly medical procedures for the uninsured and… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 28, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

A Few Words About Malawi

Danielle Nierenberg is blogging everyday from across Africa for the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet blog. She is also writing with her partner Bernard Pollack at her personal blog: BorderJumpers.



In Malawi, we visited the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, a project supported by companies like the Body Shop,…

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Added by bernard pollack on April 28, 2010 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

News just in … Red wine starts off GREEN!

You can tell when spring has finally sprung when you take a look at the new growth on the freshly pruned vines in the countryside around Montefalco.





New growth - Sagrantino…

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Added by Giselle Stafford on April 28, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

مع السّلامة : Saying’goodbye’ to Dubai

I’ve been blogging about Dubai for over a month now and today will be my last post on the city.

As we went around, I tried to remember how things were so that I could describe the changes to M.

In 20 years time, it may be harder to see the evolution. So M. decided to preserve a few shots of Dubai in 2010 to make the comparison easier!…

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Added by Vanessa Martin Randin on April 27, 2010 at 3:22am — No Comments

Italy & India: Why there's more than meets the 'I'

In the town of Barolo in the Piedmont region of Italy (©MRandin)

In his novel Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts wrote that “The Indians are the Italians of Asia”.

At first I thought that Roberts’ words were a liberal stretch of the imagination. But after…

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Added by Vanessa Martin Randin on April 27, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

With Few Reservations: Travels at Home and Abroad

Forty-eight engaging commentaries by "a modern day Mark Twain," sociologist, photographer, and prize-winning travel journalist, Peter Rose. Included are accounts of excursions on land and sea and portraits of places and people from Cape Cod to Cape Horn. There are captivating photos, stories about playing gumshoe in Honolulu, tour guide in Amsterdam and taxonomist in China, descriptions of windjamming in Maine and…
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Added by Peter I. Rose on April 26, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

What’s the Difference Between a Kid and a Carry-on Bag?

What’s the Difference Between a Kid and a Carry-on Bag?



Judging by the new round of airline fees, probably not much!



Southwest Airlines opted not to charge for carry-ons (other airlines opted out too), but then announced it was doubling the fees it charges unaccompanied kids to fly.







There has always been a fee for “UM’s aka/Unaccompanied Minors, as they’re called in the biz, but Southwest’s jump from $25.00 to… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 25, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Bruges, Belgium



I posted this at The Travel Doc. I took this photo a few years ago in Bruge, Belgium. This was before digital cameras and I took this the first week of a 5 week trip. I had to wait 2 months to see it. The photo is 3'x4' and hangs framed on my wall. Should my home catch on fire, it would be one of the first…

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Added by Lisa Teller on April 22, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Who I am, What I do and where my Blogs are.

I live in the heart of the Chianti Classico Region of Tuscany, in Italy. I dedicate my time to running a farming estate producing Chianti Classico wine, Extravirgin Olive Oil, and raising the rare Cinta Senese pigs. We are among those that helped save this race from extinction. Today we are the largest breeder in the Siena area and…
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Added by Raymond Lamothe on April 22, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mojave Desert Wildflower Watch

Friday, Saturday and Sunday were spent pushing deeper into Southern California's Mojave National Preserve. "Even though temperatures have started to climb, wildflowers continue to bloom. We found them at Amboy Crater, Kelso Dunes, the Lava Flows on Kelbacker Road, the Old Dad Mountains and Soda Lake", said Kevin Wong, owner of Mojave Desert Excursions. Mojave Desert Excursions offers small, personalized guided photographic opportunity tours of the Joshua…

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Added by Kevin Wong on April 22, 2010 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

The view from the bottom... is never the same as from the top

The Burj Al Arab. The view from the bottom looking up... (©MRandin)…

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Added by Vanessa Martin Randin on April 22, 2010 at 5:10am — No Comments

A Few Words About Rwanda

By Borderjumpers.org, a blog by Danielle Nierenberg and Bernard Pollack



We’ve taken some long bus rides in Africa. We spent eight bumpy hours on a bus from Nairobi to Arusha and another eight from Arusha to Dar Es Salaam. The longest so far, though, has been from Kampala, Uganda to Kigali, Rwanda.



Once we finally arrived, we quickly realized, that we've never traveled anywhere quite like Rwanda.



Fifteen…

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Added by bernard pollack on April 21, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Red Carpet Detox-Where the Stars Go to Get in Shape



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Added by Marjorie Hope on April 21, 2010 at 12:20am — No Comments

Two Bunch Palms: Palm Springs Eco-Spa Hideaway

Two Bunch Palms is an eco-spa situated in Palm Springs that offers a peaceful sanctuary of sacred spaces,…

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Added by Marjorie Hope on April 21, 2010 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Will Travel Insurance Cover Volcano-related Travel Snafus?









No sooner do we do a piece on Travel Insurance, and a volcano blows, stranding thousands of people and ruining hundreds of vacations.



But don't worry, you read our post, bought insurance and you're covered.



Well, it seems that your claim could be denied, depending on whom you bought the insurance from and whether the company views the disaster as "weather related," usually covered, or "natural disaster,"… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 20, 2010 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Travel Fees Make Pet Owners Dishonest

From Blogger Pictures




Airline Fees Make Pet Owners… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 19, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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