November 2009 Blog Posts (23)

Paint those Planes! An airline industry suggestion

With airline revenue dropping and the industry in a tizzy about staying in the air, airlines have tacked on all kinds of additional passenger fees to maintain profitability. Most carriers today charge you extra for luggage, express check-in, headphones, movies, legroom, internet service, pillows, blankets, not to mention food and alcohol. What used to be a pleasant experience has become, for many, drudgery. Except for a few “fun” airlines, such as… Continue

Added by Bob Ecker on November 30, 2009 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Sicily Seven

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

And we're off! Leaving for Sicily in two days! It's a trip that we've been planning for a year. We're all going: Joyce, Rosie, Susan, Debbie, Donna, Cathy and Mummy! Someone will be bringing a laptop so I'm hoping to be blogging from beautiful downtown Taormina, Sicily. We are planning to visit the birthplace of Mom's mother and father, Trecastagni, too, a town not too far from smoldering Mt. Etna. Assuming… Continue

Added by Rosie DeQuattro on November 30, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Share the passion with White Shark Projects For proud residents and discerning visitors, up-close viewing of great white sharks is one of the Western Cape’s ultimate offerings. Where else can you ex…

Share the passion with White Shark Projects

For proud residents and discerning visitors, up-close viewing of great white sharks is one of the Western Cape’s ultimate offerings. Where else can you experience face-to-face encounters with this dramatic yet vulnerable species?

White Shark Projects has all the necessary experience to ensure a satisfactory trip. They are highly regarded for their research and commercial ventures, and log more contact with great whites than… Continue

Added by charmaine on November 30, 2009 at 7:21am — No Comments

2010 Media Invitations to

We have (6) small media trips planned for 2010 in February, March, April, October, November and December. They are all 'themed' for 4-6 journalists exclusively, joining me for a glimpse into the miraculous eco-wonderlands of the Georgia coast while we relax, unwind and enjoy a 5-moon getaway on Eagle Island. Let me know if you're interested in joining us for any of the following: (boating, fishing and camping stories), (adventure, kayaking and remote beaches), (all girls trips).

Added by Leigh Cort on November 29, 2009 at 3:53pm — No Comments

All Istanbul Tours & One Nation Travel

ALL ISTANBUL TOURS is a leading travel agency and tour operator in Turkey with more than seven years of professional travel service. Because of our dedication and commitment to your needs, we are able to offer you better quality of service at lower prices than other operators. We provide hundreds of elaborately pre-designed Turkey And Greece Tours & Turkey Cultural Tour,… Continue

Added by One Nation Travel Turkey on November 29, 2009 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

An Alternative Take on Royal Caribbean's "Oasis of the Seas"

by Max Pesling

When I spent several hours visiting…


Added by Max Pesling on November 28, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Meet the Owner: Marc Lindskog – Casa de Mita (Punta de Mita)

Q. Profession (previous or additional to hotelier):

A. Architect, General Contractor and Professional Dreamer

Q. A Favorite quote:

A. ”So much have my eyes gazed on beauty that my vision is alive with it …”

Q. Origins:

A. Originally from the southern part of the US (South Carolina and Georgia) but most of my professional life was spent in the Pacific Northwest (Portland and Seattle) as well as… Continue

Added by Sylvie Laitre on November 25, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Dispatch From "Oasis of the Seas," the World's Biggest Cruise Ship

by Marcia R. Levin


Words almost fail. I’ve been covering the cruise industry for many years, but I can tell you right now that experiencing the beauty, sophisticated design, and of course sheer size of…


Added by EnLinea Media on November 23, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Win a set of Michelin guides from TheCityTraveler

TheCityTraveler is running a new giveaway tied to our New York Rocks piece about the Big Apple annex of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Anyone who posts a comment about the article or about why New York is special, is eligible to receive a package of

NYC Michelin guidebooks and maps, valued at $60.

The most… Continue

Added by Robert DiGiacomo on November 21, 2009 at 4:49pm — 1 Comment

It's in the Details: Villa Ganz, Guadalajara

I always love hearing about how hotels impress their clients and oftentimes its with something very simple. I'm posting a photo that a guest took the time to MAIL me (as in regular post..with a stamp!) from the US. On the back of the photo he wrote:

Just asked for a Tonic and this is what I received

Congratulations to the dedicated team at… Continue

Added by Sylvie Laitre on November 21, 2009 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Friendly Planet Travel Unveils Six Lion-Sized Deals to Africa

JENKINTOWN, Pa.—November 19, 2009—Friendly Planet Travel has just made all of Africa’s splendors affordable for vacationers in six incredible packages that are as expansive as the continent itself, starting at just $1,699. The deals are:

Discover Morocco – Eight days for $1,899. One of Africa’s… Continue

Added by Peggy Goldman on November 19, 2009 at 11:25am — No Comments

More Bangkok for Your Buck: See Borneo and Bangkok with Friendly Planet

Exotic Borneo and Bangkok Tour Includes 11 Days Through Malaysian Borneo’s Awe-Inspiring Rainforests and Bangkok, Thailand’s Most Exciting City

JENKINTOWN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southeast Asia’s dazzling rainforests, dynamic cities, and exotic culture has made it an alluring destination for travelers from around the globe. And when combining sites within this vast region, most western travelers have found the… Continue

Added by Peggy Goldman on November 17, 2009 at 10:50am — No Comments

London Calling, With Turkey Day in a Glass

I rediscovered just last week how lousy with Yanks is Britain's capital; at a Chinese joint in Earl's Court (a nabe of particularly high infestation) called Dragon's Palace, I felt like getting up and shouting, "OK, is anyone here not from the States?"

No matter -- especially post-Bush, the Brits seem to fancy us over there more than ever, and a few establishments like St. James' venerable Stafford Hotel, just a hop and a skip from… Continue

Added by David Paul Appell on November 16, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

MSC Poesia

MSC Poesia just completed its first Caribbean cruise from Port Everglades. The family-owned Italian cruise line -- officially called Mediterranean Shipping Co.and one of the world's largest container firms -- has 10 ships in in its fleet and this one, only about 18 months old, is a great mix of Italian cutting edge design and old world European-style gracious hospitality.

Poesa is offering wonderful rates and a series of five and 10-day sailings before returning to Europe in late… Continue

Added by Marcia Raffel Levin on November 15, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tripatini Does World Travel Market in London

We're pleased to report our team had a very successful 30th annual World Travel Market this week, meeting with lots of current and prospective members and cementing partnerships that you'll see come to fruition on the site soon. The show, held an hour's Tube ride from central London in the Docklands' massive ExCeL complex, was the usual crowded, 4,000-ring circus (unlike last weekend's more consumer-oriented Condé Nast Luxury Travel Fair, which we also attended), and whether it's reality-based… Continue

Added by EnLinea Media on November 13, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

New member of Tripatini is professional traveler ( journalist)

Going to send this out to my colleagues: "Hi all, found this great new site, Check it out at" Me

Added by Michelle M. Winner on November 13, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

E-Tourism Africa Summit 2009 received an invite recently to give a lecture on blogging and what blogging could mean for the tourism and safari industry in Africa.

Of course I am very honored with this invitation and it would be nice to see some of you there. The summit is on the 1st and 2nd of December 2009 in Johannesburg.

To get an idea about the summit you can watch this video that was made last year:… Continue

Added by Johan Knols on November 12, 2009 at 9:28am — No Comments

Jalisco - Tapalpa, Mexicans' Mountain getaway

Continuing my series of posts about travel through the state of Jalisco in Mexico for anyone who prefers their traveling with less strenuous walking and fewer stairs. Previous posts on Tonala and Tlaquepaque, Hacienda el Carmen and Guadalajara. You can find all in

I welcome your…


Added by Judy Wells on November 10, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Friendly Planet’s 11-day Incredible Argentina Tour that’s Simply … Incredible

Argentina is known as a wonderland of beauty, tango, food, wine, and (of course) soccer. Once an exotic playground for backpackers, adventure seekers, and high-rolling wine connoisseurs, Argentina seemed out of limits for the average traveler. But now, thanks to Friendly Planet Travel, more vacationers than ever before can experience one of South America’s most resplendent countries. The company’s 11-day… Continue

Added by Peggy Goldman on November 9, 2009 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Access Rwanda Safaris en Aisha Primate Safaris joined forces on Mountain Gorilla trekking and other safaris.

Since the 1th of September 2009 Aisha Primate Safaris was taken over by Access Rwanda Safaris.

already for some time ARS was looking for a good partner to improve quality of their service even further.

The most suited company in our eyes was Aisha Primate Safaris.

Ars will be in the lead after the two companies have joined their forces.

For the time being the web site will stay under the name Aisha Primate Safaris. The main reason for this is not to… Continue

Added by Evert Jakobs on November 6, 2009 at 8:35am — No Comments

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