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Drugging Kids on Flights

Would you sedate your child on a flight? 
Are parents who do so wrong?




Not long ago, a Wall Street Journal  article  reported that many parents "drug" or sedate their kids on planes so they'll be less bothersome for the parents, flight attendants and fellow passengers.




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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on February 25, 2017 at 6:19am — No Comments

Boulangeries and Mercis: Canada's French Eastern Townships

The fields of deep lavender (bleu lavande) stretch vividly toward the green hills.



Donkeys at the donkey ranch nuzzle their mistress, and the honey bees buzz about at the Miellerie Lune de Miel, the honey farm.



About 150 miles south of Quebec and maybe 90 miles east of Montreal, The …

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on March 12, 2016 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Land of Poets and Warriors: Scotland’s Isle of Skye

“So where in Scotland are you going?” a British colleague asked over lunch. “Edinburgh? Glasgow?”

“Isle of Skye,” I said.



“Ah, the Scottish Highlands,” he sighed. Leaned back and said, slowly,  “We always think of Skye as a spiritual place. I really envy you.”…



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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 19, 2015 at 10:13am — 3 Comments

When Women Travel Solo

Many women  want to travel alone, or with other women,  and not a guy... a fact most men find very difficult to accept.



And while we think there are too many movies and books that give us too many images of women as helpless victims, the truth is that a majority of women say that security issues are their number one concern when traveling alone. Or even with female…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on October 1, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Can You Find (and Trust) a Babysitter While Traveling?

It’s not easy or always reassuring.

You're on the road for a family vacation. You've done lots of family-friendly things and now you and your significant other want a night out.



Or at least a dinner in the hotel's much touted dinning room.

But who'll watch the kids?



Hotels will often provide staff sitters or the names of agencies that…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on March 26, 2015 at 8:57am — No Comments

'Babymoons,' Booties and B&Bs

Jennifer and Craig Ruckert, a very attractive 30-something couple, were sitting in front of a terrific fire, enjoying some great cheeses and local wines, a regular pre-dinner ritual  at the Tidewater Inn, in the laid back, classy Connecticut shore town of…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on February 20, 2015 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Pour A Pint in Belfast

From NMT Images

Pour A Pint in Belfast



Please watch the Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1-minute…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on September 7, 2014 at 10:20am — No Comments

The Failure of Travel Writing



The Failure of Travel



For those of us who are professionally in the travel space, why isn't the fact that American, British and European young men are brutally fighting for ISIS/ISIL part of our work?



Belgium has sent more fighters to ISIS than any other European country. ISIS' military expenditures exceed those of…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on August 28, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

How the Wrong Words Kill Customer Loyalty: The Best "Bon Mots"

How the Wrong Words Kill Customer Loyalty. The Best Bon Mots



So, it begins with a desire to have a drink at an artful and attractive Band B, a drink in the garden as the sun sets.



There are no glasses, so I help myself to two. No ice. I find the refrigerator and help myself to ice.



The owner returns and glances…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on July 6, 2014 at 1:44pm — 4 Comments

Fertility Tourism: Selling Women’s Eggs for Bucks and Travel. How Right is It?

Fertility Tourism: Selling Women’s Eggs for Bucks and Travel. How right is this?



“Female Eggs For Sale” may not be a sign you’ll see any time soon, but for all intents and purposes that’s what the global market for harvesting and selling women’s eggs is all about.



The in vitro fertilization market is a billion dollar…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on June 11, 2014 at 7:39am — 1 Comment

Family Travel: How Safe is Your Child’s Playground?

Family Travel: How Safe is Your Child’s Playground? 



Summer time and the traveling’s easy.



And as any traveling family will do, at some point in their journey they’ll just opt to forget the big sights for the day, and  play in a playground.



If they don’t, they should.



Hanging…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on June 2, 2014 at 8:36am — No Comments

Traveling Single Parents Seek Respect. Maybe Romance?



The “bad” news is that the number of single parents seeking quality vacations with their children is growing.



The good news is that the number of single parents seeking quality vacations with their children is growing.



More than one-quarter of all US households with children are headed by a single parent. That’s 16.5…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on May 18, 2014 at 12:16pm — No Comments

A New Kind of Wedding Travel?



It’s pretty clear that the trend in travel is toward the kinds that build memories and forge connections. Especially when it comes to family travel. 



And increasingly, that kind of travel seems to be a "familymoon" where  remarrying  couples do so with their children sharing the event and the  commitment.



The …

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on May 5, 2014 at 2:49pm — 3 Comments

Travel Companies That Make Twitter Matter



For a long time now we’ve been preaching how fun and engaging Twitter is…and yet questioned how effective it is when applied to the travel market.



Then along comes a report in HotelMarketing by way of an interesting …

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 29, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Family Travel Must Portray the “Real” American Family

 

Go ahead, type in “Perfect Family” in Google images. What do you see? Probably no one you recognize as a “typical” family. Pretty shocking.





New Media Travel once asked “Why Is Hotel Content So Boring?”



The point was that hotels,…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 23, 2014 at 8:19am — No Comments

Combining Biz Travel and Family Travel: A Healthy Option



The road warrior, the business traveler, represents a huge 50% or more of a hotel’s revenue, but what we found very interesting is a trend to combine a family vacation with a business trip.



An impressive 67.7 percent of those randomly polled said they combine business travel with family travel, a major shift from just ten years ago when corporations…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 14, 2014 at 2:22pm — No Comments

From Concord, Massachusetts to North Africa (with 1-minute Video PostCard)



by Wendie Hansen with Kaleel Sakakeeny



Ralph Waldo Emerson had this to say about the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA, a suburb of Boston:



“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,

Here once the embattled farmers stood

And fired the shot heard round the world.”



But what does the bridge in Concord,  the home of the…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 9, 2014 at 5:11pm — No Comments

#TOT (Travel on Twitter) and the Search for Self

 

I noticed that most every time I  stray outside the narrow range of “Travel on Twitter” topics, I’m unfollowed.

When I question someone’s viewpoint, for example, or offer an alternative way of looking at a travel topic, I get into Twitter trouble.



Recently I raised a question about a…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 1, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Why Doesn't Travel Activity on Facebook Equal Travel Business?

Travel is measurably one of Facebook’s fastest growing, strongest vertical, and this is the year Facebook will target travel as a major sales initiative.

As we reported in New Media Travel recently, impressively, 52% of the site’s users said that when they view Facebook, they already…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on March 24, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

My Four Top Non-Travel Travel Books



Some of my deepest understandings of place, my most intense sense of "being" somewhere come neither from actually being there, nor from reading a travel book about the destination.

They come from a novel or short story which, because they set out to tell a story and not to describe a location, actually create a powerful sense of time and place. 

At…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on March 15, 2014 at 2:24pm — No Comments

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