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$272+ Caribbean, Mexico Airfare Sale
Spring flights to sunny cities like Cancun, Los Cabos, Montego Bay, Nassau, and Punta Cana are on sale right now with Southwest. Departure cities are limited in the 32-route sale, but include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, and San Antonio, among a handful of others.
The round-trip sale fares start at $272, and must be booked by March 5. Travel on most routes is valid April 7 - May 20.
Go to Southwest.com for more.
A 12-Day Mediterranean Dream on the Royal Clipper
Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux once said
and I paraphrase that it's one thing to be happy, but to be aware
of the happiness at that very minute is something unique and gratifying.
The end of October I was happy. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon. Standing
on a seemingly impenetrable granite cliff on the island of Corsica, the
late western Mediterranean sun was just setting, but still creating warmth
that counteracted the breeze from the sea. I gazed in wonder at all the
anchored cruise ships in the harbor.
Doctor's Orders: Fratelli Pisoni Organic Winery
With his head barely above water from his daily
two-a-day therapeutic baths, "Our Man in Italy" goes in search
of another liquid that can also do the body good: wine, the kind found
along the Strade del Vino of the Trentino.
1944 WW2 "Cover Up" at England's Slapton Sands
When you think about your next vacation, do you ever consider
staying in a place that is, for one reason or another, famous in world
history? On the other side of the coin, what if you had no idea that your
destination was the scene of a series of appalling "military mix-ups,"
would that make you more or less interested? As an example, Slapton
Sands, in the western part of England...
Un-Cruise Adventure through the Sea of Cortés
Imagine being in a small boat, drifting in a calm lagoon,
surrounded by sand dunes and colorful migratory birds. Then picture ripples
dancing on the surface, followed by a spout of water and then a graceful
and magnificent emergence of a 30-ton gray whale. If this sounds exciting,
then a trip to Bahía Magdalena with Un-Cruise Adventures is the way
Santa Barbara, just an hour or two north of Los Angeles,
is an island unto itself. Attracting both the beach bum crowd suntanned
surfers, the witty homeless with street-wise talent, folks in search of
a fresh beginning and long-time residents with deep-pocket affluence,
this coastal city encourages easy intermingling of the two since both are
clinging to dreams of good times ahead. Santa Barbara is the setting where
they blend together in an elegant and earthy style of California living.
Doctor's Orders Canale di Tenno
Try as he might, "Our Man in Italy" continues
to be surrounded by H2O no matter where he points his camera, and his
latest photo-shoot destination in the Trentino of northern Italy is no
exception: a medieval hamlet and its mesmerizing turquoise-blue lake.
Tighten Ups: And the 'Shocking, Horrifying and Delightful' World of Laura
Those who write about music and musicians
frequently make comparisons to other artists. By referencing a player's
style, a genre or similarities in sound a journalist can easily enhance
and focus their descriptive process. It's a tried and true practice that
I, too, have on more than one occasion employed. That is until witnessing,
up-close and personal an on-stage performance featuring a Southern California
band called the Tighten Ups.
Martinis and Historic Pueblos in Desert Hot Springs
Desert Hot Springs is yet another oasis in the Palm
Springs area. Set atop ancient hot and cold aquifers, the town is known
for abundant resorts and mineral spas, world-class drinking water, secret
celebrity visitors, and a few other hidden gems. My recent getaway to Desert
Hot Springs began at the El Morocco Inn and Spa, an enchanting boutique
hotel with an alluring, Arabian theme.
Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz Talk About Their Award-Winning Film
GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is an award-winning
film and Israel's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language
Film. This is the third film in a trilogy, which began over a decade ago.
Written and directed by the Israeli brother-and-sister team of Ronit Elkabetz
and Shlomi Elkabetz. Miss Elkabetz, an award-winning actress, stars as the
lead character, Viviane Amsalem.
from the Maddening Crowds: Boutique Hotels in San Diego By Mary McGrath
It's easy to go to the same old hotels over and over
again. It's predictable, it's familiar, but is it memorable? What if you
got outside your comfort zone? What if you took a chance and tried something
new? That's what I did when I went to San Diego this past weekend. I explored
some of the smaller boutique properties and I came away with many memorable
Of Dreams, Tears, and Love
Even after Pope Francis has gone back to Rome, memories
of his visit to the Philippines goes on and on in the media. Not only what
he did and said, but also his homilies that linger in the heart long afterwards.
For me, he was most impactful when he deviated from his prepared speech
and spoke from his heart in Spanish. Not only was he profound, his words
became lyrical and poetic.
Southwestern Virginia: Land of Music, Crafts and Nature
Virginia is for lovers of bluegrass music, crafts,
gorgeous scenery. and friendly, hospitable people. Southwest Virginia offers
all of the above to a visitor, along with some tasty traditional food. Music
serves as the glue in the region. Everywhere, be it the local diner, the
craft center, a theatre, or just the street, a group will be strumming and
singing, a jam session will be taking place.
Glimpses of Canada By Skip Kaltenheuser
If lucky to enjoy more than your fair share of travel,
eventually youll be asked your favorite place. Its a tough one,
most places have their fascinations. One doesnt choose to go somewhere
without first determining it worth ones time. So top picks usually
include the latest experience. And folks in America, with its embarrassment
of travel riches, are already a bit spoiled if they get around at all. But
this traveler never feels hes giving a bum steer answering to look
Doctor's Orders: Balbido The Painted Village
In between two-a-day therapeutic soakings, "Our
Man in Italy" has been going off the beaten path to document little
known gems around the Trentino of northern Italy. In this, his sixth dispatch,
he takes the lens cap off to frame an unusual open-air art gallery.
Virginia: Mr. Jefferson's Country
To many people, Monticello and Charlottesville, Virginia
are synonymous. Indeed, even more than his famous home, the presence of
Thomas Jefferson the Man can be felt throughout the quiet college town,
about a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C. For any history buff, a tour
of Monticello is heaven, but even those less historically inclined will
be enthralled by fascinating displays of Jefferson the Creative Homeowner.
44's Locked & Loaded!!!
Anytime you see the 44's listed on
a concert bill or festival poster, you know there's going to be a party.
This particular occasion just happened to be Rod Piazza's Annual Birthday
celebration at Fairmount Park in Riverside. The 44's along with the Mighty
Mojo Prophets, the MoFo Party Band and Piazza's own Mighty Flyers had all
come together for a day of revelry and some good-natured, blow your face
off blues harp and string-stinging guitar boogie.
Meloni on Acting and Balancing Career With Family Life
Christopher Meloni cut his teeth on episodic television
beginning with his breakout role on NYPD Blue. Following that
series, he had a recurring role on HBOs Oz after which
he co-starred with Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit where he played Detective Elliot Stabler for twelve seasons,
leaving the show in 2011. Moving seamless from television to film,
Meloni has racked up a number of credits including Man of Steel,
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Twelve Monkeys,
and Runaway Bride."
Doctor's Orders: Fiavè Life on Stilts
"Our Man in Italy," sent packing by his
physician, goes back in time WAY, WAY back to 6,000 BC as he and his
camera document an archeological dig around the high plains of the Brenta
Dolomites in the Trentino Alto Adige region of northern Italy.
Earhart: NOT About Her Airplane But the Home Where She Grew
If you disappeared, how much do you think the government
would spend trying to find you? $100? $750? Could you imagine half a million?
What if you were Amelia Earhart? She was the first woman to fly
solo across the Atlantic, in her 15 hour flight from Newfoundland
There isn't a rich man in your vast city
who doesn't perjure himself every year before the tax board. They are
all caked with perjury, many layers thick. Iron-clad, so to speak. If
there is one that isn't, I desire to acquire him for my museum, and
will pay Dinosaur rates.
New Zealand's flagship carrier is currently offering
a "Flights to Anywhere in New Zealand" sale featuring
discounted fares to 24 cities, among them the larger metropolises
like Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, but also off-the-beaten
path places like Paraparaumu, Taopo, Tauranga, and others. Fares
start at the extremely low price of $998 round-trip.
Departures are only available from five U.S. airports (Boston;
Chicago; Los Angeles; New York City; and Washington, D.C.), but
these prices should motivate to seek out connections if not from
any of these cities. The sale ends on March 3; and travel is good
April 20 - June 8 and again July 25 - September 21.
New Site Promises an Easier Way to Book Europe
Finding seamless, cost-effective travel in Europe
requires a lot of legwork for North American travelers, especially
those relying solely on English-language sites (or on the often-surreal
Google translations of foreign-language websites).
But the Beta launch of Gopili.co.uk,
the U.K. version of the popular French travel search engine KelBillet,
creates a limited but useful way to assess all your options. Because
the site is geared to U.K. travelers looking for domestic and
Europe travel, it's not a one-stop shop for travelers from the
U.S. and Canada. But the multimodal approach which gathers
fares and availability from 500 airlines, train companies, car
rental agencies, and bus companies is a serious time saver
and one that can simplify planning.
Spring Cruise Deals Courtesy About.com
Spring marks the conclusion of "wave season,"
a time when cruise bookings are at their peak in warm parts of
offers cruises for a variety of dates and lines, but again, these
are largely last-minute deals. Be sure to check the sailing dates
and terms carefully.
Tel Aviv Tops the World Smart Cities Awards
The city of Tel Aviv won first prize at the World
Smart Cities Awards, beating out 250 competing cities at the recent
Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
Wine Enthusiast Reveals 10 Best Wine Travel
Destinations of 2015
Wine Enthusiast magazine has crowned the 10
Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2015 in their annual
February Travel Issue, and three US cities have topped the
coveted list Orlando, FL; Finger Lakes, NY; and Mendocino,
The top 10 list includes where to dine, where
to stay, activities, when to go, and of course, where to taste.
Without further adieu here is the top 10 Best Wine Travel
Destinations of 2015.
Finger Lakes, NY - USA!
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Rhône Valley, France
Orlando, FL - USA!
Loire Valley, France
Mendocino, CA - USA!
Consumer & Authoritative Research Reveals
Eight (8) Significant Trends Cruise Travelers May Expect in 2015
As we approach 2015 and beyond, cruise enthusiasts-
and the cruise lines themselves know that cruising has never
been more popular. In fact, there are 35 new ocean ships and 21
new river ships scheduled to debut by 2018. CruiseCompetes
consumers are constantly telling us what they are experiencing
and what they would like to see from the cruise industry. With
this information, and their expert knowledge of the industry,
the cruise specialists at CruiseCompete are able provide insight
on ocean and river cruising trends you might experience in 2015.
How to Get a Free Upgrade from the Airline Courtesy About.com
Sometimes, getting a free upgrade means taking
bumping occurs when you agree to give up a seat on an overbooked
plane in exchange for some compensation. Most of the time, that
compensation comes in the form of a voucher for free future travel.
Personally, that's the way I like to receive a reward for waiting
around an airport until the next available flight.
But if you want a free airline upgrade, why not
agree to be bumped in exchange for a better seat? If there is
a spot available, and the flight isn't a long-haul, the airlines
might just agree to your request. After all, filling one first
class seat could be cheaper than giving you a free trip.
Just how do you go about being bumped? Simply
present yourself to the airline on the day of travel as someone
who is willing to give up your seat in exchange for considerations
in the event the flight is overbooked. If there is an overbooking
(and frequently this does occur because airlines have to avoid
empty seats), airline personnel might appreciate your offer
even if it is motivated by more than kindness.
Spring By William Shakespeare
When daisies pied and violets blue
And lady-smocks all silver-white
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men; for thus sings he,
Cuckoo, cuckoo: Oh word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!
When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merry larks are plowmens clocks,
When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men; for thus sings he,
Cuckoo, cuckoo: Oh word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!
Deb your favorite travel poems.
Natural Habitat Adventures Announces Exclusive
For Close Encounters with Alaskas Giant Brown Bears
The worlds premier nature travel company,
Adventures, announces the exclusive charter of a legendary
vessel it has rechristened the M/V Natural Habitat Ursus,
to take guests as close as possible in safety to the largest coastal
grizzlies in the world.
Is Why a River Cruise Is Better Than an Ocean One
Have you ever taken a cruise? I'd
predict you'll answer YES. But what if I said have
you ever experienced a RIVER cruise? One of the
most "IN Things" in travel today, IS a
It's Official: Richard Branson Is Launching
a Cruise Line
Since May 2014, rumors that billionaire Sir Richard
Branson, founder of Virgin, wants to expand his oeuvre into the
cruise business. Early reports indicated that a Virgin cruise
line would likely launch around 2019 in the Caribbean and Mediterranean,
but we haven't heard any specifics in a while.
Best Friend Event
Have you ever dreamed of finding the one?
You know, that special one who melts your heart from the moment
your eyes meet? Someone you know you just cant live without?
Airbus: Worst Airplane Seat Ever
Airbus filed a patent for what will be the least
comfortable airplane seat in the sky. The new design features
saddle-like seats that can fold up when not in use. Gone are cushions,
padded armrests, tray tables and personal space: The new seating
plan, of course, would allow airlines to cram more passengers
into the limited space of the cabin.
Airlines with the Most Extra Fees Courtesy SmarterTravel
The airlines call them ancillary revenues. Travelers
call it nickel-and-diming. By whatever name, the dizzying array
of fees that airlines now impose for everything from checked bags
to carry-on bags to seat selection to ticket reissues is big business.
Airlines Are Making Big Bucks!
Several major airlines are reporting big profits.
5 Things Travel Has Taught Me
The staff at Twenty-Something Travel write about
5 things theyve learned from travel.
Travel Smarter with Brainscape!
In eight of the 13 cities listed as best
vacation destinations by U.S. News this year, English isnt
the official language. Add vast cultural differences and unfamiliar
terrain to the existing language barrier and suddenly a trip abroad
can become a daunting proposition. Fortunately, Brainscape can help travelers learn how to talk the
talk (quite literally) in no time before they venture off to a
An Inside Look At the Los Angeles International
Airport Control Tower By John Clayton
Everyday planes land from and depart for all the
corners of the world at LAX. Discover how they get to where they're
meant to be by joining Armchair Traveler John Clayton as he takes
an inside look at the LAX Control Tower.
The Genesis of T-Boys Cartoons
Known for travel stories that immediately capture
the interest of the reader with their colorful creativity, clever
use of words and the talent to paint pictures with words about
destinations all over the world, TravelingBoy
is delighted to announce the riveting success of our hilarious
travel cartoons that highlight the foibles and quirks of mankind.
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads
more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide
emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service
members and wounded warriors.
Last-Minute Airfare Deals
Find the latest last-minute Web fares for flights
departing from within the United States and Canada.
The Best Place to Find Cheap Flights
Compare prices on 400+ airlines and travel sites,
including Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline and more and
find the best bargain..
7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning
Master the art of earning miles, attaining elite
status, and working the system to earn free flights and other
perks. Learn from expert travelers who know how to maximize their
Traveling Boy Recipe
(Chilean Pumpkin and Cranberry Bean Stew)
Porotos Granados is the national dish of Chile. The basic
ingredients pumpkin, beans, corn and tomatoes are all indigenous
to the New World, pre-dating the arrival of Europeans.
Vegetarians will be delighted to find that there are no
meat products in the dish, and that the recipe is heart-healthy and absolutely
delicious. A popular summer dish in Chile, you can prepare this recipe
year-round, substituting with white or navy beans.