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GasBuddy Survey Says: 92% of Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving Plan to Drive; 71% Expect to Spend Less This Year
When Americans hit the road this year for Thanksgiving, 31% will be traveling over 500 miles and another 31% will travel between 200 and 500 miles. This year 92% of us are driving and just 6.5% say they’ll fly. But no matter how far we go or how much we think we save on gas… that doesn’t mean we’re looking for ways to spend it.
Of more than 81,000 Americans surveyed by GasBuddy this month, 71 percent said they expect to spend less on Thanksgiving this year.
“With record-low gas prices, consumers are more inclined to load up the car to make the turkey meal voyage and be with family,” said Allison Mac, petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “The survey results reveals there is a sense of relief this travel season.”
31st Celebration Of The Old West
Way out in the misty west, rag-tag spirits of the past,
grasping at timeless threads of memory, swirl about Elko's sturdy and uncompromising
red brick buildings, touching the town's sparkling casino lights that passionately
blink out a silent refrain to those with Lady Luck riding on their shoulders.
These crusty old spirits, the rock-hard backbone of Elko, are the heartbeat
of Western Americana.
Lake District: Where Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter and Literary History Converge
What do William Wordsworth, William Yeats and Jemima
Puddle-Duck have in common? Well, they all lived in and around the fairy-tale
villages of England's Lake District, but only one of them actually is a
fairy tale. And possibly the most famous of the three at least among
the under-10 set. Ms. Puddle-Duck, along with her good friends and neighbors,
Peter Rabbit, Samuel Whiskers and Pickles among many others, were brought
to life by Beatrix Potter...
A Remarkable Paradise Carved Out of the Desert
Usually when I'm invited on a press trip, my family
and friends are very excited for me. When my trip to Israel materialized,
I eagerly shared with everyone what for me what was great news. Their smiles
suddenly faded and were replaced with looks of deep concern. "Be careful."
"Be careful." "Be careful." I heard that over and over
again, with one email from a friend reading: Don't leave the group. Don't
eat in any outdoor cafes. Don't use the buses. Don't use any underground
A Magical Journey Back in Time
We arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport at 4:55 am and
were promptly met by a friendly representative from the Israel Ministry
of Tourism, who brought the other journalist and myself over to the check-in
desk. A phone call was made and our driver immediately appeared, whisking
us away to the Mount Zion Hotel located in Jerusalem, the capital of the
State of Israel.
Dia delos Muertos: The Day of the Dead
The world we know, lets go of October with a celebration
of the spirit gone into another realm. In many western worlds, they call
it Halloween. But in the Philippines, there is the tradition of All
Saints Day which is a way of remembering dead loved ones by prayers,
bringing flowers, and lighting candles at their grave. This custom of going
to where loved ones are laid to rest, is a hold-over from the Philippine
history of being under Spanish rule hundreds of years ago.
Northwest Coast Thanksgiving: Looping the Olympic Peninsula By Sarah Wyatt
It's almost Thanksgiving time to admit that
not everyone wants to spend three hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic making
their way to Grandmother's house for yet another meal of cold turkey and
canned cranberry sauce. Veteran road trippers see a different opportunity:
four days off to explore some spectacular byway that offers great views
and outstanding cuisine.
Doctor's Orders: Deggia
Our "Man in Italy" continues his series
of photo shoots around the Trentino as his lens focuses in on an off-the-beaten
path hamlet where llamas roam free and a quaint little church stands in
homage to a Marian apparition of old.
Your Birthday Light The Candle!
For blues fans in Southern California
the annual Rod Piazza Birthday Bash is one of the most anticipated music
events staged in the Inland Empire. Hosted by the birthday boy himself along
with his lovely wife Honey, the blues will once again light up the American
Legion Hall, Post 79 in Riverside's scenic Fairmount Park. As is the tradition
just prior to the arrival of Santa, Rod and Honey invite all their friends
and fellow musicians out for a day-long, old fashioned harp-blowing, guitar-blazing,
West Coast Blues-dancing celebration.
Mirage is a Real Oasis in the Palm Springs Desert
If someone told me there was an historic presidential
retreat in a small desert oasis near Palm Springs, I would have told them
they were seeing things. But it is real and no mirage. It just happens to
be located in the city of Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs. I saw this West
Coast "Camp David," along with a host of exciting locations, on
a recent trip to the small resort town.
Doctor's Orders: Molveno
Our "Man in Italy" was recently sent packing
by his physician to undergo two weeks of water therapy at Terme di Comano
in the Trentino area of northern Italy. In between his two-a-day therapeutic
baths, he was out and about with his camera gear documenting where to go
and what to see. This is his second in a series of ten waterlogged dispatches
filed Under Doctor's Orders.
Suites Makes a Splash in Oceanside By Mary McGrath
SpringHill Suites by Marriott just opened in February,
and I've got to tell you, this is a real bargain for being by the ocean.
This stylish surf inspired retreat offers a coastal casual vibe. The rooms
are finally appointed with a beachy decor, and modern amenities that discerning
travelers expect. Step outside and you have panoramic views of the Pacific
and a long lazy pier that welcomes your attention.
Doctor's Orders: Terme di Comano
Sent packing by his physician, our "Man in Italy"
spent two weeks at a spa-wellness center surrounded by the Brenta Dolomites
up in the Trentino Alto Adige region. In between his two-a-day therapeutic
baths, he dried off and ventured out of his retreat to see what he could
see. This is the first in his series of ten dispatches, Under Doctor's
Close and Personal with Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson is one of those actors who always
manages to crawl inside a character's skin, creating fully actualized, riveting
performances. Gleeson's latest film, currently playing in theatres, is "Calvary."
Written & directed by John Michael McDonagh, Gleeson plays the role
of Father James, a very kind priest in a small Irish parish who hears a
shocking plan during a confessional that sends him on an exploratory mission.
Crystal Bridges and Arkansas in Bloom
Arkansas has shed its undeserved Dogpatch reputation.
Northwest Arkansas has become prosperous, with a wealth of places of interest
for tourists, and offering some of America's most beautiful nature, along
with cultural events, and many craft and antique fairs. The new Northwest
Arkansas Regional Airport serves as the gateway to Ozark towns and villages,
such as Bentonville, home of Walmart, and Eureka Springs...
Doing the Douro with Uniworld
We've taken a handful of river cruises in Europe, one
with Viking and half a dozen with Uniworld, over the last ten years. We've
seen this international enthusiasm for visiting those medieval towns of
Europe that lie along their legendary rivers swell until its very success
threatens the whole experience. We tell our friends and our readers, "If
you haven't done European river cruising before, do it now! It will be too
crowded in ten years to be as much fun."
"Our Man in Italy" ties a nice bow around
his 21-part Country Roads of Italy travel journal with a photographic
look back on his amazing eight-day Insight Vacations journey.
Art Ancient and Contemporary in Southwestern France
Ancient villages sit on hilltops overlooking fertile
fields, rivers and lakes. Medieval castles dot the landscape. For a thousand
years, pilgrims have crossed this southwestern French countryside, the Midi
Pyrenees, en route to Santiago de Compostela, stopping for food and shelter
wherever the scallop shell, symbol of St. James, is displayed.
King's Close, Edinburgh, Scotland: 400 Years of History
The year is 1645. The most virulent strain of the Bubonic
Plague has immobilized Edinburgh, Scotland, claiming the lives of more than
half the city's population. The area hardest hit: Mary King's Close on High
Street, a busy thoroughfare and lively 17th century street of pubs, shops
and residences. Cries of suffering have replaced the friendly chatter, and
the stench of death, the pungent aroma of tea and scones.
Exploring the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Incan
Cities With Adventures by Disney
Hiram Bingham is considered by many as the role model
for the screen character, Indiana Jones. In 1911, Bingham, an American historian
and lecturer at Yale University, traveled high into the Peruvian Andes in
search of The Lost City of the Incas. With the help of local Andean farmers
he was led to a site of monumental granite structures, terraces and temples
covered in two centuries of jungle growth.
"Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated
in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized
that they really had something to be thankful for annually, not
oftener if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors,
the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated
by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for
the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was
perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all
on the white man's side, consequently on the Lord's side; hence it was
proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments."
The staff at TravelingBoy has designated 2014
as THE YEAR TO GIVE. Here are some of our favorite charities.
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
There are myriad books about ocean
cruises around the world, but with Europe having
one of the biggest markets for river cruises, how
does a potential passenger find out in
an unbiased way things like how many
river cruise lines are there in Europe? What do
they offer? What are their ships like, and how does
one differ from the other?
Live Like a Local with TripTogether
The leading service for connecting travelers and
finding international travel companions TripTogether has compiled
a list of tips for how to avoid the tourist label and experience
destinations like the locals do. Many members have expressed
a desire to live life like a local, even when theyre traveling,
so we polled members around the globe to help meet this desire,
said Anthony Volpe, TripTogethers main Spokesman.
Carroll has added CONTRIBUTING WRITER at LA TRAVEL MAGAZINE
to his impressive resume.
What Concerns People Most When Traveling This
AAA is expecting 41 million Americans to travel
this week for Thanksgiving. However, weather experts believe the
entire East Coast will experience conditions favorable to a Nor-easter,
threatening on-time travel itineraries for millions of passengers.
Travel insurance provider, Protect Your Bubble, has new data about
what concerns travelers most this week and throughout the holiday
Men (25%) are most concerned about missing their connecting
flight, while women (31%) are most worried about lost luggage.
When it comes to renting a car, most people overall are concerned
with damaging their car (38.2%) or needing roadside assistance
during their trip (25.2%).
This data is from an online survey conducted from
Oct. 25 – Nov. 10, where 2,500 people were asked what concerns
them most about the upcoming holiday season.
The Society of Professional Journalists is
Accepting Submissions for Its 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, Which
Recognize the Best in Professional Journalism
The Society of Professional Journalists is accepting
submissions for its 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize
the best in professional journalism.
The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932,
when the Society first honored six individuals for contributions
to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the organization
awarded the first Distinguished Service Awards. These awards later
became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
Submissions must be received by Friday, Feb.
6, 2015, and works must have been published, aired or broadcast
in 2014 to be considered. The contest is open to any U.S.
media outlet or international SPJ members, and you may enter online
Airports to Avoid This Holiday Season
With the holiday season upon us, millions of people
will be traveling to join their friends and families for that
special meal. They may have the foresight to buy their plane ticket
in advance to avoid price hikes, but the one thing they cannot
predict are the dreaded weather delays.
To compile the Worst Weather-Delayed Airports
examined weather-related arrival flight-delay data over a 12-month
period from the U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau
of Transportation Statistics. From August 2013 through July 2014,
nearly 23 percent of U.S. flights arrived at least 15 minutes
late, were cancelled, or diverted roughly 31 percent of
those were a result of weather.
Who is the worst offender? San Francisco International
Airport (SFO). SFO ranks #1 on the list. For an airport that clocked
nearly 168,000 arrivals, it had nearly 26,000 weather-related
delays over that 12-month period. That means more than half of
SFO arrivals experience a weather-related delay!
Other airports that will cause you to be tardy
for the party include: Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD),
LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Denver International Airport (DEN).
Random Acts of Canine Kindness
Cedric the Dog contemplates the ramifications
of human rights v. property rights as burglars break into his
Germany No 1 in the Worldwide Brand Comparison;
Top Position in Culture Category
Germany has been voted into first place in the
latest Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index 2014, in a global
comparison of 50 nations, putting it ahead of the USA and the
ABC News reports that federal officials are looking
into claims from three commercial pilots about drones being seen
near their planes while approaching New York City's Kennedy Airport
earlier this week.
A JetBlue flight from Savannah, Georgia, encountered
a drone about two miles from the runway on Wednesday, while Virgin
Atlantic and Delta flights had their own drone sightings near
the runway on Sunday. The Delta pilot claimed the drone missed
hitting one of the plane's wings by about a foot. All three flights
These real-life scenarios eerily resemble those
portrayed in a novel by Florida-based author Joel Narlock. The
storyline in Narlock's "Drone Games" involves the use
of drones to carry out terrorist acts against American airliners.
Experts from within the aviation industry have
weighed in on the drone aspect of "Drone Games":
"'Drone Games' is a well-written work of fiction that
is very believable. Drones and UAVs are hot topics in the airport
management community today."
Kenai Fjords Tours Wins 2014 Platinum MarCom
Seward, AK: CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation won
a 2014 Platinum MarCom Award in the Website Redesign
category for the Kenai
Fjords Tours website.
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.
And it's getting bigger
Airlines Are Making Big Bucks!
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
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.
Together in Spirit The Best Friends Animal
At the core of Best Friends' work is the dream
that one day animals will no longer be killed in America's shelters.
Old Thanksgiving Rhyme Author unknown
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway ---
Thanksgiving comes again!
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Traveling Boy Recipe
Recipe Circa 1621
Thanksgiving is an annual U.S. holiday, with regional
recipes and customs varying from geographic areas, plus with many meals
including personal family culinary traditions.
Just for fun, research shows the following dishes were
served at the first harvest celebration in Plymouth (in present-day Massachusetts)
in 1621. Prepared by the 50 or so Pilgrims, plus just under 100 Wampanoag
Native Americans, the meal was a mix of what the English settlers knew
and brought with them, as well as what the Wampanoag contributed to the