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Southwest Fall Sale Flights from $61+ O/W
For once, you’ll have a little more time to consider Southwest's fall sale flights. Valid through remainder of the month, the brand-new airfare promotion discounts more than a thousand domestic routes, including Las Vegas, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Orlando. Again, bookings must be processed by end-of-day July 31.Travel availability is any day but Fridays and Sundays from August 25 through December 17; with the exception of November 25, 26, 29, 30; or December 1. Puerto Rico travel is valid August 25 through December 11.
Paradise (and Culture) Found at the Ka'anapali Beach
Children frolic in the surf and sand. Parents and grandparents
stretch out on lounge chairs around the pool, basking in the gentle Ka'anapali
sun. I don't think I've ever seen so many multi-generational families in
one place. I explore Sheraton Resort's pool that leads to a long circular
canal, complete with cascading waterfalls, bridges and tropical vegetation
that gracefully caresses the top of the pool's lava-enhanced walls.
Roads: Bologna, Gone in 60 Minutes
"Our Man in Italy" is on the clock and
under the gun as he races through triple-headed Bologna, biting, gulping
and shooting along the way in this, his 17th Country Roads dispatch. Tick tick tick.
Post Cards from Maine While Driving "Down East"
Travel writers tend to be opinionated ... so may we
mention our thoughts on Maine? Our favorite villages in that state are the
two Kennebunks and we think the prettiest fishing village in the Pine Tree
State is Camden and the most interesting city to visit by far is
Portland. Maine (although we do concede Portland, Oregon gives it a run
for its money).
James: Southern California Roots Run Delta Deep
When you first meet Nathan James, you
wouldn't think he was anything more than a fun-loving, skateboarding, guitar-playing
Southern California boy who loves the outdoors and hanging with his friends.
James was born and raised in the secluded California village of Fallbrook,
nestled among the avocado groves in North San Diego County.
Eclectic Fun and Food
In Long Beach
Long Beach is known for its world-class Aquarium of
the Pacific and the legendary Queen Mary ocean liner. But as I recently
learned, the water-front city is also an eclectic paradise, full of incredible
restaurants, great hotels, and a myriad of awesome activities. My summer
getaway to the city began at the luxurious Renaissance Long Beach Hotel,
located in the heart of the entertainment district in downtown.
Roads: The Redheads of Maranello
Fancying the wind in his face and hairpin curves,
"Our Man In Italy" is in hot pursuit of a bevy of redheads as
he files his 16th Country Roads dispatch from a sports car-crazed
town in the Emilia-Romagna.
Puerto Rico: From Travesty to Tourism
Picture this: From 1948 to 1999, the U.S. Department
of Navy bombed the hell out of its own country. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration
but here's what happened. From the early 1940's, the U.S. military
used a good part of Vieques, Puerto Rico, a small island off the coast,
as a training ground for ship-to-shore gunfire, air-to-ground bombing, and
Marine amphibious landings. It was not until a Puerto Rican security guard
was accidentally killed by an errant bomb in April 1999 that the opposition
began in earnest.
Roads: The Good Humor Man of San Gim
Standing in the middle of Medieval Manhattan, "Our
Man in Italy" has the scoop on why everyone screams for ice-a-cream
as he files his 14th Country Roads dispatch from the cobble of
Valley Southern California Wine Country A Relaxing Nearby Get-Away
A lovely invitation arrived from the folks at Visit
Temecula Valley inviting a select group of travel writers to cover their
annual Balloon and Wine Festival, along with visits to some of their restaurants
and award-winning wineries. In two delightfully packed days, we experienced
a cross section of what this tiny gem of a bucolic vacation destination
has to offer.
World in Miniature So HUGE (And Extraordinary) You'll Not Believe
Do you like exploring countries overseas? When you get
there, are you the adventurous type, seeking out unusual, offbeat things
to see on your journeys? I wonder if, like me, you are fascinated by finding
museums, or special attractions, that feature true-to-life designed toy
models of ships, trains and planes and just about everything in
New York City Harbor By Skip Kaltenheuser
I've been on boats circling Manhattan which offer fine
alternative perspectives on the island. But I was unprepared for the views
one gets from a big ship departing the harbor. Last July 4th, my son, a
couple of chums in tow, and I enjoyed the pleasure of departing NYC for
the Caribbean on the Splendor, one of the behemoth cruise ships in the Carnival
line. There were plenty of fun views along the trip, but the views of leaving
NYC are the standouts.
Roads: A Dark and Foodie Night
Batten down the hatches as "Our Man in Italy"
eats and drinks his way through a proverbial dark-and-stormy night, stopping
long enough to file his 15th Country Roads dispatch from Val d'Elsa in
of Temecula Valley's Annual Balloon and Wine Festival
Writer and photographer, Beverly Cohn offers a stunning
photo journal of her two-days covering Temecula Valleys annual Balloon
and Wine Festival. Ms. Cohn visually conveys an intriguing look of what
this tiny gem of a bucolic vacation destination nestled just north of San
Diego in Southern California has to offer. Her trip was sponsored by Visit
Mermaid Parade By Michael Schlueter
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the
nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the
seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over New
York Citys five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible
art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney
Island Pageantry, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures
that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of
people to the amusement area in a single day.
The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
In 1962, a dozen seniors escaped from East Berlin by
way of Der Senioren-tunnel, the Senior Citizens Tunnel. Led
by an 81-year-old man, the group had spent 16 days digging a 160-foot-long
and 6-foot-tall tunnel from a chicken coop to the other side of the Wall
in West Berlin. The tunnel was tall because the group wanted to walk to
freedom with their wives, proudly and unbowed.
Jogging Tour of Berlin By Frank Mazer
Jogging between rows of flowers, the blue-white palace
behind me, I must remind myself to focus on the task at hand rather than
the beauty of the palace gardens. Small groups of tourists are present here
and there and a jogger must be aware of circumventing them. There are many
paths to choose in these palace gardens in Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin.
Cappadocia By Skip Kaltenheuser
Writer & photographer Skip Kaltenheuser focuses
his camera on Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely
in Nevsehir Province, in Turkey. The rocky landscape is honeycombed with
networks of ancient underground settlements and outstanding examples of
for Adventure on the Mighty Colorado River
Located a couple miles off the river, in Eldorado Canyon,
the Techatticup Mine is the oldest, richest and most famous gold mine in
Southern Nevada. It is part of a surreal ghost town that has been restored
and preserved by Tony and Bobbie Werly, and today looks like a giant movie
set, with original structures from the 1800s, along scores of old vehicles
and signs, and a general store/museum building.
Stryn: The Norwegian Fjord Country By Frank Mazer
"Glaciers to left of us; glaciers to the right
of us," This calls to us like thunder while chasms of several thousand
feet separate us from them, but not from our blunder. Here we are. Our goal
achieved, we stand next to the stone hut we could see from far below. We
stand amidst a scattering of rocks. We stand where there are no streams
and no pools of water and no faucet to be found. We, the experienced hikers,
stand humbled, and we stand thirsty as we stare at our empty water bottles...
"I have found out that there aint no surer
way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel
The staff at TravelingBoy has designated 2014
as THE YEAR TO GIVE. Here are some of our favorite charities.
An Inside Look At the Los Angeles International
Airport Control Tower By John Clayton
TSA Warns Travelers About Taking Weapons
The Transportation Security Administration wants
travelers to familiarize themselves with the rules about flying
with guns and other weapons. Passengers arriving at security checkpoints
with guns in their carry-on bags will be cited and have their
Cruise Lines Combining Ocean, River Voyages
A number of cruise lines are getting ships of
the right size to operate combinations of river and ocean itineraries,
allowing passengers to reach riverside destinations that larger
vessels typically can't reach.
For example, Silversea Cruises offers a cruise
to Bridgetown, Barbados, that includes a voyage along the Amazon
River; Seabourn combines an Amazon River cruise with Caribbean
and South American coastal cruises; and Voyages to Antiquity features
combination cruising in the Mediterranean.
In summertime, the living may be easy but the
packing for warm-weather vacations most definitely isn't. These
10 travel essentials can help.
European Safety Tips for a Safe Trip
Is Europe safe? Heres a few tips to minimize
Choice Hotels Survey Reveals Top Ten Summer
Choice Hotels recently conducted a survey on the
top 10 summer travel trends, the most newsworthy ones are listed
below. For example, the survey showed that travelers would prefer
to lose their luggage than their phone.
Israel Announces Jerusalem Season of Culture
Summer 2014 Lineup Featuring Citywide Art, Dance and Music Festivals
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21 Clever Little Air-Travel Tips from SmarterTravel
Readers Courtesy of Caroline Costello, SmarterTravel Staff
You, our readers, have the tendency to surprise
us with ingenious, out-of-the-box travel tips. And we love it!
Air travel is no exception: You're upgrade-grabbing, airport-conquering,
seat-selecting gurus, with lifetimes of advice to share.
The Most Popular Travel Booking Sites
this month published the results of its survey of travel-website
traffic, based on estimated site visits during May.
The rankings group visits from all same-brand
websites together. So, for example, Expedia's traffic includes
not just Expedia.com but also such country-specific sites as Expedia.co.uk
European Destinations: Limerick Killarney
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Europe is offering two new promotions for summer high-speed
rail travel abroad. The first allows travelers to explore more
of Italy for less with a $40 discount on the purchase of an Italo
high-speed train ticket alongside a select Italian city-sightseeing
tour. The second offer is 20% off Thalys high-speed trains that
connect passengers between 17 top cities including a connection
between Paris and Brussels in under ninety minutes.
10 Rapidly Aging Countries By Emily Brandon, U.S. News & World Report
These countries have the greatest proportions
of senior citizens. Where does the U.S. rank?
Useful Flight Information About Travel to Los
Over 24 million people come Los Angeles for their
vacation each year. Finding cheap flights to Los Angeles and California
can be easy with over 15 airports in the state. Visitors that
get a cheap flight to LA will have extra money to spend at over
80 stage theaters and 300 museums.
Asiana Gets First Airbus A380 Jumbo Jet
Asiana Airlines, one of South Koreas two
major airlines, received its first Airbus A380 jumbo jet, making
the carrier the 11th operator of the worlds largest aircraft.
American Buys London-Heathrow Slot for $31
Cyprus Airways said it will sell American Airlines
its landing slot at London Heathrow Airport.
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.
Europes Shame by Günter Grass
Close to chaos, because the market is
not just, youre far away from the country which
was your cradle.
What was searched and found with ones
soul, is now considered to be as worthless as scrap metal.
As a debtor put naked on the pillory,
a country about which you used to say you were grateful,
Poverty doomed country whose maintained
wealth adorns museums of the loot you kept.
Those [World War II German nazi occupation
soldiers] who hit the country, blessed with islands, with
the force of arms wore both uniforms and [books of German
poet, inspired by ancient Greek poetry] Hölderlin
in their knapsacks.
Barely tolerated country whose colonels
were once tolerated by you as an alliance partner.
Country which lost its rights, whose belt
is tightened and tightened again by the cocksurely powerful.
Antigone defying you wearing black and
all over the country, the people whose guest you have
been wear mourning clothes.
However, outside the country, the Croesus
resembling followers have hoarded all what glitters like
gold in your vaults.
Booze at last, drink! [European] Commissioners
cheerleaders shout. However, Socrates gives you back the
[hemlock poison] cup full to the brim.
Curse you as a chorus, which is characteristic
of you, will the gods, whose Mount Olympus you want to
Youll waste away mindlessly without
the country, whose mind invented you, Europe.
Should airlines or the TSA be accountable for
the items that are stolen from checked bags? Plus, try these clever
tactics to keep your valuables safe in checked luggage.
International Phone Calls
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7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning
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status, and working the system to earn free flights and other
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66: A Guide to the History, Sights,
and Destinations Along the Main Street of America by Jim Hinckley
Long one of America's cherished
byways, Route 66 remains a popular tourist attraction
and travel route for thousands of travelers every
Traveling Boy Recipe
Pancetta 'n' Peppers 'Deep Throat' Pasta
I love BELL PEPPERS. They're so colorful just lounging
around in the fresh vegetable section of my local grocery store, or on
display every Thursday in the local growers' produce corner of the huge,
open-air market that snakes its way from the train station to Piazza
dei Signori in downtown Vicenza, Italy.
Those bright red, yellow and orange capsicums really catch
your eye and easily draw you in...