The top 5 U.S. holiday vacation destinations - CBS News: ". . . 3. Chicago. America's "second city" is a first-class destination for the holidays. Browse for gifts in the open air Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, a Chicago tradition since 1996, then head to the famous Walnut Room at Macy's for a bite to eat. A tradition since 1907, this landmark restaurant serves up plenty of holiday cheer to locals and tourists alike. Finish up a perfect night with a trip to ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo to see animals, ice carvers and thousands of twinkling lights.
2. Boston. . .."
Skiing in Japan: small but beautiful | Travel | The Observer The Guardian Japan boasts some 600 ski resorts and the top sites, such as Niseko, are now well known to an international clientèle. But the lion's share of skiing in Japan goes on at local hangouts where, although the slopes aren't always steep, the runs are cheap ... The Guardian
From the Travel Desk: No one wants bags to get lost Minneapolis Star Tribune The U.S. Department of Transportation keeps tabs on the numbers of lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered baggage, and the statistics can be sobering. In the first nine months of 2012, Delta reported 155,859 mishandled bags (for 73,852,423 passengers ... Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top tips for female business travellers - Business Review Europe: ". . . In general, an outgoing personality encounters more security risks than those with an introverted character. Being careful about attire is important as designer clothes and jewellery attract attention. . . . Research the security situation prior to travel and understand the areas that are considered safe and unsafe. Are there cultural sensitivities? What is the status of women in business and society? What languages are spoken? Are bare arms and legs permitted or appropriate? . . . Be a hard target - Arrange to be met at the airport by a company or hotel car or even better, by a colleague or friend. Avoid unlicensed taxis, ensure mobiles are switched to roaming prior to travel, carry a list of key contacts, book a room on the third floor or higher and ask for women-only floors if available. Never accept food or drink from a stranger. #4 – Confidence and assertiveness . . . " read more here
Boutiqe British cruise line launches revamped Voyager: "The ship, which has been decorated in an explorer theme, offers open-seating dining in three restaurants, including a specialty venue, The Explorer Club. Other amenities include Scott's Lounge, a classic piano bar; a panoramic lounge at the front of the ship; and a terrace with an all-weather area for outdoor dining as part of the Veranda restaurant. . . The ship, which offers passengers soft adventure, is small enough to visit lesser-known destinations. It will stay in port longer than typical cruises, and feature lectures by experts on the areas visited. After its 20-day sailing to Barbados, Voyager will sail in the Caribbean and offer a 20-day sailing through the Chilean fjords, and visit Buenos Aires. Other trips will call on Uruguay and Brazil, the Amazon and Venezuela. For more information and booking, visit VoyagesofDiscovery.com." more travel news below
The times are changin' on Cuba--policy and travel--
MIAMI: Obama maintains standing with Cuban-Americans - Politics Wires - MiamiHerald.com: "The door for travel to Cuba cracked open during President Barack Obama's first term.
Cuban-Americans can now visit family on the island as often as they like. Americans can travel legally as part of an academic or religious trip.
Perhaps it's for this reason that Obama's standing with the Cuban-American community in Florida stayed largely steady on Election Day, even though the modest openings with Cuba have riled some of South Florida's more conservative exiles. Exit polling showed that 49 percent of Cuban-Americans voted for the Democrat, roughly the same percentage as four years ago.
At the same time, Florida voters sent to the House a Cuban-American Democrat from Miami who supports Obama's expansion of travel and remittances to Cuba while still favoring the 50-year-old embargo that limits American trade with the communist country. . . The victories by supporters of looser restrictions on Cuba travel illustrate changing attitudes of Americans who hail from the island nation: They seem to be less resistant to politicians who promote travel to Cuba and more focused on more traditional American concerns such as the economy, rather than Cuba policy. Those shifting attitudes could have implications for U.S. policy toward Cuba in the next four years, as well as how presidential candidates and politicians approach Cuban-Americans in Florida, an important swing state, in the future. . . .
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Go over the fiscal cliff? Unintended consequences follow--
WASHINGTON: Air travel at risk of sharp decline - Business - MiamiHerald.com: "If Congress and the White House fail to deliver a deal on spending and taxes, funding for an array of federal transportation programs could suffer. But the bigger impact could result from an economic downturn that reduces travel and transportation demand. A Fitch Ratings report last month warned that the fiscal cliff would drive the U.S. economy into a new recession and unemployment back to 10 percent. In 2009, domestic and international travel declined 5.3 percent from the year before, and Fitch forecasts that it could decline as much as 5 percent next year if the fiscal cliff triggers a broader downturn. The aviation system would face a huge slowdown with potential cutbacks in operations and personnel, but air travel also would decline in a slowing economy. Highway and transit spending depends on the federal gasoline tax, and that would decline if Americans cut back on driving. Lower demand for consumer goods would hurt trucking companies, freight railroads and port operators. Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration would face a mandatory $1 billion budget cut that could result in fewer air traffic controllers and more delays for the implementation of NextGen, the advanced aircraft guidance system that replaces decades-old technology. The Transportation Security Administration would be required to cut more than $500 million, which likely would lead to fewer security screeners and air marshals, resulting in longer lines at the nation’s airports. . . ."
Disney to base entire fleet in Florida in early 2014: "Disney will operate all of its ships out of Florida in the early half of 2014, the cruise line announced as it unveiled new itineraries, which include a new port in Jamaica. The Disney Magic will return to Port Canaveral, joining Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy in sailing off the central Florida coast. And Disney Wonder will continue to homeport in Miami. (In 2013, Magic is scheduled to sail out of Galveston, Texas; Barcelona and Miami.)PHOTO TOUR: The Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy comparedMost sailings from Port Canaveral will visit Disney's popular private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay. Dream and Magic will sail a variety of itineraries, including three- and four-night Bahamian sailings. Fantasy will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean routes . . . " How to Survive a Caribbean Cruise with 7 Kids - Ordinary Traveler: "I know what you must be thinking. “You poor thing. You had to go on a seven day Caribbean cruise with your family.” Okay, so it really wasn’t all that tough, but I’m not going to lie, it was trying at times. It was my father’s request, who was celebrating his 60th birthday, to go on a family trip, young kids included. We were quite the crew of fourteen people, running around airports and cruise ship ports. Even though Scott and I don’t have any kids of our own, I did learn a few things about how to keep my nieces and nephews entertained while making sure I stayed sane."
Decoding cruise deals during Wave Season | Fox News: "We’re also heading into Wave Season, which is the Black Friday and Cyber Monday of the cruise world. But instead of one day, this sale lasts for three full months, running from January through March.
Every year during this time, cruise lines roll out special deals, perks and upgrades in order to entice travelers to book early for their departures later in the year. However, beyond the frequent cruiser, it’s surprising how many other travelers are unaware of this season, and also unaware of the savings that can be had on ocean voyages all over the globe.
The problem is that if you’re a first time cruiser, this time of year can also be dizzying with the array of choices you have.
In fact, there are so many different ships, offers and promotions, it’s difficult to know where to start and even tougher to discern a mediocre deal from the bargains you shouldn’t pass up. With the start of the season just a few weeks away, I’ve put together a handy guide to help you narrow down your options and book the ideal cruise to fit both your lifestyle and your travel budget." more travel news below
DavidMixner.com - TRAVEL: Is This The Best Hotel In The World? " . . . as a person that loves hotels and traveling to seek the best in the world. Some of my favorites over the years have been the Cape Grace in South Africa, the George IV in Paris and the Washington, D.C. Four Seasons. Conde Nast Travelers has announced the winners in its annual reader survey for the 'Best Hotel in the World". The winner was the Oualia Hotel on Hamilton Island in Australia. The hotel obtained an unheard of perfect score of 100 from the magazines readers. The hotel is located on the Great Barrier Reef and has sixty large rooms. The resort is adults only."
Jewish Travel Through the Ages | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com: "Among us Jews, it’s a common saying that there’s one of us everywhere. These days, whether it’s the recently released Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier backpacking through India or South America, or those who run the Chabad house all the way in Laos, the Jewish people make their presence known in nearly every nook and cranny of the world. Throughout history, some Jews traveled to distant parts to escape persecution, others were explorers who were curious about the culture or science of new places, and some just ended up on strange shores completely by chance."
A Caribbean Cruise Port With Adventure Travelers In Mind Gadling The people that steer cruise ships to Caribbean cruise ports have been looking for new places to send ships for quite some time. Formerly satisfied with the standard fare of Western, Eastern or Southern Caribbean itineraries, cruise ...
Authentic, New York City Experience, On A Cruise Ship
Norwegian Cruise Line will launch new Norwegian Breakaway from New York City in May 2013. Busy getting New Yorkers into the idea of sailing away on their newest ship, Norwegian has everyone from the Rockettes to celebrity chef's excited and involved ...
Gauguin line sailing Caribbean, Mediterranean
29 from St. Martin, Tere Moana will ring in 2013 by sailing an eclectic mix of Caribbean and Panama Canal itineraries before setting out across the Atlantic on March 30, bound for a summer in the warm Mediterranean. With her first foray into the ...
Should a cruise line tell passengers who is sailing? Cruise Critic UK
“For groups of people with similar interests, we always evaluate group size, in the interest of not altering or interrupting the experience for other guests (not in the group) onboard,” explains Celebrity Cruises' Tavia Robb. “We are committed to ...
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No sign of missing Caribbean cruise ship passenger
The 42-year-old man was identified as Jason Rappe of Olympia, Washington, who had been on board the Holland America Line cruise ship Eurodam. The ship was traveling from St. Thomas to the Bahamas when he was reported missing by his wife on ...
Favorite Travel Websites: Price Most Important in Survey
How satisfied you are with the price you pay for your next vacation may dictate how satisfied you are overall with the travel website you used. That's according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Independent Travel Website Satisfaction Report. The ...
Travel Deal Destinations For 2013 (PHOTOS)
Also, popular chain hotels such as Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental are sprouting up across the country. This tourism boom is breeding competition and deals - in a country where the U.S. dollar already goes far. All of this is helping to change ...
Tourism award to Jammu and Kashmir
New York Daily News
Jammu, Nov 30 — The Jammu and Kashmir government has been given an award by a travelmagazine for "Excellence in Regenerating Tourism". According to a Jammu and Kashmir government spokesman, Conde Nast Traveller magazine selected the ...
AAA Alabama selling travel packages for BCS Championship Game to confident ...
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Santa Barbara Travel Celebrates 65 Years of Navigating the World
Ventura County Star
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau was recognized for 65 years of travel service by luxury travelnetwork, Virtuoso, and the Mayor of Santa Barbara.In photo: Charles de L'Arbre, CEO of Santa Barbara Travel; Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara; Harwood ...
2013 PATA Travel Mart heads to China
The PATA Travel Mart 2013 is co-hosted by Chengdu Municipal People's Government and supported by Chengdu Municipal Tourism Administration, Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Exposition, and Chengdu Culture & Tourism Development Group. For further...
China and Japan report rising numbers of outbound trips
BERLIN, Germany – Asia continues to be the driving force in global tourism. According to the latest ITB World Travel Trends Report, this year the number of outbound trips from Asia rose by seven percent, due in part to rising wages. Yet again, the most ...
Tripomatic Revamps its Sweet Travel-Planning App
By Paul Sawers
The Czech Republic-based company launched in 2011 as a Web-based platform, and the introduction of a native app for iOS devices went a long way towards procuring new users who want to have their travel plans with them on the road.
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Minneapolis travel writer Doug Mack gets lost in Europe | MinnPost
By Amy Goetzman
Doug Mack: I've always wondered about this. Dumb luck is a recurring theme in my book — when you travel with outdated information, you develop a deep-rooted reliance on what my traveling companion, Lee, called “The Goddess Serendipity.” But that initial find was certainly the luckiest; without it, I wouldn't have written ... MP: You're a champion of local tourism. Tell me about your work with Preserve Minneapolis? www.PreserveMinneapolis.org. DM: I serve on the board and I help ...
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Recently, Lightroom hosted the Around the World with Lightroom Photo Contest, which asked our community to share travel photographs and stories on our Facebook page. After a panel of judges selected five finalists, members of the ...