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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Here’s a website brought to you by the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions. This state-of-the-art website features 4 cities: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Vienna and Zurich (but only two of them are capitals). Learn all about their art, architecture, design, events, fashion, food, nightlife and shopping. The site also includes city guides and recommended hotels.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Headed to Seattle this summer? If you are then do your wallet a favor and pick up my good friend Scott McMurren’s new Seattle TourSaver. It’s now available online or at Argosy Cruises' Visitors Center for $79.95. The price might seem steep at first but believe me – if you plan on doing sightseeing and/or tasting some of Washington's famous food and wine then you will easily save hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. Scott and his partner originally created the Alaska TourSaver which received high praise from most of the travel magazines and they will be doing the same for this one as well. This 2-for-1 travel coupon book has savings to the Seattle’s best activities and tours, including Argosy Cruises, Tillicum Village, Victoria Clipper and the Museum of Flight. It’s so good that I might even make a trip up to the Pacific Northwest myself.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Are you baffled or frustrated by the constant rise and fall of airfare prices? Well, today (May 22, 2007) a new website called launched a service that tracks airfare prices and alerts consumers to price drops on specific flights. Best of all, the service continues to track prices even AFTER tickets have been purchased and alerts consumers when they're eligible for a travel voucher or cash rebate! The first step is to download the free software, though currently, it only works with Internet Explorer for Windows. Then, shop for flights like you normally would on these airline/online travel agency websites: Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Expedia, Frontier, JetBlue, Northwest, Orbitz, Southwest, Ted, Travelocity, United and US Airways. Once you price out a flight on one of the sites listed above, "Tag It with Yapta" displays next to the select button, which enables Yapta to track prices and alert you via email if/when the price drops. This way, you can either get a refund or buy that low-fare ticket on the non-stop 9am flight that you really wanted to take to begin with.

Monday, May 21, 2007

A question that is on every travelers mind is “I wonder what the weather is like in “YOU FILL IN YOUR DESTINATION” that time of year. Well, thanks to a really cool weather tool called the Trip Planner by Weather Underground there is no more asking your friends or scouring search engines for info. The Trip Planner searches its historical database of the weather conditions for cities around the globe and for the dates you choose to help you plan better. The results can help you decide how hot, cold, wet, or windy it will be at your desired location so you know exactly what to pack or if you should even go or not.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Cultural IQ test! Creators of the popular book Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway have put together a website filled with fun quizzes in over 50 categories to determine how well you know cultural practices around the world. For example, one of the questions under the category “Dining, Drinking, And Deal-Making”: True or false: Dinner reservations in Spain are generally for 8 p.m. I’ll give you a hint – it’s false but to find out the correct time to make a reservation… log on.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

For those who prefer to travel by train or ship, you must bookmark this website. It was created by Mark English, an Englishman and career railway-man. He has worked for railways or train stations for most of his life and loves to travel by train and boat. He has ridden on trains and ships all over the world and now, he’s created a site to help passengers do the same. His site provides info on travel within the UK and Ireland (including train times and fares) and shows how to travel from the UK to destinations all over Europe (including London to Cyprus). There’s info on trains in Asia, Africa, America and Australasia. In case you’re wondering, he came up with the site’s name because he always traveled in Eurostar’s first class. He would reserve seat 61 (in cars 7, 8, or 11) because this seat is one of a pair of individual seats with a table that actually lines up with the window. It’s knowledge like this that help him achieve his goal of ensuring that people can travel over land comfortably and affordably ... even to places where you might have thought that air was the only option.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

This handy new powerful weather engine assists travelers in picking the best time to visit a destination. Select one country at a time; if you can't decide between two destinations, you can compare them through simple graphs showing the best time of year to go, minimum and maximum temperatures, sea temperatures, precipitation days per month, and hours of sunshine.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- I ran into a buddy today who said he needs to get his passport renewed (he's flying to Canada in August). I told him to hurry up. Because of new rules, the National Passport Center is getting slammed. It's taking up 10 weeks to process them. This site eliminates a trip to the post office to get forms. Even better yet, it allows users to type info right on the forms. There is no charge to view, complete, save or print the passport forms. It's good for both renewals and first timers. You can also find a large number of other forms in Immigration, Court and Legal, Federal Civil, Insurance, Tax & Employment and Worker's Compensation categories. All forms can be accessed using any browser running on Mac, Windows, Linux, Unix and other operating systems. For more info on passport requirements, see the U.S. State Department.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Not really a travel site but if you check out the AVP’s (Association of Volleyball Professionals) schedule – you can find out where they are playing this summer. Each weekend the athletic men and women travel to a new locals and matches just don’t take place in California. But they do take a little piece (the sand) of California with them.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- I was just sent this update and don't know how long it will last, but if you want to go to Italy before the end of this month you can get a great price from Eurofly. Click on the link above and click the search button (it will give result for one person traveling from NYC to Rome on the 22nd and returning June 5). The price that I received was $389 rt air plus $140 fuel surcharge plus $99 airport taxes and fees for a total of $599.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Summer is almost here and if you are going to pack up the car and explore the good ole’ U.S. of A. then (RTA) is a perfect companion. RTA provides all kinds of advice, from how to work on the road and how to rent an RV to how to stay connected to the internet while traveling. RTA also provides tips for solo travelers, couples, disabled travelers, international visitors and families traveling by car, motorcycle, bicycle or recreational vehicle. What are you waiting for? Go! Get out and see the country!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- -- Viewers can find public facilities anywhere in the world. And, of course, they've got plenty of stories.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Here's a site on ways to say goodbye in foreign languages.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

WEBSITE OF THE DAY -- How to say cheers / slainte in different countries

I always look for ways to say hello (or cheers) in foreign languages. Here is a site I frequently visit.