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Friday, February 29, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Rick Steves Video

Rick Steves Video
A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to have dinner with one of my travel gurus, Rick Steves. We both spoke at the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show. A few days later, a reader forwarded me a YouTube clip featuring an interview with Rick Steves, in which he speaks candidly about faithful travel. I think any traveler, regardless their religion, will gain from his insight and positive message so if you have about 10 minutes, sit back, listen and learn.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: WestJet.com

WestJet Celebrates Its Twelfth Birthday With $39 Sale
Airline offers guests one-day sale fares as low as $39 for Atlantic cities
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2008) - In celebration of its twelfth birthday, WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced a one-day $39 birthday sale for guests travelling between Toronto and Saint John, Moncton, Charlottetown and Halifax; between Hamilton and Halifax or Moncton; between Halifax and St. John's; and as low as $69 between Toronto and St. John's. Guests can take advantage of these fares by booking on February 28 for travel between April 1 and June 25, 2008."WestJet is 12 years old tomorrow and we are excited to celebrate with a birthday inspired sale," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Guest Experience and Marketing. "The people of Atlantic Canada have been very supportive of WestJet and we are pleased to share our birthday celebration with them. For More info click here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Skydrive.live.com

Skydrive.live.com
Last week, Microsoft threw their hat into the social networking ring by launching Windows Live SkyDrive. I’m sure you’re familiar with those handy little flash drives that offer anything from 220MB to 8GB of storage. They’re convenient to keep on hand and to use for sharing files and photos. When I read about this website, I thought it would eliminate my need for a flash drive. The SkyDrive is similar to a flash drive; it lets you upload pictures, videos or documents but instead of doing it on a pocket-sized drive, your files are uploaded to a secure space online. Users can choose which friend(s) or colleague(s) to share their information with. When I discovered that users were being given a generous 5GB of space, I was impressed. It was like my prayers had been answered ... OK, not quite, but you get the point. I had 2GBs worth of photos and videos I wanted to share with a friend. I thought I could simply upload the whole folder to this secure server and let my friend download it. But to my dismay, they don’t allow folders to be uploaded. You have to do it one file (picture, video, document) at a time. And each file is limited to 50MB in size. Boo! So the idea of having enough space for 30,000 digital photos, at a resolution of 1200x1200 isn’t quite as attractive as it first seemed, but it might work for your needs. Travelers are always sharing their files and if you only have a few to share (or plenty of free time), this might be your solution. As for me, I have to run to the post office to ship my flash drive to my friend. Although it costs more money (SkyDrive is free), my time is more valuable.

Monday, February 25, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: MiniTissue.com


I get product samples in the mail all the time and rarely am I ever overly impressed. However, when the packet of compressed, dime-sized mini-tissue tablets arrived, I was intrigued. This little thing can turn into a towel? Sure enough, once I added water, these hydraulically compressed, cotton-based pills unfolded into exactly what was promised ... a mini-tissue. It’s perfect for traveling, as they are individually wrapped and germ- and bacteria-free. Unlike traditionally packed moist towels, these tissues contain no preservatives, alcohol or antibacterial solutions. They are suitable for all skin types and are biodegradable.

Friday, February 22, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lufthansa-USA.com

Lufthansa-USA.com
The folks at Lufthansa must be fans of the Traveler IQ Challenge on Facebook! (http://apps.facebook.com/travelpod-challenge/) They've created a similar game for their website. Though it’s not as addictive as Facebook's Traveler IQ (and the questions are limited to Europe, rather than being global) it’s still fun. Here's how it works: A jet takes off from the east coast of America. Then a name of a European city (that Lufthansa services, of course!) appears on-screen. Players have up to eight seconds in the first round, to click on a map and identify the correct destination. Once the plane lands, it calculates how close you are in distance to the destination and points are awarded accordingly. Rounds two and three get more difficult as the map loses its borders. Plus, to find out how you rank, you need to provide a username and email address. Hmmm ... I wonder if I will be getting deals from Lufthansa now? It would be pretty clever marketing, but it’s been almost a week and I haven’t been spammed.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Fandango.com

Fandango.com
I know that when a lot of people travel, they like to go to the movies. Don’t ask me why ... I can think of a thousand better things to do when on the road, unless of course, I’m traveling by myself and I’m bored out of my mind. But thanks to my laptop, that never happens. If you’re one of those people who do like to go to the movies – at home or on the road – you ought to check out Fandango.com. They are the nation's largest movie ticketing service. They sell tickets to roughly 15,000 screens and 1,300 theaters. According to Nielsen/NetRatings, Fandango is one of the Web's top movie destinations as they not only sell tickets (you can buy up to 45 days in advance), but they entertain and inform moviegoers with reviews, commentary and trailers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

STORY OF THE DAY: WHAT AIRLINES CHARGE FOR CHECKED BAGGAGE

Kudo’s to USAToday for researching the amount and fees airlines charge passenger for checked baggage. To read the story click this link.

Monday, February 18, 2008

SECRET FARE: Hawaii under $200 R/T

Check it out a mistake fare on American Airlines and United is available from Dallas or Los Angeles to Hawaii from March 1st to the 3rd or 4th for under $200.

Run a flex search on Kayak or Travelocity around those dates and it'll come up, but you've got to hurry.

Friday, February 15, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: GlobalincidentMap.com

GlobalincidentMap.com
As you make your travel plans, it's good to know where terrorist hotbeds and incidents are. This website maps out terrorism events and other suspicious activity reported to the press, by displaying them on a Google map. You'd be surprised to see how much activity is occurring right here in the U.S., including the incident of three men being arrested for climbing an airport fence in South Florida just a few days ago.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: AussieWeek.com

Who says Australia can’t be done in a week? I traveled to the land down under a few months ago and saw a lot in just eight days. I spent two nights in Sydney, two nights in Noosa, two nights on Fraser Island and two nights in Brisbane. Too much, you’re thinking? I agree – it was a lot of moving around from place to place but it can be done. Next time, I’ll spend four nights in Sydney, two nights on Fraser Island (or somewhere in Queensland) and then just one night in Brisbane before flying back to the U.S. For more information on how to book your week-long Australian adventure, log on to www.AussieWeek.com.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

LAX & jetBlue

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa (pictured above) literally rolled out the red carpet today for jetBlue flight 9001. It touched down at LAX with jetBlue CEO Dave Barger onboard and an army of employees for a big announcement. jetBlue Airways is beginning a major expansion of its service in the western United States, including offering daily service to JFK and Boston from LAX. For complete details, see this press release (http://investor.jetblue.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=131045&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1107420&highlight=) and for more pictures, log on to this Week's Johnny Jet's Newsletter.


Friday, February 08, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bottlewise.com

Bottlewise.com
I’ve just returned from South Africa’s wine country. Now, if I were someone who checked bags, I would really find this TSA-friendly, multi-purpose bag useful. It’s designed specifically to keep wine bottles safe during air travel. Brilliant! Check it out. I’m sure you’ll find it handy, too.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: BoardingArea.com

BoardingArea.com
Do you like to read travel blogs like me? If you do, this should interest you. If you want to get your fill of business travel blogs, look no further. Frequent flier and travel guru Randy Petersen has developed a new Web site called BoardingArea.com. It’s being touted as the business travel blog portal.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: L.A. TIMES TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW

L.A. TIMES TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW
If you're going to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend, come check out the L.A. Times Travel & Adventure Show. It's taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center on February 9th and 10th from 10am to 5pm. I'm speaking on a panel about online travel tips and tricks for the fourth time in five years. Also speaking are Arthur and Pauline Frommer, Rick Steves and Phil Keoghan, the host of The Amazing Race. Tickets are $10 per day for adults; children 12 years of age and under may attend for free. For more information, visit the website or call (203) 878-2577 ext. 100.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: AeroChannel.com

AeroChannel.com I’ll be honest; I’m not sure how seriously I take the information on this website but it’s a great idea and parts of it can be handy. Here’s the part I like: If you’re interested in finding out roughly how long it will take for you to check in for your flight, log on to AeroChannel.com. Then follow three easy steps. Enter in your airport, airline and flight number. The results page will feature real-time airport traffic, estimates on how long parking and security lines will take and how much time you should give yourself to check in.