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Friday, October 31, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: WorldReviewer.com

WorldReviewer.com
People are always asking me what the weather is like in [insert any destination you can think of] in the month of [insert all 12 months]. To be honest, it’s sometimes difficult to remember what the weather is like where I live, let alone what it’s like on the other side of the globe at any given time of year. Well, thanks to this world reviewer map, I can find out where it's hot and cold, wet and sunny at a glance, for any destination, any time of the year. It’s really handy for when you’re planning a trip months in advance.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: AAdvantageMilesForBose.com

AAdvantageMilesForBose.com
This promotion from Bose® QuietComfort® headphones might just be the fastest and easiest way you will ever earn 150 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles. Just click this link, watch a one-minute video, and then enter your frequent flier number at the end. It’s that simple and the offer is valid through October 31, 2008.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park

I’m a huge baseball fan (Go Yanks!) and one of my ultimate goals is to not only go to all 30 major league ballparks but to do it in 30 days. It would be pretty cool, eh? This summer I was able to add a park I had never been to before and it just so happens to be the one in all of today’s major newspapers: Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. Here’s my story from a July game when the Phillies came from behind to beat the Braves.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Qantas A380 VIP Flight With John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

Just to give you the inside scoop about Qantas' A380, the world's biggest commercial aircraft, which you have probably seen all over the news this week. As you can see from the picture, I was fortunate enough to be one of the 150 guests to go on an exclusive two-hour "VIP" flight that included Qantas ambassador John Travolta and Australian singer Olivia Newton-John. Here's my story and two minute Video.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Big Island Visitors Bureau Sustainable Tourism mini-website

BigIsland.org/Ecotourism
Aloha! The Big Island Visitors Bureau has just launched a new Sustainable Tourism mini-website. They want you to become more informed as a responsible traveler. See what sustainable tourism means on Hawaii Island and the ways you can support and be part of responsible tourism practices there.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

TRAVEL PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Amzer International’s USB Adapter

Amzer International’s USB Adapter
Do you travel frequently or even just occasionally or on vacation to the USA, UK, Europe or Asia? If yes, you will want to get electronic adapters so you can power up your iPod, cell phone, camera, laptop, etc. The Amzer international USB adapter takes staying connected one step further. Not only can you use a USB but you can switch from AC to DC power automatically. It’s available at Fommy.com for $24.95.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: RogerandRandy.com

RogerandRandy.com
For all you road warriors and mileage/points junkies out there, listen up. This website is the result of the combined wisdom of two of the world's leading business travel experts, Roger Collis and Randy Petersen. Roger has weekly column, The Frequent Traveler, which appears every Friday in the International Herald Tribune. Randy is the world's leading expert on frequent flyer programs and runs FlyerTalk.com, WebFlyer.com and InsideFlyer.com. Their website has an extensive collection of articles and offers podcasts, blogs and a Q&A section. Check it out.

Monday, October 13, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: SlimTree.com

SlimTree.com
One of my biggest struggles being on the road is staying in shape. I get wined and dined while touring around incredible destinations and the last thing I want to do with my little free time is work out. I usually check email instead. However, if you have more will power than me but don’t have enough to go down the hotel gym, then you might want to check out this website. It offers fitness workouts that you can download for FREE and use in your hotel room. You just need a high-speed connection and you do need to register, which takes about 30 seconds. They offer a wide array of workouts from yoga, pilates, aerobics, martial arts, cardio training, kickboxing and workouts for abs, buns and thighs … you name it, they’ve got it covered. You can even keep an online journal, use their diet plans and save your favorites. The best part is that it can be accessed from anywhere in the world, 24/7 and users can watch as many videos as they like. So what are you waiting for? Don’t be lazy like me. Get cracking!

Friday, October 10, 2008

TRAVEL PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Ubrand.com

Ubrand.com
I’m sure you’ve stood at an airport luggage carousel and wondered which bag is yours. It seems everyone has the same bag. The colorful string of yarn you tied to it makes you feel like a grandma and that expensive luggage tag you bought keeps getting ripped off. Now you have a new option: Ubrand. The labels are 3-D polymer-based and flexible, made with an adhesive specifically designed to adhere to nylon fabrics, which is what most luggage is constructed of. They’re heat-, cold-, UV- and water-resistant and you can rest assured that once on your bags, they will not come off unless you remove them (use your fingernail to pry them off and they remove cleanly, without sticky residue). Their most popular items are letters for monogramming but they also have graphic designs available to make your bags look more unique as well. Check out their website for more information: www.ubrand.com.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

PARTY AT LAX TO SALUTE IT'S 80TH Anniversary

Los Angeles International Airport's Flight Path Learning Center and Museum will salute the airport's 80th anniversary with a festive benefit on Monday, October 20, in the Imperial Terminal on LAX's south perimeter. Themed "Those Were the Days," the evening includes a reception at 5:30 and a full-service dinner at 7. Featured will be the new Qantas A-380 super-jumbo aircraft, on static display on the tarmac near the dining area. More than 400 guests are expected. Reservations are available by calling (310) 215-5291.

The museum is a joint venture of the Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California, a nonprofit community group organized in 1995 to develop and promote the museum, and Los Angeles World Airports, the City agency which operates LAX. The salute is Flight Path's 12th annual fundraiser. Emphasizing Flight Path's educational mission, each gala features presentation of the Clay Lacy and Charles "Pete" Conrad scholarships to students planning careers in aviation or aerospace. The competitive selections are made by panels of aviation professionals, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake.

"Education is the heart of our work at Flight Path," said Ake. "We want our guests to appreciate this while they have an enjoyable evening."

Dinner will be served outside under a big tent with an amazing view of the airfield. The evening's entertainment will feature The LAX Idol group on-stage, the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders jazz combo on the patio, and the Beach Cities Swing Band for after-dinner dancing. Guests also will have an opportunity to view aviation memorabilia and flight simulators in the museum and vintage aircraft on the tarmac, including the museum's historic DC-3.

Flight Path's galleries feature an array of memorabilia, including current and vintage aircraft models, airline pilot and flight attendant uniforms from Pan Am, TWA and other carriers, and classic photos of aviation pioneers and airport history. An on-site research library was formally dedicated earlier this year in honor of William A. Schoneberger, noted aviation historian and author.

The Flight Path Learning Center and Museum is situated in the Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission and parking are free. For driving and parking directions and other information call (310) 215-5291.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: MedJet.com

MedJet.com
Since I alluded to MedjetAssist in this week’s story, I thought I’d tell you all about them. I’ve been a member since 2000 and for anyone who is traveling more than 150 miles from home, especially internationally, you will want to listen up. MedjetAssist is the premier emergency medical evacuation membership program for travelers. If you are hospitalized more than 150 miles from home—virtually anywhere in the world—MedjetAssist will review your condition with the attending medical staff and your own physician(s) and provide a medically equipped and staffed aircraft to fly you free of charge to your hospital of choice. That’s right! So if you are in Kenya and get severely hurt, you don’t need to worry about spending months in some crazy hospital or worry about footing the bill for a $150,000+ private jet. MedjetAssist will take care of it. Don’t just take my word for it. They are the exclusive provider of worldwide air ambulance and medical repatriation services for AARP. Check to see if you are covered by your insurance or credit card. If not, this might just be the best $175 you have ever spent (that’s the annual fee). Short-term memberships start at $85.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Fighting To Ban Alcohol From Airports and Airplanes Blog

Fighting To Ban Alcohol From Airports and Airplanes Blog
These days, it seems almost everyone has a blog and there are blogs on practically every subject. However, it still surprised me when I learned about this blog: Fighting To Ban Alcohol From Airports and Airplanes. Yup, now you’ve seen everything. I’m not so sure how I feel about this subject though. However, I bet that most in-flight incidents involve alcohol. On the other hand, I know some people who can’t fly unless they take a little drinky drink to calm their nerves. There has to be some kind of happy medium.

Friday, October 03, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: JoesHouse.org

JoesHouse.org
Here’s a fantastic idea: a lodging website that caters to cancer patients, their families and caregivers that must travel for treatment. Joe’s House is a nationwide, non-profit organization, which serves cancer patients, their advocates, and social workers by providing a national online directory of local lodging accommodations. Their website offers over 1,200 different types of lodging facilities, including individual homes, hospitality houses, other non-profit housing such as Ronald McDonald Houses and Hope Lodges, apartments, hotels, hostels and more.

Users may search for lodging by city or cancer center and the site is free to use. They have detailed information about each facility such as amenities, distance from the cancer center and reservation information. They have both Joe's House special rates and hospital-negotiated rates and there are over 200 cancer centers listed on the site today. For those who don’t have Internet access, call their toll-free line: 877-JOES-HOU, which is 877-563-7468.


Thursday, October 02, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: OverseasVoteFoundation.org

OverseasVoteFoundation.org
Election day in the United States is around the corner (35 days from now) so I probably should have of sent this out earlier. But this website offers non-partisan voter registration, ballot request and help desk services for U.S. overseas citizens and uniformed services members and families. If this applies to you, check it out.