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Thursday, July 30, 2009

TODAY'S FEATURED STORY: New York City bargains


New York City bargains

A visit to the Big Apple can be both interesting and inexpensive. Honest!

By Janice Fuhrman



Bargains in New York City? Ask a native and he's bound to snarl, "Fuhgeddaboudit!" This world capital has the shopping, museums, celebrity hot spots, sumptuous hotels and sophisticated restaurants that all scream Expensive with a capital E.

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: New England Lighthouses


New England Lighthouses
Are you going to be a staycation traveler this summer? Well, if you are and you still want to get away but not far from home and without spending a lot of money, check out this unique idea - overnighting at a lighthouse. That's right! Lighthouse.cc features all New England lighthouses including those that have accommodations. The first one I checked out was Green's Ledge Light, which was right near the house where I grew up, but unfortunately they don't allow visitors. However, I did learn all kinds of interesting facts about the place.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

FEATURED STORY: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

We left off last week from Hamilton Island, which is in the state of Queensland. From there, I traveled to Sydney on Qantas' low-fare carrier jetStar. Read on ...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

FEATURED STORY: HAMILTON ISLAND, AUSTRALIA

G'day, mates! I'm back in one of my favorite countries: Australia. I'm here for a few reasons. One is to checkout V Australia's new service (it's amazing and I wrote about it last week), and another is to revisit an island I haven't been to in years but often long for; it's like Fantasy Island (minus Tattoo). Also, I have good family friends from Connecticut living there, which means I've got a place to stay. On top of that, it's newsworthy since the geniuses from Queensland Tourism recently created The Best Job in the World contest, which has won all kinds of marketing awards and has been called of the greatest marketing campaigns of all time. Read on ....

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: CompassionateTravel.org

CompassionateTravel.org
Here's a new website that just launched a couple weeks ago by The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). It's geared towards travelers who love animals. CompassionateTravel.org provides all the information that a traveler needs to make their trip animal-friendly. They have information on what to avoid, what to do should you encounter animal cruelty while traveling and animal-friendly travel ideas. There are volunteer vacation opportunities where travelers can help animals while abroad at exotic animal sanctuaries in over 30 countries and also a list of places/activities to avoid like bullfights and swimming with the dolphins. And of course, what vacationers should not purchase, such as tortoiseshells and horns.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: WeChoosetheMoon.org

WeChoosetheMoon.org
July 20, 1969 has always been a special day for me, not just because it was when man first walked on the moon but because it was also the day of my christening. I could never forget this day because growing up, I had a silver piggy bank with the date engraved on it and every time I went to exchange the coins for cold hard cash, my mom would always tell me about how they had a huge party at our house in Connecticut and it was pouring rain so everyone gathered around our black and white television to watch Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin make history. In honor of that day, I thought we would feature a pretty cool website that tracks the Apollo 11 moon mission in real time, so viewers can chronicle the four- day historic odyssey exactly as it occurred from liftoff on July 16 to landing on July 20. There's original mission audio, authentic photos, videos and more.

Monday, July 20, 2009

40th Anniversary


I just realized today's the 40th anniversary of man walking on the moon. I've heard about that day many times from my parents since July 20, 1969 is also when I was baptized. My parents threw a huge party in Connecticut and it was pouring rain but everyone gathered around the black and white TV set to see these American heroes make history. I had the honor of meeting Buzz Aldrin last year at LAX when I took Emirates inaugural A380 flight. I wished my mom was there -- she would've gave him a big hug and probably would've told me to shave that thing off my face.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

FEATURED STORY: V AUSTRALIA

G'day from Australia! I'm back in one of my favorite countries and getting here was seriously half the fun ... and half the price! I flew Richard Branson's newest airline V Australia, which recently entered this lucrative route once dominated by Qantas and United. Along with Delta (who began flying to Sydney on July 1), they have ruffled all kinds of feathers and fares have been slashed as the competition heats up. Read on to discover why you should visit Australia now and what makes V Australia so special.

FRANKFURT RIDDLE

I'm in Frankfurt staying at an airport hotel. Early morning to ... 3hrs away & where I used to think the residents of Hungary should move to.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TRAVEL UPDATE: LUXEMBOURG


TRAVEL UPDATE: LUXEMBOURG

Bonjour! I’m currently in Luxembourg which is a small fascinating landlocked country. I had no idea that from it’s capital city (Luxembourg City) it’s just 15km to France and 20km to both Belgium and Germany. It’s so close that I went across the border to get some Belgium fries – when was the last time you did that? As for Luxembourg – this place is like a fairy tale and a full report will be in an upcoming Johnny Jet’s Travel Newsletter! Bon Voyage.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

# WEBSITE OF THE DAY: iMapWeather.com


iMapWeather.com
  • Most travelers love weather maps and I'm always looking for the best. The newest one on the Internet is iMapWeather and it's billed as the first weather site to incorporate social media in a Google map display. Hence travelers can post and share photos, videos and tweets on the iMap. It's weather and other information "by the people, for the people." iMapWeather is really an eye-pleasing way to get five-day forecasts and current conditions, view radar and satellite images. You can even see real-time lightning strikes and get nautical information. It could be more user-friendly but bottom line: weather maps merged with Google Maps is genius.
  • Thursday, July 09, 2009

    Destination: Los Cabos, Mexico


    Destination: Los Cabos
    Visit an exclusive vacation destination, catering to golfers, sport fishers and sunbathers alike.
    By Mike Manna

    The sun starts to set behind the western stretch of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountain range, its golden rays shimmer off the surface of the Pacific Ocean. On the eastern edge of the desolate tract lies the Sea of Cortes, whose serene waters outline the white sandy shore. The two bodies of water become one at the natural stone arch of El Arco, the peninsula's southernmost point and the region's most celebrated landmark. The captivating desert terrain located on the southern tip of Baja California Mexico is Los Cabos, a beautiful parched landscape surrounded by endless blue water. It's where the desert meets the sea and where vacationers have come to discover a relaxing and comforting oasis. Boasting an average of 360 sun-filled days and a rainfall rate of less than 10 inches per year, the arid region has become an exclusive vacation destination, catering to golfers, sport fishers and sunbathers alike.
    Read on ...

    New York City Family Vacation

    Destination: New York City
    Surprisingly, New York can be a family friendly city if you know what to look for and where to go.
    By Margot Black
    New York is all hustle and bustle: crowded sidewalks, horn-happy traffic and impatient office workers vying for attention at deli counters. So how do you enjoy this vibrantly crazy city with a toddler in tow? Is it possible to find a truly family-friendly hotel and keep a 22-month-old amused when they're forced to spend most of their time in a stroller avoiding potholes in the rain (and boy, did it rain!)? And what about us adults? We deserve to have some fun too! Read on ...

    Wednesday, July 08, 2009

    This Week's Feature Story: Aruba


    Bon bini from the island of Aruba! I'm here because it's such a popular island destination for Americans (and the Dutch, too) and to be quite honest, I'm tired of having people ask me for tips on travel to Aruba, only to see their faces register horror and shock when I say I've never been. Although this Happy Island wasn't my first choice, you're about to see why I was so pleasantly surprised. Ariba, ariba, Aruba! Read on ...

    Tuesday, July 07, 2009

    Grignan, France


    My next stop was Grignan, France which is a fairy tale of a village about 2 hours south of Lyon. The main attraction is the Château de Grignan which was built in the middle ages as an acropolis. In the 16th century it was rebuilt and transformed into one of the greatest Renaissance châteaux of South-East France. Further building in the 17th century made it into "one of the finest antiquities in France". For more see http://pagesperso-orange.fr/jane/GrignanEnglish.html

    Lyon, France


    My first stop was Lyon, France. It's France's third or fourth largest city and is just like a mini Paris. The main River (Rhone) is the focal point like the Seine but here there's a path that runs parallel. The best way to get around is by renting (like borrowing) a bicycle from one of the 310 bike stations. Around the city there are countless outdoor cafes and lots to see as well. More later ...

    LAX-CDG-LYS

    I'm in France! The first leg of my trip from Los Angeles to Paris was 10 hours and 15 minutes and an joy (I got upgraded to Air France's business class- Woo Hoo!). The second flight was just 58 minutes and as can be. I can't wait to share my stories with you in a future JohnnyJet.com newsletters. For now I just be blogging short updates and daily pictures like the one above which I snapped we were landing at Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

    Saturday, July 04, 2009

    Happy Fourth of July!

    Thursday, July 02, 2009

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: DiscoverAsiaNow.com

    DiscoverAsiaNow.com
    Almost every hour, at least one person emails me asking where they should go on their vacation and which destination will give them the best value. These days, you can pretty much go anywhere since almost the whole world is on sale, trying to ride out the recession. But one place that's always a value is Asia (especially Southeast Asia). The most expensive part of your journey will be the flight over there but from then on, it's savings galore. You will be amazed at how inexpensive hotels, food, transportation and souvenirs are. I'm in love with the Asian culture and would move to Hong Kong in a nanosecond! A great new website showcasing what Asia has to offer is DiscoverAsiaNow.com. It's a group effort from the tourism boards of Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. They highlight incredible deals like Cathay Pacific's All Asia Pass; roundtrip ticket between L.A, San Francisco or N.Y. to Hong Kong and up to four other Asian destinations for $1,499. Or a 14- day trip to see China and India including the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China for under $2,000 per person.

    Wednesday, July 01, 2009

    I was JUST there!

    Your guide to: Restaurants in Maui

    Your guide to: Restaurants in Maui
    Set your taste buds watering with thoughts of fabulous dining in Maui.
    By Kim Kessler

    There are a variety of spectacular restaurants on the island of Maui, offering the freshest fish and local produce. For a casual oceanfront dining experience, I recommend Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina for dinner at sunset, where you can often spot green sea turtles from your table! They present a fresh "guacamole" made out of soybeans paired with salsa and chips and a large variety of salads, appetizers, Kobe beef burgers and fresh fish. My favorite starters are the ahi tuna bruschetta and quartet made of homemade hummus, raita, babaganoush and Greek feta cheese. I also love going to Mala for brunch on the weekends and especially suggest ordering the huevos rancheros with black beans, feta cheese, tortillas, eggs over easy and salsa. Read on ...

    Destination: Four Seasons, Maui

    The Four Seasons on the island of Maui offers a family-friendly holiday that will thrill both adults and children. By Margot Black

    Heaven is here on earth and the Four Seasons Maui is proof of that. The gleaming white sandy island of Maui is an enchanted destination that nestles in the Pacific Ocean, embracing the weary traveler like a kindly, yet glamorous aunt. Looking for a family-friendly holiday that could also offer a degree of comfort and would lift our vacation out of the ordinary and into the superlative, I packed up my husband and 21-month-old son, for a week of sunshine, pampering and five-star wonder at the Four Seasons resort hotel and spa in Maui. Read on ...

    THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER: Aitutaki

    Kia orana! We left off last week from the South Pacific island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. This week, we visit neighboring Aitutaki, which many compare to Bora Bora ... minus the French. If you're looking for a tropical island setting for a family adventure or a romantic escape that's cheaper than Tahiti, but with the same incredible views and a ton of sea life (though not much human life) and all the comforts of home (Internet, TV, five-star hotel), then READ ON...