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Thursday, December 31, 2009

MY TOP HOTEL ROOMS OF 2009

View Slideshow http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/Top-Hotel-Rooms-SlideShow-2009-1.html

FEATURED STORY: Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama

Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama
By Sheila O'Connor

Love a good bargain? Who doesn't? As women (and men) it's often been said we are born to shop. It must be a basic instinct but shopping is something we love (okay maybe the guys don't love this part quite so much but even they love it when they get a bargain). And there's no better place to put that instinct into practice than at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, just 40 miles from Huntsville, Alabama. Read on... http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/Shelia-Oconnor-Alabama-2009.html

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WEBSITES OF THE DAY: Elliott.org & FlyingWithFish.com

Elliott.org & FlyingWithFish.com
Thanks to the bumbling Al Qaeda terrorist and the heroic actions by passengers and crew of Northwest Flight 253, a Christmas disaster was avoided. What a loser—in all senses of the word—the Nigerian terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is. What’s scary is that I didn’t think that some terrorists could come from a wealthy family and be somewhat well educated besides Osama Bin Laden. But let’s be frank, you can’t be that schooled if you think that blowing up yourself and innocent people is going to lead to an afterlife with a bunch of young virgins. If that was true, do you think Hugh Hefner would still be sticking around? What dumb*sses. The same can be said for the TSA executives who came up with the new flight restrictions, which went into immediate effect on all United States–bound planes originating in a foreign country (including Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands):

The TSA didn’t let the public in on the new rules, but thanks to my colleagues Chris Elliott & Steven Frischling for obtaining the Aviation Security Directive and posting it on their website (Elliott.org & FlyingWithFish.com). The original rules stated that passengers would not be able to leave their seat from one hour prior to landing. Read on... http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny12302009.html

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Rhone Valley

Monday, December 28, 2009

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Paris, France (July 2009)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Lyon, France (Summer 2009)

Friday, December 25, 2009

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 156 Countries Sing Together for the Starbucks Love Project

Thursday, December 24, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Santa Tracker

Santa Tracker
Our friends at NORAD have been tracking Santa Claus for over 50 years! Last year, NORAD began using Google Earth to bring more detail to the journey and this season, Santa's tracking will be taking advantage of Twitter, Facebook and other social media. It's a great tool for kids to learn geography so be sure to have yours log on today (December 24th) to find out where Santa's bringing the goods. Hopefully, I won't be getting coal. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: NYCAviation.com

NYCAviation.com
This past week, I watched The Today Show when they went plane spotting (here's the video). Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the segment because Al Roker and Ann Curry pretty much made fun of the pastime. I think if they'd chosen a different airport like LAX where they could have gotten much closer to the planes and it's not freezing cold out, they would have had a different experience. To each his own, but I did get something out of watching it. They introduced me to the NYC Aviation website, which does a great job of updating their readers on the New York City aviation scene. So if you have a love of planes like me, you will definitely want to check them out and follow them on Twitter at @NYCAviation.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

SLIDE SHOW OF THE DAY: The Breakers

View slide show ...
http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/The-Breakers-Slide-Show-December-2009-1.html

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Guadalajara & Tequila

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: DarnGoodDigs.com

DarnGoodDigs.com
DarnGoodDigs.com lists what they think are the best small hotels, hostels and B&Bs around the world. All the rooms cost under $150 USD (most of them are much less), are independently owned, have spectacular locations and great vibes.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bogota, Colombia

Friday, December 18, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Forms4Travel.com


Forms4Travel.com
Here's Forms4Travel.com
Here's a brand new website that focuses on a very important travel aspect that most people tend to forget about - required forms! It was developed by a New York-based attorney and single mom so it's not surprising that the website's key aspect is getting the travel authorizations that a parent needs when they travel to another country with their children but without their spouse. I actually just learned that there's a form for those parents who leave their children with someone else while they go away. Forms4Travel.com offers every kind of form for a parent making travel arrangements that split up the family. The site consolidates any kind of possibly relevant information about child allergies, blood type, phone numbers of pertinent family members and doctors, all in one notarized document. All forms cost around $15 including delivery and are on secure paper that's watermarked. a brand new website that focuses on a very important travel aspect that most people tend to forget about - required forms! It was developed by a New York-based attorney and single mom so it's not surprising that the website's key aspect is getting the travel authorizations that a parent needs when they travel to another country with their children but without their spouse. I actually just learned that there's a form for those parents who leave their children with someone else while they go away. Forms4Travel.com offers every kind of form for a parent making travel arrangements that split up the family. The site consolidates any kind of possibly relevant information about child allergies, blood type, phone numbers of pertinent family members and doctors, all in one notarized document. All forms cost around $15 including delivery and are on secure paper that's watermarked.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

FEATURED STORY: Crown Princess Caribbean Cruise

This week we finish up my Crown Princess Caribbean cruise with my dad. Highlights include getting a behind-the-scenes look at the ship, dining at the chef’s table, and visiting the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman, the Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras, and Chankanaab in Cozumel, Mexico. Read on...
http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny12162009.html

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

16 Products/Tips That I Almost Never Leave Home Without

It seems this time of year every travel blogger is compiling a top 10 travel gift guide. After several emails from readers asking where my list was I finally caved in. Here are 16 products/tips that I almost never leave home without. They range from clothing to electronic gadgets, and cost from $3 to $1,500.

Monday, December 14, 2009

7-day Caribbean Cruise on the Crown Princess with my Dad

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: UmbrellaToday.com

UmbrellaToday.com
In keeping with the simple travel website theme, have you seen UmbrellaToday.com? My friend @JenLeo turned me on to it and all it does is tell users if they need an umbrella for that day or not. There's no weather forecast or extended data. Just input your city and get a 'yes' or 'no' answer. My only beef about this site is that if you try multiple cities, it states, "We've just sent you a message with a confirmation code. Enter the code to confirm your subscription." I never received the code but I don't like the fact that they even claim to grab your email when it was never required.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: LuggageLimits.com

LuggageLimits.com
Here's a simple but brilliant website that's bound to help travelers ... if you can tolerate maneuvering past the annoying banner advertisements. Luggage Limits does just what its name says: It provides users with the luggage limits for checked and carry on baggage for over 100 airlines, both domestic and international. Once you input the airline, departure and arrival cities, it lists the weight, size and fees associated with the carrier's baggage policy. Simple but brilliant.

Caravan Winner! Congrats to Loralee!!!

Travel Bloggers' Caravan "Stop of the Day"


Travel Bloggers' Caravan "Stop of the Day": JohnnyJet.com

A group of 15 travel bloggers have banded together to celebrate the season and bring all of our readers the chance to win some fun prizes, including hotel gift cards and overnight stays, digital cameras, travel guidebooks and DVDs, and luggage and camera bags.


Today the Caravan stops right here at the JohnnyJet.com blog. We're giving away a $248 worth of prizes.


Win Toursaver Books and a Magellan's Gift Certificate

One lucky reader will be randomly chosen from all eligible entries to win Alaska and Seattle Toursaver books ($198 value) and $50 Magellan's gift certificate. Contest starts at midnight on December 8 and ends the same day at 11:59 pm. You must have a mailing address within the United States in order to be eligible to enter and win.


How to Enter

Comment on this post between 12:00 am (midnight) and 11:59 pm on December 8, 2009. You'll need to include your e-mail address so I may make contact if you are the winner. Good luck!



Win More Prizes This Month!

Don't forget to enter the daily Travel Bloggers' Caravan & Giveaway. The Caravan stops at www.NancyDBrown.com tomorrow. Visit, comment on the post of the day, and win a one-year subscription to Dream of Italy and a bonus DVD. See the entire Travel Bloggers' Caravan schedule here.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: LetsSayThanks.com


LetsSayThanks.com
  • Since President Obama just announced the addition of 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan, it's the perfect time for us to feature a website that lets U.S. citizens say thanks to our troops who are protecting us at home and abroad. I learned about it from Tony Robbins but the site was created by the chairman of Xerox. With those backers, you know it's legit. It literally takes one minute to choose your e-card, pick a phrase and sign your name. It's free and it's a wonderful gesture so there's really no reason not to do it.
  • FEATURED STORY: Orlando via Amtrak


    SOUTH FLORIDA TO ORLANDO
    I needed to be in Orlando for one of the travel industry’s premier conferences, Phocuswright. I looked into pretty much all the options for traveling to Orlando from Palm Beach. It's only 170 miles, so I thought about renting a car and driving, or taking Greyhound, but I didn't want to deal with the I-95 traffic. Flying such a short distance would have been a waste of time, and all the nonstop flights leave from Miami (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale (FLL), not Palm Beach (PBI). So I took Amtrak. Read on...

    http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny12022009.html

    Wednesday, December 02, 2009

    FEATURED STORY: The Seagate Hotel & Spa

    I go to Delray Beach often since my sister and dad usually spend their winters there. In fact, this year I’ve been a remarkable 10 times. I almost always stay at their place, but if they have house guests then I usually end up at the Delray Beach Marriott. During my most recent visit their guest rooms were empty, but I still didn’t stay with them. That’s because the first independent luxury hotel in Delray opened up a few weeks ago, and I had the privilege to be one of the first guests to get the inside scoop. Read on...

    http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny120220093.html

    Help Build a School in Cambodia and Win Fabulous Prizes


    In case you haven’t heard Passports With Purpose has organized a bunch of generous travel bloggers to donate at least one prize that’s worth over $75 to entice their readers to help fund a school in rural Cambodia. Their goal is to raise $13,000 and with every donation of $10 or more you will be entered to win a fabulous prize (they range from multi-night hotel stays to travel gear!). My prize is a Nintendo DS Lite (pink) that retails for $129.99. Check out the list of prizes and make your $10 or more donation. The drawing closes December 21 and the winners will be announced on January 5, 2010. *Photo Credit- Debbie Dubrow