Australia Travel Coverage – The New York Times #greece #travel #packages

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Australia Travel Coverage

The Hidden Bars of Sydney

The hidden drinking den is something relatively new to — and apparently dearly loved by — Australia’s largest city.

Hiking and Biking in Tasmania

Tasmanian Tour Ride & Seek, an Australian outfitter offering trips in a dozen countries, has added a destination close to home.

Resort and Cruise News: Safaris by Air in Australia

What you need to know if you’re on a trip or planning one soon, including new lodging at a safari park in England, and a new water park on a Royal Caribbean ship.

Identification, Please

Learning how to use a field guide can make you feel at home anywhere in the world.

A New Take on Tasmania

A new bike tour from Gray & Co. includes rides in the Huon Valley and Freycinet National Park in Tasmania.

A Cultural Escape North of Melbourne

Bendigo, a town that struck it rich in Australia’s 19th-century gold rush, has other treasures to offer now.

The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years

For Sarah Marquis, a very long hike — like one she took from Siberia through the Gobi Desert, China and eventually Australia — can become a voyage of discovery.

36 Hours in Canberra, Australia

In the country’s capital, situated between Sydney and Melbourne, you’ll find everything from culture to cycling, political history to panoramic views.

In Sydney, Lively Culture Amid Natural Beauty

From museums to movies, galleries to art tours, explore the cultural side of a city known for its looks.





05/01/2018

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Chicago Travel Coverage – The New York Times #book #airline #tickets

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An Airport Survival Guide for Thanksgiving Travel

Delayed? Have some time between flights? What to do (and where to eat, do yoga, or charge your phone) at major American airports during the busy holiday travel season.

Tracing Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois

By JOHN L. DORMAN

The houses he designed in this Chicago suburb show the first traces of his famous work that was to come.

Dale Talde’s Six Must-Eat Chicago Dishes

Here are the dishes the chef says you can’t miss in Chicago, including a no-frills burger and kare-kare that’s still not as good as his aunt Catalina’s.

With Help From Kickstarter, Chicago Gets a Museum That Relishes the Hot Dog

The Foodseum in Chicago will showcase encased meats in a new exhibit. Other museums in the city will have special programs and deals in October.

A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea

Chicago. Sand dunes. A ferry crossing. A voyage reveals striking topography, time-worn communities and the reassuring permanence of an unchanging lake amid it all.

Mac Cheese Fest in Chicago to Expand This Year

There will be more macaroni, more cheese and one more Golden Noodle Award at this year’s event.

In Chicago, the West Loop Leaves Its Gritty Past Behind

Over the past two decades, the West Loop has gradually shifted from meatpacking operations and commercial storage to loft residences and restaurants.

Grant Park Prepares for Taste of Chicago 2015

The annual Taste of Chicago festival has a menu that includes Thai dishes, fried chicken and, of course, the city’s signature deep-dish pizza.

Family-Friendly Music Festivals This Summer

Events in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Chicago where parents can hear the bands they love, with kids in tow.





26/12/2017

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France Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #agents #jobs

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What Travelers Can Expect in Paris

If you’re visiting Paris, here’s what you need to know about flights, hotels, getting around and how to help in the wake of the attacks.

A Left-Bank Bistro Raises the Bar

The distinguished Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège has opened a 20-seat spot that deserves high marks for exquisite execution.

The True Heart of French Seaside Chic

Let the partiers keep the Riviera. Just a few hundred miles to the west sits the alluring little island of Île de Ré, and its unspoiled pastures and vineyards.

An Old Paris Hotel, in the Hands of a Graffiti Artist

André Saraiva teamed up with the writers Glenn O’Brien and Olivier Zahm to reimagine the famous Hôtel Grand Amour.

A Scourge in Paris, Love Locks Prevail in Other Cities

The ritual of securing a lock around a bridge may be here to stay. Love locks remain in Paris, which removed many, and have spread to cities from New York to Vancouver.

Places Where Hemingway Lived or Traveled

Hemingway liked Idaho in the fall, Key West for the fishing, but lived in Cuba longer than anyplace else.

Seduced by Beaune in Burgundy

A tour of ancient Beaune includes wine cellars, a mustard factory and the best dish in all of France.

Inside the Vibrant New Rooms of Paris’s Hotel Montana

By ALICE CAVANAGH

Newly renovated suites in the city’s legendary hotel were made to look “like an eccentric friend gave you a key to his apartment.”





22/12/2017

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Pobeda’s Cheap Flights to Europe Take Off

The lack of competition will play into Pobeda’s hands, as will the patronage of its influential owner, Aeroflot.

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While foreign air carriers quit the Russian market in droves amid falling demand, Russia’s only low-cost airline, Pobeda, is in the midst of launching unprecedentedly cheap flights to Europe.

On Nov. 12, the low-coster, a subsidiary of Russia’s national carrier Aeroflot, opened sales of tickets for its first international destinations, Bratislava and Vienna (which includes a flight to Bratislava and then a bus trip to Austria’s capital) with ticket prices starting from 999 rubles ($15).

The move was surrounded by plenty of hype. As many as 2,700 tickets were sold within the first 10 hours of sale.

Apart from Bratislava and Vienna, Pobeda is planning to launch flights to the European cities of Salzburg, Verona, Bergamo, Chambery, Dresden and Cologne. The sales for two new destinations will start by the end of the year, the company said in a statement.

The rush caused by the start of ticket sales for international destinations indicates that there is plenty of demand for cheap plane tickets in Russia though that doesn’t necessarily guarantee the success of the new budget airline, the experts said.

The business model for low-cost carrier requires special conditions that the Russian market currently can’t offer, independent aviation analyst Alexei Zakharov said.

Russia has no airports for low-cost carriers, with lower rates and fast service, both essential for discounters’ operations, he said.

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Pobeda: Current Destinations and Fares

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Up and Away

Budget airlines have revolutionized air travel in Europe and currently generate 38 percent of European passenger flow. In Russia, all earlier attempts to set up a low-cost airline have failed so far.

Russia’s first low-cost airlines, Avianova and Sky Express, set up in the beginning of the 2000s, went bankrupt several years after the launch, and Dobrolyot, Aeroflot’s first attempt to set up a budget airline, was forced to shut down after the European Union put the company on its sanctions list last year over Russia’s actions in Crimea.

Pobeda, which was founded last year to replace Dobrolyot, has ambitious plans for its development. By 2018, Pobeda aims to fly 10 million passengers annually, which will place it in the top five largest Russian air carriers. It is also looking to expand its Boeing 737-800 aircraft fleet from 12 jets to 40 in three years’ time.

In October the airline, which currently operates on 22 routes inside the country, was granted permission to fly abroad. The move required changes to Russian aviation regulations that originally obliged the air carrier to fly only domestically for two years before launching flights to international destinations.

While preparing for international service, Pobeda faced a number of challenges. Earlier this month, the Tyumen regional arbitration court ordered the air carrier to abolish fees for hand luggage, a decision the company says it is going to appeal.

The company also failed to reach an agreement on tariffs and air carrier slots with Minsk, Belarus, which was meant to be Pobeda’s first international destination. As a result, Pobeda’s first flight abroad on Dec. 19 will be to Bratislava, Slovakia instead.

The high demand for cheaper flights comes as Russians’ budgets are strained by the country’s recession. However, passengers who aren’t used to traveling light won’t find Pobeda’s prices too cheap after a closer look.

The low-cost airline has implemented a host of surcharges: for luggage weighing more than 10 kilograms, for in-flight food, and for advance selection of plane seats. In addition to that, Pobeda has introduced a 10 euro fee ($10.67) for each duty-free bag a passenger carries on board.

The launch of the international service by Pobeda also comes amid the shuttering of Russia’s second biggest airline, Transaero, and foreign airlines’ gradual withdrawal from the Russian market.

As a result of the reduction of the passenger flow on international destinations, a number of air carriers, including the German low-cost airline Air Berlin and British budget air carrier EasyJet, have quit the Russian market.

The lack of competition will play into Pobeda’s hands, as will the patronage of its influential owner, Aeroflot, which controls over 40 percent of passenger air traffic in Russia, experts said.

As Russia’s flag carrier, Aeroflot has huge administrative and financial resources that will help Pobeda stay afloat during the first years after the launch, independent aviation expert Andrei Kramarenko said. Aeroflot in turn could use its subsidiary as a tool to fight its competitors.

In Over Their Heads?

Pobeda’s activity on domestic destinations has already forced Russian airline UTair to cut flights in a number of cities, according to Kramarenko, and is likely to cause similar situations on international routes.

However, in order to become a serious player in the market of international air travel in Russia, Pobeda will have to considerably expand its network of popular destinations, a move that could be limited by Aeroflot itself, according to the experts.

Aeroflot currently operates flights on the most profitable routes and won’t share them with its subsidiary, Zakharov said.





07/12/2017

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Morocco Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #centre

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In Morocco, Exploring Remnants of Jewish History

In looking for traces of the Jews who lived in the walled quarters of Morocco, a sense of urgency prevails about future of the country’s Jewish legacy.

Morocco, From Coast to Desert

A seven-day journey turns up a kaleidoscope of centuries-old souks, dusty colonial-era outposts, livestock markets and luxury restaurants.

Four Stops Across Morocco

Planning a seven-day journey across Morocco, from Atlantic shores to Saharan dunes, can be an odyssey. Here’s how to do it.

A Stroll by the Casbah in Northern Morocco

Chefchaouen may be known for its location amid hashish farms, but its relaxed charms go far beyond that.

36 Hours in Casablanca

Morocco’s cosmopolitan port beckons with its convivial cafes, colorful markets, waterfront nightclubs and a palm-filled park for a quiet stroll.

Hotel Review: Riad Star in Marrakesh, Morocco

This three-story B & B, situated in the heart of the old city, was once Josephine Baker’s home.

Inside the Walls of Fez

Relying on instinct, hospitality and a bit of technology, the author discovers the rewards of exploring the Moroccan city’s medina without a guide.

8 Hotels to Look Out for in 2011

By ELAINE GLUSAC

From Miami to Jaipur, new hotels hope to be noticed for distinctive touches.





06/12/2017

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New Zealand Travel Coverage – The New York Times #airline #travel

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New Zealand Travel Coverage

House Hunting in. New Zealand

By VIRGINIA C. McGUIRE

The market in Wellington has experienced modest growth, with home prices just now returning to levels not seen since the 2008 global financial crisis.

New Zealand for Beginners

Finding himself in a country he’d never given much thought, the author manages to hurtle down slopes, go on a picturesque “tramp” and hit some pubs — all in a few days.

After Earthquakes, a Creative Rebirth in Christchurch

Imaginative projects and resilient residents are helping Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, cope with devastation.

36 Hours in Auckland, New Zealand

By INGRID K. WILLIAMS

Sure, you could fly here and head straight for the movie tourism trail. But why miss everything that the country’s largest city has to offer?

New Zealand’s Hobbit Trail

With the first of three “Hobbit” movies about to be released, New Zealand is preparing for the next wave of Tolkien tourists, from the hills of the Shire to the peaks of Mordor.

Wellington, New Zealand’s Flyover Capital, a Must-Stop

Wellington, New Zealand, is shedding its dull capital image with new museums, music and a night life.

Extreme New Zealand, a Thrill-Seeker’s Playground





06/12/2017

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Patagonia Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #holidays

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Patagonia Travel Coverage

Sailing to the End of the World in Patagonia

A three-night cruise through southern Argentina brings views of mountains, glaciers and 100,000 penguins — and not a cellphone in sight.

Chilean Patagonia’s Peaks, Up Close

Even as the world has gotten smaller and more familiar, dramatic Patagonia retains a feeling of being truly far away.

In Argentina, Glaciers by Way of Patagonia

A four-day road trip in search of adventure and solitude takes a traveler by some of Argentina’s most dramatic vistas.

Bahia Bustamante: Argentina’s Secret (and Private) Answer to the Galapagos

In a huge, almost untouched swath of Patagonia, hundreds of species live in private bliss. A few hundred people a year can join them.

Trout Fresh From the Sea at the End of the Earth in Argentina

After feeding in the steel blue waters of the southernmost Atlantic, fattened fish return to the Irigoyen River.

Machu Picchu, Without Roughing It

By MICHELLE HIGGINS

Companies are increasingly offering ever more luxurious experiences and softer adventures.

Patagonia in a New Light

Seeing the spectacular Paine Massif, near the bottom of the world, can be a demanding trek or, with new lodges, a walk in the park.

Chasing Snow South in Argentina





05/12/2017

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South Africa Travel Coverage – The New York Times #cheap #cars

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South Africa Travel Coverage

36 Hours in Cape Town

A plan for this stunning city might include a 5K run (or walk), browsing farm markets, dinner at a wine estate and, no surprise, heading up Table Mountain (by cable car).

Apps Help Navigate Africa’s Many Gems

Tracking wildlife, following in history’s footsteps or learning which documents are needed for travel, all from your phone.

Want to Visit South Africa? How to Survive a Long Flight

There are ways to make a 16-hour flight a little less painful. We all know to hydrate, but how about a little yoga at 39,000 feet?

Big Game Hunting Is Also Big Business for Wealthy Few

The killing of Cecil the lion has shed a spotlight on safari hunts, an elite pursuit with a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars.

Staying Where Mandela Did

By SHIVANI VORA

The Nelson Mandela Center for Reconciliation, in a private game reserve in South Africa, is now available for travelers to rent.

Near or Far, Head South to Escape the Winter

From St. Vincent to South Africa, the Travel section has some suggestions for sunny getaways — just in time for spring break.

In South Africa, Fine-Art Landscapes for Postcard Prices

Along Route 62 — popular with locals but virtually unknown to foreign visitors — there are plenty of towns with laid-back, eccentric states of mind and very reasonable prices.

Restaurant Report: La Parada in Cape Town

Despite inconsistent food, La Parada is the buzziest restaurant on Cape Town’s buzziest street.





02/12/2017

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The Best Times to Travel to South America and Central America

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The Best Times to Travel to South America and Central America

Skip summer in Rio — December through February — when temperatures soar over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images )

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The prospect of sun, summer temperatures and sandy beaches over below freezing temperatures and snow-filled streets draw Americans to Central and South America in droves during North America’s dreary winter months. In the Southern Hemisphere, South America benefits from the exact reverse seasonal calendar as the north, and equatorial Central America also has its dry season during the North American winter. Just skip the the holiday season from Christmas through New Year’s and around Easter — crowded times when regional residents head out on vacation.

Central America

While Central America benefits from a tropical climate year-round, the dry season is the most pleasant time to visit the region. The main part of dry season runs from January to March, with the shoulder months December and April varying in weather quality from country to country. At the beginning of dry season, prepare for cool evening and morning weather. In Belize and Panama, the season begins later — in February — but Nicaragua and Honduras have a longer dry season, beginning in December. Outside the dry season, in addition to humidity, travelers face oppressive mosquitos, heavy rain, tropical storms and the possibility of hurricanes.

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29/11/2017

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Turkey Travel Coverage – The New York Times #best #deals #on

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Finding Paradise in Turkey’s Munzur Valley

Deep in the rugged heart of eastern Anatolia, the resilient Alevi Kurds open their hearts and homes to a visitor.

Hotel Review: Vault Karakoy in Istanbul

In a former 19th-century Ottoman-era bank, the 63-room hotel brims with period details and has an elegant interior.

From ‘Midnight Express’ to Discovering the Allure of Turkey

The writer Billy Hayes, whose memoir about his 1970 arrest and imprisonment in Turkey cast a shadow on tourism there, now praises the country’s hospitality.

A Turkish Town Where Baklava Beckons

Gaziantep, a city of about a million people, claims some 100 baklava shops, which supply 90 percent of the baklava consumed in Turkey.

Must-Eat Dishes, From Myanmar to Mexico City

Food experts offer their tastes to try in five parts of the world.

Along the Aegean, a Turkish Town Sees a Revival

A new set of stylish city dwellers is setting up businesses in Alacati, a village known for its ideal windsurfing conditions.

Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

“I belong to this city,” says the writer about his birthplace and longtime home. Join him on a deeply personal tour through Istanbul’s neighborhoods and his memories.

36 Hours in Izmir, Turkey

This sunny seaside city offers everything from a traditional bazaar to bars to boutiques, and serves as a gateway to the ruins of ancient Ephesus.

In Istanbul, Seeing Art Through Two Lenses

As the city comes into its own as a contemporary art hub, looking at more established, and more subversive, players in this world.





26/11/2017

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013 #travel #las #vegas

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer prices. Cities, like Budapest, often have colorful floral displays as well. (Photo: Veronica Gould Stoddart, USA TODAY)

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If you must fly in the peak of the summer, you might as well quit reading now, as airfare will be consistently high. But if your plans are more flexible, you can save big by choosing the right time to book your trip. There are five cheap periods to fly during 2013 and one of those times is right now:

1. Most of January

Once the major holidays have passed, prices for January take a dive, which is why it’s considered the number one airfare dead zone. This week is the start of the prime window, as the final wave of higher-priced New Year’s flights subsides.

Exception: We are seeing higher prices (and airfare sale blackout dates) on flights to/from Washington, D.C. on the days just before and after Jan. 20, the date of the presidential inauguration.

2. Early February

February can be very cheap, with these exceptions: Avoid travel to New Orleans early in the month (that’s where the Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 3) and also avoid flights to/from Las Vegas because a lot of folks head there for game-day partying. Luckily, Feb. 14 falls on a Thursday this year so you should be okay if you want to go someplace romantic; when Valentine’s Day is on a weekend, prices can jump.

One last exception: Watch out for Spring Break travel to rev up in the latter part of the month, which always drives up ticket prices.

3. Late spring for Europe

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather’s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer. Rule of thumb: peak pricing typically kicks in around May 15.

4. Almost any holiday

You probably know that flying on the big day itself – such as Thanksgiving or Christmas – is a lot cheaper than the dates surrounding the holiday, but it’s usually true for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day as well. It’s very simple; people don’t want to waste their holidays at the airport but if you don’t mind a few hours of tedium, you will save money.

5. The cheap weeks of Nov. and Dec.

Call it the pre- and post-holiday periods. One of these is the two-week period at the start of Nov. – what I call the pre-Thanksgiving airfare bargain time. The other comes after Turkey Day (which falls on Nov. 28 in 2013), beginning right about Dec. 3 and continuing until about Dec. 18. Most people will travel during holidays of course so these weeks are total dead zones and tickets are priced to move.

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23/11/2017

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Asia Travel Coverage – The New York Times #how #to #get

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In Tokyo, Tsukiji Fish Market Braces for an Uncertain Future

In a city in a rush to wipe away its history, the Tsukiji fish market is a gem that evokes Japan’s pre-World War II past and its love of food.

From Hotel to Hospital: The Perils of Reporting in Pakistan

Rod Nordland, the Kabul bureau chief, recounts a banal poisoning episode in one of the world’s cloak-and-dagger capitals.

New Tour Reveals Vietnam’s Many Sides

A new tour to Vietnam from Adventure Life combines cultural and outdoor activities in urban and rural settings.

Can a Trip Ever Be ‘Authentic’?

In a globalized age — when a McAloo Tikki is just as Indian as the Taj Mahal — has the very word lost its meaning?

Edie Campbell on the Influence of Seoul

By EDIE CAMPBELL

The Campbell sisters took a quick trip to South Korea to celebrate their mother, the British architect Sophie Hicks.

An Arts Explosion Takes Shanghai

Museums and galleries are turning the once-industrial West Bund into a cultural hub.

Blogging in Vietnam Is All About the Experiences

By MIKE IVES

Mark Bowyer details his frequent, multiweek sojourns across Southeast Asia by foot, bicycle, motorbike, bus, taxi and plane on his blog, Rusty Compass.





22/11/2017

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  • State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs: www.travel.state.gov
  • State Department Travel Warnings: travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html
  • Lonely Planet: www.lonelyplanet.com Users can click on the Postcards link, which leads to an online bulletin board where they can get information about crime and practical concerns. (Lonely Planet doesn’t vouch for the accuracy or usefulness of these missives.)

Source: “Clicking on the Side of Caution ” (March 11, 2001)

Airplane Delays

  • Weather.com: www.weather.com com is comprehensive, easy to use and fairly fast. Useful features for travelers include an Interstate Forecast.
  • Accuweather: www.accuweather.com has 5-day forecasts for thousands of cities around the world.
  • National Climatic Data Center: lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov lists average temperature and precipitation data. by month, for dozens of American cities.
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration: www.noaa.gov does not package its information specifically for travelers, but it has plenty of information travelers can make use of, such as average water temperatures for coastal towns.

Source: “Fast Action on Passports, but for a Price ” (March 17, 2002)

  • MSN Autos: autos.msn.com allows users to type in their ZIP code and see a map displaying traffic in their region.
  • MetroCommute.com: www.metrocummute.com
  • Federal Highway Administration’s National Traffic and Road Closure Information: www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/
  • Traffic.com: www.traffic.com

Source: “Monitoring Traffic ” (July 20, 2003)

  • Open Table: www.opentable.com offers free reservations at more than 1,800 restaurants in roughly 50 American cities.
  • RestaurantRow.com: www.restaurantrow.com also allow diners to make reservations online but charges a fee.
  • Zagat: www.zagat.com is the online arm of the popular survey book series.
  • AddYourOwn.com: www.addyourown.com allows visitors to post reviews of restaurants in nine cities in the United States, Canada and Europe.
  • City Search: www.citysearch.com is a network of city-specific Web sites.
  • Gayot.com: www.gayot.com is worth a visit, if you prefer polished, professional evaluations.
  • The New York Times Dining section: www.nytimes.com/pages/dining/index.html has a user-friendly way to search the its archive of restaurant reviews.
  • Miami Herald Restaurant Search: ae.miami.com/entertainment/ui/miami/restaurantSearch.html
  • The Los Angeles Times Calendar Live: calendarlive.com .

Source: “Click and Eat on the Road ” (May 23, 2004)

  • JoeSentMe.com: www.joesentme.com is a business travel web site that is full of smart commentary and useful links.
  • Johnnyjet.com: www.johnnyjet.com has many terrific links to a wide variety of travel-related web sites.
  • TimeandDate.com: www.timeanddate.com delivers the time and date for anywhere in the world and has a “meeting planner” for scheduling international conference calls.
  • Seat Guru: www.seatguru.com provides seat charts and other cabin information for all of the aircraft flown by six major domestic airlines: American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Air.
  • Oanda.com: www.oanda.com has conversion calculators for 164 world currencies — with rates back to 1990.
  • www.indo.com/distance lets you very quickly get the distance between world cities in miles, kilometers and nautical miles.
  • Airport City Codes: www.airportcitycodes.com matches cities to more than 9,000 worldwide airport codes.
  • Subway Navigator: www.subwaynavigator.com
  • Nation Master: www.nationmaster.com is an astounding and easy-to-use collection of facts, statistics, charts, maps and trivia on every country in the world.
  • Airline Meals.Net: www.airlinemeals.net

Source: “Trading Tips on Travel Sites ” (June 16, 2002)
Wireless Internet connections are available in an ever-growing number of public spaces. These web sites let you type in your location and find a list of nearby paid or free hot spots.

  • Jwire.com: www.jiwire.com
  • Wi-FiHotspotList.com: wi-fihotspotlist.com
  • Locfinder.net: www.locfinder.net
  • NYCWireless.net: www.nycwireless.net

Source: “Cutting the Cord ” (December 7, 2003)





10/11/2017

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The life and times of Southall #cheapest #airfares

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Time for a change I think.

When I initially set out on my Afritrex expedition at the end of December 2007 I’d decided that setting up a blog would be a fantastic way for my friends and family to keep up-to-date with my experiences and to follow my progress around the African continent.

Since then blogs and blogging applications, widgets, add- ons etc have moved on in leaps and bounds and it’s now possible to add posts by text, video or speech, through your desktop machine, laptop or iPhone.

With the help of my web-guru Ben Patterson, I’ve decided to design and build a new blog which will become my record of exactly what the job of Island Caretaker involves, some behind the scenes snippets and a blog of what the next six months of my life will be all about.

There will be future updates to this page every so often but for now I’ll be concentrating on my new web-blog which can be found at:

With only three days to go until I fly back out to Australia every second is busy with planning, building content for this new site and preparing for the adventure ahead. If you’ve been following my exploits over the past few days, months or years then please continue to do so by altering your bookmarks right now!





10/11/2017

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Spain Travel Coverage – The New York Times #delgado #travel

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Places Where Hemingway Lived or Traveled

Hemingway liked Idaho in the fall, Key West for the fishing, but lived in Cuba longer than anyplace else.

In Europe’s Top Destinations, Hotels to Suit Your Wallet

Hotel pairs in six popular European cities, including Paris and Barcelona, offer alternatives at the high or low end of the budget spectrum.

A New Place to Sleep in Old Barcelona

A hotel housed in a 19th-century building toes the line between classic and modern.

Menorca, the Ibiza Antidote

Imagine the white-sand beaches of Spain’s most famous island — but without the thudding electronica and all-night dance parties — and you’ll get rustic, low-key Menorca, now coming into its own.

The Revolt Against Tourism

To keep badly behaved visitors in check, officials turn to regulation.

In Spain, an Eco-Tour That Follows Cork From Tree to Bottle

The tour, From Bark to Bottle, accompanies the cork harvest and allows participants to sample the area’s food and wine.

Robert Graves Found ‘Perfect Tranquillity’ in Majorca

The poet and writer, shellshocked after World War I, found a place to write in a village on the northern coast of the Spanish island.

Hotel Review: Praktik Bakery Hotel in Barcelona

The 74-room Praktik Bakery Hotel, with cheerful, inexpensive rooms, includes an artisanal bakery on the ground floor.

Tours Focus on Barcelona’s Street Life

Hidden City Tours, which specializes in walking tours led by the homeless and formerly homeless, has a new Street Life tour of Barcelona.





09/11/2017

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Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show #travel #vouchers

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The most stunning

TRAVEL SHOW in the West.

Bigger. Better. Be There.

Go to the 2010 Los Angeles Times Travel Adventure Show

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Get SHOW ONLY specials and giveaways on travel you won t find anywhere else! Click here for a complete list of specials you ll only find at the Travel Adventure Show!

From safaris to scuba diving, wind surfing to wine tours, archeology excursions to relaxing on a pristine beach, here’s where you ll discover amazing travel destinations, attractions, activities, resorts, products, luxury goods and services and so much more!

More than 500 exhibitors. Trip giveaways. Cultural entertainment. And travel experts Rick Steves, Arthur and Pauline Frommer and more. It s everything you need to get far away from the every day.

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February 13 – 14, 2010

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04/10/2017

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Czech Republic Travel Coverage – The New York Times #cheapest #airfares

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Czech Republic Travel Coverage

Spring Symphonies in Prague

The 70th Annual Prague Spring International Music Festival runs through June 3, with more than 40 classical music concerts scheduled at 14 venues.

10 Hotels in Europe That Make You Feel at Home

More than just places to rest your head, these properties in Paris, Vienna and other cities offer a sense of community.

At the Prague Marathon, History Is a Spectator

To run through the city’s medieval streets and working-class neighborhoods, where dissidents had conspired against Communist rule, is to run through Czech history.

8 Trips Inspired by Oscar-Nominated Films

From Cambridge to the Czech Republic, suggestions for where to go for each of the movies that were nominated for best picture this year.

36 Hours in Prague

You could spend a weekend in the Czech capital visiting only those places that have opened in the past couple of years. Here’s a guide to get you started.

Beyond Goulash and Dumplings in Prague

For travelers who tire of local flavors in the Czech capital, new restaurants are serving global fare that can reset the palate.

As Prague Grows Up, a Food Scene Blossoms

Sketches of evolving restaurant trends in the Czech capital.

In Europe, Sharing Moments With History

From Versailles to Berlin, Prague to Paris, the author finds moments of connection in confrontations with the past.





21/09/2017

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Are airlines padding flight times to improve on-time performance? LA Times

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Are airlines padding flight times to improve on-time performance?

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Canceled flights are seen on a video display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during a severe winter storm in February 2014. A new study suggests that airlines have been padding the allotted time for flights. Airlines say they set aside as much time as needed to deal with weather problems and tarmac congestion.

Hugo Martin Contact Reporter

About a decade ago, Joe Nolan, a semi-retired electrical engineer from Palm Desert, could expect to hop on a flight at Palm Springs International Airport and arrive in San Francisco 55 minutes later.

Now the flight is usually scheduled for about 90 minutes. Nolan suspects that airlines are allotting more time for each flight to make it easier to meet their arrival schedule.

It tells me that the on-time statistics are worthless, he said.

Nolan might have a point. A study by a British company that collects and analyzes travel data concluded that airlines around the globe have been padding their flight schedules for nearly 20 years.

In the U.S. on-time performance rates for commercial airlines have been on the rise and airline executives have boasted about the percentage of flights that arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

The study by OAG Aviation Worldwide looked at several routes around the world to conclude that the block times set aside for many flights have been growing since 1996.

For example, OAG looked at more than 1,400 flights scheduled between Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport in 1996 and found that no flights took longer than 90 minutes, according to the study. By 2015, nearly half of the flights scheduled between the two airports allotted between 91 minutes and 110 minutes, the study said.

On average, the allotted time for flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco increased 8% from 1996 to 2015, the study found.





06/09/2017

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Croatia Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #bug

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36 Hours in Split, Croatia

Surrounded by mountains and sea, Split has it all: Roman ruins, trendy shops and fashionable restaurants.

36 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia

No longer just a stop on the way to the coast, Croatia’s capital has seen a surge in popularity, with lounges, bistros and chic designer ateliers in an Old World setting.

In Varazdin, a Thriving Arts Scene Emerges

A cultural explosion is taking place in castles and squares, in churches and a synagogue and along the ancient streets of Varazdin.

10 Hotels in Europe That Make You Feel at Home

More than just places to rest your head, these properties in Paris, Vienna and other cities offer a sense of community.

A Bloody Night in Cres

Eager to please my hosts, I didn’t hesitate when asked to help kill a lamb — or when presented with the surprising meal that followed the slaughter.

Sipping the Pleasures of Istria

On a trip around this Croatian peninsula, the author renews his romance with a regional wine and discovers another culinary product to savor: local olive oil.

A Croatian Island’s Day in the Sun

Home to opulent hotels, secluded coves and some of the sunniest weather in Europe, Hvar appears poised to gain even greater popularity.

On Trails Less Traveled

For those looking to walk some of Europe’s less celebrated regions, there are outfitters providing a path.

36 Hours in Dubrovnik, Croatia

With its medieval Old Town and bird’s-eye views of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is no longer anyone’s best-kept secret.





05/09/2017

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Israel Travel Coverage – The New York Times #germany #travel

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Gay Pride Week in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

The city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s annual Gay Pride Parade will focus for the first time on Israel’s transgender people.

Herod the Great’s Israel

Epic was the king’s preferred scale. He planned, sited, sourced and landscaped structures of classical antiquity across Israel and the West Bank.

In Israel, Opera Echoes From Rocks and Ruins

In the Judean Desert, with the mountain fortress Masada as a backdrop, the Israeli Opera mounts a “festival out of nothing.”

Hoping War-Weary Tourists Will Return to Israel

After a drop in visitors during this summer’s Gaza conflict, tourism officials are looking for a rebound.

Wet Hot Israeli Summer

I thought the trip might provide an opportunity to meet hot girl-sabras. I didn’t realize that it was really a chance to be with my father.

In Tel Aviv, a Port Is Reborn

Over the last decade, the city’s Namal port has been transformed into a leisure destination, with a boardwalk, restaurants and a farmers’ market.

In Israel, a Hint of New England

The Shalom Hotel and Relax in Tel Aviv mixes the décor of New England with the views of the Mediterranean.

Going Rogue

By TIM ADAMS

Claire Danes plays an endearingly intense spy on “Homeland,” so where better to film season 2 than in the work-hard-play-hard city of Tel Aviv?





26/08/2017

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London Travel Coverage – The New York Times #air #travel #booking

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At Two London Restaurants, It’s All Cereal, All the Time

The two restaurants, Cereal Killer Cafe and 26 Grains, focus on cereal — one cold, the other hot — all day, all the time.

London Gets in the Halloween Spirit

From witches to a Victorian medium and ghost tours, London is ready for Halloween.

In Europe’s Top Destinations, Hotels to Suit Your Wallet

Hotel pairs in six popular European cities, including Paris and Barcelona, offer alternatives at the high or low end of the budget spectrum.

A $1,000 Day in London for $100

Our traveler, more pauper than prince, still manages to see much of London on a full stomach and a tight budget.

For History-Minded Tourists, London Marks Blitz Anniversary

This fall, London’s robust tourism industry will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the capital’s time under siege.

Luxury Hotels in London and Bermuda Offering Signature Liquors

Luxury hotels are getting into spirits, offering private label blends guests can sample at the bar or take home as a memory in a bottle.

Taking the Slow Boat (and Train) From London to Paris

Taking trains and a ferry from England to France isn’t as fast as the Eurostar, but a leisurely journey has its own rewards.

In London, Hands-On Graffiti

By SHIVANI VORA

Tours offer travelers hands-on insight into Barcelona’s “Street Life” and London’s graffiti scene.





25/08/2017

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Portugal Travel Coverage – The New York Times #smithsonian #travel

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Restaurant Report: Bastardo in Lisbon

The best dishes from the chef, Luis Miguel Rodrigues, are grounded in traditional cuisine, with only subtle twists.

Restaurant Report: Cantina 32

At a friendly bistro on the pedestrian Rua das Flores, there are two rules: do not refuse the bread, and order the cheesecake.

10 Hotels in Europe That Make You Feel at Home

More than just places to rest your head, these properties in Paris, Vienna and other cities offer a sense of community.

36 Hours in Lisbon

From old townhouses filled with chic shops to docklands harboring night clubs, the city is undergoing a remarkable rebirth.

In Portugal, a Land Finely Aged Like Wine

A road trip through the whitewashed villages of the Alentejo, the southern Portuguese wine country.

Restaurant Report: Mini Bar in Lisbon

Avant-garde cooking is served at gentle prices at the latest venture from the prolific young chef José Avillez.

Sweet Dreams in Seven Heavenly European Inns

Hop from the coast of England to an island in Germany to an olive orchard in Italy, exploring a suite of moderately priced properties.

Outside Lisbon, a Verdant World of Castles and Palaces

Sintra, about 20 miles west of the capital, is one of Portugal’s crown jewels.

Finding a Global Groove in Lisbon

A spin around the city’s music scene reveals far more than fado, from indie jazz to African beats to American retro rock.





23/08/2017

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The Exodus Route: Travel times, distances, rates of travel, days of

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Moses spends another forty more days on the mountain, then returns. God replaces 2 tablets, God passes by while Moses was in the cleft of the rock. God said he would perform new miracles and Moses face is shining in view of the people so he puts a veil over his face. Ex 34:1-9; 2 Cor 3.

Now in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth of the month, the cloud was lifted from over the tabernacle of the testimony; Numbers 10:11

Israel departs from Sinai for promised land after spending 11 months, 5 days at Sinai.

They navigated about 20 stops over a period of between 10.5 and 11 months between Sinai and Kadesh Barnea

Then the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to the wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people stayed at Kadesh. Numbers 20:1

They arrived at Kadesh Barnea in the first of the month of the third year or exactly 24 months after leaving Egypt.

They celebrated their second Passover at Sinai, then leave almost immediately afterwards for Kadesh. They arrived at Kadesh and immediately celebrated their third Passover.

They spend 38 continuous years at Kadesh Barnea (they do not leave and come back), then depart for the Jordan in the 40th year.

Many commentators mistakenly believe Num 20:1 was the 40th year. but they are wrong. The verse tells us they arrived at Kadesh in the first month, but does not tell us the year! It does not say, the first month in the 40th year . Since Israel left Sinai in the second month of the second year after leaving Egypt (14 months), this means they arrived at Kadesh in the first month of the third year after leaving Egypt or 24 months. Click here for more details.





21/08/2017

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The New York Times – Travel. #best #price #flights

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  • State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs: www.travel.state.gov
  • State Department Travel Warnings: travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html
  • Lonely Planet: www.lonelyplanet.com Users can click on the Postcards link, which leads to an online bulletin board where they can get information about crime and practical concerns. (Lonely Planet doesn’t vouch for the accuracy or usefulness of these missives.)

Source: “Clicking on the Side of Caution ” (March 11, 2001)

Airplane Delays

  • Weather.com: www.weather.com com is comprehensive, easy to use and fairly fast. Useful features for travelers include an Interstate Forecast.
  • Accuweather: www.accuweather.com has 5-day forecasts for thousands of cities around the world.
  • National Climatic Data Center: lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov lists average temperature and precipitation data. by month, for dozens of American cities.
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration: www.noaa.gov does not package its information specifically for travelers, but it has plenty of information travelers can make use of, such as average water temperatures for coastal towns.

Source: “Fast Action on Passports, but for a Price ” (March 17, 2002)

  • MSN Autos: autos.msn.com allows users to type in their ZIP code and see a map displaying traffic in their region.
  • MetroCommute.com: www.metrocummute.com
  • Federal Highway Administration’s National Traffic and Road Closure Information: www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/
  • Traffic.com: www.traffic.com

Source: “Monitoring Traffic ” (July 20, 2003)

  • Open Table: www.opentable.com offers free reservations at more than 1,800 restaurants in roughly 50 American cities.
  • RestaurantRow.com: www.restaurantrow.com also allow diners to make reservations online but charges a fee.
  • Zagat: www.zagat.com is the online arm of the popular survey book series.
  • AddYourOwn.com: www.addyourown.com allows visitors to post reviews of restaurants in nine cities in the United States, Canada and Europe.
  • City Search: www.citysearch.com is a network of city-specific Web sites.
  • Gayot.com: www.gayot.com is worth a visit, if you prefer polished, professional evaluations.
  • The New York Times Dining section: www.nytimes.com/pages/dining/index.html has a user-friendly way to search the its archive of restaurant reviews.
  • Miami Herald Restaurant Search: ae.miami.com/entertainment/ui/miami/restaurantSearch.html
  • The Los Angeles Times Calendar Live: calendarlive.com .

Source: “Click and Eat on the Road ” (May 23, 2004)

  • JoeSentMe.com: www.joesentme.com is a business travel web site that is full of smart commentary and useful links.
  • Johnnyjet.com: www.johnnyjet.com has many terrific links to a wide variety of travel-related web sites.
  • TimeandDate.com: www.timeanddate.com delivers the time and date for anywhere in the world and has a “meeting planner” for scheduling international conference calls.
  • Seat Guru: www.seatguru.com provides seat charts and other cabin information for all of the aircraft flown by six major domestic airlines: American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Air.
  • Oanda.com: www.oanda.com has conversion calculators for 164 world currencies — with rates back to 1990.
  • www.indo.com/distance lets you very quickly get the distance between world cities in miles, kilometers and nautical miles.
  • Airport City Codes: www.airportcitycodes.com matches cities to more than 9,000 worldwide airport codes.
  • Subway Navigator: www.subwaynavigator.com
  • Nation Master: www.nationmaster.com is an astounding and easy-to-use collection of facts, statistics, charts, maps and trivia on every country in the world.
  • Airline Meals.Net: www.airlinemeals.net

Source: “Trading Tips on Travel Sites ” (June 16, 2002)
Wireless Internet connections are available in an ever-growing number of public spaces. These web sites let you type in your location and find a list of nearby paid or free hot spots.

  • Jwire.com: www.jiwire.com
  • Wi-FiHotspotList.com: wi-fihotspotlist.com
  • Locfinder.net: www.locfinder.net
  • NYCWireless.net: www.nycwireless.net

Source: “Cutting the Cord ” (December 7, 2003)





09/08/2017

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Small Business – Business Travel – The New York Times #cuba

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Business Travel

Business travel can be a grind whether you’re a road warrior or just an occasional traveler. This section offers advice on getting the best fares, dealing with the inevitable hassles, and getting the most out of the trips you take.

Chronology of Coverage

Oct. 27, 2015

Rise offers subscription memberships for $1,650 to $2,650 a month that allow unlimited private jet travel between four Texas cities; organization leases Beechcraft planes from charter companies. MORE

Oct. 13, 2015

Airports are opening on-site hotels in effort to be more competitive and lure both tourists and business travelers; several major airports including Kennedy International are building new hotels; such hotels previously served stranded air travelers and rotating flight crews. MORE

Wheels column; rental car companies that offer car-sharing, or very short-term rentals, are proliferating, seeking to serve growing number of young business travelers who find service both flexible and affordable. MORE

Recommendations for business travelers hoping to beat jet lag include adjusting sleep schedules and short-term use of medications, but research reveals that there is no cure for all ills associated with crossing time zones. MORE

Travel experts say that extended-stay hotels are becoming increasingly more attractive to business travelers; extended-stay hotels offer atmosphere more akin to home, and have gained popularity due to lower prices for longer stays and complimentary breakfasts; chains are now capitalizing on popularity and moving into urban areas. MORE

More hotels are charging fees for Wi-Fi service to their customers, particularly high-end hotels, where fees will only be waived if customers sign up for loyalty programs or book rooms directly with hotel; many business travelers have become reluctant to pay fee for what is now considered essential service and have found numerous ways to avoid paying. MORE

Business travelers must operate within guidelines of corporate travel policies set forth by their companies, which can impede their ability to make use of mobile apps like Uber, Airbnb and other tech tools that have transformed leisure travel; good news for business travelers is that situation is changing as companies embrace digitally empowering their traveling employees. MORE

Airports worldwide are discarding notion of merely being transportation hubs, and instead are adorning facilities with luxury amenities, for both pleasure and business travelers, that rival resort hotel industry; while United States airports have improved significantly, they still lag behind modernization of top foreign terminals. MORE

International hotel chains are ramping up efforts to lure Chinese recreational and business travelers in response to surge in global travel from China; Chinese business travelers in particular are prime target given the scarcity of globally established high-end Chinese hotel chains. MORE

Los Angeles is often regarded as being a city of cars and gridlocked traffic, but business travelers may not be aware that the city has network of nearly 200 bus lines and six rail lines, as well as an extensive regional commuter rail system that can make it easy, and even free, to get to some of city’s biggest convention venues. MORE

Cultural experience of visiting geishas in traditional Japanese teahouses, which was once secretive environment restricted to regular customers, is becoming more open as an option for entertaining foreign business travelers; geishas act as hostesses, preparing and serving food and beverages and performing traditional dances and songs. MORE

Business travelers and others who rack up frequent-flier miles should be aware that while terms and conditions of most airlines prohibit transfer of frequent-flier miles, even in case of death or divorce, heirs are often able to persuade airlines to waive their rules. MORE

Website Hotelwifitest.com ranks hotels in more than 4,000 cities based on their Internet connection speeds, helping business travelers avoid hotels with unreliable Wi-Fi that could impede their ability to access vital data for an important business meeting. MORE

Hotels that overlook airport runways are popular with aviation enthusiasts and business travelers who enjoy watching takeoffs and landings; website plane-spotting-hotels.com attracts 15,000 visitors monthly; several good plane-spotting hotels noted. MORE

Tips for business travelers who wish to explore opportunities that may develop from diplomacy thaw between United States and Cuba highlighted. MORE

Industry experts say growing business travel is keeping most passenger flights at full capacity, leaving little incentive for airlines to translate falling oil prices into lower airfares. MORE

Many airports are installing more electric outlets for travelers, particularly those on business trips, who are desperate to charge the myriad mobile devices they so heavily depend on. MORE

Frequent business airline travelers say requests to change seats have assumed new stridency and anxiety in crowded cabins; contend there is certain etiquette involved that infrequent travelers frequently violate. MORE

Joe Sharkey On the Road column looks back on 16 years of writing column in his final post; offers advice to airline travelers to pay attention to safety instructions. MORE

Frequent Flier column; National Association of Realtors member Bill Malkasian discusses his flying experiences. MORE

Many business travelers are moving away from traditional car services and taxis to ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber; companies, after resisting shift, are adapting to change; almost one-third of rides business travelers expense for are ride-hailing services, up from 10 percent year ago. MORE

Joe Sharkey On the Road column says proposal is being considered that would allow La Guardia Airport to add domestic long-haul and coast-to-coast flights, making it more attractive to business travelers; points out regional flights could be cut, however. MORE





08/08/2017

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Dominican Republic Travel Coverage – The New York Times #gullivers #travels

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Hotel Review: Occidental El Embajador in the Dominican Republic

This beachside hotel, with a list of past guests from Trujillo to Rock Hudson, has reopened after a major renovation.

High Season Over, Now Is the Time for Beach Getaways

Beach destinations around the world are offering big savings without the crowds of winter — good reasons to book a trip and get a jump on summer.

Driving the Seam of Hispaniola

A road trip down the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti reveals international strains and cultural highlights.

On an Island Hunt for Pieces of My History

Seeking to patch holes in her family history, the author travels to Aruba, her father’s childhood home.

Training in Baseball’s Cradle? It’s a Spring Break Option

By JENNY ANDERSON

At New York’s private schools, the opportunities for students to travel internationally have grown.

In the Caribbean, a Wave of New Resorts Offers a Range of Enticements

By ELAINE GLUSAC

A preview of five new and newly renovated hotels in the Caribbean.





04/08/2017

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Jamaica Travel Coverage – The New York Times #how #to #find

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Jamaica Will Always Be Home for Damian Marley

The son of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, who spends much of his time touring and also lives in Miami, talks about the joys of going back to Jamaica.

Tuesday’s Digest: Ace Hotel Expands, and Other Hotel News

What you need to know if you’re on a trip or planning one soon, including new Ace hotels in Pittsburgh and New Orleans, a deal in Dubrovnik and popular hotels expanding in Jamaica.

One Price Fits All

By SHIVANI VORA

Some luxury hotels’ all-inclusive vacation packages offer good value.

Music Camp for Kids, Vacation for Parents

Children can immerse themselves in Jamaica Music Camp while their parents get a reduced-price stay at a nearby resort.

Ian Fleming’s Villa, by the Room

Travelers can now rent a single bedroom at Ian Fleming’s former home in Jamaica.

36 Hours in Jamaica

Start in Kingston for cocktails and culture, then head north through verdant landscapes to sample Jamaican cuisine and catch some sun by the sea.

On a Caribbean Rum Trail

Touring Jamaica, Barbados and Martinique, sip by sip, to get a taste of rum culture, past and present.

A Farm-to-Resorts Movement

A number of new and expanding resorts in the Caribbean are emphasizing farm-to-table ties.

My Caribbean: 5 Vignettes





03/08/2017

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Akbar Travels opens branch in Kuwait – Kuwait Times #first #class

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Akbar Travels opens branch in Kuwait

KUWAIT: Akbar Travels, the leading travel services company in India, is further widening its footprints by opening its branch in Kuwait today. The new branch located at Al-Qatami/Maryam complex, Grand Hypermarket, Fahaheel, will offer “every aspect of travel and tourism industry services to its customers with a special focus on holiday travel and leisure market”. Announcing the company’s entry into Kuwait at a press conference on Monday evening, Akbar Travels of India General Manager R Kannan said, “We are here not to compete, but to co-exist and cooperate with the local travel industry fraternity.” The company began its journey of expansion in the GCC with opening of its branch in the UAE. “Today, we have 14 branches outside India, including outlets in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia and the USA and now in Kuwait. Soon we will open our branch in the UK,” he said. Akbar Travels is the only agency with 59 IATA branches and 30 non-IATA outlets in India with turnover worth billions of dollar every year. It has approximately 5,000 well-trained employees. As per IATA data, Akbar is the highest ticket issuing agency in South Asian subcontinent.





30/07/2017

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Australia Travel Coverage – The New York Times #airline #tickets

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Australia Travel Coverage

The Hidden Bars of Sydney

The hidden drinking den is something relatively new to — and apparently dearly loved by — Australia’s largest city.

Hiking and Biking in Tasmania

Tasmanian Tour Ride & Seek, an Australian outfitter offering trips in a dozen countries, has added a destination close to home.

Resort and Cruise News: Safaris by Air in Australia

What you need to know if you’re on a trip or planning one soon, including new lodging at a safari park in England, and a new water park on a Royal Caribbean ship.

Identification, Please

Learning how to use a field guide can make you feel at home anywhere in the world.

A New Take on Tasmania

A new bike tour from Gray & Co. includes rides in the Huon Valley and Freycinet National Park in Tasmania.

A Cultural Escape North of Melbourne

Bendigo, a town that struck it rich in Australia’s 19th-century gold rush, has other treasures to offer now.

The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years

For Sarah Marquis, a very long hike — like one she took from Siberia through the Gobi Desert, China and eventually Australia — can become a voyage of discovery.

36 Hours in Canberra, Australia

In the country’s capital, situated between Sydney and Melbourne, you’ll find everything from culture to cycling, political history to panoramic views.

In Sydney, Lively Culture Amid Natural Beauty

From museums to movies, galleries to art tours, explore the cultural side of a city known for its looks.





30/07/2017

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Budget Travel Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #soon

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Budget Travel Travel Coverage

Latest Articles

  1. November 9, 2015

Weak Ruble Makes Russia More Accessible for Budget Travel

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The ruble’s weak. The warnings about a complicated visa process were wrong, at least with a travel agency’s help. And current geopolitical tensions make this a good time to temper headlines about Russia with everyday people and places.

A Tour of the Middle East, and More, in Dearborn, Michigan

By SETH KUGEL

A sprawling Arab museum, a detour to the Henry Ford Museum, and a Lebanese meat market, where all is not as it seems.

Move Aside Budget Travel, Meet Chanel’s Luxury Airline

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The sky was the limit in Karl Lagerfeld’s aviation-themed Chanel show on Tuesday, which saw an entire airport re-created under the lofty expanse of Paris’ Grand Palais.

Move Aside Budget Travel, Meet Chanel’s Luxury Airline

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A $1,000 Day in London for $100

Our traveler, more pauper than prince, still manages to see much of London on a full stomach and a tight budget.

How to Rent a European Villa (and Not Go Broke)

Stretching Dollars, and, Yes, Feasting, in Lower-Priced Rio

For visiting Americans, due to Brazil’s struggling currency, Rio is a very different place from what it was last year.

The Art of ‘Farecasting’ the Lowest Airfare





26/07/2017

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France Travel Coverage – The New York Times #boscov #s #travel

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What Travelers Can Expect in Paris

If you’re visiting Paris, here’s what you need to know about flights, hotels, getting around and how to help in the wake of the attacks.

A Left-Bank Bistro Raises the Bar

The distinguished Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège has opened a 20-seat spot that deserves high marks for exquisite execution.

The True Heart of French Seaside Chic

Let the partiers keep the Riviera. Just a few hundred miles to the west sits the alluring little island of Île de Ré, and its unspoiled pastures and vineyards.

An Old Paris Hotel, in the Hands of a Graffiti Artist

André Saraiva teamed up with the writers Glenn O’Brien and Olivier Zahm to reimagine the famous Hôtel Grand Amour.

A Scourge in Paris, Love Locks Prevail in Other Cities

The ritual of securing a lock around a bridge may be here to stay. Love locks remain in Paris, which removed many, and have spread to cities from New York to Vancouver.

Places Where Hemingway Lived or Traveled

Hemingway liked Idaho in the fall, Key West for the fishing, but lived in Cuba longer than anyplace else.

Seduced by Beaune in Burgundy

A tour of ancient Beaune includes wine cellars, a mustard factory and the best dish in all of France.

Inside the Vibrant New Rooms of Paris’s Hotel Montana

By ALICE CAVANAGH

Newly renovated suites in the city’s legendary hotel were made to look “like an eccentric friend gave you a key to his apartment.”





25/07/2017

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Germany Travel Coverage – The New York Times #cheapest #air #ticket

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The $2,000-a-Day Berlin

A resident explores the unfamiliar, rarefied side of the city, with Michelin-starred restaurants, sumptuous spas and vaulted nightclubs.

In Europe’s Top Destinations, Hotels to Suit Your Wallet

Hotel pairs in six popular European cities, including Paris and Barcelona, offer alternatives at the high or low end of the budget spectrum.

Inventive Menus at Soho House Berlin’s New Restaurant

The Store Kitchen, off the lobby of Soho House in Mitte, is drawing a stylish crowd with its creative takes on ambitious, vegetable-focused dishes.

An Expat in Berlin for 36 Hours

By CHARLY WILDER

A writer who appears on the “36 Hours” Travel Channel series talks about why expatriates are streaming into Berlin.

36 Hours in Berlin

Summertime highlights, when Berliners head outdoors, include a boat tour, riverside restaurants and evenings enjoying the view from a rooftop playground.

Wedding in Berlin Finally Has Its Moment

The working-class area has long been trumpeted as up-and-coming. But a thriving night life is now helping it deliver on that promise.

Tracing Jewish Heritage Along the Danube

In Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany, the river was a guide and a witness to vanished Jewish life.

In Berlin, History Squares Off Against Hip

On a trip with her 21-year-old daughter, a mother finds a divided city. Not between East and West, of course, but between serious and fun.





25/07/2017

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Israel Travel Coverage – The New York Times #airline #cheap #flights

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Gay Pride Week in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

The city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s annual Gay Pride Parade will focus for the first time on Israel’s transgender people.

Herod the Great’s Israel

Epic was the king’s preferred scale. He planned, sited, sourced and landscaped structures of classical antiquity across Israel and the West Bank.

In Israel, Opera Echoes From Rocks and Ruins

In the Judean Desert, with the mountain fortress Masada as a backdrop, the Israeli Opera mounts a “festival out of nothing.”

Hoping War-Weary Tourists Will Return to Israel

After a drop in visitors during this summer’s Gaza conflict, tourism officials are looking for a rebound.

Wet Hot Israeli Summer

I thought the trip might provide an opportunity to meet hot girl-sabras. I didn’t realize that it was really a chance to be with my father.

In Tel Aviv, a Port Is Reborn

Over the last decade, the city’s Namal port has been transformed into a leisure destination, with a boardwalk, restaurants and a farmers’ market.

In Israel, a Hint of New England

The Shalom Hotel and Relax in Tel Aviv mixes the décor of New England with the views of the Mediterranean.

Going Rogue

By TIM ADAMS

Claire Danes plays an endearingly intense spy on “Homeland,” so where better to film season 2 than in the work-hard-play-hard city of Tel Aviv?





23/07/2017

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Best times seasons to fly

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If you want advice on the best times to fly please read the article below.

It is important when contemplating a trip somewhere to consider the season you are planning to depart in and how busy your destination is likely to be. These factors play a significant role in the overall price you could pay for your airline ticket.

Choosing a destination

There are times when certain destinations in the world have their ‘Peak Seasons’. These are times when travel to these regions can be expensive. This is due to the demand associated with such destinations for that particular time of year.

It is best when looking for cheap tickets to particular destinations that you research what are considered ‘Off Peak Seasons’ or ‘Shoulder Seasons’ to travel and plan your trip accordingly.

If wanting to travel to a snow resort, the peak seasons are generally during the winter months. Ski resorts can cut up to half the price off their fares to lure travellers to their destinations during their ‘Low Seasons’. Generally speaking however, summertime is the busiest period to travel and it wise to book travel a bit later, such as late September, to catch discount prices.

Here we list the Top ten travel destinations in the world according to the UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation 2005) and state the ‘shoulder season’ i.e. the best season to visit a destination, when the prices are low and weather is still pleasant.

Example City – Paris.

    Peak Season is between Easter and Mid-September Best time to visit is between late September and early spring (The later you go after summer the colder and damper it becomes).

Example City – Barcelona.

    Peak season is between June and September. May and October are good months to travel to Spain .

3.) United States –

Example City – New York

    Peak shopping season is between September and December Low Season is between January and August. Prices in the spring can be higher if the weather is nice.

Example City – Hong Kong

    Peak Season is from October through to late December May is the best time to visit. The weather is comfortable and it is not too busy.

Example City – Rome

    Peak Season is from April to Mid-October Outside peak season travel is cheaper but the weather is colder and susceptible to rainy periods.

6.) United Kingdom –

Example City – London

    Peak season is between Mid-April and Mid-October. Another peak occurs during the Christmas period. All other times are relatively cheaper; however the weather is unpredictable and damp.

Example City – Mexico City

    Peak season runs from December through to the second week of Easter. Also from July to August. This is particular to resorts which a large percentage of tourists visit. October, November, April and May are the best months to visit Mexico. Prices are down and the weather is pleasant.

Example City – Istanbul

    Peak Season is between July and August Prices can drop between April and June and September to October. We recommend these months to travel as the weather is still pleasant. Winter in Turkey can be rather cold.

9.) Germany –

Example City – Frankfurt

    May to late October is the peak season. All other times are low seasons except when major trade fairs take place.

Example City – Moscow

    Summertime is the peak season to travel to Russia A good time to visit is late spring or early autumn. Late November to early February is also off peak but one should be prepared for short days and bitterly cold weather.

More information about particular destinations can be found here

Important Considerations

There are a number of advantages and disadvantages of travelling off peak that you should be aware of.

The number one reason which influences the desirability of particular location are the weather conditions.

Always make sure you research this factor before settling on a particular destination. Dubai. for example, is off peak during the summer months; however temperatures can reach a blistering 50 degrees Celsius! Visit a destinations official website to discover countries weather conditions lest your cheap holiday becomes a proverbial nightmare.

Another factor to consider is the tendency for some establishments to take advantage of the off peak travel season to carry out refurbishments on their premises. This can make staying in a hotel less than desirable whilst hearing pneumatic drills going off and seeing scaffolding everywhere. Always phone the hotel you are planning to stay at and ask whether they or their neighbours are planning to carry out any refurbishments during your desired period of stay. These are some factors to take into consideration when travelling during the low season.

On the upside, destinations are relatively quieter and peaceful and allow travellers to avoid large crowds and peruse the local sites at a leisurely and unhurried pace. Also, prices on hotels, museums and restaurants are usually reduced in order to lure more people in.

A good place to discover more information is the Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory. You can find links for tourism bureaus all around the globe which offer great advice on the best times and places to visit.

Time of departure

Another factor to consider when searching for the cheapest airline tickets is the time of day you plan to depart.

Very early morning flights and late evening flights tend to be cheaper than those during busy periods of the day. This is due to fewer flights being available at those times and the general dislike of passengers to fly at those hours.

The airlines want to fill as many of their seats as possible so they sometimes drop the price of tickets departing at those times. Our advice would be to experiment with departures at different times of the day and see if any discounts can be acquired.

Day of departure

Another factor to consider when looking for cheap flights is the actual day of the flight departure. Particular days of the week are considered busy periods and flights tend to be more expensive during these times.

Weekends are generally more expensive than weekdays. The best time to look for departure flights would be either on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. No guarantees can be made for finding a cheaper flight but is definitely worth a look.

Many online search functions have the ability to check for flights on ‘flexible dates’, this will allow you to check flights departing for your destination a few days earlier or later.

We highly recommend our flexible date flight search to discovere the cheapest times to fly. It allows you to see the best fares found online over the entire month and year.

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23/07/2017

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Mexico City Travel Coverage – The New York Times #brazil #travel

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Mexico City Travel Coverage

Seeing Mexico City, Guided by Architects

A pair of Mexico’s starchitects lead a selective tour of the capital’s buildings, including some of their own design.

Finding Mexico City, and Luis Barragán, Again

After an absence, the author returns to the capital and renews his appreciation of the great Mexican architect.

Must-Eat Dishes, From Myanmar to Mexico City

Food experts offer their tastes to try in five parts of the world.

36 Hours in Mexico City

Where to begin in the nearly 500-year-old capital? This weekend itinerary can get you started, with stops at museums and markets, bars and bell towers.

Mexico City for Tamales, Tortas and Tacos

By J. J. GOODE

Tamales wrapped in a roll? Taco filling carved from a spit? The New York restaurateur Roberto Santibañez returns to his native city to reveal variations on these well-known foods.

An Old Mexico City Colonia on an Upswing

By FREDA MOON

In a crumbling neighborhood once considered the Broadway of Mexico, an art scene emerges.





22/07/2017

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Morocco Travel Coverage – The New York Times #sherman #s #travel

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In Morocco, Exploring Remnants of Jewish History

In looking for traces of the Jews who lived in the walled quarters of Morocco, a sense of urgency prevails about future of the country’s Jewish legacy.

Morocco, From Coast to Desert

A seven-day journey turns up a kaleidoscope of centuries-old souks, dusty colonial-era outposts, livestock markets and luxury restaurants.

Four Stops Across Morocco

Planning a seven-day journey across Morocco, from Atlantic shores to Saharan dunes, can be an odyssey. Here’s how to do it.

A Stroll by the Casbah in Northern Morocco

Chefchaouen may be known for its location amid hashish farms, but its relaxed charms go far beyond that.

36 Hours in Casablanca

Morocco’s cosmopolitan port beckons with its convivial cafes, colorful markets, waterfront nightclubs and a palm-filled park for a quiet stroll.

Hotel Review: Riad Star in Marrakesh, Morocco

This three-story B & B, situated in the heart of the old city, was once Josephine Baker’s home.

Inside the Walls of Fez

Relying on instinct, hospitality and a bit of technology, the author discovers the rewards of exploring the Moroccan city’s medina without a guide.

8 Hotels to Look Out for in 2011

By ELAINE GLUSAC

From Miami to Jaipur, new hotels hope to be noticed for distinctive touches.





22/07/2017

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Paris Travel Coverage – The New York Times #going #places #travel

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What Travelers Can Expect in Paris

If you’re visiting Paris, here’s what you need to know about flights, hotels, getting around and how to help in the wake of the attacks.

A Left-Bank Bistro Raises the Bar

The distinguished Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège has opened a 20-seat spot that deserves high marks for exquisite execution.

An Old Paris Hotel, in the Hands of a Graffiti Artist

André Saraiva teamed up with the writers Glenn O’Brien and Olivier Zahm to reimagine the famous Hôtel Grand Amour.

A Scourge in Paris, Love Locks Prevail in Other Cities

The ritual of securing a lock around a bridge may be here to stay. Love locks remain in Paris, which removed many, and have spread to cities from New York to Vancouver.

Places Where Hemingway Lived or Traveled

Hemingway liked Idaho in the fall, Key West for the fishing, but lived in Cuba longer than anyplace else.

Inside the Vibrant New Rooms of Paris’s Hotel Montana

By ALICE CAVANAGH

Newly renovated suites in the city’s legendary hotel were made to look “like an eccentric friend gave you a key to his apartment.”

36 Hours in Paris, Right Bank

Discover the multiple personalities of the Right Bank, from its most intimate streets to its monumental boulevards and open spaces.

In Europe’s Top Destinations, Hotels to Suit Your Wallet

Hotel pairs in six popular European cities, including Paris and Barcelona, offer alternatives at the high or low end of the budget spectrum.





22/07/2017

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Patagonia Travel Coverage – The New York Times #cheap #flight #and

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Patagonia Travel Coverage

Sailing to the End of the World in Patagonia

A three-night cruise through southern Argentina brings views of mountains, glaciers and 100,000 penguins — and not a cellphone in sight.

Chilean Patagonia’s Peaks, Up Close

Even as the world has gotten smaller and more familiar, dramatic Patagonia retains a feeling of being truly far away.

In Argentina, Glaciers by Way of Patagonia

A four-day road trip in search of adventure and solitude takes a traveler by some of Argentina’s most dramatic vistas.

Bahia Bustamante: Argentina’s Secret (and Private) Answer to the Galapagos

In a huge, almost untouched swath of Patagonia, hundreds of species live in private bliss. A few hundred people a year can join them.

Trout Fresh From the Sea at the End of the Earth in Argentina

After feeding in the steel blue waters of the southernmost Atlantic, fattened fish return to the Irigoyen River.

Machu Picchu, Without Roughing It

By MICHELLE HIGGINS

Companies are increasingly offering ever more luxurious experiences and softer adventures.

Patagonia in a New Light

Seeing the spectacular Paine Massif, near the bottom of the world, can be a demanding trek or, with new lodges, a walk in the park.

Chasing Snow South in Argentina





21/07/2017

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South Africa Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #guide

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South Africa Travel Coverage

36 Hours in Cape Town

A plan for this stunning city might include a 5K run (or walk), browsing farm markets, dinner at a wine estate and, no surprise, heading up Table Mountain (by cable car).

Apps Help Navigate Africa’s Many Gems

Tracking wildlife, following in history’s footsteps or learning which documents are needed for travel, all from your phone.

Want to Visit South Africa? How to Survive a Long Flight

There are ways to make a 16-hour flight a little less painful. We all know to hydrate, but how about a little yoga at 39,000 feet?

Big Game Hunting Is Also Big Business for Wealthy Few

The killing of Cecil the lion has shed a spotlight on safari hunts, an elite pursuit with a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars.

Staying Where Mandela Did

By SHIVANI VORA

The Nelson Mandela Center for Reconciliation, in a private game reserve in South Africa, is now available for travelers to rent.

Near or Far, Head South to Escape the Winter

From St. Vincent to South Africa, the Travel section has some suggestions for sunny getaways — just in time for spring break.

In South Africa, Fine-Art Landscapes for Postcard Prices

Along Route 62 — popular with locals but virtually unknown to foreign visitors — there are plenty of towns with laid-back, eccentric states of mind and very reasonable prices.

Restaurant Report: La Parada in Cape Town

Despite inconsistent food, La Parada is the buzziest restaurant on Cape Town’s buzziest street.





21/07/2017

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The Best Times to Travel to South America and Central America

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The Best Times to Travel to South America and Central America

Skip summer in Rio — December through February — when temperatures soar over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images )

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The prospect of sun, summer temperatures and sandy beaches over below freezing temperatures and snow-filled streets draw Americans to Central and South America in droves during North America’s dreary winter months. In the Southern Hemisphere, South America benefits from the exact reverse seasonal calendar as the north, and equatorial Central America also has its dry season during the North American winter. Just skip the the holiday season from Christmas through New Year’s and around Easter — crowded times when regional residents head out on vacation.

Central America

While Central America benefits from a tropical climate year-round, the dry season is the most pleasant time to visit the region. The main part of dry season runs from January to March, with the shoulder months December and April varying in weather quality from country to country. At the beginning of dry season, prepare for cool evening and morning weather. In Belize and Panama, the season begins later — in February — but Nicaragua and Honduras have a longer dry season, beginning in December. Outside the dry season, in addition to humidity, travelers face oppressive mosquitos, heavy rain, tropical storms and the possibility of hurricanes.

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14/07/2017

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013 #cheapest #travel #deals

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Airfare Expert: Cheapest times to fly in 2013

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer prices. Cities, like Budapest, often have colorful floral displays as well. (Photo: Veronica Gould Stoddart, USA TODAY)

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If you must fly in the peak of the summer, you might as well quit reading now, as airfare will be consistently high. But if your plans are more flexible, you can save big by choosing the right time to book your trip. There are five cheap periods to fly during 2013 and one of those times is right now:

1. Most of January

Once the major holidays have passed, prices for January take a dive, which is why it’s considered the number one airfare dead zone. This week is the start of the prime window, as the final wave of higher-priced New Year’s flights subsides.

Exception: We are seeing higher prices (and airfare sale blackout dates) on flights to/from Washington, D.C. on the days just before and after Jan. 20, the date of the presidential inauguration.

2. Early February

February can be very cheap, with these exceptions: Avoid travel to New Orleans early in the month (that’s where the Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 3) and also avoid flights to/from Las Vegas because a lot of folks head there for game-day partying. Luckily, Feb. 14 falls on a Thursday this year so you should be okay if you want to go someplace romantic; when Valentine’s Day is on a weekend, prices can jump.

One last exception: Watch out for Spring Break travel to rev up in the latter part of the month, which always drives up ticket prices.

3. Late spring for Europe

Spring is a great time to go to Europe because the weather’s good and you can save a couple of hundred bucks over summer. Rule of thumb: peak pricing typically kicks in around May 15.

4. Almost any holiday

You probably know that flying on the big day itself – such as Thanksgiving or Christmas – is a lot cheaper than the dates surrounding the holiday, but it’s usually true for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day as well. It’s very simple; people don’t want to waste their holidays at the airport but if you don’t mind a few hours of tedium, you will save money.

5. The cheap weeks of Nov. and Dec.

Call it the pre- and post-holiday periods. One of these is the two-week period at the start of Nov. – what I call the pre-Thanksgiving airfare bargain time. The other comes after Turkey Day (which falls on Nov. 28 in 2013), beginning right about Dec. 3 and continuing until about Dec. 18. Most people will travel during holidays of course so these weeks are total dead zones and tickets are priced to move.

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11/07/2017

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How to Read Times on a Plane Ticket #pavlus #travel

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How to Read Times on a Plane Ticket

The departure and arrival times are listed on the plane ticket. (Photo: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images )

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Plane tickets contain important information about your trip — but that information is not always easy to read. In fact, due to limited space, your flight information may appear as nothing more than a bunch of jumbled-up letters and numbers. Even something as straightforward as your arrival and departure times may be difficult to read or understand. Fortunately, although plane tickets vary in appearance depending on the issuer, they all follow the same basic guidelines for displaying times.

Step 1

Look for the word TIME or the letters ETD and ETA. American airlines usually use the latter two abbreviations. The first stands for the estimated time of departure. The second represents your estimated time of arrival.

Convert the arrival time to your local time. This will tell you how long the flight will be. In most cases, the ticket times represent local time. Your departure time is your local time. If your ticket says you are leaving at 0800, you will be lifting off at 8:00 am local time — your watch will read 8:00 a.m. The arrival time, however, is also in local time. If you’re flying from Seattle to Honolulu, the flight itself will be a little less than six hours long, so your watch may read 2:00 pm upon arrival. Your ticket, however, may list your arrival time as 1200 hours, or noon.





17/06/2017

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Iceland Travel Coverage – The New York Times #arc #travels

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Cruise and Hotel News: Tracing a Viking Route in Iceland

What you need to know if you’re on a trip or planning one soon, including a a new lodge near Yosemite and a boutique hotel in Guadalajara.

In Iceland, Seeking a Luxury Hotel Amid the Rustic Charm

A trip outside Rejkyavik, where minimalist aesthetics and raw nature coexist.

Trout Fishing in Iceland

The fishing guides Barry and Cathy Beck will be hosts of a trip to Iceland for Frontier International Travel.

Four Mostly Hangover-Free Bachelor Party Getaways

Before those wedding bells ring, take a trip that everyone will remember (and the groom won’t regret).

Hotel Review: Hlemmur Square in Reykjavik, Iceland

This centrally located property, which opened in June, combines a hotel and a hostel under one roof.

36 Hours in Reykjavik

See the city’s award-winning new architectural landmark, stay up (very) late on a pub crawl, find peace on a nearby island and far more during a weekend in Iceland’s capital.

The Lights and Nights of Reykjavik

In winter, when the sun sets early and darkness dominates, Reykjavik offers plenty of options to escape hibernation.

Escape From the Jet Age

By disrupting all air travel, the Icelandic volcano has reminded us of the pleasures of traveling by land or sea.

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14/06/2017

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Germany Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #agent

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The $2,000-a-Day Berlin

A resident explores the unfamiliar, rarefied side of the city, with Michelin-starred restaurants, sumptuous spas and vaulted nightclubs.

In Europe’s Top Destinations, Hotels to Suit Your Wallet

Hotel pairs in six popular European cities, including Paris and Barcelona, offer alternatives at the high or low end of the budget spectrum.

Inventive Menus at Soho House Berlin’s New Restaurant

The Store Kitchen, off the lobby of Soho House in Mitte, is drawing a stylish crowd with its creative takes on ambitious, vegetable-focused dishes.

An Expat in Berlin for 36 Hours

By CHARLY WILDER

A writer who appears on the “36 Hours” Travel Channel series talks about why expatriates are streaming into Berlin.

36 Hours in Berlin

Summertime highlights, when Berliners head outdoors, include a boat tour, riverside restaurants and evenings enjoying the view from a rooftop playground.

Wedding in Berlin Finally Has Its Moment

The working-class area has long been trumpeted as up-and-coming. But a thriving night life is now helping it deliver on that promise.

Tracing Jewish Heritage Along the Danube

In Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany, the river was a guide and a witness to vanished Jewish life.

In Berlin, History Squares Off Against Hip

On a trip with her 21-year-old daughter, a mother finds a divided city. Not between East and West, of course, but between serious and fun.





30/05/2017

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Morocco Travel Coverage – The New York Times #flight #hotel

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In Morocco, Exploring Remnants of Jewish History

In looking for traces of the Jews who lived in the walled quarters of Morocco, a sense of urgency prevails about future of the country’s Jewish legacy.

Morocco, From Coast to Desert

A seven-day journey turns up a kaleidoscope of centuries-old souks, dusty colonial-era outposts, livestock markets and luxury restaurants.

Four Stops Across Morocco

Planning a seven-day journey across Morocco, from Atlantic shores to Saharan dunes, can be an odyssey. Here’s how to do it.

A Stroll by the Casbah in Northern Morocco

Chefchaouen may be known for its location amid hashish farms, but its relaxed charms go far beyond that.

36 Hours in Casablanca

Morocco’s cosmopolitan port beckons with its convivial cafes, colorful markets, waterfront nightclubs and a palm-filled park for a quiet stroll.

Hotel Review: Riad Star in Marrakesh, Morocco

This three-story B & B, situated in the heart of the old city, was once Josephine Baker’s home.

Inside the Walls of Fez

Relying on instinct, hospitality and a bit of technology, the author discovers the rewards of exploring the Moroccan city’s medina without a guide.

8 Hotels to Look Out for in 2011

By ELAINE GLUSAC

From Miami to Jaipur, new hotels hope to be noticed for distinctive touches.





28/05/2017

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New York City Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel

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New York City Travel Coverage

To Save on New York Hotels, Look Outside Manhattan

Comparing hotel rates in central and Downtown Manhattan with those in Queens, Brooklyn, Upper Manhattan and New Jersey.

Resort and Hotel News: Pods for Meditation; Jazz in New York

What you need to know if you’re on a trip or planning one soon, including a new tennis program at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.

Tribute to Lennon at Symphony Space Endures in 35th Year

Joe Raiola, now an editor at Mad magazine, founded Theater Within’s John Lennon Tribute, and its 35th annual celebration will be Dec. 4 in Manhattan.

A Princess Aboard the Queen Mary 2

Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, pays a royal visit to the Queen Mary 2, while docked in Brooklyn.

Royals and Mets Fans: Where to Go Now in Kansas City and Queens

Take advantage of barbecue in Kansas City or enjoy the diversity of food and fun in Queens.

$300-a-Night Hotel Houses N.Y.U. Students

Faced with a shortage of dormitory space, New York University and other schools in the city seek creative alternatives.

How to See Pope Francis During His U.S. Visit

For those who do not have tickets to the Masses, speeches and parades in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, it’s still possible to soak up the action.

A Tourist’s Guide to Catholic New York

For visitors, and even Pope Francis, what to do and where to go to really get to know Catholic New York during the papal visit.

On a New York Tour Bus, a New View of History

The Tour, on a $1.5 million tour bus with coliseum-style seats that all face one window, offers a new perspective on New York City’s past and present.





28/05/2017

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Top travel destinations for 2015 – LA Times #spain #travel #packages

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Top travel destinations for 2015

Where should you travel in 2015? If you want to make the most of your budget, consider Tunisia, Samoa or Uruguay. Lonely Planet includes these three spots in its list of best value destinations for 2015. If you’re like me and you’re too lazy to renew your expired passport, how about Wildwood, N.J. or Nags Head, N.C. They topped TripAdvisor’s list of upcoming U.S. destinations for 2015.

National Geographic Traveler

  • Corsica
  • Medell n, Colombia
  • Koyasan, Japan
  • Maramures, Romania
  • Haida Gwaii, Canada
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Tunis, Tunisia
  • Choquequirao, Peru
  • Sark, Channel Islands
  • Hyderabad, India
  • Fez, Morocco
  • Catskills, N.Y.
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Wasatch Mountains, Utah
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Chengdu, China
  • Milan, Italy
  • Prince Edward County, Canada
  • Oman
  • Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Vietnam
  • South Dakota
  • Gallipoli, Turkey
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • M laga, Spain
  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
  • Austria
  • Washington, D.C.

More destinations at Frommers

  • The Arctic
  • Hudson Valley and the Catskills, New York
  • Namibia
  • Guatemala
  • Florida Panhandle
  • Newfoundland, Canada
  • Norway
  • Piedmont, Italy
  • Patagonia, Chile
  • Romania

More destinations at Fodor’s

  • Bahamian Riviera
  • Mons, Belgium
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • Faroe Islands
  • Coober Pedy, Australia
  • Singapore
  • Salta, Argentina
  • Milan
  • Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers, Southeast Asia
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Brazil
  • Puerto Rico
  • Texas Hill Country
  • Cruising Asia
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates




27/05/2017

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Turkey Travel Coverage – The New York Times #one #travel

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Finding Paradise in Turkey’s Munzur Valley

Deep in the rugged heart of eastern Anatolia, the resilient Alevi Kurds open their hearts and homes to a visitor.

Hotel Review: Vault Karakoy in Istanbul

In a former 19th-century Ottoman-era bank, the 63-room hotel brims with period details and has an elegant interior.

From ‘Midnight Express’ to Discovering the Allure of Turkey

The writer Billy Hayes, whose memoir about his 1970 arrest and imprisonment in Turkey cast a shadow on tourism there, now praises the country’s hospitality.

A Turkish Town Where Baklava Beckons

Gaziantep, a city of about a million people, claims some 100 baklava shops, which supply 90 percent of the baklava consumed in Turkey.

Must-Eat Dishes, From Myanmar to Mexico City

Food experts offer their tastes to try in five parts of the world.

Along the Aegean, a Turkish Town Sees a Revival

A new set of stylish city dwellers is setting up businesses in Alacati, a village known for its ideal windsurfing conditions.

Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

“I belong to this city,” says the writer about his birthplace and longtime home. Join him on a deeply personal tour through Istanbul’s neighborhoods and his memories.

36 Hours in Izmir, Turkey

This sunny seaside city offers everything from a traditional bazaar to bars to boutiques, and serves as a gateway to the ruins of ancient Ephesus.

In Istanbul, Seeing Art Through Two Lenses

As the city comes into its own as a contemporary art hub, looking at more established, and more subversive, players in this world.





20/05/2017

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Asia Travel Coverage – The New York Times #cheap #vacation #deals

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In Tokyo, Tsukiji Fish Market Braces for an Uncertain Future

In a city in a rush to wipe away its history, the Tsukiji fish market is a gem that evokes Japan’s pre-World War II past and its love of food.

From Hotel to Hospital: The Perils of Reporting in Pakistan

Rod Nordland, the Kabul bureau chief, recounts a banal poisoning episode in one of the world’s cloak-and-dagger capitals.

New Tour Reveals Vietnam’s Many Sides

A new tour to Vietnam from Adventure Life combines cultural and outdoor activities in urban and rural settings.

Can a Trip Ever Be ‘Authentic’?

In a globalized age — when a McAloo Tikki is just as Indian as the Taj Mahal — has the very word lost its meaning?

Edie Campbell on the Influence of Seoul

By EDIE CAMPBELL

The Campbell sisters took a quick trip to South Korea to celebrate their mother, the British architect Sophie Hicks.

An Arts Explosion Takes Shanghai

Museums and galleries are turning the once-industrial West Bund into a cultural hub.

Blogging in Vietnam Is All About the Experiences

By MIKE IVES

Mark Bowyer details his frequent, multiweek sojourns across Southeast Asia by foot, bicycle, motorbike, bus, taxi and plane on his blog, Rusty Compass.





19/05/2017

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The life and times of Southall #travel #flight #tickets

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Time for a change I think.

When I initially set out on my Afritrex expedition at the end of December 2007 I’d decided that setting up a blog would be a fantastic way for my friends and family to keep up-to-date with my experiences and to follow my progress around the African continent.

Since then blogs and blogging applications, widgets, add- ons etc have moved on in leaps and bounds and it’s now possible to add posts by text, video or speech, through your desktop machine, laptop or iPhone.

With the help of my web-guru Ben Patterson, I’ve decided to design and build a new blog which will become my record of exactly what the job of Island Caretaker involves, some behind the scenes snippets and a blog of what the next six months of my life will be all about.

There will be future updates to this page every so often but for now I’ll be concentrating on my new web-blog which can be found at:

With only three days to go until I fly back out to Australia every second is busy with planning, building content for this new site and preparing for the adventure ahead. If you’ve been following my exploits over the past few days, months or years then please continue to do so by altering your bookmarks right now!





15/05/2017

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