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  • pinitbutton Virgin Atlantic to Allow Sky High Mobile Phone Calls   Travel News
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Virgin Atlantic A330 on the runway

It seems that a person can’t go anywhere anymore without overhearing someone else’s cell phone conversation. The one place that seemed safe was the friendly skies. Not so any longer. Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will become the first British airline to allow passengers to use their own mobile phones at 35,000 feet. Using a link-up with Panasonic-owned AeroMobile, passengers will be able to make calls on the airline’s new A330-300 Airbus flights between London and New York, with as many as twenty planes available for this service by the end of 2012. Continue reading “Virgin Atlantic to Allow Sky High Mobile Phone Calls – Travel News” »


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  • pinitbutton Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast
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The northern end of Pismo Beach

by Jeff Hoyt


When people think of Northern California, their thoughts often turn to San Francisco. Southern California cities that come to mind include Los Angeles and San Diego. But what about the Central Coast of California? Unlike other parts of the Golden State, there are no large cities in the area, allowing the focus to be on its natural beauty. As you cruise the Pacific Coast Highway south of Monterey all the way to Santa Barbara, you’ll enjoy rugged mountain vistas, coastal and ocean views, verdant farmland and picturesque vineyards.


Sandwiched between Northern and Southern California makes the Central Coast an easy place to visit for Californians as well as visitors from around the world looking for a different experience than Disneyland and the Golden Gate Bridge. Although the weather is pleasant year-round, we think the best time to visit is during the harvest.

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Travel for Free

on July 11th, 2012
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Travel for free with American Express

by Jeff Hoyt


Who hasn’t received one of those marketing postcards that offer a 3-day, 2-night Florida vacation that seems too good to be true? Do you know anyone who went on such a trip, because I don’t! But there are legitimate ways to travel for free.


I’ve been accumulating credit card bonus points for years. Some I’ve turned into Amazon gift cards. Others, I’ve stockpiled. On my American Express card, I’ve been able to accrue more than 150,000 Membership Rewards points just by buying things I normally buy, whether at gas stations, in stores, or online.

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  • pinitbutton Paso Robles Inn Hot Air Balloon and Wine Tour Package   Travel Special
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Take a hot air balloon ride, followed by a day of tastings at the area’s top wineries, with Paso Robles Inn's travel special

Sipping and Soaring in Paso Robles Wine Country


For travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind central California wine country experience, Paso Robles Inn and The Wine Wrangler have created the Hot Air Balloon and Wine Tour Package.


Need to slip away from the rat race for a few days? Then make plans to visit the romantic Paso Robles Inn, situated in a tranquil wine country. Add in an early morning hot air balloon flight, followed by a day of tastings at the area’s top wineries, and you have this memorable escape, which features Continue reading “Paso Robles Inn Hot Air Balloon and Wine Tour Package – Travel Special” »



  • pinitbutton Discover Bachelorette Bliss at The May Fair in London   Travel Special
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A bedroom at The May Fair Hotel


During the fifteenth season of the hit ABC-TV series “The Bachelorette,” Emily Maynard and her suitors encamped for an episode in a set of signature suites at The May Fair, one of London’s most iconic lodgings. Inspired by their adventures, the hotel has created the Bachelorette Bliss Package.


For couples in search of their own celebrity-worthy getaway, the Bachelorette Bliss Package offers a memorable overnight escape. Along with luxurious accommodations, this romantic special includes:

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  • pinitbutton Starwood Hotels Announces a Global Partnership with Bentley Motors   Travel News
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Bentley Continental GTC

Starwood Hotels and Bentley Join Together to Provide Signature Experiences for Customers


Internationally known for their heritage and superior quality, Bentley Motors and Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ top brands — St. Regis and The Luxury Collection — have announced a global partnership. Together, the two companies will create signature experiences for guests, residents and customers with driving programs, special events, brand initiatives and house fleets at flagship hotels around the world. According to Paul James, Global Brand Leader for St. Regis and The Luxury Collection, “We are committed to providing experiences that far surpass [our guests’] expectations, and this partnership with Bentley enables our discerning guests to explore must-see destinations in unparalleled style.” Joe Ashworth, head of customer relations at Bentley Motors, adds, “At Bentley, we are committed to maintaining our position as the definitive British luxury car company. It is therefore important that we partner with a pinnacle brand that underpins our own values of craftsmanship, style and sophistication.” To this end, Bentley house fleets at St. Regis properties around the world will include models such as The Continental Flying Spur (priced from $184,200). And at The Luxury Collection properties, recent partnership events have included the unveiling of Bentley’s newest Continental GT and GTC V8 at the Marques de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Ilciego, Spain.

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The Grand Canal in Venice

Although Submerged by Crowds, At Least There Are No Gondola Traffic Jams in Venice


by André Gayot


The Riviera, the latest heir to the family of the Oceania Cruises fleet, lazily fondles the banks of the Lido. It is a chubby newborn, weighing in at 66,084 tons, that can host 1,250 guests in lavish luxury. From the upper deck, one can glance a mirage becoming real: the 117 islets, the 177 canals and the 400 bridges of Venice, the home of Marco Polo. The rising sun ignites the roofs of the palaces and brushes with a touch of silver the dark green lap of the canals. As we get closer, so appears the marvel, the crown of “La Serenissima” (The Serene, as the Republic of Venice was dubbed) — the Piazza San Marco and its two gems, the San Marco Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace. From this height upon the 15th deck, the panoramic view is sublime, unforgettable. The boat, almost still, lingers, leaving our eyes and minds the time to record the beauty of Venice. Then it turns cautiously to the left into the Canale della Giudecca to the terminal. Of the many pleasures on board the Riviera, this extraordinary moment alone could serve as the raison d’être of the voyage.

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  • pinitbutton Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Couples Experiences   Travel Special
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A couple relaxes by the pool at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Features Customized Couples’ Getaways


Because even the most compatible twosome can differ on the best way to spend a vacation, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers customized couples’ holidays.


It happens all the time: A couple sets off on a Hawaiian escape, only to discover that each has a different expectation for their holiday. She may want to unwind with a beachside massage, while he would prefer zip-lining across the forest canopy — or vice versa! To make sure every need is met, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea will help you mix and match your preferences and design a Couples’ Experiences package based on one of four diverse options Continue reading “Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Couples’ Experiences – Travel Special” »



  • pinitbutton Hella Jongerius to Revamp KLMs World Class Business Cabins   Travel News
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Hella Jongerius, Dutch top designer and Erik Varwijk, Managing Director KLM on the famous ‘polder sofa’ in the KLM-hangar, in front of a Boeing 747-400.

Leading Dutch Designer Joins Forces with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines


With a goal to create an entirely new look and feel for its World Business Class cabins, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which merged with Air France in 2004, has hired leading Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. In addition to designing the fleet’s cabin interiors, Jongerius will shape the full-flat seats, combining comfort and beauty as she did with her signature “polder sofa.” Jongerius says, “The challenge is one of safeguarding individual comfort in amiable settings using innovations. In so doing, I can optimally combine traditional details and my industrial textile and color skills with high-tech functionality.” Continue reading “Hella Jongerius to Revamp KLM’s World Class Business Cabins – Travel News” »



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An aerial view of Barcelona

Embark on a Culinary Adventure with Tourcrafters’ Tribute to Spanish Cuisine


Featuring meals rather than monuments, Tourcrafters’ seven-night Spanish Cuisine Package invites travelers to discover the culture and history of Spain through its cuisine.


Catalan and Basque chefs have long been lauded for their mastery, and it is this expertise that is the highlight of this tasty package. Along with three nights at Hotel Front Maritim in Barcelona, two nights at Hotel Husa Jardines de Albia in Bilbao and two nights at Hotel Intur Palacio San Martin in Madrid, this package features the following culinary experiences Continue reading “Tourcrafters’ Spanish Cuisine Package – Travel Special” »



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