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March 31, 2011

Good trip planning isn’t just about which online sites to use, any more than it’s just about where or when you choose to go. You still have to play nice with others. Online technology not only makes shared travel planning a lot easier, but even puts some added fun in the process, as Part 1 [&hel.../ ➝

March 31, 2011

Planning a major trip with friends and/or family can be like herding cats, especially if you’re widely scattered geographically. Never fear: The social Web is all over it. It’s that time of year again. The Christmas bills are paid off. Spring break is upon us, summer is just ahead and th.../ ➝

March 28, 2011

NAME: Tripbod URL: http://www.tripbod.com/ LOCATION: United Kingdom PRINCIPALS: Sally Broom, Dot Pinkney, Liz Sutcliffe, Martin Dunford, Colin Hayhurst LAUNCHED: Sept 2009 How many times have you traveled somewhere, especially internationally, and wished for a local connection? Someone there on the .../ ➝

March 25, 2011

There are vacations and there are expeditions. This dream trip of mine, which follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo, falls somewhere in between. One of the seemingly frustrating things about travels shows like the one last weekend in Los Angeles is that you wind up talking to a lot of interesting p.../ ➝

March 21, 2011

Egypt and Taiwan. One is eager for you to come back. The other is waiting for you to discover that she exists. Every year, a lot of countries are vying for your attention at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show. Two of the more intriguing competitors at this year’s show, which wrapped up y.../ ➝

March 20, 2011

Among the 38 of us who went through the futampaf initiation in the Gambia in February was a young woman from South Africa named Xandi. Willow-thin, live brown eyes, hair shaved almost clean from her head, Xandi (pronounced ZAN-dee) was a tiny whirlwind of energy, enthusiasm, optimism. When she wasn&.../ ➝

March 20, 2011

Rain nd road detours from the LA Marathon may put a damper on today’s attendance, but it won;t stop IBIT. We’re in the house, stalking for the 4-1-1 on the latest and greatest in travel trends. A big feature of this years show is Taiwan. They’re one of the principal sponsor of this.../ ➝

March 19, 2011

Just heard Arthur Frommer give his presentation, in which he focused on ways to get out of your vacation rut. In his view, the best way to do that is to forget about the traditional sightseeing tours that focus on staring at static objects and all-too-familiar sights. Instead, he said, “the mo.../ ➝

March 19, 2011

Just getting underway her at the Los Angeles Convention Center, waiting for the first meaningful event of the day the presentation by the Godfather of Travel, Arthur Frommer. Already though, we’ve picked up some valuable tidbits of information, especially on Africa travel. No time now to go in.../ ➝

March 17, 2011

Starting to pick up a little buzz about people actually trying to get into Japan — not as rescuers or relief workers, but as tourists. If it’s true, it’s not just wrong. It’s sick. There may be a few folks who want to be able to say “I was there” during the ongoin.../ ➝