Aug 092010
Denver - the world's strangest airport?

 Denver's new international airport is the world's strangest/weirdest airport (certainly this example of some of the artworks featured seems weird enough)? Perhaps so, according to a fascinating pictorial article that also shows the airport with the runway that goes uphill/downhill (helpful due to its short length, the runway that crosses a busy main road, and […]

Aug 022010
More American Die of This Cause than Any Other When Traveling Internationally

 This might surprise you.  Can you guess what the leading cause of death is for Americans when traveling internationally?  Food poisoning? Terrorism?  Muggings/murders?  Plane crashes? No – none of those. The leading cause of death is traffic accidents.  In addition to the almost 40,000 Americans who die each year on the roads in the US, […]

Jul 272010
Ultimate Solution to Airline Baggage Fees?  Go on a Nakation!

 Many thanks to Skyscanner, an airfare search/comparison website that searches across 600 airlines and 670,000 routes for the best fares, for this amusing set of suggestions on how to avoid paying excess baggage fees to the airlines on your next vacation. They are suggesting, doubtless tongue in cheek, that you should consider what they term […]

Jul 252010
All About Train Travel in New Zealand

 If you're planning a trip to New Zealand and considering using the train service in New Zealand either to get around or as a 'special treat' experience during your time there, you'll find the new article I've just published that discusses all New Zealand's passenger trains to be very helpful. As a bonus, I include […]

Jul 112010
King Arthur's Round Table Found?

Historians and archeologists believe they may have found Camelot and the site of King Arthur’s Round Table. Rather than an ordinary or even large table, they speculate it may have been a monster sized structure capable of seating a thousand or more people at a time. The facts of King Arthur are these days inextricably woven in […]

Jun 302010
Scotland's Islands and Highlands Tours 2010 and 2011

I’m freshly back from a brilliant tour experience around Scotland with our 2010 Scotland’s Islands and Highlands Tour, and can now offer dates and details for the 2011 Scotland’s Islands and Highlands Tour. The 2011 tour will be almost identical to the 2010 tour, with merely a few ‘behind the scenes’ tweaks on timings to reflect […]

Jun 032010
What to Do if Your Credit Card is Not Accepted Internationally

There’s an interesting article in USA Today about the increasing problems experienced by Americans internationally when they try and use their credit cards. One of the most beneficial and positive changes to international travel in the last many decades has been the introduction and growing prevalence of credit cards and places that accept them internationally.  Some of […]

May 252010
Most photographed places in the world

Here’s a fascinating overlay that can be added to Google Maps or Google Earth. It has been created from pictures submitted to the Panoramio website.  These pictures are all coded with the location where they were taken, and this information is then analyzed to create a color coded picture density map of the world, showing the most and least popular […]

May 242010
Free Travel eBooks

The travel planning and ideas website, Tripbase, has released a series of seven free travel guide books.  These are all in PDF format, and downloadable from their website. There is a generic travel tips book, and a series of ‘travel secrets’ books. Many of the travel secrets are of little interest/value to anyone – for example, a suggestion […]

May 172010
New webpage on Upmarket Orlando

As the number of visitors coming to Orlando has steadily grown (now more than 50 million a year) the area diversified and developed, adding new tourism products and experiences of more specialized interest, over and above the core ‘family fun’ type products that had been its staple to start with.
Nowadays, there is an impressive arrange of deluxe hotels, fine dining, boutique shopping, and all sorts of activities, from relaxing indulgent spas to high energy speedway racing, hang gliding, and flights in historic biplanes.