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Nov 232017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 November, 2017

Good morning <Insert traditional comment of your choice about Thanksgiving eating excesses here!> I hope you too enjoyed Thanksgiving, which felt very much like a holiday for me this year.  Having Anna at home on Wednesday (her school came up with a coincidental reason why there should be no school on Wednesday either) broke up […]

Oct 272017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 October, 2017

Good morning Only a few days remaining until Halloween.  Not many people in the US appreciate how very US-centric Halloween was, but also how the rest of the world is now rushing to embrace it too. While the celebration of Halloween dates back to the Middle Ages and Europe, the practice of ‘trick or treating’ […]

Sep 152017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 September, 2017

Good morning Well, what a week it has been, some of it good, some of it disappointing. Let’s talk about the good first.  Our Grand Tour of Great Britain next June had another person sign up this week (a lady on her third Travel Insider tour).  We’re now at 18 – room for about ten […]

Sep 012017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 September, 2017

Good morning Labor Weekend looms large on our horizon, the end of summer, and apparently also, one week into this year’s hurricane season.  I do hope if you are in TX, or if you have friends/family in TX, that you are okay and have managed to endure this week’s challenges. We had another couple join […]

Aug 112017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 August, 2017

Good morning I hope your summer is proving as wonderful as mine is here.  At times like this, it is hard to think of living anywhere else in the world, but think about it, I did, after noting an article on Forbes suggesting I could quit my job and live in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for […]

Aug 102017
 
Can You Really "Live Abroad So Cheaply You Might Not Need to Work"

A recent article in Forbes Online had the appealing headline “Quit Your Job And Live Abroad: 8 Places So Cheap You Might Not Need To Work“.  What’s not to like about that (although the web article is one of those ultra-annoying click-bait type articles that results in endless clicks onto new pages, each with minimal […]

Aug 042017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 August, 2017

Good morning We’re having a ‘heat wave’ here in the Seattle area, with temperatures in the mid-90s.  That’s a problem for two-thirds of the population – the two-thirds who don’t have a/c.  Making things much worse is an astonishing amount of smoke everywhere, massively reducing visibility, and threatening the practicality of a Blue Angels display […]

Jul 202017
 
How The Curse of the Internet Unexpectedly Afflicts Hotels

I remember the ill-concealed delight with which hoteliers and other travel suppliers greeted the fledgling internet when it first started appearing in the mid 1990s; indeed, it was my concern at how the internet would interfere with my ‘old fashioned’ travel company that had me accelerate plans to sell it in 2000. Travel suppliers saw […]

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