New Galapagos Regulations

In an effort to protect the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands, new rules will go into affect in February.  The new rules will prohibit any tourist vessel from visiting the same island landing site more then once in a 14 day period.  As a result tour companies will have to change their itineraries and staff … [Read more…]

New Airline Laws Challenged

ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) along with 2 discount airlines (Spirit and Allegiant) are challenging the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new passenger protection rules set to go into affect on August 23, 2012.  The new rules require that agency websites that display fares must explain that baggage fees might apply and direct users to … [Read more…]

Worlds Best Airline Awards

The 2011 World Airline Awards were held at the French Air and Space Museum in Paris.  An independent customer satisfaction survey company polled more than 18.8 million travelers from 100 different countries.  Airlines were graded on over 38 different items of product and services and passenger satisfaction was analyzed for based on their experience with the … [Read more…]

Continental Airlines One Pass Program Terminating

United and Continental airlines are merging their miles rewards programs resulting with the termination of Continental’s One Pass program.  Continental’s program will end on December 31, 2011. All Continental One Pass members will automatically be entered into United’s Mileage Plus program and their existing Continental miles will be transferred over to Mileage Plus. If you … [Read more…]

New Travel Contests

FijiEnjoy a 7-night stay at Daku Resort including meals, yoga workshops, roundtrip air from Los Angeles to Savusavu, Fiji on Air Pacific, and land transfers.Expires: 8/31/2011http://www.vegetariantimes.com/community/sweepstakes/71 Grand Canyon Rafting Win an 8 day Grand Canyon Rafting Expedition for two. Explore beyond the rim and get the full Grand Canyon Experience.Expires: 9/25/2011http://explorethecanyon.com/contest/ St LuciaEnter to win the … [Read more…]

Family Travel Deals

Cayman IslandsThe Cotton Tree Resort offers  two bedroom, 1600 square foot beach cottages that feature a 42″ plasma TV, iPod docking station, rainfall shower heads and fully equipped kitchens with granite counter tops.  They property is also more then happy to help you arrange family friendly activities such as horseback riding and dolphin encounters. Prices … [Read more…]

When You’ve Got to Go: Restrooms Around the World

Using the restroom while traveling abroad is an adventure in itself.  On my first international trip, I was in London looking for a restroom.  Being in a large upscale store like Harrod’s you would think that it wouldn’t be an issue.  I couldn’t find the restroom so I approached a sales clerk and asked her … [Read more…]

Smoking Only in Limited Areas on Cruise Ships

Carnival cruise line will begin banning smoking in all cabins starting December 1.  But will continue allowing it on most balconies.  Spa cabins and their balconies will remain completely smoke free.  Starting January 15, 2012 Princess cruise lines will not allow smoking in any of their cabins including the balconies. Both cruise lines will allow … [Read more…]

Princess Cruise Line Pulls Ships Out

Princess cruise line pulls it ships out of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico due to security concerns.  Cruises departing Nov. 19, Dec 10 and Dec 31 have canceled stops in Puerto Vallarta.  Earlier this year they canceled calls to Mazatlan.  Princess would not elaborate on the security concerns but said they will replace these ports withs stops … [Read more…]