This Week in Travel #24 – Gary Comes To Us From The Future

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This Week’s Guest: Kim Mance of TBEX and Galavanting.
  • Couches in coach: Air New Zealand plans lie-flat seats – USATODAY.com
  • Sky Couch In Coach: Air New Zealand Designs Flip-Up Cushion To Make Bed – The Middle Seat Terminal – WSJ
  • Employees to Warm up Your Hotel Bed by Rolling Around in It
  • Road Testing the Verizon MiFi
  • 201 TBEX to be held at Cantor Film Center, NYU, Greenwich Village, New York City

Picks of the Week:

  • Chris – Mifi
  • Kim – Colorado
  • Jen – jaunted airline inflight wifi guide
  • Gary – travelblogsites.com

This Week in Travel #23 – The One With Gary, No Without Gary, No With Gary, No….

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This Week’s Guest: Marylin Terrell @Marilyn_Res the Chief Researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine and Intelligent Travel Blog.

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Haiti dominated the news so much, it’s hard to think of anything else.
  • Here’s an interesting angle, the story about the cruise line that continued its plan to dock in Haiti with vacationers. Pros & cons: seems insensitive, but it’s a acutely needed form of income for Haiti citizens as well.
  • Should Cruise Ships Go To Haiti? In Defense of Royal Caribbean
  • Legal limbo: Disney could go after you for posting vacation videos online
  • Tattle on TSA with New iPhone App | CheapOair
  • Nudists urge airline baggage fee payback-14 January, 2010
  • Amtrak Takes Aim at Air Travel With Comedic O’Hare Ads
  • News of the Weird: Mexican immigrant needing help evading the Border Patrol? There’s an app for that!
  • The Isle of Man

This Week in Travel #22 – Something in the Water… or the Air

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This Week’s Guest:

David Lytle – Editorial Director for Frommers.com
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Robert Reid – US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet
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Topics Discussed This Week:

  • Passenger in Oregon to Hawaii air incident faces charges (don’t fly crazy)
  • Man threatening Jews taken off Detroit-bound flight (or stupid)
  • Airlines ground two flights due to disruptive passengers
  • The Miami Herald is reporting that Carnival Cruise Lines will no longer host cougar-themed travel groups
  • Buy a Condo on Luxury Ocean-liner Utopia, Travel the World
  • NBA players in Oklahoma City defend their city from critics
  • Google takes new approach to China
  • Is Southwest Airlines about to start charging for checked luggage?
  • Delta, Continental RAISING bag fees. USA Today poll says 27% are opting for car on trips they would have flown
  • 76-Second Travel Show: “Manhattan Bridge’s 100th birthday party”
  • How to Start a Travel Blog

Picks of the Week

  • David: foursquare
  • Robert: long underpants
  • Jen:
    • Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage
    • LA Times Travel Show – Feb 13 & 14
    • Travel Channel redesigned
    • pegshot – what’s happening where you are?
  • Chris: Kodak Playsport Waterproof Video Camera

This Week in Travel #20 – TSA goes after terrorists….and bloggers

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This Week’s Guests: Johnny Jet of JohnnyJet.com

Topics Discussed This Week:

  • US security tightened after failed terror plot
  • ‘Keep Your Hands Where We Can See Them,’ Demands New TSA Flight Rules
  • TSA plays hardball with airline blogger over security directive

Picks of the Week

  • Jen: Travel Resolutions for 2010 – flyoveramerica
  • Johnny: Biddingfortravel.com, ScotEVest
  • Chris: resolution: location independently, L’Escalade festival, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Gary: Flying to Europe via Iceland, Security expert Bruce Schneier

This Week in Travel #17 – This episode is brought to you by Hilton….Spud Hilton

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This Week’s Guests: Spud Hilton, travel editor of The San Francisco Chronicle

Topics Discussed This Week:

  • Oasis of the Seas sets sail
  • City Center opens in Vegas
  • Delta Finally Refunds Man Who Tracked Down And Got Prosecuted Baggage Handler Who Stole His Camera

Picks of the Week:

  • Jen: 100 Greatest Trips of 2009
  • Chris: Matador U
  • Spud: Eye-Fi
  • Gary: Place of the Week – Horyu-ji, Japan

Spud Hilton’s Bio: Spud Hilton is Travel Editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and writer for the section’s blog, Bad Latitude. He is a 20-year journalist and a late-blooming traveler who, in 9 years with the Travel section has written about, reported on and been hopelessly lost on five continents. His attempts to defy the expectations of places — from Havana’s back alleys to Genoa’s cathedrals to the floor of a hippie bus in Modesto — have earned three Lowell Thomas Awards. His stories have appeared in more than 60 newspapers in North America, several of which are still publishing. He lives with his wife, Ann, in San Francisco and plays cornet in an early New Orleans-style jazz band.

This Week in Travel #16 – A Toast to Big Trips, Big Ideas and Big Passengers

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This Week’s Guests: Debbie Dubrow of Deliciousbaby.com

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Topics Discussed this week:

  • Passenger creates big debate at American – I mean big!
  • Man Misses Funeral After Southwest Kicks Him Off
  • Passports With Purpose
  • True or False: Great Photography Sells Hotel Rooms

Picks of the Week:

  • Jen: Oyster.com Hotels reviews
  • Debbie: RoomAtlas.com
  • Chris: HotelVideoReviews.com
  • Gary: Padua, Italy

This Week in Travel #15 – Gary is adrift literally (and figuratively) without Jen and Chris

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This Week’s Guests: Nancy D. Brown, Johnny Jet, Rich Whitaker, Brett Rounsaville

A special episode recorded aboard the Crown Princess on the first Twitter Cruise. Topics discussed include the ethics of press trips, cruising, the environmental impact of cruise ships and the controversy the cruise sparked on Twitter.