In case you hadn’t heard, online travel giant Expedia just bought Travelocity for a supposed $280 million. (Or, for those of us who glaze over at numbers larger than their monthly rent: that’s 2,800,000 Benjamin Franklins. Or, like, 280 healthy Orca whales, since they apparently average about about a million a pop. But I digress.)Continue reading
Given that January is in full swing, now seems like the perfect opportunity to
drool over objectify lust after tastefully appreciate some pretty bangin’ beaches, aka the hottest bodies of water current-ly around. OH BUOY, WATER WE WAITING FOR? Continue reading
Monocle, an esteemed London-based magazine covering culture, global affairs, business, and design, has given Portland, Oregon a significant nod to its “livability” (which is awkward considering the fact that former Nike CIO and London native Anthony Watson left the company because Portland was “too boring.” Oops). According to KGW, Monocle’s annual Quality of Life Survey ranked 25 cities based on data from crime rates, healthcare, state-funded education, and business climate, along with a liveability assessment that considers green space, culture, sunshine, and local businesses. Portland placed 23rd (out of 25), right behind Lisbon, Portugal. Which doesn’t seem so impressive, except that it’s the only city in the US to make the list. Continue reading
If you ever conveniently find yourself in Southeast Asia on a day with nothing to do, Grace Teo has got you covered! Grace is originally from Kuala Lumpur but currently lives in Germany; she blogs and YouTubes about her various travel experiences. (Also, how cute are her dimples?!)
In this video, Grace he spends just 24 hours in Singapore and films her experience, effectively giving you a crash course in the must-sees and must-eats of the vibrant place. She covers essentials like chili crab and a 24-hour shopping center (fellow night owls rejoice!), and the video is definitely worth checking out.
In case you haven’t had enough of the elaborate proposal stories, here’s one that I’m pretty sure you can’t top: Jack Hyer, a self-described globetrotter and budget travel expert, planned an elaborate proposal for his girlfriend over FOUR YEARS from TWENTY-SIX DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. It gets better: Continue reading
Frank+Jen, two travelers from Canada who also happen to be great photopgraphers/videographers, spent six weeks in India and recorded their experience. And then compressed it into six minutes of footage. The result? Too much beauty to handle. What a gorgeous country. Check out the video’s “about” section to read where the clips are recorded:
In the travel industry, agents are flocking to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and even Google+ as these channels become valuable ways to reach new prospective clients, and keep in touch with existing clients. There are likes, shares, fans, +1′s, followers…but what does it all mean? What’s valuable to our client relationships and marketing, and HOW valuable are each of these?
I’m going to use a metaphor we can all relate to: sex. Continue reading
For many U.S. and Canadian travel agents, destination weddings and honeymoons are big business:
- 350,000 destination weddings take place every year – they’re 24 percent of all weddings, in fact.
- More than half of those couples say they get outside help planning these trips.
- And, 86 percent of them still plan to talk honeymoons after their destination weddings.
To help more agents tap into this market, the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) will “soft launch” today, in preparation for a charter membership drive this spring (Feb. 1-April 30). Continue reading