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Founder of Visual Itineraries, Michael lives in Portland, Oregon.

Overwater Bungalows – not just in Tahiti

When you think of overwater bungalows, you (like most people on the planet) probably think immediately of Tahiti.

In fact, they’re not really a native Polynesian thing–they were invented by the Bali Hai Boys, Kelly, Muck and Jay, who came to Tahiti from California several decades ago.

Coconuts Beach Club Resort, Samoa

Coconuts Beach Club Resort, Samoa

Although they’ve become wildly popular in French Polynesia, they’ve also been built all over the world–most notably in the Maldives.
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Another reason to go to New Zealand

…to see the dance of the morepork owl!

Yes, it’s really called that…this isn’t another “better with bacon” joke. The owl is also known as the Tasmanian Spotted Owl, and it’s found in New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, and few other places. H/T to wimp.com for finding this gem of a video.

This particular owl was helped by the New Zealand Bird Rescue organization. This baby owl was brought to the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust’s Green Bay Hospital in Auckland when he was one-year-old.

How Social Media is Like Sex

How social media is like sexIn 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?

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