Some of the coolest hotel designs in the world

Found a terrific article on Hative (a design and inspiration blog) with photos of some amazing hotel architecture. Pictured here is the Ocean Flower in the Maldives, which apparently is for sale:

The Ocean Flower, Maldives

Other properties featured include the nearly-invisible Mirror Cube house in a forest in Sweden, Hapuku Lodge treehouses in Kaikoura, New Zealand, the Bubble Hotel in France, the Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji (not yet open), Ubud Hanging Gardens hotel in Bali, and Loisaba in Kenya (where I had the pleasure of staying in 2005). Here’s one of my photos from Loisaba:

Loisaba Star Beds, Kenya

Loisaba Star Beds, Kenya

Internet Travel Leads – Best Practices

Yesterday I did an hour-long webinar for members of the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) on best practices for travel agents for working with internet leads (as opposed to brick and mortar walk-in clients, referrals, repeat clients, etc.). Essentially I shared what we’d learned about how travelers shop on the internet, how they tend to work with agents and OTAs, common misconceptions they have about working with travel agents, and statistics on what works and what doesn’t, gained from my experiences with both Visual Itineraries and TheBigDay Honeymoon Registry (which I co-founded in 2001). Continue reading

Does Spirit Airline’s $69 Promotion Suck?

Spirit Airlines is making headlines for its, um, unconventional advertising. The most recent of their shenanigans? Their $69 roundtrip promotion. The deal is…for $69, you get to go both ways. (wink.) Things take an even more juvenile downturn when they capitalize on the word cockpit and claim that they’re in an “even better position to get you where you’re going.” In my opinion, they could have just spelled out synonyms of “SEX” all over the ad for a similarly heavy–handed (–tongued?) approach.
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14 Tips for a Fool-proof Honeymoon

Marcia Miller and camels

The writer, Marcia Miller, hangs out with her favorite camel pals.

If you happen to be getting hitched during the “prime time” of the upcoming summer months, that means your honeymoon isn’t too far away! Your honeymoon is a wonderful extension of your wedding. Every wedding seems to have a glitch you talk about for the rest of your life, but you want your honeymoon to be perfect. Whether you have traveled together before or this is your first adventure, here are the tips to smooth the road and take it up a notch. After all, this is the beginning of your life together. Continue reading

Diving and snorkeling in the Seychelles

The Seychelles has a special place in my heart–I went there on my honeymoon in 2005, visiting Mahé, Praslin, and Desroches islands. Fabulous destination, especially if you’re a scuba diver, like me. Biggest, densest schools of fish I’ve seen anywhere, and I’ve gone diving all over the world. Tons of octopus too, which is pretty cool–I saw 8 in one dive alone. Continue reading

This Is Not a Drill: Expedia Swallows Orbitz Too

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HAPPY HUMP DAY EVERYONE! Great news from the travel industry. Remember when we talked about Expedia buying out Travelocity, effectively reducing the entire US online travel industry to three companies? (And why that was such a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea?) In case you heard that and were like, “Why, three companies? For all of the good ol’ US of A? That’s simply too many!”, then YOU’RE IN LUCK! Because… (drum roll please…) Continue reading

RIP Travelocity (And What It Means For You)

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.)

Orca Whale

This seemed relevant.

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