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John decided he wanted to be in radio when he was 7 years old. His radio career began in 1955 and has seen him on both sides of the microphone. He got his first job in his native British Columbia, and moved on to Vancouver, Phoenix, San Diego and finally the Bay Area, where he worked at KPAT/KRE from 1965 to 1971.

John has been a travel and outdoor enthusiast all of his life and, in 1971, he left day-to-day radio to form a news bureau focusing on outdoor sports for 2,000 broadcast outlets. In 1974, he became a regular part of the KGO line-up with up-to-the-minute reports directly from the slopes. In 1987, he began hosting On The Go on KGO Radio.

During his years with KGO, he covered major stories including Pope John Paul’s visit, the Loma Prieta earthquake and the East Bay fire. His network reporting includes the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Lake Placid and Sarajevo, plus many World Cup and professional ski races.

In 1999, John sold his company, AMI News, and turned his full professional attention to KGO. He has won many broadcasting awards from professional associations including California Outdoor Writers, Pacific Inter-Club Yachting, U.S. Ski Journalists, North America Ski Journalists and the Society of American Travel Writers.

A graduate of the Broadcast School at New York University, John lives in the East Bay and has two sons and two grandchildren.

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REACH ON-THE-GO'S TRAVEL EXPERTS

Every Sunday morning from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., these three travel experts save On-The-Go listeners money. A lot of money. Each is an expert. Steward Chiron covers cruising, Larry Fishkin hotels and resorts, Tom Parsons airfares.

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ON THE GO WEBSITES OF INTEREST

While there are many, many Web sites offering travel services, these have been checked and in some cases are unique in what they do.

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OUTDOORS

Here are major sources of campgrounds and RV parks in government and privately managed facilities in California and throughout the country. Some are open all year, some are seasonal. The list includes access to reservation systems.

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Trevor Hewitt, On-The-Go Nightlife Reviewer

Trevor Hewitt, On-The-Go Nightlife Reviewer

Trevor Hewitt is a San Francisco Bay Area nightlife expert. Trevor has been working in the Bay Area nightlife industry for 13 years and is currently the CEO of Mixed Elements, Inc., MixedElements.com a Bay Area nightlife promotions and venue operations company producing over 150 nightlife events per year and handling marketing duties for 5 current nightlife venues.

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Barbara Treadwell's Favorite Food Finds

Barbara Treadwell's Favorite Food Finds

Each Sunday morning at 9:30 I’ll mention some of my Favorite Food Finds in San Francisco and the Bay area. You see, it’s all about the food for me. That’s why I say, “It’s not what’s hot, it’s what hits the spot!” Barbara Treadwell for “On the Go” with John Hamilton on KGO.

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Squaw Valley – Outdoor Magazine says #1 ski resort in North America. (8 in CA in top 40.)

Squaw Valley – Outdoor Magazine says #1 ski resort in North America. (8 in CA in top 40.)

It hosted the Olympic Games more than 50 years ago but Squaw Valley is still the reigning champion of American ski resorts. With 300 bluebird days and 450 inches of snowfall per year, it’s hard to catch a bad time here.

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Hotels & Tech -- Business travelers want more

Workers on the road love their mobile devices. But that doesn’t mean they’re opposed to less tech, either, given the right environment.

Business travelers aren’t messing around. According to a series of recent hotel studies, workers are heavy on the tech when traveling, but they’re still amenable to an occasional break.

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Coming to a hotel near you: Digital detox

More hotels are offering 'digital detox' holidays aimed at helping stressed consumers to relax and unwind - without the tyranny of texts and emails.

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Ten must-have travel gifts under $25 -- with free shipping

Ten must-have travel gifts under $25 -- with free shipping

Yes, the holidays are rolling around again, and you’ll need stocking stuffers for the kids, presents for friends and hostess gifts for all those parties. Here are some affordable suggestions for anyone who travels—whether to grandmother’s house or Bali—gathered by the TravelSmart Newsletter staff, who have tested them all. Note that shipping and gift cards are free, gift wrapping costs only $3, and all can be returned for a complete refund.

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Obama visit may spark Myanmar tourism boom

Obama visit may spark Myanmar tourism boom

Obama visit may spark Myanmar tourism boom This Monday, President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar (formerly Burma) in a state visit that he hopes will support the country's burgeoning democracy.

President Obama visited President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader who spent much of the past 20 years under house arrest for her pro-democratic activities.

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Monterey County Named 2013 Top North American Golf Destination by IAGTO

Monterey County Named 2013 Top North American Golf Destination by IAGTO

Monterey County Named 2013 Top North American Golf Destination by IAGTO Monterey County, California has been voted as 2013’s Top North American Golf Destination by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) at the IAGTO Annual Golf Travel Awards Ceremony in Algarve, Portugal on November 15, 2012.

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Travel gift ideas

Travel gift ideas

The holiday rush is right around the corner. But what do you get the traveler who has everything? Airfarewatchdog and Tingo have each revealed their picks for the season's must-have travel gadgets. Here's a taste of the lists:

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Truckee, Lake Tahoe -- Backcountry playground with adventures for everybody

Truckee, Lake Tahoe --  Backcountry playground with adventures for everybody

Truckee has always been known as a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors have been traveling to Truckee’s mountains seeking adventure and the opportunity to commune with nature for decades. With recent advances in equipment and avalanche predication the backcountry surrounding Truckee has opened itself up to a whole new audience. A unique industry centered around the backcountry experience has simultaneously sprung up in Truckee catering to backcountry enthusiasts.

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Popular Oxford Summer School Offers Varied Courses

Popular Oxford Summer School Offers Varied Courses

From The Beatles to Shakespeare, Henry VIII and Cotswold Towns What could be more enjoyable and more interesting than a one-week learning vacation next summer at England’s legendary Oxford University. The Oxford Experience is open to everyone and has no requirements, no exams and no papers. Participants live and study at Christ Church, one of the most prestigious and beautiful of Oxford colleges, and dine in the magnificent Hall made famous by the Harry Potter films. Though the college was founded by Cardinal Wolsey almost five centuries ago, the dorms are considerably younger and a new elevator to the Hall makes life easy for people with mobility problems.

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Smartphones -- We want them used for mobile flight-status self-boarding

TECH SAVVY PASSENGERS DEMAND MOBILE SELF-BOARDING

A “dramatic increase” in the number of passengers carrying smartphones is fuelling demand for self-boarding and flight updates on mobile devices. Travellers want more “stress busting” offerings which will reduce waiting times, the 2012 SITA/Air Transport World Passenger Self-Service Survey said.

Two thirds of passengers questioned use self-service check-in, up from half last year. While 90% of passengers said flight status updates and self-boarding were their number one most desired technologies.

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How about giving one of these trips as a gift

How about giving one of these trips as a gift

We are committed to making a difference to you and to the places we visit. We draw on our legacy of adventure, experience and knowledge, our commitment is to provide travelers with opportunities to participate in ecotours, which explore the world with a sense of discovery and wonder, and to preserve our environment for future generations. As we do so, we strive to create ecotours that are as enriching and memorable as they are comfortable and fun.

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Conde Nast Readers-choice-awards – here are the best of the best

Conde Nast Readers-choice-awards – here are the best of the best

Readers' Choice Awards 2012

Cities, Islands, Hotels, Resorts, Cruises, Airlines

Who but Condé Nast Traveler readers would have heard of, let alone traveled to, Bozcaada or Knysna? They're winners this year, and that is only part of what makes these Readers' Choice Awards so exceptional. Not just the numbers—although a record 46,476 readers participated.

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USA TODAY -- Which airline fees are worth paying extra money?

USA TODAY -- Which airline fees are worth paying extra money?

Which airline fees are worth paying extra money? At a time when a plane ticket gets you little more than a seat and a soda, the array of extras passengers can pay for is dizzying.

There's a fee to check your bags and another to be first on the plane. Video screens are just a seatback away, but you'll have to swipe your credit card if you actually want to be entertained. And you don't pay extra just when you fly. Surfing the Web while at a hotel can lead to an extra charge on your final bill.

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Award-inning filmaker, Ken Burns offers an 11-day cultural tour of the Mississippi River

Award-inning filmaker, Ken Burns offers an 11-day cultural tour of the Mississippi River

Award-inning filmaker, Ken Burns offers an 11-day cultural tour of the Mississippi River Tauck and the award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns have crafted a new 11-day cultural exploration of the Mississippi River that will launch early next year as part of the company’s “Ken Burns American Journeys” collection. The new “Life on the Mississippi” itinerary begins with an overnight stay in Memphis, followed by a 7-night Mississippi River cruise aboard the newly re-launched American Queen paddlewheel steamboat, and it concludes with a two-night stay in New Orleans. Along the way, guests will be treated to a number of unique cultural experiences and a diverse array of Tauck-exclusive shore excursions.

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Turkey -- Cappadocia, a destination that awes with how unique it is

Turkey -- Cappadocia, a destination that awes with how unique it is

Turkey -- Cappadocia, a destination that awes with how unique it is by Catherine Hickley, Bloomberg News.

Banish from your mind images of slimy walls and bat- infested gloom. The boutique hotels of Cappadocia in central Turkey are for the discerning would-be troglodyte. My cave at Alkabris hotel in the village of Ortahisar had heating, a chic bathroom, careful lighting and tasteful decor including mosaics crafted by our artist hostess.

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Paris -- The storied boutique hotel in Saint-Germain District

Paris -- The storied boutique hotel in Saint-Germain District

This design hotel is housed in a small 17th century building situated in a quiet street in the Saint-Germain des Prés area, in the heart of Paris.


The location of this unique and charming hotel is enhanced by the close proximity of antique shops, art galleries, fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafés, and major museums and monuments, the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame.

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Destination Britain event shows off "new" Stonehenge and other goodies

Destination Britain event shows off "new" Stonehenge and other goodies

This week's Destination Britain event held in New York showcased a wide range of new attractions, services and hospitality options designed to continue travelers love affair with the UK long after the Olympic glow is over.

TravelMole's table at the event was inundated with information on draws for 2014 including the announced "new" Stonehenge around November of next year. The prehistoric site has for some time been criticized for an outdated visitor center, proximity to a major highway and other distractions from the awesome site of these Druidic bolders.

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WOW...this is one awesome Web site

WOW...this is one awesome Web site

EarthCam.com is the premiere network of scenic webcams and offers a complete searchable database of interesting places and views from around the world. The award winning website (Webby Award Winner – Tourism) is viewed by fans in 192 countries and ranks among the top 1% of all websites. EarthCam.com is the world’s favorite webcam network and the EarthCam Network cameras have been seen on top news shows, including CNN’s Headline News.

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Tips for travelers by the author of Smart Packing for Today's Traveler

Tips for travelers by the author of Smart Packing for Today's Traveler

Hello Travelers,

Tips for Travelers is based on our personal travel experiences, as you will see when you read “Leslie’s Travel Nightmare – Appendicitis!” We can all learn from her misfortune and how well prepared she was.

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New York Times – Instead of a plane all the way consider including a train

New York Times – Instead of a plane all the way consider including a train

Air travelers in Canada, France, Germany and Spain may increasingly find that they are doing part of their journey on the ground, as airlines work with rail companies to sell tickets for combined trips.

Royal Jordanian Airlines passengers take a train to Ottawa from Montreal to make a connection.

William Agius, a lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and a frequent traveler, said he had booked tickets on Air France, Lufthansa and Swiss that included legs by rail.

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American is transforming itself into a premium airline

American is transforming itself into a premium airline

While the trend among US airlines has been to cut costs, American has done as much to make investments in their premium products as any US carrier — and has done so throughout their bankruptcy.

Now, many of the investments will take several years to come to fruition. But there’s little question that they are working to position themselves as a top end premium carrier worthy of the corporate contracts (where they already have an advantage) and paid high yield traffic (where there’s less competition among US airlines).

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What do flight attendents think of you, etc!

What do flight attendents think of you, etc!

(By George Hobica special to USA TODAY)

(George Hobica is the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com. Airfarewatchdog features the best airfares on thousands of routes verified by a team of expert fare analysts.)

I've been flying a lot lately, and since I'm an inquisitive sort, I've been chatting with flight attendants. Here are excerpts from their candid responses about doing the job in these trying times for the airline industry.

Question: What annoys you most about your job?

Answer: When passengers don't pay attention to us during the safety demo, it's both annoying and insulting. We know people fly a lot, but planes vary. When you have a newspaper in front of your face, it signals that you do not think this is important. Also, when passengers wear headphones while we're asking you what you want to drink and we have to repeat the question. Plus, if you keep them on, you end up screaming at us without realizing it. And you'd be shocked at how many people barely even look at me when I'm serving them. Did their parents not teach them to say please and thank you? And it never ceases to amaze me the number of passengers that prop their feet up on the bulkhead as if it were their ottoman at home. Your scuffed shoe marks and dirt from your shoes remain after you deplane. Oh, and why would people ever think it's OK to cut their fingernails or toenails on board an airplane?

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Do well-dressed fliers get more perks?

Do well-dressed fliers get more perks?

Do well-dressed fliers get more perks?

By Nati Harnik, AP

The next time you're vying for an upgrade, consider your clothing choices. There may be something to the adage, 'Dress to impress.'

When a friend of mine checked in for a recent flight from San Francisco to Vancouver, he was surprised that the Air Canada gate agent handed him a first class boarding pass. What was so unusual about this? Several things: He had bought an economy class ticket. He rarely flies on Air Canada and thus has no frequent-flier status on the airline. Even more unusual, the flight was half empty so this wasn't an oversell upgrade situation. So why the extra love?

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Do Hotels treat you differently when you're in a suit?

Do Hotels treat you differently when you're in a suit?

Will a hotel clerk be more likely to treat you like a VIP if you dress the part?

Many of you say absolutely - especially in business-oriented hotels in big cities.

"The dressed-up look makes a difference for sure," Hotel Check-In reader Ed Stewart writes on my Facebook page.

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The Nature Conservancy’s Top Ten Uniquely California Rivers

The Nature Conservancy’s Top Ten Uniquely California Rivers

Cool off Streamside This Summer (San Francisco, CA) – The Nature Conservancy released today their top ten Uniquely California Rivers list – those that have the highest number of freshwater plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. While the weather is nice, The Conservancy is encouraging people to grab their favorite outdoor gear and visit some of the most iconic and jaw-droppingly beautiful rivers that run through the Golden State.

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Carnival to expand deck chair hog program fleet-wide & a drink package

Carnival to expand deck chair hog program fleet-wide & a drink package

Carnival Cruise Lines plans to expand its program against deck chair hogs fleet-wide and also has extended its drink package test to a second ship. The Fun Ship line began a test program on Carnival Breeze a month ago designed to prevent passengers from reserving deck chairs, often by placing towels or books on them, and then not using them. The practice infuriates many cruisers, especially when deck chairs closest to the swimming pool are reserved but unused for hours. The expansion was revealed by Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald on his popular blog and was confirmed by Carnival’s public relations department. The company is still working out the timetable to add the program to the rest of the fleet.

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Cunard unveils world cruises for 2014

Cunard unveils world cruises for 2014

Cunard Line has set 2014 world cruise itineraries for its three Queen vessels that will allow passengers to buy segments for as short as 18 days on Queen Mary 2 or eight days on Queen Elizabeth. Queen Victoria will make 10 maiden port calls, including Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Moorea in French Polynesia in the course of a 116-day voyage that visits 40 ports in 19 countries. Queen Elizabeth has scheduled a first-ever visit to Japan, where it will make four maiden calls: Kochi, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagasaki. Overnight calls include San Francisco, Sidney and Singapore.

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Stay Healthy on a Plane

Stay Healthy on a Plane

by: Mandaar Gokhale, M.D. | from: Frommer's | Jan. 30, 2012 It’s not like you don’t already have a lot to deal with when you fly: delays, overbooked flights, TSA rules, snakes in the cabin — well, maybe not the last one. But flying is filled with inconveniences, expected and not. And, enclosed in a capsule at 35,000 feet, health concerns abound. With adequate knowledge and preparation, though, you can stay healthy on a plane. Stay healthy on a plane by stretching, even if you're seated. — Photo by Lluís Real/Age Fotostock First, know your limits: if you have a critical illness, are suffering from an active infection or have had recent surgery, you shouldn’t fly.

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Philanthropic adventure company offers 8-day surf trek in Peru

Philanthropic adventure company offers 8-day surf trek in Peru

Llama Expeditions, based in San Francisco (http://www.llamaexpeditions.com/) now takes surfing tourists to the perfect breaks of Peru in a program that also helps the inner-city kids of Lima achieve a better life. The company that has gained a reputation for llama trekking in Peru with a purpose has announced a custom eight-day program for small groups of six to 10 surf aficionados that visits Lima and the north coast of Peru, a region known for its perfect waves.

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Illness & injury: what every traveler should know

Illness & injury: what every traveler should know

-What happens if you become ill or have an accident while traveling? -What if you need medical attention but need to verify the hospital’s or doctor’s credentials? -Who will pick up the hotel bill if illness or quarantine prevents you from traveling home? -How do you negotiate care if you don’t speak the local language?

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Myths! -- You many have some wrong ideas about cruising

Myths! -- You many have some wrong ideas about cruising

You've been considering a cruise but want to know exactly what you are getting — and there is a lot of misinformation out there. So let's break down some of the biggest cruise myths. 1. The best deals are last-minute You'll see cheap last-minute prices for some itineraries — such as a week in the Caribbean for $499 — as cruise lines try to fill space that hasn't sold. But these fares aren't necessarily a good deal for several reasons, the biggest one being that the best cabins sell out first. A better tactic is to book an early-bird fare, six to 12 months out. This typically lops 25 to 50 percent off the brochure price.

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Mexico to offer 'unique access'

During Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, the country of Mexico had just won Virtuoso's 'Tourism Board of the Year.

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Funjet bets big on vacation charters

With its recent acquisition of Boston-based TNT Vacations, Funjet Vacations is expanding its charter vacation business to the East Coast, avowing its commitment to risk air regardless of, well, the risk.

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Check on delays, route & gate number at free app

Los Angeles Times article by Mary Forgione

Mobile travel application developer Mobiata last week upgraded a free app that gives travelers -- and those picking them up at the airport -- a handy way to access up-to-date flight details. On a smartphone or other mobile device, you can find departure and arrival times (including any delays), airport gate numbers, maps of the route your plane takes and baggage claim information too.

The deal: FlightTrack Free is available for Apple and Android devices. Mobiata says this revised application better integrates flight details with a map. The app provides information on more than 16,000 airports worldwide and 1,400 airlines.

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Brazil says 'Celebrate Life' in new ad campaign

Brazil says 'Celebrate Life' in new ad campaign

Brazil launched a new international tourism campaign at the London Film Museum this week.

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International airlines going to auctions to upgrade from coach to business-class

International airlines going to auctions to upgrade from coach to business-class

There's a new trend developing among many international airlines that appears to be gaining traction. Upgrading a coach ticket into business or first class generally requires a traveler to redeem miles or spend a fixed amount of cash determined by the airline. Elite frequent flyers also receive upgrades for free or by using certificates bestowed on them for their loyalty.

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Five Great California Wine Country Road Trips

Five Great California Wine Country Road Trips

You, friends and family, a convertible and the wide open California road. What could be a better combination? Pairing it with California wine country, of course! Because there are so many choices, California’s Wine Institute has developed five big road trip ideas to inspire wine lovers, giving them options to pick their favorites and set their pace. And speaking of pace, don’t forget to pace yourself when wine tasting (spitting is more than polite in wine country!) and have a designated driver.

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New faith-based travel white paper sees fund-raising cruise trend

New faith-based travel white paper sees fund-raising cruise trend

A new whitepaper on faith-based travel says one of the biggest trends in the niche market is fundraising faith cruising.

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Consumer Trends: Review websites. By Harvey Chipkin

Consumer Trends: Review websites. By Harvey Chipkin

When making travel plans, most say review websites do play a role.

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Cruise on a freighter? Why not!

Cruise on a freighter?  Why not!

CruiseOne franchise owner Steve Faber isn’t an authority on freighter cruises, but he plans to become one.

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Here are a few of the major Vacation By Rail trips for winter

Here are a few of the major Vacation By Rail trips for winter

Specialty travel company Vacations By Rail grows its winter product line with the addition of three new train vacations to the western U.S. and Canadian Rockies.

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Baby Boomers Have Been There, Done That – So What’s Next?

Baby Boomers Have Been There, Done That – So What’s Next?

There are approximately 1.6 billion baby boomers worldwide entering their senior years and reportedly they see travel as a necessity, not a luxury. Having already experienced a lifetime of vacations, these world-travellers are looking for something different. With a bit more money and time to spare, they are craving exotic and adventurous experiences that allow them to make a cultural connection. Volunteer vacations allow them to do just that, and give them the chance to impart their wealth of knowledge and guidance to those in need.

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Hawaii -- Here are a few examples of fun places to go and things to do

Hawaii -- Here are a few examples of fun places to go and things to do

Sometimes, you just can’t get away from a good ol’ juicy burger with fries, a plump hot dog, or hot slice of cheesy pizza. While these are definitely not hard to come by in the Hawaiian Islands, there are several restaurants that offer a special twist to these American staples. Treat your taste buds and enjoy the variety of ono (delicious) styles, flavors and recipes offered by these local establishments.

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Vacation with your kids on a farm – here's why

Vacation with your kids on a farm – here's why

Parents are finding a new way to get their kids to eat their vegetables... give them a farm stay vacation.

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15 Tips for Safe Travel with Pets, By Good Housekeeping

15 Tips for Safe Travel with Pets, By Good Housekeeping

We share so much of our lives with our pets that many of us wouldn't even consider taking a trip without them. But traveling with pets can be challenging and involves a good amount of planning ahead. Everything from choosing the right mode of transportation to deciding where to stay and what to do requires careful consideration. Here are 15 tips that will help ensure fun, safe vacation for the whole family.

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Special Report: The Changing Chinese Traveler for travel and leisure industries

Special Report: The Changing Chinese Traveler for travel and leisure industries

NOTE: while this information is of interest to the global travel and leisure industries, it is of particular interest to the Bay Area as a major tourist destination and as a gateway to the rest of North America.

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Great apps for traveling kids

Great apps for traveling kids

Whether a family road trip, a flight, or some other type of travel is in your near future, the right apps downloaded for your kids can help to make the trip go more smoothly. Here are a handful of great apps to keep your kids occupied, and several are even free.

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First tour company to pair helicopters, motorcycles for Grand Canyon experiences

First tour company to pair helicopters, motorcycles for Grand Canyon experiences

The Papillon Group will be offering adventure enthusiasts the opportunity to journey from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other via motorcycle and helicopter. Created exclusively by The Papillon Group, the world’s largest “flightseeing” company and in partnership with EagleRider, whose mission is to turn the dreams of adventure travelers into reality, the tours will be available via www.Papillon.com for guests of all ages.

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Sonoma's Food & Wine Trails announces their 2013 Wine Cruises

Sonoma's Food & Wine Trails announces their 2013 Wine Cruises

Eleven cruises will be hosted by California wineries and one hosted by arguably Italy's most famous winery.

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Italian Villa Rental Properties Designed for Families

Italian Villa Rental Properties Designed for Families

New packages offer activities and amenities for children traveling abroad

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"Customized” Italy small-group tours in biking, skiing, hiking/walking

"Customized” Italy small-group tours in biking, skiing, hiking/walking

Bespoke Tours Complemented with Culinary and Culture for Varied Budgets, Interests and Skill Levels

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Traveling on a budget? There’s an app for that! (Actually several)

Traveling on a budget? There’s an app for that! (Actually several)

It’s the classic conundrum of travel: when you have time to go, you don’t have the money. But, don’t let a shortage of cash hold you back from your next bit adventure. With the right apps on your phone, you can still hit the road without having to hitch a ride.

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Consumer Reports recommends these sunblocks as best

Consumer Reports recommends these sunblocks as best

Each of these has SPF30. Prices may be less than noted - All Terrain Aqua Sport $11 - Banana Boat Clear Ultra Mist Sport Performance $9.80 (Spray) - Coppertone Sport High Performance Ultra $10 (Sweat Proof Spray) - Eco All Natural Sunscreen Body $25

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Paso Robles wine country launches new online trip planner

Paso Robles wine country launches new online trip planner

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance announces the launch of their new Trip Planner on www.pasowine.com which gives the wine enthusiast power to create customized itineraries that highlight the region’s distinct offerings using web based technology. The Trip Planner makes it easy to search over 160 wineries and map out a wine tasting experience based on amenities, varietal, and the region’s award-winning wineries. The tool also incorporates the area’s hospitality assets including restaurants, accommodations, and tour companies; making it a complete visitor resource when planning a trip to Paso Robles Wine Country.

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You thought airline fees were already bad? They are getting worse.

You thought airline fees were already bad? They are getting worse.

The complexity of airlines fees may already make you angry: "#@$#%$%^" Mad, yes. Too bad. It"s getting worse. "In most cases, base airfares are defined differently among airlines and thus, have become meaningless. Robust price competition when it comes to ancillary fees does not exist," said Charlie Leocha, director, Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA).

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Viator says their shore excursions are cheaper than the cruise ship's.

Viator says their shore excursions are cheaper than the cruise ship's.

Viator, specializes in shore excursions and say they're cheaper than what cruise ships offer. You can compare here. Just for KGO listeners -- If you like what they offer, use this code, KGOVIATOR10 and get a 10 percent discount!

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Greece – Inspite of it's financial problems, tourism has bargains, big time

Greece – Inspite of it's financial problems, tourism has bargains, big time

Despite all of Greece"s problems, and various dire warnings, there has never been a better time to visit. Or so say some tourism officials such as Andreas Andreadis, president of SETE, Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.

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Wales launches 1400km coastal walk

Wales launches 1400km coastal walk

Wales has launched its world-first coastal walk to the international market but does not expect visitors to tramp around the entire 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) for 80 days.

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10 nights in Bhutan with Geringer Global

10 nights in Bhutan with Geringer Global

Geringer Global Travel is offering a customizable 10-night itinerary through Bhutan with departures available through the year. The plan, A Cultural Journey through Western Bhutan, is priced from $2,460 per person, double.

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Advance Planning Means Big Savings on Airport Parking

Advance Planning Means Big Savings on Airport Parking

Some travelers spend hours online to find a cheap air fare, then drive to the airport, follow a parking sign and pay whatever the ticket machine demands. Smart travelers, however, go to www.LongTermParking.com, a fast-and-easy web site that offers free reservations and savings up to 70% on airport parking.

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The 15 'Happiest Seaside Towns' in the USA

The 15 'Happiest Seaside Towns' in the USA

The list was compiled using a complicated formula involving editors' picks, the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, sunny days, beach quality, low crime, commute time, education of residents and other factors.

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Group travel to Cuba is a hot ticket

Group travel to Cuba is a hot ticket

The once forbidden destination of Cuba is becoming a major player in tourism. And Friendly Planet Travel is among US government approved tour operators.

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Hotel stays that range from the inspirational to the eccentric

Hotel stays that range from the inspirational to the eccentric

Small luxury Hotels of the World is touting its "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" that include crocodile pearl farming in Thailand and guest’s making their own beauty products in the Czech Republic.

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Palm Springs -- The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort package includes activities for everyone

Palm Springs -- The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort package includes activities for everyone

The resort’s team of navigators will suggest and organize new summer discoveries in the area such as Knotts Soak City, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and IMAX Theater or a morning excursion to the Living Desert or nighttime desert jeep tour.

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California coastal destinations from the Oregon border to the Mexican

California coastal destinations from the Oregon border to the Mexican

California coastal destinations from the Oregon border to the Mexican

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Airline reward programs get weird

Airline reward programs get weird

What do you want from your airline mile award program? How about a two-hour flight simulator experience for two people in Toronto (Air Canada) or how about 25 million points towards becoming an astronaut on Virgin Galatic?

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Homeric adds Israel-Greece combination

Homeric adds Israel-Greece combination

Prices begin at $1,875 per person for 10 day independent tour Israel and Greece – two countries rich in history – combine on a new 10-day Jerusalem, Athens and the Greek Isles itinerary from Homeric Tours. The company, which specializes in distinctive travel to Greece and the Mediterranean, offers regular departures through October 22, priced from $1,855 per person for August and mid-October departures.

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Yuupon.com says it's got the best online travel deals offering up to 60% off

Yuupon.com says it's got the best online travel deals offering up to 60% off

Yuupon.com says it is ushering in a "new era of online travel deals, replacing its former flash model with new flexibility and hundreds of additional bargain travel options" at up to 60% off.

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Lonely Planet Launches Country Guide Apps for iPhone and iPod touch

Lonely Planet Launches Country Guide Apps for iPhone and iPod touch

Lonely Planet is excited to announce a series of new country guide apps for the iPhone and iPod touch, available now on the App Store. Initially launching with Italy, Ireland, France, Spain, Australia and Costa Rica, Lonely Planet’s country guide apps are the first of their kind from an expert travel guide publisher.

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Sip, Savor and Sing at The Concerts at Wente Vineyards

Sip, Savor and Sing at The Concerts at Wente Vineyards

The Concerts at Wente Vineyards is proud to continue their tradition of summer concerts with a stellar line-up of acts for the 2012 season. As Northern California’s most unique concert experience, Wente Vineyards will host a summer of top name headliners in its spectacular vineyard setting.

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Central Coast -- Forbes Magazine calls it one of the prettiers towns in America

Central Coast -- Forbes Magazine calls it one of the prettiers towns in America

The small, vibrant city of San Luis Obispo, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s Central Coast, isn’t blushing about its newest accolade from Forbes Magazine calling it one of the “Prettiest Towns” in America. With rolling green hills and sprawling ocean views, San Luis Obispo’s beauty is a no-brainer.

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How happy are we in the United States?

How happy are we in the United States?

It's a question that economists and pollsters are asking all over the world, hoping to gain new insight into what brings us joy -- and why people answer differently in different countries.

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Before You Take That Cell Phone Abroad

Before You Take That Cell Phone Abroad

We think travelers (business and leisure types) are clueless when it comes to what it costs to use their mobile and smart phones, especially data, when they’re traveling out of country. But it’s not always their fault. It doesn’t help that telcoms use tricks like presenting fractions of a cent costs on a per KB basis, rather than per MB. So data in France from as LITTLE as 0.005c per KB is actually $5.12 per MB!! (right now begins peak international travel season, not to mention the Summer London Olympics ).

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Aboard the Disney Fantasy, whimsy and wonder to fill a week

Aboard the Disney Fantasy, whimsy and wonder to fill a week

Ask Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz what he likes best about the new Disney Fantasy and he’ll tell you, “The smiling faces of happy passengers.”

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U.S. space tourism set for takeoff by 2014, FAA says

U.S. space tourism set for takeoff by 2014, FAA says

Rocket planes and spaceships to carry passengers beyond the atmosphere, similar to the suborbital hops taken by Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and Virgil "Gus" Grissom in 1961, are being built and tested, with commercial flight services targeted to begin in 2013 or 2014.

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Vacation at a device-free beach at these resorts

Vacation at a device-free beach at these resorts

Elite Island Resorts is encouraging guests to free themselves while on vacation from cell phones and laptops by creating a device-free beach at their various resorts.

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Eight Ways to Scam-Proof Your Next Vacation Home Rental Transaction

Eight Ways to Scam-Proof Your Next Vacation Home Rental Transaction

It’s vacation planning season, so go ahead: book that fabulous beach house or cabin in the mountains. If you follow Christine Karpinski’s advice, you’re almost guaranteed not to fall victim to a vacation property rental scam.

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Gas prices rising, how about taking a vacation by rail?

Gas prices rising, how about taking a vacation by rail?

The steady rise in fuel prices sweeping the country is making travelers rethink their summer travel plans as they begin to consider the increased expenditure to trips by air and car. But don’t nix the summer vacation just yet. Turn the family road trip into the family rail trip!

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Partners main source of happiness around the globe: poll

Partners main source of happiness around the globe: poll

Nearly two-thirds of married couples and people with a significant other say their partner is the most important source of happiness in their lives, according to a new global poll released on Valentine's Day.

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Airline no-phones policy could become a thing of the past

Airline no-phones policy could become a thing of the past

Turning off electronic devices when boarding an airplane may soon be a thing of the past as the FAA is re-examining those ancient, sometimes abused and generally disliked rules.

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South Lake Tahoe Golf – top pros, top athletes plus assorted and sundry other celebs

South Lake Tahoe Golf – top pros, top athletes plus assorted and sundry other celebs

Where else have you seen the likes of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo and Ray Romano in the same place? No where but the American Century Championship (www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com).

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Survey Uncovers Dog Traveler Frustrations

Survey Uncovers Dog Traveler Frustrations

Eight out of ten people who bring their dogs along when they travel (dog travelers) find hotel policies and amenities important when selecting accommodations, according to a national study released by Destination Analysts and DogTrekker.com.

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Could collapsible luggage revolutionize industry?

Could collapsible luggage revolutionize industry?

Road Warrior Luggage, a division of Trunk & Trolley Inc., unveiled what it called its "revolutionary space-saving technology" with six foldable pieces at the Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas.

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Exclusive vacation package to view wild Beluga whales north of Artic Circle

Exclusive vacation package to view wild Beluga whales north of Artic Circle

“Mystic Week” Trip Scheduled July 20-27, 2012, to support beluga research and education. A unique, one-week travel offering to view wild beluga whales in their native habitat north of the Arctic Circle has been announced by Sea Research Foundation, parent of Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., in partnership with Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Cunningham Inlet in Nunavut, Canada.

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XL Airways France Announces New Summer Season Nonstop SFO-CDG Service

XL Airways France Announces New Summer Season Nonstop SFO-CDG Service

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is pleased to welcome XL Airways France -- http://www.xlairways.com/

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New App Aids Exploration of America’s National Parks

New App Aids Exploration of America’s National Parks

Planning a trip to a national park? Want to keep a “life list” of the parks you visit? Meet your new favorite app.

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Disabled travelers can now visit Italy's historic attractions in a unique wheelchair

Disabled travelers can now visit Italy's historic attractions in a unique wheelchair

Disabled travelers are now on “equal footing” with other travelers as they view all of Italy’s historic sites from a specially designed trekking-wheelchair, thanks to Rome and Italy Tourist Services. In this one-of-a-kind chair, offered only by “Rome and Italy Tourist Services,” visitors can experience every Italian archeological site no matter what the ground surface might be.

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Monterey -- Places to go and things to do

Monterey -- Places to go and things to do

A list of places to go and things to do in Monterey.

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Tauck's new river cruise has a French flavor

Tauck's new river cruise has a French flavor

Tauck is introducing a new river cruise on the Rhone that celebrates and explores the culinary traditions of France.

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Oriental Express – this famous rail excursions are pricy, but...

Oriental Express – this famous rail excursions are pricy, but...

Dream about traveling in true luxury while being surrounded by the timeless dramatic views of South East Asian landscape? Check off traveling on the famous Oriental Express off your bucket list – because now is the best time to go than ever before.

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Social media: not all it's cracked up to be for travelers

Social media: not all it's cracked up to be for travelers

With all the widespread hoopla over its fast-growing influence, those who dismiss social media might as well express heresy at a religious convention.

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Low hassle screening coming to 28 airports including SFO by the end 2012

Low hassle screening coming to 28 airports including SFO by the end 2012

A new passenger screening program to make check-in more convenient for certain travelers is being expanded to 28 more major U.S. airports, the government said Wednesday. There will be no cost to eligible passengers, who would no longer have to remove their shoes and belts before they board flights.

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'Spirited' response to new airline rules no surprise

'Spirited' response to new airline rules no surprise

If followers of airline carriers had to guess which one would be most outraged over what some are calling the "no surprise" new rules, they might guess Spirit. And they would be right.

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The number of al-inclusive resorts is growing

The number of al-inclusive resorts is growing

The company that started the trend towards all-inclusives is now turning its attention in a seemingly unlikely direction: upscale ski resorts. But that raises the question whether it will be smooth downhill racing for the former Club Med.

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Here's the "Rocky Mountain Explorer" 2012 Packages

Here's the "Rocky Mountain Explorer" 2012 Packages

Packages Include Accommodations, Breakfast and Lunch for Two, Park Admission, Field Seminars and Support for Rocky Mountain National Park Education Programs

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Galapagos -- Romancing, Mating and Marrying with Ecoventura on 7-Night Cruise

Galapagos -- Romancing, Mating and Marrying with Ecoventura on 7-Night Cruise

Ecoventura’s (http://www.ecoventura.com) environmentally friendly fleet of small expedition vessels in the Galapagos always wraps hospitality around its cruising guests and will host vows ceremonies for couples who have obtained legal paperwork in advance in Quito or Guayaquil.

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Maui, Hawaii, Napili Kai Beach Resort has 2012 specials

Maui, Hawaii, Napili Kai Beach Resort has  2012 specials

Napili Kai Beach Resort, a deluxe resort situated on ten beachfront acres on Maui’s crescent-shaped Napili Bay, is offering a variety of specials during its “Value Seasons” in 2012, including free nights and luggage fee reimbursement. The family-friendly 163-room resort is known for its spectacular beachfront location, relaxed ambiance, and value-oriented philosophy of "No nickel-and-diming our guests.”

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Hotel guests rate free Wi-Fi at top of amenity list

Hotel guests rate free Wi-Fi at top of amenity list

The latest survey proves what many have assumed for some time: Free Hotel Wi-Fi is at the top of the list when guests choose where they will stay.

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Romantic Sunset & Moonlight Adventures in Newport Beach, California

Romantic Sunset & Moonlight Adventures in Newport Beach, California

February is the month where Valentines far and near make a date for romance. Surprise the one you love with a dreamy sunset or moonlight adventure in Newport Beach where romance is in the air 360 days-a-year and some of the most amorous activities happen after sundown.

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Italy -- bike adventure that combines the countries finest wines and scenary

Italy -- bike adventure that combines the countries finest wines and scenary

Cyclists and wine aficionados can cycle through the Prosecco, Veneto and Trentino regions at their own pace on expertly guided, personalized bike tours.

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Groupon gets tested by journalist for its new travel offers

Groupon gets tested by journalist for its new travel offers

Others have done it before. So how is Groupon doing with online travel agency Expedia’s offering group travel discounts with savings of up to 60 percent? They were not the first to come up with the idea.

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The world's first truly tortuous cruise

The world's first truly tortuous cruise

Carnival next April will host what it is calling the first horror convention at sea. "The Tides of Torture" cruise will feature stars from more than a half dozen "slasher" movies that include "Friday the 13th" and "Zombie’s Halloween."

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Travel tips for 2012

Travel tips for 2012

2012 is already shaping up to be a year when travelers will be seeking to maximize their money with gateway destinations, mini-upgrades and combine adventure with altruism. That's why online travel adviser Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) has come up with its top five travel trend predictions for 2012.

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Red Mangrove Lodges now largest producer of PADI dive certifications in the Galapagos

Red Mangrove Lodges now largest producer of PADI dive certifications in the Galapagos

Red Mangrove Galapagos and Ecuador Lodges http://www.redmangrove.com/, the region’s leading hospitality company for active adventure, suggests that recreational divers, novice to expert, consider Darwin’s magical archipelago as the destination for a wide variety of official PADI dive certification programs.

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Vacations By Rail -- 20 new rail tours for 2012

Vacations By Rail -- 20 new rail tours for 2012

Vacations By Rail kicks off the New Year with the addition of 20 new rail tours to its collection of worldwide train vacations. New tours range from 8 to 16 days and visit popular destinations and annual events throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

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