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How Not to Eat Like an Ugly American

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How Not to Eat Like an Ugly American: Or, How Best To Pass the Salt You’d think eating was risk-free, or at least faux pas free. It’s not Nor is travel, it seems. New Media Travel’s post How Not to Travel Like an Ugly American, highlights some of the cultural land mines that lie in wait for the unsuspecting traveler, ... Read More »

The Cross, The Crescent and The Sounds of Andalusia, Spain

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5_Audi___Spain Audio Travel Postcard: Andalusia, Spain   Please click the player above to travel to Andalusia via the Sounds of Spain This Spain Audio and Video Postcard takes travelers on a trip to Andalusia, Spain, to  Grenada and Seville, among the country’s most authentic cites The Postcards are a unique video travel experience, taking viewers through the exciting cities of ... Read More »

Wi-Fi, Yes. Talking to Co-Passengers, No

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Wi-Fi, Yes. Talking to Co-Passengers,  No And we told you so. In a New Media Travel article we discussed the low to-no threat that cell phones pose to navigation, and why some many airlines like Emirates are permitting cell phone use in flight. US-based airlines don’t. But we also said most passengers don’t actually want to talk in the air. ... Read More »

Teen Travel Bloggers Win Big

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Teen Travel Bloggers Win Big In an example of great partnering, Family Travel Forum (FTF) and the Society of  American  of Travel Writers teamed up to work with and announce the lucky Bloggers who earned the 2012 Teen Travel Writing Scholarships, awarded by both of these respected, professional travel content organizations. The fierce competition attracted more than 6,300 students ages ... Read More »

Are Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity Becoming Extinct?

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Are Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity Becoming Extinct? With Priceline’s recent purchase of price comparison engine, Kayak, for $1.8 billion in a cash-and-stock deal, the question,  will Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline  and Travelocity be around in five years, could either be exceptionally relevant or exceptionally irrelevant. But it’s a fascinating question, and Hotelmarketing.com  was bold enough to ask it. Their disclaimer was ... Read More »

Family Travel Bloggers Unite Again: This Time, Dallas

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Family Travel Bloggers Unite Again: This Time, Dallas (Kyle McCarthy of Family Travel Forum contributed greatly to this report) Despite the flight disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, 75 travel professionals will convene at the second Family Travel Conference (FTCDallas) to be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel at the Convention Center Nov. 9-11, 2012. You may recall my New Media ... Read More »

Best Travel Deals to the USA

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Best Travel Deals to the USA Planning a Vacation in the USA is not easy  because the country is so vast and diverse, with its two coasts, the heartland mid-west, the south, and everything in between. So the cities and landscapes make the list of potential vacation options impossible to condense into a single list. From the sights, sounds and ... Read More »

Audio PostCard: Security Issues for Women Traveling Alone

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women traveling safely Please click the Audio Player above to hear the Audio PostCard on Women Traveling Alone Security Issues for Women Road Warriors Traveling Alone Hi. I’m Wendie Hansen at new media travel and today’s podcast is all about women traveling alone. First, We don’t like the image of the helpless woman or woman as victim. It’s wrong and ... Read More »

Companies Use Social Media to Stress Brands, Not Customer Service

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Companies Stress Brands, Not Customer Service You can’t blame travel suppliers and companies for their myopia. For all too many years they’ve had a Pavlovian response to their brands: promote them, and get around to taking care of customers later. Or maybe never. In spite of all the brouhaha that suggested social media is the way to connect with and ... Read More »

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