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Can Nude Travel Increase the Bottom Line?

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Nude Travel Increases the Bottom Line There are 270 clubs and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico offering clothes free vacations of all kinds. And the American Association for Nude Recreation reports 213,000 members spending 400 million plus bucks on nude vacations. It’s a global industry. The Florida-based site is pretty savvy about its mission (“to responsibly enjoy nudity ... Read More »

Travel Gives Back: Sewing Machines for India’s Widows

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Please watch the Video PostCard: India, Widows and Sewing Machines here Monday, May 6, 2013 if you teach a woman to sew… by Oonaballoona here’s a little something that is actually in fact quite large.  if our corner of the blogisphere isn’t the right place to share it, i don’t know where is. 

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Even “Dear Abby” Says Don’t Leave Home Without Travel Insurance

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Even “Dear Abby” Says Don’t Leave Home Without Travel Insurance According to the travel insurance companies, you shouldn’t  leave home without travel insurance. And according to Dear Abby, you shouldn’t leave home without travel insurance. Why? Did you hear about the 62-year old grandfather who suffered a heart attack somewhere in the Mediterranean and needed emergency heart surgery? Or how ... Read More »

Clobbering the Klout Score

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Clobbering the Klout Score Imagine this scenario. You’re boarding your flight, and an announcement is made that there are three free upgrades to First Class. Free. For those whose Klout scores are 50 or higher. Or you complain to a company about some defect in their product, and you never get an answer. But other people do, you learn. Why? ... Read More »

Book Review: Hypertravel-100 Countries in Two Years

Book Review: Hypertravel-100 Countries in Two Years Hardie Karges has one self-professed goal in life: to see every country in the world. And he’s off to a grand start! His recently self-published book, Hypertravel -100 Countries in Two Years is less about Karges’  journey to most of the countries defined by the United Nations as countries, and more of a ... Read More »

How We Make Travel Decisions

How We Make Travel Decisions At some point or other someone is always gazing into a crystal ball predicting the future of the travel industry It’s understandable given the tremendous impact, say, mobile has had in the travel space, or the daily emergence of new sites that offer interesting new search processes. There are sophisticated strategies designed to reach the ... Read More »

When Did Travelers Become Transumers?

When Did Travelers Become Transumers? Get comfortable with the term “Transumer,” because you’ll be hearing it often. Correspondent Charlene Rook uses it in her informative articles in Sparksheet to refer to the flow of goods and services by savvy hospitality and travel marketers that follow a traveler wherever he or she may be in the travel cycle. In other words, ... Read More »

Billions Spent, But Are We Any Safer?

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Billions Spent, But Are We Any Safer? In its usual witty, acerbic but always readable content, Fastcompany.com  looks at the Transportation Security Administration’s huge expenditures on air travel since 9/11 in their efforts to keep us safe. How big is huge? Fifty-six plus billion dollars spent on schemes and strategies that more of ten than not fall flat or never ... Read More »

TripAdvisor Plot Thickens: Second Charges Filed

TripAdvisor Plot Thickens: Second Charges Filed The review giant seems reeling these days with legal and PR woes from all directions. In the latest plot development, Hotelmarketing.com  reports that a more serious complaint against TripAdvisor  has been lodged with the Advertising Standards Authority, the UK organization charged with regulating advertising across all media. The second probe, instigated by reputation management ... Read More »

Why Is Hotel Web Content so Boring?

Why Is Hotel Web Content so Boring? There was an interesting round table  discussion recently sponsored by visual content management powerhouse, VFM Leonardo . The basic question the panel was asked to consider was this: Why is hotel web site content so boring, and how can it be made more engaging for the traveler? It so happens, that the initial  ... Read More »

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