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The Travel Agent is Dead. Long Live the Travel Agent!

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The Travel  Agent is Dead. Long Live the Travel Agent! Today’s travel agent is more akin to an advisor or consultant than the booking agent of the past. Makes sense. If you wanted to travel  say to the mountain village of Chefchaouen,  Morocco, in the Riff Mountains (enjoy the blue houses and weavers), then wanted to spend a few nights ... Read More »

Are Travel Writers Becoming Extinct?

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Are Travel Writers Becoming Extinct? Yes, if all they write about are places they travel to.  It seems the traveling public is more interested these days in travel ideas, trends, travel news and technology, than destinations. Travel writers love to travel. That’s why most of them are in the business. But it that the right reason? I don’t think so. ... Read More »

Who Writes Hotel Reviews Anyway: The Demographics of Reviews and Reviewers

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Who Writes Hotel Reviews Anyway: The Demographics of Reviews and Reviewers Reviews are critical to the hotel industry’s success. In fact, they’re critical to just about any business, but hotels are especially vulnerable because a hotel stay is a big emotional and financial investment, and travelers want to get it right. So they read many hotel reviews, and read them ... Read More »

B and B’s Fight Fierce Doily Wars. Take No Prisoners

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B and B’s Fight Fierce Doily Wars. Take No Prisoners By Marti Mayne The B&B industry is out to bust some myths, and are taking advantage of the election-year thinking to do it. With a totally tongue-in-cheek approach, it’s poking fun at the very symbol that has haunted them for years: the doily. According to research conducted by the Professional ... Read More »

Is The Travel Channel’s Programming Insulting?

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Is The Travel Channel’s Programming Insulting? The New York Times thinks so. In a wry and cutting article, “Vacations To Steam All Couch Potatoes,”  television columnist, Neil Genzlinger throws darts at The Travel Channel for programming that shows elite travelers having the kind of fun in places you and I can only dream going to, if that. Genzlinger says instead ... Read More »

You Are a Target for Identity Theft. Really.

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You Are a Target for Identity Theft. Really. Summer time and the living may be easy, but summer time is prime time for identity theft, says security expert, Alan Wlasuk.  He’s managing partner of 403 Web Security,  a company committed to evaluating and eliminating website security risks. Likely, 140 million Americans will travel this summer, and Wlasuk’s company says while ... Read More »

Review Sites Get Poor Grades

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Review Sites Get Poor Grades KwikChex, the reputation management and consumer-reassurance site, has published its first ratings of the top travel reviews sites. Each site has been awarded a star rating according to a KwikChex analysis of reliability factors. Remarkably, no site has been awarded the top 5 stars at present, but several, such as Booking.com and Expedia have been ... Read More »

The Land of Poets and Warriors: Isle of Skye

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The Land of Poets and Warriors: Scotland’s Isle of Skye “So where in Scotland are you going?” a British colleague asked over lunch. “Edinburgh? Glasgow?” “Isle of Skye,” I said. “Ah, the Scottish Highlands,” he sighed. Leaned back and said, slowly, “We always think of Skye as a spiritual place. I really envy you.” It was only after we boarded ... Read More »

Hostels Grow Up, Become Cool Places to Stay

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Hostels Grow Up, Become Cool Places to Stay Not so very long ago, hostels were the only place to stay when traveling, especially when traveling in Europe. While they were cheap and easy to find, it’s still pretty difficult to romanticize the hostels of our youth. They were usually nondescript , though some were in old chateaus or manor houses, ... Read More »

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