Surprised to learn that The New York Times after 17 years is no longer the sponsor of this iconic travel show that is so much a part of the industry. A sign of how the global pandemic has impacted the travel industry faced with back-to-back years of a downturn economy trying to recover. No surprise that the show has plenty of sponsors who want to carry on with what attracts over 30,000 attendees every year. This year’s show was scheduled in March instead of January when folks generally are planning their travels. Needless to say, COVID has broken many routines in our lives that we are adjusting to with more to come. …
It’s going on four years since we all heard the devastating news of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide. So many of us who watched Anthony’s show inspired by his unique talents and love of travel would have never guessed that he was that unhappy and in that much pain. Director Morgan Neville helps us understand the uniqueness of this amazing storyteller and how things began to spiral out of control. How fame, money and freedom for some folks can be unmanageable, overly consuming and a path toward darkness.
Now that Omicron it’s on its way out, countries are loosening their travel restrictions as they gradually recover from the pandemic. For some countries, tourism represents over 30% of their gross domestic product. Commercial ads are working overtime to incite you to book something soon. How about Greece? In 2018, I went island-hopping to four of Greece’s majestic islands. Frankly, I yearn to go back and visit the ones I missed. Are you itching to travel this spring and summer? If so, here are my picks with tips and photos to hopefully inspire you to GO (this year or any year).
January is practically gone and COVID is still dominating the news and affecting our plans to resume a normal life. Omicron, while slightly peaking in some states and countries, has limited all forms of travel both domestically and internationally with new confusing restrictions. We are all itching to jump on a plane to leave behind our homes and away from freezing weather. In the northeast, we have been consistently experiencing below 20-degree temperatures. The month of February can be just as tough, causing cabin fever among many of us who yearn for a warm, breezy sunset on a beach…
Last leg of a 10-day road trip through California coastline arriving at the state’s most quintessential city.
Next and final stop is the quintessential city of San Francisco. A city where the contrast between the rich and the poor is exacerbated by the growing housing crisis and, more recently, the pandemic. Yet it is a romantically alluring city with so many distinctive iconic landmarks to revel in. There is so much to see when visiting this city, beginning with the Golden Gate Bridge to the popular Alcatraz Island. The architecture of the city is just truly exquisite, stylish and diverse. It represents a combination of Victorian homes of every type from gorgeous Queen Anne styles to Gothic and Tudor Rival structures, including some very cool contemporary modern architecture.
Third leg of a 10-day road trip through the California coastline exploring this country’s most beautiful wine scenery from Mendocino to Sonoma to Napa Valley, known worldwide as US premier wine-growing region. Leaving Fort Bragg away from the coastline, going south, the landscape drastically changes from that of just miles of astonishing redwoods to thousands of acres of vineyards on rolling hills. These vineyards are nicely organized in rows spread out over the mountainous terrain. Once you leave Mendocino County and enter Sonoma County, the landscape intensifies with miles of farms and vineyards adorned with beautiful Spanish and Mediterranean architecture designed for outdoor living and farm-to-table eating.
The second leg of a 10-day road trip in Northern California through Mendocino County but not before experiencing the ruggedness of Northern California mountains and volcanic geography. We became slightly confused as we drove through roads less traveled, surrounded by thick woods and soaring mountains with very few homes or humans to see……
After the cancellation of my flight on the morning I was to arrive at Eureka (American Airlines sucks), I quickly had to rethink my travel plans and switch airlines pushing me back at least 6 hours to make it to San Francisco and take the last plane leaving for Humboldt County airport. Once in San Francisco, I met up with a friend to begin the first half of a bucket list road trip through the coastline of California…..
If you are planning to travel domestically or internationally, there are a number of essential items that will make your trips stress-free, worry- free and enjoyable. Whether you are on a two or eight-hour plane ride, endlessly waiting at the airport, relaxing at the hotel and finally hanging out at the beach, pool or the bar we all need special travel gear to get through the days and the week. Here is my list of travel essentials in time for planning your next trip…….
Itching to travel but not quite ready to head out internationally, I decided to travel domestically and check off a long-desired bucket list trip. I have visited California many times over the last 30+ years, mostly short business and leisure trips, however nothing as lengthy as a road trip through the northern and southern California coastline. Check out what this journey is all about….