MJ’s Travel Favorites 11-29-09

It’s been a busy Thanksgiving week, and although I haven’t been traveling, I’ve followed with interest all the travel news going on.  I hope you’ll settle in for a few good travel reads, enjoying some of the best posts that I’ve seen this week.

  • airport The Gypsy’s Guide reminds of all the great public art that can be seen in airports.  How many times have you dashed through, never paying attention to what’s around you.
  • Ciao Bambino debates the child car seat issue – take with or get there.  This good review of the pros and cons should help you make your decision.
  • PlanetEye Traveler – Adventure Travel offers a good primer on etiquette when visiting a mosque.  Following these suggestions will make for a hassle-free experience.
  • USA Today’s Today in the Sky reports that a woman called in a bomb hoax to delay a flight so that her boss would make it.  There were additional consequences – go figure!
  • Brilliant Tips takes us to the Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali.  This popular attraction, a jungle in the middle of the city, is both a nature reserve and a temple complex.
  • Sharing Travel Experiences had me drooling with a great look at food in Madrid.  Great food and great travel seem to go together.
  • PlanetEye Traveler – St. Petersburg tells us about a new hotel opening in St. Petersburg.  It may be part of a chain of hotels, but the Hotel Reva Sonya is sure to have its own quirky identity.  After all, it’s named after a prostitute made famous by Russian writer Dostoevsky.
  • Seattle Metblogs reports that Seattle mobile restaurant Marination, which serves up tasty Korean-Hawaiian food in my neck of the woods, was named best food cart in the country.
  • Gail at Large, a blog that I enjoy for its great photos, has a great shot of the arch from the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto.
  • Consumer Travel reminds us that passengers should be quiet so that others can hear the safety demonstration.  And that means even if you’re a pilot.
  • The Christian Science Monitor gives us a look at a “women only” hotel in Saudi Arabia, along with a discussion about whether this is a good thing (gives women options) or a bad thing (perpetuates the division of sexes).   Not as easy a question as it might seem.
  • PlanetEye Traveler – Kuala Lumpur wishes everyone a happy Eid al-Adha, and explains how this Muslin holiday is celebrated.

I recommend that you take a little time and visit these great travel bloggers, some of whom I’m sure you know, and some who I hope you will discover for the very first time.  And please take a moment to leave them a comment, and tell them MJ sent you.

Photo credit: SXC

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

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