MJ’s Travel Favorites 11-8-09

MJ’s Travel Favorites 11-8-09

I’m off to Houston today, a city that I have yet to visit, so it’s sure to be a fun trip.  I always love going somewhere that I’ve never been!

Here are some travel posts from this past week to keep you busy reading while I’m busy traveling.  Please take a read, as I hope you’ll find something to interest you, and please leave a comment and tell them that MJ sent you.

Remember your first airplane ride?

Remember your first airplane ride?

  • Galley Gossip over at Gadling shares a great story of a young man’s first flight.  These are the kinds of things that Flight Attendants do all the time, but no one every hears about it.
  • New York Times Travel describes some of the new bars in Singapore.
  • PlanetEye Traveler – London provides a great description of the Lord Mayor’s Show and where to get in on the action.  Almost as much fun as a Presidential inauguration.
  • Vagabondish has a review of a floating B&B in Martha’s Vineyard.  As a fan of unusual accommodations, this sounds a bit different, while still providing a little luxury.
  • Intelligent Travel has even more quirky hotels, teasing me with their roundup.  I’m putting a yurt on the list when the weather gets a little nicer.
  • Travellious blogger Kelly provokes both my sympathy and jealousy as she transit Charles de Gaulle airport en route to Italy.
  • Italy MONDO, since we were just speaking of Italy, takes us on the journey from olives to olive oil.  It’s a complicated process, but how grateful I am for the end result.
  • PlanetEye Traveler – Las Vegas has a review of the Smother’s Brothers show.  It’s interesting to learn how their message has (and hasn’t) changed over the years.  Hard to believe these guys were a target of the censors.
  • Decanterberry Tales shares a video showing us how to open a bottle of wine without an opener.  Haven’t we all been caught without a corkscrew?  (I’d love to know if anyone has actually tried this method.)
  • Gadling reminds of us why everyone gets screened at airport security checkpoints – even the seemingly unlikely.
  • Heather on her Travels has a nice profile, with accompanying photos, of nightlife in Beirut.
  • Grinding has a funny flow chart of the decision process for buying a new gadget.  Since I’m always on the lookout for what’s new and what I have to have, this tickled my funny bone.
  • Globe & Mail Travel profiles road warriors who are making Vancouver to London (round trip) flights without booking a hotel.  The ultimate single-day business trip.
  • PlanetEye Traveler – Washington DC explains curling, just in time to be a primer for the winter Olympics.  Lots of leagues available, even for beginners.
  • Girl on the Go gives tip for avoiding fake jewelry scams in Santa Fe, and where to find the real stuff.

That’s it for today.  Enjoy your weekend, and be sure to check back next Sunday for more of my travel favorites.

Photo credit: Mary Jo Manzanares

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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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