Sunday Stories for March 2nd, 2014

Sunday Stories for March 2nd, 2014Sunday Stories for March 2nd, 2014

It’s been a busy week. Two full days of networking meetings at GoWest Summit, this year held nearby in Tacoma, a day trip to Las Vegas to visit some friends, and putting the finishing touches on the cold and respiratory problem that’s been going around.

GoWest Tacoma meeting room

As a result, I just didn’t get to as much reading and surfing the web as usual. But what I did find is good stuff – so enjoy, and I’ll have more next Sunday.

Pop on over and read these stories, and please leave a comment – here and there – if you find something you enjoy.

Best Rate Guarantees – Are major hotels chains cheating on their marketing promise?

If you’ve booked a hotel recently, you’ve no doubt seen the promise that you’re getting the best rate to be found. But is that true? To be honest, I never check around to see, I just find a price that I can live with and book it. But this writer says some hotel chains aren’t living up to their promise. Take a read a see what you think.

Best Rate Guarantees are a major ‘selling tool’ for hotel chains to get customers to their hotel website. It gives customers the peace of mind that they can’t get a better price on another website. But some hotel chains continually refuse to stand by their own guarantees.

When a Crazy Idea Becomes a Beautiful Reality

I’ve know C.C. Chapman for a couple of years now, having met at a TBEX event in 2012, and if there ever was a dreamer who could put things into action, it’s him. When I read his story about designing a beaded bracelet to honor a child he met while traveling in Ghana, I knew that I wanted to buy one. Purchasing the Mercy bracelet is a simple way to honor the life of a special 13 year old and to help children in Ghana.

As you know, when I was in Ghana my life was changed by a little girl named Mercy. Her thirteen years on this earth were not easy ones and sadly she is no longer with us. Before she passed away, I always dreamed I’d find a way to help make sure her future was brighter and I was never given the chance.

Sarah Silverman and the Art of the Non-Dirty Joke

I’m not a joke teller, but I recognize and appreciate a well crafted joke or story. This dissection of how Sarah Silverman crafts jokes has lessons that are easily applicable to other business and personal settings. See if you pick up something for your next presentation or cocktail conversation.

Sarah Silverman is known for a cute look juxtaposed with shocking jokes. Silverman has earned both halves of that reputation. She has been and continues to be adorable, and she writes many jokes that are dirty. . .dangerous. . . and dirty-dangerous.

Man Builds Fairy Tale Home for His Family – For Only £3,000

It’s certainly unusual, and I’m not sure I’d want to live in this. But I would definitely love to take a little tour. Would you?

Simon Dale is a family man in Wales, the western part of Great Britain. His interest in self-sustainability and an ecological awareness led him to dig out and build his own home—one of the loveliest, warmest, most inviting dwellings you could ever imagine. And it cost him only £3,000, about $4,700 American dollars!



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 Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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