Sunday Stories for April 20th, 2014

It’s been a busy three weeks of travel, with trips to San Francisco, Chicago, and this past week, to Athens, Greece. It was my first visit to Athens, a chance to add a new country to my countries visited list, but it was also a site visit for TBEX Athens (October 23-25, 2014) and a chance to spend some time with some wonderful travel bloggers in the TBEX community.

My return to the U.S. was also my first opportunity to take advantage of my Global Entry status. Best thing since sliced bread, I tell ya. Best thing. There was no one ahead of me in line at the kiosk, and even though it took me a bit longer to figure it out (first time and all), I was through in a couple of minutes and off to baggage claim. If you do any amount of international travel, check out Global Entry now.

Tips on How You Can Save Money on Your Next International Trip

Since I’ve just suffered from the Euro to Dollar valuation, this story was a great reminder that there are ways to save without sacrificing a wonderful time. It’s all about value – or value luxury – and saving where it doesn’t matter so you can splurge where it does. I think you’ll get some good ideas, as well as a few reminders, here.

This year I’ve been trying to cut back on my expenses when traveling. No, that doesn’t mean traveling on Spirit airlines and staying in hostels. I’m talking about expenses during traveling after you’ve booked your hotel and airfare. Here are some tips on how you can save money on your next international trip.

You’re a Stranger Too? Have Some Soup.

Last week was Passover. I’m sure I learned the religious and historical importance of the holiday back in college, both through a comparative religion class and through an orthodox friend. But decades have flown by and my memories have faded., and I’m not sure if I ever undersood the emotional part of Passover. That’s part of the reason why I liked this essay from a friend who identifies as Jewish but not religious. I think you’ll like it too.

At Passover we invite in complete strangers, we’re are dying to feed them and tell them our story. It’s not just our “irrational bonds of memory,” it’s also in the story itself.

How to Dye All-Natural Easter Eggs

From Passover to Easter. It might be a tad late for this year, but why not make eggs fun all year round. Color them for a birthday, to match home decor, or to coordinate for other special events. With this non-toxic coloring alternative, you can just make colored eggs for breakfast.

Using vegetables, fruits, herbs, and juices to dye your eggs is a fun adventure in kitchen chemistry–and a way to avoid having synthetic dyes in close contact with your food. After you’ve used natural dyes, you’ll find the inside of your eggs completely untouched and practically begging to be turned into deviled eggs.

Teens threatening airlines on Twitter is now a thing

This may be a “thing”, but it’s a very, very, bad thing. There used to be signs at airport security warning you not to make jokes about things like bombs, weapons, and hijacking. The signs could still be there, I’m not sure. I never understood why people would think those type of jokes are funny; they aren’t. But now the stupid “humor” (and I do use that term loosely) has moved to Twitter. And it still isn’t funny. Let’s stop this “thing” right now.

Fresh off the revelation that yes, anyone can tweet a bomb threat to an airline and yes, it will piss off authorities, copycat tweeters are now pranking them in droves.

Read original article here: Teens threatening airlines on Twitter is now a thing

Five Strategies for Discovering a New City

We’ve all had that moment in a strange city where we ask ourselves, “now what?” Leah has some suggestions that can help you navigate that new destination with ease, and have fun while doing it. See if you pick up any ideas for your next trip.

You see, I think travel is like perfume—personal and very difficult to choose for someone else. We all have our own preferences, interests, priorities, and budgets, so what constitutes my ideal trip might be torturous or inconceivable for someone else.

5 Tips to Optimize Your New Twitter Profile

I haven’t been upgraded to the new Twitter profile yet, but can’t wait to see what it looks like. These tips can help a business learn how to make the best use of the new profile.

Change is coming to your Twitter profile. Big, beautiful change. Twitter is currently rolling out a profile redesign to all users, a redesign that puts an even greater emphasis on the great Twitter content that you share and one that provides some bonus opportunities to make a branding splash.


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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