Sunday Stories for December 1st, 2013

Sunday Stories for December 1st, 2013Sunday Stories for December 1st, 2013

I hope you’ve been enjoying the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It was a quiet time for me, a non-traditional dinner at home (no turkey), a James Bond marathon on television, some time with a good book, and hours of non-business related surfing the web. Sheer bliss! And a nice respite before jetting off to Hawaii this morning.

Hope you enjoy today’s recommended reading, and I hope you’ll take the time to click through and read the entire original article. Leave a comment for them, and here, too, for that matter. Let me know if you enjoy this eclectic round up of reading each week.

red wine tasting

The Type of Wine You Are According to Your Myers-Briggs Profile

I love my wine. I’m not a snob about it, I have no education about wine other than a voyage of self discovery, but I’m grown to love the pairing of just the right wine with my meal. It’s an art, I believe. As far as my personal tastes run, I am partial to the big, powerful tasting reds. So, of course, when I saw this fun little promotion matching up Myers-Briggs profiles with wine types, I had to run to check it out. Turns out my personal taste matches up with my personality type, it says I’m a Nebbiolo. It’s a fun little exercise, give it a try and let me know what you are.

We were actually disappointed to discover that despite the variety of profile charts out there, there wasn’t one for wine. So the team at Vinolovers decided to remedy this by creating our very own wine chart specific to your Myers-Briggs profile because whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, at the end of the day we’re all vinolovers.

Read original article here: The Type of Wine You Are According to Your Myers-Briggs Profile

Just what the f&#^ is a “real man”?

Whether you’re raising kids yourself, or just have the opportunity to be of influence upon them, this article is worth a read. Talon used to live in this neck of the woods and I wish I had known him them. He sounds like a great dad, one who is doing everything he can to raise a son to be a fine citizen of the world.

Earlier this week, I read an article on a blog that struck a nerve with me. It was a list of things dads should teach their sons. It had been written by a woman and set out to at least partially redefine what a “real man” should be. For the most part, it was well done, but some of the points she raised bothered me. I guess I have a different take on the whole discussion. And, frankly, the whole topic really just kind of irritates me.

7 Ways to Build Your Brand- Breaking Bad Style

I don’t know if I really love this article, or if I’m still so enamored with Breaking Bad (I was late to the fan club) that I’m wrapped up in everything that relates to the show. Still, I liked these analogies and think you might as well. Just channel your own Heisenberg.

Now I am guessing you have no desire to sell Crystal Meth. Nonetheless, there are valuable takeaways from Walter’s rise to the top of his industry that we can all learn from to build our business.

A Paris neighborhood

A Paris neighborhood

New Paris to Barcelona High-Speed Rail Line Takes on Planes

There’s no denying the annoyances of air travel. From the time needed to get to the airport, check in, allowing plenty of time for security screening and then getting to your gate, it all adds up to hours and you haven’t gotten on a plane yet. That what makes this high speed rail service so appealing. I think it might just equal out to the same amount of time out of my day, and relaxing on a train and watching lovely scenery is a great way to travel. What do you think? Would you go by rail or plane?

The new service gives passengers the chance to travel from Paris to Barcelona within 6 hours, 25 minutes, or to Girona within 5 hours and 50 minutes. The route makes it possible to do these journeys without the need to change in Figueres. Those who start their trip in London St Pancras will be able to leave London at 9.31 and arrive ten hours, 9 minutes later in Barcelona.

Will airlines need to install “Phone Booths of Silence?”

I think this debate will be raging for awhile. I remember when there were phones in the seat backs of airplanes. Occasionally you’d get someone using it, but it was pretty brief because the prices were expensive. Is that what will happen with personal cell use, if allowed? Quick calls, important enough to justify the high cost of the coverage? Or will the price point be low enough to create all chatter, all the time? What do you think?

If the cellphone ban is ended, I’m concerned how the airlines would implement voice call services; especially since these services could be a new profit center for them. Cell phone voice services on aircraft have the potential to create an cacophony of phone calls in already noisy aircraft cabins, lasting for each flight’s duration.

The latest travel marketing craze: Unmarried aunts who want to spoil other people’s kids

So. . . perhaps this one hit a little close to home. There are lots of variations on this theme and travel businesses may now be targeting you with their marketing campaigns.

Travel operators have a new target: unmarried women with money to spend on their nieces, nephews, or god-children. This demographic, nicknamed “PANKs” (Professional Aunt, No Kids), has potential especially in the US, argues a new report (pdf) on global tourism trends by Euromonitor.

Socrates May 08

This Year’s 45 Most Lovable Baby Animal Pictures

You know that my kitten pics are just the bomb, but apparently there are tons of other cute baby animals pics as well. Get ready to go aaaaah!

Read original article here: This Year’s 45 Most Lovable Baby Animal Pictures

Photo Essay: Goats in Sweaters

And more cute animals. . . .

For the past 17 years, Brooklyn-based artist Alexander Gorlizki has been traveling to Jaipur, India, to work. And while there over the last few years, he began photographing something very exciting: goats wearing sweaters.

The Tiger Cave Temple is 1,237 Steps to the Top, and Totally Worth It

After spending some time in Thailand, I’m fascinated by these cave temples and the climb to the top. I didn’t visit this one, but did enjoy the story of the climb as well as the photos.

Most well known for the journey to the top, there are 1,237 steps to the summit of the Tiger Cave Temple. Oftentimes, this set of stairs is referred to as the Stairway to Heaven. 1,237 is not a small number, and glorious Buddha statues await your arrival at the peak.


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.

4 Responses to “Sunday Stories for December 1st, 2013”

  1. December 1, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    New post: “Sunday Stories for December 1st, 2013”

  2. December 2, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Sunday Stories for December 1st, 2013 – Traveling with MJ

  3. December 2, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Some good reading incl. stories from @1Dad1Kid @glossi @BigGirlBranding @skift @qz @modfarm @travelfreak & more

  4. December 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Take a read, some good stuff here, from @1Dad1Kid @glossi @BigGirlBranding @skift @qz @modfarm @travelfreak & more

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