Sunday Stories for January 12th, 2014

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2014 is off to a great start, after nearly a week in Las Vegas for NMX (New Media Expo) and a chance to meet up with some friends as well as to finally meet a few others. It’s hard to believe that I’ll soon be starting my ninth year of blogging. WOW – where does the time go.

Here’s my recommended reading for this week – go have a look, and if you like what you find, please leave them a comment. And feel free to leave one on this post, too.

Barcelona Airport

How to Get From the Airport to the City in 30 Destinations Worldwide

I’m one of those crazy people who love airports, but I know many people can’t wait to get out of them and off on their adventure. One of the most common questions I get is how to get from the airport into the city. Now, I can just refer people to this post, a great round up of information that covers major cities around the world. Barcelona? Yep, and that it in the photo above. Toronto? Tokyo? Miami? Yep, yep, and yep. Go take a look!

European cities often have rail connections to the major airports. Cities with direct subway lines include London and Madrid, while others have good train connections including Paris Charles De Gaulle, Milan and Amsterdam. London From Heathrow (LHR), your best option is either the Heathrow Express or the Tube as taxis will cost upwards of $100.

Top 5 Vacation Illnesses and How To Treat Them

Getting sick on the road sucks. I’m sure there’s a more proper word to describe it, but when you’re hugging a toilet emptying your stomach or not able to lie down because you’re so sunburned, I think “sucks” describes it quite well. What do you do when things just go wrong? This post might help.

Do you know the Top 5 Ailments that vacationers and travelers dread most when away from home? And even more importantly, do you know how to treat vacation illnesses when they occur? With this handy list, now you will!

Side Street in the Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Oh, Dubrovnik, city of my roots. . . . I haven’t spent enough time in the city, although I’ve enjoyed the time I have, and this photo from Gary reminded me of how much I want to go back. Maybe it will for you, too.

Read original article here: Side Street in the Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia


Friday fotos – cats of Istanbul

I make no apologies for a being a cat person, although I assure you, I’m not yet a crazy cat lady. My guys are wonderful company. I love the idea that shopkeepers in Istanbul encourage cats to visit and hang around. It would make me feel right at home – how about you?

If you travel to Istanbul, one of things you can’t help but notice is the number of cats around.  They tend to hang around shops, restaurants and anywhere where there are large numbers of people.  Shopkeepers encourage them with food – so they must be good for business!

OAKLAND: Crafting a New California Art Scene

Yeah, Oakland gets a bad rap and is the punchline in a lot of bad jokes. But hey, give it a shot! There’s some decent sightseeing to be had, some thriving ethnic communities, and now it’s becoming known for its art scene. Check it out.

Oakland often languishes in the shadow of its sister city across the bay, San Francisco, and is perhaps best known in the national consciousness for its penny-pinching-but-metrics-savvy Major League Baseball team, the Athletics (celebrated in the book and Academy Award-nominated film Moneyball), ubiquitous Oakland Raiders football apparel, and an alarming crime rate. But California’s eighth largest city (population 390,724) is becoming known for something else: a thriving art scene.

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Publicists: A Blogger’s Perspective

In an attempt to instill sensibility to evolving tourism-blogger relationships, Angie does a nice job of both laying out the problems and suggestions commonsense solutions. See if you agree.

From my rare position as both successful blogger (8 years) and card-carrying agency and corporate publicist (10 years), I’ve seen both sides of the media fence engage in some pretty egregious behavior during my career. Most of it truly comes down to being time poor – PR people and writers are always up-to-their-eyeballs busy all the time, on deadlines, jet-setting and whatnot.

Read original article here: 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Publicists: A Blogger’s Perspective

Kona Hawaii

My Personal Recipe For “Crispy Roast Pork”

I spend a lot of time in Hawaii and love the food there, often dishes that I can’t seem to find anywhere else. I was excited to find this recipe that almost has be convinced that I could tackle this dish at home. The ingredients are super simple, but the prep a bit more involved. What do you think?

Local style contemporary food in Hawaii has been influenced from many different cultures from all over the world. Although there is a definite Polynesian base of cooking techniques and ingredients, there is also an overwhelmingly Asian flavor to most of our beloved dishes. Crispy roast pork is no exception.

Read original article here: Cooking Hawaiian-Style Comfort Food | My Personal Recipe For “Crispy Roast Pork”

The Best and Worst Airlines

We all love to hash over the details of our last flight from hell. Those flights happen to all of us, and the question becomes if it was a one-off anomaly or if it’s a pattern. This annual survey ranks who’s hot and who’s not in the airline industry. Take a look and see if you agree. Who is your “best” airline?

Travel is an ice-jammed nightmare now, but travelers have been getting used to more problems: Last year was one of the worst for airline reliability of the past five years.


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.

One Response to “Sunday Stories for January 12th, 2014”

  1. January 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Thanks for featuring my post on crispy roast pork. I really appreciate that. Let me know if you try the recipe. I’m sure you’ll love it!

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