Sunday Stories for November 30th, 2014

With Thanksgiving behind us, it looks like the Christmas-Hannukah-Kwanzaa-Festivus season is, or will be shortly, in full swing. While I am, generally speaking, a secular celebrant, I do enjoy the traditions of the various faiths as well as the secular traditions. However you choose to celebrate the December holiday season, I hope it’s one that brings you peace, joy and love (rather than stress, arguments, and financial hardship).

Now, on to some reading for this week:

Piazza in Siena

Piazza in Siena


A Day Trip to Siena

Siena is one of those special towns in Tuscany, Italy. Home to the Palio, a horserace rich in heraldry and tradition, it’s a comfy town to walk around in. I’ve sat in the cafes as well as the piazza, and have enjoyed my time people watching. I discover this new blogger and enjoyed her take on the town. She’s got other good stuff on her site, so click around (I can also recommend the articles about tea).

Part of the reason I love Siena so much (same goes for Venice), is there are little to no cars. You walk everywhere and the streets are just for pedestrians. It’s rare to see a car driving down the street.

Sydney’s Best Bourbon Bars

While not my beverage of choice, I know it is for many. If that’s you, this will be helpful in finding a drinking spot while you’re in Sydney.

While most bars stock a range of bourbon, in this article, we’re presenting Sydney bars where bourbon and American whiskey feature predominantly on their back bar.

Hudson News Rebrands to Shake off Newsstand Image

If you spend any time in airports, you’ve seen Hudson News. You’ve probably picked up a magazine, candy, something to drink, or maybe even made a small purchase just to get some change. This long time airport renter is upating their image, with changes already underway here in Seattle.

Travelers pass by and stop into a Hudson News store every day at airports and train stations across America, and soon they’ll notice something’s missing from the pervasive store.

The Mid-Winter Margarita

I’ve always relegated the margarita to warm weather, but this article has me thinking otherwise. Maybe it is time to dust off the maragrita glasses, pull out the blender, and whip up a pitcher full.

In addition to not requiring you to make a decision, this drink makes you feel like the world outside your apartment is not freezing over. It makes you feel a little festive. You might be cold, but this drink will make you want to take off your sweater. 

Airplane wing taken out the window

Are long haul flights painful for you?

What To Do On A Longhaul Flight?

It’s relatively easy to suck it up and in for a flight of a couple of hours, but those transcontinental or transoceanic flights can be brutal. It helps to be in first or business class, but even then, creating some kind of airplane normal will help you arrive fresher and cut down on time lost to jetlag. Everyone seems to have their own system, and what works for one person fabulously may not work one iota for the next, so hopefully you’ll be ablet to dig out a couple of ideas to try for your next long haul flight.

But what’s my actual pattern when I fly in international first class? Admittedly it varies based on flight length, time of day, etc., but in general I:

Flight attendant fired after risque pictures appear in magazine

This isn’t the first time we’ve read about a flight attendant getting fired for off duty conduct, but in this case, the “sexiness” of the photo may be a cultural one rather than one in fact. And, it may be a more than a matter of cultural norms, but one of changing from a secular to religious standard. What do you think?

Turkish Airline, which recently came under fire for banning lipstick, fired a stewardess after bosses found racy pictures she did for an Italian magazine.

A Girl’s Guide to Traveling with Diabetes

Traveling with health issues to content with is not the difficult process that it may once have been. From heightened awareness about food allergies and concerns, to evolved products and tools, managing your health concerns on the road is a usually a matter of preparation. If you’re dealing with diabetes, these tips may help you see the world while still keeping your glucose under control.

I’m a couple years into a second decade of life with Type 1 diabetes. Since I am also becoming a more experienced traveler as time goes on, I have some packing advice to share with my girls who are determined to not let diabetes weigh them down.

9 Things That Shopping Can Never Deliver

I haven’t been into the big holiday shopping frenzy for a number of years now, recognizing that I have everything I need and most everything I want. Additionally, I find experiences more valuable than things these days, although I do admit that I have my eye on this camera. I hope we’ll all take the message of this article to heart, and focus less on stuff and more on, well, on everything else.

We are a culture that loves to acquire more and more. We like to shop for ourselves and we like to shop for others. But no matter how great the sales, shopping will never deliver the things we desire most. Marketers promise the world, but never deliver.



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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