Tuesday, December 30, 2014

San Francisco - Travel Tip

Room with a view: San Francisco cable car turnaround from the Buena Vista at Christmas. Travel tip: enjoy over an Irish Coffee. 

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San Francisco - Travel Tip

Cafe au lait at Brenda's French Soul Food in San Francisco provides a New Orleans-style start to the day. 

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San Francisco - Cable Cars - Travel Tip

Best seat on San Francisco's cable car . . . standing on its running board. 

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San Francisco - Travel Tip

A must-stop in San Francisco at this 'most wonderful time of the year' is the Fairmont for a look at its Christmas tree and life sized gingerbread house. 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Southwest Airlines - 2014 Airline of the Year

Southwest Airlines is the 2014 Airline of the Year, according to Air Transport World (ATW). In selecting Southwest as Airline of the Year, ATW cited Southwest's extraordinary and consistent standards of service, financial performance, safety, and environmental and corporate responsibility. Southwest remains the world's only airline that can claim 41 consecutive years of profitability.  Congratulations, Southwest!
Photo by Cynthia Dial

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

15 Most Affordable Destinations for 2015

Excerpted from ETurboNews.com

As the New Year rolls around, the latest data from priceline.com reveals that the majority of travelers will be heading to warm-weathered cities, which dominated its annual list of top 2015 destinations, based on advanced hotel reservations. From Orlando to Oahu, travelers are in favor of ditching the snow for sandy beaches and enjoying a relaxing getaway. 
Photo by Cynthia Dial
Las Vegas continues to be a hot spot for 2015.  But for the most bang for your buck, travelers should consider taking a vacation in either Dallas, TX or Salt Lake City, UT, both of which showed the lowest average daily hotel room rates on priceline.com in 2014. Dallas boasts many attractions, including a lakeside Botanical Garden and an indoor ice rink in the Galleria shopping complex connected to a major hotel that’s convenient for travelers. Salt Lake City claims to be the Genealogy Capital of the World where travelers can check out the Family History Library, all while enjoying sweeping, mountainous views.
Among the value destinations with the lowest average daily room rates are: 
Dallas, TX
Salt Lake City, UT
Orlando, FL
Charlotte, NC
Phoenix, AZ
Tampa, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Atlanta, GA
Louisville, KY
San Antonio, TX
Houston, TX
Orange County, CA
Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN
Denver, CO
Portland, OR
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Travel Quote - Canada - Britney Spears

“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.” 
Britney Spears
Quebec City
Photos by Cynthia Dial

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

8 Top Airline Passenger Complaints

Excerpted from boston.com

Today's top eight airline passenger complaints regard:
Photo by Cynthia Dial

1)  Flight problems

2)  Baggage

3)  Reservations, tickets and boarding

4)  Customer service

5)  Refunds

6)  Disability issues

7)  Oversales

8)  Fares

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Antarctica Day

Happy Antarctica Day, either one week late for 2014 or 51 weeks early for 2015.  
Celebrated annually, Antarctica Day commemorates the December 1, 1959, signing of the Antarctic Treaty by 48 nations (to date).

Photos by Cynthia Dial

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Best Caribbean Golf Destination is Dominican Republic

From ETurboNews.com
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Dominican Republic is thrilled to announce its title of Caribbean's Best Golf Destination 2014 in the World Golf Awards.
Cynthia Dial at PuntaCana, D.R. 
"As a regular golfer (translation: once every 1 to 2 years), this was a top fav course, especially after meeting P. B. Dye at breakfast on the morning before my first round."

Offering 26 award-winning courses of ranging difficulty throughout the scenic island country, Dominican Republic is the preferred escape of the golf aficionado. Currently, Dominican Republic boasts courses designed by the renowned Pete Dye, P.B. Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Greg Norman – many with stunning oceanfront greens.
"We could not be happier to be recognized for our destination and excellent tourism product by such a prestigious award in this sector," said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. "We are confident that our successes will continue to grow as both amateur and professional players are drawn to our picturesque designer courses and world-class accommodations."
The country has been working diligently to update course and club options and position itself as a leader in golf tourism. This past fall, the first DR Golf Travel Exchange showcased this like never before through seminars, workshops, course tours and more.
The inaugural World Golf Awards are part of the World Travel Awards, now celebrating over two decades as "the Oscars of the travel industry." Winners were chosen based on the votes of golf travel and tourism professionals, such as senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Price Tag on the 12 Days of Christmas.

The real cost of Christmas:
All 364 items in the popular song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" would cost $96,824 in 2010, an increase of 10.8% from the previous year, which at that rate calculates the cost for Christmas 2014 to be $145,927. #christmas #12daysofchristmas #twelvedaysofchristmas #travelingcynthia