Archive November 2015

Fantasy Fest: Key West’s Crazy Street Festival

Fantasy Fest in Key West Key West, Florida Want to learn about the best-kept secret for street celebrations? It’s a wild 10 day costume party in October called Fantasy Fest in Key West, Florida. Fantasy Fest is Burning Man meets Mardi Gras for Halloween on a tropical island. Except in a place where you can also stay in a beautiful B&B surrounded by ancient banyan trees. A place so diverse that gays, bikers, pirates, artists, strippers and entrepreneurs are the norm, living a motto “One Human Family.” A place where you can watch the sun both rise and set over the ocean every...

The 10 Best Plane Reads from 2015

I’m a sucker for a good plane read. No matter where I am in the world, I still feel the need to escape inside the pages of a book and find this is often the best place in the world you can be. Here are a collection of the 10 best plane reads I divulged on planes, trains and everywhere in between in 2015… Paris Letters I had never heard about this book before I picked it up, but a quick skim over the blurb and I was racing to the counter to make my purchase. Paris Letters tells the story of a woman who quit her corporate world job, packed her bags and set off in search of...

Long Term Travel: How to Pack for Hot AND Cold Weather

A few months into my longest travel stint (12 months), I departed the cold climates of Scotland and found myself in Barcelona. Despite both being in Europe, the two were dramatically different in terms of climate. Scotland was cold – harshly cold – the bitter kind of cold that sends a shiver up your spine! Whereas Barcelona was starting to heat up leading into the summer and whilst I still wouldn’t have dipped more than my ankle in the ocean at this time of year, it was warm enough weather for a dress and sandals… and sunny enough for a hat! There was no denying it:...

What the Worldwide Travel Alert Means for Holiday Travel

In the midst of the busiest travel season of the year—just before the holidays—the U.S. State Department has issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for all Americans. This may not come as a surprise due to recent terror attacks like those in Lebanon, France, Mali, and Nigeria, along with the weeklong lockdown in Brussels. But what may surprise some travelers is that this state of alert isn’t unprecedented. The alert will certainly affect your travel in one way or another, but perhaps not in the ways you’d expect. If you’re heading home or abroad in the next few...

The Hottest Holiday Destinations for 2015/2016

As the holidays quickly approach, travel anxiety peaks—crowded terminals, delayed flights, and congested highways are all part of the holiday routine. But some routes will be more challenging than others this holiday season. Sojern has analyzed trends from recent searches to determine the most popular trips during the holidays. And Kayak has also released a similar trend report analyzing search data for holiday travel. RELATED: The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals Using these two reports, we’ve come up with the top destinations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New...

P&O Hosts Biggest White Party at Sea

(7:45 a.m. AEST) – It was all white on the night for more than 9,000 Australians enjoying the biggest white party at sea onboard five P&O Cruises ships in Sydney overnight. At Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal, Aria Award-winning singer Jessica Mauboy aptly performed on Pacific Aria after acting as its godmother at the dual naming ceremony earlier in the day. The Veronicas staged a poolside concert on the line’s other addition to the fleet, Pacific Eden, which was anchored at Neutral Bay after spending the day docked at White Bay. Justice Crew performed on...

Celebrity Cruises Pulls Istanbul From 2016 Itineraries

(8:15 a.m. EDT) – Celebrity Cruises has confirmed that Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Equinox will no longer overnight in Istanbul in 2016 due to port construction and berth availability. Construction of the Istanbul Salipazari Port Area project, commonly known as Galataport, is set to make Istanbul one of the world’s largest hubs for cruise tourism. The development is slated to start in 2016 and due to be completed in the last quarter of 2018. As yet, it is unclear as to whether Celebrity Cruises sailings in 2017 and 2018 will be affected. Earlier this year, Celebrity continued...

Five P&O Cruise Ships Sail into Sydney for Historic Naming Ceremony

(11:25 a.m. AEST) – Cruising history was made this morning with the whole fleet of P&O Cruises sailing into Sydney — the first time that five ships of the same brand have ever come together in the famous harbour. Just before sunrise, Pacific Dawn, Jewel, Pearl and today’s additions to the cruise line, Aria and Eden, created a V formation before sailing abreast in one line toward the city. The special occasion celebrated the arrival of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, two former Holland America vessels, which were relaunched in a world-first social media naming ceremony,...

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Cruise Deals 2015

(9:30 a.m. EDT) — Feast your eyes on flash sales — these cruise deals are preheating a holiday season of promotions. From last minute savings to slashed prices on bucket-list voyages for next year, the following Black Friday and Cyber Monday cruise deals will have you thinking about your next cruise vacation — and even booking one if the deal appeals. While not every cruise deal has been announced at this time, we take a look at what you can expect so your fingertips will be ready to pounce on your keyboard when the moment arrives. Royal Caribbean International The...

River Cruise Lines Eye Security Measures after Paris Attacks

(3:30 p.m. EDT) — River cruise passengers could see the introduction of airport-style security scanners following the Paris bombings. They are among increased safety measures being discussed by river lines in Europe following the attacks in Paris and subsequent police investigations in Belgium. The United States State Department issued a worldwide travel alert Tuesday, cautioning citizens to be vigilant when they go overseas because of terrorist activity from ISIS, al-Qaida and other radical groups. The German government has announced that increased security will be put in place as a...

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