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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — May 2013

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1. A Rival for Ryan Air

Brand new Norwegian Air Shuttle, (NAS), just purchased 222 jets for an estimated 10 billion bucks. The new fuel-efficient planes allow NAS to compete with the more established Ryan Air and easyJet. Next time you’re searching for a cheap flight in Scandinavia, Europe or Asia, see what NAS has to offer. I know I will.


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2. Climb 100 Mountains?

Here’s a custom I think all people should participate in. The Japanese aspire to climb 100 mountains in their lifetime. In 1964 the book, “100 Famous Japanese Mountains” started the movement and it is continued today. Some speculate that the mountain-as-revered-object began because the rivers that flow from them irrigate crops, bringing life and prosperity. Villages have their “home mountain” that all love. Don’t you think that’s a custom that could improve our perspective on life?


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3. Pay-As-You-Weigh?

Samoa Air now charges for flights according to a passenger’s body weight. What? Yes, it is for real. The company’s thinking is that a kilo is a kilo, no matter the source, so heavier passengers cost more to transport. Hmmm, would it catch on for other carriers? I for one don’t think most humans would put up with it.






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4. What a Combo: Resorts and Film Studios

Paramount Films is opening its first resort, Damac Towers, in Dubai in 2015. The hotels will feature screening rooms where the film company’s movies can be viewed. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” anyone? Would you be more likely to make a reservation based on your ability to watch films?


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5. More Romance in Paris

If you love those walks in foreign cities that fill you with a pumped-up vibe, this walk in Paris should be at the top of your list. A 2.8-mile parkway is France’s version of rails-to-trails, but of course everything French has such romance, such charm, and an overabundance of sexiness. Even the name reeks with visions of lovers professing their undying devotion: Promenade Plantée. Vine-covered arbors tower 25 feet overhead and provide the warm glow of lamplight for evening strolls. Tunnels and gardens also add ambiance. Let’s go!




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6. Backyard Art Gallery?

I love stories about people who really follow their instincts no matter how far afield the idea may be. Mitchell P. Rales is just such a man. Mr. Rales lives in a wide-open rural suburb of Washington D.C. and shows, by appointment, his vast art collection. Well it seems his home got too small to house everything so he’s taking it outdoors on his property. Rales is spending $125 million to have built a cluster of galleries on his 200 acres, each one focusing on a single artist. Wait until 2016 for it to open.



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7. Hostel Rebirth

It seems that baby boomers as well as many other varied age groups want to stay at hostels. So hostel owners are revamping their spaces to appeal  to the wide ranging tastes — instead of huge dorm areas with one bathroom per 10 people. In London, Lisbon and Istanbul, you can find some really cool lodging. Portugal has even won a slew of Hoscars — the awards given by HostelWorld.com — taking the top four spots. The top four are: Lisbon Hostel, Home Hostel, Travellers House, and Living Lounge. Will you be checking into a hostel soon?



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12 Responses to “7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — May 2013”

  1. I would suggest airlines weigh carry-on baggage rather than passengers. It’s the big “elephant in the cabin” that no one wants to talk about but perhaps should.
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    May 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm Reply
    • Hey Judy,
      Good point! Seems simple enough, right!
      I welcome you and appreciate you stopping by.

      May 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm Reply
    • Frontier Airlines isn’t going to charge by weight for carry on luggage, but I read (Huffington Post – Travel) that they are going to start charging $25 for any bag going in an overhead bin if you pre-pay before arriving at the airport and $100(!) if you don’t pre-pay. They are also going to start charing $2 for cans of soda and water. I can deal with paying for the drinks, but $100 for a carry on bag. They might be needing some extra air marshalls. Just sayin’
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      May 10, 2013 at 2:31 am Reply
      • Hey Suzanne,

        Which would you rather do: Pay according to your weight or $100 bucks for your carry on? Hmmm, think I’d be choosing another airline!
        Thanks for weighing in (hehehe)

        May 10, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply
  2. Too bad they don’t have an “adult” hostel in Toronto where I’ll be for TBEX in 30 days. The hostels they do have don’t sound very appealing for Boomeresque types.
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    May 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm Reply
    • Hey Suzanne,
      Oh yeah, I know! Not all hostels are Boomer-Friendly yet, gosh-darn-it! I hope your time there at the conference is fruitful. Please let me know how it turns out — and hope your lodging is good, too.

      May 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm Reply
  3. You have spotlighted some interesting tidbits here Josie. I am all for the paying by the kilo on aircraft – I understand where that comes from. I love the Japanese mountain yearning, and stylish hostels (just give me a private double though). What I like about hostels is the friendly sharing of information and someone different to talk to (sorry budget hubby). Good on NAS for spending a lazy 10 billion on a budget airline – I definitely love that 🙂
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    May 24, 2013 at 2:04 am Reply
    • Hi Jan,

      I’m with you on the hostels — private double, please. Plus the diversity of folks from around the world is fun, I agree. And I really love cooking together with people.

      Thanks for joining me today.


      May 25, 2013 at 10:52 am Reply
  4. Hey Josie,
    thanks for visiting my website. Your words were very kind. Very interesting to learn about the new resort in Dubai. Leave it to Dubai to come up with an idea like that. That place ceases to amaze me. Andrew Kabele.

    June 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm Reply
    • Hey Andrew,


      I know, Dubai has this “do everything bigger and better than everywhere else” kind of attitude. Makes life interesting, n’est pas?


      June 21, 2013 at 7:15 am Reply
  5. Me again – I am amazed all over again that NAS bought 222 aircraft in one go!
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    August 2, 2013 at 12:57 am Reply
    • Hi Jan,
      I know! Makes you stand up and take notice.

      August 2, 2013 at 7:04 am Reply

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