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GETTING INTO TURKEY JUST GOT HARDER

GETTING INTO TURKEY JUST GOT HARDER

Travelers landing in Istanbul to begin a cruise or tour, should be advised that, effective on April 10th, Turkish visas will no longer be available for purchase at the airport. E-Visas will be accepted if obtained from authorized Visa services or the Turkish Embassy.

Previous visitors to Turkey were permitted to stand in line to purchase their entry visas on arrival. Continue Reading »

WHERE, EXACTLY, DO AMERICANS GO ON VACATION?

WHERE, EXACTLY, DO AMERICANS GO ON VACATION?

Last year, we logged 1.6 billion individual domestic vacation trips in the United States. But where do we go? According to the US Travel Association, these are the top five vacation options we chose:

# 1 – Visiting Relatives

# 2 – Extended Shopping trips

# 3 – Visiting Friends

# 4 – Seeking fine dining experiences

# 5 – Relaxing at the beach

 

 

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HOW FLYING WILL CHANGE IN THE NEXT DECADE

HOW FLYING WILL CHANGE IN THE NEXT DECADE

A panel of airline industry experts has outlined the way we will be flying in the coming decade. The Future Travel Experience Think Tank Panel sees the following vision in store for travelers:

  • Passengers will already be check-in when they arrive at the airport
  • Their bags  will be pre-tagged at home and passengers will go through biometric validation at airport checkpoints
  • There will be widespread adoption of off-airport locations for dropped luggage. Continue Reading »
JOIN ANGELA AND RICHARD IN ROME, SICILY, NAPLES, AND THE AMALFI COAST

JOIN ANGELA AND RICHARD IN ROME, SICILY, NAPLES, AND THE AMALFI COAST

CHURCHILL AND TUREN LTD. TAKES PRIDE IN ANNOUNCING
Our Newest 2014 Signature Culinary Tour 

“IN SEARCH OF SOUTHERN ITALY’S BEST PIZZA AND REGIONAL DISHES:

 A CULINARY LIFESTYLE TOUR OF ROME, SICILY, NAPLES, AND THE AMALFI COAST”

 BEGINNING IN ROME MONDAY,  SEPTEMBER 22ND – ENDING IN ROME MID-DAY, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH 2014

OUR CONCEPT

This will be our first Culinary/Lifestyle Tour that concentrates on Rome, Sicily, Naples and the Villages of the Amalfi Coast. Continue Reading »

ANNOUNCING THE 'WORLD'S TOP TEN TOUR OPERATORS"

ANNOUNCING THE ‘WORLD’S TOP TEN TOUR OPERATORS”

We are very pleased to announce the 2013 List of the World’s Top Tour Operators. Each of these firms is among the very best at what they do, operating First Class and Deluxe Tours around the globe. Each is specialized and enjoys an enviable industry reputation for the quality of its programs.

 

# 1 – Abercrombie & Kent

# 2 – Travcoa

# 3 – Micato Safaris

# 4 – Butterfield & Robinson

# 5 – Austin-Lehman Adventures                                

# 6 – Wildland Adventures

# 7 –  &Beyond

# 8 – Cox & Kings

# 9 – Africa Adventure Company

#10 –Grey & Company

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ACTUALLY, WE MAY ALL BE AUSSIES

Smack in the middle of nowhere northwestern Australia, scientists have recently discovered  detectable signs of earliest life on the planet that they are dating at 3.5 billion years. Given current estimates that our earth is 4.5 billion years old, this finding of microbially induced sedimentary structures can now be said to serve as an indication that we have now found the first demonstrable evidenced of life on the planet. Continue Reading »

AUSSIE'S CONSIDER BOYCOTT OF US

AUSSIE’S CONSIDER BOYCOTT OF US

The senseless killing of a Melbourne  college student and baseball player in a drive-by in Duncan, Oklahoma has aroused the passion of the Australian press and renewed calls for a boycott of travel to the United States. Australia’s former deputy Prime Minister helped introduce tight gun laws in the country in the 1990′s. He is now calling for “Australians to avoid the US until it does the same.”

The New Zealand Herald got into the act claiming that a boycott the US was “crazy but on the subject of guns, we can think of crazier things like sending your child on a typical day and claiming him in the morgue that night.”

The Sydney Morning Herald explained to readers that “Americans have two blind spots – guns and the death penalty.” It went on to point out that more Americans are killed each year in domestic gun violence than in all of America’s overseas combat. Continue Reading »

THE TOP TEN SECRETS TO REMAINING HEALTHY WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD

THE TOP TEN SECRETS TO REMAINING HEALTHY WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD

Travel agents are not doctors and doctors are not travel medicine specialists and travel medicine specialists can barely keep up with a constantly changing medical landscape. These are our ten secrets to maintaining good health while traveling internationally:

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THE SAVVY TRAVELER MUST NOW BE ON SPICE ALERT

THE SAVVY TRAVELER MUST NOW BE ON SPICE ALERT

The Food and Drug Administration dropped a spicy bombshell this week when it announced that of 20,000 shipments of imported spices to the United States, 7% of the shipments were found to be contaminated with Salmonella which can result in death if the infection spreads from the intestines to the bloodstream where it can then attack organs. Continue Reading »

MOST SEX AND MOST PARTNERS AWARD GOES TO THE RESIDENTS OF

MOST SEX AND MOST PARTNERS AWARD GOES TO THE RESIDENTS OF

According to a recent survey of just over 50,000 people in 30 countries by Men’s Health Magazine, Croatia is the country where sexual activity is most frequent as is the number of partners engaged in such activities. This should present some interesting challenges for the Croatia Tourism Board as they work on their ad campaign to trumpet the news. Continue Reading »

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AIRLINE MILEAGE CREDIT CARDS

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AIRLINE MILEAGE CREDIT CARDS

Collecting credit card issued complimentary airline miles is a serious science. Here are three important things to know to help you choose the best airline mileage credit card for your needs:

01 – Be patient and wait for an offer that may be unadvertised and offered on a Frequent Flyer Blog or through the mail. Look for 75,000 miles to sign up. Continue Reading »

STRIKING A BLOW AGAINST THE MAFIA AT FIUMICINO

STRIKING A BLOW AGAINST THE MAFIA AT FIUMICINO

Traveler’s passing through Rome’s Fiumicino Airport can now order a cannoli or a cassata sicliana and feel they have struck a blow at the Mafia. Although most Americans know the term “mafia”, Italy is home to more than one major crime group. The Cosa Nostra controls much of Sicily, Calabria’s main crime group is the Ndrangheta, and Naples is home to the dangerous Camorra. Continue Reading »

CHINESE STUDENTS ATTACKED IN BORDEAUX

CHINESE STUDENTS ATTACKED IN BORDEAUX

The rise of the affluent class in China has had interesting repercussions, but the recent attack by some drunken Frenchmen on Chinese students in the Bordeaux region has created a diplomatic tiff of magnum proportions. Six students were brutally attacked while being subjected to racist abuse. This is seen as related to China’s rise as one of the two major importers of fine French wines. Continue Reading »

THE LONGEST LINE IN NEW YORK CITY

THE LONGEST LINE IN NEW YORK CITY

The hottest food trend in New York is the “Cronut”, created by Chef Dominique Ansel at his bakery at 189 Spring Street in Manhattan’s SoHo District. The long lines begin forming at 5:00 am. as trendistas and foodies patiently await the “two per customer” allotment of the new taste sensation that is a marriage between the American donut and the French croissant. Continue Reading »

WORTH KNOWING: THE CHINESE NEED OUR PORK

WORTH KNOWING: THE CHINESE NEED OUR PORK

There is a pork shortage in China as a growing middle class is demanding more pork atop  their rice. So the China’s largest pork producer, Shuangthui International, just paid $4.7 billion to buy venerable Smithfield Foods, the Virginia-based owners of Smithfield hams.

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MODELS YES - COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS NO

MODELS YES – COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS NO

Just how to get an inbound H-18 Visa approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services was made clear in an investigation by Bloomberg.com We like fashion models so over 50% of their visa applications are approved. Only 28% of HB visa requests for computer-related occupations were approved. Nice to have our priorities straight.

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REASON # 137 TO VISIT SWEDEN

REASON # 137 TO VISIT SWEDEN

Unions in Sweden are protesting the fact that the average Swedish work week has just hit a historic high of 26.2 hours per week. Since this is an average, it means that a substantial number of the Swedish full-time work force is working even less than that. This new report, says one of the major unions in Sweden, “can adversely affect people’s health.”

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DO WE HAVE DIMISHED MENTAL CAPACITY ABOARD AIRCRAFT?

DO WE HAVE DIMISHED MENTAL CAPACITY ABOARD AIRCRAFT?

That would appear to be affirmative. In fact, changes in cabin air pressure may affect the brain to the degree that making decisions or even properly responding to e-mails when the brain has less oxygen at 40,000 feet is not a good idea.

The good Professor David Gradwell of King’s College London is Britain’s first Professor of aviation medicine. Continue Reading »

THE 2013 "BEST IN CLASS" CRUISE AWARDS (Five Star Category)

THE 2013 “BEST IN CLASS” CRUISE AWARDS (Five Star Category)

 

We have just updated our annual 2013  ‘BEST IN CLASS’” Cruise Ratings in the “5-Star Inclusive Category” and we are pleased to announce the current winners:

BEST DINING AT SEA

  • #1 – CRYSTAL CRUISES
  • #2 – REGENT SEVEN SEAS

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AT SEA

  • #1 – CRYSTAL CRUISES
  • #2 – REGENT SEVEN SEAS

WARMEST/MOST FRIENDLY CREW

  • #1 -  SEA DREAM YACHT CLUB
  • #2 – CRYSTAL CRUISES

BEST STANDARD CABINS

  • #1 -  REGENT SEVEN SEAS
  • #2 – YACHTS OF SEABOURN

BEST SUITES

  • #1 -  YACHTS OF SEABOURN
  • #2 – REGENT SEVEN SEA

BEST ON-BOARD LECTURE PROGRAM/INSTRUCTIONAL CLASSES

  • #1 – CRYSTAL CRUISES
  • #2 -ORION CRUISES

BEST ON-BOARD “KNOW YOUR NAME” PERSONAL SERVICE

  • #1 – SEA DREAM YACHT CLUB
  • #2 -CRYSTAL CRUISES

BEST ON-BOARD ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN’ CONCIERGE SERVICES

  • #1 – SILVERSEAS CRUISES
  • #2 -CRYSTAL CRUISES

These ratings are based on professional evaluations, some of the nation’s most respected travel writers, and over 10,000 upscale cruisers who have sailed multiple lines. Continue Reading »

WHY TUNA CAUSES DIARRHEA

WHY TUNA CAUSES DIARRHEA

An important new DNA study by the Oceana Group has found that 60% of the tuna sold in restaurants and grocery stores in the United States is deliberately mislabeled. The fish normally substituted for real tuna is a far less expensive, oily fish, named escolar. This is a fish known to cause diarrhea in humans. But your chances of finding actual tuna when you order it is still better than the odds of receiving authentic red snapper. Continue Reading »

WINDSTAR BUYS THREE SEABOURN SMALL SHIP 'SISTERS"

WINDSTAR BUYS THREE SEABOURN SMALL SHIP ‘SISTERS”

Windstar Cruises, a line that operates three unique small cruise ships with computerized sails, has suddenly become the largest of the small ship (under 300 guests) operators with the announcement that it has purchased the three smaller and older Seabourn ships, the Pride, the Legend, and the Spirit. The delivery of the 208 passenger ships will occur over the course of the next 24 months with renovations and “re-branding” preceding deployment of the Pride in April of 2014 and the Spirit and Legend in 2015. Continue Reading »

THE FOREPLAY IS OVER; AMERICAN AIRLINES AND US AIRWAYS TIE THE FINANCIAL KNOT

THE FOREPLAY IS OVER; AMERICAN AIRLINES AND US AIRWAYS TIE THE FINANCIAL KNOT

American Airlines and US Airways have consummated their stormy merger prenuptials, and we are expecting Justice Department approval of a deal worth an estimated $11 billion to be finalized this Fall. The new carrier will be known as American Airlines with headquarters remaining in Ft. Worth.

After all is said and done, the stockholders in US Airways will end up owning just under 30% of the new airline. Continue Reading »

THE TRAVEL GLITCH OF THE YEAR

THE TRAVEL GLITCH OF THE YEAR

BOEING’S NEW 787 DREAMLINER TAKEN OFF THE TARMAC

The mostly eagerly anticipated aircraft of the decade has been taken out of service worldwide because of fire-inducing issues with the new lithium ion batteries unique to the 787. ANA and Japan Airlines have already taken delivery of 28 of the planes. Air India has has 6. Lot-Polish, the only European carrier to have taken delivery, has two. Continue Reading »

ARE WE GOING THERE OR ARE THEY COMING HERE?

ARE WE GOING THERE OR ARE THEY COMING HERE?

THE REALLY BIG PICTURE

Sometimes, we in travel need to step back a few paces, to see the big picture in terms of future travel destinations. NASA’s latest data collected from the amazing Kepler long-range telescope, now indicates that there may be as many as 17 billion planets the size of Earth in the galaxy, including the 461 new ones Kepler just unearthed. Continue Reading »

DISNEY'S MAGIC WRIST BRACELET

DISNEY’S MAGIC WRIST BRACELET

The Disney folks are launching a new series of technology improvements to enhance guest experiences. The initiative is known as MyMagic+. The program, which will first be introduced at Walt Disney World in Orlando will include a new website and dedicated apps. But the innovative part of this is the radio-frequency technology that comes embedded in a MagicBand bracelet. Continue Reading »

THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE LUNCH

THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE LUNCH

The most expensive lunch ever recorded will be consumed by an anonymous bidder who paid $3.46 million to break bread with legendary investor Warren Buffett. The money will be donated to Glide Community Church and its outreach center in San Francisco.

Do not scoff at the cost of this meal. Last year, Ted Weschler paid $2.6 million for the privilege of dining with Buffett and he would surely say that it was worth every penny. Continue Reading »

THE BEST AT THE AIRPORT "AM I EVER GONNA TAKE OFF APP"

THE BEST AT THE AIRPORT “AM I EVER GONNA TAKE OFF APP”

If you want to know more about pending airport delays then the airline’s reservations people are telling you – well, now there’s an app for that. FAAwait, which can be downloaded for Android and iPhones, gives you access to the current FAA status reports on airports throughout the country including current delay times.  This App even gives you the actual reason your flight is being delayed so you will likely know more than anyone else in line and it is highly likely you will know more than the airline’s own counter staff. Continue Reading »

THE WORLD'S WORST HOTEL WON'T TAKE RESERVATIONS ANYTIME SOON

THE WORLD’S WORST HOTEL WON’T TAKE RESERVATIONS ANYTIME SOON

Lots of hotel properties unknowingly compete for the “World’s Worst Hotel” title among travel mavens, but there seems to be real consensus that North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel is the clear winner. This is somewhat amazing given that the 105 story property was never completed despite being started in 1987.

It is not as if funding became a problem. Continue Reading »

The Three Biggest Cruise Myths and Legends

The Three Biggest Cruise Myths and Legends

WHY IT “AIN’T NECESSARILY SO”

Now that almost 10% of the adult population has taken a cruise, more and more “experts” seem to be popping up in online in chat rooms,  in your local community, and on the telephone as part-time practitioners of the travel craft attempt to show off their knowledge of cruising. Some of these cruise urban legends get spread at cocktail parties where the “recently returned” are quizzed about their experiences. Continue Reading »

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