Travel + Wine News: Stories Not to Miss – May 11

Picture It!

Summer is ALMOST here and that means our bi-monthly excursions up to Lake Dillon. It’s one of the best spots in Summit County, Colorado, in my opinion, to sit and picnic with the kids, hike around (easy kid hiking) and simply sit and enjoy the mountains…

Travel Report
10 Tricky Travel Scams (and How to Beat Them)
May 8, 2012 – If something sounds too good to be true, it is. Say like a free trip to Cozumel if you just sit through a two hour presentation on timeshares. Have you fallen for this scam? No need to be embarrassed lots of folks have. I’m a bit of a security nerd, I blame it on clients I’ve had in the security world…so I wasn’t too shocked to read several travel scams SmarterTravel.com shared. Yes, timeshare sales was at the top of the list, along with vacation clubs, prepaid vacation certificates, car-rental collision damage waivers, check out the other top travel scams to make sure your next trip isn’t foiled by scammers.

Travel Hubs To Avoid For Memorial Day 2012

May 9, 2012 – Heading out of town this Memorial Day weekend? So is everyone else… According to AAA 34.9 million Americans took to the sky, roads and rails last Memorial Day and this year is expected to be just as busy. Foursquare has compiled data from 20 billion users, to let travelers know what the busiest travel hubs are expected to be (and to avoid) this Memorial Day. Check out the list.

Americans traveling abroad in bigger numbers

May 8, 2012 – Have your passport ready? Tis time to head across the pond! Yea, the euro is down so it’s  a good time to maximize the U.S. travel dollar, if you can. In the first two months of 2012, 8.1 million U.S. citizens traveled abroad, a 6 percent increase over the same period in 2011, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries. So just where is everyone going? Europe remains a popular destination for Americans, with travel numbers up 9 percent in the first two months of the year. But the biggest increases in foreign travel were to Central America (up 25 percent), the Middle East (up 19 percent) and the Caribbean (up 14 percent). Hmmm, this data helps me narrow down where I don’t want to go…

Travel for Good

Man Without Legs to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Raise Money for Nonprofit Free The Children

May 9, 2012 – I like to hike, heck I live in Colorado so if you don’t you’re just weird but this my friend is dedication… Spencer West, who at the age of five lost his legs, will climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro with the goal of raising  $750,000 for international charity Free The Children. Along with two friends, West will begin the eight-day trek on June 12.  West is encouraging supporters to help him reach his goal by each donating $10, sponsoring one step in Spencer’s almost 20,000 foot journey up the tallest mountain in Africa.

Technology & Travel

Six Free Fodor’s Travel Apps for iPhone, iPad
May 9, 2012 – Who doesn’t want cool free apps.. The popular travel guide company Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, recently updated its small suite of city guide apps for iPhone, iPad, and Nokia Windows Phones to integrate them with Expedia, OpenTable, and TicketsNow. The new features let you book elements of a trip while you’re actually on it. Best of all, the apps are free for iOS users; Nokia owners have to shell $1.99. Fodor’s is offering the free city guide apps for six destinations: New York City, Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona, and San Francisco. According to an article in PC Mag, the new features in the apps let you book hotel stays, buy tickets to major attractions, secure restaurant reservations, and explore places to shop, eat, and see the sights. Also included are street maps, which you can download to access offline, public transit maps, travel tips, and other information about the cities.

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