Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's Alive!!!


The new and improved TuesdaysTraveler.com is now up and open for business. Jump over and take a look at what we now have to offer! We now offer fully integrated travel options for your next trip as well as new reviews and the most current travel news we can bring you.

Thank you to each of you that have made the Blogger version of TuesdaysTraveler.com a huge success...Please make the move with us as we continue to build one of the most exciting travel communities on the web!

ps- coming Tuesday part one of an incredbile review of Sonoma California!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Patience Grasshopper


Okay...We are getting close...Real close to launching the new and improved TuesdaysTraveler.com. We are excited about the new look and I think everyone will be pleased with the new tools available. We have set a 'go live' deadline of September 5th. Hopefully it will be sooner but we ask that you have patience and get ready for a new TuesdaysTravler.com!

Upcoming Reviews: Destin Florida, Cabo San Lucas, Sonoma California and many more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Exciting Changes On The Way!


Wanted to keep all of our readers up to date on some exciting TuesdaysTraveler news. We are in the final test phases of a brand new web site. This will take TuesdaysTraveler from a simple travel blog to full resourced travel site.

The new site will have more of the great reviews you have come to love plus a fully integrated travel booking system that will make searching for the lowest internet travel prices easy. The new and improved TT will also include a great travel resource center containing some of the webs greatest travel tools as well as an 'Ask Tuesday' section where readers can get travel advice from our team of experts.

TuesdaysTraveler will also strive to bring you the most up to date travel news on the web. Whether it's an industry wide price hike or a brand new hotel opening in Vegas TT will be your source.

We Hope that you will continue to make TuesdaysTraveler a regular stop for you on your world wide web travels and let us help you go places.

ps- We have some great reviews of the California Wine Country, Cabo San Lucas and cruises coming up...But you'll have to check the new site to see them each Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

We've got the 511 on Tennessee


Tennessee has become the first state to implement a state wide traveler information system. Simply by dialing 511 (out of state callers can dial 1-877-244-0065) callers will be connected to a voice activated system that will give them real time traffic, road conditions and road closures. Travelers can also log on to www.TN551.com for the same information.

To put the new system to the test TuesdaysTraveler went online to check it out for ourselves. How did it work? Well...the new web site could not be found when we tried that it provided some good information. Will it change you life? No but it might take some of the suspense out of future travel through the Volunteer State.

Monday, August 14, 2006

TSA Updates Air Travel Restrictions


A recent ban of all liquids has been lifted (slightly) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Sunday. The ban which first would not allow even medicine or baby formula on to flights has been softened to allow up to 4 ounces of liquid nonprescription medication. In addition bans on baby food (when traveling with an infant), and medicine for diabetics (including gel packs) were eased.

TSA also said all passengers will be instructed to remove their shoes during security checks. The shoes have to be placed on an X-ray belt for screening before passengers can put them back on. Until now, the agency had strongly suggested putting shoes on the screening belt but hadn't required it.

TSA officials noted that they did not foresee a ban of all carry on items at this time. This may good news for those who can't live without their iPods and laptops for more than 15 minutes.

The bottom line...patience is one piece of luggage you can't leave home without!

Alaskan Cruise Price Hike?


For those who dream of taking an Alaskan Cruise you might want to hurry. Alaskans are heading to the polls on August 22nd to vote on a measure that would tax each passenger $50 for travel to the 49th state.


While other cruise destinations have similar taxes the $50 dollar fee would be the first for Alaska. The estimated $50 million in annual revenue would be used for upkeep of the harbors and docks. Something that in the past has been shouldered by the local governments.

Also part of Measure 2 on the ballot is stricter enforcement of commission disclosures to passengers. Many local merchants and tour operators pay large commissions to the cruise lines to be listed as recommended or preferred. Companies that opt out of paying the commissions to the cruise lines are black listed. A similar law has been on the books in Alaska since 1994 but this provides for greater enforcement.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Travel Just Got...Tougher


With the arrests this past week of terrorists who were planning on using liquid explosives to blow up planes traveling just got allot tougher. TuesdaysTraveler is working on helping you get through this with as little pain as possible.

The US Department of Homeland Security yesterday banned from carry-on luggage all ‘‘beverages, shampoo, sun tan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency.’’ The new rules resulted in long lines at airports and garbage bins full of discarded cosmetics. So how’s a traveler to cope? Here are five strategies from travel experts to help.

SCHEDULES: Allow for plenty of time when arriving at the airport. Federal officials advise checking with your airline and airport to determine how much time is needed for your flight. United Airlines said passengers should arrive at least three hours early for all flights. Northwest Airlines advised passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights. And beginning today, passengers will go through double screening to make sure they are not carrying liquids on to planes — with carry-on luggage getting checked not only at the main security checkpoint, but also a second time at the boarding gate.

PACKING: In case your checked luggage is lost in the confusion, label your bags well, with name, business address and phone on the outside, and an itinerary and contact information packed inside, on top, said Susan Foster, author of Smart Packing for Today’s Traveler. Rather than throwing away banned items, bring a checkable bag big enough to accommodate items you can’t take on board. Business travelers ‘‘must carry essential tools with them,’’ Foster said, but be prepared in case a ban on all carry-on luggage is suddenly imposed domestically, the way it was in England. Leave room in your checkable luggage for that stack of reports. Consider faxing, e-mailing or FedExing copies of important documents ahead to your destination.

PERSONAL CARE: ‘Airplane air is as dry as the Sahara,’’ said Linda Wells, editor-in-chief of Allure magazine. But new rules ban moisturizer and similar items from carry-ons. So put on heavier-than-usual moisturizer before you leave home, with either a moisturizing self-tanner or tinted moisturizer on top. ‘‘You want to wear as little makeup as you can. What’s worse than not having your makeup with you is having it smear all over your face and not being able to fix it.’ Other cosmetics that will last include waterproof mascara, and lip and cheek stain. Apply hairstyling products before you leave for the airport and then ‘‘reactivate’’ them before you land by running your hands under the water in the lavatory sink and running damp fingers through your hair, Wells suggested. Pack shampoos and other lotions so they don’t spill, Wells said. Take the cap off the bottle, squeeze the product so it reaches the lip of the open top, then screw the top on again tightly, forming a vacuum like seal. There will still be an indentation in the bottle. You may want to put them in a sealed plastic bag as well.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN: Prepare kids for long lines and stringent security. ‘‘Tell the kids, ‘this is what we have to do to make sure everyone is safe,’’’ said Eileen Ogintz, a syndicated columnist who offers advice on family travel on her Web site. Explain to toddlers ‘‘why they need to put their blankie or teddy on the belt,’’ she added. Give a lollipop or other small reward for cooperation. Check kids’ backpacks for toy guns, plastic swords, etc. ‘‘I just came back from Disney with two 10-year-old boys,’’ she said, ‘‘and with Pirates of the Caribbean out, everything they bought was stuff like that.’’ If your kids are flying unaccompanied, make sure they understand the new rules. Remind them to get something to drink before they get in line, rather than bringing a water bottle, and warn them against making sarcastic comments or jokes about security threats, Ogintz said. Teenagers should notify airline personnel if they are flying alone, so that they get priority to stay on the flight in case passengers are bumped. To entertain young children, bring a deck of cards, and paper and pencil. ‘‘You can draw pictures, make designs, play Hangman,’’ Ogintz said. Play ‘‘I Spy’’ on a long line or if you are forced to check the toy bag, she added.

CRUISES: If you miss your cruise because of a delayed flight, ‘‘you fly to the first port of call,’’ advised Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of a Web site that offers advice to cruisers. Contact your cruise company to see if schedules or policies have been revised because of the new rules and delays, or if their staff can help you rebook. Holland America delayed the weekend departure times for several ships around Europe and North America to give passengers extra time to make connections.

INSURANCE: If you bought trip insurance, you may be eligible for compensation related to delays, according to John Ansell, president of the US Travel Insurance Association, which represents 90 percent of US-based travel insurance firms. Comprehensive travel insurance typically covers rebooking flights, hotels if you are stranded, loss of personal belongings and other problems related to missed connections and cancellations, he said. Most travel insurance companies have hotlines to assist you. If you want to buy insurance for a future trip, a comprehensive cancellation policy — which typically includes medical insurance — will cost four to seven percent of the total price of your trip, Ansell said.

Here at TuesdaysTraveler we believe that this is just the beginning of more restrictions for airline passengers. We would not be shocked to see all electronic devices banned by years end. This would include ipods, laptops, cell phone and the hand held gaming systems that keep younger travelers occupied. Let's hope it doesn't come to this.

Some content provided By Beth Harpaz – New York - AP

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Foiled Terror Plot Leads To Long Lines



Travelers can expect long lines
at airports following the foiled
terror plot.

Travelers around the world can expect long waits at security checkpoints for the near future as officials in the UK uncovered a terrorist plot that was to use a liquid explosive. UK officials have gone as far to ban all carry on baggage and any type of liquid from being checked.

While carry ons are still allowed in the US the terror alert at all airports has been raised to RED for the first time in the history of the system.
Homeland Security took immediate steps that included barring passengers from carrying liquids, including beverages, hair gels and lotions, on planes.The threat level for the country as a whole remained at yellow, according to the web site for Homeland Security.

People with travel plans are asked to allow extra time to get through security. For airport wait times click here.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

SPACE TRAVEL...COMING SOON


A SUBURBAN travel agent in Australia's most isolated capital has become one of the first in the world to offer space flights for sale.

But Perth's Bicton Travel is not expecting a big rush on the $260,000 fares to take each person for a spin above the planet for a few hours.

Manager Philip Smethurst says it would be a big event for Western Australia if any local blasted off on one of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flights that will launch late in 2008 or early in 2009.

“I am sure there is somebody out there, in WA, who would be willing to do it,” Mr Smethurst said. “I know I would, if I had the money.”

The business, in leafy south suburban Bicton, is one of the first nine agents in the world, all from Australia, who have been appointed official agents to Virgin Galactic after filling out application forms they found in an industry magazine.

“Us nine are the first in the world, they haven't appointed any others yet,” he said.

The travel agents are not selling trips to the moon.

But each ticket will get travellers about three days of space training followed by a two to three hour trip 300,000 feet into space in a ship with two pilots and five other passengers.

Each of the Virgin Galactic fleet's five ships will have big windows to give passengers a good view of earth as they float, weightless, above the planet.

Richard Branson and his two children will be on the first flight which will flown high on the back of a mothership before launching.

They will take off from Mojave in the US until a $US220 million space port is completed in New Mexico for takeoffs from 2011 onwards.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Beautiful Beirut?


Travel and Leisure magazine has once again come out with it's top travel awards for 2006. Making the list for one of the worlds Top Ten Cities? Drum roll please...Beirut! No kidding. Despite the veiw that the world is getting right now of the region Beirut boasts a tourism empire. Obviously it will take some time for the city to recoup following the war in the Middle East now.

The complete award listing can be found here.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

American Airlines Puts Caribbean And Mexico On Sale




FORT WORTH, Texas – Looking for an excuse to escape to some cool ocean breezes, hot shopping venues or perhaps some relaxing “tee” time? Let American Airlines help. American has put most of its extensive network of Caribbean destinations on sale – as well as sun-drenched Mexican resort spots – for travel through late fall.

American, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, has done its part to give you a reason to get out of town. Now, it’s up to you. Here are highlights of American’s Caribbean and Mexico fare sale:
American’s Caribbean and Mexico Fare Special
Available from U.S. cities to most of the Caribbean, as well as to Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel and San Jose del Cabo in Mexico.
Travel must start no later than Dec. 11, 2006 and complete travel by Dec. 13, 2006.
Purchase tickets no later than Aug. 16, 2006.
Other restrictions apply. For complete rules and restrictions, see the terms and conditions below, or visit American’s Web site AA.com ®.
Here are samples of American’s great low fares to the Caribbean and Mexico. Fare amounts shown are for round-trip, off-peak Economy Class travel purchased on AA.com.


CARIBBEAN AND MEXICO SAMPLE SALE FARES
City Pair
Round-Trip Fare Available on AA.com*
Fort Lauderdale – San Juan, P.R.
$228
Washington, D.C. – San Juan, P.R.
$280
Dallas/Fort Worth – Cancun, Mexico
$318
New York City – Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
$346
Chicago O’Hare – San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
$354
Miami – St. Maarten, N.A.
$383
Chicago O’Hare – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
$394
New York City – Cancun, Mexico
$403
New York City – Aruba
$408
Boston – St. Maarten, N.A.
$410

These deals can be purchsed through our affiliate partner ORBITZ.
All of Orbitz best deals to Mexico!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cheesey...


Brian Sezter at Pat's King of Steaks...does
he really dress like this all the time?

Today I take you on a journey to the city of brotherly love...Philadelphia where they are famous for the Liberty Bell, Idependence Hall and a little thing called a Philly Cheese Steak. In Philadelphia locals take their cheese steak very seriously. VERY.

When I found myself in Philly I had to have one of these. There are two famous establishments that claim to be the best. Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks. The ironic thing is these two places are located less than 100 yards from each other. They have been that way for years (Pats opened in 1931 and Geno’s followed 10 years latter). In Philly you are a Pat’s or a Geno’s fan. Kind of like Yankees – Red Sox. You just can’t like them both!

For this trip to Philly I chose Pat’s. I mean hey he is the King and if you call your self the king you must be good. After 70+ years of making steaks I would think that they would know what they were doing. To be honest though I was a bit disappointed. My steak with peppers, onions, mushrooms and provolone failed to meet the greatness I anticipated. The meat seemed bland and the peppers, onions and mushrooms were not cooked with the steak but applied on top. Perhaps integrating the ingredients has happened as the sandwich has spread west. I will give a thumb up to the fries at Pat’s. Those I found tasty.

One thing you will have to do before you order is make sure you do it right. They take this very seriously. I don’t know if they would refuse service if you ordered ‘wrong’ but I wouldn’t want to screw it up. You can go here to get the steps to ordering (they are also on the wall at Pat’s if you get nervous!).

Even though I was full when I left Pat’s I still felt empty inside. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. There were supposed to be angels singing. Every bite was to summon a yummy sound. This was supposed to be a party on the palette! But alas…there was no party. No Angels. Just full. If I go back I will walk across the street to Geno’s. Maybe they have angels singing over there.