Ideas, interviews and conversations about the most interesting places to stay in travel. From Luxury resorts to budget priced motels we cover it all.

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James DeRuvo Goes to Comic-Con, and some other family oriented adventures

Family Travel and Tech Lord James DeRuvo spent the summer taking his family to several “cons” including the grand daddy of them all, San Diego Comic-Con. He joins us to talk about those 4 heady days of pop culture, why he’s taking his teenager to PowerMorphicon, and how a con is not only a great way to celebrate pop culture, but a fun family vacation as well.

PowerMorphicon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the longest running kids TV series … the Power Rangers. Based on the Super Sentai hero series from Japan, this martial arts kids show has grown into a toy, movie and even comic-con powerhouse. And the 2018 POWER MORPHICON CONVENTION is the largest Power Rangers fan fest in the world.  And if you’re in the Orange County area and are a Ranger fan, you can still get tickets on the day you arrive! 

In addition to meeting their favorite actors from Power Rangers, fans and convention attendees will be able to purchase some convention exclusive merchandise. These special convention-only items are available for pre-order with your paid convention membership (attending or non-attending), or at the expo during the show. Items include the exclusive Lord Drakkon figurine (throne sold separately) and the black and gold Megazord Funko Pop! figurine. A convention-exclusive Power Morphicon Convention T-shirt is available for purchase, as well as metal Morphin’ Coins and specialized merchandise for Membership Tier.

Convention Hours: 

Day 0 – Thursday August 16th – Special Signing Event with Austin St. John (Hours to be announced)

Day 1 – Friday August 17th – Badge pickup begins 12pm – Floor hours 4pm-10pm 

(Open to pre-registered full-show pass holders only)

Day 2 – Saturday August 18th – Floor hours 10am-6pm 

(Doors open at 9am for Gold and Platinum Memberships)

Day 3 – Sunday August 19th – Floor hours 10am-5pm 

(Doors open at 9am for Gold and Platinum Memberships)

You can follow Power Morphicon Convention on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Official-Power-Morphicon-Convention-226350690636/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PowerMorphicon

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialpowermorphicon

Listen to James’ special report here!

 

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People — Hannah Sampson Talks the Evolution of Disney World

Hannah Sampson, News Editor of SKIFT joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about her recent visit to Walt Disney World and the chance to interview executives about their evolving plans for the Disney Hollywood Studios complex.

You can find her  story here

 

 

 

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People — Marybeth Bond Finds Walking In France A Way To Meet Great People

Marybeth Bond joins Paul to talk about the joys of walking and hiking through the South of FranceOn Foot Holidays  an English walking company, offers 30+ self-guided walking tours in Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, England, Turkey, Bulgaria, Czech R, Austria.

The walking tour may be done with a guide or customized just for you and friends.  The hikes are graded for difficulty and there are often shortening options. You will only carry your lunches, while your luggage was transferred to the next night’s accommodation.  A map with route instructions, all hotel reservations, breakfasts, most dinners and lunches were provided by On Foot Holidays.

 

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Places — Hong Kong Reveals A Rich Cultural Heritage On Walking Tour

Hong Kong’s immigrant past and a rich cultural heritage shine on a day-long walking tour of the city’s Sham Shui Po neighborhood. Tour Supervisor Daisy Fu and guide Francis Lau of Eco Travel Limited share fascinating stories of Hong Kong’s history and development. A dim sum lunch, a snack at a Bean Curd factory, and visits to Taoist temples bring the city’s story to life. Join Paul and Elizabeth on this enlightening journey. Paul and Elizabeth spent some time in Hong Kong prior to boarding Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 for a segment of its World Cruise.

 

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Places — Hong Kong’s Shangri-La Hotel Brings The Best Of East And West

Join Paul and Elizabeth as they chat with Philip Dewar the general manager of the Kowloon Shangri-La in the lobby over tea. Dewar explains why Hong Kong hotels remain some of the best in the world and why they excel in service. The lobby of the Shangri-La is dominated by a huge mural of the mythical Shangri-La from James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. Paul and Elizabeth stayed at the Kowloon Shangri-La prior to Boarding Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 for a segment of its 2018 World Cruise.

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Places — Queen Mary 2 Calls At Nha Trang, Vietnam

Colonial-era buildings, trees crafted into topiary sculptures lining a park along the long beach, and mopeds whose drivers carry everything from mattresses to live ducks. On Paul and Elizabeth’s segment of Cunard Line’s 2018 World Cruise aboard Queen Mary 2, the couple tours the Vietnamese port city of Nha Trang. Visits to temples, a traditional pho lunch, and a look at the fishing boat harbor are among the highlights.

 

 

 

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Places — Badrutt’s Palace Is The Legendary Hotel Of St. Moritz

Yves Gardiol, CEO of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St Moritz, Switzerland joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about the latest programs is what is one of the world’s great hotels. Whether in Summer or Winter the hotel has hosted most of the world’s great since opening in 1896. Today the hotel maintains the highest standards of Swiss hotel keeping. Alfred Hitchcock was a guest for many years and one legend is that he received the inspiration for this fils The Birds as he watched a flock of crows from his balcony. 

We found this piece when searching the hotel’s history: The Palace, as it is fondly known today, is a legend in St Moritz: its 150-year history began when Johannes Badrutt introduced winter sports to pioneering Victoria tourists with a bet; St Moritz has since hosted two Winter Olympics and become a favorite winter playground. Badrutt’s culinary excellence, high service levels and supreme comfort attract discerning guests from all over the world – and more than its fair share of celebrities. Hosting unique events such as the White Turf, Snow Polo and Cricket on Ice, have added to the hotel’s charisma. Summer is a perfect time for alpine hiking, watersports on pristine lakes, and romantic picnics à deux. Yet alongside the glamour and enchantment of The Palace, guests return for the genuine welcome they receive from the Badrutt’s staff, making their stay a little piece of paradise.

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Places — Leon Liberman Talks Spain, Paradors, Pintxos And Architecture

Leon Liberman, our correspondent about all things Spain, updates us on things not to miss this year. As always, Leon offers valuable tips on how to get beneath the surface of Spain, whether staying in a Parador, sampling pintxos (Basque tapas), or tasting artisanal chocolate.

Some of Leon’s latest Spanish finds … Architect Antoni Gaudi’s first completed building recently opened to the public in Barcelona, and  Malaga surprises with great museums.

Click here for more information on Spain.

 

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Places — JetSetSarah Talk Caribbean After The Hurricanes

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon is an award-winning travel journalist, TV host and self-described “Carivangelist,” who ventures to the beach and beyond to share the diverse culture, lifestyle and people of the world’s favorite warm-weather destination. Based in Miami, the former travel editor of Caribbean Journal and executive editor of Caribbean Travel + Life magazine is also jetsetter-in-chief at JetSetSarah.com, where her two passions – the Caribbean and shopping – meet (her not-so-hidden talent is the ability to sniff out a “shopportunity,” no matter where in the world she may be).
 
Sarah joins with Paul and Elizabeth to bring us up to date on the Caribbean and why it remains such a popular vacation destination.  Sarah shares secrets  about great places to visit and things the locals do to enjoy the islands.
 
 Follow her adventures on twitter and Instagram at @JetSetSarah, and at Facebook.com/JetSetSarah.

 

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Places — Bürgenstock – The Legendary Resort of Switzerland Reinvents Itself

Bürgenstock, on a promontory overlooking Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, has a renowned hospitality history. The first hotel opened here in 1873, and in the 1950s, Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferrer in the Bürgenstock Chapel. The resort closed for several years, but has recently reopened as the Burgenstock Hotels and Resort, Lake Lucerne.
 
The resort’s general manager, Robert Herr joins Paul and Elizabeth to share news about what the resort is like today: with three hotels, three swimming pools, and restaurants serving everything from rosti potatoes and raclette to haute cuisine. And on nearby hikes, you just might encounter cows with bells.
 
Learn about Bürgenstock, old and new in this delightful podcast.