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Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books Has A Travel Focus

LAT_Travel_icon_smCatharine Hamm, travel editor of The Los Angeles Times, talks with Paul about the Festival of Books and the program which includes many experts who can share their expertise in travel. It costs nothing to attend the Festival but there are packages available that can add to the experience. Experts such as TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez and travel safety expert Kevin Coffey will be sharing during the weekend. One panel features experts like Johnny Jet and Gabe Saglie discussing tips and tricks for saving money. If you are planning on visiting Southern California or live in the region the Festival is a great place to learn about all sorts of books but if you are interested there is a great focus on travel.

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Internet At Sea That’s Faster Than At Home

BillMartin0612Bill Martin with Royal Caribbean International talks with Paul about fast WIFI at sea on the four newest cruise ships of Royal Caribbean. Low earth orbit satellites and ground breaking technology have made the dream of fast internet at sea a reality. Bill explains how the system works and how popular it is with those cruising on these ships.

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Master Story Teller And Travel Editor Spud Hilton Weaves Great Tales

palau_kayak_mugSpud Hilton, award winning travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, talks with Paul about what makes great travel writing and both agree, “it’s the story stupid”. Today’s bloggers often forget that people love to read stories. Spud also talks about the necessity of bringing back stories and observations about places that convey a true sense of place. He talks about a story on the islands of Palau that revealed ancient ruins from a civilization that once inhabited the country. Observations that go way beyond the usual diving in Palau story.

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Travel Skills Provide Valuable Lessons In One Miami School

CSM Cutler Bay AcademyMaria Newman joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss a teaching program at Cutler Bay Senior High School in Miami. The school program is giving students a chance to earn college credits while learning skills useful in the travel industry. Along the way they also learn life skills and valuable lessons about how travel, the world’s largest industry, works. Newman also talks about the joys and rewards of teaching. Some of the students and their teacher are shown on a learning trip to Cruise Shipping Miami, the leading industry trade show. CSM Cutler Bay Academy (photos: Andy Newman)

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Just Ahead Is The Perfect Driving App For Touring U.S. National Parks

DSCN1205_2Bob Howells joins Paul for an indepth look at what just may be the perfect app for exploring our National Parks by car. Just Ahead tells you where to go in our most popular National Parks using GPS guidance and combining expert knowledge and accurate information. It blends technology with serious travel information in a very useable format. Better than any printed travel guide Just Ahead perfects the audio driving tour.

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Johnny Jet Talks Travel Apps That Save Time

Johnny JetJohnny Jet joins Paul to talk travel and travel apps. Here is one that he finds particularly useful.  Johnny finds some of the best and most up-to-date travel information on the web.  Glympse.com “This is my new favorite app. Last week my cousin offered to give me a ride to the airport and when I texted him to see how far away he was from my house, he sent me a link. Since it was so slow to open up on my Blackberry, I forwarded it to my laptop and there it was…a Google Map with his exact location and the speed at which he was traveling. I thought, “what a perfect app for travelers to know where their ride is!” read more:


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What’s Trending On Google Travel In February

Google Word Lens iPhone (SMALL)Technologist and trends expert LaToya Drake joins Paul and Elizabeth to reveal the hottest travel topics on Google Search in February. Packing and cruising are among the things people want to know more about. They also discuss the ways Google Translate can help make travel more hassle free. Paul and Elizabeth also share some of their secrets to packing light. For more check out Google Trends.

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GroundLink Emerges As A Quality Provider of App Based Car Services At Phocuswright

DeanSivleyPhotoDean Sivley sits down with Paul and Elizabeth at Phocuswright in Los Angeles to talk about travel innovation and the car services offered by GroundLink.   At a time of controversy for companies offering apps that get you cars, Groundlink stands out for it’s integrity and business practices. GroundLink provides chauffeured black car service for business and leisure travelers in all major U.S. cities and more than 110 countries. GroundLink offers an integrated booking platform for its consumer and corporate clients that includes its website, award-winning mobile app for IPhone or Android and its 24/7 call center. GroundLink also offers the industry’s only guaranteed on-time point-to-point and airport transfer black car service that includes state-of-the-art geo-tracking for smart phone enabled users. With this feature GroundLink customers always know who their driver and car are in advance, and where their car is located at all times including before and during the ride.

Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief, of Travel Weekly, the travel industries leading publication stop by to chat with Paul and Elizabeth and they talk about the rapidly growing importance of the internet of the digital world and how it has changed how travel works today. And finally,  Tony D’Astolfo, the Managing Director of Phocuswright, talk about the importance of the show in showcasing emerging trends in digital travel. Phocuswright is the leading forum for innovation in digital travel.

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Voices From The Past — Susan B. Anthony

podsquare_LIn another of our Voices From the Past series, John Poimiroo brings us Susan B Anthony to talk about the impact the remarkable woman made on the history of the United States. For more on the region and the history of Susan B Anthony and her contribution to America, the entire Finger Lakes region is a great place to explore.

About the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes, eleven pristine lakes spread like fingers across central New York, encompasses 9,000 plus square miles of outdoor adventures and bucolic scenery. Visitors will enjoy an abundance of Thoreau-esque lakeside retreats and an array of outdoor adventures, a myriad of trails (both culinary and health-centric!), more than 100 world class vineyards, farm-to-table culinary delights, fun and educational museums peppered with hands on experiences, and internationally acclaimed annual festivals.

Women’s History in the Finger Lakes

In 1848 the first Women’s Rights Convention was organized in Seneca Falls and Susan B. Anthony called Rochester home. Visitors to the region can experience a National Women’s History Trail through Rochester, Seneca Falls and the rest of the region. A National Historic Landmark, the Susan B. Anthony House was home to this legendary suffragist during her 40 most politically active years. In addition, the region is full of history from pioneering women who laid the groundwork for women’s rights from Mary Jemison to Harriet Tubman to Clara Barton and Martha Matilda Harper.

Notable Women’s History sites also include:

–       National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House: Rochester’s first National Historic Landmark. The museum & house honor this remarkable woman who sought equal rights for all—including abolition of slavery and voting rights for women.  Anthony served as the founding vice-president, and then president, of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Visitors to Anthony’s home can stand in the living room where she was arrested for voting in the 1872 presidential election.  The visitor center, next door, tells the story of Anthony’s life through a treasure trove of memorabilia, artifacts, furnishings, and photographs.

–       Ontario County Courthouse, site of Susan B. Anthony’s famous trial in 1873.

–       Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership: Located at the University of Rochester, the site offers research opportunities, programs and events.

–       Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls: site of the first Women’s Rights Convention was held, part of Women’s Rights National Historical Park that also includes the Suffrage Press, the homes of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Mary Ann MClintock, and a visitor center.

–       National Women’s Hall of Fame: Where exhibits and photographs share the inspiring, and often amazing, stories of hundreds of women in America-women from the past and women alive today-all celebrated here for their impact on the world.

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Zipkick Promises A New And Simplified Way To Search For And Book Travel On The Internet

bannermockup-zipkickJason Will was named one of the 35 young leaders as visionaries in the world of digital travel at the PhoCusWright Conference this year. We were fortunate to be able to snag him for a chat.  The Class of 35 interacts with the industry’s best and brightest during The PhoCusWright Conference and participation exposes the group to today’s travel luminaries as a critical step to becoming the leaders who will drive strategy, innovation and growth. Jason shared with us his plans for Zipkick and why it brings a new approach to travel. Jason explained to us that Zipkick users now have the ability to find what’s relevant without scroll bars, radio buttons or searching thousands of different options through a simple and repeatable process. They will be able to easily customize preferences, search and book in just a couple of clicks on a reliable and secure platform. How great is that? We think simplifying the travel experience on the net is essential to it’s future.

Jason Will, Zipkick CEO