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Bonding In Las Vegas Requires A Tattoo

Dick's Restaurant - HatsCorrespondent, Molly Blaisdell talks with Paul about a unique trip to Vegas where she spent quality time with her soon-to-be 21 year old daughter. There are some surprises including a trip to a shooting range. Of course there is the tattoo experience so listen to Molly’s amazing adventures.

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Anne Banas Of Smarter Travel Checks Out The Best Pastries Around The World

2013-Anne-BanasAnne Banas, Executive Editor of Smarter Travel and travel correspondent here at OnTravel, chats with Paul and Elizabeth about the 14 best pastries for the holidays around the world. They discuss great pastry experiences and why the holidays are the best time to experience great pastries. Anne is of course a pastry chef, as well as being a top editor and lends a certain culinary delight to her conversations here. And we should say tht during this interview Paul and Elizabeth were munching their first slice of Loison, panettone from Italy. It’s made with Late Mandarin of Ciaculli of Palermo in Sicily. There is nothing quite like it and it’s a tradition here at OnTravel.

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Mark McGuire Talks About How Nextt Aims To Bring Humanity Back To Social Media

Nextt-MarkMcGuire-CEO-HeadshotMark McGuire chats with Paul about a new concept in social or perhaps non-social media. NEXTTcreated by McGuire and co-founder Emmanuel Buah might just change social media and make it more human. McGuire says social networks are great for staying up to date with everyone, but consuming the lives of others on our screens leaves a lot less time for living in the real world. Nextt is a dedicated place for real friends to create the future together — what they’re going to do next—and make spending quality time in person a priority again. These are some of the thoughts behind NEXTT.

Nextt simplifies the social planning process with a set of pre-calendar tools, letting friends share ideas and iron out all of the details—the who, what, when and where—in private, so potential plans don’t get lost in e-mail, group chat messaging or voicemail and slip through the cracks. In contrast to other social networks that focus primarily on sharing the past with a large group of  digital followers, Nextt organizes a user’s future activities with a smaller group of in-person friends, making it easy to create, keep and follow through on actual plans together.

Here’s how Nextt works:

• People can easily capture ideas of things to do in the real world, for instance “weekend in the city” or “couples date night,” without finalizing the details first
• Users have complete control over who sees their content: ideas can be kept private, as a personal bucket list, or shared with specific friends to gauge interest and start planning
• To keep potential plans from slipping through the cracks, Nextt offers a number of pre-calendar tools, including a “To Do” section, fluid time ranges, reminders, and “nudges” that help organizers push plans across the finish line
• Friends don’t need accounts to start using Nextt. Invites are delivered via text or email and link to a dedicated group space for ironing out the details
• Once all of the details are set, ideas become plans and an “It’s On!” confirmation is delivered to members, reflecting the social dynamics of real world planning
• Nextt is accessible on iPhone, iPod touch, online and mobile web so friends can connect and make plans on the fly.

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Boingo Wifi Tips And Airport Expansion

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Paul chats about the future of airport Wi-Fi with Zack Sterngold of Boingo Wireless. They talk about the importance of wifi in keeping all of us connected during our travels. They also talk about the future of wireless not only in airports but everywhere. Boingo has acquired Advanced Wireless Group (AWG), the second largest airport Wi-Fi provider in the United States. Paul and Zack discuss how Boingo’s acquisition of AWG creates an unmatched global leader in airport wireless services, providing public Wi-Fi and cellular DAS network expertise, as well as offering a comprehensive portfolio of network enhancements that include location based services, venue analytics, and advanced roaming access via Hotspot 2.0 deployments. With expanded reach and resources, Boingo can accelerate new products to market that enhance the value of the wireless networks with actionable business data and improve the experience of passengers.

AWG operates public Wi-Fi in 17 U.S. airports including top 20 facilities Los Angeles International (LAX), Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT), Miami International (MIA), Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP), Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), and Boston’s Logan International (BOS). The combined entity will operate the public Wi-Fi services in nearly 60% of North America’s top 50 airports and more than 40% of the world’s top 50 airports, representing more than 1.4 billion passengers per year across all airports. The takeaway from this interview is that for travelers Boingo is a vital travel tool.

 

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Marybeth Bond Travels With Adventure In Mind And She Is Truly Gutsy

gutsy_sMarybeth Bond is an extraordinary traveler. Her book, has inspired countless women and some men no doubt to embrace adventure at all levels when they travel. Here she chats with Paul about the qualities that make a gutsy traveler, man or woman.

Marybeth Bond is the “go to” expert for women travel, travel tips, travel advice and travel stories. She is a National Geographic author, (10 books),  contributor to PBS, LA Times, USA Today, CNN, National Geographic, Fox News and more. She knows her subject well.  She’s traveled to over 100 countries. From the Explorers Club in New York City to international conferences in Thailand, Switzerland and Malaysia, Marybeth has spoken to business groups, sales meetings, and conventions worldwide. Marybeth and her book Gutsy Women was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

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Gary McKechnie Author Of Great American Motorcycle Tours Talks About The Open Road

Image 1It’s time to hit the road.  Gary McKechnie, the author of the best-selling guidebook Great American Motorcycle Tours  joins Paul and Elizabeth to chat about touring by motorcycle and the joys and challengers. Bored with his 9-to-5 job, McKechnie sold his house and set out to write America’s first nationwide motorcycle touring guidebook, embarking on an 18-month journey across the United States. He shares tips for beginner riders, as well as other advice on touring the country. Here he talks about the logistics of his travels and also the joys of discovery.

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Livescribe Is Technology In Your Hand That Saves Time And Effort

sky_wifi_smartpen_heroBryan Rodrigues talks with Paul about Livescribe. A product best described by what it does. At school or work the notes that you take are recorded and placed in a file for reference. Want to check on a fact your noted. Just tap on the place in your written notes and you can hear what was being said. You can create audio transcripts of all your notes if you wish. Livescribe has produced a pencast especially for OnTravel that illustrates just how valuable a tool it can be for travelers. This one is Italy-themed, and we included some examples of how travelers can utilize the smartpen by creating a sample pencast for a fictional trip to Florence, just click on the stars:

https://www.livescribe.com/int/player/lsnotesdesktop.htm?cak=180ff300f8bd96ad;docId=2074911;pageId=107865591

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Author And Traveler Jeff Greenwald Talks About Burning Man And Other Travels

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Jeff Greenwald joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about this year’s Burning Man in Nevada. This gathering of thousands on a dry lake in Northern Nevada has become one of the premier art events in the world. Its sells out and while not for everyone, it’s become an annual celebration of all facets of artistic expression. And each year, the giant construction at the center of it all ends in flames, hence the Burning Man. Greenwald reveals that once over, absolutely nothing remains to mar the desert landscape on the dry lake. Of course until a new man is built the next year. Jeff’s latest work is his book, Snake Lake, about the uprising in the nineties in Nepal. Jeff has a particular affinity for the peaks of the Himalaya and Kathmandu, Nepal, and his powerful narrative brings perspective to this area. Jeff’s other passion can be found in the world of ethical travel. Check out the website for more information on a topic we all need to spend more time thinking about and planning our travels accordingly. Jeff blogs regularly and you can find his writing about travels, art and people at Jeff Greeenwald.com.

 

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Marybeth Bond Talks About Snorkeling With Belugas And Walking With Polar Bears

2013-07-23 17.57.21 (640x480)Marybeth Bond, author of Gutsy Women, chats with Paul and Elizabeth about her recent adventure in Canada, where she snorkeled with beluga whales and got close to polar bears. Bond has visited more than 90 countries and has produced 11 books about woman’s travel. She brings her insightful observations, her enthusiasm, and her sense of humor to any excursion. Check out her website and blog. Here’s an excerpt.

Less than an hour after we landed at the remote lodge on Hudson Bay, we saw our first polar bear. In fact, it was a cuddly-looking mother and cub who lumbered along the shoreline. We photographed them from the safety of the lodge windows and settled in for a “safety talk” before we headed out onto the Arctic tundra to track the bear on foot.

Safety? Our guides had over 15 years of combined experience with polar bears and you know it when they talk about the bears’ behavior, how close to get and how to read the bear’s body language. They carry ample deterrents such as guns,  bear pepper spray and a radio. Their expertise and presence put me at ease. We never left the lodge without the armed guides.

“Polar bears  move as if the country has belonged to them always.”
John Muir, on a visit to the Arctic in 1899

Seal River Heritage Lodge, one of the Churchill Wild lodges, is located right on the shoreline of Western Hudson Bay (about 59′ north latitude) – a true wilderness location many miles from any human habitation, roads, electrical wires, boats, planes or trains. Churchill Wild is a pioneer in the realm of summer walking safaris to photograph bears and snorkel with beluga whales. Read More: 

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Gary Arndt Wraps His Caribbean Expedition And Talks Luggage

Gary Arndt HeadshotGary Arndt chats with Paul as he wraps up his travels in the Caribbean. They talk travel, political logistics and luggage. He blogs extensively about the trip at Everything-Everywhere.com. This is a short excerpt.

“I have finally finished with my island hopping trip through the Caribbean. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though the logistics were often a giant pain. I have a post in the works about how you can actually do an island hopping trip of your own, but suffice it to say it is far more difficult than it should be given how close together the islands are. Not surprisingly, the reason involved politics and money. The islands themselves were fantastic. I have so much to say, and I’ll soon have my photos edited and I’ll start posting more about the region. I’m currently in Wisconsin for two more weeks catching up on things and taking care of business that I can only do when I’m here. (Banking, etc.).

My travel plans for the next two months are now pretty set. Here is where I’ll be through the first week in November:”  read more here