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Book Passage Hosts The West’s Leading Literary Workshop For Travel

Don George 2013Travel writer and editor, Don George joins Paul to talk about the plans for the 22nd annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, held in Corte Madera just north of San Francisco August 8 to 11. Don is co-founder of the conference which each year attracts major travel book authors. Don also explains how he teaches a one-day course on travel writing just before the conference by taking students out to Point Reyes and giving them a hands on experience in writing about the place. Book Passage is one of the leading independent books stores in the United States. Don and Paul talk about the evolution of travel writing and how it is evolving today. Elizabeth Harryman, co-host of Traveling and Travel Editor of Westways magazine will be a member of the faculty this year.

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David DeCandia Blends A World Of Tea For Coffee Bean And Tea Leaf Stores Around The World

120726100603_dave-picking-teaPaul and Elizabeth chat with David De Candia about the world of tea. His title at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® may conjure images of him sitting surrounded by cups of tea to taste or of him directing an operation of blending and bagging leaves in a large room. A certified tea specialist and master blender, De Candia’s job description is, in fact, much more complex and includes traveling to tea growing regions around the world to sample and buy teas directly from individual estates with whom he has forged relationships; evaluating and blending teas at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Camarillo, CA, Roasting & Distribution facility; spearheading the company’s Caring Cup global initiatives; acting as a teacher, judge, and panelist at tea conventions and expositions; and educating the company’s team members. De Candia, of course, simplifies it further by saying, “Tea is who I am.” He’s involved with the brand’s tea cultivating process from seed to cut and spends almost two thirds of every year traveling to various tea estates across India, Sri Lanka, the Himalayas, China, and Africa.

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Christian Science Monitor Weekly On Disconnected Vacations

01_JUN03Monitor Staff Writer, Dan Wood joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss his recent article on disconnected vacations. He talks about folks who have turned off their social media and electronics to vacation without doing anything. And he discusses people who wouldn’t dream of giving up their electronic connections to the world. It’s a thought-provoking article that provides insight into an emerging social trend.

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Expats In A Fantasy In A far Land The Slovak Republic

ImageJoEllen Zumberg and Scott Burgess moved from London to a small town in the Slovak republic. Theay are learning the language, making friends and have even found sushi in Bratislava. Paul and Elizabeth chat with them over Skype about life in their village, the challenges and joys. Check out their blog at Whose idea was this anyway.

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Boingo Wifi Tip For May

boingo logoChristian Gunning joins us with an update of where wifi is going and for the traveler it’s good news. Christian joins us regularly at OnTravel to share his expertise about travel and wifi.

Boingo’s award-winning Wi-Fi service offers access to more than 600,000 Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide across the company’s aggregated global network, spanning more than 100 countries in partnership with more than 125 Wi-Fi network operators. The Boingo Wi-Finder app helps users find premium Boingo hotspots and the best available free hotspots worldwide through a color-coded location directory, and helps them connect securely using the Boingo VPN. 

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Boingo’s Christian Gunning Provides Tips For WIFI And Travel

boingo logoBack from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Christian Gunning of Boingo shares the latest intel on wifi from the world largest mobile conference. He stresses the importance of making sure you know how much it will cost to roam for data with your cell provider. Make sure you know how to turn roaming off in your cell phone. He reports that there should be progress in the coming years with carriers recognizing the importance of wifi in modern smartphones.  He offers tips to save money on accessing wifi when traveling in other countries.

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Learn To Live In The Outdoors With NOLS

bruce_palmer_cropBruce Palmer joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about outdoor survival skills and the lessons to be learned from the outdoors. National Outdoor Leadership School classes range from two weeks to a full academic year. Classes are attended by a diverse cross section of students. The minimum age is 14 and there have been students in their seventies. You do learn outdoor survival skills but the impact of the classes offer far more. Students come away with greater self-knowledge as well as an assurance that they can achieve more than they ever felt they could. And NOLS offers classes around the world. NOLS operates in some of the most incredible locations on Earth. 

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Jennifer Dombrowski Found An Island She Doesn’t Want To Leave

Dombrowski 1Jennifer Dombrowski, blogger and global traveler checks in with Paul and  Elizabeth about her recent travels. She and husband Tim spent New Years in Iceland to see the spectacle of bonfire, fireworks, and formal parties. Earlier they visited an island in the Maldives they wanted to stay in forever.  Here’s a great introduction to Jennifers blog:

Best Dozen Posts of 2012

Every now and again, blog post roundups take the travel blogging world by storm. We don’t participate often, but when we were nominated by Women on the Road to share our Best Dozen Posts of 2012, it seemed like a great way to reflect on the last year. Especially since we officially just celebrated our one year blogaversary of the launch of JdombsTravels.com. So here are our Best Dozen Posts of 2012:

1. Most Popular Post

One of the great things about living so close to Venice is discovering all the best festivals that you’ve never heard of. Perhaps that’s why our post on the Festa del Redentore was our most popular post in 2012. I discovered the festival back in 2010 when I spent six month exploring all the off-the-beaten-path towns and festivals in Italy. Venetians are still celebrating the end of the plague in a massive party culminating in a 45-minute long firework display. We now go every year.

2. Most Helpful Travel Tip

After near daily messages from readers, I compiled all my best tips for Easy Ways to Save on Your Next Flight into one post. Tips like when the best time to search for flights, when sales are released, and how to use split fares (one of my favorite ways ever to save BIG) gave the Festa del Rendentore post a run for its’ money.  Read more:

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Andrea Sachs Goes On Safari For Moose In Maine

6a00d8341c7be853ef0133f37a0182970b-320wiThese moose are locked in eternal combat in a window at the LL Bean store in Freeport Maine. Andrea Sachs went on a moose safari in Northern Maine near Moosehead Lake.  She and Paul talk about moose encounters both real and imagined over the years. Her story in the Washington Post is a fascinating and very entertaining account of her moose safari in Maine. Here’s how it begins.

In Maine, follow that moose— Ed Mathieu pulled the Jeep to the side of the road, the tires rumbling on the icy gravel. He jumped out, walked purposefully around the vehicle and squinted at the crusty snow. As he bent down for a closer look-see, I recognized his intense expression as the same one I’d seen on the faces of trackers on safaris in the wilds of Canada and Africa. Ed was staring at the past, described in a trail of footprints: A moose had been here. Now if only he could predict the future: that I would see a marvelous Maine moose. Setting out from Portland for the two-hour drive north, I was buoyed by the odds. According to state wildlife biologists, 75,000 moose reside in Maine, with about 1.3 moose per square mile in the Moosehead Lake vicinity. I knew from an earlier conversation with Ed, who runs Moose Country Safaris & Eco Tours, that we were going to canvass a wide swath of wooded land and shoreline near the lake. Since moose typically roam within a two- to four-mile radius, I imagined a veritable petting zoo of Bullwinkles. Read how it turned out

 

 

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Peter Knego Knows More About Cruise Ships Than Just About Anybody

pkritaSailing with cruise ship expert Peter Knego on the Carnival Breeze gives Paul and Elizabeth a chance to hang out and talk with the renowned author, videographer and ship antiquarian. Knego is one of the few people from the outside to have actually visited and filmed the ship breakers in Alang, India. His passion is recording the cruise fleet today and working to record the historical record of the great classic liners of the past. Born in Los Angeles, CA in 1960, Peter’s interest in passenger ships started in 1973 when he was assigned to research the LUSITANIA for an American History course. In early 1974, he began visiting and photographing nearly every liner and cruise ship that came to Los Angeles, beginning with P&O’s SS ARCADIA, and continues to do so to this day. While he was at UCLA, Peter took his first “serious” cruises, beginning in 1980 with American Hawaii’s newly-rechristened SS OCEANIC INDEPENDENCE. Every year thereafter, he made it a point to sail in an elderly passenger ship until the early 1990s, when he furthered his mission to seek out and document every “forgotten” liner left in the world. In 1992, Peter traveled to Greece to visit the forlorn and soon to be lost former SS AMERICA. Further travels included a 14 night voyage aboard ACHILLE LAURO just a few weeks before she was destroyed by fire; trips to the Ukraine to document the former Cunard twins LEONID SOBINOV and FEDOR SHALYAPIN; an extended “tour” of the Far East to cover aging liners in Japan and China; a visit to the US Reserve Fleet in VA to document the nuclear ship SAVANNAH; a special expedition to the Philippines to see the former Italian liner MV AUGUSTUS; and back to China for the former ANCERVILLE and ORIANA. Dozens more ships have followed over the years.