Archive for September, 2009

by Emma Simmons In the fall of October 2008, I traveled to Kashmir, India with my photography mentor, John Isaac, to assist a photography workshop through the Maine Media Workshops.  Kashmir was a place I wasn’t sure I would be so lucky to experience at my age due to the current turmoil which has happened [read more…]

Emma Simmons is the Orbitz Travel Blog’s travel artist of the month. Each week we will feature a series of photographs from her collection. Before we share her amazing photographs, we asked Emma to share a little about herself. By Emma Simmons Ever since I can remember, I have had a camera in my hand. [read more…]

Fall is shoulder season, the period between summer and holiday season known for low cost travel and fewer crowds at many vacation hot spots. This year, the Orbitz Insider Index reviewed average hotel costs in 10 popular shoulder season destinations, identifying which give travelers the most value this fall. Dublin and Bermuda top the list, [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli Lest you think the meltdown of the lodging industry would slow the development of new properties, consider this new crop of openings. If there is any bright side to these newbies, consider that several are actually in areas that honestly need new properties. One example: the new Hilton Garden Inn branches in [read more…]

By Mark McCullough Lynchburg, Va., perched in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known for its tobacco history and connection to the late Jerry Falwell, the outspoken evangelical leader and founder of Liberty University. What it is not known for is its skiing, but that is is all about to change. Liberty University has [read more…]

It’s harvest season in California wine country. Between the crush of people in the tasting rooms and the crush of grapes in the fields, there’s never a moment of downtime for Napa’s winemakers between August and the of October. And this is just how they like it. If you haven’t taken your California vacation to [read more…]

The bean counters who run the airlines continue to claim that their parade of baggage fees is adding to their cash flow. The credulous general media continue to report the claim of a $2 billion influx to the carriers’ bottom line. The truth, of course, is far different: Overall revenue figures conclusively show the airlines [read more…]

By Donna Mulligan Ask my husband and he will tell you. His favorite family vacation with the kids is spent on the ski slopes in Vermont. Taking the kids on a ski vacation does involve some organization and planning. Staying warm and dressing in layers is essential. Chattering teeth and blue lips can cut an [read more…]

By Mark Verone Family vacations can be exciting, relaxing — even educational — but they can also present some challenges. When it comes to getting through the airport with ease, entertaining kids on flights and packing enough (but not too much), it helps to have the right gear. My wife and I have taken a [read more…]

By Lena Katz When the rest of the world decides it’s time to go back to work, Hawaii throws a month-long party. Truth. The annual Aloha Festivals brings live performances, arts and crafts, traditional costumes and cultural pride to the islands. Not to mention, the biggest block party of the year (Saturday, September 19 at [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli ROUTE MAP Four Airlines Swap Slots on the East Coast: Thanks to a remarkable series of asset exchanges, several airlines are remaking the East Coast route map. In the big deal, Delta Air Lines and US Airways are trading slots at New York/LaGuardia and Washington/National Airport. US Airways is giving Delta 125 [read more…]

By E.C. Gladstone There are some people that say if you haven’t been to the downtown Las Vegas hotels, you haven’t really been to Las Vegas. Last week, I covered where to stay, entertainment and gambling around Fremont Street; this week, the best restaurants, bars and some secret tips. Restaurants & Bars Dining in and [read more…]

If you’ve ever wished for a Zagat-esque guide to travel,’s “Best Resorts & Lodges Guide” is as close as they come. This comprehensive directory of the top domestic and international resorts and lodges offers in-depth profiles of hundreds of the world’s best places to stay across ten categories, including the best all-inclusive resorts, best [read more…]

By Kate Schwartz If your legs cramp up at the thought of a long flight, this article is for you. I’ve done extensive research on the best in-flight exercises and compiled a top ten list of the most effective cramp/blood clot/boredom-fighting moves. So bust out the sweatband, it’s time to move! Take a lap: Get [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli BUYER’S MARKET Republic Beats Southwest to Buy Frontier Airlines: Bankrupt Frontier Airlines was sold at auction in mid-August to Republic Airways, a holding company that owns a group of commuter carriers and recently purchased Midwest Airlines. The surprise loser: Southwest Airlines. Southwest was a late entrant into the Frontier bidding, but had [read more…]

By Lena Katz September is California Wine Month, and from Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Santa Barbara valleys, vintners are throwing open their doors for sips and stomps and harvest parties galore. Though there’s never a bad time for a California vacation, harvest season might be my favorite — an opinion shared by foodies and [read more…]

By E.C. Gladstone There are some people that say if you haven’t been to the downtown Las Vegas hotels, you haven’t really been to Las Vegas. Centered around Fremont Street, where the town began as a railroad stop some 100+ years ago, downtown Las Vegas has weathered the ages, preserving a classic spirit while trying [read more…]

By Ian Whitney I’ll begin by pointing out that while our Fantasyfest experience is hardly unique, it is from the perspective of two guys in their twenties who happen to be lucky enough to live in Key West all year. For us, Fantasyfest begins a week before the parade with Goombay, a Caribbean street party. [read more…]

By Dustin Woehrmann The Big Easy celebrates Halloween with four days of parties — all for charity — with the 2009 Halloween New Orleans event. This year marks the 26th year of parties and fundraising. The mission is to provide funding for Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for men and women with AIDS, [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli MILES & POINTS JetBlue Launches Revenue-Based, Not Mileage-Based, Program: Since its first flights in February, 2000, JetBlue Airways has done most things right. But one glaring deficiency was its dreadful TrueBlue program, which is irrelevant even to many of the airline’s most frequent customers. Now everything but the name is being jettisoned [read more…]