Archive for October, 2009

By Lena Katz Snack on sugar skeleton, picnic in a cemetery, party in a mummy museum, and build an altar to the dearly departed right in your foyer. While all these ideas might shock you, they’re beloved holiday traditions south of the border. November 1 marks Dia de Los Muertos, the famous Day of the Dead [read more…]

By Emma Simmons Even though I was born in Texas, I grew up in Maine-Midcoast Maine, to be exact-with a camera constantly in my hand, chasing the sun day in and day out. I was lucky to often see the sun sitting high above the water of The Penobscot Bay; there is something truly beautiful [read more…]

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Spend the holiday season with friends and family, not the people waiting in the airport security line. Although rightfully known as the most wonderful time of the year, the Thanksgiving and Christmas travel season often creates a few challenges for travelers. To ensure smooth sailing this holiday season, consider the following holiday travel tips: Know [read more…]

By Lena Katz With summer in the rearview mirror and Thanksgiving around the next curve, the landscape may look a little dreary to you these days. Maybe it’s time for a quick change of scenery. Quickie beach vacations, golf getaways or spa weekends are an easy way to perk up a blah autumn. Last installment [read more…]

By E.C. Gladstone While Las Vegas has always been known as an “anything goes” town, it doesn’t always get top billing as a destination for LGBT travelers. And that’s an oversight, especially since the passing of Nevada’s Domestic Partnership Act. Vegas is actually a very gay-friendly town if you know where to look; but since [read more…]

By Joanna Citarella On November 14 more than 1,800 athletes (plus myself and countless other spectators) will converge on Clearwater Beach, FL for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship triathlon. This race is the real deal, the holy grail of triathlons and the stakes are high with a purse of $100,000 split between the top [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli BY THE NUMBERS: Delta’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy on Northwest changes Delta Airlines says that it’s on track to fully integrate Northwest Airlines by the end of the year–and that includes flying under one operating certificate, the key bit of government-issued authority. Generally speaking, the merger has gone smoothly enough, but [read more…]

By Lena Katz South Pacific fire dancers spinning flaming batons around their bodies faster than the eye can see. Plates piled high with roast pork from the imu oven and fresh island catch. Girls in grass skirts and coconut shell tops swishing their hips hypnotically. Countless rum punches turning the evening to a pleasant blur. [read more…]

By Emma Simmons I traveled to Tanzania after graduating from college to volunteer at Mt. Meru Day Care and the Rift Valley Children’s Village with a close friend of mine. Prior to our trip we mentioned climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but did not put that on our itinerary until we were living in a town outside of [read more…]

Fall travel is in full swing, and with Halloween around the corner, many fall travel destinations are looking to give visitors a scare. From Disney’s haunted theme park to Las Vegas costume parties, there is an endless amount of Halloween fun this fall. Check out some of the top fall travel destinations for Halloween. Disney [read more…]

by Antoinette Bierman While most Gay Pride festivals take place over summer, Atlanta is fixing to add a little spookiness to its LGBT festivities this year as it moves Pride to Halloween weekend. The festival returns to Piedmont Park after a dismal stint at the Civic Center in 2008, and the weekend-long celebration is sure [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli AIRPORT REPORT: What Would Eero Think? The stunning Eero Saarinen terminal at Washington/Dulles Airport is a late 20th century masterpiece of architecture and design. But it’s always been a disaster as an airport terminal trying to keep up with the demands of modern-day air travel. Hence the constant retrofitting and work-arounds that [read more…]

As part of my job as Orbitz market manager for the Southeast region of the U.S., I travel throughout the area to scope out cities and research great hotels. And while this sounds like a perfect job, it does have some setbacks: For one, I need to leave my toddlers behind (but now that I [read more…]

DOLLAR WATCH: Surprise! Travel Fees Keep Rising Frontier Airlines has been busy on the fee front. It has raised its first checked bag fee to $20 and its second checked bag fee to $30. It also lowered some of its ticket-change fees. The supposedly fee-free carrier, Southwest Airlines, has invented an optional new charge. For [read more…]

By Emma Simmons Fes, Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, Essaouira: It all sounded so exotic that I traveled to Morocco in an attempt to capture everything I had read and heard about over the years.  This country that hugs the northwestern coast of Africa offered even more to the naked eye—and to experience it on the [read more…]

By Lena Katz It’s sunset in Key West, and as usual, at least three people in Mallory Square are playing with fire. One’s juggling it, one’s dancing with it, and the third seems to be ready to eat it. A few yards away, a man in a straitjacket and chains hangs upside down above an [read more…]

By E.C. Gladstone So many new shows have been opening on the Strip and in all the Las Vegas Hotels, that it seems almost impossible to keep up. I have to confess that despite my Strip-hound reputation, even I haven’t had a chance to see them all. While I do, I figured the least I [read more…]

Gonna be in Los Angeles this weekend? Orbitz weekly blogger Lena Katz is  signing copies of “Travel Temptations SIP, SUN, SNOW” at West Hollywood Book Fair this Sunday, October 4th. Find her  in the West Hollywood Writes tent OR at the Barnes & Noble booth from noon to 3:00 p.m. Or if you want to [read more…]