Tourism and Social Media
January 19th, 2012

It’s no secret – I love travel and tourism, and I love social media. I work with both on a daily basis and I find that the travel/tourism/hospitality industries seem to especially benefit from social media usage. Of course there are all of the traditional general reasons why I’m such an avid promoter of social [...]

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2011 Travel Resolutions – Pass or Fail?
December 13th, 2011

Last year as the new year approached, I wrote a blog on travel resolutions for 2011. They were partly for me, and partly a general suggestion for travelers based on my work as a travel planner and travel experiences. As the year comes to a close, I thought I’d share just how I did on [...]

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Where Do I Plan To Go?
November 4th, 2011

A week or so ago, I wrote a blog on how to create a travel plan. It’s something I encourage my clients and readers to do on a regular basis. Because I like to practice what I preach, and also to serve as an example, I thought I’d write and post my own travel plan. [...]

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Hotel Connoisseur Part 2 – Luxury Stand-Alone Hotels
September 28th, 2011

In a pervious post, I mentioned that I’m doing a two part-blog about some of my favorite hotels around the world. As I focus on luxury travel, most of these hotels fall into the upscale/luxury category. In the first post, I focused on hotels that are part of a chain or group. In this post, [...]

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Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Travel
August 16th, 2011

1. The world is very big, and very small at the same time. It’s amazing the differences you can find in nearby destinations, and the similarities you can find in human kind half way across the world. 2. Those things that you might be the most nervous about or wary of might just turn out [...]

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Well it’s about time… Meet Your Travel Blogger!
July 21st, 2011

For several years now I’ve been writing the Chimera Travel blog. I write about my travel experiences, travel embarrassments (which seem to be among my most popular blogs), travel words of wisdom and more. I realized earlier this week that what I have neglected to do, for five years, is write about the blogger herself. [...]

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Oops!…Embarrassing Travel Moments
June 8th, 2011

With all of the breathtakingly beautiful, terrifically exciting and utterly relaxing travel moments comes another type of less sough-after moment… embarrassing. We’ve all done it – getting to the airport and realizing you forgot your passport, walking into the opposite sex bathroom because you can’t read the sign in a foreign language, opening your luggage [...]

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Having Fun With National Travel & Tourism Week
May 11th, 2011

May 7 – 15 is National Travel & Tourism Week (that’s right, it’s happening right now!). As someone who makes a living in the travel industry, I’m excited to have a whole week dedicated to this. There are numerous stats on the size of the tourism industry and the impact on the economy and such. [...]

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What Kind of Massage Is This?
May 10th, 2011

I love massages. I try to get at least one per vacation, often as a way to force myself to take it easy one day so that I don’t end up completely worn out. The one thing I’ve learned in my overseas spa splurges is that every country has a different idea of what a [...]

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Fees, Shots and Currency Confusion
April 8th, 2011

Often times, we get so wrapped up in the “big picture” of planning a trip that we forget some of the smaller details. In general, looking at the big picture is appropriate– you don’t want to be so bogged down with the little details that you end up not enjoying the trip. There are, however, [...]

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