Travel Contests: Week of April 2, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of 52 trips to Australia Win a 7-day trip to your dream destination for two from Switchfly (Twitter contest; Johnny is a judge!) Win an 11-day safari-themed trip for two to South Africa Win a free […]

Travel Contests: Week of March 26, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a carry-on suitcase and cabin bag from Pathfinder Luggage! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a 7-day vacation to your dream destination from Switchfly Win a $32,000 trip for two to the Summer Olympics in Brazil from TD Ameritrade Win […]

Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two!

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

River cruising is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry and last year I decided it was time for me to put away my prejudices (primarily the notion that river cruising is only for older people) and check it out for myself. I went on two European river cruises—first, in the summer […]

Erfurt: The Medieval Heart of Germany

St. Mary's and carnival in Erfurt

The DB train from southern Augsburg to Erfurt was a pleasant ride through pastures, farms and idyllic villages. Erfurt is known as the green heart of Germany because it’s in the center of  Germany’s Thuringian Forest. Erfurt was also famous for its woad plant. The woad was used to create a unique blue dye in high demand during the Middle Ages—a demand […]

Great beers and great everything in French-speaking Belgium

Beer stacks up well against the many time-honored charms of Wallonia

Wedged like a time capsule inside the cobbled heart of central Brussels, the Grand-Place is breathtaking. Three-hundred-year-old façades of former guild houses and royal residences, delicately fashioned with gold and from stone and worn at the corners, run 360-degrees around the old town square, breaking only to grant entry to a few meandering, café-lit streets. […]

8 tips for visiting Venice’s Carnival on any travel budget

Jennifer and her husband, Tim, at Venice Carnival

Our Italy insider, Jennifer Dombrowski, gives us the best tips for visiting Venice’s Carnival, held each year in the lead-up to Ash Wednesday (which this year is March 5). Check out more of her Italy insider tips in 12 Things You Never Knew About Italy and Venice’s Biggest Tourist Traps and How to Avoid Them. […]

KLM Airlines to allow social media payment options

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, known for its innovative uses of social media in simplifying travel for their customers, has just become the first airline in the world to allow their passengers to pay for flights via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Previously, customers were able to use these sites for services such […]

Historic Rostock and Warnemünde, Germany

Warnemünde Old Harbor

From the moment you step through the Duke of Mecklenburg’s old royal gate, you’re transported back almost 800 years, to a time when Rostock, Germany was the shipping capital of the world. Yes, WWII took a toll on the Baroque-style buildings of the city’s New Market Square, but they were restored in 1952. The history […]