A sailing escape in NYC…and Florida, and the BVI, and…

NYC sail

Today, on a dreary Thursday, on the Hudson River beside Tribeca, I joined the Offshore Sailing School for a quick two-hour sail. And it was great. The views were insane—with the top of the Freedom Tower lost to the clouds—and the air was salty and fresh(er). The school’s special edition 50th-anniversary sails snapped blue and red and white […]

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 August 14, 2013

Radisson Blu contest

This week’s travel contests include: Win a Dream Trip Around the World for Two Win a $25,000 trip to British Virgin Islands (spent on a private yacht!) Win a trip to Paris from World Market Win one of ten great weekend getaways from Hilton HHonors Win a $15,000 trip to visit various cities in the […]

Tour of Necker Island By Sir Richard Branson

What a view from the Great House

The whole reason for me going to the British Virgin Islands was to get a tour of Sir Richard Branson‘s private island by the man himself. Necker made all the headlines back in August when the main house on the 74-acre oasis burned down and Titanic star Kate Winslet carried Branson’s 90-year-old mother out of […]

“HOT SPOTS 2012″ WITH JOHNNY JET TO AIR ON TRAVEL CHANNEL

Interviewing Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Galactic Spaceport America

Renowned travel expert John E. DiScala (aka Johnny Jet), circles the globe for his first televised special “Hot Spots 2012,” which premiered on the Travel Channel January 1. The show is scheduled to air again Sunday January 8 at 4:00 PM EST (check local listings). During the one-hour special, Johnny Jet gives viewers a ringside […]

British Virgin Islands

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I left off last week from Delray Beach, Florida. From there I drove with my buddy Kerry Morrissey to Hollywood Beach to attend a few Phocuswright parties. Phocuswright is a huge industry conference with the who’s who in travel. Since I was taking an early flight to the Caribbean the next morning I couldn’t attend, […]