Travel Contests: Week of January 21, 2015

Allianz

This week’s travel contests include: Win an Allianz Global Assistance GoBag in celebration of The New York Times Travel Show! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win two tickets to your dream destination with Turkish Airlines (on social media) Win a pampering vacation for two in Barbados Win a week-long cruise departing from your choice of Texas or Florida (on Facebook) Win a […]

11 Reasons to Stay at the Delray Sands Resort

Delray Sands Resort pool

I just returned from checking out South Florida’s newest hotel! I was able to make it down for the Delray Sands Resort’s grand opening celebration last Thursday night, to which they invited me and a few other bloggers. The new hotel just completed an extensive renovation and when you walk through the lobby doors, you’d never […]

Travel Contests: Week of November 19, 2014

Florida

This week’s travel contests: Win a 4-day Florida beach getaway Win $20,000 for a dream trip in Barclaycard’s Great Getaway Giveaway Win a Hawaii getaway in the Hilton Ultimate Weekender Sweepstakes Win a 3-night trip for two to Cancun Win free Allegiant flights for you and a friend for an entire year (from six cities) Win a […]

Mapping the Conch Republic

Out on the water with Hall's Diving Center in the Florida Keys

On April 23, 1982, the mayor of Key West, Florida, Dennis Wardlow, “broke a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a naval uniform.” This naturally ushered his city into secession from the United States, officially as the “Conch Republic.” One minute into sovereignty, Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered to the same man, and the […]

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 […]

Swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida

A manatee photo bomb in Crystal River!

A tiny town on the Gulf coast of Florida is the only U.S. destination where you can legally swim with manatees in the wild. That is why I was at the Plantation on Crystal River dressed only in a wetsuit before dawn on the coldest day of the year in Florida, when ice crystals were actually starting to […]

Travel News: Week of February 19, 2014

DFW

Top Travel News DFW airport unveils new automated kiosks aimed at speeding up international travel New budget airline for Florida How the US Navy avoids norovirus Airline on-time performance fell in 2013 Expedited lane for international connections now open at MIA American Seals Control of Kennedy Flights in JetBlue Swap Delta profit sharing hits $500M […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Get Deals, Get Insurance

FL

Get Deals, Get InsuranceYesterday’s tip was on the timing of hurricane season—in both the Atlantic and the Pacific—but the part I left out is the fact that Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 to November 30) is also a time to find fantastic deals in Florida and the Caribbean. Keep in mind, chances are slim that […]