Travel Contests: Week of April 9, 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 a luxurious summer trip for two to Hawaii from InsideHook and others Win […]

Why you should stay at the Marti Istanbul, in words and photos

Marti Istanbul by night

I recently had the good fortune to pay visit to a city I’ve wanted to experience for as long as I can remember: the city of Istanbul. Hearing from those that had been, I’d known it was a city rich with history, breathtaking landmarks, incredible cuisine, great cultural and commercial shopping, and that at some […]

One day in Istanbul, in photos

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Here’s my day in Istanbul, in photos. Click each photo to see a larger version, or click here to head back to my story on the Marti Istanbul hotel.

My Top 2009 Hotel Rooms

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Copacabana Palace — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil The most prestigious hotel in South America is the Copacabana Palace. It was built in 1923 and practically every celebrity (Tom Cruise checked in just after we checked out) or dignitary who has visited Rio has stayed here. Here’s my trip report. JW Marriott — Guanacaste, Costa Rica […]

Turkish Ports Of Call

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Yahsu from the Greek Islands! We left off last week from Seabourn’s newest masterpiece the Odyssey where I told you all about this luxury 450-passenger yacht, which debuted in late June. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to tell you about all the ports of call on our seven-day Aegean cruise so we’ll explore the Turkish ports […]

Seabourn Odyssey

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Ahoy there, mates! This week we’re coming to you from one of, if not the, swankiest cruise ships in the world — Seabourn’s newest masterpiece the Odyssey! We’ll learn all about this 450- passenger luxury yacht, which debuted in late June. If you want to see what the hype is all about surrounding this $300 […]

The Istanbul Tour

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Merhaba from Turkey! Last week, my story about arriving in Istanbul and staying at the city’s most famous hotel was getting so long, that I decided to save the best for last – the city tour. If you want to see Istanbul through the eyes of a professional and private tour guide (who won’t bleed […]

Merhaba From Istanbul, Turkey

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Merhaba from Istanbul, Turkey! I’m here for a couple days of sightseeing before I board a weeklong Aegean cruise on Seabourn’s newest ship, Odyssey. This is my first time visiting the city that straddles two continents and I had a lot of preconceived misconceptions and fears, all of which have now been relieved. If you […]