Travel Contests: Week of December 10, 2014

Inside the newly refreshed Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk

This week’s travel contests include: Win a 2-night stay at Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk in Waikiki, Hawaii! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a cruise every month of 2015 with Princess Cruises Win a $10,000 gift to travel anywhere in the world Win a 5-night trip for two to Fiji Win a trip for two to Japan (on […]

Travel Contests: Week of August 20, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests includes: Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles plus two-night stays at The Royal Hawaiian AND Moana Surfrider! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a trip to Bloomington and Mall of America Win a 5-day trip to Berlin in Trivago’s contest to makeover its Trivago guy TV pitchman Win a trip for 2 to Cartagena, Colombia with LAN Airlines Win […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of June 18, 2014

Baggage

THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: #Carryonshame Campaign Aims to Expose Overpacked Travelers Fancy a trip to space? You can buy it on Alibaba’s Taobao site for $96,400 Yotel ‘micro-hotel’ concept coming to San Francisco Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport now offering free Wi-Fi Expedia adopts Bitcoin payments for hotel bookings Google Updates Flight Search With […]

My Most Embarrassing Travel Story Involving a Japanese Ryokan

Maikos (geisha apprentices)

In 2005 I went on a Memoirs of a Geisha fam trip where they took me to all the sites that were mentioned in the book/movie.  We checked into an above average ryokan called Sento (a traditional Japanese inn). It was located in the center of Kinosaki and it did not look like much from […]

Travel Contests: Week of September 25, 2013

Monte Carlo 610x

This week’s travel contests: Win a $10,000 trip to Monte Carlo Win a trip for two to Italy Win a 7-day trip for two to Japan Win a trip to South Africa (on Facebook) Win a weekend of wine-tasting (on Facebook)

“Is Japan Cool?” Launches New Season With Ticket Giveaway

Is Japan Cool?

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is currently sponsoring a third season of their tourism campaign, “Is Japan Cool?” . Their special website is designed to stimulate interest in travel to Japan from overseas. Japanese tourism has taken a hit since the earthquake in 2011, and in February 2012 ANA launched “Is Japan Cool?” to illustrate the […]

Japan Airlines to serve KFC onboard select flights to US and Europe

JAL to serve KFC onboard

From December 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013 Japan Airlines (JAL) will be serving Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) onboard select international flights. They are calling those AIR KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN. Customers in Premium Economy and Economy Class on JAL from Narita to New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, London, Paris and Frankfurt, will get […]

Make the Most of Tokyo: What Not to Miss

Tokyo Tower views

Fireworks… Subway system by Jackson Pollock… Monkeys make most sense as pets… Cats are very good luck… Udon, Sushi, BBQ, tempura, yes please… No garbage cans anywhere = No garbage anywhere… PRAY often… Toilets talk to you, this is not God… Bad fortune is Good fortune, you learn more and grow more… Life is one […]