Travel News: Week of July 24, 2013

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Top Travel News ATL airport opens new public VIP lounge, $35 fee O’Hare on pace to beat Atlanta as busiest U.S. airport 787 fire inquiry focuses on transmitter Marriott and United to offer reciprocal elite perks Plaza Athénée in Paris to close on October 1 for a major renovation, will reopen again in May 2014 […]

Product(s) of the Week: Rolling Carry-On and Rick Steves’ Europe on Blu-ray

Rick Steves Travel Store

My buddy Rick Steves just released two new products for travelers: the Rick Steves Rolling Carry-On travel bag and the Rick Steves’ Europe: The Blu-ray Collection box set. Rick’s all-new Rolling Carry-On ($159.99) is designed for lightweight durability and go-anywhere flexibility. It measures 13.5″ x 20″ x 9″ so it easily fits in the smaller […]

Rick Steves, Phil Keoghan, Andrew McCarthy, Arthur Frommer and Johnny Jet to Headline 2013 Los Angeles Times Travel Show


Check it out … The Los Angeles Times just released a press release for this year’s travel show. I’m honored to be speaking at it for my seventh year in a row! It’s my favorite travel show to participate in and I encourage all Southern California travelers to go. LOS ANGELES – November 12, 2012 […]

The LA Travel Show – Amanda Jones Shares 10 Rules of Buying While Traveling

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I had the pleasure of attending my first travel trade show recently in downtown LA. It was great to run into two of my favorite travel heroes – Johnny Jet and Rick Steves, who literally was my savior living in England and traveling a great deal of Europe alone. His guide books were my Bible […]

Johnny Jet Radio Interview with Rick Steves


  Good news! I just found out my interview with Rick Steves is going to air this weekend on Public Radio. It will be nationwide and pretty much all of the stations have a different time so use this handy station finder link from Rick’s website to find out when. I’m the first guest and […]

A Weekend at the Ritz-Carlton & Los Angeles Times Travel Show

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Greetings from Southern California! I’m finally home after my trip around the world!

Seattle, Los Angeles, and Travel Channel


I’ve taken the wrong car rental twice–both times because the hotel valet handed me the wrong keys–but this was the first time I ever jumped in the wrong limo. Expedia arranged car services for all of the bloggers they flew in to Seattle, and as instructed, I called the driver when I walked outside to […]