But Wait, There’s More – JetBlue Airways Seat Sale!

A fall seat sale has just been announced by JetBlue Airways with prices ranging from $29-$149 each way based on round-trip travel.

A sampling of the one-way seat sale prices include New York, NY, to Barbados for only $129; Boston, MA, to Las Vegas, NV for $139; Washington Dulles to Long Beach, CA for $129; and Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas, for $29.

Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, August 5, 2009, and travel restrictions apply. One-way prices do not include any taxes or surcharges. JetBlue Airways is the “number one low cost airline” according to a survey done by JD Power & Associates.

JetBlue continues to provide excellent consumer satisfaction by providing many freebies for passengers including one checked bag for free plus unlimited snacks, DIRECTV and XM Radio during the flight.

But Wait, There’s More! When you book your flight with JetBlue Airways, you can save $30 if you also book a hotel for 3 nights or more!

For more information or to book a flight, visit JetBlue Airways.

It’s On with Southwest Airlines Fall Travel Deals

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the fall seat sale being offered by Southwest Airlines.

One-way fares range from $49 to $99 in select markets. A sampling of the ‘It’s On’ fares include:
  • Dallas, TX, to Kansas City, MO, for $49
  • Boise, ID, to Reno, NV, for $49
  • Birmingham, AL, to Jacksonville, FL, for $77
  • Detroit, MI, to Indianapolis, IN, for $65
  • Orlando, FL, to New Orleans, LA, for $79
Tickets must be purchased by July 30, 2009, with travel taking place from August 18, 2009, to November 18, 2009. Travel is only valid on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; taxes, fees, and/or surcharges are not included in the prices shown.

To take advantage of this sale before it ends, visit Southwest Airlines.

Win a Trip to the Carnival in St. Croix, USVI!

Sponsored by Caribbean Travel & Life magazine and U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, here’s your chance to win a trip to celebrate Carnival in St. Croix!

With a population of only 60,000 people, St. Croix is the largest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands. Said to have been discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, St. Croix is an island rich in history with diverse landscape, stunning white sand beaches, endless water sports & sightseeing, and duty-free shopping galore.

An important celebration of the island’s history takes place in the form of the St. Croix Carnival, also known as the Crucian Christmas Festival. Carnival lasts for one month starting on December 5, 2009, and ends on January 2, 2010; the festivities include dancing, calypso & steel pan shows, music, food, and colorful parades.

With an average temperature of 76° degrees, and being that St. Croix is a U.S territory so U.S. citizens do not require a passport, the island is one of the most popular in the Caribbean with air travelers and cruise ship passengers alike.

To learn more information and for your chance to Win a Trip to the Carnival in St. Croix, visit St. Croix Tourism and Caribbean Travel & Life magazine.

The Longest Golf Course in the World!

Australia has always been a land of wonder and uniqueness. Now they have another distinct feature they can boast about – the World’s Longest Golf Course, Nullarbor Links.

The expansive 842-mile (1,365 kilometer) course starts in Ceduna, the hub of coastal Southern Australia, and crosses the desolate Nullarbor Plains, continuing on to Kalgoorlie, the gold mining capital of south Western Australia. Each participating town along the route is comprised of one hole with a tee and green.

The 18-hole 72 par course is set to open on August 15, 2009, and will host its first tournament in October. Taking approximately 4 days to play, the fee to play the longest course in the world is $50 AUD ($41USD).

For more information, visit Nullarbor Links.

Hottest New Staycation: Dumpster Diving

Swimmers in Brooklyn, NY, have been treated to the summer’s hottest new staycation trend, dumpster diving, courtesy of the innovative company, Macro Sea.

Trying to find new ways to adapt existing real estate into useful pieces of land, Macro Sea developed the creative idea of making swimming pools out of dumpsters. But they’re not just connected dumpsters – the new pools consist of decks for sunbathing, and canopied areas for shade – all of which are designed to bring neighborhoods together for summer fun.

The primary focus of Macro Sea is sustainable development; they are currently involved in revitalizing an abandoned strip mall located in Georgia. Their plans include showing outdoor movies and concerts in the parking lot as well dumpster diving.

To learn more about their projects, visit Macro Sea.

New 7 Wonders of Nature

The Switzerland based New7Wonders Society has just released their Official Finalist Candidates for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

With it narrowed down to 28 choices, nominated destinations were chosen by unique beauty, diversity, ecological significance, historical legacy, and geo-location with an even distribution through all world continents.

The list is as follows:
  1. Amazon, South America
  2. Angel Falls, Venezuela
  3. Bay of Fundy, Canada
  4. Black Forest, Germany
  5. Bu Tinah Shoals, United Arab Emirates
  6. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
  7. Dead Sea, Middle East
  8. El Yunque, Puerto Rico
  9. Galapgos, Ecuador
  10. Grand Canyon, USA
  11. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  12. Halong Bay, Viet Nam
  13. Iguaza Falls, South America
  14. Jeita Grotto, Lebanon
  15. Jeju Island, South Korea
  16. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  17. Komodo, Indonesia
  18. Maldives, Maldives
  19. Masurian Lake District, Poland
  20. Matterhorn, Europe
  21. Milford Sound, New Zealand
  22. Mud Volcanoes, Azerbaijan
  23. Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
  24. Sundarbans, India
  25. Table Mountain, South Africa
  26. Uluru, Australia
  27. Vesuvius, Italy
  28. Yushan, Chinese Taipai
With over 1 billion people expected to voice an opinion, citizens of the world are now able to vote for their choice via the New7Wonders Society website or by telephone (for a fee). The New 7 Wonders of Nature will be declared in 2011.

To learn more information about the candidates or to cast your vote, visit

The Mysterious Island of Corsica

Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the French island of Corsica is located 170 kilometers off of the French mainland and only 80 kilometers from Italy.

Rich in history, this unique ‘mountain in the sea’ juts forth with over 120 mountain peaks reaching 2,000 meters in altitude. Much of Corsica is protected and preserved by the Parc Naturel Regional de Corse.

Corsica is a beautiful island of stunning mountain vistas, white sand beaches, with sporting opportunities galore. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities as is snow skiing during the winter season at one of three resorts. The most popular beaches include Cupabia, Arone, and the dark pebbled beach, Albo.

Perhaps best known as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica has managed to maintain its individual identity throughout the years and has emerged to become a vibrant and sought after destination.

Island sightseeing not to be missed includes the Reserve Naturelle de Scondola, a UNESCO World Heritage site; Centuri, a small fishing village; the Aiguilles de Bavella, and the Baie de Campomoro with its companion, the Genoese Tower.

Corsica is easily accessible from both mainland France and Italy through four international airports with over 20 scheduled flights.

For more information, visit Corsica.

New Wave Staterooms Onboard the Norwegian Epic

It seems as though cruise ships offer the same old cabins no matter what cruise line you sail with but Norwegian Cruise Line has promised to give vacationers something different.

The innovative New Wave Standard staterooms onboard the Norwegian Epic are nothing less than gorgeous with modern curved walls, dark woods, and separate shower stalls, to highlight just a few of the cabin features.

Following the success Norwegian Cruise Line’s Freestyle Cruising, offering the ultimate in personal choices for your cruise, the Norwegian Epic will offer your choice of 5 nightclub venues each with its own unique vibe.

This 4,200 passenger ship and its sleek chic new cabins will set sail in the summer of 2010 initially in Europe and then onto Miami where it will alternate between sailing the Eastern & Western Caribbean.

For more information, check out Norwegian Cruise Line.

Telluride Blues & Brews

The 16th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will take place September 18-20, 2009, in Telluride, Colorado.
Set in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the three-day festival includes food, crafts, microbrews, camping, and of course, the blues plus gospel, and soul performances.

This year’s headliners include Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, and Buddy Guy, backed up with bands like Jason Ricci & New Blood, and Jackie Greene.

While you groove to the music, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival offers sampling of over 100 beers from 50 microbreweries from across the USA.

For more information, visit the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.

22nd Annual Oregon Brewers Fest

Featuring more than 80 beers from around the USA, the 22nd Annual Oregon Brewers Fest will attract more than 70,000 visitors to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon.

The four day festival runs from July 23 to 26, 2009, and besides showcasing beer, the festival also features music, food, vendors, home brewing demonstrations, plus complimentary hand crafted root beer for minors and designated drivers.

The state of Oregon is home to more than 80 breweries and rest assured you can pick up a six-pack of locally handcrafted beer at almost any grocery store.

For more information, visit Oregon Brew Fest.

La Gringa's Blogcito

I first came across La Gringa’s Blogcito when I was interested in purchasing property in Honduras (a dream that has not yet materialized) and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Originally from the USA, La Gringa provides a glimpse into typical Honduran life with tropical gardening and local politics thrown in between.

She provides beautiful photos of her amazing tropical flowers which inspires me to move there even more.

La Gringa’s colorful website also provides a wealth of information for those interested in immigrating to Honduras plus she has a great FAQ section.

For more information, visit La Gringa’s Blogcito.

L’atelier des Chefs

With thirteen locations in the UK, Belgium and Dubai, L’atelier des Chefs provides cooking classes that teaches quick and easy dinner-party-ready recipes with hands on instruction.

In Dubai, classes are held six days a week at Le Meridien Dubai. Here students can attend a class of ½ to two hours in length instructed by French Chef Gregory Khellouf. Classes include favorites like Chocolate, Mexican, Indian, Thai, Pastry, and even family classes.

In London, classes are also offered six days a week by Chefs Andre Dupin and Jean Sebastien Bompoil featuring such classes as Mother’s Day Brunch, Kids Can Cook, along with Food & Wine Pairing in the Kitchen.

For more information, visit L’atelier des Chefs.

Top 10 Romantic Destinations for Couples!

There are so many exquisite choices in this world for romantic destinations but according to Trip Advisor, these are the Top 10 Romantic Destinations for Couples:

1. Paris
2. Hawaii

3. Venice
4. New York City
5. San Francisco
6. Las Vegas
7. Rome
8. Aruba
9. Jamaica
10. Bora Bora

Paris offers the charm and allure of being in a foreign country while Bora Bora is just downright gorgeous with amazing turquoise water and contrasting white sand beaches.
Las Vegas is a city where you can play to your heart’s content and you can also decide which city you want to stay in – Egypt, Venice, or even Rome or Paris.

No matter what destination you choose from this list, you are guaranteed to have one of the most romantic getaways ever!

Prescriptions for Travel

Relationship Problems? Stay at Miami’s Standard Hotel and you can book a counseling session with a Ph.D. The doctor may even recommend a treatment at the hotel spa.
Sleeping Problems? Check into the Quilibra Aguas de Ibiza Hotel in Spain where the suites are designed to deliver a perfect balance of oxygen, light, and noise for an uninterrupted deep sleep.

Overindulgence Problems? Check into the Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais, aka the ‘detox hotel,’ for organic, anti-oxidants to revitalize and detox the body.
Money Problems? Sail with Crystal Cruises and attend a series of money management seminars with Bob Froehlich, former chairman of the Deutsche Bank.

Silverwood’s Super Savings

With over 65 rides and attractions on over 2,000 acres, Silverwood is one huge theme park!

Located just minutes north of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Silverwood is a theme park inside a natural theme park with nearby rivers, lakes, mountains, and forests offering some of Idaho’s best outdoor adventures.

Silverwood has two world-renowned wooden roller coasters, a new mammoth Aftershock steel coaster and a 16-acre water park with rivers, wave pools and high speed slides, called Boulder Beach Water Park.

For more information, visit Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach Water Park.

US National Parks Offering 3 FREE Weekends!

America’s Best Idea – the National Parks – gets even better this summer with two remaining fee-free weekends at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.

Mark your calendars for fee-free weekends this summer:
June 20-21, 2009 (Father’s Day weekend) August 15-16, 2009 And to make the fun even more affordable, many national parks concessioners are joining this National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee-free weekends with their own special offers. Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, states this initiative should “help struggling families afford a memorable vacation.” The waived fees range from $3-25USD but keep in mind that many national parks never charge an entrance fee, so you can plan inexpensive visits year round!

World Heritage List Expands

During the 33rd session of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) this past June in London, England, it was announced that eleven cultural sites and two natural sites have been added to the World Heritage list.

The new additions include:
The Wadden Sea, Germany/Netherlands
The Dolomites, Italy
Stoclet House, Belgium
The Ruins of Loropeni, Burkina Faso
Mount Wutai, China
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, Iran
Sulamain-Too Scared Mountain, Kyrgyzstan
The Sacred City of Caral-Supe, Peru
The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, Republic of Korea
The Tower of Hercules, Spain
La Chaux-de-Fonds/Le Locle, Switzerland
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, United Kingdom
The Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains, France

For only the second time in the history of UNESCO, a site on the World Heritage list has been removed. The Dresden Elbe Valley in Germany was unable to retain its status due to the construction of a four-lane bridge in the middle of the site.

Three world sites are threatened by various factors and were added to the danger list. They include the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Los Katios National Park in Colombia, and the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta in Georgia.

Based in Paris and established in 1945, UNESCO encourages awareness of the natural and cultural heritage worldwide.

For more information, visit UNESCO.

Carnival Dream During Sea Trials

This is one of the public’s first chance to see the Carnival Dream set sail during it’s set of sea worthiness trials.

The Carnival Dream is set to sail less than two months from now on September 21, 2009, and will feature a Transatlantic itinerary followed by sailing in the Bahamas and both the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

The Carnival Dream is 130,000 tons and is the largest ship ever built by the company. With a multiple slide water park, the Carnival Dream is the first ship to feature such an activity. The ship also has a 2-deck mini golf course and a larger promenade deck with Jacuzzis and an outdoor café.

With 1,823 cabins, the Carnival Dream is set to accommodate 3,652 passengers.

For more information, visit Carnival.

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Genelle Says No to Blue Boxes

With Another Opportunity to Choose the Convenience of Blue Boxes, the Community of Genelle Once Again Turns Down Curbside Recycling

Genelle, BC (Black Press) January 23, 2007 -- The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) recently announced through the Area B newsletter that the majority of Genelle residents have once again voted against the Blue Box Recycling Program.

At the October meeting held at the Genelle Hall, it was decided that a door-to-door poll of all residents would be conducted in regards to the recycling program. In order to save money for the district, Director of Area B, Marie Christensen, personally conducted a telephone poll of 220 households.

The results were as follows: ninety-four in favor of keeping the current recycle bin depot located at the Genelle Fire Hall; sixty-nine in favor of the new Blue Box curb-side recycling program; twenty-six messages left; eighteen had no telephone service; seven with no answer; and six were not interested. This result was in great contradiction to the preliminary vote held at last October’s meeting with the results being almost 2-to-1 in favor of the Blue Box program.

Many residents have expressed concerns about not having been called during the telephone poll along with no message being left on their answering machine. With the original decision of a door-to-door poll being switched to a telephone poll, this has also left some residents wondering about the validity of the call-out. Others were surprised to learn of the final result as they assumed the blue boxes would soon be appearing on their doorsteps as they had not been informed otherwise.

In light of the results and according to Raymond Gaudart, Director of Environmental Services, RDKB, “it would take a petition with over half the households signing to get it (the Blue Box Recycling Program) back on the agenda.”

The biggest advantage of a curbside recycling program is that more people generally participate resulting in capturing twice as much recyclable material as with depot programs. Ease and convenience with only pennies a year more in cost seemed to be a winning situation for those in attendance at the fall meeting; however, the poll results did not reflect the same.

The Blue Box Recycling Program has been successfully implemented in most RDKB communities. The exceptions are Bridesville, Beaverdell, Upper Oasis, and Casino – these exclusions are mainly due to a lack of residents in the area or
to being remotely located. Genelle seems to be the only community where the choice not to implement the program was made by the residents themselves.

According to the RDKB, a Zero Waste initiative was adopted in November 2000 with over 90% of area residents having access to curbside recycling.

For more information about Blue Box Recycling Programs in the area, contact Raymond Gaudart or visit www.rdkb.com

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