Archive for January, 2011

Oprah on Yacht

When Oprah filmed her show in Sydney, she had native Australian actor Russell Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer, show her the ropes. But she’s hardly the only celebrity we’ve spotted sailing the high seas.

While still-freezing winter temps may have you dreaming of sunbathing like these stars, chances are you wouldn’t be traveling in the lap of luxury on a private yacht or with a supermodel girlfriend like Leonardo DiCaprio — but you can dream. And if that isn’t enough, you can click through our slideshow of Celebs Caught on a Yacht and get inspired by the hot photos for your next warm weather trip.

See Jennifer Lopez in Monaco, Kim Kardashian in Miami, Kate Winslet in Puerta Vallarta and sail Sardinia with Paris Hilton. Though we’ve heard the famous heiress is a celeb you wouldn’t want to travel with.

Detroit Auto Show

This week marks the ending of the annual North American International Auto Show (January 10-23, 2011). Car enthusiasts, press and the makers of Volkswagen, Mercedes- Benz, Ford, Chevrolet and more have been celebrating the unveiling of some of the best autos this country has to offer. Some of these newbie’s will be available on the showroom of your local dealership this summer. But choose wisely; not all models are equipped to handle the long roads of the East Coast or the Pacific Coast Highway. Wherever your journey takes you this summer, we hope you’re riding in style.

Where are you headed this Spring Break? Already made your summer plans? Post a comment below to let us know where your headed.

JFK Inauguration

I think every day should be cheese day, and if you’re a cheese lover like me, I think you’d agree. January 20 is the unofficial National Cheese Day, and April 11 is the unofficial National Cheese Fondue Day. Whatever day you decide to celebrate, our For Cheese Lovers slideshow is sure to be a nice complement to your celebrations. And while you’re at it, hop on over to our Food & Drink section for the best places in America to experience a Pizza Paradise.

Post a comment below to let us know about what your favorite cheese and/or cheese dish.

JFK Inauguration

Today marks 50 years since the historic inauguration of John F. Kennedy, at the time the youngest president ever elected and the first Roman Catholic. His Inauguration speech was a call to action for a new generation; its most famous line: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country will do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Watch the whole speech, courtesy of C-Span.

And don’t miss our commemorative slideshow of the significant events and places in Kennedy’s life. If you’d like to make JFK’s 50th a part of your travel plans for this year, there are special events and exhibits planned at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

2011 also marks the 50th anniversary of one of JFK’s most lasting accomplishments, the establishment of the Peace Corps.  Check the Peace Corps website, for a complete listing of special events across the U.S.

Julia Mancuso

We know you want Sam Brown’s job, but if you love skiing as much as we do, we’d like to introduce you to another person with a dream job: Julia Mancuso. The American Alpine skier and Olympic champion spends most of the year competing in events all over the world. And now she is blogging for us about all things skiing and travel.

And did we mention that her boyfriend is hottie Norwegian skier, Aksel Lund Svindal? They are the Prince William and Kate Middleton of the ski world. Hopefully, Julia will tell us where they go for a Valentine’s Day getaway.

Follow all Julia’s adventures on and off the slopes on her blog. Check out our Skiing section for trip ideas, photos, videos and more. And for all you snowboarders out there, check out our Best US Snowboarding Vacations.

Cancun, Mexico

If you’re a fellow cruiser, like me, then you know Mexico is generally on the list of pit stops when you’re traveling to the Caribbean. If you’re traveling from the East Coast with ports of call from Miami, Tampa, Port Canaveral and even Charleston, SC, then Cozumel, Mexico, is a must–see. However, if you’re on the West Coast, any stops to Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas might have to wait.

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MartinLutherKing

Photo: Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a civil rights march
in Selma, Alabama, March 1965. (Getty Images)

On January 17, 2011, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing one of America’s greatest heroes — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events are planned all around the nation to honor Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence and social justice. Check out mlkday.gov for a central clearing house of all MLK Day of Service volunteer opportunities in your local community.

Many museums are also recognizing Martin Luther King with special exhibits and presentations. Check out our article Spots to Follow M.L.K.’s Life for links to some of the museums associated with King’s legacy such as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

Other major events are planned at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, the King Center in Atlanta, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.

Don't Travel With These Celebrities

With all the recent hoopla around Arianna Huffington’s cell-phone etiquette and Charlie Sheen’s wild weekend in Vegas, we thought it might be fun to present our own Celebrities You Wouldn’t Want to Travel With Hall of Fame. Whether they’re throwing hissy fits on planes or trashing hotel rooms, this group of winners could make a badger look like a more desirable traveling companion. Are they being treated unfairly because they’re high-profile celebrities, or are they simply acting badly because they suffer from inflated egos and a sense of entitlement? You make the call.

Find out why you shouldn’t travel with Charlie, Paris, Naomi, Lady Gaga and other stars in our fun slideshow.

bedbug

Just when you thought the bedbug panic was dying off, they’re back in the news. A Michigan couple is suing the famed Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, claiming they picked up bedbugs during their stay in May and carried them home. Known for its affluent clientele, including politicians and celebrities, the iconic hotel would do well to avoid any future bedbug invasions, as well as other travel pests.

Check out our Top 10 Travel Trends for more fun with bedbugs!

No-Pants Subway

Subway riders around the world dropped their drawers in support of an international improv movement, Improv Everywhere, last weekend. Riders in chilly New York City and Mexico City celebrated the “No Pants Subway Ride,” and less proper Londoners traveling on the Underground took part in “No Trousers on the Tube.”

Men and women simply stripped down to their underwear during their normal commute. Participants were instructed not to reveal the reason for their exposed private parts. When asked, most responded by saying, “I forgot my pants.” We think it’s important to note that several pranksters were cited by the police for “forgetting their pants.”

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