Happy Sunday (and happy New Year!) to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
It’s Christmas evening. Most of the presents have been exchanged but maybe you’re on the way to a party and didn’t purchase a gift for that frequent traveler in your life. Fortunately, several airlines have items for sale perfect for the last minute, non-discerning shopper.
When you see a commercial for a product or service – doesn’t matter what it is – they make it sound so wonderful and like it’s going to be such an awesome experience from beginning to end. You know the kinds I mean…the ones for places like dentist offices and used car dealerships. With big smiles and empty suggestions of pain-free everything…mouths, wallets, whatever. Yeah, they drive me nuts.
Anyway, I recently came across this commercial for the most honest airline ever. Unfortunately, it’s not a real company. But they took all the issues of a real airline, added some saccharine sweetness and Disney friendliness to it and, well, the intentional irony of it just made me smile. Maybe it’ll make you smile, too.
So I have this friend on Facebook – his name is Mark. And Mark recently posted a story about what happened to him on a plane not all that long ago. It was so funny that I just had to ask permission to repost it here. Fortunately, he said yes! 🙂
Some people like to travel to the same places over and over again – maybe to a certain beach town, a favorite mountain resort, or to Disney. We definitely do this – although we travel to lots of other places too, Joe and I have been going to Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels TX almost every year since 2007 or so.
When you visit the same place a lot, you start to get the true vibe of it, and it’s oftentimes different from what a “one time tourist” would get. You know what I mean. The establishments that are better, worse or more or less popular. Where you can get stuff cheaper. The neighborhoods that are fine and the ones you want to try to stay away from at nighttime. The restaurants that become your favorites. How the area has changed over time.
Anyway, a few years ago, I found a blog that draws maps. But they’re not just any maps…they’re of popular (and sometimes not-so-popular) locations and instead of helping you get from Point A to Point B, they’re chock full of satirical, cynical and tongue in cheek kinds of humor in terms of what can be found in different areas of said cities.