Some friends who visited Italy a few years ago were disappointed in the restaurants in that country renowned for its cuisine. They said they had eaten better Italian food here in Montreal.
When I was a kid, Florida was a place you went in winter or spring, but never summer. That has changed, and now summer is high season in parts of the state like Clearwater Beach that attract mainly families.
If you are one of those lucky people who easily falls asleep on planes, you can share your tips on how you do it and possibly win a free trip to Europe with Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com.)
St. John's or Midsummer Day, which occurs this weekend, is to a large extent the warm weather counterpart of Christmas. Everybody knows about Christmas, the Christian feast that celebrates Christ's birth and falls very close to the winter equinox. In modern times, it has become mainly a feast of shopping.
I have a friend who travels frequently between New York and Montreal, and who complains that the usual air fare between these not very distant cities is too high. She may be pleased to learn about Air Canada's (www.aircanada.com) Web-only sale on cross-border flights.
Jet Blue (www.jetblue.com,) the low-cost carrier based in the U.S., has announced that now airline miles earned in its True Blue program will never expire. By doing so, it becomes just the second U.S. based airline to offer this privilege.
One of the great resources for budget travel is the New York Times (www.nytimes.com) Frugal Travel column. It is well worth following this blog, now being written by Seth Kugel. However, I was interested in a post from his predecessor Matt Gross on lessons he learned during four years of writing the blog.
If you have ever wondered what life was like 100 years ago, a stay at the Roycroft Inn (www.roycroftinn.com) in East Aurora, New York will give you a good idea. Although it has been updated with all the mod cons such as internet for guest use and large bathrooms, it still looks as if little has changed since the inn opened early in the 20th century.
I have found some amazing deals on the Norwegian Star, one of the ships of Norwegian Cruise Line (www.ncl.com.) To get the best prices you have to leave from Copenhagen this month, on June 21 or June 30, for a nine-day Baltic cruise that includes stops in Germany, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm.
Very little about calculating travel costs is simple today. Fares vary for virtually every type of transportation, and so do costs for hotel rooms based on time of year, demand, etc.
The Danube River, one of the premier rivers in the world for cruise boats, has been experiencing record flood levels recently. Flooding has also affected the Elbe. I was curious about what is happening to all those cruise ships and the cities where they dock, and found some information on www.cruisecritic.com/news.
I've seen a lot of ads on television for Olive Garden (www.olivegarden.com) restaurants, but only recently have I had a chance to try one. In general I'm not a fan of chain restaurants, but in this case I will make an exception.
I recently enjoyed lunch at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino (www.mohawkcasino.com) restaurant in Hogansburg, NY. This casino is truly in the wilds of northern New York--the closest town of any size is Cornwall, ON across the St. Lawrence River.