December 21, 2008 |
1 Thailand Travel agents and tourism officials expect bargain prices in coming months as Thailand scrambles to salvage its peak tourist season after anti-government protests shut the country's two main airports for a week and stranded thousands of visitors. The Bangkok closures cost Thailand about $3.7 billion, and up to 2.3 million tourists may cancel plans to visit, according to reports. Prakit Chinamourpong, president of the Thai Hotels Assn.
January 1, 2011 |
I like reading year-end lists, especially inspired ones. SmarterTravel's "The Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Ridiculous Moments in Travel 2010 Edition" is a must-read that nails the year perfectly -- but I won't ruin it for you. ( Enhanced pat-downs and Steve Slater make the list .) Wait, did I say that out loud? Some travel moments of 2010 that stand out: the fire-damaged Carnival Splendor stranded off the coast of San Diego, the volcano in Iceland whose ash cloud paralyzed air travel in Europe, the annoying blasts of the vuvuzela at the World Cup in South Africa.
January 24, 2011 |
I'm standing in front of the mirror in our stateroom, looking over my wife's shoulder and tying my black bow tie. It is our first sea day and the first of three formal nights on our leisurely eight-night early January crossing on Cunard Line's spanking-new Queen Elizabeth, on the way to New York from Southampton, England. The cummerbund is belted on, the studs are securely in place on shirtfront, but I've saved the neck knot for last, reminding myself of how my father first taught me how to do this on another transatlantic trip a half a century ago. Black-tie affairs may be waning on other ships, but not on Cunard vessels, which, if anything, have become slightly more formal in recent years.