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3 Links I Love: Brexit’s Impact, O’Hare Terminal Plans, Flying Air France La Premiere

This week’s featured link: Statement: Current Flights Protected, but Future Growth at Risk from No Deal Brexit – IATACurious what the real impact of Brexit would be on flights if there’s no deal? IATA lays it out clearly. There is little impact on the US, but between the UK and the Continent… capacity could have to be cut. Two for the road: Here are the 5 ideas being proposed for O’Hare’s massive expansion – Chicago TribuneThe five proposals for O’Hare big new terminal projec...
Tags: Travel, UK, La, Israel, US, Chicago, Paris, Hare, Brexit, Government Regulation, Links I Love, Air France, Bernie, IATA, O Hare, ORD - Chicago/O'Hare


Best Cities to Visit in Southern California

California is the mecca of vacation attractions and excitement. It’s known for its beautiful scenery and infamous weather year-round. If you’re planning a family trip, you have your pick from Universal Studios Hollywood, Discovery Kingdom, Magic Mountain, Boomerang Bay, and Disneyland. Southern California is the place to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re planning a trip to LA to build sandcastles, trek through rugged mountains, or lounge by the pool with a cocktail, South...
Tags: California, La, United States, Italy, Harry Potter, Venice, Bob, Madagascar, Best Cities, San Diego Zoo, Travel Blog, Palm Springs, Universal Studios, Southern California, Santa Monica, Bob Hope


Record number of Britons flock to LA

City hits 50 million target two years early
Tags: Travel, La


Best Free Things to do in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the United State’s second most populated city and is home to approximately 4 million people. With a vibrant history that dates back to the 1500s. Covering 502 square miles and home to some impressive landmarks, Los Angeles sees temperatures of approximately 58 Fahrenheit in January and 74 Fahrenheit in August. But the weather is not the only advantage of living in Los Angeles. There is so much to see and do in LA that it could be easy to spend a lot of money in a very short time...
Tags: Travel, Usa, California, La, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Venice, Travel Blog, United State, Hollywood Bowl, Observatory, Hollywood Hills, Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, Muscle Beach, Venice Boardwalk


Best Chinese food in Los Angeles

For many, Los Angeles ends at the river. But if you stop there, you fall short of exploring one of the best Chinatowns in America. The San Gabriel Valley in East LA is known for strip malls, but not the soulless type of strip mall devoid of culture you’d find most everywhere else in the country. Drive down Valley Boulevard and you’ll see that it’s an artery that connects the hundreds of Chinese restaurants in the cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, and Rosemead. These strip malls...
Tags: Travel, California, La, China, US, Los Angeles, Beijing, Beverly Hills, North America, Xinjiang, Taipei, Arcadia, Mongolia, Chinatown, Sichuan, Southern California


Travel: Largest cruise ship ever to be based year-round in Southern California coming to Long Beach

Come December, Southern California cruisers will say “ahoy” to the new 4,000-passenger Carnival Panorama, currently being built at the same Italian shipyard where the ship it’s replacing, the 3,100-passenger Carnival Splendor, was constructed a decade ago. Just months away from a sea test at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy, the Panorama is the third vessel in Carnival’s Vista Class, following the 2-year-old Carnival Vista and 9-month-old Carnival Horizon. It will not only be Carnival...
Tags: Travel, Australia, California, Mexico, La, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Italy, San Diego, Long Beach, Trevor


Best places to travel this February

Though for much of the world February is the cold, barren home stretch of winter, it’s also one of the cheapest times of the year to travel since everyone is still feeling the burn in their wallets left by the holiday season. Well, what are a few extra hundred bucks on the Amex if it means killer flight deals and almost no crowds? While Carnival and Mardi Gras fall in early March this year, plenty of Carribean destinations will be kicking off their celebrations early in February, giving you a...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hollywood, Travel Planning, Kentucky, Oregon, La, Los Angeles, Taiwan, Antarctica, Finland, Willamette, Nye, Vancouver, Lapland, Vietnam


News from Dianne

Le notizie The news Welcome to 2019! My new year began with good news: LA BELLA LINGUA will be translated and published in Italian by the distinguished house of Treccani. It's a true honor to join its roster of noted authors. In December another of my books inspired a question on the classic quiz show Jeopardy: "A Life Discovered is the subtitle of a book about this enigmatic woman, the most famous portrait sitter of all times." The answer: MONA LISA, by Dianne Hales! The countdown to public...
Tags: Travel, Mississippi, La, Italy, Sydney, Croatia, Hales, Dianne, Dianne Hales, LA BELLA LINGUA, La Passione, Leslie Rosa, La Dolce Vigna, Sydney Matrisciano, Moscow Sydney, Buon anno Dianne Dianne Hales


Sun Country Grows Every Which Way

In recent history, Sun Country has been an afterthought. It was a small airline that during the best of times was marginally profitable. It focused almost entirely on flying people from Minneapolis to… everywhere. Things have been slowly changing under new leader Jude Bricker. We’ve heard Jude talk about what he wants to do, but now we’re seeing the network strategy really ramp up. “Strategy” may be a loose word. The airline’s strategy appears to be looking for any random opportunity that ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Minnesota, Minneapolis, La, Chicago, Portland, Nashville, Seattle, San Antonio, Frontier, Providence, Honolulu, Anchorage, Allegiant, Jude


Where to travel by zodiac sign

Maybe you think astrology is stupid. Maybe you think it’s a bunch of hippie-dippy junk science people use to excuse bad behavior. “Well you should have known I was going to was going to cheat on you, Janet. I’m a Scorpio!” Ok, well put that aside for a second. Because if you buy into astrology — if only for the time it takes to read your horoscope — it can be pretty entertaining. And sometimes, surprisingly accurate. Besides, even if you’re not into astrology, there’s a good chance someone yo...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Instagram, Montana, Mexico, La, Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barcelona, Colombia, Thailand, Maine


2018: 6 Countries, 32k Miles, And Some BIG Changes

This post 2018: 6 Countries, 32k Miles, And Some BIG Changes appeared first on The Professional Hobo. While spending December 2018 at a friend’s place in Florida, I was trying to remember when I did “that crazy detox retreat” in Thailand. Looking back, it felt like it was at least a year prior. When I realized it was actually only earlier the same year, I was floored. For some reason I thought 2018 had been more sedentary than it was; I couldn’t possibly have visited six countries – including si...
Tags: Travel, Google, Florida, Usa, England, New York, Hollywood, London, Australia, La, India, Toronto, Thailand, Canada, San Diego, South America


6 Reasons to Stay at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale

If you follow us on social media, or on the blog, you might have seen that our stay at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale was to surprise my visiting family from Australia. Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale We flew into Phoenix from our home in Raleigh, but they weren’t expecting to see us until two weeks later in Los Angeles for our trip to Disneyland. They were in Scottsdale staying at another hotel down the road to kick-off their four week USA road trip, so I thought why not...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, La, Los Angeles, Usda, Arizona, Las Vegas, North America, Grand Canyon, Destinations, Piper, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sedona


Trevor’s Travels: Rejuvenated Integratron draws Earthlings to Mojave Desert site

The desert is definitely blooming — not with plants and flowers, it’s a little too late in the season for that, but with humans. Driving through the Mojave Desert recently from Lucerne Valley to Yucca Valley, it was obvious to me that there were a lot more houses out in the desert than before. In the late autumn sun, there were reflections of windows out in this normally vast empty space. Mailboxes seem to have sprung up everywhere. One of the stops that I have made in the past, when driving alo...
Tags: Travel, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, South Dakota, Trevor, Kate, Weekend Getaways, Southern California, George, Marina del Rey, Mojave Desert, Barnes Noble, Pioneertown, Lucerne Valley


On location: 2019 film releases to inspire your travels

From Aladdin to Tarantino, China to LA, we pick the locations from upcoming movies that are worth a visitA live-action remake of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, comes to the big screen next year, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as the Genie. It is set in the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, and was filmed in Wadi Rum in Jordan, where the protected desert landscape, sandstone and basalt mountains, canyons and otherworldly rock formations – such as Burdah Rock Bridge, one of the highest...
Tags: Travel, Film, La, Culture, Jordan, Will Smith, Cultural Trips, Wadi Rum, Guy Ritchie, Aladdin, Agrabah, Mena Massoud, Tarantino China, Burdah Rock Bridge


On location: fantastic films to inspire your travels in 2019

From Aladdin to Tarantino, China to LA, we pick locations from upcoming releases that are worth a visitA live-action remake of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, comes to the big screen next year, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as the Genie. It is set in the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, and was filmed in Wadi Rum in Jordan, where the protected desert landscape, sandstone and basalt mountains, canyons and otherworldly rock formations – such as Burdah Rock Bridge, one of the highest n...
Tags: Travel, Film, La, Culture, Jordan, Will Smith, Cultural Trips, Wadi Rum, Guy Ritchie, Aladdin, Agrabah, Mena Massoud, Tarantino China, Burdah Rock Bridge


The biggest ways 2018 changed food

A lot changed about the way we eat — and the way we think about food — in 2018. We lost Anthony Bourdain, a man who opened people’s eyes to other cultures and changed the way we think about how food and culture interact. Samin Nosrat, the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and host of a show of the same name, taught everyone with a Netflix account a new way to think about cooking around the world. There was more authenticity in restaurants, and some places the media had written off for dead were...
Tags: Travel, Food, New York, Instagram, California, La, America, European Union, Netflix, Harvey Weinstein, Portland, Starbucks, Seattle, Denver, Kfc, Alice


Best Tips for Planning a Trip to the Grand Canyon With Kids

If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon with kids, you are in the right place! In September we enjoyed an unforgettable two day Grand Canyon vacation as part of a four week road trip with my visiting family from Australia. My kids with my sister and her husband and daughter My parents, sister and her family flew into Phoenix from Sydney where I met them after flying in from our home in Raleigh, and high on their wish list was a family trip to the  Grand Canyon Arizona! Caz and I previ...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Usa, Colorado, Australia, La, US, America, Williams, Bill Clinton, Arizona, Sydney, Paul Mccartney, Las Vegas, Nevada, North America


Most popular Lyft drop-offs in 2018

Over the course of the year, Lyft has taken people to a pretty wide range of places all across the United States, but some destinations are more popular than others. To cap off the year, the ridesharing company has compiled a list of its most popular destinations and most popular neighborhood drop-offs in 2018. Organized by city, the list provides interesting insight into which areas are highly desirable ride destinations in the US. Top 2018 Lyft destinations: Los Angeles — The Grove Brook...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Lyft, Hollywood, La, Boston, US, Brooklyn, United States, Brighton, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Wawa, Lyft Data, Lyft Destinations, Lyft On Nye


Disneyland at Christmas – Very Rough First Thoughts

I had intended to write a much longer post, and I will, but then I had to deal with flight delays and, well, that longer post isn’t going to happen today. However, I didn’t want the holiday to pass without at least sharing a little bit of what my very remarkable experience at Disneyland was like just a few days before Christmas, so here’s a small taste. It wasn’t my intention to be at Disneyland the weekend before Christmas, but I’m so glad it turned out that way. I was on a cruise that ended i...
Tags: Travel, La, Disney, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Destinations, Anaheim, Disney California Adventure


'Barack H. Obama' highway opened

If you’re longing to relive a less turbulent time in American politics, this California highway may help. A stretch of the 134 Freeway, from State Route 2 in Glendale to Interstate 210 in Pasadena, was officially named the “Barack H. Obama Highway.” The tribute is meant to honor the period of Obama’s youth when he attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 to 1981 and later lived in Pasadena. View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Travel, News, Obama, California, La, US, America, Los Angeles, Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Eric Garcetti, Northern California, Monterey Bay, Occidental College, Eagle Rock


Trevor’s Travels: 5 LA area museums worth visiting now or anytime

A favorite TV travel host of mine recently discussed his five favorite museums. They were all in Europe, but it set me to thinking. There are lots of museums here in the Southland and maybe I could tease out five of the best. I would be hard-pressed to number them in order of preference so I’ll just call them all equal in terms of interest. They also all have one thing in common, but more about that later. Living in Southern California, we are surrounded by wealth and wealth is what allows peopl...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Wales, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, South Dakota, Oxford, Calais, Trevor, Pasadena, Barbara Hepworth, Eastern Europe, Rodin


Southwest Prepares for Battle in California With Fare Cuts (Analysis – Part 2)

Welcome back to the second part of a look at Southwest’s pricing changes in intra-California markets.  If you missed the dynamics that led to this change yesterday, I’d recommend heading over to the post first.  Now, we’re going to look at the numbers. Thanks to Henry Harteveldt at Atmosphere Research for providing the DOT Origin and Destination Survey data. I went back to the beginning of 2016 and looked at the data through the second quarter of this year, the most recent data out there.  I ...
Tags: Travel, California, La, San Francisco, Alaska, Long Beach, Orange County, Fares, Vegas, Southwest, Phoenix, Henry Harteveldt, Atmosphere Research, David Neeleman, Moxy, San Francisco That


Southwest Prepares for Battle in California With Fare Cuts (Analysis – Part 1)

Ever since I attended the Boyd conference way back in August, I’ve been meaning to look at Southwest’s intra-California strategy in more detail.  Facing new competition from the combined Alaska/Virgin America, Southwest has really ramped up the rhetoric about California, and it has made some changes to the way it prices its offerings in the market.  It took me awhile, but I’ve finally been able to sit down with the data (thanks to Atmosphere Research’s Henry Hartveldt for sending it over) to see...
Tags: Travel, California, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alaska, Psa, San Diego, Dallas, Airlines, Oakland, Orange County, Fares, United, Alaska Airlines


Airport codes and their meanings

From your boarding pass to your luggage tags, airport codes are a small but ubiquitous part of traveling the world by air. Because we’re too busy stripping our clothes and ripping our carry-ons apart at the security check, we don’t give much thought to the meaning behind the three little letters that form airport codes. But, like the many other aspects of air travel, there’s more to them than meets the eye. Here is the meaning behind the world’s airport codes so that the next time you want to...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, La, Los Angeles, Chicago, Canada, United States, Washington Dc, Queens, Portland, John F Kennedy, Nevada, Jfk, Nws, Laguardia


American Gets Competitive With Flat Beds in the Crowded Los Angeles to Boston Market

The news came as a surprise to me.  After many years of saying that it just didn’t have enough premium-configured A321T aircraft to fly beyond the traditional transcon routes of New York/JFK to both LA and San Francisco… American apparently found aircraft time.  Beginning April 2, you can expect to see flat beds up front on two of American’s six daily flights between LA and Boston.  This is all about LA, and I doubt it’s because American thinks this will work economically.  It’s just a competiti...
Tags: Travel, New York, La, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Delta, Jfk, United, Jetblue, American, New York JFK, Boston Market, San Francisco New York, LAX JFK


Free and cheap activities in NYC

It’s a given that the holiday and winter season is an expensive time of the year, and New York City in itself can get pretty pricey. All the eating, tipping, sightseeing, and shopping quickly adds up. It’s easy to cut back and figure out cheaper alternatives to shopping and eating at fancy places, but the one thing you don’t want to sacrifice are the activities — you came to NYC to experience NYC. Luckily, there are myriad things you can do that still provide an authentic experience without h...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, La, New York City, Brooklyn, Mta, Amy Poehler, Broadway, Santa, Rockefeller Center, NICK, Chinatown, Botanical Garden, UCB, Botanical Gardens, Dyker Heights


Changing My Tune: How I Learned to Love L.A.

Posted: 11/29/18 | November 29th, 2018 Maybe it was the traffic. Maybe the smog. Maybe it was the apparent vanity of everyone I met. Or the hippie-dippie way of life (I’ve seen people pick meals by using a crystals). I know it was definitely in part the lack of public transportation. While I could never really put my finger on it, there was just something about Los Angeles that just always rubbed me the wrong way. I’d go to see friends or attend conferences and, while I enjoyed that fun, I hat...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, La, America, Los Angeles, United States, WeWork, Bangkok, Sunset Strip, Hollywood Boulevard, Musso Frank, Los Angeles Santa Monica, Don t Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Bangkok Los Angeles, Hong Kong Paris Buenos Aires London Sydney, Bangkok Like Bangkok


Preview: Southwest Finishes Terminal Renovations at LAX… But There’s More Construction to Come

Southwest travelers who fly to, from, or through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have been waiting for this day for years.  The airline’s renovations in Terminal 1 are officially done later this week.  The airline took me around on a tour a couple weeks ago not only to give me a preview of the finished work, but also to let me see a bit of the next project… Terminal 1.5 This is the final chapter of a trilogy of posts here at Cranky.  In February 2016, Southwest gave me a tour ...
Tags: Travel, La, Tsa, Lax - Los Angeles, Southwest, Bradley, Cassell, Trejo, Uber Lyft, Urth, California Pizza Kitchen, Los Angeles International Airport LAX, Avianca Copa


3 Links I Love: The Paine Field Shuffle, A Hangar Rises to the North, Via’s Troubles

Tickets now on sale for Alaska Airlines flights out of Paine Field – Seattle PIAfter long battles commercial air service is finally coming to Paine Field north of Seattle.  Alaska put its flights on sale for travel beginning Feb 11.  This in itself is midly-interesting news, but wait, did Alaska say it would have 18 flights a day? It didn’t have enough gate space at the already-full airport to do that.  So what gives? Southwest quietly announced in its new schedule release that it has pulled ou...
Tags: Travel, La, Alaska, House, Delta, Seattle, United, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, Anchorage, Parkersburg News, Paine Field, Seattle Alaska, Paine Field Seattle, New Anchorage Hangar Built


20 locals' secret spots in the US

20 ways you can enjoy America’s biggest cities like a local Photo: Pixabay T here’s nothing sexier than traveling adventurously. Traveling local. Traveling cheaply. Traveling green. And you certainly don’t get this by hopping on a flight to some ritzy international destination or spending a week on a beach-y resort. You do it by hopping on the Greyhound and booking it to the nearest big city. America’s largest urban centers have laundry lists of local secrets to uncover,...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, Beyonce, California, La, Boston, New York City, Edgar Allan Poe, US, America, Atlanta, Reagan, Indianapolis, Chicago, Things To Do



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