Kitsch Car Culture at the Airstream Hotel in Santa Barbara

For your next trip along California’s legendary Central Coast, embrace kitsch car culture and crash at the recently opened Airstream hotel. A short bike ride from downtown Santa Barbara, just a 15-minute walk from the Mission, the Santa Barbara Auto Camp offers nightly hotel rentals in four renovated vintage Airstreams. A night here provides the nostalgic Airstream experience with all the modern comforts and tech needs of today. While there are many cool hotels dotting the Pacific Coast Highway, this newly opened spot puts the retro chic back in the RV Park.

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Destination of the Day: Alaska

Looking to break the routine and indulge in some extreme adventures for 2014? I recently presented at the New York Times Travel Show and shared 10 top destinations for 2014. Every few days, I’ll highlight one of the destinations I covered in my presentation. Some of these destinations highlight culture, others nature and adrenaline activities, but each one offers something unique for the adventurous and spirited traveler. Let’s begin with one of my all time fave locations that appeals to anyone who loves the great outdoors. Alaska!!!

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Money Saving Tips for 2014: New York Times Travel Show Recap

If you didn’t get a chance to make my presentation this year at the New York Times Travel Show March 1-2, here are some of the travel tid bits you missed.  I’ll share a few money saving travel tips on flights, hotels, car rentals, as well as dive into how the shared economy movement can help budget travelers.

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The Pursuit of Passion Across the Globe

Passion – defined by Merriam-Webster “as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something” – has become the buzzword of today. Philosophers, management leaders and talk show hosts alike have preached that following our passions is the roadmap to self-fulfillment, the key to happiness and the pinnacle of personal development. Passion and the weight she carries, has seeped into our collective consciousness becoming synonymous not only with pleasure, but a larger purpose. Following our passions may bring about a new business venture, guide us in our personal quest for meaning and change the very way we experience the world around us. When it comes to lifestyle, this passion principle may inform the way we spend our time, the way we interact, even the way we travel. More and more travelers are choosing to spend their time abroad being active and engaged on their vacations. They’re trading in their all-inclusive pina colada holidays for immersive experiences that get them out the resorts and into local culture. When it comes to actually booking a destination, the pursuit of a particular interest or passion is often the driving force. Whether it’s photography, surfing, fishing or cooking, travelers are eager to experience their favorite activities and live their passions across the globe.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Tuscany

Soaring above the tree tops, overlooking the farmlands, vineyards and historic towns of Italy’s Tuscany region, I took a moment to pinch myself. Travel by hot air balloon is a special experience. In our fast-paced ADD era of modernity and speed, the slow hand-powered flight was a throwback to simpler (perhaps more soulful) times. There I was, just outside Florence on an exclusive shore excursion offered by Celebrity Cruises called “The Winds of Tuscany.” I’m one of their Celebrity Global Insiders, an elite team of travel experts collaborating with Travel & Leisure Magazine. On this trip, you take off in a hot air balloon and soar high above Tuscany and take in the pastoral landscape.

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French Riviera in a Ferrari

I don’t really consider myself a ‘car person’ but there is something undeniably awesome about a Ferrari. Her smooth curves, her speed, the Vrrroom vroom of her purring engine and her $240,000 price tag. A beautiful machine, a true piece of auto art, the Ferrari is a universal symbol of luxury and status. As any mid-life crisis business man can attest – all problems are solved behind the wheel of a Ferrari.

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Bike Tour in Malaga, Spain

A Spanish port that boasts Roman ruins, Moorish fortresses and ancient Arabic citadels, Malaga is a quaint coastal city perfect for an afternoon of sightseeing. Yesterday, I explored the city’s narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets by bike.

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Gangster Tours Around the World

From Capone to Scarface, the Godfather to Bugsy Siegel, the line between criminal masterminds and mainstream entertainment has always been a bit blurry. Beyond the subjects of TV shows and movies, Mafioso thugs also make great fodder for tours.  For the inside scoop on gangster history, check out one of the following tours. It’s an offer you can’t refuse.

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