Thursday, November 29, 2007
Pretty slow internet connection here at the university, but with patience it works and I did get today's podcasts posted on Utterz. Sunrise was a 9:30 am this morning, well after the conference had started; sunset was at 2:30 pm. It is now 4pm and pitch dark outside. Seems like I should be getting ready for bed now -- probably the jetlag. At our downtown hotel, stores are be open until 9 pm and the snow-packed streets are busy with shoppers.
Additional postings about my trip and conference are at http://twitter.com/alew
For 27 November 2007 - Flying by Car to Phoenix - My morning flight was canceled, so I had to drive to Phoenix to make my connecting flight!
Monday, November 26, 2007
- Weather, among other factors, help make for smooth traveling during the Thanksgiving weekend in the US.
- Hawaii's Superferry to re-start on December 1st between Honolulu and Maui.
- Travel boycott called against Japan as it dramatically increases its whale catch.
- Japan starts fingerprinting all foreign visitors to prevent terrorist attacks.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Week 3 of National Podcast Post Month (NaPodPoMo)
I joined NaPodPoMo a few days late, but you can find my posts week 1 (Nov 7-9) here and for Week 2 (Nov 11-19) here. Nov 10 + Nov 19 were my regular weekly Travelography podcast.
For 25 November 2007
- Orbitz TLC Letter - Surprisingly helpful letter from Orbitz.
For 24 November 2007
- Turkey Congee - I am amazed by all of the traffic heading north from Phoenix this weekend! And I talk about our traditional post-Turkey Day meal of turkey congee (rice porridge). Here is one of many turkey congee recipes available online: http://esyurl.com/2pj - also check out: http://napodpomo.ning.com/ For 21 November 2007
For 23 November 2007
For 22 November 2007
For 21 November 2007
- Angkor Wat and Ha Long Bay - I talk about a couple of places that many people (especially Americans, I think) do not know about, but really should be on their must visit someday list of places: Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.
For 20 November 2007:
Monday, November 19, 2007
Stories covered in today's podcast include:
- The US government institutes policies to reduce Thanksgiving air travel -- we'll see if it works!
- Airlines and cruise companies adopt new fuel surcharge fees to cover increasing costs.
- Are you a potential Forever Tourist?
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I joined a few days late, but you can find my posts from last week (Nov 7-9) here. Nov 10 was my regular weekly Travelography podcast.
For 18 November 2007:
17 November 2007:
- Travelography 2.0: China's Golden Weeks Explained - I just finished an essay on Domestic Tourism for the Encyclopedia of Modern China (due out sometime next year) -- so in today's podcast I talk about China's Golden Weeks -- what they are and how they are changing.
- My Travel Podcast Susbscriptions - Only a fraction of the 100 podcasts that I subscribe to are related to travel and tourism. I talk about those in today's podcast. And OOPS - I forgot to mention the Home Based Travel Agent podcast -- sorry Barry ...
- Traveler Resilience - Record numbers of Americans will hit the roads next week despite gas prices being $1 more than last year.
13 November 2007:
- EU Upsets US Airlines with New Emssions Rules
- related link: Original story from the International Herald Tribune
11 November 2007:
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Stories in today's podcast include: (1) Growing sand storms are eroding away the Great Wall of China; (2) Australia building 750 mile / 1200 km long golf course; (3) US National Park Service offering nuclear reactor tours in Washington State; and (4) New tour of life in a Communist town in Poland.
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Friday, November 09, 2007
Even though I came down with a head cold a couple of days ago, this sounded kind of fun, and I had just signed up for Utterz.com, so I though I would give it a try. I am calling these NaPodPoMo podcast posts "Travelography 2.0" as they will be very short, un-edited versions of my Travelography: World Travel and Tourism News podcast. I will add them to this blog entry as they are recorded.
Here is the first one for 7 November 2007:
- Travelography 2.0: Pumpkin Pie and Yucky Glasses - click to listen - Websites mentioned in this podcast include:
- Consumerist.com: Dirty Glasses Story
- RSS Feed for the Travelography 2.0 Podcast - use this to subscribe either with your podcatcher or other feed reader
- Travelography 2.0: Humidifier Attack and Travel 2.0 - click to listen - Sorry for the coughing, but my head cold has gotten much worse today! Websites mentioned in this podcast include:
- * Great Travel 2.0 Websites (The Ratings Guy)
- * Web Travel Sites (Washington Post)
- * My List of Travel Sites
- * My Other Hubpages
- Travelography 2.0: Nokia N800 and Cruiseship (and other tourist) Crimes - click to listen - Enjoying my recently purchased Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. Quite a few tourist crime stories in today's nes feeds. I focus on cruiseship crimes. Links mentioned:
- * Travelography News Feeds on Twitter
- * Travelography Show Notes (this website)
- * My Utterz.com site - http://www.utterz.com/~h-alew/
- * Cruise Ship Crimes story
Monday, November 05, 2007
- Sexual assaults on North American cruise ships are much higher than in US overall.
- The US EPA is sued for not regulating air pollution from ocean ships, including cruise lines.
- Tourists are cancel their trips as Iceland resume whaling.
- Shy Loch Ness Monster has Scotland's tourism industry worried.
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