Happy Monday! Our hyperlinks don’t work!
Well, it is Monday, and right now we do sincerely wish we were somewhere other than here. In honor of that feeling, we’ll be spending our Mondays for the foreseeable future celebrating the useful, interesting, and just plain strange stuff that passed across our travel desk over the past seven days.
Let’s start on the legitimate end of the spectrum. Today Show Travel (via Travel + Leisure) delivered a nice, compact piece on money-saving travel tips aimed specifically at flyers (http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-blog/carry-on/2012/9/6/today-show-video-money-saving-travel-advice). Among the best tips: Book individual seats one-by-one to get the lowest prices and comparison-shop on Tuesday to get the lowest rates.
A piece on travel-packing essentials by Entrepreneur’s Rod Kurtz (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233061) is admittedly not for everyone – unless everyone really does need and want to travel with a mini-hip flask and a keychain that transforms into a pen – but some of his recommendations are spot-on. Packing plenty of black T-shirts and a jacket, for instance. There’s hardly a place on earth that won’t take you in if you’re wearing a black T-shirt and a jacket, from McDonald’s to La Donald’s (though in the case of the latter, a black T-shirt, jacket and pants is likely the better way to go).
One of the reasons Fathom is high on our list of favorite travel websites is that it manages to walk the fine line between archness and hey-look-at-me-I’m-traveling gee-whizziness with style. If you’re looking for the essence of Fathom in 400 words or less, you’d be hard-pressed to beat this portrait of a Jerusalem restaurant (http://fathomaway.com/postcards/food/yudale-restaurant-jerusalem/) where the cheeky waitstaff and their breezy attitude overshadows (or at least rivals) the food. There’s scant mention of food and much more mention of experience, which is absolutely as it should be.
We’ll close with Trip Advisor-via-Mashable’s list of the top 10 U.S. summer travel destinations (http://mashable.com/2014/04/30/summer-travel-destinations-2014/) – which, except for New York City, could also pass for the list of top winter travel destinations. (Key West in August? Really?) If we follow the logic, almost the entire interior U.S. and all coasts north of the Mason-Dixon Line are off-list for summer travel. Given that many of these places are not ideal winter-travel destinations, when is the right time to visit a non-top-10 destination like Chicago? At least one blogger (http://tripsnark.com/?p=286) has it figured out: Between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3.
Happy movin’ Monday, everyone. We’re off to say a prayer for our hyperlinks.