It Wasn’t a Waste of Time

I was going to get up early, “transform my body ten minutes a day” as promised on YouTube, work, take a proper lunch break, work some more and sleep at least ten hours a night. I was going to watch the latest movies, enjoy coffee shops in picturesque locations, and relax with a book on the beach and in public parks. I was going to write another manuscript and relentlessly pitch my Filial Piety to publishers and literary agents. I was going to check out a bar and a nightclub, just once, for the e...
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I am in Arizona until Wednesday getting Mom settled in her new place. It’s a hard adjustment to make and everyone here would rather be in their home but it’s safe. There is a group dining room but Mom would rather eat in her place by herself than join them. She’s very outgoing and talkative so I find this strange and it might be part of her condition. The nurses and aids always like her and one lady called her a « firecracker ». This is her and me so many years ago. Wasn’t she beautiful? I...
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Le Puy

This is the central part of Le Puy-en-Velay. You can see the south side of the cathedral, its tower and dome, hugging the hillside. On top of the volcanic rock formation is the much larger than life statue of Notre Dame de France. It's made from cast iron and dominates the city. There's a stair that visitors can climb up to the base of the statue, but we didn't take it. There's an admission charge, and we really didn't feel up to the climb after having just "climbed" up into the central part of ...
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Hiking in Scottsdale, Arizona

Granite Boulder Outcrop. Click photo for larger view. Hiking in Scottsdale, Arizona We are greatly blessed here in the Valley of the Sun to have our city ringed with beautiful parks that offer hundreds and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of the largest of the parks with over 30,000 acres of land and 200+ miles of hiking trails. Ordinarily, we would be out hiking long before March 23rd. But, we have had such a wet and cold winter, this was actu...
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Video: CBRE's Mark Woodworth Discusses Expected U.S. Lodging Outlook

According to the March 2019 edition ofHotel Horizons®, CBRE Hotels Americas Research is forecasting U.S. hotel RevPAR to increase by 2.5% in 2019, due in large part to a favorable economic outlook through 2020. However, an economic slowdown in 2021 will cause a short-lived softening of lodging industry fundamentals.

Hilton Releases Third Installment of New Video Series 'Room 702' on 50th Anniversary of Bed-In for Peace

Fifty years ago today, on March 25, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their iconic Bed-In for Peace in Room 702 at the Hilton Amsterdam. The couple turned their honeymoon into a weeklong promotion of peace and invited media to learn more about their peaceful protest.

British Travel – Brexit Proof Holidays for A Memorable Holiday

If you are worried about the after effects of Brexit on your next holiday tour, then you are not the only one. Consider Brexit proof aspect of your holiday and book your next holiday with complete surety and confidence. If you are up to the updated news and status of the Brexit, you might have some problems in your upcoming foreign trip. Even with the Brexit, there are many ways to plan a Brexit proof holiday and keep your mind at ease. There are many ways with whom you can have no-deal Brexit, ...
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Why Canva Is the Best Tool for Design and Creating Beautiful Social Media Images for Hotels

No design skills? Or don’t know how to create beautiful Social Media Images for your Hotel? No worries, Canva has a solution for your Hotel. I am fortunate that I have an awesome community that is not afraid of telling me when something is off with my content. And have over the years developed a growth mindset that makes me open to constructive feedback and critique. I first started getting feedbacks that my Instagram images were distorted. The images I used was the right dimensions for Instagr...
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What even is Airbnb anymore?

There was never a guarantee that Airbnb would remain what it once was, but its transformation has made it less and less clear what the company itself wants to be.

The Work Day: Preparing the Nest

  Chelsea and Martin (who live and work in Paris) came "home" for a long weekend. Their first stop was a local second-hand store where they bought a few pieces for the new apartment. Nothing puts a fire under one to get a move on like an upcoming baby. Nesting is a real thing, and it was in full gear this weekend.  Luckily we live fifteen minutes or so from Martin's parents, so it tumbled into place, each us of picking up a task to cleaning up the pieces Chelsea and Martin bought, a work day an...
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STR: Central/South America Hotel Performance For February 2019

Hotels in the Central/South America region reported mixed performance results in February 2019, according to data from STR.

the north island restaurant report: where to eat in port hardy and port mcneill

I was sure that one of the downsides of moving to a small town in a relatively remote area would be a serious lack of food choices. I've been very happy to be wrong! There aren't a lot of restaurants here, but what's here is very good -- well-prepared, fresh, tasty food, and excellent, friendly service. As with most things, I'm finding that having a few choices are enough.  I cook a lot more now, as there's no prepared food, and I'm also less busy and have more energy. Allan's been helping ...
Tags: Food Issues, Life In A Small Town, Vancouver Island, Laura K

9 Tips for Your Trip to Machu Picchu

I went to Peru’s Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley with a dear friend of mine to celebrate the big 4-0. To mark this milestone birthday, I had a certain scenario in mind. After an absolutely punishing year that included a health scare, job loss, a move, the aftermath of a nasty breakup and a family tragedy, I imagined myself standing powerfully on top of Machu Picchu, where I’d throw my hands up in the air and shout: “Hey world, look at ME! I am a goddess! A superheroine! A doer of great things!” ...
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Solar farms could take over prime ag land, $4.3M more to house inmates on mainland, boat people of the Ala Wai, pieces of Zuckerberg Kauai estate sold at auction, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Taro fields on Kauai ©2019 All Hawaii News Bill to put solar farms on prime ag land elicits stiff opposition. Developers would be allowed to put solar farms on prime agricultural land under a measure that has passed key legislative committees but is eliciting strong protest from Gov. David Ige’s cabinet while dividing farmers and environmental groups. Star-Advertiser.=====Hawaii officials request $4.3 million for mainland prisoners. Hawaii's government has requested additional funds to ho...
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Get Your Big Brake – 5 Realistic Cycling Goals To Gear Up To

Cycling is a passion shared by many as it demands more than just an average performance. It’s the grueling push that makes us feel lighter than air when we dismount after a huge ride, proud of our output and prouder still of our time. After a while, you collect many of these moments, and start longing for greater heights that you can reach and conquer. Wherever you are in your cycling experience, here are 5 realistic cycling goals you can gear up to. Get Your Big Brake – 5 Realistic Cycling ...
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Snap Cherry Blossom Photos For Odakyu Group 2019 SAKURA Campaign

Member Companies of Odakyu Group in Shinjuku, Hakone, Enoshima and Kamakura to Join Hands in Welcoming Tourists from Abroad The Odakyu Group started a “2019 SAKURA Campaign” from Friday, March 15, to Sunday, April 21, 2019. There are numerous cherry blossom-viewing spots along the Odakyu lines, such as Hakone and Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. Hakone, where the time when cherry trees bloom differs from area to area, is a particularly popular spot because visitors can enjoy viewing cher...
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Building Customer Relationships In An Age Of Disloyalty | By Wynand Smit

As hospitality businesses we understand and recognise the role that loyal customers play in our commercial success, which is why (according to a recent study by Accenture) over 90% of companies actively invest in loyalty programmes. However, 2 in 3 customers say these programmes do not engender loyalty, leaving us with a dynamic modern-day puzzle to solve.

Did an Airbus A330 Have the Same Problem as the 737 MAX? (Ask Cranky)

It’s time for another edition of Ask Cranky and today, it provides a good excuse to write more about Boeing’s 737 MAX problems. No small talk needed… let’s get into this. Everyone is bashing Boeing right now, but is there any real difference in the growing pains of the 737 Max vs the computer glitches that caused the pitch down incidents on the Quantas [sic] A330s? -David I love a question that makes me do research. I vaguely remembered a Qantas incident on an A330, but I didn’t recall...
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Peek into an empty Steve Jobs Theater before tomorrow’s big Apple event

What are you up to this afternoon? If your answer is anything “watching the livestream of an empty Steve Jobs Theater,” honestly, I’m not sure how you call yourself an Apple fan. A day before the company’s event in Cupertino, Apple’s streaming video of what looks to be an empty theater, bathed in darkness, with some swirling psychedelic designs playing on the big screen. The whole thing is almost certainly a bid to drum up more interest a day out, as fan scramble to figure out if someone acc...
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Here's Your Digital Packing List for Your Next Trip

It’s great to have a packing list for real world items, to make sure you don’t forget your underwear or your toothbrush, but what about a digital packing list? Make sure you have these electronic essentials before you travel so an internet blip doesn’t leave you confused or stranded.Read more...
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Oil Steady After Biggest Loss in Three Weeks Amid Economy Fears - Bloomberg

Oil Steady After Biggest Loss in Three Weeks Amid Economy Fears - Bloomberg:Oil steadied in New York after its biggest loss in three weeks, yet concerns lingered that a slowdown in global economic growth will erode fuel consumption.West Texas Intermediate futures were little changed near $59 a barrel, after losing 1.6 percent on Friday. A closely watched gauge of U.S. Treasuries inverted for the first time since 2007, a signal a recession may be coming in the world’s largest economy. Some concer...

How to Find Wheelchair-Accessible Ubers

Let’s face it—we take ride-hailing apps like Uber for granted. In less than three minutes’ time, we can hail a ride with a few phone clicks. It’s like magic. Read more...
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HVS Market Pulse: Colorado Springs, CO - Downtown Poised for Revitalization | By Bethany Cronk

Economic conditions in Downtown Colorado Springs have languished throughout the bust, oil and gas cycles, and recessionary periods as far back as the mid-80s. While several of the Springs' suburban areas have experienced significant growth in the commercial, industrial, residential, retail, and lodging sectors, Downtown has illustrated comparatively few signs of recovery. Urban blight has been prevalent in the city's Central Business District, despite pockets of revitalization, su...

Profiting From Prearrival | By Larry Mogelonsky

Every hotelier knows that tech-enabled personalization is crucial to the future success of one's brand. In reality, though, these customized experiences are very difficult to put in place, often requiring complex software integrations, significant CapEx and a fully trained team - both at the supervisor and frontline levels - to properly act upon any insights or recommendations gleaned from a unified CRM.

Travel News: March 25, 2019

Indonesia’s Garuda airline cancels order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets Washington Post Indonesia’s national airline Garuda Indonesia is moving to cancel an order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following the deadly crashes involving two of the aircraft, a spokesman for the company said Friday. The decision comes less than two weeks after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard. A flight of Lion Air, a low-cost Indonesian airline, crash...
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Surfers Beneath The Golden Gate Bridge

The post Surfers Beneath The Golden Gate Bridge appeared first on LandLopers.
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Tips For Going on a Canada Road Trip

Canada is a huge place just waiting for you to get out there and explore the open road.  The country has some of the most beautiful countryside and amazing trip routes you’ll find anywhere in the world.   The biggest problem when Going on a Canada Road Trip is that there are so many different breathtaking routes to travel.  Check out a brief look at a few of the best ways you can plan your road trip adventure through Canada. 5 Tips For Going on a Canada Road Trip A few driving reminders...
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Algeria faces economic crunch as oil and gas revenues fall short | Financial Times

Algeria faces economic crunch as oil and gas revenues fall short | Financial Times:Weeks of protests in Algeria have revealed popular discontent with Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing president. A less visible threat to Algiers is the looming economic crisis, as revenues from the north African country’s oil and gas exports continue to fall short of its expanding needs, politicians and analysts warn.“The debate is now focused on politics, but the real iceberg is the risk of an economic crisis in t...

Dream Hotel Group to open 20 more properties by 2022

New York-based Dream Hotel Group is currently working on opening 20 more properties across its hotel brands by 2022.

What's the Best Museum in Your City?

Museums are the crown jewel of a city. Even a mediocre city usually has at least one solid museum you can blow an afternoon on; most have enough to fill an entire trip. Some are universally acknowledged as treasures: everyone knows the value of the Louvre, the Smithsonian, the Met. Fewer, but still many, know about…Read more...
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