Wishful Thinking Wednesday: Private Jet

“It’s the dream, isn’t it? Hiring a private jet to travel in peace and luxury, far removed from the seat-kickers and screaming babies of airline travel.

But for some private jet travellers, serenity and solitude simply aren’t enough: they won’t travel without specifying a bunch of weird and wonderful requirements…”

Read the rest of the story (originally published in The Telegraph) HERE.

Feel Good Friday: Candyman

I recently came across a great ad for Enterprise Rent-A-Car about one of their shuttle bus drivers. It struck a chord with me because we had an experience with a shuttle bus driver on our most recent vacation that really left us smiling.

At the busy Newark Airport, hordes of exhausted travelers were waiting in the hotel shuttle area for their respective rides. To say that this situation is confusing is an understatement. You not only have your Holiday Inn shuttle, but your Holiday Inn Airport and Holiday Inn Express shuttles. It’s daunting, to say the least. And no one wants to board the wrong shuttle after being in airports and in the air for a full day…and then have to wait another half hour/hour for the shuttle to return them to the airport and start all over again. We saw this happen to a couple from overseas and we felt so bad for them.

Back at the Newark Airport…one shuttle driver took it upon himself (and you could tell he does this every single day of his life) to stand up and announce as loudly as possible every single shuttle that was pulling in. He answered everyone’s questions with a smile on his face and he was beyond friendly. His job was to serve one hotel. But, because he was a kind person, he helped everyone. These are the people who make travel enjoyable and bring feelings of lightness to a heavy journey. These people are everywhere, every day. And it’s nice to see one of their stories highlighted: FULL VIDEO HERE

Wishful Thinking Wednesday: Cruise The World

Do you suppose you could handle the cruising life for 111 days? What if you were visiting 36 ports of call and 23 countries?

“Next year, passengers aboard Holland America Line’s Amsterdam will have the opportunity to earn their stripes as world travelers when they set sail for a 111-day Grand World Voyage.”

The concentration of stops will be in Southeast Asia. A full description of the journey can be seen HERE.

But you might want to start saving now, as the Neptune Suite (Featured Image, above) runs about $68,000…per person. Traveling on a budget? Snag an Oceanview Room for only $20,000 per person!

Feel Good Friday: Snack Time!

According to a recent Travel Pulse article, Delta Airlines is looking to seriously up its in-flight snack game. Listen, let’s not pretend that we are all too good for beverages and snacks on a flight. We all know that is the best part of flying anywhere. Because, like it or not…yummy treats make a person feel warm and happy. You might try to appear uber-sophisticated and aloof, but we all know you are excited about the “free” food. Let’s keep it 100, folks.

Full Details HERE.

Wishful Thinking Wednesday: The Future Is Now

Guests staying at the Aloft Boston Seaport and Aloft Santa Clara can now personalize their in-room experience using only their voice. Read about it HERE.

Feel Good Friday: Paid Vacation – Literally

Check this out! A company called The Motley Fool had trouble with its employees not taking their allotted paid vacation time, so it has now instituted a  type of “lottery” at each monthly meeting. The person whose name is drawn out of a hat must immediately take a two week vacation with absolutely no contact whatsoever with work during the break. And, as an added bonus, they are given $1,500 to use on their break. Are you kidding me? Where’s the application?

Full Details HERE.

Wishful Thinking Wednesday: Saudi Arabia

Construction is now underway on the World’s Largest Hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Abraj Kudai, which is owned by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance, will feature 12 towers, 10,000 rooms, and upwards of 70 restaurants. Read the full story HERE.

Better start saving now for the hotels Grand Opening in 2018!