Great Travel Links for 03.24.2008
This week’s roundup is a particularly interesting mix of travel news and views from around the Web. Read on….
** Articles and topics somewhat off of the well-trod travel path (since experienced globetrotters are getting younger and younger)
- follow the roots of African-American culture in Louisiana
- take a dinosaur and fossil-finding trip with the kids
- save money at campgrounds on the outskirts of European cities
- read a report from a Mom who’s just back from Namibia
- go on a family yoga vacation in Italy
- or family adventures in the Amazon
** Updates from the big cities:
- New York magazine’s Best of New York 2008 – Kids
- take your wallet to some cool baby stores in Los Angeles
- find some decently-priced Paris hotels for families
- learn about the thrilling collision of cultures in Montreal
- see the sights in Boston while visiting colleges there
- enjoy the Telegraph‘s comprehensive London travel guide (and I also found private London Harry Potter tours in classic black taxis.)
** The “7” from Frommer’s — 7 house rental agencies that make Disney feel like home, and the world is your theme park: 7 great trips on 2 continents.
** The Guardian figures you’re probably planning summer vacations right about now, so they have a great group of articles about family travel grouped under Top 100 family breaks.
** Smarter Travel lists places where can you go to get a British travel experience without the devastation of a bad exchange rate and/or flying a long way.
** Finding ways to keep traveling while cutting costs: fly on the cheapest days of the week for airfare, consider (yes) hostels for family lodging, find the beauty of hidden beaches, learn what you need to know about summer airfares and recession-proof your summer vacation.
** The Washington DC-based National Geographic Traveler “Intelligent Travel” blog has a fun post about the new ballpark for the local Washington Nationals baseball team, and I also noticed a USA TODAY article about finding hotel/baseball packages. I can personally recommend another ballpark in the DC area as a good place for families: Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
** Combine your kid’s love of Guitar Hero, Rock Band or actually playing a real guitar with a stint at a UK rock music camp.
** Finally, since I write about social media/Web 2.0 topics at Every Dot Connects, I noticed this article about government and corporate blogs engaging travelers. I also saw marketing guru David Armano‘s Twitter comment during the recent AdAge conference about how Southwest Airlines is looking to successful ecommerce sites like shoe seller Zappos for social media and customer service ideas.