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App for Adventurers

What was once “off the beaten path” adventure travel (ie. Machu Picchu, Galapagos, etc.) has now become “relatively” commonplace for first world travelers. But the world still retains many spectacular secret treasures—and adventurers seeking to “discover” them may be interested in checking out a new app called “Hidden Place”. Hidden Place, a newly available Canadian app, is “listing the globe’s best kept secrets for adventurers”. As seasoned travelers, co-founders Jonathon Taillefer and Jonathon Léveillé came up with the idea for the app out of their own desire to share with others the exceptional, unknown places they visit. In the six months since its release, the app has become a “must-have tool for backpackers”.  For each spot listed, itineraries, pictures, descriptions, and reviews are available.   In coming weeks, Hidden Place will be updated to include a version that can be used without WIFI in order to access the application anywhere and anytime. And in order to preserve the magic of these hidden places and avoid the problem of “exposure”, the app’s “cool-down mode” temporarily removes popular spots from their lists.  For more info, you can check out the app here: http://www.hidden.place
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Warm Weather Escapes

Here in New England it's starting to get chilly.  Perhaps it's time to start checking out some warm weather escapes? Here are a few destinations to consider: Caye Caulker -- a tiny island off the coast of Belize.  Very laid back and easy going.  No roads or cars, just bikes and a few motorized golf carts.  Good access to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve- some of the best snorkeling and diving ever.  I stayed at a VRBO but there are a few small hotels. Grenada -- also very laid back.  Terrible roads but the "buses" (overly crowded minivans) are cheap and frequent.  Some beautiful beaches and lovely, warm people. My favorite hotel was a small property in the north called Petite Anse. St. Lucia -- gorgeous, mountainous island - a little bit of Hawaii in the Caribbean.  I stayed at St. James Morgan Bay - my first experience at an all-inclusive and it was a good one. Also, while the regular rates tend to be a bit steep, they often have sales. Otherwise, I'd also recommend Calabash Cove or Ladera- a stay at either or both would be very special. Great locations for honeymooners. [caption id="attachment_2736" align="alignleft" width="225"] St. Lucia[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2737" align="alignright" width="225"] Grenada[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2735" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Caye Caulker[/caption]
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Experience Versus “Stuff”

It's the time of year for gift-giving -- have you considered the gift of travel?  A weekend in New York, a romantic rendezvous in Paris... whatever your budget, time-frame, and interests, a trip is so much more than a "thing".   It's anticipation, experience, and lasting memories... And while we can provide the gift certificate NOW, you don't pay for anything until you actually book the trip.  
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The Aircraft You Choose Can Make A Difference

Amidst all of the things on your pre-travel checklist checking on your flight equipment probably never crossed your mind; but as we approach the snowy days of winter it can make all the difference between an on-time departure and miserable hours of delay. Due to the choices that each airline makes regarding the operation of each specific plane type, particular models are significantly more prone to delays and cancellations.  Another factor to consider is each airline's willingness to perform preventative maintenance. Delta in particular is leading the pack in anticipatory maintenance; and their preventative measures have reduced their flight cancellation rate from 5,600 in 2010 to 303 in 2016. 5 more factors to consider when flying: 1.  Regional jets have a record of delays and cancellations far worse than larger jets. 2.  Boeing 737's are THE most reliable aircraft type. 3.  Discount airlines tend to have a weaker reliability record than larger carriers. 4.  Planes with fancy lie-flat seats tend to have more frequent delays and cancellations. 5.  Older jets generally have worse reliability records than younger jets -- except at Delta.
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