WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month
“Maybe there's a little Captain Blood in all of us, just itching to feel the salt air slapping us in the face as we set sail for yet another adventure on the Spanish Main,” says WatchBoom co-founder Bob Schulman. In this issue, he takes us on a tour of the Caribbean, stopping at old-time pirate hangouts, still-standing forts and other big draws for today’s tourist hordes.
Travel Authority and cruise editor of Watchboom.com Bob Bone reports on his visit to Peleliu in the South Pacific. Of all the islands Bone has visited, this singular destination rated as worthy of inclusion in his recently released memoir, Fire Bone! available on Amazon.com. Peleiu is the island where thousands of Americans and Japanese died between Sept. 5 and Nov. 25, 1944.
What you pack in your bag isn’t nearly as important as your journey, but it can certainly have an impact on your experience. Lugging around a huge bag can be both a literal weight on your shoulders, but also a figurative one that can drag you down as well. Travel expert Gretchen Healey reports on packing tips from Marta Rabins, Managing Director of Ponte Travels. Marta has lived and led travel groups all over the world, and has a lifetime of experience in turning packing into an art form. Her tips can save you time, money, frustration and your rotator cuff.
Suites...villas...casitas...private pools...beachfront spas..dining to die for...floor to ceiling windows...picture postcard views...hillside hideaways right off the travel posters. You’ll find all these – and lots more – at Mexico’s best, uber-luxurious hotels, picked by readers of the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine.
Mexico travel pro Michelle da Silva Richmond unveils the secrets of getting good deals south of the border. “Bargaining down there is a lot more than just haggling over prices,” she notes, “it’s a fine art.”
Since I’m a travel writer, people often ask me for travel tips and recommendations, especially about Latin America. The most recent inquiry was from a friend who was planning a vacation in Puerto Rico, one of my favorite places in the Caribbean. He wanted to know which are the best hotels and restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But, of course, the answer for a question like that depends heavily on your own personal style and preferences, as well as the type of traveler you are.
With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of some of my favorite Puerto Rico hotels and restaurants, for various traveler types .
WatchBoom’s expert on experiential travel Lisa TE Sonne has cruised the islands of Alaska, the Galapagos, Papua New Guinea, the Mediterranean, and French Polynesia. She saved the best for last: Stockholm, Sweden, a city of islands, the starting port of Holland America’s Baltics Adventure, home to the Nobel Museum and the world’s oldest complete ship, the Vasa.
Veteran travel writer Michelle da Silva Richmond says this about cruise liners: “Sure, the mega ships offer a plethora of non-stop activities, dizzying entertainment and food galore, but if you yearn for a truly tranquil journey, you should ‘think small’ when searching for a cruise.” In her debut story for WatchBoom, she shares a sailing adventure on one of the four small luxury cruise ships (they sleep 148 to 310 passengers) operated by Windstar Cruises.
WatchBoom.com Contributing Writers
- Bob Schulman
- Robert W. Bone ~ Cruise Editor
- Rich Grant
- Bob Jenkins
- Ted Alan Stedman
- Linda DuVal
- Jimm Budd
- Patricia Alisau
- Nancy Clark
- Dawna Robertson
- Courtney Drake-McDonough
- Laura Ann Klein
- Maxine Albert
- Curtis Ellis
- Danielle Yuthas
- Gretchen Healey
- Christine Loomis
- Anne Z. Cooke
- Steve Haggerty
- Lisa TE Sonne
- Janna Graber
- Mark Chesnut
- Michelle da Silva Richmond
ABOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS
Each month, WatchBoom.com brings you travel notes by the worlds’ best known writers in the industry. What makes WatchBoom.com different than the next travel magazine is that our journalists can tell a compelling story and their material is authentic.
Michelle da Silva Richmond
World Travel Authority
Michelle da Silva Richmond is an award-winning travel editor and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), NY Travel Writers Association and New England Travel Writer's Network.
As travel editor of Mexico's English language daily, "The News" she was awarded SATW's Lowell Thomas Award sponsored by SATW and was one of 25 journalists from around the world to be selected by the Swiss government to cover their 700th Anniversary of Confederation.
She co-authored the Crown Insider’s Guide to Mexico with Florence Lemkowitz and contributed to: Frommer’s, Fodor’s and Fisher’s Guides to Mexico.
She was also contributing editor to ASTA Agency Management, Mexico editor for Recommend, American Express Mexico newsletter editor and longtime contributor to United Airlines’ Hemispheres and Continental Airlines eponymous in-flight magazine, plus various cruise books. A widely-published travel journalist, in addition to being a weekly travel columnist for a Connecticut daily newspaper, her articles have appeared in: American Way, Bride's, Bridal Guide, The Hartford Courant, Hartford Magazine, Miami Herald, Boston Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Porthole and many others. Currently a resident of Connecticut, she lived in Mexico City for nearly 20 years and is passionate about promoting Mexico as a preferred travel destination.
WatchBoom co-founder takes 2014 1st place writing award
WatchBoom co-founder and frequent contributor Bob Schulman took first place in the annual writing contest of the Society of American Travel Writers’ Western Chapter. His winning story— “Palm Springs: In the Days of Moguls, Mobsters and Movie Stars” –appeared in the Aug. 16, 2013, issue of The News/Global Village, a major daily print newspaper in Mexico City. Other perspectives on the story were published in WatchBoom.com and the Huffington Post plus the La Oferta Newspaper in San Jose, Calif.
If you missed the story on its first run, you can read it now at: www.watchboom.com/articles/palm_springs_moguls_mobsters_and_movie_stars_launched_californias_desert_pl/.
FIRE BONE! Available on Amazon.com
WatchBoom Cruise Editor Robert W. Bone’s newest book Fire Bone! A Maverick Guide to a Life In Journalism is available on Amazon.com (www.amazon.com/Robert-W.-Bone/e/B001KE3CJG). In a pound and half, 350 pages, and 110,000 words, Bone regales readers with tales of his life of travel and adventure from 1932 to 2001.
Bone has visited every continent and covered at least 75 countries. For four decades, thousands of travelers to Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand carried the latest editions of his prize-winning Maverick Guides or read his groundbreaking work on the "last frontier," Fieldings Alaska and the Yukon.
The infamous Hunter S. Thompson joined Bone on some of his early adventures, admiring Bone's ability to live the kind of life that office drones dream of. “Put the formula down on paper,” Thompson wrote him: "Shit, you'd sell 50,000 copies in NY alone."
Fire Bone! is an unvarnished memoir. Bone has been shot at and robbed. He's climbed to the top of a mast of a ship at sea, and planted a revolutionary flag at a world's fair. And he's never been fired from a job. Fire Bone! explains all that, too.
Visit www.robertbone.com for a detailed biography.