WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of December 2016
Travel Authority Rich Grant (see his blog proves that sometimes we can’t see what is right before our eyes. Grant travels from the State Capitol to the glam world of Vail making pit stops to enjoy the beauty and the history that Coloradans sometimes overlook on their way up the mountain.
Think “St. Louis, Missouri” and the Gateway Arch comes to mind immediately. Perhaps the city’s most iconic sight, it’s far from the only reason to visit. Courtney Drake-McDonough reports on the impressive history, fun tours and multigenerational stops make it a place to settle in to really explore.
Looking for someplace off the beaten track for your vacation next year? Specialists in adventure tourism have just the thing for you: five options to track the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest explorers, like Marco Polo (on the Silk Road in Asia), Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (in the Antarctic) and Spanish conquistador Don Francisco de Orellana (on the Amazon River).
Some people travel to release their inner child, to find their innermost desires, and to nest in a surround of the unfamiliar. Travel writer Patricia Alisau seeks sanctuary of a different kind in Mazatlán. Guided by marine biologist Daniel Rios, a small flock of humans experiences the turtle species up close.
There was a time when passengers oohed and aahed when flight attendants set up their trays at chow time. There was real silverware, fine crystal glasses and crisp linen napkins. The big jaw-dropper was a double entree – on chinaware, no less -- of char-broiled steak and lobster along with a bottle of imported Mateus wine. It’s hard to believe it nowadays, but one airline served all this free – and in COACH!
Would you like to coauthor your own travel books? Journaling allows you to amplify your insights and pleasures. WatchBoom travel correspondent Lisa TE Sonne currently has four books out that could make great gifts to your self or to travelers who want to enhance their trips before, during and after the experiences. Editor Nancy Clarke /We asked her to share some excerpts and information about her books: THE GREAT OUTDOORS: A Nature Bucket List, MY ADVENTURES: A Traveler’s Journal and the BIKE LONDON Journal. The fourth is the HAPPINESS HANDBOOK: Simple Ways to Change your Life for the Better.
Author of the Month
KUDOS TO RICH GRANT
Denver-based travel writer Rich Grant was awarded Runner-Up in the Pluma de Plata Award from the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board for the best article on Puerto Vallarta to hail from the North America Travel Journalists Association Convention. The prize was a week in Puerto Vallarta that Grant says he’ll take this year while, of course, writing another story on the destination tucked into the inner Bay of Banderas.
Peurto Vallarta was made famous in “The Night of the Iguana” starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner released in 1964. Burton brought Liz Taylor, fresh off her divorce from Eddie Fisher to the set of the John Huston film in Miamaloya, immediately south of PV. Gossip columnists put the spotlight on the wildly popular couple and Peurto Vallarta was suddenly popular by association. From 1977 to 1986, the entertainment industry gave Peurto Vallarta yet another boost when it was featured as a regular port of call for the hit TV series “The Love Boat.”
Grant was communications director for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau for 35 years. Since his retirement in 2014, he has reported on his travels around the world in WatchBoom.com and other travel magazines and newspapers including the Huffington Post and he co-authored “100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die” with journalist Irene Rawlings in 2016.