WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month
Find out what a wounded French soldier in the Napoleonic wars had to do with ending 17 years of men-only airline flights in the 50s and 60s. Aboard, businessmen could stretch out, put on a pair of slippers, light up a stogie, browse through the latest issue of Playboy, catch up on the market, enjoy a thick steak and then light up again for a game of poker with the guys -- all without any of those pesky women around.
Journalist Anne Z. Cooke and photographer Steve Haggerty jump the line in London for a VIP tour that you too can enjoy.
He was called “Hawaii’s 750-pound angel.” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – the state’s best-selling musician of all time – enchanted millions of fans who loved to hear his heavenly voice as his hands flew over the fret board of his ukulele. Known simply as “IZ,” the gentle giant may be best remembered for reminding us that we live in a “Wonderful World” (the title of one of his biggest hits). Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority, Joe Solem.
WatchBoom co-founder Bob Schulman takes us to an ancient Maya city on the Riviera Maya that’s stayed in remarkably good shape over the years. Find out how Tulum managed to keep the door open to tourists, but closed to developers. (Although right next door, in Tulum City, it’s a whole different story.)
Travel Journalist Maxine Albert routinely travels to spas where she reviews essences and aromas. That is, until The Boyfriend got her to try a little Alaskan cruise to see the glaciers up close. Now, Albert is craving more of the chill travel.
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.
THE IDEAL LIFE
Dawna L. Robertson is an award-winning freelance writer who has dived into a diverse pool of topics ranging from CEO profiles and farm-to-table cuisine to outrigger canoe paddling and decadent resort spas.
An avid marathon runner, kayaker and photographer, Dawna is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). When she’s not on assignment, she splits her time between San Diego and Honolulu.
For the past 20 years, she has focused on travel writing that covers the globe and runs the gamut. While her assignments have taken her to far-flung destinations, her expertise is primarily in the South Pacific, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico and Western United States.
Dawna’s articles have appeared in NY Times, USA Today, Hi Luxury, 7 x 7, Global Traveler, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Marathon & Beyond, Hemispheres, Orange County Bride Magazine, Outside, Family Fun, Smart Meetings, TravelAge West, Recommend, Hawaii Parent, and in-room magazines for Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont Hawaii, Halekulani Hotel, Grand Waikikian and Disney Aulani. She has also contributed to WatchBoom.com, HuffingtonPost.com, EveryTrail.com and Away.com.
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! Now On Kindle
Contributor Bob Bone reports sales of his new book, “Fire Bone!” are moving right along. It’s now available, he notes, as a Kindle e-book. Reviews of the book so far are “overwhelmingly favorable,” Bone reports. For instance, reviewer Tom Wilmer of Morro Bay, Calif., said: “Robert Bone's story telling style reminds me very much of Charles Kuralt. Bone tells engaging stories of his long journey as an international travel journalist, with a remarkably similar, enchanting and humble voice. I have traveled on assignment in Bone's company to Micronesia and Guam, and I was just as impressed with Bone's professionalism and humbleness on the ground, as I was with his words in his most captivating book. Fire Bone hooked me immediately...and it instantly became one of those special, addictive reads---you know, the book you just can't put down...and you find yourself reading way past midnight and then wishing you could stay home the next day to read on. For anyone just starting their professional career, his tales will serve as a vivid window in to a long vanished era of journalism. Don't Fire Bone--Buy the Book! I am really glad that I did--and I learned whole new layers of Bone that I never knew--like his life long friendship with the legendary Hunter S. Thompson. How Cool!”
The memoire is now also available as a Kindle e-book.