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WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of July 2015

CONFESSIONS OF AN AIRLINE PR MAN

CONFESSIONS OF AN AIRLINE PR MAN

Frequent WatchBoom contributor Bob Schulman gives us a look at how airline public relations reps try to “finesse” answers to loaded questions from the media.

CHECK OUT DRACULA’S CASTLE IN TRANSVLVANIA – NO KIDDIN’, IT’S REALLY THERE

CHECK OUT DRACULA’S CASTLE IN TRANSVLVANIA – NO KIDDIN’, IT’S REALLY THERE

Bran Castle was used as the model for the castle in the original Dracula movie in 1931. The Dracula character was based on a bloodthirsty 15th century Romanian nobleman known as Vlad Dracul – best known for his habit of impaling his enemies on stakes.

Mexico to let ‘trusted travelers’ skip the long immigration lines

Mexico to let ‘trusted travelers’ skip the long immigration lines

Do the immigration lines at airports serving Mexico’s big beach resorts seem to be getting longer and longer? Actually they are, because our neighbor south of the border is enjoying double-digit upturns in tourism – and the lines will likely get even longer next year when current caps on flight frequencies are tossed out. But now there’s a way for some passengers to skirt the lines.

Branson of the 21st Century

Branson of the 21st Century

The city has a new persona these days—but lovers of kitsch should not despair. Travel writer Christine Loomis revisits Branson after a 20-year break, only to discover the new Hollywood: A Titanic museum with 400 artifacts and stories of its ill-fated passengers.  And that’s not all, folks.

SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE

When Yvette Cardozo recently told a friend she’d had gone to Singapore, the friend responsded with,, “hmm ... hard for me to get excited about Singapore. Hope it was a gateway.” It wasn’t. It was her destination. And she loved it. It was no longer a third world country. Kind of reminded  her of Korea, the way everything has been updated and, yes, sanitized.

In Search of the Holy Grail

In Search of the Holy Grail

An adventure-seeker has a plan. Always. Robert N. Jenkins reports on the incredible journey of Alastair Allward, castles and kings and a shot of whisky were enjoyments along the way.

CRUISING SVALBARD: LAND OF THE ICE BEARS

CRUISING SVALBARD: LAND OF THE ICE BEARS

If not for the red flags marking the tundra trail to the glacier, travel journalist Anne Z. Cooke and photographer Steve Haggaerty might have been tempted to bushwhack across country. But the reminders are relentless that here in the Svalbard Archipelago, the new black, polar bears are the Big Dogs.

COOKE TAKES 1st in Catalonia competition

In December, 2014, the Catalonia’s G! Awards committee awarded Anne Z. Cooke First Prize for a pair of stories about cultural and adventure travel in Catalonia, or as the committee put it, “for the best tourism communication in print.”  The stories, entitled “Hello Dali, and much more” and “Brava Costa Brava,” were distributed by Tribune News Service (then the McClatchy Tribune News Service) and subsequently printed in Sunday travel sections at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and 47 other publications in the U.S., including the Miami Herald and Chicago Tribune; and in 400 associated websites.

Watchboom.com Featured Writer: Patricia Alisau Watchboom.com Featured Writer: Patricia Alisau

So smitten with Mexico that she turned a one-week vacation into a 20-year sojourn, Patricia Alisau has traveled just about every inch of the country on assignment for U.S. publications. She’s traveled four continents into 40 different countries engaging her in exotic locales and attitudes, which she thoroughly enjoys. Her stories and photos have been published by The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and global news agencies such as the Associated Press, United Press International and Reuters. She’s earned writing credits in Mexico’s Vogue and National Geographic plus Mexicana and Aeromexico in-flight magazines. Her byline has appeared in W, Successful Meetings, TravelAge West, Travel Weekly, Hotel & Motel Management and Fodor’s. German, French and British magazines also have featured her work. Now residing in San Antonio, Texas which she calls “Mexico north of the border,” she believes she lives in the best of both worlds with her frequent jaunts to Mexico to savor her favorite spicy salsas and chimichurri sauces.

Alisau is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Texas Writers League.  

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