WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month
What gives with this “Kukulkan?” Visitors to Cancun and the Riviera Maya see that word on street signs and on the storefronts of everything from bars to barber shops. It’s even the name of a huge pyramid out in the jungle. The answer is, Kukulkan is the Maya version of the Aztecs’ Quetzalcuatl. Got it?
What can you see in a single day in Tokyo? Moreover, what should you see in a day in Tokyo?
You’d never guess these merrymakers are zipping through the skies in the coach section of an airline jet. That’s right, a piano bar IN COACH. There was a time when all the big airlines offered free lounges in the back of their planes. This is the backstory of their largess.
Between the jumpin’ joie de vivre of Mardi Gras, brassy jazz festivals and letting the good times roll in the French Quarter – especially on anything-goes Bourbon Street – it’s hard to imagine that New Orleans is packed with haunted houses and the like (even an old-time brothel full of spirits). What’s more, the city has some of the spookiest cemeteries on the planet.
Presidents, mobsters, movie stars, people who rate bows back home and all kinds of other VIPs once came to Florida to bunk down at the iconic Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg. The city – which first made the maps in 1513 when Ponce de Leon went there looking for the Fountain of Youth – has been drawing health and wellness conscious vacationers ever since.
She went to dive, not dine, but travel authority Lisa TE Sonne learned that there’s a lot that’s hot about the island of Bonaire — besides its average year-round temperature of 82 degrees and the alluring tropical waters. She shares some of the appetizing places of this Dutch Caribbean gem.
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.