WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month
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.
As the locals say: There’s three ways to become a Cajun: By the ring, by the blood, and by the back door. The longer a visitor hangs out with these Cajuns, the more that back door seems to open. Travel writer Robert N. Jenkins is romanced by the people and food of the south.
Imagine splashing around the waters off a little Mexican island with 1,400 of these giant fish, called whale sharks. It’s perfectly safe – they migrate here once a year to breed and feed on tiny plankton, small fish and the like – as long as you stay away from their barn-door-size mouths when they’re opening up for a nosh.
If you haven’t actually been to the Caribbean, chances are you’ve seen pictures of those exotic resorts down there. Some look like tropical palaces with uber-luxurious rooms...others have powdery beaches right off the travel posters...still others have views to die for. Each year, the readers of the prestigious Travel & Leisure Magazine vote on “the best of” in various travel categories. This year they again named a spot – for the third time – as their No. 1 resort in the Caribbean.
One day, travel authority Anne Z. Cooke took a hard look at the cluster of pins stuck into the world map, each one marking an epic journey, and realized how much she’d missed. Vancouver Island, 299 miles long and 50 miles wide, off the southwest coast of British Columbia, was one of those places
From the atomic to the Appalachian, eastern Tennessee is a land of many historical tales. It is home to two of the world’s super computers, a cave with Civil War graffiti, the source of famous pink marble, the “Secret City” of World War II, and a library that serves walloping drinks. Daniel Boone, Mark Twain and Alex Haley are among the legendary local figures. When Contributor Lisa TE Sonne visited Tennessee, she learned that you might be “historic” too.
The booming Mexican resort at Mazatlan hosted over 300,000 guests from the U.S. and Canada in 2013 – the resort’s best year since 2007. And the way things are going so far this year, the visitor count should jump by a whopping 85 percent over 2013. Whassup down there?
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
- 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.