03 March 2015

Waze Rocks

I can't imagine anyone buying a GPS for the car anymore.  Waze is a free smart phone app that will take over GPSing for cars.

Opps, there is a cop spotted on Routes 10/202 in Granby Connecticut.  Slow down.

27 February 2015

26 February 2015

Spring Break Tourism

The beginning of the Spring Break Season is upon us.  The annual ritual brings the crowds to destinations both hot and cold and we can expect the same to happen this spring.  This year in particular with snow covering much of the country, we may find crowds along the beaches.

This also may bode well for ski vacations!  Especially since the water temperatures are chilly in the south.

Are you vacationing this spring break?

23 February 2015

Overcrowding on the Appalachian Trail

Like the cycle created following every winter Olympics, when hoards of people take up ice skating for a few months, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is expecting a mad influx of inexperienced and ill prepared hikers to descend on Springer Mountain in northern Georgia.  Hundreds of hikers will begin the march northward, crowding every campsite or shelter in the southern states.

Many will drop out after a few days, but there will be a tremendous impact on the environment includes soil erosion, litter, fouling water sources and other humans.

Why this made rush to hike the world's premier long distance hiking trail?  Well, blame it partially on media and the recent release of Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and "(a) chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe."  And soon, coming to your neighborhood movie theatre (remember those) will be A Walk in the Woods and starring Robert Redford!

For more info on the AT, see this link.

20 February 2015

Bad Maps

we have all seen 'em....you know the maps that make no sense or cause you to wonder what was going on.  So check out another list of bad maps.

19 February 2015

White House Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET: Supporting Travel and Tourism to Grow Our Economy by Improving the Arrivals Experience for International Travelers to the US.

I hope this works, since I feel the arrival experience is terrible for our visitors!

16 February 2015

Turks and Caicos Islands is the fastest-growing destination in region

So sez the Caribbean Journal.  The journal cites Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, but I can't find the data, so maybe it is a press release or something.  While TCI may have a percentage growth, the number of beds found in Cuba, Jamaica or the Dominican Republics probably still out shadow the actual numbers of tourists. In fact, just a few days ago, One Caribbean posted these arrival numbers: