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Around the horn with the latest savings on Friendly Planet tours

Our new tours are continuing to catch travel editor’s interest. Here are some of the savings they’ve been highlighting lately. If you’re interested in more information about any of these deals, you know where to reach me.

Budget Travel highlights the $300 dollar savings on our Exotic Ecaudor tour.

Frommer’s advises quick booking for our Exotic Borneo & Bangkok tour and features the $300 savings.

If you want to save $600, look for our Taste of Turkey tour near Thanksgiving, according to Valarie D’Elia of Travel with Val
Phil Marty from the Chicago Tribune travel section found our Sensational South America tour to be an “interesting travel deal” with a savings of $300.
Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press made Sensational South America her “Deal of the Week.”
Thanks to all these editors for featuring Friendly Planet tours. 

Photographers’ rights and responsibilities: What to remember before snapping that picture

Some of my fondest memories are of my trips around the world. I love to take myself back to the sights, sounds, and smells of each place I’ve traveled by flipping through my photo albums.

So when I’m on the go, my camera is never far from my hands. That’s why Chris Elliott’s recent article in Frommer’s caught my eye: “Travel Photography: Don’t Shoot? But It’s a Public Space.”

Chris discusses the rights of travelers turned photojournalists, and the truth about where we are and aren’t allowed to shoot photos and video.

In all of the years that I’ve been traveling, I’ve never been asked to put down my camera. But Chris makes a good point that anyone heading off for a trip should remember: It’s important to be respectful if asked not to take photos, especially if you’re asked by a police officer, security guard, or other employee of a tourist site.

While you might technically have the right to fill your memory card with photos of a given place, is it worth the battle and the risk of ruining your trip? See Chris’ advice for travelers, and then read the simple rules I follow when I get the itch to be a shutterbug. I think they’ve kept me out of trouble all these years.

  1. Don’t be flashy. At some historic sites, using a flash is not permitted because it can damage delicate art. And at sites of religious significance, where people might be praying or otherwise quietly reflecting, constant camera flashes are also just annoying and distracting. Look for posted signs about rules surrounding photography and video before you point and shoot.
  2. Ask nicely. When photographing people in other countries, always ask first unless you are taking photos from a distance. Sometimes people will offer to pose for you, but then don’t be surprised if an extended hand is waiting for a tip!
  3. Consider your surroundings. Some public spaces, especially in countries that aren’t democracies, might be off limits. In such places, I ask my guide or I approach a police officer to ask if I can take a photo. If don’t see anyone to ask, I generally take the picture if it is really worthwhile.
Have you ever run into trouble when you were documenting a vacation? Do you think you were in the right or in the wrong?

How to spend less in Italy: Win Pauline Frommer’s autographed travel guidebook

Guess what I found in the back of my bookshelf. More travel guidebooks autographed by Arthur and Pauline Frommer!

We got a handful of them signed after Melissa’s interview with Arthur and Pauline Frommer at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show.

They turned up as we were packing for our upcoming office move. And obviously, these books aren’t guiding any travelers by just sitting in my office. Instead, I’m going to give you a chance to win one!

Pauline was not only kind enough to chat with us, but she signed a copy of “Pauline Frommer’s Italy: Spend Less, See More.” If you want to come home with money still in your wallet, it’s the best guidebook to have with you when you travel to Italy. ;-)

It gives you all the advice you’ll need to discover where to enjoy the soft Mediterranean breeze along the boardwalks, indulge in the fragrant olive and lemon groves, and experience the art, fashion, music, and architecture that flourishes in the cities.

And I can’t forget to mention the food, which has been described as heavenly. I can personally vouch for that, having been to Italy many times. Pauline’s book is really great in that she helps you find some of the best spots in the country to savor the best Italian cuisine.

Here’s what you have to do to enter to win. Leave a comment on this post telling me about at least one place or site you want to see in Italy and why. To be eligible to win, you must include your first name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win in the comment. The commenting contest starts today and ends on Friday, June 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be randomly selected from the pool of comments and announced on the blog.

Buona fortuna!

How to avoid Debbie Downer as a travel companion

Who and how many people you travel with can make or break a vacation. And after organizing exotic group tours for 30 years, I know exactly the mix of people you want to have on a trip to make your vacation an extraordinary one.

Find out what that mix is made of in the Frommer’s article, “How to Plan a Girlfriend Getaway.” The five things writer Lisa Cheng tells you to consider when picking the right mix of travel companions doesn’t just apply to girlfriends either. If you’re traveling with family or male companions, her advice still rings true.

Hop over to give it a read. Thanks again Lisa for including me in your piece!

Rounding up recent media coverage of Friendly Planet Travel’s extraordinary deals

A few Friendly Planet Travel tours have been mentioned in a handful publications recently for their deep savings. In case you missed any of the coverage, I rounded them up for you. Keep reading to find out what tours landed where.

Budget Travel crunches the numbers to show how our Taj Mahal Express will save you nearly $500 on a trip to India.

The Washington Post points out how our Captivating Costa Rica saves you $300 over regular rates.

If you’re interested in a Kenya Safari Express, our tour will save you $300 according to Budget Travel’s research.

The $300 savings travelers get on our Dazzling Dubai tour made it one of Frommer’s “5 Deals for March 16.”

Thanks to all the editors for featuring Friendly Planet Travel!

Patricia Schultz shows us ’1,000 Places to See Before You Die’ in 8 minutes

You might have read “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz. If you haven’t or if you’re not familiar with the book, it was a milestone in travel journalism when it was released in 2003 and it established Patricia as one of the foremost travel writers.

Patricia has also written for Frommer’s, Condé Nast Traveler, and Harper’s Bazaar, just to name a few. She was also the executive producer of the Travel Channel’s reality show, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”

When I learned that Patricia was speaking at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show, I enlisted Melissa, a Friendly Planet Travel blogger, to do everything in her power to get an interview with her.

Fortunately we were able to get a few minutes with Patricia after she finished signing copies of her book, including one for Melissa and one we’ll be giving away on the blog. But I’ll save the details of the giveaway for another post.

Melissa found out why Patricia decided to document 1,000 places instead of 500, who the one person was who disliked the title of her book (hint: his last name rhymes with hommer), what her most terrible trip was, why Bhutan is one of her favorite places to visit, her advice on how to turn an ordinary trip into an extraordinary one, and much more.

Thank you so much for your time Patricia! You can watch the interview below. But stay tuned to the blog. I’ll be telling you in another post how you can win copies of Patricia’s “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”

Travel easier: How to get autographed Arthur Frommer travel guidebooks

Enter to win signed copies! Get the details below.

I just can’t get enough of the Frommers! I’m still on cloud nine about Melissa’s interview with Arthur and Pauline Frommer at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show.

Today, to keep the excitement going, I’m giving two lucky readers the chance to win copies of “Ask Arthur Frommer” and “Frommer’s Costa Rica 2011,” autographed by Arthur Frommer.

As I told you in my last post, in my pursuit of an interview with the Frommers, I was able to snag a few autographed copies of Arthur’s latest books. He was kind enough to not only talk to us on camera, but autograph four books for us. Thanks Arthur!

I packaged “Ask Arthur Frommer” and “Frommer’s Costa Rica 2011″ together to give two sets away to two lucky Friendly Planet Travel readers. Both are packed with travel advice and sure to come in handy. Take a quick look at Arthur’s John Hancock.

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win Arthur’s books. Would you keep them for yourself or give them away as a gift? Or has Arthur Frommer been your travel muse? Tell me all about it!

To be eligible to win, you must include your first name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win in the comment. The commenting contest starts today and ends on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Two winners will be randomly selected from the pool of comments and announced on the blog.

Put your traveling caps on and start telling me why you want to win these books. I look forward to reading your comments!

Behind the travel guidebooks: We meet Arthur and Pauline Frommer!

Now that the situation in Egypt is coming under control and our Friendly Planet travelers have returned home, we’re going to return to our normally scheduled blog posts. We have a lot of interviews and giveaways to share with you from The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show, so let’s get to our first one!

Arthur and Pauline Frommer are like the rock stars of the travel industry. When I found out they were going to be speaking at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show, I decided to stalk them and try to get a meeting. Low and behold, despite the fact that everyone wanted their attention and time, the Frommers were gracious enough to give us a few minutes on camera.

The name Frommer’s is synonymous with travel guidebooks. Arthur Frommer has been helping travelers find their way around unfamiliar cities since 1955. His seminal book, “Europe on $5 a Day,” helped me, along with millions of travelers, discover that worldwide travel can be inexpensive and thrilling!

His daughter Pauline followed in his footsteps and has her own line of travel guide books that take a spend less, see more approach. Both are accomplished travel journalists who share their combined travel wisdom online at Frommer’s, travel shows, and on numerous media outlets.

I was thrilled when Friendly Planet Travel blogger Melissa got a few minutes to interview Pauline and Arthur right after their last presentation. She also snagged a few autographed copies “Ask Arthur Frommer,” that we’ll be giving away on the blog. So stay tuned to the blog to get details.

Hit play and find out what inspired Arthur to write his first book, “The GI’s Guide to Traveling In Europe,” what the Obama Administration’s exemptions to the Cuba travel embargo mean for U.S. travelers, how Bacelona, Spain recently won Pauline’s heart, and more.

Reflecting on the 2011 Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show

We had a great time at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show this past weekend, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. But first, let’s get to the most exciting news: The winners of our Taste of China tour, Taj Mahal Express tour, and Nikon S8100 digital camera.

On Sunday at 3:15 p.m., my special guest Corrine dug her hand into a fishbowl full of names and picked the three winners. For a trip for two on the Taste of China tour, we called out Larry Kleeman. Larry and his wife Wendy were in the crowd to accept their free trip!

Melissa, a Friendly Planet Travel blogger, interviewed them right after they got the news. I can’t put their excitement into words, so I’ll let them do it themselves. Watch the video below.

Congrats again Larry and Wendy! You’re going to have an amazing trip. We announced the winners of the Taj Mahal Express tour and the Nikon S8100 digital camera, but neither winner was there to accept their prize. So if you entered our drawing, check your e-mail and voice mail, we’re trying to reach you!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to enter to win and who showed up to my presentations on Saturday and Sunday. It was gratifying to see the room fill up to standing room only. I hope every one of you took something valuable away from “7 Exotic Locations for the Price of a Vegas Weekend” and “How to Compare Travel Offers for the Best Value.”

And in case you missed it, we have the video! I’ll post it in the coming days. I wasn’t the only presenter at the show. I was in the amazing company of Arthur and Pauline Frommer, which was very exciting for me. After all, without Arthur Frommer’s “Europe on $5 a Day,” I might never have figured out that travel to the far corners of the world can be inexpensive as well as thrilling. Melissa interviewed Pauline and Arthur and got a few of their travel guidebooks autographed.

She also got a few minutes with Patricia Schultz, travel journalist and author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.” When I post the interviews, I’ll tell you how you can win autographed copies of the Frommer’s travel guidebooks as well as Patricia’s book.

P.J. Thomas, Founding Editor of Pathfinders Travel Magazine and Travel Journalist Reid Bramblett stopped by Friendly Planet Travel’s booth for quick interviews too. Thanks Pauline, Arthur, Patricia, P.J., Reid, and the dozens of attendees who spoke to the Friendly Planet Travel blogging team.

Our blogging team found out what travelers thought about the TSA’s new airport security measures, airline ticket prices, as well as their favorite piece of travel advice, the #1 item they need in their carry-on bag, and much more. You’ll hear all their answers and a few fun surprises in the videos that are coming soon.

Friendly Planet Travel had a great time at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show! Thanks again to everyone who attended. Stay in touch with the blog, videos and giveaways are on the way!

Friendly Planet Travel rounds out 2010 with media mentions

Before I put 2010 behind me, I have a few more things to take care of. One those is extending thank yous to the editors who covered Friendly Planet Travel’s Captivating Costa Rica, Best of Turkey, and Pyramids and Nile Cruise tours in December. Read on to see what pubs these Friendly Planet Travel tours landed in.

Frommer’s listed Friendly Planet Travel’s Best of Turkey tour on its “5 Deals for December 1, 2010.”

Captivating Cost Rica made an appearance on “Frommer’s 5 Deals for December 15, 2010.”

Lastly, Oregon Travel Daily talked about our Pyramids and Nile Cruise when we announced new departure dates.

Thanks again editors for featuring Friendly Planet Travel. Hope you all have a happy new year!

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Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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