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Post-Thanksgiving thanks to travel editors

Thanksgiving might be over, but I have a few more thank yous to give out. They go to the editors who featured Friendly Planet Travel tours in their publications this month, as well as Gadling for posting our air travel infographic on its website. Read on to see where Friendly Planet Travel landed in the media.

Gadling liked our air travel infographic so much that it put it front and center on its website.

Budget Travel tells readers how the Jewels of South America tour is one of the best deals around.

Frommer’s includes the Mediterranean Highlights by Sea as one of its five deals for the week of Nov. 3.

Rounding out this month’s coverage are Traveling Boy and TravelwithVal.com who highlight the Taste of China tour. Examiner.com brings the Jewels of South America to the attention of its readers. Lastly, Travel Age West features the Exotic Borneo and Bangkok tour.

Thanks again to all the editors who featured Friendly Planet Travel!

Friendly Planet Travel tours featured in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and more

Take a break from assembling your Halloween costume and catch up on some of the tours that are catching the eyes of travel editors. Thanks to all for including Friendly Planet in your roundups!

The Taj Mahal Express answered The Washington Post’s question: “What’s the deal?”

Los Angeles Times was captivated by Costa Rica in its Travel section.

The Taj Mahal Express was the “Smart Deal of the Week” according to Frommer’s.

Budget Travel thought our Taste of China tour was a “Real Deal.”

Are you guilty of being an annoying airplane passenger?

Frommer’s tackles this question for you in a humorous article. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve probably annoyed some fellow passengers. But I do try my best to respect others while on a flight or in the airport.

Some passengers aren’t as kind though. And this articles looks at the top 10 offenses made by airline passengers. Give it a read, because you might not even be aware that what you’re doing is annoying someone else. Then leave a comment on this post and let me know what other offenses you would add to Frommer’s list.

The best cities in the world to shop

Travel and shopping. They’re like two peas in a pod. Most people want a great souvenir to bring home from a trip abroad. Not only is it a great conversation starter, but it brings back memories of your adventure.

I came across a few helpful articles about shopping when traveling that I thought I would share with you today.

For the bargain hunter in all of us, Frommer’s lists the “World’s Best Cities for Bargain Shopping.” It’s complete with the names of places to shop and gives you an idea about how much items should cost. Some of the cities are part of Friendly Planet tours, including Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hoi An, VietnamShanghai, China; and Bangkok, Thailand.

In addition to Frommer’s list, Conde Nast Traveler highlights the wonderful shopping in Marrakech, Morocco and Jaipur, India this month, two other cities Friendly Planet can bring you to. It reminds readers that Marrakech offers fashion in the form of art. Through a beautiful profile of a city that is in the midst of a renaissance, you’ll discover why a mosaic of colors and intricate designs are found on almost everything sold in the souk.

And in Jaipur, brightly colored saris and lavish gems are the Indians’ definition of casual. In stark contrast to the terrain around the city, hot colors are worn on everything — including the camels. The article takes you on a shopping journey through the “pink city” that will leave you lusting for your own jewels from Jaipur.

Where have you found incredible bargain shopping on your travels?

Media notes Friendly Planet Travel’s Taste of Thailand and Best of South Africa tours

Friendly Planet Travel’s Taste of Thailand and Best of South Africa tours caught the eyes of travel editors this week. In case you missed any of the coverage, grab a cup of Joe and catch up!

The Chicago Tribune found our $2,999 13-day Best of South Africa tour to be good “News to use.”

Frommer’s featured our $999 nine-day Taste of Thailand tour as part of its “5 Deals for Sept. 22, 2010.”

Taste of Thailand made another appearance in the Los Angeles Times “Daily Travel & Deal Blog.”

Lastly, The Washington Post included the Taste of Thailand in its roundup of “Travel deals of the week.”

A special thanks to the editors for featuring Friendly Planet Travel this week!

Friendly Planet Travel deals catch eyes of Frommer’s, Los Angeles Times, Budget Travel

I wanted to share a couple of media mentions Friendly Planet Travel’s tours got this week (and it’s not even Friday yet!).

Frommer’s featured our $2,899 12-day Best of South Africa tour as part of its “5 Deals for Sept. 9, 2010.”

The Los Angeles Times included our $2,099 nine-day Pyramids and Nile Cruise in its recent travel deals coverage.

And BudgetTravel found our $799 seven-day Captivating Costa Rica tour to be a “Real Deal.”

Thanks to the editors for featuring us!

Advice on what you shouldn’t pack in your suitcase

Some people like to pick up every knickknack and souvenir they can get their hands on when they travel. From the hotel shampoo to the restaurant matchstick book, they shove it all into their luggage. I, on the other hand, do not. It weighs your luggage down, and you don’t need it!

If you’re a pack rat you should read Chris Elliott’s “Packing Tips: 4 Things to Take (or Leave Behind) When You Travel.”

Chris gives the best advice on what is worth saving and what can be left behind. I agree with almost every tip he gives. It appeared on Frommer’s last week and it got me thinking about what else I normally leave behind to save space in my suitcase. In addition to Chris’s tips, here is some other advice from me.

For every piece of paper that you pick up when you travel, just ask yourself, “Can I find this information online?” This goes for brochures, menus, coasters, etc. A majority of the time your answer will be yes. If it is, recycle it.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I carry travel sizes of my cosmetics. That includes lotions and face creams. But if I know that travel size won’t be enough during my trip, I leave it at home. Instead I’ll buy that product locally.

That way I also know it’s formulated for the local conditions. I typically do this with my body lotion. I use it regularly, so I always buy it in the country that I am visiting. If the bottle isn’t empty by the time I leave, I throw it away to save space in my bag.

Almost every hotel now offers shampoos and soap as amenities in its bathrooms, so avoid packing large bottles of those items. If you’re bringing your own travel sized toiletries, then don’t open what the hotel gives you. Leave the unopened bottles behind for the next guest to use. It also saves the hotel the cost of restocking it.

I know in some cases, people bring home hotel toiletries to donate to a shelter. If you actually do take these toiletries to a shelter when you get home, great. If, like me, a busy life gets in the way, leave the toiletries in the hotel. Then, when you get home, if you really want to make a contribution, why not just write a small check and designate it for purchase of personal items.

Lastly, you can buy products such as nail polish remover, toothpaste, mouthwash, hair spray, etc., in almost every city in the world. It’s not worth carrying large containers of these. So save yourself some space in your luggage by applying these tips and reading what Chris Elliott has to say. Have any more suggestions? Share your tips in a comment to this post.

Weekly wrap up: Taj Mahal Express marveling travelers

Last week I told you about Friendly Planet’s hot new deal to India on the Taj Mahal Express tour for only $1,099. If you didn’t hear about it, I encourage you read the post to see all of the new features we added. Travel editors have been kind enough to feature the Taj Mahal Express in their publications and I want to say THANKS to them all. Go ahead and take a gander:

National Geographic: Daily Radar: 2.04.10

Frommer’s: The Band-Wagon to India Picks Up Speed, As Friendly Planet Offers Another Budget-Priced Marvel to Your Options

Vacation Agent: Friendly Planet Travel Offers Taj Mahal Express For $1,099

Travel Pulse: Friendly Planet Travel Offers Taj Mahal Express for $1,099

Weekly wrap up: Thanks to travel editors for featuring our tours

I wanted to thank several travel editors for featuring some of our tours in their recent coverage. Thank you! 

Los Angeles Times: Tours and cruises in Latin America, Europe and Asia

MSNBCArgentina, air/8 nights, from $1,659 

Frommer’sFrommer’s 5 Deals: Puerto Vallarta, Morocco, Philly, India, and Texas Hill Country

Chicago Tribune: Borneo to Bangkok: Travel trips, tips & deals

WopularBorneo To Bangkok: Trips, Tips & Deals

Weekly wrap up: Friendly Planet Travel in the news

FP_newspaper4.jpgIn case you missed it this week, I wanted to share some of the stories that featured Friendly Planet Travel. Enjoy!

Frommer’s: Frommer’s 5 Deals: Puerto Vallarta, Morocco, Philly, India, and Texas Hill Country

Budget Travel: Argentina, Air/8 Nights, From $1,659

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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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