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New travel apps for your smart phone

Becca Torres, one of Friendly Planet Travel’s reservationists, told you what she thought were the best travel apps for your smart phone back in June. The other day I saw that MSNBC.com listed their favorite “Apps that simplify travel.”

They include some of the apps Becca reviewed and similar ones, such as Gate Guru. But there a few new apps that stand out from the crowd for me. They are
World Customs and CulturesWhere, and Tripwolf.

I’ll be downloading them on my iPhone and will let you know how they stack up as soon as I get to put them to use. Also flip back to the article to see what other travel apps made the cut. And let me know, are there any other travel apps you use that you can’t live without?

Weekly wrap up: Friendly Planet featured on MSNBC, USA Today, and more

Per our usual end of the week wrap up, I wanted to share with you where Friendly Planet tours (and me!) have been featured around the media world.


MSNBC.COM: Exotic 8-night Ecuador tour on sale


USA TODAY: Exotic 8-Night Ecuador Tour w/Air from $1,299


Peter Greenberg Worldwide: Friendly Planet Taste of Vietnam Tour Now Only $1,199


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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

Transcript of my chat with travel journalist Chris Elliott

Missed anything in my interview with leading travel expert Chris Elliott? You can read the transcript here.

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A Friendly Planet Travel podcast with travel journalist and guru Chris Elliott

If something goes wrong when you’re traveling — a lost confirmation number, a mixed-up reservation, a bad hotel experience — it can easily seem like the cards are stacked against you. But there’s one travel journalist who has dedicated his career to helping people get the service they deserve when away from home: Christopher Elliott.

Elliot has been called one of the world’s leading travel experts. He is National Geographic Traveler magazine’s reader advocate, and writes the syndicated Travel Troubleshooter column, which appears in more than 50 U.S. newspapers and Web sites.

He also produces a popular weekly commentary and podcast on MSNBC.com and writes the Navigator column in Sunday’s Washington Post.

I had the chance to talk to the guru himself, and get the scoop on getting what you deserve. Elliott graciously gave us some of his time to talk about himself, his career, and a traveler’s best friend: common sense. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest Friendly Planet Travel podcast with Chris Elliott.

EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT: Friendly Planet Travel in the news

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WallStreetJournal.com: Traveling Down Under

LAngelesTimes.com: China: 10-day tour package to Forbidden City, Great Wall and Shanghai only $999

Travel Babel: Cheap China Tour Package in Winter

ShermansTravel: Fascinating China Tour with Airfare from $999

MSNBC.com: 15-day tour of India and Nepal from $2,499

Friendly Planet Travel in the news

Instead of ringing a bell here every time Friendly Planet Travel makes headlines, I thought it would be easier to provide a wrap up post every week or so that highlights some of the recent press coverage we’ve gotten. Way to go, FPT team!

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USAToday.com: Athens & Greek Isles Cruise package

MSNBC.com: Athens & Greek Isles Cruise package

Diva in a Carry On: Friendly Planet Travel and Kiva partnership

August 24

MSNBC.com: Morocco package

Budget Travel Real Deals: Morocco package

August 25

Treehugger.com: Morocco package

August 26

Topix.com: Morocco package

Taste of China meets MSNBC

I’m happy to report that our Taste of China vacation was published in today’s MSNBC Budget Travel column, so have a look!
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For more information on Taste of China, have a look at our original blog post, or our recent podcast with Taste of China tour guide and Beijing resident, Sam Lui.

MSNBC features Friendly Planet Travel’s Western Mediterranean Cruise

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MSNBC picked up Wednesday’s Budget Travel article featuring our Western Mediterranean Cruise. Hop on over to MSNBC to see more information on how you can experience a Friendly Planet Travel cruise to Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Gibralter for just $1,799 if you book by March 27!

About Peggy

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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