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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.”

Travel guidebooks: What to know before you buy one

Many travelers rely on guidebooks when they travel to new cities. Although they provide good direction to travelers who are unfamiliar with an area, guidebooks also have some pitfalls.

I shared some of them with Sarah Morgan from SmartMoney and she added them to her article, “10 Things Travel Guidebooks Won’t Say.” Anyone considering buying a guidebook should read Sarah’s article first. It gives great insight into what guidebooks do and do not provide. Jump over to it now and give it a read.

Thanks Sarah for featuring my thoughts!

Talking Thailand on Around the World Travel Radio

Last week I got the chance to share my passion for one of my favorite places in the world, Thailand, with Arthur von Wiesenberger from Around the World Travel Radio. We talked about how well tourism is bouncing back after the political protests, what makes Thailand one of the most beautiful locales in the world, and Friendly Planet Travel’s three tours to the country.

Listen to our conversation on Around the World’s website. Thanks to Around the World Travel Radio for chatting with me!

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!

The next hottest destination and other travel trends

South American Explorer Magazine published an interview with me about my insights on the past, present, and future of the travel industry. Thanks to the editors for including me in this month’s issue! Give the article a read to find out what country I think is going to be the next hot destination, the different ways new technology is aiding travelers, and more.

Should you carry cash, credit, or a traveler’s check when traveling?

A lot of us are accustomed to paying for most things with our credit or debit cards. It’s easy and convenient. But when you’re traveling, using a credit card might not always be the best option. So before you leave the U.S., be sure to determine whether you should be carrying cash, credit, or a traveler’s check.

A good starting point is this CreditCards.com article. It gives you best practices to find out which countries you should carry cash in, the safest way to do it, and more. Susan Ladika also featured some of my advice on this topic in her piece, so click over and read it.

But there’s more advice where that came from and I’m posting it here.

In today’s world, it’s hardly ever worth it to carry traveler’s checks. You can find ATM machines in many destinations, even those considered off the beaten track where you can get cash, in local currency, using your own credit or debit card.

Typically, the exchange rates charged by your credit card company or bank will be better than those charged by local banks, and the convenience goes without saying. You get money as you need it, without having to carry around lots of bills, and without having to pay commissions and fees to cash the traveler’s checks.

If you simply can’t imagine taking a trip abroad without traveler’s checks, by all means get the ones that are free. If you belong to AAA, or your bank offers free traveler’s checks to their depositors, get them.

But make sure you get them in small denominations because you pay fees based on the amount you’re changing. If you’re like me, you’ll bring them home with you again to redeposit into your own checking account. That is, of course, if you have anything left!

When I travel abroad, I usually bring about $300 in cash so I can quickly convert some dollars to local currency upon arrival. That gives me time to find out where the ATM machines are located, without having to stress about not having money in local currency.

I also carry enough $1 bills to take care of incidental tipping, too. Having $20 to $30 in single dollars buys me time to figure out what a good tip should be in local currency (and I can assure you that tips paid in dollars won’t be refused).

I use the hotel in-room safe to store extra cash, so I don’t need to walk around carrying a bundle of bills in my purse. I also take two different credit cards with ATM capabilities, but I only carry one at a time. I leave the second card tucked away in the room safe. If I ever lose my purse or if it gets stolen, I have another card on hand.

And remember, before you even depart the U.S., it’s a good idea to call your card companies and bank to let them know when and where you’re going. The last thing you want is to have your bank account frozen while you’re abroad.

In today’s security-conscious world, where identity and card theft is rampant, cards are often declined because the charge doesn’t fit a normal profile. If your credit card profile is annotated with your travel details, you’ll never face this embarrassing inconvenience.

Write to me or leave a comment on this post if you have any other questions about what form of money to bring abroad.

The Wall Street Journal features my memorable travel moment in France

Standing Together: A tale of travel and solidarity 

I’m lucky to have traveled a great deal of the world. And I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life on the road. So when The Wall Street Journal asked readers to share their most memorable travel stories, many sprang to mind, but one stood taller than the rest.

I submitted it a couple weeks ago. And then the paper’s editors e-mailed me saying they’d like to publish it as an article. I was so flattered, and of course gave them my permission. The Wall Street Journals’ editors published it on Saturday.

You can read the full story on WSJ’s website. It’s about my trip to Nice, France during 9/11, the emotional days that ensued, and the kindness of the French.

But I was in for another pleasant surprise. I received some touching comments from WSJ readers, and I want to share them with you. Here they are, taken directly from my inbox. Thanks again to the editors for publishing my piece and the readers who wrote in to me.



Dear Ms. Goldman,

I just read your article in the WSJ entitled “Standing Together After 9/11″. We were in the same area of France at the same time. Your experience is exactly the same as mine. It was my first trip to France. I was pleasantly surprised to find the people so kind and caring in Southern France. My friends back home find my “French” story hard to believe. Thank you for verifying the truth of my experience.

Regards,
Joycelyn Schmid




Ms Goldman,

I read with great interest your article in travel section of todays WSJ.
My husband and I along with my sister and brother in-law left Chicago O’Hare on Sept. 10th 2001 for Paris. When we landed nothing had happened yet. We arrived at our hotel much too early to check in, so a nice young woman let us store our bags in a small office.
When we returned later in the afternoon she greeted us with apologies over and over again.
She did not speak English so she just ushered us into the small office with a small tv and we watched in horror the planes flying into the World Trade Center.
After two days in Paris, we rented cars and drove to St. Maximin in the south.
We arrived there on a Sunday and got to the house we rented and then just walked around the little town. There was a concert going on at the church so we went in and sat down.
The organist was going to be using the organ which dated back to the 11th century.
The first piece he played was the Star Spangled Banner. It just sent chills down your spine. Women were coming up to us crying and saying how sorry they were. Obviously they could tell we were Americans.

Whenever I hear now about how the rude the French are I love sharing this story.

thank you.
Nancy Hansen



It’s was so nice to hear Nancy’s and Joycelyn’s travel stories. I would love to hear some of your memorable travel stories. Feel free leave a comment to this post with your story.

Redbook’s advice for making the most out of group travel

REDBOOK: Embracing the benefits of group travel

Not everyone is sold on group travel. For some, sticking to an itinerary can seem restricting. I, on the other hand, think group travel is the perfect way to experience a country you’re unfamiliar with.

For those of you on the fence, a recent article in Redbook gives you “6 Tips to Surviving Group-Tour Travel.” I was excited to see that Friendly Planet customer Monique Valeris was the writer.

The article centers on the trip she took with Friendly Planet to India. She was hesitant at first, being that she never toured with a group before. But she goes on to say that it was “completely worth the money, and honestly, a lot more than I could’ve asked for.”

Well Maria, I’m glad you enjoyed your time with us. We were delighted to have you! The article doesn’t specify which tour she took. But based on the description, it’s safe to say she took the Taj Mahal Express.

Read the full article and get Maria’s tips on making the most out of group travel. I couldn’t have said it better than her. Thanks Maria!

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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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