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Sunday Travel Section Recap - Aug 12th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

- NY Times: Volunteer Trips: Is Your Family Ready?

- NY Times: The Other SIberian Railroad 

- NY Times: South Africa Adds Beer to the Wine List

- LA Times: The irresistible call of the Grand Canyon

- LA Times: Los Alamos, California, features wine tastings and saloons

- SF Gate: Labrador: Safari to edge of the world

- SF Gate: Sustaining Hawaii's seafood

- SF Gate: Places for oranges in the Golden State

- Miami Herald: A guide to the latest U.S. Passport rule changes

- Miami Herald: This Florida city has aspirations - Tampa

- Miami Herald: Savoring Colonia's serenity

- Denver Post: Alaska locals ply in the Kenai Peninsula, and so can tourists

- Denver Post: 5 free things to do in Tampa-St. Pete, Florida

- Dallas Morning News: Helping Africa's big cats come roaring back

- Dallas Morning News: Traipse through Turkey with the kids

- USA Today: 'Big Blue' Tahoe reigns as USA's best lake 

- USA Today: 10 great places to try stand-up paddle boarding

'Up to Speed' is one trippy travel show - NBCnews

Armchair travelers who find most travel shows a bit too slow — you know, earnest host visits exotic destination and waxes rhapsodic about the major landmarks — are about to get the chance to pick up the pace a bit.

Premiering Aug. 9 on, “Up to Speed” is part travelogue, part performance art and wholly unlike any other travel show out there. Think Mork and Monty Python take Manhattan — and five other destinations — and you begin to get the idea. More:


Show is on HULU - But you can watch it below.  Good concept but I could only take the hosts voice for about 5 minutes...  Also note that the above "NBC NEWS" story doesn't disclose that NBC owns part of Hulu. TB


Celebrities Banned by Top Hotels - Articles | Travel + Leisure

What does a celebrity bring when checking into a hotel? Glamour, buzz, and sometimes, a whole lot of chaos.

Sure, hosting a famous guest can translate into great PR for a hotel, but “it can also be a mixed bag,” admits Mark Plonkey, the general manager of Denver’s Hotel Teatro. “The one thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that public persona is not always the reality behind closed doors.” via

Sunday Travel Section Recap - Aug 5th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

- NY Times: Visiting Myanmar: It’s Complicated

- NY Times: Tranquillity on an Island Off Cape Cod

- NY Times: Sailing San Francisco Bay Like a Pro

- LA Times: Hotels hang — and will sell — local art

- LA Times: Discovering the open spirit of Rio de Janeiro

- LA Times: Wildlife watching in Alaska

- SF Gate: Placer County brings Gold Rush to life

- SF Gate: Cruising the Danube: Old World ahoy

- SF Gate: 5 Basque American spots in Western US

- Miami Herald: Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim

- Miami Herald: North Fork treks offer wilder side of Glacier Park

- Denver Post: Montana ranch land turns into artists oasis

- Denver Post: Explore new, improved Disney California Adventure Park

- Dallas Morning News: Shop at the best street markets in London

- USA Today: Marilyn slept here: Checking out the sex symbol's last check-in

- USA Today: Western Mediterranean by cruise ship: A quick guide



Saving Seats at the Pool: OK or Not OK? - ABC

Early morning at the Viceroy pool, Palm Springs CA
Last spring I was on vacation with my husband at the Four Seasons, Nevis. As you might expect, it was a lovely vacation at a lovely resort. But there was one problem.

Among the beach chairs the hotel had set up, there were two that were clearly prime seating. They were front row, set apart slightly from the others and under one of the few trees growing out of the sand.

Every day, we wanted to sit in those seats. And no one else was sitting there. So why couldn't we sit there? Because despite the fact that every morning we arrived at the beach no later than 9 a.m., someone else had already put their belongings – towels, sunblock, a book – on the chairs and claimed them. But no one ever arrived to actually sit in the seats, at least, not in the hours we were there. Watching. MORE:

What you need to know about tipping -

Tipping for coffee
Has travel tipping gotten out of hand?

Consultant Keith Anderson of Atlanta thinks so. "I'm 51 years old and I grew up when it was pretty black and white who you tipped. It's grayed tremendously in the last decade or so."

Nowadays, it seems everyone has his or her hand or tip jar out, travelers say, and tipping guidelines can be 50 shades — or more — of gray.

A July USA TODAY online travel survey drew 4,700 respondents, with 79% saying "too many people expect something extra." Seventeen percent said "hard-working people deserve tips," while 4% said they never or rarely tip.  MORE: