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Resort, Shmesort: Oasis Hamaca, Take 2

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Resort, Shmesort: Oasis Hamaca, Take 2

As you know, we like Budget Travel magazine. But not even BT can protect you from nasty resorts. In every issue, BT publishes a long list of what they call Real Deals – good package deals on destinations all over the world. Well, remember the Oasis Hamaca, our first Resort Schmesort – and therefore quite dear... »

How The Travel Channel Lost Our Respect

Saturday, March 14, 2009
How The Travel Channel Lost Our Respect

  Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches, a far cry from Zimmern or The Amazing Race.  Witness: on “her” blog: “We decided to go skinny-dipping and got caught by a group of boys from Sweden walking by … oops.” Oops, indeed, Travel Channel. »

No Bailing Out “Big Tourism”

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
No Bailing Out “Big Tourism”

This recession blows.  We have loved ones who are having to postpone retirement and others who are out of work and desperately looking.  We are ourselves extremely anxious about our own job situations (blogging don’t pay the bills unless you’re Nick Denton or Arianna Huffington), not to mention our shaky prospects for exciting travel... »

Resort Shmesort: Colmar Tropicale

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Resort Shmesort: Colmar Tropicale

Let’s check out the Colmar Tropicale, a self-styled “French-themed resort” in Bentung, Malaysia, voted one of TripAdvisor’s Dirtiest Hotels of 2009.  Here’s what guests have to say about it:   “So-called attractions like the ‘rabbit park’ (a large cage filled with probably 20 or so rabbits and kids tormenting them).” and “When I opened... »

Yes, We Can (pick up our trash)!

Saturday, February 14, 2009
Yes, We Can (pick up our trash)!

We’re a little late in reporting on this so feel free to groan and go somewhere else but here goes.  Millions of people descended onto the National Mall last month to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Obama.  Here’s what the Mall looked like when they left:   Maybe instead of “Fired Up, Ready to... »

Resort, Shmesort: Princess Port de Plaisance

Monday, February 9, 2009

This week’s edition of Resort, Shmesort is brought to you by the Princess Port de Plaisance Resort and Casino in Philipsburg, St. Maarten/St. Martin.  According to its website, this hotel is the “most luxurious, full-featured resort” on the island, a “five-star classification.”  Here’s what TripAdvisor members have to say about it: But the icing on... »

You’re Blocking My View!

Monday, February 9, 2009
You’re Blocking My View!

These promotional cruise photos sure are pretty.   Wouldn’t they all be prettier without the ships? »

Resort, Shmesort – Oasis Hamaca, DR

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Resort, Shmesort will be a continuing feature on the blog.  Some people think they’re avoiding any potential problems on vacation by booking an all-inclusive resort.  Ha! While there are some local all-inclusives that contribute to the local economy and may not be as bad as most, in general all-inclusives use up a lot of energy, waste... »

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