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A Preview of Kennedy Space Center's Awesome $100 Million Home for Space Shuttle Atlantis, Opening June 29

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/04/2013, 1:30 PM

On June 29, the most lavish of America's four final homes for the former space shuttle orbiters will open. The Atlantis will admit visitors on the very grounds where it launched 33 successful missions over its lifetime. I was given a special preview of the 90,000-square-foot Atlantis Orbiter Home — and it's gorgeous. Some aspects of the permanent display are still under wraps, but the core...

A Preview of Kennedy Space Center's Awesome $100 Million Home for Space Shuttle Atlantis, Opening June 29

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/04/2013, 1:30 PM

On June 29, the most lavish of America's four final homes for the former space shuttle orbiters will open. The Atlantis will admit visitors on the very grounds where it launched 33 successful missions over its lifetime. I was given a special preview of the 90,000-square-foot Atlantis Orbiter Home — and it's gorgeous. Some aspects of the permanent display are still under wraps, but the core...

Disney Raises Prices Past the $90 Mark, So Your Summer Vacation to the Mouse Will Cost More Cheddar

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/03/2013, 10:00 PM

The Mouse has roared again. Each year it raises prices on us, and it did it again. A one-day, one-park ticket to its Magic Kingdom park now costs $6 more, or $95, and kids (which in Orlandoland are only children until age 9) cost $89. Interestingly, it is not hiking its other three Florida parks to the same level. They will be $90 adults/$84 kids. Disneyland broke the $90 wall, too. That's...

Would You Believe That Bangkok Has Edged Out London as the World's Most Popular City?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/03/2013, 1:30 AM

     Here's an assertion that will cause most observers (including myself) to rub their eyes in wonder.  According to the prestigious Global Insights Index, Thailand's Bangkok now receives more yearly visitors, more airline passenger arrivals, than London, and thus enjoys the title of "world's most popular city".       At first glance, I for one can't imagine how that can be.  For one thin...

In the Battle of the Golf Booking Sites EZLinks and GolfNow, Golfers Score As the Winners

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/31/2013, 1:30 PM

In April, the golf booking website EZLinks.com, founded in 1995, got a new CEO. He came over from Redbox, the DVD rental jukebox that took over seemingly every grocery store lobby in town. His objective is war. He wants to make EZLinks the dominant player in the online golf reservations game. Think of his site as an OpenTable, which match-makes customers with reservation times. There are o...

From Frommer's Forums: A Website That Compares the Value of Pre-Paid SIM Card Plans Worldwide

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/30/2013, 2:00 PM

Frommer's community member Drobert360 posted about a little-known tool for international travelers that could potentially save them hundreds on phone charges. The website is http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com, and country by country, it lists the major available SIM card providers that provide data plans (for Android, iPhone, and iPad) and the ins and outs of each one's plans. Being a wiki, it's...

It Now Seems More Probable Than Ever That Some of Those "User-Generated" Reviews Were Written by Hotel Executives, Lauding their Own Properties and Condemning Their Competitors

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/29/2013, 3:45 PM

     A news item richocheting around the Internet tells of a top p.r. executive of Accor Hotels (world's largest hotel chain) who has admitted to writing 100 fake reviews for submission to TripAdvisor, praising his own hotels and castigating his competitors.  The news was revealed by a British p.r. firms called KwikChex, which has set for itself the task of defending hotels and hotel chains ag...

Add this Website to Your Vacation Planning Bookmarks: Hotel Coupons.com Can Halve the Going Rates

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/29/2013, 1:45 PM

Think about the times you have been on a road trip and you pulled over for a quick meal at a chain restaurant. You know those piles of free booklets piled by the door of seemingly every Denny's, Waffle House, or Perkins (and thousands of other places) in America?  Don't ignore them. Pick one up. One of the biggest titles is published nationwide by HotelCoupons.com, and its "Green Guide" ne...

Add this Website to Your Vacation Planning Bookmarks: Hotel Coupons.com Can Halve the Going Rates

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/29/2013, 1:45 PM

Think about the times you have been on a road trip and you pulled over for a quick meal at a chain restaurant. You know those piles of free booklets piled by the door of seemingly every Denny's, Waffle House, or Perkins (and thousands of other places) in America?  Don't ignore them. Pick one up. One of the biggest titles is published nationwide by HotelCoupons.com, and its "Green Guide" ne...

For Summer Road Trips, a Smartphone App That Avoids Traffic and Finds the Cheapest Gas

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/28/2013, 3:15 PM

Last week, at the Webby Awards, which is like the Oscars for online ventures, an interesting travel app took home the "Best Connected" prize. Here's what it can do: If you leave it running while you drive, it uses data from everyone else who also has it open and it determines the fastest route to your destination. So if there's an accident between you and your goal, when it finds out, it r...

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