We're very excited to announce our latest partnership! Guests of Hyatt hotels throughout North America will be able to run outdoors along a custom route designed by yours truly and the rest of the AMT team.
As part of its StayFit@Hyatt program, colorful 2-8 mile route maps with written directions are now available via the hotels' concierges, fitness centers and front desks.
According to yesterday's Wall Street Journal, the three major airline carriers--American, United, and Delta--hold the highest "lost luggage" rate. United's mishandled baggage rate during the past 10 years is 29% higher than the best rated airline, Continental.
Delayed flights causing missed connections are the primary reason for luggage blunders. And as the on-time performance of the nation's carriers sprials down, mishandled baggage rates spike up.
In July 2007, Paris began a public bike rental program ("Velib") that makes cruiser bikes available to anyone wanting to ride (see our photos). More than 20,000 bikes and 1,450 self-service stations are spread across the city.
Airlines are charging extra these days for many items that used to be free: food, pillows, check-in luggage, help from the skycaps, etc. Southwest is now even charging more for those wanting to board first...so called, "business fares".
Find your perfect hotel gym and more on AthleticMindedTraveler.com.
Now JetBlue is putting their spin on the nickel and dime-ing, but this concept is a good one.
We're just back from the Tour of California's final stage in Pasadena. Congrats to Georgie for a much deserved stage victory and to Levi for another Tour win.
You can go to Velonews or other cycling sites for a race report, but if you're like us, nothing is more arousing than seeing up close the bikes and equipment being used by top pros.
Most travelers to the UK and/or Europe ride the efficient train systems--as they should. The vast network of underground, above ground, and high speed rails make airflight so...yesterday. We'll discuss the high speed arteries in a future blog, but here are a few tips to help you feel like a UK/European railway veteran:
1. London's Underground (aka "The Tube") - it's clean, quick, convenient and the first choice of London locals. Don't be afraid to take the Tube just because it's below ground.
Buy a DAY PASS and you'll enjoy unlimited access within certain zones.
About two years have passed since a member of our editorial staff last visited Kansas City, MO. After a 2-day trip this week, we?re happy to report that most of our content is still accurate. Here are a few highlights:
1) The Marriott Downtown Kansas City (next to the convention center) replaced much of its cardio equipment with new bikes, treads, ellipticals, etc. creating one of the best hotel gyms in the city.
We've been rather quiet this week as part of the AMT team has been conquering Europe! The good news is that London, Paris, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Rotterdam, Manchester and Brussels will soon be added to our cache of Athletic-Minded cities.
These trips are grueling, but we know that there is NO substitute for first-hand tours of the hotels, health clubs and other work out venues we plan to recommend. What we learn "online" prior to the trip is often inaccurate, misleading and/or incomplete.
36,000 runners toed the line for Sunday's Chicago Marathon. Only 4,000 finished. 88-degree heat and high humidity lead to over 300 hospitalizations and a decision by the Race Director to cancel the Chicago Marathon event at 11:30am -- some 3:30 hours after its start. Runners were advised to stop at miles 13 through 20.
It's about time. We finally returned to the Big Easy after three years of patient waiting, watching, hoping and praying.
Many parts of the city are far from fully recovered--we saw hundreds of homes in outlying areas covered with Katrina-recovery plywood and spray paint--but travelers to the popular NOLA tourist 'hoods (French Quarter, CBD, Garden District, River Bend, Faubourg Marigny) will find it cleaner, safer and more desirable than the pre-storm New Orleans.