Tokyo with Kids - A Surprisingly Family-Friendly Vacation

Depending on the destination, vacationing with your kids can be a wonderful memory-making experience or a complete disaster.  Any parent who says otherwise bends the truth like magician David Blaine bends the mind.   

While certain experiences guarantee kid fun —Disney parks, Hawaii beaches, mountain snow-skiing---the cultural enrichment payoff is minimal.  If your 11-year old son believes that Epcot is a Chinese city, it might be a sign to get him a passport and go someplace far…very far.

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Red Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas: A Healthier "Sin City" Trip

Most Sin City travelers have little interest roaming off the Strip, and who can blame them?  Massive hotels, scream-worthy amusement rides, titillating shows/nightclubs and wallet-busting shopping make Las Vegas Blvd a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Outdoor Workout? Yes! Parcourse, fitness & obstacle courses & trails for travelers

At Athletic-Minded Traveler, we value “freebies” (Are you on our eNews list?) and that frugality extends to our workouts.  Outdoor fitness facilities are a budget-minded, active traveler’s best friend. To help those in our athletic-minded traveling community who prefer the outdoors, we have compiled a list of alternative venues to the traditional indoor gym.
 

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Running in Istanbul. Athletic-Minded Traveler's Guide to Where & Why.

Running is an athletic-minded traveler's favorite means to explore any city and it works super well in Istanbul!  This city boasts stunning and historic sights, some over two thousand years old.  It's unique geography is another reason to explore by foot.  Istanbul is split between its European and Asian halves by the Bosphorus Strait, and the waters of the Golden Horn divide the older European side. 
 
The question becomes: Where to run?
 

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San Diego Airport was a Pioneer in offering Free WiFi

We read earlier this summer about a number of airports moving to free WiFi access for travelers, and it made us proud to remember that our hometown San Diego Airport was one of the first to "see the light" and make available wireless internet access in all terminals -- Commuter, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 -- FREE...GRATIS...COMPED...PRO BONO (pick your adjective). This was 7 years ago! 

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Only in San Diego - Dragon Boat Rescue

From a recent Diane Bell column in the UT-San Diego:

Bob Kaplan won't be attending his daughter's Wellesley College graduation--due to a family of ducks.  Seems that early last Sunday, the ducklings decided to cross the road during a Fiesta Island Time Trial bike race.  Kaplan swerved to avoid them, taking a nasty spill.

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Staying Active and Healthy in Taipei Taiwan

International travelers set for Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei usually arrive via Taoyuan International Airport which is located approximately 30 KM from the Eastern District of Taipei, considered the business, arts, financial and cultural center of Taiwan. This eastern area is mostly made up of three sub- districts: Daan, Xinyi, and Songshan and represents the center of commercial life in Taipei. The area is flush with shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums and offices.

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Hotel Review: Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek, CA

Recently, I had an opportunity to spend a night at the Renaissance ClubSport in Walnut Creek, California.  (Full disclosure:  The stay was on their “dime”.)  To say that I came away “impressed” would be like describing Usain Bolt as “kinda quick”.  

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Have Mat. Will travel. Yoga away from home made easy.

 

Is yoga your workout of choice?  Do you maintain your practice when you travel? If not, we have some ideas that could change that. 

BRING THE EQUIPMENT

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Southwest Airlines New Rewards Program Begins

March 1 - Today, Southwest begins its new Rapid Rewards program for all customers.  Gone are the simple Rapid Rewards credits--16 one-ways for a free flight--and they are replaced by a complicated point system.  We attempted to call Southwest's toll-free phone number to clarify a few issues, but alas, all we heard on the phone was a busy signal--uh oh.  Scroll down for additional information.

 

 

 

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