IT’S 11:26 a.m. in California and Tim Ferriss, who has turned his personal tactics for streamlining life’s chores and savoring its pleasures into best-selling books like “The 4-Hour Workweek” and “The 4-Hour Chef,” is timing himself to see how fast he can get from his house to his departure gate at San Francisco International Airport.

Using Uber, a cashless car service, and Clearcard, a fast-pass for airport security, he zipped from home to gate in 20 minutes. A friend making the same flight spent 33 minutes on the security line alone.

“I had lunch and polished off two conference calls before my friend even got his shoes back on,” Mr. Ferriss said.

If there are upsides to obsessive-compulsive behavior, traveling efficiently is one. I consider myself a nimble traveler, able to fold a dress into the size of a croissant and get out of the airport before most passengers can even find the baggage claim. But as I grilled Mr. Ferriss and a handful of his Silicon Valley peers, who have made a sport of stripping time and pain out of routine nuisances, it was clear that even I could learn a thing or two. (Like when to pack a starter pistol, but more on that later).

For a certain type of frequent-flying entrepreneur in and around Silicon Valley, travel is an art form — one that doesn’t require private jets and fat wallets. Rather, they have perfected the art of traveling comfortably, without anxiety or wasted time. I caught up with half a dozen of these travel aces from companies like Google, Klout, Yelp and LinkedIn and pumped them for pointers on how to make planning and taking vacations as effortless as shuffling an iPod.

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People living in and visiting Toronto will see the first of the new streetcars by the summer of 2012. At that time, a period of testing of the prototypes on the TTC’s challenging streetcar network with its tight turns and steep hills, will be underway.

The delivery of the first car is expected by the end of 2013. Afterwards the streetcars will enter service in 2014 on several of TTC's streetcar lines. 

By 2018, all of the TTC’s older streetcars will be replaced by the new vehicles.

The Old Look Of Toronto Streets

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Toronto CityPASS booklets contain five attraction admission tickets: 1) CN Tower; 2) Casa Loma; 3) Ontario Science Centre; 4) Royal Ontario Museum; 5) Toronto Zoo.

Central Park, from above, in its autumn splendor. #NYC on Twitpic

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We're feeling very fortunate to have contracted for our London vacation rental to coincide with the Olympics next year. The owner seems to be a very nice old lady, but a bit pretentious with all the mention of Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) the constitutional monarch of  the Commonwealth realms: (United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands,Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis), and figurehead of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations; British monarch, and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. 

The damn rental agreement looks like it was prepared by The House Of Lords.

The place is called Leeds Castle. The owner says it dates back to 1119 (yeah right), and comes complete with moat, 40 bedchambers, helipad, golf course, staff and custom-designed flag. It was only £1 million ($1.61 million) for the seventeen day stay!

We're thinking this is going to be a really great shag pad if you know what we mean!

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The first video features Shane Perkins. The second features an antelope who refused to identify himself. Who do you think is better?
Job Front: California travel industry adds 1500 jobs
Sacramento Bee - Darrell Smith - Oct 10, 2011
California's employment picture remains gloomy, but the state's travel and tourism industry provided a bright spot, picking up 1500 jobs in ...

Kenyan tourism hurt by new kidnapping
Telegraph.co.uk - Gill Charlton - Oct 8, 2011
The attacks are already having an impact on Kenya's tourism industry. Tour operators are moving people booked to travel to the no-go area to Kenya's ...

Report says tourism in Japan is rebounding slowly
Los Angeles Times - Oct 5, 2011
Those conclusions came from a report by the Worth Travel and Tourism Council that said the number of international visitors to Japan dropped off ...

Senators promote tourism grant
Auburn Citizen - Oct 7, 2011
... to help promote domestic tourism. Gillibrand and Schumer and three of their Senate colleagues introduced the Travel Regional Investment Partnership Act. ...

Tourism Coalition holds session in Columbia 
The State - Oct 7, 2011The South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition is sponsoring the Friday session. During the meeting, educators, tourism officials, government and business ...

Zimbabwe: Tourism Fair Begins Saturday
AllAfrica.com - Isdore Guvamombe - Oct 6, 2011
ZIMBABWE'S prime tourism extravaganza and Africa's second largest tourism exhibition Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Africa Fair - roars to ...

Eurosport to sponsor Sports Programme at WTM 2011
ITCM - Oct 10, 2011
Eurosport, Europe's leading sports entertainment group, is sponsoring the Sports Tourism programme at this year's World Travel Market (WTM). ...

Revitalizing Japan's tourism sector
Travelio.net - Oct 7, 2011
Emphasizing the importance of the sector to the Prime Minister, Mr. Scowsill said: “Travel and Tourism accounts for 9 percent of GDP globally and 7 percent ...

International Travel Mart J&K Srinagar concluded
GroundReport - Vijay Kumar - Oct 10, 2011
The Mart was the first of its kind in the valley, organized by India Travel Mart and hosted by the StateTourism Department to provide a platform to tour ...

Ireland joins WTTC's global tourism campaign
Travel Weekly UK - Oct 10, 2011
Ireland has joined the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign instigated by the World Travel &Tourism Council and World Tourism Organisation. ...

Space tourism creeps closer to reality
USA Today - Alicia Chang - Oct 4, 2011
Promises of space travel for the masses reached a euphoric pitch in 2004 when ... Instead of flying all the way to orbit, current space tourism efforts are ...

Brevard gives green light to travel stop on interstate
Florida Today - Oct 4, 2011
Within the next two weeks, the Tourism and Development Commission will advertise for architectural design and construction bids for a 4000-square-foot ...

Hawaii Tourism Association featuring Hawaii at trade shows around ...
Breaking Travel News - Oct 6, 2011
The Hawaii Tourism Association will be exhibiting under the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) umbrella at the TTG Intercontri Travel Show in ...

Video with Sue Frause on Washington state tourism
Peninsula Daily - Oct 9, 2011
The basic topic for the travel writers panel is for tourism professionals to gain insight about how to best pitch articles to freelance writers and editors. ...

Survey shows Japan still top Asian travel spot
CNNGo.com - Oct 10, 2011
... bringing with it some very tourism-positive news for Japan. ... polls afterwards, finding that little or nothing had altered respondents' travel wishes. ...

The Good Samaritan vacation package
Mid-Day - Yolande D'mello - Oct 10, 2011
Kashmira Commissariat, chief operating officer, Outbound Division, Kuoni India, says, "Volunteertourism is a gradually growing travel niche. ...

Passenger growth slows in Aug-2011. Freight downturn a cause for ...
Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation - Oct 10, 2011
World Travel and Tourism Council separately stated the low impact scenario of the impact of the event expects a 28% fall in visitor exports for the FY2011 ...

Chumpol: Floods not hurting tourism
Bangkok Post - Oct 10, 2011
... in many provinces is having no impact on the tourism sector for the moment, ... who said foreign tourists normally travel by plane so were not affected. ...

SCEC plan to spark new hotel development
Travel Weekly - Steve Jones - Oct 10, 2011
Simon McGrath told Travel Today that the re-jigged proposal for a more expansive centre was one of the most important tourism decisions “for decades”. ...

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show(TM) Returns to ...
MarketWatch (press release) - Oct 10, 2011
Supporting Sponsors are Guam Visitors Bureau and Indonesia Tourism. Additional 2012 media partners include Los Angeles Consortium of Online Travel (LACOT), ...

Top trips for people with disabilities
NEWS.com.au - Angela Saurine - Oct 10, 2011
There's no denying Australians love to travel but for some it can be more of a challenge than for others. Tourism facilities for people with disabilities ...

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Now here's a clever way to construct a Round the World Trip for chocolate lovers!

10 impossibly amazing trips of a lifetime
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Surfing from a helicopter: impossible? Photo: Reynir PeturssonIf your travel fantasy involves heli-surfing, diving between tectonic plates, or super remote islands, it might be time to get a new fantasy.YOU KNOW THE TYPE: weeks unshaven, bloodshot-baggy-eyed, malnourished, overstuffed backpack, gleefully counting passport stamps and eating a bread sandwich.The budget traveler.
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Apparently things have changed for London's Metropolitan Police. Crime fighting is no longer just a job for the tenacious Superintendent Harry "Snapper" Organs.

Hijabs and turbans are replacing the once distinguishing uniforms of the London police. But mind you, the police are still ever vigilant in their crusade (or mission, if you like) to stem the tide of evil. 

No more vigilant are they, than when insuring the safety of public places, such as  the Houses of Parliament, and other areas where tourists may be found.

So, dear tourists, wherever from you may hail, be warned that upon entering London's popular tourist haunts, you will be searched for, and relieved of, all items deemed malicious. Such as your harmonica! 

Other items on the watch list:
  • handcuffs
  • nail clippers
  • magic wands
  • scooters
  • cans of shaving foam
  • children’s police helmets
  • footballs 
  • More here
If protecting the city is your idiom, and would engage you more than your present occupation as Graphic Designer, please consider volunteering as Special Constables. Your city needs you, more than you need it!


Der Arlberg ist ein mountain range or massif between Vorarlberg und Tyrol in Austria.

The Arlberg is the perfect winter escape, and a great draw for alpine skiers. However, this famous skiing region, joining Tyrol and Vorarlberg, is much more than that. 

For over 100 years, the Arlberg has been a tourist destination, with stunning orchids, large herds of ibex and red deer, and an growing number of marmots. 

In winter, large parts of the region are inaccessible to visitors, and in summer the trails are populated by travelers seeking to simply relax, but the area really belongs to the animals.

The highest peak is the "Valluga" at 9,222 ft (2,811 metres). The name Arlberg derives from the tradition of the "Arlenburg," who are said to have once established themselves on the Tyrolean side of the Arlberg passes. 

Another story derives the name from the "Arlenbushes" that are very numerous here. There is no mountain mit the name "Arlberg" proper. Popular places and famous ski resorts at the Arlberg are LechZürs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton.

The Arlberg railway connects Innsbruck with Bludenz. Between St. Anton and Langen it runs through the 6.52 mile long Arlbergtunnel.

Just this morning, a very nice video was uploaded by Iztg of Lech Zürs . If you're stressing today, and need to relax, the vid is sure to make your brain quiver. Our suggestion: Suck on a mint and imagine crisp Alpine air.

Ski Rentals In Austria Available


We just enjoy the idea of riding The Metro. Petit tour sur la Ligne 6 du Métro Parisien.


Futuristic pods whisk travelers around airport
from msnbc.com: Travel 

Laser-guided travel pods that work without drivers or timetables were officially unveiled at London's Heathrow airport on Friday.

Luxury spa treatment we're dying to try: A 20 hands massage
from Gadling by McLean Robbins

There are luxe spa treatments and then there are one in a lifetime experiences. In honor of the resort's 20th anniversary, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is offering the lavish 20 Hands Duo Massage, a two-and-a-half hour couple's experience offered in celebration of Spa Grande's 20th anniversary through September 4, 2012.

Smithsonian Archives unveils new website
from Gadling by Sean McLachlan

The Smithsonian Institution Archives records the development of America's greatest museum. With a staggering amount of artifacts, recordings, books, and other records, it now has a new website designed to help people explore this matchless museum from home.

Booted frequent flier takes on airline
from CNN.com - Travel
Can complaining too much get you booted from a frequent flier program?

Vermont foliage road damaged by Irene reopens
from msnbc.com: Travel

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch says Route 302 will reopen Saturday, more than a week ahead of schedule.

Airlines backing off on peak-travel surcharges
from msnbc.com: Travel

In a break for travelers, airlines have cut the number of days this holiday season on which they add a surcharge for flying during peak travel periods.

World's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions
from Chicago | Destination Guides | Travel + Leisure

Embrace the wisdom of crowds by adding the world’s most-visited tourist attractions
to your bucket list.

World's Best Airlines
from Chicago | Destination Guides | Travel + Leisure

Find out which airlines earn high marks with passengers, and which don’t.

It’s always a ‘Winter’ day at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
from MiamiHerald.com: Travel

Winter, the dolphin who lost her tail and is soon to be onscreen in Dolphin Tale is a resident of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

TSA fires 28 over improper luggage screening
from CNN.com - Travel

The Transportation Security Administration fired 28 of its employees -- in addition to three that resigned or retired -- following a probe that revealed bags were allowed onto planes at Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport without being properly screened, the agency said Sunday.

Boston museum lets you spend 'A Day in Pompeii'
from Gadling by Melanie Renzulli

Few sites in the world hold as much of a morbid fascination as does Pompeii, which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii is one of the most popular places in southern Italy for tourists, who come to view the city's ruins and relics, in particular the preserved bodies of the victims whose last moments were captured in ash. This fall, visitors to Boston will get a chance to learn more about the ancient Roman town and see some of its artifacts thanks to the exhibit "A Day in Pompeii" at the Museum of Science.

Airline fees reach $450 mark, USA TODAY survey finds
from USATODAY.com Travel - Top Stories

Airline fees have reached the $450 mark, and the charge for checking one bag has jumped to $43, USA TODAY's annual survey finds.

Fly Guy: 12 airline regulations we need now
from USATODAY.com Travel - Top Stories

Hobica proposes 12 new airline regulations to protect passengers that go beyond the tarmac-delay rule and increased compensation for involuntarily ...

Munich beyond Oktoberfest
from CNN.com - Travel

Munich's Oktoberfest is under way now, but a visit to the charming Bavarian town is a treat year-round. Whether you're visiting in winter or in summer, there is sure to be plenty to do.

U.S. national parks are fee-free this Saturday
from Gadling by Kraig Becker

Looking for something to do this weekend? Want to get outside and enjoy the first days of fall? Well, you're in luck, as the National Park Service is celebrating National Public Lands Day by waiving entry fees to all national parks this Saturday, September 24. That means you'll be able to visit more than 400 different parks across the country absolutely free.

Small town reflections from California's Point Reyes Station
from Gadling by Kyle Ellison

In the midst of a morning stroll down the main street of Northern California's Point Reyes Station, a calm, yet concerned brunette woman stopped her vehicle in the center of the road and approached me with a simple question.

Woman says her afro prompted TSA hair pat-down
from msnbc.com: Travel

Dallas resident Isis Brantley said she was stopped on Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after she went through security because of her hair.

Best Life-Changing Trips
from Chicago | Destination Guides | Travel + Leisure

From Africa to Antarctica, these amazing trips promise to be life-changing.

Great American Bites: Czech specialties at NYC's Bohemian Hall
from USATODAY.com Travel - Top Stories

The oldest beer garden in the city, Bohemian Hall is hardly trendy: It opened in 1910 and celebrated its centennial last year.

Superstitious fliers bring strange rituals to the skies
from USATODAY.com Travel - Top Stories

Superstitious rituals help travelers who would otherwise be sensible gain an illusion of control when they're in the sky, experts say.

'Avatar' land is coming to Disney World
from USATODAY.com Travel - Top Stories

An Avatar land, modeled on the hit 3-D film's lushly forested landscapes and flying creatures, will take up residence at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, ...

Hotel fees to rise to record $1.8 billion in 2011
from USATODAY.com Travel - Top Stories

Fewer hotel guests may be watching $13 movies or making long-distance calls from the room phone, but U.S. hotels will earn a record $1.8 billion ...

10 great places to noodle around with pasta
from USATODAY.com Travel - Top Stories

Chef Jody Adams of Rialto restaurant shares her picks in honor of National Pasta Month in October.

Foam on the Range: Colorado's Beer Trail
from USATODAY.com Travel - Top Stories

Craft-brew lovers immerse themselves in fun and foam on the Front Range.

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