AirTreks Newsletter - page 7

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Viva Colombia! – Pt 4. Photo Friday

Finishing up our week spotlighting Colombia, I’ve focused Photo Friday on images from this blogger’s personal slideshow. Enjoy!

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Viva Colombia – Pt 3. Avianca Airlines

It’s surprising how many people don’t know Colombia has a flagship airline. Let me be the one to tell you: Avianca paves the way. Avianca has been taking people to and from Bogota and points in Colombia for nearly 70 years, and for the modest way they have of doing business they certainly maintain solid […]

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Viva Colombia! – Pt 2. Cartagena

Cartagena is like a hot tamale, it looks innocent but its flavor and wicked heat makes you dance when you bite it. We arrived in Cartagena still wearing jackets, which was a mistake. While Bogotá may be equatorial, the elevation keeps it cool. Cartagena on the other hand stays toasty, with an average temperature in […]

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Viva Colombia! – Pt 1. Bogotá

Bogotá has seen a lot in its 500-year history. Growth, retraction, invasion, crime, calm, innovation, sights, sounds and always beautiful scenery. Now with over 7 million inhabitants (as of 2005) these days the city is not simply a metropolis, but more of a conglomeration where the arts, politics and industry all play off one another […]

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Viva Colombia! Reports from a renewed country

South America has been a hot topic of late. What with the Olympics finding a home in Rio, the inclusion of Machu Picchu in the “New 7 Wonders of the World” project and the overall positive growth of travel and tourism to that side of the equator, it seems like everyone’s talking about it. Last […]

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Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Summer Olympics

It was announced Friday that the 2016 Summer Olympics will spontaneously divert the world’s attention to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be the first time the Olympic Games have been hosted by a South American city, which comes as hard-fought justice to those Brazilians who thought it unfair that the games can be held […]

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World Tourism Day is Sept 27th

If you’re not doing anything on September 27th get out there and celebrate World Tourism Day! Since 1980 the United Nations World Tourism Organization has honored this important aspect of world economics. And because many countries, especially developing ones, no less than rely on tourist dollars to make their economy pop, it’s these places that […]

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Travel Media Pt 2: Travel-Related Music You Simply Must Hear

After gauging the current Zeitgeist of blogs, comment sections and conversations, people seem to have a wealth of opinions about the importance of indigenous music and listening to it before, during and after traveling to that place. Mine is that it’s absolutely required and that one should pay attention, lest you miss an integral part […]

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Seva Café, India – Karmically Delicious

Recently I found about a great project going on in the western Indian city of Ahmadabad by an AirTreks client leaving for his trip: a truly one-of-a-kind restaurant that gives form to the elusive concept of Service. From its inception, Seva Café has been on a social mission: to help the local community by promoting […]

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Passenger Bill of Rights: Taking Back The Industry

Recently there’s been a deluge of negative press about the US domestic airline industry, and because every one of us have been on planes, tarmacs and terminals, we can relate to just how bad it can be. If there was ever time for some industry-wide collective counseling it’s now. One only needs to point out […]

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The Death of the Orient Express

A little piece of literary travel history will be squeaking its last brakes, and with hardly a whimper. The last piece of the proverbial Orient Express, the legendary sleeper train that once connected Calais, France and Istanbul in high fashion and efficiency, will, as of December 12th, 2009, cease to exist. Seventy-five years after the […]