Posted by: Andrew | June 8, 2010

Summer Pricing Deals Leading to a Vacation Upswing

Very interesting Adage post on the vacationing upswing so far this year:

“Now that the economy is picking up, consumers are packing up to take advantage of summer pricing deals being offered by the $600 billion U.S. travel industry. Resorts, theme and amusement parks are expecting higher attendance, cruise-line bookings are on the rise, and the car-rental industry is gearing up for a busy summer. The notion that it’s unseemly to go on holiday when the economy is in the doldrums is so last year.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: For Colonial Williamsburg, more people traveling by car is a good thing.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: For Colonial Williamsburg, more people traveling by car is a good thing.

“Nobody wanted to be a showoff or seem ostentatious by traveling during a recession,” said Pauline Frommer, daughter of legendary travel guidebook guru Arthur Frommer and editor of The Pauline Frommer Guides. “This year, all that pent-up demand is back.”

In a recent study by Travelocity, 49% of respondents said they planned to travel more this summer than in summer 2009.

“We’re getting a sense of the increase in summer travelers just by looking at our own site traffic,” said Darren Frei, online editorial director for Sherman’s Travel. “Our traffic generally increases a little every April and May as people research summer vacation. This year, it was up 25% in April (over last April). That trip that people put off last year? They’re taking it this year.”

Read more here

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To better cater to all of our river cruise travel customers, we have created a Westside International Travel supported website that is specifically tailored for river cruise travelers.

Please check out the site and let us know if there are any river cruise questions that you may have, either regarding itineraries, cruise lines, or just general questions.

After going on one of  Viking’s River Cruises to China and experiencing their first class service, we strongly recommend them as our top river cruise elite vendor.

We have several groups that we are currently working on and Viking is certainly in the mix. If you would like more information about what type of packages Viking River Cruises offers, please send us your request or visit our Viking River Cruise page on the Westside International Travel site.

You can also visit our river cruise specialized website,

Posted by: Andrew | April 25, 2010

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, a Relaxing Retreat

Positioned on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is an excellent retreat getaway to relax and enjoy a weekend of golf and/or just to relax and enjoy La Jolla at it finest. Within walking distance of Torrey Pines State Reserve, The Lodge is modeled after the Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, two of the earliest 1900s Craftsman style architecture properties.The hotel features a 9,500 square foot spa with 14 treatment rooms, an 18-hole golf course, a spacious garden reserve, outdoor pool with jacuzzi overlooking the golf course, a fitness center, two restaurants, and a signature dining room with contemporary California cuisine. Also located on the hotel’s six acres are various trails that lead to the Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve. All rooms are non smoking and feature Stickley style furnishings, tiffany lamps, antiques and reproduction turn-of-the-20th-century pieces, and an array of in-room luxuries. Full size roll away beds available at no extra charge. The renowned golf course, home to the Buick Invitational every year and the 2008 US Open, is one of the best one can play in Southern California.

For up coming special rates and packages please contact Westside International Travel for your luxury travel needs.

freedom of the seas

Royal Caribbean offers more itineraries starting and ending at different ports

The new offerings recently released by RCI Cruises (Royal Caribbean International) are a revolutionary idea new to the cruising industry. They allow for certain cruises to start at one port and end in another.

The most significant example is with the Enchantment of the Seas where the main home port is in Colon, Panama, but a substantial percentage of passengers board the ship in Cartagena, Colombia.

People can either cruise round trip through Panama or round trip through Colombia. Next winter this will apply to Grandeur of the Seas which is taking over that route.

The program will also spread to Asia this summer, where the Legend of the Seas will add a new home port in Busan, Korea to its cruises that are usually based out of Shanghai.

Please feel free to comment back on this post and let us know what you think about the new Royal Caribbean “Interport” Itineraries

On the Westside International Travel site, we have added month pages for you to be able to drill down to the exact month that you are looking to travel with RCI. Here are a few examples:

Royal Caribbean Cruises in 2010

Royal Caribbean Cruises in 2011

This article on MSNBC gives some great ideas for scenic road trips.

We’re packing up for a trip up the west coast to Washington in May so I was looking for some fun spots to check out along the way. If you know of any, please comment them back to us here on the blog.


It is true that Carnival will be raising prices by 5% and that Norwegian will also be answering with a 7% increase… and this is due to a stronger travel industry in general. The pricing from most vendors is still at an all-time low but since their margins were scaled back so far to help draw and entice more people to travel, it was inevitable that prices at some time had to go up a bit.

Gosh, what if the fuel and oil industry took the same measures? Wouldn’t that be something…

We found an interesting article on Travel Pulse that covers some of the saving graces in the last year, and goes into nice detail about how the less than 100,000 travel agents in America really fueled the travel industry recovery.

Here’s the full story:

Posted by: Andrew | March 18, 2010

Planes may fly mostly on biofuels within next 10 years

Out of Amsterdam —Within a decade, passenger planes will be flying on jet fuel largely made from plants — flax, marsh grass, even food waste — as airlines seek to break away from the volatile oil market and do their part to fight climate change, aviation experts said Wednesday.

Though biofuels are still in the experimental stage, the projected shift has stoked concern among environmentalists that the possible insatiable appetite of airlines for plant oil will hasten the destruction of tropical forests and the conversion of cropland from food to fuel.

Dependency on agrofuels “will lead to faster deforestation and climate change and spells disaster for indigenous peoples, other forest-dependent communities and small farmers,” said a statement from the Global Forest Coalition, an alliance of environmental groups.

You can read the rest of this  interesting article on’s site here:

Posted by: Andrew | March 17, 2010

Top All You Can Eat Buffets in the world

One thing that we L-O-V-E about traveling is eating great food, and we found a fun and informational article on CNN Travel news about the top All You Can Eat Buffets in the world.

Check The Story Out Here ->

Posted by: Andrew | March 16, 2010

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We thought it was about time to start building our social network umbrella to span beyond our blog here on WordPress and reach out to our friends on Facebook and on Twitter. So if you are a follower of our blog and would also like to subscribe to our information on those networks, they can easily be reached by clicking on the buttons below.


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