The Iceland Eyjafjallajökull volcano is causing havoc with everything from flowers from Kenya not being sold to British students not being able to get back to school. With losses in the millions per day, the fear is that some of the weaker airlines may not be able to survive the lost revenue much longer. That and the fact there are so many people still stranded may be forcing the airlines to try to force the EU to open up the skies to traffic.
But past experiences with planes and volcanic ash show that engines can be shut down from the debris in the air. The last thing any passenger wants to hear is silence on a plane. In other words, NOT hearing the engines running.
Your plane turns into a GIANT GLIDER…
If you wondered how to pronounce the name of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, you can hear people butcher it and then the last sound bite has a native Icelander saying it correctly.
Eyjafjallajökull = EY-ya-fyat-lah-YOH-kuht – try saying that fast 10 times
Travel Video of the Week
Swimmer Mugged by Octopus for Camera
Man freediving in New Zealand, minding his own business, when his underwater camera is literally ripped from his hands by an octopus. Me, I would have about said let the octopus have the camera, but this guy is able to get it back without harm to himself or the animal. He narrates the action with text and music.
Fantastic ideas for the ‘City of Light’. Free dance and theater, inexpensive accommodations, a pretty complete list of things to see and do without the expected cost
Adjusting for inflation, a $168 NY to LA flight in 1959 would cost over $1200 in 2010. Flights to even popular destinations were hard to come by back then. And yet we still complain about air travel (I raise my hand as being one of those people). But just goes to show that everything is relative and people will complain when they don’t know how far we’ve come in terms of air travel in 50 years.
Arthur Frommer responds to the criticism that I and other bloggers heaped on him about his recommendation to avoid Thailand at all costs. He stands by his advice and says that violence could break out at any time. This is very true but it has been like that in Thailand for the past few years. The situation in Thailand is not going to change anytime soon. So when would he recommend going back there? Never?
Fellow travel blogger Fly Brother put me on to this site. You put in your travel info and it calculates distance traveled, airlines and types of planes used and puts it all on printable maps. Very cool resource for the travel geek in you.
An American ex-pat in Egypt relays her tales of being harrassed by men in Egypt on a constant basis. I went to Cairo with a tour back in 2007 and didn’t notice anything except when we went to Giza and the security guards were being a little overzealous talking to a married member of the tour, with her husband right there!
But this is a real issue that I’m not sure Egypt can address because it is more cultural than anything else.
Any ladies who have been to Egypt would like to chime in on your experiences there?
The title of this article really should have been “How You Can Make Money While Traveling” because many of these ideas are not just for writers.
How about diplomat? Chef? Cruise ship musician? Or you can go for the old tried and true method – English as a Second Language teacher.
A nice list of the famous tourist spots in the Big Apple and alternatives that most people never thought of. I especially like the list of film shoots around the city. Maybe you can get a glimpse of yourself in a motion picture or meet a movie star. That would be a novel way to spend time.