Best Travel Deals and News – April 20, 2010 – How Do You Pronounce Eyjafjallajökull, Sexual Harassment in Egypt, Arthur Frommer and Thailand

by brian on April 20, 2010

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Volcanic Dangers: Why It Has to Be Avoided

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…

Iceland Volcano Spews Consonants and Vowels

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.

Paris on a Shoestring

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

Don’t let bag fees make you nostalgic. Airlines’ golden age wasn’t so golden.

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.

Though Current Tourists to Bangkok Have Lambasted Me for My Worries About Safety, I Continue to Have Those Fears

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?

Flight Memory

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.

Struggling with Sexual Harassment by Egyptian Men

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?

20 Ideal Day or Seasonal Jobs for Travel Writers

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.

What Not To Do In New York City

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.

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Jeremy Jones April 20, 2010 at 6:32 AM

A couple female travelers in my group to Egypt had an interesting experience in Cairo at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Even though they were pretty covered they got approached by many men and as we were walking down one of the narrow corridors I spotted a guy trying to slyly take a picture of them with his camera on his phone by turning it backwards as he walked.

Then of course, there was the offer of camels for marriage. One girl got offered a million. At which point I was like "you should have asked him to show you the million camels…" jokingly of course.


brian April 20, 2010 at 9:54 AM

@Jeremy Jones
The camel offers we definitely did hear on our trip to Egypt. But it seems that if you're not a tour group, as a woman, expect to be harassed. Sad.


Dave and Deb April 20, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Thanks for the link. We are going to Paris in two weeks and your Paris on a shoestring link couldn't have come at a better time. Paris wasn't exactly at the top of our list because of how expensive it is, but Air France gave us a free flight, so who are we to refuse?:-) That post should help us not blow the budget.


brian April 20, 2010 at 10:49 AM

@Dave and Deb
That is great. I have an older post with more great ideas for cheap Paris.
Look for the link in the post.


Candice April 21, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Oh my god, that octopus video is amazing. I love how at the end the text says, "Then I took him along for a ride!" Hahaha.


brian April 22, 2010 at 1:58 PM

And it looks huge too! I don't know how much the water and the camera did to make it look bigger or smaller but it definitely looked as big as a small adult.


MariaTrekker May 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM

I visited Egypt with a large American tour group. When I was with the group, men treated me respectfully. However, when I was by myself, the Egyptian tour guide kept flirting and wanted me to be part of harem. Also, in a local gift shop, one of the young men asked to spend time with me on a date. He was respectful in general but then wanted to caress me. Egyptian men watching him & I walking down the street told my date "lucky man"!

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brian June 13, 2010 at 9:04 AM

I keep hearing stories about this. It’s amazing how different your experience is depending on gender. I was completely oblivious.


BlackinCairo June 13, 2010 at 3:36 AM


I avoid going on dates or even being alone with Egyptian men. In the streets, I move as far away from them as possible. Once I got stuck in an elevator with a salesman here in Cairo and he demanded that I give him a kiss. Disgusted, i walked out of the elevator and he proceeded to follow me.


brian June 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Great post you made. I believe your stories and I also can’t believe them at the same time. It seems so ridiculous to me to be so obtuse about harassment. Maybe a few men out of a 100, but this is really cultural and happen everywhere in Egypt.


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