Dear Joyce,

Last week I spoke about how today's traveler typically doesn't take much time off from work. Well the short travel vacation standard is actually coupled with the need to stay "connected" and work via the internet while on vacation. Not only is the American vacation shrinking for the working class it is now hard to differentiate work from vacation. Since so many of us are in the tech and services industries the traditional taking one or two weeks off at a time, without "checking in" is obsolete. I remember when I used to look forward to cruising as this was the only way I could "getaway" from the internet, this is not the case any longer. We choose to stay connected and hotels, cruise lines and private home owners have heard our call and, just about all have added high speed internet connections to their respective accommodations.

Now couple this with our already teeny tiny vacations (studies have found that weekend trips now make up 53% of all trips) and voila you have the picture of the basic traveler today. Next time you stay in a hotel check out all the cool tech gadgets most upscale major hotels are adding to entice travelers. The "work station" in most hotels is fully functional so that you can hop on your laptop and comfortably work in your hotel room, and then head out with the family to enjoy your mini vacation.

My company recently met with many of Hawaii's leisure sales managers for the top resorts and they all said the same thing, "today's travelers want to stay connected, they want to be able to work while on vacation."

The question is can we all really get rejuvenated, reconnect with family and be more productive if we never fully disconnect from work?

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  • Dear Endora
  • Macadamia Shortbread Cookies
  • Featured Property - The Fairmont Orchid
  • Romantic, Adventurous and Affordable...

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    I just returned from an awesome wilderness adventure in Southeast Alaska aboard the MV Liseron, one of two small ships owned by The Boat Company, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational and recreational trips in Southeast Alaska waters focusing on the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is the nation's largest national forest and this earth's last, substantially intact, temperate rainforest. The entire week was focused on education about how to enjoy, protect and preserve this wonderful resource.

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    • Inquire about SUPER SAVINGS ON ALASKA ADVENTURES WITH THE BOAT COMPANY - this is a vacation not to be missed.
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    • New group cruise to Alaska in 2008, check out our flyer
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    Dear Endora:

    I recently booked a cruise to South America and am interested in advance booking for shore excursions. After completing some research, it appears to me that cruise lines frequently charge more for shore excursions than direct tour providers. Isn't this gouging the passenger?


    Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

    This recipe makes deceptively light, notoriously rich shortbread cookies.

    Featured Property - The Fairmont Orchid

    This Luxurious beachfront resort nestled on 32 acres of the sunny Kohala Coast at Mauna Lani. An award-winning paradise, The Fairmont Orchid offers luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites with private lanai.

    Romantic, Adventurous and Affordable...

    These are the words that a client used when she described what she was looking for in the perfect honeymoon. What I told her was that you just can't beat Costa Rica for value and the best use of your travel dollar, let alone the romance and adventure that comes with this delightful country. Take a good look at the itinerary below which has this couple picking up a rental car in San Jose and driving to the Peace Lodge which is only a few hours away for one night with opportunities to view the Poas Volcano and get some bird-watching in. The next day has them moving on to Kioro Suites at the Arenal Volcano where they will be able to see the glow of the lava and ash after dark while they spend their days on exhilarating activities and in the hot springs. A drive down to coast for a few days at Manuel Antonio rounds out the trip with some beach time and more tours and explorations at this world famous national park known for its wildlife. A few hours drive and they will be back in San Jose and boarding their flight for the trip home. The most important thing that they will take back with them will be the unforgettable memories of this wonderful little country and their fabulous honeymoon.

    Italy Sojourn

    This September I will be off on an adventure with my aunt and second cousin in search of our roots in Italy. I am excited about visiting Sicily as my family's home (on my grandmother's side) was still in tact the last time relatives visited this island.

    New to me will be our journey to Reggio di Calabria where my grandfather is supposed to come from. He actually moved back to Italy before the start of the second war and never returned to the states. My mother remembered sending him packages up until the end of the 1940's and then nothing...

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