Archive for May, 2016

Editor of L.A. Travel Magazine Recommends Unique Experiences in the City of Angels

This month’s One-on-One features an insider’s guide to all that’s great in Los Angeles. We caught up with the editor-in-chief of L.A. Travel Magazine, Jennifer McLaughlin, to get her short list of places to visit for celeb sightings, luxury getaways, art, culture and more.

Tell us about L.A. Travel and what’s coming up in your next issue? Los Angeles Travel Magazine is a quarterly publication the focuses on the travel and lifestyle. Our tagline is “Inspiring Angelenos to Travel Near and Far”. Our next issue is Endless Summer debuting in July. We will be focusing on health and wellness, food and wine and our ever popular Staycation Guide.

Los Angeles is known first and foremost for its abundance of A-list celebrities.  How do starry-eyed visitors get their celebrity fix? The Hollywood area is a pretty safe bet for celebrity spotting. There are more specific locations like the Ivy, the W Hollywood, and the 4 Seasons that are a pretty safe bet for a run in. The TMZ tour if you are looking for a guided route to celebrity hotspots.

Even the typical residents of L.A. offer an eyeful – where are the best places to go for interesting people-watching opportunities? Restaurants like Pump and Sur by Lisa Vanderpump, The Grove and the Beverly Center always offer great people watching. Santa Monica and Malibu are also great options.

For art and culture enthusiasts, what do you consider an ideal mix of attractions? We have amazing art museums but I suggest getting out to the different neighborhoods and trying the different food, Visit our resident Concierge, Sarah Dandashy from she is the top concierge in LA and works out of the London West Hollywood. She is a great resource for all attractions, culture and hotspots in the city. Our website also offers the latest and greatest in our LA City Guide section.

For visitors that have never been to L.A., what are the not-to-be-missed sights and experiences in your city? There are so many it is hard to pick just a few but here goes! The Malibu Wine Safari, Melrose Avenue, Universal City Walk, West Hollywood, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey and the Sunset Strip. A few things not to miss: Dinner at PUMP Restaurant, Cocktails at The Nice Guy, for nightlife visit Le Jardin or The Abbey.

If cost is no consequence, what should the ultimate luxury vacation in L.A. be comprised of? Rent a private estate in Beverly Hills or the Hollywood Hills, Dine at Barton G. where every dish is comprised of a crazy presentation, shop on Rodeo and mingle with the who’s who at Hotel Bel-Air.

Many of our readers are business travelers. Do you recommend any short-trips or attractions that business travelers with limited time can partake of? Vegas is always a good idea for a quick trip, especially because the average time here should be no more than three days. Other quick destinations we love from LA include Napa, Carmel, San Diego, Laguna Beach and internationally speaking when we have limited time one of our favorite quick getaways is the Four Seasons Punta Mita. It is a short flight away and 3-4 days is plenty of time to revitalize and refresh.

Any interesting events or celebrations coming up throughout the year that folks should know about or plan to check out? We actually have our Taste of the World event coming up on June 26th. This is an event where food and wine connoisseurs come together for a worldly chef competition. It is an afternoon of internationally inspired food from Southern California’s most prominent chefs. Guests sample all of their creative dishes and then vote for their favorite at the end of the evening. While all the sampling is going on live International performances take place from Brazilian Samba to Flamenco and more! For more info on the event visit

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New Airport Social App Aims to Help Traveling and Socially Predisposed Millennials Connect

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According to a 2015 study of Millennial and Gen X travel habits by Hipmunk, 53% of Millennial and 37% of Gen X travelers are looking to socially connect with fellow passengers.

Ment airport social appMent, a new airport-based social app, is jumping on this opportunity by connecting like-minded travelers in real-time, and thereby, changing the airport experience for young travelers.

Millennials are just five years shy of entering their peak traveling, earning and spending years, yet airports haven’t prepared for the onslaught, according to the Boston Consulting Group. By 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce, says a 2014 study by Deloitte. Hotels and travel companies are shifting their mentality to capture this emerging generation by creating social lobbies, valued-added amenities and free wifi throughout their properties.

“Airports weren’t designed with people in mind, we were a second thought,” said Rebecca Lima, CEO & Founder of Ment. “I’ve spent countless hours in airports, probably more time than I do at home and I’ve seen how people get through those frequently intolerable airport stays. We are conditioned to socially disconnect from everything and that never sat well with me. That’s why I created Ment: to connect people back to people.”

Millennials are naturally hyper connected and interested in socially connecting to people they are drawn to. Ment offers that unique experience that the younger generation craves. “There is something magical about meeting people while traveling without underlying romantic innuendos that other apps project,” said Lima.

Ment is incredibly easy to use. The user checks in to their departure or layover at the airport and the app takes care of the rest. The app displays a live feed of other Ment users in your airport. Once the user has found someone they’re interested in connecting with, they can chat via the app. Within a matter of minutes, Ment users can connect and meet up.

Launching in early July for iPhone, Lima hopes that Ment will change the status quo of airports. Her goal with Ment is to make air travel social. “My vision is that one day people will actually enjoy their airport experience because of Ment.”

“Best Travel Website” makes planning a trip incredibly easy, named the best travel website by the Web Marketing Association, is a travel planner that makes organizing a trip incredibly easy. CEO, Hilmar Halldorsson, talks with ExpertFlyer about his company and its knack for creating the perfect itinerary.

Using complex algorithms, the site suggests a whole itinerary for the user that includes accommodations, activities, places to see and transportation.

When generating an itinerary TripCreator checks all items for availability, distance between items and hundreds of other factors so that the itinerary makes perfect sense and is ready to be booked. The user can edit his plan to perfection using an intuitive user interface and when ready he can book every item in the plan in a single checkout.

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ExpertFlyer chats with Ricardo Camarinha, CEO and founding partner of, a new travel site that’s aiming to compete with Expedia and Priceline with an algorithm that turns destination search on its head.