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“Did you know…The Top 13 Travel Bloggers of 2013?”

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Chris Elliott’s top 13 list of travel bloggers for 2013 is a must-read for travel aficionados.  You can capture the whole list at the link above.  We’ve pulled out a trio of our favorites below:

Christina SaulMy View from the Middle Seat

Christina Saul, photographer, traveler and journalist, chronicles her travels with artful imagery and candid appraisals.

Wandering Earl

Earl, a permanent nomad, shows us that long- term travel is not a crazy fantasy, but a very real lifestyle option.  Great gig if you can get it!
wandering earl

 

 

 

Digital NomadDigital Nomad

Andrew Evans is National Geographic’s digital nomad—always traveling and always wired. Share in the adventure as he explores great destinations around the globe.

 

 

Hot Topic Series — Part 1 of 3: Search Engine Trends for Travel Brands

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

In this month’s Hot Topic series, ExpertFlyer digs deep into the online travel industry with CheapOair.com‘s Online Marketing & SEO Manager, Cleo Kirkland, bringing to light many of the search engine updates that prevent (or in some cases help!) you from finding the best deal possible.  In part 1 of our 3-part series, Cleo surfaces some of the thinking behind why Google ranks one website over the other—and why certain deals cannot be found through search.  In posts 2 and 3 we’ll go deeper with valuable trend insights on travel bookings and advanced search queries to find even the most hidden deals.

Part 1: Search Engine Trends for Travel Brands

If you’ve ever searched for “Cheap Flights to Miami”, the search engine results page should look something like this:

Travel Search Trends

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“Did you know…Fly.com & Fodors.com Name ExpertFlyer a Top Travel Resource?”

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Airplane wing

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Finding the best seat on a plane and utilizing ones award points to snag an upgrade are two highly sought after perks for seasoned travelers.  But putting the two together, so you can not only find a desirable seat, but use your points to nab it — well, that’s Nirvana.

In two recent articles, ExpertFlyer is featured as a top resource for both.  Read Fly.com’s story on “How to get the Best Seat on a Plane,” and Fodors.com’s piece on “Top Tools for Tracking Points and Miles.”

One-on-One with Diane McDavitt, President and Co-founder of LuxuryLink Travel Group

In this month’s One-on-One blog, ExpertFlyer talks with Diane McDavitt, President & Co-Founder of Luxury Link Travel Group, the premier online destination for great deals on luxury vacations.

By partnering with world-class hotels, resorts, villas and cruise lines, LuxuryLink offers luxury vacation deals to sophisticated travelers at a substantial savings – up to 65% off – often including complimentary extras, amenities and activities for the best value available anywhere.

Diane McDavitt, president, Luxury Link Travel Group

Diane McDavitt, president, Luxury Link Travel Group

“When we qualify partners, we look at essential services and amenities of course, but we also take into consideration the uniqueness of the property and how it reflects the destination – we believe the experience should include a sense of place.  Crystal and chandeliers are perfect for Paris, but not necessarily right in Costa Rica.”

— Diane McDavitt, President, Luxury Link

Luxury Link offers discounted access to high-end exotic destinations at deep discounts.  How do you do this?

Our partner hotels are eager to reach our audience of sophisticated travelers.  To entice them to visit, the hotels create exclusive, limited availability packages that can only be booked through Luxury Link.  And because the hotels are putting their best foot forward, the packages are valid for travel for up to a year.  So it’s a virtuous circle: the hotel benefits by gaining a potential long-term relationship with a qualified customer and the customer gets an amazing VIP travel experience at an incredible price.

How do you decide what is considered a “luxury” vacation? What criteria do you use to “hand pick” the destination deals you serve up? Is there a standard bearer? We have a vetting committee that reviews every hotel before they are accepted for inclusion on the Luxury Link site.  Partnership is by invitation only; unfortunately we are unable to accept 70% to 80% of the properties that contact us.  When we are qualifying partners we look at essential services and amenities of course, but we also take into consideration the uniqueness of the property and how it reflects the destination – we believe the experience should include a sense of place.  Crystal and chandeliers are perfect for Paris, but not necessarily right in Costa Rica. Continue reading →

Hotel Safety — Part 3 of 3: In Public Areas

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

In this week’s final installment of our Hotel Safety Hot Topic Series, Nancy Dunnan, editor & publisher of the TravelSmart Newsletter, gives smart advice for hotel and motel guests while they’re in public areas of a property, such as hallways and elevators. Check out last week’s tips for staying safe post check-in, and remember, ExpertFlyer blog subscribers are eligible to receive 3 complimentary copies of  The TravelSmart Newsletter by visiting: www.travelsmartnewsletter.com.

 

Hotel Elevator

Hotel Safety in Public Areas

  • Note the nearest fire exit. Then count the number of doors from your room to the exit.
  • Report anyone loitering. In a hallway or other public space.
  • Don’t get off on your floor. If you’re uncomfortable with someone on the elevator. Instead, push the button for the lobby. Then explain the situation to the concierge or security person.

If it’s a huge hotel and the restaurant floor is closer than the lobby, get off the elevator there, provided you know the restaurant is open.

  • Stand at the rear of an elevator. This makes it much more difficult for someone to grab your purse or wallet.