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The New Las Vegas

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned Vegas veteran, there’s never been a better time to visit. As the new year begins, Vegas offers an incredible array of new resorts, renovations, nightclubs, and more. The city has never been the center of so much excitement.

Among the most captivating of these new additions is the Palazzo, which opened earlier this month and is the newest and largest resort in the city. The sister property of the Venetian, it is connected to its neighbor by walks and waterways, and its elegant architecture evokes a similar Mediterranean charm. Its luxurious sports bar and lounge, the 40/40, was created by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. And with a spacious pool deck overlooking the Strip, suites with sunken living rooms, plenty of premium restaurants, and 50-plus international boutiques, it’s poised to be the premier new hotspot in Las Vegas.

Traveling Abroad on the Weak Dollar

“Oh! And the Czech Republic isn’t on the euro either!” my fiancé gleefully reported yesterday.

We’ve chosen the absolute worst year to get married and go on a honeymoon abroad. Our plan was to take two glorious weeks off work and see a new corner of the world, something neither of us has ever done before. Unfortunately, the weak American dollar isn’t exactly cooperating.

Bye-bye Barcelona. Hello Bangkok. The great search for a cheap honeymoon destination has begun. Instead of bemoaning the dollar’s plunge, we’re looking at this as a chance to step off the beaten path. Much like paying for our own wedding, we have decided that where there’s a will, there’s a penny to be pinched.

A Big Blue Blog

How can one possibly talk about football on a travel blog, you ask? Well, I’m not sure, but I’m going to try. Besides, reindeer running and paintball have already been done. To begin with, my experience with this year’s NFC Championship game was an international one. The New York Giants were playing the Green Bay Packers in frigid Wisconsin, and I convened with my brothers, Max and Will, at Will’s apartment. Also present were Will’s fiancée and her two friends, all three of whom are Canadian. While we Davidson boys sweated and swore and tried to sweet-talk the game in our favor, the ladies chatted and enjoyed some wine, and watched, more or less dumbfounded, at the depths of obsession that they were witnessing from three blue-bedecked, grown men on the couch. As my brother once said, “We’re not religious, but we watch the Giants every Sunday.”

Is Kenya Travel Safe?

As December 27 dawned, millions of Kenyans headed to polling sites to vote for a president. As December 27 drew to a close, I booked an airline ticket from Nairobi to New York. And as the next few days progressed, Kenya plunged into violence that has left more than 650 people dead, so far.

I’ve spent the past few weeks reading horrific tales of bloodshed with the hope that post-election killings will cease any day. I’m not scheduled to visit Kenya for another 5 months, but regardless of how much the situation improves by then, it’s scary to think that what is widely regarded as the most stable country in Africa can dissolve into tribal conflicts and machete attacks at the drop of a ballot.

Photo courtesy of IgoUgo member smokeysf

Safe Travels…

I always hate it when they issue reports saying how it has been a record year for air travel saftey. I just think, do we really want to tempt fate? 2007 was one such year. In fact reports say it was the safest year for air transit since 1963. Certainly something to be proud of. Absolutely. But do we want to boast?

Because here we are in 2008 and we’re already off to a rocky start with a British AIrways plane landing short of the runway at Heathrow airport last week. Fortunately British Airways reported that all 136 passengers and crew members were evacuated safely from the plane and those who were injured were taken to the hospital.

I say lets be grateful for all our technology, emergency response teams, and safety records. But lets also remain humble and completely focused on making 2008 an even safer year for flight.


Photo by IgoUgo member Kimbis