Fodor’s Travel today introduced its Fodor’s Inside series, a growing collection of print travel guides designed to serve travelers in search of hyperlocal, authentic, and artistic travel experiences.
Hyperlocal, authentic, and artistic, “Fodor’s Inside” demonstrates there’s still very much a place for print guidebooks in today’s digital world
The first all-new Fodor’s guidebook series in a decade, Fodor’s Inside launches with titles covering four destinations: Nashville, Berlin, Lisbon, and Paris.
“Simply put, the goal of the Fodor’s Inside series is to make you feel like a local – not like a tourist,” said Stephen Horowitz, Publisher and General Manager at Fodor’s Travel.
Each Fodor’s Inside title is penned by contributors who reside in the destinations they write about. The books include customized neighborhood maps (including local nicknames and abbreviations for neighborhoods where applicable) and deep coverage of the restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques in the neighborhoods that locals love best.
Other features include a focus on notable street and public art, “back-in-the-day spotlights” of history-rich locations, and a list of Instagram-worthy photo spots to maximize Likes in each destination.
“The best way to truly experience a destination is with a local to take you around, but that’s not always possible,” Horowitz said. “It’s also difficult to glean an accurate local’s insider perspective from a Google search. That’s where Fodor’s Inside comes in.”
The Fodor’s Inside format was inspired by the success of the Fodor’s Brooklyn travel guide that debuted in 2015 and won a 2016 Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism.
Still a place for print
The success of Fodor’s Brooklyn and conversations with Fodor’s readers confirmed there is still an appetite for the print format, with many travelers using guidebooks to supplement on-the-go research online. Print guidebooks also fit in a pocket, aren’t susceptible to spotty internet connections, and never suffer from dead batteries.
But Fodor’s editors aren’t living in the past. (The vast library of free travel information available on Fodors.com is a testament to that.)
“We obviously realize that modern travelers will look for information online while on a trip,” Horowitz said. “So we designed Fodor’s Inside to be an ideal supplement to online resources: providing obscure insider information that is difficult to find online, in a format that can be accessed no matter the strength of your phone’s signal.”
No photos, please
This philosophy carries through to the design and layout of Fodor’s Inside titles, with a stylish and artistic bent from cover to cover.
Very few photos appear in the pages of Fodor’s Inside titles, making them unique among travel guides. Rather, maps and other illustrations are beautifully hand-drawn by professional illustrators.
“The internet provides an endless supply of photos for virtually every destination on Earth,” Horowitz said. “So we decided to use intricate, artistic illustration to further convey the local flavor of each destination and to add an extra level of intimacy to the reading experience.”
Fodor’s Inside guides for Berlin, Lisbon, Nashville, and Paris are available for purchase now on Amazon and at major book retailers. Additional titles in the Fodor’s Inside series—covering destinations including Mexico City and Portland—will be added regularly over the coming year.
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Princess Cruises launched today its 2021 cruises and cruisetours to sought-after destinations in the Mediterranean, British Isles, Scandinavia & Russia, Norway & Iceland and Transatlantic crossings.
A fleet of five ships will sail the European waters for the 2021 cruise season and every ship will feature Princess MedallionClass vacations. Enabled by OceanMedallion, Princess MedallionClass elevates the guest experience by delivering enhanced offerings and personalized service resulting in high guest satisfaction scores.
Entire Fleet of Five Ships to Offer Princess MedallionClass Vacations, Including Cruise Line’s Newest Ships Enchanted Princess and Sky Princess
Princess Cruises Offers Earliest Launch Ever of Europe Cruises and Cruisetours for 2021 Season
New cruise ships Enchanted Princess and Sky Princess are joined by Crown Princess, Island Princess and Grand Princess, with a total of 180 departures on 63 unique itineraries to 108 destinations in 31 countries.
“Not only will our guests be lured to Europe with our culturally-rich itineraries to bucket-list destinations, they’ll also enjoy an elevated experience onboard with our highly-rated Princess MedallionClass Vacations offered on every ship for the 2021 season,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.
Deployment highlights include:
Enchanted Princess sails throughout the Mediterranean with combinable seven- , 11- , 14-, or 21-day departures from Barcelona, Rome or Athens and will feature Istanbul, Turkey on select departures.
Northern Europe highlights include Sky Princess to the Baltic on 11-day Scandinavia & Russia sailings from Copenhagen.
Crown Princess sails the popular 12-day British Isles from London (Southampton) or Paris (Le Havre) and features Dublin, Edinburgh and a new port of Portland, giving access to the prehistory monument of Stonehenge (on select sailings).
Island Princess sails the length and breadth of Europe including two sailings to the Holy Land of Israel, and new for 2021, a 16-day Iceland & Greenland sailing with port visits including Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland, and Nanortalik and Qaqortoq, Greenland.
Multiple ships visit marquee cities during popular festival times – Island Princess and Crown Princess both visit Scotland during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and new for 2021, Island Princess visits Hamburg during Oktoberfest.
Grand Princess sails roundtrip from London (Southampton) to Norway, Scandinavia & Russia, the Mediterranean, and a special 24-day sailing to Canada & New England in the fall.
Grand Princess and Island Princess each sail to the top of the world during the Summer Solstice on June 21, 2021, the longest day of the year, to where the sun never sets on 14- or 16-day Land of the Midnight Sun & Summer Solstice cruises.
Cultural immersion abounds with select sailings visiting an array of treasured UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the The Acropolis in Athens and Ephesus from Kusadasi. Guests will delight in award-winning Discovery, Discovery Family, Animal Planet and Bon Appetit shore excursions. And Princess offers More Ashore late-night and overnight stays in 30 ports to maximize time exploring these famed cities.
Overnight stays are offered in:
St. Petersburg, on every 11-day Scandinavia & Russia from Copenhagen on Sky Princess, 14-day Baltic Heritage from London on Grand Princess and 14-day Scandinavia & Russia Collection from London on Island Princess.
Cork, Ireland, home to the Blarney Castle, on our 12-day British Isles from London June 19, 2021 departure on Crown Princess.
Alta, Norway, on the 12-day Search for the Northern Lights from London on Island Princess.
Princess Cruises also offers “More Ashore” late-night stays on select itineraries, including:
Mykonos on every seven-day Mediterranean & Aegean voyage on Enchanted Princess.
Barcelona and Genoa on every seven-day Mediterranean voyage on Enchanted Princess.
St. Petersburg and Berlin (Warnemunde) on every 11-day Scandinavia & Russia voyage on Sky Princess.
Belfast on every British Isles sailing from London or Paris on Crown Princess.
Copenhagen on both seven-day Scandinavia on Grand Princess.
Malta (Valletta) and Corfu on every 11-day Grand Western Mediterranean voyage on Enchanted Princess.
Dubrovnik on 11-day Grand Mediterranean on Enchanted Princess.
Several Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises can be combined with a multi-night land tour to create a cruisetour for additional exploration. Example cruisetours include:
Classic Italy: Visit Florence and Rome’s greatest sights from the Duomo to the Roman Colosseum.
Imperial Treasures: Visit Budapest, Vienna and Prague — three of the region’s most enchanting cities. This cruisetour also features a visit to Berlin before cruising to Scandinavia and Russia.
Highlights of Spain: This escorted cruisetour showcases the best that Spain has to offer with overnights in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona. Must see attractions include the Prado Museum, Plaza de Espana and the old walled town of Toledo, to name a few.
Ring of Kerry: Featuring overnights in Limerick, Killarney and Cork, this cruisetour brings guests to the starkly beautiful landscapes and charming villages of Ireland. Highlights include visits to the breathtaking Ring of Kerry and the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher.
Princess was selected as the “Best Cruise Line in Europe” by the Women’s Choice Awards, and has been awarded “Best Itineraries” by readers of Recommend Magazine 12 times in the last 13 years. Princess Cruises was also named “Top Cruise Line in the Baltic & Scandinavia” (Large Cruise Ship Category) in Cruise Critic’s fourth annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.
Captain’s Circle Savings and Early Booking Deposit
Princess past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book early. The special promotion consists of up to $200/person discount off the public fare, based on itinerary. This can be combined with launch and group promotions. These discounts do not apply to third or fourth berth guests. Additionally, a reduced deposit is available for Captain Circle guests when they book by December 31, 2019.
More details are available by contacting a professional travel advisor, calling 1-800-PRINCESS or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.
Source: Princess Cruises
Focus on Sicilia, a travel photography company based in Sicily, has developed three new photo tour itineraries on this magnificent Italian island. These eight- and twelve-day excursions are built by photographers for photographers. They take you to Sicily’s most fascinating locations at the right time of day for the best light, offering not just the island’s famous spots, but many stunning areas known by locals only.
The beautiful Piazza Duomo, with its 2700 years of history is located on the islet of Ortygia in Syracuse, Sicily. The ancient Greek temple of Athena has been incorporated in the present cathedral with a Sicilian baroque facade. One of the locations we visit with the Eastern Sicily and Sicily Highlights Photo Tours organized by Focus on Sicilia. Buy Posters of Sicily.
Sicily is often called the Pearl of the Mediterranean and is arguably Italy’s most diverse and beautiful region. It provides a unique combination of natural beauty for landscape and seascape photography, gorgeous cityscape opportunities in the many medieval and baroque cities and towns, and beautifully preserved ancient Greek and Roman heritage sites. Add to this the endless possibilities for street photography at colorful fish and vegetable markets, picturesque squares where the elderly men discuss politics, and avenues filled with the Sicilian way of life.
For centuries the typical Sicilian windmills have worked to move the water around the saltpans in the Saline della Laguna near Marsala, Sicily. Nowadays replaced by modern waterpumps, they are very photogenic surrounded by the water basins of different shades of blue and pink caused by the salinity of the brine. This location is included in the 2019 and 2020 itineraries of the Western Sicily and Sicily Highlights Phototours by Focus on Sicilia.
Marco Duyves, owner of Focus on Sicilia, says: “We are passionate about photography, live in Sicily and know the best photo locations of this stunning island. Combine this with the genuine hospitality, high-quality accommodations and amazing food Sicily is known for, and you have a recipe for an excellent photography holiday.”
The three newly launched itineraries Focus on Sicilia offers are:
Sicily Highlights, a twelve-day photography tour. You’ll start in Catania, and along the way, you’ll photograph the beautiful islet of Ortygia in Syracuse, the baroque cities of Noto, Modica and Ragusa, the world’s best-preserved Greek temples of Agrigento and Segesta, the stunning salt pans near Marsala, fascinating Palermo and nearby Erice, Monreale and Cefalù. On the way back to Catania, you’ll stop in the medieval towns of Castelbuono and Petralia Soprana and, of course, the majestic Mt. Etna.
Eastern Sicily, an eight-day photography tour. This adventure concentrates on the areas of Catania, Syracuse and Noto, with visits to Mt. Etna, charming Taormina, the little ports along the Riviera dei Limoni, the splendor of Ortygia in Syracuse and the fascinating baroque cities of Ragusa, Modica and Palazzolo Acreide.
Western Sicily, an eight-day photography tour. This itinerary immerses you in Palermo and the surrounding region. Highlights include the stunning city center of Palermo itself, the medieval towns of Erice, Castelbuono, Petralia Soprana, the Greek temple of Segesta, the salt pans of Marsala, the amazing byzantine mosaics in Monreale, picture-perfect Cefalù and the lively fishing ports of Castellammare del Golfo and Porticello.
Each tour is captivating for photographers of all levels and has various departure dates in 2019 and 2020. The trips will take place during autumn, winter and spring to take advantage of the great photography weather, when wonderful skies and beautiful light are the norm.
Prices start at 2,950 euros per person, including an early-booking discount for reservations made at least three months before departure.
For more information, visit focusonsicilia.com.
About Focus on Sicilia
Focus on Sicilia is a travel photography company based in Sicily, Italy, and specializes in photography holidays and tours on the island for photographers of all levels. The trips are designed for photographers by photographers to ensure that each location is visited at the best time for the best light. Locations are a mix of well-known sites and hidden places mostly known to the locals. Each tour offers a variety of landscape, seascape, cityscape and street photography opportunities and has various departure dates throughout the seasons. For more information, please visit focusonsicilia.com.
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From July 22 to August 2, relying on the overseas new media marketing matrix, Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism released the Online Event of “Traditional Skills in Tianjin” via its homepage (@Enjoy Tianjin) at Twitter.
The event showcased three traditional folk skills in Tianjin with over 120 years of history by exquisite pictures and texts: Kite Wei, Clay Figure Zhang and Yangliuqing Wood Engraving Spring Festival Picture. The online interactive quiz made it more like a game for understanding the traditional culture of Tianjin, successfully attracting many overseas fans to actively interact with the homepage of @Enjoy Tianjin to guess which is the oldest traditional skills in history. What the friends worldwide have experienced from the creative marketing concept include not only the charm of Tianjin folk skills but also the adherence of the Chinese historic cities to traditional culture, as well as the infinite graceful bearing and cultural characteristics of Tianjin’s city scape and tourism brand.
The Event of “Traditional Skills in Tianjin” launched by Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism is a creative attempt to build an international tourism brand with culture as breakthrough point. With the appearance of Tianjin’s traditional skills on the international stage, Tianjin’s cultural charm and modern style are fully displayed, leading the world to focus on the scenery of Jinmen and the tourism brand of Tianjin.
SOURCE Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism
Plan your upcoming end of summer, fall break and holiday travel with change to spare during Amtrak’s Get Lost in the Ride sale beginning July 30 – Aug. 1. Book day trips, business trips or relaxing vacations at a 40% discount anywhere along the Northeast Corridor, between Virginia and Boston as well as Niagara Falls and Vermont, for travel beginning August 11 through January 31.
Hop aboard, get comfortable and skip the traffic while riding the rails to visit major cities (and smaller towns) in the Northeast for work, school, weekends of fun or family visits.
Some of the special prices available in either direction during the sale include:
Boston – New Haven,
Acela – $70
Washington, D.C. –
Stations: Staples Mill &
NER – $19
New York – Philadelphia
NER – $29
Acela – $68
Rochester – Albany
New York – Washington,
NER – $39
Acela – $104
Buffalo – New York
NER – $29
Acela – $62
St. Albans, Vermont –
New York –
Boston – Washington,
NER – $68
Acela – $113
Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi on Northeast Corridor trains, the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample leg room and no middle seat.
The sale is valid on Acela and Northeast Regional train service operating between Roanoke or Norfolk, Virginia and Boston. This offer is also available on reserved Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service. Additionally, the offer is valid on Vermonter service between St. Albans, Vermont and Washington, D.C. and Empire Service between New York and Albany, including trains that continue on to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Valid for coach seats only; no upgrades allowed. Prices are as shown and can’t be combined with other discount codes.
Sale prices are available exclusively for one-way Coach Class fares and upgrades to Business Class on Northeast Regional or First Class on Acela are not permitted. Space is limited as sale prices are not available on all trains or at all times. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable. Exchanges are permitted within the ticket validity period; a 25 percent cancellation fee applies. Other restrictions may also apply.