* World Travel Tips : How to SURVIVE California

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* World Travel Tips : Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee on Hawaii and Aloha Spirit | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

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Who doesn’t love Hawaii and the Aloha spirit? In this interview, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee (the only Native Hawaiian to win the Miss USA crown) speaks with me about all things Hawaii!

Brook talks about why she loves Hawaii, its tourism, the differences between its islands, and what makes Hawaii unique from other island groups. She also explains the “Aloha spirit,” and the power of accepting everyone for who you are; that is a WIN about Hawaii and its people.

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* World Travel Tips : After MH17: I am Committed to International Travel More Than Before

Travel Tips - My mother still remembers me as a happy Vietnamese child whenever I got to fly in an airplane during the Vietnam War. Flying was full of risks and dangers back then, but I was apparently a bouncy and cheerful little boy. Other passengers fretted and prayed yet it would seem going somewhere, anywhere, always got me going.

That impulse to travel hadn’t changed much for me as an American adult, though it comes with certain wariness. Images of the horrifying wreckage of Malaysian airline flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine and with the news of Air Algerie flight AH 5017 crashing in the Mali desert were on my mind as I went online this morning to buy a ticket for my next destination - Ubud, Bali, to attend the literary festival the Fall then to Singapore and Hong Kong.

I love to travel. But I travel these days with this knowledge: There’s always a chance that you won’t reach your destination.

It does not deter, of course. Not long ago the ability to cross international borders belonged only to the powerful and rich. The borders for the rest were as impervious and as real as the Great Wall of China. Much has changed since the Cold War ended, however. Travel has become increasingly possible for the many. Immigrants move. Tourists visit. Refugees resettle elsewhere.


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Andrew Lam at Tianamen Square in Beijing, March 2013.

Indeed, we live now at a time when freedom of movement is recognized as a basic human right and the business of travel -hotels, transportations, tours, cruises, restaurants, conferences -has evolved to become among the top 10 largest industries in the world.

And the tourist dollar changes the world. Costa Rica’s spectacular rain forest has not been cleared for cattle grazing (as in neighboring countries) largely because tourism is seen as more important than cattle. And many ruins — Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or the Valley of the Temples in Burma — are being restored and traditional dances upkept thanks to foreign demands.

Over 100 million people have jobs in the tourism and related industries around the world, according to the World Travel Organization. Some most visited cities - Paris and Singapore and Istanbul or even here in San Francisco— might unravel economically without tourism. In some countries like Egypt and Thailand, the tourist dollar is the prime source of income.

Travel changes both travelers and the places they visit. In Vietnam, English has become the second language of choice, thanks to so many foreign visitors yearly and foreign investments. Locals begin to read and watch the news in English, learn more on the Internet than they could possibly get from the local government-sanctioned media. In the last 10 years, many Vietnamese, too, begin to travel overseas.

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The Author gave talks in Cairo, and visited the pyramids in Nov. 2013.


China, too, is emerging as the largest tourism market in the world with nearly 100 million citizens traveling abroad last year. No doubt, the power of the state weakens when its population possesses the power of flight; the ultranationalist narrative is complicated by the citizen’s multilayered, transnational references and connections, a cosmopolitan reality.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” Mark Twain once noted. No wonder those with a fundamentalist mindset often resent the commercial plane. In their efforts to rebuild and fortify artificial demarcations, the plane renders the borders porous. It is perhaps why they turned airplanes into bombs or else they’d shoot it down from the sky.

The globalized world has become too interconnected, and too integrated, however, for travel to be reversed by fear. Commercial jets are now rerouted to avoid flying over Ukraine’s airspace but flights continue more or less unabated.


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The author visited Paris in the summer 2012, where many of his relatives live.


If terrorism is a radical act, so is, in a sense, the act of traveling itself. In that C-130 full of refugees out of Vietnam, I was moving not only across the ocean, but also from one set of psychological understandings to another. I was once land bound, but these days my connections are global, with friends and relatives in Vietnam, New York, Paris and many other countries. My imagination, once bound by a narrower sense of geography, expanded its reference points across time zones, continents.

I mourn the loss of MH17 its 298 passengers and crew, and all those others who never reached their destinations, But, despite all the bad news, I am also committed to traveling overseas now more than ever. For in the end, it is not fear or fundamentalism, but relentless human movement that shapes and reshapes the world.


Andrew Lam is an editor with New America Media and author of the “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora,” and “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.” His latest book is “Birds of Paradise Lost,” a short story collection, was published in 2013 and won a Pen/Josephine Miles Literary Award in 2014.


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* World Travel Tips : Oceanside, California: Look Who’s Traveling

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* World Travel Tips : Family Asked To Deboard Plane After Dad Sends Tweet Criticizing Gate Agent

Travel Tips - A Minnesota dad isn’t exactly feeling the “LUV" after he and his two kids were removed from a Southwest Airlines flight last weekend following confusion over the airlines’ boarding process for children.

Duff Watson was traveling with his two kids, ages 6 and 9, from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon, when he says the agent at the gate prevented him from boarding early with his children. As an “A-List” passenger, Watson told CBS Minnesota he’s entitled to priority boarding. The gate agent let Watson through but wouldn’t let his children board the plane with him.

“I am not trying to game the system,” Watson told ABC News in an interview Wednesday. “I’m not going to leave my kids alone to board. That doesn’t make sense.”

With no other option, Watson says he and his family waited to board the plane later, with Watson promising to alert Southwest customer service to the agent’s conduct.

“I thought she was very rude and wanted to complain to customer service, so I asked her: ‘Can I get your last name?’” he recalled to ABC News. “She told me: ‘You don’t need my last name for anything,’… [and] I told her: ‘Real nice way to treat an A-list member.’”

As promised, he shot off a complaint to Southwest’s Twitter account, which, Watson told KARE 11, read in all caps, “RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S. GATE C39. NOT HAPPY @SWA.”

After sending the tweet, the family, which had since boarded the flight, was called out via the plane’s loudspeaker and asked to gather their belongings and leave the aircraft.

The agent he’d disagreed with earlier had called them off the plane, says Watson, because she felt “threatened because he used her name on social media.” He says he was told “that unless he deleted his post, she was calling the cops and the family would not be allowed back on the plane.”

Watson says he ultimately deleted the tweet as the agent looked on, and the family was allowed back onto the flight with his children, who by that point he says were in tears over the incident.

In a statement published Thursday morning, Southwest Airlines apologized for the incident and said they’ve discussed the matter with Watson:

Southwest Airlines appreciates and is active in social media, and it is not our intent to stifle Customer feedback. Social media is a very valuable avenue for engaging with our Customers. On Sunday, July 20, a Southwest Airlines Employee and Customer were having a conversation that escalated about the airline’s family boarding procedures. The Customer was briefly removed from flight #2347 from Denver to Minneapolis/St. Paul to resolve the conversation outside of the aircraft and away from the other Passengers. Our decision was not based solely on a Customer’s tweet. Following a successful resolution, the Customer and his family were able to continue on the flight to Minneapolis. We are thoroughly investigating the situation. We have reached out to the Customer and offered vouchers as a gesture of goodwill.


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* World Travel Tips : She Found Herself At Iguazu

Travel Tips - Today, she was a poet, for she lived many lives, today. She moved around the world and she remained still to watch the world move. She lived between the lines of the novel she carried.

The washed out sky cooled to hues of the brightest blue, spackled with cotton-candy clouds, white as snow atop the peaks of the Andes, and highlighted by the blushing sun calling close only to the day, as life was just beginning.

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Image by Christine Hannon

Alone, she rested atop Salta Bossetti. The tourists, they moved around the falls. But she remained still, her only movement being the beating of her heart, the rise and fall of her chest with each inhalation of fresh air, and her hand, guiding this pen. Her body and mind were still, calm. Her soul felt peace, in paradise.

“So this is what heaven feels like,” her thoughts spoke to her. “I only hope my mortal sins can be forgiven so that I may embrace such beauty again.”

Her thoughts dispersed with the mist and her soul grew as strong as the current, releasing from its sources and being affected by every piece of Earth over which it flowed.

She remained on the upper pass, in solitude, reading the most magnificent travel guide. Henry Biernacki’s No More Heroes is more than a novel. Though the places are real, you will not be led to the best local beer, but rather engaged in conversation until you find your own heart.

She found herself at Iguazu.

Her steps, each day, brought her deeper into this place. In the city, the echo of her flip-flops marked her as a foreigner in a land entering winter. Changing to the softer tap of a flat and flexible sole improved her blending as a local. But it was not until she slipped everything off and buried her muddy toes in the sand that she bonded with her place in this world.

Removing her shoes, she felt the midday heat beneath the soles of her feet, resting on the hot stone, while the golden orb’s beating rays stained her skin. Sitting barefoot, she felt more than she saw while moving. She listened to the crash of the water at the foot of the falls and the rolling of the rapids. Closing her eyes, she breathed in the green rainforest releasing water into the river, tasting the crispness of fresh, unpolluted air, softened by the humidity. The moist air and sailing mist left on her droplets of water that magnified each grain of sand stuck to her skin.

The rivers, they experience immense pressure, colliding and letting go, falling and joining closer, tighter. The water, kissed by the sun, waves with each reflection of its ripples. The union of the rivers is celebrated with the dance of the butterflies, while the mist shrouds its intimacy from watchful eyes.

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“You can make money, but not nature,” she read from the novel, authored by her friend whose soul shares an enchanting interest in this world.

Looking up from the pages, she met Pache, a worn vagabond with dreadlocks who cannot determine if he is a local or a traveler. Perhaps there is no difference, if a piece of the heart is shared.

“Everything I need is within me,” he told her how he has no worries about money, not even a roof over his head. “No plans,” he explained, “I go to the airport and I take a flight.”

She was living the novel.

The people she met, they are all characters. They all have a story, but the ideas, the ideas are mirrored across borders. The ones who affect her story, they transcend all time and place.

Her paradise, today, it was Iguazu. His was in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. But any destination is remembered through the company one keeps with others and with oneself.

Like the rainbows arching over the falls, she and others are bridges. The beginning and end of the colors are blurred, and sometimes entirely undefined, as they appear to touch the Earth, but the order of hues is constant, highlighting similarities no matter the point of observation.

As dusk descended upon the falls, she passed a cable car loaded with tourists, and was reminded of a recurring choice: to be driven down a path or to take movement on her own accord. She walked on, the chatter of herds of humans fading behind her. Emerging from the canopy of forest to an open field, the warm sun was taking rest below the horizon of tall grass blanketing the Earth. She turned, taking a moment to look back and remember from where she came.

Bidding farewell to the day, she kissed her hand and released to the falls.

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* World Travel Tips : 10 Ice Cream Concoctions Worth Traveling For

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We’re smack-dab in the middle of a (wet?) hot American summer, and unless you live in Alaska, it’s scorching outside. Even if today weren’t National Ice Cream Day (it is!), we’d be craving a steady supply of chilly ice cream treats. Luckily, we found a bounty of frozen goodness from across the country.




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