The Sexiest Hotel in Scotland

Have ever thought of having a sex appeal to a hotel, can you think that even a Hotel can also have a sex appeal? As per Scots, its Yes. At the recent Scottish Hotel of the Year awards, Edinburgh’s Glasshouse Hotel was awarded that very honor. It has been awarded as the most Sexiest Hotel in Scotland.

I was wondering – what’s so sexy about the Glasshouse? Amenities like floor-to-ceiling guest room windows, glass bathrooms, Aveda products, complimentary personal business cards, plasma TVs and a lavender-scented rooftop garden top the list. My recent search on the hotel web site revealed rates starting at 140 GBP/night.

I would like to visit the hotel soon – 🙂 what about you..

Traveling Abroad – Make Sure You Stay Healthy

Got a chance to read one article on staying healthy while on traveling – good article to cover in my blog as well..staying healthy doesn’t mean taking complicated precautions, just as traveling abroad doesn’t exactly pose extreme health risks. While big scary pandemic illnesses are, of course, out there, the three most common dangers to travelers are really quite standard:

– Food and drink
– Insect bites
– Traffic

If you get all necessary vaccinations before traveling, stick to bottled water (and that means avoiding ice) and exercise caution when walking and driving (which can often be avoided entirely), you will, like the vast majority of travelers abroad, return home unscathed.

You can read the full article here.

U.S. Passport Rules Changed for Children

Just in case there are travelers out there who aren’t already slightly confused about the new passport regulations that went into effect late last month, there are some new rules on the horizon that should pretty much guarantee another wave of passport travel confusion. passport Under the latest set of passport rules, which have not gone into effect yet and may not until next year, children 15 and under could cross U.S. borders on land or on boats with only a birth certificate and parental consent. Children 16 though 18 could do the same if they are traveling with an adult-supervised school, religious, cultural or athletic group (but presumably not just while leisure traveling). To make matters slightly more complicated, all children arriving or departing by airplane will still need to show passports.

The changes are supposed to make the border crossing process easier, especially for families visiting U.S. neighboring countries via car and cruise ships, but can’t you just see customs officials arguing with travelers over the meaning of a “cultural group”? I dunno…

Airlines: Where is Customer Service???

The debacle at JFK last week involving Jet Blue Airlines where some passengers sat for 10 hours inside planes with foul air, overflowing toilets, little food and a lack of information during the Valentine’s Day storm was just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Stats released from U.S. Department of Transportation, such incidents are very common now a day. Between 2000 and 2006, passengers have been held inside more than 330 airplanes for more than five hours while waiting to take off. This is totally unfair in regard to customer’s experience.

In response, lawmakers in the House and Senate are drafting bills that would create a new “airline passengers’ bill of rights” that, among other things, would require planes delayed on the ground more than three hours to allow passengers to get off, compel airlines to provide passengers with frequent updates about delays and mandate disclosure of information about chronically delayed or cancelled flights.

One bill would also require that airlines provide every passenger with food, safe drinking water, sanitary bathroom facilities and adequate ventilation while the plane is delayed.

Though, against this bill the airline industry has passed a strong oppose message, as if this bill gets passed then the grounded planes would have to return to the terminal after a certain number of hours. Officials say returning a plane to a gate is rarely the simple solution it might seem, because in most cases it means the flight must be cancelled. That’s because airline crews run up against federal limits on how long they can be on duty and planes lose their takeoff slots.

What’s really happening is that when extreme flight delays occur, problems multiply, according to consumer experts, because of the frenzied pace of today’s airline marketplace. Airlines have squeezed out excess capacity so planes are flying with nearly every seat filled, meaning the toilets overflow faster. Few airlines serve meals, meaning there is no food onboard. Customer service has been pared back, meaning fewer agents are available to rebook or assist stranded passengers. There is much less margin for error, and it’s the customer who suffers.

It’s time for Congress to bring airlines back into reality with measures that will make them accountable to the public they are supposed to be serving.