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TRO Travelgram: Dec 9



Where to Go in December: 20 Places to Travel Now
With the holiday season under way and Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, December is the perfect time to dust off your passport and celebrate in style. Whether you'd like to be sipping mulled wine at Europe's legendary Christmas markets, seeing in the New Year on the beaches of Rio or escaping the snow in the tropics, here are some ideas for where to go in December… The Huffington Post
Beneath Malta's Beauty, a Tangled History
The Mediterranean island-nation of Malta couples a tranquil, movie-set surface with an astoundingly rich past… New York Times

Tours and Activities

10 places where the wild things are
Here are a few of the best spots to see rare animals in the wild. Some are very easy to visit, while others would require a certain adjustment if you have Western standards of safety, personal comfort and hygiene… CNN
America's best bakeries
When it comes to bread and pastries, Americans are blessed with near-limitless options. With more than 6,000 retail bakeries in the U.S., there's a wide variety to choose from… USA Today
Florida's best beaches: East coast-west coast smackdown
It's the time of the year when visions of sugar soft sands top travelers' wish lists. Florida, with its 825 miles of beaches, lures sunbathers, surfers, action lovers and solitude seekers to its shores… USA Today


Best things to buy on cruise ships
Shops on cruise ships make money for cruise lines but that doesn't mean you won't find bargains. Items from liquor to makeup to designer sunglasses and jewelry are sold without sales tax and are duty-free. That means automatic reductions… USA Today
Viking to Launch More Ships in 2015
Viking River Cruises will match or exceed the record number of ships it is set to launch in 2014, yet again in 2015…


Ask the Captain: Why would a plane do a circle mid-flight?
I was on a flight from Atlanta to Rochester and the pilot did a noticeable complete circle about halfway through. Why?… USA Today
American, US Air merger a go after Supreme Court refuses stay request
The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to merge into world's largest airline company… CNN
Delays, cancellations snarl flight schedules across the USA
Nearly 1,300 flights have been canceled nationwide and more than 1,500 others delayed of 9:40 a.m… USA Today


Ovolo hotel, Arbuthnot Road, Hong Kong: review
Ovolo, in China, is a Hong Kong hotel offering exceptional service, spacious rooms and free drinks between 6pm and 8pm, in an Arbuthnot Road location… Telegraph (London)
Hotels set aside floors for women
Book a room on the 11th floor of the Hamilton Crowne Plaza here, and you'll get special bath salts and body products, a magnifying mirror, nail polish, nail files and a curling iron… USA Today

Other and Odd

Couple to turn Disney's Chicago home into museum
California has Disneyland and Florida has Disney World. But Chicago has Disney Home. Now a California couple who bought the house where Walt Disney was born 112 years ago plans to turn it into a historical site and museum…
Top 7 Ways to Save on a Ski Trip
The holiday season is just around the corner, and the promise of fresh snow is in the air. While some prefer to get a head start on holiday shopping or escape to sunnier lands, others are unanimous in their priority this season: racking up the runs… The Huffington Post

TRO Smith

Social media and reputation management
Margaret Ady is based in Munich, Germany where she serves as Marketing Director at TrustYou, an online reputation management company specializing in the hospitality industry… TRO Smith

365 Guide Tip for the Day

Monitor your language: Cost and Value
Words matter. It is hard to overstate the power of words in shaping our perceptions of reality… Travel Research Online
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