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moncler sale If there’s one thing I feel fairly certain about it’s that no one knows the next big thing in travel. We can all have a lot of fun trying to predict the future, attempting to guess where we’ll most want to go or perhaps will go and sometimes an educated moncler sale outlet guess will turn out to be correct. But the raw reality is that the Next Big Thing buy moncler jackets is largely a mystery, no matter what experts may say. Crystal balls simply don’t crack it. moncler sale
If you don’t accept my argument then take a look at these three lists.
1. Finland, Romania, Gabon, Jordan, Laos, Madagascar, Namibia, Northern Ireland, Ecuador and Turkmenistan.
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moncler jackets outlet 3. Pamukkale in Turkey, Parga in Greece, Ayr in Scotland, Campeche in Mexico, Marrakech in Morocco, Naxos in Greece, Puno in Peru, Soller in Spain, Salvador da Bahia in Brazil and Fes in Morocco. moncler jackets outlet
moncler outlet store Spot the difference? That’s right, all three listings are totally at odds. Yet all three claim to list the top 10 destinations for monlcer down jackets 2007! Silly isn’t it? As if anyone really knows. The first list is from the Lonely Planet Bluelist 2007. The second is the Flight Centre Hot Ten and the third list is from Tripadvisor. moncler outlet store
This amusing exercise in forecasting the next big thing cheap moncler jackets is all about generating a buzz, adding a dash of spice to the tourist industry. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. These so called “hot lists” give us travellers something to ponder and chew on. They may even inspire choice. Just don’t take them too seriously. Know where you want to go and ignore attempts at peer pressure. Wells yarn. “We’ll closely monitor our new TravelCast algorithm for predicting the hottest travel destinations in the world and we’ll offer updates on the latest travel buzz throughout the year,” says the website’s communications director. I can hardly wait.
Lonely Planet’s Bluelist book also lists the next “cities on the rise”. For 2007 these are Chonqing in China, Dubai in the UAE, Tallinn in Estonia, Luang Prabang in Laos, Riga in Latvia, Vilnius in Lithuania, Wellington in New Zealand, Belfast in Northern Ireland, Belgrade in Serbia and Perth, Australia. You’ll note that Belfast does at least relate to the country destination Bluelist but is the only city that does. And none of these 10 bear any relation whatsoever to the hot cities fingered by Tripadvisor’s sexy predictive software. I rest my case. Have fun with the future of travel.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
A personality test
moncler jacket sale A year after the Cronulla riots blackened the image of Australian beach culture around the world there’s a campaign underway to put the shine back into the Sutherland Shire. The president of the local chamber of commerce says Cronulla will celebrate “another side to its personality” this summer. Yet many Muslims say they are still too scared to return. moncler jacket sale
cheap moncler Topping the attractions aimed at enticing visitors to Moncler Outlet make the half hour train ride south of Sydney are a film festival and a bike race. The “other face” campaign aims to present Cronulla as “a significant cultural and sporting events precinct”. To this end the local chamber of commerce cheap moncler outlet brainstormed a “Summer in Cronulla” listing of new attractions, hoping a mix of sport, arts and shopping will help erase the negative image imposed by last December’s ugly confrontations. cheap moncler
moncler outlet online “Beaming images of Cronulla’s pristine landscape into thousands of homes in Australia and overseas, these landmark events will put Cronulla on the map,” says president Ray Bradbury without a cheap moncler sale trace of irony. “We are expecting to attract hundreds of spectators to the area’s parks, bays and beaches.” Cronulla is 30 minutes cheap moncler coats south of the city by train, the only Sydney beach connected directly by rail. moncler outlet online
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moncler outlet The Flickerfest Film Festival will head south from Bondi in early 2007 to screen in moncler outlet sale Cronulla on 23rd and 24th February, at a venue yet to be announced. Entry to the Australia’s leading international short film festival will be free. Around the same time State surf titles will be contested on the beach and an Olympic distance triathlon is scheduled for March. moncler outlet
Other non sportive enticements to visit Cronulla include late night shopping by the beach, pampered cruising, a Port Hacking Junk Theory, itself a direct heartfelt response to the Cronulla troubles.
Showing the other face is a sanguine attempt at counteracting Cronulla’s legacy of mob violence. But surely it’s a bit premature for the chamber to be claiming the shire is “gearing up for a record number of visitors”? Can it so effectively and easily erase the past with this campaign? Will you be heading south this summer?
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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As airline passengers we far too readily complain about the “rigours and hardships” of flying, of being cooped up in cramped economy seats for hours at a time, squashed together with strangers. If it’s not about lack of space then we whinge about the food. But consider how you’d feel if this was your daily diet, your regular place of work? Let’s spare a thought for those who make our flying possible. Working for an airline, particularly as air crew, is a truly tough call. Flying for a living is an occupation guaranteed to swiftly rub the gloss off travel. Continuously hopping around the world or even one country becomes an arduous grind far removed from anything glamorous.
cheap moncler coats Air travel is cruel to both mind and body. I know several air crew who suffer lower back problems related to continual take off and landing regularly hammering the torso. In addition, working long hours in a pressurised cabin duly takes its toll. Think how desiccated and grumpy you feel after spending only a few hours aloft, then imagine doing it two or three times a week for months on end! Can’t possibly be healthy living, can it? cheap moncler coats
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moncler outlet uk Being constantly in transit has yet another significant downside; it’s hardly conducive to romance. How on earth do you create and maintain a meaningful relationship with anyone if you’re perpetually going to be up in the air and somewhere else? Not all air crew necessarily aspire to membership of the Mile High Club as a way of moncler outlet easing their lust for romance. The majority would far rather find a suitable, steady partner cheap moncler and get to grips with reality on the ground. But stability simply doesn’t go with the job. moncler outlet uk
But let’s look at the bright side. Like so many others who seek love and companionship, air crew play the web dating game through sites created specifically for consistent high flyers. One such port of the heart is the aptly named Love is in the Air, which gives this advice to prospective airborne romantics: Stay positive and pace yourself! And the bottom line on airline dating? “Forget about acting cool and think about acting real. The dates (and maybe even true love) will follow.”
cheap moncler jackets sale And so it does. HollyGolightly is the pen name of a demure Italian flight attendant based in Milan. moncler mens jackets She writes: “My life is very chaotic. i am flying and meting new people every day. I love it and it gives me a lot. This whole time i was looking for stability. which i think i have found. That someone special to share all my ups and downs with.”. This is terrific news for her, but gloomy tidings for all those dashing flying chaps who’d voted HollyGolightly the dating website’s most popular moncler outlet store gal. cheap moncler jackets sale
moncler outlet jackets A similar web venue in the UK is Loveair, covering the entire aviation and aerospace community “not only for flirtation and romance but also friendship”. As one member says, it’s “just like Myspace. but for pilots”. And a third site, Crewdating, took off recently under the snappy slogan “Never fly solo again” moncler outlet jackets.