ON MY MIND
Ever since I stopped my constructive criticism of other blogs by publicly calling them out on some of their “outstanding” practices I felt something missing. As I manage my Google Reader (looks like I may be the very last user who switchs to Feedly!) all day long I come across so many blog posts I would love to say a piece of my mind:-) And therein lies the problem…there are SO MANY! There is no way I can do the buzz posts sharing with you what I find worthy of sharing AND rant on the blog posts I feel are, well, full of crap! So…I am thinking about marking blog posts that go above and beyond the ludicrous. Posts that just make me throw up or shake my head uncontrollably. And perhaps once a week let it all out? Hmm….I could do that I think. Feedback? And I will not be providing the links to “winning” blog posts. Hey, it’s my blog and I can do what I want. I am at this baby all alone!
MVP POST OF THE DAY
13 Arresting Travel Photos from Nat Geo’s 2013 Contest. From Matador Network. Holy Mother of God, you MUST CLICK!
|The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan. Talk to blogger Rapid Travel Chai about it.
Preparing for the Dreaded American Express Financial Review. From View from the Wing. Fantastic post. My modus of operation has always been to not go all out and always stay under the radar and stay in the game longer. I recognize there are short term hits to such practices…and I am perfectly fine with that!
Travel Is Free (it’s not) wrote a really good post “Best Use of Club Carlson Points“. Worthy to include here. I love to see bloggers actually work hard to produce good content! I never rip them for getting rewarded when you see they actually spent some time on such posts! What bugs me is bloggers who spend a few minutes a day mostly cutting and pasting while never missing the chance to serve the affiliate links to their readers. By the way, I still have too many Club Carlson points!
A thought came to me today (yes, it happens!)…I have had almost all of the cards out there and it is getting harder to find new ones to churn…so, in a state of Frappuchinitis at Starbucks, I asked myself “If I was allowed just two cards to use which ones would I choose?”” After big gulps (hey, it is Mocha Light) I answered with “I am going all non Big 3 (Chase/Amex/Citi) (gulp). Say whaaaat? Yes, Barclays Arrival for the 2.2% points per dollar to buy my air tickets and the US Bank Club Carlson Visa for the 5 points per dollar on everything and stick with their properties (and get out to experience the location as much as possible). Hey everyone, Starbucks has Frappuchinos at half price from 3 to 5 pm for the next ten days!
My Trip to Zanzibar. From JUST TRAVELOUS. Beautiful pictures with (sponsored by Nikon) her Coolpix 800c. I think product affiliate links like this are fine but “This trip was sponsored by XYZ Tourism Board and all opinions are my own…yeah right” are not.
24 hours in Mogadishu, Somalia. From Matador Network. I like adventure but I think I’ll pass. Great pictures though:-)
Loyalty Lobby wrote “How Fat Are Expedia’s Hotel Margins?” Holy macaroni, we are talking 25%. So, next time you see them “best matching” hotels at the top of your search you know why they are shown there. I am no travel industry insider….I was expecting 10%, perhaps up to 15%. But 25% is obscene. No wonder they are trying to cut these online booking agencies off the chain/distribution channels!
Top 10 Ways to Navigate a Tight Connection and Avoid a Misconnect. From Points Summary. Great useful advice here!
A new app Locish is about to launch in the US. You can take their US Survey and you could win an ipad. There may be some income opportunities for true experts in local communities. Of course some of my readers are true experts in many many parts of the world! If you have time please check it out. Full Disclosure: App was founded by two Greek entrepreneurs. I want to help contribute to Greece’s comeback!
ODDZ & ENDZ
Life Lessons with Kareem Abdul Jabbar. From Esquire. A beautiful post worth reading by all, especially younger people!
The beauty of the most haunted and mysterious abandoned amusement parks on Earth. From the Blog of Francesco Mugnai.
The Data Center Inside a Cold War Nuclear Bunker (in Sweden). From Twisted Sifter. Wow, how cool!