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Mark Chesnut

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7 Tips for Travel Businesses Looking to Harness Technology

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:29 PM


The world uses more mobile technology than ever before; there's no disputing that. The challenge for the travel industry, a segment that's especially dependent on tech, is to stay on top of the trend and harness its potential.

While researching the latest...

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Bullish on Bitcoin: These Travel Companies Want Your Virtual Money

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Real coins or Bitcoin: Which do you prefer when you travel?

Bitcoin -- the alternative currency created in 2009 by an unknown founder -- has been making headlines, and not always for positive reasons. But even as the currency's potential suffered...

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Future Travel: Hot Technology Will Change Your Hotel Stay

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:54 PM

2014-04-09-photo9.JPG The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, in Chicago, is using Instagram and Facebook for a "selfie" contest.

The way we travel is changing. And hotels are upping the ante, with technology that's as forward-thinking as your favorite airline -- and, in...

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Day of the Dead Is a Colorful Mexican Fiesta in the Riviera Maya

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 2:19 PM

No nation in the Americas is more famous for celebrating Día de los Muertos -- the Day of the Dead -- than Mexico. And while this tradition of honoring deceased friends and family members takes place around the nation, the Riviera Maya is an especially good place for foreigners interested...

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Economic Woes Aside, Detroit Is a Visual and Cultural Treat

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 5:00 PM

It was fun telling people that I was going to vacation in Detroit. After all the bad press that the city has received, it was no surprise that the facial expressions I saw after sharing my travel plans were quite entertaining.

But I'd read enough about the Motor City...

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Magic Bus Provides a Pyschedelic "Hippie Tour" of San Francisco

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:23 PM

It's hard to mistake the Magic Bus for any other vehicle that departs from San Francisco's touristy Union Square. The psychedelic colors that wind around the former school bus -- as well as the bubbles blowing out of the back -- make it perfectly clear that this is a ride...

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Deborah Harry, Parker Posey Attend Miss Guy's NYC Listening Party

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Deborah Harry, the 68-year-old lead singer of the musical group Blondie, made an attention-getting appearance recently at a listening party in New York City, to celebrate a new music video an music single in which she performs with Miss Guy, the ex-Toilet Boys frontman and DJ who is gaining a...

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Gian Kevin: Romantic Latin Music Debut, With Puerto Rican Flair

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 9:27 AM

Puerto Rican artist Gian Kevin recently made his debut video, and plans a move to Miami.

As I travel, I'm always on the lookout for new musical talent. Recently, I came across the impressive debut music video from Gian...

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Panama City Is Central America's Past And Future (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 6:00 AM

I just got back from my tenth visit to Panama's capital. While it's far from the biggest metropolis in Latin America, Panama City is destined to be one of the region's most visited cities because it may be the most dynamic town in an extremely dynamic region. In Panama City,...

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Where To Eat and Dine in Toronto

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 1:24 PM


Whether it's winter or summer, Canada's largest city is a hotspot for shoppers and foodies, with an array of places to savor international cuisine and exercise the plastic.

I just got back from a week-long visit to Toronto, and explored these sites for...

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The Top 5 Oscar Niemeyer Architecture Sites

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Brazil's most famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer, died this month at the age of 104. But his eye-catching, visionary works will live on. Here, a few of my favorite must-see destinations for fans of Niemayer's modernist style.

Brasilia: The capital of Brazil was designed from the ground up in the...

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5 Reasons To Visit Huatulco, Mexico

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 6:00 AM


Rooms with a view: Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa in Huatulco, Mexico.

Looking for a warm winter getaway but not into giant-sized beach resorts? Consider Huatulco, a tourism hotspot on Mexico's Pacific coast where a string of scenic bays serves as the backdrop...

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5 Reasons To Visit Rio de Janeiro Right Now

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 6:00 AM

The legendary Copacabana Beach continues to attract travelers to Rio de Janeiro.

By most counts, Rio de Janeiro was one of the first jet-set vacation destinations, even before jets were flying. For decades, celebrities and the well-to-do have been making their way down...

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End of the World? 5 Ways to Mark the End of the Mayan Calendar

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 12:30 PM


December 21, 2012 is rapidly approaching. And whether you believe it's the end of the world or simply the end of one Mayan calendar and the beginning of the next, one thing is for certain: There are lots of ways to...

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Visiting James Bond Film Sites In Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Britain's most famous secret agent is back in the news. And as the James Bond franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary and the world awaits the debut of the newest film, Skyfall, it's an ideal time to infuse your next trip with a bit of Bond-style excitement.

Latin America has...

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5 Travel Tips For Choosing The Best Family-Friendly Resort

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 7:00 AM

My partner's parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year, so to commemorate the big event we decided to organize a vacation for the whole extended family at an all-inclusive resort. Since I'm the travel writer in the group, it fell to me to narrow our choices and come up...

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Rainbow Caribbean: A Gay Bar Guide to San Juan, Puerto Rico

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 8:50 PM


Latin American destinations like Puerto Vallarta, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires may be more prominent on the global gay travel map, but in the Caribbean, San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the vacation destination with the best infrastructure and...

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