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Cool Happenings in London Now

In my bottomless inbox of travel news, I’ve come across a few articles about London and why you might be interested in taking a trip there before the end of summer.

Putpockets We’ve all heard of pickpockets and how we should be wary of them at home and while we’re abroad. However, 20 former pickpockets who have changed from their former wicked ways have been hired by a broadband company, TalkTalk, to discreetly drop anything from 5 to 20 pound notes in the unguarded pockets, purses, and bags in Trafalgar Square, Covent Gardens, and other busy spots. This initiative to brighten the lives of people in unusual ways runs until the end of August which will see at least 100,000 pounds given away.

Free Bottled Water To provide abit of relief during the summer heat, Soak Media, is providing free bottled water to London commuters. The UK media company sells on-bottle advertising. Their staff distribute the 330ml bottles from ice-filled carts. Their research show that the bottles are held in the hands of the recipients for an average of 50 minutes. What makes Soak Media unique is that they distribute all their profits to charitable causes.

Writer in Residence It’s not unusual unless you consider where it will be. Heathrow Airport has appointed Alain de Botton as the writer-in-residence for 1 week starting August 19, 2009. His desk is located in the new Terminal 5 where his writings appear on a screen behind him for all to read. During the week he will interview passengers and airport staff before returning home to write a short book titled, A Week At The Airport: A Heathrow Diary. The book will include photographs by Richard Baker. On September 21, 2009, ten thousand copies will be distributed for free to Heathrow travellers and then be available for sale through Amazon’s British website and traditional brick and mortar stores.

If you have time for a trip to London in the next few months, you may get a chance to experience the new personal rapid transit (PRT) system that will be launching in Q4 at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The PRT vehicles will transport 4 passengers at a time from Terminal 5 to various parking lots. It cost the British Airport Authority (BAA) $41 million for these 18 battery powered pods which travel at a maximum of 25 mph.

I’ve received a few e-mails about cruises from my previous blog posts.  To respond to these, my next couple of posts will hopefully answer them, firstly beginning with the types of cruises available.

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Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 23 December 2008

I apologize for the gap in my blog posts this month.  I was editing this a couple of weeks ago and I forgot to publish it. I just realized when I started writing the next post today.  So here it is…the topics are “Your Health” and “Wi-fi Availability”.

Stay Healthy Whilst you are on Vacation!

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Every year more and more people travel for either vacation, business, and volunteerism, and to visit friends and family. Whatever your reason for traveling, you need to  be Proactive, Prepared, and Protected when it comes to your health—and the health of others—while you are traveling.

Be Proactive!

Take steps to anticipate any issues that could arise during your trip.

Be Prepared!

No one wants to think about getting sick or hurt during a trip, but sometimes these things happen. You may not be able to prevent every illness or injury, but you can plan ahead to be able to deal with them.

Be Protected!

It is important to practice healthy behaviors during your trip and after you return home.

Free Wi-Fi At These Airports

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Isn’t it frustrating, youv’e arrived at the airport at the correct check-in time only to find out that your flight has been delayed by two hours. Well maybe things aren’t that bad, at least you have your laptop or Blackberry so you have a chance to catch up woth some office work or e-mail. You sit down, get comfortable, open your laptop, search for a wi-fi network and guess what comes up, a prompt for “User ID and Password”.  Is there nothing free in this world!

Here is a list of the most popular airports with FREE WI-FI and I am pleased to say my home airport of Vancouver is on the list, way to go Vancouver!

Canada

  • Banff Airporter office area – Calgary, Alberta
  • Halifax International airport – center court area on the main level and between gates 20-15 on the departures level of the Air Terminal Building – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Dryden Regional Airport – Dryden, Ontario
  • Fredericton Airport – Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • St. John’s International Airport – St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Quebec Airport – Quebec City, Quebec
  • Expedia Restaurant – Air Canada Terminal – Toronto, Ontario
  • Vancouver International Airport – Vancouver, British Columbia

For a full list of airports I have provided the link:   http://www.wififreespot.com/airport.html

The airlines have also come to their senses and provided internet connection for the businessman on the move, I have listed below the most frequently used carriers in North America, but most of them require that you belong to their frequent flyers club allowing you use of their member lounges:

  • American Airlines Admirals Clubs – must enter a valid club card number to get access.
  • United Airlines – Service in the airline’s 27 Red Carpet Clubs and 5 International First Class lounges is free for members.
  • Continental Airlines offers Free wireless high speed internet access to members in 22 Presidents Club locations in major airports around the USA.
  • Northwest WorldClubs
  • Alaska Airlines Clubs

Wi-Fi on Your Flight

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Alaska Airliines is planning to provide wireless internet on their aircraft. The technology will provide customers with a unique entertainment and business network at 35,000 feet. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptop computers, PDAs, smartphones and portable gaming systems, will have high-speed access to the Internet, e-mail, virtual private networks and stored inflight entertainment content.

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I saved the best for last, our national character Air Canada says YES to Wi-Fi and NO to cellphone. Travellers will be able to click their way onto Air Canada’s new Wi-Fi service next spring as the carrier teams with Aircell LLC to install a mobile network. The Montreal-based airline will start with two 120-seat Airbus A319s, charging $12.95 plus tax for each passenger who connects wirelessly to the Internet while flying between Toronto and two destinations in California – Los Angeles and San Francisco. Air Canada then plans to gradually roll out Aircell’s “Gogo” system across its fleet in North America. Air Canada won’t be enabling “cellphone voice usage,” arguing that the cabin in the sky is one the “last bastions of solitude” away from being bombarded by cell conversations in everyday life.