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Where's Johnny Jet?

Greetings! This past weekend southern California had summer-like weather and to take advantage of it Natalie came out to visit instead of me going to Toronto. We checked out two different hotels: The Orlando, a moderately priced boutique hotel in West L.A. surrounded by amazing restaurants and shops. The other was the newly reopened, over-the-top Hotel Bel Air which is a destination in and of itself. I put together my top reasons why you would want to stay at both. 

FYI: We are also still working on changing the newsletter around. We’re brainstorming ideas for how to allow quick reading and access to all of my info so you get exactly what you’re looking for. The first change I’m making is instead of doing a whole weekly news round-up I’m giving what I think are the top 10 travel news stories of the week you MUST read. Below them I will also include the most helpful travel articles from the week like “How to avoid being mugged or robbed while traveling.”

P.S. I forgot to post last week’s public radio interview by Rick Steves and my flight with funny man Richard Simmons

Hotel Bel Air
Win a Trip to South Africa

Contests of the Week

This week's contests include the chance to be a travel writer, a South African getaway, and a trip to England.
Travel News and Tips

Travel News

This week’s news includes: Vegas 101, Tornado-hit Branson, Mo., World's Tallest Tower Completed, & more.

Sean Oneill

Tweeter of the Week

Sean is a freelance writer based in London. He’s also the contributing editor for BBC Travel and Budget Travel Magazine. He not only tweets his interesting posts but also shares others’ tweets. Some are pretty funny like "The sh*t Japanese say to foreigners. Video"

Elephant Camp

Elephant Camp

My sister Georgie Jet visited an elephant camp while she was in Thailand. She describes it as the experience of a lifetime!

Website of the Week

I recently flew from Toronto to L.A. on American and that flight now has Wi-Fi thanks to Gogo. I almost always use it so when the captain announced we were descending rapidly because we were about to hit severe turbulence, the first site I logged on to was

Product of the Week

Product of the Week

This week Scottevest came out with the Transformer Jacket - it's wind and water-resistant and can be transformed from a jacket to vest in just seconds.
Video of the Week

Video of the Week

I just spoke at a Jetset Social event in LA.  When I walked into the room I was shocked at their production setup. I thought they were filming a movie with all of their lights and cameras. But it turned out that it was for the panel I was on which was mostly geared towards travel bloggers and PR reps.
A Taste of the Arctic

Icebar, Oslo

Contributor Jennifer Dombrowski got a taste of the Arctic recently at ICEBAR in Oslo.
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