Travel News for November 1st 2010 through November 2nd 2010

Bringing you what’s new in travel for November 1st 2010 through November 2nd 2010:

  • Rome: What to eat in winter – Sofia Celeste recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    The chilly breeze that signals winter arrived earlier than expected this year, but Romans are more than happy to welcome the season's hearty vegetables. Pumpkins have been piling up at markets like Campo de' Fiori, and the aroma of roasted chestnuts now fills the air. Early winter also brings a rare type of chicory called puntarelle, found primarily in the central region of Lazio and the northern Italian region of Veneto.

  • What would make you boycott a state or country? – A. Christine Maxfield recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    On Tuesday, Sept. 14, France went down in the history books as the first European country to ban veils that cover the face—namely, the burka that's worn by some Muslim women. This inflammable decision was won in a 246 to 1 vote by the French senate, with the government stating that the head-to-toe covering is "a new form of enslavement that the republic cannot accept on its soil." (CNN World) This new law will be enforced starting in the spring with a $190 dollar fine or a mandatory citizenship course, and a year in jail or $19,000 dollar fine if someone forces a woman to wear the traditional clothing.

    Even though every one in four French citizens agree with this ban, and it's also supported by a handful of other countries like Germany, Britain, Spain, and the Netherlands, France just can't ignore the fact that the reaction around the world is mixed. Besides the obvious disapproval from Al Qaeda with a flurry of new terrorist threats, two out of every three Americans also disagree with the law. Whenever that happens, no matter how many iconic natural wonders or man-made monuments there are within a country's borders, its tourism is affected. We're currently seeing this in Arizona, where about $90 million dollars have now been lost due to meetings and conventions being canceled by businesses protesting that state's strict immigration law.

  • Can I Upgrade My Round-the-World Honeymoon Trip?Smarter Travel has posted some info about frequent flyer miles: Marko is using frequent flyer miles for his honeymoon trip and wants to upgrade himself and his bride. Tim Winship suggests his best bet might be to play the "just married" card.

    Head over to www.smartertravel.com to read the whole article.

  • London hotels: Want that towel? You have to pay $2.40 – Sean O'Neill recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:
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    London's just opened Tune Hotels Westminster. (Sean O'Neill)
  • Family Travel: 9 Thanksgiving Getaways – posted this over on Frommer's : From decorating gingerbread houses to sleigh rides, stuff your weekend with holiday fun by booking one of these great Thanksgiving packages.

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