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By Judy Newell

México Travel News

Have Dinner in the Sky in Cancún

Cancún, a destination that already provides visitors with endless entertainment options, has just added yet another notable attraction. Soon visitors will be able to have dinner in the sky, quite literally.

The company, Dinner in the Sky, has been given the green light by local officials to create a dinner booth suspended in the air by a crane. The experience provides sky-high views combined with dinner and drinks. The exact location for the new attraction has not yet been settled upon.

The experience will accommodate 22 people who will be suspended 45 meters, or 148 feet, in the air. And for those who are worried, each seat includes a safety harness. In addition to the restaurant, there will be bathrooms, warehouses, and a parking lot, all of which will require an approximately four-million peso investment.

Dinner in the Sky has been operating for more than 10 years and has locations in 120 cities across nearly 40 countries.

International News

Oldest Travel Company

This year, Cox and Kings is saluting 260 years in business—a marker which stretches its narrative back to the mid-eighteenth century. It is a tale that predates both the formal existence of the United States and the fall of the French monarchy. The company has witnessed two World Wars, the landing of men on the moon, and the rise and fall of the British Empire.

Cruise News

Scenic Discounts European River Cruises

The year 2019 is the time to explore the gorgeous rivers of Europe onboard Scenic’s luxury river cruise ships. Live the best life with Scenic’s exquisite dining options, some of the most spacious and well-appointed suites on Europe’s waterways, and once-in-a-lifetime excursions all included in the price.

Reserve by October 31, 2018, to take advantage of the Stay, Fly or Save promotion. Select from a free pre- or post-cruise extension—or free round-trip economy airfare—or up to US$1,500 per person Scenic Savings.

Ponant and National Geographic in Partnership

National Geographic Expeditions, the travel business of one of the world’s most trusted brands, and Ponant, a world leader of luxury expedition cruises, announced a new strategic partnership to create an extensive range of cobranded luxury expedition cruises throughout the world.

Ponant will create unique itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, transporting guests in style—along with innovative features that includes a new multisensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye.

National Geographic Expeditions will provide a range of expedition resources onboard, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.

The luxury ships will offer an intimate experience with total passengers ranging from 180 to 240 per cruise. Prices for the 130 itineraries that have been designed for the next four years start at US$3,400 per person. Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

Travel Trivia

What is the least densely populated country in the world?

Iceland? Greenland? Australia? Mongolia?

With an official population density of 0.1 people per sq km, Greenland is the least densely populated country in the world. The nation’s total population of around 56,500 occupies over 863,330 square miles, meaning that most of this landscape is completely devoid of people. Not too surprising, considering almost 80 percent of the land mass is covered by an ice cap and glaciers. Talk about a misleading name!

Words of the Wise and Well-Traveled

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” —Jack Kerouac

Deal of the Week

Melbourne, Hobart, and Sydney

12 nights from US$1699 per person, including airfare.

Choose your own activities to make your vacation exactly your style. This 12-night air-inclusive independent vacation with Virgin Australia offers you four nights in each city with plenty of time to explore and fill your days with must-do experiences.

Melbourne is a food lover’s paradise. Take the time to awaken your senses as you stroll through the Queen Victoria Markets, maybe dine aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, or take a walk down Lygon Street and discover the many restaurant flavors. Melbourne is also home to many hidden laneways and secret alleys that house intimate bars and eclectic venues.

Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest settlement and retains a charming small-town feel. Stroll through the historic Battery Point, where Georgian architecture has barely changed in 150 years. With a thriving arts scene and a number of attractions, there is so much to see and do. Be sure to explore the docks, stroll through the beautiful parks and gardens, take in the views of Hobart from Mt Wellington, and sample the delights of the Cascade Brewery.

The harbor city of Sydney is next, filled with opportunities to discover the best vantage point for that iconic photo. Walk the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens that hug the harbor shore, take a tour under the sails of the spectacular Sydney Opera House, scale the heights of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, or maybe grab a surfboard and take a lesson at one of Australia’s most famous beaches.


  • Round-trip airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Melbourne, returning from Sydney
  • Free domestic flights on Virgin Australia from Melbourne to Hobart and Sydney
  • Four nights Melbourne
  • Four nights Hobart
  • Four nights Sydney
  • US/foreign taxes and fees.


Dates: April 1–June 28, 2019, and July 24–August 31, 2019. Additional travel dates available, though seasonal surcharges apply. Visas are required for travel to Australia.

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Travel Pulse, Luxury Travel Advisor, Scenic Cruises, IOL, Down Under Answers


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