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Posts by Mark Orwoll

Weird Oregon Vodka To Toast Portlandia’s Fifth Season
When the producers of IFC's Portlandia went looking for a beer partner for seasons 1 and 2, it’s clear why they chose Oregon's Rogue Ales. The Fre... Read More
Editor’s Find: The Secrets of St. James’s, London
Sandwiched between Piccadilly and The Mall in London’s West End, St. James’s may be the most-traveled-through but least-known neighborhood in London. At l... Read More
London Will Make One Lucky Winner the Ultimate VIP
If time, money, and insider access were yours for the asking, how would you spend your next visit to London? Let me make it easy for you with a menu of ch... Read More
Book Review: Life Lessons, Adventure, and the True Meaning of Travel
That travel can be a life-changing experience is no revelation, but as Bruce Northam eloquently proves in his newly released "The Directions To Happiness-... Read More
Amazing Virtual-Travel Experience: Marriott Unveils the 4-D Teleporter
Today Marriott Hotels launches a brand-new, knock-your-socks-off travel experience that allows you to immerse yourself in a virtual-reality version of Lon... Read More
Air Passenger Fracas Serves Warning: Recline at Your Own Risk
Maybe you heard the story today from the AP. Male air passenger places a Knee Defender device on the seat back in front of him, preventing that seat from ... Read More
Star Trek’s George Takei on How He Travels and His New Documentary, ‘To Be Takei'
Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Lt. Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek TV series and films, is the focus of a new documentary, To Be Takei, which... Read More Revelation: When It’s Sexy Time, You Probably Think of A Boat
I got your number, you lusty traveler, you. The No. 1 place where you’d like to have sex on holiday is on a boat, according to And you know why... Read More
Fast & Furious Summer Road Trip Advice from a NASCAR Driver
Ryan Blaney is one of the up-and-coming drivers on the NASCAR circuit, now in his third year with Team Penske. And if you were going to take driving advic... Read More
Ambronite: The New Travel Super Meal? We Give It A Try
  A Finnish start-up has created a powdered beverage, Ambronite, that they call “the world’s first organic drinkable super meal that fulfills daily nutriti... Read More
Crazy Cliff-Diving Competition Comes To Texas
The first time I visited Acapulco, like any tourist I wanted to see the famous cliff-divers leap from the craggy heights of La Quebrada 135 feet into the fo... Read More
A Poorly Printed Boarding Pass Might Make You Miss A Flight
That’s a picture of my boarding pass for a recent flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York. I printed it out in the lobby of my beachfront hotel just befor... Read More
Disney's 'It's a Small World' is 50 Years Old Today
Fifty years ago today the New York World’s Fair opened its doors to the public along with one of the featured attractions, Walt Disney’s “it’s a small wor... Read More
Manhattan's Historic Hotel Wolcott Offers Rooms for Just $110 A Night
In an expensive city that all too often tears down its architectural heritage, it’s refreshing (astonishing, really) to find a massive discount at a histo... Read More
10 New York Super Bowl Parties That Are Way Better Than The One You’re Going To
Yes, the Super Bowl is being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but make no mistake: the true epicenter of Super Bowl frenzy is reall... Read More
London Celebrities Sing City’s Praises in New Travel Videos
Some P.R. gigs are pretty cushy—like getting publicity for London. I mean, all you have to do is write a sentence using the words pub, West End, Tate Mode... Read More
Alternatives to New York’s Soon-To-Be-Banned Central Park Horse Carriages
New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, often bemoans a “tale of two cities”—one rich, one poor. But lately he has been lamenting a different kind of tail—t... Read More
Possible New Venice Theme Park Raises Eyebrows
An Italian developer last week unveiled a plan to create a 10-acre amusement park in the heart of Venice, complete with gigantic Ferris wheel, roller coas... Read More
Two New Ways to Speed Through the Airport
Waiting in line—perhaps the most dreaded aspect—of the air travel experience—is improving by leaps and bounds this year at U.S. airports. For one, the TSA P... Read More
CeeLo Green May Be Hiding in Your Renaissance Hotel Room
What do you do if you're a hotel chain that wants to grab the interest of potential Gen X and Y guests? It's obvious, isn't it? You entice young women int... Read More