Kiev, Ukraine (PRWEB) November 09, 2014
While the world watches the Ukraine crisis from afar, world-renowned travel blogger Andy Lee Graham is relaxing in Kiev, savoring his singular achievement visiting 100 countries in more than 16 years of perpetual world travel.
Ukraine is actually my 105th country 104th if you count Transnistria as a rogue country, said Graham. Number 100 was Greece, which I visited at the beginning of October.
I would have stayed in Athens a while longer, but I wanted to make my way over to Ukraine and get a man-in-the-street feel for whats going on here, said Graham. Rather than fly direct, though, I stopped in Malta, Romania, Moldova and Transnistria along the way.
Another of Grahams claims to fame is visiting countries that tourists and other travelers avoid. He actually prefers so-called developing countries and locations where significant world events are taking shape. He was in Iraq in Aug. 2003 after heavy fighting had ended; Thailand during the 2004 tsunami; and Ivory Coast when its civil war heated up in Feb. 2011.
Hes been to places that are so far off the tourist trail that the beaten path is a days bus ride away, wrote travel writer Tim Leffel in his foreword to Grahams recent book, The Rules of Travel (Real Travelers Press, 2014). He has supported himself for more than a decade on the road, writing about his experiences on multiple continents.
Graham, who has been traveling non-stop since 1998, has traveled to more places and continually traveled longer than any human alive today.
Ive had a challenge out there for years for someone to step forward whos been continuously traveling longer than I have, said Graham. By continuously, I mean you cant have stopped for longer than three months in a row at any one place. So far, no one in the hardcore traveler community has stepped forward. Travel writers arent even on the list.
The founder and chief blogger of HoboTraveler.com, Graham has documented his travels with more than 8,000 blog posts and has posted about 30,000 photos and 2,000 videos since founding the site about 15 years ago.
Whats unique about Andy is that, unlike most other travel writers, he only writes about places hes actually visited actually lived in, really, said Alan Oak, editor at Real Travelers Press. He gets to know local people and almost exclusively patronizes local hotels, restaurants and services. He isnt just sitting all comfy in U.S., rehashing the same old garbage about high-priced tourist traps.
Eager to share his passion for travel and the hard lessons hes learned, Graham provides consultation services for prospective travelers. Hes also condensed his experience into a series of simple rules in his book, The Rules of Travel rules for everything from finding a doctor abroad and getting the best hotel room to avoiding street attacks. He also is the host of The Ask Andy Show on the HoboTraveler YouTube channel, in which he answers audience questions about everything travel-related.
It can be a dangerous world out there for the ignorant, said Graham. But if you follow the rules, it doesnt have to be, and you can travel nearly anywhere. If theres one thing Ive learned traveling to every inhabited continent and circling the world 20 times, its that people are just people everywhere.
Graham doesnt plan to end his travel lifestyle anytime soon. After Ukraine, he will visit Georgia, Albania, Turkey and Portugals Azores islands. Afterward, hell make a quick trip to visit family for Christmas in Indiana, USA, and then onward to Guatemala in January, where he is guiding his 81-year-old mother on her first trip abroad.
Hitting my 100th country was a big milestone, especially since I spend 1-2 months in each country, said Graham. But I dont want to stop now. I guess you could call me a travel addict. Besides, there are about 150 countries I havent met yet!
Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) October 21, 2014
Continuing to expand its team of experienced, on-demand, in-house counsel attorneys, Outside GC today announced the addition of Jordan Karp and Cynthia Pevehouse as members of the firms D.C. Metro area group, further strengthening the firms offerings in the bio-tech, life science, information technology and new media markets.
Jordan Karp comes to Outside GC with over 20 years of in-house legal experience, having last served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at PharmAthene, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company. His extensive experience advising bio-tech companies on a wide-range of strategic and operational matters will be valued by Outside GCs growing list of bio-tech and life sciences clients. Jordans expansive bio-tech background will allow us to offer our unique outsourced GC model to the considerable bio-tech and pharma industries developing in the greater D.C and Baltimore areas, explained Jon Levitt, managing member of Outside GC. Jordan also brings a deep background in both retail energy and information technology from his previous roles as general counsel with both public and private companies in those respective industries, Levitt further observed.
Cynthia Pevehouse brings over 25 years of legal and compliance experience to Outside GC. In her roles as general counsel and chief compliance officer for several multi-national companies, Cynthia oversaw a diverse array of legal matters, with a proven track record for providing high-level strategic advice. Her ability to think strategically and globally will enable to Cynthia to continue providing executive level leadership on behalf of Outside GCs clients.
Jordan and Cynthia are both powerhouses in their respective legal fields, and the high-level of expertise they bring to the team will allow Outside GC to continue to position itself as a leader in delivering legal and business solutions to companies in the D.C. market, Levitt explained.
Levitt added, Building a team of dynamic and talented attorneys has allowed Outside GC to quickly develop a significant presence in the greater D.C marketplace, with extremely favorable results. Jordan and Cynthia are perfect examples of this competitive advantage, and it is worth noting that both of them chose Outside GC at the pinnacle of their careers in large part because our firms culture is grounded in a respectful balance between professional and personal pursuits. Jordan Karp agreed, Outside GCs flexible model allows me to work with a team of like-minded colleagues on highly sophisticated legal matters, while at the same time supporting the entire legal team’s pursuit of other important civic, charitable and personal activities.
About Outside GC LLC
Outside GC provides senior in-house legal counsel on an on-demand basis to emerging and large companies alike, at highly competitive rates. With clients in the US and Europe across a broad range of industries, the companys offerings include negotiating and drafting customer, vendor and distribution agreements; debt and equity financing transactions; employee matters; immigration services; pre-litigation dispute resolution; intellectual property protection, and mergers and acquisitions. Together with its sister company, Patent GC LLC, which provides on-demand patent and trademark legal services, the firm has over 45 senior business attorneys in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Washington D.C, and Colorado. For more information, please visit http://www.outsidegc.com, http://www.linkedin.com/company/outside-gc-llc, or call (617) 737-5000.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 03, 2014
The San Francisco Travel Association has re-launched their website, http://www.sanfrancisco.travel, after a complete redesign that provides a wealth of information and inspiration for visitors, meeting planners, travel professionals, media and San Francisco Travel partners, all in a format that is intuitive, objective and deeply curated.
The bold new design grabs the visitor the moment they arrive on the site with large, dramatic photos and streamlined navigation that allows them to easily explore, plan and search for their exact needs and interests, said San Francisco Travel President and CEO Joe DAlessandro. The new site provides tools to help visitors at every stage of their planning process, from dreaming to arriving.
As the official marketing organization for the destination, we have a tremendous amount of information. The new site makes it easy for us to share it, DAlessandro added. We want the site to be as clear and objective as possible. For example, for our partner businesses that have been reviewed on Trip Advisor, we include those reviews review on their partner pages.
The website uses a responsive design to adapt to any screen size, from laptop to tablet to smartphone. No matter the size of the screen, the user has access to the complete website and its functions with scrolling and swiping functionality.
San Francisco tapped some of the leading technology innovators to provide the best possible user experience and a wide variety of tools and functions.
The site was designed by the San Francisco team of Code and Theory which has created websites for NBCUniversal, Vanity Fair and Calvin Klein and is currently developing a new site for Visit California.
Two types of map technology are utilized to help with orientation and navigation. Mapbox provides functionality on the Explore pages, allowing visitors to see places nearby their selected hotel, restaurant, shop or activity. Google Maps are used in other parts of the site to provide directions, alternate routes and real time traffic.
Content is refreshed regularly and San Francisco Travel partners with local experts and influencers to develop compelling and informative stories and information for visitors. Arts and culture content is curated and provided by SFArts.org and other contributors include The Bold Italic, Gay Cities, Pamela Busch and the tablehopper. Special event listings are curated by SpinGo, a new events platform with an office based in San Francisco. Weather reports and forecasts are by Yahoo.
Through a partnership with Booking.com, the world leader in booking accommodations online, lodging reservations can be made from the home page and throughout the site and San Francisco hotel deals are easy to find. Attractions and event tickets can be booked on the site through ARES. Experiencing San Franciscos famed restaurants is made simple with reservations provided by Open Table.
The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With some 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generates in excess of $ 9.38 billion annually for the local economy and supports more than 76,800 jobs.
The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at One Front St., Suite 2900, San Francisco, CA 94111.
San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 34 international cities on 29 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 78 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. SFO is proud to offer upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit http://www.flysfo.com. Follow us on http://www.twitter.com/flysfo and http://www.facebook.com/flysfo.
Sun Valley, California (PRWEB) October 16, 2014
City of Industry, Calif.-based Athens Services announces the opening of a new 80,000-square-foot Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Sun Valley that is designed to process more than 330,000 tons of mixed-waste per year.
Construction of the facility began in October 2013 and the facility began accepting materials this week.
The Sun Valley MRF represents a $ 50 million investment by Athens and features state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced optical sorting and diversion technologies, which allows the company to divert as much material as possible from area landfills. The facility, which will accept 1,500 tons of waste per day, was designed to meet Silver LEED
Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) October 23, 2014
Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX), a leader in the timeshare and vacation ownership exchange industry with approximately 80,000 members, has helped launch a new chapter of American Resort Development Associations (ARDA) Timeshare Industry Young Professionals (TIYP) in the Smoky Mountains region. The first event took place in Asheville, North Carolina, on July 31, 2014, which will be the chapters new home-base.
A pioneer in the timeshare and vacation ownership exchange industry, RTX is owned and operated by a team consisting primarily of young professionals, and provides its members with a large selection of exchange options worldwide. RTX is an extraordinary driving force behind the newest chapter of TIYP, as it supports the growth of future business leaders for the timeshare industry.
TIYP is a group of young industry professionals working for ARDA member companies who are 35 years old and younger. This new group was created to provide opportunities to grow careers professionally and personally through education, experience, and networking. Attending local TIYP chapter events is a great way to branch out and meet the next generation of innovators.
Over 20 people from three different companies attended the first event, representing a wide variety of people with different levels of experienceranging from call center representatives to directors, managers, and vice presidents.
The brief presentation given by RTX was very well received. The company spoke about the opportunities ARDA provides for employees through educational advancement and professional development opportunities. After the presentation, there was ample time for networking which helps build relationships that, in the future, may help to grow several careers. Networking with peers also drives the present growth of these young professionals who want to gain more knowledge, experience and skills.
We are happy to help coordinate ARDAs TIYP events for our area, said Corina Violette, Director of Resort Partnerships for RTX. With such a young and enthusiastic employee base here, these individuals can learn about the educational resources available to them through ARDA while networking with peers in the industry. This not only helps their own careers but also strengthens the companies they work for and the industry overall.
Following the success of the first event, the chapter intends to expand by gaining more members within a three hour radius outside of Asheville, NC. There are also plans to invite high power speakers with executive leadership positions who started in lower level positions to share stories of their career advancement at future events. The chapter ultimately hopes these events will turn into full conferences in the future.
For information on how to join the TIYP Smoky Mountains, Asheville region chapter contact Corina Violette at cviolette(at)rtx(dot)travel.
Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) is a timeshare and vacation ownership exchange company based in Asheville, N.C. RTX works with a number of resorts and developers throughout the world to provide the best exchange options possible to its members. In addition to exchange services, RTX offers a number of travel benefits to members such as trip protection, rebates, travel discounts and more. RTX has approximately 80,000 members.
About the American Resort Development Association (ARDA)
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit http://www.arda.org or ARDAs consumer website at http://www.VacationBetter.org.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 28, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia. (PRWEB) October 02, 2014
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), one of the nations largest state trade organizations dedicated to technology and innovation, recently showcased eight new technology startup companies in the latest issue of Hub Magazine.
The startups appeared in the magazines Georgia Upstarts section, which is a regular feature that profiles companies with intriguing technology products/solutions in the marketplace or that are ready to be released within the next 5-6 months.
Georgia is the 3rd most profitable in the nation when it comes to the entertainment industry, behind California and New York; respectively. The current issue of Hub Magazine features Peach State startups that are driving innovation in the Digital Media and Entertainment sector:
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(PRWEB) October 17, 2014
Sea Side Reservations, an impressive Mexican beachfront vacation rental property management company that consistently exceeds the expectations of clients announces growing demand for Puerto Vallarta furnished vacation rentals. Historically considered to be one of the most sought after coastal Mexico vacation destinations, Puerto Vallarta offers the beauty, peacefulness and elegance that is so indicative of coastal Mexico. As one of Mexicos most popular resort destinations for travelers from around the world, Puerto Vallarta provides year-round ideal climate and a multitude of activities for travelers that enjoy the unique pleasures of coastal Mexico.
With nearly 2 million visitors each year to Puerto Vallarta, the area only continues to grow in popularity as more and more people discover this unique and inviting part of Mexico. Furnished vacation rentals that allow travelers to enjoy the comforts of home while away can make a visit to Puerto Vallarta even more enjoyable and relaxing. With a thrilling nightlife and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, Puerto Vallarta is a destination that must be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. Sea Side Reservations offers luxurious beachfront homes and condos that can turn the average Mexican vacation into a genuine resort experience. Those traveling both domestically and internationally can book with confidence when they turn to this industry leader in coastal Mexico furnished vacation rentals. Impeccable lodging services for visitors to Mexico from everywhere in the world is easy to achieve when working with Sea Side Reservations.
Sea Side Reservations is rated by the Better Business Bureau and has the top honors of an A+ designation. From vacation rental homes to vacation condos and resorts as well as a host of other types of lodging, Sea Side Reservations helps travelers to enjoy the most rewarding experience possible when visiting coastal Mexico. Professionally managed furnished vacation rentals throughout coastal Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta, are always just a phone call away when travelers choose to contact this industry leader. In addition, as the demand for affordable luxury throughout coastal Mexico only continues to increase, companies like Sea Side Reservations will likely only continue to become more valuable to travelers. As an established and legitimate company that is highly ethical, the company can give both domestic and international travelers far greater flexibility when it comes to affordable luxury in Mexico lodging.
In terms of the best in Mexican beachfront vacation rental properties, Sea Side Reservations has consistently been ranked number one throughout Mexico for owners and guests for overall levels of satisfaction. With responsive on-site property management and the assurance that a trip will be safe, secure and stress-free, more people than ever before are turning to Sea Side Reservations for the very best in coastal Mexico furnished vacation rental options. The company is proud of its impressive online reservation interface as well as its extensive call center for those wishing to make a reservation via telephone. Most importantly, Sea Side Reservations offers the exact room as reserved when guests arrive. This recent announcement with regard to a growing demand for Puerto Vallarta lodging is one more clue that Sea Side Reservations will continue to exceed travelers expectations in the coming years.
Sea Side Reservations is a leader in luxurious beachfront homes and condos located in highly desirable destinations throughout resort areas in Mexico. Specializing in Mexico holiday villas that offer affordable luxury to travelers from across the country and throughout the world, Sea Side Reservations is regarded as an expert when it comes to outstanding vacation home rentals. Providing exceptional assistance and guidance for travelers wishing to experience beautiful vacation spots such as Rocky Point, Mexico and San Carlos, Cancun, as well as other spectacular Mexico resort areas, Sea Side Reservations is known for providing vacation planning that is beyond compare. Sea Side Reservations consistently exceeds clients expectations with regard to Mexico vacation rentals and reservations.