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April 2008

April 25, 2008

The Coolest Thing Just Happened

Enmbassylax I'm writing from the Embassy Suites LAX in Los Angeles and wanted to share with you how cool this place is. I've actually stayed here for years and like my regular hotel in NY, which I wrote about recently, this is my west coast home away from home when I travel here for business. Each time I come out there are many new upgrades. Sometimes, it feels like a five-star hotel with all the amenities. I plan to write a full review on all their newest upgrades and latest services in Road & Travel Magazine, which will appear sometime in our June issue but for now I had to share something very cool that just happened.

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April 09, 2008

Don't Forget Spring Cleaning for Your Car

Spring_cleaning_for_car You've finished the dusting (for now), cleaned out the basement, switched the winter clothes for the spring clothes and started sprucing up the yard. Your spring cleaning is almost done, except for your car.

This spring, treat your car to more than a car wash to rid it of the winter grime. Extend your spring cleaning and give your car the critical maintenance it needs.

Follow this checklist to make sure your car is as ready for spring as you are:
__Clear the clutter out.
__Wash and wax.
__Check the wiper blades to see if they need replacements.
__Change the oil.
__Check your tires.
__Flush and refill the cooling system.
__Inspect lights and bulbs
__Consult your owners manual for recommended maintenance

To learn more about this checklist and other spring cleaning musts read RTM's full Spring Cleaning Article.

April 08, 2008

Planning a Vacation? Here's Help.

Planning_a_trip_2Vacation planning can be difficult. Exploring a new destination means booking hotels and activities you've never seen before. You may not even be sure where you want to go. With rising gas prices you might be looking for something close to home. Or perhaps you really want to get away but are unsure of the do-it-yourself overseas vacation planning process. You might even be traveling for another reason and want to make a vacation out of it while you're there.

To find a vacation spot or discover activities at the destination you've chosen, visit RTM's World Travel Directory for information on destinations worldwide. Also, check out the Destination Reviews for in depth information of tons of locations.

April 07, 2008

Finding Love in Unexpected Places

Unexpected_love Have you ever found yourself in love with the most unexpected thing? If you're in the market for a used car, you may be surprised what you can find in some unusual vehicles.

A mini van might not be your style, but it can come with a ton of features such as DVD players and navigations systems. Plus, the extra room may be perfect for those road trips you love to take.

Compact cars may not have the presence of a luxury car or an SUV, but they offer great gas mileage and fit in almost any parking space. Less is sometimes more when these little cars offer up some big luxury features like sunroofs, leather seats or even convertible tops at a low and compact price.

What about the odd little shoe-box on wheels. These little boxy automobiles like the Scion xB offer a unique array of features, spacious interior for their size and the fun of having a visually unique vehicle.

Be careful not to overlook the subtle details and added features of a car just because it looks a little different or come from a segment you never thought you'd consider. Looking in unusual places may uncover unusually good deals.  Read more about unexpected cars.

April 04, 2008

Rock your Drive

Spice up a boring commute with classic driving tunes.

April 02, 2008

Don’t Know Where to Stay in NYC? Think Edison…

Edisonroomwhite_2Every year I faithfully attend press days at the NY Auto Show at the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan. These two days always fall on the Wednesday and Thursday before Easter weekend. The good news is that my family lives in the northeast, about 150 miles north of New York, so it’s pretty convenient to take a train to New England to visit them for the holiday weekend. The bad news is that the press days fall in the same week as spring break. However, this year, with Easter week being pushed forward into March, both events took place during St. Patrick’s Day week, one of New York’s most celebrated holidays with parade and all.

NY during a normal week is usually insane with traffic and tourists but add to that the thousands of journalists and industry moguls that flock in from around the world for the auto show, the thousands of spring breakers, and probably millions of St. Patty party-goers and you have total chaos. Top all that off by staying in Times Square where the heart of the action is and I can assure you that you’ll get little to no sleep.

So why do I stay in Times Square, you wonder? The answer is simple… The Edison Hotel.

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April 01, 2008

48 Hours in the Glamorous Life of a Publisher

Glamorous_publisher As I sit here at my computer on a Sunday afternoon wondering what I should write about in the next issue of Road & Travel, my mind goes blank. I begin to wonder how many brain cells I have left or how long what's left will last. The older I get the fewer that spark, it seems.

I haven't showered in two days nor have I seen another human being for three. I've been locked behind closed doors since returning from a New York business trip Thursday night trying to bang out a 12-page business proposal and meet the next issue's deadline before I leave for my next trip in two days.

My mind feels numb as I gaze out the first window I've ever had in an office. I remember it's Easter Sunday and reflect back on all the Easter egg hunts and big family dinners we used to have when I was living in total anonymity in the obscure little town of Warwick, Rhode Island. Ah, those were the days.

I find myself laughing in my silly little daydream all by myself in my office. What am I laughing at? I'm laughing at how everyone seems to think the life of a publisher is so glamorous, exciting and social. If you really want to know the just how glamorous my life is... check out what 48 hours of it can be like...