April 24, 2008

Views from the Slow Lane moves to a new location!

Hello Slow Travelers! I have been running my “Views from the Slow Lane” blog for several years on the Slow Travel website, which I used to own and run. I sold the site to Internet Brands last year. I am still part of the Slow Travel community and like what Internet Brands is doing with the site, but I decided to move my blog to my new site.

Come on over to its new location: Views from the Slow Lane.

March 31, 2008

Sometimes dealing with vacation rental agencies ...

We are off to Savannah on Wednesday for a weeks vacation and the Great Slow Travel Gathering!

We booked an apartment a year ago, when the Gathering was being arranged, with Luxury Living Savannah. Recently I had a few questions about parking and transport from the airport, so I emailed them. No reply. I email again. Then a very curt reply. A week before the rental I email again requesting some "fragrance-free" things - no air freshener, scented candles or scented soaps on the sheets. Again, no reply. I phoned today and they had received my email and passed it on to the housekeeper, but just had not replied to me.

The listing says there is a phone in the apartment. My confirmation email from a few weeks ago gives me the phone number even. Brenda, another Slow Traveler, emailed me to say there is no phone in her apartment, so I asked about that. They told me they took all the phones out of the apartments because no one uses them. I can understand that - but why did my confirmation have the phone number still? Maybe I had planned to use the phone. They did not care about that - just repeated that none of the apartments have phones.

I have always been a big supporter of vacation rental agencies - companies that understand travelers needs, can give advice and extra support. Some do, some don't. I hope the apartment is nice!

Gathering Webcam

We are going to have a live webcam for some of the Gathering events, starting Thursday evening. Tune in here!

I am looking forward to seeing all the Slow Travelers at the Gathering!

March 28, 2008

Special Price for the Vacation Home Expo

THE VACATION HOME EXPO IS COMING TO ATLANTA …
and Pauline Kenny and Kathy Wood from the Slow Travel community will be there!

Come visit our booth at the travel industry’s only consumer travel Show focused solely on the condominium, villa, and vacation home rental experience. Pauline, Kathy and Gail will be at the booth all day Saturday and Sunday.

Pauline and Kathy will be talking about "Slow Travel … We're Moving too Fast. Find out about this Emerging Vacation Rental Lifestyle that’s spreading throughout Europe and Worldwide"
>>> Saturday and Sunday: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Meet directly with exhibitors representing vacation rental properties and resorts from around the world.

- Take advantage of Show-only deals and special discounts

- Attend educational seminars featuring vacation rental “insider tips” on emerging consumer travel trends and hot new destinations

- Plus, enter to win exclusive trip giveaways, prizes, and more!

Saturday April 12 / 10AM – 6PM
Sunday April 13 / 10AM - 5PM
Cobb Galleria / Atlanta, GA

Special Discounted Ticket Price

Admission - $ 5 Adult Discounted Rate (Under 18 Free)

CLICK HERE For Your Special Discount Ticket - ENTER PROMO CODE VHEDEAL

Lots of Interesting Exhibitors

Here is the list of exhibitors at the travel show. Many vacation rental agencies will have booths there.

February 2, 2008

Vacation Home Expo, Atlanta, April 12 - 13

Come to the Vacation Home Expo, the weekend of April 12 - 13, in Atlanta, at the Cobb Galleria Centre!

Vacation Home Expo

Pauline Kenny, founder of Slow Travel, and Kathy Wood, from The Luberon Experience, present "Slow Travel ... We’re moving too fast". Find out about this emerging vacation rental lifestyle that's spreading throughout Europe and worldwide. Gail Hecko of Gail's Great Escapes will join Pauline and Kathy at the Slow Travel booth for the weekend. Drop by and say hello!

The Vacation Home Expo is happening side by side with the Atlanta Travel Expo. Two great travel shows for the price of one, both presented by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. All Slow Travel members receive $5 discount off the Show admission fee of $10 (print your Slow Travel Forums profile to show you are a Slow Traveler).

December 25, 2007

National Geographic Traveler Mentions Slow Travel!

National Geographic Traveler, Smart Traveler section, "Slow Down - We're Movin' Too Fast", by Margaret Loftus, January 2008.

Exerpt from article: "Pauline Kenny was roaming through a roomful of Rubens paintings at Munich's Alte Pinakothek when it dawned on her. "Must-sees" just weren't her cup of tea. She and her husband had been traveling through Europe, following the guidebook. "We'd go to a new place and work our way down the list," she explains. But it wasn't until that moment in a crowded museum that Kenny knew she'd much prefer to see the world on her own terms and at her own pace. That is, slowly."

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National Geographic Traveler, January 2008

This is the Academy Awards of mentions for me. National Geographic Traveler is one of the top three travel magazines and I am very proud to have them write about the Slow Travel community! What a nice way to start the new year!

About Me

Pauline Kenny is the founder of the Slow Travel community. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband Steve Cohen and cat Buddy.

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