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News Stories by Katie Hamlin

  • Congratulations to the Italy Photo Contest Winners!

    View the winners

    Our grand prize winner, Fodor's member Minerva Bloom, will receive a suite of Fodor's four-color guidebooks and her photo will be featured in Fodor's Italy 2011. Thank you to everyone who participated; we were overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries that we received. Based on what we received, it appears that Venice remains a top destination for many of you. We hope to post many of the photos with their descriptions live on the site within our Italy destination guides in the coming weeks. Congratulations again to the winners!

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on December 17, 2009 at 5:12:51 PM EST Tagged: Community
  • 17 Creature Comforts to Pack on Your Next Trip

    Sure, packing light is a priority for many seasoned travelers---especially if we happen to be strictly carry-on types of jetsetters. But even when every ounce counts, there are certain items we manage to fit in our suitcases no matter what, because we know that sometimes the little things make us happiest. Life's ordinary small pleasures go hand-in-hand with the simple joys of travel.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on December 17, 2009 at 8:00:36 AM EST
  • Travel Lessons We Learned in 2009

    Where did you go and what did you learn from your travels in 2009? Members in our forums recently shared their favorite lessons from a year of travel to destinations both near and far. Here are just a few bits of wisdom (some funny, some reflective) they picked up on the road.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on December 03, 2009 at 8:00:25 AM EST Tagged: Community, Kenya, Life Changing Trips
  • Winners of the Final Week of Our Reviews Sweeps

    Congratulations go out to Fodor's members talfonso, TC, and cmcfong— they are the final set of winners of our month-long Rate Your Experience sweepstakes. They each posted a review in one of our destination guides last week.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on December 01, 2009 at 12:49:32 PM EST Tagged: Community
  • This Week's Review Sweeps Winners

    Congratulations go out to Fodor's members jayne1973, janeq, and 1almondjoyce— they are the third set of winners of our month-long Rate Your Experience sweepstakes. They each posted a review in one of our destination guides last week

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on November 27, 2009 at 10:22:11 AM EST Tagged: Community
  • Congratulations to Our Second Group of Sweeps Winners!

    Congratulations go out to Fodor's members Tellurian, Kay2, and masylvan— they are the second group of winners of our month-long Rate Your Experience sweepstakes. They each posted a review in one of our destination guides last week; and as winners they will be receiving the following:

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on November 20, 2009 at 1:23:28 PM EST Tagged: Community
  • 6 Tips for Traveling with Surly Teens

    Who doesn't occasionally fantasize about being whisked away to a far-flung destination on someone else's dime?

    A teen, that's who.

    Fodor's member grucci recently asked fellow travelers in our Forums for tips about making a large family trip to Italy more appealing for a 16-year-old teen girl who's reluctant to go. As expected, members' responses varied widely; some argued that teens shouldn't be catered to, while others offered up suggestions and compromises that worked for their own families.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on November 19, 2009 at 10:55:43 AM EST Tagged: Community
  • Australia Photo Contest Winners Slideshow

    Congratulations to all of the winners of our recent Australia photo contest, including David Menkes whose photo of an underwater scene taken on the Great Barrier Reef took top honors.

    View the full slideshow of winning shots

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on November 19, 2009 at 8:16:54 AM EST Tagged: Community, Australia
  • This Week's "Rate Your Experience" Winners

    Congratulations go out to Fodor's members rufkd, janschwartz, and opaldog— they are the first winners of our month-long Rate Your Experience sweepstakes. They each posted a review in one of our destination guides last week; and as winners they will be receiving the following...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on November 13, 2009 at 10:19:23 AM EST Tagged: Community
  • Congratulations to Our Ireland Photo Contest Winners!

    It's true—many of the photo entries we received for our Show Us Your Ireland photo contest left us green with envy. We want to head for the hills of Gleninchaquin Park with packs on our backs, conquer a fear of heights and rope bridges on the Antrim Coast, and cruise the Dingle Coast—among other great experiences. You have shown us that it can all be done!

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on November 04, 2009 at 9:44:15 AM EST Tagged: Community, Ireland
  • Rate Your Experience Sweepstakes

    In the November issue of Travel & Leisure, Fodors.com was highlighted as a valuable web resource for travelers looking for both "member comments along with editorial reviews of restaurants and hotels". We've encouraged members to send us their feedback and recommendations since the site's start back in 1996. One way to share your experience is to post a review of an establishment found in one of our 569 online destination guides. Your feedback helps us as we evaluate what should stay and what should go in each new edition. Fellow travelers benefit from your sharing of your experience as well; it's always nice to have a second, third, or fourth opinion from a like-minded traveler.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on November 02, 2009 at 4:51:25 PM EST Tagged: Community
  • National Park Photo Contest Winners Announced

    Thank you to everyone who entered our Show Us Your National Parks photo contest; we received many great photos. Congratulations to all of our winners! They will each receive a free Fodor's guide and a copy of National Parks by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.

    View a slideshow of the winning shots

    Other Contest News

    Show Us Your Australia
    Ends November 5th

    Show Us Your Italy
    October 27th-November 26th

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on October 26, 2009 at 11:52:28 AM EDT Tagged: Community
  • 8 Budget Tips for a NYC Holiday Trip

    Despite the holiday season being one of the most expensive times to visit New York City, many travelers still come eager to see the city all lit up. Taking part in many of the festivities can be surprisingly affordable (and even free) if you plan accordingly.... Are you trying to wing a last minute trip? Check out our online New York City guide for our favorite affordable picks and look to travelers in our Forums for help planning your trip. This recent topic is also a particularly good starting point.
    - New York City online guide
    - View the 25 most recent Forum topics tagged New York

    ... 8 Budget Tips for a NYC Holiday Trip Have a great tip? Add it below... 1. Hit the ice While Rockefeller Center's rink may be more on more tourists' radars due to its proximity to the center's famous looming tree, you'll save time and money if you head to Bryant Park's The Pond. Skating is free; skate rentals are $12. The Pond opens November 6th and you can make reservation online in advance---but not quite yet....Other...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on October 21, 2009 at 8:30:38 AM EDT Tagged: Community, New York City
  • What to Pack for a Fall Trip to Europe:
    12 Dos and Don'ts

    Judging by current conversations in our forums, many of our members are heading to Europe this fall and they've already started obsessing over the right combination of clothes, shoes, and travel necessities. Others don't stress at all; they have their own foolproof packing systems and are generous enough to dispense packing advice. Packing is personal, but you may find some of the general dos and dont's below useful as you determine just how much (and what) to bring along on your trip.... The most repeated piece of advice in our Forums? Pack lightly and use only a carry-on. Know what to leave out. Think you could never survive an 8-day trip with only a carry-on? Here are a few of the ways our members make it work.... Do pack items that can be easily washed "All my included pieces are hand-washable/dry flat or hang, many are quick dry & none require ironing! All can be mixed & matched for day or evening dressed up with snazzy earrings." -- 2010... Do remember that no one there knows who you are "I...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on September 15, 2009 at 3:22:38 PM EDT Tagged: Community, Italy, What to Pack
  • Argentina Photo Contest Winners Announced

    Thank you to everyone who entered our Show Us Your Argentina photo contest; we received so many great photos....I know I was inspired enough to look into the best time to travel to Argentina (our editors Laura and Kelly recommend the upcoming shoulder season October-November). It's a big country and after seeing all it has to offer I know I want to see many of the places captured by entrants, including Iguazú Falls, Patagonia, and as a true city-lover, Buenos Aires. Congratulations to all of our winners!...View a slideshow of the winning shots...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on September 15, 2009 at 12:27:25 PM EDT Tagged: Community, Argentina
  • Inspire Others to Go to Greece

    Today we kicked off our latest photo contest, Show Us Your Greece. Running through October 5th, the contest is your chance to share your favorite snapshots from your vacation to Greece. One of your photos may even be featured in our next full-color Fodor's Greece. For more details, see the full contest page...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on September 14, 2009 at 10:42:45 AM EDT Tagged: Community, Greece
  • National Parks Photo Contest Begins

    Have you had a memorable visit to a national park? Share your top photos and experiences of your favorite National Park visit for a chance to win. Ten winners will receive a copy of The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns and a Fodor's guide of their choice.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on September 02, 2009 at 2:17:43 PM EDT Tagged: Community
  • Fodor's Announces Chicago Contest Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of our Chicago photo contest! Our grand prize winner, Fodor's member BJenk, will receive four Shedd Aquarium All-Access Passes and a suite of Fodor's four-color guidebooks. Our runners-up have won a Fodor's Chico bag and a Fodor's guide of their choice. Enter our newest photo contest, Show Us Your Ireland, now through September 21st.... View Chicago Contest Winners... View recent entries to Show Us Your Ireland...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on August 26, 2009 at 12:41:57 PM EDT Tagged: Community
  • 7 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing an Airport

    When booking your flight, do you opt for the closest regional airport and take connecting flights? Or do you drive to a further flung major airport to take advantage of lower fares and fewer connections? Travelers in the Forums share how far they are willing to drive to save time or money.

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on August 10, 2009 at 4:52:00 AM EDT Tagged: Community
  • Trip Photos: Fodor's Members Capture Israel's Top Experiences

    Last December, we received hundreds of quality entries to our "Show Us Your Israel" photo contest. Our latest guide to Israel, published this week, is in full-color and features several photos from that contest's winners and entrants. Below are just a few of the included photos; each photographer will be offered a complimentary copy of the guide (as will other members quoted as a part of the guide's Word of Mouth feature).... Congratulations to everyone whose photos appear within its pages; thank you for really bringing the experience of traveling to Israel to life. We hope that travelers who end up using the guide find the photos as inspiring as we did.... Below are a few top experiences recommended by our Israel editors paired with photos from the guide, all taken by Fodor's members. ... Eating Israeli Breakfast The traditional Israeli breakfast is served at most hotels. Vast buffets typically including bowls of salads, platters of cheeses, piles of fresh fruit, breads and baked goods, smoked fish...

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on August 06, 2009 at 5:46:03 AM EDT Tagged: Community