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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