Incredible Journey Newsletter Issue 78
July 2012


As a baby boomer I am hard pressed to use more and more technology, as I feel totally at a loss in this fast paced market. But I have to admit there are some apps that are worth using and I don't want to live without. At a recent travel exchange meeting we were all asked to share our favorite apps.

Here is a "condensed" list - but it would be great fun to receive an email from our loyal readers to know what your favorite app is - so PLEASE share!!!

Send me, Joyce Craddock, and email at jc@incrediblejourney.net...

  • IBX Healthy Steps – helps you track walking/running results for a preloaded route or your own route – you can sent text and social media notifications to friends and family.
  • Evernote – lets you store all your files and access them on any of your devices as long as you're signed in, you can email them to yourself or anyone else using the system.
  • Facebook – no explanation needed
  • Kobo – e-reading app that gives you access to one million free titles.
  • Flightboard – it is suppose to turn your iPhone or iPad into the "Arrivals and Departures board" for any airport in the world!
  • Tripit – lets you forward your travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and it will build an itinerary for your trip that you can access anytime.
  • AroundMe – a location app that lets you find businesses of all types in 200+ countries.
  • Pandora – personalized radio service that streams music on your phone.
  • My Wine Log – lets you log and rate the wines you enjoy.
  • OpenTable – allows you to make reservations, read reviews, get directions for restaurants worldwide – one of my favorites.
  • CamCard – allows you to take photos of business cards and stores it on your device and will link to your contacts on your computer.
  • MouseWait – for all you Disney fans this app lets you check line times, restaurant wait times and trust me saves you walking time in the parks!
  • Flashlight – I use this app a lot! Your phone turns into an LED flashlight – it is cool! This particular app is iPhone only, but if you're on Android there are a lot of flashlight options!

In this Issue
  • My Cruise Adventure to the Land of Fire and Ice
  • Why You Still Need a Travel Agent
  • Now's the time to...
  • Dear Endora
  • Basil Lime Chicken
  • Featured Property - Manihi Pearl Beach Resort

  • Why You Still Need a Travel Agent

    Last year, a good friend took an international trip with a two-stop flight itinerary. Afterwards, he reflected on how beat up he felt when it was over: "Adding that third airport into the mix seemed to add a ton of extra travel this year; it was rough."

    Now's the time to...

    • Have a travel question? Ask Endora!
    • Join Joyce Craddock and Patricia Ellington on Crystal Symphony's Nautical Norway Voyage June 4, 2013 - June 15, 2013
    • With air costs soaring now is the time to go to Costa Rica - it is affordable and a fabulous destination for adventure!
    • Christmas! Now is the time to reserve!!!
    • Book your expedition cruise with the Great Whales Feb. 23 to March 2, 2013, The trip is a Lindblad/National Geographic Expedition!
    • Start planning 2013 weddings now as private homes/condos fill up quickly. Most of the summer beachfront homes are already sold out!!!
    • Click here to view Tahiti specials

    Dear Endora

    Dear Endora,

    My wife and I are in search of the perfect Mai Tai. Where was the first Mai Tai concocted in Hawaii?

    Clay from Austin

    Basil Lime Chicken

    I was actually surfing the web, Pinterest to be exact and somehow came upon this recipe which sounded so good. I did substitute the lime for a lemon and I have to say this is now one of my favorite marinades. Not only is this healthy it is super easy to make.

    Featured Property - Manihi Pearl Beach Resort

    Beautifully integrated with the sea, the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort is an example of tasteful, traditional Polynesian architecture.

    This charming resort has 19 overwater bungalows (with glass lagoon-viewing coffee tables) that will beckon you to snorkel among the myriad of crystalline blue lagoons surrounding this exotic resort.

    There are 22 beach front bungalows situated along the palm fringed beach. The restaurant's terrace opens onto the beautiful blue lagoon. The Miki Miki bar lies between a pure white sand beach, a natural saltwater swimming pool and the lagoon. There is a unique fresh water swimming pool at the edge of the lagoon and fins, masks, snorkels and outrigger canoes are provided free by the hotel.

    My Cruise Adventure to the Land of Fire and Ice

    Iceland is an amazing destination for those seeking a new adventure. Whether you choose to travel by land or by sea, Iceland is a great travel destination. I chose to tour Iceland on a grand yacht, Le Boreal, named "Best New Ship of the Year" by the European Cruiser Association in 2010.

    Iceland's untamed landscape of active volcanoes, massive glaciers, frozen waterfalls and exploding geysers make it a marvel in contrasts and a wonder to behold. My expedition began in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, and proceeded along the northern coast, delivering splendid views of scenic fjords and dramatic glimpses of Icelandic daily life.

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