Friday, 24 June 2016

Layover Learning: Jewelry

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Pewter crafting at the Royal Selangor in Kuala Lumpur - you can take classes here
Creative Commons image istolrthetv on Flickr

Addicted to learning? Why not spend your layover learning something new?

It's surprisingly easy. Whether it's self-directed learning at a museum, a university lecture, tour that has learning as its focus. a commercial course, or simply reading papers at the local library, there are lots of opportunities.

Here are some unique tours where you can learn jewelry-making and gemology on your layover:
1. The Ancient Italian Tradition of Jewelry Making in Rome
2. Leather Jewelry-Making Workshop in Florence
3. ccessory-Making Class in Paris: Cancan or Marie Antoinette Theme
4. Athens Private Workshop: Making a Greek Flower Crown With a Local
5. Kuala Lumpur: School of Hard Knocks and Pewter Foundry at Royal Selangor
6. Kuala Lumpur: Royal Selangor Visitor Center Tour including Pewter Crafting Lesson
7. Half-Day Cambodian Gemology Workshop from Siem Reap
8. Full-Day Cambodian Gemology Workshop from Siem Reap
9. New York City: East Village Jewelry Class
10. Chicago; Gorgeous Glass Pendants Class

You may find local jewelry-making and gemology classes in larger cities, both long and short, some even free, so it's worth Googling. To inspire you, here are a few that we found in popular layover cities:
Chicago Jewelry Classes - Eventbrite
New York Jewelry Classes Events - EventBrite
Jewelry Courses in the UK - Craft Courses
Jewelry Courses - The Birmingham Assay Office
Jewellery making holidays, courses & workshops - TravelQuest

Not enough time? Why not find a quiet area in the airport and indulge in some online learning time? And, yes, you can learn almost anything online! Check out:
FREE Jewelry Tutorials - Jewelry Making Journal
E-books and Classes for Jewelry Artists - Jewelry Making Journal
The Best Online Gemology Schools and Courses - Gemstone Advisor
10 Free Online Jewelry Making Courses - FREE Online Courses for All

Speaking of jewelry and travel...
Travel Tips From Six Jewelry Designers - Travel + Leisure
Travel Jewelry - A Fashion Love Affair


Related resources
Get Cooking on Your Layover: Europe
Get Cooking on Your Layover: Asia
Get Cooking on Your Layover: South America
Go Running on Your Layover
Layover Ideas: Crude Oil Bath


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Rock Your Layover: Lisbon

Iconic Lisbon tram
Have a layover coming up in Lisbon? Wondering what you could do with your time?

Here's a little inspiration. We've gathered the following stories from those who have experienced a layover in Lisbon. Learn what they did, if it was worth it, and their tips.

Top 10 Tours
Prefer to pre-plan? Here are our top picks.
1. 2-Hour Private Tour in Lisbon
2. Lisbon Cobblestone Tour
3. Old Lisbon Half-Day LGBT Walking Tour
4. Lisbon Fado Walking Tour Including Food
5. Lisbon Fado Dinner Show and Panoramic Night Tour
6. Lisbon Insiders Street Art Private Tour
7. Tile Workshop and Small Group Tour Including National Tile Museum
8. Lisbon Cooking Class
9. Route of the Salter Full-Day Private Tour
10. The Templars: Private Tour from Lisbon


FREE LISBON
A few freebies...
FREE self-guided Lisbon walking tours - GPS My City
FREE Lisbon Chill-Out Walking Tours - Lisbon Chill-Out Tours
FREE Walking Tour of Lisbon - Sandemans New Europe
FREE Lisbon Alfama Walking Tour: The Heart & Soul of Lisbon - Discover Walks
FREE Lisbon Belem Walking Tour: When Lisbon Ruled the World - Discover Walks
Top 10 FREE Things to Do in Lisbon - Like a Local


Getting Out and About in Lisbon
Lisbon Portela International Airport (LIS) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
Car and Driver on Demand in Lisbon
Lisbon City Card (including public transportation)
Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour (4 routes including tram)
Public Transport Lisbon - Getting Around the City - Go Lisbon


At the Airport
Prefer to stay at the airport? There's not alot to do... (although you can always go shopping!)
Services at Lisbon Airport - IHateTaxis
Lisbon Airport Sleeping Guide - Sleeping in Airports


Related resources
Family Travel in Lisbon - Flytographer
Lisbon shopping: 17 ideas for travelers - GPSMyCity
Must know tips for visiting Lisbon - Little Grey Box
Alternative Lisbon Guide - Kami, for My Wanderlust
Great rooftop bar with beautiful view in downtown Lisbon - ido8all
Lisbon Episode: No Reservations With Anthony Bourdain
Portugal visa requirements - Portugal.com
Lisbon Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Lisbon



Lisbon's architecture



Sunday, 5 June 2016

Rock Your Layover: Boston

Yes, you can go for a drink at Cheers during your Boston layover

Have a layover coming up in Boston? Wondering what you could do with your time?

We have some inspiration for you. We've collected the stories below from those who have experienced a layover in Boston. Learn what they did, if it was worth it, and their tips.

Top 10 Tours
Prefer to pre-plan? Here are our top picks.
1. Small Group Historical Walking Tour of Boston's North End
2. Small Group Boston Brahmin Walking-Tour in Beacon Hill
3. Guided Bike Tour of Boston
4. Boston Pizza and Taverns Tour (ends at Cheers)
5. Boston Brewery Tours
6. Boston Photography Tour: Freedom Trail
7. One Hour Boston Segway Tour
8. Boston TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour
9. Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour
10. Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise - May to September only


FREE BOSTON
A few freebies...
FREE Running Tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail ("pay what you wish") - Free Tours by Foot
FREE Boston Walking Tours ("pay what you wish") - Free Tours by Foot
FREE self-guided walking tours - FREE Tours by Foot
FREE self-guided walking tour maps - Walk Boston
FREE self-guided walking tours by GPS - GPS My City
Almost FREE Freedom Trail walking tours - Freedom Trail Foundation
FREE: Bunker Hill Monument - National Park Services
FREE: USS Constitution Museum


Getting Out and About in Boston
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
MBTA Transit Trip Planner
Bike Routes of Boston map
New Balance Hubway Bike Share Program
Boston Bike Rental
Aluminum Road Bike Rental


At the Airport
Prefer to stay at the airport? Or perhaps you feel you have to because there is no luggage storage at Boston Logan Airport (though you could drop your bags here). There's stuff to do, but not a lot...
Services at Boston Logan International Airport - IHateTaxis
Restaurants, Shops, Services - Boston Airport
Where to Eat at Boston Logan International Airport - Boston Eater
24 Things We Would Rather Be Doing Than Sitting in Boston Airport - Follow Me Away
Sleeping at Boston Airport - Sleeping in Airports


Related resources
Cheers Pub: The Two Pubs in Boston - Foodology
Luggage storage near Boston Logan Airport - Boston Discovery Guide
How to piss off someone from Boston - Matador Network
Boston Episode: No Reservations With Anthony Bourdain
Boston Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Boston


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

10 more unique NYC tours

See the Met before it opens in May/June with this tour
In case you missed it, check out our first post in this series: 
10 Unique NYC Tours

Still looking for something different to do on your New York City layover?

If you want to avoid the crowds, or have simply seen the big sights, it's easy to get off the beaten track in the Big Apple.

Here are more unique NYC tour options to consider:
1. Brooklyn Bridge Running Tour
2. Empty Metropolitan Museum of Art VIP Tour - Mondays/Saturdays in May/June
3. Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
4. Private Fabric and Trim Shopping Tour
5. Stories from the Dark-Side of NYC with NYPD Guide
6. Historic Tour of Macy's Herald Square
7. New York Underground Subway Tour with Private Guide
8. Lower East Side Contemporary Art Tour with NYC Professional Art Critic
9. NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
10. Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour

Plus 3 more great freebies!
FREE movies in Bryant Park - June/July/August
FREE Grand Central Station tours - Fridays
FREE TV show tapings

Related reources
10 Unique NYC Tours
A New York City Layover: 3 Stories
Layover Ideas and Things to Do in New York City
New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) transportation guide
New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) transportation guide
New York Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) transportation guide

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Mamava lactation pods

Mamava lactation pod at Jacksonville Airport (JAX)

Mamava believes that all mamas deserve a safe, clean, and comfortable place to use a breast pump or breastfeed—anywhere, anytime.

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, and good news for lactating travelling moms who may not have heard the news: Mamava just may be in the next airport you visit, ready to give you a little slice of privacy.

The Mamava modular suite, or pod, offers nursing mothers a clean and beautifully designed space to pump/nurse when they are away from home or at work. And that includes airports.

Mamava founders Christine
Dodson and Sascha Mayer
The brand, Mamava, is a clever one: Mamava is Spanish for mother-on-the-go.

What better describes the need this niche product fills?

Read the story behind the creation of Mamava: the initial idea, the philosophy that drove the concept forward, the design of the pods, and it's current iteration. With a goal of 100 pods by Mother's Day, Mamava is well on its way to becoming a widespread convenience.

In keeping with its purpose, Mamava has installed its innovative lactation pods in 13 North American airports so far, including:
 

It's an interesting concept, and long overdue. We can certainly understand mothers everywhere wishing there were a Mamava pod at their local airport.

In the meantime, you can visit the website to see non-airport Mamava pod locations, such as schools, malls, hospitals, stadiums and so on.

You can even nominate where you want to see a Mamava pod (hashtag  #IWANTMYMAMAVA). Let's grow that list of airport Mamava locations!

Follow @Mamava on Twitter

Related resources
More airport pods for nursing moms - Stuck at the Airport
We need your help: 100 Mamavas by Mother's Day! - Mamava blog
Mamava goes to Washington to talk Breastfeeding - Mamava blog
Travelling mamas rejoice! - Mamava blog
For pumping and nursing mothers, a room of their own - Fast Company
About airport USO lounges
PaxEx: what airports can learn from Frankfurt



Sunday, 1 May 2016

Rock Your Layover: Kuala Lumpur


Have a layover coming up in Kuala Lumpur? Lucky you. Are you now wondering what you might be able to do with your time?

Here's a little inspiration. We've gathered the following stories from those who have experienced a layover in Kuala Lumpur (or "KL" for short). Learn what they did, what was/wasn't worth it, and their tips.

Top 10 Tour Picks
Prefer to pre-plan? Here are our top picks.
1. Transit Tour: Kuala Lumpur including Petronas Towers
2. Kuala Lumpur 2-Way Airport Transfer with Petronas Tower Tickets
3. Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur Grand Full-Day Tour with Lunch
4. Full-Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour including Petronas Towers and Batu Caves
5. Eat Like a Local: Kuala Lumpur Hawker Center and Street Food Tour by Night
6. Private Tour: Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur
7. Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur Rainforest and Canopy Walkway Tour
8. Private Half-Day Kuala Lumpur Photographic Tour including Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower
9. Guided Tour of Royal Selangor Visitor Center including Pewter Crafting Lesson
10. Half-Day School of Hard Knocks and Royal Selangor Pewter Tour

FREE KUALA LUMPUR
A few freebies...
FREE self-guided walking tours - GPS My City
FREE self-guided walking tour - Thrifty Drifters
FREE Chinatown self-guided walking tour - Malaysia Traveller
FREE Dataran Merdeka Heritage Guided Tour - Visit KL
FREE Kuala Lumpur City Gallery - ARCH KL
10 FREE things to do in Kuala Lumpur - Lash World Tour
The best FREE stuff in Kuala Lumpur - Travelfish
23 FREE things to do in Kuala Lumpur - MalaysiaAsia

Getting Out and About in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
How to Buy Kuala Lumpur Transit Tickets - Traveladept
Go KL free city bus - About.com
Catch the FREE shuttle to the nearby Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang

At the Airport
Prefer to relax at the airport? There's quite a bit to do...
Kuala Lumpur International Airport Plaza Premium Lounge
Services at Kuala Lumpur Airport - IHateTaxis
10 Things To Do While In Transit - MAHB Airports
How to survive a layover in Kuala Lumpur Airport - Little Grey Box


Related resources
Kuala Lumpur Shopping - Smart Travel Asia
Top Shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur: the place where shopping is a sport - Traveladept
Jaya Grocer: a recommended Kuala Lumpur supermarket - Traveladept
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review - Everybody Hates a Tourist
Kuala Lumpur Episode: No Reservations With Anthony Bourdain
Malaysia visa requirements - AirAsia
Kuala Lumpur Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur