Passports, the Bronx, New Orleans, & vocation vacations

Here’s a crappy vacation story for you. Just because the US says it won’t require passports for travel from the Caribbean, doesn’t meant the country you’re going to doesn’t require a passport. Turks and Caicos, a British territory, does require a passport to enter.

Here’s an interesting one about a vacation for amateur choral singers.

As a New Yorker, I thought that the Bronx’s new advertising campaign is an interesting one. They have good attractions (Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium), but I’m not sure being so close to Manhattan will help attract people who actually stay and eat in the Bronx.

I really like this article about visiting New Orleans. I missed almost everything when I went there for Mardi Gras right after graduating college, but next time I’m going here:

Get the ultimate cheap lunch at Johnny’s Po’ Boys, an eatery whose interior is as humble and scrappy as the sandwich itself. The po’boy is New Orleans’s answer to the submarine or hoagie, served on French bread with the filling of your choice. The classic po’boy is made with fried oysters or shrimp, but favorite deli foods–roast beef, ham, meatballs–also have strong followings. Nobody does po’boys like Johnny’s. If you ask for your po’boy “dressed,” it will come with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayonnaise. (511 St. Louis St; 504/524-8129; open noon-4 p.m. daily; cash only)

Here’s a real interesting one on “vocation vacations” where you check out another career by doing internships during your vacation time. Now I hope you can read the article (the Google news pages said “subscription” but I had no problem seeing the article without being a subscriber so hopefully you can too). If not, here’s a little excerpt:

“Seventy-five per cent of these people are truly looking for new careers,” said Brian Kurth, founder of the company, which is based in Portland, Ore. “About 25 per cent are signing up for brew master or sports announcer or something like that that’s usually a gift from women to men. But most are serious job seekers.”

Travel agencies offer programs for travellers seeking to spend a vacation doing some volunteer work or exploring a new culture, and groups like Internships For America connect people with short-term positions in everything from hotel management to culinary training.

But VocationVacations’ two- or three-day internship model is unique. It offers dozens of “dream job” holidays across the U.S., including white-water rafting outfitter, chocolatier, sword maker, raceway manager and dog day-care owner.

It seems a little expensive because the vocation vacation company makes money and the company they set you up with also gets paid. But where else can you be a dog trainer ($400 / person / 1 day) for a day or something like that?

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  1. sherry says:

    New Orleans is one of my favorote cities. I have spend as long as 10 days with my grandchildren and never ran out of sites to see or things to do. The food is fab. and many local resturants are as good as the famous expensive ones.It is a bit steamy in the summer but a great place at Spring break.

    We stay at a B&B in the garden district and have great rooms at a very reasonable price plus a great breakfast is included.

    Love the artitechure in the whole city . I have not been since the storm but I understand from talking with friends who live there that the sites were not ruined by the storm much so there is still plenty to do.

  2. Josi says:

    New Orleans is one of the best places to visit in this country even after the storm. My husband and I just spent our first anniversary there the end of March/beginning of April. There is so much to see and do. The history, culture, food (to die for), entertainment (awesome blues and jazz), people etc are fabulous. We stayed in the garden district at a B&B the first few nights and a hotel on the corner of Bourbon in the french quarter the last few nights. From the moment we arrived the ambience and fell of the city sucked us in. There is so much more to NOLA than the french quarter. I can’t wait to go back. I’d consider moving there if it wasn’t so hot. Next time I hope to see that those people have received better help and aid in rebuilding their city. Such a shame that nearly 2 years later it looks like a storm ripped through some areas just days ago. Shame on our government. We can’t afford to help our own people but we’ll step up for any other bs “they” think is necessary.

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