Archive for May, 2009

Rentalo and New York Based WOR Radio Station Offer Listeners a Vacation Rental in the New York Tri-state Area

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

As an effort to promote the region, Rentalo and WOR Newstalk Radio have teamed up to offer lucky listeners of this New York based radio station the chance to win a vacation rental in New England, Cape Cod, Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard.

Three listeners will be able to spend one week in Rentalo.com homes that are nearby all the conveniences of these resort locations. In order to participate listeners of the area have to fill out a form at WOR’s website. Here are some of the radio promotions being aired since May 18, 2009.

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The Hamptons: A synonym of Elegance and Style

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

A mystical area composed by Southhampton and East Hampton; the Hamptons are the ideal way to spend a family vacation or a romantic getaway. With miles of beautiful beaches and peaceful bays, the Hamptons offer visitors excellent fishing, surfing and sun bathing. Those who like hiking or walking will also find beautiful rolling hills and broad plains with an incredible variety of wildlife. Tourists of this area can also count with excellent shopping and dinning opportunities with antiquing being one of the most popular activities in the area.

East Hampton

The charm of this township has no limits. It is situated to the west of Montauk and it is made up of numerous delightful villas which include Sag Harbor, Wainscot, Northwest Harbor and East Hampton North among others. It is home to the largest privately owned island in the United States and to the largest fishing fleet in the state of New York. East Hampton is surrounded by water on the three sides and it is full of chic stores, historic sites and renowned art galleries making this destination a year-round favorite. Outdoor opportunities are great in this area of the Hamptons, with hiking, biking and wildlife watching being at the top of the list.

It is considered among the most luxurious towns of the country and many call it the “Playground for the Rich.” Celebrities and politicians are known to vacation here and it has also been the home of presidents and first ladies such as Julia Gardiner Tyler and Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis.

Sag Harbor

A former whaling port, Sag Harbor is known today as an upscale getaway with delightful shops and scenic villages, yet the town keeps the charm of the old days. Its streets with grand houses from the whaling days and its enjoyable restaurants make it another favorite among visitors to The Hamptons. Tourists can count with an extraordinary bay with a Wharf that is the perfect setting for a post-card picture.

A great way to experience the magic of the village is by taking a bike ride; a well-liked activity among locals. You will be able to appreciate the sunset over Noyac Bay. If you are looking for some help and a map that shows where to find such things as museums, eateries, shops and local architectural and historical treasures, your best bet is to head to the Windmill Visitors Center.

Helen Phillips Should Go to the Caribbean

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Although I have to admit that I am tired of reality shows and contests that make participants live through hell in a ferocious competition for money, I would also say that The Biggest Loser Season 7 from NBC has been a true inspiration and a reality contest that I feel like recommending. While I have never been overweighed myself (I think thanks to my digestive system more than anything else), I do feel empathy for people that struggle with weight, especially in a society like ours with so many double standards and contradictions. We are constantly bombarded with images of happy people, skinny, beautiful with perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect everything and on the other hand there is always the Big Mac, the Big Coke, and the famous Starbucks Venti (I still don’t understand why can’t they use regular size names).  How can a normal mortal keep a normal weight with so many “Tall,” “Grande,” and “Venti” options?

This is why I have liked the Helen Phillips and the Biggest Loser story. I truly admire Helen Phillips and all the participants particularly the finalists. Yes, I still think that this kind of shows are no more than marketing tools and another of our “perfect world” representations where there is always a happy ending, but this show, in my opinion, it’s a little different.  While other reality contests seem to be a disloyal and unfair competition of what they call talent; in the Biggest Loser participants are truly battling with themselves and there is nothing they can do or say to make the other look bad, at the end the scale decides.

This week we saw the 3-hour season finale of Biggest Loser; revealing that 48-year old Helen had lost the largest percent of weight (55%) therefore winning the challenge and a very likable $250,000 grand prize. Season 7 was unique compared to previous seasons because it had the heaviest, the oldest, the sickest and the youngest contestants throughout the history of the show. Season 8 of this show will start in September and casting for season 9 is now open. For now, as a travel enthusiast I believe that Helen Phillips should book a luxurious Caribbean vacation rental and enjoy her triumph in a paradisiacal beach while listening to the sound of waves. She has gone through great lengths to win the challenge. She deserves it!

Traveling and the Swine Flu: Safety Measures

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Swine Flu, also known as the Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) has been one of the top headlines in newspapers around the world lately, and a favorite topic among journalists who have warned the public about the possibilities of a pandemic. So what exactly is a pandemic, the swine flu and should we really be alarmed? What precautions and safety measures should we take if we are traveling in order to avoid getting the virus? Although it is not time to panic yet, it is still a good idea to take some safety measures especially if you are planning to travel to your summer vacation rental these days.

What is the Swine Flu?

The Swine Flu, according to Wikipedia refers to “the influenza caused by those strains of influenza virus, called Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) that usually infect pigs.” The flu outbreak in humans is due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that originated in Mexico. The symptoms of the swine flu are similar to those of a regular influenza with respiratory illness, fever, headache, sore throat, nasal stuffiness and cough. Some of the basic differences include having besides all other symptoms, diarrhea, vomiting and very high temperatures.

At What Point Should I See the Doctor?

Although doctors recommend not panicking over regular flu symptoms it is important that the very young and the very old always see a doctor about any flu. If you have any diarrhea or high fever and you are getting worse then don’t doubt about making the phone call. The reality is that although everybody would like to have an answer as to what exactly determines if you have swine flu or not, only a lab test can confirm it.

For Those Traveling

If you are traveling to a vacation home these days and consider you might be at high risk here are some safety measures that can be taken in order to avoid getting infected.

-Take an Antiviral (Tamiflu or Relenza) before traveling.
-Wash hands frequently with soap and water; use alcohol-based hand gel.
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
-Avoid close contact with people who appear ill.
-Avoid crowds in affected areas.
-Update routine vaccines.
-Defer travel to areas with poor medical infrastructure that have a high incidence of swine flu or other diseases.
-Be sure your health insurance will cover you abroad; if not, consider travel insurance but read policies carefully.