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Merry Christmas! Most of my friends back east thought I was crazy when I told then I wished I was in NYC for the “snowstorm of the century.” Instead, I was in hot and sunny L.A., playing beach volleyball and attending holiday parties—including one on a boat ! The week before I was lucky enough to be walking around Rockefeller Center and Central Park admiring all the colorful decorations. But I bet it would’ve been more special with a foot of snow as a backdrop.

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Before we get to this week’s story I have to give a shout-out to @UnitedAirlines and @Continental for doing such a great job using Twitter this past weekend. I follow all the airlines and these two did the best job by far, keeping customers updated about flight status and calming nerves with the heavy call volumes. The other airlines seemed to have taken Saturday off—maybe their social media communicator was at a holiday party?

Hopefully, the others will learn from United and Continental’s lead—I never thought I would say that, because it wasn’t long ago that these two airlines were the laughing stock of Twitter. Now it’s the others falling behind—especially Delta, who hasn’t tweeted since June. What are they thinking? Obviously, they aren’t. It’s shocking to me that more airlines aren’t proactively using Twitter. I mean when it comes to getting quick, informal yet important messages out to your customers there’s no better tool than Twitter. And for passengers it’s so easy to get updated by following or at least checking out the Twitter feeds of the airline of your choice—especially during storms and busy travel days. In case you don’t know where to start, here’s a list of all the airlines, hotels, cruise lines, travel writers . . . basically everything travel on Twitter. If I’m missing something, please let me know.

This week I’m experimenting with something new: a slide show. This will allow readers to spend much less time viewing my photos and still read about my experiences. We begin with one of the country’s most famous and luxurious hotels, The Breakers in Palm Beach. FYI: The very last page of the slide show has a video.

What do you know?! It turns out last week’s column of the 16 travel products/tips that I never leave home without was a big hit. In fact, WGN Radio in Chicago had me on as a guest just to discuss it (you can listen to the eight-minute interview here). For those waiting until the very last minute (like moi!), one of the companies I mentioned, Scottevest, is offering free expedited shipping for US orders over $250 if placed by 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 23rd. And if you use coupon code "Johnny" before January 1st you’ll save 20% off anything in their store.

Next week - Colombia! *PLEASE tell us what you think of this week's newsletter!

Note: This trip was sponsored in part by The Breakers & jetBlue.

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Pictures From

The Trip


Santa Pub Crawl


Boat Party


X-Mas Seal Party in L.A.


Rockefeller Center


United Airlines


Continental Airlines


The Breakers


Breakers' Chocolate


  • I have been very busy at work and fell behind about 3 newsletters. I especially liked the last two where you took your dad on his first cruise. Having lost my own father 5+ years ago, please cherish every moment you have with him. You both looked like you were having such a great time together. I'm glad he took you up on your offer! Geof O'Connor - San Diego

  • Really love reading about cruising experiences. We are used to small (500-700 passengers) all-inclusive cruise ships and cannot imagine being on these large (huge) floating hotels. I look forward to the time when "JohnnyJet" has sampled enough cruises in each category (mainstream, premium and luxury) so that he can make comparisons. While many comparisons have been done in the past, no one can else will have the unique insight that he has? Jackie R - Bellingham, WA

  • First, your cruise report echoes delightful times we've experienced. Do the Panama Canal some time—and not just in and out, but all the way through. Second, with regard to Jerusalem, we lived there and we have escorted several Living Lands of the Bible tours (most recently this past spring). Reading your story was like listening to our own LLB members. Third, awhile back you ran a brief blurb about some quick survey which, if one participated, would earn some airline miles. We did. Which airline? We've never been credited. You stated you were credited in hours. Fourth (and finally), a welcome aboard to (new?) editor Amy. If she insists on fact-checking, fixes syntax issues, and polishes punctuation, JJ's weekly trips will be all the more enjoyable for us who travel with you vicariously. Pastor Dick - Happy Valley, Oregon

  • You're a great son! It's wonderful that you can spend quality time with your Dad like this. Keep it up, time is fleeting. Judy S. – Naples, FL

  • I saw your Seabourn video on YouTube. We missed you by just one week -- we cruised on the Odyssey from Malaga to Fort Lauderdale. Our 2nd Seabourne cruise. Love it! Regards, Jim V -

  • Heard you on WGN ideas! Thanks, Adina - Chicago

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  • Your weekly newsletter is so informative! I enjoy following you around the world. This week, I enjoyed reading the Bermuda article, as I have been thinking about visiting, It convinced me to do so, as Sue Facter's description of the island far surpassed my expectations. Those beaches look gorgeous. Alicia Davies

  • Just read the Bermuda article. I've been to most of the places, including the Waterlot (fabulous) and to the island many times. Your article was right on and informative to a first-timer! Lorraine M - Oakland, NJ

  • I read the story and I myself love to travel, and see interested places and never went to Bermuda and just reading sues story it makes me want to go there some time soon, I have friends leave on the island and always invited me over but never have the urgent to go they because I also hear they talk about the waters and problem the country has to depended on rain water but planning my next vacation I will consider Bermuda. The story well put together well explained everything about the island. Evelyn Berkeley

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