FlipKey: top 10 trending vacation rentals destinations for 2014

As people are becoming more savvy travelers on a lookout for custom experiences to match their travel styles and personal needs, vacation rentals are at an all-time high. Whether it's finding the perfect family rental for the holidays, or simply a quick city getaway, FlipKey helps you find the perfect vacation rental. I caught up with Tess Morton from FlipKey to tell us more about the most popular destinations for 2013 and the top 10 trending … [Read more...]

Interview with Jodi Ettenberg: An Asian love affair with soup & spices

Jodi from LegalNomads.com is one of those people whose travel sites I had been following for a very long time, but I had yet to meet. She usually lives in Asia for half of the year, so when the opportunity came to see her at TBEX Toronto, I was very pleased. Our first talk was brief; better said, our quick hello and her warm hug. With 1,300 people attending the North American TBEX this year, it was close to impossible to have a conversation … [Read more...]

Morocco Photography Tours: Interview with Open Sky Expeditions’ Alex Ros

I've long been suffering from a burning desire to go to Morocco. My fascination with the Middle East, Turkey and its neighboring countries has only grown bigger through the years, and so I caught up with Alex Ros, owner of Open Sky Expeditions to tell us more about his globetrotting story around the world, as well as his unbelievable photography tours through the Saharan desert in Morocco. Monica Suma: Tell us a bit about yourself. Why do you … [Read more...]

How to start a travel startup: The TripCommon story

It’s a known fact that travel is not the easiest industry to monetize, and hence one that scares investors away. There are several valid reasons for that: Most consumers book around 3 trips a year, mostly to visit friends and family Less than 30% of people book online, which means most people are still less mobile and flexible than the avid traveler Many abide by the lowest-rated rule, an irrational attachment to the lowest price (even if … [Read more...]

Featured as Gogobot NYC’s Rockstar of the Month

I've been badged! Check out my latest interview, my Istanbul custom guide and my curated spring guide for NYC. I'm honored to be featured as Gogobot NYC's first Rockstar of the Month, and be part of a vibrant travel community such as Gogobot's. I generally love to share pictures of my favorite places in the world, and so posting postcards and reviews came very natural to me. As a blogger, photographer and traveler, Gogobot provides all … [Read more...]