Relaunching Exit Row Seat

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The Exit Row Seat blog is relaunching on Monday with new articles, tips, photography and travel product reviews to help our readers travel smarter and lighter. During our hiatus, we travelled to Asia, Europe, America and across Australia, now we can share the new travel tips and destinations with you. To start your journey in the Exit Row Seat, we selected five cracker articles from the archives for your reading pleasure.

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Win a Prize with our First Competition

To celebrate the Major League Baseball Playoffs, Exit Row Seat is running our first competition. Baseball constantly drove my travel in the United States (OK, I’m a little obsessed) taking me to Chicago, New York, Southern California and the ultimate baseball trip to Cooperstown to visit the Hall of Fame. Where has baseball taken you over the years, a memorable trip to the Little League World Series or a pilgrimage to Fenway Park? I want to hear about the journey, and why it was special.

How to Enter

Cooperstown, New York

Write a short story about your most memorable baseball vacation/trip, and email it to (write Baseball Competition in the Title).

Limit your prose to less than 300 words.

It’s that simple.

Competition Rules

Entries close after the last out of the 2008 World Series, and a winning entry selected at random to win the prize.

All entries will be published at Exit Row Seat throughout the Competition.

You retain the rights to your article but grant Exit Row Seat a non-exclusive right to publish the article here.

No profanity or adult themes.

You may add your website url to the article but spam or overt commercial entries will be rejected.

The Prize

Over 100 Baseball Cards hand selected from my personal collection including limited editions and game used cards.

Over to you, send me your baseball stories today.


Legend of the Motorcycle: Concours d’Elegance

After a successful inaugural event in 2006, the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for the first week in May at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California. For motorcycle enthusiasts, Legend of the Motorcycle is an opportunity to see some of the most desirable and rare motorcycles ever built. This year the organisers are featuring bikes ridden into history at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races. The collection represents a 100 years of racing at the Isle of Man TT, and includes the MV Agusta 500 ridden to victory in the 1966 Junior TT by the unstoppable Giacomo Agostini.

The events run over six days beginning with an invitation only reception in LA followed by a ride from LA to Half Moon Bay on May 2nd. The Concours Day May 5th includes motorcycle and charity auctions and awards presentation including a Lifetime Achievement Award to Willie G Davidson, Senior Vice President & Chief Styling Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Tickets are available now, pull out the leathers and polish your ride for a great week-end of motorcycling elegance.


A Different Rome Experience.

The Australian printed this great article by Stanley Stuart that reveals a deeper Rome experience than the normal tourist trek. What is your favourite place in Rome?


AIG Travel Guard offering Comprehensive Travel Insurance Options

The snowstorms that precipitated the recent JetBlue meltdown changed the plans of thousands of travellers throughout North America as airlines rerouted passengers. A friend rerouted through Atlanta landed as her connecting flight started boarding and despite a desperate sprint through the airport, she missed the connection by a couple of minutes. Without any compensation from the airline, she camped in the airport until boarding another flight the next day.

Most travel insurance covers you for cancellations or unexpected illness during the trip. Today, AIG Travel Guard announced new comprehensive travel insurance packages to cover the inconveniences most travellers experience like lost baggage or flight delays. The press release stated:

Most retail travel insurance plans offered through AIG Travel Guard provide:

  • reimbursement for accommodations and expenses incurred due to travel delays;
  • reimbursement for the purchase of essential items if baggage is delayed;
  • coverage against lost, stolen or damaged baggage;
  • BagTrak, through which Travel Guard will initiate a search to locate lost luggage and deliver it anywhere in the world, at no additional cost;
  • LiveTravel, an around-the-clock emergency travel hotline for finding alternative flight options, rebooking flights, making hotel and rental car reservations;
  • Travel Guard Assist, a 24-hour hotline for assistance with emergency medical needs, cash transfers, replacing lost travel documents, pre-trip health and safety advisories and live e-mail and phone messaging to family and friends.

During a recent trip, the airline misplaced my luggage and it cost me $85 to have a clean change of clothes while they found it. I self-insure, and take the risk, but if you are looking for insurance Travel Guard may have a product for you.