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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

A vacation revolution

By Jim Mullen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Have you noticed that most of the countries having revolutions these past few weeks are all great vacation spots? I hadn't heard of Tunisia before the recent uprising, and couldn't find it on a map if you offered me round-trip airfare. But once it was in the news, and they started showing pictures of its long, warm, sandy, empty beaches and date palms swaying above the noisy protesters, I started thinking, "I could go for some of that."

It turns out that Tunisia has been a big tourist spot with Europeans for a long time. It's their Florida, but with vacationing Swedes instead of Canadians. It's on the North African coast, a quick ferry ride south of Sicily or a short flight from the colder parts of the continent. It used to be a French colony so they speak French and Arabic, but like most tourist spots, the people in the hospitality business all speak at least a little English.

But during the middle of a revolution, the tourists stop coming and the airports are jammed with people trying to leave. Which is just backwards. I'll bet you could have gotten a five-star resort hotel on the beach in Tunisia for next to nothing at the height of the rioting. People should be storming their travel agents begging to get a beachfront bargain in Tunisia.

The same with Egypt. No one was rioting at the pyramids. The whole uprising took place in a square that most tourists would never see. While the Egyptians were busy kicking out their autocrat and his rich friends, you and I could have been visiting the Sphinx and Luxor for a song. The tour guides were begging for business, let the haggling begin. The one complaint most tourists have about visiting the ancient wonders of Egypt is the unavoidable hordes of fellow tourists. Not a problem during the uprising. If you always wanted to go and help the local economy, the revolution was your big chance. And if antiquities aren't your thing, you could always join deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. If you want a nice vacation, find out where your local strong man spends his time, and have a wonderful time. Dictators always know where the best, most secure vacation spots are, because there's nothing worse than having your afternoon spa interrupted by a coup.

This week, they're demonstrating in Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, and that's just the beginning. Go do a Google Earth tour of Bahrain -- I didn't know where it was, either -- and tell me that it doesn't look like nice getaway. The whole country is about the size of Manhattan, yet it has miles of uncrowded beaches and plenty of deserts, too. It has some of those man-made islands like Dubai. Bahrain doesn't need all that indoor skiing and the world's tallest building nonsense. That could be their advertising slogan -- "Bahrain -- It's Dubai light!"

So, have we missed all the revolutionary travel bargains? Not to worry, you can start your own uprising. Pick a place you'd really like to visit but can't afford, say Hong Kong or Britain or Italy or Disney World or New York City, and start Facebooking and Twittering that it's time for a regime change. I watched the all the news coming out of Egypt, and all the reporters say that all you have to do is tweet somebody that you're unhappy and, a week later, after some deadly street fighting where they pretty much just kill the locals, not tourists, the dictators pack up their money and leave on their private jets. Then you just wait for the vacation bargains to start rolling in. And be sure to ask for a spa not too close to the killing.

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Jim Mullen is the author of "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" and "Baby's First Tattoo."


Previously:


Your call is very unimportant to us
Life: There's no app for that
Bam! Practical kitchen magic
Poisoning myself
Ban Huck Finn in schools --- even the sanitized version!
$38,000 for traffic and weather updates
2011 Predictions: Nostradamus was a hack
2010: A year of annoying junk
Why do bad things happen to stupid people?
Moving on from movie theaters
Money never sleeps, but it does pass out
President Trump kept it classy
Stalking your college kid won't change a thing
Putting my life in ‘Jeopardy’
Mo' government, mo' problems
iLostIt
Dressed for excess
Expert tease
The mysteries of Jersey
‘You are a toilet, where am I?’
Don't we all cheat at the game of life?
What happens when I forget where Google is?
Don't let the doorman hit you on the way out
Picasso fiasco
Purple (hair) ‘Daze’
Let me hear your body talk
Working from work
Babies deserve clean restrooms, too
3-year-old bear-killers are a thing of the past
Money-making ideas on the fly
Collecting and hoarding
Chain of fools
Please come pick up your acting awards, ESPN commentators, you've earned them
You've been superpoked by the U.S. gov't
e-Readin', e-Writin' and e-Rithmatic
A pose by any other name
Warning: Column contains 2010 spoilers
‘He loves only gold, only gold’
Think about direction, wonder why …
Flushing your money down a diamond-studded toilet
More like ‘wack’ Friday
The good, the ad and the ugly
The desert of the real
Let books be large and in charge
I was insulting people way before the Internet
GPS drill sergeant: Left, right, left!
Butterfly in the sky, you make winds go twice as high
Music to my ears it's not
You don't light up my life
Fair or not: Country living is far from ‘Little House’
A parable for the ‘ages’
Top 100 Cable news stories of the century
Green dumb
A developing story
Thinking outside the lunch box
What's good for the goose is good for the scanner
Newspapers will survive, but network TV?
A really big show of generation gaps
When pigs flu
The reports of our decline have been greatly exaggerated
Mergers and admonitions
Invest in gold: little, yellow, different
Stuck in Folsom Penthouse
Collecting karma
Setting loose the creative ‘juice’
It's all in the numbers
You're damaging your brain with practical skills
The real rat pack
The unspeakable luxury of the Park-O-Matic
Gross-ery shopping



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