100 Things To Do In Nashville Before You Die – Tom Adkinson’s New Book!

We’re super excited here at Travel World Central to announce the newest book by our very own Tom Adkinson! You’ve seen his awesome posts, now get his amazing book all about Nashville, Tennessee!

This lighthearted guide to 100 special activities in Nashville, Tenn., will overfill any visitor’s itinerary. Yes, go to the Grand Ole Opry, but also get a Recession Special at the Robert’s Western World honky tonk (fried bologna sandwich, chips and a PBR for $5), learn who’s buried in the Tennessee Capitol, check out the club where A-list musicians play regularly for just a modest cover charge and load up on chocolate at the home of Goo Goo Clusters. Available at www.CornersOfTheCountry.com.

Get your copy of Tom’s book today – you’ll be glad you did!

Get your copy of Tom Adkinson's New Book!

100 Things To Do In Nashville Before You Die – by Tom Adkinson

Ole Smoky Moonshine – The Real Thing from Gatlinburg, Tennessee!

Johnny Baker

Johnny Baker shows off Ole SMoky Moonshine

With deep roots in the Appalachian community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Johnny Baker and his team will welcome you to their distillery of genuine moonshine. It’s a family business with decades of heritage. The business has grown considerably and has given them the ability to expand their line of available flavours.

Ole Smoky Tasting

Presentation is everything. Ole Smoky Moonshine tasting is an event in and of itself.

Presentation is everything and when you visit Ole Smoky Moonshine, you will not only see walls of various flavours of their product, you’ll get a floor show.

Tastings are available and are done with a very entertaining flair. Come and enjoy this signature product of the Smoky Mountains. The team at Ole Smoky put a lot of love and care into each batch.

When you come to their distillery, the shelves are stocked full of colourful varieties of moonshine. Always packaged in mason jars, they’re available in single jars, multiple packs and you might even get a nice tote bag for it.

Presentation is everything and the moonshine tastings at Ole Smoky are a show in their own right. You’ll see smiles all around and  you’ll be able to sample many different varieties available. It’s all done in the spirit of fun.

Getting here is simplicity itself. Gatlinburg is a town that is easy to walk around. Park your car and everything is an easy stroll. You’ll see the signs everywhere for Ole Smoky Moonshine. Parkway is the main road through Gatlinburg.

So come on down, you’re in for a good time!

Ole Smoky Moonshine, 903 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Find a Warm Southern Welcome in Gatlinburg, Tennessee!

Nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, Gatlinburg awaits you with open arms. There is just something so special about a visit to this place. It’s a very small town in and of itself. You’ll want to park your car and walk around. Really! Everything is within an easy stroll.

Gatlinburg in the Smokies

Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains

Our visit was in December. Gatlinburg is not just a summer destination, as there are plenty of things to do even in the mild winter. If you like to ski, Ober is right smack dab in the middle of town. Well, ok, the gondola that will take you to Ober is there. Once again, you can walk the whole time you’re in town.

This picture was taken from the gondola, showing the mountainscape and how the town is nestled comfortably right at the doorstep to the Smoky Mountain National Park.

There are major hotel brands available here too, so if you want to stick with a brand you know and love, like the Hilton Garden Inn, there’s a gorgeous one here. Family-owned properties are also plentiful here in Gatlinburg. There’ something for everyone.

Come take in the fresh air, the delicious food and the easygoing and friendly atmosphere. And did I mention the food? Oh my goodness are you in for a treat!

Above all things, the best part of Gatlinburg is the people. Expect a warm and friendly welcome. The wonderful people of Gatlinburg, Tennessee will greet you with a welcome that will make you want to come back again and again. If you aren’t careful, you may make a few new friends as well.

We loved our visit and can’t wait to return in the summertime!


Royal Jordanian, VIA Rail Canada conclude agreement enabling RJ passengers to land in Montreal and travel to Ottawa and Toronto

Via Rail Canada is a special friend to Travel World and we’re excited to bring you this press release from Via Rail about an exciting new agreement between Via Rail Canada and Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Click Here for the Via Rail press release.

Manta Ray Feeding with Neptune Charlie’s Ocean Safaris: Video

Every now and then, an extra special treat comes along. I must admit that I was terrified at first of the idea of diving in the Pacific at night and further scared by the idea of rays swimming close to me.
That’s where the good folks at Neptune Charlie’s Ocean Safaris came along and made me feel VERY comfortable and happy.

Manta Rays feed on plankton and they live a very long life – comparable to people, it seems. These rays are also known to the crew, some by name, and they are friendly to people.
Neptune Charlie’s provides a wet suit, snorkel gear and a light. The light attracts the plankton which means we’ve just served up a dinner buffet for our new friends, the Manta Rays.
I was amazed at the grace and beauty of these creatures and how they fed. What you see below is the video I shot with my own camera on this voyage.

All I can say is “WOW”. Was I ever impressed.
Thank you for a wonderful adventure, Neptune Charlie’s!

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters – A Must Visit

I used to think of helicopters as “nice to have” part of a Hawaiian visit. That is, until I experienced Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

Linda at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Linda at Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

In the past, I’d taken helicopter tours at theme parks and events so I thought I knew what to expect.
Wow, I never expected it to be so awesome!
For starters, you need to book your seat – it’s like a scheduled airline. It doesn’t stop there. You arrive at the terminal, check in and then are given a safety briefing.
Just about everybody at Blue Hawaiian is warm and friendly.
We flew a helicopter called the Eco Star. This is an ideal sightseeing helicopter and Blue Hawaiian had input in its design. There is no bad seat on the Eco Star. Even from the back, you can see everything, as you will notice in the video.

Eco Star Helicopter

Blue Hawaiian's 6-seat Eco Star Helicopter

Every tour with Blue Hawaiian is an individually handled flight with great personal attention. Seats are assigned by their computer, based on weight and balance. Now I was a little worried by this but it’s handled very discreetly. Everybody is asked to step on a pad and the only indicator is the agent simply saying “thank you, we have it”.
The crew boarded us individually and buckled us in. Since helicopters are fairly noisy inside, we each had a headset which totally insulated us from the sound. We were treated to some great music that totally went with the scenery and we could hear ourselves talk using the helicopter’s sound system. We each had push-to-talk microphones so everyone could ask questions.
Speaking of personal treatment, our pilot got to know each one of us by name. He then gave us a very personalized tour, like as if he was showing us his own back yard. He had facts, figures and interesting tidbits to offer, all supplied with warmth and friendliness. In addition, the pilot flew the helicopter so smoothly, even the most white-knuckled among us was very comfortable and happy.

Like they told us before we boarded, the real smiles come out after the trip. They were not wrong! Not only was this one of the best ways to view Hawaii, it should be considered a must-do on any Hawaiian visit. Work it into your trip schedule and be sure to tour Hawaii with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters! Our pilot was Jeremy and he was terrific.
Please enjoy the video below, and you’ll see what we experienced.

Here are Willem and Linda’s individual impressions:

I Heard the Potato Salad Call My Name: Banjy’s Paradise

If you haven’t already been, go right away and check out Banjy’s Paradise Bar & Grill! Every now and then on a trip, we encounter a real gem. This trip has been so fulfilling so far and Banjy’s is right at the top of the list of amazing discoveries for me!

Well, it’s time to let the secret out!

Sure, it’s not on the main ring road around the Big Island (Hwy 19/11), you’ll have to grab Waikoloa Road and travel 5-6 miles into Waikoloa Village where there is a small residential town and a golf course. Banjy’s is right there.

So you have to go find it. But, oh when you do! You’ll be reading more about it right here. What’s their secret? Why is this a MUST VISIT?

Two major elements: 1) Jim and Karen, the owners and proud parents of the real Banjy, and 2) the food. OMG THE FOOD!

Their prime rib sliders, bbq pork sliders and mama’s own potato salad will make it worth any sort of trip, including crossing the pacific on a bridge made of what I might call “water sliders”….

Listen to the live show with Banjy’s in our audio archive … and you’ll also see just why any place where there is Jim and Karen is going to be a fun place.
It’s been a long long time since we had SUCH an enjoyable evening. WOW.

As for the title? Well, as a child, the board of education, in its infinite wisdom, handed out a book called “I Heard The Owl Call My Name” by Margaret Craven. Just WHY they would make children read a book about a con artist who steals a precious artifact and ruins three lives in the process will remain a mystery right up there with why they force kids to play “the recorder” instead of real musical instruments. Maybe the Collenette Canteloupe Corporation can give us some hints.
Anyway, the title of this travesty of literature is derived from a belief shared by some Native Americans that when you hear the owl call your name, death is imminent. See? What an uplifting book for kids. (shakes head)

The title of this post, therefore, refers to a promise that when you hear the potato salad call your name, you’re either being called out by Ron White or in my case, food paradise awaits you at Banjy’s Paradise Bar & Grill

Don’t delay – go today! It’s so good, they built a village around it!

Watersliding at the Hilton Waikoloa Village: My Happy Place!

Just yesterday, I went watersliding at the Hilton Waikoloa Village waterpark.

Water Park at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

It’s located near the lagoon tower and the view is absolutely spectactular. From here, I slid down the 175-foot waterslide into the pool you see below.

This is one of my happy places and it’s a delight to return! Don’t miss the shows in our audio archive!

Swim with the dolphins off the coast of Hawaii with Neptune Charlie’s

Travel World Radio Show in Hawaii

Travel World Radio Show in Hawaii

Yesterday was a wonderful assortment of activity starting with the coolest way I know to start a Hawaiian vacation. Right near Kona, you’ll find the Honokohau Marina, home to Neptune Charlie’s.

They took us out on their boat, The Manta. The staff was friendly and wonderful and made us all feel welcome and comfortable. Even me, the certified chicken, I loved it. All the safety equipment was fully explained, they furnished swim fins, masks and snorkels. Really, the only thing we needed to bring was our towels and sunscreen…

Shouldn't we be missing the ice and snow back home?

We left early in the morning to watch the pods of dolphins returning to safe territory following a night in the ocean. The water was so blue and clear and WARM, it was a spectactularly beautiful sight and enjoyable activity. Lunch was provided and we even saw some humpback whales!

Above all, what really made Neptune Charlie’s so enjoyable was the staff. The people were friendly, cheerful and fun. Plus, for me, there are few things more enjoyable than to see people who so truly love what they do, doing what they love. All in all, this is a must-visit!

Check out these videos:

Don’t Miss Travel World in Hawaii!

In a little over a week, Willem Bagchus, Nicki Hunter and Linda Cichanowicz will be enjoying the tropical paradise that is Hawaii’s Big Island.

We’ll be enjoying the sun and scenery, palm trees and coconuts. We love basking in the beauty of this tropical paradise.

Hilton Waikoloa Village from the sky

We’ll be swimming with the dolphins and enjoying the blue waters of the Pacific and taking in some of the most spectactular sunsets ever.

We’ll be taking some time to to explore the beauty of the Waipio Valley and Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.

On Friday, February 17, we’ll be recording two shows outside on the grounds of the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Don’t miss it!