Travels Jersey Shore Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

April 22, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth ...

Travels Addiction Support - Where to get good coffee in Cleveland - Now Breathe

CLEVELAND, OH - Now that we have gotten to leave the comforts of New York City, we have to recognize there are limits. We know you need coffee. 

Some of our readers are loyal Starbucks fans and we forgive you. However, we get hate mail from the other side, if we don’t find an awesome local java joint. They are particularly ferocious when they just drank Starbucks. 

For ...

Travels Discovery - An Urban Breakfast Luncheonette in a Cleveland Arcade Called Jack Flaps

Tucked inside the 4th Street Arcade is a new Travels discovery.  A luncheonette that could find a home in Manhattan.

Jack Flaps defines itself as an “Urban Breakfast Shoppe” and we have to say that is spot on.  Their selections include Benedicto Mexicano, Breakfast Bánh Mì, and Breakfast Kimchi which gives the shoppe an international vibe.

Our North Coast Travels Have Found a Bonified Soda Jerk Parlor in Cleveland

“Sweet Moses!”, we found Sweet Moses. In West Cleveland sits a beacon to our sweet past.

Sweet Moses is an authentic soda fountain parlor.  They even serve their homemade ice cream from behind a Bastion-Blessings soda fountain. If that doesn’t establish their credibility with soda enthusiasts, nothing will.

So, when in Cleveland, check out this great ...

Cleveland’s West Side Market Pays Homage to Its European Kin

The West Side Market could easily be mistaken for a European central market.  She is a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, meats, and deserts. No trip to Cleveland would be complete without visiting the Market.  

Built in 1912 to service Cleveland’s growing immigrant populations, the city owned facility housed fresh meat and produce shops while stocking ethnic foods. Today, ...

Travels North Coast Spotlight - Enjoy the Marble Room for an Exquisite Evening

Let’s face it, steakhouses have become as commonplace as Starbucks. This is particularly true for us in New York City area. With all the competition, we definitely get a quality steak.

Since we all have become dependent on a good quality piece of meat, what do we do when we do the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame expedition? Well, we recommend going to the same place favored by the ...

TAPintoTravels Roatan Spotlight - the Argentinian Grill

March 12, 2018

Go Blue bay Islands - Founded in 2001, the Argentinian Grill is just one of a handful of restaurants in Roatan that serve their guests in two of the most emblematic tourist destinations in the entire island. The first locale can be found across the street from Half Moon Bay Beach in West End – there you will find the original Argentinian Grill, the one with the more rustic ...

TAPintoTravels Roatan Spotlight - Sunny West End Village, Roatan

Go Blue Bay Islands - West End can be defined as Roatan’s entertainment and tourism capital, offering a broad variety of activities for the entire family. This picturesque seaside community has a wide selection of bars and restaurants, shops, hotels and dive centers, located all along the main strip which is roughly a 1km/0.5 mile long paved road that runs adjacent and only steps away ...

Travels Spotlight: Ecodivers Roatan, West End, Roatan

We are a small dive operation in West End with one main objective - catering to divers specific needs while operating in a environmentally friendly manner. We offer professional, personalized attention in a laid back and comfortable environment. We are committed to making your time in Roatan a truly memorable experience.

Our waterfront location in Half Moon Bay, West End will ease off your day ...

A Star Trek Themed Cruise Traveled to Roatan on January 6 & 12

TAPintoTravels - You may have noticed some strange creatures walking among us on January 6 and January 12.

Well, that was because a Star Trek theme cruise arrived on our island. They may have christened her the Starship Enterprise, but we knew her as the NCL Jade.  She was helmed by Captain Sulu himself, George Takei.

Star Trek fans are known for being dedicated.

Roatan Safety Tips - Crime is Low - But Petty Theft Exists

TAPintoTravels - You have booked your cruise and it includes a stop in Roatan.  Or perhaps you have read one of our articles and decided to spend a week or two on the wonderful island.  We will include links at the bottom so you can further enjoy the Island.

Either way, it is still good to remember the golden rules of all travel.  Roatan has the same petty theft ...

Diving and Snorkeling the Barrier Reefs of Roatan

TAPintoTravels- What soccer is to Europe and baseball is to the U.S., scuba diving is to Roatan.

Professional dive shops are as abundant as Starbucks in New York. Virtually every conversation circles back to that day's visibility or curious sightings.

And it's easy to see why.

Located along the world's second-largest barrier reef, it boasts more than 150 established ...

TAPintoTravels’ Area Teen Allison Ramage Off to England to Play Rugby

March 29, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - A Roxbury High School student is one of ten young women in the nation selected to travel to England in March to train with British rugby experts.

The student, senior Allison ‘Alie’ Ramage, is the only player from the New York metropolitan area chosen for the trip, according to her mother, Diane Ramage. Allie was recently interviewed in New York City for the Rugby ...

TAPintoTravels May Have Just Discovered the Cure for Jetlag - Or at Least in Germany

BERLIN - Yes.  You read that right.  We believe we have found the cure to jetlag.  

We stumbled into the Meridian Spa & Fitness on our first day in Berlin.  It is tucked away in the Arcaden shopping center in Spandau on the 3rd floor.  They offer day passes to their spa which is absolutely luxurious.  There is just one catch.  

In ...

A Travels Must - The Apple Museum in Prague - It isn’t Necessarily a Bucket List Item as Much as a Pilgrimage

TAPintoTravels - The Apple Museum is a must stop in Prague.  It is family friendly and brings out the nerd in all of us.

The museum houses the most extensive private collection of Apple memorabilia in the world including virtually all models of Apple computers, unique art installations, and even Steve Job’s personal motorcycle.  All contained in what could be the ...

Travels Review of Norwegian Air - Spoiler - We Really Like Them

TAPintoTravels makes it no secret that Norwegian Air is our favorite long-haul, discount airline.

With 13 direct flight destinations from JFK or Stewart, we definitely have reasons to be excited.  Their extremely reasonable rates is another great justification .  Finally, with 150 destinations, it really delivers.

Flights from New York to Barcelona
Flights from New York ...

Travels Spotlight - Cindy’s Diner at Berlin’s Schöfeld Airport

TAPintoTravels - If you have some extra time at Berlin’s Schönfeld Airport, then check out Cindy’s Diner in Terminal D for some 50’s style American burgers.

We will let the slide show do the talking. We like the place.  It is a comfortable place to kill time with really good food.

The American Burger was excellent with two beef patties augmented ...

Travels Spotlight - International Airport Review - Oslo

OSLO - We were delayed in New York City and missed our flight to Berlin, so we explored the Oslo Airport.  We also learned why there were few one handed Vikings and why it protects your stuff now.

For starters, the Airport is a beautiful gem of modern Norwegian architecture.  It is open and airy to maximize the exposure to the sun.

They have the following ...

Travels Reminder - Can You Fly With Your State ID?

April 21, 2018

Travels recommends that you always travel with a passport, even domestically.  The U.S. Passport is our national I.D.  With it you will be able to fly domestically to any state. 

The DOHS offers this further explanation:

The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for ...

Travels Focus - Norwegian Air’s Onboard WiFi System is Impressive

TAPintoTravels - The fact that we are 25,000 feet in the air and have written this article is quite impressive.  The notion that we also uploaded the HD photos is astonishing.  This is a great system.

We have used onboard WiFi before, but usually it isn’t free and it certainly don’t offer any bandwidth.  The first photo we fed into the system was ...

The Perfect Travel Pack - The Airport Repack Because of a Delayed Flight - What You Really Need

TAPintoTravels - If you have traveled a lot, you have had a canceled flight.  Do you know how to do an airport in such cases?

Well, on a recent canceled flight on Norwegian Air from Berlin to New York, we had to do it.  Our experience is now your gain.

The slide show above shows you step by step, how it was accomplished.  Here we will explain it.

For starters, ...

Travels’ Winter Storm Advisory - Major Roads Closed, Flights Canceled - Stay Home

TAPintoTravels - This may be a first for us, but stay home. 

The storm over our New Jersey and New York affiliates left most roads snow covered and slippery.  Gov. Phil Murphy called a state of emergency and asked residents to refrain from unnecessary travel.  Over 1,400 flights were already canceled on Wednesday.

School Closures from the ...

1,415 Area Flights Cancelled - Travels’ Tips & Tricks - Flying Inclement During Weather

TAPintoTravels - Whenever there is inclement weather, it pays to keep informed.  Today, 540 flights from Newark, 450 from JFK and 425 from LaGuardia have already been canceled.  In other words, you are probably screwed today.

Most Airlines now offer APP, text, or email updates to flight delays.  Make sure to sign up for them.  That will be your ...

Update From TAPintoTravels Affiliates and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt On the Impact of the Storm

TAPintoTravels and ESPN Talk Show Host Scott Van Pelt managed to make it their respective destination in Florida despite the weekend storm and its disruptions.  Scott described the storm damage to us (we traveled from our assignment in Ohio) And offered his advice for our return to NYC.

TAPintoTravels kept up to date with the storm aftermath ...

TAPintoTravel’s Local Player Josh Pauls and Team USA Top Canada for Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medal in Sudden Death OT, 2-1

March 22, 2018

PYEYONG CHANG, SOUTH KOREA - Declan Farmer scored the equalizer with just 37.8 seconds to play in the third period and tallied his second goal of the game 3:30 into overtime to lead the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team over Canada, 2-1,  and win an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. 

Josh ...

Travel Idea - You Feel Like Freezing Your Beachballs Off this Saturday? - It’s a Polar Bear Plunge Benefiting the Special Olympics New Jersey

TAPintoTravels – On Saturday, Feb 24, an anticipated 7,000 people will brave the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean, participating in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, all to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. This Plunge is especially noteworthy because it is the ...

Travels Hero Spotlight - Paralympian to Inspire Patient at Children’s Specialized Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lance Vargas of Edison suffered life-threatening injuries in October of 2017.

Since then, he has been a patient at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, recovering after a 30-foot fall from a train trestle and contact with a power line. He sustained severe burns, and suffered an amputation to his left foot.  

Vargas is determined to get back to the ...

Regional Educational Travel - Disability Advocacy Conference to be Held in Morristown

Morristown, NJ – The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools in Northern New Jersey announces its 2018 Conference and Resource Fair, “Advocacy in Action”. The event will feature keynote speakers and disability rights advocates, Senator Richard Codey and David Hespe, Esq., former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, among others. Parents, families, ...

TAPinto Travels Hero Spotlight

Totowa Resident Sets Sights To Become A Paralympian In 2022

TOTOWA, NJ – One borough resident will stop at nothing to achieve her goals, despite an injury, and is setting out as a medal hopeful for the 2022 Paralympic Games, to be held in Beijing, China.

Courtney Mould, a 25-year-old graduate of Passaic Valley High School's class of 2011, suffered a traumatic brain injury in ...

United Airlines’ Response to Dexter the Peacock Incident at Newark Airport

Responding to a request from TAPintoTravels, United Airlines’ Spokesperson provided this statement regarding the now viral sensation surrounding “Dexter the Peacock”.  For our original story, please go to TAPintoTravels.

For context, the conversation occurred in the lobby. Please see below for our statement on the peacock and our statement on emotional ...

Travels Focus - Rogers Center Offers WNY Fans a Taste of Major League Baseball

April 21, 2018

TORONTO, ON -- The start of the Major League Baseball season means summer is drawing closer. While there are no MLB teams to follow in the Greater Olean or Buffalo areas for summer, a trip across the border to Canada leads to the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League East.

The Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays play, is regarded as one of the unique venues of baseball.

Travels Backstage and Under Stage Tour - Plus Welcome From Phil X

Our tour of backstage began with a friendly face.  It belonged to Phil X of Bon Jovi.

Then they escorted us through the Underworld.

Before taking the stage...

The story began as one would expect with a proud Jersey Mom.

For our main article, please visit: 


Local Travels - Lifehouse, Andy Grammer, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited to Perform for 2018 NJ Balloon Festival

READINGTON, NJ – Balloons may be the main attraction at the annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, but music also takes center stage here.

The festival will be held July 27 through July 29 at Solberg Airport and this year’s main music attractions have been announced.

On Friday evening, Andy Grammer will perform. His debut album featured the platinum singles ...

Travels Visited the New Taylor Swift Exhibit at Newark’s Grammy Museum Experience in the Rock

NEWARK, NJ - TAPintoTravels got a special invite to see the new Taylor Swift Experience exhibit at  the Newark GRAMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center (“The Rock”).  The exhibit opens to the public tomorrow.

The exhibit was curated and supplied items directly by Taylor Swift and her mother. It definitely shows in the exhibits. You will see ...

Ready Set, Travel Road Show! Southern Ocean Chamber Prepares for Party Planning Tour on April 22

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ - The Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its 10th Annual self guided wedding and party planning event.

This event is packed with professionals, giveaways and one of a kind access for all things needed to throwing a celebration.

Looking for the perfect destination to hold a milestone celebration? Weddings, reunions, parties of all kinds can always ...

TAPinto Travels to South Carolina, Announces 2017/18 NFL 4 Fingers Winner

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Although winning late is critical, in the NFL seasons are built with early September wins. A team never wants to fall too far behind in the standings. Those early losses always seem to bite and eking out an early win can mean the difference between winning a wildcard spot or going home.

This year’s winner of the Johnny 4 Fingers NFL Picks Pool followed the ...

Jack Johnson and Incubus to Headline Inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, NJ

April 5, 2018

Asbury Park, NJ - The inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Festival has announced its initial lineup featuring headliners Jack Johnson and Incubus, along with performances from Social Distortion, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Brandi Carlile, Milky Chance, Blondie, Kaleo, The Front Bottoms, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, and more.  With feet in the sand, fans will enjoy music on the beach ...

NJ Turnpike Exit 14A Work Set to Begin Wednesday Night

BAYONNE, NJ – The final portion of the NJ Turnpike Exit 14A construction project is slated to begin on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

Weather permitting, work will continue for the next 15 nights to complete the project on the highway’s toll plaza and area roadways, according to a post on the city’s website.

Work is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. each night, with the exception of ...

Travels Partner Brings Passover to Light with Rabbi Mike Fine

SECAUCUS, NJ - TJ Stone gets the full scoop from Rabbi Mike Fine on Passover.

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TAPintoTravels Area Teens Invited to the First Meeting of Aviation Explorer Post 523

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Exploring helps young people make more informed decisions about future careers and learn about different jobs within a particular field. 

In that vein, Aviation Explorer Post 523 will hold its first meeting for young men and women, ages 14-20, on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m., at DM Airports, 8 Airport Road in Morristown. Future meetings will ...

Travel Advisory for Those Using I-78 Cooridor

This just in from our Warren local bureau.  

WARREN, NJ - The noise you hear is a helicopter. As of 6:18am, a car crash on I-78 westbound just west of Exit 40 - CR 531 in Warren has tied up traffic in the area.

The left lane is closed on Tuesday morning and helicopters hovering over the highway have shattered the morning quiet.  

I-78 is a major artery for the ...

Local Travel Idea - Luna Park is Open Ushering in Coney Island’s Season

Coney Island is one of those rare places that unites history with modernity, as well as quiet, residential life with the craziness of an amusement park overlooking a beach. Because of the contrasts, the area is as loved by tourists and New Yorkers alike. Whether you are coming alone, with friends, a date, or with family, there is something for everyone throughout Coney Island..

Luna ...

Travels Notification - David Hogg Tweeted That April 20 Is a National School Walkout Day

April 16, 2018

Early this morning, David Hogg announced a national walkout day April 20.  The event will begin at 10 a.m.

Events are planned for students across the country. You can find more information on those events at this website.

For more regularly updated information, please visit here.



Travel to Newport Rhode Island, This Spring or Summer

TAPintoTravels - Newport has a long and storied history that includes hosting the America’s Cup sailing races, Gilded Age mansions and believe it or  not, in 1663 Benedict Arnold was elected the first governor of the colony in Newport. The city by the sea, like much of the small state, is a tale of two cultures and visitors can savor both during a weekend excursion this ...

Travel Fun - Senators Cory Booker is Bested by Senator Jeff Flake in a Snowball Fight on Capital Hill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Cory Booker of New Jersey had a spirited snow ball fight in front of Capital Hill.  This combines multiple things that we like at TAPintoTravels.  It includes extended work travel, a great tourist city, and two grown men having fun.

Is it immature?  A little. Is it funny?  Definitely.

The sad part is Cory got bested by ...

New Jersey Travels - Savor the Spring with a New Jersey Winery Tour

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Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day.  Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings.  Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic ...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Honored Before Mets Opener

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were honored prior to the New York Mets’ first spring training game Friday.

Prior to the start of the game with the Atlanta Braves at First Digital Field, the crowd paused for a moment of silence to honor the 17 people killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the school.

In addition, five of the ...

Travels Spotlight - Parkland Photographer Hopes to Help Bring Unity and Change After Marjory Stoneman Douglas Tragedy

PARKLAND, FL - For Parkland photographer and mom, Paulina Splechta, photography is not only her livelihood, it's also her passion.  After the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, she is using her photography skills to help to bring unity and change.  Most recently, she captured the flowers, signs, and well-wishes adorning the front fence at the high school.

Splechta said, "I ...

Travels News - Oman is Named Partner Country of the 2020 ITB Berlin

March 26, 2018

Press Release

The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show and the Sultanate officially announced their partnership at ITB Berlin

The Ministry of Tourism and ITB Berlin have announced that the Sultanate of Oman is to be the Official Partner Country of the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show in 2020. 

Tourism Minister, H.E. Mr. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrizi said: “ITB ...

TAPintoTravel’s Local Player Josh Pauls and Team USA Top Canada for Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medal in Sudden Death OT, 2-1

PYEYONG CHANG, SOUTH KOREA - Declan Farmer scored the equalizer with just 37.8 seconds to play in the third period and tallied his second goal of the game 3:30 into overtime to lead the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team over Canada, 2-1,  and win an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. 

Josh ...

Travels Spotlight - 25th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Continues Through May 28

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - The 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort continues through May 28, 2018. The first festival in was a 38-day celebration, for 2018 it is 90 days of gardens and topiaries. 2018 is also the 35th anniversary of Epcot.

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is showcasing millions of ...

Air Travel Disruptions - Newark and Laguardia Airports Are Reporting Delays of 1 to 2 Hours.

TAPintoTravels - The weather continues to play havoc on local air travel.  Newark is reporting average delays of 1 hour 41 minutes and LaGuardia is experiencing 59 minute delays.

Most Airlines now offer APP, text, or email updates to flight delays.  Make sure to sign up for them.  That will be your fastest way to get notifications. Also, ...

Travels Spotlight - Introducing Augustus – Baby Hippo Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a Boy!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL- Weighing in a 168 pounds, Augustus is the first hippopotamus born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park in 13 years. Augustus was born January 13.

Nile hippos are a vulnerable species with a declining population in the wild. Augustus' parents, Tuma and Henry, were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the ...

Travels Spotlight - New Jersey Athlete Leads 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team to First Victory

PYEYONG CHANG, SOUTH KOREA - Josh Pauls, of Green Brook, is the team captain and defenseman on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team competing in the 2018  Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeyong Chang. The  United States defeated Japan, 10 - 0 in the preliminary round on Saturday. and faces the Czech Republic on Sunday at 11 p.m. ET (NBCSN, live ...

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