Starling Travel

November 26, 2013

UFO RV in Ocotillo, CA

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

My friend, Christy Strebe, posted this photo on Facebook the other day.

UFO RVs at In-Ko-Pah Automotive in Ocotillo, CA from Starling Travel

She said:

On the way back to San Diego from Yuma… not sure why there is a group of RV’s and alien space ships.

She posted it from In-ko-pah Automotive in Ocotillo, CA.

November 25, 2013

Unique Moonview Teardrop Trailer

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 11:08 am

I was perusing the local classified ads and I found a really unique teardrop trailer.

Unique Moonview Teardrop from Starling Travel

It looks like a normal teardrop until you see the “moonview” hatch in action. (Continue Reading…)

November 20, 2013

The GM Bonanza: A Leisure-Mobile That Never Existed

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 10:01 am

A special thank you to Paleofuture for posting this drawing of the GM Bonanza.

GM Bonanza from Starling Travel

It’s a concept vehicle that never made it to the production floor, but I would have loved to see one in action. Instead of a boat stowed on the top of the motorhome, I would have loved a full patio where I could sunbathe and overlook the campground.

Barbie Star Traveler Lounge on the RoofI’ve talked about my desire for a patio on top of a motorhome before here:

Back then, I said:

Ever since I owned my Barbie Star Traveler, I have fantasized about hanging out on TOP of a motorhome. Right on the box, it showed Barbie and Skipper laying out in the sun on top of the motorhome.

It’s something that was hardwired into my brain by the sheer repetition of play. Barbie and Ken enjoyed that Star Traveler every day for YEARS. The act of putting Barbie up on the roof every day, sitting on her lawn chair that came with the camper, made me want to do it in real life, even though it’s impractical and dangerous.

The GM Bonanza is just another in a long line of fantasies that can never come true for me. Just like flying cars and magic pills that make me feel full even though all I’ve eaten is the little pill, that beauty of a concept motorhome will have to stay just that, a concept.

November 13, 2013

Confessions of a Disney Employee

Filed under: Amusement Parks — Laura Moncur @ 1:54 pm

I LOVE these cute little animated videos from a guy who used to work at Disneyland Studios in Orlando Florida. You can see all the videos here:

Such an interesting insight into the amusement parks!

November 9, 2013

FAA Will Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics

Filed under: Airline Travel — Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am

Soon, you will be able to use electronic devices on a planeThe FAA is allowing airlines to use electronic devices during ALL phases of flight! Here is the press release from the FAA:

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.

Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.

Right now, we have to turn off any electronic devices during takeoff and landing, which are such short amounts of time that I never found that to be a big problem. My biggest problem with flying is the near strip search before we get on and sitting on the tarmac for SEVEN hours without food. Until they solve those problems, I’m going to hitch up the trailer and DRIVE it every time.

Via: FAA: airline passengers may use electronic devices during all phases of flight

Image via: Even a Real Pilot Thinks We Should Use Cell Phones on Planes

November 8, 2013

Mad Magazine Skewers the Airline Industry

Filed under: Airline Travel — Laura Moncur @ 1:52 pm

I was looking at the most recent Mad Magazine, and they were making fun of all the fees that the airlines charges us, taking it to a crazy conclusion.

Click on the image to see it full-sized:

A La Carte Airlines from Starling Travel

It might seem crazy for an airline to charge you for an oxygen mask, but I wouldn’t be surprised if even more fees started showing up on our tickets.

I’ve talked about this before:

It has been almost thirty years since Carol Burnett skewered the airlines, but now, they have gotten JUST as bad as they portrayed. I wonder how long it will take until the airlines start charging us for unused barf bags, oxygen masks, seat belts and even the seats themselves.

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