Excuse me, dahrlings, but...
Brought To You By The Letter “C”
I love a C word as much as the next news hog, but good golly, Pumpkins, this summer’s travel headlines could use with a wider alphabet. The 3 C’s dominating (enough mistress!) the news -- Crystal Cruises and Cuba --

Ivanna Gabbalot
25Aug15

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Cruising Trumps Canoeing
Most cruise ship stewards you just want to pack up and take home. Am I right, Pumpkins? Is it the ones who’ve been below deck too long who succumb to predatory urges?

Ivanna Gabbalot
19Aug15

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Is There A Face On Board?
Emirates just announced that Jennifer Aniston is to be their ‘face’. I would have picked a better body part, Pumpkins. Airlines have had many mascots over the years, but never a chin. (Reese Witherspoon’s was unavailable for a mere $5 million deal.)

Ivanna Gabbalot
12Aug15

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I'm Banning Together
Goodness, Pumpkins. I just read that in memory of a dear old lion the airlines have decided to ban together and ban trophy wives! Hear! Hear! Those women have caused more trouble than a camcorder at a hospitality suite and should be forbidden to travel. Ha. That’ll teach ‘em. And while we’re at it, let’s ban dickless dentists with guns from the human race. Just sayin’.

Ivanna Gabbalot
06Aug15

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Maybe There’s Something To All This Dreary Data
In the time it takes for a corporate air travel RFP to grind its way through the machine, a human life can be conceived (34 seconds), gestated (40 weeks) and delivered! That’s way too freakin’ long pumpkins. But, that’s what the CWT Solutions Group says a corporate air deal takes to process - 9 months or more. Holy paper-pushing Pumpkins!

Ivanna Gabbalot
30Jul15

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I’m Having Sober 2nd Thoughts
As a travel industry doyenne for more years than my fake ID would suggest, I’m no stranger to the distilled essence of the grape, the cactus or the humble potato.

Ivanna Gabbalot
27Jul15

Excuse me, dahrlings, but...
The a, b, c’s Of Little Letter Branding
Lower case is so hot right now, dahrlings. i love it. It’s so … alphabet.

Ivanna Gabbalot
20Jul15

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It’s All About Selling Yourself
A man I much admire, although I've never met in the flesh, which is rather unusual for me, Pumpkins, because it's difficult to size up a man – I mean, his character – unless you've actually met his flesh.

Ivanna Gabbalot
14Jul15

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A Selfie Ban? I’m All A Twitter!
Kid me not, Pumpkins. Have the gods of narcissism looked upon this land and said “though shalt not selfie"? Am I to no longer be subjected to obscenely disfigured poses of self-indulgent twits showing the world what they ate, where they slept, who they slept with and what monument they are voguing in front of? Praise Zeus.

Ivanna Gabbalot
07Jul15

Excuse me, dahrlings, but...
Prank Calls Are For Kids
My neighbour's kids keep calling me to ask if my fridge is running. I always fall for it, Pumpkins. Mostly because I hate warm vodka.

Ivanna Gabbalot
02Jul15

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It’s Unfathomable
We in travel will leave no stone unturned if there’s money hidden in the grime, dahrlings. The last frontier – altruism – is primed and pumped for dispensing cash.

Ivanna Gabbalot
23Jun15

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Carry On! It’s OK. Really.
As all good citizens of the airline world, IATA could not resist the tug of the lug. The tow of the tote. The lure of luggage. The trap of the sack. You get my drift, dahrlings.

Ivanna Gabbalot
16Jun15

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The Little Pink Pill Is Almost Here
The FDA really wants to approve Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ Addyi (lady Viagra) – but they aren’t sure it actually sprouts results. The last test logged half an orgasm. (I leave that with you to ponder.)

Ivanna Gabbalot
09Jun15

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Have You Been Pre-Approved?
As we all know, the CTC has been working their beavers to the bone trying to get anyone – really, anyone? - to come to Canada. (As recently noted by an Open Jaw dinkette visiting Glasgow, the slow inbound traffic could have something to do with all the Visit Canada brochure covers depicting grizzlies.)

Ivanna Gabbalot
04Jun15

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What Are They Putting In The Sea Water?
Move over Andy Stuart and HELLOO Adolfo Perez! Yummy doesn’t begin to describe this latest addition to the lineup of seafaring Hot Jocks bestowed upon us mortals.

Ivanna Gabbalot
28May15

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Tagging Weighty Matters
The media is desperately boosting AC's carry on crack-down into an issue, Pumpkins. (So much so, one of the Dinkettes here ended up on the CBC. Live. Talk about making a mountain out of a knob.)

Ivanna Gabbalot
26May15

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Canadians Discover Cuba!
Holy souvlaki, Pumpkins, the news from Celestyal Cruises just keeps getting better and better. It’s like an Aristotelean conundrum wrapped in a pita.

Ivanna Gabbalot
20May15

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High Maintenance Doesn’t Come Cheap
I remember fondly as the late Mr. Gabbalot The 3rd would come home saying “Dahrling! We made absolute gobs of money!” … and before I could bolt down the street in search of a new Birkin, he’d ad “but we just don’t have it.” In fact, it turned out I’d have to hock my last one on eBay just to pay for the cars.

Ivanna Gabbalot
14May15

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Gadgets As Fashion?
Is it just me, dahrlings? I never thought I’d say that, much less think it, but is fashion going too far? I strapped on my computer the other day, and frankly Pumpkins, it’s not me.

Ivanna Gabbalot
11May15

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What A Special Day!
WooHoo! It’s Ivanna Gabbalot Day!! I knew it! I knew the day would come! You wait your whole life for something like this.

Ivanna Gabbalot
06May15