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Beyond the Beach: Fort Lauderdale for LGBT Travelers

October 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

You guys, the temps are starting to drop as fast as crimson and golden leaves from trees, so it's high time to daydream about sand beaches, sunny skies, and fruity cocktails. We already talked about how hot the city of Fort Lauderdale is for the average sun seeker, but more and more it's overtaking Miami as an LGBT destination.

The city was recently named the "The Destination of the Year" by ManAboutWorld, as the top city for gay, lesbian and transgender visitors. Broward, the county that Fort Lauderdale calls home, is one of the most progressive in the U.S., from electing openly gay officials to passing same-sex domestic partnership benefits and barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity.

Fun fact: Fort Lauderdale was first US city to have a dedicated travel page for LGBT tourists, even integrating gay-friendly images to their mainstream tourism campaigns.

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Help Restore Coral Reefs on Your Next Dive in the Florida Keys

October 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Coral Restoration Foundation now offers divers in the Florida Keys a unique opportunity to take action while doing something they love.

CRF encourages divers of all skill levels to take action through their core outreach programs. The 1- and 2-day excursions include classroom instruction and hands-on experience learning reef restoration techniques.

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Landed at Logan? Take This Bus to Boston's Back Bay

October 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Public transportation options to get to the airport are typically never hard to come by in big cities, but that doesn't mean they are always quick and convenient. If you live in a city, you no doubt have friends that decide to take a taxi or Uber to the airport instead of the subway or bus. Sometimes patience and time runs thin, and it's just easier to hop in a car than change subway lines or sit through a million bus stops.

Which is why when we see a city make a nice gesture in helping make the trip painless, we have to tip our cap. Last week in Boston, while making camp in the Back Bay neighborhood, we were about to embark on a multi-line subway trip when we discovered that there was a direct bus that serviced the area, leaving every 20 minutes and heading directly to the airport.

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How to Get Tickets to the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando

October 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Next month EDC Orlando returns with two days of music, carnival rides, pyrotechnics, interactive art installations and special effects at Tinker Field.

Taking place on Nov. 27 & 28, the Electric Daisy Carnival makes the audience the headliners, by striving to "create an environment where you can celebrate life, love, art and music, and be the truest version of yourself." EDC 2014 makes it easy to find something to celebrate with three stages, a full amusement park, fully stocked bars, free water stations, one-of-a-kind art pieces, theatrical performers roaming the grounds and, of course, dozens of musical acts.

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Quiet Bubbles and Virtual Reality: What You Missed at the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo

October 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, the airline industry descended upon Seattle for the North American side of the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo, a conference that focuses on the future of passenger experience and interior cabin design.

Not only are related issues discussed, but private companies present their products to the airlines, aimed at inventing and improving the future of air travel.

Here's some takeaways from the conference:

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It's Not Your Imagination; Rental Car Companies Do Prefer Certain Cars

October 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you think back on your last few rental car encounters there’s probably a decent chance that one of your vehicles was something like a Chevy Impala. The New York Times takes a look on why your car seems to be the same make and model time and time again, and it makes us want to pay a little extra to get something a little more unique, comfortable, and less Impala-y.

The Chevy Impala has been the top selling rental car for the last couple years, and just in 2013 alone they sold roughly 90,000 of the things—destined to sit at the airport awaiting your arrival. In fact more than half of the Impalas sold in the United States last year joined rental car fleets rather than heading to driveways.

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Travelers Just Can't Seem to Find Oahu's 'Other' Airport, Kalaeloa

October 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Getting to the airport can be a real hassle. The signs aren’t totally clear, you can’t figure out where to return the car, and sometimes the difference between arrivals and departures is a little tricky. In Oahu, however, travelers have started complaining about the location of the area's other airport, and have missed their flights as a result of confusion.

Most travelers, as in like 99% of them, do their thing in and out of Honolulu International Airport, and that’s usually not a problem to find. However, it’s the smaller airport on the western side of the island that’s proving a problem.

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Three Drive-In Movie Theaters with Halloween Film Festivals

October 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're a scary movie fan you know October is the most wonderful time of the year. And, a few of the country's remaining Drive-In theaters have special events and screenings planned all month long just for you. Check out what three of the best Drive-Ins are doing to celebrate Halloween.

Electric Dusk Drive-In

Electric Dusk Drive-In in downtown Los Angeles is one of the only Drive-Ins where you can watch your favorite movies against a major city skyline. Tickets are $11 per person. If you'd rather be out under the stars, Astroturf tickets are $9. VIP tickets with admission for four people plus snacks is $50. Next weekend the theater is getting into the spirit with Two Nights of Halloween featuring Rosemary's Baby and Friday The 13th.

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It's Not All That Easy to Find Good Poke in Hawaii

October 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Although unassuming, Alicia's Market in Honolulu boasts one hell of a poke bar

When it comes to enjoying sushi and raw fish, there is a sense of elegance that comes along with how refreshing and clean it is in both appearance and taste. Funny, then, that the best poke I found during my swing through the Hawaiian Islands was typically from places where the idea of buying raw fish looks really bad on paper. Like, liquor stores and chain grocery conglomerates, to name a few.

Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised after discovering that the best bread on Molokai was from one of the shadiest bakeries I've ever seen. The lesson here is that while you might be enticed to seek out somewhere fancy for raw fish, the most impressive poke bars are often found in the most unimpressive of places as far as appearances go. Below, we list a few recommendations that we were led to during our travels to illustrate the point. When you go, be sure to ask around town for the best place, and hopefully this teaches you not to roll your eyes if they send you to a grocery store.

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Short Flights on Small Planes Won't Be Left Off United's In-Flight WiFi Plan

October 17, 2014 at 8:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for United flyers, as the airline is bringing its WiFi capabilities to even more planes. Now the cramped legroom and narrow cabins of all those United Express regional jets will be slightly improved, since they're next to have the switch flipped on in-flight WiFi.

Installations will start sooner rather than later, and the fleet is expected to be finished at some point next summer. All in all they’re looking to install the wires, cables, and antennas on over 200 planes. WiFi of course will be a great option, but the up in the air connectivity should also work for their snazzy streaming service too—check out our thoughts on that.

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This is What's at the End of Kauai's Most Famous Hike

October 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our campsite on Kalalau Beach at the end of the Kalalau Trail on Kauai

Just about a year ago, we hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail on Kauai's Na Pali Coast, calling it one of the prettiest coastal hikes we had ever walked while showing off the photos. After such an impressive experience, we decided to return to tackle the entire trail and spend two nights at Kalalau Beach before hiking back out.

Although the 11-mile hike begins and ends at sea level, the Kalalau Trail gains and then drops a total of 5,000 feet in elevation via a series of rolling valleys along the Na Pali coast. In addition to the rigorous ups and downs of the terrain, the trail is very narrow at times with unstable footing, especially when it rains, right along the cliffside. It doesn't require any technical experience, but it does require that you are able to maintain good balance with a full pack.

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What You Need to Know for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights 24

Where: 6000 Universal Blvd [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32819
October 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 brings the 24th annual Halloween Horror Nights to Universal Studios Orlando. You know the drill—each fall crowds converge on the park to experience the transformation; by day Universal Studios welcomes guests of all ages to experience the new Despicable Me ride, ET's bike, and pose for photos with Spongebob, while at night the park turns itself into a giant live action horror movie suited for teenagers and adults.

A gaggle of writers work year-round to come up with the themes and schemes that inhabit Universal's annual Halloween Horror Nights. For this, the 24th incarnation of fright, Universal went heavy on the intellectual property, AMC's Walking Dead is back again, with Dracula, Halloween, Alien Vs Predator and From Dusk Till Dawn comprising 5 of the 8 houses. Furthermore, "scare zones" are back, there are four of them, but overarching themes are still a thing of the past — tag lines rule the day, and this year’s line is “You’ve Been Warned”.

We toured each of the eight haunted houses and the four scare zones, and while all the houses had plenty to offer, here are this year’s rankings:

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