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Horror Movie Filming Locations You've Gotta See for Yourself

October 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Filmmakers love Florida for romantic beach scenes and car chases, but the state has been featured in plenty of scary movies, too. Here are three Florida filming locations that might seem scary on the big screen, but in reality they couldn't be more serene.

· Florida has a long history on film. One of the state's first appearances in a horror movie was back in 1954 when producers used Wakulla Springs in Florida's Panhandle for underwater shots in Creature from the Black Lagoon. Wakulla Springs, one of the world's largest fresh water springs, is now a state park open daily for hiking, biking, and fishing.

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Only in South Florida: Starbucks' Special Latin-American Food Menu

October 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Perhaps it's the imminent arrival of winter or maybe just the fact that Florida is fun, but we've had a good time rounding out what we're calling Florida Week. But all of this sun, sand and surf got us a little tired, so we popped into a Starbucks for a pick-me-up in between our gondola ride and some beach time in Fort Lauderdale.

While most Starbucks locations around the US are in full pumpkin scone mode, select shops in Florida are offering a menu with a little Latin flare. Nestled in the chilled case, next to yogurt parfaits and sandwiches, sat a sign that read 'Sabores Tradicionales' ("traditional flavors"). In South Florida, where the community is well over the 20% Hispanic makeup of the whole state, it makes perfect sense to offer a menu of Latin-American favorites.

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Travel Contest Roundup: 7 Ways to Get Yourself to Florida

October 24, 2014 at 7:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are seven vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some island fun in the sun:

South Walton Shop & Dine Sweepstakes

Travel to the Sunshine State’s panhandle can be yours, as here they are giving away a few nights in South Walton. Sure it’s not Miami, Key West, or even Tampa—but we bet you'd still have a nice time. The winner gets four nights at the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and the prize is worth roughly $1,500. Just note—you’ll have to get yourself there, as no airfare is included.

Amazon.com “See One Direction at Universal Orlando Resort” Sweepstakes

Everyone knows Amazon has pretty much everything, but apparently they also have sweepstakes and contests too. The big winner gets a trip to Universal Orlando Resort, a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, tickets to the parks, and best of all—access to the One Direction concert! Just be sure to enter ASAP—things end today.

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How to Go Yacht-Spotting on Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway

October 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The mere mention of Fort Lauderdale conjures up thoughts of sand between toes, endless beaches, and spending most of the day simply relaxing. While the city does offer some of the best spot to work on your tan, the ballers head a bit more inland, to the Intracoastal.

Starting from the impressive beach-side marina of Bahia Mar Yachting Center, we hitched a ride with the Gondolas West boat canal tour for some yacht-spotting. Our gondola boat was humble, but could be packed with any light nibble or libations for floating by all those yachts and waterfront mansions.

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Plan Now for 2015's National Park Free Admission Days

October 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s never to early to start thinking about 2015, as there are trips to plan, tickets to book, and vacation days to take. That’s why we wanted to pass along the free offerings from the National Park Service, as once again they are offering up free entrance to plenty of parks across the country for several key dates.

Here’s what to expect for 2015:

· January 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

· February 14-16—Presidents Day Weekend

· April 18-19—Opening Weekend of National Park Week

· August 25—National Park Service Birthday (number 99 this year!)

· September 26—National Public Lands Day

· November 11—Veterans Day

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Why Amtrak Will Be Stopping for BBQ in North Carolina

October 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend Amtrak is making an extra stop down in North Carolina, and it’s all because of a little bit of barbecue.

October 25 is the day for this year’s rendition of the Barbecue Festival in uptown Lexington, North Carolina, and organizers are expecting over 100,000 attendees for the 31st annual event. The Parade of Pigs kicks off just before 9am, and then the food tents and fun opens up just around 10am. The festival is consistently on best-of lists and other must-do rundowns when it comes to food festivals, so this one is certainly one to cross off from your barbecue bucket list.

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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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