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SFO's New #Converge Room is the Most San Francisco-y Thing Ever

November 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

From yoga rooms and prayer rooms to wineries and food trucks, airports sure are thinking outside the box lately. Now, the folks over at San Fransisco International Airport have done the most San Francisco-y thing ever and created a new concept room for travelers to spend a few final minutes brainstorming and networking on the ground before boarding a flight.

A special space called Converge is now set aside for SFO passengers to come together and exchange ideas about technology, start-ups, the shared economy, "disruption," travel, politics, and ways to change the world. While the room is not limited to these ideas, the airport thinks these are good ideas to start. The #Converge brainstorming room is designed to create more of a community for those flyers who might feel lonely on a long layover, or who maybe just seek fresh input. Kitted out with free wi-fi, tables, chairs, power outlets, a white board and a magnetic chalk board, the #Converge room actually sounds like it might also be useful for "digital nomads" in transit.

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The 6 Most Festive Christmas Markets in the USA

November 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

The scene over in New York...

We’re still firmly in November, but no one can prevent the merriment and madness that is the holiday season. While every effort should be made to check out a Christmas Market over in Europe—check out what we have to say—there’s similar fun to be had here at home. So make some time on the calendar, put off that shopping list, and make your way to some of the best holiday markets across the nifty fifty:

Union Square Holiday Market - New York, New York

The Union Square Holiday Market in New York kicks off on November 20, and this year the holiday fun runs through December 24—just note they’re closed on Thanksgiving. Local artisans are on hand to sell everything from jewelry and cuff links to foodie treasures like oils and vinegars. More than a million people check it out each and every year, so maybe make it a million and one during 2014.

Christkindlmarkt - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Where better to celebrate the season than Bethlehem, and thankfully there’s one conveniently located around an hour outside of Philadelphia. The town’s market might be one of the most authentic you can find here at home, but of course there are traditions and treats that make it all its own. You do need tickets to enjoy the market—like $8 or so—as things run between November 20 and December 21. If we can’t make it this year please do enjoy some kettle corn, strudel, and hot chocolate for us.

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Disney's Perpetual Florida Summer to Frost Over with New 'Frozen' Attractions

November 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Because Disney World is in Florida, there's extremely little chance of it being hit with a White Christmas. Come 2016 however, Micky's digs will enjoy a constant winter cozies thanks to new attractions themed after the hit animated feature, 'Frozen'.

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf will call Epcot home with "Frozen-world" in where else but the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The area will feature a new Frozen ride set in a glimmering castle, plus an adventure through Arendelle, the fictional Scandinavian village in which the movie is set.

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Plymouth, MA

November 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you prefer Pilgrims to potatoes when it comes to your Thanksgiving celebrations, then make your way over to Plymouth, Massachusetts the weekend before the big day. We guess that in some ways this is where it all started, so it only seems right that the town goes all in for Turkey day festivities and fun.

Things take place on November 21 through November 23, as the weekend festivities kick off on Friday with a walk along the waterfront. Here tour guides—who may or may not being doing their best to do the Pilgrim thing—tell stories of how things went down around 350 years ago. That evening there’s a little bit of a street festival, a free concert, and they light up the downtown area.

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United Airlines Adding iPads to Each and Every Seat at EWR

November 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM | by | Comments (2)

United Airlines is offering some upgrades and improvements over at Newark Airport, but unfortunately it has nothing to do with the terminal—it’s all about the technology.

The folks over at the airline have just made a pretty big order over at the Apple Store, as they’re spending $120 million on new iPads and other gadgets to modernize bits and pieces of the airport experience. It sounds like the focus will be within Terminal C, as airline officials certainly recognize that their home at the airport is a little tired and certainly less than welcoming. We’re not so sure that travelers can be tricked by a little touch screen trendiness, but we shall see.

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How to Get Tickets to 'Dancing With The Stars: Live!'

November 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The cast of Dancing With The Stars is bringing their hit show on the road. Last week ABC announced the show's best dancers -including Kym Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Sasha Farber, Mark Ballas, and Witney Carson - will embark on a 38-city North American tour next month.

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Step Back in Time to 1970s East Germany at These 5 Berlin Spots

November 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Brandenburg Gate. Alexanderplatz. Checkpoint Charlie.

The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall has done more than just shed a brighter light on some of Berlin's best-known tourist sites; it's wholly reignited interest in the brief history of the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), aka East Germany. Although the DDR technically ceased to exist upon Berlin reunification in 1990 and East Germany feverishly adapted to Western fashion and culture, the particular details of DDR everyday life continue to fascinate.

A handful of Berlin sites continue to preserve DDR design, and anyone is welcome to visit. Here are five of our favorites:

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New York City Welcomes Tourists at JFK with Shiny New Hashtag

November 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a warm welcome awaiting you on your next visit to New York City, as the area’s tourism board—NYC & Company—has kicked off a new campaign. The welcome wagon will be doing its thing over at JFK Airport, as the new year-long campaign features some snazzy artwork that shows off more than just Manhattan.

There are 37 displays in total, and they’re so darn big that if you lined them up one-by-one they would be as long as a football field. A bunch of them are specific to some of the city’s boroughs, so that travelers can see some of the offerings of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island too. Look for them—you probably can’t miss them—as you make your way through and around terminals one, four, and eight.

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Henry Cavill and Amy Adams are Chicago Tourists When the Camera's Off

November 10, 2014 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Henry Cavill is proving he can do it all while filming Batman v Superman in Chicago.

On Friday, Henry filmed a scene in which he was suspended from a wire high above the streets of Chicago just hours after carrying his co-star Amy Adams, aka Lois Lane, to safety. And, he did it all while squeezed into that iconic Superman suit.

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Gadget Watch: Meet the World's Tiniest Travel Humidifier

November 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

When it comes to #FirstWorldProblems, travel woes typically take the cake. To paraphrase your mother’s dinner time admonishments: There are starving children in the world who don’t even have mini-bars!

With that disclaimer in mind, we’d like to take a moment to bemoan a major pet peeve: hotel rooms with air so dry, you could cure your own ham in the time it takes for the shower to warm up. If you have sinus issues, you know you’re in for a night of hell. Even if you don’t, an especially dry hotel room might mean you wake in the morning with a nosebleed and lips chapped enough to whittle a whistle.

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Eastern Airlines Seeks to Hire a Few Good Flight Attendants

November 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

So earlier this year—like way back in January, wow—we heard about an airline launching under the Eastern Air Lines brand. Well it looks like they must have some funding in place; as it appears that things continue to move forward. Now they’re looking for some people to join their planes, so if you ever thought about scoring a flight attendant position now might be the time.

Sure the route network will be limited at first, but getting your foot in the door might just lead to big things further down the line. There’s a form to fill out before hand, and we’re sure updating that resume is probably a good idea as well. If things go well there’s going to be a hiring event on November 22.

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Southwest Teams Up with Beats Audio for In-Flight Tunes

November 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not only is your mobile device a must when traveling, but now you also need to ensure you have a good pair of headphones to go with it—especially if you’re flying with Southwest Airlines. That’s because the airline just partnered up with the folks over at Beats Audio, as they’re adding up in the air music as part of their in-flight entertainment offerings.

It’s a pretty easy relationship to understand if you’re flying with Southwest, as basically they will provide streaming audio service to their passengers for free. Choose from playlists and what not all thanks to onboard WiFi—just be sure that your device is charged up and available to use. This certainly is a great companion to the other video streaming options now served up by the airline.

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