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Visit This Abandoned DC-3 Airplane, Now a Hotel Bar

Where: Airways Hotel, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
November 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

View from the Vue Restaurant at the Airways Hotel, Port Moresby

In our initial article on the new visa requirements for Americans visiting Papua New Guinea, we mentioned that Port Moresby carried a cost of living on par with cities like New York and Paris.

That was not a misprint; it’s very true, and a lot of it has to do with the influx of foreign mining companies, including Exxon and Mobil, that have jacked up rates for everything from real estate to recreation. This means that most of the traditional, local culture has been pushed out and replaced with gated communities and oversized malls, leaving Port Moresby in a confusing state of transition.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Out of Africa' Makes You Want to Get in Africa

November 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Early in the 20th century, two young Danes decide to get married and head to Africa to open up a dairy farm in British East Africa. Sounds like a perfect dream escape for the adventurous pair as they start a new ex-patriot life in the colonial continent of 1913, but of course it doesn't come easy. Enter "Out of Africa."

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16 Kids Toy Stores Located Inside International Airports

November 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season for a little holiday shopping, and if you’re stuck at the airport—or are just on layover—the terminals and concourses might be a great place to cross a few people off the list. From Sydney to Salt Lake City there are toy stores doing their thing at plenty of airports, but just remember to pick up those batteries.

In no particular order here are some toy stores at airports across the globe, and we can’t help but imagine that the perfect gift or goodie is there waiting for you. Let’s just hope it doesn’t cost a lot of frequent flyer miles to find it—good luck:

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Cartagena, Colombia Heats Up with Yet Another New Route from JetBlue

November 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas."

Winter weather may be a headache for airlines and travelers both, but the change of seasons brings with it one big plus: seasonal routes to sunny destinations!

On October 29 JetBlue stuck another line on their route map with an inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport down to Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport in Colombia. That was a busy day for Fort Lauderdale; it launched in tandem with a Las Vegas route out of FLL.

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Katy Perry Skipped the AMAs to Climb Sydney's Harbour Bridge

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

Katy Perry didn't make it to last night's American Music Awards, but she had a good excuse! Instead of on stage, she was busy sunning herself in Sydney and smiling on top of the famous Harbour Bridge.

The songstress did appear on the show via satellite from Australia after winning Single of the Year, Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock, and Favorite Female Artist Adult Contemporary.

Katy spent most of Sunday hanging out with her entourage on a luxury yacht in Sydney Harbour. She went swimming, shared cocktails with friends, lounged on the deck and ate ice cream. She had plenty to celebrate, not only did she take home three AMAs, but it was also confirmed that she will perform at the Super Bowl in 2015.

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How to Get a Visa to Visit Papua New Guinea

November 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to new opportunities in tourism, Papua New Guinea might be the latest and greatest travel destination not named Myanmar. The latter’s recent surge is due to, among other political improvements, a complete restructuring of its tourism policies in 2013. In very much the same way, Papua New Guinea, after nearly four decades of struggling to find its footing as an independent country, has slowly been transitioning into a destination foreigners can feel comfortable visiting.

According to its Tourism Authorities, only 5,000 Americans visit PNG each year, putting those who make the journey in an exclusive class of travelers. Despite what you might assume from a generally poor population, the cost of living in Port Moresby is on par with other major cities around the world—think the high rates of New York and Paris—mostly thanks to the influx of foreign mining companies over the past decade, a list that includes Exxon and Mobil.

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What to Expect from 2014's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

November 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no fun to travel around Thanksgiving. It is, however, fun to anticipate and hop on any travel deals that result from the shopping rush around Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1).

We've gathered a few of the more promising deals upcoming later this week, and there's only more to be had.

If you come across any other worthwhile travel deals, please share them in the comments and we'll have a more precise list come Black Friday itself.

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The Only 5 Tips You Need for Stress-Free Thanksgiving Travel

November 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Weather Channel's headline of "Wind, Snow, East Coast Storm May Frustrate Fliers and Drivers" isn't what travelers want to read before heading out for a stressful holiday trip. And yet that's exactly what much of the United States will do this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

To prevent entering the five emotional stages of a flight delay, and keep your cool so you reach your destination as close to on-time as possible, take our tried and true airport survival tips to heart:

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SFO's Secret Passage is a New Temptation for Terminal 1 Travelers

November 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

For travelers flying out of Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport the options are pretty limited for dining and entertainment and, to make matters worse, the Delta Sky Club is located before the security checkpoint. Those stuck with this situation are traveling on AirTran, Delta, Frontier and Southwest.

At least they were stuck with it, as the good news arrives that SFO has opened up a new passageway connecting the boring and bland Terminal 1 with the contemporary and cool Terminal 2. We have a whole tag tied in with T2 at SFO, and we love everything about T2's shiny digs, from the bathroom and yoga room to the free WiFi and plentiful electrical outlets (not to mention a food court with a Pinkberry).

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Log On for Free Gogo and Boingo WiFi This Wednesday

November 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

You are a little braver—and maybe daring—than we are, as for the most part we will be staying put during the madness that is the Thanksgiving travel week. However, if you’re planning to be on the move this week there’s a few travel tech goodies that might just help the journey go that much more smoothly—or at least a little better.

The folks over at Verizon are getting into the holiday season, and by doing so they are giving away some stuff. It’s all part of a new holiday that they have basically made up, as apparently now the day before Thanksgiving will be known as Connection Day.

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Weekend Reads: From Real Good Airport Eats to a Faked First Class Flight

November 21, 2014 at 8:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travel is a 24/7/365 business, so at the end of every week we'll share stories you may have missed.

· The World’s Tiniest Countries and the Eccentrics Who Rule Them [WIRED]

· On the Flight Deck with 787 Test Pilot Heather Ross [NYCAviation]

· The Pan Am Experience: Inside dinner on a fake Pan Am 747 at Air Hollywood [BrianSumers]

· 10 babymoon tips for new parents [Expedia/TripStyler]

· Where to eat at Detroit Metropolitan Airport [Eater]

· Airbnb launches £9 'Pineapple' travel magazine [Marketing Magazine]

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Venice is Tired of Noisy Rolling Luggage, May Fine Tourists Up to $620

Where: Venice, Italy
November 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember how we said that luggage is the worst? Yeah, well the whole of Venice, Italy agrees and may even be successful with a new proposal to outlaw rolling baggage.

As there are only two ways to get around Venice (by foot or by boat), tourists who haven't lined their pockets with enough cash for a private water taxi transfer typically have to hoof it along canals, down alleys, and over bridges to reach their accommodation, lugging their baggage the whole way.

2013 was a record year for Venice tourism; La Serenissima welcomed nearly 60,000 daily visitors on average. The Venice Times actually figured out that each Venetian who lives in the historic center (excluding the islands) is "'in charge' of about 354 tourists per day." Compare that to Florence's 22 tourists per resident, and it's obvious Venice is a little crowded. Each visitor naturally arrives with some belongings, and that's exactly the problem.

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