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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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Apple Pay Does Disney World, But What About the Rest of the World?

October 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Blah blah blah Apple Pay. Although it seems like the new mode of payment is all anyone can talk about this week, the attention is for good reason. Apple Pay is hopefully the first step towards a future we've always envisioned for travelers, a future served by universal payment.

Granted, Apple Pay has a long long way to go before we can hold up our phone to pay for bus fare in Hong Kong one day, and do the same to pay the bill at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Denmark the next, but the growing ubiquity of iPhones and iPads means this native Apple app has serious potential, not to mention that many other countries have already eclipsed the US in contactless payment technology.

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Travel Contest Alert: Win Tickets on a KLM Final Flight

October 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we talk about exciting, historical flights we typically talk about inaugurals. First flights are celebrated for a reason; they are a promise of travel to come and often a demonstration of the growth of a community or the prowess of new technology. Why, then, shouldn't we also celebrate the end of a service, after an airplane has delivered on its promise?

KLM agrees, and they're now holding a contest for one lucky AvGeek to join the final flight of their MD-11 on November 11.

KLM has been flying the three-holers since 1993, and will retire them from the fleet next month.

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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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Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Stockholm's Cool and Creative Södermalm

October 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

A typical trip to Stockholm probably consists of a visit to the Vasa museum to see the viking ship or a stop by the Abba museum, where you can listen to “Waterloo” on a continuous loop for two hours. You’ll probably visit the beautiful, golden buildings of Gamla Stan and pop in the chic shops on Drottninggatan.

But you’ll likely overlook the up-and-coming neighborhood Södermalm, which was home to Greta Garbo and to that girl with the dragon tattoo (you can even visit her actual flat).

In a former life, Södermalm was the poorest district of Stockholm, the site of executions, the shipyard, and later working class ruins. Today, Södermalm attracts the posh folks to its SoFo district—aptly named and modeled after London and NYC’s SoHo—along with eclectic bars, cafes, and cliff-side views. It’s comparable to the resurgence of Brooklyn.

Recently rated among the trendiest places in the world, here’s a quick exploration into what’s going on in Södermalm:

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Summertime' in Venice with Katharine Hepburn

Where: Italy
October 21, 2014 at 11:53 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.

Planning for the trip of a lifetime can be just as exciting as getting on the plane to step foot in your dream city. 'Summertime" follows the story of Jane Hudson (played by Katharine Hepburn) as she squirrels away her wages from her elementary school secretary job to escape Akron, OH during summer break and head to Venice. A young and beautiful American woman traveling alone in La Serenissima, what could go wrong?

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How Oscar de la Renta Made Punta Cana's Paradise Possible

October 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the beach at Tortuga Bay

Flying to the resort town of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic? You have more than just nature to thank for its beauty.

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who passed away last night at the age of 82, was one of the major partners behind developing the area. de la Renta, who was born in Santo Domingo and grew up in the Dominican Republic before leaving for Paris at 18 to pursue art, first made Casa de Campo famous and then moved on to develop his own enclave at Punta Cana.

Here's three places Oscar's legacy lives on, in tropical style:

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Forget Wine Bars, One Airport is Developing Its Own Winery

October 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Beer and wine at the airport is hardly anything new, but when that wine is made right at the airport—now that’s something worth an intentional layover.

That’s the plan over in South Africa, as the Cape Town International Airport is planning to produce wine right in the terminal. They’re starting off small, as the plan is to just make around 700 bottles of Merlot every couple of years.

Officials have already invested around $20,000 into the operation, and the experts over at Du Preez wine estate are helping establishing the cellar in the concourse.

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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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How Apple Pay Makes Life Easier for Travelers

October 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Apple Pay is the hot topic of conversations this week, as Apple releases their "credit card killer" for easier, and more secure payments. So far it's only available to Americans, for use in the United States, but as this is only the beginning of Apple Pay we can see an expanded future ahead. So, how to get started?

First off, you must be in possession of an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air 3 running iOS 8.1, and you must enable passcode lock and, for the iPhone, Touch ID (fingerprint recognition). It's extra layers of security.

For help with setting it up, check out AppleInsider, which we did and then immediately headed out to Walgreens to purchase a few mini travel toiletries.

Apple Pay performed beautifully. When the cashier totaled up our purchases, our Passbook Apple Pay screen switched itself to prompt us to place our finger for Touch ID. When our print cleared, the phone vibrated and chimed, and displayed a small record of the transaction including store name and location.

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'I Flew 9,500 Miles and Did Not Catch Ebola'

October 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (4)

In the midst of the "Ebola in America" panic, Jaunted's editor flew around the world and has this to say for her experience:

In the course of about 30 hours last week, I flew through 5 major international airports and did not catch Ebola. I flew in Economy, surrounded by other passengers, for four of the five segments, and did not catch Ebola.

The routing: Hong Kong - Los Angeles (LAX) - Las Vegas - Dallas (DFW) - Detroit

Between Dallas and Detroit I used upgrade credits to go from the back of the plane to the front, for the perks of a little extra recline and a hot meal after a long day of travel. People onboard each flight coughed, sneezed, ate snacks, drank beverages, used the restroom, and snored. I did not wear a face mask, I didn't use antibacterial lotion (like Purell) any more than normal, I did spend one night sleeping on the floor at Las Vegas Airport, and yet I did not catch Ebola.

To reiterate: I flew 9500 miles and did not catch Ebola, nor did I ever fear I would, despite being unaware of my seatmate's travel itineraries and health levels. I am going to fly just as intensely next week as well, and I do not fear contracting Ebola on that journey either.

If you're traveling soon (to anywhere except Western Africa) and are even the littlest bit worried, we highly recommend having a read of this Vox.com article, "Can you get Ebola on a plane?"

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