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The Quirimbas Archipelago: How Do You Even Reach This Private Island Paradise?

October 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever seen a photo of a destination and thought, "I HAVE TO GO TO THERE?" Sure you have, because who hasn't? It's as base a desire as having a taste for a different cuisine for dinner.

This morning we were afflicted with a serious case of wanderlust, after reading on HotelChatter of the newest private island resort, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa:

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Too Much Tequila? Leave the Bar Behind for These Activities in Cabo San Lucas

October 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cabo has been no stranger to the front lines of travel news of late, first with the announcement of new routes on Delta and more recently in the wake of the hurricane. We wish the whole area a speedy recovery, and hope the damage doesn't discourage visitors for too long.

Given that the high season in Mexico is now in sight, many of you may already have plans to head south to Baja this winter. If that's the case, you're most likely planning to partake in a bit of tequila. Which is understandable. Most people think of Cabo as a collegiate destination that specializes in dollar beers and watered-down margaritas, and that's certainly part of it. But over the course of a few visits, we discovered that it is still possible to experience what Cabo used to be, before marketing agencies and tourism boards decided to foster the spring-break atmosphere in San Lucas, before developers bulldozed much of the dramatic, rocky coastline.

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WOW Air, Iceland's Cute Airline, Announces Boston and Washington DC Flights from $125

Where: Iceland
October 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hope you are sitting down, because the long-awaited budget flights between the US and Iceland are finally happening and already on sale.

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW Air has been serving up spicy low fares from their home at Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport to Europe since 2011. This morning they announced their next destinations: Boston from March 2015 and Washington DC from June 2015, with flights from $125 each way.

Deep breaths. Notoriously expensive Iceland is indeed about to become a much more affordable hotspot for 2015 travel, but the deals don't stop there. WOW Air is also offering specials from their new US destinations to continue on to Europe and the UK, including £99 each way on over to London or Copenhagen.

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Order off the 'After Hours' Menu at Copenhagen's Sexy Burger Joint

October 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Can you hear it now?

“I’ll take the chicken burger, fries, a vibrator, two cock rings, and the 50 Shades of Grey whip set.” Yes, officially licensed 50 Shades of Grey sex gear is on the menu.

Sounds outrageous but a restaurant in Copenhagen recently added sex toys to its late-night, “After Dark” menu. According to Hot Buns restaurant owner Mathias Kær, he told The Local.dk, “On Friday and Saturday nights there are only two things most people want: sex and food. We’re combining them both.” Logical enough, because, when I’m stumbling home after a night out, the first thing I think to purchase isn’t a slice of pizza, but rather a $15 burger and four new cock rings.

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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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