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Three's a Charm: Etihad Unveils Airbus A380, Boeing 787-9, and New Uniforms

December 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

The rule of three is a writing concept that suggests things are more satisfying when presented in groups of three. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad must have taken this to heart when planning their big reveal today, as they've not only gone ahead and welcomed their first superjumbo Airbus A380, but also thrown in a new Boeing 787-9, and a complete revamp of the crew uniforms.

The big advancements here are Economy seats with fixed headrests (supposedly covered in locally sourced camel leather) for easier napping for both airplanes, and brand new premium classes. The A380 is the show-stopper, with the "Business Studio" and "First Apartment" seats adopting a residential elegance that has a good chance of making passengers forget they're even on a plane. And there's no ignoring the Etihad Residence, a private jet cabin within a superjumbo, for a First Class above First.

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This Bar in Ghent Requires Your Right Shoe

Where: Ghent, Belgium
December 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

A bar is the last place you want to walk around shoeless. Broken glass, spilled beer, and oh-God-what's-on-the-bathroom-floor leave you nervous even in a pair of boots, let alone barefoot.

But a certain bar in Ghent, Belgium asks for a shoe as a glass deposit. That's an easy way to ensure nobody steals your mugs.

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Travel App Review: Let RideScout Do the Navigating in 69 Cities

December 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Booking a plane ticket to a new city is, for the most part, fairly easy. It's the arriving in that city which can be a headache, figuring out how best to explore and get around. Fret no more, because that's all RideScout's specialty.

This newish mobile app, available for both Apple and Android devices, helps travelers get from point A to point B faster and smarter using some GPS technology and an easy-to-use interface. RideScout gathers together all the ground transportation in the area and presents it as simply as possible, including directions, estimated cost, and arrival times, ensuring that you get where you need to go by cab, public transport, car-sharing, or biking.

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Denver is Home to the Original Candy Cane Factory Tour

December 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

It takes some serious time and effort to produce all those Christmas candies, and if you need a timeout from the holiday shopping and stress there’s a place where you can go right to the source. Over in Denver is Hammond’s Candies, and the folks there are still making plenty of stuff the old-fashioned way—including candy canes—and would love to show you around their place.

They have been making goodies and confections since like 1920, so we can only assume they know what they are doing at this point. There’s all kind of stuff to check out, and best of all the factory tours are totally free and open to the public.

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Japan is in the Process of Fixing its 'ATM Problem' for Foreigners

Where: Japan
December 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

In addition to its pricey tendencies, another aspect of Japan has traditionally frustrated foreigners when it comes to money: Many of its local banks and ATMs do not accept international bank cards.

This has been a problem for quite some time, and earlier this year, the country announced that it was going to officially tackle the problem. The Japan Times reported that the Japan Tourism Agency was "urging" the country's banks to accept international cards going forward, perhaps as early as 2015.

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EVA Air to Fly Brand New Hello Kitty 777 Nonstop Between Houston and Taipei

December 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

OMG OMG OMG. We have good news and great news, both related to Hello Kitty and a certain airline fond of covering their planes in the illustrated character.

First, the good news:

Taipei-based EVA Air will soon add another Hello Kitty aircraft to their fleet, bringing the total to 7 airplanes covered in Sanrio cuteness. The theme hasn't yet been leaked, but the plane—the second Boeing 777-300ER to sport a Hello Kitty livery (the other five are Airbus A330s)—will be delivered in May 2015. Inside will be 333 seats: 39 business class, 56 premium economy, 238 economy.

Now, the great news:

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This Deserted Caribbean Beach is Aruba's Secret Site for Plane Spotting

December 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's paradise, pure and simple. A deserted beach of white sand gently melting into clear, azure water. The waves are mere ripples, the water is of that desired "bathwater" warmth, and airplanes whizz directly overhead in the sunny sky. Welcome to one of the best, most undiscovered plane spotting locations in the Caribbean: Renaissance Island, Aruba.

It's no St. Maarten Maho Beach, but the experience will appeal to dedicated plane spotters who prize unique locations and a range of aircraft for indulging their hobby. Even sunbathers should make the easy nature walk from the Renaissance Island's developed beaches down a path to this spot, which we discovered this month while on a trip to the Southern Caribbean.

Pack your swimsuit, camera, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, and footwear a little more substantial than flip flops, and let's go...

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10 Things We Learned at Berlin's Museum Dedicated to Currywurst

Where: Berlin, Germany
December 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Only in Germany will you encounter a museum dedicated to sausage, particularly the famed currywurst. Just steps away from Checkpoint Charlie—you know that famous site that separated East and West Berlin and was often photographed with tanks during the Cold War—is the Deutsches Currywurst Museum.

At the museum, visitors can learn the history about the snack, listen to some famous currywurst tunes, watch a film dedicated to the best of the wurst, play ketchup-bottle whack-a-mole, and even sit on a most phallic of sausage couches—ohne Darm, if you catch our drift. Well, to our surprise, there was a lot to learn about this essential Berliner snack. Here are just some of the basics:

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What the Resumption of US-Cuba Relations Means for Travelers (Besides Cigars)

Where: Cuba
December 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's true. US visitors to Cuba are now allowed to bring $100 worth of Cuban cigars back into the country and it's all thanks to a little speech this morning by President Obama, to announce the resumption of US-Cuba relations for the first time since 1961.

This major development, which will see the reopening of a US embassy in Havana and easing of travel bans, came about thanks to talks orchestrated by Canada and Pope Francis in the Vatican. According to the NY Times, the final step occurred just this morning, when two world leaders picked up the telephone:

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Google Street View Finally Drives All Over Dubai

December 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wandering around for the finest falafel or searching high and low for the coolest kebab shop might be a thing of the past in Dubai thanks to Google Street View. Now a trip to the Middle Eastern nation can be as simple as heading to your laptop to plan the finer details of your itinerary.

It seems this is the first Arab country to allow Google's camera-clad cars to drive around collecting images, which now include the world’s tallest tower, largest mall, the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel, and even some of the beaches of the Arabian Gulf.

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5 Holiday Fun Runs Featuring Santas, Sweaters, and Hot Chocolate

December 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Screw the shopping and holiday responsibilities this weekend, and do something for yourself. Hit the course with these holiday runs, marathons, and 5Ks. Sure there’s a little bit of exercise involved, but since it’s Christmas time they are complete with music, candy canes, and plenty of Santa outfits:

Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk — Carmel, Indiana

Hot chocolate and donuts at the finish line?—sign us up! Take a break from shopping this weekend, and hit the course at the Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk in Carmel, Indiana. Things start at 9am on December 20 at the Monon Community Center, and if you register early enough in advance—score a Santa hat and beard.

Santa and Suds 5K Run/Walk – Clearwater, Florida

Burn off some of those holiday calories, and then put them right back on this weekend. The race begins at 3pm on December 21, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or just stroll along. All finishers will score a free beer at the finish line from Capitol Beer House, so that’s pretty darn wonderful.

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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 4

December 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.

Next up is Jaunted's Assistant Editor, Will, who seeks adventure and good storytellers when he travels:

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