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It's Easy to See Why the Larapinta Trail is One of Australia's Top Treks

September 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we went on a six-day excursion and hiked several sections of the Larapinta Trail, a walk that runs 139 miles through the Northern Territory of Australia. In the past few years, it has become known as one of the country's top treks due to its beautiful desert landscape and challenging rocky terrain. It starts in Alice Springs, is broken down into 12 sections, and is meant to take the average hiker 10-14 days to complete.

We did just over 60 miles of it over the course of the week, walking between 8 and 12 miles each day. It was an ideal time to tackle it, with the weather transitioning from winter to spring in the desert. Clear nights and moderate temperatures allowed us to sleep outside our tents under the stars, and it was hard to find a cloud in the sky on most days.

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What's the Trick to Being Fastest Through Airport Security?

September 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (2)

In the 2009 movie “Up in the Air,” George Clooney plays an ultra-frequent flyer experiencing a crisis of self as he nears the 10-million-mile mark. Towards the beginning, when his travels are still very much upbeat, there’s a memorable scene as he passes through airport security and leaves in his dust the discombobulated casual travelers around him. The key to that slickness is his polished routine of ultimate efficiency in the security line.

Shoes, belt, jacket, carry-on—not a hair is out of place on Clooney despite the best efforts of the TSA. He comes across as truly the master of frequent flying.

But does his routine actually work?

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Into the Wild'

September 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM | 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.

Going off the grid is something many people may dream of, but rarely does it become the entire focus of a film. Not only is 'Into the Wild' the tale of a young man's voyage to fulfill a lifelong dream to get to Alaska on his own, but this true story shows the perils of wilderness travel and how the journey can be completely worth the risk.

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The Best of New England's Traditional Fall Festivals

September 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

The calendar still shows summer, but the weather is hinting toward fall. The foliage and apple cider hasn't fully arrived yet in New England, but there are some hints that these things are on the horizon. In the interim here's some falls, festivals, and events in each state yet this September:

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How Street Art Has Made Its Way onto Hawaii's Airport Tarmacs

September 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airlines are often quick to add some new colors and other artwork to the sides of their aircraft, but the stuff that usually stay on the ground never really gets much attention—think ramps, baggage handlers, stairs, and other ground handing.

Hawaiian Airlines is changing this, however, as they’ve partnered with local artists to bring a little color and design to the tarmac.

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Where Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks & Christina Applegate are Filming This Fall

September 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Three fall three of next year's most highly anticipated movies are filming, including one that will reunite Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the big screen.

Check out where you can find these movies filming right now.

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You Need to Know This Passport Rule

September 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just as the arrival of spring means spring cleaning, so too does the coming of autumn call for a reorganization. For this season, we recommend lining up your holiday travel plans, reviewing any upcoming itineraries and, most important of all, having a detailed look at your travel documents such as visas and passports.

The US Department of State agrees, and recently even issued a nice reminder about passport validity, including some fun facts:

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Fall is the Time to See the Colors of Cano Cristales in Colombia

September 15, 2014 at 1:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

You wouldn't give it a second look most days during the year, but fall is the time when the Cano Cristales River outside of La Macarena in Colombia becomes otherworldly. From the end of summer through November, it earns its nickname of "The River of Five Colors," showing off brilliant displays of yellow, blue, black, green, and red.

The unique and predominant color of red is thanks to a river weed that flowers and makes it seem as if the water itself has changed colors, and many will even see shades of purple thrown in. Other plant life and the river's natural composition create the contrast of colors, and they can be quite spectacular, so bright and bold that they seem artificial.

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What's Old is New Again at Disney's Epcot

September 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even if you’re not too familiar with the movies that Disney has been releasing into theatres there’s a pretty good chance you know about Frozen. That’s especially the case if you have turned on the radio at all this year, as that Let It Go tune has been pretty much everywhere.

Of course there’s plenty of money to be had in the marketing and promotion surround the movie, and now Disney is bringing its cash cow even further into the theme parks.

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Ein Prosit! Lufthansa's Special Oktoberfest Crew Flies Again This Week

Where: Munich, Germany
September 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! Among the many reasons is the arrival of Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.

2014 is the ninth consecutive year for the team of 14 known as the Lufthansa "Trachten Crew," but you'll only find them passing out pretzels and greeting you with a hearty "Grüß Gott" on specific flights into and out of Munich.

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American Airlines Chucks Even More Manuals in Favor of Technology

September 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

American Airlines was one of the first carriers to bring tablets into the cockpit, and now they’re taking the electronic devices one step further.

The carrier recently announced that flight attendants would also be ditching paper manuals in favor of electronic materials. American airlines just got the go ahead from those in charge of making the rules to utilize some new Samsung tablets, and it’s all in an effort to save fuel costs—an estimated million dollars or so per year.

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Weekend Reads: From Fake Vacations to Reused Aviation

September 12, 2014 at 4:30 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.

· 10 Things You Should Eat in Belgium [CN Traveler]

· The Pan Am Experience At Air Hollywood [One Mile at a Time]

· Dutch woman fakes awesome vacation on Facebook [CTV]

· Into Romania, to the mountain of Bram Stoker [Roads & Kingdoms]

· New Recycling Programs in the Aviation Industry [AirlineReporter]

· Weird Donuts in Philly: 5 Places to Get 'Em [Zagat]