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Should You Take a Segway Tour? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

October 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

Segways. Where there's a tourist hotspot city center, there's likely to be a Segway tour or two of it. Sometimes you're onboard, and sometimes you're not, but whatever your opinion of Segway tours, it's clear to see that they're here to stay.

We recently hopped on a Segway tour in Ft Lauderdale, Florida for something a little different, and we'd be lying if we said Segways didn't come with a list of pros and cons. If you've ever debated on taking a tour or even turned your nose up to strapping on a helmet and quietly scooting around, this is for you:

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Travelers Just Can't Seem to Find Oahu's 'Other' Airport, Kalaeloa

October 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Getting to the airport can be a real hassle. The signs arenít totally clear, you canít figure out where to return the car, and sometimes the difference between arrivals and departures is a little tricky. In Oahu, however, travelers have started complaining about the location of the area's other airport, and have missed their flights as a result of confusion.

Most travelers, as in like 99% of them, do their thing in and out of Honolulu International Airport, and thatís usually not a problem to find. However, itís the smaller airport on the western side of the island thatís proving a problem.

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Social Media Fail: Grounded Airline Posts Wedding Photos to Facebook

October 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been nearly three weeks since fledgling airline PEOPLExpress announced they'd be putting a temporary stop to both flights and new bookings, and there's still no solid news on when the budget carrier will again take to the skies. There is, however, some odd activity on Facebook.

A notice on the flypex.com website appeared on September 26, explaining the shutdown as a result of "recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues." The initial promise was to resume flights "on or about Oct. 16" and celebrate inaugural service from their base at Newport News/Williamsburg, VA to Orlando and Charleston, WV on the same day. Of course, as the calendar today flips to October 20 and PEOPLExpress remains grounded, that goal won't be met.

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Will Harry Potter Move to China? Universal Studios Announces Beijing Park

Where: Beijing, China
October 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pack your best roller coaster riding pants, as China is all set to welcome the thrills and chills of a major new attraction. The folks over at Universal Studios have been running the numbers, preparing the PowerPoint presentations, and now itís time to start about building a new park over in Beijing.

The opening date of the park hasnít been announced, but you can bet on it being a few years from now; the bulldozers haven't even arrived on scene yet. The planned park will take up around 1,000 acres, and will likely feature all kinds of superheroes and movie favorites from Spider-Man to Transformers.

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This Norway Voyage Has a Brilliant Northern Lights Guarantee

Where: Norway
October 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we ran a week-long special on the Northern Lights, publishing stories on what they are and how to take photos of them. We also, in spite of those photography tips, wrote a controversial piece about why we recommend keeping your camera at home when you go out hunting for the Lights.

Above all, though, we laid out a plan for what to eat and drink while you wait, because the Northern Lights are fickle at best, and have a knack for being extremely elusive. That is why, despite being one of the most amazing spectacles on the planet, many people are hesitant about committing their limited time and money to go in search of them.

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Weekend Reads: From Art on an Island to Pictures from a Pilot

October 19, 2014 at 11:27 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.

· Airlines must not fail in duty to assist passengers with disabilities [Runway Girl Network]

· Is Flying Glamorous? [One Mile at a Time]

· I survived a flight with the Red Bull Air Race [The Verge]

· Touring the Restored First Boeing 747 Ė Make Your Visit on Oct 18th [AirlineReporter]

· The Last Place on Earth: Art on Stromboli [T Magazine]

· How Airline Pilot and Instagram Star Adam Senatori Gets Perspective from 1,400 Feet [The Daily Beast]

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Bermuda Rebounds, Airport Reopens After Hurricane Gonzalo

Where: Bermuda
October 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The typical image of pink sand paradise was disrupted on Friday, October 17, as Hurricane Gonzalo roared over Bermuda. Luckily the storm, which battered the island with winds of 110mph, didn't take the vacation destination by surprise; airlines ad issued travel waivers a week in advance and cruise ships had canceled their calls in advance.

Palm tree were shredded and some smaller boats sunk in harbor, but no lives were lost in the storm and Bermuda is extremely anxious to return to tourism business as usual.

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Three Drive-In Movie Theaters with Halloween Film Festivals

October 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're a scary movie fan you know October is the most wonderful time of the year. And, a few of the country's remaining Drive-In theaters have special events and screenings planned all month long just for you. Check out what three of the best Drive-Ins are doing to celebrate Halloween.

Electric Dusk Drive-In

Electric Dusk Drive-In in downtown Los Angeles is one of the only Drive-Ins where you can watch your favorite movies against a major city skyline. Tickets are $11 per person. If you'd rather be out under the stars, Astroturf tickets are $9. VIP tickets with admission for four people plus snacks is $50. Next weekend the theater is getting into the spirit with Two Nights of Halloween featuring Rosemary's Baby and Friday The 13th.

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Why Canada Banned a Science Museum's Tourism Ad

October 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

It seems like everyone in travel advertising these days is trying to tug on heart strings. Expedia regularly makes ads about how travel can bring families and lovers together. Their late summer campaign even managed to rope in Throwback Thursday nostalgia. A little while ago the Enjoy Illinois campaign made an ad that was almost too cutesy, but had so much charm that Buzzfeed described it as "honestly, the best state tourism ad ever created." KLM's recent puppy Lost & Found ad made people melt. Even when attempts go spectacularly awry - as so famously happened with Sinagpore's grating couples ad - the intent is still there.

The one consistent exception has been Kayak, which does in a very technical sense produce ads that have to do with families, though not the way you'd think. But that company has a long history of posting videos produced by people who were seemingly tripping balls, so no one really counts them.

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Video Interlude: Short Films of Icelandic Scenery are Always a Good Idea

Where: Iceland
October 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

This has really been Iceland's year.

A slew of movies have used the country's famous landscapes for their setting, the erupting volcano of Bardabunga has opened up new tourism experiences (so long as there's no ash cloud), and it just so happens that we went to Iceland ourselves for the first time this year.

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It's Not All That Easy to Find Good Poke in Hawaii

October 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Although unassuming, Alicia's Market in Honolulu boasts one hell of a poke bar

When it comes to enjoying sushi and raw fish, there is a sense of elegance that comes along with how refreshing and clean it is in both appearance and taste. Funny, then, that the best poke I found during my swing through the Hawaiian Islands was typically from places where the idea of buying raw fish looks really bad on paper. Like, liquor stores and chain grocery conglomerates, to name a few.

Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised after discovering that the best bread on Molokai was from one of the shadiest bakeries I've ever seen. The lesson here is that while you might be enticed to seek out somewhere fancy for raw fish, the most impressive poke bars are often found in the most unimpressive of places as far as appearances go. Below, we list a few recommendations that we were led to during our travels to illustrate the point. When you go, be sure to ask around town for the best place, and hopefully this teaches you not to roll your eyes if they send you to a grocery store.

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Travel Contest Roundup: 6 Ways to Win a Free Trip to the Caribbean

October 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but itís free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winnerójust don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are six vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some island fun in the sun:

Atlantis Adventure Dive Into Paradise Island

The folks over at Copa Airlines want you to check out the Bahamas, and to do so theyíre giving away a four-day and three-night trip over to Atlantis on Paradise Island. Swim with the dolphins, enjoy the water slides, and soak in the sunójust enter today, as things close to entries on October 17.

The Sandals Suites Sweepstakes

Ever been to Grenada? If not, enter for a chance to win a trip to the island thanks to the folks over at Sandals LaSource Granada. They are picking 25 lucky winners, and if youíre one of them youíll be enjoying seven nights in one of the Skypool Suitesóenter by November 30.

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