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Travel Contest Roundup: Six Ways to Get to Hawaii for Free

September 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM | 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 winner:

Cottonelle Traveling Bum Personality Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win a five-day and four-night trip for two to Honolulu plus airfareóenter by September 20.

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One Florida City is Pinning Their Tourist Season on 'Winter's Tale 2'

September 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

After 2011's Dolphin Tale created an influx of tourism dollars for Clearwater, FL - where the movie's star lives - local hotels are betting the sequel can duplicate that success.

Both films were shot at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the home of Winter the dolphin, and have helped make the facility one of the area's top tourist destinations.

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Red Bull Air Race Releases Free Game, Kisses Your Productivity Goodbye

September 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

With milliseconds to spare before the end of the Red Bull Air Race 2014 season, much as in the actual heats themselves, Red Bull delights with a surprise up their sleeve. In this case, it's today's release of a free Red Bull Air Race app for both iOS and Android.

Okay, so it's not so much milliseconds before the program of high-performance stunt flying races ends—there's still Las Vegas on October 11-12 and Kunshan, China on November 1-2—but the bulk of the Air Race events have been decided and their elite pilots showered in champagne many times over. Still, it's never too late to join in the virtual action.

Your first play of AIR RACE throws you right into the scenic course at Rovinj, Croatia. Clear a few of those gates with one thumb on the throttle and the other on, well, every other control with a single button, and the game deems you worthy of the full story. From there, it's an introduction to the 12 "Super License Pilots" of the real Red Bull Air Race. In order to follow in their footsteps smoke trails, it's off to "secret Pilot Camp in Brazil" on the route to your own Super License.

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How Much Does It Cost to Use an Airport Gym Between Flights?

September 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Apart from sprinting through an airport terminal to make a flight, most travelers don't think much about squeezing in a workout around an itinerary. But, if you can resist temptation from the alluring scent of Auntie Anne's or Cinnabon, there are some airports which offer nearly full-service workout facilities for those who are in search of a good sweat.

Lately the trend has been to add a yoga room to terminals, but real gyms were there first. Best of all, the cost to access some of these centers is far cheaper than a one-day pass for some airline lounges.

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Vail Puts End to Legal Battle and Buys Park City Mountain Resort

September 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Park City Mountain Resort ended several weeks worth of drama earlier this week by posting the $17.5 million dollar bond required to keep the ski resort open for the upcoming season. The Greater Salt Lake area celebrated, and all seemed poised to go on as normal this winter. Then, yesterday, just two days later, PCMR announced it had sold all its assets to Vail Resorts. Let the drama once again begin.

If you missed the circus that had been going on, you can get caught up here. PCMR was involved in a legal battle with its tenant, who, not coincidentally, was backed by Vail. Last year, Vail purchased neighboring Canyons Resort, and has since had its eye on acquiring PCMR. It now plans to connect the two resorts for future seasons.

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New Routes News from Cathay Pacific, Icelandair, and Virgin Atlantic

September 12, 2014 at 6:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes itís hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so weíve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Cathay Pacific:
Heading to Hong Kong is about to get a little bit easier, as Cathay Pacific is preparing for some new nonstop flights to and from the nifty fifty. This time they will be departing from Boston on their way to Hong Kong, and it looks like things are scheduled to takeoff for the first time on May 3, 2015. Once the necessary government seals and stamps are in place the flights will do their thing four times per week, and the flying fun will be completed thanks to some Boeing 777-300ERócomplete a true first class cabin!

· Virgin Atlantic:
Great news for those who call the Motor City home, as it looks like Virgin Atlantic is putting the pieces in place for a new route across the pond. The plan is for the carrier to do the nonstop thing between Detroit and London beginning during the summer of 2015. Obviously things can change between now and then, but it does sound like this should be a daily option.

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New Law Would Ban TSA from Accepting IDs That Aren't IDs

September 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

What a strange little story. Over the summer news began to emerge that TSA was letting people confirm their identities, and then to board planes, using only Notice to Appear letters and paperwork. Those documents don't have photos or really any kind of security information - so that would have been problematic, which was one problem. But the story was actually much more about travel politics than about airline security, because it was wrapped up in the immigration debate. In any case it eventually made international headlines.

TSA for its part promptly denied that it was doing something as stupid as just letting people show random letters they could have printed at home. Agency spokespeople actually got kind of pissy about it - "completely wrong... never contacted us for a statement" - and made sure to let people know. Snopes.com rated the story flat out false.

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John Travolta Takes Video Cameras Inside His Backyard Airport

September 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that John Travolta has his own private piece of airport, but this week marked the first time he let the media in. John invited his good friend Richard Wilkins of Australia's Today Show over to his mansion in Jumbolair, an exclusive neighborhood outside of Ocala, Florida, where avid pilots may park their aircraft right outside their home.

During the interview Wilkins pointed out, "some of us are lucky enough to have a driveway leading up to our property, but this gentleman has not one, but two runways up to his house."

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What's in Barbie's London Fashion Week Carry-On Bag?

September 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

It wasn't all that long ago we established that the plastic fashion doll Barbie does, in fact, have a passport. This month she's putting it to good use, hopping from Fashion Week to Fashion Week and posting her adventures to a @barbiestyle Instagram account.

In and amongst the faux-streetstyle shots of Barbie and her appearances in front rows, she's organizing her upcoming travel. Next: the start of London Fashion Week, for which she's flying British Airways with a carry-on expertly packed.

Just as any fashion person cannot resist a good what's-in-my-stylish-luggage Instagram snap, Barbie was sure to post her carry-on contents:

[Images: @BarbieStyle Instagram]

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'But First, Lemme Take a Road Trip'

September 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesnít mean itís too late to head out on the open road for fresh sights and fresher air. After all, the classic road trip is one of Americaís favorite travel traditions, no matter the season. Love for adventuring by car hasn't changed over the years, but surely some aspects of it have.

Well, Edmunds.com conducted a survey in August to see what 1,000 ordinary adults were thinking when it comes to hitting the road (and taking selfies while doing so).

Here's what they found:

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Photos: Biking One of America's Highest Roads, Outside of Denver

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado , United States
September 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we gave you the rundown about how you can drive Trail Ridge Road, America's "highest elevated continuously paved road," located outside of Denver. A few weeks ago, this travel writer decided to bike it, all 48 miles from Estes Park to Grand Lake through Rocky Mountain National Park. Eleven miles of it are above treeline, topping out at 12,183 feet.

Obviously, it was quite the physical challenge, but it also brought about spectacular scenery (and a very large post-ride beer), which we share with you below. Does it entice you to give it a go? There's still a few more months until the snow falls and the road closes if you're feeling motivated.

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NFL Rivalry Travel: Plan Now for Patriots and Broncos

September 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even with week one of the NFL season just in the rearview mirror itís time to start looking toward the future, as itís time to plan ahead if you want to check out one of the seasonís biggest rivalries. Two of the best teams with two of the best quarterbacks meet this November, as the Denver Broncos visit the New England Patriots on November 2.

Weíll assume that both teams will be having strong seasons heading into week nine, so the outcome could certainly have potential to affect how things go heading into the postseason. Not to mention the competition and rivalry between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

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