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How Billionaires Travel: $450,000 Vacays to St. Barts, Private Planes, Spare Nannies and More

March 2, 2015 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing gives a better inside glimpse into how billionaires live – and travel – than a good old-fashioned nasty divorce. And that’s what’s happening right now in Chicago between the richest man in Illinois, Citadel hedge fund founder Ken Griffin, and his estranged wife Anne Dias Griffin.

Worth more than $5 billion (that’s nine zeroes, folks!), Griffin asked Dias to sign a prenup entitling her to about $50 million should the marriage go south. But when it did, such a minuscule chunk of her husband’s estate didn’t sit well with Dias, and she has tried -- so far to no avail -- to have the prenup thrown out.

So now she wants $1 million a month in child support (that’s six zeroes, folks!), which Griffin says is really a ruse to make him continue to fund her lavish life. Before you cry afoul, keep in mind that in Illinois children are entitled to the same lifestyle they enjoyed while their parents were married – and, oh boy, do the three Griffin children, all age eight and under, live the life.

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Wait, What? Tickets for Disney World and Disneyland Now Cost How Much?

March 2, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (5)

Your kiddos better start picking up extra chores, tasks, and assignments around the house, as they’re going to need some additional funds if they’re looking to visit one of the Disney parks here in the nifty fifty.

The folks responsible for the theme parks—we assume that’s Mickey and friends—have increased admission prices once again, so that visit to Disneyland or Walt Disney World is going to cost you that much more cash.

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And Just Like That, US Airways Tweets Its Final Tweet

March 2, 2015 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Let us bow our heads and take a moment to remember the life of the US Airways twitter account which, over the weekend, tweeted its final tweet.

As part of the ongoing merger with ongoing merger with American Airlines, US Airways’ planes, crew, reservations systems, frequent flyer programs, and—yes—social media streams will be folded into AA. February 28 just happened to be the date they chose to be unified under one Twitter account.

So, what does this mean for travelers?

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The Ultimate Souvenir: Here's Where You Can Buy #THEDRESS

February 27, 2015 at 8:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

Yesterday, the world was gripped by a freak social media phenomenon that is now known simply as #THEDRESS. Every millennial (and their parents and people in between) will remember where they were on February 26 when they first saw #THEDRESS (on the couch), which social media platform they first saw it on (Twitter) and the colors they saw will be forever burned into their minds. (Blue and black y'all.)

But #THEDRESS wasn't simply just some random old dress. It's an actual dress for sale from Roman Originals, a British clothing manufacturer. According to this NY Times article on the social media freak out, #THEDRESS was responsible for about 60 percent of the company's business since yesterday. K#%@^&@!!

If you want a piece of this social media history, you can buy it online for just 50 pounds or you can hit up one of the many stores located throughout Great Britain.

Yup, that's right. This dress is not some special piece of fashion art. If you're traveling somewhere in England or Wales, you'll be able to pick it up, especially now that #THEDRESS has been moved to the store windows, accompanied by the hashtag #THEDRESS.

And we hate to break it to you white and gold people, but #THEDRESS is BLUE AND BLACK. The end.

[Photo: Swiked/Tumblr]

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10 Reasons Why Washington State's Ferry Travel is Awesome

February 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Living in the Pacific Northwest, ferry travel is a way of life. People rely on this mode of transportation to get to work, for inter-island travel and to get away, relax and explore. If you’re in a rush, it can definitely test your patience. But if you have the time, it’s a great way to slow down and take a scenic forced “time out” on route to a destination. Here are 10 reasons why I’d rather be taking Washington State Ferries (WSF):

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Back of House: A Restaurant Insider Serves a Few Tips for Dining Out

February 27, 2015 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the freaking weekend and the chances are good that will be dining out sometime in the next three days. Or if you're leaving for a vacation, you may be looking for the best places to eat wherever you're going. But first, there are some thing to know about where to eat, what to eat and how to get a reservation there. We've got a Back of the House insider dishing tips on what you REALLY need to know when dining out. Got a question? Mail it to us!

Dining out can be a gamble. You really never know what you’re going to get.

Even when you find a restaurant that appears to be perfect--the fare, the service, the ambiance, the overall experience synergizes and resonates with you completely--it could be entirely different on your next visit. Chefs change, menus change, décors change, maybe there’s a screaming poopy baby at the table next to you…you get the idea.

Point being: whenever you dine out, there are forces at work impacting your experience and sometimes those forces are out of your control. That’s why we’re eager to shed light on some of these dynamics and also emphasize ways you actually can control your restaurant experiences in a new column we’d like to call, Back of House.

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Why is Everyone Up in Arms (Again) About Banning E-Cigs on Planes?

February 27, 2015 at 4:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

TGIF and thank god for another entertaining travel rant, this time courtesy of our long-time ranter, er, contributor, Omri. #Fistpump

A few years ago, we described our feelings about what was then a growing movement to ban e-cigarettes on planes. My feeling? A ban would be silly and pointless and completely unenforceable.

Don't get mewrong, it's not that I think e-cigs are 100% safe. There are some metals in the vapor, as a result of heat applied to the device itself, that aren't great for you.

But when you consider what's already in the air you breathe on airplanes, to say nothing of what's literally crawling around on the seats and tray tables, I just can't bring myself to care all that much.

But now, there's talk again about a vaping ban on airplanes. The Department of Transportation is considering new rules, free market advocates are lining up to oppose, and everything is irritating.

We realize that America long ago gave up on "live and let live," but really? Banning e-cigs on airplanes? Have we solved literally every other problem, everywhere in the world?

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Photos: Cathay Pacific's First Class Menu by Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

February 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once you fly in First Class, on a long-haul international flight, it's quite difficult to return to coach on another flight having tasted what's on offer in the front of the plane. This is especially true for First passengers on Cathay Pacific, not only because the First Class seats were recently updated and remain a flyer favorite, but because the airline enjoys showing off in the in-flight dining department.

For 2015, Cathay Pacific's big treats for First Class travelers are monthly menus designed by Executive Chefs from Mandarin Oriental properties around the world. We already gave you an exclusive preview of the MO New York February meals, but now it's time for March and Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

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Lenny Kravitz Designed a $24,500 Leica Camera for Your Next World Tour

February 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Because titles like “multi Grammy award winning artist,” “smolderingly cool rocker,” and “internationally renowned hot piece” just weren’t enough, Lenny Kravitz can now add “luxury camera designer” to his resume.

And if you have a rock star’s bank account, you can soon strap it on to capture your own next world tour.

In March, the high-end German camera brand Leica will debut the “Correspondent” set, a classy case containing a Kravitz-designed digital shooter with multiple lenses. And it’s pretty damn stylish.

In keeping with Leica’s somewhat signature vintage aesthetic, its enamel has been hand-worn to give the purposeful impression of well-worn globe trotting use. The unit’s trim, camera strap, and wrist strap are a glossy and sumptuous black snakeskin, the type you’d spot on Kravitz’s boots as they strut across a concert stage.

Other details include the scalloped focusing ring of a lens, a nod to 1950s design.

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This Montreal Airport is The Bee's Knees, Literally

Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
February 27, 2015 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen all kinds of neat stuff in and around the airports from goats and critters to solar farms and other green initiatives—and now there’s bees!

Not a lot of flying for passengers in and out of Montréal–Mirabel Airport, but there are plenty of small flying friends that now call the airport grounds home. The folks that run things in Montreal gave a call over to Miel Montreal—think of them as all things bees—about setting up some hives on airport grounds.

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Do You Like Your Coffee 'With Legs'? Then You Must Be in Santiago

Where: Santiago, Chile
February 26, 2015 at 7:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're in Santiago, Chile and need a little pick-me-up, in more ways than one, consider one of the city's Cafe Con Piernas, or, "Coffee with Legs." No, this is not some super strong coffee that gives you a marathon buzz. Instead, it's coffee served by pretty ladies wearing short dresses and skirts. Seriously short dresses and skirts. Like, expelled from Catholic school short.

True, this is not some topless coffee shop but it is pretty risqué for Chile, or any city for that matter. (Except maybe Amsterdam.) Yet despite the naughtiness, it is quite popular for business men to hold informal meetings. There are even a few chains of cafe con piernas scattered about Santiago.

We strolled by the Cafe Bombay near the Plaza de la Constitucion last summer, where ladies wear all sorts of shorty, short dresses, at least according to the Foursquare photos. (This page just might be the ultimate up skirt photo opp spot.) However, we opted to go inside a smaller, more low-key cafe nearby where the women wore tight, black, short dresses and serious looks on their face. If Suicide Girls had a cafe con piernas this would be it. (Unfortunately, we forgot the name.)

As for the coffee, it was very simple (no frappucinos here) but there was a very chill vibe inside. People weren't gabbing on their cellphones or hoarding bandwidth on their WiFi. They were actually talking, in soft voices, to each other. In between lusty glances at the waitresses, of course.

[Photo: Juliana/Jaunted]

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Four Destinations Famous for Their Llamas (Other Than Sun City, Arizona)

February 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's true. The internet is going bananas over this evening's llama chase, which saw two pet llamas loose and running amok through neighborhoods in Sun City, Arizona.

The chase lasted long enough for news helicopters to swarm overhead and for Twitter to become utterly enthralled with lifestreams of the pursuit until both llamas were eventually lassoed and re-captured.

Naturally all this attention has sparked a sudden interest in llamas. Luckily there are several places in the world where anyone may visit llamas (and other camelids) way more famous than the Arizona duo.

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