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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 2

December 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM | by | Comment (1)


Above: Copenhagen, Denmark

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 Editor, Cynthia, who seeks freedom, authenticity, and quiet moments and when she travels:

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Buy Steve Martin's Island Home for the Luxury, Stay for the Runway Views

December 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the holidays approaching, Saint-Barthélemy is about to become a hotbed of celebrity activity, with one exception. St. Barth regular Steve Martin will likely be vacationing somewhere else this winter.

The funny man listed his island home, Villa Au Soleil, for the second time in two years (his first try was last summer, but he was also open to $28,000 per week rentals.

The asking price is $9,015,012 and you'll find the house located in the hills of the exclusive Lurin neighborhood. Inside is a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, a large living room with a media area, multiple terraces, and en suite bathrooms off of each bedroom.

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Sydney Airport Doubles Your Pleasure with a Double Debut of Airline Lounges

December 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flying through Sydney Kingsford-Smith's International terminal isn't always a pleasant departure, seeing as you're probably looking at 8-13 hours on a plane. Thus, those pre-departure hours are key for both relaxation and business, and the airport is finally upping its game in those areas with the debut of two completely new lounges.

Open as of yesterday, SYD welcomes its own American Express Centurion Lounge—which we recently called "the best $50 we've ever spent at an airport"—and a SkyTeam lounge.

Here's what you need to know about accessing and enjoying either:

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Alaska Airlines' 'Alaska Beyond' Concept is All Good News for Economy Class

December 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems that calling an airline class by "Economy" or "Business" or "Coach" is no longer cool. 2014 has seen the launch of "JetBlue Mint," "Delta One," and now, "Alaska Beyond."

Instead of a cosmetic rebrand, Alaska Airlines is investing millions to update their entire in-flight experience with huge benefits for the economy traveler.

Alaska Beyond begins rolling out across Alaska Airlines' 737 fleet from today through 2015, and it consists of several updates:

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Peru Announces Plans to Create a 'Second Machu Picchu'

Where: Kuelap, Peru
December 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of Peru’s best kept secrets is about to be circled on the map.

While Machu Picchu and the Incan ruins of the south have for decades been the main calling card for just about every person that steps foot in Peru, the Chachapoya ruins of the northern “cloud people” have remained largely underexplored, a prize left for backpackers and savvy travelers looking to avoid the crowds. But those days look to be coming to an end as the Peruvian government seeks to ease traffic off its holy grail and increase tourism in other areas of the country, specifically the northern Amazonas region.

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Lufthansa is the Latest Airline to Welcome Falcons Onboard

December 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we covered the fact that Emirates allows passengers in all cabins the ability to bring their pet falcon on the plane with them. Now, Lufthansa is responding to the uptick in popularity of falconry by also opening their arms to the birds of prey, even creating a nifty little stand for both bird and owner to be comfortable on a plane.

Starting later in 2015, falcons will be allowed to fly in Lufthansa cabins so long as they wear hoods and are tethered. In First Class, the birds can enjoy the Falcon Master, a perch-seat with safety and hygienic protection specifically for the bird, which secures in the tracks of Lufthansa's aircraft.

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Why United May Be Apple's Biggest Customer for the iPhone 6 Plus

December 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it seems like everyone around you has the newest, best smartphone, and soon that feeling will include all the flight attendants onboard United Airlines. The carrier just announced that they’re ordering a boatload Apple's freshest offering to aid with in-flight service efficiency.

United was sold on the awesomeness of these little—well, big—devices, as the carrier is bringing the iPhone 6 Plus to 23,000 flight attendants. It's not a holiday present, however; the iPhones will be used to record retail transactions and other purchases aboard flights. Access to corporate email, intranet sites, and even policies and manuals will also be accessed through the new phones. United is even ditching the traditional printed safety manuals, as everything will now be right on the screen.

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Alaska Airlines Will Sell That Seat Right Out from Under You

December 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airlines go through a lot of stuff each and every year, so it’s nice to see when they’re able to recycle some stuff instead of sending it off to the landfill. Alaska Airlines is one such carrier, as they’ve been sending their seat covers elsewhere for a chance at a new life.

The discarded leather material finds its way to the creative folks over at Mariclaro and, from there, your seat becomes a bag, an accessory, and a number of other things—and all from sustainable materials. The different style of bags—from messenger to attaché case—use airport codes for their names, so you can choose from options like the JFK or the SEA.

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Weekend Reads: From Slow Ships to Extreme Hammocking

December 12, 2014 at 6:59 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.

· End of a railway romance: Sleeper trains linking Berlin, Paris fall victim to budget flights [The Globe & Mail]

· 23 Ultra Relaxing Hammocks Around the World [Afar]

· Slow Boat from China [Roads & Kingdoms]

· Spain’s 'ghost airport' set for first flights [The Local]

· A4A: U.S. Airlines Will Serve 45 Million Customers during the Winter Holiday Travel Season [Airlines 4 America]

· Travel is a privilege, and the privileged should stand up to injustice [RunwayGirlNetwork]

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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 1

December 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

First up is Rayme, who splits his time between Chicago and Australia and looks for sun, scenery, and nightlife when he travels:

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Win a 'Wild' Trip to Oregon and Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

December 12, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the last chance to enter Fox Searchlight's #LifeIsWild contest in honor of the new movie Wild, which follows the real-life Cheryl Strayed's life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

With award nominations piling up for Wild, the state of Oregon - where the movie was filmed - is anticipating a tourism boom.

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Food Worth Flying For: The Chocolate 'Elixir' of Santa Fe, NM

Where: 1050 Paseo De Peralta [map], Santa Fe, New Mexico , United States, 87501
December 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

When visiting Santa Fe, you will certainly get your fill of spicy chile peppers, whether it's the red, green, or Christmas blend. With all that heat, at some point, you'll probably find yourself ready to indulge your sweet tooth.

When that time comes, find your way to the Kakawa Chocolate House. The place makes killer cakes and desserts, but the most popular chocolate fix comes in the form of an "elixir." This is, essentially, high-end hot chocolate featuring different blends of cocoa and spices.

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