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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 – 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 it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just 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 they’re 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 sun—just 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 you’re one of them you’ll be enjoying seven nights in one of the Skypool Suites—enter by November 30.

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Short Flights on Small Planes Won't Be Left Off United's In-Flight WiFi Plan

October 17, 2014 at 8:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for United flyers, as the airline is bringing its WiFi capabilities to even more planes. Now the cramped legroom and narrow cabins of all those United Express regional jets will be slightly improved, since they're next to have the switch flipped on in-flight WiFi.

Installations will start sooner rather than later, and the fleet is expected to be finished at some point next summer. All in all they’re looking to install the wires, cables, and antennas on over 200 planes. WiFi of course will be a great option, but the up in the air connectivity should also work for their snazzy streaming service too—check out our thoughts on that.

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Autumn is Europe Shopping Spree Season for Robert Pattinson and Oprah Winfrey

Where: Paris, France
October 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Oprah Winfrey and Robert Pattinson embarked on two very different European shopping sprees this week.

On Tuesday, Pattinson and his girlfriend FKA Twigs perused the clothing racks at Harmony in Paris, a retail store that carries mostly casual clothing for men and women. The couple, who were traveling through the city alone, was spotted laughing and trying on clothes before they moved onto a few other shops in the trendy Marais district.

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Cookies on a Plane: Which Airlines Still Bake Treats Onboard

October 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes you just need a chocolate chip cookie, but munching on such treats while hurtling through the air is sadly mostly a thing of the past. We've seen some airlines warming up cookies onboard as recently as 2012, but mergers and cutbacks mean these sweet bites are rarer than ever.

Don't despair! A few airlines do still deliver cookies on select services:

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This is What's at the End of Kauai's Most Famous Hike

October 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our campsite on Kalalau Beach at the end of the Kalalau Trail on Kauai

Just about a year ago, we hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail on Kauai's Na Pali Coast, calling it one of the prettiest coastal hikes we had ever walked while showing off the photos. After such an impressive experience, we decided to return to tackle the entire trail and spend two nights at Kalalau Beach before hiking back out.

Although the 11-mile hike begins and ends at sea level, the Kalalau Trail gains and then drops a total of 5,000 feet in elevation via a series of rolling valleys along the Na Pali coast. In addition to the rigorous ups and downs of the terrain, the trail is very narrow at times with unstable footing, especially when it rains, right along the cliffside. It doesn't require any technical experience, but it does require that you are able to maintain good balance with a full pack.

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