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Did You Know You Can Ski Inside Yosemite National Park?

November 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

As you prep for ski season by tracking snow reports and searching for deals, you're no doubt making a mental list of which hills you'd like to hit. We'd like to put another on your radar, one you may not have known existed: Badger Pass Ski Area inside Yosemite National Park.

That's right. As if Yosemite couldn't get any more glorious, it's best kept secret is that it offers downhill skiing during the winter. To be fair, it is pretty modest when compared against the other major players over in Tahoe. It only has 10 runs, a maximum vertical drop of 800 feet, and 85% of its terrain is dedicated to beginner and intermediate levels. But it's a cool choice for beginners who want to learn to ski in style, especially this season as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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From Unknown Airlines to Rickety Trains: How to Get Around Burma

Where: Myanmar
November 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like everyone and their moms are going to Burma. Or is it Myanmar? (For the answer, see here.) Thanks to political and humanitarian reforms of the last several years, this Southeast Asian country is more open than ever to tourism. Over the next week or so, Jaunted's Julia Buckley will be sharing her tips and experiences as a traveler in Burma without a tour group and without memorizing a guidebook, but with common sense and open eyes on a Burma Field Trip.

So you’ve debunked your myths, got your e-visa and you’re ready to go to Burma. Great! What’s next?

Working out how to get around.

This is a pain. Burma is a big country, much bigger than you thought. Most people fly into Yangon/Rangoon RGN Airport, and, from there, visit the temples of Bagan, Lake Inle and (if they have time) Mandalay. But Yangon to Bagan is 400 miles. Bagan to Inle is a mountainous 250 miles. Which doesn’t sound much, but it takes forever. Yangon to Bagan 8-9 hours, for example, and that’s in a taxi.

Luckily, there are several ways of traveling in Myanmar. Which should you pick?

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'The Beach' Isn't the Escape It Appears to Be

November 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Embarking on a journey to a foreign land requires a sense of adventure innate to frequent flyers, so when that travel bug bites you and consumes more hours in your day than you'd like to admit, you'll completely understand the pull of "The Beach." When a Southeast Asian trip becomes something a bit more like a quest for "something different," white sands, lush jungles and crystal blue waters play an important role in one young man's wanderlust.

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Register Now to Run The Krispy Kreme Challenge

November 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The cooler weather has finally arrived, and there are two options—well, we guess three options. Stay inside and watch television, fly somewhere warm, or train and prepare for a little athletic competition. We’re leaning towards the third and final option, as registration has opened for one of the country’s best races.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 14, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to plan and prepare—and with the Valentine’s Day date maybe you can even find a romantic runner to share in the big day.

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Who's Now Accepting Bitcoin for Vacation Travel

November 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you thought only Silicon Valley investors and your techie friends who miraculously debug your slow computer—hint: Did you know you’re accidentally downloading every episode of Gilmore Girls?—use the digital currency Bitcoin, then you’re missing out on the luxuries of this worldly coinage. Sure, the currency is great for buying software online or exchanging money with BeatDaChamp5000 during an online poker game, but Bitcoin, surprisingly, is growing to help your travels.

In addition to an assortment of gift cards—for restaurants, shops, gas stations, and even lingerie—available to purchase via Bitcoins to put towards your vacation, what airlines and hotels can you reserve via the crypto currency?

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New Book Calls Thailand One of the Most Dangerous Destinations on Earth

Where: Thailand
November 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comment (1)

In his new book, an Australian author named John Stapleton places one of Southeast Asia's flagship destinations amongst the most dangerous on earth. The title of the book, Thailand: Deadly Destination, pretty much says it all.

Sounds dramatic and, according to an extensive review by the Daily Mail, it doesn't get any less intense once you open the cover. Stapleton's overall theme is that "widespread police corruption, violence and crime are all blighting a country once commonly referred to as the ‘Land of Smiles.’" He claims that the boom in tourism has created "a hatred of foreigners" and a "murderous indifference" towards tourists.

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Video Interlude: The Airbus A380 as a Canvas for Light Projection Artwork

November 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes right down to it, all aircraft are works of art. One particular masterpiece of recent is the super-jumbo A380, with its double-decker curves and four-engine strength. British Airways is particularly enthralled with their sparkling new A380s and thus created a piece of video art in homage to it.

The British carrier has swapped canvas for fuselage to celebrate their newest non-stop route between London-Heathrow and Singapore with a stunning video that's right out of the cool 4D trend of late. You know—when a projection on a building gives the illusion of it coming alive right before your very eyes.

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Beachgoers Kicked Off the Sand for Kardashian Photoshoot in Australia

Where: Australia
November 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kim Kardashian wasn't able to break the internet, but she did manage to break Australia's Jervis Bay.

This morning, beachgoers were turned away by Kim's entourage and security so she could pose for photos in peace. There's no word what the photo shoot was for, but whatever it was they were trying to keep the images tightly under wraps.

As more and more people arrived for a day at the beach, Kim's team ushered her into a tent and asked everyone to leave.

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The 101 on Travel to Burma: 10 Myanmar Myths Debunked

Where: Myanmar
November 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

It seems like everyone and their moms are going to Burma. Or is it Myanmar? Thanks to political and humanitarian reforms of the last several years, this Southeast Asian country is more open than ever to tourism. Over the next week or so, Jaunted's Julia Buckley will be sharing her tips and experiences as a traveler in Burma without a tour group and without memorizing a guidebook, but with common sense and open eyes on a Burma Field Trip.

Every tourist arriving in Burma for the first time does so with their head full of expectations, stereotypes, or misconceptions (or all three). Much of the common intelligence on travel in the country is sadly out of date or simply not true. It's time to explode some myths; here's the Jaunted 101 on travel myths in Burma.

“It's Myanmar, not Burma.”

False. Most people assume that Burma is the colonial name and Myanmar is therefore right-on. But it’s not that easy. ”Myanmar” was coined in 1988 after pro-democracy movements ended in bloodshed, so pro-democracy people, like Aung San Suu Kyi, prefer Burma. The US and UK governments say Burma – ditto Rangoon instead of Yangon. Having said that, once you’re there, and all the locals are calling it Myanmar, it seems disrespectful not to. Basically – make your own mind up or, as we do, vacillate.

“Getting a visa is a headache.”

False. An e-visa costs $50, you do everything online, with no need to surrender your passport, and it takes no time to arrive (mine came in two days, they promise within a week). Apply here. What’s more, you can now enter via Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw airports, as well as Yangon, with the e-visa.

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Cincinnati Travelers Again Have a Reason to Smile, at Least a Little

November 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Why has the airline industry forsaken Ohio's airports? United de-hubbed Cleveland earlier this year. Delta progressively cut Cincinnati service to depressingly limited levels. Ultra-low-cost SkyBus said sayonara to its operations out of Columbus in 2008. Start-up JetAmerica never started up out of Toledo, and JetBlue ended its Columbus service almost as quickly as it begun. It seems as though Frontier and Spirit are the only ones still picking at the bones of Ohio routes, and both are typically last-choice airlines.

Every time a plane is tasked with an Ohio route, we imagine them whining, "do we have to?" Contrary to what it seems, there are still air travelers in Ohio! And one company is finally once again giving them something to smile about, with the opening of a new club at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport.

"The Club at CVG" is the seventh paid-entry lounge for Airport Lounge Development, Inc. All travelers at CVG, regardless of carrier, class of ticket or affinity membership, are welcome to enjoy 1,900 square feet of free snacks and beverages, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, bar service and business workstations. The per-person fee is $35, which bests other airline clubs by being $15 cheaper.

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How to Get the Most Out of Airport Meal Vouchers During Flight Delays

November 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

When the airport looks like this—aircraft being de-iced and a departure board of yellow and red delays and cancellations—then it's time to explore your options.

An extended delay may result in a gate agent handing you vouchers for services you wouldn't have otherwise needed had your flight flown on time. There are vouchers for a night at an airport hotel (a specific hotel, not your choice), vouchers for transportation, vouchers for future flights, and vouchers for meals at the airport. What vouchers you receive will depend on the nature of the delay, and anything that's the airline's fault (for example: crew scheduling, equipment issues) naturally yields more.

The most flexible vouchers are actually those for meals, but don't make a bee-line for the nearest McDonalds or $10 sandwich!

Typical meal vouchers allot $7 for breakfast, and $12 each for lunch and dinner, per person. That's not very much considering the current costs of airport food—LAX sells $19 salads, after all—but a little creativity and some basic math will get your tummy full of healthy options.

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TripAdvisor Adds Ability to Compare and Book Tours

November 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Next time you need some help sorting out which tour to take, TripAdvisor can make your life easier.

In conjunction with its acquisition of Viator in August, TripAdvisor now allows users to compare, contrast, and book tours and ticketed attractions.

When visiting a page for a specific attraction, such as the Colosseum, TripAdvisor will present two or three recommended tours next to the main photo. When clicked upon, users will be taken to Viator, where they can read more information, including highlights and reviews, and book the ticket or tour.

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