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Hawaiian Airlines Starts a Beautiful Collaboration for Better Onboard Beverages

September 29, 2014 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling to Hawaii is a dream in itself, but somehow Hawaiian Airlines continues to enhance the experience of flights to and from the islands. This time, the update has nothing to do with more legroom or better in-flight entertainment, though there's those as well; this time, our focus is on what's just been added to the beverage cart.

Hawaiian Airlines is now serving up bottles from Maui Brewing Company on many of their international flights, and domestic flights will get the new brews as well beginning October 1. To start, it’ll just be Bikini Blonde Lager—the brewery's flagship beer—but popularity will decide if Mana Wheat or Big Swell IPA should also come onboard.

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Weekend Reads: From the Mighty Maglev to Forlorn Fjords

September 27, 2014 at 12:06 AM | 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.

· Photos: The Best Airport Food in the World [CN Traveler]

· A Bumpy Ride: Airplane Food Through The Decades [NPR: The Salt]

· Transiting Without Visa: A Maglev Ride and Xiaolongbao in Shanghai [Wanderlusty]

· How I spent my summer vacation: living alone at the end of a fjord in a Faroe Islands ghost town [Atlas Obscura]

· She grew up in O’Hare’s shadow; now she’s spearheading its growth [Runway Girl Network]

· FBI: Suspect sent Facebook message: 'I am about to take out' FAA facility [CNN]

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PEOPLExpress Grounds Flights Through Mid-October, At Least

September 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Update: If you've had your PEOPLExpress flight cancelled and it was to a destination also served by JetBlue, JetBlue has relief options. Read their notice and call 1-800-JETBLUE.

A mere three months after getting off the ground both literally and figuratively, the US' newest airline, PEOPLExpress, has already returned to the hangar.

Just this morning, the low-cost carrier based in Newport News/Williamsburg, VA posted an alert on their website, stating a notice to the effect that all flights are cancelled through October 16, and no new bookings taken for future flights. In fact, clicking the "book a flight" link redirects to the full text of the stoppage notice, viewable on their website.

Passengers will bookings through Oct. 15 will be automatically refunded, while those will future reservations will be notified upon resumption of service. The key words as to when this will occur lie in the notice: "on or about Oct. 16."

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A Few Places, Besides Prague, Where Beer is Cheaper Than Water

September 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the first things you'll hear about Prague is that buying a pint of beer there costs less than ordering water. It's true, as any visitor to the Czech Republic quickly discovers, but it's hardly the only place with such a virtue.

We've compared the price of a bottle of local beer with that of a bottle of non-fancy still water to discover what other destinations truly qualify to be described as "where beer is cheaper than water":

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Ancient Greece and 1960s Athens Shine in 'The Two Faces of January'

Where: Athens , Greece
September 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're ready for a fabulous vacation but can only afford a ticket to your local cineplex, check out The Two Faces of January this weekend.

Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac star in the film as three Americans living in Greece in 1962. According to IMDb, "the thriller's plot centers on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flees Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective."

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: A First-Time Tour to Mount Rainier

September 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

Mt. Rainier is probably the most popular outdoorsy day-trip attraction for visitors to Seattle, and with good reason. For one, it’s relatively close to Seattle; about an hour’s drive, depending on traffic, will get you from downtown to the national park. For another, it offers a broad range of stuff to do for people of every ability level, from easy hikes to three-day peak climbs with ice axes and crampons.

The most popular and accessible entrance is the Nisqually Entrance. There, you can stop in at the Longmire Museum, which has exhibits on the flora and fauna in the area and gives some historical background on the Native Americans who lived there.

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The 5 Most Compact, High-Performance Travel Cameras Under $1,500

September 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers face a seemingly neverending list of pre-trip decisions, the worst of all being what to pack. When your carry-on begins filling up with gadgets like a laptop, tablet, and cameras you realize how precious that space is, and how reliant you're about to be on these little pieces of metal, plastic and glass.

With this in mind, we're sharing our 5 favorite cameras for travel, ones you may never have considered before.

We have excluded full-size DSLRs in the list for a couple reasons, first being the size/weight and need for extra lenses. Another reason is that they are not wholly inconspicuous and may draw too much attention in some parts of the world. The last thing you want is your camera getting stolen because it looks (and is) expensive.

All the cameras below are compact, light(er)weight, have Wi-Fi transfer capabilities (leave your laptop at home if you only use it for photo sharing), boast features ideal for a range of environments, and ring up under $1500:

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Fire at Chicago FAA Facility Grounds Flights, Worsens Friday Travel Mayhem

September 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Update: 12pm EST Flights into and out of Chicago are resuming at a "reduced rate." It has been stated that the fire which caused today's interruption was deliberately set, but was not an act of terrorism. It was set by a man found with self-inflicted wounds, in the basement of the facility.

Early this morning, smoke began billowing out of an FAA facility in Aurora, IL. The fire, whose cause remains suspicious, nonetheless made an impact on US air travel as all flights set to travel into or out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports were delayed or cancelled, along with many others simply set to fly through the Chicago control area. As of 10am EST, FlightStats.com was reporting upwards of 400 cancelled and 300 delayed flights for the airports.

As expected, lines within the airports stretched along with phone wait times for further information. One gate at O'Hare was reported to quote "30 minutes or 3 hours" for the delay, which demonstrates the uncertainties at the time.

If you're scheduled to fly anywhere in the United States today, please check with your airline (we'd recommend via their official Twitter account or website, with posted alerts) before heading to the airport. As always, be sure to embark on travels today with fully-charged electronics, packed snacks, and some flexibility and patience for the tens of thousands of other stuck in a similar position or worse.

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Southwest's New Investment Could Mean More Jet Fuel, Fewer Forest Fires

September 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new Colorado company called Red Rock Biofuels is beginning to catch on in a big way.

Based in Fort Collins, Red Rock converts "woody biomass," including bark and tree branches, into renewable jet fuels. Last summer, it landed a contract with the U.S. military and this week, Southwest Airlines agreed to purchase 3 million gallons of the biofuel per year. The fuel will be produced at a soon-to-exist production plant in Oregon, and the first batch will be ready in 2016.

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The Creepiest Haunted Prisons and Asylums in America, Open for Tours

September 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Claims of paranormal activity are stories that stick; pair a spooky history with brutal architecture, and you have a winning setting for ghost tours.

Beyond the usual prison tours is true Thanatourism, or tourism of places associated with great grief or violence. Asylums are a popular option, owing to their histories as buildings originally erected to serve only one purpose, to house and treat patients with mental illness. Despite their dark reputations, asylums provided food, shelter, and at least some hygiene. Unfortunately, because mental illness was considered un-curable, most of the patients were forced to live out their life in asylums such as these, while others could have been the victims of barbaric experimental treatments and surgeries.

Accessing the hushed, forbidding structures of these strict institutions is a modern fascination, one which flares up in autumn around the coming of Halloween.

Here are 4 of the most haunted institutions open to the public:

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TSA Captures World's Dumbest Drug Smuggler

September 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

We had a buddy in college who was the epitome of the super-smart stoner. He would study the chemical composition of THC to invent new ways of baking pot, he would construct complex gravity bongs out of random household items, and his entire year revolved around Shark Week. Do you have an image in your mind of the Hollywood movie stoner who comes up with the insight that moves the plot along? That's who this guy was.

One of our buddy's routine tricks when traveling was to use sheets of fabric softener to mask the smell of the copious amounts of weed that he smoked. There are several versions of this trick, but they all involve the same basic move of getting the smoke to go through the sheets (some of the more elaborate mechanisms would require diagrams to explain). After 9/11 he started running into problems because security officers would rightly ask why he was carrying fabric softener sheets in his luggage. That's not a product that people usually take with them on weekend trips to the Midwest.

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Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Became Madrid's 'Ambassador of Tourism'

Where: Madrid , Spain
September 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Arnold Schwarzenegger always warned he'd be back, and for Madrid that promise has become a reality.

Schwarzenegger has been named Madrid's first honorary Ambassador of Tourism. It might seem like a stretch, but the former governor/aging action star does have a connection to the Spanish city. It is where he shot the original Conan the Barbarian movie more than 30 years ago.

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