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Airbnb Required to Charge Guests a 'Hotel Tax' in Malibu, But It Ain't Slowing Them Down

April 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Heads up Airbnb users planning your summer trip to Southern California.

The LA Times reports that the city of Malibu has negotiated with Airbnb for them to charge their guests 12 percent hotel tax starting on April 20. At the same time, Airbnb has pulled listings from vacation rental companies in Los Angeles from their site as contention grows about the taxes and fees that hosts and the vacation rental companies are able to avoid paying.

This struggle is GDFR in many cities all over the world, but it hasn't slowed down Airbnb's expansion

. The company has recently announced properties in Cuba as well as that it is the "official alternative accommodation services supplier" for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Airbnb is also responsible for making love connections.

So yeah, we don't think "little things" like taxes will stop the company from being everywhere. But bad experiences--for both hosts and guests--might. Here are just a few to read through.

What do you love or hate about Airbnb? Sound off in comments below!

[Screengrab: Airbnb]

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How To Get Tickets To 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'

April 3, 2015 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

James Corden is just two weeks into his run as the host of The Late Late Show and he's already created a string of viral skits and sketches. Whether James is acting out all of Tom Hanks' movies (with Hanks, of course), being pranked by Katie Couric or hosting his show from a stranger's home, the audience seems to be love everything he does.

As his popularity grows, so does the interest in tickets to his show. Tickets for The Late Late Show with James Corden, which is taped in Los Angeles, are free, and easy to order online.

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Is L.A.'s Pac-Man Street Art Just a Clever Commercial for Adam Sandler's New Movie 'Pixels'?

March 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Pac-Man seems to be having a resurgence, at least in Los Angeles.

Last week, a new piece of street art appeared in L.A.'s Art District featuring Pac-Man eating pac-dots as "Pinky", the pink ghost, chases him down the street to a sign that reads “GAME OVER.” Though it's unclear who created the new piece, there is some speculation it could be a commercial tie-in for the new Adam Sandler movie Pixels, which is not only about 80s video games, but also released a new trailer last week.

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Rolex Clocks and Terrace Views: Inside the Emirates Lounge at LAX

March 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

This may be where you'll see Paris Hilton hanging out at LAX before she heads out to Dubai.

On Wednesday, Emirates Airlines officially unveiled their newest lounge on the 6th floor of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Open to Emirates' First and Business class passengers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, the lounge has an array of luxury amenities and services that you'd expect from Emirates. Below are some shots of the lounge, but keep reading to find out what's inside:

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Why Does The Santa Barbara Sea Center Have a Huge Hole in the Floor?

Where: 211 Stearns Wharf [map], Santa Barbara, CA, United States, 93101
March 13, 2015 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to things to do in Santa Barbara, especially with kids in tow, two places usually come to mind--the beach and the zoo. But while, Santa Barbara Zoo features animals comfortable in the sea, you'll need to head to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center on Stearns Wharf to view creatures of the sea.

Although its been around for some ten years in its present incarnation, the Sea Center doesn't seem to make many top attraction lists, with TripAdvisor ranking it #54 in a list of things to do in Santa Barbara. We're not sure as to the why, but we can tell you what you'll find there--including a giant hole in the floor.

Keep reading to find out what that's all about!

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'LAX Is Happening' and That Means Runway Construction and Delays

March 13, 2015 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (3)

Traveling to or through Southern California is often a bittersweet experience. On the one hand everything is fine and dandy—‘cause California—but on the other is the airport known as LAX.

Airport officials are hard at work looking to fix things up, but just note that it’s going to get worse before it gets better as runway renovation has now begun.

The construction crews are now on-site, and they’re going to be there for quite some time. Right now it looks like three years is the timeline, as work is completed to upgrade and improve the runway safety areas. That’s a good thing, as these things act as a bit of a buffer zone in case of a landing or takeoff issue. Travelers can expect rolling closures of runways and what not, so that means be prepared for delays and delays.

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4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA

March 3, 2015 at 10:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hollywood is so over. Didn’t we already tell you that? The new place to be when visiting Los Angeles is Downtown, affectionately called DTLA.

The previously disregarded area of LA is experiencing a major development boom. The building of apartment buildings and hotels has been going on for about a decade now, so it’s not a brand-new boom but Downtown has really been upping its game in terms of restaurants and bars.

Here are 4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA. And yes, these are totally worth the traffic on the 10. (But may we suggest going at lunch when possible.)

BESTIA
This is one of the hottest, and hardest, reservations to get in LA right now. One of our friends was told it was a three-month wait but then was able to get in on a day’s notice thanks to the Reserve app. So what makes this place so hot? It could be the allure of restaurant’s “gritty” location in a former industrial warehouse on E. 7th Street (which is pretty east in DTLA.) The valet stand (oh yes, they still these here) is in a back alley. But we think it has to do with the mouth-watering food and the bumpin' vibe. The menu is mostly Italian and almost all meat. Meat of all kinds. But the best dishes are the ones that combine the excellent pasta with the tender meat, like the roasted bone marrow filled with a spinach gnocchetti. As for the ambience, when we walked in, Biggie Smalls was playing. Throughout the meal, the music continued to be the early 90s rap and hip hop that we grew up on. Pasta, meat, and rap? Dream come true.

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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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The Academy Museum Will Cure Your Oscar Hangover (But Not Until 2017)

February 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

From the winners and losers to the best and worst dressed—there’s a lot to discuss this morning regarding the Academy Awards. For those who truly love the Oscars it’s sad that it’s only a one-night affair, but there is hope. Officials behind the award are hard at work to provide a year-round place to pay tribute to those little gold statues, and the movies and people that won them.

While you won’t be able to cure your Oscar hangover with a visit this week, there are plans in the works to create and construct something known as The Academy Museum. Think cutting edge galleries, plenty of exhibition spaces, ample movie theaters, and a few spots to hold special events. As they put it, “it will be the world's premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image.”

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Lights, Camera, Bucket List Action: One Woman's Dream Trip to Los Angeles

February 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of people love to talk about what's on their Travel Bucket List but today, Jaunted's Charyn Pfeuffer tells us what it was like to actually fulfill a Travel Bucket List for a close friend, proving that you don't have to go somewhere far far away to have the trip of a lifetime.

As much as I love making to-do lists, I’m not a big fan of bucket lists. I believe in making things happen ASAP instead of stockpiling a bunch of dreams to accomplish over the course of a lifetime. I’m a gotta have it now kind of gal; patience is not my strong suit.

But when dear friend of mine, Mary, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a small group of friends and I decided to take her on a trip of a lifetime. Her trip of a lifetime. We listened to what Mary wanted to do, took her health into consideration, and planned a getaway fit for a princess. (Mary loves all things pink and sparkly.)

Her destination of choice? Mary wanted to go to Los Angeles and attend a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since these tickets are tough to get, we booked this part of the trip first. Once we did that, we bought her First Class nonstop tickets on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Burbank.

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Where to Visit The YouTube Star Lion Who Put On A Show, Then Went To Sleep

February 16, 2015 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Call it global warming. Call it natural climate change. Call it sheer good luck. But every year spring seems to arrive a little earlier and so - even though it certainly doesn't feel like it this week - zoo travel season is just around the corner.

That means it's about the time of year when travel writing flips from irritating airline security and travel politics stories to cute animals doing cute animal things.

It's not just us, either. The London-based Daily Mail published a story this week all about one of the male lions who live in our beloved San Diego Wild Animal Park, which of course was renamed the San Diego Safari Park a few years ago. The video that sparked the story is embedded below - after spending a day flying around social media - and you should make sure that you watch the whole thing. Easily worth a minute of your time.

The Daily Mail description is exactly right: the spectacle is "spine-tingling," but then the lion "got bored and retired for a nap." Because...cat.

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How to Travel to The Super Bowl: Tips for Super Bowl 50

February 5, 2015 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now, that everyone (except maybe Gronk) has recovered from the Super Bowl XLIX game and its subsequent celebrations, let's break down one Big Game-goer's experience traveling to the Super Bowl so that come next year for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco area (the Roman numerals are being ditched for this game), you will know exactly what to do.

Of course, just like on the field, be prepared for some last-minute scrambles. And whatever you do, don't pass it into the end zone. Run it. Run it!

TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO THE SUPER BOWL, FROM SOMEONE WHO'S JUST DONE IT

A wise super bowl go'er once said "Hotel, Transportation, Tickets, if you overpay for all three it is going to be a very expensive weekend." Even though seeing the most spectacular sports show in America, up-close and in person is going to cost you, and cost you more than you've ever paid for a weekend getaway, the trick is not to overpay for all three items. Let's start with getting to the game:

TRANSPORTATION

Air:
The hub airport (PHX this year, SFO, OAK and SJC next year) will begin raising all SB weekend rates to and from a couple weeks before the game. If you book early (meaning you don't care what teams are playing) you will pay less. If you book after the NFL Championship weekend, look at surrounding airports, and then car rental rates.

Ground:
That car rental will come in handy in a sprawling location lacking in public transportation (PHX), however, if the game is in a place like San Diego, or San Francisco, you can take the train into the game and could nix the car. The Super Bowl will probably lock down transit on game day, so a game ticket will be a must before nearing the stadium (see below.)

Parking:
Again, location dependent. If you can take public transportation comfortably, do so. If you find a free shuttle to and from the game, hop on. If you are driving, pre book your parking spot online so you roll in with a pass.

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