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Happy Pride Month! Book a Trip with These Gay-Friendly Travel Websites

June 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's already nearly mid-June and thus well into the season for donning some rainbow hues and head out in the the "wild pink yonder" to Gay Pride festivals all over the country. Even if the parades, floats, and glitter are not your thing, it's important to recognize that now is also the time travel companies market extra hard for your dollar.

Sure, it's simple to book a regular flight, train trip, or even cruise without having to proclaim your sexuality, but it's good to have options.

Here's your one-stop reference for websites of airlines, trains, and cruise lines specifically dedicated for the gay traveler:

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Amtrak Finally Welcomes Furry Friends for a Fee

May 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fido and Fluffy will no longer be sad back at home during your next trip, as Amtrak is now welcoming furry friends on certain trains and some routes. Just yesterday Amtrak started up this new program, so now you can plan your vacation itinerary with some tourist stops that your dog will enjoy as well—world’s largest fire hydrant?

The train transportation giant has a few special cars that will allow pets as part of a trial run that will do its thing for like six months or so. Amtrak's Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains that do their thing between spots in Illinois like Chicago and Quincy are part of the pilot, and if the animals behave things might just become available nationwide on more trains and more routes.

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The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Taking a Train Trip

March 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

This Week: The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Taking a Train Trip

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Enter These Three Travel Contests Right Now

October 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If getting back into the workweek is a little hard this morning—no problem—as we’ve got some daydream destinations to get you through the day. Sure the odds aren’t exactly in your favor when it comes to winning a contest, but you can’t win if you don’t play. So here’s a couple contests going on this week, so take a few minutes and throw your name into the hat for a chance to win.

Amtrak Eats Sweepstakes

Take things easy and travel by train, as Amtrak is offering the chance to score some tickets and spending cash. The contest ends tomorrow, so just head over to the site. The big prize is round-trip sleeping car accommodations for four on Amtrak, $2,500 cash, and even a seven-piece cookware set from Cooking Channel.

Southwest Visit Florida Sweepstakes

A free ride in one of those blue-bellied planes always sounds like a good idea to us, and now through the end of the month Southwest Airlines is giving away some free flights. Head here to enter a few things like your name and email address, and you’ll be ready to go. Big winners will score two round-trip tickets to Florida and three nights at TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach.

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Amtrak Enjoys Their Best Month Ever (So Can We Get More High-Speed Trains Now?)

August 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We didn’t take a ride aboard Amtrak last month, but we might have been the only ones. Apparently the nation’s favorite train had a nice hefty boost in ridership last month, so they must be doing something right.

It seems that Amtrak often gets a bad rap regarding what it does wrong and never what it does right. However, in July the numbers seem to speak for themselves. The train beat its own best records, as Amtrak announced that more passengers took a trip in July than during any other month in the company’s history. In case you’re interested in the numbers, it sounds look almost a cool three million—2.9 to be specific—rode the rails during July of 2013.

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The Only Thing Going Faster on Amtrak is the WiFi

May 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Riding the US rails just got a little bit better, as Amtrak is reaching into their pockets to pay for a little bit of a technology upgrade.

Travelers must be enjoying the WiFi and other in-train offerings, so the decision has been made to boost the connection options and speeds in hopes of attracting even more in-train WiFi fans.

Amtrak leans on cellular carriers to grab their WiFi signal, so we’re sure there will still be some dead spots or other areas where things aren’t ideal. Still, we can’t really complain given the price—WiFi is free aboard Amtrak.

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O Beautiful for Spacious Skies, for Amtrak Waves of Grain...

March 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Take a train through Europe, and you're bound to follow sparkling rivers near castles or dart through tunnels bored into scenes from a Tuscan dream. Take a train through the United States, and you're going to see lots of backyards with algae-green above-ground swimming pools, and Wal-Mart parking lots.

Okay so we're exaggerating a little, because sometimes, from the train window, you do get to see what's promised in "America, The Beautiful:"

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain...

This scene is exactly what kept us company through some of a recent Acela ride from New York to Boston. For a $120 one-way ride, the view better be worth it.

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Oh Snap. Amtrak Takes Subtle Digs at Air Travel in New Ad

March 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Speaking of high-speed trains, Amtrak is hoping you'll fall for their newest ad campaign, which involves making sly jabs at air travel.

The commercial, which will soon be interrupting your favorite TV program, shows off their high-speed Acela service on the East Coast. All statuses show "On Time," passengers move freely move about the train, using their electronic devices, and some even head to the bar car for socializing. All this—Amtrak subtly reminds you—is the rule on their trains, but the exception when you chose to be bound by the rules of flying.

There's just one problem. Travelers who have taken the Acela before won't be fooled. For example, we just hopped an Acela last month, traveling from New York to Boston, and our train was delayed an hour. The WiFI onboard may have been free, but it wasn't speedy enough for us to work as normal, so we did end up spending much of the time in the bar car, our hands sticky with spilled coffee as we attempted to add sugar while the train rocked ahead, not nearly traveling at "high-speed" speeds.

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Be Friends with 'Select Executive Benefits' on Amtrak

January 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you see the inside of an Amtrak train more than you see your house, apartment, or your loved ones—we’ve got good news. You’re still probably going to ride the rails more than you’d like, but at least Amtrak is getting ready to award your loyalty for choosing them for your trips.

Amtrak has already had a couple different flavors of frequent traveler perks and benefits, but they’ve upped the ante with their latest offering. The new top tier of their Amtrak Guest Rewards program is known as Select Executive Benefits—not the cleverest name—and will get you all kinds of neat travel benefits and other stuff.

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National Train Day Comes But Once a Year

March 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Look, train travel is great. We regularly hop Amtrak, VIA Rail Canada and various lines elsewhere in the world , but just about the last thing we equate riding the rails with is Rosario Dawson.

This year, Amtrak is celebrating the 5th annual National Train Day on May 12 and though it doesn't mean any discounts on summer train travel (yet! fingers crossed!), it does mean that Dawson will be at New York Penn Station to talk about her love of trains. WEIRD.

While specific activities around National Train Day haven't been announced, the party will go down at train stations in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and, of course, NYC. Essentially, this serves as a notice that it could be very fun to travel on Amtrak from one of these stations on May 12...not so much because of Rosario, but because there are bound to be giveaways and little bonuses.

[Photo: Jaunted}

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Train Stations That Still Got it: Baltimore, Maryland's Pennsylvania Station

Where: 1500 North Charles Street [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
February 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Like usual, most good things come from New York. We kid, we kid...but really the beautiful Beaux Arts Pannsylvania Station in Baltimore was actually designed by a New York architect, Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison. The impressive building—with its clock-fronted facade and impressive interior stained glass skylights—was opened in 1911 and miraculously still serves quite a slew of regular Amtrak trains; trust Wikipedia to have a list of them.

Though we could have easily popped down to Baltimore on a train from NYC, we instead chose a BoltBus one time, which actually also arrived just a block or two away from the station, proving Penn Station's continued dominance as a hub of transportation on the east coast.

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Amtrak Rolls WiFi onto 12 More East Coast Routes

November 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (3)

SCORE! With the horrible air travel news from over the weekend, it's time for great news on the train travel front. Amtrak just announced yesterday that they've added WiFi on 12 more east coast routes, bringing the percentage of riders who can access it up to 60%.

The WiFi service is called AmtrakConnect and before now, passengers opting for the train over the plane only found it on the high-speed Acela and the normal-speed Pacific Cascades trains. The new routes are short and limited to the east coast—no New York to Chicago or DC to Chicago routes with WiFi yet—and where available, AmtrakConnect will make use of 4G connections.

And the new routes with on-track WiFi are:

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