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At this point we’re pretty familiar with using Twitter in the world of travel. Airlines use it, destinations use it, and of course we use it as well. However, one new user seems to be doing the Twitter thing right from the water, as sharks are now on social media down in Australia.
Those splashing, surfing, and swimming in waters over in Western Australia can now do so with a little less worry, as there’s a Twitter feed dedicated to alerting those to potential shark sightings in and around the area. The best part is that sharks are kind of using Twitter all on their own.
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If any type of gossip magazine is your guilty pleasure, you know that Angelina Jolie and her kids have been hanging out in Australia. The star has traveled to Oz not just to escape the harsh American winter, but because she's directing Unbroken, her new movie, down under.
Despite her busy schedule, she has been finding times to take her brood of six out for little Aussie field trips, feeding the paparazzi with images of fun in the southern summer. While we're not paps, we did happen to sit next to the celeb on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Brisbane this last weekend.
Angie, flying commercial?! Yeah, if we hadn't of seen it with our own eyes, we wouldn't have believed it either. Jolie actually boarded a regular flight and sat with the common people, albeit up in the front. One of these 'commoners' just happened to this Jaunted Contributor.
Here's my account of sitting next to one of the biggest celebrities on the planet:
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As North America's weather deteriorates more and more, we want to remind you that it's not even technically winter yet. With that sad news, we feel the need to share a silver lining; some places on the planet are basking in near perfect weather with nary a thought of bundling up. More specifically, we draw your attention to The Whitsundays, an archipelago of tropical islands at the bottom edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The group of 74 islands just off the central coast of Queensland features a handful of resort islands for those looking to escape the stresses of city life or the nip of Jack Frost. While the island's namesake island is the largest, the most popular is Hamilton Island, and it's also the one to feature the widest variety of outdoor activities.
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When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
Late night somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, an entire Qantas A380 full of Los Angeles-bound passengers is asleep...except for us. We're up and out of our seats, hunting for a midnight snack in the rear "snack galley" of the A380's economy class. It's here we find a little package of "Anzac biscuits," cookies so engrained in Australian and New Zealand history and flavor that Subway chain restaurants even offered them for a time.
ANZAC is an acronym for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps," and this cookie is so named because of its history as a popular treat to send to soldiers stationed abroad, as early as World War I. The key to the cookie's success lies in its basic ingredients of rolled oats, flour, dry coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and water. Note that there are no eggs in the recipe, a fact which helps to give Anzac biscuits an especially long shelf life.
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Did y’all cowpokes know there’s a newly crowned “World’s Longest Nonstop Flight?” With the retirement of Singapore Airlines flight 21/22, an unnaturally long 18hr 50min nonstop flight between Singapore and Newark, comes the new champion of distance: Qantas Airlines 7's 15h 25min nonstop from Sydney, Australia to Dallas, Texas.
It doesn’t take a math genius to realize that the flying time difference between the newcomer and the old-timer is a dramatic 3hr 25min. You could watch “Titanic” from start to finish in that exact time (the movie is literally 3 hr 25 min long). However, we certainly don’t want to make light of a 15-hour flight.
Let us not forget that while Singapore’s flights were longer, they were also running a completely business class cabin with no economy option. For Qantas, a few hundred passengers on the new longest flight will be spending their 15+ hours sitting upright in economy, chewing Xanax to make the pain go away. Just kiddingEconomy in one of Qantas’ 747-400ERs really isn’t all that bad (though we’d still suggest spending a little extra for Premium Economy like we did).
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If it seems like trouble follows Justin Bieber around wherever he goes, you're right. The pretty-boy singer's 2013 Aussie tour ugly antics are no different from those in Germany, Brazil, and even his 2011 tour down under.
This time, Justin and his entourage found themselves in some hot water when arriving at Brisbane International Airport when one of Bieber's gang was found with some marijuana and smoking paraphernalia. The 23 year-old in question was ticketed and ordered to appear in court to pay a fine, before he was let go on his way working as Justin's shadow.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted in: the Paddington neighborhood of Sydney, Australia.
This prim and proper little puss was spotted waiting on the stoop of its home, in a neighborhood known for its cute cat population. Paddington is a section of Sydney where streets are lined with terrace houses and worker's cottages, and on a nice night you'll spy a scene similar to this on more than a few front porches.
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Yesterday, we gave you a first hand account of our Aussie contributor's impressions on his first ride in a Dreamliner. Now we can finally show you the photos inside and out of the newest Jetstar aircraft to take to the skies.
This is the first 787 for Australia and it has understandably created much fanfare down under. For the first few weeks, the plane will be carting Aussies around the country between Melbourne, Cairns, and the Gold Coast, but will then transition to flights to Bali-Denpasar.
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Last week we brought you the inaugural of Jetstar's newest little toy, a shiny Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As the first 787 in Australia, the plane is affording a new batch of travelers their first taste of modern aviation innovation, and our Aussie contributor is one such flyer. Here, he shares his impressions of a first flight on the Dreamliner:
As soon as Jetstar announced their newest bird would be flying from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, I jumped online and purchased tickets, psyched to finally fly this state-of-the-art aircraft for myself, after watching what felt like every other continent get their chance. My base in Brisbane is an easy drive to the Gold Coast Airport, and I jump at any chance to visit Australia's culture capital of Melbourne, so the decision was an easy one.
We last shared the news back in April, how Qantas plans to revamp their flight attendant uniform to modernize the look and, possibly, turn heads while cruising around airports. The official launch isn't until December, but some cabin crew have been test-wearing them for a few months now.
On a recent flight on the Red Roo, we caught a flash of fuchsia whizzing by our seat and realized it was a new uniform, in the wild. Then we saw it as she turned the galley corner; the navy shift-dress with pink and red highlights and matching neck scarf.
We briefly got the lowdown on what our attendant thought of the new Martin Grant-designed uniform and she had nothing but positive praise for the look, with the exception of the Trilby hat, which is a bit too hot for summer months.
Keep an eye out for the new duds on Qantas flights this month, and absolutely in December when the fresh uniforms become standard. After seeing the new uniform coupled with perfect hair and makeup, all we can say is (Trilby) hats off to Qantas!
[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]
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As the very first Dreamliner to wear an Australian tail number, VH-VKA is a breath of fresh air for Jetstar, featuring amenities such as USB charging in each seat, video on demand and adjustable headrests. This is all in addition to the features that come standard in every new 787, such as larger, auto-dimming windows, LED lighting, and improved cabin ambiance.
Here at home we’re waiting to see if we will finally be able to utilize electronic doodads during all aspects of the flight, as we’re just too connected to flip things off even if for just a few minutes. Obviously we’re not the only ones that love our mobile devices, and now it looks like another country is thinking about allowing the opportunity to listen to music, watch a movie, or actually get work done during take-off and landing.
Down in Australia their air safety group, CASA, is keeping an eye on what’s going on in the United States. They’re pretty curious about the safety of using gadgets during all aspects of the flight, and it sounds like they’re thinking about allowing passengers to keep things switched to on. Specifically this would affect domestic flights down under like those taking to the skies aboard Qantas or Virgin Australia.