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Oahu's Latest Announcement is a Win for Responsible Tourism

April 23, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, Hawaii announced that was establishing a conservation easement on a section of Oahu’s North Shore, effectively shielding over 650 acres of land from future development.

The agreement ensures the land, which is owned by Turtle Bay Resort, will never suffer the same fate as Waikiki and become an urban development project. Marine and land ecosystems will be protected and thus restored, and the area will become a haven for public recreation, education, and cultural activities.

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Is 'Flytographer' the Solution in the Struggle for Vacation Selfies?

April 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's be real. Nothing is more embarrassing than a selfie stick, but you can't just travel around with a personal photographer in tow. Or can you?

Flytographer.com finally has a solution for travelers who are struggling for selfies, consistently disappointed with vacation photos, or feel like they're not living in the moment with an eye to a viewfinder. That solution is to book a local vacation photographer who will tag along to craft an informal photo shoot in your destination.

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Three Scenic, Beginner-Friendly Mountain Bike Adventures to Try this Spring

March 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Flume Trail at Lake Tahoe

Getting out into the wilderness is a must for many adventure travelers, but long, grueling mountain bike rides are not everyone's idea of a vacation. Luckily, some of the country's most beautiful and historic routes have been tastefully commercialized, offering shuttle services that allow you to tackle only part of the trail, mainly the downhill and beginner-friendly sections. Below, we list a few that we've personally experienced, and we encourage you to look for similar opportunities on your next trip to the mountains, wherever it may be.

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This Hawaiian Carrier is Shutting Things Down at The End of The Month

March 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Zipping back and forth between the islands over in Hawaii just got a little more complicated, as one of the main interisland carriers is getting ready to drop out of the competition. It’s been a rough ride for Mesa Air Group and its subsidiary known as go!, and now it looks like it will shut down and send the planes and people back to the mainland as of April 1.

We’ve heard less than awesome things about the carrier, and it appears that go! never really caught on with the locals after its entrance into the market and resulting fare wars drove Aloha Airlines' out of business back in 2008.

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Five Travel Contests To Enter Before the End of March

March 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize the travel budget is limited, but it’s free to dream. That’s where contests come into the picture, as there’s always that one in a million chance that you’ll score the grand prize. Imagine yourself elsewhere today, and take a few minutes to enter these contests ending sooner than later:

Hawaiian Airlines – Explorer Video Contest

Enter between now and April 1st for a chance to score 240,000 HawaiianMiles, as that’s about $2,000 worth of points sufficient to get two of you to plenty of international destinations—and of course Hawaii. Check the rules for the full scoop, but the bottom line is you need to upload a one-minute video revealing your love for the Aloha State.

Queen Mary 2 – 10th Anniversary Celebration Sweepstakes

Get ready to climb aboard one of the world’s most fancy pants ocean liners, as the Queen Mary is giving away free balcony stateroom accommodations. The lucky winner will get a transatlantic crossing between New York and Southampton. Name, address, email, and the other usual stuff is all that’s required, so be sure to enter before March 31.

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Say Aloha to Ohana by Hawaiian, Taking to the Skies in March

February 13, 2014 at 7:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other day we were looking at the snazzy look of the latest member of the Hawaiian Airlines family, and now it looks like ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is ready to take to the skies.

If you need a refresher ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is the new subsidiary carrier from Hawaiian Airlines, as they plan to connect some smaller airports and locations in and around the islands with a little bit of propeller power.

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Hawaiian Airlines Debuts Premium Economy for as Low as $60 an 'Upgrade'

February 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

After a couple of in-flight Mai Tai beverages you might need a little bit extra room to stretch out and relax, and thankfully that’s now a possibility aboard Hawaiian Airlines. The carrier is jumping on the pay-to-play system when it comes to increased legroom seating, and now these options are officially up for sale to passengers.

You still might need to wait a few months before testing things out, but you can now at least pay a little extra for them and guarantee that they will be available for your flight later this year. These Extra Comfort economy seats will be first available on the carrier’s Airbus A330 fleet, and you are now welcome to select these better seats right on the airline’s website. Travel on or after August 1 is an option as of now, so you might want to delay that vacation until that time.

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Which 5 U.S. Cities are Best for Getting Busy?

February 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Next week is Valentine's Day and, if you haven't even begun to think about what gift to get your honey to show your affection, take it from us that plane tickets trump flowers or chocolates any day. With that, just any old city won't do to make the holiday a memorable getaway, so picking the perfect romantic destination is key.

From lovey-dovey beach weekends to a high-style cities, the United States offers up some perfect locations to be shot by Cupid's arrow. Put your passport away for once, as we've compiled the most romantic locations around the country to spend this V-Day with your loved one.

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Hawaiian Airlines' Georgeous Ohana Planes to Fly Hawaii's Skies Soon

February 5, 2014 at 7:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

A while ago we mentioned that Hawaiian Airlines was planning on launching a few new routes, and that they would be doing so thanks to some new propeller power. They’re still going with the new carrier name of ’Ohana, and it looks like things are set to hit the skies sooner than later.

The plan for the subsidiary airline is to serve some of the islands smaller airports, as Hawaiian Airlines is probably a little miffed that there are some options that their larger Boeing 717 interisland planes are missing out on.

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The Best Kept Destination Secret of 2013 is...

December 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Everyone's hip on the fact that Hawaii has some of the world's best beaches to go along with volcanic interiors and incredibly lush rainforests, but this year's best kept secret is that the State harbors its own "grand canyon" on Kauai.

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon is ten miles long and 3,000 feet deep (to give you some perspective, the real Grand Canyon 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep). "Waimea" is Hawaiian for "reddish water," and is no doubt a reference to the color of the canyon and the tint the water takes on as it runs through.

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Alcohol Alternative: Have You Tried Kava Yet?

Where: Polynesian Islands
December 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you're anything like us, you like to enjoy yourself and have a good time on the road. There's no question that we do our fair share of research after the sun goes down in a destination, and coming together over a local beer or spirit is a great way to meet people and get involved in the social scene.

But for those of you who fancy feeling good about yourself in the morning yet would still like to indulge, the Polynesians might have the answer you've been looking for. Kava is a chalky, earthy drink that is made from the roots of the yaqona plant, and although it is alcohol free, it has been known to make people feel pretty good about themselves.

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The Three Best Towns for Learning to Surf This Winter

December 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM | by | Comment (1)

After the warmth of the holiday season fades and January and February begin to sink in their teeth throughout most of the country, you won't be alone if you find yourself dreaming of the ocean. You could always cruise out to So Cal, but we're recommending an extended winter vacation this year, one that you should start planning now while the cash is already flowing from your wallet. Don't wait for those holiday bills to come -- at that point, you'll be too discouraged to cough up any more.

Given the popularity of resolutions, the beginning of the new year is a great time to try something new. And since we're talking summer, how about holding up in a small beach town and learning to surf? Here are three destinations we visited this year that will have you hanging ten in no time.

Sayulita, Mexico

So far, organic growth thanks to newfound tourism has created a local, pleasant surf town vibe in Sayulita that is not found in the hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Even though many of the businesses are most definitely there because of tourism, the town has done a nice job overall of keeping them authentic and feeling local -- something we greatly appreciate.

Surfboards can be rented right off the beach for less than $25 a day and multi-person bungalows can be rented for as little as $90/night (there are also cheap hostels and a campground). We recommend you not hesitate, because as great as the town is at the moment, we see small signs of infection – such as annoying beach vendors and aggressive restaurant greeters – that could very well begin to change the feel of the town in the coming years. We have our fingers crossed, but we aren’t holding our breath given the direction most other Mexican destinations have gone with their approach to tourism. So, go!

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