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Six Islands in a Single-Engine, Part 4: A History Lesson Before Turning Homeward

Where: Australia
October 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the stuff of headlines, when a pilot ventures away from familiar runways to embark on an epic aviation adventure in a single-engine aircraft, and it's exactly what Jaunted contributor Joe Corrigan is doing. Follow along over the next several days, as Joe shares trials, triumphs, and terrific images from flying to remote corners of the South Pacific.

Island Hopping in a Single-Engine, The Series:

1. Flight Planning
2. The Point of No Return
3. On Island Time
4. Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

The islands and miles stacked up in our rearview as we left Vanuatu, with a flight plan that took us north to the Solomon Islands, initially to Guadalcanal and Honiara and then onto the New Georgia group.

The longest single flight of our trip so far would be five hours between Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu and Honiara, Solomon Islands, but the winds were on our side and, soon enough, emerald green mountains surrounded by white sandy beaches and coral reefs welcomed us to yet another island destination: Guadalcanal.

We descended through the foothills of the mountains to reach the northern shore and landed at Henderson Field, the second World War II-historic air field of our trip (the first being Santo).

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Virgin Hotels Has an Opening Date, and a Possible Plan for Frequent Flyers

October 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like forever ago that the future existence of Virgin Hotels was teased. In reality it was only 2010, and finally there's a solid opening date. The first Virgin Hotel will open in Chicago in January 2015, and rooms—excuse us, "Chambers"—just went on sale from $209 per night.

For everything we know about Virgin Hotels to this minute, you'll want to check out the HotelChatter story, because right now we're pretty distracted by the tasty news that hotel stays will work with flights towards your frequent flying totals. The NY Times tucked this tidbit into the very end of their story:

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Visit the Real Storybrooke for a 'Once Upon A Time' Special

October 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

The village of Steveston, BC is offering a special deal for Once Upon A Time fans who want to explore the the real-life town featured in their favorite show.

For the past three years the cast and crew of OUAT have regularly descended on the streets of Steveston which they transform into Storybrooke, ME for the ABC series. When the show is in town the Steveston Post Office becomes the Storybrooke Post Office, The Cannery Café changes into Granny's Diner, and the Steveston Coffee Company is known as The Storybrooke Coffee Co.

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Follow 'Gone Girl' to Three Motels Featured in the Movie

October 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

To recreate the setting of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl - North Carthage, Missouri - the movie's cast and crew spent more than six weeks in Cape Girardeau, Missouri last year.

Now, fans who want to retrace Nick and Amy's footsteps can pay a visit to the movie's Cape Girardeau filming locations while staying at one of three motels featured in Gone Girl.

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Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney Jet from Wedding in Venice to Honeymooning in Marrakech

September 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

How do you top a wedding in Venice with a guest list that includes Bono, Bill Murray, and Matt Damon? You head to Marrakech for your honeymoon, and trade the company of all those famous faces for peace amidst romantic luxury.

That's the plan for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, who married in a private ceremony at Venice's Aman Canal Grande Hotel over the weekend.

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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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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: An Urban Foraging Staycation

September 24, 2014 at 4:22 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.

Farm-to-table is still ubiquitous in the food world, as is foraging. But for people who want to eat locally-harvested food while still hanging out in an urban area, the Hunt Club restaurant at First Hill’s Sorrento Hotel offers a first-of-its-kind “urban foraging” package.

The restaurant’s chef, Dan Gilmore, only allows 2-4 people per day to take part in the experience due to its hands-on approach and customized meal. It begins with a trip to nearby Volunteer Park, where Gilmore educates you about different kinds of edible plants and how to recognize them.

Next up is a trip to the local farmer’s market, where you can pick out whatever you want—from fish to vegetables to famous Washington State cherries and huckleberries—to become part of your dinner that night.

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Where to Lounge and Recharge Gadgets (for Free) During San Diego Comic-Con

July 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Heading to San Diego Comic-Con this week? If you've been before you'll know how exhausting it can be fighting the crowds, waiting in lines, and carrying around all that new swag. Coming to the rescue is the Marriott Rewards program, which will be offering SDCC attendees the chance to perk up at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Perk Up! Lounge.

To receive your free invite, just download the Marriott Guest Services App and find a LocalPerk, which will direct you to the hotel's Perk Up! Lounge. The lounge will have everything you need to relax, charge your phone, or refuel.

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When Traveling on the Cheap, Check in with the Couchsurfing App

July 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | Comment (1)

For backpackers traveling on a budget, hostels are always an easy solution, especially when proper planning takes a backseat to spontaneity. But if you do have your sights set on a destination, don't forget about Couchsurfing, the poor man's AirBnb. For those unfamiliar, it's a system where you arrange, typically for free, to stay on someone's couch.

Couchsurfing recently releases its newest app, which allows you to search for places to stay on the go. Some hosts simply offer a place to crash, and others note that they're willing to go grab dinner or drinks. There's a bit of work to do upfront, though, in that you have to create a reasonable profile on the site and reach out to hosts in advance. Basically, between your profile and correspondence, you have to convince the host that you're not a total psycho.

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Maybe Trump's Departure from Atlantic City Isn't Such a Bad Thing

July 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

Atlantic City boardwalk as seen from the water.

For a long time, Atlantic City was considered the Las Vegas of the east, attracting gamblers and partiers from the nearby cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C. for getaway weekends with its combination of casinos and beaches.

On paper, one would think this proximity and outdoor setting would give it a natural advantage over Vegas, a destination that's closest major market is five hours away (Los Angeles) and that relies on artificial environments (pools) to entertain its guests. For a long time, especially during the 1980s, Atlantic City held its own against Sin City. The last few decades haven't been as kind, however, although there was at least hope that it could once again return to these days of glory.

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Voluntourism Means Scaling the Slopes of Mauna Kea in Hawaii

May 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aston is giving their guests an opportunity to give back on their next trip to Hawaii.

Aston Kona by the Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa, and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas are all participating in the “Leave a Legacy with Aston” program.

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All Hail the Return of HotelChatter's Annual WiFi Report

April 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is the week, you guys! Our awesome sister site HotelChatter.com has completed yet another (the 10th annual!) info-packed report on hotel WiFi, and all info is laid totally bare, free from flowcharts. If you've ever searched for a hotel and tried to figure out, in the hotel website's fine print, whether or not they charge for WiFi and how much, then this report is for you.

Actually, it's a report for anyone! Do you want to sit in a cozy hotel lobby, drink tea and get some work done? Crash in your room and catch up on your favorite blogs (hint hint)? Head to a hotel with free WiFi that you find on the report. There's even a section on hotel chains that offer MOAR wifi strength, for those times you need the best possible connection for Skype video conferences or Netflix streaming.

Check it all out here:

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