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Wanna Help Haul a Flock of Flamingos?

Where: Mexico
April 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience.

Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!

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Trade Beach Clean-up for a Miami Hotel Discount

April 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami is the latest hotel to offer their guests discounts in exchange for doing good.

The "Our Beach Is Your Beach" Package includes an additional 10% off the best available rates, $50 spa daily credit, and free daily breakfast for all guests who participate in a 3-hour beach clean-up and a 2-hour environmental beach walk.

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Olympic Skier Bode Miller Is Renting Out His Yacht on AirBNB

March 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Olympic skier Bode Miller, who added a bronze medal in Sochi to his pile of hardware, has just put his yacht up on AirBnb. The yacht, which can sleep up to 12 people, is currently docked in San Diego harbor. It goes for $3K a night, with a minimum of three nights. If you're going to get 12 people in there for three nights, it works out to $750 each, which is comparable with a penthouse room in a luxury hotel.

As for amenities? The ad lists a full kitchen, three master bedrooms and two 'bunk rooms,' an open upper deck, and use of a dinghy and a Sea-Doo. There's also the benefit of saying you slept on the same bed as one of America's most decorated Winter Olympians, natch.

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'Glacier Under Canvas' is Popping Tents in the Trees for the First Time in Montana

March 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Glamping is coming to another National Park this summer.

After the success of "Yellowstone Under Canvas," the Under Canvas Group is bringing their luxury camping to the Glacier National Park in Glacier, MT.

The camp, located 7 miles outside Glacier Park, will offer fully furnished safari tents, tipis, and deluxe suites with king-sized beds and full bathrooms. For the first time, the accommodations will also include tree house tents with amazing views and cabins. As part of their partnership with Leave No Trace, Under Canvas is also taking steps to ensure the camp has minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

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Say No to Jewelry and Yes to Private Pool Villas for Valentine's Day

February 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.

Idea #1: A night or two in a private pool villa, for skinny-dipping.

Now, skinny-dipping here and there doesn't make you a nudist, but it does impart some spontaneous edge and prove you're more than a little comfortable in your own skin. Sleep naked, and wake up before coffee by walking straight from bed into the deep end.

Unlike an overwater bungalow, the confines of a private pool ensure there'll be no sharks or jellyfish lurking below. Here's our three favorite hotels with villas whose pools are ultra-private:

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Nude Resorts: Are They Really As Fun As They Sound?

February 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (11)

According to the American Association of Nude Recreation (which apparently exists), many of the mental cues that tie us to our everyday cares slip away as the clothes come off.

And get this: Clothing-optional tourism is a $440-million-per-year industry, according to AANR, including everything from cruises, organized tours, and more than 250 resorts and clubs nationwide. Not surprising, there are twice as many male nudists as females, typically 35 years or older with a college education and a higher-than-average household income.

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The 25 Greatest Celebrity Travel Aliases of All Time

January 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Celebrities have to be creative when it comes to staying one step ahead of their fans and the paparazzi. This even extends right down to the name they use when booking a hotel, renting a yacht, or even reserving an entire island.

Here are 25 of the best celebrity aliases, ever:

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The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Staying at a Hostel

January 16, 2014 at 11:01 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 Staying at a Hostel or Budget Hotel

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The Trick to Hacking Your Hotel Room Thermostat is a Little Thing Called 'VIP Mode'

November 13, 2013 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

A glance at Jaunted's section on travel hacks shows that we don't do these write-ups very often (unless you count posts about how to evade parts of TSA's laughingly awful security as "travel hacks," which we don't, and also stop trying to get us in trouble). Sometimes though, there's a trick that's sufficiently clever, evil, and obscure - we prefer it be all three - that we feel the need to pass it on. Because we're humanitarians.

Today's tip comes courtesy of travel uber-blog View from the Wing. It has to do with how travelers can override the safeguards that hotels build into their rooms to contain costs and conserve energy. Like we said, we're humanitarians.

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You'll Never Want to Stay in a Hotel Again After Seeing These 'Oldboy' Promos

September 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spike Lee recently completed his remake of the Korean cult classic Oldboy, and now FilmDistrict has released a number of hotel-themed promos in anticipation of the movie's Thanksgiving Day release.

The new ad campaign, with the tagline Hotel Oldboy: Preparing Your Stay, will probably make you think long and hard before you book your next hotel room.

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LeBron James Stretched His Wedding Over Three Days in San Diego

September 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

LeBron James finally tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson in San Diego on Saturday.

The couple, who have been together for more than ten years and have two kids, decided one day wasn't enough to celebrate their nuptials so they planned a whole weekend's worth of activities.

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Has a New Name and, Perhaps, a New Future

September 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.

The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.

The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).

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