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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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Lindbergh. Earhart. Yeager.
Let's face itaviators are the epitome of cool. Heck, even fictitious pilots like Top Gun's Maverick get all the girls, so frankly we're shocked it's taken so long for the internet generation to devise a character as brilliant as The Lego Pilot.
Jetting around the world in his perfectly pressed uniform, The Lego Pilot spends days sharing his "office views" and favorite layover locations with fans on social media. Though his body may be made of plastic building blocks, his personality is very much alive on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He's essentially a fully conceptualized and storified version of Lufthansa's "Pilot Diary" Instagram series from August 2013, which we heralded as "a revelation for airline social media."
Recent travels have transported The Lego Pilot to London, Hong Kong, Spain's Costa del Sol, Dubai, and Marrakech...and that's only since the beginning of March when the accounts initiated.
We won't spoil all the fun for you (follow him!), but below are a few of our favorite The Lego Pilot moments. Enjoy!
You'd think, with Instagram celebrating its fourth birthday this year, that the limits of intriguing new accounts would be stretched. Alas, we still find new and interesting people to follow, and one such account is @usinterior. It's actually the official account of the US Department of the Interior.
They've been active on the app for nearly two years, but only now are they taking the step to get interactive, announcing a contest to join in their first Insta-Meet for the reopening of the Washington Monument on May 12. You see, the monument closed after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the DC area in 2011. This caused cracks near the top of the monument, closing it indefinitely...or at least until May 12.
The opportunity to be among the first back into the national landmark sounds awesome, but there is a major catch:
This morning, a cryptic tweet by Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games, 30 Rock, Modern Family) highlighted what is definitely a #celebtravelproblem:
Dear fans, I love you. Please don't take pictures of me sleeping on airplanes.— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) April 7, 2014
A few weeks ago, Banks' Modern Family co-star faced a similar situation while napping on set. Sofia Vergara took pains to prevent any sleeping photos of her from leaking, by placing a napkin over her face. The concept only half-worked, as her co-stars turned it into an Instagram opportunity (above) which then ended up as a DailyMail article, but at least her snoozing face literally stayed out of the picture.
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Back in late 2012, we highlighted our favorite Instagram hashtag of-the-moment: #kicksonaplane.
The hashtag was first started by Marcus Troy, an "influencer" and brand strategist who uploaded a photo of his Converse on Air Canada Flight 7505 to Toronto City Airport one year ago. From there, he gave it its own website, but it's the hashtag which continues to organically grow within Instagram. Now it numbers over 3,000 images.
Inspired by the hashtag, London-based art director Marco Lemcke used his talents to answer the question, "What would a collaboration between Nike and some top airlines look like?" Here's a few of the incredible results:
This week we welcome a new addition to the awesome Instagramers with Pure New Zealand, the folks behind promoting the natural beauty of the island nation in the South Pacific. Started only this month, they've been pretty active already with a myriad of photos, ranging from city-scapes to nature shots with a gentle sprinkling of requisite Hobbit snaps.
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Last week, we discovered a little something crazy: the popularity of airport carpets on photo sharing app Instagram.
Delving a bit further into this fascination, and that of other similarly quirky funny Instagram travel hashtags, we've found that not only is the carpet of Portland International Airport in Oregon particularly beloved, but that devotees have gone so far as to have the design tattooed!
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While Instagram photo series like #throwbackthursday and #windowseat are popular on a mainstream level, there are other, cooler hashtags advancing niche interests. An example of this is #kicksonaplane or, as we recently discovered from instagramming the Phoenix Airport photo above, #airportcarpet.
#AirportCarpet currently boasts 882 photos from Instagram users around the world. Take, for instance, the below snaps from Portland, OR (definitely the most popular airport carpet, by far), and Wellington, New Zealand.
In comparison, #casinocarpet only has 186 images, and #hotelcarpet has 478. Of course one could blame the popularity of airport carpets on the waiting room-like atmosphere of gate areas and the hours of boredom before a flight departure, but where's the fun in that?
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Social media is one of the best ways for travelers both real and "armchair" to have a window into new destinations and inspiration for yet more travel. When it comes to Instagram, there's no other account that gets as many likes as the folks behind the Tourism Australia profile. These are the same people who posted the full-frontal pic of a kangaroo? Yeah, same guys.
The @Australia account belongs to the tourism board and uses photos snapped by locals and visitors, then uploaded and tagged with #seeaustralia. On average, each Aussie post receives around 8,200 likes, which is in stark contrast to an average 360 likes for photos on other tourism board accounts.
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 themThe Jauntys.
It was in early June that a normal Singapore Airlines flight made Instagram and, by extension, the internet, freak out. The flightnonstop on an Airbus A380 from Singapore to Londonencountered severe turbulence for only a few seconds, but it was long enough to shake the double=decker superjumbo aircraft into what looked like a junior high cafeteria food fight.
Now comes the extraordinary part of the story, as passengers managed to snap and share "before and after" photos of the scene. The photos went viral and, to the credit of Singapore Airlines' crew, the world was awestruck at the efficiency of the emergency management of the situation.
Of course it was such a chance occurrencethat this would happen to the world's largest passenger plane, that it would be on an airline most known for their prim and properness, and that it would be a story told completely through social media.
Earlier this week, Twitter issued an app update to allow for photos in direct messages. Earlier this year, Snapchat's quick photo-messaging capabilities turned it into one of the fastest spreading social media apps of all time.
Well, today Instagram is set to trounce both, as it unveils a new feature named "Instagram Direct."
Essentially, Instagram Direct is a private photo message function. A new icon appears on the upper right-hand corner of the open Instagram app, and tapping it accesses your Direct inbox. It's here you can review Direct Instagrams sent to you, or tap the "+" to send your own.
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Breakdancing. Nuns. Popping and locking. A rapping child. Autotune. Flight attendants singing doo-wop.
Welcome to Virgin America's first new safety video in six years. Without spoiling the surprises of the video, we'll just say our first thought was that something so entertaining can't possibly comply with FAA regulations. Oh, but it does. To see is to believe.
Directed by Jon M. Chu, a Virgin America frequent flyer who also happens to be the director for Hollywood films like Step Up 2 and G.I. Joe, the video taps the talent of dancers, singers and choreographers from both American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.
According to VX, this is the "first-ever domestic safety video set entirely to music and performed in dance." Watch for it on billboards in Times Square, or catch the YouTube version below before viewing it on an actual Virgin America flight starting this November.