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Thanks to a Pesky Volcano, There's Now More of Tonga to See

Where: Tonga
March 18, 2015 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're usually not overly excited to talk about how volcanoes affect travel plans; it gives bad flashbacks to a certain Icelandic mountain that basically stopped any type of trans-Atlantic air travel in the Spring of 2010.

Forget all that nonsense for a moment and let's talk about a new island in the archipelago of Tonga in the South Pacific.

Only a few months ago, the Polynesian nation was comprised of 177 islands. But after the Hunga Ha'apai volcano began erupting back in January, the resulting lava flow formed a narrow strip of land about a half mile wide and a 3/4 of a mile long. Now that the seismic activity is complete, visitors are flocking to the island to be some of the first people to step on this newly formed land-mass. Not a bad result after lying dormant for five years. (Tourism boards, take note!)

Still, we wouldn't necessarily start planning your next vacation dreaming of white sands, poolside afternoons and fruity cocktails.

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Hawaii for Half-Price? Airfare Deals to the Islands Keep on Coming

March 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hawaii is cheap this season, you guys. The faraway state of paradise (both literal and figurative) has seen airfare deals from all over the country, for totals that've been beating prices to Cancun, Cabo, and even Florida. Right now is the time to rethink and reroute vacation plans in the direction of the Pacific Ocean.

The onslaught of Hawaii deals began in December, with some roundtrips from almost all major US cities to most major Hawaiian airports in the high $500 range. We jumped on a $570 US Airways deal from Boston to Kauai—one of the most expensive islands to travel to—and a friend snagged Detroit-Kauai on Delta. It seemed a Christmas miracle, having flights to Hawaii for 50% off!

To our surprise and everyone's benefit, those deals have continued and, in certain cases, even sweetened. Our friends at FareDealAlert just dug up a $355 roundtrip to Honolulu on United from Minneapolis and various other middle America cities suffering from the winter blues. Chicago is a hair more at $500.

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Put the Snow Shovel Away and Book a Tropical Getaway. Like, Now.

March 5, 2015 at 6:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sorry about that snow day, northern United States.

While school is cancelled and the car needs shoveling out, it's important to remember that there are ways to get away from all that and late winter is the ideal time to book a last-minute warm weather escape. Today we're specifically thinking about the Caribbean's A-B-C Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, for which airfare has been nicely affordable almost all winter.

We made the hop to Aruba ourselves, thanks to a $350 roundtrip (yes, it can be that cheap!) on American Airlines from the Midwest.

For a few more options beyond the Caribbean, our partner CNTraveler just published 10 destinations with airfare under $400 *right now*. In addition, our buddies at TheFlightDeal and FareDealAlert have been on it this week when it comes to Hawaii fares. Right now, both United and Delta are in something of a war over offering the best prices from middle America to Honolulu. Here's proof, but book ASAP.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Easter Island

January 21, 2015 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

Chile's Easter Island (also called "Rapa Nui" and "Isla de Pascua") is an incredible destination. Travelers to this place in the Pacific Ocean, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, go here because it is a dream destination. There's a great deal of planning and passion behind their itineraries, and the great majority fly in on LAN via Santiago, Chile or Papeete, Tahiti, currently the only routes serving Easter Island.

The island's climate is subtropical, most of it is a protected national park, and it's on the Southern Hemisphere's calendar of seasons (January is in summer, July is in winter). Those interested in geology, archaeology, astronomy, hiking, surfing, and general exploration will find Easter Island exhilarating. To best plan when to go, we have some suggestions:

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5 Facts About Aruba That You Won't Learn From a Beach Boys Song

Where: Aruba
January 7, 2015 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every winter, the nauseating infamous Beach Boys song, "Kokomo" enters the minds of Caribbean vacationers with that first line crooning, "Aruba, Jamaica, oo I want to take ya", but our contributing editor Will McGough lists what you should really know about one of Jaunted's favorite islands.

Aruba's resort-focused tourism approach tends to keep travelers quarantined in the northwest corner of the island in either the "low-rise" or "high-rise" hotel zone. As a result, while most people can tell you all about the beautiful beaches, they won't have a clue when it comes to local culture. Below, we've put together five things to help you appreciate Aruba beyond its beaches:

The Island Has Its Own Language

Although most children grow up learning Dutch, English, and Spanish, Aruba also has its own native language called Papiamento. A pidgin mix of English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch, all Arubans know it and speak it between themselves. It is also the native language of nearby Curacao.

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What Does Christmas Island Get for Christmas? Crabs. Millions of Crabs.

December 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's draw attention to Christmas Island, a tiny little speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean which, while named for a festive holiday, is expecting a little more than Santa. In December of every year, tens of millions of freshly hatched red crabs cover the landscape on their annual crab migration and, if the weather and lunar cycles go to plan, this weekend will have been the peak of season.

The crabs call the island home year-round, but it's at this time that their life cycles causes them to spawn in the ocean. The female crustaceans make a trek from the wooded areas down to the water where the egg immediately hatches, thus multiplying the island's crab population. The forests, roads and beaches of the island are utterly inundated by the crabs (and the tourists who travel here to watch them), closing roads and parts of the national park.

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This Deserted Caribbean Beach is Aruba's Secret Site for Plane Spotting

December 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's paradise, pure and simple. A deserted beach of white sand gently melting into clear, azure water. The waves are mere ripples, the water is of that desired "bathwater" warmth, and airplanes whizz directly overhead in the sunny sky. Welcome to one of the best, most undiscovered plane spotting locations in the Caribbean: Renaissance Island, Aruba.

It's no St. Maarten Maho Beach, but the experience will appeal to dedicated plane spotters who prize unique locations and a range of aircraft for indulging their hobby. Even sunbathers should make the easy nature walk from the Renaissance Island's developed beaches down a path to this spot, which we discovered this month while on a trip to the Southern Caribbean.

Pack your swimsuit, camera, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, and footwear a little more substantial than flip flops, and let's go...

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Buy Steve Martin's Island Home for the Luxury, Stay for the Runway Views

December 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the holidays approaching, Saint-Barthélemy is about to become a hotbed of celebrity activity, with one exception. St. Barth regular Steve Martin will likely be vacationing somewhere else this winter.

The funny man listed his island home, Villa Au Soleil, for the second time in two years (his first try was last summer, but he was also open to $28,000 per week rentals.

The asking price is $9,015,012 and you'll find the house located in the hills of the exclusive Lurin neighborhood. Inside is a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, a large living room with a media area, multiple terraces, and en suite bathrooms off of each bedroom.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Aruba

December 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Google Aruba's average weather and you'll quickly learn two things:

1. Aruba is pretty much an ideal 84 degrees every day, year round.

2. Aruba lies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt.

Both of those statements are music to the years of travelers in the mood for "anywhere sunny, with a beach," but there are reasons outside the weather why you may or may not want to head down to "One Happy Island."

To make sure you book that dream trip and have the best possible time, we've got some recommendations for when to go to Aruba.

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Sydney Harbour Secrets: The Perfect Picnic Oasis of Shark Island

December 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the ferry to Manly…every tourist to Sydney, Australia knows where to go, but Sydney happens to be home to the largest natural harbour in the world. It’s in and amongst those large sites you’ll find the smaller secrets, and we’re sharing a few of our favorites all this week.

It’s pretty, as a garden island covered in palm trees, fresh-cut grass, wild tropical blooms would be, but it’s Shark Island’s location and serenity that truly makes this patch of only 3.7 acres something special in Sydney. By the way...there are no sharks; the island is so named due it's shape.

Shark Island has no buildings other than an open-air, Queen Anne-style picnic pavilion at its highest point and a few other scattered picnic alcoves. This betrays Shark Island’s chief activity; there’s nothing much else to do than lay on the beach or gaze out to the sailboat traffic of nearby Rose Bay.

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Sydney Harbour Secrets: The 1 O'Clock Shot at Fort Denison

December 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the ferry to Manly…every tourist to Sydney, Australia knows where to go, but Sydney happens to be home to the largest natural harbour in the world. It’s in and amongst those large sites you’ll find the smaller secrets, and we’re sharing a few of our favorites all this week.

Fun fact: Sydney Harbour is itself a giant park. Some 970 acres of waterways, islands, shores, beaches, and historic sites make up the Sydney Harbour National Park, and there’s no one better place to begin exploring it than Fort Denison, a tiny island which claims much less space than even one of those acres.

Known as "Mat-te-wan-ye” to the Aboriginals and “Pinchgut Island” to the military who arrived with the First Fleet in 1788, Fort Denison only earned its Fort title after 1862 and the establishment of a tower and sandstone fortifications. These days it’s home to a small maritime museum and restaurant, not to mention a traditional 1pm cannon firing to help mariners keep correct timing.

So why should you go?

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The Quirimbas Archipelago: How Do You Even Reach This Private Island Paradise?

October 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever seen a photo of a destination and thought, "I HAVE TO GO TO THERE?" Sure you have, because who hasn't? It's as base a desire as having a taste for a different cuisine for dinner.

This morning we were afflicted with a serious case of wanderlust, after reading on HotelChatter of the newest private island resort, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa:

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