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Kickstarter Raises nearly $1 Million to Create the Next Generation of Paper Airplanes

January 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize that Santa is hanging out in the islands, relaxing after a busy holiday season, so weíre not exactly ready to send off a letter fir Christmas 2013 just yet. However, we do already know what we want, and itís one of these snazzy devices from the minds of the folks over at PowerUp.

The PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane is exactly what it sounds like. Itís basically a toy airplane for both big kids and little kids that you can control with your mobile device. Theyíre raising money for their (awesome) idea on Kickstarter, and weíre far from the only ones that want one. Apparently theyíve raised nearly $915,000 and that is way, way more than the $50,000 that they initially set as a goal.

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One Perfect Present: An All-Purpose Travel Hat Handmade in the USA

December 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Don't run to the nearest Target the night before a trip to buy whatever woven synthetic topper "will do for now." A small investment in a custom hat, which is actually also an investment in the survival of a classic New York City business, is the answer.

Thanks to the impulsiveness of milliner Satya Twena and her brilliant Kickstarter campaign, the Makins Hats factory in Midtown Manhattan is coming back from closure, in time to save the collections, the American-made equipment, hat shapes dating back to the 1930s, and even the jobs of the skilled staff.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: A Mangrove Swamp in Malaysia

Where: Malaysia
June 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: A mangrove swamp in Malaysia

This week's Travel Cat comes from Michelle & Ed of West By Sea. This inspirational traveling duo recently had their Kickstarter project fully funded, with the goal of sailing around the world in 104 days and turning their voyage west from Australia into a "treasure book."

They're off and sailing, and already reached Malaysia as we can see from this shot they sent along from a mangrove swamp. Check out those cat eyes!

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Gear Review: The Capture Camera Clip for Hands-Free Travel Photography

Where: Chile
September 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven't yet gathered from our plethora of photo galleries here at Jaunted, we are always in the company of at least one camera. While it's worth it to let a DSLR bulk up our luggage for the the slick pictures it produces, we're always looking for something easier than a backpack and more comfortable than a camera strap for toting it along for hikes and more active outdoor activities.

Now I switch to first-person to say that, with an upcoming trip to the nature paradise of Easter Island and lots of volcano climbing ahead, I looked to the Capture Clip from Peak Design, a device that actually found its footing among projects on Kickstarter.

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All Volunteery Eyed: Inside The Global Citizen Project

May 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter, Jaunted and VegasChatter contributor Globetrotting Gourmet aka one Charyn Pfeuffer will be leaving shortly to begin the biggest trip of her life--a year-long voluntourism adventure she's dubbed The Global Citizen Project. Here she explains what she's doing, how she's doing it and most importantly, why. You can also follow Charyn on her journey on Twitter at the handle, @Global_Gourmet as well as read her blog for more in-depth updates.

In seven sleeps, Iíll be on a cross-country red-eye to Miami and then on to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As soon as I exhale from the inevitable nail biter of a landing at ToncontŪn International Airport, Iíll embark on the first of 12 volunteer projects Iíll participate in over the course of the next year.

Over the past several years, Iíve spent about one third of my time in Latin American countries, many underserved, but all otherworldly beautiful. I recognize the importance promoting tourism in an editorial capacity plays in a destinationís economic success, but itís been tough to return from such places and reconcile that a bag of my dogís kibble costs more than some families earn in a week.

So, Iíve done what any strong-willed, solution oriented Taurus would do--I've decided to swap my perfectly comfortable, decade plus long food and travel writer career for more humanitarian pursuits.

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