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Travel Contest Roundup: Five Island Trips to Win This Winter

December 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are five vacation contests to enter right now that might just have you adjusting to island time:

Levo League – Jetset to Jamaica

The holidays will soon be over and done with, and the cold harsh winter will move in forever. That’s why you need to look forward to a trip to Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay. The big winner will get three nights in an ocean front room along with breakfast, airfare, and a couple of massages—around $2,200 in free prize value.

Allure Access – Present Perfect

For a chance at this one you need to enter sooner than later, as things will close to entries on December 23. Here you’re entering for a shot at a five-night stay down in St. Croix, as you just might be staying—along with a pal—at the historic Buccaneer Resort. Other goodies include airfare, spa treatments, and daily breakfast.

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Where to Find Each and Every Vino Volo Airport Location

December 19, 2014 at 6:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

The holiday travel season is in full swing, and that means the uncertainty of a layover, an inconvenience, or just some generalized airport anxiety. That’s where alcohol comes into the picture! We’re kidding of course, but a nice glass of wine at the airport never seems to make things worse.

Better than a dingy airport bar is a classy and clean wine bar, and you can’t get much better than Vino Volo. It also certainly doesn’t hurt that they have plenty of locations at airports around the globe, and that they offer up free WiFi along with some light bites to eat. So whether it’s a chardonnay or some merlot to go – here’s where to find each and every airport location of Vino Volo:

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5 Holiday Fun Runs Featuring Santas, Sweaters, and Hot Chocolate

December 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Screw the shopping and holiday responsibilities this weekend, and do something for yourself. Hit the course with these holiday runs, marathons, and 5Ks. Sure there’s a little bit of exercise involved, but since it’s Christmas time they are complete with music, candy canes, and plenty of Santa outfits:

Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk — Carmel, Indiana

Hot chocolate and donuts at the finish line?—sign us up! Take a break from shopping this weekend, and hit the course at the Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk in Carmel, Indiana. Things start at 9am on December 20 at the Monon Community Center, and if you register early enough in advance—score a Santa hat and beard.

Santa and Suds 5K Run/Walk – Clearwater, Florida

Burn off some of those holiday calories, and then put them right back on this weekend. The race begins at 3pm on December 21, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or just stroll along. All finishers will score a free beer at the finish line from Capitol Beer House, so that’s pretty darn wonderful.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Win 4 International Trips, from Paris to Fiji

December 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are four vacation contests to enter right now that will help you score another stamp in your passport:

Visit Denmark – It's More Than Great Design

Denmark is a pricey place to visit, but winning a trip will get you there for free. Check out the design—and the Danish—with this trip. The grand prize winner scores a trip for two, but be sure to enter today—things close on December 12.

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6 Ways You Could Spend the Navy Secretary's $4.7 Million Travel Budget

December 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven't heard, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has spent $4.7 million on travel this year so far. The $4.7 million has taken Mabus over 955,000 miles through Iraq, Afghanistan, numerous trips to German military bases, and a few relationship-typing “we-need-to-talk” type of chats Japan and South Korea.

With this, it’s truly difficult to grasp the magnitude of 955,000 travel miles. To quickly put that in perspective, that’s about the distance between Earth and Mars… times four! For fun, we decided to figure out some crazy, cool, and crazy-cool things to do with a $4.7 million and 955,000-mile travel budget.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Five Chances to Win College Football Vacations

December 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are five vacation contests to enter right now that will help you enjoy a big win with a big game:

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The Top 5 Kitschiest Christmas Attractions Around the World

December 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Like it or not December has finally arrived, and that means the holiday season is in full swing. Everyone gets in on the Christmas decorations this time of year, but there are a few that take the holiday kitsch to the next level. Here’s five of our picks for putting a smile on your face—or to just shake your head in decoration disgust:

The Most Lights - Canberra, Australia

If lights are what you’re after than this is where you need to be, as one dad just took the whole Clark W. Griswold thing to the next level. The new Guinness World Record title for the largest image made of LED lights now belongs to someone in Australia, as this guy has set up around 1.2 million lights. Obviously things are a little much for the neighborhood, so you’ll need to visit Canberra's CBD to check things out.

The Best Store - Frankenmuth, Michigan

The mother of all Christmas stores does its thing in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and you can bet that they have holiday kitsch down to a science here. If you can’t visit in person there’s a virtual tour online, and they even have quite an online retail presence. So if you just need that 28.25-inch Lighted Plastic Penguin with Scarf—ordering it through their website is a breeze.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Six Ways to Hightail It to Hawaii

November 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner. Here are a few options that might get you a little fun in the sun over in Hawaii:

Dream Plan Go Honeymoon of a Lifetime Hawaii Contest and Sweepstakes

Tell your story of why you need a honeymoon in Hawaii, and they don't even care if it's just a long overdue one. The grand prize winner gets airfare, four nights accommodations, and a rental car to explore. Just be sure to enter by November 28.

Dole Sweet Inspiration Sweepstakes

Cruise all the way to Hawaii with this contest, and even if you don't win there's some other prizes available as well. The big winner might just score a trip for four over to Hawaii thanks to Princess Cruises—enter by December 3.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Hit the Slopes with 6 Chances to Win a Ski Vacation

November 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are six vacation contests to enter right now that will help you truly enjoy the winter weather:

Roam With Rice Sweepstakes – Wyoming Tourism

The big prize here is a trip to Wyoming, and that includes plenty of opportunities to hit the slopes. The winner gets a chance to take on the mountains with Travis Rive, and that’s in addition to a four-night trip for two to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. They’ll include airfare, accommodations, lift tickets, and a pair of snowboards too. Get your details in order, as you have until January 5 to enter this contest—good luck.

Steamboat Boat Load Sweepstakes

No need to hit the local mountain this year, as we have a feeling that you might be the big winner on this ski season contest. Just submit your information before April 12, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. The grand prize is a VIP trip for four people to the Steamboat Ski Resort—over in Colorado—and that includes airfare, lift tickets, lodging, ski rentals, and a couple other goodies. Even if you miss the big prize, there are other prizes too like skis, boots, snowboards, and GoPro cameras.

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What to Eat in Vienna: 19 Foods That'll Rock Your World

Where: Vienna, Austria
November 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Vienna is so much more than Schnitzel.

It's also more than opera, Mozart, Empress Sisi, and Edelweiss on a mountainside. Vienna, Austria is a world capital of good eating, a fact that doesn't get nearly enough play. We'd almost rank it above Paris in terms of excellent culinary adventures, and we simply cannot narrow down our favorite Viennese flavors to a list of 5 or 10 items; nope, we have 19 must-try Vienna food and drinks to share with you.

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7 Beautifully Illustrated 2015 Calendars Inspired by Travel

November 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the best pieces of inspiration is an empty calendar.

That's one upcoming year of possibilities open for your creation. New faces, new places.

To rely on an iCal or digital calendar is fine, but to have physical pieces of paper to write upon...may inspire fresh thoughts and ideas. Here's hoping those include plans for new destinations in 2015, jotted upon these lovely, illustrated calendars inspired by travel:

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From Unknown Airlines to Rickety Trains: How to Get Around Burma

Where: Myanmar
November 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like everyone and their moms are going to Burma. Or is it Myanmar? (For the answer, see here.) Thanks to political and humanitarian reforms of the last several years, this Southeast Asian country is more open than ever to tourism. Over the next week or so, Jaunted's Julia Buckley will be sharing her tips and experiences as a traveler in Burma without a tour group and without memorizing a guidebook, but with common sense and open eyes on a Burma Field Trip.

So you’ve debunked your myths, got your e-visa and you’re ready to go to Burma. Great! What’s next?

Working out how to get around.

This is a pain. Burma is a big country, much bigger than you thought. Most people fly into Yangon/Rangoon RGN Airport, and, from there, visit the temples of Bagan, Lake Inle and (if they have time) Mandalay. But Yangon to Bagan is 400 miles. Bagan to Inle is a mountainous 250 miles. Which doesn’t sound much, but it takes forever. Yangon to Bagan 8-9 hours, for example, and that’s in a taxi.

Luckily, there are several ways of traveling in Myanmar. Which should you pick?

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