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This weekend sees the conclusion of yet another successful Art Basel Miami Beach, the modern art fair that annually draws over 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. It's a good time, trust, but it's actually only one of a set of three Art Basel events every year. If you enjoy yourself at one, add it to your iCal to collect all three in 2014:
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Just last week, the US Northeast was facing the onslaught of a Nor'easter that threatened some of the most populated centers (and busiest airports) of the United States. And while the clean up is pretty much complete from storms that rolled through the parts of the country, rest assured this storm wont be the last to close roads, cripple airports and raise tempers.
We know there's no guarantee of how Mother Nature will act each winter, so that's why we've compiled a list of places that benefit from some of the most perfect weather year-round. Dust off your passport and warm up that credit card, in order to warm yourself under the sun of these five destinations:
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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 Checking Luggage
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This week is arty-farty all right, as December 5 - 8 runs Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual collection of modern art fairs that attracts 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Basel is just as much about the societal buzz of the week as it is about the serious artwork and structured events. To enjoy it all and come out swinging, there's five things to have on you at all times during Art Basel:
· A good guide to the fairs.
Every year brings new satellite fairs to compliment the original Art Basel offering in Miami Beach's Convention Center. The only issue is that the area has grown, and now Wynwood's Context and downtown Miami's River Art Fair are draws of their own. To know what's on when, for how much, and how to direct your taxi there, we like the Miami New Times' .pdf guide, and the HuffPost has broken down some of the better talks and workshops throughout the week.
· Good shoes.
In short, this means no flip flops. Even poolside hang-outs are better served by wearing slip-on espadrilles, as Art Basel brings dressier requirements to Miami Beach. Now factor in that you'll be bouncing around all 80-degree day between art fairs, food, your hotel, and parties, and style-forward, dependable shoes become the best option.
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The Rhode Island State House is located in the heart of downtown Providence, and you can see it from almost any angle in town. On top of the dome is a gold sculpture known as "The Free-Thinking Man," who represents the Ocean State's commitment to freedom of speech, thought, and expression.
And even though Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, you'd never know that from the pride that locals have in their home.
On a tour of the State House, there's way more to see than big flags and fancy offices. Here are a couple of details you'll want to be on the lookout for:
We know all about pork, pineapple, mangoes, and papaya, but what else should you keep an eye out for while on the Hawaiian Islands? All that hiking is sure to work up an appetite, so here are five foods you can find around town that will have you stuffing your face like a local:
Taro is a non-native but now local vegetable that is often described as the “Hawaiian potato,” grown like rice in a flooded field and starchy in taste. It is used in a variety of ways by the locals, including frying it to make “taro chips,” using it as a base for smoothies and desserts, or pounding it into a dipping sauce called “poi.” The leaves of the taro plant are used to wrap either fish, pork, or chicken in the well-known Hawaiian dish “laulau.”
They may not look like much, but iffy looks are only a deceptive mask for the yumminess contained. Surprise surprisewe're talking about In-flight meals in economy class. Sure, there's limited choice and a distinct lack of top shelf booze to wash it all down, but sitting in the back of the plane doesn't mean it's all hard tack and gruel.
Several airlines even continue to present printed menus to economy passengers on the longer flights. A few off the top of our head are Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Qantas, giving passengers a better outlook for their meal other than abruptly being asked, "meat or pasta?"
Without further ado, we present our favorite five economy class meals of 2013:
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Word to the wise: automated immigration kiosks are the new hotness. These machines process the passports of US & Canadian citizens in a matter of seconds (minutes, if there's a line), and we foresee it one day pushing the Global Entry program to the curb. Oh, and it's free.
How to use the kiosks:
Simply roll up to one, scan your passport page, confirm that the screen has your ID and arriving flight info correct, tap to answer "no" to the usual "are you bringing anything weird into our country?" questions, and a camera snaps your photo and prints a receipt of the transaction. Show that receipt to a man in a booth (no waiting!), he'll stamp your passport, and you're free to enter baggage claim. You'll finally yield that receipt to the customs inspection officers after baggage claim, with minimal bother and no queuing.
Who's got them:
As far as we know, there are four US airports with immigration kiosks up and running for holders of US passports. They are:
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1. THOU SHALT HONOR THY FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND FLIGHT CREW
This is more than a "commandment" we made up; it's the law. No talking back to flight crew, and pay attention to announcements and directions, whether it's from a fresh face flight attendant or a wizened captain.
2. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR'S NECK PILLOW
RUDE. There is no punishment greater in hell than for those who steal the blanket, pillow, or other comfort item belonging to another passenger. For the many hours of an international flight, that napkin of blanket or puff of a pillow is all we may have between a fitful sleep and jet lag for days, or a backache and relaxation. If you desire another blanket or pillow, ask a flight attendant; don't be so low as to steal from your fellow traveler.
We know what you’re thinking: Cheesesteaks are really good.
True. But haven’t we been there, done that by now? Weve gone on our fair share of self-guided cheesesteak tasting tours, and we must say we are indeed ready for a bit of fresh air. And there’s good news: We found two sandwiches in Philly this week that might be better anyhow, one featuring an Italian chicken cutlet and another filled with roast pork.
If we can make any aspect of travel just one bit easier, then we consider our job done. Thus, we're happy to pass along some tips to ease the stress of going from point A to point B.
This Jaunted contributor recently popped over to Hong Kong for the very first time, and now shares his 9 tips for a first-time visit to HK:
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A good traveler always brings back a little something sweet to share. Halloween is actually the perfect time to show off your impressive foreign candy collection. Of course if you've already eaten it all (and we don't blame you), here's some ideas as to what to fill your candy bowl with next year: