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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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The 101 on Travel to Burma: 10 Myanmar Myths Debunked

Where: Myanmar
November 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

It seems like everyone and their moms are going to Burma. Or is it Myanmar? 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.

Every tourist arriving in Burma for the first time does so with their head full of expectations, stereotypes, or misconceptions (or all three). Much of the common intelligence on travel in the country is sadly out of date or simply not true. It's time to explode some myths; here's the Jaunted 101 on travel myths in Burma.

“It's Myanmar, not Burma.”

False. Most people assume that Burma is the colonial name and Myanmar is therefore right-on. But it’s not that easy. ”Myanmar” was coined in 1988 after pro-democracy movements ended in bloodshed, so pro-democracy people, like Aung San Suu Kyi, prefer Burma. The US and UK governments say Burma – ditto Rangoon instead of Yangon. Having said that, once you’re there, and all the locals are calling it Myanmar, it seems disrespectful not to. Basically – make your own mind up or, as we do, vacillate.

“Getting a visa is a headache.”

False. An e-visa costs $50, you do everything online, with no need to surrender your passport, and it takes no time to arrive (mine came in two days, they promise within a week). Apply here. What’s more, you can now enter via Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw airports, as well as Yangon, with the e-visa.

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Master the Menu at Vienna's Best Restaurants with These 7 Words

Where: Vienna, Austria
November 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Vienna, cultural home of fine music, fine art and absolutely fine dining. A menu—excuse us, a Speisekarte—here goes far beyond the Wiener Schnitzel and Sacher Torte known around the world, but oftentimes the best dishes may be lost in translation.

To navigate the culinary scene in Vienna like a local (or at least, an educated beginner), take these terms to heart:

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Four Travel Contests for Foodies to Enter Right Now

November 14, 2014 at 11:48 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 get you a little fun with a side of food:

The Ultimate Tequila Adventure

We’re pretty sure scoring a free trip to Mexico would be awesome, but with a side of tequila tasting and touring it only gets better. You have until November 21 to enter, and hopefully you’ll be the big winner scoring round-trip airfare to Guadalajara, three nights accommodations, and a tour of four tequila distilleries—plus plenty of included meals at the best restaurants in the region.

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That Expat Life: Countries Where Americans May Easily Emigrate

November 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Would you enjoy the sunsets on a beach in Phuket? Maybe you’d prefer a diet of pasta and Chianti in a Tuscan village? For those wanting to experience life in another country, it can be difficult on pesky 30- or 90-day tourist visas. Do you really feel as if you experienced life in another city, or even country, based on these limited days? That’s not even enough time to learn how to properly order two Big Macs—one without tomato and one easy on the dressing—in a new language.

Operating outside of these visas can be difficult. Stay beyond those days and you risk deportation and the possibility of never returning to that beloved country. So, for those itching to get out of America, here are some spots where obtaining an extended visa is quite easy.

Oh, and we’re not talking about student visas or the like. If that were the case, you could easily relocate to Vietnam as an English teacher. These countries allow Americans to easily uproot and emigrate.

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Step Back in Time to 1970s East Germany at These 5 Berlin Spots

November 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Brandenburg Gate. Alexanderplatz. Checkpoint Charlie.

The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall has done more than just shed a brighter light on some of Berlin's best-known tourist sites; it's wholly reignited interest in the brief history of the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), aka East Germany. Although the DDR technically ceased to exist upon Berlin reunification in 1990 and East Germany feverishly adapted to Western fashion and culture, the particular details of DDR everyday life continue to fascinate.

A handful of Berlin sites continue to preserve DDR design, and anyone is welcome to visit. Here are five of our favorites:

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The 10 Small Things Cathay Pacific Does to Make Economy Class Special

Where: Hong Kong
November 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

"OMG, you're going to have such a great time" isn't the typical response to someone saying they're about to spend over 14 hours on a plane...in Economy.

Alack and alas, we find ourselves reacting in this way when said travel involves flying Cathay Pacific.

Since Cathay Pacific is based in Hong Kong, a "Special Administrative Region" under China and only 426 square miles in size, it has no domestic flights. Every flight from Hong Kong International Airport is truly international, and thus Cathay is an airline completely equipped for long-haul travel, with a fleet of all wide-body aircraft. On top of that, Cathay only introduced their new Economy seats in 2012, so the interiors aren't as tired as you may have come to expect from long-haul aircraft.

While other airlines may offer some of these perks, it's Cathay's particular ratio of comfort to friendliness that may help travelers be least anxious about spending a 14-16 hour nonstop in coach.

How Cathay Pacific makes Economy Class special:

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Travel Contest Roundup: 5 Ways to Visit Mexico for Free

Where: Mexico
November 7, 2014 at 10:05 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 get you some fun in the sun:

American Express - Win a Stay With Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

You know you’re going to have a nice time away from home when you’re staying at a Four Season Resort, and that’s exactly what American Express is giving away. The grand prize includes around $2,500 in gift cards as well as a stay at a Four Season location around the world. Since we’re talking about Mexico we guess we need to recommend Mexico City; however, spots like Sydney, Costa Rica, and Paris are options as well.

Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa Sweepstakes

It doesn’t matter if you like Luke Bryan or not, as we’re sure you’ll be his new best friend if he gives you a free vacation. Enter by November 11 for a four-night all inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Airfare to and from Cancun is included, as is ground transportation, tickets to the performances, and a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

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The 5 Most Breathtaking, Must-See Views in Norway

Where: Norway
November 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Unlike most European countries where you're expected to stop at old churches, fancy art galleries, and popular historical places, in Norway you venture elsewhere. You venture away from the city, away from any Monet paintings or notion of traffic.

In Norway, you sequester yourself in nature, exploring fjords, mountains, glaciers, and even polar bears. Because Norway’s scenery is insanely popular, inspiring films like Frozen and even finding itself regularly on the front pages of websites around the world. So what are these natural spots?

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