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A Few Places, Besides Prague, Where Beer is Cheaper Than Water

September 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the first things you'll hear about Prague is that buying a pint of beer there costs less than ordering water. It's true, as any visitor to the Czech Republic quickly discovers, but it's hardly the only place with such a virtue.

We've compared the price of a bottle of local beer with that of a bottle of non-fancy still water to discover what other destinations truly qualify to be described as "where beer is cheaper than water":

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The 5 Most Compact, High-Performance Travel Cameras Under $1,500

September 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers face a seemingly neverending list of pre-trip decisions, the worst of all being what to pack. When your carry-on begins filling up with gadgets like a laptop, tablet, and cameras you realize how precious that space is, and how reliant you're about to be on these little pieces of metal, plastic and glass.

With this in mind, we're sharing our 5 favorite cameras for travel, ones you may never have considered before.

We have excluded full-size DSLRs in the list for a couple reasons, first being the size/weight and need for extra lenses. Another reason is that they are not wholly inconspicuous and may draw too much attention in some parts of the world. The last thing you want is your camera getting stolen because it looks (and is) expensive.

All the cameras below are compact, light(er)weight, have Wi-Fi transfer capabilities (leave your laptop at home if you only use it for photo sharing), boast features ideal for a range of environments, and ring up under $1500:

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The Creepiest Haunted Prisons and Asylums in America, Open for Tours

September 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Claims of paranormal activity are stories that stick; pair a spooky history with brutal architecture, and you have a winning setting for ghost tours.

Beyond the usual prison tours is true Thanatourism, or tourism of places associated with great grief or violence. Asylums are a popular option, owing to their histories as buildings originally erected to serve only one purpose, to house and treat patients with mental illness. Despite their dark reputations, asylums provided food, shelter, and at least some hygiene. Unfortunately, because mental illness was considered un-curable, most of the patients were forced to live out their life in asylums such as these, while others could have been the victims of barbaric experimental treatments and surgeries.

Accessing the hushed, forbidding structures of these strict institutions is a modern fascination, one which flares up in autumn around the coming of Halloween.

Here are 4 of the most haunted institutions open to the public:

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The 7 Smartest Travel Features of Apple's iOS 8

September 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you were among the first to download Apple's iOS 8 just as it became available, by now you will have had a good few days to play with the changes and how they relate to your usage of the iPhone. Among the many updates are a few that will prove a marked improvement for travelers who rely on their phones.

Previous updates gave us one place to store our mobile boarding passes (now even easier on the Apple Watch too), the sharing of photos directly from the photo app, and quicker access to frequently used apps, and the iOS 8 only improves upon these. Sure, the recent update has had its rough patches as of late, but these new perks are some of the coolest to date:

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Travel Contest Roundup: Four Ways to Visit Paris for Free

Where: Paris, France
September 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM | 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 4 Paris contests to enter right now:

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The 5 Awesomest Oktoberfests Happening Here in the USA

September 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s the season to raise a glass, mug, or stein in celebration of Oktoberfest. With only days until events kick off, a last-minute trip to Munich may not be in the cards this year. That’s okay, as there are plenty of towns, communities, and cities doing the Oktoberfest thing on this side of the ocean. Here are some of our favorites:

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Travel Contest Roundup: Six Ways to Get to Hawaii for Free

September 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM | 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:

Cottonelle Traveling Bum Personality Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win a five-day and four-night trip for two to Honolulu plus airfare—enter by September 20.

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Have You Tried This Flight Booking Quick Trick?

September 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, a friend tipped us off to a little trick that we hadn't come across before, one that can save you money on flights when booking online. How does it work? Well, quite frankly, you lie!

When you search for flights online, whether it's an airline's official site or a third-party booking site, the price you are quoted is determined, in part, by where you are located. Practically speaking, this recognition is important so it knows what currency to quote the fare in. Dollars for the United States, pesos for Mexico, and so on.

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9 Independent Coffee Shops You Can Find at Airports

September 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM | by | Comments (2)

When it comes to grabbing a cup of coffee at the airport, there's typically okay options and then there are great options. Sometimes a craving goes beyond just caffeine; travelers are increasingly requesting specially sourced beans and freshly roasted offerings and, luckily, airports are listening.

Here’s some of our picks for the best coffee shops alternatives—independent and otherwise—at airports across the country:

Kofe by Intelligentsia: ORD Terminal 5

This spot from the Intelligentsia folks has regular roasts, monthly specials, and it’s all done in a European-style stand-up coffee shop. Find it past security in International Terminal 5 at Chicago-O’Hare.

Klatch Coffee: LAX Terminal 7

Thanks to a reader for mentioning this one. The newest location of this LAX option can be found within Terminal 7, and they have some great goodies to go along with their award winning beans and brews—think freshly baked scones, cookies, and cappuccino muffins.

Abica Coffee: ATL

Okay this place might not have the same pedigree as some of the other independent options, but it’s a nice alternative to Starbucks—grab a cup at Atlanta’s Airport over in Concourse A near Gate 27.

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The Best Airport Starbucks Locations for a Pumpkin Spice Latte Fix

September 5, 2014 at 9:08 AM | by | Comment (1)

It’s time to celebrate the season, and we only know way to best do things—with Starbucks and the autumnal delight known as the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The seasonal spiced latte concoction is back for year eleven, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy one than in a climate-controlled concourse. Here’s some of our favorite airport Starbucks across the nifty fifty where you can enjoy one too:

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Go with the Starbucks in Concourse A near Gate 40 within the McNamara Terminal—that’s the one where all the Delta flights do their thing. It’s near the airport’s main fountain, and the big windows here give a good view of the 747s heading overseas. There are two lines, so you can score a drink even when in a hurry.

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

There’s a newer airport Starbucks at Atlanta’s Concourse F. Of course they have Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but they also offer up those new Fizzio Handcrafted Soda things. There’s decent seating here—and comfortable couches in the level below—and the concourse is a little quieter during the day before the international flights depart.

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The Dates for Fashion Weeks Around the World, Fall 2014

September 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Labor Day means more than just the official end of summer and unofficial end of wearing white pants. With the start of September comes the countdown to what fashion insiders dub "Fashion Month," the series of fashion weeks which will introduce the trends and top designs for 2015.

As fashion weeks move to world capitals and new runways, they take with them the top editors, stylists, models, and fashion photographers to create a burst of creative energy and something of a "scene" in these cities. As such, fashion week can be the cooled time to visit these cities, so long as you're prepared to pay a premium for the best hotels and restaurants in which to be seen.

Mark them down, here are the dates to know for upcoming Fashion Weeks around the world:

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Last-Minute Labor Day: Road Trip to These Classic American State Fairs

August 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fried food, Ferris wheels, and fun are on the schedule at state fairs across the country, and Labor Day Weekend is the last great weekend during summer fair season. There’s at least ten different fairs doing their thing this weekend, so one more summer road trip might just be a great way to end the season.

We’ve broken things down for you below, so just pick a state near you—we’re thinking Vermont—and type the address into your phone.

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