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Travel Contest Roundup: Five Ways to Visit California for Free

October 31, 2014 at 8:36 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 California fun in the sun:

Pik-Nik Dolphin Tale 2 Sweepstakes

We’re not going to discuss the cinematic masterpiece that is Dolphin Tale 2, but we’re fans of the movie if it gets us to California for free. Enter by today—October 31—for a chance to win a trip to four to Los Angeles along with airfare, three nights accommodations, and VIP tour of Warner Bros. Studios.

Sunset Flavor Tour Napa Dream Trip Sweepstakes

California is all fun in the sun, but do not forget about all that agriculture as well—like the vineyards and the grapes. Win a trip for two to beautiful Napa, and you’ll be enjoying round-trip airfare, private car service, a personalized wine tour, and a four-night stay over at the Andaz Napa. There’s a few more surprises in store for the big winner, but just be sure to enter by the end of the month—that’s today.

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5 Public Parks Around the World Where Some Laws…Just Don’t Seem to Exist

October 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Law and order’s great and all—especially SVU—but, sometimes, it’s nice to experience a bit of free-living, unbound by society’s dictations. Often, it’s in the red light districts where you can revel in the wild west atmosphere of a bit of lawlessness.

Still, who wants to wrap themselves in the sketchiness of a red light district, where witnessing a man inject heroin on a street corner isn’t necessarily an “uncommon” sight. That’s why we’ve decided to share some free-spirited parks found across the globe. So what if you wanna smoke a little grass in a park or sell some homemade ginger juice that hasn’t been approved by the FDA. Here’s where you don’t need to worry about the consequences.

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How to Send a Package to Madagascar (or Other Far Away Lands)

Where: Madagascar
October 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (2)

Jaunted contributor TipsyTraveler recently faced a conundrum more complex than carry-on or checked baggage; he just wanted to ship a box overseas. Here is his story.

My best friend recently uprooted her glamorous life as a hip and happening 20-something, wide-eyed publicist in a major city built on entertainment and celebrities and bright lights and excess.

Why? Madagascar.

Despite popular belief, Madagascar is more than an animated film. It’s actually a real live place you can spot on a map with inhabitants and vegetation and whatnot. Nobly, she joined the Peace Corps, something I could never imagine doing because 1) air conditioning, 2) easy access to clean water and 3) I think my heart might be black?

When I dabble in charity—which, as much as I jest, I do often—it’s usually in the form of a gift. Donating money, donating time, donating clothing, etc. For my friend who is now a zebra in Africa for all I know, I tried to send a care package.

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6 Quick and Quirky, DIY Travel-Themed Halloween Costumes

October 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Halloween is right around the corner and, if you've been traveling a lot or just plain lazy, you probably are just now trying to brainstorm costume ideas.

Jaunted to the rescue!

Below we've rounded up a few of our favorite travel-themed get-ups, all easily DIY-ed and definitely doable, from a day of preparation to a few minutes before you really have to head to that party.

Have any suggestions of your own? Pop 'em in the comments for all to see, and Happy Trick-or-Treating!

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Horror Movie Filming Locations You've Gotta See for Yourself

October 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Filmmakers love Florida for romantic beach scenes and car chases, but the state has been featured in plenty of scary movies, too. Here are three Florida filming locations that might seem scary on the big screen, but in reality they couldn't be more serene.

· Florida has a long history on film. One of the state's first appearances in a horror movie was back in 1954 when producers used Wakulla Springs in Florida's Panhandle for underwater shots in Creature from the Black Lagoon. Wakulla Springs, one of the world's largest fresh water springs, is now a state park open daily for hiking, biking, and fishing.

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Travel Contest Roundup: 7 Ways to Get Yourself to Florida

October 24, 2014 at 7:48 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 seven vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some island fun in the sun:

South Walton Shop & Dine Sweepstakes

Travel to the Sunshine State’s panhandle can be yours, as here they are giving away a few nights in South Walton. Sure it’s not Miami, Key West, or even Tampa—but we bet you'd still have a nice time. The winner gets four nights at the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and the prize is worth roughly $1,500. Just note—you’ll have to get yourself there, as no airfare is included.

Amazon.com “See One Direction at Universal Orlando Resort” Sweepstakes

Everyone knows Amazon has pretty much everything, but apparently they also have sweepstakes and contests too. The big winner gets a trip to Universal Orlando Resort, a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, tickets to the parks, and best of all—access to the One Direction concert! Just be sure to enter ASAP—things end today.

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Oktoberfest is Over, But 5 German Beer Fests Prove the Germans Can't Stop Drinking

October 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Mention Oktoberfest to most Germans and expect a few groans. It’s touristy, overpriced, and a poor parody of Bavarian traditions. Still, that doesn’t make it any less fun.

Now that the world’s most popular beer festival is over for another year, we can put away our lederhosen and let our livers enter a year-long rehab. Wait—ain’t nobody got time for that.

Here are just a few relatively unknown German beer festivals that more authentic and way cheaper than Munich’s premier beer fest:

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Halloween Around the World: The 6 Spookiest Cemeteries with Strange Histories

October 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

For every enchanting mountaintop resort, riveting extreme sports adventure or breathtaking spa in the middle of nowhere that we write about, there are many places and experiences in this world that we would absolutely NOT use our vacation time (or work time) to explore.

For instance, we don't recommend wingsuit diving into an active volcano on the ice cap of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. Just not a good idea.

We have, however, come to realize that, sometimes people are morbid and weird and sometimes those people like to travel. Following up on our creepiest haunted prisons and asylums tour, we now have a handful of cemeteries that you have to be incredibly unstable brave to visit.

Psst...you might want to keep the lights on for this.

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Should You Take a Segway Tour? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

October 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

Segways. Where there's a tourist hotspot city center, there's likely to be a Segway tour or two of it. Sometimes you're onboard, and sometimes you're not, but whatever your opinion of Segway tours, it's clear to see that they're here to stay.

We recently hopped on a Segway tour in Ft Lauderdale, Florida for something a little different, and we'd be lying if we said Segways didn't come with a list of pros and cons. If you've ever debated on taking a tour or even turned your nose up to strapping on a helmet and quietly scooting around, this is for you:

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Travel Contest Roundup: 6 Ways to Win a Free Trip to the Caribbean

October 17, 2014 at 9:20 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 get you some island fun in the sun:

Atlantis Adventure Dive Into Paradise Island

The folks over at Copa Airlines want you to check out the Bahamas, and to do so they’re giving away a four-day and three-night trip over to Atlantis on Paradise Island. Swim with the dolphins, enjoy the water slides, and soak in the sun—just enter today, as things close to entries on October 17.

The Sandals Suites Sweepstakes

Ever been to Grenada? If not, enter for a chance to win a trip to the island thanks to the folks over at Sandals LaSource Granada. They are picking 25 lucky winners, and if you’re one of them you’ll be enjoying seven nights in one of the Skypool Suites—enter by November 30.

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Crazy Cruise Fees That Should Be Thrown Overboard

October 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

CruiseCritic yesterday reported the delightful, wholly unexpected news that Royal Caribbean is dropping the $25 corkage fee on BYO-bottles of wine at their onboard restaurants.

Now, for example, if you board with a special bottle you're intending to drink in celebration on your cruise, you're welcome to do so without finding a hidden fee later. The policy is thus:

"Passengers are allowed to bring two bottles of wine or Champagne (up to 750 ml each) onboard at embarkation. Previously, they could drink the contents free of charge only in their staterooms. Additional bottles brought onboard or purchased in port are confiscated and returned to the passengers on the last day of the cruise."

The old corkage fee is hardly the only ridiculous extra onboard. Here are a few other exorbitant cruise ship fees we'd like to see eliminated:

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Travel Contest Roundup: Get Yourself to Italy with These Four Contests

October 10, 2014 at 11:00 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 Italy vacation contests to enter right now:

Stella D’oro Dunk Your D’oro Sweepstakes

If you like Italy and you love cookies—then this contest is for you. The grand prize will get you over to Florence for a full week, as well as some spending money and outings. Even if you don’t get to go to Italy you still might win a year’s supply worth of Stella D’oro—that’s a lot of treats. Just enter by October 26.

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