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What to Eat in Kauai, Hawaii: 17 Foods to Rock Your World

March 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hope you're hungry.

We may have already shared our secret of the best local ramen on the island (Hamura Ramen Stand!), but the truth of the matter is that there's enough good eats on Kauai to warrant more than just a quick trip. It's no wonder Kauai is a destination with visitor loyalty; travelers and families we met all seemed to have a history with the place, vacationing there for generations or having made it their permanent vacation with a long-distance move.

Deep into a shave ice with a view to the sunset over surfers in Poipu Beach, we admit to considering it ourselves; it would be all too easy to live in Kauai and eat well every day of the year. Still, for those with only several days to taste Kauai, we recommend these 17 favorites:

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Four Destinations Famous for Their Llamas (Other Than Sun City, Arizona)

February 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's true. The internet is going bananas over this evening's llama chase, which saw two pet llamas loose and running amok through neighborhoods in Sun City, Arizona.

The chase lasted long enough for news helicopters to swarm overhead and for Twitter to become utterly enthralled with livestreams of the pursuit until both llamas were eventually lassoed and re-captured.

Naturally all this attention has sparked a sudden interest in llamas. Luckily there are several places in the world where anyone may visit llamas (and other camelids) way more famous than the Arizona duo.

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How to Travel With Your Best Friend: 10 Tips for Jetsetting Dog Parents

February 24, 2015 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling with your dog? Sure it requires some extra planning, but in many cases is the preferred option for dogs and owners alike. Nobody, at least not in my pack, likes to be left behind.

Here are 10 helpful tips to help you get prepared for your next adventure with your four-legged friend. (Got a cat? Read our tips for bringing a kitty as a carry-on pet.)

1. Brings lots of treats. Bribery will get a pet owner everywhere, especially if they need to get their dog to behave. Even the most well-behaved dogs can have an off day when faced with unfamiliar surroundings and situations.

2. Find the nearest emergency vet. Before you travel, research where the closest vet and emergency vet is to your destination. You never know when this information could come in handy and it’s better to have it at your fingertips than scrambling with your smartphone in an emergency situation. Or after your dog's been bitten and bloodied at the dog park. True story.

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Not All Cruise Ship Amenities are About Forgetting You're on a Ship

February 20, 2015 at 10:09 AM | by | Comment (1)

Chocolate buffets. Rock climbing walls. Waterslides. Ice skating rinks! Sometimes it seems as though innovation for cruise ships is solely focused on making passengers forget that they're on a boat.

Thankfully a few new additions to ships and cruise lines over the last few years have focused not on all the bells and whistles inside the ship, but on the ship itself. The simple experience of sailing on the open ocean is a natural amenity much taken for granted, and these 3 new cruise ship features understand that:

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What to Eat in Ottawa, Canada: 17 Foods That'll Rock Your World

February 5, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Why the heck would anyone go to Ottawa, Canada in the middle of the winter? That's a question we've already answered, but now have to add one more very important reason: to eat!

Ottawa is not only home to Canada's capital, but also to over 1,000 farms and the heart of the country's maple production. If you've not got an elk burger ordered and maple snow taffy in-hand within hours of arrival, then allow us to help you do that.

Here are 17 of our favorite eats and drinks in Ottawa (and Ontario, by extension):

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Why the Heck Would Anyone Go to Ottawa, Canada in the Middle of Winter?

February 3, 2015 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

What do you know about Ottawa, Canada? Okay, it's the capital of Canada and home to Parliament. Okay, it's in the province of Ontario and maple products are absolutely on offer. Okay, it's very cold and snowy in the winter.

What you may not know is that Ottawa has a dining scene increasingly adopting the "100-mile diet" concept of localized gastronomy, a booming hotel scene (for example, the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier is the midst of a full room remodel and Hyatt's Andaz is breaking ground), and an outdoorsy scene throughout the winter, thanks to the annual Winterlude/Bal de Neige Festival from January 30 - February 16.

So, why in the heck would anyone want to visit Ottawa in the middle of winter?! We have a few ideas...

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Enter The $100,000 Hawaii Contest From The Travel Channel

January 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you do just one thing today—besides going to work—be sure it’s entering the latest contest from the folks over at the Travel Channel.

This year their big giveaway known as The Trip: 2015 is all about Hawaii, and one lucky winner is going to score around $100,000 worth of airfare, vacation, and spending cash.

Hosts from the channel will take viewers across five different islands showing off all the giveaway goodness. That way you’ll know what you’re getting into if you win the grand prize (the next airing is February 4 so set your DVR).

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17 Things to Buy Before SkyMall Says Goodbye

January 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (2)

A notice at the top of the SkyMall website reads:

There are changes in the air, but we're still here! Place your order today.

That's an understated urgent plea from a dying company, as SkyMall's parent company announced that it's filing for bankruptcy. Where did things go wrong for flyers' favorite guilty pleasure? Well, Ars Technica says SkyMall blames their downturn in business on the rise of the use of smartphones while in flight; the FAA allowed for "Airplane Mode" back in November 2013.

Whatever the true reason, the internet has raised its voices (via tweets and Facebook) to bid a fond farewell to the catalog, which seems to have been more successful in making travelers wonder "who buys a giant garden Yeti for $2,250?" than in actually selling them.

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The 6 Must-Sees Inside Doha's $16 Billion Hamad International Airport

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 15, 2015 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fly from the US to Europe with a layover in the Middle East? How about a long-haul from Europe to Australia with a lunch of Arabic mezze in Qatar? This is the (near) future envisioned by the brand new, superlative city that is Hamad International Airport-DOH in Doha, Qatar.

The numbers behind the $16 billion(!!) project are appropriately gigantic; DOH can handle 8,700 passengers per hour, and has the space and infrastructure to see 50 million passengers annually through 65 gates once all phases are finished. 60% of the land the airport is built on was reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf, and in all that space passengers will find 22,000 sq m of retail, 15,000 sq m of dining, and a gobsmacking 80,000 sq m dedicated to the 16 lounges within the airport.

A simple layover may not be enough to fully enjoy all of Hamad International Airport, so we’ve done the legwork to name the highlights:

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6 Common Air Travel Complaints You Won't Hear on the Airbus A350

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 13, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

This is the week! From January 15, the brand-spanking-new Airbus A350 begins regular commercial flights and welcomes passengers to enjoy everything Airbus has been working on since 2004.

As far its place within the range of the newest aircraft out there, the A350-900 is larger than a 787-800, smaller than an A380, and due to replace the A330 for some of the airlines adding it to their fleets. It costs $295 million each, and there's some 700 orders on the books for the plane. With those numbers, more and more travelers will soon find themselves walking down the jetway to board a plane they've never before experienced.

And what an experience. Thanks to technology, modern materials, and a refreshing re-focus on passenger comfort, the Airbus A350 is about to silence many of the most common complaints in air travel. Here are just a few:

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Five Extremely Unique Ways Airlines Train Their Flight Attendants

January 6, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flight attendants are pretty unique people. Not only can they expertly mix a cocktail at 35,000' with a little turbulence (shaken, not stirred), but they're also trained to snap into action during emergencies and still wave "buh-bye" with a smile at the end of every flight. They're not simply born with the ability; the skills are taught and reinforced through rigorous training, some of which is quite eye-opening.

Here are a few things you probably never would have guessed about flight crews from 5 airlines:

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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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