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Really, Singapore Isn't All That Expensive.

Where: Singapore
March 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Economist Intelligence Unit has just named their "most expensive cities" for 2014 and, knocking Tokyo from the top, the year's winner is Singapore. As the headlines around this ranking circulate, we feel it's important to note that this is for living in a city, and not simply traveling there. Singapore is actually one of the more affordable city destinations, and caters to all budgets.

For example, travelers can pay over $400 per night for a stay at the historic Raffles Hotel, or to splash in the famous infinity pool of the Marina Bay Sands. On the flip side, a night at one of our favorite hostels, the 5footway Inn, is only $25-$40. A room in a great boutique hotel will average $130 per night, but the big chains love to go luxe in Singapore with a $225 average.

Airfare is on par with average fares to London or Paris, even though with a trip to Singapore, you get thousands and thousands more miles for your money. Budget travelers should even keep a look-out for Singapore Airlines' occasional flight deals, like a recent one which offered US to Singapore in the airline's award-winning economy class for $999 roundtrip.

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What Travel Goodies the Celebs Got in the $85,000 Oscars Gift Bags

March 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

As Ellen DeGeneres pointed out during last night's ceremony, Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar so many times (18 to be exact), that it's probably cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for her to attend. Even when she loses, however,she can make most of that money back in the form a super swanky gift bag.

This year all of the nominees will receive a $85,000 swag bag filled with 50 gifts worth anywhere from $6.50 to $16,000 in the "'Everyone Wins at the Oscars' Nominee Gift Bag."

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Missing 'Downton Abbey' Already? Relive Season Four on a New Tour

February 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

The latest season of Downton Abbey may have ended but that doesn't mean you have to stop basking in the aristocratic lifestyle.

Zicasso is giving fans another chance to relive all the glamor of the 1920’s with their Downton Abbey Season 4 Tour.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Monaco

Where: Monaco
January 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

The French Riviera always seems like a sunny little destination for all seasons, but the reality is that it has its good days and its bad, its excellent weather and its dreary downpours. Nestled in the undulations of the Riviera coastline is the shining nugget of the Principality of Monaco, and though it seems above the commonness of weather, it too suffers from seasons.

Summer is always a nice time to visit, if you're okay with crowds and too-hot days, but there are plenty other options throughout the year to make a visit to Monaco as sunny and blue-skied as possible.

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What Not to Do in Monaco: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

Where: Monaco
January 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

While we definitely recommend making your stay in Monaco longer than the popular day trip to even begin to scratch the surface, at least these do-not-dos will help no matter your trip length to the world's second-smallest country.

So without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In Monaco: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes.

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To Get a Passport Stamp in Monaco, You Have to Know Where to Look

January 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

Despite Monaco's tiny size and lack of an airport, it is still very much its own country and it'll stamp your passport to prove it. The only thing is, you've got to chase down that stamp if you want it, and trust us that you definitely do want it if you've gone to the trouble to set foot in this hamlet on the French Riviera.

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French Riviera or Bust: How to Travel to Monaco

Where: Monaco
January 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

Despite the difficulty of locating Monaco on a map that lacks detail, traveling to the principality is remarkably easy from almost any major metropolis in Europe. There's no income or bling requirement to visit, and no special handshake to saunter up into its famous Casino. Monte-Carlo is actually fully connected to the rest of the world by air with a heliport, by rail with a lovely train station, and by its famous World Rally and Formula 1 roads.

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The 25 Greatest Celebrity Travel Aliases of All Time

January 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Celebrities have to be creative when it comes to staying one step ahead of their fans and the paparazzi. This even extends right down to the name they use when booking a hotel, renting a yacht, or even reserving an entire island.

Here are 25 of the best celebrity aliases, ever:

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The Little Things: French Perfume on Singapore Airlines

Where: Singapore
January 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: L'Occitane en Provence extras in the Singapore Airlines Business Class lavatories.

An airplane toilet is decidedly not the place you’d most look forward to visiting, but there are some exceptions.

In this case, take the lavatories of Business Class onboard Singapore Airlines, which are stocked with more than the usual comb, toothbrush and razor amenities, but also with premium L’Occitane en Provence toiletries.

There, on a shelf near a fresh orchid, are three signature products from the French brand:

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Inside Emirates' First Class Amenity Kits for Both Men and Women

November 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you've been lucky enough to fly internationally in a First or Business Class seat, then you know it's quite the treat and not only because of free-flowing champagne or the extra legroom. Some bonus fun comes in the form of a special gift, an amenity kit. Sometimes these amenity kits contain the basics—eye shades, socks, ear plugs, toothbrush—but in the case of Emirates, the kits are a luxury sampler.

Here's our peek inside the elusive first class amenity kits for both ladies and men who cough up lots of cash (or frequent flyer points) to fly up front in the airline's A380s. We should mention that both kits are Bulgari-branded and chock-full of stuff that will last beyond your time onboard the plane.

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Five Fun Surprises of American Airlines' Flagship First Class

September 27, 2013 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly two years ago American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in US Bankruptcy Court. It was a dark time, with AA suffering from an old fleet and style that was more shabby chic than chic. In that time, the airline has managed to re-brand, take delivery of new aircraft, introduce new seats, and overall "get with the picture."

We recently took a tour through the Flagship First Class cabin onboard one of AA's new Boeing 777-300ERs and were shocked—SHOCKED—at how far the airline has come with their reinvention. Although there's still a ways to go before AA makes Economy cool (a fool's errand), at least paying for First Class now yields the passengers a worthy experience.

Without further ado, the five things we're surprised to see in American Airlines First Class:

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What Can You Buy with $100k? An Around-the-World Tour on a 757, for One

September 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tonight’s Powerball lottery jackpot is expected to climb to roughly $400 million, and you know we’re already dreaming of where we can go and where we can visit. Obviously things like the world’s longest flight—in business class of course—would become a regular option for us, but with that kind of coin we’re thinking we can take the spending to another level.

There’s a new travel company on the block, as Intrav is looking to woo those travelers who measure their wealth in millions rather than in twenties. Things are very much still in the planning stage, but eventually Intrav hopes to start offering up ridiculous itineraries in 2014 and 2015.

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