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21 Other Countries That Use Dollars as Currency

July 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM | by | ()

24 hours of travel time can make your head spin or, in our case, cause you to explore the deepest, darkest reaches of smartphone memory. Last week, while onboard the infamously lengthy Singapore Airlines flight 25 (New York to Frankfurt to Singapore), we rediscovered a basic currency translator app and sought to see exactly how many countries call their cash by the name of "Dollars."

As it turns out, it's a lot.

Dollars and the use of the $ sign are hardly limited to the United States. Perhaps you're already even familiar with Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars (pictured above) and New Zealand Dollars, but let's venture down that rabbit hole to see where else the $ leads us...

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Who'll Be Flying from Google's Private Airport Terminal?

April 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM | by | ()

It's happening. A Google airline terminal is happening.

Two months ago we hinted that Google was looking to drop some dough on some tarmac to call their very own. And, according to Airport World, that plan for a Google Terminal at San Jose International is moving full speed ahead after the San José City Council gave the green light for Signature Flight Support to sign a 50-year lease for land at the airport.

It's on that 29-acre piece of land that Signature (a fixed-base operator, or FBO) plans to put $82 million into the construction of 270,000 square feet of LEED Gold facilities (inclusive of the 17,000 square foot terminal) exclusively for "private jets belonging to Google chiefs and other Silicon Valley businesses." So, in other words, not your average travelers or even the highest tier frequent flyers will be welcome.

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How UNICEF Plans to Get Your Spare Change Before You Step on a Plane

April 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

It's the end of the flight. The movie you're watching is interrupted by a video depicting children living in slums and fetching pails of dirty water. This is the UNICEF "Change for Good" charity campaign, and it means that in a moment, a flight attendant will walk down the airplane aisle asking for any spare change donations.

We make a point of always handing over our leftover foreign coins at the end of a trip, but the latest move by UNICEF aims to get your donations before you ever step onboard a flight.

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Scheduled for Arrival: A Google Airport Terminal

February 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | ()

We’re all about the latest and greatest when it comes to airports. From new restaurants, lounges, and even yoga rooms, if it’s taking place in the airport we want to know about it. That’s why we were a little saddened to learn about one airport terminal in California that we probably won’t be able to check out anytime soon. That’s because we don’t have loads of cash, and we don’t have a corner office over at Google.

Apparently there’s such an influx of private business jets in and out of San Jose International Airport that Google is on the cusp of building their own terminal.

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United Rewards Their Employees With $100 Just In Time For The Holidays

December 11, 2012 at 6:57 AM | by | ()

Your flight attendants, pilots, and even the guy handing you your boarding pass are going to be a little bit friendlier this season if you’re flying with United. It’s not because they’re getting into the holiday spirit—although that is certainly possibly. We’re thinking that it just has to do with cold hard cash, as it looks like United employees are scoring a nice little Christmas bonus.

Sure it’s not thousands of bucks, but it sounds like United is handing out $100 to each and every eligible employee just in time for the holidays. It’s to recognize all the hard work and effort that they’ve put in during 2012, but especially thanks for achieving a pretty darn decent average arrivals and departures time. The best on-time performance actually came last month, so who knows if a better average in 2013 could bring even more cash.

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Anybody Want to Buy a Long Island Airport? Bueller?

August 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

While it's true that traveling around the world is keeping us pretty content for now, at some point we may want to settle down and stay grounded. That’s why we’d probably look into buying an airport, and there just happens to be a pretty decent one up for sale.

You and your friends won’t need the Hampton Jitney as proud new owners of the airport over on Montauk out on Long Island. The airport features a 3,200-feet runway, so you probably won’t be able to land your Boeing Business Jet here. It’s also got a hangar and a small office, and it can all be yours for just $18 million. Now consider that it'll be worth nearly every cent once you the private planes start pouring in during the summer season.

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A Million Dollars Cash is Not Carry-on Friendly

July 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM | by | ()

Mo money, mo problems. Sounds like a problem we all wish to have, if at least for a minute.

Even millionaires, billionaires, and trillionairs have cash problems and Christo Wiese is no exception. Back in 2009, South Africa's third wealthiest man ran into some issues with border officials in the UK when he tried to fly from the London to Luxemburg with 3 suitcases full of cash. We're talking full of cash to the tune of the equivalent to $1 million US dollars.

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The Country That Put an Airport on Its Currency

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
April 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM | by | ()

Countries love to put dead people and big monuments on their currency; it's just a thing, Costa Rica's badass shark bills being an excellent exception. That said, we fully admit to flipping over bills in the hopes that something fresher, newer will be featured. Hong Kong (a "Special Administrative Region," not really a country) currently takes that prize, as we just today noticed that the rear of some of the 500 HKD bills ($64.45 USD) feature Chek Lap Kok/Hong Kong International Airport.


It only makes sense for Hong Kong to place HKIA so prominently; they built a whole island to house the freaking thing and the documentary on it—"Extreme Engineering: Building Hong Kong's Airport"—is a must-Netflix show. And don't get us started on the infamous aviation heritage of HK. Two words: Kai Tak.

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Now is the Time to Get Rid of Your Canadian Pennies

Where: Canada
April 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

Our friends to the North have decided to scrap the penny. Yes, Canada will no longer have a one cent piece as legal tender. The clock is ticking on the little maple leaf copper coin and its ability to buy anything when traveling in Canada, but we don't think it will majorly change how you travel.

The Canadian government has decided that it is far too costly to continue to produce the fractional monetary unit and will ceased minting this month. If you have a jar filled with 'loonies' and pennies, don't freakout as you have until the end of the year to spend them on Royal Canadian Mounted Police souvenirs and the like. Distribution to financial institutions will end in the fall when the decision makers will begin the end of circulation.

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Dear MegaMillions Winners, Buy This Boeing

April 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

We didn’t call out sick this morning, and that basically confirms one thing—we didn’t win the MegaMillions lottery over the weekend. It might not have been our lucky day, but it was certainly a wonderful weekend for three lucky winners scattered across the country in spots like Maryland, Illinois, and Kansas. We haven’t looked through the family tree yet to determine if we’ve got any long lost aunts or uncles, but we do have a suggestion for those looking to cash in some of their winnings—a private plane.

Boeing has just released some new information and pictures that show off a new version of the Boeing Business Jet. Our suggestion is to immediately place a down payment on this variation of a Boeing 737-700, and then work out all the financing and other details later. Just imagine cruising around—it has a range of around 5,600 nautical miles—with your family and friends. We’re pretty sure you can customize the thing anyway you want, but after looking through some of the photos and renderings of one option—we’ll just have what they're having.

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Where Would You Travel with $640 Million Dollars?

March 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM | by | ()

It's a record breaker! The MegaMillions lottery pot—already huge at $540 million—was raised at noon today to total $640 Million Dollars. These are the final few hours to line up at some skanky convenience mart and pick your numbers as the winning digits get announced TONIGHT.

Megamillions is played in twelve states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington, and hopefuls who purchase a ticket stand a 1-in-176 million chance of winning the big payoff.

Now imagine for a moment that the winner is you and you opt for the lump sum payout. After taxes, that leaves you with around $300 million burning a hole in your bank vault. Where would you take your first blow-out trip? Would you hop around to locations of James Bond villain tropical headquarters or opt for a year of private jet sharing? How about both? How about taking us along?

Let your imagination run wild and tell us your super-millionaire travel dreams in the comments!

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Some Reflections on Traveling With or Without Pocketfuls of Foreign Currency

March 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM | by | ()

It's pretty fair to say that the era of the hidden money pouch is over. Sure, there'll always be the grandparents on an 11-night bus tour who faithfully shove the beige pouches down their shirts, and the high schooler on a first trip to Europe whose mom raided the Eagle Creek travel products aisle at Target, but—thank god—traveller's cheques are passé and ATMs are all over the place.

To speak of our own travels, the way we carry foreign cash has dramatically evolved. In the early 2000s, while traveling extensively around Europe, we would exchange our money in the US via snail mail with American Express. All of that would then travel with us over the ocean and, for each different city we visited, we'd remove from a main wallet only as much as we wanted to spend there. Most transactions were done in cash, with a credit card back-up for hotel rooms and big dinners. Only once did we have to visit Western Union for a top-up.

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