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Here's How to Go Kayaking on Quadra Island

June 8, 2015 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you’re headed to Quadra Island, British Columbia, this summer and looking for a local kayaker outfitter, check out Coast Mountain Expeditions.

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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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Where to Visit The YouTube Star Lion Who Put On A Show, Then Went To Sleep

February 16, 2015 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Call it global warming. Call it natural climate change. Call it sheer good luck. But every year spring seems to arrive a little earlier and so - even though it certainly doesn't feel like it this week - zoo travel season is just around the corner.

That means it's about the time of year when travel writing flips from irritating airline security and travel politics stories to cute animals doing cute animal things.

It's not just us, either. The London-based Daily Mail published a story this week all about one of the male lions who live in our beloved San Diego Wild Animal Park, which of course was renamed the San Diego Safari Park a few years ago. The video that sparked the story is embedded below - after spending a day flying around social media - and you should make sure that you watch the whole thing. Easily worth a minute of your time.

The Daily Mail description is exactly right: the spectacle is "spine-tingling," but then the lion "got bored and retired for a nap." Because...cat.

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A 17-Day Cruise to Antarctica and Beyond, as Illustrated by Emoji

February 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

How do you remember a voyage of 4,500 nautical miles? For Jaunted Editor Cynthia D, who sailed on the Azamara Journey for 17 days last month, the answer is with emoji. Allow her to explain.

I'd never been on such a lengthy cruise before, and certainly never to Antarctica. From Buenos Aires, we'd stop at Montevideo, Uruguay and continue to the Antarctic Peninsula, then Ushuaia, Argentina and the Falkland Islands before returning to BsAs. I traveled with a colleague, and the internet onboard was so great that we'd use Twitter DMs like walkie talkies. Emoji quickly crept into these exchanges, and nearly took over as my captions and comments on social media when words proved inadequate to describe the scenery, the experiences, and the feels that developed as the ship sailed on.

Plus, one time I asked Jaunted contributor Andy how his trip to Hong Kong was going, and he replied with a descriptive stream of emoji so brilliant no further explanations were needed. It was awesome.

So, without further ado, a 17-day cruise as seen through emoji:

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There ARE Affordable Cruises to Antarctica and We're Just Back from One

February 10, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)


The 'Azamara Journey' off Port Lockroy, Antarctica

The Antarctica travel season is an extremely short one, lasting from December through February. Owing to mercurial weather, strict regulations on tourism, complicated logistical planning, and the high price of what are considered once-in-a-lifetime trips, some ships will only squeeze a few voyages into those few months. As such, planning for your trip to Antarctica is best accomplished early and armed with as much first-hand information as possible.

And here's a little nugget we feel compelled to share after our own 17-day sail on Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Journey: taking a "big ship" to Antarctica is not only possible, but it's potentially the travel deal to rule all travel deals.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego

January 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

Ships sailing up the Beagle Channel and into the port city of Ushuaia wish they could always have the view above. Blue skies, majestic mountains, and a slight froth to the waves from the area's infamous high winds. It's optimal weather for setting out in exploration of the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego region, but it only arrives several times every year.

Ushuaia, owing to its location at the "bottom of the world," (Fin del Mundo), is a perfect gateway for Antarctica travel. Expedition ships, cruise ships, and research vessels squeeze in to the single main pier, welcoming thousands of passengers for the start of epic adventures. As such, those travelers much first find their way to this frontier city, and there are definitely differences to the tourist seasons.

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What Does Christmas Island Get for Christmas? Crabs. Millions of Crabs.

December 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's draw attention to Christmas Island, a tiny little speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean which, while named for a festive holiday, is expecting a little more than Santa. In December of every year, tens of millions of freshly hatched red crabs cover the landscape on their annual crab migration and, if the weather and lunar cycles go to plan, this weekend will have been the peak of season.

The crabs call the island home year-round, but it's at this time that their life cycles causes them to spawn in the ocean. The female crustaceans make a trek from the wooded areas down to the water where the egg immediately hatches, thus multiplying the island's crab population. The forests, roads and beaches of the island are utterly inundated by the crabs (and the tourists who travel here to watch them), closing roads and parts of the national park.

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From the Plains to New England: Where to Find the Latest Fall Foliage Forecasts

September 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure we love the summer, the spring, and even bits and pieces of the winter—ha—but the fall just might be the best of them all. Cooler temperatures, plenty of pumpkins, and of course all those leaves doing their thing. Hop in the car, take a walk, or just open your eyes and you’ll be able to take in the changes and colors of the season.

We took a look to see if we could find some states providing some kind of fall forecast—or just a guess—and this is what we found. Below are some of the best states for autumnal enjoyment, and when things are expected to turn to shades of red, yellow, and orange. Just save a sip of that apple cider, and click each state for its official foliage forecasts.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: A First-Time Tour to Mount Rainier

September 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

Mt. Rainier is probably the most popular outdoorsy day-trip attraction for visitors to Seattle, and with good reason. For one, it’s relatively close to Seattle; about an hour’s drive, depending on traffic, will get you from downtown to the national park. For another, it offers a broad range of stuff to do for people of every ability level, from easy hikes to three-day peak climbs with ice axes and crampons.

The most popular and accessible entrance is the Nisqually Entrance. There, you can stop in at the Longmire Museum, which has exhibits on the flora and fauna in the area and gives some historical background on the Native Americans who lived there.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: The Tropical Butterfly Garden

September 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

In Seattle, it’s always a good idea to have a rainy-day backup plan. If you want to see some nature but the weather’s not cooperating, stop by the Pacific Science Center and head straight for the Tropical Butterfly Garden. This name is no joke; even if it’s 20 degrees outside, it’ll be nice and balmy in the butterfly garden, since many of the species come from warm climates.

The Science Center is more expensive than some other Seattle museums—$19.50 for an adult ticket—so if you have a moldy student ID around somewhere now’s the time to grab it. For obvious reasons, there will also be lots of kids around, so try to survey the scene when you arrive and check out other exhibits if the butterfly garden is filled up with a school group. Our favorite way to kill time is to check out some of the undersea creatures in the fake tidal pool, even though the cold water starts to get to you after a while.

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Photos: Checking Out the Third and Final Section of NYC's High Line Park

September 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Officially called the High Line at the Rail Yards, this third and final section of the monumentally popular elevated park on Manhattan's west side opened to the public last Sunday, September 21st. Picking up from where Phase Two (opened in 2011) ended at 30th St., this newest portion snakes around the rail yard towards the Hudson River, before descending to a wheelchair-friendly entrance at street level on 34th St.

Visible from certain parts is the West 30th Street Heliport, which makes it a wonderful spot to camp out and watch the tourist and corporate helicopters take off and land.

A notable addition to this section would be the children’s play area called Pershing Square Beams, constructed around existing beams then covered in soft rubber. Kids can climb through openings and even pop their heads up in the garden via a short tunnel.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: The Woodland Park Rose Garden

September 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

One of the best things about visiting Seattle is how much nature you can enjoy without ever leaving the city limits. There is, for example, the Woodland Park Rose Garden, located across the street from the entrance to the Woodland Hill Zoo. This lush location in the Green Lake or Wallingford neighborhoods (it depends who you ask) is completely free to the public and open from 7 AM until dusk every day, year round, rain or shine.

For an hour or half the day, the Rose Garden is an ideal spot for quiet time, reading, meeting up with friends, or just enjoying a nice day outside. There's also the added bonus of being among the first to spot new rose hybrids before they become publicly available, as the Woodland Park Rose Garden is one of the few certified Rose Test Gardens in the USA.

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