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It seems like everyone in travel advertising these days is trying to tug on heart strings. Expedia regularly makes ads about how travel can bring families and lovers together. Their late summer campaign even managed to rope in Throwback Thursday nostalgia. A little while ago the Enjoy Illinois campaign made an ad that was almost too cutesy, but had so much charm that Buzzfeed described it as "honestly, the best state tourism ad ever created." KLM's recent puppy Lost & Found ad made people melt. Even when attempts go spectacularly awry - as so famously happened with Sinagpore's grating couples ad - the intent is still there.
The one consistent exception has been Kayak, which does in a very technical sense produce ads that have to do with families, though not the way you'd think. But that company has a long history of posting videos produced by people who were seemingly tripping balls, so no one really counts them.
We usually turn our attention towards New Mexico when it comes to space travel and space tourism, as that’s where Virgin Galactic has been preparing and planning for the last few years. However, there’s another spot to add to your space race map; the United Kingdom have their own sky-high dreams and they're focusing them on Scotland.
There’s never a bad time to visit Hawaii, but now might be one of the best times to visit. However, for some, we could also see how now would be one of the worst times to visit. That’s because there’s been some rumblings, shakings, and other underground stuff happening with one of the state’s volcanoes.
Over in on the Big Island of Hawaii the volcano known as Mauna Loa may be getting ready to erupt for the first time in decades—the last eruption was way back in 1984.
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We have been following the goings-on from the folks over at Virgin Galactic for quite some time, and it seems like only a matter of time before tickets are offered up for sale and passengers head towards the great beyond.
Things are getting one step closer, as Virgin Galactic recently submitted all kinds of paperwork and presentations to Uncle Sam and his buddies over at the Federal Aviation Administration. Thankfully everyone seems to be onboard with the plan, and that means we’re one step closer to taking off into outer space.
Here’s something to watch that’s even better than the stuff freshly recorded onto your DVR. A few weeks ago a new live feed was flipped on for the first time, and now viewers from across the globe can check out what’s going on out in outer space—live.
The link can be found right here, but just note that sometimes things might be a little more interesting than other times. Black scenes are common, as that means it’s the night side of the Earth. Sometimes cameras are switching things up, and there are times when the downlink isn’t work quite right. Remember that this is a live look into space, so we can expect a couple hiccups in the connectivity every now and then.
What else is there to see in the sky this season? After today's first solar eclipse of 2014 (visible only in Australia and Antarctica), thirst is high for more nights spent with an eye to the sky. For a clue or two, we turn to one of our favorite Facebook pages, i fucking love science (IFLS). The page, which describes its mission as existing for "the funny side of science...quotes, jokes, memes and anything your admin finds awesome and strange," has over 13 million "likers."
Filed in among those memes and jokes is some spectacularly useful information, good enough to inspire summer travels. For example, take their quick guide to dates with celestial events (above) and meteor showers (below).
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Consider this fair warning for a planetary event that hasn't happened in almost 100 years. Now is the time to get planning to make sure you don't miss the big total solar eclipse, even if it isn't due for another three years.
The moon is tracking to pass between Earth and the Sun in 2017, blocking the direct rays of the largest star. This event, occurring August 21 2017, will be the first time since 1918 that an eclipse will pass across the United States, from coast to coast. This means that the lower 48 will have opportunities to see a significant portion of the eclipse.
Something even slightly similar hasn't occurred since 1979, when the Pacific Northwest got a view, and in 1991, when Hawaii was treated to a total solar eclipse.
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You know we like to follow the goings on of Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic project, and now we’ll be able to do from the comfort of our couch. Virgin Galactic is teaming up with the mastermind behind shows like Survivor and The Voice—Mark Burnett—to launch a reality show to give away a ride into space.
Details are limited at this point, but we’d imagine that things would follow the basic premise of pretty much all reality shows. Unique personalities, wacky competitions, and plenty of drama should lead to a show worthy of a spot on our DVR. We do know that the show will be called "Space Race," and the big winner will get a ride aboard SpaceShipTwo.
This fall Mythbusters fans will have a chance to see myths get busted or confirmed in person when the show's co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman hit the road for the Behind The Myths Tour.
The tour will visit more than 30 cities across the country where the Mythbusters team will conduct on-stage experiments with the audience. According the show's website, “fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.”
Check out the tour dates below:
If there’s one thing that New Zealand has to offer, it's stuff you just won’t see anywhere else. With the country’s location along the Ring of Fire there’s a clear sense in the scenery that the place is constantly moving and shaking. One particular example where you can see it all—in full tourist convenience—is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
Situated on the North Island kind of between Taupo and Rotorua sits just one of the area’s many hotspots for under the ground activity. The place promises the opportunity to check out one of the most extensive geothermal systems in the country, and after checking it out ourselves we have to agree.
Tonight, between 10:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. local time, those in areas away from light pollution and heavy cloud cover will be able to observe some 60-100 meteors streaking across the sky as the annual Perseid Meteor Shower hits its peak. According to NASA, you'll want to look straight up and budget for the extra time it'll take for your eyes to adjust.
Wondering where is the best place to view the celestial event? Here's a few ideas from our recent travels:
· On an airplane!: Just as the Northern Lights are visible from airplanes in flight, so too are meteor showers. After all, in a major jet aircraft you fly above the clouds and, at night, the crew typically turns off the cabin lights. Even @BritishAirways is encouraging travelers tonight to keep their windowshades uptalk about in-flight entertainment!
When it comes to controlling the world of theme parks it’s pretty clear that Disney is on top of things. Beyond that their engineers—we mean imagineers—do a pretty good job at making the impossible seem possible. Their latest trip into the Disney laboratory seems to have gone pretty well, as Mickey and friends might soon be able to control the air.
Engadget has the full scoop, but basically Disney has figured out a way to bring live feedback to the air around you. The magic is contained within something known as AIREAL, as the system can send out punches of air to here and there. The goal is to bring touchy feely feedback to all three dimensions of space and your surroundings.