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International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course.
While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we were scanning the maple syrup-stocked shelves when we came across a series of boxes that were beautifully decorated with various Canadian landscapes and nature photographs. Aptly named Tastefully Canadian, this brand of treats incorporates tastes that reflect the world's fourth largest country from coast to coast — and yes, it definitely sneaks in some maple flavors here and there.
Here are a few specific boxed treats that we'd recommend stocking up on before you catch your flight home. With them in your suitcase — and later in your mouth — you'll be sure to leave with sweet memories of your time in Canada.
Perhaps you're familiar with the saying, "two is a coincidence, three is a trend?"
Well, considering that last month we discovered British Airways' duty-free magazine selling selfie sticks onboard, we've officially reached the "coincidence" stage this month, after spotting another selfie stick featured in the duty-free magazine of Malaysia Airlines.
Malaysia's choice is a "Lifetrons Switzerland Self-Portrait Advanced BT Handheld Stand with Built-In Bluetooth Remote." In other words, a fancy schmance $50 selfie stick.
Need to give your credit card a workout? Street-level shops only scratch the surface of what you can find in Toronto, Canada's most populous city. Just below the sidewalk is PATH, an elaborate network of pedestrian tunnels that the Guinness Book of World Records considers the world's largest underground shopping complex. There are over 4 million-square feet boasting about 1200 retailers and services: everything from clothing shops to food courts, mall-like services to entertainment venues.
PATH links together dozens of office buildings, several subway stations (including Union Station), hotels and other points of entry. Once you head down into the maze-like sprawl, the corridors open up to shopping, food courts, services and entertainment totaling 18 miles of retail therapy. And from the Hockey Hall of Fame to the iconic CN Tower, PATH even paves the way to many of Toronto's best tourist attractions. Plus, since its hallways link downtown buildings in a weather-free and climate controlled environment, this subterranean shopping world is especially ideal when Mother Nature doesn't care to cooperate with the day-to-day lives of locals.
Naturally, being underground might make it more difficult to find your directional orientation. Fear not. Signs are color-coded and act as a compass. Blue for North, yellow for East, red for South and orange for West.
Your only challenge is choosing where to start.
[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]
Even though music festivals and even some airlines are moving to ban selfie sticks, British Airways is going against the stream to embrace the doohickies, even offering them for sale via their in-flight duty-free catalog.
We spotted this entry, for the “Bitmore Bluetooth Selfie Stick,” just yesterday while flying from Copenhagen to London-Heathrow, but rest assured all you longer-distance BA flyers have a chance at it as well; that same duty-free catalog shows up on flights outside Europe, too.
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In-flight duty-free is nearly dunzo.
At some point last week, American Airlines unceremoniously ended in-flight sales of duty-free items, removing the sticky catalogs from seatback pockets, shutting down the duty-free website, and canceling that time when, in the calm middle of the flight, flight attendants ask if you'd like to spend $75 on a run-of-the-mill bottle of scotch.
While the reason for the cancellation isn't clearfrequent flyers around the internet have rumored that it's a contractual disagreementwe do know that American isn't the first to put the products back on the shelf. In August of last year, Delta did the exact same thing, quietly calling it quits on their in-flight duty-free.
We've gotten over the shock after the Delta news, and realize it's not such a huge issue since airports and other international airlines aren't giving up their own duty-free.
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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.
It's 5 o'clock on the day before Christmas Eve. Do you know what you're getting everyone on your list?
If not, we've got the answer: airline gift cards. Whether your gift is $50 or $500, you'll have helped make a trip possible for someone in your life, and giving experiences always trumps giving...things.
7 of the gift cards we've listed below are available for instant delivery via email, while 1 is not (Virgin Atlantic). Instant delivery may mean there's no physical card to exchange, but that leaves you free to be creative with how you tell the recipient to look extra close at their inbox this week.
West Side Market. Lake Erie. LeBron James. Polka. CLEVELAND.
The city on the southern shore of Lake Erie has the nickname of "mistake by the lake," but these days Cleveland is much more deserving of the other popular saying, "Cleveland Rocks." Downtown is on the upswing, the redevelopment of the Ameritrust Tower (rebranded "The 9") is nearly complete, and LeBron is back.
Should you find yourself in the 216 and actually enjoying it, check out CLE Clothing for a little memento. And no, we don't mean a stupid snow globe or cheapie mousepad. Yuck.
The shop is on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland and around the corner from the House of Blues, meaning that the crowded waiting to enter the venue every evening have no choice but to wrap around the store and window shop. Cut through the line and head inside for shirts, sweaters, books, glassware, and much more, all designed with Ohio at heart.
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A few weeks ago, United began trialing a program at Newark Airport. It essentially allowed frequent flyers to redeem those hard-earned MileagePlus miles for food in some restaurants in the terminal. While it might be cool to just swipe your boarding pass and pay from your account, at about 1,000 miles for a glass of wine, the conversion rates aren't the most favorable.
This got us thinking that there are plenty of other United products better worth the miles than an overpriced meal in an overpriced airport restaurant...
‘Tis the season for a little holiday shopping, and if you’re stuck at the airport—or are just on layover—the terminals and concourses might be a great place to cross a few people off the list. From Sydney to Salt Lake City there are toy stores doing their thing at plenty of airports, but just remember to pick up those batteries.
In no particular order here are some toy stores at airports across the globe, and we can’t help but imagine that the perfect gift or goodie is there waiting for you. Let’s just hope it doesn’t cost a lot of frequent flyer miles to find it—good luck:
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It's no fun to travel around Thanksgiving. It is, however, fun to anticipate and hop on any travel deals that result from the shopping rush around Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1).
We've gathered a few of the more promising deals upcoming later this week, and there's only more to be had.
If you come across any other worthwhile travel deals, please share them in the comments and we'll have a more precise list come Black Friday itself.
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The scene over in New York...
We’re still firmly in November, but no one can prevent the merriment and madness that is the holiday season. While every effort should be made to check out a Christmas Market over in Europe—check out what we have to say—there’s similar fun to be had here at home. So make some time on the calendar, put off that shopping list, and make your way to some of the best holiday markets across the nifty fifty:
The Union Square Holiday Market in New York kicks off on November 20, and this year the holiday fun runs through December 24—just note they’re closed on Thanksgiving. Local artisans are on hand to sell everything from jewelry and cuff links to foodie treasures like oils and vinegars. More than a million people check it out each and every year, so maybe make it a million and one during 2014.
Where better to celebrate the season than Bethlehem, and thankfully there’s one conveniently located around an hour outside of Philadelphia. The town’s market might be one of the most authentic you can find here at home, but of course there are traditions and treats that make it all its own. You do need tickets to enjoy the market—like $8 or so—as things run between November 20 and December 21. If we can’t make it this year please do enjoy some kettle corn, strudel, and hot chocolate for us.