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Yes, You Can Totally Buy and Fly with a Live Lobster at Halifax International Airport

Where: Halifax, NS, Canada
September 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

"Security will accept lobsters as a carry-on piece."

When was the last time you heard that an airport? It's a daily occurrence at Nova Scotia's Halifax Stanfield International Airport, where the local specialties shop Clearwater stocks a tank of live lobster ready and willing to enjoy the overhead bin on your next flight out.

Purchase a pincher (live at $8.99/lb, cooked at $9.49/ln) and add a carry-on box complete with ice packs ($7 carry-on, $9 checked), and bring home why may possibly be the best last-minute souvenir from the Canadian maritimes. It sure beats a tiny, 3oz jug of maple syrup.

Find Clearwater before security, just to the left of the security check for Canada-bound flights.

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Duty-Free for You and Me: What to Buy at Tokyo's Narita Airport

Where: Narita, Japan
September 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's easy to whisk through the international terminal passing by the perfumes, bottles of cheap liquor and massive Toblerones on the way to your gate and there are even a few airport where we'd recommend skipping the buys altogether. This is not the case at Tokyo's Narita, which stands out as a supreme airport for shopping.

We already know that Japan has some of the coolest foods to bring home to your friends as souvenirs, and Narita is home to a wealth of duty-free shops selling cakes and candies boxed so primly and perfectly that it's less a question of "should I buy it" and more "how many should I buy?"

Here are a couple of this year's best and quickest buys at Narita:

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Duty-Free is Dunzo on Delta

August 8, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you flew Delta yesterday on an international flight and wondered why the usual push for duty-free shopping didn't happen, the explanation is simple: Delta stopped offering it, effective last night.

This means no more Toblerone, Chivas Regal, watches from supposed luxury brands you've never heard of, and pens inexplicably filled with Swarovski crystals; the duty-free catalog and mid-flight soft sell are done away with on Delta, and it's all due to disagreement with its duty free vendor, DFASS.

RunwayGirlNetwork was first with the news yesterday evening, and also offers further insight:

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What Everyone's Buying in Tasmania: Single Malt Whisky

April 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Open the duty-free catalog in your seatback pocket. Flip past the cosmetics, watches and cigarettes, and what's left? Booze, and lots of it.

Alcohol and travel have gone hand-in-hand throughout history, from rum runners in the West Indies to the Highland Malt Whisky which was, at times, the only thing keeping Ernest Shackleton's men sane during their expeditions in the Antarctic.

Speaking of Antarctica, Tasmania's location at 42° S latitude puts it into a last-stop-before-Antarctica position, and the climate and terrain is reminiscent of the Scottish highlands. In other words, it's ideal for the production of what's become a Tasmanian mainstay: cask-aged, single malt whisky. Tassie whisky even took the top spot in the World Whiskies Awards 2014, which didn't come as much of a surprise to Tasmanians who've always known they're drinking the highest quality.

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What Everyone's Buying on Christmas Island: Cheap Liquor and Special Stamps

April 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

As you may have already gathered from our previous posts, Christmas Island has a good lot to offer when it comes to nature, beaches, diving, and endemic species. When it comes to souvenirs, however, the island runs a bit dry unless you're looking for crab toys, crab t-shirts or books about crabs. So the majority of visitors, both long- and short-term, opt to head to the island's supermarket and its duty-free liquor variety.

The selection is excellent, including even "traveler edition" flavors of Absolut, and prices are half that of mainland Australia, so wine and liquor is a huge score for those wanting to imbibe without breaking the bank.

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What Everybody's Buying in Melbourne: Wine!

March 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

In a country almost the size of the U.S., Australia has plenty of things to see, do, and bring home to your friends and family as little memento of your travels. One thing which Aussies take seriously is their wine, and this is doubly true in the Melbourne area. With vineyards around the country churning out award-winning bottles, bringing home a super special sip is often on the list.

Melbourne is located around 90 minutes away from some of the more popular wineries, (like Chandon and de Bortoli) for tasting, wining, dining, and best of all, purchasing favorite bottles. And if you'd rather follow a path less trodden, lots of smaller, boutique wineries dot the landscape in the Yarra, Goulburn, Rutherglen, and Alpine Valleys.

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What Everybody's Buying in Queensland, Australia: Lucas' Papaw Ointment

January 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Okay, we know that Australia has some once-in-a-lifetime things to see, do and experience, but friends at home only really care about what you're bringing back for them. No, we're not talking about baby koalas or even a few boomerangs to trial in your own skies, as we've got a gift recommendation that's multipurpose and a good reminder of a great time down under: Lucas' Papaw Ointment.

Who would have thought that so much joy would have been had from a little red tube of mashed up tropical fruit? Take it from us that this stuff is the real deal.

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One Perfect Present: A Tiny Toiletry Ideal for Dopp Kits

December 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

This present idea is divided into two, one for a guy and one for a gal.

For him: So LUSH Cosmetics, a company that makes much more than cosmetics, has these super cool things called "shampoo bars." Instead of relying on the iffy quality of hotel shampoo or messing with packing your own 3oz container of hair wash, throw one of these small, solid bars into your luggage.

There's 10 different bars, each with a distinctive scent and purpose. For example, our favorite—the campfire-scent "Soak and Float"—works to soothe irritated scalps and banish dandruff. Other bars address thinning hair, oily scalps and tangled tresses. Keep them in a tin for easy grab n' go.

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One Perfect Present: An All-Purpose Travel Hat Handmade in the USA

December 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Don't run to the nearest Target the night before a trip to buy whatever woven synthetic topper "will do for now." A small investment in a custom hat, which is actually also an investment in the survival of a classic New York City business, is the answer.

Thanks to the impulsiveness of milliner Satya Twena and her brilliant Kickstarter campaign, the Makins Hats factory in Midtown Manhattan is coming back from closure, in time to save the collections, the American-made equipment, hat shapes dating back to the 1930s, and even the jobs of the skilled staff.

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One Perfect Present: A Ridiculously Lightweight, Hard-Shell Suitcase

December 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Luggage may be a popular graduation gift, but any walk through the airport makes it abundantly clear that some travelers haven't upgraded since. Every year brings new technology and materials for staying under weight limits while enduring everything a baggage handler can throw, and lately we've been very impressed with one such new-fangled line of luggage in particular: Samsonite CURV.

Not everyone can afford ribbed cases of Rimowa (prices for which hover around $1,000 a case), but take it down a few hundred dollars and there's Samsonite CURV's "Firelite" and "Cosmolite" cases in the same class of durability and style.

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One Perfect Present: A Frequent Flyer-Approved, Handmade Leather Case

December 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

In a small leather shop in Colorado, "in a town full of wildlife nestled against Rocky Mountain National Park," there's a small company named SkyTop Trading. It's the type of manufacturer whose merits spread by word of mouth, and they'd like to keep it that way; each item is handmade by craftsmen of quality saddle leather with the promise that "it will outlast you."

We first spotted a SkyTop briefcase on our friend, Sid, who commutes half-way across the United States to then travel half-way around the world on business. He's a frequent flyer for his day job as well as in his free time, piloting his 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza. Every mile of the way, that gorgeous SkyTop is in-hand or on his back.

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Where to Shop in Providence, RI If You've Only Got a Weekend

December 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Providence, Rhode Island may be branding itself "the creative capital," but this Northeastern gem won't do as much damage to your wallet as nearby Boston or New York. The locals are proud of their hometown, which means you'll have plenty of opportunities to stock up on Christmas presents while also supporting local artists and business owners.

Win-win, right? Right! Here are our favorite four shopping spots in Providence:

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