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Brazil or Bust: The Words to Know in Salvador da Bahia

June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Brazil is so hot right now. Actually, Brazil is one of those perpetually hot places, topping travel bucketlists for decades, but especially so now with both the World Cup and Summer Olympics on the calendar. Thanks to TAM Airlines and Brazil Nuts tours, we journey south to see why.

"Capital of Happiness" is quite the boast for a city, but there's no doubt Brazil's third largest city, Salvador da Bahia, turns frowns upside-down. Whether you call it "Salvador" to keep it simple, or "Salvador da Bahia" to differentiate it from the many, many other Salvadors of the world, the vibrant, Afro-Brazilian metropolis of 3.5 million will be on your lips as Brazil's cultural hotspot (so much for Rio as the end-all be-all).

Here are the words to help you on your way in Salvador da Bahia:

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Feeling That World Cup Fever? Try These Three Soccer Programs for Beginners

June 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we're just about halfway through the World Cup, the excitement of the matches combined with the culture and energy of Brazil has us thinking about strapping on a pair of soccer cleats. With Team U.S.A faring better than expected, the country is enjoying a similar frenzy and soccer is finally getting a bit of the attention enjoyed by baseball.

Feeling the fever as well? Include a beginner soccer program in your next vacation:

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Take to the Streets of Downtown LA for the Kings' Stanley Cup Party

June 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, as over the weekend they defeated the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in the last three years. The National Hockey League takes to the streets today in Southern California, as it’s time for a victory parade. Things take place today—Monday—so be sure to plan an escape plan from work sooner than later.

Although the city isn't necessarily known for its hockey fans there were around 250,000 in attendance a couple years ago, so we can only expect even more today when things kick of at around noon—local time. Downtown is where things will take place, as stuff will start at the corners of Figueroa and West 5th streets, and then the people and players will move south along Figueroa Street and end at LA Live. Things should run for no more than 45 minutes or so, and then there will be a fan rally inside the Staples Center—unfortunately it’s already sold out.

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How to Join the 'Soccer Without Borders' Program This Summer

June 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the World Cup set to begin it seems like the whole world - including a few Americans - has soccer fever.

If you're one of those soccer fanatics with a passion doing good, it's not too late to join Soccer Without Borders' Culture Exchange in Granada, Nicaragua this summer.

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Brazil or Bust: The Words to Know in Rio de Janeiro

June 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Brazil is so hot right now. Actually, Brazil is one of those perpetually hot places, topping travel bucketlists for decades, but especially so now with both the World Cup and Summer Olympics on the calendar. Thanks to TAM Airlines and Brazil Nuts tours, we journey south to see why.

Just as travel expands horizons, so it also does vocabulary. Even without a trip to Brazil, you'll have heard of at least a few words that matter, like "Copacabana," "Caipirinha" and "Capoeira," but Rio de Janeiro requires fewer inhibitions and more twists of the tongue.

Here are the words to help you on your way in Rio:

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Take a Look at the Snazzy Airplane Flying Belgium's Team to the World Cup

June 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's go time, folks. If the 2014 World Cup teams aren't already in Brazil, then they're on their way. A few days ago we detailed 7 special planes taking teams to the World Cup down in Brazil, but one aircraft stands out from the pack. Owing to details both inside and out, it's Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 that's caught our eye and, apparently, also that of Facebook.

This specific plane, tail number OO-SFO, is painted with the team's Red Devils colors and symbol, along with soccer ball. That's the tip of the iceberg, however; the interior is fully kitted out with everything from green soccer pitch-print aisle carpeting to custom embroidered headrests in Business Class for each of the team's players. Bulkheads between cabins feature images of the team in action, and there's even a social media hashtag for the flight number (#SN2014). The idea is for the players to use the hashtag while posting selfies and such to their channels, and fans can interact and follow the action.

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This New York Town is Home to the National Museum of Horse Racing

June 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

The best that horse racing has to offer is now over and done with until 2015, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your fix elsewhere—and we’re not talking about off-track betting. In upstate New York there’s a museum dedicated to all things horse racing, and it might just be what you need to get through those moments of sadness and depression.

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame does its thing in Saratoga Springs, New York, and right now it’s open to one and all most days of the week—they take Mondays and Tuesdays off until later this summer. The place does its best to share the fun and entertainment surrounding thoroughbred racing in the country, and they’ve got all kinds of goodies to do so. Memorabilia, art, books, videos, and other artifacts all do their thing to shape the story of the ponies in the United States.

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7 Special Airplanes Flying World Cup Teams to Brazil

Where: Brazil
June 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

World Cup 2014 begins in little more than a week, on June 14. Right about now the national soccer teams are either packing up to hit the skies before hitting the turf, or they're already touching down in Brazil for pre-game practice.

Seeing as how the World Cup games are played in 12 different cities throughout the month, teams not only need transportation to Brazil, but within the massive country. For this, each team relies on a private or chartered aircraft, and many take the opportunity to show off a bit of their national pride.

Here are 7 such special aircraft you'll spot in the skies over Brazil this next several weeks:

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What US Cities are Hoping to Host the 2024 Summer Olympics?

June 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you think your town, city, village, or whatever is the best around then why not go ahead and throw your hat into the ring at a chance to host the Olympics.

It seems that municipalities are finally learning that hosting the games is a bittersweet experience, and now here at home there’s already a couple cities taking their names out of consideration. Both New York City and Philadelphia are no longer interested in submitting bids to host the summer games when 2024 rolls around, but there still are a few cities hoping to be awarded the honor.

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Hopper Figures Out How to Fly to All 30 Major League Baseball Stadiums

May 23, 2014 at 7:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Vacation season has finally arrived, and we have to say that there’s no better way to celebrate the warmer weather than with the boys of summer and a little bit of baseball. We’ve been slowly but surely crossing visits to the country’s baseball stadiums off our to-do list, but thanks to a little research by the folks over at Hopper you can get it all done this summer—for just a few thousand bucks.

Hopper does their thing offering up vacation ideas, flight research, and other travel tidbits. Their most recent research was especially interesting, as they’ve revealed the secret on how one can fly to all 30 major league ballparks for around $2,400.

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Save the Date for Chicago's Double Whammy of Airport Runway Runs

May 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, when airports welcome people, in place of planes, to run on their runways while the weather is sunny and the skies are blue. While other airports are still ironing out the particulars, Chicago's double whammy of runway runs is already asking you to "save the date."

It's only the second year for a run at Chicago's second airport, Midway. The Midway Fly Away 5K will be sponsored by Southwest and will benefit Chicago Childrens Charities and the Special Olympics. The run on what MDW calls "the world's busiest square mile" will happen September 21, and other runways will most definitely still be active.

Across the city, Chicago's own United Airlines will once again host the O'Hare Run on the Runway, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. You've got more time to train for this race, as the 5K doesn't hit the calendar until October 5. Fingers crossed United rolls an aircraft out to the finish line for photo ops, as they've done in past years. Expect over 3,500 fellow runners of all ages and abilities (and walkers are welcome), so be ready when registration opens soonish.

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There's Still Time to Score Tickets to the Preakness

May 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

California Chrome might just be the most famous horse in the whole wide world right now, and if you would like to check him out in person the Preakness is coming up. As the second leg of the Triple Crown the race is scheduled to go down on May 17 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Getting to it is a little bit easier than the hoopla surrounding the Kentucky Derby, but by no means is it any less of a good time. The cheapest tickets can be had for just $70 per person—plus taxes and fees—and that even gets you access to the event’s InfieldFest, which features performances from Lorde, Nas, and Frank Walker and Glenn Morrison—among others.

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