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The Jaunted 2014 Travel Awards Epilogue

Where: Iceland
December 31, 2014 at 6:22 PM | by | ()


The Boeing 787-9 was introduced in 2014

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Thanks for joining us for our 2014 Jaunted Travel Awards and, of course, for being a part of every other day of the year!

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Now, for your enjoyment, here is our complete list of winners:

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The 2014 Destination of the Year

Where: Iceland
December 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Does it seem like everyone and their mom went to Iceland in 2014?

Iceland had a stellar year, thanks in part to Mother Nature turning up the heat on Bardarbunga volcano just enough to attract the world's attention (but not to ground flights), and also thanks to irresistible travel porn videos like this one.

The premieres of filmed-in-Iceland movies like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Oblivion put Iceland's incredible scenery in front of the eyeballs of the general public, while specialized travel like corporate retreats and destination weddings brought visitors who maybe wouldn't before have considered Iceland for a trip.

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The Craziest TSA Tale of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

It's not exactly breaking news that the TSA has personnel problems. This is an agency that recruits employees by putting ads on the top of pizza boxes. And while it's true that everybody loves pizza, the tactic casts TSA's overall approach to finding and retaining talent in a less than fantastic -quality l. The situation is not helped by decisions made at the very top of the airport security organization, which include expanding programs that have zero effectiveness.

2014 saw something of a new low, however. First in February and then in July, stories started airing about how TSA agents were refusing to accept Washington DC drivers licenses as valid forms of ID. In at least the latter case, it kind of seemed like the agent didn't know what Washington DC was or, more specifically, that it was in the United States. The incidents were strange for a number of reasons. First, TSA is sometimes very lax about what acceptable IDs, to the point where the issue became a national scandal in the fall. Second of all, Washington DC is the capital of the United States.

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The Best Travel Movie of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

In a year with so many great travel movies, from Wild to Chef and the final movie in The Hobbit series which has inspired thousands to visit New Zealand, it was hard to narrow it down to just one. But, after much consideration, a little movie derived from a BBC comedy series is our winner.

In The Trip To Italy, comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take a largely improvised road trip through Italy, from northern Piemonte to the Amalfi Coast, following in the footsteps of Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.

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The Best Kept Destination Secret of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

As of now, most of what the public knows about Papua New Guinea comes from reports that discuss the dangers of traveling to the country. Those issues need to be discussed so that people can learn how to navigate the waters, but it shouldn't stop Americans from gaining an interest in this developing destination.

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The 2014 Airline of the Year

December 31, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Plenty of airlines showed off their stuff in 2014, but when we go through the archives and review all that happened during the year one carrier stands out to us. That’s why our pick for airline of the year is Alaska Airlines.

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The Wackiest Travel Story of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

When it comes to wacky travel news we do our best to cover it from each and every angle, so we can say with some confidence that we’re well within our ability when we name our pick for wacky travel news story of 2014. Although there were many strong contenders, the recent “nut-rage” situation is our pick for the year.

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The Most Improved Airport of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

2014 brought fresh airports, but one really caught our eye for more than just new coats of paint and updated design elements. London City, the little airport that is positioned so close to one of the British capital, that you might be able to wave to the Queen upon collecting your luggage, takes home the prize for the most improved airport for 2014.

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The Naughtiest Flight Attendants of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

“Sexy” Halloween costumes aside (groan), here are some flight attendants who actually made tongues wag in 2014.

Lap dancers, pinup models, drug mules — oh my!

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The Most Popular Jaunted Stories of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

On the airlines:

· What are the World's Longest and Shortest Flights? 2014 Edition

· Finally! Airline Publishes First Flight Attendant Calendar of Hot MEN

· First Time to Australia: How to Survive the 14-Hour Flight in Economy Class

· The 7 Small, Barely Noticeable Special Details of Every Singapore Airlines Flight

· All Jet, No Lag: Inside Premium Economy and Economy on Air Canada's New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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The 2014 Celebrity Travelers of the Year

December 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

It was a big year for George Clooney and his wife Amal. Not only did they get married, but she was named the Most Fascinating Person of the 2014 and it was announced he will receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award at next month's Golden Globes.

Amid all of their accomplishments and celebrations, George and Amal managed to travel around the world in style.

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The Best New Route of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Airlines begin and end routes all the time. You may take your favorite route for granted, until one day you go to buy a ticket and the destination is no longer offered. Whoops. Luckily airlines are typically looking to expand and 2014 was a year of exciting route additions across the board. What was our favorite?

It has to be the new 12-hour Air Canada nonstop from Toronto-Pearson to Tokyo-Haneda, inaugurated on July 15.

Perhaps you're wondering, "hey, hasn't Air Canada been flying from Toronto to Tokyo for, like, decades?" Yes, yes they have, but never before to the Japanese capital's other, very recently updated and better located airport of Haneda, and never before with their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It's the ideal length for passengers to appreciate the advances in comfort and technology of the Dreamliner, and there's the added bonus of arriving to one of the best airports in one of the best cities, on the other side of the world. Tokyo-Haneda!

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