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Denmark Finally Bans Bestiality To Put Kaput On "Animal Sex Tourism"

Where: Denmark
May 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Umm… What?

From depictions in Renaissance art to the myth of centaurs, the evidence suggests that some humans have long-lusted for animals. (How else could you imagine a half-beast, half-man creature with Ryan Gosling abs?) But what has seemed like a problem among hominids happened to be a particular problem in Denmark, that bastion of progressive living — and, apparently, bestiality. The Scandinavian nation has finally passed legislation banning bestiality, toughening lax laws that many believe encouraged animal sex tourism. (Until now, it has been the only northern European country where bestiality was not illegal, according to Reuters.)

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Is a $270 Scenic Helicopter Flight of Hawaii Worth It?

April 13, 2015 at 12:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tell friends who've been to Hawaii before that you're heading to Kauai and there's one thing you'll hear over and over: "you've got to take a helicopter tour!"

Soaring above remote waterfalls, azure reefs, untouched coastline, and Hawaii's own version of the Grand Canyon (Waimea Canyon) sounds like a no-brainer... until you see the price tag. Averaging $200 per person, helicopter tours around Hawaii demand more consideration and budgeting than, say, a surfing lesson. And, for some of the islands' more unique destinations, scenic helicopter flights edge upward toward $300.

Recently while in Kauai, we flew with Island Helicopters, the only company with landing rights at the impressive Manawaiopuna Falls, better known as "Jurassic Park Falls" for their cameo in the movie. The "Jurassic Park Falls Helicopter Landing Adventure" tour costs from $269 per person and lasts 75-85 minutes. The more basic flight, named "Grand Circle Tour," is available from $145 per person and lasts 50-60 minutes.

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How to Get Tickets to the One World Trade Center Observatory

April 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Add May 29 to your iCal. That's the date the One World Trade Center's observatory opens to the public, for 100th-story views from the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

Entry won't be cheap, at $32 for adults 13-64 and $26 for children 6-12 (children under 5 are free), but it is significantly more affordable than tickets for the Burj Khalifa's Observatory, which run $55 for adults during peak visitation hours.

The very first batch of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 8, at 10am EST. Of course complimentary admission is extended to family members of those killed on 9/11, and to the rescue and recovery workers who worked at the site in the months following the tragedy.

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'Bad Acting' Causes Academy Award Winner Julianne Moore to Lose a Tourism Gig

April 6, 2015 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently if you win an Academy Award you still have plenty to prove when it comes to impressing tourism officials, or at least that’s the case for Julianne Moore.

The actress was signed up for a little role as part of a promotion for the tourism and culture ministry over in Turkey; however, it seems like things did not go well, as she was let go from her role in part due to what is being called “bad acting.”

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The Academy Museum Will Cure Your Oscar Hangover (But Not Until 2017)

February 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

From the winners and losers to the best and worst dressed—there’s a lot to discuss this morning regarding the Academy Awards. For those who truly love the Oscars it’s sad that it’s only a one-night affair, but there is hope. Officials behind the award are hard at work to provide a year-round place to pay tribute to those little gold statues, and the movies and people that won them.

While you won’t be able to cure your Oscar hangover with a visit this week, there are plans in the works to create and construct something known as The Academy Museum. Think cutting edge galleries, plenty of exhibition spaces, ample movie theaters, and a few spots to hold special events. As they put it, “it will be the world's premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image.”

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What the Resumption of US-Cuba Relations Means for Travelers (Besides Cigars)

Where: Cuba
December 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's true. US visitors to Cuba are now allowed to bring $100 worth of Cuban cigars back into the country and it's all thanks to a little speech this morning by President Obama, to announce the resumption of US-Cuba relations for the first time since 1961.

This major development, which will see the reopening of a US embassy in Havana and easing of travel bans, came about thanks to talks orchestrated by Canada and Pope Francis in the Vatican. According to the NY Times, the final step occurred just this morning, when two world leaders picked up the telephone:

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Will Thailand's New Tourism Video 'I Hate Thailand' Make You Feel the Opposite?

December 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a rough decade for Thailand travel. Back in 2010 they had political unrest that lasted so long and hit the tourism sector so hard that some hotels reported having literally one guest staying with them. Fast forward to this September, when the country was rocked by the murder of two British tourists. Last month a travel book came out titled "Thailand: Deadly Destination" and describing Thailand as "one of the most dangerous tourist destinations on Earth." Oof.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is now preparing to launch its "2015 Discover Thainess" campaign, which will focus on a bunch of different soft themes (fun, creativity, harmony, peace of mind, etc). That's going to be a snoozefest but its a safe and uncontroversial rollout, and that's what tourism boards do when you ask them to craft long-term branding campaigns, and so fair enough.

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Where to Begin in Cartagena, Colombia: The Best Special Occasion Restaurants

November 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas."

Street food? Cartagena's got it. Casual lunches on alfresco cafe terraces? Oh yes. Both of these eating options you can arrive at with a quick stroll in the walled central city, but for a special occasion the decision is much more difficult.

Cartagena, home to specialties like lionfish, arroz de coco, and all sorts of seafood ceviche, dresses up these dishes at a few formal restaurants best suited to romantic evenings and taking yourself out for a treat at the end of a successful vacation. Here are three of our favorites:

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Where to Begin in Cartagena, Colombia: Tourist Sites for First-Timers

November 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas."

So you've arrived, perhaps on the new nonstop JetBlue flights. Now what? Cartagena de Indias is a fortified city, first established in 1533 but with a rich prehistoric and pre-Columbian period, with more than a few attractions for those interested in history, architecture, and Caribbean or South American culture and food.

What to do first? It's okay to put the beach on hold. There are two sites within the city we recommend for a starter taste of Cartagena:

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What Not to Do in Vienna: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes

Where: Vienna, Austria
November 12, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're tempted to describe Vienna as Europe's other Paris, but that would definitely fall under the "what not to do" title since Vienna is wholly itself—a wondrous city built with a heady mix of majesty and cultural creativity. Thinking Vienna can be seen with a quick trip of 3 or 4 days while en route to Prague or Budapest is a common mistake, but visitors put themselves at risk of permanent infatuation with any length visit.

As with any world capital, there are time- and money-saving tricks as well as special nuances of etiquette to help you best enjoy your stay. So without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In Vienna: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes.

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New York City Welcomes Tourists at JFK with Shiny New Hashtag

November 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a warm welcome awaiting you on your next visit to New York City, as the area’s tourism board—NYC & Company—has kicked off a new campaign. The welcome wagon will be doing its thing over at JFK Airport, as the new year-long campaign features some snazzy artwork that shows off more than just Manhattan.

There are 37 displays in total, and they’re so darn big that if you lined them up one-by-one they would be as long as a football field. A bunch of them are specific to some of the city’s boroughs, so that travelers can see some of the offerings of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island too. Look for them—you probably can’t miss them—as you make your way through and around terminals one, four, and eight.

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Video Interlude: The Infamous 'Shibuya Scramble' in Action

Where: Tokyo, Japan
November 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's no denying that Tokyo is cool, despite the many thousands of tourists walking around with guidebooks open. For a first-timer to the city, the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming, but there's nothing better than to be thrown in to the middle of the action with a visit to the hectic, yet quintessentially Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing intersection.

The neighborhood of Shibuya is considered one of the hottest fashion districts in town, not to mention that it's home to a massive JR train station and neon nightlife. While most people come to shop, socialize, or grab a bite to eat, keen observers will note that there's a whole subsection of Shibuya visitors who come simply to watch others cross the street.

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