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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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The 5 Most Breathtaking, Must-See Views in Norway

Where: Norway
November 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Unlike most European countries where you're expected to stop at old churches, fancy art galleries, and popular historical places, in Norway you venture elsewhere. You venture away from the city, away from any Monet paintings or notion of traffic.

In Norway, you sequester yourself in nature, exploring fjords, mountains, glaciers, and even polar bears. Because Norway’s scenery is insanely popular, inspiring films like Frozen and even finding itself regularly on the front pages of websites around the world. So what are these natural spots?

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Golden Gate Bridge Tolls Would Hurt SF Tourism

October 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve been to San Francisco there’s little doubt that the Golden Gate Bridge was on your travel to-do list, and rightfully so—it’s pretty darn snazzy. Taking things to the next level involves actually getting out of the car and walking or biking across the bridge, but it sounds like there are plans to monetize that experience.

Nothing is official as of yet, but city officials are kicking around the idea of charging tolls to both pedestrians and cyclists making their way across the bridge. We don’t want to get political—nor would we know what we’re talking about—but it was a close vote. So now what they’re going to do is study things to see what kind of impact the tolls would have, and also likely how much cash they could raise. We’d imagine that bridge is pretty expensive to maintain.

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$32 for 100 Floors: One World Trade Center Announces Observatory Details

October 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like only yesterday the steel girders began to rise, but in reality that was 2010 and now NYC is on the cusp of welcoming the first tenants to One World Trade.

While Condé Nast (our publisher, in full disclosure) spends this winter moving downtown and into the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere, the topmost floors will be putting the finishing touches on the One World Observatory.

Due to debut in spring 2015, the attraction spans three floors (100-102) and 125,000 square feet, and promises "unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters" after a zippy ride up in the elevators, or "Sky Pod" as One World Trade prefers to call them.

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Should You Take a Segway Tour? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

October 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

Segways. Where there's a tourist hotspot city center, there's likely to be a Segway tour or two of it. Sometimes you're onboard, and sometimes you're not, but whatever your opinion of Segway tours, it's clear to see that they're here to stay.

We recently hopped on a Segway tour in Ft Lauderdale, Florida for something a little different, and we'd be lying if we said Segways didn't come with a list of pros and cons. If you've ever debated on taking a tour or even turned your nose up to strapping on a helmet and quietly scooting around, this is for you:

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Are You Taking These Smart Precautions Before Your Trips?

October 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

On the heels of this latest Ebola scare and the ongoing violence in the Ukraine, it's about time to review a few travel safety tips. Of course situations easily fluctuate, and it's just common sense to stay aware of the political climate and social challenges of any destination. Here are some basic precautions to take:

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