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Here's an unpopular thought: McDonalds is a necessary evil for travelers.
For all the stress on experiencing cities "like a local" and seeking out the best, freshest cuisine for the most reasonable price, there is something to be said for the reliability of good ol' McDs, as we recently found out for ourselves in that super rich, super small country of Monaco.
Seeking an alternative to the pricey menus and lengthy meals of the tiny principality, we headed to their one McDonalds, in the newest part of Monaco, Fontvieille. Here we found the real populationyacht crew, retail workers, policemenordering up 7 Euro meals and munching on Big Macs with a view of Fontvieille's harbor.
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The days of hopping between coffee shops and other WiFi hotspots are becoming fewer and fewer, as yet another country is beaming out Internet waves to tourists and locals alike.
Last month, Tel Aviv flipped the switch for free-for-all-WiFi to ensure everyone can stay connected. Whether they’re strolling the beach or checking out a little history, the city clearly understands visitors need to document visits instantly—through social media of course.
In total, the plan is to install around 80 or so hotspots, and the good news is that most of them are already up and running. If all goes accordingly, another 20 or so should be up and running in the next couple of months.
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Some tourism boards just "get it." And by get it, we mean thinking outside the box creatively and attracting tourists in flocks to their city, state or country en masse. With its latest campaign, Melbourne can now head to the top of that list of boards that just nail it.
The folks behind Tourism Victoria, the Aussie state that Melbourne calls home, have developed a campaign of two remote-controlled tourists that are outfitted with helmet-mounted cameras, microphones, GPS and some clever mobile live streaming technology to document their every step in the city. This gives the chance for fans of Melbourne to "go before you go," possibly giving some inspiration for a first hand visit to the city.
From October 9 through the 13th, armchair-tourists controled each traveler at home by logging onto the website and sending their human webcams to any location they desired in the Australian "second city." Audiences were able to interact with the tourists and send them on mini-adventures or challenges that are unique to Melbourne.
When it comes to travel listings we’re all about things like the most beautiful, most stunning, or most wonderful. However, we have to take a moment to recognize some of the more—uh—unique options, and today we’re taking a look at some of the world’s most germy attractions.
The folks over at TripAdvisor have taken a trip around the globe, and they’ve created their top five when it comes to icky and germy tourist traps. Up first is the Blarney Stone over in Ireland where everyone and their brother just has to lean awkwardly and place a kiss on a really old rock. It’s estimated that like 400,000 or more pairs of lips find their way onto the stone each and every year, so be sure to bring along that TSA approved bottle of Purell.
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Just for the record: yes, we know that quirky airport security stories about weapons confiscations are often a result of TSA's press outreach strategy. We've actually written about how it works. TSA officials want Americans to think that people are trying to bring weapons on board airplanes - because how else are they going to justify their existence - and it's hard to get national reporters interested in one-off stories. So you end up with a bunch of articles in city and state-based outlets that describe city and state-based incidents.
But that doesn't mean that some of the stories aren't genuinely fun. Take this local Baltimore story about BWI workers discovering that a woman was trying to smuggle a pink stun gun on an airplane. Just the visual is kind of giggle-worthy, which is probably how it ended up jumping into national blogs. Well done, TSA PR.
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No matter where you go, what destination you cross off the bucket list, there'll likely be other tourists there enjoying the sights alongside you. Among those tourists, you'll find certain nationalities more prevalent than others. In fact, it seems as thought a quarter of the percentage of the populations of Japan, Australia and Germany are out there, circling the globe to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites or cheese museums.
Unfortunately for German tourists, August seems to be the most dangerous month. Not one, not two, not even three horrible accidents have befallen them this month, but four:
The travel industry is no stranger to the concept of loving something to death, and it seems like Angkor Wat in Cambodia is trying to make sure they don’t suffer such a fate.
The rise of tourism in the area has certainly been financially beneficial for the country, with some 250,000 visitors in 2001 growing to 2 million per year today. But the increase in the amount of people has taken its toll, specifically in the popular sunset viewing locations throughout the complex. Reports are that the surrounding environment is being negatively affected by the hordes of people stomping around in the same places, night in and night out, for the past decade.
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Let's play a game of what's hot and what's not. What's HOT is flying to the other side of the world to land at Incheon International Airport, visiting Seoul, South Korea, and eating and shopping yourself silly in the city. What's NOT is...well, not doing these things, since Seoul is absolutely one of the global capitals on the cusp of everything cool right now. So while we definitely recommend making your stay longer than five days to even begin to scratch the surface, at least these do-not-dos will help no matter the trip length.
So without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In Seoul: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes.
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If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!
So far this week, we’ve taken you from Plettenberg Bay to Arniston, through numerous mountain passes and ostrich farms, and to a museum choc-full of Ferraris. Alas, all good things must come to an end and the final stretch of our road trip in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT brings us into Cape Town for the usual touristy stuff.
It's totally okay to be a tourist, you know. Everyone must start somewhere in exploring a city new to them. For a first visit to Cape Town, these three touristy activities are completely worthwhile:
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We were robbed. It may have happened just over a year ago, but we still live with the effects (like a fear that comes while biking and we hear a moped motor approaching). Read the full story, but also take away whatever knowledge you can from our horrible experience in order to prevent it happening to you while away from home.
Only a few days ago, Lifehacker posted a brilliant list of tips for travelers toting nice cameras, including how to deter would-be thieves. In this vein, we're revisiting our own 8 safety tips to avoid being mugged abroad:
Some renderings are all that exist of the Observatory levels right now
It's already being billed as "the most significant destination in the world," and yet it's still very much a hard-hat construction zone. We're talking about One World Trade Center, the 104-story skyscraper being built in the space once was home to the Twin Towers, and which isn't due to be completed until late 2014.
Plans for the 100-102nd floor Observatory levels were released on March 20, but the opening date won't arrive until 2015. It will sit a few stories lower than the Windows on the World visitor areas of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, which fell during the 9/11 attacks.
A few days ago we let you in on the little secret that we're currently traveling with someone who has never really traveled before. As in, she'd never left three US states and now she's in Turkey. We thought teaching her how to pack a carryon only for a week abroad would be the extent of our tutorship, but it's been so much more.
As we're down to our last 48 hours away, we're dealing with an amateur traveler's whining about having to leave and go home. This is inevitable, but frequent travelers are aces at dealing with it; there's a positive attitude of "well, I'll be back someday for sure," whether or not you know if that's true. In any case, the rest of the world is waiting.
While our friend comes to grips with returning to the USA, we're jotting down more answers given in response to her innocent questions. Check 'em out:
· We're not going to dinner at 6pm. No way. I don't care about jet lag. There's a such thing as an aperitif hour and then real dining doesn't happen until 9pm at the earliest in many countries.
· Simplify your questions. If you know someone doesn't have the best grasp of English and you're asking a question in English, don't use segues or long explanations. Just ask the question. Example: "And while I'm thinking of it, I had meant to ask you for your recommendation on the best dessert." (WRONG) "What is the best dessert?" (RIGHT).