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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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The 15 Behaviors of 'Basic' Travelers

October 3, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

The worst thing to be, at least according to the Internet, is a "Basic Bitch."

Know Your Meme explains the term as used to describe an "individual who displays cliche, conformist or otherwise predictable character traits," and the hustle of the airport and tight confines of airplanes are the perfect breeding grounds for such behavior.

So, how Basic are you when it comes to travel? Find out with our very scientific list:

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Copenhagen in '36 Hours' Video Successfully Makes Us Want to Go to Copenhagen

October 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Video travel logs - especially those created by major media organizations trying to check the online travel journalism box - almost always fall somewhere in between annoying and really annoying. Most of the time they're simply uninteresting, and then watching one is the equivalent of being forced to sit through a slideshow about somebody's family vacation. Every once in a while they're fascinating, and then you end up feeling the same kind of wanderlust envy that you get when your friends post Facebook pictures from the Caribbean.

So we were kind of surprised when the recent New York Times video on Copenhagen travel turned out not to suck. The spot - and the attached article - are part of the Times' "36 Hours" series, which mixes straight travel reporting with - and now we're quoting their press release - "three-day itineraries for exploring cities worldwide." We've embedded it below.

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Four Simple Rules for Not Ending Up on the 'Passenger Shaming' Site

September 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

The struggle is real.

Flying in Economy Class isn't the steak dinner and ample legroom experience it once was, and travelers have adapted to the lessening space and tightened liberties remarkably well; that is, until you view the Passenger Shaming Facebook page (and it's not just limited to Economy).

Started by a flight attendant in early 2013, the page has amassed over 200,000 "likes" of the submitted photos of passengers behaving badly. It's spread to Instagram and Twitter, not to mention spawned a small line of T-shirts.

Although it began with the aim of allowing cabin crew to vent frustration with ill-mannered and unhygienic flyers, it now welcomes image submissions from anyone and anywhere. Some have even spotted themselves among the shamed; as you can imagine, they're not flattered by the attention.

In order to stay out of the Hall of Passenger Shame, follow these few simple rules of in-flight etiquette:

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'Humans of New York' Takes on the Airport

September 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Humans of New York, the photography project with nearly 10 million Facebook fans, 1.6 million Instagram followers, and a bestselling book, went international this season. The man behind HONY, Brandon Stanton, headed out with UNICEF on a 50-day trip through 10 countries, designed to apply his style to a broader (and certainly more war-torn) base.

HONY also has another current international connection, as KLM has been inspired enough to adapt the Humans of New York style in the creation of their "Citizens of the Airport" (COTA) series. Through portraits and small interviews, the airline gets up close with individual travelers at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport to learn a little of their life around each particular journey.

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Have You Visited Enough Countries to Qualify for the 'Travelers' Century Club?'

April 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's fun to be part of a club, sharing thoughts and experiences with new friends. After all, no man is an island. And the Travelers' Century Club is one we can really get behind since it promotes travel to more than just the usual countries; the Club is especially focused on reaching the most remote islands and once-in-a-lifetime corners of the Earth.

Our planet has about 195 sovereign states, which naturally makes for a lot of passport stamps if you're focused on visiting them all. Fortunately membership to the TCC can be had for less; to join, it only takes a round total of 100 visits.

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Is 'Flytographer' the Solution in the Struggle for Vacation Selfies?

April 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's be real. Nothing is more embarrassing than a selfie stick, but you can't just travel around with a personal photographer in tow. Or can you?

Flytographer.com finally has a solution for travelers who are struggling for selfies, consistently disappointed with vacation photos, or feel like they're not living in the moment with an eye to a viewfinder. That solution is to book a local vacation photographer who will tag along to craft an informal photo shoot in your destination.

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Is Eating McDonalds While Traveling Really So Bad?

Where: Monaco
January 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

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 population—yacht crew, retail workers, policemen—ordering up 7 Euro meals and munching on Big Macs with a view of Fontvieille's harbor.

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Tel Aviv Begins Beaming WiFi Waves To Tourists

October 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Melbourne's New Ad Campaign is Like a Personal Google Earth

October 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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What's Your Pick for 'Germiest' Tourist Trap?

September 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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And Now, a Local News Roundup of Stupid Travelers Caught by the TSA

September 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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