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No Seoul/jokes jokes this week, guys. We're just going to tell it like it is in celebration of American Airlines' new route to Seoul, South Korea, a city so hugely underrated and yet so majorly cool. It's a city that comes with the Jaunted seal of approval many times over and for the next several days we'll be explaining exactly why.
Bibimbap. Bulgogi. Tteokbokki. We're not going to sugarcoat things; Korean cuisine can be just as confusing as attempting to correctly pronouce the name of a dish. Now, that's no reason to spend every evening dining at Lotteria (Korea's version of McDonalds, complete with a ramen burger); in fact, all the etiquette and ingredients and ceremony of a hearty Korean meal means diving in head-first and, yes, tasting the kimchi.
For first timers to Seoul or those who need a refresher, we recommend joining an O'ngo Dining Tour. Depending on your tastes (literally), O'ngo will take you out for Korean BBQ, to nibble from street stall to street stall in bustling Myeongdong, orwhat we bookeddown the alleys and into the local favorites around Anguk after dark. This one tour gave us the confidence (and pronunciation help) to continue devouring only Korean cuisine for the next 7 nights of our stay. Best idea ever, really.
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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:
Vietnamese food is a tourist attraction all to it's own because it spans plenty of tastes, ingredients and iconic flavors that are independent to the region. From pho shops and bowls of noodles along the side of bustling streets to rice paper rolls in a market and Vietnamese baguettes while strolling the sidewalks, this city has a lot to offer for empty bellies.
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Last week, we dished on Air Pacific's brand new airplane, new look as Fiji Airways, and even mentioned how to test out the fresh bird. Just the thought of Fiji seems exotic, pretty far away, and difficult to get to. Exotic, yes. Far away, sure. Hard to get to, not at all. This week, we'll be looking at what there is to do once you do make it to the way out to the middle of paradise.
After spending some time in one of the most far away exotic locales on Earth, Fiji has made it to the top of our personal list of favorite destinations. Maybe it's the loud welcomes of "Bula!," or maybe it's the smiles and the shell lei. It was only when we ventured outside the resorts and into a local village that figured out what makes the magic: Fiji's people and their heritage.
From Nadi, we headed on a river cruise to Vitu Levu and the Coral Coast city of Sigatoka, where our guides, Sigatoka River Safari, prepped us for a four-hour round trip up the namesake river to a small village named Tuvu.
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Lately we’ve been featuring some ideas on where to spend your tax refund, but this one might just be the best option out there. However, this assumes that you pulled some shenanigans with your taxes, because we’re pretty sure no one scores this much cash back from Uncle Sam.
VeryFirstTo is a site that sells all kinds of luxury goods, experiences, and other designer niceties. While we do think their $2,400 Oliver Ruuger umbrella is worth every penny (sike!), it’s the vacation package that we have our eyes on.
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So, remember when a couple weeks ago, some jet skiier out in the water by New York's JFK Airport managed to wander into one of the terminals and was only then caught by security? Yeah, that was a fun story. Here it is if you'd like to read it again for a chuckle.
Still there once was a time when people were welcomed onto the tarmac at JFK (née Idlewild) without having gone through so much as a scrap of security screening. This was through a Port Authority project called the Fliteseer, which was essentially a tram ride like you'd see at Universal Studios or Disneyland.
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You're in California! Get out of your hotel! We yell this doubly loud at anyone staying just off the Pacific Coast Highway and triply so if you're near Santa Barbara, as we recently had a chance to go bike down a mountain in the area and, boy, was it awesome. Over one afternoon with Santa Barbara Adventure Company, we got a suntan, caught the breeze, and glided for nearly 20 miles while hardly breaking a sweat.
The biking itself begins after being driven up (bikes and all) to the the top on one of the higher peaks of the Santa Ynez Mountains. During the drive up the mountain, the guides point out scenic spots as well as evidence from a major fire that devastated the area a few years ago. We noted that many trees were still charred and black, while new plant growth flourished around it. Once we reached the peak, we got our bikes ready and set off down the mountain.
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As the high-adrenaline action flick Premium Rush opens in theaters today, you'll probably never look at bike messengers in the same way.
Premium Rush follows New York City bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who picks up the wrong packagean envelope wanted by a dirty cop (Michael Shannon)who then chases him across Manhattan.
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In case you haven’t noticed, the Space Shuttle hasn’t exactly been doing its thing lately. The NASA program was sent to the hangar back in 2011, and some of those spacecraft have been sent elsewhere to become part of museum exhibits. Sure, it’s a little sad for fans of the space program as they wait for the next big thing to come along, however; the lack of a shuttle program does have some positives, like making certain previously restricted bits and pieces of Kennedy Space Center open to the public.
The Launch Pad Tour is now open, as visitors will get to take in the sights—and imagine the sounds—of Launch Pad 39-A. This is where pretty much all of the recent NASA missions have written entries into history, beginning with the Apollo trips to the moon and ending with almost each and every shuttle launch.
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Riding around on the TMZ Hollywood Tour is, well, kinda embarrassing. The monitors blare an array of terrible songs, all sung by the annoying TMZ narrator (the same one who sings on the show), as the tour guide's voice booms antidotes about celebs getting diarrhea and picking up prostitutes, all from a bright red bus with the TMZ logo emblazoned on the both side.
But, between the heckling from pedestrians and corny games (like "finger or wave"), there is the occasional celebrity sighting and the chance to make the very folks the bus is stalking (rich, famous Hollywood types) take a long, hard look at themselves.
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Train travel certainly conjures up the imagery of vintage Hollywood glamor with a touch of international mystery. Club cars, dining cars and sleeping cabins are all part of the allure that is traveling by rail. Yesterday, we introduced you to Queensland Rail luxury services all around the Australian outback. Now, we give you a peek into the actual train and sleeping berths The Sunlander offers.
Queensland Rail offers many themed rail tours, and we chose the Masterclass Culinary Holiday which involves only one night on the train with an on-board dining experience carefully orchestrated by a celebrity chef. It's essentially the glitz and posh fun of Murder on the Orient Express without the murder.
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We admit, traveling can become a real pain the in the ass sometime. That's why when luxury travel becomes accessible to the masses, we get excited. We have already told you about what the people down under at Queensland Rail have been up to by creating unique travel journeys to scenic destinations. Now we can show you a bit more.
The 146-year old Queensland Rail is the largest regional rail system Australia offers, and it's one that opens up the opportunity to explore a part of the sprawling continent, without having to go and from airports. Specifically we mean the state of Queensland, called the fruit bowl of Australia.
Now, onboard the Sunlander! The train commenced services in 1953, so it maintains the romantic vintage air of train travel while incorporating the modern luxuries of today.