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The Train to the Plane is Only Improving at London-Gatwick

December 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (2)

The train to plane options over at London-Gatwick are about to get much improved, as officials are spending big bucks to make the transition from rail to air that much better.

Work will be ongoing for quite some time, as the plan is get things done in time for 2020. The investment will upgrade and improve the airportís train station, and that means way better public transportation options to and from the terminals and concourses.

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Why is There a Runway Atop This Building in Florida?

December 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are declining to comment on speculation about a Santa runway on top of CSX headquarters.

A photo posted by CSX (@officialcsx) on

Have you heard about the airplane atop a New York City skyscraper? Itís not going anywhere, and weíve already detailed its whole story, but it seems as though that fun addition has inspired another rooftop runway on the other side of the country.

CSX Corporation, the rail-based transportation company based in Jacksonville, Florida, has supposedly painted a stubby runway on their roof. Runway ďSCĒ (as in Santa Claus) is too short for any actual airplanes, but it's just right for a fat man in a red suit and sleigh. Thereís even a faux conspiracy website propagating the CSX folklore that Santa actually delivers his gifts with the help of CSX trains.

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How to Travel by Train in Burma (If You Must)

Where: Myanmar
November 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

A typical view

It seems like everyone and their moms are going to Burma. Or is it Myanmar? (For the answer, see here.) Thanks to political and humanitarian reforms of the last several years, this Southeast Asian country is more open than ever to tourism. Over the next week or so, Jaunted's Julia Buckley will be sharing her tips and experiences as a traveler in Burma without a tour group and without memorizing a guidebook, but with common sense and open eyes on a Burma Field Trip.

Yesterday we talked about how to get around Burma. You may have already decided, as so many people have done before you, that flying internally in Myanmar is dangerous, but the overnight train is intrepid and romantic.

You would be wrong.

Certain sections of the internet are aglow with fond accounts of train travel in Burma. Itís the only way to travel like a local, they say. Making the 16hr journey to Mandalay is the way to see the country and its people. Sure, it rocks and rolls a bit, on its tiny ancient narrow gauge railway, but thatís part of the fun.

Theyíre right on the first two. Theyíre wrong on the second. It doesnít just rock and roll. It lurches, which isnít so bad, it shrieks and screeches, which is atmospheric, but then it jumps. As in, actually jumps off the rails and bounces around. If youíre in a seat, then itís just incredibly, worryingly painful. But if youíre in a sleeper—which most tourists are advised to take—you will find yourself, no exaggeration, airborne.

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How Much Does In-Flight and On-Track WiFi Cost These Days?

October 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Did you know that today, October 29, is National Cat Day? Well it's also International Internet Day, which is a perfect coincidence if we don't say so ourselves. On this day in 1969, the first electronic message was sent over ARPANET. It's this network that developed into the internet we know and use today, no matter where we are traveling in the world.

It was Gogo who reminded us of this fact via an Instagram, and it got us thinking. What are today's prices for the miracle of WiFi connectivity, when we aren't sitting on the couch but on the move?

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Malaysia Airlines Update: MH370 Search, Discounted Fares, New Partnership

October 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

As Ebola headlines dominate the mainstream news, Malaysia Airlines has been busier than ever. Still in the midst of a search-and-recovery operation for MH370, the airline is also going through a number of structural and ownership changes. To catch you up, here are the latest updates:

ē After unveiling its new plan at the end of August, the airline's majority shareholder, Khazanah Nasional, is attempting to buy out all minority shareholders. If the offer is accepted, Malaysia Airlines would become privatized.

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Where to Ride Amtrak's Only Panoramic Dome Car This Autumn

October 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

In case you havenít checked the calendar, today is the first day of October, and to us that means that the fall foliage season is officially underway. Sure the colors of autumn are just starting to show, but that hasnít kept Amtrak from planning on how best to show passengers a good time.

Amtrak is bringing what they call the Great Dome Car to the upstate New York fleet which, as you can imagine, allows for greater viewing of the outdoors while comfortably seated indoors.

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High-Speed Rail from Chicago is Full-Steam Ahead (Almost)

September 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM | by | Comment (1)

Riding the rails out of Chicago will not only get easier, but a whole lot faster thanks to a plan to run a high-speed rail link between the Midwestern metropolis and the Gateway to the West, St. Louis. Just last week, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn allotted a whopping $102 million from the state's budget for improvement of the rail corridor between the two cities.

The plan for the sped-up Amtrak line will allow higher speed trains to travel up to 110 mph between St. Louis and Dwight (about 75 minutes from Chicago). The final leg to Chicago will also be ready to go fast in 2017.

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Only Good News as Another Airline Announces Collaboration with Hello Kitty

Where: Japan
September 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Stop the presses for important breaking news. Hello Kitty is collaborating with yet another Asian airline and, for the first time, the partnership is all about featuring the cartoon girl-cat in her signature colors of pink, purple and white.

This week, Peach , the low-cost airline based at Osaka's Kansai Airport and a subsidiary of ANA, showed off the newest addition to their merchandise.

The ďRevoltech Hello Kitty Peach" figurine costs 2,300 JPY ($21.65 USD) plus tax and may be found on sale at Peach's online shop, within Peach's own airside brick-and-mortar store at Osaka-Kansai Airport Terminal 2, and in select toy shop locations (see Facebook).

Peach wants you to play with this toy, instead of just look at it on a shelf. It even includes accessories:

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Universal Orlando's 'Hogwarts Express' is Totally Showing Up Actual Amtrak Trains

August 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

Already?!

That's the question being exclaimed by visitors to Universal Studios Orlando, as the theme park has announced that their newest ride—the Hogwarts Express within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley—just surpassed 1 million riders.

This train, a ride experience we heralded as "the most attractive ride at Universal Orlando" and which became our favorite of all at the park, only opened to the public on July 8, 2014. On August 7, the Universal Orlando Facebook page announced they'd reached the million riders, conveniently one day short of the ride's one month anniversary.

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How to Hop the Nozomi Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto

August 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Train travel can bring a very different perspective compared to flying, and when itís the high-speed variety in a country as intriguing as Japan, itís definitely not just about getting from A to B. We recently took this gleaming white Shinkansen between the capital Tokyo and former imperial capital Kyoto, a two and a half hour journey that zipped by at 190 mph (300 km/h).

Seen here at Tokyo Station, the passengers queueing so neatly is no coincidence. The lanes you see on the platform indicate exactly where you are meant to stand for which door, but somehow we believe in unfailingly organized and polite Japan things wouldn't turn into a stampede even without them.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'The Darjeeling Limited' and Serious Train Travel

July 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Few movies investigate family bonding, self-actualization, and travel like 'The Darjeeling Limited'. Wes Anderson's flick, about three brothers reunited for a spiritual journey through India while they re-establish their relationship one year after their father's death, had us giggling at some moments and blinking away tears at others, but longing for a long-haul train ride throughout.

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When is the Swiss Train Pass Worth the Price Tag?

June 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the biggest decisions that U.S. travelers to Europe have to make is whether to purchase a pre-planned rail pass or to wait and buy single-journey tickets on the go. On our recent trip to Switzerland with a focus on the greater Zurich area, we used a Swiss Pass to travel between the small towns and villages.

Below, we break down the cost versus the benefits of the pass.

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