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It's Official: Disney Parks Issue Formal Ban on Selfie Sticks, Effective Today

June 30, 2015 at 12:48 PM | by | ()

We’re going to take credit for this one, as you heard it here first! About a month ago we were taking in the sights and sounds of Disneyland when we noticed that park officials—and possibly Mickey as well—were less than enthused over the use of selfie sticks. Signs were going up that showed the park had banned them from rides.

Well now it’s official: selfie sticks are no longer allowed inside Disney theme parks. According to SlashGear, the formal rules go into effect at Orlando's Disney World parks today; Disneyland, Euro Disney and Tokyo Disney will follow suit over the next few days. Sorry, selfie stick-slingers: you must now leave them at the turnstile. (The BBC elaborates that they can be stored in lockers by the entrance for collection later.)

This is awful or great news, depending on where you stand in the great selfie stick debate. Sure, now it’s a little less convenient to take that group shot of you and your family or friends, but at least there’s always the original selfie stick: an outstretched arm. And obviously safety is pretty darn important when moving parts, roller coasters, and kids are involved — so the ban makes sense. Or maybe it's just a conspiracy to get you to buy more of those PhotoPass pictures?

The truth is out there. Your selfie sticks, however, are now properly stowed.

[Photo: Juliana / Jaunted]

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How A Selfie Stick Saved Some Shots At Chateau de Versailles

June 29, 2015 at 5:27 PM | by | ()

The furor over selfie sticks continues after a Disneyland guest whipped one out during California Screamin’, one of the park's fastest and thrilling roller coasters, forcing the ride to shut down for an hour. (The coaster has only one vertical but it’s still pretty scary thrilling. We’re not even sure when you’d have the time to whip out a selfie stick. #idiots)

Meanwhile in Paris, not Disneyland Paris, but Paris proper, the selfie sticks are being hawked by illegal vendors at all the major tourist attractions — just like we saw in Rome.

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Behold! Stowaway Cosmetics is Your New TSA-Friendly Favorite

June 17, 2015 at 1:51 AM | by | ()

As an avid carry-on-only kinda traveler, this contributor is on the constant lookout for TSA-friendly products. It isn’t always easy to find mini-versions of my beauty favs. To further complicate matters, I try to stick to all natural products whenever possible.

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Ditch The Dasani: Travel With One Of These 4 Crazy Reusable Water Bottles Instead

June 11, 2015 at 5:15 PM | by | ()

By now, everyone knows that the water bottle industry is a mess. There are more facts and statistics than we have time to detail, but here's the short version: when you use one-time plastic water bottles (or attempt to refill them) you are inducing hazardous effects on yourself and the environment.

So today we'll tell you about a couple alternatives: reusable water bottles that make for perfect travel companions. No, we’re not talking about the old-school Nalgene types. These are next-level beverage carriers.

Hydro Flask (pictured above)

Made of stainless steel, this is a double-walled, vacuum insulated bottle with a lifetime warranty. Hydro Flask will keep your drink hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours. That is a lofty goal for a water bottle, but the Hydro Flask comes highly recommended and has made a number of “best” lists lately. If you don’t have yours yet, you can purchase directly at here. There are assorted colors and sizes, so if you’re the type of person who coordinates water bottles with your outfit, then explore the options judiciously until you find the ideal one for you.

The only downside is that it’s made of metal, which means it might pose problems if you’re trying to enter a venue (or airport) with a metal detector. Our two cents? Take the Hydro Flask on your next road trip. You won’t have to worry about metal detector checkpoints and you can drive for lengthy periods of time knowing you have a fresh hot or cold beverage by your side. [Facebook: Hydro Flask's Facebook]

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Before You Pack: 5 Expert Tips on Buying Sunscreen

June 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM | by | ()

Summer is right around the corner, which means you need to step up your sunscreen game, stat. You should be wearing it year round to ward off harmful ultraviolet rays, but we’re not here to nag you. Okay, maybe just a little.

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Official Proof That Disneyland Has Banned Selfie Sticks on All Rides

May 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

Last week, just before the kickoff to Disneyland's Diamond Celebration for its 60th Anniversary, the theme park officially threw down the gauntlet against controversial selfie sticks by banning the gadgets from use on rides. And indeed, here's what we saw as we climbed up the steps to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster yesterday.

(We applaud Disney's smackdown because that means scenarios like this one will no longer happen.)

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Selling Selfie Sticks on Airplanes is Apparently Now a Thing

May 19, 2015 at 4:18 PM | by | ()

Perhaps you're familiar with the saying, "two is a coincidence, three is a trend?"

Well, considering that last month we discovered British Airways' duty-free magazine selling selfie sticks onboard, we've officially reached the "coincidence" stage this month, after spotting another selfie stick featured in the duty-free magazine of Malaysia Airlines.

Malaysia's choice is a "Lifetrons Switzerland Self-Portrait Advanced BT Handheld Stand with Built-In Bluetooth Remote." In other words, a fancy schmance $50 selfie stick.

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The Tourists of Rome Have a Selfie Stick Problem (But It’s Not What You Think)

Where: Rome, Italy
April 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

Selfie Sticks are without a doubt the most polarizing travel gear on the market today. People either love them and use them for selfie opps at major landmarks or they hate them and make fun of the folks who carry them, usually by posting a shot of the selfie stick users on social media.

The love-hate also extends to businesses as many music festivals and events, such as the Kentucky Derby, have banned selfie sticks while British Airways sells them out of their Duty Free catalog.

But in Rome, selfie sticks, whether you love them or hate them, are a real problem.

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This Airline Loves Selfie Sticks So Much They're Selling Them Onboard

April 21, 2015 at 5:27 PM | by | ()

Even though music festivals and even some airlines are moving to ban selfie sticks, British Airways is going against the stream to embrace the doohickies, even offering them for sale via their in-flight duty-free catalog.

We spotted this entry, for the “Bitmore Bluetooth Selfie Stick,” just yesterday while flying from Copenhagen to London-Heathrow, but rest assured all you longer-distance BA flyers have a chance at it as well; that same duty-free catalog shows up on flights outside Europe, too.

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5 Ways to Be a More Eco-Conscious Traveler

April 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Earth Day is right around the corner (April 22). You may be thinking, “How can I jet set without taking a major toll on our beautiful world?” (Or maybe not – we won’t judge.)

There are a few simple things you can do as a traveler to make the world a better, more eco-friendly place. Here are five ideas to green your travel:

Avoid plastic bags. Let’s face it, plastic bags mean pollution. Their effects on marine wildlife, landfills and the environment are devastating. According to the Worldwatch Institute, Americans toss 100 billion plastic bags per year – less than 1 percent of which are recycled. Instead of leaving a wake of plastic in your travel path, pack a reusable bag. We especially like the shopping bags from flip & tumble.

Pack rechargeable batteries. We tend to blow through a ton of batteries when we’re traveling – from flashlights and headlamps to tape recorders. Instead of packing a stash of backup power, it’s much easier, and eco-friendly, to invest in rechargeable batteries for your key pieces of equipment.

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Want to Look Cool While Sleeping on The Plane? Consider The Hoodie Neck Pillow

March 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

This is for real. This is not an April Fools joke.

Catching a direct flight from LAX to Brooklyn to hit up some craft beer bars? If so, add this to your carry-on.

Joining the ranks of product hybrids you had no idea that you needed: the Inflatable Travel HoodiePillow ($19.95 here It was also seen on "Shark Tank.") The hoodie + pillow in one offers all the neck support of a traditional travel pillow PLUS the forehead-concealing semi-anonymity of an artisan-craft-fair-and-food-truck-lot vendor. Simply pull the deflated pillow out of your bag, pump it up with a few bong-huffing breaths, and cinch the sweatshirt hoodie tight to block out your fellow passengers for a quick catnap. (Hey, it’s subtler than this.)

It even comes with your choice of four different drawstring colors. The cool cred? That’s free with purchase, mang.

Excuse me, flight attendant: Was this tarmac locally sourced?

[Image: HoodiePillow.com]

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Lollapalooza and Coachella Officially Ban Selfie Sticks

March 30, 2015 at 5:03 PM | by | ()

While theme parks continue to debate whether or not there's a place for selfie sticks inside their walls, music festivals are putting their foot down.

This week, two of our country's most well-known festivals, Coachella and Lollapalooza, have officially banned selfie sticks. The festivals said that in addition to being an "audience-wide nuisance," the sticks are viewed as "encouraging the unauthorized recording of the festival’s performances."

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