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How (and Why) to Thank Your Flight's Crew with a Small Gift

December 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Congratulations! You've made it through the busiest travel day of the year, but with some 45 million projected to fly on U.S. airlines over the next 19 days, the rush is hardly over.

As a passenger, it's your desire to simply get where you're going with as little stress as possible. It's up the flight's crew, both in front of and behind the cockpit door, who make that wish come true. Show them your appreciation during this holiday season with a small gift, and watch the smiles spread. Some suggestions:

At the airport

· Starbucks $5 gift cards (or gift cards from other small eateries at the airport)
· A Thank You card, signed by your whole travel party (or, if you're feeling ambitious, the whole plane)
· A travel-themed drawing by your children (here's an example)
· Clear plastic box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates

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Travel Gift Idea: An Espresso Machine for Taking on Road Trips

December 19, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

No time to swing by Starbucks on your drive to a meeting? Fear not. Just make your passenger play barista.

Just in time for the desperate final throes of Christmas shopping, allow us to introduce Handpresso: a portable espresso machine that will make a unique gift for the gadget-loving java junkie in your Secret Santa swap.

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Gift Idea: Redeem American Express Points for Airbnb Gift Cards

December 12, 2014 at 8:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s the season for tender Christmas specials. Here is ours.

“A pre-Christmas Conversation in 2014: Presented by Jaunted.”

Well-heeled suburban mother: “Hello, son. What would you like for Christmas this year?”

Recent college graduate: “Nothing, mom. Robust, overdue cultural conversations about social justice can’t fit under a tree, and I’d rather you not engage on my behalf in a vacuous exercise of consumerism that only serves to line the pockets of the fat cats on Wall Street.” [Turns off CNN; sighs]

Well-intentioned suburban mother: “That’s nice. What would you like for Christmas this year?”

Purpose-driven member of Generation Y: “If you insist, I’d love a little time to get away from the oppressive banality of our privileged cul-de-sac. Maybe — a getaway to somewhere sunny? You know I’m having a hard time getting my hashtag-activism think tank off the ground, and until my idealistic spirit is broken enough to accept the drudgery of a job that does not immediately excite me, I’d appreciate a little time away to reconnect with my spirit and expose the unenlightened masses to new, indigenous craft beer varieties through my Instagram account.”

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$75 for the Best Bar Cart Ever at Delta's Surplus Sale

December 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

So here’s the perfect gift for the frequent flyer in your life, and that’s especially the case if he or she is loyal to the friendly folks over at Delta.

The airline is cleaning out their closets this holiday season, and as a result they’ve noticed that they have a few too many up in the air goodies—specifically in-flight beverage carts. Delta is now offering up these galley carts to the public at a good deal, and they’ll be on sale this Friday, December 12, for just $75 per cart.

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7 Beautifully Illustrated 2015 Calendars Inspired by Travel

November 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the best pieces of inspiration is an empty calendar.

That's one upcoming year of possibilities open for your creation. New faces, new places.

To rely on an iCal or digital calendar is fine, but to have physical pieces of paper to write upon...may inspire fresh thoughts and ideas. Here's hoping those include plans for new destinations in 2015, jotted upon these lovely, illustrated calendars inspired by travel:

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One Perfect Present: A Tiny Toiletry Ideal for Dopp Kits

December 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

This present idea is divided into two, one for a guy and one for a gal.

For him: So LUSH Cosmetics, a company that makes much more than cosmetics, has these super cool things called "shampoo bars." Instead of relying on the iffy quality of hotel shampoo or messing with packing your own 3oz container of hair wash, throw one of these small, solid bars into your luggage.

There's 10 different bars, each with a distinctive scent and purpose. For example, our favorite—the campfire-scent "Soak and Float"—works to soothe irritated scalps and banish dandruff. Other bars address thinning hair, oily scalps and tangled tresses. Keep them in a tin for easy grab n' go.

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One Perfect Present: An All-Purpose Travel Hat Handmade in the USA

December 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Don't run to the nearest Target the night before a trip to buy whatever woven synthetic topper "will do for now." A small investment in a custom hat, which is actually also an investment in the survival of a classic New York City business, is the answer.

Thanks to the impulsiveness of milliner Satya Twena and her brilliant Kickstarter campaign, the Makins Hats factory in Midtown Manhattan is coming back from closure, in time to save the collections, the American-made equipment, hat shapes dating back to the 1930s, and even the jobs of the skilled staff.

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One Perfect Present: A Ridiculously Lightweight, Hard-Shell Suitcase

December 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Luggage may be a popular graduation gift, but any walk through the airport makes it abundantly clear that some travelers haven't upgraded since. Every year brings new technology and materials for staying under weight limits while enduring everything a baggage handler can throw, and lately we've been very impressed with one such new-fangled line of luggage in particular: Samsonite CURV.

Not everyone can afford ribbed cases of Rimowa (prices for which hover around $1,000 a case), but take it down a few hundred dollars and there's Samsonite CURV's "Firelite" and "Cosmolite" cases in the same class of durability and style.

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One Perfect Present: A Frequent Flyer-Approved, Handmade Leather Case

December 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

In a small leather shop in Colorado, "in a town full of wildlife nestled against Rocky Mountain National Park," there's a small company named SkyTop Trading. It's the type of manufacturer whose merits spread by word of mouth, and they'd like to keep it that way; each item is handmade by craftsmen of quality saddle leather with the promise that "it will outlast you."

We first spotted a SkyTop briefcase on our friend, Sid, who commutes half-way across the United States to then travel half-way around the world on business. He's a frequent flyer for his day job as well as in his free time, piloting his 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza. Every mile of the way, that gorgeous SkyTop is in-hand or on his back.

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Five Gift Card Options for Your Favorite Frequent Flyer

November 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re just days away from the official start of the holiday shopping season, and of course we’ll still have travel on the mind. Although we certainly wouldn’t mind a 60” television for a low, low price we’d much rather score some travel swag. So we suggest letting your fingers do the shopping for the travel tidbits that your friends and family will love the most and grab a few gift cards. Here’s our picks for some of the best options:

· Flight 001
Travel adapters, witty luggage tags, and packing bits and bags are all an option, and we certainly wouldn’t be sad if we received any—or all—of these items. Give the gift of a gift card, and your pals will enjoy the online offerings of the Flight 001 store for hours and hours. Battery boosters, bento boxes, and even a real nice Spork can all be yours for the choosing. Gift cards are available online beginning at just $5, and if you want an in-store card those start at $25. If online isn’t an option you check out Flight 001 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco—among a few other spots.

· eBags
Your trip begins and ends with your suitcase, and often our trip lingers as our luggage remains in the kitchen for days after our adventure has come to an end. Any traveler worth her weight in in-flight peanuts needs a good bag, so why not help her find the next great carry-on over at eBags. They have options from Tumi, Travelpro, Samsonite, and more—plus their in-house brand. Phone cases, packing cubes, and other bits and pieces round out their offerings. Pick your own amount to load on a gift card, or choose from $25, $50, $100, or $500. Things are sent over electronically, and your shopping is done.

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Wrap a Subway Around Your Wrist with Map-Print Cuffs

October 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've all been there—traveling in a foreign city enjoying the sights, but having to pull out the paper map or Google Maps to re-orient. Not only is the action embarrassing and a tell-tale sign that you're a tourist, but it increases the risk that you'll become the victim of petty crime.

Fear not, for the folks at Design Hype have created metal cuffs embossed with public transport maps of a handful of cities. Now, when jumping from Uptown to Downtown Manhattan, you merely need glance at your wrist to determine if the A, C or E train is the one to hop on for your desired destination.

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Ryanair's Flight Attendants Again Strip Down for Their 2014 Crew Calendar

October 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much for naked farmers, it's that time of the year when flight attendants strip off their suit jackets and snap photos for annual calendars.

Today, Ryanair announced the availability of their crew calendar for 2014, all proceeds from which go to charity. For 2014, that charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Ryanair calendar tradition goes back to 2008, and thus far the airline has managed to raise over 700,000 Euros in the six years.

The filming of the "making of" video and on-location shots took place in Ryanair's 55th base: Chania, Crete. Check it out:

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