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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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So, About That Teen Stowaway Onboard Hawaiian Airlines...

April 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

We weren't going to blog this story because there's not much to convey beyond what you already know. A 16 year old teenager fought with his parents, ran away from home, jumped the fence at San Jose International, climbed into the wheel well of an Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Maui, and then somehow lived to tell the tale.

Hiding in wheel wells is the kind of thing that almost always kills people, which we know because their bodies then fall out of the sky. This kid somehow survived and is now being cared for by child services, so it's a kind of bittersweet thing.

That's really all that can be said about the incident, unless you want to talk about how no one in this country bothers to secure airport runways any more, and you don't need to hear that rant again. Except: it turns out that a 16 year old runaway is newsworthy enough for CNN's Anderson Cooper to devote a 90 second segment to it. And not just any 90 second segment.

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Notice Anything New About Airport Rail Security?

April 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is a downer of a Friday story, but it's already getting some traction on travel sites. Plus it's going to be airport security news for the next few weeks. Plus it's probably going to affect your actual, physical airport experience. So you might as well get it on your radar now.

The short version - and you can read longer takes with details and videos here and here - is that the spring issue of Al Qaeda's lead magazine Inspire had a picture of the SFO AirTrain, which they captioned "Stand up, pack your tools of destruction, assemble your bomb, ready the detonation." You can understand why some people are talking about this.

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Ferrari Begins Construction of Second Theme Park Outside Barcelona

Where: Spain
March 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Combining the wonderful world of Ferrari with all things theme park seems to be a great idea, as the Ferrari theme park empire is moving beyond its home over in Abu Dhabi. Park officials are getting ready for a second theme park, as it sounds like they're packing up some cars, rides, and corn dogs and heading over to Spain.

Park number two will be known as Ferrari Land—as opposed to the original, Ferrari World—and it’s going to be constructed as part of the PortAventura resort area a little more than an hour outside Barcelona.

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PR Expert Says Malaysia Airlines Was Atrocious About Handling MH370 News

March 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

As recently as a week ago, the consensus was that the coverage surrounding MH370 - though by turns saddening, horrifying, and infuriating - wasn't really damaging the reputation of Malaysia Airlines. The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed a bunch of analysts who went even further, saying that not only was there limited erosion right now, but that any negative impact in the future "was likely to be modest and short-lived." Things were obviously not going well, and most people expected the worst, but airline disasters are often treated far more as generic tragedies than airline-specific incompetence. That seemed to be happening here.

If that's how things end up - if MH finally emerges from this crash with its brand more or less intact - it won't be because they didn't make spectacular efforts to fuck it up. Instead, it's like the airline went out of its way to alienate people, from the victims' families to entire countries. This took some effort.

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Don't Look Now, But The Kardashians Might Be Entering The Travel Business

March 24, 2014 at 6:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

It kind of pains us to share this information with you, but we feel that it is our responsibility and duty to report on things such as this. It sounds like everyone’s favorite reality show family—The Kardashians—is getting into the travel business.

VH1 is reporting that the family is in the process of starting a travel company where trips will be based on the adventures they take, so we guess that means there will be vacations to places like Bora Bora and Greece. We may or may not know this from watching the show.

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Pure New Zealand Has Entered the World of Pure Instagram

March 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

We continually said it over and over again, that tourism and travel is constantly killing it on Instagram, and that Australia reigns supreme.

This week we welcome a new addition to the awesome Instagramers with Pure New Zealand, the folks behind promoting the natural beauty of the island nation in the South Pacific. Started only this month, they've been pretty active already with a myriad of photos, ranging from city-scapes to nature shots with a gentle sprinkling of requisite Hobbit snaps.

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With Premium Class Travel on the Rise Again, What Does That Mean for the Economy Sector?

March 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, released numbers yesterday that showed premium travel to be on the rise. Premium passenger numbers rose 6.1% in January, up from the 4.2% growth in the same month of 2013. Much of the increase is attributed to "positive business developments," especially in the Far East.

"Growth in Asian trade activity over recent months has helped support international business and premium travel," the report said. "There have been some signs of improvement in trade growth in regions like Europe, the US and Asia. This has helped support the stronger growth we are seeing in business-related premium travel over recent months."

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How Much Profit Do Airlines Make Per Passenger?

March 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Higher oil prices resulting from the current crisis in Ukraine prompted the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to reduce its 2014 profit predictions from $19.7 to $18.7 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

To see that the industry will net close to $19 billion dollars may stir frustration in passengers who feel they are nickeled and dimed every step of the way, but further statistics released show just how slim the margin for error is for airlines, most notably concerning profit per passenger: Airlines made $2.05 per passenger in 2012; $4.13 in 2013; and predicts to make $5.65 in 2014.

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Chinese Tourists Get Crash Course on World Travel in New Zealand

March 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we talked about in our recent review of a "state of the union" type travel book, the Chinese are without question the biggest and most important market that will determine and shape the future of tourism. But having been sheltered for so long by their own government, their transition into worldly travelers has not been a smooth process by any stretch of the imagination.

As recently as last year, complaints flooded in from around the world about the behavior of Chinese tourists abroad. In an effort to curb the declining reputation of its citizens and the country as a whole, the Chinese government issued a pamphlet that laid out some guidelines for how to act in another country.

While some of the recommendations where good ones that explained cultural differences, such as not drinking soup straight from the bowl, the behavior guide ended up backfiring in a way, as the media highlighted many of the more peculiar suggestions. The Mirror, for example, opened its article with this:

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Really, Singapore Isn't All That Expensive.

Where: Singapore
March 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Economist Intelligence Unit has just named their "most expensive cities" for 2014 and, knocking Tokyo from the top, the year's winner is Singapore. As the headlines around this ranking circulate, we feel it's important to note that this is for living in a city, and not simply traveling there. Singapore is actually one of the more affordable city destinations, and caters to all budgets.

For example, travelers can pay over $400 per night for a stay at the historic Raffles Hotel, or to splash in the famous infinity pool of the Marina Bay Sands. On the flip side, a night at one of our favorite hostels, the 5footway Inn, is only $25-$40. A room in a great boutique hotel will average $130 per night, but the big chains love to go luxe in Singapore with a $225 average.

Airfare is on par with average fares to London or Paris, even though with a trip to Singapore, you get thousands and thousands more miles for your money. Budget travelers should even keep a look-out for Singapore Airlines' occasional flight deals, like a recent one which offered US to Singapore in the airline's award-winning economy class for $999 roundtrip.

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The Latest News on Universal Orlando's 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' Additions

February 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Although there's still no official opening date, the summer 2014 debut of the addition to Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is heating up with tantalizing new previews.

First off, let's discuss the Hogwarts Express, which is simply a stationary attraction in the first version of the park. Come this summer, however, when version 2 opens, it will be a fully functioning train, connecting the wizarding and muggle worlds through a detailed recreation of London's King's Cross station. Yes, you'll need to look for Platform 9 3/4, but the most important thing to know is that riding the Hogwarts Express will require guests to have a park-to-park ticket, as the train travels from Universal Studios into the Island of Adventure.

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