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Travel Snapshot: The 2,000 Islands of Vietnam's Halong Bay

Where: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
July 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Halong Bay, or the "Bay of Descending Dragons," is about a three-hour car ride to the east of Hanoi, known for its remarkable scenery of 2,000 islands that rise up from its waters. There are literally hundreds of boats willing to take tourists out for a sail, some for the day and others overnight.

It is very important that you do your research before going, as there is a good chance you will end up disappointed if you show up and wing it. You can ask around amongst fellow travelers in Hanoi, or simply use TripAdvisor to see what others have experienced. Many tourists complain of paying too much for very little, and so you want to go with a reputable company. We sailed on the Emeraude, which our sis HotelChatter will dish on next week.

All the more reason to plan ahead is that many companies will transport you to and from Hanoi as part of the package. Although a day trip from Hanoi is doable, we recommend an overnight boat to maximize your time on the water and take in the different hours of daylight (plus, a six-hour roundtrip is a long way to go for a half day sail).

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Wish You Were Here: The Most Infamous Icelandic Volcano of All

Where: Vik, Iceland
May 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been four years (already!) since the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted and wreaked havoc on international travel. Although volcanologists ranked the eruption low in severity, it was the hulking ash cloud that made headlines. Now, thanks to its having cancelled hundreds of thousands of flights, impacted millions of travelers, and necessitated the development of ash-detection aviation technology, a small parking area with a scenic lookout sees a steady stream of tourist traffic.

Finding the volcano on a map, or viewing some of the seriously humbling photos of the eruption make it seem as though it's in a remote location, far from civilization.

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The Coolest Things in Duty-Free Right Now are Chocolate Eggs Filled with Mini Airplanes

Where: Germany
January 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when McDonalds Happy Meals actually had some great toys inside? Heck, some series were even considered “collectible.” Those days disappeared with the arrival of plastic Bratz figurines and Furbies, but quality surprise toys can still be found, across the ocean, inside chocolate Kinder “Surprise" Eggs.

Every so often, Kinder released a special “traveller edition” pack of its most popular treat, the hollow eggs made of milk and white chocolate. A tiny plastic capsule inside the shell always contains some cute little knickknack, and right now those surprises are Airbus A330 aircraft models.

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Wish You Were Here: Under the 250,000 Holiday Lights of Burlington, Vermont

November 27, 2013 at 8:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the University of Vermont just up the hill and the shores of Lake Champlain on its western edge, Burlington is a city to spend some time with anytime of the year. Sure the nearby mountains and ski slopes are pretty darn enticing during the winter, but we find plenty of charm, character, and cuisine right within the boundaries of The Queen City.

This weekend is when they’re flipping the switch on all the holiday lights and decorations at the Church Street Marketplace. This pedestrian mall features plenty of local shops, restaurants, and other places to poke and peruse, and there’s some national chains on hand as well for when you just need something from Starbucks or Macy’s. The local retailers are a great place to cash in your American Express Shop Small promotion this weekend, as there’s plenty of spots to support Small Business Saturday.

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What's the Deal with the Mummy Airplane at Seattle's Museum of Flight

January 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is the ghost of airplanes past. For real, though, this is a B-29 Bomber from World War II that's been literally kept under wraps for over a year, sitting between the parking lot of Seattle's Museum of Flight and the runways at Boeing Field.

Anyone who lives near a seasonal body of water (the Great Lakes, for example) has surely seen shrink-wrapped boats being transported or stored away for the winter. The same industrial wrap comes in handy for aircraft; just Google Image search "shrink-wrap airplane" to see shots like this, of bound-up Blackhawk helicopters on a barge.

But back to the Bomber.

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No Pain in the Ash for Us While Flying Over This Volcano

Where: Indonesia
September 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've said it before so just in case you didn't hear it the first time, when flying to a new destination if you can snag a window seat, do it. Your family and friends will thank you when they're forced to flip through countless photos on your Facebook page.

Our recent trip to Singapore was no exception. More specifically, our Scoot flight offered more plane-window Kodak moments then our camera battery could take.

This particular flight takes us over the dead center of Australia and onto the vast volcanic archipelago of Indonesia.

As soon as one set of small islands would pass our viewfinder, our journey brought us to the next unique grouping of islands, all looking more and more tropical as we neared the equator.

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What's in Your Carry-on, Mark Hughes?

November 1, 2011 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

Travel voyeurs, every last one of us! It's time for a new series wherein you show off what you're working with. That is, what necessities make it into your carry-on bag. Want to be featured? It's crazy simple. Shoot us an email with a nice big photo of your bag contents and a little bit about why they have pride of place in your carry-on. And of course include your Twitter handle if you so desire.

Next up in the series after peeking into the bags of illustrious travelers, we've got yet another: Mark Hughes of C3 Metrics, who limits himself to 11 items:

· Hanes Undershirts - Because "you can’t beat the value" (so says Michael Jordan)
· 1950’s Shades - Because the future of the online media is so bright…you know the rest
· C3 Metrics business cards - Because there’s no second chance for a first impression
· Yoga workout clothes - Because it kills any other workout and I can do it in a hotel room

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What's in Your Carry-on, Chris Wang?

October 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM | by | Comment (1)


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Travel voyeurs, every last one of us! It's time for a new series wherein you show off what you're working with. That is, what necessities make it into your carry-on bag. Want to be featured? It's crazy simple. Shoot us an email with a nice big photo of your bag contents and a little bit about why they have pride of place in your carry-on. And of course include your Twitter handle if you so desire.

Next up in the series after peeking into the bags of illustrious travelers, we've got yet another: Chris Wang of Pictouring.

In October 2010, I set out to travel the world for a year. I packed as little as I could without sacrificing safety, and over the course of my travels I ended up in places that ranged from -40F in the winter (Mongolia) to 120F in the summer (India). Everything worked out. I bought extra layers really cheaply—usually around $25 for a thick jacket—and donated them when I no longer needed them.

Everything fits into a carry-on sized backpack and weighs ~25lbs, including the camera, which alone weighs 6.5 lbs.

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What's In Your Carry-on, Peter Shankman?

October 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (5)


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Travel voyeurs, every last one of us! It's time for a new series wherein you show off what you're working with. That is, what necessities make it into your carry-on bag. Want to be featured? It's crazy simple. Shoot us an email with a nice big photo of your bag contents and a little bit about why they have pride of place in your carry-on. And of course include your Twitter handle if you so desire.

Next up in the series after peeking into the bags of Max Graham, Annemarie Dooling, Megan Starr, The Points Guy and Jillian Smith, we've got Peter Shankman, a Small Business Evangelist/Angel Investor/Speaker/Consultant and an insanely frequent flyer:

Everything I carry for travel fits into my ScotteVest jacket. I sit on the board of ScotteVest and do own a stake in their company, so I'm making that clear up front. That said, though, I love, love, love my vest; it acts as another carry-on for me, and means that I don't have to carry a backpack.

So, staring at everything in it from above, on the left, we have:
· Band-aids on the sleeve. They fit into the sleeve pocket. You never know when you're going to need a band-aid. (Especially from someone who picks at his cuticles when he's nervous or stressed).

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What's In Your Carry-on, Jillian Smith?

October 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travel voyeurs, every last one of us! It's time for a new series wherein you show off what you're working with. That is, what necessities make it into your carry-on bag. Want to be featured? It's crazy simple. Shoot us an email with a nice big photo of your bag contents and a little bit about why they have pride of place in your carry-on. And of course include your Twitter handle if you so desire.

Next up in the series after peeking into the bags of Max Graham, Annemarie Dooling, Megan Starr and The Points Guy, we've got Jillian Smith, PR executive extraordinaire and bi-coastal jetsetter.

If I'm going to be away for a week or less, I rely on my Filson wheeled carry-on. It holds everything and still manages to make me feel like the chicest traveler in the airport (or train station.)

I'm always with at least one laptop, usually a Mac and a PC, and though I work in the digital division, I'll use any computer until its last breath, and then some. This VAIO has been rebuilt a few times, but I just won't let it go.

The mask is from the NYC immersive experience "Sleep No More," which I finally checked out last week after my photog friend, Travis Commeau, and celeb blogger buddy, Trent Venagas, had seen it multiple times with rave reviews. I hear Punchdrunk, the producers, are toying with a travel experience. I'm in!

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McDonald's Has a Monopoly on Airport Food in the BKK Domestic Terminal

October 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

Flying domestic in Thailand through Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport? You've got one choice for grabbing some food in the terminal, and we're not kidding. It's McDonald's.

We spotted this airport food nook after stepping off a Bangkok Airways flight into BKK from HKT (Phuket) last week, and were shocked by their less than appetizing catchphrase: "The Only Restaurant in Domestic." Well, that may be right but the threat of it doesn't mean that we're going to give into a burger and McDs sundae when we're supposedly in the capital of awesome food. Where's the Pad Thai to go, at the very least?!

[Photo: Jaunted]

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What's In Your Carry-on, The Points Guy?

October 4, 2011 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (2)

Travel voyeurs, every last one of us! It's time for a new series wherein you show off what you're working with. That is, what necessities make it into your carry-on bag. Want to be featured? It's crazy simple. Shoot us an email with a nice big photo of your bag contents and a little bit about why they have pride of place in your carry-on. And of course include your Twitter handle if you so desire.

Next up in the series after peeking into the bags of Max Graham, Annemarie Dooling and Megan Starr is Brian Kelly aka "The Points Guy":

This picture was taken just now at the Intercontinental Rome. So, My key carryon items from left to right:
· Bose QC15 noise canceling headphones
· Michael Kors cashmere hoodie for when flights inevitably get cold
· Flip video cam to catch those ridiculous travel moments...

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