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The Roads NOT Traveled: These Towns are Basically Unreachable By Car

June 10, 2015 at 2:06 PM | by | ()

Some roads are less traveled. Some roads rarely traveled. And there are even some roads to nowhere. (Will you take that ride?) But roads can't take you everywhere. Believe it or not, there are still towns scattered throughout the US that are damn-near unreachable by car, whether it be due to landscape, abandonment, or “tradition.” So let’s explore some spots that take the "road" out of "road-trip."

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How To Keep Your Tummy Happy While Traveling

June 10, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

It doesn’t take much to disrupt some digestive systems (okay, mine). It’s a drag when it happens at home, but sucks even more so when on the road.

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Snap the Skyline: It's Manhattanhenge Weekend in NYC

May 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

How many were #caughtgramming in this shot? #manhattanhenge2015 #nyc #manhattanhenge

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Just in case you happened to be around 42nd Street in New York City last evening and noticed crowds of pedestrians with their smartphones held high, seemingly looking off into the horizon, and wondered what was going on...it's Manhattanhenge!

Two weekends every year, during the summer, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a straight beam of sunset through the urban canyons of the streets. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.

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What Do You Do During Turbulence?

May 19, 2015 at 4:39 PM | by | ()

Have you ever sat next to someone who was gripping the armrest of their seat with eyes tightly shut, murmuring "Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god" and occasionally whimpering? If so, then you've probably sat next to this contributor before.

The other week, I was on a Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas when, as is usual for Vegas at this time of the year, we encountered strong turbulence just before landing. The pilot had the flight attendants take their seats for the last 15-20 minutes of the 50-minute flight, until the plane landed safely at McCarran International Airport.

Even though what was happening was akin to simply hitting a few road bumps while driving on a highway, I could not calm down. I cursed myself for not ordering a glass of wine — and for not picking up some illegal Xanax on my last trip to Mexico. Yeah, it was that bad (but you know, not this bad).

Once my seat mates started to show their concern, I finally managed to eke out an "I'm ok, just really scared." Fortunately, my seat mates —a Brit and an Aussie — were happy to talk to me until we landed. Mostly we talked about Vegas and what to do there, and after a few minutes I could breathe normally again. (And recommend places to go that I had read on VegasChatter #alwayspimpin.)

But last week, I was on another Virgin America flight, this one from Los Angeles to Newark, that encountered strong turbulence for the last two hours of the flight. It got so bad that at one point I had to push the flight attendant call button.

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Toronto's Secret City is a Subterranean Shopping Paradise

Where: Toronto, Canada
May 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Need to give your credit card a workout? Street-level shops only scratch the surface of what you can find in Toronto, Canada's most populous city. Just below the sidewalk is PATH, an elaborate network of pedestrian tunnels that the Guinness Book of World Records considers the world's largest underground shopping complex. There are over 4 million-square feet boasting about 1200 retailers and services: everything from clothing shops to food courts, mall-like services to entertainment venues.

PATH links together dozens of office buildings, several subway stations (including Union Station), hotels and other points of entry. Once you head down into the maze-like sprawl, the corridors open up to shopping, food courts, services and entertainment totaling 18 miles of retail therapy. And from the Hockey Hall of Fame to the iconic CN Tower, PATH even paves the way to many of Toronto's best tourist attractions. Plus, since its hallways link downtown buildings in a weather-free and climate controlled environment, this subterranean shopping world is especially ideal when Mother Nature doesn't care to cooperate with the day-to-day lives of locals.

Naturally, being underground might make it more difficult to find your directional orientation. Fear not. Signs are color-coded and act as a compass. Blue for North, yellow for East, red for South and orange for West.

Your only challenge is choosing where to start.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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Have to Transfer Between Washington's IAD and BWI Airports? Good Luck.

April 27, 2015 at 6:25 PM | by | ()

There's no way to win when it comes to transferring between Washington DC's Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI). You either pay a ton for a taxi for the drive through Beltway traffic with a minimum drive time of one hour, submit to the stress of many public transportation connections for far cheaper and three hours' travel time, or see if any of the shared ride vans will take pity on you (and still have to pay a lot).

We found ourselves facing the conundrum of the IAD-to-BWI transfer this weekend, a situation brought about by the fact that domestic airfares from BWI were, like, six times cheaper than if we had left from IAD. We knew what we were getting ourselves into with an IAD-BWI switch, and we steeled our resolve for a rough journey after our call to a few shuttle services only returned with the news that they were already fully booked.

The internet isn't any help, either. Google "easy transfer between IAD and BWI" and you end up on inaccurate Tripadvisor threads from 2008, or help forums where the general advice is to try and change the flight to operate from DCA instead. Not helpful, internet!

What is helpful, is the good ol' Information Desk at Dulles Airport, which has actually printed little "8 Ways to BWI" slips of paper for similarly stressed travelers. Here, we share the valuable tips:

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Heathrow's Brand New 'Transportation Screens' Have Instantly Become Our Favorite Airport Amenity

April 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM | by | ()

Have you ever landed in a destination for the first time and debated between taking a train and a taxi? Would a taxi be faster? Would a train be cheaper? Is traffic bad? When's the next train?

Well, in a move that could potentially set a new standard in airport service, Heathrow Airport is now helping you answer that question. Europe's busiest airport has installed digital smart screens at baggage claim that display taxi and train information in real time, including prices, traffic, and travel times that will help passengers make the best decisions for onward travel.

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How to Get Tickets to the One World Trade Center Observatory

April 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | ()

Add May 29 to your iCal. That's the date the One World Trade Center's observatory opens to the public, for 100th-story views from the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

Entry won't be cheap, at $32 for adults 13-64 and $26 for children 6-12 (children under 5 are free), but it is significantly more affordable than tickets for the Burj Khalifa's Observatory, which run $55 for adults during peak visitation hours.

The very first batch of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 8, at 10am EST. Of course complimentary admission is extended to family members of those killed on 9/11, and to the rescue and recovery workers who worked at the site in the months following the tragedy.

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5 Ways to 'Keep Calm and Carry On' When Your Flight Gets Canceled

April 3, 2015 at 10:59 AM | by | ()

The five words every traveler hates to hear: “Your flight has been canceled.” After the initial oh-crap moment wears off, what do you do?

There’s a plane full of people in the exact same situation, so you have to act fast. Getting to your destination suddenly becomes a game of airline hot potato with passengers vying for seats on the next available flight.

Time is of the essence, but you must also keep your cool and avoid an emotional outburst. Nobody wants to deal with a meltdown – ticket agents or fellow passengers. Trust us on this one.

Since we like to be somewhat prepared, here are 5 ways to 'Keep Calm and Carry On' when your flight is canceled:

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A Few Real-World Travel Tips That Don't Require Faking a Peanut Allergy or Bad Business Cards

March 20, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | ()

By now you've all probably seen or heard of this ridiculous video from a faux socialite, named, well, you'll see if you watch the video.

He made headlines yesterday with his obnoxious first class travel hacks that included tips such as booking a refundable plane ticket just to get lounge access then canceling the ticket before the flight takes off; faking a peanut allergy to get a seat change; printing fake business cards to take advantage of corporate rates and finding the weakest hotel employee to badger for a suite upgrade.

If his fake tan, Hermes belt or girlfriend who flashes her breasts in biz class doesn't turn you off, then you might actually make it all the way through this largely pointless video. (At the end, he does redeem himself, only slightly, to say that he tips the people who take care of him very well.)

While people have been faking life-threatening scenarios or pretending to be more important than they really are for ages now to get upgrades (see also, travel "journalists" who promise coverage to publications they've never written for in exchange for free trips or actual journalists who think they can threaten PR with no coverage unless they get the upgrades they want), this video is sure to infuriate the hotel and airline industries for exposing holes in their system and for manipulating employees who are just trying to do their job.

However, as this Frank Abagnale-wanna-be says, these "tips" do require a lot of chutz pah to pull off and not everyone is gonna be up to such a long con. (Besides, we'd rather sit in the middle seat in coach than up in first with him.)

So disregard all that, and instead read some of our real-world tips on getting what you want while traveling, as culled from Travel Tips Archives of Jaunted, HotelChatter and VegasChatter.

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How to Handle the Dreaded Trip Back Home Like The Real Adult That You Are

March 19, 2015 at 6:31 PM | by | ()

With Spring Break on the horizon, as well as Easter and Passover, many of you might be heading out for a much-needed vacation. But some of you might be heading home. Our Millennial contributor, TipsyTraveler, has some tips on how to deal with that trip like the real adult that you are. Or at least, that you think you are.

We travel a lot in today’s society. Some of us travel for work, some of us travel just for mileage runs funsies. But for many of us, there was a point in our lives where we practically needed to travel…to get away from home (and never come back).

I’m from a medium-sized Midwestern town. I used to make fun of it a lot. Still do. For as long as I can remember, getting out of there was my only goal in life. Once I finally did (oh what a happy day), I began to develop that nostalgic appreciation for my hometown and the life I once knew there. Some days, I’d even describe the geography of my upbringing as quaint. But no matter how many positive memories I conjure up, it’s never enough for me to actually want to go back. At least not permanently.

Every now and then though, we have to go back. Maybe it’s for a best friend’s wedding or a sibling’s graduation. Maybe a new life was brought into your family, or maybe one was taken away. No matter the circumstance, even if it’s a good one, the mere idea of revisiting your hometown can cause night sweats.

I’ve found myself on various visits back in my childhood bedroom screaming into a pillow because ohmygodwhyamIbackhere. What do you do when the new baby nephew you came home to meet is tired and wants to sleep the rest of the day? What do you do when you fly home for Thanksgiving but Thanksgiving is just one night of gluttony yet you had to book a 6-day trip because travel costs are seriously messed up during the holidays?

No matter the scenario, if you have to go back home and you really don’t want to, try some of the below advice. Rather than drown in a sea of woe, you might as well make the most of it…even if the most you can make is sandwich that you didn’t have to buy ingredients for because your mom stocked up the fridge in honor of your triumphant return.

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5 Differences Between Nevada and California 'Partying' Laws in South Lake Tahoe

March 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Driving down the main drag towards the Nevada State line in South Lake Tahoe

Most of South Lake Tahoe is owned by California, but the very eastern tip is property of Nevada. The road that runs along the border between the two states is appropriately named Stateline Avenue, and as you cruise east on the Lincoln Highway, it will be very easy to know when you are nearing the border. Especially at night.

The two states operate under two very different approaches that are never more evident than they are in the town's nightlife,when the casino lights come on and locals and tourists alike begin to imbibe.

Travelers heading out for the night should be aware of a few contrasts of the law that exist within a block of each other. Drinking in public is okay in Nevada, but a ticketed offense in California, for example. Here are the main differences to keep in mind as you head out for the night in South Lake:

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