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Should You Take a Segway Tour? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

October 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

Segways. Where there's a tourist hotspot city center, there's likely to be a Segway tour or two of it. Sometimes you're onboard, and sometimes you're not, but whatever your opinion of Segway tours, it's clear to see that they're here to stay.

We recently hopped on a Segway tour in Ft Lauderdale, Florida for something a little different, and we'd be lying if we said Segways didn't come with a list of pros and cons. If you've ever debated on taking a tour or even turned your nose up to strapping on a helmet and quietly scooting around, this is for you:

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Are You Taking These Smart Precautions Before Your Trips?

October 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

On the heels of this latest Ebola scare and the ongoing violence in the Ukraine, it's about time to review a few travel safety tips. Of course situations easily fluctuate, and it's just common sense to stay aware of the political climate and social challenges of any destination. Here are some basic precautions to take:

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Visas-on-Arrival for Americans Traveling to India Confirmed, Delayed Until 2015

Where: India
October 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

On his recent trip to the United States, India's Prime Minister Nahendra Modi confirmed that his country's plan to expand its visa-on-arrival service to 180 countries will include U.S. travelers for stays of up to 30 days.

While we were initially optimistic that the program would be up and running by now, Modi said the expansion will be delayed until sometime next year, most likely coinciding with the introduction of India's new e-visa system in early summer, which will allow travelers to get a visa online prior to their trip. The delay is a bummer, but it makes sense to wait at this point. Otherwise, by the time U.S. travelers got used to the visa-on-arrival system, the new e-visa operation would make it irrelevant.

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Unlike on Oahu and Maui, You Absolutely Have to Have This on Molokai and Lanai

October 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Regardless of which Hawaiian Island you're traveling to, one thing you'll really want to have is a rental car. On Oahu, you'll want to be able to escape Waikiki and explore the North Shore. On Maui, there are too many awesome towns, such as Lahaina, Kihei, and Paia, to stay put in one place. And on Kauai, the island's two main attractions, Waimea Canyon and Hanalei Bay, are over an hour apart. And don't forget about all the coastal highways - each island has its fair share of beautiful drives.

That said, having a rental car might be even more valuable on Molokai and Lanai. Scratch that. You don't just want a car - you want a four-wheel drive vehicle. Exploration is easy on Oahu and Maui thanks to the abundance of paved-road infrastructure. This is not the case on Molokai and Lanai, the latter having only three paved roads on the island. The rest? They're dirt roads, ready to be explored by the adventurous.

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The 5 Most Compact, High-Performance Travel Cameras Under $1,500

September 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers face a seemingly neverending list of pre-trip decisions, the worst of all being what to pack. When your carry-on begins filling up with gadgets like a laptop, tablet, and cameras you realize how precious that space is, and how reliant you're about to be on these little pieces of metal, plastic and glass.

With this in mind, we're sharing our 5 favorite cameras for travel, ones you may never have considered before.

We have excluded full-size DSLRs in the list for a couple reasons, first being the size/weight and need for extra lenses. Another reason is that they are not wholly inconspicuous and may draw too much attention in some parts of the world. The last thing you want is your camera getting stolen because it looks (and is) expensive.

All the cameras below are compact, light(er)weight, have Wi-Fi transfer capabilities (leave your laptop at home if you only use it for photo sharing), boast features ideal for a range of environments, and ring up under $1500:

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The 7 Smartest Travel Features of Apple's iOS 8

September 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you were among the first to download Apple's iOS 8 just as it became available, by now you will have had a good few days to play with the changes and how they relate to your usage of the iPhone. Among the many updates are a few that will prove a marked improvement for travelers who rely on their phones.

Previous updates gave us one place to store our mobile boarding passes (now even easier on the Apple Watch too), the sharing of photos directly from the photo app, and quicker access to frequently used apps, and the iOS 8 only improves upon these. Sure, the recent update has had its rough patches as of late, but these new perks are some of the coolest to date:

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No Reservations? No Problem: How to Get a Table in a Big Tent at Oktoberfest

September 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

"O'zapft is!"

These are the words—"it is tapped!"—with which the Mayor of Munich will open 2014 Oktoberfest tomorrow, September 20. After that first keg starts flowing some 6 million people will pass under the Willkommen before the festival closes on October 5, all sharing the goal of making memories while singing along to "Ein Prosit" in one of the big beer tents.

Therein lies the problem; those tents, large as they are, are pretty tight and tables are booked by advance reservation. Unfortunately for the first-timer or last-minute visitor to Oktoberfest, the pre-booking process is out of the question and bribes are not standard.

Don't give up! There are definite ways to grab a coveted seat inside a tent, (even Hofbräuhaus!), if you try out our three tips:

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Forget Spring Cleaning; Fall is for Travel Reorganization

September 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Why is there only one season earmarked for organization? Spring cleaning is the shaking out of rugs, dusting off of shelves, and restocking the pantry after winter, but we propose a similar approach for fall, focused on travel.

Whether you’ve spent the whole summer hopping continents or just headed out on a few road trips, right now is the ideal time to unzip wallets and air out duffel bags in anticipation of yet more travel.

Prepare now for winter & holiday travel by:

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What's the Trick to Being Fastest Through Airport Security?

September 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (2)

In the 2009 movie “Up in the Air,” George Clooney plays an ultra-frequent flyer experiencing a crisis of self as he nears the 10-million-mile mark. Towards the beginning, when his travels are still very much upbeat, there’s a memorable scene as he passes through airport security and leaves in his dust the discombobulated casual travelers around him. The key to that slickness is his polished routine of ultimate efficiency in the security line.

Shoes, belt, jacket, carry-on—not a hair is out of place on Clooney despite the best efforts of the TSA. He comes across as truly the master of frequent flying.

But does his routine actually work?

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You Need to Know This Passport Rule

September 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just as the arrival of spring means spring cleaning, so too does the coming of autumn call for a reorganization. For this season, we recommend lining up your holiday travel plans, reviewing any upcoming itineraries and, most important of all, having a detailed look at your travel documents such as visas and passports.

The US Department of State agrees, and recently even issued a nice reminder about passport validity, including some fun facts:

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Have You Tried This Flight Booking Quick Trick?

September 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, a friend tipped us off to a little trick that we hadn't come across before, one that can save you money on flights when booking online. How does it work? Well, quite frankly, you lie!

When you search for flights online, whether it's an airline's official site or a third-party booking site, the price you are quoted is determined, in part, by where you are located. Practically speaking, this recognition is important so it knows what currency to quote the fare in. Dollars for the United States, pesos for Mexico, and so on.

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Trip4Real, an 'Airbnb for Local Guides,' Takes Spain's Tourism by Storm

Where: Spain
August 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

When traveling to a foreign city, it's nice to eschew the guidebooks and TripAdvisor tips to find your own way "like a local." Well, now a new travel start-up in Spain called Trip4Real has made this common traveler's wish something of a reality as they mark unforgettable experiences all around the country.

Calling upon Spaniards who have been vetted as "experts," the website pairs visitors with locals in Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza and other Spanish hotspots share the sort of experiences you'll brag about later. Similar to Airbnb, each expert is guaranteed legit by the company so you wont have to worry about someone stealing your money or not getting what you paid for.

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