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Three New Travel Apps to Add to Your Homescreen

April 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every so often, smartphones need a good app update and refresh, and this goes doubly so for travelers who rely on discovery and informational help from apps while in a new city. Here, three apps we've recently added to our own homescreen for travel purposes:

AroundMe

Recommended by our own Max Graham, the app is simple, straightforward, and otherwise everything you need when you've got limited time and patience. We'd like to think of it as a stripped-down Foursquare but, in Max's words, AroundMe has "no recommendations, just where stuff is."

Click a category, pick a location, and be immediately shown that location on a map including address, distance from you, and relevant contact information. Most useful in a pinch would probably be the ATM, Parking, and Gas Stations categories, although you'll likely need everything in AroundMe at some point or another during your travels.

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First Time to Australia: What's a 'Nullarbor' Flight?

Where: Australia
April 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we brought you our introduction to Aussie slang last month, we may have forgotten one very important travel term unique only to Australia. We knew that some words would be new to us on a trip down under, but we'd never think about taking a "Nullarbor flight."

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Let's Talk About Travel Insurance

April 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Chances are, if you've booked a flight online you've seen some sort of advertisement for a little reassurance called travel insurance. Protection from expenses and changes caused by stuff like natural disasters, political upheavals, and even lost luggage is a temptation, for sure. Still, we must ask the question: is travel insurance worth it?

For some perspective, we look to a recent travel issue where insurance would have helped. Our trip to Christmas Island didn't go as planned due to a cyclone that hit the region just days before our arrival. Our original itinerary was to continue on to the Cocos Islands, just about 90 minutes further into the the Indian Ocean. Alas, that cyclone knocked out the refueling capabilities of Christmas Island Airport, in turn eliminating our ability to enjoy the Cocos atoll. We were stranded.

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Lack of Limes Limits In-Flight Drinks: How to Cope

April 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Say 'ta ta for now' to a gin and tonic with a twist of lime, or specialty cocktails like United's Sunrise Sunset (pictured above). A lime shortage is hitting North American airlines right where it hurts: in the beverage carts.

The rarity of limes is due to several issues, such as Mexican cartel control plus nature and biological factors, and US consumers may note that purchasing a single lime at the supermarket now costs three times what it did last season. Just think how businesses that buy limes in bulk are coping. Will travelers get their rum-and-cokes with a squirt of lime this month? Well, it depends.

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Read the Fine Print to Beat High Vendor Prices at Sports Stadiums

April 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Baseball is officially back, and along with it comes a summer full of sports travel, groups of friends and families making their way across the country to visit different stadiums. Some make it their life goal to visit them all, others simply try to catch a game as an activity while in town. Either way, donning the hometown jersey is a great way to fit in and experience a little local flavor.

Yet the reality is that sporting events are expensive, and the ticket is only part of the problem. Once inside, street-level pricing goes out the window, and you pay dearly as a captive audience. For a solo traveler only responsible for himself, it might not be the end of the world. But a family of four? With tickets and food/drink, a trip to the ballpark all of a sudden becomes a $200 night out.

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The 3 Questions Everyone Should Ask When Entering an Airline Lounge

April 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

This Week: The 3 Questions Everyone Should Ask When Entering an Airline Lounge

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We Were Definitely the Weirdest Person on the Plane Yesterday

March 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

It's a funny world we live in, one where social acceptance and perceived value typically takes precedence over actual value. This was the case yesterday on our Frontier flight from Denver to Santa Barbara.

Running late out of the house, we threw what was left in the fridge into a plastic bag and raced off to the airport. Once we boarded the flight, we started to chow down. The main course? A leftover sweet potato from the night before.

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First Time on a Jet Ski? Here's What You Should Know

March 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

This horrible, extended winter may have you daydreaming of a vacation to somewhere warm, sunny, and surrounded by blue waters. Just about every recreational body of water will have at least one business offering personal watercraft rentals and, as such, it's important to be familiar with the basics before turning the key on something like a jet ski.

Jet Skis are a highly maneuverable form of personal watercraft that can easily reach speeds of 65 mph, so they do not come without their risks. Recently, while staying at Waldorf-Astoria's Casa Marina Resort in Key West, we zipped out on some jet skis to hop waves and review skills. Here's what you need to know:

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The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Taking a Train Trip

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

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

This Week: The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Taking a Train Trip

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On Friday We Eat Dim Sum: 7 Tips for Hong Kong Tea Houses

Where: Hong Kong
March 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

Call it what you want: dim sum, yum cha, appetizers or small plates. Regardless of what rolls off your tongue when talking about it, Hong Kong's national dim sum dishes can be found all around the city and Tea Houses are where you'll want to go first to dig in.

One very popular and well-located tea house in the city is Lin Heung on Wellington Street in the Central District.

Now, this isn't your typical Chinese restaurant; it takes some subtle (and not so subtle) tips to navigate around the establishment. Walk into the corner building's ground floor bakery and head upstairs for a sit-down meal. Once you've made it this far, all you'll need are our Hong Kong tea house tips to finish out the meal:

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Forget Everything Else. This is How to Combat Jet Lag.

March 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

Jet lag is one of things where you're always thinking, "hey, this can't happen to me." And then everything is hunky-dory until you step off the plane, have an hour's burst of energy, and then promptly sink into drowsy uselessness for two or three days. Simply put, jet lag is the worst and there are far too many travel tips out there offering pat-on-the-back prevention suggestions.

Personally, we don't have the time and patience for the most popular jet lag-busting recommendation, which is to schedule sleep in advance and transition into new time zones before even leaving. Instead, we stick by three hard and fast tools for minimizing jet lag as best as possible:

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What Not to Do in the Amazon: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

Where: Brazil
February 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: Brazil is nearly the same size as the entire United States. Fun idea: go there! All this week, we'll be sharing our best Brazil tips for a primer on this diverse and spectacular country, in partnership with LATAM Airlines' Only in South America project. Enter the contest (by March 5) to win this trip!

Making the decision to the head to Brazil's Amazonas? Great idea. Referring to our ultimate Brazil packing list while preparing? Brilliant. Flying into Manaus' International Airport and hopping a boat to enter the real Amazon? Excellent decision. So far, so good, but as we learned from our recent trip to the "Lungs of the Planet," a region of over 2 million square miles, the Amazon requires special tips and cautions to make for the best possible experience.

Without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In The Amazon: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes:

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