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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.)
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 todayís 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 travelÖto get away from home (and never come back).
Iím 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, Iíd even describe the geography of my upbringing as quaint. But no matter how many positive memories I conjure up, itís 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 itís for a best friendís wedding or a siblingís graduation. Maybe a new life was brought into your family, or maybe one was taken away. No matter the circumstance, even if itís a good one, the mere idea of revisiting your hometown can cause night sweats.
Iíve 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 donít want to, try some of the below advice. Rather than drown in a sea of woe, you might as well make the most of itÖeven if the most you can make is sandwich that you didnít have to buy ingredients for because your mom stocked up the fridge in honor of your triumphant return.
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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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As the largest alpine lake in North America with over a dozen ski resorts and epic Ponderosa Pine covered wilderness, Lake Tahoe is a year round destination for active, adventure travelers. The town of South Lake Tahoe is slowly but surely developing a softer side to complement that once-rugged atmosphere, but we'll dive into that later this week. First, let's take a look at the best way to get there.
Lake Tahoe's own small airport hasn't run commercial flights in over a decade, and there remains three options for travelers flying in: San Francisco, Sacramento, or Reno. Where you're coming from will obviously determine the best fare and route, but all those things being equal, the Reno airport shines through as the clear winner in terms of proximity and convenience once on the ground. Driving times from San Fran and Sacramento are three and two hours respectively, but the drive from Reno to South Lake is just over an hour.
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Let's be realmost leisure travelers have to mind the money when it comes to booking a trip, and airfare is often the largest obstacle to clicking "purchase." The key to removing that obstacle is finding a great deal on airfare, which can seem a fool's errand considering all the websites, booking engines, and "book on Tuesday" tips on the topic.
The trick to scoring shockingly cheap flights (like our recent Kauai trip, or that $200 surprise to Abu Dhabi) isn't much more than sitting down and thinking through your travel goals so you'll be ready to whip out the credit card the moment the deals pop up.
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The itty-bitty country of Andorra is carved from the Pyrenees, with its cities all nestled in green valleys surrounded by snow-topped mountain peaks as if ripped from a Ricola commercial. Our routing to Andorra began with a flight to Barcelona, and a trip to Barcelona's bus stations to ask which would be the next bus to Andorra. We advise you to do a little more advance planning than that, and we're here to help.
With no airport and no train system, Andorra is perhaps one of the least accessible countries in Europe. It likes it that way, however; Andorra has been independent since 1278 and, at only 180 square miles, ranks as the sixth smallest European country (the five smaller are Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino, Liechtenstein and Malta).
Its tallest peak (Coma Pedrosa) is nearly 10,000' high, and the population is approximately 85,000 people, which pales in comparison to the nearly 10 million annual tourists who come to Andorra for skiing, duty-free shopping, and the Caldea spa.
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Traveling with your dog? Sure it requires some extra planning, but in many cases is the preferred option for dogs and owners alike. Nobody, at least not in my pack, likes to be left behind.
Here are 10 helpful tips to help you get prepared for your next adventure with your four-legged friend. (Got a cat? Read our tips for bringing a kitty as a carry-on pet.)
1. Brings lots of treats. Bribery will get a pet owner everywhere, especially if they need to get their dog to behave. Even the most well-behaved dogs can have an off day when faced with unfamiliar surroundings and situations.
2. Find the nearest emergency vet. Before you travel, research where the closest vet and emergency vet is to your destination. You never know when this information could come in handy and itís better to have it at your fingertips than scrambling with your smartphone in an emergency situation. Or after your dog's been bitten and bloodied at the dog park. True story.
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How do you remember a voyage of 4,500 nautical miles? For Jaunted Editor Cynthia D, who sailed on the Azamara Journey for 17 days last month, the answer is with emoji. Allow her to explain.
I'd never been on such a lengthy cruise before, and certainly never to Antarctica. From Buenos Aires, we'd stop at Montevideo, Uruguay and continue to the Antarctic Peninsula, then Ushuaia, Argentina and the Falkland Islands before returning to BsAs. I traveled with a colleague, and the internet onboard was so great that we'd use Twitter DMs like walkie talkies. Emoji quickly crept into these exchanges, and nearly took over as my captions and comments on social media when words proved inadequate to describe the scenery, the experiences, and the feels that developed as the ship sailed on.
Plus, one time I asked Jaunted contributor Andy how his trip to Hong Kong was going, and he replied with a descriptive stream of emoji so brilliant no further explanations were needed. It was awesome.
So, without further ado, a 17-day cruise as seen through emoji:
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The 'Azamara Journey' off Port Lockroy, Antarctica
The Antarctica travel season is an extremely short one, lasting from December through February. Owing to mercurial weather, strict regulations on tourism, complicated logistical planning, and the high price of what are considered once-in-a-lifetime trips, some ships will only squeeze a few voyages into those few months. As such, planning for your trip to Antarctica is best accomplished early and armed with as much first-hand information as possible.
And here's a little nugget we feel compelled to share after our own 17-day sail on Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Journey: taking a "big ship" to Antarctica is not only possible, but it's potentially the travel deal to rule all travel deals.
Thinking about cruising in 2015? Then say hello to our cruise specialist, MaidenVoyage. As a travel agent who spends day in and day out booking cruises for curious travelers, she knows cruise lines and ships like the back of a muster drill script. Got a question about cruises? Even a stupid one? MaidenVoyage has heard and seen it all, so don't be shy. Send your cruise question to her!
Previously, I shared with you why the Disney Cruise Line is great for adults who sail without children. If that article persuaded you to book a Disney Cruise, then you can send a check for $500 to Jaunted.com, of which I'll take 20 percent. Kidding.
But if you are heading out on a Disney Cruise this spring or summer, here's what you need to prepare for. Much like visiting the Disney theme parks, sailing the ship of Mouse requires a bit of pre-planning.
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If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.
Ships sailing up the Beagle Channel and into the port city of Ushuaia wish they could always have the view above. Blue skies, majestic mountains, and a slight froth to the waves from the area's infamous high winds. It's optimal weather for setting out in exploration of the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego region, but it only arrives several times every year.
Ushuaia, owing to its location at the "bottom of the world," (Fin del Mundo), is a perfect gateway for Antarctica travel. Expedition ships, cruise ships, and research vessels squeeze in to the single main pier, welcoming thousands of passengers for the start of epic adventures. As such, those travelers much first find their way to this frontier city, and there are definitely differences to the tourist seasons.
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If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.
Fun fact: the exotic wilds of the Brazilian Amazon are only a 3-hour flight away from Miami. Even better, the airfares on TAM go on special often enough to make a long weekendís trip to this natural wonder very possible.
Venturing ďoff the gridĒ to lounge in hammocks with monkeys and dine on piranha isn't as crazy difficult and potentially dangerous as it sounds, so long as your preparations go beyond saying ďhey, letís go to the Amazon!" To help, weíve already detailed how to get the Brazilian visa, what to pack, and even what NOT to do there when you arrive.
The Brazilian Amazon is tropical, humid, and appropriately exotic year-round, but there are some times when itís best to go and best to stay away.