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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Easter Island

January 21, 2015 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

Chile's Easter Island (also called "Rapa Nui" and "Isla de Pascua") is an incredible destination. Travelers to this place in the Pacific Ocean, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, go here because it is a dream destination. There's a great deal of planning and passion behind their itineraries, and the great majority fly in on LAN via Santiago, Chile or Papeete, Tahiti, currently the only routes serving Easter Island.

The island's climate is subtropical, most of it is a protected national park, and it's on the Southern Hemisphere's calendar of seasons (January is in summer, July is in winter). Those interested in geology, archaeology, astronomy, hiking, surfing, and general exploration will find Easter Island exhilarating. To best plan when to go, we have some suggestions:

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Machu Picchu

Where: Cusco, Peru
January 16, 2015 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

July 24, 1911.

Explorer Hiram Bingham followed the hints of locals to stumble upon an ancient Incan city for which he wasn't even looking. It was Machu Picchu, and of it he wrote:

The superior character of the stone work, the presence of these splendid edifices, and of what appeared to be an unusually large number of finely constructed stone dwellings, led me to believe that Machu Picchu might prove to be the largest and most important ruin discovered in South America since the days of the Spanish conquest.

The dramatic location, breadth of ruins, and the unique architecture which so enthralled Bingham still draws legions of tourists (over 300,000 per year) and a selfie overlooking the site is one of the must-have profile pictures for lonely singles on dating websites. Want to snap your own epic profile pic? We have a few tips on when to make the journey.

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How to Fight Seasickness While on a Cruise

January 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The panacea

Travel sickness: we’ve all been there. Well, most of us, who don't have iron-clad stomachs have. And seasickness – which can strike even those who’ve never suffered travel sickness before – can ruin the fun of a carefully planned cruise.

So how do you cure seasickness? To find out, Jaunted dispatched me - its most lily-livered contributor, who has balance issues galore and once threw up on a car ferry crossing a tiny river in England - to the Azamara Journey, a cruise ship currently navigating some of the most treacherous waters in the world: the South Atlantic and Drake Passage, en route to Antarctica.

Seasickness is something you will have to deal with if you're traveling to Antarctica - there is no way of escaping these waters known, due to the low latitude, as the 'screaming sixties'. I have been sick for four days and counting, and I have tried various methods of recovery. Here’s how each one rated.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Iguazu Falls

January 14, 2015 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

What waterfalls are taller than Niagara Falls (3x taller!), wider than Victoria Falls, and so genuinely ginormous that they form part of a border between countries? The answer, of course, is the South American UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls.

The Falls are split between Brazil and Argentina (and Paraguay isn't too far away, either), and each comes with its own name, airport, and visitor vistas. In Brazil, you'll land at Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas International Airport-IGU, the falls are named the Cataratas do Iguaçu, and wooden walkways take visitors out and over the waters to the very edge of some of the falls. On the Argentinian side, you'll land at Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport-IGR, the falls are the Cataratas del Iguazú , and the viewing is mostly from the tops of the cliffs.

While the decision over which side to visit may be a difficult one, at least one thing is quite simple: the beautiful year-round weather on both sides.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Rio de Janeiro

January 12, 2015 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

Brazil is so hot right now.

Coming off 2014, the year the country successfully hosted the World Cup, energy is still high and airfare deals are plenty. For Rio de Janeiro in particular, tourism has never been better, and it’ll only continue trending upward as the city preps for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

To get in while the going’s good, plan a Rio trip for 2015. To help, we’ve already detailed how to get the Brazilian visa, what to pack, and even what to say when you arrive.

Rio is tropical and temperate year-round, but there are some distinct times of the year when it’s best to go, or best to stay away.

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5 Tips for Spotting Fake or Misleading Reviews on Tripadvisor

January 2, 2015 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Before everyone began to break for the holidays, Italian authorities fined TripAdvisor $610,000 for what it calls a failure to properly vet and monitor its user reviews. TripAdvisor and consumer-review websites are no strangers to these criticisms in general, but this is the first time a country or destination has done something about it and levied a fine.

While most are genuine in their reviews, still others log on with a motive that doesn't include making an honest review. How can you tell? And how can you get the most out of TripAdvisor, without being led on by a phony review? Below, we provide a few tips when evaluating reviews:

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How (and Why) to Thank Your Flight's Crew with a Small Gift

December 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Congratulations! You've made it through the busiest travel day of the year, but with some 45 million projected to fly on U.S. airlines over the next 19 days, the rush is hardly over.

As a passenger, it's your desire to simply get where you're going with as little stress as possible. It's up the flight's crew, both in front of and behind the cockpit door, who make that wish come true. Show them your appreciation during this holiday season with a small gift, and watch the smiles spread.

Some suggestions:

At the airport

· Starbucks $5 gift cards (or gift cards from other small eateries at the airport)
· A Thank You card, signed by your whole travel party (or, if you're feeling ambitious, the whole plane)
· A travel-themed drawing by your children (here's an example)
· Clear plastic box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates

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Japan is in the Process of Fixing its 'ATM Problem' for Foreigners

Where: Japan
December 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

In addition to its pricey tendencies, another aspect of Japan has traditionally frustrated foreigners when it comes to money: Many of its local banks and ATMs do not accept international bank cards.

This has been a problem for quite some time, and earlier this year, the country announced that it was going to officially tackle the problem. The Japan Times reported that the Japan Tourism Agency was "urging" the country's banks to accept international cards going forward, perhaps as early as 2015.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Aruba

December 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Google Aruba's average weather and you'll quickly learn two things:

1. Aruba is pretty much an ideal 84 degrees every day, year round.

2. Aruba lies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt.

Both of those statements are music to the years of travelers in the mood for "anywhere sunny, with a beach," but there are reasons outside the weather why you may or may not want to head down to "One Happy Island."

To make sure you book that dream trip and have the best possible time, we've got some recommendations for when to go to Aruba.

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Oh Hey, So the TSA Does Allow Wrapped Gifts (and Pies) on Planes

December 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)


Photo of a pie which successfully passed TSA inspection

Firecrackers? No. Entire roasted turkeys and baked pies? Yes and yes!

The TSA released their 2014 Holiday Travel Tips just ahead of Thanksgiving, but most of the notes best apply to the upcoming rush around Christmas.

For what seems like forever, we've always been told that wrapped gifts are not allowed in luggage because, inevitably, the TSA will have to open them to check their contents. Of course that made no sense considering the use of baggage scanners, but it seemed just one of many outdated security rules still idly enforced.

Cut to the 2014 tips, and the TSA clarifies this issue:

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5 Ways to Spend United MileagePlus Miles and Get More Than a Glass of Wine

December 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago, United began trialing a program at Newark Airport. It essentially allowed frequent flyers to redeem those hard-earned MileagePlus miles for food in some restaurants in the terminal. While it might be cool to just swipe your boarding pass and pay from your account, at about 1,000 miles for a glass of wine, the conversion rates aren't the most favorable.

This got us thinking that there are plenty of other United products better worth the miles than an overpriced meal in an overpriced airport restaurant...

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India Finally Launches Visas-on-Arrival for US Travelers

Where: India
December 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Almost two months ago, during a visit by the country's Prime Minister to the United States, it was reported that India's visa-on-arrival program would be delayed until the summer of 2015. But last week, as we were enjoying our turkey dinners, India announced that the system was officially up and running for travelers from 43 countries, including the States.

The new program definitely makes entering the country a lot easier for U.S. travelers and is a pretty straighforward process. You apply for the visa online at least four days before your trip and up to 30 days in advance. You will have to upload a photo and pay the $60 fee. When approved, the visa will be sent in an email and is valid for 30 days. Remember that your passport must valid for six months from the dates of travel.

You can find all the information and details online.

[Photo: Flickr]