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Why You Should Check Your Frequent Flyer Accounts Right Now

November 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Among frequent flyers, the months of November and December are lovingly known as Mileage Run season. What's a Mileage Run, you might ask? Simply put, it's a trip booked and flown with the sole goal of adding more miles or points to the traveler's frequent flyer account. A Mileage Run can be a very circuitous route (such as JFK-DFW-ORD-DEN-LAX instead of flying nonstop JFK-LAX) or an expensive one (such as flying in Business or First rather than Economy, for the extra points or qualifying dollars).

While most statuses are good through February of the next year, the way to earn status depends on the miles you fly/money you spend in a calendar year. Under this rule, travelers have until December 31, 2014 to ensure they've either flown or spent enough to earn or retain status for 2015.

Now's the time to:

· Log in to your frequent flyer accounts and check the balances for your flying in 2014, then cross reference with the requirements for status on that airline. You could be on the edge of status and not realize it!
· Organize your frequent flyer account information—email addresses used for account, member numbers, passwords—for smoother travel miles tracking.
· Consider any last-minute 2014 flights to hit desired status.

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The Best Way to Navigate Brisbane is by Boat

November 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (2)

View of the Brisbane skyline from the city water taxi

A gateway and launching pad to explore the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, much of Brisbane's vibe and appeal revolves around the water. It's right there on the Pacific Ocean, and the river snakes its way through the city in every sense of the word.

Last week, while spending a one-day layover in the city, we set out from our hotel in Hamilton (chosen for its proximity to the airport) and discovered that, despite the extensive bus and rail lines, water taxis were the most convenient way to explore the city.

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How to Send a Package to Madagascar (or Other Far Away Lands)

Where: Madagascar
October 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (2)

Jaunted contributor TipsyTraveler recently faced a conundrum more complex than carry-on or checked baggage; he just wanted to ship a box overseas. Here is his story.

My best friend recently uprooted her glamorous life as a hip and happening 20-something, wide-eyed publicist in a major city built on entertainment and celebrities and bright lights and excess.

Why? Madagascar.

Despite popular belief, Madagascar is more than an animated film. It’s actually a real live place you can spot on a map with inhabitants and vegetation and whatnot. Nobly, she joined the Peace Corps, something I could never imagine doing because 1) air conditioning, 2) easy access to clean water and 3) I think my heart might be black?

When I dabble in charity—which, as much as I jest, I do often—it’s usually in the form of a gift. Donating money, donating time, donating clothing, etc. For my friend who is now a zebra in Africa for all I know, I tried to send a care package.

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How to Kiss in France

Where: France
October 23, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even tombstones get multiple kisses in France.

Every country, and culture, has its customs. The Japanese consider tipping after meals an insult. And in Germany, you should never—ever!—jaywalk, even if it’s 4:00 a.m. and there’s no traffic.

Meanwhile, in France, the cheek—or cheek-to-cheek or cheek-to-cheek-to-cheek—kiss is a sort of cultural delicacy, like fine wine. For example, you wouldn't order a Lyon wine in the heart of Burgundy, just in the same way you might want to be cautious when you kiss only two cheeks in Burgundy, when, typically, you should kiss four.

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Beyond the Beach: Fort Lauderdale for LGBT Travelers

October 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

You guys, the temps are starting to drop as fast as crimson and golden leaves from trees, so it's high time to daydream about sand beaches, sunny skies, and fruity cocktails. We already talked about how hot the city of Fort Lauderdale is for the average sun seeker, but more and more it's overtaking Miami as an LGBT destination.

The city was recently named the "The Destination of the Year" by ManAboutWorld, as the top city for gay, lesbian and transgender visitors. Broward, the county that Fort Lauderdale calls home, is one of the most progressive in the U.S., from electing openly gay officials to passing same-sex domestic partnership benefits and barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity.

Fun fact: Fort Lauderdale was first US city to have a dedicated travel page for LGBT tourists, even integrating gay-friendly images to their mainstream tourism campaigns.

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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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