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So it’s not quite the same as jetting off to Europe this weekend, but the latest advertisements from British Airways are an excellent waste of time.
The new YouTube videos are called Discover Yourope with British Airways, as the carrier encourages you to click through several options in a choose your own adventure kind of thing.
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
The adjectives you hear from someone who's just taken an Alaska cruise usually include words like "majestic," "sparkling," "breathtaking," and "invigorating." Standing along a ship rail face-to-face with a glacier or whale tails is indeed a unique experience, one travelers craved even before the advent of Caribbean cruising.
YouTube video by Cruising the Past pieces together footage and images from cruises to Alaska (mostly departing from Seattle), for the decades spanning the 1920s through 1950s.
We won't spoil the mini film for you, but do keep a look out for the clip of passengers dancing on the aft deck, enjoying crisp temperatures and sunshine on the Inside Passage. And shuffleboardthere's always shuffleboard!
Last week, we brought you the latest safety video from Virgin America, but they aren't the only ones having a little fun. This week, the Japanese are injecting some humor into a safety video; the airline StarFlyer has created a clever safety vid involving ninjas.
There's no singing, dancing, or rhyming, but there are ninja-related tips on how to keep yourself safe and sound when flying on any of the airline's sleek black planes.
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Breakdancing. Nuns. Popping and locking. A rapping child. Autotune. Flight attendants singing doo-wop.
Welcome to Virgin America's first new safety video in six years. Without spoiling the surprises of the video, we'll just say our first thought was that something so entertaining can't possibly comply with FAA regulations. Oh, but it does. To see is to believe.
Directed by Jon M. Chu, a Virgin America frequent flyer who also happens to be the director for Hollywood films like Step Up 2 and G.I. Joe, the video taps the talent of dancers, singers and choreographers from both American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.
According to VX, this is the "first-ever domestic safety video set entirely to music and performed in dance." Watch for it on billboards in Times Square, or catch the YouTube version below before viewing it on an actual Virgin America flight starting this November.
Everyone loves a good airport beer, and perhaps a good shower beer when the mood strikes, but what about a helicopter beer?
This last weekend, the China Helicopter Tournament 2013 in the province of Shandong decided that a fun challenge for the 20 competing pilots would be to open a beer bottle...using bottle openers mounted to the skids of their choppers.
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In case you’ve forgotten to flip the pages on your puppies and kitties calendar it’s already October, and in fact next week is Halloween. That means November—and apparently the start of the holiday season—is just about a week away. We can’t fight it and say it’s too soon to start talking about Santa and his elves, so we just say congratulations to Delta for being the first in the industry to officially welcome the holiday season—even if it’s October.
Delta just revealed a revamped in-flight safety video building off their previous versions, as they wanted something to welcome one and all during the busy travel season that is just weeks ahead. The video runs almost five minutes, and is a great distraction as you’re enjoying your morning coffee and ignoring the messages arriving within your inbox.
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Sweet Home Chicago!
More than half of the population of Illinois calls Chicago home and with it being a world class city, millions of travelers either come to walk the Magnificent Mile or spy on the city from one of two rooftop sky-decks. Whichever category you fall into, you can't help but to be awe-inspired with this video.
Clocking in at just over 6 minutes, Windy City Nights is a beautifully shot time-lapse video that showcases everything that makes the Second City awesome. Max Wilson is the film-maker and spent about 2 years traipsing around Chicago to nab the perfect shot as the rest of the world whizzes by. Spoiler alert: his hard work paid off.
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The masters of creative and humorous in-flight safety videos have struck again with another brilliant take on maintaining well-being during flight and in the event of an emergency. We've seen Air New Zealand use nude cabin crew, cartoons, and even hobbits, but this time they've recruited Betty White to help us remember to fasten our seatbelts and point out the emergency exits.
The Golden Girl is featured in the airline's latest vid, titled "Safety Old School Style," as some Air NZ cabin crew help passengers with all the basics. Betty gets a little backup from some other "folks that have been there and done that," including The Love Boat's most famous cruise ship captain, Gavin McCloud.
Not all videos are tilt-shift, but the time-lapse rush is a common technique, even in sleepy locales like Ardennes and Vermont. If you do nothing else today, take a moment and browse Little Big World's videos and indulge in a few minutes of 2-3. We have just one warning: may lead to overwhelming feelings of wanderlust.
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We don't do this very much, but there's a Saturday Night Live sketch you need to see.
We won't spoil the best bits, but the situation involves two "Express Air" gate agents (one of whom is Tina Fey) at an unspecified airport, boarding a flight by groups. They begin innocently enough by boarding the elderly, but after elites have their turn it all goes downhill...into hilarious territory.
This is something of a comment on new procedures of recent, specifically on American Airlines, to add another boarding group just for travelers without rolling carry-on luggage. That's right; if you're flying AA and you're traveling light with only a briefcase, backpack or purse, then you'll be called to board somewhere between the elites and the regular groups. SNL has their own take on this, of course.
To watch the short video, head to Yahoo Screen.
Spring is beginning in South America. It's nearly the perfect time of the year to embark on those bucketlist trips to Machu Picchu, Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, the Andes, wine country and more. While these spots are absolutely worth your time and travel money, it's important to remember that so is the rest of the continent. In just over five minutes, three filmmakers make this case with stunning shots and exhilerating experiences caught on camera.
The short film, titled "In South America: Untamed Winds" and sponsored by Latin America for Less, follows friends, Vincent Urban, Clemens Krüger, and Stefan Templer on their 4-month road trip through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and southern Brazil. The "untamed winds" are themselves an additional character, as you'll come to see.
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"Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay." It's a cute slogan, and believe it or not it comes from the tourism board of Philadelphia, PA.
The words are backed up by a new commercial following the "selfie" antics around the city by drag queen Miss Richfield 1981, all with the aim of driving Gay Travel to Philly. So what's the big deal? Well, this is actually only the third commercial by a US destination focused on the LGBT audience, and yet here we are in 2013.