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If you can swing it (read: the boss left early) Friday afternoons are the best time to kick back at the office with a YouTube video or two. But pause your weekly digest of funny cats and Illuminati exposés long enough to take in this quick clip that came our way courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. "Around Hong Kong in 7 Drinks," is a quick little peek at some of the city's most creative cocktails at some of the most beautiful bars: there's the flirty-looking "Hong Kong Rooftop," at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel's Ozone, the highest bar in the world, beers at the Hong Kong Sevens (the premiere rugby tournament), and perhaps most intriguing, something called "pantyhose milk tea." Why is it called that? Watch the video below to find out, and then do a little day-dreaming about having happy hour in Hong Kong.
You may now resume your regularly scheduled cat videos. [Image via YouTube]
It won't be winning at Pinterest, but a recent mid-air wedding is quickly capturing the hearts of travelers, thanks to a YouTube video making the rounds.
The couple who said their "I dos"Chas and Dinahopped a JetBlue flight to Seattle in order to elope. At some point, the cabin crew found out about this romantic plans, and decided to offer some in-flight entertainment in the form of an onboard wedding ceremony.
Weddings on airplanes are nothing new. Virgin Australia (nee Virgin Blue) hosted one as early as 2008, Southwest had their first mid-air marriage just last year, and Fiji Airways currently holds the Guinness World Record for world's highest ceremony. (At 41,000-feet, if you were wondering.)
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Flying long distances with children isn't exactly the easiest thing, and parents often struggle to figure out how to entertain a child for many, many hours of sitting in a seat. Add to this the fact that the child may be a little scared of flying, with no idea of what to expect, and you have a stressful situation.
KLM understands, and has actually made an effort to help by introducing a new animated film, aimed at the littlest flyers, to both entertain and educate. The star: "Bluey," an excitable and adorable 747 plane who uses his jet speed and compassion to help a friend. Apparently the character has existed since November, with branded kids products, "ranging from keycords, trolleys and card games, to a fun Bluey meal box for children on international flights."
Although Bluey is designed to entertain children on planes, we enjoyed watching his first animated short ourselves and would watch an entire series of such cartoon adventures featuring Bluey. Catch him on KLM's YouTube (embedded below) and, from June, on KLM's intercontinental flights as part of the in-flight entertainment.
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Here's the thing. Virgin America's April Fool's prank of starting flights to Branson, MO already happened, so this next announcement can't be another prank (even if sounds like one).
The airline, which last year introduced a 5-hour, 45-minute film of a "BLAH Airlines" flight from Newark to San Francisco, is taking the film to a real film festival, with a prize component!
The film, a fictional (albeit strikingly realistic) portrayal of the interminably boring transcontinental flights of legacy airlines like United, has garnered over 814,000 views and actual film reviews; we even named it the Best Viral Travel Video of 2014. Now, the lengthy feature will show on April 10 as part of the Dallas International Film Festival, and the airline is seeking audience members.
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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
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Looking back, 2014's travel news ran the gamut from excellent to tragic. On the whole, it stands out as one when travel truly tugged at our heart-strings.
We've rounded up the tenderest moments of the year, ranging from magic planes to romantic proposals. Grab a box of Kleenex.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful...
...but the airline-produced holiday greetings are soooo delightful.
'Tis the season for a little heartstring tugging as travel brands send out their holiday wishes, and the airlines are always good for a little creativity when it comes to their greetings. Whether it's a simple "ho ho ho" from high in the sky or a grand gesture captured on camera, holiday videos from the airlines are usually worth the watch.
Below we've gathered up all the videos we could find for 2014. Which is your favorite?
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Let's draw attention to Christmas Island, a tiny little speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean which, while named for a festive holiday, is expecting a little more than Santa. In December of every year, tens of millions of freshly hatched red crabs cover the landscape on their annual crab migration and, if the weather and lunar cycles go to plan, this weekend will have been the peak of season.
The crabs call the island home year-round, but it's at this time that their life cycles causes them to spawn in the ocean. The female crustaceans make a trek from the wooded areas down to the water where the egg immediately hatches, thus multiplying the island's crab population. The forests, roads and beaches of the island are utterly inundated by the crabs (and the tourists who travel here to watch them), closing roads and parts of the national park.
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When it comes right down to it, all aircraft are works of art. One particular masterpiece of recent is the super-jumbo A380, with its double-decker curves and four-engine strength. British Airways is particularly enthralled with their sparkling new A380s and thus created a piece of video art in homage to it.
The British carrier has swapped canvas for fuselage to celebrate their newest non-stop route between London-Heathrow and Singapore with a stunning video that's right out of the cool 4D trend of late. You knowwhen a projection on a building gives the illusion of it coming alive right before your very eyes.
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Schedule a flu shot if you haven't already, since the arrival of colder weather across the United States also brings with it a lovely combination of increased holiday travel and flu season.
FOX, via our partners at CN Traveler, dug up an alarming animation by engineering firm Ansys, which depicts how a single sneeze may travel throughout an airplane cabin, to infect passengers not necessarily seated next to the sneezer.
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There's no denying that Tokyo is cool, despite the many thousands of tourists walking around with guidebooks open. For a first-timer to the city, the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming, but there's nothing better than to be thrown in to the middle of the action with a visit to the hectic, yet quintessentially Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing intersection.
The neighborhood of Shibuya is considered one of the hottest fashion districts in town, not to mention that it's home to a massive JR train station and neon nightlife. While most people come to shop, socialize, or grab a bite to eat, keen observers will note that there's a whole subsection of Shibuya visitors who come simply to watch others cross the street.
Footage and photos of yesterday's Antares rocket explosion during launch from Wallops Island, VA are making their way around the internet, but all have been from a pedestrian perspective. This morning, however, a video emerged of the incident as seen from 3,000' up, which actually shows the immensity of the "pow."
It's obvious the pilot had taken the plane up with the express purpose of watching the launch of Antares, a 14-story unmanned Orbital Sciences supply rocket destined for the International Space Station. Flying in a plane during a space launch used to be a popular way to get a new perspective on the events, and the last Endeavour launch was captured this way, as was a Discovery launch.
Here's what the pilot/cameraman had to say about this video:
I took this video of the very unfortunate Orbital Sciences rocket explosion on my iPad Mini. Video was taken in our Cessna 177 Cardinal from an altitude of 3000ft.