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Video Interlude: Nothing is Sweeter Than These Two Old Ladies on Their First Flight

April 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Vodafone recently began a brilliant campaign to showcase communication technology as it relates to improved quality of life. One video has members of a refugee camp making the first call home, while another details the creation of the first "color-conducted" orchestra concert. Without a doubt, however, their masterpiece is "An & Ria's #First Flight," a 9-minute short film following two elderly women as they embark on what is not only their first flight, but their first experience abroad.

Head to 4:00 for the beginning of their airport experience, where they marvel at airplanes ready to take off for exotic destinations. Remember—neither of these women (aged 78) have been more than a drive or train away from their homes for their entire life, vacationing near so as to avoid air travel.

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Video Interlude: Leave It to Red Bull to Produce an Epic Sky Dive

March 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to sports, Red Bull isn't one to do things by halves...or even wholes. No, Red Bull has to go fully over-the-top, even when it comes to sky diving. In fact, especially when it comes to sky diving; who can forget 2012's Stratos space jump?

More recently, Red Bull's been back at it with a glider-to-glider sky jump.

We're not going to spoil all the fun, but you've gotta watch the 2.5-minute video of the stunt (embedded below), which involves some vertiginous views, upside-down flying, and heart-pounding moments (even though you're just sitting at a screen, watching).

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Count the American Airlines Cameos in Casey Neistat's J. Crew Ad

March 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Filmmaker Casey Neistat, a master of viral videomaking, just released his newest mini-film and we have to admit that it's right up our alley. The 3-minute, 20-second clip is essentially one long ad for J.Crew's new Ludlow Traveler suit, which Casey sports while demonstrating 17 tips for traveling in style, bucking the growing trend of wearing slouchy sweatpants on planes and ill-fitting khaki cargo shorts on foreign streets.

While we're all for his tips to wear a suit onboard a long flight, change for sleep, then change again to be ready to go at your destination, we're not so sure about the surfing or snowboarding in a suit. But speaking of flights, Neistat is a dedicated AA frequent flyer and, for this film, worked with the airline to set up some of the more unique shots.

Can you spot all the American Airlines cameos?

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How Cunard Pulled Off an Epic At-Sea Photoshoot with the Queen Mary 2

March 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

"She is an iconic ocean liner—the only one of its kind in service."

An iconic ship needs a photoshoot worth of a diva for a decade of service and, in the case of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 10th Anniversary, that's exactly what she got.

In case you haven't yet seen the incredible photos, check them out right now because we've got a video of exactly how the at-sea photo stunt was made possible.

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Video Interlude: Wisconsin Welcomes with a Little 'Airplane!' Action

March 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Thinking of where to go this spring and summer—how about Wisconsin? Okay, we understand that it might not have the appeal of the Caribbean or Europe, but their latest tourism campaign has put the state back on our radar.

Take a break from the cubicle this morning and watch the tourism board’s latest attempt at humor and getting visitors into the state. They do their best to do a little remake of Airplane! complete with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Hays doing their thing.

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Copy Kate Upton's 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue' Zero-G Flight for $4,950

February 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year already, when the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue brushes all other magazines off the racks to grab attention with barely bikini-covered boobs, and of course Page Six is all over the hijinks that occurred during photo shoots.

Aside from the models jetting off to exotic destinations like the Matterhorn in Switzerland, the hidden sand dunes of Brazil, and remote beaches in the Cook Islands, cover star Kate Upton was launched into "space" onboard the Zero-G parabolic trainer aircraft to simulate a gravity-less environment. Upton rode the Boeing 727 through multiple maneuvers and changed into various gold swimwear designs, without loosing her stomach, to complete one of the more elaborate photo spreads in the magazine.

Typically Zero-G requires their guests to wear navy flight jumpsuits and pay $4,950 per person for the experience, but we're sure Kate didn't have to worry about these trivialities. To get onboard yourself, Zero-G has upcoming flights available in Miami, Houston, Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Philadelphia.

[Video: Sports Illustrated]

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Watch an Emirates 777 Strip Down and Suit Up

February 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s no new livery to be had here, but we can't help and sit back for a couple of minutes and enjoy the time-lapse distraction from the folks over at Emirates. It’s hard running an airline with all the planes and paint, and every once in a while one needs to strip things down and throw on a fresh coat—got to keep things looking good.

In the embedded video above Emirates shows off what it takes to clean a Boeing 777-300 down to bare metal, and then to bring things back to airport ready condition. Repainting an airplane to keep things looking professional is just part of the airline business, but when you speed things up into a quick little video it becomes that much more interesting.

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Video Interlude: Take a Time-Lapse Look at WestJet's Disney 'Magic Plane'

Where: Canada
February 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

For those looking to visit Walt Disney World this year the best ride there might just be aboard WestJet. The carrier from Canada recently revealed its latest livery, and this thing is all magic and Mickey Mouse.

The custom paintjob on the Boeing 737-800 features Mickey in his Sorcerer Mickey role, along with plenty of other magic sprinkled over the outside and inside of the airplane. They’re calling it the Magic Plane, and we’ve got to say—we’d call it that too.

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Delta Does It Again with Totally Rad 1980s-Inspired Safety Video

January 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We hate to ruin the surprise in advance of your next flight with Delta, but we have to tell you that the airline has another great safety video. We imagine that the holiday video from late last year has run its course, and this new one even features the updated rules and regulations about keeping those electronic doodads on and operating during takeoff and landing.

This time Delta is going back in the time machine, as they plan a visit—and a tribute—to all things 1980s. It looks like things were uploaded to YouTube just yesterday, and we’re hoping that things are also added into the seatback screen as soon as possible.

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Throwback Thursday: The 1970s Sure Were 'Qantastic'

Where: Australia
January 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

We can probably all agree that the 1970s weren't exactly a standout decade for fashion, hairstyles and politics. However, it was during this time that many international airlines hit their stride with jet travel, just as it became the fashion for the average person to dump their disposable income into discovering new corners of the planet.

We can look to Qantas for some of the biggest milestones of the 70s and, no doubt, they're ready to celebrate via Instagram.

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Video Interlude: An Education in Being a Tourist to New York City

January 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Uploaded back in September, with ample time to tutor tourists arriving to New York City for the holidays, the 4-minute video is an instructional film for non-New Yorkers looking to enjoy a visit to the Big Apple. We only picked up on it this week after our buddy, Seth Miller aka Wandering Aramean, posted it and added his two cents as a native New Yorker: "We’re not rude and Times Square isn’t a great place to visit. There’s reasons for that and you should understand them, not just assume we’re all assholes."

Wise words.

While the video is meant to entertain, it's also completely serious on a "listen up" level. For real, stopping on the sidewalk to take a picture can result in worse than holding up those behind you for an extra second; sidewalk collisions do happen! While telling the story of how you broke your wrist outside Grand Central Terminal will likely be fun in the far, far future, the fact that it's your fault (and you may hurt others) isn't so great.

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and even New Years may be over and, thus, the highest tourist holidays behind us, at least there's spring to look forward to. Watch this before hopping that plane to head to NYC for Central Park jogging and Fifth Avenue shopping.

[Video: Glove and Boots]

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The Most Viral Travel Video of 2013 is...

Where: Canada
December 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

We’ve wasted time savored the moment, watching all kinds of "viral" travel videos throughout 2013. We’ve seen hardcore parkour at an airplane graveyard, lots of airline safety videos, and even a supermodel dancing through TWA's Terminal 5.

However, the most popular of all 2013 travel videos arrived just in time for the holidays, and it’s all thanks to the folks over at WestJet. In less than one month, the video has racked up over 34 million views.

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