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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Don't Forget to Be Nice to Your Server Too

February 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM | by | ()

If this post seems a little bit shouty, it’s because it is. PSA: If you plan on going out on Valentine’s Day--or Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, or any other major holiday--please know that your server/flight attendant/grocery checker/concierge is most likely spending time away from their family and loved ones.

As a long-time restaurant widow (a term used for the significant others of those who work long, late hours in the restaurant industry), I’ve spent a decade of birthdays and holidays solo because my significant other is busy waiting on YOU.

Aside from his co-workers, he's shared these dates of significance primarily with strangers. Don't get me wrong, I know this is a conscious career decision. Just please be aware –- and extra nice -- to the folks who work holidays, because it's rarely ever a choice.

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Love is in the Air, Especially When These British Airways Couples are Working The Same Flight

February 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

Just as you thought you couldn’t take any more Valentine’s-related travel stories, here comes one that will genuinely warm the cockles of your heart.

Traveling with your significant other is, of course, horrifically fraught, so British Airways have pulled together three inflight couples who work, travel and live together, to see how they do it. Cheesy? Of course! PR stunt? Bien sur? Useful? Not entirely, though there are lessons we can all take from them. But cute as can be? Defo.

The three couples are all cabin-crew-on-cabin-crew partnerships: Sara and Luca Devoto; Julian Holmes and Roly Naiken; and Tim Whorwood and Grant Stride. Yes, two out of three of the couples are same sex. We shouldn't have to say this, but we will. Well done, British Airways.

There’s nothing mindblowing here, but they’re all adorable nonetheless. Here’s how they manage to live, work and travel together without killing each other:

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Where to Make Out in Canada's 'Most Romantic City' This Valentine's Day

Where: Victoria, BC, Canada
February 12, 2015 at 10:43 AM | by | ()

If you’re looking for a last-minute place to woo your Valentine, you may want to hightail it to Victoria, B.C. It was just named the “Most Romantic City” in Canada for the third year in a row by Amazon.ca.

As the romance capital of Canada, Victoria decided dress up accordingly, by wrapping its trees in pink and red fairy lights. Take a stroll down Government Street and check out the Fairmont Empress, Victoria’s most iconic hotel. The grand dame has outdone itself with twinkly pink and red lights.

If that doesn’t get you in the mood, the city has designated a few key "Kissing Spots" with pink and purple decals.

The four locations in the downtown area include near the Fairmont Empress, overlooking the Inner Harbour on Wharf Street, in Centennial Square overlooking the fountain and totem poles and behind the Empress at Humboldt St. It’s like a subtle cheat sheet for getting some Valentine’s Day A-C-T-I-O-N.

If you find yourself at any of these kissing spots (we know you’re going to look for them), snap a selfie (use a selfie stick) and share it with us on Twitter. Might as well let @VictoriaVisitor peek in on your kiss too.

For more romantic ideas and schmoopie things to do in Victoria, B.C., visit here.

[Photo: Tourism Victoria]

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Three Celebrity Valentine's Day Travel Ideas to Use Next Year

February 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

If your Valentine's Day was a total disappointment, here are three perfect celebrity dates you can live through vicariously.

· X Factor UK judge Nicole Scherzinger spent Friday afternoon on a romantic tour of Rome with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Lewis Hamilton. The couple had an idyllic day feeding each other Gelato, riding around on scooters from Bici & Baci, and touring the Colosseum.

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The Most Romantic Flight Surprise We Can Think Of

February 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM | by | ()

Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.

Idea #2: Seaplane flights for two

Please allow us to switch into the first-person for a moment, to describe the most romantic thing we did for ourselves in 2013 and which you, in 2014, should absolutely take under consideration.

There's something innately seductive about Vancouver. Perhaps it's all that fresh air, the surrounding mountains and sparkling harbour, and a summer season short enough to get the entire city out and about in their shortest shorts from July to September. For a frequent traveler like myself, however, the allure is heightened by the delicious tangibility of seaplane flights.

Vancouver is the home base for Harbour Air, the world's largest seaplane airline and also the only completely carbon neutral airline. Their DeHavilland Otters and Beavers buzz Vancouver's shoreline day-in and day-out, flying commuters and residents to Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island and Whistler, but it's their extra special offerings you'll want to check out.

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A Few US Cities Essentially Celebrate Valentine's Day Every Day

February 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM | by | ()

Sure flowers and chocolates are a safe pick to show that special someone how you feel on Valentine’s Day, but of course we would suggest something more—like the gift of travel. The beach or the mountains would be a good pick, but even better would be a trip to a town with love right in the name.

Here’s a couple places to point your GPS today, and maybe there’s even a spot in town where you can pick up a shirt of souvenir.

Valentine, Nebraska

Lovely, Kentucky

Loveland, Ohio (there’s one in Colorado too!)

Bliss, New York

Hartsville, Tennessee

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Uber's $500 Skywriting Deal is a Little Bit Genius, a Little Bit Crazy

February 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | ()

Professing your love with a message in the sky is a cute gift, but one that comes with an ugly price tag. It's a sure way to attract the attention of social media—remember this proposal over Central Park?—but at the expense of $1,500 to $4,000 per message.

That is, unless you're booking the $500 "UberSky" Valentine's Day Skywriting deal tomorrow.

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Say No to Jewelry and Yes to Private Pool Villas for Valentine's Day

February 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | ()

Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.

Idea #1: A night or two in a private pool villa, for skinny-dipping.

Now, skinny-dipping here and there doesn't make you a nudist, but it does impart some spontaneous edge and prove you're more than a little comfortable in your own skin. Sleep naked, and wake up before coffee by walking straight from bed into the deep end.

Unlike an overwater bungalow, the confines of a private pool ensure there'll be no sharks or jellyfish lurking below. Here's our three favorite hotels with villas whose pools are ultra-private:

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For Valentine's Day, TSA Focuses on What's Important

February 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM | by | ()

TSA recently blogged a list of tips for traveling during and around Valentine's Day. Yes to regular and even liquid-filled chocolates, but no to flower vases with water in them, plus a reminder that there are special rules for traveling with wedding dresses. Because wedding dresses and flower vases with water in them could be used to compromise the security of aircraft, you see.

In other news, engineers have discovered a way that hackers can hijack TSA scanning machines to remotely overlay what screeners see with arbitrary images. So if you're a terrorist smuggling a gun through security, and you've got a friend who has gained access to the computer linked to your checkpoint, your friend can cover over the image of your gun with what looks like a pile of socks.

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Which 5 World Cities are Best for Getting Busy?

February 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | ()

Earlier this week, we ran down our picks of destinations within the US that prove most romantic, thus making them perfect Valentine's Day spots. Now we're busting out the passport to highlight some similarly amorous locations farther afield.

We're firm believers that crossing borders builds relationships. If your plans involve whisking your better half away on an airplane, here are our picks for making the most of international travel this Valentine's Day:

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Which 5 U.S. Cities are Best for Getting Busy?

February 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | ()

Next week is Valentine's Day and, if you haven't even begun to think about what gift to get your honey to show your affection, take it from us that plane tickets trump flowers or chocolates any day. With that, just any old city won't do to make the holiday a memorable getaway, so picking the perfect romantic destination is key.

From lovey-dovey beach weekends to a high-style cities, the United States offers up some perfect locations to be shot by Cupid's arrow. Put your passport away for once, as we've compiled the most romantic locations around the country to spend this V-Day with your loved one.

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Do Travelers Really Have Better Sex?

February 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM | by | ()

Gather around children, whilst we explain the difference between correlation and causation. This might sound a little bit condescending and pedantic, but that's only because we're going out of our way be condescending and pedantic. Ready?

Causation is when A causes B. Correlation is merely when A and B vary together in some way. Maybe it's because A is actually causing B. But maybe it's because B causing A, or maybe it's because they're both being caused by C, or maybe it's because A and B are actually the same thing, and so on. Easy enough, right?

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