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This could be you, standing at the edge of a calm salt lake in the world's driest region: Chile's Atacama Desert. Or perhaps you prefer wine tasting in the vineyards outside Santiago? Or what about glaciers a stone's throw from Antarctica, in Chilean Patagonia?
Whatever sounds best, it can be yours for free, as LAN has just opened up a massive contest to begin their "Only in South America" campaign. The idea: to show exactly what makes the entire South American continent worth occupying a spot at the top of your bucket list. Naturally they're beginning on home turf, by giving away a luxury once-in-a-lifetime adventure around Chile.
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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.
Check out this old ad for Air France's transatlantic service. Love the route names: "Super Starliner" and "Eastern Epicurian." Hate that the ad implies only men enjoy the nicer things while in flight.
Granted, this ad was taken from an old British men's magazine named "Lilliput," but the thought of outright targeting one sex over the other for the sales of airline tickets is ridiculous. You see, it's done in a far subtler way now; note the naked Russian flight attendant calendar distributed to male frequent flyers of Aeroflot, or the sexy ads of Virgin America, touting the handsomeness of their male flight attendants and pilots just as much as the beauty of the females.
Okay, maybe not so subtle. At least there is one truly timeless aspect to the ad, and it's that final promise of "good food, good wine, good service and good company."
The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.
Portland’s beer breweries are so ubiquitous that even Portlandia won’t make a joke about them. But the city known for its beer culture is branching out into something a little more unexpectedurban wineries.
So, what’s an urban winery? Think of it as winemaking on a smaller and more intimate level. You don’t need to have your own fields and live out in the country; instead, urban winemakers will simply buy grapes from vineyards and make their own blends, sometimes in extremely small batches.
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You may not be able to order a kegger of wine from this Railtown working winery, although restaurants can, but what you can order is a tasting of some really good B.C. wine that’s on tap.
The Vancouver Urban Winery is, first and foremost, a commercial winery that manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands (including their own Roaring Twenties label, which you can buy by the bottle from their on-site store). In addition, and this is where it gets interesting, the Winery takes in kegs of wine from B.C. wineries and packages it for distribution to restaurants and bars in big steel tanks and—ta dah!—this is how you get wine-on-tap.
But why should you, the visitor with a jam-packed schedule, take time out of your busy day to visit the winery? Well, first off, it’s a cool place to hang out. The owners and sommeliers are all around the 30-years-old mark and you can feel the unbridled enthusiasm yet laid-back vibe of the place. There are comfy chairs to chill in or you can set yourself up at the bar if you’d like some interaction with the hopping bartenders. When we were there, it was open mike night with some pretty good singers doing their thing.
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Once upon a time we wrote that Spirit Airlines seemed set on becoming "the Ryanair of the United States." Then a month laterin the context of raising fees and amid moves to create non-reclining seatsthey declared that they were really proud of being the Ryanair of the United States. True story.
Fast forward to last weekend, when the Daily Mail published a synopsis of fees charged by the airline. They found 70 of them, which the airline imposed in 2011 to the sum of $76 million in profits. Spirit charges for carry-ons. It charges for printing boarding passes at the terminal.
It even charges a $2 fee each way because the Department of Transportation passed some rules that the airline didn't like. Really. The fee is called the "Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee." It exists. Douchebags.
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We were robbed. It may have happened just over a year ago, but we still live with the effects (like a fear that comes while biking and we hear a moped motor approaching). Read the full story, but also take away whatever knowledge you can from our horrible experience in order to prevent it happening to you while away from home.
Only a few days ago, Lifehacker posted a brilliant list of tips for travelers toting nice cameras, including how to deter would-be thieves. In this vein, we're revisiting our own 8 safety tips to avoid being mugged abroad:
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When it comes to food and travel they pretty much go hand in hand. That’s why we took a look at some citywide food festivals taking place this month, as checking out a new place with a side of delicious is always a good option. As the weather gets warmer it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, and here are three picks to do just that this April.
Pebble Beach Food and Wine
Just like the name indicates this food and wine event takes place over in Pebble Beach, California, as the chefs, cooks, and sommeliers are set to do their thing between April 4 and April 7. In total they’re offering up like 22 different wine tasting options, 8 different specialty dinners and lunches, and appearances from over 30 different chefs from around the globe.
As far as the events are concerned there are some pricier packages that include all kinds of different things, but if you are just looking to piece together your own options that’s fine too.
We found available wine and beer tasting events for as little as $100 per person, but if you’re looking for an interactive lunch or dinner—expect to shell out at least $200 per person. It might be a little bit of a splurge, but we say it’s worth it—maybe except for Guy Fieri Cooking Demonstration, as we’re pretty sure that’s available for free anytime you want over on Food Network.
Upstate New York is becoming known as a wine aficionado’s dream and we've even reviewed some of the wineries ourselves. However, if you’re not a huge wine fan or simply want to bypass some of the bachelorette party groups in Hummer limos, there are two great spots worth checking out in the region:
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Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited...but not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.
So you scored a decent tax refund this year, so congratulations from us to you on that accomplishment. Let’s celebrate with a drink—or a whole bottle—and we suggest doing so in Napa Valley. It sounds like an expensive proposition, but heading off to California’s wine country can be decently affordable if you’re looking to stretch that return cash from Uncle Sam. On the other side of things there’s plenty of places where you can blow it all on one meal.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted at: O'Brien Estate winery in Napa Valley, California
This week's Travel Cat is from Jaunted reader and Instagrammer @theangryskittle, who captured this idyllic scene.
Of the moment, he notes it was the "last tasting of the day," and apparently he's made a friend with whom to pass a gray day in the winter vineyard.
Friends, we have good news: Your days of sneaking booze past cruise ship security are over.
Royal Caribbean announced a new policy that allows for two 750-milliliter bottles of wine per cabin to be brought on board free of charge so long as it is consumed in the uber-cozy confines of your guest cabin. If you choose to consume it in a public spaceaka a restaurant, lounge, or poolsidethey’ll ding you $25 for the corking fee. Note once again that it is two bottles per cabin, not per person.
2012 was really the year more elite flyers learned to pass up the popping of a champagne cork for that of an in-flight wine. As airlines improved their wine lists to suit evolving tastes, we also heard of more and more travelers (rare-to-casual wine drinkers at home) dedicating entire trips to tasting wines. It's something we're guilty of ourselves and now that we've tasted what a week of vineyards and sun and fresh produce and rich pours can be, it's time to look for the next fix.
This is where Wine Enthusiast steps in, as they've today released their list of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2013. According to the magazine, this list of theirs is "from classic regions to lesser-known corners...[ranking] the best in overall cultural experience, timeliness, travel infrastructure and, of course, wine quality."