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Finland Will Finish Its Version of 'La Sagrada Familia' Before Spain

Where: Finland
July 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a must-do on a visit to Barcelona, and tourists can usually immediately identify the most iconic church the city has to offer: La Sagrada Familia. This Gaudi masterpiece stands tall in the metropolis and, despite the fact it's been 131 years since construction commenced, it still remains shrouded in safety tarps and scaffolding.

Now the Spaniards have a little competition thanks to some post-graduate students from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands and their quest to recreate the famous Gaudi structure in ice. This winter, the pair plans to carve an ice castle replica of the cathedral in Juuka, Finland, where the average temperatures hover around -4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The Two Products Every Traveler Needs in a Toiletry Kit During Winter Weather

February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

This winter has been a rough one for the northern hemisphere, with harsh winter conditions in the US and the dreariest of rainy seasons in Europe. Unfortunately the winter isn't over yet, so we're here to drop one big tip that's been a huge help to us as we travel during less than lovely weather: take care of your lips.

Frequent flying and the stress of switching time zones means lots of moisturizing to keep skin fresh and hydrated. It's just that we often overlook the importance of lips. Male or female, it doesn't matter. You need to have these two products in your toiletry kit:

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Six Cities Ignoring the Groundhog to Enjoy an Early Spring

February 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can all agree that this winter just won't relent and, with the decision of this years Groundhog Day in question, we have no indication on when it may end.

If you're tired of hauling out the snowblower and lacing up snow boots, leave it all at home and head to a destination that's already waved good-bye to the adverse weather of winter.

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Pack Your Galoshes, as 'Acqua Alta' Has Arrived to Flood Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
February 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

So you’ve been to Venice during the warmer weather—and it was great—but to see the city in a different way you might want to check things out during the late winter. After all, that’s when the Acqua Alta rolls into town, and makes a pair of waterproof boots essential for getting from point A to point B.

More often than not the Adriatic Sea gets cranky during the winter, and the tides strengthen. That’s especially the case for the waters in the Venetian Lagoon, and that means the lagoon becomes one with the lowest parts of the city—even more so than usual.

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It's Not Sochi, But You Can Bobsled Down the Olympic Track in Park City, Utah

Where: 3419 Olympic Parkway [map], Park City, Utah, United States, 84098
February 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve all been there – that sometimes egotistical, sometimes genuine conversation amongst travelers about the most unique things they’ve experienced. It’s typically pretty straightforward. There’s always someone who brings up eating something in Asia, someone who name drops a bunch of sexy destinations, and someone who had a good time sleeping on a dirt floor somewhere at some point. You know the types!

Well, since we're speaking of unique experiences as the games in Sochi kick off, we think we've got the trump card: What about bobsledding in Utah at Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Games were held in Park City?

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The 5 Emotional Stages of Enduring a Flight Delay

January 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

January 2014 has been quite the banner month for travel disruptions, with thousands upon thousands of flights delayed or cancelled. And the month’s not even over yet!

On the bright side, at least all this weather-related trouble has likely toughened up casual flyers and instigated some good travel practices, like checking flight status before leaving for the airport and considering itineraries that avoid airports prone to winter weather warnings.

Still, there comes a point at which nothing more can be done but to endure the delay and hope Mother Nature rejoins your side. For times like those, we present the 5 stages of Flight Delays*

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Three Events to Warm Up a Frozen February in Canada

Where: Canada
January 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It might be cold in your neighborhood, but we’d be willing to bet it’s even colder across much of Canada. The country certainly knows all about winter weather, but instead of staying inside and binge watching Netflix programming they get outdoors and enjoy it. If you want to check things out for yourself—and embrace the winter—here’s three winter festivals to do just that:

Winterlude – Ottawa, Ontario & Gatineau, Quebec

The fun starts on January 31, and it runs through three weekends during February. Residents and tourists alike bundle up and take to the outdoors, as they enjoy things like the world’s largest skating rink over at the Rideau Canal Skateway. Slip, slide, and skate your way through portions of the city all while checking out the goodies that Canada’s capital has to offer.

There’s ice carvings over at Confederation Park, and the world’s biggest snow playground—they call it Snowflake Kingdom—does its thing over at Jacques Cartier Park in nearby Gatineau. Most of the activities are free, but be sure to bring to bring along some extra cash for a BeaverTail or two.

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Things Travel Writers Don’t Tell You About Dog Sledding

January 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (3)

Doesn't it look so innocent, so fresh, so beautiful? Man's best friend frolicking through the fresh snow? It's a postcard, for sure, but hardly the reality of what you experience on a dog sledding adventure.

When we first went dog sledding last year, it was the history, importance, and necessity of it to past cultures that interested us. The novelty of being pulled through the woods by a pack of dogs was what we had read about from other writers before signing up for the outing, and a taste of this was what we expected to get for our money.

Boy, were we surprised what else we tasted. It didn't take long to realize that there are many things about dog sledding that typically get left out of most accounts, and to say that they are glorified would be an understatement. For those who are considering trying it out on their next trip, you might be interested to hear what it's really like.

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Here's How You Take Photos of the Northern Lights

Where: Lofoton, Norway
January 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve said our piece about how we think you shouldn’t even attempt to take photos of the Northern Lights until your second time around, but as travel writers, we do understand the urge to capture the moment. Below, we’ve put together a few tips on how to increase your chances of taking a good shot.

For those of you who either a) don’t have a sophisticated enough camera or b) agree that a camera should not get in the way of experiencing the moment, we have an alternative idea for you: Let someone else take the photo.

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Five Other Reasons Americans Should Consider a Trip to the Arctic Circle in Winter

Where: Norway
January 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Northern Lights are obviously a big draw for visitors to the arctic, but some of you might be wondering why anyone would want to spend their hard-earned money to endure subzero temperatures and track down something that is in no way guaranteed. We totally get that, but we think there's a bigger picture of braving the cold, whether it's to Norway, Sweden, Alaska, Canada, or Finland. Here are five reasons other than the Aurora Borealis to fly north in the winter:

Shorter Days and Epic Sunsets

Again, we know that first part sounds like a bad thing off the bat, but you won't hear anyone who has bore witness to the colors in the arctic sky complaining. Various shades of blue mix with pink, purple, red, orange, and even green to put on a show unlike anything seen at lower latitudes. It more than makes up for the extra hours of darkness, and seeing the sun rise at 10am and set at 2pm is a pretty novel experience that tells well over happy hour upon your return.

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We Saw the Northern Lights! And We Did NOT Take a Photo… Here’s Why

Where: Tromso, Norway
January 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our assistant editor, Will (aka Wake), has been busy on the trail of the Northern Lights in Norway. Below, he describes his experience, along with his reasoning for why he didn’t bring along his camera.

After a few nights of anticipation and washing down cod chips with Northern Lights beer, I finally saw the Polar Lights in all their glory about an hour outside of Tromso in the Arctic Circle. There are a lot of words to describe the evening: Powerful. Incredible. Fascinating. Colorful. Inspiring.

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'Can I Bring My Ice Skates As Carry-On Luggage?'

January 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."

When it comes to bringing your ice skates with you things are a little bit tricky, and honestly a lot of seems to depend on who is hanging out at the security checkpoint. Sure the airlines have their say in the matter, but first things first—we need to check with the TSA.

It sounds like ice skates are cool with the TSA, as they seem to classify things as sports equipment. Since ice skates probably aren’t specifically to be used as a bludgeon—their words—like a bat or a club, things should be permitted to be carried aboard. They do say that certain items could require additional screening, and that the final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane. So we say be extra nice, hope for the best, and be prepared to possibly check them—or toss them in the trash.

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