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The busiest travel day of the year isn't right after Thanksgiving as holiday travel folklore would have you believe, but it is tomorrow, December 19. Are you ready?
Airlines4America predicts that 45 million travelers will fly US airlines over a period of 19 days, the peak holiday span between December 17 and January 4.
Planes are projected to be 80 percent to 90 percent full over the winter holiday period, with the busiest travel day expected to be Friday, Dec. 19. The lightest travel days are expected to be Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan. 1.
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Google Aruba's average weather and you'll quickly learn two things:
1. Aruba is pretty much an ideal 84 degrees every day, year round.
2. Aruba lies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt.
Both of those statements are music to the years of travelers in the mood for "anywhere sunny, with a beach," but there are reasons outside the weather why you may or may not want to head down to "One Happy Island."
To make sure you book that dream trip and have the best possible time, we've got some recommendations for when to go to Aruba.
Above: the huge Christmas tree at Navy Pier
'Tis the season for Christmas Festivals filled with lights, music, hot chocolate, and roasted chestnuts.
Here are three of this year's best holiday festivals and how you can get tickets to each:
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If you’re sick of the slopes this winter there’s a different kind of run to get your adrenaline going—the bobsled run. The tracks are few and far between, and it looks like there’s actually only a handful doing their thing within the United States and Canada—at least according to Wikipedia.
No experience necessary, as they’re eager to welcome newcomers and adventure seekers alike. So without further ado here’s the four spots where you can ride in a bobsled this winter:
Like we said, if hitting the slopes isn’t getting a little boring there’s always the bobsled run. Now through December 19 they’re even offering up a deal. Only $129.50 will get you a ride down the 2002 Olympic track, and of course the ultimate bragging rights to friends on social media. It’s all part of Utah Olympic Park—book online right here.
Like it or not December has finally arrived, and that means the holiday season is in full swing. Everyone gets in on the Christmas decorations this time of year, but there are a few that take the holiday kitsch to the next level. Here’s five of our picks for putting a smile on your face—or to just shake your head in decoration disgust:
If lights are what you’re after than this is where you need to be, as one dad just took the whole Clark W. Griswold thing to the next level. The new Guinness World Record title for the largest image made of LED lights now belongs to someone in Australia, as this guy has set up around 1.2 million lights. Obviously things are a little much for the neighborhood, so you’ll need to visit Canberra's CBD to check things out.
The mother of all Christmas stores does its thing in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and you can bet that they have holiday kitsch down to a science here. If you can’t visit in person there’s a virtual tour online, and they even have quite an online retail presence. So if you just need that 28.25-inch Lighted Plastic Penguin with Scarf—ordering it through their website is a breeze.
This weekend moviegoers can experience what it's really like to live in Antarctica as the movie Antarctica: A Year On Ice hits theaters.
The film is directed by Anthony Powell who, along with his wife Christine, has been living in Antarctica for more than 10 years. Powell's first documentary captures a year in the life of these two brave Antarctica dwellers, including everything from months of darkness to some of the worst storms on earth.
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It has begun.
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, airlines are already issuing winter storm travel waivers for tomorrow, Wednesday November 26. You can blame Winter Storm Cato on the Northeast for any travel interruptions, but the Midwest is due to experience snow and high winds as well.
Get ahead of the weather by taking advantage of these proactive waivers to alter your plans:
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The Weather Channel's headline of "Wind, Snow, East Coast Storm May Frustrate Fliers and Drivers" isn't what travelers want to read before heading out for a stressful holiday trip. And yet that's exactly what much of the United States will do this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.
To prevent entering the five emotional stages of a flight delay, and keep your cool so you reach your destination as close to on-time as possible, take our tried and true airport survival tips to heart:
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As you prep for ski season by tracking snow reports and searching for deals, you're no doubt making a mental list of which hills you'd like to hit. We'd like to put another on your radar, one you may not have known existed: Badger Pass Ski Area inside Yosemite National Park.
That's right. As if Yosemite couldn't get any more glorious, it's best kept secret is that it offers downhill skiing during the winter. To be fair, it is pretty modest when compared against the other major players over in Tahoe. It only has 10 runs, a maximum vertical drop of 800 feet, and 85% of its terrain is dedicated to beginner and intermediate levels. But it's a cool choice for beginners who want to learn to ski in style, especially this season as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The cooler weather has finally arrived, and there are two options—well, we guess three options. Stay inside and watch television, fly somewhere warm, or train and prepare for a little athletic competition. We’re leaning towards the third and final option, as registration has opened for one of the country’s best races.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 14, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to plan and prepare—and with the Valentine’s Day date maybe you can even find a romantic runner to share in the big day.
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When the airport looks like thisaircraft being de-iced and a departure board of yellow and red delays and cancellationsthen it's time to explore your options.
An extended delay may result in a gate agent handing you vouchers for services you wouldn't have otherwise needed had your flight flown on time. There are vouchers for a night at an airport hotel (a specific hotel, not your choice), vouchers for transportation, vouchers for future flights, and vouchers for meals at the airport. What vouchers you receive will depend on the nature of the delay, and anything that's the airline's fault (for example: crew scheduling, equipment issues) naturally yields more.
The most flexible vouchers are actually those for meals, but don't make a bee-line for the nearest McDonalds or $10 sandwich!
Typical meal vouchers allot $7 for breakfast, and $12 each for lunch and dinner, per person. That's not very much considering the current costs of airport foodLAX sells $19 salads, after allbut a little creativity and some basic math will get your tummy full of healthy options.
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Jaunted's Assistant Editor, Will McGough, tearing through some powder last year in Steamboat Springs
Now that the calendar has turned to November, it's time to welcome in the 2014-2015 North American ski season.
We were lucky enough to get a jump on it this year, knocking the dust off our gear early by taking a trip to South America this summer, during which we highlighted the differences between a few of the major resorts and visited one of the country's best apres-ski venues. With those memories still near, it is a beautiful thing to see the ski resorts here at home begin to turn on the lifts.