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Video Interlude: Short Films of Icelandic Scenery are Always a Good Idea

Where: Iceland
October 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

This has really been Iceland's year.

A slew of movies have used the country's famous landscapes for their setting, the erupting volcano of Bardabunga has opened up new tourism experiences (so long as there's no ash cloud), and it just so happens that we went to Iceland ourselves for the first time this year.

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Buy Flights to Europe for $400-$800 Right Now. Seriously, Right Now.

October 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not tomorrow. Not even later tonight. Right now is prime time for purchasing flights from the US to Europe, across all three airline alliances.

A fare sale initiated by American Airlines/US Airways this morning quickly erupted into a full-scale fare war, and now economy roundtrips from cities around the US to cities around Europe and the UK are totaling between $400-$800, with the average fare around $680.

Our friends at TheFlightDeal, FareDealAlert, and airfarewatchdog have been on it from the start, tweeting a stream of tempting deals all day long, like $467 SFO - Dublin on US Airways and $664 DFW - Madrid on Delta.

Travelers in cities other than the usual cheap fare favorites of New York, LA and SF will be shocked to see some serious deals closer to home, flyable for travel dates throughout winter 2014 and into late spring 2015.

Here's a few of our favorites:

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NYC's Most Touristy Ice Rink is Officially Open

October 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

What is the "official" start of the holiday season? While Christmas craziness is full swing come Thanksgiving, the real "spirit of the season" begins when NYC says it does, namely with the opening of the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. You can thank all the live morning shows broadcast around the Big Apple for that influence.

Today—October 13—is the rink's opening day for the 2014-2015 winter season, and the landmark celebrated the occasion with an on-ice performance by ice dancing Olympics gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White before allowing the general public to strap on skates.

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5 Festivals That Stretch Chicago's Summer Fun Well Into Winter

October 9, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

During the summer Chicago is a paradise of outdoor festivals, concerts, and events, but that doesn't mean the fun must be restricted to warm days. Chicago works with its weather to promote a range of activities throughout the year, well into turtleneck and mitten weather.

Here's our round-up of the best Chicago events during the fall and winter:

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$102 for a Carry-On Bag? Watch Out for Spirit's Newest Holiday Fees

September 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new baggage fee—yes another one—will hurt holiday season travelers this year, but only if you're flying notoriously fee-happy Spirit Airlines.

If you've booked or will book a flight on the budget airline after August 19. 2014 for travel between December 18, 2014 and January 5, 2015, be prepared to tack on $2 to each paid checked bag fee. They're calling it the "Temporary Holiday Bag Price Change," but we think it only hints at a proper permanent hike to come.

With the new $2 fee, carry-on bags (remember, Spirit charges for both carry-on and checked bags) will cost $37 each if purchased during booking, $47 during online check-in, $52 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. The first checked bag is actually a slightly better deal, charged at $32 each if purchased during booking, $42 during online check-in, $47 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. Overweight, oversize, extra bags, and their "$9 club" fees all differ, so check out their site for more, but remember to add the extra $2 on to each price.

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Add Voluntourism in Jamaica to Your Winter Travel Options

Where: Jamaica
July 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that summer is on the cusp of winding down, it's definitely time to start thinking about winter getaways while the getting's good.

Travel To Do Good is currently booking a December trip to Montego Bay Jamaica with the goal of balancing relaxation with making a difference in the community.

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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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