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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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'How Do I Travel with a Snowboard as Checked Luggage?'

January 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comment (1)

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."

So, how to fly on a commercial airplane with a snowboard?

Well, the easy answer is that snowboards are not allowed as a carry-on item for any airline, and it must be checked. Here, the details vary with the airline, with the exception that one snowboard bag plus boot bag counts as one piece of checked luggage, for which you will have to pay the checked baggage fee (if the airline charges for baggage).

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Northern Lights: What the Hell Are They Anyway, and Why Are They So Hard to Predict?

Where: Lofoton, Norway
January 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

It starts with an explosion on the surface of the sun.

Huge amounts of energy are released and sent barreling towards Earth, where the particles enter our planet's atmosphere and collide with its magnetic field. When the solar storm is strong enough, the result of this interaction is what we have come to know as the Northern Lights. But as we're learning this week, it is extremely difficult for anyone to predict if, when, and where you'll be able to see them, as evidenced by all the false alarms across North America this weekend.

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Where To Go For MLK Day Weekend: Vermont

January 14, 2014 at 6:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

For those lucky enough to have the day off, the first three-day weekend of the year arrives in just a few days. The country honors Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 20, and that means it’s your first chance to get away for a long weekend during 2014. There’s so many places to escape for a few days, but if you’re looking for a suggestion—how about hitting up Vermont for the weekend. Here’s a few of our picks and recommendations if you’re looking to get away for the weekend.

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Wish You Were Here: Chasing Down the Northern Lights in Norway

Where: Norway
January 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to the week of the Northern Lights!

Scientists predicted that this would be one of the best viewing years thanks to the lights being on the positive end of an 11-year cycle. So, we're packing our arctic gear and headed for northern Norway to see if we can get ourselves a glimpse, specifically near the towns of Lofoten and Tromso.

This week, we'll take you through the process of tracking down the infamous light show, not only providing insight into our experience but also advice for how to pass the time. The Northern Lights can be quite fickle, so your search will most likely take a few days. And since you aren't going to go to Norway for only a day, we've got you covered on what to eat and drink while you wait.

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'Can I Take Snowshoes as My Carry-on Luggage?'

January 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM | 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."

So you’ve booked that winter trip up to Yosemite to do the snowshoe thing among the weather and wilderness, but now you’re wondering how the heck you’re going to get all your gear to come along with you. With baggage rules, regulations, and requirements more specific than ever it’s a good questions, so we’ll try to help you with the question—how do I bring along my snowshoes?

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Seven World Cities Sizzling in Hot Heat Right Now

January 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week we shared our own snap of some unexpected extreme weather: high heat in Australia! And, while the "Polar Vortex" dominates the United States, it's nice to daydream about locales experiencing steamy, equatorial temperatures.

If your flight has been cancelled or you're still stuck in an airport, have a look at our round-up of some of the highest temps around the world right now:

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