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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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'Can I Take Ski Boots as My Carry-on Luggage?'

January 7, 2014 at 1:09 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."

If you spend most of summer hoping for winter so you can hop on a plane to carve up some powder, pay attention. There's a lot of gear to ensure your trip won't start in tears when you've forgotten something for the slopes, and some airlines are bit more lenient with your ski gear than others.

We're talking about ski boots today. Here's our run down of airline policies regarding ski boots as carry-on or checked luggage:

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Terrible Tarmac: 14 Photos of Seriously Frozen Airports

January 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (0)


A Delta Connection regional jet gets shovelled out after sliding off the runway yesterday at JFK Airport

Trying to fly somewhere today in the United States? It's going to be rough, no matter your destination, thanks to Mother Nature's mood swings and record low temperatures with record high snowfalls at a list of major airports. Even if there's no cold weather cities on your itinerary, keep in mind that air crew have to be able to get to the airport to work and the airplane for your flight usually has to fly in from somewhere else, and that somewhere else could be one of locations crippled by mass delays and cancellations.

This isn't negativity, but reality. Snowfall in the Midwest tops 12" with polar wind chill, rain mixed with icy gusts has created extremely hazardous icing conditions on the east coast, and Denver is just...Denver in the winter.

At 1pm EST today, JetBlue made the decision to stop all of their flights into or out of JFK, LaGuardia, Boston and Newark airports until at least 10am Tuesday. 300 flights are affected, but that's a smidgeon compared to the total 4,100+ flight cancellations and 11,000 delays today alone. [*FlightAware]

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How to Survive Airport Delays During This First Blizzard of 2014

January 3, 2014 at 7:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hercules is in town! No, we don't mean the strongman hero of myth, but rather the winter storm hitting the East Coast this morning, given the name "Hercules" by The Weather Channel. Airlines began canceling flights last night (2,647, according to FlightAware) and the bad news continues through this morning, with FlightAware's Misery Map showing 1,664 cancellations as of 7am EST this morning. Those numbers don't include delays!

Airports like Chicago-O'Hare enjoyed an early onslaught of traveler frustration yesterday evening as those cancellations and delays lit up the Departures board in red and yellow. An Instagram from comedian Deon Cole shows as much, although he has a fun take on the situation: "The airport in Chicago is insane! All this airport is missing is a DJ!"

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If You've Gotta Do New Year's in Times Square, Know These Five Rules

December 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but New Year's celebrations can be so delightful! And since you've got a place to go—Times Square—let's go, let's go, let's go! Okay now ignore that attempt at rewriting the song "Let It Snow" and pay attention, because we're about to give you the lowdown on crossing New Year's in Times Square off your bucket list.

Many people, as we've come to discover, just flock to Times Square all willy-nilly for the ball drop, mistakenly thinking they'll have things like tons of port-a-potties or food vendors. Not true. It's a rugged experience, and you've got to prepare for it and know the rules. Aside from no alcohol allowed, there are five major guidelines to having a great time at the ball drop and still getting a view of the action.

The Five Rules for Going to The New Year's Ball Drop in Times Square...

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I Went on a Trip and Now I'm Sad: Dealing with Post-Travel Depression

December 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

PTD: Post-Travel Depression. It's a thing, even if there's no entry for it on WebMD, and it sucks.

Returning home from a trip usually brings with it feelings of sadness and longing for the good times now over and far away, but PTD is a step further. There's only so many times you can look through your Instagram archive before you realize it's more than just longing to return. PTD is a bit like a deep hangover after your trip-long happiness binge, and effects may include stress, trouble sleeping, listlessness, and dejection in general.

We just experienced it ourselves after returning from three weeks in the sun and fun of Australia. It's a new feeling for us, since we essentially travel for a living and long ago become acclimated to the roller coaster of activity and emotion brought by frequent travel.

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Blizzard Blocking Your Flight Plans? Make the Most of a Massive Delay

December 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's only 10am on the east coast and already airlines have already canceled thousands of flights (it was already at 1,000 cancelled by 9am, according to USA Today) and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey have already announced that they're not taking it laying down; JFK Airport is putting into service some 900 tons of salt, 200 tons of sand, and plenty of liquid de-icers, trucks, plows, blowers, and staff.

There's all of this focus on New York City and travelers stuck in the Big Apple's airports, which is understandable considering it's the city at the center of the world with major international flight connections, but let's not forget the scores of tired and cranky folks delayed at other airports around the country, trying to make it to and not away from NYC.

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Travel Nightmare from 'Ice Friday' to Last All Weekend and Beyond

December 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's close out the week with the kind of advisory that we always hate giving: if you're not traveling today and tomorrow, consider yourself lucky, because holy hell does it suck to be flying across the United States this weekend. There's a slim chance that you've managed to arrive get to one of the five warm weather destinations that we outlined earlier this morning - they're here if you want to confirm that you're among the chosen - but if not, wow does it suck to have anything to do with an airport right now.

It really, actually has come to this: News outlets have gone ahead and dubbed today "Ice Friday." Hundreds of flights were canceled across the country, not least of all because a storm decided to bury the Southeast and Texas with what people down there - allegedly - refer to as "weather." DFW alone had 500 cancellations.

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