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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.
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Above: Heidelberg castle, with the market and ice skating rink in a Platz below
Christkindlmarkt, Weihnachtsmarkt or Marché de Noëlwhatever the name, the game's the same. European Christmas Markets are several weeks of seeing cities at their best, festively decorated and with tasty seasonal specialties on offer. Travelers used to seeing Europe in summer are in for a shock, and perhaps a change of season preference, once the charm of winter takes hold of the historic city centers and the hot mulled wine is poured.
With so much magic in store across the continent, it can be difficult to chose just one or two cities for your winter market visit. Luckily we've narrowed it down, highlighting the most beloved markets for the 2014 holiday season, in the countries with the most tradition behind the events:
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The Daytona Beach area isn't exactly a cuisine scene, but any visitor willing to venture further than the nearest pizza place will quickly find that it should be. And now that we've shared when to go to Daytona Beach, it's time to discuss the food situation.
Most of our favorites ended up being outside the central downtown area, but easily reachable by rental car.
Daytona Beach has long been called the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” a title which can be both a blessing or curse depending on the time of year. One definite season of blessing is the depths of winter, when Spring Break is still far off and the day's most strenuous activity may be the walk from the beach or your hotel pool down a pier for dinner.
In fact, the city goes out of its way to make winter the best, and perhaps most family-friendly, time to visit Daytona Beach. Here's just a few events and festivals around which to base your upcoming travels:
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Hey, what are you doing on April 25, 2015? Chances are you probably aren't planning that far ahead quite yet, but when it comes to a flight to the North Pole, you kinda have to. Yeswe said a flight to the North Pole.
On that date, Air Berlin will see off an Airbus A330 full of intrepid travelers, all of whom are onboard for the purpose of viewing the Arctic tundra at altitudes both high and low. The flight departs Dusseldorf, Germany, for a 12-hour sightseeing journey, including passing through every time zone as the flight makes circles above the North Pole.
The flight may be 12 hours in length, but a healthy 5 of those hours will be spent sightseeing in the polar region. Tickets begin at 444 EUR ($556) per person, and are available from air events, who describe the routing thusly:
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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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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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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.
TodayOctober 13is 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.