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Spirit Airlines has declared itself proud to be the Ryanair of North America, and you have to admit that the airline works hard to protect its title. Airline industry scientists have spent years trying to untangle what it means to follow in the footsteps of the notoriously grating Irish LCC, and they've discovered at least 5 criteria: (1) obnoxious fees (2) pride in those obnoxious fees (3) arm-waving "look at me" advertising (4) a general air of petulance whenever something doesn't go the airline's way, and (5) unblinking, reflexive, utterly unapologetic disrespect for customers.
Spirit recently doubled down on their customer-screwing fees, announcing that they consider it a badge of honor to be the "poster child" for airline fees and adding that their customers like the fees too. That takes care of criteria 1, 2, and 5. The petulance stuff is covered by the temper tantrum they threw about new fee transparency rules they didn't like, which leaves only the advertising thing. All of which brings us to Spirit's most recent travel advertising campaign.
Three Secret Service agents have already lost their jobs over the Colombia prostitution scandal, and the news this afternoon is that more resignations are expected. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan has ordered a "comprehensive" investigation of the trip, which will involve interviewing every agent, every hotel staffer, and every women involved. The phrase "underage prostitutes" has now been introduced into the mix, threatening to take the whole thing thermonuclear. The clusterfark is, in other words, a disaster for everyone involved.
Except of course for Colombia's sex travel industry, which is being showered with attention. Yes the Colombian government is embarrassed, since the country would prefer to be known for pretty much anything else. But even people who are indignant recognize that the summit the Secret Service agents were scouting - the 6th Summit of the Americas hosted by Colombia - essentially became a $35 million sex tourism commercial.
"Where are you from?"
"I'm from Fucking, Austria."
Yes, that punctuation is correct and yes this is a conversation held god knows how many times in the last slew of decades, as residents of the Austrian town Fucking explain that yes, that's really the name of the town and, yes, it's been the name of the town since the 18th century, so shut up.
All was fine and dandy for the 108 residents of Fucking, until the postcard sales and tourist bus revenue was sullied by petty crime. You see, The Telegraph UK tells us that the town's name sign has been stolen 13 times, and at £250 each, it's no wonder Fucking is tired of all that...well, fucking around.
Our buggy in the snow
Intercourse in the winter. Intercourse in the snow. Intercouse in the sunshine. We experienced all the puerile jokes our hearts (and friends on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare) could take on our road trip to Amish Pennsylvania the week before last, but there was far more to our weekend away than Intercourse, Paradise, Bird in Hand or Blue Ball*the towns we visited.
One of the things that most enchanted us on our first visit to Lancaster County, three years ago, were the Amish buggies that share the road with cars. How we loved looking at them and taking photos of them (it was two years later we were told one doesn’t photograph the Amish or their buggies).
This time, we may not have photographed them (ok, we did photograph them, but from far off and with a big zoom), but we did get to ride on one. There are a few buggy ride outfits, but on recommendation we went with Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides, based on the main road between Intercourse and Bird in Hand. Don’t expect a Jessica or an Aaron – the business is owned by a man named Jack. Jessica is his daughter, and Aaron was his first horse.
Why yes, this rather dapper mug does say exactly what you think it says. And no, it’s not rude. Because it’s a souvenir from our trip to Amish country, Pennsylvania. And yes, we thoroughly enjoyed Intercourse.
Yes, not only is Intercourse, PA, a real town; the fact that it’s in the middle of the Amish-inhabited Lancaster County gives it that little extra kick. Apparently, the origin of the name is not clear, but locals told us it either comes from the “intercourse” where the two main roads cross in the center of town, or it’s from the old word for conversation: “intercourse”.
None of which innocent explanations, of course, stops the local “English” (as the Amish call the non-Amish) from raking in the profits. We’ll bring you plenty more Intercourse next week; for now, hopefully this is enough to whet your appetite.
Photo: Juliab for Jaunted
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And now to answer the big question of the week...nay, month: Where did Sport Illustrated shoot the cover of their swimsuit issue?
The annual mag, which just hit newsstands and features 19-year-old cover model Kate Upton in very low-cut bikini briefs, was photographed in several places around the world, but Sydney, Australia wins the cover. Past SI:Swimsuit Issue shoot locations have included the Dominican Republic, Maldives and Maui.
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We hate to admit it, but we actually know who people are talking about when they mention the name Jake Pavelka, not that that happens much anymore. Still, Pavelka is best known as a reality TV show
whore star from The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, and various other less notable appearances. Before his stint as The Bachelor, however, Pavelka was a pilot.
Being a pilot is much of what made Jake Pavelka sexy. Indeed his season was subtitled "On the Wings of Love," and he appeared in his uniform for Atlantic Southeast Airlines off and on. Since his fame has dropped considerably, we had hoped he'd gone back to flying...
Last one to a newsstand to buy this week's issue of Bloomberg Businessweek is a rotten egg!
The cover you see above is not the only highlight of the current edition of the magazine; it precludes a full article exploring the finer details of the United/Continental merger. We especially love that the cover promises "a look at the complexity and the absurdity of making the world's largest airline." Face itthe "absurdity" is what will sell this issue, once you get past the risque airplane coitus front and center.
UPDATE: We just checked the Barnes & Noble newsstand to see that this issue, with the United merger cover and story, is from January 15 and already off the stands of course. BOOOO.
Modern-day airlines are not shy about travel advertising built on the sex appeal of their flight attendants. Ryanair closed last year with a particularly blatant reminder, in the form of a lingerie calendar, that booking a ticket with the airline would get you a chance to interact with their hot employees. That wasn't particularly original, inasmuch as we've recently seen sex advertising and nude calendars involving flight attendants of Aeroflot and Mexicana and Spanish Air and Avianova. It was, however, somewhat effective at generating customer interest, since it turns out that sex sells. Who knew?
There are those people who criticize these ads, either on general sexism grounds or because the ads potentially promote the sexual harassment of flight attendants. Then there are other people who throw up their hands on the question, settling for the neutral argument that it's the job of advertisers to make effective ads and that's that. Finally there are the people who actively defend sex-tinged advertising, because what's wrong with sex? But on this we hope all sides can agree: this 1950s ad for Czech Airlineswhich doesn't seem like an ad but really wasis pervy and creepy and pervy and creepy.
There's nothing quite like the mixture of the old and new in Budapest. Art Nouveau and Communist architecture. Medieval cobbled streets, and fast-moving dual carriageway thoroughfares. Cutting-edge modern opera staged in a beautiful 19th century theater.
And a sex shop in a gloriously frothy old building.
North Dakota is the least visited state in the country. Alaska, which is a frozen tundra roughly as far as Europe from the East Coast, gets more tourists than North Dakota. So it's not surprising that you don't see much on Jaunted about the Peace Garden State (actual nickname). The most prominent post we have about North Dakota appears to be this 2008 thing on ancient and dried out dinosaur bones. Very metaphorical.
Trying to fix the dearth of tourism is proving to be something of a problem for the Flickertail State (also actual nickname). North Dakota doesn't really have any tourist attractions, so the state's tourism board had to brainstorm something creative. Naturally, they turned to sex. Because when advertisers have something to sell and no real reason people should buy, they turn to sex.
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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2011 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics, encompassing everything from nudie scans to tarmac delays. Needless to say, we're ready for 2012, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2011 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
Each and every year there are plenty of naughty flight attendants getting into trouble, and it usually involves wearing something a little bit different from the company-issued uniform, or not wearing something at all. This year, Canadian flight attendants stripped for their Turbulence Calendar of 2012—nice, eh—and of course getting frisky in the cockpit is sure to get you on Santa’s naughty list. However, when the final votes were tallied we just had to give out this year’s naughtiest flight attendants award to the high-flying ladies of Ryanair.