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The Jaunted 2013 Travel Awards Epilogue

January 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks for joining us for our 2013 Jaunted Travel Awards and, of course, for being a part of every other day of the year!

As always, there are at least six ways you can contribute:

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Now, for your enjoyment, here is our complete list of winners:

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The People's Choice Award for Jaunted Story of the Year is...

December 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

As 2013 comes to a close and, with it, another year packed with hundreds and hundreds of Jaunted stories, we'd like to name the one you—our awesome readers—most clicked and shared and saved and loved.

The People's Choice Award for Jaunted Story of the Year goes to:

What to Eat in Hong Kong: 21 Foods That'll Rock Your World

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2013's Airline of the Year is...

December 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Without a doubt, 2013 was the year of American Airlines, not least because of their massive merger with US Airways to snag the title of largest airline in the world.

The newsflashes began almost immediately after the calendar turned to 2013, as January brought the announcement of the "new American" and the entire rebranding. Soon enough, striped AA tails were tooling around airport tarmacs, including a new arrival: the first AA Boeing 777-300ER. It was inside this shiny flagship that passengers had a true glimpse of the new American, with a seriously luxurious First Class, a completely overhauled business class, and a refreshed economy class sure to turn frowns upside-down.

American Airlines stayed above the fold when it came to news headlines throughout the year, rolling out improvement after improvement:

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The Best Travel Movie of 2013 is...

December 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Director Alexander Payne has a way of capturing a place on film that makes viewers obsess over it, and his latest project - Nebraska - is no exception.

In 2004 Payne directed one of the all-time great travel movies, Sideways, in the Santa Barbara wine country. That one movie spawned dozens of wine tours and filming location maps that tourists still reference today. And we won't be surprised if a few Nebraska movie tours start popping up soon, too.

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The Most Improved Airport of 2013 is...

December 31, 2013 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

It's with great excitement that we hand over this award to a 'little' West Coast airport that we all know better as LAX-Los Angeles International. More specifically we're highlighting Tom Bradley International Terminal, which saw a dramatic, not to mention much needed, facelift this year.

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The Best New Route of 2013 is...

Where: Seoul, Korea
December 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

2013 saw the rise of important new routes for three world cities in particular: Chengdu, China; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Seoul, South Korea. Just one can win for hosting the best new route of the year, however, and so we hope you packed plenty of 'Gangnam Style' for the launch of American Airlines' nonstop between Dallas-Fort Worth and Seoul-Incheon.

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The Sweetest Airfare Deal of 2013 is...

December 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

There are approximately two times of the year when it is absolutely miserable to be in New York City: deep winter and high summer.

Luckily for New Yorkers (and anyone within comfortable distance of JFK or LGA Airports), the city's hometown airline JetBlue swooped in to save the day and banish cabin fever with 80-90% off flights during two special sales, "FlightWeek" in winter and "HotSeatsNYC" in summer.

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The Most Innovative Travel Idea of 2013 is...

December 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

There’s been all sorts of innovative ideas in the world of travel during 2013, but if we had to pick just one we’d select the rental car revolution—that’s at least what we’re calling it.

In the past, car rentals were quite straightforward. You’d make a reservation with one of the big boys like Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, or Avis, and four wheels would be waiting for you upon arrival at the airport. Do your thing by dealing with the insurance and damage waivers, and then you’d be on your way—just don’t forget to bring back the car filled with fuel!

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The 2013 Destination of the Year is...

December 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (2)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

We learned a very valuable lesson very early on in our journey through Portugal: The fact that a city/town/country has been on the map forever in no way means that it has been discovered.

From our first steps through the streets of Lisbon, the Portuguese city upon the hill, it became clear that Americans have, for whatever reason, been ignoring Portugal. Even the most basic of observations we made were raising the eyebrows of our colleagues and friends back in the States—a good example being that Lisbon looks just like San Francisco.

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The Craziest TSA Tale of 2013 is...

December 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

TSA has always been kind of a tragicomic clusterfuck - let's all recall this unbelievable idiocy which was followed by this shameless denial - but things have really picked up in even the last month and a half. Between confiscating the guns of sock puppets and trying to use cartoon dogs to explain why mommy and daddy are getting bad touched, it's almost like the agency is trying to confirm skeptics' worst stereotypes. The fact that we just learned that TSA's security theater may be extra-useless because the post-screening area has materials for weapons isn't helping.

And yet none of those qualify as the wackiest TSA tale of 2013. They're excellent examples of where TSA agents decided to either overthink or underthink regulations, but they don't really get at why the agency is so special or what role it plays in travel politics. To understand that, you have to go back to the fiasco over trying to allow pocket knives on places.

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The Wackiest Travel Story of 2013 is...

Where: Singapore
December 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

It was in early June that a normal Singapore Airlines flight made Instagram and, by extension, the internet, freak out. The flight—nonstop on an Airbus A380 from Singapore to London—encountered severe turbulence for only a few seconds, but it was long enough to shake the double=decker superjumbo aircraft into what looked like a junior high cafeteria food fight.

Now comes the extraordinary part of the story, as passengers managed to snap and share "before and after" photos of the scene. The photos went viral and, to the credit of Singapore Airlines' crew, the world was awestruck at the efficiency of the emergency management of the situation.

Of course it was such a chance occurrence—that this would happen to the world's largest passenger plane, that it would be on an airline most known for their prim and properness, and that it would be a story told completely through social media.

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The Most Popular Jaunted Photo Galleries of 2013 are...

December 30, 2013 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

2013 sure was an awesome year if you love shiny, new airplanes. Not only did we hop onboard new 787s and A380s, but exciting new arrivals of all sorts dominate our photo galleries.

Of course when we're not in the sky, our lens turns towards exotic destinations and other modes of transportation.

Below, some of our most popular photo galleries of 2013:

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