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You Won't Believe What Ryanair Has Done Now

April 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM | by | ()

We have some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: hell hath officially frozen over. This week Ryanair debuted their newest service feature, and—here's the good news—it's not another fee! The addition is actually just an official blog (named "Into the Blue") from the notoriously ultra low-cost airlines based in Ireland.

Why do we say hell's frozen over? Well, for years Ryanair maintained positions of not engaging with their customers, eschewing everything from social media to a website with even a shred of consideration for the user experience. But things have changed, beginning with Ryanair's joining Twitter in late 2013, which was quickly followed by a clean redesign of their site. The airline then ditched their annual calendar of bikini-clad flight attendants, and promised a more family-friendly approach in the future.

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Michelle Obama, First Lady and Travel Blogger

July 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

Imagine Eleanor Roosevelt jotting down her experiences in a leather-bound journal when traveling with her president husband on state trips. Now imagine our very own current First Lady, Michelle Obama, penning a travel blog. Seems a little far-fetched, right? If you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense since Michelle is often flying high, traveling to all corners of the globe either with the President or on her own.

Thus there exists the FLOTUS Travel Journal, a first-hand account of her trips so named after a twitter hashtag. Like any travel blog, the FLOTUS Travel Journal is designed to show more about the places she visits and the people she meets along the way.

Currently Mrs. Obama is visiting Africa with the Prez, exploring the continent while meeting with other heads of State. Landscape photos, group photos, and even videos of her hubby are uploaded to this travel sub-blog of the White House Blog. The FLOTUS Travel Journal is updated pretty regularly, with the First Lady contributing whenever she's on the road.

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Awesome Blog Alert: Japanese Snack Reviews

June 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM | by | ()

Have you ever wondered exactly how many different flavors of Kit-Kat bars exist in Japan? Or perhaps you're puzzled by the existence of a chocolate bar named "Crunky," as we are. Well, there's a blog for you!

While doing a little research on our "Sakuranbo" treat last week, we ran across Japanese Snack Reviews, a blog dedicated to the consumption and critique of the colorful and colorfully-named items on shelves in Japan. From the pretty to the pretty awful, the writer—orchid64—buys, photographs, eats and rates each snack.

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Australian Blog Says Auckland is 'Inhabited by Hobbits'

March 25, 2009 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

A bit of neighborly rivalry is normal, but a couple of bloggers from Australia have taken their not-too-pretty description of next-door New Zealand a bit far, according to the tourism CEO of Auckland.

The Aussie bloggers who've just moved over to Auckland have been posting their opinions of New Zealand at their Fush'n'Chups blog and there's been quite an outrage over some of their ideas--for example, that Auckland is a "horrible soulless city" inhabited by "hobbits".

The bloggers are defending themselves by saying it's just a tongue-in-cheek blog and the Kiwis should get a better sense of humor. They even mention beautiful parts of New Zealand from time to time. The moral for the rest of us is to remember never to mistake a New Zealander for an Aussie, or there could be trouble.

Related Stories:
· Kiwis Upset By "Pathetically Rude" Aussie Bloggers [The Age]
· Fush'n'Chups [Official Site]
· New Zealand Travel Guide [Jaunted]

[Photo: mgrenner57]

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First-Person Flight Reviews: An Unscheduled Stop on AA

September 23, 2008 at 1:09 PM | by | ()

This is the path for American Airlines Flight 268 yesterday. Normally wouldn't be a big deal--except that flight is supposed to go to JFK. It made an unscheduled stop at ORD after an "electrical system issue." Because pilots couldn't rely on their gauges for the landing, the 757 ended up off the runway with a blown tire.

Blogger Pam Mandel was on the flight, and wrote up a pretty riveting account of what it's like to be on a plane greeted by a phalanx of emergency personnel at the airport:

The flight attendents were like angels, perfectly calm and in good humor. The passengers sat and joked, I snapped pictures of the fire crew out the window and as they boarded the plane. Finally the left engined whirled to a halt and a cheer went up in the cabin....

I managed not to fall down the stairs--I was a little jittery--and I stepped on the grass. A woman in full secrurity gear looked at me and smiled. "Welcome to Chicago O'Hare!" she said, and I laughed.

Not as crazy as a mid-air collision--but that's a good thing!

Related Stories:
· AA 268 [FlightAware]
· "Unscheduled Landing" [NEV]
· Plane Diverted to ORD Blows Tire [CT]

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Seemingly Impossible Travel: TSA Blog Reaches New Level of Absurdity

August 15, 2008 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

Tomorrow, the latest TSA shitshow starts, with passengers trying--undoubtedly with varying degrees of success--to run their laptops through x-ray machines while still inside carry-on bags. So how did the agency remind travelers about the new policy today?

James Brown once sang that Papa's Got a Brand New Bag. Well, it may be a different kind of bag than what the Godfather was singing about, but now everybody can feel better than James Brown and keep their laptop in their "checkpoint friendly" bag as long it meets certain criteria.

There you have it: Just buy a magical bag and you'll feel better than a guy who died from congestive heart failure brought on by pneumonia!

Related Stories:
· Keep Your Laptop In [TSA Blog]
· Adventures in TSA Logic: Explaining the New Laptop Bag Rules [Jaunted]
· TSA coverage [Jaunted]

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Adventure Travel Update: Daryl and Davy Already Setting Two-Wheeled Records

August 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Back in April, we filled you in on Daryl and Davy Vogel, 10-year-old twin brothers planning to ride from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. (They were nice enough to invite their parents along.) And though they've "only" made it to British Columbia so far, they've already managed to set a world record: They're the youngest duo to ever bike the whole 1,422-mile historic Alaska Highway.

Daryl took some time to write a blog post about the accomplishment:

WooHoo! We made it to "Mile 0." While we were riding there, Davy rode right in front of a car. Luckily he made it back to the shoulder in time. We got to stay at the Best Western. They have a waterslide!

After the kids finally got out of the pool, the family kept heading south. Only 27,700 miles left to go!

Related Stories:
· A Wayward Journey [Official Site]
· Adventure Travel: Daryl and Davy Bike the Pan-American [Jaunted]

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TSA Backpeddling on Suspicious Passenger List Story

August 14, 2008 at 11:15 AM | by | ()

This is why the TSA has a blog. Yesterday, USA Today revealed that the agency was collecting data on people who came to security checkpoints without ID. In the evening, the TSA posted a public reply to the piece:

An August 13 USA Today article overstated the Transportation Security Administration's interest in passengers who come to airport checkpoints without identification but cooperate in establishing their identity. The story gives the public the impression they might be put on a "list" if they forget their ID. That is false.

Passengers whose identity is confirmed will not be added to any watch list or face additional scrutiny during future checkpoint visits.

Well, not any longer anyway! While this misleading comment from the TSA jives with the newspaper's story, it fails to point out that up until yesterday, Kip Hawley and company *were* collecting data on passengers.

Fortunately the commenters on the TSA blog aren't dumb enough to buy this double talk. It took 57 minutes before "seth" wrote:

Kip says that the names were being collected and that the practice stopped yesterday. You're now saying that the names were never being collected. Which one is it?

Related Stories:
· You Won't Be Put on a "List" [TSA Blog]
· Fliers Without ID Placed on TSA List [USA Today]
· Are You on the TSA's Latest Watchlist? [Jaunted]
· TSA coverage [Jaunted]

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Green Travel: Feeling "Ecothusiastic" in SF

August 12, 2008 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

San Francisco has pioneered many green initiatives from hybrid taxis to a ban on plastic bags, and the city has a stellar reputation for trying out things that will benefit the world at large.

So hoping to capitalize on SF's green obsession, the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau has just coined a new word for you: "Ecothusiasm." The office has even devoted a section of its website to visitors who want to plan a green adventure in and around the city.

From eco-conscious meetings at the Moscone Center to environmentally friendly trips that involve the use of public transportation, the website offers solutions to travelers worried about their carbon footprint. There's even a blog, Eco411, where you can stay up-to-date on all the city's environmentally sound planning and development.

Related Stories:
· Green SF [Official Site]
· Green Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: rick]

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Toronto Travel: Mapping Where the Cool Kids Are

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
August 5, 2008 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Online mapping programs have made traveling foolproof--for the most part. But there's always a time or two when you wish you could just type in a particular neighborhood instead of a specific venue. If you're planning a trip to Toronto anytime soon, you're all set.

BlogTO has gone the extra mile and offers maps and tips that offer directions as well as the vibe of the city's many neighborhoods. Available at hotels and other local establishments, the maps can also be ordered online and be shipped direct to you as long as you chip in for a small shipping cost.

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Boingo Blog Unceremoniously Welcomed to the Web

July 31, 2008 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Wireless access provider Boingo already has a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a LinkedIn profile. So it's only natural that the company would start a blog--called "The Hotspot"--to further its web presence. Being an internet provider, Boingo might even have the smarts to keep it going and make it a worthwhile read.

CEO Dave Hagan penned the first post:

That's what this blog is all about: It's about the Boingo community sharing the highs and lows of life on the road. It's about finding a "hot spot" in your destination city, that cool hidden gem that fellow travelers can appreciate.

But even an internet savvy company may not be ready for brilliant comments like this:


Related Stories:
· The Hotspot [Official Site]
· Southwest Airlines Is Taking Over the Internet [Jaunted]
· Virgin America Social Media Site Launched Via Second Social Media Site [Jaunted]
· Travel Blogs coverage [Jaunted]

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Adventures of Link: Arthur Frommer Celebrates 1,000 Blog Posts

July 22, 2008 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

Travel writing curmudgeon Arthur Frommer is celebrating his 1,000 blog update today by announcing that he's paring back on posting. Given his description of what it does to him, we can't blame the guy:

Back in May of 2007, I began this daily blog about travel and soon turned into a creature of bloodshot eyes and an exhausted, shuffling walk. Gone were the days when I could turn in around 11 pm and put myself out with a relaxing mystery novel.

Our two "favorite" things about his blog are the epically long titles on posts and the lack of linkage Frommer hands out. But you gotta admire a titan in the industry who cranks out his own stuff. (You are writing these yourself, aren't you, Arthur?)

In honor of his accomplishment, we took a look back at some of his more memorable posts.

Related Stories:
· The First Post, May 8, 2007 [AF]
· The Time Frommer Advocated for Ancient Airliners [AF]
· The Time Frommer Lambasted "The 53 Places to Go" [AF]
· The Time Frommer Accused the NYT of Ethics Violations [AF]
· The Time Frommer Acknowledge New Orleans' Recovery, Nearly Three Years after Katrina [AF]