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As many of you head out today for your three-day weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, be prepared to deal with crowds at every turn--at the airport, at the rental car center, on the bus, on the train, you know the deal. But hopefully, all the stress and aggravation will be worth it when you're at your final destination.
If you need some help, revisit our story from Thanksgiving which features 5 tips for stress-free travel. Whatever you do, try not to think of
creepy eccentric fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld and his private planes (which also double as cat kennels.)
Brad Koenig, a favorite male model of Lagerfeld, was recently profiled in the New York Times Magazine for his jet setting life with the fashion designer. This includes all that you would expect out of a male model and fashion designer traveling together--private jets, exotic destinations, endless alcohol, luxury accommodations, caviar, foie gras, Rolexes, cats posing for Instagram on private jets, and Chanel speedboats.
Then there are a few things you wouldn't expect, like that Brad keep tracks of all the miles he's flown as a model (2.4 million) and that he has two sons, one of whom, Hudson, often accompanies him on trips and models for Lagerfeld shows as well. (When he's not traveling, Brad is essentially Mr. Real Househusband of New Jersey, though that didn't stop him from making a gross comment to a pair of twin sisters.)
And it is from the mouth of this babe (like meaning an actual baby, not babe), Hudson, that prompts the choicest of choice quotes from Lagerfeld:
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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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From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.
We like airports. They've got airplanes, travelers and usually involve emotional good-byes or joyful reunions, but we can't say we'd love airports as much if we experienced them like the main character of "The Terminal." This brilliant Tom Hanks film tells the story of a Krakozhian (fictional Southeastern European country) traveler that becomes "country-less" while flying to New York-JFK. It sounds like hell to us.
We are officially in the thick of one of the most hectic times to travel to an airport, let alone enter the terminal and board a plane. The stress of the season may manifest itself in frustration or impatience, but it's more important than ever to keep your wits about you with the end-goal of getting home for Christmas.
Now, we know it's rare during peak travel season to get from point A to point B without encountering some undesirable situations, so it's best to know what to look for and steer clear away. As such, we've come up with our very own list of passengers we dread to see board our plane:
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An Europe-wide consumer support site called refund.me helps passengers collect compensation from airlines for canceled or delayed flights. According to European air passenger rights, travelers reaching their destination three hours after schedule could qualify to receive a refund of up to 600 euros.
Airlines have a lot of excuses for why they run late, such as weather, technical/maintenance issues, flocks of birds, and tardy flight crews, to name a few. Lots of times, airlines blame their late arrivals on one or a combination of these in an attempt to convince the passengers that "it's just the way it is" with barely so much as a sorry. But, legally, they are not always legitimate reasons for arriving late, and as refund.me has figured out, passengers are entitled to get some of their money back.
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We know a good traveler has tons of travel horror stories to share, some of which are no doubt hilarious, but have you ever boarded the wrong flight? Jaunted Contributor Will McGough successfully failed recently in Philadelphia, finding himself on a flight to Orlando when he wanted to go to Denver. How can this happen? He gives his first-hand account:
In all honesty, I never thought it possible. I mean, really. Between the terminal and desk monitors, the ticket scanning, and general awareness, how the hell could you get on the wrong plane? So many things would have to go right, err, wrong, for it to happen.
Which is why I was so confused. Granted, I was running a little late, but I was on time. I checked the terminal monitors upon clearing security, and saw my flight, US Airways 483 from Philly to Denver, gate A10. Having only about 10 minutes until the gates would close (it was about 8:30ish, flight left at 8:55), I hustled up, slowing my pace upon seeing the flight information on the monitor behind the desk and a line still formed at the gate.
Just when you thought the world had perhaps moved on from that dreadful cruise ship grounding in Italy, the Costa Concordia is again popping up as the trial starts next month. This time it's not the ship that's the focus so much as the ship's dancer who was keeping the captain company on the bridge when the incident occurred.
If you can remember back, there were reports that Captain Schettino had welcomed Moldovian dancer, Domnica Cemortan, into the control room of the ship with hopes of wowing her. Since we weren't there we have no clue what actually happened, but we all know the outcome. Now, Cemortan is suing not only the Costa Cruises, but the captain himself and the media for smearing her angelic reputation.
We’ve joked before about heading to Toledo instead of Tahiti, but apparently a similar travel snafu just happened to a couple who ended up far from their true destination.
The original plan had the couple leaving from Los Angeles with plans to check out Dakar over in Senegal. However, a little bit of an error had them headed elsewhere. Their Turkish Airlines tickets were supposed to send them to DKR—that’s Dakar—but thanks to a little bit of a spelling error they were headed to DAC—that’s the Dhaka region and Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport way over in Bangladesh.
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There's a distinct difference between "fan" and "stan." A fan has a normal affection for a product, person, or somesuch. A stan? Well, they're different. They fall into the batshit category. They go too far. They can be dangerous.
That's how American Airlines crew could categorize the passenger they had to remove from a recent flight from LA to JFK.
A woman, obviously Whitney Houston's biggest fan, repeatedly sang her "I Will Always Love You" song for hours on end, before passengers had had enough.
Sounds kind of like a given to ensure your travel documents are in order before handing over your boarding pass, but take it from us that you should always have another look on that tourist visa or itinerary. It's easy to overlook little misspellings or transcribed numbers, so it is even more important to have someone else look it over to give it the thumbs up.
Here is our story; any American traveler wanting to enter Vietnam needs to obtain a visa. This is not an e-visa that can be purchased online and electronically attached to your passport number. This is one of those old-fashioned, visit-a-consulate or mail-away-your-passport to the nearest embassy situations. While it's a bit of a hassle, a side perk is that you do get a pretty colorful sticker in your passport to show all your friends.
We always try to rise above and be mature adults, but sometimes we just can’t avoid reverting to our 12-year old mindset—especially when it comes to fart jokes. Usually bathroom humor isn’t something that makes its way into the travel news, but apparently scientists have been hard at work studying airplane flatulence while we’ve been writing about stuff like in-flight WiFi and airplane paint jobs. Now that the research has been completed and the data has been analyzed, it looks like letting one rip at 35,000-feet is actually encouraged—at least according to science.
Thanks to the scholarly journalists over at the New York Daily News, we learned about the findings arriving out of New Zealand. It sounds like the air pressure up in the air causes all kinds of side effects including an increase in gas; however, trying to maintain one’s best behavior keeps that gas inside most passengers. In an article entitled Flatulence on airplanes: just let it go scientists think that we should just let our bodily functions prevail, and they’re actually—at least somewhat—encouraging passengers and pilots to participate in mile-high farts.
So after what we can only imagine as a truly horrible, disgusting, and miserable week, the Carnival ship Triumph is back in port. In case you missed it, the ship was busy doing its thing with passengers partying down, but then there was an engine fire which stopped the necessary bits from working. Long story short the bathrooms failed, food was limited, and the boat floated off from its planned course.
Now that it's been towed back to Mobile, Alabama there’s plenty of work to get the ship up and running—and clean—but it looks like they’re ready to start booking some new cruises.