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We’ve heard of some unique ways in which Brazil is preparing for the influx of visitors in advance of next year’s World Cup, and once again they’re putting on their thinking caps when it comes to some creative marketing. Forget the traditional travel apps and the specially designed websites, as this time the tourism folks are going forward in 3D.
No need to brab your glasses for these clips, as Embratur—that’s Brazil’s tourism group—has just shot a whole bunch of 3D-style movies. Their goal is to bring around twelve different destinations to life, as they’re hoping to familiarize everyone with the different spots in which the games will take place.
You know we’re suckers when it comes to travel time-lapse videos, and this week we’re falling for an older (though new to us) one showing off United Airlines' livery changes. Obviously it’s going to take quite some time to paint all those airplanes—including the Continental ones—into the new United colors, but here it takes just a couple of minutes.
Apparently this video reveals the behind-the-scenes magic, as one of the very first Boeing 777s headed into the hangar to get an airplane makeover. Don’t forget to turn up the volume too—the dude in the cubicle next door won’t mind—because the Rhapsody in Blue techno-remix just adds to the fun.
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As you can see it’s a pretty busy place, and when the weather’s nice, the airplanes just effortlessly flow in and out. It might not look as fluid if you’re just watching through the terminal windows, but thanks to this video from BostonAirborne we get to see how impressive the workings of a major international airport truly are.
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What's with the recent trend of travelers taking really great HD videos of their flights and making them into pseudo-dream sequences? We love it, really we do, and we're thrilled that our friend AirlineReporter has pointed out yet another amazing mini-film today: a two-minute trip from San Francisco to Paris onboard an Air France A340.
The video is recentuploaded to YouTube on April 1but there's no April Fool's joking about it. Watch above for breaktaking glimpses of the Northern Lights and snow-covered tundra. Passenger Nate Bolt captured 2,459 photos during the 5,576-mile trip, with the permission of Air France.
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Yes! There is someone out there giving some serious competition to the "World's Most-Traveled Man," and that person is actually Jaunted reader and international DJ Max Graham. Max, a resident of Montreal who just received Canadian citizenship today (congrats?), is an Air Canada frequent frequent flyer; we're talking over 1 million miles here. During a recent trip around the world (literally), he shot snippet videos of the journey using his iPhone, and created the above montage to offer his fans and other travelers a peek at the world from his eyes, and his seats in first and business class.
The 7-minute video above is a must-watch, but beware that you will come down with a life-threatening case of wanderlust. Max's seamless and poetic transitions from plane to taxi to club to hotel to plane to repeat could lead to spontaneously booking a trip or worse...you may actually develop heartwarming and positive feelings towards air travel. Well done, Max, and nice Movember 'stache as well. *Slow clap* If you want to follow his travels in real-time, he's on Twitter @MaxGraham.
Despite frigid temperatures (it plummeted to -4F on Saturday), locals didn’t seem to mind the weather, instead numbing the cold with the potent Port and brandy-infused Caribou liquor
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You know when you're flying in economy class and you're walking through the terminal clutching your carry-on luggage and a Cinnabon, desperately seeking out a WiFi signal or comfortable seating, when...you pass a pair of sliding doors that briefly open to reveal what looks like a hidden wonderland within the airport? When this happens to us, our heart melts a little in agony that the experience of a first class lounge is so unattainable at that momentbut it wasn't last week, when Virgin Atlantic invited us into the holy grail of airline lounges: their Upper Class Clubhouse at London's Heathrow Airport.
What can we say about the place, except that it made our wildest airport dreams come true? The fact that free WiFi, complimentary Bumble & Bumble salon appointments, a pool table, an outdoor deck and even a HOT TUB exist in one place at an airport means we're going to need several hours to fully absorb it all, and thus we arrived nice and early.
After the jump, tons of pictures and more about that hot tub...
We were able to fly on Virgin America from LAX to SFO this morning for the airline's inaugural Day in the Cloud Challenge--the first-ever online puzzle challenge that can be played in the air and on the ground. We competed against another Virgin America flight using the GoGo in-flight WiFi (which was complimentary to all guests on VA flights today.)
GoGo's WiFi network was understandably overstressed this morning but once we were able to play the game, things did not get easier. These games are actually quite hard! And there was a very cool prize at stake. The two flights were vying to win a free netbook for everyone on the plane.
So how did it end up? Well, we were on the winning flight but we're still not sure how this game works.
· 'Calling All Jeopardy Geniuses' For Virgin America's Impossible Trivia Game [Jaunted]
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It's been a full 24 hours now since the inaugural flight of Jetblue's LAX routes landed, and although we've detailed the ribbon cuttings on both coasts, we haven't yet told you about the party in the sky.
Since this flight was a regularly scheduled one, many of the Chinese tourist passengers sitting around us thought it their lucky day to get free mimosas on board in addition to gift bags featuring airplane-size Absolut vodka. And so we noshed on cookies and crackers and drank our drinks 35,000 feet above the flyover states, as Jetblue's VP of Airports, Alex Battaglia, went up and down the aisle collecting our trash. You won't catch any of the higher-ups at the legacy carriers doing that.
Nothing's cheaper than free, and in New York City, we take what we can get. Luckily, what's available beginning this summer is nothing short of awesome as the hotly-debated High Line Park opens to the public.
Built in the 1930s to transport freight through the warehouses of the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is an elevated rail track that stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to West 34th Street. The last train traveled its scenic route in 1980, and since then proposals for its future have included everything from completely disassembling it to turning it into a mile-long lap pool.
The final decision to add nature and make it a pedestrian-friendly park couldn't have been more perfect for this year of staycations, and so we headed up a level yesterday in the first few hours of the High Line's public life to check out the greenery and scenery.
After a trip to the Pike Place Market in Seattle, your next big touristy stop is the Space Needle. Inspired by the TV Tower in Stuttgart and built in 1962 for the World Fair, the Space Needle is practically what put Seattle on the map--in the days before Nirvana and Starbucks, of course.
Today the monument is open pretty much from 9am-11pm everyday. Tickets cost $16 for a ride up to the top for adults and if you plan on seeing any of the other Seattle museums or the Seattle Aquarium on your trip, you can buy a ticket package. (Word is, you really only see savings if you plan on going to three or more of these.)
Yesterday evening, in a penthouse high above the dusky rooftops of Tribeca, Lufthansa Airlines and Ritz-Carlton Hotels launched their new "Star Chefs" partnership to once and for all banish bad airline food from the consciousness of Lufthansa passengers. Thankfully we were there, right in with the CEOs and the Executive Chefs themselves as scallops emerged alongside the reassurance that Lufthansa will stand by quality in the skies no matter what direction the economy may take.