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26 2016 Sep

Inside Edition Discovers Hotels Not Changing Sheets…Gross

This is one of those things I want to know, but I also don’t want to know. Inside Edition has discovered that some hotels are simply not changing linens between guests. I don’t think this is the norm, but it is still a bit disturbing.

More from Huffington Post:

When you check into a hotel, it seems fair to expect freshly-laundered sheets on the bed. But new evidence suggests those fluffy puffs of heaven may not be as clean as you believe.

In the above video, reporters from “Inside Edition” checked into a Residence Inn in New York City. They spray the bed sheets with invisible paint before checking out, then check in again the next day under a new name. When they scan the bed, the paint is still there. The sheets haven’t been washed.

The hotel’s manager characterizes the incident as an unusual error, since this shouldn’t be the norm at any hotel, as one housekeeping honcho told us.

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23 2016 Sep

WaPo Hilariously Describes Why You Should Never Travel With Tom Hanks

Everywhere he goes, he ends up in a life threatening situation! Tom Hanks is an amazing actor, but he always seems to end up in a bad spot.

More from the Washington Post:

Say you find yourself as a character in a Tom Hanks movie plot. Congratulations! What an opportunity.

But just be careful to steer clear of all modes of transportation.

Tom Hanks is a great actor and seems like a swell guy, but Tom Hanks in movies does not have a safe track record when it comes to travel. The latest installment in the “maybe don’t go anywhere with Tom Hanks” list is “Sully,” which opens Friday. In the movie, Hanks is a pilot whose plane is disabled after it strikes a flock of geese. The lesson: Don’t get onto a plane piloted by Tom Hanks.

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22 2016 Sep

Sad: Vandals Destroy Ancient Rock Formation In Oregon

From National Geographic:
Officials in Oregon are considering what they should do in response to a video that appears to show a group of people knocking over a beloved rock formation.

The Duckbill, a famous stone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, Oregon, has long been a favorite landmark for tourists to photograph. To the chagrin of the state parks department, the precarious-looking seven-foot-tall stone platform has also been a popular place to practice yoga poses or take wedding photos, even though the formation is fenced off from the public.

That local landmark collapsed last week. At first, parks officials thought it must have fallen over due to natural causes and the strain of people climbing on it. But they soon found out that the rock may have been pushed over—and there was a video that appeared to show this happening.

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21 2016 Sep

GoPro Just Made It Easy (And Cheap) To Capture Your Travel Memories

I am absolutely the kind of traveler who loves to document my experiences. Without staring into a view finder the entire time, I go out of my way to record as much as possible. One of the great technologies that has emerged over the last few years to make this process easier are drones. Sadly, however, the first generation crop of drones were fairly bulky for most travelers to carry around with them all day.

Enter the GoPro Karma. This new drone is a game changer for people on the move who want to get some amazing shots of the places they visit.

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21 2016 Sep

California And Florida Score Big With Foreign Travelers

The National Travel and Tourism Office compiles a list each year of the most popular US cities for foreign travelers. No surprise, the coasts are quite popular. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami and New York round out the top 5.

I was surprised to see Chicago made the list. Not that Chicago isn’t a great city, but unlike east coast destinations, Chicago isn’t in close proximity to other large metropolitan areas. I’m sure the good folks of Milwaukee will take umbrage however.

Descriptions of the top 2 travel destinations from Traveler’s Digest:

2. Miami, Florida, with 4,005,000 visitors

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Miami is sometimes called the capital of Latin America, a reflection of Miami’s kaleidoscope of Latin American peoples. The city is also incredibly well connected via air to Latin America and, with 16% of visitors to America hailing from the region, it’s a perennially popular destination. In all, the city received almost 500,000 more visitors in 2013 than 2012, a 15% increase. So it must be doing something right.

1. New York City with 9,579,000 visitors

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An astonishing 30% of all foreign visitors to the United States in 2013 visited New York City during their trips. While that percentage is down just a bit from the 2012 numbers, no other city even comes within 5 million visitors of New York. So why is New York so popular? Well, it has a sterling international reputation, a host of iconic landmarks and excellent air connections to Western Europe, a region which accounts for 37% of all visitors to the United States.

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20 2016 Sep

Casey Neistat Takes Us On A Tour Of His $21,000 First-Class Seat

Youtube Star Casey Neistate is at it again. This time with a guided tour of his First-Class accommodations on a flight from Dubai to New York aboard Emirates Airlines.

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20 2016 Sep

No Starship Enterprise, But You Can Still Cruise With Star Trek

Themed cruises are pretty much amazing. They allow people with a shared interest to chat up celebrities and fans for a week while enjoying lovely weather and world-class service.

But for those like myself, huge nerds, there’s the Star Trek cruise. Organizers have announced two more cruises for 2018 that will feature some of the biggest names from the hit TV show and movie series!

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More from USA Today:

The second round of Star Trek-themed cruises will both be hosted by George Takei (Sulu on the originalStar Trek series) and take place on the 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl, sailing from Miami to the Western Caribbean.

Officials of St. Louis-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, which is producing the cruises, said 4,000 people had signed up for early notice of the 2018 sailings.

“I am so excited and honored that so many of you are so eager to vacation with me and my Star Trek colleagues,” Takei said in a press release.

A six-day Star Trek: The Cruise II sailing embarks on Jan. 5, 2018, and a five-day sailing on Jan. 11, 2018.

Other cast members who have signed on to be onboard include Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn and Gates McFadden from Star Trek: The Next Generation; Terry Farrell and Rene Auberjonois from Deep Space Nine; and Ethan Phillips from Star Trek: Voyager, with more expected to be announced.

According to the producers, the cruises will be a “fully immersive experience” for Star Trek fans who can hang out in specially redesigned spaces of the ship — such as “Sandrine’s II” restaurant (a “sister” to the restaurant of Chez Sandrine on Star Trek: Voyager) and the 13 Forward bar (influenced by Ten Forward on Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Special Star Trek cocktails will also be available at the renamed “The Captain’s Club.”

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19 2016 Sep

Ever Wondered How To Make A Great Travel Video?

The good folks over at ‘Stoked For Saturday’ offer up some winning tips and tricks to make an awesome travel video while you’re on the road! The best part is the equipment referenced in the video is all relatively cheap and easy to use.

I personally love the Canon 70D and Rode Shotgun mic for all of my video shooting!

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19 2016 Sep

Off The Beaten Path In Orlando

Orlando offers untold attractions for the masses. Disney World, Epcot Center and the Kennedy Space center, just to name a few. These destinations are a lot of fun, but they can also be very crowded. To avoid the masses and enjoy a little more relaxation, CNN Travel has some helpful ideas. I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites below!

If you’ve ever wanted to launch yourself in and out of the water dolphin-style, flyboarding is a dream come true.
What exactly is this newfangled sport? It’s part hoverboard, part jetpack and 100% awesome.
Using high-powered water jets, flyboards launch you 30 feet into the air to flip and frolic as you wish.
After a quick orientation, Full Throttle Flyboard Co. gets you out on the water with a flyboard strapped to your feet. After that, it’s up to you to unleash your inner super hero.
Flights for $99
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Cabana Refuge
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Comfy couch? Check. Adirondack chairs? Check. Coffee table? Check. A private cabana atWekiva Island certainly has the creature comforts covered.
About a half hour from Orlando, Wekiva Island is a recreational outpost along the Wekiva River in Longwood.
Near the private cabanas, a wine bar serves up charcuterie boards and craft beer, and the cafe serves crowd pleasers like beef brisket and gator tacos.
No need to move a muscle, though: service to the cabanas is speedy and frequent.
When it’s time to venture out, the Wekiva River is perfect for paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing or just taking a dip. The spring-fed water is 72 degrees all year long.
And, yes, a gator sighting is nearly guaranteed.
Cabanas start at $85/day.

 

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15 2016 Sep

Qantas Links Your Out-Of-Office Reply To Instagram

For those looking to make sure as many people as possible can see their amazing travel photos, Qantas Airways has introduced a new feature on their website.

You can now incorporate your social media posts into your out-of-office reply. The app will automatically include all your best photos in your responses to e-mails you receive while you’re away. Pretty cool!