The world of travel moves fast! Let’s keep up–together. On Fridays, Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:
*Virgins are making headlines: Australian Virgins are too sexy (via USA Today), American Virgins wear Banana Republic (via NY Times), and Atlantic Virgins are blushing. (via NY Times)
*Jesus, Mary and Joseph are replaced by Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey at the Damson Dene Hotel. The peaceful retreat, located in the Lake District of England has swapped the Gideon Bible in each of its 40 bedrooms with the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. (via Forbes)
*Marriage Equality Makes Money. In the one year since New York became the sixth and most recent state to legalize gay marriage in the U.S., New York City has reaped $259 million of economic benefit and attracted 200,000 guests from outside of the city to attend same-sex wedding receptions. (via Bloomberg)
*Top Chefs pack their knives and open new restaurants in New York City. (via Next Magazine)
*These rooms will make a convert out of you. Stay in a former monastery, jail or convent, recently crowned one of the world’s Top Ten Converted Hotels. (via Reuters)
*What would you do for a free vacation? (And by “free” I mean…) The online dating website, MissTravel.com, matches “Attractive Travelers” without money, and “Generous Travelers” willing to pay. (via USA Today)
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(Photo via NY Times)
Air travel is no walk in the park these days — unless, of course, you are flying through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Last month, Schiphol unveiled the world’s first Airport Park, a 20,000-square-foot park within the international airport, beyond security and passport control.
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As the winter winds to a close (let’s hope), passengers traveling through Schiphol Airport, serving Amsterdam, can still savor the season without ever leaving the warmth of the airport…
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Who doesn’t love a good buffet? Now you can gorge on travel with JetBlue’s “All You Can Jet” pass. The pass is effective from September 7- October 6, 2010, and allows you unlimited access to over 60 cities. Choose the $699 pass and “jet” anywhere, anytime; or the $499 pass which excludes travel on Fridays and Sundays.
Check the JetBlue website for more details.
“Would you like pancakes or eggs, señor?”
On an AeroMexico flight I suddenly remember: I love hot airplane food.
I know I am in the minority, and understandably so, but a hot meal on a plane transports me to a simpler time. When I was a little boy, almost all flights longer than a few hours served a hot meal on board. I was always fascinated by the logistics. How did they make all that food in that tiny kitchen in the back of the plane?! My mom complained our kitchen was too small. Boy, mom was lucky! She would not have made a good flight attendant.
And the pageantry of it all! For starters, I thought anyone who wore a uniform was way cool. The ladies were always so pretty (in my early recollections they are always ladies), with hair pulled back and stylish scarves adorned with wing-like pins. They always smiled at me. And they always gave me extra cookies, when I asked. (Yes, I have always had a weakness for baked goods. Yes, I will always believe that two cookies are better than one.) The pretty cookie lady would push the cart down the aisle, careful to always engage the brakes. I would stare from my seat, wondering what she was serving, wondering what would happen if she forgot the brakes. It was exhilarating. Then like days later, the cart would pull up to my row. She would reveal a tray from one compartment and carefully pull out the “hot stuff” from another. Steaming sparkly foil, cling wrapped fruit, little plastic bowls…every segment was its own unique treat.
I pretend I am much more sophisticated these days. Who cares about peanuts or pretzels? (Though I always take one of each.) But in this time when travel is a litany of chores—take off your shoes, discard your water bottle, pay for your luggage—a hot airplane meal warms my soul. Belly full with tasty, compartmentalized treats, is all the prep I need for a new adventure.
Pack a little extra patience and Xanax if flying through New York’s JFK Airport between March 1 and June 1, 2010, when one of the airport’s four runways will be closed for construction. Though the improvements to JFK’s longest runway are expected to reduce future delays, these months will pose a challenge for air-traffic controllers as they shuffle flights in the congested airport. Travelers should expect increased delays and airport alcohol consumption.