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The Week in Travel (3/22/2013)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

Snakes on a Plane

If he only had a knife…

*Your liquid soap, cologne and moisturizing lotion over 3.4 ounces will still not be allowed in your carry-on, but your knives, ski poles and toy bats can board the aircraft, effective April 25, 2013 (via CNN).

*Scraping the sky on Instagram from 2,716 feet (via Huffington Post).

*Rumor has it, “air rage” is on the rise (via CNN).

*Boys will be boys, and bears and beasts and stags and trees.  Photographer Charles Fréger captures men of Europe dressed in outfits wilder than the National Tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (via National Geographic).

*The same oil that fried up your lunch might be powering your next flight to Europe (via BBC).

*Curious about the sexual orientation of a building?  Tour the Gayest Buildings in America (via California Home & Design).

*A time-lapse film captures New York City in the fast lane (via Kickstarter):

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(Photo: Still from movie, Snakes on a Plane)

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The Week in Travel (2/15/2013)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

Rio is World's Happiest!

Rio is the Happiest!

*San Francisco is the happiest city in America, but Rio de Janeiro makes the world smile (via Huffington Post).

*Poop, power outages and the perfume of sewage defeat the cruising vacation of 3,143 passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph (via Miami Herald).

*On Valentines’ Day, American Airlines and US Airways announced the marriage that will soon conceive the world’s largest air carrier (via Washington Post).

*Kids are great–and necessary to the continuation of the human race–but you don’t always want them on your flight.   Now, a Malaysian-based airline is introducing a kid-free, quiet zone (via Passport Magazine).

*France’s Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport offers duty-free shopping and an Auguste Rodin gallery (via NY Times).

*Want to know more about your upcoming vacation destination?  Tourism boards are sharing pictures, upcoming events, and restaurant recommendations on Twitter (via NBC News).

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The Week in Travel (7/27/12)

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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The Week in Travel (6/1/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

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*In the spirit of price gouging, Spirit Airlines is raising its fees up to $100,  for carry on bags registered at the gate, effective November 6.  (via CNN Money)

*More and more, Americans are doing it by themselves.  Sixteen percent of 1,500 U.S. adults recently surveyed by American Express say they will take a trip alone, up from twelve percent last year. (via USA Today)

*Cheap European vacation?  Maybe not.  Though the U. S. dollar is at a four-month high against the euro, the rising cost of trans-Atlantic flights–which are at a 10-year high–may keep American tourists from visiting Europe this summer.  (via USA Today)

*This past weekend, a Disney Cruise ship rescued four Cuban men spotted on a small raft off the coast of Key West, Florida. (via USA Today)

*Tales of the City comes to P-town this summer.  Armistead Maupin will make an appearance in Provincetown on July 9, to read from his latest work in progress, The Days of Anna Madrigal. (via EdSalvato.com)

*Hotels seen as a hope for Haiti.  At least seven new hotels are being planned or already under construction in the Port-Au-Prince area, raising hopes that a growing tourist infrastructure will help Haiti bounce back from the devastating 2010 earthquake. (via USA Today)

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IQ in The New York Times: Airport Park

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.

Read IQ’s full article in The New York Times, by clicking on the picture below:

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JetBlue’s Travel Buffet

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.

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The Tiny Kitchen In The Sky

“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.

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JFK’s Longest, Under Repair

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.

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