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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 (11/2/12)

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

Sandy floods NYC

*It has been a rough week for the eastern coast of the United States.  Much of the region devastated by Hurricane/ Superstorm Sandy is still without power and is reaching an economic damage pricetag of $50 Billion.  (via USA Today)

*For those still trying to coordinate travel during the aftermath, every major U.S. airline is waving changing fees (via USA Today), and though the hotel situation in New York is grim, one website guides you through the options.  (via Hotel Chatter)

*In other news, the U.S. is electing its next president on Tuesday.  Take a politically inspired trip to get you in the spirit (via CNN), or escape the sound bites, talking heads and potential four years of horror–after voting, of course–by burying your head in warm sand.   (via CNN)

*Your vacation album will be the envy of all your Facebook friends after posting pictures from these top photography destinations.  (via Lonely Planet)

*Navigating a new city can be challenging, your iPhone can help.  (via AupairJobs.com)

*When it all just becomes too much to handle, escape to one of the “World’s Most Sensational Spas.”  (via Passport)

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The Week in Travel (8/3/12)

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

*Look truly refreshed after your next vacation.  No, like really refreshed.  Like, you-can’t-move-your-forehead refreshed.  The Four Seasons in Austin has partnered with Westlake Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, offering guests services such as Botox, chemical peels, and skin tightening. Next year, new options will include breast augmentation and liposuction. (via USA Today)

*These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do in New York City.  For now, NYC’s Bike-Sharing Program, which was supposed to launch this summer, has been delayed due to a software glitch.  No new official launch date has been announced.  (via New York Magazine)

*It’s easier than ever to stay toned during your travels.  New hotel programs lend you work-out videos, running shoes and pedometers, while airports offer walking paths and yoga studios.  (via New York Times)

*New York City is the theatrical top.  According to the World Cities Culture Report 2012, NYC hosted over 43,000 theatre shows and 6,000 dance performances to claim the #1 spot in each category.  London, Paris and Tokyo also ranked high in performance arts output.  (via The Stage)

*Extra cheese?  The owner of the “world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia”–who has a tattoo of himself holding a pizza slice on his back–is planning to open a pizza restaurant and museum in Philadelphia.  (via NPR)

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The Week in Travel (6/29/12)

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

Ca’D’oro in Istanbul (via CN Traveler)

*Traveling will make you thirsty.  Quench it stylishly at one of the best new bars in cities including Berlin, Beijing, Buenos Aires, and other non-B beginning destinations.  (via Conde Nast Traveler)

*Eating out(doors) in London.  With a gazillion (exact figure) visitors descending on London this summer, you may need some fresh air and much to drink.  Here’s an area-by-area guide to the best outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants. (via Time Out London)

*London to Sydney in 4 hours!  Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Gulfstream – with the help of NASA – are working toward creating the “Son of Concorde,”  the first supersonic commercial passenger airliner.  (via news.com.au)

*Air travel these days means longer and longer time in airports.  Don’t fret, now you can play golf, visit a museum, or watch a concert, all en-route to your gate.  (via CNN)

*Hmmmm… Fourteen women–all in their 80’s and 90’s–who lived through the horrors of World War II competed to be crowned Israel’s first “Miss Holocaust Survivor” (via MSNBC)

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The Week in Travel (5/4/12)

Photo courtesy of Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam

The world of travel moves fast!  Let’s keep up, together.  Today, Traveling IQ launches the first installment of “The Week in Travel” series, featuring noteworthy travel stories from the past week:

*LGA is the bottom!  Sorry New York, but La Guardia has been ranked “America’s Worst Airport” by Travel & Leisure readers.  Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) has been crowned the top. (via Travel & Leisure)

*Dude, where’s my Amsterdam?  A Dutch court has upheld the ban on selling marijuana to tourists.  The proposed members-only “weed pass”, which limits the sale of marijuana to Dutch residents over age 18, is potentially rolling out  Jan. 1, 2013. (via USA Today)

*The ship of dreams (again?!).  Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself:  An Australian billionaire is planning to build a modern-day replica of the Titanic.  The maiden voyage is being planned for 2016 and will follow the same route as the original, from England to New York.  (via USA Today)

*In gay news, the NYC Pier Dance is moving indoors.  One of the most popular New York City Pride events, the Dance on the Pier, which has traditionally been held outdoors on Pier 54 is moving to the covered Pier 57.  Pier 54 has been deemed structurally unsound.  (via Next Magazine)

*In China, it really is a small world after all.  Now, you can walk from Britain to Spain and never leave Shanghai, where themed housing developments  are replicating famous cities from around the world.  (via Weird Asia News)

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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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IQ in The New York Times: Dutch Winters

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…

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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Sabroso Miami Souvenir

If upon departing from your next trip out of Miami International Airport, you realize you bought one too few “Sunshine State” visors, or decide the “Miami Beach Bum” t-shirt may not be appropriate for Aunt Myrtle after all, stop by LA CARRETA restaurant, located by Gates D37 and D21 to pick up a tasty souvenir of pasteles de guayaba.

Pasteles are delicious, flaky, traditional Cuban pastries and by extension delicious, traditional Miami treats. Since pasteles are sold throughout bakeries and cafés all around Miami, Aunt Myrtle never has to know that they were a last minute purchase.

Though the sweet guayaba (guava) filling is the most popular, pasteles are also filled with carne (beef), queso (cheese), and guayaba y queso (you figure that one out for yourself). Pick your favorite or take an assortment, and gift a souvenir that is unique, delicious and culturally relative to Miami.

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