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  • How Much Rum Can You Now Bring Back From Cuba?

    With the announcement that the United States’ relationship with Cuba is warming, there has been plenty of excitement about heading down to the island nation and loading up on fine cigars. That’s all well and good, but what we really want is some rum. After the revolution in 1959, the communist government took control of Havana Club distillery. Since then, the brand has been off limits to United states citizens. But the Arechabala family, who started Havana Club, moved to the US after the revolution. They sold the rights to the brand to Bacardi, who began producing their own Havana Club rum in 2012. However, Pernod Ricard still distributes the Cuban Havana Club rum around the world. Bacardi’s Havana Club is a great rum, but we’re curious to try the stuff from the original Cuban distillery. And now, we can go to Cuba and bring back up to $100 worth of goods. But just how much rum is that? With a little help from Trip Advisor, we figured it all out.

  • London From Above (12 HQ Photos)

    London is the most visited city in the world, a central hub for travelers on their way to or from the west, home to six professional Premier League teams and three of top ten museums and galleries in the world. London is only growing, massive skyscrapers and cranes overlook buildings with 2 times the historic prevalence of anything in the established U.S. Slava Stepanov (Gelio), a Russian based photographer has created a brilliant series of photos that captured London form a birds eye view perspective, a view not many people are accustomed to when the metropolis comes to mind. A beautiful city combining a thousand years of history and progressive modern architecture, London is a sight that should be seen from the ground floor and up in the heavens.

  • Can This Simple Device Solve Airplane Armrest Wars?

    I think we can all agree that when airplane seats are in groups of three, the middle seat gets both of the middle armrests. In fact Emily Post touched on it in her first etiquette guide almost a century ago. Don’t bother looking it up, I promise you I’m right. But what happens when there are only two seats? Is there a passive aggressive solution? Yes! Soarigami is a plastic device that folds into a paper airplane-like shape and clips onto the middle armrest. In addition to creating a barrier, it also extends both sides of the armrest so nobody gets cheated out of space. The device will be available to pre-order from Soarigami early next year for about $30. Now we can move on to a passive aggressive solution to those travelers who take their shoes off mid-flight…

  • The Anatomy of a Master Traveler

    Traveling is an addictive hobby. An addictive hobby that can get quite expensive, which makes the most seasoned world travelers pros at saving money in clever fashion, but that’s not all, a good traveler must know their terrain, how much their baggage weighs and what kind of clothes to wear to blend in with the surrounding culture. This inforgraphic created by Hotels4U will be a great guide and checklist when you drop everything to travel the world for your quarter life crisis.

  • A Sea of Fog Filled The Grand Canyon In “Once A Decade” Cloud Inversion [Photos]

    A “once a decade” total cloud inversion took place in the Grand Canyon last week when the huge void with filled with what looked like rolling white fog. The cloud inversion, which happens when cool damp air is trapped in the canyon by warm air is extremely rare. The Grand Canyon management team posted a fascinating timelaspe video showing how it all went down. To give you some perspective of how huge the Grand Canyon is take a look at this photo of what Manhattan would look like if it was inside the Grand Canyon: Photos of the cloud inversion:

  • THE BEST BARS AT THE 10 BUSIEST AIRPORTS IN AMERICA [Link]

    If you’re like most folks, chances are you’ll find yourself traveling for the holidays. And if this winter is anything like last year, you’ll find yourself stuck at an airport along the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to pick at a $9 chicken sandwich made days ago while you try to figure out how to use the free WiFi. Airports these days have plenty of great options, especially when it comes to drinking. Here are your best bets in America’s ten busiest airports.

  • New 3D models in Google Maps Are Hyper Realistic

    Google has began implementing hyper real 3D models of buildings in it’s Google Maps and Earth applications. New York City and San Francisco will be the first cities unveiled with extreme detail. The Freedom Tower,  Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Bay Bridge in San Francisco are some wildly impressive examples you can look at right now. In May 2013  Google began updating imagery from Google Earth and doesn’t have plans of stopping until the entire planet looks like a Sim City game.    

  • You’ve Got To Be Crazy To Capture New York City Like This [32 High Quality Photos]

    What do they put in the water in Eastern Europe that makes everyone so fearless? Probably Vodka. That’s the only explanation we can think of when it comes to urban explorers such as Ukrainian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov. Just 21 and 25 years old respectively, the two must not care about seeing their 30s, because they are constantly traveling the world and climbing to the top of every building they come across. Which works out for us because we get these great photos from places we are too practical to ever experience. Recently the duo visited New York City and captured these incredible shots from the tops of skyscrapers and bridges. These are just some of the photos they took, but you can check out the rest, along with more details about the shoot, at On The Roofs.

  • Top 10 Countries To Visit In 2015 [Infographic]

    2015 is just a few weeks away, so it’s time to start making your plans for the new year. But if you’re having trouble deciding where in the world you should visit next year, let Lonely Planet help you out. The knowledgeable travel experts have revealed their top 10 countries to visit. Some are hidden gems, others are hosting big celebrations next year, but all of them are places not to miss. And for a quick overview of the top 10, check out this infographic with info about can’t-miss attractions.

  • The RSVLTS Live It Up At Harrah’s New Orleans [42 Photos]

    Mardi Gras is just a couple months away, and if you’re thinking of planning a trip to New Orleans, get off your ass and do it already! And be sure to stay at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. Recently, we packed our finest seersucker suits, practiced our accents by watching clips of Gambit on the X-Men cartoon, and headed down to the Big Easy for some gambling, drinking, and po’ boy indulging. And our base was an enormous suite at Harrah’s 26-story, 450-room hotel. Located in the heart of New Orleans, Harrah’s is across the street from the riverwalk and within walking distance of the historic French Quarter. But you don’t even have to go that far to find everything you could possibly want. For all your gaming needs, the adjacent Harrah’s Casino offers 115,000 square feet of gambling goodness in the only land-based private casino with table games in the state of Louisiana. 2,100 slot machines and over 90 table games await. For food and drinks, Harrah’s also has you covered. There’s the usual buffet for the blue-hairs on break from smoking cigarettes at the Dolly Parton slot machine along with the world famous Acme Oyster House for all your more »

  • You’ve Never Seen New York City Like This Before [38 High Quality Photos]

    Warning: These may be the greatest photos you’ll ever see of New York City. After viewing, you may be disappointed in every other picture you see of the Big Apple. But it’s totally worth it. Russian photographer Gelio recently visited New York City and quickly realized that to best experience the city, it was necessary to check it out from above. His incredible, high-quality photos capture New York’s fantastic skyscrapers, bridges, and parks from the sky, offering a unique perspective that even natives will never experience. These photos are just a small sample of Gelio’s series. You can check out many more along with descriptions of his journey and the city at Gelio.

  • NYC’s 17th Century Rules For Drinking Responsibly

    Before New York City was New York City, it was New Amsterdam. The Dutch settled the New Netherland territory in the early 1600s and established its capital, New Amsterdam, at the southern tip of present-day Manhattan. In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant was appointed Director-General of the territory. He was unhappy to find a settlement of riotous drunks who began imbibing in the morning and were engaged in fisticuffs by midday. In order to bring order to the colony, Stuyvesant instituted an 8-point ordinance on drinking. The New York City Department of Records recently began curating a digital archive of early New York documents, including Stuyvesant’s edict on alcohol consumption. NYC history blog The Bowery Boys summed up the 8 points as follows: 1. “Henceforth no new taproom, tavern or inn shall be opened.” 2. “The taverns, taprooms and inns, already established, may continue for at least four consecutive years, but in the meantime the owners shall be obliged to engage in some other honest business at this place.” 3. “The tavern-keepers and tapsters are allowed to continue in their business for four years at least, but only on condition, that they shall not transfer their former occupation.” 4. “The tavern keepers more »

  • Learn How To Speak New York

    You can always tell who’s a tourist when they pronounce Houston Street like the Texas metropolis. But there are plenty of other New York and New Jersey locales that can be tough for even natives of the area to pronounce. And to really make it difficult, sometimes there are multiple pronunciations. Good thing WNYC has made this guide to help us all out. Hell, just to be safe I sort of combine the two ways to say Kosciuszko then mumble it really fast. So far it’s worked…

  • Quantum of the Seas Isn’t Your Grandma’s Cruise Ship [10 Photos]

    If you’re looking to impress a bunch of blue-hairs with your shuffleboard skills or overindulge on all you can eat crab legs, the Quantum of the Seas is no the cruise ship for you. But if you’re not a billion years old, Royal Caribbean’s new ship may just what you’re looking for in a cruise. Quantum is the third largest cruise ship ever built, with 16 public decks and room for 5,000 passengers. But most importantly, it is home to the first gastropub at sea, Michael’s Genuine Pub. Whereas most cruise ships only offer big name offerings from Budweiser or Heineken or the like, Michael’s will stock popular microbrews such as Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, and Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale. Also, Michael’s Genuine Home Brew, served up at the pub’s sister location Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, will also be available. The gastropub isn’t your only option when it comes to libations. There’s also a bar where robots make and serve your drinks in addition to plenty of more traditional bar and restaurant options. For more info (and lots of pictures) check out Usa Today’s coverage of Quantum of the Seas.

  • Take A Virtual Ride On The World’s Tallest Roller Coaster [Video]

    When it opens in Orlando in 2017, the Skyscraper at Skyplex will be the world’s tallest roller coaster. As someone who lived in Orlando for ten years and was eventually bored to tears by Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, let me get this out of the way now…damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. The Skyscraper will feature 5,200 feet of track with seven inversions including zero-g rolls and raven turns. In addition to being the tallest at 500 feet, the roller coaster will also feature the world’s highest inversion and steepest drop at 123 degrees. And with all-day ride passes at Skyplex expected to cost about $20, it will easily be Orlando’s cheapest roller coaster option. So…who wants to plan a 2017 Orlando trip?

  • Le Meridien in Bora Bora Might Be The Finest Resort on Earth [27 HQ Photos]

    Bora Bora is a small island thick with coconut forests and colorful villages and surrounded by miles of fine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear, turquoise water as far as the eye can see. Welcome and “Ia Orana” to Le Méridien Bora Bora which won the 2013 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, which basically means it’s the nicest hotel in the world. It’s overwater Bungalows feature a large glass floor with amazing views of the lagoon and its marine life. And by “marine life we mean sea turtles! The Bora Bora Turtle Center at Le Méridien Bora Bora, is home to numerous marine turtles which means you’ll see them floating by your room nearly 24/7/.

  • Watch This New Video of Flight Patterns Across the UK

    London is the hub for the eastern and western hemispheres to reach one another. Each year over 2 million flights travel in and out of their airports spreading out in every direction from the island. Every single one of these flights is logged and mapped out through data, and now we can visualize these patterns thanks to NATS. Taking radar data from over 7,000 flights, the clip shows a standard day of aviation in the UK, beginning with an aeronautical invasion from the US between midnight and 5am before the islands light up with activity. Both Europe 24 and North Atlantic Skies were designed to give an overview of the daily complexity and volumes of air traffic across the UK and Europe and to do so in a way that was cinematic and exciting to watch.   UK 24 from NATS on Vimeo.

  • The Largest and Most Expensive Digital Billboard in Times Square Will Light Up On Tuesday Night

    In an era when digital screens large and small proliferate but attention is increasingly scarce, some marketers are making a huge bet that one of the biggest displays in the world will captivate audiences. Their gamble: the largest and most expensive digital billboard in Times Square, which will light up on Tuesday night. The new screen stands eight stories tall and is nearly as long as a football field, spanning the entire block from 45th Street to 46th Street on Broadway — the center of the Times Square “bow tie.” Nearly 24 million LED pixels, each containing tiny red, blue and green lights, make up the display, giving it higher resolution than even the best of today’s top-of-the-line television sets. At a going rate of more than $2.5 million for four weeks, the megascreen ranks as one of the most expensive pieces of outdoor ad real estate on the market, according to marketing executives. A digital art exhibition by the critically acclaimed Universal Everything studio collective will animate the screen from Tuesday night until Nov. 24, when Google will take over as the exclusive, debut advertiser with a campaign that runs through the New Year. Read the whole story on more »

  • Tall And Skinny: The 2018 NYC Skyline

    In just the last few months, the New York City skyline has been transformed with the addition of One World Trade Center and the supertall and super-skinny 432 Park Avenue. And these projects are just the beginning of Manhattan’s skyscraper boom, a race to erect characterless glass behemoths. It appears as though architects were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. In an effort to showcase 53W53, which will house the Museum of Modern Art, a 100-room hotel, and 120 high-end condos, CityRealty released these renderings of the future of Manhattan’s skyline. And if you’re a fan of iconic New York landmarks such as the Woolworth Building or the Flatiron Building, you are in for quite a disappointment. Midtown will become the future home of many of these gargantuan reflectors, ensuring a boom to purveyors of sunglasses around Times Square, but downtown will also see some super-skinny erections. Near the newly-opened One WTC, a couple of equally tall apartment buildings are set to house the most ostentatious of the financial sector. As rents increase and more and more of the city is bought up by millionaires who collect the properties more »

  • 886,246 Poppies Planted At The Tower On London

    In honor of British and Colonial military lives lost during World War I, the Tower of London’s long-dry moat is being filled with ceramic poppies. 886,246 of them, to be exact. Volunteers began planting the flowers, created by artist Paul Cummins, a few weeks back, with the first poppy being put in the ground by Crawford Butler, the longest serving Yeoman Warder. The last flower will be installed on November 11th, in salute to Armistice Day. Copy via CNN

  • RSVLTS Take Off: Nashville

    The majority of your time spent in Nashville should always be the music, it’s wide variety of country music, music heritage and history is enough to build a trip out of in itself, but the Music City also has a great food and beverage scene as well. With a handful of new industrial-chic restaurants opening up on a monthly basis and plenty of honky-tonk bars to hop around, you’ll have your hands full trying to make a checklist to stop in for a drink at each one. In this edition of RSVLTS Take Off, we’ll be showing you an abridged version of Nashville that will make you want to pack your boots and hit the road. Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway. The district is famous for the numerous country music entertainment establishments. Photo via: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com Downtown Nashville Downtown Nashville cityscape in the evening Photo via: Shutterstock/f11photo Honkey Tonk Central Bar Photo via: Shutterstock/f11photo ___ Eats Pinewood Social Pinewood Social is a space that is based on the idea of creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night. Offering up a bar, bowling alley, dining area, “living room” and even an outdoor space, more »

  • Check Out The View From The New Tower Bridge Walkway [12 Photos]

    Visitors to London’s Tower Bridge Experience can now get a spectacular view of the river 138 below from a new glass walkway. The Comprised of six glass weighing over 1100 pounds each, the new addition cost £1 million and is the first major upgrade since the Tower Bridge Experience opened in 1982. And don’t worry, ladies, Tower Bridge staff have assured the public that the glass is thick and the walkway is at an angle offset to the pavement below so as to not pose a threat to those wearing skirts. Or kilts, for the fellas. The west walkway is now open to the public with the east walkway set to open December 1.

  • Spectacular, Once-In-A-Lifetime Volcanic Lightning Caught On Camera [6 Photos]

    Photographer Martin Rietze went on an epic adventure to Japan and caught a spectacular, once in a lifetime series of pictures of the Sakurajima Vulcano, as it spewed a hellish mix of smoke, fire, lava bombs and electrifying lightning. Rietze’s balls of steel landed one of the top honors in photography, the top photo on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. 

  • 50 Facts Every Traveler Needs to Know

    Only by traveling the globe will you learn the cultural nuances that can either make or break your experience when traveling. UK based travel site, Travel Bag has created an infographic that is going to put your travel knowledge to the test. Think you’re a world class traveler? See how many of these 50 travel tips you know.

  • This Jumbo Jet Has Been Transformed Into A Hostel

    Located at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, Sweden, the Jumbo Stay is a decommissioned 747-200 jetliner that was transformed into a hostel in 2008. The hostel features many dormitory rooms with bunk beds accommodating 2 to 4 guests in addition to one single suite and a double suite in the cockpit. Gawkers are also welcome to stop by and take a look inside and everyone can enjoy a meal or just a cup of coffee in the cafe. For info on booking, check out the Jumbo Stay.

  • Bacardi Triangle: A Weekend Jaunt to Puerto Rico for Pool Parties, Halloween Cocktails and Calvin Harris [Photos + GIFS]

    You can expect three things from Bacardi in 2015. Music, travel and parties. This past weekend we got to experience a taste of what is to come in the next year and as you’ll see from our photos and GIFS, it’s glorious! The world’s most popular rum producer has found that simply slapping their name on title sponsorship of a pre-existing event is not an effective marketing tactic anymore as their fans, who just so happen to “align perfectly with RSVLTS,” according to Bacardi brand reps, are seeking more of an immersive, memorable and epic experiences. We agree. With that knowledge Bacardi has decided to take the lead by producing their very own travel adventures that blend music with exotic party atmospheres to give their fans the opportunity to have a few cocktails in paradise and snap absurdly amazing photos to share with friends who are anxiously following along at home. — Help a bro out, share this story with your friends: Tweet — The first event in this new initiative, which will be expanded upon even further in 2015, was Bacardi Triangle, a three day, super exclusive music festival and travel adventure for 1,862 lucky Bacardi fans, celebrities and lucky friends more »

  • How To Cross Anything Off Your Travel Bucket List (From The Guys Who Know)

    Eight years ago, when we were in our early twenties, three friends and I made a list of a ‘100 Things to do Before You Die‘ and decided to help people we met cross items of their own bucket list. We borrowed an RV, bought a camera on eBay, made matching t-shirts and hit the road for a two week road trip. Since then we’ve crossed off list items like make a TV show (#53), write a NY times best selling book (#19), played ball with Obama (#93) and asked millions of people the question ‘What do you want to do before you die?’. Over the years we’ve found that the # 1 item on people’s bucket list is to travel. We’ve heard countless stories of how people wish to have grand adventures to see the rough and elegant wonders of the world. This year we wanted to make that happen for two deserving people and give them a trip of a lifetime, travelling the world crossing off the most epic bucket list items of all time.

  • This Is What NYC’s Village Halloween Parade Looked Like In 1980

    Each year around 2 million spectators, plus over 60,000 costumed participants flood New York City’s West Village area for a parade that stretches for more than a mile, up Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue. The parade dates back to 1974, when Greenwich Village puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee asked his children and friends to wear the 100+ costumes he had accumulated through his work. The parade was so popular it was held the following year. In an age before pop-up Halloween super stores like Ricky’s started selling cookie cutter costumes for the masses people used to have to take a more DIY approach to their costumes and a perfect example of this are the following photos from Halloween 1980.

  • One World Trade Center Opens For Business And The View Is Amazing

    One World Trade Center’s first tenant will move in on Monday when Conde Nast moves into floors 20 through 44 of the 1,776-foot skyscraper. It has been over 8 years since construction began on the world’s tallest office building, and we can’t wait to see the view from the top for ourselves. Unfortunately, the 120,000 square foot observation deck on the 102nd floor won’t open until spring 2015. However, photographer James Keivom was able to capture these photos from the unfinished deck. For more photos and info about One World Trade Center, check out the full article at the Daily News.

  • Artists Transform NYC Water Towers To Promote Water Scarcity Awareness

    In an effort to draw attention to the global water crisis and bring art to the New York City skyline, water towers in the city that never sleeps are being transformed with the creative touch of well-known participants. As part of The Water Tank Project, each water tower is being covered in creative, lively, colorful, and powerful artworks by some of the most renowned international artists, including Jeff Koons.

 
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