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  • Expedia Owns Everything. Now Including Travelocity

    Today was a big day for travel giant, Expedia, after it was announced they agreed on terms to acquire Travelocity for a reported $280 Million. Although it wasn’t Expedia’s biggest fiscal acquisition, Travelocity was a major competitor in the travel booking industry, next to Priceline/Booking.com and Orbitz, who is allegedly looking for buyers. Expedia Inc. confirms it will retain the Travelocity brand formerly owned by parent company, Sabre Corp., which will complement brands such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Venere etc. To put into perspective exactly how many companies Expedia, inc. owns we’ve piled every acquired company into on photo. Looks like they’re building a world wide army of travel sites.

  • Take Off: 15 Reasons Why You Need To Head To Algarve, Portugal

    Algarve is the premier partying place in Portugal in the summer, but almost unheard of for American tourists. An entire coastline of beautiful beaches and cheap drinks. Algarve (Lagos specifically) has, however been discovered by heavy drinking Brits and Aussies, so if your Portuguese is a little shotty, this might be the English speaking getaway for you. English beaches are shite and Australia’s surrounding natural habitat is constantly trying to kill you. If you’re after a more tranquil atmosphere you can coast up and down Algarve for some of the best fresh seafood and wine you’ve ever had in your life. But you will love the wild atmosphere of Lagos. Rich in history and cheap on drinks, it’s more of a beach-bar scene than Euro nigt club. The cliffside beaches of Praia de Dona Ana will make you feel like you’re in a picturesque movie scene, while the cataplana seafood dishes will have you napping beachside before a big night out.

  • This Australian Floating Getaway Bachelor Pad Can Be Yours for a Night

    Set 130-feet above the sea and Australia’s Fairhaven Beach, The Pole House is a stunning free standing luxury beach house that’s obviously one of a kind. Already known as one of the most iconic homes in Australia, the house is the perfect spot for a unique occasion if you’re down under. The floating house was also recently renovated with a modern setting and ambiance adding to the luxurious experience. The house now features brand new interiors, with floor-to-ceiling retracting glass walls to take full advantage of the sweeping sea vistas from Aireys Inlet to Lorne. Picture yourself waking to the sound of the crashing waves before opening your eyes to find yourself suspended above the most amazing coastline in the country. Stay here for anywhere between $359-980 per night.

  • What’s the Difference Between Outbreak and Epidemic?

    More than 8,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa since February 2014 and it has spread beyond the three countries initially affected. So, it’s an epidemic, right? Or is it an outbreak? What about H1N1? The 2009 pandemic infected people around the world. But, so did the SARS epidemic in 2003. What’s the difference between an epidemic and pandemic? What about diseases like malaria and Dengue? Dengue fever infects between 50 and 100 million people each year in countries all over the world. So that’s the same thing as a pandemic? Not quite. Maybe you’ve seen headlines about West Nile Virus, Chikungunya fever or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. And what are emerging and reemerging diseases? It’s time to brush up on the vocabulary that can help you understand just what infectious disease experts are trying to tell us.

  • 5 Things to Know for Your Future Cuban Vacation

    Cuba is officially back on the map for U.S. travelers. A month after the Obama administrationreestablished relations with the island nation, the long-standing travel ban for Americans has been greatly eased. Under new rules from the Commerce and Treasury departments, which go into effect today, Americans won’t have to apply for a government license to engage in purposefultravel to Cuba. (The government does not consider your desire to vacation like Beyoncé and Jay Z a legitimate reason to visit Cuba.)

  • Incredible Restoration Of Historic Brooklyn Movie Theater

    Originally constructed in 1929, Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn was one of the five flagship “Loew’s Wonder Theatres” in the New York metropolitan area. The 3,676-seat theater, complete with elaborate pipe organ, was built to exhibit both films and vaudeville stage shows, but with the decline of vaudeville, the venue soon focused solely on film. In 1977, Loews donated the pipe organ to New York City venue Town Hall and two years later, Loew’s King Theatre shut its doors. New York City took control of the property in 1979 and over the next several decades, the pristine interior fell into disrepair. In 2010, the city announced a plan to convert the theater into a performing arts hall by 2014. Now, after 38 years, the Kings Theatre is set to open February 3 with a performance by Diana Ross. Three of the other “Wonder Theaters” have been converted into churches while Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City is open for special events and screenings. If you aren’t able to stop by these incredible theaters in person, check out the photos below and marvel at the filmgoing experience before shopping mall multiplexes.

  • These Tilt-Shift Aerial Photos Of New York Are Unreal

    Walking around New York City, it doesn’t take long to become desensitized to the initially awe-inspiring street-level vistas. When you walk the streets and avenues every single day, the magic just doesn’t last. But then you see photos from a point-of-view you’d never experience, maybe like 7500 feet in the air, and you find yourself enamored with the city all over again. Such is the case when viewing these incredible tilt-shift aerial shots from filmmaker and photographer Vincent Laforet. “Gotham 7.5K” is a collection of photos taken at night from a helicopter with the door off. In other words, something we probably won’t experience ourselves. Be sure to check out more from the series at Laforet Visuals.

  • Tiger Wood’s 6 Million Euro Island Next to Sweden is Up For Sale

    Tiger Wood’s nasty divorce from Elin Nordegren was undoubtedly ugly behind closed doors, and now a product of that is undoubtedly this quaint little island off the coast of Stockholm, Sweden. The humble cabin is 2,500-square-feet surrounded by trees, surrounded by water. I’m sure Tiger would even throw in an autograph for the very reasonable price of 6 million euro. Among a long patch of greener than green fairway for Tiger to practice, is: A 900-square-foot hunting lodge. A wine cellar big enough to hold 10 people for parties and drinking. The island comes with its own ferry, large enough to transport 12 people. A 3,200-square-foot stable and machine shop. There’s a one-mile jogging path. 2 million square meters of fishing waters.

  • Ralph Lauren Opens Polo Bar In New York City [9 Photos]

    This past fall, superstar designer Ralph Lauren opened his Fifth Avenue flagship Polo store, attracting fashion shoppers from all over the world. And today, Ralph Lauren is hoping to win over diners (and drinkers) with the opening of his first NYC restaurant, Polo Bar. The Fifth Avenue eatery promises a “casual yet refined setting,” being the sort of place where you’d expect Ralph and his buds to exchange fox hunting stories or something while sipping on brandy and wondering what the poor people are doing. Of course, being a Fifth Avenue bar with Fifth Avenue prices ($24 burger), Polo Bar probably won’t become a regular hangout for schlubs like us, but with its extensive cocktail menu, including an impressive selection of single malt scotch, the Polo Bar will definitely be a place to imbibe on special occasions.

  • Chilling Photos from This Year’s International Ice And Snow Festival [26 Photos]

    Harbin, China may not be known for it’s towering sky scrapers like Shanghai, but every year massive crowds gather in awe at the sculptures created for it’s International Ice and Snow Festival. In what looks like something taken directly out of Frozen, the winter wonderland includes mazes, full size houses and castles, which all come to life at night as colorful LEDs are turned on, giving the theme parks of today a run for their money. H/T: The Atlantic

  • 10 Brand-Spankin-New Attractions You Need to See in 2015

    2015 is the year of rejuvenation and rehabilitation, while there are some new projects on the horizon, so many projects around the globe are made for vastly improving lifestyles in major cities. Urban renewal plans, glass walkways above global landmarks and beautifully designed museums are some of the best attractions you’ll see this year. Oh and a few new theme park additions you can visit with the kiddies. 10. Goods Line, Sydney Urban space garden rehab projects are the go-to growing trend around the world’s more progressive cities. Sydney’s Goods Line is the newest benefactor of a growing greener landscape of the city. The 800 foot-long North section of the project will feature cafés and a new Mary Ann Street amphitheater for outdoor events set for a 2015 reveal alongside the Gehry building. 9. Tower Bridge Glass Floor, London In November 2014 the glass floor in the Tower Bridge was implemented and unveiled, but it’s probably better off you wait till 2015 to check it out. The Tower Bridge’s 36-foot-long, $1.5 million glass walkway overlooks the Thames River and is quite an extraordinary site and definitely worth a checkout if you’re in the city of London. 8. Shanghai Tower The Shanghai Tower stands in more »

  • Something Amazing Happened When We Drove A Rolls-Royce Wraith To Windsor Castle

    We explored the English countryside in a Rolls-Royce Wraith and something amazing happened when we stopped by Windsor Castle, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Not too long ago my friend Javier and I took an epic road trip around the United Kingdom to search for abandoned castles and visit Stonehenge. We figured there would be no better way to explore the countryside then with a sophisticated vehicle that is crafted less than two hours south of London in Goodwood, England.  Our trip started in the heart of London where we tried to get acclimated to driving on the opposite side of the road. Nothing will make your heart pound faster than learning the in’s and out’s of London’s infamous roundabouts in a pristine $284,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith. We picked up the whole opposite side of the road thing fairly easy as we zoomed past Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and other historic landmarks in the 624 horsepower beast and as we quickly learned the rules of the road, the real road trip aspect of the adventure began as we made our way to the first stop of our road trip, Windsor Castle. The original idea for this story was to give you a map of England that more »

  • How Powerful is Your Passport?

    This holiday season, travelers across the globe will be flying, driving or floating out of their country into a foreign land. That little blue or red booklet with that disturbing picture of yourself hold more weight than you think. Your passport holds the key to traveling the globe and the country of it’s origin can determine entrance or denial into another country. The U.K., Swedish and Finnish passport for example are the most sought after in the world, holding the most value next to the U.S., Luxemburg, Germany and Denmark.  

  • 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.

 
 
 
 
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