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  • Hot In-Flight Video From Air New Zealand And Sports Illustrated

    Air New Zealand has teamed up with Sports Illustrated to create the hottest in-flight safety video we’ve ever seen. To celebrate Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 50th anniversary, the commercial features Jessica Gomes, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis and Ariel Meredith instructing you on flight safety while distracting you in their bikinis. Also making an appearance is Christie Brinkley who is looking incredible at 60. Watch the commercial and study it well then enter the “Safety in Paradise”sweepstakes where your answer to a multiple choice question about the ad could win you a trip to Aitutaki. Good luck!

  • Mile-Low Club launches $287k Valentine’s Day submarine package

    Dubbed the “Mile Low Club”, this luxury submarine tailors every facet of it’s interior to the discretion of it’s passengers specifically for Velntines Day, but it doesn’t come cheap. Several of these specially-adapted leisure submarines, nicknamed Lovers Deep, are located in the Caribbean and flights to get there aren’t included, but when you’re spending $287,680 a flight to the paradise ain’t no thang. The MLC, gives couples a chance to ‘relax, unwind and enjoy the isolated deep of the cean 200m under the sea. The staff can cater aesthetics to look like almost anything and food menu served included a plethora of aphrodisiac food items. Featured dishes include oysters, caviar and a decadent chocolate fondant with essence of pomegranate. Guests will have the Caribbean at their disposal whether they want to explore the reef of St. Lucia or a sunken battleship in the Red Sea, says Oliver Bell, co-founder of Oliver’s Travels, the company curating the experience.  

  • Amazing Flyover of Antarctica [Video]

    With the winter many of us are currently experiencing, you’re probably thinking how you never want to see snow again. Well you are wrong, buddy. Snow covered landscapes can still be beautiful, just as long as they’re not in your backyard. Take a look at this video of a flyover at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica at the Italian Mario Zucchelli Research Station and fall in love with snow all over again.

  • 1984 Winter Olympics 30 Years Later [15 Photos]

    In 1984 the Winter Olympics were held in what was then Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Less than a decade after the games ended, the region was engaged in the Bosnian War. Many of the facilities were either completely ravaged or neglected and fell in deep disrepair. Kosevo Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held, was renovated in 1998. Skenderija Hall was refurbished in 2006 and is now visited by 500,000 people each year. But not all of the Olympic venues were given new life. The bobsled and luge facilities at Mount Trebevic and the ski jump area at Mount Igmam remain abandoned and have become targets for graffiti artists over the years. Late last year, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic visited Sarajevo’s abandoned Olympic venues and captured these haunting photos. 

  • A Look Inside The Newest NYC Hot Spot: Tao Downtown [22 Photos]

    The newest hot spot in New York City is Tao Downtown located in the Meatpacking District’s Maritime Hotel. Tao Downtown takes up multiple spaces in the hotel, with a restuarant, bar and lounge on the the ground level; a large main dining area on the cellar level; and a separate lounge spanning the mezzanine and cellar levels. The design features plenty of nods to Asian culture while also resembling a dark, underground hangout. For more information and reservations, visit Tao Downtown. If you go, please bring us back some chicken gyoza. Thanks.

  • 45 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite National Park photo via photographer Wasim Muklashy, view more of his incredible work here. Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National Park photo via Shutterstock Yosemite National more »

  • Take To The Sea In The World’s Fastest Yacht [14 Photos]

    Tax time is here and if you need something to spend your fat tax refund check on, why not buy a boat? Well, JP Moneybags, I hope you have a hell of a bean counter on your payroll, because you are going to need a sizable refund to afford the Wally 118, the world’s fastest yacht. The 118 features 3 gas turbine engines producing 17,000 horsepower, propelling the yacht to more than 60 knots. Bring some friends along, because their are accommodations for 6 guests and 6 crew members. Also, be aware you won’t be keeping this in your garage to take out on the weekend. The Wally 118 is 118 feet long (huh, that makes sense) and weighs 95 tons. And the price? If you have to ask, you can’t afford it, ya bum.

  • 50 Things Every Traveler Should Know (Infographic)

    Talk to any consistent world traveler and they’ll tell you there’s no thrill like stepping outside of your comfort zone. Meet new people, try new foods, mingle with different cultures. The unknown of a journey abroad will catapult even the homiest of xenophobes into Chris Columbus, a globetrotting journeyman with a taste for adventure. UK travel site Travelbag has come up with 50 tips and hints to get you through a world tour. Each of the 50 tips contain cultural facts that might make or break a trip if otherwise unknown. For example, plan around siestas in Spain or under no circumstances should you mix vodka in Russia, the penalty is death. Kidding, not really, maybe, probably, because it’s Russia.

  • World’s First Luxury Cannabis Tours Launch in Colorado

    First it was wine tours of vineyards, then it was tours of craft breweries. Now that Colorado has legalized recreational use of marijuana, the time for cannabis tours has arrived. Spiro Tours has become the first company to launch luxury cannabis tours around Colorado to get visitors acquainted with the game-changing Amendment 64. The tours aim to entertain but also educate about marijuana farming, how dispensaries operate, and how it can be used in different ways. There are four different tours to choose from, each with a unique itinerary that cater to your particular interests (other than the marijuana, of course). This is sure to be a huge new industry and Spiro seems to be starting it off perfectly and the bar for the competition has been set pretty high. Yup, pretty high indeed. Book your cannabis tour at Spiro Tours.

  • The Secluded Beaches and Ancient Ruins of Tulum, Mexico (10 HQ Photos)

    Tulum, Mexico is quickly becoming the hot spot for vacationers south of Texas. Fly in to Cancun and drive just under two hours before you hit the beautiful beaches and ancient Mayan ruins that date back as early at 250 A.D. Part of the gorgeous and increasingly popular Riviera Maya, Tulum sits 80 miles southeast of Cancun of which you’ll pass a gorgeous scenic route building up to your destination. The beaches south of the ruins have remained uninhabited by the larger resorts surrounding coastal Mexico.

  • The Home of Adventure: An Exclusive Look at the NY Explorers Club

    Ever hear of a man named Roy Chapman Andrews? He’s the man Indiana Jones was based off of. They have his whip here. How about a man named Carl E. Akeley? On an expedition in Africa, Akeley was attacked by a leopard, so he did what any man with a working fist would do. Stick it down the face clawing leopards mouth until it choked to death. These are the kind of men inducted into the Explorers Club. Akeley was the president from 1917-1919, I’m guessing out of of pure fear of his leopard fist. The New York Explorers Club is a society dedicated to scientific exploration of Earth, its oceans, and outer space. Founded in 1904 in New York City, it currently has 30 chapters worldwide. In addition to sponsoring expeditions and lectures, the Explorers Club is known for their adventurous, exotic cuisine served at their banquets. Each facet of their impressive decor tells a story of exploration and survival or exponential proportions. We had an opportunity to take a personal tour with Will Roseman, Director of Public lectures, including a look at The Roosevelt room, a room dedicated to Teddy, himself. We were invited to the renowned club more »

  • NYC Snowstorm From MTA’s Point Of View [15 Photos]

    The New York City MTA has one of the greatest flickr accounts and we’ve often shared their pictures with you. With another snowstorm hitting NYC earlier this week, the MTA sent out their photographers to document the hard work of the employees who keep the trains and buses running regularly. We thought we’d share these shots so you can see the hard work these folks do and also because the Hurricane Jet Snow Blower clearing the track in the Coney Island Yard is pretty awesome.

  • Super Bowl Ticket Price Infographic

    Plan on heading to scenic East Rutherford, New Jersey for the Super Bowl? If this infographic is any indication, you may want to head to your local bank or credit union (or Amscot, I won’t judge) and get yourself a not so small loan. Also, pack a sweater, because this isn’t just one of the most costly Super Bowls to attend, it’s also really, really, cold! Sounds enjoyable, right?

  • New York City In The 1930s Looks Oddly Peaceful [28 Photos]

    Photographer Berenice Abbott documented New York City for the Federal Art Project (FAP) between 1935 and 1938. FAP was a New Deal program (thanks, Franklin Roosevelt!) for unemployed artists that operated from 1935 to 1943. Abbott’s series, “Changing New York,” captures a city that looks incredibly peaceful and clean compared to today’s Big Apple. The photographs were published as a book for the 1939 New York’s World Fair which attracted over 44 million visitors to the city. The New York Public Library has more of Abbott’s photos on flickr.

  • Value Of Dollar In Burgers And Beers [Infographic]

    Lonely Planet’s “How To Land a Jumbo Jet” contains all sorts of useful information presented through 56 infographics. By far, the most useful of these is the visual guide below which illustrates the value of the US dollar in burgers and beers around the world. It’s a tad disheartening. I’ve been watching lots of “Lilyhammer” on Netflix and Norway looks like a great place to visit, but 10 bucks for a fast-food burger?? Guess I’ll just go to the Philippines instead and drink 70 cent beer. 

  • Official Jazz Fest 2014 Talent Announcement Video

    The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held April 25-27 and May 1-4 this year, and to announce the bands, festival organizers teamed with Moontower VFX to create this awesome animated video. While music from The Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays, the huge acts playing the fest are revealed. Not big on jazz? Don’t worry. This lineup has something for everyone. Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Bruce Springsteen, Robin Thicke, Public Enemy and the Avett Brothers are just some of the big name, non-jazz acts who will be there. There’s also plenty of jazz, too, with Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gregory Porter, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band,just to name a few. Watch the video then check out the full daily lineup at New Orleans Jazz Fest.

  • The World’s Largest Sand Sculpture Park [20 Photos]

    From January through April, visitors to Kuwait’s Remal International Sand and Light Sculpture Festival can check out the largest collection of sand sculptures from an international team of artists. 28,000 tons of sand, or 1,000 dump trucks full, were used by the 80 sculptors from 25 different countries at a cost of almost $3 million. The sand has a small clay content to help it mold, enabling works of up to 50 feet tall. The entire project takes up over 300,000 square feet or about 4 soccer fields. There are 40 works on display, all based on scenes from the world renowned “1001 Arabian Nights” stories.

  • Raw Footage From the Launch Of SpaceShipTwo [Video]

    Virgin Galactic is one step closer to its goal of bringing tourists (albeit extremely wealthy ones) to space after a successful test flight of the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) on January 10. It was the third rocket-powered supersonic flight for the subspace-craft and Virgiin Galactic officials said all their objectives were met. This is great news for the company, which plans on beginning commercial service later this year. Many celebrities have already reserved spots for when the service takes off, including Stephen Hawking, Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, and Tom Hanks. If you’d like join them as one of the first space tourists, sign up at Virgin Galactic. Wait, you don’t have $250,000? Better cut back on your daily Starbucks.

  • Uh Oh. NYC Mayor De Blasio Eats Pizza With A Fork

    New York City’s new mayor Bill de Blasio was caught eating his pizza with a fork. Is this even more offensive to New Yorkers than the Donald Trump forked pizza fiasco? The Post, Daily News, Times, Village Voice and Time Out are sure to have a field day with this. Protesters have already begun occupying City Hall with Pizz-ins; sitting in a circle, eating pizza without the assistance of utensils, folding a slice the way it’s meant to be eaten.

  • China’s Incredible Harbin Ice Festival [30 Photos]

    The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival began as a local winter garden party in Harbin, China in 1963. The festival was interrupted for many years due to the Cultural Revolution, but has been an annual event since 1985. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the 2014 festival is bigger than ever. 7000 workers in Harbin, China’s coldest city, constructed 6.5 million square feet of LED-illuminated frozen structures of ice and snow. 1 million visitors are expected at this year’s festival, which runs through late February. 

  • 20 Breathtaking Hotels to Tack on to Your Bucketlist

    Travel + Leisure have officially announced their Top 50 Hotels of 2013 and the visuals are beyond astounding. From the safari grounds of South Africa to the beautiful mountains of St. Lucia, the list will give you a heavy dose of that travel itch that comes around when the trying days of winter catch up with you. Well before you book your travel plans for 2014, take a look at 20 astounding visuals we’ve compiled of hotels from the list. Check out all the rankings at Travel + Leisure. Palazzo Avino (formerly Palazzo Sasso) Ravello, Italy Primland, Meadows of Dan, VA Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Thailand Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires Capella Pedregal, Los Cabos, Mexico Kenya Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico La Résidence Phou Vao Luang Prabang, Laos Cape Grace, Cape Town Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina Jade Mountain St. Lucia Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, MT Discovery Shores Boracay, Philippines Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India Bora Bora, French Polynasian Four Seasons Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort, Casole d’Elsa, Italy Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, more »

  • See The Austrian Alps From The UFO Gel [16 Photos]

    The UFO Gel, so named because it resembles both a UFO and a vogel (German for bird), is a 484 square foot house in the Austrian Alps. The home, made almost entirely of larch wood, was designed by architect Peter Jungmann. There is a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom inside and panoramic windows throughout that make you feel like you’re still outside even when you’re lounging comfortably. The house is available for anyone to rent for about $180 per night with a 3 night minimum. Not a terrible, nor terribly expensive, way to see the Alps.

  • Lower East Side Penthouse Bachelor Pad [12 Photos]

    New York City’s Lower East Side, formerly one of the most eclectic neighborhoods with bums warming themselves on garbage can fires, a thriving art and music scene, and a cornucopia of drugs, has since followed the rest of the city in becoming uninterestingly safe and sterile. And expensive. This incredible 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath penthouse on Avenue B was originally listed last year for $6 million. Apparently there wasn’t enough interest, so it’s now on the rental market for $19,500, perfect for someone who has lots of money but little commitment. The main level is surrounded by 2618 square feet of personal terrace space with a built-in hot tub, perfect for those late nights where you ponder what the poor people are doing. The penthouse also features 19 foot ceilings, a fully loaded kitchen with two convection ovens, and a 63″ TV home theater system. And with all the money you’ll be spending on rent, it’s nice to know that you can save a few bucks by drinking $3 beer at neighborhood staples like Manitoba’s and Doc Holliday’s.

  • “Step Into The Void” Allows You To Step Off A French Alps Cliff Without Dying [13 Photos]

    On December 21, the Chamonix Skywalk at the top of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak in the French Alps, opened to the public. Called “Step Into The Void,” the art installation lets you see the Alps like never before. The five-sided glass enclosure allows visitors to hover 3,396 feet surrounded on all sides by custom-made 1/2 inch glass. For those who aren’t brave enough to enter the skywalk, there is also a terrace with a railing that might make you feel a bit more secure.

  • Portofino Is An Italian Paradise [4 HQ Photos]

    Portofino is an is an Italian fishing village with a picturesque harbor that is on many a travelers bucket list. When you get into town relax, have a nice lunch and marvel at the incredible brightly colored houses that wrap around the harbor. Copyright: maudanros/Shutterstock Copyright: Dan Breckwoldt Copyright: leoks Copyright: haveseen

  • Dubai Won New Year’s With The Largest Firework Show In History [Video]

    Everything is over-the-top in Dubai, even their firework celebrations. The glitzy Persian Gulf city blitzed the night sky with half a million fireworks during an eye-popping celebration that topped any pyrotechnic performance the globe has ever seen. On the Forth of July Macy’s typically launches off 40,000 to put in into perspective.

  • Video: The Building Under the New Year’s Eve Ball Is Mostly Abandoned

    Millions of eyeballs will be glued to the ball drop in Times Square on Tuesday night, but few people know anything about the building underneath. According to the New Yorker’s fascinating short documentary on One Times Square, the building started out as the headquarters of the New York Times, housed a speakeasy and an FBI office used to trap German spies during World War II, and is now mostly abandoned, as no one wants to work in a building where all the windows are covered by billboards. Check out the video and head into New Year’s Eve with at least one top-notch conversation starter.

 
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