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I've lived in Chicago for years but have somehow managed to avoid visiting the Dells, the region's quintessential summer weekend getaway place for families, until I finally experienced the place in all its tawdry glory while on a camping trip at nearby Mirror Lake State Park. Sophisticated city types mock places like the Dells, which is chock-a-block with mini-golf, wax museums, water parks and every conceivable type of tourist trap imaginable. But I have a soft spot for tourist traps. You could even call it a morbid fascination.
While the early sonar readings seemed promising the data was incomplete due to what are known as "ping drops." Ping drops occur when the sonar receiver fails to pick up all of the returned signals due to environmental issues or equipment error. This results in missing data that can be lacking in detail. To get a more complete look at the object they had found, the TIGHAR team turned over their data to Honolulu-based Oceanic Imaging Consultants. OIC took that information and processed it on their own specialized systems, filling in the missing "pings" where they could. When the data was further analyzed they discovered that the object in question looks surprisingly like the fuselage of a Lockheed Electra aircraft, the very plane that Earhart was piloting when she went missing.
During the day, Marrakesh's famous Djemaa El Fna square is filled with monkey trainers, snake charmers and stands selling the most delicious orange juice you've ever tried. At night, it hosts the best Berber storytellers in Morocco, magicians and countless steaming food stalls.
Flickr user Sylvia Wrigley took this emblematic photo of the historic market place. It captures restaurateurs selling "delicacies from a sheep's head" and "cake" to locals and "couscous and skewered lamb" to tourists. You can practically smell the grilling through your screen.
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Regardless of how your holiday schedule works out, one day might not be enough celebration. Plan a visit to Florida's Walt Disney World Resort to the east or Disneyland Resort to the west. Both will be celebrating the Fourth of July for an entire week, starting July 1, 2013, during what Disney calls Limited Time Magic.
Said to "surprise and delight Guests in fanciful and unexpected ways," Limited Time Magic events happen "only at certain times of the year," says the Disney Parks blog. Between now and June 23, Disney wishes "ears to you" as graduates are invited to buy a mortar board Ear Hat at the Magic Kingdom park, then choose from five different tassels representing their school colors.
You know the feeling: too many Instagram photos and work emails in an afternoon on your phone and by 3 p.m. you're down to that nasty red bar and you still have to map your way to dinner. And you forgot your charger. Again.
With data heavy smartphones, we travelers are used to running out of battery power. Charging stations are a welcomed addition to any airport but when you're downtown in the middle of a city, recharging is a bit more difficult.
That could change, however, as a system called Street Charge hits New York City, providing free cellphone charging stations around the city. A partnership between Pensa, solar company Goal Zero and AT&T, Street Charge will be installed in 25 different spots throughout New York City. The charging stations will be repositioned two more times over the next three months.
Currently, the program is only temporary, but at least for the summer months tourists and locals alike can enjoy free charging while out and about town. And if popular enough, the program could inspire more "urban rest stop" type programs, which would keep us all far away from that discouraging red battery bar.
"We do not need stadiums, we need education," said Brazilian Carla Dauden in a video that spells out why Brazilians are outraged over the upcoming games. "We do not need Brazil to look better for the world, we need our people to have food and health. We do not need more parties, we need people with jobs and a sustainable way of living."
The protests have so far been overwhelmingly peaceful, meaning nobody should cancel their travel plans to Brazil just yet. Hopefully things will be smoothed over soon; the government hopes the World Cup, along with the 2016 Summer Olympics, will bring an influx of tourists and showcase Brazil as an emerging global power player.
See more pictures from the protests after the jump.
Associated Press reports that Tenzing-Hillary Airport is really just a small airstrip carved out of the side of the mountain. There's just a single, narrow runway - and if the pilot misses it by just a few feet, the plane will hit a mountain. To further complicate things, the airport is surrounded by mountains, meaning once a pilot passes a certain point, there is no choice but to land.
The airstrip was built in 1965 by Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two men to conquer Everest, and it is named for him and his climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay. Hillary created the airport to help Sherpas spur development in the area, and ever since many climbers choose to fly into the airport in order to avoid a daylong bus trip from the capital of Nepal, Katmandu, and five days of trekking.
Since its inception, the airport has claimed about 50 deaths – far fewer than Everest itself, which has seen about 240 deaths. But still, with a track record like that, the runway can definitely be considered high risk. For more on the world's most dangerous runways, check out this slideshow.
Airbnb has become one of the go to sites for travelers looking for a more authentic experience while traveling. After all, if you are in a city for more than a few days, it's certainly more comfortable to have your own kitchen and space for chilling out after hours of adventuring.
But it's not just about having a cool place to stay. Renting from individuals on Airbnb is cost effective as well.
Pricenomics did an official breakdown of hotel vs Airbnb prices. Overall, you will save yourself about 21 percent if you rent an entire Airbnb apartment, and 49 percent for a single room. Of course, there are some places where your wallet will be happier opting for the hotel option than for a full apartment – Las Vegas and Houston, for example.
Often times full Airbnb apartments are around the same price as hotels, but pack them full of a few travel buddies and not only do you have a cheap place to stay but an instant travel party as well.
Check out the full findings and infographic here.
Via: Fast Company
Starting January 2014, those enrolled in United MileagePlus will need to earn a combination of either miles or segments, plus dollars, to get rewards. For example, to reach the first tier, a frequent flier must earn either 25,000 miles or 30 qualifying segments, plus a minimum of $2,500 qualifying dollars. So now, two round-trip flights from the United States to Europe that could have otherwise landed a traveler an upgrade might not qualify any longer, especially if a traveler found a great deal on airfare before booking.
As outlined above, travelers who only hit the road when they find a can't-miss deal will be hurt most by the new qualifications, leading us to believe that the airline might want to reconsider the MileagePlus program tagline: "the world's most rewarding loyalty program."