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The Volvo Ocean Race Sails Through Miami

The Volvo Ocean Race Sails Through Miami May 28th, 2012 at 9:00AM: It's raining in Miami, and we're sitting inside of the Camper pavilion waiting for the weather to clear, Josh with his forehead on the table while I make idle conversation with the woman across from us. "It's embarrassing," she says, gesturing to the low turnout for the day of in-port racing, though considering the weather, I imagine there were several factors in play. Still, there's no...

Better Search, Blazing Fast, Tested

Better Search, Blazing Fast, Tested Apr 14th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Travel search engines commonly claim to produce the lowest prices or best selection. Some say they have the most accurate reviews or are quick at what they do. When we received a press release from hotel-finder Room 77 claiming "blazing fast" results, we put them to the test. On our 25.5 Mbps DSL line, it took just 3.5 seconds for Room 77 to deliver 573 results for an overnight stay in a...

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US Apr 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Knotted shoulders... stiff necks... flight delay anxiety... pent-up aggression toward the armrest-hogger seated next to you on the plane. Travel certainly has its ways of winding you up, and there's nothing like a great yoga class to wind back down. But with trendy studios charging upwards of $25 per class, it can be difficult to find a practice that doesn't exceed your daily travel budget....

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

Element Miami launches with eco-friendly amenities and options

Element Miami launches with eco-friendly amenities and options Mar 20th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Promising "Balanced Living on the Road," Starwood Hotels & Resorts' newest property, Element Miami International Airport, opened this week with a hot pilot program to showcase its commitment to fitness and green design. The hotel is putting pedal-powered generators on stationary bikes in its fitness centers, enabling guests to generate electricity and charge their own personal electronic...

LAN Colombia will begin flights to the U.S.

LAN Colombia will begin flights to the U.S. Jan 28th, 2012 at 1:00PM: On February 1, LAN Colombia will celebrate the airline's inaugural flight to the United States when it touches down at Miami International Airport from Bogota. The event will be marked by a water cannon salute and will be attended by the iconic Juan Valdez (and possibly his mule Conchita) in an effort to promote his coffee brand-which will now be served exclusively on all of LAN's long-haul...

Go ice skating at your hotel in Miami

Go ice skating at your hotel in Miami Dec 5th, 2011 at 5:30PM: What's better than ice skating during the holidays? How about ice skating with the knowledge that the sunny beaches of Miami are waiting for you when you're finished? Travelers escaping the cold for the balmy climes of South Florida can enjoy a little taste of winter with the Intercontinental Miami's Holiday Ice Rink. Through January 15, 2012, the full-size rink will be open at...

American Airlines food killed passenger, claims lawsuit

American Airlines food killed passenger, claims lawsuit Nov 30th, 2011 at 4:30PM: As if filing for bankruptcy protection was not enough to fill American Airlines plate, now a passenger is claiming the troubled airline killed her husband. According to the lawsuit, Raquel and Othon Cortes were on a flight to their home in Miami and had just completed the first leg of their journey, a flight from Barcelona to New York, when dinner was served. Othon chose the chicken, Raquel...

After Black Friday, Hotel reminds shoppers of true holiday spirit

After Black Friday, Hotel reminds shoppers of true holiday spirit Nov 26th, 2011 at 10:00AM: After Black Friday, shoppers need a quiet escape that will remind them of the true meaning of the holidays. In that spirit, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami invites us to stop by and enjoy some of the best holiday movie classics. Sipping Hot Toddies and enjoying seasonal favorites, the public is invited to rekindle childhood memories with family and friends at an evening under the stars...

Celebrities go to sea, some stay

Celebrities go to sea, some stay Nov 20th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Celebrities go to sea all the time it seems. Martina McBride performed a short concert on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas in New Orleans Saturday. Last weekend, Maroon 5 rocked Galveston with Carnival Cruise Line's new Carnival Magic as a backdrop. Other acts from Kid Rock to Dancing with the Stars contestants host themed cruises, allowing fans up-close-and-personal time like never before....

Host and experience budget-friendly local tours all over the United States

Host and experience budget-friendly local tours all over the United States Oct 20th, 2011 at 12:00PM: HipHost, a new "peer-to-peer marketplace for socially-hosted local tours", not only gives travelers a way to experience new cities from a local's point of view, but also gives people an opportunity to make extra cash. Anyone who wants to share their local knowledge can be a HipHost and design a tour based on anything they find interesting. Some tour topics include art, culture, fitness,...

Mona Lisa mob marvels Miami

Mona Lisa mob marvels Miami Aug 30th, 2011 at 11:00AM: It's the most iconic painting ever made. The Mona Lisa, painted in the early 16th century by Leonardo Da Vinci, has inspired a whole genre of painting. Perhaps the first imitation was this one by Gian Giacomo Caprotti, Da Vinci's favorite pupil. Since then the Mona Lisa has been reproduced on countless coffee mugs, handbags, t-shirts, mousepads, even toothpaste. Now the Freedom Tower at...

Cuba: Nine US cities cleared for charter flights

Cuba: Nine US cities cleared for charter flights Aug 1st, 2011 at 1:30PM: Nine US airports have been approved for charter flights to Cuba, Reuters reported this morning. The Cuban travel agency Havanatur Celimar made the announcement on Friday. The US government forbids commercial flights between the United States and Cuba, so all air travel between the two countries has to proceed on charter planes. The Obama Administration has already removed all restrictions...

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne celebrates diamond anniversary with bling

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne celebrates diamond anniversary with bling May 12th, 2011 at 3:00PM: A 10th anniversary has many milestones, most notably a piece of diamond jewelry. For the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, a 10th anniversary means $10 deals (diamonds potentially included). On July 1, the Five Diamond resort is offering $10 specialty priced meals, Champagne, rums and spa treatments, and room packages for the entire month. These offers are limited so you have to book fast to get...

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Las Vegas

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Las Vegas May 6th, 2011 at 5:30PM: An American Airlines Boeing 757 was forced to make an emergency landing at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport earlier today after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit. AA Flight 431 was traveling from Miami to San Francisco, and was over Utah, when the crew diverted from their course to make the landing. They touched down at 11:10 AM Pacific time and were met by emergency crews who...

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:30PM: First, it was underground supper clubs. Now, everything's coming up pop-ups. As with food trucks, this form of guerrilla cheffing borne of economic need has become a global phenomenon. Equal parts dinner party and dinner theater, a pop-up refers to a dining establishment that is open anywhere from one to several nights, usually in an existing restaurant or other commercial food establishment. ...

Tracking devices in hotel linens thwart thievery

Tracking devices in hotel linens thwart thievery Apr 14th, 2011 at 4:30PM: In case you wondered, Big Brother is watching. In your hotel room. A Miami-based company, Linen Tracker, has patented a radio-frequency identification chip that keeps real-time inventory of frequently misplaced or stolen items such as hotel linens. Like, you know, that plushy robe you planned to take as a souvenir, or that Egyptian cotton pillowcase that sent you into such blissful slumber. The...

Ten great hotel bars to see and be "scene"

Ten great hotel bars to see and be Mar 4th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Craving insider access to the latest celeb hot spots? We've got the skinny on the latest "it" venues brimming with notables, views to die for and parties you just can't miss. With venues such as these we advise you to tread carefully, for your name may be the next to end up splattered across the front page of Page Six... don't say we didn't warn you. Thompson Toronto Bringing guests...

Coast to coast: Best hotels for Oscar viewing parties

Coast to coast: Best hotels for Oscar viewing parties Feb 24th, 2011 at 1:30PM: Want to live it up like an A-lister? You don't have to hit the red carpet in Los Angeles to make like the stars of The Social Network, The King's Speech, True Grit or Black Swan. Hotel bars, particularly at luxe properties, have long been beloved by the see-and-be seen set. But if what you really want to see is the annual Oscars / Academy Awards ... you're in luck at these great Oscar viewing...

Spring Break deals: Fares up overall, best deals can be found to Florida, Europe

Spring Break deals: Fares up overall, best deals can be found to Florida, Europe Feb 24th, 2011 at 9:30AM: The folks over at Bing Travel have been studying up on 2011 Spring Break airfare, and we hate to break it to you, but they've found that the average airfare cost is up more than 10 percent over last year, to $489. But the airfare increase doesn't have to stop the beach party. If you choose wisely, there are still plenty of Spring Break deals to be had. Bing's Spring Break Travel Forecast...

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