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Take As Many Selfies As You Want At This Instagram-Friendly Hotel

Sep 3rd, 2013 at 11:35AM: In the last year, travel and Instagram have grown to go hand in hand. Seriously, how many photos did you post during your last trip? Banking on our selfie and hashtagging obsessions, the new boutique 1888 Hotel in Sydney, Australia has made Instagram a key part of its visitors' experience. The lobby features a digital mural of Instagram shots, the front desk has a map of top picture taking...

Call An Ice Cream Truck On Demand Today With Uber

Jul 19th, 2013 at 11:33AM: Today is the hottest day yet in New York City's latest heat wave, and the summer weather is no less forgiving in many other cities in the western hemisphere. To help beat the heat, car service app Uber is offering ice cream trucks on demand, today only from 11-5 p.m. in 33 cities worldwide. The stunt is to help promote the app's expansion to new cities in the United States and in Australia,...

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos)

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos) Jul 5th, 2013 at 10:00AM: LEOL30, Flickr If you're an avid traveler, chances are you've experienced some type of fantastical sight, to which no photograph can ever do justice. Talent and camera quality have no bearing whatsoever on the ability to capture this moment, and so you resign yourself to committing it to memory. Although I love looking at travel photos, I'm not much of a photographer. But I'm also well-traveled...

Sydney Monorail Closes, Will Either Be Sorely Missed Or Soon Forgotten

Jul 1st, 2013 at 3:00PM: Sydney's monorail shut down on Sunday after 25 years of operation. The largely overlooked transit system ran between Darling Harbour and the Central Business District and drew some of its largest crowds on its last day. Sydneysiders' love-hate relationship with the retro monorail was evident on Twitter as the system shut down, with advocates mourning the loss of the landmark and opponents...

Video Of The Day: Sydney Fog

Jun 12th, 2013 at 6:00PM: I spent the weekend upstate, reveling in the view of the lush New York countryside as fog spills over the hills. It was a rainy but beautiful drive up and back and when I woke up today, I wanted to see more fog scenery. I came across this video of fog over the Sydney harbor on Vimeo and loved it. It's short and sweet, but moving all the same. Created by Joe Budgen, this time-lapse video is one...

Photo Of The Day: A Sunburst From Australia's Blue Mountains

Photo Of The Day: A Sunburst From Australia's Blue Mountains May 31st, 2013 at 5:00PM: VernsPics, Flickr Just outside of Sydney, Australia's city limits are the Blue Mountains. The region has gorgeous plateaus and cliffs that are covered in lush greenery that seem as though they have never been touched. Flickr user VernsPics slept in a cave and rose with the sun to get this unbelievable sunrise peeking through the clouds. If you have a great travel shot, submit it to our...

TripAdvisor Dealt Another Blow: Hotel PR Exec Admits To Posting 100 Fake Reviews Online

TripAdvisor Dealt Another Blow: Hotel PR Exec Admits To Posting 100 Fake Reviews Online May 28th, 2013 at 2:00PM: TripAdvisor Hotel and travel review site TripAdvisor.com has come under fire in recent years for the abundance of fake reviews on its website, but many travelers still see the platform as the industry's leading place for "real" information about a hotel or destination. But the site was dealt another blow this week when Peter Hook, a general manager of communications with Accor hotels in...

Amazing Time-Lapse Video Of Vivid Sydney Light Show

May 24th, 2013 at 4:00PM: "TIMELAPSE - Vivid Sydney 2013 Launch" from Vivid Sydney on Vimeo. The video above captures an incredible light show happening at the Sydney Opera House as part of the fifth annual Vivid Sydney festival. The largest light, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney features lighting installations around the harbour foreshore, live music performances at Sydney Opera...

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days Apr 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Traveling to seven continents in seven days is grueling enough. Throw in a daily match against a former professional squash player and that makes for some pretty exhausting travel. Two former pro squash players, Peter Nicol and Tim Garner, are in the midst of a week-long, 40,000-mile world tour in an effort to get squash into the 2020 summer Olympics. Their whirlwind competition ends in New...

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days Apr 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: They started trekking the planet more than a year ago, promising to travel the globe bringing children in classrooms from around the world with them, virtually, as they visited scores of countries and continents. Now their journey is complete and Darren and Sandy Van Soye are back to tell about it. The story begins in February 2012, when the couple from Southern California started on a...

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots Mar 28th, 2013 at 2:00PM: If you are traveling in a big city and want restaurant recommendations, it can be overwhelming to turn to online review sites like Trip Advisor or Yelp that list hundreds of places, many of which are irrelevant to your tastes and preferences. A new website launches today, giving you personalized guides of where to eat and drink, focused on spots you'll like. Eight Spots gives you just that: a list...

Crystal Cruises Hobbit Experience Brings New Adventure To Sea

Crystal Cruises Hobbit Experience Brings New Adventure To Sea Nov 15th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Crystal Cruises are always looking for unique experiences to stand out from the crowd and an upcoming New Zealand sailing is no exception. Bringing adventure from the big screen to cruise passengers, Crystal Cruises has a new dinner experience this December, on the "Hobbiton" set used for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and new prequel film. Just days after "The Hobbit" opens worldwide,...

How To Hike Australia's Blue Mountains

How To Hike Australia's Blue Mountains Sep 4th, 2012 at 9:00AM: "Does anyone know why we call these the Blue Mountains?" asks Tommy, our hiking guide. My friends and I look at each other unsure. I feel silly I hadn't bothered to research such an obvious question. "They are covered in Eucalyptus Trees, which spritz Eucalyptus oil from their leaves," Tommy explained. "In the sun, the mist creates a haze that appears blue from a distance." The Blue...

Favorite Travel Destinations: Where's Your 'Happy Place?'

Favorite Travel Destinations: Where's Your 'Happy Place?' Jun 26th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Long ago, a friend of mine referred to Colorado as my "spiritual homeland." I frequently jest that I'm spiritually bankrupt except when it comes to the outdoors, and she was referring to my long-held love affair with the Centennial State. My friend was right. There are parts of Colorado that are my "happy place," where I immediately feel I can breathe more deeply, shelve my neuroses and just...

Advanced technology brings mandatory full-body scans to Australia

Advanced technology brings mandatory full-body scans to Australia Feb 6th, 2012 at 1:30PM: Using advanced technology that makes passengers appear as stick figures, mandatory full-body scans are being rolled out at all of Australia's major airports. Successful trials at Sydney and Melbourne airports last year signal the end of a loophole in legislation that had allowed passengers to request a pat-down instead of having to pass through a metal detector. "I think the public understands...

10 free things to do in Sydney, Australia

10 free things to do in Sydney, Australia Dec 20th, 2011 at 5:00PM: While Sydney, Australia, is often thought to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is not impossible to travel there on a budget. Planning out some free activities for your trip can help curb your spending but still allow you to experience the city. To help with the trip preparation, here is a list of 10 free things to do in Sydney, Australia. Hike the Blue Mountains The area...

Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney Nov 15th, 2011 at 2:00PM: I have never been to Sydney, and I won't have a chance to go before an amazing art exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, that is now up on the beach goes down, but if you're there or can be there before November 20th, I recommend you check this out. Sculpture by the Sea is a temporary annual outdoor art exhibition. The exhibition features sculptures from artists around the world and they're large,...

New smartphone app shows users how to have an authentic Australian experience

New smartphone app shows users how to have an authentic Australian experience Oct 20th, 2011 at 1:30PM: AUSTRALIA: Where To Go is a new smartphone app that gives insider advice on how to navigate through Australia and see the major sites as well as get off the beaten path. The app is opinionated and does not include all there is to see in Australia, but only what is worth seeing. If a destination makes it into the app, then you will get all there is to know on that particular place. While users...

Video: The worst youth hostel ad you will ever see

Aug 15th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Youth hostels. You don't expect too much from them except a bunk, a breakfast, and a budget-friendly rate. A hostel in Sydney, however, is betting it has every amenity that a backpacker could want and has mashed them together in this god-awful video. From the 2001: A Space Odyssey intro to the autotune at the end, the video for 790 on George has managed to make what seems to be a perfectly nice...

Sydney's Darlinghurst neighborhood: charm, croissants, and cocktails

Sydney's Darlinghurst neighborhood: charm, croissants, and cocktails May 27th, 2011 at 2:00PM: In a city chock-full of charming, Sydney's Darlinghurst neighborhood is a tough contender. Not that it's an easy choice. If it's parks, quirky boutiques and specialty food shops, cafes, cheap ethnic or fine dining restaurants, bars, lattice-bedecked row houses, cliff-top beach paths, or Harbour views you want, there's no shortage of neighborhoods that deliver. Me, I'll take Darlinghurst. This...

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