California Coast RV Road Trip

Most known for Hollywood celebrity sightings, California is also home to some of the most famous beaches and coastlines of the world. This is perfectly complemented by the seamless weather and temperature that lures in new residents and tourists every year. So if you are looking forward to enjoying the summer heat, regardless of the More »

Going to Orlando and its Parks

It’s time to make a journey and the destination this time is called Orlando, a space full of fun that attracts millions of people during the whole year due to it’s famous parks, places like Disney World, Universal Studio or the Cabo Discovery will keep you busy all day long. Start by looking for a More »

Helsinki City Guide

Helsinki, recently awarded as ‘City of Design’ by UNESCO, is the capital of Finland. Unlike the Nordic winter, the temperature of this city is quite livable, and life continues throughout the year. It has four seasons, and the temperatures vary from 32 degrees in the summer and about -20 degrees in the winter. With the More »

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See a different side of Montreal with #MTLmoments / Perspectives

Montreal skyline from Mont Royal #MTLmoments

Here’s an interesting way one city is promoting itself to tourists.

For the past few years, Tourisme Montréal has invited Montreal tourists and locals to share their best moments using the #MTLmoments hashtag. During this time, thousands of pictures were shot and shared, and now Tourisme Montréal is giving them a second life with the #MTLmoments/Perspectives project.

To do so, eight local directors were chosen to bring their vision to one of the chosen #MTLmoments (Instagram picture), with a 2 to 5-minute short film. The directors were given complete artistic freedom to interpret the photo, in order to create an authentic portrait of the city that would resonate with Montrealers and creative minds all over the world. The whole project is also pushing the limits of what cities can do with user generated content. In this case, transforming beautiful Instagram pictures into innovative short stories.

Montreal is unlike any other city in North America — the blend of European architecture and English/French influences make it a hip vacation destination unlike any other.

The first four videos, shot by Philippe Paillé, Yan Giroux, Mathieu Grimard and Mélissa Matos (in collaboration with Emmanuel Mauriès-Rinfret), are now available for viewing. Here’s the first one from Yan Giroux.

You can get more info about the project and see the other videos at Tourism Montreal’s website: http://www.mtlmoments.com/perspectives

Malaysia’s Best Beaches

Langkawi, Malaysia beach with rental boats

One of the best ways of experiencing a Malaysia holiday is to spend at least some of the time on the coast. Malaysia has some of the finest beaches in Asia and there are so many to choose from when planning a vacation. Here are some of the best.

Langkawi

One of the most beautiful islands off the mainland, Langkawi is peaceful and has a stunning coastline with sandy beaches. You’ll find lots of places to relax in the sun, and to swim and snorkel in the warm sea. There are scuba diving sites here too with a mesmerising underwater world. With old limestone rocks and caves, the coast is stunning. Check out the beach resorts with spas too as this is the perfect way to unwind on your Malaysia holiday.

Palau Pangkor

The name Palau Pangkor actually means beautiful island and gives a clue to the stunning scenery off Malaysia. With beaches here including Teluk Belanda, Niphah Bay, and Pasir Bogak you will be spoilt for choice. There is jet skiing, snorkelling and even swimming at night from these beautiful beaches.

Palau Mabul

Sunset at Langkawi beach Malaysia

If you ever wanted the feeling you were on a tropical island then coming to Palau Mabul off Sabah is the place to be. There are coconut palms, quiet beaches and spectacular snorkelling. This is a good base to see Sipadan too, one of the finest diving sites in the world. If the beach gets too much, then walk around this lovely island to see the villages and people.

Redang

Located off Malaysia’s east coast, the island of Redang is renowned for its white sandy beaches. There are crystal clear waters here too which are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You can head out to the coral reefs to dive or gaze at the many coloured fish, or relax under a palm tree on the shore. Most of the interior is dense jungle so take a guided trek to spot wildlife here.

Palau Tioman

Juara beach Tioman Malaysia

If you ever got inspired by South Pacific then Tioman was used as the backdrop. Considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Tioman is renowned for its beaches. Relax on the sand or snorkel off the shoreline. Tioman has wildlife here too so do expect to encounter a monitor lizard or two.

Malaysia holidays are full of things to see and do. Wherever you go, don’t leave Malaysia without spending time on these wonderful beaches.

 

Would you play Departure Roulette?

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Heineken Departure Roulette

The folks at Heineken have come up with an inventive marketing campaign offering free flights to anywhere in the world. But there’s a catch — you have to drop your current travel plans, you don’t know where you are going, and you have to leave right now.

Heineken set themselves up in Terminal 8 at JFK airport and asked travellers to play Departure Roulette. Most travellers said no, but for those that did, some very interesting trips awaited them — including flights to Thailand, Cyprus, and Portugal.

Take a look at the video and then let us know in the comments below if you think this would be your sort of thing. Would you let fate (or in this case a giant spinning board) decide where you head to next? Would you push the button?

 

Some airlines fear jet fuel shortage in New York

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NEW YORK — Fears of a jet fuel shortage at New York’s airports have led some airlines to take the unusual — and costly — step of putting extra fuel on inbound planes.

The worries follow Superstorm Sandy, which has disrupted Northeast fuel supplies and power.

US Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Republic Airlines are among the carriers loading up with extra fuel to allow their planes to fly out again.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airports, says despite the airlines’ actions, there is “an adequate supply.” It refused to elaborate.

Other airlines, including American Airlines and Spirit Airlines, have chosen not to add extra fuel to inbound flights.

New York’s three major airports were closed for several days following Sandy. All had re-opened by Thursday morning. 

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After delays, American offers fliers double miles

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DALLAS — American Airlines is offering double-mile promotions as a way of apologizing for recent delays and cancellations.

The airline announced the offer under its AAdvantage program on Friday. One will run through Dec. 31, the other around Thanksgiving.

“Our recent operating performance was not up to our standards … and for that, we are deeply sorry,” Suzanne L. Rubin, president of the airline’s AAdvantage frequent-flier program, said in a message to customers.

In September, American canceled nearly 1,400 flights, and only 59 percent of its flights arrived on time compared with at least 85 percent at rivals Delta, Southwest and US Airways, according to tracking service FlightStats.com. The airline, which imposed pay and benefit cuts for pilots in early September, accused some pilots of conducting an illegal work slowdown.

American announced two offers:

  • Elite-level customers, who start at 25,000 miles in a year, will get double miles through Dec. 31.
  • Other passengers will get double miles from Nov. 16 through Nov. 26.
  • Both groups can get double credit toward elite status on flights through the end of the year.

The offers cover flights on American and regional affiliates American Eagle and American Connection but not flights operated by so-called code-sharing partner airlines.

American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011. 

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