When the now ubiquitous Apple iPhone entered our lives in 2007 it set in motion a revolutionary new method of communication, changing the way we interact with the world around us. And what about those remarkable little ornaments we all organise so lovingly on our smartphone screens? Apps, with just one touch, can open up a whole new world, revealing itself in all its digital information glory. From games to booking a flight to navigation and finding the nearest Chinese restaurant, Apps have reduced the world into tiny, palm-sized tools. And for today’s modern traveler, these conveniences have certainly made it easier to stay connected while on the road.
Christmas is a time to celebrate and enjoy the festive season with family and friends, reflecting on the year that was with hopes of joy for the future. For some, this special season is a time to travel and explore, discovering the many ways Christmas is celebrated around the world. Here we look at ten great destinations to spend Christmas in the U.S.A. where the blessings of Christmas can be celebrated and observed.
Last year was a big year of travel for us. Each year we seem to have the same new years resolution though. Which is more travel of course! And the planning has already kicked in for 2016. We have loved sharing just a small sample of our travels on our blog with you and here are the top fifteen most read stories for 2015.
It may be the world’s largest continent, but so much is unknown about remote, mountainous Antarctica. A land of mystery, intrigue and adventure, it’s no wonder this icy destination features high on many traveller’s bucket lists. The flying kangaroo has taken us even further down under with this one day sightseeing tour from Adelaide to Antarctica.
Our 2014 goal of more travel was certainly achieved and a resolution we didn’t mind keeping! So much so that we decided to keep the same resolution in 2015. We wrote about just some of those wonderful travel experiences here and we have loved sharing them with you. So we thought we’d take a quick look at some of our most popular blogs last year. Here is a look at the highlights of 2014.
We’ve all been there – running from gate to gate trying to make a connection at a major hub airport, scrambling our way through throngs of passengers. Each year US airports seem to be getting busier and busier. But which airports rank as the busiest in America? And how are these rankings measured?
If you’re an ‘avgeek’ (a fan of all things aviation) then there are always must-dos on your fly list – especially the ones that will secure certain bragging rights. It may be flying the latest aircraft from Boeing or Airbus such as the A380, B787 or A350. It could be the elusive First Class, seat 1A on your favourite airline of choice, while for others it may be to fly the world’s longest route. Whichever category strikes your fancy and gets your jet fuel juices flowing the most, the longest flight is one which avgeeks like to discuss as it’s often hotly contested based on how it’s measured.
“This is a must read!” a friend of mine exclaimed with excitement “but be warned, you’ll be hooked from the start!” Snickering under my breath I studied the front cover and wondered what this Tales of the City was all about. I mean we’ve all heard the claim before – the one that will supposedly rock our world, one that we just won’t be able to put down. Well, as it turns out, he was right.
Ah, New York, the city that never sleeps. Famous for its hot pretzel carts, gorgeous sky-line and some of the best shopping and entertainment in the world; visitors don’t have to look far for their next adventure.
But as much as we like to think we know New York through its many TV, film and movies that made this city cinematically famous, there are many other interesting facts that may come as a surprise. Here are 10 New York trivia facts you never knew.
Here we are at the end of another year, and what a year it was! Our 2013 goal of more travel was certainly achieved and it was a resolution we didn’t mind keeping! We wrote about just some of those wonderful travel experiences here, and reflecting back we thought we’d take a quick look at some of our most popular blogs to date. Here is a look at some of the highlights of 2013.
Do you have a Christmas wish? Do you believe in Christmas miracles? This week Canada’s second largest airline WestJet set out to create a Christmas miracle of their own, making some passengers’ dreams come true on one very special flight. Little did these unsuspecting flyers know what was waiting for them when they arrived at their destination.
Travelling can be a rewarding experience while supplying a lifetime of great memories. But being in a new city and not knowing your way around can turn a potentially great holiday into a stressful situation. Travelling is so much more than just booking a flight and walking around. It takes careful planning and preparation to ensure you maximise your time and money. So to ensure an easy start to your vacation (local speak for ‘holiday’) consider these practical tips for getting around in the U.S.A.
Sometimes, a name is just a name, and other times it speaks volumes about a city or town. From the wacky, to the downright unfortunate, these 10 towns make quite a name for themselves.
10. Nothing, Arizona
What can one say about a town named Nothing? Rumoured to be founded in 1977 by ‘a bunch of drunks’, its total population is four. Situated 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, Nothing consists of a gas station and a scrap metal yard. On the bright side, this town has zero percent unemployment; they all work in the gas station! Don’t blink, you might just miss it.
9. Hellhole Palms, California
Located in sunny California, Hellhole Palms grows, you guessed it, palm trees. That’s it. No one lives in Hellhole Palms, but for some reason it has its very own special place on the map.
8. Belchertown, Massachusetts
You can’t help but get a bit gassy at the mere mention of Belchertown. It was once known as Cold Springs, but someone in his or her wisdom thought the name Belchertown would be a more suitable name. A section of Springfield, Massachusetts, the area has a population of 15,000 and is only 55 square miles in size (143km).
7. Hell, Michigan
George Reeves founded Hell soon after Michigan gained statehood in 1837. When he was asked what the name of the town should be, he famously quipped “I don’t care, you can name it hell for all I care.” Well, the name stuck! Always the entrepreneur, George owned and operated a saw mill, gristmill, distillery and store/tavern. He needed to do something with all the extra wheat growing in the surrounding fields so he turned it into whiskey and opened his own tavern. He may have been an old grump, but he was one ‘Hell’ of a business man.
6. Accident, Maryland
Located in Garrett County, Maryland, it’s it’s not quite clear how Accident got its name. As if its name weren’t bad enough, the townspeople are referred to as ‘accidental’. According to the last U.S. census in 2010, the population of Accident was approximately 325, with a median age of 34 years.
5. Nameless, Tennessee
When this town applied to the federal government for a post office, the box for city name was left blank on the application. Receipt of the application was returned with ‘Nameless’, written in the box for town name.
4. Bummerville, California
Bummerville is an unincorporated community in California without any record of residents and no known reason to be included on the map. But here it is anyway. Most people seem to feel more comfortable living in nearby West Point. Now that’s a bummer!
3. Kickapoo, Texas
They’re the butt of many jokes, but hey, Kickapoo has its very own airport and is home to one of the nine kick-ass Air Force Space Surveillance Systems. Is it wrong that we want to visit?
2. Pee Pee, Ohio
Pee Pee’s name comes from the creek of the same name, which is rumoured to come from the initials of an Irish settler. Thankfully the Irish settler’s name wasn’t Patrick Uleary! There are approximately 10,000 Pee Pees in this little hamlet, and I’m sure it’s a lovely place to visit.
1. Unalaska, Alaska
The top spot of unusual names has to go to Unalaska which is located in, where else, but Alaska. Located way off the snow shovelled track in the remote areas of Alaska, the town interestingly has the largest fisheries port in the U.S.A. measured by volume of fish caught. Unalaska is also home to the television series Deadliest Catch.
And that rounds out our top 10. Do you know of other locations in the U.S.A. or your own country with unusual or different names? Let us know below in the comments field.
Hawaii and mainland USA are set to become more accessible for Queenslanders. From 28 November 2012, Hawaiian Airlines will become the first US airline to fly to Queensland when they commence non-stop service between Brisbane and Honolulu. Offering three departures per week every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening, the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft will return to Brisbane with an early afternoon departure from Honolulu.
The home of the gay rights movement, today many American cities continue to champion the legacy set by New York in 1969. Gay pride parades are a firm fixture on the calendar – and this is your chance to celebrate diversity in all its spectacular forms, while at the same time remembering the hard-fought achievements over the past four decades.
Here are our top five American pride parades.