As Thanksgiving approaches and we gear up for the busiest travel day of the year, we can’t help but think about all those who will not get to enjoy a plate of turkey and stuffing in the comfort of their own home. Many are still displaced because of damage from Hurricane Sandy and are in need of help. If you’re planning on eating out this week, make your reservation through our partners at CityEats, enter the promo code “RECOVERY” and CityEats will donate $10 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Learn more about CityEats’ support of Sandy recovery on their blog.
Need some ideas for where to dine? Check out CityEats’ top 10 New York, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia restaurants, and be sure to get a look at the new restaurant listings in New Orleans and Phoenix.
By Oyster.com Staff
Hawaii’s second-largest island, Maui lives up to its slogan “Maui no ka ‘oi,” meaning “Maui is the best.” Its diverse natural landscape includes the most miles of swimmable beach of any Hawaiian island, the world’s largest dormant volcano, and plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts: There’s windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, road and mountain biking, and — along the state’s scenic Hana Highway — hiking trails, waterfalls, natural pools, and remote beaches. Maui is not only for the active and rugged, though; there’s plenty of opportunity for beach-, golf-, pool-, and spa-centric vacations along miles of beachfront development. READ MORE
By Oyster.com Staff
For skiers and nature enthusiasts alike, there are very few places that compare to Jackson Hole. The low-lying valley, located near Wyoming’s western border and surrounded by the Teton Mountain Range, is the gateway to some of the nation’s most spectacular national parks, including Grand Teton, Yellowstone and the National Elk Reserve. The easily available hiking, biking, river rafting, camping and skiing attracts visitors here year-round. READ MORE
Yesterday, we asked our fans to tell us: If your candidate loses the election — what will your #ElectionEscape be? It seems as though — regardless of party affiliation — by Election Day, all of our fans had a SERIOUS case of election fatigue, because we got quite the outpouring of tweets, Instagrams and pins. Check out some of our favorite #ElectionEscape Instagrams! READ MORE
Let’s face it. On Election Day, (or whenever they are done counting the votes) only one thing is certain: One candidate is going to lose. Which is exactly why it’s so important to vote! But if, when all is said and done, you’re part of the unlucky 50-ish percent of the country — whether you’re on Team Red or Team Blue — you might want to get away. If you could travel anywhere, where would your #ElectionEscape be? Leave your pick in the comments below, or tweet it with the hashtag #ElectionEscape — we’ll feature our favorites tomorrow!
And, for a real shot at an #ElectionEscape, be sure to sign up for JetBlue’s Election Protection.
It’s Election Day in America, and boy, are we excited — not just for all the political ads to FINALLY stop consuming every commercial break on television. No matter who you’re voting for, be sure to head to the polls today (if you haven’t already!). Fun fact: Belgium, Australia, Greece, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Portugal, the UK, Canada, Korea and France ALL have higher voter turnout rates than we do in the US. Maybe this year we’ll change that?
If you need a little last-minute inspiration, check out our Obama vs. Romney Travel Showdown and make up your mind on the REAL question in this election – who can lay claim to the better travel destinations?
Whether you’re voting later today or already did — tell us, where will you be voting in this election? Where’s your hometown, and what is it that makes it special?
Last week, as the East Coast grappled with flooding, toppled trees and power outages due to superstorm Sandy, it seems as though our Pinterest followers were daydreaming of white sand beaches in Caribbean paradise. Specifically, the Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos, where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner exchanged wedding vows. The resort was this week’s winner of Most Popular Pin of the Week! Ogle over even more stunning resorts, castles, coastlines and plantations in our gallery of Celebrity Destination Weddings. And be sure to check out our Pinterest board of jaw-dropping Hotels and Resorts.
By Matthew Karsten, ExpertVagabond.com
A fierce battle has been raging on in the Canadian city of Montreal for over 50 years. Master warriors hand-forge their weapons using wood-fire ovens, dough, water, honey and sesame seeds. Thousands of citizens line up each morning to arm themselves before heading to work. What started this never-ending war? The quest for the perfect bagel. READ MORE
Calling all Ghost Adventures fans! Tonight, starting at 7|6c, tune in to watch the top 5 episodes that YOU voted for.
First, join the crew as they get locked down in the Stanley Hotel, the house of horrors that inspired The Shining. Then, at 8|7c watch as the guys investigate the Ohio Reformatory, where more than 150,000 criminals were confined to towering cell blocks in the building’s 96-year history. Next, Zak, Nick and Aaron head to Ione, CA, to visit Preston Castle, a reformatory with a history of tragic deaths. At 10|9c, learn about the tormented souls of students who linger at Pennhurst State, a school for the developmentally disabled. READ MORE
By Oyster.com Staff
At first glance, it might be easy to view the white- and pink-sand beaches and breathtaking coral reefs of Barbados as a clichéd Caribbean island experience, but there’s more to it than that. The friendly locals (known as Bajans) maintain a noticeable number of British customs from their colonial past, such as afternoon tea time and driving on the left. And even the local cuisine is a hybrid: expect to see flying fish on every menu, and spicy Caribbean stews served next to starchy English staples such as potatoes. READ MORE