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Cyber Monday isn’t just a great time for snagging deals for holiday gifts for everyone on your list … it’s a great time to book your next vacation. You can score amazing deals on hotels, flights and more.
Let’s face it: After the holiday hoopla is over, you’ll be spent (and so will your funds) and in need of a vacation. So you might as well save money booking one on Cyber Monday! Without further ado …
1. This year American Express Travel is launching its first-ever Cyber Monday deal. The promotion has deals for hotels throughout the US and Canada travel from January 13 through the 31st, 2014. The promotion will begin on Monday Dec. 2, and will last 72 hours. To book, log on to amextravel.com starting December 2.
Come smell the coffee … at Finca Rosa Blanca, an eco-resort and family-owned inn, snuggled into Costa Rica’s high-altitude highlands.
Think twice about that elusive 99-cent iPhone, people. Pushy crowds, endless lines and bitter cold can make you second-guess whether that deal is really a steal once Black Friday rolls around. Don’t even get us started on the whole sales-starting-on-Thanksgiving backlash. Here’s a better idea, several in fact, that can be ordered from the comfort of your own home.
At Travel Channel, we’ve been busy rounding up the ultimate gifts for all the globetrotters on your list – check out some of the best gear, gadgets and luxe travel essentials this holiday season below. Then enter for a chance to win some of our favorites as well as $10,000 cash in our Gift of Travel Sweepstakes!
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Anyone who’s flown has been there — that moment when you’re passing through the TSA security checkpoint, and have to take off your shoes, empty your pockets, take off your belt and place your laptop in a bin. And you can double the fun if you have little kids in tow. Now TSA’s PreCheck program aims to make travel easier for those flying the increasingly complicated skies. But just in case you think PreCheck is a one-size-fits-all panacea, not so fast.
You can’t just sign up for PreCheck. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple … yet. TSA plans to — eventually — allow all travelers to apply directly to the PreCheck program, but it’s not clear when they’ll open up the application process. For now, travelers can enroll in the program in one of 2 ways: be selected to apply for the program based on your frequent-flyer status with an airline, or, enroll in one of several US Customs and Border Protection trusted traveler programs.
For Airline Frequent Flyers
Elite members of airlines’ frequent traveler programs — United, American, etc – if selected, can apply for PreCheck. If not selected, frequent flyers can still participate by joining a CBP Trusted Traveler program. Note that you must submit your biometric fingerprint for registration with the FBI, as well as undergo a criminal background check and pay an $85 fee to the TSA for a 5-year PreCheck membership. This program is slated to bring a total of $225 million to the TSA in 2013, and beyond that, over the next year, a reduction in passenger screening – the TSA’s goal is to see 25% of passengers see lighter scrutiny.
Heli-skiing in the French Alps, it’s on your bucket list. Make it happen with a stay at Chalet Pelerin.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner — only 4 days away! Are you ready? If you’re still racking your brain for what to cook or how to prepare the ever-popular sides of stuffing, mac ‘n’ cheese or the main event: the bird, here are a few tips and recipes from chef and host of Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern, and chef and host of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain.
Anthony Bourdain’s Thanksgiving Tips
“The breast takes more time to cook than the legs. Take off the legs, and place them in a separate pan. Butter under the skin, and add salt and crushed pepper. No garlic!”
“Make the stuffing on the side, and don’t include it in the cavity of the turkey. Do this to avoid bacteria (salmonella), which will drain off the bird and into the stuffing.”
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Andrew Zimmern’s Alternative Thanksgiving Recipes
Andrew Zimmern definitely knows his way around a kitchen, so we wouldn’t steer you wrong by suggesting that you try his divine recipe for mac ‘n’ cheese, a great side dish for Thanksgiving Day. But if eating turkey isn’t your “thing,” then try Andrew’s braised rabbit or something spicy, like Asopao de Pollo y Mariscos, a chicken, shrimp and rice stew!
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the second most important meal of the day: dessert. Keep it traditional with Andrew’s recipe for pumpkin pie.
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Head over to our sister site, FoodNetwork.com for even more Thanksgiving Day tips and tricks.
Oprah in the White House? Horse and buggy rides disappearing from Central Park? See why both are turning heads in this week in photos. If you’re looking for more fact vs. fantasy, turn your attention to our weekly news roundup where we learn that traveling from DC to NYC in an hour is possible and whether or not Middle-earth exists.
For all you Hobbit fans out there, Google mapped J.R.R. Tolkein’s fantasy world Middle-earth, in advance of the Dec. 13 release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Head on over to WSJ’s Speakeasy for more details – and video!
Fast Company’s eloquently titled “Why Airline Food Sucks” suggests the passengers are to blame – or at least their sense of taste at 30,000 feet. But don’t take our word for it, Co.Design explains how the lack of humidity affects taste buds – and what airlines are doing to solve the problem.
This week the Dreamlifter, as opposed to the Dreamliner, made headlines when the cargo jet landed at the wrong airport – and was stranded for hours on the too-small runway. Kansas City, the “Air Capital,” was especially captivated by the wayward plane.
From DC to NYC in an hour? Gadling, or rather the U.S. Travel Association, says it’s possible, but we can watch this video together and dream.
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission announced it would soon consider letting people make cell phone calls on airplanes. You read that right. And as the Huffington Post pointed out – people really hate that idea.
We’ve got at least one item on your summer 2014 to-do list: Ride Verrückt. If you haven’t heard the latest buzz about Verrückt, allow us to enlighten you. Designed by Jeff Henry, the “Wizard of Water” and co-owner of Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, KS, Verrückt, once complete, will be the tallest, fastest and, dare we say — scariest — waterslide in the world!
The 17-story Verrückt waterslide, which requires 4 people to ride it at one time, will be taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. And Travel Channel is on the ground capturing the entire build — we’ll be there when the first 4 brave souls take the first plunge! The waterslide will be featured in next summer’s Xtreme Waterparks, our hit series about the coolest, most ridiculous and most extreme waterparks in the world.
Stay tuned for more on how Verrückt’s build is progressing. Until summer 2014, wet your appetite with our Xtreme Waterparks pictures.
Two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, lure outdoor enthusiasts to this red rock-speckled domain near Moab, in eastern Utah.
This year — for the first time in 95 years — Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day … and it wont happen again until 2070.
As if navigating the airport around Thanksgiving wasn’t enough of a nightmare … this year Hanukkah falls into the mix, adding to the travel headache. But fret not; we’ve got you covered with our best tips to help you fly through the airport this holiday season. And if you’re looking for a way to avoid a Thanksgiving-float-sized meltdown, don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel.
So whether you’re sitting around the table with your family enjoying turkey and cranberry sauce, or standing around the menorah lighting the Hanukkah candles, remember that there is plenty to be thankful for this holiday season … and that you’ll have to wait another 57 years until the next Thanksgivukkah!
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