• 20 ways to ski, stay and après in the USA

    Powdery pistes, breathtaking views, slope-side service, comforting cuisine and everything après – we experience America’s alpine life, Vail style.

    Vail mountain. Photo: Supplied


    Renowned as one of America’s top ski resorts, Vail mountain offers over 5,289 acres of skiable terrain across three areas, Front Side, Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, catering to all ski levels. Expect bluebird conditions 300 days of the year, pristine powder, plenty of off-piste options and more groomed terrain than anywhere else on the planet. The Austrian-themed village comes alive at night, offering après action, plus restaurants, bars and shops, all within walking distance.

    Vail's back bowls are incredible after a dump of snow, particularly Blue Sky Basin. Photo: Mel Cornford

    Yeti’s Grind is where you can start and end your day. Serving some of the best roasted beans in town, it’s the go-to coffee shop for locals, non-locals and caffeine-loving Aussies. Located at the base of the luxe Solaris apartment

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  • Lena Toksanbaeva the pensioner who started travelling at the age of 79, in London (CEN)Lena Toksanbaeva the pensioner who started travelling at the age of 79, in London (CEN)

    A pensioner from Kazakhstan has become an internet sensation after sharing photos of her travelling adventures online. 

    Lena Toksanbaeva had never left her home country before her children persuaded her to take a holiday in London at 79. 

    Having enjoyed her visit so much, the now 80-year-old has been travelling all over the world to places as far afield as Thailand, Spain and France. 

    She became famous when her granddaughter Aydin Toksanbaeva created a Facebook page showing the OAP's travels.

    Lena at the age of 79 in the carousel at Disneyland, Paris (CEN)Lena at the age of 79 in the carousel at Disneyland, Paris (CEN)Lena at the age of 79 in the carousel at Disneyland, Paris (CEN)


    Lena enjoying the sunshine on her travels (CEN)Lena enjoying the sunshine on her travels (CEN)Lena enjoying the sunshine on her travels (CEN)


    Lena eating sushi with chopsticks (CEN)Lena eating sushi with chopsticks (CEN)Lena eating sushi with chopsticks (CEN)

    She posted: ’80 years old and still going strong! London, Thailand, France, Spain... She even managed all the rides at Disneyland. This is my Apashka! (Grandma)’

    The snaps quickly went viral with other Facebook users admiring the pensioner's positive spirit.


    [Defiant Chinese homeowner refuses to move as highway is built around his house]

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  • Elephant camp bringing change through education

    I’ve just been on a date with a hot-blooded 29-year-old. Her name was Lanna. We'd only just been introduced, but we had an instant connection. We trekked through the dense northern jungle for what seemed like hours, stopping only occasionally to pull down a tree branch or nibble a few stalks of freshly snatched bamboo.

    Indeed, my date was an Asian elephant.

    But while our friendship may have been brief, it’s had a lasting effect on me.

    Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. Photo: Minor Hotels

    Reading up on Thailand before my trip, I found dozens of tales focusing on the poor treatment of elephants. But one camp stood out from the pack as a place where elephants were put first, where the health and wellbeing of the animals was the absolute priority. That place was Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. Located in the far north of Thailand, it’s akin to an elephant paradise.

    In this part of Thailand, life tends to move a little slower. Anantara Golden Triangle is situated

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  • It’s undoubtedly the worst part of international travel: the hours spent waiting in the airport for your next flight.

    Luckily, some airlines are coming to the rescue, and will offer eligible passengers free hotel accommodation to help ease the pain of a hideously long wait in transit.

    In most cases, airlines won’t advertise the perk, instead only reaching out to those who are eligible for the stay.

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    Usually, the long layover must be something travellers can’t choose - that is, the hours-long wait at the airport must be the only option for your travel itinerary. Sometimes, the free accommodation offer will only be available to certain fares, like Business Class.

    To help you out, we've rounded up a list of airlines who are most likely to hook you up the next time you’ve got a half-day to kill at an airport.

    Air Canada
    For connections over 6 hours, Air Canada will provide business

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  • Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power

    A Singapore Airlines flight lost power in both engines while cruising at altitude on a flight to Shanghai.

    The incident occurred due to bad weather but didn't result in major issues after the pilots staged a partial descent and power was restored to both engines.

    According to Flightradar 24, the Airbus A330-343 experienced the problem while cruising at 39,000 feet and dropped 13,000 feet before power returned.

    The carrier said in an e-mailed statement that the plane, with 182 passengers and 12 crew onboard, landed safely in Shanghai after the incident.

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    Once on the ground in Shanghai, the plane, only two months old, underwent testing, but a cause for the power loss couldn't be determined.

    “The pilots followed operational procedures to restore

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  • Confessions of a Las Vegas wedding chapel officiant

    We always hear stories about people getting married in Las Vegas, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to facilitate these unions? We visited the Graceland Wedding Chapel in downtown Las Vegas and spoke with owner and Elvis impersonator Brendan Paul who shared some outrageous stories from weddings over the years. We also chatted with general manager Brandon Reed, who confirmed that because the chapel’s been around since 1947, there’s no shortage of interesting stories.

    Here, they disclose what they’ve seen and what they’re really thinking about all those couples who end up tying the knot, Vegas-style.

    Nothing really surprises me.

    I’ve been doing Elvis for twenty years in this town, and the groom or someone is always like, “Thank you very much” (in an Elvis impression). They all laugh, and even though it’s the 20th time I heard it that day, I laugh too.

    We see strange

    A lady and her husband had a 25th anniversary coming up, but sadly he died right before they could celebrate. She

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  • Lisa Wilkinson’s favourite luxury experiences in the NT

    Lisa Wilkinson had the opportunity to do something only 40 people have ever experienced when she enjoyed a heli ride over Mt Conner and had a champagne picnic on the mountain-top. Here she shares her favourite luxury tips from her trip to the Northern Territory.

    1. Enjoy a picnic on top of Mt Conner

    This is one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had in the NT. Taking a private helicopter to the top of Mt Conner, I had a 360 degree view of the region from 300m above the ground, roughly the same height as Uluru, which you just see in the distance. Don’t miss the champagne breakfast – it was the perfect start to the perfect morning. You’ll join an elite club, as I think I was only the 40th one to do this picnic tour to date.


    2. Indulge in a massage at Red Ochre Spa at Sails in the Desert

    If you feel the need to shake off the city as you hit the outback, always start your trip with a massage or body treatment to put you in

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  • Fears for pink iguanas as Galapagos volcano erupts

    A volcano in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in more than 30 years Monday, spilling streams of bright orange lava and raising fears for the world's only colony of pink iguanas.

    The Galapagos National Park warned on Twitter that Isabela Island, where Wolf Volcano erupted at dawn, holds "the world's only population" of the critically endangered Conolophus marthae, also known as the Galapagos rosy iguana.

    But the park later said the iguanas' habitat on the volcano's northwest side appeared to be out of danger.

    The iguanas, "which share the habitat with yellow iguanas and giant Chelonoidis becki tortoises, are situated on the northwest flank, which raises hopes that they will not be affected," it said in a statement.

    The fiery streams of lava that trickled down the volcano Monday morning were on the opposite side, officials said.

    A tourist boat passing by the uninhabited area informed authorities the 1,707-metre (5,600-foot) volcano was erupting.

    Park officials then flew over

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  • Goggles could eliminate air sickness

    Technology may have found a way to reduce that nauseous feeling some of us get when flying.

    A new goggle invention that effectively gives passengers a sense of balance, even though they are on a moving aircraft, may be the answer.

    That feeling of air sickness is thought to be caused by a contradiction between what your eyes are telling your brain and the signals being received from the inner ear, which influences balance.

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    The goggles work by getting wearers to view a virtual horizon and if the plane shifts to one side, so too will the view, effectively tricking the passenger's eyes and brain.

    The system, designed by In-flight entertainment company Flow IFE, can also present travellers with high quality images of their destination that replicate the time of day to help them acclimatise to their new time zone

    Unfortunately, the cure for air sickness will set you back as much as $987 for a set.

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  • Glamp on a Melbourne rooftop

    Melbourne's newest boutique accommodation, St Jerome's - The Hotel, is offering glamping right in the heart of the city.

    Officially opened on 20 May, the five-star rooftop campsite in the middle of the city offers 30 luxury tents nestled among the highrises.

    The whole rooftop has been covered in synthetic turf and luxury bell tents have been pitched on the site but don't worry about having to make sure there is enough air in your inflatable mattress, all the mod cons have been taken into account.

    The tents have been fitted out with stylish decor, comfortable beds, luxury linen, fluffy quilts and electric blankets and heaters to keep you super warm during the Melbourne winter.

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    This is no budget experience. Photo: St Jerome's - The Hotel

    Each tent even gets it's own self-contained en suite stocked with Swisse Body Care products.

    This luxury camping experience doesn't come cheap, rates start at $330 per night. Included are gourmet breakfast hampers delivered to your

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  • Southwest rushes woman home to son in coma

    Southwest Airlines went above and beyond the call of duty to rush a woman home to her ill son earlier this month.

    Right before her flight took off from Chicago to Columbus, Southwest Airline employees found passenger Peggy Uhle to alert her to upsetting news.

    According to local news reports from the CBS station 21 News in Harrisburg customer service representatives told Ms. Uhle to call her husband. Her phone had been switched off while she was on the plane. Her husband informed her that their 24-year-old son was in a coma in Denver.

    A spokesperson for Southwest informed 21 News that the airline rebooked her on a new flight home directly to Denver free of charge.

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    “The gate attendant already knew the situation and had booked me on a direct flight to Denver that was leaving the next two hours,” Uhle told the travel blog BoardingArea.com.

    Uhle went on to explain the airline’s kindness. “They offered a private waiting area, rerouted my

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  • Everything is awesome at this hotel

    What could be better than an entire hotel dedicated to your favourite childhood building blocks?

    A brick’s throw away from Legoland Florida, the newly opened Legoland Hotel is every child's dream playground.

    The entire grounds are covered in elaborate Lego structures for visitors to touch and play with including a giant dragon in the hotel entrance that even has smoke billowing from his nose.

    The rooms are themed according to four popular lines of Lego toys: pirates, kingdom, adventure and friends. Every room is equipped with a bunk area for kids and a separate room with a king-size bed for adults.

    RELATED: Theme parks for your inner child

    According to the Los Angeles Times, the hotel also will offer kids and their families a chance to take a Master Model Builder Workshop in the hotel every day. Guests can work alongside professional model makers on Lego projects.

    Photo: LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Merlin Entertainments Group

    Every room comes with Lego models and a scavenger hunt kids can

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  • Hotel review: Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica

    Its opulent exterior may seem imposing from the outside, yet step inside and start ascending Hotel Casa del Mar’s grand sweeping staircase and you’re led to feel like you’re arriving at a well-to-do friend’s beachside bungalow. A very grand one.

    Perfectly positioned on Santa Monica’s trademark strip of sand, this landmark 1920s beach club turned luxury hotel exudes art deco elegance in a laidback oceanfront setting. If you’re after a beachside getaway with a friendly five-star feel, this is it.

    Last year the family-owned hotel called upon local celebrity interior designer Michael S. Smith (whose client list includes the Obamas) to revamp the main dining areas, leaving no shell unturned in the stylish seaside renovation. Among the designer touches in the lobby lounge are the addition of four luxurious cabana-style seating areas, a custom-made Italian chandelier and carefully selected pieces of art, including a piece by French artist Christian Chaize. Wicker lounge chairs are surrounded by

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  • Aussie workers caught out by their social footprints

    According to a recent Hotels.com survey, one in ten Australians has been caught out for 'pulling a sickie' by giving themselves away with social media posts or tags.

    Over a third of us admitting to calling in sick while in fact just taking a day off, it is not surprising they've been caught red-handed. Our friends, family and colleagues were the biggest traitors, with 36 per cent accidently exposing our truancy to our bosses. Eighteen per cent of our colleagues had the audacity of intentionally reporting it, while, somewhat startlingly, 14 per cent of us felt so guilty we actually confessed to the sickie ourselves!

    Overall though, only 5 per cent said they were unfortunate enough to be busted by their actual employer.

    But it's not just holidays that are tempting us to tell a white lie. Over a third of Australians admitted to pulling a sickie due to being stressed out at work and wanting a bit of mental downtime.

    "We're all guilty of pulling a sickie here and there and it turns out that

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  • Selfie from the edge of space

    Christopher Michel isn’t a astronaut, but he got to shoot a space selfie.

    The lucky photographer received a once-in-a-lifetime assignment from the US Navel Institute: to ride in the back seat of a U-2 spy plane at the “edge of space.”

    While soaring over the earth at 70,000 feet, Michel pulled out his GoPro and snapped a few selfies.

    RELATED: This is what 15,000 planes look like from space

    Michel spent three days preparing for the two hour flight at Beale Air Force Base in California, training for the rapid change in pressure and learning how to eject himself from the plane in case of emergency.

    The view of earth from below. Photo: Christopher Michel

    He told Flickr that taking pictures from the cockpit presented it's challenges. The large spacesuit with gloves made it uncomfortable to manoeuvre and one of the three cameras he brought on board failed at altitude.

    RELATED: Stunning space photos from retired astronaut

    But by and large the trip was a success - and one Michel says he'll remember for

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  • Mecca to be home to world's largest hotel

    It seems in the Middle East, bigger is always better and now Saudi Arabia is set to build the world's largest hotel.

    Located in the holy city of Mecca, the Abraj Kudai hotel will be 45 storeys high and feature 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, four helipads and five floors that will be exclusively used by the Saudi royal family.

    The project, due to open in 2017, is set to cost around $4.5 billion and is modelled on a “traditional desert fortress."

    The Grand Mosque in Mecca is already loomed over by the second tallest building in the world, the Abraj al-Bait clocktower, home to thousands more luxury hotel rooms.

    The mosque itself is undergoing renovations to expand the capacity of its prayer halls by 2040.

    Currently, Las Vegas is home to the world's largest hotel in terms of the number of guest rooms with the MGM Grand hosting 6,198 rooms.

    GALLERY: Click the image above to see pictures of the world’s biggest hotels. Photo: Thinkstock

    Irfan Al-Alawi, director of the Islamic Heritage Research

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  • Is this the fanciest hostel ever? Plasma TVs in a mansion

    Pushing the bounds of what it means to be a hostel, a “poshtel” company in London is offering lodgings inside a 17th century mansion that’s been visited by the likes of Charles Dickens and combines bunk beds with 40-inch plasma TVs, modern décor, and swanky-looking furniture.

    Safestay’s suburban Holland Park hostel will open August 1 and is now taking reservations. It’s the company’s third such fancy hostel in England – there’s another one in London and one in York. Sitting in the middle of the park, Holland House was first opened in 1605 and saw such literati as Dickens and Lord Byron. Much of it was destroyed during the Blitz of 1940, though the East Wing, which is where the hostel is located, remains.

    The garden outside Holland House. Photo: Safestay

    There are 29 rooms in total, including ones with a private terrace, and the private rooms have the plasma TVs. Safestay says the bunks include “premium” mattresses. It may seem a little much for a hostel, but the company says it’s aiming

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  • Australian skiers face heavy winter wipe-outs

    With the Australian ski season just around the corner, a growing number of Aussies are choosing to ski in their own backyards rather than abroad. Thredbo sees approximately 700,000 hitting its powdery snow fields each year, whilst Victoria’s Mt Buller can regularly host over 10,000 skiers or boarders on any given day.

    Whether at home or away, Australians that disregard ski insurance for their ski trip are in serious danger of being exposed to enormous medical expenses.

    Natalie Ball, Director, comparetravelinsurance.com.au says:

    “It doesn’t matter if you’re hitting the slopes here in Australia, or overseas – a ski insurance policy is vital! Many Australians head to the local slopes for a weekend without considering a policy. They simply are not aware of the costs associated with mountain rescue, let alone cover for their equipment. Even if you’re heading to the Australian slopes for a couple of days, travel insurance should be top of mind.”

    A dodgy slip on the slopes can cost you far more

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  • Singapore through the looking glass

    What do you see when you view the world in a mirror? Is everything the same, or does it take on a different form? Aside from an obvious reversal, the changed perspective allows you to see everyday objects in a new light. For me, it’s the same way when I visit a new city or country.

    Approach it one way and everything will be pretty much as you expected, nothing too out of the ordinary, but approach it from a slightly different angle and you can be amazed by what you may have missed.

    Singapore is one such city that benefits from a different approach. On the surface it may seem a little dull, but when you start to dig a little deeper the magic is finally revealed.

    If you've visited Singapore recently, here are some things you may have overlooked:

    Underground bars

    Singaporeans seem to delight in finding new places to eat and drink. As the sun goes down you’ll find them flocking to the newest bars quicker than you can say ‘open for business’. And if a bar is a little bit exclusive, that’s even

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  • Sustainable solar city for Dubai

    Conceived and built by Diamond Developers, Dubai - Sustainable City is being touted as a low-carbon emission zone in Dubailand.

    Due to open in the first half of 2017, the 170-room Hotel Indigo will be part of Dubai's first community of its kind in the region and 100 per cent of its energy needs will be met by solar power.

    All waste water produced by the hotel will be recycled, and all material waste will be sorted at source and then recycled.

    Dubai goes green. Image: Diamond Developers

    There will be solar buses to transport guests to different locations in the emirate.

    The complex will include residences, a green school, a community centre, an equestrian centre, solar covered parking lots and an organic farm which will supply all the herbs the community needs, as well as tourist attractions such as a Planetarium and a grass Amphitheatre for hosting events.

    Instead of grass, that requires a lot of water and treatment for its longevity, native plants will be used to provide the greenery.


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  • Man protests overbooked flight by stripping naked

    A man made a naked protest at Charlotte Douglas International Airport because the flight he wanted to take to Jamaica was overbooked.

    Witness Sherry Ketchie said the unnamed man still had his clothes on while he was yelling at a gate agent when he discovered was not getting on the US Airways flight.

    Soon, however, Ketchie said the man began removing clothes and saying nothing as security agents arrived to surround him.

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    "He had his clothes on, at that point, and then he started standing there with his arms crossed and hollering at the lady at the desk. He stood there for a moment and then started taking off his clothes. I ain't never seen nothing [like that] in my life." Ketchi told WBTV.

    After standing naked in the gate area for about 40 minutes, police came and took him away. He later underwent “medical evaluation and treatment” but was not charged with any crime.

    Overbooking flights is common for some airlines. According to the

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  • Ducks given their very own walking paths in London

    Sometimes a “duck crossing” sign just isn’t enough. Apparently British ducks need their very own lane to make sure they can travel safely along the canals in the United Kingdom.

    Duck lanes have been created in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The country’s Canal & River Trust constructed white lines marking off the areas to be used for waddling. The lanes are marked with a stencil of a duck.

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    “We’ve painted in duck lanes on the tow path, just to highlight... [that] there’s only so much space you can share...[a]nd actually probably ducks need the priority,” Dick Vincent, a London Towpath Ranger told ruptly.tv.

    The duck lanes are becoming quite popular on social media as people are taking pictures of their new pedestrian friends and tagging them #ShareTheSpace.

    This article originally appeared on Yahoo Travel.

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  • The gross truth about germs and airplanes

    Every single time I board a plane for a long-haul flight, I know I will catch a cold on board. It happens pretty much without fail. And no amount of Vitamin C, echinacea, or hand sanitiser seems to do the trick.

    In some cases, the runny nose, headache, and sore throat start before I have even disembarked at my destination.

    Now I know why.

    New research carried out by the experts at Aquaint sanitiser, has uncovered some disturbing truths about air travel that may make you run as fast as you can from your next flight.

    “Sickness and ill health can put a damper or even ruin well-deserved holidays abroad that have been planned for months or even years,” explained Bola Lafe, founder of Aquaint. “Airplanes, airports, cruise ships, and hotels can all be breeding grounds for bacteria.“

    The source of much of the bacteria is our own suitcases.

    The study, which looked into how dirty airline travel can be, found that planes are absolutely teeming with bacteria, which can cause a whole host of illnesses.

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  • The Final Frontier in Navigation Apps: Finding Parking

    Smartphone navigation? Solved. Modern apps will even route you around traffic, automatically picking the most efficient way to get where you’re going.


    That’s the VoicePark sensor embedded in a sample slab of street pavement. (Photo: Rafe Needleman/Yahoo)

    What we don’t have yet is an app that will reliably tell us where to park once we get where we’re going. One startup in the “Internet of Things for Cities” exhibits (co-located with the Wearable World Congress show in San Francisco this week) is trying to solve this issue: VoicePark.

    VoicePark wants to install parking-space sensors in every potential on-street spot in a city. The combined visible-light and infrared sensors are, I was told, extremely accurate at determining if a car is overhead. They’re supposed to be far more reliable than magnetic sensors. They communicate wirelessly, presumably over a lower-power mesh network, and run on batteries that are supposed to last four years or more.

    Combine a city full of VoicePark

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  • Shoppers who pass a beacon will be notified about a deal, which they show to the cashier. (Andrew Seale)Shoppers who pass a beacon will be notified about a deal, which they show to the cashier. (Andrew Seale)

    Michael Cohen knows it’s here somewhere.

    The director of development for Air Miles and I are pacing the aisles of a Rexall pharmacy at the corner of Toronto’s Queen St. and University Ave., peering behind stacks of toilet paper and pushing aside bags of chips like two kids looking for treasure.

    “It should be about waist high because most people keep their smartphones in their purses or pant pockets,” he says.

    I’m looking for a bug – the spy kind. I picture a miniature radio the size of a button with a spindle of wires. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what I’m looking for but the button-sized radio is my best guess for what a beacon looks like.

    Here’s what I do know: I know a beacon is a low energy Bluetooth device, capable of pinging information to any smartphone with the app associated with that beacon and I know that the Rexall we’re in is part of an Air Miles pilot phase (which also includes Staples). They’re testing the use of the technology as a way to send its members

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  • Driverless airport buggy could make transit seamless

    As airports grow it can be increasingly tiresome to drag your luggage through a maze of check-in, security and gates, but what if you had a way to travel through three times your regular speed?

    Massachusetts entrepreneur William Alden and his team believe this is possible with the use of an Airport Personal Transport (APT), so much so that they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to build a prototype.

    The Airport Personal Transport system is made up of a fleet of electric, semi-autonomous, two-passenger vehicles designed to move people, their luggage and even wheelchairs from parking garage to check-in and security to gate. No drive required.

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    The team, which includes professionals from MIT, Olin College, Rhode Island School of Design and Factory Five Racing Inc. in Wareham, has developed the APT computer system based on operational information provided by Logan International Airport in Boston.


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  • Snorkel while you wait: Floating Pizzeria off the coast of Fiji

    Welcome to Cloud 9 – an incredible floating two-story bar and pizzeria in the middle of the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji.

    And as your food is being prepared, Cloud 9 offers the perfect pastime - the chance to snorkel in the clear turquoise water while you wait.

    To get there, you just need to catch a boat about 45 minutes from Port Dennarau on the mainland or there's a 10-minute speed boat from nearby Plantation Resort, Musket Cove Resort and Lomani Resort. Once aboard, guests can chose from the menu, or succumb to the inevitable and opt for one of the Italian Wood Fire Pizzas.

    Visitors will have access epic water toys like kayaks, surfboards, snorkelling gear and jet skis, making Cloud 9 is the kind of place holidays are based around. This tropical paradise accommodates up to 100 island holiday goers at a time, giving it an exclusive, private bar kind of feel.

    Where do we sign up?

    GALLERY: Private islands you can rent. Photo: iStock

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  • Internet memes come out to play in Delta safety video

    Airlines quite often think outside the box when it comes to their safety videos, but Delta's newest in-flight spiel takes it to the next level.

    Featuring 23 different memes, the video provides an entertaining spin on the otherwise boring instructions for seat belts and emergency exits that precedes all flights.

    The video kicks off with some music from the “Keyboard Cat.”

    “Roomba Cat” glides down the aisles in his signature shark costume.

    Seatbelt safety is brought to life by “The Evolution of Dance.”

    Once the seatbelt sign is is turned off, passengers are free to move about the cabin and “Do the Harlem Shake.”

    In the event of a water landing, keep a lookout for “Overly Attached Girlfriend.”

    “We had a ton of fun with this one, and we think our customers will, too,” Mauricio Parise, Delta’s director of Worldwide Marketing Communication, said in a statement. “These memes and cameos tap into the zeitgeist as the latest way of capturing our customers’ attention for our important safety

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  • Vigilante travellers are telling off rude people

    It could be the new path to Internet stardom: writing open letters to passengers who annoyed you during a flight.

    Munyee Lau, 24, has become an international pseudo-celebrity since her sarcastic open letter to “passenger 15A” went viral. In her 550-word manifesto, Lau ripped apart a rude passenger who sat behind her during a long AirAsia flight from Singapore to Sydney last month.

    RELATED: Dear passenger 15A...

    Lau’s letter, which dripped with sarcasm, thanked the passenger for giving her “a full back massage by repeatedly kicking the back of chair,” talking and chewing loudly during the flight, and propping up her feet between Lau’s seat and the plane window. Lau even posted a pic of passenger 15A’s offending feet, which she vividly described as possessing the “putrid smell of death and decay.”

    As a written complaint, Lau’s letter is a tour de force of irritation; her description of the rude passenger’s feet — “I smell the anus of Satan” — deserves a Pulitzer Prize for next-level

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  • How Hilton made this adorable tot gorilla’s day better

    Is this not the cutest baby gorilla you’ve ever seen? Well the Hilton gets bonus points for making the little one extra happy by donating linens to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

    Apparently mummy gorillas use bedding as nesting material and toddler gorillas love to play with them. So the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center donated premium sheets (we’re talking 250-thread count) and blankets to the zoo to be used in its western lowland gorilla exhibit at the Regenstein Center for African Apes.


    It’s not the first time the hotel has made a donation to the zoo, and by all accounts the Hilton’s sheets are a big hit with the primates. Sharon Dewar, a zoo spokeswoman, told the Chicago Tribune that with previous donations, toddler gorillas carried around the linens for impromptu naps. (Collective “Awww!”)

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    “It was just kind of nice to help them out,” Ed Bell, director of housekeeping at the hotel told the Tribune. “It’s

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