The Sights and Sounds of the Beautiful Olinda, Brazil

Brazil

 

Olinda, Brazil

 

Olinda

 

Camarao Tamarineira

 

preserved colonial city of Brazil

 

South American city

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Help Uber Stay in Chicago

Uber Chicago

Our friends at Uber Chicago need your help! The mobile app based company that captures the elite limo experience and transforms it into an on demand service is in danger of being shut down due to Chicago law. There’s a petition on change.org to help change the law that prohibits limo companies from using electronic measurement devices and the use of time or distance-based charges. They’ve already had tremendous support and you can help by signing the petition here!

Be the First to Bike Down Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Trek Travel and WorldServe teamed up to organize the first-ever bike trek down Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak on the African continent. This 12-day adventure is open to 20 cyclists where the guests will sponsor one of the largest environmental clean-up efforts to date. This humanitarian trek is a fundraiser with the goal of bringing clean water to more than 150,000 Tanzanians. In Tanzania, two out of five children do not reach the age of five due to water borne illnesses.

In addition to the trek down Mount Kilimanjaro, the guests will get to visit a Massai village and see an actual water-drilling site, and meet some of the locals who will benefit from their fundraising efforts. There will also be a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti National Park during the Great Migration.

The trip will be lead by Tanzania Goodwill Ambassador Doug Pitt and will take place February 22-Mary 5, 2013. The trek is open to only 20 people and prices range from $25,000 to $85,000 per person. 90% of the fees will go directly to the WorldServe water projects.

Drink to a Gin Palace

One of Europe’s most luxurious hotels, The Langham, London hotel will team up with Sipsmith for the launch of the Sipsmith Gin Palace. Gin Palaces were popular gin joints in the 1800s, and this weekend, the hotel will transform the Palm Court—usually an afternoon tea room— into an opulent 19th century gin palace. There will be different cocktails to choose from; cocktails that represent over 300 years of gin distillery since its creation in 1690. And the ever-famous G&T will be featured like never before—from its creation in 1793 to a modern 2012 twist thanks to the creation of molecular mixology.

The Langham, London is rewinding history to the day it opened in 1865 to mark Sipsmith distillery’s opening in late 2009 and to celebrate that it’s the first copper distillery in London in over 200 years. gin and tonic

Keep Your Shoes On!

Everyone knows the drill; arrive at the airport, hope the lines aren’t too long, snake through the cattle line as frustration begins to build. Stand impa- tiently as travelers take out their laptops, toiletries and iPads, take off their belts, jackets and shoes and place everything in a bin, all while thinking, there has to be a better way. Now there is; TSA Pre-check.

The TSA has been testing a pilot program with frequent flyers of Delta and American Airlines, known as TSA Pre- check. Currently, Pre-check participants are selected based on medallion membership, low-risk status and travel fre- quency. Boarding passes that scan Pre-check enable travelers to proceed to a dedicated security line. There is not usually a wait in the Pre-check line and travelers are not required to remove shoes, laptops or toiletries. All items are scanned through the same screening process; however the need to un- pack your suitcase and strip down is no longer necessary. The status significantly expedites the screening process and gets travelers on their way much faster.

Traveling internationally can be even more frustrating. In addition to doing everything listed above, travelers must also clear customs. Many times the wait time is in excess of 30 minutes, and at the end of a long trip that seems like an eternity. There is a solution, however, and it is a little known program called Global Entry. Global Entry is a “known traveler” recognition program that enables travelers to voluntarily provide detailed background information to the TSA (prior to travel) in return for having expedited customs clearance during the international travel process. Once a known traveler enters the customs area and scans their passport on the Global Entry kiosk, a card similar to that of a board- ing pass is printed, enabling the passenger to proceed to the next available customs agent and be processed immediately. Becoming part of the TSA Pre-check and the Global Entry Programs is surprisingly simple. The Global Entry website contains easy to follow instructions and the cost is a mere 100 dollars for the five-year program. The TSA expects to have the Pre-check program in place in more than 35 airports by the end of 2012.

Although extremely necessary, airport security continues to be a very sore topic with travelers. Everyone understands the need to keep our skies safe but the amount of time spent going through the process is painstaking. It appears the TSA has found a way to maintain the same level of security screening while also creating a more flyer friendly process. Thank you TSA for bringing us Global Entry and Pre-check.

To determine if you qualify for either of these programs visit www.globalentry.gov 

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On the Road Again…

 What’s the worst part of a summer vacation? Getting there. However,Roadtrippers.com — created by cofounders James and Tatiana Fisher — is helping make the hours spent in the car more enjoyable and less excruciating. This web app helps calculate the length, time and gas expenses involved in the trip, while also leading you to diversions such as scenic views and offbeat attractions. Entertainment, shopping, historical landmarks and dining venues can also be found. Save your trips and add attractions to your bucket list by logging in for free and get ready to do some exploring!

Example of a trip from Atlanta, Ga., to Pensacola, Fla., where I selected to view a variety of things such as healthy and vegetarian restaurants, scenic views, art entertainment sites, and more! Click on the photo to route your own trip!