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Travel Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

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A few years ago, British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon starred in The Trip, which depicted a semi-improvised foodie road trip through England where both men played exaggerated versions of themselves. The two men have obvious chemistry together, and the success of the first trip led to the latest edition, The Trip To Italy. As with the first film, the second originally started as a BBC television series, but was condensed into a feature film for release in American

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Travel Contest Roundup: August 27, 2014 – Argentina, Napa, Kentucky & more

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Here are your travel contests for this week. Good luck!

Win a wine trip to Argentina

Round-trip coach airfare for the winner and 1 guest to Mendoza, Argentina Reimbursement for one rental car for ground transportation (up to U.S. $400) Four hundred dollar (U.S. $400.00) Visa debit card for meals and incidental expenses (alcoholic beverages excluded) Double occupancy (one room) accommodations for a three night stay at a hotel Winery tour for two (2) at Dona Paula Enter by August 31,

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Want to urinate in public in the Czech Republic? You might end up on YouTube

One of the more underrated parts of traveling is the interesting local signage you might see. Between strange place names, different laws, and funny graphics, signs can be much more entertaining than the ones you might see at home.

Marek Sotak posted one such photo on Twitter. In the Czech Republic, there is a funny sign warning people not to do any public urination. If they do, the sign warns, the video footage will be posted to YouTube.

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A week in Pittsburgh – Travel Diary & Review – July 2014

About a month ago, I traveled to Pittsburgh for work. While I spent most of the week working, I did get to check out some of the city.

I stayed at the Hyatt House Pittsburgh South Side for a week. My room was on the ground floor, which initially worried me, but fortunately it was at the far end of a hallway so there was no noise. The room itself had a living room that was separated from the bedroom

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Travel Contest Roundup: August 20, 2014 – Morocco, Japan, France, & more

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Check out this week’s travel contests! Good luck!

Win up to $1 million from Wyndham Rewards

Admission for 2 to the Event Prize Drawing, with a chance to win up to $1,000,000 (minimum $10,000 Travel for 2: airfare, 2 night hotel stay, ground transportation $500 spending money Enter by September 15, 2014

Win a trip to run a marathon in South Africa, Chile, or Morocco

All-expenses paid vacation for two (2)

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Travel Contest Roundup: August 13, 2014 – Australia, South Africa, New York & more

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Here are your travel contests for this week. Lots of contests to win trips to New York. Good luck!

Win a trip to Perth, Australia for a shark tagging exhibition from Costa Sunglasses (Facebook contest)

7-day/6-night trip for the winner and one (1) travel companion to the Perth, Australia area One day minimum on the M/V OCEARCH observing the OCEARCH team on a Shark Tagging Expedition. Round trip coach class air

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10% off Virgin America coupon on your birthday

virgin america birthday coupon code My birthday just passed, and I got an e-mail from Virgin America offering 10% off my next reservation. There’s a discrepancy between the text of the e-mail and the fine print, so I don’t know if it’s good for a few days (August 14th) or just over a month (September 14th). There are some blackout dates (no Friday or Sunday travel) and other limitations, but if you’re looking

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Travel Contest Roundup: August 6, 2014 – China, Ireland, New York, and more

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Win a $500 voucher from TravelPony and StyleBlueprint

$500 voucher Enter by August 17, 2014

Win a trip to China to save pandas

Round-trip air transportation for two to/from Chengdu, China Hotel accommodations for three (3) nights, (3) ground transportation to/from airports One (1) day Panda Keeper Experience for two (2) at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Enter by August 31, 2014

Win a trip to Dublin, Ireland

Roundtrip airfare

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New Amtrak service: No train, but free pizza & Doritos

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Amtrak is one of the more maligned transportation companies out there, sometimes with good reason, sometimes not. What happened to 200+ customers in New York on Saturday was definitely the former.

The Amtrak Acela Express going to Washington D.C. from Penn Station in New York City departed around 3pm as scheduled, which generally makes most travelers happy. There was just one small problem: it departed with zero passengers.

It seems that there was

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Flight diverted after woman throws prosthetic leg at flight attendant

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Arguing with flight attendants is never a good idea, but it’s a terrible idea to also throw something at them. It’s even worse idea if the thing you throw at them is a prosthetic leg.

A flight from Enfidha, Tunisia to Edinburgh, Scotland was diverted to London Gatwick Airport on Wednesday after a disruptive woman allegedly abused the cabin crew.

According to Sussex Police, from Sky News:

“At 10.22pm on Wednesday a

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