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Month: September 2015

First Timers Guide to Orlando

First Timers Guide to Orlando

  Orlando is the city of fun. With over a dozen amusement parks at your disposal, great weather all year round, and genuinely friendly people, you can’t go wrong. If you are planning your first trip to Orlando, it can be a bit overwhelming at first. From the multitude of Disney theme parks to Universal Studios to The Holy Land adventure and more, you could spend a week exploring Orlando and not make it to every park. We have decided…

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Your Most Pressing Travel Questions (According to Google) Answered

Your Most Pressing Travel Questions (According to Google) Answered

  by TheHipmunk Search giant Google has created a site that showcases travel-related data, including the top five inquiries asked by travelers online. We here at Hipmunk decided to answer these questions once and for all. Here are insights into every traveler’s need-to-knows. 1. When is the best time to book a flight? There are all kinds of theories out there, among them: 50-100 days prior to departing (for domestic flights) More than 100 days before departure (for international flights) Tuesday afternoon Wednesday morning…

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Los Angeles’s Lost Haunts: The Hidden City of Downtown L.A.

Los Angeles’s Lost Haunts: The Hidden City of Downtown L.A.

  by TheHipmunk Los Angeles is known as a star-studded galaxy of excess and superficiality. It’s the land of reality television, struggling actors and failed musicians. However, away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, there is a hidden city full of history, culture and ghosts. After your neck is sore from looking at the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, head east to the lost haunts of downtown Los Angeles. The Haunted Hotel Built in 1928, the Cecil…

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Carry On with SF Ballet Principal Dancer Luke Ingham

Carry On with SF Ballet Principal Dancer Luke Ingham

  By: Kelly Soderlund, Hipmunk Staff South Australia-born dancer Luke Ingham trained at the Australian Ballet School and performed with the Australian Ballet and the Houston Ballet before joining the San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2012. Ingham was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014, and has danced many soloist and principal roles for SF Ballet, including Tomasson’s Nutcracker*. We asked the globe-trotting Ingham to take a quick break from dancing and and chat about his travel habits, tips, his favorite cities to visit, and the items he can’t travel without….

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Voluntourism: Helpful or Hurtful?

Voluntourism: Helpful or Hurtful?

  By: Hipmunk Staff Jet to an exotic country. Get immersed in local customs. Help build a house or dig a well. Make buddies with fascinating people you’d never meet otherwise. A “voluntourism” trip seems like a great way to give back or improve the world in a small way. It can be, but you should ask a lot of questions before signing up and plunking down cash. Over the last several years, this well-meaning market has grown quickly, with studies estimating 1.6…

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