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The $21,000 First Class Airplane Seat

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If you’ve got the cash, there’s no first class seat like the Emirates first class seat. Featuring a massive, private cabin with retractable doors, personal wet bar, order-anytime menu, and a shower, it’s like your own hotel room in the sky.

YouTube Personality and Filmmaker, Casey Neistat got a free upgrade on his way from Dubai to New York aboard an Emirates A380, and gives you an all-access tour of the best first class seating in the business.

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Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System

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With decades of experience making strollers, Bugaboo knows about mobility. Now they’re applying that know-how to travel. The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System ($1,030+) is more than just a set of bags. At its core is a versatile folding chassis that lets you push your bags like a stroller or pull them behind you. For longer trips, click the check-in sized Travel Case onto the chassis then slide the carry-on friendly Travel Case on top. For shorter excursions, attach the smaller bag to the chassis and go. An Organizer pouch sits on the back keeping essentials like your wallet, phone, and passport handy, while the Inner Bag of the Cabin Case helps keep you organized and doubles as a daypack once you’re reached your destination.

The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System will be available on September 26, 2016.

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Gidget Retro Camper

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The Gidget Retro Camper was created by an Australian developer and contains a Queen size bed, a television entertainment set and sink with refrigerators. Some models even include showers with hot water. It’s powered by solar panels.

The rear camper shell can double as an overhang that will provide some shade in the sun, or some shelter in the rain, for whoever ends up cooking out back.  If you’re camping somewhere windy, there’s even an accessory windshield that isn’t featured in the video, but is available to protect whatever you end up cooking up on the stove top.

Best of all, it won’t break the bank. While the average brand new RV costs over $100,000, the Gidget is only $15,000.

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Features include:

– custom slide-out, patent pending, unique world-wide
– designed to be towed behind a 4 cyl car
– fuel efficient design, easy to tow and manoeuver
– fully set up in 30 seconds
– fully insulated
– Queen-size bed
– 1200mm wide skylight to view the stars at night
– 21” TV, DVD player, stereo
– 330 litres of storage space inside cabin
– handcrafted Tasmanian timber kitchen and throughout cabin
– pressurized water system, Dometic sink
– 80 L to 120 L water storage
– 30 L waste tank
– 41 L Waeco ice box or fridge
– large 2 burner gas stove
– fire extinguisher, blanket, smoke detector
– pantry and utensil drawers
– single or dual deep cycle battery
– 240V inverter
– 12V, 240V and USB outlets
– LED lighting inside cabin and kitchen
– custom Smoothie hotrod wheels

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Unassuming Doors That Hide Exciting Mysteries

Club 33

Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park, the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at “33 Royal Street” with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it.

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Club 33 members and their guests have exclusive access to the club, which is not open to the public. In addition to beer and wine, Club 33 has a full bar, although patrons must order directly from their server rather than the service bar. Club 33 is the only location within Disneyland to offer alcoholic beverages. Members are entitled to complimentary valet parking at the Grand Californian Hotel and access to the Lilly Belle, the presidential car on the Disneyland Railroad. Club 33 members receive up to six Immediate Fastpasses when they insert their Club 33 membership card into any of the Fastpass kiosks and bypass the stand-by queue. Members are permitted to join the skipper in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain and the engineers in the engine compartment of the steam trains.

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An individual membership costs $25,000 for an initiation fee and $10,000 a year in dues. For corporations, it’s $40,000 at the start and then $10,000 dues.

Safe House

In the intelligence trade, a safe house is a secret refuge for spies engaging in covert operations.

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Safe House in Milwaukee is a popular spy-themed restaurant that since 1966 has provided crafty concoctions and incredible edibles to hungry agents on R & R.

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Located at 779 N. Front Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin behind International Exports Ltd.

To get in Go to the website, http://www.safe-house.com and click on the Top Secret Clearance Agreement to promise you won’t disclose the location, then contact Control to make a reservation).

National Typewriter Company

Located at 1221 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404 this building houses JJ Abrams’s production company, Bad Robot, is a literal, physical reflection of his sensibility. The big sign on the outside doesn’t say Bad Robot but instead National Typewriter Co., and that’s not because the building used to house such a business. It’s because Abrams likes typewriters and misdirection. Near the doorbell, which is a glowing green light, a smaller sign asks, “Are you ready?”

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Abrams’s personal suite of offices is on the second floor and to get to his bathroom, you have to walk up to a wall of bookshelves beside his desk and tug on a copy of “Louis Tannen’s Catalog of Magic” (named for the same Manhattan magic shop, still around today, where he got his childhood mystery box). Abracadabra: the wall opens. The toilet is revealed.

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The entire building belongs to Bad Robot, which spreads out over three stories of glass walls, floating staircases, common areas and movie-related mementos: posters, masks, dolls, board games. There are editing bays, a state-of-the-art recording studio, a workshop where props are made and a screening room that doubles as a makeshift set on which certain limited effects and scenes can be shot.

Prohibition Bar in Atlanta

Prohibition was designed to look like an old fashioned underground speakeasy. The Atlanta bar is located in Andrews Square Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive (inside the basement of Stout.)

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Prohibition was designed to look like an old fashioned underground speakeasy. The Atlanta bar is located in Andrews Square Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive (inside the basement of Stout.)

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Now how do you get in? In the back of the lower courtyard is a door to what appears to be a defunct antique shop. Beside the door is a large red phone booth. You simply enter the booth, dial the number on the old fashioned rotary dial phone and a secret door in the back wall of the phone booth opens up allowing you entrance.

How do you get the number? To get the secret access code of the day your best bet is to wine and/or dine at Cellar 56 upstairs (a great tapas restaurant and wine bar that’s operated by Prohibition’s owners), be very kind to your bartender and/or server, and if you’re well-dressed, well-behaved and lucky, someone will give it to you.

The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts 

The secrets contained within the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts merit that the 40,000-square-foot warehouse just off the Las Vegas Strip is closed to the general public.

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On the museum’s first floor is the Hall of Masters, a space lined with costumes, props, posters, and photographs arranged by magician. Beginning downstairs with Cardini (linking rings, card tricks, monocle), the hall continues on the second floor with Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (mystery clocks and automatons), Harry Houdini (metamorphosis trunk, iron maiden, water-torture cell, straitjacket), and others.

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David Copperfield, who owns the museum, uses the warehouse to practice new magic tricks and archive his own history as an illusionist. Charred crash-test dummies from early “Tornado of Fire” rehearsals and racks of costumes are on hand, as are props from his favorite movies, including a 10-foot-tall statue of Zeus from Citizen Kane.

The intention of the 80,000-item museum is to educate future generations of magicians and illusionists. Magic scholars and people researching for books and motion pictures can visit Copperfield’s museum by request. (Hugh Jackman did his research for The Prestige at the facility.) He invites all other interested parties to send a note backstage during one of his regularly scheduled performances at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre.

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The 50 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

This infographic of the 50 most-visited tourist attractions in the world, compiled by LoveHomeSwap.com, indicates how many people flock to the popular attractions every year. And it shows the peak season for each site.

I’ve been fortunate to see 27 attractions on the list so I will have to add the other 23 to my bucket list.

In third place is Central Park in New York with 37.5 million visitors a year. France’s Eiffel Tower reached 38th place with seven million visitors, while Australia’s Sydney Opera House came 31st, with 8.2 million, and the Great Wall of China made it into 28th place with nine million.

What location made # 1, check out the infographic below.

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America’s Best Sandwiches

Travel and Leisure searched the Nation for the best lobster rolls, BLTs and banh mi. 

Check out their list of the best sandwich shops in America that do the classics right or find unexpected ways to improve them!

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Philippe the Original, Los Angeles: French Dip

This cash-only Chinatown deli hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1908. Philippe’s claims to have invented the French Dip and the specialty of the house takes thinly sliced meat double-dipped in its juice, served on a crusty french roll and finished with beyond-hot mustard. Make friends and eat in at one of the communal tables.

 

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World View Aims To Take Tourists To The Edge of Space

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Tucson, Arizona-based start-up World View wants to fly tourists to the edge of space — 19 miles or 100,000 feet up — in a pressurized capsule suspended from a helium balloon.

The balloon would take one and a half hours to ascend, and passengers would spend two hours admiring the view.

“The sky’s going to be completely black. You’ll be able to see the curvature of the Earth,” said company CEO Jane Poynter.

Test flights are scheduled for this year, and commercial flights are expected to cost $75,000 per ticket and begin in 2016.


 

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The Great American Menu, Ranking Regional Foods Across The U.S.

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Albert Burneko and illustrator Jim Cooke have put together the Great American Menu, a list of signature regional foods from each state in the United States. According to the ranked list, Illinois’ Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is the best regional food in the country.

Check out the Great American Menu HERE.

Here are the top 10:

1. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza (Illinois)
2. Shrimp and grits (South Carolina)
3. Mission-style burrito (California)
4. Crab cake (Maryland)
5. Peach pie/cobbler (Georgia)
6. Gumbo (Louisiana)
7. Key lime pie (Florida)
8. Fried green tomatoes (Alabama)
9. Stacked enchilada with green chile (New Mexico)
10. Marionberry pie (Oregon)

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50 Places Every Film Fan Should Visit

Flavorwire compiled a list of film places of note: museums, tours, theaters, but most of all the locations where your favorite movies were shot. You can check out the guide HERE.

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The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO 

Stephen King has said that his novel The Shining was inspired by a stay at this expansive Colorado hotel the night before it closed for the season — right down to the haunted room (where King and his wife stayed, of course). Kubrick shot most of the film version on sets in England and used the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon for his exterior shots.

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The Top 10 Cities For Pizza

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TripAdvisor on Wednesday released its list of the top 10 American cities for pizza, based on reviews of its traveling customers. The list is not led not by powerhouse metropolis New York or Chicago but by midsize San Diego.

The top 10 cities for pizza, as determined by TripAdvisor:

1. San Diego, California

Those traveling to seaside SoCal can enjoy authentic tastes of Italy just miles from the Mexican border. With more than 100 nearby pizzerias, those with an appetite can grab a slice at Bronx, Filippi’s, or Golden Hill’s Pizzeria Luigi where mouthwatering toppings include sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and homemade meatballs. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “The pizza was just as good as being home in New York.”

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Filippi’s, San Diego

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

While visiting Vegas, travelers can step away from the slots to double down on some pie. Favorite shops include Secret Pizza located on the Strip, Nora’s where diners can devour the “Snow White” pizza featuring a medley of cheeses, and Grimaldi’s which boasts coal fired brick-oven pies made with “secret recipe” dough and the perfect combination of cheese and sauce. “Brooklyn pizza in the desert,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.

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Snow White Pizza from Nora’s, Las Vega

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Those visiting Beantown can enjoy Regina Pizzeria located in the Italian North End where the flavors and golden crusts are made from an 80-year-old family recipe. Diners can also indulge at famous Santarpio’s in East Boston, serving savory slices since 1903. Travelers rave about shrimp scampi pizza and “The Works” which includes a variety of the freshest ingredients. “In Boston, the pizza is done the old fashioned way, the way it should be,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.

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Santarpios Pizza, Boston (Wicked Awesome…I’ve had it!)

4. New York City, New York

Travelers to New York City craving authentic, thin crust pizza will be in their glory as they bite into a scrumptious slice at one of New York’s famed pizzerias which include Lombardi’s, Di Fara’s, and Patsy’s. With outstanding pizzerias seemingly at every corner, diners will enjoy the city’s trademark thin crunchy crust, gooey cheese and savory toppings. “Home of the American pizza,” noted a TripAdvisor traveler.

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Lombardi’s Pizza, New York

5. Seattle, Washington

Pizza lovers visiting this Pacific Northwest hub will be thrilled to taste the city’s signature thick and hearty artisan pizza made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Downtown Seattle, locals frequent Serious Pie where guests can taste their homemade mozzarella and tomato creation, while the Flying Squirrel in Seward Park fixes its pizza with a fine selection of local meat. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Excellent pizza, high quality ingredients.”

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Serious Pie, Seattle (also quite good!)

6. Austin, Texas

Travelers visiting the “Live Music Capital of the World” can fill up on pizza before heading to a show. Renowned pizzerias include Frank & Angie’s, Giovanni’s Pizza Stand, and Roppolo’s where guests can try the “Italian Mex” pizza, which honors Austin’s Tex-Mex heritage with spicy flavors of jalapenos and red and gold peppers. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Best pizza outside of NYC.”

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Roppolo’s, Austin

7. San Francisco, California

The bridge is not all that is golden in the “City by the Bay.” With over 200 pizzerias, each serving heavenly slices adorned with bubbling cheese, savory vine-ripened tomato sauce, and golden crust, travelers are sure to experience “la bella vita.” Famed pizza shops include Delfina’s, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, and Del Popolo’s, a mobile pizzeria housed in a 20-foot transatlantic shipping container that boasts a wood-fired oven. “Best pizza west of Italy,” said a TripAdvisor traveler.

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Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

8. Indianapolis, Indiana

Travelers to Indy can immerse themselves in a true culinary adventure tasting the tomato and cheese topped slices in this Midwest metropolis. Among the favorite pizzerias are Jockamo Upper Crust, Brozinni, and Bazbeaux. Located in the city’s Art District, Bazbeaux’s pizzas are carefully crafted using a blend of provolone, mozzarella, and Romano cheese and guests have the option of white or whole wheat crust—thick or thin. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “A pizza lover’s paradise.”

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Jockamo Upper Crust, Indianapolis

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cheesesteak and soft pretzels are not all travelers will find on the menu in Philly. With a rich Italian heritage, this East Coast city offers over 200 pizza eateries that add to the flavorful restaurant scene. Among the notable shops are The Tomato Bistro, Tacconelli’s, and Tony’s Place which specializes in the “Original” thin-crust tomato pie. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Some of the best pizza anywhere.”

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Tomato Pie from Tony’s Place, Philadelphia

10. Phoenix, Arizona

Even in the desert travelers can enjoy a piece of the pie. Those visiting the “Valley of the Sun” will find scrumptious slices of airy, bubbling crust and savory cheese, paired with the perfect amount of fresh tomato sauce. On the menu at Pizzeria Bianco guests will find unique varieties including the “Sonny Boy,” and “Wiseguy,” homemade dough topped with wood-roasted onion, house smoked mozzarella and fennel sausage. “My favorite pizza in the world,” said one TripAdvisor traveler.

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Pizzaria Bianco, Phoenix

OK, so I have tried a few of these places such as Regina Pizzeria, Santarpio’s, Lombardi’s, Di Fara’s and Serious Pie and they are all unique and good but I still think the best pizza is from Apizza Scholls in Portland, Oregon.

Owner Brian Spangler makes dough daily (and when he runs out, he’s done). He uses an infrared thermometer to determine the prime hot spots in his electric oven. The result: a crispy crust, perfect sauce-to-cheese ratio and super fresh ingredients. If we ever go back to the The City of Roses, this would be our first stop to eat.

From a heart-stopping “New York White” to a superb sausage and spicy peppers, the pies are all delicious at Apizza Scholls and worth the hour wait!

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Apizza Scholls, Portland, Oregon – THE BEST IN MY OPINION!

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