Regardless of when and where you plan to fly during the holidays, it'll likely be more expensive than if you were to fly to the same destination before or after the seasonal rush. After all, the cheapest time to book a flight is eight weeks before you need to leave. If you book after that, though, it doesn't mean you're doomed to overpriced seats in coach. You can save serious money by flying on Christmas or New Year's Day, since no one wants to fly on the holidays themselves, and airlines will be eager to fill seats on flights scheduled for those days. … [Read more...] about The Clock Is Ticking: How to Save Money Booking Your Holiday Travel
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Gear-wise the highlights for me were definitely the MSR Guardian filter, the Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm Max sleep pad, and surprise, the PackTowl Luxe. I owned one of the very first PackTowls back in 1999 when I backpacked around Europe with some friends and man that thing sucked. Yeah it was light, but it felt like plastic, it didn’t really absorb the water off your body, and yet it took forever to dry so it smelled like a mildew rag the entire time. It’s amazing how far these things have come. The Luxe was incredibly soft and comfortable, super absorbent, and it dried fast. It’s definitely something I’ll be keeping in my van for years to come. … [Read more...] about The British Columbian Wilderness and the Baddest Water Filter Ever Built
Free tickets are one-way, so you’ll need to pay for a way home or find a free ticket back. There’s no limit to how man free tickets a single person can pick up, so you can grab as many as you can find. … [Read more...] about Megabus is Giving Away 200,000 Free Tickets on Cyber Monday
Certain aspects of Ghibli’s films inevitably get lost in translation. While it’s commendable that Disney’s DVDs regularly include the original Japanese-language tracks as well as their star-studded English dubs, it’s unfortunate that the subtitles (or rather, “dubtitles”) simply replicate the English dialogue, which is sometimes significantly tweaked in order to make the films more palatable to an American audience. It’s far better treatment than Ghibli got in earlier decades; Disney learned its lesson from the fan outcry that arose when Miramax announced plans to release Princess Mononoke with only the English audio track. But the movies still suffer from schizophrenic treatment at Disney’s hands. Pixar’s John Lasseter, who has been Miyazaki’s most vocal champion, pays tribute in video introductions on some of the discs, but Miyazaki’s presence is otherwise ignored in favor of highlighting the films’ American … [Read more...] about A guide to Japan’s Studio Ghibli, home of Totoro and
Han’s not used to being so alone, or so far out on the periphery of the action. Before making her way to the U.S., she was a wrecking ball in Shijiazhuang, a provincial city southwest of Beijing. She had so much energy as a kid that her grandma refused to go out in public with her alone, knowing Han would sprint off the first chance she got. Instead of homework, she spearheaded afternoon games of tag and hide-and-seek by running around her family’s apartment complex and knocking on the doors of the other only children in the community. When there was no one to play with, she careened around the basketball courts where her parents, both pro players in China, practiced, or watched the game on TV. Basketball was always around. She assumed that she’d play in college, but didn’t give much thought to making basketball a career. … [Read more...] about They Want Her To Be The Next Yao Ming, But What Does She Want?