Airplanes used to be luxurious things, laden with fine china and unlimited wine. But over the years, the glory of flying has faded—giving way to broken technology (frustrating), bruised knees (painful), terrible smells (actually dangerous!). Yet, somehow, someone has figured out a way to make things worse.
Picture this: You’re walking through a remote Vietnamese village when you feel the telltale itch of a yeast infection. Or you’re uncontrollably spewing from both ends after drinking some tainted water in Guatemala. Either way, you’re abroad and in need of a doctor, and you don’t know what do to.
Because of a computer glitch, all United Airlines flights were grounded this morning. The FAA indicates that as of 9:15 am ET, some flights are taking off, but this doesn’t bode well for the rest of the day.
“I wouldn’t go unarmed,” warns the city manager of Colfax, California. He is at least five inches shorter than the men who flank him, but just as thick and white. He is the friendly one, if friendly can be defined as engaging in a conversation.
Oh boy, guys. What ever do you think they’ll find? When Uncle Sam figures this one out in, oh, seven years, maybe we’ll see some price drops—change we can believe in. As long as Attorney General Loretta Lynch is at it, here are some other ideas:
Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Committed: A Love Story, The Signature of All Things, and the upcoming Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, is hosting a “Writing, Truth and Community” retreat from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 7. I absolutely have to be there. Would anyone mind…
For the perpetually cold people out there, true misery is being stuck on an airplane, shivering and praying that your toes are still attached to your feet. When you ask an unsympathetic flight attendant if they could adjust the cabin temperature, your speech is slurry—a sign of hypothermia.
I’ve never been an adventurous eater. For example, the most daring I’ve ever gotten with seafood is tuna from a can, and even then I drowned it in mayonnaise (like a true American). So when I decided to go on a solo trip to Iceland, I made a concerted effort to include the local cuisine in my diet, because what is…
I’m not usually targeted by police and security forces intent on rooting out terrorists. My hair, however? Very suspicious.
It’s no secret that even the most well-maintained airplane cabins are still crawling all sorts of icky germs. Most travelers are inured to this fact and try not to think about it, but there’s always that one person wiping down their armrests with Wet Ones. This list is for them.
The same day my father sold my childhood home, I headed to the airport. I was 21 and had finally mustered the courage to buy a flight to a country I’d always wanted to visit: India. I was prepared for nothing but surprises and adventures. Unfortunately, that’s what I got.
On the second day of my AIFL-sponsored press delegation trip, we went on a graffiti tour of Florentin, the trendy South Tel Aviv neighborhood that was #2 on Thrillist’s “The 10 Most Hipster Neighborhoods On Earth” list last summer. Like many neighborhoods of similar status, Florentin is bordered by somewhat darker …
Hanging out with penguins is a lot like hanging out with strippers. They can touch you, but you can’t touch them.
When I quit my job in New York to go backpacking in South America, I agonized over what to pack. I couldn’t, for instance, not bring my Ferragamo flats, even if it meant ruining their soles on dirt paths and crumbling cobblestones. I certainly couldn’t leave behind my beloved red lipstick—I wanted it for nights out…
The ship rocked in the waves as I stared down at my glass of wine. I knew I had a choice to make. We had been at sea for just a few hours, and it was already clear that I only had two real options for survival. I could spend the week blackout drunk by the pool — relying solely on margaritas for sustenance — or I could…
The best way to visit Israel as a Jew is to do so naively. Go when you’re very young. Don’t look to your left, or to your right. You will love it. Return as an adult, however, and the magic is hard to recreate.
A Brit, two Canadians, and a Dutch national were arrested after stripping down to their birthday suits on a Malaysian mountain. Related: Idiots have money, will travel.
My fixation with Australia began as a small child. I was convinced that the land down under was magical and filled with color, excitement, and amazing animals (we can thank to The Rescuers Down Under and Fern Gully for this). My mother also had a beautiful set of Australian Opals, so that helped fuel my imagination. A…
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The world of frequent flier miles is a murky one full of requirements, points-earning, status levels, and benefits varying from airline to airline. It’s a confusing mess, but if you’ve flown much over the past couple of years, one thing is increasingly clear: Many, many people have elite status.