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6 Best Black Friday Hotel Packages

Put a new spin on Black Friday shopping excursions by leaving town. Score bargain-prices on clothing, bedding, and electronics, just in a new city, …

Now Let's Discuss The Awful Restaurant Practice Of Having Bathroom Attendants Who Watch You Pee...

Balthazar is hot with the cool crowd, which is a bummer, but if you get there early enough you can get a table. The dining room is classy, the food and service are good, and as far as hip New York eateries go, it's not fantastically expensive.<p>So I am, for the most part, a fan of Balthazar.<p>But …

How to Outsmart the Airlines and Beat the Shrinking Airplane Seat

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> recently posted a brilliant article about the supposed ‘Shrinking’ airline seat, where airlines have become savvy about …

In Tokyo, the sex finds you

The first thing I saw was his penis, though it was less interesting than his Yakuza-style tattoos. He assured me these were purely aesthetic, like …

Japan

Unlimited Vacation Policies Might Be Too Good To Be True

American workplaces aren't always the best when it comes to encouraging their employees to take time off -- and American workers, in turn, aren't so great at taking their earned time off.<p>Only 77 percent of employers offer paid time off, with the average American worker receiving just two weeks of …

Premium Economy Class: Is It Worth It?

When Hawaiian Airlines announced their new Extra Comfort seating option a few days ago, they were just the latest in a line of airlines adding options for travelers flying economy. For those of us who are fed up feeling squashed into standard economy seating, and are willing to spend a little more, …

The Happiest Country in the World

So far, I’ve been to about ten countries that each claim to be the happiest country on Earth.<p>In Iceland, in Denmark, in Holland, even in India once, someone pulled me aside to claim that their country is the happiest. I never disagree; I just simply ask, “How do you know?”<p>I’ve taken enough Stats …

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …

Vietnam

Daylight Saving Time 2013: When Does It End? And Why?

Here's why we get an extra hour of sleep and an earlier sunset this weekend.<p><b>With an extra hour of sleep and an earlier sunset, daylight saving time (also called daylight savings time) ends this weekend.</b><p>That means clock confusion is once again ticking away, giving rise to hotly debated questions: …

The World's Most Scenic Airports

Flying might not be as glamorous or luxurious as it once was, but there are still some things about flying that are... pretty.<p>So instead of burying your head in your book jockeying for position to get off the plane first upon landing, why don't you actually look out the window and take in the …

13 Words You Must Learn Before Visiting New York

When traveling, it is of utmost importance to hide the fact that you’re a tourist. If you seem like you’re not from here, you run the risk of being ripped off, shut out, or just totally humiliated by the savvier, sassier locals around you.<p>One of the diciest places to look like a tourist, of course, …

Hyatt Regency Dallas Offers Women's Experience Rooms

While it was spending $50 million to renovate its 1,120 rooms recently, the Hyatt Regency Dallas set aside 150 of them as Women’s Experience Rooms.<p>I …

Rethink Haiti: The Best Tourism Video You'll See All Year

Producers: Dave Ali Fils-Aimé | Dali Reel, Alex Horner | Horner Pictures, Francisco Momplaisir | J'aime les Cayes <br>Cinematography/Editor/Writer: Alex …

A boy oversleeps on train, uses Google Maps to find family 25 years later

When Saroo Munshi Khan was five years old, he went with his older brother to scrounge for change on a passenger train in a town about two hours away …

Google Maps

Sea Kayaking the Land of the Gods

You’ll paddle in the wake of such ancient Greek gods as Zeus, Apollo, Artemis, Hercules, Pegasus and yes, even Poseidon himself, with a sea kayaking excursion to Crete. But even in the presence of these deities, it’s the area’s beauty that truly takes your breath away. With more than 650 miles of …

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Miami Airport Gets $100 Million To Improve Bag-Screening, Operations

If a harmless hairdryer in your checked luggage looks nefarious on an airport X-ray inspection, a Transportation Security Administration agent may …

Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p><b>Blue</b> …

European Travel

Check Out Some Awesome Vintage Cocktail Menus

It's the tail end of Cocktail Week on Eater, so here are some great examples of vintage cocktail menus — including <b>Howard Johnson's</b> from the 1950s, <b>Sugie's Original Tropics</b> in Beverly Hills from the 1940s, and <b>The Brass Rail</b> in New York City from the 1930s — from <b>Cool Culinaria</b>. As a bonus, be one of …