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Thailand Is Mailing Trash Back to Tourists Who Litter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2020, 10:00 AM

Government officials in Thailand have had it with people leaving garbage in nature reserves.  In a Facebook post last week, Varawut Silpa-archa, the country's minister of natural resources and the environment, promised to track down those who litter and personally mail them the trash they fail to dispose of. He wasn't kidding.  The minister later posted photos showing a box packed with ga...

You Can Now Stay at "The Conjuring" House—If You Dare

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2020, 11:00 AM

The malevolent spirits in The Conjuring films don't seem especially eager to join the hospitality industry.  Nevertheless, the haunted house that inspired the horror franchise is now accepting overnight guests.  Located in Burrillville, Rhode Island (about 25 miles northwest of Providence), the Farm on Round Top Road, as it's now called, dates back to the 1730s but is primarily known for cre...

Southwest's Sweet Deal for a Free Companion Ticket Ends Thursday, Sept. 24

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/22/2020, 12:00 PM

This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sale. Purchase tickets on Southwest Airlines by the end of the day on Thursday, September 24, for a flight between now and November 15, and you will have the right to bring a companion for free every time you fly between January 6 and February 28, 2021. (Note: the deadline was extended to end of day on Friday, September 25). When the time comes to book your...

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher to Receive a Free Vacation Next Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2020, 11:00 AM

If you doubted that teaching was a difficult profession before 2020, spend a few hours supervising a squirmy 8-year-old during our nationwide experiment with virtual learning. That should be more than enough to set you straight. With the pandemic still ongoing and teachers returning to online and IRL classrooms, the job is more trying than ever.  You can say thank you by nominating a teacher...

Rare Pink Dolphins Return to the Waters Around Hong Kong

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2020, 11:00 AM

Style mavens have declared "sorbet pink" one of the fashionable colors for fall 2020.  We're happy to report that the waters around Hong Kong are very much on-trend.  Rare pink dolphins, which also come in white and are otherwise known as Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, are making a comeback in the Pearl River Delta between Hong Kong and Macau. Scientists estimate that the region's dolphi...

Another Job Posting for Beer-Loving Hikers: Visit National Parks for $50k

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/21/2020, 10:00 AM

Looks like Michelob Ultra has decided to outmatch a job posting we saw a while back. In June, the artisanal Devils Backbone Brewing Company offered what sounded like a sweet deal. The brand's new CHO—or "Chief Hiking Officer"—would get to hike the Appalachian Trail, drink a lot of beer, and try to get attention online. For those efforts, the CHO would be paid $20,000 and all expenses. Now Mi...

The World's Most Scenic Airports: A Ranking to Send Your Wanderlust Soaring

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/18/2020, 11:00 AM

At this point, we'd probably feel awe gazing upon strip malls and empty parking lots as long as we got to see them from an airplane window again. So we might just burst looking at the spectacular surroundings celebrated by U.K.–based jet-chartering platform PrivateFly in its annual ranking of the world's most scenic airports. Based on a pre-pandemic survey of more than 6,000 flyers and aviat...

Got a Great Shot of the Empire State Building? You Could Win This Contest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/17/2020, 11:00 AM

Post your perfect shot of the Empire State Building on Instagram and you'll gain some likes.  But enter that same pic in the iconic New York City skyscraper's annual photo contest and you could win up to $5,000. Now in its ninth year, the competition gives amateur photographers from across the United States the chance to show off their skills when it comes to capturing images of the most fam...

This Las Vegas Casino Is Going Entirely Smoke-Free

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/16/2020, 11:00 AM

The Las Vegas Strip is getting its first entirely smoke-free casino resort.  MGM Resorts announced this week that the complex housing the Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas hotels will reopen on September 30, following their temporary closure in the spring due to the pandemic.  Among the changes guests can expect: a full ban on smoking.  In a statement, the company cited "recurring guest demand...

Most Ikon Pass Skiers Won't Need Advance Reservations This Winter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2020, 9:00 AM

Most skiers who buy the Ikon Pass for the 2020–21 season won't need advance reservations to hit the slopes, according to Alterra Mountain Company, which operates the pass.  It's a different story at the nearly three dozen mountains covered by the Epic Pass from Alterra competitor Vail Resorts. Vail announced in late August that in order to control crowds in the era of Covid-19, all visitors wil...

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