1. A Rival for Ryan Air
Brand new Norwegian Air Shuttle, (NAS), just purchased 222 jets for an estimated 10 billion bucks. The new fuel-efficient planes allow NAS to compete with the more established Ryan Air and easyJet. Next time you’re searching for a cheap flight in Scandinavia, Europe or Asia, see what NAS has to offer. I know I will.
2. Climb 100 Mountains?
Here’s a custom I think all people should participate in. The Japanese aspire to climb 100 mountains in their lifetime. In 1964 the book, “100 Famous Japanese Mountains” started the movement and it is continued today. Some speculate that the mountain-as-revered-object began because the rivers that flow from them irrigate crops, bringing life and prosperity. Villages have their “home mountain” that all love. Don’t you think that’s a custom that could improve our perspective on life?
Samoa Air now charges for flights according to a passenger’s body weight. What? Yes, it is for real. The company’s thinking is that a kilo is a kilo, no matter the source, so heavier passengers cost more to transport. Hmmm, would it catch on for other carriers? I for one don’t think most humans would put up with it.
4. What a Combo: Resorts and Film Studios
Paramount Films is opening its first resort, Damac Towers, in Dubai in 2015. The hotels will feature screening rooms where the film company’s movies can be viewed. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” anyone? Would you be more likely to make a reservation based on your ability to watch films?
5. More Romance in Paris
If you love those walks in foreign cities that fill you with a pumped-up vibe, this walk in Paris should be at the top of your list. A 2.8-mile parkway is France’s version of rails-to-trails, but of course everything French has such romance, such charm, and an overabundance of sexiness. Even the name reeks with visions of lovers professing their undying devotion: Promenade Plantée. Vine-covered arbors tower 25 feet overhead and provide the warm glow of lamplight for evening strolls. Tunnels and gardens also add ambiance. Let’s go!
6. Backyard Art Gallery?
I love stories about people who really follow their instincts no matter how far afield the idea may be. Mitchell P. Rales is just such a man. Mr. Rales lives in a wide-open rural suburb of Washington D.C. and shows, by appointment, his vast art collection. Well it seems his home got too small to house everything so he’s taking it outdoors on his property. Rales is spending $125 million to have built a cluster of galleries on his 200 acres, each one focusing on a single artist. Wait until 2016 for it to open.
7. Hostel Rebirth
It seems that baby boomers as well as many other varied age groups want to stay at hostels. So hostel owners are revamping their spaces to appeal to the wide ranging tastes — instead of huge dorm areas with one bathroom per 10 people. In London, Lisbon and Istanbul, you can find some really cool lodging. Portugal has even won a slew of Hoscars — the awards given by HostelWorld.com — taking the top four spots. The top four are: Lisbon Hostel, Home Hostel, Travellers House, and Living Lounge. Will you be checking into a hostel soon?
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