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Check out these hacks, tips, and tricks from cabin crew that'll make flying the friendly skies much more friendlier.

Flight crewmembers do so much more than pass out snacks and beverages. They are not glorified waitstaff nor are they servants. They’re highly skilled in first aid, conflict resolution, identifying possible human trafficking, emergency management, and much more. They undergo rigorous training, including the completion of annual and bi-annual exams to maintain their flying license. Their sole responsibility is to make sure that each passenger arrives at their destination safely; and in a dire situation, they are the ones best equipped to guide and support you. So, don’t be afraid to say hello, offer a kind smile (or “smize” while wearing a protective mask), or even offer the crew something to brighten up their day (and make your flight a friendlier one.) With the return of air travel at an all-time high, we tapped these mile-high heroes for trade-secret tips and tricks. Crew members from Delta, Etihad, Norwegian, and Virgin Airlines gave us the scoop on what will help you board faster, fly smarter, and make your flying experience as stress-free as possible.  

Have money, will eat.

There’s a pizza in the world that costs more than thrice of what you’d pay for a luxury trip to Italy (including airfare)! But you do get a mouthful of luxury ingredients—lobster and caviar—when you order it. That’s what’s common between all these uber-expensive dishes around the world: they use the best ingredients and create memorable dining experiences. Of course, you’d never forget paying $10,000 for pizza now, would you? Here’s a list of the dishes around the world that will definitely break the bank (unless you’re Jeff Bezos).

Think you can't afford to travel? Think again!

They say travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer—that is until you look at your bank statement on the last day of a vacation. Going outside is expensive and often the cost makes travel seem prohibitive for individuals and families alike. Thankfully, there are money-saving hacks available for those who know where to look. Here’s how to secure discounted–and even free award travel–with or without credit cards.

These small towns and villages are not as on-the-map as Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of big travel acclaim.

While India is without a doubt one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, there are still a plethora of lesser-known towns and villages scattered around this history-rich subcontinent. These 10 places seem stuck in time, offering a unique look through different eras.

With his latest movie, “Blue Bayou,” award-winning filmmaker Justin Chon (“Gook,” “Ms. Purple”) explores the plight of Antonio LeBlanc, a New …

A road trip for a leaf peep.

It’s finally autumn and the colors of the season are bursting out in vibrant shades of red, gold, and orange throughout North America. Perhaps the best way to see Mother Nature’s best show isn’t just in one destination–but on a multi-city road trip, exploring a collection of different destinations all at once. Here are 15 fabulous fall foliage routes across the U.S. and Canada to take in the transforming tones first hand–from California to eastern Canada.

These ten TikTok creators show you what life is like in the Arctic Circle, rural Tibet, and beyond.

From the dark sloping snow dunes of Svalbard to the peaks and valleys of the Himalayas to the ever famous but mysterious Faroe Islands, TikTok can take you around the world in 60 seconds. While popular YouTube and Instagram travel accounts provide glossy aesthetics and solid inspiration for a weekend away, TikTok goes more in-depth in a shorter amount of time. When you follow the right creators, a deeper understanding of place and cross-cultural connection unfolds as you scroll. Swipe to see ten diverse TikTok-ers showing the frozen eyelashes, the temperamental yaks, and every tiny detail that comes with life from Svalbard to Appalachia and Zambia to rural China.

Cities are sinking due to climate change and human activity.

There’s no denying the fact that climate change is real. The sea levels are rising and the global temperature is increasing at an alarming rate. More than 200 medical journals have published a statement underscoring that the results of an increase in global temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius will be catastrophic. A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change warned that extreme sea levels will become more common by the end of the century around the world and the rise will be 1-2 meters by 2100. NASA predicts that high tide floods will also cause severe flooding in the U.S.’s coastal areas. The findings aren’t mere predictions; the U.S. has fought back-to-back extreme weather crises this year. The Maldives—the world’s lowest-lying country—is at risk of disappearing, so it’s planning a floating city as a means of survival. But there are many other cities around the world that are facing this threat due to rising sea levels and subsidence (over-extraction of groundwater that makes the land sink). Here’s a round-up of what the world is facing losing by 2100 if things don’t change. 

Record-breaking temperatures are being reported.

Our planet is warming faster than previously thought, an IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report warned in August. It’s hard to miss the cues now—July 2021 was the hottest month on the planet since records began 142 years ago.  The world experienced extreme weather events including heat waves, wildfires, flash floods, and droughts and if we are to believe scientists, this is only going to get worse.  Italy, Greece, Spain, and Turkey faced wildfires, while Germany and Belgium experienced catastrophic flooding. The wildfires in Siberia were the worst ever seen—bigger than the infernos in Europe and North America combined. Floods ravaged China, India, and Japan, while fires blazed in Algeria, Morocco, and Brazil. In California, the Dixie Fire has been burning for more than 60 days, and it’s not the only one! The alarm bells are ringing loud and clear, and these are some of the places that are breaking all temperature records.

Same-same, but different.

Until as recently as 2020, Mountain Dew contained Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), which is banned in Europe and 100 other countries. The chemical is a flame retardant and can harm the body in many ways. Walmart’s Orangette Orange Soda still contains this ingredient and you’d want to check the labels of other sodas you pick up at the supermarket to avoid it. There are many other snacks, treats, and foods Americans enjoy that have harmful chemicals banned elsewhere. European countries are particularly strict about what consumers are putting in their body, so the original treats Americans enjoy aren’t available, or they are manufactured without those ingredients. Next time you travel to Europe, pop into a grocery store and make comparisons.

From diverse cuisine to endless activities, booking a vacation with a large cruise ship over a smaller boat tour gives you A LOT of bang for your buck.

While small ocean liners and vessels can offer access to diminutive cities, a potentially more exclusive experience, and a heightened level of luxury, they also come with a hefty price tag and limited onboard offerings. Big ships, on the other hand, will keep you dancing, playing, partying, eating, and having fun from the moment you step onboard to the morning of your final breakfast. If you’re debating between booking a small boat tour or going with a big cruise ship, here are 18 benefits of cruising BIG!

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Remember that passport renewals can take up to 18 weeks.

After no-travel 2020, planes are again whizzing in the skies. The U.S. State Department is currently overwhelmed with passport requests, so you may have to wait up to 18 weeks to get it renewed. Not an ideal situation, so the first thing to do when you plan international travel is check your passport validity and the destination’s entry requirements. Many countries need it to be valid for six months from your date of entry or valid for six months after your departure. If your travel book is expiring earlier than that, you may be denied boarding.  Ideally, it’s recommended to travel with a six-month passport validity to avoid hiccups with airlines and immigration, but if that’s not possible, here’s a list of countries that don’t have the six-month validity rule for travelers. There are other requirements that keep changing, so don’t forget to check the U.S. State Department and embassy websites for details. Note: The pandemic is still a reality around the world. Look up case loads and vaccination rates before planning your trip and consider traveling after getting your jab(s) to protect yourself and your community.

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