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5 Ways to Not Hate Life on a Transcontinental Flight

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1. Don’t Book With an American Carrier You would think that US airline companies have great food, lots of legroom, or something good they’re offering customers that keeps them on the verge of bankruptcy. Alas, the opposite is true. Compared to their foreign counterparts, they just kinda suck. Most of the planes have that “grandma’s house” smell with torn up seats and carpets and an underpaid staff. The food isn’t bad for airplane food but you do have to pay for any alcohol after that first drink, and...

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Backpack Buying Guide for Medium Packs (50L – 75L)

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Buying a pack is one of those exciting shopping experiences for backpackers, campers, and adventurers of all kinds. The trick is to find the best pack at the best price. If you’re looking to pack a good amount without feeling like there’s an elephant on your back, then a medium size pack is right for you. This size is perfect for extended hikes or backpacking trips around the world if you’re not quite ready to go minimalist with a pack smaller than 50 liters. However, if you’ve got a lot of hauling to do, strong legs, good...

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Backpack Buying Guide for Large Packs (80 L and up)

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Buying a pack is one of those exciting shopping experiences for backpackers, campers, and adventurers of all kinds. The trick is to find the best pack at the best price. If you’ve got a lot of hauling to do, strong legs, good endurance, or you’re just a big guy, you’re in the 80 liter and up pack category. But these packs are not for the faint of heart. If you’re going on a two week European backpacking trip you might want to think about leaving a couple pairs of jeans and that sleeping bag at home and check out a small...

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5 Must-Read Books for the Traveling Soul

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1. Geography of Bliss By Eric Weiner Weiner, a former correspondent for National Public Radio, shares his experiences and insights gathered over two decades of traveling the world. In that time he has visited over 30 countries and has seen the best and the worst of what our planet has the offer. However, in contrast to the usual media coverage of strife and disaster, he explores the nature of happiness in various cultures.  From Bhutan’s measure of Gross National Happiness to the Swedish idea of happiness in boredom, Weiner discovers that...

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