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Quick video guide to British accents

Quick video guide to British accents

Even for foreigners such as myself, who have lived for an extended period in the British Isles, it’s very difficult to distinguish one accent from another. The UK, despite being pretty tiny, seems to have more variation in dialect than the whole of the gigantic United States. I would often …read more

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Elephant Jumps Thai is Cooking at a Whole Different Level, You Should Go Now

Elephant Jumps Thai is Cooking at a Whole Different Level, You Should Go Now

Friday night my boss emailed me, “You must go and get his sour bamboo shoot curry, and the fermented fish curry, possibly the best dishes yet…! (not available every day, though)”

He didn’t have a subject line, didn’t mention the restaurant, he didn’t have to because it was obvious.

I …read more

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Who Does the Overhead Space Belong To?

Who Does the Overhead Space Belong To?

Yesterday I wrote Tips to Avoid Gate Checking Your bag.

Some of those tips were controversial.

This, especially, drew fire:

Once on the plane, take any space you can find don’t wait until you get all the way to your seat if you’re in the back of the cabin. You might …read more

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How to decorate Easter eggs

How to decorate Easter eggs

Elegant Easter Egg Designs

PAINTING EGGS IS a big part of celebrating Velikonoce, or Easter in the Czech Republic. I could never quite master the art of the elaborately painted egg, resorting to chemically-processed dye tablets and smelly vinegar water instead, but every year I try to do right by my heritage. Many other …read more

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4 impressive ‘rewilding’ projects

4 impressive ‘rewilding’ projects

Elwha River. Olympic National Park

Photo: mark

Human populations have been destroying natural habitats for thousands of years without realizing that our lives depend on wild places. Here are four rewilding projects that aim to restore some of our planet’s ecosystems and may offer us a chance at redemption.

1. Rewilding Europe

What is it?
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Free and Instant Starwood Status

Free and Instant Starwood Status

Starwood Preferred Guest’s top status level is Platinum.

    You can earn Platinum status with 25 stays, with 50 nights, or with $100,000 in meeting spend in a year.

    The folks at SPG were brilliant when they added benefits two years ago that required staying additional nights to earn …read more

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    50% off IHG Hotels in Mexico, Caribbean, and Central America

    50% off IHG Hotels in Mexico, Caribbean, and Central America

    Starting today, Sunday April 20, 2014, InterContinental Hotel Group has discounted some of their properties by 50% off when using your points! This includes select properties in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. This is for stays booked by May 3, 2014 and travel from May 1 through June 12, …read more

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    Video of a Man Walking Backwards Through Tokyo, Played in Reverse

    Video of a Man Walking Backwards Through Tokyo, Played in Reverse

    For your Saturday evening tripping wanderlust.

    This is the video of a guy who walked around Tokyo backwards.. only is shown in reverse.

    Of course, walking through Tokyo will always bring up Lost in Translation which – for me – is all about How the Jesus and Mary Chain Influence …read more

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    Tips To Avoid Gate Checking Your Bag and a Scary Video of What Happens When You Do

    Tips To Avoid Gate Checking Your Bag and a Scary Video of What Happens When You Do

    This video of Air Canada baggage handlers tossing gate checked bags was uploaded on Thursday. It was taken before a flight from Toronto to Vancouver. Air Canada is investigating.

    “The gate check, unfortunately, turned into a gate toss,” Stewart said.

    The video runs a little over a minute …read more

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    29 ways to be more creative

    29 ways to be more creative

    I KEEP MYSELF creative through repetition — I force myself to write every day until it becomes a natural habit. It’s not always easy however; I encounter creative “slumps” along the way. What I love about this video is that there are so many small, free, and easy things — …read more

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    Can I Use My Southwest Companion Pass if I Book My Flight with Points from Another Account?

    Can I Use My Southwest Companion Pass if I Book My Flight with Points from Another Account?

    This is part of the reader question series that I started earlier this year – you can view more reader questions here. Feel free to email me at dealswelike@gmail.com if you have a question you’d like answered in a full on post.

    Reader Aimee recently emailed me asking:

    “I just …read more

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    Deals for the Week of April 21

    Deals for the Week of April 21

    Here’s the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you’re interested, act quickly. But don’t act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Spring Travel Deals aren’t quite so fleeting, and …read more

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    Day in the life of street performers

    Day in the life of street performers

    Cities are full of people asking you for money — whether it’s salespeople, shopkeepers, restaurants, or beggars — but none are quite so enjoyable to give to as street performers.

    I love street performers. They make the city way more interesting. Whether they’re doing a novelty act, or are just working …read more

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    All-Inclusive Pricing or Hotel-Only?

    All-Inclusive Pricing or Hotel-Only?

    As you search for a room at a resort in many parts of the world, you’ll discover properties that want to sell you more than merely a place to sleep.

    All-inclusive pricing is growing in popularity. Naturally, the terms of these deals will vary greatly by destination. At the very …read more

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    Monday is the Last Day to Buy IHG Rewards Club Points at Up to 100% Bonus

    Monday is the Last Day to Buy IHG Rewards Club Points at Up to 100% Bonus

    IHG Rewards Club is offering a targeted purchased points bonus (the bonus amount varies by member) on a sliding scale (the more points you buy the lower the price per point).

    When you go to the purchase page you have to identify yourself in order to determine the bonus …read more

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