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Southwest Airlines: Still cool after all these years

Since its beginning almost 40 years ago, Southwest has been known as the airline that’s a little kooky, a little unconventional.Rather than conservative, pressed, navy-colored uniforms, flight attendants used to wear hot pants. Today, they’re dressed in khaki shorts.Instead of boring, predictable safety announcements, the crew tends to make the delivery of even the most rote information an opportunity for entertainment.
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Trust Your Instincts: Follow Your Nose Travel

Our bodies know what is best for us, even when it comes to where we should travel next.Recent studies in the world of nutrition have found that our nose knows what foods are best for us.Our taste preferences for certain foods actually begin with how they smell, and researchers have found these preferences may be linked to the nutritional value of the food.
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Notes from the Faisal Hostel

Robert Hirschfield becomes de facto ambassador in a hostel where Palestinians, Israeli soldiers, Christian Pilgrims, and German journalists all come together.I find myself waking up before dawn at the Faisal to beat the backpackers’ rush to the communal bathroom. The sexagenarian’s need for whatever solitude he can get.
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Trend to Watch: Honeymoon Registries

My family was a little puzzled when my cousin announced, in the lead-up to her nuptials, that instead of wedding gifts she’d prefer contributions to her honeymoon.That’s not traditional, aunts and uncles whispered. Why doesn’t she do a normal gift registry?Non-traditional they may be, but increasingly, honeymoon registries make a lot of sense – whether for people who are getting married a little later than our parents’ generations, and so don’t need the traditional household basics of good kitchenware and towels, or even for those who (gasp!
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The 5 deadliest travel fears (and how to defeat them)

To boldly visit foreign lands, the wannabe traveler must conquer a slew of travel fears. Learn how to sweep them aside and embrace the true rewards of travel.Given the relative safety of aviation, and the existence of many budget airlines such as EasyJet, SkyEurope, and Ryan Air, one might be tempted to conclude that travel is a common pastime, partaken of by most.
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East v. West: Who’s responsible for world’s CO2?

The East produces; the West consumes, right? So who’s most responsible for our worldwide CO2 problem?A factory in Wuxi, China; Photo: Robert ScobleThat’s the equation posed and the question asked by George Monbiot on his environmental blog at the Guardian.We rich countries export our production to poorer countries, whose governments are typically eager to accept our companies and our contracts so they can improve employment, wages, and their own access to goods.
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