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Best Vacationing Tips You Need to Escape the Winter Weather

With the holidays passing by, it’s now the perfect time to plan an all-inclusive vacation somewhere tropical before the winter lulls set in. Even just the brochures will make you feel better, but how can you make sure your dream escape doesn’t turn into a nightmare?

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Airline Forces Passengers to Pay $31,500 for Fuel — Or Be Stranded [VIDEO]

Flying the friendly skies is one thing. Being forced to pony up the cash to do it while en route is something else entirely.

But that’s what happened on a flight operated by Austria-based carrier Comtel earlier this week.

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Ryan Pierse, Getty Images
Ryan Pierse, Getty Images
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Fewer Will Fly for Thanksgiving, But Planes Will Be Jam Packed

If you’re planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, be prepared to have trouble finding open seats, pay a premium when you do and fly on a packed plane. Industry insiders say that, because of high costs and lower bookings, airlines have had to increase ticket prices and reduce the number of available seats.

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Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images
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Which Cities Have the Best — and Worst — Commute Times?

If you’re fed up with your long commute to work, you may want to consider a move to Great Falls, Montana.

While a new report from the Census Bureau shows the average US commute is about 25 minutes, those in Great Falls only have a 14-minute travel time, the shortest in the country.

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Woman Walks From California to New York City [VIDEO]

When it comes to walking across the country from California to New York, “for the heck of it” is as good a reason as any. In fact, in an age where publicity and profit seem to be much more common motives for this type of quest, 24-year-old Catherine Li’s largely under-the-radar 3,000-mile trek stands out as a true exception.

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TSA Searches Woman’s Afro at Atlanta Airport [VIDEO]

Headed down an escalator at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Dallas-based hairdresser Isis Brantley (who counts neo-soul singer Erykah Badu as a client) was stopped by TSA agents who insisted on checking her ample Afro hairstyle for explosives.

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Giant Sandbox for Adults Constructed in Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Further solidifying the city’s reputation as an adult playground, visitors to Las Vegas can now test out heavy machinery such as bulldozers and excavators in a giant “sandbox” located right off the strip.

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Finally! Astrophysicist Figures Out Most Efficient Airplane Boarding System [VIDEO]

Anybody who’s ever boarded an airplane knows that there is something terribly inefficient about the slow, agonizing process. Astrophysicist Jason Steffen decided to do something about the messy procedure, using science to develop a plane boarding method that cuts seating times in half.

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Man Posts Sarcastic Tweet, Gets Steak Dinner Delivered to Airport

Peter Shankman “had visions of steak in my head” when he waited for an airplane that was going to bring him from Tampa, Florida to Newark, New Jersey. So the investment guru sent out a sarcastic Tweet requesting the steak house chain Morton’s meet him in the Newark airport in two hours with a porterhouse — and to his surprise, they obliged!

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Category: Food, Travel
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7 Places that are Cheap Now

There's still time to get in a vacation this summer!  Here's where to go NOW!  ~Erin

Earlier this month, the New York Times announced the coming of a "double dip recession:" The United States economy seems to be approaching a financial danger zone for the second time since December 2008

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Blake Shelton Cruise Sets Sail in October 2012

Ahoy, country fans! If you’ve got some vacation time on the calendar, $1,000 to burn, and a hankering for the high seas, Blake Shelton is offering you the chance to be part of something special.

Next October, Shelton — along with other artists who have yet to be announced — will set sail on the Norwegian Jewel for a seven-day sojourn. During the cruise, passengers will be treated to the usual amenities, including swimming pools, hot tubs, and port stops in places like San Juan, Tortola, and Nassau, along with unique access to country music royalty.

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Whee! Dutch Transit Authority Installs Playground-Style Slide on Train Platform [VIDEO]

Morning commutes just got a lot more fun in Utrecht. Recent renovations to a train station in the Overvecht neighborhood of the Netherlands city included the installation of a slide (their transit authority calls it a “transfer accelerator”), which passengers can ride to the platform instead of taking the adjacent stairs.

See it in action in the below clip:

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