Some travelers use sleeping pills, antihistamines, and motion sickness pills to induce sleep on planes and at hotels after arrival. While they work for some, others are left feeling miserably groggy. Be sure to try any over-the-counter sleep aids at home before your trip—you don’t want to find out you’re allergic to any ingredients while you’re trapped on the airplane. Likewise, melatonin can cause nightmares in some people—also not fun at 30,000 feet. Always consult your doctor before trying any remedies, as some herbs can interact with prescription medications. … [Read more...] about The Best Ways to Prevent and Treat Jet Lag
Tricks and treats
Tips: Grab Knott’s Scary Farm tickets early because they do sell out. Invest in the Fright Lane pass so you can bypass the lines for rides and mazes (which can have up to two-hour waits). Don’t miss the drinks with floating eyeballs and special menu items like pumpkin soup, candy corn funnel cakes, and Halloween churros. For Knott’s Spooky Farm, buy discount Knott’s Berry Farm tickets instead of paying full price. You don’t need to bring trick-or-treating bags because every kid receives one when they arrive at the park. … [Read more...] about A Halloween Guide to Southern California Theme Parks
Thanks to shrewd planning and an obsessive awareness of my childhood neighborhood, I used to routinely rack up 10 pounds of candy every year. I would then haul the booty back home, where I dumped it on the rug and engaged in an interminable trading session with my brothers. A full-size Snickers bar for two Laffy Taffys and a fistful of candy corn? Nice try. … [Read more...] about Congrats, parents. You’re ruining Halloween.
What is fluency?1. Learn as much as possible before you go abroad.2. Immerse yourself.3. Live with a host family.4. Carry around a notebook and pocket dictionary.5. Absorb media in your target language. 6. Try a language exchange.7. Make a serious effort to remember every word.8. Get a boyfriend or girlfriend who speaks your target language.9. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.10. Don’t be afraid to be pushy when necessary.And most importantly, don’t give up. You can do this.What didn’t work for me:Apps that can help you learn:Books that can help:So what makes me an expert anyway?Enjoyed this post? Subscribe here! … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for Becoming Fluent in a Second (or Third!) Language
The part of the world where I think it’s the toughest to be fat is Asia, particularly in places like Korea and Japan (sumo wrestlers exempted). Obesity is not as common, so you might draw stares and comments that make you feel like a freak. Don’t let that stop you going there or anywhere you want to go. Learn to say hello in the local language and smile confidently. It’s disarming. … [Read more...] about 9 Tips for Savvy Plus-Size Travelers