What is it: J-Pillow Travel Pillow
Price and Where to Buy: $30 on Amazon.com
Pros: The pillow is extremely soft and feels nice against the skin. It has just the right amount of firmness, and holds its shape without pushing the head too far forward when in place. It didn't lead to any post-flight neck pain or headaches (a not uncommon occurrence) even though it doesn't hold the spine in a neutral position. Best of all, it actually facilitated sleep. ... read more»
Code red (and orange and yellow)! Iceland is on fire … again.
With memories of Iceland's disruptive Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced eye-a-fyat-la-jo-kult) volcano still burning in our collective memory, one might approach the country's recent volcanic rumblings with trepidation. But unlike in 2010 when Eyjafjallajökull's billowing ash cloud stopped air traffic, the latest eruption—this time from Bárðarbunga—is encouraging it. ... read more»
What could be the story of the decade came out in Aviation Week and Space Technology last week, and nobody noticed. Lockheed-Martin's "Skunk Works," renowned for breakthrough airplane designs from the pioneering P-38 to the Mach 3 SR-71 and the stealthy F-117, announced it was developing a nuclear fusion reactor that would be small enough to power an airplane. The Aviation Week story wasn't even the first public report on the Skunk Works fusion project: As early as February 2013, a top spokesperson described the concept. But as far as I know, no important media outlet picked up on the story, then or now. And the story is potentially huge.
Fusion power holds the potential to solve the world's energy problem for the indefinite future. The basic power for the sun, fusion converts four hydrogen atoms into one slightly lighter helium atom, with the mass difference converted to energy. (The exact mechanism is a bit more complicated, but that's the basic idea.) ... read more»
Icelandic airline Wow is kicking off new routes from the U.S. to Europe with some pretty incredible introductory fares. These are the kind of airfare deals that make you stop the important things you're doing and fumble around in your purse for your credit card.
The ultra-low-cost carrier, which operates all-coach Airbus A321 and A320 planes, will begin service from Boston to Europe in late March, with five flights a week. Thrice-weekly flights out of BWI will begin in June. The carrier already flies around Europe, but these routes mark Wow's first-ever service to the United States. ... read more»
Guest blogger Nate McFadden is the cohost of the Alpine Strangers podcast.
While waiting on a rental car at the Cabo airport, someone mentioned it might rain. I didn't think much of it at the time, as it was about then that my wife returned with our rental car and we started our vacation. But it did rain that weekend—Hurricane Odile dumped 15 inches of rain on us.
We were very fortunate that the hotel where we stayed had water, food, and limited generator power. Even so, being trapped in a disaster zone has its challenges. We had to wait four days before we could be evacuated. The days after the storm were not as scary as the storm itself, but were more trying.
Riding out a hurricane in a hotel room—and being stranded for days afterward in a severely damaged tourist destination—gave me a lot of time to consider what I wish I had known in advance, what we did right, and what I'd do differently next time. Here's what to know if you find yourself vacationing in a hurricane. ... read more»
A new members-only hotel-booking site has plenty of perks, but is it worth the price? ... read more»