- Michael Clemmer at Compass14 hrs ago
Photographer Jeremy Villasis writes that as he was leaving his hotel in Mandalay, Burma, he saw these boys laughing mightily at something. That something turned out to be another boy coming to join them. Foolishly, the boy made the mortifying mistake of arriving clean and wearing a traditional Burmese longyi (sort of a male skirt). Boys will be boys and soon the “Filthy Five” mobbed their dandy friend, applying some dirt and attempting to pull off his longyi.
Jeremy doesn’t say if the lad suddenly went into full “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” mode and got the last laugh… maybe in his dreams.
- Greg Keraghosian at Compass14 hrs ago
Party-friendly, local places dominated the top 10 travel searches on Yahoo in 2013. The most-searched travel destination this year was Las Vegas, with Myrtle Beach, S.C., at No. 2 and New Orleans at No. 3.
The rankings are based on hotel searches, which goes a long way toward explaining Vegas and its array of recognizable hotels. And we presume the hotels have to be real, so any searches for the Crystal Palace from “Breaking Bad” might not have counted for Albuquerque, N.M. (Although the site is a real motel called the Crossroads.) Speaking of TV shows, maybe Kenny Powers gave Myrtle a boost this year?
- Rosemary McClure at Compass16 hrs ago
What destinations will offer the best travel deals in 2014? Where will you be able to get more for your money? We analyzed current travel trends, taking into consideration major events that will affect air and hotel rates next year – such as the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia — and put together a list of eight places that promise to give visitors more bang for their buck in 2014.
This emerging Central American destination is a budget hotspot that offers visitors a natural high with 18 volcanoes, rain and cloud forests, and world-class surfing. Called "the next Costa Rica," Nicaragua has many of the attributes visitors find in its southern neighbor but without the crowds, high prices and commercialism. Beset by a long revolution in the 1960s and '70s, Nicaragua has put that portion of its history behind it and is now considered the safest country in Central America.
- Kelly O'Mara at Compass19 hrs ago
The short-lived ban on alcohol ended Dec. 5, 1933, when the repeal of Prohibition was ratified.
The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which had made the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages illegal. Prohibition took effect in 1920, after years of pressure by the temperance movement. But, it was widely considered a failure, with many people continuing to drink and most of the alcohol simply moving underground. Criminal empires flourished under Prohibition and by 1930 the law had lost most of its appeal. After the repeal, many states kept local laws, however, and Mississippi became the last dry state in 1966
Today, few places would consider banning alcohol completely, but many states and towns ban the sale of alcohol on certain days or at certain times. Eighteen states, such as Utah, have a monopoly over the selling of certain alcoholic beverages, typically stronger liquors. These laws can often be confusing for travelers when they go from wet counties to dry counties.
- Michael Clemmer at Compass1 day ago
In 1957 Fiat introduced the Cinquecento, a car that became so popular that it became known as the “People’s Car” to the Italians. Later referred to as the 500, it helped illustrate the insanity of Roman automobile traffic. People loved their little 2-cylinder Fiats, “suicide doors” included. The cars didn’t change from year to year. A 1972 (seen here with anti-theft device) looked pretty much like the original ’57.
In 2014, Fiat, now owned by Chrysler Corporation, will bring back the Cinquecento, which was discontinued in 1975. Called the 1957 Nuova Cinquecento, and with design touches by Gucci, they hope to rekindle the intense love Italians had for the original.
- Christy Karras at Compass1 day ago
Through much of the 20th century, the term “Pan Am” (a nickname for Pan American World Airways) was synonymous with high-class international air travel from the United States. That legacy came to an end on Dec. 4, 1991, when a host of factors forced the once-lauded airline to shut down operations.
Pan Am was founded in 1927 to fly mail routes to the Caribbean and almost immediately became America’s de facto international airline. With a flagship terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and routes to destinations around the world, Pan Am flew high through the 1960s and ‘70s. Its pilots were America’s most trusted, its flight attendants the most admired and its food the most palatable. Among its pioneering innovations: It was the first airline to use Boeing 747 planes, and it was using computers (which took up an entire floor of its Manhattan headquarters) by the 1960s.
- Greg Keraghosian at Compass1 day ago
Kobe Bryant might be days away from making his injury comeback for the Lakers, but he’s already made a strong return to the viral-video world. In a Turkish Airlines commercial released Tuesday, Bryant co-stars with soccer superstar Lionel Messi for Round 2 of their epic traveling rivalry.
This time, their "Selfie Shootout" involves a very 2013 travel meme: selfies and photobombing. We’ll let you tell us who won, but the two stars play “can you top this” as they fly around the world and take pictures of themselves in awe-inspiring locations.
Is the winner Bryant, who manages to get face-licked by a lion and photobomb Messi in Sultan Ahmet Square? Or is it FC Barcelona's Messi, who accomplishes the rare feat of getting photobombed by a photo of himself? The best takeaway from all this might be that you shouldn’t challenge these guys at anything.
- Michael Clemmer at Compass2 days ago
Isis, the Egyptian goddess of nature and magic, is usually depicted as a fecund young woman, with a nice caboose, wearing a tight-fitting red dress. She was married to her brother , Osiris, god of the afterlife (green skin with a mummy-wrapped body) who had a brother named Set, god of the desert and disorder. He was jealous of Osiris and killed him, tearing his body into 14 pieces. He threw one very important piece into the Nile, where a catfish ate it. Isis reassembled Osiris’ pieces, making the missing one out of solid gold. Then she brought zombie-Osiris back to life and got pregnant, giving birth to a son named Horus.
Horus (usually depicted as a falcon) became god of the sky. His right eye was the sun and his left was the moon. He and Set got into a fight and Set tore out Horus’s left eye, an event that reoccurred every month. Set never bothered with Horus’ right eye so it didn’t go through phases – eye torn out, eye healing, eye healed – like the moon.
- claudinezap at Compass2 days ago
Watch where you're driving, folks: The annual crab migration on Australia's Christmas Island has begun. As the rainy season starts at the end of each year, more than 40 million of the adult red crabs make the 9-kilometer trek (about 5.5 miles) from the middle of the island to the Indian Ocean to breed and spawn.
One problem: the side-stepping crustaceans have no regard for the rules of the road, which means a lot of work for the Australian national parks department to set up safe passage for the migrating hordes.
Park rangers, shown at work in the video below , set up temporary fencing, which directs the crabs to underpasses below the streets. For roads without detours, workers employ rakes to sweep jaywalking crabs off the street. Signs also warn drivers along certain roads.
But it's still a hazardous route, and there will be the inevitable road kill during the difficult five-day journey. At points during the month-long movement, the roving creatures cover the area with a crimson tide of claws.
- Bekah Wright at Compass2 days ago
For some, holiday pop music is a must this time of year. For others, the strains of timeless classics like those from Chopin and Tchaikovsky fit every occasion and travel playlist. Nicola Benedetti doesn’t have to choose: Atop both the classical and pop charts in the UK, she’s making history by receiving consecutive Classic BRIT Awards for Best Female Artist of the Year. The 25-year-old Scottish violinist’s been touring extensively with the release of her bestselling album “The Silver Violin.” Already on the docket for 2014/15: A European tour with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel as well as collaborations with Venice Baroque Orchestra and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Good thing she’s packing those spare strings…
What’s something you never fail to pack in your suitcase? Besides what’s necessary for my concerts (i.e. concert dress, spare strings), I never fail to pack my Kindle. It’s my new best friend.
Carry-on or check-in? I have no idea how to travel light, so there are always plenty of both.
Window or aisle? Short-haul, window. Long-haul, aisle.