Archive for January, 2017

How Air Travel Will Change in 2017: The Comforts of Home at 30,000 Feet

The days of enjoyable and comfortable air travel seem to have disappeared. Instead of gourmet meals, lots of legroom and free drinks, we have snack boxes (if you’re lucky), cramped cabins and interminable security lines. In many ways, flying in a plane is about as luxurious as taking a bus trip down the interstate, with the added nuisance of jet lag once you reach your destination.

But that’s all changing in 2017 and beyond – or at least the trends are headed back in the right direction when it comes to air travel amenities. Airlines are putting innovations in place designed to replicate the comforts of home, keep passengers happy and help them arrive at their destinations refreshed and ready to go.

Faster Internet On Board

Inflight Wi-Fi speed is notoriously sluggish, but that’s changing thanks to several innovations. Many new planes are coming equipped with aerodynamic antennae that enable satellite-based internet connectivity. This will replace the sluggish ground-to-air cellular networks previously used. As a result, some planes will be able to offer internet speeds up to 10 times faster – a blazing 100 Mbps.

Better Inflight Entertainment Options

If you’re used to staring at sitcom reruns on the mini screen wedged into the seat-back in front of you, that’s about to change too. Airlines such as American Airlines are removing the seat-back screens from their new lineup of Boeing 737 jets. Since up to 90 percent of passengers bring their own devices on board, American is moving its library of movies and TV shows to an onboard streaming server that anyone can access from a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Less Stress on Your Ears

One of the primary sources of discomfort on a plane is inadequate cabin pressurization. It’s what makes your ears pop, irritates your throat and can cause headaches. Several new aircraft made out of a different type of composite material are debuting this year. They’ll allow pressurization to start at 6,000 feet instead of the standard 8,000 feet, which will make a big difference in how you feel on the flight.

More Legroom on Airplanes

United Airlines and other airlines are introducing the concept of “basic economy” to compete with low-cost providers such as Spirit and Frontier. This means that a new class of seats called “premium economy” are emerging. While dimensions will vary from carrier to carrier, you can expect a few extra inches of legroom, seat width and shoulder room in these seats.

Bye Bye, Jet Lag!

Virgin Airlines and manufacturers Airbus and Boeing are introducing new lighting features in their cabins. Not only do they look good, but they’re also designed to help with jet lag by mirroring natural light patterns to preserve your normal circadian rhythm. Eventually these lighting features will be used to light the cabin ceiling with images of your destination, starry skies and landscapes.

The Return of Supersonic Travel

Richard Branson, Virgin Group and aircraft designer Boom are leading the return to supersonic flight pioneered by jets like the Concorde. Test flights will begin later this year, and projections are that these planes will reach speeds 2.6 times faster than any commercial jet flying today. This means you’ll be able to fly from New York to London in just over three hours (compared to the more than 6 hours it takes today).

 

Images:
 – Boom Supersonic, courtesy of Boom
 – Living Room in the Sky, courtesy of CNN
 – Airplane Cabin Lighting, courtesy of Airports International

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 30, 2017 at 16:24

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ADHD in Toddlers: Early Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

What age are children diagnosed with ADHD and is there evidence that it can be diagnosed in toddlers? What is the outlook for a child who is diagnosed?
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Healthy Recipe: French Lentil Niçoise Salad with Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette

Nicoise Salad

Nicoise_SaladClassic Salad Niçoise originated from the French city of Nice. It traditionally consists of anchovies, tuna, and the vegetables included below. This vegetarian version offers all the delicious flavors of the original, with an extra boost of protein and fiber from the lentils. Made quickly in one pot of boiling water, this dish looks impressive but comes together in a flash. Feel free to swap in whatever vegetables are in season where you live. While not traditional, grilled zucchini or asparagus would be a delicious addition, as would come charred corn kernels or peppery fresh arugula.

Serves: 4-6
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups small potatoes (the tiniest ones you can find!)
  • 2 handfuls haricot verts (or green beans if you can’t find them)
  • 2 cups cooked French lentils
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium size shallot, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional Garnishes: olives, capers, anchovies, microgreens, fresh herbs

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a roaring boil. Season generously with salt.
  2. Cook the eggs first. Boil them for 6 minutes for a runny, soft set yolk with firm whites, 7 minutes for a slightly firmer yolk that’s still unctuous, and 8 or 9 minutes if you like them really hard boiled. Remove the eggs and set on the counter while you cook the remaining ingredients in the same boiling water.
  3. To cook the potatoes, boil for 8-12 minutes, depending on size, until knife tender. Remove from the water, and set aside. Cut in half once cooled slightly.
  4. To cook the haricot verts, boil for 1-2 minutes, until just crisp tender. Remove and rinse under cold water immediately to keep them crisp.
  5. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the diced shallot, olive oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey, Dijon, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  6. While the potatoes are still warm, dress them with a bit of the vinaigrette. Dress the haricot verts and the lentils with a bit of vinaigrette as well, keeping all components separate.
  7. To serve, plate the lentils in the center of a large platter. Arrange the potatoes, haricot verts, and tomatoes separately around the lentils. Peel the eggs, half them, and place them on the platter. Add the halved tomatoes, and sprinkle them and the halved eggs with a bit of salt and pepper. Sprinkle over any other garnishes you might be using, drizzle everything with any extra vinaigrette, and enjoy!

Note: This recipe keeps well and makes delicious leftovers.

 

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 27, 2017 at 18:06

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Slight Turbulence

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Cartoon.Airport Slight Turbulence is Healthy Travel Blog’s cartoon series, provided by Terry LaBan, illustrator for the popular strip, Edge City.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 26, 2017 at 22:27

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Types of ADHD: Differences and Similarities in Symptoms and Treatments

What are the types of ADHD and what are the differences in signs and symptoms? Learn how ADHD is diagnosed and how the different types are treated.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 24, 2017 at 10:22

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ADHD: Younger children ‘may be overdiagnosed’

New research suggests that the birth date of a child might influence their risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 23, 2017 at 10:18

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Inattentive ADHD: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Learn all about inattentive ADHD, a type of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This article looks at the condition’s symptoms and treatment options.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 21, 2017 at 16:31

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The 4 Best Whale Watching Destinations Around the World

Breaching Whale

It’s little wonder that people all over the world flock to places where they can watch whales. Seeing a 40-ton humpback breach the water and launch its body into the air is a spectacular sight to behold. The mystery deepens further if you keep in mind that behind a whale’s physical power and size, there’s a brain up to eight times larger than ours.

Many species of whales migrate long distances throughout the year for mating, calving and hunting. If you want to see them up close and personal, you need to pick the right spot at the right time. Here are a few destinations to consider for your next trip.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park is located in the Alaskan panhandle west of Juneau. Getting there is an adventure in itself since there are no roads to the park. The 40,000 visitors who come every year arrive by air, cruise ship or ferry.

Whales you’ll see: Glacier Bay is a prime feeding ground for humpback whales. After fasting during the winter months in Hawaii and Mexico, they come to Alaska to gorge on schooling fish in the nutrient rich waters of the bay. You can also see orca and minke whales, as well as dolphins, sea lions and seals.

Best time to go: Whales frequent the Bay to feed during the summer months, so plan to be there between June and August before they head south.

The Azores, Portugal

The Azores is an archipelago of nine volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic about 850 miles from mainland Portugal. Since it’s located near the Gulf Stream, it boasts mild temperatures year-round, fluctuating between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whales you’ll see: The Azores is known as a great place to see fin, blue, and sei whales.

Best time to go: Migration patterns bring the fin, blue, and sei whales near The Azores during the spring. April and May are the peak months. You can also see the common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, and sperm whale all year long.

Cabo Whale Watching

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the Baja peninsula is an ocean-lover’s dream. It’s perfect for sport fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and boating. It’s also a great place to watch whales, whether from a tour boat or right from the shore.

Whales you’ll see: humpbacks, gray whales, and blue whales.

Best time to go: Mid-January to mid-March is the best time to go based on migration patterns. You’ll catch the humpbacks gray and blue whales on their way from winter feeding spots in the arctic to their breeding grounds in Mexico.

Cape Town, South Africa

The 1,200 miles of coastline from Cape Town to Durban in South Africa is prime whale-watching territory. Up to 37 species of whales and dolphins call the stretch of ocean their home at certain times of the year. Several species, such as the Southern Right Whale, nurse and calve their young just meters from the shore. 

Whales you’ll see: Southern Right whale and humpbacks. You’ll also bump into dolphins, African penguins and Cape fur seals.

Best time to go: See Southern Right whales from June to November and humpbacks from May to December.

If whale-watching is on your bucket list, you can’t beat these destinations for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Grab your binoculars, book a plane ticket, and contact a local tour group at your destination to get started.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 20, 2017 at 23:22

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ADHD and Anxiety: What’s the Connection?

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety and ADHD and what differences are there? Learn about treatments including medication, therapy, and relaxation.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 18, 2017 at 16:41

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Your Second Honeymoon: The Best Places to Get Away from It All

Stand Up Paddle

A second honeymoon is the perfect way to rekindle your romance. Whether you’re celebrating a big anniversary, a promotion at work or your last child just left for college, it’s a milestone in your marriage and a way to strengthen your bond with your spouse. If you’re looking for a vacation idea as unique as your relationship, consider the following international destinations and activities. They’ll get you off the beaten path and beyond the typical resort-vacation experience.

Skip the All-Inclusive: Plan Your Own Trip in Bermuda
Bermuda cottageMexico and the Caribbean islands are rife with opportunities for all-inclusive vacations. Although it’s convenient to have everything taken care of, you’ll have the same experience as every other tourist sitting on the deck chair next to you at the overcrowded resort pool.

For a different experience, try Bermuda. Many residents with large estates all over the island advertise their guest houses for rent on websites such as VRBO. These well-appointed cottages are perfect for a romantic, secluded vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts. Many have beach access, cable TV, and kitchens or grills for cooking meals. Or if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking during your trip, you’re just a short moped ride away from a delicious meal at local restaurants and hotels.

Get Active: Hike, Paddle and Dive in Bali
Bali SnorkelingLazing around on the beach for a week or two is an ideal trip for some people. But if you’re more of a get-up-and-go couple, the thought of basking motionless in the sun for days on end may not be for you.

Instead, head to the Indonesian island of Bali for limitless opportunities to indulge your active side. Bali is dotted with black sand beaches and surrounded by coral reefs, making it a hotspot for scuba divers and snorkelers. It’s also one of the best year-round destinations for paddle boarders, with spots suitable for beginners and experts alike. When you’re tired of the ocean, hike or climb the mountains throughout Bali – including the nearly 10,000-foot-high active volcano known as Mount Agung.

Indulge Your Passions: Take a Cooking Tour of the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi CoastRomance comes in many forms, and one thing guaranteed to keep your romance strong is sharing a common interest with your spouse. A second honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to take a deeper dive into a current hobby or develop a new skill with your partner. A cooking tour of the Amalfi Coast in Italy is a sensory experience you won’t soon forget.

The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is known for its temperate Mediterranean climate and coastal mountains that plunge into the sea, as well as for its world-class hotel and restaurant scene. Your cooking tour options are varied, from week-long classes with Michelin-starred chefs to more homegrown experiences with local cooks. The Amalfi Coast is also known for lemon production and limoncello, a popular liqueur native to the region.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 17, 2017 at 21:18

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