Why Do I Need to Keep Window Shades Open? and 5 Other Flight Questions Answered

Time for a refresher.

Have you seen photos of the Golden Age of Flying? Glamorous passengers reclining comfortably, dining on smoked salmon and caviar, all prepared on expensive and real crockery, while a cloud of smoke wafts around. Not a bag of nuts in sight! We might not get this pampered treatment these days—far from it—but flying is much more affordable now, and we have better technology (think wi-fi and movies). And more importantly, flying is the safest mode of transportation. We’ve heard the inflight safety briefing so many times now that we tune out the crew when they’re talking about smoking, phones, emergency exits, and window shades. As boring as it may seem, every rule has a reason and we’re uncovering the whys here. We’re sure you know many of these, so humor us and consider this a refresher.

The Worlds 10 Most Beautiful Cities at Night

Guess what? New York didn’t make it.

Under inky skies dotted with stars, a city can come alive with the glitter of skyscrapers, the thump of activity, and the twinkle of neon signs. If the after-dark skylines of cities call to you, then you’d find this new study by UK-based hotel chain Premier Inn fascinating. The hotel chain researched over 250 cities on Instagram to find the most photographed destinations around the world after sundown.  New York may have topped the list in the US and Canada with 50,000 hashtags, it was number 13 in the world list, while no other American city even cracked the top 20. No surprise here that the world’s top 10 list was dominated by Europe. Ready to explore these beautiful destinations by night? We may have a recommendation or two on what to do there after lights out as well.

10 Spectacular Hotels That Sit Precariously on Cliffsides

For those who like living on the edge.

Clifftop hotels are a stark contrast to rooftop hotels—not better or worse, just different. Both are a testament of imagination and ingenuity, but when you’re lounging in a cliff-hugging room admiring nature’s handiwork, there’s a sense of awe at the unintended drama.  We’ve handpicked 10 of the most breathtakingly beautiful clifftop hotels around the world. Perched on the edge of ruggedly handsome cliffs, these hotels have unobstructed views of life under their shadows. What’s better is their promise of luxury and seclusion, so romance and discretion are included in the package.

Start Something New: 12 Books to Inspire You This Year

Out with the old, in with the new.

New Year rings in new possibilities. Even though it looks like nothing has changed other than the date on the calendar (especially with the pandemic), every year we make resolutions, promising to be better versions of ourselves. We want to hope for a better tomorrow because we have such little control over it. Whether you’re saying good riddance to 2021 or counting your blessings as you reflect on what has been, there are ways to find motivation and inspiration for 2022: my weapon of choice is books.  In this list, you’ll find powerful stories, useful ideas, and habit-changing tools. Bookmark this and come back to it any day, week, or month and these books will feel just as inspiring. There’s no set time for a fresh start, after all.