Month: June 2013

Bad Air: Is the Air Travel Experience Getting Worse?

Bad Air: Is the Air Travel Experience Getting Worse?

Is it just me, or is it getting more crowded in here?

That’s what I think when I fly in the “Coach” or “Economy” cabin of an airliner these days.

As it turns out, I’m not wrong. The “pitch” (which most passengers think of as “legroom”) between the seats in those cabins has decreased by about 3” (and, on some planes as much as 6”) during the last two decades.

Now I haven’t been carrying a retractable measuring tape with me when I fly, so that assessment on what I call the “Airplane Sardine-Can Factor” isn’t based on my own research. Instead, it comes from former FAA chief legal counsel, Mark Gerchick, whose new book, Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today, discusses why passengers keep paying more, but keep getting less comfort and service in return, when they travel by air.

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Putting Your Best Foot Forward on the Trail This Summer

Putting Your Best Foot Forward on the Trail This Summer

As the school summer recess approaches, students from K-12 and their families, those taking a break from their college studies, along with the everyone else with a hankering to spend time in the great outdoors, will be heading off on adventures in U.S. National Parks, such as Lassen Volcanic National Park, where day-hiking and backpacking are top visitor activities, or taking a “Big Trip” up or down the Pacific Crest Trail.

But if your feet ache or are covered in blisters at the end of a day on the trail, you may wish you’d opted for a trip to a tropical beach resort instead.

And that means you need to pick the right footwear in order to put your best foot forward when you go hiking.

Here’s my suggestion for a good all-around boot to check out, and tips from recreation retailer, REI, on making sure your choice in hiking boots is a good fit.

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