Author: billyfreeze

How to Breeze Through Security

After the September 11 attacks, airline travel was forever changed by new regulations and tightened security. To make things worse, in 2001 Richard Reid unsuccessfully tried to light a bomb hidden in his shoe on an American Airlines flight. The incident spurred a new rule requiring passengers to remove and screen their footwear. Then, in 2006, a plot was uncovered in which terrorists planned to detonate explosives disguised as soft drinks. Homeland security reacted with a ban on all liquids. On Christmas day 2009. a Nigerian man known as the “underwear bomber” tried to blow up a plane with...

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How to Bounce around Asia Cheaply

What if I told you that you could fly to Asia for $402? Yes, that’s right. Round trip flights from LAX to Kuala Lumpur allow a free stop in China and can cost less than flying to New York. Once you’re there, you can use a cheap local carrier to visit Asian destinations for next to nothing. Now don’t get me wrong. If you were to call a travel agent or try to book a flight from another city, the price might be triple or more. You have to deconstruct your tickets to keep the price low. I’m going...

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Looking for Al Capone

I visit cemeteries. Not so much because I have a fascination with them or dead people. I have just found it extremely interesting to visit a city and see if there’s anyone notable buried there that I may have heard of. Then I go visit them: rock stars, movie stars, famous magicians, or even presidents have ended up on my list. I don’t know if I like the scavenger hunt aspect of it or just collecting a list of people I never had a chance to meet in real life. When I decided to spend a few days in...

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Protected: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About San Antonio

San Antonio is having a birthday. A big one!  The city might seem timeless, but it’s turning 300 years old. While we’re celebrating it’s tricentennial with margaritas and tres leches on the Riverwalk, here’s a few facts you probably don’t know about the Mission City: The Only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas is in….(drum roll)… San Antonio- Besides the Alamo, San Antonio has four other historical missions: Mission San Juan, Mission San Jose, Mission Espada,and Mission Concepcion. In 2015, these sites were given UNESCO status, making them collectively one of only 23 in the US as well as  the only one in Texas. All four missions  offer weekly Catholic services and can be visited throughout the week for free. Looking for some history with your workout? The missions are connected by trails, so you can hike or ride your bike to them. You can also drive if you prefer. An Abandoned Quarry Became a Beautiful Japanese…er….Chinese Tea Garden- A section of land near what is now Brackenridge zoo was used by German masons in the 19th century to provide stone for many of San Antonio’s buildings such as the Menger Hotel. The area later  became a cement company in 1880 and to this day has some of it’s kilns still standing on the property. In 1918 the quarry was turned into an innovative Japanese tea garden using a...

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Putting Together Your Travel Bucket List

“A goal not written is only a wish” Anonymous A fellow traveler and I were discussing upcoming trips and she proudly announced that she was going to be a passenger in a hot air balloon at the Albuquerque balloon festival. I had been there 2 years before and and it was amazing.  We started comparing must-see lists and then she pulled out what looked like a novel on her phone. It was at that moment I realized that I have never “written” a list of what I want to do in my lifetime. I suppose the words “bucket list”...

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