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Supersonic Passenger Jets are Coming

Is the world ready for a passenger jet that flies faster that the Concorde ever could? I hope so because it’s coming as soon as 2020.

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Is the world ready for a passenger jet that flies faster that the Concorde ever could? I hope so because it’s coming as soon as 2020. Thanks to the brilliant forward thinking and huge wallet of Richard Branson, we can expect supersonic passenger jets flying at speeds of Mach 2.2. Yea, you heard me right, that’s twice as fast as the speed of sound. Virgin Galactic and aviation upstarts Boom Technology have teamed up for an exciting project that will bring supersonic jets back to commercial air travel.

The Concorde was doomed by poor technology and a system of regulations that hurt its innovation. Boom Technology plans to change the modern landscape of aviation with its groundbreaking airplanes. This new jet should fly around 100 miles per hour faster than the now retired Concorde.

 

At these incredible speeds passengers could make a trip from New York to London in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Today that trip takes an average of 7 plus hours. That’s cutting the travel time in half, if not more.

Imagine being able to go from San Francisco to Tokyo in under 6 hours. These are not unreal estimates and you should be very excited. The last major speed enhancement in commercial aviation came in the late 1950s when jets were first introduced. This shift made the idea of a “Hawaiian Vacation” possible as the trip used to take up to 16 hours now only took 6.

Adding supersonic jets to commercial airlines could change the way we look at travel. Now a weekend trip to Australia seems doable instead of the grueling 12-15 hour flight it is now.

 

Maybe you have business in Europe but wish to be home in time to tuck your child into bed, now you will be able to do that with supersonic travel. Supersonic passenger jets will literally shrink the world even smaller and make the global community that much tighter.

Boom raised a nice $33 million in initial investment to build its prototype, the “Baby Boom,” later this year.

Boom’s biggest and smartest move was partnering up with the legend and one of the best innovators around, Richard Branson. The man behind such innovative companies as Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Money, VirginMedia, Virgin Mobile and countless other brands has another feather to put in his cap.

 

The Baby Boom’s first test flight is scheduled for early 2018 with it’s full sized big brother being scaled up for a 2020 test flight. If everything goes as planned the full sized Boom aircrafts will be ready for commercial flights as soon as 2023. These specialized supersonic passenger jets will seat 55 passengers in an all-business class arrangement. Expect luxury and class on these supersonic jets, especially if Richard Branson is involved.

The man who owns his own Caribbean Island won’t skimp on interiors, that’s for sure.  I won’t be on the first flight, but I will line up and take a flight, just to say I did.  Expect more incredible innovations coming soon from this young upstart.

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Don’t Let Airplane Ear Ruin Your Trip

Airplane ear is nothing to shake your head at and dismiss, instead use these foolproof techniques for getting rid of this all too common issue.

 

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Traveling can really take a toll on our bodies with the poor air quality on planes, cramped seating arrangements and someone coughing up a lung behind you. What about plugged or popping ears which can cause some serious discomfort and permanent damage if it’s not taken care of. Airplane ear is nothing to shake your head at and dismiss, instead use these foolproof techniques for getting rid of this all too common issue.

 

Ear Barotrauma

Airplane ear is technically called Ear Barotrauma, which roughly translates to ear pressure trauma. When the barometric pressure falls rapidly like when traveling on an airplane our ear is affected and can cause pain and discomfort. The pressure affects our Eustachian tube, which is a connection between our nose and ear that regulates air pressure. When you fly the barometric pressure can change quickly which collapses the Eustachian tube and interferes with airflow between the nose and ear. This is when the familiar clogged feeling happens and your trip goes form great to terrible.

If you have a sinus infection or common cold, this clogged feeling can get pretty serious and eventually can cause permanent damage to hearing and the Eustachian tube. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of people taking off with a small head cold and landing with a ruptured eardrum, caused by airplane ear.

The only way to remedy this painful situation is to open up your Eustachian tubes so air can properly flow between the ear and nose.

Try these three proven solutions to this all too common problem.

Pinch nose and blow softly

Warning: this technique if done improperly can cause serious damage to your ear and hearing, so pay attention and follow these directions clearly.

To pop your ears back in to normal, working order, simply pinch your nose and softly force air into your tube by blowing.   The real key here is to tilt your head towards the affected side; this forces the air into the precise tube. Don’t blow too hard, its best practice to start super soft and work your way up incrementally.

Caution cause blowing too hard can seriously damage and rupture your cochlea, which is the part of your ear that actually hears. Blowing too hard can cause the cochlea to leak fluid, which can affect hearing, balance and ringing in your ear.

 

Decongestant

Decongestants can help but you should take them before you need them, so thinking ahead really helps. Decongestants actually shrink blood vessels and reduce interior inflammation, which allows airflow in the Eustachian tubes again. If you normally experience painful airplane ear, maybe you should invest in some decongestant and take it about 20 minutes before your flight’s departure time.

 

Mouth muscles

Chewing, yawning or swallowing can help open your Eustachian tubes naturally, which is why people always offer you gum on airplanes. Small children can’t chew gum so if you suspect your baby has airplane ear, have them drink something or use a pacifier. Just moving your mouth muscles around can also help with the clogged tubes, so try some mouth exercises.

 

Persistent clog

The clog should resolve itself a few hours after you land so if you can’t get rid of it on your flight, it should work itself out normally. If it persists and sticks around longer than 12-24 hours, you possibly have a fluid build up. You will want to see a doctor so they can get the fluid back up to drain and check to see if you have any serious damage.

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Hawaii Travel Restrictions to Change

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Travelers to Hawaii will need to undergo COVID-19 testing and have negative results prior to entering the state, stresses Governor David Ige, as Hawaii travel restrictions get modified.

Effective a couple of days before Thanksgiving, stricter Hawaii travel restrictions are to be initiated. This is to halt the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, David Ige, the state’s governor proclaims on Thursday.

At the moment, visitors are permitted to reach Hawaii by using a pre-testing protocol. Upon reaching the state, travelers can simply upload their test’s negative results on the Hawaiian COVID-19 visitor database and bypass the 14-day quarantine used by other US states.

This current mandate is problematic, however, as more and more tourists later prove to be positive after being allowed passage into Hawaii. This issue, then, compromises the health and well-being of residents, resulting to the prevalence of new COVID-19 cases in the area. Hence, Ige points out the need to tighten border patrol to curb this rampant result.

The said tightening of Hawaii travel restrictions plans to take effect on Tuesday, just two days before the upcoming holiday celebration.

To forego, however, the 2-week quarantine protocol, tourists are required to take the proper COVID-19 test at any of the accredited testing centers or partners of the state. Nevertheless, if the results of the test do not arrive before flying into Hawaii, the tourist shall be forced to take a 14-day quarantine or even stay on lockdown for the duration of his visit, whichever is shorter.

It is essential to note that tourists who do not obtain their negative COVID-19 results before departure won’t be able to enter Hawaii even if the said information arrives just before they reach the state.

Travelers are still provided with the option to skip COVID-19 testing, however. Both tourists and residents who arrive at the border can still opt to take the 14-day quarantine, either at their designated hotels or at home. This option comes in lieu of the lengthy COVID-19 testing queues across the United States as more and more Americans are forced to get tested for the said virus.  

At present, the US still holds the topmost record of the most COVID-19 total cases in the world. As of writing, it already has a record of 12,078,831 positive cases. To prevent the upsurge of the same rapid transmission within Hawaii’s borders, the need to require negative COVID-19 results as part of the modified Hawaii travel restrictions is pointed out.

Nevertheless, Ige explains that the necessity of protecting Hawaiians from the possibility of inbound infection can be skipped by choosing to stay on a 14-day quarantine. Travelers can still opt to remain within their hotel rooms or head straight to their homes, eradicating immediate—and unprotected—contact with locals during the said time period. Thus, tightening Hawaii travel restrictions aims to halt rapid COVID-19 spread as everyone awaits news of an effective vaccine that may possibly help the country—and the world—revert to the unrestricted mobility experienced way before this unprecedented pandemic emergency.

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Cool Off with the Best US Swimming Holes

Grab your swimsuit, pack a towel and don’t forget your friends and family and let’s get wet!

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Summer is just around the corner and with rising temperatures it’s time to find some places to cool off. Unfortunately not everyone lives close to an ocean, so some of us have to find alternative swimming holes. Grab your swimsuit, pack a towel and don’t forget your friends and family and let’s get wet! We found the best swimming holes around the country so you can cool down in style.

  

The Homestead Caldera, UT

Locals refer to this as the Crater and it’s an amazing swimming hole that is literally a hole. In Midway, Utah sits a naturally heated spring inside a huge hole in the ground that was created by mineral deposits. Now it’s a commercial swimming hole that is open all-year-round. Scuba divers use this as a training place, but everyone can use it to cool down in the hot summer months. The 10,000-year-old crater is easily the most unique swimming hole on this list.

  

Bridal Veil Falls, GA

Come to Georgia for a 45 ft waterfall and a really cool place to chill out. People slide down the granite rock face in a natural waterslide that will leave a huge smile on your face. Locals love this place and it’s free, so swim on my friends. This place is wonderful and located in a State park.

 

Barton Springs, TX

Located just outside of downtown Austin, TX; Barton Springs has long been the cooling off spot for young University of Texas students. That is one of the draws to this swimming hole, the abnormally high amount of young, attractive college students. Only costing $7, Barton Springs is a great way to cool off in the heart of Austin. If you’re lucky, the waterfall will be flowing from the 1,000 ft wide limestone cliff.

 

White Rock Park, IN

Come for the cliff diving and stay for the chill vibes. With steep cliffs surrounding the water, there are plenty of places to jump. You’ll find the swimming hole is packed on the weekends but there is still plenty of space to spread out. Check out the floating barges where you can catch some rays and slip right into the water.

 

Enfield Falls, NY

A really cool collection of waterfalls located just outside of Ithaca, New York will take your breath away. These natural beauties are easily accessible from Ithaca and only a few hour drive from New York City. You’ll find some amazing hikes circle around the falls and give numerous views to take in. The water is chilly and great at cooling you off after a hard hike.

 

Queen’s Bath, HI

Located on the island of Kauai in Hawaii and known to have healing powers, Queen’s Bath is naturally formed pocket of lava rock that creates a swimmable pool. Visitors have to hike over lava fields and tough terrain to reach the beautiful pool but it’s well worth the trouble. Once there you’ll find a remote pool on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, warmed by the sun and oh so inviting.

 

Sliding Rock, NC

Located outside of Asheville North Carolina, is Sliding Rock, a natural water slide that keeps tourists and locals coming back every summer. The 60-foot water slide is the king of all swimming holes and a perfect way to cool out while having some fun.

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