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Guy’s Crazy Stunt Gets Him Banned From Cruise Line

Maybe the only sane thing about a man’s leap from the 11th deck of a cruise ship is that the ship was docked at the time. Nick Naydev, a 27-year-old from Vancouver, Washington, posted video to Instagram showing him leaping off Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas into the water while the ship was docked in Nassau, Bahamas, reports USA Today. A longer version of video was on YouTube, at least for the time being. Naydev survived the plunge, but he joked that he “could barely walk for 3 days” because of a sore tailbone and neck, reports Fox News. The stunt got him—and his friends—immediately booted from the cruise.

“This was stupid and reckless behavior, and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again,“ said Royal Caribbean in a statement. “We are exploring legal action.“ So why did Naydev do it? “I was still drunk from the previous night,“ he wrote in the comments section of the video. “When I woke up I just decided to jump.“ A small boat that already was in the water picked him up and brought him to shore. There’s no official estimate on the height of the jump, but Naydev figures it was higher than 100 feet.

How to See the World for Free (or Almost Free)

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Credit card rewards can be your ticket—literally your plane ticket—to a dream destination. But even if you’ve earned what you need to get to where you’re going, the accommodations could be a different story. What do you do if you don’t have enough points or miles left for lodging? You can slash those costs, too, if you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone, the AP reports. That might mean couch surfing with locals, agreeing to a home exchange or signing up for housesitting. Websites and apps can help you connect with frugal options domestically and abroad. You may be able to stay for free, or nearly free, if you’re flexible with dates and can abide by house rules. Read on for four ideas:

  • COUCH SURFING: This option works for solo travelers or couples looking to make new friends over a few nights. Since you’re staying in someone’s home, you’ll likely need to “check in and out” at reasonable hours and clean up after yourself. Check out Couchsurfing.com.
  • HOME EXCHANGES: This option offers more privacy since you’ll swap your home temporarily with someone else. Check out the GuestToGuest website, which charges about $11 a night or around $147 annually (and you’ll have to pay a damage deposit). The host may also include additional charges or requests, but you can offset the costs of such services by cooking in the kitchen to save money on meals. Some homeowners even let you borrow their car.
  • HOUSESITTING: If you don’t mind pets or a few chores while you travel, you can see the world for less. Check out Trustedhousesitters.com, which also has an app and charges $119 for an annual membership.
  • OTHER IDEAS: Join a hotel loyalty program, or consider applying for a hotel credit card. The right one can earn you rewards toward future stays, and many cards even offer a free anniversary night, usually in exchange for an annual fee.

Traveling in 2019? These Airlines Are the Safest Bet

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The world’s safest airline for 2019 is also the industry’s most experienced, according to AirlineRatings.com. The website, which monitors the safety records of 405 airlines worldwide, considered industry and government audits; crash and incident reports; profitability; safety initiatives; and fleet age in coming up with the 20 safest airlines for 2019, putting Australian airline Qantas at the top of the heap due to its “amazing record of firsts in operations and safety” over its 98-year history. Specifically, “Qantas was the lead airline with real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, which has enabled the airline to detect problems before they become a major safety issue.“ All airlines honored (in alphabetical order):

  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Emirates
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Scandinavian Airline System
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Group (Atlantic and Australia)

Consequence of the Shutdown: Poop Problems

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When the government shut down on Dec. 22, Yosemite National Park remained open but its bathrooms did not. Tourists haven’t stopped relieving themselves, apparently alongside the road, reports the Los Angeles Times. Now, two campgrounds, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and Hetch Hetchy have been shut down over health concerns stemming from the human urine and feces that’s been deposited along Wawona Road in the park’s south.

“Some visitors are opting to deposit their waste in natural areas adjacent to high traffic areas, which creates a health hazard for other visitors,“ says a National Parks Service rep. Tourists are being asked to use restrooms outside the park before they arrive, and KFSN reports travelers who haven’t already locked in reservations are being advised to plan a single-day trip. A separate LAT article looks at the situation at Joshua Tree National Park, where the waterless toilets aren’t being maintained, leaving some volunteers to try to stock them with toilet paper. One such volunteer doled out 500 rolls in roughly five days.

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