7 Essential Accessories for the iPhone 3GS

Enjoying the comforts of home when you hit the road is a whole lot easier when you’re packing an iPod 3GS. Equipped with the best music player in the world, easy e-mail, constant connectivity, and spiffy good looks make it a great travel companion. To do justice to this power-hungry, easily scratched, way-too-delicate, yet versatile iPhone 3GS, you’ll need only the best road-tested accessories.

I’ve been toting an iPhone since its inception, constantly challenging it on the road, and refining its accessory kit as the choices have grown way beyond the manageable level. Two years later, I’ve narrowed it down to seven essentials that I’ve personally put through the crucible of various aircraft and their associated airports, multi-thousand-mile road trips, cross-country train travel, and even a boat or two. Here’s the hard-won, battle-hardened list.

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London Travel Guide: Top 10 Attractions

London is full of must see attractions for every London first timer from the London Eye to the National Gallery and the Tower of London. With free admission to many of the top attractions London is ideal to soak up some culture and take a trip back in time. Here are some of the most visited tourist attractions in London!

British Museum

The imposing British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times with collections drawn from all around the world. Famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon and the Portland Vase. With over 13 million pieces the British Museum boasts a wonderfully comprehensive collection almost encyclopedic in nature. Tate Modern

The impressive Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of modern art. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the River Thames, the gallery displays major works by Matisse and Picasso as well as contemporary work, exhibitions and installations. National Gallery

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. With paintings ranging from 1250 to 1900, the collection includes work by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Natural History Museum

As well as the permanent dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. Don’t miss the life-sized model of the Blue Whale, the 40 million year old spider, the earthquake simulator and an elephant bird egg. The London Eye

The London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. It is the world’s highest observation wheel and offers passengers spectacular views of over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes. Science Museum

See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years at the largest museum of its kind in the world. The Science Museum has over 40 galleries and 2000 hands-on exhibits, step into the future in the Wellcome Wing, visit the IMAX cinema and virtual reality simulator. The

Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A celebrates all things art and design, and is home to 3,000 years worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures. See their amazing collection of ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings. Madame Tussauds
At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces. From Shakespeare to the Dali Lama you’ll meet history and politics’ most influential figures; sing along with Kylie; strike a penalty with Rooney or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen.

The Tower of London

Take a free guided tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. Discover its 900 year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house.

National Maritime Museum

One of the greatest maritime museums of the world containing models, displays, paintings and trophies from every continent of the world. Children find plenty to engage them in the All Hands gallery and have a go on the professional ship simulator. London Hotels Look. Book. Relax. Lowest Prices Guaranteed! Highest Rated: The Landmark London

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New York City: Top 10 Tourist Attractions

The big apple boasts big dreams and is one of the top tourist destinations in America. From retail therapy, architectural prowess and cultural immersion New York has got it all; including the Yankees (sorry Boston). Check out the Top 10 New York City tourist attractions!

The Empire State Building

This ominous National Historic Landmark soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan. Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) above the city’s bustling streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade. You can skip the ticket lines by purchasing admission online. The Statue of Liberty

Located on the 12 acre Liberty Island the Statue of Liberty stands 151 ft. above the harbor and has served as an international symbol of peace, democracy and freedom. If you’re prepared to climb the 354 narrow step winding staircase, be sure to get there early because long lines can mean longer waits. Grand Central Terminal

Massive rennovations from the terminals opening in 1913 have turned Central into much more than a hub for transportation. Now home to an assortment of shops, eateries and other event including the Grand Central Holiday Fair is must see. Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, is known for its Christmas tree, ice skating, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Radio City Music Hall and numerous shopping and dining opportunities. Rockefeller Center is a great destination for visitors any time of year. Ellis Island Immigration Museum

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers visitors a fascinating look into the immigrant experience. Interactive exhibits, walking tours and movies reveal the hardships and challenges faced by immigrants passing through Ellis Island. Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry from lower Manhattan to Staten Island, used by commuters and tourists wanting a view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. American Museum of Natural History

Since opening to the public in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has evolved and grown. In addition to the Rose Center planetarium and regular exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History hosts a revolving series of new exhibits, so there is always something new to see. Central Park

Central Park has offered a welcome escape from the concrete jungle of New York City for over 150 years. Take a walk, a boat ride or just enjoy a picnic in Central Park and discover for yourself why Central Park is so popular. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Over 2 million works of art from around the world and throughout history are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an iconic art museum that is well worth a visit. The Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1929 as the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art, the MoMA is host to an impressive collection of modern artistic efforts. From painting and sculpture to film and architecture, the Museum of Modern Art’s diverse collection has something for everyone.

The 10 Most Annoying Passengers, As Told by a Flight Attendant

Have you ever felt like you may just be “that guy” on the plane that is doing everything right (or wrong) to ensure that you get shorted on the peanuts, no pillow and nailed with the drink cart? Well, who better to tell you how annoying you are and how less annoying you could potentially be than those of whom are in the line of fire- Flight Attendants. For those of you who are potential A-holes of the Airways here are some tips to settle down and keep the spit out of your ginger ale..

Written by: Brandi Lynn

If I could have one superhero power it would be the ability to snap my fingers and get to any destination I could dream of. But I’m a mere mortal so I had to become a a wing-wearin’, heel-stomping, drink-slinging flight attendant.
People like asking the same questions over and over. My worst flight ever? Stuck with a passenger drunk off his socks. Favorite destination? Rome. Ever dated a pilot? Oh my god, NO.

But no one ever stops to ask me the question I’m dying to answer: What can a passenger do to annoy a flight attendant? So now it’s my turn. I present the 10 Most Annoying Passenger Habits.

10) Frowning Faces: I like smiles. I especially like them come row 40, so please, throw a smile my way. Sounds easy enough, right?

9) Misuse of Overhead Compartments: If you’re one of the first 10 passengers to board, shoving your jacket into the overhead bin is a total a-hole move. It’s frustrating to have to check someone’s carry-on because your jacket has taken up half the overhead bin when it could easily have gone under the seat in front of you.

Creating Obstacles in the Aisle: Legs, feet, shoulders, elbows, knees, heads … bags, purses, shoes, pillows … Aisles are small. Galley carts are big. It’s hard seeing around a 200-lb. galley cart, so I hit countless body parts daily (and feel terrible doing it). I’m asking – no, I’m begging – please keep all of your personal objects, and your person, out of the aisle until I’ve passed you. Then, feel free to take the aisle back over.

7) Rolling Your Eyes When I Can’t Help You Hoist Your Carry-On Into the Overhead Bin: I understand that you might need a hand getting your luggage into the overhead. I can’t risk hurting myself for you or your bag – I don’t want to get an OJI (on the job injury) and be out of work. I’m genuinely sorry I have to say no. I really am … until you roll your eyes. Then, you’ve lost all sympathy

6) Not Paying Attention to My Exit-Row Briefing: Your chatting on the phone/talking to the person next to you during my exit-row briefing is not only annoying, but it gives me the right to remove you from that row with extra leg room. I have to know you are willing and able to do what I’m asking. It’s simple. Listen for a minute (yes, I know you’ve “heard this 200 times before, but it’s not going to kill you to listen again and then I’ll be on my way. That simple.

5) Leaving Your Headphones on While Ordering: “Whaaaaat?” Press pause, take them out for just a tiny moment and tell me what you want. I’ll love you for life.

4) Telling Me What My Job Is: I’m paid to handle an emergency situation. My slinging drinks, chat-chatting and being friendly while bringing you blankets, tissues, cups of water and little peanuts is just an added bonus for you. If you have a heart attack and there’s no doctor on the plane, I’m there and can try to keep your heart going. So please, please do not tell me what my job is.

3) Complaining About My Limited Food Supply: We know airlines used to serve free, hot meals in main cabin. We also know many airlines have gone bankrupt in the past 10 years. They have had to make cuts – from no meals to fewer flights to outrageous bag-check fees – which suck all around. But I have no control over that, so please keep your comments to yourself – or write a letter.

2) Handing Me Dirty Diapers: Ewww. There is a lavatory on every airplane with a very nice and well-functioning garbage can. Enough said.

1) Poking Me: It’s rude to point, so it logically follows that it’s super-rude to poke/touch/rub/violate your crew members. Keep fingers and hands to yourself please. I have enough bruises from pointy fingers jabbing into my shoulder and butt to last a lifetime.

Bonus Tip: Bring any kind of candy for a crew member, and you are pretty much getting special treatment from that point on. We always remember those nice folks toward the back who brought us some Hershey’s Kisses …

Read more about Brandi’s adventures both in-flight and on the ground at her blog Excess Baggage

Top Ten Hush-Hush Hotel Perks

“Hotels usually aren’t shy about showcasing their perks. Whether its designer toiletries in the bathrooms, expansive outdoor pools, a luxurious spa and fitness center or a big name restaurant, chances are, hoteliers want you to know what extras are at your disposal.

But here’s a secret: many properties also have amenities that they don’t advertise. Why? Because these hush-hush hotel perks work wonders for garnering press, but can cost a fortune. As a result, hoteliers publicize these pricey (for the hotel that is) extras with care. Now, we’re blowing the cover on some of the best under-the-radar freebies.

From free car service to grocery shopping to decadent, made-to-order breakfasts, these are the bonuses you need to know about before you book your next hotel….”