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What’s the Hole in Your Plane’s Tail? It’s the Little Engine That Could: The APU

What’s the Hole in Your Plane’s Tail? It’s the Little Engine That Could: The APU

You may have noticed a strange phenomenon when looking at the rear of aircraft parked at the gate: they’re venting out exhaust from a little hole in the tail. Through that hole is the Auxiliary Power Unit — the little engine that could. As with everything in aviation, it’s primarily known by its acronym, the APU. Last week we explained how jet engines work, and this week we’ll talk about their little — but often indispensable — sibling at the back of the plane. 

I connected with Captain Dean Plumb, British Airways’ Chief Technical Pilot, to answer my questions about this hidden engine and its use.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner APU. Image via British Airways.Boeing 787 Dreamliner APU exhaust. Image courtesy of British Airways, modified by the author.
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How to Live and Travel Full-Time by RV

How to Live and Travel Full-Time by RV

marc and julie from RV Love
Posted: 3/7/2019 | March 7th, 2019

Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of people giving up the daily grind to live and travel in vans, RVs, and other nontraditional abodes. While traveling in an RV has been something people have been doing for decades, new sharing economy websites, better resources online, more modern vans, and a growing community that can provide support have made it easier for anyone to travel full-time in an RV.

What used to be traditionally and predominantly an activity for older, retired, or family travelers is now something people of all ages are trying to do.

One just has to look up #vanlife on social media to see!

(An aside: I hate the #vanlife movement. The faux Instagram movement does nothing for me. Just a bunch of millennials searching out that perfect sponsored photo and talking about how woke they are (for th… Read More

6 Affordable Spring Break Destinations to Try This Year

Popular Spring Break destinations are notorious for attracting crowds of young partiers for a week of binge drinking. And the season of Spring Break getaways, which typically extends until late April, is just getting started. But if you’re ready for a spring vacation, you don’t have to join the hoards.

Travelers usually spend about five days on a domestic trip and, unsurprisingly, the Mexican resort destinations of Cancún and San Jose del Cabo remain the top two international destinations for Spring Breakers, according to Allianz Global Assistance, a travel insurance company. But the typical Spring Break experience is certainly not for everyone, and if that kind of a vacation sounds like your worst nightmare, consider booking a less crowded, more affordable getaway instead.

We found six alternative Spring Break destinations in the US where you can find affordable hotels and flight options, and avoid large crowds, based on data from Booking.com, Kayak, Pri… Read More

Does it Ever Make Sense to Pay for Airport Lounge Access? Sometimes

As I write these words, I am hanging out in the new Delta Sky Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) during a layover en route to Los Angeles and, eventually, Maui. My husband and I originally planned on going to the free Priority Pass lounge (The Club at PHX) we get with our Chase Sapphire Reserve cards, but my husband was there recently and said it downright sucked. The Priority Pass lounge is also in Terminal 4 and we are departing from Terminal 3. We knew we would have to go back through security to switch terminals and didn’t want to do that after spending our layover in Terminal 3.

Three Reasons We Paid for Airport Lounge Access

So, we did something I am not accustomed to doing. We used the lounge benefit from my Delta Gold Amex card to get into the new Delta Sky Club in Terminal 3 for $29 per person. Here’s why I don’t regret it at all:

We are getting our money’s worth in food and drink. I would probably shy away from paying for airport lou… Read More

Where To Stay In Iceland: Best Hotels In Reykjavik & Beyond

Where To Stay In Iceland: Best Hotels In Reykjavik & Beyond

Where to Stay in Iceland

The Best Places to Stay in Iceland

Accommodation In Iceland

Iceland has become an incredibly popular travel destination over the last few years. Learn where to stay in Iceland for your vacation including the best hotels, budget hostels, and campgrounds.

As I’m sure you’re already aware by now, Iceland is an incredible holiday destination for all types of people, from families to adventurous solo travelers.

While flights have become increasingly cheap, food & lodging however are not.

There are tons of unique places to stay in Iceland due to its diverse scenery, and every time I visit I find something new to experience, which makes it one of my favorite countries.

Best Places To Stay In Iceland
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Credit Card Review: The Marriott Bonvoy Amex Canada Cards

Credit Card Review: The Marriott Bonvoy Amex Canada Cards

As part of the rebranding of the combined Marriott and SPG rewards programs, the refreshed “Marriott Bonvoy” cards launched in the Canadian market last week.

Historically the SPG Amex cards were two of the most popular cards for Canadian travelers, but as with their American counterparts the earnings options and benefits are very different under the Bonvoy flag.

Features and benefits of the Marriott Bonvoy Cards in Canada

There are two Marriott Bonvoy cards in Canada, both issued by American Express, with one geared towards consumers and one focused on small businesses:

The Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card

The cards have a significant amount of ove… Read More

The Heys Luggage Reviews for Kids You Must Read

The Heys Luggage Reviews for Kids You Must Read

Ever since its establishment in 1986, Heys Luggage has been putting out light, good-looking bags for travelers of all ages and needs. Nowadays, it also has a robust selection of designer bags for younger ones. From Marvel-character-inspired to animal-themed designs, Heys isn’t short of carry-ons for kids. In these Heys […]

The 3 Best Travel Bags from Samsonite Over $100

The 3 Best Travel Bags from Samsonite Over $100

Samsonite holds a large portion of the carry-on luggage market in the US. Its name is among the first to be bruited about when someone starts looking for a new travel bag, because of its popularity. While the brand is known for producing some great bargain options, it also offers […]

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