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American Airlines Holiday Flight Cancelled? Megabus Will Get You Where You Need to Go (For Free)

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Thousands of travelers’ holiday plans are up in the air following a glitch in American Airlines’s scheduling system. According to CNBC, a computer error allowed pilots to take vacation days around Christmas, one of the busiest times of year for flying. As the airline clambers to fill the empty pilot seats on scheduled flights, Megabus is stepping in with its own solution. The bus company is promising free tickets to would-be flyers whose plans were affected by the oversight.

The bus tickets come with no conditions and at no cost to riders. The only requirement to redeem them is email proof that your flight, scheduled between December 14 and December 31, 2017, was cancelled because of the airline glitch. After forwarding the cancellation email to inquiries@megabus.com, along with your request for tickets, the company will help you get where you need to be. "The holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially traveling," Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs at Megabus's parent company Coach USA told Mental Floss. "For those who found themselves with a cancelled flight, Megabus will provide a free trip to get you to your destination within our extensive national network."

Megabus makes stops in major cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, and Dallas. Passengers traveling in the northeast can even go as far north as Toronto. Megabus routes are limited by region, so anyone going a good deal out of their way for the holidays will have trouble getting there by bus alone. If you have no choice but to book a replacement flight this season, you better act fast: The price of average round-trip holiday airfare only gets more expensive between now and December 25.

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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

[h/t Urban Daddy]

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Eco-Friendly Cruise Ship Design Includes Vertical Farms, Solar Sails, and a "Plant Kingdom"
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Oliver Design

If you want to reduce the environmental impact of your next vacation, you could do better than boarding a cruise ship. Luxury liners consume tons of fuel and produce even more sewage that is often dumped directly into the ocean. But cruises don’t have to be disastrous for the Earth by design: As inhabitat reports, the newly-designed Ecoship aims to be the most eco-friendly cruise ship on the seas.

The futuristic vessel was envisioned by the firm Oliver Design for the Japanese humanitarian organization Peace Boat. For decades, Peace Boat has been spreading its message of global social change through “peace voyages” that sail around the world. The Ecoship will embody this mission by being kinder to the environment than conventional cruise ships. Ten photovoltaic solar sails extend from the deck like giant fins, collecting clean energy to supplement the hybrid engine. Retractable wind generators harvest energy as well.

According to Oliver Design, the Ecoship will produce 30 percent less carbon dioxide than modern cruise ships. The vessel’s electrical system has also been updated with both the solar sails and kinetic floors onboard providing power. The biggest change comes in the sewage operations: Both the waste and water will be fed through a closed loop, which means that whatever’s produced is filtered and recycled again and again.

As these features are working behind the scenes, passengers will get to see some Earth-friendly amenities up close. A “plant kingdom” that covers five decks will consume surplus waste, water, and carbon dioxide produced by the ship, while vertical farms will be used to grow vegetables for meals.

When the Ecoship sets sail in 2020, it will continue to spread awareness of the changing climate that inspired its design. Oliver Design writes on its webpage, “The organization [Peace Boat] wants the Ecoship to be a turning point for the shipping industry and a flagship for raising awareness on climate change. As well as hosting Peace Boat’s voyages throughout the world, the ship will be used to stage exhibitions on green technology at the 100 ports where it is expected to dock each year.” You can check out the concept art for the project in the video below.

[h/t inhabitat]

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