Calling All Beach-Loving Bookworms: A Luxury Resort in the Maldives Is Hiring Someone to Sell Stories on the Shore

Stevie Mann, Soneva Fushi
Stevie Mann, Soneva Fushi

A job advertisement spotted by The Guardian is looking for a literature-loving beach bum to staff a bookshop in the Maldives.

Ultimate Library, which operates a store inside five-star resort Soneva Fushi, wants to hire someone to interact with customers, host creative writing workshops, and write a blog about the "exhilarating life of a desert island bookseller," according to the job posting.

The library's founder, Philip Blackwell, admitted that the pay is modest, but told The Guardian that "the fringe benefits are unparalleled." No salary is listed in a blog post advertising the position, but for many, it represents a rare opportunity to stay in the stunning Maldives, where many luxury resorts cost upwards of $1000 per night. Soneva Fushi's prices range from $2000 a night for a one-bedroom villa to nearly $26,000 for a "playful deserted island mansion."

"It's very much a niche in a niche, selling quality books to the super-rich, but they are starting to appreciate the discreet charm of a good book," Neill Denny, editor of industry journal BookBrunch, said of the growing demand for print books among affluent buyers.

Ultimate Library curates library collections for resorts around the world and has locations at 30 luxury hotels, as well as collections on a cruise ship and at a Kenyan game reserve.

Candidates must be able to commit to at least three months on the job—beginning in late November—and must have excellent writing skills, a passion for books, and the ability to engage guests.

To apply for the position, send your resume and a sample of your writing to hello@ultimatelibrary.co.uk by August 31.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

This Ultra-Comfy Travel Onesie Has an Inflatable Hood and Neck Pillow

Onepiece
Onepiece

If you’re preparing to take a 10-hour flight, you’re probably going to reach for the comfiest outfit in your closet rather than the trendiest one. So, in an effort to design the “ultimate travel apparel,” Norwegian brand Onepiece has created a unisex line of Inflatable Travel Jumpsuits—otherwise known as onesies.

The outfit, spotted by Travel + Leisure, boasts over 15 airplane-friendly features that frequent travelers will appreciate. The hood inflates to form a cushion, and a built-in neck pillow also puffs up to provide some extra support. Use the “snooze cap” to shield your eyes, and if you really want to block out all the light, you can cover your face by zipping the hood down (there’s still plenty of breathing room). Finally, to prevent any awkward contact with your neighbor while you nod off, you can strap yourself into your seat by using the sleeping mask and adjustable head stabilizer.

Different features of the onesie
Onepiece

There are also plenty of pockets. One is large enough to fit a tablet or magazine, while double-zipped kangaroo pockets are designed to protect your valuables. The pants also sport cargo pockets, and additional velcro pockets inside the chest area of the onesie can be detached and placed in a tray while you go through airport security.

Perhaps most importantly, there’s a zippered “Rear Exit Solution” on the butt of the pants, so if you need to do your business, you won’t have to get half-naked to do so.

We get that most people probably stopped wearing onesies after their seventh birthday, but the fact that the shirt and bottoms are connected is actually pretty subtle. Check out the company’s Kickstarter video below to see it being modeled, and if you’re interested in sporting this look, you have until November 12 to back the project and secure your onesie for $149.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

The Best and Worst Airports, Airlines, and Routes to Fly on Thanksgiving

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iStock.com/simonkr

Traveling around the holidays is always stressful, but depending on where you're starting out and where you're headed, it could be particularly bad. Especially if you're flying out of Oakland, Dallas, or Chicago, according to new data compiled by Treetopia, an online retailer devoted to artificial Christmas trees and wreaths.

Treetopia crunched some numbers to discover the worst airports, airlines, and days to travel around the Thanksgiving holiday, discovering that certain travelers have a much better better shot of having a smooth airport experience than others. In some cases, it could be a matter of going to the airport across town, even. Based on data from last November's holiday travel, here are the worst places to fly out of in late November:

A map of the airports in the U.S. with the worst flight delays on Thanksgiving
Treetopia

In Chicago, for instance, Midway faces some of the worst delays in the country around Thanksgiving, but O'Hare has one of the best track records. In the D.C. area, you're much better off flying out of Dulles (No. 5 on the Best Airports list) than the Baltimore-Washington airport (No. 9 on the Worst Airports list). And in the Bay Area, you want to avoid going to either Oakland (the country's worst airport for Thanksgiving travel, and a regular on most-delayed lists) or San Jose (the fifth worst). Hopefully you can fly out of San Francisco instead.

If you're looking for the most reliable travel experience, below are the best airports and airlines to fly that week, according to Treetopia's numbers.

A map of the best airports for Thanksgiving travel
Treetopia

However, your likelihood of delay is also affected by which airline you're flying with and what route you're traveling on. Shorter routes in particular seem to be at risk of delays—especially if you're flying within California.

Charts of the best and worst air travel routes to fly around Thanksgiving
Treetopia

And here are the airlines you should avoid and the ones you should gravitate toward if you're looking to get to Thanksgiving dinner on time:

Charts of the best and worst airlines to travel with on Thanksgiving
Treetopia

Best of luck at the airport this holiday season! And get ready: Christmas/holiday-travel season is just a few short weeks away.

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