Sleep in a Transparent Capsule High Above Peru's Sacred Valley

If you find the idea of camping on the ground just too easy, maybe you would like to sleep in a transparent capsule installed into the face of a cliff. 

Natura Vive offers adventurers this uniquely terrifying opportunity. To get to one of the three capsules that hang from the cliff face in Peru's Sacred Valley of Cuzco, you really have to work for it. Potential guests must climb up 400 feet or hike difficult trails using ziplines. Once they arrive, they're treated to a small transparent room that's only 24 feet long and eight feet tall and wide. Although probably terrifying to get to, the view of the Peruvian valley seems like it'd be worth it. 

Each pod is made from aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate. Despite their small size, the pods don't seem cramped on the inside. Each pod offers a bedroom, bathroom, and dining area. Solar powered lights illuminate the sleeping quarters at night. There are six windows and four ventilation ducts to ensure guests can breathe easily. 

If you can stomach the dizzying heights, the capsules really are a beautiful and unique opportunity. It's hard to get a better view of the landscape without growing a pair of wings. 


This $20 Board Game From JetBlue Includes a Free Round-Trip Flight

Still looking for a last-minute gift idea? Here’s an affordable item that everyone in your family will be fighting over: As Travel + Leisure reports, JetBlue is selling a $20 board game that includes complimentary round-trip airfare.

The object of the limited-edition game, called Get Packing!, is to fill up your board with personal belongings in preparation for your flight and prevent other players from doing the same. Sounds simple enough, but if you play the way JetBlue recommends, the gameplay will get competitive fast: The first person to fill their bag wins a certificate that can be redeemed for a real round-trip flight.

Winners have from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 to book their free trip. Destinations eligible for flights include domestic cities as well as ones abroad, like Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru. Taxes and other fees apply and travelers will still have to pay blackout rates on busy travel days.

After debuting the deal on Amazon on December 12, the product quickly sold out. Fortunately, a new batch will be made available on December 18 at 3 p.m.—just remember to act fast, as it’s likely to be a hot item on everyone’s wish list.

Board game from JetBlue.
JetBlue, Amazon

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Meet Piper: The Border Collie Making a Michigan Airport Safer for Travelers

Birds may look harmless on solid ground, but in the sky they pose a big threat to any aircraft crossing their path. The Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, uses a low-tech approach to the problem: a border collie named Piper.

Great Big Story profiled Piper and his handler, airport operations supervisor Brian Edwards, in a recent video. Piper’s job as the airport’s wildlife control canine is chasing away large birds that could strike incoming and outgoing planes, potentially causing anything from dents to engine failure. In Michigan, this usually means large waterfowl like ducks and geese, but it can also include crows, gulls, and snowy owls.

After he’s deployed from a moving car, Piper heads for the birds, scattering them away from the tarmac and teaching them to associate the area with predators. Piper is just doing what most border collies would do in the presence of a flock of birds, only in this case he gets to wear stylish protective goggles while following his instincts.

You can watch the full story below.

[h/t Great Big Story]


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