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You Can Travel Across Japan for Just $21 a Day

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If you aren’t too concerned with your travel time, you can get all the way across Japan for less than the price of dinner. The East Japan Railway company is offering a ticket package that allows unlimited rides on local trains for 2370 yen a day, or about $21, as RocketNews24 reports.

The Seishun 18 ticket package (it’s called “Youth 18,” but you don’t need to be a youth to use it) is good for five days of unlimited travel. Though you do have to plunk down the $107 for all five tickets at once, the package can be split between multiple people, so it can also be used for one day of unlimited travel for five people, as long as they’re all traveling together.

It’s good for all Japan Railway lines, including some rapid-transit buses, from the northern city of Hokkaido to the southern city of Kyushu. But it can’t be used for express trains or sleeper cars, so if you do want to travel the entire country, it won’t be quick or comfortable. There are also limited dates when you can use the tickets. This travel period ends on April 10, but there’s another window from late July to September and from December 10 to January 10.

The RocketNews24 team took advantage of the package to travel from Tokyo to Kokura, about a 685-mile journey. It took them 19 hours with some tight transfers between trains, but they did make it on that $21 ticket. For a cross-country vacation in a notoriously pricey place, that’s a bargain that might be worth suffering for.

[h/t RocketNews24]

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LinkedIn Now Lets You Search for Jobs by Commute Time
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A long commute can have a major effect on your health and happiness. Studies regularly find that the longer it takes for people to get to work, especially if they’re driving, the less satisfied they are with their lives in general, and polls suggest that many people would happily take a lower salary in exchange for a shorter ride to work. You can put that latter theory to the test with LinkedIn’s new job search tool, which lets you look for open positions based on potential commute times, according to Lifehacker.

The new “See Your Commute” feature on LinkedIn will let you enter your address to see how long it would take to get to the office in a particular job listing by car, public transit, or walking. It will also let you set your preferred commute time as a preference so that when you’re searching for openings, the results won’t include companies that would require a longer commute than you’re willing to undertake. You can set your commute preferences for between 15 and 120 minutes and factor in traffic based on what time you typically start your commute.

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How you get to the office every day (and how long it takes you) may be as relevant to your happiness at work as the job requirements or the size of the company. If a terrible commute can make you feel worse about your job, it makes sense to hunt for your new workplace based in part on how long it will take you to get there every day.

The feature seems to only be available on the LinkedIn mobile app for now. Test the feature yourself within LinkedIn’s job search portal here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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Vacationing on a Budget? Wanderu Will Suggest Destinations that Cost Less Than $20
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Just because you’re on a tight budget doesn't mean you need to give up the occasional getaway. If you're trying to plan an affordable vacation in the U.S., Wanderu can help. The travel site will find you all the places you can get to from your city for under $20.

Wanderu took the largest 50 cities in the U.S. and calculated the cheapest average bus and train fares departing from those locations, and filtered all the destinations that a traveler could reach for under $20.

The fare filtering was based on average fares for routes over a 30-day period, so there's no guarantee that you’ll be able to find a $20 ticket for every single bus from Boston to New York, even if the cheapest average fare is only $12.48. To get those truly cheap tickets, you'll probably have to be flexible with the dates and times you're willing to leave. You're not going to get a dirt-cheap express train ticket for the next day during rush hour on a holiday weekend. But if you want to leave on a bus in the middle of the night or early in the morning a few weeks from now, you can score a ticket at rock-bottom prices.

Some bus operators also offer elusive $1 fare deals to the first few passengers to book a seat, and Wanderu will tell you if that's an option, though it can't guarantee that you'll actually be able to snag one of those tickets.

The Wanderu cheap-fare aggregator is available for all the typical big cities you'd expect—New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C.—but it will also find you tickets departing from smaller cities, like Mesa, Arizona and Virginia Beach, Virginia. In some cities, there may not be a whole lot of options. There are only two destinations to choose from if you're leaving from Virginia Beach, for instance. But the search might inspire you to visit somewhere new.

If your city isn't on the list, you can tweet @GoWanderu and mention your location, and the Wanderu team will find you the cheapest routes.

Start your search here.

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