Know + Go: Anniversary trips, air safety and more

  • Wire services
  • February 1, 2013 - 1:38 PM

Anniveraries can guide 2013 travel plans

Historians and tourism officials love those big, round anniversary numbers. There’s something for every interest in 2013. War buffs? Gettysburg, the key battle of the Civil War, marks 150 years July 1-3. Gardening? London’s Chelsea Flower Show (May 20-25) hits 100. Transportation? Take your pick of centennials for the cross-country Lincoln Highway (Oct. 31). Movies? Disney’s masterpiece “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” marks 75 years since its nationwide release (Feb. 4) with an exhibit at the Disney Museum in San Francisco. That’s just a small sample.

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British Air teaches safety to regular Joes

If you’re a bit of an airline nerd, British Airways has just the thing: the BA Flight Safety Awareness Course (, a modified version of the training that flight crews go through. It’s a fascinating way to spend a day in London. You get to jump down an emergency slide, evacuate a cabin filled with “smoke” (the kind used in a rock concert), practice the “brace position,’’ and learn why some of the more obscure procedures are part of the flight experience. The course is £162, about $255.

Home swappers start

Still reluctant to try a vacation home exchange? This new website, made by home swappers for home swappers, rolls out the welcome mat. offers an easy-to-use home-exchange system with the added benefit of having insurance included in your membership fee. You can try the site for free for 30 days.

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More travelers are booking by mobile reports that 21 percent of its hotel bookings are made via mobile devices, signifying the sea change that mobile is bringing to the travel industry.


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