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Shark diving in Gansbaai

Guest post by Sarah Hishan of Musings of a Traveling Neko.

A short drive from Cape Town, the coast of South Africa is dotted with quaint towns and spectacular inlets, each equally hospitable and uniquely charming. At first sight, the sleepy fishing village of Gansbaai two hours away doesn’t quite seem to make the list and yet, its reputation supersedes all the others. And rightly so, for what it offers is truly magnificent.

The village acts as the gateway to facing one of the most efficient predators in the world from the security of a metal cage. Just a short boat ride from Gansbaai lies Dyer Island, home to more than 30,000 seals. And circling around it is the largest concentration of great white sharks in the world.

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Airplane overhead compartment

Frequent travelers know the importance of carry on bags to prevent checking luggage with its associated fees, inconveniences, and possibility of theft or loss. Unfortunately, carry on size and weight restrictions differ by airline. We designed the Tortuga Travel Backpack to fit within the most common dimensions of 22″x14″x9″. Below is a list of size and weight restrictions for carry on luggage (aka cabin luggage aka hand luggage) by airline. At the very bottom of the post is a pdf with additional details including the original metric measurements for foreign airlines.

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I’ll cut to the chase: my trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, was one of the most fun trips I’ve ever been on, and it’s pretty easy to explain why. Aside from sleeping a tiny bit every night, I mainly did three things in Park City, all of which are among my favorite things in the universe to do. Watch movies, eat good food, and party in a great environment. Everyone, both locals and festival-goers, were friendly and in a great mood. And, aside from the festival, Park City is charming and gorgeous, and home to some of, if not the very, best skiing in the U.S.

I highly recommend the experience to anyone who has the faintest interest in movies. Contrary to popular conception, it can be a relatively affordable weekend trip. More on that in a bit.

First time at the Sundance Film Festival

I will admit, though, that there’s one con working against the Sundance experience. Long lines, which one queues in while waiting for movie tickets not purchased in advance, can eat up several hours at a time and can occasionally end in bitter disappointment. The good news is, though, that if you buy your tickets in advance online or at the box office, purchase a festival pass, or only get in the wait list line for less-heralded films, then there’s almost no cause to stand in long lines.

There’s no need for you to read about what a great trip I took. But I think it may be helpful if I offered some advice for a first time Sundance-goer (as I was this year). I’ll do so in FAQ format. (Do let me know if you have any more questions! I’ll be happy to add to the list.)

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