Bad Flights, Brutal Weather, and New Year’s Resolutions

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on December 29, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

2017 is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean news from around the world has to. This week I found some stories that I’d like to share with you.

A cold winter has arrived in many places around the world, and this upcoming year, the 2018 Winter Olympics will be taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea… hopefully. Read below to learn how cold temperatures may get in the way of some of the Olympic events.

Have you ever been on such a bad flight that the plane turned around halfway through the trip? Well, talk to the passengers of a recent flight to Tokyo, including one well-known name who took to social media.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? One Turkish city is making sure expats are helping each other achieve their resolution goals.


Worst Flight Ever!

We’ve all had those trips where everything seemed to go wrong. You’re running behind, or the flight is delayed – or even canceled! Well, imagine being on a flight that just turns around halfway through the trip.

This was the case for one Tokyo-bound flight earlier this week. According to news sources, what should have been a 10-hour flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo spent 8 hours in the air and had to return to the same airport after one passenger was discovered to be on the wrong flight. Somehow, the passenger boarded the ANA flight with a United Airlines ticket.

Though passengers were compensated for the flight, most were not happy after losing a whole day in Tokyo. Many lost hotel reservations, restaurant reservations, and time celebrating the holidays.

If you’re a fan of Twitter, you may have heard about this disaster. Model and actress, Chrissy Teigen, was a passenger on the flight and took to social media when she found out what was going on.

One tweet reads:

“They keep saying the person had a United ticket. We are on ANA. So basically, the boarding pass scanner is just a beedoop machine that makes beedoop noises that register to nowhere”

I bet this is making your bad flight experience sound like smooth sailing.


Don’t Forget Your Red Underwear this New Year’s Eve…

Every culture has their own way of ringing in the New Year. Here are some of the cool things that happen around the world this time of year.

China (celebrated on February 16): Painting your door red is a sign of good luck, as red is the happiest and luckiest color in China.

Denmark: It is considered good luck to smash broken or unused china dishware. Locals will drop smashable items off at a friend’s doorstep to bring them good luck.

Italy: Wearing red underwear on New Year’s Eve is said to bring love and fertility into the New Year. In Argentina, pink garments bring love.

Ecuador and Argentina: As a symbol of leaving behind bad thoughts and those you’ve disliked in the past, people make dummies and scarecrows to set on fire.

Japan: The New Year’s bell is rung exactly 108 times in a traditional ceremony, called Joya no Kane, representing each of the worldly desires or sins of the Buddhist religion.

Greece: Hanging onions on one’s front door represents rebirth and regrowth.


Is it Too Cold for the Winter Olympics?

I’m looking forward to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. I love seeing nations of the world come together to compete and show pride in their country and represent their people.

This year, however, the Olympic city has faced a weather issue that may cause a problem for the events. The weather in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been so brutally cold that six people were treated for hypothermia at a concert held at the Olympic Stadium.

The region is the coldest in South Korea, where temperatures can hit single digits during the winter. Luckily the stadium is only being used for closing and opening ceremonies, but organizers hope it doesn’t affect those events. This year, average temperatures are recording at negative degrees in the mid-mornings at the arena.

It is also reportedly too late to build a roof and too expensive to install heat.


What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

When the New Year comes around, many like to make a resolution, marking the upcoming year with growth and good Consumer Resource Guideintentions. Expat groups in Istanbul, Turkey, are making it their goal to ensure that expats are sticking to their resolutions by offering community events to keep spirits high and keeping motivation up.

Activities include yoga taught by an expat for those looking to increase mindfulness, pick-up football games, and a variety of performing arts events.

Seeing that one expat community is making an effort to support each other with new life goals, it reminds me of the importance of togetherness in the world of expats. Living away from home may not be in everyone’s comfort zone. Be mindful of those around you and help out a fellow expat if they seem to be struggling to adjust.


However you plan to spend your New Year, I hope you do so safely and have a good time. If you’re looking for some good luck, try hanging some onions or painting your door red!

Whether you are planning on living, working, retiring, or investing overseas, Escape Artist can help you every step of the way.

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on December 29, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.