free entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14573/all en-US 10 Fun, Free Ways to Entertain Yourself During a Flight Delay http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-during-a-flight-delay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-during-a-flight-delay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airport-135817015.jpg" alt="airport" title="airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My waiting periods at the airport, any airport, are always longer than average. Apparently, I look like I'm from one of those bomb-making countries. As a result, I always have to get to the airport extra early so I have ample time for all my belongings to be swabbed for explosive residue, get sniffed by the drug dog, and receive a sexy, stand-up massage from gate security. I have spent, conservatively, four months of my life waiting in airports. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Speed Out of the Airport</a>)</p> <p>Thankfully, airports now provide a host of activities to help passengers enjoy their wait. For example, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, passengers can get a Yellow Fever vaccination. Traveling science buffs can watch a planetarium show at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Incheon Airport outside Seoul boasts, amongst other things, teeth whitening services, a synthetic ice skating rink, and a movie theater.</p> <p>Airports can be super fun if you are super rich. Alas, I am not. Fortunately, with a little courage and creativity, airports can also be super fun if you are super poor. There are a number of totally free activities that can be done in any airport. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>1. Have a Conversation</h2> <p>People are always amazed by how many friends I have overseas. Most of these friendships started as a conversation between strangers in a public space&hellip;like at the airport. My secret strategy for engaging conversation has been this: find the most attractive man in the room. Go sit next to him.</p> <p>Pro Tip: If you are nervous about sitting down next to a freak, prescreen potential chat buddies by Google Stalking people on Twitter or Instagram. Search via hashtag for someone interesting who is also stuck at your airport. Invite them to meet you for a cup of coffee in a neutral terminal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-practically-free-ways-to-make-new-friends">Practically Free Ways to Make New Friends</a>)</p> <h2>2. Make Origami</h2> <p>I love making little toys out of travel brochures, magazine inserts, and candy wrappers. I am usually every adult's favorite person in the waiting area. Children are fascinated into silence by this activity. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-ways-to-reuse-paper">20+ Ways to Reuse Paper</a>)</p> <h2>3. Play Evil Twin</h2> <p>My sister and I have played this game at airports since childhood. It's an extreme, competitive version of people watching. The object of the game is to find a celebrity resemblance for every person who walks by. For example: &quot;Look! It's the Ecuadorian Alan Greenspan!&quot; &quot;Oh my gosh! It's the Nigerian Tawny Kitaen!&quot; &quot;That guy is the Canadian Leonard Nimoy! Oh, that IS Leonard Nimoy.&quot; The person with the most creative/accurate comparisons wins.</p> <h2>4. Sleep</h2> <p>I used to sleep in airports to save money and time while traveling. But with tighter security measures, many airports will kick you out after midnight. Before late night traveling I always check out the site <a href="http://www.sleepinginairports.net/">sleepinginairports.net</a>. In addition to posting information about which airports are open 24/7, and which airports are safe, it gives tips on which terminals have the best benches for sleeping, how to pack for an overnight stay at the airport, and, how to protect your bags.</p> <p>While sleeping in airports during airline delays is something I still do (to avoid jet lag), napping can be risky. I know people who have slept through final boarding calls. To avoid oversleeping, I not only set an alarm clock, but I also write &quot;PLEASE WAKE ME UP AT (INSERT TIME)&quot; Post-It Notes that I stick on myself. A Good Samaritan has never failed to wake me up in time to catch a flight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-flight-delays-like-a-pro">How to Handle Flight Delays</a>)</p> <h2>5. Workout</h2> <p>The nice thing about yoga is that I can pretty much do it anywhere. Even if the floor is super gross, I can still do stretches while sitting in a chair. For everyone who is embarrassed just imagining me doing the downward dog at the gate, there are less obvious workouts that can be done while waiting for the next plane. Many larger airports have a ton of stairs to run up and down. The round floor plan of Terminal 1 at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris is perfect for laps, but walking up and down the terminal at any airport is a great way to burn calories. An empty moving walkway provides a decent, low-impact treadmill workout. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-exercise-in-under-5-minutes">10+ Ways to Exercise in Under 5 Minutes</a>)</p> <h2>6. Look at Art</h2> <p>Heathrow's Terminal 5 has its own art gallery, but many airports now curate &quot;shows&quot; on their concourses featuring local artists. Before traveling, I look online and see what sights each airport offers. I've admired the dinosaur at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, checked out the Liberty Bell made entirely from Legos at PHL, and marveled at Sky's The Limit at Chicago's O'Hare.</p> <h2>7. Organize a Scavenger Hunt</h2> <p>I've yet to organize a scavenger hunt at an airport, but I think this is a <em>must do</em> activity at the next family reunion.</p> <h2>8. Learn Foreign Vocabulary Words by Playing Dictionary</h2> <p>Play <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictionary">Dictionary</a> with your foreign language dictionary.</p> <h2>9. Read a Book</h2> <p>Yes, there's always the sneaky method of reading magazines and books at the airport snack shop that I have no intention of buying, but I have a very low tolerance for the dirty looks I get from cashiers. I prefer to bring my own book(s) to the airport.</p> <p>Airports never have enough electrical outlets for charging personal electronics. Instead of downloading all my reading onto an electronic device &mdash; that inevitably runs out of juice two hours before my plane arrives &mdash; I always pack what my grade school librarian referred to as a &quot;Hijack Book,&quot; which is a really fat paperback I can read and then release into the wild without guilt when I'm done with it. In fact, I generally pack a lot of sacrificial reading when I travel, because it ensures that I will have space in my luggage to bring home my travel purchases.</p> <p>And, if you are ever lucky enough to have a layover in Amsterdam, the Schiphol Airport has its own library that offers Dutch fiction in thirty languages.</p> <h2>10. Do a Crossword Puzzle</h2> <p>Trash pick a leftover newspaper and work on the crossword puzzle by yourself or with everyone in your waiting area.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite way to pass the time at the airport? Which airport do you think offers the best free experiences?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-during-a-flight-delay" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Fun, Free Ways to Entertain Yourself During a Flight Delay" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-during-a-flight-delay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die">25 Incredible Places You Must Visit Before You Die</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Travel entertainment free entertainment free pastimes travel Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:25:09 +0000 Max Wong 1101580 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2852084149_d8d1c26c1b_z.jpg" alt="volunteers" title="volunteers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From large scale operations to small community events, volunteers are always needed. There are plenty of stories promoting the work of celebrities who volunteer their time and talents, but there are many more people that work silently without recognition. They do it for personal satisfaction and to make a difference in someone else&rsquo;s life.&nbsp;Along the way, most volunteers reap many additional, also often unheralded, rewards. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprisingly-easy-ways-you-can-support-charity">Surprisingly&nbsp;Easy Ways You&nbsp;Can Support Charity</a>)</p> <h2>1. Develop Real World Skills</h2> <p>Volunteering your time and talents only allows you to utilize the skills you already have, and it allows you to learn new ones. When you volunteer, you mix with a diverse group of people who can teach you something new. The best part is you can pick up these <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/translating-volunteer-experiences-and-skills-to-workplace-credentials">skills in the real world</a> by actually putting them into action, giving you experience you can use in your work life and your personal life.</p> <h2>2. Set an Example for Your Kids</h2> <p>The next generation needs to learn the value of volunteering, and you may be the ideal role model for the kids in your own life. By volunteering, you may also have a great impact on the children of the future when your work directly makes a difference in their lives. They may be more likely to grow up and pay the favor forward.</p> <h2>3. Make Professional Connections</h2> <p>Many of the other volunteers you will meet may be connected to your life or career in some way, but you have only met through volunteering. If you are looking for a new job or other opportunity, those fellow volunteers can be instrumental to your success. The people you volunteer with already know you are generous, giving, and outgoing, but also hardworking, effective, and committed &mdash; characteristics employers and potential clients are always looking for.</p> <h2>4. Boost Your Current Career</h2> <p>Your volunteer experience can take you to a new level at your present job, too. The skills you are learning through your volunteer work can make it easier to rise up in the ranks as you gain more experience. Employers are always seeking leaders, and as a volunteer, you have already demonstrated important leadership qualities.</p> <h2>5. Save Your Money While Doing Good</h2> <p>If you have causes that are close to your heart, but your budget is tight, you can give whatever spare time you have in place of cash. Keep your money growing in the bank but take some time out of a weekend to volunteer at a local organization or event. While monetary donations help, physical help is often much more appreciated. You may not be able to reasonably afford to buy supplies for the local SPCA, but you can spend an afternoon playing with shelter animals who love the attention.</p> <h2>6. Meet Like-Minded People</h2> <p>If you are trying to save more money <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/being-frugal-without-giving-up-your-social-life">but have friends that are mostly interested in costly nights</a> on the town, you may feel somewhat left out of the social circle. By volunteering your time, you can associate with a lot of like-minded people you may not have had the opportunity to meet before.</p> <h2>7. Fill Your Social Calendar</h2> <p>If your family life or financial life has caused you to spend more time at home, you may at times feel trapped between four walls. By volunteering, you get the opportunity to attend events, meet new people, and explore new experiences you may not have known about before. In many cases, volunteers get to attend activities for free and can reinvent their social life without financial burden.</p> <h2>8. Get New Experiences</h2> <p>You can choose to remain local and help with youth or community activities, or you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">travel the world as a volunteer</a>. There are many organizations that can provide you with travel opportunities to countries in need of medical help, housing assistance, or education. Exploring the many opportunities available can lead you to new experiences you may not have previously considered.</p> <h2>9. Understand Gratitude</h2> <p>One of the best things that can come from volunteering is the realization of what you have in your life when you see what others do not. Gratitude is an important component of a well-rounded life. Being grateful for what you already have can help you resist the urge to want more. You can get a fresh perspective on what really matters, so you can live a simpler, less stressful life.</p> <p><em>What have you gained from your volunteering?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering" class="sharethis-link" title="9 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But paying for music stinks, and every week seems to bring a new favorite song, so why keep paying just to fill your iTunes with thousands of songs you don't listen to? I don't consider myself a music junkie, and even I have about 100 hours worth of music on my computer. That's the equivalent of listening to music non-stop for over four days! Sounds interesting, but it's unlikely to happen.</p> <p>There are lots of free music services out there, so paying for music may be a thing of the past (and not just by downloading it illegally). Here are a few great ways to listen to music for free! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</a>)</p> <h3>Listen to Your Favorite Radio Station Online</h3> <p>In Los Angeles, 102.7 <a href="http://www.kiisfm.com/main.html">KIIS FM</a> is the bomb. They're always playing the most popular songs, and there's a solid argument for setting all six pre-set radio stations in your car to this one channel.</p> <p>If there's a station you absolutely love, it's possible (and likely) that there's an option to listen to it stream online. And if not? Give KIIS a chance! You won't regret it!</p> <p>The plus side is great, free music. The downside is the regular commercials that come with the radio. So let's explore some options that have fewer or no commercials at all.</p> <h3>Pandora</h3> <p><a href="http://www.pandora.com/">Pandora</a> is a music-streaming service that allows users to create customized radio stations based on a song, album, artist, or genre. Pandora plays songs that it thinks are similar to your song (or album, artist, or genre). A thumbs up lets the program know it did a good job in picking a song for you, while a thumbs down lets it know you're not interested in that song. The more feedback it gets, the better job it does at picking music you like.</p> <p>Pandora has short, 15-second commercials approximately every 10 songs, so it's a small price to pay for such a great service. The more significant downside is that free listeners are limited to a total of 40 hours each month. However, for $36 a year, you can avoid the commercials and get unlimited listening by upgrading to Pandora One, which also offers higher-quality audio, though I've never noticed low-quality sound in the free version.</p> <h3>Last.fm</h3> <p>This service is similar to Pandora in that it plays songs similar to your original choice. <a href="http://www.last.fm/">Last.fm</a> is free to use, though ads appear on the site while playing music. Last.fm also has a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/social-media-an-easy-source-of-coupons">social network</a> aspect to it, and while it scores high in matching new music to your tastes, the website is not all that user friendly or intuitive.</p> <p>If having music chosen for you isn't your thing, there are two services that let you choose the exact music you want to play.</p> <h3>Grooveshark</h3> <p>With <a href="http://grooveshark.com/">Grooveshark</a>, you can search for music and create customized playlists with the songs you select, and there's no need to sign up just to play music. If you're always connected to the Internet, you can create a library with the songs you want and play it from wherever you are.</p> <p>For $6 a month, you can get the service ad-free, and for $9 a month you can also stream the service to your Grooveshark application on your smartphone.</p> <h3>Spotify</h3> <p>The newest addition to the streaming music scene is <a href="http://www.spotify.com">Spotify</a>, which is similar to Grooveshark, but comes as a desktop application (similar to iTunes). Once you download it, the user interface will blow you away. It's very easy to use (and fast, too!), and searching for the song or album you want is a breeze. Creating playlists is as simple as dragging and dropping your selections, and the playlists are accessible from wherever you use Spotify. You can also add your own files into the program, so it can become your one stop shop for all your music needs. It's my favorite way to listen to music these days, so if you can get your hands on an invite (or have the patience to wait for it to become public), check it out!</p> <p>The free application comes with a few unobtrusive ads that pop up while playing music, but for $10 a month, you can get full access on your smartphone, enhanced sound quality, and offline mode (which keeps your favorite playlists synced for a plane ride).</p> <p>There's no shortage of free music services out there. And splurging to get rid of ads or higher quality audio is pretty cheap as well, far cheaper than buying the songs individually only to forget about them a month later. Plus, as opposed to illegally downloading music, all four of these services <a href="http://blog.pandora.com/faq/contents/351.html">pay a royalty fee to artists</a>, so not only do you get your music for free (or at least very cheap), but by listening to music through the services, you're helping the artists get paid as well!</p> <p><em>Which free music service is your favorite?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ways-to-listen-to-music-for-free-or-cheap" class="sharethis-link" title="New Ways to Listen to Music for Free or Cheap" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ways-to-listen-to-music-for-free-or-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-a-breakdown-of-concert-ticket-prices">How Much?! A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-entertainment-a-recipe-for-the-recession">DIY Entertainment--A Recipe for the Recession</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter">50 Fun Things to Do When You&#039;re Stuck Inside During Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment free entertainment music streaming media Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:36:15 +0000 Daniel Packer 675083 at http://www.wisebread.com