Isn’t this cool? Air New Zealand just introduced a new seating concept on their long-haul flights between Los Angeles and Auckland where the footrests fold out to make a row of three seats into a flat bed. (Just out of curiosity, I made a fake itinerary, and (in that scenario) it was $200 more to book a skycouch than to book the three seats individually. Also noteworthy: the whole couch/bed was 50% the cost of one business class ticket!)

When we were coming up with our plan for the month of August and looking for a far-off destination to explore, so many of you suggested New Zealand. It’s definitely on our radar for future travel. And now I’m thinking we need to go when while Hudson is small and we’re just a family of three so that we can take advantage this. At least… I think it would be comfortable. What do you think?

To be honest, the idea that we might take a direct, 13-hour flight between the west coast and New Zealand is alone pretty fantastic. We just revisited our flight itinerary for Bali and it’s more daunting than I remembered. For example, on the way home, we have a four-hour, a five-hour, and a ten-hour leg, and the latter two are joined by an eleven-hour layover in Seoul! Ouch!

Fortunately (or unfortunately?) there are no long-haul flights on the docket for this weekend! Any fun plans?

If you’re in the NYC area, this themed, outdoor screening party sounds like a fun way to kick-off the summer–if the 100-degree heat didn’t do you in. (I must have watched this movie fifty times at my friends’ apartment in college. Unless there was a soccer match to watch, this and The Big Lebowski were almost guaranteed to be on the TV.)

Hope you have a good one!

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