Here's How to Take a Trip Around the World for Less Than $1500

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If no Thanksgiving holiday sounds better than a jetsetting vacation away from your extended family, you’re in luck: Thrillist has the lowdown on a bargain travel plan from Airfare Spot, which will bring lucky travelers to six different cities all over the world in 18 days for just $1300.

You’ll start out in New York City, spend a few days in Paris, fly to Abu Dhabi, head from Dubai to Singapore, take a few days to enjoy Sydney, and then wind down in Honolulu before returning to New York. (You will have to get yourself from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, about an hour and a half drive.)

The itinerary begins the evening of November 14 and goes through November 30, budgeting for no more than three days in each place. Better pack light.

November 14: Leave New York City for Paris

November 18: Leave Paris for Abu Dhabi (and later, Dubai)

November 22: Leave Dubai for Singapore

November 24: Leave Singapore for Sydney

November 27: Leave Sydney for Honolulu

November 30: Leave Honolulu for New York

The flights are all individual, one-way legs on different airlines, so you’ll need to book separately, and none of this includes accommodations or other expenses, as you might expect for such a low price. Since airfare changes all the time, this deal won’t last forever, and the price may change slightly depending on when you book—it was a little more than $1300 on September 18, but was clocking in around $1266 today, September 25. But if you're ready to pack your bags, you'd be better off booking the trip sooner rather than later, in case the price increases.

Over the course of those 24,597 miles you'll travel, you’ll only get to spend two to three days in each city. Airfare Spot claims those few days are “pretty much enough to have the idea of the country/city,” which we don’t exactly believe, but if you book a trip like this, you know you're in for a quantity over quality situation. At least if you feel like two days isn’t enough to explore a particular city, you’ll know where to return for your next vacation.

[h/t Thrillist]

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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Instead of Taco Tuesday, Sweden Celebrates Taco Friday (or Taco Fredag)

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If you think Swedish cuisine is limited to meatballs and herring, you've never celebrated Fredagsmys—the Swedish version of Taco Tuesday. The day, which translates to "cozy Fridays," is a chance for Swedes to get together with loved ones and eat comfort food at the end of a long week. And instead of indulging in more traditional Swedish fare, the Fredagsmys cuisine of choice is Tex-Mex.

Fredagsmys takes the already-Americanized taco and puts a Swedish spin on it. On Taco Fredag (Taco Friday), ingredients like tortillas, ground meat, peppers, and tomatoes are laid out smörgåsbord-style. The spread may also include some toppings that are rarely served with tacos outside of Scandinavia, such as yogurt, cucumber, peanuts, and pineapple. After assembling their meal, diners enjoy it in a cozy spot in front of the TV, ideally surrounded by pillows and candles.

The Swedish tradition of starting the weekend with a taco feast has only been around for a couple of decades. In the 1990s, the Swedish potato chip company OLW introduced the slogan “Now it’s cozy Friday time” into the national lexicon. Old El Paso capitalized on this concept with its own ad campaign showing Swedes how to assemble tacos at home. The Swedish spice company Santa Maria noticed the emerging trend and further popularized the idea of eating tacos on Fridays in its TV advertisements.

Tacos may be the food that's most closely associated with Fredagsmys today, but any quick junk food is appropriate for the occasion. Burgers and pizza are also popular items, as are candy, chips, and popcorn. The meal makes up just one part of the night: Settling in on the couch in pajamas to watch TV with loved ones is just as important as the food.

Making time for comforting indoor activities is a necessity in Sweden, where the weather is harsh and daylight is scarce for much of the year. The Danish do something similar with hygge, although tacos aren't an explicit part of that tradition.