A 19th-Century Lighthouse With Prime Views of Key West Could Be Yours

United States Navy, James Brooks, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
United States Navy, James Brooks, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

As GPS made their original purpose obsolete, many lighthouses took on new lives as vacation homes in the 21st century. Old lighthouses around the world are available to rent on a nightly basis, and if you're looking for a more permanent situation, it's not too difficult to find lighthouses for sale in the United States. As Atlas Obscura reports, one 19th-century structure currently being auctioned off by the U.S. government offers stunning views of Key West, Florida, and a level of isolation usually limited to private islands.

The Sand Key lighthouse doesn't look like most American's quintessential idea of a lighthouse. Instead of a brick pillar, its body consists of a lattice, iron legs propped up on piles screwed into the reef beneath it. The 132-foot tower stands in five feet of water and is located several miles from the seashore. The bare-bones design isn't the product of an unfinished blueprint: So-called "screw-pile" lighthouses were designed to weather the hurricanes that regularly batter southern Florida. Instead of toppling the structure over, fierce winds simply pass through the gaps in its skeleton.

Though it's no longer functional, the Sand Key lighthouse would make a spectacular secluded getaway for a lighthouse enthusiast with money to spend. The government opened it up for auction in March 2019 with a starting bid of $15,000. The closing date for the auction has not yet been specified, and the bid currently stands at $24,000. Anyone can anonymously participate online by putting down a $5000 deposit that will go towards their final offer.

The property isn't ready for the new owner to start living out their nautical hermit fantasies right away. The keepers' quarters were destroyed in a fire in 1989, and the spiral staircase is missing as well. Work will also need to be done to the deck and some iron columns before it's ready for human residents. The government states that it's selling the lighthouse "as is," so anyone who bids on it should take the additional refurbishment costs into consideration. If it's not used as an out-of-the-way vacation spot, the Sand Key lighthouse could also be transformed into a museum.

Defunct lighthouses on lakes and seashores around the country are constantly being auctioned off by the U.S. government. If you can't commit to buying one outright, some are even in need of caretakers.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

Hotel in Japan Is Offering Rooms for $1 Per Night—If You Agree to Livestream Your Stay

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Many people are happy to document their vacations online without getting paid to do it. Now, as The Washington Post reports, exhibitionists who can't resist low prices are now eligible to book a hotel room in Fukuoka, Japan for just $1 a night. In return, they must agree to livestream their experience.

Tetsuya Inoue, the manager of Asahi Ryokan in Fukuoka, got the idea for the marketing stunt after one of his guests broadcast his stay voluntarily. Inoue figured that if people are already comfortable sharing their private moments in the hotel with the world, he might as well use that to his advantage.

The "One Dollar Hotel" promotion is a way for Inoue to bring attention to the 30-year-old guesthouse, which is owned by his grandmother. For $1—a fee that covers lodging, taxes, and tips—customers have access to a room that normally costs $27 a night. As guests eat, sleep, and get ready for the day, a camera installed in the room livestreams their every move to the hotel's YouTube channel. The only place where they have privacy is in the bathroom. Signs in the room warn guests not to engage in any "lewd acts" and to keep passports and credit cards out of the camera's field of view.

In addition to generating publicity for Asahi Ryokan, Inoue hopes that his YouTube videos will eventually become popular enough to monetize. Five guests have agreed to the deal so far, and after launching in October, the One Dollar Hotel YouTube channel already has close to 15,000 subscribers.

[h/t The Washington Post]

Planning a Trip? These Are the 10 U.S. Airlines Most Likely to Bump You

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Booking your trip home for the holidays in advance is no guarantee you'll make it on the plane. Even after driving to the airport, making it through security, and getting to your gate on time, there's still a chance you'll be bumped from the flight you originally paid for. Overbooking is part of most airlines' business models, so there's no way to completely safeguard yourself against this inconvenient scenario. But in addition to paying extra for a higher-class ticket and checking in early as possible, you can reduce your risk of getting bumped by knowing which airlines are most likely to do it.

Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines are by far the most notorious when it comes to bumping passengers, Travel + Leisure reports. They were the stand-out airlines in a recent analysis by Upgraded Points that looked at which U.S. commercial aviation companies are most likely to involuntarily deny boarding to customers.

According to the report, Frontier bumped 6.28 people per every 100,000 passengers in 2018. In that same year, Spirit bumped 5.57 out of every 100,000 passengers. Those airlines were twice as likely as any other name on the list to stop people from boarding their flights. The closest behind them was Alaska Airlines with 2.3 bumps per every 100,000 customers.

The good news is that your overall chances of getting bumped from a flight are smaller than they were a few years ago. Upgraded Points found that the phenomena reached its peak in the second half of 2016, and rates had dropped significantly by the end of 2018.

If you'd still like to do everything in your power to make sure you make it onto your flight, check out the list below of the airlines that bump the most passengers before booking your holiday travel. And if you have been bumped in the past, here's how to collect the compensation you may be owed.

  1. Frontier Airlines
  1. Spirit Airlines
  1. Alaska Airlines
  1. PSA Airlines
  1. American Airlines
  1. Mesa Airlines
  1. Skywest Airlines
  1. Southwest Airlines
  1. Allegiant Air
  1. Republic Airlines

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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