Travel

Long-Distance Flying 101: Music, Reading, Eating, Friend-Making, Drinking, Sleeping and Conquering Fears

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As Crystal prepares for the long haul flight from Australia to Rodeo Disco, some of Autostraddle’s frequent flyers recommend some of the more constructive ways that one can spend their time on a 14-hour flight. Reader? Alcoholic? Nervous flyer? We’ve got advice: how to befriend a flight attendant, prepare delicious in-flight snacks, sleep in comfort and what musicians offer suitable in-flight listening.

Geekery

Comics 101: The First Step Is Admitting You Have A Problem

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Have you ever wanted to read comic books but found yourself a) overwhelmed, b) intimidated or c-g) five kinds of confused? We lay it all out for you, kind of like a railroad magnate would. But he’d be laying railroad track, and we’re layin’ knowledge and we’re a layin’ it about comic books. So check it out– get schooled about the comic book, the graphic novel, the comic strip and that wily beast the webcomic.

Fashion/Style

Thrift Store Shopping 101

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“Oh, this old thing?” Sure, I’ve never actually heard someone drop this line outside of It’s A Wonderful Life, but let’s change that, shall we? Thrift store shopping can be intimidating, but it can also be super rewarding. I’ll give you some tips of the trade to get you started and the rest is up to you! And who knows, maybe you’ll even be reacquainted with those beloved sneakers your mom tossed out eons ago.