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How To Get Clothes Made In Asia

I recently returned from a trip to Vietnam, where I had a bespoke wardrobe made for less than $100. And here’s a confession: it wasn’t my first time.

Since then, I’ve received a surprising number of emails from people also considering a trip to Asia—must be because it’s one of the few places still relatively cheap in the face of the weak dollar—and wondering how to go about getting their own custom clothes made. In case you’re one of them, here are a few pieces of advice:

1. By far the best—and cheapest—place to have that three-piece suit whipped up is Hoi An, Vietnam. You can fly into Danang International Airport and pick up a taxi (for around $13) for the half-hour journey to the Seamstress Capital Of The World. Another alternative—and one a little easier to reach? Bangkok. Head for Rambuttri Road in the city center and you’ll have to fight the tailors off with a stick.

What is the “Greenest” Way to Travel?

Tree hugger or not, we’re all aware by now of the undeniable global warming crisis. While there are many causes for the climate change, many are quick to point fingers at the airline industry (even though, according to an NPR report I heard earlier this week, travel accounts for less than 4 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.)

With so much focus on climate change in today’s world, a recent Consumer Reports analysis grabbed my attention: what is the “greenest” way to travel? To determine this, they went to Web sites that help consumers calculate carbon output, and the results varied dramatically.

Bill McGee of USA Today conducted much of the research for this study, which he outlined in his On the Road column. The bottom line, he writes, is that “if you’re using carbon calculators to determine what your offsetting tab should be, you’d better cross-check your math.”

Virgin Galactic’s Space Ship for Tourists

Richard Branson, Virgin entrepreneur extraordinaire, wants to bring space travel to the masses. Well, sort of. He wants to bring space travel to the moneyed masses. For $200,000 and at least a $20,000 deposit, you too could sign up for glory hereby only experienced by the world’s astronauts.

Oh, but what glory it is! Imagine being rocketed up into the upper-most regions of the sky until you get a true alien’s-eye view of the Earth. From space, you’d be able to see cloud masses and continents, bodies of water and polar ice. The g-forces would be extreme, but once you’d hit weightlessness, you’d be able to float around for a full five minutes, taking everything in, before returning to your home planet.

How to Eat: Going Local

Food. It’s all the rage lately. And as a lifelong devotee of its joys (and even its disappointments), I’ve been enthralled by the resurgence of conscious cooking and eating over the past few years: the (slow) death of squeamishness, the booming of farmers’ markets across the US (who would have expected it in the nation that spawned the Big Mac?), and the resurgence of local, farm-to-table eating across the country. Call it what you like—becoming a “locavore,” joining the “slow food” movement, practicing responsible eating—but it all rests on the simple concept of eating what’s in season and grown or raised nearby using natural, sustainable methods. It’s a concept that I wholeheartedly buy into—especially when I travel.