Traveling by sea has come a long way. For many, the idea of being stuck on a boat for several days was far from appealing. The attractions and activities on today’s cruise lines, however, have turned ocean voyages into resort vacations in transit. Where ship passengers once passed the time playing cards in stuffy cabins, they now enjoy the excitement of table games and slots at onboard casinos.
On Oct. 9, I’ll be running the 2011 Chicago Marathon — that’s just four weeks away, but whose counting? I’ve trained, woke up bleary-eyed to run in the dark, iced ‘till my skin was numb and stretched, even while reading to my kids. I’m a native Chicagoan who has run and volunteered for this race before, so I know the 29-neighborhood course like the back of my hand. I am ready.
For all the cutting-edge hotel amenities out there—in-room Nespresso machines, touchscreen panels, peek-a-boo bathrooms—some of us will always be happiest to see a Ping-Pong table tucked somewhere on the grounds. After you’ve spent hours on a plane or in a car or meeting, can anything beat a ripping game of table tennis?