What we’re reading: Alternative NYE parties, using Facebook as an ID, ski resorts spending increases


10 NYE parties you may not have considered

If you’ve visited Times Square, Las Vegas, and other common places for New Year’s Eve parties, try these alternative spots.

Byron Bay, Australia

Among the first places in Australia to see the sun rise, Byron Bay in New South Wales hosts one of the country’s largest parties on New Year’s Eve.

This year, for the first time, the three-day Falls Music & Arts Festival will take over the town from December 31 to January 3, which means tunes from MGMT, Grizzly Bear, The Roots and Vampire Weekend.

Your Facebook profile can get you through airport security. Seriously

Vimeo co-founder and CEO of DIY.org Zach Klein thought he was in trouble when he forgot his government-issued ID on a recent trip. However, TSA allowed him to go through just by letting him show his Facebook profile.

What’s even more shocking to many travelers is that this isn’t a new development. The TSA has a longtime policy that allows travelers to pass through security using “other means” of substantiating identity, including the use of any “publicly available database.” As this particular case has demonstrated, this apparently includes social media websites like Facebook.

Disclaimer: Don’t rely on TSA always willing to accept your Facebook profile as ID. Always make sure you have your government-issued ID before you leave for the airport.

Western ski resorts lead North American winter-spending surge

Both spending and room rates are up at North American ski resorts this year.

Revenue at Western U.S. resorts will rise 13 percent this month from a year earlier, primarily on a 6.9 percent increase in occupancy, DestiMetrics (formerly MTRiP) said this month.

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