Kyoto fire fest highlights 12-night tour
Celebrate the Kurama Fire Festival in Kyoto on a tour of Japan that begins Oct. 18. The 12-night excursion travels from Kyoto to Tokyo, with stops in villages between the two cities.
The tour group stays in an traditional country home in Kameoka and visits the mountain town of Takayama, as well as Tokyo's museums and kabuki theater.
The Kurama Fire Festival (Kurama no Himatsuri) on Oct. 22 features more than 500 torches, which light the way to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The cost — $5,280 per person, double occupancy ($1,695 single surcharge) — includes accommodations, most meals, ground transportation, entrance fees and performances. International airfare is not included.
Information: Asian Pacific Adventures, (800) 825-1680, www.asianpacificadventures .com.
carry-on rules: Before you pack your bags, find the latest restrictions on carry-on luggage from the Transportation Security Administration's updated list of what's allowed and what's not at www.tsa.gov. Click on "Read Our Permitted and Prohibited Items" and then "Can I take it?" to see what's allowed on board.
One way to easily sort your makeup into what's OK and what isn't: If you can squeeze it out of a tube or pour it out of a bottle, it's not allowed in your carry-on.
Allowed on board are camcorders, cameras, laptops, cell phones and pagers. Nail clippers and nail files are OK in your carry-on; nail polish and polish remover are not.
Toothpaste, shampoo and hair conditioner are still no-nos on board, but disposable razors are OK. Beverages remain prohibited.
Working holidays: Immigration New Zealand announced last month that the number of U.S. citizens ages 18 to 30 who may be granted working holiday visa for up to one year in New Zealand has increased from 1,000 to 5,000.
Information: www.immigra tion.govt.nz/whs. Applications accepted online.
free coffee: Budget Rent A Car customers who complete two qualifying car rentals of two or more days between now and Dec. 15 will be eligible to receive two pounds of Dunkin' Donuts coffee for free. Participants can register at www.budget.com/freecoffee.