Provisions: Stuff for travel and recreation

The Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0 cost $95 but helps back pain.
The Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0 cost $95 but helps back pain.

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience


Alignmed Posture Shirt 2.0


I’m breaking my rule of not purchasing any clothing so pretentious as to put 2.0 in its title. But my posture is so poor – my second-grade teacher was the first to point this out – that the uni-sex shirt might be a big help. It’s geared toward travelers who are known to slump along hefting bags and slouch in airline seats. It’s elastic material, with “tension panels” near the spine, is purported to “increase stamina and vascularity.” Be warned: This is a tight-fitting shirt, so those who like to wear baggy clothes on long flights will be disappointed. But your posture will look fabulous.


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Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips

Don’t know why the website Atlas Obscura devoted so much time and so many brain cells to charting the exact routes of some of literature’s most famous “road trips” – but book and travel lovers everywhere should be thankful. You can chart the route Mark Twain took in “Roughing It,” or F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Cruise of the Rolling Junk” or Ted Conover’s criminally underappreciated “Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America’s Hoboes.” Yeah, that Kerouac dude is included, too.


Travel Channel’s ‘World’s Best Boardwalks’

Tough assignment for writer Valerie Conners, researching this list:

1. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz

2. Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, N.Y.

3. Copacabana Beach Promenade, Rio de Janeiro

4. Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey

5. Venice Beach Boardwalk, Los Angeles

6. Gold Coast Oceanway, Gold Coast, Australia

7. Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France

8. Brighton Pier, Brighton Beach, England

9. Aker Brygge Wharf, Oslo, Norway

10. Tsim Sha Tshui Promenade, Hong Kong

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