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Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

Bad UX: How booking.com deceives clients

If you see that a hotel has just one room available on Booking, and you really want to stay there, just give them a call. Some will even match the Booking.com price, because it usually means they don’t have to pay the % commission to them, so they still earn better.

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

The Blind Traveler: How James Holman Felt His Way Around the World to Become History's Most Prolific Explorer

Holman was a hurricane of audacity, goodwill, and charm. He meandered into each foreign country with no itinerary, no grasp of the language, and no prior relationships with anyone who lived there, and then proceeded to explore thoroughly. Many times he entered a village as a pitied stranger and left as an admired gentleman.

Friday, Aug 18, 2017

A pilot explains what it really means when there's turbulence during a flight

Conditions might be annoying and uncomfortable, but the plane is not going to crash. Turbulence is an aggravating nuisance for everybody, including the crew, but it’s also, for lack of a better term, normal. From a pilot’s perspective, it is ordinarily seen as a convenience issue, not a safety issue.

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

How to Travel Like a Millionaire? Ask the Points Guy

The credit-card-rewards guru Brian Kelly insists that we’re in a “golden age” of travel. You just have to know how to game the system.

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017

Thinking like an economist can make your next trip abroad cheaper

When faced with an ATM or credit card machine that asks if you want to convert to your home currency, I recommend you decline… An exception to this rule, of course, is if your bank or credit card charges a very high fixed foreign exchange fee and you need only a little bit of money. If this is your case, then saying yes might save you money even if you get a poor exchange rate.

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017

How to Pack a Suitcase

Here’s our shortcut to packing the right way: how to find the best suitcase, minimize your load, pack what you need on a beach trip or a business trip and cut down on wrinkles.

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017

Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it's about class

Rise in acts of plane-related violence shed light on something bigger: modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible

Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Why You Should Think Twice Before Ordering Coffee or Tea on a Plane

As NBC 5 noted, the water for tea and coffee comes from the tap, not from a bottle, while in flight. And that water could be downright disgusting. According to a 2004 EPA sample of 158 planes, 13 percent contained coliform. Two of the airplanes were found to have dangerous E.coli in the water.

Monday, Jun 5, 2017

Making sense of the world

Jan Chipchase is the founder of Studio D Radiodurans, a consultancy that’s perhaps like none other in the world. He and his team travel to the far edges of the earth on behalf of clients to immerse themselves in difficult environments and understand human behaviour. This week Jan shares lessons for travelling anywhere, making sense of the world and making a difference.

Friday, Jun 2, 2017

The Dark Art of How (and When) to Buy an Airline Ticket

We asked 23 airline experts to help us make sense of the contradictions: Is there really a best day to book? Are points more valuable than miles? What’s the best travel-reward credit card? And why does it seem like everyone and their broke cousin is flying business class except us?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How Airline Workers Learn to Deal With You

“Working for an airline is almost like being in Scientology, because the language they use is one that people don’t understand,” said Heather Poole, an American Airlines flight attendant and the author of the best-selling book “Cruising Attitude.” “I kind of wonder whether it was a way to keep from understanding.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

U.S. to Ban Laptops in All Cabins of Flights From Europe, Officials Say

Acting on fears that terrorists can build bombs into laptops, Homeland Security has decided to expand the ban it imposed on Middle Eastern flights. Computers will now be checked as baggage.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Anti-Jet Lag Recipe

We think of jet lag as a sleep disorder. But it’s really a disorder of your body clock, or circadian rhythm, which controls when you experience energy peaks, when your energy dips, when you feel sleepy, and a million other little highs and lows that impact how you move through your day.

Friday, May 5, 2017

How the Airlines Became Abusive Cartels

For air travel is far from a free market.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tips for Traveling Alone: How Solo Travel Can Change Your Life

For the first time in my life, I love doing something that other people find nerve-racking and off-limits. People tell me I’m brave; never in a million years did I think I’d be associated with that word. Truth is, traveling by yourself doesn’t have to feel intimidating or lame; I attest that it can actually be really fucking fun, healthy, and rewarding in a million lovely, unexpected ways.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What has been your worst border crossing experience?

Obviously living this way involves an element of dishonesty at the border when travelling on a tourist visa, and I’m sure most have heard horror stories of being grilled at the UK, US or similar borders, but I’m curious what your worst border experience has been so far?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Train Travel Tips & Life Hacks From Actual Railroad Riding Hobos

Cheapskate travelers will find no shortage of tips on how to travel on a budget: the best time of year to book flights, how to rent out your home, arcane websites that promise half-off on flights that only board for three hours on the morning of the winter solstice, and so forth. But the ultimate cheap travel move? Don’t pay. For anything.

Friday, Apr 28, 2017

Flying to Europe Has Never Been Cheaper. Here's How to Get the Best Deals Now

Here’s why Europe flight prices have cratered—and why, if you haven’t started making your summertime travel plans, now is the time.

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017

Flight attendants reveal the first things they notice when travelers board a plane

While they may be checking out your outfit to see whether you’re worthy of an upgrade, or scoping out your luggage to see whether you’re trying to smuggle on a too-big carry-on, first and foremost flight attendants are trained to keep passengers safe, and will make certain snap-judgments to ensure that safety.

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017

Thinking about a year off from work to travel. Am I making a mistake?

Sorry to be the wet blanket, but I actually don’t think it is necessarily a no-brainer as others have said. If you do it, do it with purpose. Traveling will not fix your problems. It won’t help you progress your career. It won’t even necessarily expand your mind or help you learn new things.

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

What to Know if Your Flight Is Overbooked

Anyone involuntarily bumped must be compensated, per Department of Transportation regulations.

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

Why Bargain Travel Sites May No Longer Be Bargains

Aggregators like Expedia have made us lazy — and we may be missing out on the best deals.

Monday, Apr 10, 2017

Airlines Make More Money Selling Miles Than Seats

The golden goose isn’t your ticket or bag fee—it’s the credit card you use to collect frequent flier miles.

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017

How to Survive the Longest Flight in the World

Coping strategies from some of the world’s most frequent travelers.

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017

The Most Desirable Passports On Earth Don't Include America's

Visa-free travel, tax avoidance, and international reputation are key.

Monday, Feb 27, 2017

Airlines Phasing Out Screens Because You Are All on Your Devices

Those seat-back screens that have long been part of in-flight entertainment systems are preparing to depart from many airplanes, experts say, and will gradually be replaced by content streamed to passengers’ electronic devices through improved wireless service.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

The Logic of Our Fear of Flying

Why are we so afraid of getting in an airplane when, statistically, flying is so safe? A mathematical explanation.

Monday, Feb 20, 2017

Why America's Airports Suck

America’s airports feel like bus stations because, broadly speaking, they are funded like bus stations.

Friday, Feb 17, 2017

How to Get Past Customs Without Giving Up Your Digital Privacy

WIRED has assembled the following advice from legal and security experts to preserve your digital privacy while crossing American borders.

Friday, Feb 10, 2017

Anthony Bourdain's Moveable Feast

Guided by a lusty appetite for indigenous culture and cuisine, the swaggering chef has become a travelling statesman.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017

The Supertraveler Manifesto

What supertravelers want from the travel industry.

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

The whimsical joy of traveling without technology

But here’s the truth: Most of the time, travel isn’t Instagrammable. It’s messy, frustrating and, sometimes, downright hard. Those moments might not be pretty, but they do help us grow, and that’s what makes travel so valuable.

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

Cheap Atlantic crossing may no longer be flight of fancy

Norwegian is hoping to break a decades-long pattern and make a success of cheap transcontinental flights.

What are some things that I can do to optimize travelling by plane?

What are some things that I can do to make travelling easier, and perhaps save some money in the process?

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

If you could live and work somewhere, where would it be?

If you could pick one place or city in the world where you’d live and work (software dev) for the next 10 years. Where would it be? And why would you pick that place?

Thursday, Jan 5, 2017

Traveling abroad? Here's how to avoid cell phone bill shock.

Revenue from global roaming services is expected to reach $90 billion a year by 2018, according to a recent estimate by Juniper Research, a research and analytical services company based in Britain.

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016

Cheap living and fast internet and cold climate?

I’m looking for somewhere in the world to live to work on a web project for an extended time. Fast/reliable internet + cheap living + cold climate preferably :)

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016

Traveling the World Blind: An Interview with Dan

I know this a stupid question but how do you manage to travel if you can’t see? Do you always have someone with you? Like, what are the mechanics of it?

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

Bizarre Foods Host Andrew Zimmern Explains How Travel Helps Rewire His Brain

Vacations have a much bigger impact on your daily life than you may realize, says the Travel Channel star.

Thursday, Dec 8, 2016

What are your favorite long term (1 month +) destinations?

What are your favorite long term (1 month +) destinations?

Friday, Nov 18, 2016

Why is airline food so bad?

The answer lies in how aeroplanes are designed.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Airplane Etiquette

Comedian Jim Jefferies gives a hilarious breakdown of the etiquette protocol for air travel from his stand up comedy special Fully Functional.

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016

Should I save money or travel abroad?

I’m 22 and am debating whether or not I should be buckling down and saving for more college/life savings or if I should use my extra money for travel. Advice from those of you older and wiser is appreciated

Monday, Oct 31, 2016

I Wore an Expensive Watch While Traveling, and People Treated Me Wayyy Differently

For the traveler whose time is spent making snap-judgment impressions all day, every day, an expensive watch can be a shortcut to a kind of acceptance, however cheap it might be.

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

Seating secrets: How airlines decide what fare you pay

Anyone who’s lost an evening researching flight deals knows that airfare pricing can seem pretty random – high one week, low the next and long-distance often cheaper than short-haul. There’s a method behind the madness, though.

On Crossing Borders

While a truly great journey will leave you feeling three years younger, and two years wiser, a difficult border crossing will reveal your true character.

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016

We're So Addicted to Our Gadgets That 'Unplugged' Tourism Is Booming

Unplugged tourism is like rehab for the traveler whose thumb flicks upward at the first sign of boredom. And digital breaks can have actual health benefits. Studies show that heavy users of technology suffer more mental illness and have trouble sleeping.

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016

Hi, I cycled around the world! 36000 miles and 6 years on the road... Ask me anything!

Hi, my name is Thomas Andersen. On the 2nd of October 2010 I left Denmark by bicycle. Six years and six days later I returned after more than 36000 miles (or 58000 km) through 58 countries on 6 continents.

Friday, Oct 21, 2016

Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets

Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets.

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016

How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair

I love when people don’t let their limitations hold them back. I love it when people say “I can” instead of “I can’t.” Cory embodies the ongoing theme on this blog that where there is a will, there is a way. Cory is a guy who wouldn’t let a disability define or confine him. His is an inspirational story and I was hooked on his blog, so I invited Cory to share his story and advice for others who might be in a similar situation and wondering how to make travel happen.

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