A curated mix of articles on travel.

The Best Digital Nomad and Remote Work Reads 2018

The stories that defined 2018 when the digital nomad went mainstream, and remote work became the future of work.

Friday, Jan 18, 2019

1 Woman, 12 Months, 52 Places

It was a dream job, visiting the globe’s most alluring destinations on assignment. Here’s what our 2018 Traveler learned in a year of almost nonstop travel.

Monday, Jan 7, 2019

Sexual misconduct on crowded airlines is happening more often. What airlines are doing about it

Reports of sexual harassment and assault on commercial flights are on the rise, although law enforcement officials say the problem is underreported. Airlines and federal officials have moved to address the issue by voicing a policy of zero tolerance for such acts and improving training to deal with reports.

Monday, Dec 31, 2018

Are Your Frequent-Flier Miles About to Lose Value?

Savvy travelers fear the rise of basic-economy and premium-economy seats could cause rewards and upgrades to cost more points.

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018

Why is most travel writing so bad?

Too many travel books seem like an inefficient blending of memoir, novel, and travel narration, and they are throughout too light on information. Ideally I want someone with a background in geography, natural history, or maybe urban studies to serve up a semi-rigorous account of what they are doing and seeing.

Monday, Dec 17, 2018

TSA’s Roadmap for Airport Surveillance Moves in a Dangerous Direction

The Transportation Security Administration has set out an alarming vision of pervasive biometric surveillance at airports, which cuts against the right to privacy, the “right to travel,” and the right to anonymous association with others.

Friday, Dec 14, 2018

The Last Curious Man

The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018

How to Eat Safely and Travel With an Autoimmune Disease

Travel is stressful enough without worrying that sampling the local specialties will make you ill or ruin your trip. Here are some tips to help.

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

What’s the most overrated / underrated place you’ve lived and worked in?

What’s the most overrated / underrated place you’ve lived and worked in?

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

TSA announces biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers

Today the US Transportation Security Administration released a detailed TSA Biometric Roadmap for Aviation Security & the Passenger Experience, making explicit the goal of requiring mug shots (to be used for automated facial recognition and image-based surveillance and control) as a condition of all domestic or international air travel.

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Cheap places to live with a good intellectual atmosphere?

I’m a software engineer in the bay area and have been thinking about moving somewhere cheaper (in USA or aboard) where I can live cheaply and focus on my own intellectual pursuits. I’d love to be in a place where the living costs are low and where there exists a thriving intellectual community (I’ve noticed cities near top academic institutions tend to create that sort of atmosphere but not necessarily).

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018

A gorgeous visualization of commutes around the world

When most of us picture our commute into work, we see the back of another car, or perhaps recall the sordid scents of the subway. But when Craig Taylor, Data Visualization Design Manager at Ito World, pictures a commute, he sees something vastly different. He sees ocean corals in all colors of the rainbow.

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Delta to start scanning faces at airport check-in

Delta will later this year roll out facial recognition at its terminal at Atlanta International Airport for anyone traveling on an international flight.

Thursday, Sep 27, 2018

What Airbnb really does to a neighbourhood

Millions of people use Airbnb when travelling but its popularity sometimes puts it at odds with locals. So, how do short-term holiday lets really affect a neighbourhood?

Friday, Sep 21, 2018

The 20-Hour Flight Is Coming. And It May Have a Gym and Bunks

Project Sunrise, as Qantas calls it, involves configuring an aircraft so that it can fly about 300 passengers and their luggage farther than any regular service to date, with fuel in hand for unexpected headwinds and emergencies. If the first routes prove viable in 2022, direct connections from major cities in the Americas, Europe and Africa to Australia could follow.

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018

‘Overtourism’ Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There?

The world’s most popular destinations cannot expand to accommodate an infinite flood of visitors. Advocates of curbing tourism say too many visitors are altering the character of historic cities, and making travel terrible, too.

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018

Paradise Lost: How Tourists Are Destroying the Places They Love

Travel is no longer a luxury good. Airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet have contributed to a form of mass tourism that has made local residents feel like foreigners in cities like Barcelona and Rome. The infrastructure is buckling under the pressure.

Friday, Sep 14, 2018

How TripAdvisor changed travel

TripAdvisor is where we go to praise, criticise and purchase our way through the inhabited world. It is, at its core, a guestbook, a place where people record the highs and lows of their holiday experiences for the benefit of hotel proprietors and future guests. But this guestbook lives on the internet, where its contributors continue swapping advice, memories and complaints about their journeys long after their vacations have come to an end.

Monday, Sep 10, 2018

Welcome to the Quiet Skies

Did you scan the boarding area from afar? Have a cold, penetrating stare? Sleep on the plane? Use the bathroom? Talk to others? This is just some of the information that federal air marshals collect on thousands of regular US citizens under a secret, domestic surveillance program.

The Science Behind the World’s Longest Flights

Singapore and Qantas rethink their service for intercontinental trips that could last 20 hours or more.

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018

Passport queues vex airlines

When weary travellers step off a long flight, they want to get off the plane and on to their destinations as quickly as possible. But getting out of the airport is becoming much more taxing for visitors to America and Europe because of lengthening queues for passport control. Not only are passengers getting fed up; airlines and many airports are, too.