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Friday, Aug 23, 2019

Would You Rather Travel With Your Phone Than a Friend? Maybe It’s Time for a ‘Mobilemoon’

Last month, the travel company issued the results of a survey which said, given the ultimatum, 33 percent of American travelers would rather take their cellphone on a trip than a travel companion.

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Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

Tourism Is Eating the World

Unfortunately, there will come a point where over-tourism makes travel both logistically inconvenient and much less enjoyable for everyone. The problem can be ameliorated by spreading tourists around to less crowded destinations, as Japan is trying to do. Some destinations, like Amsterdam, are cutting back on advertising and self-promotion. But eventually there will be no choice but to start charging tourists a fee.

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019

Matt Kepnes on how to travel for years (instead of days or weeks) at a time

In this episode of Deviate, Matt discusses what led him to travel, and adapting to life on the road; planning his first trip, and the early days of travel; the impact of travel, and the concept of being “interesting”; travel friendships and relationships; travel obstacles; and his evolution as a traveler over the course of a decade.

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019

The Man with the Golden Airline Ticket

My dad was one of the only people with a good-for-life, go-anywhere American Airlines pass. Then they took it away. This is the true story of having—and losing—a superpower.

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019

The Airport Lounge Is Much Improved, if You Can Squeeze In

The airport lounge ain’t what it used to be. Once seen as quiet retreats for businessmen on expense accounts looking to get some work done, lounges are now trying to serve a variety of purposes and, in the process, have become one more area of competition among the airlines and independent operators. Some lounges are offering spa treatments and expansive views of the tarmac, and most are upgrading their food options.

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019

Airlines are finally fixing the middle seat

“There’s no justice in air travel,” an airline industry insider once told me. A third of passengers on planes get stuck with a middle seat, getting smushed for hours at a time in a chair that costs exactly the same ticket price as a window or aisle. That just stinks. But what if we could rethink the middle seat to be more comfortable?

Friday, Jul 26, 2019

Why airplane windows have round corners

If you’ve ever had the window seat on an airliner, you’ve probably noticed that the corners of the window were rounded instead of squared. Ever wondered why? The answer is simple: to keep that window from killing you.

A Series of Maps Reveals the Difference in How Cities are Perceived by Tourists and Locals

Artist Eric Fischer has developed a project that explores precisely the difference in perceiving - and photographing - a city from the point of view of tourists and locals. The work, which is entitled Locals and Tourists, gathers the maps of 136 of the largest - and most visited - cities in the world.

Friday, Jul 19, 2019

How to travel the world with almost no money

Many people daydream about traveling the world, but all of them have the same excuse - lack of money. Tomislav, after traveling the world for years with almost no money, shows how it is possible for everyone to do the same, if they really want to.

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

How to Recline Your Airplane Seat Without Being a Dick

The experience of being reclined on is especially bad if it comes suddenly, mid-flight, after you’ve settled in and come to terms with your already cramped existence. It disrupts your whole, measly transitory world. And if you have a drink, food, a laptop or a tablet on your seat-back tray, well, let’s just say you’re not alone if fleeting thoughts of murder zip through your synapses.

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019

How to be a better tourist

Over-tourism is suffocating cities around the world. Here’s what you can do to avoid being part of the problem – short of staying home.

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019

The Best Way to Tour a City Is Through Its Grocery Store

Grocery stores have the gritty, hustling authenticity of a bodega or street cart with the propriety and promise of Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. And they offer a tourist-free paradise for people-watching, especially the kind of locals tourists never meet — parents, the elderly, 9-to-5ers, paycheck-to-paycheck poor.

Friday, Jul 12, 2019

China Snares Tourists’ Phones in Surveillance Dragnet by Adding Secret App

China’s border authorities routinely install the app on smartphones belonging to travelers who enter Xinjiang by land from Central Asia, according to several people interviewed by the journalists who crossed the border recently and requested anonymity to avoid government retaliation.

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019

Why the age of electric flight is finally upon us

Aerospace firms are joining forces to tackle their industry’s growing contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, with electric engines seen as one solution. But will this be enough to offset the growing demand for air travel?

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019

I Opted Out of Facial Recognition at the Airport—It Wasn't Easy

Travelers should be critical when submitting to facial recognition technology in airports. Ask yourself: Is saving a few minutes worth handing over your most sensitive biometric information?

Friday, Jul 5, 2019

Where to Go When You Just Want to Be Alone

Thoreau headed for the woods. Bowles fled to the desert. The Indigo Girls went to the mountains. We humans disappear into wild and secluded places when we need to reset: to lap up the landscape, shape our thoughts, and feel the perspective-giving stab of strangeness, even menace, of a place unmoored from the familiar. Fortunately, there are a growing number of remote retreats that don’t require Outward Bound–level survival skills.

Monday, Jul 1, 2019

The Best and Worst US Airports for Cheap International Flights in 2019

To determine which airports offer the most frequent deals on international flights—and which major airports offer the least—we looked at commercial international airports in metro areas with a population of at least one million people, and collected data on how many deals we sent to Scott’s Cheap Flights members for cheap flights departing from each airport in the past year.

Friday, Jun 28, 2019

Why We Cry on Planes

Is it such a stretch to imagine a commercial plane as one of the loneliest places in the modern world? Why is seat 27F on the 6:35 from JFK to LAX the perfect place and time for a good cry?

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019

Prepare for Another Summer of Overtourism

The accessible price of travel in Europe has become a problem for locals and visitors alike.