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Thursday, Dec 14, 2017

U.S. Carriers Move To Ban Smart Luggage

Major U.S. carriers are moving to ban smart luggage from all aircraft. On Friday, American Airlines announced that “as part of safety management and risk mitigation,” the carrier would ban any bag with an integrated lithium ion battery starting on January 15th. Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines released similar statements with the same deadline.

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

Has Airbnb lost its appeal?

Personally, I’ve found that as Airbnb, the whimsical website you can use to to “belong anywhere,” has become Airbnb, the multinational travel company accused of raising housing prices and ruining once-beloved parts of some cities, it’s hard to feel as warm and fuzzy about the proposition as I did that day in the 18th arrondissement.

Friday, Dec 8, 2017

How I Travel: Anthony Bourdain

Any traveler who lives to eat (or foodie who loves to travel) knows Anthony Bourdain. Host of a variety of food and travel shows on both the Travel Channel and CNN, Bourdain’s show “No Reservations” is known for copious amounts of food porn…It seems Tony’s got an opinion on everything, and he’s not afraid to share it. This week, he gave How I Travel a little piece of his mind…and we happily ate it up.

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

Air Travelers Resisting the ‘Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’

It’s not news that airlines have been squeezing more — and smaller — seats into the backs of their planes. The question is how far they can push their quest for higher profits before running into a backlash from their customers.

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

TSA Plans to Use Face Recognition to Track Americans Through Airports

The “PreCheck” program is billed as a convenient service to allow U.S. travelers to “speed through security” at airports. However, the latest proposal released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reveals the Department of Homeland Security’s greater underlying plan to collect face images and iris scans on a nationwide scale.

Monday, Nov 20, 2017

A Little Reckoning… On Transformative Travel Experiences and 9 Years of Travel

To call it sadness gives it too much weight. But happiness is too vibrant and concrete. I don’t feel identifiably happy as I enter my tenth year on the road. At least not toward travel, particularly. It’s more like a heavy uncertainty.

Friday, Nov 17, 2017

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Every Country in the World?

I’ve mentioned a few times that going to every country in the world wasn’t as expensive as most people initially think. But how much did it really cost?

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017

Why are flights so much cheaper in Europe than in the U.S.?

Whereas U.S. laws prohibit foreign airlines from operating domestic flights, the European Union’s division into 28 member states appears to be a major advantage for European customers. On top of traditional airlines, regional low-cost carriers also have to compete with their counterparts from other parts of Europe… The fact that no country is safe from international competition is driving prices for customers downward.

Friday, Oct 6, 2017

Passports for Cash: Citizens of anywhere

Globalisation has turned citizenship into a commodity. Matthew Valencia went shopping for a new passport and found bargains to be had.

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017

The decline of the Western tourist

But the picture we get of global travel from glossy magazines - of mostly white Westerners experiencing “exotic” locales - fails to capture the biggest story in travel over the last decade: the rising tide of international travelers from the emerging world. The rise of “the rest” is now a travel story, too - and a potentially transformative one.

Friday, Sep 29, 2017

A need to walk

There is an art and history to walking and walking well. “To walk for hours on a clear night is the largest experience we can have” writes Thomas Clark in his poem, In Praise of Walking. He was speaking of countryside walks beneath the stars. But a night walk in a city also brings with it its own great pleasures. Rebecca Solnit writes in Wanderlust, “Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking.

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

Post a boarding pass on Facebook, get your account stolen

Holiday time is in full swing. When you want to brag about your final destination, be careful of what you post on Facebook and Instagram. Leave your boarding passes (and other barcodes) for yourself (and get a shredder).

Monday, Sep 25, 2017

How flying seriously messes with your mind

There are many theories about why flying might leave passengers more vulnerable to crying – sadness at leaving loved ones, excitement about the trip ahead, homesickness. But there is also some evidence that flying itself may also be responsible.

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

Bad UX: How 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 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